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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards August 30th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards August 30th 2021.

Live Scores and Stats LV= County Championship Round 13

 

 

Monday August 30th – Thursday September 2nd 2021

 

Durham vs Surrey, Group 2 Emirates Riverside, 11:00AM

Cancelled due to Covid 19 outbreak

 

Glamorgan vs Essex, Group 2 Sophia Gardens, 11:00AM

 

Dan Lawrence got some useful red ball cricket practice before heading to The Oval later this week to join up with the England squad as he helped steer Essex into a commanding position on day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two match at Sophia Gardens.

Returning to the venue where they had been beaten by five wickets by Glamorgan in the semi-final of the Royal London Cup, Essex reduced the home side to 59-6 by lunch and got them all out for 134.

Lawrence, named in the England squad for the fourth Test against India on Thursday, enjoyed an unbeaten partnership of 51 for the third wicket after the visitors had lost Alastair Cooke and skipper Tom Westley early in their first innings reply.

Lawrence, hoping for an international recall following the withdrawal of Joss Buttler for this week’s game, batted steadily for his 29 off 78 balls in 104 minutes at the crease. When bad light ended play 10 minutes early, Essex were only 42 ruins behind with eight wickets in hand at 92-2.

Glamorgan skipper Chris Cooke won the toss and decided to bat. It was a decision he was to rue when he found his side languishing at 59-6 at lunch after 30 overs.

Having seen New Zealand international opener Hamish Rutherford crash two boundaries off Jamie Porter’s opening over it looked a good decision, but he soon lost his partner. Back from Hundred duty with the Welsh Fire, David Lloyd lasted seven minutes and a mere four balls before he was caught in the slips by Steve Harmer off Sam Cooke.

That brought Steve Reingold to the crease for his first-class debut and over the next nine overs he helped to push the score along to a more respectable 39-1. Then Shane Snater took centre stage and completely transformed the shape of the game with a devastating spell of seam bowling from the river end after being introduced into the attack in the 11th over.

He conceded eight runs in his opening over as Rutherford hit him to the boundary with consecutive balls, but hit back to twice take two wickets in an over as Glamorgan tumbled to 57-5. He had Reingold caught in the slips by Harmer with the first delivery of his second over and three balls later had Billy Root trapped LBW without scoring.

That brought Kiran Carlson, the man who skippered Glamorgan to their Royal London Trophy triumph over Durham at Trent Bridge, to the wicket and he looked very comfortable as he stroked three boundaries to go through 800 first-class runs of the season.

He was undone by the first ball of Snater’s fourth over, caught low down at first clip by Alistair Cooke and four balls later removed the Glamorgan captain, Cooke, as he shouldered arms to a delivery that cut back and hit his off stump.

Four balls later Slater snapped up the key wicket of Rutherford for 31 as Michael Pepper picked up a bat and pad catch at short leg to make it 57-6. Glamorgan limped to lunch without losing any more wickets, although Dan Douthwaite was lucky to survive a low slip catch to Harmer off Snater, and faced an uphill task in the second session.

A boundary apiece from Andrew Salter and Douthwaite offered some promise, but when Salter skied a chance to Dan Lawrence at deep mid on off Harmer in the 34th over the home side were 69-7. There was at least a little wag in the Glamorgan tail to get them up to three figures.

Douthwaite and Lukas Carey put on 46 for the ninth wicket, with the former hitting eight boundaries in his 39. Carey’s final flourish included two sixes and four fours in a very welcome 29 as Snater mopped up the tail to finish with 6-39.

Essex lost former England skipper Cooke in the second over when he was caught behind for a third ball duck and were 41-2 when wicketkeeper Chris Cooke held onto a nick from Westley. Nick Browne went on to reach his 50 in 125 balls as he dropped anchor for the visitors.

There was an explosive return to action for Essex paceman Shane Snater as he picked up 6-39 in 11.5 overs. The Netherlands international had been out of action since 8 August with a hamstring injury picked up in a Royal London Cup clash with Durham.

“It’s just nice to be playing again and to get some wickets,” said Snater, who conceded two boundaries in his opening over.

“It didn’t bother me getting hit for those two fours in my opening over. They were both a bit too straight and it was nice to pick up some wickets after that.

“It was good to be back in red ball cricket and the ideal situation for us would be to bat long tomorrow, put pressure on Glamorgan and maybe only have to bat once.”

Snater’s bowling exploits reduced Glamorgan to 59-6 at lunch and they were then 69-7 when Andrew Salter went in the 34th over. Had it not been for 39 from Dan Douthwaite, and a sprightly 29 from Luka Carey, Glamorgan would surely not have reached three figures.

“It was a tough day with the bat. Fair play to Essex, and Snater in particular, I thought they bowled really well. That’s something we can take inspiration from moving into day two,” said Douthwaite.

“We didn’t execute properly. If you hit the right length it was a challenging wicket to play on in the morning

“It definitely wasn’t a 134 wicket and we are hurting from that. I couldn’t think it was my finest knock and I was at my free-flowing best.

“I am not going to put our performance today down to a clack of red ball preparation. We are going to have to claw that back over the next three days.”

 

Gloucestershire vs Northamptonshire, Group 2 Bristol County Ground, 11:00AM

 

Adam Rossington’s unbeaten 66 rescued Northamptonshire as the LV= Insurance Championship returned on a grey, cool day at Bristol with the visitors making 232 for five having lost the toss.

Northants were reduced to 147 for five before captain Rossington made his fourth half century of the summer.

He and Harry Goldstone, who made 32 not out, took the visitors to an early close in steady shape, with 25 overs chalked off the day due to bad light.

Rossington has grown as a batsman since being handed the Championship captaincy midway through the 2019 season and here was the latest of his captain’s innings.

He drove Matt Taylor through cover and Tom Price past his left boot for early boundaries. Ben Charlesworth was pulled wide of long leg and Graeme van Buuren worked fine for four more, just after reaching a half-century in 58 deliveries.

Further boundaries followed in what proved to be the day’s last action. He drove and edged Taylor between slip and gully and then, looking to whip to leg, saw a leading edge fall just short of the cordon. Perhaps the misjudgements gave the umpires encouragement to take the players off.

Gouldstone was also very easy on the eye. A 20-year-old born in Kettering, he made his first-class debut in this fixture, abandoned after just one session due to Covid, a year ago.

He appeared to have plenty of time as he punched Price off the back foot past point, worked Charlesworth through square leg and drove him through cover to raise the fifty partnership - perhaps the day’s best shot.

With fixtures in Division Two and Three taking on the same context as juvenile contests at the same stage of the flat racing season - prep for next summer and the chance to collect some prize money - performances like Gouldstone’s are essential to keep September relevant.

In that regard, Gloucestershire had 21-year-old Price playing his fourth first-class match. He took the first two wickets - the prize scalp of Ricardo Vasconcelos, who edged a ball of tight line low to second slip for 37, and Luke Procter, who sent a skier back to the bowler trying to pull.

Taylor also took two. Emilio Gay’s pleasant 44 ended lbw when he was struck in line but above the knee roll. Rob Keogh then shouldered arms but edged into his middle stump.

Adam Rossington said:

“There was definitely a bit in it and the lads up top played well to blunt the new ball.

“Then they started to bowl better and got their rewards but then we had a good finish to the day with that partnership.

“It’s the first time I’ve batted with Harry but he was brilliant out there and played some lovely shots."

Hampshire vs Yorkshire, Group 1 Ageas Bowl, 11:00AM

 

Hampshire vs Yorkshire, Division 1, County Championship

Hampshire

Yorkshire *197/6 (86 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Hampshire won toss & fielded

Gary Ballance continued his Ageas Bowl love affair by helping Yorkshire finish an attritional opening day of the LV = County Championship Division One clash against Hampshire on 197-6.

Ballance, who has scored more than 1000 runs at the Southampton venue, including a Test high 156, scored 42 hard-fought runs in conditions tailor-made for seam bowling to admirably hold the innings together alongside Dom Bess.

Bess hit the last ball of the day for four to be unbeaten on 45 before bad light brought play to a conclusion 10 overs before the scheduled close.

On an overcast Bank Holiday Monday morning, Hampshire skipper James Vince had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat on a green-tinged surface after winning the toss.

Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker immediately posed plenty of questions for the openers Adam Lyth and George Hill, who eked out just 13 runs between them in the first 10 overs before the South African quick made the breakthrough.

Having beaten the bat on numerous occasions, Abbott finally got a ball to nip back and trap Lyth on the pad for six, with umpire, former Yorkshire all-rounder James Middlebrook, raising the finger.

Despite the tough conditions and some probing bowling from Ian Holland, who conceded just four runs from his first five overs, Hill and Tom Kohler-Cadmore showed great patience and discipline to help Yorkshire reach lunch at 60-1.

However, Hill's good early work was undone immediately after the restart when Abbott struck with the first ball following the resumption, thumping the 21-year-old's front pad with a delivery that would have clipped the stumps and he departed for 31.

Hill's departure brought Ballance, who has scored three centuries and a double ton on his previous three visits to the Ageas Bowl, to the crease.

Like his fellow batsmen he was forced to graft for every run with the floodlights turned on half-an-hour after lunch.

Abbott picked up his third wicket when Kohler-Cadmore tried to break the shackles with an attempted drive down the ground but could only edge behind to Lewis McManus.

Kohler-Cadmore, who ground out 20 runs from 91 balls, threw his head back in frustration following his departure as his side slipped to 84-3.

Former England Under-19 skipper Harry Brook soon followed him back to the pavilion after playing on to a Brad Wheal ball just before tea.

Ballance and Bess looked relatively untroubled, despite the scoreboard not accelerating rapidly.

But just when Ballance looked to be heading past 50 for the eighth time in 13 innings on this ground, he was dismissed in a somewhat tame fashion when he chipped Liam Dawson to Joe Weatherley at mid-wicket.

Wheal struck again to dismiss Harry Duke for 12 to leave Yorkshire on 159-6 before Bess Jordan Thompson added a potentially priceless unbeaten 38-run stand for the seventh wicket.

 

Hampshire bowler Kyle Abbott

"I would say we are probably slightly ahead. If I am being critical I'd say we could have had them two or three more down. The pitch didn't play how we expected it to.

"It is difficult to say what a par score would be. There were periods where the ball seemed to be dead and pretty easy to bat against and once we got the lengths right there were patches where it was pretty difficult.

"I would guess that about 220 would be par, I would say anything like 250, 260 then we have probably let them slip away.

"But to get six poles today and have them going nowhere, we have to be pretty happy with that."

 

Yorkshire's Dom Bess 

“It’s been a tough day - overcast all day and nipping about. It’s been a challenge, to be honest. 

“But I don’t think the scoreboard reflects how well we’ve batted and applied ourselves. 

"If you took us earlier in the season, you’d have probably said, ‘100 all out’. 

“The fact we’re 197-6 and getting through the new ball is a real testament to where we want to be as a side."

Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Group 1 Emirates Old Trafford, 11:00AM

 

Chris Benjamin made a hundred on his Championship debut and Sam Hain hit his first century in red-ball cricket for over two years as Warwickshire dominated the first day of their Division One game against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

The third-wicket pair shared a partnership of 237 and though Benjamin fell to Saqib Mahmood for 127 the visitors were still well placed on 259 for three when bad light ended play nine overs early with Hain unbeaten on 113.  

The day had begun well for Lancashire when Tom Bailey struck twice in his first three overs, first by having Rob Yates caught at third slip by Rob Jones for four and then by trapping Dominic Sibley lbw for 3, thus ending the opener’s first innings since he was dropped by England.

However, Mahmood  who was released from England’s squad to make room for Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes, took no wickets in his six-over spell with the new ball and the other members of Lancashire’s five-man attack enjoyed similarly little success in a morning session that ended with the Bears on 77 for two.

The second-wicket pair continued their serene progress in the afternoon session and both batsmen seized every opportunity to punish loose deliveries. Benjamin reached his half-century off 119 balls and thus completed the remarkable achievement of having made a fifty on debut in all three county formats since being awarded a rookie contract at Edgbaston in July.

Hain reached his half-century in 118 balls and Lancashire’s hopes of making a breakthrough were further damaged when Matt Parkinson deflected a drive from Benjamin into his face and suffered a cut to his eye.

Fortunately the leg-spinner was soon able to return to the field but he was unable to make the breakthrough Lancashire needed and Warwickshire were securely placed on 192 for two at tea.

In the evening session Benjamin reached his maiden first-class century off 194 balls with his tenth four, a leg glance off George Balderson, and eight overs later Hain got to three figures for the first time since he made two hundreds in the match against Hampshire when he pushed Luke Wells for a single to mid-off. Hain had faced 198 balls and hit a dozen fours.

Benjamin was dismissed six overs before the close when he attempted to pull a short ball from Mahmood but  merely skied a catch to Dane Vilas at mid-off.   

Warwickshire batsman, Chris Benjamin - It was a bit of dream come true. I’ve made three debuts for Warwickshire this year and they couldn’t have gone much better. I’m certainly delighted with the one today.

It was tough when we lost those wickets but I managed to build a partnership with Sam  and he’s a fantastic person with whom to bat. His energy turned those ones into twos and that made things a lot easier.

He kept me focused and helped me to build a rhythm. We’re in a great position and I hope we can have a really strong start tomorrow.   

 

Lancashire fast-medium bowler, Tom Bailey - “We knew it was a good wicket. We wanted to bat as well. We’ve kept the run-rate down which is what we wanted to do and if we can get a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning we are right back in it.

“We talk about managing expectations and today was one of those days. We said we need to control the run-rate and that’s the way we will pick up wickets.

“I was thinking it was going to be a nice short day for me when I took a couple of wickets  but obviously it wasn’t.

“It started well but the pitch is a good one. We’ve just got to come back tomorrow with all guns firing.

Benjamin & Hain played really well but that’s not to take anything away from our bowlers, because I thought we bowled well and we didn’t get anything from the pitch. 

“That new ball went after ten overs. It felt like a sock for the other seventy!

Leicestershire vs Kent, Group 3 Uptonsteel County Ground, 11:00AM

 

Kent 232 Leicestershire 66-5

 

A last wicket partnership of 68 helped Kent recover from 116-7 before the visitors picked up five wickets in the final session to finish firmly on top after an entertaining first day of the LV Insurance County Championship fixture at the UptonSteel County Ground, Grace Road.

Kent captain Sam Billing's decision to bat first raised eyebrows given the solid cloud cover, and Foxes's seamer Chris Wright certainly found plenty of movement through the air during a testing first spell, dismissing Jordan Cox in his first over with an out-swinger that the Kent opener edged to Colin Ackermann at second slip.

Zak Crawley and Joe Denly responded positively, getting forward as much as possible and putting away the bad ball in compiling a partnership of 76 for the second wicket. Crawley was particularly impressive off his legs against the seamers, but looked less assured against the left-arm spin of Callum Parkinson, and having reached his 50 off 68 deliveries, the right-hander went back to pull a shorter delivery from the spinner over midwicket only to find it was a quicker delivery that hurried on to him, beat the stroke and bowled him off his back leg.

Having made the breakthrough, Parkinson followed up in style, first by producing a delivery that turned sufficiently to take Denly's edge, Ackermann taking a fine one-handed catch low to his right at slip, and then bowling Billings through the gate to send Kent in to lunch on 96-4.

Three more wickets followed quickly after the break. Ollie Robinson top-edged an attempted sweep at Parkinson to give Lewis Hill a simple catch at backward square, before Wright had Darren Stevens caught at second slip without scoring and then won a leg before decision against Grant Stewart with a full delivery.

Not for the first time this season, however, the Kent lower order dragged the innings back from the brink. Matt Milnes gave Jack Leaning solid support in a partnership of 42 for the eighth wicket before losing his leg stump to Ed Barnes, and although Nathan Gilchrist was run out without scoring James Logan saw Leaning through to his half-century and beyond before he too was run out.

A score that looked no more than competitive looked positively formidable by the close. Sam Evans was caught by Leaning at third slip after chasing a widish delivery from Milnes before Stewart took the key wicket of Ackermann with a fine delivery which moved away just enough to take the edge. In gloomy light Stewart followed by bowling Hill off the inside edge, Stevens had Hassan Azad caught behind and left-arm spinner Logan capped off the day by having Swindells leg before with his first delivery.

Kent batsman Jack Leaning: "It didn't go quite the way we wanted after being 79-1 with Joe Denly and Zak Crawley going nicely, but credit to them, they bowled quite nicely and there were a couple of good wickets in there.

"But the pitch is a tricky one, there's a lot in it for the seamers and an incredible amount for the spinners, the way they've put sand in and dusted the ends, and it'll be interesting to see how it breaks up over the next couple of days. We just tried to dig in at the bottom end and build a few partnerships, and we managed to do that before picking up a few wickets of our own in the final session"

Leicestershire assistant coach Tom Smith: "Jack Leaning played pretty well on a pretty decent cricket wicket, one of those when if you bowl in the right area you're in the game but if you don't, runs can be scored. They bowled really well at the end of the day, put our batters under pressure, but Ben Mike and Louis Kimber applied themselves well to still be there at the close.

"We have to take our innings as long as we can, we need someone to go on and be ruthless and get a score. Runs can be scored as Leaning showed."

Middlesex vs Derbyshire, Group 3 Lord's, 11:00AM

 

Robbie White struck his maiden first-class century to rescue Middlesex from a disastrous start against Derbyshire on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash.

The Seaxes stumbled to 14 for three – all lbw – after opting to bat at Lord’s as Derbyshire seamers Sam Conners and Luis Reece made the most of the early movement in overcast conditions.

But White, who had previously passed 50 six times without registering a ton – including 99 against Kent last year – finally achieved that landmark as he led Middlesex’s fightback, hitting an unbeaten 101 to lift them to 218 for five.

The 25-year-old shared a century stand with Martin Andersson, whose 53 was his highest score of the season, while John Simpson was undefeated on 29 when bad light brought play to a premature close.

Middlesex’s decision to bat looked questionable when Mark Stoneman, making his debut after moving across the river from Surrey, lasted only three balls before Conners’ inswinger trapped him in front for a duck.

Sam Robson followed later in the same over, the victim of one that stayed low, while Stephen Eskinazi had little chance against a Reece delivery that swung viciously to leave Middlesex reeling at three down.

Despite a couple of edges that flew through the slips, White soon settled down to oversee a rebuilding job and weathered the onslaught alongside Max Holden in a partnership of 38.

Reece collected his second lbw scalp before lunch, with Holden unlucky to be given out to a ball that looked too high, but Andersson announced his arrival at the crease with a series of sweetly-struck cover boundaries.

The fifth-wicket pair made good progress during the afternoon session, with White leg-glancing Reece for four to bring up his half-century and Andersson quickly followed suit, reaching that milestone from 93 balls.

With Derbyshire deploying both spinners in tandem, it was Alex Thomson who achieved the breakthrough with his maiden first-class wicket for the county, tempting Andersson forward to nudge to slip.

However, Simpson maintained Middlesex’s momentum while White advanced steadily to his hundred, carving Conners over point for four and then taking advantage of a wide ball to punch another off-side boundary that brought him to three figures.

That proved timely for White as, with the light deteriorating, umpires Muhammad Syed and Peter Hartley took the teams off just two overs later.

Middlesex batsman Robbie White, who scored his maiden first-class century, said:

“To get that overdue hundred is a great feeling and a proud moment. I just wanted to bat through the day and get a good score for the team, but on a personal note it was really nice to get that milestone.

“It wasn’t the prettiest of innings, but I just tried to stay patient and cash in when there were opportunities to score. It was really special to be out there and to walk back to the dressing room and celebrate with guys I’ve played with for a long time.

“We knew it was going to be difficult batting with overcast conditions but we think that as the game goes on, it’ll get more difficult to bat.

“So it was really important we got stuck in during that first hour and built some partnerships to get out of a tricky spot and we’ve managed to get ourselves into a good position.”

 

Derbyshire seamer Sam Conners, who took two early wickets to reduce Middlesex to 14 for three, said:

“If it was overcast, we were going to have a bowl anyway. When the clouds came over this morning and it was a bit muggy as well, that meant perfect conditions for swing bowling.

“For me and Luis Reece to have those conditions early on was crucial for us and we’d like to feel we used them well.

“Last time I played at Lord’s I bowled from the other end (Pavilion End), so I was trying to get used to the slope.

“I got into my spell all right and getting those two early wickets was handy. I just need to continue that form throughout the day, which I’ve struggled with at times.”

Somerset vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1 The Cooper Associates County Ground, 11:00AM

 

Joe Clarke led the way with a half-century as Notts gained the first day honours in the LV=County Championship Division One match with Somerset at Taunton. 

The visitors ran up 282 for six after losing the toss, Clarke making 59 and Liam Patterson-White contributing a belligerent 46 not out. 

There were two wickets each Jack Brooks and Tom Abell as a depleted Somerset seam attack stuck to their task and kept a grip on the scoring rate. 

By the time bad light ended play for the day 7.2 overs early, Patterson-White and Tom Moores (26 not out) had added 74 precious runs for the seventh wicket. 

With Craig Overton away on England duty and Lewis Gregory nursing a back injury, Somerset were deprived of two key seam bowlers. 

It showed as Notts edged the morning session in heavily overcast conditions, despite the early loss of Ben Slater, caught at backward point by Tom Lammonby, looking to cut Brooks. 

Ben Duckett and Sam Northeast took the total to 44 before Duckett, on 24, skied a pull shot off Brooks and the catch was comfortably taken by Roelof van der Merwe at cover. 

Northeast enjoys batting at Taunton and moved confidently to 33 by lunch, which was taken at 88 for two, with Clarke on 21. 

The afternoon session saw Northeast depart with the total advanced to 97, lbw looking to drive a Josh Davey delivery into the on-side. 

Clarke brought up the hundred with a top-edged six over third-man off Brooks before moving to a solid half-century off 97 balls, with 5 fours. 

The former Worcestershire batsman was looking in good touch and it was a surprise when he got a thin bottom edge, attempting to pull Abell and wicketkeeper Steve Davies took the catch. 

Lyndon James and Steven Mullaney exercised caution in adding 32 before tea, which was taken at 172 for four. 

The gloomy conditions and cold wind continued into the final session. Notts had added 22 runs when James edged a defensive shot off Abell through to Davies and fell for 30. 

The pattern of batsmen getting a start and not going onto a big score continued when skipper Mullaney, on 42, aimed to whip a straight ball from Marchant de Lange through the leg side and departed lbw. 

At 208 for six, with the new ball less than five overs away, Somerset sensed a big chance. But Patterson-White had other ideas, improving Notts position the over before it was taken by striking three crisp fours off de Lange. 

The left-hander bludgeoned six more boundaries in facing just 38 balls, doing much to swing the balance of play Notts' way.

The second new ball did little for the Somerset seamers, who had no complaints when play was called off for the day at around 6pm. 

At the close of play, Somerset head coach Jason Kerr revealed that all-rounder Lewis Gregory would not bowl again this season. "The severity of Lewis's injury means his next bowling will either be in the winter or next summer," he said.

"Of course, we are going to miss him, particularly as we hope Craig Overton will keep his England place, which would keep him out of our next two games.

"But we pride ourselves on the strength of our squad. Today the bowlers looked a bit rusty after all the white ball cricket and the pitch did not have as much pace in it as we anticipated."

 

Notts batsman Joe Clarke said: "I enjoy batting with Sam Northeast, knowing his quality from having played with him for the England Lions.

"The conditions were good for bowling all day, so I was happy we were able to put together a partnership that other lads built on later in the innings.

"It was never going to be easy after losing the toss and I think we are in a strong position."

 

Worcestershire vs Sussex, Group 3 New Road, 11:00AM

 

Jack Carson hit a career best 81 not out to lead a strong fightback by the lower Sussex order on day one of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

Carson came to the wicket at 138-7 and struck four sixes and nine fours to help Sussex recover to 254-9 from 79.4 overs when bad light halted play for the day.

He received excellent support from Dan Ibrahim and Henry Crocombe in stands of 45 and 66 to shepherd the visitors to two batting points.

Carson profited from being caught by Worcestershire keeper Ben Cox off a no ball by Ed Barnard when he had made only two.

Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach returned his best figures of the campaign – 4-67 from 21 overs – as Sussex were reduced to 97-6 at one stage but then came the Carson rescue act.

Sussex opted to bat and fielded a side with six teenagers and no capped players and an average age of nineteen and a half.

Leach made the first breakthrough when Sussex captain Tom Haines (20) pushed forward to a delivery and was lbw.

Ali Orr, a century-maker in the Royal London Cup game at New Road earlier this month, again looked in good touch although he survived a confident leg before shout against Ed Barnard when on 18.

Adam Finch came into the attack and struck when Harrison Ward (1) nibbled at a ball slanted across him and was caught by Jack Haynes at third slip.

James Coles (12) had his middle stump knocked back after driving at Pennington.

Sussex reached 71-3 by lunch but Leach struck twice in two balls shortly after the resumption in another fine spell.

Ollie Carter (0) shouldered arms and was bowled by the final ball of one over and then the first delivery of the next over from Leach saw on loan Fynn Hudson-Prentice (0) perish to a superb catch by Cox.

The wicket-keeper batsman reacted sharply to hold onto the nick in a one-handed catch low to his right.

Orr brought up his half century off 117 balls with 10 fours. He had a slice of luck on 51 when mistiming a pull against Leach just wide of mid wicket.

But he added only one more run before his back foot slipped against a delivery from Finch and he was out hit wicket at 97-6.

Ed Barnard accounted for Archie Lenham (20) who went for a pull but only edged through to Cox who pulled off another fine legside catch

Carson (2) had an escape when he was caught behind off a Barnard no ball and then Ibrahim (35) was dropped by Cox off Pennington.

Leach returned after tea to have Ibrahim, on 48, lbw but some big hitting from Carson, including three sixes in the space of two overs from off spinner Josh Baker, lifted the total past the 200 mark.

He dominated the partnership with Crocombe (9) who as lbw to Brett D’Oliveira shortly before the premature close.

Worcestershire Assistant Coach, Alan Richardson said: “Frustrating because I thought we put in a really good shift for the large part of the day.

“I think we deserved more than having the nine wickets. Whilst we showed some really good signs, I think it was frustrating for the boys towards the end of the day.

“It was a very good innings by Jack Carson. We kept our disciplines very well and created chances throughout the day.

“They didn’t always go to hand and we didn’t always get the decisions that we wanted but I think in general we’ve got to be generally happy with the work we’ve done but the outcome is probably not quite where we wanted it to be.

“After having them 97-6, that is where the frustration will come. In the first session, we only picked up a couple of wickets but we bowled really well and we said our rewards would come and it felt like that happened.

“But in that last session Carson has played very well, played smartly and put some more pressure back on us.

Sussex Head Coach Ian Salisbury said: “I thought we battled well in the morning and Ali Orr was outstanding but then in that crucial period after lunch, Joe Leach and Co, who are pretty experienced, bowled really well at us.

“The momentum shift for us was the partnership between Dan Ibrahim and young Archie Lenham making his first class debut.

“I thought they played beautifully and then Sam Carson produced an excellent knock and I’ve known for a long time that he can bat.

“Ali (Orr) told me he has only ever got out once like that before (hit wicket) in an Under-15 final and he said he cried for two days!

“He might not do it again and he played beautifully. He has played four games now and got 300 odd runs and got three fifties and a hundred.

“He just loves batting and has got a bright future.”

 

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