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Specsavers County Championship, Monday, July 4, 2016

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    Hampshire 424-8 v Durham
    Fifties by Sean Ervine and Gareth Berg helped Hampshire to 424 for eight, with four batting points, against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
    Resuming on 319 for six, they lost Lewis McManus for five when he skied a pull off Graham Onions to be caught at mid-wicket by academy boy Alasdair Appleby, on as a substitute for Chris Rushworth.
    But the eighth-wicket pair put on 95 in 22 overs with Berg becoming the dominant partner as he made 56 off 74 balls before lofting Keaton Jennings to long-on.
    Berg went to his 50 with a six over extra cover off Ryan Pringle followed by a back-foot four to the same area off the next ball.
    Durham tried to buy a wicket by turning to Scott Borthwick's leg spin, but he conceded 37 in five overs. His best ball, a googly, just missed Ervine's off stump on 39 but the left-hander was still there on 56 at lunch with Gareth Andrew on four.
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    Essex (231-2) lead Kent (207) by24 runs
    Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara both hit fifties this morning as Essex raced to a first-innings lead without losing another wicket in the top of Division Two clash against Kent.
    For Westley it was his eighth half-century in 13 Championship innings this season and he was unbeaten on 75 at the break. Bopara reached the landmark for the fifth time this summer just before lunch.
    Having dismissed Alastair Cook to the final ball last night, Kagiso Rabada continued in miserly form at the start of play. Apart from a no-ball first ball to Ravi Bopara, it was not until deep into his fourth over of the morning that he conceded runs off the bat.
    Westley finally found himself facing the young South African and eased him through square for four. Even so, when Rabada finished his opening spell of the day he had only conceded nine runs from 4.1 overs.
    Westley took a real liking to Mitch Claydon and steered him through midwicket for four, and added a second in the same over through the gulley. He reached his half-century from 75 balls with eight fours with a single off Adam Ball to mid-off.
    Westley then brought up the hundred partnership in 26 overs – and overtook Kent’s total in the process – with a straight drive against Ball that hit the stumps at the opposite end and diverted to mid-off for two. Bopara reached his fifty in 102 balls when he swept Tredwell behind square.
  • TEAM 400: Yorkshire 401/9 (127.1 ov, won the toss) v Middlesex
    JA Brooks 14* (12)   AJ Hodd 37* (85)
  • This has to be the blog's most bizarre poll ever.
  • WICKET: Yorkshire 406 all out (127.5 ov, won the toss) v Middlesex
    AJ Hodd c Robson b Roland-Jones 37 (87)   Partnership: 35 (4.2 ov)
    TS Roland-Jones 29.5-7-88-3   JA Brooks 19* (14)
  • LUNCH: Yorkshire 406 all out (127.5 ov, won the toss) v Middlesex
    JA Brooks 19* (14)
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    Leicestershire 407 v Worcestershire
    Leicestershire’s Ned Eckersley revived a habit of making runs against Worcestershire on the second morning of the Specsavers County Championship fixture at New Road.
    Recently recalled to the team, he was unbeaten with 92 from 139 balls when Leicestershire were dismissed for 407 after the last three wickets added 108 today.
    Ben Raine supported Eckersley with 25 in a stand of 55 before the left hander gave a return catch to Brett D’Oliveira.
    Worcestershire were unable to make anything of a number of edges – including three by Raine in one over from Kyle Abbott – and began to count the cost as former New Road player Richard Jones joined Eckersley in another damaging partnership.
    Jones got to 33 out of 69 before he was bowled by Ed Barnard (four for 62) and last man Charlie Shreck was quickly lbw to D’Oliveira (four for 80).
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    Sussex 310-4 trail Glamorgan 335 by 25 runs
    Luke Wells made the most of a reprieve to make an unbeaten 74 as Sussex closed in on Glamorgan's first innings score of 335 for 9 on the third day of their Specsavers County Championship division two meeting at Hove.
    The left-hander had just reached a 122-ball half-century when he was dropped at second slip by Aneurin Donald on 56 off Timm van der Gugten.
    Wells had added 71 in 24 overs with Ben Brown (41 not out) for the fourth wicket at lunch as Sussex reached 310 for 4, 25 runs in arrears.
    Glamorgan had enjoyed one success with the new ball when Graham Wagg knocked back Luke Wright's off stump as the Sussex skipper offered no shot after making 19.
    But it was hard work for the visitors' attack on a slow pitch, although they were boosted by the return of Australian Mick Hogan who was able to bowl seven overs having recovered after he was hit on the helmet on the second day.
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    Warwickshire 449 v Surrey
    Keith Barker rattled a swift half-century as Warwickshire built a healthy first-innings lead over Surrey in their Specsavers County Championship match at Guildford, then followed up with a quick wicket as their hosts batted again.
    Barker cracked 65 in 70 balls with 11 fours as the visitors were dismissed for 449 shortly after midday on the third day. Barker eventually was out mis-hooking Mark Footitt who picked up three wickets in the session to finish with 4-57 on his return after two months out injured. These were his best figures since moving to Surrey from Derbyshire in the winter.
    Trading bat for ball Barker had Arun Harinath caught behind without scoring as Surrey reached lunch at 12-1, still 164 behind.
    Resuming at 345-6 overnight Warwickshire soon lost Rikki Clarke, on his former club ground, for 17, but Barker and Jeetan Patel then added 76 for the eighth wicket. Patel departed to a smart slip catch from Rory Burns for 31, the first of three wickets for 14 runs as Footitt mopped up.
  • I like to think that Leask purposefully dropped that to keep Rahmat Shah out there.
  • Lunchtime inquiry: which cocktail would you offer Matt Coles? I'm torn between a Middlesex on the Beach and a Compo-politan.
  • WICKET: Somerset 62/4 (16.3 ov, trail by 297 - 1st inns) v Pakistanis
    PD Trego b Mohammad Amir 23 (28)   Partnership: 39 (9.1 ov)
    Mohammad Amir 6.3-1-16-3   JC Hildreth 15* (27)
  • An Ian Bellini or in true 4th July fashion an imrankhano
  • WICKET: Nottinghamshire 124/2 (31.2 ov, trail by 152 - 1st inns) v Lancashire
    JD Libby c †Croft b Wagner 54 (78)   Partnership: 38 (12.5 ov)
    N Wagner 9.2-2-28-1   GP Smith 19* (48)
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    George Dobell at Somerset (71-4) v Pakistan (359-8).

    That man Amir has struck again. A perfect inswinger has accounted for Peter Trego – middle stump sent cartwheeling – to give Amir his third wicket. James Hildreth was dropped at slip in the first over after lunch – Misbah diving to his right off Rahat Ali.
  • Cometh the hour, umm, cometh the Wheelbarrow? So good he'll make ten bucket fulls of runs..
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