LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 12 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 12th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 12 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 12th 2021
July 11th , Sunday – July 14th , Wednesday
Derbyshire’s LV=Insurance County Championship match against Essex has been abandoned after one of the home team players tested positive for Covid 19.
The unnamed player returned a positive lateral flow test last night (Sunday) and is now self-isolating along with the rest of the Derbyshire squad involved in the Essex game and the players who travelled to Durham on Friday for the Vitality Blast match.
In a statement Derbyshire confirmed: “Due to the isolation protocols and impact on the available playing squad, the decision has been made in conjunction with Public Health England and the England and Wales Cricket Board to abandon the fixture, with the awarding of points to be confirmed in due course.”
A decision on whether Derbyshire’s two remaining T20 matches against Northamptonshire on Friday and Yorkshire on Sunday will be made in consultation with PHE and the ECB.
Derbyshire’s chief executive Ryan Duckett said: “As a club, we have operated a robust testing regime among all staff throughout the return to cricket and have clear safety regulations in place.
“This isolated incident highlights the fact that sport is not exempt from the pandemic. It is of course a great disappointment to see the abandonment of a fixture but the safety of all players, staff and supporters must always come first.”
The abandonment almost certainly ends Essex’s chances of qualifying for Division One as they needed to win the game with maximum points to finish in the top two of Group 1.
At the end of day one, Essex had taken three bowling points after dismissing Derbyshire for 146 and in reply were 86 for 3 from 38 overs so if the game is confirmed as a draw, Essex would take 11 points and Derbyshire nine..
Last season, Gloucestershire’s game with Northamptonshire at Bristol was called off after 29.4 overs after a player tested positive for Covid 19 and subsequently the game was classed as a draw.
The second day of the Roses LV= Insurance County Championship fixture between Yorkshire and Lancashire at Emerald Headingley was washed out without a ball bowled.
Heavy overnight rain continued into the morning and early afternoon before umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong called a halt to the day shortly after their 1.40pm post lunch inspection.
Lancashire will be more frustrated at a day without cricket than Yorkshire.
Keaton Jennings scored a superb 132 during day one to underpin his side’s first-innings 273 for two, also including 84 from opening partner Alex Davies.
Jordan Thompson claimed the only two wickets for Yorkshire, who are already staring at the possibility of a second Roses defeat of the season having lost by an innings at Emirates Old Trafford in late May.
Avoiding that is incredibly important given that both Roses counties have already secured qualification from Group Three into the late summer top group and half the aggregate of points from matches between the two counties are carried forwards.
Realistically, there was never any prospect of play at Headingley on day two of this final round fixture from the initial group phase.
Though rain eased as the day progressed, puddles had already formed on the outfield pre 9am and the 100 or so hardy souls who came into the ground were left disappointed.
Yorkshire opening batsman George Hill said: “I’m looking forward to facing Jimmy Anderson.
“It’s a bit weird really because myself and my brother (Freddie) used to try and mock some bowlers’ actions in the back garden, and his was one of them.
“But it’s the old cliche of, ‘Face the ball, not the bowler’.
“It’s easier said than done, but it will be a good challenge.
“As you saw with the new ball yesterday morning, it did a bit. And that’s the main threat. But the pitch is pretty flat and quite slow. Once you get in, there’s value for your shots. The main thing is to try and get in so we can turn things around.”
Lancashire assistant coach Mark Chilton said: “We weren’t quite expecting the weather to be as poor. If you miss a day, you know how hard it can be to force results.
“We had a really good day yesterday to get ourselves in a position of strength. But it’s a good pitch and you need time to force the results.
“We just have to deal with what we’ve got, get out there as soon as we can, maximise the bonus points from the batting and then you never know with the ball.
“If it’s been under cover for a day and there’s still a bit of moisture around, if Jimmy (Anderson) bowls anything like he did against Kent last week then it’s going to be a serious challenge for their batsmen.”
No play was possible due to heavy rain on day two of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash between Durham and Nottinghamshire at Emirates Riverside.
Overnight rain persisted into the morning, and although there was brief respite which allowed the covers to be removed, the elements soon returned.
After a subsidence, a pitch inspection at 1.30pm offered hope, but the rain returned once again in the afternoon before play was eventually called off for the day at 3.55pm.
Nottinghamshire will resume their first innings on 312 for nine on the morning of day three, having already secured three batting bonus points. Durham are also sitting on three bonus points after taking nine wickets.
However, the hosts face a challenge to force the victory in the remaining two days that they require to earn qualification to the Division One in the next stage of the competition.
Somerset will qualify for the Division One stage of this summer’s new-look LV= Insurance County Championship format if they avoid defeat against Surrey at the Kia Oval this week and, on a weather-reduced second day, the Group 2 leaders took significant steps towards that aim by reaching 429 all out in their first innings.
Late afternoon rain then caused the last 37 overs of the day to be lost after Surrey’s openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman had reached 24 for no wicket in reply in the final conference stage match.
Somerset’s lower order had earlier batted well against Surrey’s spin trio of Ravi Ashwin, Amar Virdi and Dan Moriarty on a slow surface, with Indian Test off spinner Ashwin toiling through 43 overs in all for his eventual 1 for 99 and Virdi emerging as the most successful with figures of 3 for 86. Moriarty finished with 2 for 109.
Resuming on 280 for six, Somerset added 149 more runs in 50.5 overs of further hard graft, securing a third batting bonus point in the process. It completed a fine collective performance and the overnight not out pair of Roelof van der Merwe and Ben Green took their seventh wicket stand to 61 in 28 overs before Surrey off spinner Virdi made the breakthrough.
Virdi, somewhat surprisingly, had to wait 90 minutes for his first bowl of day two and, with his second ball, he turned one to have Van der Merwe adjudged caught off bat at short leg for 41.
Green also batted with great self-discipline for 43, from 114 balls, before Virdi had him caught at slip and, soon afterwards, Jack Leach advanced to hit Virdi high over long on for six.
There were also two legside sixes from Marchant de Lange, launched powerfully off Ashwin and Moriarty, before on 29 he edged left-arm spinner Moriarty to give Rikki Clarke his second catch of the day at slip.
It was close to 3pm when Somerset’s first innings finally closed, Jack Brooks mishitting Moriarty to Ashwin at point to go for 9. Leach remained unbeaten on 28, a stout 67-ball effort, but there was only time for six overs of Surrey's first innings before the rain came.
Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: “We are in a strong position and we have to ensure that our mindset is that we are trying to win the game over the next two days. Yes, a draw would be good enough for us to qualify for Division One but whatever happens in the rest of this game it is imperative that we remain focused on trying to win because that will also prepare us for the divisional phase later in the season.
“It’s a wicket where we will have to be patient with the ball but with 429 on the board we are happy at this stage and I thought Ben Green, having come into the side in a very different role, batted brilliantly today to help us to get beyond 400.”
Leicestershire seamer Will Davis bowled his side back into contention on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Middlesex with season’s-best figures of five for 66.
Davis, who had gone wicketless the previous day as Middlesex amassed 280 for three at Merchant Taylors’ School, sliced through the lower and middle order to prompt a collapse to 324 all out.
In response, home captain Tim Murtagh collected two early Leicestershire wickets before his opposite number Colin Ackermann righted the ship with a patient undefeated half-century.
Ackermann had reached 65 not out, with the visitors on 174 for five, when bad light forced the players from the field.
It was Abidine Sakande who triggered the procession of Middlesex wickets, bringing one back to hit Joe Cracknell’s front pad in the third over of the day before Davis took centre stage.
The Foxes paceman got the ball moving sufficiently to remove Robbie White and then Sam Robson, whose seven-hour innings of 154 came to an end as Josh Inglis took a diving catch behind the stumps.
Davis swiftly mopped up the Middlesex tail, dismissing James Harris and Nathan Sowter in successive overs and completing his five-for when Murtagh skied one into the hands of mid-off.
However, Murtagh struck back immediately at the start of the Leicestershire reply, with Sam Evans picking out Sowter at cover in the opening over before Lewis Hill was lbw to a delivery that kept low.
Marcus Harris – who shared a 243 partnership with Ackermann when the Foxes chased down 378 to beat Middlesex at home earlier in the season – looked in good nick again, producing a string of boundary drives in his brisk 31.
The Australian left-hander departed when namesake James Harris persuaded him to edge behind, but Ackermann, who took 23 balls before getting off the mark, proved harder for Middlesex to shift.
He built a fruitful stand of 97 with the more pugnacious Inglis, who looked set to overtake his skipper to a half-century, but was left one short as he lost his off stump to Ethan Bamber on the stroke of tea.
That was Bamber’s sole reward for two impressive spells, but Sowter held a sharp catch at midwicket to cut off Harry Swindells’ powerful drive and secure a third wicket for Murtagh before the rapidly darkening sky brought play to a close.
Middlesex opener SAM ROBSON, who top-scored with 154, said:
“It was pleasing to get a big score and help put us in a decent position – that’s what you’ve got to do as a top-order batsman.
“Early season you know you’re going to get some low-scoring ones, so when you get in and conditions are in your favour, you’ve got to try and make it count.
“We’re probably a bit disappointed things didn’t go according to plan this morning but we know that generally it doesn’t get easier here and maybe a little bit more happened today which is promising.
“So if we can bowl well again in the morning with the second new ball, knock them over and bat well second dig, it’ll be well set up.”
Leicestershire bowler WILL DAVIS, who took five for 66, his best figures of the season, said:
“It did seem to move a little bit more this morning than perhaps it did yesterday and there’s definitely enough there to get you interested as a bowler.
“I feel like we bowled better than 280 for three (suggested) yesterday and didn’t quite get the rewards we deserved, but we just stuck at it, kept bashing away and we were able to finish it off quite quickly.
“I feel like I’ve bowled pretty well. I’ve just tried to stay in the mindset of ‘keep doing the same things and eventually it’s going to turn’.
“If we can get close to them or even go past them, then we’ve got to keep believing we can bowl them out again and see what we’d need fourth innings. The footmarks are really dry, which could potentially bring Parky (spinner Callum Parkinson) into the game.”
Joe Weatherley and Ian Holland put Hampshire on top at Cheltenham with a 174-run opening stand as their side made 270 for five to lead Gloucestershire by 41.
Having taken the final four Gloucestershire wickets for only 15 runs inside six overs of day two to bowl the hosts out for 229, Weatherley and Holland shared a partnership into the 52nd over of the reply.
Weatherley made 78 - his first half-century of the season - and Holland continued his fine campaign with 74 - the sixth score of 50 or more for Hampshire’s leading run scorer.
When they were finally parted, Gloucestershire mounted a comeback taking five for 58 but they are playing catch-up in a game they now cannot afford to lose.
The home side resumed 214 for six with a second batting point in their sights but it proved a disastrous opening.
Jack Taylor, resuming on 34, fell to the 11th ball of the day as a sharp lifter from Kyle Abbott caught him on the glove and popped up for midwicket to run in and take a good catch.
Two balls later, the other overnight batsman, Ollie Price on 18, went to hook Colin de Grandhomme and gloved behind, Hampshire clearly having done their homework on the 20-year-old.
Matt Taylor propped forward and was lbw next ball and Gloucestershire had lost three wickets without adding a run. Dan Worrall pulled Mason Crane to midwicket and Gloucestershire were left with only one point.
With a spring in their step, Hampshire’s openers gave their side a perfect start.
Weatherley drove Worrall through cover and Matt Taylor through mid-on before a thick-edge to third man raised fifty in 101 balls.
Holland had the home attack pulling their hair out with his tendency to play to leg. He flicked three boundaries through the on-side and punished a wide ball from Taylor in his 129-ball fifty.
Gloucestershire were seeing their dreams of Division One disappearing quickly but struck on the stroke of tea as Glenn Phillips found some turn and Holland’s inside edge. Phillips then held Weatherley and Tom Alsop, for 15, at slip.
Tom Prest, on 18, and de Grandhomme, for a five-ball duck, both pushed at balls and were held by Ollie Price in the cordon - the first an outstanding one-handed take - but Nick Gubbins and Lewis McManus took Hampshire to the close in command.
Warwickshire claimed four batting points to strengthen their hopes of a top two finish in Group 1 of the LV=Insurance County Championship despite a six wicket haul by spinner Ish Sodhi on his first class debut for Worcestershire at New Road.
A half century from Bears captain Will Rhodes, with good support from Matt Lamb and the lower order, helped his side advance from their overnight 245-4 to 395 all out.
Sodhi, an ever present for Worcestershire Rapids during their Vitality Blast campaign, marked his first ever red ball game in England by taking the last five wickets and the New Zealander ended with figures of 6-89 from 30.2 overs.
Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell then hit his highest score of the summer – an unbeaten 83 - as his side reached 152-2 on a still flat pitch.
The second new ball almost brought an instant reward this morning for Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach as Lamb edged a delivery he tried to leave alone which flew just past Mitchell at second slip.
Runs initially flowed freely and Rhodes struck rookie spinner Josh Baker for six over mid-wicket on his way to an 85 ball half century.
His stand with Lamb was worth 93 in 26 overs but Baker had his revenge when Rhodes on 60 went for a similar big hit and picked out Jake Libby.
Sodhi settled into a good rhythm and claimed wickets in successive overs before lunch.
Michael Burgess (4) was bowled by a fine turning delivery and then Lamb, having made 44, pushed forward and was lbw.
But the Bears were able to collect a fourth batting point before Sodhi wrapped up proceedings with a trio of scalps during the afternoon session.
Jake Lintott (15) could only find Tom Fell at short leg, Craig Miles (16) was caught by keeper Ben Cox down the legside and Ryan Sidebottom (1) went for a pull and was lbw.
Mitchell launched the Worcestershire reply with a flurry of boundaries in partnership with Jake Libby.
He on drove Liam Norwell for four and cover drove Miles for two successive boundaries.
The half century stand came up in only 13.4 overs of which Mitchell’s contribution was 36.
Worcestershire reached 68-0 at tea before Libby (22) and Tom Fell (2) both went lbw to Norwell and occasional spinner Rob Yates respectively within the first four overs after the resumption.
Mitchell completed a half century – his fourth in the Championship this summer - with a single off Miles. It came off 91 balls with five fours.
New batsman Jack Haynes was back in the side for the first time since recovering from an ankle injury suffered in training during early June and he looked in good touch in making an unbeaten 42.
Warwickshire batsman Matthew Lamb, who hit 44 in a partnership of 93 with skipper Will Rhodes, said: “It is a nice wicket to bat on, the ball comes onto the bat nicely especially off the seamers. There is a little bit of spin starting to take place so fingers crossed we can take wickets.
“At the start of the day, the main goal was to get through the new ball and clock up the batting points. We managed to achieve that although we would have liked to get 400 as a team.
“To get those four points, we were really happy. That was the main goal and it’s been a good day.
“In terms of the two spinners (Jake Lintott and Rob Yates) they are inexperienced in terms of overs bowled in first class cricket but they did a brilliant job.
“Yatesy, in particular, has worked really hard on his bowling during the winter months and he bowled with really good control.
“Hopefully it will be more of the same tomorrow and it will be a case of just being nice and patient and trying to bore them out really.”
Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach said: “The day ended with the game evenly poised. I thought it started that way as well.
“It is a good wicket to bat on at the moment. It is obviously taking a little bit of turn, maybe slightly more as the game has progressed, and a very even contest up until now.”
“We probably got a little bit of fortune, if we are honest, with the wickets of Pieter Malan and Dominic Sibley yesterday evening. We had a really good period there of three wickets for 30 which in the context of the wicket is very good.
“I thought the way we bowled today was pretty good and Ish (Sodhi) was outstanding. It is a tough ask for him to switch from the white ball in the T20 to come into the solitary red ball game. Really pleased for him.
“It was a hell of a ball he produced to Michael Burgess so hopefully we see a bit more of that in the second innings – but hopefully not too soon as well!
“Josh (Baker), I’m really impressed with him. I’ve seen quite a bit of him over the past three or four weeks in the second team.
“He has had a reasonably steep growth over the last six to 12 months from where he was on the fringes of the Academy to progressing through to second team cricket and then to make his first team debut.”
Glamorgan had a solid day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship with Northamptonshire but more Welsh rain means the game is likely to end in a draw.
Figures of four for 18 from Andrew Salter helped Glamorgan dismiss Northamptonshire for 215 although the home county only needed to take nine wickets with Gareth Berg absent hurt.
Glamorgan’s reply reached 52 for two when the second rain shower of the day delivered a fatal blow to the afternoon’s action.
Rain meant only 44.5 overs were possible on day one and day two started half an hour late, but Northamptonshire saw Berg suffer an ankle injury warming up. It was a big blow to the visitors.
Overnight batsman Charlie Thurston and Saif Zaib resumed with the score 128 for four and while both played and missed on occasion, the pair were relatively untroubled.
Zaib went to 50 from 92 balls, but both batsmen were then dismissed in quick succession. First, Thurston was caught by Billy Root from the bowling of Michael Hogan.
Then, Zaib drove Salter to Marnus Labuschagne at short cover for 50. Salter also dismissed Simon Kerrigan for a 22-ball duck, caught by Timm van der Gugten at mid-on.
Ben Sanderson went lbw to Salter with Northamptonshire 197 for eight at lunch and Salter’s fifth ended the innings nine down after the break. Jack White was caught by Van der Gugten. Berg was unable to bat.
Glamorgan opener Joe Cooke survived a run out scare but was then caught at first slip by Northamptonshire captain Ricardo Vasconcelos as Sanderson got one to move away off the seam.
Vasconcelos then grabbed David Lloyd too with Luke Procter the bowler this time.
A sharp downpour forced the players from the field at half past three with Glamorgan 48 for two and an early tea was taken.
Labuschagne and Root returned to the field but were able to add only four more runs before more wet weather intervened.
The second shower of the day was far heavier than the first and play was abandoned at five past five.
Labuschagne (17 not out) and Root (six not out) will restart on Tuesday morning, but Glamorgan will have to bypass their opponents quickly if they are to try and force a win.
Australian Test star Labuschagne – who didn’t look totally convincing with a couple of boundaries to third man – will hold the key to their fortunes.
Glamorgan off spinner Andrew Salter, who took career best figures of four for 18, said: “It’s been a shame the weather has interrupted things so far, but I think the groundstaff did a great job to make sure we got going this morning and with only a small delay. When we arrived at the ground, I thought it would be a lot longer. Credit to them for that and hopefully the weather will go away as we move forward in the game. It was a good day at the office for me. As a bowler you appreciate it when the chances go to hand. I’m delighted. It’s a good cricket wicket so I wanted to keep things nice and tight and build pressure. When they took a risk, it came off in my favour. There is a lot of cricket left in this game and we will take it session by session. Hopefully we can bat big and put pressure on after that.”
Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley said: “It’s not good news on Gareth Berg. He’s had a scan and we are still waiting for the results of the scan, but he’s on crutches and it’s not looking good at this stage. He won’t play in the rest of this game and I’d be surprised if we saw him in the 50-over competition now. He fell over on his ankle in the warm-up with no-one near him. Luke Procter is on the team sheet to bowl and it was good to put him out there. He’s a good bowler. He was one of four seamers, but now he’s one of three. Hopefully Simon Kerrigan might come into the game and lessen the loss of Simon, but it still looks a good wicket. We’ve started both days well but the disappointing thing is we’ve worked hard and then lobbed a few wickets away. There were too many caught in the ring which is never a good sign.”
Kent moved to 122 for seven on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Sussex at Canterbury, cutting the visitors lead to 59 on a day when just an hour and 20 minutes of play was possible.
Jamie Atkins has four for 31 after taking one of the two wickets to fall, while Sean Hunt has one for 23 after removing Kent’s top scorer, Harry Podmore, for 37.
Kent’s already depleted squad endured another withdrawal when first-team bowler Nathan Gilchrist, who took two for 24 during Sussex’s first innings, was told to self-isolate, earning a call-up for Bailey Wightman, who became the sixth Kent debutant of the match.
The start was delayed until 2.15 pm thanks to a damp outfield, by which point dark clouds were already rolling in.
After a chaotic start to Canterbury Week on Sunday, when 14 members of the first-team squad were forced to isolate after an unnamed player tested positive for COVID, the hosts resumed on 69 for five, trailing by 112.
They lost Harry Finch to the third ball of the day, lbw for 24 to Atkins, but rallied, thanks to a stand of fifty for the seventh wicket between Podmore and Hamid Qadri.
Podmore was dropped on seven and 14, but responded with a controlled but punchy innings of 37 that included a six over cow corner before he was caught by Oliver Carter off Hunt.
Qadri had moved to 12 not out from 46 balls when bad light stopped play at 3.35pm, with Wightman unbeaten on nought, having faced four balls.
With rain falling and no prospect of improvement, the umpires abandoned play for the day at 4.50 pm.
Kent's Jas Singh said: "Hopefully we can get a result out of this. I think everyone's a bit bored because of the rain that's been on and off but it'd be good to have a result in the next two days. I'll bat 11, and hopefully get a few runs.
(On making his debut) "It's come very early, I never expected this, I'm so happy. I couldn't really sleep Saturday night to be fair, but as soon as I woke up I was excited and ready to go. I just thought to hit the off stump and keep the basics simple as I've always been doing in twos and club cricket from an early age. I feel like I bowled well and got some good wickets.
"I was at home with my parents and all of a sudden I just got the call to come down Sunday and play. It was pretty exciting. At first, when I got the call, I thought I was going to have to isolate or something. I was nervous just before I was about to bowl my first ball, but once I got my first ball out of the way I was all right. My first wicket filled me with confidence.
Hopefully I've proved something."
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