In Division 1 the stand out game had to be Lancashire Vs Warwickshire, at Aigburth. This game featured last year’s champions (Lancashire) against Warwickshire who narrowly missed out on the final day at the end of last season. Lancashire lost their first game in their defence of their title to Sussex in a crunching 10 wicket defeat. In opposite Warwickshire had the perfect start with a 2 wicket victory over Somerset in a thrilling game. Warwickshire won the toss and elected to field. The Bears then truly dominated Lancashire bowling them out for 250 of 107.2 Over’s taking all 3 bonus points on offer. Maddy was stunning as he took 4-39. The Bears in reply made 329 but a 224 partnership between Maddy (112) and Clarke (140). Lancashire collapsed in their second innings to a total of 148 mainly due to Barker and Patel who both picked up 5 wicket hauls. Warwickshire needed just 70 to win a game which was constricted with showers. The Bears made hard work of their target and at one stage the Bears were 52-5 but Porterfield and Ambrose with a 4 of the last ball saw them home to a 5 wicket victory, 2 wins for the Bears but 2 defeats to the champions.
|Somerset Batsman, Nic Crompton scored a||n unbeaten 202|
At the Kia Oval, newly promoted Surrey and Worcestershire would both have to settle for a draw in their game as rain affected another game. Surrey were put into Bat but could only make 140, in reply Worcestershire faired not better as they were bowled out 119. Surrey made 224 in their second innings but constant rain showers eventually caught up with them, and the game ended in a draw when Worcestershire were 94-1. Another draw in the LV=CC shows that the rain really affected all the LV=CC games.
If you needed more prove then a draw at Lord’s between Middlesex and Durham gave you that. Strauss played for Middlesex but his dreadful form continued as he was out for a duck in his first innings and 6 in the second. Middlesex made 188 despite a Strauss’s woe’s but in reply Durham made 238. Middlesex then came back but could only manage 179 but just when the game looked like it would stop due to rain the Umpire’s managed to get the players out and a dramatic final hour followed leaving Durham 82-6 but the day reached a close and neither team won.
The games from the 19th - 22th were always going to end in a draw, but the Bears were the only team to prove there dominance and despite the weather win a crucial game against Lancashire.
Warwickshire fly to the top of the table after just 2 games but defending Champions Lancashire are stunned as they are 8th yet to win a game.
By Ross Hill