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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 2 Day 3: April 16th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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Durham's Chris Rushworth bowling
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 2 Day 3: April 16th

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Saturday April 16th


Division One


Somerset vs Essex, The Cooper Associates County Ground

Adam Rossington kept his head in a crisis to guide Essex to a nerve-tingling one-wicket LV= County Championship win over Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. 

Needing just 84 for victory, the visitors crashed to 60 for eight before Rossington’s 29 not out saw them to their target by the narrowest of margins. 

It was rough justice on Craig Overton, who claimed six for 30 to complete career-best match figures of 13 for 87. He was well supported by Peter Siddle (three for 25) as Somerset’s seamers fought to the last. 

Rossington rode his luck with a number of plays and misses on a pitch that proved too much of a test for the batsmen on both sides, but also played some impressive shots as his side claimed 17 points to Somerset’s four. 

Essex began the day on three for one, having lost opener Nick Browne at the end of play the previous evening. 

After the 11th ball of the day, the scoreboard read four for four. The first from Overton had seen Alastair Cook edge just short of third slip and take a single. 

The next accounted for nightwatchman Sam Cook, bowled off stump by a delivery that shaped away from him. 

Siddle took up the attack from the River End and with his second ball found the edge of Alastair Cook’s bat as he defended off the back foot. Wicketkeeper Steve Davies claimed a straightforward catch. 

Worse was to follow for Essex as the fifth delivery of the same over saw Dan Lawrence edge to third slip where Overton took a fine catch, diving to his right. 

Tom Westley eased some of the tension in the visiting dressing room by clipping an overpitched delivery from Overton through mid-wicket for four to get off the mark.  

Then Matt Critchley launched his score with a boundary through mid-off. But Overton and Siddle were maintaining an exemplary line and length to make scoring difficult. 

It seemed the tide had turned when Essex progressed to 27 for four. But in Overton’s sixth over of the morning, Critchley, on 15, drove loosely at wide ball and dragged it onto his stumps. 

That completed Overton’s first ten-wicket haul in first class cricket. Two balls later, he had Westley caught behind for six, pushing forward defensively. 

At 28 for six, Essex required a further 56 runs. Adam Wheater flashed a boundary through a vacant fourth slip area to get off the mark. 

Overton’s impressive spell ended to deserved applause with four for 15 from nine overs, one of them bowled the previous evening.  

Siddle switched ends to replace him and went past the bat on several occasions without finding an edge. Lewis Gregory also bowled without any luck as Wheater and Rossington took Essex past 50. 

It was 56 for six when Overton returned from the River End. With one run added, Wheater was pinned lbw with a ball that struck his back pad. 

Before Essex could regroup from that blow, Siddle sent back Simon Harmer for a duck, leg-before attempting a front foot defensive shot. 

With 24 still needed, the outcome was in the balance. Rossington opted to be positive with some crisp attacking shots. 

The scores were level when Shane Snater was caught off a top edge, trying to win the game with pull shot off Overton before a scampered leg bye finally settled a riveting contest. 

Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said: “It was an incredible game that could have gone either way at the end.  

“Making 80-odd to win might have looked a formality, but we knew it would not be easy on that pitch against a superb Somerset bowling attack. 

“The first plan was to get through the first half hour, but in no time we lost three wickets and they kept us under pressure from then on all morning. 

“Someone needed to step up and Adam Rossington showed his class and composure to play a magnificent innings.” 

 

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: “It was an epic morning and I’m still struggling to catch my breath. 

“Craig Overton led the attack brilliantly and Peter Siddle demonstrated what a quality performer he is while being incredibly unlucky. We could love to see Craig demonstrate his talents on the international stage. 

“We were anticipating a truer surface. The ball did more than we expected and that made batting a challenge. That doesn’t take away from the fact that we are under-performing with the bat and there is work to be done.” 

Surrey vs Hampshire, Kia Oval

Jamie Overton, bowling with pace and fire, took his first five-wicket haul for Surrey and then added three further second innings wickets as Hampshire were routed by an innings and 17 runs inside three days at the Kia Oval.

All-rounder Jordan Clark’s 4 for 55 completed his own fine match with the ball in Surrey’s first win of the LV= Insurance County Championship season, while 21-year old rookie seamer James Taylor also impressed with 3 for 56 as Hampshire slid to 227 all out second time around after being dismissed for 223 in their first innings and being asked to follow on.

Former Somerset fast bowler Overton, who joined Surrey late in the 2020 season, more than made up for the absence of West Indies Test quick Kemar Roach – who suffered a hamstring injury on day two – by grabbing the mantle of attack spearhead with match figures of 8 for 107.

Hampshire, who started the third day still 315 runs adrift at 152 for 7, kept their first innings alive for just over an hour before Overton finished it off with a dramatic burst of three wickets in four balls to claim 5 for 54.

Overton then added another 3 for 53 and although opener Joe Weatherley made a composed 87 and James Vince 57, Hampshire were dismissed with 15.2 day three overs remaining. Clark clean bowled both James Fuller, for 12, and Kyle Abbott, whose third-ball 0 was his second duck of the day, in the same over and soon afterwards wrapped things up by having last man Mohammad Abbas caught at second slip for 0. Ben Brown was left 30 not out.

Weatherley and Vince added exactly 100 for the third wicket but Overton parted them and then Taylor struck a significant blow by having Vince caught down the legside by keeper Ben Foakes seven balls before tea.

In the final session Overton, with his short ball a real weapon on an easy-paced surface, had Felix Organ acrobatically caught by Will Jacks at gully for 5 and Taylor quickly followed that by having Keith Barker leg-before for 5 as Hampshire’s last real resistance was broken.

For much of the day’s opening hour, though, it looked like being tough going for Surrey with Fuller being badly dropped on 15 by Ollie Pope at second slip off Clark in the day’s second full over. Fuller and Barker then played with great freedom to take their eighth wicket partnership, on 20 overnight, to 90 in just 17 overs before Overton produced his dramatic triple-strike.

Barker, who had hit Jacks’ off spin straight for successive sixes to complete his half-century in some style, initially drove Overton powerfully past mid off for four. But he was then undone by a vicious lifter which he could only edge through to Foakes as he tried to fend it off from in front of his face.

Overton’s first ball to Abbott, the new batsman, was an even nastier bouncer which the tailender did well to avoid. The next, the last ball of the over, was fended meekly to short leg as Abbott departed for a duck.

Fuller, who had also greeted Overton’s introduction by uppercutting and then off-driving him for boundaries, was yorked by the first ball of Overton’s next over. He had made 41 from 48 balls, with six fours, while Barker’s equally punchy 57 took him only 68 balls, with two sixes and nine fours.

Hampshire, in again, were 46 for 2 by lunch as Taylor had Ian Holland well held on 8 by Pope at second slip and Nick Gubbins (6) edged to Foakes a back foot defensive push at seamer Clark, who was operating around the wicket to the left-hander.

Weatherley, however, looked in good touch as he and Hampshire captain Vince frustrated Surrey’s bowlers, the pair also scoring at more than five runs an over. There was one top-edged pull at Clark, which looped away for two, but otherwise Weatherley was untroubled and it again took Overton to make an important breakthrough.

Overton first struck Weatherley under the chin with his first ball back and, after being square cut beautifully for four following a short delay for concussion protocols, the tall paceman made another ball lift steeply to take the shoulder of the bat and fly high for Foakes to pull off a spectacular leaping catch away to his right.

Weatherley’s fine two-hour effort had come from 96 balls, including a hooked six off Clark and nine fours, and Overton was soon celebrating once more when Liam Dawson, on 3, lifted a pull to long leg where Ryan Patel pulled off a good running catch.

Surrey earn 22 points from their win, with Hampshire’s two points a bitter disappointment for them after an innings victory against Somerset in last week’s championship opener.

Surrey head coach Gareth Batty said: “It’s very pleasing because although it’s still April and early days we have just beaten the team who were on top of Division One after the first week and we played some great cricket throughout the game. It is very satisfying.

“What we saw from Jamie Overton in this match, especially in their first innings, was very special. His bowling was really electric and he’s one of those who has put in some serious work during the winter. He made some small technical changes and it’s exciting to see him bowl like that in his first championship game this season.

“James Taylor also performed brilliantly for a 21-year-old and it is particularly good for all the players who have worked extremely hard over the winter months, preparing for this season, to begin to see the fruits of that work. We have a very tight group here, a lot of boys who have come through our system and, with Kemar Roach getting injured early in Hampshire’s first innings, the four main bowlers who were left really stuck to their task throughout the last two days.

“There are a lot of sore bodies in the dressing room but it’s good to show everyone we can win tough. Then again, it’s early days so we won’t get carried away.”

Hampshire 1st XI manager Adrian Birrell said: “We were outplayed in this game right from the start. They got an above par score in their first innings, we were then under pressure and it showed.

“We didn’t play very well. On the first day we didn’t bowl as well as we should have done on that pitch and they got 100 runs too many even though we pegged them back quite well on day two. Then, with the bat, we didn’t get partnerships going and we just kept losing wickets too regularly.”

 


Kent vs Lancashire, Canterbury

Lancashire are closing in on victory on day three of the LV= Insurance County Championship game with Kent, who are 81 for six in their second innings at Canterbury, still needing another 165 to make the visitors bat again.

Kent were bowled out for 260 in their first innings and with a lead of 246, Lancashire immediately enforced the follow on.

Matt Parkinson has match figures of six for 88 while George Balderson has taken four for 16, including three for 14 in Kent’s first innings, putting the visitors in a dominant position.

Ben Compton made an unbeaten 104 in Kent’s first innings, having been stuck on 99 for 38 minutes, and he was unbeaten on 20 at stumps, having witnessed all 16 dismissals from the other end and having been on the pitch for every minute of all three days. In total Compton faced 421 balls over 571 minutes for an unbeaten aggregate score of 124.

All nine wickets to fall on day two had been taken by spinners (six for Hamid Qadri, three for Parkinson) but pace finally counted after half an hour, when night-watchman Qadri, who’d already taken a violent blow to the right shoulder, saw his off stump pinged back by Tom Bailey, bowling him for 10.

Jordan Cox then lost his off-stump to Hasan Ali for two, but Ollie Robinson hung around for just over an hour to make 27 before he was lbw to Parkinson, leaving Kent on 204 for six at lunch, having resumed on 133 for three.

Darren Stevens made just six before he was lbw to Ali, who celebrated with a banshee-like wail, but the afternoon’s main plot concerned Compton, who moved to 99 with a single off Bailey in the 87th over and then faced four successive maidens while nearly running out of partners.

While Compton was marooned on 99, Matt Milnes was caught behind off George Balderson for 22 and Nathan Gilchrist was caught by Luke Wells off the very next delivery. Jackson Bird thwacked Balderson’s hat-trick ball to the square leg boundary, but it was only when Parkinson replaced Bailey at the Pavilion End that Compton was finally able to celebrate.

Having faced 24 balls and played only one false shot, he glanced the spinner for a single to short fine leg to clinch his second century in as many innings for his new club.

When Balderson bowled Bird for 9 in the next over to conclude Kent’s first innings, Compton became the Kent player to carry his bat since Daniel Bell-Drummond in 2017 and he was given just a ten-minute break before he was asked to do it all over again.

Zak Crawley made just five before he edged Balderson behind to a diving one-handed catch by Phil Salt and Bell-Drummond had made just nine when he glanced Danny Lamb down the leg side to become Salt’s second victim of the innings.

Kent reached 28 for two at tea and lost Tawanda Muyeye early in the evening session when he tried to pull Bailey and was caught by Steven Croft for 17. Cox then inexplicably tried charging Parkinson and was bowled for one, having faced just seven balls.

Robinson showed some of Compton’s discipline, lasting 61 balls before Ali had him lbw for 11, but Stevens survived just four deliveries before he was lbw to Parkinson for one.

Matt Milnes was unbeaten on eight at stumps but Kent will need a miraculous final day to avoid an innings defeat.

Kent’s Ben Compton said: “I’m just exhausted but to follow up my innings at Essex with my first century at Canterbury is obviously very important to me. It’s just one of those days where things happen quickly and we’re in a bit of trouble now but we’ve got to try and battle deep tomorrow and see how far we can get.

“I was just trying to watch the ball as closely as I can. It’s not terrible batting conditions, the sun’s out and it worked for me today. There’ll be other days when naturally you find yourself on the wrong end of things but I’m just grateful I could spend a long time out there and try to do my job as well as I can.

(On being stuck on 99.) “It was a bit of a weird one, I don’t think that’s happened to me before, to be stuck on that number for so long, they were quite smart about it, they just put the ball there and I had to try and look for something and just try to be patient. I got there in the end thankfully.”

(On whether he was tempted to drop down the order) “I think as soon as they said we were batting again I knew I’d be straight out there so I just tried to reset. You’re back on zero and you’ve got to see off the new ball, so that was my aim really. I’m thrilled, it’s not really sunk in yet, it’s been pretty much back-to-back games but I’m sure I’ll sit down one day and enjoy it, but I’ve just got to sit down and rest and go as far as we can tomorrow.”

 

Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson said: “We probably didn’t think we’d have as much success as we did, actually it’s taken shape similar to last year, it’s not quite the same but it’s a fantastic effort from the boys. Strangely enough it’s probably not one of the grounds I think about bowling on, I just guess I’m lucky that the two times I’ve been it’s suited me.

“First innings it was drifting nicely, I think the danger ball was probably starting just outside off and coming back in, trying to hit them on the pads. There has been the odd ball that has spun, one to Cox which I’m not really counting so that’s probably been the tactic.

“I think coming here to Canterbury both years the pitches have been good and that’s what cricket needs. It gives you the time as a leg spinner to bowl and bowl and bowl, formulate some plans and try different things. At Old Trafford you have quick success as a spinner and stick to the same things. Credit to the ground staff here’s it’s been a great pitch.”

Gloucestershire vs Yorkshire, Bristol County Ground

James Bracey issued a timely reminder to the England selectors as Gloucestershire held-up Yorkshire's victory charge on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.

Staring down the barrel of an inside-the-distance defeat when Ryan Higgins was fifth man out with 11 more runs still required to make the white rose county bat again, Gloucestershire were indebted to 24-year-old left-hander Bracey, who registered his second hundred in as many matches this season to permit his team a stay of execution.

The Bristolian scored an assured 112 not out in a defiant innings spanning nearly five hours and dominated stands of 54 and 76 with Ryan Higgins and Tom Lace for the fifth and sixth wickets respectively as Gloucestershire reached the close on 253-6, a lead of 104.

Having posted 376 in their first innings, Yorkshire made sufficient in-roads with the ball on an increasingly benign surface to render themselves favourites to win their first outing of the campaign, but Gloucestershire have served notice that they are no pushovers and the visitors will know they still have work to do if they are to finish the job on the final day. 

Selected for two Tests against New Zealand last summer, Bracey under-achieved in both and has not featured for the three Lions at senior level since. Eager to atone and put himself back in contention, the Gloucestershire Academy is certainly doing his utmost to at least warrant a mention in the selectors' deliberations.

Having ended last year with a century for England Lions in Australia, he opened his domestic account for 2022 with another hundred at Northampton last week as Gloucestershire fought back from a poor start to salvage a draw. His latest march to three figures may not be enough to save his side from defeat here, but his prolonged resilience against a highly-motivated Yorkshire attack is noteworthy nonetheless.

In a mirror image of day one, when new overseas signing Marcus Harris made a hundred on debut and scored two thirds of his team's runs, Bracey held things together as Gloucestershire sought to wipe out a first-innings deficit of 149.

When Harris was tucked up by Steve Patterson and held by Harry Brook at first slip with the score on 37-2, Gloucestershire were heavily dependent upon Bracey. Ben Charlesworth had already been bowled through the gait by a fine delivery from England newbee Matty Fisher, while Graeme van Buuren and Miles Hammond were unable to hang around long enough to build any kind of meaningful stand.

Ryan Higgins played fluently enough in forging a partnership of 54 for the fifth wicket with Bracey, until he was caught at the wicket via an under-edge in the act of cutting Dom Bess, at which point Gloucestershire still trailed.

Struck a forceful blow on the helmet when attempting to pull a short-pitched delivery from the lively Haries Rauf, Bracey recovered following a break of several minutes, during which time he was checked out by medical staff, and then found the support he needed in the form of Lace. These two frustrated Yorkshire no end in an adhesive alliance of 76 for the sixth wicket.

Bracey went to three figures via 172 balls, with 10 fours, removing his helmet and punching the air in jubilation as he reached the milestone shortly after the tea interval. He enjoyed one slice of luck, being dropped on 101 by Adam Lyth at slip off the bowling of Bess. 

Lace had played the role of second fiddle perfectly when he was bowled by Jordan Thompson for 28, by which time the hosts were 62 runs to the good and out of immediate danger. Zafar Gofar, who impressed with the ball on day two, showed that he is more than capable with the bat, keeping Bracey company until the close. The partnership is already worth 42 and he will resume in the morning on 21 not out.

Leading by 107 overnight, Yorkshire further strengthened their position during the morning session. Gloucestershire required 40 minutes to eradicate stubborn lower-order resistance after the visitors resumed their first innings on 338-8, Ajeet Dale eventually mopping up the tail to finish with 4-72. But Patterson an Thompson had already frustrated the hosts in a stand of 26 for the ninth wicket, the former accruing four boundaries in a useful knock of 20. Having served up defiance aplenty in an innings spanning 75 balls, Thompson was visibly disappointed to be left high and dry eight runs short of a half century.

Gloucestershire batsman James Bracey said: "It's so pleasing to score a hundred on my home ground. There haven't been too many in Bristol and it was a special moment. Given the game situation, we needed someone to go big and I'm just glad I was that person today. It was a bit like the first innings when Marcus Harris made a really big score and others chipped in. I'm not going to put a figure on it, but if we can see off the new ball in the morning and make another 70, 80 or even a hundred, we might be in a position to save the game. We're behind in the game at the moment, but we have players who can hang around and contribute with the bat. Zafar Gofar, Matt Taylor and Josh Shaw have all scored runs in the past and the pitch is playing a lot better than on the first day. It's not like the Second Division where we used to try and win every game. We're playing a different game in Division One and our first objective will be to bat for as long as we can and secure the draw.

"As for being hit on the head, I don't think I'll try pulling someone as quick as Haries Rauf again! It's not usually the kind of shot I play against someone of his pace."

 

Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson said: “We’re pleased with the position we’re in. We’d have loved to get more wickets tonight, but fair play to them they played well.

“I think, two days of sun on the surface, it’s a slightly more placid pitch than it was on day one.

“But we’ve worked hard there, and if we come back in the morning and do a good job with the new ball, we’ll be confident of knocking them off.

“That’s first-class cricket. It’s hard - nothing comes easy.

“We’ve worked hard for three days, and we’ll work hard for one more. We’re confident we can do the job.”

Division Two

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Nottinghamshire vs Glamorgan, Trent Bridge

Glamorgan will enter the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Nottinghamshire feeling that they are in a strong position to complete their first victory in a red-ball match at Trent Bridge since 1998.

Building on a lead of 77 on first innings, in which Timm van der Gugten’s 62 helped the last two wickets add 131 runs, they had Nottinghamshire 224 for for eight at the close, the Netherlands international seam bowler having also starred with the ball by taking four wickets for 51.

All four came after tea, starting with that of key man Ben Duckett, who fell five runs short of posting a second century in the match. No other Nottinghamshire batsman has made more than 30 and a lead of 147 looks a fragile one.

Nottinghamshire, pre-season favourites to win promotion from Division Two, pulled off an improbable win over Sussex at Hove last week. Another would seem unlikely, although ninth-wicket pair Brett Hutton and Joey Evison - batting with a runner because of a sore toe - added 37 in the last 14 overs and a few more on the final morning could still set up an intriguing finish.

Having let a good position slip on Friday, Nottinghamshire needed another seven overs on the third morning to take the last Glamorgan wicket, van der Gugten’s measured contribution with the bat ending when he miscued Liam Patterson-White’s left-arm spin and was caught at long-off.  

Michael Hogan, 19 not out, then demonstrated that his prowess with the ball does not wane even in his 41st year by removing both Nottinghamshire openers without scoring.

He surprised Haseeb Hameed in his second over with a ball that climbed and looped to gully off the shoulder of the bat and, in his next over, banged another in short that Ben Slater went to pull but could only glove through to the wicketkeeper.

Duckett and Joe Clarke were briefly on top as Nottinghamshire recovered from two down for one run to 45 for two at lunch. But Hogan and Van der Gugten were able to dry up the runs immediately after lunch and Michael Neser returned to have Clarke caught behind, pushing at one that found a thin edge.

Having survived a half-chance to midwicket on 32, Duckett went on the attack, going to his half-century with a lovely shot through the offside for four off Neser, following up with three legside boundaries against Andrew Salter’s off-spin.

He lost another partner as skipper Steven Mullaney fell to a dab outside off stump that lacked conviction and turned into another catch for Cooke.

By tea, Duckett had moved into the 90s, but with Nottinghamshire still only 81 in front, Glamorgan knew that his early removal in the third session could be decisive.

In the event, it came only four overs in, as the left-hander, with rare indecisiveness, pushed tentatively at a ball from van der Gugten only for it to leave him just enough to take the edge. Lloyd took the catch at slip.

Van der Gugten, finding some swing with the old ball, claimed his second wicket as Liam Patterson-White was adjudged leg before seeking to work one off his pads, a third as Sam Northeast dived full length to his left to snare Moores at second slip and a fourth as Northeast held one just over the ground to remove James Pattinson.

But Hutton and Evison could yet turn the target into a tricky one, although there is a question mark over whether Evison will be able to bowl.

Glamorgan bowler Timm van der Gugten said:

“The game’s at an interesting point, we’ve got two more wickets to take, hopefully we can do that with minimal damage and it’ll be an interesting chase.

“If you stick in enough, there’s enough there for the bowlers so we’ll have to bat well.

“It was nice to spend some time in the middle and to bat with Hoges (Michael Hogan) to eke out an extra 20-odd runs, I always enjoy my batting.

“After my first three overs I felt in good rhythm and all the bowlers were outstanding today, Michael Neser 19 overs for 25 runs, hopefully we can create two more chances and the batters can knock it off.

“It’s a really good cricket wicket, if you bowl well enough you’ll get rewards, if you bat well enough you’ll get rewards, so it’s been a good game so far.”


Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney said:

“We are still hanging in with a lead of 147 and two wickets left and the current partnership between Brett and Joey could be huge if they can carry on in the morning. If we can build on this lead by as many as we can we will hopefully be in a position to build some pressure.

“Ben Duckett was magnificent again and although there were a couple of poor shots, myself included, you have to give credit to Glamorgan, their big three seamers were outstanding.  At one point, Van der Gugten bowled four overs in a row where he didn’t miss off stump. They have shown us how to bowl really.

“We were disappointed with how we bowled but as long as we learn from that and look at what has served us well for the last 12 months we have got a chance.

“It was slightly disappointing last night. That partnership for the ninth wicket hurt us. There have been missed opportunities but we still have a chance.”

Durham vs Leicestershire, Riverside

Matthew Potts claimed career-best figures to give Durham hope of forcing victory against Leicestershire in their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two match at the Riverside.

Potts delivered an outstanding spell with the old ball to remove Hassan Azad to allow the hosts to break into the Leicestershire batting order. The 23-year-old found life out of the pitch that no other bowler was able to conjure, earning figures of six for 58 and passing fifty first-class wickets in the process.

The North-East outfit bowled out the visitors for 273 before building a dominant lead of 394 runs courtesy of a maiden first-class hundred from Michael Jones and a fine knock of 84 from Sean Dickson, who capitalised on an ailing Leicestershire bowling line-up. A declaration will likely occur overnight, leaving the hosts requiring 10 wickets on the final day to force their first win of the campaign.

Durham were in need of inspiration with the old ball at the start of day three with Azad and Colin Ackermann seemingly entrenched, and Potts responded by bounding in from the Finchale End and hitting the wicket hard to prise out Azad, ending the opener's stubborn knock after 206 deliveries for 66 and a fine partnership with Ackermann for the third wicket of 112.

Azad was cramped up by the accuracy of Potts, which began a clatter of wickets in the Leicestershire middle order courtesy of the Durham seamer. Louis Kimber lasted only three balls before he played on with a loose drive before Nick Welch was pinned lbw for only two to give the home side an opportunity to ramp up the pressure with the arrival of the new ball. In a five-over burst with the old ball, Potts claimed figures of 3-15 to open up the Leicestershire ranks.

Ackermann appeared to have stymied the threat before Raine produced a teasing delivery that found the outside edge for 81. The home side continued to chip away and Potts passed a milestone in his career with the next wicket to fall, securing his 50th first-class wicket by removing Ed Barnes with a Scott Borthwick-David Bedingham double act in the slip cordon.

After a break from the attack, Potts was called back into action to break another Leicestershire stand. With his first ball of his second spell of the day, the 23-year-old removed Harry Swindells to notch his first wicket-haul in first-class cricket. Potts' pace and bounce proved to be too much for Will Davis to handle, presenting a simple caught and bowled chance. Liam Trevaskis wrapped up the visitors' innings, handing Durham a lead of 155 to take into the second innings.

The home side were able to capitalise on the absence of both Chris Wright and Beuran Hendricks due to injury as openers Jones and Dickson were able to accelerate at the crease reaching a century stand in the 23rd over. Dickson passed fifty for the second time of the match from only 66 balls, although he was given a life after being dropped on 40 by Welch off Ackermann.

Dickson's attempt to elevate the run rate cost him his wicket 16 shy of a second century of the game. However, Jones succeeded where his team-mate fell, reaching three figures for the first time of his career with a firm strike through the covers before he was out before the close for 108.

Leicestershire's Colin Ackermann - "We set out with the ambition of trying to bat out the whole day. Credit to Durham they bowled pretty well. Matthew Potts got fired up and bowled extremely well against us. It was disappointing not to bat until at least tea, but credit to them. Hassan Azad had a brilliant innings against Worcestershire last week, and hopefully he can replicate that again on Sunday. The equation is pretty simple, we have to set out our stall and bat for as long as possible and keep all the good balls out. I was very surprised that Durham didn't declare late on Saturday.

"If I was in their position I would have tried to get 400 runs as quick as possible and had a go on Saturday evening. We were expecting a declaration, but obviously it didn't hand. Beuran Hendricks got struck while he was batting, but fortunately there is no fracture. We'll try our best to save the game, if a few batters get in we have to be ruthless and not give them a sniff.

 

Durham's Matthew Potts - "It was nice to make a big contribution with the ball, it was my first five-wicket haul for the first team. It was just a case of trying to get the wickets as quickly as possible to give us a chance of forcing a win on day four. Credit to them they played really well on Friday and put together a nice partnership, but I felt that we bowled well in drying up the scoreboard, which is a strength of ours as a bowling unit. We knew that we might get our rewards. It was a case of going hard at them on Saturday morning and getting that one wicket with the old ball that opened up an end with the new ball.

 "Hassan Azad doesn't hurt you in the scoring rate, but he eats up a lot of deliveries and that can tire you out. Once we got him we had an end to bowl at and a sniff into the line-up. The best chance for us to get a massive lead on the board and go at them for 96 overs with fresh legs. This is our home ground, we know how to bowl here. We know how to create pressure so the final day is going to be very interesting."

Derbyshire vs Sussex, The Incora County Ground

Sussex skipper Tom Haines led from the front with a superb career best century to frustrate Derbyshire on the third day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

The 23-year-old batted through the day for an unbeaten 164 from 289 balls and with Indian Test batsman Chateshwar Pujara scoring 57 not out , Sussex closed on 278 for 2 after following on 331 behind.

Haines was also given solid support from Ali Orr who shared an opening stand of 128 in 43 overs before he was removed by Sam Conners who was Derbyshire’s most threatening bowler on a flat pitch.

After Tom Alsopp was run out, Haines and Pujara combined in an unbroken third wicket stand of 133 to leave Sussex trailing by only 53.

With such a commanding lead, it was no surprise that Derbyshire put Sussex back in but the visitors showed much more application and determination after the first innings capitulation.

Although Orr edged Suranga Lakmal just wide of the slip cordon in the first over, Derbyshire’s bowlers struggled to create openings on a pitch that remains a good one for batting.

When a chance did come, it was not taken as Shan Masood failed to cling on one-handed to what would have been a brilliant catch at leg slip off Alex Thomson when Orr was on 13.

Orr dug in, showing good judgement, while Haines played more aggressively to reach 50 from 67 balls by cutting Lakmal for his eighth four.

The pair survived comfortably through to lunch although Derbyshire eased some of the pressure on the batsmen by not posting more close fielders.

Billy Godleman continued to rotate his attack after the interval in search of the breakthrough which finally came 13 overs into the afternoon session.

Orr had left the ball well so it was a surprise when he was caught in two minds and edged Conners behind after battling for just short of three hours.

The fall of one wicket had sparked a Sussex collapse in the first innings but Tom Allsop was settling in until he was the victim of a poor call from his captain.

Haines pushed the ball towards point and set off for a run but Nick Potts' throw left Alsopp well short of his ground.

It was the last thing Sussex needed but Haines did not allow it to disturb his concentration and he drove Anuj Dal through the covers for his 14th four to complete a fine century, the sixth of his first-class career.

Derbyshire should have removed him on 111 when he cut the left-arm spin of Leus du Plooy to slip but Madsen could not hold onto a sharp chance.

At tea, Sussex had reduced the arrears to 153 and in the final session, Pujara began to time the ball with ominous assurance from a Derbyshire perspective.

Two effortless back foot drives sent the ball racing to the ropes and Derbyshire’s best hope of breaking through rested on the new ball which was taken 16 overs from the close.

But Haines and Pujara stood firm with the skipper reaching his 150 from 256 balls and Pujara brought up his half century by cutting Potts to the boundary.

Sussex still have a lot of work to do to save the game but this was an impressive response in adversity from a young team.

Sussex captain Tom Haines said: "I'm tired but very pleased. I'm going to enjoy it for now but we've still got a bit of work to do tomorrow.

"I let Puj (Chateshwar Pujara) speak this morning in the huddle, he's obviously been in this situation many times with India and he just said we've got to break each session down into chunks.

"We had confidence, it's a good wicket and we knew we could trust it.It wasn't a 174 all out wicket and we knew we didn't bat well enough in the first innings. We knew we have the batting line up to perform and hopefully we can put that right in this innings and carry on tomorrow."

Derbyshire fast bowler Sam Conners said: It is a good pitch and I felt the boys really stuck at it which was the main thing we spoke about this morning.

"We knew it was going to be tough to take 10 wickets again and it's going to be about just sticking in there again tomorrow.

"The ball is still quite new and when the boys are a bit fresher in the morning we'll give it a really good go and if we can get a couple of early ones we will be right in this game."


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