Gillespie fires for Glamorgan
Another week, another round of rain-ruined Championship matches, but there was one result in a match featuring one or more Australians, Jason Gillespie playing a useful part in Glamorgan's first victory this season.
Gillespie scooped 3 for 39 from 18 overs to knock Gloucestershire over for 200 and complete the 114-run win at Bristol, all three victims trapped leg-before. He dismissed the opener Craig Spearman for 7, then returned to collect crucial lower-order wickets to earn victory. His fellow Australian Marcus North made a duck, claimed by Alex Wharf.
Gillespie's 16 not out had pushed his side towards 277 all out in the first innings, then he took 1 for 21 from ten overs in the first innings - his wicket North, for 37 - before Gloucestershire declared. Glamorgan also declared their second innings on 178, leaving an unlikely chase of 315.
Steve Magoffin claimed useful wickets again in a hopeless cause as rain affected yet another Worcestershire outing, this time against Northamptonshire in Northampton. Magoffin took 4 for 49 in the first innings, 3 for 93 in the second, to continue to prove his worth as Doug Bollinger's replacement.
Murray Goodwin was the stand-out performer in the first division, although his 98 was part of an inevitable draw for Sussex with Surrey after a first-day washout in Hove. A graceful Goodwin sliced up a feast of wayward offerings with some choice cuts, before his dreams of a 54th first-class hundred were dashed by a feather off Matthew Nicholson, the Australian fast bowler's only wicket of the innings.
Adam Voges' failure on 6, caught behind off Morne Morkel, was of little consequence as Nottinghamshire drew with Yorkshire in a rainy draw at Headingley.
In the one-day league, however, Voges' unbeaten 42 from 40 balls helped leaders Nottinghamshire ease to their Duckworth-Lewis target of 143, completing the job with two of the 30 overs remaining against Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge in the Midlands Division. Voges continues to make an impact in his first county season. Darren Pattinson, the Victorian fast bowler, picked up 3 for 39 from ten overs in his first one-day match for Nottinghamshire as the visitors struggled to support Stephen Peters, who made 90.
Nicholson returned the best figures for Surrey's attack against Middlesex at Lord's, grabbing 3 for 37, all from catches. Nicholson found some good swing to remove the useful Eoin Morgan for 16 and then found two edges to remove the topscorer Gareth Berg for 65 and Vernon Philander for 26 to curtail Middlesex's charge at 233. Surrey hunted down the runs with three overs left, their first win of this South East campaign and Middlesex's first loss.
Sean Ervine was dumped by Western Australia last week, but he had a small part in Hampshire's Duckworth-Lewis win against Gloucestershire at the Rose Bowl in the South/West division. He bowled the centurion Alex Gidman, returning 1 for 51 from 8 overs and took two catches, including removing North for 85 as Gloucestershire amassed 350. While Ervine could only muster 15 in reply - North getting his revenge with the scalp - his side won by 5 runs, hunting down a whopping 240 just within their 30 available overs. It was their first win of the tournament.
Justin Langer's fall for 7 kiboshed Somerset's hopes of victory in Taunton, coming up 20 runs short in their chase of an ominous 222 against Glamorgan. Gillespie's nine overs were wicketless, but they were crucially economical, costing 33 runs. Goodwin also failed, making 5 for Sussex at Hove, as Kent overhauled their 245 with one ball remaining.