Thursday 15 May 2008 

Onions And Harmison Bowl Durham Into Strong Position

Eight wickets from Graham Onions and Steve Harmison gave Durham something to cheer about in the latest County Championship action; the North-East side have not had a great start to the season, while Nottinghamshire look poised to beat Lancashire sometime tomorrow. Richard Reardon reports.

Division One

Taunton: Somerset 577-8 declared v Sussex 19-1 |

Only 36 overs were bowled on day two at Taunton as rain interruptions halted the Somerset charge. In between delays Somerset added to their overnight total of 399 with James Hildreth (158) adding 31 to his score before he was caught off the bowling of Ollie Rayner. Contributions came the whole way day the Somerset order with the rain not affecting the batting conditions too much. Zander De Bruyn (62) went on to make his half-century before he was bowled by Luke Wright. Quick scoring from the tail including 41 off 40 for Peter Trego and 29 off 24 for Craig Kieswetter to set up the declaration by Justin Langer.

The Sussex’s openers were subjected to four overs of bowling before the early end to the day’s play, in which time Chris Nash was caught at slip off the bowling of Charl Willoughby, before an unusual innings of 17 from 13 balls for Michael Yardy (who remains unbeaten) in the fading light brought a close to proceedings with Somerset firmly in control of this contest.

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 204-7 v Surrey 278 |

Surrey turned around a disappointing batting display on day two at the Rose Bowl. With Hampshire looking in control after a 133-run partnership between Michael Brown (66) and Michael Lumb (60) got the home side up to 146-2. Both were removed by promising all-rounder Chris Jordan in a short space of time sparking a collapse. Five wickets were lost for just 28 runs as Hampshire faced the prospect of a first innings deficit.

Saqlain Mushtaq weighed in with a brace of wickets as the only other batsmen to reach double figures were Sean Ervine (15) and Greg Lamb (24) who remains not out overnight. He needs to spend time with the Hampshire tail tomorrow morning to get them up to Surrey’s first innings total, but with more bad weather predicted for tomorrow more rain interruptions are expected and may come to the rescue of the home side.

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 202 & 33-1 v Lancashire 113 & 233 |

Lancashire were bowled out for 233 in their second innings, setting Nottinghamshire a victory target of 145 and more than two days to achieve it. However, Sajid Mahmood picked up the wicket of Will Jefferson for a 17-ball duck before stumps to keep the visitors in with a shout.

Earlier, Charlie Shreck, with five for 40, was Nottinghamshire's star as Lancashire's batting was cut down for the second time in the match with Francois du Plessis second top scoring with a modest 36. The most substantial partnership of the innings came from openers Gary Keedy (29) and Paul Horton (37) but they were unable to continue that fine start when 70 runs were added.

Riverside: Durham 406 & 16-0 v Yorkshire 194 |

Despite Michael Di Venuto unable to add to his overnight 184 before being trapped in front by Tim Bresnan, Durham dominated day two, picking up maximum batting bonus points thanks to Paul Wiseman hitting 60 from number eight - an innings that wouldn't have gone amiss at Lord's for New Zealand.

The bowlers then got to work and a young Yorkshire top order had no answer to Graham Onions (five for 75) and Steve Harmison (three for 40) as they were reduced to 50 for six after Jacques Rudolph was dismissed. They rallied, through Tim Bresnan (46), and even more impressively, Adil Rashid, who hit 70 from 121 balls and even Gerard Kruis's 22 at number ten was not without merit, but they were all out well short of Durham's total.

Durham chose not to enforce the follow on, probably not fancying any sort of run chase on the final day and remain comfortably in the box seat after they made it to 16 without loss at stumps.

Division Two

Grace Road: Leicestershire 527 v Northamptonshire 276-3 |

After day three at Grace Road, Northamptonshire are still a long way off of challenging Leicestershire's total after bad weather interrupted proceedings. Niall O'Brien (78), David Sales (50 not out) and Rob White (52 not out) hit half-centuries in a match that has so far seen bat dominate ball.

Cardiff: Glamorgan 303-3 v Derbyshire 289 |

Glamorgan eased their way into a controlling position on day two against Derbyshire thanks to centuries from Gareth Rees and captain David Hemp. Rees took the honour of the first century registered at the SWALEC stadium before he was trapped in front by Jake Needham as he and Hemp added 154 for the second wicket.

Michael Powell (48) put on 95 with Hemp for the third wicket before he was caught by Steve Stubbings for Needham's second wicket. Derbyshire were made to toil all day with Rees occupying the crease for 144 balls and hitting 14 fours, Hemp's unbeaten innings so far lasting 175 balls with 13 fours and one six.

New Road: Worcestershire v Gloucestershire 444 |

Little play was possible on day two at New Road, but there was enough for Worcestershire to finally finish off Gloucestershire's innings. It took a lot longer than expected having had them reeling at 85 for five early yesterday, but centuries from Chris Taylor (137) and Stephen Snell (137) before Mark Hardinges hurried to 82 handed Gloucestershire full batting points from a match that looks like it should be heading for a draw.

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