LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 13 Day 3: Wednesday 14th September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
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Day 3: Wednesday 14th September
Tom Curran struck a swashbuckling maiden first-class century on the scene of some of his father’s greatest moments as Surrey marched towards victory over Northamptonshire – and a huge boost to their LV= Insurance County Championship title charge.
All-round Curran in his first Championship appearance for three and a half years smashed 115 in 93 balls – two runs shy of dad Kevin’s best at Wantage Road.
His blitz was juxtaposed by the serene century completed by Hashim Amla as Surrey claimed an 82-run first-innings lead having been bowled out for 421.
Luke Procter and Ricardo Vasconcelos both scored half-centuries as Northamptonshire fought back to end the day on 209 for five, a lead of 127.
Amla raised his bat on his 57th first-class century off the second ball of the day but it was a sideshow to what was brewing at the other end.
Jordan Clark spliced a pull to mid-wicket to end a 49-run stand with Amla to bring Curran to the crease for his first red ball innings since April 2019.
Injuries – a side problem and a stress fracture in his back – England, bubbles and the IPL had seen his personal schedule not be compatible with the County Championship – he has played 84 T20s and 17 List A matches in that time.
Tie into that the Curran family’s connection with Northampton and Northamptonshire and the narrative pointed towards the carnage.
Curran’s father Kevin played 337 games for the county between 1991 and 1999, while brothers Sam and Ben – who will be released by Northamptonshire at the end of this season – were born in the town.
Curran was brutal in his striking against the old ball – sweetly striking Rob Keogh straight into the Spencer Pavilion, before repeating the six-hitting into the Lynn Wilson Indoor School off Saif Zaib.
His aggression didn’t relent when the new ball arrived with his fifty coming in 47 balls, before rushing past his previous high of 60 and to three figures for the first time in a further 38 deliveries.
It was a breathless innings offering little chance to a tiring bowling attack and was appropriately celebrated with both arms aloft having slapped the 12th of his 15 fours powerfully back past bowler Keogh. He had been beaten to a maiden first-class hundred by his younger brother Sam by 80 days.
Wickets did fall in a higgledy-piggledy morning session, with Amla eventually returning for 133 when he was leg before to Keogh – it ended a 144-run stand in which Curran had bashed 103 of them. Gus Atkinson fell second ball when he stabbed onto his pad only for the ball to roll back into his stumps.
Curran returned from lunch with three fours before he was brilliantly caught at mid-off before Dan Worral was bowled through the gate to give Keogh four for 95 and see Surrey all out for 421, a lead of 82.
Northamptonshire didn’t do Surrey’s title rivals Hampshire many favours in the early stages of their second innings.
Will Young was caught at third slip by a juggling Curran, Emilio Gay lived a charmed life with two missed chances in the slips before he was lbw to Clark before Josh Cobb overbalanced when flicking to the leg side to offer up a simple short midwicket catch.
Keogh helped his side back into the lead before a slog sweep top-edged to deep midwicket to see Northamptonshire in trouble at 114 for four.
Luke Procter passed fifty for the seventh time this season in an unfussy manner to take his Championship tally to 931 runs before he was pinned by Gus Atkinson for 55. Vasconcelos was timely in his 96-ball fifty.
Somerset plodded their way into total control against Warwickshire on the third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship Division One relegation battle at Edgbaston.
The visitors closed the third day on 277 for four - 300 ahead - to virtually insure themselves against defeat heading into the last day of this crucial game.
On a pitch which remained slow but lost its menace, Somerset, led by captain Tom Abell's obdurate 87 from 173 balls, batted through the day for 264 runs in 101 overs. Supported by Tom Lammonby (40 in 170 minutes) and George Bartlett (91 not out, 209 balls), the skipper lifted his team into a position whereby they have it in their power to simply bat Warwickshire out of the game.
It was another tough day for the home side who took just two wickets in three sessions. They must now lift themselves to bat well enough on the final day to avoid a defeat which would severely damage their prospects of survival.
After resuming on 13 for two, Somerset settled straight into the slow lane, Lammonby and Abell adding 55 runs in 36 overs in the morning session. At one stage, one run arrived in seven overs while Lammonby went 11 overs without scoring.
It was gritty stuff, not easy on the eye but a totally understandable approach in the match situation. Warwickshire's hopes of an early clatter induced by India internationals Mohammed Siraj or Jayant Yadav were thwarted as the pitch blunted the pace of the former and offered only very slow turn to the latter.
The second-wicket pair added 79 in 41 overs before Lammonby edged Olly Hannon-Dalby to Rob Yates at slip. Bartlett seamlessly took up the cudgels of caution and settled in alongside his captain while Warwickshire skipper Will Rhodes shuffled a bowling attack that plugged away nobly to ensure that runs at least never came quickly. The fourth-wicket stand was worth 72 in 25 overs when Abell's 246-minute vigil ended when Danny Briggs turned a beauty on to his off stump.
Again, home hopes of one wicket bringing two were in vain as Lewis Goldsworthy added his application to the collectively diligence. Bartlett and Goldsworthy put up a century stand in 202 balls and were still there together to resume in the morning having so far added 121.
Essex made heavy weather of chasing 162 either side of tea but Shane Snater’s aggressive unbeaten 68 secured a thrilling one-wicket LV= Insurance County Championship win over Yorkshire inside three days at Headingley.
The Chelmsford side took eight wickets during the first half of the day to bowl Yorkshire out for 252 in their second innings, including three apiece for leg-spinner Matt Critchley and new ball quick Jamie Porter (four for 64).
But they later slipped from 51 for two to 64 for six in a crazy 13-ball evening spell in which veteran seamer Steve Patterson struck three times for the hosts.
Patterson, who has not been offered a new contract beyond this season following 17 years of first-team cricket, finished with a brilliant five for 46, including the ninth wicket with the scores level.
But Snater heaved Ben Coad through midwicket to secure 20 points for his side - their sixth win of the campaign.
Snater, who also hit 46 in the first innings, successfully turned Essex defence into attack amidst a nail-biting finish. Essex are now four points behind Lancashire with two to play.
Battling Yorkshire, meanwhile, lost for the fourth time this season and are not yet out of relegation danger after only taking three points. Their position will be clearer when Warwickshire versus Somerset finishes tomorrow.
They started the day on 87 for two in their second innings, trailing by four, and were bowled out for 252 midway through the afternoon. Jamie Porter finished with four for 64, while Matt Critchley’s leg-spin accounted for three wickets.
As impressive as Patterson was with the ball, Coad’s third day contribution was just as significant in taking this game down to the wire.
But perhaps not in the way you would expect.
The new ball seamer, who earlier in this match took his 200th first-class cricket, crashed a entertaining 69 off 70 balls with 10 fours and a six over midwicket to give himself and his bowling colleagues something to work with. He later struck twice with the ball.
Five morning wickets, including two for Critchley, left Yorkshire 158 for seven and with a lead of 69 after they resumed on 87 for two.
Fledgling opener Fin Bean had been trapped lbw by a Porter yorker for 53, his maiden first-class fifty in only his second game.
But Coad changed things. He dominated an eighth-wicket partnership of 80 with Matthew Revis, the highest stand of the match. And his score was the highest individual score of the fixture as well.
He played a stand and deliver innings, taking the view, ‘If it’s up, it’s off’.
He was then bowled by one that skidded through from Critchley, while Porter claimed two of the last three wickets to fall to leave Essex with 52 overs of batting to do before close.
The last of those wickets was Patterson caught behind. He had earlier received a warm ovation from the Headingley faithful as he walked to the crease. But it wasn’t as warm as the one he received as he left the field to get a breather with four wickets under his belt after tea!
Given Essex’s caution in the early stages of their chase, Yorkshire’s hopes remained high.
Jordan Thompson had Nick Browne caught at third slip before tea and Tom Westley sliced Patterson to backward point shortly after, leaving the score at 35 for two in the 20th over.
Then came the turnaround as Patterson wheeled away from the Howard Stand End and Coad from Kirkstall Lane.
Patterson yorked Dan Lawrence playing to leg and superbly held a one-handed diving return catch later in the 26th over - 51 for four.
Coad then trapped Feroze Khushi lbw and Patterson got a flashing Cook caught at slip. Essex were six down 98 short of their target.
By now, Essex had realised they had to break the chain and started to attack. And it worked, but not before George Hill had Adam Rossington caught at short midwicket (93 for seven).
Snater powered Patterson for six over long-on and later showed finesse by twice steering Thompson to the third-man fence.
Snater, who faced 51 balls, dominated an eighth-wicket partnership of 63 with Allison and reached a 38-ball fifty, by which time Essex needed only 20 and the game was seemingly back in their control.
But Coad got Allison caught behind and then Patterson bowled Sam Cook, leaving Essex 161 for nine and scores level. But Snater held his nerve to hit the winning run to cap a remarkable conclusion.
England seamer Matty Potts bowled Leicestershire to the brink of an eighth defeat of the season with figures of seven for 49, leaving Durham to chase a modest target of 105 to claim only their second win of a disappointing LV= Insurance County Championship season.
Combined with his six for 52 in the first innings, it gave the 23-year-old Sunderland-born bowler, who made a strong impression in five Test appearances earlier in the summer, career-best match figures of 13 for 101.
Louis Kimber’s 75 kept Leicestershire just about in the game as they scored 202 in their second innings on a pitch that was still making batting difficult at times. Durham were two down for 51 at the close but the odds are still heavily in their favour, with just 54 more needed on the final day.
Potts took his wickets in three spells, three in 10 overs at the top of the innings, three more wickets in eight overs either side of tea, before coming back at nine down to add one more.
Durham had established a 94-run first-innings lead by adding 57 to their overnight score in the hour and 20 minutes or so it took for Leicestershire to take their last five wickets.
Nic Maddinson top-scored with 56 - his first half-century for Durham - but their total of 296 was fewer than they had been looking for at 239 for five overnight.
Tom Scriven recorded his maiden first-class wicket for Leicestershire when he dismissed Ben Raine, caught behind via an inside edge on to pad, in the first over of the day, and Durham collapsed as soon as the second new ball was taken 10 overs into the day.
Michael Finan, the whippy left-arm quick who made his debut only last week, delivered an excellent spell. He trapped Tomas Mackintosh leg before with an inswinging yorker and squared up Maddinson, who edged to second slip.
Potts was also caught at second slip, attempting to leave a ball from Ed Barnes that climbed on him, before Chris Wright cleaned up Ollie Gibson.
Leicestershire’s brittle batting was exposed again as they then sank to 54 for four in their second innings.
Debutant Sol Budinger, who impressed with his 64 in the first innings, perished without scoring, Potts finding a way past his defensive bat to clip the top of middle and off.
Hassan Azad was caught at short leg fending off his ribs from Potts before Rishi Patel slashed at one from Raine and was snared brilliantly by Scott Borthwick, diving to his left at second slip.
Colin Ackermann was then beaten for pace as Potts claimed his ninth wicket of the match.
Kimber at least offered some defiance, his 75 spanning almost three hours and at least ensuring that Durham would have work to do in the fourth innings.
At the other end, the batters were less enduring. Harry Swindells, dropped by Gibson on one off his own bowling, became Potts’s 10th victim when a thin edge saw him caught behind for 16, but he and Kimber added 64.
Kimber went to his half-century with the first ball after tea, pulled through midwicket off Potts for a 10th boundary, but Durham’s England man inflicted more damage with wickets in his next two overs as Scriven and then Barnes departed, both finding Potts too good.
Four boundaries from Kimber within a couple of overs, taking his tally to 14, stretched Leicestershire’s lead a little more, but his downfall came in the form of a ball angled into his pads by Gibson and a successful appeal for leg before.
That was followed by one of the more bizarre dismissals as Wright was bowled by a ball he played into the ground at his feet with the bottom of his bat, but which then bounced up almost vertically and freakishly landed on the top of his stumps, Wright losing sight of it and therefore powerless to intervene.
Potts then returned to make Parkinson his seventh victim in the innings and 13th in the match, caught at first slip, leaving Durham to face 15 overs before the close.
Michael Finan, whose left-arm seam had been impressive in the first innings, produced two fine balls to bowl Sean Dickson and pin Borthwick leg before in his first three overs, but Durham navigated the remaining time safely.
Toby Roland-Jones sparked a dramatic Glamorgan collapse as Middlesex pressed for victory on the third day of their vital LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Lord’s.
Division 2s leading wicket-taker took two wickets in four balls among figures of 3-46 as the visitors capitulated from 123-0 to 144-6
Tim Murtagh (2-37) and Ethan Bamber (2-36) also picked up wickets amid the carnage as Glamorgan limped to 191-8 before bad light ended play five overs before the scheduled close.
David Lloyd (70) and Edward Byrom (47) had given Glamorgan a dream start to their second innings before the collapse ensued. All this came after 76 from John Simpson and Luke Hollman’s 58 took Middlesex to 390 in the morning session, a first innings lead of 176, James Harris taking 5-90 and Ajaz Patel 3-68.
There was little sign of the impending drama when Lloyd and Byrom were 123-0 shortly before tea, having feasted on some friendly offerings from a seemingly out of sorts host attack.
Lloyd, who has been short of runs at the top of the order played fluently, square-driving Bamber to the fence at point before a disdainful pull from the bowling of Ryan Higgins took him to a rapid 50 – all this despite a leg injury which impeded his running between the wickets.
Opening partner Byrom was given a life first ball when edging to Hollman at third slip off the bowling of Roland-Jones, the all-rounder failing to grasp the chance away to his left.
The left-hander survived another scare when playing no shot to a Ryan Higgins in-swinger, but that apart drove the ball nicely and looked in little trouble.
Ten minutes before the tea-break Lloyd inexplicably guided a Bamber delivery into the hands of gully, but there seemed little cause for alarm.
However, Roland-Jones broke the game open with two wickets in the first over after tea. The first had an element of luck as Byrom middled a leg-stump half-volley straight to square leg, while Sam Northeast lasted just three balls before edging through to Simpson.
All of a sudden there were four slips. Roland-Jones would have had a third wicket in the spell had Max Holden clung on to what would have been a blinder of a catch after another loose shot from Kiran Carlson. The batter though didn’t make the most of his reprieve, recklessly slashing a Murtagh delivery into the hands of Stephen Eskinazi.
Loose shot disease was catching as Billy Root drove Bamber to Robson at slip and Shubman Gill perished too, trying to turn a ball from Murtagh on the onside only to get an edge which flew to Hollman in the gully.
James Harris and Chris Cooke briefly threatened to dig in, but Roland-Jones returned to have the former caught behind and when Cooke was pinned lbw by Higgins Middlesex scented victory in three days.
But Robson dropped Patel at slip as Glamorgan hung on until bad light intervened.
Earlier, Middlesex resumed on 286-5 with a lead of 72, but neither overnight batter lasted long.
Simpson had already been given a life on 75 when Billy Root dropped a straightforward catch at deep square off the bowling of Harris, before he was bowled by Michael Hogan.
Ryan Higgins followed an over later when a beauty from Harris swung in before deviating off the pitch and plucking out the middle stump.
Glamorgan though were frustrated by the latest late-middle order gem of an innings from Hollman, typified by a gorgeous square drive off Lloyd for four.
The all-rounder twice reversed swept Patel to the fine-leg fence en route to an excellent 50, celebrated in the grand manner by launching the spinner over long-on for six.
Opener Jake Libby made a career-best 215 as Worcestershire put themselves in position to push for victory over Sussex and keep their promotion hopes alive in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Libby’s maiden double century came in a total of 438 for five before Worcestershire declared with a lead of 218 on day three at the 1st Central County Ground, having banked maximum bonus points.
Play didn’t start at Hove until 4.10pm because of rain and 84 overs have been lost in the match so far but Worcestershire quickly made up for lost time, Libby leading the charge as they thrashed 149 in 20 overs against some toothless bowling before the declaration.
Sussex were left with ten overs to negotiate, and they lost skipper Tom Haines for 13 in the penultimate over when he played on to Joe Leach. They closed on 39 for one, still 179 behind.
Sussex had taken the new ball when play eventually began after heavy rain but it was soon being dispatched to all parts by Libby and Jack Haynes.
Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf came in for some harsh treatment, his three overs costing 30 runs including three successive boundaries by Libby which took him past his previous best score of 184.
He added 96 in 22 overs with Jack Haynes, who played on to Brad Currie for 31, but skipper Brett D’Oliveira kept up the momentum when he joined Libby.
The Worcestershire skipper offered a difficult chance off a top-edged pull but Ali Orr, running round the boundary, couldn’t quite hold on as he stepped over the rope. Otherwise, the pair scored at more than seven runs an over even though Sussex had seven fielders on the boundary.
Libby brought up his 200 with a single off James Coles and offered his first chance on 204, but wicketkeeper Oli Carter spilled a straightforward opportunity moving to his right. Libby was eventually dismissed by Coles shaping to cut, having faced 294 balls, hit 25 fours and a six in a highly impressive innings spanning six hours, 38 minutes spread over three days.
It was his team’s second double hundred of this season following Azhar Ali’s 235 against Leicestershire in May and the highest score by a Worcestershire batter against Sussex, beating Graeme Hick’s 186 at Hove in 1991. The declaration came when Ashraf had D’Oliveira, whose 43 off 38 balls included two sixes, was caught behind for 43.
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