County Cricket Round-Up - 4th June

County Cricket Round-Up - 4th June
County Cricket Round-Up - 4th June
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Essex eased past Gloucestershire to record their first win of this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 competition at Chelmsford. The Gladiators struggled after being asked to bat, and found themselves 97 for four in the 26th over following the loss of their captain Alex Gidman for 10. Fortunately for them, Kane Williamson and Ian Cockbain both made half centuries, and together with Jack Taylor’s late cameo of 22 from 12 balls, hauled them up to 224 for five. Ian Saxelby got rid of Mark Pettini for a duck in the home side’s reply, but that was as good as it got for Gloucestershire as Ravi Bopara ended on 120 not out from 100 balls and shared a second-wicket stand of 185 with Tom Westley (82 from 99 balls).

The Netherlands continued their impressive run in this year’s competition by beating Leicestershire in a high-scoring game at Grace Road. The Dutch made 304 for three after being asked to bat, with Michael Swart hitting 102 from 100 deliveries and sharing a second-wicket partnership of 152 with Tom Cooper, who made 68. Cameron Borgas also added a brutal 61 not out from just 33 balls. Leicestershire lost Josh Cobb to the first ball of their reply and were indebted to a fine century from Ramnaresh Sarwan (115 from 89 balls) for getting as close as they did. They ended on 261 for nine, with Swart picking up three wickets to cap an excellent all-round performance.

Michael Carberry hit a breathtaking 148 not out from just 122 balls to help Hampshire to a comfortable six-wicket win over Scotland at Southampton. The home side overcame the early losses of Jimmy Adams and James Vince to Gordon Drummond, as Simon Katich (41 from 43 balls) and Liam Dawson (27 not out from 34) shared century stands with Carberry. Earlier, Majid Haq had salvaged the Saltires innings with a run-a-ball 53 from number seven as they reached 230 for nine from their 40 overs.

Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels both made brisk half centuries to help Nottinghamshire chase down Somerset’s total of 205 for eight with ease at Trent Bridge. The pair added 79 in 68 balls and laid the foundations for the home side’s successful chase as they won by five wickets with 20 balls to spare. Darren Pattinson and Jake Ball had earlier taken three wickets apiece as Somerset struggled to build any momentum after being invited to bat, with Peter Trego’s 47 the highest score.

Tim Ambrose and Steffan Piolet starred for Warwickshire as they thrashed Derbyshire at the County Ground. Despite, getting off to a shaky start, thanks to Mark Turner’s two early wickets, the Bears posted 242 for six from their 40 overs, with Ambrose sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 90 with Darren Maddy (40 from 45 balls) and a fifth worth 76 with Rikki Clarke (48 from 29) on his way to an unbeaten 77 from 92 balls. Chris Woakes struck twice in his opening over to remove Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston first ball, while Piolet ran through the middle-order, ending with figures of four for 31. Jonathan Clare offered some late resistance with a quickfire 57, but he was last man out with the score on 137 as the home side ended 105 runs short.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
Day One, LV=CCD1, Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street
Chris Rushworth has been promoted to Durham’s four-day squad following his heroics against Nottinghamshire and in the absence of Graham Onions. Michael Di Venuto and Ian Blackwell continue to miss out through injury.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Grace Road
Day One, LV=CCD2, Middlesex v Somerset at Lord’s

Steven Finn is on England duty, but otherwise Middlesex are full strength, with Eoin Morgan again included in 13-man squad. Meanwhile, Somerset will be without Lewis Gregory, who picked up a finger injury during today's defeat to Nottinghamshire, and are unlikely to risk Steve Kirby in a four-day game so soon into his comeback from injury. However, fellow seamer Gemaal Hussain has recovered sufficiently and is expected to start.
Group A, CB40, Lancashire v Worcestershire at Old Trafford (all CB40 matches start at 1245 GMT)
The hosts will again be led by Steven Croft, with Gary Keedy and Stephen Parry pipping Simon Kerrigan to the spin bowling places. 
Group B, CB40, Surrey v Scotland at The Oval
Surrey have named the same 13-man squad that played in the weekend's fixtures, but will have doubts over the fitness of all-rounder Zander de Bruyn. Scotland could be without seam bowler Alasdair Evans who was called into Derbyshire's squad for today's match against Warwickshire. 
Group C, CB40, Unicorns v Kent at Southend-on-Sea
The visitors will be looking to avenge tjier defeat to the Unicorns at Canterbury a fortnight ago and will once again have the services of former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood. 

Weather Forecast: The prospect of significant play in any of tomorrow’s matches does not look good. A band of light but persistent rain is expected to move across England from the south-west and will cover most of the country by mid-afternoon. It is not expected to clear until well into Tuesday night. Temperatures will remain low, with highs of 13 degrees Celsius expected.

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