Rain ruined much of the action on the final day of matches in the latest round of the LV= County Championship. Only Glamorgan were able to force a result, with a thrilling finale to their match at Swansea, which moved them up to seventh in Division Two.
A heavy downpour at Aigburth meant that only 32 overs were bowled on the final day of Lancashire’s match against Somerset. The visitors closed on 93 for three, needing 279 to win, with Glen Chapple adding the wicket of Marcus Trescothick (27) to yesterday’s dismissal of Arul Suppiah. Nick Compton ended on 27 not out off 120 balls, with James Hildreth unbeaten on 21.
Warwickshire finished on 78 for one in pursuit of 260 to beat Middlesex at Uxbridge. Varun Chopra ended on 38 not out, while Ollie Rayner claimed the only wicket to fall – that of William Porterfield for 23. The home side had earlier declared their second innings on 181 for six, with Neil Dexter unbeaten on 84.
In Division Two, Yorkshire were saved by the weather on the last day against Northamptonshire. They had reached 74 for three in their second innings – still trailing the home side by 29 runs – when rain forced proceedings to be abandoned.
Play was abandoned after lunch on the final day of Essex’s match against Leicestershire at Chelmsford. Less than six overs were bowled in the morning session with the visitors adding a further 23 to their overnight total of 336 for nine before Matthew Hoggard became David Masters’ seventh victim and they were all out for 359.
Glamorgan won a tense affair against Gloucestershire at Swansea after declaring their second innings on 204 for seven early in the day to set the visitors 248 to win. They looked to have the game won at 132 for six when Marcus North dismissed Benny Howell to give him his second wicket, but Ian Cockbain and Jack Taylor had other ideas. Both men made half-centuries and added 63 for the seventh-wicket prior to Cockbain’s dismissal to Robert Croft. Taylor was the aggressor and made 63 off only 45 balls before he too fell to Croft, and the former England off-spinner dismissed Ian Saxelby shortly afterwards to give the home side a 26-run win.
Tony Palladino took seven for 53 to help Derbyshire bowl Kent out for just 161 in their second innings. Rob Key took his overnight score to 81, but only two other Kent batsmen reached double figures on the third day as the home side fought back from their 133-run first innings deficit. They closed on 168 for two in pursuit of 295 to win, with Usman Khawaja (43 not out) and Wes Durston (37 not out) the undefeated batsmen.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (CB40 start times in brackets, GMT)
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Kent at Derby
Group A, CB40, Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford (1245)
The home side have named a strong 13-man squad even though they can no longer qualify for the knockout stages. Maurice Chambers and Jaik Mickleburgh are among the younger players hoping to feature. The Foxes also cannot qualify for the semi-finals and will probably be without skipper Josh Cobb, who has a finger injury. In brighter news, off-spinner Jigar Naik is believed to be close to full fitness and could form a twin-spin attack with James Sykes.
Group A, CB40, Middlesex v Worcestershire at Uxbridge (1245)
Group B, CB40, Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire at Swansea (1215)
Graham Wagg is in line for an eagerly awaited return to action and has been included in the Welsh side’s 13-man squad. Robert Croft is also included after impressing during the Championship match against Gloucestershire.
Group B, CB40, Scotland v Durham at Uddingston (1245)
Gordon Drummond returns to lead the Saltires in what is their penultimate game of the campaign. Seamer Safyaan Sharif has been named in the 13-man squad after recovering from injury.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be similar to today with more thundery showers forecast. There will be occasional brighter spells meaning that temperatures could climb up to as high as 21 degrees Celsius.
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