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Thatscricket - News - Aussies Blewett, Di Venuto score centuries for English counties

Published: Saturday, August 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]London: Greg Blewett and Michael Di Venuto, overlooked for Australia's current tour of England, both made centuries in the County Championship second division on Friday.Tasmanian Di Venuto's 111 steered bottom of the table Derbyshire to a four-wicket victory over Durham at the Riverside.Meanwhile at Trent Bridge, Blewett's 108 was the backbone of Nottinghamshire's second innings 423 against Worcestershire. Going into the final day Worcetershire has an uphill task at nine without loss.In the First Division, leader Yorkshire crushed arch rivals Lancashire by an innings and 37 runs. Off spinner Richard Dawson (four for 29) and medium pacer Gavin Hamilton (three for 33) did the bulk of the damage as Lancashire collapsed again depsite the first four sessions being washed out.Yorkshire received a further boost when nearest pursuers Somerset could only draw its rain-affected match with Leicestershire at Taunton. The highlight of the final days action was Ben Smith's 180 not out for Leicestershire in a total of 400 for four at the end of the match.Kent's batsmen fared well away to Northamptonshire at Wantage reaching 202 for one at the close with David Fulton on 116 not out in response to the home side's 355 all out.At The Oval, Surrey's Martin Bicknell passed the 50-wickets in one season barrier for the fourth time in his county career, taking six for 69 as the home side dismissed Glamorgan for 223.Bicknell then ended the day on 25 not out as the county champions collapsed to 129 for seven.In the Second Division Middlesex were struggling at Lord's, finishing at 141 for four on the third day in reply to Gloucestershire's 400 for three declared that featured an unbeaten 130 from Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey.Hampshire's Second Division match with Warwickshire was abandoned as a draw after rain washed out play for the second day in succession.

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