County Championship round-up June 1, 2006

Sussex take charge despite defiant Shah

Cricinfo staff

Division One



An all-Australian affair: Shane Warne celebrates dismissing Jason Gillespie at Headingley © Getty Images
At Horsham, Middlesex had Owais Shah to thank for keeping them in the match against Sussex as he stroked a three-hour 126, almost half of his team's runs but he found support hard to come by. Mushtaq Ahmed took 4 for 92 as Middlesex collapsed from 188 for 2 to 266 all out. By the close, Sussex had reached 102 for 1 extending their lead to a commanding 212 and it is hard to see a way back now for the bottom side.

Yorkshire's recovery after yesterday's dismal start continued as they reduced Hampshire to 246 for 9, still 104 in arrears, on an attritional day at Headingley. Michael Carberry, Dominic Thornely and John Crawley all made fifties and at 188 for 2, Hampshire seemed well positioned. But Crawley's dismissal triggered a collapse in which six wickets fell for 39 to leave the home side in command.

On a shortened day at Tunbridge Wells, Kent laboured to 178 for 6 in reply to Warwickshire's 237. Only Matt Walker (57) made any significant contribution, with Lee Daggett the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 72.

Division Two

Fifteen wickets fell on the first day at Swansea, and another 19 today as Somerset wrapped up a six-wicket win inside two days. Cameron White (81) shepherded Somerset to within 13 of Glamorgan's 223 in the morning and then Andy Caddick (5 for 55) ripped through the home side's top order as they were skittled for 103. Set 117 to win, James Franklin took three quick wickets as Somerset slid to 22 for 4, but Wesley Durston and Keith Parsons added 96 for the fifth wicket - the best stand of the match - to end Glamorgan's hopes.

At Whitgift School, Surrey took a slender first-innings lead over Essex thanks to good fifties from Scott Newman, Jonathan Batty and Mark Butcher. At lunch, Surrey were well set on 152 for 0, but Newman fell three runs short of his hundred and then Batty, who had added 194 with him for the first wickets, soon followed for 87. Butcher led the recovery, and Azhar Mahmood (42*) took Surrey ahead in the final overs.

At Oakham School, Leicestershire found the going hard against Northamptonshire after HD Ackerman (92) and John Maunders (78) had put on 173 for the third wicket. Lance Klusener (5 for 62) did the damage, grabbing four wickets in the afternoon session as Leicestershire closed on 254 for 8, still 77 in arrears.

Other match

At The Parks, Harmison grabbed all the headlines for Durham, but for once it was not Steve but younger brother Ben who scored a hundred on his first-class debut against Oxford UCCE. Batting at No. 3, Harmison junior made 110 in just under two-and-a-quarter hours, including 15 fours and a six.

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