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County Cricket Round-Up - 11th August 2013

Rob Key hit a blistering century for Kent as they beat Worcestershire.
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There were wins for Hampshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey, Netherlands, Kent and Durham as the Yorkshire Bank 40 resumed in earnest after its mid-season break.

Nottinghamshire continue to top Group A of the Yorkshire Bank 40 as they comfortably beat Northamptonshire by six wickets with almost eight overs to spare at Trent Bridge. Ajmal Shahzad and Jake Ball each struck thrice to restrict the Steelbacks to 205 for nine as only Alex Wakely passed 50. Alex Hales and Michael Lumb (36 off 33 balls) then got their side off to a brisk start with an opening partnership of 64 in 58 balls. Hales eventually departed for 75 but by then the game was as good as won.

Kent openers Sam Northeast and Rob Key put on 182 to set up their side’s win over Worcestershire. Key was eventually prised out by Moeen Ali when on 112 ,with Northeast falling for 93, but Fabian Cowdrey hit an unbeaten 30-ball 52 to lift the Spitfires to 289 for six. Daryl Mitchell then hit 68 at the top of the Pears’ order, but there was little else of note and they were all out for 250. Matt Coles, Mark Davies, James Tredwell, Adam Riley and Mitchell Claydon each took two wickets.

The Netherlands beat last year’s finalists Warwickshire by five runs at Edgbaston. The Dutch opening pair of Stephan Myburgh (76 off 72) and Michael Swart (67 off 85) added 125 in 21 overs to lead their side to 248 for seven after they had elected to bat. However, the Warwickshire openers William Porterfield and Varun Chopra were even better, adding 134. A humiliating collapse then followed, however, as Peter Borren took three for 37 and Ahsan Malik two for 48 and they were held to 243 for eight. Chopra was sixth man out for a valiant 111.

Defending champions Hampshire put a dent into Essex’s hopes of progressing from Group B with a 30-run win in Southampton. The Royals fought back from a position of 64 for four to post 216 as James Vince hit 68 and Chris Wood a cavalier 30-ball 41. The Eagles then slipped to 14 for three as Sohail Tanvir struck three times with the new ball and could recover only to 186. Greg Smith and Graham Napier made contrasting 48s, while Tanvir ended with four for 29 and Wood and Liam Dawson helped themselves to a brace of wickets apiece.

Surrey almost made a meal of their run chase of 295 at The Oval but eventually got home off the final ball thanks to Tim Linley. Needing just 21 from the final three overs with six wickets in hand, they lost a clatter of wickets to leave Linley needing to hit two from the final delivery. Gary Wilson and Zander de Bruyn had both hit fluent half-centuries. De Bruyn had earlier taken four for 72 with the ball but wasn’t able to prevent Derbyshire from amassing 294 for nine. Chesney Hughes hit a run-a-ball 80 and added 123 with Paul Borrington (72 off 69) in good time for the second-wicket.

Durham won a rain-affected game by eight wickets in Glasgow. Set 104 from 20 overs after Scotland could muster only 161 for six from 37, they cruised home in the 17th over with captain Mark Stoneman unbeaten on 54. The Saltires innings had earlier limped towards its conclusion despite all of their top four making at least 23. Ben Stokes and Paul Collingwood each picked up a brace of wickets.

Somerset won their top-of-the-table Group C clash against Gloucestershire at Taunton. A century Craig Kieswetter outdid one by Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger as the hosts chased down their target of 264 with relative ease. Kieswetter added 87 in eight overs with Marcus Trescothick (39 off 25) and 95 in less than 14 with Peter Trego (59 off 48).

A maiden List A century from Ned Eckersley helped Leicestershire keep alive their hopes of making the semi-finals. The Foxes suffered a poor start to their run chase against Yorkshire, slipping to 55 for three courtesy of a double-strike from Liam Plunkett (2-47). However, Eckersley added 103 with Matthew Boyce (37) to form the backbone of their successful run chase, which was completed off the penultimate ball of the match. The Vikings had earlier made 228 for seven as Gary Ballance again top-scored, this time with 56.

The Unicorns almost won their first match of the tournament but were denied by Middlesex’s last-wicket pair at Lord’s. John Simpson hit 50 not out off 48 balls and did the bulk of the run-scoring in an unbroken stand of 23 with Steven Finn (3 not out). Joe Denly (57) and Paul Stirling (42) had earlier shared 65 for the second-wicket, but Josh Poysden and Luke Beaven each took three wickets to give the visitors hope of a maiden win. Skipper Keith Parsons top-scored for them with an unbeaten 64 off 62 balls, while Garry Park hit 43.

Lancashire made it a hat-trick of defeats for Bangladesh A with a comprehensive seven-wicket win at Old Trafford. Arron Lilley took three for 24 and Steven Croft three for 16 to build on the early inroads made by Kyle Hogg (2-33) and Oliver Newby (2-29). Shamsur Rahman and Naeem Islam both passed 50 for the tourists but they were still all out for just 171. Stephen Moore then ensured the home side would endure no problems en route to victory with a fluent 61. Paul Horton ended on 43 not out as the hosts won with almost 17 overs to spare.

Tomorrow’s Fixture:
Group C, YB40, Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff (1640 BST start)
The home side sit third in Group C, having played two fewer games than group leaders Somerset. They have included in-form opener Gareth Rees, off-spinner Andrew Salter and fast-bowler Simon Jones in a 13-man squad.

Glamorgan squad: Gareth Rees, Mark Wallace, Chris Cooke, Marcus North (captain), Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Simon Jones, Andrew Salter, Alex Jones.

Weather Forecast: The forecast for tomorrow evening in Cardiff is for sunshine and clear skies, with highs of around 18 degrees Celsius, cooling to around 16 by the end of the match.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Left-arm seamer Jack Shantry has signed a two-year contract extension with Worcestershire which will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2015 season. Shantry, previously seen as a limited-overs specialist, has forced his way into the Pears’ Championship side this season.

Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur has said the club are “baffled” by the decision of the England selectors to pick Gary Ballance in the Lions squad for their three-match one-day series against Bangladesh A. He argued that Ballance would learn more from playing Championship cricket for Yorkshire at the business end of the season rather than against the tourists, who have so far lost all three warm-up matches on their tour of England.

Footage has emerged showing that Rory Hamilton-Brown was present at the incident which led to Sussex spinner Monty Panesar’s arrest in Brighton on 5th August. Hamilton-Brown is seen grappling with a bouncer as Panesar is restrained.

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