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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 2: 20th May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 2
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 2
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Here are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 2: 20th May.

Division 1

Northamptonshire vs Kent

Jack Leaning and Grant Stewart scored contrasting half-centuries as Kent piled on the runs on a rain-affected day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire.

Captain Leaning ground his way to a 120-ball fifty to build on the fine work of Ben Compton, who ended with 140, and Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond’s half-centuries.

On the other hand, Stewart was given a licence and used it to bash five sixes in 34 deliveries on his route to the milestone – before he ended up on 61 – as Kent declared on 519 for nine.

All-rounder Stewart and Darren Stevens then made early in-roads by displacing Ben Curran and Emilio Gay as Northamptonshire ended the day on 21 for two – 498 runs behind.

Rain washed out the morning session to leave 66 overs for Kent to rack up a massive first innings total, having been put in on the first day. Compton continued almost unperturbed from his overnight 125, carefully adding two boundaries to take him to 100 fours for the season.

He departed for 140 when driving to gully, before Jordan Cox chopped Gareth Berg onto his own stumps and Ollie Robinson edged to first slip in a positive eight over spell for the hosts.

Leaning, who is deputising for Sam Billings as red-ball captain, missed the start of season with a hamstring injury and appeared slow to get his season motoring. He started with a duck and 36 against Yorkshire and a nine in the draw with Surrey last week.

But on this occasion, his wicket was prized with complete protection, with only balls well away from his stumps dispatched to the boundary. It was certainly watchful but allowed the platform for the later chaos by helping to soften the ball.

His half-century, the 29th of his first-class career, was brought up in 120 deliveries with a delicious on drive on the cusp of tea.

Stevens had already fallen cutting behind before Leaning chipped a leading edge back to Tom Taylor for 62. But that brought together the cunning rotation of George Linde and Stewart’s big-hitting.

Stewart has the build of a man perfect to hit a long ball – having struck four sixes in a run-a-ball 90 in his previous innings this year. If further proof was needed of this, his maximum off Rob Keogh which comfortably cleared the Lynn Wilson Indoor School. A conservative estimate measured the strike at 120 metres.

He followed that up with four more, altogether tamer sixes, as the tempo raised against a weary Northamptonshire attack. Linde, who had bizarrely been given out run out while backing up only to be recalled, added 38 with Stewart before skying to long on.

Matt Quinn shook off his genuine tailender tag to swat a six and four during a breath-taking 64-runs stand with Stewart in seven overs. He was dropped by Lewis McManus, who damaged his finger in the process, before Steward exited when lbw to bring about the declaration.

Northamptonshire were given 13 overs to negotiate under the lights and lost Curran when he tamely diverted to mid-wicket. Gay earned a life against the wily Stevens with a tough caught and bowled chance but wasn't so fortunate after he was struck on the pads.

Lancashire vs Essex

Essex’s new-ball bowlers, Sam Cook and Jamie Porter, left Lancashire’s first innings in tatters on the second afternoon of this game and the visitors ended a rain-shortened day completely in control of the LV= Insurance County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.

Replying to the home side’s 391, in which Dan Lawrence made 120 and Shane Snater 72, the home side were 32 for five and the only solace for home supporters was that the rain prevented any play after tea. The only grit in the porridge from an Essex perspective was that Lawrence seems to have suffered a recurrence of his right hamstring injury and did not field in Lancashire’s first innings.  

The morning’s play was also interrupted for over an hour by rain but Essex took the session’s honours by scoring 61 runs in 12 overs, the majority of them coming from the bat of Snater, who completed his third first-class fifty early in the afternoon.

There was, however, bad news for the visitors when Lawrence was forced to use a runner after pulling up when completing a quick single and it appeared to be a similar injury to that which sidelined him for a month before this game.

Three overs later Lawrence was caught by James Anderson off the bowling of Luke Wood for 120 but that was the only success the Lancashire bowlers enjoyed before Snater was leg before to Hassan Ali for an 82-ball 72 nearly an hour into the second session. Porter was run out for nought by Josh Bohannon’s brilliant pick up and direct hit from midwicket but Essex’s score looked a creditable effort and seemed even more so an hour or so later.

Lancashire’s innings could barely have got off to a worse start. Keaton Jennings was lbw for four when coming only half-forward to Cook in the fifth over and Bohannon fell for a duck in similar fashion when playing across the line to  Porter in the eighth.

Next ball Steven Croft edged the ball low to Alastair Cook’s left but the former England slipper made no mistake with a two-handed catch. Three overs later Luke Wells was leg before to Sam Cook for six when playing no shot and Lancashire’s torment was completed when Dane Vilas tried to take the bat away from a ball from Snater but only managed to inside-edge the ball on to his stumps.

That left Lancashire on 24 for five in the 14th over and the only consolation before tea arrived a few balls later when Phil Salt hit Simon Harmer for the first fours of the innings. Cook currently has figures of two for five from seven overs and Porter two for 19 from six. Neither bowler is flattered in the slightest.

However, perhaps the pleasantest aspect of the day from a broader perspective was that two thousand schoolchildren watched the morning’s cricket, having been invited to Emirates Old Trafford by the Lancashire Cricket Foundation as part of the annual Schools Open Day. The young spectators mobbed Matt Parkinson and applauded Hassan Ali, who returned their welcome in typically courteous fashion.


Somerset vs Hampshire

Craig Overton claimed his 400th first class wicket as Somerset fought back strongly at the end of a rain-shortened second day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Hampshire at Taunton. 

The visitors looked to be cruising towards a first innings lead when reaching 107 for one in reply to 211, Ian Holland leading the way with 49. 

But the final session saw Overton produce an inspired seven-over spell, removing Holland and James Vince, as Hampshire lurched to 117 for four before closing on 144 for five. 

The England seamer ended the day with three for 21 from 18 overs, keeping his side in the game as they led by 67 runs. 

Early morning rain created a wet outfield and no play was possible before lunch. 

The action got underway at 1.40pm with Hampshire immediately looking to be positive and make up for lost time. 

Felix Organ, unbeaten on 15 overnight, played Overton through the offside for four, but in the same over, the second of the day, he threw the bat at a wide one and edged a chest-high catch to Lewis Gregory at third slip. 

New batsman Nick Gubbins faced a testing start. But Somerset’s seam attack, Overton apart, were unable to match the nagging accuracy of their Hampshire counterparts on the opening day. 

Some loose deliveries allowed Gubbins and Holland to take the total to 63 for one from 26 overs when a problem with the ball led to it being changed. 

It was 69 for one when the rain returned to cause a break in play. Holland had moved to 36, playing and missing at times, but also employing careful shot selection to take few risks. 

Play resumed at 3.20pm and Gubbins soon produced the shot of the day, a superbly timed back-foot stroke that sent the ball racing past bowler Gregory for four. 

Gubbins followed up with two boundaries off the next over, sent down by Josh Davey, and was looking in ominous form. 

He had moved to 26 when more rain sent the players off. Tea was taken, with Hampshire 95 for one from 36 overs, with Holland unbeaten on 44. 

Somerset desperately needed a breakthrough when play resumed at 5.30pm with a possible 19 overs left in the day. 

They got it when Overton finally found the outside edge of Holland’s bat as he pushed forward and wicketkeeper Steve Davies took a straightforward catch. 

Holland had faced 111 balls and hit 3 fours. It was Overton’s 400th first class wicket and he continued to be the pick of a Somerset attack, who didn’t enjoy the best of luck. 

With his score on 34, Gubbins edged Peter Siddle just short of Overton in the slips, having been beaten by the previous delivery. 

Siddle then struck in controversial circumstances when Gubbins, on 36, was judged caught behind by umpire Alex Wharf stretching forward to a ball just outside off stump. 

Gubbins stood for several seconds in disbelief over the decision before dragging himself off. Before they knew it, Hampshire were 117 for four as Vince fell lbw to an Overton delivery that nipped back off the seam. 

Ben Brown and Liam Dawson quickly added 27 before what proved the last delivery of the day saw Dawson trapped plum lbw playing across a ball from Gregory. 

Yorkshire vs Warwickshire

Harry Brook reaffirmed his England credentials with 82 as Yorkshire responded strongly to Warwickshire’s first-innings 244 during day two at Headingley.

Yorkshire, for whom determined opener Adam Lyth also scored 118 not out, have reached the halfway stage of this sixth round LV= Insurance County Championship fixture in control at 269 for four from 91 overs.

Brook, called up to England’s squad for the start of next month’s Test series against New Zealand earlier this week, recorded his eighth score of 50 or more in nine innings this season and is now the leading scorer in Division One with 840 runs at a remarkable average of 140.

The fourth-wicket pair shared 157 either side of tea after Yorkshire had started the day on 28 without loss from 12 overs. Joe Root only made eight during a day ended 17 overs early at 5.30pm by rain.

Brook and Lyth had to be in watchful mood at the start of their respective innings against the champions’ testing attack, batting in different fashion to usual. However, they found fluency after tea.

Rain meant only 18.5 overs were possible during a quiet second morning, which included only the wicket of opener George Hill for a pleasant 25.

His innings ended when he aimed a half-hearted cut at Henry Brookes in the fifth over of day as Yorkshire fell to 33 for one in the 17th.

Play was interrupted at 12.25pm by the first of a couple of squally showers before a resumption 55 minutes later with no overs lost.

Will Fraine played in a similar fashion to Hill had done on the way to 31.

He hit all of his four boundaries shortly after lunch, including two eye-catching cover drives off successive balls against the Australian overseas seamer Nathan McAndrew.

However, he fell caught behind down leg off the canny medium pace of visiting captain Will Rhodes as the score fell to 82 for two in the 40th over - the ninth of the afternoon.

Further, and key, success was to follow not too long afterwards when Root was enticed into a drive at a swinging delivery from impressive quick Brookes, whose second wicket left Yorkshire at 109 for three in the 47th and brought the game back into the balance.

By this stage, the floodlights were in use. But, given Brook’s recent form, it was unlikely to make any difference to a 23-year-old who could seemingly bat blindfolded at present. 

In reality, it was tricky early on for Brook and Lyth as Warwickshire bowled well. On another day, they would have had more success. 

Had they broken through again quickly, this fixture could have headed in a different direction. 

But Lyth dug in and reached his fifty off 161 balls, by which time the score was 126 for three in the 55th over of the innings. That score became 167 for three after 68 at tea.

Then came more fluency for the England players past and future.

Brook, 30 at tea, pulled the first ball of the evening through square leg for four and reached his half-century with a guided four to third off Danny Briggs’ left-arm spin as he changed gears.

By that time, Yorkshire were 199 for three and closing in on a lead.

Lyth’s first hundred of the summer came up in 267 balls - 234 for three in the 85th and now batting against the new ball.

Brook then fell to a smart Rob Yates catch at first slip off Oliver Hannon-Dalby, eight balls before the rain returned to end the day. That left Yorkshire 266 for four in the 90th ove

Division 2

Middlesex vs Durham

Durham’s Liam Trevaskis missed out on the opportunity of a maiden LV= Insurance County Championship hundred on a truncated second day against Middlesex at Lord’s.

The 23-year-old all-rounder, who posted his first-class best of 88 at Hove last month, was left stranded on 80 after running out of partners as Durham were dismissed for exactly 350.

Toby Roland-Jones finished with figures of four for 72, with Seaxes’ wicketkeeper John Simpson claiming four dismissals – including an eye-catching one-handed dive to remove Brydon Carse.

England’s new Test captain Ben Stokes made the breakthrough when Middlesex replied, having former team-mate Mark Stoneman caught at slip in his first over as the home side closed on 88 for two.

Heavy rain in the morning delayed the resumption of play until 2.40pm, when Tim Murtagh (three for 43) swiftly made inroads by taking wickets in successive overs.

Ned Eckersley could only add a single to his overnight 57 before being caught behind off Murtagh’s outswinger, while Ben Raine departed without scoring as a leading edge sailed tamely into the hands of mid-on.

However, Trevaskis advanced to his half-century with a confident cover drive for four off Roland-Jones and Carse (28) batted pugnaciously alongside him as the pair put on 58 for the eighth wicket.

Carse made a late, successful bid to secure a third batting bonus point, hammering Luke Hollman for successive sixes and lifting Durham above 300 with just a ball to spare before the cut-off point.

But he eventually perished to an acrobatic leg-side catch by Simpson, who reacted smartly to leap to his left and pouch Carse’s miscued hook one-handed at full stretch.

The keeper went on to collect two further catches, both off Roland-Jones, who polished off the visitors’ tail on the stroke of tea.

Chris Rushworth almost struck an early blow when Middlesex replied, finding the edge of Sam Robson’s bat with the fifth ball of the innings, but Durham skipper Scott Borthwick juggled and spilled the chance at second slip.

Robson capitalised on that let-off, finding the leg-side boundary with some regularity as he and Stoneman (41) added 86 before the left-hander – having just hit Stokes twice to the short boundary – slashed to first slip.

Nightwatchman Ethan Bamber lasted just two balls before Rushworth nipped one back to hit his stumps, with bad light halting play at the end of the over.

Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire

Nottinghamshire will begin day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship match with a lead of 74 after a day that began with a flurry of boundaries turned at times into an attritional battle that reflected well on an inexperienced Derbyshire attack.

Ben Duckett top scored with 86 but although every other Nottinghamshire batter bar Haseeb Hameed was able to build the foundations of an innings, none was able to make a score of real substance.

Although a couple of dismissals could be put down to poor shots, the hard work put in by 23-year-old Sam Conners (3-80), 19-year-old Nick Potts (2-39) in leading a makeshift seam attack earned its rewards.

Off-spinner Alex Thomson also picked up two wickets and the only disappointments for Derbyshire is that three catches went down and there were periods when runs were conceded too easily.

Two stoppages for light rain limited the morning session to 21 overs but still saw 99 runs added as Nottinghamshire made rapid progress against a Derbyshire attack forced into late changes by injuries to Suranga Lakmal and Anuj Dal.

Ben Slater and Hameed were quickly into their stride, taking it in turn to find the boundary as Liam Hurt and Conners strove to find the right lengths but Nottinghamshire’s progress was jolted as Conners dismissed both openers in the space of 14 deliveries.

Hameed fell to a brilliant one-handed catch low to his left by Wayne Madsen at second slip before Slater pushed at a ball that he could only feather through to ‘keeper Brooke Guest.

Duckett and Clarke added 84 for the third wicket either side of lunch, Duckett looking in ominously fluent form as he completed a sixth half-century from nine innings this season before Clarke, dropped at short mid-wicket off Alex Hughes on 31, dragged the ball on to his stumps reaching for a wide delivery by Potts to fall for 37.

The left-handed Duckett seemed poised for a second hundred of the campaign as he quickly moved into the 80s but after a reverse sweep against Thomson brought him a 12th boundary the off-spinner exacted revenge almost immediately.

Going on to the back foot in anticipation of a ball he could cut, Duckett was presented instead with a full delivery that bowled him.

Derbyshire’s joy at removing another of their opponents’ most potent batting threats had to be set against another injury setback, with Luis Reece leaving the field after being unable to complete his ninth over, and two more dropped catches, both by Thomson at first slip, sparing Lyndon James first on six and again on 13.

Nottinghamshire lost their fifth wicket when Steven Mullaney edged behind to give Potts a second wicket and were only five runs in front when Thomson made some amends for his errors in the field by dismissing James, inducing an edge that Madsen snapped up at slip.

Thereafter, Nottinghamshire contented themselves with grinding out whatever advantage they could accrue. When Tom Moores slapped a wide long-hop from Madsen’s off-spin through backward point to secure a third batting point it was a first boundary for 20 overs.

Moores made 40 from 79 balls before he was caught behind down the legside as Conners bowled his second over with the second new ball before bad light terminated play with 14.5 of the scheduled overs unbowled.

*The Notts Outlaws fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the Vitality Blast, originally scheduled for Sunday, 29 May at 3pm, will now be played on Monday, 30 May, starting at 6.30pm.  The change has been agreed to avoid a clash with Nottingham Forest’s appearance in the EFL Championship Play-off Final.

Worcestershire vs Leicestershire

Azhar Ali scored a superb double hundred as he and fellow centurion Jack Haynes rewrote the record books on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Leicestershire at New Road.

Pakistan Test batter Azhar and former England Under-19 batter Haynes put on 281 in 78 overs for the third wicket – a record partnership for any wicket against Leicestershire.

It surpassed the 278 by Cyril Walters and HHIH ‘Doc’ Gibbons at New Road in 1934.

Their efforts were largely responsible for Worcestershire totalling 456 for three by the close – a lead of 308.

Haynes was eventually dismissed for 127 but Azhar went onto bring up his double ton in the final over of the day with a cover drive for four off Rehan Ahmed.

It was completed from 328 balls with one six and 18 fours and he then shared in another century stand with Brett D’Oliveira (52 not out).

Azhar arrived at New Road after a successful Test series against Australia which included a marathon 175 spanning 11 hours at Rawalpindi.

The 37-year-old initially found it a challenge acclimatising to English conditions and his opening six innings yielded 34 runs.

But he has flourished since hitting 92 against a Durham attack including Ben Stokes, and for the majority of the time he has been in partnership with Haynes.

The pair had been together for stands of 195 (Durham) and 187 (Derbyshire) before joining forces for this marathon effort.

Haynes has been quick to acknowledge the influence on his batting this summer of Azhar as he has converted promising innings into major contributions.

His maiden hundred came in the Durham game and this was the Worcester born batter’s third century in successive matches.

He was the first Worcestershire player to achieve that feat since Daryl Mitchell in 2017 when he scored hundreds against Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Sussex.

The former England Under-19 player has always looked full of class and on this form may soon be knocking on the door for further international recognition.

Azhar and Haynes took full toll of a toiling attack and both benefitted significantly from the cut and pull shots as they provided rich entertainment after a delayed start to proceedings.

Play did not get underway to 1.10pm but the third wicket pair made up for lost time by scoring 148 runs during the afternoon session.

Haynes pulled Chris Wright for six and Leicestershire were powerless to stem the flow of boundaries before Azhar took a stride forward and flicked Ed Barnes for a single to fine leg to complete his century from 159 balls with 11 fours.

His partner followed him to three figures with a clip to deep mid wicket off Rehan Ahmed. It took 15 more deliveries than Azhar and contained one six and 14 fours.

The second new ball was taken immediately after tea but the record stand was established when Haynes cut Mulder for his 17th and final boundary.

Mulder had his revenge soon afterwards when Haynes pushed forward and was lbw for 127. He batted for five hours and faced 230 deliveries.

Azhar continued to demonstrate some superb stroke-play after he was joined in the middle by Club Captain, Brett D’Oliveira.

Some of his cover drives, cuts and pull shots were a delight to watch as he showed little sign of tiring

D’Oliveira, a century-maker against Leicestershire at the Uptonsteel County Ground last month, also played fluently in another century stand with Azhar from just 134 balls.

His own half century came from only 86 deliveries.

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