County Cricket Round-Up - 23rd July 2013

Mitchell McClenaghan has proved an inspired signing by Lancashire in this year's competition.
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There were much-needed wins for Derbyshire and Glamorgan in tonight’s Friends Life t20 matches. Meanwhile, at Grace Road, Mitchell McClenaghan earnt Lancashire a crucial tie against Leicestershire.

Last man Mitchell McClenaghan hit a four off the last ball to earn Lancashire a tie in their North Group Friends Life t20 match against Leicestershire. The result all but ends the Foxes’ hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, and means that the Lightning have now been involved in both of the tied games in this year’s competition.

Shakib Al Hasan looked to have done enough when asked to bowl the final over. He got rid of the dangerous Gareth Cross fifth ball for 28 off 23 balls. However, McClenaghan backed up his excellent spell with the ball earlier by hitting the crucial boundary. The New Zealander had taken two for 29 from his four overs and was part of a disciplined bowling effort that included a haul of three for 23 from Kabir Ali. Greg Smith held the home side’s innings together with 45, but Robert Taylor looked to have played a possibly match-winning one. He hit three sixes during a 15-ball 29 from number nine and then took four for 23 with his medium-pace. However, thanks to McClenaghan, he wouldn’t finish on the winning side.

A thunderstorm at Trent Bridge reduced Nottinghamshire’s match against Derbyshire to nine overs aside. Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston made the most of the glued pitch to put on 98 in less than eight overs for Derbyshire’s first wicket. Hughes fell for 46 off 25 balls, with Durston finishing not out on 50 off 25 as the Falcons racked up 108 for one.

Michael Lumb then benefited from being dropped early in his innings to score all of the first 43 runs that the Outlaws scored in their run chase. He blazed 43 off just 15 balls but his demise saw the end of the match as a contest and they limped to 92 for seven. Off-spinners Peter Burgoyne (2-13) and Dan Redfern (1-20) proved effective and found the blockhole regularly. The win keeps Derbyshire’s last eight hopes alive, while Nottinghamshire have lost three of their last four games.

Half-centuries from Jim Allenby (50 off 43 balls) and Murray Goodwin (59 off 37) helped Glamorgan to victory over Worcestershire in the Midlands/Wales/West Group. The pair put on 59 for the fourth-wicket, with the home side then getting home in the final over to win by five wickets. Worcestershire would have hoped that their total of 157 for six would have been enough. Thilan Samaraweera made 65 off 42 balls and added 91 with Alexei Kervezee (44 off 40) for the second-wicket. Graham Wagg was again outstanding with the ball, taking four for 15 from his four overs.

Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets, BST)
North Group, Lancashire v Yorkshire at Old Trafford (1830)
Yorkshire are probably out of the reckoning for a quarter-final spot but shouldn’t need any motivation for a Roses match. They have rested captain Andrew Gale due to an injury niggle, with Azeem Rafiq again leading the side. Young batsmen Jack Leaning and Alex Lees are both named in a 13-man squad.

Yorkshire squad: Joe Sayers, Adam Lyth, Dan Hodgson, Gary Ballance, Alex Lees, Jack Leaning, Adil Rashid, Richard Pyrah, Liam Plunkett, Azeem Rafiq (captain), Jack Brooks, Iain Wardlaw, Ryan Sidebottom.

Mid/Wales/West, Warwickshire v Gloucestershire at Edgbaston (1900)
Both sides have to win to have even a chance of reaching the last eight. The Bears have named a 12-man squad that includes Freddie Coleman and Ateeq Javid.

Warwickshire squad: Varun Chopra (captain), William Porterfield, Laurie Evans, Darren Maddy, Rikki Clarke, Chris Woakes, Ateeq Javid, Jeetan Patel, Pete McKay, Boyd Rankin, Chris Wright, Freddie Coleman.

South, Kent v Sussex at Canterbury (1900)
Kent finally got off the mark against Hampshire but have it all to do if they are to even get close to reaching the last eight. They are without their captain James Tredwell due to an ankle injury and will be led by Geraint Jones. Ben Harmison and Brendan Nash are both in a 13-man squad.

Kent squad: Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Alex Blake, Darren Stevens, Ben Harmison, Fabian Cowdrey, Geraint Jones (captain), Vernon Philander, Matt Coles, Mark Davies, Adam Riley, Mitchell Claydon, Brendan Nash.

Sussex are definitely out of contention and could look to rest key players such as Michael Yardy and Ed Joyce. Ben Brown is again expected to be out injured, with Callum Jackson donning the gloves.

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should see less of the thundery showers that graced today, with sunshine and a fresher feel for the most part. There will be patchy cloud with temperatures peaking at between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire and former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has announced that he will retire at the end of the season after admitting defeat in his battle with a long-running Achilles tendon injury. The 35 year-old said, “I feel I have so much left, but my Achilles just isn’t up to it and, as a result, I have to retire.” Mascarenhas, who was the first Englishman to appear in the IPL, is now expected to move into coaching.

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