County Championship round-up July 28, 2007

Jaques century earns draw for Worcestershire

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Division One



Harbhajan Singh claimed five wickets in the second innings at Guildford, but the match ended in a draw © Martin Williamson
Phil Jaques' second century of the season guided Worcestershire to a draw against Surrey at Guildford. His 103 carried the visitors into the lead alongside half-centuries from Stephen Moore (54) and Ben Smith (66). Worcestershire were never really in danger on the final day once Jaques and Smith added 112 for the third wicket. Harbhajan Singh claimed all five batsmen to fall, taking his match haul to nine, but couldn't grab breakthroughs in clusters to earn Surrey a victory. A draw wasn't what either side needed from the match with both of them stuck in the two relegation places.

John Crawley struck a fine century, but Hampshire couldn't force a win against Sussex at the Rose Bowl, despite handing them a scare with three early wickets. Rana Naved-ul-Hasan took out Hampshire's middle order, but Crawley held firm and reached his hundred off 148 balls. Once Crawley had taken Hampshire to a second batting point, Shane Warne declared and Sussex's top order wobbled. James Bruce, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Daren Powell did the damage and suddenly the pressure was on. Murray Goodwin and Chris Adams calmed the nerves with a stand of 89 and Hampshire took nine points to their opponents' seven.

Younis Khan hit an unbeaten double-century as Yorkshire and Kent played out a draw at Scarborough

Division Two

Derbyshire were decimated by Charl Willoughby and Andy Caddick, capitulating for 52 as Somerset completed a 278-run win at Derby. Chasing 331 after yesterday's negotiations, the home side was soon in tatters at 13 for 5 as Willoughby claimed four of the top five. The spinners Ian Blackwell and Cameron White then ran through the tail as Derbyshire folded inside 28 overs. Ant Botha was the only batsman to reach double-figures before falling to Blackwell for 21.

Chris Taylor's 101 almost enabled Gloucestershire to turn impending defeat into victory against Essex at Bristol in a match played over one innings after rain washed out the first three days. After being inserted Gloucestershire slumped to 23 for 4 and 122 for 8 against impressive bowling from Andy Bichel and Ravi Bopara. They claimed eight wickets between them, but Taylor found support from Steve Kirby and Ben Edmondson as the last two wickets added a priceless 62. Gloucestershire's attack then repeated the damage to the visitors with Kirby's four wickets sending Essex sliding to 89 for 7. But Bichel (22 not out) and Alex Tudor (16 not out) held firm in the closing stages and the honours were shared.

The match at Abergavenny between Glamorgan and Leicestershire was abandoned without a ball bowled due to unsafe run-ups. "It's a shame for all concerned and especially Abergavenny Cricket Club, but unfortunately we had to do the right thing and the run-ups were just not fit," the umpire Barrie Leadbeater said.

3rd day

Centuries from Stephen Fleming and Mark Wagh put Nottinghamshire in the driver's seat against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Fleming struck 19 fours and a six in his 100, adding 112 for the second wicket with Wagh, before he was stumped off Jason Brown. Wagh then combined with Samit Patel (54) to add another 111. Wagh took 174 deliveries for his third Championship ton of the season and Nottinghamshire are poised to take a lead. Earlier, the home side added 102 to their total mainly through the efforts of Johann van der Wath, who struck an unbeaten 59, and an eighth-wicket stand of 69 with David Lucas.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Yorkshire 11 3 1 0 7 0 139
Sussex 10 4 2 0 4 0 123
Hampshire 10 3 1 0 6 0 109
Warwickshire 10 2 1 0 7 0 109
Durham 10 3 4 0 3 0 107.5
Lancashire 9 2 0 0 6 1 99
Kent 10 2 3 0 4 1 98
Surrey 10 1 4 0 5 0 84
Worcestershire 10 0 4 0 4 2 59

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Somerset 11 6 1 0 4 0 168
Nottinghamshire 11* 4 1 0 5 0 143.5
Essex 11 3 2 0 6 0 124
Derbyshire 10 2 2 0 6 0 100
Northamptonshire 10* 3 4 0 2 0 96
Middlesex 9 3 1 0 5 0 95.5
Leicestershire 11 1 4 0 5 1 88
Gloucestershire 10 1 4 0 5 0 74
Glamorgan 9 1 5 0 2 1 57

* - match still ongoing