Cricket round-up: Young Aamer lives up to Wasim's praise

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Mohammad Aamer, an 18-year old left-arm pace bowler who has the endorsement of Wasim Akram, ripped through an inexperienced Kent side to finish with 5 for 54 as the Pakistan tourists established a first-innings lead of 101 by dismissing the home side for 259 at Canterbury.

In seven overs before lunch, Aamer took 3 for 27, although his victims did include 20-year-old nightwatchman Matt Coles and 18-year old Chris Piesley, on his first-class debut, before James Hockley offered no stroke to an inswinger than took out his off stump.

After lunch, however, he claimed a more impressive scalp by bowling England one-day batsman Joe Denly for 63, wicketkeeper Paul Dixey completing the quintet. After Umar Akmal's 153 on day one, Pakistan are not short of fresh young talent.

England Lions beat West Indies A by five wickets at Northampton, thanks largely to Jonathan Trott's 118 and Alastair Cook's 71, despite Kirk Edwards hitting 147 for the visitors.

Rikki Clarke's half-century held up Durham at the Emirates Ground, where struggling Warwickshire crawled to 159 for 9 but Clarke's last-wicket alliance with Boyd Rankin added 65. Callum Thorp took 4 for 46.

In the Second Division, Surrey took control against Derbyshire, reaching 391 at Chesterfield before reducing the hosts to 81 for 6 but Wayne Madsen (109) and Lee Goddard (67) fought back as Derbyshire recovered to 237.

Leicestershire established a useful first-innings lead over Worcestershire, taking their overnight 163 for 3 to 309 all out, underpinned by Tom New's 58. Daryl Mitchell and James Cameron replied with an unbeaten century-stand, however.

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