May 042013

Michael Klinger, Trent Copeland and Chris Rogers lead the way in the County Championship.

Gloucestershire 280 & 1-191 (Klinger 103*) defeated Leicestershire 250 & 217 by nine wickets at Grace Road.UsChasing a tricky total of 191, Michael Klinger mad it look easy. The skipper raised his century and the winnings runs with a sweetly timed boundary to kick-start his County Championship season.His knock featured 16 fours and a six, mixing the odd play-and-miss with crisp stroke-play. Klinger and Chris Dent put on 129 for the opening stand, suppressing the Leics offence.Despite missing the Ashes and Australia A squads, Klinger’s form won’t go unrecognised should an injury demand change.

Northamptonshire 303 & 3-105 defeated Kent 271 (Copeland 5-71) & 135 (Copeland 5-42) by seven wickets at Canterbury.UsTrent Copeland redeemed the faith shown in him by Northants, collecting his second five-wicket haul to take 10 for the match in his side’s seven wicket win over Kent.Having already collected five in the first innings, Copeland promptly destroyed the Kent line-up second time around. Key, Northeast and Nash – Kent’s top order – were each accounted for by the Bathurst Boy. He returned to take two of the last four to finish with five, taking his match figures to 10 for 113.It was predicted at Copeland’s signing to Northants that his bowling – like Jackson Bird’s – would be perfectly suited to English conditions. After a slow start those predictions look the goods.

Surrey 338 (Finn 1-29) trail Middlesex 166 (Rogers 21) & 2-283 (Rogers 131*) by 111 runs at Lord’s.UsChris Rogers reminded everybody why he was included in Australia’s 16-man Ashes squad, remaining unbeaten on 131 at stumps on day three.Following on after making 166 to Surrey’s 338, Rogers and opening partner Sam Robson combined for 259 to erase the deficit and then procede to build a sizeable lead. Robson fell on 129 in the 74th over after the pair recorded Middlesex’s highest first wicket partnership against Surrey.Fantastic signs for Rogers, John Inverarity and Australian fans in the lead up to July 10.

Lancashire 123 & 272 (Katich 65, Hogan 3-78) defeated Glamorgan 242 & 139 (Anderson 1-31) by 14 runs at Colwyn Bay.UsSimon Katich top-scored in Lancashire’s second innings with 65 to set Glamorgan a total that appeared achievable but ultimately too steep.Michael Hogan bagged six wickets for the match to finish with figures of 6 for 109, improving his already impressive start to the season. Marcus North fell for only nine in Glamorgan’s run-chase to Simon Kerrigan, who took 5-32 in a match-winning spell.ThemEngland’s pace spearhead James Anderson collected four wickets for the match, moving the ball both ways in encouraging signs for the Old Enemy. Only one of his four victims fell in the second innings, but that won’t displease the England selectors, conserving the strike bowler before his national duties against the touring New Zealand.

Warwickshire 453 (Trott 96, Bell 56, Panesar 2-112) drew with Sussex 421 (Prior 42) at Hove.ThemThree of England’s top seven featured in this match with each member amongst the runs.Jonathan Trott missed out on his century, falling four runs short for a grinding 96. Teammate Ian Bell made forty fewer but looked in good touch, making 56 before perishing to Chris Jordan. Jordan’s four fell the same way – caught behind by Matt Prior. Speaking of Prior, he made 42 in Sussex’s reply off only 40 balls. The only England rep to not show any form was Monty Panesar. His two wickets cost 112 runs from a tiring 41 overs which included 11 maidens. Monty looked tame in his last Test outing against NZ, spelling trouble for the national team if Swann hasn’t fully recovered from elbow surgery.

Essex 7-244 (Quiney 71) lost to Hampshire 1-245 by nine wickets at Chelmsford.Us Bushranger Rob Quiney made 71 from 87 balls to help post 244 for Essex in the 40-over competition. That total would prove way, way under-par, as Hampshire lost only the one wicket on their way to a nine wicket victory.Quiney’s half-century featured six fours and a six, showing the talent he has displayed for Victoria over a number of years.ODI deputy George Bailey wasn’t required but will be keen to have some time in the middle during the limited-overs contests to fine tune for the upcoming Champions trophy.

First Posted 05 May, 2013 10:38AM AEDT

Tags: Trent Copeland , Michael Hogan , Simon Katich , Michael Klinger , Rob Quiney , Chris Rogers

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