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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 13 Day 2: Tuesday 13th September - 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 13 Day 2: Tuesday 13th September 

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Tuesday 13th September

Division One

County Championship

Warwickshire vs Somerset, Division 1

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A superb post-tea burst by veteran Jack Brooks gave Somerset the edge over Warwickshire in an engrossing, high-pressure LV=Insurance County Championship clash at Edgbaston.  

Defeat for either side from this game would leave them in serious jeopardy of relegation and that pressure has hung heavy on the batters on a slow pitch against some good bowling. 

After two days it's advantage Somerset, just, after they rallied from 82 for seven to reach 219 and then bowled the home side out for 196 as 38-year-old Brooks took four for 40 including a spell of four for seven in 27 balls. The visitors closed the second day on 13 for two in their second innings - 36 ahead. 

Somerset were given something to bowl at by lower-order resistance led by Lewis Gregory (60, 97 balls) and Sajid Khan (53 not out, 64) despite Mohammed Siraj's debut five-for (five for 82). At 141 for four in reply, Warwickshire were edging towards ascendancy but Brooks stepped up with a blistering spell. His blitz included the vital wicket of Sam Hain who passed 1,000 first class runs for the season on his way to 67 (166 balls). Hain defied valiantly but, as has often been the case this season, lacked support.  

Somerset resumed on the second morning on 182 for eight and lost Gregory to the fourth ball when he edged Siraj behind but last pair Khan and Brooks added 37 to lift the total beyond 200. Khan completed his fourth first-class half-century before Brooks skied Henry Brookes to point. 

Somerset then took their momentum into the field and reduced Warwickshire to 22 for three in the 14th over. Josh Davey struck third ball when Rob Yates nicked to wicketkeeper James Rew. The keeper accepted further catches when Alex Davies and Dominic Sibley edged Gregory. 

Hain and Will Rhodes (38, 99 balls) steadied the innings with a stand of 73 in 29 overs before Rew's gloves closed on another catch, tickled down the leg side by Rhodes off Kasey Aldridge. While Hain and Jayant Yadav were adding 46 either side of tea, the game remained evenly poised, but both fell in Brooks' blistering burst. Jadav and Michael Burgess were bowled through gates, Hain was adjudged lbw and Brookes edged to slip. 

After Danny Briggs and Olly Hannon-Dalby had their furniture rearranged by Aldridge and Davey respectively, Somerset had a lead of 23 with eight overs to bat in the day. Warwickshire needed to hit back...and did, Siraj having Imam-ul-Haq caught at second slip and Yadav turning one into Aldridge's stumps. Somerset still have their noses in front but where this tense, intriguing, low-scoring, high-stakes contest goes next, who knows?

Yorkshire vs Essex, Division 1

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England fringe Test batter Dan Lawrence hit the game’s only half-century so far - a cautious 61 - as Essex claimed a slender advantage at the halfway point of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Yorkshire. 

During a sunny second day at Headingley, Lawrence reached 50 for only the fifth time in all cricket during a summer beset by injury as Essex replied to Yorkshire’s first-innings 134 with 225.

No other batter from either side has yet raised their bat in a bowler-dominated Division One fixture, though fledgling Yorkshire opener Fin Bean is closing in having reached close unbeaten on 41 out of 87 for two from 27.4 overs of their second innings. 

The hosts, who trail by four, fought hard with ball and then bat to stay in the hunt for only a second win in 2022. But they lost George Hill caught at slip in the day’s final over. 

Yorkshire enjoyed a useful morning followed by a super start to the afternoon, with Essex falling to 105 for six.

Jordan Thompson claimed the first two wickets to fall and later finished with four for 60, while new ball partner Ben Coad’s first of two wickets was the 200th of his first-class career.

Thompson uprooted Nick Browne’s off-stump with his first ball, at the start of the day’s second over, before ousting Tom Westley as the first of five lbws in the first six wickets.

Steve Patterson also trapped Sir Alastair Cook in front for 23 as the former England captain played back to one which skidded through. 

It was the seventh time in the last seven Championship games the two have been playing that Patterson has removed the legendary left-hander. 

Essex reached lunch at 79 for three from 33 overs. But things changed quickly.

Thompson returned immediately at the start of the afternoon and struck in his first over for the second session running as Matt Critchley was lbw.

And when Feroze Khushi and Adam Rossington were trapped lbw with deliveries which kept low from Coad in the space of six overs, Essex were six down in the 41st over and still 29 runs adrift. 

The Khushi wicket, Coad’s first, was number 200. 

However, the day’s pendulum was about to swing again as Essex reasserted their authority thanks largely to their hard-hitting seamer Snater, who freewheeled his side into the lead.

Snater hit well down the ground off front foot and back and pulled Thompson for six to secure a lead at 135 for six in the 47th over. 

He shared 75 inside 15 overs with Lawrence, who he passed in the mid-forties. The England man had been on 25 when Snater came to the crease. 

Lawrence, who faced 145 balls, was more than happy to play second fiddle before Snater pulled George Hill’s seam to midwicket, where sub fielder Ben Mike held on for his first contribution in a Yorkshire shirt having joined from Leicestershire. At 180 for seven, Essex led by 46. 

Lawrence reached his fifty shortly afterwards off 118 balls, his fifth of a frustrating summer which has literally been hamstrung having returned from England’s late winter Test tour of the West Indies.

The 25-year-old suffered two hamstring injuries during the early stages of the campaign and has had to find his way again for the likes of Essex, the Lions and the London Spirit whilst England’s senior team were winning six out of seven summer Tests.

On this evidence, a bright future remains.

He batted with skill and caution in bowler-friendly conditions, though would have been frustrated to feel for one outside off just after tea and edge Hill (three for 22 from 13.4 overs) behind - 209 for eight in the 68th over, a lead of 75.

Ben Allison, for 23, was then trapped lbw by Thompson before Hill’s third wicket was that off a swinging Sam Cook caught behind.

After Cook removed Adam Lyth early in Yorkshire’s second innings, Bean played with positivity but composure as he indicated easier batting conditions under the Headingley sunshine. 

Hill also played nicely for 33, though swished his bat in frustration after falling to Jamie Porter three balls before the scheduled close.

Northamptonshire vs Surrey, Division 1

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Northamptonshire 339 lead Surrey 224/5 by 115 runs

Hashim Amla closed in on his 57th first-class century as he stemmed an early Surrey wobble to even up their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire.

South African batter Amla ended the day unbeaten on 97 having rescued his title-chasing side for 46 for three and 80 for four.

He was indebted to Cameron Steel for sticking with him in a 115-run partnership to take Surrey to 224 for five at the close, trailing by 115 runs.

Northamptonshire suffered a morning collapse of their own as they were bowled out for 339, with Rob Keogh completing his 14th career hundred and fast-bowler Kemar Roach returning five for 95.

Roach did the majority of the damage as Northamptonshire lost six morning wickets for 90 runs to get bowled out for 339 in 18-morning overs.

Emilio Gay had been caught out to a short ball with the final ball of day one after an excellent 145. Ricardo Vasconcelos didn’t learn from his team-mate’s woes when he also took on a bouncer, only to pick out long leg, following a frenetic 18.

Saif Zaib was lbw attempting to sweep spinner Steel’s first ball of the morning, James Sales chipped Roach to extra cover before the West Indian pinned Lizaad Williams leg before.

Amongst the wickets, Rob Keogh had moved from 75, past his third century of the season (in 153 balls). He had been the sideshow to Gay on the first day, scoring the majority of runs behind the wicket – with 40 coming from the profitable guide to third, but became the focal point.

The right-handed batter reached 123 before he holed out to deep midwicket. It gave Roach, who sportingly shook Keogh’s hand as they converged, his second five-wicket haul of the season.

The innings concluded with Ben Sanderson swinging hard into the off-side only to be caught three-quarters of the way to the boundary. Surrey pocketed the maximum three bowling points for their title bid, with a further batting point coming before the end of the day - all of which could be key for them overcoming Hampshire for the pennant.

Surrey’s top order flattered to deceive, as apart from Amla, none of the top five reached 20. Much of this was down to the probing accuracy of Ben Sanderson and Jack White.

The former took his Championship tally to 34 for the year, the ninth best in Division One, when he thudded into Rory Burns’ pads.

But it was White who caused quick-fire harm to drop the visitors to 46 for three, albeit through loose batting after piling the pressure on. First, Ryan Patel hoicked from outside off stump to pick out long leg, before Ben Geddes flashed to a wide delivery and was caught behind.

Luke Procter produced a beauty, a ball which straightened into off stump, to castle Jamie Smith but Steel supplied Amla with a partner who would stay by his side.

Amla, using his innate analysis, had watched the areas Gay and Keogh had found scoring at its easiest, ie square of the wicket, and used that as a template for his innings.

Against pace, he out patience-d the attack to wait for straight balls to guide off his pads to the boundary and only went unorthodox against spin – where he unfurled a cover drive and a paddle sweep.

Fifty came and went in 119 balls – one ball more than Gay scored his century – as he stoutly maintained his consistency - but he ran out of time to reach three figures on day two.

Steel looked equally solid for his 48 – although showed some artistic style with some drives and pulls played with a flourish – but was bowled by a beautiful off-spin delivery out of a footmarks to be beaten between bat and pad by Keogh.

Soon after Jordan Clark had smashed a six over square leg, the umpires ended the day’s play early, with 12 overs lost.

Division Two

Sussex vs Worcestershire, Division 2

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Jake Libby scored his second hundred in three games against Sussex to put Worcestershire in a strong position after two days at the 1st Central County Ground.

The former Nottinghamshire player’s undefeated 142 - his second hundred of the season - helped his side reach 289 for two, a lead of 69, in the 50 overs possible at Hove between the showers before bad light ended play at 5pm.

Libby’s 125 not out had guided Worcestershire to victory over Sussex in a fourth-innings run chase at New Road a year ago and this effort could be a match-defining performance too as they look for the victory that would keep their hopes of promotion in the LV= Insurance County Championship alive.

It was his 12th first-class century, second of the season and third against Sussex. Against them back in 2014 he became the first Nottinghamshire batsman for 68 years to score a hundred on debut.

It has been a composed and chanceless effort so far, and the 29-year-old got to his century by stylishly forcing Brad Currie off the back foot for successive boundaries through the covers.

Libby had added 195 for the first wicket with Ed Pollock, who agonisingly fell for 98, and 54 with Azhar Ali for the second before Jack Haynes (14 not out) joined him in an unbroken partnership of 40.

Rain was never far away all day though with the floodlights on from the start but umpires Nigel Llong and Hasan Adnan deserve every credit for playing as much as they did when light but persistent drizzle set in during the afternoon.

Apart from an lbw shout by Currie when Pollock was on 45, Worcestershire’s openers made serene progress in the morning session against a Sussex seam attack who could make little headway on a flat pitch.

Pollock took two boundaries in the last over before lunch off Faheem Ashraf to move to 98 but in the second over after the resumption he tried to cut off-spinner Jack Carson and wicketkeeper Oli Carter held the edge at the second attempt. Pollock’s innings included 16 fours and a six.

Carson struck again in his 13th over when he dismissed Ali for 16 as the former Pakistan captain got in a tangle attempting a pull shot and the ball looped off his bat to Tom Clark at slip.

Carson, in his first match after a summer wrecked by knee and ankle injuries, was the pick of the attack despite the lack of assistance from the surface. He and skipper Tom Haines, who bowled eight overs at a cost of only 11 runs, offered control but Sussex’s seamers made little headway while Fynn Hudson-Prentice is only allowed to bowl nine overs in each innings as part of his rehabilitation following a back injury.

There was a 90-minute rain break and when play resumed at 4.10pm only six more overs were bowled before bad light forced the teams off. Sussex will have a new ball available immediately on Wednesday but Worcestershire are in the driving seat. 


Leicestershire vs Durham, Division 2

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Michael Jones missed out on a second century of the season against the Foxes but Durham moved into a slender lead over the home side on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match, albeit with five wickets lost.

The Scotland top-order batter, who made 108 against Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street in April, fell for 97 this time after being dropped on 80, but it was thanks largely to him that Durham closed on 239 for five with a 37-run advantage over the side at the bottom of Division Two.

Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson, the Leicestershire skipper, took three for 43 with a feeling he might have bowled himself more on a pitch giving him some help. Veteran seamer Chris Wright picked up two well deserved late wickets.

Earlier, England pace bowler Matty Potts had taken six for 52 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 202, debutant Sol Budinger failing to add to his 63 not out overnight but finishing as his new side’s top scorer.

Having resumed on 97 for two, Leicestershire were all out by lunch - albeit one delayed by the fall of the ninth wicket. Following the departure of Budinger leg before in the third over of the morning, they collapsed to 130 for eight, losing six wickets for 31.

Potts wrecked the middle order with three wickets in four overs. Swinging deliveries had Louis Kimber and Harry Swindells caught behind, the latter off an inside edge, before his pace left Ed Barnes surveying his shattered stumps.

Colin Ackermann was leg before playing across one from Paul Coughlin, who picked up a third wicket in the innings when Tom Scriven was caught at backward point off a careless shot.

Landing the final, decisive blows proved more difficult for the Durham bowlers, the last two wickets adding 72 more runs, although Wright was dropped at second slip on 15 before he fell for 29.  Parkinson eked out 31 before a top edge to cover brought his downfall, Potts dismissing both for his second six-for against Leicestershire this season.

The second session went no better for the home side as Durham put on exactly 100 for one wicket, although Leicestershire’s bowlers were a little unlucky. Wright and the left-armer Michael Finan posed problems for the Durham openers, both of whom were fortunate at times. When the ball did find the edge, it went to ground.  Jones reached fifty from 71 balls with eight fours.

In the event, it was after Parkinson brought himself on after 26 overs that they made a breakthrough, the skipper drawing Sean Dickson down the pitch to drive a ball that started wide and turned wider. Rishi Patel held a good catch at backward point.

As Parkinson celebrated, spectators may have been forgiven for wondering why he had delayed his introduction for so long, especially given that the wicket clearly suited him. With the left-handed Scott Borthwick next in, there seemed to be an opportunity.

Nonetheless, after bowling a couple of overs before tea, he went back to seam at the start of the third session, although he should have seen a reward when Jones, on 80, smarting from a blow on the thigh the previous delivery, edged Barnes to first slip only for Kimber to spill a regulation chance.  Wright again looked sharp.

It was 20 overs into the final session before Parkinson bowled again, and again he made an immediate impact as Jones, who had moved to within three runs of a third ton of the season with his 16th four in the previous over, edged to Ackermann at slip.

There was clearly something there for Parkinson, who struck another blow a couple of overs later, surprising Borthwick with a quicker ball that bowled him through his legs.

With the floodlights on but the light still good, the persevering Wright, still finding plenty of movement, picked up two deserved wickets, having both David Bedingham and Coughlinwas caught behind. Nic Maddinson - penalised for an oversized bat against Derbyshire last week - is unbeaten on 37.

Middlesex vs Glamorgan, Division 2

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Mark Stoneman posted his best score of the season to put Middlesex in control of their crucial LV= Insurance County Championship promotion battle with Glamorgan on a rain-affected second day at Lord’s.

The left-hander struck 128 – his third Championship century of the summer – and shared a fifth-wicket stand of 134 with John Simpson as Middlesex overtook the visitors’ first-innings total of 214.

However, the Seaxes’ momentum was punctured by a series of rain stoppages throughout the day and they eventually reached 286 for five, holding a handy lead of 72, when play was abandoned.

Simpson remained undefeated on 72 at stumps, with Ryan Higgins 35 not out at the other end.

Having resumed 82 in arrears, Middlesex progressed steadily during a truncated morning session, although Timm van der Gugten and James Harris both beat the bat on several occasions.

Simpson timed the ball sweetly, punching van der Gugten through the covers to the short boundary and collecting four more from a straight drive off Harris as he and Stoneman ate into the deficit with some aggressive running between the wickets.

Stoneman was just four short of his hundred when play was halted by the first downpour of the day, leaving him to stew over an extended lunch interval.

But the opener lost no further time after the resumption, advancing to three figures from 179 balls and stepping up a gear as he dispatched Harris for a trio of boundaries in one over.

With the batting side swiftly moving into the lead, Glamorgan turned to spinner Ajaz Patel and, although Stoneman crashed his first delivery to the boundary, an uncertain prod at the second was gobbled up by Chris Cooke behind the stumps.

However, Simpson progressed to his half-century for the seventh time this summer and he and Higgins secured the Seaxes’ second batting bonus point prior to two further rain delays – the second of which brought the day’s play to a premature end.

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