County Round-Up - 12th September 2013

Kane Williamson ended on 80 not out as Yorkshire took the upper hand at Hove.
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Essex, Lancashire, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Somerset and Nottinghamshire all enjoyed good second days to their eighteenth round LV= County Championship matches as the rain largely stayed away to allow more play than was the case on day one.

Middlesex closed day two of their LV= County Championship match at Lord’s on 96 for none after Nottinghamshire had declared on 430 for seven. Chris Rogers did the bulk of the scoring in his opening stand with Sam Robson and finished on 67 not out. Steven Mullaney had earlier completed his century for the visitors before falling to Gareth Berg for 125. There were then contributions of 47 and 67 from Samit Patel and David Hussey, while Andre Adams bludgeoned his way to 80 off 76 balls before the declaration came.

Derbyshire were bowled out for 298 on the second day at the County Ground. Durham seamers Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth ended with nine wickets between them and helped take the last eight wickets for 92 runs. Overnight batsman Paul Borrington top-scored for the hosts with 75 and added 106 for the third-wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53) to take them to 206 for two. Rushworth and Onions then ran through the middle and lower-order, ending with five for 47 and four for 62 respectively. Leaders Durham then closed on 82 for two in reply, with Tony Palladino responsible for both dismissals.

Surrey trail Somerset by 52 runs after reaching stumps in their second innings on 13 without loss on a fast-moving day two at Taunton. The last two Surrey first innings wickets were taken by Alfonso Thomas without them adding to their overnight score, with Somerset then making 260 to earn a lead of 65 runs. The home side lost both openers for ducks, but Nick Compton hit 66 off just 88 balls from number three, while there were contributions of 20 or above from five of the middle and lower-order. Jade Dernbach and Zafar Ansari ended as the picks of the Surrey attack with three wickets apiece.

Yorkshire have the upper hand at the halfway point of their match against Sussex. They reached stumps on 246 for four in reply to the home side’s 292. Adam Lyth hit 93 at the top of the order and added 164 with Kane Williamson for the second-wicket before falling to Ashar Zaidi. Andrew Gale then partnered Williamson during a stand of 45 but fell as the first in a late James Anyon double-strike. Williamson remains, however, and is on 80 not out.

Essex took complete control over Division Two stragglers Kent at Canterbury. They first advanced their first innings total to 276 courtesy primarily of a sprightly 46 from skipper James Foster and in spite of Mark Davies, who finished with four for 67. David Masters then ran through the Kent batting line-up and took six for 41 as they were bundled out for just 107. Only four men reached double figures, with Ben Harmison’s 30 not out the best effort. Graham Napier gave Masters excellent support with three for 36. Kent then closed in their second innings on eight for none after being asked to follow-on.

Leaders Lancashire continued to pummel the Leicestershire bowlers at Old Trafford. Their captain Paul Horton ended on 150 not out as they closed another shortened day on 344 for four. Horton took his overnight stand with Luis Reece (50) to 137 and then shared stands of 73 with Simon Katich (56) and 107 with Andrea Agathangelou (46).

Worcestershire closed on 101 for two against Hampshire with Thilan Samaraweera, the key to their hopes, unbeaten on 40. Hampshire had earlier built on James Vince’s century to amass 428 in their first innings. Sean Terry hit 58 and put on 77 with Michael Bates (41) after they had lost two early wickets. Chris Wood and Matt Coles then hit fast-paced half-centuries to push the total up above 400 and earn the visitors maximum batting bonus points. The Pears were hindered by having only two effective bowlers. Alan Richardson (4-69) and Jack Shantry (1-97) both conceded less than three an over, but the other five bowlers used averaged around six between them.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day three, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
day three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
day three, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
day three, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road

Weather Forecast: Rain will again be a factor tomorrow. The overnight band of rain should clear the south-east in the early hours of the morning to leave occasional sunny spells, but another band will come in from the south-west during the course of the day. The morning session should be dry, but the matches at Taunton and perhaps New Road, Hove and Lord’s could see stoppages in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will peak at between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire wicket-keeper Adam Wheater and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes have both received penalties for level one breaches of the ECB’s Discipline Code. Wheater was reported for two breaches during the LV= County Championship match against Lancashire last month and has received three penalty points which will stay on his record for two years. Accumulating nine points during a two-year period results in an automatic suspension. Stokes received a reprimand for a single breach of the code; he bowled two high full tosses whilst playing for the England Lions against Bangladesh A on 24th August.

Surrey’s home ground, The Oval, will host Club T20 Finals Day on Friday. Local side and defending champions Wimbledon will play Banbury in the first semi-final, with Chester-le-Street then playing Ormskirk in the second semi-final. All three matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports. The following day, the ground will host a T20 match between Lambeth Academy Community XI and the Metropolitan Police. Action gets underway at noon and entrance is free of charge.

Essex, Kent, Sussex and Northamptonshire will host the touring Sri Lankans next summer. Essex and Kent will play 50-over matches against the tourists in May, with Sussex then playing a T20 match ahead of the opening international. Northamptonshire will host a four-day game, beginning on 5th June, ahead of the Test series.

Yorkshire have granted England all-rounder Tim Bresnan a Benefit for the 2014 season. Gerard Brophy was Yorkshire’s last beneficiary in 2011.

Glamorgan fast-bowler Simon Jones will follow in the footsteps of fellow 2005 Ashes winners Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison in retiring at the end of the season. Jones, however, hopes to continue to play T20 cricket, with a contract with Glamorgan for next year’s revamped Natwest T20 a possibility.

Kent batsman Mike Powell has announced his retirement from professional cricket at the age of 36. Powell played most of his career at Glamorgan before moving to Canterbury for the 2012 season. He came close to an England debut in 2004 and had to battle potentially life-threatening complications after surgery to remove a rib in 2007. He will now take up a role with Cardiff-based consultancy firm Thomas Carroll PLC.

Gloucestershire have opened negotiations with out-of-contract Middlesex left-arm spinner Tom Smith with a view to signing him for the 2014 season according to the Bristol Post. Smith has spent much of the season on loan at Bristol and will not be offered new deal by Middlesex. Gloucestershire have also announced that they will not be offering new contracts to seamer Paul Muchall and wicket-keeper Richard Coughtrie.

The victorious Somerset Visually Impaired cricket team paraded their BCEW Development League South West League trophy around the County Ground during the lunch interval of today’s match against Surrey. They then gave a playing demonstration during the tea interval.

Lancashire CCC will have to dismantle parts of their new stands at Old Trafford immediately after the ongoing match against Leicestershire according to ESPNcricinfo. Whilst construction was originally taking place in 2012, one of their contractors went into administration so temporary support columns were installed to ensure that the planned international fixtures were able to take place. These will now be replaced with a longer-term solution, which the club hopes will be in place in time for the start of the 2014 season.

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