County Cricket Round-Up - 5th May
There were starring roles for Marcus Trescothick, Peter Trego, James Taylor, Daryl Mitchell and Samit Patel among others as the batsmen made the most of the first full round of one-day cricket in 2013 to plunder the nation’s bowling attacks. Meanwhile, on the final day of the London Derby at Lord’s, there was a ninth double-hundred for recently recalled Australian opener Chris Rogers.
Chris Rogers completed the ninth century of his first-class career - for his fifth different team - as the LV= County Championship Division One match between Middlesex and Surrey ended in the expected draw. Middlesex finally declared their second innings closed at 514 after eight after being asked to follow-on, setting the visitors 343 in 48 overs. The teams shook hands with Surrey on 85 for one after 25 overs with Graeme Smith on 48 not out.
Rogers had earlier added 130 with Dawid Malan (47) for the fourth-wicket to put to rest any slim hopes Surrey might have had of forcing a win. Neil Dexter then chipped in with a brisk 59, while there were maiden first-class wickets for part-time bowlers Arun Harinath and Rory Burns.
Derbyshire face a difficult final day if they are to avoid defeat against the touring New Zealanders. Pace-bowlers Doug Bracewell and Neil Wagner shared seven wickets as the Derbyshire batting line-up was blown away for 154 to concede a deficit of 135 on first innings. Wes Durston top-scored for the home side with 46, while there were three cheap wickets for left-arm spinner Bruce Martin.
Derbyshire did strike early in the New Zealanders’ second innings and had them nine for two and 94 for five thanks partly to the impressive Mark Footitt. However, as in the first innings, the tourists recovered and reached stumps on 199 for five, with BJ Watling again passing 50 and Tom Latham ending on 47.
James Taylor hit a century and Samit Patel 95 off only 66 balls as Nottinghamshire thrashed Northamptonshire in the Yorkshire Bank 40. Alex Hales began the Notts innings well with a fluent 50 after losing opening partner Michael Lumb to Trent Copeland early as the Outlaws amassed 287 for four from their 40 overs. Northamptonshire then slipped to 92 for seven in their reply as Patel bagged three wickets and it was again left to their ridiculously strong tail to salvage some respectability. Andrew Hall hit 58 from number eight and James Middlebrook 43 from number nine as they ended on 204 for eight.
Daryl Mitchell hit 107 as Worcestershire recorded an unexpected 91-run win over limited-overs frontrunners Sussex. Mitchell’s maiden one-day century took the Pears to 245 for nine after they had elected to bat. A brace of run outs, three wickets for Jack Shantry, and two from leg-spinner Brett D’Oliveira then saw the Sharks bundled out for just 154.
In Group B, an opening stand of 103 between Rob Quiney and Tom Westley helped Essex bounce back from Friday’s mauling at the hands of Hampshire with a four-wicket win over Durham. Quiney made 50 off 54 balls and Westley 71 off 73 and, in spite of a trickle of wickets in the middle of the innings, Essex won with an over to spare. In truth, Durham’s total of 209 for five probably wasn’t enough as the economical David Masters ended with figures of one for 18 from his eight overs. It was only thanks to contributions from Ben Stokes (51), Gordon Muchall (49 not out) and Gareth Breese (41 not out) that Durham managed as many as they did after they had been reduced to 39 for three.
Hampshire edged past Scotland’s total of 192 for seven despite losing both openers early in their run chase. Captain Jimmy Adams anchored the early part of it with 51, while Liam Dawson (54 not out) and Adam Wheater (35 not out) provided the finishing touches with an unbroken stand of 64 for the sixth-wicket. Earlier, an innings of 60 from Saltires skipper Preston Mommsen hauled his side up to a vaguely competitive total after they had struggled throughout their innings.
A superb all-round display from Glamorgan helped them win their Group C clash against Yorkshire in Colwyn Bay. They made 285 for seven from their 40 overs thanks to fifties from opener Will Bragg, number three Chris Cooke and captain Marcus North, as well as a late cameo of 45 off 28 balls from Murray Goodwin. Only Richard Pyrah offered Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale any real control with the ball and was the only bowler to concede less than six an over, taking four for 43 off his eight. Graham Wagg then removed Phil Jaques and Joe Root for ducks in opening over of the Yorkshire reply and half-centuries from Gale, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow weren’t quite enough to rectify the situation. Michael Hogan and Dean Cosker each took three wickets as Yorkshire were all out for 257 in the 39th over.
Somerset’s opening pair of Marcus Trescothick and Peter Trego shared an eye-watering 159 in less than 14 overs as they easily surpassed the Unicorns’ 183 for eight. Trescothick was finally removed for 87 off 49 balls, having hit eight sixes, but Trego remained and finished unbeaten on 75 off 38 balls with four sixes. The Unicorns had earlier had former Notts batter Scott Elstone to thank for their total. He hit 75 off only 78 balls as they recovered from 99 for five. Craig Meschede was the pick of the Somerset attack with two for 15 from eight overs.
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