No play was possible on the final day at either Chester-le-Street or Grace Road, meaning that Durham’s match against Warwickshire and Leicestershire’s against Derbyshire were both drawn. Play was also abandoned for the day at Colwyn Bay and Wantage Road as rain continued to be the main story of round 10 of the LV= County Championship.
Lancashire did manage almost an hour of play against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, progressing to 321 for nine, as the last-wicket pair of Kyle Hogg (44 not out) and Simon Kerrigan (22 not out) took their overnight partnership to 70.
Middlesex had to make do with a draw on the final day against Somerset at Lord’s. They declared on their overnight 364 for three, meaning that Somerset had to make 191 just to make them bat again, which they did by reaching 227 for seven before the teams shook hands on the draw. Somerset had lost both openers early on, but Nick Compton anchored their innings with an unbeaten 69 and found support from James Hildreth (38), Peter Trego (50) and Alfonso Thomas (39 not out).
The Sussex tail wagged prodigiously on the third day at The Oval as they moved from a seemingly disastrous 90 for six to be all out for 351 in their first innings against Surrey. Luke Wells added 85 with Naved Arif (34) for the seventh wicket and 64 with Steve Magoffin (34) for the eighth before falling to Murali Kartik for 127. James Anyon and Monty Panesar then shared a tenth-wicket stand of 80, with Anyon ending with a career-best 64 and Panesar making 31. Surrey faced 14 overs in their second innings and reached 39 for one, with Jason Roy falling in the penultimate over of the day for 35.
In Division Two, only at Tunbridge Wells was any play possible, as Hampshire moved to 229 for six in their first innings against Kent. Simon Katich fell to James Tredwell for 54 to end his overnight partnership of 99 with Liam Dawson, and Sean Ervine fell shortly afterwards without scoring, but Dawson, clearly benefiting from his move down the order, closed 111 not out, while Michael Bates made 30.
The Netherlands’ Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign ground to a halt at The Hague as they were bowled out for just 57 against Worcestershire. Jack Shantry and Gareth Andrew took three wickets each, with Tom Cooper one of only two batsman to reach double figures courtesy of his 31-ball 25. Worcestershire then lost Moeen Ali in the fifth over of their reply, but reached their target with 155 balls and nine wickets to spare.
The Dutch remain top of Group A, but have played significantly more games than the other sides in the group, so the defeat will serve as a sharp reminder that one of county cricket’s biggest surprises – namely their qualification for the semi-finals – is not yet a foregone conclusion.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Lancashire at Trent Bridge
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Surrey at Horsham
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Yorkshire at Colwyn Bay
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Hampshire at Tunbridge Wells
Day Four, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Essex at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: Heavy cloud and showers are forecast for the morning, but this should clear to leave England and Wales bathed in sunshine after lunch with temperatures getting as high as 19 degrees Celsius in the south-east.
County News In Brief:
Pakistani fast-bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan has been granted a No-objection certificate (NOC) by the PCB to allow him to play in Derbyshire’s upcoming Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Sussex. He had been due to represent the club exclusively in the Friends Life t20.
Yorkshire have signed South Africa and former Durham batsman David Miller as their overseas player for the Friends Life t20.
Former England and Leicestershire wicket-keeper Paul Nixon was on hand at local club Syston Town to help promote their coaching sessions for people with physical and mental disabilities. Leicestershire are one of the few counties that do not currently have a disabled cricket team.
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