Phil Tufnell reminded the England selectors of his existence yesterday with 5 for 72 in a marathon spell of 40.3 overs at Derby. The left-arm spinner put the brakes on Derbyshire, who were inspired by a brilliant century from Chris Adams.
After a career-best 239 in his previous four-day game, Adams surged to his second Championship century of the season from only 131 balls. Kim Barnett made 53 and Karl Krikken 46 not out to take Derbyshire to a first- innings' total of 321.
Somerset's Andrew Caddick dispelled any lingering doubts about his fitness with a tremendous sustained spell of fast bowling at Bath. Caddick took 7 for 83 as Worcestershire were bowled out for 194 on the second day of the game. His efforts ensured the home side gained a 69-run first-innings lead, and by the close Somerset had reached 53 for 3.
Chris Cairns produced a typically vibrant 80 not out to ensure Nottinghamshire did not squander the good work of their openers on the first day of their game with Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge. The New Zealand all-rounder hammered eight fours and three sixes in his 104-minute innings to steer the home side to 332 for 5 by the close. That helped steady their innings after Gloucestershire had hit back well in the afternoon session, claiming four wickets for 87 runs to peg back Nottinghamshire at 218 for 4.
Simon Brown and David Ligertwood compiled a club-record ninth-wicket stand of 127 to steer Durham to a total of 377 against Surrey at Stockton. Although the partnership rescued Durham after they had slipped from 130 for 0 to 244 for 8, their haul still looked below par on an easy-paced pitch as Darren Bicknell and Mark Butcher replied with 27 in five overs. Earlier, Sherwin Campbell, the West Indian batsman, and Stewart Hutton had made Durham's first century opening stand of the season.
Northamptonshire slumped on the rain-affected second day of their match at Basingstoke. Needing 245 to avoid the follow-on, they closed on 58 for 6 in reply to Hampshire's first-innings score of 394.Reuse content