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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Final Round Day 2: Tuesday 27th September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022

Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Final Round Day 2: Tuesday 27th September.

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Warwickshire vs Hampshire, Division 1

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Rob Yates completed his seventh first-class century but Warwickshire and Hampshire were again kept largely inactive on the second day of their crucial LV=Insurance County Championship tussle at Edgbaston. 

It was a deeply frustrating day for Warwickshire, who must win to have any chance of avoiding relegation, and equally so for the spectators. They saw a dearth of cricket in the day, just 32.1 overs,  while both lunch and tea intervals were taken in dry weather and then the last 'session' was ended prematurely for bad light...with the sun shining! 

Warwickshire declared on 272 for four, Yates having made 104 (185 balls) and Ian Holland taking three for 85, before the visitors replied with four without loss in 19 balls before the close. 

With Yorkshirein jeopardy on a turning track at Bristol, the escape hatch is still ajar for the champions. They have enough bonus points to overhaul the White Rose (if the White Rose lose) but the Bears still need to win this match.  

Taking 20 wickets with an injured-ravaged bowling attack on a good batting pitch with likely further interference from the weather is unlikely. Their hopes of a status-salvaging victory may lie in collusion as Hampshire need five points to be sure of fending off Lancashire's challenge for runners-up spot. 

After the loss of 55 overs on the first day, Warwickshire resumed on 138 for two but rain and bad light soon made a nuisance of themselves. The first three fragments of cricket brought 66, 37 and 16 balls respectively. 

Yates, 77 not out overnight, advanced to his century from 179 balls with 19 fours and added 85 in 23 overs with Sam Hain before both fell in four balls. Yates was bowled by Holland's first ball after an interruption and Hain (44, 76) edged a fine delivery from Fuller to wicketkeeper Aneurin Donald. 

Hampshire's seamers got a few past the bat but the pitch is good for batting and Will Rhodes (28, 23) and Dan Mousley (27, 29) added an unbroken 58 in 51 balls before yet another interruption. 

That triggered the declaration as Warwickshire sought to move the game on. Hampshire avoided damage in the awkward little session though Felix Organ should have gone in the first over when he edged Olly Hannon-Dalby but Hain grassed the chance at second slip. 

Then the players were taken off for bad light and, though the sun came out immediately, there was no getting them back out. Sometimes, county cricket shouldn't be allowed out. 

Yorkshire vs Gloucestershire, Division 1

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Zafar Gohar-inspired Gloucestershire enjoyed an excellent second day at Headingley to heighten Yorkshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship relegation fears with two days of the summer remaining. 

The Pakistan left-arm spinner claimed five of seven morning wickets as Yorkshire, replying to a first-innings 190, slipped from 80 for three overnight to 183 all out.

In all, 13 wickets fell in a helter-skelter day, with already relegated Gloucestershire’s second innings slipping to 74 for five during the late afternoon. 

But they recovered either side of tea to close on 204 for six from 60 overs - a lead of 211 - thanks to sixth-wicket pair Ollie Price and belligerent Jack Taylor, who hit contrasting half-centuries and shared 122.

Yorkshire came into this game knowing a maximum of 10 points would seal Division One safety, given they held a 15-point cushion over second-bottom Warwickshire. They have so far only taken three.

The Bears are facing Hampshire at Edgbaston, where they declared on 272 for four. A win there, with 19 points, and a Yorkshire defeat here would spell disaster for Jonny Tattersall and co. Hampshire closed on four without loss.

Gohar struck with his first ball of day two - after a bright and breezy Yorkshire start - on the way to figures of five for 40 from 14 overs.

The county’s leading Championship wicket-taker in 2022 claimed a season’s best haul and took his tally to 43.

He benefitted from Yorkshire’s determination to play out their first innings on the front foot, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 46, Jordan Thompson and Ben Coad all caught when looking to attack.

That tactic worked for a while. Kohler-Cadmore and captain Tattersall took 32 runs off the first three-and-a-half overs of play, including 15 off one over from Tom Price.

But Gohar, whose solitary Test came early last year, quickly turned things around. 

The 27-year-old is amongst a rare breed of county overseas players who are available for the majority of the season, if not a full one.

He had Kohler-Cadmore caught at midwicket off a top-edged pull with his first ball for 46 - 121 for four in the 35th over, the eighth full over of the day - Harry Duke lbw, Tattersall caught at slip for 33, Jordan Thompson caught in the same position on the drive and Ben Coad caught cover off a miscue.

In between, Dom Bess was strangled off Ajeet Singh Dale’s seam before Steve Patterson flashed Tom Price to brother Ollie at second slip to wrap up the innings.

On his way to the crease at the fall of the ninth wicket (166 for nine), Patterson received a standing ovation from a crowd becoming increasingly nervous and a guard of honour from a Gloucestershire team becoming increasingly more confident.

Despite losing Chris Dent caught behind off Coad in the opening over of their second innings, the first after lunch, Gloucester’s confidence would increase further as they moved to 56 for one through Ben Charlesworth (25) and James Bracey (39).

But the pendulum swung again in the Headingley sunshine, with Bess sparking a collapse of four wickets for 18 inside six overs - 74 for five in the 26th.

Charlesworth was trapped lbw before Bracey offered a return catch. Coad also returned to get Miles Hammond caught in the gully off the shoulder of the bat before Matthew Fisher had Graeme van Buuren caught at second slip.

Gloucester reached tea at 110 for five, a lead of 117, with shoots of recovery coming from Ollie Price and Jack Taylor.

And those shoots grew in the evening. Taylor was the more aggressive as they left Yorkshire knowing they will have to chase the highest score of the fixture to win. And it will be come under immense pressure.

He clattered two sixes over long-on off Patterson and Bess before reaching his fifty off 59 balls, with more understated Price following him to the same milestone shortly afterwards off 120.

Taylor miscued a pull at Fisher to short mid-on to fall for an excellent 67 shortly before close came six overs early due to rain. Price was unbeaten on 54. 


Lancashire vs Surrey, Division 1

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KEATON Jennings and George Balderson both narrowly missed out on personal landmarks but Lancashire are sitting pretty at the end of a rain-effected day two of this final match of the County Championship against title winners Surrey.

Jennings fell agonisingly short of double century after he was dismissed lbw by a brilliant Jamie Overton inswinger for 199 before Balderson was the last man out four runs away from his maiden first class century. 

But after reaching 512 in their first innings, Lancashire took five Surrey wickets for 123 to put them firmly in the box seat at a damp Emirates Old Trafford.

The day began full of anticipation for Jennings, who needed just 10 runs to reach 200 and become the first Lancashire player to hit three double tons in a season since Frank Watson in 1928.

But Overton spectacularly failed to play ball with the England quick producing a vicious delivery which swung into Jennings’ pad to leave the opener out for 199 and Lancashire 430-6.

Balderson, meanwhile, passed his personal best first class score of 77, but when Tom Hartley was bowled by an excellent turning delivery from Dan Moriarty for seven, it became clear holding on to partners might be a problem. 

Hartley was replaced by Tom Bailey whose free-scoring style was easy on the eye but probably not on Balderson’s nerves. When Bailey charged down the wicket and holed out to Kemar Roach at mid on off Moriarty for 22, Balderson was in the 90s with only Will Williams and Matt Parkinson left to help.

In the end Williams lasted 15 balls for his seven before edging Cameron Steel to Rory Burns at slip leaving Balderson to decide he couldn’t trust Parkinson as the young all-rounder opted instead to try and hit Moriarty out of the ground and succeeded only in finding Overton at deep midwicket for an excellent 97.

Moriarty finished with 5-163 and Steel 3-65 but the spinner’s figures were the only real highlights in a lacklustre bowling display from the visiting champions who are perhaps suffering a little for motivation after last week’s celebrations.

Batting for a solitary over before lunch, Surrey continued after the break with Burns and Ryan Patel instantly on the back foot when faced with Bailey’s accurate opening spell.

Bailey would claim his 50th wicket of the season soon after when Patel edged to Jennings at second slip for 19 before Burns fell to Will Williams in the next over as the New Zealander got one to jag back and hit the skipper’s off stump.

Surrey were 37-2 and that quickly became 38-3 after Jamie Smith was trapped in front by Bailey who was putting the seal on an excellent season with the ball.

The prize dismissal of Hashim Amla came courtesy of Balderson who shrugged off his disappointment at missing out on a century by dismissing the South African for 29 with Jennings pouching another sharp chance at slip.

A succession of showers and subsequent breaks late in the day made for an even harder session for Surrey’s batters and Williams struck again when he cleaned bowled Tom Curran for 11.

It was left to former Lancashire player Jordan Clarke and Steel to see things through to the end as Surrey closed on 123-5 still trailing by 389.


Kent vs Somerset, Division 1

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Kent marked “Stevo Day” at Canterbury by securing survival in Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship, reaching 405 for seven in reply to Somerset’s 202 all out, a lead of 203. Kent already have taken all eight available bonus points and Warwickshire's declaration against Hampshire at Edgbaston means their relegation rivals can now only overhaul Yorkshire.

The hosts honoured Darren Stevens’ 18-season contribution by announcing they were retiring his number three shirt and his teammates rose to the occasion, with Nathan Gilchrist taking career best figures of six for 61. 

Lewis Goldsworthy was Somerset’s top scorer with 94, but he added just a single to his overnight score.  

Tawanda Muyeye and Zak Crawley then responded with an opening stand of 176, the former making 85, the latter 79, while in his last match before joining Durham, Ollie Robinson made 52.

Gilchrist had taken two wickets from the final two deliveries before bad light stopped play on day one, leaving Jack Brooks to face the hat-trick ball at the star of the morning session. He survived a hopeful appeal but the visitors had added just seven to their overnight score of 195 for nine when Goldsworthy was caught behind off Gilchrist, six runs short of his hundred. 

Kent’s openers belied the freezing conditions and heavy cloud cover, slashing Somerset’s lead to 53 by lunch, Crawley playing with measured brutality and Muyeye whip-cracking elegance. At one point Crawley creamed Tom Lammonby for three successive fours and he reached 50 with a smartly flicked single off Kasey Aldridge, while Muyeye, looking almost regal, reached the same landmark with a scampered single off the same bowler. 

Stevens was introduced to a sizable St. Lawrence crowd of 1042 during the interval and shown a montage of his greatest moments, before walking around the boundary for an understated but moving lap of honour, shaking hands with members and posing for selfies. 

Somerset were looking desperate after lunch, with Craig Overton yelling “how’s that?” after Muyeye was caught off his shoulder, then screaming “HOW’S THAT?” when he didn’t get the reply he wanted. 

However, the partnership was broken with the next ball when Ben Green hit Crawley’s middle stump. Muyeye was caught behind off Aldridge soon afterwards, four short of his highest-first class score. 

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly put on 61 for the next wicket before the former’s middle stump was sent cartwheeling by Aldridge for 36. 

Aldridge claimed his next victim after rain caused an early tea interval, when he had Denly caught on the square leg boundary by Sajid Khan, but another stand between Olli Robinson and Jack Leaning took the lead past 150.  

Khan removed both men, getting Leaning caught by Abell for 41 and bowling Robinson in his net over. He then caught Joey Evison off Aldridge for 21, but Hamid Qadri was unbeaten on 27 when bad light stopped play at 5.37pm, having cracked a four to take the score past 400 and earn an eighth bonus point. 

With rain falling at the St. Lawrence news came through that their main relegation rivals Warwickshire had declared on 274 for four at Edgbaston, meaning they can get a maximum of 22 points. Even if Kent lose from this position and the sides finish level on points, Kent would stay up having won more games.  


Northamptonshire vs Essex, Division 1

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Ben Allison made his mark with bat and ball on a badly rain-affected second day between Northamptonshire and Essex at Wantage Road.

Only 29 overs were possible, but Essex seamer Allison made the most of them, turning his overnight 37 not out into a career-best 69 not out before the visitors were finally bowled out for 263, Tom Taylor taking four for 59.

The tail-ender’s latest batting escapade means he now has the remarkable stat of making more 50s (three) than single figure scores in his short first-class career to date.

Allison and Sam Cook then struck early blows with the new ball as Northamptonshire struggled to 32-2 in bowler-friendly conditions before bad light called a halt.

Overnight and morning rain delayed the start until 2:30pm but just six balls were bowled before another heavy shower drove the players off once more.

When they returned, 26 more were bowled which proved enough to see the end of Tom Westley, who chopped on to give Taylor his fourth scalp of the innings. The Essex skipper’s ninth-wicket stand with Allison had realised 72.

Allison on 46 at the time of the second interruption soon passed 50 courtesy of his seventh four and his career-best soon followed as a last-wicket stand with Sam Cook raised 39 before the latter was castled by Jack White.

Cook didn’t take long to make a breakthrough ball in hand. His first delivery saw Emilio Gay edge just short of point, the ball running away for two runs. The left-hander’s reprieve was brief however as Cook’s next ball trapped him plumb in front.

New batter Ricardo Vasconcelos endured a torrid stay. Struck painful blows not once but twice by Cook, he was undone by the arrival in the attack of Allison who bowled him from with he tried to leave, but which ricochet into his stumps.

Will Young and Luke Procter prevented any further breakthrough before the murky light closed in.

Nottinghamshire vs Durham, Division 2

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Nottinghamshire added a new line in their county record books as they put one hand on the Division Two trophy by racking up a massive 662 for five declared against Durham on day two of the final match of their LV= Insurance County Championship season.

The seventh highest total in their 181-year history was only the second to contain four individual hundreds, matching the achievement of the team that made 656 for three declared against Warwickshire at Coventry in 1928.

After Haseeb Hameed and Matt Montgomery posted centuries on day one - Montgomery extending his maiden ton to a magnificent 178 - Lyndon James, with a career-best 164 not out, and skipper Steven Mullaney, who made 136, further turned the screw against a chastened Durham attack, although Matty Potts (three for 83) and Ben Raine (two for 98) both went for under three an over.

Durham’s batters then had to face a Nottinghamshire attack boasting England pace bowler Stuart Broad for the first time since April. They closed on 53 for two, still 609 behind, fading light forcing an early close for the second day running.

A draw from this match - which already looks assured - will clinch promotion for Nottinghamshire regardless of results elsewhere. A win secures the title.

After Nottinghamshire had started the day on 276 for two, they lost Joe Clarke in only the third over, caught at second slip fending a ball from Potts. Dropped on 27 on Monday evening, he didn’t add to his 28 overnight.

It means the 26-year-old is likely to finish the season without a first-class hundred for the first time in his career.

Montgomery’s performance will give the selectors a tough decision to make the next time they have a full complement of batters to pick from. If Clarke does not hit the ground running next year, it could be his place under threat.

The South African-born right-hander, standing in while Ben Duckett is away with England, looked the part again. Unruffled by a blow to the body from Potts at the start of the day, he turned his hundred into 150 from 304 balls after hitting 22 fours. He and the impressive James added 161 for the fourth wicket.

Montgomery’s marathon innings ended after he had ended a curious passage of two hours without a boundary by hitting fours in consecutive overs. Weary after more than six and a half hours’ batting, he jabbed at one outside off stump from Potts and inside-edged on to his leg stump.

At 438 for four, next man Mullaney had licence to assert himself and did so, hitting sixes off Potts and Liam Trevaskis (twice) on his way to a 49-ball half century. James, meanwhile, completed the third century of his career - all this season - from 158 balls after collecting 13 fours.

Having not offered a chance before then, the shot that took him to the 100 mark was oddly rash, a slash at a ball from seamer Jonathan Bushnell that left wicketkeeper Chris Benjamin, standing up, in some pain and needing treatment after being hit on the hand.  

Mullaney’s century - his third of the season - came off 91 balls with four sixes, which he had increased to seven by the time he was caught behind for 136 off Raine with the third new ball, at which point he declared.

James overtook his previous best of 155, accumulating 19 fours in almost five hours at the crease.

As if things could get no worse for Durham, who are without top scorer Michael Jones - away with Scotland - another frontline batsman, David Bedingham, suffered an injury in the field and did not field after tea.

Liam Trevaskis, sent in as an emergency opener, fell leg before to Broad in the sixth over. As the light faded, prompted by the umpires, Mullaney turned to his spinners to keep playing on a day already extended to compensate for time lost on Monday.

That should have made it easier for Durham to negotiate what remained. Instead, Sean Dickson - in his last match for the county before moving to Somerset - took a huge swing at the left-armer Liam Patterson White and sent the ball off a leading edge to mid-on.

Worcestershire vs Middlesex, Division 2

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Pieter Malan struck a timely unbeaten half century to help promotion-chasing Middlesex seize the initiative on a truncated second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship encounter with Worcestershire at New Road.

Malan had contributed scores of 0, 8 and 2 during the wins earlier this month over Glamorgan and Leicestershire which had reignited Middlesex’s push for a top two spot.

But the South African batter demonstrated the form which had brought him one hundred and four fifties in the Royal London Cup.

He steered his side to 146 for two from 44 overs after they had bowled Worcestershire out for 225.

Malan brought up his half century in the grand manner with a six off Ed Barnard and by the close had moved onto 68 from 135 balls.

Middlesex still need a maximum of 16 points to ensure promotion after their rivals Glamorgan claimed maximum batting points against Sussex at Hove.

Worcestershire resumed on 167-8 and some clean hitting from Josh Tongue was largely responsible for them reaching 225 all out in 82.5 overs.

The pace bowler ended unbeaten on 39 after hitting a career best 45 not out in the previous game against Nottinghamshire.

Tongue square cut and on drove Tim Murtagh for boundaries and pulled Ryan Higgins for another four.

He had one slice of luck on 28 when dropped at extra cover off Ryan Higgins.

Dillon Pennington helped him add 45 for the ninth wicket before he was lbw to Higgins after working to leg.

Toby Roland-Jones wrapped up the innings with his fourth wicket when having Ben Gibbon caught behind.

He finished with 4-50 to take his wicket tally for the season to 67.

When Middlesex batted Pennington gave Worcestershire the perfect start when Sam Robson played on without a run on the board.

It should have become 10-2 after Mark Stoneman edged a delivery from Gibbon but the chance was put down by Jack Haynes at second slip.

Stoneman went onto complete 1,000 first class runs in a campaign for the sixth time when he reached 11.

Worcestershire struggled to bowl the right line and Stoneman and Pieter Malan brought up the 50 in only 10.4 overs.

But runs were harder to come by after lunch and Tongue, on his way back to full match fitness after 14 months out of action with a shoulder problem, made the second breakthrough.

Stoneman on 36 tried to get his hands out of the way of a delivery of extra bounce and gloved through to keeper Gareth Roderick.

Malan looked in good touch and collected a series of boundaries off Ed Barnard although he was fortunate to inside the all-rounder for four.

He brought up his 91 ball half century in the grand manner with a pull for six off Barnard over backward square leg.

Sussex vs Glamorgan, Division 2

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Chris Cooke and Shubman Gill both made impressive hundreds as Glamorgan put themselves into a strong position in their must-win game against Sussex.

Gill scored 119 – his first LV= County Championship hundred – and Cooke 141 as they piled up 533 for eight declared on the second day at the 1st Central County Ground.

Sussex responded positively and were 86 for one when bad light forced the players off with 13 overs still to be bowled at Hove after there had been two short rain delays earlier in the day.

Glamorgan need to win to have any chance of overhauling Middlesex and claiming the second promotion place from Division Two and although Sussex bowled well in the morning session when they took three wickets, their bowlers suffered thereafter with Cooke leading the charge as he made his tenth first-class century.

Earlier it had been Gill who went on the offensive. He quickly added the nine runs he’d needed overnight to lodge his seventh first-class hundred before greeting Jack Carson’s arrival by hitting the off-spinner for three boundaries in his first over.

But Carson had his revenge in his next over when he tossed another one up and Gill picked out long on, having faced 139 balls and hit 16 fours and two sixes.

Left-armer Sean Hunt had already broken through when he yorked Billy Root and Carson picked up a second wicket when he gave the ball air again and Andrew Salter was also caught at long on.

When Sussex took the new ball Brad Currie soon had James Harris caught behind for 34, after Harris had added 77 with Cooke. Timm van der Gugten helped the South African put on 41 for the eighth wicket before van der Gugten was held at long leg off Tom Clark.

Acceleration came either side of tea as Cooke and Ajaz Patel thrashed 96 in 13 overs with Patel hitting an undefeated 51 from 37 balls including three sixes, two of them hit over long-on in an over from Carson.

Cooke hardly played a false shot before edging Hunt to wicketkeeper Oli Carter after making his second Championship century of the season. His 141 came off 165 balls with 14 fours and two sixes. Carter was one of two substitutes employed by Sussex after Charlie Tear and Fynn Hudson-Prentice went down with food poisoning overnight. The Glamorgan total was also swelled by 50 extras.

Sussex began their reply needing 384 to avoid the follow-on and they made a positive start, Ali Orr and Tom Haines laying into some wayward new-ball bowling from Harris and Mick Hogan. 

They added 69 in 11.2 overs before Hogan’s nip-backer struck Orr on the back leg and he was lbw for 45. Haines and Tom Alsop saw their side through to the close but Glamorgan will still feel they can claim their first Championship win at Hove since 1975, even though the pitch shows little sign of deterioration. 

Derbyshire vs Leicestershire, Division 2

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Billy Godleman and Luis Reece scored their first county championship hundreds of the season to put Derbyshire in a commanding position on the second day of the LV=Insurance match against Leicestershire.

On a day of records at the Incora County Ground, Godleman, 158 not out, and Reece, 116, shared an opening stand of 251 to severely dent Leicestershire’s chances of ending their winless run in the championship.

The bottom club in Division Two endured three tough sessions in the field, taking only two wickets as Derbyshire closed on 356 for 2, a lead of 107.

Leicestershire went into the day knowing they had to make early inroads with a ball that was only 16 overs old but a limited attack rarely looked like taking a wicket.

Even Chris Wright was out of sorts by his standards and the lack of pressure on Godleman and Reece allowed them to settle in and accumulate steadily throughout the morning session.

The closest Leicestershire came to breaking the stand was when Godleman, whose previous highest score in the championship this year was 43, tried to hit Callum Parkinson over the top but the ball dropped just out of reach of the fielder running back from mid on.

By lunch, Derbyshire had added 89 runs in 32 overs to move to 146 without loss, only the fourth century stand between Godleman and Reece in six seasons of opening together.

Although a dry, hot summer has favoured batting, the pair have struggled in the championship but on a good pitch and faced with increasingly threadbare bowling, they made sure of ending the season on a high.

Reece pulled Ed Barnes for six to bring up the 200 stand in the 62nd over which was Derbyshire’s fifth double century partnership of the season, a record for the county.

Five overs later he reached his century which came off 205 balls and Godleman needed one ball fewer to complete his which gave the pair another entry in the county record books.

It was the 16th instance of both openers scoring 100 in the same innings, the third time they have achieved the feat, equalling the Derbyshire record held by Kim Barnett and Peter Bowler.

The next milestone passed was Derbyshire’s highest first wicket stand against Leicestershire of 233 set by Denis Smith and Albert Alderman at Chesterfield in 1937 and it came as a surprise when Reece was dismissed two overs before tea.

He chipped back a return catch as he went to drive Rehan Ahmed’s leg spin but there was no respite for the visitors as Brooke Guest joined Godleman to set another record.

When Derbyshire reached a third batting point, they had scored 300 in the first innings of every championship match at Derby this season for the first time in the club’s history.

When the light improved enough for Leicestershire to claim a second new ball, Roman Walker had Guest caught behind for 40 but Godleman reached his 150 before the close on the day he passed 10,000 first-class runs. 

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