LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 3 Day 4: April 24th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 3 Day 4 : April 24th
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Sunday April 24th
Warwickshire completed the first victory of their LV=Insurance County Championship title defence by polishing off Essex by ten wickets an hour after lunch on the final day at Edgbaston.
Essex resumed on the last morning on 290 for eight, just 73 ahead and needing something special from their last two wickets to stay in the game.
But they added only another 33 to be all out for 323 and leave the home side a victory target of 107 in more than two sessions. Both wickets fell to concussion substitute Craig Miles who ended with four for 85 while Simon Harmer was left stranded on 75 (156 balls, ten fours, one six).
Openers Alex Davies (65, 131 balls) and Dom Sibley (41, 96) eased Warwickshire to victory with an unbroken stand of 110 in 37.4 overs.
The emphatic win rounded off a strong start to the season for the defending champions after their solid opening-game draw with Surrey.
Essex were left to digest their first defeat of the campaign and also the blow of England batter Dan Lawrence's hamstring injury which is likely to sideline him for several weeks. Tom Westley's side will also reflect on some careless first innings batting as the root cause of their defeat.
Miles, who was drafted into the team as concussion sub on Friday afternoon when Liam Norwell took a short ball on the head, proved to have a significant impact on the match. Within minutes of arriving at the ground, summoned from home, he was batting at number 11 and helped Michael Burgess add 64 for the last wicket.
Then he took two important wickets late on the third day and added the final two on the last morning. An inswinger trapped Mark Steketee lbw and an outswinger did for Sam Cook whose edge gave wicketkeeper Burgess his fifth catch of the innings. Harmer ran out of partners, frustratingly as he looked untroubled in the excellent batting conditions.
Chasing 107 in a minimum of 85 overs, Davies and Sibley took their time. They acquired eight runs from the first nine overs as Cook and Shane Snater bowled testing new ball spells, but the true pitch throttled any Essex hopes of triggering the requisite clatter.
Warwickshire eased to 50 in the 23rd over after which Davies advanced to a fluent 50 (107 balls), maintaining his proud record of having scored a half-century in every first class match he has played at Edgbaston (two for Lancashire and now one for his new county).
Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes said:
"It was a very professional performance and highlights the strides we have made in the last two years. In championship cricket it can be short periods that turn a game. We always say you can't win a game in a session but you can go a long way to losing it and we went a long way to pushing them out of the game on the first afternoon when we bowled really well. Then we batted ourselves into a position of strength.
"All 12 players contributed! The performance replicated what we did last year, a really good collective effort. It was a very professional performance and highlights the strides we have made in the last two years. Olly Hannon-Dalby spoke really well in the dressing room after the game. The Essex game at home last year was our cup final. They are the team that we strive to be like and I think we have taken snippets of the how they play and added them to our game."
Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said:
"The hour after lunch on the first day, when we lost a lot of wicket, really put us behind the eight-ball. To make 168 on a good wicket, you are not going to win too many games from there. We fought back well but when you are facing a deficit of over 200 it's going to be tough to save the game. We scrapped but didn't have anyone who made the big hundreds and the big partnerships and that cost us.
"It's a match to forget for us, really. It's a resounding victory for Warwickshire and they well-deserved it and I don't want to take anything away from them. Even though we played below our standard, you have got to congratulate Warwickshire on the way they played.
"Dan has had a scan on his hamstring. We don't know how long he's going to be out yet. Hopefully it's not as bad as it at first felt. The specialist will give is his expert view tomorrow so hopefully we'll get a bit of good news but he will certainly miss the Northants game."
Hampshire have routed Kent by an innings and 51 runs in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, after dismissing the hosts for 296 in their second innings on day four.
Kyle Abbott took five for 29, mopping up Kent’s tail with three wickets from four balls, while Felix Organ span his way to three for 63 as the visitors secured a maximum 24 points, while Kent managed just four.
Ben Compton and Jordan Cox had given Kent hope of a draw after batting through the morning session on day four, but they were out for 89 and 64 respectively after lunch.
Cox’s dismissal was particularly contentious as he was given caught off a delivery that seemed to hit his thigh, but having been outplayed for most of the match Kent could have few complaints about the final result.
Home hopes of avoiding a second consecutive defeat seemed to hinge largely on the County Championship’s leading run scorer Compton, who’d come within maybe 40 minutes of getting them out of a far tighter situation against Lancashire the previous Sunday.
He’d scored 37 of the hosts’ overnight tally of 78 for three, but they were still 269 behind when play resumed. Abbas found his edge when he was on 49, but the chance didn’t carry and he took a single from the next ball to reach his half-century.
Cox, on three overnight, played and missed at Barker when on 13 and a googly from Mason Crane somehow eluded his stumps and went for four byes, but otherwise he offered few chances and at lunch Kent were 161 for three, with the visiting bowlers getting increasingly frustrated.
Keith Barker broke through 15 minutes into the afternoon session when Compton was given out caught behind to a leg side delivery. Whether it was out of disappointment or anger, Compton was shaking his head as he trudged back to the pavilion and Ollie Robinson was out for nine in the next over. The skipper hit Organ for boundaries off the first two balls but edged the third to Ben Brown.
By now Organ was extracting some serious turn, but Darren Stevens brought up 200 for Kent when he swiped him for six and Cox hit Abbas through cow corner to pass fifty for the second time in the match.
Stevens should have been out when he hit a rank full toss from Mason Crane straight to Liam Dawson, but the fielder spilled the catch.
The game’s most controversial moment came when Cox was given out, caught at short leg by Joe Weatherley off Organ, to a ball that replays showed had initially hit him halfway up the thigh. Mohammad Abbas then accounted for Matt Milnes, who misjudged a pull shot and was caught by Weatherley for 13.
Hamid Qadri joined Stevens and survived till tea, at which point Kent were 287 for seven, but he fell to the third ball after the restart, edging Abbott behind for 11. Abbott’s next ball removed Nathan Gilchrist for a golden duck, caught by Weatherley at short leg.
Jackson Bird hit Abbott’s hat-trick ball for four but he was lbw to the next delivery, leaving Stevens unbeaten on 41 as Hampshire celebrated raucously on the pitch.
Hampshire's Kyle Abbott said: "It was a pretty tough first session and starting to drag out there a bit, but we knew we were putting enough balls in the right area and it was a matter of time. As soon as we cracked open a fairly fragile middle-to-lower order we were in with a shot. It was great to come here, get the job done and come away with 24 points."
(On three wickets in four balls) "It was very weird, it almost felt like the over took about 20 minutes. When I look back at taking three for nine in one over it seems a little silly, but to be quite honest I had a bit of a sore body after tea. It's quite a sapping pitch, it's mentally sapping, there's not much in there for the bowler, so every time you come in it's a hundred percent or nothing. I was just a little bit off in the first couple of balls and obviously with the hat-trick ball I had to go for the stumps. The bowling coach tells me I don't bowl enough bouncers. I say it takes too much out of me at times! The idea (for the bouncer to Gilchrist) came from Dawson. I managed to get it quite well directed and Joe took a great catch.
"It was nice to get the job done. It was set up incredibly by the batters yesterday, to give the bowlers a full day off and get so far ahead. It's great for us as a team, we're pretty chuffed all round."
Hampshire's James Vince said: "Right the way from the start, having lost the toss on one of the flattest wickets in the last few years, to be able to bowl them out was a massive effort and every day we've done what we needed to do. It's good batting conditions but you've still got to get them, so 650 really set the game up.
"Today we knew it was going to be hard, but we had options with Felix and we didn't expect to happen quite that quickly with that over from Abbo after tea, but I think we got rewards for a lot of hard work and persistence we showed over four days. He's bowled really well and the last couple of games he's maybe not got the wickets his bowling deserved, but he deserved that."
Kent batting coach Ryan ten Doeschate said: "Hampshire are a strong bowling unit and I think we missed some key moments in the game, particularly being 233-3 on that first day. We needed to finish the day stronger than that, but then again I think we showed great fight today. I thought the two guys who got stuck in and got runs were very unlucky to have their innings ended in both instances.
"We're certainly not in a bad place, I've looked at the metrics and we've batted 600 overs in the first three games which isn't the recipe for losing two and drawing one, so I think there are a lot of positives to take. The form of Ben Compton is very good and generally I'm very happy with the way the batters are going, but there's definitely a bit of work to be done on both aspects of the game.
"When you're spending double the amount of time at the crease than the other team, you are going to get a few more bad decisions. It's very frustrating, particularly for Ben, who's been monumental at the start of this season, to have two innings ended in that fashion, but we don't want to focus on the decisions. He's batted tremendously well and over time you are going to get decisions that go against you and you are just going to have to suck them up."
Lancashire wrapped up a second consecutive victory in the LV=County Championship Division One by an innings and 57 runs despite some brilliant resistance from a determined Gloucestershire side at Emirates Old Trafford.
Resuming on 67 for three, the visitors faced the unenviable task of seeing off a Red Rose attack full of international class with James Anderson, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson all keen to prove their credentials to England’s new look regime.
But it took until just before 6pm on the final day for Lancashire to seal the victory as Gloucestershire were dismissed for 247, with just 23 balls remaining, still 57 runs short of the host’s mammoth first innings total of 556 for seven.
Earlier in the day, the visitor’s resistance had lasted around an hour before Parkinson’s leg breaks made the difference in just his third over as he got one to turn and edge skipper Graeme van Buuren’s bat on its way to Luke Wells at slip.
With their leader departing for 15 it would have been easy for Gloucestershire to crumble and that looked like exactly what would happen when Ryan Higgins was immediately dismissed first ball by a Parkinson beauty which turned from leg and clipped the top of off stump to leave them 85 for five.
115 for five at lunch became 122 for six soon after the interval when the previously redoubtable Miles Hammond, who had compiled 50 from 154 balls, was adjudged lbw to hand the returning Anderson his second wicket of the match.
Zafar Gohar was then cleaned bowled by Parkinson for three to leave Gloucestershire staring into the abyss at 127 for seven and the Bolton-born leg spinner seemingly on a role as he looked to stake his claim for an England Test cap this summer.
But as Lancashire found out at Kent the previous week, victories seldom come easy in this division, and Gloucestershire found some much-needed fight in the form of Tom Lace and Josh Shaw.
Lace reached his half-century from 130 balls and the eighth wicket pair had put on 79 when Hassan Ali entered the contest in typically flamboyant fashion as he conjured up a follow up to his stump splitting exploits the day previously.
Shaw, who had reached 29 with a clever poke through the slip cordon, seemed to provoke the Pakistani paceman into bowling two bouncers accompanied by a chorus of verbals before the third ball ripped into Shaw’s off stump to thrilling affect.
Lancashire must have felt like the eighth wicket was the catalyst for victory but they reckoned without Lace and the incoming Jared Warner. By 5pm the pair had batted for 21 overs with barely an attacking shot between them save for a mistimed cut from Lace that was shelled by Steven Croft at second slip off Mahmood.
Lace’s determined vigil finally ended with a little over 30 minutes of play left with the bizarre sight of umpire Richard Illingworth forced to raise his finger despite the batsman’s leg bail being dislodged somehow by a wicked delivery from Mahmood that hit the top of off stump.
Lace faced 201 balls for his 71 and along with Warner brought Gloucestershire to within sight of the finish line. But it was not to be. With just 23 balls remaining, the brilliant Hassan, who finished with match figures of nine for 96 on his home debut, enticed Warner, who had faced 119 balls for his 10 runs, to edge one to wicket keeper Phil Salt to spark the celebrations.
Glen Chapple, head coach, Lancashire: "It was a tough day. We were in a great position and played superb cricket throughout the game on a really good surface that was fairly flat but was like a Test pitch.
"I'm pleased that we dominated the game and played really good cricket all the way through but even with the unbelievable bowling attack we've got it was hard work and Gloucestershire played well, made it difficult and at one point a draw looked favourite.
"We'd prefer good surfaces like that because the best team has the best chance to win and at the moment we have a strong team. We didn't ever take a backward step and the effort was great - if we can find a way to keep our foot on the gas all the way through it would be great but the efforts after tea were amazing.
"During his career to date, Josh (Bohannon) has not had a bad spell and we know now that he is a proven, quality player. He has been determined this winter to work on how he can make sure that he can bat long and make really big, telling scores. He richly deserves his first double hundred and everyone is delighted for him."
Graeme van Buuren, Gloucestershire captain, said: "I am immensely proud of the boys. Every week they put up their hands and fight - you can never write us of.
"The stress levels were hectic and I think there are a lot of tired bodies after facing that world class bowling line up.
"Small little things are letting us down at the moment but we will work hard to fix those. I don't know if it's a lack of concentration but those little periods of the game are costing us. We are very close to competing even better than we are at the moment.
"We would never have even been playing for the draw if it had not been for Zafar (Gohar). He is such a magician and he didn't moan once - he just kept asking for the ball and he bowled fantastically well."
Will Young’s six-hour vigil for 96 thwarted Yorkshire’s hopes of victory as Northamptonshire dug in to secure a draw in their LV= Insurance County Championship encounter at Wantage Road.
The Northamptonshire opener batted painstakingly to hold their second innings together, narrowly missing out on a debut hundred after he played on to Matthew Revis with 26 overs remaining.
But wicketkeeper Lewis McManus, on loan from Hampshire, seized the baton with a spirited unbeaten 62 to steer the home side – set a nominal target of 499 – to safety at 318 for seven.
It was Northamptonshire’s second successive battling draw since returning to the top flight, having also shared the spoils with Gloucestershire a fortnight ago.
Although Yorkshire had gone wicketless on the third evening, an explosive opening spell by Haris Rauf soon made inroads, with home captain Ricardo Vasconcelos (29) fending a short ball into the hands of third slip.
Emilio Gay, who had top-scored with 65 in the first innings, was snapped up at short leg for a duck in Rauf’s next over and, when Revis had Saif Zaib caught behind soon afterwards, Northamptonshire were stumbling at 79 for three.
Deploying as many as eight close fielders at times, Yorkshire sensed an opportunity to force home their advantage – but they found Young in obdurate mood.
The New Zealander batted sensibly and patiently in tandem with Rob Keogh (48) to blunt the threat of Dom Bess, who plugged away from the David Capel End before switching post-lunch.
There was little reward for the off-spinner – or for Rauf, whose second spell was less productive than his first.
Yorkshire had already used seven bowlers, including Adam Lyth and Dawid Malan, when they turned to George Hill’s medium pace midway through the afternoon – and his first delivery produced the breakthrough, with Keogh caught off a leading edge at short extra cover.
That broke the fourth-wicket partnership at 99 and the White Rose also prised out Luke Procter (13), lbw to a straight one from Bess as Young inched towards three figures.
A stylish pull to the boundary off Revis took the opener to 96, but later in the same over he was finally dismissed, attempting to leave a ball outside off stump and dragging onto the stumps instead.
Having dominated his partnership of 41 with Young, McManus began to curb his attacking instinct but nevertheless advanced to his 10th first-class half-century by cutting Rauf to the boundary.
Matthew Kelly proved a capable ally, swatting Rauf for two sixes in his knock of 42 and, although Revis (3-57) yorked him late on, McManus and Gareth Berg held out to clinch the draw.
Northamptonshire batter Will Young, who top-scored with 96, said: “We wanted to show some character and fight, to get something out of the game and I’m glad I played a part in getting the draw.
“There were also plenty of other guys in the team that stepped up and made really valuable contributions towards that.
“We’re happy to come away with a hard-fought draw. Breaking it down into chunks helped – (batting coach) Ben Smith talked about 20-minute slots and we had a whiteboard and just crossed those off as they went by.
“Yorkshire bowled really well and threw all sorts at us. You’ve got to keep yourself mentally fresh somehow and ticking off little things like that helps.”
Yorkshire head coach Ottis Gibson said: “There was some good effort, all the way to the end, and that’s how we intend to play our cricket going forward for the rest of the season.
“The first two days, the game moved nicely along. The last two days, it slowed right down.
“Trying to get them out on a pitch that was offering us nothing, we had to dig deep. It was a shame we couldn’t get over the line, but we showed a lot of fight, character and spirit, and that’s very pleasing.
“We felt that 120 overs would be enough to bowl them out. It proved not to be.”
(On Matt Fisher) “Matt’s had, it’s not a stress fracture, a stress reaction. The last time I spoke to the medical team they said he’d be out for about four weeks.”
Ryan Patel continued his fine start to the season with a match-winning 102 as Surrey confirmed their position as the LV= Insurance County Championship’s early pace-setters by beating Somerset by three wickets at the Kia Oval.
Surrey, needing 237 to win a fiercely-contested Division One match, completed their second victory from the first three games just before 5pm on the final afternoon, with Patel joined by Ben Foakes in a decisive fourth wicket partnership of 66.
Foakes was earlier passed fit to resume playing after concussion tests, following his nasty collision with first slip Jamie Overton on day three, when both players dived for an edge from Tom Banton. Foakes somehow managed to hold on to the ball despite hitting his head hard against Overton’s shoulder and, after lengthy treatment, leaving the field with a cut under his right ear.
But Foakes played skilfully for 48 not out after joining Patel at 106 for three, Surrey having just lost both Hashim Amla, for 14, and Ollie Pope, for 5, in the first half-hour after lunch.
When Patel finally fell, edging Josh Davey behind after a superb 133-ball innings featuring 14 fours and plenty of judicious attacking intent, Surrey’s total had reached 172 and much of the hard work had been done.
Certainly, without Patel’s aggressive knock, his second championship hundred and a career-best, Surrey’s chase would have been far trickier than it already looked on a pitch still giving the bowlers enough reasons for optimism.
Sam Curran’s breezy 33, including two sixes immediately after tea off Jack Leach, helped Foakes to steer Surrey across the finishing line, although there was a final stutter when Curran edged Jack Brooks behind, Will Jacks (1) carved Craig Overton, bowling despite a bruised toe, to gully and Jordan Clark slogged Brooks to mid on to go for six with only three runs required.
It is a sorry seventh successive championship defeat for Somerset, going back to the end of last summer. Surrey take 21 points and Somerset six.
Opener Patel, 24, has transformed what was until last July a stop-start county career; it was on July 27, 2021, to be precise, that Patel suddenly blossomed with an extraordinary 70-ball 131 against Nottinghamshire in a Royal London Cup game at Guildford.
On that day, in a fixture reduced by rain to 30-overs per side, he was batting at number three when rain first arrived after eight overs’ play. On the resumption, he initially reached 16 from 27 balls before going berserk and plundering 115 from his next 43, with 10 sixes.
Since then, he finished last summer with a run of good scores and, in this campaign, Patel has so far scored 256 runs in five championship innings at an average of 64.
Starting the final day on 196 for 9, a lead of 225, Somerset’s last pair Davey and Brooks added only another 11 runs in 3.3 overs before Davey edged a Clark away-swinger to first slip to go for 12. Clark finished with the impressive figures of four for 52.
Patel and Rory Burns batted positively from ball one of Surrey’s chase, with skipper Burns taking two fours from Overton in the third over – first slicing him to third man and following it up two balls later with a far more authoritative square drive.
Peter Siddle beat Patel early on with a magnificent ball, but the left-hander responded by hitting him through square cover for four and then taking several more eye-catching boundaries in quick succession off Somerset’s new ball bowlers. First he straight drove Siddle for four before, in the space of three balls, pulling and slapping high over mid off when Overton twice pitched short.
Burns top-edged an attempted hook at Overton high over the keeper for four, but the former England Test opener was less fortunate when on 17 he went after another short one, this time from Brooks’ fifth ball, and skied to Davey at wide long leg.
Amla got going with a leg-glanced four off Brooks, and the seamer suffered further punishment as Patel pulled, extra cover drove and swatted through midwicket to collect three more fours.
Patel reached fifty from 60 balls, just before lunch, but Amla departed soon after the interval when Siddle – with the fourth ball of his second spell – found some extra lift to have the former South Africa great held by keeper Steven Davies, the ball looping up gently after Matt Renshaw failed to hold on to the edge at second slip.
Pope cut to gully a ball from Brooks that was too close to him for the stroke, and Tom Abell took a smart tumbling catch to bring Somerset right back into the contest. Thanks to Patel, Foakes and Curran, however, it was Surrey’s day.
Surrey opener Ryan Patel said: “We are very happy with that win, especially as we were behind the game a little after the first innings.
“As against Hampshire last week [when Kemar Roach was injured early on] our bowlers have been unbelievable. James Taylor couldn’t bowl in their second innings but everyone else stood up and to take seven wickets after tea yesterday turned the game on its head. We couldn’t have asked any more of our bowlers in these last two victories.
“Of course it was nice to take a wicket myself yesterday when I was asked to bowl [as a result of Taylor’s back spasm injury] and it was a great feeling today to get to a hundred after having had a couple of good starts in the previous two championship fixtures this season. [Patel scored 75 v Warwickshire and then 58 v Hampshire last week]
“To get 102 in a winning cause obviously makes it even better, and I am very happy indeed with where my game is at now. I’ve just got a lot more confidence in my ability after a winter of hard work and also a lot of work last summer. Both Gareth Batty and Vikram Solanki [current and previous Surrey head coaches] have been brilliant with me.”
Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: “This was an improved performance after the first two weeks but not the result in the end that we wanted.
“Tom Abell was outstanding in both innings, and Tom Banton also batted well on his return to the side and is a player of high potential.
“We have to turn things around, there is no choice. It’s a challenge for me and for everyone. There have been robust conversations in the dressing room and it’s important to keep doing what we’ve been doing in practice. One or two players are struggling a bit individually but collectively it’s very good in the dressing room.”
Derbyshire were delayed for longer than they might have anticipated before wrapping up an innings victory over rivals Leicestershire in Division Two of the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Leicestershire were 172 behind overnight with only four second-innings wickets in hand after trailing by a daunting 318 on first innings, but were in familiar territory after mounting last-day rearguards to save a draw in their opening two matches and fought doggedly again, even with the odds heavily against them.
Louis Kimber made 54 and Callum Parkinson 49 as Leicestershire kept Derbyshire waiting until mid-afternoon before they were all out for 250, finishing 68 short of requiring their opponents to bat again. Off-spinner Alex Thomson was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 50 from 39 overs
Derbyshire also drew their first two fixtures of the new season but after Pakistan international Shan Masood’s second consecutive double century and a maiden first-class hundred by Mattie McKiernan had given them such a handsome advantage at the halfway stage they would have seen this as a wasted opportunity had they failed to win.
Kimber picked up six boundaries and passed fifty for the fourth time in only his eighth first-class match and Parkinson battled for more than two hours but these were only a few positives that Leicestershire can take forward from a disappointing four days.
Ed Barnes, whose maiden five-wicket haul at the end of the Derbyshire innings was another, stayed with Kimber for the first hour of the final day, but fell four overs after the second new ball was taken, Lakmal having him caught behind off an inside edge on to pad.
Kimber, who had played some attractive shots departed in Lakmal’s next over, leg before playing back, before Parkinson and Beuran Hendicks began a ninth-wicket partnership that would span 27 overs.
Parkinson found the boundary three times, flicking Lakmal off his legs and twice driving Thomson, as he and the South African pace bowler negotiated the 12 overs to lunch at 210 for eight.
They further survived for the best part of an hour after the interval and had cut the deficit by 57 runs to 80 before Hendricks, having survived the chance of a stumping off Thomson 11, was caught behind off McKiernan’s leg spin for 15.
Parkinson moved to within a single of a half-century of his own but when Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman called on Anuj Dal to bowl for the first time on the day the medium pacer had the Leicestershire vice-captain leg before with his first ball to complete the win.
It is only the second time in 58 years that Derbyshire have beaten their East Midlands rivals by an innings and the first time at Grace Road, as the Uptonsteel County Ground is traditionally known, since 1896.
Indeed, the win over Leicestershire by an innings and 32 runs at Derby in 2011 was Derbyshire’s last innings victory over any opponent.
Derbyshire head coach Mickey Arthur said:
“I’m immensely proud of the players for the work they have put in and how we have evolved in a team in the short space of time I’ve been here. We’ve played 12 days of cricket so far and haven’t been outplayed on any of them.
“The boys are starting to believe in themselves and once you start believing in yourselves as a team that becomes really powerful and I couldn’t be more happy at the moment.
“Shan (Masood) has been outstanding, of course. He has led from the front and has taken a lot of batsmen with him but as good as he has been I thought Suranga Lakmal in this game has been outstanding. The spell he bowled today was world class and those two have galvanised the team.
“We are under no illusions, we have to keep doing it and keep getting better and there will be some worse days but to win a four-day game is a tough thing, it is damn hard and they deserve to enjoy this win.”
Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said:
“I’m bitterly disappointed. We didn’t get going in this game at all. In the first innings on that pitch we should have been getting 350+ but there were too few partnerships, we gave wickets away too easily, our disciplines weren’t good enough, our thinking wasn’t good enough in different situations.
“We didn’t do ourselves justice with either the bat or the ball. We are not getting the basics right and that hurts you even more.
“We’re not being ruthless, we’re being soft at the moment and in first-class cricket you have to be better than that. Yes, we’ve had a couple of draws but they have been draws where we were hanging on and we’ve got to start leading in games, putting our marker down from day one and being relentless in our batting and our bowling.
“I was pleased for Ed Barnes getting his five-for. Mickey Arthur said to me this morning how much he likes Ed’s attitude. It would have been easy for him to just go through the motions but he has some personal pride and I’m delighted for him because he has not had a lot of luck so far this season with a lot of plays and misses.”
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