LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 3 & 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 7th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 3 & 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 7th 2021
July 04, Sunday - July 07, Wednesday – Day 4
Harry Swindells advanced his career-best first class score to 171 not out as Leicestershire’s LV=County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton ended in a high-scoring draw.
The 22-year-old wicketkeeper had batted for almost six and a half hours, facing 322 balls and striking 24 fours and a six, when heavy rain set in during the lunch interval on the final day, causing play to be abandoned.
By then Swindells and Ed Barnes had taken their unbroken eighth-wicket stand to 203, with 23-year-old Barnes on 83, also a career-best, an innings spanning 165 balls and featuring 14 boundaries.
The pair batted through the morning session, interrupted for around 15 minutes by a shower, adding 85 to their team’s overnight first innings total of 390 for seven.
Their combined efforts gave Leicestershire a lead of 14 runs, but the match already seemed destined for a draw long before the heavens opened.
Umpires Neil Mallender and James Middlebrook abandoned any prospect of further play at just after 2.30pm, leaving Group Two leaders Somerset to take 15 points and Leicestershire 14.
Somerset’s experienced seamers Marchant de Lange and Jack Brooks had one final opportunity to give their side a meaningful first innings advantage when play began with the visitors 71 in arrears.
But a benign pitch, which had frustrated a depleted home attack the previous day, proved equally true for batting and there were few alarms for the composed Swindells and Barnes.
Unbeaten on 119 overnight, Swindells moved to 150 off 289 balls, playing and missing on occasion, as he had done throughout his innings, but also displaying the ability to punish anything loose to the full.
Barnard matched his partner shot for shot as they took the score to 444 for seven before the brief rain break.
Debutant Kasey Aldridge again bowled without a modicum of fortune, failing to find an edge, despite some impressive deliveries from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End.
Acting Somerset skipper James Hildreth introduced left-arm spinner Lewis Goldsworthy into the attack for the first time in the 134th over, but he was able to find no greater assistance from the pitch than the seamers.
Swindells and Barnes looked as if they could bat all day and the latter may feel he was robbed of a maiden century by the weather.
Whatever the case, he and Swindells played with an assurance and level of concentration that bodes well for their futures.
Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: "There is no doubt that if Craig Overton had been with us for the whole game, we would be looking at a different outcome. That's frustrating, but we fully understand the rationale behind England calling him up and it is a great opportunity for him.
"It also provided chance for young Kasey Aldridge, who bowled with absolutely no luck. We go into the final game top of the table, which is fantastic, and it promises to be a really exciting climax to the group stage as we take on Surrey next week."
The stand of 203 between Harry Swindells and Ed Barnes is a Leicestershire record for the eighth-wicket, beating the 195 partnership between Jigar Naik and James Taylor against Derbyshire in 2005.
Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon said: "Harry is a streetfighter and a workaholic. He has been so proactive in trying to improve his game and relishes a battle.
"Ed has had a tough time. We left him out for a while and here he fought with his bowling action a bit in the breeze against some very good players before turning things around with the bat.
"Overall, we are delighted with how we played because we have done a lot of travelling lately and T20 can disrupt the sleep patterns of players."
Warwickshire vs Durham, Group 1 Edgbaston, Birmingham 11:00 AM
Warwickshire and Durham will both enter the final round of LV=Insurance County Championship matches next week with sights firmly set on a top-two finish after their clash at Edgbaston ended in a rain-ruined draw.
Bad weather which plagued the match, washing out the entire first day, continued into the fourth, preventing any play after lunch.
In the two hours of cricket that were possible, Durham advanced to 253 for seven in reply to the Bears 237 all out. David Bedingham stroked a classy unbeaten 92 (161 balls. 16 fours) while Craig Miles took five for 62 to complete five-fors in successive championship matches, but the match was long dead as a contest.
It was a frustrating four days for both teams but both have it all to play in the final round starting on Sunday. Warwickshire know that victory over Worcestershire at New Road will secure them a top two finish while Durham sit third in Group A and will face leaders Nottinghamshire at The Riverside knowing that a strong performance could force them into the top tier.
After Durham resumed on the final morning on 173 for five, Bedingham and Ned Eckersley (27, 63 balls, four fours) took their partnership to 73 in 25 overs before the latter chipped Rob Yates to mid-wicket.
That give the spinner his maiden first class wicket to accompany his first innings century and Yates was soon in the action again, this time at third slip when Jack Burnham edged the second ball with the new ball, from Miles to third slip.
The wicket completed a deserved five-for for Miles who led the heavily depleted bowling attack extremely well. His fellow former Gloucestershire seamer Liam Norwell, meanwhile, was entitled to feel a little aggrieved. He also bowled well but while Miles took five, Norwell ended up wicketless, despite bowling well for 22-8-40-0.
Rain triggered an early lunch and a series of further showers followed during the afternoon. With potentially crucial bonus points still available for another 20 overs, the teams were keen to get back out on to the field if they possibly could but, after an early tea was taken at 3.20pm, yet another downpour proved terminal.
Warwickshire first team coach Mark Robinson said:
"At Edgbaston you generally need the four days to get a result because it is such a good cricket wicket. Our victories here have come on the last day. Once you lose a day, it needs one team to play really badly to get into a mess and that didn't happen.
"Rob Yates is very impressive. To have three hundreds already this season, a 21-year-old student juggling his exams, is outstanding. He had a tough time with his illness, went back in the 2nd team, scored 90, told me he's okay and then came back in here and played as though he'd never been away
"Craig Miles had grown day by day this season. He has fully deserved those consecutive five-fors and been really good for us across the board this year. He's become an important fixture in the T20 and become a big part of that team. The captain has been really good with him and given him some important roles and Craig has repaid that with some very good cricket."
Durham batsman David Bedingham said:
"It was quite frustrating and I think we lost out on quite a lot of points, unfortunately, but our game next week is a massive game and hopefully we can pull through.
"That is quite an exciting prospect. Nottinghamshire are playing really good cricket at the moment but I think we are too, so it will be a good game and one that we can all be excited about.
"I feel that I hit the ball quite nicely in this game and hopefully that will continue against Notts."
Sussex vs Glamorgan, Group 3 County Ground, Hove 11:00 AM
Skipper Ben Brown scored his 20th first-class century as Sussex’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan at Hove ended in a draw.
Brown got to three figures with a six off Tim van der Gugten and immediately declared Sussex’s second innings on 263 for six, setting Glamorgan a target of 275 to win in 51 overs.
Off-spinner Jack Carson took three wickets and there were still ten overs remaining when Kiran Carlson top-edged a sweep to leave Glamorgan 131 for five, but Andrew Salter and Dan Douthwaite stood firm, taking their side to 154 for five when the players shook hands after two balls of the final over.
Stuart Meaker had removed opener David Lloyd for 17 in his fourth over with the new ball, courtesy of a smart catch at second slip by Aaron Thomason, and after tea Carson took his tally of Championship wickets to 31, making him Sussex’s leading-wicket taker in the competition.
Colin Ingram (27), Billy Root (12) and Carlson (23) all perished to catches by fielders clustered around the bat while opener Joe Cooke, who faced 89 balls for his 19, failed to pick Will Beer’s googly. But Salter, promoted from no.10, stood firm, absorbing 58 balls in his 19 not out.
Both sides took 12 points, meaning Sussex will finish either fifth or sixth while Glamorgan have the chance to end third if they can beat Northamptonshire in their next match starting on Sunday.
Brown had earlier extended his fifth wicket stand with Ali Orr to 100 before opener Orr’s impressive innings ended the ball after they had reached their milestone when he was leg before to David Lloyd’s inswinger for 80, made off 193 balls with ten fours. It was an excellent effort by the 19-year-old left-hander who has made half-centuries in his first two Championship innings.
Dan Ibrahim (17) was leg before hitting across the line at van der Gugten but Brown and Will Beer upped the tempo after lunch, adding 65 for the seventh wicket in 11.1 overs as the field spread and Glamorgan waited for the declaration.
Brown’s second hundred of the season came off 134 balls, the second 50 taking 53 deliveries. He hit six fours and deposited van der Gugten over mid-wicket before going to his century later in the same over. Glamorgan’s most successful bowler was van der Gugten, who finished with three for 44.
Sussex skipper Ben Brown said, “I think it was a hugely positive four days for us and I am very proud of the players. We had eight players unavailable which made the build-up really challenging and an depleted bowling attack but the commitment from everyone was fantastic. Had it not been for the rain earlier in the match, I think we could have won.
“We talked at lunch about the declaration and we wanted to give them 50 overs or so. It was slightly on the safe side but we have seen sides chase targets here when the pitch has flattened out and we were wary of that, but actually it spun more than we expected. Jack Carson was outstanding again and the young players can take a lot of confidence from how they performed, especially Ali Orr. He drew a lot of compliments out there for the way he played. To get 80 under pressure showed fantastic character.
“I don’t think I’ve got to a hundred before with a six. I was going to declare at the end of the over anyway, so it was nice to get there rather than be 94 not out!”
Glamorgan Head Coach Matt Maynard said: “We did a lot of work in the winter on how to play on spinning pitches and I thought we adapted really well and we saved the game pretty comfortably in the end. It wasn’t easy, Jack Carson is a very talented young spinner who is an exciting prospect but we negated that pretty well.
“We’re going to be in the second division which is nice. We have shown a bit of character this season and we’re working harder to get more resilient individually and as a group. We’re not the finished article but I am delighted that we could potentially finish third in what was a very tough group, although we now face four very tough matches at the end of the season.”
Lancashire vs Kent, Group 3 Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 11:00 AM
A defiant half-century from Jack Leaning enabled Kent to cling on for a draw at Emirates Old Trafford as Lancashire confirmed their qualification for Division One of the LV=Insurance County Championship.
Leaning’s unbeaten 53 from 199 balls ensured the visitors were eight down at the close of day four of a rain-affected match that had been dominated by the hosts since James Anderson’s seven for 19 helped dismiss Kent for just 74 in their first innings.
Lancashire pushed hard for the win with Tom Hartley’s best first class figures of four for 42 giving them more than a sniff as the clock ticked down on a gloomy afternoon in Manchester.
Play finally got underway at 1.10pm with Lancashire declaring overnight on 259 for nine and a first innings deficit of 185 for Kent to contend with.
Subtract the England-bound Zak Crawley from the equation and this looked a big ask for a batting line up blown away by James Anderson in similar conditions on day two.
That impression was strengthened in the fourth over when Ollie Robinson had a horrible swipe at a wide delivery from Luke Wood and was caught by wicketkeeper Dane Vilas for two.
Anderson quickly weighed in with his 1,003rd first class wicket after Jordan Cox edged one to Rob Jones at second slip whose parry found its way into the hands of a grateful Luke Wells standing next to him.
Kent were suddenly 31 for two and their prospects worsened when skipper Joe Denly clipped an innocuous delivery from Danny Lamb’s first over straight to Alex Davies at midwicket for 17 to leave the visitors 40 for three.
With the fourth day pitch expected to turn, Lancashire might have rued Matt Parkinson’s England call up but the leg spinner’s replacement has been in fine form in the Vitality Blast and Hartley claimed Harvey Kuhn for his first red ball wicket of the season when the South African edged to Wells at slip for 21.
When Crawley’s substitute, Tawenda Mueye, was trapped in front by Hartley for seven, swiftly followed in the same way by Darren Stevens for 17 courtesy of Wells’ part time leg spin, the writing was on the wall for Kent at 129 for six with only Leaning offering any resistance.
Just before the last hour was called, Hartley struck again, claiming two wickets in the three balls as first Matt Milnes edged behind for two and then Harry Podmore was clean bowled for a duck.
But Leaning and an impressive James Logan, who finished unbeaten on three, hung on to see out time and allow Kent a share of the spoils.
Hampshire vs Surrey, Group 2 The Rose Bowl, Southampton 11:00 AM
LV= Insurance County Championship Day 4
Hampshire 488 v Surrey 72 and 122-8 - match drawn
Hampshire 15 points Surrey 11
A defiant batting display for the ages from Hashim Amla staved off defeat for Surrey and thwarted Hampshire's push for victory and their quest top-two finish in Group Two of the LV = County Championship.
Resuming on 6/2, Surrey held on for an unlikely draw, reaching 128-8, with former South Africa batsman Amla batting all day to be unbeaten on 37 from 278 balls.
Amla demonstrated incredible restraint to repel an attack that bowled an incredible 64 maidens and over 500 dot balls in an glacial innings where the hosts were made to pay dearly for three dropped catches.
Despite Amla's heroics, the result almost certainly ended any chance of Surrey being one of six teams to qualify to play in division one later in the season and the opportunity to win the title and the Bob Willis Trophy.
Hampshire now require victory over Gloucestershire starting on Sunday, in a potential winner-take-all clash at Cheltenham, to keep alive their season, with Surrey facing leaders Somerset at the Kia Oval.
Amla scored just three runs from the first 100 balls he faced and did not find the boundary rope until the 125th ball of his brave vigil, where he took three heavy blows to the body that had many traditionalists at the Ageas Bowl purring.
Hampshire's attack bowled tirelessly but were left to rue the dropped chances - including a simple opportunity grassed by Ian Holland at leg slip 17 overs from the close when Amla was put down off the admirable Keith Barker, who finished with figures of 3-9 from 22 overs.
Following-on after being bundled out for just 72 in response to the home side's 488, the visitors scored just 18 runs in the first session with nightwatchman Amar Virdi the only wicket to fall.
Ryan Patel should have joined Virdi back in the pavilion before lunch but was given two lives after being dropped by Kyle Abbott, off a caught-and-bowled chance, and Joe Weatherley's second slip spill.
Although those missed opportunities cost only 14 runs, they crucially allowed Patel to soak up 85 balls before his off-stump was uprooted by Abbott after lunch.
Felix Organ took Hampshire's third wicket of the day when Jamie Smith's inside edge looped into the hands of Holland, before first-innings centurion Colin de Grandhomme bowled debutante Ben Geddes for 15.
Barker got his third wicket when Jordan Clark was trapped lbw for four, before Organ raised hopes of a home victory when he bowled Jamie Overton.
However, Amla and fellow fellow veteran Rikki Clarke held firm for the final nine overs to see out the draw.
Hashim Amla said - "I did enjoy it, every batter that went out there had a plan and tried our best to just block it out. You don't know how far you can go but we managed to go all the way. We had some nervous moments but the way the youngsters played was fantastic.
"It was a real battle. Everyone wants to score runs, but we had a cause. You need a lot to go your way especially on this wicket. It was up and down and there was quite a bit of rough from the off-spinner.
"The game dictated that we have to save the game. The last thing you want to do is play a couple of bad shots and the game is over by lunchtime. But the way everyone played today we managed to pull it back after being outplayed on days two and three."
Hampshire skipper Kyle Abbott - "Every bowler and every fielder put it in today. The energy was excellent from 11am until 6.30. Unfortunately we couldn't get across the line but you can't fault the effort.
"I said to Hash that he is not obviously going for a Hundred Ball contract! He is an incredible batsman and when he gets into his bubble he doesn't let much through. In saying that, he gave us a chance we couldn't capitalise on.
That kind of summed up our bad luck on the day. You need those chances to stick if you want to win matches, especially on day four.
July 05, Monday - July 09, Thursday - Day 3
Gloucestershire vs Middlesex, Group 2 College Ground, Cheltenham 11:00 AM
Gloucestershire ended day three at Cheltenham on course for victory to keep their hopes of a top two finish in Group Two alive as Middlesex closed 97 for three chasing 420.
But it could yet be a hard slog to finish the job as Stevie Eskinazi’s unbeaten 48 from 157 balls led resistance that saw only 45 runs come from the final 37 overs of the day.
Their hopes of Division One cricket in September were also boosted by Leicestershire’s draw with Somerset and Surrey’s epic bulwark to deny Hampshire.
Gloucestershire added another 74 after rain had taken out the morning session and were bowled out for 272.
A romp then looked possible as Middlesex lost two wickets inside six overs. Josh de Caires, son of Michael Atherton, drove at Dan Worrall and edged to slip. Four and five was not a memorable debut.
Taylor then pinned Sam Robson lbw back in his crease but replays suggested the ball pitched outside leg stump.
But Stevie Eskinazi and captain Peter Handscomb began to pull up the drawbridge. They also lowered their arrows. Having reached 52 for two after 20 overs, the pair scored only four runs in the next 15 overs.
Worrall broke the resistance, nipping one back to have his fellow Australian Handscomb lbw for 14 from 95 deliveries but that was the only other success for the hosts.
Gloucestershire resumed with a lead of 345 knowing one more partnership should put the game beyond their visitors.
It was a heart-warming combination who provided it as Tom Price, 21 and playing his second match, and his 20-year-old brother Ollie, on debut, shared 64 for the seventh wicket.
Ollie opened the day with a gorgeous cover drive off Blake Cullen and played another through mid-off in making 33 to add to his first-innings 31.
His brother Tom finished unbeaten on 35. He drove Ethan Bamber over his head for four, twice flicked him smartly through midwicket, steered four more to third man and pulled Cullen for a fifth four.
The pair must have been having the time of their lives before Ollie hooked at Tim Murtagh and gloved a catch behind.
Matt Taylor swung at Daryl Mitchell and was bowled for naught before Worrall tried to crash him through the covers and edged behind. Dom Goodman then skied Murtagh to mid-on to end the innings.
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