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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 6th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 6th 2021

Sunday September 5th – Wednesday September 8th

Derbyshire vs Leicestershire, Group 3 The Incora County Ground, 10:30AM

Chris Wright had a day to remember as Leicestershire took complete control of the LV=Insurance County Championship Division Three match against Derbyshire at Derby.

The 36-year-old pace bowler claimed his 500th first-class wicket after making a career-best 87 off 167 balls in Leicestershire’s imposing 528 all out.

Lewis Hill scored 113 from 174 balls and Harry Swindells 76 with seamer Ben Aitchison taking 3 for 71 from 28 overs.

Spinners Matt Critchley and Alex Thomson each took three wickets but Derbyshire need 378 just to avoid following-on and ended day two in deep trouble on 41 for 3.

Leicestershire’s aim from the start of the day was clear as Hill and Wright accumulated steadily without taking risks.

Hill completed his second championship century of the season with a scampered single to mid on and the stand with Wright was worth 82 in 25 overs before Derbyshire broke through.

Aitchison was rewarded for an excellent spell from the Racecourse End in which he found some movement and bounce with wickets in consecutive overs.

Hill was beaten by one that lifted and seamed away before Louis Kimber edged behind as he pushed forward.

Wright, who was reported for dissent in the previous match, had nothing to complain about this time as he drove Critchley for six before another boundary off the leg-spinner took him past his previous best first-class score of 77.

His chances of a maiden hundred disappeared when he was stumped coming down the pitch to Thomson but Swindells and Ben Mike scored almost at will to take Leicestershire to 475 for 6 at tea.

Leicestershire pressed on after the interval, losing Mike to a diving return catch by Critchley and Swindells who drove Thomson to wide long on.

Callum Parkinson and Ed Barnes both fell trying to clear the ropes leaving Derbyshire a potentially awkward 20 overs to negotiate before the close.

After almost two full days in the field, it was always likely to be a difficult period for the openers and Wright’s landmark dismissal came when he had Tom Wood caught behind off a lifting delivery.

Former Derbyshire seamer Will Davis found late movement to remove Leus du Plooy and Wayne Madsen edged another lifter to give Swindells his third catch to leave the home side with a lot of work to do to avoid defeat.

Leicestershire pace bowler Chris Wright said: "It was a really great day. From the team's point of view we've done exactly what we set out to do at every stage of the game.

"To get three wickets tonight was great,  including my 500th, which felt nice and I'm really proud of.that. As for the runs, I was a bit gutted to get out but we needed to get on with it a bit."

Derbyshire wicketkeeper Brooke Guest said: "It was a long slog out there but I think we stuck at it well. We tried to keep the run rate around three an over and we were pretty much about that at the end.

"Three down overnight isn't a position we want to be in but we know we're playing on a good pitch and we've got batsmen to come and two very good batsmen in at the minute so if we can put together some big partnerships hopefully we'll be up around their mark."

Durham vs Glamorgan, Group 2 Emirates Riverside, 10:30AM

Glamorgan 97 &  71 for two vs Durham 503 for eight declared


Durham are in complete command of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan, with the visitors requiring a further 335 to avoid an innings defeat at Emirates Riverside.

The home side were relentless with the bat to surge into a dominant 406-run lead. Ben Raine, Liam Trevaskis and Ned Eckersley all scored half-centuries, while Sean Dickson and David Bedingham fell narrowly short of fifties in a complete performance from the batting unit. Durham posted their first score of over 500 of the season before they declared in the evening session.

Glamorgan lost early wickets in their second innings to ramp up the pressure on the Welsh outfit. The visitors require a mammoth effort to force the hosts to bat again with only eight wickets remaining heading into day three of the contest.

Resuming on 223 for three, the home side lost Bedingham clean bowled to Michael Hogan as the South African added only three runs to his overnight score, missing out on the opportunity to pass 1,000 first-class runs for the campaign. However, Durham pressed on and added their second batting bonus point with Eckersley and Dickson adding quick runs for the fifth wicket.

Dickson was hobbled after suffering a calf injury while attempting a run, forcing Michael Jones to act as a runner. The former Kent man was not deterred by his injury and still managed to score 46 before being bowled by an inswinger from Hogan after the introduction of the second new ball.

Eckersley maintained the momentum and recorded his third fifty of the season from just 68 deliveries, scoring six boundaries in the process. Although Eckersley was removed by a brilliant diving catch by Nick Selman at first slip for 57, Raine continued to compound Durham's advantage. He notched his 12th fifty in first-class cricket to usher the home side past the 400-run mark with maximum batting points.

Raine appeared on course to post a career-best, sharing a stand worth 98 with Liam Trevaskis for the eighth wicket. The left-hander fell for 74 attempting to push the scoring rate and was caught on the fence by Eddie Byrom. Trevaskis took up the mantle with his first fifty of the season after the departure of Raine, ensuring that Durham mustered a lead of over 400.

Scott Borthwick called in his side after posting a dominant total of 503 for eight, handing Glamorgan a tough period to negotiate before the close. The visitors were under pressure from the off as Matthew Potts and Paul Coughlin dismissed David Lloyd and Selman respectively. Hamish Rutherford survived a few nervy edges through the slips to ensure that were only two down at the close, unbeaten on 32 alongside Byrom on 17.

Glamorgan's Timm van der Gugten said: "It obviously hasn't gone to plan for the first two days. They've showed us how to bat, bowl and field during this game. We've got a big day ahead of us on Tuesday, hopefully we can show some character and bat out the entire day.

"It comes down to consistency with the ball. They hammered away for longer and did not ease up. We've struggled in that aspect in the first two days, which is disappointing. We've got to try to take the game into a fourth day and hopefully one of the boys can get out there and make a big score."

Durham's Liam Trevaskis said: "We're in a really good position, but we've got to come back on Tuesday and put in the hard yards to take the next eight wickets. For someone not to get the three figures is a little bit strange in a big score.

"We knew that they were going to come at us hard in the morning, but the lads played well. We've now got to go through the process on Tuesday and keep building pressure. They've got some really good players, but we've got to wait for our opportunities and take them when they come along."

Essex vs Gloucestershire, Group 2 The Cloudfm County Ground, 10:30AM

Gloucestershire 76 & 131/5 trail Essex 276 by 68 runs

James Bracey collected his seventh LV= Insurance County Championship fifty of the season as Gloucestershire battled to save their clash with Essex.

Bracey, who earned an England Test debut earlier in the summer, took his first-class run tally for the summer to 685 with a rear-guard performance.

Fifteen wickets fell on the opening day at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, but only nine fell on the second as the pitch flattened out.

Five of those were Essex’s tail, as Paul Walter fell for a career-best 96 and the home side clocked up a 200-run first-innings lead – which thanks to Bracey’s 50 and Ben Charlesworth’s 49 had been knocked down to 69 by the close.

Resuming on 150 for five, having earlier bowled Gloucestershire out for 76, Adam Wheater was dismissed by the Price brothers – bowled Tom caught second slip Ollie – off the ninth ball of the day to end a 79-run stand with Walter.

Walter and Simon Harmer then attacked the old ball – their fifty-partnership coming in just 56 balls – but were warier against the new one.

That caution saw Walter stutter in the 90s and eventually fell four short of what would have been a maiden first-class ton when he edged to third slip, a mode of dismissal Harmer replicated in the following over – their stand worth 71.

Shane Snater swung hard to clear the long-on boundary but too hard soon after to loop to first slip, before a 32-run 10th wicket stand between Sam Cook and Jamie Porter took the hosts to a 200 run lead – before the latter skied to mid-off having already clubbed the first six of his career.

Miles Hammond was dropped in the first over of Gloucestershire’s second innings when the ball bobbled out of Tom Westley’s hand at third slip.

Snater made the breakthrough in the 13th over when a full delivery moved back slightly to pin Hammond leg before.

But Charlesworth steadied the ship again with Bracey and passed the first-innings total inside 32 overs only one wicket down.

The duo put on 58 with few genuine worries in 92 sun-kissed minutes, although Harmer was finding good turn and bounce. And that spin pinned Charlesworth lbw for 49.

Bracey scored predominantly behind the bat as he reached his half-century in 118 balls, with seven fours.

He fell four balls later though when Cook angled across him and found an edge to Harmer at second slip, with Tom Price turning Harmer to short leg.

And with what turned out to be the final ball of the day Josh Rymell produced a superb throw to run Ollie Price out with a direct hit from deep square leg.

Gloucestershire batter James Bracey, who scored 50:

“We are still quite a lot behind the game and not where we want to be. It would have been nice to have kept them down by another 20 or 30 runs from where we were. We still felt that if we bat the day and not be too many down then anything could happen. We still have that opportunity but it was a shame to lose those late three wickets.

“We [Bracey and Charlesworth who put on 58] just stuck to our guns and kept really compact with some low risk cricket. Charlie got a decent ball to get him but it was nice to get some time at the crease and put some pressure back on them.

“It is a pitch where it is always doing a little bit but then there are periods when the ball got soft and it does little, then you change it and it does more again. You never feel 100 per cent in and it takes a lot of concentration. We’ve just got to grind them down in the morning like Walter did for them.”

Essex all-rounder Paul Walter, who scored a career-best 96:

“I am delighted to get some runs on the board but all the credit has to go to the bowlers. Day one morning just gave us an opportunity to get ahead and put pressure on Gloucestershire.

“It is a bit of a tough wicket where it is nipping around but when you get in you have to capitalise on it and everyone in the lower order really helped to grind it out.

“I’m really glad to help the boys out and help us into a strong position heading into tomorrow.

“You never want to get out it doesn’t matter if you get out on 96 you are always going to walk off disappointed. It is what it is and the game situation means I am delighted to get that many.”

Kent vs Worcestershire, Group 3 Canterbury, 10:30AM

Worcestershire are facing an innings defeat in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, having reached 91 for six at the end of day two, trailing Kent by 169. 

Grant Stewart, Nathan Gilchrist and Darren Stevens claimed two wickets each to leave the visitors in deep trouble, after Kent had earlier been dismissed 393, a first-innings lead of 260.  

Jack Leaning top-scored with 97 and Sam Billings made a stylish 72 as a substitute after being released by England, while Dillon Pennington claimed four for 80. 

Ed Barnard and Ben Cox were the not out batsman at stumps, on ten and two respectively, and with just the tail to come Kent are heavy favourites to conclude victory within three days. 

Kent began day two on 184 for four and Darren Stevens was the lone victim in the morning session caught for 66 at midwicket by Barnard off Adam Finch. Kent moved to 265 for five when the new ball was taken and were 274 for five at lunch.  

Billings, who was allowed to bat but not keep wicket, produced a high-class innings and brought up his 50 by pulling Pennington for six over square leg, as Kent scored more freely after lunch.  

However, Leaning fell three short of his hundred when a Pennington delivery looped off the shoulder of his bat to Barnard at mid-off and Billings skied Josh Baker to the cover boundary, where he was pouched by Pennington.  

Grant Stewart was then stumped by Cox off Baker for a punchy 24, Gilchrist was caught behind for eight off Finch and Baker bowled Logan for 12 to leave Matt Milnes stranded on 27 not out.  

Worcestershire’s second innings suffered an early blow when Stevens sent Daryl Mitchell’s off stump flying for 14 and after recovering to 51 for one, they lost three wickets for as many runs. Jake Libby was lbw to Grant Stewart for 23, before Gilchrist took two wickets from successive balls. Tom Fell was lbw for 11 and Brett D’Oliveira went for a bizarre golden duck after edging to first slip. Wicket-keeper Ollie Robinson dived across Zak Crawley but failed to grab the ball cleanly. Crawley flicked it in the air and Robinson dived to complete the catch.  

Jack Haynes hung around for 68 balls but was lbw to Stevens for 26 and Finch made just one before he was caught behind off Stewart in the penultimate over. 

Kent’s Jack Leaning said: “I think we’re well ahead in the game. Hopefully we can have a good morning and wrap the game up. If you’d said at the start of the day that’s the position we’d been in, we’d have snapped your hand off. I think as a batting group we’ve really applied ourselves well on a pretty slow, arduous pitch against an attack that’s not really got much pace in it and got a good score on the board. Our bowlers just carried on from where they’d left off. 

“I’d have liked three more runs but it’s one of those where you can think 'I can be happy with how I played'. I grafted hard for it, I never really felt very fluent at all really just with the way the pitch was, but if I’m going to score runs when I’m out of form it bodes well for when I’m striking it well.” 

Worcestershire’s Alan Richardson said: “I think from pretty much the start of the first day we’ve been behind the game, which has been disappointing and has made it really hard for ourselves, so we have to try and pick ourselves up and be as competitive as possible. The first two days I would say have been largely disappointing. 

“We’ve come off the back of a win so you would hope some of the guys would be confident with that, but you’ve got to keep trying to talk as positively as we can. The guys obviously know that in this game we’ve not performed. We keep trying to remind them of the basic stuff that they’ve done really well and that will hold them in good stead in the immediate future and going forward as well. You try and put as much perspective on it as possible, but it’s their life and their passion and when things don’t go well that becomes a real test.” 

Northamptonshire vs Surrey, Group 2 The County Ground Northampton, 10:30AM

Veteran all-rounder Rikki Clarke chalked up the 800th wicket of his career to help put Surrey in control of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Northamptonshire.

Clarke, who will retire just before turning 40 later this month, took three for 34 as the home side were bowled out for 171 at Wantage Road, a first-innings deficit of 81.

Luke Procter struck back by dismissing both Surrey openers second time around, but Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 26 steered his side to 102 for four and an overall lead of 183 at stumps.

Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart and Northamptonshire coach David Ripley took turns officiating at square leg after umpire Russell Warren was taken ill, with Martin Saggers later drafted in to replace him.

Resuming 245 behind, Northamptonshire progressed steadily to 66 for the loss of Ricardo Vasconcelos, whose loose shot to Jordan Clark sailed into the hands of deep square leg.

But Reece Topley, having beaten the bat several times during a brief opening spell, gained greater reward in his second, slanting the ball in to have Emilio Gay caught behind and repeating the trick with Procter, taken at second slip in his next over.

Northamptonshire were suddenly floundering at 73 for four when Gus Atkinson brought one back to hit Rob Keogh’s off stump, prompting Adam Rossington to launch an immediate counter-attack.

The captain hammered Atkinson for two cover boundaries – only to be trapped leg before by Clarke straight after lunch as the procession of wickets gathered pace.

Saif Zaib was the only batsman to offer prolonged resistance, registering just three scoring shots in his first hour at the crease and eventually emerging from his shell when he started to run out of partners.

The left-hander took 10 off one Atkinson over and hooked Clarke sweetly to the boundary but when he attempted it again, a bottom edge onto the stumps ended his knock of 37.

Cameron Steel’s maiden first-class wicket for Surrey, an lbw decision against Ben Sanderson, soon wrapped up the innings and ensured he and Ryan Patel were strapping their pads on at tea.

The opening pair added 38 before Procter picked up both in quick succession, while Laurie Evans became teenage seamer James Sales’ first senior scalp when he misjudged the line and was bowled.

Surrey also lost first-innings centurion Jamie Smith, lbw to Simon Kerrigan, but Will Jacks kept Amla company until the close.

Northamptonshire bowling coach CHRIS LIDDLE said:

“We know what Ben Sanderson offers with the ball, but it’s not often he bowls like that and doesn’t come away with two or three wickets. He deserved to pick up wickets and I’m sure tomorrow he’ll get his reward.

“James (Sales) is an exciting young cricketer and he’s raw, he’s got lots of ability and talent and he’s smashed the top of off stump. It was a great delivery so credit to him, he’s learning each time he goes out there, which is all you can ask for.

“We’re disappointed as a batting unit because we looked at the wicket and we thought 300 would be par. It’s played nicely for most of the game and you get value for your shots.

“It’s going to be important we get wickets tomorrow, hopefully get them early and put a bit of pressure on the tail. We’ve chased down a big score here against Glamorgan so we know we’re capable of doing it.”


Surrey all-rounder RIKKI CLARKE, who took 3-34 and registered his 800th career wicket along the way, said:

“I’m obviously delighted. It’s well documented that in the early stage of my career I was more of a batter, so I didn’t get to bowl a lot then.

“There are a lot of people to thank along the way who have helped me get to that milestone.

“There wasn’t a lot in the wicket for us, so it was just a case of being really disciplined and bowling in partnerships and in the end we got the rewards.

“The wicket is starting to go a little more slow and low and as the game goes on you’d like to think it takes a bit of turn, so we’ve still got to bat sensibly, put some more runs on the board and set a decent target.”

Nottinghamshire vs Lancashire, Group 1 Trent Bridge, 10:30AM

Nottinghamshire hold the upper hand against Lancashire as they look to make it back-to-back Division One wins in the final phase of the LV=Insurance County Championship.

Making light of the absence of injured England pace man Saqib Mahmood, Lancashire’s bowlers had them 127 for five in their second innings. Tom Bailey and George Balderson picked up two wickets each after Ben Duckett made 44 for the home side.

But after earlier bowling out the visitors for 168, with Brett Hutton taking five for 62, to claim a first-innings lead of 104, Nottinghamshire hold an advantage of 231 going into the third day and Lancashire may not fancy chasing too many more on a wearing surface.

A win for either team would give them the lead in the Division One table if leaders Warwickshire fail to beat Hampshire at Edgbaston, with every point vital in the four-round mini-series that will decide this year’s title.

Mahmood, meanwhile, continues to be assessed after suffering a side strain on the opening day.

From 28 for two overnight, Lancashire lost four wickets in the morning despite Nottinghamshire putting down two chances in the slips.

Luke Fletcher, the competition’s leading wicket-taker, struck first as Balderson chipped to short midwicket but saw Danny Lamb spilled at second slip on 12 and Josh Bohannon at fourth on seven.

Bohannon profited, racing to 35 before edging Hutton to second slip, his departure quickly followed by that of Lamb, caught behind after going seven overs without a run.

Hutton, who had both wickets overnight, claimed another in the last over of the session as Rob Jones, looking to play to leg, nicked to third slip, and bagged his fifth soon after lunch when Dane Vilas was leg before offering no shot.

Paterson nipped one back to uproot Steven Croft’s off-stump and dismissed Bailey leg before and, after last man Mahmood joined him with a runner, wicketkeeper George Lavelle was caught behind swinging at Fletcher, having made a bright 32 in only his third first-class match.

Openers Duckett and Ben Slater extended Nottinghamshire’s lead by 51 before Balderson hurried one through to bowl the latter. Duckett was denied a second half-century of the match when Lamb had him leg before, and with still something in the pitch, Lancashire’s bowlers stuck manfully to the task.

They were rewarded further as Sam Northeast fell to an athletic catch by Lavelle off Bailey, Joe Clarke to a catch at second slip off Balderson and Steven Mullaney to another fine effort by Lavelle, five wickets falling for 56.

Nottinghamshire’s Brett Hutton, who took five for 62, said:

“The pitch isn’t going to get any easier and it all depends on how well we go in the morning but we got 270 in the first innings and the more we get now the better.

“The batting side can never really win the kind of little session Lancashire faced on the first night. They know the bowlers are going to come back fresh on the second morning and if you lose wickets you know you’re going to be up against it, so the couple of wickets we picked up set us up nicely for today.

“For myself I’m happy to have got some reward, it came out nicely enough for me. But among the bowling group we are not that bothered about personal accolades, we just want to get the job done.

“It is a team game and it doesn’t really matter who gets the wickets or the winning runs. We are all playing for Notts, we all want the trophy for Notts.”

Lancashire’s George Balderson said:

“After the way we batted, to still be in the game is a fantastic effort. Only having three seamers was hard work today and I think every one of us coming off the pitch could be proud of the effort we put in.

“We wanted to match their first innings score and beyond but that didn’t happen. It is not the easiest pitch to bat on and they bowled very well. To be fair, I think we would have taken the position we are in going into the third day after falling short with the bat.

“But if we can have a good morning session with the ball and keep them to anything below 300 we will have a great chance of winning. We have a long batting line-up and though there is still a bit of movement off the seam and a few indentations from the first day, we have good enough players to combat that.”

Warwickshire vs Hampshire, Group 1 Edgbaston, 10:30AM

A compelling LV=Insurance County Championship contest is unfolding at Edgbaston where Hampshire closed the second day on 260 for eight in their second innings, 233 ahead of Warwickshire. 

A fluctuating third day was heading the home side's way when they had Hampshire 208 for eight, just 181 in front, but former Edgbaston favourite Keith Barker dug in with Brad Wheal to add an unbroken 52 up to stumps. 

After taking a five-for on the first day, Barker continued to impede his former team-mates' title bid with an unbeaten 49 (124  balls) with power to add. Warwickshire will face an awkward chase in pursuit of a victory which would keep them top of the championship table. 

On a hot afternoon, Liam Norwell led the Bears bowling manfully with four for 64 while Danny Briggs wheeled away skilfully for 36-17-38-2 but their injury-hit attack was exposed as other bowlers, notably home debutant Chemar Holder, struggled for control.  

After the freak clatter of wickets on the first day, a good pitch was put into proper perspective on the second when wickets had to be much harder-earned. Trailing by 27 on first innings, Hampshire resumed on 41 without loss and took the score to 55 before Norwell made the breakthrough. The big-hearted paceman swung one in to win an lbw appeal against Joe Weatherley (24, 53 balls). 

Ian Holland and Tom Alsop added 54 before the Bears struck a double blow just before lunch.  Holland (44, 93 balls)  edged Norwell to Rob Yates at slip and then Briggs got one to lift at Nick Gubbins and Will Rhodes took a sharp catch at slip. 

Briggs bowled with great control after lunch and added the scalp of Alsop (33, 93 balls), adroitly stumped by Michael Burgess, before Norwell trapped Liam Dawson lbw. 

James Vince batted diligently for 48 (67 balls, seven fours) and it was a surprise when he perished carelessly when he pulled Craig Miles to Matt Lamb at long leg. Four balls later, Miles hit the middle stump of James Fuller but the Bears were held up by the obdurate Felix Organ who went into tea unbeaten on three from 72 minutes batting and made 16 in exactly two hours before falling lbw to Norwell. 

That was 208 for eight but Barker batted with great composure and Wheal supported him ably in the last hour to tilt this tight and intriguing match Hampshire's way. 

Warwickshire bowler Liam Norwell said: 

"It was the complete opposite to yesterday. I think the boys stuck at it really well. Even with the second new ball there wasn't a huge amount going on with the wicket so to keep them to two and a half an over all day was a great effort. We just tried to bowl as a pack and keep as many dismissals in play as possible. I was lucky enough to Craig Miles and Danny Briggs were outstanding.

"The 20 wickets falling yesterday owed a lot to bad batting, there were some averages dismissals in both sides, so when our turn comes to bat again we have just got to look to bat long because the longer you bat the easier it will get. 

"Hopefully we can knock them over early in the morning and have the best part of two days to chase and with the heavy roller and the sun out for the day so hopefully we can get our heads into it and bat well." 

 Hampshire head coach Adi Birrell said: 

"We fought hard today. We got ourselves back in the game yesterday with some superb bowling from Abbas and Barker, when we knew we had to take wickets, and then we knew we had to respond with the bat in the third innings. That is always tricky but we applied ourselves very well today. 

"The wicket has calmed down a little bit but we have had to work over hard the whole day, it wasn't easy. We kept losing wickets all along but we put together some valuable partnerships. The guys up top gave us a base and then James Vince and Felix Organ batted really well and Barker and Wheal dug in well in the last hour." 

 Yorkshire vs Somerset, Group 1 Scarborough, 10:30AM

Harry Brook’s fourth Championship century preceded Matthew Fisher’s career best match haul of nine wickets as Yorkshire claimed an innings and 33-run victory inside two days against Somerset at Scarborough.

Yorkshire won this second round Division One fixture in the LV= Insurance County Championship to jump from bottom to top of the in-play table on 38.5 points.

Brook advanced from 79 overnight to 118 off 165 balls as Yorkshire, replying to a first-innings 134, moved from 159 for five to 308 at tea. 

New ball seamer Fisher then wreaked havoc in Somerset’s top order to back up his five for 41 on day one with four for 23, reducing them to 18 for five. They were later bowled out for 141 with one ball remaining in the day after the extra half hour was taken.

Brook, 22, was composed but imposing against an off-colour attack on a pitch with pace and bounce, recording his second Championship century of 2021. Thompson’s was his first fifty of the four-day season, and he later claimed three wickets.

Brook’s reputation as one of brightest batting talents in England was further enhanced.

He completed an early morning 57-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Harry Duke and then shared 51 for the seventh with Thompson either side of lunch.

Duke, for nine, was the only morning wicket when bowled by Josh Davey - 179 for six.

Brook reached his century off 122 balls before lunch. 

This was his second Championship ton against Somerset, with his first coming at Emerald Headingley on the day England won the one-day World Cup in July 2019.

After Brook had fallen to Tom Abell’s excellent catch at second slip off Ben Green, 230 for seven in the 80th over, Thompson hoisted two leg-side sixes against the second new ball on the way to a 94-ball fifty.

He also shared 55 for the eighth wicket with David Willey, with Marchant de Lange - four for 55 - later mopping up the tail. 

Somerset started their second innings with 44 overs left after tea.

Fisher’s four wickets included Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali caught at second slip and George Bartlett lbw and Tom Abell bowled shouldering arms with successive balls as the score fell to 18 for five in the 11th over.

Thompson and George Hill struck further blows before Green, whose 32 was his side’s highest score of the match, and Jack Leach shared 42 for the eighth wicket, advancing from 69 for seven.

Dom Bess returned the first-innings favour by getting Leach caught at first slip for 26 - 111 for eight - to bring about the extra half hour.

Thompson later bowled de Lange to wrap up the win.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale said: “After the game last week at Hampshire (Hampshire held on for a draw nine wickets down), I felt we’d played our best cricket down there. We were disappointed not to get the result. So to come back this week and back it up against a strong Somerset side, and to beat them in two days, is a fantastic effort.

“The lads, from start to finish, dominated that game.

“We knew coming into this part of the season we had to bring our A game to stand a chance of winning the Championship. We’re starting to show signs of being a really strong side.

“When you come back off a quarter-final loss (Blast), you worry how that will affect confidence. But the lads have hit the ground running.

“We’re playing some good cricket, confidence is high. The signs are good.”


Somerset captain Tom Abell said: “We’re all aware it’s not been good enough. The signs were there last week. We had a really disappointing week against Notts. We were desperate to bounce back, and we’ve not done that. We’ve fallen way short.

“If we’re honest, our skill levels aren’t up to it at the moment, and we’re gutted. The manner of the defeat is unpleasant. But this is where it’s important to stick together as a team.

“We’re not batting well enough. It’s a confidence game, and we’re not where we need to be. But we have to front up, ultimately.”


Monday September 6th – Thursday September 9th

Sussex vs Middlesex, Group 3 The 1st Central County Ground, 10:30AM

Mark Stoneman and Sam Robson broke Middlesex’s record for the highest first-wicket partnership as they put Sussex’s toothless attack to the sword.

Robson was unbeaten on 192 and Stoneman made 174 as Middlesex piled up 400 for two on the first day of the LV = Insurance County Championship Division Three match at Hove.

They beat the 372 by Mike Gatting and Justin Langer against Essex at Southgate in 1998 and when Stoneman was eventually dismissed on 376, they had compiled the third highest partnership for any wicket in Middlesex’s history.

The second new ball brought Sussex a breakthrough when Stoneman was caught behind for 174 in the 86th over, his first hundred since his move from Surrey.

But Robson ploughed on and by stumps had faced 285 balls and hit 23 fours. He walked off to a standing ovation and will have the third double hundred of his career in his sights tomorrow.

It was a good toss to win with the sun out and the pitch offering little assistance but apart from one chance Robson offered on 61, when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Oli Carter, the Middlesex pair made untroubled progress.

Sussex employed seven bowlers, although George Garton was not used, but their attack was neutered by a benign surface and the unfussy way Stoneman and Robson accumulated their runs.

They had 134 on the board at lunch, the highlight of the morning session when Stoneman carved Dan Ibrahim through the offside for three successive boundaries.

There was a feeling that Sussex would pay a heavy price when Carter reprieved Robson shortly after lunch off left-armer Sean Hunt and even a change of ball in the 40th over didn’t offer any respite for the hosts.

Stoneman drove Delray Rawlins through the covers to reach his hundred first and Robson followed shortly afterwards with a boundary off Crocombe. They added 154 runs in the afternoon session and Robson needed only 55 more balls to move to 150.

When the partnership went past 338 it was the highest Sussex have conceded against Middlesex, beating a record which had been set by Robert Lucas and Tim O’Brien back in 1895, 126 years ago.

Eventually Stoneman played a tired shot at Crocombe, and this time Carter held on. The former Durham left-hander had faced 266 balls and hit 20 fours and two sixes.

Hunt picked up belated rewards when Steve Eskinazi (4) just was caught behind pushing forward just before stumps, but it was a chastening day for Sussex’s young attack.

Sam Robson, who finished 192 not out, said: "It was just one of those days you dream about in your career when everything goes your way. The sun was out and the conditions for batting were great and once we got through the new ball we just egged each other on really, batting doesn't get much better than that.

"We kept hearing things on the speakers about records but to be honest I didn't know what they were all for, but it was a nice feeling and just one of those days when everything goes to plan."


Mark Stoneman, who made 174, said: "To be honest after last week [a pair against Derbyshire] I was just glad to get off the mark! Hove is a ground where if there is some width on offer you can score quite quickly and all in all it was a very good day's work for us. Sam is still there and hopefully we can hammer home our advantage tomorrow and then let our bowlers have a go."


Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said, "We tried our hardest but sometimes you have to tip your hat to the opposition. They had two international-class openers on a really good pitch playing really well. We couldn't get the ball to move or spin but it was still a good experience for our young side. We're here to produce England players and to play at that level you have to learn how to bowl on flat pitches."

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