Rain played it part in the LV= County Championship today, but Sam Robson still found time to complete his second century in as many matches, while Jimmy Adams led a partial Hampshire recovery in Division Two at Bristol and Essex edged ahead at Old Trafford.
Sam Robson hit another century, albeit this time against a threadbare Warwickshire bowling attack, to lead Middlesex to stumps on 280 for three on day one at Edgbaston. With Tom Milnes and Tom Allin both at the beginning of their careers and Rikki Clarke not fully fit, it was left to Boyd Rankin to shoulder the burden of the Bears’ attack. He dismissed Chris Rogers for 33 to end an opening stand with Robson that was worth 85, but that was about as good as it got. Robson added 95 with Joe Denly (35) for the second-wicket, 62 with Dawid Malan (37) and an unbroken 38 with Neil Dexter (21 not out) and finished on 136 not out.
Somerset closed day two at Headingley on 92 for one after Yorkshire had declared their first innings at 505 for nine. Adil Rashid turned his overnight 120 into a career-best 180 and added 79 with Richard Pyrah (55 off 54 balls) for the eighth-wicket. He then added a further 55 with Jack Brooks (33 not out) before being bowled by Jamie Overton at which point the home side declared. Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton the put on 90 before Trescothick departed late on to Jack Brooks for 53.
Jimmy Adams helped Hampshire emerge just about intact on the opening day of their Division Two clash against Gloucestershire at Bristol. He ended on 74 not out and had added 68 with Danny Briggs (25 not out) for the ninth-wicket by the time stumps were drawn. Hampshire had struggled badly after choosing to bat and slipped to 97 for eight as Craig Miles took three wickets and Will Gidman and Jack Taylor chipped in with two apiece. Hampshire eventually ended on 165 for eight after 60 overs.
Worcestershire ended a truncated opening day against Leicestershire on 198 for three. They lost Daryl Mitchell in Ollie Freckingham’s third over, but Matthew Pardoe and Moeen Ali shared 78 for the second-wicket. Ali was caught off Rob Taylor for 48, but Pardoe found support from Thilan Samaraweera and added a further 69 prior to being bowled by Jigar Naik. Samaraweera was on 52 when rain and bad light brought a premature halt to proceedings.
Essex closed day two in the ascendancy against Lancashire. They earnt a 49-run first innings lead and then reached stumps in their second innings on 120 for two. It could have been worse for Lancashire after they had been reduced to 22 for four in their first innings by Reece Topley and David Masters. However, contributions from most of the lower-order meant that they hauled themselves up to 177. Tim Phillips helped end the innings with three for 20, while Gareth Cross top-scored with 45. Alastair Cook then ended on 57 not out in Essex’s second innings as they closed 169 runs ahead.
Nottinghamshire made it two wins out of two in Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40. They won a rain-affected match against Kent by seven wickets at Trent Bridge. After a long break for rain, the Outlaws were set 140 off 19 overs via the Duckworth Lewis method. Michael Lumb (11 off 10 balls) and Alex Hales (21 off 13) began the chase brightly, before James Taylor and Riki Wessels took them over the line with an unbroken stand of 67. Taylor ended on 50 off 42 balls and will now have to rush to Grace Road to play for the England Lions tomorrow. Wessels practically sealed the win by taking 17 off Charlie Shreck's third over; the former Notts player not enjoying his return to either his old county or the one-day game - he was playng his first in almost three years.
Earlier, the home side's slower bowlers had stalled the Kent innings. Steven Mullaney took four for 29 from eight overs, while Graeme Swann delivered his allocation at a cost of just 24 runs. Rob Key did the early scoring for the Spitfires with 62, but Geraint Jones was mostly responsible for getting them up to a moderately competitive 220 for six. He hit 39 off 21 balls and, in conjunction with Ben Harmison (33 not out off 37), ensured that 82 were added in the last 9.4 overs.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (CC matches start at 1100 BST, 1000 GMT)
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Somerset at Headingley
day two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston
day three, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Essex at Old Trafford
day two, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Hampshire at Bristol
day two, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Leicestershire at New Road
Group B, YB40, Surrey v Durham at The Oval (match starts at 1540 BST)
Graeme Smith will miss the next "few months" of the season for Surrey after deciding to undergo surgery on a long-standing ankle injury. If he recovers in time, Smith will be part of South Africa's Champions Trophy squad so will not return to county action until July at the earliest. In his absence, Gareth Batty takes over the captaincy and leads a 14-man squad that again includes Zimbabwe-born all-rounder Tom Curran and the in-form Steve Davies.
Surrey squad: Gareth Batty (captain), Steven Davies, Jason Roy, Vikram Solanki, Gary Wilson, Zander de Bruyn, Rory Burns, Zafar Ansari, Jon Lewis, Jade Dernbach, Tim Linley, Tom Curran, Tom Jewell, Gary Keedy.
Durham have Graham Onions unavailable due to England Lions commitments and have drafted Mitchell Claydon into their starting eleven for the day/night clash at The Oval.
Durham XI: Phil Mustard, Mark Stoneman, Ben Stokes, Paul Collingwood, Dale Benkenstein (captain), Gordon Muchall, Scott Borthwick, Gareth Breese, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth, Mitchell Claydon.
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be windy, with rain confined mainly to the west. Temperatures will be cool and peak at no higher than around 14 degrees Celsius.
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