- 2005 English cricket season (16-31 August)
2005 English cricket season"
The period of the 2005 English cricket season between 16 and 31 August saw
Essex Eaglesclinching victory in the National League, England beating Australia to ensure at least a drawn Ashes series, and England Women completing a six-wicket victory over Australia to win the Women's Ashesfor the first time since 1963.
The period started with
County Championshipgames, however, with five matches beginning on 16 August. This included the Roses battle between Lancashire and Yorkshire, which ended in a draw to keep both sides behind Division Two leaders Durham, while Sussex spent two days in beating Middlesex by an innings and 232 runs to go top of the table - a point ahead of Nottinghamshire, and 1.5 points ahead of Kent - who defeated Bangladesh A by three wickets in a tour match at St Lawrence Ground.
18 August, Australia were scheduled to play Scotland in a match that was to be broadcast on BBC - however, the match was rained off, giving the Australians even less time to warm up. Two days later, they began a drawn two-day friendly game with Northamptonshire, on the same day as the C&G Trophysemi-finals. Warwickshire and Hampshire took convincing victories to reach the final. Meanwhile, in the Midlands, Australia's women played two ODIs with England on the 19th and 21st of August, winning the first after bowling England out for 128 to go 2–0 up in the series, but losing the second by a two-run margin. There were also a total of 10 National League matches from the 21st to the 24th of August; three were rained off, while Sussex Sharkstook a four-point lead in Division Two despite losing their first match with Leicestershire Foxes.
County Championship cricket began again on
24 August, with eight matches played in this period. Four were drawn, but Division One table-toppers Sussex fell to a 101-run defeat against Warwickshire as their Pakistani overseas player Rana Naved-ul-Hasanwent wicketless in the first innings. Lancashire also recorded a win to go second in Division Two, just six points off leaders Durham with a game in hand. On the international stage, England and Australia began their battle for the Ashes once again on 25 August, where England eked out a three-wicket victory after earning a 259-run lead on first innings and becoming the first team to ask Australia to follow onin 17 years. The men's win got much more media coverage than the women's first Ashes victory since 1963, achieved through a six-wicket victory in the second and final Test inspired by the all-round efforts of Katherine Brunt(who took nine wickets and made 52 runs).
More National League games followed, with
Essex Eaglessecuring the title thanks to a 12-run win over C&G Trophyfinalists Hampshire Hawks, while Sussex Sharksended the month with wins over Scottish Saltiresand Surrey Lionsto take a ten-point lead in Division Two, though with second-placed Durham Dynamoshaving two games in hand. The County Championship also began to reach a conclusion, with Nottinghamshire and Hampshire recording wins on the matches that started on 30 Augustto take the top two spots in the Division One table. In Division Two, Derbyshire came close to breaking their winless streak when they finished three runs short of a winning total against Durham, but Lancashire couldn't exploit the failures of their title-competitors as they fell to a 285-run defeat at the hands of Northamptonshire.
National League - midweek games
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan (17 August)
"Glamorgan (4pts) beat Northamptonshire (0pts) by five wickets"
Glamorgan Dragons' bowler David Harrison bowled a fierce spell which only conceded 17 runs in nine overs - including five runs to extras - as Glamorgan limited the hosts Northamptonshire Steelbacksto 201 all out at Sophia Gardens. Northamptonshire's Riki Wesselshit 80 off 72 balls to take the score past 200 before lofting the ball to David Cherryto be last out. However, his 54-run partnership with Johann Louwgave Northamptonshire some hope of posing a challenge. Wickets fell with reasonable regularity, but captain Robert Croftrefused to be dismissed, and his 81 not outanchored the chase. Richard Grant scored 22 not out as well, as Glamorgan made it to the target with 20 deliveries to spare, despite two wickets from Bilal Shafayat. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/15-17AUG2005/NORTHANTS_GLAM_NLF_17AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Durham v Leicestershire (16 August)
"Durham (4pts) beat Leicestershire (0pts) by eight wickets"
Durham Dynamos took a vital win in the promotion battle with Leicestershire Foxes. Michael Lewis took four for 13 as Leicestershire could only make 113 at Riverside, with only Darren Robinson passing 20.
Neil Killeenand Liam Plunkettalso chipped in with two wickets each. Paul Collingwoodthen slashed 51 not outfrom number three to guide Durham to the target with 18.4 overs and eight wickets to spare. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/15-17AUG2005/DURHAM_LEICS_NLS_16AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Kent v Bangladesh A (16-17 August)
"Kent won by three wickets"
Eighteen wickets fell on the frantic first day at
St Lawrence Ground, and nineteen on the second, as two teams clashed in an interesting, low scoring match that lasted for only 173.4 overs. The Bangladesh A tourists had won the coin toss and chosen to bat, but immediately lost Nafees Iqbalfor a duck. However, Tushar Imranmade 86, and with some help from Shahriar Nafees(with 30) and Nazimuddin(27), he took the score to 185. That total did not look challenging, but that was before Syed Rasel's medium pace came to the scene. After Niall O'Brienand Neil Dexterput on 13 for the first wicket for Kent, Rasel and Shahadat Hossaindug out two wickets each, as Kent lost four wickets for two runs. Rasel took three more wickets before stumps on day one, and two more on the second morning, to end with seven for 50 - the only five-wicket-haul of Bangladesh A on the tour. However, only Shahriar Nafeespassed 20 in the second innings, Tushar lost his golden touch (before this innings, he had made 455 runs at a batting averageof 65) to only scamper 12 runs, while Antiguan-born Robert Joseph took five for 19 with his pace bowling. Kent were set 188 to win, and lost wickets at regular intervals, but 54 from the first-class debutant Dexter turned out to be crucial as Kent made it with three wickets to spare. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/BDESH-A_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/BDESH-A_KENT_16-18AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Scotland v Australians (18 August)
"Match abandoned without a ball bowled"
A capacity crowd of 4,500 was at The Grange in
Edinburghto watch the local heroes of the Scottish cricket teamface off with the world's highest ranked team, Australia. The game was to be a highlight of the Scottish season, with the ground authorities reporting that they could have sold the tickets three times over. The BBC had won the rights to broadcast the match in Scotland, making it the first cricketmatch to be broadcast on the BBC since 1999.
However, rain poured down steadily, although a buoyant crowd still queued to enter the ground. The weather then first cut the match down to 20 overs and then starting again to prevent any play whatsoever. Although Cricket Scotland had insured against rain, so they were not at a pecuniary advantage, the lack of game represents a lost opportunity to help develop the game north of the English border. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/AUS_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS_SCOT_18AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Northamptonshire v Australia (20-21 August)
Australia scored more than four times as many runs for each wicket as their hosts Northamptonshire at Northampton, yet the two-day time limit and Australia's hunger for batting practice ensured a draw. Northamptonshire won the toss, and put their guests in to bat, and
Steffan Jonesgot two early breakthroughs as Australia were set back to 69 for 3 - Damien Martynhaving spent only 14 minutes at the crease for his 26 - but Matthew Haydenand Michael Clarke spent good time in the middle making their centuries. The Australians declared on 374 for 6, and immediately dug into the Northamptonshire batsmen, who were effectively reduced to 48 for 5 when Tim Robertsretired hurt for 18. Glenn McGrathonly bowled 11 overs, but used his time well, taking three for 24, while Shaun Taitand Brett Leealso got among the wickets with two each. Northamptonshire were bowled out for 169, and Australia opted to bat again, Simon Katichand Justin Langerboth making half-centuries before the final day's play ended and the game was drawn. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/AUS_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS_NORTHANTS_20-21AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Middlesex v Sussex (16-17 August)
"Sussex (22pts) beat Middlesex (3pts) by an innings and 232 runs"
Sussex enjoyed their highest victory all season by defeating Middlesex at
Lord's, after Rana Naved-ul-Hasancame in at eight to slash a first class best 139. His seventh-wicket partnership with Michael Yardywas worth 228 runs in just two and a half hours, after the first six wickets had been lost for 199 runs. With Mark Davis scoring a quickfire 50 as well, Sussex went to stumps on day one with the score 522 for 9 - with the run rate at just over five an over. Middlesex' Stuart Clarkgot Davis out with the fourth ball of the morning, but from then on everything went downhill. Once again, just like against Gloucestershire the previous week, Rana and Mushtaq Ahmedwent berserk on the opposing batting line-ups, as Rana removed the top three batsmen and Mushtaq the next three as Middlesex crashed to 87 for 6. Then, after a brief period of calm where Ben Scottand Chris Peploeadded 23 runs, Robin Martin-Jenkinsbroke through and Middlesex lost three wickets for three runs. Middlesex finished their first innings on 128 - Martin-Jenkins taking the last wicket to end with four for 31 - and were forced to follow on, trailing by 394 runs on first innings.
Ed Smith and
Ben Huttonforged Middlesex' biggest partnership of the match so far, with 45 runs, before the wheels fell off once again. Mushtaq took three wickets in an over, and Rana Naved-ul-Hasanremoved four batsmen for ducks in another frantic over, as Middlesex imploded from 45 for 0 to 48 for 7. Smith tried to force Sussex to bat again at least, batting for three hours to make 69, but Mushtaq got another three wickets to end with six for 44, and Middlesex collapsed to a total of 162. Pakistani bowlers took a total of 16 wickets for Sussex - in the last Championship game they had taken 18. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/14-19AUG2005/MIDDX_SUSSEX_CC1_16-19AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Surrey v Gloucestershire (16-19 August)
"Surrey (12pts) drew with Gloucestershire (11pts)"
Azhar Mahmoodand Mohammad Akramshared out the first three wickets for only one solitary run, as Gloucestershire looked to collapse in the first innings at The Oval. Alex Gidmanfought back, however, making 84 from number six, while Steve Adsheadshepherded the tail with 148 not out, and Gloucestershire made their way to 350. Surrey and Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaqended with one for 110 in his first first class game of the season. Surrey initially struggled with the bat, as opener Mark Butcheronly made six before he was dismissed by William Rudge.
However, Gloucestershire's bowlers failed to get consistent bite, and
Mark Ramprakashsmashed his way past 1,000 first class runs in the season with a season-best 192. He was well supported by Graham Thorpe, Jonathan Batty, Ali Brownand Tim Murtagh, who all made scores above 30, and Surrey finished their first innings with a total of 463 in the middle of the first session on day three, with wickets shared out among the Gloucestershire bowlers. Surrey got an early breakthrough by dismissing Craig Spearman, but Kadeer Aliand Ramnaresh Sarwanstuck to the crease, adding 151 for the second wicket. However, three wickets from Nayan Doshilate on day three seemed to turn the game Surrey's way, with Gloucestershire leading by 181 runs for the loss of six wickets at stumps. However, the fourth day's play was rained off, and the match ended in a draw. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/14-19AUG2005/SURREY_GLOUCS_CC1_16-19AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Derbyshire v Essex (16-19 August)
"Essex (19pts) beat Derbyshire (6pts) by five wickets"
Essex came back from a 120-run first innings deficit, after Derbyshire had used a day and a half for their first innings at
The County Ground, Derby. Derbyshire weren't overly keen on hitting runs, though four batsmen made fifties, and especially Luke Suttontook his time at the crease. His 88 took five hours, and he faced 241 deliveries. However, Derbyshire's tactic of attrition seemed to work - after amassing 426, all while Danish Kaneriawas bowling (the Pakistani leg spinner bowled 60.1 overs, taking six for 111), Derbyshire immediately got breakthroughs with the ball. Essex crashed to 18 for 3 before the Flower brothers - Grant and Andy - put on 60 for the fourth wicket to help close the gap. By stumps, they were 113 for 4 from 50 overs.
After the relatively slow proceedings on the first two days, the third day gave the spectators nearly 400 runs while eighteen wickets fell.
Graeme Welchtook two wickets in consecutive deliveries in the early stages, as Essex crashed to 128 for 6, but Ronnie Iranimade a four-hour 99 and was well supported by James Middlebrookand Darren Gough- the latter registering 51 off just 38 deliveries. Welch finished with figures of five for 68, his second five-for of the season, as Essex finished on 306. Then, Essex's bowlers suddenly found some form, Ravinder Boparagetting two early wickets to see Derbyshire to 34 for 4. Another rearguard effort from Luke Suttonand a fine 74 from Jon Moss saw Derbyshire to stumps with a lead of 314 with eight down - Sutton still not outwith 38. A further 22 runs were added on the second day, while Danish dismissed not Jake Deterto complete his second five-for of the match - Sutton was left stranded on 46 not out, setting Essex 337 to win. As Alastair Cook, Grant Flowerand Bopara fell in quick succession, Essex were reeling on 82 for 3, but William Jefferson made 83 to set them back on track, and a 177-run partnership between Andy Flowerand Ronnie Iraniset Essex on the course for victory. They made it with five wickets to spare, and Derbyshire's winless drought continued. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/14-19AUG2005/DERBY_ESSEX_CC2_16-19AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Lancashire v Yorkshire (16-19 August)
"Lancashire (11pts) drew with Yorkshire (11pts)"
Craig Whiteand Matthew Wood gave Yorkshire control of the first day of the Roses clash against Lancashire. Wood made 86 and White 110 not out, while the Lancashire captain Mark Chiltonwas stumped for options and had to turn to part-time spinner Marcus Northfor seven overs of bowling - which yielded the wicket of Ismail Dawood. Thanks to hard hitting from Deon Kruis, who finished with 35, Yorkshire ended their innings on 417 after 125 overs, James Anderson taking the number 10 and 11 to end with three wickets, the same number as Glen Chapple. Lancashire set about chasing the total with a massive opening partnership between Chilton and Ian Sutcliffe- the pair added 223 and battered Chris Silverwoodout of the attack, as the opening bowler was left with 13 of Yorkshire's 157.1 overs.
Sutcliffe was eventually dismissed seven runs short of a century, caught by
wicket-keeperDawood off Tim Bresnan's bowling, and Bresnan got another wicket when he trapped Mal Loyelbw. Bresnan and Deon Kruiswere Yorkshire's best bowlers, sharing nine of the ten wickets, and starting with Sutcliffe's dismissal, Lancashire lost five wickets for 27 runs to Bresnan and Kruis. However, 146 from Andrew Symonds, and half-centuries from Dominic Corkand Warren Hegggave Lancashire a 120-run lead. Yorkshire batted to stumps on day three without loss, and survived 89 overs on the fourth day with ease. Craig White, Anthony McGrathand Matthew Wood all made fifties for Yorkshire, while no Lancashire bowler got more than one wicket. Yorkshire remained 2.5 points ahead of Lancashire in the Championship table, but were third following Essex' victory over Derbyshire. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/14-19AUG2005/LANCS_YORKS_CC2_16-19AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Worcestershire v Somerset (16-19 August)
"Worcestershire (22pts) beat Somerset (4pts) by an innings and 56 runs"
Somerset were bowled out for 318 on the first day at New Road, but for the efforts of Malaysian
Arul Suppiah(who made 72), wicket-keeper Carl Gazzard(74) and the 18-year-old debutant from Taunton, Robert Woodman(46 not out), it would have been far worse. The Worcestershire bowlers shared out the wickets, and Somerset were in real trouble at 57 for 5, but Suppiah stayed calm and the lower order made good contributions. Nadeem Malikgot the best figures for Worcestershire, with three for 63.
However, Somerset's bowling left something to be desired. After an opening stand of 51, Worcestershire powered onwards, with number three
Zander de Bruynsmashing 28 fours in a four-hour 161. Ben Smith and Steve Davies also got centuries, as Worcestershire at one point were 618 for 3. Three wickets from Keith Parsonsset them back, but Worcestershire could still declaration and forfeituredeclare on 696 for 8. Suppiah started well once again, making 34 in a 110-run partnership with Matthew Wood as Somerset made their way to 138 for 1. Then spinners Ray Price and Gareth Battyshared the next seven wickets for 70 runs, and Somerset imploded to 209 for 8 while still needing 169 to avoid the innings defeat. A good rearguard from number eight Carl Gazzard, and his partners Andy Caddickand Simon Francis saw Somerset first past 250 and then past 300. They looked to make Worcestershire bat again when Kabir Alihad Francis bowled- his only wicket of the innings, as he finished with expensive figures of 8.5-0-50-1. Batty and Price bowled 87 of Worcestershire's total of 108.5 overs, and Price's 44 overs included 21 maidens. [http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/14-19AUG2005/WORCS_SOMERSET_CC2_16-19AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
"Australia Women won by 65 runs"
Slow left armbowler Shelley Nitschkebowled Australia to a win and a 2–0 series lead in the second match of the ODI series, after good bowling from the English women had limited Australia to 193 for 8 in 50 overs. Kate Blackwelland Lisa Keightleyboth made fifties for Australia, while Belinda Clarkcontinued her poor run of form - two ducks in the Tests and 16 in the first ODI was followed up with a 45-ball 10 today. England wicket-keeper Claire Taylormade three stumpings, two off medium pace bowler Isa Guha. England's reply started well, with Laura Newtonand Claire Taylormaking their way to 80 for 1 after Charlotte Edwardshad been dismissed initially, but the English bowler just couldn't play the spin of Nitschke, who recorded a career-best analysis of 7 for 24, despite six wides. Only Newton and Taylor passed 10, while Arran Brindle's good form (with 236 runs in three innings so far in the series) came to a halt as she was bowledby Nitschke for a golden duck. England's final score was 128 all out, with more than 10 overs potentially remaining in the innings. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/OTHERS/AUS-WOMEN_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS-WOMEN_ENG-WOMEN_WODI2_19AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
"England won by two runs"
England needed a victory to keep the five-match one-day international series alive, and with Australia needing six runs off the last over, it looked like the Australians would secure the series with two matches to spare. However,
Katherine Brunthad the last say, as she first had Cathryn Fitzpatrick stumpedand then helped to run out Julie Hayesfor a duck. Suddenly, Australia needed four from the last ball to win, and they could only get one, as England went into scenes of jubilation - having secured their first victory over the Australian women since 1993. Earlier, Claire Taylorhad lifted England to 200 for 7 with her 82, taking on Fitzpatrick who conceded 61 runs in her 10 overs. All the six Australian bowlers got one wicket, however, with the seventh being a run out. Australia's opener Belinda Clarkrecorded another poor score with a six-ball duck, and Australia continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Yet, at 195 for 5 with an over to spare, the wise money would normally have been on the tourists, but thanks to Brunt, it went England's way instead. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/OTHERS/AUS-WOMEN_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS-WOMEN_ENG-WOMEN_WODI3_21AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
C&G Trophy Semi-Finals
Hampshire v Yorkshire (20 August)
"Hampshire beat Yorkshire by eight wickets to progress to the C&G Trophy Final"
Yorkshire never managed to score in the semi-final match at The Rose Bowl, which meant that Hampshire were set a relatively easy target of 198 to win. Michael Lumb top-scored with 43, but the late order failed to score runs quickly enough to get past 200; number ten
John Blainonly made six off 20 deliveries, while number nine Tim Bresnanmade three off ten. Yorkshireman Deon Kruisserved up some economical bowling early on to John Crawley, and bowledhim for a 28-ball 8, but a 147-run partnership between Nic Pothasand Sean Ervinesaw Hampshire right on track, as they won with over 10 overs to spare. Ervine made his second List A century, off 96 balls, but was caught and bowledby Richard Dawson three balls later. It didn't matter much - Hampshire only needed 20 runs to win, and Shane Watsonand Nic Pothasknocked them off to book Hampshire's place in the C&G Trophyfinal. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/C+G/SCORECARDS/KNOCK-OUTS/HANTS_YORKS_C+G_20AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Warwickshire v Lancashire (20 August)
"Warwickshire beat Lancashire by 99 runs to progress to the C&G Trophy Final"
Warwickshire put in a fine bowling effort to send Lancashire out of the
C&G Trophy, despite Lancashire's Australian Marcus Northtaking three wickets. North's bowling - and others, Sajid Mahmoodtook two wickets - set Warwickshire back to 155 for 7, but Michael Powell and Trevor Frostput on an eighth-wicket partnership of 81 runs to carry Warwickshire to a total of 236 for 8 after 50 overs. Lancashire looked on track when Mal Loyeand Stuart Lawnegotiated some tricky early bowling to put on 49 for the fourth wicket and see the score to 80 for 3, but medium pacer Jamie Anyontook two wickets, and a fiery spell from Neil Carter, which included two wickets to see him end with four for 26, had Lancashire bowled out for 137. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/C+G/SCORECARDS/KNOCK-OUTS/WARWICKS_LANCS_C+G_20AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Essex v Nottinghamshire (22 August)
"No result; Essex (2pts), Nottinghamshire (2pts)"
Essex Eaglesedged closer to the National League title with two points at Chelmsford, though rain ravaged the game. Only eight overs of play were possible before the umpires called off the game, and in that time Essex lost both openers but still made 53 for 2 - a score including six wides bowled by the Nottinghamshire Outlawsbowlers. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/ESSEX_NOTTS_NLF_22AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Lancashire v Gloucestershire (22 August)
"Gloucestershire (4pts) beat Lancashire (0pts) by six wickets"
Three centuries were recorded at Old Trafford, as Gloucestershire Gladiators snatched a victory over the hosting
Lancashire Lightningafter being regarded with no chance earlier on. The Gladiators won the toss and got immediate success, as Jon Lewisdismissed Mal Loyewith the second ball of the day, but pretty much everything went against Gloucestershire from then on, as Stuart Law, Mark Chiltonand Andrew Symondsflayed the bowling to all corners. Symonds took 88 balls for his century, and went on to make 129 before being bowledby James Averis- who finished with four for 40. Law and Chilton also made fifties, but Averis' late spell and a slow 39-ball 11 from Marcus Northensured that the total ended on 267 for 7. Then, James Anderson had three men caught off his bowling, as Glouestershire crashed to 47 for 4. However, Anderson finished his spell, and Ramnaresh Sarwancrafted a century - which was shortly followed by Mark Hardingesreaching his first one-day century of his career, and in the process lifting his List A career batting averagefrom 14.23 to 17.50, still below par for a specialist batsman like Hardinges. However, the pair added 221 runs in 116 minutes for the fifth wicket, hitting six sixes along the way, as they guided Gloucestershire out of the relegation zone in the National League. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/LANCS_GLOUCS_NLF_22AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Worcestershire v Hampshire (22 August)
"Hampshire (4pts) beat Worcestershire (0pts) by four wickets"
Hampshire Hawksgot the four points from a closely fought match at New Road. Worcestershire Royalshad won the toss and chosen to bat, and their innings was shortened to 34 overs out of a scheduled 45 due to rain. Wickets fell regularly, four batsmen being dismissed with scores in the thirties, and the final score of 185 for 7 did not look too threatening. John Crawleyand Shane Watsonput Hampshire back on track after two early wickets from Kabir Alishook them, but an economical spell from Ray Price which yielded two wickets was nearly enough. However, the other spinner Gareth Battywas not nearly as economical, and Greg Lambtook him for runs to end with 16 not outand win the game for Hampshire. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/WORCS_HANTS_NLF_22AUG2005.html]
Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (23 August)
"Glamorgan (4pts) beat Gloucestershire (0pts) by four wickets"
Gloucestershire Gladiatorscrashed back into the relegation zone with a defeat against Glamorgan Dragons at Sophia Gardens, succumbing to medium pace bowler David Harrison, who bowled four maiden overs to end with bowling figures of 9-4-16-2. Despite half-centuries from Kabir Aliand Alex Gidman, who looked to give the visitors a comfortable target after moving to 103 for 3, Dean Coskerripped out three quick wickets, and Gidman was forced to consolidate. He did top score with 62, but Glamorgan were set a rather modest target of 195 to win. Jon Lewismade inroads with his medium pace early on, taking three wickets as Glamorgan stuttered to 40 for 4, but Michael Powell and Dan Cherryput Glamorgan back in it with a 79-run stand, and Gloucestershire's bowlers were made to rue their 15 wides, as they helped Glamorgan to reach their target with two overs remaining. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/GLAM_GLOUCS_NLF_23AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Lancashire v Worcestershire (24 August)
"Worcestershire (4pts) beat Lancashire (0pts) by four wickets"
Chris Gayle, Worcestershire's new overseas player after Shoaib Akhtarleft to play in the 2005 Afro-Asian Cup, helped Worcestershire Royals to an important victory in the National League, while Lancashire Lightningsuffered their third one-day defeat in five days. Having won the toss and batted, Lancashire regularly lost wickets, and the innings of Australian Marcus Northwas symptomatic - he made a 19-ball 2. Stuart Law, however, scored 82, and was along with Glen Chapplethe only batsman to really keep up the scoring rate. Lancashire could only muster a total of 195 for 9, and defending that target quickly became difficult ash Gayle slashed eight fours and a six on his way to a 41-ball 53. Despite Chapple's returns of 9-0-23-4 and Anderson taking two for 47, Worcestershire made it to the target with four wickets and 5.3 overs in hand. [http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/LANCS_WORCS_NLF_24AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Leicestershire v Sussex (21 August)
"Leicestershire (4pts) beat Sussex (0pts) by five wickets"
Leicestershire Foxesrecorded their second win over Sussex Sharksin two weeks to close the gap at the top of Division Two of the National League to two points. Having been put in the field by the Sussex captain Chris Adams, Leicestershire grabbed the first four wickets for 44 runs, and despite a 72-run fifth-wicket partnership between Michael Yardyand Carl Hopkinson, Sussex could only muster 186 all out - Dinesh Mongiataking the last two wickets, while conceding 17 from two overs. Mongia also contributed with the bat - after the Sussex bowlers had made things tricky for Leicestershire's top order, reducing them to 27 for 2 and then 103 for 5, Mongia remained at the crease to make 92 at just under a run a ball to see Leicestershire past the target with seven balls to spare. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/21AUG2005/LEICS_SUSSEX_NLS_21AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Somerset v Durham (21 August)
"Somerset (4pts) beat Durham (0pts) by five wickets"
Durham Dynamosfailed to take the opportunity of taking a lead in Division Two of the National League, as they went down by five wickets at Taunton. Having won the toss, they struggled to hit out initially, Gavin Hamilton recording 22 off 51 balls and 18-year-old Robert Woodmanbowling two maiden overs. However, Dale Benkensteinmade an unbeaten 60 and Gareth Breesea quickfire 28 as Durham made their way to 222 for 7 in 45 overs, William Durstongetting the best figures for Somerset Sabreswith two for 32 - admittedly in five overs - while South African Charl Langeveldttook two for 33 in nine overs. The Sabres hit out well chasing the target, Matthew Wood continuing on his good run of form with 76, and Keith Parsonsworked well with Durston, adding 83 runs for the sixth wicket to guide Somerset home after Neil Killeenand Gareth Breesehad taken two wickets each to set Somerset back to 143 for 5. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/21AUG2005/SOMERSET_DURHAM_NLS_21AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Leicestershire v Warwickshire (22 August)
"Match abandoned without a ball bowled; Leicestershire (2pts), Warwickshire (2pts)"
Leicestershire Foxesand Warwickshire Bearswere looking to fight it out for a spot in the top three, but rain made play impossible at Grace Road, and the teams shared the spoils. [http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/LEICS_WARWICKS_NLS_22AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Surrey v Kent (22 August)
"Match abandoned. Surrey (2pts), Kent (2pts)"
This game, which was due to be the second and last day-night one-dayer of the season at
the Oval, was abandoned because of rain. [http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/SURREY_KENT_NLS_22AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Warwickshire v Sussex (23 August)
"Sussex (4pts) beat Warwickshire (0pts) by five wickets"
Sussex Sharksopened up a four-point gap after a spell of left-arm spin bowling from Michael Yardyyielded the last six wickets of Warwickshire Bears' inningsfor 27 runs, the best bowling figures in Division Two of the National League all season. Earlier, Sussex pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasanhad made inroads with three wickets for 25, and it was only the 73-run partnership between Alex Loudonand Michael Powell that got Warwickshire past 100. Yardy's six-for left Warwickshire all out for 169, however, and in the chase Sussex were troubled by Makhaya Ntini's fast bowlingas both opening batsmen were removed and Sussex crumbled to 16 for 2. However, Zimbabwean Murray Goodwinscored a solid, two-hour 86 not out, and guided the team to the target, putting on 82 with Robin Martin-Jenkinsafter spinner Alex Loudonhad taken two wickets to set Sussex back to 91 for 5. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/WARWICKS_SUSSEX_NLS_23AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Scotland v Derbyshire (26 August)
"Derbyshire (4pts) beat Scotland (0pts) by three wickets (D/L method)"
Scottish Saltiresgave Derbyshire Phantomsa good fight at The Grange, but despite three wickets from Ryan Watson and an unbeaten 71 from Fraser WattsDerbyshire still came out on top. Scotland had been put in to bat by Derbyshire captain Luke Sutton, and crashed to 42 for 4 after two wickets from new-ball bowler Graeme Welch, but Watts paired up well with the lower middle order before rain set in. Seven overs were cut off the Scottish innings, leaving them with 38 overs to play, and a bit of hard hitting from Pakistani all-rounder Yasir Arafat lifted them to 179 for 7. More rain cut Derbyshire's chase to 32 overs, and under the Duckworth-Lewis methodthey were set 161 to win. They looked to be cruising at 120 for 2 after Steve Stubbingshad put on 70 with Sutton. Watson then got three wickets and Cedric Englishtwo, as the visitors collapsed to 147 for 7, but Stubbings, still at the crease, held his head calm and ended on 75 not outto guide Derbyshire past the target with three balls to spare. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/22-26AUG2005/SCOT_DERBY_NLS_26AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
"England won by six wickets and win the Ashes 1–0"
Despite rain washing out parts of the first day at New Road, England took their first Test victory over Australia since December 1984, and their first Ashes series win since 1963. Having won the toss, England captain
Clare Connoropted to bowl, and after Belinda Clarkhad slashed 18 runs she was trapped lbw by pacer Katherine Brunt. Wickets were shared out among the entire England team, no Australian passed 40, and by the end of the day they had crashed to 126 for 7. It took 33 deliveries for Australia to be all out on the second morning - for 131, as the efforts from the last Test, when the last three wickets outscored the rest of the batting line-up, were not repeated. Brunt took care of that, having Nitschke and Price caught behind to complete her five-wicket-haul. Batting was clearly difficult, but Jenny Gunn, Clare Connorand Claire Taylorall dug in to make scores above 30, before a vital partnership between Taylor and Beth Morgan took England to a relatively comfortable lead, as they moved to 196 for 6 before Emma Liddellstruck twice and Cathryn Fitzpatrickonce to leave England at 222 for 9 at close of play of day two. Liddell and Fitzpatrick bowled 59 overs between them on the second day, out of a total of 101, and although they shared seven wickets, they failed to remove either of Brunt or Isa Guha, and the last English pair added 18 before the end of day two.
On the third day, England powered on, Brunt staking her claim for Player of the Match with a vital, powerful 52 - her first Test fifty - as she eked out 83 runs with Guha for the tenth wicket, Guha making 31
not out. Leading by 158 on first innings, England got a dream start by dismissing Lisa Keightleyfor a duck, and wickets just kept falling. Gunn and Brunt took two wickets each as the Australians faltered to 18 for 4, before the twin sisters Kate and Alex Blackwell fought back. However, Isa Guha removed Alex, another two wickets fell, and by tea Australia were 67 for 7. An attritional partnership for the seventh wicket between Kate Blackwell and Shelley Nitschke, which yielded 112 runs in four hours, carried Australia past 100, but still they were only 21 ahead with three wickets in hand at the close of day three. The last day started just like England wanted, Katherine Brunt dismissing Kate Blackwell and wicket-keeper Julia Pricewith successive deliveries, and all that was left was to take the last wicket. England toiled, but the Australians defended for nearly two hours and faced 35 overs, until number 11 Emma Liddell finally edged behind to Jane Smitand was out for 24. Shelley Nitschke made her second fifty in two Tests and was left stranded on 88 not out, while slow left armbowler Clare Connor ended with the bowling analysisof 26-20-25-1. Brunt finished with four wickets in the second innings, for a match total of nine for 111.
England were thus left to chase 75 for the Ashes, but Emma Liddell didn't want to be beaten, and her pace trapped
Laura Newtonand Jenny Gunnlbw in the second over as England lost their first two wickets for one run. However, Liddell couldn't get any further breakthroguhs, and even though England lost Connor and Edwards to Fitzpatrick - both lbw - Arran Brindlebatted out an hour for 24 not outto see England to the target about three hours before the scheduled close. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/OTHERS/AUS-WOMEN_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS-WOMEN_ENG-WOMEN_WT2_24-27AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Fourth Ashes Test
Glenn McGrathwas once again ruled out due to injury, this time to his elbow, and Australia also dropped the out-of-form Jason Gillespie, leaving them with a seam attack of Brett Lee, debutant Shaun Taitand Michael Kasprowicz. England, having been on top in the last two Tests, were unchanged.
England won the toss and chose to bat, and they got off to a flyer. Boosted by
no-balls from the seamers — a total of 18 before lunch — Marcus Trescothickand Andrew Straussmade hay quickly, and enjoyed batting on a pitch which gave the bowlers no aid. They recorded their second 100-run opening partnership of the series, before Strauss was freakishly dismissed for 35, sweeping Shane Warneonto his boot and into Matthew Hayden's waiting hands at slip — a wicket confirmed by the third umpire. Michael Vaughancontinued on his fine form from Old Trafford, though, punishing bad balls from Brett Lee to go into lunch with his score on 14. Trescothick, meanwhile, rode his luck, as he was bowledoff a no-ballon 55, much to Lee's displeasure. At lunch England were 129 for 1.
Only 3.1 overs were possible in the afternoon session due to rain. Coming back after tea, England immediately lost two wickets to Shaun Tait, who used the cloud cover to good effect and swung the ball well. However, Michael Vaughan and
Kevin Pietersenbatted well together for a 67-run partnership, although they were each dropped once. Towards the end of the day, Ricky Pontingbrought himself on, and his medium pace yielded a wicket — that of Vaughan for 58. Overnight, the match was evenly poised with England 229 for 4.
Australia dismissed Pietersen at the beginning of the morning's play, edging a full oustwinger from Lee through to
wicket-keeperGilchrist. But an unbeaten century partnership from Andrew Flintoffand Geraint Jonestook England's score to 344 for 5 at lunch.
After lunch, the pair continued to score quickly for another hour, and extended their partnership to 177 before Flintoff was lbw to Tait for 102, his first Test century against Australia. The loss of Flintoff did not deter the English, as Jones continued to hit runs through the off side on the way to his highest score against the Australians, making 85 before he was
caught and bowledby Kasprowicz. The next two wickets fell quickly, but a stubborn last-wicket partnership of 23 between Matthew Hoggardand Simon Jones — including an incident where the ball hit the stumps but the bails failed to fall off — saw England to 477 all out at tea.
In the evening session, England's bowlers, especially Matthew Hoggard, managed to find much more swing than the Australian bowlers had done, and ripped through the Australian top order. The first three wickets fell in a crucial period of 11 balls (although the third, which dismissed
Damien Martynlbw, was a debatable decision — television replays indicated that the ball might have hit the bat before the body). By stumps Australia had been reduced to 99 for 5 to complete an excellent day for England.
Simon Katichand Adam Gilchrist decided that attack was the best form of defence, adding 58 in only 8.5 overs in the morning, before England came back to take the next four wickets for the addition of only 18 runs, leaving Australia perilously placed at 175 for 9. Simon Jones was the main culprit, using swing to good effect as he removed Katich and Warne in successive balls, and then had Kasprowicz clean bowled. Brett Lee added 47 in 44 balls, including three huge sixes, to take Australia's score to 218, before he was caught off Simon Jones's bowling to give Jones his fifth wicket of the innings. Despite their aggressive batting, Australia therefore finished the first innings259 runs behind.
Michael Vaughan then gambled, by enforcing the
follow-onon the visitors (the first time Australia had followed on in 17 years). By lunch, Australia had reached 14 without loss in their second innings, and they powered on in the afternoon session, only losing Matthew Haydenand adding 100 more runs before tea. For England, the afternoon session was their worst of the match — to compound their misery, Simon Jones showed signs of injury, and Andrew Strauss dropped Justin Langer on 38.
In the evening session, England managed to take three wickets, but also dropped a catch and missed a stumping. Australia thus finished the day still 37 runs in arrears but with six wickets still in hand. Simon Jones also went off the field during the evening session with an ankle injury, and was taken to hospital for an ankle scan. While Jones was off the field receiving attention, substitute fielder
Gary Prattran out Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who verbally expressed his displeasure at England's use of subs to the players, umpires and administrators as he left the field.
Day Four began in earnest with Michael Clarke and
Simon Katichcontinuing their partnership from the previous day. However, Katich had already twice flirted with dismissal, saved only by chance both times. In the words of BBC cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, "It's very much a game of chess - white-flannelled figures on green grass." The English and the Australians proceeded into a cold war for a good part of the morning, with England attempting to frustrate the Australian batting, but with the latter refusing to take the bait. England's lead slowly evaporated without a wicket falling, but Matthew Hoggard's taking of Clarke's and then Adam Gilchrist's scalps on either side of the lunch break swung the initiative back into England's hands.
The injury to Simon Jones became somewhat obvious as the pacers struggled to capture the magic that Jones had created the previous day that had forced Australia to follow on. Despite this, the Australian run rate remained low as both sides stared each other down. Mistakes by
Geraint Jonesand Kevin Pietersenwere quickly nullified by the dismissal of Warne for 45 and Kasprowicz for 19, and after a few overs' resistance Tait was bowledmiddle stump for 4, leaving 129 for the English to chase after tea.
England then proceeded to send the game into a nailbiter — English wickets fell quickly as
Shane Warnetook four wickets (including those of Marcus Trescothick(27), Michael Vaughan(0) and Andrew Strauss(23)). Brett Leedismissed Ian Bell (3) and at 57 for 4 England were in trouble. Andrew Flintoff(26) and Kevin Pietersen(23) then steadied the ship with an invaluable partnership of 46 before both fell in quick succession to Lee. Despite Geraint Jones(3) being dismissed cheaply, the partnership of Ashley Giles(7) and Matthew Hoggard(8) guided the English home. Man of the matchhonours went to Andrew Flintoff, but more importantly this gave the English a crucial 2–1 edge heading back to London for the fifth and final Test, ensuring that they could not lose the series. However, with the Ashes going to Australia in the event of a drawn series, there was still all to play for at The Oval.
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/shared/fds/hi/statistics/cricket/scorecards/2005/8/11881/html/scorecard.stm (BBC Scorecard)]
[http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/england/4192310.stm Ashes Reactions from the public (last day)]
Kent v Middlesex (24-27 August)
"Kent (11pts) drew with Middlesex (11pts)"
Only 36 overs of play was possible on the first day at
St Lawrence Ground, in which Middlesex made 92 runs for the loss of one wicket, that of Ben Hutton. The following day, Kent bowler Amjad Khan added two wickets to his overnight tally of one, as Middlesex crumbled to 136 for 4 on the second morning. However, centuries from Owais Shahand Paul Weekesswung it Middlesex' way, as they declared on 400 for 8. Kent's openers didn't wish to be any worse, with David Fultonmaking 110 and Robert Key 142, and Darren Stevens supplied with the fifth century of the match, making 106 before being bowled by Nantie Hayward. They declared on 549 for 6, leaving themselves roughly three hours in which to bowl Middlesex out for 149 or less, and four wickets from Min Patelgave them hope as Middlesex crashed to 77 for 6 with more than an hour to play. However, Peter Tregokept out 98 balls for a stolid, unbeaten 3, Paul Weekesgot a fifty, and Middlesex saved the draw. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/KENT_MIDDX_CC1_24-27AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Surrey v Hampshire (24-27 August)
"Hampshire (11pts) drew with Surrey (10pts)"
The first day was rained off, and in only three days of cricket, neither team seemed intent on forcing a result, as the run rate was limited to 3.5 runs an over. On the second day, as the first day of actual play, 406 runs were scored for the loss of twelve wickets. Surrey batted first, and after losing
Richard Clintonand Mark Ramprakashearly, Scott Newmanlashed out in a 65-ball cameo. He hit fifteen fours in his 71 before finally being bowledby Dimitri Mascarenhas. Indeed, the second day was a day of boundaries - a total of 270 runs were hit in boundaries, most of them by Mark Butcher(14 fours in 75) and Jonathan Batty(20 fours in 124). Surrey were eventually all out for 378, Shaun Udalwrapping up the tail with the three last wickets falling in four balls. Mohammad Akramthen had both openers caught behind as Hampshire closed on 28 for 2, but Surrey toiled for little reward on the third day, Nic Pothasmaking an unbeaten century as Hampshire declared on 361 for 6, 17 behind Surrey. Thus, the teams were left with a day to play out their second innings, and on the final day, Udal took five for 65 with his off breaks, but Surrey easily saved the draw by making 302, as captain Butcher did not attempt to risk the four points for a draw with a declaration. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/SURREY_HANTS_CC1_24-27AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan (25-28 August)
"Glamorgan (21pts) beat Gloucestershire (3pts) by 322 runs"
Glamorgan recorded their first Championship win in thirteen attempts this season at Bristol against fellow relegation candidates Gloucestershire.
David Cherrymade his second century of the season with changing partners, as he carried his bat to 152 not outat stumps - the total on 350 for 8. Cherry was last out, for 166, as Glamorgan were bowled out for 382 - to pass 350 for only the third time so far this season. Then, David Harrison and Alex Wharfembarked on a 19th-century-like bowling effort - in that they did almost all of the bowling. The seam pairing bowled 33 of the 34 overs, sharing all ten wickets. Gloucestershire crashed to 66 for 8 before Steve Adsheadand Jon Lewisadded 67 for the ninth wicket, but Whatf had Adshead caught and bowledbefore bowling William Rudgewith the next ball. Robert Croftdid not opt to bat again, however, preferring to set a big target for Gloucestershire to chase.
However, Gloucestershire bowled with more effect the second time around,
Malinga Bandarataking four for 85 in a marathon 37-over spin bowlingeffort. Rudge repaired his golden duck, taking a wicket with his first ball of the innings to remove Mark Wallace for another golden duck. However, Rudge was taken for 36 in a six-over spell, and never returned to bowl. Dean Coskertop scored for Glamorgan with 52 from number seven as they made their way to 290, setting Gloucestershire a target of 540 to win - which would have been a first class record chase. Ramnaresh Sarwanattempted it, hitting out well after Kadeer Alihad been dismissed, but he was eventually bowledby Huw Watersfor 54. Gloucestershire succumbed to 184 for 5 at stumps, needing to survive another day for the draw. Wharf spoiled that, though, taking four wickets on the fourth morning as Gloucestershire crawled to 217 and a 322-run defeat. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/GLOUCS_GLAM_CC1_25-28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Warwickshire v Sussex (25-28 August)
"Warwickshire (22pts) beat Sussex (8pts) by 101 runs"
Rana Naved-ul-Hasanwent wicketless on the first day, and thus Sussex lost the match and the Championship lead at Edgbaston. Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott, who had made a career best 152 two weeks previously, now notched up his third first class century of the season as he carried his team to 329 for 7 on the first day. Trott continued on the second, and was eventually last out, having shattered his previous highest score and gone on to make 210 before he was bowled by Rana. Warwickshire were thus all out for 475, Mushtaq Ahmedand James Kirtleytaking three wickets each, and Warwickshire got a good start with the ball as Makhaya Ntiniand Dougie Brownremoved an opener each. However, Michael Yardy, Murray Goodwinand Chris Adams all made solid contributions as Sussex moved to 244 for 3 at stumps on day two.
The third day saw a total of sixteen wickets fall, as Sussex came back to dismiss Warwickshire for a low score afte giving up a 47-run lead on first innings. Goodwin made 150, his fourth century of the season, as Sussex scored 428, while most of the Warwickshire bowlers got wickets but conceded plenty of runs in the process. Then, Rana set out to repair his poor first innings effort, taking four wickets in 15 overs as Warwickshire could only muster 180 - and that was mostly thanks to a 50-run partnership between
Trevor Frostand Brown. Sussex needed 228 to win, but collapsed. Wickets were shared out among the entire Warwickshire team, James Anyongetting the most with four for 33, and Makhaya Ntini, Neil Carterand Alex Loudonalso got two each, to see Sussex all out for 126. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/WARWICKS_SUSSEX_CC1_25-28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Essex v Somerset (24-27 August)
"Somerset (16pts) beat Essex (5pts) by five wickets"
Somerset exploited Essex' declarations to take their fourth win of the Championship season despite rain curtailing play by nearly 33 % at Colchester. After the first day was over with only three overs bowled and
Alastair Cookdismissed for a duck, Somerset's overseas player Charl Langeveldtdug out Grant Floweron the second morning, but double-digit contributions from the rest of the batting line-up - William Jefferson top-scoring with 93 - gave Essex a relatively comfortable 220 for 5 by stumps on day two. They made their way to 400 and the five batting points before declaring, losing only one wicket while James Foster added 87 to his overnight score to end with 107 not out. When Somerset were asked to bat, Andre Nelwhipped out two Somerset wickets with the first three balls of the game, but no Essex bowler could get any more wickets as James Hildrethscored twelve boundaries for an unbeaten 76 at the close of day three to see Somerset to 112 for 2. Overnight, the two captains agreed to a mutual forfeiture of innings, so that Essex would not have to bat again. Hence, Somerset would have to chase 289 in a day to win, while Essex would have to bowl them out. Andre Nelremoved Michael Woodfor a duck again, but Arul Suppiahadded 29 at more than a run a ball, and former England Under-19 player Hildreth settled in well. He made his second unbeaten score of the match, this time worth 125, guiding Somerset past the winning target in 66.1 overs with five wickets to spare. Danish Kaneriabowled 24 of Essex' 66 overs, but to little effect, ending with one wicket for 80 runs, while Nel got William Durstonfor a duck to end with four wickets for the match - all ducks. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/ESSEX_SOMERSET_CC2_24-27AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Leicestershire v Northamptonshire (24-27 August)
"Leicestershire (12pts) drew with Northamptonshire (8pts)"
Leicestershire's first innings lasted three days, in which time they scored 390 runs for the loss of six wickets. The rain meant that only 119 overs were possible in three days. Leicestershire declared 22 balls into the fourth morning after getting 400, and spent the rest of the last day bowling Northamptonshire out for 261,
Claude Hendersontaking a season-best five for 63. With only one completed inningsfor each side, the match ended in a draw. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/LEICS_NORTHANTS_CC2_24-27AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Yorkshire v Durham (24-27 August)
"Yorkshire (12pts) drew with Durham (11pts)"
Michael Husseyand Paul Collingwoodled Durham to a healthy total against the Yorkshire bowlers in the 40 overs possible on the first day at Scarborough. Hussey ended the day on 85 not outas Durham made their way to 140 for 1. Deon Kruisand Tim Bresnangot one wicket each in the morning, but Durham fought back with Gordon Muchalland Dale Benkensteinadding 157 for the fourth wicket. Durham were eventually bowled out midway through day three, having made a total of 414. Kruis took five wickets and Bresnan four, but they both conceded more than 100 runs in the process. Yorkshire opted for batting practice, batting out the last day and a half to make 475 for 6, with Paul Jaquesscoring 172. Paul Collingwoodtook three for 56 for Durham, but could not help them to an extra bowling point, and with no possibility of taking the third extra point Durham's captain Hussey agreed to a draw after Yorkshire's 129th over. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/YORKS_DURHAM_CC2_24-27AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Lancashire v Worcestershire (25-28 August)
"Lancashire (22pts) beat Worcestershire (6pts) by an innings and 73 runs"
Lancashire recorded an innings victory at Stanley Park in
Blackpoolagainst Worcestershire to go second in the Division Two table of the County Championship. Mal Loyeand Stuart Lawmade centuries in the first innings, which became a very difficult one for the Worcestershire bowlers. On the second day, Worcestershire finally got some breakthroughs, as Loye was dismissed for 187 and North for 60, and Lancashire could declare with a total of 562 for 8. Chris Gayleplayed an innings in typical fashion, hitting eight fours from 25 deliveries before he was bowledby Dominic Corkfor 43. Cork also got Graeme Hickfor a duck, as Worcestershire closed the second day on 111 for 3. Ben Smith and Vikram Solankifought back, however, pairing up for 140 for the fourth wicket, and Worcestershire looked confident of avoiding the follow-onwith the score on 330 for 4. However, two wickets from Andrew Symondsand three from James Anderson ended the Worcestershire effort for 376, still trailing by 186. Mark Chiltonenforced the follow on, and things went from bad to worse for the visitors. No batsman passed 25, Glen Chapplegot four wickets for Lancashire, and by the close Worcestershire were 112 for 9 - needing 72 to avoid an innings defeat. However, with the tenth ball of the fourth day Chapple dismissed Kabir Alito end with five for 32, and Warwickshire were all out for 113. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/24-28AUG2005/LANCS_WORCS_CC2_25-28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
National League: Essex v Hampshire (28 August)
"Essex (4pts) beat Hampshire (0pts) by 12 runs"
Andre Neland Danish Kaneriaconceded runs at less than four runs an over to help Essex Eaglesto victory over Hampshire Hawksat Chelmsford, and the four points for the win increased their lead in the National League to an unassailable 14 points and secured the National League title for Essex. After an opening stand of 70 between William Jefferson and Ronnie Irani, Hampshire got four wickets for 31 as three Essex batsmen were dismissed in single figures before James Middlebrookput on 68 with Jefferson. However, three wickets fell for three runs and the score was 172 for 7, with Jefferson caught for 88, but Hampshire could only take two more wickets in the last half-hour as contributions from Ryan ten Doeschate, Graham Napierand Kaneria propelled Essex to 222 for 9 at the end of their 45 overs. Hampshire and England fast bowler Chris Tremlettgot Napier, ten Doeschate and James Middlebrookout to end with three wickets for 48. Despite John Crawleyand Nic Pothasrecording a first-wicket partnership of 95, Kaneria dismissed Pothas and went on to concede 26 in nine overs - well short of the required run rate at five an over, and boundaries were rare after Pothas and Crawley were dismissed. In the end, Hampshire finished on 210 for 8, 13 runs short of victory - with their overseas players Shane Watsonand Andy Bichelcontributing four runs off 18 deliveries, for a run rate of 1.33 an over. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/28AUG2005/ESSEX_HANTS_NLF_28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire (28 August)
"Northamptonshire (4pts) beat Nottinghamshire (0pts) by four wickets"
Northamptonshire Steelbacksconceding 28 extras, Johann Louwthe main culprit by bowling six wides, they still managed to bowl their opponents Nottinghamshire Outlawsout for 207 at The County Ground, Northampton. Louw made up for his inaccurate line by taking three wickets, including top scorer Chris Read, while Australian Damien Wrightgrabbed five wickets for 37 runs. That was Wright's first National League five-for of the season, and he brought his seasonal wicket-tally to 23, the most in the division at the time. When Nottinghamshire were in the field, part-time leg spinner Younis Khantook three wickets, but it didn't help, as Ben Phillipsand Riki Wesselstook Northamptonshire home with four wickets and five balls to spare, building on the efforts of Australian Martin Lovewho had made 59 from number one. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLF/SCORECARDS/28AUG2005/NORTHANTS_NOTTS_NLF_28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Durham v Scotland (28 August)
"Durham (4pts) beat Scotland (0pts) by 93 runs"
Harare-born all-rounderRyan Watson put in the best all-round effort for Scotland all season, recording Scotland's fourth-highest score of the season with 86 and the best bowling analysiswith four for 36, but none of the other players save Paul Hoffmann(conceding 21 runs in nine overs) made any significant contribution, and Durham Dynamosran away with a 93-run victory. Batting first, Durham made 227 for 7, Gordon Muchalltop-scoring with 79 and Gareth Breeseupping the scoring-rate with two sixes in an unbeaten 47 off 39 balls near the end. The Scots then lost wickets left, right and centre, crashing to 54 for 6 before Watson and Craig Wright added 77 for the seventh wicket. The run outof Wright precipitated the final collapse, though, as the last four wickets fell for three runs and Scotland were all out for 134. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/28AUG2005/DURHAM_SCOT_NLS_28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Surrey v Somerset (28 August)
"Somerset (4pts) beat Surrey (0pts) by five wickets"
Surrey Lionsmade 237 for 7 batting first at The Oval, despite three wickets from Malaysian Arul Suppiah. The stage was set for a bigger score with James Benning and Mark Butcherin with the score 135 for 1, but Suppiah and Ian Blackwellbroke through with wickets to prevent high scoring rates towards the end. Somerset Sabres, and in particular Blackwell, were intent on winning this match. Blackwell hit six sixes and seven fours in a lightning-quick 88, adding 120 with James Hildrethfor the fourth wicket before his eventual dismissal - to the part-time off spin of Mark Ramprakash. Despite Nayan Doshigetting another wicket, it was too late for Surrey, as Hildreth added 17 with William Durstonto see them across the line with five overs to spare. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/28AUG2005/SURREY_SOMERSET_NLS_28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Yorkshire v Derbyshire (28 August)
"Derbyshire (4pts) beat Yorkshire (0pts) by five wickets"
Graeme Welchand Andre Botha tugged Derbyshire Phantomsback to victory from 119 for 5 chasing 220 to win, as the pair shared an unbeaten 102-run partnership at Scarborough after Deon Kruisand Richard Dawsonhad taken out early wickets. It was Yorkshire Phoenixwho batted first, Michael Lumb top-scoring with 69 while Australian Jon Moss dug out four for 28 in his nine overs. Yorkshire finished with 219 for 8, but their bowlers replied well to have Derbyshire on the rack when Travis Friendwas run outto leave them on 85 for 4. Fifties from Welch and Botha turned the match around, however, and Derbyshire won by five wickets. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/28AUG2005/YORKS_DERBY_NLS_28AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Kent v Yorkshire (30 August)
"Kent (4pts) beat Yorkshire (0pts) by six wickets"
Kent Spitfiresmade their way to a fairly comfortable victory against Yorkshire Phoenix, who had opted to bat first after winning the toss. However, all the Kent bowlers got at least one wicket, and the Yorkshire batsmen couldn't convert their starts, as six batsmen were out with scores between 10 and 25. Kent's Andrew Hallbowled three maiden overs and took two wickets to end with the best figures of two for 19, but four bowlers grabbed two wickets each as Yorkshire were bowled out for 164. Kent were never seriously threatened in reply, as Hall put on 64 with Darren Stevens for the third wicket, and Justin Kemphad fun at the end to hit 42 not outoff just 25 balls and take Kent to victory in just over two thirds of the allotted overs. Yorkshire medium pacer Ian Harveysuffered the most from Kemp's blade, conceding 40 runs in four overs. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/30AUG-01SEP2005/KENT_YORKS_NLS_30AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Sussex v Scotland (30 August)
"Sussex (4pts) beat Scotland (0pts) by seven wickets"
Rana Naved-ul-Hasan's pace bowlingwas too much to handle for the Scottish Saltires, as they whimpered to 132 all out despite Jonathan Beukesmaking 51. None of the other batsmen passed 20, as Rana took five for 30 from his nine overs, while James Kirtleybowled tightly to end with a bowling analysisof 8.5-3-8-2. Sussex Sharksstrolled to the target in just over half the allotted time, Matthew Priorsmashing thirteen fours and one six in a fifty-ball 69, while Sean Weeraratnatook two for 20 for the Scots. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/30AUG-01SEP2005/SUSSEX_SCOT_NLS_30AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Sussex v Surrey (31 August)
"Sussex (4pts) beat Surrey (0pts) by two wickets"
Mushtaq Ahmedsealed a last-ball victory for Sussex Sharksin a closely fought match at The County Ground, Hove, against mid-table languishers Surrey Lions. The visitors had opted to bat first, and lost three early wickets for 40 runs, but a calm rearguard from Mark Ramprakashset the stage for some fours from Azhar Mahmoodnear the end. Surrey finished on 230 for 6, and got a good start when Azhar dismissed Robin Montgomeriefor 0. A quick 42 from Matthew Prior, however, gave Sussex hope of chasing the target, and despite wickets falling regularly Sussex kept the required rate below seven an over, with captain Chris Adams keeping the innings together with his unbeaten 110. Mushtaq eventually faced the final ball of the match, and he hit it to the boundary, which gave Sussex the win and extended their Division Two lead to ten points. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/NLS/SCORECARDS/30AUG-01SEP2005/SUSSEX_SURREY_NLS_31AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
"England won by four wickets"
England, buoyed by having won their first Ashes Test series in 42 years, tied the series at 2–2 with a victory at
The County Ground, Taunton. Australia, however, made a good start with Laura Keightleyand Karen Roltonmaking fifties to propel the team to 142 for 1. Two quick wickets from Clare Connorslowed them down, however, and they finished with a total on 215 for 5. Chasing that total, England lost Charlotte Edwardsfor 1 in the second over, but Laura Newtonand Claire Taylorput them back with a 65-run partnership. Spinner Lisa Sthalekarthen took two quick wickets, and England were set back to 79 for 3 after 19.3 overs. Despite two maiden overs from left-arm bowler Karen Rolton, Taylor kept hitting boundaries, ending with 116 before finally letting a ball from Cathryn Fitzpatrickonto her stumps - bowledfor 116. By that time, though, she had made the first century of the series, and England only needed five more runs to win. Lydia Greenwayand Jane Smitcarried England over the target with nine balls to spare, setting up the fifth and final match, also at Taunton, to be a series decider. [http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/OTHERS/AUS-WOMEN_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS-WOMEN_ENG-WOMEN_WODI4_30AUG2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire (30 August-2 September)
"Nottinghamshire (19pts) beat Glamorgan (3pts) by eight wickets"
Glamorgan were firmly sent back to earth after recording their first Championship win of the season the previous week, as it only took Nottinghamshire's bowlers 48 overs to wrap up their first innings after Glamorgan won the toss and batted. Glamorgan's number five Michael Powell made 62 as the only Glamorgan batsman to pass 25, but left-armer Greg Smith got him and three others out to finish with four for 28 off 17 overs. Glamorgan's final total was only 151, and Nottinghamshire matched that for the loss of only two wickets at the close of the first day, despite losing opener
Jason Gallianfor a duck. On the second, only 33 overs of play were possible, but Nottinghamshire still marched on to 231 for 2 before Darren Bicknell's dismissal for 123 precipitated a collapse. The last eight wickets fell for 52 runs, as Robert Crofttook three wickets and Dean Coskerfour either side of stumps on the second day.
Nottinghamshire defended a 132-run lead on first innings, and their bowlers made early inroads, however, as Glamorgan crashed to 94 for 5 with Powell and
Alex Wharfat the crease. The pair fought back, adding 118 in just under three hours, as Glamorgan at least gave Nottinghamshire something to chase. Four wickets from Mark Ealhamin the late hours of the third day's play, though, reduced Glamorgan to 290 for 9 at the close, and Wharf added 17 on the fourth morning with Huw Waters(who recorded an unbeaten 24-ball duck) before he was dismissed by Andrew Harrisfor 113, his highest first class score. Despite Wharf's century, Nottinghamshire were set a relatively low target of 176, and fifties from Jason Gallianand Russell Warren carried Nottinghamshire past the target and onto the top of the Championship table with eight wickets in hand. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/30AUG-02SEP2005/GLAM_NOTTS_CC1_30AUG-02SEP2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Gloucestershire v Middlesex (30 August-2 September)
"Gloucestershire (10pts) drew with Middlesex (9pts)"
Gloucestershire recovered well from last week's defeat at the hands of Glamorgan, to give Middlesex a decent fight and take the most points from a drawn game at Bristol. The hosts batted first, and after losing
Craig Spearmanand Ramnaresh Sarwanearly, Gloucestershire fought back with three partnerships worth more than 60. Alex Gidman, Steve Adsheadand Malinga Bandaraall recorded fifties; the Sri Lankan Bandara, batting at eight, took the liberty to hit two sixes in an 89-ball 70. For Middlesex, Alan Richardsonand Jamie Dalrympletook four wickets each, but gave up more than four runs an over in the process as Glamorgan made 333 in 92.2 overs. Middlesex batted to stumps on day one without loss, but William Rudgeremoved the top three to set them back slightly. Wickets continued to fall, with Malinga Bandarataking four of them, and Middlesex crashed to 248 for 9 before a last wicket partnership between Melvyn Bettsand Stuart Clarktook them to 297 before Bandara dismissed Betts lbw to end with five for 71.
Betts and Clark then shared five of the ten Gloucestershire wickets to fall, interrupting Gloucestershire's innings rather regularly, but not preventing four partnerships of above 50.
Kadeer Alitop-scored with 61, while Mark Hardingeswas stranded on 58 to lift the hosts to a total 287, which set Middlesex 324 in five hours to win. Gloucestershire got a breakthrough in the very first over, as Ed Smith hit two fours off Jon Lewisbefore being caught behind after four deliveries. With Owais Shahdismissed by Bandara, Middlesex went into defensive mode, and eventually the match was declared a draw with Middlesex 121 short of the winning target. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/30AUG-02SEP2005/GLOUCS_MIDDX_CC1_30AUG-02SEP2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Hampshire v Warwickshire (30 August-1 September)
"Hampshire (22pts) beat Warwickshire (4pts) by an innings and 86 runs"
Hampshire dominated proceedings against Warwickshire at The Rose Bowl, occupying the crease for a day and a half to amass 576 runs in their first innings. The top three of James Adams,
Sean Ervineand John Crawleyset the tone with fifties, and when Crawley departed for 60 the score had moved to 279 for 3. Jonathan Trottand Makhaya Ntinishared three wickets before the end of the day, leaving Hampshire 353 for 6 overnight, but Shane Watsonand Dimitri Mascarenhasshared a mammoth 234-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Watson hit a career-best 203 not out, while Mascarenhas took three hours for an unbeaten 102, the first century of his season, before Shaun Udaldeclared. Warwickshire stumbled early on, falling to 21 for 2, but an unbeaten 97 from Nick Knightlifted them to 145 for 4 at the close of play on day two.
Knight could not save Warwickshire alone, though, and Warwickshire lost sixteen wickets on the third day to crumble to an innings defeat. Knight got his century, ending with 116, but no other batsman passed 30, as they were all out for 258 in the first innings. They were asked to
follow on318 behind, and did rather well initially, getting the score to 110 for 1 after two hours. Then, Jonathan Trottand Ian Westwoodfell in quick succession, leaving Jamie Troughtonto try and tie together a match-saving innings with the lower order. He made a two-hour 76 before being ninth out, caught off Shaun Udal's bowling, ending Warwickshire's resistance. No further runs were added for the tenth wicket, as Makhaya Ntiniwas bowledby Udal, and Warwickshire ended on 232 all out - 86 runs short of making Hampshire bat again. Hampshire captain Udal finished with a second innings analysis of 22-8-44-6, after only one wicket in the first innings. The win left Hampshire briefly on top of the Championship, before Nottinghamshire took over the following day. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/30AUG-02SEP2005/HANTS_WARWICKS_CC1_30AUG-02SEP2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Durham v Derbyshire (30 August-2 September)
"Derbyshire (10pts) drew with Durham (8pts)"
Derbyshire medium pacer Ian Hunter, formerly of Durham, got career-best bowling figures of five for 63 as Derbyshire - the only winless team in the Championship so far this season - nearly managed to record a win at
Riverside Groundagainst the table-toppers from Durham. Nine batsmen reached double figures, yet only two passed 30, and no one made it to fifty, as Dale Benkensteintop-scoring with 49. Liam Plunkettdug out one wicketin the first evening and one on the second morning, as Derbyshire crashed to 64 for 4, but a grinding 231-minute partnership between Jon Moss (92 runs) and Chris Bassano(87) yielded 148 runs to turn the game around. Luke Suttonhit an uncharacteristically quick 55 off 119 balls, as Derbyshire ground their way to 326.
Jimmy Maherrecorded his second successive single-figure score in his first match for Durham, as the hosts crawled to 59 for 3, but centuries from Paul Collingwoodand Dale Benkensteinsent them back on track. The pair added 206 runs together before Collingwood was out for 112 - his sixth first-class century in twelve matches - while Benkenstein continued to 162 not out, adding 80 valuable runs with Gareth Breeseand 21 for the ninth wicket with Brad Williamsbefore declaring. The declaration set Derbyshire 280 to win in 66 overs, and after Michael di Venutoand Steve Stubbingsput on 91 for the first wicket Derbyshire eyed their first win for three years. However, despite 101 from Stubbings, the rest of the batting order could not quite hit quite quickly enough, and they finished on an agonising 277 for 6 - three runs short of victory. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/30AUG-02SEP2005/DURHAM_DERBY_CC2_30AUG-02SEP2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Northamptonshire v Lancashire (30 August-2 September)
"Northamptonshire (19pts) beat Lancashire (6pts) by 285 runs"
Northamptonshire recorded their fourth win of the season thanks to their top order batting and their spin bowling. They had won the toss and batted, placing themselves well at 224 for 4, but the last six wickets yielded only 63 runs, and Lancashire seamer
Dominic Corkcould take three late wickets to end with four for 27. Northamptonshire were bowled out early on the second morning for 289, but immediately hit back, Damien Wrightdismissing Lancashire's captain Mark Chiltonfor 0. In a bowling effort dominated by spinners - Jason Brown and Monty Panesarsharing 68 of the 94 overs bowled - Northamptonshire tugged away, and but for Stuart Law's 111, the hosts might have got a first innings lead. However, it was Lancashire who got a lead of 12, with Brown taking five for 113 from 36.3 overs.
James Anderson then took two early wickets, leading to a long bowling effort for him - he bowled 28 overs, but could not add to his wicket tally, while
Usman Afzaalran away to 147, adding 183 with Bilal Shafayat. Northamptonshire declared eight overs into the last day, with the score 400 for 6 to unleash their spinners on Lancashire's batting line-up - and they did so very successfully. Brown got his second five-for of the match, ending with match figures of ten for 135, and Monty Panesaralso got three wickets as Lancashire collapsed in a heap for 103 - with only Chilton passing 20, in a reversal of fortunes from the first innings. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/30AUG-02SEP2005/NORTHANTS_LANCS_CC2_30AUG-02SEP2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
Worcestershire v Leicestershire (30 August-2 September)
"Leicestershire (12pts) drew with Worcestershire (9pts)"
John Maundersbatted for four hours for his first century of the first class season, and a further two hours to make a total of 148, which helped Leicestershire to a solid total of 407 at New Road - yet the slow nature of his batting meant there was little time to force a victory. Paul Nixonalso hit a three-hour fifty for Leicestershire, while Kabir Aligot the best bowling figures with four for 95, including nine no-balls and one wide. Spinners Ray Price and Chris Gayletook a total of five wickets in their 32.1 overs, while both Shoaib Akhtarand Gareth Battywent wicketless. Worcestershire's batsmen all got starts, but not much more, and David Mastersdug out both openers to end with three for 49 as Worcestershire were all out for 290 - Claude Hendersontaking care of the last four wickets with nine balls, to end with four for 72 in the innings.
Leicestershire lost both openers to
Kabir Aliwho took three wickets at a cost of more than five runs an over as Aftab Habiband Tom Newhit plenty of runs off him. Habib made 90, as Leicestershire declared on 255 for 5, setting Worcestershire 371 in five hours, but the chase was halted by bad light. When it finally got underway, Worcestershire crashed to 87 for 4 after two wickets from Charl Willoughby, but fifties from Ben Smith and Gareth Battysaved the draw for Worcestershire. [http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC2/SCORECARDS/30AUG-02SEP2005/WORCS_LEICS_CC2_30AUG-02SEP2005.html (Cricinfo scorecard)]
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