LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 1 & 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 5th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 1 & 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 5th 2021
July 04, Sunday - July 08, Wednesday
Josh Davey’s career best 75 not out helped Somerset dominate the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Leicestershire at Taunton.
The Group Two leaders began by extending their first innings score from a precarious 242 for seven to 461 for nine declared, Davey sharing century stands with Roelof van der Merwe (76) and Marchant de Lange (75).
Then Somerset’s seamers got to work, reducing Leicestershire to 60 for three in reply. They closed a final session curtailed by rain on 95 for three, with skipper Colin Ackermann unbeaten on 21.
The day began under cloudy skies at the Cooper Associates County Ground, with van der Merwe on 18 and Davey four.
The former proved the aggressor, taking successive boundaries off Ben Mike as the total advanced to 272 for seven before the second new ball was taken.
It made little difference as van der Merwe moved confidently to fifty off 70 balls, with 6 fours and a six. He and Davey looked untroubled in extending their eighth-wicket partnership to 102.
Ed Barnes eventually had van der Merwe caught at long-on to end an innings that had transformed Somerset’s prospects. But if Leicestershire thought their troubles were over, de Lange was about to prove them wrong.
On no fewer than six occasions, the powerful South African swung from the hip to clear the ropes over mid-wicket. And all the time Davey was patiently accumulating to reach his first Championship half-century for Somerset off 144 balls.
It was 408 for eight for lunch, by which time de Lange had reached a 38-ball fifty and the hosts were looking to bat only once in the game.
They had progressed to 446 when de Lange was caught at long-on off Callum Parkinson. It remained for Davey to go past he previous best first class score of 71, made for Middlesex on debut against Oxford University back in 2010.
At the declaration, the Scotland one-day and T20 international, often an unsung hero of Somerset’s team, had faced 169 balls and hit 11 fours.
All the momentum was with the home side and they maintained it before tea, claiming the wickets of Lewis Hill, Rishi Patel and Marcus Harris to leave their opponents 60 for three.
Skipper Craig Overton dropped Hill on 14 at third slip off Jack Brooks, but responded by pinning the opener lbw with the first ball of the following over.
Brooks and Davey claimed a wicket apiece before Ackermann dug in, receiving solid support from Josh Inglis in an unbroken stand of 35.
The action looked set to continue beyond 7pm to make up for overs lost on day one. But heavy rain set in and the umpires called play off at shortly before 6pm.
Somerset's Josh Davey said: "It was a good day for me and the team. At the start of play Roelof van der Merwe and I just looked to take it a bonus point at a time and see how far we could get.
"I still believe there is a batsman in me and maybe I have underperformed for Somerset in that respect. Perhaps I haven't put a big enough value on my wicket, which is something Roelof certainly does.
"He is the sort of character you want on your side. And when you have someone like Marchant de Lange who can hit 75 off 60-odd balls it definitely helps!"
Leicestershire's bowling coach Tom Smith said: "It was a chance for our young bowling attack, minus Chris Wright, to show what they are about against some international players.
"They toiled away on the back of a lot of time on the road, but credit Somerset for the way their late order batsmen put us under pressure. Will Davis did particularly well in stages.
"Their bowlers then gave us nothing, showing why they have played international cricket. But the game is very saveable and if we come away having played four days of decent cricket, we will be happy,"
Hampshire 488 v Surrey 42-4
LV= Insurance County Championship day two.
A magnificent 174 not out from Colin de Grandhomme put Hampshire in full control of the LV= Insurance County Championship Group Two clash against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.
The New Zealand Test all-rounder became only the eighth Hampshire player to score a debut first-class century as Surrey's under-manned attack, still missing injured Kiwi quick Kyle Jamieson, were put to the sword by an inspired lower order who added 259 for the last three wickets to score 488 having started the day on 229-7.
Surrey were 42-4 at the close following a fine spell of bowling from Keith Barker who posted figures of 3-15 from 10 overs.
Former South Africa batsman Hashim Amla - a double centurion when the sides last met in May at the Kia Oval - was unbeaten on 24 and Will Jacks one not out before rain and bad light stopped play with Surrey needing another 296 runs just to avoid the follow-on.
De Grandhomme, who came to the crease on day one when his side were struggling at 135-4, was in imperious touch with the bat, hitting 17 fours and three sixes on his way to his biggest first-class score in a memorable first red-ball appearance.
The 34-year-old was well supported by Felix Organ's enterprising 67 and No.11 batsman Brad Wheal who chipped in with a career-high 45 as Hampshire posted an imposing total in their push for a victory that would greatly enhance their prospects of a top-two finish.
Having spent a day-and-a-half in the field, Surrey then got off to the worst possible start when Mark Stoneman departed for a golden duck from the opening ball of Kyle Abbott's first over.
Abbott sent down a peach of a delivery that the former England opener had no option but to play at and Joe Weatherley took a sharp diving catch.
That early loss was compounded by the exit of Surrey captain Rory Burns just before tea.
Barker found the edge of the England man's bat and Weatherley took another sharp grab at second slip as the visitors fell to 8-2.
Left-arm seamer Barker then struck twice more after the restart in a superb maiden over, rattling the stumps of Ryan Patel and Jamie Smith before the players were taken off by umpires Ian Gould and Chris Watts.
Hampshire bowler Brad Wheal, who recorded his top first-class score - "It was good just to be out there, Colin is a world class player and great to bat with and it was good fun. He was very positive and looking to score runs all the time and put them under pressure.
"Any runs from the tail are good and as our coach keeps saying, 'a happy dog wags its tail'.
"Abbo and Barks bowled so tight and it is so hard to score quickly when those guys are bowling like that. The table is looking pretty tight at the moment and it would be really good if we can carry on and get a win under our belt going into the game at Gloucestershire next week."
Surrey bowler Rikki Clarke: "It was a very tough day. The position we were in coming into the day was to try and get those early wickets and get batting. But it didn't go to plan and we are a bit behind the eight-ball now.
"It is up to the bowlers to put the ball in the right areas and for the fielders to back them up. But it just didn't happen for us as a collective and that is disappointing.
"We allowed them to get the partnerships. They then put the ball in those right areas with the class bowlers they have and had their tails up with a big score on the board.
"But we need to put the pressure back on them tomorrow, we still have plenty of batting to come."
Sixteen-year-old Dan Ibrahim scored his second Championship fifty as Sussex fought back well against Glamorgan in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Hove.
The teenager followed up his 55 on debut against Yorkshire last month with a composed 58 – the only half-century in the match so far – as Sussex recovered to make 226.
Their understrength attack then chipped away at Glamorgan, who were 205 for nine when play was halted by rain. Four bowlers took two wickets including leg-spinner Will Beer, whose scalps were his first in the County Championship since September 2019.
Sussex had resumed on 161 for seven and added two runs before Jack Carson played on to Mick Hogan for a duck in the second over of the day. But Ibrahim, leaving the ball well and accumulating runs in unhurried fashion, helped Stuart Meaker and Mitch Claydon add 63 for the last two wickets. Meaker made 23 and Ibrahim was last out for 58, made from 147 balls with four boundaries before he was stumped off off-spinner Andrew Salter.
In reply, most of the Glamorgan batsmen got starts but no one could better opener David Lloyd’s 38 as the Sussex attack plugged away.
Meaker picked up Joe Cooke (15) with one which straightened and Colin Ingram’s first Championship innings since September 2017 ended when Claydon surprised him with extra bounce and he was caught off the splice for seven.
Root and David Lloyd put on 54 for the third wicket with few alarms but Meaker returned to bowl Lloyd (38) through the gate and Claydon had Kiran Carlson (17) athletically caught at second slip by the diving Aaron Thomasson.
Billy Root (37) played attractively before he was lbw to Stiaan van Zyl to leave Glamorgan 117 for five. Skipper Chris Cooke and Dan Douthwaite put on 40 either side of tea, although Douthwaite was put down by Carson off his own bowling on 15.
Beer broke through after the interval when Douthwaite (17) was caught at slip on the drive and Carson picked up Cooke (29) thanks to an excellent low catch at short leg by Thomason.
Beer bowled with impressive control, picking up his second wicket when he defeated James Weighell's (17) defensive prod. In the next over Timm van der Gugten (1) holed out to deep mid-wicket to give Carson a second wicket.
Hogan and Salter scrambled a batting point before the rain got heavier, but an intriguing final two days are in prospect as both sides try to climb the Group C table.
Glamorgan off-spinner Andrew Salter said: “It was nice to get a couple of wickets towards the end, it can be tricky when they’re throwing the bat at it so nice to get us off the pitch.
“When we batted Billy (Root) and David (Lloyd) played really well but they weren’t able to kick on and that led to me and Mick Hogan knocking it around at the end. Ideally we’d like to go past their score and fingers crossed the weather doesn’t interrupt the game too much and we can get out there and crack on.
“There’s a little bit of spin, more on the slow side but there’s bounce and enough to be excited for. If bowlers hit the right areas they know there will be some reward."
Sussex fast bowler Mitch Claydon said: "I think we are in a good position. When we were bowled out this morning we would definitely have taken them being nine down at the close. It was a great effort and if rain doesn't have too much of a say I think there will be a positive result. Hopefully we can get enough overs in tomorrow despite the forecast to push on with the bat and give our spinners something to bowl at on the last day.
"Young Dan Ibrahim is so calm and composed at the crease, it's incredible really for a 16-year-old. He played some lovely cricket shots and spent a lot of time at the crease. He is one of some very exciting young cricketers at the club."
Dom Bess handed England’s selectors a timely reminder with his career-best seven-wicket return to give Yorkshire the edge in their key LV= County Championship clash against Northamptonshire.
The off-spinner, who will be eyeing a Test recall when the series against India begins next month, finished with seven for 43 to restrict the home side to 170 in their first innings at Wantage Road.
That left Yorkshire with a minimal deficit of 12 and Harry Brook’s unbeaten 76, his highest red-ball score of the campaign, steered them to 159 for six at stumps, an overall lead of 147.
Despite Simon Kerrigan’s four for 31, Northamptonshire look set for a difficult run chase on a turning wicket as they bid for the victory that would maintain their hopes of a top-two finish in Group Three.
Resuming on 61 for two, Northamptonshire initially made good progress in the morning, with Ricardo Vasconcelos batting confidently for his knock of 55.
However, Bess triggered a middle-order collapse, with four wickets falling quickly as the spinner found turn and bounce to have both Charlie Thurston and Vasconcelos well taken by Harry Duke behind the stumps.
With Rob Keogh fending a Duanne Olivier bouncer into the hands of second slip – and Luke Procter absent for personal reasons – the home side suddenly found themselves floundering at what was effectively 110 for seven.
Saif Zaib dropped anchor, batting an hour and 20 minutes for just 11 as he and Tom Taylor – who struck six fours in an unbeaten 42 – stopped the rot with a partnership of 36 either side of lunch.
Bess cleaned up the tail, trapping both Zaib and Wayne Parnell leg before and having Ben Sanderson caught at slip just after Taylor had carved Steven Patterson to the third man boundary to earn his side a slender lead.
Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and George Hill soon wiped out the deficit, but they were pegged back by the introduction of Kerrigan – the left-arm spinner’s first delivery hitting Hill’s off stump.
Deft glovework by Vasconcelos earned Kerrigan his second scalp, with debutant Sam Northeast stumped cheaply, and Yorkshire were 24 for three when the wicketkeeper dived to take Lyth’s outside edge one-handed.
Brook led the rebuilding job, sharing substantial partnerships with Gary Ballance – who was given out lbw to Kerrigan despite the hint of an inside edge – as well as Bess and Duke and dispatching Parnell for successive boundaries en route to his half-century.
Northamptonshire assistant coach JOHN SADLER said:
“I think it’s going to be a close game, it’ll go down to the wire but hopefully it’ll not be as close as the previous game (at Headingley, when Yorkshire won by one run).
“Brook has played really well and held the innings together, but we know if we can get him out early in the morning the game’s right open.
“Two international spinners, it’s great to watch and every ball’s an event! Bessy’s world-class and a few of our batsmen found him hard work.
“Then Kegsy (Simon Kerrigan) – we know how good he is, he showed that again today and hopefully he can pick up a couple more in the morning.
(On Tom Taylor’s 42 not out) “He’s done a lot of the donkey work, Tom, and not really got the rewards in terms of his final stats. His contribution to the team has been excellent and does well under pressure, which is another sign of a good character.”
Yorkshire spinner DOM BESS, who took a career-best seven for 43, said:
“I was very happy with how it came out, especially with the last three weeks being with a white ball.
“I’m just as pleased with how we’ve got ourselves back into the game, limiting them to a lead of 12.
“We’ve lost a few poles today, so it’s about making sure we keep chipping away at our lead and, when we get the ball back in our hands, putting them under as much pressure as we can.
“They’ve had three T20s on it and 180 (overs) in this game already. There are certainly balls in there.
“But if you really do apply yourselves, you can score runs. Anything up around 200 will be a really tricky chase.”
History was made during an astonishing afternoon of cricket at Emirates Old Trafford as Lancashire’s James Anderson claimed both his 1,000th first class wicket and his best career bowling figures of seven for 19.
Anderson’s exploits ensured Kent were dismissed for just 74 in a shade over two hours after the players finally took to the field at 2pm on the second day following almost incessant rain throughout the first four sessions of the game.
Taking the new ball Anderson, 38, took a wicket in each of his first three overs, before adding four more as Kent’s top order were blown away in an extraordinary spell from the Burnley-born bowler whose previous best figures were his seven for 42 for England against West Indies in 2017.
The wickets of Zak Crawley, edging to Rob Jones at second slip without scoring, Jordan Cox, edging to Luke Wells at first slip for one and Ollie Robinson, feathering one through to wicket keeper Dane Vilas for 0, were near identical examples of Anderson’s mastery of swing and reduced Kent to five for three.
Jack Leaning became Anderson’s 999th victim when he edged to Jones for two before the stage was set for South African Heino Kuhn to become England’s leading Test wicket taker’s 1,000th scalp, 19 years after Surrey’s Ian Ward became his first.
Typically, Anderson didn’t stop there, taking his sixth wicket with the dismissal of Matt Milnes in his next over for one as Vilas claimed another catch after Danny Lamb spoilt Anderson’s chances of a 10 for by trapping Joe Denly in front for 12.
Anderson’s seventh wicket arrived in the 17th over with Vilas taking his fourth catch off the veteran bowler to dismiss Harry Podmore for three to leave Kent 34 for eight and looking every inch a side without a win in the LV=Insurance County Championship this season.
Only 45-year-old Darren Stevens offered any kind of resistance, bashing four boundaries in his knock of 19 before Lamb had him caught at mid off with the same bowler also accounting for James Logan who became the last wicket to fall for 11.
Both Lamb’s three for 16 and Vilas’ five catches were of course overshadowed by Anderson’s efforts and he received a standing ovation from the ecstatic crowd as he walked off as only the 13th Lancashire bowler to complete the feat of a 1,000 first class wickets and becoming the first fast bowler to do it since Ken Higgs in 1968 and the first of any Red Rose bowler since Jack Simmons in 1988.
With many observers still confused by Kent’s decision to bat first, Lancashire’s openers entered the fray after tea and quickly looked like they were playing a different game.
Alex Davies was his usual busy self, scampering singles and hitting five fours and a six in his 43-ball 47 as he compiled an opening stand of 64 with Keaton Jennings before mistiming a cut shot off Matt Quinn through to Jordan Cox at first slip.
More late drama was to follow as Jennings and Luke Wells fell in consecutive balls to Quinn and Milnes with Vilas departing soon after to Stevens before Josh Bohannon was bowled by Kent debutant James Logan to leave the hosts 108 for five at the close.
An accomplished century from Rob Yates led Warwickshire's resistance of an impressive Durham seam attack on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston.
Academy product Yates struck 102 (239 balls, 11 fours) but Durham ended the day ascendant after bowling the Group A leaders out for 237.
The 21-year-old added 56 with Pieter Malan and 74 with Sam Hain as the Bears reached a solid 221 for four, but the bowlers stuck to their task to take the last six wickets for 16 runs in 52 balls. Ben Stokes took three for 55, his first championship wickets since July 2018, and Ben Raine three for 51. Durham then replied with 20 for one in seven overs before the close.
After Durham chose to bowl, a superb new ball spell from Matty Potts brought the wicket of England's Dom Sibley when a rapid leg-cutter took the edge through to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley.
Yates and Malan (31, 51 balls, five fours) saw off the new ball before the latter tickled a leg-side delivery from Brydon Carse to the keeper.
Hain and Yates batted assiduously to add 74 in 35 overs. Yates drove Raine to the cover boundary to pass 50 from 131 balls but Hain departed for 30 (98 balls, two fours) when he paddled a short ball from Stokes to short fine leg.
With England head scout James Taylor among the onlookers, Yates reached his century from 238 balls with 11 fours - his fourth first-class century, all of which have come at Edgbaston. The crowd gave him the warmest of ovations and shared his disappointment when, next ball, he fell lbw to Raine.
In the final session, Durham dabbled in left field when Eckersley shed the keeper's pads to deliver an over of enigmatic off spin. Its fiendish variations did not bring a wicket but clearly scrambled the minds of the batting side which promptly fell in a heap.
Will Rhodes (39, 88 balls, six fours) clipped Chris Rushworth to square leg, Matt Lamb chipped Stokes to fine leg and Rushworth was rewarded for a highly optimistic lbw appeal against Michael Burgess.
Stokes took a sharp return catch from Danny Briggs and then, in murky light, Raine polished off the innings with two wickets in five balls as Craig Miles and Ryan Sidebottom edged behind.
Miles soon struck when Durham replied, his ninth ball striking Michael Jones' middle stump.
Warwickshire batsman Rob Yates, who made 101, said:
"I was really happy with that. If you had offered me three centuries by this stage of the season I'd have bitten your hand off for it.
"Durham came hard at us in a few spells, Stokes and Carse together, and the rest of them backed them up really well. It was a really good challenge out there.
"It was a bit of a disappointing last session but it's a good cricket wicket like they have all been here this season. Hopefully we can get some quick wickets in the morning."
Durham all-rounder Ben Raine, who took three wickets, said:
"It’s a pretty slow pitch so we were unsure, but we bowled well through the day and we got the rewards in the last session there. We were good all day and just things worked out at the end.
"It felt like a good pitch. It’s quite slow and Yates scored a cracking hundred which was really deserved. We thought our luck would turn eventually and it did. It was a cracking effort and we are happy with that. This year we’ve done well as a bowling unit and communicated between us and we know we can create opportunities between us."
Nottinghamshire, looking to book their place in the top division in the concluding phase of the LV=Insurance County Championship, will take a lead of 107 runs into day three against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.
Haseeb Hameed made 57 and Ben Duckett is unbeaten on 69, although Derbyshire’s pace-bowling all-rounder Fynn Hudson-Prentice checked Nottinghamshire’s progress with four for 50 as the home county closed on 256 for seven.
Earlier, from 91 for five overnight, Derbyshire subsided to 149 all out in the morning session, Luke Fletcher taking three for 36.
Derbyshire’s last five wickets fell for 32 after the partnership between Hudson-Prentice and Leus du Plooy that began on Sunday was ended just inside the first hour when the former drove Dane Paterson straight to cover.
With five fours, Hudson-Prentice had been the only Derbyshire batsman to hint at assertiveness against an attack that delivered 36 maidens, 10 each from Fletcher and Brett Hutton, nine in 15 overs from Paterson.
Du Plooy fell without addition to the total, having faced 141 balls for his 30, drawn into chasing a wide delivery from Fletcher. Paterson removed Alex Thomson leg before, Michael Cohen - dropped on nought - drove airily at Hutton to be caught behind, and Ben Aitchison found the fielder on the square-leg boundary.
Two wickets in two balls from Hudson-Prentice had Nottinghamshire 25 for two as Ben Slater miscued to mid-on and Ben Compton edged to third slip.
But Hameed and Steven Mullaney fashioned a measured recovery to 94 for two at tea with six fours apiece, Hameed driving handsomely through the off side, Mullaney profiting mainly from cuts and pulls.
Hudson-Prentice removed both soon after tea, Mullaney wafting at a short ball outside off to be caught at first slip after a stand of 78, Hameed passing fifty for the fifth time this season but then tickling a thin edge through to ‘keeper Harvey Hosein.
Duckett helped Lyndon James add a rapid 61 in 13 overs to give Nottinghamshire the lead but one wicket again brought another.
James flashed at one from Cohen to be caught at second slip before Aitchison juggled and then held a chance at first slip as Liam Patterson-White departed in a double-wicket maiden for the left-arm quick.
Joey Evison was caught behind as Aitchison claimed Derbyshire’s seventh wicket but Duckett timed the ball nicely and his 10 boundaries enabled Nottinghamshire to claim a second batting bonus point in a marathon final session of a 104-over day following Sunday’s rain.
Nottinghamshire batsman Haseeb Hameed said:
“We are happy going into tomorrow. We were outstanding with the ball this morning, Dane (Paterson) and Fletch (Luke Fletcher) in particular with the opening spells they bowled, which were of the highest order.
“Getting them all out for under 150 was an outstanding effort, particularly with the wicket playing a bit more easily today.
“To be able to go out there and build a lead of 107 puts us in a good position and we will go out to extend our lead as much as we can. From my own point of view, I was pleased to have some time in the middle after not playing for a while and it was good to contribute some runs.”
Derbyshire’s Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who took four wickets, said:
“Apart from that last hour or so, when it got away from us a bit and Ben Duckett batted well, I thought we had a pretty good day.
“The wicket has played to conditions. If it was overcast, as it was yesterday, it was zipping around a bit and was quite difficult, and obviously that didn’t help us. But when the sun came out it actually played quite nicely.
“The wickets came in clusters and hopefully that will continue tomorrow and we can get these last three out quickly. I haven’t had a five-wicket haul in first-class cricket yet so while it would be good to do that it would be better if we can overturn a first-innings lead here like we did last year.”
July 05, Monday - July 09, Thursday
Miles Hammond’s 75 led Gloucestershire’s progress on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival but the home side collapsed after tea to be bowled out for 248 against Middlesex as the LV= Insurance Championship returned.
Hammond struck nine fours and two sixes in passing fifty for the third game running and helped his side into a strong position at 153 for two.
But a batting line up that didn’t offer much first-class pedigree tumbled away and Middlesex were left content having won the toss.
Gloucestershire were without captain Chris Dent, with a broken finger, and Ryan Higgins, whose partner gave birth on Monday morning.
There would have been great worry among supporters with their side inserted and coming off the back of 11 T20s. But mid-afternoon they were very well placed.
Hammond filled in for James Bracey up the order in the previous two Championship matches with success and here again played well.
There was still a little T20 in his strokes. A ball of just back of a length was flat-batted through mid-off and a pull taken over midwicket from well outside off among his 137-ball fifty. He nicked a decent delivery from Ethan Bamber to first slip.
But there was far too much T20 in Glenn Phillips’ dismissal as he whacked Blake Cullen to mid-off for 13. Forgivable in the shortest form, criminal in the longest.
Bracey earlier returned with a somewhat cathartic 38 after his torturous month with England and then no runs and missed chances in the Blast.
He played two straight drives off Daryl Mitchell - the New Zealander making his Middlesex debut - that suggested he is back in decent order but flicked at one sent across him by Cullen and edged behind in the fifth over after lunch.
Tom Lace also fell to a dart outside off. It was a total waste when well set on 31 and there was no change-of-format excuse for him.
When Jack Taylor shouldered arms to Mitchell and was lbw for five, Gloucestershire were 187 for six but Ollie Price, making his county debut, made a composed 31 with five fours to ensure a batting point before he squared up and bowled by Bamber with the second new ball.
Price was playing alongside his older brother Tom with another pair of siblings - Jack and Matt Taylor also in the XI.
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