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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 2: Tuesday 6th September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 2
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 2
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 2: Tuesday 6th September.

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Tuesday September 6th 2022

Division One

Hampshire vs Northamptonshire, Ageas Bowl

Hampshire vs Northamptonshire at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 400/9d lead Northamptonshire 77/1 by 323 runs

Aneurin Donald fell six runs short of an explosive century but tailender Kyle Abbott’s 57 pilfered full batting points for Hampshire in their quest for the LV= Insurance County Championship title.

Hampshire pulverised Northamptonshire’s bowling attack with 171 runs coming in 28 overs with Donald’s 84-ball 94 and Abbott’s 45-delivery barrage doing heavy damage.

Having been 167 for five and 273 for seven, the idea of reaching 400 for maximum points seemed fanciful, but Abbott was astonishing in making sure the last wicket got the 46 runs required, to maintain the pressure on leaders Surrey.

Having declared at 400, Northamptonshire were brilliant in their defence, with only Will Young falling before reaching 77/1 at the close.

An all-action, but all-too-brief, half an hour morning session before the rain hit, saw Liam Dawson half-driving to second slip to the seventh ball of the day and Donald reach his half-century in 53 balls.

When play returned, with Hampshire 273 for six, it proved a breathless 20-over afternoon.

It started well for Northamptonshire when Luke Procter bowled Barker with the first ball on the resumption, but from then on boundaries were a regular occurrence and runs flowed.

It was peak Donald as he mixed the glorious drives with agricultural aggression. One over he was swatting a six and swinging hard and getting an edge over the slips, the next he’d be caressing through the covers.

The Welshman has a skill of lifting the run rate regardless of the match situation, and more often than not makes a telling contribution, with this his third fifty in 10 innings this season.

On his comeback game, against Gloucestershire in May, after two years without playing after twice breaking his leg, he scored 89. Again, looking on course for three figures he fell six runs shy when he was lbw to Josh Cobb when attempting an uncharacteristic sweep shot.

He’d added 63 runs in 52 balls with the equally boisterous James Fuller – who was caught at mid-on after the highest of skiers soon after. Hampshire were 354 for nine, possibly happy with four batting points but allowed Mohammad Abbas to keep Abbott company for a while.

“A while” turned out to be just over eight overs of happy-go-lucky batting which totted up 46 runs. No.10 Abbott naturally took the majority of the strike and intelligently swung hard to claim seven fours and two memorably long sixes. It was his 11th first-class half-century and first since last April.

A single, off an inside edge, took the score to 400 and brought about the declaration. The extraordinary session saw 127 runs pour in 119 balls, and the final wicket pair unbroken on 46.

Will Young and Emilio Gay were impeccable in the face of the highest, fourth and sixth-highest wicket-takers in Division One.

The movement off the pitch was less than Ben Sanderson and Co managed the previous day but the opening duo’s technique and resolve, especially when leaving the ball, saw them through the new ball.

They managed to get through to the 20th over with the light ever dimming before Young was trapped on the creased and leg before to Abbott. Eventually bad light stopped play with the deficit still 323 runs.

Hampshire batter Aneurin Donald:

"We are pleased with how the day went, getting to that fifth batting point was important to us.

"We always intended on playing positively and keeping the game moving forward so we don't get too stuffed by the weather this week. It came off really well and as we've seen all season our lower order is really strong.

"I shouldn't have swept the last one, but I am really pleased. It was important we moved on quickly as a team and individual scores are irrelevant. It would have been nice to have my name up on the board again though.

"Playing positively is something I'm good at. You go through peaks and troughs with form but I've come full circle and realised I'm quite good at slogging it so let's stick with that!

"I think we made the most of the overs out there, we would have maybe wanted a few more wickets but we've made the most of a shortened day."

Northamptonshire assistant head coach and lead bowling coach Chris Liddle:

"The momentum was with them, I think Donald batted superbly and then the lads batted with freedom around him and put some pressure on us.

"At times we bowled well and held it and then at times they got away from us and scored a fair few boundaries and put themselves in a really strong position.

"On a different day with a bit more fortune a couple of chances could have gone to hand but sometimes that is the game. I can't knock the bowlers for their efforts.

"We are happy with the way we finished the day with the bat. They are a top bowling attack and our lads really applied themselves. Emilio and Youngy put on a nice partnership and set a nice platform for us. 

"We need to apply ourselves, put partnerships together and knock off the runs. It is hard for both teams when it is stop-start."


Kent vs Essex, Canterbury

Feroze Khushi’s 164 was the highlight of a light-affected second day in the LV= Insurance County Championship at Canterbury, where Essex posted 573 before reducing Kent to 74 for four in reply.  

Khushi’s maiden first-class century came from 228 balls and included two sixes and 18 fours, while Matt Critchley made 90 and Ben Allison 53. 

Sam Cook and Jamie Porter then claimed two for 14 and two for 30 respectively, against a Kent side already hindered by injuries to captain Sam Billings and Matt Milnes. 

Jack Leaning and Jordan Cox were the not out batsmen on 19 and one when the umpires brought the players off for bad light with six overs remaining. 

Play began in autumnal conditions at the Spitfire Ground and although Khushi hit the first ball of the day, from Grant Stewart, through midwicket for four to bring up his half century, a soporific hour ensued.  

The contest spluttered to life when Daniel Bell-Drummond, bowling because Milnes was struggling with a back issue, had Critchley caught behind by Ollie Robinson, who was keeping wicket because Billings suffered a groin injury on day one. 

The possibly under-used Bell-Drummond then removed Adam Rossington, caught at cow corner by sub fielder Hamid Qadri for six and Harry Podmore had Shane Snater caught by Matt Quinn for 11, but the torpor returned as Essex advanced slowly to 408 for seven at lunch. 

Khushi reached three figures 40 minutes after the restart, cutting Joe Denly to backward point and leaping in the air as he completed the single, before removing his helmet and kissing the St. Lawrence wicket. 

As Essex went through the gears, Allison reached 50 with a straight driven four off the same bowler, but after passing his previous highest first class score of 52, Denly then bowled him middle stump. 

Khushi took Essex past 500 by hitting Denly back over his head for six and rapidly put on 69 for the ninth wicket with Cook, who made 38 before he holed out to Denly and was caught on the boundary by the sub, Joey Evison. 

The innings finally came to an end when Khushi miscued a drive off Podmore and was caught by Jack Leaning, who held the catch despite a collision with the inrushing Stewart that left him and rolling on the turf in manner that called to mind his lookalike, Bruno Fernandes. 

Kent’s reply began with a questionable hook shot by Ollie Robinson that just eluded two fielders, but Ben Compton had made just two when Jamie Porter bowled him behind his legs, sending his leg stump flying. 

Robinson then cracked Porter to Allison at point and was out for 14, and Bell-Drummond fell to a smart one-handed catch by Rossington off Cook for 18. 

Denly hung around for 45 balls before Cook had him caught behind for 11 but play was abandoned officially at 5.27pm, to the audible relief of the home supporters. 

Essex’s Feroze Kushi said: “I’ve had a couple of good celebrations this year! I kind of pride myself on my celebration. I obviously lay flat thanking God as well, because without Him nothing would happen and without my parents' hard work this success wouldn’t be possible, so I always keep them in my thoughts. I pride myself on my beliefs as well. It’s very important for me, being a Muslim and a British Pakistani. I’m very thankful and appreciative of my form at the moment. I’m doing quite well and I hope it can continue. 

“This is a really good feeling. In the position we were and obviously with a lot of guys watching it was just nice to get a big one, because a couple I’ve got this year weren’t as big, but this time I kicked on and got 150 plus. I’m still disappointed in how I got out at the end because I pride myself on not giving away my wicket, but I’m just really happy today. 

“I just played my normal self, I didn’t have to do anything differently. I was getting enough bad balls and just putting them away and obviously we lost a couple of quick wickets after Critch went. Benny came in and batted really well and that partnership of a hundred was crucial because it could have been a different game. 

“I felt really positive, I was hitting them nicely and when you hit a few boundaries early doors you build confidence, you feel more comfortable and things just kept flowing. I’m very happy, we played really well and we’re in a very strong position. 

“There are periods in the game when you have to respect the bowling and they have got some good bowlers, so you aren’t going to score as many runs, but that’s not a problem. This is four-day cricket and you’ve got all day to bat, so you just pick off the bad balls and rotate the strike. I pride myself on batting for long periods of time.” 

Kent’s Harry Podmore said: “It’s been tough. We bowled well in patches, but I think we’re all honest enough to know there were more than a couple of overs when we let them off the hook a bit. We beat the bat quite a lot actually with very little reward. 

“When they bowled tonight they had one bowled behind the legs and one caught at point and I think Daniel Bell-Drummond was the only one who got a pretty good nut from Cook, but it’s just one of those games and we’ve got a big job to do tomorrow. 

“I was padded up and ready to go in. It’s been 17 weeks since I bowled more than ten overs so 32 was a bit of a shock to the system. I’m looking forward to going to sleep tonight! We’re all professional cricketers and we’ve all been in situations that haven’t necessarily favoured us so it’s up to us to turn it round and really dig it out. Jack and Jordan enjoy batting together and I know Jack’s hungry to bat for a long time, having been away with The Hundred and not played a game. He’s said he’s happy to be back and playing, so hopefully he capitalises on that.” 


Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Emirates Old Trafford

Yorkshire opener Fin Bean, who posted a second-team quadruple century earlier this summer, scored a composed 42 on first-class debut during a weather-interrupted second day of an intriguing Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford. 

In late June, the 20-year-old amassed a remarkable 441 in a Second XI Championship draw against Nottinghamshire - the highest score in the competition’s history.

He has since signed rookie terms at Headingley and has debuted in both 50-over and now LV= Insurance County Championship cricket.

As Yorkshire’s responded to Lancashire’s first-innings 276 during a rain-interrupted day, closing on 130 for four from 53 overs, Bean hit five fours in a composed 116-ball stay at the crease. 

A total of 36 overs were lost to overnight and morning rain and later bad light. There was no play beyond 5.20pm. 

When played started at 12.55pm, Lancashire fell from 272 for eight to 276 - an effort which fell significantly short of expectations given they were 180 without loss shortly before tea on day one.

The Red Rose lost all 10 wickets for 96 runs, including six for 26 to the seam of George Hill, who did not bowl today. 

Left-handed Bean is at the start of his second bite at the county cricket cherry. He turned down an Academy contract at Headingley in late 2020 and worked as a mechanic whilst playing league cricket for York.

He was invited back to play second-team cricket early this season and impressed, with that aforementioned quadruple century earning him a rookie contract with his home county.

“Two years out made me realise that cricket was all I wanted to do,” he said in late July, shortly after signing terms. “To sign for my home county is an incredible feeling.”

Bean played the final three games in the recent Royal London Cup, with a top-score of 61 on debut against Kent. 

He is a compact and methodical left-hander against the red ball with impressive powers of concentration. That 441 was the glaring example of the latter, as was the fact it took him 19 balls to get off the mark here.

He hit back-to-back boundaries down the ground off Will Williams to move to nine.

This came after Adam Lyth had edged the same bowler to short-leg, leaving the score at 13 for one after six overs.

Bean and Hill, who did not bowl today, then shared a calming 63-run partnership for the second wicket through the second half of the afternoon.

Both hit well straight before the latter was bowled for 32 by a peach of a leg-spinner from Matt Parkinson shortly before tea - 76 for two in the 29th over. 

A wicket apiece for Jordan Thompson and Ben Coad ensured Lancashire’s first innings was wrapped up in 26 balls following overnight and morning rain.

Thompson had George Lavelle caught behind for 18 before Ben Coad trapped Parkinson lbw, the latter finishing with three for 20 from 16.2 overs.

Hill, who made 32, and Bean both fell to beauties either side of tea as Yorkshire fell to 105 for three in the 39th over. 

Hill was bowled by a Parkinson leg-spinner before Bean was trapped lbw by a yorker from Tom Bailey.

Williams then returned and bowled Will Fraine, who attempted to leave alone - 108 for four in the 42nd. 

Shortly before Bean’s dismissal, unbeaten Tom Kohler-Cadmore had got off the mark by hoisting Parkinson for six over long-on. 

Kohler-Cadmore finished the day unbeaten on 24 with captain Jonny Tattersall for company as Yorkshire trail by 146. 

Meanwhile, before play started, Lancashire unveiled a plaque in memory of their two-time former Championship-winning captain (1930 and 1934) Peter Eckersley. 

He was later the only Lancashire cricketer to be killed in the Second World War.


Somerset vs Gloucestershire, The Cooper Associates County Ground

Somerset 209 for eight trail Gloucestershire 343 by 134 runs.  

Imam-ul-Haq’s defiant 90 on Somerset debut could not prevent Gloucestershire building a strong position on the second day of the LV= County Championship match at Taunton. 

After dismissing their opponents for 343, from an overnight 320 for six, the home side plunged to 87 for four and looked in danger of failing to reach the follow-on mark of 194 against their arch-rivals. 

But Pakistan Test opener Imam, signed for the last four Championship games as Somerset seek to avoid relegation from Division One, helped spare his team that embarrassment by facing 162 balls and hitting 9 fours. 

Thanks largely to the 26-year-old left-hander’s model technique, the home side reached 209 for eight by the close of a rain-interrupted day, but still trailed by 134. 

Teenager James Rew contributed an invaluable 35 not out, occupying the crease for more than three hours, while Tom Price was the pick of an accurate Gloucestershire seam attack, claiming four for 49 from 18 overs. 

The start of play at the Cooper Associates County Ground was delayed until 11.15am after heavy overnight rain. Momentum was with Somerset from the final session on day one and their bowlers wasted no time building on it. 

With only eight runs added, Tom Price was caught behind driving at a wide delivery from Lewis Gregory, who had David Payne caught at mid-on next ball. 

Jack Taylor had added just five to his overnight 15 when mistiming a drive off Josh Davey and offering a return catch before Gregory ended the innings by pinning Ajeet Dale leg before. 

Gregory finished with four for 62 and Davey three for 80. Gloucestershire’s last nine wickets had fallen for 92 runs, but soon it was their opponents’ fragile batting line-up being exposed. 

Tom Lammonby was dropped at second slip by Marcus Harris in the opening over, but then nicked the next ball, another David Payne outswinger, to wicketkeeper James Bracey. 

It was 17 for two when skipper Tom Abell edged a back-foot shot to Ollie Price at second slip off Dale. George Bartlett helped Imam steady the ship, contributing 33 to a stand of 57 either side of lunch before losing his off stump, shouldering arms to Price. 

With a further 13 added, Lewis Goldsworthy glanced a leg-side delivery from Price through to Bracey and Somerset were in a deep hole. 

But by then Imam was well set. Like Gloucestershire centurion Harris the previous day, he demonstrated his Test Match quality by mixing solid defence with an unfailing ability to punish anything loose. 

Imam moved to a flawless fifty off 108 balls and found an equally solid partner in fellow left-hander Rew as the pair took the score to 135 for four by tea. 

The 18-year-old wicketkeeper has displayed an excellent temperament in his early Somerset appearances and again appeared totally unruffled in a pressure situation. 

Rain which had been hovering around the Cooper Associates County Ground began at 4pm, with 11 runs added in the final session and the stand between Imam and Rew worth 59.  

Play resumed 40 minutes later and Tom Price struck a huge blow for Gloucestershire when Imam edged a defensive push to give Bracey his third catch. 

Three balls later Gregory fell to a catch at second slip to give Price his fourth wicket. Brother Ollie, who took the catch, then spilled Rew off Payne. 

Kasey Aldridge dragged a ball from Josh Shaw onto his stumps and at 163 for seven, Somerset were still 31 runs short of avoiding the possibility of being asked to bat again. 

Davey became another Bracey victim, edging a drive off Dale. But, with the floodlights on, Rew remained unfazed and moved to 28 when notching the boundary to third-man that meant the follow-on was averted. 

Sajid Khan survived a chance to Harris at third slip as Price was denied a fifth victim and Somerset gained a precious batting point. 

Gloucestershire’s Tom Price said: “ We saw yesterday that there was something in the wicket for the bowlers so we were happy to get the chance to go out there and it has been a pretty good day for the group. 

“I think we would have liked to have put a few more on the board but Macus Harris put us into a good position along with the top order yesterday.  

“The pitch might slow down a bit over the next couple of days but there a few areas where Ollie Price got couple to spin and a few kept low so there might be a bit there for us. 

“At the moment I don’t think we have any number in mind about what we might set them. We just want to bowl them out quickly in the morning and then play it one ball at a time.” 

 

Somerset’s Imam Ul-Haq said: “The wicket was doing a bit, but it helps when you have played a lot of Test Matches and International and ODI cricket. 

“I knew what are my good scoring areas, so i was just waiting for those balls. It was a good discipline. 

“I was very impressed with James Rew and I was talking in the lunch and tea intervals with him about the way he was batting. 

“There are still six sessions to play. Four-day cricket demands a lot of determination and it can change very quickly, If our bowlers bowl in the right areas anything can happen.”  

 

Division Two

Derbyshire vs Durham, The Incora County Ground

Derbyshire’s pace attack put the promotion hopefuls in a strong position on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Durham at the Incora County Ground.

England Lions fast bowler Sam Conners took 3 for 54 and Ben Aitchison 2 for 49 to reduce Durham to 222 for 9 at the close with only Michael Jones offering any prolonged resistance with 87.

All rounder Anuj Dal claimed 2 for 18 in 10 overs as Durham lost five wickets for 26 in the final session to trail by 84.

Durham could also face a possible points deduction after Nic Maddinson’s bat was judged to be too big.

Umpire Hassan Adnan tested the bat with his measurement gauge shortly after the Australian came to the middle but  it would not go through and was taken away by match referee Mike Smith.

The bat will be re-examined after the close of play and if it fails again will be sent to the ECB who will make a judgement.

Derbyshire were docked two points after Mattie McKiernan’s bat failed a measurement test  in a Royal London Cup game last month

 Maddinson was one of three Durham batters who fell to poor shots after the visitors came through the morning session unscathed.

Conditions looked good for bowling under grey clouds with the floodlights on but the Derbyshire attack, with the exception of Aitchison, served up too many loose deliveries.

Jones’s first seven scoring shots were boundaries but Sean Dickson was reprieved on eight when he edged Aitchison low to third slip where Leus du Plooy failed to cling on.

Derbyshire regrouped during the lunch break which was extended by 45 minutes by rain and took four wickets in the afternoon session.

Dickson was the first to go, caught behind carving at the first ball he faced after the restart, and Scott Borthwick also fell to a casual shot when he tried to turn the fast bowler off his legs and got a top edge to square leg.

 The bowlers improved line was rewarded again when the pressure got to Nic Maddinson who went for a big drive at Dal and was caught at point.

Jones had played responsibly but in the penultimate over before tea, he tried to drive Nick Potts and lost his off stump.

Durham trailed by 164 at the interval but Jonathan Bushnell and Liam Trevaskis frustrated Derbyshire for 19 overs before Sam Conners returned to shift the momentum again.

Conners found enough away movement to have Bushnell caught behind before Trevaskis, badly missed on 21 at third slip, edged to second five overs later where Wayne Madsen knocked the ball up for Brooke Guest to complete the catch.

Paul Coughlin was run out by a direct hit from Potts as he went for a sharp single to midwicket and Tom Mackintosh drove a wide ball from Dal to point.

Conners had Ben Raine caught behind before bad light ended play with Derbyshire well placed to push for victory.

Derbyshire fast bowler Sam Conners said: "I said when we came off for lunch it was Operation Clawback for me and a couple of the other lads. If it wasn't for Ben Aitchison in that first morning session we would be miles behind the eight ball here.

"For him to bowl the way he did took a lot of skill and we have to thank him for all the work he put in.

"In the afternoon session we got it right and all the bowlers were putting the ball in the right areas and that's how we created the pressure and took the wickets."

Durham batter Michael Jones said: "We got off to bit more of a faster start than normal this morning but once they came out after the lunchbreak I thought they bowled really, really well.

"Ben Aitchison bowled a great spell, he got the ball swinging around and they kept it pretty tight from the other end as well.

"Credit to Bushy (Jonathan Bushnell) he came in during that period when they were bowling really well, he soaked up the pressure and was really fluent after tea There was a bit of a collapse at the end but these things happen and hopefully we can put it right in the second innings,"

 

Glamorgan vs Worcestershire, Sophia Gardens

Gareth Roderick scored a career best 172 not out to put Worcestershire in a commanding position against Glamorgan, on a day when rain meant only 68 overs were possible at Sophia Gardens.

His innings was the bedrock of a first innings total of 454 for 9, with fast bowler Joe Leach offering plenty of support in an entertaining knock of 87, in a partnership of 167 which was an eighth wicket record for Worcestershire against the Welsh County.

Glamorgan were boosted by the news off the field that the world’s second top ranked Test batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, has signed on to return for the next two seasons.

On the field they were boosted by the class of their late season replacement for the Australian, India’s Shubnam Gill who oozed quality on his way to 34 not out. Opener Ed Byrom scored 67 as Glamorgan closed on 111 for 2.

Glamorgan would have started the day with hopes of dismissing Worcestershire for around 300 in the overcast conditions, but instead the visitors kept building their score in Cardiff.

Roderick was at the centre of those efforts, but it was Leach who was the main aggressor on his way to 87 before being caught on the boundary hooking James Harris.

Roderick, who only came into the team when Pakistan star Azhar Ali failed a late fitness test on his hamstring, went on to record his first century for Worcestershire and seventh in first class cricket.

Worcestershire did not show any great sense of urgency, for instance bringing up the 350 in the 111th over when they would have earned an extra bonus point one over earlier.

Roderick, and his teammates, were clearly targeting his career best score of 171 and indeed the declaration came as soon as he has surpassed that mark. His unbeaten 172 came in 348 balls as Worcestershire finally declared on 454-9.

Timm van der Gugten finished with figures of 4 for 80 off 30 overs, the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers.

With the grey clouds intermingling with bright sunlight and wet weather predicted over the last three days of this match, the visiting side’s hopes of forcing victory may be confounded by a combination of rain and an increasingly flat pitch.

Worcestershire did indeed get the early breakthrough they wanted when Glamorgan captain David Lloyd chased a wide delivery from Ben Gibbon, only to be caught by Jack Haynes at third slip.

At the other end Ed Byrom was taking a great liking to the bowling, at one stage he had scored 38 out of a team total of 44. The highlight was a six over midwicket off Leach.

Gill looked totally assured once he arrived at the wicket and suddenly Glamorgan were scoring quickly from both ends. Byrom would have been disappointed to get out with just over three overs of the day remaining, caught behind off Gibbon.

Glamorgan assistant coach David Harrison. “We thought yesterday the game was in the balance a bit, obviously Gareth Roderick and Joe Leach played very well this morning and got a partnership together.

“That has happened in this game, the pitch looks good for batting and the challenge tomorrow is to get a couple of guys in and build good partnerships.

“The bowlers stuck at it very well, they were very good yesterday, a couple of half chances today, but it is a wicket where if people get in then it is hard to dislodge them.

“Eddie has played really well all year, got a good start and it was a shame he got out at the back end there. Shubnam is a class player, looks very good and looked in control out there today in tricky conditions.”

Worcestershire batsman Gareth Roderick. “It felt nice to reach 172, especially given the pressure since I have joined here, so good to get that first century for the club and then kick on and be there at the end.

“I knew 171 was my highest score, nice to contribute and put the team in a decent position. Hopefully tomorrow we can get a few wickets and make some inroads into their batting.

“It was nice to contribute after a tough 18 months. You put pressure on yourself when you join a new dressing room, and for whatever reason I wasn’t in sync and you start questioning everything you do.

“It wasn’t a great start to life in Worcester, but everyone has been really supportive and it is nice to repay that a little bit. Hopefully it can be the start of some consistency through to the end of the year.”


Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire, Trent Bridge

Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire put their foot firmly on Leicestershire’s throat on day two of their rapidly evolving LV= Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge, setting their winless opponents a fourth-innings target way beyond anything achieved in the county’s history.

After Monday saw 20 wickets fall on a first-day pitch conducive to swing and seam movement, with the home side bowled out for 201 but Leicestershire succumbing for a paltry 93 in reply, Nottinghamshire made good use of much more docile conditions before declaring their second innings on 390 for seven.

It left Callum Parkinson’s team needing 499 runs to win - 105 runs more than the 394 the postwar Leicestershire team scored to beat Derbyshire at Grace Road in 1947, which remains the county’s highest fourth-innings total to win a Championship match.

After the declaration, openers Sam Evans and Hassan Azad negotiated 13 overs at the close without mishap - although Azad was dropped at third slip off Dane Paterson on one - but two more days is too long for Leicestershire to survive, realistically, against a Nottinghamshire side intent on completing a seventh win of the season and stretching their lead over Middlesex, currently in second place, to 50 points.

Earlier, there were half-centuries for Nottinghamshire’s Joe Clarke, Haseeb Hameed and Lyndon James. Michael Finan, the left-arm seamer, dismissed Hameed and Matt Montgomery to claim two more debut wickets, but such good balls as he did deliver had to be set against his 10 no-balls, giving him a match total of 17.

In the morning, under cloud cover so heavy and threatening that bad light caused an interruption after only 39 minutes, Leicestershire had hoped wickets might tumble as they had on day one as Nottinghamshire resumed on 15 without loss. Yet they were disappointed.

Instead, the home side progressed to 112 for one at lunch, with Ben Slater the solitary casualty.  The pitch was offering less help to the bowler after the heavy roller was deployed, but Leicestershire served up too many loose deliveries.

Slater - dropped on nine off Finan as third slip Rishi Patel spilled his fourth catch of the match - fell on 39, giving a rather tame return catch to Ed Barnes. Hameed completed an 80-ball half-century just before the interval.

The Leicestershire vice-captain, enjoying his most productive summer since his breakthrough season with Lancashire in 2016, looked in complete control, so it came as a surprise when he was dismissed half an hour or so after lunch for 60, seeming to change his mind about whatever shot he intended to play to a short ball from Finan, yet still getting a touch, which Harry Swindells eagerly grabbed behind the stumps.

If a second breakthrough was some kind of encouragement for Leicestershire, the next 75 minutes or so were not, thanks largely to Clarke, who looked as comfortable at the crease as he has all season, punishing every error as he rushed to a 45-ball half century with nine fours.

Combined with Montgomery’s 32 and another batch of no-balls from Finan, Clarke’s runs were enough to put the contest effectively out of reach of Leicestershire, the third wicket partnership adding 101 in 112 balls before Montgomery miscued a short ball from the errant Finan, the one bright spot in an awful over that cost 17 runs..

Clarke, still without a first-class hundred this season, fell soon afterwards as Parkinson found his outside edge, but by then the Nottinghamshire lead was 353.

James and Steven Mullaney extended it to 403 in less than 10 overs before the latter, making room for himself, was caught at slip off Louis Kimber. James went past fifty for the seventh time this season before he was caught behind off a rank legside delivery by Roman Walker and after Tom Moores was caught at deep backward point, terminating a six-over thrash with Liam Patterson-White, Mullaney signalled the declaration.

Joe Clarke, who top scored with 67 in Nottinghamshire’s second innings, said:

“To be honest, I didn’t think we’d be declaring on day two, but then again I didn’t think we’d see 20 wickets fall on day one, even though here at Trent Bridge the conditions on day one and two tend to be favourable to the seamers.

“We weren’t happy to be bowled out for just over 200 but to bowl them out for 90 was an unbelievable effort by our bowlers and we’ve had a good day today, so that puts us in a strong position in the match. Hopefully, we can create 10 chances tomorrow.

“The pitch was quite tough first day, although I didn’t think it was one that deserved to have 20 wickets fall. When there is cloud cover at Trent Bridge it tends to do a little bit more and the first session today, when there was a lot of cloud cover, was a tough period, so credit to the way Slater and Hameed played. We saw a bit more sunshine later and that made it easier.

“It was a bit frustrating for me to get out when I did. I pride myself on scoring hundreds and the last couple of years I’ve found myself getting more and more 60s, 70s, 80s and not going on. I don’t know whether it is just me finding ways of getting out when I get to those sorts of scores, but I’ve got two games to try to rectify that.

“Today it was a quicker ball that surprised me and I got a little edge. I felt in good nick, but I’ve actually felt in good nick most of the summer, so it is frustrating that I keep finding ways to get out. But hopefully I can finish the season strongly and put that right.”

Leicestershire wicketkeeper Harry Swindells said:

“It was a tough day for us today. The pitch changed a lot. It was a day of sunshine, really, apart from the first hour and that greenness in the pitch changed throughout the day and it is a lot better batting pitch now at the end of day two.

“We had a little window this morning when there was a bit of cloud cover but we shelled a couple of chances and probably didn’t bowl as well as we would have liked. There was an opportunity to get them three down and put a bit of pressure on them but you have to take those and after that we didn’t put the ball in good areas often enough, which is why they finished on 390 and were able to pull out.

“But it is a lot better wicket than it was yesterday and there is an opportunity now for our lads to show the necessary application and show what they can do, to show determination and patience.

“It was a tough 13 overs at the end today. We knew they would come hard at us and Hass and Sam Evans showed great courage and discipline to come through that. The first hour tomorrow will be challenging but if we can get through that the wicket will become easier.”


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