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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 3: 21st May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Lord's Ground, London
Lord's Ground, London
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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 3: 21st  May.

 

Division One

 

Somerset vs Hampshire , The Cooper Associates County Ground

Keith Barker played key roles with bat and ball as Hampshire completed a resounding ten-wicket LV= County Championship win over Somerset inside three days at Taunton. 

The 35-year-old left-arm seamer began by contributing a valuable 36 to help his side extend their first innings total from an overnight 144 for five to 280 all out, Aneurin Donald making 57 and James Fuller a rapid 38. 

That gave Hampshire a lead of 69. Barker then got to work with the ball, combining extravagant swing with nagging accuracy to claim six for 27 from an unbroken 13-over opening spell as Somerset crashed to 25 for six before being bowled out with the scores level. 

Opener Felix Organ hit the required single for victory off the fourth ball of Hampshire’s second innings and his team took 21 points to Somerset’s four to enhance an impressive start to the Championship campaign. 

The day began with the visitors trailing on first innings by 67. Ben Brown failed to add to his overnight score of 19 before being pinned lbw by Peter Siddle with the total on 152. 

At 154 for six in the 59th over the ball had to be changed for the second time in the innings. By then Donald was showing a desire to get on the front foot, profiting from some sweetly timed drives as he and Barker ate into Somerset’s lead. 

A key moment came on 195 for six when Donald, on 29, was dropped by Craig Overton at gully off Josh Davey. 

It was an error the home side could ill afford. Barker had moved confidently to 26 when greeting the introduction of England spinner Jack Leach with a six and a four off his first two balls. 

The first of those shots put Hampshire in front. The next delivery saw Barker caught at mid-wicket, but Donald went to a 74-ball half-century before falling to the second new ball, bowled by Siddle. 

Kyle Abbott fell cheaply to Overton, but Fuller ensured Hampshire of a meaningful advantage, striking 4 fours and two sixes as Somerset bowled poorly during a last wicket stand of 24 with Mohammad Abbas. 

Overton and Siddle ended with four wickets each. But momentum was with Hampshire and a series of wretched shots contributed to the home side’s nightmare second innings. 

Tom Lammonby was caught behind for a duck off Abbas, while opening partner Matt Renshaw was trapped lbw on his crease by Barker to make it 12 for two. 

Tom Abell followed a leg-side delivery from Barker and glanced a catch to Ben Brown before Tom Banton top-edged an ill-judged pull off Abbas to give the wicketkeeper another victim. 

James Hildreth moved to 18,000 first class runs with a single to get off the mark, but it proved his only contribution as he was bowled by a full, swinging ball from Barker. 

A similar delivery saw Lewis Gregory fall leg-before and Somerset were in disarray. Overton helped Steve Davies add 32 before being bowled by another full Barker delivery for 13. 

The home batting line-up lacked the technique to cope with the swinging ball. Another loose shot saw Davies, on 19, have his leg stump uprooted by Abbott. 

Jack Leach was brilliantly caught at cover by Nick Gubbins, having middled a drive off Abbot. After Davey had brought the scores level with a glanced boundary off Barker, an embarrassing Somerset batting effort ended with him being bowled next ball shouldering arms. 

 

Hampshire match-winner Keith Barker said: “At the start today nobody expected what has happened.  

“We were just trying to get ahead with the bat. We knew that if we could get a lead of 50 or 100 it would be very difficult for them, but we were never expecting ten wickets in a session. 

“The pitch offered a lot throughout the whole game. I just kept on plugging away and it was my turn to take wickets this innings.  

“Other lads took them in the first innings, so it has been a good all-round team performance. 

“We changed our lines a little bit today and it seemed to work for us. Even so, it was a surprise for the game to finish on day three, especially with yesterday when it rained for quite a long time.” 

 

Somerset skipper Tom Abell said: “We are not going to make excuses for ourselves. That was really poor. 

“First and foremost, we will be looking at ourselves. We can’t blame conditions. 

“Our performances in red ball cricket over the last few weeks particularly with the bat have been good, so we came into this game full of confidence. 

“Obviously, this is a setback. It’s not fatal because there is so much cricket to be played, but having made such strides it is a shame we couldn’t kick on and give a better account of ourselves. 

“We are better that what we have shown.  The lack of fight and the lack of character in the second i innings is what hurts us most.” 

 


Lancashire vs Essex,Emirates Old Trafford

An Essex attack led by Sam Cook and Simon Harmer took 14 wickets on the third day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford and only weather can stop Tom Westley’s team wrapping up their second victory of the season tomorrow.

After dismissing the home side for 103, with Cook taking four for 18, Westley enforced the follow-on with Lancashire 288 runs behind and the home side reached close of play at 7.00pm on 213 for nine, still needing 75 to make Essex bat again.

Harmer bowled unchanged from the Brian Statham End after lunch and ended the day with five for 85 from 40 overs and Essex were only prevented from completing their victory by James Anderson and Luke Wood, who blocked the last few overs in the hope it will rain all day tomorrow

Essex began the third morning as successfully as they had ended the second afternoon: Wood hit a couple of fours but was then caught behind by Adam Rossington when attempted to drive Sam Cook; Tom Bailey was leg before to the same bowler for a single; and Hassan Ali lasted two runless balls before being well caught at second slip by Harmer off Shane Snater.

At that point Lancashire were 60 for eight but Phil Salt and Matt Parkinson then moved into a more attacking mode, adding 43 for the ninth wicket before Salt was lbw for 44 to a ball from Matt Critchley that hurried on off the pitch. Next over Parkinson pulled Harmer straight to the substitute fielder Aaron Beard at deep square leg and Westley did not hesitate about enforcing the follow-on, the first time this indignity had been suffered by Lancashire since September 2017 

Lancashire’s openers, Luke Wells and Keaton Jennings negotiated four maidens before lunch but it did not portend a revival by the home side. Jamie Porter bowled Jennings with the eleventh ball after the resumption and two further wickets had fallen by tea.

After resisting for just over an hour Josh Bohannon was caught off bat and pad for 14 by Nick Browne to give Harmer only his eighth wicket of the season. Wells then pulled Cook straight to a tumbling Paul Walter at square leg and departed for 19.

Steven Croft and Dane Vilas then shared a gritty 74-run stand for the fifth wicket but Croft was dismissed by Harmer for 39 midway through the evening session when his top-edged sweep lobbed a catch to Sam Cook, who was positioned 45 degrees behind square on the leg side.

Salt then batted very positively for his 31 runs but was dismissed half an hour before the scheduled close of play when an attempted cut off Critchley only edged a catch to Rossington, meaning that Salt had been dismissed by the leg-spinner twice in a few hours.

Three overs later Vilas’s long duel with Harmer was ended when the Lancashire skipper was lbw on the back leg for 62. Parkinson was then caught at short leg by Browne, also off Harmer, for six and this late fall of wickets prompted the umpires to allow the extra half-hour to be claimed. Essex marked the occasion by taking the new ball. 

Lancashire rapid decline continued when Bailey’s top-edged pull was caught on the deep square leg boundary by Walter and Hassan was also caught in the deep off Harmer. But Wood and Anderson stood firm.         

 

 

Northamptonshire vs Kent, The County Ground Northampton

Northamptonshire are still fighting to save the follow-on despite two seventies for skipper Ricardo Vasconcelos and Luke Procter on day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship match at Wantage Road.

Kent began the day hopeful of capitalising on a huge first innings 519 with the hosts on a precarious 21-2. Northamptonshire though rallied, losing only one wicket in each of the first two sessions.

The new ball brought two key scalps after tea with Matt Quinn’s pace accounting for Rob Keogh who had made an attacking 45 and put on 96 with Procter. Hopes of capitalising on those breakthroughs faded though when T20 skipper Josh Cobb hit some lusty blows and keeper Lewis McManus was dropped on one by Jas Singh.

Despite Cobb falling shortly before stumps, Northamptonshire are within 23 runs of saving the follow-on. It leaves Kent with a limited window tomorrow morning to press home their advantage and secure a first win of the season.

Northamptonshire negotiated an extended morning session for the loss of only nightwatchman Matt Kelly who was resolute in defence but aggressive in attack. He had extended his partnership with Vasconcelos to 61 when he was trapped in front by Quinn.

Vasconcelos, who rediscovered his touch with 156 against Warwickshire last weekend after an indifferent start to the season, continued where he left off at Edgbaston. An expansive waft outside off-stump on 26 was a rare early loss of concentration. Otherwise, he played a controlled innings, scoring all around the wicket, sweeping, driving and cutting fluently. He began the afternoon session in confident mood, hitting two fours off each of the first two overs. It was against the run of play therefore when he turned one from Darren Stevens straight to square leg.

Procter had been initially content to let Vasconcelos take the lead but after the captain’s wicket he too started to find the boundary. George Linde had got the ball to turn and bounce causing some problems initially, but Procter though started to use his feet to the spinners. He came down the track to Linde to dispatch him nonchalantly through midwicket for four before hitting the same bowler down the ground for six more to move to his half-century.

Keogh was equally harsh on the slow bowlers, hitting Linde straight for four under the bowler’s outstretched hands and a six.

Kent took the new ball after tea and at first Keogh seemed to enjoy the extra pace on the ball, taking seven runs off two balls from Darren Stevens. However, a quicker delivery from Quinn took him by surprise and kept low, before hitting top of middle and off.

Procter, who looked set to add to his two centuries so far this summer, then met his downfall in a moment of indecision when he failed to withdraw his bat after deciding against playing a cut shot to Grant Stewart and was caught behind.

Cobb started aggressively in white ball mode, smashing Quinn through extra cover for a boundary to open his account and then taking two more off the same bowler’s next over. He put on a quickfire stand of 52 with McManus to bring up the third batting point before playing one big stroke too many, caught off the leading edge when he took on Singh. Tom Taylor then joined McManus in an unbroken stand worth 30 to see out the day.

Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, Headingley

All-rounders Matthew Revis and Jordan Thompson helped put Yorkshire on course for an LV= Insurance County Championship victory over champions Warwickshire heading into the final day at Headingley.

Revis completed an entertaining career best 53 not out during the third afternoon to build the home side’s first-innings lead to 205 before new ball seamer Thompson claimed a trio of new ball wickets either side of tea.

He reduced Warwickshire to 20 for two before the break and then 25 for three afterwards before the visitors closed on 57 for three from 40.2 overs, with rain ending play 7.4 overs early.

Their late resistance through Sam Hain (19) and captain Will Rhodes (10) has given the visitors hope, but they still have significant work to do for survival.

Yorkshire, replying to 244, were bowled out for 449 midway through the afternoon, with Revis reaching his second career first-class fifty off 87 balls with a six.

Warwickshire Australian overseas all-rounder Nathan McAndrew impressed and claimed four wickets, while wicketkeeper Michael Burgess recorded five catches to go with his day one 96.

Adam Lyth completed an excellent 145, advancing from 118 overnight as  Yorkshire started on 269 for four. 

But when the left-hander edged a cut at McAndrew behind, he was two short of 12,000 runs in his first-class career.

The former England opener was one of three morning wickets to fall as Yorkshire added exactly 100 runs, to reach 369 for seven at lunch. 

Dom Bess skewed Danny Briggs’ left-arm spin to backward point before Thompson was the victim of a superb reflex catch by Rhodes at mid-on having hammered a pull at McAndrew.

Harry Duke posted a season’s best 48 and judged length well in cutting, pulling, driving and scooping. But he fell after lunch when McAndrew uprooted his off-stump - 383 for eight in the 131st, a home lead of 139.

The fifth catch for Burgess was his best, one-handed low down to his left off a Tom Loten inside edge against Oliver Hannon-Dalby (392 for nine in the 138th).

Revis played the innings of the day, hitting superbly off the front foot on the up. One cover driven boundary off McAndrew in his forties, and with the field out, was particularly memorable.

He reached his fifty by clattering Briggs over midwicket into Headingley’s East Stand during his tenth-wicket stand of 57 in seven overs with Steve Patterson (18).

Revis, an imposing 20-year-old, is fast developing into a cricketer to be reckoned with. Like team-mates Harry Brook and George Hill, he is a product of Sedbergh School under their director of cricket Martin Speight.

He debuted in the Championship at the end of 2019 as an opening batter, aged 17. But he has been playing this season as more of a specialist hit the pitch hard seam bowler batting at number nine.

McAndrew ended the innings when he castled Patterson’s leg stump.

When Yorkshire were bowled out, their total was 450 and Patterson 19.

But, at tea, it was announced the respective totals had been downgraded by a run, owing to confusion around a Briggs ball which hit a helmet placed behind the wicketkeeper and should have been called dead ball before a run was taken.

By that time, Thompson had forced miscues from Alex Davies and Rob Yates as the Warwickshire second innings started badly - 20 for two after nine overs.

Davies chipped to Will Fraine at midwicket and Yates to Loten, diving towards short mid-off.

And there was another wicket on the way early in the evening when a back of a length Thompson delivery caught the shoulder of Dom Sibley’s (14) bat and flew to Bess at point, leaving Warwickshire at 25 for three in the 13th.

But their day ended on a brighter note, with the help of a touch of inclement weather.

Division Two

 

Worcestershire vs Leicestershire, New Road

Worcestershire overwhelmed Leicestershire by an innings and 259 runs with more than a day to spare in the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.

The home side collected a maximum haul of 24 points to secure their second Championship victory of the campaign.

They established a first innings lead of 429 after plundering 120 from 20 overs before this morning’s declaration half an hour before lunch on 577 for six – their highest ever total against the Running Foxes.

Then some fiery bowling from Dillon Pennington, a career Championship best return of four for 35 from loan signing Matthew Waite and a series of superb catches saw Leicestershire crumble for a second time.

Worcestershire dominated in all departments with Azhar Ali’s double century the bedrock of their innings and taking the Pakistan batter’s run tally to 465 in the last four innings.

They looked a side capable of mounting a promotion challenge although they will undoubtedly encounter stiffer opposition than that on offer from Leicestershire.

The visitors never recovered from opting to bat on a helpful pitch after winning the toss and being bowled out for 148.

They remained anchored to the foot of the table without a win heading into the break from four-day cricket and the launch of the Vitality Blast campaign.

Worcestershire resumed on 456 for three and club captain Brett D’Oliveira added only two to his overnight 52 before he became Wiaan Mulder’s fourth scalp of the innings but

Azhar Ali, who resumed on 202, set the tone with a succession of boundaries.

He eventually played on to Chris Wright to end his marathon nine and a quarter hour knock on 225 and left the arena to a standing ovation and the congratulations of several Leicestershire players

An innings full of class spanning three days and 350 balls included one six and 22 fours and was Worcestershire’s highest individual score since Moeen Ali’s 250 versus Glamorgan at New Road nine years ago.

Ed Barnard made a breezy 26 as Worcestershire topped the 500 mark for the first time in nine years before the all-rounder hooked Wright down long leg’s throat but the significant acceleration was provided by Ben Cox.

He cleared the long Cathedral side boundary for the first of his three sixes and two more maximums off new Leicestershire red ball captain, Callum Parkinson, hurried him to a 42 ball half century.

Worcestershire surpassed their 121-year-old record score against Leicestershire of 561 at Leicester before the declaration.

Leicestershire needed a solid start but Rishi Patel managed only a single before he was plumb lbw to Dillon Pennington.

Hassan Azad had denied Worcestershire victory in the opening day of the season at the Uptonsteel County Ground with an undefeated century.

Worcestershire’s joy was therefore understandable when the opener on 18 was brilliantly caught and bowled by Charlie Morris.

The pace bowler was slightly wrongfooted but adjusted to hold onto the low chance one-handed away to his left.

There was no respite for the Running Foxes and Colin Ackermann, deposed as red ball captain this week, tried to work Pennington to leg and was lbw.

Pennington bowled with considerable pace but it needed a superb catch by keeper Ben Cox to provide him with his third wicket.

Lewis Hill had just completed a 64 ball half century when he tried to pull the pace bowler and top edged the ball towards fine leg but Cox running back at full tilt managed to hold onto a diving catch at full stretch.

Matthew Waite, on loan from Yorkshire, came into the attack and Wiaan Mulder (24) was bowled after offering no stroke.

There was more joy for the all-rounder when he clung onto a return catch the equal of that by Morris away to his right to account for Harry Swindells on the brink of tea.

The end came swiftly for Leicestershire with Ben Mike, Ed Barnes and Rehan Ahmed all caught behind by Cox, the first two off Waite and the last of them from the bowling of Morris.

 


Middlesex vs Durham, Lord’s

 

Toby Roland-Jones tore through Durham’s top order at Lord’s to strengthen Middlesex’s chances of pressing for victory on the final day.

Roland-Jones dismissed the visitors’ first three batters in quick succession to leave them reeling at 18 for three in their second innings after Middlesex had secured a handy lead of 72.

That advantage was secured by Sam Robson – who came close to registering a third consecutive LV= Insurance County Championship hundred with 84 – and Max Holden, whose 71 was his third half-century of the campaign.

Martin Andersson built on those solid foundations by hitting a belligerent 62, while Ben Stokes finished with four for 72, but the England Test captain’s qualities with the bat may also be required if Durham, who closed on 25 for three, are to save the game.

Stokes delivered a fiery initial spell from the Nursery End after Middlesex began the day at 88 for two, sending down a bouncer that dealt Robson a glancing blow on the chest.

Robson recovered to reach his 50, driving the all-rounder through gully for four, but he lost overnight partner Josh de Caires soon afterwards, caught behind swishing at a Stokes delivery that seamed and left him.

Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb also departed during the morning session, bowled around his legs for 14 to provide some reward for a tidy stint by Ben Raine.

However, Holden eased himself into the groove, looking productive on both sides of the wicket and nudging Matt Salisbury twice to the third man boundary as he and Robson put together a partnership of 63.

Although Raine returned to have Robson caught behind, Holden progressed to his half-century, surviving a close call when he pulled Stokes and Brydon Carse, fielding on the square leg boundary, could only assist the ball over the rope.

The left-hander’s good fortune ran out when Chris Rushworth (three for 60) took the new ball, persuading him to nibble at a rising delivery outside off stump and hand Ned Eckersley his third catch of the day.

John Simpson’s dismissal immediately after tea, neatly caught on the fence by Raine for 41, slowed Middlesex’s scoring rate, yet Andersson raised it again by clattering Carse for a flurry of boundaries to overtake Durham’s total of 350.

Andersson drove Salisbury for successive fours, lifting his partnership with Hollman (41) to exactly 100 and equalling the Seaxes’ record eighth-wicket stand against Durham, but the seamer took instant revenge, bowling him through the gate.

Stokes removed Hollman and Tim Murtagh to wrap up the innings for 422, before Roland-Jones cemented Middlesex’s advantage by having both openers caught behind in his first over.

Keegan Petersen was the third batter to depart, lbw to Roland-Jones for five, but Scott Borthwick and nightwatchman Salisbury battled through to stumps.

Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, Trent Bridge

 Derbyshire defied Nottinghamshire’s push for a three-day victory with a final session fightback in the LV= Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

Trailing by 98 on first innings, Derbyshire slipped to 161 for seven, putting the home side within sight of the fourth win of the season that would take them back to the top of the Division Two table before attention turns to the Vitality Blast next week.

But Alex Hughes, a late call-up to the Derbyshire XI after Anuj Dal was injured on Thursday morning, led a show of post-tea resistance, sharing an eighth-wicket stand of 90 - the highest of the match from either side - with fast bowler Liam Hurt before Derbyshire were all out for 262, leaving Nottinghamshire still with work to do on the final day chasing 165 to win.

Hurt, making his Derbyshire debut on loan from Lancashire, posted a career-best 49 before he was caught behind off former Australian Test bowler James Pattinson.  He hit six boundaries - four of them off England pace star Stuart Broad.

Hughes also missed out by one on a half-century when he was bowled by Pattinson, who took three for 59 with Dane Paterson finishing with three for 35.

Nottinghamshire, who are three without loss after facing two overs at the close, are still favourites to win but Derbyshire - unbeaten so far - can at least take credit for putting up a fight.

Earlier, 19-year-old seamer Nick Potts, in only his third first-class match, took four for 50, his best return so far, and 23-year-old Sam Conners four for 93 as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 358 in their first innings.

Potts struck in the first full over of the morning as Liam Patterson-White was leg before trying to work one, falling on 39.  Broad was bowled by Conners making room for himself before Pattinson, having sent the previous delivery soaring over deep backward square for six, was caught at deep midwicket as he tried to clear the ropes again, giving Potts his fourth wicket.

Nottinghamshire’s first-innings lead looked still better when Broad then pinned Shan Masood in front for a third-ball duck, bringing an abrupt end to the Pakistan opener’s outside hope of completing 1,000 first-class runs in May. He remains on 844.

Brooke Guest was leg before to a ball from Dane Paterson that kept rather low, after which Billy Godleman’s third-wicket partnership with Wayne Madsen was beginning to look durable when Godleman, whose 27 had taken him past 10,000 all-format runs for Derbyshire, fell into a trap set by Paterson and was caught on the hook.

Madsen cut Steven Mullaney for three boundaries as Derbyshire wiped out the first-innings arrears yet two wickets in the space of seven deliveries saw them suddenly five down and only 26 in front.

Du Plooy looked unlucky, given out leg before as Lyndon James celebrated his first wicket in four matches, but there were no doubts over the demise of Luis Reece - carrying a groin injury and belatedly joined by a runner - who was caught behind off a snorter from Pattinson.

Madsen moved past fifty for the sixth time this season but then wafted at a ball from James to be caught behind, plunging Derbyshire into seemingly terminal decline at tea, effectively 40 for six.

Patterson-White had Alex Thomson lbw on the back foot as Derbyshire slipped into more trouble but, one low chance to Moores on 23 apart, Hurt stuck with Hughes impressively and their efforts kept Derbyshire in the game against the odds.

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