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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 4: 8th May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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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 4: Sunday May 8th

 

Division One

 

Essex vs Yorkshire, The Cloud County Ground

 

Sir Alastair Cook recorded a century in both innings for the first time in his illustrious career as Essex and Yorkshire fought out a sluggish LV= Insurance County Championship draw.

Cook, England’s leading Test run-scorer and a veteran of 19 years at first-class level, had never previously reached three figures twice in a match – but he rectified that omission on his career record with an unbeaten 102 in the dying embers of this Chelmsford stalemate.

Any outside prospect of a positive result evaporated on the final morning as Yorkshire – needing to build quickly on their overnight advantage of 22 – lost their last five wickets for 39 and were dismissed for 465.

That left Cook, who had scored 107 first time around, and opening partner Nick Browne under little pressure in their second innings and the pair eased comfortably past the deficit with an unbroken partnership of 167 before the captains agreed a draw at 4.50pm.

Resuming on 425 for five, fast scoring appeared to be a necessity for the White Rose – but they displayed little attacking intent, garnering only three runs from the first six overs of the day.

Dawid Malan’s hopes of converting his 87 into a century disappeared when he clipped his first ball of the morning, a Shane Snater half-volley, into the hands of square leg, while Harry Brook showed none of the fluency that had already brought him a hundred.

Brook eventually fell for 123, caught behind wafting at a short delivery from Sam Cook, who was also unlucky not to claim the wicket of Harry Duke when he struck off stump – yet the bail refused to budge.

Cook had to be content with figures of three for 78, while Snater (three for 62) finished off the innings by having Dom Bess caught behind, leaving Essex with a deficit of 62 and half an hour to negotiate before lunch.

They might have gone in a wicket down, with Jordan Thompson finding the edge of Alastair Cook’s bat in his third over but Duke, diving across in front of the slips, was unable to cling onto a difficult catch.

After that, the former England captain looked completely in command and, while Browne’s progress was more sedate, he gave only one chance en route to his 50 not out, a stumping opportunity off Adam Lyth that Duke failed to execute.

However, it was Cook who took centre stage and he brought up his 72nd first-class hundred from 178 deliveries, pulling a long hop from Joe Root to the fence shortly before stumps were drawn.

Essex head coach ANTHONY McGRATH said:

“The game was pretty much dead this morning. We had to do the professional thing and make sure we didn’t have a tricky hour or two and, the way Alastair and Nick (Browne) batted, it was a comfortable ending to the game for us.

“Even though he (Cook) has got so many runs and the game is going towards a draw, with not much on it, he’s still hungry to get that hundred.

“That’s testament to his whole career and the class of the man. He’s been a great ambassador for the whole game, not just Essex and England.

“Hopefully we’ll see a few more (centuries) before he finishes and he’s with us for a few more years yet.”

 

Yorkshire head coach OTTIS GIBSON said:

“It feels like we’ve spent a lot of time and got nowhere. The game never really got going – it’s four days that I’m not going to remember much about, to be honest.

“Both teams tried to play the game in the right way and keep things moving forward. The pitch was slow and hard to score on, it didn’t really do that much.

“There was one point where (Harry) Brook and (Dawid) Malan were batting that it came alive a little bit. Today it went flat again and petered out into a draw.

“Brook showed you can play shots and bat with intent, be positive and put bowlers under pressure. He and Malan made it look very easy yesterday.”

Hampshire vs Gloucestershire, Ageas Bowl

 

Hampshire maintained pace in the LV= Insurance County Championship title race as they patiently secured an 87-run victory over Gloucestershire.

Mohammad Abbas followed his first-innings six-wicket haul with three for 62 with Liam Dawson and James Fuller both grabbing two wickets apiece as they seized a final session victory.

George Scott and Miles Hammond’s half-centuries had given Gloucestershire hope of chasing down 368 and a first victory of the season but the second new ball claimed four wickets to dent their dream.

Hampshire move to 8 points behind early leaders Surrey after claiming a 21 point haul, while Gloucestershire escape the bottom three with their three bonus points.

Hampshire began the day needing eight wickets, Gloucestershire required another 257 runs in what would have been the second greatest chase in their history and a draw wasn’t out the question either.

The morning session refused to suggest which way the result would be going. 70 runs were scored, with the required rate still manageably under three runs per over, with only a single wicket falling. That scalp was of George Scott, who danced down the track and picked out mid-on, for a personal best 77. Meanwhile, Hammond chalked up his third half-century in a third successive match in 150 mostly serene deliveries – the only worries in the session were the occasional play and misses.

This Ageas Bowl pitch has consistently assisted the new balls across the match, with nine wickets falling within the first 10 overs of it being taken. Hampshire were therefore looking forward to a second cherry soon after lunch, having been forced to persevere on a slow pitch. Thus, Ian Holland sending Graeme van Buuren’s middle stump for a tumble in the 77th over was an added bonus.

Three wickets did fall within 10 overs of James Vince unwrapping a shiny new ball, to swing the balance almost terminally towards Hampshire. Nine balls in and Hammond fell to Keith Barker, who missed a straight one and was pinned in front.

Abbas took his match tally to nine wickets with the quick-fire double of Tom Lace and Dom Goodman – the former clipped to midwicket while the latter tickled a delivery which moved in on the angle behind. Ryan Higgins scored 25 before his attempt at a cut screwed to Ben Brown’s gloves.

Last season, Gloucestershire had frustrated Hampshire with an epic block-a-thon on the final day to draw while nine down – with Goodman’s 48-ball nine saving the match. But there was to be no similar hold-up.

Mohammad Amir was superbly caught by Aneurin Donald running backwards from cover to dive and snaffle a skier and Ajeet Singh Dale was strangled down the leg side – both to Fuller – to end the highly entertaining contest with 25 overs to spare.

Hampshire captain James Vince:

“I think the pitch at different stages of the game was hard to bat on and then when the ball got soft it was hard for the bowlers. There was no real pattern to it but it happened at different times.

“It was a hard-fought win. We got ahead in the game couple of times but let them back in but on the whole, it was a fantastic win.

“There was definitely more in the pitch with the new ball. While we only got one wicket in the morning we controlled the rate, as they were still in the game runs wise. The way we bowled with the new ball and took those wickets took the game away from them, then we sustained the pressure.”

 

Gloucestershire head coach Dale Benkenstein:

“I think the same pattern has been happening most games. The most obvious thing to point to is first innings runs but at the same time we need to be realistic we are up against a really strong team. There was a lot of good bowling from them, it wasn’t just a case of bad batting, and injuries aren’t helping.

“Today the guys hung in and stuck in there but a match-winning performance would have been one of them getting 140 or so. They didn’t make it easy for us but an innings like makes you stand out. We were just a bit short on that and it has been tough.

“It was a brilliant knock but it is disappointing how George Scott got out. I like the way he was being positive but we needed to have wickets in hand before that second new ball as they are a really good new ball bowling team.

“I haven’t been able to get the same bowling attack out twice. April and May is about your bowlers. If you have a strong bowling attack you don’t have to chase as many runs. I feel our batters are getting better and have stepped up, but we still haven’t got a five-for. We need to find one or two quality bowlers or if David Payne is fit then that will make a difference.”

Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Emirates Old Trafford

 

Matt Parkinson took three wickets in a dramatic afternoon session but some resolute defensive batting by Chris Benjamin and Danny Briggs ensured that Warwickshire drew  their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Benjamin was 22 not out, Briggs was unbeaten on 28 and their unbroken seventh-wicket stand was worth 46 invaluable runs when the players shook hands with Warwickshire’s lead on 138 and only 19 overs left in the match. The visitors ended the match on 184 for six and Parkinson finished with three for 64 from 34 overs.   

Yet none of this tension had seemed likely during a morning session in which the only wicket to fall was that of Alex Davies, who had made 10 when he received a nasty lifter in the third over of the morning and gloved a catch to Keaton Jennings at second slip. Otherwise there were few alarms for the batsmen during the opening two hours, unless one counts the nasty blow in the box that Dominic Sibley received from a ball bowled by Luke Wood. 

At lunch Warwickshire were 85 for one and a draw was becoming increasingly probable. However, the fall of two wickets in the first hour of the afternoon session put the outcome in doubt. Having made 41 to go with his unbeaten 142 in the first innings, Sibley edged an excellent leg-spinner from Parkinson to Phil Salt behind the stumps. Less than seven overs later Sam Hain was leg before to the sort of Hassan Ali yorker that is clearly the Pakistani bowler’s speciality.

Yates reached his first fifty of the season with a cover drive off Luke Wood but his pleasure was brief. Four overs later the Warwickshire batsman was bowled for 55 by one from Wood that both nipped back and kept low, thereby giving him no price at all. That left the visitors on 132 for four and their lead of 86 runs was plainly inadequate.

And things got worse a quarter of an hour late when Will Rhodes ticked a leg-spinner from Parkinson to Jennings at leg-slip. The Bears skipper has now scored 73 runs in six Championship innings this season. In Parkinson’s next over Michael Burgess could make nothing of a classic leg-spinner and was bowled for nought.       

Now the game was properly in the hazard. At tea Warwickshire were 144 for six and had a lead of 98. Everything hinged on whether the Bears’ last four wickets could last long enough into the evening session to ensure that Lancashire’s batsmen could not reach their victory target.

On the resumption Vilas entrusted the task of making further breakthroughs to the pace of Hassan and the spin of Parkinson but Benjamin and Briggs held firm. Before long, runs were also coming at decent lick and Briggs was even able to cut and drive successive boundaries off Hassan.

Indeed the most dramatic event to take place in the evening session was the unexplained shattering of one of the massive windows in the Old Trafford press box.  The attendant bang attracted the players’ attention and caused the covers to be moved but nothing broke the concentration of Benjamin and Burgess.     

Lancashire took 14 points from the match and are now 17 behind the Division One leaders Surrey with a game in hand. Warwickshire took 13 points and are 39 shy of the early-season pacesetters, although they, too, have played one game fewer.   

Mark Robinson. Warwickshire’s head coach said:

 

We’re pleased because we showed a lot of character. We didn’t quite get the toss right, it was a real 50-50 one , neither team knew what to do.

 

Dom Sibley batted outstandingly well to get us to a score that was competitive but we were looking down the barrel when they were 127 without loss going into the third day.

 

Then Will Rhodes led the team exceptionally well and the bowlers responded brilliantly, backed up by the fielders. Today it looked as though things were calmer but then we had a little flurry of wickets and we needed Chris Benjamin and Danny Briggs to settle things down again. We’re going home, happy with the points and the character we showed in the match.

 

Glen Chapple, Lancashire’s head coach said:

 

We put in a good effort, produced our skills with the ball, but we lost over a session and a half to weather, so coming in today a result was unlikely but we still believed there was a chance and I thought we pushed Warwickshire hard.

The bowlers worked tirelessly and put Warwickshire under pressure on a reasonably unresponsive pitch. The only thing we would normally do better is to extend a bigger first innings lead. We built a good platform and would normally want to get a bigger first innings score. Having lost that time we were mindful that we needed to increase the scoring rate a little bit and in trying to that we came a bit unstuck.

We were pleased how we bowled on that pitch but I thought they were a bit negative. As soon as the new ball had gone they were bowling to defensive fields. I think they made their mind up early on they were going to try and restrict the scoring and stop us getting a lead. 

Keaton was playing well last year and got a bad injury. He took a part in pre-season and is playing well. He’s just had 3-4 weeks where he’s had to come back from a small calf strain so we were confident he was in good nick.

Surrey vs Northamptonshire, Kia Oval

Surrey won by an Innings and 5 runs on Saturday.

Division Two

 

Glamorgan vs Leicestershire, Sophia Gardens

 

Glamorgan wrapped up a six wicket victory on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire in Cardiff.

Leicestershire resumed their second innings with three wickets in hand and just 41 runs in front. An excellent half-century from Ben Mike and 29 runs from stand in captain Callum Parkinson took that lead to 149 before the final wicket fell.

Glamorgan got off to a flying start in their pursuit of the victory target thanks to a brisk innings from David Lloyd but three wickets from Parkinson slowed their progress. While Parkinson was a consistent threat the Glamorgan batters chased down the required runs in 40.4 overs with Sam Northeast undefeated on 40.

Leicestershire will be hugely disappointed to have given away such a strong position on day one and will need to work on their ill disciplined bowling that saw them bowl 25 no balls and concede 82 extras in the match.

With the wicket of Harry Swindells falling to the last ball of day three Leicestershire were in urgent need of a partnership to give them any chance of setting Glamorgan a challenging target. That is exactly what they got from Mike and Callum Parkinson.

Mike narrowly missed out on a maiden first-class hundred in Leicestershire’s last match against Middlesex, with the final wicket falling with him stranded on 99 not out. In this match he carried on that good form as he made a counterattacking 64 to give his team a target that was potentially defendable.

Leicestershire had looked frazzled during the last session of day three, and Glamorgan were in complete control. That was not the case on the morning of the fourth day as Mike and Parkinson put on an eighth wicket stand worth 88.

Mike’s enterprising innings was ended in the first over with the second new ball when an attempted pull shot and got a top edge off Michael Hogan that had serious hang time. Chris Cooke took the catch after waiting patiently underneath the skier.

It was debutant Andy Gorvin who was given the new ball at the other end and he claimed the first wicket of his career when he had Chris Wright trapped lbw for 3. The innings was wrapped up when Hogan bowled Beuran Hendricks with Leicestershire 266 all out to set a victory target of 150.

Lloyd was in no mood to hang around when the chase got underway as he raced to 36 from just 32 balls. He was bowled attempting to sweep, the first of three Glamorgan batters to fall playing that shot off Parkinson.

Sam Northeast and Kiran Carlson shared a match defining partnership in Glamorgan’s first innings and they combined again in a stand worth 35 that got their team within touching distance of the target. Carlson was dismissed by Scott Steel but Northeast saw his side home.

Glamorgan finished with 23 points from this match with Leicestershire claiming five bonus points.

Matthew Maynard, Glamorgan CCC Head Coach 

It's been a very good cricket wicket, it got a bit flatter from the seamers' point of view and Parkinson got some spin, they did make us work but we've come away with a well-deserved win.

We kept punching back at them slightly harder and created some opportunities in the first innings to get 117 lead, then bowled well to put them in that position overnight.

Parkinson and Mike played very well, but great to see the big fella (Hogan) get two wickets with the new ball, he's been incredible the last five games.

We saw last week how calmly Sam Northeast led the chase against Derby, and he's the kind of player that if you're batting the other end, you'll learn a lot from him.

I'm very pleased with the first block, one more game and it'll be a massive effort up in Durham who are a very strong outfit.

Callum Parkinson Leicestershire CCC

We showed some good character today, we scrapped hard with bat and ball but we didn't do the basics well all week. 

We were in a great position first innings and didn't make it pay, then the no-ball situation in the second innings has been a problem.

It was a really good cricket pitch, it deteriorated over the four days and I'd love to play on that every week. Lads have got to start holding their hands up and making themselves accountable, we're playing soft periods of cricket and it's not good enough.

I enjoyed captaining the side, it suits my personality being quite loud and personable, I'm happy to fill in but I'd love Colin (Ackermann) to be back next week.

 

 

Sussex vs Middlesex, The 1st Central County Ground

 

Middlesex chased down a target of 370 to win their third match in four in the second division of the LV= Insurance County Championship at Hove.

A partnership of 209 in 49 overs between Sam Robson and captain Peter Hanscomb, and then one of 99 between Max Holden and Martin Andersson in 13,  saw Middlesex achieve their eighth highest fourth innings total to win a match and leave Sussex – without a win in five games – demoralised. Middlesex got home with 3.1 overs to spare despite being without the injured Robbie Smith and after losing opener Mark Stoneman for one in the second over. Their victory adds an extra frisson to their upcoming fixture against Nottinghamshire at Lord’s.

When the heroic Ollie Robinson dismissed both Handsomb (79) and Robson, whose 149 was his first century since he scored 253 at this ground in September, Sussex still thought they had a chance of at least saving the match.

Robinson returned to the attack at 207 for one and immediately had Hanscomb lbw. At 249 for two Middlesex, needing 121 from 20 overs, were clear favourites.  But Robinson, operating in short spells after bowling 24 overs in the first innings, returned again and had Robson lbw.

But then chase was then taken up  Holden (80 not out) and Martin Andersson (44 not out) who repeated their form of the first innings.

Sussex, who were 225 for one in the first innings of the match and who played some excellent cricket here, gave Middlesex 77 overs to score their runs.  It was a tempting but not a philanthropic declaration.  As it was, the home side were handicapped by a number of factors and deserve some sympathy. The pitch was flat, the ball was soft (without the hope of a new ball) and there was a short boundary on the east side of the ground. Also, their declaration calculations were compromised by the considerable time lost to bad light on the third day.

In addition, seamers George Garton and Sean Hunt came into this game with little cricket.  And, although he bowled splendidly and took seven wickets in the match, this was also Robinson’s first match in four months.  Another problem for Sussex – albeit one of their own making – was that they had to rush through the overs in order to avoid a points penalty.  So they had to over-bowl their expensive on-loan leg-sinner Mason Crane

Sussex started the fourth day on 236 for three, with a lead of 270, and immediately there was a pre-declaration urgency about their batting. Cheteshwar Pujara carried on from where he had left off the day before, effortlessly driving the second ball of the morning through the covers for four.  Then he twice cut Andersson for boundaries.

His next four would have painful consequences for the Middlesex batsman White.  Pujara straight-drove Ethan Bamber and White, diving to stop the ball, was soon writhing in agony.  There was a delay of 10 minutes before White was wheeled from the field on a stretcher trolley.  A dislocated left shoulder was later diagnosed.  Middlesex were also without Shaheen Shah Afridi, who did not take the field after feeling unwell in the morning.

Clark was dropped behind when he inside edged Blake Cullen, with the wicketkeeper going the wrong way. He had moved on to 77 before he was lbw to Luke Hollman.  At that stage, at 335 for four, Sussex declared.  They had added 99 runs in 17 overs.  Pujara remained unbeaten on 170.  So in four matches and five completed innings he has scored 717 runs at an average of 143.  But, in terms of results, neither he nor Sussex have anything to show for it.

Ian Salisbury (Sussex coach) “I don’t like losing, I really don’t.  But sometimes you have to take a risk to win.   We knew it was a risk with three bowlers having their first game of the season.  And I can’t fault the effort of the guys on a good pitch.  They gave absolutely everything.  I can’t fault Ollie Robinson as a cricketer. You could see how much effort he out into it today. And George Garton is still trying to get his lungs and his heart right after long Covid. It was never our intention to bat out our second inning for a draw, which we could have done.”

 

Peter Handscomb (Middlesex captain):  “It was an incredible win, to chase down that big total in 74 overs.  We saw the moment there and we took it.  I think there needs to be conversations about Sam Robson playing for England again.  The team looks like it’s going through a restructure and Robbo has been putting it together for three or four years now.  We’ve already seen that he can make runs opening for England.” 

Worcestershire vs Durham, New Road

Worcestershire batter Jack Haynes scored his maiden first class century as he and Azhar Ali batted through the majority of the final day to secure a defiant draw with Durham in the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.

Worcester-born Haynes’ moment to remember came when he edged Matthew Potts for his 17th four before jumping in the air with delight and being embraced by Club Captain, Brett D’Oliveira.

It came from his 227th delivery and was also greeted by a standing ovation from supporters and his team-mates on the dressing room balcony.

Haynes, whose father Gavin played for Worcestershire throughout the 1990s, had come so close on previous occasions to this milestone.

He was run out for 87 backing up at the non striker’s end against Warwickshire at Edgbaston last summer and then reached 97 versus Derbyshire at New Road before hitting a Matt Critchley long hop down deep mid wicket’s throat.

But there was no denying the 21-year-old on this occasion and his and Azhar’s efforts completed a recovery act by the home side after Durham had dominated the opening two days.

From 41-4 in reply to Durham’s 580-6, the Worcestershire batters battled away in both innings to earn themselves what had seemed unlikely 12 points

Pakistan Test batter Azhar also showed all his quality in making a fine 92 and his experience in shepherding Haynes towards three figures would have been invaluable to the youngster. 

He has had a testing start to his career with his adopted county but successfully coped with a probing morning spell from new England captain Ben Stokes in some of the most absorbing cricket of the day.

Stokes tried to unsettle Azhar with a succession of short-pitched deliveries and had a leg slip and two players in position for the hook but the batter with 94 Tests under his belt was unfazed. Stokes did not return to bowl after tea by which time the final outcome was all but determined. Haynes and Azhar put on 195 and used up 74 overs in largely untroubled fashion on a still true pitch and were only parted shortly before tea.

It was the highest stand by a Worcestershire pair for any wicket against Durham. Durham will be disappointed not to have pressed home their dominance after Stokes’ magnificent hitting and Matthew Potts first innings heroics with the ball. But a combination of the pitch and sheer defiance from a Worcestershire side now showing more resilience left them frustrated. Azhar and Haynes safely negotiated 30 overs during the morning session in adding 76 runs.

Chances or half chances were at a premium.

Haynes on 61 attempted to cut Trevaskis but David Bedingham was wrong-footed at first slip and was unable to get his hand to the ball.

It was a rare sniff of a wicket but a blatant chance was squandered by the visitors when Azhar on 82 was dropped in the gulley off Matt Salisbury.

Haynes moved to within two of his century with a cut for four off Trevaskis.But before he went to three figures, Azhar’s fine knock ended in the first over with the second new ball when he edged Chris Rushworth to second slip.

After tea, Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira and Haynes safely negotiated a second spell of the day from Stokes before the two sides shook hands with 16 overs remaining. Haynes ended on 120 not out from 276 balls with 20 fours.

Worcestershire Head Coach, Alex Gidman, said: “Very proud, a great comeback. We were under a lot of pressure throughout the game, particularly the first two days against a very strong Durham team.

“I’m immensely proud of the players. Everyone played their part and we thoroughly deserved our points at the end of the day.

“Clearly we believed in ourselves and had a good chance (going into the final day) but it’s a long time to bat.

“I thought the discipline, patience and decision-making from Jack (Haynes) and Azhar (Ali), and Brett (D’Oliveira) at the end there, was exceptional and really chuffed for them, especially Jack for his first hundred and Azhar for a huge contribution at a critical time.

“Really, really pleased for the group in general and a really good effort.

“We’ve always believed that Jack (Haynes) was going to get that first hundred at some stage and we believe there are many more in there as well,

“We know he is a very talented player. He has come very close on a couple of occasions but credit to him, he stayed patient. Hopefully that is the first of many.”

 

Durham Head Coach, James Franklin, said: “Pitches this season not offering much for the bowlers? It’s a bit of U-turn on the last few years but in all honesty I think it is a positive for cricket.

“We’ve seen brilliant cricket wickets and are seeing tougher cricket which will eventually evolve if the pitches stay this way into better cricketers ultimately for England which I guess has got to be the over-riding aim of it all.

“Our performance during this game has been a hell of a lot better than it has been the previous two matches.

“That is real progress for me. We took a step back the last two games but this week seems like a positive step forward.

“From a batting point of view, there are some really nice signs and, not just myself, but a number of people in our dressing room are particularly pleased for Sean (Dickson).

“By his own admission, his last two years have been a little bit lean by his own standards but now he is showing everyone the class player he is.

“The challenge for him is to try and sustain some semblance of this form through the rest of the season.”

 

 

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