There were Yorkshire Bank 40 wins for Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Glamorgan, while the Championship match at Taunton ended in the expected draw. However, the story of the day came in Scarborough, where Matthew Fisher made history by becoming the youngest post-war player at 15 years and 212 days to play in a county competition. He made 10 off four balls and took one for 40 from seven overs on what was a promising debut.
The LV= County Championship Division One match between Durham and Somerset ended in the anticipated draw at Taunton. The home side declared their second innings at 266 for eight at which point the teams shook hands. Durham had been given a sniff in the morning as they reduced Somerset to 79 for four, but Alex Barrow hit a mature unbeaten 83, while Peter Trego contributed 38.
Derbyshire recorded a resounding victory over Group B leaders Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 in Leek. Wes Durston began the Falcons’ innings with a brisk 71 off only 46 balls, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Alex Hughes provided the late impetus. The both ended with unbeaten half-centuries and added an unbroken 102 in 61 balls for the sixth-wicket. Mark Pettini was then the sole Essex batsman to get going in their run chase. He hit 88 off 68 balls, but Mark Footitt and Hughes picked up a brace of wickets apiece as they were all out for 258.
Lancashire overhauled Surrey’s 264 for eight with more than two overs to spare at Guildford. Ashwell Prince got their run chase off to a good start with 76 off 73 balls and added 85 with Stephen Moore (30 off 39 balls) for the first-wicket and 55 with Steven Croft (25 off 26) for the second. Simon Katich then ended not out on 57 off 37 balls and helped the visitors rush to victory by sharing 76 in 39 balls with Gareth Cross (24 not out off 15) for the sixth-wicket. Surrey openers Jason Roy and Steven Davies had earlier added 102 in 12 overs but the rest of the batting failed to fire.
In Group C, Glamorgan demolished the Unicorns by 85 runs at Southend-on-Sea. Chris Cooke blazed 98 off only 77 balls, while there were equally rapid contributions from Mark Wallace (51 off 44 balls) and Jim Allenby (85 off 57). Dominic Reed was comfortably the pick of the nominal home side’s attack, taking five for 31 on List A debut with his brisk medium-pace. Former Derbyshire second XI captain Garry Park then top-scored for the Unicorns with 74 but they ended up well short on 215 for nine. Graham Wagg took four for 51, while there were two wickets for Michael Hogan.
Leicestershire tucked into Yorkshire’s young attack to win by three wickets and make it four wins out of five. Greg Smith made 58 off 51 balls, but it was the contributions from Rob Taylor (48 not out off 36 balls) and Jigar Naik (22 off 21) that proved crucial. From 189 for seven, the pair added 71 in 46 balls to guide the Foxes home in the final over of a tense run chase. Yorkshire did indeed give a debut to 15 year-old Matthew Fisher, who took a respectable one for 40 from seven overs. Their total had been boosted to 258 for nine by a late 53 off 23 balls by Liam Plunkett after they had been restricted in the middle of their innings by Taylor and Naik, who took two wickets apiece.
LV= County Championship Round 10 Fixtures:
Tuesday, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Yorkshire at Lord’s
Tuesday, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Grace Road
Wednesday, LV=CCD1, Durham v Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street
Wednesday, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire at Trent Bridge
Wednesday, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Surrey at Arundel
Wednesday, LV=CCD2, Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford
Wednesday, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton
Wednesday, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury