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Worcestershire 59-0 v Northants lead by 188 runs
Joe Leach completed his third five-wicket haul of the season as Worcestershire took full control on day two at Northamptonshire. Having bowled the hosts out for just 148 to take a first-innings lead of 129, Worcestershire took tea 59 for 0, 188 ahead.
Leach took three wickets on the first evening and followed up on day two with Steven Crook caught behind for a second-ball duck and David Murphy held at point to finish with 5 for 70 and 36 wickets in the County Championship.
Brett D’Oliveira helped clean up the tail trapping Azharullah and Ben Sanderson lbw with consecutive balls across two overs, before Murphy was the last man out. It was comfortably Northamptonshire’s poorest effort with the bat at home this season.
D’Oliveira, in partnership with his captain Daryl Mitchell, saw Worcestershire to tea unscathed and the lead building.
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Middlesex 242-8 v Somerset 236
Jim Allenby’s best bowling figures for Somerset failed to prevent Middlesex grabbing first innings lead on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton.
By tea the visitors had reached 242 for eight and led by just six runs. Allenby had figures of four for 40 from 20 overs with his medium-pace from the River End.
George Bailey, dropped on 43, led the way for the visitors with 71 after Nick Gubbins had made 67 before falling to Allenby, who also sent back John Simpson, James Franklin and Bailey as the sides battled for supremacy.
Middlesex had begun the day on 51 for one and had to battle all the way, even though Somerset lost Jamie Overton to a back injury after the seamer had sent down just three balls.
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Broad and Gurney team up in new pub company
England pace bowler Stuart Broad and his Nottinghamshire team-mate Harry Gurney could be pulling pints as well as taking wickets after going into business in their own pub company.
The pair have set up the Cat & Wickets Pub Company and are about to open their first pub, the Three Crowns in the Leicestershire village of Wymeswold.
Broad and former England one day international Gurney, along with their friend Dan Cramp, have rented the Three Crowns, a popular village local, from Punch Taverns and have just started a major refurbishment before it re-opens next month.
“I started looking into the possibility of establishing a pub business around Christmas time. I rang Dan, who runs the Larwood & Voce at Trent Bridge, initially just for some advice but it grew from there,” Gurney said.
“The builders started work today and hopefully the pub will be opening in the first week in August. We are having a new garden, a pizza oven is going in outside and there is a complete refurb inside.
“It’s going to give the pub a new lease of life and hopefully provide the village with a nice local pub that does decent, reasonably priced food.
“The food offering will not be quite as sophisticated as the Larwood but, having Dan on board, there will be elements. We have sporting backdrop and we are hoping to do a good quality, decent pub menu with a good Sunday roast which the Larwood prides itself on.”
Neither Broad nor Gurney have any immediate plans to retire from cricket but the Cat & Wickets business venture suggests that they have both started to think about their post-playing careers.
“We will see how we go. Part of the beauty for Broady and I is that while we are playing cricket neither of us need the money out of the business in the near future,” Gurney said.
“We have put an investment in which we are not desperately urgent to take out of the business. So we can allow it to grow organically while we are still playing to a point where one day, when we have finished playing cricket, we might be able to start drawing a bit of income from it.”
The involvement of Broad should help to raise the profile of the new business venture while Gurney hopes to develop new business skills.
“I am running the finance side of the business. I am learning quite a lot about business and management, Vat returns and that sort of things,” Gurney said.
“That interests me which Dan is more than happy with. He’s happy running a good pub so he will forward the invoices on to me and I will do the book-keeping.
“Broady will do the PR and he will have a big input into the business. He’s already with contacts he has in the wine trade.”