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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 1 Day 3 : April 9th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 1 Day 3: April 9th

Saturday April 9th

 

 

Division One


Hampshire vs Somerset, Ageas Bowl

Mohammed Abbas both claimed four wickets as LV= Insurance County Championship hopefuls Hampshire thumped Somerset by an innings and 113 runs inside three days.

James Fuller had torn through the top order with a trio of quick-fire wickets in a brutal morning spell, before Pakistan international Abbas ripped the middle-order to celebrate four for 22.

Hampshire missed out on only a single bonus point to claim 23 points as they claimed only their second innings victory over Somerset – who received a single point from the match after being bowled out for 180 and 135 – since 1957.

Hampshire have only won two Championships in their history; in 1961 and 1973, with the closest they’ve come to red ball silverware since upping sticks to the Ageas Bowl a second placed finish under the late Shane Warne’s captaincy in 2005. It has been a long 49 years.

The famed Test Match Special commentator and journalist John Arlott wrote in the Handbook that the ’61 team was “deep in run-making power, soundly equipped at all points of attack and in which every man was worth his place – a true Championship side.” Those words look like they could equally be applied to their modern counterparts at the end of the year based on a perfect three days.

A menacing bowling attack, led by the highly experienced Test duo of Abbas and Kyle Abbott coupled with a batting line-up which feasibly has centuries down to No.10, gives the county their best chance of a title in many a generation.

Realistically they knew 10 wickets would likely be enough to taste victory on day three, but after a solid opening hour between Ben Green and Tom Lammonby gave the suggestion a tough day’s graft was in order.

The opening pair put on 50 in considered style, on a pitch proved placid by Hampshire’s 428, before James Fuller entered the attack to take three wickets in 22 balls.

Green was bowled through the gate, skipper Tom Abell was trapped in front trying to work to the legside and Tom Lammonby turned a short ball behind – having twice looked uncomfortable against bouncers.

Kyle Abbott returned for his second spell of the day, only to be flayed for 12 runs in an over by Lewis Goldsworthy, before starting the next over with a James Hildreth boundary. The South African therefore celebrated with a predictable send-off when he pegged the first-innings half-century maker’s off stump back.

Post-lunch, Hampshire ran rampant and with little restraint. Abbas was Somerset’s made punisher as he Steven Davies edged to second slip to the first ball on resumption, castled Roelof van der Merwe and found Peter Siddle defending into the cordon.

Barker had Goldsworthy squared up and deflecting to first slip before the left-arm seamer turned catcher at short third man as Ned Leonard impatiently failed with a slog against Dawson’s spin.

Abbas returned again to send Marchant de Lange’s off stump for a tumble and secure the victory at 2:40pm - the first side in the country to win in 2022.

Somerset’s performance must be put in some context. Seven players were already made unavailable before travelling to Southampton before George Bartlett succumbed to a shoulder injury the day before the game and Jack Brooks woke up with an illness.

Their inexperience showed in 19 and 21-year-olds Ned Leonard and Kasey Aldridge’s bowling, with some quick, exciting stuff beset by an understandable lack of consistency. The batting also largely writhed against the triage of Abbas, Abbott and Barker.

The good news is their season starts for real against Essex next week, with the majority of their absentees set to return. Included in that throng will be Craig Overton, Jack Leach and Jack Davey – who featured for the Second XI against Cornwall on Saturday.

Hampshire captain James Vince:

“From the very first ball we dominated the game. I’m not sure there is [an areas to improve ahead of Surrey next week]. I left at lunch on day one and I believe we lost our lines and lengths for a bit but quickly rectified it to bowl them out for 180. You aren’t going to get every ball in the match right but I think we dominated every session.

“The way Foz cracked it open for us is why he played this game as when the ball gets a bit softer and the wicket a little flatter, he offers something a bit different. He isn’t going to replicate the other guys’ economy rates but when the situation needed something different, he came up for us and was outstanding.

“We didn’t expect it to happen as quickly as it did but the way Mo came out after lunch really took the sting out of them again. We are surprised it finished so quickly but is credit to how the lads played.

“It is an outstanding start and gives us an extra day off to prepare for the Oval. It is a great confidence booster. It is only early doors but if we can get close to replicating that performance then after the first chunk of the season, we’ll be sitting pretty.”

Somerset captain Tom Abell:

“It is very disappointing. Coming here we were in a pretty optimistic mood particularly with how pre-season had gone. We expect more from ourselves, particularly with the bat where we haven’t given a good account of ourselves.

“They are a world-class attack and we didn’t have the answers. The most disappointing thing is that we haven’t shown enough backbone or fight.

“The opening partnership was a positive but coming in after that we let them down after their hard work. We lost wickets in cluster, we need to be better at starting our innings and show a bit more fight in the middle.

“We’ve very aware of it [problem with collapses], we tried to address it over the winter. We need to try not to panic. This is a game where we have been disappointing but I think it is more the mental aspect of the game. I did see strides amongst the group and we mustn’t catastrophise things ahead of a big game against Essex next week. We start our season next week now."


Northamptonshire vs Gloucestershire, The County Ground, Northampton

A Ryan Higgins century revived Gloucestershire’s hopes of claiming an opening-round win to mark their first return to Division One since 2005.

Higgins put his stamp on a see-sawing LV= Insurance County Championship contest against Northamptonshire with an unbeaten 134 after he had arrived at the crease with his side facing the prospect of defeat inside three days.

Northamptonshire, themselves aiming for a first top-flight win since 2004, had claimed three wickets inside the first hour to reduce the visitors to 21 for four and still 44 runs in arears.

All-rounder Higgins, without a Championship century in three years, then set about wiping off the deficit in a 77-run stand with Chris Dent (54) before adding a further 165 with Tom Lace (73). By the close on day three Gloucestershire’s lead had grown to 261 with four wickets in hand.

It was a position Gloucestershire could only have dreamed of when veteran all-rounder Gareth Berg had seemingly swung the momentum of the match Northamptonshire’s way with three wickets to supplement his heroics with the bat yesterday.

Berg helped the hosts to a 65-run lead after sharing a 137-run eighth-wicket stand with centurion Rob Keogh and immediately got to work with the ball this morning with the key wicket of James Bracey.

Bracey had himself revived Gloucestershire’s first innings with a century but could only manage eight runs second time round before a leading edge flew to Ben Curran in the covers.

The 41-year-old Berg struck again when Graeme van Buuren was trapped lbw on the crease before Miles Hammond’s loose drive at Ben Sanderson was snapped up by Curran at gully.

That prompted the arrival of Higgins with his team in deep trouble and desperate for their 27-year-old all-rounder to make good on his pre-season proclamation that he needed to add more runs to his consistent wicket taking if he was to push for higher honours.

Higgins struck four centuries in 2019, and none in the Championship since, but afforded more responsibility this summer he set about what appeared an uphill task alongside former skipper Dent.

Dent diligently reached his half-century and was perhaps unlucky to be removed by Berg just after lunch when he was adjudged lbw to a ball that he had looked to work to leg, briefly remaining at the crease after the umpire’s finger was raised.

Higgins then doubled down on his work as he skipped along at a comfortable rate alongside Lace to avoid further loss in the session. Higgins pulled confidently to bring up their century stand in good time before Lace reached his half-century on the stroke of tea.

Higgins’ century arrived after tea, and from 139 balls, when he whipped Emilio Gay to the midwicket rope and, after claiming four first-innings wickets, his first taste of Division One with Gloucestershire was firmly going to plan.

Northamptonshire finally managed to end the stand when Gay held a sharp return catch to dismiss Lace for 73. It was a timely breakthrough for Northamptonshire, just before the new ball was due, but again Higgins stood firm when it was required.

Higgins remained until the close, with Zafar Gohar alongside him in an unbroken 63-run stand, to set up an intriguing final day when Higgins’ exploits with the ball will likely play a key role as both counties look to end their long waits for a top-flight win.


Warwickshire vs Surrey, Edgbaston

Matt Lamb's second first class century underpinned Warwickshire's fightback against Surrey as the opening-round clash between the two LV=Insurance County Championship title contenders heads for a draw at Edgbaston. 

Reigning champions Warwickshire closed a weather-truncated third day on 293 for seven in reply to Surrey's 428 for eight. The visitors are well-placed for a solid first innings lead but, with only one day left, the match appears destined for a draw.

At 41 for four early on the third morning, Warwickshire were in deep trouble but Lamb (106, 138 balls) and Sam Hain (78, 228) added 157 to stall the visitors' charge. The fifth-wicket pair saw off a menacing burst from Kemar Roach (three for 82) then put the batsman-friendly pitch back into perspective. Hain's broad bat blunted the bowling while Lamb was more aggressive, most of all with delightful straight and on-driving. The 25-year-old moved fluently to 50 in 68 balls and 100 in 121 before perishing to a brilliant catch in the deep by Will Jacks. 

Lamb and Hain had done the hard yards in getting their side to the follow on figure of 279. Once that was reached, a draw became overwhelmingly likely. 

The opening throes of the day belonged very much to Surrey. Warwickshire's overnight 16 for two soon became 16 for three when Danny Briggs edged the ninth ball of the day, from Roach, to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. A high-class duel between Roach and Rob Yates then saw the latter move elegantly to 32 (59 balls) before he was uprooted lbw by a near-unplayable in-ducker from the Barbadian. 

The champions were wobbling but Lamb and Hain matched sound temperament with technique to add 157 in 42 overs.  As the bowlers began to run out of ideas with the old ball, it took a brilliant piece of fielding to force the breakthrough. Lamb mistimed a pull at Reece Topley and Jacks dived low at deep square leg to pull off a spectacular one-handed catch.

At 198 for five, further quick wickets would have put Warwickshire under pressure but Dan Mousley knuckled down alongside Hain. The sixth-wicket pair added 65 in 36 overs before Hain shouldered arms at Jordan Clark and was aghast to see the ball hit the stumps.  

It was a curious conclusion to such a watchful innings but credit to the bowler for still plugging away tirelessly at sunset and the impressive Clark then also removed Mousley (43, 128 balls), smartly caught by Ollie Pope in the cordon

Warwickshire batsman Matt Lamb, who scored 106, said: 

"I was really pleased, especially because we were in a bit of trouble at 41 for four so they were important runs for the team. It is a good pitch, to be fair, but I was pleased the way I played. I tried to go out there with a positive mindset and score off every ball I could and luckily it came off for me today. 

"I was a bit disappointed that, at times last year, I got in but then didn't carry on. I did a lot of the hard work then found ways of getting out, so it was a relief to go on today and get to my second first class hundred and hopefully there are many more to come." 

"I was a little bit frenetic for the first ten balls but then settled down. I just went out there to be as positive as I can and I know that, in the past, when I have had that mindset I have got into much better positions and that has allowed me to score more freely." 

  

Surrey bowler Jordan Clark, who took two for 54, said: 

"It was quite tough at the start with the ball being quite soft but the lads stuck at it and we got some rewards at the end of the day which was quite nice. You do your hard work and try to keep your concentration right through to the end of the day so it was good to get those late wickets. 

"We couldn't force the game forward because the pitch didn't allow that so the situation was to just dig in and try to contain a little bit and then try to get some rewards later on when the new ball was a bit harder. 

"We are in a good position in the match and still in with a chance of winning. We're not looking too far ahead, we'll try to pick up those last three wickets early tomorrow and see what happens." 


Essex vs Kent, The Cloud Country Ground

Ben Compton, the latest scion of the cricketing dynasty, emerged from relative obscurity to underpin Kent’s understrength batting line-up with a maiden first-class century in England.

The South African-born grandson on Denis, and cousin of Nick, had a previous highest score in this country of just 20, for Nottinghamshire last season, but multiplied that by more than six with a patient 129 as Kent negated Essex’s mammoth first-innings 514.

With Zak Crawley, Jack Leaning, Sam Billings and George Linde all unavailable for this opening fixture – and Joe Denly nursing a hamstring injury – it was the 28-year-old debutant left-hander’s chance to stake a claim for a place at the top of the order. He did not waste it on a flat wicket that gave no encouragement to bowlers.

Once Kent overhauled the follow-on target with only four wickets down, the draw became inevitable with a day to play despite Jordan Cox weighing in with the fifth century of the match. He was unbeaten on 100 at the close with Kent 405-5, just 109 in arrears.

Compton’s rise from the outposts of Zimbabwean cricket and London clubs to the LV= Insurance County Championship has been meteoric, despite his age: this was his fourth hundred in all formats since the turn of the year. With a mixture of sound defence and occasional belligerence, he proved a veritable thorn in Essex’s attempt to capitalise on their batting performance.

He started the day in circumspection: he needed 15 deliveries to move off his overnight score, though a well-time pull off Shane Snater also took him to fifty. Tawanda Muyeye followed to his own fifty shortly after with a crisp drive through the covers.

The second-wicket pair had put on 121 in 43 overs when Matt Critchley drew Muyeye forward, no shot being offered, to claim his maiden Essex wicket with the inevitable lbw.

Compton was particularly harsh on Dan Lawrence, who strayed down legside in his first over. Compton flicked two fours off his legs and added a third through midwicket from a full-toss to move swiftly through the 70s into the 80s.

He turned Critchley for the two that took him to three-figures from 220 balls shortly after lunch.

Compton’s marathon innings ended after a 90-over stay when beaten by a Sam Cook delivery that kept low and he couldn’t jab his bat down quickly enough. He had faced 289 balls and hit 19 fours.

Cox was the more aggressive in the pair’s 123-run third-wicket stand, sending his innings into overdrive with three fours in two overs from Jamie Porter and generally pulling and driving with relish.

Critchley claimed a second wicket when Ollie Robinson was trapped in front, before Cox and Darren Stevens embarked on a cavalier 82-run partnership in 20 overs that scattered the field far and wide. Stevens became the seventh player in the match to pass fifty, but two balls later he thick-edged Lawrence to Sir Alastair Cook at first slip.

All that was left was for Cox to scamper a quick single in the penultimate over of the day to reach the second hundred of his career.

Ben Compton said: “I’m very thrilled to get that score. I just wanted to spend time out there and take everything in: the wicket, being in a new environment. I was glad to get the team off to a good start and spend time out there, those were the things I was looking to do. It’s nice to put in practice the things I’d worked hard in the winter over.

  “My job is to give everything I can to try and get involved. It’s a long road and it’s by no means a sunny day and there will be ups and downs over the summer. But I’m thrilled and it hasn’t really sunk in yet, to be honest. I’m sure over time I will look back over the innings and be very fond of it. You have to enjoy these moments, so I will. On a personal level it’s great to feel that backing from the club, feel that support. I’m glad I’ve repaid that to some extent.

  “I went away this winter and it did a lot for my cricket. I played in Zimbabwe and both the cricketing experience and the life experience, being in a different part of the world, was good for me and stood me in good stead for this first game.”

  On the Compton name, he said: “I think the generational gap is quite an interesting one. I think Nick looked more to emulate Denis than I did. Denis passed away when I was about four, so I kind of missed that. But obviously, I've always looked up to Nick and what he's done in the game in England, and so that’s a more closely related thing for me. But I’m obviously very grateful to have the experience of people in my family to talk to and really gain insight from.”

 

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said: “It’s a similar pitch to the one we had in the first game last season with Worcestershire. There’s not a lot in the pitch but we probably had the worst of the conditions really with it being a bit damp on day one, so to put 514 on the board, we were  happy with that.

  “We were hoping today to create some chances but the pitch just got slower and slower and died really so towards the end, it was not really carrying through. The batters on both teams will be happy but it looks unlikely  now that there is going to be a result in the game.

  “Matt Critchley is having an excellent debut for us: yesterday he batted really well and then today, he’s bowled well. Even though we’ve had sun out today, it’s not spinning conditions especially for a wrist spinner with the fingers being cold. I thought his control and line and length  on a benign pitch was really good and it was good for him to get a couple of wickets.”


Division Two


Glamorgan vs Durham, Sophia Gardens

An undefeated hundred from Alex Lees put Durham in charge of their LV=Insurance County Championship fixture against Glamorgan in Cardiff as the visitors reached 348 for three, a first innings lead of 114. 

Much of the previous two days have been lost to weather but Durham have put themselves in a position where they could push for a win. 


Lees was well supported by captain Scott Borthwick who made 64 and David Bedingham who made a quick-fire half-century as just three wickets fell on the third day of this match. 

Durham will resume their first innings on the final day tomorrow and will need quick runs and quick wickets if they are to claim a positive result.

Lees, back with Durham after making his Test debut last month in the Caribbean, looked in excellent touch on his way to 163 not out. He took his guard outside off stump when the Glamorgan seamers came around the wicket and this neutralised much of their threat, although there were two very good shouts for lbw early in his innings that were turned down.

Michael Jones and Sean Dickson were both dismissed by Timm van der Gugten who bowled with decent pace and late movement. The other Glamorgan seamers found success harder to come by and although there were times when Lees played and missed, edges were not found and appeals were not upheld.

With the short boundary on the Grandstand side of the ground and a quick outfield Glamorgan’s bowlers did a good job to keep things tight even with wickets hard to come by. The best chance for a further dismissal in the afternoon session was when van der Gugten induced a leading edge from Borthwick that ballooned just over the head of Kiran Carlson in the covers.  

Durham reached the tea interval at 163 for two with Lees and Borthwick both in control. Lees reached his 18th first-class century from 226 balls, getting to the landmark with a lovely drive for four through wide mid-on off Callum Taylor. 

Borthwick passed his fifty from 93 balls as he and Lees shared a stand worth 147 for the third wicket. It was the seventh bowler Glamorgan used, Andrew Salter, who got the breakthrough when Borthwick drove one into the hands of Sam Northeast at mid-wicket. 

There was a changed of gears once Lees reached his hundred with the scoring rate ticking upwards, but it was when Bedingham came to the crease that the push for the win really started.The South African continued his fantastic form for Western Provence in his first match of this season with Durham as he passed fifty from just 56 balls. His last three first-class innings before this match were 81, 71 and 199. He was on 74 from 78 balls at the close of day three in this game.

There are 104 overs scheduled tomorrow and the quick rate that Durham put on their runs in the evening session has set up an interesting final day.

DAVID HARRISON, GLAMORGAN ASSISTANT COACH

It’s a long day, especially that last session, 42 overs, but I can’t fault the way the guys bowled and the efforts in the field. That was very good, but also need to give credit to Alex Lees and the Durham batsmen, they played really well today.

The last half hour, the guys had been in the field for a long time, second new ball, some weary bodies towards the end. I can’t fault the guys all through today and if we can bowl like that for the majority of the season we will be doing OK. 



NEIL KILEEN, DURHAM ASSISTANT COACH

I think we will come out there in the morning and look to be positive, look to put on as many runs as we can in the morning and then see where we are and hopefully have a good crack at Glamorgan. We will back our bowlers to have a good crack at it tomorrow and I think if we bowl the way we did yesterday we will have a good chance of forcing a really good finish.

For the guys to be out there and bat for a full three sessions has been a fantastic day, especially for Alex Lees who has batted through the entirety of it. I think we all know why he got the [England] call up and to put an innings out there today just cements how good a player he is. 


Leicestershire vs Worcestershire, Uptonsteel County Ground

Opener Ed Pollock smashed a maiden first-class century to put Worcestershire in complete control of their LV Insurance county championship fixture against Leicestershire at the UptonSteel County Ground.

The former Warwickshire player, who moved to Worcestershire with the aim of playing red ball cricket, hit ten fours and two sixes as he raced to three figures from 113 deliveries during a protracted final session that closed shortly after 7pm with the visitors leading by 369 runs, and an overnight declaration expected from captain Brett D'Oliviera.

Pollock and fellow opener Jake Libby put together a stand of 163 when they began Worcestershire's second innings, scoring at over five an over after Leicestershire had been bowled out for 213, all-rounder Joe Leach taking 4-37 to go with his first innings 70.

Resuming on 42-3, Leicestershire suffered a big early blow when captain Colin Ackermann, having added only four to his overnight score,  was given out leg before when he left a delivery from Leach that came back and hit his back pad, though replays suggested it had not done nearly enough to hit off stump. Lewis Hill battled on, reaching his 50 with a cut to the point boundary, but had an escape when another attempted cut came off the top edge and flew high to first slip, where Pollock got both hands to the ball but could not hang on. Hill and Harry Swindells raised a 50 partnership for the fifth wicket before Swindells was bowled by a swinging delivery from Ed Barnard, and the Worcestershire seamer struck again soon afterwards, Ben MIke checking an on-drive and giving Azhar Ali a simple catch at mid-on.

When Hill himself was bowled for 93, chopping a wide delivery from Pennington into his leg stump, the prospects of the Foxes saving the follow-on looked remote, the more so when Callum Parkinson (somewhat unluckily) and then Ed Barnes (plumb) went leg before, to Charlie Morris and Joe Leach respectively. ANother 34 runs were still needed when last man Beuran Hendricks joined Chris Wright at the wicket, but the two played sensibly against the ageing ball, and when D'Oliveira tried spin, Wright hit the young left-armer Josh Baker for three fours down the ground to ensure Leicestershire at least avoided that particular humiliation.

They were soon chasing leather, however, as Pollock and Libby thrashed the bowling to all parts, Pollock hitting 16 off the very first over, bowled by Wright. Libby was eventually bowled off the inside edge by Ben MIke, who went on to pick up a flattering 4-27 as Worcestershire's batsmen chased quick runs, Pollock holing out to midwicket.

Worcestershire batsman Ed Pollock:"As the lads pointed out at the change of innings, it was set up for me perfectly - and just because I'm playing the red ball game doesn't mean I'm going to change, if the ball is there to be hit I'm going to hit.

"I reined it in a bit as the three figures came into sight and it helped batting with Jake (Libby), he's very level-headed and kept talking to me.

"I don't know yet whether we'll declare, we'll wait and see. It was starting to take a bit of spin towards the end, but it's still a good cricket wicket and we'll need to tafe a few with the new ball. It'll be a good test."

 

Leicestershire batsman Lewis Hill: "I was disappointed not to go to three figures after working hard to get close, but there's always the second innings. It was good to feel the form I found last season was still there though, after I had to miss the pre-season games with Covid.

"The pitch seemed to have freshened up a bit overnight in the first hour, and they bowled well, very disciplined in their lines, and there was a bit more bounce.

"It'll be interesting to see what they do in the morning, have a few more overs or risk it and declare overnight. The pitch is still essentially pretty good, it's not going to break up here, in fact it's a fantastic track for early April. You never know in cricket and we'll be fighting to the very end"

 


Middlesex vs Derbyshire, Lord’s

TOM Helm’s two wickets in successive balls sparked a Derbyshire collapse to bolster Middlesex’s hopes of a win on day three of their LV = Insurance County Championship clash with Derbyshire at Lord’s.

With the visitors 304-6 in mid-afternoon chasing Middlesex’s first innings tally of 401, Helm trapped Dal lbw for 52, ending a stand of 86 for the sixth wicket with Alex Thomson. Next ball Sam Conners was sent on his way for a golden duck after missing a Yorker and with fellow seamer Toby Roland-Jones taking two in three balls in the next over, including Thomson for 45, one shy of his career-best, Middlesex had taken 4-0 in nine balls.

Dal and Thomson kept up their impressive games with a wicket apiece after Middlesex went in a second time, but Max Holden struck a rapid 68 not out sharing an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 141 with Robbie White (79 not out), his second half century of the game to leave the hosts 298 to the good with a day to go.-

Helm, soon to turn 28, has been on England’s white-ball radar for a number of years, taking part in training nets as recently as last season. Former England seamer Geoff Arnold has watched the Buckinghamshire-born seamer a number of times and is known to be a fan, yet injuries and losses of form as well as competition for places has meant he is still shy of 100 first-class wickets.

Skipper Tim Murtagh had singled Helm out as the host’s best bowler 24 hours earlier and he was belatedly to reap the rewards his stints had deserved, making his double strike at a time when Dal and Thomson appeared untroubled on a slow low, benign pitch reminiscent of those in the late noughties early 2010s here at the home of cricket. His final return of 3-52 was the least he deserved for his 25 overs of hard yakka.

When Josh De Caires, having survived a huge lbw shout first ball was bowled by Conners four balls into Middlesex’s second innings, five wickets had tumbled without a run being scored.

Despite the early setback, Mark Stoneman and first-innings centurion Stephen Eskinazi signalled the intent for quick runs, running hard to turn two into an unlikely three, while the former hooked Lakmal into the grandstand for six.

Again, it was Dal and Thomson who briefly checked the host’s progress, Dal trapping Eskinazi lbw, while Thomson induced a rush of blood from Stoneman, whose ugly cross-batted swipe saw him caught by Conners.

Holden though came out bristling with intent. The former England Lion suggested at the back end of last season he was emerging from three lean years and there were plenty of signs of that resurgence here as he raced to 50 at almost a run a ball, hoisting Thomson into the grandstand in the process.

White, who’d been promoted ahead of Holden after his 65 in the first innings, began more circumspectly, but caught the mood, twice clearing the ropes himself in another polished effort, underlining his big leap forward over the last 18 months. 

 

Middlesex seamer Tom Helm who took 3-52 including two in two balls said: "We felt we didn't get what we deserved yesterday, but we thought if we stuck in there like we did today we'd get our rewards at the back end. 

"I've felt pretty good the last couple of weeks. I think for me it's about getting a run in the team to be honest. I don't tend to play a heap of cricket because I don't play much in the second team, so if I'm not playing I'm bowling through to a mitt and not getting a lot of match practice.

"Getting a win would be huge. It's something we've spoken about in the winter that we've found ourselves in this position a few times in years gone by and not put our foot on the throat like we could have done. It was nice to see us do that this evening and to put ourselves in a good place for tomorrow."

 

Derbyshire all-rounder Anuj Dal who made 52 in Derbyshire's first innings said: "It was nice to get that half-century out of the way. We recognised we were in a position where we just had to bat long. It was good to be out there with Thommo (Alex Thomson) and see him get some runs as well.

"I got an inside edge, so disappointed to be given out lbw and that it led to a flurry of wickets. It's one of those things. With umpiring you never know what you are going to get and sometimes you get those kind of dismissals.

"Luck is a big part of the game and hopefully someone up top is looking after me after seeing that."


Sussex Nottinghamshire, The 1st Central County Ground

 

A captain’s innings by Nottinghamshire’s Steven Mullaney, who was well supported by his lower order, turned the match against Sussex on its head on the third day at the 1st Central County Ground.

Mullaney, who had come to the wicket with Notts 52 for four in reply to Sussex’s 375, scored a career best 192 and figured in stands of 96 with Tom Moores, 69 with Liam Patterson-White and 144 with Joey Evison, whose unbeaten 109 was also a career highest.  

By scoring their runs at four an over Notts put pressure on a young Sussex side and when they eventually declared, at 534 for nine, a lead of 159 after adding 320 in the day, they still had time to bowl 15 overs at their weary opposition.  Sussex were 29 for one at the close after losing skipper Tom Haines, caught at midwicket for 14.

To make matters worse for Sussex they learned early in the day that they would be without Danial Ibrahim for the remainder of the match.  The club announced that the all-rounder would have a scan on his injured shoulder. Sussex were already without Jack Carson, George Garton and Fynn Hudson-Prentice because of injury and illness.

 After a difficult start to this game Notts finally showed why they are the favourites to win promotion from the second division of the LV= Insurance County Championship, showing their character and deep batting resources, albeit on a flat pitch.

They started the day on 214 for five, still 161 runs adrift of Sussex, with Mullaney on 79 and Moores unbeaten on 23.  Steven Finn, the best Sussex bowler, was given a three-over burst from the Cromwell Road end before the new ball became available and Mullaney revealed his positive intent when he hooked the former England fast bowler over long leg for six.  But, having been dropped on 49 the previous evening, he was put down again, this time on 86, a difficult chance, low down to Delray Rawlins in the covers off Finn.

Mullaney reached his century when he worked Tom Clark off his pads for a single to long leg.  He had faced 148 balls.  Moores had scored a solid 43 when he was well caught low down at first slip by Tom Alsop.  After an hour’s play, at 260 for six, Sussex took the new ball but new batsman Liam Patterson-White was unimpressed and twice pulled Henry Crocombe for six, the ball landing on the roof of the pavilion on the second occasion.

Sussex made their second breakthrough just before lunch when Patterson-White, swiping to leg, was lbw to the tidy Clark for a 45-ball 44.  With five wickets in the Sussex first innings he is having quite a match.

At lunch Notts were 332 for seven.  But they did even more damage in the second session, when they scored 136 runs and did not lose a wicket. A single to Evison, to backward-point, took his side past the Sussex total.

Mullaney hit Rawlins over long-on for six to raise the 400 and another batting point. He passed his previous best score of 179 and looked set for a double hundred when he was caught in the deep off Jamie Atkins.  He had faced 15 fours and five sixes. But Evison, who was not dismissed in three pre-season matches, was not done yet and his maiden century included a dozen fours and two sixes.

Steve Finn (Sussex):  “Losing Tom Haines at the end wasn’t ideal.  He’s obviously one of our best players, our most consistent player.  But we’ve got plenty of capably guys ready to come in.  It’s a question of getting through that first hour and seeing where we’re at.

 “ I really like the project they’ve got going on here.  They’ve got some exciting young players and the way Sussex spoke to me resonated with me and made me feel I wanted to be part of it.  I feel in good rhythm apart from a few bad balls.  My desire is to play as much cricket as possible.  I haven’t played as much four-day cricket in recent years as I’d like to have done, and I feel I have a point to prove there which keeps me motivated, both for the team and myself.”

 

Joey Evison (Notts): I felt really good today.  I managed to tick off the first hundred and I hope it’s the first of many.  As a batter I’d like to bat four, ideally, but we’ve got such a strong batting line-up that I’m just happy to help out down the order.  We did well today, building partnerships, and I hope we can push hard tomorrow for the win.”

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