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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 2: 29th April - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 2
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 2
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Here are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 2: 29th April.

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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 1: 28th April.



Division One

Essex vs Northamptonshire, The Cloud County Ground

Ben Sanderson blasted a gaping hole in the fragile Essex batting with four quick-fire wickets to capitalise on Luke Procter’s marathon century and put Northamptonshire in total command at Chelmsford.

The pace bowler took his season’s tally to 15 in five LV= Insurance County Championship innings as he found the edges of a succession of bats – including the plainly out-of-form Sir Alastair Cook – that Essex reduced to 55-5, then 75-7 and finally 95-8 at the close in reply to Northamptonshire’s 390.

Essex had no bowlers of similar ilk as Northamptonshire were able to eke out a further 157 runs to their overnight score in 45 overs, courtesy of a tortoise-and-hare ninth-wicket partnership of 105 between Procter and Gareth Berg.

Procter took exactly six hours to carefully compile his 113, only the fifth century of his 12-year first-class career. In contrast, Berg included three sixes in a swashbuckling 75 that lasted just 132 balls.

Northamptonshire now stand on the threshold of instant revenge after their humiliating innings defeat inside four sessions on the same ground only seven months ago.

The rot set in for the home side as early as the fifth over of their response when Nick Browne went cheaply, nicking Sanderson to second slip. Westley followed on the stroke of tea when playing down the wrong line to hand Will Young a second catch, this time off Tom Taylor’s bowling.

At least Westley’s 25 came from 50 balls. Cook, by contrast, looked completely out of nick as he scrabbled around for an hour and a half for six before falling caught behind to the 48th ball he faced.

Young completed a hat-trick of catches, swooping after Emilio Gay at third slip parried Critchley’s edge in his direction. And Gay picked up a catch of his own to send back Paul Walter for two that had taken 39 balls and given Sanderson wicket No4.

Adam Wheater adopted a brief aggressive cameo with three fours in an over from Matt Kelly. But the Australian seamer made amends, knocking back middle-stump when Wheater ushered the ball through having erroneously decided not to play a shot.

Simon Harmer caught the bug and also shouldered arms to Kelly and was lbw for nought. Feroze Khushi took 36 balls to score his first run and had reached nine 16 balls later when he was caught behind to make Procter’s day complete.

On a bitterly cold and overcast day, the green wicket continued to play slow and low – at least until the point where Essex went into bat when it revealed hitherto unheralded terrors.

The early dismissal of Kelly did not preface the swift end to the Northamptonshire innings for which Essex had budgeted. Rather it teamed Berg with Procter.

Kelly had tried to inject some aggression into his innings, but only succeeded in pulling to short midwicket to give Shane Snater a third wicket in eventual figures of 3-56.

Berg refused to be tied down and clobbered Critchley over midwicket for six that ran counter to Northamptonshire’s otherwise softly-softly approach. He later twice threatened the scorers’ box when lofting the same bowler straight for further maximum.

Procter, who lunched on 99 after adding just 39 to his total in the morning session, duly passed three-figures post-break when he turned Mark Steketee backward of square for two. He had faced 256 balls to that point.

However, in an uncharacteristic moment of madness, the left-hander attempted to hit Critchley out of the park for what would have been just the 11th boundary of his innings, only to pick out the imposing presence of Paul Walter at short midwicket.

Berg finally went after a mini-flurry of hitting when he found Westley on the long-on boundary to give Critchley figures of 3-81.

 


Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Bristol County Ground

Jamie Smith’s maiden double century and a second first class hundred from Jordan Clark gave Surrey a stranglehold on the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol. 

Unbeaten on 111 overnight, Smith had moved to 234 not out, from 430 balls, with 34 fours, by the time his side were finally bowled out for 603 shortly after tea on day two. 

It was a phenomenal effort of concentration from the 21-year-old, who occupied the crease for nine hours and 28 minutes, sharing a stand of 244 – a record for Surrey’s eighth wicket - with Clark to stifle the life out of a willing, but uninspired home attack. 

Clark provided positive support, making 137 after walking out at 349 for seven, with Surrey just having failed to claim a fourth batting point. He struck 15 fours and 2 sixes in an imposing 177-ball innings. 

By the close, Gloucestershire had replied impressively by posting 86 without loss, openers Chris Dent (45 not out) and Marcus Harris (30 not out) producing an array of positive shots in the face of considerable scoreboard pressure. 

The day began promisingly for the hosts as from 294 for four Surrey lost three wickets for the addition of 55 runs. Sam Curran was first to go, having added seven to his overnight 57 before being caught at gully driving a ball from Ryan Higgins. 

The next delivery saw Colin de Grandhomme bowled by a Higgins no-ball. He was then dropped at slip off the luckless Mohammad Amir before departing for 11, leg-before to Matt Taylor. 

When Will Jacks was caught and bowled by David Payne off a top-edged pull shot for 13, Gloucestershire were well in the game. 

But by lunch, Smith and Clark had added 37 to take the total to 396 for seven, Smith having gone past his previous career-best score of 138, and the afternoon session saw both batsmen dominate. 

Smith went to 150 with a leg-side boundary off Payne and in the same over produced one of the shots of his innings, a glorious straight drive for four that exuded quality. 

Clark brought up his fifty with on off-driven boundary off Amir, the one Gloucestershire bowler to threaten repeatedly, albeit in vain as he finished wicketless. 

Smith’s double hundred was brought up with a flourishing cover drive for four off Miles Hammond, his 30th boundary. It was greeted with warm applause and cheers from the Surrey balcony. 

Clark took two runs through the off-side from the off-spinner to reach his hundred off 151 balls, the second fifty having occupied only 60 deliveries. 

By tea, which was taken at 574 for seven, the partnership had overtaken the previous highest eighth-wicket stand for Surrey in first class cricket, an unbroken 222 between Ben Foakes and Gareth Batty against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in 2016. 

Still Burns wanted more runs on the board and there were five more overs of toil for the home bowlers. 

Some lusty swings accounted for Clark and the tail-enders, Dan Worrall falling to Jack Taylor, who has reinvented himself as a leg-spinner having had his off-spin action deemed illegal back in 2017. 

Surrey’s seamers found it as tough as their Gloucestershire counterparts to make inroads on the slow pitch as Dent and Harris confidently saw out 24 overs to the close. 

 

 


Hampshire vs Lancashire, Ageas Bowl

Keith Barker claimed his second LV= Insurance County Championship five-wicket haul of the season as Hampshire and Lancashire continued their close-fought encounter.

Left-arm fast bowler Barker is the equal leading wicket-taker in Division One so far this season with 20 scalps, with his five-for 67 adding to his impressive start to the campaign.

The Lancashire-born Barker helped Hampshire secure a nominal six-run first-innings advantage, with Phil Salt and Tom Bailey’s half-centuries keeping the visitors well in the match.

Nick Gubbins lead Hampshire’s evening lead builder, while James Anderson added two more wickets to his career tally – with Hampshire closing on 103 for three, the lead growing to 109.

The county champions tend to be the teams who take 20 wickets the easiest each match, and therefore have the best bowling attack. This is the main reason Hampshire and Lancashire are considered to be this year’s main challengers.

James Anderson, Hasan Ali and Tom Bailey vs Kyle Abbott, Muhammad Abbas and Keith Barker, or in terms of first class wickets 1,547 vs 1,515, back that up. Against other attacks the par on this pitch might be close to 350, rather than 250, such has been the relentlessness of accurate and skilful fast bowling.

The helpful morning conditions which had reduced Hampshire to 40 for five on the first morning returned to see Lancashire lose six wickets in little over an hour on day two. Nightwatchman Danny Lamb pushed forward to third slip, Josh Bohannon and Dane Vilas were undone by some extra bounce by the impressive Barker and George Balderson nicked behind having been done on the angle by Kyle Abbott.

Steven Croft attempted to cut with a flourish but instead nailed into the slip cordon and Rob Jones jerked behind – Lancashire 105 for seven, with all seven being caught behind the wicket. Hampshire’s lead would have been closer to three figures had Weatherley held onto misjudgements from Bailey and Salt when there were in single figures.

The duo put on 94 with risk-free cricket to as the ball started to age. Bailey dominated the offside with boundaries, while Salt milked either side of the wicket with intelligent running – half-centuries coming in 70 and 68 balls respectively.

The stand ended when Bailey strode forward to edge to third slip, but Hasan joined the tail-end fun to take the scores to almost parity with a smart 19 – with Barker eventually ending things by bowling a slogging Salt and having Hasan picking out long-on.

First time around, Anderson was forced to wait until his 18th delivery before taking Ian Holland’s outside edge. He needed half the deliveries to persuade Joe Weatherley to prod a wobble ball to Rob Jones’ safe hands at third slip. Holland followed soon after lbw to Hasan.

James Vince and Gubbins batted their way out of another sticky situation with their glorious shot-making, putting on 58 carefree runs before the former was adjudged leg before to Anderson – a decision that left Vince seething.

Gubbins, who survived a tight lbw appeal, was joined by Liam Dawson and the pair put on an unbeaten 33 under the floodlights before play finished five over short due to bad light.


Somerset vs Warwickshire, The Cooper Associates County Ground

Beaten in their last seven red ball outings, Somerset can finally see light at the end of the tunnel after their bowlers put them in control on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates Ground in Taunton.

Josh Davey, Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory each claimed two wickets, while Jack Brooks, Tom Abell and Jack Leach all weighed in with one apiece as Warwickshire, replying to the home side's first-innings 458, reached the close on 197-9, still 261 behind and requiring a further 111 to avoid the follow-on.

Sam Hain bucked the trend with a battling innings of 54 and Nathan McAndrew made a bullish 47, these two adding 76 for the seventh wicket to frustrate the home side. But Somerset, who prop up the First Division table after losing their first three games of the season, are in the ascendant and, with rain forecast for Sunday, will surely seek to enforce the follow-on in the morning.

Somerset added a further 107 runs to their tally in the morning session, Tom Banton registering a half century, and Josh Davey, Jack Leach and Jack Brooks making useful lower-order runs, while Oliver Hannon-Dalby, the pick of Warwickshire's bowlers, finished with 5-89 from 31.4 overs.

Enjoying the luxury afforded by a rare substantial first innings total, Somerset's seam bowlers were given license to express themselves, and attacking fields were a constant feature of an afternoon session in which Warwickshire slumped to 92-6. 

Jack Brooks set the tone in the eighth over, persuading Alex Davies to push hard at a ball outside off stump and edge to fourth slip where Craig Overton stooped to conquer. England batsman Dom Sibley departed soon afterwards, playing across the line and missing a ball that rapped him on the pads. Clearly unhappy with umpire Alex Wharf's raised finger, the opener headed back to the pavilion in high dudgeon, convinced that the ball had been going down leg side.

Despondency in the visitors' camp took a firm hold when Davey removed Rob Yates, an inside edge looping up to Overton at fourth slip, while Lewis Gregory got in on the act, inducing Will Rhodes to scoop to mid-on, where Tom Lammonby took a fine catch on the run. 

Gregory made further in-roads, Matthew Lamb groping outside off stump and nicking to Matt Renshaw at second slip as the Bears subsided to 70-5,  and things went from bad to worse for the visitors when, in the final over before tea, Michael Burgess pushed tentatively at a length ball from Overton and was caught at the wicket.

Somerset skipper Abell called the slow left arm of Leach in the final session, and the England spinner came up trumps, pinning Danny Briggs lbw for 13 as Warwickshire further subsided to 113-7.

Fast running out of partners, Hain was initially alone in offering stout resistance, and the 26-year-old demonstrated sound temperament and technique in raising fifty from 112 balls, with 7 fours. A hyperactive type, his penchant for fidgeting between deliveries broke the bowlers' rhythm and, for much of the afternoon, he remained Warwickshire's best hope of avoiding the follow-on.

Hain found support from an unlikely source, Australian hired hand McAndrew keeping him company in the early-evening sunshine and serving up a mixture of aggression and circumspection in an adhesive partnership that served to frustrate Somerset ambition. Crucially for the home side, both succumbed shortly before the close, Hain nicking a catch behind off Abell and McAndrew edging Overton to third slip, all but ending Warwickshire's slim chances of averting the follow-on.

Resuming their first innings on 351-4 following their most productive day of the campaign so far with the bat, Somerset surpassed 400 for the first time this season. They nevertheless experienced a wobble reminiscent of those which so undermined their cause in previous defeats to Hampshire, Essex and Surrey, failing to collect the fifth and final bonus point that really ought to have been theirs for the taking at start of play.

Things began well enough, Banton violently pulling a short delivery from Hannon-Dalby to the boundary for his tenth four, in the process realising a 104-ball fifty. But having helped advance the fifth wicket partnership to 41, Steve Davies suffered a rush of blood to the head, pushing a ball from McAndrew into the off-side, setting off for a notional single and being comprehensively run out by Craig Miles' lightning-quick pick-up and throw from point.

That self-inflicted wound heralded a collapse in which a further three wickets fell in the space of four balls. Banton elected to shoulder arms to one that nipped back and hit off stump and Overton went next ball, bowled through the gait to leave Miles on a hat-trick. Davey survived the hat-trick ball, but only after Gregory had been bowled between bat and pad by Hannon-Dalby in the previous over with the score on 373.

Their hitherto smooth progress interrupted, Somerset had to settle for four bonus points, only for spirits to again be lifted thereafter, Leach and Davey serving up a sting in the tail in the form of a boundary-laden ninth wicket alliance of 44. Davey had scored 18 and was seeking a fourth boundary when he miss-timed a pull shot and skied a catch behind off the bowling of Danny Briggs. Intent on wrapping things up, Warwickshire took the extra half hour, only to be confounded by further spirited lower-order resistance, last man Brooks timing the ball sweetly to collect a brace of sixes and 4 fours in an innings of 32 from 36 balls that proved a real irritant to last year's Championship winners. By the time Brooks carved Hannon-Dalby to Sibley at point, Leach had made an unbeaten 34 and the last wicket pair had added a valuable 41 runs to propel Somerset well and truly into credit.

Of the bowlers, only Hannon-Dalby emerged with any real credit, the 32-year-old Yorkshireman maintaining a persistent line and length to keep his side in the hunt.

 


Yorkshire vs Kent, Headingley

England Test hopefuls Dawid Malan and Harry Brook contributed superb centuries to a Yorkshire revival sparked by Pakistan quick Haris Rauf on day two against Kent at Headingley.

Yorkshire’s hopes of winning a second LV= Insurance County Championship game in three to start 2022 are now high having been under day one pressure. 

Kent were 227 for four and started day two on 270 for six, only to fall to 291 all out as Rauf completed a career best five for 65 with two of the four wickets to fall inside 30 minutes of play.

Either side of lunch, Kent then impressively reduced Yorkshire’s reply to 23 for three inside 22 overs. 

But Malan and unbeaten Brook - 152 and a career best 131 - ensured their side hit back once again in the Headingley sunshine, uniting with confidence for a record fourth-wicket partnership of 269 inside 55 overs either side of tea to ensure Yorkshire closed on 326 for five from 86.

Play was halted for approximately 40 minutes from just before 2.20pm due to a medical emergency in the ground’s North East Corner, though the spectator was thankfully responsive when stretchered away. Ten overs were lost.

Malan and Brook are bidding to impress new England managing director Rob Key and co.

Malan, 34, was jettisoned from the Test following the Ashes, but his quality is clear to see and will hope to get the chance to increase an average of 27.53 across 22 Tests.

Brook, 23, made his England T20 debut in Barbados in January, but looks very much an all format player - as early season Championship scores of 101, 56 not out, 84 and 77 not out prior to this indicate.

On the back of two defeats in their opening three games and dealing with key injuries for Jackson Bird and Joe Denly, Kent have played some excellent cricket here - none more so than when bowling with the new ball. 

Rauf looked genuinely touched by the rapturous ovation he received from the crowd after removing Grant Stewart caught behind six balls into the day and then yorking Nathan Gilchrist. 

Kent would have been frustrated at falling below 300 given their good day one work. 

However, Stewart took the new ball from the Howard Stand End and bowled six successive maidens before being replaced by Gilchrist, who claimed two of the first three home wickets. 

He had Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (4) caught behind following a loose drive and George Hill lbw as he shouldered arms - 19 for two in the 19th over.

More reward was to follow with the first ball of the afternoon when Adam Lyth feathered Matt Milnes behind down the leg side (23 for three inside 22).

Kent bowled 15 maidens in those first 22 overs, but only bowled another three for the rest of the day - an indication of the proactive manner in which Malan and Brook played all around the wicket.

It was a Yorkshire record for any wicket against Kent, beating a previous high of 267 set on this ground in 1934 by openers Wilf Barber and Len Hutton.

Malan and Brook reached their fifties before tea (143 for three from 48 overs), with Malan the first to his century off 136 balls afterwards. 

Brook, having hoisted George Linde’s left-arm spin for two sixes straight and over midwicket, was not far behind off 138. By that time, Yorkshire were 248 for three in the 68th. 

Malan has now scored three hundreds in four first-class appearances for Yorkshire at Headingley since moving from Middlesex ahead of 2020.

But he fell caught behind gloving a pull down leg the ball after pulling Matt Quinn for six to reach 150, secure a lead and bring upon the partnership record (292 for four).  

Quinn, bowling with the new ball, later trapped Harry Duke lbw. 

 

 


Division Two

Derbyshire vs Glamorgan, The Incora County Ground

David Lloyd led from the front as Glamorgan fought back on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship Division Two match against Derbyshire at Derby.

After Michael Hogan and Michael Neser each took four wickets to bowl Derbyshire out for 368, the Glamorgan captain scored 84 from 104 balls, sharing an opening stand of 103 with Andrew Salter.

Marnus Labuschagne made an unbeaten 53 and Sam Northeast 49 as Glamorgan closed on 240 for 4, 128 runs behind.

Glamorgan’s bowlers completed the recovery started by the second new ball on the previous evening with Neser striking in the second over of the morning.

Mattie McKiernan edged a defensive push into the gloves of Chris Cooke and Neser continued to cause problems in tandem with Timm van der Gugten.

The runs dried up until a wayward spell by James Harris from the Racecourse End relieved the pressure on Leus du Plooy and Anuj Dal.

Harris leaked 22 runs in four overs and the seventh wicket pair had added 50 before the belated introduction of Hogan broke through.

The 40-year-old found just enough away movement to have Dal taken at first slip and du Plooy followed two overs before lunch when he was lbw shuffling across to the off-spin of Salter.

The game meandered after the interval with Derbyshire adding only eight more runs in seven overs with Suranga Lakmal’s attempt to raise the tempo by hitting Salter over the top ending in a well-judged catch by Labuschagne running back at midwicket.

When Neser had Ryan Sidebottom snared at first slip, Derbyshire had lost their last eight wickets for 92 runs which was a disappointing decline on a good batting pitch.

Even so, it was still a total that could put pressure on Glamorgan if they lost early wickets but Llloyd and Salter batted watchfully before accelerating in the afternoon sunshine.

Salter survived a big appeal for a catch behind off Sam Conners but the makeshift opener grew into the role as the pair passed Glamorgan’s previous best opening stand this season of 41.

Lloyd drove fluently to reach 50 from 79 balls and Salter swept Alex Thomson’s off-spin for four to bring up the century stand in the 26th over.

But a farcical mix-up in the same over gifted Derbyshire a wicket when Salter set off a second run and found himself stranded at the same end as his captain.

Lloyd looked in no mood to throw his wicket away but after driving Conners for three fours in an over, he went for another big drive at Dal and Wayne Madsen held a sharp catch at slip.

Madsen has been one of the best slip fielders on the county circuit but he missed several chances in the previous home game against Sussex and he spilled another catch here to reprieve Northeast.

Conners was the unlucky bowler as Madsen failed to hold on at second slip with Northeast on 5 and the score 126 for 2.

That was proving to be costly as Labuschagne and Northeast added 93 in 22 overs but Madsen responded by beating Northeast’s attempted sweep.

Labuschagne drove Madsen over the ropes at long on but Kiran Carlson edged a loose drive at Lakmal to leave the match finely poised.


Middlesex vs Leicestershire, Lord’s

John Simpson and Luke Hollman shared a century stand as Middlesex closed in on victory over Leicestershire on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Lord’s.

The Foxes were sniffing a way back into the contest, after being bowled out on day one for 149, when the hosts slipped to 218 for five shortly before lunch, Mark Stoneman having fallen for 108, his first century for Middlesex at Lord’s.

However, Simpson with 71 and Hollman 45 sucked the life out of those hopes by adding 112 for the sixth wicket, carrying Middlesex passed 300 in the first innings of a County Championship match for the third game in a row - the first time the Seaxes have achieved the feat since June 2017.

Ben Mike’s late spell of four for 15 saw Middlesex eventually dismissed for 370, but Shaheen Shah Afridi with two for 18 and Ethan Bamber (one for six) ripped out the Foxes’ top order once more to leave them 37 for three at stumps, still needing 184 to make the hosts bat again. 

Middlesex’s resumed on 142-2, seven runs in arrears, but were soon ahead thanks to a flurry of boundaries from skipper Peter Handscomb. However, with the hard work looking like it had been done the Australian fenced at one from Chris Wright to be caught at slip.

New batsman Max Holden was in a hurry, reverse sweeping Callum Parkinson to the boundary, but he never looked comfortable. At the other end Stoneman got an attack of the nervous 90s, surviving a huge lbw appeal from Parkinson on 99. His dab into the offside in search of his hundredth run saw a shy at the stumps which had it hit would have left Holden well short of his ground.

Holden’s skittish effort ended soon afterwards when he charged Parkinson only to jam the attempted drive into his foot, the ball rebounding onto his pads and then the stumps, disturbing the leg bail.

When Stoneman heaved across a long hop from the spinner the hosts were only 69 ahead, but Simpson and Hollman soon set about snuffing out any glimmer of light for the visitors.

Simpson, fresh from his hundred against Glamorgan last week, struck the ball purposefully from the off and Hollman caught the mood  twice punching Parkinson through the covers for four.

The afternoon saw the pair grow in confidence, Simpson lofting Parkinson over mid-off for four, one of eight in a 50 reached in 83 balls. Hollman too was enjoying himself, flat-batting a wide one from Beuran Hendricks over point for six.

Middlesex’s record sixth-wicket partnership of 130 against Leicestershire by grandees Clive Radley and Fred Titmus back in 1965 was in sight  when the belatedly introduced Mike yorked Hollman five short of a deserved half-century, Simpson following to the same bowler shortly afterwards caught at slip.

Mike ran through the tail, but some eccentric hitting including a huge six by Afridi (29) ensured a fourth batting point and a lead of 221.

Afridi’s batting antics served as a perfect warm-up for his new-ball burst and the Pakistani speedster struck in his third over, pinning Hassan Azad plumb in front and five balls later came the prize wicket of skipper Colin Ackerman, so often the scourge of Middlesex, who bagged a pair after edging to the safe hands of Hollman at slip.

Bamber, unusually bowling from the Nursery End to accommodate Afridi, joined in the fun by rearranging Louis Kimber’s furniture before mercifully for Leicestershire the fading light forced an early close.

 

 

 

 


Nottinghamshire vs Worcestershire, Trent Bridge

An Ed Barnard century led an impressive fightback by Worcestershire after Nottinghamshire had threatened to wrap up a win inside two days in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

After Stuart Broad had delivered a timely reminder of his batting prowess to more than double Nottinghamshire’s overnight lead, the England pace bowler helped reduce Worcestershire to 32 for four in their second innings, still 75 behind.

But despite facing some hostile bowling in short, sharp bursts as Broad sought to build his case for a Test recall this summer, the Pears battled through to the close for the loss of only one more wicket and take a lead of 118 into the third day. 

Broad added two for 49 to go with his 45 not out but with Barnard still there on 101 in an unbroken partnership of 126 with Ben Cox, 51, Worcestershire finished on 225 for five. 

Earlier, Broad had twice pulled Charlie Morris for six as Nottinghamshire added 63 runs to their overnight score. His unbeaten 45 from just 27 deliveries is his best score in county cricket for five years.

After Tom Moores had missed out, hitting Morris tamely to cover, Broad shared a ninth wicket stand of 57 in 8.4 overs with Luke Fletcher before Adam Finch removed the latter in the 10th over of the day via a catch at mid-off, dismissing Dane Paterson three balls later in similar fashion.

Broad’s assault secured not only a second batting point but a lead of 107, which was more than Worcestershire will have expected to concede after removing Moores with the fourth ball of the morning.

It looked a handy advantage on what had been a challenging pitch, more so when Worcestershire struggled to lunch four down and still 70 runs behind.

Fletcher knocked back Ed Pollock’s middle stump second ball with a fine delivery before Jake Libby was caught at backward point driving loosely. Broad then produced possibly his best ball of the match to remove Pakistan danger man Azhar Ali, who could do little about one that had bounce and movement and flew off a high part of the bat to the same fielder.

Broad gave way after five overs, but that simply brought Paterson back into the action after his eight wickets in the first innings and the South African added to his haul in his first over, D’Oliveira caught at short midwicket off a delivery that may have stopped on him a touch.

Yet the rest of the day was a different story. There was still a chill in the air but the unremitting gloom of the opening day gave way to bright sunshine and batting became easier, which will have only added to the disappointment felt by 21-year-old Jack Haynes at being the sole casualty of the afternoon session, one run short of a first half-century of the season.

Haynes, a young batter who is pleasing on the eye, picked up seven boundaries but Broad, brought on for a third spell of the innings midway through the afternoon, set a trap that snared him immediately, tempting the hook with a short delivery that obligingly he hit straight to Ben Duckett, poised at deep backward square.

Broad maintained the hostility but Barnard, who hit 10 boundaries in his third career century, and Cox kept their discipline, aware that their exposure would be limited to brief spells, content to duck when the ball was banged in and ensuring risks were kept to a minimum. Their resolution leaves plenty of cricket still to play.

 


Sussex vs Durham, The 1st Central County Ground

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his third century in as many matches to give Sussex control on the second day of their LV=  County Championship match against Durham at Hove.

It’s been a difficult start to the season for Sussex, whose already inexperienced side has been further weakened by injury and illness – two of their opening three matches ended in defeat by ten wickets and an innings.  But Pujara, who missed his new club’s opening fixture of the season at home to Nottinghamshire, scored a sublime hundred on his delayed Hove debut and the whole ground rose to applaud him.

He was 128 not out, scored off 198 balls with 16 fours, when bad light brought play to an end with 13 overs still remaining.   But by then Sussex were 362 for five, and leading by 139 runs.

It felt distinctly chilly under the sullen clouds but Pujara shone more brightly than the floodlights as Sussex enjoyed their second good day against Durham.  Pujara had already scored an unbeaten 201 against Derbyshire and 109 against Worcestershire but this was his best innings for the county as he dominated a partnership of 143 with Tom Clark – the pair had put on 121 against Worcestershire. Clark was out immediately after reaching his half-century, brilliantly caught by the diving  Matty Potts ad deep backward square-leg.

Sussex had stared the second day on 82 for one, still 141 in arrears.  Durham were handicapped from the start by the absence of their leading fast bowler Chris Rushworth, who failed overnight concussion protocols and was replaced in the side by Oliver Gibson.  On a flat pitch Rushworth was badly missed, though Ben Raine bowled impressively.

Sussex lost their first wicket of the day on 95, when Ali Orr was lbw to Potts.  Night watchman Mason Crane – on a month’s loan from Hampshire but born in nearby Shoreham-by-Sea - did his job by surviving for 60 deliveries before he was bowled by a fine delivery from Matt Salisbury.

That made it 108 for three, with the match very much in the balance.  But that brought Pujara to the crease.  He was well supported, in the first instance, by Tom Alsop, another import from Hampshire.  Alsop, given the pivotal No 3 spot, had made a disappointing start to his Sussex career but here he played very soundly for a 129-ball 66 before he was lbw to Liam Trevaskis, a marginal decision with the ball looking a little high.

Alsop and Pujara had added 99 for the fourth wicket.  But it was when Pujara was joined by Clark that the Indian Test batsman’s innings really took off.  Durham took the new ball just before tea but in the few overs before that Pujara attacked the Durham spinners with relish, pulling with immense power and striking five fours in two overs.


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