County Cricket Round-Up - 5th May
Nottinghamshire completed the expected trouncing of Lancashire on the final day at Old Trafford as the home side were bundled out for 142 in pursuit of an unlikely 328 to win. They had started the day on 39 for five and progressed to 70 before Gareth Cross became the first man to go for 19. Glen Chapple (26) and Luke Procter (41 not out) added 39 for the eighth wicket to delay the inevitable, but Samit Patel wrapped things up with two late wickets to record a 185-run win for the visitors.
Bad light brought an early close to the third day at Lord’s where Worcestershire closed on 45 for two in reply to Middlesex’s 327 for seven declared. The home side had started the day on 148 for two and lost a steady trickle of wickets – mainly to Alan Richardson, who ended with five for 89 – but Joe Denly remained there throughout to finish unbeaten on 134. He eventually found support from Gareth Berg and the two shared an important seventh-wicket stand of 88 to help Middlesex to three batting bonus points.
In Division Two, Leicestershire’s Matt Boyce and Wayne White made Yorkshire wait for their expected victory on the last day at Scarborough. Boyce made a career-best 122 and shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 133 with White (67) for the sixth wicket before both fell in quick succession. Steven Patterson added a brace of wickets to his overnight haul to end with five for 77, while Ryan Sidebottom was the next best bowler with figures of two for 52.
Gloucestershire piled on the runs to earn a draw on the final day at Derby, eventually declaring their second innings on 409 for four. Hamish Marshall made 90 from 200 balls before being trapped in front by Tim Groenewald, while Ian Cockbain (63 not out from 152) and Will Gidman (33 not out from 117) also chipped in. The match had descended into farce by the end as Derbyshire bowled everyone bar their wicket-keeper on a turgid day.
David Willey led Northamptonshire’s victory charge on day four at Wantage Road, taking five for 39 to help bowl Hampshire out for 179. Michael Carberry had briefly threatened the target of 297, but he was sixth man out for 61 to seal the defeat. Lee Daggett and Jack Brooks shared the other five wickets to fall after the home side had declared their second innings on 232 for nine.
Glamorgan escaped with a draw against Essex, reaching 99 for five in pursuit of an unlikely 239 to win. Gareth Rees made a determined 33 from 102 balls, while captain Mark Wallace was there unbeaten on 26 from 79 balls when bad light brought an early end to proceedings. Charl Willoughby did the bulk of the damage with four for 33 after the visitors had declared their second innings on 166 for nine. Tom Westley with 52 and Greg Smith (36) were the only batsmen to prosper as Huw Waters ended with five for 47.
The opening day of Sussex’s tour match against the West Indians at Hove was called off for the day around lunchtime in spite of there being no rain for most of the day. The outfield proved to be just too wet from the recent heavy rain.