County Cricket Round-Up: 5th August
LV County Championship Division One, day one
An outstanding innings of 183 in 300 balls from Ed Joyce helped Sussex recover from losing early wickets against Nottinghamshire at Horsham and the closed on 300 for nine. Joyce stroked 28 boundaries and was supported by Corey Collymore, who closed on 23 not out and innings of 22 from Mike Yardy and Olly Rayner. Luke Fletcher and Andre Adams both picked up three wickets for the home side.
For the second time in a week, Edgbaston failed to see a ball bowled; after the Saturday of the third Ashes Test was a non-starter, so too was day one of Warwickshire v Somerset, mainly due to a wet outfield.
LV County Championship Division Two, day one
Jamie Dalrymple picked up three for 11 as Glamorgan bowled out Leicestershire for 313 at Colwyn Bay and they were on 45 without loss at stumps. Boeta Dippenaar hit 85 and HD Ackerman a belligerent 92 for the Foxes, but they were the only batsmen to kick on after making starts; Chris Thompson marked his debut with a duck at the other end of the scale, one of three wickets for James Harris.
300 was the score managed by Essex against Gloucestershire at Southend and that is a fine effort considering they were reduced to 47 for five. 91 from captain Mark Pettini, 55 from David Masters and 50 from Graham Napier helped Essex pick up the pieces of an early charge from Gloucestershire, led by Steve Kirby and James Franklin, who both picked up three wickets. Gloucestershire lost opener Rob Woodman (1) when he was caught by John Maunders off of Masters to close on 13 for one.
21 wickets fell at Canterbury where Kent are playing Middlesex. Batting first, Middlesex managed 155, with Gareth Berg hitting an unbeaten 57 and after Amjad Khan and Azhar Mahmood picked up three wickets apiece, Kent were bowled out for 141. Darren Stevens made 67 as Tim Murtagh and Murali Kartik grabbed three wickets each. Middlesex closed on 50 for one having lost Nick Compton for 28 in their second innings.
NatWest Pro40 Division One
Hampshire bounced back from their ECB Twenty20 Cup quarter final defeat to down Yorkshire by five wickets at The Rose Bowl. Yorkshire made a circumspect start but accelerated to post 232 for six with openers Andrew Gale (54) and Jacques Rudolph (79) top scoring as Imran Tahir picked up a couple of wickets. The top five Hampshire batsmen then got into double figures as they chased down their target from the final ball of the match. Michael Lumb top scored with 53 but it was Chris Benham, on eight, and Liam Dawson, on three, at the death who sealed the win.
NatWest Pro40 Division Two
Derbyshire won a high-scoring encounter against Surrey with five balls to spare at Whitgift School. Innings of 51 from Michael Brown and 66 from Chris Schofield set up the home side's 282 for five but Derbyshire handed Surrey their third win in three with Garry Park (64), Greg Smith (77) and an unbeaten 33 from John Sadler doing the damage. Young wicket-keeper Tom Poynton held his nerve to score 15 not out in 11 balls at the other end.
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