LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 11 Day 4: Thursday 28th July - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 11 Day 4: Thursday 28th July.
Thursday 28th July
Tom Banton and James Rew celebrated contrasting maiden LV= Insurance County Championship centuries as Somerset and Essex meandered to the inevitable draw.
Super-sub Banton only entered the match at the beginning of the day as a concussion replacement for Lewis Goldsworthy and enjoyed himself with a scintillating 126 off 120 balls.
Rew, the 18-year-old who only made his Championship debut last month, was the picture of serenity throughout his vigil. As Nick Browne and Matt Renshaw before him, he ground the bowlers down and ended unbeaten on 101.
Essex’s title hopes took a massive hit against Surrey last week, and this stalemate all but ends them, while Somerset remain in the relegation places – both sides taking 12 points away from the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford.
The Somerset scorecard became a curiosity at the start of the play. Seven batters had started their innings, three had been dismissed, and four not out batters were listed.
Tom Abell had already halted his innings on 90 after injuring his hamstring on day three while attempting a quickly run second. Head coach Jason Kerr said a scan would likely take place on Friday once the squad arrives back at Taunton – with Hundred side Birmingham Phoenix most keen to hear the diagnosis.
While Abell could technically continue, Lewis Goldsworthy’s absence from the match was permanent. The 21-year-old had turned his head into a Shane Snater short delivery, but despite undergoing two concussion tests on the field, it was decided overnight that his condition had worsened.
Banton replaced him in the XI and showed an attacking flair rarely seen during this match. He seemed particularly keen to get on top of Simon Harmer with sweep shots, often from well outside his off stump.
He had previously topped out at 79 in the Championship but strolled to his ninth career fifty, and third of the season, in 66 balls. The gas was well and truly turned on in the 146 over as he took Dan Lawrence down.
Three times in that single over he swung high over deep midwicket and towards the Somerset tent, just to add a flourish he slog-swept another six in the following over off Harmer.
Matt Critchley wasn’t immune from the Banton barrage, with two more huge heaves over the leg side soon after.
Banton, who had scored 92 runs in the morning session, had only played 27 first-class matches ahead of this match and went to three figures in 104 balls with a flick to the leg side and a fist pump.
At the other end, Rew accumulated with his compact set-up. Risks were rarely taken, but reverse sweeps were consistently timed impeccably. He reached his maiden century in 209 balls.
Rew and Banton put on 164, with 199 runs in total added for the fourth wicket, before the latter was caught at long-on, soon after he had been dropped in the same position.
Rew and Lewis Gregory ticked through another 70 runs before Gregory was run out and Craig Overton was stumped before tea, which brought a declaration with a 100-run lead.
Browne, who had been left 234 not out in the first innings, only lasted five balls before edging Peter Siddle to Renshaw at first slip but that is where the excitement started and ended as Tom Westley and Paul Walter dropped anchor.
The game was put out of its misery at 5pm having seen 1,140 runs and only 16 wickets fell across four humdrum days.
Ryan Rickelton produced his second sparkling innings of the game to lead Northamptonshire to an exciting two-wicket wicket LV= Insurance County Championship win over Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
The South African Test player smacked 68 off 47 deliveries, with 3 sixes and 8 fours, as his side chased down a target of 202 from a minimum of 37 overs with 20 balls to spare.
Will Young contributed a rapid 43 to a total of 205 for eight as, despite Zafar Gohar’s five for 62 and ten wickets in the match, Gloucestershire slipped to their eighth Championship defeat of the season.
Earlier, their skipper Graeme van Buuren had finished unbeaten on 127, from 187 balls, with 22 fours, to help his team extend their second innings from an overnight 135 for five to 363 for nine declared. Tom Taylor claimed five for 49.
The declaration set up an exciting finish in fading light from which Northants emerged victorious to take 23 points to Gloucestershire’s five.
The home side batted from the start of the day with an application notably absent from the latter stages of their first innings.
It was van Buuren who set the tone, defending solidly against accurate deliveries, while being merciless on anything short.
Ryan Higgins offered staunch support as the pair added 53 to the overnight score before falling for 17 to a brilliant one-handed slip catch by Young, diving low to his left, off Taylor.
The wicket did nothing to stem van Buuren’s growing momentum and he went to fifty with three successive fours off Rob Keogh, having faced 87 balls.
Simon Kerrigan beat the outside edge on several occasions, but he and Keogh did not get the extravagant turn Gloucestershire must have feared on the dry final day wicket.
Zafar was typically positive, hitting successive fours when off-spinner Keogh switched to the Chapel End and cutting James Sales for six over point.
By lunch, he and van Buuren had added 58 and Gloucestershire led by 85. A further 25 were added before Zafar, on 38, edged the second new ball through to wicketkeeper Lewis McManus, Jack White being the successful bowler.
With Gloucestershire 273 for seven, Young dropped Tom Price at second slip off Ben Sanderson before he had scored.
Price went on to contribute a stylish 39 to a stand of 86 with van Buuren, who brought up his first hundred since taking on the Gloucestershire captaincy at the start of the season with a pulled four off Sanderson. He had faced 155 balls.
Taylor grabbed his fourth and fifth wickets with successive balls as Price and Zak Chappell skied catches into the off side and the declaration soon followed, tea being taken between innings.
Despite losing Emilio Gay, caught behind off David Payne, with only nine on the board, Northants were soon breezing towards their target as Rickelton, fresh from 95 in the first innings, and Young went on the attack.
By the end of the tenth over, they had taken the score to 68 and Rickelton then smashed two sixes in an over off Zafar to go to a sparkling half-century off 38 balls.
The century stand occupied just 69 deliveries, but then Rickelton fell lbw to a full ball from Zak Chappell and it was 132 for three when Young was stumped advancing down the pitch to Zahar.
With the light closing in, Zafar had Keogh stumped sweeping and pinned Luke Procter lbw in a spell from the Chapel End that saw him extract turn and lift.
But McManus (30) and James Sales (17) made sure of a Northants victory with a stand of 47. Both departed to Zafar at the death and Jack White was caught trying to make the winning hit, but by then team-mates were celebrating and Kerrigan duly hit the winning boundary.
Lancashire completed an extraordinary comeback 20 minutes after tea on the final day at Emirates Old Trafford as Kent were bowled out for just 127 to hand the hosts a remarkable 184 run victory.
As the home players celebrated Tom Bailey’s career best match figures of 11-110 it seemed a long time ago that Lancashire had been dismissed for 145 on day one or when they had conceded a first innings lead of 125 to the visitors at the end of day two.
But this Lancashire side are nothing if not determined and thanks to the likes of Josh Bohannon, Luke Wells and Rob Jones with the bat and Bailey, Will Williams and Washington Sundar with the ball they somehow dragged themselves back into the contest.
The question on everyone lips as the morning session begun was how long Lancashire would bat for and did they have a target in mind? George Lavelle promptly gave a hint when he came out swinging scoring a quick-fire 30 from 30 balls before gloving one from Nathan Gilchrist to Ollie Robinson.
From that point it was something of a procession with Matt Henry dispatching Luke Wood, Bailey and Williams cheaply with just 21 runs added to total as the New Zealander finished with 4-82 and Jones was left unbeaten on 65.
With Lancashire declaring on 436-9, Kent were left requiring a target of 312 runs to win from a minimum of 82 overs and must have wondered how on earth they had got themselves in that position after the first day’s play.
But if that was bad there was worse to come. After scoring a duck in the first innings, Zak Crawley’s Mancunian misery continued when he tried to leave a rising delivery from Bailey only to nick one through to Lavelle for four and leave Kent 6-1.
Less than 10 minutes later it was 6-2 as Ben Compton edged a brilliant delivery from Williams to Lavelle for two before the same bowler trapped Joe Denly in front for 0.
At 10-3 it was hard to see how Kent would recover despite Daniel Bell-Drummond’s defiance at the other end giving them something to cling to as they made it to lunch on 28-3.
It took until after lunch for stand-in skipper Steven Croft to turn to spin but it proved a wide decision with Sundar immediately getting turn and bounce on the day four pitch.
It was this combination that would do for Kent’s own temporary skipper Jack Leaning when he was adjudged to have feathered a Sundar delivery to Lavelle despite the batter’s angry and protracted insistence he was nowhere near the ball.
If there was any doubt about Leaning’s dismissal for 15, there was no decision needed for Jack Cox who fell to a brilliant turning delivery from Sundar that bowled the batter through the gate for one to leave Kent 74-5.
Robinson joined Bell-Drummond, who finish unbeaten on 69, at the crease and must have wondered what he had got himself into when he made the trip north to replace the covid-stricken Sam Billings.
But to his credit, Robinson showed some determination as 41 was added for the sixth wicket before he was lbw to Bailey for 21.
And that was pretty much it as far as Kent were concerned. Stewart edged Baily to Lavelle without scoring to leave Lancashire needing three wickets after tea.
They didn’t have long to wait. Henry was stumped charging Sundar for three before Bailey bowled both Gilchrist and Navdeep Saini for 0 and suddenly Kent had lost three wickets for one run in around 20 minutes and with it the game as Lancashire were left relishing their second successive victory from having a deficit of over 100 runs after the first innings.
Kemar Roach produced a stunning spell of pacy swing bowling to set up a remarkable Surrey victory by six wickets against Warwickshire at the Kia Oval.
Roach’s final morning six-over burst of 4 for 20 earned him overall second innings figures of 5 for 72 as Warwickshire slid from an overnight 270 for 4 to 310 all out in just under an hour.
And Surrey raced to 252 for 4, past their target of 248 from a minimum of 82 overs, with Hashim Amla cruising to 80 not out from 113 balls, with 12 fours, and Ollie Pope hitting a quickfire 52 in a 101-run stand that followed Rory Burns’s 61 and his own second wicket partnership of 71 with Amla.
But the match was won and lost before lunch as instead of being able to press for victory themselves by setting Surrey a stiff fourth innings target, as had seemed certain before play began, Warwickshire were suddenly left knowing that even the consolation of eight points for a draw was now out of the equation.
Jordan Clark supported Roach superbly with two wickets of his own, to finish with 3 for 61, and Surrey romped to the seventh win of their LV= Insurance County Championship campaign midway through the last session with 21.2 overs to spare on a pitch that had encouraged the seamers for much of the first three days but which, long before the end, had dried out noticeably to make batting easier.
Despite second-placed Hampshire also winning against Yorkshire at Scarborough, and third-placed Lancashire beating Kent at Old Trafford, Surrey’s 22-point win has actually extended their lead at the top of Division One to 16 points over Hampshire, and 34 over Lancashire, with the last three rounds of the championship season to come in September. Warwickshire took just five points from the game.
Burns and Ryan Patel launched Surrey’s chase with a purposeful opening stand of 58, before Patel lifted a drive at Nathan McAndrew to extra cover to go for 24.
And Burns, who had survived a big lbw shout on 0 when he shouldered arms at Liam Norwell, then combined well with Amla before – tied down a little by Danny Briggs’ accurate left-arm spin – he tried to whip a ball through a well-set legside field and was caught at mid wicket.
Pope’s aggressive cameo ended with a top-edged hoick to point off Brad Wheal and Ben Foakes also skied a catch off Briggs on 2 before Will Jacks arrived to sweep and then reverse-sweep his first and fourth balls for six, both off Briggs, and then finish the match with another six over extra cover off Wheal.
Warwickshire’s collapse early on the final day turned the game dramatically on its head inside the opening hour. At one stage they lost four wickets in 15 balls and, overall, their last six wickets fell for the addition of only 40 runs in 11.5 overs.
To be fair to Warwickshire, two prime dismissals – those of Sam Hain for 96 and Michael Burgess – were controversial ones, with umpire Billy Taylor first giving an astonished Hain out to a legside catch by keeper Foakes and then upholding an lbw appeal when Burgess was hit flush on the boot on the line of leg stump to a hooping inswinger from Roach.
But Roach and Clark still bowled with great skill and fire to polish off Warwickshire’s second innings in such style, finding consistent swing despite warmer and less cloudy conditions than the previous three mornings.
Will Rhodes was the first to go, for 74, after adding just two runs to his overnight score and taking his superb fifth wicket stand with Hain to 137. Nibbling at an outswinger from Roach, bowling from around the wicket, the left-hander edged to Foakes in the third over of the day.
Then, nine runs later, came the Hain decision with the right-hander swishing at a ball that swung down the legside to a tumbling Foakes – ending a fine innings of 96 from 200 balls, with 10 fours, that took Hain’s season championship run tally to 954.
Burgess’s dismissal in the same over for 8, after two beautifully-struck fours, was another big blow for Warwickshire and soon they had also lost Wheal, pinned leg-before for 1 by Clark.
McAndrew was next out, bowled by Roach aiming an expansive off drive against another inswinger, leaving Norwell – who on nought had survived a brilliant leaping effort by Roach at extra cover to catch his booming drive at Clark – to eke out another 17 runs with Ollie Hannon-Dalby before Warwickshire’s No11 was athletically held at long leg for 9 by Conor McKerr off Clark.
Hampshire made light work of a potentially tricky final day chase of 214 at Scarborough to beat Yorkshire by seven wickets and maintain heavy pressure on LV= Insurance County Championship leaders Surrey.
Openers Felix Organ and Ian Holland superbly underpinned an eighth win in 11 games by sharing a tension easing 135 partnership inside 39 overs to thwart a Yorkshire side who have now lost three of their last four games, including two at North Marine Road.
Organ top-scored with a 72 off 127 balls and Holland added 71 off 119. Both fell in the early afternoon as Hampshire slipped to 147 for three, paving the way for captain James Vince to complete the job with an unbeaten 43, hitting the winning runs to boot.
When the four-day campaign resumes after the Royal London Cup in September, the two sides will be fighting battles at either end of the Division One table.
The finer details are still to be determined by results elsewhere today. But Hampshire, who claimed 20 points, could be level on points with Surrey at the summit and Yorkshire third bottom having only accrued three.
Yorkshire, 33 for six early on day one, had high hopes of only a second win in 10 games this morning having battled back admirably.
But Hampshire have showed immense skill which highlights their position in the title race, completing victory 35 minutes before tea.
They were nine without loss in three overs and the conditions were suited to bowling, both via the pitch and overhead.
The hosts erred in both line and length as their confidence was shattered, the South Coast county reaching lunch with a stranglehold on proceedings at 121 without loss after 35.
Hampshire reached 50 at the start of the 15th over of the innings, with boundaries coming on both sides of the wicket.
Holland worked boundaries off his pads, while Organ more handsomely pushed a couple of his own down the ground.
It quickly became a straightforward route to victory for Hampshire rather than a nip and tuck contest which had seemed likely.
Yorkshire’s unproductive morning was indicated by their introduction of off-spinner Dom Bess to bowl the 15th over of the day, with Hampshire 51 without loss.
The England fringe spinner had not been used at all during the first three days.
As Liam Dawson had done for Hampshire on day three, Bess got some purchase. But his threat was repelled.
Holland put his foot down during the latter stages of the morning.
He reached his fifty off 92 balls, reverse swept Bess for four and uppercut a six over third off Jordan Thompson, by which time Hampshire had sailed to 99 in the 31st over.
Organ, meanwhile, was the beneficiary of a sharp missed stumping on 37 by Jonny Tattersall off Bess.
Organ’s fifty was posted off 104 balls in the afternoon’s opening over, by which stage the score was 125 for none.
And when Holland guided a back-of-a-length ball from Ben Coad to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip, in truth it felt nothing more than a consolatory strike for Yorkshire at 135 for one.
That soon became 147 for three in the 45th over thanks to a further strike from Coad and one for Bess.
Organ pulled a long hop from Bess to deep square-leg the ball after lofting the spinner over long-on for six before Coad trapped Joe Weatherley lbw for a duck.
Vince then clipped his first ball for four, later dragged Bess over wide long-on for six and shared an unbroken 67 for the fourth wicket with Nick Gubbins (20).
After the Royal London Cup, which starts next week, Hampshire’s next Championship fixture is against Northamptonshire at the Ageas Bowl on September 5.
Yorkshire face Roses rivals Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford that same week.
Durham and Middlesex played out a draw in their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash as the hosts batted out the majority of day four after Chris Rushworth claimed yet another milestone earning his 600th first-class wicket.
Rushworth struck three balls into the day to dismiss John Simpson for a brilliant 132, earning a warm reception from the sparse crowd in Seat Unique Riverside. The visitors added quick runs to secure a lead of 34 with Ben Raine wrapping up the tail.
Although Durham had a slight wobble with the bat and lost David Bedingham to a hand injury, the North-East outfit worked their way to a draw despite receiving a barrage of short-pitch bowling, earning their third on the bounce on home soil. Durham ended the contest with 14 points, while Middlesex claimed 13 for their exploits over the four days.
The hosts and Rushworth enjoyed the perfect start to the day notching his 600th first-class wicket after finding Simpson's outside edge, adding another milestone to his distinguished career. Tom Helm steered Middlesex past Durham's first-innings total with his third first-class fifty, but he could not beat his best score of 52, falling short after being pinned lbw by Raine.
Umesh Yadav added a quick-fire 29 from 19 balls, but Middlesex could only extend their lead to 34 before Raine claimed his third wicket by removing Ethan Bamber.
Durham eradicated the Middlesex lead before lunch with a steady partnership between Alex Lees and Michael Jones. Bamber responded after lunch by hitting Jones on the arm, which unsettled the opener enough to force a mistake in the following over. Helm then turned up the pressure on the home side with two wickets in two balls. Lees played a loose pull shot that took his top edge and was claimed by Pieter Malan at fine leg before Nic Maddinson nicked off for a golden duck.
Scott Borthwick and David Bedingham steadied the Durham innings, forcing a change in approach from the visitors. Yadav charged in with a spell of short-pitched bowling and struck Bedingham on the hand, which resulted in the South African retiring hurt with an apparent dislocated finger.
Yadav remained hostile in the evening session as Borthwick and Jonathan Bushnell were forced to weather a storm, taking several blows to the body in the process. However, the two players came through the spell before the teams agreed to shake hands on a draw.
Anuj Dal completed a superb all-round performance with a crucial intervention with the ball as Derbyshire overcame Worcestershire by 98 runs in the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.
Dal followed up a first innings fifty and then a superb century with a career best return of 5-40 off 15 overs as Worcestershire were dismissed for 190 in 64.1 overs.
The all-rounder initially struck three times in the space of seven balls to break Worcestershire’s resistance after they had resumed on 108-5 in pursuit of a 289 target.
He made the crucial breakthrough when trapping Jack Haynes lbw for 45 after a partnership of 92 with Gareth Roderick (53 not out).
Dal then sent back Joe Leach, and Josh Baker in quick succession to effectively seal a third Championship win of the campaign for the Peakites.
It capped a tremendous fightback by the visitors who faced several positions of adversity in the game.
They showed the character and spirit instilled into them by Head Coach, Micky Arthur, since he arrived at the Incora County Ground this season.
Derbyshire are now firmly in the race for a promotion spot for when they return to Championship action after the Royal London Cup.
But Worcestershire were left to reflect on failing to press home a position of strength for the second home game.
They had established a first innings lead of 132 against Glamorgan and ended up being edged out by three wickets on a bowler-friendly surface.
This time they reduced Derbyshire to 14-5 in their first innings and then 92-5 in the second when their lead was just 37.
A third defeat of the campaign was a blow to their own promotion hopes.
Haynes and Roderick were relatively untroubled during the opening hour of the day but the introduction of Dal at 143-5 started a swift decline by Worcestershire.
Haynes had battled away for nearly three hours for his 45 before he pushed forward to Dal and was lbw.
Joe Leach lasted only two balls before he drove at Dal and picked out Hilton Cartwright at cover.
Josh Baker lost his off stump after offering no shot and keeper Brooke Guest claimed his ninth catch of the match from a Dillon Pennington edge.
Roderick had time to complete his maiden Championship half century for Worcestershire off 126 balls before Muhammed Hasnain edged Sam Conners to second slip to seal Derbyshire’s win.
Nottinghamshire wrapped up a 256-run over Sussex with almost a day and a half to spare to consolidate their place at the top of Division Two in the LV=Insurance County Championship ahead of the September run-in.
Bowled out for 301 in their second innings soon after the start of the third day, giving Sussex a target of 399 to pull off least likely outcome, Nottinghamshire shot out their youthful opponents for 142 in 47.3 overs.
Overseas fast bowlers Dane Paterson (three for 14) and James Pattinson (three for 47) each raised their individual hauls to eight wickets in the match.
Without a number of players through injury and illness, Sussex realistically needed Indian Test star Cheteshwar Pujara to post a substantial score to give them any chance of taking the match into a fourth day. He finished unbeaten on 49 but no one could stay with him to build a partnership.
To compound their woes, Sussex left Trent Bridge with no points, their three bowling bonus points from the first innings cancelled out by a three-point deduction for a slow over-rate. Nine wickets in the match for England’s Ollie Robinson on his return from a back injury and other issues therefore counted for nothing.
With two of their remaining home matches at home - against Leicestershire and Durham - and a visit to struggling Worcestershire in their other fixture, Nottinghamshire now look odds-on to seal promotion.
Bowling with a new ball after Wednesday’s play ended with the first one exactly 80 overs old, Sussex at least needed only 25 deliveries with it to see off the Nottinghamshire tail.
Brad Currie bowled Liam Patterson-White with one that kept a touch low before Robinson had a tentative Luke Fletcher leg before and dismissed Pattinson via a miscue to cover.
Robinson finished with five for 60, enough to move him ahead of Henry Crocombe as Sussex’s leading wicket-taker on 17 at 15.64, despite this being only his third match of the Division Two campaign.
It left Sussex with a mighty task by anyone’s standards, let alone a team with six players aged 21 or under.
Tom Clark, almost run out without scoring, edged behind in Fletcher’s third over, but Ali Orr, who came into this match with almost 650 first-class runs for the season, made another good impression.
For a while it looked as though he might be the one to help Pujara make Nottinghamshire work for their win until he ran into a snorter from Pattinson that he could only fend away from his head, the ball looping off his glove for short-leg Ben Slater to claim the catch.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice - at 26 one of the senior Sussex batters - was at least with Pujara at lunch, but he departed a couple of overs later, nicking to the ‘keeper as Paterson found some movement on a pitch still giving the bowlers something to work with.
Oli Carter perished to a poor shot, caught behind down the leg side off Fletcher, before Pattinson saw off the two 18-year-olds in consecutive overs as James Coles reprised Carter’s mode of dismissal and Archie Lenham, who had stuck around stubbornly for a brave 31 in the first innings, perished to his third ball as the Australian quick zipped one through to send stumps flying in all directions.
Robinson fell to a leading edge off the medium pace of Steven Mullaney, caught at mid-off, where the ever-popular Fletcher delighted both his team-mates and his fan club in the Radcliffe Road stand by throwing his not inconsiderable frame to his right to take a diving catch.
Sussex’s abject afternoon continued when Pujara changed his mind about scrambling a single to midwicket off the final ball of a Patterson-White over, leaving Ari Kavelas stranded as Lyndon James made a direct hit with his throw in, before Paterson wrapped up the win at 3.25pm as Currie followed Sean Hunt back to the pavilion as a second lbw in consecutive overs.
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