Streak flies into comfort zone

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Times have been desperately hard for Heath Streak. The former Zimbabwe captain was sacked for objecting to selection policy. His father Denis, a farmer in the benighted country, has spent time in prison. Now his country faces a ban from international cricket. So it must have been a relief to return to the cosy world of county cricket at Edgbaston, which tends to give his type of seamers encouragement.

Times have been desperately hard for Heath Streak. The former Zimbabwe captain was sacked for objecting to selection policy. His father Denis, a farmer in the benighted country, has spent time in prison. Now his country faces a ban from international cricket. So it must have been a relief to return to the cosy world of county cricket at Edgbaston, which tends to give his type of seamers encouragement.

Warwickshire are on top of the County Championship's First Division, and the former Hampshire paceman has flown in to replace the South African fast bowler Dewald Pretorius.

He found himself opening the bowling against Northamptonshire - still seeking their first win since being promoted - and took four of the first five wickets to fall. He returned 7 for 80 as the visitors struggled to 329 all out, Ben Phillips hitting 90 down at No 9.

Second-placed Kent must have been pleased to have got rid of Graeme Hick early on at New Road. But the Worcestershire opener Stephen Peters stepped into his shoes to score 123 off 229 balls with 19 fours, the captain, Ben Smith, made 65 and Vikram Solanki stroked his way to 107 off 132 balls with 16 fours and two sixes as the hosts made 356 for 7. With Mohammad Sami and Min Patel injured, Kent will hope that Martin Saggers is released from England duty this morning.

In the Second Division, it was a case of Ye Olde England as John Crawley of Hampshire was dismissed on 97 by Essex's Darren Gough at Chelmsford, Shane Warne's side making 302 for 7.

Glamorgan were looking to build on three straight wins at Cardiff against Leicestershire but they ran into the West Indian pace bowler Ottis Gibson, who took 5 for 80 as they were all out for 333. Matthew Maynard hit his 58th first-class century, 114 off 167 balls including 13 fours. However, the visitors stuttered to 46 for 3.

On the second day at Chester-le-Street, Durham were all out for 150 in reply to Yorkshire's 331, the off-spinner Richard Dawson taking 5 for 40. Yorkshire reached 156 for 4 in their second innings.

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