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September 3, 2008
Sussex are not short of talented wicketkeeper-batsmen; Matt Prior is with England, Ben Brown is one to watch and Andrew Hodd played an important role on the opening day against Yorkshire at Scarborough. He helped build a solid platform as rain lopped off 34 overs, but late wickets for Yorkshire brought them back into the contest. Hodd added 101 for second wicket with Chris Nash (78) before Matthew Hoggard broke through with the aid of a sharp catch from Michael Vaughan at short midwicket. Murray Goodwin moved to 25 but was cleaned up by Steven Patterson - his second scalp of the day - and Adil Rashid also struck soon afterwards when he removed Chris Adams with a good leg break. Hodd, though, held firm after reaching fifty off 102 balls although he had a couple of slices of luck against Patterson. Despite his two wickets for the day, Patterson's match is likely to be over after Tim Bresnan was released by England to join for the second day of the match.
Will Smith ensured a Durham wobble didn't turn into a full-blown collapse against Lancashire at Chester-le-Street as his unbeaten 59 guided the home side to 142 for 3 at an early close. Michael Di Venuto was run out early by Steven Croft from extra cover after a rebound off the non-striker, but Mark Stoneman built a solid second-wicket stand with Smith. Lancashire's bowlers - who haven't seen any action for more than a week after the washout at Blackpool - struggled to make an impact so it was left to the fielders. Stoneman was the second run out after a mix-up with Smith about a second run, Dominic Cork completing the dismissal after chasing a ball from mid-on, which had been parried by Glen Chapple at mid-off towards the boundary. Tom Smith was the first name in the wicket-taking column by trapping Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who has extended his stay after the Champions Trophy postponement, lbw for a duck.
Worcestershire took control at New Road as the match moved on apace with Warwickshire conceding a lead of 88 as 16 wickets fell in the day. The home side's patched-up pace attack did an impressive job as Chris Whelan and Imran Arif shared seven wickets to remove Warwickshire for 251. Jonathan Trott was the main contributor with an unbeaten 88, but there was another failure for Tim Ambrose, who was lbw to one which kept low. At 119 for 6 the follow-on was looming before Ian Salisbury hit a brisk 48 off 40 balls. The lower order fell away to leave Trott short of his hundred, but Worcestershire's 339 have grown in value. Vikram Solanki fell for 91 and it was left to Gareth Batty to boost the total with 60 as Neil Carter wrapped up the innings with 6 for 100. Andy Harris fell in unfortunate fashion when the ball hit his helmet and fell into the stumps. Worcestershire were batting again before the close and despite losing Stephen Moore the lead is already 133.
Crucial lower-order runs by Robert Croft helped Glamorgan put their noses in front against Derbyshire at Derby. He took his overnight partnership with David Harrison to 88 and carried the team total beyond 300. Graham Wagg eventually broke through to have Harrison stumped off his left-arm spin and he soon removed last-man Adam Shantry, after switching back to seam, leaving Croft short of his century and Glamorgan short of a fourth batting point. For Croft, though, it was a season-best score and his first half-century of the campaign. Glamorgan's promising day continued when Shantry removed Derbyshire's openers - including the key wicket of Chris Rogers for 30 - before more inclement weather ended proceedings.
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Stats highlights from the fourth ODI between India and West Indies in Dharamsala