Warwickshire on the back foot
Warwickshire’s hopes of maintaining their unbeaten record in the LV= County Championship were hit as they conceded a first-innings lead of 80 on day two of their match against Durham, Division One’s bottom club.
Last year’s runners-up, who trailed Nottinghamshire by a point heading into this week’s matches having played a game less, enjoyed initial success this morning in restricting their hosts to 277 all out.
Keith Barker and Chris Woakes finished with four wickets apiece, but Warwickshire were then bowled out for 197 in reply as Chris Rushworth returned career-best figures of 5-46.
There was still time for Barker and Woakes to strike again before stumps as Durham closed on 28 for two, leading by 108.
Skipper Chris Rogers compiled a superb 173 and shared a partnership of 245 inside 53 overs with fellow centurion Joe Denly as Middlesex assumed total control against Somerset at Lord’s.
Tim Murtagh, Gareth Berg and Toby Roland-Jones all claimed three scalps as the visitors added just 43 to their overnight 130 for four.
Sam Robson fell cheaply to Alfonso Thomas when Middlesex began their reply, but Rogers then took centre stage, striking 23 fours and three sixes in a authoritative 191-ball innings that saw him equal Somerset’s first-innings score.
Denly provided excellent support to the veteran Australian left-hander and reached the close on 105 not out as Middlesex raced to 321 for two and a lead of 148.
Sussex dominated a rain-affected opening day against Surrey at Horsham.
Steve Magoffin and James Anyon returned respective figures of 4-27 and 4-63 as Sussex capitalised on winning the toss by skittling their opponents for 124 inside 41 overs.
Chris Nash hit 38 and Luke Wells, recalled in place of the out-of-form Murray Goodwin, added 33 not out as the hosts reached 81 for two in reply.
Honours appeared relatively even at Trent Bridge, where Lancashire reached 203 for six against Nottinghamshire.
On a day when only 59 overs were possible due to rain, Andre Adams picked up 4-77 for the hosts, while Lancashire’s efforts were underpinned by Ashwell Prince’s unbeaten 63.
Prince shared in half-century stands with Steven Croft and Gareth Cross, who fell to what was ultimately the final ball before rain forced a premature close.
Division Two leaders Derbyshire advanced into a first-innings lead of 14 before rain thwarted their progress against Leicestershire at Grace Road.
After bowling the hosts out for 177 yesterday, Derbyshire, who started the day on five without loss, were soon 51 for two as openers Matt Lineker and Chesney Hughes became victims for Nathan Buck and Matthew Hoggard.
Wayne Madsen and Wes Durston added 66 in 14 overs before they departed in quick succession for 21 and 44 respectively.
Derbyshire edged into the lead thanks to an unbroken stand of 41 between Dan Redfern and David Wainwright, who were unbeaten on 40 and 20 in a total of 191 for five.
Rain prevented Yorkshire from building on Mitchell Starc’s double strike on a rain-affected opening day against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.
Gareth Rees and Will Bragg justified Mark Wallace’s decision to bat first by putting on 55 for the first wicket.
That was until Starc was introduced into the attack and took out the openers in three overs, for 35 and 20 respectively, before Azeem Rafiq had in-form Australian Marcus North caught and bowled.
Showers then arrived in mid-afternoon with Stewart Walters unbeaten on 37 out of Glamorgan’s 117 for three.
Ravi Bopara and James Foster led a spirited Essex fightback after their top-order had failed against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
David Willey struck twice as Essex, who won the toss, found themselves four down for just 57 inside 28 overs.
Bopara and Foster came to the rescue with an unbroken stand of 81, finishing with 65 and 25 when the rain came down with the score on 138 for four.
Mark Davies’ double strike rewarded Kent captain Rob Key’s decision to bowl first at a wet Tunbridge Wells.
When play finally got underway at 4.15pm, Hampshire’s top three were soon walking back to the pavilion as Davies trapped Bilal Shafayat and Jimmy Adams in front after Michael Carberry had been caught behind off Charlie Shreck.
Simon Katich stood firm with an unbeaten 21 and Hampshire were 50 for three off 15.1 overs when the wet weather ended the day’s play.