Lancashire v Sussex at Liverpool – Apr 12-14, 2012
Lancashire 124 and 176; Sussex 300 and 4/0
Sussex won by 10 wickets
Sussex comprehensively beat the holders of the LV County Championship by 10 wickets at Liverpool. James Anyon was the star with the ball in the first innings for the visitors with figures of 5 for 36 which helped dismiss Lancashire for only 124.
In response Sussex posted 300, thanks to Michael Yardy’s terrific 110 and then bowled the hosts out for 176 second time around. Monty Panesar returning to the county circuit after spending the winter with England returned figures of 3 for 54. But it was Steve Magoffin with terrific figures of 7 for 34 that saw Sussex pick up 22 points.
Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street – Apr 12-15, 2012
Nottinghamshire 161 and 335; Durham 129 and 253
Notts won by 114 runs
Nottinghamshire continued their 100% start to the campaign with a 114-run victory over Durham at Chester-le-Street.
Notts only managed to post 161 in the first innings as Durham took command of the first day. Graham Onions looking to force his way back into the England side took figures of 4 for 42.
But Notts wrestled back the advantage bowling out the hosts for just 129, Ben Phillips taking 4 for 33.
And given the opportunity second time around Nottinghamshire’s batsmen posted 335, to set up the victory. New signing Michael Lumb top scored with 131.
Durham required 367 for victory, but Andre Adams (4-68) ensured that Nottinghamshire took 19 points back to Trentbridge.
Middlesex v Surrey at Lord’s – Apr 12-15, 2012
Middlesex 256 and 106; Surrey 222 and 137
Middlesex won by 3 runs
Middlesex gained the bragging rights after beating local rivals Surrey in a thriller at Lords.
Surrey required only 140 in their second innings but were skittled for just 137, falling three runs short.
Middlesex posted 256 in the first innings and that was largely thanks to a patient 88 from Dawid Malan.
Surrey couldn’t gain a first innings lead as they were dismissed for 222. Neil Dexter was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 23.
The game at this stage appeared to be heading for a stalemate, but Surrey’s bowlers dismissed Middlesex for just 106, Jon Lewis taking 5 for 41.
Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown (63) then appeared to have steered his side to victory in the second innings but Middlesex had other ideas as both Murtagh and Roland-Jones took four wickets apiece to leave Surrey three runs short.
Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham – Apr 12-15, 2012
Somerset 147 and 354; Warwickshire 243 and 262/8
Warwickshire won by 2 wickets
Jeetan Patel made himself an instant hero at Edgbaston as he somehow guided Warwickshire to victory over Somerset.
Patel smashed 43 off 36 balls to earn Warwickshire 20 points and deny Somerset what seemed a likely victory.
Somerset were bowled out for just 137 in their first innings, Chris Wright was the pick of the Bears attack taking 4 for 47.
In reply Warwickshire posted 243, Keith Barker top scored with 46.
Somerset made a better effort of their second innings posting 354, Nick Compton’s superb 133 appeared to have put Somerset in control of the match.
But healthy contributions from the Warwickshire top order gave them a chance of victory, and it was left to Jeetan Patel and Jim Troughton to guide them to victory.