Apr 172013

Lv County Championship

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Evening Session

6:38pm – Every game has now reached its conclusion for the day; here are the scores:

Division One

Warwickshire are 299 for seven versus Durham at Edgbaston.Derbyshire are 205 for nine against Middlesex at Lord’s.Somerset are 344 for eight facing Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 406 all out against Leicestershire at Grace Road.Glamorgan are none without loss replying to Worcestershire’s 123 all out at the SWALEC Stadium.Northants are 156 for five replying to Essex’s 183 at Wantage Road.

6:31pm – Play has ended for the day at Edgbaston; Warwickshire are 299 for seven against Durham.

6:20pm – Kent have now been dismissed for an impressive 406 versus Leicestershire, while it’s stumps at Lord’s with Derbyshire 205 for nine against Middlesex.

Another wicket for Essex, who Tweet: Northamptonshire are 140-5 as Graham Napier takes his third wicket when he has Hall caught by Mark Pettini at first slip for 13.

6:05pm – Games are reaching the close now, with Somerset ending an enthralling day 344 for eight against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

6:04pm – The wall is breached! Godleman falls, lbw to Tim Murtagh, for a quite remarkable 265-ball 55 to leave Derbyshire 191 for nine.

Alviro Petersen

5:59pm – Play has been abandoned for the day at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are none without loss responding to Worcestershire’s disappointing 123.

Kent are in a strong position at 385 for nine despite Mark Davies being bowled by Shiv Thakor for 41 and, in Division One, Derbyshire have lost Tom Poynton for 16 to be 180 for seven; Godleman remains!

An extremely interesting Tweet from Derbyshire: Without being 100% sure, we reckon Godleman’s 50 is the slowest-ever in county cricket…323 minutes; 244 balls

Some good news for Essex fans from their club’s Twitter: Peters out for 60 when Mark Pettini takes an excellent catch low down at slip off the bowling of Reece Topley. Northamptonshire 109 – 4

5:32pm – Finally! It’s taken a long old time, but what an effort from Derbyshire’s Billy Godleman. The new signing – having opened the innings – has repelled Middlesex’s bowlers for 244 deliveries, striking just one four, and subsequently moved past 50. His side are now 173 for six.

5:23pm – Durham have enjoyed a good few minutes at Edgbaston, Will Smith ousting Rikki Clarke and Ben Stokes getting rid of Jim Troughton, for 84, to leave Warwickshire 237 for seven. Alviro Petersen, meanwhile, has fallen following an epic 167 on Somerset debut versus Surrey.

There is mixed news for Northamptonshire, meanwhile, given skipper Stephen Peters passed 50 soon after Alex Wakely was dismissed by Maurice Chambers.

4:55pm – Shortly after Petersen passes 150 with an elegant cover drive, Jade Dernbach dismisses Jos Buttler and Peter Trego via the first two deliveries with the new ball. Alfonso Thomas prevents a hat-trick but Somerset are 295 for six.

Leicestershire spinner Naik has a third wicket, Jones lbw for 67 to put Kent on 317 for eight.

4:40pm – Bad light at the SWALEC Stadium has stopped Glamorgan’s reply to Worcestershire’s 123 all out at nought without loss from 2.1 overs.

Finn has his fourth wicket, trapping Jonathan Clare in front shortly after Derbyshire reach 150. At Grace Road Coles is stumped for 59 off Jigar Naik.

Rory Burns is excited about opening with Graeme Smith

Given Somerset’s progress, it may be some time before Surrey bat. But when they do Rory Burns is set to open with South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith, something Burns told ecb.co.uk he is is looking forward to.

4:27pm – Steven Finn has two wickets in as many overs, strangling Dan Redfern caught behind down leg for 15 and removing Chesney Hughes with a regulation caught-behind. Derbyshire are in danger of faltering at 142 for five. Elsewhere Somerset have raised 250 for the loss of three wickets.

Gareth Batty has had Craig Kieswetter stumped for 43, leaving Somerset 260 for four, and Matt Coles has joined Geraint Jones in reaching an unbeaten fifty. Kent’s seventh-wicket duo then bring up a hundred stand, taking their team to 307 for six.

4:10pm – It is seemingly Graham Napier’s day as he follows his 65-ball 73 not out by snaring Kyle Coetzer and David Sales in his first over, leaving Northamptonshire 24 for two in reply to Essex’s 183.

Shortly before Essex Tweeted: ‘We’ve had the ball changed with the score 14-0 but three deliveries with the new cherry sees Coetzer send it to the 3rd man boundary. 19-0’.

Afternoon Session

4pm – While the LV= County Championship action has been thrilling, it is a far cry from what Nottinghamshire and England’s Samit Patel produced against Durham MCCU. He, quite remarkably, hit 256 from just 225 balls – including 12 sixes and 29 fours – in a score of 395 for three declared. Incredible.

Geraint Jones

Back to championship cricket, Worcestershire were dismissed for 123 versus Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium, Reed getting rid of Chris Russell, while Kent moved on to 283 for six on the back of Geraint Jones passing 50.

It’s now tea at all the grounds, except Northampton where play has resumed and the Kia Oval where proceedings are set to restart momentarily, and here are the scores:

Division One

Warwickshire are 194 for four versus Durham at Edgbaston.Derbyshire are 132 for three against Middlesex at Lord’s.Somerset are 235 for three facing Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 283 for six against Leicestershire at Grace Road.Worcestershire are 123 all out facing Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.Northants are 13 for one replying to Essex’s 183 at Wantage Road.

5:46pm – Well, soon after passing 100, Worcestershire lose two quick wickets as Gareth Andrew is bowled by Michael Hogan and David Lucas caught behind off Michael Reed.

In Division One, Warwickshire’s serene progress has been interrupted by Callum Thorp ousting Laurie Evans for 44, Paul Collingwood claiming a fine catch at slip.

3:26pm – A big fish has gone! Chanderpaul is ousted by Gareth Berg, who was so impressive last week, to leave Derbyshire 118 for three against Middlesex.

In Division Two, Worcestershire have passed 100, while an early tea has been taken at Northampton following Essex being dismissed.

3:16pm – The fun ends! Another Tweet from Essex: ‘Essex 183 all out, Napier 73 not out, Mills out for 6 caught gully’.

Essex Tweet: ‘Graham Napier hits three sixes in one over off Crook including one over the Indoor Cricket School. 22 come from the over. 183-9’.

3:13pm – Soon after being dropped, new Kent skipper James Tredwell fails to capitalise and is run out, continuing an excellent riposte from Leicestershire.

Phil Mustard, Jim Troughton & Paul Collingwood

And maybe I spoke to soon about a lack of a “feel-good factor” for Essex; Graham Napier brings up a 58-delivery fifty, including seven fours and two sixes, before adding two further maximums. Top hitting!

And here’s a Tweet from Warwickshire: ‘Bears 162-3 Trouts 62* Evans 23* very windy and caps flying all over the place’.

3:06pm – Finally! Someone has survived the curse. Congratulations Alviro Petersen, who reaches three figures to leave Somerset a very healthy 193 for three versus Surrey.

Somerset have Tweeted: ‘High 5s around the office as @AlviroPetersen crunches a 4 behind square to hit 3 figures for the first time. Top banana’

That feel-good factor is not touching Essex, however, given they are now 138 for nine against Northants following Reece Topley’s departure for a duck. Kent have lost Darren Stevens for a quick 27 to leave them 193 for five.

2:52pm That wicket, by the way, was Finn’s 300th in first-class cricket – not that he can do much about the dashing start – well, by his own standards – Shivnarine Chanderpaul has made. The West Indies great has reached 14 in a hurry on the back of some early boundaries to take Derbyshire into three figures.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Craig Kieswetter and Petersen are progressing serenely at the Kia Oval, with the latter looking like marking his Somerset bow with a century. If that proves a jinx, I apologise!

Essex and Worcestershire are not enjoying things in the second tier. Essex are 127 for eight following Maurice Chambers’ departure, with Worcestershire losing Neil Pinner to be 85 for seven.

2:30pm – Kent are in danger of letting an extremely positive position slip through their fingers a little following the departure of Brendan Nash for 50; they are now 147 for four. Essex, meanwhile, have lost Greg Smith, caught behind off David Willey, and are 115 for seven.

In Division One, Derbyshire’s Wes Durston falls two runs shy of a half-century, Middlesex’s Toby Roland-Jones taking a fine catch after the batsman had powerfully pulled Steven Finn.

2:15pm – I’m sorry, Warwickshire fans; ecb.co.uk strikes again! Predictably, Warwickshire lose their third wicket, Will Porterfield driving Chris Rushworth straight to cover point.

2:09pm – While LV= County Champions Warwickshire move serenely into three figures for the loss of two wickets versus Durham, batsmen aplenty are departing in Division Two.

Alviro Petersen

Worcestershire’s plight has worsened to the point that they are now 69 for six following Michael Johnson’s departure, while Kent are 140 for three – Ollie Freckingham snaring Mike Powell.

1:55pm – Alviro Petersen has made an 84-ball fifty on his debut innings for Somerset. Northamptonshire’s Steven Crook has his fourth wicket of the day, Ravi Bopara caught behind, leaving Essex in trouble at 87 for six.

1:40pm – All six LV= County Championship games are under way again.

Elsewhere, Samit Patel has hit a 107-ball hundred versus Durham MCCU at Trent Bridge. At lunch Nottinghamshire were 182 for no wicket with Patel on 107 and Michael Lumb 73.

Surrey’s Jade Dernbach has bowled James Hildreth for 34 with the third ball after the interval at the Kia Oval, leaving Somerset 117 for three.

Conditions are less gloomy at Edgbaston where Warwickshire have Tweeted: ‘Bears 92-2 after one over in the second session trouts 27 and P’Field 17 Much brighter this afternoon and warmer.’

Morning Session

1pm – Worcestershire and Essex have had disastrous half hours, each losing four wickets in a hurry. Moeen Ali and Alexei Kervezee are the latest to go for Worcestershire, respectively to Hogan and Reed to leave the visitors to Glamorgan 59 for five. Northants’ Crook has removed Mark Pettini and James Foster in the over before lunch, which Essex take on 79 for five. Here are the lunchtime scores:

Division One

Warwickshire are 91 for two versus Durham at Edgbaston.Derbyshire are 59 for one against Middlesex at Lord’s.Somerset are 115 for two facing Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Kent are 114 for two against Leicestershire at Grace Road.Worcestershire are 59 for five facing Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.Essex are 79 for five versus Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

12:40pm – Essex are three down as Tom Westley is caught behind off Trent Copeland. Likewise Worcestershire who have lost two more wickets, Mitchell departing for 20 to Michael Reed and Thilan Samaraweera going lbw to Hogan for a duck.

Somerset become the first side to bring up a century, having been the only team choosing to bat first in this week’s championship games. Kent, who are also two wickets down, soon follow suit.

12:30pm – Worcestershire have brought up a half-century against Glamorgan, with Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali progressing smoothly.

Key, playing his first championship match since handing the Kent captaincy to James Tredwell, was closing on the day’s first individual fifty before falling to Leicestershire’s Robbie Williams for 41. Petersen could instead earn that distinction, scoring smoothly to reach 37 as Somerset near three figures.

Graeme Onions & Durham

12:10pm – Surrey have a second wicket with Gareth Batty snaring Trescothick lbw for 25. Batty and Gary Keedy may have plenty of overs to bowl as the spin twins in a four-man attack minus Chris Tremlett.

Durham have also doubled their money, Chris Rushworth pinning Warwickshire’s Ian Westwood in front for 28. Likewise Northants, for whom Steven Crook has had Ben Foakes cheaply caught behind. That brings Ravi Bopara to the crease for Essex.

12pm – There is now a wicket at each of the six grounds hosting championship action this week as Northamptonshire’s Andrew Hall traps Rob Quiney lbw for 25 shortly before Essex bring up their fifty. Somerset and Kent have also breached that milestone.

11:45am – England seamer Graeme Onions has broken through for Durham, removing Warwickshire’s Varun Chopra who flashed to second slip.

The writer’s curse (see 11:30am entry) has struck Northeast, who has been run out for 15 by Ben Thornely of Leicestershire.

11:30am – Compton falls for nought, playing on to Jade Dernbach who is rewarded for bowling three consecutive maidens before the wicket-taking delivery. Petersen has joined Trescothick at the crease.

The first wicket of the day in Division Two has gone to Glamorgan’s Australian Michael Hogan, who has ousted Worcestershire’s Matthew Pardoe.

Kent, beginning their championship campaign versus Leicestershire, are going well with opening batsmen Rob Key and Sam Northeast in double figures.

11:15am – The day’s first wicket has come at Lord’s via a run-out. Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen is the man to go, for nought, after a mix-up with Billy Godleman that Chris Rogers capitalised on. The breakthrough came during an over by England paceman Steven Finn, who is making his season debut. Finn et al are being watched by national selector Geoff Miller.

Jade Dernbach & Nick Compton

Managing director – England cricket Hugh Morris believes this year’s Division One winners will likely come from the south-east.

“I think it will be very competitive and open but for me the two London clubs, Surrey and Middlesex, will go well,” said the former England and Glamorgan opening batsman.

“Surrey have a very experienced team with plenty of good players to draw on. Middlesex look like a strong side, especially their bowling unit with James Harris joining Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh and Steven Finn, although he will be with England for much of the summer.

“I also think Sussex have a good chance. Sussex, for the last 10 years, have always been there or thereabouts. They have a good side who are hard to beat.”

11am – The action has begun on time in all six LV= County Championship games. Fingers crossed there will be a full day’s play at each.

Nick Compton, who batted at number three during his prolific 2012 championship season, is opening alongside Marcus Trescothick for Somerset today. South Africa Test opener Alviro Petersen, facing international first-wicket partner Graeme Smith this week, is set to come in at number three.

Defending Division One champions Warwickshire, who are hosting Durham, have Tweeted: ‘Floodlights on at Edgbaston and Bears 8-0 in the third over’.

Pre-Play News

10:50am – Surrey have left out Chris Tremlett, having chosen two spinners among four specialist bowlers. Tremlett has been touted for an international recall in time for this summer’s Ashes, but this week fellow England seamers Jade Dernbach and Meaker have been preferred by Surrey.

Tweets from other counties will follow during the day, but here is a a thought-provoking one from Derbyshire: ‘The pitch for this game is as far over to the Grandstand as the square goes; a very short boundary; could make for some interesting cricket’.

10:40am – Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick is the only skipper opting to bat first. Surrey’s Smith says he would have done likewise on what is generally a true surface at the Kia Oval. Here is what is happening round the grounds:

Graeme Smith & Surrey

Division One

Durham chose to bowl versus Warwickshire at Edgbatson.Middlesex opted to field against Derbyshire at Lord’s.Somerset decided to bat facing Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Leicestershire opted to field against Kent at Grace Road.Glamorgan decided to bowl facing Worcestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.Northamptonshire chose to field versus Essex at Wantage Road.

10:30am – While toss news comes through, why not watch our exclusive video with England limited-overs paceman Stuart Meaker, who spoke about his excitement at the prospect of playing alongside Smith and Ricky Ponting this year?

10:20am – Weather permitting, news of the tosses from all six championship games will follow shortly. There will likely be overcast conditions in each, so there could be a repeat of last week when all winning captains opted to field first.

At Lord’s Derbyshire have Tweeted: ‘Covers are off and they’re cutting the pitch so we should start on time at 11am. Forecast for today is dry and possibly 19 degrees.’

10:10am – As well as Smith’s bow, there are other high-profile players making their first appearances of the season today such as England trio Nick Compton, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes. Full team news previews can be found here for Division One and here for Division Two.

10am – Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live blog coverage on day one of the second round of LV= County Championship games in 2013, including Graeme Smith’s Surrey debut.

In Division One, Surrey host Somerset, Middlesex meet Derbyshire and Warwickshire play Durham. In Division Two, Glamorgan face Worcestershire, Leicestershire take on Kent and Northamptonshire come up against Essex.

Want to know what’s happening at your county? Interested in how your rivals are faring? Look no further than ecb.co.uk’s county-by-county page

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