County Championship round-up: Ealham ton punishes Kent's wastefulness
Friday 18 April 2008
When Mark Ealham wandered to the Canterbury crease yesterday with Nottinghamshire on 198 for 6 Kent could have been forgiven for thinking that their first innings of 162 would not turn out to be so costly.
One hundred and thirty Ealham runs later and a total of 434 for 9 declared and Kent were being made to pay. Ealham shared two stands just shy of three figures with No 9 Paul Franks (52) and then No 10 Darren Pattison (33). The morning session saw Samit Patel (54) complete a half-century after the visitors had started the day on 121 for three. Kent - for whom Darren Stevens was the pick of the bowlers with four for 70 - were 14 without loss in their second innings at the close, and needed 258 runs to make Notts bat again. It was advantage Worcestershire against Warwickshire as the two sides relegated last season both looked to get their season off a to winning start.
The visitors were 150 for two in their second innings at Edgbaston, former England batsman Vikram Solanki unbeaten on 75.
That gave Worcestershire an overall lead of 184, with Warwickshire all out for 215 in their first innings after losing their final five wickets for the addition of just 60 runs after lunch. Worcestershire’s bowlers made light of the loss of Simon Jones, who was unable to bowl due to a stiff neck. Jonathan Trott top scored with 80 for the home side. An unbeaten century from opener Tom New ensured Leicestershire made serene progress towards Middlesex's first-innings 312 by reaching 246 for one at Grace Road.
Matthew Boyce was out for 69 after an opening stand of 143 but HD Ackerman (63no) picked up the mantle. Middlesex lost the final five wickets of their first innings this morning for the addition of just 55 runs. Ravi Bopara and new signing Jason Gallian both made large unbeaten hundreds as Essex took control of their Second Division match with Northamptonshire at Chelmsford.
Bopara made 137 and Gallian 146 as Essex closed on 323 for 2, a lead of 43.
Chris Rogers led Derbyshire’s fightback against Gloucestershire at Bristol. After the hosts had extended their first-innings lead to 190 by being bowled out for 314, Rogers hit 114, supported by Dominic Telo’s 65 but the fall of both to the off-spin of Marcus North saw the visitors close on 235 for 4, a lead of 45.
Cristiano Ronaldo could return against Manchester United - but it won't be like previous reunions
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: New £16m signing put through Arsenal initiation as he sings The Kooks in front of team-mates
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Thomas Vermaelen on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
New Liverpool signing Dejan Lovren forced to train with the under-21s after US visa mix-up
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'