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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 8th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 8th 2021

Sunday September 5th – Wednesday September 8th

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

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman ended his red ball drought to guide his team to safety on the final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire at Derby.

The opener scored his first in the championship this season to shut the door on Leicestershire who had forced the home side to follow on 188 runs behind after bowling them out for 340.

Chris Wright took three wickets to reduce Derbyshire to 64 for 3 but Godleman’s unbeaten 100 and 59 not out from Matt Critchley took them to 203 for 3.

Derbyshire’s last wicket pair of Ben Aitchison and Ed Moulton had dug in to take 13 overs out of the day after Ben Mike had struck in the second over of the morning.

Sam Conners edged to second slip but Leicestershire’s bowlers were forced to expend energy to get the final wicket.

Ed Barnes finally broke through when he trapped Aitchison in front and when Derbyshire followed-on 188 runs behind, Wright struck immediately.

Tom Wood was drawn into cutting at a ball he should have left and edged to Harry Swindells without a run on the board.

Leus du Plooy went the same way in the seventh over but this time it was late movement from Wright that accounted for the South African.

Wright was by far the most menacing of the Leicestershire bowlers and the 36-year-old struck again in the eighth over after lunch.

He found just enough seam movement to take the edge of Wayne Madsen’s bat and give Hassan Azad a comfortable catch at second slip.

At 64-3, Derbyshire were 125 runs behind but the pitch was still a good one and Godleman and Critchley steered their side to safety.

There was little turn for Callum Parkinson or George Rhodes who was swept for consecutive fours by Godleman to reach 50 from 98 balls.

Critchley dispatched Rhodes over long on for six and by tea, the game was slipping away from Leicestershire who had been in the field for just over five sessions in sweltering heat.

Their last chance vanished when Sam Evans put down a sharp catch off Parkinson at short leg when Godleman was on 80 and Derbyshire were still in arrears.

By then, Critchley had moved to 50 from 101 balls and when Godleman completed his hundred off 183 balls, the teams shook hands on a draw.

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

Glamorgan 97 & 364 vs Durham 503 for eight declared - DURHAM WON BY AN INNINGS AND 42 RUNS

Durham wrapped up a convincing innings and 42-run victory over Glamorgan in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash, requiring only 10 overs to take the final three wickets on the final day at Emirates Riverside.

The visitors' stubborn resistance through Dan Douthwaite and Andrew Slater on the third day gave the Welsh outfit hope of avoiding an innings defeat. However, the late dismissal of Douthwaite the previous evening handed the momentum to Durham, and it did not take long for the home side to secure a dominant win.

Paul Coughlin dismissed Andrew Salter for a career-best 90 and then ended the contest by removing Michael Hogan after a Chris Rushworth wicket.

Coughlin enjoyed an outstanding return after a 13-week injury layoff, claiming his third first-class five-wicket haul and match figures of nine for 75. Durham moved up into third place in Division Two after securing 24 points from the game, while Glamorgan sit in fifth place.

Resuming on an overnight score of 333 for seven, Salter continued his grind in the early overs and moved past his previous career-best of 88 in his bid to further frustrate the hosts. However, he lost his discipline from the following delivery to edge behind to Ned Eckerlsey presenting Coughlin with his fourth wicket of the innings.

Rushworth then clean bowled Lukas Carey for a duck to allow the hosts to close in on victory. The final wicket fell to Coughlin, who found Hogan's outside edge before Eckersley produced a brilliant diving catch to his right to end the game.

Glamorgan's Chris Cooke said: "It was a good fightback, but it would have had to be an incredible effort to cover up our performance from the first innings. The frailties in our batting and scoring under 100 is always going to put you under pressure. We weren't on the money with the bat and against a quality attack you can feel a million miles off, and against a good team they will make you pay and that's what happened. It has been difficult, but there was a good fightback from Dan Douthwaite and Andrew Salter, who played brilliantly.

"It should give them a lot of confidence heading into the next two games. We've had two bad games, but we have had a pretty good four-day campaign. We haven't become a poor team overnight, we've had two bad games, but we've got two to go. We've got a lot of talent and determination, maybe we're trying a bit too hard. Hopefully we can free ourselves up and enjoy it."

Durham's Scott Borthwick said: "It was a fantastic team performance right from the start of the game. I thought the way that we bowled in the first innings was incredible and I thought the batting performance was amazing. The only downside for the batting performance was that no one went on to get a three-figure score. The most impressive thing is that we kept the partnerships going all the way through the innings.

"We recognised the importance of first-innings runs and we managed to all but kill the game by getting 400 runs ahead. It was a fantastic win, and I was pleased with the way we bowled on Tuesday on a good pitch in tough conditions. It is not often you say that in Durham, a good pitch and hot conditions. Through that we earned the right to finish off the game early on Wednesday morning."

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

Northamptonshire v Surrey day 4

Surrey 252 and 238

Northamptonshire 171 and 322 for eight – win by two wickets

Northamptonshire’s Rob Keogh hit 99 to lay the foundation for a thrilling two wicket win against Surrey in this LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Wantage Road. It was the highest ever successful run chase for the hosts against Surrey in first class cricket.

Keogh looked assured and untroubled until he fell agonisingly short of a well-deserved century shortly after lunch. Luke Procter, who hit a gutsy half-century, then combined with skipper Adam Rossington to bring the runs required down below 50.

The pair were parted when Surrey took the new ball however and it was left to all-rounder Tom Taylor and debutant James Sales to hold their nerve and see Northamptonshire to the brink of victory. Taylor fell with two runs required before Simon Kerrigan hit the winning boundary.

A hostile Jordan Clark toiled hard on a flat surface taking five wickets to keep Surrey in the hunt but ultimately Northamptonshire were able to earn a famous victory.

Northamptonshire had needed another 214 at start of play while Surrey needed to take eight more wickets on a pitch that was becoming more docile.

Surrey’s seamers kept things tight early on, although it was a delivery from Clark which pitched outside leg stump which accounted for Emilio Gay who was unfortunate to be adjudged lbw for 50.

Keogh though continued to play confidently both in attack and defence, driving and cutting with exemplary timing.

He shared an 83-run stand with Procter who played the junior partner role at first but began to free his arms against the spinners, sweeping Amar Virdi over square leg and dispatching Cameron Steel through midwicket for another boundary.

Clark struck soon after lunch when Keogh clipped Clark straight to deep square leg to leave Northamptonshire on 205 for four with 115 still required.

Scoring started to dry up with Steel creating problems with flight and turn. Rossington though looked to be aggressive, using his feet to drive Steel through mid-on for four before swotting him over midwicket for six.

Procter capitalised on the new ball by punching Topley through cover for four before upper cutting him for another boundary to move to a gutsy half-century from 152 balls. After a stand of 66 though, Procter and Rossington both fell to Topley and Clark respectively with the score on 271, with still 48 required with four wickets in hand.

Straight after tea Topley had Saif Zaib caught behind but Taylor and Sales absorbed the pressure and started to tick off the runs required. Sales swayed out of the way of a short ball from Clark which flew away for four leg byes before Taylor swotted Topley through midwicket for four and struck Clark for a huge six in the same direction to bring the target down into single figures.

David Ripley announced today that he will step down as Northamptonshire’s Head Coach at the end of the season after ten years in the role. He will shift focus into a different coaching role within the club.

Northamptonshire batsman Rob Keogh who made 99 said: “It's the first time I've got in the 90s actually and it's sort of bittersweet. If you'd have offered me 99 and we win the game I'm snapping your hand off but to experience it and get 99, so close to another 100 that could have turned out to win the game, was tough to take. But watching the guys go in and the way Luke Procter gritted it out once I got out and Rosso [Adam Rossington] came in and took it to them a bit and then junior [James Sales] coming in and hitting the winning runs was nice to see.

“In run chases you always need to try and get off to a good start and try and see off the new ball and Emilio [Gay] did that brilliantly. He looked solid and potentially got an interesting decision, but they go your way, sometimes they don't. And then I think Luke Procter batted 160 odd balls there for his 50, just blunting the attack, making the bowlers work hard in the heat. Partnerships are crucial and it helped me be able to score quite freely to be honest.

“Headingley [where Northamptonshire lost to Yorkshire by one run in May] got mentioned a couple of times in the dressing room, but as soon as the score got tied, we said we can't lose. Luckily, we got over the line. We have had some tight games this year that we've been on the wrong end of but it's nice to get over the line. It was very similar to the Glamorgan win here actually, just positive from the lads and it's a nice win, a very good win.”

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

LV=Insurance County Championship, Division One
Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day Four, match report

Nottinghamshire defeated Lancashire by 102 runs to take pole position in the LV=Insurance County Championship with two matches of the season to go.

They bowled out Lancashire, who nominally needed 444 for the win that would have put them top of the Division One table, for 341 with four wickets for Dane Paterson and three for Luke Fletcher, although it took them until deep into the final session to do so.

As Lancashire attempted to salvage a draw, first George Balderson defied Nottinghamshire’s bowlers for more than five hours in a 77-run vigil.

Then Danny Lamb (68 not out ) and Tom Bailey (52) staged a defiant stand of 108 - a ninth-wicket record for Lancashire against Nottinghamshire - that spanned more than two hours.

But ultimately Lancashire’s resistance ran out and Brett Hutton struck the winning blow when he had Saqib Mahmood, batting with a runner after sustaining an injury while bowling earlier in the match, caught at short leg with 11.5 overs of the match remaining.

Nottinghamshire, who were relegated two years ago but spared playing in Division Two when the 2020 season was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, now have a real chance to emerge from this season’s format as champions.

They top the current six-team Division One with 49 points, with Hampshire and Yorkshire both on 38.5.

Lancashire, 115 for one overnight, lost three wickets in the morning session. Paterson lured Luke Wells to nick one that was well caught by a diving Tom Moores, and had Josh Bohannon leg before Hutton removed Dane Vilas with a full, straight delivery.

After Rob Jones helped Balderson absorb another 25 overs, the second new ball began to look key, yet a breakthrough came with the last delivery with the old one as Paterson took a brilliant, one-handed catch low to his right at midwicket, as Balderson, suddenly confronted with a ball dropped in short by left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White, tried to whip it away for four.

With the new ball, Jones was missed from Fletcher’s fourth delivery, dropped on 26 by a diving Moores, but it was soon forgotten as three wickets fell in the space of 10 balls.

Fletcher bowled Jones off an inside edge, Paterson returned to have Steven Croft caught at second slip and Fletcher fired one in to have George Lavelle leg before without scoring.

Yet Lamb and Bailey gamely mounted another rearguard, defying all Patterson-White’s attempts to induce an error and forcing captain Steven Mullaney to go back to his seamers in the hope of forcing the issue.

With a maximum 16.4 overs remaining, Paterson returned to bowl Bailey middle stump with one that kept low, before Hutton delivered the winning moment as Mahmood flicked the ball off his hips straight into the hands of Ben Slater at short leg.

Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, Day Four, quotes

Winning Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney said:

“Our three big seam bowlers - I don’t know what they had for tea but they just kept running in, with Fletch getting the crowd going, and got us over the line, so I’m over the moon.

“Credit to the young kid Balderson, with bat and ball, and to Bailey and Lamb in that last session, they were absolutely incredible.

“But we always said if we were patient there was a ball in that pitch. For Brett to finish it off like that and Slater to catch it was proof of what we always say, in that it might go down to the last hour of the last session. And I think it will stand us in good stead, because you don’t get given titles, you have to earn them.

“We’ve given ourselves a chance, that’s all. We’ll enjoy this win but not too much because we’ve got a massive game next down at Hampshire.”

Lancashire captain Dane Vilas said:

“Obviously it’s really disappointing to lose but I thought the guys put in an unbelievable fight. We knew it was going to be tough against a good bowling line-up on a pitch that was still doing plenty.  

“They probably outperformed us in all areas, really, batting, bowling and fielding, so they were deserved winners. They showed us where to bowl on that wicket, they were unrelenting with their lengths and their areas and there are so many parts of the game where we could have been better, but we can learn from that and take it forward to next week.

“We will have to do things the hard way now if we are to have a chance but we’ll go down to Somerset next week with both teams in a position where they need to win, and with a better performance maybe we can come out on the right side with a result.”

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

Hampshire pulled off an impressive victory in a crucial round of the County Championship in Division One, defeating Warwickshire by 60 runs in a thrilling encounter.

Going into the final day, with Warwickshire starting on 139/2, the equation was set. Warwickshire needed 157 runs and Hampshire needed 8 wickets, with the latter being pulled off, as Warwickshire were bowled out for 235.

Warwickshire made a resilient start to the chase in the morning, managing to hold off some threatening bowling from Hampshire on a pitch which they injected some life into after it looked to be flattening out in the sun. However, three wickets fell in the morning session to put Hampshire on the front foot.

Rob Yates, after gritting through his innings was trapped lbw by James Fuller for 77 from 229 balls in a debatable decision. A decision that seemed to change the tone of the Warwickshire innings.

Shortly after, Sam Hain was caught behind for 18 off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas who returned to the field after his ankle injury the previous evening. Will Rhodes fell to the same dismissal, caught behind off Abbas for 17, as Warwickshire went into lunch on 195/5.

Hampshire captain, James Vince said: ‘’It was a pretty good wicket, both teams made mistakes with the bat after Day 1, and the way we responded on Day 2 was a real good effort from us.

‘’The wicket got better as it went on, and it was an unbelievable fightback from us. We have done that in all 3 formats, so I knew we had the character to do so, bring it back and turn it around in that manner is amazing.

‘’We didn’t know coming into today if Abbas could bowl, so it was great for him to come out and pick up those wickets for us. It was a massive effort from everyone, running in when we weren’t getting wickets and the scoreboard wasn’t going anywhere, and I’m thrilled for the group.

After the lunch interval, Hampshire put themselves firmly in the driving seat, as Warwickshire lost their final five wickets for just 23 runs, as the visitors never let any partnership damage their chances of victory.

Matthew Lamb, who looked to be playing through some back pain, remained resilient throughout the collapse around him, but the Warwickshire lower order couldn’t provide the support necessary to see them over the line.

Michael Burgess gave Keith Barker, the former Bear, his first wicket of the innings, as Burgess edged behind for 11. Danny Briggs, then followed, trapped lbw by Fuller for his second wicket.

Next ball, Liam Dawson came into the attack and got the eighth wicket, of Craig Miles, edging to first slip without scoring, as Dawson finished with impressive figures of 3-42. He was not out of the game yet either, in the next over Liam Norwell was ran out in a contentious decision that saw Warwickshire reduced to 233/9.

The game was wrapped up by Brad Wheal getting Chemar Holder edging behind, with Hampshire taking the win with an all-round excellent bowling effort on day 4.

The result sees Hampshire go to 38.5 points, with Warwickshire going to 36 points in Division 1, in a County Championship that is still all to play for.

Monday September 6th – Thursday September 9th

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

 An astonishing collapse by Sussex, who lost nine wickets for 97 runs, with their last six crashing down for just 12 runs, allowed Middlesex to glimpse victory in their LV = Insurance County Championship match at Hove.  Middlesex leg-spinner Luke Hollman took a career-best five for 65 on a flat pitch on which only six wickets had fallen in the opening seven sessions.  Sussex, following on 357 runs behind, then lost Ali Orr, Ben Brown and Sean Hunt and closed on 88-3.

Sussex started the third day on 103 without loss, chasing a mind-boggling 527 just to avoid the follow-on. A more realistic survival target was to get into the final day with first-innings wickets in hand.

Fast bowler Blake Cullen broke through with the first ball of the second over of the day when he found the outside edge of Orr’s bat for keeper John Simpson to take the low catch in front of first slip.  But after that Sussex had the better of the opening session and reached lunch on 217 for one with Tom Haines unbeaten on 109 – the fifth century of his career and the third of the season – and Brown  76 not out.

Brown, anxious to use his feet to counter the spin of Hollman, was stumped ten minutes after the break.  But the real Sussex implosion started at 250 when George Garton, possibly a little giddy-headed in his No 4 position, swiped Hollman to deep midwicket.  He looked so disappointed with his shot that he held his position at the crease for some moments before ripping off his gloves.

 It wasn’t going to get any better for the home side.  At 272 the very promising Danial Ibrahim skied Sam Robson to midwicket for just five.  It was only leg-spinner Robson’s seventh first-class wicket having made his highest score (253) the day before.

Then Middlesex took the new ball and Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who had hit a few pleasing drives, got one that lifted and left him from Tim Murtagh. At 308 Haines played a weary stroke and was caught behind off Murtagh, but not before he had reached 156, his highest first-class score, beating the 155 he made against Lancashire at Old Trafford at the start of the season.

Delray Rawlins was bowled for a duck having a heave and Jack Carson, Oli Carter and Henry Crocombe followed almost immediately.

Before play Sussex announced the retirement of seamer Stuart Meaker.  Meaker, 32, who previously played for Surrey, played two ODIs for England in 2011 and two IT20s in 2012.

George Garton (Sussex):  “It wasn’t ideal towards the end.  Tom [Haines] and Ben [Brown] applied themselves brilliantly before lunch.  But it wasn’t the afternoon we wanted.  A few of us got ourselves in and then gave it away a little bit.  But fair credit to Middlesex.  Their spinners played well.  On the first two days it was very flat and the footholds have come into it more.  But it’s still a good wicket.  We’re under pressure but I feel we can bat 96 overs tomorrow.”

Luke Hollman (Middlesex):  “It’s a dream come true.  I wasn’t expecting to play that much.  I was really chuffed to get the call to play in this game and get my five-for. I couldn’t have made it up better than this. The pitch was incredibly flat, which was reflected by our batting and thy way their top three batted, so I’m delighted with the way it worked out.”


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