Apr 302013

Lv County Championship

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6:05pm – Smith goes on for Durham, striking back-to-back fours off Steven Mullaney to move on to 117. The visitors are now 296 for six, 24 adrift of Notts.

Bailey and Dawson continue to prosper and have taken their partnership past 50 to leave Hampshire 76 for two.

5:51pm – The fun ends at Grace Road: Freckingham falls for 11 and Claude Henderson 33 in the same Will Gidman over and Leicestershire are dismissed for 250.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire (126/1) v Derbyshire (475 all out): We have a wicket at Headingley! Lyth has given it away, slashing a wide half-volley from the hard-working Groenewald to second slip.

5:38pm – Claude Henderson and Ollie Freckingham have so far put on a very handy 36 for the ninth wicket to leave Leicestershire 245 for eight versus Gloucestershire.

Another two players impressing are Liam Dawson and George Bailey, who have taken Hampshire to a four-run lead over Essex on 61 for two.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire (122/0) v Derbyshire (475 all out): Root follows Lyth to a fifty as Yorkshire continue to roll along at more than four an over. With the exception of a couple of lbw appeals from Tim Groenewald, one against each batsman, there has been nothing to concern the hosts.

5:23pm – Collingwood is caught behind off Stuart Broad for 64, ending an alliance with Smith of 115 that has put Durham in a strong position versus Notts.

@LeicsCCC on Twitter: WICKET: Thakor goes for 75, brilliant catch by Marshall at slip off Taylor. Leics 209-8

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: 100 FOR @WillSmith_2!!! Superb innings with it coming off 270 balls &included 13 boundaries, inns just shy of 6 hours

5:04pm – Howell earns a five-for by removing Jigar Naik. Half-centurion Thakor remains for Leicestershire though.

Yorkshire are into three figures with Root and Lyth still in situ while George Bailey and Liam Dawson have brought up Hampshire’s fifty.

Will Smith & Paul Collingwood

4:55pm – Collingwood heralds a century stand with Smith, who is on 94, courtesy of the first of two consecutive fours off Luke Fletcher. Durham are 252 for five, 68 behind on first innings.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire (87/0) v Derbyshire (475 all out): Without wishing to put the mockers on Yorkshire, it’s a little tricky to see where a wicket is coming from. Only Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen passed 30 for Derbyshire, but Lyth and Root have each done so with a degree of comfort. Lyth has, in fact, moved to a 68-ball half-century with the aid of nine fours and his off-side play thus far has lacked little in comparison to Hughes.

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: 50 for our Captain @Colly622 who is batting superbly. His half century has come off 119 balls & has 5 boundaries. It’s his 66th FC fifty.

4:39pm – Masters has two wickets in two overs, trapping opening batsman Jimmy Adams in front.

Will Smith and Paul Collingwood are closing on landmarks as Durham continue to reply strongly to Nottinghamshire’s 320. Likewise, Adam Lyth and Joe Root are going well for Yorkshire.

4:27pm – Leicestershire’s impressive recovery versus Gloucestershire has been dented with Benny Howell making Matthew Boyce his fifth wicket. Boyce’s 55 supported a sixth-wicket stand of 125 alongside Shiv Thakor. The Grace Road hosts are 177 for six.

David Masters, who claimed four first-innings wickets, has snared Michael Carberry to leave Hampshire 14 for one and 43 behind Essex.

4pm – Here are the tea scores:

Division One

Yorkshire are 53 without loss replying to Derbyshire’s 475 at Headingley.Durham are 209 for five in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 320 at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

Essex are 254 all out replying to Hampshire’s 197 at Chelmsford.Leicestershire are 171 for five versus Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

Will Smith & Chris Read

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire (53/0) v Derbyshire (475 all out): To their credit, Yorkshire never threw the towel in during Hughes’ fine innings and they have since made an assured initial response with the bat. On a pitch that looks an absolute belter, Adam Lyth and Joe Root have eased their way to tea with minimal fuss, bringing up their fifty stand in the final over of the afternoon session.

3:45pm – They have also headed to the interval in Nottingham, where Durham added eight runs after the last update. At Grace Road, Boyce has joined partner Thakor by reaching his half-century; their stand is now worth 113.

3:36pm – Smith continues to keep Durham ticking over; his partnership alongside skipper Collingwood is now beyond 50 and the visitors are 201 for five, 117 behind, at Trent Bridge.

Essex, meanwhile, have been dismissed for 254 – a 57-run lead – with Danny Briggs ousting Reece Topley to leave Tim Phillips stranded on 40. Tea has subsequently been taken.

3:23pm – Thakor has now moved beyond 50, taking his partnership with Boyce to 91 and leaving Leicestershire 143 for five versus Gloucestershire.

Essex, however, have lost Napier for 74 to be 248 for nine, 51 runs ahead.

3:02pm – While not reaching such a landmark is disappointing for Hughes, I am sure he would have taken 270 not out yesterday morning having regained a place in the XI.

Elsewhere, Paul Collingwood and Smith tick Durham over to 178 for five, and Thakor is on the verge of a half-century against Gloucestershire. Napier, meanwhile, has 73 of Essex’s 230 for eight – a lead of 35.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (475 all out): Oh no! Poor old Chesney is left stranded on 270, agonisingly close to a record that has stood for 117 years, as Adil Rashid traps Groenewald lbw for a duck. Hughes’ masterful innings spanned 415 balls and 548 minutes, and was studded with 40 fours and three sixes.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (474/9): Tony Palladino has been bowled by Jack Brooks with Chesney Hughes on 269, five short of George Davidson’s club-record 274. Can Tim Groenewald help the opener to a significant landmark?!

2:44pm – And Napier moves beyond 50 just prior to Essex going into the lead. Good moments for the home crowd in quick succession.

2:38pm – Cracking stuff from Graham Napier, who’s enjoying a fine start to his campaign. He strikes 14 in a Sean Ervine over and is on to 47. Essex are now 188 for eight, just nine in arrears.

Stuart Broad

Leicestershire, meanwhile, are now beyond three figures, while Big Chesney continues his epic innings at Headingley.

2:24pm – Shiv Thakor and Matthew Boyce are doing their best to steer Leicestershire out of trouble, taking their side to 95 for five on the back of an unbroken 43-run stand.

2:04pm – Wickets aplenty! England’s skipper Alastair Cook departs, trapped lbw by James Tomlinson for 55 shortly after the 150 was brought up – albeit to one that looked too high.

His dismissal heralds a run as Ben Stokes – Stuart Broad took a catch off his own bowling – falls after Will Smith had passed 50 for Durham and Poynton goes at Headingley, bowled by a Plunkett delivery that appeared to keep low.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (436/7): Chesney Hughes moves to 250 and is closing in on that Derbyshire record. His 40th boundary – a delightful drive off Tim Bresnan that split the fielders at mid-off and cover – brought several appreciative comments from the press box, although he was beaten twice in the Liam Plunkett over that followed. Tom Poynton looks in decent nick and has dashed to 26.

1pm – Shortly before lunch at Trent Bridge, Dale Benkenstein is trapped in front for 27 by Steven Mullaney, ending a 38-run alliance with Smith.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (416/7): Three wickets for the hosts in the morning session on day two at Headingley, but the powerful Hughes remains. He has 240 and needs a further 35 after lunch to surpass George Davidson’s record for the highest first-class score by a Derbyshire player, a mark that has stood for 117 years! Hughes is already up to fifth on the club’s all-time list.

Here are the lunch scores:

Division One

Derbyshire are 416 for seven after being put in by Yorkshire at Headingley.Durham, who lost the toss at Trent Bridge, are 130 for four in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 320.

Division Two

Colin Graves & Mark Arthur

Essex, invited to field, are 144 for seven replying to Hampshire’s 197 at Chelmsford.Leicestershire, who chose to bat first, are 67 for five versus Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Arthur as the Club’s new CEO

12:30pm – Wainwright, who never looked convincing, goes lbw for 18, sweeping Adil Rashid. Steven Patterson likewise removes Jonathan Clare in the next over as Derbyshire stumble a little at 388 for seven. Hughes has scored almost exclusively in boundaries since reaching 200. Andrew Gale is back on the field.

Cook, who is holding Essex’s inning together, has a fifty from 131 balls and Howell has a third wicket, bowling Josh Cobb for Gloucestershire’s fifth scalp.

12:20pm – Luke Fletcher has snared Scott Borthwick, caught behind for 16, to peg Durham back to 86 for three. The breakthrough came after Graeme Swann’s first over on his return from elbow surgery.

Foster’s stand with Cook, worth 44, is over after the former was caught and bowled by Danny Briggs to make Essex 117 for seven.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Gale cops a painful blow from a Wainwright pull at short-leg. Just going off the field, but doesn’t look serious at all. 373-5.

12:11pm – Gloucestershire have strengthened their grip over Leicestershire further with Howell making it two wickets in as many overs by trapping Ned Eckersley lbw for 15.

Graeme Swann

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (355/5): A colleague of mine, Pete Thompson, has spotted that Hughes made just 15 at the weekend playing for Sandiacre Town against Denby in the Derbyshire Premier League. Talk about a shift in fortunes…

12:05pm – Leicestershire have slipped to 32 for three with Ramnaresh Sarwan falling to Benny Howell for 14. Derbyshire have finished with four batting points after reaching 350 in 110th over.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (346/5): His progress this morning – in the face of some probing bowling – has not always been convincing, but Chesney Hughes now has a maiden first-class double-hundred to his name, from 328 deliveries with 30 fours and three sixes. Former Yorkshire all-rounder David Wainwright is struggling and survived a tough return chance to Steven Patterson moments before Hughes moved to 200.

11:53am – The New Zealand squad has arrived in London ahead of two Tests and three one-day internationals with England. Martin Guptill, an important member of the party, has Tweeted: Landed in London and the boys are looking reasonably fresh. Off to the hotel now to relax.

England captain Cook and Essex skipper James Foster, the seventh-wicket duo, have moved their side to three figures.

@DerbyshireCCC on Twitter: Two fours off the Bresnan over moves Hughes (193*) seven short of his double century. Derbyshire 331-5 (105 overs) Wainwright 3*

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (322/5): Bresnan is bowling beautifully and can count himself unfortunate not to have added to his one scalp this morning. The England seamer has beat the bat on five occasions during his last two overs.

11:30am – Batsmen are settling in after an early flurry of wickets, including Will Smith and Scott Borthwick who have brought up Durham’s fifty. However, David Payne has had Niall O’Brien caught behind to leave Leicestershire two down.

Chesney Hughes

11:10am – Ajmal Shahzad has his second Durham wicket, nightwatchman Chris Rushworth being caught behind for 12 to leave the visitors to Trent Bridge 46 for two in response to 320.

Essex are in further trouble at 73 for six in reply to Hampshire’s 197 with James Tomlinson having Ben Foakes caught behind for 20. Alastair Cook is still there for the Chelmsford hosts.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (302/5): This is not the start Derbyshire wanted after such a fine opening day. Dan Redfern has been caught at second slip off Tim Bresnan without addition to the score. It was a pretty injudicious stroke from the young left-hander.

11am – Play has begun at all four games and there is a wicket from the second ball at Grace Road as Michael Thornely is bowled by Will Gidman. Leicestershire are nought for one after winning the toss.

10:47am – Benny Howell plays for Gloucestershire despite hurting his hand in last week’s loss to Northamptonshire, but Liam Norwell (groin), Ian Saxelby (shoulder), Paul Muchall (knee) and James Fuller (broken finger) are out. Craig Miles replaces Norwell from the Northants game. Leicestershire are missing Matthew Hoggard, Anthony Ireland and Nathan Buck.

10:37am – Leicestershire have won the toss and opted to bat first versus Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

ecb.co.uk’s Chris Devine at Yorkshire v Derbyshire (302/4): It was undoubtedly The Chesney Hughes Show here yesterday as Derbyshire built the perfect platform. Hughes will resume with 171 to his name and Yorkshire could have a real problem if they don’t get rid of the opener in the first hour of play this morning.

10:30am – Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary as three LV= County Championship games enter their second day and Leicestershire versus Gloucestershire starts. Here’s how the matches that begun yesterday stand:

Division One

Derbyshire are 302 for four after being put in by Yorkshire at Headingley.Durham, who lost the toss at Trent Bridge, are 34 for one in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 320.

Division Two

Essex, invited to field, are 72 for five replying to Hampshire’s 197 at Chelmsford.

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