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July 13, 2009
Hampshire's middle-order batsmen fought valiantly to earn a draw against Somerset after beginning the final day in a precarious position at Taunton. Resuming on 122 for 3 in the follow-on, still trailing by 124 runs, Hampshire followed England's example in Cardiff and batted with determination, first wiping out the deficit and sealing the draw with a sizeable lead. John Crawley did a Paul Collingwood, batting 247 balls for his 81, and he was supported by Liam Dawson and Sean Ervine who scored 69 and 58 off 70 balls respectively. Nic Pothas, batting with Jimmy Adams as a runner, was unbeaten on 49 with Crawley, who was returning after a month on the sidelines because of a broken finger, when the match ended with Hampshire on 357 for 5.
Division One points table
Kent and Surrey played out a tame draw at The Oval. Kent began the final day on 509 for 5 and extended their lead to 234 before declaring. James Tredwell scored 60 and Justin Kemp made 183, five runs short of his career best, and Kent declared as soon as he was dismissed with the score on 620 for 7. Murtaza Hussain's 2 for 208 were the second most expensive figures ever by a Surrey bowler. Surrey's innings had a hiccup when Michael Brown and Mark Ramprakash were dismissed in the space of eight runs but Mark Butcher, even though he was hampered by his knee, scored 60 and saw the game to its close with Usman Afzaal, who was unbeaten on 24. Surrey finished on 170 for 3 in their second innings.
A four-wicket spell from Steffan Jones, who is on a month's loan from Somerset, helped Derbyshire secure the advantage against Gloucestershire on the second day at Cheltenham. Replying to Derbyshire's first-innings total of 362, Gloucestershire began the day on 10 for 0 and their innings soon lost direction. They sputtered to 121 for 4 before losing three wickets for six runs and eventually getting dismissed for 164. Alex Gidman's 55 was the top score followed by opener Kadeer Ali's 25 while Jones picked up 4 for 44. Derbyshire also stumbled in their second innings, losing two early wickets, before Wayne Madsen (69 not out) and Daniel Redfern added 89 for the third wicket. They ended the day on 122 for 3, with a lead of 284 runs.
Division Two points table
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