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Specsavers County Championship, Monday, May 23, 2016

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  • LUNCH: Essex 105/2 (49 ov, trail by 155 - 1st inns) v Glamorgan
    RS Bopara 16* (55)   T Westley 48* (135)
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    Gloucestershire 40-0 trail Northants 176 by 136 runs
    Craig Miles finished with five for 65 as Gloucestershire bowled out Northamptonshire for 176 on the second morning of the Specsavers County Championship match at Bristol.
    Resuming on 134 for seven, the visitors initially put up some resistance and Steve Crook moved to a 69-ball half-century, with 9 fours.
    Richard Gleeson helped take the score to 161 before getting a leading edge off Miles and lobbing a catch to mid-on.
    Miles struck again soon afterwards as Crook, on 60, attempted a forcing shot off the back foot and got a thick edge to Chris Dent at backward point.
    Josh Shaw would have claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in first class cricket had Graeme van Buuren held a chance at point offered by Mohammad Azharullah, who in the following over holed out to mid-on off Miles.
    Gloucestershire were 40 without loss at lunch, Gareth Roderick having been dropped on 16 by wicketkeeper Adam Rossington off Gleeson.
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    Durham 46-0 trail Warwickshire 313 by 267 runs
    Durham made a sound start to their first innings, reaching 46 without loss at lunch in reply to Warwickshire's 313 all out on the second day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.
    Warwickshire resumed this morning on 273 for eight, on a mission to eke their way to a third batting point after yesterday's collapse from the strong foundation of 195 for one.
    Jeetan Patel and Chris Wright extended their ninth-wicket stand to 52 in 18 overs before Patel (27 from 53 balls with two fours) chipped Graham Onions to mid-off.
    Wright (24 from 68 balls with three fours) then had his middle stump uprooted by Onions.
    Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings laid a solid foundation to Durham's reply against a Warwickshire attack will lose Chris Woakes after play today when the all-rounder leaves to join up with England's squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka, in the light of injury to Ben Stokes.
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    Hampshire 196 for 5 v Notts
    Hampshire batsman Tom Alsop collected his first Specsavers County Championship fifty, as the hosts battled towards a competitive first innings total.
    Alsop, who scored two 150s for the second XI last week, started the season opening with Michael Carberry, in Jimmy Adams’ injury absence, but prospered in his middle-order role here.
    The 20 year old started the day one short of his highest Championship score of 33, but looked in good tough with some early straight driving.
    He had put on an innings saving 72 with Sean Ervine before the Zimbabwean was clean bowled by Luke Fletcher – the star bowler of the session.
    Adam Wheater continued the revival with a watchful 19, to add a stand of 43 but walked off after tickling an inside edge to Chris Read.
    Alsop reached a mature unbeaten 69 at lunch, his maiden half century coming from 82 balls.
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    Derbyshire 452-7 v Kent
    Shiv Thakor and Tom Taylor celebrated personal bests on a record-breaking morning for Derbshire against Kent at the 3aaa County Ground.
    Thakor made 130, his highest Championship innings, while Taylor completed a career-best 80 out of an eighth wicket stand of 150 from 31 overs.
    That was a Derbyshire record against Kent and has put the home side in a commanding position after they were bowled out for 492 on the stroke of lunch.
    Kent's attack struggled to extract anything from a pitch which has flattened out although Matt Coles completed a five wicket haul when he bowled Tony Palladino.
    But by then, Thakor and Taylor had taken Derbyshire to maximum batting points for the first time this season with Thakor reaching his first century for the county, and his second in the Championship against Kent, from 120 balls.
    Taylor chipped Adam Ball to cover before Thakor was stumped giving James Tredwell the charge five overs later as Derbyshire scored 111 in the morning session.
  • SR of almost eighty from Shiv Thwackor.
  • Tredwell sitting on 399 FC wickets.
  • @TimWigmore I read on the BBC report for lunch that Gregory should have been out to Rayner caught at short leg. What happened?
  • @StaggerBreaths Why has Harris been so bad this season and should he be replaced by Fuller?
  • Fuller's rf isn't he? Probably then. Harris is a swing bowler who has been deprived of swinging pitches by the new regulations. With these new bastards he doesn't have the pace to trouble batsmen. Surprised TRJ's picked up as many as he has, in fact...
  • In fact, 'ow green was t'Eadingley pitch for Sri Lanka? And would it have been seen in a county game this season? Or was it all just the clouds?
  • He should be replaced by Tom Helm so he can score my fantasy team some points
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    Lancashire 90-0 v Surrey 191
    Lancashire Tom Smith has posted his first fifty in the Specsavers County Championship since August 2014 having contributed to an excellent opening partnership on day two against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford.
    The Red Rose side have taken a stranglehold on this Division One fixture having so far replied to 191 with 90 for no wicket from 42 overs at lunch on day two.
    Smith and Haseeb Hameed have posted their county’s highest opening partnership of the season with very few alarms in largely good batting conditions.
    This is left-handed Smith’s first Championship match since last April following an injury ravaged 13 months for the ex-captain.
    He reached 50 off the final ball of the session off 130 balls with four fours, while Hameed will begin the afternoon session unbeaten on 35.
  • There was a bit of green in the pitch but it wasn't excessive, The clouds always make it difficult. Did feel for Sri Lanka on the Friday night. The light wasn't brilliant and it was swinging a lot to add to a bit of seam from the pitch. Tough job as a groundsmen as it can be a road with clear skies
  • @StaggerBreaths At least give him a try, might pick up more wickets than Harris does!
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    Essex 105-2 trail Glamorgan 260 by 155 runs
    An attritional first session in Cardiff has seen Essex progress to 105-2, making 76 runs for the loss of one wicket. The man to go this morning was Jaik Mickleburgh who was bowled by Timm van der Gugten for 33. While the ball has been both seaming and swinging throughout the session for the Glamorgan quicker men they have been unable to find an edge even with the Essex batsmen playing and missing regularly.
    Tom Westley has continued his impressive run scoring of 2016 to reach the break on 48 not out. He currently has 698 first-class runs this season and doesn’t seem like slowing down yet. He is there with Ravi Bopara who will have made 1000 runs against Glamorgan in first-class cricket if and when he reaches 33 not out.
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    Leicestershire 316 Worcestershire 6-0
    Seamer Joe Leach took five wickets in a session as Worcestershire fought back strongly against Leicestershire on the second day of the county championship match at the Fischer County Ground.
    Leach was not the only Worcestershire bowler to demonstrate he had learned the lessons of the first day, when the visitors failed to make the most of a lively track after captain Daryl Mitchell had exercised the away team’s right to bowl first.
    Mark Pettini, who had resumed on 45 not out, added only four to his score before edging a Leach out-swinger to third slip, where Mitchell took two-handed catch to his right.
    The left-handed Niall O’Brien went leg before on the front foot to a Leach in-swinger, but Aadil Ali and Tom Wells batted calmly to add 43 for the seventh wicket before Wells played a flat-footed force at Jack Shantry and edged to Mitchell at second slip.
    Two more wickets fell on the same score, as Ali and then Clint Mckay edged Leach out-swingers to wicket-keeper Ben Cox, before Ben Raine, trying to force the pace, played another Leach delivery onto his middle stump – giving Leach figures of 5-17 in the session, and 5-99 overall.
    Leicestershire should have made an immediate breakthrough of their own when Worcestershire began their first innings, but Neil Dexter, at third slip, could not hang on to a Brett D’Oliveira edge off the bowling of Ben Raine.
  • Wearing Pokémon t-shirts to the cricket. Man after my own heart. (Thanks Nick by the way, better a result pitch than a potential road I'd say.)
  • Inclusion Day at Lord's! Welcoming middle-class children of all genders creeds and colours!
  • Glamorgan gamble on pitch to end bleak start to Croft era

    CricinfoPeter Miller: The sun was shining for most of the day in Cardiff as Glamorgan took on Essex but the outlook is very gloomy
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