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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 4: 1st May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 4: 1st May

Previous Days Match Reports

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

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 2: 29th April

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 3: 30th April

 


Sunday May 1st 2022


Division One

Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Bristol County Ground

Inclement May Day weather conspired to deny Gloucestershire's Chris Dent the opportunity of establishing a new career-best score when the final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Surrey in Bristol was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Unbeaten on 207 overnight, the Bristolian had his sights trained on the personal best score of 268 he made on this ground against Glamorgan in September 2015. In the event, no play was possible and Gloucestershire, replying to Surrey's mammoth 603, were unable to improve upon their overnight first innings score of 443-2.

Persistent light rain rendered the Seat Unique Stadium outfield sodden and ruled out any chance of play before lunch. No sooner did the ground-staff remove the large covers and commence the mopping-up operation in the afternoon, than the rain returned, ending any further prospect of the match resuming. Umpires Alex Wharf and Ian Blackwell staged a brief inspection at 1.30pm before electing to call the contest off soon afterwards.

With no further bonus points available and the match heading inexorably towards a draw, neither side was too unhappy at the prospect of packing up and returning home in worsening conditions. Of the two, Gloucestershire will no doubt be happier, having claimed 15 points in total, compared with Surrey's 11.

Essex vs Northamptonshire, The Cloud County Ground

Paul Walter fell agonisingly seven runs shy of a maiden first-class century, and three runs short of his career-best, though his mercurial 93 ensured Essex held on to save both the game and face against Northamptonshire.

The tall left-hander anchored Essex’s second innings for five and a half hours before he was undone by a delivery from occasional bowler Saif Zaib that spun past his half-cock forward defensive.

But his good work was carried on, though without the same panache, by Adam Wheater who used up 174 balls of the day’s allocation while scoring just 33 runs. In the end Wheater was still there to accept the handshake of Northampton captain Ricardo Vasconcelos on the draw just after five o’clock.

Off-spinner Rob Keogh wheeled away relentlessly for 33 overs to claim 4-51, supported by seamer Tom Taylor who charged in to return figures of 3-62. But their joint efforts were in vain.

Northamptonshire had enforced the follow-on at lunch-time on day three after racking up a 197-run lead on first innings. But they were unable to make the inroads they were hoping for on the final morning and they enjoyed only sporadic success thereafter.

With Walter leading the rearguard action, Essex lost just two wickets before lunch while moving into a position where Northamptonshire would have needed to bat again.

Essex batted out the final five sessions of the match, showing greatly improved application among their middle-order than in the first innings when they collapsed to 83-8. They were rescued then by a Shane Snater-inspired tail-end insurgence that took their total to 193 in reply to Northamptonshire’s 390.

On a docile pitch offering little assistance to the bowlers, the overnight pair of Critchley and Walter reached the century milestone for the fourth wicket without undue alarm. Immediately, though, Critchley chased a wide delivery from Tom Taylor and spooned to short mid-off for 47.

Walter, whose top score remains his 96 against Gloucestershire last summer, was particularly strong off his legs. One flick to the long-leg boundary off Gareth Berg took Essex into the black for the first time in the game, 82 overs into their second innings.

Feroze Khushi joined Walter in a free-scoring, 69-run stand that was ended when a delivery from Taylor leapt off a length and Khushi was caught behind for 30.

When Walter departed after a 246-ball stay as the sixth man down, Essex’s lead was just 67 with a minimum of 54 overs remaining. But Wheater dug in doggedly, batting all the way through the afternoon session while facing 100 balls and adding just 16 to his personal account.

But he lost Simon Harmer after 16 overs’ joint resistance when the South African all-rounder steered Keogh into first slip’s hands. Keogh claimed a third wicket when Snater swept injudiciously to Zaib stationed just inside the midwicket boundary. The lead had now become 107 with 27 possible overs left.

With six men around the bat, Mark Steketee thumped Keogh back for two boundaries but was then beaten outside his attempted defensive fend-off by the off-spinner. It just remained for Wheater and Same Cook to see out three overs for one run before curtains were drawn.

Essex’s Paul Walter said: “The main thing for us going into the last day was to save the game. It was not ideal for us but after the position we found ourselves in at the end of day two, we would obviously take the draw.

  “I think a lot of credit for our fightback has to go to our lower-order batting especially Shane Snater on day-three morning. It flipped the momentum in our favour and from there we managed to really buckle down and bat a long period of time to save the game.

  “We knew it was a bit of a  new-ball wicket but when the ball did get soft, it was going to be a lot easier to bat. So it was just a matter today to try and grind out as long as possible  and work a partnership with your mate in the middle and see where it would take us.

  “I would like to have been not out at the end and see the lads home, but that’s cricket and we got the draw in the end. We are all aware that, as a collective, we need to score more runs in the first innings.”

 

Northamptonshire captain Ricardo Vasconcelos said: “Things didn’t quite go our way either yesterday or today. But you can’t fault the effort everyone put in out there for 220-plus overs. Not once did we look as if we went flat. We kept running in, hitting the pitch hard the whole time. Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite get there.

  “The pitch did flatten out on days three and four. The sun that was out yesterday coupled with the heavy roller on it made it a bit dead. But that’s how it goes sometimes. We tried everything, different plans here and there. We tried pretty much all of our bowlers. So I’m gutted we couldn’t get over the line, but we played all the cricket this week.”

 

Hampshire vs Lancashire, Ageas Bowl

Rain thwarted Hampshire and Lancashire’s attempts to play out a potentially classic LV= Insurance County Championship final day.

The first three days had set up the tantalising prospect of Lancashire needing 342 more runs and Hampshire requiring 10 wickets.

But light rain swept over the Ageas Bowl from around 10:30am, throughout the morning and afternoon.

Even with the prospect of a result evaporating, Hampshire were still keen to get onto the field to enhance their over rate – which sat at -1. But conditions never improved and umpires Rob White and Nick Cook finally confirmed the draw at 5pm to the backdrop of both sets of players kicking footballs around.

Both sides claim 12 points each in their quests to win the championship, and means Lancashire’s unbeaten run in first class cricket away at Hampshire stretches to 33 years.

Hampshire captain James Vince:

“It is frustrating because we worked hard to get into a position on day four to go and win the game but it isn’t something we can control.

“We saw last night in the six overs there was still some encouragement with the new ball and I think Dawson and Organ would have played a part today as well. They would have had the pressure of 340 behind and I felt there was more in this wicket than at Canterbury last week to take the 10 wickets. I would have liked to think we would have got over the line.

“We didn’t anticipate yesterday not bowling a ball today, I hadn’t even checked the forecast it hadn’t crossed my mind. It is annoying because it has hardly rained.

“The reason we stayed was to get that over back, but there isn’t a lot we can do about that now. We are mindful of the over rate but we were a bit surprised by the forecast.”

Lancashire captain Dane Villas:

“It is a bit disappointing as we were shaping up for a great game for both teams. A draw against a good side like this is okay, especially looking at the season ahead; there is still a long way to go.

“It was two really good bowling attacks. If you look at the pitch you know it is going to be really difficult against them, and I’m sure they’d say the same about us. You want these types of games as opposition like this is going to create good games.

“We have achieved everything we wanted to and more. Two good hard-fought wins and then to come here and get a result is quite nice. We are really happy with how we started the season.”

Yorkshire vs Kent, Headingley

Yorkshire were denied the opportunity to chase 114 in the final 21 overs of a pulsating final day by bad light as Kent secured an LV= Insurance County Championship draw at Headingley. 

Umpires Graham Lloyd and Steve O’Shaughnessy took the players off the field before a ball had been bowled in the Yorkshire chase following impressive innings from Kent trio Ben Compton (93), Grant Stewart (91) and Ollie Robinson (85 not out).

Kent looked to be in safe waters at 384 for six in their second innings, a lead of 104 and time running out.

But Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson was at the heart of a loss of four wickets for nine runs in 24 balls. He claimed three of them to finish with five for 54 in 29.3 overs, only for the 38-year-old’s return to go unrewarded. 

Credit should go to Kent, though. They avoided a third defeat in four games and denied their hosts a second win in three to start 2022. 

Opener Compton and wicketkeeper Robinson played similarly doughty innings, while injured all-rounder Stewart (hamstring) was far more aggressive as he struggled for mobility and required a runner. 

Kent started the day on 118 for two, trailing by 162. 

Compton is now the top division’s leading run-scorer with 560 and fell before lunch to leave the score at 182 for five.

Stewart and Robinson then shared 166 for the seventh wicket, a Kent record in matches versus Yorkshire, either side of tea having come together at 218 for six, a deficit of 62 with 56 overs still to bowl.

At that stage, Yorkshire were on top. The pair dug in initially before Stewart opened his shoulders. 

His 58-ball fifty was almost twice as quick as his partner’s. 

Kent reached tea at 312 for six, leading by 32 with 35 overs remaining in the game. 

And they all but doubled the lead in the first two overs of the evening, including Stewart hitting two sixes to take the lion’s share of 20 off a Jordan Thompson over.

More runs were to follow, with Stewart’s 91-ball innings featuring four sixes, all either slog swept or pulled.

But he was run out clipping to mid on before Patterson trapped Matt Milnes lbw and had Nathan Gilchrist and Matt Quinn caught at mid off to raise home hopes of a first 24-point haul since the final game of 2018.

Instead, they had to settle for 16 points to Kent’s 11.

Last week, Yorkshire were thwarted for the first time in as many weeks when they were unable to take 10 wickets on day four against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. 

Stewart suffered a hamstring problem whilst bowling on day three and required Jordan Cox as a runner when he arrived at the crease.

Yorkshire’s bid for victory, meanwhile, was hampered by the loss of Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf, who was unable to bowl in the second innings with a side issue.

Play was watched by new Yorkshire chair Lord Kamlesh Patel and dignitaries of one of the club’s new principal partners, Clean Slate Studioz, including owner Karnesh Ssharma - the brother-in-law of Virat Kohli.

An overcast sky hung above Headingley for the majority of the day, with the floodlights turned on as early as the second over of the day. So it was no real surprise that bad light played its part. 

Yorkshire’s first breakthrough came via Patterson, who removed opposing captain Jack Leaning - his former team-mate and close friend - for 36.

When Leaning under-edged behind attempting to leave alone in the  day’s sixth over, the 56th of the innings, Kent were 126 for three with a deficit of 154.

George Hill then struck twice with his canny medium pacers before Patterson’s late intervention. 

The match was deemed a draw just before 5.45pm, half an hour after bad light initially intervened.

Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson said: 

 

“Especially with the way things panned out for us last week, to get ourselves in a position and then not to be able to get across the line, it was very frustrating. 

“We were a man down with Haris not able to bowl in the second innings. But, again, the approach of the guys, they worked very hard. I’m very proud of the way they fought to the end.

“We said at tea, ‘If we get an opening, we can get through them’. That’s what we did.

“Unfortunately, one great big cloud came over and put a stop to everything.

“We would have had a go in 10 overs. We knew what we had to do. Twenty one would have been ideal, but if it had come down to 10 we’d have still backed ourselves to have a right good go.”

 

Kent wicketkeeper batter Ollie Robinson said: 

 

“It was a bit of frustration that, having wrestled the game back into our hands, we gave it away a little bit. 

“It’s kind of been the story of our season so far and has put a bit of a sour note on it. But I guess you can’t be too disappointed to come away with 11 points after them scoring the best part of 600.

“It was just a case of digging deep (during the partnership with Grant Stewart). I haven’t had a great start to the year, so for me it was just about batting time and finding a way.

“I really benefitted from that and have come away with some confidence. 

“It’s always fun to bat with someone like that, and Grant just did what Grant does. 

“A soon as Grant starts to get a bit defendy and pokey at balls, he starts to get into a bit of trouble. The ways he plays is looking to be positive - almost fighting fire with fire.”

 

 Division Two

Derbyshire vs Glamorgan, The Incora County Ground

Glamorgan narrowly failed to pull off a thrilling run chase as the LV=Insurance County Championship Division Two match at Derby ended in a pulsating draw.

Set 331 in 55 overs, Marnus Labuschagne with 85 from 87 balls and Sam Northeast’s 81 off 101 balls put Glamorgan on course before fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom raised Derbyshire’s victory hopes with 4 for 50.

Sidebottom removed Northeast to reduce Glamorgan to 308 for 8 but James Harris and Timm van der Gugten, batting with a runner, held on for the draw.

Derbyshire wicketkeeper Brooke Guest had earlier scored his second century of the game to equal a 126 year record when he became only the second Derbyshire ‘keeper to make two hundreds in a match.

Wayne Madsen also scored an unbeaten 135, sharing a third wicket stand of 276 in 76 overs with Guest, before Derbyshire declared on 349 for 3.

David Lloyd with 49 launched the chase with Labuschagne but the Glamorgan captain was issued with a Level One warning on the field for abusive language after he was given lbw by umpire Paul Pollard.

Guest and Madsen batted through the morning to set up the drama that unfolded against an attack that was a bowler down after van der Gugten left the field yesterday with a hamstring injury.

Guest reached his landmark when he cut the leg spin of Labuschagne for his ninth four to complete his second hundred and equal the record set by Bill Storer against Yorkshire at Derby in 1896.

Madsen celebrated yet another century, his 33rd first-class hundred for the county, by cutting Andrew Salter to the boundary and the pair scored 117 runs in the session to take the lead to 268.

Derbyshire made their intentions clear after lunch with Guest dispatching a Salter full toss over the ropes at long on and pulling Lloyd’s medium pace for another six.

The declaration came when Guest was caught behind down the leg side, leaving Glamorgan to score at more than six an over to achieve victory.

Derbyshire took only four balls to get their first wicket with Salter falling to a superb diving catch by Leus du Plooy at third slip off Suranga Lakmal.

The big wicket was Labuschagne and Sam Conners twice found his outside edge only for the ball to fly wide of the slips.

When he did offer a chance, Derbyshire failed to take it with Mattie McKiernan spilling an edged drive off Sidebottom at first slip on 27.

That was always likely to prove costly and Labuschagne twice drove off-spinner Alex Thomson for six on his way to a 49 ball 50.

Lloyd was one away from a half-century when he played across the line at Sidebottom and was lbw; he was clearly unhappy with the decision and was issued with the warning for swearing loudly as he marched up the pavilion steps.

Labuschagne was dropped again on 74 by Guest but Sidebottom finally got him when he failed to clear cover.

Kiran Carlson’s 37 from 35 balls and Chris Cooke with 32 from 25 gave Glamorgan the momentum but Sidebottom and Anuj Dal stemmed the run flow and, crucially, took wickets.

Northeast pulled Dal for six but when he drove Sidebottom to third man in the penultimate over with 23 still needed, Glamorgan called off the chase with both teams taking 14 points after an enthralling final day,

Glamorgan batter Sam Northeast said: "It was a great finish, Derbyshire made a good declaration and we thought we had it in the bag at times so we're slightly disappointed in the changing room because we were really close.

"But it was a good four days of cricket on a good pitch which played really well and credit to both sides who played good cricket. It wasn't to be in the end but it was a good effort by the boys."

Derbyshire's head of cricket Mickey Arthur said: "It was a great final day of cricket. To be honest, when we made the declaration I didn't expect us to be in the position we were at the back end.

"It's been a wonderful game for us for so many reasons with the bat but I do feel our skills with the ball and crucial catches let us down."

On Brooke Guest's twin hundreds he said: "It's testimony to how hard he's worked. I remember arriving here in January and Brooke was the first guy I saw in the net every morning and he wanted the role, he wanted to be batting number three. He's got his just rewards for the efforts he's put in."


Sussex vs Durham, The 1st Central County Ground

Openers Sean Dickson and Alex Lees compiled the fourth highest partnership in Durham’s history as their LV= County Championship match against Sussex at Hove predictably petered out to a draw.

They put on 313 for the first wicket with Dickson making 186 – his highest score for Durham  – and Lees 105 before both fell in the same over from leg-spinner Mason Crane.

By then they had knocked off all but two runs of their first-innings deficit of 315 and when the players shook hands at 4.50pm Durham were 364 for three and leading by 49. Sussex take 15 points, Durham 10.

It was an outstanding effort by the Durham pair whose partnership was also the county’s highest for any wicket against Sussex.

Lees’ highest score when he made his England debut against West Indies in March was a modest 31, but the left-hander faced 450 balls in that series and once again showed his powers of concentration here.

The pair did a lot of the hard work needed to secure the draw by getting through 51 overs on the third day unscathed and the only chance either offered before they were parted came midway through the morning session when Lees was on 67 and mis-timed a pull off Henry Crocombe only for Crane to spill a regulation catch on the fine leg boundary.

Ali Orr got his hand to the ball but couldn't cling on to a very difficult chance at short leg when Lees was on 97, but shortly afterwards he reached his 19th first-class century, made in three minutes shy of five hours, to add to the unbeaten 182 he scored against Glamorgan earlier in the season.

Sussex employed five bowlers in the pre-lunch session, but a slow pitch offering minimal lateral movement and only slow turn gave them little encouragement even when the new ball was taken immediately it became available.

Lees hit a six and ten fours and faced 262 balls and it was a surprise when he smashed a full toss from Crane straight to deep mid-wicket. If that wicket owed a bit to good fortune Crane was delighted when wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan held a catch at the second attempt after Dickson got a thin under-edge cutting later in the same over. Dickson’s 186 included a six and 20 fours and was his second hundred of the season.

Keegan Petersen and Scott Borthwick took their side past the first target to make Sussex bat again before persistent drizzle forced the teams off shortly before 3pm. They returned an hour later and Durham lost a third wicket when Borthwick pushed forward to Delray Rawlins’ left-arm spin and was athletically caught at slip by Rizwan, who had handed over wicket-keeping duties to Ali Orr by then and bowled a couple of overs of medium pace before the game ended.

Durham opener Alex Lees, who made 105, said, “It turned into a bit of a dull draw. As a unit we didn’t bat very well in the first innings on what was a pretty good batting wicket. When Sean [Dickson] and I went out in the second innings we just batted normally to be honest. Sean played very fluently and we capitalised on a little bit of loose bowling.

Whenever you get runs you are happy although I wasn’t as happy this time around as when I got 182 against Glamorgan with how I actually felt at the crease but that’s a good sign for me in terms of my mental application. When you don’t always feel right and can still score runs that’s pleasing. I need to get re-selected first and foremost [for the New Zealand Test series] and to be truthful I'm just trying to get my head down in the next three first-class games. Having had a taste of Test cricket I want to play as much as I can but my only thoughts are short-term and getting runs for Durham."

Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said, “I think we have taken a step in the right direction this week. A couple of times in the last 18 months we’ve bowled sides out on the first day, which on this wicket was an amazing effort, and then not backed it up in our first innings with the bat so it was pleasing to put ourselves in with a chance of winning the game. Today we bowled much better than yesterday but it was a really good wicket and credit to Lees and Dickson, they batted very well. Chet Pujara has been amazing, and not just with the runs he is scoring. The other batters revel in the chance to bat with him and the way he prepares is an example to all the other players too."

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