County C'ship: Ishant, Varun impress; Pujara disappoints

Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron had decent outings for their respective county sides but Cheteshwar Pujara continued his dismal run.

Playing for Sussex, Ishant Sharma enjoyed a decent run against Kent.   -  R.V. MOORTHY

Indian speedster Ishant Sharma prepared for India's upcoming tour of England by claiming seven wickets against Kent in the Division Two County Championship match at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury on Monday. Sussex, however, lost the match by 58 runs. 

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Sussex restricted Kent to 215. David Wiese claimed four for 54, while Ishant and Ollie Robinson claimed three wickets each.  

In reply, Sussex could only manage 181 as Matt Henry played the role of a wrecker-in-chief with a four-wicket haul. 

In a low-scoring encounter, Ishant and Robinson scalped four wickets apiece in the second innings as Kent scored 235. Matt Henry, who top-scored in the second innings with 60 runs, came back to haunt Sussex with a six-wicket haul and skittling it out for 211 and give the host a memorable win.

Kent moves up to the second spot with 61 points, while Sussex is at the third spot with 54 points.

Kent travels to Bristol to play Gloucestershire on June 9, while Sussex hosts Durham on June 20.

In Leicester

Indian pacer Varun Aaron claimed six wickets to help his side Leicestershire register a thrilling three-run victory against Glamorgan in the Division Two County Championship match at the Grace Road.

Leicestershire was all out for 191 after electing to bat. Aaron helped pull things back for Leicestershire by claiming four for 65 runs and restrict Glamorgan to 178.

Paul Horton and Ben Raine scored half-centuries as Leicestershire scored 237 in the second innings.

Chasing 251, de Lange threatened to take the match away from Leicestershire with a quickfire 90, but Glamorgan fell short by three runs.

With this win, Leicestershire remains in the fourth spot with 46 points, while Glamorgan remains on the fifth with 36 points.

Leicestershire, now, travels to Northampton to face Northamptonshire on June 9, while Glamorgan travels to Birmingham to face Warwickshire on the same day.

In London

Indian Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara disappointed with the bat as Yorkshire suffered an innings and 17-run loss against Surrey in Division One County Championship match at The Oval.

The decision to bowl backfired for Yorkshire as Surrey piled on 414 runs in the first innings. Pujara could contribute only 17 runs as Yorkshire folded up for 229. Following on, Pujara fell for a duck and Yorkshire succumbed to 168.

With this win, Surrey rises to the second spot with 61 points, while Yorkshire is down to fourth with 52 points.

Surrey, now, travels to Southampton to play Hampshire on June 9, while Yorkshire's next game, too, is against Hampshire in Southampton on June 20.