Monty Panesar took three for 33 from 32 overs to help Sussex complete a 10-wicket victory over Surrey on the final day at Horsham. Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown top-scored for the visitors with 47 as they were bowled out for 248 in their second innings, while Chris Nash, Steve Magoffin and James Anyon supported Panesar well to end with a brace of wickets piece. This left Sussex needing 22 to win, which they knocked off inside two overs.
Lancashire and Nottinghamshire both forfeited an innings in an effort to force a result at Trent Bridge. However, it was all to no avail, as the home side closed on 293 for seven in pursuit of 351 to win. Nottinghamshire lost Alex Hales for a duck in the first over, but James Taylor (67), Adam Voges (55) and Chris Read (56) all passed fifty, before Ajmal Shahzad struck twice in the 76th over to raise Lancashire’s hopes. However, Paul Franks joined Read and the pair survived the remaining 13.4 overs without further alarms.
In Division Two, Essex and Northamptonshire chose to maximise their bonus points hauls rather than try to force a result on the last day at Wantage Road. James Foster and Ravi Bopara took their fifth-wicket partnership to 294 before finally departing for 174 and 135 respectively as Essex declared on 400 for six. Northamptonshire then faced 47 overs in their first innings and reached 200 for three, as James Middlebrook continued his impressive stint as makeshift opener with an innings of 100 from 141 balls.
Hampshire and Kent both forfeited an innings at Tunbridge Wells, but the match still ended as a draw, with the home side on 220 for six in pursuit of their target of 304. Hampshire advanced their first innings to 303 for eight before declaring, with Liam Dawson ending on 134 not out. The Kent openers then started brightly, adding 75 inside 24 overs, but tidy bowling from Dimitri Mascarenhas (two for 45) and Kabir Ali (two for 53) ensured that Hampshire took regular wickets and they ended 84 runs short.
Glamorgan and Yorkshire's match at Colwyn Bay ended without further play, with the home side on 117 for three.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, GMT)
Group A, CB40, Middlesex v Lancashire at Lord’s (1245)
The home side have named a 14-man squad which includes Anthony Ireland in place of Steven Finn, and the spin pairing of Ollie Rayner and Tom Smith.
Group A, CB40, Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road (1245)
The visitors have named Graeme McCarter, James Fuller, Jack Taylor, Ed Young and Jonathan Batty in their 13-man squad.
Group B, CB40, Glamorgan v Durham at Colwyn Bay (1215)
James Harris returns to Glamorgan’s CB40 side after recovering from injury, while Chris Cooke, Martin van Jaarsveld and Simon Jones are also included. Meanwhile, Paul Collingwood misses out for the Dynamos after receiving a blow to his hand while batting against Warwickshire, while there are maiden 2012 call-ups for second-team wicket-keeper Michael Richardson and Academy product Ryan Buckley.
Group C, CB40, Kent v Northamptonshire at Tunbridge Wells (1245)
The young pairing of Rob Keogh and Ollie Stone are included in the Steelbacks’ 13-man squad as Con de Lange and David Sales continue to miss out through injury. Jack Brooks, Niall O’Brien and Chaminda Vaas all return to the one-day side, but Lee Daggett looks set to be rested.
Group C, CB40, Sussex v Derbyshire at Horsham (1245)
Sussex and Derbyshire will both give their Friends Life t20 overseas stars a run out ahead of the commencement of that competition next week. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Scott Styris are both expected to start.
Weather Forecast: The southern half of England and Wales will be covered by a blanket of cloud throughout the afternoon, which will develop into showers and more persistent light rain at times. Further north, there will be brighter spells with the occasional shower. Temperatures will peak at between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Leicestershire are hopeful that Will Jefferson will be able to play some part in the defence of their Twenty20 crown in spite of suffering from a long-term back injury. Off-spinner Jigar Naik will miss all of the group matches as he recovers from ankle surgery.
Counties are in line for a grant of £1 million each from ECB after the board signed a new broadcasting deal with ESPN Star Sports to show England’s home internationals and domestic matches overseas. The money will only be able to be spent on ground improvements.
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