Rain significantly shortened play in all five LV= County Championship matches today as, coupled with a strong wind, it made conditions unpleasant for first-class cricket. Sam Robson did have time to hit a career-best 215 not out against a depleted Warwickshire attack, while Yorkshire's and Leicestershire’s bowlers made inroads in their matches.
Only 26 overs were bowled at Headingley, but that gave Yorkshire enough time to take the upper hand against Somerset. By stumps, they had reduced the visitors to 190 for five as Tim Bresnan and Adil Rashid each struck twice. Nick Compton was the first to go in the first over of the day, leg-before to Bresnan, with night-watchman Jack Leach’s resistance ended at eight. Alviro Petersen (54) and James Hildreth (31 not out) then added 66 for the fourth-wicket, before Rashid removed Petersen and new man Arul Suppiah with successive deliveries late on.
Sam Robson became the second Middlesex opener in as many matches to hit a double-hundred as he ended day two against Warwickshire on 215. Middlesex began the day on 280 for three and ended it on 428 for five. Neil Dexter and Robson took their fourth-wicket stand to 83 prior to Dexter being caught off Boyd Rankin for 46. John Simpson (19) and Gareth Berg (23 not out) then partnered Robson during stands of 48 and 55.
In Division Two, Essex took their lead over Lancashire to 252 after three days at Old Trafford. They lost only one wicket in the 32 overs that were bowled when Alastair Cook was caught behind off Kyle Hogg for 60. Jaik Mickleburgh then completed his fifty and shared an unbroken 71 with Mark Pettini (36 not out) for the fourth-wicket as Essex reached stumps in their second innings on 203 for three.
Hampshire continued their recovery from a position of 97 for eight yesterday and closed day two against Gloucestershire on 264 for nine. Captain Jimmy Adams is unbeaten on 129 and took his ninth-wicket partnership with Danny Briggs to 128. Briggs was finally dismissed by Alex Gidman but not before he had completed a maiden first-class half-century. James Tomlinson then joined Adams and ended on one off 47 balls, valiantly holding up and end during a stand of 39.
Worcestershire moved to 294 for seven on the second day against Leicestershire. Alexei Kervezee and Neil Pinner were dismissed in successive Jigar Naik overs, but Thilan Samaraweera ended unbeaten on 92. He added a useful 30 for the sixth-wicket with Michael Johnson (17) to stem the flow of wickets, but Naik struck again, this time with consecutive deliveries, to end with five for 98. Shaaiq Choudhry then joined Samaraweera and finished on 15 not out.
A century from Jason Roy was in vain as Surrey's Group B Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Durham was rained off after the home side's innings. Roy was the sole bright spot for Surrey after they had been sent in by Durham skipper Dale Benkenstein. They lost regular wickets throughout their innings as Chris Rushworth took four and Ben Stokes and Paul Collingwood two each and were eventually all out for 216 with Roy eighth man out for 117 off 111 balls. Rain during the interval then ensured that the Durham run chase didn't begin and the match was called off by umpires Peter Hartley and Neil Mallender around two hours early.
Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets where applicable)
day one, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Durham at The Oval (1200 BST, 1100 GMT)
The match will start at noon due to the late finish in tonight’s Yorkshire Bank 40. Durham have named Will Smith, Ryan Buckley and Callum Thorp in a 13-man squad, with Mitchell Claydon missing out from the squad that was named for the YB40 match.
Durham squad: Paul Collingwood (captain), Mark Stoneman, Will Smith, Dale Benkenstein, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Mark Wood, Callum Thorp, Chris Rushworth, Gareth Breese, Ryan Buckley.
day three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston
day four, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Somerset at Headingley
day three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Hampshire at Bristol
day four, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Essex at Old Trafford
day three, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Leicestershire at New Road
Group A, YB40, Netherlands v Kent at Deventer (1245 BST, 1345 local, 1145 GMT)
The Dutch kick off their final season in the English domestic one-day competition by hosting a Kent side who lost last night to Nottinghamshire. They are without Michael Swart, who has a knee injury, and Timm van der Gugten. Young Queensland batsman Dominic Michael is their overseas player for the 2013 season.
Netherlands squad: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Stephan Myburgh, Tom Cooper, Dom Michael, Daan van Bunge, Tom de Grooth, Tim Gruijters, Mudassar Bukhari, Pieter Seelaar, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren.
Group A, YB40, Northamptonshire v Sussex at Wantage Road (1540 BST, 1440 GMT)
Rob Newton is still injured so will miss the visit of Sussex, while David Willey is named 13-man squad but is expected to be rested ahead of the Championship match against Leicestershire.
Northamptonshire squad: Alex Wakely (captain), Stephen Peters, Kyle Coetzer, David Sales, Matthew Spriegel, Ben Duckett, Steven Crook, Andrew Hall, James Middlebrook, Trent Copeland, Olly Stone, David Willey, Lee Daggett.
Leg-spinner Will Beer returns to Sussex the squad following an injury lay-off and will be hoping to make another favourable impression in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Also included in a 13-man squad is England wicket-keeper Matt Prior for his last match before he links up with the Test squad.
Sussex squad: Ed Joyce (captain), Chris Nash, Luke Wells, Matt Prior, Michael Yardy, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Ben Brown, Chris Jordan, Will Beer, James Anyon, Chris Liddle, Joe Gatting, Michael Rippon.
Weather Forecast: There should be less rain overall tomorrow, with the east, in particular, escaping any showers. The wind should ease slightly, although temperatures will remain similar and peak at around 14 degrees Celsius.
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