County Cricket, May 6: As it happened
It was another excellent day of uninterrupted cricketing action, with sunshine lighting up the country.
Warwickshire Bears were beaten by Kent Spitfires, while Surrey and Durham Dynamos earned Group B victories over Hampshire Royals and Lancashire Lightning. In Group C, Gloucestershire Gladiators eased past the Unicorns and Glamorgan did likewise versus Middlesex Panthers - as did the New Zealanders in their tour match against Derbyshire.
7:40pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (280/3) beat Middlesex (254/9) by 26 runs at Lord's: Predictably, Middlesex fell well short of the victory target, although Berg could take heart from his impressive 57-ball 75.
7:31pm - RESULT! Kent Spitfires (239/8) beat Warwickshire Bears (238) by one run at Edgbaston: Oh my goodness! What a finish at Edgbaston. Having lost McKay with 2.1 overs to spare, Patel kept Warwickshire in the hunt and moved to a half-century. Back on strike needing two from as many deliveries, it appeared the New Zealander would take his side home. However, he failed to score off the penultimate delivery and was run out off the last to give Kent a one-run victory! Breathless, brilliant stuff.
7:18pm - There's a cracking finish in the offing at Edgbaston, where Warwickshire require 20 off 14 balls. Patel is 36 not out from just 18 deliveries.
It is not quite so close at Lord's, with Middlesex 228 for eight chasing 281 despite Gareth Berg's 68 not out versus Glamorgan. The hosts need 58 from just 20 deliveries.
6:56pm - Warwickshire have collapsed from 148 for two to 185 for eight at Edgbaston, with two run-outs in nine balls not helping the Bears’ cause.
Jeetan Patel and List-A debutant Peter McKay are the men at the crease and they need 49 from 30 balls as they chase Kent’s 239 for eight.
6:48pm - RESULT! Durham Dynamos (218/5) beat Lancashire Lightning (216/9) by five wickets at Old Trafford: Apologies to Mustard, who fell for 91 as soon as I referred to him closing in on a century. The Colonel won’t be too bothered, though, as his side ease to a routine victory.
The visitors did well to reel Lancashire in after Ashwell Prince and Stephen Moore get them off to a flier with the bat.
6:43pm - RESULT! Surrey (229/1) beat Hampshire Royals (228) by nine wickets at the Kia Oval: Hampshire never got going with the bat, and only Ervine’s defiant 63 got the defending champions anywhere near a respectable score. Surrey, however, have absolutely romped home thanks largely to a brilliant 127 not out from Davies - that’s Hampshire’s first defeat in this year’s competition.
6:26pm - Davies takes a couple of runs from Chris Wood to bring up his century off 81 balls. Surrey need just 35 more from 14 overs.
Durham have lost Paul Collingwood for 37, but Mustard is racing towards his ton on a good day for wicketkeepers who open the batting.
Middlesex have steadied the ship slightly but their asking rate is above 10 an over.
6:12pm - RESULT! Gloucestershire Gladiators (156/1) beat Unicorns (153/9) by nine wickets at Wormsley: For the second day running the Unicorns post a sub-standard score, and yet again they’ve been overhauled in double-quick time. Gloucestershire may have taken slightly longer than West-country neighbours Somerset, but half-centuries from Marshall and Michael Klinger and Dent’s 11-ball 29 see them home with over 16 overs to spare.
6:07pm - It’s unlikely to affect the end result, but Hampshire at last have a breakthrough as Liam Dawson dismisses Graeme Smith for 74 off 55 balls. After a slightly sluggish start to his reign as skipper I think it’s safe to say the South African is finding his feet in county cricket.
Gloucestershire lose their first wicket as Hamish Marshall falls for 67, but Chris Dent hits 20 from his first seven balls to take them to the cusp of victory against the Unicorns.
@CricketingBears on Twitter: Straight six from Chopra brings up the Bears hundred 102-2
6:00pm - Will Owen grabs three wickets as Dawid Malan and Joe Denly both fall playing loose shots for Middlesex - whose required rate creeps above eight an over - before Paul Stirling is clean bowled.
The other four games look to be going the way of the side batting second - with Surrey favourites to finish first as Graeme Smith and Steven Davies take them to 150 without loss.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Dan Redfern: "It was always going to be tough against a good Test attack who did so well against England. There was no letup with them."
5:29pm - Lancashire turn to spin twins Simon Kerrigan and Stephen Parry, and the latter gets rid of Rob Pringle for three.
Matt Coles gets rid of England’s Ian Bell for 35 but there is no sign of a wicket at the Kia Oval, where the hosts have cantered to 91 without loss off 11 overs.
5:13pm - Newby bowls Stoneman for 32 to end Durham’s opening stand at 71 from just seven overs. There is also a wicket at Lord’s where Jim Allenby finds Chris Rogers’ leading edge and Murray Goodwin takes the catch.
4:56pm - RESULT! New Zealand (289/5d & 199/5d) beat Derbyshire (154 & 227) by 107 runs at Derby: Mark Footitt made a swift 22, but the number 11 tries one shot too many and skies a simple catch to Gillespie off Martin. The tourists have wrapped up a convincing win with over an hour to spare.
We’re also back under way in all five Yorkshire Bank 40 games and the chasing teams are all off to a decent start - especially Durham.
Mark Stoneman hits Wayne White for five fours in a single over, and Phil Mustard starts Oliver Newby’s next set of six with a maximum. The visitors are 50 without loss after just five overs.
4:27pm - Only Glamorgan have managed to post a really significant total, thanks largely to the outstanding efforts of North and Allenby - who finish unbeaten on 137 and 69 respectively. Their efforts have secured a score 280 for three, on the back of their 285 for seven in yesterday’s victory over Yorkshire.
The other games are similarly well poised with every team except the Unicorns posting scores they will feel are defendable. Another star performer with the bat has been Kent’s Nash, who finished unbeaten on 98 - his best List A effort - against Warwickshire.
Here are the scores at the halfway stage of the matches:
Kent Spitfires post 239 for eight after deciding to field against Warwickshire Bears at Edgbaston
Hampshire Royals post 228 all out after opting to bat at the Kia Oval
Lancashire Lightning post 216 for nine after being asked to bat by Durham Dynamos at Emirates Old Trafford
The Unicorns post 153 for nine after electing to bat Gloucestershire at Wormsley
Glamorgan post 280 for three after being asked to bat by Middlesex Panthers at Lord’s
At Derby, the hosts are now nine down with Wagner having completed his five-wicket haul; it has been quite a start to the tour for the left-arm seamer.
4pm - Amid every other batting side struggling, Glamorgan roll on with Jim Allenby now reaching his half-century. Impressive stuff.
3:52pm - Tea has been taken at Derby with the tourists three wickets from victory; meanwhile, Glamorgan look set for a big total in their YB40 match against Middlesex, North moving past 100 and taking the total to 207 for three after 34 overs.
3:36pm - Kent fall to 141 for five as Patel dismisses Geraint Jones for six, and the Unicorns are also five down as Gloucestershire take three wickets in six overs.
Hampshire’s hopes of a decent score look to rest on Sean Ervine’s shoulders as Chris Wood joins the Zimbabwean at the crease after Zafar Ansari’s three wickets.
@hantscricket on Twitter: WICKET: Oxbridge student Ansari (3-fer) teaching us a bit of a lesson at the moment as Wheater (5) is stumped; Hampshire 149-6 (29th ov)
3:17pm - Mixed fortunes for Glamorgan as North flicks Gareth Berg for four to bring up his half-century, before Bragg falls to Josh Davey for 62.
Darren Maddy grabs two wickets in an over to reduce Kent to 133 for four, Lancashire lose Karl Brown and Simon Katich in quick succession to collapse to 138 for five, and Derbyshire are staring down the barrel as Redfern becomes Wagner’s fourth victim.
3:02pm - That Derbyshire fightback did not last long, as Neil Wagner removes Johnson for 14. The tourists need just four more wickets for victory.
Steven Croft falls to Scott Borthwick as Durham collect a third wicket, and Rob Key goes six runs shy of his half-century to Jeetan Patel.
2:54pm - Dan Redfern is launching something of a comeback for the hosts at Derby, bringing up his half-century with three successive fours off Gillespie. Partner Richard Johnson takes Derbyshire past 150 in the next over, but they still have plenty to do to save the game.
Will Bragg has also reached his fifty, the Glamorgan opener scampering a single to cover as he and Marcus North bring Glamorgan to 96 for two.
Hampshire, however, lose another wicket as skipper Jimmy Adams is caught by his opposite number Graeme Smith off Gareth Batty for 28. The Royals are in a spot of bother at 91 for four.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: England spinner @Swannyg66 confirms that he will play for Notts Outlaws against Kent @TrentBridge on Wednesday #OutlawsYB40
2:37pm - The weather may look good for batting, but plenty of wickets are tumbling across the country.
Ben Stokes bowls Moore for 46, George Bailey falls to Zafar Ansari having made just nine, while Will Gidman has a second wicket against the Unicorns - Tom Lancefield caught by Chris Dent for 16.
Kent have battled back after Warwickshire’s tidy start, with Rob Key and Brendan Nash putting on an unbroken 65 in just 10 overs.
@hantscricket on Twitter: A quarter of the way through our innings and we're 63-2 (run rate of 6.3). Good conditions for batting here so looking for a big score.
2:23pm - Joe Denly runs out Chris Cooke for a duck as Middlesex grab a quick second wicket.
Hampshire are also two down as Jon Lewis claims the scalp of in-form James Vince for 21.
Lancashire’s exhilarating opening stand is brought to an end as Phil Mustard stumps Prince for 34 off Gareth Breese.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Dropped catch! Rushworth drops Moore on 31 at deep gully on the edge of the fielding circle. Had it and then it spilled out
2:05pm - Chris Woakes has made an early breakthrough for Warwickshire as Sam Billings departs for 13 - England’s Jonathan Trott taking the catch - leaving Kent 14 for one.
Ross Whiteley becomes Bracewell’s second victim at Derby, where the hosts are in all sorts of bother at 98 for five.
Lancashire are absolutely flying as Moore brings up their 50 in just the eighth over with a six off Mark Wood.
Glamorgan have lost their first wicket - Toby Roland-Jones inducing an edge from Mark Wallace and Dawid Malan taking a good catch at first slip.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: Buzzers! Five runs to Prince after a throw at the bowlers end went for 4 overthrows!
1:54pm - Carberry’s fun did not last for long! He is caught behind off Jade Dernbach to leave Hampshire 16 for one.
The Unicorns have also lost an early wicket, the Gidman brothers combining to get rid of Lewis Hill. Will was the bowler and Alex the catcher.
Will Bragg has scored Glamorgan's first 21 runs against Middlesex, while Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince have started positively for Lancashire.
1:50pm - Things are not looking good at all for Derbyshire. Wes Durston has fallen to Doug Bracewell in the third over after lunch.
Hampshire have made a flying start at the Kia Oval, with Michael Carberry racing to 15 from eight balls.
1:45pm - Play has recommenced in Derby and each of the Yorkshire Bank 40 games are also under way!
1:35pm - One man who may be worth keeping an eye on today is Lancashire's Jordan Clark. The wicketkeeper-batsman recently struck six sixes in an over during a second-team fixture against Roses rivals Yorkshire. Today he makes his first senior appearance since last August.
1:29pm - The Unicorns have elected to bat in the other Group C fixture.
1:23pm - We are still waiting on news from Wormsley, but here are details of the other tosses:
Warwickshire Bears have won the toss and will field first against Kent Spitfires at Edgbaston.
Hampshire Royals have chosen to bat against Surrey at the Kia Oval
Durham Dynamos have invited Lancashire Lightning to bat at Emirates Old Trafford
Glamorgan have been asked to bat by Middlesex Panthers at Lord’s.
1:10pm - Coins will soon be being flipped at Edgbaston, the Kia Oval, Emirates Old Trafford, Lord's and Wormsley. News of each YB40 toss is on the way.
@HomeofCricket on Twitter: Sun just breaking through the clouds here at Lord's - 40 minutes until @middlesex_CCC and @glamcricket get underway.
1pm - Derbyshire suffer a body blow on the stroke of lunch as Madsen, having spent just over an hour at the crease for his six, is bowled by Bruce Martin. New Zealand will be happy with that session, which ends with Derbyshire 80 for three in pursuit of 335.
12:41pm - Madsen and Wes Durston have steadied the ship somewhat for Derbyshire - the latter racing into double figures with two boundaries in a Mark Gillespie over.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: FOUR! Madsen (4*) drives Wagner gloriously down the ground for 4; Derbyshire 53-2 after 19 overs (Durston 1*). Target 335.
12:15pm - Godleman cannot! He is trapped lbw by Wagner, who now has five victims in the match.
12:09pm - Progress has been slow for the hosts since that wicket went down. Can Godleman and skipper Wayne Madsen make it through to lunch?
11:55am - Neil Wagner makes the first breakthrough for New Zealand, ousting Hughes for 15 to leave Derbyshire 42 for one.
11:41am - We could have an exciting finish on our hands if Derbyshire keep wickets in hand this morning. They are ticking along nicely for the time being, with Hughes and Godleman having struck five fours between them inside the first nine overs.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Appeal! But an inside edge denies Bracewell’s lbw appeal versus Godleman (9*); Derbyshire 16-0 after 6 overs (Hughes 5*).
@kentcricket on Twitter: Kent/Surrey 2nds are playing @ St Lawrence Ground in a friendly match against Yorkshire, entry is free & play starts at midday...
11:24am - Derbyshire have made a solid start to their chase, reaching 13 without loss after five overs through openers Chesney Hughes and Billy Godleman.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Advanced tickets are not required so please come and support the team.
10:56am - It turns out that New Zealand have actually declared on their overnight total of 199 for five, which sets up an intriguing final day. Derbyshire need 335 and the tourists require 10 wickets.
10:55am - New Zealand extended their lead to 334 yesterday and a Black Caps declaration cannot be long in coming. It will then be up to Derbyshire to improve on a disappointing first-innings batting display that saw them bowled out for 154.
Here are the day’s YB40 fixtures, which are all scheduled to get under way at 1:45pm:
Warwickshire Bears v Kent Spitfires at Edgbaston
Surrey v Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval
Lancashire Lightning v Durham Dynamos at Emirates Old Trafford
The Unicorns v Gloucestershire at Wormsley
Middlesex Panthers v Glamorgan at Lord’s
10:45am - Good morning everyone. I hope the weather is as glorious where you are as it is in the ecb.co.uk office right now. Today we will bring you updates on the tour match at Derby, where New Zealand will be aiming to push for victory on the final day, and five Yorkshire Bank 40 fixtures.