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Specsavers County Championship, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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  • WICKET: Northamptonshire 140/1 (31 ov, won the toss) v Glamorgan
    BM Duckett b Carlson 80 (100)   Partnership: 140 (31.0 ov)
    KS Carlson 1-0-3-1   RI Newton 55* (87)
  • LUNCH: Sussex 105/6 (28 ov) v Kent
    BC Brown 21* (26)   OE Robinson 31* (19)
  • LUNCH: Northamptonshire 140/1 (31 ov, won the toss) v Glamorgan
    RI Newton 55* (87)   BM Duckett 80* (100)
  • LUNCH: Derbyshire 101/3 (30 ov, won the toss) v Gloucs
    NT Broom 1* (13)   BT Slater 64* (102)
  • LUNCH: Durham 115/1 (30 ov, won the toss) v Notts
    MD Stoneman 49* (88)   SG Borthwick 20* (50)
  • Just no need for Root to play these games. Might as well give Malan or Duckett a chance to show what they can do
  • Freddie Wilde at the Ageas Bowl for Yorkshire 90-3 v Hampshire

    Lehmann and Gale take Yorkshire through to the lunch interval with no further damage to end an engrossing first session. With Yorkshire electing to bat under cloudless skies the sudden change in weather almost exactly as the players took to the field has benefitted Hampshire with the cloud cover providing some assistant for the seamers who have found swing, seam and bounce. Since the wicket of Ballance Hampshire have persisted with a strange back of a length tactic, particularly to Lehmann which hasn't appeared to trouble him too much. I say tactic because it is hard to imagine it being anything but.

    After the events of Scarborough and Yorkshire's first innings recovery Hampshire will be well aware of the need to maintain the pressure on the visitors. A very important afternoon of cricket awaits us.
  • Compton on for a Cowan, top Hameeding.
  • Wicket for Kiran Carlson in his first over on f-c debut
  • Will have to see what England are going to do about the County run in, Moeen could use a few FC overs to work on his bowling at the spin friendly end of the season but he may also need a rest
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    Worcestershire 64-5 v Essex
    David Masters ripped the heart out of the Worcestershire batting by claiming his first five-wicket haul of the season, including three wickets in five balls, on the opening morning at Chelmsford.
    Worcestershire limped to lunch on 64 for five after winning the toss and opting to bat in the crucial Specsavers County Championship promotion battle.
    Masters proved to be almost unplayable when he switched to bowl from the Hayes Close End after Worcestershire openers Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira had moved untroubled to 35 in 12 overs.
    The 13th over of the innings, however, was to be an unlucky one for the visitors. D’Oliveira went off the second ball to a bat-pad catch by Ryan ten Doeschate and Tom Fell was trapped lbw next ball.
    Joe Clarke looked uncomfortable, playing and missing at his second ball, and was beaten all ends up by an inswinger that left his stumps splattered.
    Mitchell played out a maiden to Masters’s seventh over, but departed lbw first ball of the Essex veteran’s next over at which point he had taken four wickets in 12 balls for no runs.
    Wicket number five came when he found a way through Ross Whiteley’s defences and clipped the off-stump. When Masters was finally given a break shortly before lunch he had figures of 12-4-21-5.
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    Middlesex 77-2 v Warwickshire
    Middlesex's title bid met some early turbulence on the opening morning of their Specsavers County Championship tussle with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
    After choosing to bat, the Division One leaders reached 77 for two from 31 overs at lunch.
    Former Middlesex paceman Chris Wright struck twice in his first 13 balls to reduce his old team to six for two before Nick Compton (25 not out, 86 balls) and Dawid Malan (39 not out, 85) dug in.
    Middlesex started rockily when Sam Robson edged Wright's second ball to Varun Chopra at slip. Nick Gubbins then failed to control a defensive push and Wright took a low return-catch.
    Malan scored just five runs from his first 50 balls but, along with the resolute Compton, concentrated hard up to lunch against some testing bowling on a good batting pitch.
    With wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose ruled out by a buttock strain, Alex Mellor is playing his first championship game for Warwickshire and only his third in all after playing two for Derbyshire on loan recently.
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    Yorkshire 90-3 v Hampshire
    Seamers Brad Wheal, Ryan McLaren and Gareth Berg took a wicket a piece as Hampshire darted the ball around after Yorkshire had elected to bat at the Ageas Bowl.
    Wheal found an early breakthrough when Alex Lees flicked off his legs to a waiting Will Smith at wide gully.
    Smith was is stunning form dangling off the edge of the slip cordon but holding onto a tough low chance from a cutting Adam Lyth to give McLaren his scalp.
    Gary Ballance was given two lives by England teammate James Vince – who put left-hander down on six and seven at third slip.
    But his luck was not in for much longer as a jaffa from Berg tickled the outside of the bat before Lewis McManus dove low to his left to catch.
    Jake Lehmann returned to the dressing unbeaten on 22 at lunch, accompanied by skipper Andrew Gale, after adding quick runs – to take the visitors to 90 for three at the interval.
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    Somerset 69-0 v Lancashire
    After losing the toss and being asked to bat - which is presumably what they wanted in the first place - Somerset were 69 for no wicket off 23 overs at lunch on the first day of their Specsavers Division One game against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
    Both Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell played a few false shots against the three frontline Lancashire seamers but the openers also stroked some fine boundaries during a session which was twice interrupted by rain but ended in bright sunshine.
    Trescothick reached a thousand Championship runs for the season when he cut Toby Lester for four in the 13th over and was 37 not out at lunch. His fellow opener, Tom Abell, was unbeaten on 32 although he was dropped five minutes before the interval when Rob Jones shelled a catch in the gully off Luke Procter.
    Earlier Lancashire had included the fast-medium bowlers Tom Bailey and Toby Lester in place of Nathan Buck and Arron Lilley in the only changes from the side that lost to Surrey last week
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    Derbyshire 101-3 v Gloucestershire
    Gloucestershire’s bowlers hit back before lunch after Derbyshire had dominated the majority of the morning session in the Division Two match at Derby.
    Billy Godleman and Ben Slater took advantage of some inconsistent seam bowling to add 91 for the first wicket but Derbyshire lost three wickets in as many overs and were 101 for 3 at the interval with Slater unbeaten on 64.
    The openers cruised along at six an over in the first hour and it needed a good catch by Jack Taylor to break the stand when Godleman drove Craig Miles low to cover in the 24th over.
    Liam Norwell found just enough away movement to have Alex Hughes caught behind in the next over and Miles claimed the big wicket of Wayne Madsen who mistimed a drive to point without scoring.
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    Durham 115-1 v Notts
    Durham's tenth half-century opening stand of the season laid the platform for a lunch score of 115 for one against Nottinghamshire.
    Things were going too well when 33 runs came off three overs to take the total to 77 after 14, but without addition Keaton Jennings was adjudged lbw to Harry Gurney.
    The left-hander did not look happy with the decision as he played forward to one which swung from a line outside leg stump.
    Jennings and Mark Stoneman were both on 33 at the time, and had both hit a six in the previous two overs.
    Gurney, bowling first change, had begun with a maiden but his second over cost 15 as Jennings carved a wide long hop over backward point for six and put away two other short balls.
    Nottinghamshire turned to Imran Tahir's leg spin with the score on 43 after 11 overs and he included two no-balls in his first over before being driven over long-on for six by Stoneman.
    Other than a couple of balls keeping low there was no encouragement for the Nottinghamshire bowlers on a placid pitch on which they obviously wanted to bat first.
    Stoneman was on 49 at lunch, with Scott Borthwick on 20.
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