Lehmann, Vaughan help Yorkshire gain lead

Published: Friday, April 27, 2001, 17:20 [IST]
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London: England hopeful Michael Vaughan and Australian Darren Lehmann were in form as Yorkshire stayed in charge of their County Championship First Division match against Kent at Canterbury on Thursday. On another day of rain delays and wash-outs, Vaughan made 71 at the top of the order to set Yorkshire on the way to a first innings lead over the hosts, who made only 142 all out on Wednesday Yorkshire, with 68 from Lehmann, was 208 for four by the close of a stop-start second day. Kent pace bowler Martin Saggers (three for 57) claimed each of the first three wickets. Northamptonshire had reached 119 for four when rain forced an early close at Chelmsford as it sought to push for a first innings lead over Essex, which managed 206 all out. The hosts' once promising innings went out with a whimper as it added a run-of-the-mill 52 for its last four wickets on Thursday. Former Essex pace bowler Darren Cousins did most of the damage, with another wicket to add to his three for figures of four for 62. Glamorgan made up for a first-day wash-out at Cardiff by reaching 330 for seven against Somerset - with Michael Powell and the in-form Adrian Dale both hitting 64 and Adrian Shaw chipping in with an unbeaten 62. Somerset new boys Keith Dutch and Richard Johnson - both formerly of Middlesex - were in the wickets, off spinner Dutch finishing with two and paceman Johnson three. But there was still no joy for Surrey and Lancashire, last season's champions and runners-up respectively, who again failed to get on the pitch and have yet to bowl a ball in their match at Old Trafford because of rain. In the Second Division Middlesex seamer Simon Cook gave the Londoners the edge when play finally got under way after another first-day wash-out against Derbyshire at the Racecourse Ground. Cook finished day two with three for 53 to his name, while Phil Tufnell and Tim Bloomfield bagged two wickets each as the home side mustered 171 for seven. Durham's Paul Collingwood was the day's top-scorer with 95 out of his team's 284 all out against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, where the northerners progressed from 148 for five at start of play. Fomer Northamtonshire seamer Richard Logan had the best day among the home pace attack, finishing with four for 69, while all-rounder Paul Franks took three for 74. Nottinghamshire's reply was worth 38 for one by stumps after opener Guy Welton had gone caught behind for a duck off Neil Killeen. The other scheduled match between Worcestershire and Sussex was abandoned without a ball being bowled for the second successive day at New Road.

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