Apr 132013

Lv County Championship

Click here for exclusive match highlights from every day’s play, latest scores, reports, news and interviews during the LV= County Championship campaign

Sussex, Middlesex and Durham made the perfect start to 2013, while the other five matches – including every Division Two fixture – finished in rain-affected draws.

Here are the final scores from the opening round of games, with links to each individual report included:

Division One

Durham (250 & 116) beat Somerset (132 & 186) by 48 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG.Nottinghamshire (278 & 182) lost to Middlesex (353 & 110/0) by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge.Yorkshire (96 & 248) lost to Sussex (356) by an innings and 12 runs at Headingley.Warwickshire (201/4) drew with Derbyshire (226) at Edgbaston.

Division Two

Essex (353/6) drew with Gloucestershire (409/5 dec) at Chelmsford.Worcestershire (334 & 26/1) drew with Lancashire (448/7 dec) at Emirates Old Trafford.Glamorgan (134 & 96/4) drew with Northamptonshire (292) following a final-day washout at the SWALEC Stadium.There was also no play today at the Ageas Bowl, where Hampshire (454/7d) drew with Leicestershire (143 & 182/5 f/o)

Evening Session

RESULT! Gloucestershire (409/5 dec) draw with Essex (353/6): There we go. The last remaining game is called off as a draw, bringing an end to the first week of LV= County Championship action.

4:25pm – I think we can all guess what the next update of the day will involve. No announcement from Chelmsford just yet, however.

RESULT! Worcestershire (334 & 26/1) draw with Lancashire (448/7 dec): And another one bites the dust, with Lancashire denied the opportunity to set up a potentially tense finish at Emirates Old Trafford.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Covers remain on due to the drizzle and it’s hard to see us restarting if there’s no improvement soon

RESULT! Derbyshire (226) draw with Warwickshire (201/4): The inevitable draw at Edgbaston has now been confirmed. More than two days lost to rain in that one.

Afternoon Session

3:29pm – With no action anywhere at the moment, tea has been taken early at Edgbaston and Chelmsford.

3:07pm – Full house – now Essex and Gloucestershire have been forced off too. What a miserable state of affairs!

3:04pm – That leaves Chelmsford as the only venue where play is currently taking place … and it’s not exactly bright and summery there! James Foster has just gone for 51 to leave Essex 353 for six. They have 8.3 overs to get the 47 runs they need for maximum batting points.

2:59pm – Off go Lancashire and Worcestershire as the rain arrives at Emirates Old Trafford.

And in the least surprising news of the week…

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: RAIN! Before the players could return, the rain has returned to Edgbaston again. Play is delayed.

2:55pm – Play is about to resume at Edgbaston, but it has become rather gloomy in Manchester…

RESULT! Hampshire (454/7d) draw with Leicestershire (143 & 182/5 following on): Ah, that’s a shame. Hampshire have also seen an advantageous position ruined by the inclement weather. Credit must go to Ned Eckersley, though. His unbeaten 99 helped Leicestershire survive day three.

Meanwhile, the evergreen Glen Chapple has had Matt Pardoe caught behind at Emirates Old Trafford to leave Worcestershire 17 for one.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry brings us this from Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick after their 48-run defeat to Durham.

“I thought we had a very good chance of winning the game; we were in position to try and chase it (235) down. Today the ball swung a bit more. We nicked it early on and they got the wickets in the first hour they needed. They put us under pressure and made it quite tough.”

2:34pm – James Foster has been dropped at Chelmsford – and that’s not the first chance Gloucestershire have put down. No hope of a positive result there barring something biblical. Mind you, as I type that, Westley has fallen to Will Gidman for 163. Essex now 311 for five and trailing by 98.

SWALEC Stadium rain

RESULT! Glamorgan (134 & 96/4) draw with Northamptonshire (292): I’m afraid the weather has scuppered hopes of an away win at the SWALEC Stadium. That match has been declared a draw with no prospect of play today.

2:23pm – Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg have been unable to make a breakthrough just yet for Lancashire.

Westley is now unbeaten on 163 for Essex against Gloucestershire and will hope to record a maiden first-class double-hundred this afternoon. His team are 301 for four after 93 overs in reply to 409 for five declared, with maximum batting points very much up for grabs if they up the tempo.

2:01pm – After the excitement and drama of this morning, it may turn out to be a touch quiet from here on in.

The games at Edbgaston and Chelmsford, where Tom Westley continues to pile on the runs, appear certain to end in draws, while there has still been no play at the Ageas Bowl or the SWALEC Stadium.

However, Lancashire may yet be able to make something happen. They have declared on 448 for seven against Worcestershire, holding a lead of 114. A couple of early wickets for the Red Rose would make things very interesting indeed.

Former Warwickshire seamer Neil Carter on Twitter: Looks like 239 overs will be lost at Edgbaston for 1st game of season! That’s about 200 more than 1st game last season! #notagoodomen

1:44pm – We are back under way at Emirates Old Trafford and Chelmsford, but there’s a familiar story at Edgbaston. Who would have thought it?!

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: RAIN! I’m afraid the rain has returned to Birmingham and the covers are on. The restart will be delayed. Warks 201-4

Morning Session

RESULT! Durham (250 & 116) beat Somerset (132 & 186) by 48 runs: It is fair to say ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry has witnessed an eventful morning. Durham, who started 2012 so poorly, have begun this campaign with a valuable win, thanks largely to the superb efforts of their seam attack. They join Sussex and Middlesex as first-round winners in Division One, with the clash between Warwickshire and Derbyshire meandering towards a draw.

With that game now complete, here’s a round-up of the lunchtime scores across the country, with the bad weather making four Division Two draws an increasingly likely scenario.

Division One

Durham (250 & 116) have beaten Somerset (132 & 186) by 48 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG.Middlesex (353 & 110/0) have beaten Nottinghamshire (278 & 182) by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge.Sussex (356) have beaten Yorkshire (96 & 248) by an innings and 12 runs at Headingley.Warwickshire are 201 for four in reply to Derbyshire’s 226 at Edgbaston.

Division Two

Essex are 267 for four in reply to Gloucestershire’s 409 for five declared at Chelmsford.Lancashire are 416 for seven in reply to Worcestershire’s 334 at Emirates Old Trafford.There has been no play so far today at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are 96 for four in their second innings, trailing Northamptonshire by 62 runs.There has been no play so far today at the Ageas Bowl, where Leicestershire are 182 for five in their second innings, trailing Hampshire by 129 runs.

@GlamCricket on Twitter: Properly raining in Cardiff #MeteorologicalTerm

1:10pm – Lunch has been delayed at the Emirates Durham ICG as the hosts seek the one remaining wicket they need for victory. Somerset are still 55 short of their target.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 175/9): It looks like being a Durham victory here! Stokes has just bowled Kieswetter for 72 with one that nipped back and Somerset are nine down, needing 60 more to win. This has been a cracking performance from the hosts’ seam quartet.

12:50pm – Lancashire’s hopes of putting Worcestershire under pressure are fading a little; they have now slipped to 409 for six.

Warwickshire are 175 for four, with Wes Durston having picked up a second wicket this morning for Derbyshire.

Sam Robson

12:47pm – England and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn on Twitter: Middle middle middle! @Middlesex_CCC. Great start to the season. Gonna struggle to get in the team on Weds!

RESULT! Middlesex (353 & 110/0) beat Nottinghamshire (278 & 182) by 10 wickets: We have a second away win of the day, with Middlesex completing an ultimately convincing triumph at Trent Bridge. There were unbeaten fifties for Rogers and Robson as Angus Fraser’s side coasted home this morning.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire have picked up a first bowling point by ousting Will Porterfield and Chopra in quick succession, while Lancashire have lost Simon Katich for 84.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 161/8): Thrilling stuff at the Emirates Durham ICG! Scott Borthwick drops Craig Kieswetter, whose six two overs ago moved him on to 62, at second slip off Thorp. However, the youngster makes immediate amends later in the over when hanging on to oust Jamie Overton; the visitors require another 74.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 152/7): This is starting to feel a bit like Durham v Craig Kieswetter. The number three is unbeaten on 56, yet watching wickets tumble at a rate of knots. Alfonso Thomas is gone now, plumb lbw to Ben Stokes, and Somerset still require 83 to win.

12:21pm – Essex are also in search of bonus points and have one in the bag, although Mark Pettini has fallen to Liam Norwell for 35. The Chelmsford hosts are 245 for four and 164 behind Gloucestershire.

12:12pm – You have to feel for Hampshire and Northamptonshire, who are in danger of seeing highly promising positions come to nothing if they are unable to take the field today. Their wait for final-day action continues, but there is plenty going on elsewhere.

Somerset have lost a sixth wicket, Peter Trego falling lbw to Callum Thorp with 84 still needed, while Tim Groenewald has Derbyshire’s first breakthrough on their return to Division One, that of Ian Westwood. Middlesex look set to wrap up victory before lunch against Notts.

Lancashire have finished with four batting bonus points, having ended the 110th over of their first innings on 368 for four, leading by 34, with Ashwell Prince out for 95.

11:55am – Tom Westley has reached three figures for Essex, who are 212 for three in reply to Gloucestershire’s 409 for five declared.

Lancashire have overhauled Worcestershire’s 334 and still have seven first-innings wickets in hand, while Middlesex are now more than halfway to their target of 108, with openers Chris Rogers and Sam Robson unbeaten.

At Edgbaston, Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood have both passed 50 in a stand worth 135 and counting.

11:48am – It’s all going wrong for Somerset. Much would appear to depend on unbeaten half-centurion Craig Kieswetter…

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 134/5): Suddenly Durham look favourites here; Alex Barrow is the latest to fall, caught behind off Onions with Somerset still requiring 101.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Prince pulls Russell for 4, so Lancs racing along this morning, 314-3 off 101 ov. Moeen into the Worcs attack – will spin slow these 2 down?

11:35am – Middlesex have moved on to 22 without loss and are making light work of their run-chase at present.

Meanwhile, Simon Katich has been dropped as Lancashire continue their pursuit of quick runs at Emirates Old Trafford. I wonder if the hosts have enough time to push for an unlikely victory? They at least have a third batting bonus point, and 10 more overs to pick up another.

There is still no play at the SWALEC Stadium or at the Ageas Bowl.

Steve Magoffin

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 131/4): Well, now we do very much have a game on. Chris Rushworth has trapped Jos Buttler lbw for a duck; it looked high, but the umpire raised the finger! Durham are delighted, and understandably so.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 130/3): There’s the breakthrough Durham needed! In the midst of a fiery spell, Onions bowls Hildreth shouldering arms after the batsman had edged over wicketkeeper Phil Mustard for four in his previous over. Game on! Somerset require a further 105.

RESULT! Sussex (356) beat Yorkshire (96 & 248) by an innings and 12 runs: We have our first LV= County Championship winners of 2013! Ballance is caught behind to be Steve Magoffin’s fifth second-innings victim and Yorkshire are all out for 248. Congratulations to Sussex, who controlled their opening match from the word go.

11:24am – Sussex move to the brink of victory as Jordan gets rid of Jack Brooks. Yorkshire trail by 12 with one wicket remaining…

11:19am – Ballance is dropped at second slip by Ed Joyce off Chris Jordan. That could have pretty much finished things off at Headingley, but Yorkshire fight on for the time being.

There’s no real hope of a result at Emirates Old Trafford, where Ashwell Prince and Simon Katich are playing positively for Lancashire in search of additional batting bonus points.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 118/2): There’s been a flurry of runs at the start of the day in Durham, James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter finding boundaries at cover and down the ground respectively off Graham Onions. The latter followed that up by adding another having profited from some poor fielding at mid-on, subsequently bringing up his half-century.

11:10am – Gary Ballance has passed 50 for Yorkshire, but the White Rose require a miracle if they are to stop Sussex from starting the season with a win. Andrew Gale’s men are still in arrears and have lost eight second-innings wickets.

11:04am – Middlesex have made the perfect start at Trent Bridge. Toby Roland-Jones has dismissed Andre Adams for 50 with the first ball of day four, ending Nottinghamshire’s second innings on 182 and leaving the visitors with a modest target of 108.

Pre-Play News

10:58am – Mr Eckersley will have to wait a little longer to reach three figures. There is rain at the Ageas Bowl and the start has been delayed, which will frustrate Hampshire. Bad light means they won’t be getting under way on time at the SWALEC Stadium either, but it’s green for go at the other six grounds, including Edgbaston!

10:51am – Right then; it’s almost time for play to begin around the country. The first landmark of the day can be expected to arrive at the Ageas Bowl, where Ned Eckersley in unbeaten on 99 for a Leicestershire side battling hard to avoid defeat.

ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (250 & 116) v Somerset (132 & 96/2): I’ve just arrived at the Emirates Durham ICG and can confirm the ground is bathed in sunshine. The temperature is pleasant rather than warm, but it appears we’re set for a thrilling last day.

10:43am – Elsewhere, the games at Emirates Old Trafford and Chelmsford appear set to end in draws, together with Warwickshire’s aforementioned clash with Derbyshire at Edgbaston.

However, Middlesex and Sussex will hope to complete victories in Division One, while Hampshire and Northamptonshire are also in position to win their opening games.

Not that we expect things to be predictable. There will almost certainly be a twist in the tale somewhere…

10:28am – As you can see from the scores below, the most exciting finish could well come at the Emirates Durham ICG, where Somerset – with eight second-innings wickets in hand – require a further 139 to win a low-scoring fixture. With that in mind, we’ve sent ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry up to the north east, while Chris Devine has been banished to the office after overseeing rain, rain and more rain at Edgbaston. Typically, they are set to start on time in the Midlands today…

10:23am – Here’s a reminder of how things stand at the beginning of this final day of round one.

Division One

Somerset are 96 for two in their second innings against Durham, requiring a further 139 runs for victory.Nottinghamshire are 182 for nine in their second innings, 107 runs ahead of Middlesex.Warwickshire are 90 for none in reply to Derbyshire’s 226.Yorkshire are 228 for eight in their second innings, 32 runs behind Sussex.

Division Two

Essex are 177 for three in reply to Gloucestershire’s 409 for five declared.Glamorgan are 96 for four in their second innings, trailing Northamptonshire by 62 runs.Leicestershire are 182 for five in their second innings, trailing Hampshire by 129 runs.Lancashire are 250 for three in reply to Worcestershire’s 334.

10:15am – Morning everyone. There are a number of potentially tense conclusions in store as the first round of LV= County Championship matches draw to an end. All eight games are still in progress – and positive results appear likely in five of those. We’ll keep you up to date on all of the action.

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