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Specsavers Championship, Saturday, April 22, 2017

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  • WICKET: Middlesex 331/4 (93 ov) v Essex
    AC Voges lbw b Porter 13 (31)   Partnership: 26 (8.3 ov)
    JA Porter 23-7-75-2   SS Eskinazi 37* (93)
  • T20 cricket: The nomad - ECB, IPL 2017, T20

    thepatiocricketers.comThe purists will say that giving up test cricket to play franchise T20 is also a step down, but test match attendance stats would suggest otherwise.
    Somerset 276-9 lead Lancashire by 167 runs
    Somerset enjoyed an outstanding morning on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford and were 276-9 at lunch, thus giving Tom Abell’s men an impressive first-innings lead of 167 runs with one wicket in hand. 
    The visitors’ opener, Dean Elgar, reached a quite superb century with a two to backward square-leg off James Anderson just before the interval. The South African had batted 328 minutes when he reached the landmark, faced 205 balls and he had hit 11 fours.
    Elgar also passed 10,000 first-class runs when he reached 71 but his efforts were hardly less meritorious than those of the Somerset No10, Jack Leach, who made his maiden first-class fifty before being caught by wicketkeeper Alex Davies off Jordan Clark for 52.
    By then, though, Leach had put on 96 with Elgar and had built what may become a match-winning lead for his side. Several of his eight boundaries were fine cricket shots, although this was a morning which is unlikely to make the Lancashire bowlers’ end of season video package.
    In the home side’s defence it might be pointed that the fresher atmosphere and bright sunlight made batting a far easier proposition on Saturday than it had been when Liam Livingstone’s team were bowled out for 109 twenty-four hours earlier.
    Elgar was 112 not out at the end of the extended session in which he had helped his team score 123 runs. His last-wicket stand with Tim Groenewald ( 19 not out ) is so far worth 35 runs           
  • Nooooo. I don't mind who wins, but want to see Hameed getting some form back. For England!
  • I hope it is a twin failure for hameed
  • We had a decent first innings lead last week!
  • Confidence in the west country, you wait for the Hameed and Livingstone triple century stand
  • See you in September Geoff ;)
  • It's obvious when I stay out of this forum Somerset do well... so in the words of Titus Oats, I'm going outside and I may be some time.
  • LUNCH: Somerset 276/9 (90 ov, lead by 167 - 1st inns) v Lancashire
    D Elgar 112* (232)   TD Groenewald 19* (43)
  • Sussex 155 all out trail Notts by 292 runs
    Nottinghamshire’s bowlers continued to enjoy great success as Sussex were dismissed for 155 on the second morning of their Specsavers County Championship match at Trent Bridge.
    After losing three wickets on the first evening, Sussex’s first innings failed to gather any momentum as the home side rotated their four quick bowlers with great success.
    James Pattinson made short work of doubling his wicket tally from two to four in the opening 20 minutes of the day. Delray Rawlins nicked the Australian’s fourth ball of the morning behind, giving Chris Read his 500th first class dismissal at Trent Bridge.
    Laurie Evans was given a torrid working over and only made nine before nicking an attempted drive into the safe hands of Samit Patel at second slip.
    There was no let-up for the visiting batsmen with Jake Ball belatedly entered the attack and gained immediate reward as Stiaan van Zyl nicked behind for 28.
    Broad put down a difficult one-handed diving attempt to dismiss Luke Wright, when the Sussex captain was only on three. Ball made the decisive breakthrough, bowling Wright for 34 to leave the visitors on 93 for seven.
    Ben Brown was pinned in front of the stumps to become Luke Fletcher’s sole victim but Notts were then held up by Jofra Archer.
    The 19-year old top-scored with a 29-ball 40, which included two sixes  but he couldn’t resist hooking Broad straight into the hands of Greg Smith at deep backward square.
    Samit Patel’s slow left arm spin accounted for Steve Magoffin, leaving the visitors trailing by 292 runs and awaiting Chris Read’s decision as to whether the follow-on would be enforced or not.
  • Worcestershire 47-4 v Northants 157
    It was all happening at New Road this morning. Northamptonshire were dismissed for 157, their last four wickets adding 55, but with a lead of 31, Worcestershire quickly hit big trouble in their second innings.
    In four overs they were three for three - Daryl Mitchell and Moeen Ali both out for ducks – and in a marginal improvement before lunch they limped on to 47 for four.
    Along the way there was some funky captaincy by Joe Leach who switched his batting order to protect some of his frontline batsmen until conditions eased.
    With sunshine replacing the dark clouds of the first day, the theory that batting would be easier went out of the window. However, many of the wickets were as much due to rash shots as any difficulties with the pitch.
    In wrapping up Northants’ first innings, John Hastings took three for 27 today and Joe Leach claimed one more success to finish with five for 60 in his first home match as captain.
    Worcestershire’s collapse was then initiated by Nathan Buck, who had Mitchell caught behind, third ball, and Mohammad Azharullah, who removed Moeen and Brett D’Oliveira in his first two overs.
    Lower order batsmen Leach and Hastings became an unlikely fourth-wicket pair until Leach was bowled for 16 by Andy Carter.
    Derbyshire 83-2 v Kent 259
    Four wickets fell in the space of 31 balls at the start of a dramatic second day to Kent’s Specsavers County Championship clash with second division rivals Derbyshire in Canterbury.
    After wrapping up Kent’s first innings by taking their last two wickets in barely 15 minutes, Derbyshire then lost both opening batsmen inside two overs and with only four runs on the board.
    The visitors recovered somewhat with a counter-attacking half-century stand between Shiv Thakor and Wayne Madsen to go in at lunch on 83 for two, but still trailing on first innings by 177.   
    Starting their first innings reply at 11.57am, Derbyshire were in trouble by noon when opener Luis Reece shouldered arms at Wayne Parnell’s third delivery to lose his off stump and depart without scoring.
    Eight deliveries later, his fellow opener and skipper, Billy Godleman, followed suit when he became Darren Steven’s 14th victim of the season to date. Squared up by a full-length leg-cutter, Godleman edged low to third slip where Will Gidman held a sharp, low chance.  
    Earlier, and after half-an-hour’s delay to mop up early morning drizzle, Derbyshire needed only four deliveries of day two to claim Kent’s night wicket, that of Adam Rouse (29) who prodded down the wrong line to go lbw and give Tony Palladino a deserved wicket.
    Last man Matt Coles threw the kitchen sink at a full ball from Will Davis and was rewarded with a boundary that flew off a thick edge to the ropes at third man to raise Kent’s 250 for a second batting bonus point.
    Coles lofted a straight six off the same bowler, who extracted immediate revenge by having Coles caught at backward point off an attempted steer. Kent, and Coles it would seem, were more than content with their total of 259.
  • Middlesex 321-3 v Essex
    Batting has been more difficult for Middlesex against the Essex fast bowlers on the second day, after play started 20 minutes late because of bad light.
    The pitch appeared less benign than it had been on the opening day and Jamie Porter, in particular, troubled the batsmen with his lively pace.
    Middlesex, who had resumed on 255 for one, lost their second wicket with the score on 277 when Sam Robson was caught behind off Porter.  Robson had been beaten outside the off stump by a beautiful delivery the ball before and Porter then beat new batsman Dawid Malan with each of his four remaining deliveries in the 73rd over.
    Malan was bowled by Ravi Bopara for 14 when, short of room defending a ball that came into him, he chopped it onto his stumps to make it 305 for three.
    At lunch Middlesex are 321 for three after 91 overs. Stevie Eskinazi, who was struck a painful blow by Neil Wagner just before lunch, is on 36 with Adam Vogues eight not out.
  • England triumvirate? Did Rushworth play an ODI or something?
  • LUNCH: Sussex 155 all out (37.5 ov, trail by 292 - 1st inns) v Notts
    AP Barton 13* (30)
  • WICKET: Sussex 155 all out (37.5 ov, trail by 292 - 1st inns) v Notts
    SJ Magoffin c Wessels b Patel 5 (13)   Partnership: 9 (3.1 ov)
    SR Patel 3.5-1-6-1   AP Barton 13* (30)
    Durham 53-0 v Gloucestershire 303
    Test batsmen Keaton Jennings and Stephen Cook staged an unbroken half century stand to defy Gloucestershire's new ball bowlers on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match at Bristol.
    Replying to the home side's first-innings 303, Durham's opening pair reached 53 without loss by lunch to lay solid foundations.
    Experienced South African campaigner Cook (26 not out) and young England left-hander Jennings (26 not out) proved ruthless in their exploitation of anything short of a length, accruing six boundaries between them to put Gloucestershire's performance with the bat into perspective.
    Gloucestershire resumed their first innings on 265-7 and Durham's seamers made good use of the new ball to mop up the last three wickets for 38 runs in 15.2 overs, Chris Rushworth finishing with 3-55. A stand of 36 for the eighth wicket between Jack Taylor, who fell three short of a second successive 50, and David Payne banked the home side a third batting bonus point.
    Taylor, Payne and Chris Liddle all succumbed to defensive edges as the England triumvirate of Rushworth, Mark Wood and Graham Onions took care of business.
  • LUNCH: Worcestershire 47/4 (15 ov, lead by 78 - 2nd inns) v Northants
    TC Fell 11* (19)   JW Hastings 13* (42)
  • LUNCH: Derbyshire 83/2 (20 ov, trail by 176 - 1st inns) v Kent
    WL Madsen 36* (63)   SJ Thakor 44* (49)
  • Surrey 51-1 v Warwickshire 332
    Surrey's seamers made short work of Warwickshire's lower order to bowl them out for 332 on the second morning of their Specsavers County Championship tussle at Edgbaston.
    The home side resumed this morning on 292 for six and added 40 in 12.3 overs as seamers Tom Curran (four for 98), Sam Curran (three for 74) and Mark Footitt (three for 66) polished off the innings.
    Footitt trapped Rikki Clarke lbw with the eighth ball of the morning then Sam Curran had Jeetan Patel caught at point and sent a yorker on to Chris Wright's leg-stump.
    Keith Barker and Olly Hannon-Dalby added 28 for the last wicket but when the latter lifted Tom Curran to cover, Warwickshire had lost their last seven wickets for 69.
    In reply, Surrey soon lost Rory Burns, who edged Wright to slip in the fourth over, but Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick took them to 51 for one at lunch. 
  • LUNCH: Durham 53/0 (17 ov, trail by 250 - 1st inns) v Gloucs
    KK Jennings 26* (53)   SC Cook 26* (49)
  • Hampshire 349-8 v Yorkshire
    A mini-Hampshire morning collapse at the Ageas Bowl led by Ben Coad and David Willey allowed Yorkshire a route into the match.
    The hosts lost three wickets for two runs against a swinging ball but remain on the front foot after James Vince’s magnificent century.
    Vince continue in more cautious style after his day one heroics but departed for 147 as Coad delivered wide on the crease to find an inside edge through to Jonny Bairstow – the fast bowler’s fourth of the innings and 22nd of the season.
    Willey then got in on the act in the next over to straggle Lewis McManus down the leg-side – another fine catch from the keeper Bairstow.
    In his next over England one-day all-rounder Willey managed to jag one back to strike the dangerous Liam Dawson in front.
    Kyle Abbott and Gareth Berg counter attacked for Hampshire – putting on 44 – before the former was ludicrously run out.
  • Anyone know why they're still playing at New Road? Should be lunch shouldn't it?
  • Tim Wigmore at Middlesex 321-3 v Essex

    In the penultimate over of the morning session, Steve Eskinazi sustained a nasty blow on what looked like the back of the neck from Neil Wagner. He dropped his bat immediately, though he remained standing up, and play was stopped for eight minutes while the physio attended to him. In the end Eskinazi stayed on, though he hasn’t faced a ball since. Will try and find more info, though thankfully he looks OK. But it’s another reminder that cricket must be vigilant about head injuries - the ICC, remember, rejected Cricket Australia’s attempts to allow concussion substitutes in first-class matches last year. That, surely, would be welcome, for all the difficulties in policing the rule.
  • Leicestershire 420 all out vs Glamorgan
    Leicestershire's tail threw the bat to impressive effect after Glamorgan picked up three quick wickets on the second morning of the county championship match at the Fischer County Ground.
    Resuming on 275-5, Leicestershire had added only six runs to their total when they lost overnight batsmen Lewis Hill and Mark Pettini, caught by Aneurin Donald at fourth slip off the bowling of Lukas Carey and Marchant De Lange respectively.
    When Carey then found the edge of Zak Chappell's bat, the catch again neatly taken by Donald in the slip cordon, it looked as though Leicestershire would fall well short of 350, but Foxes all-rounder Ben Raine took the attack back to the bowlers, hitting nine boundaries in racing to 45 before top-edging an attempted pull at De Lange to Chris Cooke behind the stumps. Raine was fortunate on 17, when he edged Carey straight to Nick Selman at second slip, only for the chance to go down.
    Charlie Shreck rarely detains opposing bowlers for too long, but the Leicestershire number 11 rode his luck and swiped four boundaries in an entertaining partnership of 61 in just eight overs with Clint McKay, who was 41 not out when Shreck was finally bowled by the leg-spin of Colin Ingram.
  • WICKET: Sussex 146/9 (34.4 ov, trail by 301 - 1st inns) v Notts
    JC Archer c Smith b Broad 40 (29)   Partnership: 43 (8.0 ov)
    SCJ Broad 8.4-1-29-2   AP Barton 9* (24)
  • Hopefully these last 2 wickets can push hants towards 400 this afternoon. But at least 350 is something solid.
  • LUNCH: Middlesex 321/3 (91 ov) v Essex
    AC Voges 8* (24)   SS Eskinazi 36* (88)
  • LUNCH: Hampshire 349/8 (114 ov) v Yorkshire
    GK Berg 24* (56)   RJW Topley 0* (14)
  • Nice win there by Saudi Arabia - sneaked home by 390 runs v China.
  • LUNCH: Surrey 51/1 (15 ov, trail by 281 - 1st inns) v Warwickshire
    MD Stoneman 24* (44)   SG Borthwick 18* (35)
  • @nick - Warwickshire need to do that, give him more chance to score more runs and get me more points in my fantasy team
  • Nice high total there from Leics
  • Speaking of reversing the batting order Warks need to get Barker higher up he is doing a Woakes and batting to a not out most innings
  • Yorkshire need to get Bresnan on, he is my captain and is currently scoing -4, thank heavens for the great Gubbo
  • LUNCH: Leicestershire 420 all out (115.1 ov) v Glamorgan
    CJ McKay 41* (50)
  • WICKET: Leicestershire 420 all out (115.1 ov) v Glamorgan
    CE Shreck b Ingram 26 (23)   Partnership: 61 (8.1 ov)
    CA Ingram 2.1-0-6-1   CJ McKay 41* (50)
  • No man has deserved an average of three more but today could be the day! Berg could a single from the middle of the over so their is some faith there
  • As Will Macpherson says, Topley is probably a couple of places too high. At number 10.
  • Topley might well be the worst elev on the circuit and he's at ten!
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