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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 10 Day 4: Friday 22nd July - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

The 1st Central County Ground, Hove
The 1st Central County Ground, Hove
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 10 Day 4: Friday 22nd July.

Surrey vs Essex, Division 1


It took Surrey 19.4 final day overs to complete a six-wicket victory against Essex at the Kia Oval that keeps them on top of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One table with a sixth win from ten matches.

Resuming their second innings on 85 for 2, still requiring 76 more runs, Surrey lost just opener Ryan Patel and all-rounder Jamie Overton before clinching a 22-point triumph when they reached 162 for 4.

Patel, on 22 overnight, took his highly valuable but largely defensive and near four-hour knock to 38 before playing back to off spinner Simon Harmer and edging a ball that turned and bounced to keeper Adam Rossington.

Jamie Overton, promoted up the order on Patel’s dismissal in the day’s 16th over, soon responded by swinging Matt Critchley’s leg breaks over mid wicket for six.

And the big all-rounder also launched Critchley for another huge six over wide mid wicket before being caught off the same bowler for 21, at long off, in trying to end the match with one more blow.

Nightwatchman Tom Lawes, who on 1 was dropped at third slip off Shane Snater in the fifth over of the morning, played some excellent strokes of his own to finish 32 not out from 54 balls.

Lawes, the 19-year old all-rounder making just his fifth first-class appearance, clipped Snater through mid wicket for four and then skipped down the pitch to drive Harmer straight for six to show his capability with bat in hand.

Ollie Pope, who replaced Overton, reverse-swept the first ball he faced, from Harmer, for four to complete Surrey’s victory after 80 minutes’ play on the final day.

Surrey, who began this round of games 15 points ahead of second-placed Hampshire, now face 2021 champions Warwickshire at the Oval next week and – with only four games left for them to play in this summer’s competition – look in good shape to repeat their own 2018 championship triumph.

Essex take five points from the game.

Surrey captain Rory Burns said: “That’s a very pleasing win, especially in the way we chased down 161. It could have been a slightly awkward morning today, but to get over the line in the way we did was outstanding.

“All the faster bowlers were brilliant for us in this match. Dan Worrall, of course, takes the plaudits for his 11 wickets but the way they all bowled as a unit was great for me to see.

“Will Jacks was obviously the other big performance for us, and for him to read the game situation as well as he did in our first innings is a real feather in his cap. It was interesting that both the first innings in this match followed a similar course, with Will’s 150 turning it around for us in the same way that Adam Rossington’s 100 did for Essex.

“From my position, it is great to see so many different players putting their hand up and getting a job done for us as we go from game to game. Young Tom Lawes, for instance, has come in and performed really well in the matches he has played recently. We were a bit like that as a team last season, to be fair, but it’s even more apparent this season.

“We have another important match coming up against Warwickshire next Monday and winning this game as we did has given all the players an extra half day’s rest if you like, which is important. If we can do well next week then it really sets us up for September’s championship run-in.”

Essex captain Tom Westley said: “It is obviously disappointing to lose, but we competed well with them for a lot of this game.

“There were two particular moments where we lost the contest – the first was Will Jacks getting to 150 not out and getting them into a first innings lead and then that period yesterday when we lost six second innings wickets for 37 runs.

“It would be nice if we had a return fixture against Surrey at Chelmsford, but the schedule for this season means we only get to play them once which is a shame.”

Warwickshire vs Kent, Division 1


Kent took a huge step away from the lower reaches of the LV=Insurance County Championship Division One with a thumping 177-run victory over struggling champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

After resuming on 28 for two, in pursuit of a target of 325, the home side folded to 147 all out before lunch. Matt Milnes led the demolition with a destructive burst of 6.5-1-11-4 but Kent's quartet of seamers all played their part in building the pressure under which the Bears buckled.

The result leaves Warwickshire, who visit leaders Surrey next week, in real jeopardy of following their title triumph in 2021 with relegation in 2022. Kent, meanwhile, spring into mid-table after an excellent performance by a team galvanised by the arrival of overseas pacemen Navdeep Saini and Matt Henry.

Their seam attack possessed the cutting edge that the depleted Bears, without the injured Liam Norwell, Olly Stone and Chris Woakes, sorely lacked. Kent's bowlers also were supported by fine work in the field, led by captain and wicketkeeper Sam Billings who took 12 catches in the match, surpassing the previous Kent record of ten (Fred Huish, 1911, and Jack Hubble, 1923).

The final day had a helter-skelter start as Sam Hain hit his first three balls for four but then edged a fine delivery from Saini to Billings.

Dom Sibley and Will Rhodes dug in to add 35 but then came a moment which summed up the old cricket truism that it's when things are going against you that Lady Ill-Luck will give you another good kicking. Rhodes, having looked in decent nick and started to sow the seeds of a partnership with Sibley, was strangled down the leg-side off Quinn.

That's always an infuriating way to get out - all the more so when it triggers a collapse of 61 for seven in 91 balls.

Kent seam depth in this game showed itself as, with spearheads Saini and Henry grazing, Matt Quinn and Milnes took up the attack and took five wickets in 30 balls.

Quinn followed the wicket of Rhodes with that of Dan Mousley who edged behind. Milnes produced an unplayable lifter to take Michael Burgess's edge and then forced Dom Sibley (33, 74 balls) to play on. Milnes had three for seven after taking a return catch from Danny Briggs.

With Warwickshire's last two wickets needing to find 196, Kent turned to the spinners to improve their over-rate. Jack Leaning disposed of Craig Miles, caught and bowled, before Milnes returned to round off the rout when Olly Hannon-Dalby edged to first slip. Kent's visit to Birmingham simply could not have gone any better.

Somerset vs Yorkshire, Division 1


Spectators were denied a potentially exciting finish when rain washed out the final day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Somerset and Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

Somerset were due to resume their second innings on 225 for six, leading by 373, with George Bartlett unbeaten just 12 short of a century. 

But the wet weather set in just before 11am and, although a 2.35pm start was planned following an early lunch, with 50 overs still possible, rain returned to frustrate all hopes of getting underway. 

Umpires Hassan Adnan and Tom Lungley took the decision to abandon the match at just after 3pm. 

It was a disappointing end to a contest the home side had controlled from day two, but which might have seen Yorkshire take up the challenge of a last day run chase on a placid pitch.

Somerset took 15 points from the match and remain second from bottom of the First Division table, while Yorkshire’s 12 saw them move up to fifth place. 



Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Division 1


Washington Sundar capped a memorable Red Rose debut, following up a five-wicket haul with a match winning 34 not out as he helped steer Lancashire to a four-wicket victory on a tense final morning of this LV= County Championship match at Wantage Road. He combined in an excellent unbeaten partnership of 69 with nightwatchman Will Williams to take Lancashire to their target.

Lancashire had started the day needing 86 more runs to pull off a win to keep their Championship challenge alive with five wickets in hand. Josh Bohannon fell early, shortly after reaching his century, a wicket that could have opened the door for the home side, but Washington and Williams (29 not out) kept their cool, increasing in confidence as they inched towards their target.

Northamptonshire who had taken a late flurry of wickets the previous night were buzzing when they took the field and buoyed further when Jack White, who skittled Lancashire in their first innings, removed Bohannon early. It was to be their only breakthrough of the morning though as Washington and Williams continued to frustrate their efforts.

The result leaves Lancashire 31 points behind Surrey in the Division One table with four games to play.

Bohannon, 92 overnight, was expected to be the key man if Lancashire were to achieve victory. His knock had helped keep Lancashire in the hunt as wickets fell on day three and he got the scoreboard moving by steering Ben Sanderson’s second legitimate delivery down to third for a boundary. He moved to his century off 166 balls when he played Jack White aerially past a diving Emilio Gay at short midwicket, his 18th boundary of the innings. His reprieve was short lived though as he fell to White’s next ball thanks to a stunning one handed grab at wide gully by skipper Will Young. It left Lancashire on 209 for six still needing 69 to win.

The usually dependable Sanderson, who claimed three wickets the previous evening, proved expensive initially, gifting Lancashire three no balls and leaking runs down the leg side, but challenged the batters as his radar started to fire, backed up well by White and Tom Taylor.

Young continued to rotate his bowlers against a watchful Washington and Williams who were content to take their time before unfurling some aggressive shots as they approached their target.

Washington confidently smashed a half volley from Simon Kerrigan through extra cover for four and late cut Rob Keogh for another boundary to take Lancashire past 250. When Northamptonshire took the new ball he confidently hit two leg-side boundaries against Sanderson.

Williams looked increasingly assured, running hard and bringing up the win with a late cut off Kerrigan for four.

Lancashire Head Coach Glen Chapple said: “We're delighted because we were behind in the game after the first innings and the lads have fought back brilliantly starting yesterday morning with a superb session of high quality bowling to restrict Northants and give us something that we believe we could chase. Josh Bohannon making a century on a tough pitch was a brilliant effort and the two lads today, Washington [Sundar] and Will [Williams] played superbly. It was never going to be easy but they've done it with wickets to spare. So, we’re delighted with that effort.

[After Bohannon’s wicket fell] “We probably thought it [the game] was 50-50 [then]. We believed we could do it. But the pitch was doing a bit all game and run chases are difficult. But we're really happy with how the boys played. They fought really hard and showed their determination to win.

[On Indian international Washington Sundar’s Lancashire debut] “It’s been a great start for him, superb. I’m really pleased for him. He’s been desperate to come over and play English cricket. He bowled superbly well in the first innings and played with assurance and quality.

[On their Championship title hopes] “We're happy with how we're playing and I think we've done really well. Surrey have managed to eke out a couple more wins. All we can do is keep going, keep our foot down and keep winning games.”

Northamptonshire Head Coach John Sadler said: “First off I want to say how proud I am of the lads, the way we’re playing our cricket, the way we're going about our business, the way we’re preparing, the way we're talking, the way we're learning. I cannot fault any one of them and if we keep going about our business this way, we will win games of cricket. I’m very confident with that. There's always bits you can improve on, but I’m very proud of the way we’ve gone about our business even in defeat. It’s okay to lose and fair play to Lancs, they deserved to win in the end.

“I thought [new Northants captain] Will Young captained great this game, he mixed his bowlers really well. They [Lancashire] were under pressure. Our plan this morning was to try and make the game last as long as it possibly could, dry the scoreboard up as well as keeping the catchers in. We beat the bat and on another day, a couple of those little nicks go to hand and they’re under a bit more pressure.

"But I do think the big part in this game was the third innings. We were 75 for seven at one stage, which ultimately cost us the game with the bat. We've chatted about it, what could we do differently? I do think we got the rough end of conditions there. It was kind of mizzly and drizzly and overcast and gloomy. It’s not an excuse, I thought they bowled magnificently that session as well. And ultimately it was that two-hour period that changed the game. But I’m proud of our lads, very proud of how they’ve gone about their business. We're a good side and we’re playing some good cricket.”

Gloucestershire v Hampshire  

Kyle Abbott took a sensational hat-trick to propel title-chasing Hampshire to a six-wicket win over Gloucestershire in a memorable LV=County Championship match at the Cheltenham Festival.

Bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire were 216-5 in their second innings and making a decent fist of frustrating Hampshire ambition when the veteran South African paceman made his decisive intervention either side of the lunch interval. Rewarded for bowling straight, he ended Miles Hammond's marathon stint, dismissing the left hander for a career-best 169, and then returned after the break to account for Zafar Gohar and Tom Price with consecutive deliveries.

Abbott claimed the last five wickets in 12 balls to finish with figures of 6-76, while Keith Barker took 4-65 as Gloucestershire were bowled out for 337 in their second innings.

Pursuing a modest 82 to win, Hampshire reached their target in 9.3 overs for the loss of four wickets. Skipper James Vince scored a quickfire 24 from 16 balls to render the outcome a foregone conclusion, Liam Dawson hit the winning runs and Ryan Higgins taking 3-41 by way of consolation.

Under pressure to prevail after title rivals Surrey and Lancashire had both won, Hampshire took 23 points to maintain their grip on second place in the First Division table, while Gloucestershire (two points) are still without a win in 10 Championship matches this summer.

Given the possibility of rain arriving by mid-afternoon, Hampshire were understandably eager to finish the job in quick time, and there was a real purpose to their work after Gloucestershire resumed their second innings on 191-4, still 65 runs behind.

Hampshire achieved the early breakthrough they craved, Graeme van Buuren playing a little too far away from his body in fending at a rising delivery from Barker and Vince taking a head-high catch at first slip. Gloucestershire's captain had batted for 107 minutes, faced 66 balls and helped add 90 for the fifth wicket in company with centurion Hammond, and his departure, 14 overs before the new ball was due, raised the prospect of a rapid conclusion.

Hammond, of course, was reading from an altogether different script, and when he pulled Barker to deep square leg for a single to move to 124, he eclipsed his previous highest first-class score made against Middlesex at Bristol in September 2018.

The advent of Liam Dawson's slow left arm from the Chapel End brought with it further opportunities for the visitors, who nevertheless appeared intent upon allowing chances of a quick victory to literally slip through their fingers. Hammond was fortunate to be afforded three lives on 124, 125 and 127, Brown and Vince spilling outside edges behind the wicket and at slip respectively, and Organ then making a hash of things at backward point when Hammond top-edged a reverse sweep. Three drops in as many overs and, on each occasion, the frustrated Dawson was the aggrieved party, his evident discontent serving to sow the first seeds of doubt.

Having avoided the ignominy of an innings defeat, Gloucestershire were two runs to the good when the new ball was taken at the first available opportunity. Hammond greeted Barker's return with a contemptuous flick of the wrists that yielded a boundary through backward point, in the process bringing up his maiden 150 via 235 balls, with 22 fours and 3 sixes. A much-reduced final day audience were generous in their applause for the home-town boy.

Eager to atone for the irresponsible nature of his first-innings dismissal, Higgins proved a reliable partner for Gloucestershire's top scorer. Eschewing excessive risk in favour of a more conservative approach, Higgins carved out a workmanlike 50 from 79 balls, with seven fours, his efforts adding to Hampshire's growing sense of frustration.

But the visitors continued to plug away and the sixth wicket partnership was worth 115 when Hampshire were at last afforded relief in the final over before lunch, Hammond edging a length ball from Abbot to Vince at slip. His magnificent defiance spanned five and three-quarter hours and encompassed 278 balls in an innings liberally studded with 27 fours and 3 sixes. 

As well as Hammond played, his demise meant lunch was taken with Gloucestershire on 316-6, a lead of 60 which was precarious indeed given the continued absence of those rain showers forecast to arrive from the South West.

By the time Abbott had completed the 95th over, Gloucestershire's position had been rendered hopeless. Zafar was caught at the wicket off the first delivery after lunch, while Tom Price was adjudged lbw to a full delivery next ball, at which point Abbott wheeled away in celebration, pursued by his delighted team-mates. This was the South African's second first-class hat-trick, following on from one achieved against Worcestershire in 2018.

Gloucestershire effectively ran up the white flag when Higgins, having made 63 from 94 balls and struck nine fours, hoisted a short-pitched delivery from Abbott high to Fuller on the deep square leg boundary. Last man Josh Shaw also succumbed to Abbott, at which point the home side had lost five wickets for the addition of 21 runs in four overs. 

Division 2

Middlesex vs Sussex



Debutant Sussex tailender Ari Karvelas thwarted Middlesex’s hopes of victory with a defiant career-best half-century to secure a draw at Lord’s despite Tom Helm’s best efforts with the ball.

Karvelas, a Johannesburg-born Greece international, batted for over two hours to blunt the Middlesex attack after Helm’s morning burst – which earned him record match figures of nine for 146 – had raised the prospects of a final-session run chase.

Helm picked up three wickets in 14 balls to reduce Sussex to 96 for seven, an overall lead of just 134, but a stubborn partnership of 45 between Karvelas and Archie Lenham steered the visitors towards safety.

The 28-year-old was eventually dismissed after top-scoring with 57, but by then his efforts had saved the game and the captains agreed on a draw with Sussex on 181 for nine in their second innings.

Although Ali Orr perished cheaply for the second time in the match – run out by Toby Roland-Jones’ direct hit from mid-off – there were few indications during the opening hour that a clatter of wickets might accelerate the game.

Tom Clark batted well for a chirpy 56, hitting successive fours off Roland-Jones and also depositing Helm over the short boundary for a maximum as Sussex progressed to 53 for one.

But Helm, following up a tight spell by Tim Murtagh at the Nursery End, then blitzed the visitors with a trio of rapid wickets – including the prize scalp of Cheteshwar Pujara, a rising delivery looping off the shoulder of the bat to second slip.

When Clark played on to Umesh Yadav on the stroke of lunch, Sussex had slid to 69 for five and were looking vulnerable – even more so after Helm claimed his fourth wicket, with Delray Rawlins taken low at first slip.

Sussex’s advantage still looked fragile when Murtagh bowled Dan Ibrahim through the gate, but Karvelas swiftly increased it by heaving a series of short-pitched deliveries from the Middlesex captain away to the short boundary.

Murtagh rotated his seamers without success as Sussex’s eighth-wicket pair repaired the damage, using up 16.2 precious overs before Roland-Jones finally made the breakthrough, with Lenham (19) leaving the ball alone as it careered back to hit off stump.

However, former Middlesex man Steven Finn joined Karvelas to snuff out any thoughts of a positive result, finishing 10 not out after his partner was finally dismissed, pushing forward at Sam Robson and offering a catch to gully.

Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire, Division 2


A combination of rain and determined batting denied Nottinghamshire victory on the final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

The Division Two leaders needed 10 wickets but managed only four as Derbyshire ensured there would be no late drama with openers Luis Reece and Harry Came scoring half centuries.

Nottinghamshire’s chances of taking another big step towards promotion were dealt a blow when rain prevented any play in the morning and took 21 overs out of the day’s allocation.

Came and Reece then took their stand to 161, Derbyshire’s first century opening partnership of the season and the highest against Nottinghamshire at Derby, with the former scoring his maiden first-class 50.

Former Derbyshire player Ben Slater removed him for 70 before Reece went for 86 and although Dane Paterson struck twice in the final session, the home side were 249 for 4 when the teams shook hands on a draw with 16 overs remaining.

Nottinghamshire’s bowlers were already facing a tough task before steady rain meant play did not start until 1pm which shifted the odds heavily in favour of a stalemate.

There was little in the pitch for the seamers and after Reece pulled Dane Paterson to the boundary to bring up the 100, Came clipped Liam Patterson-White through midwicket to reach 50 from 143 balls.

Reece completed his from 172 balls and the pair had used up 28 overs before Came chopped Slater’s occasional off-spin  into his stumps to spark wild celebrations from the bowler which seemed bizarre given the match situation.

Reece was dropped at leg slip off Patterson-White on 82 but in the last over before tea, he played an expansive drive at the left-arm spinner and was caught at slip.

But Derbyshire still had eight wickets in hand and  Nottinghamshire’s last chance came with the second new ball which arrived with 33 overs remaining.

Paterson struck in his second over when Brooke Guest was beaten by a full length ball which trapped him in front and kept the game alive by removing Leus du Plooy.

The Derbyshire captain could do nothing with a ball that moved late to take the outside edge with his side still 67 runs behind and 26 overs remaining.

But Wayne Madsen and Hilton Cartwright dug in for 10 overs to secure the draw with Nottinghamshire taking 16 points and Derbyshire 12.

Leicestershire vs Glamorgan, Division 2


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