A round-up of all the play that was possible on another rain-lashed day of action on the county circuit.
Surrey reduced Nottinghamshire to 84 for five before the home side rallied to close a shortened opening day at Trent Bridge on 178 for five. Tim Linley, Stuart Meaker, Chris Jordan and Jon Lewis each took at least a wicket during a collapse of five for 49, but Adam Voges and Chris Read added an unbeaten 94 for the sixth-wicket before rain brought an early close.
Less than 11 overs were possible on the opening day at Taunton where title contenders Somerset are taking on current leaders Warwickshire. Alfonso Thomas, again skippering the home side in place of the injured Marcus Trescothick, whose comeback for the second XI was delayed by the weather, won the toss and inserted the visitors. They progressed to 27 before losing Ian Westwood to Peter Trego in the 11th over and no more play was possible.
Mark Stoneman made 50 from 82 balls to just about keep Durham in touch with Sussex on the first day at Arundel. Will Smith and Gordon Muchall had both departed to James Anyon in the third over, but Ben Stokes hit 20, and, along with Stoneman ensured against a catastrophic collapse. Both fell before the close to leave Durham on 92 for four.
Ben Scott made his fourth century in his 99th first-class match as Worcestershire fought back from 93 for six to be bowled out for 291 on the first day against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Steven Croft had celebrated his inclusion in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 by taking three of the first four wickets to fall with his part-time off-spin, while Simon Kerrigan took three of the first six with his slow left-arm spin. The visitors, though, recovered thanks to a tenacious seventh-wicket stand of 127 between Scott and Matthew Pardoe (55). Scott brought up his century off 163 balls and was last man out for 106 to give Kerrigan his fourth of the innings.
Lancashire then faced four overs in their first innings and closed on 13 without loss. Moeen Ali took the new ball alongside Alan Richardson for Worcestershire to underline the spin-friendly nature of the pitch.
In Division Two, wickets tumbled on the opening day of Yorkshire’s match against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. The visitors made 219 after electing to bat, with Phil Jaques’ and Gary Ballance’s fourth-wicket stand of 81 the highlight. Tim Groenewald, Wes Durston and Mark Turner each took three wickets for the home side as Yorkshire lost their last seven wickets for just 44 runs.
Derbyshire had slipped to 135 for seven in their first innings by the close as Steven Harmison recovered from another wayward start to end with figures of three for 49. Moin Ashraf also impressed with two for 13 from eight overs.
No play was possible on the opening day of Leicestershire’s match against Gloucestershire as the washout that masquerades as the 2012 Cheltenham festival continued.
Middlesex ended Essex's involvement in this year's Clydesdale Bank 40 by subjecting them to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat at Chelmsford. The match was reduced to 25 overs aside before the start, with Middlesex winning the toss and asking the home side to bat. That decision proved to be the correct one as they restricted the Eagles to just 146 for seven with Toby Roland-Jones taking three for 25 - including two important wickets at the end of the third over.
Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan knocked off the bulk of those runs during an opening partnership of 136, with Rogers falling shortly before the end to Tymal Mills for 64 from 60 balls, and man-of-the-match Malan ending not out with 76 from 68.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Lancashire v Worcestershire at Old Trafford
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Durham at Arundel
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Chesterfield
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Cheltenham
Day One, LV=CCD2, Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford
The visitors have added Danny Briggs to the eleven that drew with Yorkshire last week.
Day One, LV=CCD2, Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury
Glamorgan have named an unchanged 12-man squad for their trip to Canterbury, with seamer Aneurin Norman hoping to force his way into the starting eleven.
Weather Forecast: It will be cloudy for most of the day with showers for the north in the morning. After that, it should clear and will be mostly dry with occasional sunny spells in the south. Temperatures will peak at between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Derbyshire have told their second XI captain Garry Park that he will not be offered a new deal when his present one expires at the end of the season.
Surrey are among three counties believed to be interested in signing Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki. It is possible that he could complete the move before the end of the season as the Lions look to strengthen a fragile batting line-up.
© Cricket World 2012
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