County Cricket Round-Up - 6th May
There were wins for Durham, Surrey, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan in the Bank Holiday Yorkshire Bank 40 matches, as well as a nail-biting one-run win for Kent over Warwickshire at Edgbaston. In the tour match, New Zealand’s pace duo of Neil Wagner and Doug Bracewell proved just too hot for the Derbyshire batsmen as they slumped to defeat.
There was a gripping Yorkshire Bank 40 victory for Kent at Edgbaston. The Bears' pursuit of 240 got off to a good start with an opening stand of 54 between Ian Bell (35 off 23 balls) and Varun Chopra. However, the initiative in the innings swung this way and that. At 148 for two, Warwickshire were well placed, but a clatter of wickets, including that of Chopra for 65, meant that they quickly found themselves 185 for eight. Jeetan Patel, though, almost turned the match back in their favour with a flamboyant half-century. However, off the final ball, with two required, he was run out. Warwickshire were all out for 238 in reply to Kent’s 239 for eight. That total had been built around an innings of 98 not out from Brendan Nash and a useful cameo off 20 off 11 balls from Matt Coles.
Durham beat Lancashire by the relatively comfortable margin of five wickets in Group B. Chris Rushworth took three for 44 as Lancashire were held to 216 for nine from their 40 overs. All of the other bowlers picked up a wicket as Lancashire lost regular wickets, with Stephen Moore’s brisk 46 the highest score. Phil Mustard then ensured that Durham would have little difficulty in their run chase and hit 91 off 86 balls. His lightning-quick opening stand of 71 with Mark Stoneman (32 off 24 balls) spanned just seven overs. Paul Collingwood also chipped in with 38 as the visitors won with more than five overs to spare.
Surrey thrashed defending champions Hampshire by nine wickets with almost nine overs to spare at The Oval. Steven Davies hit a fluent unbeaten 127 off only 104 balls and added 162 with his captain Graeme Smith (74 off 55) as they easily chased down the Royals’ total of 228. Left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari was the star with the ball, taking four for 46, as only Sean Ervine showed the necessary application in top-scoring with 63.
There was an equally comfortable victory for Gloucestershire against the Unicorns in Group C. They recovered from their mauling at the hands of Josh Cobb and Niall O’Brien to win by nine wickets. Michael Klinger ended on 52 not out and added 111 with Hamish Marshall (67 off 62 balls) for the first-wicket. Chris Dent then joined in the fun and ended on 29 off just 11 balls as their target of 154 was reached in the 24th over. The Unicorns had earlier been restricted by a disciplined Gloucestershire attack, from which David Payne emerged as the pick with three for 29 and Will Gidman took two for 21.
Marcus North led Glamorgan to their second win in as many days, this time by hitting 137 not out off only 98 balls, as they beat Middlesex at Lord’s. Despite two early wickets, Glamorgan were able to post a very competitive 280 for three from their 40 overs. North shared 86 with Will Bragg (62 off 72 balls) for the third-wicket and an unbroken 156 with Jim Allenby for the fourth-wicket. Allenby finished not out on 69 off only 50 balls. Middlesex’s top-order then all got starts but it wasn’t until Gareth Berg came in and blasted 75 that anybody made a meaningful contribution. By then it was too late and they ended on 254 for nine, with Will Owen and Michael Hogan each taking three wickets.
Derbyshire fell well short of the 335 that they needed to beat the New Zealanders on the final day at the County Ground. The tourists declared their second innings closed at it overnight 199 for five, with Neil Wagner and Doug Bracewell then starring once again with the ball. Wagner ended with five for 45 to strengthen his claims for a Test place, while closest rival Bracewell finished with three for 56 as Derbyshire were all out for 227. They lost regular wickets throughout, with only Dan Redfern passing 50.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (matches start at 1100 BST, 1000 GMT)
day one, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Somerset at Headingley
Yorkshire come off the back of wins against Durham and Derbyshire but are without England men Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who played starring roles in those wins, for the hosting of Somerset. In their places come former Sussex wicket-keeper Andrew Hodd and opener Joe Sayers. Liam Plunkett is rested, with Ryan Sidebottom coming back into the 12-strong party. Richard Pyrah is also included but could well be 12th man unless Yorkshire decide to bolster their batting and leave out either Jack Brooks or Steve Patterson.
Yorkshire squad: Andrew Gale (captain), Adam Lyth, Joe Sayers, Phil Jaques, Gary Ballance, Andrew Hodd, Adil Rashid, Tim Bresnan, Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks, Steve Patterson, Richard Pyrah.
Somerset are still searching for their first win after Warwickshire escaped with a draw in their last match. They are without Craig Kieswetter due to injury, meaning that Jos Buttler will get another chance to don the gloves. Jack Leach is the sole specialist spinner in the squad, although Arul Suppiah could yet fill the spin berth and strengthen the batting.
Somerset squad: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Nick Compton, Alviro Petersen, James Hildreth, Jos Buttler, Peter Trego, Craig Meschede, Alfonso Thomas, Jack Leach, Jamie Overton, Steve Kirby, Arul Suppiah, Lewis Gregory.
day one, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Essex at Old Trafford
Essex were buoyed by victory over Hampshire in their most recent match and will look to carry on their winning form as they travel to Old Trafford. Alastair Cook is again available for selection but Ravi Bopara isn’t as he is away with the England Lions. Also missing is leg-spinner Tom Craddock, who is still recovering from a badly bruised finger, meaning Tim Phillips is likely to get another game. Sajid Mahmood and Jaik Mickleburgh complete the 13-man squad.
Essex squad: James Foster (captain), Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Rob Quiney, Mark Pettini, Ben Foakes, Greg Smith, Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, David Masters, Reece Topley, Sajid Mahmood, Jaik Mickleburgh.
Weather Forecast: It will be almost exclusively sunny for both Leeds and Manchester tomorrow, although there will be patchy cloud with the risk of an isolated shower. Temperatures will peak at around 21 degrees Celsius.
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