County Championship Division One: Draws all round as second set of fixtures end

A mixture of rain and a lack of time caused all three Division One matches to culminate in draws this week.

County Championship Division One: Draws all round as second set of fixtures end
An all too familiar sight around the County Championship (photo: Birmingham Mall)

Warwickshire moved to the top of the Division One table despite not winning a game this season and managing a third consecutive draw during a rain dampened spectacle in Yorkshire.

Trott and Ambrose secure a batting bonus point

Resuming on 205-2, the Warwickshire Bears added another 238 runs under the excellent guidance of Jonathan Trott and Tim Ambrose who scored 74 and 61 not out respectively. The Bears declared on 443-9 as they set about trying to take ten wickets late in the day to earn their first victory of the season.

Adam Lyth and Alex Lees were dismissed before Yorkshire surpassed 37, before Gary Ballance restored order with an unbeaten 21 as the players eventually trotted off with a share of the spoils at the end of the day.

Sangakkara continues to show his class as Surrey fall just short against Somerset

Kumar Sangakkara was in inspired form oncemore as he scored 71 to reach the half century milestone for already the third time this season. His scored helped Surrey reach 181-4, as they attempted to bowl Somerset out in the remaining 42 overs.

Zafar Ansari gave Surrey hope as he helped them take four wickets for the loss of just 62 runs after 26 overs. He dismissed the experienced trio of Marcus Trescothick, Chris Rogers and Roelof van see Merwe, whilst Ravi Rampaul also chipped in with the early wicket of Tom Abell.

Yet James Hildreth steadied the ship with an unbeaten 40 as the match drained out towards the draw. Captains Gareth Batty and Chris Rogers accepted neither side were going to reach their required milestones and agreed to end the match as a draw with six wickets remaining.

Just fourteen balls bowled between Durham and Middlesex

A mere 14 balls were bowled at Chester-Le-Street as Durham and Middlesex were forced to settle for a draw. With Durham only halfway through the second innings of a match, a result either way would have been likely anyway, although Durham did secure a bonus batting point within the two and a half overs that were bowled.

The brief spell was delivered just before 2pm, before the umpires eventually called the match off an hour later, leaving both teams with two draws apiece this season.

The flurry of draws begs the question, does County Championship cricket need restructuring? There has been some mutterings this week that such an idea could be in the offering, as a solution to find more than two wins in nine matches is sought.