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Specsavers County Championship, Sunday, May 15, 2016

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  • @Drewbs92 he sure is in a purple patch at the moment.
  • WICKET: Middlesex 126/1 (31.4 ov, won the toss) v Surrey
    SD Robson st †Foakes b Batty 53 (103)   Partnership: 126 (31.4 ov)
    GJ Batty 5.4-1-15-1   NRT Gubbins 70* (88)
  • A stumping? Robson?!
  • TEAM 100: Gloucestershire 102/5 (29.1 ov) v Glamorgan
    GT Hankins 19* (26)   K Noema-Barnett 1* (18)
  • Collapse begins here gentlemen.
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    Andrew Miller at Middlesex 132 for 1 v Surrey

    Gareth Batty enjoyed his lunch but he enjoyed that dismissal even more. Four balls after the resumption, and with no addition to the score, Sam Robson goes for a walk and is beaten past the outside edge as he attempts a push into the covers. Ben Foakes whips off the bails and Surrey have their opening. Now then now then.
    Sam Robson gets the bird as he departs for 53 

  • Shame he didn't feather it through to the keeper. Still got some serious talon-t though.
  • At last Batty does something useful
  • WICKET: Gloucestershire 110/6 (30.5 ov) v Glamorgan
    K Noema-Barnett run out 1 (22)   Partnership: 25 (6.5 ov)
    GT Hankins 27* (32)
  • INDIVIDUAL 50: JL Denly 50* (91)
    Kent 109/1 (34.1 ov, won the toss) v Northants
  • WICKET: Worcestershire 113/1 (35.1 ov, won the toss) v Sussex
    DKH Mitchell c Magoffin b Whittingham 43 (102)   Partnership: 113 (35.1 ov)
    SG Whittingham 5.1-1-11-1   BL D'Oliveira 55* (109)
  • There was no(ema) run there, Kieran.
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    Warwickshire 60-5 v Nottinghamshire
    Luke Fletcher bowled as if he had a point to prove on the opening morning of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Trent Bridge.
    The 27 year old had been farmed out on loan to Derbyshire for the opening weeks of the season and was only recalled when Jake Ball was summoned away to join England.
    Even then, Fletcher may not have been involved had Luke Wood not reported in with back pain but the big fast bowler took three wickets to help reduce Warwickshire to 60 for five at lunch.
    Chris Woakes won the toss for the visitors and elected to bat first, after assuming the leadership in Ian Bell’s injury-enforced absence.
    Jackson Bird made the initial breakthrough, having Varun Chopra taken at slip for four.
    Fletcher then removed Ian Westwood, Laurie Evans and Sam Hain in an 11-over spell which brought him figures of three for six.
    Steven Mullaney dismissed Tim Ambrose to the morning’s third lbw decision, leaving Jonathan Trott unbeaten on 32 at the interval.
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    Essex 101-2 v Derbyshire
    Tony Palladino took two wickets in three balls to stop Essex’s serene progress on the first morning of the Specsavers County Championship match at Chelmsford.
    The former Essex bowler had in-form batsmen Jaik Mickleburgh and Tom Westley back in the pavilion as the Division Two leaders slumped from 71 without loss after Derbyshire took up their option to bowl first.
    Mickleburgh had a life on four when Matthew Critchley was left with his head in hands after spilling a straightforward catch at point off Ben Cotton.
    The right-hander brought up the 50 partnership with a delicious drive through the covers off Tony Palladino in the 17th over.
    But two overs later Palladino trapped him high on his pad for 24, and in his next over had Tom Westley lbw without score as the ball swung into the batsman.
    At the other end Browne also had an escape when he was put down by Chesney Hughes at slip off Palladino. The ball sped away to take Browne past fifty for the third time this season.
    Browne’s 78-ball half-century included 11 boundaries, the best of them straight-driven past Derbyshire’s flagging bowlers. He lunched unbeaten on 60.
  • INDIVIDUAL 50: SG Borthwick 52* (81)
    Durham 120/2 (33.4 ov, won the toss) v Lancashire
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    Middlesex 126-0 v Surrey
    The official opening of the new-look Peter May Stand immediately before play was the only bright moment of a sobering morning for Surrey as Middlesex openers Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins took early control of the London derby at the Kia Oval.
    By lunch Middlesex had reached 126 for no wicket on the first day of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match, with Robson 53 not out and Gubbins unbeaten on 70.
    In truth, Surrey’s severely injury-weakened bowling attack did not look to possess the cutting edge required to trouble the Middlesex pair, who cruised along in the sunshine and hit 22 boundaries between them – including an effortless lofted straight six by Robson off Gareth Batty.
    Surrey, however, had only themselves to blame for not removing Robson on 9, when he edged Ravi Rampaul straight to first slip where Kumar Sangakkara spilled the chance.
    Rampaul bowled a decent new ball spell, and Tom Curran was generally tidy, but support seamers Mat Pillans and James Burke were both inaccurate and expensive and Batty’s off spin also failed to slow the scoring rate.
    Surrey are missing five senior bowlers with injury – Mark Footitt, Zafar Ansari, Jade Dernbach, Stuart Meaker and Matt Dunn, who failed a fitness test before this game – while Sam Curran has A-Level study and examinations at Wellington College as his current priority.
    As the players walked off the field for lunch, both Arun Harinath and Tom Curran received their county caps – so at least they had something to cheer them after such a tough session.
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    Gloucestershire 98-5 v Glamorgan
    Graham Wagg has taken three Gloucestershire wickets on the opening morning of Glamorgan's Specsavers County Championship game at the Brightside Ground, Bristol.
    The 33-year-old left armer sent back openers Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft, as Gloucestershire slipped to 11 for 2 inside the opening six overs.
    Timm Van Der Gugten and Harry Podmore picked up a wicket each, thereafter, before Wagg returned to trap Hamish Marshall lbw, for 18, at 85 for 5.
    At lunch, Gloucestershire are 98 for 5, with Kieran Noema-Barnett not out 1 and George Hankins unbeaten on 15. Wagg's figures were 3 for 40 off nine overs.
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    Northants 102-1 v Kent
    Northamptonshire dropped three catches on the opening morning against Kent as the visitors reached 102 for 1 by lunch at Wantage Road.
    Richard Levi was the culprit for two of the chances - and Daniel Bell-Drummond the batsman to be twice reprieved. Firstly off the bowling of Rory Kleinveldt when Bell-Drummond only had 9. Then on 26, with Azharullah the unlucky bowler. Bell-Drummond too lunch 40 not out.
    The third miss was a sharp caught and bowled opportunity for Monty Panesar - making his comeback for Northants for the first time since September 2009. Joe Denly drove firmly back at Panear who couldn’t cling onto the chance by his right hip. Denly walked off unbeaten on 46.
    Northants only success was the run out of Tom Latham for 2, Alex Wakely swooping to his right from mid-on to thrown down the non-striker’s end stumps.
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    Worcestershire 116-1 v Sussex
    Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira reached an unbroken 109 in 33 overs in good batting conditions after Worcestershire won the toss in the Specsavers County Championship match against Sussex at sunny New Road. At lunch Oliveira was on 53 and Mitchell 41.
    Last year’s relegated counties have yet to manage a win, partly because of bad luck with the weather, since returning to Division Two but D’Oliveira has easily taken to his new role at the top of the order.
    After scoring a maiden double century against Glamorgan in the last match, he came into this game with another big innings behind him, having made 150 yesterday for Ombersley in the Birmingham League.
    D’Oliveira completed 500 first-class runs for the season with his first boundary of the day but Steve Magoffin imposed some restrictions in two spells for figures of 12-4-19-0.
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