LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 14th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 14th 2021
Sunday September 12th - Wednesday September 15th 2021
Somerset vs Lancashire, Group 1 The Cooper Associates County Ground, 10:30AM
Lancashire kept their flickering LV=County Championship title hopes alive by completing a ten-wicket thrashing of Somerset before lunch on the third day at Taunton.
The home side could add only 88 to their overnight second innings score of 226 for four before being bowled out for 314, a lead of only 31 runs.
There were two wickets each for Tom Bailey, George Balderson and Jack Blatherwick, while Luke Wells, who had figures of three for eight on day two, was not required to bowl.
Lancashire openers George Balderson and Alex Davies took six overs to knock off the required runs and the morning session was extended slightly for the match to be completed.
The visitors took 23 points from the game to Somerset’s three.
Heavily overcast skies meant the floodlights at the Cooper Associates County Ground were employed and must have encouraged the Lancashire bowlers.
James Hildreth had added only four to his overnight score of 22 when playing one of the ugliest shots of his illustrious career and top-edging a catch to point off Bailey.
Lewis Goldsworthy produced a few defiant blows before departing for 21, pinned lbw by Bailey in the eighth over of the day.
At 248 for six, Somerset still needed 35 to make Lancashire bat again. Roelof van der Merwe produced a classic cover driven boundary off George Balderson to reduce the deficit and it was down to four when the seventh wicket fell.
A savage slash outside off stump by van der Merwe, on 23, off Balderson saw Luke Wells hold a sharp catch at first slip.
Marchant de Lange lasted only two balls before edging Jack Blatherwick to second slip and Somerset’s fate was sealed.
The only remaining question was whether the hosts could avoid a third successive innings defeat, having won the toss in all three games.
Jack Brooks at least ensured that ignominy was avoided, edging Blatherwick through the slips for four.
Steve Davies batted more solidly than most, suggesting he should have gone in higher than number seven in both innings.
But he lost another partner on 301, Brooks being bowled by Balderson for 15.
Davies was left high and dry on 22 not out when last man Ned Leonard was caught behind down the leg side off Blatherwick.
Somerset, who had gone into the second stage of Championship games with high hopes of a first ever title, must now rely on success at Saturday’s Vitality Blast Finals Day to rescue their season.
Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas said: "This was a must-win game for both teams if either of us were to keep title hopes alive and I am delighted with the way we played and the result.
"It sets up an exciting final game against Hampshire next week and we can go into it with momentum from this performance.
"Other than losing the toss, everything went well for us, particularly after a difficult time against Notts last week. We needed to. turn our form around after that and did just that, which is fantastic."
Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: "We haven't been able to score enough first innings runs in recent games to put the opposition under pressure.
"Our team performances haven't been to the same level as they were before the break in Championship fixtures. Lancashire's bowlers put the ball in challenging areas more often than ours were able to do and tested our batsman more.
"What encourages me is that I see players working really hard on a daily basis and if they continue to show that attitude form will return ahead of our final game."
Derbyshire vs Kent, Group 3 The Incora County Ground, 10:30AM
Kent’s advance towards a third LV=Insurance County Championship victory was held up when the third day of the match against Derbyshire at Derby was washed out.
Rain throughout the morning prevented any play before lunch and with no sign of the weather improving, it was no surprise when the umpires decided to call the game off for the day at just after 2pm.
But with better conditions forecast for tomorrow (Wednesday), Kent are still well placed to complete a hat-trick of wins in Division Three.
They are currently 276 runs in front on 147 for 1 in their second innings and will fancy their chances against a Derbyshire side who are the only team in the country without a victory in the championship this season.
Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire, Group 2 Sophia Gardens, 10:30AM
Gloucestershire went through the 400 barrier for the first time this season to put hosts Glamorgan under severe pressure as they established a first innings lead of 110 runs on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division 2 clash at Sophia Gardens.
Then they ripped through the home side’s top order to put themselves on course for a magnificent seventh first-class win of the summer. Having reached 39 without loss, Glamorgan ended on 57-6 when the players went off for bad light at 5.50pm – still 53 runs behind going into the final day.
Resuming on 224-4, the visitors picked up maximum batting points on a day when their lower order came up trumps with 195 runs for the last five wickets. Leading the way was Tom Price, whose 71 included nine fours and not only took his team past Glamorgan’s first innings total, but also steered them to 419 all out to leave the home side with a mountain to climb.
Despite the overnight rain the game started on time at 10.30am and Glamorgan went one better than their visitors by bagging a wicket with the second ball of the day. Andrew Salter had gone on the third ball of the previous morning and David Lloyd removed the dangerous Graeme van Buuren with his second ball of the session.
Van Buuren failed to add to his overnight score of 65 and departed LBW having added 40 for the fifth wicket with championship debutant Ben Wells. Glamorgan rattled through the nine overs they needed to complete to get to the new ball and then called up Michael Hogan and Timm van der Gugten to turn up the pressure.
Two wickets fell in their first seven overs as Wells was caught at second slip by David Lloyd for an impressive 40 and Zafar Gohar became home skipper Chris Cooke’s third victim behind the stumps off Hogan for 5. That meant Gloucestershire had added 47 runs and lost three wickets in the first hour to cut the deficit to 38.
Ben Charlesworth steered the visitors to the 300 mark in the 96th over and a four from Tom Price off Andrew Salter in the 98th over took Gloucestershire into the lead. Charlesworth had hit six boundaries in his lively 44 before he was castled by Ruaidhri Smith to make it 310-8 in the 101st over.
By lunch the lead was seven runs, but an enterprising 34 from David Payne, which included a straight six and three fours, in a ninth wicket stand of 69 with Tom Price edged Gloucestershire into a handy lead. By the time he was the last man out in the 141st over, Price had raced past his 50 (127 balls) and reached 71 when he was trapped LBW by Michael Hogan.
Hamish Rutherford and David Lloyd had enjoyed an opening partnership of 136 in the first innings and once again started strongly. Rutherford hit the first ball to the boundary and Lloyd did the same on the penultimate ball of the seventh over to take the score to 39.
Then Payne enticed him to play at a ball that left him outside the off stump and Miles Hammond took the catch at first slip. Chris Dent brought his spinner, Zafar Gohar, into the attack for the next over and he got Rutherford caught by Hammond again with the very next ball to make it 39-2.
It got worse as Zafar then removed both Nick Selman and Kiran Carlson for ducks to reduce the home side to 46-4 as the left arm spinner made it 3-3 in his opening four overs. Worse was to follow when Ryan Higgins uprooted Eddie Byrom’s off stump for eight in the 15th over and skipper Chris Cooke went for just six runs.
ZAFAR GOHAR - GLOUCESTERHSIRE SPINNER
Pakistani spin ace Zafar Gohar couldn’t remember the last time he took a ball with his first ball in an innings, but he is hoping for a repeat on the final day at Sophia Gardens to help finish off Glamorgan.
The Gloucestershire bowler removed Hamish Rutherford with his first ball and then took two more wickets in a remarkable spell of 3-3 in his opening four overs as he reduced the home side’s top order to rubble as they chased a 110 first innings deficit.
“We had a great day. We had some good partnerships down the order when he batted and then with the ball,” said Zafar.
“Tom Price batted amazingly well to give us something to aim at to bowl them out in the evening. Coming out to bat after 140 overs in the field isn’t easy and we wanted to get into them after that.
“It was a great feeling getting some wickets, especially one with my first ball. I always try to get spin, but it was a great felling to bowl a classic ball to get Nick Selman out.
“If you don’t get any spin in the first few days of a four day match you can always hope that it will change in the last two days. Now we want to get a quick finish in the morning with some early wickets.
“It is great to get a wicket with the first ball of a spell and it hasn’t happened very often for me in first-class cricket.”
DAVID HARRISON – GLAMORGAN ASSiSTANT COACH
Having lost their last two four day games by an innings against Durham and Essex, Glamorgan assistant coach David Harrison is banking on some fighting spirit from his players to avoid a hat-trick on home soil.
His side will resume 53 runs behind Gloucestershire with four wickets in hand.
“On the day we had Gloucestershire 94-4 in 35 overs early on, but then the pitch got pretty placid. Andrew Salter got 2-90 from 40 overs, which was good, and I can’t fault the effort of the bowlers,” said Harrison.
“We had the chance to knock them over earlier, but we didn’t take it. They batted well lower down.
“We haven’t come across spin for a while and it was a new challenge when we batted again. They bowled well, but we will come back with a positive attitude and clear game plan and try to put together some partnerships.
“Zafar is a fine bowler and there was a little bit of turn for him. We have played against some good teams in Division 2 and we have been a little bit below par in some ogf the games.
“But we are going to put up a good fight and try to stay in this game when we resume. We don’t want to end the season with a whimper after winning the Royal London Cup.
“We knew we would have some really tough games here in Division 2, but we have got a game and a half to try to finish well.”
Hampshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1 Ageas Bowl, 10:30AM
Liam Dawson spun Hampshire to the top of the LV = County Championship with one final round of fixtures to play after leaders Nottinghamshire capitulated after tea on a dramatic third day at the Ageas Bowl to sink to a 122-run defeat.
Chasing 250 for victory, the visitors started well but lost nine wickets after the interval for 81 runs as Dawson finished with 5-45 and Felix Organ 3-22 after Mohammad Abbas had taken the crucial wicket of Ben Duckett for 33.
After bowling out the hosts for 178 following a delayed start, the visitors were 46-1 at tea only to be bundled out for 127 on a dramatic day in Southampton.
The win leave Hampshire in position to seal a first County title since 1973 when they play Lancashire at Liverpool starting next Tuesday.
Hampshire added 45 for their final three wickets to add to their overnight score, after play was delayed until 1pm due to heavy morning rain.
Impressive young all-rounder Liam Patterson-White followed up his first-innings 50 by mopping up the tail to claim his maiden five-wicket haul, dismissing Keith Barker for 29, Brad Wheal for three and James Fuller for 21 as Hampshire were dismissed for 226.
Openers Haseeb Hameed and Ben Slater got Notts off to a solid start after surviving a testing hour before tea from Barker and Abbas.
The pair survived 40 minutes of the new ball before Abbas got the breakthrough when Organ took a superb diving catch to pouch a bat-pad opportunity off the England opener and send him on his way for eight.
Duckett played the spinners well, sweeping Dawson and Organ with great success, but with tensions beginning to rise in the middle and words being exchanged between the England international and the Pakistan quick, umpire Martin Saggers was forced to step in between the pair.
But Duckett's barbs evidently only seemed to fire-up Abbas, and to his great delight, Saggers' finger went up shortly after his intervention when a ball thumped the left-hander on the pad when it appeared to be drifting down the leg-side.
Dawson, re-introduced into the attack following the dismissal of Duckett, vindicated the faith of skipper James Vince, when he had Slater prodding around off-stump and the ball ballooned off his bat and was plucked out of the air by Nick Gubbins at short-leg, reducing Notts to 72-3.
Following Slater's dismissal a procession of batsman came and went with only teenager Joey Evison reaching double figures as the leaders slumped to a dispiriting defeat to drop to third spot on the table with Dawson taking his first five-wicket haul since 2015.
Notts skipper Steven Mullaney - "I don't think we can fault any effort from the lads, I thought at the toss they got it right, but a couple of decisions didn't go our way, if I am honest it wasn't a great pitch, personally I thought it was unacceptable for a First Class game.
"We knew it was going to be a result pitch and Hampshire got it. But we are still in with a chance of winning the County Championship.
"If we look at it in isolation, we dropped five catches in their first innings and didn't bowl great in the second half of their first innings. But ultimately we weren't good enough and Hampshire deserved the win."
Hampshire skipper James Vince - "It's a magnificent win. There were contributions from everyone, I didn't expect it to happen quite as quickly as it did, but we knew that the wicket wasn't as flat as they can be here and was only getting worse.
"For 'Daws' (Liam Dawson) to get a five-for and Felix (Organ) with his wickets and his runs in the first innings you can pretty much mention everyone, it was a real team effort.
I actually thought 200 was enough, so anything more than that was a bonus
"I don't know why it was different. With the heavy roller any indentations up the top get taken out, but there seemed to be a few more divots and marks this time and that time of year the wickets, with the dew, are never quite as flat as you think they are."
Leicestershire vs Sussex, Group 3 Uptonsteel County Ground, 10:30AM
Heavy rain prevented any play on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Leicestershire and Sussex.
Umpires Mark Newell and Ian Ramage ruled out any prospect of play after a 2pm inspection of a sodden outfield, with the square still under cover.
Leicestershire are 291 for two in their first innings, trailing Sussex by 68 runs but with two unbeaten centurions in Hassan Azad (122) and Lewis Hill (109) ready to resume their innings, their partnership having added 183 so far, a county record for the third wicket against Sussex, surpassing the 163 added by George Watkins and Maurice Tompkin at Hastings in 1947.
Both sides are looking for a first win in the divisional stage of the competition, but although the forecast for Wednesday is better, a positive result looks unlikely unless the two captains, Callum Parkinson and Tom Haines, can agree on a way to set Leicestershire a fourth-innings target.
Whether this would appeal to Sussex, however, remains to be seen. After losing all-rounder Fynn Hudson-Prentice to injury on day one, Haines may feel that taking 10 wickets on what is essentially a good batting track might be asking too much of his young and relatively inexperienced bowling attack.
Middlesex vs Worcestershire, Group 3 Lord's, 10:30AM
Creative thinking by captains Tim Murtagh and Joe Leach may be needed to contrive a result after day three of the LV= Insurance Division Three clash between Middlesex and Worcestershire was abandoned without a ball bowled.
Heavy overnight rain which continued throughout the morning delayed any pitch inspection until 2:30pm at which point umpires Neil Bainton and Robert White announced play would begin at 3:30pm if there was no more rain.
However, the rain returned 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start and play was eventually abandoned at 4:20pm.
The match had been far advanced after two days with the hosts 233 for six in their second innings, 206 ahead, but with a whole day lost and Kent well placed against Derbyshire, a sense of urgency is now required in a game Worcestershire in particular need to win if they are to entertain hopes of winning the division.
Therefore, unless the visitors can knock over the last four Middlesex wickets early tomorrow morning we can expect discussions to take place between the two camps in order to set up a last day run chase.
Northamptonshire vs Durham, Group 2 The County Ground Northampton, 10:30AM
Northamptonshire 183 & 10/0 trail Durham 400 by 207 runs
Durham’s pursuit of victory against Northamptonshire in the LV= Insurance County Championship was delayed by a washed-out day three at Wantage Road.
Rain overnight and throughout the day created a grim vista in Northampton.
Umpires Ben Debenham and Peter Hartley scouted out the conditions during a 3.15pm inspection, but despite the hard work of the groundstaff, the day's proceedings were called off at 3.30pm without a ball bowled.
Durham, thanks to a 149 run ninth-wicket partnership between Matty Potts and Liam Trevaskis, managed to build a 217 run first-innings lead.
The hosts had reduced that by 10 runs in four overs late on day two and will have been content that the rain somewhat reduced the pressure on them to bat out for over two days – although the time taken out the game all but killed off any chances of a remarkable victory.
It means that the final day will be a simple mission of taking 10 wickets – on a slow unresponsive pitch – for Durham, while Northamptonshire will be aiming to take as much time out the match as possible while wiping out the deficit.
The weather is forecast to be cloudy on Wednesday but no rain is currently expected.
Surrey vs Essex, Group 2 Kia Oval, 10:30AM
No play was possible on day three of Surrey’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Essex because of persistent and sometimes heavy rain at the Kia Oval.
Umpires Billy Taylor and Paul Baldwin made their decision at 1.30pm after initially ruling out play before lunch, with the afternoon forecast promising more bad weather.
Surrey will resume their first innings on 107 for 7 tomorrow morning, still 332 runs adrift of Essex’s 439, and the visitors will still be hoping to enforce the follow on and then press for an innings victory.
Essex have already won both their previous Division Two fixtures in the past fortnight, against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire, and are in a good position to finish the season as winners of the new-look championship’s second tier.
Surrey captain Hashim Amla will tomorrow resume his defiant innings on 58 not out, partnered by James Taylor on 2, and with the weather forecast a good one throughout Wednesday.
Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, Group 1 Emerald Headingley, 10:30AM
There was no play possible due to rain on the third day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match between title chasers Yorkshire and Warwickshire at Emerald Headingley.
Forecasted rain arrived shortly before 9am and had not stopped when umpires Nigel Llong and Neil Mallender opted to abandon the day at 2.30pm with puddles on the outfield.
This penultimate round Division One fixture is nicely poised with Yorkshire 50 for three chasing 224.
It is a must win for both sides in terms of their ambitions to win the title and maybe even for finishing second for Bob Willis Trophy final qualification.
Heading into the final day, Yorkshire’s key man Gary Ballance is at the crease unbeaten on 21.
Warwickshire would be able to make the strongest case for being favourites to win at this stage, especially on the back of getting England Test batsman Dawid Malan brilliantly caught one-handed by Tim Bresnan at slip off the last ball of day two from Liam Norwell.
Yorkshire’s batting coach Paul Grayson said:
“It would be nice if we turn up tomorrow morning and it’s cracking the flags because we saw last night for a little period when the sun was out that the wicket looked a little bit flatter.
“We have a positive mindset and belief that we can chase these runs down, definitely.
“We’re aware that it’s going to be pretty difficult, but we talk about partnerships. Hopefully we can put a couple of big ones together and go close.”
Warwickshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan said: “I think we do (have enough runs on the board) with the attack we’ve got this game. Woakesy has been massive for us. He’s bowled superbly, backed up well by everyone else.
“The sun came out for the last hour and a bit (day two), which made it difficult for us. But once the clouds come in at Headingley, anything is up for grabs."
Bresnan has three slip catches so far in Yorkshire’s second innings.
“I’m enjoying being back in the armchair (slip cordon) so I don’t have to run around as much! And it helps when I’m catching them.
“The last one (Malan), I made an easy-ish slip catch look quite difficult and have ended up pulling off a bit of a speccie.”
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