County Cricket Round-Up - 4th September 2013

Ollie Rayner took eight wickets as Surrey crumbled at The Oval.
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There were potentially decisive contributions from Ollie Rayner, Samit Patel, Will Gidman, Ben Foakes and Graham Napier on the second day of matches in round 17 of the LV= County Championship.

Durham are well on the way to the victory over Sussex that would put them top of Division One of the LV= County Championship. They lead by 345 runs at Chester-le-Street after bowling Sussex out for 112 and then closing on 212 for six in their second innings. Graham Onions ended with four for 50, while Usman Arshad and Mitchell Claydon took three wickets apiece as Sussex became the latest county to get bowled out for little more than 100. Their highest score was Ben Brown’s unbeaten 21. Durham then slipped to 90 for five in their second innings as Steve Magoffin and James Anyon picked up a brace apiece. However, Paul Collingwood (45) and Phil Mustard (57 not out) added a crucial 93 for the sixth-wicket.

Nottinghamshire recovered from yesterday’s dreadful start to their first innings to take a lead over Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. They made 359 in reply to the Bears’ 298 as Samit Patel hit a century. Patel added 101 with Riki Wessels for the sixth-wicket before falling to Darren Maddy for 117. Wessels, though, carried on to make 77, while Andre Adams hit a typically brutal 46 off just 26 balls. Maurice Chambers was the pick of the visitors’ attack with four for 79. Warwickshire then suffered a poor start to their second innings, losing both openers to reach stumps still 34 runs behind on 27 for two.

Half-centuries from Marcus Trescothick, Nick Compton and James Hildreth helped keep Somerset in their match against Derbyshire after their disastrous day one. The home side closed on 231 for four at Taunton to lead by 36 runs. Piyush Chawla had earlier kept the Derbyshire lead down to just about manageable proportions by taking ending with five for 111, while Alfonso Thomas took three for 52. Tim Groenewald’s 36 not out was the best effort by a Derbyshire batsman for the day.

Ollie Rayner returned incredible figures of eight for 46 as Surrey collapsed to be all out for 145 in reply to Middlesex’s 294. Rory Burns top-scored for the home side with 38 as the Oval pitch gave appreciable help to the spinners. Gary Keedy took all five of the wickets to fall in the Middlesex second innings as they closed on 133 for five; their lead of 282 looking enormous in the circumstances.

In Division Two, Worcestershire still look destined for defeat against Essex in spite of an opening stand of 113 between their openers Daryl Mitchell and Matthew Pardoe at the start of their second innings. Mitchell made 62, while Pardoe is unbeaten with 74 as the Pears closed on 163 for three - still 86 runs adrift. That is because Essex had earlier earnt a 249-run first innings lead by racking up 351. Ben Foakes and Graham Napier built on half-centuries from Jaik Mickleburgh and Greg Smith yesterday and both hit fifties of their own. The pair added 92 for the seventh-wicket.

Glamorgan lead by 220 runs over Kent at Cardiff after reaching stumps in their second innings on 237 for seven. Gareth Rees top-scored with 52 and added an important 67 with Chris Cooke (35) for the third-wicket after they had been 15 for two. There were then contributions from Ben Wright (37), Jim Allenby (29), Mark Wallace (29) and Ruaidhri Smith (20 not out) as Glamorgan partially atoned for their first innings horror show. Michael Hogan had earlier ended with six for 65 as Kent had been unable to capitalise on their opponent’s poor performance by making just 175. Daniel Bell-Drummond comfortably top-scored with 78.

Gloucestershire took complete control over likely wooden-spoonists Leicestershire at Bristol as Will Gidman continued his match to remember. He hit a career-best 143 to follow on from his six for 15 yesterday to help the home side earn a huge lead. They eventually declared on 516 for nine. Hamish Marshall was first to partner Gidman during a partnership of 97 before he departed for 81. Tom Smith then joined the all-rounder and ground his way to a maiden first-class fifty during a stand of 131. Gidman was finally removed by Alex Wyatt (2-66) for 143, at which point Gloucestershire declared 399 runs ahead. Leicestershire had reduced that by 60 prior to the close for the loss of Greg Smith.

Hampshire made heavy weather of their reply to Northamptonshire’s 438 on the second day at Southampton. Their captain Jimmy Adams ended on 71 not out off 179 balls, sharing 97 with Liam Dawson (46) for the second-wicket as they reached stumps on 160 for two. Rob Keogh had earlier turned his maiden century into a double and took his overnight partnership with Matthew Spriegel (76) to 187.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day three, LV=CCD1, Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street
day three, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire at Trent Bridge
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Derbyshire at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Middlesex at The Oval
day three, LV=CCD2, Essex v Worcestershire at Chelmsford
day three, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Kent at Cardiff
day three, LV=CCD2, Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Bristol
day three, LV=CCD2, Hampshire v Northamptonshire at Southampton

Weather Forecast: A weak band of showers could affect the north-west tomorrow, but it should remain mostly dry. The main effect will be on the temperatures, which will struggle to reach 18 in Manchester, but should peak at around 28 degrees Celsius in the sunnier south-east.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire have signed on-trial fast-bowler Ruel Brathwaite on a full-time contract for the remainder of this season all of the next. Brathwaite, who was born in Barbados, was de-registered by Durham earlier this week.

Jim Kenyon, a former player and administrator in Lancashire, has died at the age of 71. Kenyon was also a cricket reporter for BBC Radio Lancashire and coached Andrew Flintoff, who told the station, “Jim was someone who was integral to my career. He helped me so much. His passion for the game was unbelievable, and he was just a great bloke.”

Simon Katich, who will leave Lancashire shortly to play for Perth Scorchers in the Champions League T20, could return to Old Trafford next season. Coach Peter Moores told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s a bit early to think about the overseas for next season. We get this campaign put to bed and, hopefully, regain our status in the First Division. Simon has been fantastic this year and, if he wants to play again, we would look at him very favourably for next year.”

Somerset Director of Cricket Dave Nosworthy will return to South Africa for a week following the news that his father has passed away.

Zafar Ansari was yesterday presented with his Surrey second XI cap by club president Sir Trevor McDonald. Tim Linley, Jason Roy, Gary Wilson, Rory Burns and Arun Harinath have all been similarly honoured this season.

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