The nation’s cricketers made the most of some dry weather this morning to give county cricket watchers something to cheer, before the rain set in after lunch and wiped out the remainder of either day two or three in the tenth round of the LV= County Championship.
Lancashire progressed from 203 for six to 272 for nine in the 21 overs that were possible amidst the rain against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Ashwell Prince was first man out today for 80 – adding 17 to his overnight score before becoming Andre Adams’ fifth victim – with Glen Chapple following shortly afterwards for 24 and Ajmal Shahzad making just three.
Less than 18 overs were bowled at Lord’s with Middlesex advancing their score by 43 runs for the loss of Dawid Malan to Craig Overton for 51 on the second day against Somerset. Malan’s dismissal brought to an end a third-wicket partnership worth 74 with Joe Denly, who ended undefeated with 116.
Sussex endured six overs of torment at the hands of Stuart Meaker on the second day against Surrey at Horsham. They started the day in the promising position of 81 for two in reply to the visitors’ dismal first innings total of 124, but Meaker took three wickets either side of a rain shower, with Murali Kartik contributing the wicket of Luke Wright, to reduce them to 90 for six by the close.
Durham ended the penultimate day against Warwickshire on 147 for seven in their second innings, to give them a lead of 227 going into the final day at Chester-le-Street. Chris Woakes took two wickets for the Bears, with Keith Barker, Championship debutant Tom Milnes, and Darren Maddy chipping in with one each as Paul Collingwood ended 29 not out for the home side.
In Division Two, Essex survived the 13 overs that were bowled without losing a wicket to move to 195 for four against Northamptonshire. Ravi Bopara moved to 87 and took his fifth-wicket partnership with James Foster, who ended on 60, to 138.
No play was possible on the second day of Glamorgan’s match against Yorkshire at Colwyn Bay as the rain reached the south and west of the country before moving on to dampen spirits elsewhere.
Hampshire added 40 runs without losing a wicket in the hour or so of play that as possible on the second day against Kent at Tunbridge Wells. Simon Katich ended with 43, and Liam Dawson with 22, to take the visitors to 90 for three at stumps.
Dan Redfern and David Wainwright took their sixth-wicket stand to 109 before the rain arrived at Grace Road to wipe out the rest of the day’s play against Leicestershire. Derbyshire closed on 259 for five, with Redfern 19 away from his third first-class century and Wainwright five short of his fifth fifty.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Somerset at Lord’s
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Lancashire at Trent Bridge
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Surrey at Horsham
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Grace Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Yorkshire at Colwyn Bay
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Hampshire at Tunbridge Wells
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Essex at Wantage Road
Group A, CB40, Netherlands v Worcestershire at Voorburg
Weather Forecast: Rain is again expected to play a starring role tomorrow, with a band sitting across much of England and Wales in the morning, before possibly fizzling out slightly in the afternoon – especially in the south-east. Temperatures will still be on the low side with highs of between 12 and 17 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Derbyshire all-rounder Gary Park and Gloucestershire bowler Paul Muchall have both received reprimands under the ECB’s disciplinary code following level one breaches of the code in second eleven cricket during the past fortnight.
Worcestershire have said that Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir will miss at least the first two matches in the club’s Friends Life t20 campaign after he was called up to the Pakistan national squad.
Durham have been thwarted in their attempts to sign Australian all-rounder John Hastings as their second overseas player in this season’s Friends Life t20. They had hoped that he would be able to replace compatriot Mitchell Johnson, who was called up to Australia’s ODI squad for their tour of England, but he has not played the required number of international matches according the ECB’s strict rules on overseas players.
Former Leicestershire off-spinner Jack Birkenshaw, who is officially employed as the ECB’s pitch liaison officer, took advantage of the poor weather during Durham’s match against Lancashire last week to offer spin coaching to Durham and England leg-spinner Scott Borthwick.
Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford has ruled out the county signing a second overseas player for this season’s Friends Life t20, citing the “silly prices” that some overseas stars are demanding.
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