Whether in the unofficial Test match at Old Trafford or in any of today’s LV= County Championship Division One fixtures, it was a day to be a bowler, in spite of the sunshine that bathed much of the country in a warm glow.
The day began with the wickets continuing to tumble at Chester-le-Street where Surrey didn’t put up much of a fight and slumped to an innings-and-38-run defeat at the hands of Durham. They started the day on 69 for five, needing 112 just to make the home side bat again, and were bowled out for just 143 with leg-spinner Scott Borthwick taking the final two wickets to fall. Surrey’s woes deepened further shortly after the close with the news that they were being docked a point because of maintaining a slow over-rate.
Nottinghamshire and Somerset finally got some meaningful play in on the third day at Taunton and the bowlers made up for lost time taking 13 wickets between them during the day. The visitors could make only 156 in their first innings as Gemaal Hussain ended with figures of four for 29 and Chris Read top-scored with 52. In reply, the hosts lost Marcus Trescothick second ball to Ben Phillips, but James Hildreth closed on 63 to lead them to 187 for six at stumps.
Wickets tumbled on the second day at Edgbaston, where Warwickshire closed in the ascendancy against Worcestershire. The home side began the day badly, being dismissed for 132 in their first innings, with Rikki Clarke’s 61 the only real contribution as Chris Russell took four for 43. However, their bowlers responded in the best possible fashion, as they bowled out Worcestershire for just 145 second time around, with Jeetan Patel (four for 42), Keith Barker (three for 21) and Chris Wright (two for 40) all among the wickets. This left the Bears needing to chase 260 in the fourth innings, which looked like a stiff ask given what had gone before, but their openers took them to stumps on 79 without loss to give them hope.
In Division Two, Ian Cockbain hit 112 to deny Hampshire any hope of forcing a win on the final day at Bristol. Gloucestershire made 277 in their second innings to leave the visitors requiring a hypothetical 273 for victory. They faced two overs before the chase was called off.
Essex took control on the second day at Canterbury, reducing Kent to nine for three in their second innings after they themselves had made 273 to earn a 47-run lead in their first. Essex had lost four early wickets to Matt Coles and Charlie Shreck, but fought back courtesy of a 126-run sixth-wicket partnership between James Foster and Adam Wheater. Wheater made 82, with Foster falling for 76 and adding a further 51 with Graham Napier (43) for the eighth-wicket.
Simon Kerrigan and James Tredwell decimated Australia A’s middle-order on the third day of their unofficial Test match at Old Trafford. The tourists had reached 166 for one at one stage thanks to half-centuries from Ed Cowan and Michael Klinger (66), but James Tredwell dismissed Cowan for 99 to begin a collapse of nine for 111 as they were bowled out for 277. Tredwell added two more to finish with three for 93, while Kerrigan ensured his name was kept in the England selectors’ thoughts and bamboozled the Australians on his way to figures of six for 59. This earnt England Lions a 38-run lead, which they had increased to 196 by stumps thanks to an innings of 70 from Joe Root and an unbeaten one of 73 from Jonny Bairstow.
Day Four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton
Day One, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Middlesex at Hove
The home side’s squad is unchanged and again includes Kirk Wernars and is without Matt Prior. Middlesex are without Eoin Morgan, who is captaining the Lions, so Sam Robson returns. Tom Smith is also included alongside fellow spinner Ollie Rayner in the 13-strong party.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Worcestershire at Edgbaston
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
Day One, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road (1100 GMT start)
The Foxes welcome back Josh Cobb from his finger injury, but have dropped batsman Greg Smith in favour of Will Jones. Robbie Joseph will be hoping to force his way into the starting eleven.
Group B, CB40, Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff (1540 GMT start)
The Welsh Dragons have named Nick James in their 12-man squad. He is likely to compete for the final starting berth with seamer John Glover. Hampshire, meanwhile, will be without Dimitri Mascarenhas, who has a shoulder injury, with Hamza Riazuddin his replacement in the 13-man squad. David Griffiths is also included.
Day Four, 1st ‘Test’, England Lions v Australia A at Old Trafford
Day One, Tour Match, Derbyshire v South Africans
The home side have rested their frontline bowlers for the fixture, with Mark Footitt, Alex Hughes and Ally Evans leading the seam attack, but have a first choice batting line-up. Wayne Madsen will skipper the club against the country of his birth. The tourists are boosted by the return to fitness of Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, although neither are likely to feature, and all-rounder Albie Morkel, who is expected to do so as a specialist batsman. Alviro Petersen is rested as he recovers from his hamstring injury, but is expected to be fit for next week’s third Test at Lord’s.
Weather Forecast: Another warm sunny day is forecast for all of England and Wales tomorrow. It will be just as warm as today with temperatures peaking at between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Derbyshire batsman Dan Redfern and Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance are among six players shortlisted for the inaugural LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award. The other four have all been part of England Lions squads in recent times – they are Stuart Meaker, Simon Kerrigan, Matt Coles and Joe Root.
Mitchell Claydon has signed a new two-year deal with Durham.
The ECB have launched their biggest ever piece of cricket research on the subject of county cricket and are inviting all fans of the English domestic game to complete the survey, which takes around 15 minutes.
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