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A County Practice 9/5

UPDATED 09 May, 2013 11:51AM AEST | by Andrew Groves

Australian-born Sam Robson has continued his brilliant start to the County season with another century overnight.

Warwickshire v Middlesex 3-280 (Rogers 33, Robson 136*) on Day 1 at Edgbaston.

Chris Rogers made a steady 33 against defending Division One champions Warwickshire overnight.

The Middlesex captain looks in prime form this winter, but will have been disappointed not to have converted his start to a bigger total.

His opening partner, Australian-born Sam Robson, continued his brilliant start to the season with 136 not out and some are suggesting he might even appear in English colours before too long.

The Bears, boasting the likes of Jonathon Trott and Ian Bell, toiled on a flat pitch as the away side closed the day on 3-280.

Gloucestershire v Hampshire 8-165 (Bailey 13) on Day 1 at The County Ground, Bristol.

George Bailey failed with the bat as Hampshire were run ragged against Michael Klinger’s Gloucestershire.

At lunch on day one the away side were looking down the barrel on 6-69 with Bailey’s 12 one of only two double figure scores.

A last-wicket partnership of 68 between skipper Jimmy Adams (74no) and Danny Briggs (25no) will give them hope of reaching 200. But at the moment it is Klinger who will be the happier of the two captains.

Yorkshire 9-505 (Bresnan 0) v Somerset 1-92 (Compton 33*) on Day Two at Headingley.

Tim Bresnan was dismissed LBW for a five-ball duck, but his Yorkshire side continued to make waves on day two against Somerset.

One time England leg-spinner Adil Rashid pushed on where he left off yesterday with a career best 180 to help The White Rose declare on 9-505.

In reply England opener Nick Compton will be looking to kick on after he negotiated a tricky opening spell to finish 33 not out at stumps. His side will resume day three on 1-92. Bresnan ended with figures of 0-35 off 15 overs.

Lancashire 177 (Katich 23) v Essex 226 & 2-120 (Cook 57*, Quiney 30) on Day Two at Old Trafford.

Rob Quiney again made a start for his Essex outfit, but he was dismissed 20 short of a well-made half century at Old Trafford.

The Victorian shared a second wicket stand of 52 with England captain Alastair Cook to set up a 169 lead at the close of play. His Essex outfit have regained the initiative in the match after bowling out the Red Rose for 177 earlier in the day of the Division Two clash.

Earlier in the day Simon Katich (23) couldn’t get to grips with a tricky batting surface as his Lancs side were rolled for 177.

Cook battled his way to 57 not out in his last County innings before the First Test against New Zealand next week and he will be looking to convert it into a big hundred tomorrow.

Nottinghamshire 3-140 defeated Kent 6-220 by 7 wickets (D/L Method) at Trent Bridge.

The Outlaws, fielding five England internationals, defeated the Spitfires in a rain-affected Pro40 clash.

Steven Mullaney, who played a summer of Victorian Premier Cricket with Dandenong in Melbourne, finished with figures of 4-29 off eight overs as Kent were restricted to 6-220. Samit Patel and Graeme Swann both finished wicketless.

In reply a formidable top four of Michael Lumb (11), Alex Hales (21), James Taylor (50no) and Patel (17) brought Notts home.

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

First Posted 09 May, 2013 11:34AM AEST

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