Yesterday was a good day for spin bowlers hoping to impress the England selectors. Peter Such, a Test team candidate, helped Essex beat Worcestershire by 208 runs at Chelmsford.
Watched by one of the selectors, Fred Titmus, the 30-year-old off-spinner claimed 6 for 94 to finish with match figures of 12 for 178. Worcestershire resumed on 40 for 1, needing another 406 for victory, but only Tom Moody, who struck a fine 79 from 105 balls, looked comfortable.
The left-arm spinners Jimmy Hindson and Andy Afford both picked up four wickets as Nottinghamshire beat Derbyshire by 114 runs at Trent Bridge. Chasing 235, Derbyshire folded from 24 for 1 overnight to 120 all out. Kim Barnett made 37 before becoming Hindson's first victim, but only the nightwatchman Andy Cottam, with 32, stayed around.
The Northamptonshire all-rounder David Capel produced a burst of three wickets in four balls but it was not enough to stop Glamorgan completing a three-wicket victory at Cardiff. Requiring 287, Hugh Morris hit 109 and, after Capel's intervention, Darren Thomas and Tony Cottey completed the job.Reuse content