LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 9 Day2: Tuesday July 12th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 9 Day 2: Tuesday July 12th
Essex vs Gloucestershire, The Cloud County Ground
Gloucestershire 136 all out and 140 for 6 trail Essex 310 all out by 34 runs
Sir Alastair Cook and Simon Harmer combined to leave Essex on the cusp of victory in their LV=County Championship match with Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.
Cook recorded his 31st first-class century for his county on his way to 145 out of 310 all out before off-spin ace Harmer bagged 5 for 51 wickets as the visitors capitulated against the spin wizard.
Cook occupied the crease for almost seven hours as Essex and with skipper Tom Westley, who scored 90, provided a significant second wicket partnership worth 196.
Trailing by 174 runs on first innings, Gloucestershire were flummoxed and confused by the wily Harmer who was introduced into the attack for the 6th over and by the close, had tantalised the visitors to the brink of defeat.
Ollie Price reached the close unbeaten on 42 and will resume with Zafar Gohar on 10 but winless Gloucestershire look set for another reverse.
His first victim came in his third over when Marcus Harris was bowled and four balls later, he had Ryan Higgins picked up at bat/pad for a duck to leave the visitors 26 for 2
Although Chris Dent batted resolutely, he saw Miles Hammond and James Bracey fall to Harmer. Hammond bowled when he injudiciously went on the back foot before James Bracey reached forward and was stumped.
Then Dent himself fell to the spin magician for 33 out of 77 for 5, leg before on the back pad to give Harmer his tenth wicket of the match.
Cook and skipper Westley had made serene progress during the morning session when they resumed on the overnight 127 for 1, just 9 runs adrift of their opponents.
With the 15th delivery of the day, a boundary by Westley moved Essex into credit and he and Cook increased the advantage with a series of nicely-timed and well-directed drives.
Westley’s penchant for an array of leg side strokes complemented the classic cover driving and square cuts executed by Cook as the partnership flourished.
There was a rare moment of anxiety though for Cook when he had scored 71 following the introduction of slow bowler Miles Hammond, the eighth bowler used by the visitors.
Hammond’s first delivery found the edge as Cook played forward but the ball escaped the clutches of Ryan Higgins at first slip to allow the Essex Knight of the Realm to continue to showcase his talent to his Chelmsford kingdom.
Gloucestershire were finally able to bring about a conclusion to the Cook Westley alliance when Westley’s defence was breached by a beautiful delivery from Tom Price that nipped back to re-arrange off stump.
Cook arrived at three figures with his 12th boundary having faced 236 deliveries steering the ball backward of square on the off to earn a standing ovation from the crowd.
Shortly after the impressive Price struck again. Dan Lawrence was caught at short mid-wicket off an intended pull to give the paceman figures of 3 for 47 as Essex arrived at lunch on 222 for 3 at lunch and a lead of 86 runs.
Cook continued relentlessly but at the opposite end, his colleagues were being undone by left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar. He enjoyed a spell of 3 for 7 before Ryan Higgins tempted Cook to nibble outside off stump to be caught behind.
Adam Rossington clubbed a couple of sixes to book a third batting point before Zafar added two more wickets to return figures of 5 for 84 and his fourth 5-wicket haul for his county.
Hampshire vs Warwickshire, Ageas Bowl
Warwickshire 217 & 11/0 lead Hampshire 370/9dec by 142 runs
Ian Holland ended his LV= Insurance County Championship woes with an excruciating 99 as Hampshire built an important first-innings lead over Warwickshire.
Opening batter Holland began his season with 81 against Somerset but averaged 14 in his subsequent 13 innings before alleviating his poor form with a stubborn knock.
Liam Dawson maintained his impressive form with 92 – having put on 137 with Holland – and Ben Brown an unbeaten 72 to take Hampshire to a 153-run lead, with Oliver Hannon-Dalby taking his season tally to 35 wickets with five for 86.
Warwickshire sliced 11 off the deficit in six wicketless overs.
Hampshire had wobbled to end day one on 42 for three, 175 runs in arrears, after an exceptional bowling display. Therefore, the morning session was a recalibration and a slow accumulation of runs.
Holland had shown a glimpse of his newfound resolution in the second innings of the thriller at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford a fortnight ago, when he scored 37 in 95 balls to provide the glue against Simon Harmer’s onslaught.
His place in the team was somewhat questioned, with Joe Weatherley and Tom Prest itching to take their Vitality Blast form to the red ball.
Here, with night watcher Kyle Abbott for company, he put an unbelievably high price on his wicket; playing in a compact style with only balls offering any width smacked to the boundary.
Abbott had started the season with an Audi-worth of ducks but has returned to ‘genuine all-rounder Abbott’ recently and extended his overnight stay much longer than he would have been welcome – importantly softening the ball at the same time.
The South African was lbw to Nathan McAndrew to end the 41-run stand, but that only joined Holland and Dawson together. It was unspectacular, efficient and – other than a spill at gully – chanceless from the pair.
Dawson collected a pair of fifties against Yorkshire in the last Championship fixture at the Ageas Bowl, before taking his maiden ten-wicket haul at Essex, with 17 wickets coming miserly in the Blast.
While Holland peppered between third and cover, Dawson’s innings required eyes in the back of his head – with just 16 of his 92 runs coming in front of square – as he typically played the ball as late as possible.
Holland’s fifty came in 131 balls, Dawson’s in 94 and a pair of centuries looked certain only for Holland to edge a cut to first slip. His reaction of slumping on his bat, forcefully spinning around, lifting his bat over his head and looking skywards as his slink away proved a visual depiction of his internal heartbreak.
The second new ball, led by Hannon-Dalby, then sent Hampshire into a mini tail-spin on either side of tea. Dawson was leg before to the gangly fast bowler, Aneurin Donald chopped him on before Keith Barker played McAndrew back onto his stumps. The hosts falling from 249 for five to 291 for eight.
But Brown, in his typically busy manner, and the permanently-attacking James Fuller took the lead past three figures in a bustling 70-run stand. Fuller eventually holed out for a 39-ball 37, while Brown past fifty for the fourth time this season before a classic slog boundary brought about the declaration.
Kent vs Northamptonshire, Canterbury
Kent were 287 for five after day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship game with Northamptonshire at Canterbury, trailing by 16 with five first innings wickets remaining.
Hefty partnerships of 91 between Joe Denly and Ben Compton and then exactly 100 between Jack Leaning and Jordan Cox helped Kent close in on Northamptonshire’s first innings score of 303.
Cox was unbeaten on 63 at stumps, while Denly and Leaning also both made 63.
Jack White had the visitors’ best bowling figures with two for 40.
Having dismissed Northamptonshire with the final delivery on day one, for a total they felt was around 150 to 200 below par, Kent were confident going into the second day, but any hopes that Zak Crawley might find some form after his struggles with England were dashed in the fourth over, when he was out for five, chipping White to Luke Procter at mid-wicket.
Daniel Bell-Drummond had looked comfortable, but when he nicked Jimmy Neesham to Emilio Gay at second slip for 17 Kent were wobbling on 30 for two.
Ben Compton and Denly responded with a stand of 91 for the third wicket. It was a partnership of contrasting styles, with the former England player Denly’s innings initially seeming like it could end at any second, while the possible future-England player Compton’s felt like it might never end at all.
Denly was nearly out first ball, but his shot just eluded mid-wicket, while Compton took 85 minutes to reach double-figures.
Kent were 74 for two at lunch, after which Denly looked significantly happier. He reached 50 by cracking successive Neesham deliveries for four and six and it was Compton who went first, caught at first slip by Neesham for 34 after edging White.
Denly followed soon after, clipping Procter straight to Emilio Gay at midwicket and juggling his bat in frustration as he walked off, leaving Kent on 136 for four.
Leaning and Jordan Cox took the hosts to 181 for four at tea, after which the latter survived a strong run out appeal following a direct hit from Ryan Rickelton. Leaning passed 50 when he pulled Rob Keogh for four to the deep-midwicket boundary but after completing their century stand he fell to the new ball when he was caught behind off Ban Sanderson.
Although the wicket temporarily slowed the scoring rate, Cox reached his half-century by swatting a short-pitched ball from Neesham for a single and Sam Billings played some elegant shots on his way to an unbeaten 24 at stumps, the duo completing the third fifty partnership of the innings in the final over.
An unbeaten partnership of 164 between Lancashire openers Luke Wells and Keaton Jennings saw the hosts regain a semblance of control on day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship Division One clash with Somerset at Southport.
Wells will resume the third day on the rather precipitous score of 99 not out while Jennings is unbeaten on 61 with just five wickets falling throughout the three sessions of another fine day of cricket on the Sefton coast
The Red Rose fightback came after the visitors were dismissed mid-way through the afternoon session for 446 with Roelof van der Merwe contributing a valuable half-century along with useful runs from Lewis Gregory and Jack Brook.
Somerset resumed on 297-5 under far cloudier conditions than the previous day and immediately went on the hunt for both quick runs and bonus points. Gregory had contributed 42 runs before hooking Will Williams, who finished with 3-85, to Jack Morley on the leg side boundary, while Lewis Goldsworthy’s brilliant knock ended when he was strangled down the leg side for 130 to gift George Balderson a wicket.
When Peter Siddle was caught well by a tumbling Morley in the deep off Luke Wood for just five it looked like Somerset might be dismissed for under 400, but van der Mere and the always entertaining Brook had other ideas as they moved the score on to 403 before the former Yorkshire seamer was out lbw to Morley for 27.
When van der Merwe’s poles were uprooted by Wood he had made 55 with Amar Virdi left unbeaten on 15 and the visitors would have been left well satisfied with a total that was the highest conceded by Lancashire so far this season.
That satisfaction slowly turned to frustration as Wells and Jennings set about constructing a reply with the kind of patience and determination that has been their hallmark this season.
Play was slow going at times, with the veteran Siddle in particular excelling against his former side, sending down five consecutive maiden overs in his opening spell with Brooks equally stingy at the other end.
Instead the openers were happy to wait for the introduction of van der Merwe and Virdi as they looked to go after the spinners on a pitch that Lancashire will hope begins to show more signs of turn when it is their opportunity to bowl on it on day three or four.
Both bowlers were dispatched for straight sixes by Wells and Jennings in turn and while Gregory bowled tightly this was a chanceless period of play from the opening pair.
A century partnership turned into one of 150 and then the sport became all about whether Wells could reach his ton before the close of play as an entertaining game of cat and mouse with the Somerset fielders left the opener facing a nervous night’s sleep as Lancashire closed on 164-0 from 53 overs.
Yorkshire vs Surrey, Scarborough
England fringe Test opener Rory Burns led a strong Surrey response to Yorkshire’s first-innings 521 with a largely unruffled 94 not out on day two at Scarborough.
A high-scoring LV= Insurance County Championship draw is already on the cards with two days remaining, after Adam Lyth and Jonny Tattersall recorded Yorkshire’s first ever triple century partnership for the sixth wicket in first-class cricket.
Lyth made 183 off 306 balls and unbeaten Tattersall a career best 180 off 344 before Burns’ effort came off 166 balls in Surrey’s 191 for one from 53 overs.
After a 40-minute rain delay started the day, Lyth and Tattersall advanced their overnight partnership of 239 to 305 during the second morning, which Yorkshire began on 364 for five and reached lunch at 489 for seven.
Lyth, who posted his highest score in a Championship home game, fell alongside Dom Bess for 29 before lunch.
Lyth pulled Conor McKerr to deep square-leg before Bess was bowled by the part-time off-spin of Will Jacks.
While Lyth led the way on day one in making 152, Tattersall played the more notable innings on day two as he added 76 to his overnight 104.
The pair broke the previous Yorkshire sixth-wicket record of 296, also involving Lyth with help from Adil Rashid against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2014.
Tattersall was particularly strong through the legside and would have hoped for a maiden double century.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, the loss of three quick wickets after lunch - all to Tom Lawes, who finished with four for 51 from 13.2 overs - kiboshed those hopes.
Jordan Thompson was lbw, Steve Patterson caught behind cutting and Shannon Gabriel bowled for a golden duck. The latter two fell to successive deliveries.
Surrey started their reply with 53 overs remaining in the day and reached tea at 80 without loss from 18.
After West Indian quick Gabriel’s golden duck, he sent down 10 no balls across two four-over spells, including getting Burns caught at slip driving with one of them on 72 after tea.
Having said that, he was far from the only one to have issues with no balls.
Surrey bowled 18, conceding 36 runs. That total was higher than any other Yorkshire batter aside from Lyth and Tattersall.
Yorkshire’s England bowler Matthew Fisher is at Scarborough this week as he continues his recovery from a back stress fracture suffered in the first game at Gloucestershire in mid-April.
Fisher has been undertaking fielding drills over the last couple of days.
Today, he gently walked through his bowling action on the outfield at lunchtime, bowling a couple of balls under the watchful eye of Yorkshire physio Harry Booker.
In Yorkshire’s last game here, against Somerset last September, Fisher claimed nine wickets in a two-day victory.
The hosts could certainly have done with him in their attack against a Surrey side whose lowest first innings total in this season’s Championship is 308.
Burns reached his fifty with a pulled boundary against Matthew Waite’s seamers off the last ball of the afternoon, off 59 balls.
He went on to share 102 for the first wicket with fellow left-hander Ryan Patel, who made 29 before being stumped against the off-spin of Bess after tea.
The quicks from both teams have all struggled to make the most of the obvious bounce on offer here at North Marine Road.
While Surrey’s performance with the ball was below par, the dominance they have shown this season was restored with bat in hand.
Having scored 77 runs in three Ashes Tests over the winter, including a high score of 34, Burns has made a pleasing return to county cricket as he went beyond 500 runs for the season in this innings.
He shared an unbroken 89 with Hashim Amla (45 not out) before close for the second wicket.
Durham vs Derbyshire, Riverside
Tom Mackintosh scored a maiden first-class half century to lead a Durham fightback against Derbyshire on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two contest at Seat Unique Riverside.
The hosts were reduced for 142 for seven in their first innings amid fine bowling from Toby Pettman, who claimed figures of three for 40 to race through the Durham batting order. However, Mackintosh led the way with 51 as he and tail provided 154 for the final three wickets. Chris Rushworth, Ben Raine and Stanley McAlindon offered usual cameos to propel the North-East outfit into a narrow lead.
There was time for Rushworth to make inroads into the Derbyshire ranks before the close, leaving the visitors 19 for two at stumps, six runs ahead of the home side heading into day three of the contest.
Derbyshire were on their mettle from the off with the ball to make immediate inroads into the Durham line-up. Ben Aitchison dismissed England opener Alex Lees on his return to the county ranks lbw for only seven, which sparked an early-morning collapse.
Pettman was on the money with his line and length to produce a snorter to remove nightwatch Matt Salisbury before Durham skipper Scott Borthwick left a straight delivery to lose his off-stump for 13. Sam Conners got in on the act to prise out Michael Jones, who played a loose drive to a wide ball and was snagged by Aitchison at first slip, reducing the hosts to 38 for four.
David Bedingham found his feet at the crease and looked fluent against the team he made a career-best 257 in the 2021 campaign. The South African combined with debutant Nic Maddinson to steady the ship with a stand of 72 for the fifth wicket.
However, the Durham innings followed the same pattern as Derbyshire's as the two set batters were dismissed quickly after lunch. Both Bedingham and Maddinson fell in the same manner, being caught down the leg-side by Brooke Guest to Aitchison and Pettman respectively. Liam Trevaskis opted for an aggressive approach to dig Durham out of trouble, blasting off-spinner Alex Thomson for four and a six over his head, but a third attempt cost him his wicket for 30.
Mackintosh and Ben Raine stabilised the Durham innings and pushed the score beyond 200 to secure the hosts' first batting point. Raine looked well set at the crease to record another knock of fifty plus, but his aggression against Thomson resulted in a simple catch for Wayne Madsen. Mackintosh was not deterred by Raine' departure and displayed maturity beyond his years by grinding out his maiden first-class half-century before being bowled by Conners for 51.
Rushworth and Stanley McAlindon defied the Derbyshire attack for the final wicket, with the number 11 producing an aggressive knock of 33 from 27 balls to steer the hosts into an unlikely 13-run lead. It was the highest stand for the 10th wicket for Durham against Derbyshire, and provided a more than useful second batting point.
And, Rushworth used the momentum from his batting display to make two strikes into the visitors' line-up, removing captain Billy Godleman and nightwatch Conners before the close.
Veteran Aussie paceman Michael Hogan and James Harris both came up with four wickets as they ruined top-of-the-table Nottinghamshire’s hopes of surpassing Glamorgan’s modest opening day total of 318 in the LV= Insurance Division 2 County Championship.
Having resumed on 19-0 overnight, Notts moved effortlessly to 233-3 and then 255-4 before losing their last six wickets for a mere 30 runs. That meant they found themselves 33 runs short of the Welsh county’s first innings score.
Glamorgan had 17 overs to face at the end of the second day and they successfully negotiated that test to end on 53-0 to take a very handy 86 run lead into Day 3 as skipper David Lloyd ended unbeaten on 21 and Eddie Byrom 28.
Matt Montgomery marked his County Championship debut for Notts with a superb catch on Day 1 at Sophia Gardens and he went on to play an anchor role on Day 2 as he notched a first-class high score of 80.
The 22-year-old South African only got to play in the match in the Welsh capital because Ben Duckett was away on England Lions duty. He grabbed his chance with both hands after coming in after opener Ben Slater had become the first of James Harris’ four dismissals.
He went on to feature in two 50+ partnerships, putting on 61 with Haseeb Hameed for the second wicket and then 78 with the quick-scoring Lyndon James for the fourth as he notched a first-class high score of 80 before he was bowled by Michael Neser.
Resuming at their overnight total of 19-0, Notts faced 35 minutes of pace bowling from Glamorgan’s Aussie duo of Neser and Michael Hogan before skipper David Lloyd and James Harris took over. Harris kept his length and was rewarded with four wickets for his persistence.
He bowled Slater before Montgomery dug in with Hameed to steer Notts through to 130-1 at lunch. Ex-England opener Hameed looked in complete control as he hammered 12 boundaries in his 70 before he, too, was bowled by Harris.
If Hameed had been guilty of a misjudgment in offering no shot to a ball from Harris that nipped back, so was Joe Clarke, who departed for 14. That brought James to the wicket and his attractive 50 included two sixes and six fours before he was caught at slip off Hogan.
Things went from bad to worse for Notts from there on and once the Glamorgan pace attack got their hands on the new ball they quickly made in-roads into the visitor’s tail. Joey Evison was caught behind off Hogan’s first ball and in the next over Neser removed Montgomery.
Hogan then mopped up, finishing with 4-47 from 20 overs compared to Harris’ season’s best return of 4-65 off 17, ensuring Notts were denied a third batting point.
Middlesex vs Worcestershire, Merchant Taylors School
Luke Hollman’s unbeaten knock of 37 tilted a see-saw contest fractionally in Middlesex’s favour as they built a 177-run advantage against Worcestershire in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Merchant Taylors’ School.
Hollman – who top-scored with 62 in the first innings – shored up the lower order after Dillon Pennington’s three wickets had reduced his side to 139 for six second time around, extending that total by a further 41 at stumps.
It sets up the prospect of an enticing finish on day three after Worcestershire had posted 191 to secure a wafer-thin three-run lead in their first innings, built around Ed Barnard’s undefeated 69.
Toby Roland-Jones, who finished with figures of four for 60, then played a valuable role with the bat, keeping Hollman company at the crease until bad light brought play to a close.
Resuming 88 behind, Worcestershire’s sixth-wicket pair progressed steadily through the opening half-hour and extended the partnership to 71 before a diving catch by Sam Robson in the slips accounted for Gareth Roderick (30).
When Tim Murtagh had Joe Leach caught behind in the next over, the visitors still faced a deficit of 61 – but that was all but wiped out by Josh Baker, who dispatched Murtagh for consecutive cover boundaries and continued to go for his shots.
Baker’s knock of 36 included six fours, with Roland-Jones also taking some punishment before he eventually had his man caught at midwicket by Jack Davies.
Davies darted in to take a far trickier catch and remove Charlie Morris in Roland-Jones’ next over as the seamer quickly mopped up the Worcestershire tail by taking out Pennington’s off stump.
Mark Stoneman restored Middlesex’s lead with the first ball of their second innings, nudging Leach to the boundary but his opening partnership with Sam Robson developed into a gritty one either side of lunch.
Robson cut Barnard for four to lift the stand past 50, but Pennington immediately pegged Middlesex back with a double strike as Stoneman (27) top-edged a hook to long leg and Davies, fending one off to point, departed for a second-ball duck.
Robson (35) eventually fell to a stunning return catch by Leach, flinging himself to his left to pull off a one-handed grab, while Baker removed Max Holden just before tea with a delivery that turned sharply to hit off stump.
John Simpson announced his arrival at the crease by smashing Baker to the fence twice in succession, but the spinner returned after tea to trap Robbie White – who had battled hard for his 37 – leg before.
Pennington prised out Simpson, taken low in the slips for a belligerent 26, before Hollman and Roland-Jones dug in to maintain Middlesex’s hopes of setting their opponents a tricky target in excess of 200.
Sussex vs Leicestershire, The 1st Central County Ground
Leicestershire produced an impressive response after Sussex racked up 588 on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Hove.
The Foxes lost Hassan Azad to the first ball of their reply, but Rishi Patel and Louis Kimber batted with increasing authority in an unbroken stand which took them to 159 for one at stumps. They still trail by 429 but a slow pitch is showing little sign of deterioration.
Earlier, Sussex had piled up their highest total for seven years, after Ollie Carter, Delray Rawlins and James Coles, the 18-year-old making only his fifth first-class appearance, all scored half-centuries.
Resuming on 407 for four, Carter and Rawlins extended their fifth-wicket stand to 119 in 25 overs, although Carter would have been run out on 70 had Ed Barnes not missed the stumps by millimetres in his follow through after being called through for a single.
Parkinson came into the attack in the 18th over of the day and Rawlins hit his first ball for four to bring up his half-century.
But Parkinson struck in his next over when Carter played on for 75 attempting to dab the ball into the off side. It was a muted end to a fine innings by the in-form 20-year-old, who has scored 422 runs in his last five Championship innings.
Rawlins had mixed aggression – he came down the pitch to drive Barnes over his head for six – with wristy accumulation in his 75 when he was struck on the back leg sweeping at Parkinson, who then persuaded Henry Crocombe to drag a ball from outside off-stump to mid-wicket in his next over.
But Coles added 49 for the last wicket with Sean Hunt, hitting four sixes in his 59 in his maiden first-class fifty before he was beaten in the flight by Parkinson coming down the pitch once more. Parkinson’s hard graft was rewarded with figures of five for 128 from 41.5 overs while 61 extras swelled the Sussex total.
Steve Finn, captaining Sussex after Tom Haines broke his hand on Monday, made an immediate impact when Azad was caught at slip off a ball which did just enough off the seam to take the edge.
But Patel and Kimber got their heads down to negotiate the new ball although they both offered half-chances.
Rawlins got fingertips to a fiercely-struck straight drive by Patel diving to his left and Coles couldn’t quite hold on running in at full stretch from deep square leg when Kimber mistimed a pull off Henry Crocombe on 48.
Once the new ball lost its hardness, though, batting became much more straightforward and at stumps Kimber was in sight of his maiden first-class hundred, having already reached a career-best 91 while Patel passed fifty for the third time in his career.
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