Champions Warwickshire hosted newly promoted and relegation
favourites, Derbyshire at Edgbaston. Winning the toss, Warks skipper, Jim
Troughton stuck the lads from
Derby in. 226 with
an attacking 68 from number nine Tony Palladino would have left Derby feeling
good, if not a little disappointed they didn’t push on after losing four wickets
inside 20 minutes. There was no play on day two and little on days three and
four, Warwickshire finishing up 201/4 in their first innings with openers Varun
Chopra and Ian Westwood putting on 139.
Middlesex, without a championship for 20 years went to
Middlesex win by 10 wickets.
Yorkshire, boosted by the arrival of Jack Brooks and the availability of Jonny Bairstow hosted
Sussex at Headingley. A dreadful
first day for the Yorkies saw them dismissed for 96. Chris Jordan, having moved
from Surrey claimed 6/48. Sussex racked
up an impressive 356 with Ed Joyce and Ben Brown falling in the 90’s. The
evergreen Ryan Sidebottom took 4/72 with Middle Stump interviewee Brooks also picking up four after initially taking a bit of tap. Yorkshire
improved in their second dig but it was not enough. A stand of 81 between Gary Ballance
and Sidebottom was not enough to gift Sussex an innings victory.
There were runs galore at
Chelmsford! Visitors Gloucestershire racked
up a mammoth 409 after being asked to stick ‘em on by James Foster. Dan Housego
and Hamish Marshall scoring 150 and 149 respectively. Essex,
not to be outdone, dug in themselves. 163 from opener Tom Westley and half
centuries from Ravi Bopara and James Foster took them to 353/5 at the close of
|Ben Wright gets dismissed|
A magnificent 148 from the impressive James Vince backed up with 93 from Australian George Bailey got Hampshire to 454/7 dec against Leicestershire at The Rose Bowl. Leicestershire, who I can see winning the wooden spoon this season were all-out for 143. Following on, the men from
Leicester reached 182/5 before the rained saved them. Ned
Eckersley unbeaten on 99!
The battle of the heavyweights in Division Two also resulted
in a stalemate.
Lancashire hosted fellow relegated
side Worcestershire at Old Trafford. Worcs were put in by Lancs and made the
early season pitch look sublime notching up 334. Lancs in reply posted 448/7
dec with everyone chipping in, most notably Ashwell Prince with 95 and Simon
Katich with 84. They say experience counts in Division Two and with 1300 first
class appearances, I wouldn’t look past Lancashire
for the title.
|Moeen Ali helping Worcs along|