COUNTY ROUND-UP: Collingwood showcases enduring class

Paul Collingwood shone for the second day in a row to put Durham in a strong position against Somerset at Taunton.

The 38 year-old followed up his five-wicket haul yesterday by compiling a 30th first-class century today to lead his side to an 81-run first innings lead. Scott Borthwick (94) and Michael Richardson (59) laid the foundations, extending their overnight third-wicket partnership to 144. Collingwood soon took over and received useful support from Calum MacLeod (44), Phil Mustard (22) and Paul Coughlin (18) as Durham were all out for 380. Chris Rushworth (3-18) and Graham Onions (1-11) then rammed home the visitors’ advantage by reducing the hosts to 26 for four in the 10th over of their second innings. They eventually closed still 27 runs adrift on 54 for four.

Middlesex endured a day to forget at Lord’s. It began well enough as Steven Finn picked up the last Nottinghamshire wicket without them adding to their overnight 298. However, Dawid Malan was unable to bat after picking up an injury on day one whilst in the field – his injury proving crucial as Middlesex were bowled out for 181 in spite of an opening stand of 51 between Sam Robson (35) and Nick Gubbins (23). The Notts seamers, led by Jake Ball (2-38) and Harry Gurney (3-50), did the initial damage before Samit Patel helped mop up the tail to end with three for 30. Nottinghamshire then extended their lead to 218 at stumps, closing on 101 for two.

An eighth-wicket stand of 109 between Sean Ervine and Chris Wood rescued Hampshire from embarrassment against Sussex. They had slipped to 95 for seven in reply to the visitors 444 as Ajmal Shahzad (3-54), Steve Magoffin (2-43) and Matthew Hobden (2-55) all struck. However, Ervine found support from Wood and ended on 57 not out. Tymal Mills took some of the gloss off the recovery by dismissing Wood for 48 and Danny Briggs for four just before stumps. Hampshire closed on 220 for nine. Sussex had earlier been lifted to 444 courtesy of a sixth career century from Ben Brown. The wicket-keeper shared stands of 73 apiece with Shahzad (35) and Magoffin (41) and ended on 144 off 242 balls.

There is little to separate defending champions Yorkshire and Worcestershire at the halfway stage of their contest at New Road. Worcestershire were bowled out for 311 in the morning as Jack Brooks picked up the last two wickets – including that of Gareth Andrew for 59 – to finish with five for 56. Yorkshire then lost Will Rhodes and Cheteshwar Pujara for ducks before rallying to close on 298 for nine. Stand-in skipper Alex Lees made 87 and added 108 with Richard Pyrah (43) for the third-wicket. Tim Bresnan ended on 78 not out, with Ryan Sidebottom returning to the crease after earlier retiring hurt with a calf injury. The Pears wicket-takers were Andrew (4-81), Charlie Morris (1-70) and, of course, Jack Shantry (4-60).

Runs continued to flow in the Division Two clash between Leicestershire and Glamorgan at Grace Road. The home side responded strongly to Glamorgan’s mammoth 513 for nine declared by closing on 202 for one. They had lost Dan Redfern for 24 to Graham Wagg with the score on 33, but Angus Robson and Ned Eckersley combined to add an unbroken 169. Robson ended on 82 with Eckersley on 81. Glamorgan had earlier resumed on 294 for two and saw contributions from Colin Ingram (38), Chris Cooke (48), David Lloyd (59 not out), Craig Meschede (30) and Andy Carter (21 not out) lift them to their eventual total. Extras, with 61, also played their part as Leicestershire conceded 44 runs in no-balls.

Northamptonshire lead by 105 after reaching stumps on 68 for two in their second innings against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road. The visitors looked for a while as though they might overhaul Northamptonshire’s first innings total of 333, but David Willey (4-72) helped wrap up the innings at 296 by taking three wickets in a single over. That was after contributions from the top three of Will Tavare (34), Chris Dent (40) and Gareth Roderick (56), proceeded by 80 from skipper Geraint Jones, had manoeuvred the visitors into a promising position.

Derbyshire wrapped up a win inside two days in their MCC University match against Cambridge MCCU. They bowled the students out for 95 and then 176. Mark Footitt ended with match figures of five for 72, while Shiv Thakor took five for 38.

Elsewhere, Surrey lead Oxford MCCU by 378 after closing on 182 for three at The Parks. Jack McIver made 83 from 85 balls at number nine for the students as Chris Tremlett ended with five for 30. Essex lead by 403 runs after bowling out Cardiff MCCU for 186. Loughborough MCCU took a slender and unexpected lead against Kent as Canadian international Nitish Kumar and former Surrey second XI wicket-keeper Michael Burgess hit centuries. Charlie MacDonell hit an unbeaten 114 for Durham MCCU but they still closed well adrift of Warwickshire’s 553 on 191 for seven. Half-centuries from Lancashire’s top four helped them reach 482 against Leeds/Bradford MCCU.

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 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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