Lightning strikes twice
National League Division Two
Scotland v Somerset, Edinburgh
Scotland made it two wins out of two after they beat Somerset by six wickets in a rain-affected match at Edinburgh. Scotland required 180 runs from 15 overs, after Marcus Trescothick followed up his hundred against the Scots in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Cup on Tuesday with a blistering 80 from 44 balls, including five sixes. But Ryan Watson, Scotland's opening batsman, bettered Trescothick's effort with a match-winning 103 not out from the same number of balls, and with seven sixes. With the help of James Brinkley (48), Watson galloped Scotland to another win with only three balls to go.
County Championship Division One
Middlesex v Lancashire, Lord's
Stuart Law and Mark Chilton shared a mammoth unbeaten 246 partnership to put Lancashire in a commanding position over Middlesex at Lord's. Law smashed 143 not out with 17 fours, while Chilton passed his hundred just before the close. Lancashire ended on 366 for 3, but things could have been different if Middlesex had capitalised on the three Lancashire wickets, which all fell before lunch. One of which Imran Tahir, the debutant legspinner, picked up in his first over when he had Mal Loye caught at silly point by Ben Hutton, and all after he lobbed two full-tosses in the same over, both smacked to the boundary.
Nottinghamshire v Surrey, Trent Bridge
In the clash between the division leaders and the champions at Trent Bridge, Jason Gallian carried his bat to an enterprising 112 not out, but he didn't get much help from his friends. Azhar Mahmood got the ball rolling for Surrey with three early wickets and then James Ormond polished the Notts tail off as the last five wickets fell for only 56 runs. And Surrey had a few big-name casualties of their own in their quick pursuit of Notts's total. Mark Butcher was caught behind first ball of the innings, and Ian Ward soon followed for a meagre 3. However, Mark Ramprakash dug in for 38, but the highlight of the day was Alec Stewart's blistering 98 off 70 balls, as Surrey finished five down, and trailing by 52.
Warwickshire v Sussex, Edgbaston
Warwickshire's adopted South African Ian Trott made the most of his chance at the top of the order in place of Nick Knight with a dashing 134 from 178 balls. Trott's innings included 17 fours and two sixes. But it was Mushtaq Ahmed who fought back for Sussex and made sure Warwickshire didn't run away with the game. He took 6 for 131, including the crucial wickets of Trott and the well-set Mark Wagh, as Warwickshire reached 350 for 9 at the close.
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire, Cardiff
Gloucestershire continued their recent run of good form by dominating the day against Glamorgan at Cardiff. Jon Lewis was the hero with the ball, taking 5 for 61 as Glamorgan, who were 57 for 7 at one point, recovered to 139 all out. Craig Spearman then led the way for Gloucestershire with 75, while Jonty Rhodes saw them to the close of play with 39 not out, and with a lead of 78 runs with seven wickets remaining.
Yorkshire v Derbyshire, Headingley
Even without Darren Gough in their side, Yorkshire still had four Test bowlers on show, and it was the one-Test wonder Ryan Sidebottom who was the pick of the bunch, as he halted Derbyshire's progress at Headingley by removing the top four batsmen. Andrew Gait, Michael di Venuto and Chris Bassano all got starts but fell to Sidebottom's accurate seam bowling. Nevertheless, Luke Sutton (70*) and Dominic Cork (34*) continued the good work before rain stopped play after 86.2 overs.
National League, Division Two
In the other games played today, Oxford University captain Jo Sayers did all students proud when he scored 122 against Hampshire in The Parks. David Paynter and Gerard Brophy smashed big centuries at the Fenners for Northamptonshire against Cambridge University, while Gary Pratt and Nicky Peng spared Durham's blushes with 96 and 158 against Durham University, and Devon Malcolm took his chance for Leicestershire when he picked up five wickets against Loughborough University.