There were starring roles played by Varun Chopra, Chris Rushworth, Steven Mullaney and Simon Katich as the twelfth round of the LV= County Championship continued around the country.
Derbyshire’s batting imploded on the second day at Chester-le-Street as they were bowled out for just 113 in reply to Durham’s 253. Six of their batsmen did reach double figures, but none made more than David Wainwright’s 18. Chris Rushworth was the chief architect of their destruction, taking six for 64, while Callum Thorp and Mark Wood each chipped in with two wickets. The home side then rammed home their advantage and closed in their second innings on 208 for two to lead by 348 runs. Scott Borthwick hit a career-best 117 to underline the remarkable improvement in his batting in recent times and dominated a second-wicket stand of 168 with Keaton Jennings, who ended on 65 not out.
Varun Chopra was on 228 - five short of his highest first-class score - when Warwickshire declared on 486 for six on day two at Uxbridge. He shared exactly 100 with wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose, who made a sprightly 60 to help the defending champions capitalise on their good first day showing. There were then cameos of 34 from Chris Woakes and 22 from Rikki Clarke. Middlesex then endured a poor start to their first innings as Keith Barker and Chris Wright struck four times between them in the space of just nine balls to reduce them to 28 for four. However, there was a spectacular fightback from Adam Voges and John Simpson, who hit half-centuries during a crucial unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 149. The home side reached stumps 309 runs adrift on 177 for four.
Somerset lead Sussex by only 78 runs and look destined for defeat on day three at Taunton. They again lost openers Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton cheaply - the former bagging a pair - to close on 197 for seven in their second innings. James Hildreth was one of four of their middle-order to get starts and top-scored with 49, but James Anyon ended with four for 56. Michael Yardy and Matt Machan had earlier both reached three figures for Sussex to take their overnight third-wicket partnership to 275. However, a late collapse gave the home side brief hope and they were able to restrict Sussex’s first innings lead to 119 before their batting troubles resurfaced.
Nottinghamshire took complete control on the second day at The Oval, reaching the close on 360 for six in reply to Surrey’s 198. Makeshift opener Steven Mullaney hit 104 and advanced his opening stand with Riki Wessels (47) to 105. Samit Patel then came in and ended with a fluent 87, sharing useful partnerships with David Hussey (37) and Chris Read (31). Chris Tremlett was the pick of the Surrey attack with three for 71.
In Division Two, Glamorgan closed strongly in pursuit of Hampshire’s 341. They did slip to 35 for two and 84 for three, but the recalled Gareth Rees and the experienced Murray Goodwin both passed 50 and added an unbroken 112. Rees in unbeaten on 84, with Goodwin on 57 and Glamorgan on 196 for three. Dean Cosker and Jim Allenby had earlier helped finish of the Hampshire first innings with a brace of wickets each.
Simon Katich hit a century to help Lancashire gain the upper hand in their top-of-the-table clash against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. The Australian left-hander ended on 114 not out to help his side recover from 146 for four to close in the ascendancy on 262 for four. Luke Procter was at the other end during their stand of 116 and finished the day on 62 not out. Northamptonshire had earlier been able to extend their first innings to only 310 from its overnight 275 for seven. Kyle Hogg took all three wickets to fall, including that of Cameron White, last out for 90.
day three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Warwickshire at Uxbridge
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Sussex at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Nottinghamshire at The Oval
day three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff
day one, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Kent at Cheltenham
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Lancashire at Wantage Road
Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will see a wider variety of maximum temperatures, with the south-west, where there is the most sunshine, still peaking at around 26 degrees Celsius and the far east struggling to reach 20 under the cloud.
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