SA Round Up of County Championship Performances 25-28 April

Hampshire beat Surrey by 35 runs, with Michael Lumb making 49, Pothas 85* which helped Hampshire post 481. Even Shane Warne contributed with the bat, making 48! Surrey struggled in their first inning only making 207, with Warne picking up 5-45. Instead of a follow-on Hampshire posted 224-1, setting a massive 503 run target. Surrey had a good go at it, reaching 467, with their keeper Batty making 121 and their number 9 Salisbury making 103!!! Good performances by the South Africa men.

Warwickshire faced Sussex, scoring 391 in their first innings, with Jonathan Trott getting 84, Tim Groenewald managed 20 and Dale Steyn reached 31* off 29 balls!!! Steyn must be looking for a promotion up the order, with some handy performances so far. Sussex struggled in their first innings, managing 151, with Steyn picking up 3-36 in 10.5 and Groenewald picked up 2-40 in eight. Sussex were forced to follow on, and managed to slightly better, reaching 206 and consequently losing by an innings and 34 runs. Steyn and Groenewald didn’t pick up any more scalps, however Steyn was economical going for 31 in 14. Trott managed 4 catches in the second innings to add to his tally of 2 in the first, which is a substantial haul for a fielder!!

Durham batted first against Yorkshire, with Captain Dale Benkenstein making 83 before being caught by Jacques Rudolph. Durham made 274, which was easily surpassed by Yorkshire whose total of 414 included only 9 from Rudolph. Benkenstein failed in his second innings, managing only 3 and Durham were skittled out for 169, allowing Yorkshire a 9 wicket win with the target being 30. Rudolph managed 10*

Somerset made 357 against Leicestershire in their first innings with Claude Henderson picking up 2-61 in 15 Leicestershire made 385 in reply with Charl Willoughby picking 5-97 in 28 one of his scalps was HD Ackerman LBW for 1. In Somerset’s second innings Henderson got 3-111 in 30. Ackerman got 17 in Leicestershire’s reply, so a disappointing day for him. Willoughby only got 3 overs in and went for 15. Somerset won by 198 runs.

Middlesex played Northamptonshire with Van der Wath and Klusener being the main destroyers for Northamptonshire. Van der Wath picked up 6-46 in 18.3 and Klusener 2-59 in 16. Middlesex have the grandsons of Hutton and Compton opening their batting with Compton learning his trade in Durban, SA before heading to the UK. Klusener also helped out with the bat making 44 off 47 in the first innings. Van der Wath picked up 3-102 in 26 and Klusener 1-21 in 13 in Middlesex’s second innings. Klusener managed 25 in the second innings and Van der Wath only 5 to go with his duck in the first innings, Middlesex won by 154 runs.