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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 8 Day 2: Monday June 27th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen
Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 8 Day 2: Monday June 27th

 

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 8 - Monday June 27th Day 2

 

Division One

 

Essex vs Hampshire, The Cloud County Ground

Simon Harmer tormented Hampshire with bat and ball as Essex racked up a huge advantage in their LV= Insurance County Championship fixture.

South African Harmer claimed eight for 46 – his first of the season and the best figures by anyone so far in the 2022 Championship – to condemn Hampshire to a 75-run first-innings deficit.

He then totted up 61 to go alongside Adam Rossington’s 60 to ease Essex away from 51 for five and to set Hampshire a target of 299, taken down to 264 by the close.

Across the three innings, all 14 wickets in the day fell to spin bowling – with Liam Dawson picking up his best Hampshire figures of seven for 68 and Felix Organ three for seven on a pitch full of turn.

Harmer, who began the day with four for 23, unsurprisingly began from the River End and bowled 15 balls before he added his 25th five-wicket haul for Essex – bowling a reverse sweeping Keith Barker around his legs.

Hampshire’s mantra for the morning was clearly to ‘score their way out of trouble’. Barker had struck two fours and a six off Harmer alone and Kyle Abbott would thrash three sixes in a 23-run over off Dan Lawrence. 95 runs were scored in 55 minutes, but Harmer was constantly taking wickets.

James Fuller screwed to cover, Ben Brown – following a punchy 38 – was caught behind and Abbott was caught at deep midwicket as Hampshire were bowled out for 163, with Harmer mimicking his figures from the previous evening. He now has over 200 first-class wickets at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford since joining in 2017.

Spin continued to be the way forward as Hampshire turned to Organ and Dawson in the fifth and sixth overs. Organ initially did the damage as he had a driving Alastair Cook caught at first slip and Tom Westley brilliantly caught at short leg with his fifth and sixth deliveries.

Dawson had Dan Lawrence lbw to a full ball on the stroke of lunch before Paul Walter and Michael Pepper came and went after the interval – the former leg before to Organ and the latter reversing Dawson to point.

Hampshire looked on a roll and Essex in trouble, but Browne and Rossington’s contrasting styles navigated the hosts back to a strong position. Browne was resolute, while Rossington’s assertiveness was best typified by dispatching his second delivery for six.

Both helped to soften the ball and make batting easier, as the bounce and turn started to be nullified, in a 54-run partnership – with Rossington contributing 42 of them.

Browne fell for a 98-ball 33 when he turned Dawson to leg slip, the lead on 180 before Harmer entered to show off his batting prowess. He and Rossington added 47 more runs.

Rossington stamped his authority and batted Hampshire out of the game will have gone some way to do that, his fifty coming in 52 balls, although he fell for 60 when he chipped to mid-off.

Harmer added a further 34 with Shane Snater before the Dutch international splintered to midwicket to give Dawson his fifth wicket – only the fifth five-for of his first-class career.

Harmer moved to his 82-ball half-century with a six into the Hayes Close gardens before he and Sam Cook fell to successive balls to give Dawson the second seven-wicket return of his career – in doing so he became the first spin bowler not called Harmer to take a five-wicket haul at Chelmsford since Gareth Batty in 2014.

In 13, overs Organ lifted Harmer out of the ground thrice as Hampshire reached 35 without loss by stumps.

Gloucestershire vs Lancashire, Bristol County Ground

Opener Keaton Jennings narrowly missed out on a century as Lancashire built a promising position on the second day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Gloucestershire at Bristol. 

The experienced England Test batsman hit 94, off 152 balls, with 15 fours and a six, helping his side reach 226 for four in their first innings by the close, 111 behind. Steven Croft was unbeaten on 49. 

Gloucestershire had been bowled out for 337 from an overnight 279 for seven, Chris Dent falling for 110 and Zafar Gohar a valuable 62, his highest score for Gloucestershire.  

Jack Morley finished with four for 91. On a benign pitch, the total looked below par and a second-wicket stand of 115 between Jennings and Josh Bohannon paved the way for Lancashire to make serious inroads. 

Gloucestershire needed their tail to wag in the morning session after day one batting errors. But Dent could add only a single to his overnight score of 109. 

After a cautious start, he departed lbw to Tom Bailey, falling across his stumps. But Gohar, unbeaten on 31 at the start, began to play positively, pulling Luke Wood for six to reach a 92-ball half-century. 

Matt Taylor brought the 300 up with a two through the leg side off Wood and the pair added a further 21 before Gohar top-edged a forcing shot off Morley and Bohannon took a low catch running in from mid-on. 

Taylor went lbw to George Balderson for a handy 16 to end the Gloucestershire innings. There was time for five overs before lunch, which was taken with Lancashire seven without loss. 

The hosts received a boost when Luke Wells fell to the first delivery of the afternoon session from Tom Price, bowled between bat and pad. 

Price impressed with a seven-over opening spell from the Ashley Down Road End, which featured three maidens and saw him beat the outside edge on several occasions. 

But from then on it was a struggle for the bowlers in bright afternoon sunshine as Jennings and Bohannon settled in to make the most of the placid surface. 

Jennings appeared to survive a tough chance to cover off George Scott on 32 and went to an assured half-century with a reverse sweep off left-arm spinner Gohar for his 11th four, having faced 71 balls. 

In the same over, the tall left-hander celebrated with a six over long-on. Bohannon was more measured in his approach, moving to 25 from 112 deliveries by tea, which was taken at 102 for one, with Lancashire 235 behind. 

Gloucestershire bowled well at the start of the final session, 21-year-old Price again threatening, while David Payne produced a probing spell from the Pavilion End. 

It was Payne who made a breakthrough with the score on 122, beating Bohannon’s solid looking defensive shot and bowling him for 34. 

Jennings was untroubled and looked odds-on to reach his 23rd first class hundred when edging medium-pacer Ryan Higgins though to wicketkeeper James Bracey, standing up to the stumps. 

Dane Vilas went cheaply, leg-before to a full ball from Price, who ended the day with two for 31 from 15 testing overs, and at 177 for four, Lancashire were still 160 runs adrift. 

But Croft was going well on 33 and found an aggressive partner in Phil Salt (33 not out) as they added 49 before stumps, Croft surviving a difficult low chance to Dent at second slip off Taylor on 47. 

 

 

Northamptonshire vs Warwickshire, The County Ground Northampton

Oliver Hannon Dalby celebrated 250 career first-class wickets as he ran through Northamptonshire’s lower order on day two of this LV= Insurance County Championship game at Northampton.

In a miserly four-over spell, Hannon-Dalby claimed four victims for just five runs as Northamptonshire added 31 runs to their overnight total to close on 451 all out. The 33-year-old-seamer is now the second leading wicket-taker in Division One with 29 scalps, just behind Keith Barker's 32.

But despite his efforts Warwickshire still face a tough task in this game after some highly disciplined Northamptonshire bowling performance restricted scoring to just 1.8 an over with only two boundaries coming in the first 25 overs of the visitors’ reply.

Alex Davies looked to regain the initiative with some lusty blows but Jack White soon ended the resistance when he trapped him leg before for 31. Dom Sibley was still there at the close unbeaten on 30 as Warwickshire ended the day on 71 for one, still a mammoth 380 behind.

Play did not start until 3.10pm after heavy rain but Hannon-Dalby struck immediately with the second ball of the day. Tom Taylor became his 250th victim when he was caught behind playing an expansive shot.

In his next over Hannon-Dalby picked up Lewis McManus in similar fashion, to give Warwickshire keeper Michael Burgess his 100th career dismissal.

Ben Sanderson was greeted with some short stuff from Nathan McAndrew but responded by hooking him twice to the boundary and then punching him through the covers for four more before he edged Hannon-Dalby to Dom Sibley at first slip.

Simon Kerrigan, who was struck on the helmet trying to take evasive action to a short ball from McAndrew, hit the same bowler through midwicket and cover to take Northamptonshire past 450. But Hannon-Dalby ended proceedings soon afterwards by knocking White’s stumps out of the ground.

Northamptonshire’s seamers Sanderson, White, Taylor and Luke Procter found plenty of movement on offer to beat the bat and keep openers Davies and Sibley contained. There were few signs of aggression and any attempts to find the boundary were hampered by some ill timed shots. Just two balls crossed the ropes in the first 25 overs with Northamptonshire turning the screw further with four consecutive maidens.

Alex Davies had a reprieve when he offered a sharp return catch but Taylor could not quite hold on in his follow-through. Davies started to find his groove against Luke Procter, dispatching him for three boundaries in two overs including an imperious drive down the ground, before White trapped him lbw for 31 with Warwickshire on 53 for one in the 28th over.

Chris Benjamin nicked his first ball from White but the ball bounced just in front of first slip. He remained 8 not out with Sibley as the day ended in bright sunshine.

 

Surrey vs Kent, Kia Oval

Sam Curran made his maiden first-class hundred as first division leaders Surrey continued to dominate Kent on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Kia Oval.

For only the second time in their history, four batsmen made centuries in the same Championship innings as Surrey piled up 673 for seven with Will Jacks making an undefeated 103 to add to the first-day hundreds by Ben Geddes and Hashim Amla.

Surrey’s total was a new record against Kent and only two runs more than they made at Beckenham in May when seven of their batters scored fifties - but no one made a hundred.

Curran then picked up Ben Compton in the fourth over of Kent’s reply and they also lost Joe Denly before Daniel Bell-Drummond and skipper Jack Leaning fought back either side of a 90-minute rain delay which took 17 overs out of the day’s allocation.

Bell-Drummond reached fifty for the second successive match as Kent closed on 147 for two, still 526 runs behind.

Earlier, Surrey had continued to dominate an understrength Kent attack with Curran and Will Jacks to the fore. They plundered 190 runs in 26.2 overs during a morning session interrupted by a 20-minute rain delay before Surrey declared 20 minutes after lunch after Jacks on-drove Raj Singh for successive boundaries to bring up his hundred.

Curran had previously scored 29 fifties without converting any of them into a century but he never looked like missing out against a weakened Kent attack who conceded 5.2 runs an over before their suffering ended.

None of their seamers offered sufficient control and Curran did much as he pleased. He reached his century with a straight hit off George Linde which brought him one of his five sixes. He also struck 15 fours in his 126 off 75 balls before slicing a drive to backward point off Linde.

Curran’s sixth-wicket stand of 133 with Jacks came in just 16 overs as Surrey cruised along at 8.2 runs an over before lunch. Leaning brought himself into the attack – the eighth bowler he employed – and picked up Gus Atkinson, who drove to deep mid-off, but Jacks needed only 92 balls for his century, which included 18 boundaries. It was the third time this season that Kent have conceded more than 600 in the first innings and five of their bowlers went for more than 100 runs.

Curran was soon in the action with the ball, striking in his second over when Ben Compton played on as Curran surprised him with extra bounce.

Joe Denly, making his way back after injury, was bowled through the gate to give Dan Worrall reward for a testing new-ball spell and leave Kent 55 for two.

But after the rain delay Bell-Drummond and Leaning dug in. Curran, whose first five-over spell went for 17, bowled four more overs in the evening session but on a good pitch Surrey’s bowlers will have to work hard over the remaining two days to chalk up their fifth win of the season.

Division Two

 

Nottinghamshire vs Middlesex, Trent Bridge

 Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire tightened their grip against Middlesex in the LV= Insurance County Championship, posting their highest total at Trent Bridge for seven years after Lyndon James had turned his overnight 90 into a career-best 152.

The 23-year-old all-rounder completed his first century on home soil and went well past his previous best of 108 before miscuing a ball from Middlesex’s young leg-spinner Luke Hollman to be caught at backward point as Nottinghamshire racked up 551 before declaring at eight down.

After a rocky start saw them slip to 37 for three inside ten overs, Mark Stoneman and Max Holden looked to have built a platform for a Middlesex fightback by adding 69 in 24 overs but Stoneman fell for 67 just before close to leave the visitors 106 for four, still 445 runs behind.

Hollman finished with four for 122 as the most successful Middlesex bowler, although only Toby Roland-Jones was able to find any measure of control.

The pace of the cricket made up for the loss of the first session to rain as Nottinghamshire resumed on 378 for four.

The home side suffered a setback in the first over of the day as captain Steven Mullaney, having been struck in the groin by Tim Murtagh, recovered only to misjudge a ball angled in by Murtagh that bowled him with no stroke offered.

James, a tall, elegant right-hander who has come through the Nottinghamshire age groups, moved into three figures with a beautifully-executed off drive and new partner Tom Moores looked equally pleasing on the eye with four boundaries in a couple of overs as Nottinghamshire completed the full set of batting bonus points.

Moores came and went quickly in the event, wafting at one outside off stump to give Murtagh a second wicket in his opening spell, but Middlesex would have to wait 20 overs for another breakthrough during which James and Patterson-White added 91 before the former - dropped at second slip on 78 on the first evening - went down the pitch to Hollman and paid the price for an uncontrolled stroke.

James, who had gone to 150 with a lovely paddle for four followed by a pull for six off Hollman, finished with 19 fours and a six, with Middlesex’s change seamers Toby Helm and Martin Andersson again leaking more boundaries than they would have liked.

Patterson-White and Pattinson added another 53 in eight overs, the Australian quick bowler twice clearing the rope off Hollman, the second of which took Nottinghamshire’s total top side of 550 for the first time on this ground since they scored 600 against Warwickshire in 2015.

A four crashed through the off side as he made room to swing at Helm had taken Patterson-White to his first half-century of the season but when he holed out to long off in the next over, Mullaney decided he had enough.

With 36 overs left in the day, the simple objective for Middlesex was to reach the close with minimal losses but a hostile three-pronged Nottinghamshire pace attack had other ideas.

Sam Robson was given out leg before as Pattinson thudded one into his front pad, Steven Eskinazi was bowled off an inside edge by Luke Fletcher and 22-year-old left-hander Jack Davies, in his second first-class outing of the season, was leg before to Dane Paterson without scoring, leaving Middlesex 37 for three.

Stoneman’s 78-ball half-century looked to have given Middlesex a platform to take into day three but he succumbed to the pressure of fielders round the bat three overs from the close, aiming a fulsome drive at a ball from left arm spinner Patterson-White that spun back to bowl him.


Sussex vs Derbyshire, The 1st Central County Ground 

Derbyshire’s batsmen ran amok to place their side in total control on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Hove. They piled up 551 for eight before declaring and at the close Sussex were 142 for three in reply.

The Sussex bowlers toiled on a flat pitch and on a warm day and their worst period was after lunch, by which time Derbyshire were seven wickets down.  Sussex did take an eighth wicket.  But then Anuj Dal (146 not out) and Mark Watt (55 not out) thumped a century partnership off just 115 balls.  Their unbroken stand of 108 in 20 overs is a new ninth wicket record for Derbyshire against Sussex, beating the partnership between Maynard Ashcroft and Joe Humphries at Hove in 1904, a match in which the great CB Fry scored a double century.

In their partnership Dal, who scored his second century of the season from 236 deliveries, and Watt appeared to score at will and at one period Sussex captain Tom Haines handed over control of his side to Steve Finn.  Haines had left the field for a spell but when he returned he fielded at long-off while Finn talked to the bowlers and set the fields.

A Sussex spokesman said: “It was easier for Finn to manage the field while Tom was on and off and preparing to bat.”  But there was a sense of frustration among the spectators.  “Come on,” one shouted, angrily, after a misfield.  Sussex did succeed in changing the ball, but it didn’t make any difference.

Sussex are looking for their first championship victory sine April 2021.  That looks well beyond them already and it didn’t get much better when they batted.  Ali Orr was bowled for five by Sam Connors, who then dismissed Haines, driving, for 17. But then Tom Alsop (44) and Mohammad Rizwan (54 not out) added 95 before Alsop fell to a juggling catch at midwicket shortly before the close.      

Derbyshire had resumed on 339 for five, with Wayne Madsen on 171 and Dal unbeaten on 45. The batsmen  had already put on 136 and soon added the three runs needed to make it a sixth wicket record for the county against Sussex.

Sussex opened their attack with Sean Hunt and Jack Brooks and, for the first hour at least, bowled with purpose and aggression. Dal edged Hunt between wicketkeeper Oli Carter and first slip Tom Alsop to reach his fifty.

But Madsen had added just five runs to his score when he was dismissed by a fine delivery from Brooks.  Madsen was surprised by the extra pace and bounce and edged to first slip where Alsop took a good catch high to his left.  Madsen had faced 263 deliveries and hit 19 fours and a six.

Derbyshire were 390 for seven when Hayden Kerr, making his championship debut for the county, was lbw to Delray Rawlins as he attempted to pull.  They reached lunch on 430 for seven, with Dal unbeaten on 89.  Sussex took the eighth wicket when Rawlins drifted the ball into Alex Thomson’s pads to have him lbw for 27.  But that was about as good as it got for Sussex.

 

Worcestershire vs Glamorgan, New Road

Joe Leach marked his return to first team action with career best figures of six for 44 to help Worcestershire establish control on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Glamorgan at New Road.

The all-rounder has been side-lined since suffering a back problem in mid-May but quickly made his presence felt on a wicket of pace and bounce continuing to offer encouragement to the seamers.

His three-wicket burst on Sunday evening had put Worcestershire in the ascendancy and he continued in the same vein today to earn his side a lead of 132.

Only opener Ed Byrom, with a fighting half century, offered much resistance.

Azhar Ali and Jake Libby then built on Worcestershire’s position of strength with a second wicket stand of 87.

But Michael Neser bowled an inspired late spell which brought him three wickets as the home side closed with a lead of 279.

Leach has been a talismatic figure for Worcestershire with the ball for many seasons since making the switch from initially being primarily a middle order batter.

The 31-year-old has that ability to take wickets in clusters which shows no sign of diminishing as he lifted his first class tally past the 380 mark.

Byrom was making only his second Championship appearance in a season where he initially had minor surgery and then suffered a hip plexor strain.

But he hit a career best 176 on his return to four-day action against Sussex at Cardiff earlier in the month and showed more defiance today against a probing attack.

Tom Fell came into the Worcestershire side for his first senior appearance of the season as a concussion replacement for Taylor Cornall.

Cornall was struck on the helmet by a delivery from Michael Neser during Worcestershire’s first innings.

Fell had last played at first team level in the Championship match with Kent at Canterbury last September.

Leach struck in his first over of the day when beating the defensive prod of Sam Northeast who was bowled.

It became two wickets in two balls when Kiran Carlson pushed forward and was snapped up by Josh Baker low to his right at third slip

Charlie Morris was rewarded for a challenging opening spell when Billy Root was caught behind.

Leach returned to the attack shortly before lunch to have Glamorgan keeper Tom Cullen taken at first slip for his sixth scalp.

Michael Neser offered no stroke to Ed Barnard and was bowled before opener Ed Byrom completed an excellent half century off 112 balls with eight fours.

The innings was wrapped up when number ten Andrew Salter, who had opened in the first six Championship games, nicked Barnard to second slip.

Byrom was last out on 57 when he drilled Dillon Pennington to long on.

When Worcestershire batted again, Ed Pollock’s poor run continued when he drove at a widish delivery in Michael Hogan’s opening over and was caught at first slip.

Azhar did the bulk of the scoring during the early stages of the partnership with Libby who gradually opened out.

He cover-drove and on-drove Michael Hogan for boundaries in the same over.

But the Australian broke the partnership in his next over when Azhar on 42 was caught behind off a delivery which kept low.

Libby moved to within one run of his half century before he tried to work James Harris to leg and was leg before.

Fell was then undone by a lifter from Neser which he edged to give Cullen his seventh catch of the match so far. 

Neser had more success when Club Captain, Brett D’Oliveira, was taken by Northeast low at second slip.

First innings century-maker, Ed Barnard, could only manage a single before he was bowled by Neser.

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