2010 County Championship
Date Friday, April 9, 2010
Match information
Matches in week 2
Total runs 2,269
Total wickets 76
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Friday, April 9, 2010 saw the start on the 2010 County Championship, with opening matches Warwickshire v Yorkshire and Essex v Hampshire.

Warwickshire v Yorkshire

A century stand between Jacques Rudolph and Jonathan Bairstow paved the way for Yorkshire to complete a roller-coaster victory over Warwickshire in their opening LV= County Championship Division One match. With Andrew Gale installed as a new captain after last year’s struggle against relegation, the White Rose county stood up to be counted throughout a tightly-fought match before finally sprinting to a four-wicket win with a session to spare. Rudolph, unbeaten on 69 after completing his second half-century of the match, gave Yorkshire a base from which Bairstow was able to dominate with 81 out of 153 in a partnership spanning only 27 overs. Set a target of 291 for victory, the odds seemed to be stacking up against Yorkshire as they slipped to 130 for five at lunch after Neil Carter and Imran Tahir had reached personal milestones with two wickets each. Carter showed there was still something in the pitch for the seamers when Ajmal Shahzad, a defiant nightwatchman through 16 overs, was leg-before to the left-arm bowler’s fourth delivery of the day. When opener Adam Lyth was out for 67, flicking a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose, Carter claimed his 250th wicket in a 10-year first-class career that began with Boland in his native South Africa. At this stage a seam-and-spin partnership was threatening to derail Yorkshire. While Carter made the initial breakthrough, Tahir put Warwickshire into contention with two prime wickets in the space of three overs. Anthony McGrath stepped in front of his stumps and played across the line to be plumb lbw for 16 and Gale failed to score before pushing forward and giving a routine catch to Jonathan Trott at second slip. None of the early batsmen looked secure as Tahir, born in Pakistan and qualified for South Africa at the end of last year, bagged his 100th wicket in 20 championship matches since taking 12 on his debut for Hampshire in July 2008. With five in his first outing for a new county, he could be the missing link in Warwickshire’s bowling options, but his guile was not enough to knock Rudolph and Bairstow out of their stride. After a cautious performance by Yorkshire up to lunch, the sixth-wicket pair changed the tactics in a guns-blazing counter attack. With 161 still required, the visitors were home and dry in less than two hours before tea. Bairstow, compensating for two dropped chances in his wicketkeeping role, was only three short of his career-best when he drove Carter to Chris Woakes at mid-on after hitting 14 fours from 104 balls. The ever-reliable Rudolph finished with 13 fours from 98 deliveries.

Essex v Hampshire

Ryan ten Doeschate was the hero as Essex pulled off a thrilling 62-run victory against Hampshire at Chelmsford in the LV= County Championship. After scoring an unbeaten half-century, ten Doeschate returned figures of 5-13 from 5.5 overs as Hampshire were bowled out for 185 after facing a target of 248 in 48 overs, losing all 10 second-innings wickets after tea. Victory was achieved with the fifth delivery of the final over as David Masters took a fine catch at leg-slip to get rid of David Griffiths and provide ten Doeschate with his final success. The Netherlands all-rounder was introduced into the attack with the visitors looking slight favourites with 78 required from 11 overs and six wickets remaining. But he immediately struck to have Chris Benham caught behind by James Foster to end a partnership of 46 with Nic Pothas and send the Hampshire innings into rapid decline. Ten Doescghate had Pothas and Kabir Ali caught behind before trapping Danny Briggs in front, while Masters had Sean Ervine caught at the wicket. It all served to leave Hampshire shellshocked following an opening partnership of 71 between Mike Carberry and Jimmy Adams. That ended when Chris Wright tempted Adams into a hook which ended in Foster taking a fine running catch in the region of fine-leg. It was one of five catches taken by the wicketkeeper to add to the couple he claimed in the first innings. Earlier in the day, Essex, who had resumed their second innings on 131 for four, found themselves on the back foot when Tom Westley was caught behind off James Tomlinson without adding to his overnight 69. His departure left ten Doeschate with the task of holding the innings together but he was unable to find anyone to keep him company for any length of time. None of the four remaining batsmen managed to reach double figures as they were demolished by fast bowler Kabir. His fire and hostility brought him figures of 5-33 from 22.4 overs on his Hampshire debut. When the defences of Maurice Chambers were breached to bring the innings to a close, ten Doeschate was left stranded on 66, an innings containing 10 fours and one six. But, as later events were to prove, it was with the ball that he made the greatest impact as Essex announced their arrival in the Division One with 21 points. Hampshire had to settle for six.

Surrey v Derbyshire

Derbyshire wrapped up their first LV= County Championship win in SE11 since 1966, by 208 runs, after dominating play during all four days. Inspired by 340 runs from Australia batsman and captain Chris Rogers, Derbyshire clinched only their fifth victory at the Oval - with 35 balls to spare. With just over five hours remaining in the game, Surrey began their second innings facing a target of 374 in the remaining 76 overs. They were two wickets down by lunch, six by tea and deep in trouble soon after the interval when Steven Davies fell for 56. Left-arm seamer Mark Footitt gave Derbyshire their first breakthrough when Arun Harinath chopped on. Three overs later Tim Groenewald bowled first-innings centurion Mark Ramprakash without scoring. Surrey’s demise gathered momentum after lunch when Greg Smith nipped one through Usman Afzaal's gate to make it 16 for three. Although Rory Hamilton-Brown doubled his side’s total, he had scored only eight when he edged Graham Wagg behind. Soon after, opener Matt Spriegel edged onto his leg stump when cutting at one of Smith’s off-spinner’s. Either side of tea, Gareth Batty fell lbw to Groenewald and, with 27 overs remaining, the resistance of Davies came to a surprising end when his attempted drive against Footitt cannoned onto off stump off a thin inside edge. Stuart Meaker went for a dogged 21, bowled by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who finished with 3-32 after pinning Andre Nel leg before and having Jade Dernbach caught at silly point. Earlier, Rogers duly scored the single he needed from the first delivery of the day from Spriegel to become the first Derbyshire batsman in history to hit single and double hundreds in the same game. Not content with his 127-ball century, the determined opener added a further 40 runs during his four-hour stay before declaring soon after noon with his side 274 for six. The left-hander lost Greg Smith, Dan Redfern and Wagg in a lively opening hour in which the visitors added 114 runs to effectively bat Surrey out of the game.

Worcestershire v Middlesex

Former Middlesex seamer Alan Richardson haunted his old side by picking up four second-innings wickets and effecting a run-out in Worcestershire’s 111-run LV= County Championship Division Two victory at New Road. Richardson, who switched clubs in September, added three wickets to yesterday’s dismissal of Scott Newman to take 4-35 in 19 overs as the hosts claimed their first championship win since August 2008. Middlesex, resuming on 12 for one with a further 269 required for victory, were dismissed for 169, meaning Steven Finn was on the losing side despite taking 14 wickets. Dawid Malan’s battling 69 was their only second-innings score in excess Gareth Berg’s 22 as England captain Andrew Strauss suffered his second failure of the game. Vikram Solanki’s men scented overdue success when Richardson had Strauss lbw, playing no shot, for 15 early on. Paceman Richard Jones removed Iain O’Brien with a delivery which reared up at the nightwatchman, who fended a catch to Daryl Mitchell at second slip. Sam Robson and Malan added 42 before Worcestershire struck again to have Robson, prodding forward to Gareth Andrew, caught behind by Ben Scott - who is on loan from Middlesex. Shortly afterwards the hosts spurned a chance to get rid of Malan when he was put down on 31 at second slip by Mitchell off Chris Whelan. The escape allowed him to move on to 46 before losing Adam London who, going for a second run, was run out by a superb direct throw from third man by Richardson. John Simpson was then caught behind off Jones for nought. Malan completed his half-century, including nine fours from 78 balls. Worcestershire’s mixed fielding continued as Berg was dropped by Scott off Jones for 18, but the batsman was soon lbw to Richardson. Shaun Udal survived a spill by Moeen Ali at slip before Malan was caught by Ben Smith off Andrew, having hit 11 fours from 122 balls. Udal became Richardson’s sixth victim of the game, when Alexei Kervezee held the Middlesex skipper for 13, and Jones caught Finn off Andrew to complete a three-day win.

Glamorgan v Sussex

Part-time off-spinner Chris Nash claimed career-best figures to help Sussex secure an opening LV= County Championship Division Two win over Glamorgan by 201 runs on the final day at the SWALEC Stadium. With Glamorgan offering some stubborn resistance through Ben Wright’s 57 and Jim Allenby’s 62, Nash was brought into the attack and suddenly hastened the Welsh county’s demise. He took two wickets with his first three balls and ended with figures of 4-12 from 9.3 overs. Sussex, who took 21 points from the contest to Glamorgan’s three, wrapped up victory 35 minutes before tea with 39 overs remaining. The hosts had resumed on 51 for one in their second innings, chasing an improbable 405 to win, and it took until only the seventh over for Corey Collymore to break through and have Michael Powell lbw. And 61 for four became 65 for five three overs later when nightwatchman Dean Cosker went in the same fashion – the 14th such dismissal in the match – to Luke Wright. But Sussex’s march to victory was held up for 30 overs either side of lunch as Wright and Allenby put up some impressive resistance. The sixth-wicket pair added 113 with Wright reaching a positive half-century from 73 balls on the stroke of lunch. And with skipper Michael Yardy unable to get the breakthrough from his frontline attack, he turned to Nash. It proved to be an inspired change as Nash broke the sixth-wicket alliance immediately. First he had Wright caught at slip after the ball had deflected off the wicketkeeper’s gloves, and two balls later Mark Wallace played on as Glamorgan went from 178 for five to 178 for seven. Amid the carnage, Allenby survived to follow Wright to a half-century, which included eight fours, from 92 balls. But Allenby was again a helpless witness as Nash struck in his seventh over to have James Harris caught behind, before he fell victim to Monty Panesar at short-leg. Nash wrapped up the victory in the 84th over by having Chris Ashling caught behind.

Leicestershire v Northamptonshire

Leicestershire recovered from a top-order collapse to beat Northamptonshire by six wickets in their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Grace Road. Chasing a meagre target of 65, Leicestershire lost three wickets for 10 runs in six overs before Josh Cobb and Tom New saw them safely over the line an hour before lunch on the final day. The home side needed only 51 more runs to win when they resumed this morning on 14 for one. But Northamptonshire had them rocking as David Lucas and Jack Brooks made quick inroads with some fine seam bowling. Lucas trapped Will Jefferson leg before without adding to his overnight 10 and Brooks picked up two wickets in two overs to leave Leicestershire 29 for four. Brooks had James Taylor lbw offering no shot and also trapped Paul Nixon in front with a delivery which kept low. Cobb and New held their nerve although the former could have been run out by Brooks, who narrowly missed the stumps from close range. Cobb capitalised with a four off Lucas and two more by New eased the pressure before victory arrived via a Brooks overthrow. Cobb finished with 20 and New 14. Leicestershire, who finished bottom of Division Two last season, claimed 22 points from the win with Northamptonshire collecting two.


Division One

Friday, April 9, 2010 11:00AM (4 days)
217-10 (59.2 overs)
v Yorkshire
274-10 (108.2 overs)
Yorkshire (21pts) beat Warwickshire (4pts) by 4 wkts
Umpires: N L Bainton & T E Jesty
Neil Carter 41
Ajmal Shahzad 3/40
Jacques Rudolph 75
Imran Tahir 3/67
347-10 (98 overs) 291-6 (79.5 overs)
Jonathan Trott 88
Oliver Hannon-Dalby 5/68
Jacques Rudolph 69*
Neil Carter 3/50
  • Yorkshire won the toss and decided to field

Friday, April 9, 2010 11:00AM (4 days)
345-10 (107.4 overs)
v Hampshire
354-10 (124.4 overs)
Essex (21pts) beat Hampshire by 62 runs (6pts)
Umpires: N J Llong & R K Illingworth
Billy Godleman 92
David Griffiths 5/85
James Adams 169
David Masters 4/67
256-10 (96.4 overs) 185-10 (47.5 overs)
Tom Westley 69
Kabir Ali 5/33
Michael Carberry 47
Ryan ten Doeschate 5/13
  • Hampshire won the toss and decided to field

Division Two

Friday, April 9, 2010 11:00AM (4 days)
v Surrey

Friday, April 9, 2010 11:00AM (4 days)
v Middlesex

Friday, April 9, 2010 11:00AM (4 days)
v Glamorgan

Friday, April 9, 2010 11:00AM (4 days)
v Northamptonshire

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