Lumb shines for dominant Notts
Michael Lumb struck 162 as Nottinghamshire put their previous batting troubles behind them by posting 423 all out against Middlesex in Division One of the LV= County Championship.
Chris Read’s side have often struggled with the bat this term, but claimed maximum bonus points today thanks chiefly to Lumb’s wonderful 309-ball innings, which contained 23 fours.
Notts, 132 for one overnight, saw Alex Hales depart for 79 in the seventh over of the day, but Riki Wessels and Steven Mullaney, who contributed 41 and 60 respectively, shared stands of 83 and 95 with Lumb before Andre Adams chipped in with a valuable 18-ball 29.
Middlesex reached stumps on 51 for three in reply, England Test captain Andrew Strauss, Sam Robson and Chris Rogers having all fallen cheaply, the latter two to Adams.
Neither Worcestershire or Surrey were able to gain a significant advantage on a mildly truncated second day at New Road.
After resuming on 58 without loss, the hosts were dismissed for 285 shortly before stumps.
Moeen Ali and James Cameron contributed 61 and 52 respectively, while Tim Linley was the pick of Surrey’s attack with 4-78.
No play was possible at the Emirates Durham ICG, meaning Somerset were unable to add to their total of 220 for eight against a Durham side dismissed for 125 yesterday.
Rain also wiped out a second successive day at the PROBIZ County Ground, where Sussex are hosting reigning champions Lancashire.
In Division Two, Kane Williamson and Chris Dent frustrated Yorkshire after Gloucestershire were inserted at Bristol.
When play finally started at 12pm following yesterday’s washout, England all-rounder Tim Bresnan had Benny Howell caught by Phil Jaques at third slip to reduce the hosts to nine for one.
Williamson and Dent showed patience thereafter to add 146 for the second wicket until the latter was trapped in front by Steven Patterson.
New Zealand batsman Williamson was unbeaten on 89 off 136 deliveries at stumps alongside captain Alex Gidman, who made six not out in Gloucestershire's 165 for two.
Only 10 balls were bowled at Chelmsford where Kent’s experienced pair of Geraint Jones and Darren Stevens managed to add another seven runs to their overnight 17 for five following Essex seamer Charl Willoughby’s devastating spell of 4-8 in 4.4 overs yesterday.
Hampshire were yet to begin their clash with Derbyshire at the Ageas Bowl, while there was no play at Grace Road where Leicestershire reduced Northamptonshire to 99 for three yesterday thanks to 2-36 from in-form seamer Robbie Joseph.