Rain had its say in all of tonight’s Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures but fortunately wasn’t able to prevent a result in any of them. Meanwhile, Derbyshire extended their lead at the top of the County Championship’s second division.
Their ninth-wicket pair of Dan Redfern and Tim Groenewald held their nerve to see off a Kent fightback on the final day of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Derby. Resuming on 168 for two in pursuit of 295 to win, the overnight pair of Wes Durston and Usman Khawaja both completed their half-centuries and advanced the score to 197 without losing a wicket. However, Derbyshire’s tormentor from the first innings, Charlie Shreck, removed both in quick succession and added two more soon afterwards to peg the home side back to 257 for eight. Redfern, though, finished unbeaten on 50, while Groenewald made 20 as Derbyshire won by two wickets to open up a commanding 26-point lead at the top of the table.
In Group A of the Clydesdale Bank 40, Essex breezed past Leicestershire’s total of 151 for seven at Chelmsford. The match was reduced to 25 overs aside prior to the start and, in spite of a sprightly 55 from opener Michael Thornely, the Foxes never got going as Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took three for 29. In reply, Essex got off to a positive start thanks to Mark Pettini (28 off 29 balls) and Tom Westley (27 off 28), before Owais Shah helped finish the job with an unbeaten 45.
Middlesex and Worcestershire played out a thrilling tie at Uxbridge as Ben Scott hit 29 off 11 balls to help Worcestershire equal the home side’s total of 229. Phil Hughes had laid the foundations for the run chase with a 64-ball 69, but Toby Roland-Jones took three for 39 to give Middlesex the edge. Their total had been built around a characteristically brilliant unbeaten century from Eoin Morgan. His 120 not out came off only 80 balls and contained six sixes.
In Group B, Nottinghamshire failed to score the 14 runs they needed to win via the Duckworth-Lewis method off the final over against Glamorgan. They ended on 107 for five when the par score was 109 after rain had caused the loss of 19 overs from their innings. The Welsh Dragons had made 181 for eight from their 40 overs earlier in the day thanks to an innings of 62 off 70 balls from Ben Wright.
The other Group B match, that at Uddingston between Scotland and Durham, was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Hampshire at Bristol
Hampshire are hopeful that both Neil McKenzie and Liam Dawson will have recovered from minor injuries to take their places in the starting eleven. Bilal Shafayat, Kabir Ali and Danny Briggs have also been included in the 13-man squad.
Weather Forecast: It will be mostly dry in Bristol tomorrow with only the occasional shower expected around midday. Otherwise it will be largely dry with temperatures peaking at around 18 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Yorkshire have signed South African batsman David Miller on a short-term contract as their main overseas player to cover for Joe Root and Gary Ballance, who will be playing for the England Lions against Australia A. He has already represented Yorkshire in the Friends Life t20 and will do so again at Finals Day.
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