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A County Practice 3/6

UPDATED 22 September, 2013 6:21PM AEST | by Andrew Groves 8

Ricky Ponting was eventually dismissed just short of a double-century on a day of county cricket dominated by the Australians.

Derbyshire 452 & 3-164 drew with Surrey 8-553 (Ponting 192) on Day four at Derby

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Ricky Ponting was run out eight runs short of a eye-watering double-century on his Surrey debut as their County Championship fixture with Derbyshire ended in a draw.

Ponting (192) and Arun Harinath (154) were the mainstays at the crease for the visitors as they declared on 8-553.

Derbyshire suffered a nervous time in the middle in their second innings losing three wickets, but they held on for the draw.

The match will be remembered for Ponting's extra-special performance. He just missed out his 10th first-class double ton but secured the highest total made by a Surrey player on first-class debut.

Kent 234 (Copeland 4-46) lost to Northamptonshire 4-263 by 29 runs in the 40-over competition at Tunbridge Wells

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Trent Copeland's magnificent season for Northants continued last night when he ripped through Kent to help his side snatch another important one-day victory.

Batting first The Steelbacks posted a competitive 4-263. Captain Alex Wakely the star with a superb 102.

Kent looked set to chase the target down in reply. But Copeland had other ideas scalping the wickets of Alex Blake, Geraint Jones, Matthew Coles and Adam Ball as the home side fell like a pack of cards from 6-201 to 234 all out.

Durham 9-297 beat Lancashire 258 (Katich 0) by 39 runs in the 40-over competition in Durham

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Simon Katich was bowled for a four-ball duck as his Lancashire suffered a disappointing defeat in Durham.

Mark Stoneman (85) and Phil Mustard (65) put 126 on for the first wicket as the home side batted themselves up to an impressive 9-297.

Graham Onions was the chief destroyer in reply taking 4-45, including the wicket of Katich, as Lancs were rolled for 258.

Leicestershire 220 (Burns 0) lost to Middlesex 0-221 by ten wickets in the 40-over competition in Leicester

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Joe Burns' poor run of form continued as his side were thrashed by Middlesex.

The Queenslander was caught for a duck as Leicestershire were bowled out for 220.

Paul Stirling's 132 not out and Dawid Malan's 80 not out saw Middlesex through in response.

Somerset 7-246 beat Glamorgan 9-245 (North 46) by three wickets in the 40-over competition at Taunton

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Marcus North made 46 for Glamorgan but it was Somerset who pulled through for a thrilling three-wicket win.

The Welsh side looked set for a big score with North, Ben Wright (75) and Dean Cosker (37) all making starts.

Peter Trego top scored with 72 as Somerset just had enough in the tank in response.

Interestingly England opener Nick Compton played in the fixture in a bid to build up some confidence for the Ashes. He, however, failed, only making four when he was dismissed by former Test star Simon Jones.

Yorkshire 6-240 (Jaques 70) lost to Gloucestershire 5-243 (Klinger 96) by five wickets in the 40-over competition at Headingley

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Michael Klinger led from the front with a sublime 96 as Gloucestershire returned home with an excellent victory over Yorkshire.

The Vikings looked in a strong position at the break thanks to Phil Jaques who cracked a fine 70. Adil Rashid carried on his wonderful form with 43 not out.

But Klinger stood tall in response.

He added 74 for the first wicket with Hamish Marshall, then 119 for the second wicket with Gareth Roderick (63) as Gloucestershire came home despite a late wobble.

Sussex 306 v Nottinghamshire 356 & 9-304 (Cowan 81) on Day three at Hove

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Ed Cowan hit 81 for Nottinghamshire, in the face of Steve Magoffin's 4-60, as the two counties played out an interesting day at Hove.

His knock came off 175 balls, and included ten fours and one six.

Closing on 9-304, Notts will be looking to put pressure on the current Division One leaders tomorrow with early wickets.

England 273 lost to New Zealand 3-359 by 86 runs in the second ODI at The Rose Bowl

Martin Guptill cracked his second consecutive hundred, and the joint-fifth best one-day international score of all time as The Kiwis thrashed England in Southampton.

Guptill's 189 not out was simply scintillating, and included 19 fours and two sixes.

Captain Brendon McCullum smashed 40 off 19 balls late on as New Zealand posted a mammoth 3-359.

Jonathon Trott was not out for 109 in reply, but England were well short as the tourists won the series in the process.

The final game of the three-match series is at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Full recap of the ODI here.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 03 June, 2013 7:59AM AEST

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