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South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn has solidified his place as one of the greatest fast-bowlers in the game’s history after the 30-year old was adjudged Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013. Wisden also honoured the Five Cricketers of the Year for their performances in England’s international and domestic summer.

Steyn was in imperious form all through last year picking up 85 international wickets across all formats at a mind-boggling average of 16. His exploits included the 11/60 that demolished Pakistan at Johannesburg in February, a 9-wicket match haul on a lifeless Durban track in December, along with a run of five ODI matches where he bagged 20 wickets at 6.95. Wisden – often dubbed the Bible of cricket – honours one cricketer as the Leading Cricketer in the World annually since 2003. Steyn is now the second bowler to win this award after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who won the laurels in 2006.

Even when one takes the notional winners into account (Wisden retrospectively chose winners for every year from 1900 to 2002), Steyn is the first seamer to win this award since Glenn McGrath (2001) and the first South African fast bowler since Ernie Vogler over a century ago. The past year was undoubtedly Steyn’s best in the limited-overs formats. In 2013, Steyn shed his ‘Test specialist’ tag and as Wisden put it, he “was scarcely less lethal in one-day internationals”.

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Cricket’s oldest and most prestigious publication also continued its tradition of choosing Five Cricketers of the Year, something that the almanac has done annually since 1889. The winners are chosen based on their performances in the English cricket season – both international and domestic. The chosen five for 2013 are Charlotte Edwards, Shikhar Dhawan, Joe Root, Ryan Harris, and Chris Rogers.

Edwards, the England women’s captain is the second woman to be selected for the honour after Clare Connor. She led the English side to back-to-back Ashes victories last year and was in fine form with the bat as well. Dhawan’s selection comes on the basis of his impressive performance in the ICC Champions Trophy held in England, where the southpaw scored two centuries and averaged over 90 from 5 innings, helping India win yet another ICC title. The 23-year old Root was one of the shining stars of England’s victorious Ashes campaign at home last year, scoring a masterly 180 at Lord’s. Before this, he had scored his maiden Test hundred against New Zealand at Leeds.

Both Harris and Rogers had wonderful age-defying Ashes campaigns in England. Rogers scored 367 runs at 40 with his maiden Test hundred at Chester-le-Street. The ton, scored at the age of 35, made Rogers one of the oldest Australian batsmen to score a maiden Test hundred. Harris bagged 24 wickets at 19 with two five-wicket hauls, mostly playing with a dodgy knee that has troubled him all through his career.

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Oct 092013
County Round-Up - 9th October 2013
Wednesday 9 October 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

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Scott Elstone grabbed some headlines whilst fielding as 12th man for England in 2011.

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A round-up of the county cricket news from the past week, including coverage of Maurice Chambers’ move to Northamptonshire and Kent’s decision to release Charlie Shreck.

Horror For Shreck As Kent Call Time
Kent have made the slightly perplexing decision to release Charlie Shreck, their leading wicket-taker in the LV= County Championship over the past two seasons. 20 year-old seamer Ben Kemp has also been shown the door, but there is happier news for batsman Alex Blake who has been handed a one-year contract extension despite struggling to break into the Championship side.

It is on the decision to release Shreck that most attention will be focused. The Cornishman joined the club from Nottinghamshire for the start of the 2012 season after a brief loan spell at Canterbury during 2011. He took 58 first-class wickets at 26.63 in his first season to top the county’s wickets chart and then again topped them last year, albeit at the markedly higher average of 39.87 in what was a disappointing year for the club.

Now 35, Kent obviously feel that his best days are behind him and will move into 2014 with a new-look seam-attack. They have already made 2013 loan-signing Mitchell Claydon’s move from Durham a full-time one, while fast-bowler David Griffiths has signed from Hampshire and youngsters Matt Hunn and Charlie Hartley have penned maiden deals.

Elstone Delight At Derbyshire Contract But Slater Left In Limbo
Former Nottinghamshire batsman and one-time England super-sub Scott Elstone has signed a one-year incremental contract with Derbyshire.

The 23 year-old progressed through the Nottinghamshire Academy after first being spotted by Staffordshire, but Notts have a poor record in recent times of developing their younger players and he was released at the end of the 2012 season having been given only limited opportunities in limited-overs cricket.

In 2013, he played for amateur side, the Unicorns, and impressed, scoring 215 runs from seven matches. He was then given an extended trial by Derbyshire and played two one-day games for them towards the end of the season.

“Scott’s got a big chance now,” Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken said. “He’s done well in the second XI this season and he looks a really good pro. He’s got a lot of talent and good luck to him; I hope this is the start of a long Derbyshire career.”

Elstone’s greatest claim to fame in his career thus far came when he was called on as 12th man by England when they were playing against India at a Test match at Trent Bridge in 2011. He caught Suresh Raina at deep fine-leg – a regulation chance – but then had to work somewhat harder to catch Harbhajan Singh in the same position.

Opening batsman Ben Slater isn’t so lucky as finances have meant that he is unlikely to be offered a new deal. He played on summer contract in 2013 and broke into the Championship side towards the end of the season, where he had moderate success. Slater could still be offered a new deal if coach Karl Krikken has his playing budget increased, reports the Derby Telegraph, but he has been given permission to look elsewhere.

Seam-bowler Alasdair Evans, meanwhile, won’t be offered a new deal. The 24 year-old sometime Scotland seamer took just two wickets in first-class cricket for the county last year and would have been frustrated by his limited opportunities.

All Change But No Change At Grace Road
Leicestershire have restructured their coaching set-up following their disastrous 2013 season during which they failed to win a single LV= County Championship game. The three men in charge will remain the same. Phil Whitticase has become Director of Cricket, while batting coach Ben Smith moves to the position of First XI Coach and Lloyd Tennant becomes Second XI Coach.

Chief Executive Mike Siddall explained the changes: “The club wanted to streamline its coaching operations with a Director of Cricket and two Senior Coaches and we believe that this structure will suit the club going forward.”

Whitticase added: “The club felt that with all the responsibilities I had to deal with there was a need to re-align and have a clear focus to the requirements of the team. This has been achieved by restructuring the roles of the coaches and I believe this will be in the best interest of the club.”

Chambers Spurns Bears To Become A Steelback
Former Essex fast-bowler Maurice Chambers has turned down the offer of a contract from Warwickshire to sign a two-year deal with newly-promoted Northamptonshire.

Chambers spent the latter part of the season on loan at Edgbaston, but would have found his opportunities limited if their bowlers were all fit. It is unlikely that he would have made it into a first-choice attack that includes Boyd Rankin, Chris Woakes, Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke, Chris Wright and Jeetan Patel at this stage in his career.

Chambers said, “I’m both excited and happy to join Northants Cricket. I’ve watched them progress the last few years into a strong and successful unit and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.

“I had a few options on where I could progress my career but having spoken to David Ripley and David Smith I felt this was the right place for me. I’d like to thank Essex for giving me a start and Warwickshire for recently giving me the opportunity to show that I have lots to offer. I hope I can play my part in maintaining Division One status and winning more silverware at Northants.”

Head Coach David Ripley added, “Maurice has finished the season very strongly on loan at Warwickshire, taking wickets in Division One. He has enjoyed some great seasons at Essex but for whatever reason last season didn’t work out for him. We believe he will respond well to a change of environment and continue to become a better bowler and get back into the England Lions mix.”

County Cricket News In Brief:
Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali was named the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Year at their annual dinner. Moeen became the first player since 2005 to tally 2,000 runs and 40 wickets across all formats. Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes was named Young Player of the Year, while David Willey, Peter Trego and Graham Onions were also honoured, with the Friends Life t20, Yorkshire Bank 40 and LV= County Championship awards respectively.

Gloucestershire wicket-keeper Gareth Roderick has signed a contract extension that will keep him a Nevil Road until the end of the 2016 season. Meanwhile, the club has confirmed that Roderick’s fellow gloveman Richard Coughtrie, seam-bowler Paul Muchall and left-arm spinner Ed Young have all been released.

Durham one-Day batsman Gordon Muchall has laid to rest doubts about his future at Chester-le-Street by signing a two-year contract extension. Off-spinning all-rounder Gareth Breese has penned a one-year deal.

Surrey have signed three young cricketers on contracts for the 2014 season. All-rounder Tom Jewell has penned a full contract, while spinner Freddie van den Bergh and all-rounder Jack Winslade have been awarded summer deals.

Jamie and Craig Overton have signed three-year contract extensions with Somerset, keeping them at Taunton until the end of the 2016 season.

Worcestershire’s Graeme Cessford has extended his contract with Worcestershire until the end of next season. Cessford joined the Pears for 2013 as part of the RAF’s Elite Athlete Programme.

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Sep 132013
County Cricket Round-Up - 13th September 2013
Friday 13 September 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

Kyle Hogg struck with the new ball for Division Two leaders Lancashire.

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Matches in the LV= County Championship were again heavily affected by the English autumnal weather, with day three of the fixture at Lord’s between Middlesex and Nottinghamshire seeing no play at all due to rain.

Scott Borthwick and Will Smith fell narrowly short of centuries as Durham had the better of day three of their match at Derby. Borthwick (89) and Smith (81) added 159 for the third-wicket as Durham closed on 257 for four in reply to Derbyshire’s 298.

Surrey and Somerset managed little more than 29 overs at Taunton, with the visitors closing 32 runs ahead on 97 for four. Dominic Sibley fell early on to Lewis Gregory, who quickly followed that dismissal by sending Hashim Amla packing with a second duck of the match. Vikram Solanki (36) and Rory Burns (40) then added 63 for the third-wicket, but both were removed by Peter Trego before stumps to leave Somerset with the upper hand.

Sussex lead by 14 runs at Hove after reaching stumps against Yorkshire on 48 for two in their second innings. Ryan Sidebottom got rid of Luke Wells third ball for a duck, with Liam Plunkett having Michael Yardy caught for 15 nine overs later. Yorkshire had earlier been unable to establish a sizeable first innings advantage as Ashar Zaidi ended with four for 57 on his Sussex first-team debut. Resuming on 246 for four, Yorkshire were all out for 326 as overnight batsman Kane Williamson fell without adding to his overnight score.

In Division Two, Sam Northeast held up promotion hopefuls Essex. The man tipped by many as a future Kent captain ended on 70 not out to help his side reach 113 for four in their second innings – still 56 runs away from making the visitors bat again. However, he received little support from the rest of the Kent batsmen as Monty Panesar took three wickets.

The rain could yet save Leicestershire as they closed on 60 for three after Lancashire had finally declared at 453 for seven. The Foxes lost three early wickets to the new ball pairing of Kyle Hogg (1-28) and Oliver Newby (2-27) but Michael Thornely and Niall O’Brien added an unbroken 46 for the fourth-wicket, each ending on 23 not out. Lancashire had earlier secured maximum batting bonus points as Luke Procter made 44, Tom Smith 23 and Alex Davies 30 not out.

Fewer than 22 overs were possible on the third day at New Road, with Worcestershire slipping to 189 for five in reply to Hampshire’s 428. The overnight pair of Moeen Ali and Thilan Samaraweera departed without adding significantly to their scores, with Tom Fell (32) and Ross Whiteley (35 not out) then sharing 58 for the fifth-wicket. James Tomlinson was the most impressive of the Hampshire bowlers, ending the day with figures of three for 51.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day four, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
day four, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
day four, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
day four, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
day four, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
day four, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
day four, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road

Weather Forecast: The rain could take until lunchtime to clear from the far south-east, but the rest of the country will be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine as the day progresses. Temperatures will peak at around 15 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire CCC have been penalised by the ECB Cricket Discipline Commission for fielding an ineligible player in a second XI match last month. The club played Ruel Brathwaite in a fixture against Surrey whilst he was still registered with Durham and have been docked half the points they gained in that match and fined £250.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have denied that the lure of the Director of Cricket job at Surrey CCC was behind the decision of head coach Graham Ford to request that his contract not be renewed when it expires in January. They have said that “family commitments” was the reason given and have asked Ford to reconsider his decision.

Warwickshire have signed Hong Kong wicket-keeper Jamie Atkinson on a two-match contract as cover for injured glovemen Tim Ambrose and Pete McKay. Atkinson, who has also played for Durham University, kept wicket as a substitute in place of McKay in the Bears’ last LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire. The club have also formally declared their interest in signing Somerset wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.

Nottinghamshire have been boosted by the news that Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have been made available by the England hierarchy for the Yorkshire Bank 40 final on 21st September.

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Sep 122013
County Cricket Round-Up - 12th September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

Kane Williamson ended on 80 not out as Yorkshire took the upper hand at Hove.

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Essex, Lancashire, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Somerset and Nottinghamshire all enjoyed good second days to their eighteenth round LV= County Championship matches as the rain largely stayed away to allow more play than was the case on day one.

Middlesex closed day two of their LV= County Championship match at Lord’s on 96 for none after Nottinghamshire had declared on 430 for seven. Chris Rogers did the bulk of the scoring in his opening stand with Sam Robson and finished on 67 not out. Steven Mullaney had earlier completed his century for the visitors before falling to Gareth Berg for 125. There were then contributions of 47 and 67 from Samit Patel and David Hussey, while Andre Adams bludgeoned his way to 80 off 76 balls before the declaration came.

Derbyshire were bowled out for 298 on the second day at the County Ground. Durham seamers Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth ended with nine wickets between them and helped take the last eight wickets for 92 runs. Overnight batsman Paul Borrington top-scored for the hosts with 75 and added 106 for the third-wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53) to take them to 206 for two. Rushworth and Onions then ran through the middle and lower-order, ending with five for 47 and four for 62 respectively. Leaders Durham then closed on 82 for two in reply, with Tony Palladino responsible for both dismissals.

Surrey trail Somerset by 52 runs after reaching stumps in their second innings on 13 without loss on a fast-moving day two at Taunton. The last two Surrey first innings wickets were taken by Alfonso Thomas without them adding to their overnight score, with Somerset then making 260 to earn a lead of 65 runs. The home side lost both openers for ducks, but Nick Compton hit 66 off just 88 balls from number three, while there were contributions of 20 or above from five of the middle and lower-order. Jade Dernbach and Zafar Ansari ended as the picks of the Surrey attack with three wickets apiece.

Yorkshire have the upper hand at the halfway point of their match against Sussex. They reached stumps on 246 for four in reply to the home side’s 292. Adam Lyth hit 93 at the top of the order and added 164 with Kane Williamson for the second-wicket before falling to Ashar Zaidi. Andrew Gale then partnered Williamson during a stand of 45 but fell as the first in a late James Anyon double-strike. Williamson remains, however, and is on 80 not out.

Essex took complete control over Division Two stragglers Kent at Canterbury. They first advanced their first innings total to 276 courtesy primarily of a sprightly 46 from skipper James Foster and in spite of Mark Davies, who finished with four for 67. David Masters then ran through the Kent batting line-up and took six for 41 as they were bundled out for just 107. Only four men reached double figures, with Ben Harmison’s 30 not out the best effort. Graham Napier gave Masters excellent support with three for 36. Kent then closed in their second innings on eight for none after being asked to follow-on.

Leaders Lancashire continued to pummel the Leicestershire bowlers at Old Trafford. Their captain Paul Horton ended on 150 not out as they closed another shortened day on 344 for four. Horton took his overnight stand with Luis Reece (50) to 137 and then shared stands of 73 with Simon Katich (56) and 107 with Andrea Agathangelou (46).

Worcestershire closed on 101 for two against Hampshire with Thilan Samaraweera, the key to their hopes, unbeaten on 40. Hampshire had earlier built on James Vince’s century to amass 428 in their first innings. Sean Terry hit 58 and put on 77 with Michael Bates (41) after they had lost two early wickets. Chris Wood and Matt Coles then hit fast-paced half-centuries to push the total up above 400 and earn the visitors maximum batting bonus points. The Pears were hindered by having only two effective bowlers. Alan Richardson (4-69) and Jack Shantry (1-97) both conceded less than three an over, but the other five bowlers used averaged around six between them.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day three, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
day three, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
day three, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
day three, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
day three, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
day three, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
day three, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road

Weather Forecast: Rain will again be a factor tomorrow. The overnight band of rain should clear the south-east in the early hours of the morning to leave occasional sunny spells, but another band will come in from the south-west during the course of the day. The morning session should be dry, but the matches at Taunton and perhaps New Road, Hove and Lord’s could see stoppages in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will peak at between 15 and 19 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Hampshire wicket-keeper Adam Wheater and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes have both received penalties for level one breaches of the ECB’s Discipline Code. Wheater was reported for two breaches during the LV= County Championship match against Lancashire last month and has received three penalty points which will stay on his record for two years. Accumulating nine points during a two-year period results in an automatic suspension. Stokes received a reprimand for a single breach of the code; he bowled two high full tosses whilst playing for the England Lions against Bangladesh A on 24th August.

Surrey’s home ground, The Oval, will host Club T20 Finals Day on Friday. Local side and defending champions Wimbledon will play Banbury in the first semi-final, with Chester-le-Street then playing Ormskirk in the second semi-final. All three matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports. The following day, the ground will host a T20 match between Lambeth Academy Community XI and the Metropolitan Police. Action gets underway at noon and entrance is free of charge.

Essex, Kent, Sussex and Northamptonshire will host the touring Sri Lankans next summer. Essex and Kent will play 50-over matches against the tourists in May, with Sussex then playing a T20 match ahead of the opening international. Northamptonshire will host a four-day game, beginning on 5th June, ahead of the Test series.

Yorkshire have granted England all-rounder Tim Bresnan a Benefit for the 2014 season. Gerard Brophy was Yorkshire’s last beneficiary in 2011.

Glamorgan fast-bowler Simon Jones will follow in the footsteps of fellow 2005 Ashes winners Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison in retiring at the end of the season. Jones, however, hopes to continue to play T20 cricket, with a contract with Glamorgan for next year’s revamped Natwest T20 a possibility.

Kent batsman Mike Powell has announced his retirement from professional cricket at the age of 36. Powell played most of his career at Glamorgan before moving to Canterbury for the 2012 season. He came close to an England debut in 2004 and had to battle potentially life-threatening complications after surgery to remove a rib in 2007. He will now take up a role with Cardiff-based consultancy firm Thomas Carroll PLC.

Gloucestershire have opened negotiations with out-of-contract Middlesex left-arm spinner Tom Smith with a view to signing him for the 2014 season according to the Bristol Post. Smith has spent much of the season on loan at Bristol and will not be offered new deal by Middlesex. Gloucestershire have also announced that they will not be offering new contracts to seamer Paul Muchall and wicket-keeper Richard Coughtrie.

The victorious Somerset Visually Impaired cricket team paraded their BCEW Development League South West League trophy around the County Ground during the lunch interval of today’s match against Surrey. They then gave a playing demonstration during the tea interval.

Lancashire CCC will have to dismantle parts of their new stands at Old Trafford immediately after the ongoing match against Leicestershire according to ESPNcricinfo. Whilst construction was originally taking place in 2012, one of their contractors went into administration so temporary support columns were installed to ensure that the planned international fixtures were able to take place. These will now be replaced with a longer-term solution, which the club hopes will be in place in time for the start of the 2014 season.

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Sep 112013
County Cricket Round-Up - 11th September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

James Vince was the only man to reach three figures on a rain-hit day on the county circuit.

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Rain affected every single one of the day’s LV= County Championship matches to some degree. What play there was saw the batsmen struggle for fluency for the most part, with Surrey finding it particularly hard going in their relegation clash at Taunton.

Derbyshire made a solid start after being asked to bat by LV= County Championship Division One leaders Durham at the County Ground. They reached stumps after 31 overs on 99 for one, with Paul Borrington (30 not out) and Wayne Madsen (32 not out) having added an unbroken 66 for the second-wicket following Ben Slater’s departure to Chris Rushworth for 13.

Nottinghamshire opener Steven Mullaney ended on 88 not out as his side closed on 161 for two in the 70th over against Middlesex. Mullaney added 115 with Michael Lumb for the second-wicket after Riki Wessels had fallen to Neil Dexter for 14. Lumb then handed Ollie Rayner his first wicket of the match shortly before the rain arrived when he was caught by Dexter for an unusually subdued 54 off 171 balls.

Surrey’s batsmen struggled against the Somerset bowlers at Taunton. They scrapped their way to 195 for eight, with Gareth Batty’s 39 the highest individual contribution. Craig Meschede picked up three middle-order wickets, while Alfonso Thomas and Piyush Chawla each struck twice as the visitors lost regular wickets. Zander de Bruyn (30), Steven Davies (38) and Stuart Meaker (30 not out) were Surrey’s other main contributors.

Sussex handed a club debut to former Islamabad left-arm spinner Ashar Zaidi and closed on 276 for nine after 76 overs against title hopefuls Yorkshire. Ben Brown rescued them from a perilous position of 137 for six and ended on 78 not out. Yorkshire’s seamers had all chipped in to do the early damage as Ryan Sidebottom, Jack Brooks (1-42), Liam Plukett (2-44) and Steven Patterson (1-59) all struck. Brown then found support from Zaidi (17) and Steve Magoffin (26) and led the recovery. Sidebottom ended as the pick of the Yorkshire attack with three for 44, while there were two wickets for off-spinner Kane Williamson.

In Division Two, Essex closed on 186 for four after a difficult start against Kent. They lost Jaik Mickleburgh in Mark Davies’ opening over and struggled to score, limping to 117 for four in the 55th over. However, Owais Shah ended on 83 not out and added an unbroken 69 with Ben Foakes (38 not out) to begin a recovery that they will hope to continue tomorrow.

Lancashire faced just 21 overs against Leicestershire before the rain arrived at Old Trafford. They, however, had much the better of the exchanges and raced to 91 without loss despite being inserted by visiting skipper Matthew Boyce. Paul Horton is undefeated with 42, while Luis Reece has 31.

James Vince hit an unbeaten century as Hampshire bounced back from the early loss of both openers to close on 197 for three against Worcestershire. Alan Richardson sent Jimmy Adams packing third ball and then had Michael Roberts caught to make it 23 for two. However, Liam Dawson and Vince shared 158 for the third-wicket before the former was run-out for 70 shortly before stumps.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:
day two, LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Durham at Derby
day two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire at Lord’s
day two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Surrey at Taunton
day two, LV=CCD1, Sussex v Yorkshire at Hove
day two, LV=CCD2, Kent v Essex at Canterbury
day two, LV=CCD2, Lancashire v Leicestershire at Old Trafford
day two, LV=CCD2, Worcestershire v Hampshire at New Road

Weather Forecast: Tomorrow should see more play than today, as it will be mainly dry albeit remaining overcast for the most part. The west will, however, see a band of rain move in during the latter half of the afternoon. Temperatures will remain cool, peaking at around 18 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Leicestershire bowler Matthew Hoggard has announced that he will retire from professional cricket at the end of the season. Hoggard, 36, played 67 Test matches for England and played most of his career for Yorkshire before moving to Leicestershire for the 2010 season. Hoggard spoke to Cricket World shortly after announcing his retirement.

Former Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard has told BBC Radio Wales Sport that he would love to return to coach the county one day. He said, “Maybe further down the line, yes, I’d like to go back there. It will be brilliant to work again with Hugh (Morris, new director of cricket).”

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Sep 062013
County Cricket Round-Up - 6th September 2013
Friday 6 September 2013 

by Daniel Grummitt

Shivnarine Chanderpaul drew on all of his international experience on the final day at Taunton.

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Derbyshire once again lifted themselves out of the LV= County Championship Division One relegation zone; this time following a thrilling win over a similarly-threatened Somerset at Taunton. Resuming on 127 for four in pursuit of 244 and with rain expected later in the afternoon, they scraped home by two wickets just after lunch.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was, as expected, their batting star, ending on 74 not out and receiving valuable support from Alex Hughes and, in the latter stages, Tim Groenewald. Richard Johnson fell without a run being added to the overnight score, with Hughes then making 33 of a vital sixth-wicket stand of 68. That put Derbyshire within 50 runs of their target, but Piyush Chawla had both Tom Poynton and David Wainwright dismissed for seven to leave the visitors eight down with 28 still needed.

Fortunately, Groenewald was able to provide Chanderpaul with sufficient support and hit one of the more important six not outs of his career. Somerset’s spinners Jack Leach (3-54) and Chawla (5-97) took all of the wickets to fall between them but it wasn’t quite enough as Derbyshire prevailed in a match that was a brilliant advert for two-division county championship cricket.

There was little action of note elsewhere as Nottinghamshire were unable even to get started in their fourth innings run chase of 211 against Warwickshire due to the rain at Trent Bridge, and the Division Two match at Southampton petered out into the anticipated draw. Northamptonshire reached 135 for three before declaring their second innings after finally bowling out Hampshire for 545 earlier in the day. David Sales ended unbeaten on 66 and added 87 with Stephen Peters (40) for the second-wicket.

Tomorrow’s Fixture:
1st YB40 Semi-Final, Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton (1245 BST start)
The defending champions welcome back several first-choice players for the fixture. Sohail Tanvir returns as does Danny Briggs from international duty with England. Only Michael Carberry is still absent, with his place at the top of the order likely to be taken by Michael Roberts.

Hampshire squad: Michael Roberts, James Vince, Jimmy Adams (captain), Liam Dawson, Neil McKenzie, Sean Ervine, Adam Wheater, Dimitri Masacrenhas, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, Michael Bates, David Griffiths.

Glamorgan haven’t won a one-day match at Southampton since 2004 and they will have to attempt to do so without their captain Marcus North, who has returned to Australia. Ben Wright will probably take North’s place in the eleven, with the other selection question as to whether to play a second spinner in Andrew Salter or possibly 19 year-old all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith.

Glamorgan squad: Mark Wallace (captain), Gareth Rees, Chris Cooke, Murray Goodwin, Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Simon Jones, Nick James, Ruaidhri Smith.

Weather Forecast: Showers will be a persistent threat at Southampton tomorrow, especially in the morning, and with the ground already wet after today’s rain that may be enough to bring about a delayed start. However, there should be enough drier weather around later to allow for at least a slightly-shortened game. Temperatures will be relatively low, peaking at around 17 degrees Celsius.

County Cricket News In Brief:
Durham fast-bowler Graham Onions has signed a full winter contract to play for the Durban-based Dolphins franchise in South Africa’s domestic competition. If, as expected, Onions is included in England’s Ashes squad, then he will be unavailable for the period between early November and early January. The Dolphins play their first match on 13th October.

Michael Hogan has signed a contract extension with Glamorgan, committing himself to the county until the end of the 2016 season.

Gareth Andrew will not play for Worcestershire again this season after being advised rest to deal with a niggling back problem. He told the Evesham Journal: “The injury is not related to my knee problem I’ve had in the past, but down to a high workload in all three formats of the game.”

Jeetan Patel has signed a deal with Warwickshire to be their overseas player for 2014. The club have also offered a two-year contract to 18 year-old wicket-keeper Pete McKay according to the Birmingham Mail.

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