Warwickshire need eight more wickets tomorrow to secure the 2012 Championship title with a round of matches still to play. They racked up 471 for eight before declaring on the second day at New Road to take a monumental first innings lead of 411 against Worcestershire. Varun Chopra took his overnight 115 to 195 before being bowled by Joe Leach, while Ian Blackwell hit 84 off only 81 balls at number seven. Worcestershire lost Phil Hughes in the second over of their second innings, but recovered to close on 100 for two.
Should Warwickshire somehow slip up over the next two days at New Road, then Sussex are handily placed to beat Somerset to keep their title dreams alive. They bowled the visitors out for 134 on the second day at Hove to earn a first innings lead of 87 as each of Steve Magoffin, Lewis Hatchett and Monty Panesar ended with three wickets. Chris Nash then ended unbeaten on 106 in Sussex’s second innings as they closed on 186 for two. Murray Goodwin is not out on 51 in his final innings at Hove.
Nottinghamshire conceded a first innings lead of 42 runs after being bowled out for 227 against Surrey on day two at The Oval. The home side had been dismissed for 269 at the start of the day, with Tim Linley then starring with the ball, taking five for 62, including the key wickets of Alex Hales and James Taylor. Murali Kartik (three for 43) and Stuart Meaker (two for 50) shared the other wickets to fall.
Relegation-threatened Lancashire fought back on day two against Middlesex at Lord’s. They took the home side’s last four first innings wickets for 57 runs, mainly thanks to Glen Chapple (five for 86), and then reached stumps on 232 for three in their first innings. Tom Smith (55) and Luke Procter (30) added 95 for the first-wicket, while Paul Horton (64) and Ashwell Prince (57 not out) added 130 for the third-wicket.
Derbyshire’s match against Kent at Canterbury is evenly poised after two days thanks to a late wicket apiece from David Wainwright and Wes Durston which reduced the home side to 59 for three in their second innings. They had earlier dismissed the second division leaders for exactly 200 as former Durham bowler Mark Davies ended with figures of five for 27.
Gloucestershire lead by 406 runs at the end of the second day against Northamptonshire at Bristol. They bowled the visitors out for just 100 in the morning session, as James Fuller completed his five-wicket haul, and then overcame the early loss of both openers in their second innings to close on 286 for six. Ian Cockbain top-scored with 99 and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 98 with Hamish Marshall (30) and a sixth-wicket one of 78 with Will Gidman, who ended on 52 not out.
Owais Shah ended on 124 not out as Essex closed day two in the ascendancy against Hampshire in Southampton. He added 193 for the second-wicket with Jaik Mickleburgh (73) as they closed on 217 foe two in their second innings after limiting Hampshire’s first innings lead to 49 by bowling them out for 229.
Promotion-chasing Yorkshire took control against Glamorgan on the second day at Headingley. They earnt a 72-run first innings lead before reducing the visitors to 27 for two in their second innings courtesy of a brace of wickets from Steven Patterson. Yorkshire had earlier been bowled out for 344, with Adam Lyth (95) and Andrew Gale (55) both passing 50 and adding 120 for the third-wicket.
Day Three, CCD1, Middlesex v Lancashire at Lord’s
Day Three, CCD1, Surrey v Nottinghamshire at The Oval
Day Three, CCD1, Sussex v Somerset at Hove
Day Three, CCD1, Worcestershire v Warwickshire at New Road
Day Three, CCD2, Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol
Day Three, CCD2, Hampshire v Essex at Southampton
Day Three, CCD2, Kent v Derbyshire at Canterbury
Day Three, CCD2, Yorkshire v Glamorgan at Headingley
Weather Forecast: It should be another dry and sunny day tomorrow, with temperatures peaking at around 21 degrees Celsius under clear blue skies.
County News In Brief:
Leicestershire have signed 19 year-old all-rounder on his first professional contract for 2013.
Brian Rose will step down as Somerset’s Director of Cricket at the end of the season. The parting is believed to be amicable with Rose saying, “After the result on Finals Day (Somerset lost in the semi-final), I have come to the conclusion that a new and fresh approach is needed at first-team level.” He will continue in an advisory capacity at the club next season.
Essex CCC have awarded David Masters a benefit year for 2013. Full story
Glamorgan off-spinner Robert Croft is expected to announce his retirement from professional cricket in the coming days. He will take up a coaching and marketing role with the club.
Middlesex have extended the contract of overseas batsman Chris Rogers until the end of the 2014 season. The 35 year-old Australian will not play any Twenty20 cricket for the county over the next two seasons under the terms of his contract.
Jonathan Trott has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2012 season with a fractured hand, meaning that he will not be available for Warwickshire’s CB40 final at Lord’s on 15th September. Full story
Yorkshire opener Joe Root has been announced as the winner of the inaugural LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award.
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