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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 9 Day3: Wednesday July 13th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Nottinghamshire's Haseeb Hameed
Nottinghamshire's Haseeb Hameed
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 9 Day3: Wednesday July 13th

Division One

 

Essex vs Gloucestershire, The Cloud County Ground

 

Essex 310 all out and 79 for 1 beat Gloucestershire 136 all out and 252 all out by 9 wickets.

 

Simon Harmer produced another scintillating demonstration of spin bowling in Gloucestershire’s second innings  returning 8 for 112 and match figures of 13 for 156 as Essex beat Gloucestershire by nine wickets in just over seven sessions of play at Chelmsford.

The victory earned the victors 22 points  with the bottom of the table and still winless Gloucestershire collecting  just 2 points

Thanks to Zafar Gohar, Gloucestershire achieved some respectability reaching 252 in their second innings  before being bowled out.  The 27 year-old Pakistani, by virtue of disciplined clean hitting, posted 81 from 75 balls that included 13 boundaries, three of them maximums.

That left Essex requiring 78 runs to win and although they lost Sir Alastair Cook for  9, Nick Browne and Tom Westley saw their side safely across the line with an undefeated 64 runs stand.

Harmer’s performance as again the talking point. It was the fifth time for the county  since joining them in 2017 that he has captured  8 wickets in an innings - he also  has two nine-wickets hauls in  an innings to his name- and his tally for the season has now swelled to  40 victims in seven matches.

Gloucestershire began the day on 140 for 6, still trailing by 34 runs, and with only four second innings intact after Harmer had captured five wickets the previous evening.

Ollie Price, who had played the South African Test bowler with panache including a number of bountiful reverse sweeps to reach 42 from 33 balls overnight  resumed with Zafar Gohar  but the partnership failed to last beyond the ninth ball of the day.

Six runs had been scored when Jamie Porter castled Price, who was on 43, with his third delivery of the morning. 

Brother Tom Price continued the aggressive approach against Harmer to briefly prosper. He struck two sixes and two other boundaries in an over, the second which erased his side’s overall deficit but Harmer always has the last word. With his next delivery, he persuaded Price, on 23,  to attempt to go large once more, a terminal move for the batter as Matt Critchley took the catch at deep  long-on.

Zafar though flashed his bat to good effect. A maximum  against Critchley’s leg-spin brought  him to a 53-ball half-century and two  sixes from the bowler’s next over posted a half-century stand with Matt Taylor  whose contribution was eight.

Having been the architect of a 65 runs stand in 10 overs and helped carry the score to 244,  the dominant Zafar was finally deceived by Harmer in flight and was stumped before Harmer wrapped up the innings five balls later.

Essex had Cook to thank for their defining first innings lead of 174 runs.

The former England captain and opener, now 37 years young, shows no signs of ageing and scored 145 after occupying the crease for almost 8 hours. The relentless quest for runs by shows no indication of abating. His tally of runs for the Championship season now stands at 658 at a shade over 50. Maybe not at the  scoring rate the new England management require but still invaluable for his county  and proving that he retains  the class of a leading player in the red-ball game.

Essex Head Coach Anthony McGrath reflected:

“It was another good win that was wrapped up within three days. “Coming of the back of the T20 campaign, it was important that we resumed our red-ball cricket with a win.

“We had a really good first day, were a bit sloppy yesterday losing 7 wickets for 70 but when you build  a lead of 174 on first innings, you are not going to lose too many games.

“We finished it off today and were very professional.

“Simon Harmer was exceptional again, he’s such a class act and showed he’s a world-class spinner.”

Gloucestershire Head Coach Dale Benkenstein said:

“We knew that we would be up against it coming here playing a top side in the league and on their own turf as well and we  expected the pitch to be in their favour – and why not?

“We set out to play positively in the first innings and not to go down wondering but things just didn’t go our way. If we’d had just a little bit of luck, we might have gone on and got the score we achieved in the second innings and that would have given us a chance.

“The difference in the game was that partnership between Alastair Cook and Tom Westley.

“The real positive for us was the performance by Zafar Gohar with both bat and ball and  he stood out. That’s important for us with the games we have coming up.”

Hampshire vs Warwickshire, Ageas Bowl

 

Keith Barker claimed four for 23 after Michael Burgess and Alex Davies tenaciously ground down Hampshire to chaperon Warwickshire into day four.

Bears old boy Barker is second in the Division One wicket-taking tally with 38 scalps this season but was forced to toil with Mohammad Abbas (three for 31), Liam Dawson (two for 38) and the rest of the host’s attack.

Davies and Burgess, 46 and 58, were the chief occupiers on a turgid day of low scoring as Warwickshire attempted to scrap their way out of the threat of an innings defeat, having given up a 153 first-innings deficit.

Hampshire will need a wicket and at least 59 runs on the final day; with victory and a likely Surrey draw closing the gap at the top of the table to a single point.

Dom Sibley reverted to type after his 56-ball half-century in the first innings by soaking up 34 balls, admittedly 16 coming the previous evening, before he dangled his bat at an Abbas delivery which angled across him.

Without Sam Hain and with Sibley already departed, there were fears Warwickshire could collapse in a similar manner to the first innings. Hain is with England Lions this week and is their top scorer with 716 runs – and also scored twin centuries on his last appearance on this ground.

Alex Davies stood up for 215 long, dogged, minutes though. Davies, who joined from Lancashire last winter has a reputation for being an attack-minded player, here he put away almost all his shots for the greater good. Other than being spilt at second slip very early on, he barely offered a yelp of a half appeal.

Chris Benjamin stuck with him for almost an hour and a half as the 2022 Championship theme of a softening paired with a slow Ageas Bowl pitch made the game feel like it had often paused. Keith Barker eventually got him just before lunch with another nibble behind when pushing across a right-handed batter.

An inviting spot of rough outside a left-handed batters’ off stump was Liam Dawson’s target area, with Dan Mousley and Will Rhodes attempting to defend against the risk. Dawson would get the pair of them lbw with identical sharp turning and low bouncing balls.

Mohammad Abbas is perfect for this type of slow wicket as his metronomic bowling occasionally produces a surprise moment of inspiration. He ended Matt Lamb’s stay by bereaving his leg and off stumps of their triplet.

The Pakistani then offered Davies width which the opener gratefully picked up on with the intention of taking him to fifty, but Aneurin Donald plucked out a screamer at point. Davies was forced to trudge back to the dressing room after 154 balls.

Abbas’ spell of five overs was worth two for 12 but despite reaching the lower-middle order, Hampshire were frustrated by first-innings top scorer Nathan McAndrew and Warwickshire’s second leading run-getter Michael Burgess.

Fidel Edwards was on the pitch at tea as he was given a gift by Rod Bransgrove to commemorate his five years at Hampshire. How his former county wished for his explosivity as McAndrew and Burgess made sure they’d have to bat again.

They added 81, Warwickshire’s highest partnership of the match, with little issue, despite the second new ball. Burgess picked up his fifth 50-plus score of the campaign in 103 deliveries.

Barker was the man to go bang-bang this time. Burgess, who had been dropped on six, fell toeing a drive to Donald at point before McAndrew tickled behind. Oliver Hannon-Dalby lobbed a simple catch to square leg with Warwickshire closing on 212 for nine.

Kent vs Northamptonshire, Canterbury

A tense final day could be in store in the LV= Insurance County Championship at Canterbury, where Northamptonshire lead Kent by 252, having reached 284-5 at stumps, aided by an unbeaten 101 from Ryan Rickelton. 

On a see-sawing day at the St. Lawrence, Kent were all out for 335, adding just 48 to their overnight score for a modest lead of 32. Jack White took four for 62 and Ben Sanderson four for 63, while Jordan Cox was the top scorer with 72.  

The hosts then reduced Northamptonshire to 64 for three, but a stand of 158 between Rickelton and James Neesham batted them out of immediate danger. 

Neesham’s 91 came from just 100 balls and having started day as three as underdogs, Northamptonshire now look a strong bet for at least a draw against their Division One relegation rivals. 

The hosts had ended day two eyeing a substantial lead after closing on 287 for five, but Northamptonshire mopped up their final five wickets in little over an hour. 

Cox was the first man to go, having added just nine to his overnight score of 63 when he left a straight one to White and was bowled.  

George Linde then edged a Sanderson delivery through the slips for the four that put Kent in the lead but it was his only scoring shot as he nicked the same bowler behind in his next over. 

Grant Stewart went for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it seven, hooking Sanderson to White at fine leg and when Sam Billings edged White to Ricardo Vasconcelos at first slip for 44, he repeatedly jabbed his bat into the ground in frustration. 

Showing little faith in the number 11 Matt Quinn, Matt Milnes then holed out to Sanderson and was caught by Josh Cobb for four. 

Northamptonshire slashed Kent’s lead to five by the lunch interval, but they lost Emilio Gay soon after, when he got a leading edge to Grant Stewart and was caught by Ben Compton.  

Stewart then snared Vasconcelos, who was the victim of a tumbling catch by Billings for 19 and with Luke Procter suffering from a foot injury, Rob Keogh was the next man in. When he was given out caught behind for 13, trying to hook Daniel Bell-Drummond, Nothamptonshire were in deep trouble but Rickelton and Neesham turned the game with a stand that lasted over two hours. 

While Rickelton paced himself, Neesham thrashed his way past 50 before eventually getting caught and bowled by Joe Denly nine runs short of a debut hundred. 

Josh Cobb then came in for a quickfire innings of 26, which ended when Zak Crawley held a sharp slip catch off Linde, before Rickelton reached three figures just before the close with a straight drive off Stewart for two and while all results remain possible, the visitors will be far happier at the end of day three than they were at the start of it. 

Lancashire vs Somerset

A career best first class score of 318 from Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings and a century from Luke Wells have helped set up a potentially thrilling final day against a beleaguered Somerset at a sun-drenched Trafalgar Road in Southport.

After Wells moved quickly to three figures from his overnight score of 99, the focus of the day became about Jennings, who dominated the visitor’s increasingly ragged bowling attack, as he made the highest individual first class score in the 45 games that have been played at this popular out ground, the fourth highest by any Lancashire batter in history and the highest by any Lancashire batter since 1990.

And with the Red Rose scoring quickly throughout the afternoon their advantage could turn into a match winning one if an overnight declaration follows after they closed day three on 624-9 with a lead of 178.

In the morning Wells had celebrated reaching his second century of the season as early as the first over of the day but he was soon returning to the pavilion after edging Jack Brook through to wicketkeeper Steven Davies for 109.

Jennings was joined by Josh Bohannon, who has had a lean time of things recently, but the Bolton-born batter proved to be a superb foil for the former England Test opener as the second wicket pair began constructing a match-defining partnership.

At lunch Lancashire were 271-1 but if that made unhappy enough reading for Somerset’s attack worse was to follow in the middle session as the hosts scored an improbable 176 runs from 32 overs as they secured their maximum batting points with an exhilarating display of big hitting and eager scampering between the wickets.

Bohannon was nine short of his century when he was eventually bowled by Roelof van der Merwe selflessly attempting to still push the scoreboard along, but the second wicket partnership of 211, a record in itself at Trafalgar Road, will live long in the memory of those who were there.

Tea saw Lancashire with a one run lead over Somerset’s first innings total of 446 but it felt like more with eight wickets in hand and the evening session to come.

Steven Croft ran a boundary-less 25 before he was caught by Brooks off van der Merwe while skipper Dane Vilas came and went for seven after playing on to the same bowler.

It was left to Rob Jones to offer the best support to Jennings as the fifth wicket pair compiled another entertaining partnership worth 113 which ended when Jones was caught well by a tumbling Amar Virdi on the long leg boundary off the part time off spin of Matt Renshaw for 38.

Renshaw would enjoy an unlikely cameo as the day came to a close claiming the wickets of George Balderson for one and Tom Bailey for four either side of van der Merwe bowling Luke Wood for three.

But this was Jennings’ day and an extraordinary innings ended in the final over after 426 balls and 582 minutes when the opener holed out to Siddle at long off for 318 as van der Merwe finished with 5-174.

 

Yorkshire vs Surrey, Scarborough

 

England Test wicketkeeper Ben Foakes hit a superb unbeaten 86, expertly backing up Rory Burns’ century, as LV= Insurance County Championship leaders Surrey engineered an outside victory chance against Yorkshire  at Scarborough.

Surrey, replying to a first-innings 521, ensured only a six-run deficit with 20 overs remaining on day three before Yorkshire’s second innings reached close at 65 for two, including two late Jamie Overton wickets. 

In Foakes’ first game since pulling out midway through last month’s Headingley Test against New Zealand with Covid, he contributed 12 fours and top-edged six in 156 balls to a 515 total.

That also included 132 for captain Burns - 94 overnight - while off-spinner Dom Bess claimed five for 126 for Yorkshire.

If Surrey can have a dream fourth morning with the ball, they could be contemplating a fifth win in nine games. 

Foakes’ deft touch and strong leg-side play from mid-morning onwards first of all helped avoid the follow-on by reaching 372 and then almost secured parity.

Surrey started the day on 191 for one and lost two wickets in the morning and two shortly after lunch to open the door for Yorkshire with their visitors at 303 for five, still 69 short of the follow-on.

A game which has seen bowlers struggle to find the right length on a pitch offering good bounce sprung to life.

In the day’s 15th over, Jordan Thompson had a driving Hashim Amla caught at second slip for 79, leaving Surrey at 243 for two in the 68th and ending a second-wicket partnership of 141 with Burns.

Jamie Smith edged Bess behind for 11 not too long afterwards - 268 for three. Prior to that Burns had reached three figures off 181 balls. 

Aside from being caught in the slips off a Shannon Gabriel no ball on day two on 72, Burns looked untroubled until bowled by a beauty from the West Indian overseas quick - 284 for four in the 86th over.

By this time, Gabriel was bowling with the new ball immediately after lunch.

The Trinidadian (two for 95 from 21) has been signed on an initial three-game basis.

But, up until his post-lunch spell, he had been largely ineffective and struggled with no balls. The Burns catch was one of 10 sent down in his first eight overs on day two.

However, he uprooted the left-hander’s off-stump as he played forwards.

Thompson struck again when Will Jacks dragged on.

But, from 303 for five in the 89th, Foakes and Australian overseas all-rounder Aaron Hardie quickly snuffed out any danger, avoiding the follow-on with a 75 stand. 

The former was watchful and the latter belligerent on his way to 46, taking 14 off a Steve Patterson over with a pulled six to take their side to the follow-on target of 372.

However, in trying to loft the boundary which would have taken him to 50, Hardie was bowled by the same man in his next over - 378 for six in the 102nd.

Surrey’s fifth batting point for reaching 400 inside 110 overs was brought up before tea.

Overton lofted former Somerset team-mate Bess over long-on for six in a breezy 32 before pulling Gabriel to deep square-leg after tea (432 for seven).

Bess removed Tom Lawes stumped and Conor McKerr caught behind in the same over - 467 for nine - before last man Dan Worrall launched his first ball over long-off for six against Bess.

Worrall raced to 26 even though Foakes farmed the strike.

Bess wrapped up the innings when the former advanced at him and was stumped by Jonny Tattersall, whose five victims included three stumpings and followed his first-innings 180.

For Bess, it was his first five-for of the summer.

George Hill (33 not out) was dropped on four before Overton struck twice in the penultimate over. He had Adam Lyth (26) gloving a lifter behind before trapping night-watchman Bess lbw second ball.

Division Two

 

Durham vs Derbyshire, Riverside

 

Centuries from Leus du Plooy and Brooke Guest worked Derbyshire into a match-winning position on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash against Durham.

Du Plooy and Guest combined for a mammoth stand of 248 for the fifth wicket to take the contest away from the home side, recovering from the loss of two early wickets that had put the visitors in trouble at 36 for four in the first hour of the day.

The two Derbyshire batters were outstanding as Du Plooy scored his second century of the game, while Guest passed three figures for the third time of the campaign to leave their side in command at the close at 329 for six with a lead of 316 and the potential of an overnight declaration.

After reducing the visitors to 19 for two in the evening session on day two, Matt Salisbury ramped up the pressure on Derbyshire by pinning Luis Reece lbw for 12 after the opener opted to leave a straight delivery. Rushworth then claimed his 10th wicket of the game by ousting Wayne Madsen for nine, leaving the visitors in a precarious position on 36 for four with a lead of only 23.

The visitors were in dire need of a partnership to calm proceedings, and Guest and Du Plooy rose to the occasion in sublime manner. They ushered Derbyshire into the lunch break to stem the tide and force Durham captain Scott Borthwick to alter his plans.

After the break, Guest and Du Plooy reached their half-centuries in the same Liam Trevaskis over and continued to lay the foundations of match-winning position. Guest had been stymied in the morning session, but moved through the gears against a toiling Durham attack in the afternoon under the baking sun at Chester-le-Street. The bowlers found no life in a flat pitch, and it allowed Guest and Du Plooy to capitalise to great effect, turning the momentum of the game in the favour of Derbyshire.

Du Plooy was unfettered and continued his fine form from the first innings, offering nothing to the home side in a controlled knock. For the second time of the partnership, both men reached their milestones in the same over as Du Plooy became the 19th Derbyshire player to score two hundreds in a match. Guest followed his team-mate to three figures from 216 balls, securing his third ton of the campaign along, pushing their partnership past 200, Derbyshire's highest for the fifth wicket against Durham.

Du Plooy's outstanding innings was finally ended by Rushworth with the new ball finding the outside edge, but only after the left-hander notched his highest score of the campaign. Guest soon followed for 116 lbw to Salisbury, but the visitors were already entrenched in a dominant position before Anuj Dal and Hilton Cartwright worked their lead past the 300-run mark at the close.

Glamorgan vs Nottinghamshire

 

Harare-born Eddie Byrom’s second substantial century of the season boosted Glamorgan’s hopes of promotion from Division Two, setting leaders Nottinghamshire a massive 455 to win.

The former Somerset player hit a fluent 144, before a late assault by Sam Northeast, scoring a first century for his new county, led to the declaration at 421-4 on a day of toil for the visiting bowlers.

Billy Root added a half century for the Welsh county, as a final nine over blast at the end of the day saw Michael Hogan clean bowl first innings half centurion Haseeb Hameed for 1 with a ball that cut back. Ben Slater and Matt Montgomery survived to the close.

Nottinghamshire face an uphill struggle on the fourth and final day of the LV Insurance County Championship clash to hold their rivals at bay, closing at 19-1 on a wicket offering some assistance to the bowlers.

Worcestershire’s win over second placed Middlesex may have pushed the Welsh county down to fourth for now, but victory would put them second and close the gap on Nottinghamshire to just five points.

Glamorgan had started the day with a useful 86 run lead and both openers at the crease in Byrom and captain David Lloyd on their way to a 172 run opening partnership, Byrom racing to three figures in the morning session.

Notts quickie Brett Hutton resorted to short ball tactics, but Byrom avoided the leg side trap by hitting the bouncers like a swinging tennis serve to the straight midwicket boundary until the experiment was abandoned.

Just as it looked like the perfect morning session for Glamorgan, Lloyd fell for 60, caught at first slip by Montgomery off Hutton, the last ball before lunch.

Byrom and Colin Ingram smoothly added a fifty stand before Ingram was undone on 33 by a ball from Liam Patterson-White carrying on with the arm, the outside edge pouched by wicketkeeper Joe Clarke.

An attempted reverse sweep saw Byrom depart LBW midway through the afternoon, Patterson-White gaining some revenge. It meant Byrom fell short of his 176 against Sussex earlier in the season.

Kiran Carlson went for just 2, caught behind by Clarke trying to steer the medium pace swing of Steven Mullaney to third man.

If the rapid fall of three wickets brought any nerves to Glamorgan, they were eased by Northeast and Root seeing them safely through to tea.

Captain Mullaney and spinner Patterson-White took on the donkey work overs in the hottest part of the day, while Northeast and Root went on the offensive.

After a steady start, former England Lion Northeast motored to and past his fifty as the lead went past 400 and Notts went to damage limitation mode, fielders spread and wide bowling.

Northeast passed his previous highest score for Glamorgan of 85, then Root passed 50 before Northeast notched his century and the declaration came slightly after Root’s tame departure to a Luke Fletcher long hop.

Middlesex vs Worcestershire, Merchant Taylors School 

Ed Pollock annihilated Middlesex’s bowling attack with a brilliant century as Worcestershire coasted to a resounding seven-wicket LV= Insurance County Championship success at Merchant Taylors’ School.

Pollock was in ruthless mood, slamming 113 from just 77 balls to register his highest first-class score and ensure the visitors chased down what had appeared a tricky fourth-innings target of 238 with ease.

The left-hander’s performance – which included seven sixes and 11 fours – ensured Worcestershire became the first visiting team to taste victory in a red-ball fixture at the Northwood venue.

The result strengthened the Pears’ promotion chances, lifting them to within 11 points of Middlesex, who remain second in Division Two for now despite their first home defeat of the campaign.

Charlie Morris made early inroads in the morning, uprooting Toby Roland-Jones’ off stump before Tom Helm squirted him into the hands of mid-on to leave Middlesex eight down and 185 ahead.

But Umesh Yadav’s pugnacious approach quickly propelled his new side past 200, thrashing Dillon Pennington over long-off for six and handing out the same treatment to Josh Baker when Worcestershire turned to spin.

The India international dominated a partnership of 41 with Luke Hollman, who fell just four short of his second half-century of the match when Baker persuaded him to reverse-sweep and find the point fielder.

Yadav was left unbeaten on 44 from 41 balls when Middlesex’s innings finally came to a close at 240, with Tim Murtagh caught behind swishing at Joe Leach.

If the target appeared awkward, Worcestershire’s openers looked completely unflustered by it, with Roland-Jones’ first two overs disappearing for 22 as Pollock and Jake Libby raced to 50 inside the first seven.

Hollman and Yadav succeeded in stemming the flow of runs before lunch – but the batting side resumed the onslaught after the interval, with Pollock hooking Roland-Jones for six and slamming another boundary in the same over to reach his half-century.

Helm eventually achieved the breakthrough, having Libby (31) caught behind attempting to cut, but the wicket failed to disrupt Pollock’s rhythm and he ruthlessly pulled the first ball of Murtagh’s second spell over the fence.

The opener’s hundred arrived from just 67 deliveries, with Taylor Cornall – who contributed 12 to the second-wicket stand of 82 – required to do little more than stand and applaud his partner’s efforts.

Pollock eventually perished, pulling Yadav down the throat of deep square leg with 71 still needed, but his job was long since done and it was left to Cornall (31 not out) and captain Brett D’Oliveira (33 not out) to steer Worcestershire over the line.

Middlesex captain TIM MURTAGH said:

“We were pretty happy walking out to field with 240 runs on the board. I don’t think we could have done much more this morning with the bat to get up to a score we felt comfortable defending.

“That was pretty much the last good thing we did in the day. It just shows if you’re slightly off and someone has an absolute day out, these things can happen.

“Pollock took his chances, we didn’t start well enough and balls kept landing in the gap, just over the heads of fielders or just over the rope at times.

“We’ve got to go away, dust ourselves down and reflect on how we can move forward as a team and as a bowling unit and come back stronger next week (against Sussex).”

 

Worcestershire opener ED POLLOCK, who hit his highest first-class score of 113, said:

“It was very much in the balance. The ball had been doing something all game so I thought it was going to be an interesting chase.

“After the last 10 weeks, where I haven’t scored a bean, I was thinking ‘I’ve got in, I’m going to make this count’. I owe the team a lot of runs, I had a lot of making up to do and I really enjoyed being out there.

“As much as anything, it’s back to watching the ball and reacting to the ball. I wanted to be as positive as I could today – it’s reacting to the ball but it’s also the positive intent that goes with it and I came out with that mindset.

“I think I wore the ball four or five times, there were still enough demons in there but it was very much a case of cashing in when it was in my area.”

Sussex vs Leicestershire, The 1st Central County Ground

 

Louis Kimber, Colin Ackermann and Wiaan Mulder all made centuries as Leicestershire’s batsmen enjoyed a placid Hove pitch as much as Sussex’s had on the third day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Hove.

There should have been a fourth hundred to celebrate for the Foxes but Rishi Patel was out for 99 as Leicestershire responded to Sussex’s 588 with 529 for four, Ackermann (167) and Mulder (129) having added 250 for the fifth wicket so far.

Sussex’s bowlers plugged away but only 13 wickets have fallen in three days and the contest, between the bottom two sides in the second division, is destined for a draw, although Leicestershire may feel they could apply pressure if they can score quickly and get a decent lead on the final day.

There were a couple of moments during a soporific day when Sussex might have taken the initiative. They were certainly left to rue not running out Ackermann on 71 when he would have been well short had Delray Rawlins thrown more accurately from short mid-wicket to the non-striker’s end.

Mulder was dropped on 107 but it was a day of unrelenting toil in the heat for a Sussex attack weakened by the absence of skipper Tom Haines, who has a broken hand, and the lack of a front-line spinner. Haines’ deputy Steven Finn bowled impressively to take two of three wickets to fall but Leicestershire’s batsmen were in punishing mood.

At the start of  the day Kimber, who is playing only his 12th first-class match at the age of 25, reached his century with a lovely extra-cover drive to the boundary off Finn in the fourth over of the day. But Finn pinned Kimber lbw in his next over for 104, which included 11 fours and three sixes.

Kimber had added 174 for the second wicket with Patel, who resumed on 67 and looked certain to follow his team-mate to a first Championship hundred. Then, with a single needed and with three balls to go before lunch, he inexplicably charged down the pitch to off-spinner James Coles and feathered a thin edge behind, having struck 17 fours and a six in nearly five hours of patient accumulation.

Finn struck in the fourth over with the new ball when he took a low return catch in his follow-through to remove Lewis Hill for 10, but after that Ackermann and Wiaan Mulder shaped the rest of the day.

Ackermann, who gave up the Championship captaincy in May, followed up his hundred against Nottinghamshire in his previous Championship appearance by reaching the 20th of his career shortly after tea. South African all-rounder Mulder followed him by driving Sean Hunt to the long-on boundary to bring up his sixth first-class century, but he was badly missed by wicketkeeper Oli Carter shortly afterwards off Henry Crocombe.

As Sussex searched for a breakthrough, Cheteshwar Pujara came on to bowl his very occasional leg breaks but by then Ackermann and Mulder were in full control. They posted a new record for Leicestershire’s fifth wicket against Sussex - beating John Sadler and David Masters’ 208 at Hove in 2003 in the game when Sussex clinched the Championship title for the first time - with power to add. 

 

 

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