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Specsavers County Championship, Friday, August 26, 2016

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  • so you would bat Moeen at three? I'd move him up the order and play him in the top six for certain. Management seem intent on having Root at three anyway, so really it four and five that need filling anyway. Ansari was selected to go to the UAE as an allrounder, so I think they'll take him and I suppose he'll bat at each ever number isn't taken.
  • LUNCH: Glamorgan 256/8 (74 ov, lead by 225 - 2nd inns) v Sussex
    T van der Gugten 1* (12)   AO Morgan 7* (18)
  • LUNCH: Hampshire 64/1 (28 ov, trail by 185 - 2nd inns) v Somerset
    SM Ervine 43* (64)   JHK Adams 20* (92)
  • LUNCH: Nottinghamshire 129/6 (54 ov, target: 452) v Yorkshire
    BRM Taylor 37* (112)   BA Hutton 20* (65)
  • LUNCH: Worcestershire 48/2 (15 ov, target: 401) v Northants
    JM Clarke 10* (25)   DKH Mitchell 15* (35)
  • LUNCH: Durham 55/1 (18 ov, trail by 119 - 2nd inns) v Warwickshire
    MD Stoneman 29* (50)   SG Borthwick 26* (46)
  • could be a long afternoon for Somerset. Would have liked one more before lunch
  • LUNCH: Gloucestershire 94/5 (47 ov, trail by 218 - 2nd inns) v Kent
    JMR Taylor 11* (51)   HJH Marshall 49* (115)
  • dave - They will leave Root at three because they made such a song and dance about it although in India it can be harder to bat 4/5/6 than at the top. I would stick with Ballance and bring Rashid in for Vince, Then its about who fills in at 5 and I really don't mind if its Bairstow or Moeen.
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    Hampshire 64-1 trail Somerset by 185 runs

    Despite a morning during which they were put under pressure by Somerset, Hampshire made it to lunch on the final day of their Specsavers' County Championship game against Somerset in Taunton, for the loss of only one wicket.
    Somerset, having chosen to bat on, progressed their overnight first innings total of 534 for 7 to 587 for 8 declared, allowing Craig Overton to reach his maiden first class century, off 123 balls with 10 fours and a six.
    However, the young Devonian almost suffered the same fate as he did two summers ago when he was out for 99, against Lancashire. In attempting a quick single to reach three figures, he was inches from being run out.
    Reulof van der Merwe quickly followed his partner to 100, off 137 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Together, the pair passed the county's previous best eighth wicket partnership in a Championship game, of 172, held by the greats Ian Botham and Viv Richards, at Leicester in 1983.
    When Overton was eventually caught on the mid wicket boundary by Jimmy Adams off the bowling of Mason Crane, Somerset captain Chris Rogers declared, leaving Hampshire to get 249 runs in their second innings to make their hosts bat again.
    At lunch, the visitors were 64 for 1, with Will Smith the man out – lbw to Jack Leach for 0, at 6 for 1 in the sixth over.
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    Durham 55-1 trail Warwickshire by 119 runs
    Durham lost leading run-scorer Keaton Jennings for a duck when they set out to bat for 84 overs to save the game against Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street.
    He pushed forward and edged Keith Barker behind, but Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick took Durham to 55 for one at lunch.
    Resuming on 344 for seven, Warwickshire added 37 in ten overs, losing Tim Ambrose for 50, before declaring 174 ahead.
    Chris Rushworth was convinced he had Barker caught behind with the day's first ball, then two balls later the all-rounder edged a four just out of gully's reach.
    He continued to ride both his luck and some short stuff from Graham Onions, with several attempts at the ramp shot proving fruitless as he remained unbeaten on 43.
    As the batsmen looked for quick runs in the last few overs Ambrose, on 44, top-edged Rushworth over the wicketkeeper for four then went to his 50 off 112 balls.
    When Barry McCarthy replaced Onions he began with a wide then had Ambrose caught at deep square leg to finish with the best figures of three for 56.
    Following his five for 32 in the first innings, Warwickshire had Jeetan Patel on for the 14th over, while Barker bowled nine overs unchanged.
    Borthwick drove him through the off side for three fours on his way to 26, while Stoneman included a six, whipped over long leg off Chris Wright, in his 29.
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    Notts 129-6 need 452 to beat Yorkshire
    Yorkshire edged ever closer to a crucial Specsavers County Championship victory over Nottinghamshire as Tim Bresnan starred with the ball.
    Play began on time with Notts 61-3 chasing an unlikely target of 452, but they lost Tom Moores (41) to just the fourth ball of the day as edged Bresnan to Adam Lyth at second slip.
    England all-rounder Bresnan then had both Samit Patel and Chris Read caught behind the wicket in successive overs as he completed his eighth career five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.
    But Brendan Taylor and Brett Hutton stood firm to avoid any more wickets as Notts went to lunch still harbouring hopes of a draw on 129 for six.
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    Worcestershire 48-2 need 401 to beat Northants
    Worcestershire will need to complete their fourth highest successful run-chase if they are to beat Northamptonshire on the final day of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash at New Road.
    After a rain-wrecked third day, the captains came up with a formula which eventually left Daryl Mitchell’s team to make 401 in 80 overs.
    Mitchell was 107 not out when Worcestershire declared 350 behind with their first innings total at 201 for three and Northants lost Ben Duckett, caught at third slip off Jack Shantry, before declaring at 50 for one in their second knock.
    With the sums done, Worcestershire quickly lost two wickets to Rory Kleinveldt. Brett D’Oliveira is taken low down by wicketkeeper David Murphy and Tom Fell is bowled for 22, shouldering arms, after hitting four boundaries.
    At lunch they were 48 for two, needing a further 353 from 65 overs.
  • They will play Stokes if fit but they will face a problem if he isn't scoring runs or bowling much and they are losing. He has struggled on pitches without pace (he isn't alone) but maybe England are right to back him to have improved. TB will certainly back him as a specialist bat alone although if the Surrey members meeting is to be believed he wants half of their side in
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    Gloucs 98-5 need a further 218 to avoid inns defeat v Kent
    Hamish Marshall led some staunch Gloucestershire resistance on the final day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Kent at Bristol.
    Unbeaten on 11 in a precarious total of 34 for four overnight, the experienced Kiwi batsman battled away throughout the morning session to be 49 not out at lunch.
    Gloucestershire lost only one wicket, that of Phil Mustard, who loosely drove at a wide ball from Mitchell Claydon and departed for nine to a simple catch at point with the total on 69.
    With the sun shining and the pitch placid, Kent’s bowlers had to work hard as Jack Taylor joined Marshall in seeing their side through to lunch, which was taken at 94 for five.
    Gloucestershire still required 218 to avoid an innings defeat, but could hold out some hope of salvaging an unlikely draw.
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    Glamorgan 256-8 lead Sussex by 225 runs
    After an eventful morning’s play, Glamorgan were 256 for 8 at lunch an overall lead of 225 with a minimum of 68 overs remaining. Resuming on 149 for 2, Glamorgan soon lost their two overnight batsmen when Will Bragg was out for 42, having added just a single to his overnight score, and David Lloyd was dismissed for 47. Although Craig Meschede went cheaply for 6, Aneurin Donald counter attacked effectively to score 59 from 64 balls, but George Garton had Donald caught behind and with his next ball had Mark Wallace taken at slip. Graham Wagg had struck Danny Briggs over long off for six, but attempting to repeat the shot was caught at mid- off. At the interval Owen Morgan was not out 7 and Timm Van der Gugten 1.
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