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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards August 31st 2021

Andrew Salter (Glamorgan)
Andrew Salter (Glamorgan)
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards August 31st  2021

Live Scores and Stats LV= County Championship Round 13

 

 

Tuesday  August 31st Day 2 – 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

 

Glamorgan’s batsmen collapsed for a second time in two days as Essex turned the screw after notching a 186 run first innings lead.

Having finally dismissed Essex for 320 in 101.2 overs the home county slumped to 20-5 against a barrage of seam bowling from Sam Cooke and Jamie Porter that saw them both take 2-10 in the opening eight overs.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Steven Reingold was inexplicably run out going for a quick single with Billy Root. And when the hero of the first innings, Shane Snater, came on and trapped Dan Douthwaite LBW with his third ball in the 11th over, Glamorgan were 29-6 and hoping to scrape past their all-time worst score of 43 against Essex at The Gnoll, in Neath, in 1935.

They managed to do that and ended on 71-6 thanks to a stubborn 39 from skipper Chris Cooke, who put on an unbeaten 42 with Andrew Salter for the sixth wicket. It means Glamorgan will still need to score 115 runs on Day 3 to avoid an innings defeat.

Having resumed 42 runs behind Glamorgan’s first innings total of 134, Essex took just over an hour to establish a lead and lost England hopeful Dan Lawrence in the process. Lawrence lasted eight overs and added a mere five runs to his total before he was caught off Andrew Salter.

Opener Nick Browne played the anchor role as he progressed to his first century of the season. Michael Pepper added some fireworks in a partnership that amassed 108 runs for the fourth wicket as Essex progressed to 208-4.

Pepper reached his half-century in the over before Browne went to three figures. The Essex opener’s century came up just before lunch with a four off Lukas Carey in the 71st over in which he faced 219 balls.

He lasted only four more balls after that when he was teased out by the off-spin of Reingold. That brought Josh Rymell to the wicket on his first-class debut and as picked up a golden duck four balls later as he was trapped LBW off Dan Douthwaite.

That meant Essex were 217-5 at lunch, 83 ahead, and they lost two quick wickets after the resumption. Pepper was first to go in the opener over, caught and bowled by Reingold.

He hit 11 fours and a six in his 63 and Reingold struck again four overs later when he had Steve Harmer caught behind for two. At that stage Reingold, on his first-class debut, was 3-3 off 3.1 overs and making a major impact.

From 233-7, Essex continued to build a lead as Glamorgan maintained their all-spin attack with Reingold and Slater, eventually taking the new ball in the 85th over. Adam Wheater and Shane Snater then added 79 for the seventh wicket as the lead grew to 178 and left them needing 38 to secure the fourth batting point.

Wheater was bowled by Michael Hogan for 39, a knock that included seven boundaries, and Snater followed up his 6-39 with an Essex best in first-class cricket of 48 before he was last man out to a catch off Salter.

Glamorgan got off to a disastrous start when Hamish Rutherford was trapped LBW by Porter with the second ball of the innings and fellow opener David Lloyd completed his pair when he went the same way to Cook with the first ball of the fourth over.

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals until the Salter and Cooke combination, but Glamorgan were still staring at a heavy defeat.

Essex opener Nick Browne carried his 2nd X1 form into the LV= County Championship as he followed up his majestic 154 in a huge 291-run victory over Somerset 2nds in Taunton last week with his first first-class century of the summer against Glamorgan in Cardiff…

His 101 allowed Essex to establish a first innings lead of 186 at Sophia Gardens and his only regret was not batting even longer than the four hours and 43 minutes he occupied the crease.

“I needed to spend some time in the middle and to score some runs and the second XI game in Somerset really helped me coming into this week,” said Browne.

“It has been a disappointing couple of months for me. I wanted to play a little bit more, but I am happy with today. It’s my first hundred of the summer and I’m delighted with that.

“Hopefully, we can get it wrapped up in the morning. If we bowl well again then I’m sure we will.

“They bowled very straight and on a wicket like that, which was a bit up and down, it was difficult to score. Changing the ball helped us because it was a little bit harder.

“You had to be patient and wait for your scoring options, although it wasn’t a very good shot that I got out to. I tried to sweep it along the ground and got a top edge on it.

“It was a shame because it was a poor ball and I do want to get big hundreds, not just hundreds.

“Our bowlers were brilliant, especially the seamers. They nipped it around and made it difficult for Glamorgan.”

Andrew Salter followed up his 2-51 in an extra spell of 23.2 overs with a defiant stand at the end of an otherwise miserable day for Glamorgan as he helped skipper Chris Cooke add an unbeaten 42 for the sixth wicket. That left the home side still 115 runs short of avoiding an innings defeat at 71-6.

“It was a tough day for us in all disciplines. As a whole we weren’t quite there with our skill execution.

“There is plenty for us to work on. Essex have shown us how to nail the basics and we have to try to replicate that.

“They bowled really well, attacked the stumps and made us play. It’s just a shame we couldn’t have seen off the new ball.

“It was nice to have a long spell of bowling and with the bat it was nice to spend some time in the middle with Chris Cooke. Hopefully, we can spend some more time together tomorrow.

“We need to dig in and put in a performance tomorrow.”

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

 

Ben Sanderson and Luke Procter took three wickets each to put Northamptonshire firmly on top at Bristol as Gloucestershire were reduced to 90 for six replying to 327.

Northants captain Adam Rossington extended his overnight 66 to 94 - his highest score of the season - as the visitors collected three batting points.

Sanderson then took out the Glosters’ top three before Procter’s haul left the home side reeling.

327 felt suspiciously over par on a pitch that offered something for the bowlers throughout. Gloucestershire couldn’t make the most of it having won the toss and of their seven bowlers, only Ryan Higgins and Pakistan spinner Zafar Gohar went at under 3.2 runs an over.

Sanderson showed how it should be done in a typically-skilful opening spell. He claimed wickets in his first, fourth and fifth overs to rip out the top order.

Ben Charlesworth pushed far too keenly at a ball from round the wicket that straightened a fraction and edged to second slip fourth ball of the innings.

James Bracey got one that left him enough to take an edge to a good low catch by Emilio Gay at third slip and Miles Hammond fell in almost identical fashion.

It was then Procter’s turn as he drew an edge from Tom Lace to first slip, got one to come back and beat Chris Dent’s inside edge to take out off stump and lured Higgins into driving and edging behind.

It was an excellent day for Northants as Rossington resumed the fightback he began on the first evening to help his side built a very good total having been 147 for five. 

He drove Matt Taylor on the up through cover, edged Jared Warner wide of second slip and pulled the same bowler imperiously wide of mid-on.

Higgins was lofted down the ground and Tom Price driven past mid-on. But he fell to the second new ball as Price got one to nip back between bat and pad.

Harry Goudlstone had fallen in identical fashion for 43 in the previous over from Higgins, ending a sixth-wicket partnership of 124.

The dismissal began a smart reply by Gloucestershire with the second new ball as they took five for 56. Tom Taylor was the only lower-order batsmen to make an impression with 24 before he was last man out, driving at Warner and edging behind to a good diving catch from Bracey.

Ben Sanderson said: “If you’d have given us this scorecard this morning we would definitely take that.

 “It was great that Rosso and Gouldy could set the game up as they did and carry on what they did last night.

 “We hit out straps straight away with the ball, got our rewards, and we would have knocked them over tonight had we stayed out there.

 “It’s a tricky pitch for the batsmen - if you put it in the right areas you’ll definitely get rewards."

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

Hampshire 163 Yorkshire 243 and 34-1 - lead by 114 runs

LV= Insurance County Championship Division One day two.

 

Yorkshire's bowlers put their side in full control of the LV = County Championship clash against Hampshire on a day of White Rose dominance at the Ageas Bowl.

Victory for either team would greatly enhance a push to be in the title mix, but it was the visitors who seized the initiative as Hampshire were bowled out for 163 having earlier dismissed the visitors for 243 before lunch.
Yorkshire closed the day on 34-1 in their second innings - an imposing-looking lead of 114 - despite losing Adam Lyth for seven before the close.
The visitors added 46 to their overnight total of 197-6, missing out on a second batting point by just seven runs, as Mason Crane mopped up the tail.
Dom Bess top scored with a potentially priceless 54 before playing on to Keith Barker after Jordan Thompson had departed to the second ball of the morning from Brad Wheal.

Crane then trapped Matthew Fisher and Ben Coad lbw to wrap up the innings and leave Hampshire's batsmen with a tricky 35 minutes to negotiate before lunch.
It was a task they failed miserably as the fired-up Yorkshire bowlers ripped through the top order with Ian Holland falling for a first-ball duck to Coad before Joe Weatherley edged Fisher behind to leave Hampshire reeling at 1-2.


Nick Gubbins looked in decent touch as he unfurled three boundaries only for Coad to find the edge of his bat and Harry Brook pouched the catch at slip as Hampshire limped to lunch on 29-3.
When play restarted the murky skies that had enveloped the ground since day one lifted as sun briefly broke through the clouds to create the best batting conditions of the match.

In an encounter where run-scoring has been at a premium, Vince showed his class with two boundaries from the first two balls he faced to raise hopes of a Hampshire rebuild.
Yorkshire were convinced they had their man on 35 when Vince was struck on the pad by opposite skipper Steve Patterson with a ball that looked destined for middle and off-stumps.

But umpire Nigel Llong kept his finger down, much to the dismay of the Tykes fielders, who then saw the elegant right-hander crunch the ball to the boundary two deliveries later.
Yorkshire finally got the vital breakthrough when Vince, who had played a relatively risk-free innings, changed tack when on 49 only for his attempt to lift a short ball from Fisher over the rope finding the hands of George Hill.

Vince's exit sparked a collapse of 6-37 as Tom Alsop, who soaked up 96 balls for 12 runs, saw his torturous vigil ended by a peach of a delivery from Bess that clipped his off-stump.
The impressive Thompson picked up the wickets of Liam Dawson, Barker and Crane either side of tea with Bess grabbing his second victim when Lewis McManus was smartly caught off his boot by Harry Duke.


Brad Wheal and Kyle Abbott added some valuable runs in a last-wicket stand of 40 before Coad wrapped up the innings to finish with 3-29.

Yorkshire's Matthew Fisher - "I wouldn't say we have an unassailable lead, we are just going to try to get as many as we can. We know they have been in the field a long time so it is just about trying to get through that new ball then it will hopefully become a little easier to bat.

"We are really happy with how we applied ourselves as a team. Galey (coach Andrew Gale) and Patto (captain Steve Patterson) said they were probably the most impressed they have been all season with how we batted yesterday."

 

Hampshire coach Adi Birrell - "We are behind the eight ball here. We had a bad day today. I thought we bowled well yesterday and I thought they batted well. I think 243 on that pitch was a good total and we thought we would match them or get close. 

But we lost wickets up front and didn't really recover apart from a 70-partnership between Tom Alsop and James Vince.

Unfortunately we didn't get another one until the last wicket. We really struggled throughout the day and didn't come out well from it and are really up against it."


 

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

 

Lancashire fought their way back into contention on day two of their Division One clash with Warwickshire after an excellent display with ball and bat at Emirates Old Trafford left them 100 for one at the close.

The improving situation for the hosts was mainly down to an unbeaten second wicket stand of 94 between Josh Bohannon and Luke Wells, with the former reaching 59 not out at the close of play.

Resuming on 259 for three, the visitors finally succumbed at around ten past three on the second afternoon after painstakingly making their way to 371 all out off 139.1 overs.

What preceded was four hours of attritional cricket during which leg spinner Matt Parkinson twirled away effectively for his three wickets supported by fellow England hopeful Saqib Mahmood who bowled his second highest number of overs in a day since his debut five years ago.

It was Tom Bailey however who made the morning session’s initial breakthrough trapping Sam Hain in front after he had added just five to his overnight score of 113.

Will Rhodes followed soon afterwards, bowled by a quick delivery from Mahmood for 10, before Matthew Lamb and Michael Burgess dug in for a period of play as dull and grey as the Manchester skies.

Some levity finally came when Burgess, who had compiled 26 runs from 91 balls, tried to smash a Parkinson full toss to the leg side boundary but only succeeded in top edging it to Wells at slip ending a 50 run partnership for the sixth wicket.

The leg spinner then removed Danny Briggs sweeping for 11 with a far better delivery that was again caught by Wells, before Parkinson bowled Lamb for 36 with a clever top spinner that evaded the all rounder’s defences.

Mahmood then returned to account for both Craig Miles and Chemar Holder with the seamer finishing with figures of four for 77 off 28.1 overs alongside Parkinson’s three for 96 and Bailey’s three for 53.

With the overhead conditions continuing to darken and the odd delivery keeping low, Lancashire faced a tough examination and they immediately lost George Balderson out lbw to Norwell for 0 in the third over.

That brought Bohannon to the crease and while Wells dropped anchor, the Bolton-born batter began compiling a lovely knock that would see him progress to an unbeaten 59 from 128 balls by the close.

Wells, who finished on 35 not out, survived a bad drop by Hain at short leg off Briggs while on 18, but it was Bohannon who really caught the eye with a succession of boundaries hit to both sides of the ground.

Saqib Mahmood, Lancashire, said: "We have had some pretty flat pitches here but this is the flattest of the lot.

"After a tough day yesterday I thought we stuck at it brilliantly this morning and from the position they were in to react like we did it's an amazing fightback.

"Six ball overs are quite hard! It was the first day back in the dirt for me since the end of May so I was slightly stiff this morning but it was good to get some overs in the bank I guess. 

"It was a tough old day yesterday and the body was feeling it but hopefully we can now bat all day and I can put my feet up.

"The overs you bowl here at Old Trafford with the quality of the wickets are hard overs and obviously the square is like concrete so you can't just place the ball - you really have to bowl hard into the wicket and there's not much margin for error. Rather than bowling 20 overs on a green seamer where you can just put the ball where you want it it's a lot tougher and from a skills point of view it takes some getting used to.

On England....

"I knew that Luke Wood and Chris Woakes were back fit again this week so I knew it was going to be hard. Last week I was close to playing but they went with Craig (Overton) in the end and the way he performed was pretty good.

"It's hard to get in the side when the boys are bowling well but that's the way you want it. It's just a case of taking that opportunity when it comes.

"In my head I thought I was about to play and you start doing your homework on all the batters so to miss out in the morning was a big drop. To get in the England Test side is hard work and if I had made it would have been great but hopefully there will be another chance.

"It's crazy how things work - initially I wasn't in any of the squads but I got my opportunity through the squad isolating and put in some performances and before you know it you're in the frame again.

"As a cricketer you are always looking to improve and I feel I do that every year and I work on things over the winter so to get the rewards for that is a great feeling. I'm sure when I get some time off to reflect it will be nice but personally I'm still thinking about the rest of the season and what I can potentially achieve with Lancashire. That is at the top of my priority list at the moment."

 

Sam Hain, Warwickshire, said: "After winning the toss and batting you know the pitch is going to get worse as the game goes on so we would have taken that total. We would have liked to have scored more but I don't think we'll look too much into it - both teams have to bat so we'll go into tomorrow with the belief we can get quick wickets and see where we are.

"Credit to Lancashire they bowled well and dried us up and got their rewards but if we can control the run rate tomorrow we can do the same.

"As long as we are controlling the run rate Lancashire are going nowhere and the game will stagnate and we'll be happy with that. We'd love to take quick wickets but if it doesn't happen we'll just stay in the game.

"I've been knocking on the door with the red ball for a while and not putting too much pressure on myself to convert and setting small targets so I'm pretty happy with a century - hopefully the next one is not too far around the corner."

 

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


 Kent did not register a win in the conference segment of the LV=Insurance County Championship but are in a strong position to remedy that at the halfway stage of their opening divisional fixture against Leicestershire.

On a turning pitch, Callum Parkinson, the Leicestershire left-arm spinner, took five for 41, yet at 210 for nine in their second innings when bad light curtailed the second day with 22 overs unbowled, Kent had built a lead of 333.

Chief contributor was the veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens with a masterful unbeaten 55 after Jack Leaning had added 34 to his first-innings 75 not out and Jordan Cox made 38.

Earlier, Leicestershire had been dismissed for 109, the wickets shared mainly between seamers Grant Stewart (3-20) and Matt Milnes (3-24) and another left-arm spinner, 23-year-old James Logan, who returned three for eight from 8.1 overs in his second first-class match for Kent after being released by Yorkshire last autumn.

Five down for 66 overnight, Leicestershire achieved their objective of avoiding the follow-on but lost the remainder of their wickets within an hour and a half.

Milnes dismissed Louis Kimber and Ben Mike in his first two overs, both lbw.  Logan claimed his second and third successes as Leicestershire lost their last three wickets in the space of 12 balls, Parkinson given out leg before and Chris Wright top-edging a paddle-sweep gently to second slip. In between, Will Davis edged Stewart to third slip.

Ed Barnes was Leicestershire’s top scorer with 22 not out, an innings interrupted by a bang on the head from a short ball by Milnes that saw him leave the field for concussion checks. Happily, he was cleared to return at nine wickets down, confirming his well-being by hitting Stewart for back-to-back fours.

With Zak Crawley looking in good touch, Kent added 49 to their lead in 15 overs without loss but the introduction of Parkinson’s at the pavilion end brought an immediate dividend for the home side as a beautiful delivery to take the England batsman’s off stump. Joe Denly was leg before to Ben Mike and Parkinson quickly picked up a second wicket as Cox edged to slip.

As Parkinson changed ends, Barnes had Sam Billings caught behind with his first ball and bowled Ollie Robinson, reducing Kent to 142 for five but by the time rain forced an early tea the lead was 271.

The final session brought two more wickets each for Parkinson and Barnes but 45-year-old Stevens drew on all his experience to hit a six and nine fours in an innings of controlled positivity that may be decisive in the match.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens said:

“We felt we should have scored a few more runs in the first innings but we executed our bowling plans well. We wanted four wickets on the first evening and we ended up getting five and we felt this morning that if we were patient the wickets would come and that’s what happened.

“There is something in the pitch for the spinner but if it hit that area that turned it generally turned a bit too much, so if you nicked it you were a little bit unlucky. Don’t get me wrong, Parkinson bowled nicely and it was easier against the seamers but with a lead of 120-odd we could go out and bat with intent and we did that well.

“From this position if we bowl anything like we have a good chance, although it is generally a good pitch and if we bowl poorly they will score runs.

“Myself, I was pleased that I stuck to my plans. I love getting down the pitch to a spinner and hitting over the top and I love sweeping, but I didn’t feel I could do that. I looked to play on the offside and it worked well for me.”

Leicestershire’s left-arm spinner Matt Parkinson, who took five for 41, said:

“There is a lot of assistance in the pitch but that adds a bit of pressure in that I’ve got to be the man but I’ve felt in good rhythm for a long time now this season. It was quite difficult in the first innings adjusting to bowling in red-ball cricket after a long period with the white ball but today on the whole I’ve felt pretty good.

“We felt we let them get 60 or 70 too many first innings, although credit to Jack Leaning who batted really well and we probably got a bit frustrated searching for those last wickets.

“When we batted, we know Darren Stevens is very hard to score off and their left-arm spinner came into it as well, but there were a few soft outs and the pitch is better than 29 wickets in two days.  Hopefully, we can show some character and build some partnerships and although we’re not favourites we chased nearly 400 against Middlesex so it’s been done before.”


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

 

Middlesex 282 all out

Derbyshire 201-9

Derbyshire 4pts trail Middlesex 5pts by 81 runs with one first innings wicket standing

ETHAN Bamber claimed four wickets for the first time this season as Middlesex got the upper hand on day two against Derbyshire at Lord’s.

The Seaxes’ young seamer returned four for 37 and with skipper Tim Murtagh weighing in with four for 60 they reduced the visitors to 201-9, still 81 behind, a deficit which would have been far greater but for Leus du Plooy’s stylish 90.

Earlier Robbie White reached 120 in the host’s tally of 282, Sam Conners taking 3-65.

The hosts began on 218-5 with centurion White still at the crease, but once John Simpson edged Anuj Dal to slip to end a stand of 79, a clatter of wickets began.

Toby Roland-Jones hit his first competitive ball since April for four before Dal caught and bowled him and Bamber swept Matt Critchley into the hands of deep square.

White’s long vigil ended when he nicked Conners to slip to give the paceman his third wicket and only a few lusty blows from Thilan Walallawita, including a straight six lifted the hosts beyond 280.

But Bamber had Derbyshire 22 for two by lunch, skipper Billy Godleman slashing loosely to slip, and Tom Wood castled by a peach of a ball which pitched middle and hit off.

The afternoon session was a microcosm of why both sides have struggled this season as Derbyshire’s top order largely got themselves out before Middlesex let them off the hook.

Luis Reece swished loosely to be taken at slip and Critchley’s feet looked stuck in cement as he fell lbw, both to Murtagh who then had Hughes caught from one that bounced off a length.

When Brooke Guest flashed lazily at Martin Andersson the visitors were 76-6 and in danger of being ousted for less than 150 for the ninth time in 13 attempts.

Du Plooy however stood firm and helped by a number of friendly offerings moved to 50 in only 57 balls with 10 fours. He found an ally in Dal (48) who made his highest score of a wretched season.

The pair added 91 either side of the tea break, before Murtagh again made the breakthrough, ending du Plooy’s fine innings via an edge through to the diving Simpson.

Bamber then returned to bowl Dal and have Alex Thomson caught behind before bad light ended play 20 overs early.

Middlesex seamer Ethan Bamber said: "I think I've been really fortunate to have a run of games this year and one of the things that has frustrated me about my own performance is I haven't taken match-changing hauls.

"Again today when you are fortunate enough to get two early the best bowlers are really ruthless and that is definitely something I need to improve. 

"I wasn't good enough in that spell immediately after lunch where I bowled too many four balls so it was nice to get a couple at the end, but we bowl as a unit and I was fortunate today that sometimes you bowl just as something starts to happen.

"Leus and Anuj batted really well and were hard to bowl at. Whenever you are running into bowl and feeling if you miss you are going to be put away that immediately puts pressure on you and we were perhaps not as disciplined as we wanted to be, but if we can keep the lead above 50 or 60 we are in a great position to press home the advantage."

 

Derbyshire batsmen Leus du Plooy said: "I think it was one of those days where my play and miss shots missed by quite a long way and other than that the ball found the middle of the bat.

"It was nice being out in the middle again having not played red ball for quite a while and to not have to be rushed to get a score.

"It's never nice getting out in the 90s so I'm gutted about that, but glad to have got my team out of trouble today. I've definitely got my eye on a big score in the fourth innings.

"Let's hope for Derbyshire supporters the partnership with Anuj will be crucial come the end of the game. We are in with a fighting chance here."

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

 

Liam Patterson-White hit his maiden first class century as Nottinghamshire took a firm grip on the LV=County Championship Division One game with Somerset at Taunton. 

The 22-year-old left-hander made 101 to help his side progress their first innings from an overnight 282 for six to 448 all out, Luke Fletcher striking 51 and Tom Moores 46. 

Skipper Tom Abell (three for 84) was the most successful bowler in a depleted Somerset attack, badly missing England’s Craig Overton and the injured Lewis Gregory. 

By the time bad light ended play at 5.50pm, the home side had collapsed to 87 for seven and were staring down the barrel of a follow-on. Fletcher took the first four wickets and ended the day with figures of four for 21 from 11 overs. 

Somerset had one of their poorest mornings of the season, the bowling lacking penetration, and not helped by some sloppy fielding, which saw chances go down. 

Patterson-White was in the form to capitalise, quickly moving from his overnight 46 to a half-century off 44 balls, with 10 fours. 

Moores brought up a century stand for the seventh wicket, made from 111 deliveries, and had added 20 his overnight 26 when edging a defensive shot off Tom Lammonby to wicketkeeper Steve Davies. 

Patterson-White batted with an assurance that belied his previous highest first class score of 73, adding to his boundary count with some meaty blows. 

He was rarely troubled in moving to three figures with a single off Jack Leach, punching the air in delight as he made his ground at the bowler’s end. 

It was 381 for eight when Patterson-White’s immense contribution ended with him being pinned lbw on the back foot by the left-arm spin of Leach. 

Brett Hutton weighed in with a useful 31 before skying a catch to give Abell his third wicket and Fletcher ensured there was no respite for the home attack with a 90-ball fifty, including 7 fours and a six. 

All the momentum was with Notts when Fletcher was last man out and soon he was making life tough for the Somerset batmen, trapping Davies lbw with the final ball of the opening over. 

Abell and Lammonby were given a tough examination either side of tea, which was taken at 11 for one. 

The final session saw Abell break loose with some attractive shots. But, with the total on 51, Lammonby, who had battled his way to ten, edged a catch behind to give Fletcher a second wicket. 

Abell followed for 35 in the same over, also nicking a ball through to wicketkeeper Tom Moores. 

Before Lewis Goldsworthy could reach the wicket, the floodlights failed, forcing the umpires to suspend play for bad light. 

It proved a temporary reprieve for Somerset as play soon resumed, with Fletcher and Moore combining again to dismiss Goldsworthy before Dane Patterson sent back James Hildreth leg-before. 

When Roelof van der Merwe fell in similar fashion to Hutton and Tom Banton was caught behind off Patterson, Somerset were in disarray. 

Somerset skipper Tom Abell was brutally honest in assessing his team. "We have been completely outplayed for two days, having had the better of conditions when bowling yesterday," he said.

"We didn't take advantage of that and when we turned up this morning we talked about the fact that the game could go either way. The fact that we are now so far behind suggests we didn't apply ourselves well enough at all.

"It's a good pitch for batting on, although there was some swing. When you reply to a total of over 400 you are under the pump and we haven't shown enough character or backbone to cope with that."

 

Notts century-maker Liam Patterson-White said: "I am absolutely delighted. Having made my debut here two years, it's great to come back and get some runs.

"I was nervous on 99, but concentrated on remembering it is just one run, the same as any other. It was an incredible achievement by the team to have them seven down by the end of play.

"Our target tomorrow is to keep the momentum going and hopefully create a winning position."

 

 

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

 

Sussex 264 Worcestershire 186-7

 

Joe Sarro helped tipped the scales in Sussex’s favour during a late flurry of wickets on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

The 19-year-old paceman struck in successive overs as three wickets fell for three runs in the space of 14 balls.

It reduced Worcestershire to 186-7 – still 78 in arrears – and capped off another promising day for the inexperienced Sussex line-up made up of no capped players and an average age of nineteen-and-a-half..

Dan Ibrahim, 17, also impressed with the wickets of Worcestershire’s top scorer, Jack Haynes, and veteran opener, Daryl Mitchell.

On a wicket of some variable bounce, batting was never straightforward.

Sussex began the day on 254-9 with Jack Carson unbeaten on a career best 81 but he added only six more runs before he went for a drive down the ground and gave Leach his fifth wicket of the innings.

The Worcestershire Club Captain finished with 5-68 from 22.4 overs - his first five wicket haul for two years.

Worcestershire openers Mitchell and Jake Libby were given a testing time by Fynn Hudson-Prentice and several edges just failed to go to hand.

The opening pair put on 44 in 12 overs before Libby (28) was bowled after attempting to work Hudson-Prentice to leg.

Tom Fell began in impressive fashion with two boundaries in an over from Sarro.

But then Mitchell (16) nibbled at a ball from Dan Ibrahim and was caught behind and Fell (11) turned Carson off his legs and was snapped up at short leg.

Worcestershire reached 82-3 at lunch and after the resumption both Jack Haynes and Brett D’Oliveira survived chances on 10 and 20 respectively.

In between the fourth wicket pair played some enterprising strokes with Haynes cover-driving and on driving Hudson-Prentice for four.

The fluent partnership was worth 76 in only 17 overs and Haynes had moved onto 47 when he was bowled by a delivery from Ibrahim which skidded on and kept low.

After a break for bad light, Sussex seized the initiative with three wickets in three overs – two of them to Sarro before another stoppage.

He removed Ed Barnard (17) and D’Oliveira (38) – at second slip and behind respectively – and in between Ben Cox (0) also nicked through to Olllie Carter.

The players returned for a further nine balls after yet another hold-up before play was abandoned for the day.

Worcestershire Club Captain, Joe Leach, who picked up five wickets, said: “We threatened to put ourselves into positions over the last two days to have a strong foothold in the game going into days three and four.

“But we find ourselves at this moment having to claw our way back into it and then put pressure on them in the third innings.

“It is an important first session tomorrow morning.

“We kept losing wickets. That three or four wicket block from 140 through to where we are now has obviously taken us from a position of looking to get a lead to now scrambling to try and get as close to parity as we can.

“That is not to say it’s all doom and gloom. They are inexperienced and we’ve got to put them under pressure in the third innings by bowling pretty similar to how we bowled on day one and take our chances.”

 

Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who has rejoined Sussex, said: “The last time I was here I was one of the youngest players, now a few years later I am the oldest on the pitch.

“But the talent we have got on show is fantastic so looking forward to see over the next few years what that produces.

“We had a great session after lunch with a cluster of wickets and got ourselves back in the game to be probably just ahead.

“If we can take the final three wickets quickly tomorrow morning, and try and bat as long as we can through the rest of the day, I think we will be in a really strong position.”



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