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Specsavers County Championship, Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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  • In case anyone missed it earlier, I finally updated the fantasy cricket: docs.google.com
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    Surrey 150-0 trail Lancashire 287 by 137 runs
    Having dismissed Lancashire for a below par 287 on day one Surrey continued to hammer home their ascendancy with an unbroken century opening stand on day two of their Specsavers Championship clash at the Kia Oval.
    The hosts went in at Wednesday’s lunch break sitting pretty on 150 with loss with Rory Burns unbeaten on 80 and Dominic Sibley with 54 not out – for an overall match deficit of 137.
    Though beaten twice by consecutive deliveries from Kyle Jarvis, Surrey’s left-handed opener Burns countered with a glorious clip off his legs for four.
    He moved to his 80-ball half-century in less glamorous style however, edging over the slip cordon to third man for a ninth boundary off the bowling of Jordan Clark. It was Burns’s seventh championship half-century of the summer.
    Lancashire turned to spin for the 15th over of the day in the shape of Arron Lilley, but his sixth delivery was cut for three to backward point by Burns to raise a century opening stand in tandem with Sibley.
    The visitors turned to spin at both ends with the introduction of slow left-arm from Simon Kerrigan at the Pavilion End, yet Burns and Sibley still looked totally untroubled.
    Sibley’s crisp cover drive for four against Lilley then raised his third championship half-century of the summer from 130 balls and with seven boundaries.
  • Excellent from Yorkshire & also from NemoUKS for the lovely fantasy update :)
  • When someone said Notts needed to match Hodd's contribution, I don't think they meant use the whole team
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    Vithushan Ehantharajah at Gloucestershire 221 v Kent 78-2

    Quite the huff that Craig Miles has picked up in the last 30 minutes. He has bowled well this season but has not quite managed to sustain the pace he once had, after suffering a back injury on tour with the England Performance Programme (shock). If anything, that has meant he has had to develop some other tricks further. Further injury this season has limited him to just nine matches, but he has still managed 35 wickets at an average of 34.03. He's fought well for 36, which hasn't quite come yet. Before lunch, he nearly snared Sam Northeast, only for a leading edge to sail neatly over the head of a catch cover. The next ball was driven down the ground for four before a strong LBW appeal was turned down by the standing umpire. Miles seethed and bowled two further deliveries that left the right-hander late, following each delivery with a bit of a swear and a mope back to the top of his mark. 
  • And they still fell two short Nick.
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    Essex 102-5 trail Leicestershire 238 by 136 runs
    Leicestershire debutant Dieter Klein picked up a wicket with the first ball of the day as the Foxes kept league leaders Essex under pressure in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match at the Fischer County Ground.
    Essex resumed on 13-2, and South African left-armer quick bowler Klein immediately produced a superb swinging yorker to uproot Nick Browne’s off-stump.
    It was similar delivery to that with which Klein bowled England captain Alastair Cook the previous evening, and the South African added to his haul with a bouncer which Tom Westley hooked high to deep square leg, where Paul Horton held the catch at the second attempt.
    In between whiles, Charlie Shreck bowled Ravi Bopara with as unplayable an out-swinger as any the experienced Cornishman can have bowled in his long first-class career, and at 68-5 the visitors were in deep trouble.
    By lunch they had begun to recover, with captain Ryan tenDoeschate (24 not out) and Dan Lawrence (12 not out) compiling an unbroken partnership of 34 for the sixth wicket.
  • Good to have these details Vitu, thank you. :)
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    Warwickshire 122-2 trail Durham 207 by 85 runs
    A sunny morning at Chester-le-Street helped Warwickshire to strengthen their grip on the Specsavers County Championship match against Durham.
    Nightwatchman Chris Wright was the only batsman to fall as Ian Westwood (62) and Jonathan Trott (34) took the visitors to 122 for two at lunch, 85 behind.
    Wright cut a poor first ball from Graham Onions for four, which set the tone for Durham as they failed to apply any sustained pressure.
    Onions had Wright lbw for 15 and clearly thought Westwood should have gone the same way for 34 during a slightly fortunate period for the left-hander.
    On 35 he edged Barry McCarthy just out of gully's reach and on 39 he survived a sharp, head-high chance to Michael Richardson at third slip off Paul Coughlin.
    Westwood clipped Onions in front of mid-wicket for his eighth four to reach 50 off 82 balls, while Trott twice found the same boundary with pulls from outside off stump off McCarthy.
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    Somerset 40-0 trail Hampshire 338 by 298 runs
    Jack Leach finished with six for 108 as Hampshire were bowled out for 338 on the second morning of the Specsavers County Championship match at Taunton.
    From an overnight 281 for six, the visitors slipped to 303 for nine before a valuable last-wicket stand of 35 between Brad Wheal and David Wainwright, who contributed 35 not out with the ball turning considerably for Leach and Roelof van der Merwe (three for 99).
    Leach sent back Lewis McManus (43), Mason Crane and Wheal to take his first class wicket tally for the season to 43. But Hampshire could feel satisfied with their efforts as both sides collected three bonus points.
    Somerset were left with nine overs to bat before lunch and reached the interval on 40 without loss, Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell surviving comfortably against six overs of seam and three of spin.
  • Forecast at Scarborough not the best for tomorrow but it doesn't change much, Yorkshire will still be looking to bat til stumps and see where they are. If no play is possible tomorrow then declare and try and dismiss Notts on Friday
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    Northants 482-8 v Worcestershire
    Northamptonshire batsman Steven Crook completed his second Specsavers County Championship hundred of the season and featured in a ninth wicket century partnership with Chad Barrett on day two of the clash with Worcestershire at New Road.
    Crook went to three figures off 142 balls with 15 fours as Northants, who resumed on 345-6, recovered from losing two early wickets.
    Barrett also completed his maiden Championship half century on his debut appearance in the competition.
    But he was involved in a bizarre finale in the battle for bonus points when blocking out the final five deliveries of the 110th over from Brett D'Oliveira when Northants required one more run for a fifth batting point.
    Ed Barnard struck in the first over of the day when David Murphy (7) was caught at second slip and then Rory Kleinveldt (8) became
    Joe Leach's 50th Championship victim of the campaign when trapped lbw.
    But then Crook and Barrett dominated the remainder of the morning session after coming together at 361-8 and brought up the 100 partnership in just 24 overs.
    By lunch Crook had moved onto 138 and Barrett 74 out of 482-8 from 128 overs.
  • Yasir Shah not playing today
  • England as expected, Stokes back at 5. Will not bowl in the first two matches
  • Proof (if you needed it) of the inferiority of LO. ;)
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    Sussex 180-2 trail Glamorgan by 70 runs
    Sussex were well placed at lunch on the second day after reaching 180 for 2 at the interval, only 70 runs behind Glamorgan, and already in control of the game. Resuming on 111 for 1, the overnight pair of Chris Nash and night watchman Danny Briggs made slow but steady progress against Craig Meschede and Tim Van der Gugten, with Van Der Gugten producing an excellent spell of 7-3-10-0. Both batsmen were fortunate to survive as Van Der Gugten repeatedly beat the bat, but they put on 69 before Briggs was run out by Aneurin Donald in the last over before lunch. Nash was unbeaten on 95, and in sight of his third championship century of the season.
  • Ok so what we are saying here is that England rate Stokes as a better specialist batsmen at No 5 than YJB. Or do they just want to give him a game ?
  • If it was T20 then fine but ODI ?
  • It's all part of the grand anti-Yorkshire conspiracy Haystack, is that not obvious?
  • Given that there are FIVE BLOODY GAMES you'd hope that every player in the squad would get at least two matches.
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