LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Final Round Day 1: Monday 26th September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Final Round Day 1: Monday 26th September.
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Lancashire vs Surrey, Division 1
An unbeaten 190 from Keaton Jennings and half centuries by Steven Croft and George Balderson put Lancashire firmly in control of this final LV=Insurance County Championship of the season against champions Surrey after they compiled a mammoth opening day total of 414-5.
Jennings’ superlative knock was a timely reminder to a wider audience of his skills in front of the Sky cameras and had many speculating about an England recall for a player who is having a season to remember more than three years since he last played Test cricket.
There had been high hopes that this clash between two of the Championship’s pace setters would have had more riding on it coming into the last week of the campaign, but Hampshire’s loss to Kent ensured that Surrey had already the clinched the title by the time they arrived at Emirates Old Trafford to play third place Lancashire.
Nevertheless, with the visitors keen to maintain their unbeaten season and the Red Rose hoping to put a disappointing trophy-less climax to 2022 behind them, there was still an edge to the first morning which was played in pleasant if cold autumnal sunshine.
Jennings and opening partner Luke Wells have been a force all season and they looked comfortable as they eased their way to a first wicket stand of 58 before Wells was brilliantly caught at short leg off the bowling of slow left armer Dan Moriarty for 36.
23-year-old Moriarty, playing his first Championship match of the season, looked a real threat on a worn looking pitch and in the 29th over he produced a stunning delivery that tempted Bohannon forward then back and ended up clipping the top of the Bolton-born batter’s off stump.
Bohannon’s departure for 12 brought Croft to the crease and united Lancashire’s two best players this season with the score 96-2.
For the whole of the middle session and on past tea the pair scored freely with the likes of Jamie Overton, Kemar Roach and Jordan Clarke struggling to make any impact against the Red Rose batters.
Jennings reached fifty for the seventh time this season before Croft brought up his half-century from 81 balls and it was on the stoke of tea that the South African-born opener made three figures for the fifth time in what has been a marvellous campaign for the former England batter who has now scored 10 centuries for Lancashire and 25 first-class hundreds overall.
It all seemed very sedate and so it was a shock when Croft, who looked to be nailed on for a third century of the season, was trapped in front attempting to sweep leg spinner Cameron Steel for 86 to end the third wicket partnership at 195.
Croft’s departure sparked a mini collapse from the hosts with skipper Dane Vilas departing for three after top edging Steel to Ryan Patel before George Bell was unluckily caught out of his ground when Steel got the faintest of touches to a Jennings drive and deflected the ball back on to the non-striker’s stumps.
While Lancashire were not exactly reeling at 304-5, Surrey had an opening that was quickly slammed shut by the voracious Jennings and the incoming George Balderson who took the hosts through to 414-5 at the close at such a rate of knots that the sixth wicket pair had put on an unbeaten stand of 110 by stumps leaving Balderson 53 not out and Jennings on the cusp of a double century.
Warwickshire vs Hampshire, Division 1
Warwickshire retained their sliver of hope of avoiding relegation from LV=Insurance County Championship Division One with a solid start with the bat on the opening day against Hampshire at Edgbaston.
First team coach Mark Robinson admitted before the match that Warwickshire need "a lot to go our way" for them to stay up. First and foremost they have to win with plentiful batting points and they laid a decent platform by reaching 138 for two on a day stripped of 55 overs by rain and bad light.
After the first session was lost to the weather, openers Rob Yates (77 not out, 129 balls) and Dom Sibley (54, 109) added 129 in 38 overs against a Hampshire attack missing spearhead Kyle Abbot (58 championship wickets at 19.68 this season) due to a knee injury.
The visitors chose to bowl but enjoyed no early success, despite some help from the pitch. Their bowling was not bad, and a shade unlucky at times, but perhaps lacked a bit of sparkle, an understandable legacy of the shock implosion of their title challenge against Kent last week.
There was no joy for Keith Barker against the team for whom he took 359 first class wickets and which he helped to the 2012 County Championship title. Yates was particularly fluent from the off and reached 50 from 90 balls with his tenth four, flicked through mid-wicket off Barker.
The scoring rate remained reasonably brisk, as was required with Warwickshire needing every possible batting point. Sibley, on his farewell appearance at Edgbaston before rejoining Surrey, followed to his half-century from 105 balls and the pair posted Warwickshire's first century opening stand since the first game of the season.
The breakthrough finally arrived when Sibley tickled a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Aneurin Donald off Ian Holland. Holland immediately struck again when Alex Davies offered no shot to a ball which struck off stump but Sam Hain met the hat-trick ball with the middle of a forward defensive bat and bad light soon closed back in to lop off the last 14 overs.
Warwickshire are without India all-rounder Jayant Yadav, who has returned home after being called up for the Rest of India squad, but have welcomed back fast bowler Liam Norwell after injury.
Kent vs Somerset, Division 1
Somerset were 195 for nine at stumps on day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship with Kent at Canterbury, after Nathan Gilchrist boosted Kent’s survival hopes with five for 55.
Lewis Goldsworthy is unbeaten on 93, after almost single-handedly helping the visitors recover from nine for three. Craig Overton was the next highest scorer with 30 and his stand of 65 with Goldsworthy for the sixth wicket looked to have steered the visitors out of danger, until Gilchrist produced a spell of three for nought in nine balls.
Gilchrist was on a hat-trick when bad light and rain stopped play at 5.07pm, while Matt Quinn has 3 for 32.
The hosts began knowing they needed 10 points to avoid relegation to Division Two. Heavy overnight rain delayed the start at the Spitfire Ground, but play eventually began at noon, with Somerset opting to bat despite heavy cloud cover.
Kent immediately made inroads, Quinn getting Tom Lammonby caught for a duck by Jack Leaning at second slip with the fourth ball of the match. Gilchrist then removed Tom Abell for five, caught by the same fielder and when Andrew Umeed was lbw to Quinn for four Kent had taken just 28 minutes to secure a first bonus point.
It might have been worse for the visitors, but Goldsworthy was put down by Ollie Robinson off Gilchrist and they recovered to 43 for three at lunch.
There was a painful start to the afternoon session, in more than one sense, for George Bartlett. Gilchrist’s second ball hit him amidships and after staggering back to the crease he was caught behind off the next ball.
Conor McKerr was initially denied the wicket of James Rew when he was dropped by Zak Crawley at first slip, but he edged the very next delivery to Daniel Bell-Drummond at third slip and was out for 16.
Ben Green had made 12 when Quinn clipped the top of his middle stump, but an elegant cover drive off Gilchrist took Goldsworthy to his half-century and when Crawley then dropped Overton off Gilchrist Kent were punished, as the visitors responded with their biggest stand of the innings.
Overton was on 27 when Ollie Robinson missed a difficult, one-handed chance off Gilchrist, but he was out in Gilchrist’s next over, his off stump sent flying for 30. Gilchrist then had Kasey Aldridge caught by Robinson for a duck and with his next delivery he pinned Sajid Khan lbw next ball, securing Kent a third bowling bonus point.
With the light deteriorating, Jack Brooks came in to face the hat-trick ball while the umpires were conferring. The game was halted at 5.07pm before Brooks could take guard and when heavy rain then began to fall play was abandoned, forcing Gilchrist to have to sleep on what would be his first ever hat-trick.
Northamptonshire vs Essex, Division 1
Northamptonshire’s seamers shared the spoils as they helped rout Essex’s batting line-up and hold the visitors to 220 for eight on a rain-affected opening day of this LV= County Championship clash at Wantage Road.
But despite wickets falling in clumps, a captain’s knock of 55 from Tom Westley helped keep Essex in the contest in a ninth wicket stand of 68 in 20 overs with Ben Allison (37).
Earlier Ben Sanderson struck twice in two balls to arrest a lightning Essex start to the day which saw Nick Browne and Sir Alastair Cook plunder 68 runs off the first 13 overs.
But when Cook fell for 31, it precipitated the first mini collapse of the day as four wickets went down in 45 balls, two of them to Sanderson and Essex went into lunch on 107 for four before rain prevented any play in the afternoon session.
When play resumed after tea, Westley and Feroze Khushi looked fluent as they rebuilt in a stand of 47 before Essex collapsed again losing four wickets for nine runs in 32 balls. Tom Taylor picked up three wickets amid the carnage before Westley and Allison made sure honours were even at close of play.
In the morning, Northamptonshire's decision to insert Essex after winning the toss was called into question as opening pair Browne and Cook unfurled a string of boundaries.
Cook found the ropes three times in Jack White’s fifth over, playing some trademark backfoot punches and cuts. Meanwhile Browne also hit a trio of boundaries off Tom Taylor’s first over, driving sweetly through the covers.
Both batters had their share of luck though when Emilio Gay shelled two chances at second slip denying Gareth Berg a pair of wickets. First Gay put down a straightforward chance offered by Browne before missing a more difficult one to his left when Cook edged wide of the cordon.
Taylor finally accounted for Cook when he got one to nip back and hit the stumps. The former England captain now needs 44 in the second innings to reach 1,000 runs for the season.
Sanderson’s return to the attack soon reaped dividends when Browne chipped to midwicket and Dan Lawrence was bowled through the gate first ball. Gay could finallly breathe a sigh of relief when he pouched a chance offered by Critchley who edged to the slips to give White his first wicket.
In the evening session Khushi who hit 118 against Northamptonshire in the Royal London Cup last month looked to pick up where he had left off, driving pleasantly through extra cover and down the ground. His departure for 26, when he edged Taylor behind to keeper Ricardo Vasconcelos, sparked a further clatter of wickets.
Michael Pepper was next to go when he played an extravagant shot to Berg which flew at a comfortable height to Will Young at first slip. Next Simon Harmer prodded at one from Taylor and was caught behind by Vasconcelos before White got one to nip back and castle Shane Snater to leave Essex reeling at 152 for eight.
Westley though was in defiant move, reaching his half-century off 122 balls and finding a willing partner in Allison. The Essex skipper struck six boundaries, slapping White through cover and whipping Sanderson and Berg through midwicket.
Allison had a reprieve on 17 when he hooked Berg and was dropped in the deep by Sanderson but he and Westley have given Essex renewed hope after it seemed they would be bowled out well short of 200.
Yorkshire vs Gloucestershire, Division 1
England Test quick Matthew Fisher took a brilliant first morning four-for during an intriguing opening day against Gloucestershire at Headingley as Yorkshire bid for LV= Insurance County Championship safety.
Fisher, 24, has missed the majority of the 2022 season with a stress fracture of his back, suffered during his county’s opening game at Bristol in mid-April.
But the fast bowler has battled back to fitness in time to help his side bowl already relegated Gloucester out for 190 shortly before tea, taking four for 45 from 12 overs.
Yorkshire’s reply then closed on 80 for three in the 27th over, bad light ending the day almost 12 overs early.
This was a day Fisher will not forget, given it started with him being awarded his first-team cap by Steve Patterson, the club legend who is playing his last game for Yorkshire.
Jes Bracey top-scored for Gloucester with 71 off 112 balls as they failed to make the most of electing to bat.
Yorkshire came into this game 15 points ahead of second-bottom Warwickshire in Division One, knowing a maximum 10-point haul would secure safety. They have already secured three of them.
Fisher suffered his injury less than a month after making his Test debut against the West Indies in Barbados in March.
In the last fortnight, after months of rehab, he has taken six wickets in a Roses second-team game and captained them to the Championship title.
Today started with him awarded his first-team Yorkshire cap almost seven-and-a-half years after his debut in a one-day game aged 15.
Patterson also presented captain Jonny Tattersall with his cap during the morning warm-ups.
Fisher initially bowled only a two-over opening spell from the Howard Stand before switching to Kirkstall Lane, where he benefitted from extra bounce in a devastating five-over burst.
He struck in each of the first four overs of the spell, getting first Ben Charlesworth caught behind, the opener falling for 25 as the score fell to 30 for one after 13 overs.
He then forced Chris Dent, the other left-handed opener, to play on before Miles Hammond edged behind to hand Tattersall his second catch.
And when Ollie Price was squared up and edged to fourth slip, Gloucester were 47 for four after 19 on a largely good pitch.
Bracey and captain Graeme van Buuren steadied through to lunch - 90 for four - but Yorkshire were back amongst the wickets during an afternoon which was briefly halted by a 10-minute rain shower.
Ben Coad struck twice in the 34th over as the score slipped to 102 for six.
He broke a 53-run partnership between Bracey and van Buuren by trapping the latter lbw playing back for 25 before Jack Taylor was bowled.
Shortly afterwards, Gloucester were 128 for seven when Zafar Gohar edged Patterson to first slip.
Bracey came into this game with two Championship hundreds to his name in 2022, including 117 in the second innings of the April defeat against Yorkshire at Bristol.
Both came in the opening fortnight of the campaign, and today’s knock was only his third half-century since.
He drove well on the way to a 70-ball half-century and was largely composed under the Headingley floodlights, in use for most of the day.
He also shared 44 for the eighth wicket with new ball bowler Tom Price, who made a useful and belligerent 38.
However, Bracey was struck on the helmet by a Jordan Thompson bouncer moments before inside-edging George Hill behind - 172 for eight in the 55th.
Hill bowled David Payne later in the over before Dom Bess removed Price for a useful 38 via the same method to signal an early tea, when the Northern Diamonds women paraded the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy they won yesterday.
Ajeet Singh Dale trapped opener James Wharton lbw for a 28-ball duck before Hill chased a wide one and edged Payne behind - Yorkshire 32 for two inside 16 overs of their reply.
Adam Lyth then edged Tom Price to third slip for 44 with what proved the day’s last ball.
Worcestershire vs Middlesex, Division 2
Toby Roland-Jones picked up three wickets to take his first-class tally to a personal best of 66 in a season as promotion-chasing Middlesex established control on day one of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.
The former England pace bowler exploited ideal conditions for seam bowling as he moved past his previous most productive haul of 64 victims in 2012.
He received excellent support from Middlesex captain, Tim Murtagh, and Ryan Higgins as Worcestershire were reduced to 167-8 on a day shortened to 68.5 overs by rain and bad light.
It enabled visitors to collect two of the maximum haul of 16 points needed to ensure promotion to Division One.
Worcestershire Club Captain, Brett D’Oliveira, dug in for three and a quarter hours for a fighting 44.
Both teams and coaches formed a guard of honour before the start of play for umpire Nick Cook who is officiating in his final game before retirement.
Murtagh, won an important toss and put the home side into bat on a greenish pitch used previously for the Championship match with Sussex in April.
The veteran seamer then struck with the first delivery of the game.
Ed Pollock had been Worcestershire’s match winner against Middlesex earlier in the season with 113 off 77 balls at Merchant Taylor’s School.w
But he was instantly undone by a ball of extra bounce after pushing forward and edged through to keeper John Simpson.
Murtagh and Roland-Jones skilfully exploited the sideways movement and variable bounce and there was plenty of playing and missing from Jake Libby and new batter, Jack Haynes.
Libby (4) was lbw to an inswinging ball of full length from Roland-Jones.
Haynes produced the first aggressive shots of the day in off driving and pulling Roland-Jones for boundaries.
But it was primarily a battle for survival and Azhar Ali had scrapped away for one run off 33 balls before rain led to an early lunch with Worcestershire 26-2 off 16 overs.
The Pakistan Test player needed only three more balls to collect his first boundary with a straight drive off Ethan Bamber when play resumed at 1pm after an early lunch.
But Roland-Jones struck for the second time when Haynes (20) prodded at a delivery and found the hands of Sam Robson at second slip.
Azhar temporarily lifted the shackles with a cut and cover drive for boundaries after Ryan Higgins came into the attack.
But after surviving for two and a half hours he was leg before for 27 to a delivery from the same player which nipped back in.
Ed Barnard, in his final appearance for Worcestershire before joining Warwickshire, immediately looked in good touch.
The all-rounder profited from the cut shot with boundaries off Higgins and Ethan Bamber and he and Brett D’Oliveira steered Worcestershire to 113-4 off 51 overs by tea.
Two wickets in two overs after tea tipped the balance in Middlesex’s favour.
Barnard (28) was pouched at first slip after driving at Roland-Jones and Gareth
Roderick (0), who had scored centuries in his previous two knocks, was the victim of a sharp catch at short leg off Murtagh.
D’Oliveira continued to play in determined fashion but also produced some aggressive strokes and he collected two boundaries from handsome drives in a Murtagh over.
Matthew Waite, on loan from Yorkshire until he begins a three-year contract next summer, struck some useful blows before he inside edged a Higgins delivery onto the stumps.
D’Oliveira’s resistance was finally ended by Ethan Bamber with Robson collecting another chance at second slip shortly before the premature close at 5.10pm.
Sussex vs Glamorgan, Division 2
Glamorgan made good progress on a rain-ruined first day against Sussex in their push for promotion from Division Two of the LV= County Championship.
Eight points behind second-placed Middlesex at start of play and needing a win to give them a chance of finishing in the top two, they progressed at more than five runs an over in the 41.2 overs possible at the 1st Central County Ground, reaching 221 for three.
Indian batter Shubman Gill led the way with an unbeaten 91 off just 102 balls while skipper David Lloyd, fresh from his triple hundred against Derbyshire last week, scored 56 against an anodyne Sussex attack.
Skipper Lloyd bucked the recent trend at Hove by batting first when play began an hour late because of morning rain. His decision was quickly justified as Glamorgan made serene progress on a flat pitch.
Brad Currie was the pick of the Sussex attack and took two wickets but the home side, who haven’t bowled an opposition out twice all season, struggled to back him up.
Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashfraf, who is playing the final game of a three-match trial before Sussex decide whether to sign him for 2023, was withdrawn after bowling three wayward overs for 21 runs with the new ball.
At the Cromwell Road end Currie was much more effective and he broke through in his fifth over when Eddie Byrom was surprised by a ball that left him off the pitch which he edged to wicketkeeper Charlie Tear for 21.
Gill and Lloyd put on 57 in 12 overs between further stoppages either side of lunch with few alarms with Lloyd, who scored an unbeaten 313 in his last Championship innings, passing fifty for the sixth time this season. It was a surprise when left-armer Sean Hunt went round the wicket and thudded the ball low into his pads as the batter played half-forward. Lloyd’s 56 came off 64 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Sam Northeast became Currie’s second victim when he edged an outswinger which Tom Alsop caught low at first slip with the total 151 in only the 27th over.
Even with the floodlights on, Gill and Billy Root had little trouble in adding a further 70 runs in 15 overs before the players came off again 20 minutes after tea because of bad light. Gill, strong on the front foot and dismissive of anything short, has so far hit two sixes, including an effortless pick-up over mid-wicket off Currie that was the shot of the day, and 11 fours. Root is unbeaten on 17.
Umpires Paul Baldwin and Tom Lungley held two further inspections before calling play off at 5.15pm but Glamorgan will feel it has been a productive day.
Derbyshire vs Leicestershire, Division 2
England Lions fast bowler Sam Conners returned his best county championship figures of the season as Derbyshire made the early running on the opening day of the LV=Insurance match against Leicestershire at Derby.
Conners took 5 for 51 and pace partner Ben Aitchison 3 for 46 to bowl Leicestershire out for 249 with all-rounder Tom Scriven scoring 53, his third first-class half century.
When bad light ended play three overs early, Derbyshire openers Billy Godleman and Luis Reece had moved to 57 without loss, 192 behind.
Derbyshire’s decision to bowl first was influenced by a green tinge to the pitch and threatening cloud cover but initially, they failed to exploit the conditions.
Aitchison was inconsistent in his opening spell and Nick Potts served up too many loose deliveries which allowed Sol Budinger and Sam Evans early momentum.
Leicestershire were going well until Budinger top-edged a pull at Aitchison and Brooke Guest leapt to take an excellent catch above his head.
The introduction of Conners and Anuj Dal slowed the scoring rate and the pressure was rewarded when Evans pushed at a ball he could have left and Guest pouched his second victim.
Even so, Leicestershire were still well placed at lunch on 90 for 2 but the frailty of their batting was again exposed as four wickets went down in an afternoon session shortened by rain.
Louis Kimber went to the four ball after the interval when he was bowled by one from Aitchison that straightened and Lewis Hill followed six overs later, caught low down at first slip as he played forward.
Rehan Ahmed and Harry Swindells added 41 in 10 overs before Conners struck twice in three balls with Ahmed bowled aiming to drive and Swindells getting a reading edge as he looked to work the ball through midwicket.
But Derbyshire were frustrated by Scriven who played the best innings of the day to take his side past 200.
He launched Alex Thomson over wide long-on for six and completed a deserved fifty when he steered Conners wide of third man for his sixth four.
By then, Roman Walker had clipped Thomson into Dal’s hands at midwicket and Conners wrapped up the innings in the space of four balls as Leicestershire fell one short of a second batting point.
Scrivens was lbw as he tried to work the fast bowler to leg and Callum Parkinson could only edge one that left him to give Guest his 50th championship catch of the season, the first Derbyshire wicketkeeper to reach the milestone since Luke Sutton in 2011.
Derbyshire were left with 19 overs to bat and their reply started to the surreal backdrop of fireworks exploding in bright sunshine above the City End of the Incora County Ground.
There were no batting pyrotechnics as Godleman and Reece accumulated steadily to the close although Reece was given a reprieve on 10 when he edged Scriven to third slip where Budinger spilled the chance.
Nottinghamshire vs Durham, Division 2
Hundreds for Haseeb Hameed and Matthew Montgomery helped Nottinghamshire put together exactly the opening day they had hoped for as they seek to clinch promotion to Division One in their final LV= Insurance County Championship match of the season.
Hameed’s 115 and Montgomery’s 101 not out - his maiden first-class century – helped Nottinghamshire close on 276 for two against Durham, knowing that a draw will guarantee they go up and that a victory wins the Division Two title.
Montgomery, a 22-year-old right-handed batter who is covering for England’s Ben Duckett in the No 3 slot, is in only his fourth first-class match for the county, but already looks an outstanding prospect.
Hameed’s reputation is long established. This was his fourth century of the season and his 12th all told, his 1,186 runs this summer almost matching the 1,198 he made for Lancashire in his sensational first full season in 2016.
The difference between the Hameed of today and his 19-year-old self of textbook correctness six years ago is that his runs this year have come from almost 40 per cent fewer deliveries. Given the torrid time he suffered on the Ashes tour last winter, it has been a hugely impressive comeback.
Nottinghamshire’s plans had the perfect start when the toss allowed them the choice to bat first and a largely comfortable morning session on a pitch tailored to their ends saw them progress to 94 for one at lunch.
Ben Slater punched the opening delivery of the match through the off side for four and the contest between bat and ball therefore was dominated by the former.
The Durham seam attack, led by Ben Raine and England’s Matty Potts, induced a few streaky moments with the new ball but only one wicket. Slater, who had been dropped on 18 at second slip off Ollie Gibson, was caught behind for 23 off Raine, via what looked like an inside edge.
Otherwise, there was very little doing for any of the bowlers, including spinners Liam Trevaskis and George Drissell. As Hameed drove Trevaskis handsomely through the extra cover area for his ninth boundary, taking a single next ball for an 89-ball fifty, a substantial total already looked on the cards.
The next 30 overs did nothing to change that assessment. Indeed, it strengthened it, Hameed completing his fourth hundred of the campaign off 145 balls.
There had been 14 fours, no chances offered and few deliveries troubling him much, although as it happened the one from which he reached the milestone took him by surprise as Jonathan Bushnell, the 21-year-old Durham had picked as their fourth seamer, dropped one in short. It required Hameed, with his weight shifting on to his front foot, to readjust and play the ball from in front of his face, yet he did so adroitly, playing it into the ground and clenching a celebratory first even as he set off for a comfortable single.
There had been no reason to believe he would not still be there at tea, yet he failed two overs ahead of the break as Potts, six overs into his third spell of the day, found a bit of life in a 63-overs-old and moved it enough to square Hameed up a touch and find the outside edge, Scott Borthwick diving to his left at second slip to take a very good catch.
The second-wicket partnership added 180, a record for that wicket for Nottinghamshire against Durham. Montgomery, batting with maturity and assuredness in only his fourth first-class match for the county, had been no junior partner.
He had 12 fours to his name in his 84 at tea - already his highest first-class score - and moved into the 90s a couple of overs later, after which, after showing no signs of nerves or impatience in the 10 overs that followed, completed the hundred by cutting Trevaskis for an easy single. He had hit 14 fours and faced 198 balls.
Against the second new ball, Joe Clarke survived a chance to the wicketkeeper off Potts on 27 before bad light forced an early finish, with 11.3 overs remaining.
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