August 26, 2003

Batty shines for Surrey at Old Trafford

Wisden CricInfo staff

Frizzell County Championship Division One

Day 1 Report

Surrey 330 for 9 v Lancashire at Old Trafford
Every game is now an important one for Surrey, and Jonathan Batty, one of their smaller stars, gave them the big performance they needed to stay on top of the Lancashire bowling. Batty batted throughout the day and scored a patient 152 not out with 24 fours and a six as he guided Surrey to 330 for 9. Batty added 104 with Graham Thorpe (57), and then 113 with Azhar Mahmood (63). But apart from those two big partnerships, Surrey struggled to get away from the accurate Lancashire attack. Rikki Clarke (11), Alistair Brown (1) and Adam Hollioake (0) all failed as Gary Keedy (3 for 62), Peter Martin (2 for 49) and John Wood (2 for 62) kept things tight. Even Chris Schofield, whose bowling has been a touch erratic of late, only went for 18 from 10. Bad light then ended play early with Batty 16 short of his career-best score.

Warwickshire 290 v Middlesex 78 for 2 at Edgbaston
Chad Keegan capped an efficient Middlesex display with the ball as they bowled out Warwickshire for 290 and justified their decision to bowl first. Keegan took 3 for 76, and Simon Cook, Ben Hutton and Ed Weekes also chipped in with two each as Warwickshire lost wickets at regular intervals. Mike Powell (73) and Mark Wagh (62) got them off to a solid start by adding 96 after Nick Knight was the first of Keegan's victims for only 10. But after they both perished, Jim Troughton was bowled by Cook for a three-ball duck, and Warwickshire had faltered to 156 for 4. Dougie Brown then came to the rescue to give the innings some oomph with an energetic 71, including 10 fours. In Middlesex's reply, Waqar Younis bowled Andy Strauss first ball and then trapped Ben Hutton lbw for 5 to leave Middlesex swaying on 24 for 2. But Robin Weston (29*) and Owais Shah (36*) restored their advantage as they closed on 78 for 2.

Nottinghamshire 257 for 6 v Leicestershire at Trent Bridge
Phillip DeFreitas and Darren Maddy took three wickets apiece to peg back Nottinghamshire's early progress. Darren Bicknell (59) and Guy Welton (60) rattled up an opening stand of 132, but once Bicknell was caught behind off Maddy (3 for 52), Notts lost four wickets for 32 runs. DeFreitas took three of them, including danger man Kevin Pietersen lbw first ball, as Notts stumbled to 164 for 5. Maddy then accounted for both the Chrisses, Cairns (15) and Read (16), but Bilal Shafayat kept Notts above water with a steady 56 not out before bad light stopped play half-an-hour early.

Frizzell County Championship Division Two

Day 2 Report

Glamorgan 466 v Yorkshire 291 for 4 at Colwyn Bay
An unbeaten 124 from Matthew Wood kept Yorkshire in touch with Glamorgan, who earlier added 86 to their overnight score of 380 for 7. Alex Wharf finished on 79 and Mike Kasprowicz 51 as they put on 137 for the eighth wicket. Wood and Stephen Fleming (61) then made up for lost time with a century opening stand, and Anthony McGrath, England's forgotten man, carried on Yorkshire's progress with a well-paced 92, including 12 fours and a six. McGrath had boosted the score to 259 for 2 when he was caught off Dean Cosker, but Glamorgan hit back late in the day with the wickets of Michael Lumb and Yuvraj Singh as Yorkshire closed 175 runs adrift.

Day 1 Report

Somerset v Hampshire 300 for 7 v at Taunton
Derek Kenway raced to a nice round 100 as Hampshire closed on 300 for 7 against Somerset. Kenway hit his century from 123 balls, with 18 fours, and added 140 with John Crawley, who scored a patient 60. Kenway was finally caught off Richard Johnson, who took 3 for 67 in his second match after his injury, and Crawley was also caught, off Nixon McLean, who finished with 2 for 53. Nic Pothas (21), Lawrence Prittipaul (39) and James Hamblin (31) then made contributions down the order as honours ended just about even.

Other match

England under-19s v South Africa under-19s
Abraham de Villiers hit an impressive 143 from 153 balls as South Africa squeezed home by one wicket and with one ball remaining against England at Arundel Castle. Chasing 268, de Villiers led the way at the top of the order and kept a cool head while South Africa spluttered to 52 for 4. He and Imraan Khan (46) then put on a rescuing stand of 117 and Heinrich le Roux (12) and Craig Thyssen (19) provided de Villiers valuable company down the order. When de Villiers was eventually out, caught off Liam Plunkett (3 for 58), South Africa needed seven more to win with three wickets left. They soon lost two of those three, but Aaron Phangiso kept his cool to hit the winning runs. de Villiers's innings also overshadowed Samit Patel's quickfire 122 from 112 balls, including 16 fours and a six, which was the cornerstone of England's competitive total.