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May 21

County cricket roundup: Essex crush Hampshire and Sangakkara holds off Middlesex

• Hampshire dismissed twice for less than 150 in innings defeat at Chelmsford
• Surrey’s Kumar Sangakkara hits an unbeaten 116 against Middlesex

Essex took 13 wickets before tea on the third day to twice bowl Hampshire out for less than 150 and complete a remarkable victory by an innings and 92 runs. In doing so, they moved top of Division One.

Hampshire had lost five wickets for no runs on the second day, and the wreckage did not cease on the third morning with Jamie Porter, a bowler of promise who is adapting very nicely to life in Division One, dismissing Lewis McManus and Kyle Abbott to finish with five for 24.

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May 21

Derbyshire v Worcestershire: Daryl Mitchell & Brett D’Oliveira set up hope of victory

Daryl Mitchell and Brett D’Oliveira both hit tons as Worcestershire build a potential big first-innings lead at Derby.

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May 21

Leicestershire v Kent: Foxes enjoy good day as Dieter Klein takes four wickets

Leicestershire reach 420 before Dieter Klein takes 4-48 to reduce Kent to 193-5 on day three at Grace Road.

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May 21

Somerset v Warwickshire: Jonathan Trott ton gives Bears a chance at Taunton

Jonathan Trott hits 175 as Warwickshire total 413 at Taunton before taking four Somerset wickets.

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May 21

Middlesex v Surrey: Kumar Sangakkara stars with a second century in the match

Kumar Sangakkara hits a second century in the match for Surrey to set up a fascinating final day against Middlesex.

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May 21

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire: Colin Ingram holds up Notts

Colin Ingram leads Glamorgan’s resistance as they reach 212-5, still 49 runs behind Nottinghamshire with a day to play.

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May 21

Lancashire v Yorkshire: Shivnarine Chanderpaul century halts Tykes progress

Shivnarine Chanderpaul hits his 75th first-class hundred as Lancashire fight back against Yorkshire on day three.

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May 21

Sussex v Durham: Jofra Archer takes five wickets to help dismiss visitors for 287

Jofra Archer takes five wickets as Sussex bowl Durham out for 287 on day one at Hove in the County Championship.

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May 21

Essex v Hampshire: Jamie Porter stars as hosts win by an innings

Jamie Porter takes seven wickets in the match as Essex beat Hampshire by an innings and 97 runs inside three days.

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May 21

County cricket: Essex beat Hampshire, Sangakkara makes twin tons, and more – as it happened

All the action from a remarkable day of Championship action as Essex skittled Hampshire to go top and Kumar Sangakkara turned on the style at Lord’s

7.29pm BST

Wow. What a day.

An utter, unadulterated treat to watch Kumar Sangakkara doing his outrageous thing today, but there’s been great action just about everywhere else, too. Essex are probably 10 pints deep already after seeing off Hampshire, Shiv’s been chiselling away at Old Trafford (not to mention a ton for Jack Brooks!), and Warwickshire have a slim chance of an improbable win at Taunton. Grant Thornton, the accountant, going nicely there.

7.16pm BST

What a nutter this bloke is. Still four overs left there.

Darren Stevens reaches his 75th first-class 50 off 30 balls (9×4, 1×6).
Kent 190-5. Rouse 9*. Live score:

7.14pm BST

Folks, as you’ll know, I’ve had Yaseen Rana with me here on work experience these last two days. And he’s written a very fine little report on his day at the derby for you to read. So here it is.

By Yaseen Rana

7.02pm BST

Stumps at Lord’s. Surrey are 194 for four, 96 ahead. Sanga, who Middlesex are applauding from the field, is 116 not out.

6.47pm BST

Stumps at Old Trafford. Lancs are still 184 behind.

6.46pm BST

What a guy.

6.34pm BST

ay ay ay

GONE! Davies is caught by Hain off the bowling of Thornton for 7 and Somerset are 86 for 4. Leach joins Trescothick at the crease. #SOMvWAR

6.33pm BST

Northeast goes, and Kent in a bit of bother at Leicester. 101 for four.

6.31pm BST

What an achievement. He aches the pants off one through the covers off Rayner and they run three; that’s exactly the same way he got there in the first dig. 174 for four. What a player.

6.28pm BST

What a way to go!

OUT! Chanderpaul bowled around his legs by @BenCoad10 for 106. 247-6 in the 90th.

6.26pm BST

Out! Rojo has found an absolute beauty to bowl Sibley! 171 for four; the lead is 73. With a new ball due earlyish tomorrow, Surrey wouldn’t want to lose many more tonight.

Sanga, meanwhile, is on 99 ….

6.13pm BST

Grant Thornton gets the wicket of Hildreth at Taunton! Could Warwickshire win that game? Will it turn big? 78 for three, 335 runs behind.

6.09pm BST

McLaren recently reached 50 too. Kolpaks coming good for Lancashire at the Roses. 237 for five.

Lovely 100 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul off 184 balls, 1 six, 10 fours, and a vital innings too! #LANvYOR

6.04pm BST

Rayner’s swapped ends at Lord’s, so Sangakkara has the short boundary on the legside. He moves to 92 with a quick single.

5.55pm BST

It’s felt like an eternity but there’s finally a wicket at Cardiff. Lloyd goes for 37 and Glamorgan are still 67 behind with five wickets remaining.

5.50pm BST

After taking arguably the catch of the season, Tresco passes 25,000 career runs in First Class cricket. Phenomenal. Somerset are 52 for two and barring a spectacular collapse or some declaration bowling, this one’s heading for a bore draw.

5.44pm BST

Durham bowled out for 287 at Hove. Archer has a Michelle after cleaning up the tail.

5.38pm BST

Surely not..

Do not adjust your screens, this really is Shiv Chanderpaul smashing a 6️⃣

Watch all the Championship big hits ➡️

5.37pm BST

Borthwick out for 49, trapped in front off the bowling of Ollie Rayner. A nuggety knock, but a frustrating one for Middlesex who’ll be desperate for a few more wickets before the close of play. Surrey 39 for two.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire FINALLY have a wicket. Mitchell goes for 120, Worcester are 244 for one.

5.22pm BST

Both Worcestershire openers have reached their hundreds against Derbyshire. They’re motoring towards a lead, Mitchell has 117, D’Oliveira 103. Worcestershire are 232 without loss at a rate of more than four an over.

5.08pm BST

You know what, Leicester might just be able to contrive a result against Kent. Klein’s taken another wicket and Kent are 25 for two, a massive 395 runs behind.

5.06pm BST

Glamorgan not going down easily…

5⃣0⃣// Colin Ingram brings up his half-century from 153 balls

Glamorgan now 177/4 @TheSSESWALEC trailing by 84 runs #GoGlam

5.04pm BST

Pringle’s crisp innings for Durham comes to an end. Sorry. They’re 261 for six.

5.01pm BST

Century stand between Sanga and Borthwick. At times attritional, but an important partnership for Surrey. 116 for two.

4.47pm BST

Oi oi bit going on at Grace Road.

Dickson lbw b Klein 0. Kent 5-1 in 3rd over. Denly joins DBD 4*.

4.47pm BST

So Surrey have cruised into the lead two down. There’s not a great deal going on besides Sangakkara’s remorseless accumulation which, you know, isn’t bad to watch.

4.40pm BST

A fifty for Kumar Sangakkara. 76 balls. Shock.

4.39pm BST

Grant Thornton, the accountant, is in at Taunton.

4.38pm BST

Pringle and Paul Coughlin both have half-centuries for Durham at Hove.

Meanwhile, Warks just missed out on the fifth batting point at Taunton. Surely a declaration coming?

4.22pm BST

The Sussex Twitter account on fine form.

Yes! Only for @CountyChamp games though. Not saying they don’t enjoy white-ball cricket but we think they prefer the longer format #GOSBTS

4.19pm BST

Result not incoming.

McKay run out 66. Leics 420 all out at tea on day 3.

4.07pm BST

Div One:

4.02pm BST

Lancs are going well!

Chanderpaul has reached 50 off 85 balls with 8x4s. @LancsCCC are 1360-5 after 43 overs.

4.02pm BST

Tom Westley gets Mason Crane after Grievous Bodily gets Berg and Essex have won! What a result! Hampshire were insipid, twice being bowled for under 150. Dear oh dear. They take just one point from the game, while Essex take 22. Proper win, that.

3.59pm BST

And that’s Tea at Lord’s with Sangakkara and Borthwick patiently taking Surrey to 80 for two, 18 runs behind Middlesex. Their partnership currently stands at 64…

It’s also Tea at Taunton where Joverton has just dismissed Trott for 175. Warwickshire need nine runs off nine balls for a fifth batting bonus point.

3.55pm BST

Rikki Clarke hits two boundaries off Leach to reach his 50. More significantly, his side only need 15 off two overs for the final bonus point. Very much a match within a match.

3.52pm BST

Elsewhere, Chesney Hughes is helping Northants make decent inroads into the South African total. What a dramatic return to county cricket this could be. They’re 60 for one off eight overs, 216 more required off 42 overs.

3.48pm BST

Trott powers his way to 150 with a six off van der Merwe. Looks like Warwickshire are chasing a final batting point against Somerset in an otherwise dead game. They need 27 off three overs.

3.39pm BST

50 for Shiv, Lancs still a long way behind in the Roses game. They’re 151 for five.

3.36pm BST

Could be curtains soon at Chelmsford as Abbott is run out… Just two wickets to go for Essex.

3.26pm BST

Seven down at Chelmsford, where Wagner gets McManus. Hampshire on their way to their first defeat of the season. Essex – well, what a start to life in Division One for them.

3.23pm BST

Sangakkara has rather picked up where he left off in the first innings and has glided his way to 36. Borthwick very watchful. He has 12, and Surrey are 61 for two, still 37 behind. Rojo’s first spell was quite superb. Middlesex trying to keep the pressure on.

3.17pm BST


85 balls with 8x4s for Chanderpaul’s fifty. That is the 213th time he has reached 50 in first-class cricket. @LancsCCC are 136-5 in the 43rd

3.13pm BST

Big wicket at the Roses, where a good partnership between Chanders and Vilas is ended as Rafiq gets the latter caught behind. 135 for five, and Lancs are 313 behind, and presumably batting with just 10 men with Jimmy injured.

3.07pm BST

George Bailey is out at Chelmsford, where the game looks likely to be over today. He was caught behind off Quinn. 93 for six, and Hampshire are still 152 behind.

2.59pm BST


OUT! Leach gets the much needed breakthrough as Ambrose is brilliantly caught for 63. Warwickshire 296 for 5. #SOMvWAR

2.56pm BST

Glamorgan back in trouble.

WICKET: Donald’s innings comes to an end as he is bowled by Patel for 36.

Glamorgan 116/4 and trail by 145 runs #GLAvNOT

2.38pm BST

A fine first day for Sussex having elected to bowl.

WICKET: Briggs with the first ball of his spell! On from the Sea End and he accounts for Clark LBW. Gone for 23, Durham 129 for 5 #GOSBTS

2.36pm BST

Bell-Drummond is keeping for Kent because Adam Rouse has a hand injury.

Meanwhile at Chelmsford, Porter remains on fire.

| @jamieporter93 picks up his 7th wicket of the match as he sends Ervine’s stumps flying. #ESSvHAM

2.33pm BST

Looks pretty out to me, but the finger took an age to go up, and Burns wasn’t enjoying it.

ROJO AGAIN : @tobyrj21 strikes once more, trapping Burns in front for 10 #TeamMiddlesex #MIDvSUR

2.27pm BST

Surrey are in strife! Burns goes lbw to Roland-Jones – he didn’t like the decision – so Sangakkara strides past his painting with work to do. 16 for two.

2.23pm BST

Hampshire are five down! Porter gets his seventh of the match as Ervine is bowled.

2.23pm BST

Jimmy Harris getting among Leicestershire. Very difficult to see a result in that game; would Kent entertain the idea of a contrivance tomorrow?

Pettini lbw b Harris 8. Leics 271/6. Parkinson joins Wells 5*.

2.20pm BST

There’s that wiggit

ROJO STRIKES: @tobyrj21 dismisses Stoneman for a duck after a catch in the slips by @acvoges #TeamMiddlesex #MIDvSUR

2.12pm BST

Wicket! Stoneman is undone by Roland-Jones’s excellent line, and he’s had a nibble to first slip, where Voges takes a fine catch. A 10-ball duck, and five for one.

2.03pm BST

He strokes Leach for three consecutive fours and that’s another ton for Jonathan Trott. 243 for four, are Warwickshire.

Meanwhile … Here’s how Hameed was dismissed for 0 earlier. You fancy the youngster has a fair bit more batting to do in this game.

So much going on here.

1) The nut
2) The celebration ‍♂️
3) [my favourite] Lyth getting pinned on the ankle

2.00pm BST

….and a wicket in the Roses, where Yorkshire are right on top. Sidebottom gets Alex Davies caught behind trying to leave alone and Lancs are 68 for four, a cool 380 runs behind.

1.59pm BST

Another one bites the dust at Chelmsford … Kolpak eats Kolpak.

WICKET | Back out after Lunch and Harmer traps Rossouw LBW second ball! The @SimonHarmerRSA fist pump is back. #ESSvHAM

1.49pm BST

They lead by 98 as Rayner pulls CurranT to midwikct and goes for eight. Took Surrey 10 balls after lunch to wrap things up. Tricky period for them now.

1.44pm BST

We are back out at Lord’s, with Meaker bowling to Helm … and it doesn’t last long. He top-edges a pull and is caught by Scurran at midwicket. He takes a very fine skier. 410 for nine, lead of 97.

1.09pm BST

HIGHLIGHTS: 112 runs and three wickets in the morning session. #MIDvSUR

1.07pm BST

Div One:

1.03pm BST

Lunch at Lord’s, where Middlesex are 408 for eight, with a lead of 95.

1.00pm BST

This is a very interesting point. CurranT often finds himself doing the dirty work which, while not beneath him, is probably a bit of a waste of his general excellence. Meaker is wild but can get an old ball to reverse, Footitt is slightly less wild but better with a newer ball. Scurran is excellent at getting the new ball talking, but not sure what to do with the oldie yet.

Surrey have four opening bowlers and no third seamer. And it shows @willis_macp

12.51pm BST

James Franklin is finally out! He has a wild hack at a short and wide delivery from Meaker and is caught at third man. Two awful balls from Meaker have picked up wickets this morning. Great innings from Franklin – 112 off 141 balls. Middlesex 399 for eight.

12.46pm BST

The Vern has his first wicket for Sussex. First of plenty I’m sure..

WICKET: A first Sussex wicket for Philander! Steel chips him to Luke Wells at square leg who takes the catch. Durham 72 for 2 #GOSBTS

12.43pm BST

Out! CurranT finally gets the wicket he has definitely deserved. A lofted drive from TRJ goes straight into Footitt’s hands at mid-off. Middlesex are 387 for seven.

12.41pm BST

It’s fast becoming ‘Franklin’s Match’ as the Middlesex skipper adds an unbeaten century to his four first-innings wickets. This knock has put his side well on top. Middlesex are 387 for six, 74 runs ahead of Surrey.

12.38pm BST

Another wicket for Yorkshire!

OUT! @timbresnan strikes to get Croft caught at first slip by @phandscomb54 for 13. @LancsCCC 39-3 after 13.

12.36pm BST

The England Lions squad for next month’s series against South Africa A has just been announced. Vince captains a squad that also contains Steve Finn.

NEWS: @liaml4893 has been named in the @englandcricket Lions squad to face South Africa A next month.


12.29pm BST

Hampshire in even more trouble as Vince goes for 17 and they’re 24 for two.

12.27pm BST

Stevens in the wickets for Kent..

Cosgrove lbw b Stevens 39. Kent 189/3. Eckersley joins Ackermann 58*.

12.26pm BST

A 51 run partnership for Glamorgan comes to an end as Bragg goes LBW to Gurney for 30. They’re 54 for two, still more than 200 runs behind!

12.23pm BST

Here’s the beauty from Archer that got rid of Jennings. Peach.

WATCH: A fine delivery from @craig_arch to dismiss Durham opener Keaton Jennings#GOSBTS

12.17pm BST

HUGE. Roland-Jones dispatches Footitt into the second tier. Runs flowing for Middlesex, they’re 368 for six.

12.13pm BST

Middlesex race pass 350 as TRJ hits three boundaries off Meaker. Look’s like he’s enjoying the extra pace.

12.11pm BST

Ryan Sidebottom takes his first wicket of the season! Lancashire in trouble as Livingstone goes..

Wicket. @liaml4893 edges Sidebottom to Lyth at 2nd slip for 4. @LancsCCC 1st inns 15-2 (6.3 overs) #LANvYOR

12.07pm BST

Colin Ackerman has got a 50 for Leicestershire against Kent, they’re currently 176 for two in the first innings of the match. A long, long way from a result in that one..

12.03pm BST

Hampshire’s top order continuing where they left off yesterday evening as Dawson is out to Porter for 5. Hampshire are 5 for one.

11.59am BST

Hameed’s poor start to the Championship season continues. Jack Brook’s on fire, Lancashire are terrified…

Wicket. @HaseebHameed97 is bowled for 0 by Brooks from his 8th ball faced. @LancsCCC 10-1 after 3.5 overs #LANvYOR

11.57am BST

Out! Meaker’s first ball is a horrible short delivery down the leg side, but it’s got the breakthrough that Surrey needed as Malan edges it behind to Foakes. Malan goes for a brilliant 115 that has put his team in control. Middlesex are 334 for six.

11.49am BST

Essex have indeed enforced the follow-on at Chelmsford…

11.47am BST

CurrantT’s been luckless all innings. Franklin blocks one that bounces JUST over the stumps. Probably Surrey’s best bowler but nothing to show for it.

11.44am BST

Hampshire bowled out, waiting to hear whether Essex will enforce the follow-on.

WICKET Hampshire all out 115 when Neil Wagner finds edge of Fidel Edwards bat. Tom Westley takes catch at 2nd slip at 2nd attempt. #ESSvHAM

11.38am BST

Wicket at Taunton, for the other Leach, Jack. 150 for four, with Hain the man to go for 39.

11.37am BST

Only just seen this! Good question; they did seem to have got a little bit preoccupied with the century hunt. I reckon if Leaning had stayed in they might have powered on to 500-odd ASAP. But he didn’t, so …

Why are Yorkshire still batting @willis_macp?

11.35am BST

Jofra Archer gets Keaton Jennings at Hove and it’s 32 for one.

11.34am BST

448 for eight. Brooks ends 109 not out.

11.31am BST

Middlesex lead at Lord’s! 319 for five. They will want to charge up towards 400-450 now. Currans have been in good nick with the new ball.

11.28am BST

Lloyds Leach doing work for Worcestershire at Derby. They are 225 for eight.

11.27am BST

Follow-on approaching …

WICKET And its a Jamie Porter 5-for when he bowls Lewis McManus for 39. 110-9. #ESSvHAM

11.27am BST

Here’s the highlights of Jack Brooks’s first innings since appearing on ITVbe’s Dinner Date.

A maiden for @BrooksyFerret

And what a celeb by the @YorkshireCCC man #DropTheBat

11.24am BST

Northants have James Kettleborough and Chesney Hughes in their side to face SA!

11.21am BST

It’s taken some time this morning but the great man is there! Looking forward to the video of the celebration … 146 balls, seven fours and four sixes.

Mic drop. Punch. Kiss of the helmet. Congratulations @BrooksyFerret. 434-8

11.18am BST

Thought this was a masterful example of ‘taking the positives’ from yesterday’s play by the Hampshire twitter account.

REPORT: Masterful @Kyle_Abbott87 claims another five-for but Hampshire falter on day two v @EssexCricket. &


11.17am BST

The procession continues.

WICKET Kyle Abbott edges to first slip where Alastair Cook takes the catch off bowling of Jamie Porter for 36. 109-8. #ESSvHAM

11.14am BST

Well isn’t that a lovely scene.

Wonderful weather here at Hove for @SussexCCC v @DurhamCricket Should be a cracking days cricket

11.13am BST

Northants are playing South Africa, and their star batsman is gone!

WICKET! de Kock is trapped lbw by Gleeson for 0! South Africa are now 2-1 (1.5) du Plessis joins Amla in the middle. #MadeOfSteel

11.12am BST

Brooks, in the company of Morse Coad, has 98.

11.09am BST

Here we go …

WICKET: Selman gone for 3 after being bowled by Fletcher.

Glamorgan 3/1 #GLAvNOT

11.07am BST

New ball taken! Franklin top-edged Scurran over deep-square’s head for six to bring up the 100 partnership with Malan in the last over, and Middlesex have a third batting point, too. 306 for five, and CurranT has the newie.

11.03am BST

Jack Leaning is out at Old Traffird, caught McLaren off Bailey’s bowling. Brooks has 95 … and it’s 423 for eight.

10.59am BST

Players on their way out at Lord’s! New ball is two overs away, so Batty’s having a bowl. The day is 104 overs long. Middlesex are 296 for six. Malan has 103 and Franklin 63.

10.53am BST

Yorkshire batting on, which is the right thing to do.

10.52am BST

Here’s what I watched yesterday.

Full highlights available from Day 2 at Lord’s, where Middlesex ended the day trailing Surrey by 17 runs.

10.51am BST

Vic’s done a rather nice piece for today’s Obs.

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10.51am BST

At Cardiff, Notts have enforced the follow on.

10.49am BST

Morning Stuie! Certainly not looking like raining here.

@willis_macp morning will, let’s hope for a dry day!

10.47am BST

Teams from Sussex v Durham, where Magoffin misses out. Will it turn?

Sussex: Nash, Finch, Wells, van Zyl, Wright (c), Wiese, Burgess (wkt), Jordan, Archer, Philander, Briggs #GOSBTS

Durham: Jennings, Cook, Steel, Clark, Collingwood (c), Coughlin, Pringle, Poynter (wk), Weighell, Onions, Rushworth #SUSvDUR

10.40am BST

Well hello, and happy Sunday. Hope all well – it’s an absolute belting day in London, for the third day of a wonderfully poised derby. I’m Will Macpherson and I’m at Lord’s for that game, with Yas Rana, who is with me on work experience.

Middlesex are not far behind Surrey’s 313 thanks to a superb ton from Dawid Malan and some late humpty from James Franklin, who earlier took four for 40.

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May 20

Essex v Hampshire: Visitors struggle with bat on day two

Essex take charge on day two of their County Championship Division One game with Hampshire by reducing their opponents to 92-7.

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May 20

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire: Stuart Broad and Luke Fletcher lead way for visitors

Stuart Broad and Luke Fletcher lead the way as Nottinghamshire take control on day two of their match against Glamorgan.

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May 20

Middlesex v Surrey: Dawid Malan hits ton as hosts take upper hand

Dawid Malan hits a crucial unbeaten century as Middlesex take the upper hand against Surrey on day two at Lord’s.

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May 20

Leicestershire v Kent: Hosts make steady progress on rain-hit second day

Leicestershire’s batsmen make steady progress against Kent on a second rain-hit day at Grace Road.

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May 20

Lancashire v Yorkshire: Jack Leaning & Jack Brooks lead Tykes charge in Roses match

Jack Leaning hits an unbeaten century as Yorkshire pile on the runs against Lancashire on a rain-affected second day.

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May 20

Derbyshire v Worcestershire: Alex Hughes hits 50 on rain-hit second day at Derby

Derbyshire batsman Alex Hughes hits his first County Championship half-century of the season against Worcestershire.

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