Ravi Bopara warmed up for Twenty20 Finals day by completing his third LV County Championship century of the summer as Essex required only quarter of an hour for an eightwicket triumph over
Gloucestershire at Chelmsford yesterday.
TEST OF CHARACTER: Kevin Pietersen celebrates England's Test series triumph over
New Zealand but coach Peter Moores (left) has warned to expect a Kiwis backlash
But on a fast and bouncy surface reminiscent of the one upon which England completed an innings triumph over
Pakistan a year ago, it took another determined performance from Bell to prevent the tourists taking all the positives from the opening day.
CAPTAIN Michael Vaughan narrowly missed his first limited-overs century for England but was delighted anyway with a comfortable 67-run triumph over
Namibia in his team's opening warm-up match on tour.
Surrey reached the final after a thrilling one-run triumph over
Lancashire in the first semi-final.
Hussain, whose 14 wins as captain included a moonlit triumph over
Pakistan in Karachi, said: "Some England Test victories are more unbelievable than others and I can hardly catch my breath after that finish.
Lying just one point ahead of NORTHAMPTONSHIRE at the start of the day, Lancashire needed only to draw to secure their First Division statu - unless their rivals claimed an unexpected triumph over
Lying just one point ahead of Northamptonshire at the start of the day, Lancashire needed only to draw to effectively secure their First Division status unless their rivals claimed an unexpected triumph over
Merthyr Tydfil secured their first win of the Division Two campaign with an emphatic triumph over
fellow strugglers Pontyberem.
Samuel stroked 70 not out and Israfil grabbed four wickets in a 68-run triumph over
Merryland International, for whom opener Owais Hassan was the standout batsman with 51 not out.
STUART BROAD admitted seizing a series triumph over
New Zealand would be "a massive win" as England closed in on victory in the final Test at McLean Park.
Vaughan hit 89, beating his previous best 86 in last summer's ICC Trophy semi-final triumph over
Australia, as England reached 260-6 in a match reduced to 42 overs a side -- and Namibia then struggled to 193-4 in reply.
Sherwin Campbell hit his maiden limited overs international century and Jimmy Adams put in a fine all-round performance as the West Indies secured an 87-run triumph over
Zimbabwe at Sabina Park in Kingston.
Niresh Fernando anchored the NMC inning with a top score of 52 not out to lead them to a four-wicket triumph over
Seven Seas Strikers.
Harborne destroyed lowly Evesham with a ten-wicket win thanks mainly to Amir Farooque's 1-3, and Cannock had an eight-wicket triumph over
Moseley Ashfield where Logan's 4-31 and Laurie Potter's unbeaten 67 were the notable contributions.