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A County Practice 12/5

UPDATED 12 May, 2013 1:16PM AEST | by Andrew Groves 7

Chris Rogers and Michael Klinger both had to settle for a draw in the County Championship overnight.

Gloucestershire 4-400 (Klinger 163) drew with Hampshire 274 & 4-120 on Day four at Bristol

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Michael Klinger saw his Gloucestershire side to maximum batting points, but his 163 couldn’t prevent a draw against Hampshire.

The South Australian’s long stay at the crease, which lasted over five hours and included 17 fours and two sixes, helped build a lead of 126.

George Bailey was removed for 16 in reply as Hampshire lost four wickets cheaply. But they held on with the score on 120.

Middlesex 5-428 declared drew with Warwickshire 8-374 on Day four at Edgbaston

Chris Roger’s Middlesex had to settle for a draw against defending champions Warwickshire.

Chasing a first innings target of 428, The Bears closed on 8-374, Rikki Clarke top scoring with 66 not out.

The ten points gained for Middlesex mean they remain top of the LV County Championship Division One table, four points above Yorkshire.

Yorkshire 207 (Jaques 16) defeated by Somerset 338-5 40-over competition at Headingley

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Phil Jaques was dismissed for 16 as his Yorkshire side slipped to a heavy defeat against Somerset.

The visitors bounced back from a disappointing showing in the four-day game to register 338-5, James Hildreth top scoring with 96 not out.

Gary Ballance (60) maintained his strong form with the bat, but it wasn’t enough as the White Rose crumbled to 207 all out.

England Lions 4-315 (Root 143no, Bairstow 45no) v New Zealand 285 on Day three at Grace Road

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Yorkshire pair Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow punished New Zealand on a rain-affected day in Leicester.

Root moved to a well crafted 143 not out off 223 balls. His White Rose partner, meanwhile, celebrated his test call up with a 53-ball 45.

The Lions closed on 4-315, a lead of 30.

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First Posted 12 May, 2013 1:02PM AEST

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