LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14 Day 4: Friday 23rd September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14 Day 4: Friday 23rd September.
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Craig Overton finished with match figures of seven for 74 as Somerset guaranteed their First Division survival with a thumping 352-run LV= County Championship win over Northamptonshire at Taunton.
The hosts began the final day by quickly extending their second innings total from 277 for one to 337 for four declared, centurions Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby falling for 115 and 110 respectively.
That set Northamptonshire a massive 462 to win. They lost their first four wickets for 15 before being bowled out for 109 in 30.4 overs.
Overton began the rout with a brilliant piece of fielding off his own bowling to run out Emilio Gay and then claimed two for 36 to add to his first innings figures of five for 38. Josh Davey finished with three for 25.
Somerset took 22 points from the game to move into sixth place in the Division One table, 25 clear of second from bottom Warwickshire going into the final round of fixtures, while Northants, themselves safe from the drop, claimed four points.
The day began with the home side looking to dispel any faint prospect of defeat by batting on for nearly half an hour, despite already being 401 in front.
Abell added only three to his overnight score before being caught behind off Ben Sanderson, while Lammonby had extended his tally by nine when pulling a catch to mid-wicket off the same bowler.
George Bartlett contributed a brisk 17 before being pouched at deep mid-wicket off Jack White and Lewis Gregory capped an impressive Somerset batting display by smiting 29 not out off 11 balls, with 3 sixes and a four.
Northants faced a minimum of 87 overs to bat out for a draw. They had reached 14 when Will Young played a ball from Overton defensively into the off side and called for a single.
The England seamer raced to grab the ball and, with one stump to aim at threw down the stumps as he fell, with non-striker Gay short of his ground.
Three balls later, the inspired Overton pinned Luke Procter lbw for a duck and it was 15 for three when Davey found the edge of Josh Cobb’s bat, wicketkeeper James Rew taking a routine catch.
Without a run added, Young edged Overton to Abell at second slip and Northants were in disarray.
Ricardo Vasconcelos helped Rob Keogh add 33 before falling just before lunch, leg-before to Abell, bowling in the absence from the Somerset attack of the injured Gregory.
It was 49 for five at lunch and the second ball after the interval saw Keogh, on 15, pinned lbw on the back foot by Davey, who bowled with commendable accuracy on a fourth day pitch still offering some assistance to the seamers.
Davey’s exemplary line and length paid dividends again with the total on 79 when Tom Taylor, who had moved confidently to 25, became another lbw victim, playing across the line.
Kasey Aldridge joined the Somerset party by having Lizaad Williams caught behind fending at a steeply rising delivery as the Northamptonshire batting showed little resistance under clear blue skies.
Aldridge claimed a second victim when Ben Sanderson edged a drive through to Rew and the game ended shortly after 2pm when last man White edged Abell to second slip where Overton capped his immense contribution with a fine diving catch.
Glamorgan survived a nervous morning to claim the innings and 24 run victory over Derbyshire they needed to keep their chances of promotion alive.
Seamer James Harris made the crucial breakthroughs to claim the wickets of Wayne Madsen and Anuj Dal, on his way to figures of 3 for 59. Australian Michael Hogan finished off proceedings on his last appearance in Cardiff after a decade with Glamorgan, with 2 for 54.
Derbyshire showed some stubborn resistance, but batting through three sessions on a fourth day wicket was always going to be a tall order. In the end they were 273 all out, thanks to Madsen, 77, and du Plooy, 66.
Glamorgan’s 24 points haul means they will go into the final game in Sussex with a chance of promotion still alive, while Derbyshire will entertain Leicestershire with only local pride to play for.
Dark and cloudy conditions gave way to bright sunshine just before the start of play, Glamorgan would have been happier with the heavy atmosphere as they struggled to make the early breakthrough.
Du Blooy and Madsen played out the early overs easily enough and it came as a bit of a surprise when the South Africa shouldered arms to a ball from Michael Hogan which nipped back and hit off stump.
It has been a wicket where new batsmen have struggled on occasion and so it proved for Harry Came who was quickly LBW to Ajaz Patel.
Yet while Anuj Dal was at the wicket with Madsen there was no complacency among Glamorgan players or supporters, until James Harris came up with the big breakthrough in a burst after lunch.
He was close to having Dal LBW, an inside edge saving the batsman, but next ball the edge was not his friend as a snick carried to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke to expose the Derbyshire tail.
That started a burst of three wickets in 11 balls which effectively made Glamorgan’s win just a matter of time. Andrew Salter had Alex Thomson LBW for a second duck in the match.
Then Harris struck again to take the key wicket of Madsen, who played on trying to steer the ball down to third man.
There was a brief flourish at the end from Sam Connors, getting his highest score of the season of 23 before hooking Michael Hogan to Timm van der Gugten at long leg.
In the end Glamorgan wrapped up their sixth victory of the season to keep their interest alive going into the final round of fixtures.
Australian opening bowler Michael Hogan, who led the side off the field, playing his last game in Cardiff before retiring at the end of the season, after a decade with Glamorgan.
“Getting the win was nice for me, but very important for the team as we move forward towards our season goal of pushing for promotion. By winning, we still have a chance next week.
“It was nice to get a wicket with what was essentially my last ball at Sophia Gardens. There was a little bit of emotion coming off, but the job is not done, we are all aware there is still another week left and we need another good win at Sussex, as well as relying on other results.
“It is nice to be appreciated and the fans have been great to me and my family. The boys have probably carried me along in the last couple of weeks, it was a hard graft but everybody chipped in.
“Next week will be difficult, things will have to fall into place, a quick turnaround as well, but we have given ourselves a chance in the last game of the season so what more could we ask for. We will be up for one last fight.”
Derbyshire coach Mickey Arthur, “That was really disappointing, I am gutted with that because we are a far better team than we have shown here. Our depth was tested in this game in terms of our bowling department.
“Our results this season have shown we are better than that and I do not want to let ourselves down in the back end of the season. It is not how you start the season, it is how you end, so it is important we regain that edge and go off on a high.
“I take responsibility for bowling first (after winning the toss). We had a look at the wicket, we knew our batting was probably our strength, we went away from our blueprint because we thought we could get something out of the wicket early.
“If you look at stats through the year then batting last here has been fairly comfortable. It looked damp and moist, but we lost a bowler in the first over, which did not help, and then we were always behind the eight ball.”
Durham wrapped up victory after lunch on Day 4 at Chester-le-Street after some brave Sussex resistance finally came to an end.
Tom Haines fell to Oliver Gibson for the only wicket in the morning session after the visitors took a more positive approach to playing the hosts’ attack in good batting conditions, Haines and James Coles adding a 50 partnership in quick time.
However, Sussex collapsed after lunch, as Coles fell to Ben Raine LBW in the first over post the break, then Matthew Potts removed Charlie Tear with a short ball the following over, Liam Trevaskis taking a smart catch at short mid-wicket.
Raine bowled Jack Carson to complete his 5fer and Potts had Faheem Ashraf caught off a short ball to give Durham the win, Henry Crocombe unable to bat after damaging his shoulder in the field on the first day.
The win moves Durham up to 4th in Division 2, while Sussex remain 7th in the table.
Sussex captain Tom Haines: "Tough four days and the result shows that. We had a very honest chat after Day 2 and it just wasn't good enough; those are the facts of it. As an overall the performance wasn't good enough and Durham deserved to win".
Durham interim head coach Neil Killeen: "The lads have put in another solid performance this week. The weather yesterday was frustrating, but we've played consistent cricket this week and been relentless with bat and ball. The bowler's all worked for each other, Ben Raine was outstanding".
Having had Leicestershire on the ropes at 13 for four at Thursday’s close, Middlesex took rather longer than anticipated to finish the job, but duly completed an 80 run-victory to set up an unexpectedly exciting finale to the Division Two campaign in the LV= Insurance County Championship, with still three contenders for the two promotion places.
Toby Roland-Jones finished with four for 34 and seven wickets in the match as Leicestershire were bowled out for 194, Colin Ackermann mounting the most significant show of resistance, batting almost four hours for his 80.
Tailenders Chris Wright and Michael Finan had some fun at the end, thrashing 61 runs in just over 11 overs for the final wicket.
Nottinghamshire had looked to have the Division Two title in the bag after seven wins, but after their humbling defeat by Worcestershire at New Road earlier this week, Middlesex’s victory makes a substantial hole in their cushion at the top of the table.
It means the leaders will begin the last round of fixtures on Monday with their advantage cut to just nine points, with Middlesex in second place, although themselves looking nervously over their shoulders at Glamorgan, whose win against Derbyshire in Cardiff puts them only nine points further back in third spot.
Nottinghamshire’s final opponents are Durham at Trent Bridge, while Middlesex themselves travel to Worcester. Glamorgan take on Sussex at Hove.
Leicestershire might have been in further disarray on the third evening had bad light not allowed them to return to the haven of the dressing room earlier than scheduled.
They lasted just over half an hour on the final morning before losing their fifth wicket, Harry Swindells walking even before the umpire’s finger was raised after a swinging delivery from Roland-Jones hit him squarely in front.
Tom Scriven, the former England Under-19s all-rounder, played nicely alongside Ackermann as the pair added 34 for the sixth wicket, but the introduction of Luke Hollman’s leg spin brought an immediate dividend, as it had twice previously in the match.
Scriven was his victim this time, popping up a bat-pad catch to short leg as he sought to flick one away. When Barnes fell without scoring, beaten for pace when lbw to Ethan Bamber, Leicestershire were 70 for seven.
Yet with the obdurate Callum Parkinson now at the other end, Middlesex were frustrated for more than an hour and a half before they could claim the eighth wicket, Leicestershire adding 65 runs in the process, with Ackermann surviving a chance to wicketkeeper John Simpson on 51.
The breakthrough came via an unexpected route. Sam Robson succeeded where Hollman had been unable to make further inroads, the off-spinner employing a leg break to have Ackermann leg before on the sweep.
One wicket brought another as Parkinson fell in the next over, Tim Murtagh pushing one through to hit the front pad in line.
Yet Middlesex were made to wait for a little longer before their celebrations could begin, Wright and Finan taking the opportunity to swing the bat under no pressure, the former finishing 36 not out after Finan holed out to deep midwicket off Robson to end the contest at 3.15pm.
Leicestershire, deeply rooted at the bottom of the table, have one more chance - away to Derbyshire - to avoid another full season without a Championship win, a fate that befell them three times in the last decade.
Middlesex captain Tim Murtagh said:
“It was a tough match and we’ve had to work very hard for the win. Having taken four wickets last night, some people thought it might have been finished a bit earlier than it was, so credit to their boys.
“We know they fight and they were going to make us work hard to get those last six wickets. Credit to our boys because the wicket was pretty flat and dead today. It worked out nicely that we were able to take those four wickets last night when the new ball was nipping about. That was a real bonus going into the final day.
“Getting Ackermann was the key wicket today. We brought Sam (Robson) on at that point to see if he could do something different at a time when there was nothing really happening for the seamers. He’s been a partnership-breaker for us and he is always useful to have up your sleeve and he came up with the crucial wicket today.
“Overall, it was probably our most complete team performance of the year. It was a game where both teams had the initiative at times but we always had someone step up when we needed it. I think from one to eleven, everyone made a contribution.
“Looking at next week, we had a feeling it would all come down to the last game. It is pretty tight between the top three or four, but we can’t be distracted by looking around at what everyone else is doing. We’ve just got to concentrate on what we’re doing.
“It will be a pressure game but if we can go up to Worcester and play as well as we have this week, things will take care of themselves.”
Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said:
“That session at the end of day three, a horrible session for us in gloomy conditions under the lights, probably sealed our fate. It was a perfect time to be bowling for them but it is at those moments that you’ve got to toughen up and be brave and do a job for the team.
“To be four down at that time rips your heart out and you are always going to be playing catch up after that. Colin (Ackermann) got close, played beautifully like he can, just batted, and batted nicely.
“But fair play to Murtagh and Roland-Jones, they are fantastic competitors, they have bowled a lot of overs this year, bowling line and length, challenging the stumps and they did a great job.
“But I look back to that first innings when a couple of dropped catches probably allowed them to get 60 or 65 runs too many. Would have been great to come out of their first innings with a lead, because then it is a different game.
“Middlesex have done the basics well for longer than us, and they have got their rewards and we’ve again had sessions where we have lost four or five wickets, which has been the story of our red ball cricket this year.”
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