Runs continued to flow on the county circuit as the sun shone and Keith Barker, Nick Compton and Freddie van den Bergh completed centuries. The best of the wicket-taking action again came at Wantage Road, where Worcestershire look to be on the brink of defeat against Northamptomshire.
There was a career-best 125 from Keith Barker as Warwickshire racked up 631 for nine before declaring on day two against Surrey at Guildford. Chopra added five to his overnight 187 before being caught off Jade Dernbach, who then took two more quick wickets to give the home side hope, but Ateeq Javid and Barker added 211 for the seventh-wicket. Javid was deprived of a maiden century by Jason Roy’s part-time offerings, but Barker completed his before being trapped leg-before by the same bowler. Surrey then closed in their reply on 49 without loss.
Middlesex showed just why they are serious contenders for Warwickshire’s Championship crown by completely dominating the second day of their match against Sussex at Lord’s. Neil Dexter completed a century and John Simpson hit 50 as they declared their first innings closed at 499 for eight. The bowlers then took over and, by stumps, had Sussex at 147 for seven. Seam bowlers Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones and James Harris all struck, but it was Ollie Rayner’s off-breaks that proved most effective. He took three for 47 as only Luke Wright showed the necessary application, ending not out on 38.
Yorkshire lost three early wickets and closed in trouble on 29 for three against Nottinghamshire in Scarborough. The visitors had earlier made 443 as seventies from Steven Mullaney and Paul Franks built on Michael Lumb’s century yesterday. The pick of the Yorkshire attack was Steven Patterson, who ended with three for 74 from 37 overs.
Nick Compton showed his class and returned to form with an unbeaten century as Somerset closed day one against Durham on 336 for five. Compton shared partnerships of at least 38 with all of the Somerset middle-order and ended unbeaten on 139. Graham Onions took two wickets, while there was one apiece for Mark Wood, Ryan Buckley and Will Smith.
In Division Two, Glamorgan were finally bowled out for 448, only to see Gloucestershire respond with 179 for one at Bristol. Captain Michael Klinger ended on 80 not out and added 79 with fellow opener Gareth Roderick (41) and an unbroken 100 with Dan Housego (46 not out). Murray Goodwin had earlier completed his century for Glamorgan, whose last two wickets then added 105. Michael Hogan made a maiden first-class fifty, while Mark Wallace was last man out for 94, having scored the majority of the runs in a last-wicket stand of 37 with Mike Reed (1 not out). For Gloucestershire, 18 year-old Craig Miles finished with five wickets in an innings for the third time in as many games.
A couple of late wickets gave Hampshire the upper hand over Kent in Southampton. Kent began well after Hampshire had made 455, openers Sam Northeast and Rob Key adding 106, but David Griffiths struck twice and they finished on 149 for four. Earlier, Neil McKenzie completed a comeback hundred and took his overnight fifth-wicket partnership with Sean Ervine (86) to 189. The lower-order then largely fell away as Adam Riley ended with marathon figures of seven for 150 from 43.4 overs.
Worcestershire still trail by 21 runs at Wantage Road after reaching stumps in their second innings on 97 for six. Trent Copeland continued to show why he will be missed when he leaves for Australia at the end of the match by taking three of the wickets to fall, while there were two for David Willey. Northamptonshire’s lower-order had again got them out of trouble. From 134 for six, they got up to 314 as Steven Crook hit 85, Copeland 31 and James Middlebrook 39.
Durham MCCU need an unlikely 404 more to beat Derbyshire after reaching stumps in the fourth innings on 28 for one. They were propelled to 229 from 69 for seven in their first innings by a brilliant century from Surrey spinner Freddie van den Bergh. Derbyshire then reached 224 for four in their second innings thanks to half-centuries from Dan Redfern and Tom Poynton prior to declaring.
Leeds/Bradford MCCU reached stumps on 139 for three after being asked to follow-on by Lancashire. Stephen Parry took five wickets for the day with his left-arm spin and helped wrap up the students’ first innings for 116. Lancashire player Luis Reece top-scored with 41.
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Sussex at Lord’s
day two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Durham at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Warwickshire at Guildford
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Scarborough
day three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol
day three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Kent at Southampton
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Worcestershire at Wantage Road
day three, MCCU match, Derbyshire v Durham MCCU at Derby (non first-class)
day three, MCCU match, Leeds/Bradford MCCU v Lancashire at Leeds (non first-class)
Weather Forecast: There will be some cloud and the occasional shower for the south of England and Wales tomorrow, but otherwise it will be fine and sunny once again. Temperatures will peak at between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Derbyshire have become the latest county to come out against the idea of playing two County Championship games overseas at the start of next season. Their chief executive Simon Storey told the Derby Telegraph that it would “surely present a financial challenge” and would have “implications for members and spectators.” Yesterday, Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith told BBC Radio Northampton that he was “puzzled” by the idea.
Northamptonshire coach David Ripley has admitted that he would like Australian overseas bowler Trent Copeland to return later in the season, but that it depends on how he recovers from minor surgery on his left ankle. Copeland is playing his final match for the county before returning to Australia for the operation. He initially damaged the ankle last November.
Alex Gidman has signed a new three-year contract with Gloucestershire which will see him remain at Bristol until the end of the 2016 season.
Sussex coach Mark Robinson has confirmed that it was not Monty Panesar’s long-standing shoulder injury that caused him to miss the ongoing match against Middlesex but that he was actually dropped.
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