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Specsavers County Championship, Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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  • @AneeshKumar When India don't like a proposal it tends to go no further.
  • Just a shame, because we can all see that test cricket is slowly (or not so slowly in some cases) being killed off.
  • @John, Exactly. These people are killing the game. I still remember Beefy's speech in Spirit of Cricket lecture, that IPL is too dangerous. How true
  • @will.macpherson1990 In theory, it should be sunny all afternoon at the Oval
  • Awaiting David Hopps' report before I head out....
  • Glad i grew up in an era where test cricket was still the format everyone loved.
  • Little bit late myself, Steve, but test is the only format that i love.
  • A fifty partnership! These are truly glorious days
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    Somerset 128-3 lead by 100
    Chris Rogers led from the front as Somerset fought to build a winning position on the second morning of the Specsavers County Championship match with Warwickshire at Taunton.
    The skipper was unbeaten on 53 at lunch, with his side 128 for three and leading by 100. Peter Trego had contributed 30 to an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 53.
    After the carnage of day one, which saw 21 wickets fall, ECB Liaison Officer Phil Whiticase was at the ground to witness a more sedate session of play.
    Somerset resumed on 41 for one, leading by just 13, and had progressed to 70 when Marcus Trescothick, on 25, had his off stump uprooted by Jeetan Patel.
    James Hildreth made only a single before falling lbw to a Chris Wright delivery that nipped back off the seam. But from 75 for three Somerset prospered, Rogers reaching a 123-ball half-century, and Trego hitting sixes off Patel and Josh Poysden.
  • Even though I enjoy all forms of cricket, Test cricket will always be the pinnacle for me. Sad that the people in charge of cricket only care about money.
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    Hampshire 12-0 trail Surrey 329
    Hampshire were frustrated in their quest to quickly wrap up Surrey’s first innings on the second morning of their Specsavers County Championship first division match at the Kia Oval. Despite dismissing Ben Foakes (48) with only six runs added to the overnight 260-6 the visitors were unable to winkle out the tail until the lunchtime soup was being warmed.
    Under overcast skies Surrey captain Gareth Batty provided the stiffest resistance, making an unbeaten run-a-ball 41 to lift his team to 329 all out. Brad Wheal was the pick of the Hampshire bowlers, taking 4-100 but both he and Ryan McClaren were frustrated at having Tom Curran dropped in the slips. Jimmy Adams missed the all-rounder at second slip on eight, Will Smith at third on 14. Finally he was taken down the legside for 17 by wicketkeeper Lewis McManus.
    With the sun emerging Smith and Adams comfortably negotiated what could have been a testing four overs before lunch reaching 12-0.
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    Yorkshire 460 v Durham
    Positive batting by the lower order helped Yorkshire to reach 460 before being bowled out by Durham on the stroke of lunch on the second day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Headingley.
    They had resumed their first innings on 341 for five in 96 overs and soon lost Tim Bresnan when his off-stump was sent flying by Chris Rushworth.
    But Andrew Hodd and Azeem Rafiq attacked strongly and looked to be taking Yorkshire to a fifth batting bonus point. When Hodd fell to McCarthy for 31, however, the score was 392 for seven off 109 overs and Steve Patterson then played out a maiden from Graham Onions.
    After Patterson was bowled attempting to withdraw his bat against McCarthy, both Azeem Rafiq and Jack Brooks launched themselves at the bowling and added 47 together before Rafiq gave Scott Borthwick the charge and was stumped for 45 with six fours.
    Brooks hit Borthwick over long on for six but in attempting to slog Paul Collingwood was bowled for 36 from 33 balls with five fours and a six.
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    Sussex 289-7 v Leics 135
    Captain Ben Brown and Ollie Robinson extended their eighth wicket partnership to 133 as Sussex established a dominant position in their Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.
    The visitors resumed on 182-7, a lead of just 47, and with the pitch – on which 17 wickets fell on the first day – still green, the home side were still very much in the game.
    Leicestershire’s bowlers lacked spark, however, and Brown and Robinson mixed aggression with application to impressive effect. Neither was afraid to hit the ball in the air, and though they enjoyed the odd moment of good fortune, they also took full toll of some poor deliveries. Brown was first to his 50, hit off just 56 balls, and Robinson - whose on-driving was particularly attractive – was not far behind.
    Leicestershire skipper Mark Cosgrove eventually turned in some desperation to the occasional off-spin of Paul Horton, and the former Lancashire opener made the breakthrough in his first over, Brown, on 71, going back and edging an attempted cut to Angus Robson at first slip.
    Having picked up his first first-class wicket in his 178th first class match, Horton promptly made it two, when Robinson, on 81, reverse swept him gently to Charlie Shreck at backward point.
    Zak Chappell then knocked Jofra Archer’s leg stump out of the ground, but by then Sussex were leading by 178, a potentially decisive advantage.
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    Gloucs 139-3 trail Glamorgan by 81 runs
    Hamish Marshall and George Hankins defied the Glamorgan for the entire morning session, and at lunch Gloucestershire had taken their first innings score to 139 for 3, a deficit of 81 on first innings. Marshall was soon into his stride, taking two fours from Michael Hogan’s first over of the day, and apart from occasionally playing and missing against Hogan and Timm Van Der Gugten, neither Marshall nor George Hankin appeared in any trouble. Marshall reached his fifty from106 balls with nine fours, while Hankin was content to accumulate in singles. Glamorgan used six bowlers during the pre- lunch session, but they were unable to prevent the fourth wicket pair from sharing an unbroken partnership of 101. Marshall is undefeated on 56 with Hankin 37.
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    Middlesex 65-4 v Notts 241
    After the fireworks of the first evening, which brought a hat-trick for Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball, it was rather more composed fare on offer at Trent Bridge on the second morning of the Specsavers County Championship match between the hosts and Middlesex.
    Beginning the morning on nine for three, the current Division One leaders added only 56 runs during the two hour session as they reached lunch on 65-4.
    Nick Gubbins has been there since the start; realising 26 from 121 deliveries. His partnership with Steve Eskinzai, who has 20, has so far produced 26 runs from 141 balls.
    The only wicket to fall was that of Dawid Malan, who looked unhappy at the lbw decision which brought his innings to an end on 13. The batsman briefly thrust both hands on top of his helmet in disappointment, clearly unable to comprehend his fate. Bowler Brett Hutton, meanwhile, was already celebrating a success with just his fourth ball of the day.
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    Northants 150-1 trail Kent 230 by 80 runs
    Kent’s bid to maintain pressure on Division 2 title favourites Essex evaporated just like the cloud cover over Beckenham, where Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely reinforced Northamptonshire’s superiority on day two of this Specsavers Championship clash.
    By lunch Duckett had reached an excellent 75, while his skipper Wakely kept him company with 42 as the visitors went to the break on 150 for one – to trail by only 80 runs.
    Though Kent’s attack enjoyed humidity and cloud cover for the opening hour, they experienced little luck before sunshine and blue skies arrived by noon.
    The only moment of note in the opening half-hour was a low level fly-by by a gaggle of Canada geese who buzzed across the square like the Red Arrows. But the introduction of Mitch Claydon at the Northern End paid immediate dividends when he got one to lift on Rob Newton and graze the edge allowing Callum Jackson, Kent’s stand-in keeper, to mark his 22nd birthday with a catch.
    Duckett and Wakely dug in thereafter. Duckett reaching a 79-ball 50 while Wakely enjoyed a life on 27 when Darren Stevens downed a sharp, overhead chance at short mid-on off the bowling of Will Gidman.
  • England's tour to Bangladesh will be an inspiration to the game

    CricinfoWhile it's up to each player to make his own decision to travel or not, there are plenty of reasons to go ahead with the tour
  • Re. Somerset poll, they seem to be batting okay at the moment. Re. Tests:
  • Lees fortifies Yorkshire's hat-trick hopes

    CricinfoDavid Hopps: Alex Lees sustained Yorkshire during a tricky opening day against Durham with a season's best 132, passing 1000 first-class runs in the process
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