There were rare failures for some in form Australian batsmen and another start for Ed Cowan in the County Championship overnight.
Derbyshire 452 v Surrey 1-35 on Day two at Derby
Ricky Ponting had to again watch on in the field as Derbyshire posted a strong first innings score of 452 thanks to Wayne Madsen (152) and Shivnarine Chanerpaul (129). You can’t keep Ponting out of the action forever though as it was his diving catch at gully that sent Chanderpaul packing. Punter will be pumped on day three as he is named to come out to bat next and he will be looking to stamp his authority on the competition.
England bowler Chris Tremlett is one of the players on the fringe of the Test team and did his chance of a call-up no harm, finishing with figures of 5-95 from 30.1 overs.
Northamptonshire 5-159 v Hampshire 206 (Copeland 4-56) on Day three at Northampton
Trent Copeland couldn’t add to his overnight wicket tally, but still finished with the brilliant figures of 4-56 from 37 overs including a whopping 19 maidens. With the Northants struggling at 5-159, they may find themselves relying on Copeland’s underrated batting ability to take a first innings lead.
Lancashire 310 & 7-239 (Katich 0) v Gloucestershire 222 on Day three at Liverpool
It was a rare failure with the bat for Simon Katich on day three as he registered a golden duck in the second innings. This match is shaping up for a thrilling finish with Michael Klinger no doubt hoping his side will have enough time to chase down the target set by the Lancs.
Somerset 310 drew with Yorkshire 5-450 dec & 4-104 (Jaques 0) at Taunton
Phil Jaques followed in the footsteps of fellow Australian Simon Katich and failed to trouble the scorers in his side’s draw with Somerset. Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie, will be happy to take a majority of the points thanks to his side’s strong effort with the bat and ball.
Kent 1-159 v Leicestershire 186 on Day three at Tunbridge Wells
After being dismissed on day two, Joe Burns had to sit back and watch his teammates struggle to a first innings score of 186. At stumps, Kent had almost taken a first innings lead without too many issues and Leicestershire will be hoping for an improved effort on the final day of play.
Sussex v Nottinghamshire 8-321 (Cowan 27, Magoffin 2-80) on Day 1 at Hove
Ed Cowan (27) will be disappointed to again make a start without going on with it. His 67-ball stay at the crease ended after a contentious LBW decision went against him. With 39 days until the first ball is bowled in The Ashes, Cowan will be hoping he can convert one of his starts into the big score that has so far eluded him this County season.
Steve Magoffin continued his strong form with the ball with 2-80 from 20 overs in bowler friendly conditions at Hove.
The Notts were saved from a poor first innings score thanks to a wonderful knock from Samit Patel (157). Monty Panesar struggled on the green wicket, finishing the day with 0-40 from 16 overs. He will be disappointed not to make his mark as he aims to put his hand up for selection for The Ashes.
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First Posted 01 June, 2013 9:59AM AEST