LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 2nd 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 13 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 2nd 2021
Thursday September 2nd Day 4 – Thursday September 2nd 2021
Miles Hammond, Tom Lace and Graeme van Buuren led Gloucestershire home in a chase of 266 to complete a remarkable turnaround as they beat Northamptonshire by six wickets at Bristol.
Having polished Northants off for just 129 in their second innings, the hosts were left with two-and-a-half sessions to complete their comeback.
Hammond gave them an excellent platform with 94 before Lace’s unbeaten 67 and van Buuren’s 53 not out - his second half-century of the match - saw the Glosters home.
It was an extraordinary result with Gloucestershire having been 153 for nine replying to 327 on day two. But they dominated the final two days of the game and after bad light had significantly curtailed play on the previous three evenings, Nevil Road was bathed in sunshine for the denouement.
Northants resumed 92 for seven, leading by 228. Tom Taylor was quickly trapped lbw by Ryan Higgins and when Ben Sanderson edged Tom Price behind for only 1, the end appeared swift.
But Simon Kerrigan made 27, clearing his front leg to smear three boundaries over mid-on and pulling Price off a top edge for six. It was a sedate ending - pushing at Higgins and being bowled by one that seamed back as Higgins finished with five for 46.
That boost to the target felt like it would give Northants enough to bowl at considering what had gone before in the game and the visitors plucked out two of the top three cheaply.
Hammond flashed an edge through the high hands of Emilio Gay at third slip when only six and he went on to punch Luke Procter off the back foot and whip him over midwicket for four.
Another boundary off Procter, slapping a short wide delivery through mid-off, raised a half-century in 137 balls and he and Chris Dent looked to be taking their side to tea in great shape.
But Dent fell for 26, caught behind defending at Kerrigan’s left-arm spin, and 143 were left in 32 overs after tea.
Hammond couldn’t reach his hundred, bowled by Taylor to one that nipped in from round the wicket but Lace and van Buuren took up the chase.
Van Buuren slog swept Kerrigan for six and pulled a full toss for another maximum in his 43-ball fifty and it was left to Lace to sweep the winning boundary off Rob Keogh.
Yorkshire 246 and 312-6 declared drew with Hampshire 163 and
LV= Insurance County Championship day four
Hampshire 11 points Yorkshire 12
A James Vince batting rearguard helped save his Hampshire side from defeat on a day of huge frustration for Yorkshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Vince faced 151 deliveries before being dismissed late in the day for 42, before injured tailenders Kyle Abbott and Brad Wheal held out for the final six overs to deny the Tykes a crucial victory on the final day of the LV = County Championship Division One clash.
Hampshire coach Adi Birrell set his players a target of each soaking up 72 balls to save the match on a lifeless day four pitch just as Surrey and Gloucestershire had against the hosts earlier this season.
Nightwatchman Mason Crane and Vince fulfilled their side of the bargain as Hampshire finished the day 177-9 with Wheal and Abbot unbeaten at the close, in pursuit of an unlikely target of 392 for victory.
Crane repelled 196 balls - the most he has faced in a single innings - before falling for 28 and his exit just after tea saw the Tykes take three wickets in eight overs with the new ball to put themselves in view of victory.
But Vince, shelved his natural attacking game and showed magnificent technique and temperament to keep alive his side's County Championship title aspirations.
Starting the day on 26-2 with Joe Weatherley and Crane at the crease, the pair survived the first 28 overs of the day until Weatherley fell lbw on the stroke of lunch to the impressive Jordan Thompson.
Nick Gubbins exited after the restart for six when he was caught and bowled by Andrew Fisher, but with runs irrelevant, Vince joined the dogged Crane at the crease and the pair made it safely to tea with just 44 runs added from 29 overs.
The docile pitch continued to offer little encouragement for both the spin of Dom Bess or the tireless Yorkshire seamers.
Fisher finally made the breakthrough with the new ball shortly after the restart when he brushed the edge of Crane's bat with Adam Lyth taking the catch at slip to end his stubborn vigil.
Fisher struck again in his next over to pin Liam Dawson on the crease and trap him lbw for a duck to leave Yorkshire in sight of victory.
Thompson, as he does so often for his side, made something happen when his side needed him most, when he bowled Lewis McManus to leave Hampshire on the brink at 138-7 with 25 overs remaining.
Keith Barker survived nine overs before falling to the excellent Thompson bringing Abbott, who was unable to bowl on day three due to a foot injury, to the crease with,16.3 overs remaining to join Vince who was then dismissed six overs from the close by Thompson.
Abbott was joined by fellow South African Wheal who held out magnificently with 10 men around the bat for the final three overs as Yorkshire fell short in an absorbing finish.
Yorkshire coach Andew Gale
“The lads are gutted because I’d probably say it’s our best performance of the season all round. We dominated the game. To only come out with a point extra then them, we’re disappointed.
“I don’t think we could have done anything more today.
“We tried our best, we tried all different plans. But they showed a lot of character and the pitch lost a lot of pace.
“It didn’t spin or go up and down as much as we thought it would."
Hampshire skipper James Vince
"If you come away with a draw from the position we were in, it really feels like a win up there in the dressing room.
"We got ourselves behind the game with the bat as the game went on and for the final two batsmen to get us over the line is a pretty good feeling.
"Obviously you want to be pushing for a win on day four not hanging on, but there are three games to go and this keeps us in the mix and hopefully we can get the win at Warwickshire and keep ourselves in the hunt to win it.
"I am immensely proud of all the guys to hold on out there, I couldn't watch much after I got out, but Whealy is pretty calm and blocking sort of suits Abbo's game."
Lancashire 341/10 (118.3 ov)
Warwickshire 371/10 (139.1 ov) & 239/6d (100 ov)
Result - Match drawn
WARWICKSHIRE batted throughout day four of their division one clash with Lancashire as the two county championship contenders secured a share of the points at Emirates Old Trafford.
A drawn game always looked inevitable after the visitors resumed on 52 for one with a lead of 82 runs, but there were still enough subplots to entertain the faithful with England hopefuls Dom Sibley and Matt Parkinson both taking centre stage throughout proceedings.
Lancashire hopes of unlikely win were raised early on when man of the moment Chris Benjamin was adjudged lbw to Parkinson for 42, ending a partnership of 63 for the second wicket with Sibley whose defiant defence was tailor made for the match situation.
The conditions were ideal too for Parkinson and the leg spinner cut a frustrated figure as a succession of turning deliveries evaded both edge and stumps as he settled into a mammoth spell of bowling from the Brian Statham End.
Sibley meanwhile reached his half-century and would face 167 balls before the 168th from Parkinson bowled him around his legs as he attempted a sweep shot on 57, leaving Warwickshire 129 for three.
With seam bowling not on the radar, another England contender in Liam Livingstone joined the attack from the James Anderson End and it was the all rounder’s spin that claimed the next wicket when Sam Hain hit a juicy full toss straight down sub fielder Richard Gleeson’s throat at cover for 48.
As the afternoon progressed, Parkinson showed no sign of stopping and Will Rhodes was the next to fall to what was probably the highlight of the day’s play as Luke Wells took a stunning one-handed catch at slip.
The skipper had scored seven off 33 balls but with Warwickshire 173 for five and time beginning to run down there was little more to do than enjoy the September sunshine and the sight of two spinners wheeling away from both ends.
Parkinson, who would bowl unchanged for 40 overs throughout the day, did pick up a fourth wicket with a poor ball to Michael Burgess, who departed for 22 after hitting a delivery straight to Josh Bohannon, before Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas rounded off the afternoon with his first ever over for the Red Rose.
The draw garnered 12 points for each county leaving Warwickshire top of Division One and Lancashire second with three games each to play.
Middlesex 282/10 (88.2 ov) & 256/10 (64.3 ov)
Derbyshire 205/10 (61.5 ov) & 221/10 (81.2 ov)
Result - Middlesex won by 112 runs
Seamer Toby Roland-Jones marked his return from injury with a decisive five-wicket haul as Middlesex finally broke Derbyshire’s resistance to triumph by 112 runs at Lord’s.
Roland-Jones, making his first appearance after a four-month absence due to knee surgery, delivered a spell of three wickets in 10 balls that included the scalp of Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman and finished with figures of five for 36.
Godleman had managed to keep the visitors in the hunt for a 334 victory target with his innings of 70, his best of the season, after two early wickets fell to opposite number Tim Murtagh.
Matt Critchley’s knock of 58 also proved to be in vain as Derbyshire were dismissed for 221, leaving them as the only side still without a win in the LV= Insurance County Championship this season.
Murtagh gave Middlesex an immediate lift with his first ball of the morning, pinning Tom Wood in front of the stumps and he added the wicket of Leus du Plooy soon afterwards.
The left-hander, who had just swung Murtagh to the midwicket boundary, attempted to repeat the shot to a ball outside off stump and dragged on to leave Derbyshire in difficulties at 60 for three.
However, Critchley proved harder for Middlesex to shift, with Martin Andersson dispatched for a couple of crisp fours as he and Godleman put together a partnership of 80 either side of lunch.
The fourth-wicket pair succeeded in bringing Derbyshire’s target below 200 – but the turning point came when Godleman pulled Roland-Jones towards long leg and Andersson ran in to hold a perfectly-judged diving catch.
Critchley might have followed his captain later in the same over, miscuing the ball high behind square only for it to land between three fielders, but Derbyshire were soon six down as Roland-Jones removed Alex Hughes and Brooke Guest in successive deliveries.
Anuj Dal – who had hit a valuable 48 in the first innings – produced some attacking shots to reach 19 before he was unluckily run out at the non-striker’s end, with Andersson deflecting Critchley’s drive onto the stumps.
That appeared to unsettle Critchley, who attempted a careless pull shot off Andersson just two balls later and sliced into the hands of second slip.
It was left to Roland-Jones to wrap up Middlesex’s success and he did exactly that, having Sam Conners caught at short midwicket before knocking out Alex Thomson’s off stump.
Middlesex captain TIM MURTAGH said:
“The wicket played pretty well, not much was happening and Toby’s spell after lunch, getting Billy (Godleman) out, was really pleasing. It’s great to have him back and taking five wickets, which he thoroughly deserved.
“He’s had such a tough few years and it makes such a difference to our team when he’s fit and playing. I’m really pleased we’ve put together four days of good cricket.
“We spoke before this chunk of games about not just winning but putting some consistent performances together. We’ve dominated some games this year and not quite finished them off, that’s no secret.
“There’s still work to do and improvements we can make but I’m happy with the all-round performance. I don’t think we dropped any catches throughout the game, which makes a big difference if you don’t have to take 13-14 wickets in an innings.”
Derbyshire head of cricket DAVE HOUGHTON said:
“We certainly wouldn’t have been the favourites going into the final day, on that wicket and with their bowlers.
“It’s nice to have Billy back into a bit of form, he showed a lot of resilience batting through some very tough periods and hopefully that will continue. That stand (with Matt Critchley) really needed to go on, to be a 180-run stand to give us any chance.
“But it was a really good catch that got rid of Billy and shortly after that Anuj Dal got run out with a flick of the bowler’s finger onto the stumps, which pretty much took care of our middle order.
“Our young bowling attack did an admirable job but we probably bowled too many four-balls. Look at the Middlesex attack – they don’t give you those four-balls. The difference over the four innings was about 100 runs and it’s probably the extra boundaries we went for.”
Jake Libby overtook David Bedingham to become the leading run-scorer in the LV=Insurance County Championship this summer as Worcestershire chased down a 315 target against Sussex at New Road.
Libby scored his fourth Championship century of the campaign and he overhauled the 945 run tally of Bedingham who was not in action because Durham’s game against Surrey was called off because of COVID-19.
He finished unbeaten on 125 and now has a total of 951 runs and the former Nottinghamshire batsman received excellent support from Jack Haynes, Ben Cox and Brett D’Oliveira as Worcestershire triumphed by six wickets with 24 balls to spare.
Worcestershire picked 20 points to emerge as the early pace-setters in Group Three.
But they were pushed all the way by a young Sussex side containing no capped players and with an average age of nineteen and a half and showing great potential.
Sussex resumed on 199-6 and the last four wickets went down for 64 runs in 15.5 overs.
Adam Finch made the first breakthrough when Archie Lenham, nine, went for a pull and top-edged a head high catch to keeper Cox.
Finch struck again when Jack Carson on seven aimed a blow on the leg side and Josh Baker pulled off a fine low catch after running in from deep square leg.
Dillon Pennington came into the attack and soon accounted for Henry Crocombe ,six, who was caught off a leading edge by Ed Barnard at cover.
Dan Ibrahim went within six runs of becoming the youngest century-maker in the history of County Championship cricket before falling to Worcestershire Club Captain, Joe Leach.
The 17-year-old tried to hook Leach but only gloved through to Cox.
When Worcestershire launched their reply, Daryl Mitchell and Libby put on 39 until the former on 19 was bowled by a delivery from Crocombe to the last ball before lunch.
Tom Fell, four, survived one chance behind the wicket before he was caught on four of a top edge at mid wicket attempting to pull Crocombe.
Haynes joined Libby and the third wicket pair consolidated Worcestershire’s position.
Libby reached his half century off 121 balls with five fours and Worcestershire went into tea on 129-2, requiring a further 186 off 34 overs in the final session.
An excellent half century was completed by Haynes from 83 deliveries with six boundaries.
But Hudson-Prentice end the partnership on 105 when Haynes was caught and bowled for 62.
Libby went into overdrive with 6-4-4- off successive balls from Crocombe and Cox, promoted up the order, also scored freely.
A single off James Coles took Libby to three figures off 190 balls with one six and eight fours.
Cox (37) holed out to long on off Lenham to end a stand of 86 in 18 overs with Libby.
But D’Oliveira ensured the momentum was maintained and successive sixes off Hudson-Prentice enabled him to complete a 26 ball fifty.
Worcestershire CCC Head Coach, Alex Gidman, said: “Obviously really pleased for the lads to get the victory and for the club to get the victory. It’s been a little while since we played Championship cricket and delighted for everyone that we got that over the line.
“A good game of credit and full credit to Sussex. They have some extremely talented and very good young players. They were really competitive which made for a really good game.
“It ebbed and flowed. We had opportunities to press home our advantage a little bit more than we did at times but again, credit to Sussex for pulling us back, and equally they will probably feel the same.
“It was a great cricket wicket and credit to Tim Packwood (Head Groundsmen) and the groundstaff and thankfully the light improved enough for us to complete the game
“Jake Libby is a class act and just getting better and better. We felt throughout the whole game it was a new ball wicket and it was challenging for both teams.
“It was really hard work and I was quite grateful that they couldn’t have a second new ball today. That could have been telling if that had been part of the plan.
“Jake constructed the chase really, really well, the tempo was superb and he understood and got the timing right as to when to just put a bit more pressure on them and a couple of guys played extremely well around him.
“Jack (Haynes) was superb and Brett (D’Oliveira) there at the end, a little cameo which we always knew we would probably need at some stage
“I just thought they showed real maturity and good experience and real good quality and composure to get us over the line”
Sussex captain Tom Haines said: “I couldn’t have asked for more from the boys over these four days.
“We weren’t on the right side of the result but we pushed this side all the way to the very final session on the fourth day and we can be very proud of that.
“We spoke every morning about being the youngest side to win a game because we are not just here to play, we are here to win.
“We didn’t quite do it but we put in 100 per cent effort in all four days and I couldn’t have asked for any more.
“We had a few chances early on with the new ball where if they go to hand, then all of a sudden there could be a collapse and a panic and we end up winning the game.
“Libby batted really well and held their innings together and a couple of players played around him very nicely as well.
“We learnt so much from two defeats in the 50 over competition where we were so close to winning and it’s the same now and I definitely next year we are going to use these feelings we’ve got now and put them right next year and we will end up on the winning side and be a really strong unit.”
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