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Specsavers County Championship, Thursday, September 1, 2016

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  • Just got to work on that one-day average next year ... 487 is a bit steep.
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    Sam Curran of Surrey and Dan Lawrence of Essex, who were England team-mates in the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, have earned the last two places on the shortlist of contenders for the 2016 Specsavers One to Watch award.
    They have been added to the six players selected by a panel of coaches and journalists earlier this month, on the basis of their performances in the Specsavers County Championship this season - Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins, the Lancashire pair of Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone, Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett, Derbyshire allrounder Shiv Thakor and Lawrence’s Essex team-mate Jamie Porter.
    Contenders had to be 23 or under at the start of the Specsavers County Championship season in April, and not to have represented either England or England Lions at that point. Curran, Duckett and Livingstone have made Lions debuts this summer.
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    Kent 314-6 v Sussex 180
    A century stand between Darren Stevens and Will Gidman strengthened Kent’s position against Sussex on the second day of their Championship match at Hove.
    Fifteen wickets had fallen on the first day but the pitch was offering little help to Sussex’s seamers this morning, although David Wiese did have Gidman dropped at point by the diving Luke Wells with just three runs to his name.
    Gidman was very much the junior partner as Stevens began to go on the offensive, even when spin was introduced for the first time in the match through Danny Briggs.
    The sixth-wicket pair had added exactly 100 in 34 overs when Steve Magoffin picked up his fourth wicket with the first delivery with the new ball, as Stevens lost his middle stump to an inswinger after facing 128 deliveries and hitting nine fours.
    Gidman was on 25 and James Tredwell 6 at lunch, with Kent 314 for 6 and 134 runs ahead.
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    Hampshire 77-3 trail Yorkshire 281 by 204 runs
    Gareth Berg completed his career best figures, but Hampshire lost three early wickets in reply to Yorkshire's 281 as the visitors took the advantage at the Ageas Bowl.
    Fast bowler Berg ended with six for 56, following his day one five-for, by ending a frustrating 46-run stand between Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks – the seamer managing to bowl Sidebottom past his legs.
    But the Hampshire response did not begin as planned when Brooks had Will Smith pinned lbw while pushing forward.
    Sidebottom copied his strike bowler at the other end by having Tom Alsop leg before to one which kept slightly low.
    Jimmy Adams was the third man to go, on a pitch not offering as much movement as the Hampshire seamers enjoyed, as he fell for a Steve Patterson variation delivery to prod straight a short mid-wicket Alex Lees.
    James Vince and Sean Ervine picked up the pieces with an unbroken stand of 39 run before lunch to eat into the deficit – the hosts 204 behind.
  • I wonder how long Hants will stick with Will Smith for.
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    Essex 205-2 trail Worcestershire 230 by 25 runs
    Tom Westley went to lunch two short of his third Specsavers County Championship century of the season as Essex took complete control of the top-of-the-table match at Chelmsford.
    Westley, who reached 1,000 Championship runs for the season yesterday, shared a 153-run stand for the second wicket with Alastair Cook before the England captain fell for 66 off 108 balls.
    The right-hander started the day where he left off last night when he straight-drove Joe Leach’s first ball for four and when he finally got down the other end to face Cummins, seven overs into the morning, he thumped him to the boundary, too.
    Westley brought up the 150 partnership in 37 overs with a vicious pull through midwicket and through Joe Clarke on its way to the boundary.
    But Cook went in Ed Barnard’s first over of the day when he edged to first slip where Ross Whiteley juggled with the ball before snaffling at the second attempt. He had hit 12 fours.
    Westley did not offer a chance until he had reached 85 when the lively Barnard had him chasing one outside off-stump and Daryl Mitchell could only parry the ball above his head at second slip.
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    Gloucestershire 135-4 v Derbyshire 242
    Derbyshire’s bowlers have hit back on the second morning against Gloucestershire to leave the Division Two match at Derby in the balance.
    Chris Dent held Gloucestershire together with an unbeaten 63 but at lunch, the visitors were 135 for 4 , still 107 behind on first innings.
    Tom Milnes set the tone for what was a hard fought session by having Will Tavare caught behind trying to leave the ball in the second over of the morning without addition to the overnight total.
    Dent and George Hankins batted well to add 57 but left arm spinner Callum Parkinson broke the stand with his second ball when he bowled Hankins for 34 and Tony Palladino trapped Hamish Marshall lbw six overs before the interval.
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    Notts 221-4 v Durham 243
    Jake Libby's third first-class century kept Nottinghamshire on top in their Specsavers County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street.
    The 23-year-old Devonian was helped by Durham feeding his leg-side strength and when they posted a leg gully he was dropped there on 87.
    Michael Richardson put down the straightforward chance off Graham Onions, who bowled a nine-over spell for one for 18.
    Libby completed his century off 191 balls when he scampered a leg-side single off Scott Borthwick and was on 101 out of 221 for four at lunch.
    With Samit Patel on 21, Nottinghamshire trailed by only 23 runs.
    Onions ended the third-wicket stand of 141 when he went round the wicket and Michael Lumb edged a drive to second slip to depart for 82.
    Barry McCarthy took the other wicket to fall when Brendan Taylor drove well wide of off stump and sliced straight to backward point.
    When Paul Coughlin replaced Onions with Libby on 89 the batsman clipped another shot round the corner at catchable height but the leg gully had been removed.
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    Kent 314-6 v Sussex 180
    A century stand between Darren Stevens and Will Gidman strengthened Kent’s position against Sussex on the second day of their Championship match at Hove.
    Fifteen wickets had fallen on the first day but the pitch was offering little help to Sussex’s seamers this morning, although David Wiese did have Gidman dropped at point by the diving Luke Wells with just three runs to his name.
    Gidman was very much the junior partner as Stevens began to go on the offensive, even when spin was introduced for the first time in the match through Danny Briggs.
    The sixth-wicket pair had added exactly 100 in 34 overs when Steve Magoffin picked up his fourth wicket with the first delivery with the new ball, as Stevens lost his middle stump to an inswinger after facing 128 deliveries and hitting nine fours.
    Gidman was on 25 and James Tredwell 6 at lunch, with Kent 314 for 6 and 134 runs ahead.
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    Somerset 485-7 v Lancs
    Somerset’s eighth-wicket pair of Peter Trego and Ryan Davies completely dominated the morning’s play at Emirates Old Trafford. The Somerset batsmen added 146 runs in 31 overs to leave their side on 485-7 at lunch.
    Trego was undefeated on 121 having reached his second century of the season off 101 balls and having hit 16 fours; Davies was 74 not out, a career-best score, and his stand with Trego was worth 198 at lunch, an eighth-wicket record between the counties having eclipsed the 163 added by Jeremy Lloyds and Martin Crowe at Bath in 1984.
    Lancashire’s bowlers suffered a little ill luck early in the session but they were gradually mastered by the Somerset batsmen. By the end of the session they seemed to be bowling in the hope that a wicket would materialise rather than with any particular plan as to how that goal might be achieved. For their part Somerset have four batting bonus points and look to be on course to ensure that they will only have to bat once in this game
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    Warwickshire 75-2 v Middlesex 242
    Opening batsman Ian Westwood showed characteristic pluck to shore up Warwickshire's reply to Middlesex's 242 on the second morning of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.
    Still heavily bruised and sore from taking a full-blooded pull from Dawid Malan in the neck at short-leg yesterday, Westwood batted through the morning session to reach 47 (110 balls, six fours) out of his team's 75 for two at lunch.
    Batting was tricky against a blend of seam and spin from an attack led by Harry Podmore and Toby Roland-Jones who took wickets with excellent deliveries.
    Warwickshire resumed this morning on one without loss and openers Westwood and Varun Chopra took the score to 33 before the latter edged an outswinger from Podmore to wicketkeeper John Simpson.
    Another excellent ball from Roland-Jones then forced an edge from Jonathan Trott and Sam Robson took a fine catch diving to his left at first slip.
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    Jon Culley at Warwickshire 75-2 v Middlesex

    Ominously for Warwickshire, just one over at the end of the opening session supplied evidence that they could be in for a difficult afternoon against left-arm spinner Ravi Patel, who made several deliveries turn sharply. Although Middlesex seamers Harry Podmore and Toby Roland-Jones were both rewarded for bowling good spells this morning, it would be no surprise to see Patel and Ollie Rayner bowling in tandem when the teams return after lunch. It has been a good morning for Ian Westwood, who is three short of adding a half-century to his hundred against Durham last week.
  • Matt Warwick - What are the options? He was Captain of the side in the last match wasn't he
  • Any of the young guys, Nick. I feel we have plenty of captaincy options, we need runs more than experience and Smith is struggling.
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    Freddie Wilde at the Ageas Bowl for Yorkshire 281 v Hampshire 77-3

    Here's a mid-lunch update before I go and make the most of a beautiful September afternoon outside.

    It is hard to shake the weight of importance belonging to the current partnership between Hampshire captain James Vince and the in-form Sean Ervine. After Jimmy Adams' weak flick to mid-wicket the pair have batted with cheery positivity - Ervine has continued from where he finished in Taunton with hundreds in both innings while Vince, one inside edge from an aborted leave and one edge through fourth slip aside, has looked in beautiful touch. But then again, he's looked in beautiful touch for most of the summer without ever converting looks into runs. Today offers Vince a fantastic chance to score some tough runs against a high class bowling attack. It was of course a century against Yorkshire earlier in the season that propelled him towards the Test team.

    Yorkshire bowled well in that morning session but with the sun beating down now things could get tougher in the afternoon. It will be fascinating to see how long the visitors persist with attacking fields, especially if Ervine and Vince continue to play as aggressively as they did before the interval. Who will blink first?
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