Monday, 28 June 2010

Around the Grounds: Plays of the Day

Division One:

If I thought Surrey's batsmen failed to press home the advantage after getting set, Durham must feel even worse. Only two of their batsmen failed to pass 10 but just one, Ian Blackwell made it past 50, with 86 off 147 balls as they were all out for 288 inside day one.  Warwickshire will look to rack up 500 and hope to only bat once.

Similarly Yorkshire will have hoped to be in a better position than 379-8 after Lyth and Rudolph put on 166 for the first wicket, Lyth notching his third ton of the season in quick time, it won't be long before he's on the selectors radar I would imagine.  Glen Chapple picked off four of Yorkshire's middle and lower order to drag Lancashire back into the game.

Division Two:

Anthony Ireland continued his impressive form for Gloucester with 5-25 to finish off Middlesex, he's now collected 20 victims at 16 from just four matches.  The Middlesex total of 236 looks a bit below par and it was one a player who I've never heard of, Josh Davey, who gave it respectability with 61.  Toby Roland-Jones, who has appeared for Surrey Seconds before, is also in their side, it'll be interesting to see how he gets on with the ball tomorrow.   Good on them for blooding some youngsters in the absence of the likes of O'Brien, Morgan and Finn.

Worcestershire had a horror day again, collapsing all out for 175 with only Ben Cox and Gareth Andrew with a 40 and a 50 respectively gave them any sort of total.  Leicestershire used six bowlers and each of them picked up at least one wicket, Nathan Buck continues to pluck top order batsmen from the crease and returned 2-29 off 12 overs.

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