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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14 Day 2: Wednesday 21st September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14

Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14 Day 2: Wednesday 21st September.

Essex vs Lancashire, Division 1

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Lancashire (131 & 73) beat Essex (107 & 59) by 38 runs.

George Balderson claimed  hat-trick to wreck Essex hopes  in an incredible match at Chelmsford that spanned  just a little over 4 sessions.

The pace bowler finished with 5 for 14 from seven overs supported by Will Williams who returned  4 for 24 as Essex  lost their lost nine wickets for 35 runs in pursuit of 98 to win. 

Only two Essex batters reached double figures against the telling and incisive  bowling of the Lancashire duo helping their side to 19 points whilst  Essex were left  with a paltry three after a dramatic Championship clash

The demons of the previous day, when 26 wickets fell, continued to manifest themselves. Lancashire had resumed  their second innings on 25 for 6  and lost another 20 balls into the morning play.

Debutant George Bell had looked settled while moving on to 24, the equal highest score by a Lancashire player in the match. However, his 28-ball knock ended when he was bowled around his legs by Snater to reduce Lancashire to 34 for seven. Snater had taken 5 for 6  in 4.2 overs at that stage.

The two Toms, Bailey and Hartley, both hit successive boundaries in an uncharacteristically wayward over from Sam Cook that cost 17 runs. Bailey then threw the bat to the first ball of the next over only to pick out Lawrence on the long-leg boundary and hand Snater his sixth wicket and incredible figures of 6 for 10..

Cook gained a measure of personal satisfaction when Hartley attempted an upper-cut to a short ball and only succeeded in edging behind. It was Cook’s 200th first-class wicket for Essex.

The Netherlands international struck again before the innings concluded to finish with the incredible return of 6 for 10 from 8 overs  Simon Harmer had the last word when he struck Matt Parkinson full on the front pad to end the visitors’ second innings inside 24 overs for a paltry 73.

All-rounder Snater, Essex’s player of the year was rewarded for a breakthrough season with his county cap during the lunch interval.

With the floodlights on throughout the day, the home side, seeking a third successive Championship victory in September, set out on the task of reaching a modest 98 runs for victory but on this pitch, a tortuous task.

Sir Alastair Cook and Nick Browne made a comparatively serene start to the chase, and had 24 on the board in seven overs to ease the nerves of the home camp when Browne was trapped lbw by Bailey.

But the introduction of Balderson sent panic waves through the home camp.

With his second delivery he had Cook beaten all ends up by one that ducked in and dislodged his leg bail.

His next ball had Dan Lawrence chipping carelessly to Will Williams at midwicket before the bowler  breached Matt Critchley’s defences to claim his hat-trick.

Lunch arrived soon afterwards with Balderson feasting on figures of 2-2-0-3, while Essex tottered on 34 for four.

The latest sacrificial lamb on a wicket denounced as unplayable by Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple   was Feroze Khushi , bowled by Will Williams for a single as Essex tottered further to 35 for 5.

Adam Rossington opted for aggression and collected two boundaries   before Balderson wiped him out  and with the score on 55, Essex lost  their seventh and eight wicket, both to Williams.

During all the carnage, skipper Tom Westley had stood firm but he finally succumbed  for 13  having survived 41 balls when  he was caught to become a fifth wicket for Balderson. 

Williams rounded off proceedings when he bowled Sam Cook to leave Lancashire celebrating victory in  match in which the four innings produced just 370 runs.

Somerset vs Northamptonshire, Division 1

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Craig Overton marked his return to LV= County Championship cricket with four wickets as Somerset took control on the second day of the match with Northamptonshire at Taunton. 

Having extended their first innings total from an overnight 271 for four to 389 all out, the hosts reduced their opponents to 184 for six in reply, Overton ending the day with four for 25 from 13 overs. 

Off-spinner Rob Keogh had claimed four for 99 and seamer Jack White three for 84 in a carefully compiled Somerset innings, which occupied 137.3 overs. 

But both were upstaged by Overton, who worked up good pace from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End, having missed the last two Championship matches through international duty and then a back problem. 

Will Young kept Northamptonshire in the game with a defiant 85, but found little support of the rest of his team's top six, who mustered just 37 between them.

Somerset began the day cautiously at the Cooper Associates County Ground, showing no inclination to chase the 79 runs in 14 overs that would have yielded four batting points. 

Lewis Goldsworthy had not added to his overnight 22 in 6.4 overs when edging a defensive shot to first slip off White with the total on 284. 

James Rew finally broke loose with successive boundaries off White to bring up the 300 and a third bonus point in the 107th over. 

The young wicketkeeper fell lbw to Tom Taylor on 32 and Overton also departed in the morning session, stumped advancing down the pitch to Keogh, having made 13. 

At lunch, Somerset were 362 for seven, having scored 91 in 31 overs. Lewis Gregory was 27 not out and added five after the interval before being pinned leg before on the back foot by White. 

Sajid Khan and last man Kasey Aldridge perished in the bid to accelerate, skying shots to White and Josh Cobb respectively, who both held testing catches. 

The Northants reply had reached 16 when Emilio Gay feathered a catch to Rew off Josh Davey, who quickly followed up by having Luke Procter pouched by Overton at second slip. 

Davey almost claimed a third wicket when Cobb chipped a catch to mid-on, but had overstepped and was called for a no-ball. 

Overton had not been given the new ball, but his introduction to the attack soon reaped dividends as Cobb fended a sharply rising delivery to short leg to make in 29 for three. 

The visitors were in a hole eight runs lter when Keogh was caught behind off Overton trying to withdraw his bat. 

But Will Young held firm and was unbeaten on 40 at tea, which was taken at 73 for four. The Northamptonshire skipper moved to an excellent fifty, off 88 balls, with 10 fours. 

Overton had resumed the attack at the start of the final session and produced a quick delivery to have Ricardo Vasconcelos, on 17, caught behind by Rew reaching above his head. 

The England seamer, perhaps still mindful of his recent back spasms, was then immediately replaced by the expensive Aldridge, whose first seven overs, in two spells, went for 42 runs. 

Somerset’s grip appeared to be loosening as Saif Zaib helped Young add 63 for the sixth wicket. But back came Overton for a third spell to claim another key scalp. 

Having faced 153 balls and extended his boundary count to 15, Young edged a defensive push to second slip where Tom Abell held a comfortable catch. 

At 158 for six, Northants still needed 82 to avoid the prospect of following on. Zaib survived a testing examination from Overton to be unbeaten on 27 at the close, with Taylor 19 not out in a stand worth 26. 



Surrey vs Yorkshire, Division 1

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Surrey have taken a step closer to winning their second LV= Insurance County Championship title in five years after forcing Yorkshire to follow on at the Micky Stewart Oval.

Their relentless seam attack bowled Yorkshire out for 179 and when they batted again 154 behind they quickly lost Finley Bean in the fourth over.

Adam Lyth and George Hill got their heads down to take the score to 78 then Jamie Overton came into the attack and with his fifth ball found some extra bounce and Hill (35) edged to second slip. When bad light stopped play with nine overs not bowled Yorkshire were 89 for two, 65 behind with Lyth unbeaten on 36. There is still work for Surrey to do, but they are in a strong position with two days to go.

After picking up six bonus points they now hold an 11-point advantage at the top and if they wrap up victory Hampshire would need to beat Kent to take the title race to the last round of matches next week when Surrey visit Lancashire and Hampshire are away to Warwickshire.

On a fast-moving day in which 16 wickets fell Surrey’s last four went down in 10.1 overs for 44 runs at the start as they were dismissed for 333.

Jordan Clark (55) played on to Ben Mike in the first over of the day and Surrey were in danger of not collecting a third bonus point when Hill pinned Overton with an inswinger and bowled Kemar Roach through the gate. But Worrall thrashed 23 including two sixes as Surrey set a new club record by passing 300 in the first innings for the 15th  consecutive first-class match.

Their bowlers then got to work. Worrall and Roach could easily have picked up two or three wickets apiece during outstanding spells of swing bowling with the new ball.

Having Lyth caught at fourth slip was the least Roach deserved but the tone had been set and there was no let-up when the West Indian and Worrall came off.

In his second over Tom Lawes, 19, went round the wicket and plucked out Bean’s off stump and after lunch Lawes found the thinnest of edges to remove Hill, who made a battling 28. Worrall was finally rewarded during his second spell when Will Fraine edged another away-swinger to second slip.

There was a recovery by Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jonny Tattersall, who added 72 in contrasting styles in 17 overs. Kohler-Cadmore went on the attack, hitting Roach for a spectacular six over long on and nine fours in his 55, but when he was caught behind aiming another big drive it was the first of three wickets in seven balls.

Dom Bess played on to Clark who then had Jordan Thompson caught behind with a beauty which held its line and although Tattersall (45 not out) stood firm the tail offered little resistance. Lawes bowled Ben Coad and finished with career-best figures of four for 31, Cameron Steel’s googly foxed Mike and Overton wrapped up the innings when Steve Patterson edged to second slip with Yorkshire four short of avoiding the follow-on.

Hampshire vs Kent, Division 1

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Jack Leaning celebrated his second century of the season to boost Kent’s hopes of avoiding relegation from LV= Insurance County Championship Division One as they set title-chasing Hampshire 378 runs to win.

Stand-in captain Leaning struck 112 as the pitch became more conducive to batting, following 23 wickets falling on a fast-forward opening day, as Kent totted up 269 runs.

It meant Hampshire, who had seen Mohammad Abbas claim four for 68, required the fifth highest chase in their history to keep themselves in the title race – with Surrey highly likely to pick up a win and six bonus points.

Joe Weatherley was exceptional for his unbeaten 54 but Hampshire lost openers Felix Organ and Ian Holland plus night watcher Keith Barker and Nick Gubbins while knocking 105 off the required total in 35 overs - with 273 runs still required to victory.

Having taken three evening wickets – albeit two were night watchers and the light had dimmed – Hampshire were optimistic they could blast the remaining seven Kent batters, have a modest target to chase and reignite their title tilt.

They were in for another chastening day, as the pitch somewhat flattened out and their visitors took advantage.

Tawanda Muyeye and Daniel Bell-Drummond came out with a game plan to attack with the pair driving with glamourous abandon, the pair putting on a carefree 35. Muyeye gained a life on 34 when dropped at third slip but failed to use it when leg before to Kyle Abbott in the following over.

Bell-Drummond continued on his way to 40, with all but six of the runs coming in boundaries, with 51 added with Leaning before he was bowled playing around James Fuller. Ollie Robinson also fell before lunch edging a slog to first slip.

The afternoon saw Leaning come into his own. He set up outside of his crease and then lurched further forward to try and get to the ball before it significantly moved.

His hypothesis worked as he comfortably collected runs, most often guiding to third. His fifty came in that region, although through an edge between wicketkeeper and slip, in 89 balls.

Leaning is on course to average above 40 in his first two full seasons at Kent, since moving from Yorkshire, but last season his failure to convert blackened his 745 a tad. He turned a fifty to a century just once in seven attempts in 2021.

He has almost matched his overall tally from last year, up to 714 after this innings, and has now scored two centuries – this being in much trickier conditions than his 128 against Gloucestershire at home.

The right-hander reached his eighth first-class century by advancing and dispatching a six over midwicket. He had batted through over an hour after lunch with Harry Finch for 78 before the latter was lbw to Abbott.

From there wickets fell more regularly as Leaning scored all but one run off the bat in stands of 17 and 21 with Joey Evison and Nathan Gilchrist. Evison was caught behind, Leaning upper-cutting to deep point and Gilchrist picking out long on to end the innings.

Only Hampshire sides in 1983, 1985, 1990 and 2006 had scored greater than 378 runs to win a match. Chances of replicating those performances got off to a hitch when Holland was leg before to Matt Quinn in the fourth over.

Organ and Weatherley bravely copped knocks on the hand during a ferocious Conor McKerr over with the homegrown duo putting on 68.

But after back-to-back boundaries, Organ edged Harry Podmore behind. He left the middle banging his bat against his helmet in frustration before Barker starved off 17 deliveries and then looped a bouncer to midwicket. Quinn picked up his eighth wicket of the match as Gubbins left a delivery that nipped back into his off stump.

The smattering of wickets meant Weatherley shyly celebrated his 94-ball half-century - his first since April.

Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire, Division 1

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Tom Price spearheaded a dramatic late Gloucestershire fightback on day two of this compelling LV=County Championship match against fellow First Division strugglers Warwickshire at Bristol's Seat Unique Stadium.

Dismissed for 274 earlier in the day, Warwickshire bowled out Gloucestershire for 255 to establish a slender first-innings lead of 19, thanks largely to a superb return of 5-90 from Indian off spinner Jayant Yadav.

But Price produced a blistering spell with the new ball to remove Dom Sibley, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes and Yadav, while David Payne accounted for Rob Yates as the Bears slumped to 58-5 at the close, a lead of just 77 with five second innings wickets in hand.

Although Gloucestershire face having to bat last on a turning pitch which is expected to deteriorate further, they will now consider themselves favourites to register a first win of the season in red-ball cricket and plunge Warwickshire still deeper into the relegation mire.

Needing to beat bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire to keep pace with fellow strugglers Kent, Warwickshire will take succour from the performance of Yadav, who accounted for key batsmen Chris Dent, James Bracey and Graeme van Buuren before returning to mop up the tail in the final session.

For their part, Gloucestershire were indebted to Jack Taylor, who top-scored with 71 from 106 balls and shared in a sixth wicket stand of 90 with Graeme van Buuren to rescue the home side from the wreckage of 95-5. But Tom Price then turned the contest on its head, pinning Sibley lbw without scoring, accounting for Sam Hain in identical fashion and then having Rhodes and Yadav caught at the wicket, while Payne bowled an out-of-sorts Yates. Alex Davies managed to stop the rot and reached the close unbeaten on 41, and he and Jacob Bethel (not out 3) will be required to summon further resistance in the morning.

Posting substantial first innings totals at Bristol has long been a challenge for Gloucestershire and, despite tinkering with personnel and the batting order, the outcome remained pretty much the same as the hosts were bowled out inside 75 overs.

Ben Charlesworth could not be held accountable when fending at a sharply rising delivery from Ryan Sidebottom and edging to Hain at second slip, but Olly Price, promoted to number three, left himself open to censure when playing across the line to a ball from Oliver Hannon-Dalby that kept low and pinned him inside the crease with the score on 30.

Deceived by late turn, Chris Dent was adjudged lbw for 23, pushing half forward to a length ball from Yadav, while James Bracey had his off stump knocked back in the act of driving at a ball that pitched on middle and off as Gloucestershire lurched to 74-4 at lunch.

If Bracey's shot selection was questionable, Miles Hammond had no excuses when opting to give Danny Briggs the charge and directing a leading edge high to extra cover as Gloucestershire further subsided to 95-5 during the afternoon session. 

Gloucestershire urgently required a meaningful partnership if they were to muscle their way back into the game. Skipper van Buuren and Taylor obliged in a sixth wicket alliance that served to even things up beneath the Bristol sunshine.

As befitted the gravitas of his role, van Buuren batted responsibly, adopting a low-risk approach and looking to compile steadily as conditions eased. In contrast, Taylor refused to succumb to pressure and played his natural game, deploying attack as the best form of defence. A free spirit, he was prepared to be expansive, a stance which served to change the tempo and at least force Warwickshire's bowlers onto the back foot for a while. Taylor helped himself to four sixes and five fours in scoring a 47-ball 50, dominating a restorative stand of 90 in 22 overs with his captain.

Van Buuren's stubborn innings of 32 from 74 balls finally came to an end when he was bowled by Yadav, but Zafar joined Taylor and the seventh wicket pair successfully banked a batting bonus point ahead of the tea interval. Just as Gloucestershire supporters were beginning to countenance the possibility of a first innings lead for only the second occasion this season, expectation was dampened by Taylor's untimely demise. Briggs switched the angle of attack by reverting to bowling around the wicket at Taylor, who pushed at a ball outside off stump and popped a catch up to Rhodes at slip in the final over before tea.

Thereafter, Zafar managed to register a valuable 55 from 82 balls before Yadav polished off the tail to give the visitors a modest first-innings advantage.

Warwickshire had earlier resumed their first innings on 255-8, altogether dependent upon Sibley, whose unbeaten hundred rescued them from oblivion on day one. Sure enough, the 27-year-old former England batsman quickly ran out of partners, Hannon-Dalby and Sidebottom falling in quick succession to Zafar and Tom Price respectively.

After six and a half hours at the crease, Sibley was left high and dry on 120 not out. His was an innings of substance, occupying 280 balls, including 12 fours and serving as an object lesson to any batsman wishing to survive the rigours of a turning pitch.

Of the Gloucestershire bowlers, Zafar emerged with credit, the Pakistani slow left armer acting as a mainstay from the Bristol Pavilion end to return eye-catching figures of 5-64 from 35 overs.

Leicestershire vs Middlesex, Division 2

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Leicestershire recovered from 66 for five to 273 for nine in reply to Middlesex’s 297 on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match on a day when finishing places in Division Two looked a little less clear cut than they had before the current, penultimate round of matches began.

With Nottinghamshire 27 points clear before play began on Tuesday,  Middlesex were more concerned with winning the race for the second promotion spot but the Trent Bridge side’s troubles at New Road may yet bring the title back into play if Tim Murtagh’s team can conjure a win here.

Yet that might be less straightforward than it looked when they had winless Leicestershire seemingly on the ropes at lunch only for Harry Swindells (67) and Tom Scriven (65) to rescue the bottom-of-the-table team with a stand of 125 for the sixth wicket before a gutsy unbeaten 31 from Ed Barnes helped close the deficit to 24 runs.

The morning was dismal for Leicestershire, although it had started with a joyful moment after Michael Finan, their recently acquired new team-mate, took two wickets in his first over to record his maiden five-wicket haul in only his third first-class match.

In claiming figures of five for 58, the 26-year-old left-arm quick finished off the Middlesex tail as the promotion-chasers were bowled out for three runs short of what might be an important third batting point.

Leicestershire raised a few eyebrows when they handed Finan a two-year contract before seeing him play in a senior match but he is already developing stamina and control to go with his pace and looked a threat in each of his 18 overs here. He led his team-mates off the field, wearing a broad smile as he held the ball aloft.

By lunch, though, the atmosphere in the home dressing room would have been markedly different. The Middlesex total, built around John Simpson’s patient 92 on day one, was already looking formidable as Leicestershire slumped to five down.

With Hassan Azad and Rishi Patel left out for lack of form and leading scorer Wiaan Mulder back in South Africa, the 18-year-old rookie all-rounder Rehan Ahmed was required to bat at five. It looked a pretty thin line-up.

In the event, Ahmed made 26 off 56 balls before an injudicious swipe saw him bowled by fellow leg-spinner Luke Hollman’s somewhat unthreatening opening delivery, yet he’d done better than the four before him.

Sol Budinger went in the second over for seven, cutting Toby Roland-Jones for three and then four before edging to second slip to a visible send-off from the Middlesex seamer. Louis Kimber was bowled off an inside edge by a swinging ball from the ageless Murtagh.

Sam Evans was bowled by a ball from Ethan Bamber that squared him up and nipped away to clip off stump. A full, straight one from Roland-Jones was too good for Colin Ackermann, who was leg before.

Yet by tea Leicestershire were in a much healthier position, having negotiated a 38-over middle session without losing another wicket as Scriven - in only his fourth first-class match - and Swindells guided them to 184 for five, with the threat of a follow-on avoided.

The sixth-wicket pair were impressively disciplined and narrow escapes were kept to a minimum. Scriven passed fifty for the first time in a first-class match for Leicestershire, reaching the milestone from 97 balls with a dab into the off side for one that also took the partnership to three figures.  Swindells’s half-century came off 133 balls just before tea.

Scriven fell seven balls into the final session for 65 as Murtagh found the edge. But Barnes helped add another 39 before Swindells was undone when Hollman made one rear up somehow and take the glove or shoulder of the bat to loop to second slip, where Steve Eskinazi plucked it out of the air one-handed.

By the time the new ball was taken, Finan had come and gone, caught at third slip off Roland-Jones, but skipper Callum Parkinson helped Barnes add another 28 for the ninth wicket before the latter was lbw to Bamber.

Worcestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Division 2

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Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire were forced to follow on and are facing defeat after losing 16 wickets on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

Worcestershire added 93 runs to their overnight 297 for seven with Gareth Roderick completing an excellent hundred.

On a seamer-friendly pitch, Dillon Pennington and Ed Barnard took the honours with four wickets apiece as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 128 in just 34.2 overs.

It was a similar pattern when Nottinghamshire followed on as Ben Gibbon and on loan Matthew Waite reduced them to 66 for five.

Only a fighting half century from Haseeb Hameed denied Worcestershire the prospect of a two-day win.

Roderick reached a second successive century with a single off Jake Ball.

It came off 205 balls and contained one six and 12 fours and followed on from his 172 not out in his previous knock against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

But he added only two more runs before trying to work Brett Hutton to leg and was trapped lbw.

Josh Tongue did the bulk of the scoring in ensuring Worcestershire secured a fourth batting point in the 108th over.

Pennington gave him good support before he was caught at mid-wicket off Liam Patterson-White to give Nottinghamshire a third bowling bonus point in the 110th over.

Gibbon helped Tongue added a further 33 for the final wicket and he pulled Hutton for six before falling to the next ball attempting a similar shot.

It left Tongue unbeaten on a career best 45 from 83 balls with seven boundaries.

England pace bowler Ball, in his first red ball game since April 2021, finished with 3-60 and Hutton 3-86.

Nottinghamshire were left with five overs batting before lunch and Pennington made an early breakthrough when Ben Slater lost his middle stump after aiming a shot towards mid-wicket.

It set the trend for the afternoon session in which nine wickets fell in just 29.2 overs for 116 runs.

Gibbon came into the attack and Matthew Montgomery departed to a juggling catch by Barnard at third slip.

Roderick then produced a superb catch to dismiss former Worcestershire batter, Joe Clarke.

Clarke leg glanced Pennington and Roderick went full length to his left to pull off a splendid one-handed catch/

Haseeb Hameed completed 1,000 runs in a season for the first time since 2016 with a single off Matthew Waite.

But the wickets continued to tumble at the other end with Lyndon James offering no shot against Waite and bowled by a delivery which swung back in.

Barnard then produced a devastating spell of 4-1 in the space of just 13 balls.

Steven Mullaney was pouched at first slip and Tom Moores tried to take his bat away from a delivery but played onto his stumps.

Hameed, who had scored two centuries in the corresponding match last season, battled away for 37  from 92 balls before he drove at Barnard and nicked through to Roderick.

It became two wickets in two balls when Hutton was yorked before Pennington wrapped up the innings.

Ball was also bowled by another full length ball and Liam Patterson White, after denting Barnard’s figures with three sixes in an over, found the hands of Azhar Ali at deep mid wicket.

Pennington finished with figures of 10.2-2-31-4 to take his wicket tally for the campaign to 40 at just 22.15 runs apiece.

Barnard’s 4-26 was his best bowling return of a summer where he has made major steps forward as a batter with 867 runs with three centuries.

Nottinghamshire were asked to follow on and again quickly ran into trouble with Gibbon this time causing the early damage with three wickets.

Slater was bowled after pushing forward and Montgomery played on after driving at a widish delivery.

It became 43-3 when Clark was caught down the legside by Roderick for the second time in the game.

Gibbon was rested after an excellent spell of 8-2-24-3 but there was no respite for the visitors.

Waite got in on the act by having James caught behind and bowling Mullaney with a delivery which straightened.

Hameed again demonstrated his qualities in completing an 84 ball half century and added 56 with Tom Moores.

But the opener’s fine knock ended when he presented Roderick with another catch from a Tongue delivery which left him. 

Glamorgan vs Derbyshire, Division 2

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Glamorgan captain David Lloyd got the highest ever first class score by a Welshman of 313 not out to put his side in control against Derbyshire.

They declared on a massive 550 for 5, and Lloyd’s day got even better as New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel and the Welsh County bowlers reduced Derbyshire to 135 for 5 at the close, still 415 behind.

The records kept falling for Glamorgan and Lloyd. The second highest score by a Glamorgan player, behind Sam Northeast’s 410 against Leicestershire earlier this season, making it the first time that two players at the same county had registered quadruple and triple centuries in the same season.

It was also the highest score for a Glamorgan captain, while things went from bad to worse for opposite number Ben Godleman. He followed up the decision to insert Glamorgan with a duck opening the batting to set the tone for his side.

North Wales born Lloyd started the day with a double century to his name, but plenty of landmarks ahead of him. He lost overnight partner Billy Root and Chris Cooke relatively early, but then found a solid associate in Andrew Salter.

First the 30-year-old went past the 233 scored by Hugh Morris, now the county’s chief executive, as captain. He was dropped by substitute Nafis Shaikh from a top edged sweep, a simple enough chance, when on 258 off the bowling of Alex Thomson.

Next up was Mike Powell’s 299, the highest first class score by a Welsh-born player. A six off Thomson took him past that and the 300 mark. Then Steve James’ 309, the highest Glamorgan score until this season, was in his sights.

When he reached 313 not out, off 398 balls, equalling the highest individual score at Sophia Gardens, scored by South African Jimmy Cooke, Lloyd decided to call it a day and declared.

Salter finished unbeaten on 45, his highest score of the season on being recalled to the team, their unbeaten partnership worth 151, Lloyd also enjoying a double century partnership with Root and a century partnership with Tom Bevan.

Derbyshire’s bowling figures were not pretty, for instance Thomson conceding 174 runs off his 41.2 overs.

Derbyshire started batting knowing they required more than 400 to save the follow-on with Godleman in poor form and not lasting long before edging Michael Hogan to Patel at third slip.

Brooke Guest flourished briefly before becoming Patel’s first victim bowling, while Wayne Madsen went next ball – meaning his number of career ducks for Derbyshire, 35, edged past the number of career centuries, 34.

Leus du Plooy edged behind off Timm van der Gugten, while at the other end Luis Reece seemed to be playing a different set of bowlers reaching his half century out of the first 63 runs scored.

However the introduction of Salter, turning the ball away from the left hander, did for Reece, caught behind for 56 as Derbyshire slumped to 75 for 5 just after tea.

Harry Came, 21 not out, and Anuj Dal, 40 not out, steadied the ship and saw out the rest of the session, but their side still have a tough task over the two remaining days if they are to save the game.


Durham vs Sussex, Division 2

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Durham scored runs with ease at Seat Unique Riverside before taking three wickets to leave Sussex staring at an innings defeat on Day 2 in their County Championship match.

In blue sky conditions, Scott Borthwick wasted no time in pushing Durham forward, as he and Michael Jones reached their half centuries before lunch as the hosts wiped out the remaining deficit.

James Coles struck shortly after lunch, removing Borthwick LBW for a fast paced 82, before Jones was caught down the legside by debutant keeper Charlie Tear four short of a century.

Nic Maddinson added 50 run partnerships with David Bedingham and Chris Benjamin before he chopped on for 90 off Faheem Ashraf as Durham pushed towards a declaration.

Bad light played its part again as the teams left the field just before 5 BST with Durham just short of maximum batting points, but returned shortly after to gain the final batting pont and declare with a lead of 297.

Durham then turned the screws as Ali Orr was run out due to a mix up with Tom Haines, before Ben Raine removed Tom Alsop and Tom Clark for ducks before bad light ended play early again to leave Sussex 6-3, still 291 behind.

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