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County Cricket Round-Up - 14th August 2013

Paul Franks (pictured) and Adam Tillcock combined in a spectacular partnership at Trent Bridge.
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Middlesex are all but out of contention for this year’s Yorkshire Bank 40 semi-finals after losing a game they really should have won to Glamorgan at Cardiff. The match was reduced to 25 overs aside due to persistent drizzle and Neil Dexter won the toss and asked the hosts to bat in conditions that were tailor-made for seam-bowling. Toby Roland-Jones did the early damage, taking two wickets in his opening spell to help reduce Glamorgan to 89 for six. The home side’s fightback began courtesy of Ben Wright (26 off 20 balls) and Graham Wagg (20 not out off 31), who added 43 in 27 balls for the seventh-wicket to help lift the total to 153 for nine.

It should still have been a relatively straightforward run chase for the Panthers but they lost a clatter of early wickets. Jim Allenby was entrusted with the new ball ahead of the likes Graham Wagg and Simon Jones; a decision that reaped rewards as he dismissed Dawid Malan for a duck and Paul Stirling for 17. In between those dismissals, Michael Hogan (1-26) delivered what must rank as one of the overs of the season to Joe Denly, beating him on both the inside and outside edges before having him caught behind off the final ball. Simon Jones (2-17) then had Eoin Morgan caught on the cover boundary and Adam Voges trapped LBW to make it 32 for five.

Neil Dexter and John Simpson then provided another twist with a sixth-wicket partnership of 59. Simpson was the more fluent of the two and hit some beautiful straight drives prior to aiming a sweep off Dean Cosker (3-32) that was caught by Wagg at mid-wicket. Dexter then brought up his 50 but perished in the final over for 54 to leave the last-wicket pair of James Harris and Steven Finn with too much to do.

Nineteen year-old debutant Adam Tillcock hit an unbeaten 97 off only 70 balls to help Nottinghamshire extend Bangladesh A’s losing streak on their tour of England to four matches. The home side looked to be out of the contest at 118 for five in the 29th over in their pursuit of 293 to win. However, Tillcock and stand-in captain Paul Franks put on 170 in less than 20 overs for the sixth-wicket. Franks fell near the end for 75 off 59 balls, but Tillcock remained and saw the job through as the Outlaws won by five wickets with seven balls to spare.

The tourists’ innings had earlier followed a similar pattern after they had elected to bat. George Bacon struck twice to reduce them to 18 for two before a partnership of 84 between Shamsur Rahman (52) and Mominul Haque (47) rescued the situation. However, more wickets courtesy of Franks (3-56) saw them slip to 148 for seven and embarrassment looked to be on the cards. Ziaur Rahman, though, playing his first innings on tour, smashed his maiden List A century. He added an unbroken 144 with Elias Sunny (37 not out off 53 balls) for the eighth-wicket and ended unbeaten on 104 off 69 balls, having hit seven sixes.

Tomorrow’s YB40 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
Group A, Kent v Warwickshire at Canterbury (1640)
Group A, Northamptonshire v Netherlands (1540)
Group A, Sussex v Nottinghamshire at Hove (1640)
Group B, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby (1640)
Group B, Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton (1640)
Group B, Scotland v Lancashire at Glasgow (1345)
Group C, Middlesex v Gloucestershire at Lord’s (1540)
Group C, Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton (1345)

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be slightly milder with highs of around 22 degrees Celsius. There will, however, still be rain around, with the west and north likely to be worst affected. Elsewhere, there will be sunny spells and scattered showers.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens has been charged with failing to report a corrupt approach during this year’s Bangladesh Premier League. Several players from around the world are involved in an investigation by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) over alleged corruption in the league. Stevens is, however, free to continue playing cricket for Kent due to the relatively minor nature of his alleged offence which did not actually involve an allegation of any corrupt activity.

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson will play for Yorkshire in the final five matches of this season’s LV= County Championship as the club push for the title in their 150th year. Williamson will partly provide cover for the in-form Gary Ballance, who will miss Yorkshire’s next match due to England Lions commitments.

Hashim Amla will join Surrey for the final six matches in this year’s LV= County Championship. The club had agreed terms with JP Duminy to be their overseas player for the end of the season, but his IPL franchise has qualified for the Champions League T20 so he will not be available for the whole period.

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who is currently banned from cricket for life due to his involvement in spot-fixing whilst playing for Essex, will appeal against the decision of the ECB’s disciplinary panel at the UK’s Commercial Court. Kaneria told ESPNcricinfo, “I want to be heard by an independent judiciary and want all the proceedings open in public.”

Glamorgan fast-bowler Simon Jones, who is out of contract with the club at the end of the season, has said that if no new contract offer is forthcoming then he will have to look elsewhere. “I want to carry on playing cricket, I want to play another year or two years at a push,” Jones said.

Chris Dent has signed a two-year contract extension with Gloucestershire, which will see him remain at Nevil Road until the end of the 2016 season. The club have also extended the loan of Middlesex left-arm spinner Tom Smith until the end of the season.

Surrey second XI coach Alistair Brown has jokingly invited Shikhar Dhawan to play for the club in next year’s T20 competition. Dhawan came close to breaking Brown’s List A record score of 268 when he hit 248 for India A against South Africa A earlier this week. The BCCI, however, are unlikely to let Dhawan appear in county cricket as they have a long-standing policy of not allowing any Indian player to appear in a T20 league that could be seen to rival the IPL.

Outspoken Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith has said that the club would welcome the return of troubled left-arm spinner Monty Panesar. “It looks like he will be leaving Sussex (following the drunken incident in a Brighton nightclub last week) and we understand he wants to move back to Luton, “ he said. “We will be interested in talking to him if he’s available but he will have to fit into our pay structure.”

Cricket Derbyshire are launching a Sports Leadership Apprenticeship scheme for 16 to 18 year olds. The scheme will offer a chance to youngsters who want to become the community sport activity coaches of the future. More information can be found on the Derbyshire CCC website.

Nottinghamshire have awarded Steven Mullaney his county cap. Mullaney made his professional debut for Lancashire but moved to Trent Bridge in 2010 where he has established himself as a key member of the limited-overs sides.

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