County Cricket Round-Up - 18th April

County Cricket Round-Up - 18th April
County Cricket Round-Up - 18th April
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It was a good day for the underdog in the LV= County Championship as Derbyshire’s bowlers restricted well at Lord’s; Northamptonshire’s tail wagged against Essex; Scott Borthwick hit a century against county champions Warwickshire; and Somerset had the better of Surrey at The Oval.

Derbyshire’s bowlers combined well to restrict Middlesex to 180 for six in reply to their modest 231 at Lord’s Sam Robson made 68 for the home side and helped them reach 72 for one alongside Joe Denly (34). However, Jonathan Clare removed both, with all of the other bowlers - Tony Palladino, Tim Groenewald, Mark Turner and Wes Durston - taking a wicket. Derbyshire’s last wicket pair of Groenewald and Turner had earlier taken their partnership to 50 at the start of the day before Groenewald became Tim Murtagh’s second victim when on 25.

A fine century from Scott Borthwick helped Durham recover from a perilous 50 for six to make 284 against Warwickshire. The defending champions had begun the day by extending their first innings total to 345, with their seam-bowling then proving just too good for Durham. Keith Barker took three wickets in a devastating opening spell, while Chris Wright removed Dale Benkenstein and Chris Woakes added a brace as first change. Ben Stokes was the only Durham batsman to reach double figures, hitting 33 to end a top-order sequence that read nought, seven, nought and five.

It was then that the complexion of the game changed completely. Borthwick joined his captain Paul Collingwood and the pair added 153 in a fluent stand for the seventh-wicket. Collingwood was finally extracted by Woakes for 74, but Borthwick brought up three figures for only the second time in his first-class career off 128 deliveries. Following scores of 99 and 45 in his first two games of 2013, he now averages an impressive 81.67 this season. Warwickshire faced two overs in their second innings and closed on six for none.

Surrey skipper Graeme Smith endured another day to forget at The Oval. Either side of a lengthy break for rain, he watched Somerset’s last two wickets add 40 to their overnight 344 for eight and then made just two before being dismissed by Peter Trego as Surrey lost regular wickets and closed on 98 for four. Ironically, in a batting line-up dominated by veterans, it was 22 year-old Rory Burns who held firm, ending on 43 not out off 135 balls.

In Division Two, Leicestershire reached stumps 156 runs adrift of Kent on 250 for five. Niall O’Brien and Michael Thornely got the home side’s innings off to a solid start with an opening stand of 53. O’Brien then added a further 80 for the second-wicket with Ned Eckerlsey (46) before becoming Calum Haggett’s third victim when on 63. Josh Cobb was bowled by Mark Davies for just five, but Ramnaresh Sarwan and Matthew Boyce both passed 50 during a fifth-wicket stand of 95 which was ended with the final ball of the day when Sarwan was caught off Darren Stevens for 54.

Northamptonshire took control against Essex as their tail wagged and they took an unexpected first innings lead of 216. The last-wicket pair of Steven Crook and Trent Copeland added 117 in little more than 20 overs to follow up David Willey’s 78-ball 76 from number eight. Crook ended on 88 not out - the 12th fifty of his first-class career - with Copeland, who batted as high as number seven for New South Wales in this season’s Sheffield Shield, out for 70. Graham Napier returned figures of six for 93 to end as the pick of the Essex attack - the visitors then closing on 94 for two in their second innings.

Glamorgan’s batsmen took their lead over Worcestershire into three figures, reaching stumps on 235 for seven. Ben Wright made 40 and Marcus North 48 but it was Jim Allenby’s unbeaten 71 that took the game away from the visitors. He and Graham Wagg (24) added 63 after Alan Richardson and Gareth Andrew had shared five wickets to help reduce them to 152 for six.

Michael Carberry became the third Hampshire batsman to reach three figures against Loughborough MCCU. He hit 118 off only 125 balls, adding 170 with his captain Jimmy Adams (61 not out), as Hampshire closed on 189 for one in their second innings. David Griffiths had earlier earnt the home side a 214-run first innings lead by taking five wickets as the students were all out for 163. They had been reduced to 76 for seven at one point, but Will MacVicar (41) and Gavin Baker (35) shared 68 for the eighth-wicket.

Nottinghamshire again dominated Durham MCCU as the visitors closed on four without loss in pursuit of a theoretical 663 at Trent Bridge. Their first innings had been ended at 142 at the start of the day as Ajmal Shahzad and Harry Gurney each ended with three wickets and Rory Cox was unable to bat. 

Nottinghamshire’s batsmen then set about the run-scoring with most enjoying time in the middle. Chris Read made 80 from only 74 balls after being promoted to open, with Steven Mullaney making the most of batting at number three to blaze 103 off only 87 balls. Paul Franks hit 66 from number four, with Ben Phillips on 53 when the declaration came at 408 for nine in the 81st over. Surrey spinner Freddie van den Bergh was the pick of the Durham attack with four for 84.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Derbyshire at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Somerset at The Oval
day three, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Durham at Edgbaston
day three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Worcestershire at Cardiff
day three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Kent at Grace Road
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Essex at Wantage Road
day three, MCCU match, Hampshire v Loughborough MCCU at Southampton
day three, MCCU match, Nottinghamshire v Durham MCCU at Trent Bridge

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be cooler, with winds lighter and temperatures peaking at no higher than 12 degrees Celsius. Rain overnight will clear, leaving showers for the south-east but plenty of sunshine.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Sussex CCC
have named local children’s charity Rockinghorse as their official charity partner for the next two years. Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and a supporter of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.

Warwickshire CCC allowed fans onto the outfield during the lunch and tea intervals for the first time in a long time during yesterday’s play at Edgbaston. New groundsman Gary Barwell is understood to be keen to make it a regular occurrence after the practice was banned by his predecessor Steve Rouse. The club are also considering creating a Graeme Welch Academy, with their star bowling coach made available to local clubs.

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