London: Australia's Andrew Symonds made 89 for Kent as it piled up 577 for seven declared on the second day of its English First Division County Championship match at Canterbury.
Hampshire seamer Chris Tremlett kept going valiantly to finish with four for 129 amid the onslaught. But later all eyes were on his team mate John Crawley. The former England batsman and Lancashire mainstay left Old Trafford in acrimonious fashion after he lost the county captaincy at the end of last season. However, he put all that behind him by making an unbeaten 56 on debut for his new county as Hampshire closed on 136 for two. David Byas, who skippered Yorkshire to the championship last season and was drafted in by Lancashire as Crawley's replacement, started his new career with a duck as he fell leg before off the first ball from Leicestershire's Phil De Freitas. Ex-England all-rounder DeFreitas, 36, took six for 101 in Lancashire's total of 275 having earlier made 51 in Leicestershire's 385. Lancashire new boy Alec Swann made 80 before Leicestershire finished the day at Old Trafford on 94 for three in its second innings. At The Oval, England fast bowler Alex Tudor showed that a winter under Rod Marsh with the Academy side in Australia had not been wasted. His four for 84 on a fine batting pitch helped reduce Sussex to 308 for nine at stumps. Surrey, 461 for four overnight, piled on the runs to finish on 575 for eight, Ally Brown (177) and Nadeem Shahid, with a career-best 150, adding to their Friday centuries in a fifth-wicket stand of 262. In the Second Division, Australian Ashley Noffke was in the wickets for Middlesex. A temporary replacement until Pakistan's Abdul Razzaq arrives, Noffke was a late-call up for Nathan Bracken on last year's Ashes tour of England but had to go home early because of injury. But there was no sign of frailty as the paceman took three for 51 with Durham bowled out for 160 in reply to Middlesex's first innings 347. Noffke's fellow Australian Martin Love gave the Riverside faithful something to cheer in Durham's second innings, with 57 not out in a total of 140 for five. At New Road, Worcester, Gloucestershire's New Zealand batsman Craig Spearman made 111 in a total of 233 for six. But having already made 333, Worcetershire was still in control and that was down to Australian fast medium merchant Andrew Bichel who claimed five wickets. Another Australian, Michael DiVenuto, also had a decent day's work with 62 in Derbyshire's second innings of 353 for four. But Stephen Stubbings' 128 at Cardiff took the batting honours. Earlier England all-rounder and Derbyshire captain Dominic Cork continued his good from with the ball taking six for 51 as Glamorgan slumped to 175 in reply to its opponents' 217.
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