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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 12 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 13th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 12 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 13th 2021



July 11th , Sunday - July 14th , Wednesday 2021

Yorkshire vs Lancashire, Group 3 North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough 11:00 AM

Yorkshire’s Dom Leech suffered a sickening left leg injury fielding on the boundary as only 23.2 overs were bowled on day three of the Roses match at Emerald Headingley.

The fast bowler, 20, was injured as he raced around from wide long-on to deep midwicket to save a ball hit by Lancashire’s Luke Wells, who moved to 97 and the visitors 411 for two in their first innings.

Leech saved the four, only to lose his footing beyond the boundary  and fall into the concrete foundations of the Western Terrace.

This happened at 2.15pm, and Leech was in immediate agony. 

He was treated for approximately 15 minutes by medics before being stretchered off with his leg in a brace and taken to hospital.

Tea was immediately called with only 7.2 overs bowled in the afternoon.

Umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong then made two inspections of the bowlers’ run-ups at the Emerald Stand End, where Jordan Thompson had earlier slipped whilst bowling, and play was abandoned at 4.25pm. 

A short Yorkshire statement read: “Play has been abandoned for the day due to unfit and unsafe conditions. 

“Water has risen to the surface in key areas, where there has been most activity, including the bowlers run-ups.”

Play had only started at 12pm due to a wet outfield following a full washout on day two due to rain.

Lancashire advanced from 273 for two from 96 overs overnight to 342 for two in 110 overs, claiming three batting points to Yorkshire’s none for bowling.

The last time a team opted to bowl in the Championship and failed to claim a bowling bonus point with the opposition facing the full 110 overs came in 2011 when Middlesex made 496 for two in 119 overs versus Leicestershire at Lord’s. 

It also happened to Yorkshire against Sussex at Hove in the same season.

Wells and Josh Bohannon started day three on 36 and eight and advanced their second-wicket partnership to 155 unbroken.

Both went beyond fifty during a 70-minute morning session and were in the process of accelerating towards a declaration when the injury to Middlesbrough-born Leech occurred in the Headingley sunshine.

Before play Leech had been awarded his second-team Yorkshire cap by skipper Steve Patterson alongside all-rounder George Hill and Steve Patterson. 

He has bowled 17 overs for 79 on Championship debut having played in last season’s Bob Willis Trophy. His father and girlfriend were watching on.


Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: 

On the Dom Leech injury 

 “Our physio (Kunwar Bansil) has taken Dom to hospital in his car. The ambulance said they would take two hours. That’s all we know really.

“Whether it’s the slip that’s caused it and it’s something functional with the knee or whether hitting the concrete is what’s caused it, I don’t know. 

“In many ways, I hope it’s a break rather than a tear in the ligament or something.

“You have to feel for the lad. It’s the first game he’s played in the first team. He’s a tough cookie is Dom, and he was in a lot of pain. It was sad to see. Hopefully he’ll be ok.”


On the abandonment of play

“You have two of the most experienced umpires in the country (in Nigel Llong and Ian Gould). So whatever decision they make is what’s right by the game.

“They felt that as the day went on and there was more traffic on that side of the pitch (Emerald Stand End) and the run-ups, it was bringing water up.

“With with their experience, they probably didn’t want a situation where someone like a Jimmy Anderson runs in and rolls his ankle. They didn’t think it was fit for play.

“Fair play to Lancashire because they’re bossing the game and they seemed ok about it.

“I didn’t see the ground this morning because I was in the indoor nets. But I trust Ian and Nigel to make the right decision. 

“They wanted to get play on, and whatever decision they made, I would have backed it.”


Lancashire coach Glen Chapple 

“We had a lot of rain yesterday. We got here this morning and the ground was still wet. 

“The best I can give you is that maybe the heat has brought more moisture up and it’s gone from being just playable to not playable.

“It’s disappointing for the players and supporters, but unfortunately the ground’s not fit at the moment. 

“The umpires are doing their job, and it’s their call to make. None of us have been down the end that’s causing the problem. I fully trust the umpires to make the right call.

“Everybody has a job to do here, and we have to respect the umpires’ call. I’m not an expert on Headingley.

“The players and supporters will be very disappointed, but the main thing from all this is that you don’t want to see someone injured badly. We all hope Dom recovers quickly.”


Yorkshire have released a further statement on their plans to relay the outfield at Emerald Headingley  

 “Following a large amount of rain throughout the day and during the night on Monday, the start of day three of the Roses game at Emerald Headingley was delayed. 

“Play then began at midday but only 23.2 overs were possible before the umpires brought the players off the field due to an unfit and unsafe outfield. Play was later abandoned for the day with the conditions not having improved sufficiently.

“Umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong deemed the outfield fit for a 12pm start, but conditions worsened as the afternoon went on with water rising to the surface in some of the key playing areas where the most activity had taken place, including on the bowler’s run ups. This was primarily at the Emerald Stand of the ground.

“Analysis of the outfield at that end has previously taken place and has identified issues with a layer of thatch that can cause a build up of water on the surface following heavy rain-fall.

“The Club had originally planned to get the outfield re-laid prior to the 2021 season but unfortunately difficulties arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in this being delayed. 

“The Club intend on completing this work at the end of this season.”

Surrey vs Somerset, Group 2 Kennington Oval, London 11:00 AM

Jack Leach took five wickets as Somerset celebrated securing their place in the first division by putting Surrey under pressure on the third day at the Kia Oval.

The England left-arm spinner finished with five for 42 from 33 including 19 maidens as Surrey reached 239 for eight in reply to Somerset’s 429.

Hampshire’s failure to secure maximum batting points against Gloucestershire ensured Somerset’s place in the top-flight when the LV=Insurance County Championship concludes in September, and Leach bowled outstandingly to give them an outside chance of finishing Group 2 with a victory.

Surrey still require 41 runs to avoid the follow-on after Somerset chipped away once opening pair Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman had been parted with the score on 98 in the last over before lunch.

It was their other slow left-armer, Roelof van der Merwe, who made the breakthrough when Burns top-edged a sweep shortly after reaching 50 which included a reverse-sweep for six off Leach and six fours.

It was about the only occasion when Leach was collared as settled into a good rhythm, providing control and getting the ball to turn on a slow surface. In six previous Championship games this season he bowled 130 overs in total and clearly relished three long spells here.

Stoneman had played nicely for his 67, with ten fours, when he was deceived by Leach’s arm ball with the total on 136 before Leach picked up the key wicket of Hashim Amla. The South African faced 278 balls for an unbeaten 37 against Hampshire last week and was settling in for another long vigil when he was caught and bowled off a leading edge for 16 from 66 balls.

Leach switched to the pavilion end to snap up Jamie Smith who was caught behind off one that turned just before tea. Immediately after the resumption Ravi Ashwin edged his first ball to second slip and Leach had his five-for when Devon Conway ran back from mid-wicket to take a great catch over his shoulder off Ryan Patel's top-edged sweep.

Somerset delayed taking the new ball, preferring to let Leach and van der Merwe probe away, but when they did Jordan Clark and Rikki Clarke batted sensibly to put on 42 in 21 overs. Clark had made 33 when van der Merwe, who gave Leach good support with three for 54, returned and had him caught at second slip before bowling Jamie Overton around his legs in the last over.

Jason Kerr, Somerset's Head Coach, said: "Jack Leach is a world-class bowler and he showed that today. He's been bowling with a tennis ball in his garden for the last ten days so his preparation has not been ideal, and I'm sure he was a bit nervous this morning. But he showed his class, he controlled the game brilliantly and worked out the pace he needed to bowl. I'm delighted for him as an individual, especially with the cricket he has got coming up." 

"We're absolutely delighted to be in Division One in September. I knew that if we carried out our skills to the levels I know we have we'd catch up the eight points deduction we started with. It's been tighter than we'd have liked it to be because of the weather and a couple of results but I'm delighted for the lads that with a day to go here we are guaranteed to be in Division One for that last block. 

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman said, "The pitch is quite slow and tired so it was quite an attritional day. In the context of the match we had to try and build deep partnerships and soak up some pressure and to a degree we did that. Overall, we have done our job and hopefully we can do the same again tomorrow. Jack Leach mixed it up nicely and bowled well. He changed his angles and mixed up his pace, and was able to pick up his wickets."

Worcestershire vs Warwickshire, Group 1 New Road, Worcester 11:00 AM

Warwickshire are on the brink of sealing a top two spot in Group 1 of the LV=Insurance County Championship despite encountering prolonged Worcestershire resistance in the New Road derby.

Daryl Mitchell’s century and an unbeaten 98 from Ed Barnard eked out a 20 run lead for the home side in reply to Warwickshire’s 395 and they still have two wickets in hand.

But the Bears will seal a spot amongst the six teams who will fight it out for the Championship crown in September if they avoid defeat on what is still a flat pitch in a game where only 18 wickets have so far fallen.

Mitchell’s ton was the 39th of his career while Barnard fully justified his promotion into the top six.

Worcestershire resumed on 152-2 and Haynes soon brought up a half century from 110 balls with six fours in his first senior innings since a five week lay-off with an ankle problem.

The 100 stand with Mitchell occupied 264 balls and the veteran opener completed his hundred with a single off Will Rhodes.

It came from 228 balls with 10 boundaries and Mitchell has moved into the top six of Worcestershire’s all-time century-makers.

Matt Lamb made the first breakthrough of the day when Jack Haynes (65) was caught off a leading edge at extra cover to end a stand of 130 with Mitchell.

Mitchell’s fine knock ended 11 runs later on 113 when he played forward to Liam Norwell and was lbw.

Warwickshire continued to chip away and captain Will Rhodes struck in successive overs as Brett D’Oliveira (18) was caught behind and Ben Cox (1) checked his shot and offered a return catch.

Worcestershire Club Captain, Joe Leach, produced some aggressive batting and collected three boundaries in an over from Rhodes.

He made a quickfire 34 before he was caught down the legside off Rob Yates.

Barnard, promoted after impressive early season form, batted responsibly and swept Yates for four to bring up the 300.

Ish Sodhi (13) picked out deep mid wicket off Lamb but Barnard completed a 122-ball fifty with his fifth four.

Adam Finch helped him add a further unbroken 91 for the ninth wicket. Barnard needed three from the final over to reach his hundred but was content to take a single off the second ball. He hit eight fours in his 195 ball knock.

Worcestershire century-maker Daryl Mitchell, who scored the 38th hundred of his career, said: “Does a hundred feel just as good? It probably feels better than some of them given the start to the year I’ve had.

“I’ve been short of runs, there is no getting away from that fact, so nice to get in on a pretty good wicket and get three figures.

“An attritional day’s cricket? Absolutely. The pitch is slowly dying. It has certainly got a lot slower and harder to score.

“But I thought the boys applied themselves well throughout and to keep Warwickshire out there all day was a pretty good effort and hopefully we can get a small lead in the morning.

“Ed Barnard has been fantastic with the bat for us all year and rightfully got his chance to bat up the order. He has played very well and justified that selection in the top six.”

Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes said: “We had to work hard for everything we got. It is a pretty turgid wicket. We stuck at it really well.

“The boys were happy and every rotation (of the bowlers) we either got a breakthrough or kept it very tight.

“They’ve got a very good batting line-up so to keep them at two and a half an over all day on that wicket is a sterling effort.

“Matt Lamb has taken a couple of wickets and Rob Yates has bowled really well. They have both worked hard on the spin. You’ve got to feel for Jake Lintott. He tolled away with not much luck in 40 overs.

Middlesex vs Leicestershire, Group 2 Merchant Taylors' School Ground, Northwood 11:00 AM

Stephen Eskinazi made an unexpected return from injury to score a vital half-century and strengthen Middlesex’s hopes of forcing a rare LV= Insurance County Championship victory against Leicestershire.

Eskinazi, who had seemed unlikely to play any further part at Merchant Taylors’ School after he pulled up in pain while batting on day one, emerged with a runner to salvage Middlesex’s second innings after they crashed to 17 for four.

The 27-year-old blunted the Leicestershire attack and top-scored with a gritty 53 not out as he and James Harris shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 77, lifting Middlesex to 176 for seven at stumps – a lead of 272.

That leaves the Foxes, who were earlier dismissed for 228, with the prospect of chasing an awkward target on the final day.

Resuming on 174 for five, Leicestershire chipped away at the deficit until the introduction of Daryl Mitchell paid immediate dividends, with both Ben Mike and Callum Parkinson caught behind.

Wicketkeeper Robbie White claimed his fourth catch of the innings when Ed Barnes, fuelled by the momentum of last week’s career-best 83 not out against Somerset, misjudged an ambitious pull shot against Harris.

Foxes captain Colin Ackermann, having spent almost five and a half hours over his watchful 82, eventually fell to an Ethan Bamber delivery that swung away to hit off stump.

The Middlesex seamer finished with three for 54 when the diving Joe Cracknell caught last man Will Davis low at first slip – but the home side’s lead of 96 was made to look flimsy as their top order crumbled second time around.

Davis added another three wickets to his five from the first innings, while Ackermann completed a trio of slip catches, the best of them at shoulder height to remove Josh de Caires.

However, Mitchell and White batted sensibly to repair the damage, adding 38 before the New Zealander was adjudged lbw to Mike despite the hint of an inside edge.

White, dropped early on by Davis at third slip, went on to make 34 and looked on course for a potential match-winning knock until he chipped Parkinson to backward square leg just before tea.

But Eskinazi, having taken almost half an hour to get off the mark, held firm and joined forces with Harris in a resolute stand that combined patience with good shot selection.

Barnes eventually pinned Harris lbw for 26 with an inswinging yorker, but Eskinazi carved the last ball of the day for four to bring up his half-century.

Middlesex’s STEPHEN ESKINAZI, who batted with a runner to top-score with an unbeaten 53, said:

“I had a scan this morning and it was a grade two tear of the groin muscle – they’re saying around two to four weeks but I’ll be doing everything I can to try and get back on the skinny end of that.

“Hopefully it settles down and I can get some good rehab in. Waters instead of beers for me on July 19!

“There’s a little bit of pain when I’m lunging and if I’m extending myself too far it’s pretty sore, but I defended 99 per cent of balls out there to be fair!

“It was nice to go out under a bit of pressure and hopefully put us in a pretty dominant position in this game.

“I think we’re in the driving seat and we know the position they find themselves in too, so I’d say we hold all the cards. We know they’re going to have to come out hard and we’ll enjoy driving this game.”


Leicestershire head coach PAUL NIXON said:

“We had a brilliant spell where we picked up five or six wickets quite quickly and then they dug in with a good partnership.

“It was disappointing the way we fell away with our batting. We wanted Colin (Ackermann) to get a hundred and people to work around him. Middlesex put the ball in good areas and asked questions and it cost us, we got skittled out for very few.

“Will Davis has got his best first-class figures at the moment, which we’re delighted about and hopefully he can come back tomorrow, get that new ball in his hand and get another couple of wickets – it’d be good to see him get 10.

“We knocked nearly 400 off against these guys at Grace Road, so we’ve got a big day ahead of us tomorrow and we’ve got to play well.”

Kent vs Sussex, Group 3 Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 11:00 AM

Ali Orr’s maiden first-class century gave Sussex a commanding, but not conclusive, lead on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent at Canterbury. 

Orr hit 119, including 19 fours, as Sussex advanced to 277 for three, but they were stifled for long periods by the hosts, who trail by 293 going into the final day.  

Orr’s opening partner Tom Haines was out for 94 just before stumps to Matt Quinn, who took two for 88. 

Earlier Jamie Atkins took career-best figures of 5-51 as Kent were dismissed for 165, Hamid Qadri finishing on 30 not out, his highest first-class score. 

Kent began day three on 122 for seven and lost Bailey Wightman in the first over when he was bowled by Atkins, but Quinn hung around for 38 minutes, providing useful support to Qadri, before he was caught behind off Ollie Robinson for 11. 

By the time Jas Singh was lbw to Hunt for two, Sussex’s lead had been chopped to just 16, but Orr and Haines steered the visitors to 53 for nought at lunch and batted through the afternoon session. Kent never really looked like taking a wicket, but they were tight and disciplined, slowing the run rate to under three and limiting Sussex to 147 for no wicket at tea. 

Orr reached three figures when he glanced Harry Podmore to third man for four and was finally out when he cut Singh to backward point and was caught by Dan Lincoln, having faced 254 balls over nearly five hours. 

Harrison Ward made six when he drove Quinn to Heino Kuhn, who took a two-handed catch at point and the scoring rate actually slowed to 2.8 during the evening session, only nudging back over three when Travis Head hit sixes from successive balls in the 90th over, followed by two fours. Quinn then had Haines lbw in the third last over of the day, ending a painstaking innings of 233 balls and 354 minutes. 

Head and Oliver Carter were unbeaten on 29 and 15 respectively at stumps, but Sussex face a potentially awkward decision over the timing of any declaration on day four.  

Sussex’s Ali Orr said (on making his hundred): “It feels amazing, it’s almost like a weight off my shoulders. I was very, very nervous when it came round but I’m just so happy and hopefully there’s a few more in there. At first I was just trying to get bat but when I got a bit closer I thought ‘Oh God, it’s starting to happen again.' I thought back to Glamorgan and how close I and I was just absolutely focused that I was going to get there, so it was a relief, but obviously joy as well. I spoke to the coaches at tea and I think I was 86 not out or something and I said look I’m a bit nervous (because of) what happened at Glamorgan and they said if it helps just look at how many balls you were facing instead. So I just set myself little targets of how many balls I was facing until looking at my score and then luckily got a couple away and got there a little quicker.” 

Kent captain Heino Kuhn said: “It was a tough day, out on the park, I thought the guys did very well. It’s a young bowling attack, there are some new guys in the team and I thought we stuck to it very nicely. They batted very well and played to their strengths, but we got some wickets at the end so we’re happy. 

"I asked them to do a job and they did it pretty well. Obviously being new every now and again they get it wrong, but we’re only human and all in all I thought they did a very good job. Hamid loves his batting and has got a very good technique. To get us only 16 behind was a great effort. The pitch looks like a good pitch to bat on, it keeps you humble, it still does a bit. I think at the moment they’rE a little bit ahead but if we get some wickets tomorrow and restrict them I’m sure we can chase it down.” 

 Glamorgan vs Northamptonshire, Group 3 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 11:00 AM

Glamorgan’s batsmen had a field day against Northamptonshire in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Kiran Carlson and Chris Cooke both notching unbeaten centuries.

Carlson’s sublime 170 not out was the jewel in the crown of Glamorgan’s 462 for four as he and captain Cooke (133 not out) shared an unbeaten club record fifth-wicket stand of 307.

Earlier in the day, Marnus Labuschagne (77) and Billy Root (45) also recorded a century partnership as Northamptonshire’s bowlers toiled.
The Welsh side lead by 247 runs and will hope to bowl 10-man Northamptonshire out on the final day to seal what would be a shock victory.

Overnight batsman Labuschagne and Root had an untroubled first hour against a Northamptonshire seam attack without the injured Gareth Berg.
Australian star Labuschagne smashed 276 for Glamorgan’s seconds last week and looked in effortless form again which was summed up by a superb drive through mid-on for four.

It forced the visitors to introduce spin option Simon Kerrigan into the attack. Labuschagne went to his 50 from 76 balls with eight fours thanks to a cut boundary from the bowling of Ben Sanderson.
Labuschagne’s sublime on-drive for four took his and Root’s partnership past the three-figure mark with the latter more restrained but equally comfortable.

Labuschagne looked completely untroubled and his shots grew increasingly aggressive so it was a surprise when he was clean bowled by Luke Procter for 77 when looking to leave.
Root followed him in the same fashion and in the same over when he chopped on for 45 attempting to play a cut shot when the ball was too close to his body. 

Carlson and Cooke took Glamorgan past Northamptonshire’s first-innings total of 215 and into the lead after lunch as they built on their top order’s good work.
Carlson did edge Kerrigan for four between wicketkeeper and slip, but he and Cooke were otherwise untroubled even though there were two brief stoppages for rain.

Carlson went to 50 from 81 balls with seven fours, but after the second break he was dropped off his own bowling by Rob Keogh who delivered nine overs with Berg on the sidelines.
Soon, Carlson and Cooke’s partnership was worth 100 with the latter bringing up his 50 from 87 balls. Glamorgan went to tea on 295 for 4 and in control.

Northamptonshire took the new ball for the third session, but Carlson remained unperturbed as he went to his third century of the season from 151 balls with a four off Procter through the leg side.
Cooke was criminally dropped on 79 off the bowling of Sanderson by Kerrigan at point which summed up the visitors’ day.

It allowed the Glamorgan wicketkeeper to reach three figures on his own from 186 balls with just four fours. His team also went well past 400 in the final session as both batsmen opened up with an overnight declaration possible.  

Glamorgan batsman Kiran Carlson, who scored 170 not out and shared a club record fifth-wicket stand of 307 with Chris Cooke, said: “Me and Chris put on a great partnership. It was nice for me to score some runs and bat for a long time. Marnus Labuschagne and Billy Root batted beautifully earlier in the day and set the platform for us. Me and Chris knew there would be runs there for us if we batted patiently. Northamptonshire bowled well in parts but we weathered the storm and reaped our rewards. It’s great to be in the record books and it’s lovely for me and Chris to be there. We will have to see what the best route to winning the game is in the morning. It’s nice to spend time in the middle and bat for a while. We will have to bowl well and take our chances. Northamptonshire are a bowler light and dropped some catches. With our three big quicks there’s every chance we can take the nine wickets we need.”  

Northamptonshire bowling coach Chris Liddle, who saw his team take only two wickets all day, said: “It’s a tough day. It was always going to be made harder by Gareth Berg going down which means we’ve been a bowler light. We would have liked Simon Kerrigan to bowl more overs in the second innings and not the first. We weren’t able to string too many good overs together but you’ve got to give Glamorgan’s batsmen credit. They were busy and kept the boundaries coming. There are a lot of learnings for us but this was one of those days where we knew we weren’t good enough. It’s been the story of our season in terms of the catches we have put down. There have been far too many of them but we are working hard on our catching. I don’t know if Glamorgan are going to declare or not but hopefully we are going to bat out the final day.”  

Gloucestershire vs Hampshire, Group 2 College Ground, Cheltenham 11:00 AM

Nick Gubbins’ unbeaten 137 set Hampshire up to press for victory at Cheltenham as they declared 486 for seven before Gloucestershire closed day three 107 for three in their second innings, trailing by 150.

Gubbins first century for his new county, in the second match of his loan from Middlesex ahead of a permanent move, helped his side rack up a massive first-innings lead of 257 and collect three batting points.

Hampshire declared shortly before tea and Mason Crane bowled Miles Hammond for 15 with a beauty that turned out of the footholds, George Scott whacked a full toss to midwicket for 29 and Kyle Abbott flicked the top of James Bracey’s off stump for 8

It leaves Hampshire firm favourites to secure the victory they need to leapfrog Gloucestershire and qualify for Division One.

How Gloucestershire need an innings like that played by Gubbins, who has shown signs of reviving his career in the past year and a half.

His 1,409 runs helped Middlesex to the 2016 County Championship and suggested he was an England international of the future. But, not helped by injuries, he hasn’t got anywhere near replicating that return in a season since.

Last year’s Bob Willis Trophy brought an improvement in form and 124 for Middlesex at The Oval this season was a highly-acclaimed innings. 

He turned down a contract extension at Lord’s, made an immediate move to Hampshire and here provided a perfect hand to give his side the ideal platform to win the game on the final day.

His stand of 38 with wicketkeeper Lewis McManus calmed a wobble on the second evening and on the third morning the pair almost batted through the morning session, extending their alliance to 129, McManus making 39.

Gubbins cut Dan Worrall and drove Matt Taylor through cover to reach fifty in 149 balls. He cut and swept Ollie Price’s off-spin before holding the pose after another sweet cover drive off Taylor.

Two loose deliveries from Glenn Phillips were dispatched before an edged cut against Worrall flew where a slip might have been for his 15th four and his 10th first-class hundred, this in 209 deliveries.

George Scott finally broke the 39-over partnership when McManus pushed to extra-cover but Gloucestershire were left with only one bowling point.

Durham vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1 Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 11:00 AM

Joey Evison claimed career-best figures of five for 21 to put Nottinghamshire in complete command of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Durham at Emirates Riverside.

Evison orchestrated a collapse of the home side's batting order in the afternoon session with a brilliant spell of swing bowling, taking his maiden five-wicket haul in the Championship. The hosts folded from 73 for two to 165 all out, losing their final eight wickets for only 88 runs as Scott Borthwick top scored with 38.

The visitors opted against using the follow-on and continued their innings with a lead of 165. Haseeb Hameed notched his fourth half-century of the season to compound Notts' advantage, handing his team a dominant lead of 288 to take into day four.

Resuming on 312 for nine after day two's washout, Nottinghamshire added 16 runs to their total from day one as Liam Patterson-White equalled his career-best of 73 before he was skittled to end the visitors' innings on 328.

Durham were under pressure in their response from the off, losing their openers with only 13 on the board. Broad pinned Cameron Bancroft lbw with the third ball of the innings, albeit from a generous decision from umpire Neil Pratt. The England paceman was on the money once more to remove Michael Jones, this time with a plumb lbw shout.

Borthwick and David Bedingham stemmed the tide with a partnership of fifty to take the home side into the lunch break without further damage. However, the introduction of Evison into the attack after the interval sparked a collapse in the Durham ranks, falling from 73 for two to 86 for six. First, he secured the wicket of Bedingham lbw for 30 to end the stand for the third wicket.

Evison then prised out Sean Dickson for a 13-ball duck, top-edging a hook into the hands of Joe Clarke before Borthwick's resistance was ended as he nicked off to Brett Hutton at second slip. Evison's torment of the Durham order continued as Ned Eckersley was trapped in front of his stumps for a second-ball duck.

Ben Raine offered brief respite, but he handed Evison his maiden five-wicket haul picking out Lyndon James on the leg-side boundary for a routine catch. Durham limped their way towards a total of 165 as Matthew Potts ended unbeaten on 27 before Broad dismissed Rushworth to wrap up the innings.

Nottinghamshire took the game away from the hosts in the evening session, batting with composure led by Hameed. The former England opener made the Durham bowlers toil in the sun late in the day. He reached a deserved fifty before the close, clipping Rushworth to the boundary from his 100th delivery.

Salisbury and Potts notched two wickets apiece, but the contest is firmly in the hands of the Notts heading into the final day.

Nottinghamshire have qualified for Division One of the next round of the County Championship after collating enough bonus points to edge out Durham. 

Durham's Scott Borthwick said: "Joey Evison bowled amazingly well. He got the ball swinging and he bowled some very challenging balls. There were a couple of soft dismissals in there, but they bowled well as a unit. The Notts attack was extremely good, and especially in that afternoon session. I was proud of the lads in the last 30 overs. They kept their discipline and bowled well, we deserved those five wickets. It shows the fight in the dressing room and we have to come back on Wednesday with energy and give it a crack."


Notts' Joey Evison said: "It was a great day for us as a team. We're going into that top conference of the LV= Insurance County Championship. That's where we wanted to be looking at our targets for the season. We're looking to push for that win tomorrow. Getting the five-wicket haul is one of those things I can tick off early in my career. I didn't know what was going on. Getting four wickets in four overs has not happened to me before. It's one of those moments that you have to embrace. I'm really happy and I'm sure my family are as well."

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