Only 2 games were scheduled in this particular ’round’ only one produced a result as the weather again behaved like an April day.
Glamorgan v Kent
A cricket match in Cardiff in April is always likely to be at risk. Chris Cooke won the toss for Glamorgan and elected to bat.
15 overs were bowled before the weather intervened, in that time Glamorgan lost 2 wickets for 68 runs. The notable ‘incident’ from this game was an injury to Sam Billings, playing his first match after returning from the IPL. He went down in the first over having dislocated his shoulder while fielding.
The Kent captain had been named as keeper in the ODI against Ireland next week. He won’t be playing any cricket for a while!
The 15 overs was the extent of this match, meaning no result
Surrey 240 All Out v Middlesex 277 All out
A second local derby for Surrey in the space of a few days. Dawid Malan won the toss for Middlesex and elected to bat. Middlesex had built a steady innings against Essex and they did much the same against Surrey, all but 2 players got got into double figures. Ross Taylor made 64 from 78 balls, Toby Roland-Jones 45 from 39. Surrey Veteran Gareth Batty took 4 wickets for 29 from his 10 overs and Middlesex were all out for 277 in 49.2 overs.
In reply Surrey had 5 batsmen who made 10 or under. Dean Elgar back in the Surrey fold made 43, Rory Burns batting at 4 made 49 and Ben Foakes top scored with 71 from 80 balls. Nathan Sowter who took 6 wickets at the county ground took 4 for 37 in his 10 overs, Tom Helm took 4 for 40 in 9 overs. Surrey fell short of Middlesex’s total by 37 runs as they were all out for 240.
So, no Star Men by my criteria in these 2 matches, but the most noteworthy performance must be Ben Foakes, who finds himself picked by England in the absence of Sam Billings. In addition to his runs he took a catch and made 2 stumping.