LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 2: 6th May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 2: 6th May.
Paul Walter’s maiden first-class century was the main talking point of a largely attritional second day in the LV = Insurance County Championship clash between Essex and Yorkshire at Chelmsford.
The 27-year-old left-hander, who’d narrowly missed the landmark when out for 93 in last week’s draw with Northamptonshire, can finally tick the accolade of his bucket list after reaching 141. With Simon Harmer belatedly raising the tempo with some belligerent blows in his half-century the hosts eventually posted 403, Dominic Bess the pick of the White Rose attack with three for 82.
Yorkshire lost Adam Lyth early in reply, while Shane Snater produced the ball of the day to end George Hill’s stylish cameo and Dimuth Karunaratne fell to the last ball of the day from Sam Cook to leave the visitors 81 for three at the close.
Those who came hoping to see Joe Root’s first knock since resigning the England captaincy will have to wait until tomorrow after the visitors opted to send in night-watchman Matthew Revis at the fall of Hill’s wicket.
The morning revolved around Walter’s quest for that elusive century and given the previous week’s events, he understandably endured a bout of the nervous 90s.
There was plenty of playing and missing at Jordan Thompson and Steven Patterson as, having started the day on 89, he inched towards three figures. In the end, the 13th over of the morning proved lucky for Walter as he worked a ball on his pads off the inside edge down to fine leg for the 12th four of his then close to five and a half hour vigil.
Freed of the burden of getting a hundred he played with freedom thereafter, clubbing Bess over the mid-wicket fence and raising Essex’s 300 with a deft cut for four. He was given a life on 127 when he drilled Bess straight to Thompson at cover only for the quick to shell the catch. And Bess was out of luck again when night-watchman Sam Cook edged to Lyth at slip via the thigh of wicketkeeper Harry Duke, the deflection enough for the opener to grass the chance.
Cook eventually lost his off-stump to a good ball from Hill to end a stand of 73, the only success of a frustrating morning for Yorkshire.
Whatever the visitors had for lunch they came out transformed, Bess removing Walter to the fourth ball of the afternoon when the centurion slashed to point. The England spinner made it two in two when he bowled Adam Rossington and though Feroze Kushi survived the hat-trick ball, when he nicked Patterson behind soon afterwards the hosts had subsided to 322-7.
Thereafter, Essex were in survival mode, just 25 runs coming in 19 overs until Simon Harmer, left with only last man Mark Steketee for company opened his shoulders to wake supporters from their post-lunch siestas. The South African international hoisted three big sixes as he raced to 54 in a last-wicket stand of 58 which saw Essex past 400.
Lyth didn’t last long, but Hill was positive from the off driving Steketee for successive fours, before striking Harmer back over his head for another boundary.
By contrast, Sri Lankan international Karunaratne enjoyed a charmed life, somehow edging one which turned into him from Harmer just over the top of the stumps and out of reach of wicketkeeper Rossington, before being dropped by the spinner at second slip from the bowling of Shane Snater.
Snater gained recompense, ending George Hill’s stylish cameo with a lifting ball which he edged behind and Cook gave Rossington more catching practice when Karunaratne’s luck ran out in the last over.
Mohammad Abbas celebrated his first LV= Insurance County Championship five-wicket haul of the season but Gloucestershire's ripsnorting evening session snatched the momentum from Hampshire.
Hampshire looked set for a first-innings lead in excess of 200 after Abbas ripped through the visitors with a textbook showcase of line and length bowling with six for 45. But Ajeet Singh Dale and Jared Warner added 55 for the last wicket to reduce the deficit to 163.
And then Mohammad Amir continued the Pakistani bowling dominance with three for 11, with Ryan Higgins also pilfering a scalp, to leave Hampshire 28 for four, with their lead 191.
To start the day, Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott had failed to reach the bonus point for 350 runs despite a spirited morning effort, with Graeme van Buuren pinning Abbott lbw and Dawson flailing to deep extra cover – Hampshire all out for 342.
Abbas came into his own with an incredible seven-over spell of four for 16. Abbas’ second over was an Ageas Bowl classic. Marcus Harris left the first ball and pumped the second for three before the overseas found George Scott’s tentative outside edge behind. James Bracey was shelled at third slip first ball, played and missed the second before he finally tickled behind – Abbas coming over, around and then over the wicket again. A plan hatched by Keith Barker during their meeting last year.
Hampshire were now in the box seat and relentlessly hunted down further wickets. Miles Hammond was the next to feather Abbas to keeper Ben Brown before van Buuren was leg before on the cusp of lunch.
Abbas’ spell initiated murmurs in the Hampshire dressing room that it had produced more heat than other efforts in recent weeks due to compatriots Amir and Naseem Shah watching on.
Marcus Harris ended the procession to Abbas by loosely driving Abbott to second slip and Tom Lace had his off stump left lopsided by James Fuller.
Ryan Higgins countered with an entertaining 46 in conjunction with Dom Goodman before taking on Felix Organ one too many times to top edge to deep midwicket. Abbas then completed his five-wicket haul with a short ball into Goodman’s ribs, which was gloved through to Brown. Amir followed two balls later with a sharp edge to second slip – Abbas celebrating by running down to his friend and laying his hands on his shoulder in a consolidatory manner.
The hosts debated whether to enforce the follow-on or not at the fall of that ninth wicket, only for Dale and Warner to put on 55 – the highest partnership of the innings. Dale, against his former county, laughed at his No.11 billing with a brisk 36. Organ eventually got Warner to push to short leg to bowl Gloucestershire out for 179.
Gloucestershire’s glee was increased as, in 11 evening overs, Amir had Organ jabbing to the cordon second ball, before Ian Holland fell in the following over – caught behind attempting to leave Higgins.
Abbott and Abbas were lbw in successive balls to Amir coming around the wicket, as Hampshire saw their openers and tail disappear in a little over 45 minutes of havoc.
Jordan Clark took his season’s wicket-tally to 19 as Surrey took total control of their first division LV= Insurance County Championship match against outgunned Northamptonshire at the Kia Oval.
Clark’s 3 for 45 spearheaded an impressive collective display by Surrey’s five-pronged seam attack as Northants slid to 154 for 8, and the prospect of following on, after Gus Atkinson and Jamie Overton’s 124-run ninth wicket stand had boosted the home team’s first innings total to 401.
Atkinson’s career-best 66 not out and Overton’s equally robust 59, with both knocks chock-full of quality strokes, rapidly took the game away from Northants after they had begun the second day promisingly with two quick wickets when Surrey resumed on 261 for six.
Sam Curran added only two runs to his overnight 71 before he nibbled at Tom Taylor, operating from around the wicket, and was held at first slip by Ricardo Vasconcelos – the Northants captain happily better again after spending most of day one off the field feeling ill.
And then Clark edged a Ben Sanderson leg-cutter to keeper Lewis McManus to go for 2, leaving Surrey 271 for eight. That, however, was as good as it got for Northamptonshire as Atkinson and Overton counter-attacked brilliantly in what became a record ninth wicket partnership for Surrey against Northants.
Overton, on 24, should have been stumped by McManus when he advanced at Simon Kerrigan’s left-arm spin and missed – the ball flying away for four byes – and Northants’ sense of deflation grew when Overton proceeded to swing Kerrigan for three big sixes over the short boundary as he sprinted to his half-century.
Atkinson, too, soon completed his own excellent maiden first-class fifty, hitting 12 fours overall in a 98-ball effort which underlined his all-rounder claims. A couple of back foot shots through the covers were high class and the 24-year-old also showed how well he can drive and pull.
Overton’s powerful innings ended, unexpectedly, with an edged forward defensive push at Rob Keogh’s off spin and No 11 Dan Worrall, after clubbing his first ball over extra cover for six, was then caught from the next as Surrey’s innings ended on the stroke of lunch.
Worrall, the Australian paceman signed in the winter after four seasons at Gloucestershire, then produced a magnificent eight-over new ball burst in which he was decidedly unfortunate only to take the scalp of Vasconcelos, who edged behind on 14.
But by then Clark had already sent back both openers, jagging one into Will Young’s pads to have the New Zealand Test batsman leg-before for 2 and then seeing Emilio Gay clip straight to Curran at square leg on 12.
Vasconcelos’s dismissal left Northants staggering at 28 for three and by tea they were 87 for five after Colin de Grandhomme had Keogh caught behind for 16, poking weakly at one that left him, and Jamie Overton’s pace accounted for Saif Zaib, also edging to keeper Ben Foakes on 2.
Luke Procter was the one top-order player to find a way to survive against the Surrey seamers, although he too would have gone on 29 if De Grandhomme had clung on to a relatively straightforward chance at second slip off Atkinson’s fast-medium.
McManus tamely chipped Clark to extra cover on 23 and Procter, after reaching a 120-ball fifty with seven fours, battled gamely to finish the day on a brave unbeaten 61.
De Grandhomme returned to have Taylor taken low down at second slip for 2, edging an away-swinger, while Matt Kelly stayed awhile for 17 until he edged Worrall to Foakes from what proved to be the final ball of the day.
Lancashire openers Luke Wells and Keaton Jennings shared an unbroken century partnership as the home side dominated the rain-curtailed second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Replying to the visitors’ 315, in which Dom Sibley carried his bat for 142, Lancashire were 127 without loss after 42 overs of their first innings when umpires Nigel Llong and Graham Lloyd took the players off three overs before tea.
Ironically, that decision followed a delivery from Rob Yates that Wells had smashed over mid-on for four but the rain arrived soon after. However, play was not abandoned until 5.20 with Wells unbeaten on 70 and Jennings, who is making his first appearance of the season, on 44 not out. In all 35 overs were lost from the day’s minimum allocation of 96, although eight of those can be recovered on the third day.
But the signs had been ominous for Warwickshire from the opening overs of the home side’s reply. Wells looked in particularly fine form, helping himself to three boundaries through the off side off Nathan McAndrew and hitting seven in all as the first-wicket stand passed 50 in the 20th over.
Jennings was rather more restrained but he and Wells, who were opening a Lancashire innings for the first time, ignored the growing gloom and were only properly tied down by Olly Hannon-Dalby, whose 11 overs cost 13 runs. Wells reached his fifty off 90 balls with a square-driven boundary off Danny Briggs that brought him his ninth four.
A high-class on-drive by Wells off McAndrew had earlier taken Lancashire’s opening stand to fifty and the pair then increased the scoring rate to the extent that their partnership reached the landmark of a hundred runs off the first ball of the 36th over.
A few minutes later Wells had a narrow escape when a ball from McAndrew shaved his off stump but that was something of an exception on an afternoon when the Lancashire pair built a platform from which their side will hope to overhaul Warwickshire’s total on Saturday.
The morning also began well for Lancashire when Hassan Ali had both McAndrew and Craig Miles leg before wicket in his first three overs. However Dane Vilas’s attack was then frustrated for 48 minutes by last man, Olly Hannon-Dalby, who faced 29 balls for his three runs before being bowled by Matt Parkinson, who became the third Lancashire bowler after Hassan and Tom Bailey to take three wickets in the innings
That left Sibley undefeated, the fourth time he has carried his bat for Warwickshire. Indeed, he is the only Bears batter to do so since Ian Westwood performed the feat, also at Old Trafford in 2010.
And following the day’s play, Lancashire supporters gathered in the pavilion for a dinner to mark the 50th anniversary of the county’s famous Gillette Cup semi-final victory over Gloucestershire in which David Hughes defied near-darkness to hit the off-spinner John Mortimore for 24 runs in an over. The anniversary of that famous game actually occurred on July 28 last year but the dinner had to be postponed because of Covid 19.
Ollie Robinson made an impressive return to action after four months out with three wickets on the second day of Sussex's LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Hove.
The 28-year-old hasn’t played since January when he suffered back spasms during the Ashes series. An infection delayed his return to domestic action, but he wasted little time in making his presence felt by bowling Sam Robson with his fifth ball before striking again in the first over of both his second and third spells.
Robinson sent down two five-over spells and had another three-over burst after tea to finish with three for 37 overs from as Middlesex replied to Sussex’s 392 with 284 for six before bad light ended play seven overs early.
He made an inauspicious start – his first delivery was a no ball – but after bowling an away-swinger at Robson he moved one back off the seam to knock out off stump as Robson, who made 235 when the teams last met in September, offered no shot.
Robinson returned after lunch to remove Middlesex captain Peter Hanscomb who left a ball which tailed in to hit leg stump before ending a fifth-wicket stand of 130 in 36 overs between Max Holden and John Simpson when an inswinger took out Simpson’s middle stump after he’d made 71, his fourth fifty of the season.
It was an impressive effort by Robinson who was well backed up by the rest of the Sussex attack.
George Garton is also making his first appearance of the season after recovering from long Covid and he picked up a wicket when Mark Stoneman chased a ball he could have ignored and was caught behind.
The left-armer Sean Hunt removed Robbie White with his sixth delivery, although White also went after a ball well wide of off stump and Handscomb’s dismissal left Middlesex in trouble 45 for four.
But Simpson and Holden prospered during the afternoon although Simpson was dropped at extra cover on 31 by Cheteshawar Pujara off leg-spinner Mason Crane’s first ball.
It took a fine delivery from Robinson to separate the two left-handers, but Holden reached his second half-century of the summer which included an upper-cut six off Garton that smashed a window in one of the flats overlooking the ground.
Holden (58) lost his off stump sweeping Crane from outside off stump but Martin Andersson made the most of a reprieve when Hunt dropped him on the mid-wicket boundary on 19. With Luke Hollman he added an unbroken 71 for the seventh wicket, the aggressive Hollman going to his fifty just before the close.
Earlier, Sussex’s last four wickets had fallen in 31 balls for the addition of 29 runs as their first innings ended on 392, which would have been a disappointment after they’d been 246 for two on the first day.
Garton reached a 75-ball fifty before he thick-edged to second slip, the first of two wickets for Martin Andersson whose slower ball foxed Robinson, who drove to long on.
Shaheen Shah Afridi picked up two wickets to finish with three for 97. A searing yorker took out Aaron Beard’s middle and leg stumps while Crane top-edged a hook and was caught at deep mid-wicket.
Ben Stokes returned to action in astonishing fashion for the first time since being named England’s new captain with a record-breaking century for Durham in the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.
The all-rounder struck SEVENTEEN sixes, a century before lunch, and 34 off an over from Josh Baker on his way to 161 from just 88 deliveries.
Stokes’ number of maximums was a record for a Championship innings, beating the 16 achieved by Andrew Symonds (1995) and Graham Napier (2011) for Gloucestershire and Essex respectively.
His efforts enabled Durham to declare on 580-6 shortly after lunch and then a five wicket haul from Matthew Potts reduced Worcestershire to 169-6 by the close despite a century stand between Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard.
Fittingly, Stokes’ exploits were witnessed by Durham Chair, Sir Ian Botham, whose own career was legendary for such performances.
It was brutal, clean hitting from Stokes that attacks around the world stronger than Worcestershire’s have been powerless to halt during the past decade.
But from England’s point of view it was a delight to see Stokes in such destructive form before he takes over from Joe Root against New Zealand in the Lord’s Test on June 2.
This was his first knock since England’s 10 wicket setback against the West Indies in the third Test in Grenada.
He entered the playing area to a warm reception and returned to a standing ovation from a decent sized crowd privileged to have witnessed such carnage.
Durham resumed on 339-3 and Ben Gibbon picked up his second scalp of the innings when Scott Borthwick, on 89, was lbw to a delivery angled back in.
Stokes initially played himself in while scoring just 12 runs from his opening 30 deliveries.
But then came the sort of fireworks that have made Stokes one of cricket’s box office attractions during the past decade.
By any standards it was an extraordinary display and even wild geese flying across the ground looked in danger of being hit by the missiles launched from Stokes bat!
His first maximum was a huge hit off Ed Barnard over mid-wicket and set the tone for the remainder of the morning.
England Under-19 spinner Baker in particular bore the brunt of the slaughter in one over where he was in acute danger of being hit for six sixes.
The first five deliveries cleared the ropes, three over long on and one apiece over long off and mid wicket as Stokes century came up from 64 balls.
There was a conference between Baker, Club Captain D’Oliveira and other players before the final ball.
Stokes smote the ball down the ground but it bounced once before clearing the boundary much to his annoyance and he waved his bat in frustration.
But he did not let it affect him and launched another six onslaught against Worcestershire’s long-serving talisman in Joe Leach.
In the middle of this carnage, David Bedingham completed an excellent hundred of his own from just 120 balls, his second in the Championship this summer.
The morning session produced a staggering 210 runs from just 27 overs.
Stokes completed his 150 via the very first ball after the interval with six over long on off Gibbon and the record for the most maximum blows in the Championship was achieved with a straight hit off D’Oliveira.
An unforgettable innings finally ended when he holed out to Jack Haynes on the mid wicket boundary off D’Oliveira.
Anything after that almost felt like an anti climax but that would be an injustice to Bedingham whose knock of 135 ended shortly before the declaration when he drilled Baker to long off.
Potts produced a superb spell with the new ball under increasingly leaden skies to reduce Worcestershire to 41-4.
Jake Libby pushed forward and was caught behind for a first ball duck, the sort of dismissal that can happen to any opening batter.
But there was no excuse for the way Pakistan Test player, Azhar Ali, clipped a leg stump delivery straight to mid wicket after also not troubling the scorers.
Jack Haynes went back and was lbw to delivery which nipped back and Potts claimed his fourth wicket when Ed Pollock, on 32, nicked a delivery through to Ned Eckersley.
Stokes came into the attack and almost broke through in his first over when Barnard on six chopped a delivery onto the base of the stumps but the bails were not dislodged.
He has been advised by the ECB to monitor his workload on his return to action and bowled an initial spell of five overs for one run before returning for another four over burst after tea.
Two of Worcestershire’s in-form batters this summer in D’Oliveira and Barnard again looked in good touch.
Their century partnership came up from 194 balls and the pair looked relatively untroubled until being dismissed in successive overs.
D’Oliveira (41) played a slashing cut at Chris Rushworth and was one-handed by keeper Eckersley high away to his right.
Barnard reached an 86-ball half century in impressive style as he cover drove Potts for his ninth boundary.
But in the same over on 55 he left a delivery from Potts which clipped his off bail and was bowled as the pace bowler completed a five wicket haul.
Glamorgan reached 305 for five at the end of the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire, still 15 runs behind on first innings.
The day started with Leicestershire still batting with two wickets in hand. A useful stand between Callum Parkinson and Chris Wright took them to 320 all out.
The Glamorgan innings started with three early wickets but a fantastic partnership between Kiran Carlson and Sam Northeast took them to the tea break in control of this match.
Carlson made 91 and Northeast 84 but both were dismissed in the last session with this game very much in the balance as it heads into the third day.
Having resumed on 285 for eight Leicestershire successfully passed 300 for the first time this seasons thanks to a ninth wicket partnership worth 43 runs between Parkinson and Wright. That partnership was broken when Wright edged behind off the bowling of Michael Hogan before a third run out of the innings brought the Leicestershire batting efforts to a close.
Leicestershire got off to the perfect start with the ball when Wright had David Lloyd caught behind for just 6 but a stand of 52 between Marnus Labuschagne and Andrew Salter steady things for Glamorgan.
Labuschagne was given a chance early on when Swindell put down a leg side catch off Wright but the wicket-keeper couldn’t hang on. The Australian did not make the most of his good fortune, he was out for 17 off the last ball before lunch, attempting to hook a short ball from Ben Mike.
Salter also departed shortly after the resumption in play to leave Glamorgan at 63 for three to bring together Carlson and Northeast who batted beautifully through the afternoon session as they shared a partnership worth 182, comfortably the best of Glamorgan’s season thus far. Both batters raced along, scoring at nearly five an over. They were aided in their quick scoring by the Leicestershire bowlers sending down 15 no balls with all their seamers guilty of overstepping.
Wright was comfortably the best bowler on show for Leicestershire and it was he who broke the stand when he trapped Carlson lbw nine runs short of a century. Northeast was also dismissed lbw with Mike claiming the wicket. There is still no hundred for Northeast at his new county, he has now been dismissed for 81, 85 and 84 in his fledgling Glamorgan career.
Debutant Andy Gorvin and Chris Cooke saw Glamorgan to the close with bad light ending proceedings two overs early. If these two can bat for a significant part of the morning session on day three Glamorgan are well placed to claim a significant first innings lead.
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