All three of the title challengers kept themselves in the hunt for the trophy with solid days against Hampshire, Somerset and Worcestershire. Elsewhere, Northamptonshire look set for victory over Gloucestershire and Surrey are well poised to confirm their promotion with a win over Derbyshire. We round up all the day’s action below.
Durham kept their title challenge on track by collecting maximum bowling points against Worcestershire at New Road on the second day. Resuming on 21 for one, the home side progressed seamlessly to 152 before losing a wicket, as James Cameron (74) and Vikram Solanki took their second wicket stand to 138. Then followed a steady stream of wickets, punctuated only by a breezy 43 from Alexei Kervezee, as Paul Collingwood (two for 31) and Callum Thorp (four for 52) dispensed with the middle and lower-order. Solanki eventually completed his century – his third of the season – as the Pears were bowled out for 288 to give them a narrow 24-run first innings lead. The visitors knocked this off before the close to end on 51 without loss in their second innings.
Sussex were finally all out for 488 on a run-filled second day against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Resuming on 312 for six, Murray Goodwin took his score to 170 and Amjad Khan hit 65 before he was last man out to Andre Adams (five for 103). The home side then reached 132 for one by stumps, with Karl Turner – ostensibly playing for his first-class future – unbeaten on 52.
Warwickshire were dismissed for 493 on the second day of their crucial match against Hampshire at The Rose Bowl. Shiv Chanderpaul finally fell for 171 and Chris Woakes made 62 as the Bears pressed home their overnight advantage. The Hampshire seamers were all relatively economical, with Dimitri Mascarenhas particularly so and ending with figures of three for 52 from 34 overs. Hampshire negotiated 20 overs prior to the close and survived to reach 57 for none.
Lancashire hit back on day two at Taunton by closing on 247 for three in their first innings as all of their top three batsmen made half-centuries. Paul Horton (50) and Stephen Moore put on 104 for the first wicket, before Moore (68) and Karl Brown (60) added a further 102 for the second wicket as the trio made the most of the batsman-friendly conditions. Murali Kartik took a couple of wickets late in the day, but the visitors still closed strongly. Earlier, Somerset had lost their last five wickets for 60 runs with Gary Keedy taking two of them to end with four for 57.
Surrey dominated the second day of their Division Two match against Derbyshire at The Oval. Their last two wickets added 68 runs in the morning session, with Stuart Meaker (55 not out) scoring the bulk of them. They then reduced the visitors to 177 for seven by the close as the naggingly accurate Tim Linley took his 2011 wicket tally to 73 with figures of three for 34. Paul Borrington was the only stumbling block; the newly-signed 23-year-old ending 76 not out.
Middlesex batted all day against Leicestershire at Grace Road as they continued to further their promotion credentials. Dawid Malan hit 97 and shared a fifth wicket stand of 96 with John Simpson (55) to lay the foundations for what looks to be a match-winning total, before Gareth Berg added a late unbeaten 70 to take the visitors to stumps on 401 for eight – already a lead of 82 runs. Jigar Naik was the most successful Foxes bowler with figures of three for 116.
Gloucestershire’s promotion hopes were effectively ended on the second day against Northamptonshire as they were asked to follow-on at Wantage Road. The improving David Willey took five for 29, with Lee Daggett adding four of his own, to dismiss the visitors for just 183 in their first innings, before adding three more in their second innings to leave them struggling on 84 for five at stumps. Northamptonshire had earlier been dismissed for 343 as their last wicket pair added 27 to their overnight score.
Glamorgan ended day two of the floodlit match against Kent at Canterbury in complete control on 258 for four in their first innings. Gareth Rees made 54 at the top of the order and Stewart Walters (83 not out) and Mark Wallace (41 not out) shared an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 63 to take them to stumps with a 21-run lead.
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Hampshire v Warwickshire at The Rose Bowl
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Trent Bridge
Day Three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Lancashire at Taunton
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Middlesex at Grace Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Wantage Road
Day Three, LV=CCD2, Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval
County News in Brief
Gloucestershire are believed to be in the hunt for former Essex bowler Chris Wright’s signature for 2012. They face stiff competition from Warwickshire and a couple of other counties.
The pink ball has received a chilly verdict from players and spectators alike following the first day of the four day trial at Canterbury yesterday. Barely 400 people turned up for the start with many leaving cold and disappointed well before the close of play.
Former Kent player Chris Cowdrey is recovering in hospital after a mild heart attack.
Somerset have registered wicket-keeper Steve Snell for the qualifying stage of the Champions League as both of their regular ‘keepers are on international duty. Gemaal Hussain is having visa problems and may be replaced in the squad by Chris Jones.
Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has branded his side a “disgrace” following their relegation from the first division of the County Championship.
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