LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 4: May 15th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here are all the latest scores, match and news updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 4: Sunday May 15th
Sunday May 15th
Gloucestershire 186/10 (76.4 ov) & 159/10 (56.1 ov)
Somerset 591/7d (147 ov)
Result - Somerset won by an innings and 246 runs on Day 3
Division One leaders Surrey drew their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent after rain ruined the final day at Beckenham.
Just 9.2 overs were possible, with Kent moving from their overnight score of 82 for 1 to 114 for one during two mini sessions, still 327 runs behind Surrey’s first innings score of 671 for nine.
Surrey had been favourites after forcing Kent to follow on on day three, but conditions deteriorated throughout the day and play was abandoned at 3.48 pm, Kent taking 10 points and Surrey 16.
Ben Compton was unbeaten on 63, while night-watchman Matt Milnes was not out on 16 at stumps.
Day four began with a minute’s silence in memory of Andrew Symonds, who played for Kent between 1999 and 2004.
A break in the weather meant play started on time and the hosts resumed on 82 for one, still 359 behind. Conditions were overcast and the ball swung almost immediately but Compton reached 50 in the first over when he pulled Daniel Worrall for a single.
Light rain began to fall and the players went off after 29 minutes, Kent having moved to 108 without further loss. Lunch was taken early and although play resumed at 1.35pm, by then it was already raining again.
After nine increasingly moist minutes, during which Kent advanced to 114, the players came off again, Compton having added six to his score. After two further hours of waiting and with no prospect of improvement, the game was abandoned as a draw.
The draw lifts Kent off the bottom of the table ahead of Gloucestershire.
Surrey’s Gareth Batty said: “It’s something we can’t control. I feel like our batting performance was powerful again, it was skilful. 671 was a formidable total on a very good batting surface and we needed to get that volume of runs to be able to put the pressure on. The way the boys came out and bowled yesterday morning was fantastic and very impressive. There was an intensity that would have been very hard for a lot of people to live with, which is a credit to the bowlers and the fielders, it was something to behold.
“Today it was always going to be very difficult to take nine more wickets but the weather’s intervened, it ends up being a draw and we’ll come back in a few days.
“It was a very good batting surface. I think at times it possibly wouldn’t have looked that way given the way we bowled and credit has to go to the big men. More than anything I think credit has to go to Will Jacks for the way he bowled. I counted 14 overs straight and there wasn’t anything that resembled anything other than pretty much a perfect ball in a decent area. I thought he was magnificent and probably didn’t get the full rewards that he deserved, but the four for 60 was great. Would we have got the nine wickets today? Who knows.”
Kent’s Matt Walker said: “It’s a sense of déjà vu really, we never were able to wrestle any advantage our way really. The spell after lunch on day one was really promising actually, but we have a moment where we’re ok and make some inroads and then I think the momentum slowly and gradually shifts and then accelerates.
“I think the problem we’ve had, on these better surfaces this season is there’s almost an air or resignation that comes across the ground. That’s not to say that any of the lads give up, but I think there’s a frustration and almost a sense of urgency to make things happen. Probably at the end of day we haven’t executed our skills well enough. There have been moments where we’ve been really good individually there’s been a lot of runs in the dressing room, individually there’s been some good spells of bowling but to get to where you want to get to in a four-day game, it’s got to be over the whole piece really. You can afford half an hour or so but you can’t afford a bad session and that’s what’s happened.
“We found ourselves very quickly out of the game. 671 for 9 – you’re not going to get anywhere near winning a game of cricket when that happens and you’re in a dog fight again.”
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire's meandered their way to the inevitable LV=Insurance County Championship draw at Edgbaston where the match concluded with just ten wickets having fallen in four days.
The final instalment of stultifying stalemate saw the home side, in reply to Northamptonshire's 597 for six take, their first innings to 568 for four.
Sam Hain (202 from 494 balls, 16 fours, one six) and Matt Lamb (155 from 230 balls with 16 fours) extended their partnership to an unbroken 254, a Warwickshire fifth-wicket record against Northamptonshire.
Against a toiling attack on a flat pitch, Hain and Lamb gently filled their boots during a final day which, like the three which preceded it, presented a less than compelling spectacle. The batting dominance was not entirely due to the pitch as both bowling attacks, missing spearheads Liam Norwell and Ben Sanderson respectively, persevered nobly but lacked potency.
After Warwickshire resumed on 394 for four on the final morning, Hain and Lamb batted serenely through the morning to take the total to 483 at lunch. Hain reached 150 from 378 balls while Lamb, having scored briskly the previous evening, settled for quiet accumulation. He advanced to 98 at lunch and reached his ton (163 balls) shortly after.
There was little that visiting skipper Ricardo Vasconcelos could do except rotate his bowlers, though he did not exercise that option very much at one end. Former England spinner Simon Kerrigan bowled unchanged at the Pavilion End from 2.55pm on the third day until lunchtime on the fourth - a gruelling saga of 37 overs, delivered with not a shred of assistance from the pitch.
The left armer stuck to his task heroically but could have been forgiven, when he returned home with figures of 52-4-174-0, for seriously considering the removal of the captain from his Christmas card list.
It was the little-seen medium pace of Emilio Gay to which Vasconcelos turned for the last hour and, from this bowler, did Hain clip the leg-side single which moved him to 200 from 489 balls, 473 of which he had not struck for four.
Hands were shaken at 4.40pm and this match had, for most onlookers, slipped from memory by 4.45pm.
Warwickshire first team coach Mark Robinson said:
"We struggled again with the ball which was disappointing but it was a flat wicket and a bit slower than we expected. Northants batted very well but we didn't bowl great and they got a huge score. Then it was all about us quietening the game down and showing some character and resolve which we have done all season and that was really pleasing. Then this afternoon the skies turned leaden and it got to a stage when everybody probably just wanted to go home.
"Their bowlers came at us hard early on and bowled well and it wasn't easy in those first two sessions. But Dom Sibley did some good digging of the garden and then Hainy and Will Rhodes and Lamby started to display the roses. They turned the game into a place which was nice and safe and calm for the dressing room.
Northamptonshire head coach Jon Sadler said:
"It was quite turgid and it was a bit tricky in the end today because we wanted to take into account the spirit of the game but also make sure that our lads were okay for a massive game against Kent coming up.
"We rested two of out front line bowlers for this game and, after two days here, we were thinking maybe we should have played them because we'd win if we took 20 wickets. But after four days, the way the pitch played, I am delighted we rested them.
"The ball did a bit on the first morning but as soon as they came to bat and they had two heavy rollers on it, it was quite dead. We tried everything but ten wickets in four days says it all. It's not good."
Jimmy Anderson bowled England team-mate Joe Root for four - but Yorkshire held on to thwart Lancashire’s bid for a first Roses LV= Insurance County Championship victory at Headingley since 2011.
Following on, Yorkshire started their second innings at 11.50am on day four, 187 runs behind with a minimum of 85 overs remaining.
Adam Lyth, Dawid Malan and Root fell inside the first 22 either side of lunch, the latter two to Anderson as the score fell to 45 for three. But Harry Brook’s excellent summer continued with an unbeaten 82 off 157 balls, helping Yorkshire reach 169 for six from 78 to seal the draw.
On the way to two for 17 from 15 overs, on-song Anderson ripped out Root’s middle and off stumps with a delivery which kept low just after lunch.
Both sides wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence before play in memory of former Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who died overnight in Australia.
The Red Rose were the dominant force in a fixture which ended with both sides preserving their unbeaten Division One records; the visitors two wins and three draws, the hosts a win and four draws.
Having racked up 556 for nine in the first innings and made their rivals follow on, it was unjust that Lancashire’s haul of 13 points was only one more than Yorkshire’s.
Until day four, when slow turn was on offer, the batters again held sway - as they have done so often this season.
Keaton Jennings scored a superb 238 for Lancashire - his county’s highest individual score in Roses cricket - and Root’s first-innings 147 in reply represented his first century in this famous old fixture.
Given the placid nature of the pitch and Matt Parkinson saying after day three that Lancashire had done well to take six wickets during that day’s play, it was no great surprise that Yorkshire survived. But it was a much closer shave than they would have wanted.
The home side’s first innings was wrapped up for 379 in the opening 8.5 overs of play, with Luke Wood getting Steve Patterson caught in the gully fending at a short ball and Parkinson bowling last man Haris Rauf.
Impressive leg-spinner Parkinson finished with four for 90 from 38.5 overs (he later returned two for 53 from 27 more).
Tom Bailey then struck with the new ball to heighten Yorkshire nerves.
At the other end, Anderson impressed with four maidens in a six-over opening burst.
Anderson was then rewarded immediately after lunch when he first had Malan (23) caught behind pushing forwards five balls into the session - 39 for two in the 18th over - and Root comprehensively bowled.
Even in the first innings, it was a fierce battle between the two England greats, maybe heightened by Anderson’s disappointment at being left out of the Test squad that Root captained in the Caribbean in March.
Left-arm seamer Wood later had opener George Hill caught behind for 26 as Yorkshire fell to 86 for four with 46.2 overs remaining, but the bowler dropped Brook on the dive at square leg on 30 just before tea off Anderson. It proved a key moment.
England Test hopeful Brook has batted with a real swagger this season in sailing past 750 runs in only eight innings. This innings was a different matter.
There was real grit en-route to a seventh score of at least 50 this summer, achieved off 90 balls after tea.
Shortly afterwards, Harry Duke was brilliantly caught at slip by Luke Wells off Parkinson. Yorkshire then fell to 147 for six with 15.1 remaining when Dom Bess was caught at short leg off the same bowler.
By this time, fading light meant Lancashire had to employ the double leg-spin of Wells and Parkinson. And Brook and co were able to hold firm, with the players shaking hands seven overs early.
Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson said: “Over the course of the four days, they dominated it for large parts of the game. We’re happy to walk away with an honourable draw, but it’s been a tough four days for us.
“We just had a little chat in the dressing room, and even though we were dominated we didn’t feel at any stage like we were going to lose the game.
“I’ve said before that our Achilles heel has been our catching. That cost us dearly. We dropped Keaton on two and he got 240. He took advantage and made us pay.
“Brooky has been exceptional all year, and everybody is very excited when Joe comes back to play for us. He’s the best batter in the world for a reason.
“Even though they had 500 on the board or whatever, if you’ve paid your money to sit and watch Joe bat - especially yesterday, the way he played - you felt like you’ve walked away and got your money’s worth.”
Lancashire coach Glen Chapple said: “We dominated the game. Having been stuck in and coming through a tricky first session with a bit of movement around, for the whole game we applied ourselves really well.
“We played quality cricket and gave it our best shot to win on a surface which was pretty flat really.
“We would have bowled first. The pitch felt like it had a little bit in it. Yorkshire bowled well in the first hour, but we knew if we could get through the pitch would get easier.
“We worked hard to do that and from there batted brilliantly.
“Our bowlers stuck at it perfectly. There weren’t many options on that surface, but we have a good, well-rounded attack and made it difficult for Yorkshire.
“We’re confident we’re dominating games. If we keep doing what we’re doing well, we’ll have more opportunities to win.”
Worcestershire opener Jake Libby returned to form with his first century of the season to deny Derbyshire victory on the final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.
Libby had made only one 50 in his previous eight innings but came good at the right time with an unbeaten 105 off 306 balls to steer Worcestershire to a draw.
Azhar Ali scored 60 and shared a second wicket stand with Libby of 164 in 48 overs before Jack Haynes, who scored 16 from 140 balls, joined Libby to complete a determined rearguard action.
The pair dropped anchor, scoring only 26 runs from 283 balls to end Derbyshire’s rapidly fading hopes as the visitors closed on 225 for 2, a lead of 28.
Worcestershire went into the final day 138 runs behind but the pitch was flat and Derbyshire were a bowler down with Ryan Sidebottom ruled out by a calf injury.
Derbyshire had to strike early to apply pressure but there were few alarms as Libby and Azhar batted through the morning to reduce the deficit to 35.
Libby edged Suranga Lakmal just short of first slip in the fourth over and Azhar missed a loose cut at Luis Reece who was bowling for the first time since August following surgery on his left shoulder and right knee.
Reece bowled five overs from the Racecourse End and did get some swing while Sam Conners tried to unsettle the batters with some short balls but it was a fruitless first session for Derbyshire.
Libby drove Reece for his seventh four to reach 50 from 98 balls and Azhar completed his third consecutive half-century after lunch when he cut Lakmal to the ropes.
Derbyshires hopes were raised briefly when Azhar went back to work Thomson to leg but was beaten by some turn and given lbw after resisting for 204 minutes.
His obvious disappointment at missing out on the chance of a century was clear but Libby, who was the second leading run scorer in the country last season, completed a stubborn hundred from 185 balls.
He did not score another run from the next 39 balls which underlined his determination not to give Derbyshire a chance of forcing the door back open.
Derbyshire used spin at both ends to try and get to a second new ball as quickly as possible but when it became available, the light had deteriorated to prevent them taking it.
The runs dried up with Libby and Jack Haynes scoring 21 from 199 balls so Worcestershire at tea were just 23 runs ahead but only a maximum of 25 overs remained.
After the interval the game meandered to its inevitable conclusion before the teams shook hands at 4.50pm with both teams taking 14 points.
Derbyshire's head of cricket Mickey Arthur said: "I think striking early was going to be the key because on a very good wicket creating pressure is how we would take a lot more wickets after that so when we didn't do that it made it difficult, especially being a bowler down.
"Again, I'm very proud of the standards we've kept, the attitude and some individual performances, and the team as a collective has done a really good job.
"The standards we've set, the way we prepared, the discussions we have in the dressing room, the goals we set for ourselves and the brand of cricket we want to play the guys are carrying out to a tee.
"I know if we carry on that path those draws turn to wins and we've always said we want to be a team that's hard to beat before we can become a team of winners."
Worcestershire head coach Alex Gidman said: "I thought both teams tried their best to force their way into positions to win the game, Derbyshire out pipped us on that one going into day four but once again we showed some really good resilience and mental skills to deny them and bat really well to draw the game.
"We knew at the beginning of the day we weren't able to win the game so if you can't win the next thing you need to make sure is to draw and that takes a lot of commitment, dedication to the task and that's not just for the first hour or two but all the way to see it through.
"We've all seen the game in many weird and wonderful ways do silly things and you never quite know what's around the corner so being ruthless when you're trying to save the game is just as important as it is when you're trying to set up the game."
Matthew Potts enhanced his England credentials by claiming career-best figures to inspire Durham to a dramatic 58-run victory over Glamorgan on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash at the Riverside.
Potts was in breathtaking form and took five wickets on final day, having previously claimed two in the evening session of day three, ending the innings with figures seven for 40 and match figures of 11 for 101. Glamorgan were to rue a collapse from 65 for two to 137 all out in pursuit of their victory target that began when Marnus Labuschange was out from the penultimate ball of day three.
Once Potts made inroads in the early overs of the final morning, the momentum as truly with the home side. The England hopeful blew away their resistance that should surely put him on the path to be included in team-mate Ben Stokes' first squad as captain. More importantly for Durham, it ended a run of five matches without a win in the County Championship to propel them up into third place in Division Two.
Durham required a fast start to put the pressure on the visitors. Potts answered the call for his team, producing a vicious bouncer that caught the glove of Kiran Carlson. Carlson was not thrilled with the decision, but Alex Wharf raised the finger. Potts then prised out Sam Northeast, who had looked comfortable at the crease. Scott Borthwick initially spilled the catch, but managed to clamp his legs together to claim the ball at the second attempt to send Northeast on his way for 26.
Potts made way after his initial burst, but Brydon Carse ensured that the intensity from the hosts did not wane. He bowled with pace and accuracy after struggling in the first innings. An array of short-pitch bowling ended Billy Root's stay at the crease for 10 as he gloved one behind, attempting a hook shot that had previously brought him a boundary earlier in the over.
Sensing another opportunity Borthwick brought Potts back into the attack for a short spell. The 23-year-old claimed his fourth five-wicket haul of the season when pinned Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd lbw, who was batting at number eight after suffering an injury on day three. Carse turned the momentum firmly in the favour of the home side when he found Chris Cooke's outside edge before lunch, removing the last recognised Glamorgan batter.
Potts sensed blood in the water after lunch, and he drove his side over the line to claim career-best figures by dismissing Michael Neser with a brilliant yorker that caught the toe of the Aussie before clean bowling Michael Hogan to wrap up the victory, sparking massive celebrations from the hosts in the middle.
Durham's Matthew Potts said: "It's always nice to get a career-best, but it hurts the bank account a little bit because you have to get the drinks in. It's nice to do it and nice to do it in a winning cause to get us off the mark in Division Two. I think we've played some very good cricket this season so far in parts, but we have not been able to piece together a complete performance. We had discussions in the dressing room on Saturday night and we came out fighting for everything to get the win. I'm looking forward to playing Middlesex to go to the Home of Cricket, I've only played there once with The Hundred. It will be nice to play a red-ball game there to see what it has to offer. It has a good atmosphere and hopefully it will be a good four days of cricket. As for the news articles about England I tend not to try and read them too much. It would be silly to read them and get too far ahead of myself. If you look too far ahead you can lose sight of what is in front of you. It would be a dream to be picked and obviously to play Test cricket is something I aspire to do, having previously just been a white-ball bowler. I feel I have a lot to offer in the red-ball game, hopefully I can maintain my form and we'll see what happens."
Glamorgan head coach Matthew Maynard said: "I thought Durham bowled brilliantly. The wicket was a little bit up and down, but Matthew Potts and Brydon Carse alongside Ben Raine and Chris Rushworth gave us nothing. I think there was one four-ball in the entire session. They bowled a good length and made life very tough for us. We said we were very comfortable chasing the target, and we said let's play as busy as we have been. They set the fields very well and changed the bowlers to keep them as fresh as possible. They didn't miss the target. Full credit to the way Durham went about it.
"I think they got a couple of decisions that went their way and we've paid the consequence for that. The five-penalty run offences were Billy Root as he didn't believe he got anywhere near the ball and lifted his head and arms up. Michael Neser then clearly felt he hit the ball and raised his bat a little bit. We have to be careful in the game that we don't confuse human emotion with reactions to a decision that has gone against you. But the rules are the rules, and we have broken them in both cases."
Doughty resistance, untimely showers and a flat pitch combined to thwart Sussex as Leicestershire secured an unlikely draw in the LV Insurance County Championship fixture at the UptonSteel County Ground, Grace Road.
An eighth wicket partnership of 111 off 275 deliveries between Harry Swindells and Callum Parkinson, along with rain breaks that saw 27 overs lost, ensured the game went into its final hour, and though both young batters were dismissed, hands were shaken with eight overs remaining and Leicestershire leading by 93 runs in light that prevented Sussex from using their pace bowlers.
Earlier the visitors had looked certain to end a run of 17 championship matches without victory when shortly after the start of play, teenage leg-spinner Archie Lenham had dismissed Rishi Patel with a ball that bounced a little more than the batter anticipated, took the inside edge and was well caught by Tom Allsop at short leg.
Patel had added just one to his overnight score of 67, and soon afterwards another of Leicestershire's main hopes of turning the match around, all-rounder Ben Mike, spooned a drive at a widish delivery from Ollie Robinson - the first with the new ball - into the covers for Cheteshwar Pujara to take a good low catch.
At that stage Leicestershire were 209-7 and still needed another 31 simply to make Sussex bat again, but Swindells and Parkinson dug in, clearly determined not to give their wickets away. With little assistance from the pitch, Sussex captain Tom Haines tried all his bowlers, and Robinson reverted to off-spin, but Swindells, who has been out of form with the bat this season, began to find a semblance of confidence, and Parkinson, whose previous three innings had seen him score 86 runs and been dismissed only once, bristled with defiance.
Afternoon showers helped the Foxes cause, and Swindells went to his 50 off 137 balls before failing to keep an off-drive down and seeing Aaron Beard take a fine one-handed catch low to his left in the covers. Rawlins, the successful bowler, then picked up another wicket when he bowled Parkinson, then on 45, with a quicker delivery, but the final pair of Chris Wright and Beuran Hendricks held on as the dark clouds once again closed in.
Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury: "It was a cracking game of cricket and I'm really happy with how we performed - I wanted a response to the last day defeat against Middlesex last week and we got that. The weather didn't help us and they resisted well. We created enough chances to have won it, the ball just didn't go to hand.
"Losing the overs to the rain was frustrating, it made a huge difference, and if I'm honest I don't think it rained that much, but the rules are the rules. Then the light closing in - as soon as we couldn't use the pace bowlers, we knew we wouldn't be able to bat anyway.
"As a team we've improved week on week for the last six weeks and we're looking to take that into the game against New Zealand. Ollie Robinson wasn't himself all match after the food poisoning - he just couldn't perform, the sickness affected him massively, he had two drips on the first day."
Leicestershire batter Harry Swindells: "We batted well to see out the game on a day four pitch with a bit of turn. Rishi (Patel) yesterday, and then I got to spend time in the middle with Callum, nearly getting us over the line, but Chris and Beuran finished it off.
"We knew we were in trouble losing Rishi and Ben (Mike) early, but Parky has been batting really well this season, facing a lot of balls, and he applied himself brilliantly. I just tried to stick with him and get a bit of momentum.
"I've struggled a bit with scoring this season but I found a bit of rhythm and confidence out there - it's been a frustrating start to the season for me and for us as a group, and this wasn't a win, but we'll take confidence from the way we fought today into next week's game at Worcester."
Sam Robson’s second successive century, combined with an afternoon downpour, denied Nottinghamshire top spot in LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two as Middlesex salvaged a draw at Lord’s.
Robson’s resolute knock of 101 not out, supported by an even grittier unbeaten 18 from Max Holden, thwarted Nottinghamshire’s bowlers as they pressed for the victory that would have lifted them above their hosts at the summit.
The Middlesex pair shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 101 to steer their side to 133 for three – chasing a nominal target of 516 – before rain wiped out Nottinghamshire’s hopes of forcing a third consecutive Championship win.
The contest was eventually abandoned just before 5pm, leaving the visitors ruing their decision not to make Middlesex follow on after dismissing them for 195 first time around.
Survival had effectively been the aim for the Seaxes ever since day two and Robson and Holden dug in again after resuming at 69 for three, adding only three runs in the first six overs.
Holden had already been at the crease for more than two hours before he progressed into double figures but, although Stuart Broad beat the bat a number of times, the pair managed to see off his initial spell.
James Pattinson looked the most dangerous of the Nottinghamshire seamers, unleashing a ball that reared up at Robson and brushed his glove, only to drop just short of Ben Duckett at second slip.
Robson fended off another rising delivery from Pattinson through the vacant third slip area to advance to 96 – and he leg-glanced the next one to the boundary as well, bringing up his hundred from 177 balls.
Broad switched to the Pavilion End for a second spell, but the Test paceman was barely into his rhythm when rain arrived and the players left the field at 12.30pm, with the situation never improving sufficiently for them to return.
Middlesex captain PETER HANDSCOMB said:
“It’s good for us that the rain did come but I think the way Maxi (Holden) and Robbo (Sam Robson) were going about it, there’s a fair chance we were going to defend this game and bat it out.
“I see no reason why we couldn’t have got the draw without the weather intervening, there were certainly positives to take out of this game.
“Maxi put his shots away and was defending the house down and Robbo was just playing his natural game, in his bubble and going about it beautifully.
“He’s been doing it for a long time and scored a lot of runs for Middlesex and for England when he did play. I’m sure if there was a sniff of a chance, he’d grab it with both hands.”
Nottinghamshire head coach PETER MOORES said:
“It didn’t look like there was going to be rain on the fourth day, so I think it was the right decision (not enforcing the follow-on).
“Jimmy Pattinson had led the attack and got 17 overs into him, it felt like the right time to try and score quickly to set up four sessions.
“Steve (Mullaney) went in and was really clear how he was going to play and moved the game on fast, which meant we got 37 overs at them last night and got them three down.
“Sam Robson played very well, otherwise I think we could have got them four or five down last night.”
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