Morris will not stand for ECB post

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Lord Bill Morris has decided against standing for the chairmanship of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The former head of the Transport and General Workers' Union had announced his interest in becoming a candidate to replace David Morgan earlier this month. He wrote to the 18 first-class counties and the MCC to drum up support for the nomination he would need to challenge previous candidates Giles Clarke and Mike Soper, but has now changed his mind.

Surrey posted an imposing 556 all out on day two of their clash at The Rose Bowl with Hampshire. The prolific Mark Ramprakash (188) and Mark Butcher (100) gave the innings its backbone with a 225-run stand.

Hampshire lost Michael Carberry to his third ball of the afternoon in response, before Chris Schofield struck in his second over to remove Michael Brown.

In Division Two, leaders Somerset bowled Glamorgan out for 233 at Taunton. That came in reply to Somerset's 402 as seam trio Charl Willoughby, Andy Caddick and Steffan Jones took three wickets each.

The home side lost both openers with only 29 on the board, but remain on course to enhance their leadership of the division.