County Championship round-up

Flintoff bludgeons Lancashire to victory

Cricinfo staff

July 14, 2008

Text size: A | A

First Division


Andrew Flintoff heads up the pavilion steps at The Rose Bowl after leading Lancashire to a six-wicket win © Getty Images
Enlarge
 
Andrew Flintoff hit the winning runs as Lancashire beat Hampshire by six wickets at The Rose Bowl to go within a point of Championship leaders Nottinghamshire. Flintoff made an unbeaten 39 off 23 balls in his county's third win of the campaign, although he started unconvincingly with a pull over midwicket before unleashing a barrage of boundaries, including a towering straight six into the pavilion - and he was later called into the England 12 for this week's Headingley Test. Resuming on 34 for 0 chasing 163, Lancashire lost two early wickets to Dimitri Mascarenhas and a third to James Tomlinson - Francois du Plessis leg before without offering a shot - before Stuart Law and Flintoff calmed the nerves, putting on 73 in eight overs.

Kent moved into second place with a tense four-wicket defeat of Yorkshire at Canterbury. Needing 137 on a wearing pitch, Kent lost four wickets in the morning session but appeared well on course when they reached lunch on 101 for 4. But Rana Naved-ul-Hasan grabbed three wickets in as many overs immediately after the resumption to leave Kent on 108 for 7. Geraint Jones and Yasir Arafat smacked 34 in five overs to see their side over the finishing line, while Yorkshire completed a miserable day after having their Twenty20 appeal turned down.

Durham settled for a draw against Somerset after they lost two quick wickets in pursuit of a stiff target of 283 in 52 overs at Chester-le-Street. With the first day completely washed out, a draw always looked on the cards. Marcus Trescothick made a breezy 50 as Somerset declared on 193 for 5, and when Durham slipped to 8 for 2 they gave up any thoughts of mounting a serious chase, eventually finishing on 113 for 4.

For John Ward's summary of Nottinghamshire's drawn match against Surrey at Trent Bridge, click here.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Nottinghamshire 8 3 2 0 3 0 98
Lancashire 8 3 1 0 4 0 97
Kent 8 3 2 0 3 0 96
Yorkshire 8 2 3 0 3 0 85
Durham 6 3 2 0 1 0 77
Surrey 8 0 2 0 6 0 73
Sussex 8 1 2 0 5 0 73
Somerset 6 2 1 0 3 0 72
Hampshire 8 1 3 0 4 0 68

Second Division

Middlesex missed out on the chance to go top as Gloucestershire's last pair of Anthony Ireland and Ian Saxelby held out for 22 overs to secure a draw at Bristol. Middlesex batted on for 85 minutes in the morning, reaching 212 for 4, setting Gloucestershire an improbable target of 324 from 72 overs. The seamers, led by Tim Murtagh (3 for 33) and Alan Richardson (3 for 34) ensured the home side were always struggling and at 147 for 9 the game seemed up. With light fading, Ed Joyce was forced to rely on his spinners until late on when the conditions improved. But Ireland survived 91 balls and 19-year-old trialist Saxelby 67 played out time.

Derbyshire and Leicestershire settled for a draw after a see-saw day at Derby in which either side could have snatched a win. Set a target of 220 in 58 overs after Derbyshire had been bowled out for 200, Leicestershire appeared to be struggling on 100 for 6 before James Allenby and Tom Smith (42) added 93 for the seventh wicket. They needed 27 off four overs but the chase was called off when Charl Langeveldt clung on to a sharp return catch to dismiss Smith.

Glamorgan staged a dogged last-day fight to secure a draw with Essex at Cardiff after starting the day staring at a likely defeat. Michael Powell led the way with a four-and-a-half hour unbeaten 86, putting on 68 with David Hemp and 90 with Jamie Dalrymple. Essex missed out when Powell was then dropped by Jason Gallian at slip for 42. Glamorgan only relaxed when they wiped out the first-innings deficit in the last hour, and the captains agreed to call time with five overs remaining and Glamorgan on 269 for 6. The home side later had more to cheer about when they were included in Twenty20 finals day.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Warwickshire 8 2 0 0 6 0 104
Middlesex 8 2 2 0 4 0 91
Essex 8 3 3 0 2 0 89
Leicestershire 8 2 1 0 5 0 86
Northamptonshire 8 2 2 0 4 0 86
Worcestershire 8 2 1 0 5 0 83
Derbyshire 8 2 2 0 4 0 77
Gloucestershire 7 0 2 0 5 0 59
Glamorgan 7 1 3 0 3 0 55

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Season Fixtures Season Results
No fixtures scheduled
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days