LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 2 & 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 6th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 2 & 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 6th 2021
July 04 Sunday - July 08 Wednesday
Harry Swindells hit a career-best 119 not out as Leicestershire frustrated a depleted Somerset bowling attack on the third day of the LV=County Championship match at Taunton.
Setting out on 95 for three in their first innings in reply to 461, the visitors posted 390 for seven, 22-year-old Swindells leading the way with his second first class century.
Skipper Colin Ackerman contributed 67, Ben Mike 40 and Ed Barnes a career-best 54 not out before bad light ended play 15 overs early.
The day began with news that Craig Overton, captaining Somerset in a Championship match for the first time, had been called into the revised England squad for the one-day series against Pakistan.
His place in the game was taken by 20-year-old debutant Kasey Aldridge, a tall seamer and middle order batsman, while James Hildreth assumed the role of skipper.
Ackermann and Josh Inglis resumed their fourth-wicket stand at the start of play, taking it to 57 before Inglis, on 27, fell lbw padding-up to Jack Brooks with the total on 117.
With Josh Davey nursing a sore toe, Somerset were without two frontline seamers. Ackermann took advantage with a series of classy strokes as he and Swindells built confidently until rain brought an early lunch at 12.55pm.
The Leicestershire captain had faced 160 balls and hit 10 fours when de Lange bowled him between bat and pad soon after the 1.45pm resumption to make it 177 for four.
Somerset took the second new ball with the total on 207, Aldridge and Brooks both beating the bat regularly without finding an edge.
Swindells went to fifty off 120 balls, with 7 fours, receiving good support from Mike in a stand of 79. Mike had hit seven boundaries when driving at de Lange and falling to a catch at first slip.
Callum Parkinson helped Swindells add a further 16 before being taken at third slip, fending at a steeply rising delivery from de Lange.
By tea, Leicestershire had moved to 290 for seven, just 22 short of avoiding the follow-on.
Swindells’ impressive knock continued with a cut four off Brooks to take his team past the follow-on figure and another boundary through the covers off de Lange to bring up his hundred off 186 balls, with 15 fours.
A Barnes boundary off the final ball of the 110th over took Leicestershire to 350 and a fourth batting point, while Somerset had to settle for two bowling points.
Barnes went to a maiden first class half-century off 65 balls, his 11th four also bringing up a century stand with Swindells.
By the time the light closed it, the pair had added 118 in positive fashion and the game looked destined for a draw.
Leicestershire centurion Harry Swindells said: "It was probably the best I have batted. Even without Craig Overton, Somerset have a quality bowling attack and it was tough facing Jack Brooks and Marchant de Lange, who have so much experience.
"On another day I might have nicked some of the balls I missed, but I tried to ride the wave. The crowd were giving me a bit of stick at times, but that doesn't bother me.
"I'm pleased for Ed Barnes. Some of the shots he played were top drawer and hopefully we can add more runs in the morning because there is a lot of cricket left in the game."
Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "It was an incredibly frustrating day. Seeing Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory leave to join the England squad was great for them, but challenging for us as a team.
"Kasey Aldridge showed what a talent he is for the future and was unlucky. Now we have to take the last three wickets quickly in the morning to avoid Leicestershire getting past our score and putting us under pressure."
Another day of heavy showers and attritional cricket at Edgbaston shunted the LV=Insurance County Championship tussle between Warwickshire and Durham further towards a draw.
Durham will resume on the final morning on 173 for five in their first innings in reply to the home side's 237 all out.
After the first day washout, frequent interruption on days two and three have prevented a potentially intriguing match, between two of the strongest teams in Group A, from taking flight.
The third day saw Durham grind forward from their overnight 20 for one against a heavily depleted bowling attack further hit by the loss of Danny Briggs to England duty.
The match resumed on the third morning with an altered cast list
from the first two days after abrupt England call ups for Briggs and Durham pair Ben Stokes and Brydon Carse. Nineteen-year-old all-rounder Ethan Brookes has replaced Briggs for the Bears while Durham have drafted in Jack Burnham and Graham Clark.
Briggs' departure adds to an absentee list of Warwickshire bowlers already including Olly Stone, Olly Hannon-Dalby, Henry Brookes and Tim Bresnan (injured) and Chris Woakes (England duty).
Durham batted watchfully in a morning session in which they lost took two wickets, both taken by seamer Craig Miles. Cameron Bancroft and nightwatchman Matty Potts added 68 in 29 overs before the latter (35, 95 balls) was bowled by Miles who then trapped Bancroft (34, 102 balls) lbw just before lunch.
Cricket of a gritty nature continued through the afternoon session. Scott Borthwick eked 20 runs from 75 minutes then had his off stump knocked out by Will Rhodes. Miles struck again when he won an lbw shout against Sean Dickson.
David Bedingham (37 not out, 73 balls) and Ned Eckersley (18 not out, 28 balls) threaded some attractive strokes through the gloom in an unbroken stand of 33 before further downpours visited to expedite an early tea and prevent play further play thereafter.
Warwickshire bowler Craig Miles, said:
"We stuck at it well with the ball today, all the bowlers, and to get five wickets, and four for myself, it was quite a good day all round. Durham bowled well yesterday and tried to dry us up in the middle session and were able to get their rewards later on and that's what we tried to do as a group today.
"We've had a few different people leading the attack this year and different guys have stepped up which is good. We are without some key players one way and another and then we lost Danny Briggs this morning but it was great to see Ethan Brookes come in and I thought he bowled really nicely, particularly in his first spell.
"Danny fully deserves his England call up. He has been phenomenal since he joined us. He had taken his chance with both hands and been a real key player in our bowling unit."
Durham head coach James Franklin said:
"That's what you work for all winter, to ultimately put yourselves in a position where you go into the last game potentially to have a crack at getting into Division One. Tomorrow is a big day to hopefully collect a few more points to put us in that position going into our last game next week at the Riverside."
Nottinghamshire thrashed neighbours Derbyshire by an innings and 36 runs to go top of Group One in the LV=Insurance County Championship with one match remaining of the group stage as they bid to clinch a place in the Championship division.
Luke Fletcher took five for 28 to take his tally to 46 as the competition’s leading wicket-taker as bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire were bowled out for 122, Dane Paterson claiming three for 22 with Matt Critchley’s 36 a modest top score for the visitors, whose last four wickets fell for one run in 12 balls.
Nottinghamshire had been all out for 307 in reply to Derbyshire’s first-innings 149, seamer Fynn Hudson-Prentice finishing with career-best figures of five for 68.
Ben Duckett’s 69 not out overnight remained the top score despite the left-hander having to be replaced mid-innings after England’s Covid emergency saw him picked in the new squad for the ODIs against Pakistan announced before play began.
The withdrawal of Duckett, who had been keeping wicket because Tom Moores is unwell, meant a senior debut for Dane Schadendorf, the 18-year-old Zimbabwe Under-19s wicketkeeper who joined Nottinghamshire last December.
Despite Duckett’s absence, Nottinghamshire added 51 to their overnight lead of 107 before Derbyshire claimed the last three wickets, Schadendorf playing nicely for his 24 on his unexpected first-class debut, going on to take four catches in his maiden duty with the gloves.
Hudson-Prentice chalked up his five-for with his first over with the second new ball when Ben Hutton was struck in front, Luke Fletcher picked up a couple of boundaries before hitting Ben Aitchison to backward point and Schadendorf was bowled by Luis Reece.
Derbyshire lost Tom Wood in the seven overs before lunch as he edged Fletcher to first slip and though Brooke Guest began the afternoon with three boundaries he was caught behind off an inside edge as Schadendorf grabbed the ball above his head to claim his maiden first-class victim.
Wickets in consecutive overs from Paterson plunged Derbyshire into more trouble as Leus du Plooy lost his off stump to a beauty and Luis Reece was leg before to one that came back.
Critchley’s bold approach brought him seven fours but he fell on the stroke of tea as Joey Evison found an edge, ending a 45-run partnership with Harvey Hosein, and Derbyshire suffered a further blow five overs into the last session as Hudson-Prentice flicked Fletcher lazily down the leg side the end coming quickly as Alex Thomson edged low to second slip, Michael Cohen was lbw to Paterson and Fletcher claimed his fifth via a fourth catch by Schadendorf.
Nottinghamshire’s Luke Fletcher, who took five for 28, said: “Apart from taking wickets myself, I’m buzzing that we got a victory, a massively important result to put us top of the table, because we’re desperate to get into that top division.
“I was a bit worried how this game would go after T20 but after four or five overs I slotted back into my rhythm. The good thing in four-day cricket is that you can get into your spells, which I think we’ve done as a bowling group, Dane, Brett, Joey and Lyndon as well, and got better as the game went on - it was a great team effort.
“Everyone is stepping up at different times and contributing, and you’ve seen Dane Schadendorf come in for his debut today. He was very calm and relaxed and looked like he belongs in first-class cricket and as a wicketkeeper you didn’t really notice him, which is always a sign that he was doing everything right.”
Derbyshire head of cricket Dave Houghton said: “It was a very disappointing game for us. We’re playing really poor cricket at the moment. Our bowlers were the bright sparks for us again and our catching was excellent but we batted poorly and you can’t compete in this game if you can’t put a score on the board.
“The ball was swinging a bit but if you can’t play a swinging ball you shouldn’t be playing at this level. We’ve got out cheaply twice, we haven’t even got an individual fifty within the game and we were no competition for the opposition.
“Our batting has been poor all season and I can’t put a finger on why. It’s just one of those rolls you get on and the confidence goes. They are going out there almost looking for a good ball and they are getting it.”
Harry Brook’s third first-class century provided the platform for a Yorkshire victory by 53 runs against Northamptonshire. Brook, fresh from scoring an unbeaten 91 in the Roses T20 game last weekend, scored 113 to help set the hosts a challenging 206 to win on a turning surface.
Northamptonshire’s reply got off to the worst possible start as Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson claimed two early wickets either side of lunch to spark a collapse with four wickets falling for just 11 runs. Spinner Dom Bess also picked up two victims to extend his match haul to nine and further underline his case for an England recall.
Tom Taylor provided the home fans with some late entertainment with some big hitting, but when he fell for 40, only Luke Procter and Simon Kerrigan provided any resistance as the hosts finished 152 all out. The win sees Yorkshire further cement their grip near the top of group three of the LV= County Championship.
Brook was in imperious form in the morning against some tight bowling from Simon Kerrigan and Ben Sanderson who made an early breakthrough when he enticed an edge from Jordan Thompson. Patterson showed some resistance, but could only fend a short-pitched delivery from Sanderson to Emilio Gay at short leg who took a brilliant diving catch to leave Yorkshire on 189 for eight.
Brook who reached his century from 168 deliveries, went on the offensive as wickets fell at the other end, swatting Kerrigan straight back down the ground for his eleventh boundary before falling next ball to give the spinner his fifteenth five-wicket haul as Yorkshire finished on 217.
Northamptonshire were soon in disarray as they lost three wickets for just two runs either side of lunch. Stand-in captain Ricardo Vasconcelos fell lbw playing forward to Patterson just before the interval. Then in the second over after lunch Charlie Thurston picked out short leg to give Patterson his second wicket. Next over, Gay drilled Bess straight to short cover to leave Northamptonshire in dire straits at 19 for three.
Bess got the ball to turn across Rob Keogh and take the edge through to short-leg, then Adam Lyth held onto a sharp, low catch at slip offered by Saif Zaib to leave Northamptonshire five wickets down with just 43 on the board.
Taylor decided to counterattack, striking eight boundaries and drilling the seamers firmly back down the ground, sweeping Bess and scooping Ben Coad back over the keeper’s head.
But when he was trapped lbw by Coad, Northamptonshire were 87 for six, still 108 adrift. Procter and Kerrigan raised home hopes with a stand of 49 but ultimately finished short.
Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson said: “Harry Brook has played beautifully all season. He’s made some decent scores in the Championship stuff and obviously done very well in the Vitality Blast. I’m delighted to see him go on and make that match-winning score. In a low-scoring game it’s probably made the difference.
"Dom Bess did fantastically well in the first innings but you can't expect him to do it all, and as a group of seamers we hoped we could chip in a bit at the other end today. For me getting [Ricardo] Vasconcelos early was a big wicket because he's a fantastic cricketer, probably their most senior batter.
“It’s been two fantastic games of cricket against Northants, to-ing and fro-ing for both sides. In a sense Northants didn’t deserve to lose both games, because they played some great cricket throughout. When [Simon] Kerrigan came in he played beautifully, and it was starting to get a little bit nervy when we got down to 50. You just trust you can produce enough chances over a period of time.
“We’re clear enough on points now to qualify for the top group, which is our overall goal, but with the way the points system works, carrying points over from teams you’ve played, it’s important we get some kind of positive result against Lancs if we can. We got beaten quite badly by them up at Old Trafford.”
Northamptonshire coach David Ripley said: “I think the chance lost really was our first innings batting. Wicket was a little bit better day one, we lost guys to straight balls effectively. I think an 80 run lead was really where we should have been.
“Obviously when we fell short of that it was about digging in with the ball. I really felt that we did that really well. But 206 to win last innings, I still think we should win that over half (of times), I really do.
“So that's the disappointing element today, the way things didn't really go our way with the bat. But credit Yorkshire, Bess obviously had a good game, kept us under pressure. It wasn't easy to score. But yeah, two very tight games (against Yorkshire this season). But in the grand scheme of things, very costly for us that we couldn't turn one of those into a win.”
A precious unbeaten half century from Lancashire all-rounder Luke Wood set up a potentially match-winning total at Emirates Old Trafford with Kent going into the final day of a rain-affected match trailing by 185 runs after the hosts closed on 259 for nine.
Wood batted superbly throughout the majority of a third day which saw 51 overs sent down by an increasingly frustrated bowling attack that were unable to take advantage of the home side’s precarious position at the start of play.
Both teams were forced to make changes following the overnight news that England’s entire ODI squad was to be replaced with Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson and Kent’s Zak Crawley both heading south to Bristol.
No play was possible until deep into the afternoon and it was 3pm when Steven Croft and Rob Jones strode out with Lancashire 108 for five and clutching a slender lead of 34 runs.
Just nine runs had been added when Croft shouldered arms to a lovely nip-backer from Darren Stevens and turned around in shock to see it had clipped his off stump.
Wood came in to join Jones and the seventh wicket pair began a mission to distinguish any hopes Kent might have had of keeping to the lead to a manageable margin.
By tea the hosts were 155 for six and looking secure with a priceless 50 partnership coming up soon after the interval.
Jones was three short of his half-century when the impressive James Logan got one to spin sharply and induce an edge to Stevens at slip ending a partnership of 69 runs that had taken the lead to 112.
Logan quickly added another when Danny Lamb top-edged to Stevens for two, but the incoming Tom Hartley, who replaced the England-bound Parkinson, was able to give valuable support to Wood who brought up his half-century from 98 balls as Lancashire’s lead tipped over the 150 mark.
Batting with a freedom against the spin of Logan, Jack Leaning and Joe Denly, the ninth wicket pair brought up their 50 partnership with five overs left and had extended the Red Rose’s lead to 174 when Hartley was caught at second slip by Jordan Cox off Matt Quinn for a useful 24.
As if to emphasise Lancashire’s dominance the final over of the day saw man of the moment James Anderson hit two boundaries off Stevens to finish unbeaten on eight with Wood closing on 63 not out.
James Logan, Kent off spinner, said: "We didn't go as well as we wanted with the bat and it's put us behind in the game but I think as a bowling unit we've stuck at it and bowled quite well in long periods.
"It is very frustrating when they get partnerships but it's about sticking in and not trying to chase that wicket because that's when you can go for a few boundaries rather than staying tight. Hopefully we can now bat well and save the game.
"It's gone well for me personally and the first wicket yesterday meant a lot as I'm trying to do my best and impress the coach and everyone. On a personal level I'm happy but it would be nice if we can save the game."
Luke Wood, Lancashire all-rounder, said:"We've had a few funny days with the weather and it can really play tricks on you as players. You can be moping around all morning and you can end up getting a bit tired and bored and then all of a sudden you've got to come out and play.
"We said at the start of the day we needed a couple of partnerships to score runs and take time out of the game. I think we're have a chat in the morning and maybe we can sneak the lead up to 200 and then go from there.
On James Anderson....
"It is interesting bowling with Jimmy (Anderson) - you have to be so switched on because he creates so much pressure even when he's not taking wickets. You don't want to alleviate that pressure and it definitely switches you on a bit more. It's brilliant to bowl in tandem with him when he's doing what he's doing.
"1,000 wickets is a joke really, especially as a seam bowler, and I don't think I've ever seen a better spell than that. It's just the way he sets people up and works out their weaknesses and exploits them - it's incredible to watch."
Opener Ali Orr made an unbeaten half-century in only his second first-class match to supervise Sussex’s recovery on the third day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan at Hove.
After they had conceded a first innings deficit of just 11 runs, Glamorgan seamers Timm van der Gugten and Mick Hogan reduced Sussex to 19 for three when play got underway at 4pm.
Hogan picked up fellow Australian Travis Head in a miserly new-ball spell of 9-4-8-1 while van der Gugten removed Aaron Thomason and Stiaan van Zyl.
But Orr and debutant Oli Carter relieved the pressure in a stand of 43 and Orr then added 49 with skipper Ben Brown (25*) to take Sussex to 111 for four, a lead of 122.
A lengthy mopping-up operation was needed after overnight rain before umpires Ben Debenham and Russell Warren gave the go-ahead. Sussex quickly took the final Glamorgan wicket to give themselves a slender first-innings advantage but their out-of-form top order were soon exposed by Glamorgan’s new ball pair.
Opener Thomason (1) was dismissed by van der Gugten for the second time in the match to a delivery which bounced more than he expected and van Zyl fell to the next ball, trapped on the crease.
Head negotiated the hat-trick ball but was squared up by der Gugten and caught at third slip for five, effectively leaving Sussex 30 for three.
Hogan could easily have picked up two or three more wickets before resting and Orr and Carter were able to play with more freedom, Carter moved to 22 when he offered a tame return catch in off-spinner Andrew Salter’s fourth over, a disappointing end to a promising innings by the 19-year-old debutant.
Dan Douthwaite could have picked up two wickets in his first over. Orr was dropped at second slip and Brown reprieved by wicketkeeper Chris Cooke. Orr made the most of his reprieve by following up the 67 he made on debut against Yorkshire last month with another composed contribution. His 50 came up off 105 balls with seven fours and without him Sussex would have been in dire straits.
Earlier, Glamorgan’s last wicket pair of Salter and Hogan added nine runs before their first innings ended on 206 when Hogan came down the pitch to off-spinner Jack Carson and was bowled for 11. Carson finished with three for 34 and now has 28 Championship wickets. Only Ollie Robinson (29) has more.
Sussex opener Ali Orr said, "I got runs against Yorkshire on my debut which helped massively and I feel in a good head-space at the moment so it's nice to follow it up and hopefully I can build on my score tomorrow.
"The ball did a bit at the start and their opening bowlers bowled really well, but I was able to play a few shots which took the pressure off and being around experienced batsmen like Travis Head and Ben Brown helped a lot.
"There's a lot of overs tomorrow and hopefully we can get a good lead and put a bit of pressure on them, we definitely feel we still have a chance of winning."
Glamorgan assistant coach David Harrison said, "It's all to play for. They are 122 ahead and I think all results are still possible. Mick Hogan and Timm van der Gugten were outstanding once again with the new ball but we didn't manage to take a couple of half-chances which would have put us in a better position. Credit to Ali Orr, he batted really well and looks a good player.
"If we can bowl well in the morning and take some early wickets to put pressure on Sussex we will give ourselves a chance."
Hampshire will hope rain can stay away from the Ageas Bowl on day four of the LV = County Championship clash as they push for a crucial victory over Surrey.
Showers over Southampton kept the players off the field until 5pm, but Surrey, who resumed on 42/4, ended a truncated day on 6-2 - having followed-on after being bundled out for 72. in response to Hampshire's 488.
The visitors trail by 410 runs after the Hampshire bowlers ran amok with Brad Wheal striking with the last ball of the day to dismiss England opener Rory Burns for a duck after Keith Barker had dismissed Mark Stoneman - leaving nightwatchman Amar Virdi at the crease when play resumes on Wednesday.
Two scheduled restarts had earlier been scuppered due to brief, but heavy downpours that drenched the outfield.
But Hampshire more than made up for that lost time as Surrey lost 6-30 in just under an hour and were immediately sent back into bat again by stand-in skipper Kyle Abbott.
The hosts will be without captain James Vince for the rest of the match after he and Surrey all-rounder Will Jacks were sent to Cardiff for England's makeshift ODI squad against Pakistan owing to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Vince has been replaced by 18-year-old batting prodigy Tom Prest who makes his first-class debut. Abbott struck in the fifth over after the restart with a ball that nipped back and pinned debutant Ben Geddes, who replaced Jacks, on his crease to be lbw for four.
Hashim Amla, a double centurion when the sides met at the Kia Oval in May, then fell to a peach of a delivery from Barker, who finished with 4-21, that uprooted his leg stump with the former South Africa Test batsman top scoring with 29.
Jordan Clark and Rikki Clarke were both dismissed cheaply by Wheal with Abbott striking again to trap Jamie Overton lbw for four.
Abbott then wrapped up the innings when he diverted a Kyle Jamieson shot onto the stumps of Virdi, leaving Surrey well short of a batting point.
Victory for Hampshire, who sit third in Group Two will greatly enhance their hopes of a top-two finish ahead next week's meeting with second-placed Gloucestershire at Cheltenham.
Surrey coach Vikram Solanki: "It was a tough day, we are certainly coming second in this game, there is no real excuse for it.
"It was an ill-disciplined batting performance and we have got some work to do.
"We are equipped to be able to deal with lateral movement, or we should be. "We haven't given a very good account of ourselves with the bat and it leaves us with a lot of work to do tomorrow to try and save the game."
Hampshire stand-in skipper Kyle Abbott: "When we went out there this afternoon I asked the guys for a huge effort in a short amount of time and that is what they gave us on a disrupted day.
"It's never easy to come out so late in the day and ask for performances but we knew it was going to be worse for them to bat.
"I am incredibly proud of the boys to get eight wickets in quick time.
"We would have been happy to have them eight down with two to get tomorrow. "But to have them two down with two of their big three out - and Hashim (Amla) to come, we couldn't have scripted it better."
July 05, Monday - July 09, Thursday
Middlesex have endured some tough days this season but their collapse of eight for 25 on day two at Cheltenham must rank as the most desperate as Gloucestershire took a lead of 345.
Bottom of Group Two with only one win and a litany of batting failures so far this season, they were steady at 76 for two replying to 248 just before lunch.
But in 10.2 overs they tumbled wildly like cheese rollers down Cooper’s Hill to be bowled out just 101 before Gloucestershire went to the close 198 for six in their second innings, with James Bracey making 88.
Gloucestershire were without David Payne who was called up to England’s ODI squad to play Pakistan but it mattered not as Matt Taylor claimed four for 19 - his best return of the season - and 21-year-old Tom Price three for 29 in just his second first-class match.
Payne’s replacement, Dom Goodman, took a wicket with his fourth delivery, a fortunate one as Stevie Eskinazi was strangled down the leg side, but Middlesex were actually enjoying one of their better starts to an innings this season when Dan Worrall struck twice in two balls before lunch.
He got one to nip back and flick Sam Robson’s bails for a well-made 37 before Daryl Mitchell was caught on the crease and palpably lbw.
Peter Handscomb made just his fifth score over 20 this season but, on 21, he pushed at one from Taylor that left him a little and edged behind.
Middlesex wicketkeeper John Simpson was also called up by England but his replacement Robbie White made just 5, which proved the top score of anyone batting lower than number four.
Price had Martin Andersson caught at slip driving far too loosely and took out Blake Cullen and Ethan Bamber lbw to finish the innings off.
With a huge lead of 147, Miles Hammond followed a first-innings 75 with 46 before Bracey continued his rehabilitation to ram home the advantage. He drove Tim Murtagh smartly through midwicket on his way to a 95-ball half-century but he drove Mitchell to backward point just before bad light curtailed the day.
Before that, Jack Taylor made a sprightly 40 in 29 balls. He cut and drove Nathan Sowter’s legspin for four before hoisting him over long-off for six. He then drove Murtagh for three fours in an over at the start of his second spell.
David Payne on his England call-up: “It’s probably the last thing I expected to happen. To get the call is the most amazing news and I can’t wait to join up with the squad.
“I saw I had a missed call from Chris Silverwood and my heart started pounding.
“He called me again in the car as I was driving to the ground. My initial reaction was a bit confused because we’re in the middle of a game.
“This has been the dream for a very long time and I can’t stop smiling. It’s what everyone plays for and everything I’ve ever wanted.”
Middlesex’s Sam Robson said: “We knew it was going to be a tough day but we weren’t good enough ultimately and it’s very disappointing.
“There was enough happening for the bowlers but our decision making wasn’t as good as we’d liked.
“It was tough going at times but you expect that virtually every time you bat.
“We have to come out in the morning, knock them over quickly and then obviously play much better than we did today."
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