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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 13th 2021

Luke Wells (Lancashire)
Luke Wells (Lancashire)

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 13th  2021

Sunday September 12th  - Wednesday September 15th 2021


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


An incisive new ball burst from Grant Stewart has put Kent firmly in charge of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

The all-rounder ripped through Derbyshire’s top order to take 4 for 6 in nine overs and ended with 5 for 23 as the home side were bowled out for 156 with fast bowler Sam Conners scoring a career-best 39 off 28 balls.

That gave Kent a lead of 129 and when bad light ended play early, they were 276 in front on 147 for 1 with Zak Crawley scoring his second 50 of the match and Jordan Cox an unbeaten 58.

Derbyshire’s frail batting was again exposed by Stewart who exploited overcast conditions to take four of the first five wickets to fall.

Leus du Plooy went to the second ball of the morning which he edged to third slip and Wayne Madsen was the next to go after taking 26 balls to get off the mark.

He edged Nathan Gilchrist to third slip where Jack Leaning leapt to hold the second of four catches and although Billy Godleman and Matt Critchley briefly counter-attacked, the slide continued in Stewart’s second spell.

The pair plundered five consecutive fours off Gilchrist and Jas Singh but Critchley was caught behind driving expansively at Stewart who then brought one back sharply to bowl Tom Wood.

Derbyshire began the afternoon session just as badly with Brooke Guest lbw to the second ball from Harry Podmore and when Anuj Dal became Stewart’s fifth victim, Derbyshire were in danger of following-on.

Billy Godleman fell to a breathtaking diving catch by Leaning at gully for an obdurate 31 off 109 balls but some uncomplicated blows by Conners and Ben Aitchison spared Derbyshire from being asked to bat again.

Despite limping after turning an ankle, Conners struck four fours and two sixes before he swung Podmore to deep midwicket but it was the seventh time in 13 matches this season that Derbyshire had failed to register a batting point.

With Conners unable to bowl, Kent built steadily against a depleted attack before Crawley was caught at mid off for 68 and they closed in a commanding position although rain could hold them up on day three.

Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire, Group 2 Sophia Gardens, 10:30AM


Two superb catches by Glamorgan skipper Chris Cooke, and two wickets in three balls by off-spinner Andrew Salter, stopped Gloucestershire was romping to a big second day total in their LV= Insurance County Championship at Sophia Gardens.

Cooke dived full length to take one catch with his left hand and then took another in similar fashion with his right to remove Miles Hammond (34) and then Tom Lace (12) off seamers Michael Hogan and David Lloyd.

Responding to Glamorgan’s first innings total of 309 all out, Gloucestershire were going along very nicely until Cooke’s intervention. Skipper Chris Dent and Hammond had successfully negotiated 18 overs before Hammond’s nick brought their first wicket stand to an end at 63.

Lace went with the score on 90 and that allowed Dent and Graeme van Buuren into wade into a home attack that lacked punch and length. They put on 96 for the third wicket, with Dent playing the anchor role until he attempted to inexplicably ramp Salter and was clean bowled.

He left for 75, his fifth half-century of the season, with the score on 184-3. Two balls later, Ryan Higgins went back to another Salter delivery and was plum LBW to make it 184-4.

Van Buuren was the aggressor throughout and reached his 50 off 87 balls with his 10th four of the day. He was unbeaten on 65 when the players went off for bad light at 4.47pm, with Ben Wells, on his championship debut, contributing a very handy 25 to steer the visitors to 224-4, trailing by 85 runs.

The Glamorgan seamers, other than Hogan, were expensive and rarely troubled the Gloucestershire batsmen. Ruaidhri Smith was the most expensive, conceding 50 runs from his nine overs, while Timm van der Gugten went for 42 off 15. Salter was the pick of the home bowlers and ended with 2-47 from his 18 overs.

Gloucestershire had struck early when play resumed, removing Salter with the third ball of the morning. He became David Payne’s second victim of the innings and the stubborn partnership between him and Eddie Byrom ended on 73.

Smith lasted three overs before he became the seventh wicket to fall as Higgins picked up his second wicket and then Bryon played on to Payne to depart for 78. He hit 10 fours in an innings that lasted three-and-a-half hours.

Van der Gugten conjured up 14 runs before he was the last man out with Glamorgan having limped over the 300 run mark and ended on 309 all out.


Gloucestershire skipper Chris Dent was pivotal to his side’s score in their reply to Glamorgan’s 309 all out, sharing a 63 run opening stand with Miles Hammond and then putting on 96 with Graeme van Buuren for the third wicket.

He was eventually bowled by Andrew Salter for 75 as he attempted to play a ramp shot to the off spinner.

“It is usually one of my best shots, but it wasn’t my best today. I’d made my mind up to play the shot and cricket is all about risk and reward,” said Dent.

“If I’d hit it properly it would have been four, but I didn’t. I was annoyed walking back to the pavilion, but you’ve just got to let it go.

“We were pleased to knock them over pretty quickly in the morning. We had worked very hard on the first day and we said that if we carried on in a similar way we would get our rewards. It was nice they didn’t get too many more because we know they bat deep and can be dangerous.

“It nipped about a bit, and we rode our luck, so it was nice to get through that and set a bit of a platform. We have struggled recently early on, so that was good.

“Graeme van Buuren is a good man to bat with and he did what he has done all year, come out and be positive. He took the attack to them and batted fantastically and hopefully he can kick on tomorrow.

“I didn’t want to take too many risks while Graeme was hitting the boundaries at the other end. It is still a pretty good pitch at the moment and we need to try to get past them and get a lead.”


Eddie Byrom made sure he impressed his new team mates on his Glamorgan debut as he top scored with 78 in the Welsh county’s first innings. He joined from Somerset two weeks ago and made an immediate impact as he steered the home side past the 300 run mark.

“I enjoyed it a lot and it was nice to put a score together on a pretty good pitch. We talked about getting to 300 and it was good to get there because it put a bit of psychological pressure on Gloucestershire,” said Byrom.

“We bowled pretty well, but Gloucestershire did bat well. They put us under a lot of pressure, but hopefully we can get a few quick wickets in the morning and build from there.

“Somerset didn’t offer me a contract and Matt Maynard was my coach there years ago. That’s why I looked to him and Glamorgan to make a move to.

“After all the talks I had with the management I thought this would be a great place to come. Matt gave me my first opportunity at Somerset and saw what I could do. He was a great batter himself and is a great guy.

“It was good to get a score and it was great to repay the faith he has shown in me. It makes me feel more comfortable around the boys in a new dressing room.”


Leicestershire vs Sussex, Group 3 Uptonsteel County Ground, 10:30AM

Centuries from Hassan Azad and Lewis Hill raised Leicestershire’s hopes of ending their LV=Insurance County Championship home campaign on a winning note.

On a day shortened by seven overs by bad light, Azad finished unbeaten on 122 - his first hundred since April - but Hill’s 109 not out - his third of the summer - came only a week after his 113 against Derbyshire in what has become comfortably the best season of the 30-year-old’s career.

The two have shared an unbroken stand of 183 to take Leicestershire to 291 for two, trailing by 68.

Earlier, Ben Brown finished unbeaten on 133 after five and a half hours at the crease and veteran Leicestershire seamer Chris Wright took six for 94 as Sussex closed their innings on 359 for nine, with Fynn Hudson-Prentice, who had been injured on Sunday, unable to complete his innings.

The former Derbyshire all-rounder was struck on the left hand by former Sussex seamer Abi Sakande and his third appearance for his new county will be his last of the season after x-rays revealed a break that will require surgery.

Sussex resumed on 310 for four but a double-wicket maiden by Wright sparked a collapse that saw the last five Sussex wickets fall for 25 runs.

Tom Hinley’s pull was plucked out of the air impressively by Ed Barnes before Jack Carson, playing away from his body, was caught behind.

Soon afterwards, Wright bowled Henry Crocombe and Sean Hunt with consecutive, almost identical deliveries that struck off stump. Joe Sarro kept out the hat-trick ball but quickly chipped Barnes to short mid-wicket.  

Wright has 46 wickets for the season, well over twice as many as any other Leicestershire seamer. His latest haul was the fourth of five wickets or more this season and the 17th of his career.

In reply, Leicestershire lost Sam Evans first ball in the opening over as he nicked to second slip but, on a good batting surface, Azad and George Rhodes added 103 in just under 25 overs before Sussex skipper Tom Haines beat the latter’s defensive push to clip the off stump with his medium pace.

Azad’s first 52 runs came off 74 balls with eight boundaries but was content to bide his time thereafter, especially as Hill - batting at four with skipper Colin Ackermann on paternity leave - was eager to seize the initiative at the other end.

Hill accelerated after tea, racing to a 67-ball half-century with six fours in seven overs before slogging the left-arm spin of Delray Rawlins for consecutive sixes over deep midwicket.

Azad completed his second century of the season from 187 balls soon after picking up a 10th four but Hill was catching him fast, reaching his from 116 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.

Leicestershire’s Hassan Azad, who finished unbeaten on 122, said:

“We’ve spent a lot of time in the field these last two games but to come back this morning and turn things around as we did makes it feel less draining mentally, because we were in the game.

“Last week it was Sam (Evans) who dug in and got us to a good score and this week I managed to do that job and it’s great when you have different people putting up their hands like that, and with Mr Consistency, Lewis Hill, getting another hundred as well. I’m really happy about the way we’re playing at the minute and hopefully we can take that forward into next year.

“With Lewis playing so well at the other end, it meant that I could go under the radar a little bit and just bat. And I think to have someone timing the ball as well as Lewis was must be a bit demoralising for the bowlers.”

Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said:

“First and foremost, congratulations to Browny on the way he played. He has really stepped up to the challenge of playing at three.

“There are a few tired legs out there. We’ve had a lot of people leave the club, we have a lot unavailable and we are putting a lot on these young lads, I’m aware of that.  Yes, they did look a bit tired today but I predict a bright future for them, we will look after them and they are learning.

“Today, we had Fynn (Hudson-Prentice) unable to bowl and Sean (Hunt) just coming back from injury. Henry (Crocombe) has been a Trojan for us all year. Joe (Sarro) struggled a bit today but it is a pretty flat pitch and sometimes you have to say, ‘well played’.”

Middlesex vs Worcestershire, Group 3 Lord's, 10:30AM

John Simpson led Middlesex’s fightback from 39 for four with an unbeaten half-century in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Worcestershire.

A three-wicket burst by Charlie Morris had put the visitors on top at Lord’s, with Middlesex only 12 ahead after teenager Josh Baker’s maiden half-century saddled them with a first-innings deficit of 27.

Tim Murtagh finished with five for 64 as Worcestershire were eventually bowled out for 171.

Max Holden and Martin Andersson both contributed valuable runs before Simpson’s unbroken stand of 80 with Luke Hollman steered the Seaxes to 233 for six at stumps, an overall advantage of 206.

Looking to wrap up Worcestershire’s first innings quickly in the morning, the home side were thwarted by Baker, who bludgeoned a series of boundaries.

The 18-year-old heaved Murtagh through midwicket to reach 50 and slammed the bowler’s next delivery back past him for four more, eventually finishing unbeaten on 61 from 51 balls.

Murtagh completed his five-for by clean bowling Morris but, by the time last man Dillon Pennington was leg before to Hollman, Worcestershire had added 58 in 45 minutes.

By contrast, Mark Stoneman took the same time to register a duck as he became the first of two victims for Morris before lunch – the other, Stephen Eskinazi, falling to a blinding catch by Gareth Roderick at midwicket.

Morris collected his third straight after the interval when Robbie White edged to second slip and, with Sam Robson caught behind off Joe Leach’s outswinger in the next over, Middlesex appeared to be sinking fast.

However, Andersson went for his shots, timing the ball nicely and finding the gaps as he and Holden levered their side out of trouble, sharing a fifth-wicket stand of 66.

Ed Barnard broke the partnership by trapping Andersson in front for 45, but Holden looked set for his second half-century of the match as he unfurled some eye-catching strokes, the best of them a hook for four off Pennington.

The left-hander survived a couple of chances but his good fortune ran out at 46, with Daryl Mitchell – who had missed an earlier opportunity to remove Holden – taking a thick edge at second slip.

There was a close call for Simpson on 48 when he hammered Barnard to midwicket but Baker was unable to cling on and the batsman took advantage, progressing to 59 not out at the close, with Hollman undefeated on 40.

Middlesex’s JOHN SIMPSON, who finished the day on 59 not out, said:

“It was a pretty sticky situation to be in, effectively 12 for four, but I thought the way we went about things was great to watch, really positive.

“It was great to spend a bit of time out in the middle and to get a 200-run lead in the end was a bonus.

“The way Martin (Andersson) and Max (Holden) played gave me and Luke (Hollman) the freedom to go and play the way we normally do towards the end of the day, to cash in and put on a good partnership.

“Nobody wants to be in Division Three, but I think the way we’ve played in the last two or three weeks has shown we’re making really good strides.”


Worcestershire’s JOSH BAKER, whose 61 not out was his maiden first-class half-century, said:

“I’ve never been to Lord’s before, so it’s really nice to get a first-class fifty and do it here. I was trying to play positively and be proactive after a couple of weeks of getting ducks and stuff, so I changed it up a bit.

“We were looking to get within about 10 of them and anything after that was a bonus. Once we got ahead, we were just trying to get as many as possible quickly.

“They fought back strongly but I think the game’s quite evenly balanced at the minute and the wicket’s getting a lot flatter.

“Whatever Middlesex set us tomorrow, we’d back our batters when they come to chase it down.”

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


Northamptonshire 183 & 10/0 trail Durham 400 by 207 runs

Matty Potts and Liam Trevaskis both collected half-centuries during a record-breaking ninth-wicket partnership as Durham gained complete control at Wantage Road.

Tailenders Potts and Trevaskis added 149 for the penultimate wicket – a Durham record against Northamptonshire and one shy of the outright best against any county.

For both the 22-year-olds it meant their highest First-Class scores – Potts scored 81 while Trevaskis was left unbeaten on 77.

Their contributions, coupled with Scott Borthwick’s 73 and 40-odds for Graham Clark and Coughlin, gave Durham a 217 run first-innings lead, which Northamptonshire knocked down to 207 during a nervy four-over spell under the floodlights.

During a slow-paced morning, Clark earned two lives in successive deliveries off Jack White when on 23, as Ricardo Vasconcelos at first slip and then Simon Kerrigan at third slip spilt regulation chances.

Tight bowling was rewarded soon after, however, when Kerrigan managed to land the ball in the footmarks to generate significant turn to bowl Scott Borthwick – who departed for 73 following a 93-run stand with Clark.

Clark had been unspectacular on a pitch that largely required hard graft to score, with only two offside boundaries, before he was bowled around his legs for 42 when attempting to paddle sweep Kerrigan.

Durham claimed their lead shortly before lunch as Coughlin and Raine bedded in using the time-honoured tactic of waiting for bad balls – typified with 44 of their shared 80 runs coming as a result of boundaries.

They fell in fairly quick succession against a newish second ball; Coughlin nicked to first slip two shy of a half-century, where Vasconcelos held on, and Raine was bowled on the angle by Ben Sanderson.

After tea, Potts and Trevaskis showed intensity, with regular quick singles upping the scoring rate before Potts twice lifted over deep midwicket and into the gardens of the Wellingborough Road houses.

Trevaskis moved to the fourth half-century in 21 first-class innings in 74 balls before moving past his previous high of 64.

Potts also reached the milestone, with a flick off his legs to the boundary, in 103 deliveries, while making a mockery of his previous high of 53 with another six – this time straight back down the ground.

He was castled by Sanderson to end the epic stand – which was comfortably better than the 87 Dean Jones and Simon Hughes had amassed in 1992 – before Chris Rushworth chipped to mid-on as the away side were bowled out for 400.

Northamptonshire bowling coach Chris Liddle:

“It looked tough at times. The pace went out of the wicket and I thought the lads grafted hard. 130 overs in the field is never easy.

“We managed to keep them at about 2.5 runs per over which was pretty good going although they got away from us a bit at the end. We ran out of steam and looked like we had played a lot of cricket this season.

“Those two lads didn’t look like your standard No.9 and 10 batsmen. It is always going to be a tough task to take 10 wickets, especially with the improvements in tail-end batsmen.

“We’ve got to bat long tomorrow and someone has to put up their hand and get a big score and secure the game for us.”

Durham all-rounder Matty Potts, who scored a career-best 81:

“It is nice to be doing the interviews as it proves I am doing something well. It is nice to put the team in a good position and setting up a chance to potentially win this game.

“It is disappointing we didn’t get the Durham record. We were trying to go one ball at a time and get through.

“We always talk about contributions all the way down so it was nice to get in and put on that stand with Liam – he played really well.

“It is attritional cricket on a wicket that when you bowl well it is hard to score on. I thought we hung in and kept the good balls out and scored off the bad ones.

“It is a massive lead and an awful position for them to be in trying to defend the game.”

Somerset vs Lancashire, Group 1 The Cooper Associates County Ground, 10:30AM


Jack Blatherwick marked his first LV=Insurance County Championship bowl for Lancashire with four wickets as Somerset were put to the sword on the second day of the Division One match at Taunton. 

After extending their first innings total from an overnight 364 for eight to 373 all out, the visitors made short work of a fragile home batting line-up, bowling them out for 90. 

Blatherwick finished with four for 28 and Tom Bailey three for nine, forcing Somerset to follow on 283 behind. Only Azhar Ali, who made 39, offered more than token resistance. 

The hosts made a better fist of their second innings, reaching 226 for four by the close. Tom Lammonby led the way, hitting a fluent 100, off 103 balls, with 12 fours and 3 sixes, but his side still trailed by 57. 

Somerset quickly wrapped up Lancashire’s first innings at the start of the day, Tom Abell producing a brilliant slip catch to dismiss Blatherwick and give Jack Brooks his fourth wicket. 

But it said everything about the home side’s reply that Lancashire dropped three catches, had as many close lbw appeals rejected, and still bowled their opponents out for under 100. 

In the latest bid to solve top order problems, Somerset promoted all-rounder Ben Green to opener and saw him bowled by the second ball of the innings, sent down by Bailey. 

By lunch, Lammonby, Abell and James Hildreth had also fallen as Lancashire’s seamers gave a lesson in repeatedly hitting the right line and length on a helpful pitch. 

George Balderson claimed two of the wickets before Blatherwick had Lewis Goldsworthy caught at second slip for 15. 

It was the first of six Somerset wickets to fall in the space of 46 balls for the addition of only 25 runs, Bailey, Balderson and Blatherwick maintaining a tight grip. 

Former Notts seamer Blatherwick, 23, whose only other Championship appearance for Lancashire came in the rain-ruined Roses Match against Yorkshire when his side didn’t field, bowled with genuine promise. 

Somerset adopted a positive approach to their second innings, Green and Lammonby putting together a stand of 69 in less than 12 overs with some fine attacking strokes. 

On 31, Green ruined all his good work by giving leg-spinner Matt Parkinson the charge and being stumped yards out of his ground. By tea, the scoreboard read 89 for one. 

Lammonby put a disappointing red ball season behind him with some swashbuckling shots, reaching three figures with a straight six of Parkinson, only to fall lbw to another leg-spinner, Luke Wells, without addition. 

First day centurion Wells then had Abell caught at mid-wicket off a full toss, his second duck of the match, and Azhar Ali stumped just after reaching fifty off 85 balls. 

With his score on 12, Hildreth moved up to third place behind Harold Gimblett and Marcus Trescothick in Somerset’s list of all-time highest first class run-makers, overtaking Peter Wight’s tally of 16,965. 

Wells ended the day with figures of three for eight from seven overs. 

Lancashire's Jack Blatherwick said: "It felt fantastic to get my first wickets for Lancashire in what was effectively my Championship debut for the club and after a frustrating wait through injury.

"For the last couple of weeks, I felt I have been bowling well and was able to take that confidence into the game. Tom Bailey was bowling really well, so I felt I had to go on and back him up.

"It has been a strange match, almost like a 50-over game at times. Tom Lammonby took the attack back to us with a brilliant innings, but Luke Wells has produced a great spell at the end of the day and we are in a good position."


Somerset centurion Tom Lammonby said: "The season has not gone as I would have liked, so there was an element of relief when I connected with the six that brought up my century.

"Lancashire's bowlers had things their way in or first innings, so the intention second time was to be positive and take the fight back to them.

"It worked well and we definitely still have a chance of winning this game. James Hildreth's achievement was amazing and I can only wonder, like many others, why he has never played Test cricket."



Surrey vs Essex, Group 2 Kia Oval, 10:30AM

Hashim Amla was left fighting a lone hand as Surrey struggled to 107 for 7 on day two at the Kia Oval after Essex totalled 439 in their LV= Insurance County Championship second division match.

Surrey captain Amla, who came in at No 3, remained a defiant 58 not out as 14 wickets fell overall on a day in which batting seemed far more difficult than it did 24 hours earlier when Sir Alastair Cook’s unbeaten 140 had guided Essex to their overnight total of 299 for 3.

Indeed, Essex themselves lost their last seven wickets for the addition of only 140 runs in three hours of hard graft, with Cook fifth out for a magnificent 165 – his highest first-class score at the Oval.

But Surrey’s reply then began disastrously with both openers, Cameron Steel and Ryan Patel, out for ducks and Ollie Pope quickly following for 5 as they slid to 19 for 3. And it did not get much better as four more wickets were lost before the close.

Will Jacks battled almost an hour for his 11, until he was leg-before to a Shane Snater off-cutter, and Rikki Clarke made it to 12 – including a big six over the short boundary on one side of the ground off Simon Harmer – before the off spinner soon had his revenge by having Clarke stumped.

Attempting to force off the back foot, Jordan Clark then edged the bustling Sam Cook behind, to go for 5, and Jonny Tattersall (4) was the victim of a remarkable left-handed diving catch by Nick Browne at short leg off Harmer.

Jamie Porter had started Surrey’s slide, having Steel well-held at first slip from the sixth ball of the innings, and Sam Cook then struck with his second ball – bowling from around the wicket – as left-hander Patel was pinned LBW by one angled in to his pads.

Porter, in his fifth over with the new ball, then produced a beauty which Pope touched to Adam Wheater behind the stumps, but former South Africa great Amla was studious in defence as he sought to hold back the Essex tide.

Amla also twice in an over swept Harmer for four, but when the bowler switched to the Vauxhall End he was almost immediately successful as Clarke skipped down the pitch and was beaten by a ball which spun through the gate as the all-rounder aimed a violent swipe.

The day began with Porter, Essex’s nightwatchman, reaching a jaunty 30 in a 54-run stand with Alastair Cook before he edged Clarke behind.

Cook, having batted for seven and a half hours, was finally undone by a fine piece of bowling from slow left-armer Dan Moriarty, who went around the wicket to have England’s record Test run-getter caught by keeper Tattersall as he tried to cut. He had faced 330 balls, hitting 20 fours.

Wheater played some good strokes in his 39, before being eighth out offering no stroke to Reece Topley and seeing his off bail trimmed, but Paul Walter’s 33 was a more tortured affair that was ended by a brilliant reflex catch by Pope at gully, just off the turf, after the left-hander had edged Jacks’ off spin on to Tattersall’s arm.

The rest of Essex’s lower order succumbed meekly, Harmer leg-before to Topley for 3, Aron Nijjar caught behind off James Taylor for 2 and Sam Cook leg-before to Taylor for nought.

Surrey fast bowler Reece Topley said: “It has been a pretty tough day. We stuck in there pretty well in the first session and got our rewards, wickets-wise, for some hard graft with the ball yesterday, but there have been too many in the wickets column when we batted.

“Essex are in control of the game. I don’t know whether they plan to bat again or not when our first innings ends but we have to make a better go of it when we get the opportunity to bat again.”

Essex seamer Jamie Porter said: “We knew it was important to get early wickets in their first innings, and we did that. I was delighted to get Ollie Pope out because it’s always satisfying to dismiss an international batsman, but all our bowlers bowled well and we are very happy with where we are in the game.

“Resuming as nightwatchman this morning I enjoyed my innings [of 30] and especially because it helped to take a bit of pressure off Cooky [Alastair Cook].”





Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, Group 1 Emerald Headingley, 10:30AM

The crucial LV= Insurance County Championship match between title chasers Yorkshire and Warwickshire has edged the way of the visitors courtesy of three evening wickets in defence of 224 on day two at Emerald Headingley. 

The winner of this penultimate round Division One fixture will set up a final week title push, while the loser will be all but eliminated. Yorkshire closed on 50 for three, including losing Dawid Malan to the day’s last ball.

Eighteen wickets fell on day one followed by 15 during a second day which saw Tim Bresnan contribute with the bat and in the field against the county he won two Championship titles with in 2014 and 2015.

The veteran all-rounder hit a useful lower order 36 in Warwickshire’s second-innings 176 before taking three first slip catches. One of his apprentices immediately prior to his Headingley departure last summer, Jordan Thompson, claimed a season’s best five for 52.

Yorkshire’s first innings, which resumed on 95 for eight replying to 155, was wrapped up in the day’s opening 17 minutes as Liam Norwell - four for 27 - and Craig Miles bowled Steve Patterson and Gary Ballance, the latter for 58.

Warwickshire then reached 23 without loss inside 12 overs of their second innings. 

But their first four fell for the addition of as many runs inside six overs, including Chris Benjamin and Sam Hain to leave Thompson on a hat-trick in the 15th. Hain feathered behind to record a king pair. 

They were sandwiched in between two Patterson wickets, Will Rhodes and Matt Lamb bowled - 27 for four.

Either side of lunch, fringe England Test opener Dom Sibley and Michael Burgess boosted the Bears by sharing 70.

The pair played contrasting knocks in tricky conditions under the floodlights. Sibley was characteristically stout for 45 and Burgess, like his first-innings 66, counter-attacking for 37.

However, Sibley’s departure midway through the afternoon sparked another cluster of wickets as the score slipped to 108 for seven in the 41st over - a visiting lead of 155.

Thompson had him and Chris Woakes, the latter for a duck, caught behind within four balls in the 37th over before Burgess drove Matthew Fisher’s first ball of a new spell to point.

Fisher later uprooted Jacob Bethell’s off stump, only for Bresnan to add important lower order runs - as he so often did for Yorkshire.

Ben Coad trapped Bresnan lbw with the first ball of the evening - 163 for nine - before Thompson wrapped up only his second career five-for when Norwell miscued to mid-off.

Woakes and Miles then struck as Yorkshire tried to navigate the final 26 overs of the day, getting George Hill and Adam Lyth caught at slip - 18 for two.

Malan then fell to a superb one-handed Bresnan catch off Norwell for 12 at the end, swinging things Warwickshire’s way.

Hampshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1 Ageas Bowl, 10:30AM

Hampshire 226 and 133-7 lead Nottinghamshire 155, by 204 runs


Third-placed Hampshire edged an absorbing second day of the LV = County Championship Division One clash with leaders Nottinghamshire, opening up a 204-run lead at the Ageas Bowl.

In perfect seam bowling conditions, 16 wickets fell with Keith Barker taking a career-best 7-46 as the visitors were dismissed for 155 in response to Hampshire's first innings score of 226.

But Dane Paterson inspired a Nottinghamshire fightback, reducing the hosts to 133-7 at the close after James Vince and Liam Dawson had bolstered the hosts' advantage with an 82-run stand having come together at 28-4. 

It leaves a fascinating match firmly in the balance although heavy rain is expected to disrupt much of day three.

Resuming on 29-1, Nottinghamshire were stopped in their tracks by a stunning burst from Barker that saw the table-toppers slump to 31-4 inside the first 15 balls.

The veteran left-armer dismissed Ben Duckett with the first delivery of the morning and struck again with the fifth when Joe Clarke chipped the former Warwickshire man to Brad Wheal at mid-wicket.

Nottinghamshire skipper Steven Mullaney came and went for just two to become Barker's fourth victim before Tom Moores was pinned on the crease and thumped on the pad to hand the 34-year his 17th First Class five-wicket haul.

Opener Ben Slater batted well amidst the rubble of his side's top order, posting a gritty half-century in a 70-run stand with Liam Patterson-White. 

But Slater departed shortly after lunch when he mistimed an attempt to withdraw his bat and the ball kissed the edge and found its way into the gloves of Tom Alsop to hand Barker his sixth wicket with Joey Evison becoming his seventh to leave Notts in desperate trouble at 115-7.

Patterson-White brought up his 50 in a stand of 30 with Brett Hutton but the duo departed in successive balls with Brad Wheal bowling Patterson-White for 53 and Hutton caught in the deep by Felix Organ off James Fuller for 13.

Wheal wrapped up the innings by dismissing Paterson for six to deliver Hampshire a handy 71-run lead. 

Openers Ian Holland and Joe Weatherley got off to a solid start putting on 26 for the first wicket, only for Paterson to rip through the top order.

Holland was the first to depart for 16 with Tom Alsop soon following him back to the pavilion after a second-ball duck before Joe Weatherley feathered a catch to Tom Moores off Luke Fletcher.

Matters were compounded for the hosts when Nick Gubbins became Paterson's third victim to leave Hampshire struggling at 28-4. 

Vince and Dawson steadied the ship but their crucial partnership was ended by Patterson-White who trapped Dawson lbw for 28 with Vince then having his off-stump uprooted by Fletcher for 52.

Patterson-White struck again four overs from the close when Felix Organ was lbw for 11 with Barker and Wheal unbeaten on 11 and one.

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