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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 11 Day 3: Wednesday 27th July - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 11 Day 3: Wednesday 27th July.

Division One

Essex vs Somerset, The Cloud County Ground

Matt Renshaw mimicked Nick Browne’s run accumulation as Somerset and Essex headed towards an inevitable LV= Insurance County Championship draw.

Australian Renshaw was unflappable to gather 146, his highest score in the Championship, having spent six hours and 34 minutes at the crease.

He put on an unbroken 193 runs with Tom Abell for the second wicket before the Somerset captain was forced to retire hurt on 90 after appearing to damage his hamstring.

Somerset ended the day on 359 for three in reply to Essex’s equally massive 505, still 146 behind heading into a final day unlikely to inspire a result.

Renshaw and Abell had begun their partnership the previous innings with a free-flowing and breezy half-century together. The same adjectives could not be used again on day three, where turgidity and gritty were better suited.

The morning session in particular was a practice in patience and copied the rhythm of much of the earlier portion of the match. Only 87 runs were scored, as Renshaw and then Abell moved past 50 – in 139 and 105 balls respectively.

Both appeared completely untroubled, with only balls offering width or shortness sniffed at on a slow, used pitch.

On his 100th first-class appearance, Adam Rossington was absent having taken a blow to his finger when dropping Renshaw in the first over of the innings. Will Buttleman stood in, tidily, behind the stumps throughout the day.

Abell joined him in withdrawing from the action after a quickly run two saw him pull up and limp off back to the tent-come-dressing room. The injury will be of notable worry for Somerset, and Birmingham Phoenix, having sat out two months of last year with a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, Renshaw remained unflinching to bring up his 15th first-class century, and fifth for Somerset over two spells at the county.

Much of what was written and said about Browne’s 234 not out the previous two days could be also aimed at Renshaw. Both showed off deep levels of concentration and stubbornness to take the opportunity of scoring a high score for their team.

He was dropped in consecutive overs by Alastair Cook at first slip when on 106 and 108 but they were the only false moments.

George Bartlett had arrived to replace Abell and pinged a straight six to take the second wicket stand to a record against Hampshire, before he was adjudged to have gloved to short leg – giving Simon Harmer his second wicket in the 48 overs sent down in the innings.

Renshaw gloved a pull off Aaron Beard behind to end with 146 before Lewis Goldsworthy and James Rew took the game slowly past the 356 follow-on target and to the end of the day. The duo adding an unbroken 35. The day seeing just two wickets and only 360 runs.

Gloucestershire vs Northamptonshire, Cheltenham

James Sales hit a career-best 71 to help Northamptonshire build a winning position on the third day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College. 

Unbeaten on 21 overnight, the 19-year-old shared a key ninth-wicket stand of 78 with Ben Sanderson (38) as the visitors extended their first innings score from an overnight 353 for seven to 479 all out, a lead of 162. 

Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar finished with five for 134. But his efforts looked to be in vain as Gloucestershire slipped to 135 for five in their second innings, still 27 behind, by the time bad light ended play 15 overs early. 

Despite a defiant 62 from Marcus Harris, the hosts were relieved when the action was curtailed, Tom Taylor having claimed two of the wickets on a wearing pitch. 

Trailing by 36 runs at the start of the day, Gloucestershire needed to back their bowlers with tight fielding to restrict the deficit to a manageable level. 

Instead, they dropped Sales twice when he had added only a single to his overnight score, David Payne the unlucky bowler on both occasions. 

First Harris spilled a chance two-handed to his right at gully. Then Ollie Price failed to capitalise on an edge to second slip. 

Despite Zafar’s four wickets on day two, Gloucestershire bowled seam for the first 11 overs, only introducing their specialist spinner after 30 runs had been added. Three runs later he made the breakthrough, Simon Kerrigan, on 14, driving a catch to extra cover. 

Sales moved to fifty with a pulled four off Zafar, having faced 121 balls and hit 6 fours. Sanderson then extended the lead to three figures before the pair took 12 off the only over of the innings bowled by Gloucestershire captain Graeme van Buuren. 

By lunch, Northants had reached 454 for eight, having added 101 in the morning session. Sales' vital contribution ended when he was unlucky to edge a leg side delivery from Zak Chappell through to James Bracey, whose wicketkeeping throughout the innings was exemplary. 

A couple of sixes by last man Jack White off Zafar added to Gloucestershire’s frustration and Sanderson was only four short of his career best score when spooning a catch to cover off Chappell. 

The home side had progressed their second innings to 37 when Chris Dent departed for 16 in careless fashion, chipping a catch to short mid-wicket off Taylor. 

Ollie Price was caught behind off White for a seven-ball duck and at 42 for two, Gloucestershire trailed by 116. 

Harris went on the counter-attack, lofting Kerrigan for two sixes over wide long-on as he and Miles Hammond took the total to 82 for two by tea in poor light. 

With only a run added, Taylor beat Hammond’s defensive shot and trapped him lbw. Harris was beaten by successive balls from Sanderson, but then took a single off him to reach a 67-ball half-century, with 2 sixes and 5 fours. 

Gloucestershire’s hopes of saving the game were dealt a severe blow when Harris advanced down the pitch to Kerrigan and was bowled between bat and pad. 

James Bracey followed for 23, bowled by off-spinner Rob Keogh’s first delivery of the innings, a full one which crept under the bat, and the hosts were in dire trouble at 132 for five. 


Lancashire vs Kent, Emirates Old Trafford

A century from Josh Bohannon and 98 from Luke Wells were the highlights of an extraordinary turn around in fortunes for Lancashire on day three of their LV=Insurance Division One clash with Kent at Emirates Old Trafford.

The opening two days had seen wickets tumble on a regular basis with the hosts beginning their second innings late on Tuesday evening 125 runs behind Kent’s total of 270 and seemingly right up against it on a used pitch which has proved helpful to both teams’ seam bowlers.

But in total contrast to what had gone previously just five wickets fell throughout the day as Wells and Bohannon put Lancashire in a position to potentially win, going into the final day with a lead of 252 runs and five wickets in hand after they closed on 377-5.

Resuming on 2-0, batting instantly looked easier for Wells and fellow opener Keaton Jennings with both Matt Henry and Navdeep Saini lacking the bite and accuracy they had enjoyed during Lancashire’s first innings.

The opening pair had built a partnership of 54 off 14 overs and it was something of a surprise when Nathan Gilchrist made the breakthrough tempting Jennings to edge stiffly to stand in captain Jack Leaning at second slip for 14.

The wicket brought Bolton-born Bohannon to the crease and with both he and Wells enjoying recent centuries, the stage was set for a partnership that could define the match, should Lancashire somehow prevail.

Wells took the role of aggressor, moving to 50 for the fifth time in the Championship this season from 69 balls including five fours and so effective was the partnership, that Leaning was forced to turn to the part time bowlers Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond as his side’s lead began to disappear.

Wells and Bohannon continued to score freely after lunch with the latter’s innings full of his trademark pushes through mid-on as Kent began to look increasingly ragged as the afternoon wore on.

Bohannon had just reached his half-century when Wells fell agonisingly short of a 22nd first class ton when he edged Saini to a diving Leaning at second slip as the second wicket partnership ended on 117.

Despite the breakthrough there was little respite for Kent as Steven Croft joined Bohannon who was reminding everyone why earlier in the season he was being tipped by many to play for England’s Test side this summer.

Lancashire had built a lead of 139 when the 25-year-old brought up his sixth first class century and third of the season off 186 balls with 14 fours with the vital knock coming straight after his match-winning hundred at Northampton last week.

Croft, captaining the side due to Dane Vilas’ injured finger, was happy to play second fiddle to Bohannon and the pair had compiled a partnership of 109 for the third wicket when Henry got a delivery to jag back and bowl Croft for a patient 42.

Rob Jones was next to enter the fray and he and Bohannon looked to up the scoring rate against a beleaguered attack that was becoming increasingly reliant on Bell Drummond’s accuracy rather than Saini’s waywardness.

Bohannon eventually fell for 134, feathering a delivery from Grant Stewart to replacement wicket keeper Ollie Robinson by which time the lead was 228 and showing no sign of slowing down with the only respite coming when Leaning trapped Washington Sundar lbw for 10 just before the close.

There was just time for Jones to reach his half-century from 73 balls and with the incoming George Lavelle unbeaten on three, Lancashire will look to bat on tomorrow morning before a positive declaration.

Surrey vs Warwickshire , Kia Oval

Sam Hain’s assured 87 not out and his superb unbroken stand of 127 with Will Rhodes enabled Warwickshire to fight back strongly on day three to reach a second innings 270 for 4 against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Warwickshire captain Rhodes was unbeaten on 72 when bad light ended proceedings seven overs early and, with Alex Davies also contributing a gritty 49, LV= Insurance County Championship leaders Surrey go into the final day 207 runs behind and suddenly with their unbeaten Division One record under possible threat.

Surrey were badly handicapped, however, by an injury to England Test fast bowler Jamie Overton, who had to be helped from the field early in the morning session after sending down just five balls. He did not return.

Overton hurt his left foot in the delivery stride as he was about to send down the last ball of his first over, with Warwickshire struggling at 32 for 2 after losing both Dom Sibley and nightwatchman Danny Briggs in the fifth and sixth overs of the day.

Hain has so far batted for four hours, facing 187 balls and hitting nine fours, and is in sight of a fourth hundred of a prolific season which has now brought him 945 runs at an average of almost 79. He always looked in control, accumulating solidly but, at one stage, cutting Will Jacks’ off spin away for four and then skipping down the pitch to the next ball to loft it straight for another boundary.

Rhodes, more aggressive in his approach from the moment he reached the crease, has hit 10 fours from only 105 balls and the fifth wicket pair have taken Warwickshire from being only 80 runs ahead with four wickets down into a position where they might be able to declare and put Surrey under fourth innings pressure.

Warwickshire had resumed on 1 without loss in their second innings, an overall deficit of 63, and they looked to be in deep trouble when Sibley was bowled by Kemar Roach for 6, shouldering arms to a ball that swung back into him, and Briggs quickly followed for 1 when he pulled at Jordan Clark and under-edged to keeper Ben Foakes.

Chris Benjamin then thick-edged a cut at Clark through Ryan Patel’s upstretched fingers at third slip for four, and batting looked a tricky business in the day’s opening session and under cloudy skies.

Six minutes before lunch, indeed, Benjamin’s promising 76-ball 38 was ended by a fine catch by Foakes from an inside edge as he propped defensively forward to one from Jacks that turned sharply.

Davies, on 23 at the interval, added 75 with Hain in increasingly confident manner as Surrey clearly missed Overton’s pace in the middle overs of the innings.

Jacks, though, produced another excellent piece of bowling to give them a much-needed boost, with an arm ball luring Davies forward and allowing Foakes to pull off a smart stumping as the batsman over-balanced as he played and missed. Davies had battled through 137 balls, in more than three hours at the crease.

The post-tea session was dominated by Hain and Rhodes, however, as Surrey took the second new ball to no avail at 227 for 4. Warwickshire’s 200-run lead arrived when Hain punched Clark off the back foot to the square cover ropes to underline the transformation in the game’s fortunes.


Yorkshire vs Hampshire, Scarborough

Title hopefuls Hampshire face a challenging final day chase against Yorkshire at Scarborough after the hosts set a 214 target with an over my dead body type batting display on day three.

With Yorkshire bowled out for 272 in their second innings, and Hampshire closing on nine without loss, this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture is fascinatingly poised on a tricky pitch.

Hampshire are bidding to maintain pressure on Division One leaders with an eighth win in 11 games, while mid-table Yorkshire are aiming for only a second win in 10.

Wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall top-scored with 63, opener Adam Lyth made 59 and Matthew Waite contributed an important 47. 

All were handed lives as Hampshire dropped six catches, including three by Joe Weatherley, during a sunny East Coast day. But the fabulous Kyle Abbott added four for 77 from 27 overs to finish with 10 for 113 in the match.

Yorkshire enjoyed an encouraging morning, advancing from 23 for one to 98 for three, a lead of 39.

Despite losing Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Will Fraine, they wiped off their first-innings deficit of 59 and ensured a relative calm that had not been seen during the first two mornings.

On day one, Yorkshire slumped to 33 for six in their first innings. On day two, four wickets fell in only five overs of play.

Kohler-Cadmore was first to go when he was caught behind off South African overseas Abbott via a combination of inside-edge and pad for 19 before Fraine was bowled by Ian Holland, leaving the score at 66 for three in the 32nd.

Lyth picked up a good percentage of his runs on the drive, though some were edged.

So often this season, Yorkshire have been hurt by less than proficient catching. On this occasion, however, they were the beneficiaries of Hampshire errors which could end up costing them the fixture.

Their half dozen drops included Lyth twice in the slips off Abbott on 14 and 56 - Weatherley and James Vince were the culprits either side of lunch. 

During an afternoon which saw only Lyth fall - caught behind down leg off James Fuller - wicketkeeper Ben Brown dropped Tattersall on 26 and Waite on 11 off Fuller. Both were diving away to his right.

Lyth’s dismissal to Fuller, which left Yorkshire at 119 for four in the 58th over of the innings, ended a 53-run stand with Tattersall either side of lunch. 

Tattersall went on to share 78 through into the evening with Waite. 

For most part, Yorkshire eked out the runs against Hampshire’s envied seam attack.

In the final 20 minutes of the afternoon, fifth-wicket pair Tattersall and Waite took Yorkshire’s lead beyond 100, the former edging a boundary to third-man off Fuller as the score moved to 161 for four. 

Moments later, Tattersall, who clipped, worked and pushed his runs, reached his fifty off 108 balls.  

Muhammad Abbas struck twice with the new ball shortly after tea, bowling Waite and getting Tattersall caught low down at a wide third slip by Holland. The Tattersall dismissal left the score at 210 for six in the 90th over, a home lead of 151.

If wickets did not come as frequently as Hampshire had hoped earlier in the day, they did late on as Abbott struck three times in 13 balls - 242 for nine in the 107th, a 183 lead.

Dom Bess was trapped lbw before Jordan Thompson and Matthew Revis, for an important 24, were caught behind in the same over.

Steve Patterson and Ben Coad then added what could be a crucial 30 runs for the last wicket to push the lead beyond 200, the latter finishing 17 not out.

Fuller had Patterson caught in the gully, ironically by Weatherley, to leave Hampshire openers Holland and Felix Organ three overs to face before close.


Division Two

Durham vs Middlesex, Riverside

John Simpson defied Durham with a brilliant century to steer Middlesex to near parity on day three of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash at Seat Unique Riverside.

The 34-year-old continued his impressive Championship form, scoring an unbeaten hundred to guide the visitors out of potential trouble at 201 for five. Simpson was dropped on 33, and duly capitalised with his third ton of the season, and was ably supported by the lower order after inroads from Stanley McAlindon and Chris Rushworth had threatened to allow Durham to take control.

Middlesex ended the day on 417 for seven at the close, trailing the home side's first-innings total by four runs with Simpson positioned on 132 and Tom Helm on 43 ahead of the final day.

Durham began the day in miserly fashion, bowling six maidens on the bounce before Middlesex finally got off the mark as Mark Stoneman worked the ball off his legs. There was no respite from the Durham bowlers in the opening 45 minutes, conceding only three runs. Frustration eventually cost Stoneman his wicket, cutting a wide ball from Ben Raine into the hands of Tom Mackintosh.

Middlesex continued to struggle amid tight bowling from the hosts and McAlindon kept up the pressure on Sam Robson and Steve Eskinazi. The youngster found Robson's outside edge and Eskinazi then presented Nic Maddinson with a simple catch at cover for 18, reducing the visitors to 72 for three. Pieter Malan and Max Holden steered the visitors into lunch without further damage, although the morning session was not an overly productive one for Middlesex adding only 46 for the cost of three wickets.

Malan seemed poised for a substantial knock, but he gave his wicket away playing a loose pull shot straight to Maddinson at square leg, ending a stand of fifty for the fourth wicket. Holden and Simpson took advantage of the softening ball and the flat wicket at the Riverside, mustering quick runs in the afternoon session.

There were few chances, but Borthwick spurned an opening when he put down Simpson for 33 off his own bowling. The Durham skipper returned to prise out Holden for 47 to halt the partnership for the fifth wicket on 79, although Simpson made the most of his life after passing fifty. Luke Hollman looked extremely fluent in the middle with four blistering strikes to the fence, but he fell on the stroke of lunch to the new ball and Potts, losing his off stump for 25.

Toby Roland-Jones provided a more than useful cameo with a 34-ball innings of 35 to push the Middlesex score beyond 300 before he became Rushworth's 599th first-class victim. Sensing that he was running out of partners, Simpson pressed on with his innings and reached his third century of the campaign from 138 balls, striking Raine through the covers to the boundary.

Simpson and Tom Helm made a surge in an attempt to bring up maximum batting points for the visitors, but fell narrowly short. The two players reached their century stand for the eighth wicket as the Durham bowlers toiled late in the day, with the contest seemingly heading towards a draw at Chester-le-Street.

Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, New Road

Derbyshire’s strong victory push was held up by the weather on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

They set the home side a 289 target, after Anuj Dal completed a century, and had taken five top order wickets before bad light and rain meant play was called off for the day at 5.10pm.

But the Peakites remain strong favourites to complete their third Championship win of the campaign tomorrow and keep alive their promotion hopes.

Ben Aitchison was again the chief thorn in Worcestershire’s side with figures of 15-7-27-3 to take his wicket tally to seven in the game.

Derbyshire keeper Brooke Guest was again kept busy with two more dismissals to add to his six in the first innings.

But Worcestershire did not help their cause with several poor shots contributing to their downfall in a game where they held the initiative for most of the opening two days.

Only Jack Haynes and Gareth Roderick, during an unbroken stand of 36 spanning 18 overs, provided prolonged resistance.

Derbyshire resumed on 286 for six and the last four wickets fell for 57 runs in the space of 21.5 overs.

Dillon Pennington ended Dal’s seventh wicket stand of 140 with Mattie McKiernan when the latter on 71 went for a pull and top edged a catch to third man.

Aitchison pushed forward to Joe Leach and was caught behind but then Dal, who resumed on 85, reached three figures with one of his few false strokes, an edge for four off Muhammad Hasnain.

It came off 189 balls with nine boundaries and he became the fourth Derbyshire player to score three hundreds this summer after Shan Masood, Wayne Madsen and Brooke Guest.

Sam Conners nicked Ed Barnard to second slip and George Scrimshaw picked out mid off against spinner Josh Baker to wrap up the innings.

Dal survived one chance on 110, dropped at backward point off Hasnain. Leach’s three wickets means he needs just five more to reach the 400 mark in first class cricket.

Worcestershire openers Ed Pollock and Jake Libby batted aggressively in taking 31 off six overs before lunch but the game swung in the Peakites favour during the afternoon session.

For the second time in the game Pollock smashed Aitchison for six and was then dismissed to the very next delivery, this time falling to Hilton Cartwright at third slip.

Libby was caught down the leg side and Taylor Cornall’s loose drive against Conners gave keeper Brooke Guest his eighth catch of the match.

There was no respite for the home side as Kashif Ali, fresh from signing a new two-year contract, chopped a Dal delivery onto his stumps.

Ed Barnard has so often been Worcestershire’s savour this summer but he aimed a huge drive at Aitchison and Harry Came held onto the low chance at first slip.

Rain and bad light led to an early tea and an hour’s delay and then Haynes and Roderick dug in to add an unbroken 36 before the weather closed in again.


Nottinghamshire vs Sussex, Trent Bridge

England’s Ollie Robinson increased his wickets haul to seven in the match but Nottinghamshire were in full control at the halfway stage of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Sussex.

Robinson proved deadly with the new ball for the second time, reducing the Division Two leaders to 40 for three in their second innings. But after Haseeb Hameed made 94 and Lyndon James 56, Nottinghamshire finished on 284 for seven, with a lead of 381.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire pace bowlers James Pattinson and Dane Paterson finished with five wickets each as Sussex, who sit next to bottom of the table, were bowled out for 143 in reply to Nottinghamshire’s first innings 240.

To add to their woes, any points take from this match - they have three thus far - may be lost, as they stand at minus six on their over-rate.

Nottinghamshire needed just under an hour first thing to take the final five Sussex wickets, the key breakthrough coming in the sixth over when Dane Paterson trapped Cheteshwar Pujara with an inswinging ball that was too good even for a player of the Indian Test star’s calibre.

His wicket, ending a partnership worth 71, more than compensated the South African bowler for a chance missed earlier when Archie Lenham, the 18-year-old son of Neil Lenham and grandson of Les, who had battled courageously alongside Pujara in the face of a high class attack, was put down at second slip.

With Pujara gone, Paterson and Pattinson ripped through the remainder so quickly that all five wickets fell for 23 runs in the space of 34 deliveries.

Pattinson removed Lenham for a gutsy 31, the youngster looking disappointed to be given out leg before after the ball rolled away to third slip. Robinson was strangled down the leg side, prompting Luke Fletcher to appear alongside Pattinson to congratulate him on his first five-wicket haul of the season.

Not to be outdone, Paterson knocked out Sean Hunt’s off stump before having Ari Karvelas plainly leg before to finish with five for 43, Pattinson having taken five for 56.

As on day one of a breathtakingly fast-moving contest, Robinson came up with a superb opening spell as Sussex, trailing by 97 on first innings, made early inroads.

Again, his fourth and fifth overs were productive as Ben Slater, Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke departed in the space of six deliveries, the last-named pair without scoring.

Slater went after a short ball with little chance of controlling the shot and was caught at fine leg. Duckett was caught behind off an inside edge before Clarke, offering no shot, was lbw to a ball that kept low.

If they had winkelled out Hameed at that point, Sussex might have felt they were back in the contest but the sometime England opener, closing on 1,000 first-class runs in a season for the first time since his sensational breakthrough year at Lancashire in 2016, looked in splendid touch.

A superbly timed straight drive for four in Robinson’s opening over was evidence of that and by the time he pulled Brad Currie to the fence for his ninth boundary he had 50 from 71 balls. Having seen the back of Robinson for a while, he and James added 138 in 33 overs.

Hameed missed out on a hundred when a ball from Sean Hunt, the 20-year-old left-armer, nipped away to have him caught behind. In his best spell of the match, Hunt also dismissed James, lbw trying to work him to leg.

Currie removed Tom Moores shortly after tea with another delivery that found the edge and Steven Mullaney, whose 70 was the key innings in Nottinghamshire’s first innings, added another 42 before he was leg before sweeping another 18-year-old, the left-arm spinner.

Pattinson and Liam Patterson-White added 34 before bad light brought the close forward by two overs.

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