There were centuries from Wayne Madsen, Craig Kieswetter, David Sales and Stephen Peters as the batsmen prospered on the opening day of matches in round 15 of the LV= County Championship.
Wayne Madsen became the first man to pass the mark of 1000 LV= County Championship Division One runs by hitting an unbeaten century for bottom-placed Derbyshire against Middlesex. He and young opener Ben Slater added 81 for the second-wicket after Slater and Chesney Hughes (16) had survived the early exchanges. Slater eventually fell to James Harris for a dogged 53, but Madsen went onto share useful partnerships with Richard Johnson and Alex Hughes, who each made 33. Madsen ended the day not out on 105, with the hosts on 279 for six. Tim Murtagh was the pick of the seven Middlesex bowlers used with figures of two for 35.
Craig Kieswetter hit 148 as Somerset were bowled out for 340 by Warwickshire at Edgbaston. The Bears are severely depleted by injuries and England call-ups, with Jim Troughton’s late withdrawal adding to the list of absentees that includes Chris Woakes, Boyd Rankin and Chris Wright. They, however, had the better of the first hour or so and reduced Somerset to 65 for three. Kieswetter then began the recovery alongside initially James Hildreth (33) and then Alex Barrow (43). He put on 119 for the fifth-wicket with Barrow. Warwickshire, though, wrested back some of the initiative by taking the last four Somerset wickets for 19 runs. Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel each took three wickets, while Rikki Clarke contributed two for 40.
Centuries from Stephen Peters and David Sales gave Northamptonshire the upper hand on day one of their Division Two match against Essex at Colchester. The two put on 205 for the second-wicket after David Masters (2-77) had dispatched James Middlebrook in his third over. Victorious Friends Life t20 captain Alex Wakely then hit 49 before falling shortly before stumps, which the visitors reached on 343 for five. New signing Monty Panesar did at least manage his first wicket for his new county and finished with figures of one for 72 from 34 overs.
Lancashire ensured that the race for the semi-final spot from Group B of the Yorkshire Bank 40 will go down to the final round of matches by beating leaders Hampshire in a thrilling match at Old Trafford. Set 262 for victory, a Hampshire side missing four of its best players due to international call-ups ended its 40 overs on 256 for eight.
Young openers Sean Terry (33 off 47 balls) and Michael Roberts (25 off 36) got things off to a solid start with a stand of 50 in 62 balls, before skipper Jimmy Adams hit a run-a-ball 41. Neil McKenzie and Sean Ervine (43 off 36) then kept the Royals in the hunt with a fourth-wicket partnership worth 72. However, the wickets of McKenzie for 65 and Liam Dawson from successive Arron Lilley deliveries looked to have put the Lightning in the driving seat. Adam Wheater and Dimitri Mascarenhas, though, kept them in it before they evetually fell just short.
Lancashire had earlier made 261 for nine after electing to bat as Stephen Moore, Karl Brown and Steven Croft each passed 50. The latter two added 95 for the fifth-wicket to form the backbone of the home side's innings. Dimitri Mascarenhas led the Hampshire attack superbly by taking five for 42, while 16 year-old off-spinner Brad Taylor took two for 50 from eight overs.
England Lions trounced Bangladesh A in the first of three unofficial One-Day Internationals at Bristol. Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance and Sussex’s Luke Wright smashed centuries and added 225 in 121 balls for the fourth-wicket. Ballance finally departed for 115 off 89 balls, with Wright, who hit 10 sixes and reached three figures in just 51 deliveries, ending not out on 143 off 68 balls. Bangladesh A were then all out for just 151 with all seven of the England bowlers used taking at least one wicket.
day two, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Middlesex at Derby
day one, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Trent Bridge
The home side are without England Lions batsman James Taylor as they look to secure their place in Division One of the LV= County Championship for 2014. Riki Wessels is set to take his place in the middle-order. Andre Adams, Jake Ball and Graeme White are all included in a 13-man squad.
Nottinghamshire squad: Steven Mullaney, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Samit Patel, David Hussey, Riki Wessels, Chris Read (captain), Ajmal Shahzad, Luke Fletcher, Andre Adams, Harry Gurney, Jake Ball, Graeme White.
Title contenders Yorkshire are without Gray Ballance for their trip to Nottingham, but have a more than able replacement in New Zealander Kane Williamson.
Yorkshire squad: Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Phil Jaques, Kane Williamson, Andrew Gale (captain), Adil Rashid, Andrew Hodd, Liam Plunkett, Ryan Sidebottom, Steve Patterson, Jack Brooks, Richard Pyrah.
day two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Somerset at Edgbaston
day two, LV=CCD2, Essex v Northamptonshire at Colchester
day one, LV=CCD1, Glamorgan v Leicestershire at Swansea
The hosts have added Andrew Salter and Mike Reed to their squad for the Division Two basement battle against Leicestershire. The match will be overseas player Marcus North’s final Championship game for the county before he returns to Australia ahead of their domestic season.
Glamorgan squad: Gareth Rees, Will Bragg, Murray Goodwin, Marcus North, Chris Cooke, Jim Allenby, Mark Wallace (captain), Graham Wagg, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Mike Reed, John Glover, Andrew Salter.
day one, LV=CCD2, Kent v Gloucestershire at Canterbury
Gloucestershire sit third in the table but really need to beat Kent if they are to keep their promotion dream alive. They have included 18 year-old off-spinner Tom Shrewsbury and seamer Liam Norwell in a 12-man squad.
Gloucestershire squad: Michael Klinger (captain), Chris Dent, Gareth Roderick, Alex Gidman, Hamish Marshall, Benny Howell, Will Gidman, Tom Smith, David Payne, Craig Miles, Liam Norwell, Tom Shrewsbury.
Weather Forecast: There will be an increasing chance of showers, especially for the west, tomorrow as the day progresses. The east should stay mostly dry with sunny spells and highs of between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius.
County Cricket News In Brief:
Steffan Piolet, who began his professional career with Sussex, has rejoined them on loan from Warwickshire until the end of the season. Piolet has been used almost exclusively as a limited-overs specialist whilst at Edgbaston and has moved to Hove in search of more first-class cricket. The move could become permanent as he is out of contract with Warwickshire at the end of the season.
Warwickshire CCC have announced that the ODI between England and Australia on 11th September will be Edgbaston’s annual fundraising day, with Cure Leukaemia the chosen charity. Around £25,000 is expected to be raised, with £1.50 from the sale of each ticket being donated. The ground’s West Stand will also be renamed as the Cure Leukaemia Stand to raise awareness of the charity.
Glamorgan head of elite performance Matthew Mott will leave the club at the end of the season after informing them of his intention to return to his native Australia. Also departing is overseas player Marcus North, who will leave for Western Australia after the final Yorkshire Bank 40 match on 26th August and is unlikely to return next season. Numerous men could replace Mott as coach, with Robert Croft, Steve Watkin and Brain Rose all in contention.
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