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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 3: May 14th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022
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Here are all the latest scores, match and news updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day : Saturday May 14th

 

Division One

 

Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Bristol County Ground

 

Somerset steamrollered Gloucestershire’s patched-up team to complete a record-breaking LV= County Championship victory by an innings and 246 runs inside three days at Bristol. 

It was the Cider county’s biggest ever margin of victory over their arch-rivals, which was previously by an innings and 170 at Taunton back in 1893, a match in which WG Grace featured for the visitors. 

Gloucestershire, without injured skipper Graeme van Buuren, were bowled out for 186 in their first innings from an overnight 119 for four, Jack Leach finishing with five for 49 from 25.4 overs. 

There was no respite for a home side including three new loan signings when they followed on 405 behind beneath cloudless skies.  Leach completed match figures of eight for 90, while teenager Jacob Bethell hit 61 in a total of 159. 

Somerset took 23 points to Gloucestershire’s one and have now reeled off successive victories after losing their first three Championship fixtures. 

With van Burren nursing a shoulder injury sustained in the field on day two, Somerset needed only five wickets at the start of the day to wrap up their opponents’ first innings. 

Bethell, on a one-match loan to Gloucestershire from Warwickshire, began with a sweet on-drive for four off Craig Overton and followed up with another boundary in the same over. 

There was concern for Somerset when Overton was forced off by a twinge in his left knee, but the England all-rounder was able to return to bowl at the end of the innings. 

Josh Davey made the breakthrough for Somerset with the total on 144, rapping Ryan Higgins on the back pad and pinning him lbw for 31, before quickly having Zafar Gofar taken at slip. 

Lewis Gregory uprooted Zak Chappell’s middle stump and the impressive Bethell fell leg-before on the back foot to Leach for 37 as Gloucestershire lurched to 152 for eight. 

Last pair Matt Taylor and Brad Wheal offered some resistance, taking the total to 186 for eight at lunch. Taylor finished 24 not out when Wheal fell lbw to a ball from Leach that appeared to keep low. 

Gloucestershire’s second innings had reached 24 in the ninth over when George Scott edged Peter Siddle straight to James Hildreth at second slip. 

Marcus Harris fell on the same total, miscuing a pull shot off Overton and skying a catch to Tom Lammonby at mid-on. It was 28 for three when Miles Hammond nicked a ball from Davey through to wicketkeeper Steve Davies. 

Higgins was caught behind for 16 trying to force Gregory off the back foot and by tea Gloucestershire were in disarray at 74 for four. 

Bethell had again given a lesson in technique to more experienced colleagues. But any hopes of a recovery disappeared in the over after the interval when James Bracey swept Leach and Tom Abell took an outstanding catch, one-handed above his head at backward square leg. 

Luck continued to desert injury-plagued Gloucestershire as Bethell slipped when called for a quick single off Leach by Zafar Gohar, who was forced to turn back and failed to beat Abell’s throw to the bowler’s end. 

Chappell was bowled off an inside edge for 20 by Overton, who then took a low catch at second slip off Leach to remove Taylor. 

Bethell’s mature batting in a crisis brought him a deserved half-century off 84 balls, with 8 fours. But when he swept Leach into the hands of Lammonby at deep square, Somerset celebrated an overwhelming success. 

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "Jack Leach's contribution to the win was immense. Not only did he take wickets, but he kept the pressure on at one end while our excellent seam attack went about their business.

"Matt Renshaw and Tom Lammonby set the tone with their opening stand on the first day and it was a really good team performance. We wanted to prove our big victory over Warwickshire in the previous game was no fluke and will continue to take things game by game.

"We lost our first three Championship fixtures. But we were understrength at Hampshire, as Gloucestershire were in this game, and it is very tough in the First Division when that is the case.

"The other two matches could have gone either way and the most impressive thing was the unity in our dressing room when results were going against us."

 

Gloucestershire performance director Steve Snell said: "It feels like everything is coming at once against us at the moment, but cricket can be a ruthless game and we were thoroughly beaten in this match.

"It has been a hugely tough six weeks for us in which we have done an awful lot of fielding. Without making excuses, the schedule needs to be looked at because six four-day games back-to-back at the start of the season is too many.

"There is no way you can produce the level of cricket you want to in those circumstances and it is something for the new England managing director Rob Key to look at.

"Jacob Bethell showed what a talent he is and we would love to have him back sometime. But thankfully some of our own players should be fit by the time T20 starts and we are looking forward to the change of competition."

 

 

Kent vs Surrey, Beckenham

 

Kent are battling to save their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Surrey at Beckenham, having reached 82 for one in their second innings at stumps on day three.

The hosts are still 359 behind the Division One leaders’ total of 671 for nine, but Zak Crawley and Ben Compton batted through most of the evening session after Kent were forced to follow on.

Will Jacks bowled Crawley for 35 in the penultimate over of the day, but Compton is unbeaten on 47, alongside side night-watchman Matt Milnes, who is nought not out.

Earlier Jacks took his best first-class figures of four for 65, as Kent were dismissed for 230 in their first innings, while Jamie Overton took three for 33. Ollie Robinson’s was Kent’s top scorer with 71, while Ben Compton made 47.

What had looked like a typical Beckenham “road” when Surrey were batting suddenly resembled a country lane full of pot holes when Kent resumed on 45 for one.

Daniel Bell-Drummond lasted for 40 minutes, but was brilliantly caught by Ollie Pope in the slips off Jamie Overton for 13 and Jack Leaning made just nine before he was bowled by Jacks.

Overton was generating some serious hostility and Surrey thought he’d dismissed Compton when a fearsome delivery bounced up and knocked the left-hander’s helmet off his head and onto the stumps. However Compton was given not out after the umpires conferred, under an ECB regulation brought in before the 2021 season to encourage batters to wear helmets.

Surrey initially looked bewildered by the decision, but any tension was defused after coach Gareth Batty consulted the match referee Simon Hinks. “We’re all good,” Batty shouted at Overton, giving him the thumbs up. “Just do it again, chief.”

Overton followed up with five equally menacing deliveries, but after being checked out by medical staff Compton somehow survived the rest of the over, in more than one sense, only to be given out caught behind off Jacks in the next.

Jordan Cox then edged Worral to Ben Foakes for 12, leaving Kent in deep trouble on 116 for five at lunch.

Kent’s hopes of avoiding the follow on took a further hit when Overton bowled Darren Stevens for seven, ripping out his off stump and Jacks then removed George Linde, who was caught in the slips by Rory Burns for 26.

Milnes had made 13 when Colin de Grandhomme had him caught by Pope and the biggest home cheer of the afternoon came when Nathan Gilchrist avoided making his seventh consecutive duck when he hit the same bowler for three.

Any delight Gilchrist had at evading what would have been a first-class record faded when he was caught by Sam Curran off Jacks for five and Robinson’s defiance ended, along with Kent’s first innings, when he hit Overton to Jacks with the final ball before tea.

Kent badly needed to win a session and did so for arguably they first time in the match, with Compton and Crawley resisting for nearly two hours. At one point Sam Curran came into the attack, bowling spin, but the visitors were frustrated until Crawley played on to Jacks, leaving Milnes to bat through to the close.

Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire, Edgbaston

 

Batters continue to make hay at Edgbaston as Warwickshire replied to Northamptonshire's 597 for six with 394 for four on the third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match. 

Warwickshire began the day under pressure, on 80 for two needing 448 to avoid the follow on, but responded with the requisite resilience as Sam Hain (140 not out, 337 balls) and Will Rhodes (99, 173) added 201 for the fourth wicket. 

Hain, whose career-best 208 arrived against Northamptonshire in 2014, played barely a false shot in seven hours at the crease and his reassuring presence helped Rhodes to relocate some form and fluency. The captain's six previous innings this season had yielded just 73 runs. 

As an excellent batting track refused to deteriorate, all the bowlers could do was persevere in the sunshine. They did so commendably, led by Jack White who kept going manfully for 26-6-84-2 - very worthy figures in these conditions. 

Warwickshire resumed on the third morning on 80 for two, 368 from the follow on. They needed a day of serious batting and delivered it. Only one wicket fell in first two sessions when, midway through the morning, Dom Sibley (52, 170 balls) edged a fine ball Luke Procter behind. 

Rhodes looked a little uncertain early on and was reprieved on 22 when he chipped Rob Keogh to mid on but Simon Kerrigan was on his heels and the ball fell just in front of him. The Warwickshire skipper gained fluency from that point - the straight-driven four off Matt Kelly which took him to 50 was exquisite. 

Hain was at his implacable best. He went to the crease armed with a first class average of 76 against Northamptonshire, had ensured it's improvement by mid-afternoon and reached his 12th first class century (239 balls) just before tea. 

Rhodes was a single away from his ton when the impressive White, plugging away on a hot afternoon, induced an edge and Lewis McManus took another catch. The captain was afforded the warmest of ovations back to the pavilion. 

At 314 for four, the Bears still had work to do to reach the follow on figure and officially consign the match to stalemate. Hain and Matt Lamb ensured there was no late collapse with an unbroken stand of 80 in the last 23 overs of the day. Hain's concentration remained absolute while Lamb continued his sparkling form this season with a perky unbeaten 47 from 77 balls. 

Yorkshire vs Lancashire, Headingley

 

Joe Root’s maiden Roses century - secured with England colleague Jimmy Anderson in opposition - has given Yorkshire a very realistic chance of an LV= Insurance County Championship draw against Lancashire at Headingley.

The 31-year-old has slotted seamlessly back into county cricket having resigned as England’s Test captain last month, posting 75 in a draw at Essex last week added to this serene 147 off 218 balls.

Yorkshire, replying to a first-innings 566 for nine declared, are aiming to extend their unbeaten start to 2022 to a fifth game and started the day on 53 for two from 22 overs.

At close, they had reached 356 for eight from 118 overs, 210 behind and 61 short of the follow-on target

Root, whose previous Roses best was 22 in six innings, shared 154 for the sixth wicket from late morning to midway through the evening with Harry Duke, the young wicketkeeper who made a dogged 40.

He also shared 66 for the fifth wicket in as many balls with Harry Brook, who continued his red hot form with 41.

Tom Bailey and Matt Parkinson stood out with three wickets apiece for Lancashire, the latter getting Root caught at slip late in the day to open up the prospect of a third Red Rose win.

Brook played superbly during his 33-ball innings. 

While it was the only period in the day when Lancashire’s bowlers erred, Brook drove with supreme confidence in an innings more eye-catching than Root’s.

It may have only been a morning cameo, though it screamed, ‘I’m the best county batter in the country at present’.

The 23-year-old, however, missed out on joining Geoffrey Boycott, Darren Lehmann and Anthony McGrath in posting seven successive fifties for Yorkshire. But he took his tally of Division One runs to 676 and averages a smidgeon over 135.

It would be a major surprise if he does not make his England Test debut during the next couple of months. 

If he does, he will line up alongside former national captain Root.

He was far more understated but no less confident in the Leeds sunshine and faced Anderson (one for 83 from 24 overs) on a pitch still good for batting though showing signs of some uneven bounce.

Root clipped his England colleague to fine leg for his first boundary and edged him wide of the slips for another on the way to a pre-lunch fifty off 73 balls.

Shortly after the break, he caressed a drive against him through the covers for another boundary as Yorkshire moved to 182 for five.

The morning yielded three wickets for the Red Rose, claimed by Bailey, Anderson and Parkinson.

Excellent Bailey had nightwatchman Tom Loten lbw with a looping slower ball, Anderson gave opener Hill (25) a working over with the short ball and had him caught at midwicket off a miscued pull and Parkinson bowled an advancing Brook as the score fell to 134 for five after 41 overs of the innings.

Root, in the seventies, edged Luke Wood between keeper and slip before pushing onto three figures, achieved off 150 balls in the dying embers of the afternoon with a worked single to leg off Parkinson (three for 79 from 34 overs).

Yorkshire batted through the afternoon unbeaten, reaching tea at 251 for five. 

Root also swept and reverse swept with authority against the leg-spin of Parkinson.

His sixth-wicket partner, Duke, dropped anchor at the other end before being bowled trying to scoop Parkinson as the score fell to 288 for six in the 101st over.

Parkinson later had Root caught at slip - trying to work to leg - as the score fell to 331 for eight in the 113th to lift significantly lift determined Lancashire.

Bailey, their best bowler on show with three for 56 from 25 overs, also trapped Dom Bess lbw sandwiched in between.

Division Two

 

Derbyshire vs Worcestershire, The Incora County Ground

 

A career-best unbeaten century from Anuj Dal put Derbyshire in complete control of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire at Derby.

The all-rounder made 114 from 177 balls before Derbyshire declared on 565 for 8, their highest ever score against Worcestershire, and a lead of 197.

Leus du Plooy scored 62 and Alex Thomson 54 while 18-year-old left-arm spinner Josh Baker took 3 for 150 in 44 overs.

Worcestershire were left with 16 overs to negotiate and they lost Ed Pollock to Suranga Lakmal before closing on 59 for 1,138 behind.

They had reeled Derbyshire back in the previous evening so it was vital they kept up the pressure from the start of play but a dropped catch in the third over of the morning handed the home side the initiative.

Luis Reece was on 22 when he skied Josh Baker into the covers where Ed Pollock circled under the ball and then proceeded to drop a simple catch.

It was a big moment as Reece and du Plooy proceeded to bat for another nine overs, adding 41 more runs, before the second new ball broke the stand.

Worcestershire had delayed taking it for six overs, a decision which looked even more puzzling when the first delivery from Charlie Morris lifted and moved away to have Reece caught behind.

By the time Ed Barnard trapped du Plooy lbw with a full length delivery, Derbyshire were only two runs behind and Dal and Thomson turned that into a healthy lead with a seventh wicket stand of 78 in 26 overs.

Worcestershire’s attack got little out of the pitch although Baker bowled with control in only his 10th first-class game and deserved better figures.

It was an impressive performance from a young bowler who eight days ago was being dispatched to various parts of New Road by Ben Stokes.

Before this game, he had never bowled more than 30 overs in an innings so he can look back on this day with some satisfaction when he celebrates his 19th birthday on Monday.

It was Baker who broke the stand, having Thomson lbw as he played back but Dal and the tail put Derbyshire firmly in the box seat.

Sam Conners stayed with Dal for 15 overs before he was stumped charging Baker in the last over before tea and Derbyshire piled on the runs in the final session.

When Dal pulled Ben Gibbon for four, it was the first time in Derbyshire’s history they had posted two scores of 500 or more in a season at Derby.

Dal cut Gibbon for his ninth four to reach his second first-class century and with Ryan Sidebottom, batting with a runner because of a calf injury, added 72 before the declaration came

Although Derbyshire were a bowler down and the pitch remains a good one for batting, Worcestershire have to overcome scoreboard pressure to save the game 

Pollock took three fours from the first over by Conners but was comprehensively bowled when Lakmal cut one back in the sixth over.

Derbyshire were unable to make further inroads and with Sidebottom out of action, will need a big effort from Lakmal and the rest of the attack to force victory on day four.

Durham vs Glamorgan, Riverside

 

Glamorgan require 126 runs to defeat Durham in their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two contest after Marnus Labuschagne inspired the visitors to bowl out the home side for 244 in their second innings at the Riverside.


Scott Borthwick and Alex Lees appeared to have put the hosts on course for a solid total with a stand of 138. However, Labuschagne was the unlikely hero with the ball to remove Lees, Borthwick and Ben Stokes before Michael Neser wrapped up the tail, ending with figures of four for 57 to hand Glamorgan control of the game.

The Welsh outfit lost two early wickets to Matthew Potts in pursuit of their target of 191. Labuschagne calmed the nerves until the penultimate ball of the day when he fell for 31, leaving the game in the balance.

Glamorgan had the chance to put the pressure on the hosts, who began day three trailing the visitors by 15 runs. Michael Hogan quickly made the breakthrough to dismiss nightwatchman Potts for three.

The pressure was on Borthwick and Lees, but the two players provided a solid foundation to see off the threat of the first hour. Borthwick looked in particularly good touch as he found the boundary with regularity. Although he did give one brief chance on 44 to Kiran Carlson at backward square leg, the left-hander made his way to a composed half-century for the third time of the season.

Whereas Borthwick made batting appear relatively simple, Lees was scratchy at the other end. He survived an lbw shout on 41 and then was put down by Neser at slip on 43 off Andrew Salter's off-spin. The England opener managed to progress beyond fifty, even though was almost run out by Carlson. Lees' fortune finally ran out when he played across the line to a half-tracker from Labuschagne and was given out lbw for 61, ending a stand of 138 with Borthwick for the fourth wicket.

Borthwick had played extremely well to reach 90 and was on the verge of his first ton of the campaign. However, he will have sleepless nights after being bowled from a straight full-toss from Labuschagne

The loss of the two set batters caused a collapse in the Durham ranks as David Bedingham fell cheaply for the second time in the game, while Ned Eckersley lobbed a loose drive straight to Hogan at mid-off.

The pressure was on Stokes to hold the innings together, but after being put down on 13 by Neser, who almost pulled off a fine diving catch, the England captain presented a third wicket to Labuschagne. Stokes lost his balance aiming for a booming drive and the quick hands of Chris Cooke removed the bails.


Neser wrapped up the tail by prising out Ben Raine and Chris Rushworth to finish with four wickets for the second time of the match, ending with figures of eight for 124. It was a brilliant effort from the Aussie in light of injuries to Timm van der Gugten and David Lloyd, leaving his side requiring only 191 runs to win the contest.

Potts made two early breakthroughs removing replacement opener Andy Gorvin and Salter to reduce the visitors to 15 for two, becoming the first bowler to pass 30 wickets in the County Championship in the process. A Labuschagne mistake from the penultimate ball changed the context of the game as Raine dismissed the Aussie for the second time to give Durham a glimmer of hope.

Leicestershire vs Sussex, Uptonsteel County Ground

 

TEENAGE leg-spinner Archie Lenham took three quick wickets as Sussex finished the third day of their LV Insurance county championship fixture against Leicestershire within reach of a first first-class victory since April last year.

Lenham took three wickets for eight runs in three overs after the Foxes, needing 240 to make Sussex bat again, were making solid progress in reaching 94-1 in their second innings, with opener Hassan Azad having passed 50 for the fourth time this season.

With tea approaching Sussex skipper Tom Haines threw the ball to Lenham, and the 17-year-old struck with his third delivery, having Azad leg before on the back foot. Two overs later he bowled Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann with a ball that dipped and left the batsman to clip the top of off-stump, and his next delivery secured another leg before decision against Lewis Hill as the new batter pushed forward.

Had Delray Rawlins been able to hold a skied pull from Rishi Patel at square leg off Henry Crocombe shortly after tea, a three day win might have been in prospect. As it was Patel faced 201 deliveries in battling through to the close on 67 not out, with Leicestershire still hopeful of setting the visitors some sort of second innings target on a pitch beginning to take spin.

The morning session saw the Sussex lower order add 64 to their side's overnight score, though Leicestershire had only themselves to blame for Ollie Robinson - recovered from illness caused by food poisoning -  reaching 26 before being run out by Ackermann, dropping him off consecutive deliveries when he was on just 7: first Patel, at second slip, grassing a straightforward edge off Ben Mike, and then Lewis Hill, running in from third man, failing to hang on to a top edge.

Another top edge, this time off Lenham, was held by wicket-keeepr Harry Swindells, the 17-year-old falling two short of what would have been a maiden half-century, but Aaron Beard and Henry Crocombe added 27 for the ninth wicket before Crocombe hold out to long-on and Beard lost his middle stump to a Wiaan Mulder yorker.

Leicestershire, who suffered three run-outs in the first innings in their previous match against Glamorgan, and another in their first innings here, very nearly made it five when Sam Evans, having pushed a delivery in Robinson's opening over back past the bowler, inexplicably attempted a quick single: had Beard's throw from mid-off hit the stumps, the Leicestershire opener would have been yards short.

Evans went quickly after lunch, leg before on the back foot to Crocombe, but Azad and Patel played solidly - at least until Lenham took a hand.

Middlesex vs Nottinghamshire, Lord’s

Steven Mullaney and Luke Fletcher left Middlesex facing the prospect of their heaviest ever runs defeat at Lord’s on a sobering third day of their LV = Insurance County Championship clash.

Mullaney, plundered a magnificent unbeaten 55-ball hundred littered with mighty blows while Fletcher scored his second 50 of the match and Joe Clarke hit 66 not out before the visitors declared on 295-5, 515 runs ahead.

Fletcher wasn’t done there either, ripping out both Middlesex openers for ducks among figures of two for six as the host struggled to 69-3 at the close.

They need to reach 216 to avoid rewriting the record books, having lost by 301 runs to Ray Illingworth’s Leicestershire at the home of cricket in 1976.

First innings centurion Haseeb Hameed departed early after slashing a wide ball from Toby Roland-Jones to Sam Robson at slip.

Fletcher however revelled in his role as night-watchman, picking up where he’d left off 24 hours earlier to plant a rare half-volley from Tim Murtagh into the grandstand. The shot travelled down the stairs of the stand meaning Middlesex opener Mark Stoneman was forced to temporarily leave the field to retrieve the ball from the spectator concourse.

While Ben Slater took 28 balls to get off the mark, Fletcher made hay in the sun, forging on to make his second 50 of the match, the first time he’d ever achieved the feat in his professional career. As in the first innings he departed to his next ball, trapped lbw by Martin Andersson.

Ben Duckett continued the momentum, hitting Luke Hollman for three fours in an over before attempting to reverse sweep the leg-spinner only to send it down the throat of skipper Peter Handscomb at long leg.

Hollman, who returned three for 77, struck again in his first over after lunch with a superb caught and bowled to remove Slater and he later dislodged Lyndon James’ off-bail with one which proved too close to cut.

The remainder of the innings however was batting carnage, Joe Clarke pulling a short ball from Murtagh into the Grandstand as he moved to 50 in 73 balls.

This though was snail-like compared to skipper Mullaney, who first hit Hollman out of the attack before  planting his replacement Josh De Caires into the Warner Stand over cover as his half-century came in 31 balls.

Incredibly he then accelerated, racing to 100 in another 24 deliveries, smiting Andersson for two sixes in an over and then belting Hollman back over his head with a shot which struck the pavilion sightscreen.

The declaration came leaving Middlesex facing a record chase for 516 or pragmatically four sessions to bat for a draw.

Fletcher all but ruined those hopes with his opening salvo, removing Stoneman caught a slip for a second ball duck before bowling De Caires, also without scoring, the ball deviating from the glove to the wicket, the youngster’s decision to withdraw the bat having come too late.

Handscomb somehow survived 46 torturous minutes before edging James Pattinson to Duckett at second slip to leave the Seaxes 32 for three.

Robson though stood firm, surviving a huge caught behind shout when on six to reach a stubborn 50 shortly before the close and hopes of an unlikely draw rest heavily on the shoulders of the former England opener.

 



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