LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 DAY 3: Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
All the match scores, reports and scorecards from Round 1, Day 3 of the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship
Gloucestershire 326/10 (94 ov)
Surrey 220/10 & *232/5 (72.3 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Surrey lead by 126 runs
Ben Foakes and Rory Burns kept Surrey alive against Gloucestershire as they closed day three at Bristol 232 for five in their second innings leading by 126.
After Gloucestershire took a first innings lead of 106, Surrey lost three for seven to slip to 48 for three, still trailing by 58, but Burns, who made 74, and Foakes, unbeaten on 81 at the close, shared 97 for the fourth wicket.
Burns fell before tea and when David Payne bowled Jamie Smith with the last ball of the session, Surrey were 187 for five, only 81 ahead.
But Foakes and Jordan Clark took their side to the close still in the game.
It’s been a difficult few months for Burns who never got going during last summer’s internationals and whose paternity leave interrupted his winter with England that eventually saw him dropped for the final two Tests in India.
A skittish dismissal in the first innings here was not the start to the season he envisaged but a 130-ball stay would have raised hopes of a successful season.
He began with two back-foot steers for four off Payne and steered the same bowler to deep square to raise fifty in 93 balls. He dismissal would have grated - top-edging a pull to sky a catch to long leg where Payne took a smart catch.
Burns guided Surrey through a concerning wobble as Mark Stoneman fell over trying to work Ryan Higgins to leg and fell lbw and Hashim Amla edged Matt Taylor behind for a 12-ball duck. Ollie Pope was also caught at the wicket to Taylor, again playing a loose drive, and Surrey were heading out of the contest.
But Foakes settled with Burns after lunch and the pair moved the visitors into the lead with Foakes passing fifty in 92 balls and will return on day four hoping to build the lead beyond 200.
Foakes lost Burns and then Smith before tea, the latter to one from Payne that held its line from round the wicket, as Gloucestershire claimed the ascendency.
The hosts nudged their lead into three figures at the start of the day as Reece Topley added the wicket of Jack Taylor to claim five for 66 - his first five-wicket haul in a first-class match since 2014.
Middlesex vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship
Middlesex 313/10 (102.4 ov) & 143/10 (51.4 ov)
Somerset 172/10 & *112/3 (29.3 ov)
Match delayed by rain - Somerset need 173 runs.
Somerset skipper Tom Abell’s unbeaten half-century maintained his side’s hopes of victory after Middlesex set a target of 285 in their LV= County Championship opener at Lord’s.
Abell’s bowlers fought their way back into the game, with Josh Davey, Jack Leach and Craig Overton taking three wickets apiece to dismiss Middlesex for 143 in their second innings, despite Stephen Eskinazi’s knock of 53.
Although Toby Roland-Jones picked up two wickets, the home side were unable to dislodge Abell, who remained 62 not out as Somerset advanced to 112 for three – requiring another 173 – before the weather intervened.
Somerset’s slip catching – which had let them down on the first day – was faultless second time around, with Nick Gubbins failing to add to his overnight 37 as he slashed outside off stump and Lewis Gregory held the chance above his head.
Gregory also snapped up Robbie White off Leach for the second time in the match before Eskinazi brought up his half-century – his first in red-ball cricket for two years – by drilling Davey to the cover boundary.
In his next over, though, Davey found the Middlesex skipper’s outside edge and Overton pulled off a brilliant one-handed catch, low to his right at second slip.
Tight bowling by Leach and Davey, who returned three for 16, had already prevented Middlesex from accelerating and Eskinazi’s departure initiated an alarming collapse, with the last six wickets tumbling for the addition of just 16.
Davey trapped John Simpson and Roland-Jones lbw in the space of four deliveries and Leach wrapped up the innings just before lunch, dismissing Martin Andersson and Ethan Bamber in the same fashion to finish with three for 18.
Somerset’s chase began badly, with Tom Lammonby edging his first ball from Bamber into the hands of first slip – and Tom Banton might have followed, also without scoring, off Tim Murtagh.
But Sam Robson could not hang onto the chance and Banton settled down to share a steady partnership of 79 with Abell, finding some rhythm as he struck Roland-Jones for successive boundaries to reach 37.
However, the seamer soon checked Somerset’s progress, pinning both Banton and James Hildreth in front of leg stump and the contest was delicately poised when deteriorating light, followed by rain, prompted the umpires to halt play.
Yorkshire vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship
Yorkshire 193/10 (58.2 ov)
Glamorgan 330/10 & *161/4 (61 ov)
Match delayed by snow - Glamorgan lead by 298 runs
Ninety minutes of steady snow - either side of and through the lunch interval - at Emerald Headingley ensured only 32 overs were bowled early on day three as Glamorgan’s opening round victory hopes were hampered.
A dominant morning with the bat had put the Welshmen in pole position to win this LV= Insurance County Championship Group Three fixture.
Glamorgan, 68 for four in their second innings overnight, advanced to reach lunch on 161 for four with a lead of 298. Unbeaten fifth-wicket pair Billy Root and Chris Cooke both went beyond 50.
Yorkshire’s victory hopes were effectively frozen out before the wintery weather arrived at 12.55pm.
Play continued up to lunch, but the snow immediately got significantly heavier to blanket the outfield.
Yorkshire were forced to take the field at the start of play without injured new ball duo Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher, who were nursing pectoral and abdominal problems respectively.
They will not bowl again in the game ahead of further assessment early next week.
That left only captain Steve Patterson and South African overseas Duanne Olivier as frontline seamers.
Coad being sidelined was a particular blow having already taken seven wickets in the match, including three at the start of this innings as Glamorgan fell to 29 for four.
And Root and Cooke took advantage in determined fashion by adding 93 runs in 32 overs, taking their overall partnership to 132.
Root, 25 overnight, had reached 77 not out at lunch and reached his fifty off 125 balls with three quarters of an hour to go before lunch. The left-hander swept Dom Bess for six shortly after reaching his half-century.
Cooke, who started the day on 17, followed him to the same milestone off 130 balls.
Given Yorkshire’s limited bowling options, it was somewhat of a surprise that Billy Root did not have to face the off-spin of his older brother Joe, who bowled his only two overs of the innings at the end of day two.
Glamorgan’s lead of 298 is already a commanding one, yet they would have been hoping to set a target around 450. Instead, they may have to search for quick runs at the start of day four and defend somewhere in the region of 350.
Umpires Paul Baldwin and Russell Warren inspected conditions as soon as the snow stopped just before 2.30pm before abandoning the day at 3.30pm.
Warwickshire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship
Warwickshire 221/10 (75.2 ov)
Derbyshire 189/10 & *71/5 (18 ov)
Match delayed by rain - Derbyshire lead by 39 runs.
A five-wicket haul from Olly Hannon-Dalby put Warwickshire into a strong position against Derbyshire on a heavily rain-affected third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston.
Trailing by 32 on first innings, Derbyshire were 71 for five in their second, Hannon-Dalby having taken five for 29, when bad light and rain arrived to wipe out the last 62 overs of the day.
After the Bears, replying to 189, were bowled out for 221 in the morning, Hannon-Dalby started explosively, taking wickets with the second, fifth and sixth balls of his second over.
Derbyshire were in deep trouble but then the weather intervened yet again and, in conditions still favourable to the seamers, all results remain possible going into tomorrow's final day.
Warwickshire resumed their first innings this morning on 169 for five and soon lost Tim Bresnan (35, 66 balls, seven fours), bowled by a full-length ball from Luis Reece, to end a valuable partnership of 68 in 21 overs with Matt Lamb.
Lamb reached an excellent half-century in difficult conditions from 105 balls with the boundary that took the Bears in front, but then fell for 54 (113 balls, nine fours) when he edged Critchley to slip.
Craig Miles (14, 41 balls) lifted Michael Cohen to point and then Liam Norwell and Danny Briggs fell lbw to Critchley and Briggs respectively.
Derbyshire's second innings was soon damaged by Hannon-Dalby when Luis Reece edged to slip and Anuj Dal and Leus de Plooy were nailed lbw with successive balls in a brilliant over from the Yorkshireman.
He then added the wicket of Billy Godleman, caught by Rob Yates at third slip from the last ball before lunch, to leave Derbyshire 34 for four, just two runs in front.
Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley added 37 in ten overs before Hannon-Dalby struck again. Madsen edged an away-swinger and Yates swooped again to maintain the Bears' exemplary form in the slips in this match.
Warwickshire sensed that another productive hour could seal victory, but then the poor weather that has plagued this match returned with a vengeance to wash out the last two thirds of the day's play.
Sussex vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex 301/10 (100.4 ov)
Lancashire *393/7 (103.5 ov)
Day 3 Lancashire lead by 90 runs
Lancashire’s bowlers will need to take ten wickets relatively cheaply on the final day at Emirates Old Trafford if they are to guide their side to victory in their opening LV= Insurance County Championship match against Sussex.
Only 42.3 overs were possible on Saturday and in the first half of that allotment the home side were dismissed for 407, giving them a first-innings lead of 106. Skipper Dane Vilas top-scored with 189.
However, openers Aaron Thomason and Tom Haines then resisted the Lancashire attack for 21 overs and Sussex were 38 without loss when bad light, sleet and rain ended play early on a bleak evening. That leaves the visitors with a deficit of 68 runs going into the final sessions of the game
In the first 90 minutes of play Lancashire added 68 runs for the loss of their last five wickets with skipper Vilas being last out for 189, caught at deep point by Aaron Thomason off Jack Carson to give the Ulsterman his second Championship wicket.
However, the day will be even more memorable for Sean Hunt, who trapped both Luke Wood and Danny Lamb leg before wicket and thus finished with three for 47 from 21 overs on his first-class debut.
A brace of mix-ups resulted in the run outs of Tom Bailey and Tom Hartley but by then Lancashire had collected a full haul of five batting points. England prospect Ollie Robinson finished with two for 69 from 23 overs and Carson two for 106 from 24.4.
Needing to bat for at least a day in order to avoid defeat, Sussex suffered no setbacks in reducing the deficit to 84 before tea and the openers maintained that resolute approach in the short session that the weather allowed on the resumption.
Northamptonshire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship
Ricardo Vasconcelos’ sparkling 154 under pressure turned around Northamptonshire’s fortunes on a weather-affected third day of their LV= County Championship clash against Kent.
The highly-promising youngster raced to his sixth first-class hundred, sharing a 142-run partnership with Rob Keogh to lead Northamptonshire’s fightback after the loss of three early wickets. By the day finished early due to bad light and sleet, Northamptonshire had reached 301 for 5 and a draw looks likely.
Vasconcelos peppered the boundary ropes with an array of stylish drives and cut shots and took on a series of short balls from fast bowler Miguel Cummins which he hooked to the square leg boundary with some ease.
Northamptonshire will be encouraged to see their young opener continue the rich vein of Championship form which saw him play a key role in their 2019 promotion push and earned him a five-year deal at Wantage Road.
Northamptonshire had resumed on 91 for one in reply to Kent’s daunting first innings 455. The visitors made two early inroads with the evergreen Darren Stevens bowling his trademark nagging off-stump line.
He enticed Emilio Gay to edge a ball which nibbled away but when he made a rare error in line and strayed onto leg stump, Alex Wakely failed to cash in and instead clipped a half-volley directly to short midwicket.
Stevens should have picked up a third, but Charlie Thurston was put down by Denly at backward point. The mistake did not prove too costly as Thurston was bowled shouldering arms to a Harry Podmore delivery which seamed back sharply.
With Northamptonshire still 220 runs behind at 135 for four, Vasconcelos looked to put the pressure back on the opposition, running quick singles and building a partnership with Keogh who was largely content to play the support role and dispatch the occasional bad ball for four.
Vasconcelos soon accelerated and was particularly harsh on Cummins as he moved quickly through the nineties. He drove him to the midwicket boundary and then hooked his next two deliveries for two further fours, bringing up his century in the process from just 120 balls.
After tea, Kent turned to spin and having passed 150 with a series of sweeps, Vasconcelos fell to a catch off Joe Denly, having faced 209 deliveries and hit 20 boundaries.
It was an exceptional innings from the 23-year-old who joined Northamptonshire in 2018 having grown up playing in Boland.
Essex vs Worcestershire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Essex 490/9d lead Worcestershire 350/6 by 140 runs
Jake Libby continued his Bob Willis Trophy form into the LV= Insurance County Championship as he and Ed Barnard both struck unbeaten centuries.
Libby scored 498 first-class runs in 2020, with only Alastair Cook collecting more, and began his 2021 with a durable 141 from 369 balls.
All-rounder Barnard, whose previous best score in first-class cricket was 75, confidently partnered Libby to score 116 in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand worth 205, a county record versus Essex.
Riki Wessels also scored 54 as Worcestershire passed the follow-on target and reduced Essex’s 490 to a deficit of 140 by close on day three at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
Worcestershire started the day still reeling after Sam Cook had destroyed their top order with three wickets in five balls on the second evening.
The fast bowler turned that into four scalps in 11 balls, albeit spilt over different spells, when he had nightwatchman Brett D'Oliveira lbw to the second ball of the day - a stunner of a delivery which jagged in off the seam.
But from then on, the pattern of Essex innings repeated, as work was needed to score runs on a lifeless wicket.
Libby followed the Tom Westley, who had scored a watchful double century on the opening two days, mould - with substance preferred over substance. Although unlike Westley, who dominated his scoring through the legside, Libby’s wagon wheel left few areas untouched.
There was the odd moment of style in Libby’s innings, typified by the straight drive to reach a 110-ball 50 off Simon Harmer and to move to 97 off Jamie Porter. His seventh career century came soon after with a pushed two to square leg.
Wessels provided flair through a series of offside boundaries as he scored a half-century in 82 balls during an 89-run stand with Libby for the fifth wicket.
He departed when a lack of foot movement saw him lbw to Porter, before Ben Cox followed when he missed a sweep off Harmer and was pinned.
It was rarely pretty stuff from Libby and Barnard, who had now joined him, but it handed Essex a taste of what they had been forced to endure over the majority of the opening two days.
Essex’s frustrations manifest themselves midway through the evening session when Cook, in his follow-through, flung the ball through second slip for four.
A 100 partnership and Barnard’s fifty – coming up in 278 and 90 balls – were bypassed as the second new ball was negotiated without fuss.
Barnard, who hadn’t reached three figures at any level of cricket since a 117 for Shrewsbury in 2017, took himself to the milestone for the first time in first-class matches with a tucked two into the leg side – raising his bat to a raucously proud dressing room balcony.
The follow-on was averted and the 200-run partnership reached as Worcestershire headed into the final day on an equal footing to the reigning champions.
Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester
Day Three: Hampshire 612-5 Leicestershire 202 and 279-8
Hampshire took 14 wickets in the day as they closed in on a comprehensive innings victory in their opening LV=Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire.
It took the visitors only 80 minutes to wrap up the Leicestershire first innings after the Foxes resumed on 151-4. The rout started with the second ball of the day, when non-striker Colin Ackermann, who had shared a partnership of 68 for the fourth wicket with Harry Swindells, was called through for a quick single and was well short of his ground when James Vince’s throw hit the stumps.
Swindells went on to make a career-best 59 but fell to leg-spinner Mason Crane, who found good turn to pick up 3-11 in his spell.
Leicestershire’s second innings followed a similar pattern, though Harry Dearden hit some fine off-side drives in going to 62 and Lewis Hill battled hard in making 65. But there was controversy in the dismissal of Hassan Azad, the opener being given out stumped off Liam Dawson when wicket-keeper Lewis McManus knocked off the bails with his left hand while the ball was in his right hand, which was raised in the air as he appealed for a catch.
Crane was again amongst the wickets, dismissing Dearden, Swindells and Ben Mike, but Leicestershire’s stubborn late resistance ensured play would go into a fourth day.
Nottinghamshire v Durham, Day Three, Close of Play report
Durham 330 and 332-4, Nottinghamshire 267.
South African batsman David Bedingham turned his maiden first-class century in English cricket into a career-best unbeaten 180 to put Durham in complete control of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge.
The 26-year-old right-hander, no stranger to these parts after three seasons with village side Plumtree in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, surpassed his previous best of 147 for Boland against Easterns in 2018 to help Durham recover from 22 for three to build a 395 lead with one day remaining. Bedingham’s fifth-wicket partnership with Ned Eckersley, who finished unbeaten on 113, has added 254, a Durham record for the fifth wicket against any opposition.
It means that Nottinghamshire, whose bowling attack was weakened by the absence of the injured Jake Ball, will - barring something extraordinary - see their woeful run of results in first-class cricket stretch to 28 matches without a win, going back to June 2018.
Bedingham’s performance eclipsed the unbeaten 96 by Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper Tom Moores as the innings of the day, much as the latter had its merits as the home side, once 66 for five, recovered to 267 all out in their first innings.
Moores shared an 89-run stand for the eighth wicket with Brett Hutton, who himself made a 71-ball half-century, before scoring 33 of the 37 runs added for the last two Nottinghamshire wickets. He had taken successive boundaries off Matt Salisbury to be only one shot away from his third career hundred when final partner Jake Ball was out, so he could consider himself unlucky, although he had been dropped on eight and 79.
Ball’s sore back kept him off the field as Durham began their second innings just before lunch but Nottinghamshire’s attack seemed hardly to miss him as Luke Fletcher struck with his second ball to have Alex Lees leg before without scoring and Hutton then dismissed Scott Borthwick, caught at second slip, to leave the visitors five for two for the second time in the match as skipper Borthwick reflected on scores of nought and one in the first match of his return to the county.
Mike Jones fell shortly afterwards but Bedingham looked as sure-footed as he had in the first innings and, after a partnership of 56 with Jack Burnham had drawn Nottinghamshire’s sting, he completed his second half-century of the match when he drove Fletcher handsomely for his seventh boundary.
Hitting the ball cleanly and fluently throughout, his century came with his 12th boundary, crashed through the offside again off Fletcher, and his final tally from 228 balls faced comprised 15 fours and three sixes, one of which disappeared into the upper levels of the Radcliffe Road stand. Eckersley’s hundred, the 16th of his career, came off 123 balls with 11 fours.
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