Bowlers give Red Rose upper hand
Defending LV= County Champions Lancashire seized the advantage in their Division One match against Warwickshire by claiming five wickets on the second evening at Aigburth.
For the second successive day, the Red Rose added 125 runs for the loss of five wickets, taking their score to 250 all out. Luke Procter top-scored with a patient 46, while skipper Glen Chapple added 44 from number nine in more adventurous fashion.
Darren Maddy finished with 4-39 for Warwickshire, but was batting by the end of the day as the visitors struggled.
They closed on 68 for five, Maddy and nightwatchman Chris Wright unbeaten on 16 and nought respectively, with Chapple having taken two wickets.
Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read compiled a valiant unbeaten century, but was unable to prevent Somerset from retaining control of proceedings on another rain-affected day at Trent Bridge.
In compiling 104 not out, Read, who came in at 20 for four yesterday, was responsible for more than 60% of Nottinghamshire’s below-par first-innings total of 162 all out.
No other batsman passed 10, although last man Harry Gurney batted for more than an hour on debut to allow Read to reach three figures; their 10th-wicket alliance was worth 56.
Despite Read’s heroics, Somerset were on top at stumps, an unbeaten 50 from Arul Suppiah helping them to 78 for one. Marcus Trescothick was unable to bat, however, after injuring his right ankle during Nottinghamshire’s innings.
Neil Dexter’s decision to temporarily relinquish the Middlesex captaincy reaped immediate rewards as he struck an unbeaten half-century against Durham at Lord’s.
Dexter opted to hand the reins to Chris Rogers this week, having struggled for form with the bat. Yet while Rogers was among four top-order batsmen to fall cheaply when play got under way this morning, Dexter contributed 65 not out from 81 balls.
His innings, together with 35 from Dawid Malan, helped Middlesex recover from 28 for four to reach 132 for five on a truncated second day, play having been completely washed out yesterday.
Graham Onions was the pick of Durham’s attack with 3-24 from 13 overs, including the wicket of England Test captain Andrew Strauss for a second-ball duck.
Rain played its part once again at the Kia Oval, but there was enough time for Worcestershire’s Alan Richardson to torment Surrey’s batsmen.
Veteran seamer Richardson, recently named as one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year for 2011, returned 5-42 as the hosts slumped to 123 for seven after losing the toss.
Richard Jones also claimed two scalps for Worcestershire, while Jason Roy and Tom Maynard contributed 38 and 34 respectively with the bat.
Phil Jaques struck a century on his return for Yorkshire, who took control of their Division Two clash with Essex via a late flurry of wickets at Headingley.
Jaques’ registration as a non-overseas player was cleared on Tuesday and, representing the White Rose for the first time during his second stint, he responded in fine style, hitting 126 after rain ruled yesterday.
When the former Australia opener reached three figures, the home side were sitting pretty on 178 for two. However, Tymal Mills - who claimed 4-62 - bowled with outstanding pace as Essex fought back impressively to dismiss Yorkshire for just 246.
The White Rose’s bowlers stepped up in reply, though, Steven Patterson returning 3-12 - with the aid of a triple-wicket maiden - as Essex closed on 72 for five, 174 runs behind.
Will Gidman gave another illustration of his all-round value as Gloucestershire moved into a dominant position against in-form Kent at Canterbury.
Resuming on 25, Gidman took his score to 56 as the visitors were dismissed for 255; Mark Davies and Matt Coles grabbed four wickets apiece, while Ed Young finished 55 not out.
Gidman then took centre stage again, producing three quick strikes as Kent were reduced to 55 for five. Darren Stevens made 54 in response, but fell late on as the home side finished on 119 for six, 136 in arrears.
Huw Waters claimed career-best figures of 7-53 to help Glamorgan turn the tide in their encounter against Hampshire.
Having bravely declared on 103 for nine, the home side headed into day two seeking further breakthroughs after Waters dismissed Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams late last evening.
They claimed wickets at regular intervals as the visitors were dismissed for just 156 - a lead of 53 - thanks, in the main, to Waters’ outstanding effort.
The game was seemingly headed for a tight finish after Glamorgan then reached stumps on 73 for three, giving them a lead of just 20.
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Josh Cobb struck centuries as Leicestershire impressed with the bat against leaders Derbyshire.
With only 10.5 overs possible on a rain-ruined opening day, the visitors were 24 for one when play began at the County Ground this morning.
Jacques du Toit fell cheaply, but that merely heralded the arrival of Sarwan, who - captaining the side in place of the injured Matthew Hoggard - compiled 105.
His effort was matched by the aggressive Cobb, with Leicestershire reaching 318 for seven.