LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 8 Day 3: Tuesday June 28th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 8 - Day 3: Tuesday June 28th
Simon Harmer returned his best first-class match haul as Essex stunted Hampshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship charge in a three-day thriller.
Off-spinner Harmer, who bowled unchanged on day three, claimed seven for 161 to go alongside his eight for 46 in the first innings to return 15 for 207.
Hampshire, who were only three points behind leaders Surrey ahead of the match, were only 12 runs shy of victory after Felix Organ’s 65, and contributions from Ian Holland, Ben Brown, Aneurin Donald, Keith Barker and Kyle Abbott got them unbelievably close to their 299-run target.
Hampshire still haven’t won at Chelmsford since 2012 and had lost their last three matches on the ground by an innings – by those results this was progress.
Harmer had only taken 12 Championship wickets before this match this season, with only two coming on placid home wickets. A return to a spicier pitch benefitted him and handed Essex their maiden home win of the year.
But since Harmer arrived in 2017, Essex have only lost three home matches, with the only successful fourth-innings chase coming when Surrey needed just two.
The South African was frustrated initially as Organ and Holland played with a decent tempo to keep eating into the 299-run target. Organ had already smashed Harmer over mid-wicket for three sixes the previous evening, and sailed another two over the dressing room as he found a way to deal with the turn and bounce.
He reached his second half-century of the season with a carved boundary behind point off 67 balls. However many times you hit Harmer over the boundary he will win the battle in the end, and thus it proved as Organ was bowled going back to the spinner. The opening stand worth 97, the highest of the match.
Hampshire were somewhat miffed as replacement balls meant a steady stream of harder balls, with Essex benefiting from the ball going softer the previous afternoon when Adam Rossington and Harmer were scoring freely.
And it was after a delay discussing the ball situation that wickets began to fall.
James Fuller had been promoted from No.9 to No.3 as ‘BazBall’ became ‘BirrellBall’ and a slightly better than run-a-ball 18, which included another six over midwicket, gave the idea credence. But he guided Aaron Beard to second slip to break the run of 19 straight wickets falling to spin.
Holland had bedded in by facing 95 balls and looked relatively comfortable before turning Harmer to short leg, and Nick Gubbins and James Vince made the fatal decision to go back to Harmer to fall lbw and bowled respectively. In between the Harmer scalps, Beard picked up his second on his first red-ball appearance for Essex since 2020 as Liam Dawson was adjudged to have edged behind.
Hampshire had lost six wickets for 65 runs, and thanks to Donald’s slogging a 46-run partnership with Ben Brown to give the visitors a sliver of hope again.
But Harmer had Donald castled while going back to cut, in almost identical fashion to Organ earlier, and Brown leg before while coming around the wicket.
Abbott and Barker gave a nervy feeling to proceedings as they at 41 with very little resistance. Abbott was leg before giving Beard his third.
Barker and last man Brad Wheal put on 32 as an unlikely victory edged closer but Barker picked out long-on to fall for 42 and give Harmer his best.
Essex spinner Simon Harmer:
“It was the type of wicket we are more accustomed to here at Chelmsford. There was a bit of turn but it was an even competition between bat and ball. I can’t say it was too one-sided because if you applied yourself there was plenty of runs on offer, a lot of them were batter error.
“I would have been extremely disappointed if we had lost that. There were a few nervous moments, with the four leg byes with the penultimate ball I started to think we needed to start boxing a bit smart but all’s well that ends well.
“It isn’t idea to go for that many runs. There needed to be a bit of cat and mouse with their batters. I needed to bowl an attacking line and their best option was the slog sweep. My mindset was that if you could do that for 299 runs then I’ll take my hat off, shake your hand and say ‘well done’.
“We always knew we would get to a point in the season where the wickets would start to deteriorate and get wickets that would turn. You aren’t going to get seven wickets like that at Chelmsford over a season so when it is your day you need to cash in and make sure you go big.”
Hampshire captain James Vince:
“We got the highest score of the game in our second innings by 50 runs. Due to the conditions we had to play village cricket really and attack the short side and hope you got lucky.
“The pitch from day one was turning a hell of a lot. The disappointing thing today was that we had talked about getting through the new ball – mainly for the spin than the seam – and we did that very well.
“We did the hard work and we saw as the ball got older it spun less, then they changed the ball a couple of times. We had one that came out after 30 overs which had writing on it and then we lost six wickets in next to no time and the ball started seaming around from the other end as well. They said they felt that there wasn’t a ball exactly the same so they went for a newer one rather than a slightly older one.
“All the effort we put in to get to the stage where we felt the game was in our hand, then it got taken away from us. It leaves a bitter taste especially as we got so close. There were some uncontrollables there that stopped us from getting all the points.
“Harmer took wickets right from the word go. In the first innings a lot of the guys tried to play it properly and defend the good ones but it was just doing too much and you ere never going to survive a few overs before one bounced over the shoulder. He is a world-class bowler who is going to exploit those conditions.
“We were hoping to come up and go man for man against a decent Essex team and let the best team come out on top, but the conditions prevented that from happening.
“I don’t think we are out of the title race by any stretch. We are looking for one or two wins to make it up and hope Surrey stumble. I think they have a couple of tough fixtures at the back end of the year. It is a tough one to take at the moment but the boys did incredibly well to get back into the game after day one.”
Half-centuries from Steven Croft and Luke Wood helped Lancashire move into a potentially winning position on the third day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Gloucestershire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol.
Croft was dismissed for 80 and Wood 50 as the visitors extended their first innings total from an overnight 226 for four to 402 all out, a lead of 65. Ryan Higgins claimed three for 55.
By the close, Gloucestershire had struggled to 99 for three in their second innings, just 34 in front, with Miles Hammond unbeaten on 25. But rain is forecast tomorrow and could come to their aid.
The day began with Croft one short of his fifty, which came up with a two off Matt Taylor in the second over, It had occupied 112 balls and featured 7 fours.
Hopes of a Lancashire acceleration dipped when Phil Salt, having added just five to his overnight score of 33, aimed a loose drive at Tom Price and was pinned lbw on the back pad.
George Balderson helped Croft add 48 for the sixth wicket in just under 15 overs before the latter fell to the second new ball, edging a drive off Ryan Higgins through to wicketkeeper James Bracey.
Croft had faced 154 balls and extended his boundary count to 11. With only seven runs added, Balderson, on 20, fell in similar fashion to another outside edge, giving Higgins his third wicket.
At 289 for seven, Lancashire were still 48 runs behind. But Wood brought up the 300 and a third batting point with a pulled four off David Payne.
By lunch, the score had progressed to 317 for seven and the afternoon session saw Wood and Tom Bailey continue a profitable partnership.
They had added 67 to put their side in front by 19 when Bailey, who had taken the dominant role with 8 fours in his 40, fell leg-before to a delivery from left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, which drifted in.
By then, Lancashire had settled for three batting points and were intent on building a meaningful lead.
Will Williams contributed 12 to another useful stand of 43 with Wood before being caught at cover off Payne.
Wood went to his half-century off 108 balls, with 7 fours, but perished soon afterwards, lofting a catch to deep mid-wicket off Payne, who finished with three for 81.
Price had figures of three for 80 in a Gloucestershire seam attack, who bowled wholeheartedly and without much fortune on the slow pitch.
The hosts reduced the deficit of 65 by 20 in their second innings before George Scott edged Bailey and fell to a slip catch for the second time in the match.
It said much about the surface that Lancashire turned to the spin of Jack Morley after only 11 overs, five of which had been sent down by Williams as a cost of only a single.
But it was another seamer, Balderson, who made the second breakthrough when Glenn Phillips, on nine, shouldered arms to a ball that nicked his off stump.
First innings centurion Chris Dent looked in control again, moving to 23, but then edged a defensive shot off Williams to wicketkeeper Salt to put his side in peril at 73 for three.
The light was poor in the closing overs, which may have explained why Bailey switched to off-spin as Hammond and James Bracey saw Gloucestershire to the close.
Dom Sibley posted his second LV= Insurance County Championship century of the campaign as Warwickshire frustrated Northamptonshire’s hopes of pushing for victory at Wantage Road.
Sibley’s patient knock of 102 was backed up by a belligerent 77 from 80 balls by Michael Burgess, ensuring the visitors passed the follow-on target and closed on 396 for eight, just 55 behind.
Nathan McAndrew struck his maiden Bears half-century, an undefeated 54 prior to stumps, while Northamptonshire seamer Jack White ended the day with figures of four for 62.
However, it looks unlikely either of the sides – who have registered just one Championship win between them so far this season – can find a way of increasing that tally on day four.
Although Ben Sanderson found some early movement when Warwickshire resumed at 71 for one, the home side soon turned to spin in the form of Simon Kerrigan.
That move paid off immediately, with the left-armer’s third ball of the morning tempting Chris Benjamin to drive high into the hands of mid-off.
Will Rhodes joined Sibley, who continued to advance at a snail’s pace – the opener’s stay at the crease approaching four hours when he reached his half-century – but the pair gradually began to open up, with Rhodes coming down the track to thump Kerrigan over midwicket for the first six of the match.
However, Warwickshire were pegged back again by Josh Cobb’s pre-lunch spell of three overs for two runs – plus the wicket of Rhodes for 42, smartly caught by the diving Rob Keogh at mid-on.
Northamptonshire persevered with an all-spin attack following the interval, but Sibley dealt with that efficiently as he brought up his 17th first-class hundred, from 260 balls.
It was seam – and the new ball – that eventually did the trick when White returned to have Sibley caught behind and then removed Jacob Bethell, with Emilio Gay initially parrying the ball at second slip before recovering to dart forward and scoop it up just above the turf.
With Warwickshire retreating into their collective shell again, Matt Lamb survived two close calls to reach 37, squirting White just short of mid-on before edging Tom Taylor through the hands of Ryan Rickelton at first slip.
Taylor got his man on the stroke of tea, though, taken behind off the outside edge to leave the Bears six down and still requiring 44 to avoid the follow-on.
But any concerns were swiftly dispelled by Burgess, who thumped a trio of boundaries off Kerrigan and confidently swept him to the fence again to reduce the deficit below 150 as he and McAndrew added 88 for the seventh wicket.
Burgess looked comfortably on course for a hundred but, having pulled White for four, he attempted to repeat the stroke next ball and top-edged to cover instead.
Tom Lawes took four wickets on his LV= Insurance County Championship debut as leaders Surrey forced Kent to follow on at The Kia Oval.
The 19-year-old, swinging the ball consistently against the right-handers, sparked a collapse by taking three for 10 in the space of 18 balls either side of lunch after Kent, fortified by Daniel Bell-Drummond’s century, had been 216 for two.
They were bowled out for 331 with Lawes, a product of Surrey’s academy and Cranleigh School, finishing with four for 51.
Kent followed on with a hefty deficit of 342 but openers Ben Compton and Joe Denly dug in to reach 121 for 0 at stumps. It was an impressive effort although they still trail by 221 with work to do on the final day.
Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning had put on 161 for the third wicket in 54 overs to raise Kent’s hopes of saving the match on what remains a good batting surface.
When he reached 93, Bell-Drummond passed 7,000 first-class runs and a clip through mid-wicket off Gus Atkinson shortly afterwards took him to his 14th first-class century. He would have been disappointed to have got out in the manner he did, slicing a long hop from Will Jacks to backward point for 102, which included ten fours.
Lawes could have claimed Leaning twice in the same over before eventually dismissing the Kent captain for 75. He failed to hold on to a tough return catch diving low to his left in his follow through before Dan Worrall dropped a straightforward chance at slip three balls later.
But the teenager’s perseverance was rewarded with two wickets in two overs as Leaning played on and Ollie Robinson drove airily and was caught at third slip. From 256 for three, Kent proceeded to lose their last seven wickets for 75 in 27 overs.
George Linde played on to Lawes in the third over after lunch and he had his fourth wicket when Matt Milnes wafted outside off stump and was caught behind.
Conor McKerr picked up two wickets when he switched to the Vauxhall End as Kent’s last four fell for 15 runs. Jordan Cox, who played well for his 47, clipped a leg-stump half-volley to mid-wicket and after Jacob Duffy was caught behind to give Atkinson his first wicket, McKerr finished things off courtesy of a superb reflex catch by Ben Geddes at short leg off Jas Singh’s firm push.
There were 44 overs left in the day when Kent began their second innings, but Surrey were unable to find a breakthrough. Jacks was introduced in the ninth over but there was little turn for the off-spinner while Compton coped well when Surrey’s seamers tested him against the short ball.
The left-hander passed 1,000 Championship runs when he got to eight and Denly reached his highest score of an injury-affected season as Surrey’s seven bowlers toiled in vain for a breakthrough.
Middlesex face a battle to save a draw after Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire continued to hold the upper hand in their top-of-the-table clash in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Despite an impressive fightback from 106 for five, Middlesex were forced to follow on 175 runs behind after Nottinghamshire had dismissed them for 376.
Openers Mark Stoneman and Sam Robson survived 20 overs to take Middlesex to 63 without loss at the close. They could be in for a tough final day with Nottinghamshire still 112 in front, although a benign pitch may make their task easier.
James Pattinson finished with four for 65 and Dane Paterson three for 97 after John Simpson (92), Max Holden (86) and Luke Hollman (52) had mounted a gritty effort to keep their side in the game in response to Nottinghamshire’s 551 for eight declared.
Middlesex had begun the day needing to regroup after losing Stoneman shortly before Monday’s close, a dismissal that felt like a critical breakthrough by left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White, and Nottinghamshire had their tails up when Pattinson removed nightwatchman Tom Helm with his first ball of the morning, leaving them five down and 445 runs in arrears.
But on a hard, dry surface that was still playing true for the batters, their second attempt at regrouping succeeded, with Simpson and Holden able to make steady progress. Patterson-White set himself for a long day, unable to contain a yelp of exasperation from time to time when the ball spun past the bat without material gain, while none of the seamers was able to create any real drama, even when Pattinson started bowling short at Holden to a 6-3 leg side field in the half-hour before lunch.
Both parties in the partnership went past fifty, in Holden’s case for the fifth time this season, and had added 111 out of 217 for five at lunch, which left them still 334 behind but in better shape than they might have feared.
The afternoon brought more of the same, yet it ended with Nottinghamshire in the ascendancy after both fell without reaching three figures.
Holden went just before the second new ball became available, caught at slip off Ben Slater, who has kept his offspin mothballed for most of his career but has employed it twice to good effect this season in similar circumstances and now has two first-class wickets to his name.
Alex Thomson of Derbyshire was his first victim. Whether Holden was genuinely was a moot point, certainly in the opinion of Holden himself, who appeared to have avoided any contact with a ball that spat up and over his head, dropping to his haunches in apparent disbelief as umpire Paul Baldwin raised the finger.
Whatever the merits of the decision, it ended a partnership of 142 for the sixth wicket. Simpson, though, certainly did get a touch as he perished eight short of what would have been his second hundred of the season, driving at a ball from Pattinson but succeeding only in edging into the hands of Joe Clarke at slip.
He and Hollman had added 73 for the seventh wicket, the 21-year-old leg-spinning all-rounder completing his half-century soon after tea with his 11th boundary.
Martin Andersson’s positive approach helped Middlesex to a fourth batting bonus point and raised the possibility that the follow-on might be avoided.
But those hopes receded as Hollman hooked Paterson into the hands of deep square leg, the South African picking up a third victim when Toby Roland-Jones was lbw trying to work the ball to leg. Pattinson wrapped things up when Andersson miscued to midwicket.
Derbyshire’s surprising decision not to enforce the follow-on against Sussex reduced their chances of winning a match they had dominated – and even gave their opponents an outside chance of pulling off an astonishing victory.
When Sussex were bowled out for 337 in this LV= Insurance County Championship match, losing their last five wickets for 38 runs and their last three in the space of four Hayden Kerr deliveries to concede a first innings advantage of 214, they looked down and out and not relishing the prospect of being put back in.
But Derbyshire decided to bat again and when they slumped to 54 for five, with Jack Brooks putting in a four wicket burst, Sussex sensed the chance to pinch an outrageous win. Billy Godleman was well caught by Tom Alsop at first slip off Sean Hunt in the second over. That means the Derbyshire captain has 213 championship runs in 13 innings this season for an average of 16.38.
Then Brooks stepped up. He had Brooke Guest lbw for eight before dismissing the first innings hero Wayne Madsen first ball, caught behind. In his next over Brooks dismissed Leus du Plooy, who mis-cued to midwicket, and in his next over Shan Masood dragged a wide ball onto his stumps.
Anuj Dal and Kerr fell near the close and Derbyshire closed on 127 for seven, a lead of 341. They are still favourites to win the game but Sussex can now see an escape route.
Sussex had started the third day on 142 for three, chasing a target of 402 to avoid the follow-on, with Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 54 and the in-form Oli Carter 14. Carter was dropped at first slip by Madsen off Sam Connors when he had made 26. Madsen should be forgiven, even by the most impatient of Derbyshire supporters. In all forms of cricket he has taken 313 catches for the county, placing 13th in Derbyshire’s history – and seven of the 12 ahead of him were wicketkeepers.
Carter, who had scored a career best 185 and 83 in the county’s previous championship fixture against Glamorgan in Cardiff, went on to reach his half-century from 88 deliveries, with six fours. But then he was bowled going back when he might have been forward to one from the impressive Mark Watt, who was signed as a t20 player but who now appears to be the side’s number one red ball spinner.
The spotlight on Rizwan was getting brighter with the fall of each wicket at the other end. And, making the most of the short boundary at the east side of the ground, he went on to reach his first championship century for Sussex from 172 balls, with 18 fours.
Sussex lost their fifth wicket at 242 when Danial Ibrahim, half forward to one that turned from Watt, was bowled for six. Delray Rawlins is a lavishly talented player who has not always shown shown enough discipline for the red ball game. But he scored a half-century in Cardiff and here, against the spinners, he sensibly mixed aggression with patience. However, when Derbyshire took the new ball at 295 for five he was undone almost immediately, bowled through the gate by Dal as he played a loose drive. His 37 from 57 balls, with six fours and a six, was not what Sussex required.
Rizwan was lbw to Dal for a fine 130, with 22 fours, but the Sussex tail didn’t wag, as Steve Finn fell second ball and Hunt to his first delivery.
Colin Ingram hit a superb century – his second in two games in the LV=Insurance County Championship – to keep Glamorgan in the hunt to chase down a 332 target against Worcestershire at New Road.
Ingram has seized the opportunity to fill the gap left by Australian star Marnus Labuschagne and been making the most of his return to red ball cricket.
He had played only game in that format in four years before this season but has responded with 83 versus Durham and 178 against Sussex in his previous two Championship appearances this season.
Ingram was finally dismissed shortly before the close for 102 and the second new ball will be available first thing on Wednesday morning with 100 required by the visitors.
Glamorgan captured the final four wickets for 52 runs in 13.4 overs after Worcestershire resumed on 147-6.
Pace bowler Michael Neser picked up two more wickets to finish with match figures of 7-90 and take his tally for the campaign to 32.
Neser has been the most impressive bowler on either side in this game, exploiting a pitch on which the occasional delivery has taken off.
Only Middlesex’s Toby Roland-Jones and Durham’s England pace bowler, Matt Potts have taken more Division Two wickets this summer than the 32-year-old.
Gareth Roderick fell victim to a lifter from Neser as an edge flew to to Colin Ingram at third slip.
Glamorgan keeper Tom Cullen snaffled his eighth catch of the game after Joe Leach aimed an expansive drive at Michael Hogan.
Josh Baker cover drove Hogan for four to extend the lead past 300 and he and nightwatchman Charlie Morris added 33 for the ninth wicket
Spinner Andrew Salter ended the innings with two wickets in two balls as he bowled Morris, on 29, and held onto a return catch from Dillon Pennington to leave Baker undefeated on 25.
When Glamorgan batted, opener David Lloyd had a let off before he had scored off Joe Leach with Baker failing to hold onto a head high chance at fourth slip.
But it was not a costly miss for the home side with Lloyd making just 13 before driving Morris straight to mid off.
The second wicket pair of Edward Byrom and Colin Ingram were relatively untroubled and the former hooked Pennington for six.
Their partnership was worth 57 but then Byrom attempted a reverse sweep against Baker and the ball lobbed up to slip.
Sam Northeast was also guilty of giving his wicket away when he slashed at a widish delivery from Morris and picked out Pennington at third man.
Ingram on 53 survived a hard chance to Tom Fell at second slip off Ed Barnard and completed a 103 ball half century.
There was little Kiran Carlson could do to avoid a delivery which climbed on him from Pennington as keeper Gareth Roderick took the catch.
But then Billy Root joined forces with Ingram to add 95.
Ingram swept Baker for four to reach three figures but then was undone by a Barnard delivery which nipped back and was lbw.
His 203-ball knock contained 13 boundaries.
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