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July 27, 2006
Nick Knight struck a fine 123 for Warwickshire on the first day of their match against Sussex at Edgbaston, as the home side reached 329 for 7. Warwickshire were reduced to 89 for 4 before Knight and Michael Powell put on 126 for the fifth wicket. Though Knight fell to James Kirtley, Tim Ambrose struck a resilient 63 and remains unbeaten going into day two.
Graham Onions's first five-for rocked Middlesex who put in another pathetic display with the bat, stumbling to 176 all out to stare defeat in the face against Durham at Lord's. Only Nick Compton (56) showed any sort of application as Onions brought tears to the loyal Lord's supporters. Durham enforced the follow-on, rightly so, and Onions continued his fine bowling to remove Ed Smith for just 10. They trail by 221 runs.
Michael Carberry fell one short of a deserved hundred, but John Crawley made up for it with a super 173 as Hampshire gained a 298-run lead over Yorkshire at Southampton. Though Chris Benham struck a useful fifty, there was little else from Hampshire's batsmen who were indebted to Crawley's appetite for big hundreds. Jason Gillespie eventually made the breakthrough and Hampshire's tail subsided quickly. However, after his six wickets to demolish Yorkshire yesterday, Dimitri Mascarenhas trapped Craig White in front for a golden duck as Yorkshire ended in the perilous position of 2 for 1.
A slick bowling performance from Nottinghamshire limited Lancashire to 200 on the second day at Trent Bridge before Lancashire's seamers hit back to reduce the home side to 94 for 5. Ryan Sidebottom and Andrew Harris each took three wickets in Lancashire's first innings, Glen Chapple top-scoring with a typically pugnacious 39. And it was Chapple to the fore again, this time with the ball, ripping out three Nottinghamshire batsmen as Notts were reduced to 94 for 5, holding a lead of 291. During the day Chris Read was forced to make a dash to one of the toilets underneath the stands when he was caught short during Lancashire's innings.
A fine 140 from Vikram Solanki took Worcestershire up to and beyond Derbyshire's first innings total of 151 on the second day at Chesterfield. After losing Lou Vincent for just 14, Worcestershire fought back with Stephen Moore (63) and Solanki putting on 120 for the second wicket. Moore fell to Ant Botha, who bowled well for his 2 for 67, but Solanki was in no mood to be dictated to, creaming 28 fours and lofting one over the boundary. He finally fell to Steffan Jones - and was shown the way to the pavilion by several Derbyshire fielders - but Stephen Davies (59*) and Gareth Batty (35*) gave Worcestershire the slender lead of 33 runs as they went to stumps on 384 for 5.
Michael Powell fell one short of his first triple hundred as Glamorgan finally declared on a massive 647 for 7 on the second day against a struggling Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. He shared in a superb fifth-wicket partnership of 188 with James Franklin (94) and eventually fell to Ian Fisher's slow-left-arm having stuck 38 four and 2 sixes in an innings spanning 11 hours. To cap off a dreadful day for Gloucestershire, they then lost Phil Weston for 18 - brilliantly caught at short midwicket - and trail by 525 runs although Brendan McCullum showed batting was still comfortable.
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