• Specsavers County Championship 8m

    Div Two reports: Mark Wood shines for Durham in rain-affected day

    Mark Wood proved his fitness with 5-50 in Durham's clash with Worcestershire in Division Two

    Gloomy conditions were endured by batsmen and bowlers, but Wood shone while a Derbyshire youngster broke a County Championship record.

    Durham 197 v Worcestershire 367
    Glamorgan 237 v Derbyshire 288 & 2/0
    Northamptonshire 261 & 60/3 v Leicestershire 157
    Nottinghamshire 371 v Kent 180 & 105/4
    Sussex 358/9d v Gloucestershire 31/0 - no play due to rain


    Mark Wood proved his fitness for England's Test series against South Africa by taking five for 54 before rain halted the second day's play in Durham’s Specsavers County Championship match with Worcestershire.

    The paceman took the visitors' final two wickets with the new pink ball, but not before Brett D'Oliveira struck a century and Moeen Ali made 58 to help Worcestershire establish a lead of 170.

    Prior to England one-day duty, Wood took three for 206 in two matches for Durham at the start of the season as he felt his way back from ankle surgery.

    Looking sharper now, he had already taken three of the wickets when Worcestershire resumed on 213 for four. He completed his haul by knocking out Ed Barnard's off stump with his seventh delivery with the new ball before forcing last man Josh Tongue to fend a catch to short leg.

    There were four wickets for off-spinner Ryan Pringle, who had been treated with the utmost respect by Glamorgan last week but found himself under attack this time, conceding 73 in 12 overs. But Ben Stokes finished with none for 80.

    In gloomy conditions, with the floodlights again on from the 2pm start, runs came briskly as Moeen played in a carefree style. D'Oliveira, who resumed on 91, drove Rushworth for three through extra cover to complete his 159-ball century with 15 fours and a six.

    When Pringle was introduced D'Oliveira hit him for four to mid-wicket then lifted a no-ball over long-on for six, before whacking a full toss straight to cover to depart for 122.

    Following the stand of 130, Moeen swiftly followed, missing a sweep in Pringle's next over to fall lbw.

    Three wickets had gone down for six runs when George Rhodes sat back to cut and edged to wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter.

    Ross Whiteley was on one when he drove Pringle for a straight six as he and Ben Cox stopped the rot with a stand of 73.

    In Pringle's final over before the new ball was due Whiteley tried to heave him over mid-wicket and was bowled for 43. Wood did the rest, leaving Cox unbeaten on 32.

    Wood said: “The pink ball held together well but it seemed to go soft quickly, so I think the jury is still out. Moeen Ali said he struggled to time it because it wasn't coming off the pitch.

    “Getting wickets is a big confidence boost for me. My rhythm wasn't there in the early season, but I'm fine now. Ben Stokes has been really unlucky over the last two days with a lot of runs going to third man.”


    Derbyshire had the better of the second day against Glamorgan at The SSE Swalec, gaining a first innings lead of 51 and after two overs at the end of the day, had extended that lead to 53 with all their second innings wickets intact.All their bowlers contributed, with Tony Palladino and Sri Lankan leg spinner Jeevan Mendis sharing seven wickets.

    After Palladino had made the initial breakthrough by taking the first three wickets at a personal cost of three runs, the Derbyshire spinners, Mendis and 16yr old Hamidullah Qadri also contributed as Glamorgan lost wickets regularly after the final break. Qadri, the youngest player to play Championship cricket for Derbyshire, captured his first wicket when his arm ball found the edge of Andrew Salter’s bat and was caught at slip.

    Qadri’s figures-15-8-16-1- reflected how he bowled, and vindicated Head Coach Kim Barnett’s decision to include him in the first team at an early age.

    Earlier Jacques Rudolph and nightwatchman Timm Van Der Gugten, had given Glamorgan a solid start, putting on 49 for the first wicket, before they were both out in successive overs. When Owen Morgan departed without scoring and Colin Ingram was out in the final over before tea, the home team had slipped to 87 for 4.

    The recovered after Nick Selman and Aneurin Donald had put on 64 for the fifth wicket, with Donald scoring 38, before he was undone by Luis Reece’s left arm seamers.

    Selman, who scored a century against Durham last week, went on to score 50 before he was leg before to Mendis, who took his third wicket when Andrew Salter was caught at backward point. At 198 for 8, Glamorgan were 90 runs adrift, but Graham Wagg and Marchant De Lange settled into a productive partnership for the ninth wicket that added 39, which enabled Glamorgan to gain a batting point.


    Northamptonshire took hold of the pink-ball Specsavers County Championship match on the second day against Leicestershire, reaching 60 for 3 in their second-innings and a lead of 164 before rain curtailed play.

    With a first-innings advantage of 104, Northants were reduced to 12 for 2 before Alex Wakely’s unbeaten 34 - featuring a top-edged pull over the wicketkeeper - steered them to the close in steady shape. But setting a target above 300 will still be a challenge if cloudy floodlit conditions remain on day three.

    Northants were set for a much bigger first-innings lead when Leicestershire, having resumed day two 65 for 4, slumped to 86 for 8 before lunch but a stand of 60 for the ninth wicket between Lewis Hill and Matt Pillans ensured the follow-on would not be of concern.

    The second session was delayed by 55 minutes by the lightest of drizzle but when play did resume, Northants took only six overs to remove the Leicestershire tail. Ben Sanderson, who probed away without full reward before lunch - nine overs for just eight runs and one wicket - changed ends to send a ball from wider on the crease through bat and bat and into the bails of Pillans. He finished with 3 for 36 from 20 overs.

    Azharullah cleaned up No. 11 Dieter Klein and Leicestershire’s 157 all out still gave Northants a very good first-innings lead.

    Conditions favoured the bowlers all day with the floodlights on under gloomy skies and Leicestershire responded with two early wickets. Rob Newton was lbw to Klein for the second time in the game and Ben Duckett, after a first-inning century, was taken at second slip off Clint McKay for a second-ball duck.

    Max Holden’s 37-ball stay featured countless plays-and-misses, driving McKay in particular to distraction. He eventually edged Pillans to first slip to give Leicestershire a third wicket and further hope. Their chances of getting deeper into the Northants middle order were denied by rain.

    It was the Northants’ bowlers who enjoyed the conditions in the opening session of the day - during the first 25 minutes, 33 balls were bowled, Northamptonshire didn’t concede a single run and took three wickets.

    The first of those was McKay, who was dropped to the final ball of day one but caught off the first ball he saw of day two - driving loosely at Richard Gleeson and edging to first slip Chesney Hughes, the same man who dropped McKay the previous evening.

    Gleeson struck again when Ned Eckersley tamely chipped a catch to point. Between those dismissals, Sanderson nipped a ball back into Colin Ackerman, forcing an inside edge into the off stump.

    When Azharullah trapped Neil Dexter lbw for 11 - the decision appeared to be a marginal call - Leicestershire were facing the prospect of being asked to follow-on. But Hill rode his luck and with Pillans, who found five boundaries from No. 10, avoided being asked to bat again and kept a finger-hold on the game for the visitors.


    A century from Steven Mullaney has enabled Nottinghamshire to build a substantial first innings lead over Kent in their day-night Specsavers County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

    The 30-year old made a career best 168 before edging Matt Coles behind. Mullaney was at the crease for just over six hours and faced 276 balls, hitting 23 of them for four and another two for sixes.

    Earlier, he had completed a fourth wicket partnership of 222 in 47.5 overs with Alex Hales, who made 85, as the home side raced past Kent’s meagre first innings score of 180.

    Magnificent Mullaney said: “Obviously it was nice to get a career best. It means it’s another round I have to buy the lads at the end of the season, so that’s disappointing but it was nice to contribute and help us get into a strong position.

    "Hopefully we can now push on tomorrow and get these last six wickets.”

    With their last five wickets falling for only 35 Notts were bowled out for 371 just before the second break of the day, giving them an advantage of 191.

    After almost two days of complete dominance over their promotion rivals, Notts then had some cause for concern as Jake Ball left the action early into the Kent second innings.

    With the Royal London One-Day Cup final just a few days away and a Test series to follow, hopefully the decision for him to leave the field was just a precaution.

    Ball had already taken a wicket by that stage and Kent suffered three further blows before closing on 105 for four, still 86 adrift. Sam Billings was undefeated on 39 and will be retired not out as he is now on England Lions duty and will take no further part in the game. His place will be taken by Joe Weatherley.

    Resuming from their overnight position of 135 for three, the home side flew out of the blocks when play began at 2pm, with six boundaries coming within the space of 18 deliveries.

    Hales brought up his first Championship 50 of the season from 104 balls as the partnership stretched into three figures.

    Shortly after bringing up his hundred Mullaney launched Will Gidman back over his head for the first six of the match.

    The pink ball was then clubbed to all parts as Notts went through the gears and the introduction of Joe Denly’s spin seemed to tempt Hales even more. He launched his fourth delivery into the stand for six but then attempted a repeat and holed out to Sean Dickson.

    Kent didn’t help their cause, with sub fielder James Tredwell spilling two chances at slip to reprieve Riki Wessels on 11 and Mullaney, just before he was eventually dismissed.

    As Notts pushed to keep the game moving forward they lost their remaining wickets in quick order as Gidman removed Wessels and Luke Fletcher, with Coles finishing with three for 99, as James Pattinson played on.

    Ball made 19 from 19 balls before top-edging to short third man and Harry Gurney was run out without scoring, leaving Chris Read undefeated on 20.

    Daniel Bell-Drummond made an unbeaten 84 in the first innings but had only added six in the second before being bowled by Ball, who was then escorted from the field by the physio after stretching and flexing his leg.

    Denly, Dickson and Sam Northeast all completed miserable matches with the bat by falling cheaply for a second time, with Gurney picking up two of the wickets and Fletcher the other.


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