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Sangakkara marks bow with hundred

CRICKET: Kumar Sangakkara marked his debut with a pugnacious century as Warwickshire recovered from a woeful start to reach 267-5 by stumps at the end of day two.

Graham Onions (3-60) opened with a fine spell for Durham, who were without three England internationals, taking three wickets to leave Warks 23-4. But Sangakkara and Alex Loudon put on 229 for the fifth wicket, the latter falling to Dale Benkenstein for 105.

Sangakkara scored 149 from 230 balls with 22 boundaries. The Sri Lankan became the ninth player to score a century on his Warwickshire debut - and the first since Jonathan Trott, against Sussex in 2003.

It was an innings oozing class, in difficult conditions on a green pitch, as he and Loudon rebuilt the hosts’ innings with a 53-over stand.

Murali 6/72

Lancashire face a tough task to salvage something from their match against Worcestershire after Graeme Hick’s 110 put the visitors firmly in control.

The Bears resumed four runs ahead and with six wickets in hand, and Hick and Stephen Davies (43) piled on the runs.

They shared a 114-run stand before Hick and Kabir Ali (39) helped the Bears to 327, Muttiah Muralitharan taking 6-72.

Paul Horton and Mark Chilton saw out the day well to help Lancs to 63-0, but the hosts remain 103 runs behind.

Vaas 56 n.o.

Tom Lungley produced another superb bowling display for Derbyshire as the hosts took control after another rain-disrupted day against Middlesex.

The visitors resumed on 39-0 but a host of batsman got in and then out as Boyd Rankin (4-80) and Lungley (3-20) prospered in overcast conditions.

Only a dogged 51 from Nick Compton and a debut 56 not out from Chaminda Vaas helped Middlesex to 248 all out. The visitors were grateful to Vaas and wicket-keeper David Nash (21), who put on 44 in 23 dogged overs to help frustrate the hosts for a time. (BBC).

English County scores at tea time:

Lancashire: 161 and 253 for 1.

Worcestershire: 323.

Derbyshier: 225.

Middlesex: 248.

Leicestershire: 280 for 7 v Essex.

Gloucestershire: 186 for 6.

Glamorgan 392.

Warwickshire: 335.

Durham: 142 for 3

Somerset: 126 for 4 v Hampshire.

Sussex: 340 for 6.

Surrey: 626


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