Apr 202014

Yorkshire 328 for 7 (Ballance 117*, Lees 90) v NorthamptonshireScorecard

Gary Ballance looked comfortable in passing fifty, Yorkshire v Northamptonshire, County Championship, Division One, Headingley, 1st day, April 20, 2014Gary Ballance ensured Yorkshire recovered from early problems, and kept his name in the selectors’ thoughts © Getty Images

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Peter Moores may not personally have seen the best of Gary Ballance – the Yorkshire left-hander’s highest score in 12 innings against Lancashire, in all cricket, during the Moores’ tenure is 57 – but it is fair to assume he will not be going on that evidence alone when he gets to grips, alongside his fellow selectors, with deciding who merits a place in the first England sides of the new era.

Ballance, the Zimbabwe-born left-hander, made his Test debut in Australia, in the final rubber in Sydney, in circumstances that cannot have been easy, given the debacle that had been unfolding while he waited for his chance. He left for his first major tour in the form of his life, having made more than 1300 runs and six centuries in first-class cricket in 2013, and the start of the new season suggests he is none the worse for the experience, however uncomfortable it may have felt.

Ballance looked in supremely good touch, untroubled by the seamers or in the face of a lengthy attempt to tie him down and test his patience by the offspinner, James Middlebrook. He finished on an unbeaten 117, having hit 18 fours in addition to a six pulled into the Western Stand, somewhat disdainfully, off Azharullah, who formed half of a new-ball attack with Maurice Chambers that will not be the worst he comes up against.

He now has 20 first-class centuries from just 71 matches, which is an impressive statistic. Four of these have come in his last five matches on English soil. He finished 2013 with a hundred in each innings against Surrey at The Oval and began this season with another, against Leeds-Bradford MCCU. Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, says he has “a presence at the crease” and believes one of his strongest qualities is to “play the situation” in all forms of the game.

“He has a real awareness of his game and the game,” Gillespie said. “He has an understanding of the game and adaptability to different situations and he finds a way to score runs in any situation, in all forms of the game, which is what a good batsman does.”

It was the partnership of 156 between Ballance and Alex Lees that ultimately bent the day heavily in Yorkshire’s direction. Having chosen to bat first when Andrew Gale won the toss, reasoning that any difficulties they might face on a damp, cloudy morning would be outweighed by the quality of the batting surface, it was this partnership that justified the decision.

Earlier, they had been 21 for 2, after Adam Lyth and then Kane Williamson failed to make progress. Lyth nicked one that moved away late, Williamson, who had looked tentative, went leg before when only half forward to a ball from Andrew Hall, on as first change, that came back a little.

Gale, whose form this time last year gave cause for concern, looked scratchy again and fell for 13 after lunch, which brought Ballance to the crease at 57 for 3, at which point the bat-first decision began to look increasingly the right one as a Northants attack lacking David Willey, whose back problems mean he cannot bowl, began to toil.

Ballance moved to his half-century in only 63 balls with 44 of those runs in boundaries, three in the space of four balls in one over from Hall. By tea, his partnership with Lees had added 114.

Lees, last year’s revelation at the top of the order, made 90 before he became the third of six batsmen dismissed lbw, although it had not been his most fluent innings. Northants missed two chances to get rid of him in quick succession when he was dropped at first slip off Chambers on 50 and was then allowed another escape on 51, against Middlebrook, when he should have been stumped.

Ballance completed his hundred with a flick off his legs for a single off Steven Crook, at which point he had faced 143 deliveries.

Meanwhile, there is positive news of Joe Root, who appears to be moving swiftly towards a comeback following the broken thumb he suffered in March, forcing him to miss the World T20. Restricted until last week to catching practice with a tennis ball, the England batsman had graduated to a cricket ball when he took to the outfield with Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon during the lunch interval.

A return to action against Middlesex at Lord’s next Sunday is on the cards, provided he emerges unscathed from a Second XI friendly scheduled for this week.

His impending return means there is a debate looming for Messrs Gillespie and Moxon over who to leave out to make way for him Root. It would be harsh to omit Lyth, who made 85 and 54 at Taunton last week, albeit on a flat wicket, or Lees. The batsman most at risk, logically, is probably the captain, who therefore needs a score in the second innings.

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Apr 202014
LIVE: LV= County Championship

Live coverage of the day’s LV= County Championship games. Seven encounters are set to start today.

By Matthew Sherry and Rob Barnett 

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2.57pm – Will they ever get on at Canterbury? Play’s been delayed again. At Headingley, meanwhile, Alex Lees as moved to his fifty.

2.52pm – The action is back under way in Derby.

2.30pm – Phil Mustard has fallen to Craig Meschede, meaning Paul Collingwood has joined Jennings in the middle.

2.24pm – Many people tipped Keaton Jennings for a breakthrough season and he’s living up to the billing. Having struck a half-century versus Northants last week, he has moved beyond 50 once more today.

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2.09pm – Muhammad Azhar Ullah has a second victim of the day when he traps Andrew Gale in front.

The game between Kent and Leicestershire at Canterbury is set to start at 3pm unless there is further rain.

1.43pm – The first wicket of the afternoon session goes to Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes, who has a scalp in the same over either side of lunch. Having dismissed Andrea Agathangelou before the interval, he now snares Ashwell Prince caught behind for nought.

Rain has delayed the restart at the SWALEC Stadium, but they are going in all the games that had action this morning. We still await the start at Canterbury and the Kia Oval.

1.06pm – It’s lunch at many of our games and here are the scores:

Division One

Durham are 119 for three against Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Lancashire, having just lost Andrea Agathangelou to Chris Woakes for 48, are 85 for two against Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Yorkshire are 39 for two against Northamptonshire at Headingley.

Division Two

Glamorgan are 47 for six against Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium with three wickets for David Payne.

Hampshire, who have now lost Michael Carberry to Tony Palladino for 45, are 64 for two against Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground.

The toss has been delayed due to light rain in the game between Surrey and Essex at the Kia Oval.

The toss has been delayed due to rain in the game between Kent and Leicestershire at Canterbury.

12.49pm – Andrea Agathangelou is looking in good order for Lancashire as he edges towards a half-century.

12.40pm – Michael Richardson and Jennings have taken Durham beyond 100. They are flying along, unlike Yorkshire – who have seen Kane Williamson trapped lbw by Andrew Hall. Meanwhile, Derbyshire have broken through, Mark Turner ousting skipper Adams.

12.31pm – Payne is on fire! He grabs two wickets in his fifth over, ousting Alex Gidman and Mark Wallace.

12.16pm – Glamorgan are suddenly in real trouble, David Payne getting rid of Jacques Rudolph.

12.02pm – Hampshire are off to a solid start, with Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams impressing.

11.36am – It’s been a bad couple of minutes for the Roses, Lancashire opener Luis Reece edging Keith Barker behind and Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth falling likewise to Mohammad Azhar Ullah.

11.31am – Champions Durham are motoring along with the bat now as Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick click into gear.

11.15am – Durham have also lost an early wicket, Mark Stoneman edging Lewis Gregory behind for a breezy 11. Meanwhile, it’s raining at Headingley… 

11.04am – Glamorgan made the dream start to their campaign when beating Surrey but today has not gone to plan so far. After losing the toss, the home side have lost a wicket first ball with Will Gidman getting rid of Gareth Rees.

10.43am – Lancashire have, as expected, given Jos Buttler a debut, with Glen Chapple returning to lead the side. Kyle Hogg remains sidelined, though. 

10.40am – The coins are in the air but who’s done what?

Division One

Somerset have opted to bowl versus Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Lancashire have decided to bat against Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Yorkshire have chosen to bat against Northamptonshire at Headingley.

Division Two

Gloucestershire have chosen to field against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.

The toss has been delayed in the game between Derbyshire and Hampshire at the 3aaa County Ground.

The toss has been delayed due to light rain in the game between Surrey and Essex at the Kia Oval.

The toss has been delayed due to rain in the game between Kent and Leicestershire at Canterbury.

10pm – Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the day’s LV= County Championship action. Seven games are getting under way, three in Division One and four in Division Two. For all the information you need to know regarding the top-tier games, click here; for those supporting a Division Two team, this is the place.

Apr 142014
LV=CC, April 14: As it happened

Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Sam Robson, James Vince and Adil Rashid all hit centuries on a prosperous day for batsmen.

By Rob Barnett and Glen Robertson

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6.40pm – And that’s that on day two! Here’s how things stand:

Division One

Middlesex are 296 for four – with Sam Robson unbeaten on 144 – against Nottinghamshire, who posted 326 in their first innings at Lord’s.

Northamptonshire are 200 for three in reply to champions Durham’s 452 at Wantage Road in their first game in Division One since 2004. 

Somerset are 166 for three in their response to Yorkshire’s 450 at Taunton.

Ian Bell’s majestic 144 helped Warwickshire reach 387 for seven – exactly 300 more than the team posted in their first go – to give them a lead of 245 runs against Sussex at Edgbaston.

Division Two 

Alastair Cook reached the close unbeaten on 139 as Essex compiled 297 for five against Derbyshire at Chelmsford. That gives the hosts a lead of 237 in their second innings.

Hampshire are 417 for nine, giving them a lead of 113 against Gloucestershire at Bristol, with James Vince returning 144. 

Worcestershire are 41 without loss in their second innings at New Road, a lead of 36 runs against Kent, who were skittled out for 229. 

6.28pm – Two in two for Taylor! Kyle Abbott is trapped lbw first ball. James Tomlinson manages to survive the hat-trick ball.

Meanwhile, it’s stumps at Edgbaston. Ian Bell heads off for a well-deserved rest.

6.27pm – A late wicket for Gloucestershire. Matt Coles nicks Matt Taylor behind for 25, leaving his side eight down.

6.21pm – Cook remains unbeaten at the close of play at Chelmsford, as Hampshire record maximum bonus points against Gloucestershire. 

6.12pm – That’s that on day two at Lord’s. Sam Robson ends six short of 150. having ended in the 140s twice for England Lions in February – the second time he did remain unbeaten – he’ll be looking to knock off the remaining runs tomorrow morning.

6.05pm – It’s stumps at New Road. We’ll bring you a round-up of the day’s scores when the players head off at all seven games. 

5.58pm – Tim Groenewald traps Greg Smith lbw and nightwatchman David Masters can last just four balls before being caught at cover off the same bowler. After that double setback, Essex are 277 for five. 

5.53pm – Harrison has his second and Durham’s third wicket. Coetzer departs for 51 after nicking behind to Phil Mustard. Northants trail by 286 on first innings.

5.45pm – Plunkett has pounced again and it’s Jones who is on his way having made 75. Yorkshire had been bowling down the leg side to Jones and he eventually fell into the trap, caught by Alex Lees at leg slip.

5.35pm – It takes until the new ball’s fifth over but Sussex have another wicket. Steve Magoffin has struck, finding Barker’s edge with Ben Brown doing the rest. Warwickshire are 318 for seven and have a lead of 176. Bell remains unbeaten on 127.

Derbyshire have broken Cook and Ravi Bopara’s stand, with the latter holing out to extra-cover off David Wainwright when two runs short of a fifty. 

5.23pm – Liam Plunkett has a much-needed breakthrough for Yorkshire. Nick Compton is out for 32 after being bowled by the former Durham man, ending a 91-run stand with Chris Jones. 

Kyle Coetzer continues Northants’ impressive display with the bat at Wantage Road by moving to a half-century. Not a bad way to spend your 30th birthday.

5.10pm – James Vince joins today’s ever-growing hundred club.  It’s the 23-year-old’s 11th first-class ton and has helped move Hampshire to within 21 of Gloucestershire’s total. 

5.02pm – The 132-run partnership between Bell and Rikki Clarke is at an end as James Anyon draws an edge behind to remove the latter for 79. Bell remains on 108 and is joined by Keith Barker with Warwickshire 282 for six, a lead of 140.

Elsewhere, Middlesex are now four down for 247 because Andy Carter trapped Adam Rossington lbw for eight. Robson continues with 126 to his name.

4.57pm – Unfortunately for Northants, Peters is unable to kick on. He’s edged Graham Onions to Scott Borthwick at slip for 51 and the score is 128 for two.

4.48pm – Kent are all out for 229 – a lead of five – as Moeen Ali bowls Mitchell Claydon for his third wicket.

Stephen Peters has reached a half-century for Northamptonshire, who are going well on 123 for one in their first go with the bat since their return to Division One, while Chris Jones has also recorded a fifty for Somerset.

4.40pm – Alastair Cook has recorded a century! The England skipper has been in supreme form throughout the day and records a 46th first-class ton. Essex lead by 162 with eight wickets remaining.

Kent, meanwhile, have lost a couple more wickets. Harmison is gone for 55 to Andrew, who snares Robbie Joseph in the same over for his fourth wicket. Kent lead by three with one wicket left.

4.25pm – Ian Bell completes a hundred at Edgbaston!  the staind-in skipper clips Ashar Zaidi through the leg side to bring up three figures. Bell has 13 more runs than the entire Warwickshire side managed in the first innings and is doing a superb job of dragging his side back into the contest.

There will be no hundred for Eoin Morgan, though, as he edges Harry Gurney behind having made 86. But Morgan’s 203-run partnership with Sam Robson has dragged Middlesex to within 102 runs of Notts’ score.

Gareth Andrew dismisses James Tredwell at New Road, with Kent now seven down and still 15 behind on first innings.

4.16pm – Ben Harmison, who hit an unbeaten 51 in a warm-up match against Loughborough MCCU ahead of the season, reaches a half-century for Kent, who are within 25 runs of Worcestershire’s first-innings total. 

4pm – That’s the end of the afternoon sessions at Taunton, Wantage Road and Bristol. An intriguing evening lies ahead in our seven games.

3.46pm – What a spell for Gloucestershire! Hampshire lose a third wicket in as many overs. Gidman takes his third wicket, bowling Sean Ervine for nought.

Tea is taken at Edgbaston, with Ian Bell eight short of a ton, at Lord’s and at New Road.

3.41pm – The old adage ‘one brings two’ proves correct once again as Joe Gatting does not last long. Matt Taylor sends the 26-year-old back to the pavilion having faced just four balls and Hampshire are 210 for five, still trailing by 94 on first innings.

3.32pm – Harrison makes the breakthrough for the reigning champions. James Middlebrook gets to within seven of a half-century before edging a ball to second slip, where Scott Borthwick holds on. It has given Northants a strong platform to build on; they are 66 for one.

Soon after Durham take a wicket, a former player of theirs loses his. Will Smith is out for 41 at Bristol, ending his terrific stand of 111 with James Vince. Will Gidman struck to take his second scalp.

3.28pm – Sam Robson raises his bat to celebrate a ton at Lord’s. He moves to 99 with a four off Peter Siddle, and follows it up instantly with a single. Nottinghamshire do not have an answer to his and Eoin Morgan’s stand at the moment.

Kent are now six down, with Sam Billings out lbw to Gareth Andrew.

3.17pm – A big wicket at Chelmsford as Tim Groenewald removes Westley. Westley’s 103-run stand with Cook has given Essex a lead of 101 with eight wickets left, despite their poor first-innings return. 

James Vince has a fifty for Hampshire. His stand with Will Smith is rapidly approaching the 100-mark.

3.11pm – Moeen strikes again! Darren Stevens had helped himself to successive fours off the spinner, but Moeen responds immediately to trap him lbw. Kent are five down and are 57 runs behind Worcestershire’s first-innings total.

2.58pm – Ryan Sidebottom makes the breakthrough at Taunton, removing Marcus Trescothick’s off stump after the former England opener had made 20.

Eoin Morgan and Tom Westley have both recorded half-centuries, as they share fruitful partnerships with Sam Robson and Alastair Cook respectively.

2.42pm – Last season’s top two in Division One are in the field, but neither has managed to take an immediate scalp. Somerset have safely survived the first seven overs against Yorkshire while Stephen Peters hits Durham’s Chris Rushworth for successive fours as Northamptonshire show their intent early. 

2.30pm – Moeen Ali makes a key breakthrough at New Road. Daniel Bell-Drummond’s patient knock of 61 comes to an end as he is rapped on his pads in front of the stumps. Kent’s fourth-wicket partnership was worth 81 and had spanned almost 40 overs. They trail Worcestershire by 97 with six wickets left. 

2.15pm – Durham post 452 in the first innings.  Chris Rushworth is the last man out, with Azhar Ullah taking his third scalp. The pace attack that caused so much damage in last season’s championship will now get their go on the Wantage Road strip. 

2.12pm – The landmarks keep coming: Sam Robson is the latest batsman to prosper in today’s conditions, reaching 50 at Lord’s. Robson and Eoin Morgan have taken Middlesex past 100 as they reply to Notts’ 326.

2.05pm – Yorkshire have been dismissed for 450 at Taunton, with Johann Myburgh accounting for Jack Brooks. The White Rose’s seamers will now look to cause Somerset’s openers some early problems.

Ian Bell continues Warwickshire’s fightback by bringing up a half-century at Edgbaston.

Jamie Harrison has fallen for 65 to Muhammad Azhar Ullah soon after reaching his fifty, leaving Durham nine down, while Adams has fallen to Matt Taylor at Bristol.

1.51pm – Alfonso Thomas has his first wicket of the contest, bowling Steven Patterson for seven, to leave Yorkshire nine down. 

A partnership of 45 is broken at Bristol as Will Gidman has Liam Dawson out lbw. Jimmy Adams is joined by James Vince in the middle.

1.40pm – The sun continues to shine around the country and we’re back underway in our seven games. 

1.06pm – Here are the lunch scores:

Division One

Durham are 404 for eight versus Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Middlesex are 60 for two in reply to Nottinghamshire’s 326 at Lord’s.

Warwickshire are 118 for four in their second innings, 24 behind Sussex at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire are 434 for eight against Somerset at Taunton.

Division Two

Essex are 59 for one in their second innings, one behind Derbyshire at Chelmsford.

Hampshire are 82 for one responding to Gloucestershire’s 304 at Bristol.

Kent are 106 for three in reply to Worcestershire’s 224 at New Road.

1pm – Derbyshire’s Wes Durston dislodges Jaik Mickleburgh and Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond brings up a half-century on the brink of lunch. We’ll soon round up the scores for you.

12.46pm – That last update naturally prompts a flurry of wickets as Sussex’s Jon Lewis snares Tim Ambrose for 19, Durham’s Breese is stumped for 62 off Andrew Hall and Yorkshire’s Ryan Sidebottom falls to Johann Myburgh, who has his first competitive scalp for Somerset.

12.41pm – There is a quiet period of play around the shires as lunch approaches. England duo Bell and Cook remain at the crease for Warwickshire and Essex respectively.

12.17pm – More wickets tumble and some high-profile ones too. Yorkshire’s Rashid is caught behind off Overton for 108 and Hampshire’s Michael Carberry likewise goes to David Payne for 27. Durham’s Breese makes a fifty but then sees Usman Arshad fall to James Middlebrook for 20.

12.04pm – Jonathan Trott’s innings is ended on 26 by Sussex’s Chris Jordan. Trott briefly batted with England team-mate Ian Bell, who has brought up 16,000 career first-class runs. Craig Overton accounts for Hodd on 55, halting an alliance of 108. Middlesex captain Chris Rogers, who had faced Australia team-mate Peter Siddle, falls for 15 to Luke Fletcher who bags Dawid Malan later in the over.

11.52am – Northants’ Steven Crook has Phil Mustard caught behind for 91, ending a stand worth 96 alongside Gareth Breese. Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd, who has shared a century partnership with Adil Rashid, raises a fifty and the White Rose soon become the first team in this round to secure five batting bonus points. England captain Alastair Cook, who hit 35 in Essex’s first innings, is at the crease again.

11.40am – Further to the below Derbyshire tweet, Masters returned 6-46. There have been 20 wickets in a little more than 100 overs at Chelmsford.

11.35am – Worcestershire’s Jack Shantry is rewarded for impressive economy with the wicket of Brendan Nash. The seamer has figures of 8-1-12-2.

11.26am – Tavare becomes Abbott’s fifth victim, for 139, as Gloucestershire are bowled out for 304 . That’s a fine first championship innings from the nephew of former England batsman Chris Tavare, but the Bristol hosts this morning lost their last five wickets for eight runs.

11.19am – Masterful Masters has a sixth breakthrough as he cleans up yesterday’s hat-trick-taker Tim Groenewald. Middlesex’s Steven Finn bags his second straight five-wicket haul by accounting for Andy Carter, and Tim Murtagh soon ousts Luke Fletcher to dismiss Notts for 326 . Hampshire’s South Africa seamer Kyle Abbott gets two in an over as Tom Smith and James Fuller depart. Centurion Will Tavare remains in situ on his championship debut.

11.05am – Like yesterday, there’s glorious weather around the country and all seven games have started on time.

The first wicket of the day goes to Hampshire’s James Tomlinson, who cheaply traps Cameron Herring in front for his third scalp of the innings. Soon after, Essex’s David Masters strikes twice in an over when he bowls Richard Johnson and has David Wainwright caught behind for nought. Masters therefore has a five-for.

10.50am – Some breaking news for you:  The ECB has today announced Chris Ellison is to stand down from the role of England Physical Disability Head Coach after nearly four years in the post .

10.40am – Hello and welcome to our live blog on day two of the second round of 2014 LV= County Championship games. Here’s how they all stand:

Division One

Defending champions Durham are 265 for five versus promoted Northamptonshire at Wantage Road where Michael Richardson hit 80.

Nottinghamshire are 315 for eight against Middlesex at Lord’s with James Harris and Steven Finn sharing the wickets.

Sussex were 229 all out on the back of captain Ed Joyce’s 117 after skittling  Warwickshire for 87 at Edgbaston.

Yorkshire are 342 for five facing Somerset at Taunton, Adam Lyth striking 85 and Adil Rashid 84 not out.

Division Two

Derbyshire are 139 for five , aided by Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 66, in reply to  Essex’s paltry 94 in which Mark Footitt and Tim Groenewald split the wickets, the latter bagging a hat-trick at Chelmsford.

Gloucestershire are 292 for five versus Hampshire at Bristol, Will Tavare ending on 135 not out on his senior debut.

Kent are 39 for two , responding to Worcestershire’s 224 at New Road.

Nov 082013
Madsen commits to Derbyshire

Derbyshire have fended off interest from other counties to sign captain Wayne Madsen to a new three-year contract until the end of the 2016 campaign.

Madsen enjoyed a stellar season with the bat this year, despite Derbyshire suffering relegation in the LV= County Championship.

The 29-year-old was the first to reach 1,000 championship runs in 2013, ending with 1,221, and was named the Cricket Writers’ Club County Championship Player of the Year.


That had prompted interest from other clubs, but Madsen is now committed to leading Derbyshire’s bid for an immediate return to the top flight.

“I’m proud to have signed a new contract with Derbyshire,” Madsen said.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my five years here so far. It’s a fantastic club with great ambition.

“We’ve taken great strides over the past couple of seasons and I believe we can continue to make progress and hopefully compete for titles on all fronts.”

Head coach Karl Krikken confirmed Madsen had attracted interest from rivals teams, but is pleased he will remain alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul in a strong-looking middle order.

“Wayne enjoyed a magnificent campaign last season and we’re delighted to have him here for the foreseeable future,” he said.

“As well as tremendous performances with the bat, Wayne led the side really well as we tackled Division One for the first time.

“To be the first player to 1,000 runs, plus all the other accolades, was a real bonus to Wayne and the club.

“Other clubs wanted him, of course they did, but it’s important to keep hold of our top players if we want to push to win trophies. I’m delighted we’ve been able to do this with Wayne.”

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