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Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 19:26 GMT 20:26 UK


Sport: Cricket

Tudor stakes claim

Alex Tudor: Aiming to keep Test place after missing World Cup

Surrey v Lancs

Surrey's Alex Tudor pressed his England Test claims by taking four for 60 for the leaders at The Foster's Oval against struggling Lancashire.

Tudor, who played in England's last Test in Sydney - ripped through Lancashire's batting to steal the limelight from Mike Atherton, who was making his championship comeback.

The home side struggled against the pace of Tudor, who took the wickets of Mark Chilton (15), Neil Fairbrother (six), Andrew Flintoff and Muttiah Muralitharan (both nought) as they were dismissed for just 194.

Atherton, having rested his recurring back problem, returned in confident mood, but fell for 24 caught by Mark Butcher off Rupesh Amin.

Surrey made the most of the sunny conditions in reply to close the day on 98 for two, with England skipper Alec Stewart unbeaten on 22 but the in-form Mark Butcher out for 40.

Yorkshire v Sussex

Tudor's potential new-ball partner Darren Gough bowled four wicketless overs at a cost of 25 at Headingley.

Gough was back for the third-placed Tykes after passing a fitness test on a calf injury but the visiting openers remained unbeaten at the close as the visitors finished on 28 for no wicket.

It left Chris Adams' side in a strong position despite England A skipper Michael Vaughan enhancing his own Test claims with a measured 71.

The Yorkshire batsmen found little support as former Middlesex left-arm spinner Umer Rashid claimed four for 41 from 20 overs in a total of 271.

Hants v Leics

The champions' acting captain Ben Smith ensured his side edged ahead in the game at Southampton.

Smith remained unbeaten on 126 as he and Australian Michael Kasprowicz (44) forged an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 89 to leave the visitors 327 for six, going into the second day.

Smith faced 256 balls and hit 14 fours as the Midlanders recovered from 179 for five to move within 23 runs of maximum batting points.

Kent v Glamorgan

Kent won the toss and decided to bat first at Canterbury, and then made slow but effective progress as opener Robert Key's painstaking 91 not out from 104 overs helped them to 287 for five.

Key faced 294 balls and hit just seven boundaries but received good support from Ed Smith (49) and skipper Matthew Fleming, unbeaten on 65, as an unbroken 115 were added for the sixth wicket.

Notts v Warks

Warwickshire were in command at Trent Bridge despite the best efforts of West Indian Vasbert Drakes.

Notts opener Mathew Dowman (nought) and nightwatchman Alex Wharf (five) were both dismissed by Ed Giddins before the close of play to leave the hosts 10 for two, still 306 behind.

Earlier Drakes had taken six for 71, including the wicket of centurion David Hemp, who made exactly 100, in Warwicks' 316.

Captain Neil Smith and opener Mark Wagh both made 41 in the Bears' total while Trevor Penney helped add 104 for the third wicket alongside Hemp in making 45.

Worcs v Somerset

Worcestershire secured only their second batting point of the season in a go-slow at New Road.

Graeme Hick's 50 was the pick of the innings as Worcs finished on just 226 for eight from 104 overs.

Former England paceman Andy Caddick finished with the incredible figures of 25-16-29-3 with youngster Matthew Bulbeck also snaring three victims.



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