LVCC REVIEW: Warwickshire go top after beating inconsistent Middlesex

Warwickshire are leaders of Division One of the LV= County Championship after thrashing Middlesex inside three days at Edgbaston. They lead Sussex by a single point after they were unable to force a win at Old Trafford.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright

The result meant that Middlesex’s topsy-turvy season continued as they followed up a first-round hammering with two strong performances and now a brace of abject batting displays. They were soon reduced to 66 for eight after opting to bat on day one as Chris Wright excelled en route to figures of four for 56. Contributions from Ollie Rayner (31), Toby Roland-Jones (25) and Steven Finn (37 not out) did haul them up to 167, but it was never enough. Warwickshire recovered from 140 for six to amass 462 as Tim Ambrose and Jeetan Patel hit hundreds. Ambrose notched up his 12th century, while the unorthodox Patel made the second of his Bears career.

Middlesex then began well in their second innings as Sam Robson and Chris Rogers added 149 for the second-wicket after James Harris was promoted to open as night-watchman. However, wickets tumbled following Rogers’ departure for 82 and they were all out for 248 to lose by an innings and 47 runs. That man Patel was again to the fore with figures of four for 78, while former Worcestershire seamer Richard Jones made up for the second innings absence of Oliver Hannon-Dalby to injury by taking three for 53 on Warwickshire Championship debut.

Old Trafford

Old Trafford

The Manchester weather helped deny Sussex on the final day against Lancashire as fewer than nine overs were bowled after the hosts had been set 324 to win by an overnight Sussex second innings declaration of 216 for five. Michael Yardy stole the early headlines from the contest by hitting a determined century from number three as the visitors made 298. However, the talking point was again the poor batting performance from Lancashire, who slipped to 48 for five before being rescued somewhat by a seventh-wicket stand of 82 between Tom Smith (49) and Alex Davies (59). Steve Magoffin had been the man mostly responsible for the early damage and ended with four for 36 from 21.4 immaculate overs.

Durham and Yorkshire were frustrated by an unusually flat Chester-le-Street pitch in front of the television cameras. Yorkshire batted forever before finally declaring at 589 for eight. Adam Lyth and Kane Williamson shared 179 for the second-wicket prior to their dismissals for 104 and 97 respectively. Captain Andrew Gale then showed plenty of grit in compiling 124 the game after dropping himself to make way for the return of Joe Root against Middlesex last week. He put on 198 with Jonny Bairstow (95), with Adil Rashid then adding 68 off 96 balls to hasten the declaration.

Yorkshire v Northamptonshire - LV County Championship

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale bounced back from dropping himself in the previous fixture with a century against Durham

The draw was always the most likely result at this stage, even when Durham had slipped to 70 for three having seen overseas player Kumar Sangakkara depart second ball. Mark Stoneman and Michael Richardson both reached three figures in a curious Durham innings in which Jamie Harrison’s 31 was the next best effort. The hosts were asked to follow-on after being bowled out for 388 early on the fourth day, but faced only 53 overs and ended on 100 for four with Keaton Jennings undefeated with 54.

There were plenty of runs at Taunton as Samit Patel and Phil Jaques both hit centuries to help Nottinghamshire draw with Somerset. The former made 440 after being invited to bat by Marcus Trescothick, with Jaques and James Taylor doing the early run-scoring by adding 112 for the third-wicket prior to falling in quick succession. It was then over to Patel - whose county coach Mick Newell is now an England selector and told Alex Winter of ESPNcricinfo that the door shouldn’t be shut on the all-rounder - and captain Chris Read. The pair put on 196 before Read fell four short of three figures. Patel was eighth man out for 132.

Somerset then responded with 402 for nine before declaring. Trescothick and Alviro Petersen registered scores of 72 and 94 respectively before Peter Trego bludgeoned 86 off 71 balls from number eight to help them claim maximum batting bonus points. Jaques then ended on 150 as Nottinghamshire decided against anything too ambitious on the final day and finished on 322 for four. Patel added 75 off 83 balls to his earlier century.

CURRENT DIVISION ONE TABLE

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Warwickshire 4 2 1 0 1 0 57
Sussex 4 2 1 0 1 0 56
Somerset 4 1 0 0 3 0 51
Yorkshire 4 1 1 0 2 0 48
Middlesex 4 2 2 0 0 0 45
Nottinghamshire 4 1 2 0 1 0 40
Lancashire 4 1 1 0 2 0 39
Durham 3 0 0 0 3 0 31
Northamptonshire 3 0 2 0 1 0 16

 

DIVISION TWO

Adam Riley and Rob Key both starred as Kent recorded their first win of the season in Division Two. Captain Key hit the 52nd century of his first-class career as the home side made an imposing 435 in reply to Surrey’s 285. Key and fellow opener Sam Northeast (53) added 101 before the former was joined by former West Indies batsman Brendan Nash to put on 197 for the third-wicket. Nash hit a fluent 126, while Key followed shortly afterwards for an identical score.

Kent v Surrey - LV County Championship

Adam Riley

22 year-old off-spinner Riley, meanwhile, continued his strong start to the season and ended with match figures of nine for 155. His four for 77 in Surrey’s first innings dispensed with much of their middle-order - including top-scorer Jason Roy for 60 - while he returned figures of five for 78 as they were bowled out for 203 second time around to leave the hosts needing just 54 to win. Riley now has 23 wickets from four first-class matches this season - including nine for Loughborough MCCU against Sussex - and has more than justified Kent’s decision to select him ahead of James Tredwell.

Leicestershire had the better of a drawn game for the third time in a row, but will have been disappointed not to have turned a 152-run first innings lead into victory over an Essex side that could barely manage to field eleven players. The match began with the hosts taking Oliver Newby on loan from Lancashire and hurriedly signing Pakistan-born all-rounder Tanveer Sikandar from Minor County Hertfordshire as they found themselves with only one fully fit fast-bowler on their professional staff. Even that was to change before the match was out as Tymal Mills walked off with a side strain after bowling just 10.3 overs.

Nonetheless, they batted admirably, with Jaik Mickleburgh, Greg Smith, Mark Pettini and James Foster all passing 50. They totalled 281 after electing to bat as Nathan Buck enjoyed a good return to the Foxes’ first-team with five for 76. The second innings yielded 271 for five before the teams shook hands. In between times, Leicestershire racked up 433 as Ned Eckersley hit a patient 110 and Angus Robson, Greg Smith and skipper Josh Cobb each passed 50. Monty Panesar just about kept Essex in touch with a marathon spell of bowling that saw him take six for 111 from 50 overs.

Worcestershire CCC PhotocallGlamorgan were able to hold on for the draw to deny leaders Worcestershire a third win of the campaign. Despite slipping to 38 for four after being set 382 by the Pears, they ended on 229 for seven as Will Bragg hit an unbeaten 91 and shared crucial partnerships with Stewart Walters (30) and Mark Wallace (47). The match, though, belonged to Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell, who registered his second and third centuries of the season by scoring 109 and 151 not out to more than make up for the absence of Moeen Ali. Loan-signing Alex Hales contributed a fluent 63 in their second innings 296 for six declared. Dean Cosker returned match figures of nine for 133 for the hosts.

The most notable feat to emerge from the two non-first-class MCC University matches was Hampshire opener Lewis McManus’ twin centuries in their draw Cardiff MCCU. He made 108 in their first innings 383 for eight and then 106 not out in their 212 for three. David Balcombe returned match figures of seven for 83 for Hampshire, who were captained by Danny Briggs.

The other game saw Northamptonshire thrash Durham MCCU by 159 runs as James Kettleborough set things up on his return from injury with 110. 19 year-old Chaitanya Bishnoi then fell just one run short of his hundred in the Durham run chase of 354 as they bowled out for 194. Graeme White (6-61) and South Africa-born seamer Chad Barrett (6-90) returned the best match figures for Northants. 19 year-old seamer Matt Milnes (6-78), meanwhile, impressed for the students.

CURRENT DIVISION TWO TABLE

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Worcestershire 4 2 0 0 2 0 65
Hampshire 4 1 0 0 3 0 54
Essex 4 1 0 0 3 0 49
Glamorgan 4 1 0 0 3 0 47
Kent 3 1 1 0 1 0 38
Leicestershire 3 0 0 0 3 0 34
Surrey 4 0 2 0 2 0 26
Gloucestershire 3 0 1 0 2 0 22
Derbyshire 3 0 2 0 1 0 18

 

Sixth Round Fixtures:

Middlesex v Lancashire at Lord’s

Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge

Sussex v Durham at Hove

Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Headingley

Derbyshire v Kent at Derby

Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton

Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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