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County Cricket Round-Up - 3rd August 2013

Liam Plunkett (left) enjoyed a good day after being capped by Yorkshire yesterday.

Middlesex look set for victory early on tomorrow as wickets continued to tumble on the second day of their LV= County Championship match at Lord’s. Elsewhere, things remained relatively even, apart from at Grace Road, where Leicestershire’s disappointing season continued against Lancashire, and at Wantage Road where the hosts took control against Gloucestershire.

At Lord’s things continued to move quickly as 17 wickets fell on day two after 15 fell yesterday. Middlesex reached stumps in the fourth innings on 103 for two, requiring just another 44 for victory. Graham Onions had polished off their first innings in the morning to restrict their lead to just 25. He finished with seven for 62 from 19.2 overs. Durham then again found the going tough with the bat in their second innings and were all out for 171. Both openers fell cheaply before Will Smith (30) and Ben Stokes (51) provided some brief respite with a fourth-wicket partnership of 65. However, wickets continued to tumble after the former’s dismissal as Tim Murtagh, Steven Finn and Ollie Rayner ended with three each.

Rain put a stop to play at around 4pm on day two at Taunton. Nottinghamshire progressed from their overnight 327 for eight to be all out for 378 as Luke Fletcher hit a third career half-century and added 51 with Harry Gurney (22) for the last-wicket. Somerset then lost their captain Marcus Trescothick for just two to Gurney but rallied to close on 70 for one. Nick Compton is unbeaten on 31 with Chris Jones on 37.

Derbyshire kept their first innings deficit against Sussex down to 40 runs, with Tim Groenewald then bowling Chris Nash in the seven overs that the home side faced in their second innings prior to stumps. Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen led his side’s charge and held together their innings before finally finding support from Peter Burgoyne. The visitors slipped steadily to 139 for six as Luke Wright and Chris Jordan each struck twice. Madsen and Burgoyne, though, added 78 for the seventh-wicket; a stand that was only ended when the former was trapped in front by Monty Panesar (2-45) for 97. Burgoyne ended unbeaten on 62 as Derbyshire were all out for 274.

Warwickshire endured a difficult day at Headingley put ended it still in touch with Yorkshire. They got off to a bad start as Keith Barker was removed from the attack for running on the pitch before Boyd Rankin wrapped up the Yorkshire innings at 302 by having Jack Brooks caught behind for 18. A clatter of early wickets then saw the Bears slide to 50 for four as Steve Patterson struck twice. Laurie Evans. Though, stood firm and found useful support from both Chris Woakes (21) and Rikki Clarke (24) before giving Liam Plunkett a third wicket when on 88. Warwickshire closed on 221 for eight as Plunkett added a fourth prior to stumps.

In Division Two, Glamorgan responded strongly to Hampshire’s 349 at Southampton. Murray Goodwin helped see off the threat of an early collapse as both openers fell cheaply by hitting 51. Chris Cook then finished the day on 73 not out, having added an unbroken 56 with Jim Allenby (15 not out) for the fifth-wicket as his side closed on 226 for four. Hampshire’s lower-order had earlier hauled the home side up towards 350 as Adam Wheater (20), Sohail Tanvir (22) and Chris Wood (32 not out) all chipped in.

Leicestershire’s dismal continued as they slumped to 127 for seven in reply to Lancashire’s 380 at Grace Road. Openers Greg Smith and Michael Thornely both departed for single figures, with skipper Matthew Boyce and debutant Tom Wells following suit. Niall O’Brien top-scored with 41 as Glen Chapple, Kyle Hogg and Simon Kerrigan each picked up a brace of wickets. Luke Procter had earlier completed his half-century for the visitors and added 64 with Gareth Cross (33). However, their last four wickets added only 13 runs as Ollie Freckingham took three of them.

Northamptonshire cruised past Gloucestershire’s 358 to close on 369 for three at Wantage Road. Stephen Peters departed 13 shy of three figures but Kyle Coezter and David Sales didn’t disappoint. They put on 135 for the second-wicket after the 170-run opening stand, with Coetzer bringing up hundred number eight off 202 balls and Sales taking just 105 balls over the 27th of his career.

Nineteen year-old Tom Fell hit a career-best unbeaten 64 as Worcestershire just about kept in touch with Kent on the second day at New Road. They reached the close on 213 for seven in reply to the visitors’ 324. Moeen Ali went past 1000 runs for the season in compiling 59, but he couldn’t prevent his side from losing regular wickets at the other end. James Tredwell took four for 34 before Fell and Jack Shantry (20 not out) restored some order with an unbroken stand of 55.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Durham at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Derbyshire at Hove
day three, LV=CCD1, Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Headingley
day three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton
day three, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Lancashire at Grace Road
day three, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Wantage Road
day three, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Kent at New Road
Group B, YB40, Surrey v Scotland at The Oval (1345 BST start)
The Saltires have included 22 year-old batsman Hamish Gardiner in a 13-man squad, with Craig Wallace set to keep wicket and Glamorgan all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith also included.

Scotland squad: Freddie Coleman, Ewan Chalmers, Calum MacLeod, Preston Mommsen (captain), Richie Berrington, Moneed Iqbal, Craig Wallace, Majid Haq, Michael Leask, Gordon Goudie, Calvin Burnett, Ruaidhri Smith, Hamish Gardiner.

Weather Forecast: A band of occasionally heavy showers will affect the west of the country tomorrow, with the south-western corner of England seeing the worst of them. Elsewhere, it will start sunny but become increasingly overcast in all but the far east. Temperatures will peak at between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Leicestershire have switched their Yorkshire Bank 40 match against the Unicorns from 15th to 18th August. Chief executive Mike Siddall said, “We originally wanted to play the fixture on the 18th but, as this is the day after the T20 Finals Day, we waited to see whether we were likely to qualify.” Grace Road will play host to a charity game on 1st September between a Leicester Tigers XI captained by Toby Flood and a Matt Hampson/Lord’s Taverners XI captained by Paul Nixon. More information can be found here.

Somerset have signed eight players on new contracts for the 2014 season and beyond. Among them are fast-bowler Steve Kirby and all-rounder Lewis Gregory. The others are Tom Abell, Alex Barrow, Adam Dibble, Chris Jones, Jack Leach and Max Waller. The futures of Nick Compton and Jos Buttler at the club are still uncertain.

According to BBC cricket journalist Charles Dagnall, Leicestershire are to adopt a coaching structure similar to that of other counties by the end of the year. Current Head Coach Phil Whitticase is favourite for the new role of Director of Cricket, with the roles of first-team coach and second-team coach also to be created.

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