Cricket World Dice Cricket Virtual County Championship Div 1: Round 5 Day 4
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Virtual County Championship - DIVISION ONE
Warwickshire v Hampshire: venue Edgbaston
Hampshire 349/9 dec (Rossouw 118, Hannon-Dalby 4/74) & 303/9 dec (Dawson 84, Woakes 2/71)
Warwickshire 214 ao (Hain 41, Dawson 6/49) & & 281ao (Woakes 110, Stevenson 4/71)
Result – Hampshire won by 157 runs
Points – Hampshire (22), Warwickshire (4)
Despite some Woakes heroics in farming the strike on his way to an incredible 110, Warwickshire paid the price for a poor first innings score and were woefully short of the mark in this game.
A Winning margin of 157 runs for the visitors is a distance and Warwickshire will need to look to the batters to make the necessary adjustments ahead of the next round.
Essex v Gloucestershire: venue Chelmsford
Essex 277 ao (Cook 134, Shaw 4/72) & 270 ao (Harmer 56, Drissell 5/77)
Gloucestershire 268ao (van Buuren 46, Porter 4/61) & 283/8 (Roderick 104, Siddle 5/73)
Result – Gloucestershire won by 2 wickets
Points – Gloucestershire (21), Essex (5)
An incredible partnership between Roderick (104) and Higgins (84) took the game away from Essex and left little doubt about the outcome of the match. Roderick's rode his luck in his hundred and Essex had the opportunities to remove him, but twice he was dropped and on another day an lbw shout could have gone against him. It will not be often Siddle will bowl as well as he did to get 5 wickets and come out on the losing side.
The victory by just two wickets was closer than it should have been, but it shows the fight that Essex have - never to give up in a hopeless situation.
Somerset v Northamptonshire: venue Taunton
Somerset 248ao (Banton 114, Procter 5/49) & 222 ao (Banton 55, Glover 6/61)
Northants 331ao (Wakely 78, Bess 5/94) & 93/4 (Cobb 55*, C Overton 3/38)
Result – Northants won by 6 wickets
Points – Northants (22) , Somerset (4)
Banton again got going but was halted on 55 as Buck tore through his defences to remove his off stump. It was Glover though who put Northants into a winning position with a fantastic spell of bowling which earned him 6/61 and helped in dismissing Somerset for a below par 222, leaving just 140 for a Northants victory.
Despite the efforts of C Overton (3/38), Cobb with a quickfire 69 took Northants to the line at a canter.
Kent v Surrey: venue Canterbury
Kent 249ao (Billings 42, S Curran 3/48) & 180ao (Podmore 55*, S Curran 6/77)
Surrey 282ao (Amla 61, Stevenson 3/82) & 149/6 (Amla 64, Abbott 2/33)
Result – surrey won by 4 wickets
Points – Surrey (21) , Kent (4)
Thanks to a fine 55* from Podmore, in support of Blake (52), Kent got up to somewhere near a nasty little total for the Surrey batters to chase. Sam Curran looks to be putting himself in a good place with the England selectors with a timely 6/77.
For Surrey, the wheels nearly fell off but thanks to Amla hitting a much needed 64, Surrey got across the line with 4 wickets remaining.
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