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Bob Willis Trophy: Latest News and Score Updates from Round 3 Day 3: August 15th-18th


All the latest news, match scores and analysis from Bob Willis Trophy Day Three, Round 3: August 15th-18th.

North Group


Durham v Leicestershire (Leicester)

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Durham 250/7 (83.2)


Stumps - Day 3 - Leics won the toss and elected to bowl.

BOTH captains indicated their readiness to set up a final day run chase after just 8.5 overs were possible on the third day of the Bob Willis Trophy first class match between Leicestershire and Durham at the Fischer County Ground.

Durham added 23 runs to their overnight score of 227-6, but lost the wicket of Paul Coughlin, caught at point by Sam Evans off the bowling of Gavin Griffiths.

“There's definitely a possibility of setting something up, it's a short competition with wins vital, so it could make for exciting cricket on the last day – if we're luckier with the weather,” said Leicestershire skipper Colin Ackerman.

Opposite number Ned Eckersley agreed. “It's going to take some positive discussions to find a target we're both comfortable with - we'd probably want a few more than 250 - but both sides will want a positive outcome," the Durham captain said.

“We've all spent too much time not playing cricket this year, and every player and every member of the coaching staff on both sides will want an exciting last day. We don't want to come and bat for bonus points.”


Lancashire v Nottinghamshire (Trent Bridge)

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Close – Day Three – Lancashire 129 for 6 v Nottinghamshire 472 at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire completely dominated the third day of their Bob Willis Trophy game against Lancashire at Trent Bridge but must still take 14 wickets in the final three sessions if they are to record their first victory in a four-day county match since 2018.

Replying to the home side’s 472, Lancashire were 129 for six at the close after Zak Chappell had taken three wickets in a long evening session to put Steven Mullaney’s team in almost total control of the game. Mullaney will now hope to bowl out the visitors for far fewer than the follow-on target of 273 and then hope his bowlers can dismiss Lancashire a second time and complete a triumph founded on the centuries made by Ben Slater and Ben Duckett on Saturday.   

In the morning session Lancashire earned their first, and so far only, point of the match a quarter of an hour before lunch when Slater was dismissed for 142, well caught low down in the gully by Steven Croft off the first ball of Tom Bailey’s second spell of the session. Slater had faced 298 balls and hit 17 fours to make his highest score for Notts in a 409-minute innings that began on Saturday morning.

Resuming on 352 for three after lunch, Joe Clarke and Steven Mullaney immediately sought to pick up the pace of the innings but that approach carried risk.

Clarke was the first batsman dismissed when he was bowled for 57 by George Balderson when attempting to hit a full-length ball on middle stump to leg. Three balls later Peter Trego, having made a single, could only edge Bailey high to Alex Davies’ right, where the wicketkeeper took an athletic, one-handed catch.

Lancashire took five further wickets in the session but since they all fell after the 110th over, they did not earn any more bonus points for them and have so far taken one point from this game as against Notts’ haul of seven.

Having helped Mullaney steer the side past the 400-run landmark Tom Moores was caught at long-on by Dane Vilas off Liam Hurt for 18 and Samit Patel fell for a golden duck to the next ball of the match when he swung Liam Livingstone to Steven Croft at deep midwicket.

Matt Carter’s 14-ball 22 included big sixes of Livingstone and Hurt before he was caught by Tom Hartley off Hurt when trying to repeat the trick. Zak Chappell reverse-swept Livingstone to Josh Bohannon and departed for nought. Mullaney was the last to go, caught at long on by sub fielder Rob Jones off Livingstone for a 71-ball 67 that had included seven fours and one six. Livingstone was the most successful Lancashire bowler, although his three wickets cost 79 off 14 overs. Tom Bailey finished with three for 91.  

The visitors’ reply to Nottinghamshire’ s formidable total began badly when Keaton Jennings edged Chappell to Haseeb Hameed at third slip in the sixth over. Davies and Bohannon then followed in the space of four balls, Davies caught by Moores off Trego for 26 and  Bohannon well taken by Chappell when he failed to get over a drive and gave a return catch.

When Livingstone drove loosely at Mullaney and was bowled for 14 Lancashire were 59 for four and there was at least another 90 minutes left to play. Dane Vilas and Croft combined to put on 50 for the fifth wicket but Chappell returned to claim the vital wicket of Vilas, who was caught behind for 26, and the rookie, Balderson was then caught at point by Chappell off Trego for eight. Croft was unbeaten on 37 at close of play.       



Yorkshire v Derbyshire (Headingley)

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Home debutant Dawid Malan completed a superb maiden career double hundred before watching Derbyshire battle to within touching distance of the follow-on target of 201 at Emerald Headingley.

Malan’s 219 off 244 balls underpinned the White Rose’s first-innings 400 for six declared, achieved shortly before lunch on day three of this weather-affected North Group fixture.

Derby captain Billy Godleman’s 54 then led his side’s bid to avoid having to follow-on, something which would go a long way to securing an important draw against their fellow challengers. 

The visitors closed on 198 for six from 70 overs, with bad light ending play three overs early. Almost 100 overs have now been lost across three days. 

The gap between these two leading sides in the North was four points before this third round clash, with Derby leading the way.

England T20 batsman Malan, who could be playing his last county game until mid September should he be involved in forthcoming series against Pakistan and Australia, advanced from 153 not out overnight.

He became the first Yorkshire player whose maiden century for the club ended up a double since Jonny Bairstow hit 205 against Nottinghamshire in 2011.

The 32-year-old was the primary reason why Yorkshire secured the maximum five batting bonus points for reaching 400. Derby claimed two bowling points.

The hosts scored 112 runs in 22.1 overs before lunch, with Malan moving to - and beyond - 200 with two fours and two sixes off Leus du Plooy’s part-time left-arm spin before falling caught at long-off trying to hit a third successive six.

He completed a 200-run stand with Jonny Tattersall (66) - a fifth-wicket record for Yorkshire in first-class matches against Derbyshire.

Tattersall chipped leg-spinner Matt Critchley to cover (306 for five) before Malan, who batted serenely in especially challenging conditions during Saturday’s opening day, fell 89 runs later.

All-rounder Jordan Thompson added an unbeaten 36 before striking with the ball during the afternoon when Derbyshire lost their first two wickets on 58.

Godleman and fellow opener Tom Wood (26) united either side of lunch before the latter was caught and bowled by Thompson in the 18th over.

Excellent Steve Patterson then trapped Wayne Madsen lbw for a duck in the 20th before Godleman and du Plooy (30) shared 68 for the third wicket.

However, both fell in the space of four balls to Patterson across two overs after tea as Derby slipped to 127 for four in the 50th to give the hosts an opening.

Du Plooy was caught low down at first slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Godleman caught behind by Bairstow.

Patterson finished with figures of three for 16 from 16 overs.

Dom Leech also had Alex Hughes caught at mid-on by Duanne Olivier following a miscued pull (152 for five in the 59th).

And Olivier added the wicket of wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein, expertly caught behind by a diving Bairstow five overs later with the score on 174.

Critchley then finished the day unbeaten on 31, with Anuj Dal on 15, as the pair took their side close to a position of safety.

Central Group


Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (Sophia Gardens)

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DAY 3 – CLOSE OF PLAY, Cardiff: Glamorgan 23-0 (& 116 all out), trail Gloucestershire (181 all out) by 42 runs

Glamorgan, in their second innings after bowling Gloucestershire out for 181 in their first, will resume the final day tomorrow on 23-0, a deficit of 42, in the Bob Willis Trophy at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, as they look to rescue the match.

David Payne, Gloucestershire’s left-arm seamer again proved a nemesis in Glamorgan’s side when produced a superb spell of bowling in the morning session to dismiss the home team for a modest total in 59.3 overs.

The 29 year old, who ended with figures of 17-7-31-5, took four of the five wickets to fall after Glamorgan had resumed on 80-5, has a formidable record against the neighbours across the Severn Bridge, having taken 58 wickets in nine years against them in all formats.

He was well supported by the other seamers, notably Josh Shaw, the former Yorkshire paceman who ended with 3 for 13 from his 9.3 overs, as Glamorgan were all out for 116.

Dan Douthwaite was the only Glamorgan batsman to withstand the visitors’ accurate attack, and after defending well, opened up towards the end of the innings to score an unbeaten 30 which included a six and fours.

Gloucestershire also struggled at the start of their innings, losing Chis Dent in the second over, when he feathered a catch to the wicketkeeper, although he clearly felt the ball had struck his arm as he trudged back to the pavilion.

His opening partner Ben Charlesworth, experienced a torrid time against the new ball and after padding up to numerous deliveries that were close to the off stump, the tactic brought about his downfall, when he padded up to Graham Wagg and was out leg before – after facing 67 balls for his eight runs.

Graham van Buuren, meanwhile, played every ball on its merit and shared a useful partnership with Tom Lace, who was making his Gloucestershire debut after signing from Middlesex. They put on 43, before van Buuren, who had scored 32, was bowled playing inside a delivery from van der Gugten.

With the visitors’ score on 89 for three, a heavy shower curtailed play, and an early tea was taken with Lace on 37 and George Hankins three.

Gloucestershire lost a fourth wicket soon after the lengthy interval, when Hankins was caught at second slip by Nick Selman off Graham Wagg, who had returned to the attack in place of van der Gugten, who had left the field with a dislocated finger.

Tom Lace, who scored a career best 143 against Glamorgan on loan from Derbyshire last season, and Ryan Higgins had begun to look comfortable and on course to lead their side to a first innings lead when Wagg struck again to remove the former, caught low down by keeper Cooke, with the scores level.

Gareth Roderick departed soon afterwards, caught behind swinging wildly to a wide Douthwaite delivery outside off-stump.

Rotating the three pace bowlers in van der Gugten’s absence, Glamorgan turned to Marchant de Lange, who duly delivered to remove George Scott when he edged behind to a rising delivery.

Higgins, amid flurry of heaves off spinner Kieran Bull, was caught at deep square leg by de Lange as the visitors lost their eighth wicket on 173, and their ninth on 181, when Josh Shaw was held low down at slip by Selman off de Lange.

The innings concluded when David Payne was caught by Bull from his own bowling, the visitors all out for 181, a lead of 65.

Glamorgan had 14 overs to face in the final session, and openers Selman and Hemphrey guided them through to the close having made a slight dent in the visitors’ lead.


Northamptonshire v Worcestershire (Northampton)

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Worcestershire 177 for 6, leading Northamptonshire by 184

After 54 wickets fell in effectively three days at Wantage Road, batting finally became a little easier on the third afternoon of this second Bob Willis Trophy match in Northampton and Tom Fell made his highest first-class score since 2018 to help move Worcestershire to 177 for 6, leading Northamptonshire by 184.

Northamptonshire hoped to give their inexperienced players opportunities in this truncated season but their batsmen have had little opportunity in testing conditions so far at home. Perhaps day four will be their chance and they might be able to deliver victory if the Worcestershire lower order can be removed swiftly in the morning.

But with Tom Fell’s smart innings, Worcestershire, who only claimed a first-innings lead of seven, already have a score to bowl at. 

In 32 first-class games from 2017, Fell has only made four fifties. His Bob Willis Trophy has yielded a trio of promising 30s so far but this was the score he needed and maybe an innings to get his red-ball career back on track.

Fell escaped an early edged drive and survived a run out chance thanks to Blessing Muzarabani’s poor throw but he settled well, played the most-pleasant of extra-cover drives off Jack White, and shared a second-wicket stand of 67 with Daryl Mitchell, who made 39, that occupied most of the afternoon session as proper technique and patience finally began to be rewarded.

After tea, Jack Haynes became a second ally and Fell worked a single off Saif Zaib’s left-arm spin to go to past fifty for the 22nd time in his 82-match career in 103 balls. By the close he’d reached 80 for just the fourth time in five years.

He and Haynes added 59 in 17 overs and at 144 ahead with eight wickets in hand, Worcestershire held the whip hand. But Northamptonshire worked their way back into the game in the last hour of a long and surprisingly uninterrupted day taking 3 for 11 in 19 balls.

Haynes, on 32, tried to work Zaib against the spin and edged to slip. Brett D’Oliveira was caught behind to a full Nathan Buck delivery that straightened enough and Riki Wessels dragged Buck into his off stump playing a flat-footed drive. 

Ben Cox also fell trying to work Zaib to leg and spooned a catch to cover to leave the match nicely poised.

It appeared anything but half an hour into the day when Northamptonshire slipped to 100 for 7 replying to 219. But positive batting again proved fruitful as Gareth Berg, who made a county-best 45, and Buck dragged the hosts out of trouble with a stand of 59 in 11.2 overs.

Buck fenced a boundary through gully and awkwardly pulled another. He cleared his front leg to swat Joe Leach over long-on for six and stepped away to angle Josh Tongue backward of point. But he nicked a good delivery from Ed Barnard to Mitchell at second slip for 32.

Berg whipped Leach past midwicket, back-cut Ed Barnard and then played the shot of the morning - a perfect straight drive - before edging over the slips. He was missed by Leach on 33 trying to send D’Oliveira over long-off but Leach eventually atoned as Berg edged a wild drive to Cox.

Berg was last out as Northamptonshire made 212 and claimed their first batting point of the season.

It was a valuable innings from Berg, whose previous best in five matches for his third county had been just five, and set up a one-innings contest that could see a tight final day.

Warwickshire v Somerset (Edgbaston)

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Jamie Overton's explosive maiden century was the spectacular centrepiece as Somerset steamrollered towards a huge win over Warwickshire on the third day of their Bob Willis Trophy match at Edgbaston. 

After number ten Overton's violent 120 (92 balls, 15 fours, six sixes), along with Steven Davies' accomplished ton (123 not out, 182 balls, 16 fours) lifted Somerset to 413 for nine declared, a lead of 292, they had the brittle Bears in disarray at 104 for six second time round. 

Had bad light and rain not lopped off the last 20 overs, victory would probably have arrived inside three weather-affected days. 

Somerset have dominated the whole match but their command hit overdrive on the third day. After resuming on 214 for six, they soon lost Lewis Gregory, who skied Tim Bresnan to mid-off, and Roelof ven der Merwe, who edged Olly Hannon-Dalby behind, but from that moment on there was only punishment for the home side. 

Davies and Overton came together at 226 for eight and turned a handy lead into a crushing one with a stand of 180 in 29 overs - a Somerset ninth-wicket record against Warwickshire.  

Davies completed his 25th first class century from 150 balls. Overton reached his 50 from 50, charged to 80 at lunch and then accelerated his maiden ton, from 84 balls, in his 98th first class innings. 

He finally fell to the admirably persevering Bresnan and 16 balls later the declaration arrived. The lack of depth in a home attack without the injured Olly Stone and Liam Norwell, and Chris Woakes on England duty, had been ruthlessly exposed. Former Yorkshire pair Bresnan and Hannon-Dalby took four for 99 and four for 104 respectively but the rest returned a combined one for 207. 

Requiring 292 to avoid an innings defeat, Warwickshire started badly when Rob Yates was bowled, having left a straight ball from Jack Davey. Sam Hain and Ian Bell, two batsmen of high ability but currently very low of confidence, continued their unproductive sequences as Hain edged Jamie Overton's third ball to first slip and Bell nicked Gregory to wicketkeeper Davies. 

From 54 for three at tea, the Bears trouble soon deepened further. It was 58 for five after Michael Burgess and Bresnan perished to successive balls from Davey, caught at cover and first slip respectively. 

Captain Will Rhodes showed some defiance but, having watched five partners depart, himself departed (41, 117 balls, five fours) when he was cramped in an attempt to pull a ball from Gregory and fired back a return catch. 

That was 104 for six and, with Matt Lamb in severe discomfort from a cracked big toe so unlikely to bat, Somerset sensed a three-day win, but then the light closed and rain followed, leaving the home side to pray for a monsoon tomorrow. 

South Group


Hampshire v Surrey (Arundel)

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Surrey 172 trail Hampshire 198/3 by 26 runs

Sam Northeast reached his 77th first-class half-century with a trademarked no-fuss innings as Hampshire dashed past Surrey’s first innings score at Arundel.

Stand-in captain Northeast looked serene for his second Bob Willis Trophy fifty as he reached 81, following a 121-run stand with third-wicket partner Tom Alsop, who ended the day unbeaten on 52.

Surrey had earlier been bowled out for 172 and ended the day in arrears of 26, as Hampshire reached 198 for three.

Following two days where a combined 40 overs were able to be bowled due to rain, both sides were further frustrated by a wet outfield, particularly the run-up areas, which prevented any play in the morning session.

Blue skies, punctuated by the odd non-threatening cloud, created a postcard-ready vista at the ever-pleasant Arundel Castle Ground – where Hampshire are playing their home red ball matches this season due to England’s use of the Ageas Bowl – when the action finally arrived.

Hampshire needed two Surrey wickets, but were forced to wait as Morne Morkel wielded his bat for some vital tailender runs.

The South African, who flew in from Australia last week to join up with Surrey, battered seven boundaries in his tubthumping 33 from 25 balls.

Leg spinner Mason Crane put an end to the fun though when he pinned him lbw, before rounding off the innings by having Amar Virdi stumped by a lightning-quick Lewis McManus.

Crane celebrated figures of two for eight, while Holland returned career-best analysis of six for 60 despite going wicketless on day three.

The early stages of Hampshire’s reply were the antithesis of Surrey’s approach – with the hosts hoping to only bat once in the match and force an innings victory.

Felix Organ, Joe Weatherley and Alsop took a cautious approach, where Surrey had flailed the bat much sooner – albeit in much less swing to have to negate.

Organ was lucky to survive a fiery opening over from former South Africa international Morkel.

Morkel found bounce to take the 22-year-old’s outside edge, but Ryan Patel shelled the chance to his right at second slip.

Organ smoked two boundaries on the drive off Matt Dunn, but fell when he was bowled leaving a Gus Atkinson in-ducker.

In form Weatherley, who scored 98 and 64 not out in the victory over Middlesex last week, started slowly but took a particular shine to Patel – who he eased to three boundaries.

He looked on course to repeat his heroics at Radlett but fell lbw to Virdi on the cusp of tea.

When Northeast was left out of England’s 55-man training squad earlier this summer he bemoaned a lack of opportunity to prove the selectors wrong.

Northeast’s classy array of backfoot drives, legside flicks and dabs down to third man were all on show and proved a man in form.

He needed 82 balls to reach a chanceless half-century, on a ground he scored a century on his only previous appearance – in a Second XI fixture for Kent against Sussex in 2012.

While Northeast played shot-maker, Alsop sat like a sentinel at the other end.

The left-hander had only scored eight in the 50-run stand with Weatherley, and provided a similar backbone for Northeast.

Alsop has been given the opportunity to make the No.3 spot his own for the long-term this season, having seen McManus become first-choice wicketkeeper over the last 12 months.

The trust in his batting has returned starts of 21 and 27 so far in the Bob Willis Trophy, but he kicked on to reach a gritty 128 ball 50.

He lost Northeast was lbw to one which kept low from Virdi, who had switched from the Park to the Castle End.

Kent v Middlesex (Canterbury)

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Kent, who won the toss, 146/5 trail Middlesex, 269 all out, by 123 runs.

West Indies paceman Miguel Cummins bagged three wickets as Kent were made to work hard for their first innings runs on day three of their Bob Willis Trophy clash with Middlesex in Canterbury.

Joe Denly top-scored for the hosts with an excellent unbeaten 70 as he and night watchman Matt Milnes (4*) made it through to stumps on 146 for five to trail the visitors by 123 runs going into the fourth and final day.

Kent lost makeshift opener Marcus O’Riordan and his partner Daniel Bell-Drummond within 13 overs as they started their response to Middlesex’s workmanlike total of 269 all out.

Bell-Drummond (14) fended at a lifter from former West Indies Test paceman Cummins to glove a catch through to the keeper, then, steaming down the Nackington Road slope, Cummins drew O’Riordan (11) outside off, fencing away from his body at another short one to be caught at fourth slip.

Soon after tea, and with the score on 57, last week’s double-century maker Jack Leaning (4) blotted his copybook by reaching on the drive at a wide one from Ethan Bamber to be caught at point.

Joe Denly, back in the Kent side after his exclusion from England’s Test squad, teamed up with Sam Billings to cash in on several loose deliveries from James Harris and Bamber in an attractive fourth-wicket stand worth 39.

Billings added 20 to the partnership before his loose back-foot waft against the extra pace of Cummins – one of the few overseas players on show this season – flew to the keeper to make it 96 for four.

Denly maintained a cool head down the other end to reach an attractive maiden Trophy 50 in two hours with a clipped four through mid-wicket against dangerman Cummins. The right-hander faced 83 balls and hit nine fours.

Denly combined with Oli Robinson to help see off Cummins after the Bajan claimed three for 41 from his three excellent spells but his replacement, Martin Andersson moved one late off the seam to have Robinson (17) held at slip by Stevie Eskinazi at the second attempt.  

 At the day’s start, reduced cloud cover and the softer, older ball, ensured seventh-wicket partners Robbie White and Harris found batting conditions far more favourable than their counterparts had during the opening two days.

The pair frustrated Kent for much of the opening session adding 93 useful runs as White posted a 151-ball 50 with eight fours scored in a shade over three hours and soon moved past his first-class career-best of 69 scored for Loughborough MCCU against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road in 2017.

His near five-hour vigil spread over 220 balls was ended by the 11th delivery with the second new ball and an agonising juggled catch in the cordon. Prodding half-forward to a Darren Stevens away-swinger, White turned to watch as the outside edge flew to second slip where Leaming clung on to the chance at the third attempt.

Harris, the former Kent loanee, had reached a patient 41 from 128 balls when he too was out-foxed by Stevens. Prodding forward to a leg-cutter, Harris pushed inside the line to have his off stump plucked out.

Klassen came up with a near identical delivery to clip off stump and account for left-handed Cummins and give Kent their third bowling bonus point.

Stevens duly wrapped up his 28th five-wicket first-class haul by trapping last man Thilan Walallawita lbw low on the front pad with an in-swinger to end the innings after 108 overs. Klassen, with four for 44, recorded career-best first-class figures.  

Sussex v Essex (Hove)

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Sussex 194 & 57 for 2, Essex 140

George Garton’s maiden five-wicket haul put Sussex in a strong position against Essex in the Bob Willis Trophy at Hove.

The left-arm seamer took 5 for 26 including former England captain Alastair Cook as the south group leaders were dismissed for 140 in response to Sussex’s 194 on day three at Hove.

In the 21 overs before stumps Sussex reached 57 for two in their second innings and lead by 111 with a day to go.

All results are still possible on a pitch offering some uneven bounce, but Sussex will fancy their chances of claiming a second win in the competition after dismissing the county champions for their lowest total since last August when they were bowled out for 114 by Kent at Canterbury.

Only Paul Walter, who top scored with 33 before becoming Garton’s third victim to the first ball after tea, got the measure of the conditions and an accurate Sussex seam attack.

By the time Garton came on in the 14th over to strike with his sixth ball, Essex had already lost Nick Browne (4), bowled by Mitch Claydon in the first over, and Tom Westley (4) who was superbly caught by the diving Tom Clark at square leg to give 19-year-old seamer Henry Crocombe his maiden first-class wicket.

Garton’s ability to make the ball bounce disconcertingly off a length made him a handful. His first victim Dan Lawrence (6) was caught behind off the shoulder of the bat before he pinned Cook (20) on the crease.

Ryan ten Doeschate (13) was turned around by Tom Haines and feathered a catch to slip and when Adam Wheater under-edged Stuart Meaker to give the former Surrey man his first wicket for his new county Essex were in a hole at 90 for six.

Walter and Simon Harmer added 29 for the seventh wicket to steady the innings but Garton produced a beauty which pitched on middle and hit the top of off stump to unseat Walter with the first ball after tea.

Garton extracted more bounce to have Aaron Beard (0) caught at second slip and after Harmer (17) had been trapped on the crease by Claydon, Garton finished things off by bowling last man Matt Quinn for 13.

Garton wasn’t the only bowler celebrating on a day when 16 wickets fell with Jamie Porter claiming the 13th five-wicket haul of his career earlier in the day.

Porter finished with five for 60, claiming his fourth wicket in the third over of the day when Garton nicked off for 18.

He would have had a fifth wicket had Westley not dropped a straightforward catch at third slip to reprieve Aaron Thomason on 18 but Porter didn’t have long to wait when Meaker (10) was taken low down at second slip by Harmer pushing forward.

The obdurate Thomason had faced 105 balls for his 30 before Harmer, who took three for 48 from 27 overs, had him caught by Cook at slip and Beard wrapped up the innings when Claydon (1) drove at an out-swinger and Cook bagged his fourth catch of the innings.

When Sussex batted again, Porter struck in his third over when late movement unsettled Haines, who edged to second slip where Harmer held on to a juggling catch. But Phil Salt and Harry Finch added 50 and their side would have been in an even stronger position had Finch not been caught down the leg side off Beard from the final ball of the day for 32.


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