May 12, 2003

Sussex skittle Warwickshire to go top of the table

Day four of four

County Championship Division One

Middlesex v Lancashire, Lord's
Middlesex maintained their unbeaten record this season on another rainy day at Lord's. Only 27 overs were possible, in which time Andy Strauss and Sven Koenig continued to rebuild Middlesex's road to recovery against Lancashire. Strauss doubled his overnight score to reach 100 not out, while Koenig also stood firm to reach 71 not out. Middlesex added 87 runs during the day, and were 85 behind Lancashire when the match was abandoned at tea.It was Lancashire's third consecutive rain-affected draw.

Warwickshire v Sussex, Edgbaston
Melvyn Betts and Dougie Brown bowled Warwickshire to an unexpected and exciting win against Sussex at Edgbaston, which sent them top of Division One. Most people would have banked on the draw when Sussex started their second innings after lunch, but Warwickshire skittled them for 106 in the two sessions. Only three batsmen reached double-figures while Betts (5 for 43) and Brown (4 for 17) ripped through the innings as Sussex were routed by 234 runs. Earlier, England hopefuls Ian Bell and Jamie Troughton set up Warwickshire's win with a century apiece, as Warwickshire declared their second innings on 285 for 7. It was Bell's first championship hundred in two years and Troughton's fifth of his first-class career.

Division Two

Glamorgan v Gloucestershire, Cardiff
Gloucestershire secured their second victory of the season with a six-wicket win over Glamorgan at Cardiff - despite some batting heroics from David Harrison and Michael Kasprowicz. After Jonathan Lewis and Ian Butler had reduced Glamorgan to 203 for 8, Harrison (66) and Kasprowicz (78) smashed a ninth-wicket stand of 140 which gave the sparse crowd some entertainment, and also ensured Gloucestershire batted again, needing a target of 95 from 25 overs. And Craig Spearman made sure they weren't caught out by the time with a rapid 39 from 38 balls as Jonty Rhodes and Mark Alleyne carried Gloucestershire to victory with 10 overs to spare.

Yorkshire v Derbyshire, Headingley
Graeme Welch (4 for 74) and Mohammad Ali (3 for 26) led Derbyshire to their first win of the season with a 166-run victory over Yorkshire at Headingley - and justified Dominic Cork's decision not to enforce the follow-on yesterday. A target of 407 was never going to be an option for Yorkshire, who tried to bat out the day for a draw. Resuming the day on 12 for 0, Welch started the path to victory when he bowled Michael Vaughan for 38, and then soon removed Anthony McGrath for 4. Wickets continued to tumble, and only Michael Lumb stood between Derbyshire and a well-deserved victory. But when he fell at the ninth wicket for a dogged 86 to Mohammad Ali, the work was done for Derbyshire, who moved up to second in the table, one place above Yorkshire.

Worcestershire v Zimbabweans, Worcester
Match report