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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 3: 7th May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
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Here are all the latest scores, news and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 3: 7th May.

Division One

 

Essex vs Yorkshire, The Cloud County Ground

Harry Brook upstaged former England skipper Joe Root as Yorkshire feasted on the Essex bowlers on day three of their LV = Insurance  County Championship clash at Chelmsford.

Root, in what was remarkably only his 50th County Championship appearance for the White Roses despite making his debut back in April 2011, stroked his way to a half century in 88 balls, the exact same number as his successor as England skipper Ben Stokes had taken to smash 161 against Worcestershire at New Road 24 hours earlier.

However, youngster Brook stole the spotlight, giving another stunning audition ahead of the first Test of the summer against New Zealand next month, by smiting a thrilling century, so keeping up his record of scoring 50 or more in every innings so far this season. The 23-year-old who closed on 110 not out currently averages over 200 for the campaign.

He shared a record unbroken stand of 210  with Dawid Malan (87 not out), his fifth half-century in a row, as the White Rose county piled up 425-5 by the close – a lead of 24.

Root was immediately in the action and got underway with a streaky four wide of second slip. Sam Cook beat him all ends up with a peach of a delivery next up, but that was Root’s only moment of concern.

In many ways this was trademark Root, a delicate cut to third man here, a sweep to fine leg there, the back foot punch and the off-drive all featured. He was merciless on  anything short too – all this either side of a lengthy stoppage for rain just 45 minutes into the day which drove the players off for an early lunch.

At the other end, Matthew Revis (47) looked too good for the night-watchman role he’d played since the previous evening. The 20-year-old blunted the opening salvos and had just three singles to his name from his first 59 balls. A drive creamed through cover off Mark Steketee signalled a gear change and he later struck Snater for successive boundaries.

The century stand came up in two hours, but, with a half-century in sight, Revis pushed a ball from Simon Harmer to mid-wicket and set off without waiting for it to beat the fielder. Root sent him back, and when Critchley returned to the striker’s end Revis was left short.

Root’s demise came equally out of the blue when he under-edged a Critchley googly onto his leg-bail on 75, but this brought Malan and Brook together and the latter, top of the Division 1 averages got off the mark by slog sweeping Simon Harmer over the square-leg fence. It was a sign of things to come as bristling with aggression he plundered already tiring bowlers, becoming the leading run scorer in division one this season when he reached 49 and the single which followed meant his latest half century had come in 48 balls.

At the other end, Malan was all finesse and timing, his driving, whether straight or square a thing of beauty, reaching his landmark in 92 deliveries.

The pair forged on in a lengthy last session, and with great symmetry, having got off the mark with a six Brook reached an all-but run a ball century by hoisting Critchley over the ropes at mid-wicket.

In the dying embers of the days Yorkshire’s record books were rewritten when Brook and Malan’s sixth-wicket stand reached 201, surpassing the 200 set by David Denton and George Hirst way back in 1902.  

 

Hampshire vs Gloucestershire, Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 342 & 204 lead Gloucestershire 179 & 111/2 by 256 runs

Aneurin Donald marked his return from two years of injury hell with a tubthumping 89 as Hampshire and Gloucestershire’s topsy-turvy LV= Insurance County Championship clash set up an exciting final day.

Welshman Donald hadn’t played since September 2019 due to two serious knee injuries but dug Hampshire out of trouble with a 101-run final wicket stand with James Fuller (32 not out) – which included three sixes in a row.

Gloucestershire were set 368 to win, and makeshift opener George Scott moved to an unbeaten career-best 70 to help his side to 111 for two at the close, with 257 still to win and all three results possible. 

Donald’s motto is “no other way but forward”, he’s needed it during batches of operation, recovery and rehabilitation for two separate ACL injuries in the last two years. It was equally applicable to the approach he needed when he arrived at the crease with his side 65 for seven.

Hampshire’s melaise from the previous evening continued when James Vince nicked Ryan Higgins off four balls into the day before Nick Gubbins followed suit. Higgins’ two for 20 and Mohammad Amir’s miserly run an over were the catalyst for Gloucestershire’s early carnage – both ended the innings with three-fors.

Ben Brown under edged Dom Goodman to the keeper, Liam Dawson slogged to deep square and Keith Barker tamely chipped across the line to mid on – Hampshire 103 for nine, and the lead 266.

The extra half an hour was taken which sparked Donald into life. The former Glamorgan batter had to wait 962 days between facing first-team deliveries before a disappointing six-ball single in the first innings. He wasn’t prepared to waste his long-awaited opportunity a second time.

Donald first injured his knee during a post-season inter-club five-a-side football match in 2019. After a lonely recovery in lockdown, he flirted with the idea of featuring in 2020 but avoided the risk, instead he prepared for a 2021 comeback.

Everything appeared on course for that but after he felt his knee go again during an innocuous piece of fielding during a pre-season friendly last year; another frustratingly lengthy lay-off was necessary as he returned to square one.

His knee might have twice failed him but his ability remained. 71 off 28 balls bullying Solent University students, followed by 109 off 73 and 143 off 117 in the Second XI Championship provided the backdrop for his return; and the devastation he rained down on the Ageas Bowl prior to lunch proved he was still capable at the highest domestic level.

A trio of fours off Higgins warmed him up before three successive maximums off his legs and onto the Eastern Bern, the first of which bring up his fifty, sent him into overdrive and turn the game once again back towards Hampshire. In total, 56 runs came in the additional half-hour, with the usually aggressive Fuller allowing Donald to obliterate the bowling – albeit with two lives on 30 and 68.

Post lunch was a more sedate generation of runs for the duo, both unusually low in the order due to nightwatchmen. The stand ended when Jared Warner pumped in a high bouncer which Donald took on and skied. His and Fuller’s efforts meant Hampshire set Gloucestershire what would be their second-highest successful fourth-innings chase.

Scott, who is deputising at the top of the order for the injured Chris Dent, and Marcus Harris appeared in little danger either side of tea, with the sun coming out to further assist the free-flowing Scott and tenacious Harris.

Mohammad Abbas broke the 54-run stand by castling Harris with one which kept low and James Bracey was then pinned going back to Dawson. But Scott continued to chip away, passing fifty for the second time in first-class cricket and moving past his previous best of 55.

Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Emirates Old Trafford

Australian seamer Nathan McAndrew took his first Warwickshire wickets to restrict Lancashire’s first-innings lead to a modest 46 on the third day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford but a draw still appears the most likely outcome to the game.

McAndrew returned figures of four for 85, with all his wickets coming in eight overs either side of tea, but Keaton Jennings’ 110 helped ensure Lancashire made 361 in reply to Warwickshire’s 315. When bad light ended play after just three overs of Warwickshire’s second innings, the visitors were four without loss, with Alex Davies having avoided a pair on his return to Old Trafford.       

But the long drama of Lancashire losing their last nine wickets for 120 had appeared anything but likely during a morning session in which  the only wicket to fall was that of Luke Wells, who had made 80 when he seemed to drive the ball firmly into the ground on its way back to Danny Briggs.

However, the bowler took the two-handed catch with little fuss and was immediately congratulated by his colleagues. To the opener’s apparent bemusement, the umpires upheld the appeal after a brief consultation, thus ending Wells’ 166-run opening stand with Jennings.

Jennings and Josh Bohannon took the total at lunch to 222 without further loss and the opener reached his century ten balls after the resumption when he cover drove Briggs to the boundary to reach three figures in successive County Championship innings.

The important qualification to that achievement, however, was that this is Jennings’ first red-ball match since he made 127 in the Roses match at Headingley last July. A torn left calf ruled him out of the final two months of last season and a similar injury to his right leg has kept him on the sidelines for the first few weeks of this campaign.  

Undaunted by a score of 241 for one, though, Warwickshire’s faster bowlers hit back with the new ball in the first hour of afternoon session by taking three wickets for 15 runs in six overs.

All three batsmen fell to catches in the slip cordon. Olly Hannon-Dalby produced a fine ball to have Bohannon taken by Rob Yates at first slip; Craig Miles dismissed Steven Croft for a duck, well caught by Chris Benjamin in the region of fifth slip; and Jennings’ half-hearted push at a delivery from Hannon-Dalby only diverted the ball to Sam Hain at second slip. 

Phil Salt included four boundaries in a typically breezy 26 off 36 balls but he was then caught at mid-off by Will Rhodes off McAndrew, thus giving the Warwickshire bowler his first Warwickshire victim.

In the second over after the resumption McAndrew extracted much more lift than George Balderson was expecting and the all-rounder gloved a looping catch to Hain at slip. Luke Wood lasted only four balls before edging Briggs to Rhodes, also at slip, and six deliveries later Vilas departed for 41 when an attempted cut off McAndrew merely feathered a catch to Michael Burgess behind the stumps.

McAndrew also took the wicket of Hassan Ali for four but Matt Parkinson and Tom Bailey then put on 26 for the last wicket before Parkinson was leg before wicket to Hannon-Dalby for nine, thus giving the Warwickshire spearhead the excellent figures of three for 33 from 24.3 overs.    

Surrey vs Northamptonshire, Kia Oval

Surrey’s five-man pace attack blew Northamptonshire away for the second time in 24 hours at the Kia Oval, dismissing them for 202 to complete an emphatic LV= Insurance County Championship victory by an innings and five runs inside three days.

Dan Worrall picked up 3 for 37, Gus Atkinson 3 for 26 and Jordan Clark 2 for 43 as Surrey, who earlier in the day had finished off the Northamptonshire first innings for 194 with Colin de Grandhomme taking 4 for 39, strengthened their position at the top of Division One with a third win from five games.

This was a real show of power by Surrey, who earned 22 points, despite the absence from this match of Ollie Pope with illness and the fact Sam Curran did not bowl in either Northamptonshire innings as he continues to manage his return from a stress fracture of the back. In addition, left-arm paceman Reece Topley was rested.

Worrall, though, hugely impressed on his home debut, after being signed last winter from Gloucestershire, and the 30-year-old Australian – now classed as a home player due to his British passport – claimed the vital scalp of Will Young soon after Northamptonshire had been asked to follow on.

Worrall produced an absolute beauty to have New Zealand Test opener caught behind for 3 in his fourth over with the new ball, leaving the visitors on 8 for 2 after Ricardo Vasconcelos had also edged to keeper Ben Foakes off Clark in the previous over.

Emilio Gay, to his enormous credit, then shrugged off a series of nasty blows to both his right and left elbows to hit a number of lovely strokes in a brave 51 and hold up Surrey’s seam battery for an hour and a half.

Gay twice needed on-field treatment to his right elbow in one Clark over just before lunch and soon after his arrival at the crease. Then, on 33, he was struck on his left elbow by a De Grandhomme delivery that spat up at him.

But the most painful blow came just after he had reached a 56-ball fifty with a pull off De Grandhomme, his ninth four. The next ball from the New Zealand all-rounder again lifted sharply and Gay initially looked as if he could not carry on after a stoppage for yet more treatment to the tall left-hander’s right elbow.

Deciding perhaps unwisely to bat on, Gay was then beaten from De Grandhomme’s next ball and also nicked Overton just short of Foakes before Atkinson found his edge again and this time it carried to the Surrey and England keeper.

Atkinson’s first spell of 5-17-2 had earlier also accounted for Luke Procter, well caught just inside the deep square leg boundary by Curran for 9 when the left-hander slightly mis-hit a pull at the young all-rounder’s second ball. 

Northamptonshire’s slide continued apace following Gay’s dismissal, with Saif Zaib leg-before for 8 to a searing Overton yorker, Rob Keogh bowled off stump for 15 by another superb Worrall outswinger and Lewis McManus giving Foakes a fourth catch of the innings off Clark.

Tom Taylor sparred De Grandhomme to second slip on 18, soon after tea, but Matt Kelly and Simon Kerrigan both enjoyed themselves in a ninth wicket stand of 50 before Worrall returned to have Kerrigan caught at cover for 25 and Atkinson saw Kelly swing high to deep midwicket on 33.

Northamptonshire’s first innings, meanwhile, had earlier lasted just another 10.4 overs after they began day three on 154 for 8, with Procter – who had resumed on 61 – remaining 83 not out from 196 balls and fully deserving of the crowd’s warm applause following a determined lone hand. One of Procter’s last defiant blows was a memorably-struck six off Overton that flew out of the ground over the short boundary and into the Harleyford Road. 

De Grandhomme picked up the remaining two Northamptonshire first innings wickets, pinning Kerrigan leg-before for 12 with a full-pitched swinging delivery and then forcing Ben Sanderson sky to mid on when the No11 miscued an attempted smear.

Division Two

 

Glamorgan vs Leicestershire, Sophia Gardens

An effective lower order batting display and wickets for Michael Neser and David Lloyd have left Glamorgan in a very strong position going into the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire in Cardiff.

Glamorgan started the day on 305 for five and a fifty from Chris Cooke and useful contributions from Neser and James Weighell took the home side to a first innings lead of 117.

Glamorgan chipped away at the visitors batting lineup to leave Leicestershire just 41 runs in front with three first innings wickets in hand.

Glamorgan will go start the fourth day feeling confident that they can claim their first home victory of the season with Leicestershire on 158 for seven in their second innings. 

The day started with Leicestershire picking up the wicket of Andy Gorvin who was dismissed lbw for 23 by Beuran Hendricks when he left a ball that came back into him.

At the fall of Gorvin’s wicket Glamorgan were still trailing by nine runs. A stand of 65 between Chris Cooke and Neser took them into the lead with Cooke passing fifty from 138 balls.

Cooke’s dismissal came when Callum Parkinson bowled the perfect left arm spinner’s delivery that turned passed his bat and clipped his off stump. It was an uncharacteristically stoic innings from Cooke who looked to hang around to take his team to a potentially match-winning lead.

Glamorgan finished on 437 all out with James Weighell the last man out for 34 with the home team narrowly missing out of full batting bonus points. 

Two early wickets reduced Leicestershire to 15 for two with Sam Evans caught down the leg side by wicket-keeper Cooke off the bowling of Michael Hogan. Rishi Patel made a career best 82 in the first innings but he lasted just seven balls on day three, edging a beautiful delivery from Michael Neser to Cooke.

A 66-run partnership between Hassan Azad and Louis Kimber chipped away at the Glamorgan lead but Neser struck again with another stunning delivery that came back just enough to bowl Kimber for 37.

Azad went on to his second half-century of the match, bringing up the landmark from 88 balls as Leicestershire battled to wipe out the Glamorgan lead.

David Lloyd picked up the wickets of Azad and Wiaan Mulder in the space of two overs to leave Leicestershire in real trouble.  When Azad was caught at slip for 56 off a ball that lifted on him his team were just two runs to the good and five wickets down.

The lead was just 22 when Neser got the sixth Leicestershire wicket, Scott Steel going lbw for 18. The lead had creeped on to 41 when Harry Swindells was bowled by a Weighell ball that he left alone to bring the day to a close. 

 

Sussex vs Middlesex, The 1st Central County Ground

Cheteshwar Pujara’s fourth century in as many matches – and two of them were doubles – put Sussex in a strong position in their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Middlesex at Hove.

Middlesex had dominated the first half of the third day but then a third wicket partnership of 138 at five an over between Pujara and Tom Alsop, whose run-scoring matched that of the Indian maestro before he was well caught at slip for 66, put Sussex on top and set up the possibility of a declaration and run chase on the final day.

Pujara pulled spinner Mark Stoneman for four to reach 99 and then cut the same bowler through backward-point for three to reach his hundred from 133 balls, with 13 fours and a six.  At the close Sussex were 236 for three, a lead of 270, with Pujara 125 not out.  Earlier the most important Sussex player was Ollie Robinson, who completed a five-wicket return in his first match for four months.  

Middlesex had resumed on 284 for six, still 108 runs in arrears. But after just four overs, and with the new ball available, the players came off for bad light.

When they returned Martin Andersson edged Aaron Beard through the too-wide gap between first and second slips to reach a 92-ball half-century.  The opening session was almost 90 minutes old before Sussex broke through, with the last delivery of the 89th over, when Robinson had Andersson caught, low down, by Alsop at first slip. He and the impressive Luke Hollman had put on 99 for the seventh wicket.

The same combination of Robinson and Alsop soon accounted for Blake Cullen and at lunch Middlesex were 335 for eight.  Shaheen Shah Afridi clipped Mason Crane to square leg to bring up the 350 and win Middlesex a fourth batting point.  But in the next over the same batsman drove Sean Hunt to mid-on but failed to beat Tom Haines’s direct hit.  Hunt then removed Hollman’s middle stump as the batsman heaved across the line.  Hollman’s obdurate innings had brought him a first-class best 82 and Middlesex, with their upside-down looking scorecard, had made 358 and trailed Sussex by just 34 runs.  Robinson, who apart from the first over bowled downhill from the Cromwell Road end for duration of the opening session, finished with figures of 5-66 in 24 overs.

When Sussex batted again, under dark clouds and bright floodlights, they lost both openers without scoring in the first seven balls.  At this stage they must have been reminded of their opening game of the season, against Nottinghamshire.  Then, they scored 375 and had Notts struggling at 52 for four before going on to lose the match by 10 wickets.

On this occasion, Ali Orr was out second ball, caught behind off Afridi, who surprised the batsman with his pace and bounce.  Then, with the first delivery of the next over, Ethan Bamber dismissed Haines, who was also caught by wicketkeeper John Simpson.  And Sussex would have been nine for three if Alsop had not been dropped at slip before scoring.

The contest between the prolific

Pujara and Afridi was compelling. Pujara uppercut Afridi over third man for six. But then, after just three overs and with the score 15 for two, the players came off for bad light.  They were away for just over an hour, in which time they took tea, but with overs lost.

When they returned, Pujara and Tom Alsop, and then Tom Clark, reasserted Sussex’s advantage, though with chunks of time lost to bad light a draw remains a strong possibility.

Worcestershire vs Durham, New Road

Sean Dickson completed a century in each innings as Durham continued to dominate Worcestershire on the third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road. 

Dickson, who scored 104 in the first innings, smashed 105 (73 balls) second time round as the visitors chased quick runs to set up a victory charge on the final day. 

After bowling the home side out for 309 (Joe Leach 62,105 balls, Matty Potts six for 62), Durham declined to enforce the follow on, instead sending out openers Dickson and Alex Lees with licence to attack. 

Dickson responded with a 69-ball century, the second-fastest first-class century for Durham behind only Ben Stokes' 64-ball ton in the first innings, before a declaration at 170 for one left Worcestershire a target of 442 in a day and 22 overs.  

They were 85 for two at the close, Chris Rushworth having dismissed both openers.  

After the spectacular fare of day two, when sixes rained from the bat of Ben Stokes, the third morning brought the opposite extreme. Forty minutes passed without a run off the bat at one point as Worcestershire's lower order defended doggedly.  

Stokes opened the bowling upon the resumption but remained wicketless as Leach added 54 in 15 overs with Ben Cox and 62 in18 with Josh Baker. After Cox edged Potts behind, Baker batted with impressive composure to put the previous day's mauling by the England captain behind him. The 18-year-old made 27 from 64 balls before falling to smart slip catch by David Bedingham off Matt Salisbury. 

Leach completed his 21st first-class half-century but fell to the second ball after lunch when he edged Chris Rushworth to Scott Borthwick at second slip. That was 280 for nine but last pair Adam Finch and debutant Ben Gibbon added a valuable 29 in 19 overs before the latter was bowled by Rushworth. 

Durham chose to give their bowlers a rest and sent out Lees and Dickson in T20 mode. They rattled up 102 in 14 overs before tea and Dickson struck eight sixes on his way to his fourth century of the season and third in successive innings. He is the fifth Durham player to achieve the feat of scoring two centuries in a championship match. 

Worcestershire started briskly with 30 in four overs but then Rushworth struck twice in seven balls. He bowled Ed Pollock through the gate and trapped Jake Libby lbw with one that kept low. Azhar Ali and Jack Haynes prevented further damage with an unbroken stand of 50 before the close as Stokes delivered another five wicketless overs.


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