Derbyshire’s relegation was confirmed on the penultimate day of the county season as they collapsed to a heavy defeat against Warwickshire. Northamptonshire and Essex also lost their respective matches, while history was made by 18 year-old Dominic Sibley at The Oval. Champions Durham also stirred themselves for a terrific fightback against Sussex on what was another action-packed day in the LV= County Championship.
Derbyshire’s relegation was confirmed as they collapsed miserably to lose to Warwickshire by an innings and 168 runs at the County Ground. Their fate was sealed at around midday when Tony Palladino was forced to retire hurt, meaning that they were all out for 103 in their first innings and failed to pick up the batting points that would have kept their dream alive. Keith Barker ended with five for 55, while Maurice Chambers took three for 27. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the only Derbyshire batsmen to prosper, comfortably top-scoring with 52. With nothing to play for, they then folded for just 120 second time around to complete the heavy defeat. Chris Woakes (3-36), Boyd Rankin (2-16) and Jeetan Patel (2-1) each took at least two wickets, with Tom Poynton’s 41 the highest score.
Somerset had made Derbyshire’s task a difficult one by amassing 372 in their first innings against Nottinghamshire to take their bonus points tally to seven. In the end, it all proved irrelevant and both they and Nottinghamshire will remain in Division One. James Hildreth starred with 161 as the Cidermen enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges. He extended his third-wicket stand with Nick Compton to 248 before the latter was bowled by Samit Patel for 87. Harry Gurney then ensured that Nottinghamshire would take a 34-run first innings lead by wrapping up the lower-order en route to figures of five for 81. The home side then extended their lead to 173 by closing in their second innings on 139 for three. Steven Mullaney got the innings off to a brisk start with a 50-ball 59.
Dominic Sibley became the youngest Surrey player at 18 years and 21 days to hit a century on day three against Yorkshire. He broke Jack Crawford’s 1905 record and then went on to finish on 220 not out, becoming the 13th youngest double centurion in first-class cricket history and the youngest in the history of the County Championship. Hashim Amla also made 151 and the pair put on 236 for the third-wicket. Vikram Solanki then hit a fluent 51 as Surrey reached stumps on 572 for four to lead by 138 runs.
Sussex were dealt a setback in their efforts to secure a third-place finish. Champions Durham fought back well from a first innings deficit of 164 and a position of 120 for six in their second innings - Chris Jordan taking three wickets - to close on 380 for seven. Keaton Jennings ended on 113 not out and added a mammoth 218 with Michael Richardson for the seventh-wicket. Richardson finally fell for a career-best 129, but Usman Arshad joined Jennings and ended on 38 not out off just 23 balls. Durham lead by 216 runs going into the final day.
In Division Two, Essex will be left to reflect on what might have happened had they picked their first-choice side against Hampshire after Northamptonshire slumped to defeat against Worcestershire. Northants managed only four points from the fixture at New Road, meaning that if Essex had taken full points at Southampton, they would have been promoted instead.
As it was, both sides lost, with Northamptonshire having secured their promotion yesterday. They were set 257 to win by Worcestershire, but Moeen Ali took six for 77 as they were all out for 141. Left-arm spinner Shaaiq Choudhry also chipped in with three for 28, with the match notable for equalling the number of LBW dismissals - 18 - in a Championship match. Earlier, contributions from Ross Whiteley (56), Tom Fell (40) and Ben Cox (34) had lifted the Pears second innings total to 295.
Essex’s defeat to Hampshire was a rather heftier one. They were all out for 218 in their second innings to lose by an innings and 31 runs. James Tomlinson and Matt Coles each took four wickets, with the latter ending with 10 wickets in a match for the first time in his career. Graham Napier top-scored for Essex with a typically belligerent 53.
Lancashire declared their second innings on 393 for five to set Kent a daunting 418 for victory at Canterbury. They closed on 32 for one, with Oliver Newby trapping Daniel Bell-Drummond in front with the final ball of the day. Paul Horton and Ashwell Prince had earlier hit centuries and added 163 for the second-wicket. Prince’s 108 followed up his first innings 134. Andrea Agathangelou then added some late impetus before the declaration came. He ended on 51 not out off just 35 balls.
There was no play on day three due to rain in Cardiff. Glamorgan are on 271 for nine in reply to Gloucestershire’s 275.
day four, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Somerset at Trent Bridge
day four, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Yorkshire at The Oval
day four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Durham at Hove
day four, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Cardiff
day four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury
Weather Forecast: The final day of the county season should be a mainly sunny one, with only patchy cloud expected. Temperatures will peak at around 19 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Trevor Jesty has retired from umpiring in first-class cricket at the age of 65. The former Hampshire, Surrey, Lancashire and England player has been a regular on the first-class panel for several years.
Somerset will not renew the contract of former Gloucestershire seamer Gemaal Hussain. Hussain, 29, joined the club in 2011 but has struggled, through injury and poor form, to hold down a place in the first-team.
Geraint Jones has told Kent Online that he determined to regain his Kent place next season. Jones, 37, was dropped after a run of poor form, with 22 year-old Sam Billings his replacement, but says that he has been told that whoever performs best in 2014 pre-season training will be given first crack next season. Jones will again play for Papua New Guinea this winter.
Yorkshire will part company with physiotherapist Scot McAllister at the end of the season. McAllister is to leave after 11 years to become lead physio of Scotland Rugby Union Sevens team. He will be replaced by former Hull FC physio Kunwar Bansil.
Newly-relegated Derbyshire have been given an important boost with the news that seamer Mark Footitt has signed a two-year contract extension. Footitt had attracted interest from Surrey after impressing them during a Championship match earlier this season.
Middlesex CCC will be running trials for their disability squads during October and November. More information can be found on the club website.
Former Glamorgan cricketer Adam Shantry, along with Tom Mees and Emma Lawson successfully completed their English Channel swim overnight in a time of 13 hours and 52 minutes. The group are raising funds for the Tom Maynard Trust. You can donate here.
Retiring Warwickshire cricketer Darren Maddy has been appointed Master in Charge of Cricket at Solihull School. More
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