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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 DAY 4: Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Scorecards


Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship

Gloucestershire 326/10 (94 ov) & 229/2 (37.1 ov)

Surrey 220/10 (70.3 ov) & 333/10 (104 ov)

Result - Gloucs won by 8 wickets

 

Graeme van Buuren’s third century for Gloucestershire, in only 94 balls, steered them to an eight-wicket victory over Surrey at Bristol and a first win in the fixture since 2011.

Van Buuren’s unbeaten 110 and 91 not out from captain Chris Dent saw the Glosters canter to their target of 228 in only 38 overs with an unbroken third wicket partnership of 193.

Ben Foakes’s 133 had given Surrey hope of saving the game but Gloucestershire took their final five second-innings wickets for only 15 runs to leave 63 overs for the chase.

Dent anchored the pursuit with his second half-century of the match, in 71 balls, but van Buuren’s hundred with 15 fours and two sixes turned it into a waltz.

He pulled Reece Topley over square leg and then fine leg for maximums. He drove Topley through mid-off for four and punched Amar Virdi smartly down the ground.

A thick edge from Jamie Overton flew just wide of gully before he reached fifty in only 44 balls and he swept Virdi for four to raise the hundred partnership.

After a brief rain delay he reached his first hundred since 2016 by swatting Clark through midwicket before Dent carved Overton to third man to complete an extremely impressive victory over the 2018 county champions.

They were initially frustrated in their victory push as Foakes and Jordan Clark extended their sixth-wicket stand to 131 in the morning session to push the lead beyond 200.

Foakes made his 11th first-class century and fourth against Gloucestershire, this in 187 balls with 16 fours.

Clark’s seventh boundary, driven though cover off Ryan Higgins, brought him fifty in 100 balls as Surrey’s hopes of escaping up the M4 with a draw grew.

Matt Taylor finally found the breakthrough with one that nipped in from round the wicket to trim Clark’s leg bail before full balls from Higgins won lbws against Jamie Overton and Gus Atkinson.

Foakes then fell to a superb catch from wicketkeeper James Bracey diving low to his right and when a moment’s indecision allowed Tom Lace to run out Amar Virdi with a direct hit from point, Surrey had crashed to 333 all out and the chase was afoot.

Bracey lifted Virdi to mid-off and Lace was taken at third slip before the match-winning stand between van Buuren and Dent began.

 

 

Playing XIs

Gloucestershire - Chris Dent(c), James Bracey(wk), Tom Lace, Graeme van Buuren, George Hankins, Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, George Scott, David Payne, Matt Taylor, Josh Shaw

Surrey - Rory Burns(c), Mark Stoneman, Hashim Amla, Jordan Clark, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(wk), Jamie Smith, Jamie Overton, Gus Atkinson, Amar Virdi, Reece Topley

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Gloucestershire won the toss and decided to field

Venue: The Bristol County Ground, Bristol

Officials: Ian Blackwell, Robert White, Tim Boon


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Nottinghamshire v Durham, Day 4, Close of Play report

Nottinghamshire, 267 and 298-5, drew with Durham 330 and 332-4 dec

Nottinghamshire found the required resilience to pick up the significantly enhanced eight-point reward for a draw in their opening LV=Insurance County Championship match after visitors Durham had given their bowlers the whole of the final day to claim 10 wickets and a first victory at Trent Bridge in the competition since 2013.

Without a win in the Championship in 26 matches before this one, Nottinghamshire had suffered 17 defeats in that period, a record that made Durham favourites to take the last-day honours in this match, especially after bowling out their hosts in 74.1 overs in the first innings.

Two quick wickets for Chris Rushworth gave Durham the start they wanted but they could take only three more after opening batsman Ben Slater had led the way in stifling their ambitions, standing firm for 48 overs for his 73.

With rookie all-rounder Lyndon James showing he has backbone as well as potential, turning a maiden fifty into a fine unbeaten 79 in only his third first-class match and sharing a 124-run partnership with skipper Steven Mullaney, Nottinghamshire were never in serious danger, the teams touching fists (handshakes being outlawed) on a draw with eight and a half overs remaining of the schedule.

Durham’s overnight declaration at 332-4, following the county record fifth-wicket partnership between centurions David Bedingham and Ned Eckersley, challenged Nottinghamshire to score 396 to win, a fourth-innings total surpassed only twice in the history of first-class cricket at Trent Bridge, both times in the 1920s.

Rushworth soon made that unlikely prospect even more remote, producing a beauty to bowl Haseeb Hameed for a duck and following up by dismissing Ben Duckett leg before to leave them 21 for two.

But Slater and Joe Clarke added 67 for the third wicket and though Durham celebrated enthusiastically after Clarke, who had looked in good order in making 38, nicked to slip in the last over before lunch but it took them another 20 overs to make another breakthrough as 22-year-old James provided admirably durable support for Slater’s cause.

Indeed, James survived his senior partner, who was the next out, leg before as swivelled to pull Scott Borthwick’s leg spin.

After a sleet shower had forced the players off for an early tea, taking four overs out of the schedule, James reached his half-century from 106 balls with six fours. Nottinghamshire were able to score much more quickly and as Mullaney pulled Matt Salisbury for his third six a Nottinghamshire was not entirely out of the question.

That possibility promptly disappeared as the next ball took Mullaney’s off and middle stumps out of the ground and after the new ball brought no further breakthroughs - and with their earlier worries about slow over-rate allayed by the umpires -  Durham agreed that the spoils be shared.

 

Playing XIs

Nottinghamshire - Ben Slater, Haseeb Hameed, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Lyndon James, Steven Mullaney(c), Tom Moores(wk), Liam Patterson-White, Brett Hutton, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball

Durham - Alex Lees, Michael Jones, Scott Borthwick(c), David Bedingham, Jack Burnham, Ned Eckersley, Stuart Poynter(wk), Ben Raine, Matthew Salisbury, Brydon Carse, Chris Rushworth

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Nottinghamshire won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Officials: Ian Gould, Benjamin Debenham

 



 Yorkshire (193 and 223-4) v Glamorgan (330 and 241-4d)

Emerald Headingley

Result - Draw

 

Centurion Billy Root may have won the battle with older brother Joe, but Glamorgan could not win the opening round LV= Insurance County Championship war as Yorkshire held on for a draw at Emerald Headingley.

Left-handed Billy, aged 28 and almost two years Joe’s junior, posted 43 and 110 not out in a Group Three fixture which his county dominated.

The Welshmen set Yorkshire 379 to win in a minimum of 76 overs an hour into day four, and England Test captain Joe fell for 13 as they slipped to 47 for three shortly after lunch, adding to his 16 in the first innings.

But Yorkshire’s fourth-wicket pair Adam Lyth - he posted an excellent unbeaten 115 - and Harry Brook halted the Glamorgan victory pursuit with a positive partnership of 131 until early evening, with the hosts finishing on 223 for four from 66 overs.

The players ‘shook hands’ at 5.15pm.

Joe Root was caught low down at first slip by Ireland’s Andrew Balbirnie as he played back to Dan Douthwaite’s seam.

Earlier, left-handed Billy moved from 77 overnight to 110, reaching his sixth first-class hundred - off 210 balls - with a two worked to long-leg off Joe’s off-spin.

He was greeted by applause, a fist bump and a pat on the back from his big brother.

Billy shared an unbroken 212 partnership for the fifth wicket with captain Chris Cooke, who declared immediately upon moving to 102. He had started the day on 57, with Glamorgan 161 for four. They opted to begin bowling having reached 241 for four.

Yorkshire then slipped to 32 for two on the stroke of lunch as Timm van der Gugten and Michael Hogan struck to bring Joe Root to the crease.

But he only lasted 18 balls, including two boundaries, as the much fancied hosts slipped to 47 for three in the 17th over.

Lyth and Brook then quickly eased the pressure, taking Yorkshire to 173 for three at tea.

Lyth - 80 at the break - pulled two sixes in a 91-ball fifty, while Brook hit one in his half-century. Heading into the evening, Yorkshire needed a highly unlikely 206 from 28 overs.

Brook then punched Hogan to cover to fall for 60 in the second over of the evening - 178 for four in the 48th.

Lyth reached his 25th first-class career century off 166 balls and eased the hosts to safety.

Glamorgan claimed 14 points to Yorkshire’s 11.

 

Playing XIs

 

Yorkshire - Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Tom Loten, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Dom Bess, Matt Fisher, Steven Patterson(c), Ben Coad, Duanne Olivier

Glamorgan - David Lloyd, Nick Selman, Andrew Balbirnie, Billy Root, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke(c)(wk), Callum Taylor, Dan Douthwaite, Timm van der Gugten, Michael Hogan, Jamie McIlroy

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Yorkshire won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Emerald Headingley, Leeds

Officials: Paul Baldwin, Russell Warren


Derbyshire (189 and 244) drew with Warwickshire (221 and 7/0) at Edgbaston. 

 

Warwickshire and Derbyshire had to settle for an LV=Insurance County Championship draw at Edgbaston after a potentially intriguing run chase in the final session was scuppered by yet more bad weather. 

Facing a victory target of 213 in 41 overs in the last session, the home side was just 25 balls into their pursuit when snow began to fall. It was a relatively brief flurry, but another followed to end a contest which had been plagued by wintry weather on each of its four days. 

For Derbyshire, a draw was due reward for their dogged resistance on a final day which they began in serious jeopardy at 71 for five, just 39 ahead. Sixth-wicket pair Matt Critchley (83, 158 balls, 11 fours) and Harvey Hosein (78 not out, 145 balls, 11 fours) dug in to add 113 in 36 overs and others then chipped in so that the visitors were finally all out for 244 just before tea. 

As the sun at last came out on the final morning, and batting conditions eased, Warwickshire were held up by Critchley, who batted impressively for the second time in the match, and 24-year-old Hosein. Their alliance was finally broken in mid-afternoon by Liam Norwell who jagged one back in sharply to Critchley to win an lbw appeal. 

The obdurate Hosein received further support from Fynn Hudson-Prentice (21, 28 balls) in a stand of 35 before the latter edged Will Rhodes to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess.  

Michael Cohen and Ben Aitchison then contributed only three runs apiece but each ate up nearly 20 valuable minutes as Derbyshire battled hard to inch towards safety. Craig Miles removed them both, thanks to catches by Sam Hain at second slip and short leg respectively, before Sam Conners edged Norwell behind. 

Oliver Hannon-Dalby ended with five for 76, his eighth haul of five-or-more wickets in a first class innings, having not added to the wickets he took on the third day. 

Warwickshire were left needing 213 in a session, a testing equation in a game in which runs have never come freely. They began in measured fashion, reaching seven without loss from 4.1 overs, but then the bad weather, which haunted this match throughout, returned to have the final say. 

Playing XIs

 

Warwickshire - Will Rhodes(c), Dominic Sibley, Rob Yates, Sam Hain, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess(wk), Tim Bresnan, Craig Miles, Danny Briggs, Liam Norwell, Oliver Hannon-Dalby

Derbyshire - Billy Godleman(c), Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Anuj Dal, Matthew Critchley, Harvey Hosein(wk), Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Michael Cohen, Ben Aitchison, Sam Conners

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Warwickshire won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Officials: Richard Illingworth, Alexander Wharf

 


  Essex vs Worcestershire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 490/9d & 28/1 drew with Worcestershire 475

Points: Essex 13, Worcestershire 12

Jake Libby carried his bat to labour to the second-longest LV= Insurance County Championship innings in terms of minutes as Worcestershire drew with champions Essex.

Libby was the first Worcestershire player to bat throughout an innings since Daryl Mitchell in 2015, having stayed at the crease for 11 hours and 21 minutes – only Jason Gallian’s vigil for Lancashire in 1996, which was two minutes longer, show as lengthier in the record books.

The opening batsman ended unbeaten on 180, with Ed Barnard and Dillon Pennington recording personal first-class bests of 128 and 56 as the visitors piled on 475 to kill off a positive result.

Essex, who ended an 11-game winning run at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, take 13 points to Worcestershire’s 12 from the draw as hands were shaken between the two captains at 4.23pm.

Libby continued his epic innings on 141 but if he had an eye on a double century, his approach didn’t show it.

He only scored 24 runs in the morning session as run-making ground to an almost stand-still – with one particularly tedious spell seeing 37 dot balls sent down in a row.

Although amongst the blocking, he did hoist Simon Harmer over mid-on for six to take him to 149, with his 150 brought up with a single into the legside soon after – the milestone reached in 392 balls.

Barnard, who had rustled up his maiden first-class century on day three, ticked along carefully to 125 before he was bowled by a sharp turning off-break by Dan Lawrence.

That ended a 244-run stand for the seventh wicket, only 12 runs shy of Worcestershire’s all-time best.

Joe Leach was strangled down legside to give academy graduate Ben Allisson his maiden first-class wicket for Essex.

Dillon Pennington then joined Libby as the pair added another 75 runs, with the tailender scoring 56 of them – beating his previous best of 37.

He was stumped off Harmer before Charlie Morris was lbw to Harmer to end the innings – Libby had scored 39 runs in the 127 balls he faced on the final day.

Essex’s bowlers were forced into long shifts, none more so than Harmer who sent down 61.3 overs, the second most he has bowled in a single innings during his red-ball career – he returned three for 126, with Sam Cook trumping him with four for 100.

Worcestershire’s 475 meant a first-innings deficit of 15, and Essex added a further 28 to their lead for the loss of the bowled Alastair Cook before bad light ended the match.

It meant a happier trip to Chelmsford for Worcestershire than their previous two efforts, which on each occasion they had lost by an innings.


Playing XIs

Essex - Alastair Cook, Nick Browne, Tom Westley(c), Dan Lawrence, Paul Walter, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater(wk), Simon Harmer, Ben Allison, Sam Cook, Jamie Porter

Worcestershire - Daryl Mitchell, Jake Libby, Tom Fell, Gareth Roderick, Brett D'Oliveira, Riki Wessels, Ben Cox(wk), Ed Barnard, Joe Leach(c), Dillon Pennington, Charlie Morris

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Essex won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Officials: Neil Mallender, David Millns, Alec Swann




LV=INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP 3

Northants 434

Kent 455 & 42-1

Northants 15pts drew with Kent 14pts

 

ROB Keogh’s resolute century saw hosts Northants through to maximum batting points as their LV=Insurance County Championship clash with Kent petered out into a draw on the final day at Wantage Road.

The middle-order stalwart batted a shade over six hours to make 124, including 12 fours and record his 10th first-class hundred for the county, one more than both current coach David Ripley and former skipper Alex Wakely.

Keogh’s effort ensured Northants raised their fifth batting point off the final ball of the 110th over before they were finally dismissed for 434, 21 in arrears of Kent’s first innings total of 455. Harry Podmore proved the pick of the visitors’ attack with four for 77.

England man Zak Crawley was left unbeaten on 19 as Kent reached 42-1 in their second innings before the weather closed in.

The combination of a slow pitch and 50-odd overs lost to the weather meant the final day was always likely to be about accumulating bonus points and so it proved.

Kent signalled they had settled for a draw by leaving veteran Darren Stevens out of the bowling attack despite the new ball being just two overs old, protecting his 44-year-old’s limbs for more promising match situations.

Adam Rossington showed early intent with two fours in an over off Matthew Milnes, this despite appearing troubled by a finger injury sustained when keeping wicket at the back end of the Kent innings.

The partnership reached 85 before Grant Stewart bowled Rossington for 35 with a beauty which beat the outside of the bat.

Keogh moved sedately to his hundred in 302 minutes, meaning Northants still needed 28 from four overs to make maximum batting points.

A game within a game ensued during which both Keogh and Tom Taylor broke their bats, but a crashed a four through the covers by the former and a scrambled bye off the last ball of the 110th got the job done.

Podmore ended Keogh’s vigil caught at midwicket, before claiming the scalps of Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson with successive balls.

Bell-Drummond’s hope for time in the middle didn’t materialise when Sanderson pinned him in front for the second time in the match.

Snow sent the players to an early tea and returned soon afterwards before a draw was agreed.

Playing XIs

Northamptonshire - Ben Curran, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Emilio Gay, Alex Wakely, Charlie Thurston, Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington(c)(wk), Tom Taylor, Gareth Berg, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson

Kent - Daniel Bell-Drummond(c), Jordan Cox, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Jack Leaning, Ollie Robinson(wk), Grant Stewart, Darren Stevens, Matthew Milnes, Harry Podmore, Miguel Cummins

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Northamptonshire won the toss and decided to field

Venue: The County Ground, Northampton

Officials: Robert Bailey, Paul Pollard, James Whitaker

 


Sussex vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 301/10 & *103/2 (56.3 ov)

Lancashire 407/10 (109.4 ov)

Match drawn

A game that had often seemed at the mercy of some eccentric weather was brought to a premature conclusion just after lunch on this final day when 20 minutes’ heavy snow ultimately caused the abandonment of Lancashire’s LV= County Championship match with Sussex at Emirates Old Trafford.

The game was eventually called off at 3.20 with Sussex 103 for two in their second innings. The only remotely cricket-related activity to have taken place on the ground in the previous 90 minutes was an impromptu snowball fight among the Sussex players. Lancashire take 16 points from the match to Sussex’s 14.

Aaron Thomason ended the day 46 not out and Tom Clark was unbeaten on 14. Both the wickets to fall were taken by the Lancashire fast bowler Saqib Mahmood.

In truth a draw had always seemed the most likely outcome since the Sussex openers, Thomason and Tom Haines, had negotiated the first hour of play without alarm. Lancashire’s frustration was evident in some lively exchanges between the home captain, Dane Vilas, and Thomason but these discussions required no more than the quiet intervention of umpires Neil Bainton and Mark Saggers.

Lancashire took the wickets that gave them hope of forcing a victory in successive overs just after twelve o’clock. Haines was dismissed for 26 just after twelve o’clock when he hooked Mahmood straight to the precisely positioned Tom Hartley at long leg.    

That ended the opening stand of 72 and Mahmood struck again in his next over when he had Stiaan van Zyl leg before wicket for four. However, they were the only successes that Lancashire enjoyed during the morning and Sussex survived to come into lunch on 94 for two with Thomason unbeaten on 41. Fifteen minutes after the resumption the snow arrived. Mahmood finished with two for 19 from 13 excellently hostile overs.     

 

Playing XIs

Lancashire - Keaton Jennings, Alex Davies(wk), Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas(c), Rob Jones, Danny Lamb, Luke Wood, Tom Hartley, Tom Bailey, Saqib Mahmood

Sussex - Tom Haines, Aaron Thomason, Stiaan van Zyl, Tom Clark, Ben Brown(c)(wk), Delray Rawlins, George Garton, Ollie Robinson, Stuart Meaker, Jack Carson, Sean Hunt

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Sussex won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Officials: Neil Bainton, Martin Saggers

 

Middlesex vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship

Middlesex 313/10 (102.4 ov) & 143/10 (51.4 ov)

Somerset 172/10 (48.5 ov) & 285/6 (77.2 ov)

Result - Somerset won by 4 wickets

Lewis Gregory’s swift unbeaten half-century landed the decisive blow as Somerset sealed a four-wicket victory over Middlesex in their LV= County Championship opener at Lord’s.

Gregory pummelled the home bowlers just after lunch, hitting 62 not out from 72 balls to tilt a see-saw encounter back in Somerset’s favour after Ethan Bamber’s double strike had raised Middlesex hopes.

But an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 98 between the England international all-rounder and George Bartlett, who finished on 76 not out, saw the visitors home without further alarm.

The win enabled Somerset, runners-up in three of the last four County Championship campaigns, to immediately wipe out the eight-point penalty imposed for breaches of pitch regulations and carried over from 2019.

Resuming on 112 for three, Somerset adopted a patient approach during the first hour and offered no chances as Bartlett settled into the groove alongside captain Tom Abell, who led the way with a measured knock of 84.

Bartlett batted confidently, capitalising on the absence of third man to keep the scoreboard ticking over, although there was a close call when his thick edge flew just wide of the diving Max Holden at gully.

But Bamber’s switch to the Nursery End paid dividends as he ended Abell’s three-hour vigil with a thin edge behind, and then dismissed Steven Davies for a duck, moving the ball back down the slope to trap the left-hander leg before.

Craig Overton got off the mark by cracking Bamber through the covers for four, but Tim Murtagh’s outswinger removed him on the stroke of lunch, with Somerset still 98 short of their target.

However, Gregory immediately regained the initiative for the visitors after the interval, rapidly eating into the deficit as he dispatched Murtagh to the boundary three times in quick succession.

Bartlett brought up his half-century – passing 50 at first-class level for the eighth time – by driving Tom Helm off the back foot for four and Gregory soon followed suit from only 55 deliveries.

Middlesex kept rotating their seamers in a bid to stem the flow of runs, but the damage had already been done and Gregory applied the finishing touch, carving Bamber for four to level the scores before adding a single off the next ball.

 

Middlesex - Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins, Stevie Eskinazi(c), Robbie White, Martin Andersson, John Simpson(wk), Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Ethan Bamber, Tim Murtagh

Somerset - Tom Banton, Tom Lammonby, Tom Abell(c), James Hildreth, George Bartlett, Steve Davies(wk), Craig Overton, Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey, Marchant de Lange, Jack Leach

 

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Somerset won the toss and decided to field

Venue: Lord's, London

Officials: Richard Kettleborough, Chris Watts, Dean Cosker

 

 

  Leicestershire vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship

Leicestershire 202/10 (76.5 ov) & 305/10 (95.5 ov)

Hampshire 612/5d (120 ov)

Result - Hampshire won by an innings and 105 runs

Hampshire 24pts Leicestershire 2pts.

Hampshire took just 30 minutes to take the two wickets they needed to complete a comprehensive innings victory in their opening LV=Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire.

Kyle Abbott pinned Gavin Griffiths leg before wicket for 16 before Mohammad Abbas, formerly of Leicestershire, bowled Alex Evans for 2, leaving Chris Wright unbeaten on 31.

Hampshire captain James Vince, who made a superb double century in Hampshire’s only innings, said: “We’re delighted, winning the toss on an incredible wicket to bat on for the time of the year was ideal, and a score like ours at the rate we made it gives you a bit of leeway.

“I felt pretty good, the wicket was so true and had decent pace in it and from the word go I felt in good touch and was timing it well. It couldn’t have gone any better for myself and the team.”

Regarding the controversial dismissal of batsman Hassan Azad, who was given out stumped in Leicestershire’s second innings after Hampshire wicket-keeper Lewis McManus knocked of the bails with his left hand while holding the ball in the air with his right hand appealing for a catch, Vince said: “Lewis is pretty down about how it looks but from his and our point of view we weren’t aware there was an issue until a few overs later. We’re talking split seconds. Had we known instantly we would have called [Azad] back and knowing Lewis if he’d known exactly what he’d done he would have said something.”

Match referee Stuart Cummings spoke to both captains after the game and said a statement would be issued by the ECB in due course. A spokesman for the club said Hampshire would be making no official comment at this stage.

Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said: “We were disappointed with what happened and we’ve spoken to the match referee, it’s something we don’t want to see in our game – I’ve never seen it before in all my years of cricket, and we’ll wait to see how the ECB handle it.”

Regarding the match Nixon said: “We had to be at our best to compete against a very good side and we weren’t. It was the perfect pitch, but we had a very bad session on the first day, and James Vince was outstanding in the way he took advantage of some wayward bowling. Allsop and then Dawson backed him up and made it tough for our bowlers.

“We battled well in our second innings but have to convert 50s and 60s into hundreds.”

Leicestershire chief executive Sean Jarvis said the club would be writing to the ECB to “express their disappointment with the behaviour of the Hampshire wicket-keeper”.

Playing XIs

Leicestershire - Hassan Azad, Sam Evans, Harry Dearden, Colin Ackermann(c), Lewis Hill, Harry Swindells(wk), Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Chris Wright, Gavin Griffiths, Alex Evans

Hampshire - Joe Weatherley, Ian Holland, Tom Alsop, Sam Northeast, James Vince(c), Liam Dawson, Lewis McManus(wk), Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Brad Wheal, Mohammad Abbas

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Hampshire won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester

Officials: Michael Gough, Billy Taylor, Stuart Cummings

 

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