Apr 282013
 
Ed Cowan's solid start to the County season continued as his Notts recorded a big win over Derby.

Nottinghamshire 443 & 1-43 (Cowan 59 and 15*) defeated Derbyshire 256 & 229 by nine wickets.Tasmanian Ed Cowan recorded his third fifty of the County Championship in his sides' dominating nine wicket win over Derby. 

Cowan will be disappointed to have made another start and not go on with it, falling to a loose shot off a David Wainwright long-hop. 

The growls surrounding Notts decision to let Cowan play ahead of the Ashes will no doubt increase the more he scores. A recent joke on Cowan had Graeme Swann duping the opener that both he and Stuart Broad were under strict orders by the ECB not to bowl to him before the first Test. Cowan didn't fall the for the trick and if his current form continues maybe the English pair will have to target Cowan to plant some seeds before July 10.

Kent 244 & 2-178 drew with Lancashire 7-395 dec (Katich 93).Former Test opener Simon Katich's 93 pillared Lancashire's first innings total on 7-395 in their draw with Kent.

Katich played an up-tempo innings which included 13 fours from only 135 balls. His partnership with Steven Croft secured Lancs first innings points in a rain affected match at Old Trafford.

Northamptonshire 404 & 3-90 defeated Gloucestershire 192 and 299 by seven wickets. Trent Copeland's County star continues to rise as Michael Klinger's fades after Northamptonshire defeated Gloucs by seven wickets.

Copeland captured 2-96 from 49 repetitive overs for the match and knocked up another handy 27 not out batting at eleven. His match was contrasted by the form, or lack thereof, of Klinger.

Captaining Gloucestershire, Klinger made 23 and one opening the innings, falling to Crook in the first and Copeland in the second. "Maxy" now has 42 from three innings, and while it's not panic stations yet, he'll want to improve to set a good example for his side.

Conversely, Copeland has amassed 97 runs at the same average whilst snagging five wickets. The run tally will thrill him and Northampton, but the wickets tally isn't ideal. His line and length has been unwavering, still searching for the right areas in foreign English conditions. 

First Posted 29 April, 2013 11:29AM AEDT

Tags: Ed Cowan , Trent Copeland , Simon Katich , Michael Klinger

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