County Cricket Round-Up - 18th June 2013

Ashwell Prince celebrating for South Africa
County Cricket Round-Up - 18th June 2013
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Scotland were denied their first win of this season’s Yorkshire Bank 40 as Lancashire prevailed by seven wickets with 21 balls to spare at Old Trafford. Ashwell Prince ended not out on 98 off 102 balls as the Lightning chased down the Saltires’ 217 for nine with ease. Prince added 105 with fellow opener Stephen Moore (53 off 59 balls), with further contributions then coming from Karl Brown (24 off 32) and Tom Smith (19 not out off 19). 

Wayne White had earlier taken four for 38 to help restrict Scotland. Freddie Coleman hit 63 off 70 balls and added 90 with Calum MacLeod (55 off 70) for the third-wicket. There was then a cameo of 46 off 38 balls from captain Preston Mommsen, but their last six wickets could add only 26 runs.

Defending champions Hampshire were just too good for Derbyshire, with the Royals now topping Group B. They lost James Vince in Wes Durston’s second over, but Michael Carberry anchored the early part of the innings with a 62-ball 53 before Adam Wheater launched an assault on the Falcons’ attack. He blazed 70 off only 41 balls and helped haul them up from 137 for five in 26th over, to 277 for eight from their 40.

Most of the Derbyshire batting line-up  made useful contributions, but they ended short of their target. Paul Borrington made 42 off 55 balls, with Wayne Madsen (43 off 45) and Dan Redfern (53 off 48) then sharing 89 for the fifth-wicket. Sohail Tanvir returned figures of three for 42 for the home side.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
Group A, YB40, Kent v Sussex at Canterbury (1640)
Group A, YB40, Netherlands v Nottinghamshire at Truro (1345)

The Dutch elected to play one of their ‘home’ games at Truro this year as part of the Cornish Cricket Festival. They have named the same squad that beat Worcestershire at the weekend.

Netherlands squad: Wesley Barresi, Stephan Myburgh,  Tom Cooper, Michael Swart, Daan van Bunge, Peter Borren (captain), Dom Michael, James Gruijters, Pieter Seelaar, Ahsan Malik, Vivian Kingma, Eric Szwarczynski, Quirijn Gunning.

Ed Cowan will play his final game for Nottinghamshire before linking up with Australia’s Ashes squad. He cancelled a planned holiday to Devon to cover for the absence of Riki Wessels, who has a finger injury, and has already hinted that he is open to a return to Trent Bridge at some stage in the future, possibly after the Ashes. Meanwhile, Luke Fletcher comes in for Harry Gurney, who has been rested.

Nottinghamshire XI: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Ed Cowan, James Taylor, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Chris Read (captain), Graeme White, Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball.

Group C, YB40, Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Grace Road (1345)
The Foxes desperately need a win to keep their dwindling semi-final hopes alive and come off the back of defeat to Somerset at the weekend. They have, however, named an unchanged 13-man squad.

Leicestershire squad: Josh Cobb (captain), Niall O’Brien, Greg Smith, Joe Burns, Matthew Boyce, Shiv Thakor, Michael Thornely, Rob Taylor, Jigar Naik, Nathan Buck, Anthony Ireland, Alex Wyatt, Ned Eckersley.

Glamorgan also need a win and are fourth in Group C. They are without Simon Jones, who has a shoulder injury, but are otherwise unchanged from the win over the Unicorns.

Glamorgan squad: Mark Wallace, Will Bragg, Chris Cooke, Marcus North (captain), Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Will Owen, Michael Hogan, Alex Jones. 

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow will be similar to today, although the cloud should be slightly patchier, meaning more sunshine and higher temperatures. After some early rain in the south-east which will clear by mid-morning, it will be dry with highs of between 21 and 24 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
have admitted defeat in their search for a second overseas player to partner Cameron White in the forthcoming Friends Life t20. Their latest target was Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques but he wanted to rest following his tour with Australia A. They have previously sought the signatures of Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh and James Franklin.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been forced to withdraw from the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) due to his contract with Derbyshire. The contract that he signed last year permits him to miss games only if he called up by the West Indies.

Sussex seamer Amjad Khan has been ruled out for the foreseeable future after fracturing a bone in his wrist. He had been recovering from a knee injury while playing for Sussex second XI, but has suffered a fresh setback and is expected to be out of action for around six weeks.

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