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.

Feb 152014
India tighten their grip on second test with NZ

New Zealand are staring down the barrel of a sizeable first innings deficit at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.


India already lead the second test by 109 runs and look set to extend that before stumps. The Black Caps have toiled fairly hard, but the once-lively pitch is now an easy-paced, placid one on which India’s batsmen seem more likely to have to get themselves out rather than be
got out.

Ajinkya Rahane will come out for the final two hours on 64, with captain MS Doni (38 not out) alongside him and their team 301 for six.

Virat Kohli’s was the only wicket to fall in the second session, with the star batsman kicking himself all the way back to the pavilion.

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum had packed the offside field, including having two men stationed at short cover. Neil Wagner was bowling full and wide of the offstump, with the obvious intent of trying the batsmen’s patience.

It shouldn’t have been too much for a player of Kohli’s quality, but it proved to be, as he drove loosely on the up and into the waiting hands of Hamish Rutherford in the finer of the two short covers.

The dismissal was almost greeted with surprise. Kohli and Rahane were ticking things over very easily and the shot was unnecessary.

With him gone for 38, out strode Dhoni. Whether going hard at the bowling, or almost disdainfully watching the ball go past, the Indian captain looked in total control.

All the same, it was a curious innings that he was putting together.
All attack at times, then exaggerated defence at others, it was difficult to tell what Dhoni was up to. He was never troubled but, but it was still hard to see why one ball would be whistled towards the fence and then an identical one defended.

The bottom line, though, was that he was building his team a very healthy advantage. As was Rahane.

The little right-hander didn’t hit the ball with the same ferocious power as his skipper, but his little nudges and drives were effective all the same.

– © Fairfax NZ News

Jan 262014
Australia vs England (5th ODI) LIVE: Cook OUT. Game back in balance!

Fresh from his match-winning all round heroics in the last match, Ben Stokes yet again provided the English attack the edge, as he snaffled three wickets to crunch through the hosts’ batting order as Australia Day turned into a bit of fumble

Match Report – Australia vs England, 5th ODI , January 25 from Adelaide

Australia had lost only their first match in the lengthy summer as England finally logged one in their book. On a typical batting strip of Adelaide, Australia had no hesitation batting first as Clarke hope the pitch will play true.

England began in anti-climactic fashion as Finch flashed at one to the slips but was reprieved by Cook, and then again by Bopara in the covers. The Barmy Army had that look of dread they have worn all summer. But Stuart Broad got one to nip back, putting a bit of relief back in the visitors. Watson was reprieved by the reviews, but edged next ball to Broad as well. When Shaun Marsh, who looked in fine fettle while driving through off, patted one straight to midwicket, the Australia innings was beginning to wobble a bit. Glenn Maxwell, at the recieving end of some harsh words from coach Lehmann due to his daft dismissal during the chase in 4th ODI, came out looking like a man with something to prove. He looked suitably cautious but the pressure of dot balls told, and Ben Stokes yet again provided with that important middle order break-through. At 112/5 the Australian Day was beginning to look a bit pear shaped for Aussies.

George Bailey was still there though, scoring like an opportunist, while Wade gave him able support. Together they added a half-century partnership, while Bailey brought up his own half century as well. Just as he looked to up the ante, his attempted lofted drive against Stokes was miscued straight down the long-on fielder’s throat. When Broad joined in the fun, bowling Wade around his legs, Australia were looking fairly underwhelming at 176/7 on a pretty good batting strip. Briefly, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Faulkner tried to shore it up, but Chris Jordan’s double strike in the last over ensured they wrapped up for an under par 217. England would believe they can finish on a winning note.

England began with typical discipline. Cook and Bell remained cautious through the opening exchanges on a two-paced pitch before Bell started opening up with the signature drives. Just as he had stroked his way to 14 with three hits to the fence Coulter-Nile nipped him in the bud. Stokes couldn’t repeat his heroics from couple of nights back. Suddenly it was advantage Australia with England wobbling at 29/2. However Cook remained firm, and got able support from Root as they both dragged England back to 99/2. Just as it looked England were beginning to pull away Cook tried to chip Coulter-Nile and mistimed a dolly to short cover. With the match in balance, out came England’s most decorated finisher Eoin Morgan and immediately flayed Doherty through extra cover for a boundary. 

Australia 217/9 (Bailey 56, Stokes 3/40, Broad 3/29) vs England  107/3( Cook 39, Coulter-Nile 2/18)

Player(s) of the Day: TBD

Disappointment(s)  of the Day: TBD

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