Apr 272013

Lv County Championship

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Evening Session

Here’s a round-up of the games that concluded today, with Yorkshire’s triumph over Durham the obvious highlight.

Division One

Yorkshire chased down 336 to defeat Durham by four wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG.Nottinghamshire triumphed over Derbyshire by nine wickets at Derby.Surrey and Sussex shook hands on a draw at the Kia Oval.

Division Two

Hampshire beat Worcestershire by an innings and 42 runs at the Ageas Bowl.Northamptonshire were seven-wicket victors over Gloucestershire at Bristol.There was a draw at Old Trafford between Lancashire and Kent.

6:09pm – Stumps have now been drawn at Taunton. Warwickshire, set 515 for victory, will begin tomorrow’s final day on 144 for three after Jack Leach struck thrice on the final evening. Chopra is unbeaten on 81.

5:55pm – With the thriller in the north east now over, the game between Somerset and Warwickshire is the only one in progress – and there is, of course, a fourth day still to come in that one tomorrow. Dougie Brown’s men are in a real pickle after losing two wickets in quick succession. Chopra now has Laurie Evans for company.

5:51pm – RESULT! Durham (237 & 275/4 dec) lose to Yorkshire (177 & 339/6) by four wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG: And now it is all over at Durham! What a magnificent triumph for Yorkshire – their first since returning to Division One of the LV= County Championship! Rashid finishes with 50, but Root was the undoubted star of the run-chase with a magnificent 182.

5:49pm – Joe Root is bowled for 182 by Callum Thorp with one needed! What a shame, but I’m sure he will be happy enough with Yorkshire set to complete victory.

Warwickshire, meanwhile, have lost Jim Troughton and Ateeq Javid to successive Jack Leach deliveries and are therefore three down at Taunton.

5:41pm – It is almost all over at the Emirates Durham ICG. Yorkshire need just nine more, with Root unbeaten on 176 and Rashid closing in on a fifty.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Chinese cut from Root just misses his off pole. Goes through to Mustard. 26 to win. Root 171* Yorks 310-5. What suspense!

5:25pm – I wonder if Warwickshire fancy an audacious run-chase of their own tomorrow? Varun Chopra looks in fine touch at Taunton and has 72 of the visitors’ 130 for one. Surely they can’t knock off 515?

5:21pm – As Yorkshire close in on what would be a sensational win, why not take a look at our final reports from Derby and the Kia Oval?

5:10pm – Yorkshire bring up their 300; what a tremendous effort this has been, from Root in particular.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Rashid dropped in the gully by Stokes – Difficult chance. 297-5 39 to win.

5:05pm – Porterfield falls for 36 at Taunton, although he is not happy to be given out caught at short-leg off Jack Leach when there did not appear to be any bat involved.

5pm – Yorkshire need less than 50 to pull off a remarkable win with half their wickets in hand.

Chopra and Porterfield have now shared a hundred partnership at Taunton, where Warwickshire are giving themselves a chance in a game that ends tomorrow.

Varun Chopra

4:51pm – RESULT! Surrey (351 & 308/5d) and Sussex (526) have drawn at the Kia Oval: Jason Roy and Steven Davies hold firm to secure a stalemate.

RESULT! Kent (244 & 178/2) and Lancashire (395/7) have drawn at Emirates Old Trafford: As soon as Nash goes to 100, the teams shake hands. Powell is unbeaten on 39.

Durham have taken the new ball. Root cuts the first delivery with it, from Chris Rushworth, for four.

4:39pm – Root has 150 and Yorkshire require 68 to win. The new ball is available in two overs.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: A chance Mustard drops Rashid as he dives full length down leg side. The ball races to the boundary. The suspense is unreal. 262-5.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: The game is meandering to a draw I’m afraid..

4:25pm – Play has resumed at the Kia Oval where six overs have been lost. Surrey lead by 98 with five wickets left.

Brendan Nash and Mike Powell have shared a century third-wicket stand at Emirates Old Trafford where Lancashire and Kent, who soon move in front, will surely shake hands on a draw soon?

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: The target is under 100 runs. The chase continues. 243-5 (74 overs) Root 136* Rashid 4* 93 to win.

4:18pm – Ben Stokes has Gary Ballance caught behind for 21, leaving Yorkshire needing 102 to beat Durham with five wickets left. England batsman Joe Root is still there on 131.

4:08pm – RESULT! Derbyshire (256 & 229) have lost by nine wickets to Nottinghamshire (443 & 43/1) at Derby: Michael Lumb and Ed Cowan usher in victory at a canter in just 5.4 overs, ending unbeaten on 24 from 13 balls and 15 from 16 respectively.

Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield smoothly share a half-century opening alliance to give Warwickshire hope of avoiding defeat to Somerset at Taunton.

Play is due to resume at the Kia Oval at 4:45pm. @SurreyCricket on Twitter: Covers are coming off

4pm – Nottinghamshire remain on course to beat Derbyshire, needing 19 more at Derby with nine wickets left.

Surrey, who are in a dangerous position versus Sussex, are being helped by rain – @SurreyCricket on Twitter: Suddenly started raining heavily

Afternoon Session

3:51pm – With Hampshire and Northamptonshire having already completed victories this morning, and Nottinghamshire already under way in their pursuit of a modest 43 at Derby, here’s a round-up of how things stand in the other four matches where tea is being taken.

A reminder also that there is still another day to come in the Somerset-Warwickshire fixture; the other games end today.

The best finish appears certain to come at the Emirates Durham ICG, where 32 overs remain. Yorkshire need 124; Durham need six wickets.

Division One

Yorkshire are 212 for four in their second innings at the Emirates Durham ICG and require a further 124 for victory.Surrey are 272 for five in their second innings at the Kia Oval and lead Sussex by 97.Warwickshire are 47 without loss at Taunton, chasing 515 to beat Somerset.

Division Two

Kent are 121 for two in their second innings at Emirates Old Trafford, 30 behind Lancashire.

3:49pm – Tim Gronewald has ousted Alex Hales at Derby, but it’s surely too little, too late for the hosts?

3:32pm – Things just got interesting at the Kia Oval. Solanki has pulled a long-hop from that man Wells straight to midwicket and is out for 83. Surrey are 82 ahead with five second-innings wickets in hand.

3:28pm – Derbyshire are all out for 229 following Jonathan Clare’s departure to Harry Gurney and Nottinghamshire will need a mere 43 for victory after an early tea.

Joe Root

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Yorkshire 190-4 (63 overs) 40 overs remain in the day. Root 107* Ballance 5* 146 to win.

3:15pm – Stuart Broad does the trick for Nottinghamshire, trapping Tony Palladino lbw with a yorker for his fourth wicket of the innings and eighth in the match. That means Derbyshire are nine down and still only 40 ahead.

Brendan Nash has a fifty to his name for Kent …. and a valuable one at that. The visitors to Emirates Old Trafford have eight wickets in hand and are 53 behind.

As if a double-hundred was not enough, Luke Wells now has a wicket for Sussex. Zander de Bruyn fell lbw shuffling across his stumps, leaving his side four down and 75 ahead.

3:10pm – To the undoubted delight of Yorkshire, Root has emulated England team-mate Compton by compiling a century. His innings ensures things remain very much in the balance at the Emirates Durham ICG. Scott Borthwick is back on the field there, which is good to hear.

The action has resumed at Derby, where Nottinghamshire need two quick wickets to set up a small run-chase.

Warwickshire have made a breezy start to their second innings, reaching 22 without loss inside five overs.

2:55pm – Root is into the nineties, but was almost run out just now. Can he share another substantial stand with new batsman Gary Ballance?

Surrey are edging ever closer to safety against Sussex. Solanki and Zander de Bruyn, two of the more experienced players on the county circuit, are approaching a fifty stand.

Another team heading in the right direction at present are Kent, who have shaken off the loss of both openers to reach 73 for two at Emirates Old Trafford. However, James Tredwell’s men still have plenty of work ahead to make the game safe.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: Resumption scheduled for 3.10pm with the loss of a further 24 overs. 40 overs will remain in the day.

2:48pm – There has been a huge breakthrough at the Emirates Durham ICG. Moments after receiving a life, Bairstow is caught in the deep pulling Craig Rushworth. Yorkshire, chasing 336, are 162 for four.

2:46pm – England opener Compton wastes little time in completing his hundred – with a straight six – and Somerset immediately declare on 266 for four to leave Warwickshire a daunting target of 515. The reigning LV= County Champions will need to bat much better than they did yesterday in order to avoid defeat.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Borthwick has gone off and Smith will bowl final two balls of the over.

How big a miss could this be for Durham? @Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Bairstow smashes the ball back to Borthwck and Durham spinner drops a difficult chance. 158-3 – it’s tense 178 to win.

2:36pm – Craig Kieswetter moves to 50 for Somerset and celebrates by thumping a Jeetan Patel delivery back over the bowler’s head and out of the ground!

Vikram Solanki has his second half-century of the game at the Kia Oval. Sussex need a couple of quick wickets if they are to revive their victory push.

2:30pm – The slog is now very much on at Taunton, with Compton and Kieswetter hurrying Somerset towards a lead of 500. Their century partnership has arrived from 143 deliveries and a declaration cannot be far away. Maybe Compton, who has 86, will be allowed to get to three figures first?

Some mixed weather news…

Glen Chapple

@derbyshireCCC on Twitter: Umpires heading back indoors and the covers are back on after further rain arrives at Derby.

@surreycricket on Twitter: Rain has stopped and we are heading back out to the middle

2:16pm – Glen Chapple has struck a handy blow for Lancashire, having Rob Key caught behind to leave Kent 36 for two. There is still plenty of time remaining for the Red Rose should the skies stay clear.

The skies are far from clear at the Kia Oval, where a heavy shower has forced the teams off with Surrey 201 for three and 26 ahead.

2:08pm – It looks like light rain has started to fall at Taunton, which is the last thing Somerset need. Craig Kieswetter has started to open his shoulders, however.

Meanwhile, the sun is now out in Derby, where an inspection will take place at 2:20pm.

2:05pm – If Yorkshire can continue to keep wickets in hand we are likely to have a thrilling finish in prospect at the Emirates Durham ICG. With Jonny Bairstow settling in alongside fellow England international Joe Root, the Tykes are three down and need a further 211. However, there has been only one scoring shot in the last four overs.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Close! Let off for Key who edged a Chapple delivery, with ball just bouncing in front of Croft at 2nd slip

1:51pm – Having almost wiped out their first-innings deficit prior to lunch, Surrey are now forging ahead of Sussex. However, they have lost a third wicket, with Gary Wilson caught and bowled by Chris Nash for 62.

Somerset batsman Nick Compton has survived an early-afternoon scare; he was struck on the toe by a Chris Wright yorker but there was not much of an appeal despite the ball seemingly being on course to hit the stumps.

Simon Kerrigan has bowled Sam Northeast to boost Lancashire’s hopes of pushing for victory. Kent are 22 for one and trail by 129.

1:43pm – The action has resumed at the Emirates Durham ICG, Kia Oval and Emirates Old Trafford, while play is also about to recommence at Taunton, where Somerset must be considering a declaration sometime soon.

Could inclement weather come to Derbyshire’s rescue? Here’s the latest from @derbyshireccc on Twitter: Heavy rain here at TCG will delay the start of the afternoon session. Derbyshire 227-8 (Clare 3*, Palladino 4*), leading by 40 runs.

Morning Session

1:05pm – Lunch arrives at the five continuing championship games. Here’s how they stand:

Division One

Derbyshire are 227 for eight in their second innings at Derby and lead Nottinghamshire by 40.Yorkshire are 114 for three in their second innings at the Emirates Durham ICG and require a further 222 for victory.Surrey are 174 for two in their second innings at the Kia Oval and trail Sussex by one.Somerset are 163 for four in their second innings at Taunton and lead Warwickshire by 411.

Division Two

Kent are 10 for none in their second innings at Emirates Old Trafford, 141 behind Lancashire.Northamptonshire beat Gloucestershire by seven wickets at Bristol.Hampshire beat Worcestershire by an innings and 42 runs at the Ageas Bowl.

12:55pm – Stuart Broad strikes twice in two balls, having Wainwright caught behind for 33 and Tom Poynton lbw. Derbyshire are in big trouble, leading by 36 with just two wickets left.

Keaton Jennings has Andrew Gale caught at slip for 39, leaving Yorkshire 103 for three against Durham.

RESULT! Gloucestershire (192 & 299) have lost to Northamptonshire (404 & 90/3) by seven wickets at Bristol: Four byes off Alex Gidman gives Northants victory as David Sales is unbeaten on 29 and Rob Newton 15.

Wilson has his second fifty of the game for Surrey, who narrowly trail Sussex. Can he go on to three figures again?

12:51pm – Root raises a half-century and Yorkshire breach three figures at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Stuart Broad

12:43pm – RESULT! Hampshire (500/9d) have beaten Worcestershire (206 & 252 f/o) by an innings and 42 runs at the Ageas Bowl: Briggs has his third wicket of the innings as Chris Russell is bowled for nought to end proceedings.

@DerbyshireCCC on Twitter: Redfern (61) lbw to Broad’s first ball after the rain delay; Derbyshire 218-6 (Wainwright 31*) with 67.5 overs remaining, leading by 31.

Nick Compton had his second fifty of the match with Warwickshire, who trail by more than 400.

12:35pm – Northants, who lost Alex Wakely to Jack Taylor for 20, are 61 for three – needing another 27 to beat Gloucestershire.

Danny Briggs has Worcestershire’s ninth wicket, Gareth Andrew for 28. Hampshire, needing another breakthrough for an innings-victory, still lead comfortably.

Play has resumed at Derby after a brief rain interruption.

12:23pm – Woakes makes it two lbws in two overs as James Hildreth departs cheaply. Somerset, aiming to bat Warwickshire out of the game, are stumbling slightly.

@hantscricket on Twitter: WICKET: An explosive over (plenty of short stuff) from Balcombe results in the wicket of Jones (4), caught at mid-on. Worcs: 248-8 (f/o)

Rain has forced the players off at Derby where Redfern and Wainwright have added 75 in 24 overs this morning, putting Derbyshire 31 in front with five wickets to go.

12:13pm – Chris Woakes snares Alviro Petersen lbw on the back foot for 43, the South African’s first score under 90 in four innings for Somerset who are 118 for three – 367 ahead of Warwickshire on day three at Taunton.

Having lost two early wickets today, Yorkshire have stabilised versus Durham thanks to Joe Root and Andrew Gale, who have combined for a half-century partnership.

12pm – Redfern, who soon moves to a fifty, and David Wainwright share a half-century alliance that has put Derbyshire ahead of Nottinghamshire. Can the Derby hosts pull off a great escape?

Monty Panesar bowls Smith for 67, leaving Surrey 53 behind with eight wickets in hand.

David Balcombe traps Michael Johnson in front for 44, making Worcestershire seven down.

11:55am – Mitchell falls for 92, lbw to Chris Wood. That could possibly be a terminal blow for Worcestershire who, following on, trail by 82 with four wickets remaining.

Smith and first-innings centurion Gary Wilson have raised a hundred stand versus Sussex.

Northants have lost Kyle Coetzer to David Payne and Stephen Peters to Will Gidman, but need just 70 more to beat Gloucestershire with eight wickets left.

11:45am – Derbyshire, Surrey and Worcestershire, all batting to avoid defeat, are yet to lose a wicket this morning. Dan Redfern is going well at Derby, Smith likewise at the Kia Oval and Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell is nearing three figures at the Ageas Bowl.

Good news from Emirates Old Trafford where the sun is shining, the covers are off and Lancashire have declared on 395 for seven – 151 ahead of Kent on first innings. Steven Croft was unbeaten on 64 and Glen Chapple 22 from 18 balls. Play is due to resume at 12:10pm.

11:25am – Division Two leaders Northamptonshire get the wicket they require to dismiss Gloucestershire, for 299, at Bristol where Jack Taylor plays on to Steven Crook for 48. Northants therefore need 88 to win.

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith has his first Surrey fifty. The new captain had 43 overnight. He will be eyeing a long innings as the Kia Oval hosts aim to bat out for a draw.

Rain has forced the players off at Emirates Old Trafford but not before this from @Lancashire CCC on Twitter: ANOTHER DROP! It was in the air for an age, Croft advancing down the wicket and smashing it high. Keeper Jones drops and Lancs are 395-7.

11:20am – Durham have the first two of the nine wickets they need to beat Yorkshire, Chris Rushworth bagging both in one over as Adam Lyth and Phil Jaques are caught behind. The White Rose are 21 for two, needing 315 more to win.

@LancashireCCC on Twitter: Chapple dropped! The captain and Croft are on a clear mission here, pile on the runs and fast! Next shot is hit down the ground for 4. 373-7

11:10am – In the one game in its third day, Somerset nightwatchman Jack Leach is plumb lbw at the end of a Chris Wright wicket-maiden. That leaves the Taunton hosts 50 for two against Warwickshire, whom they lead by 298 after not forcing the follow-on.

11:05am – Matt Coles strikes twice in two balls in the first over of the day at Emirates Old Trafford. After Steven Croft reaches a fifty, Coles has Simon Katich caught behind for his overnight 93 and traps Gareth Cross in front. Lancashire lead Kent by 115 with three first-innings wickets left.

Pre-Play News

10:45am – There could be several results this morning, most likely at Bristol where Division Two leaders Northamptonshire need one wicket to set up a simple chase against Gloucestershire, who lead by 68 runs. Also in the second tier, Hampshire require five wickets for an innings-victory versus Worcestershire, who are 141 behind. In Division One, Sussex and Durham are respectively seeking nine and 10 wickets to inflict defeats.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: It’s cold but the sun is out & the covers are off the square. Game on. We start at 11am. Should be an intriguing day.

10:30am – Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary on what is the last day of six of this week’s seven LV= County Championship games. Here is how they stand:

Division One

Derbyshire are 143 for five in their second innings at Derby and trail Nottinghamshire by 44.Yorkshire are 17 without loss in their second innings at the Emirates Durham ICG and require a further 319 for victory.Surrey are 66 for one in their second innings at the Kia Oval and trail Sussex by 109.Somerset are 46 for one in their second innings at Taunton and lead Warwickshire by 294.

Division Two

Lancashire are 356 for five replying to Kent’s 244 at Emirates Old Trafford.Gloucestershire are 280 for nine in their second innings at Bristol and lead Northamptonshire by 68.Worcestershire are 153 for five in their second innings against Hampshire, having followed on 294 behind at the Ageas Bowl.

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