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James Hildreth in now with Alviro Petersen and he played a lovely drive through the off side off Clarke just before lunch, there is some away swing from Clarke and plenty of slips in place but Hildreth just timed it beautifully through the cover region.
Really enjoyable parntership this, bowling not been up to much but plenty of good shots.
Petersen has started alright this season, hasn't he?
insane Northamptonshire tail still insane
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Yep, doing to Gloucs what they did to Essex last week. Were 283-8, now on the verge of 400. I see that their keeper, David Murphy played four times for Scotland in March, I missed that! Willey was dropped a place to number 9 despite scoring 76 which shows how strong they are in the lower order. This year's surprise package, perhaps?
And that's 5 and a run out for Onions.
If Finn is a better Test bowler in England than Onions right now I'll stand jumping in Binns' front window.
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Didn't Finn take five last week? Anyway nice to see a few England bowlers in a groove.
Tremlett not doing much though
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Anderson and Broad both took 4 for 57 I see. James Taylor looking for a big score to kick-start his season after a rather up-and-down 2012. Some pretty grim fare at Old Trafford. And perhaps an upset at Leicester? Bowled out for 181 by Leeds & Bradford, they'll have to do a lot better to avoid embarrassment tomorrow. Luis Reece was the star of their demolition of Sussex last year; today the Lancs 2nds and Unicorns player made 114. One to watch, perhaps.
It looks like Adams is out of the game, so there might still be hope for Derbyshire, one between Madsen and Durston is due one (I don't expect much from the rest of the batsmen), if Chanderpaul and the tail gets going again a draw is on the cards, just survive the first spell by Broad, I doubt that England will let Notts to bowl him too much.
Mind, Nottinghamshire are still heavy favourites.
It's the pitch, stupid.
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