Derbyshire once again lifted themselves out of the LV= County Championship Division One relegation zone; this time following a thrilling win over a similarly-threatened Somerset at Taunton. Resuming on 127 for four in pursuit of 244 and with rain expected later in the afternoon, they scraped home by two wickets just after lunch.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was, as expected, their batting star, ending on 74 not out and receiving valuable support from Alex Hughes and, in the latter stages, Tim Groenewald. Richard Johnson fell without a run being added to the overnight score, with Hughes then making 33 of a vital sixth-wicket stand of 68. That put Derbyshire within 50 runs of their target, but Piyush Chawla had both Tom Poynton and David Wainwright dismissed for seven to leave the visitors eight down with 28 still needed.
Fortunately, Groenewald was able to provide Chanderpaul with sufficient support and hit one of the more important six not outs of his career. Somerset’s spinners Jack Leach (3-54) and Chawla (5-97) took all of the wickets to fall between them but it wasn’t quite enough as Derbyshire prevailed in a match that was a brilliant advert for two-division county championship cricket.
There was little action of note elsewhere as Nottinghamshire were unable even to get started in their fourth innings run chase of 211 against Warwickshire due to the rain at Trent Bridge, and the Division Two match at Southampton petered out into the anticipated draw. Northamptonshire reached 135 for three before declaring their second innings after finally bowling out Hampshire for 545 earlier in the day. David Sales ended unbeaten on 66 and added 87 with Stephen Peters (40) for the second-wicket.
1st YB40 Semi-Final, Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton (1245 BST start)
The defending champions welcome back several first-choice players for the fixture. Sohail Tanvir returns as does Danny Briggs from international duty with England. Only Michael Carberry is still absent, with his place at the top of the order likely to be taken by Michael Roberts.
Hampshire squad: Michael Roberts, James Vince, Jimmy Adams (captain), Liam Dawson, Neil McKenzie, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Masacrenhas, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, Michael Bates, David Griffiths.
Glamorgan haven’t won a one-day match at Southampton since 2004 and they will have to attempt to do so without their captain Marcus North, who has returned to Australia. Ben Wright will probably take North’s place in the eleven, with the other selection question as to whether to play a second spinner in Andrew Salter or possibly 19 year-old all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith.
Glamorgan squad: Mark Wallace (captain), Gareth Rees, Chris Cooke, Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Simon Jones, Nick James, Ruaidhri Smith.
Weather Forecast: Showers will be a persistent threat at Southampton tomorrow, especially in the morning, and with the ground already wet after today’s rain that may be enough to bring about a delayed start. However, there should be enough drier weather around later to allow for at least a slightly-shortened game. Temperatures will be relatively low, peaking at around 17 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Durham fast-bowler Graham Onions has signed a full winter contract to play for the Durban-based Dolphins franchise in South Africa’s domestic competition. If, as expected, Onions is included in England’s Ashes squad, then he will be unavailable for the period between early November and early January. The Dolphins play their first match on 13th October.
Michael Hogan has signed a contract extension with Glamorgan, committing himself to the county until the end of the 2016 season.
Gareth Andrew will not play for Worcestershire again this season after being advised rest to deal with a niggling back problem. He told the Evesham Journal: “The injury is not related to my knee problem I’ve had in the past, but down to a high workload in all three formats of the game.”
Jeetan Patel has signed a deal with Warwickshire to be their overseas player for 2014. The club have also offered a two-year contract to 18 year-old wicket-keeper Pete McKay according to the Birmingham Mail.
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