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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 16 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 22nd 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 16 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 22nd 2021

 

 

Tuesday September 21st  - Friday September 24th 2021

 

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

 

Match Summary

Essex 170/10 (43.2 ov)

Northamptonshire 81/10 (34.5 ov) & 45/10 (18.2 ov)

Result - Essex won by an Innings & 44 Runs

Essex thrashed Northamptonshire by an innings and 44 runs inside four sessions as they lifted the LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two title.

Essex only needed five wickets on the second day to complete a comprehensive victory, the third innings win in four Divisional matches, as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 45.

And they wrapped it up inside exactly half an hour with Shane Snater taking four for seven before Sam Cook completed his maiden ten-wicket haul and the match – returning ten for 41.

The trophy is the county’s fifth red ball crown in the last six years – going into the cabinet with two County Championships, the Bob Willis Trophy and another Division Two title.

It took just five-morning deliveries for Essex to continue their inevitable charge to victory.

Shane Snater found the edge of a driving Saif Zaib when coming around the wicket before Nick Browne made a Horlicks of completing the catch at third slip; eventually holding the ball safely at the third parry.

Adam Rossington almost chipped his third ball to mid-off, as Snater found bounce on a length, he then lofted a boundary over the covers before narrowly avoiding edging behind.

But with the fourth ball of the eventful over, Snater dinged the top of off-stump to leave Northamptonshire 30 for seven, still 59 runs behind.

Josh Cobb, on his first first-class outing for two years, attempted an audacious pull shot to a ball well outside off stump first delivery which went straight up and was safely pouched at cover by Michael Pepper.

Tom Taylor had survived the hat-trick ball but also showed intent with two boundaries off Cook but clubbed Snater straight to stand-in captain Dan Lawrence at mid-off.

The dismal Northamptonshire showing was completed in 18.2 overs as Luke Procter, who had manfully scored 53 per cent of the runs with his 23, edged Cook behind.

The 45 was Northamptonshire’s equal lowest total against Essex and 16th score of all-time.

Essex stand-in captain, with Tom Westley missing the game for the birth of his first child, Dan Lawrence:

“It is definitely one of the easier games you could be captain. All the bowlers bowled fantastically well all week and I didn’t really have too many challenges.

“Sam Cook is someone who continues to impress. He has put on a yard of pace this year and is as accurate as ever. He got rewards this week and has turned his season into an exceptional one.

“Snater wasn’t someone necessarily on the red ball radar at the beginning of the year he came back in pre-season and has been phenomenal.

“We batted poorly yesterday. We thought we should have got up to 300, our dismissals were soft shots. We somehow managed to get away with it and win by an innings but on reflection, we could have been better.

“We didn’t feel great taking a photo next to the Division Two champions board today. It isn’t something we will actually celebrate. We’re a club who want to be winning Division One.

“If you look at our record this year we have only lost two games of red-ball cricket. We’ll probably have the most points in the country. It almost doesn’t feel fair that we’re going to be coming seventh of all the counties as we feel like we are one of the top three teams.”

 

Northamptonshire assistant coach John Sadler, who will become head coach next season:

“The thinking was that there was still plenty in the wicket and we were still behind the game and we wanted a positive approach this morning.

“We wanted to go down fighting and put a bit of pressure on the opposition but it didn’t work out. They bowled well and sometimes it doesn’t go your way but the damage was done yesterday.

“I’d agree with that [that some shots crossed the line] but it is one of those where you have a plan, you try and stick to it and if it doesn’t come off, so be it. I can’t fault the lads for the team buy-in.

“The pitch wasn’t dangerous, it wasn’t up and down, it just seamed. They bowled very very well and found the edge and sometimes it just happens. We got the toss wrong and thought it would be a better pitch than it was and we hold our hands up, sometimes you get things wrong.

“It is a shame that Rip’s [David Ripley] last game ended like that. We wanted to put a fight up for him and give him a better sendoff than we did. As coaching staff and players we were disappointed in that regard.”

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Gloucestershire vs Durham, Group 2 Bristol County Ground, 10:30AM

 

Zafar Gohar ran through Durham for a second time in two days with six for 51 as Gloucestershire romped to a seven-wicket win over Durham at Bristol.

After his first innings five for 50 and a merry 30 that earned a batting point, Gohar’s left-arm spin wrecked Durham’s second innings too, after they trailed by 78, as the visitors were swept away for only 131.

It left just 54 to be knocked off in the sunshine and with 12 to win Gohar was sent out to seal victory, only to fall for a third-ball duck sweeping Liam Trevaskis to deep square.

Soon after, Gloucestershire closed out an eighth victory – their most in a campaign since 1998 and the most wins of any county this summer.

Frustratingly, it was only good enough to finish second in Division Two of the LV= Insurance Championship and effectively eighth in the country.

It was just a third defeat of the season for Durham and their first since May.

They again had little answer to Gohar. He began by beating Alex Lees’ inside edge to trap him lbw and won another leg before against Scott Borthwick, the left-hander trying to defend on the back foot but beaten by sharp turn out of the footholds. David Bedingham also fell lbw, misreading the flight and beaten on the inside edge.

Paul Coughlin was two from 20 balls when he swiped and miscued to cover and when Graham Clark played for turn and was bowled, Gohar had 10 wickets in a match for the third time.

His 11th scalp was one of the more bizarre of his career. Trevaskis, on 3, sweetly timed a sweep but directly into the helmet of the ducking Tom Lace at short leg. The ball rebounded gently into the gloves of James Bracey.

Graeme van Buuren finished Durham off in 10 balls. Matty Potts played outside the line and was lbw for 14 before Chris Rushworth had a good old mow to leg, missed and was bowled for a five-ball duck.

In the morning, Gloucestershire were seven down and only eight ahead but George Scott made 21 and Tom Price 16 to increase the lead before Gohar began a memorable day by striking five boundaries from No. 10 to gain an extra point.

The only bright spot for Durham was Trevaskis completing a maiden first-class five-for as Price’s wicket gave him five for 78.

Zafar Gohar said: “It means a lot to contribute with both ball and the bat and it’s a great feeling to be able to help win a match for my side.

“I was just trying to bowl in the right areas and put the batsman under pressure and I managed to create some problems.

“I was thinking we needed a 60-70 run lead to put them under pressure and we did that really well on a pitch that wasn’t easy to bat on.”

 

 Durham head coach James Franklin: “We found ourselves starting this game on a used wicket, which was disappointing.

"We talked among ourselves and understood that we just had to get out and play the game in front of us.

“Ultimately we have been outplayed for two days.

“Overall it’s been a really good season in Championship cricket, it’s just a shame it’s ended on this sour note.”

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

 

A century from Mark Stoneman put Middlesex in a dominant position at the end of day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship game with Kent at Canterbury. 

Stoneman hit 109 from 148 balls, with 16 fours, as the visitors reached 298 for six at stumps. Daniel Bell-Drummond took his first wickets of the season, claiming three for 37, but Kent already trail by 307, having earlier been dismissed for 138 in their first-innings, a deficit of nine.  

Tawanda Muyeye was the top scorer with an elegant 30, while Ethan Bamber took three for 36 and Martin Andersson three for 44. 

Kent began day two on 82 for four, trailing by 65 and Ollie Robinson added just three to his overnight score when Bamber splayed his stumps, bowling him for 14. Night-watchman Matt Milnes then made 16 before pulling Andersson to Luke Hollman, who took a tumbling catch at square leg. 

Darren Stevens hit a single boundary before he was bowled by Bamber for four and Toby Roland-Jones sent Marcus O’Riordan’s leg stump flying for a 15-ball duck. Grant Stewart was lbw to the next delivery, but Roland-Jones was made to wait to for the hat-trick ball because Muyeye was out in the next over, caught behind off Andersson trying to flick the ball down the leg side. 

Middlesex reached 32 without loss at lunch, and although they lost Sam Robson for 19 when he edged Stevens to Robinson, Stoneman and Stevie Eskinazi put on 68 for the next wicket before the latter was lbw to Daniel Bell-Drummond for 31.  

Stoneman and Robbie White reached 185 for two at tea, but Kent struck early in the evening session when Milnes got White for 38, the ball looping off his bat to Jordan Cox at first slip. 

Stoneman eased his way to three figures with a glanced four to third man, but Middlesex suffered a middle order wobble when Max Holden left a ball from Milnes that bowled him for eight and Stoneman fell when he played on to Bell-Drummond.  

Bell-Drummond then had Andersson caught behind for 15 but John Simpson (21 not out) and Hollman took the lead past 300, the latter smashing O’Riordan for six over cow corner on his way to 29 not out. 

Middlesex's John Simpson said: "If you'd have said we'd have a lead of 300 this morning we'd have bitten your hand off. Obviously we bowled well this morning and Mark Stoneman played an outstanding innings. To be 300 ahead is a fantastic position to be in. 

"There's a bit of up and down in the wicket, a bit of seam in there. Once guys are in it's going to be about finding ways of dotting them up and getting wickets. Mark produced an absolutely fantastic knock here today, he's made it look far easier than a lot of us have. He's fitted into the changing room seamlessly."

Kent’s Jack Leaning said: “It didn’t quite go as we would have hoped this morning. We obviously lost a few wickets quickly and they bowled nicely and then batted nicely. We didn’t quite hit our straps with the ball. We’re a little bit frustrated as a group but sometimes that can happen and credit to Stoneman. Hopefully we can make use of those conditions in the morning and there’s no reason why we can’t go out and chase.” 

(On getting his county cap) “It was a surprise, I didn’t know at all to be honest. It’s obviously a very proud moment, I’ve really enjoyed my time down here at Kent so far and hopefully there’s plenty more of that to come. It felt the right decision (to move from Yorkshire) at the time. I felt that once I got into the environment and got to know the people and the way they worked I had a feeling that I was going to fit in straight away.” 

 

Lancashire vs Hampshire, Group 1 Liverpool CC, 10:30AM

 

A chaotic second day at Aigburth saw Hampshire edge ahead of Lancashire in their quest to secure a first County Championship since 1973 as wickets continued to tumble in this low scoring tussle between two of the season’s title contenders.

The end result after six absorbing sessions was that the visitors are 160 runs ahead with three wickets in hand although nervous eyes continue to be cast on the ongoing action at Edgbaston where both these sides need Warwickshire to slip up against Somerset.

Lancashire had resumed on 25 for three, chasing Hampshire’s modest total of 143, and the Red Rose’s chances were immediately dented by the loss of Josh Bohannon who was brilliantly caught one-handed at second slip by Joe Weatherley off Keith Barker for 13.

Barker was charging in at this point but it was the more subtle charms of Mohammad Abbas that struck next as nightwatchman Jack Blatherwick edged to Ian Holland at third slip to reduce Lancashire to 27 for five.

Barker’s brilliance continued with Dane Villas next to go, driving straight to Liam Dawson for seven and Danny Lamb lasting just three balls before he edged one to Weatherley without scoring.

The hosts desperately needed some inspiration at 47 for seven and they found it in Steven Croft and Luke Wood with the latter bludgeoning five fours and a six off just 41 balls on his way to a crucial 37.

When Wood departed after nicking a Brad Wheal delivery through to Tom Alsop, he and Croft had put on 46 vital runs for the eighth wicket and when Croft himself was dismissed skying an Abbas delivery to Dawson at mid off for 40, Lancashire were almost on par with their opponents.

Abbas’ fifth wicket ensured they fell just two runs short but even that tiny advantage looked a chasm when Hampshire lost Ian Holland to the third ball of their second innings as he edged a Tom Bailey ball to Bohannon without scoring.

0 for one quickly became one for two with makeshift opener Mason Crane’s stumps spread by Bailey before the seamer claimed his third wicket when Alsop nicked one to Davies for two to leave Hampshire three for 15.

Lancashire looked to be right in the game when Nick Gubbins played Balderson on for six but James Vince had other ideas as he and Dawson compiled a sixth wicket partnership of 80 after tea.

As the gloom began to descend the game turned again with Matt Parkinson trapping Vince in front for 69 and the tireless Bailey claiming his first five wicket haul of the season with the dismissal of Dawson for 41.

Tom Bailey, Lancashire, said:

"Getting those two wickets at the end was crucial for us. They are two key players for Hampshire and to see them walk off the pitch was good.

"It's a very entertaining game to play in and you can't switch off for a minute. It's been a nice pitch to bowl on although it does feel like it's flattening out which is good for us if we can get those three wickets early.  

"We know it won't be easy but if we can come and take these three wickets early....a 180 chase to win the County Championship? We know we're going to do it. 

"You can see why (Mohammad) Abbas was the number one bowler in the world - he didn't miss his length and was so good with that wobble seam.

"It's tailor made for seamers and the quicker you bowl the easier it is to bat so guys like (Luke) Wood who are key at Old Trafford are not so successful here. 

"I've not had a five for for two years so it was nice but when you play in a good side you don't get as much of a chance. I'm not bothered - all I want to do is win games for Lancashire."

 

Liam Dawson, Hampshire, said: 

"It was poor cricket from us at the end - we'd worked so hard to get that close to being five down at the end of the day and we lost two wickets in the space of a couple of overs. It was a real shame - especially from two experienced players but we have 160 on the board and whatever we're going to get is a bonus. From then on it will be a shootout between who wants it the most.

"There is no spin at the minute but we're have to see how that pans out. Seam has dominated the game so far and it's a new ball wicket - hopefully our bowlers can give us one more massive push and see where we end up.

"It's very easy to say you're concentrating on the game here but you have one eye in the game at Edgbaston. Lancashire and us have to do our job here and try and win - if we do that and Warwickshire win fair play to them - the best team will have won."

 

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

Yorkshire were bowled out for 73 but then fought back on a day that saw Nottinghamshire’s chances of being crowned LV=Insurance County Champions effectively ended.

Adam Lyth is 74 not out after sharing a stand of 103 with Tom Kohler-Cadmore as the visitors closed on 169 for three following on. They still trail by 54 but will be pleased with their response after being dismissed in just 29.2 overs in the first innings, even though they lost two wickets in the last eight deliveries of the day.

Yet the key moment from a Nottinghamshire viewpoint came at 10.34 in the morning as 19-year-old all-rounder Joey Evison, who had batted splendidly for his 58, was dismissed lbw to the ninth ball of the opening session.

It meant that Steven Mullaney’s team were all out for 296, missing out on a third batting bonus point by four runs and leaving their title hopes dependent not only on a win over Yorkshire but an unlikely combination of results elsewhere.

Only if a low-scoring match between Lancashire and Hampshire somehow ended in a draw and Warwickshire failed to beat Somerset could they finish top of Division One.  The chance to contest the Bob Willis Trophy next week by finishing in the top two may also elude them.

Evison put his disappointment to one side by emerging as the pick of the bowlers in Yorkshire’s first-innings demise, taking four wickets for 13 runs.


Yorkshire stumbled to 63 for eight even before lunch, their abject display following scores of 108 and 117 against Warwickshire last week.

Luke Fletcher had George Hill caught at third slip and ripped out Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s off stump with consecutive balls, picking up a third wicket when Will Fraine edged behind to raise his tally for the season to 66.

In between, Lyth was leg before to Brett Hutton for four, offering no shot.

Evison joined the attack with a double wicket maiden, trapping Thompson lbw with a full delivery before Matthew Revis edged to second slip.

The teenager collected his third scalp as Harry Brook was caught behind driving expansively. Dane Paterson then sent two of Harry Duke’s stumps cartwheeling to leave Yorkshire eight down.

The innings concluded with Evison dismissing Dom Bess via a catch at second slip before Fisher became Paterson’s 51st wicket in his debut Nottinghamshire season, Tom Moores taking the catch to cement his position as the season’s leading wicketkeeper with 53 dismissals.

But, as the pitch flattened out, Nottinghamshire’s hopes of running through Yorkshire for a second time steadily receded as Lyth, who made his maiden first-class century in the last Championship match Yorkshire lost at Trent Bridge, in 2008, made his first fifty since April of the current season.

Kohler-Cadmore missed out, leg before to spinner Liam Patterson-White for 49, and nightwatchman Matthew Fisher was lbw to Dane Paterson. Until then, their only loss had been Hill, run out by a direct hit from short cover by Calvin Harrison, on the field as a substitute for England’s Haseeb Hameed, who is nursing an injured thumb.

Nottinghamshire all-rounder Joey Evison, who made 58 and took 4 for 13, said:

“It was a real hard-fought day. It was a shame not to get that last batting point but the way we bowled this morning was outstanding.  They batted really well late on, so it has been a day of contrasts.

“It is a mental battle when you enforce the follow-on and Yorkshire dug in and batted really well, but Liam Patterson-White came on and bowled well and those last two wickets gave us a real lift after we had gone a bit flat.

“I felt in a good rhythm in the first innings, although I lost it a bit in the second innings, when I was bowling a bit too short. Every bowler must have bowled 17 or 18 overs in the day, so we’ll rest up ready for tomorrow and take it from there.”

Yorkshire first XI coach Andrew Gale, who revealed that former England opener Adam Lyth would have been dropped for this game had Gary Ballance not cried off with illness, said:

“We didn’t do ourselves justice in the first innings. It was not good enough and we know there is a common theme throughout the season. In seven out of 13 first innings we haven’t even batted two sessions.

“When you take two players like Gary Ballance and Dawid Malan out of the team you are taking seven first-class hundreds out of the team, but we have players who can step up and do it as we showed in the second innings.

“They (Nottinghamshire) probably didn’t bowl as well second time but we showed character and resilience as we have all season when coming from behind, although we will have to play well again tomorrow.  

“Until Gary (Ballance) got ill, Adam (Lyth) was going to be left out for this game after the run of form he has had. He had a great start to the season and put his name in the hat for an England recall but for whatever reason since then he hasn’t got the runs he would have liked. Maybe going out there knowing it was his last knock of the season freed him up a bit.”

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

 

Chris Cooke led from the front with a relentless captain's innings of 205 not out as Glamorgan spent day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship second division match against Surrey constructing a mammoth total of 672 for 6 declared, the home side responding with 45 for no wicket in the final hour.

It was the first double-hundred of 35-year-old Cooke’s 12-year first-class career, beating a previous best of 171 scored seven years ago, and also the highest individual innings by a Glamorgan wicketkeeper, eclipsing Eifion Jones’s unbeaten 146 against Sussex at Hove in 1968.

Cooke was joined by Dan Douthwaite in a 51-over sixth wicket stand of 189, and that followed a slightly more urgent partnership of 140 in 37 overs with Kiran Carlson, who was on 45 overnight and reached 69 before being quite brilliantly caught by a diving Dan Moriarty at square leg as he swept hard at Will Jacks’ off breaks.

Douthwaite was eventually caught at long on by Jacks soon after tea, for a curiously-restrained 146-ball 59 that contained only two fours, giving off spinner Amar Virdi a hard-won third wicket.

On a soporific surface showing little sign of predicted turn, Glamorgan resumed on 379 for 4 and accumulated ruthlessly, if perhaps over-cautiously, in warm sunshine before declaring at what is the third highest first-class total in the Welsh county’s history. The highest remains 718 for 3 declared, against Sussex at Colwyn Bay in 2000, while their highest score against Surrey is still the 702 for 8 declared made at the Oval in 2009.

The declaration, greeted by some ironic cheers, left Surrey 15 overs to bat before stumps, and openers Jamie Smith and Ryan Patel reached 23 and 22 not out respectively, although Smith could have been stumped on 13 in off spinner Andrew Salter’s first over if keeper Cooke had gathered the ball cleanly.

Cooke, who began the day on 44, batted for five minutes short of six hours, facing 299 balls and hitting a six and 18 fours. Five of his previous six championship innings were single figure scores but – strong particularly through square cover – Cooke looked largely untroubled throughout and closed Glamorgan’s 177-over batting marathon five minutes after he reached his double-century by slicing slow left-armer Moriarty just over mid off for two, attempting on 199 to go past 200 in the grand manner.

It was his eighth first-class score of 100 or more and, as Surrey manfully and quite successfully kept as tight a control as they could on Glamorgan’s scoring rate, Cooke added an unbeaten 54 for the seventh wicket with Callum Taylor, who swept Jacks for six and also in the same over cover drove and cut him for fours in a breezy 57-ball 38 not out.

Glamorgan scored 87 in 34 overs before lunch, hitting just two boundaries in a turgid opening session, and then 145 in 32 overs between lunch and tea. It was unspectacular stuff though overall, especially given a flat pitch and summer-like conditions, but Cooke will argue the ends justify the means if Glamorgan can put Surrey under scoreboard pressure during the last two days of this second division match.

Glamorgan captain and double-century maker Chris Cooke said: “It feels pretty good, it was a really good day as the whole batting unit batted really nicely on a very good wicket, but there’s a little bit of spin there and a few went a bit low at the end so there could be something in it for us.

“Concentration is about single-ball focus. I had a good chat with the coaches at the end of last season about trying to score more hundreds so that’s something I’ve tried to target this year. It’s been a bit fame or famine the last few weeks but nice to put a good performance in, in the last game, and get the team into a good position.

“It’s nice to come in when there’s a good platform built and the guys up top like David Lloyd did a really good job, so that allows guys down the order to come in and feel more relaxed. Surrey bowled well in the first session and it was tough to score as the ball got soft, so it was a case of staying patient and trying to rack up a big score.

“We know it’s going to be really difficult to take wickets, but there’s some rough and some foot-holds, so Salts (Andrew Salter) and Callum (Taylor) have a big job over the next two days. We’ll keep going and see where we get to.”

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

 

Ben Brown scored another century for Sussex to save his side from total collapse against Derbyshire in the LV= Insurance County Championship. It was his second in as many matches, his fourth of the season and the 22nd of his career and it led Sussex to a score of 255 for five at the end of the second day.  They still trail Derbyshire by 210 runs at the 1st Central County Ground.

Sussex, chasing 316 merely to avoid the follow-on, got off to the worst possible start against an impressive Derbyshire attack when  the normally adhesive Ali Orr was out first ball.  Playing at a wide delivery he should have left alone, with only two overs to be bowled before lunch, he wafted at it and was caught behind by Brooke Guest.

Captain and star batsman Tom Haines was second out at 36, swinging at a legside delivery from Dustin Melton to give Guest another catch.  Danial Ibrahim made just one before he edged the formidable Ben Aitchson to Wayne Madsen at second slip.  And Aitchson struck again in his next over when he caught Harrison Ward bang in front of stumps for a duck.

At that stage Sussex were 46 for four and being outplayed by Derbyshire in the battle for the county championship’s wooden spoon.  But Brown, watched by his parents and fellow wicketkeeper Oli Carter then put on 142 for the fifth wicket in 40 overs.  Carter scored his maiden first-class fifty, though he was out shortly afterwards, caught on the square-leg boundary for 51, and Melton  made it two wickets in five balls when he dismissed the wretchedly out of form Delray Rawlins, caught and bowled for a duck off a leading edge.

But Brown, who reached his hundred from 134 balls with 14 fours, went on to reach 150 not out.

Derbyshire had resumed on 371 for five and they lost their sixth wicket to the third ball of the morning. Guest had not added to his 30 runs when he was lbw to the lively Jamie Atkins.

There followed a brisk seventh wicket partnership of 54 between Anuj Dal and Mattie McKiernan, who played a number of handsome strokes before he was caught behind to a delivery from Sean Hunt that surprised him with its bounce.

Ben Aitchison, driving, was caught by Brown at first slip and then Dustin Melton was well taken by Ibrahim at deep backward square-leg.  Finally, Edwin Moulton gave Brown his second catch at first slip after it was parried by second slip. Both Atkins and Henry Crocombe finished with four wickets.  The Derbyshire total of 465 included 57 extras.

Ben Aitchison (Derbyshire):  It’s still pretty flat out there as you can see but a couple of quick wickets in the morning could change things very quickly. It would be good to have the option of sending them back in again or batting ourselves, and we have the new ball in the morning too.  The second new ball will be very important.  And as we saw today the pitch is getting more up and down, so there are definitely 14 more wickets in it for us.  It’s frustrating when the ball goes soft.  The cricket can get boring then.  But this ball has held its shape so there is some reverse swing out there.

Ben Brown (Sussex):  I feel good. I’ve felt good for a while, after the first few games.  I’m enjoying my batting and this is a terrific wicket.  There was pace and bounce for the seamers but the batsmen can use that bounce and put away anything short.  I tried to help Oli Carter and I’m delighted for him, getting his first fifty. He was really calm under pressure.  I enjoy my wicketkeeping as well, so that will be a conversation at the end of the season.

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

 

Warwickshire are hunting their first LV=Insurance County Championship title since 2012 after bringing the equation into their own hands against Somerset at Edgbaston. 

In reply to the Bears' 367, the visitors closed the second day on 239 for five after another compelling day much enjoyed by the excellent crowd in the Birmingham sunshine. 

The morning session was a belter. After the Bears resumed on 283 for four, Craig Overton sent them into collapse with five for 88 before a thrilling cameo from Danny Briggs (53 not out, 31 balls) lifted his side to 350 and the fourth batting point they needed to take control of their destiny. If they take full bowling points and go on to win, they will be champions. 

Warwickshire then faced the hard yards of taking 20 wickets on a good batting pitch. They prised out five but Somerset resisted resolutely, led by from Tom Lammonby (59, 88 balls), Azhar Ali (60, 124) and Steven Davies (48 not out, 79). 

It was a fascinating day with two sessions of absorbing cricket following an extraordinary morning in which the Bears faltered, floundered, then rallied in an exuberant fashion that brought their fans to their feet. 

The Bears resumed needing 67 from 14 overs to reach 350 in time to bag that crucial batting point but lost five wickets for 35 runs in 50 balls in the face of Overton's excellence.  

Michael Burgess edged the seamer's third ball of the day to the keeper and, after Sam Hain was bowled by Jack Brooks still on his overnight 83, Overton induced catches from Chris Woakes, Tim Bresnan and Liam Norwell. 

That left last pair Briggs and Craig Miles needing to find 28 from 23 balls. They reduced that to 11 from six, bowled by Brooks and, to huge cheers from the crowd, Briggs struck the next three balls for four, four and six to round off a truly amazing hour. Edgbaston has delivered some wonderful cricket in all formats this year but nothing more spectacular than that. 

Then came those hard yards. Woakes knocked out Ben Green's off stump but Lammonby and Ali added 68 before Briggs, who received his first team cap before play, took a low return catch to remove Lammonby. 

Tom Abell nicked Norwell, Ali edged Bresnan to slip and Lewis Goldworthy skied Briggs to mid on but Davies batted fluently to show that Warwickshire still have plenty of work to do.

Warwickshire all-rounder Danny Briggs said: 

"It was fairly hard going today but this morning we have given ourselves a chance bonus points-wise. Then it was a case of putting in the hard yards with the ball. We bowled pretty well. The pitch has got a little bit slower but we have got a new ball early in the morning which is going to be key and hopefully we can get a decent first innings lead and try to get ahead in the game. 

"We needed to get to 350 and I had a partnership with Pasty which got us going and then Craig Miles batted really well. We had to take a punt in the last over and it worked and hopefully we have done what we needed to do with the bat and now we need to do what's necessary with the ball in the rest of the game. 

"I was very proud to receive my cap. It is always a career highlight to  receive a county cap. It is a great honour and now hopefully I can do that justice and put in some key contributions for the team." 

 

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: 

"We knew we had to take early wickets after a tough day yesterday when Warwickshire played really well. We stuck to our task well and got our rewards and took the six wickets this morning.  

"Then we showed good resolve with the bat. We haven't played particularly well recently but we established some partnerships. Lammonby and Azhar Ali played superbly up front and it was good for Steve Davies and Lewis to take us through to close of play. 

"We are incredibly disappointed that we have not got an opportunity to win the championship this year and that's on us. It's all about trying to salvage some pride and set a benchmark for how we're going to play our cricket next year. Whoever wins the title is going to have to earn it, that's for sure." 

Worcestershire vs Leicestershire, Group 3 New Road, 10:30AM

 

 

Leicestershire’s acting captain Callum Parkinson reached 50 first class wickets in a season for the first time but Jake Libby’s fine 77 helped Worcestershire gain the upper hand on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.

Slow left armer Parkinson reached the milestone when he had Jack Haynes stumped shortly after tea to give him his third wicket of the innings.

The 24-year-old had limited opportunities previously in his career in red ball cricket and five campaigns had yielded only 54 wickets although he has been a key member of the Foxes T20 attack with a season’s best haul of 21 wickets in 2021.

But Parkinson has fully seized his opportunity this summer in the longer format although his side had to play second fiddle for long periods against Libby and Co as Worcestershire closed on 378-6 – a lead of 156.

He completed 1,000 runs for the summer on Tuesday evening and lifted his overall tally to 1,072, a figure only currently surpassed by Sussex’s Tom Haines.

Libby received excellent support from nightwatchman Charlie Morris, who scored his maiden Championship fifty, and there were useful contributions down the order.

Worcestershire resumed on 30-1 and Morris on nine was dropped at first slip off Chris Wright but it was one of few moments of alarm during the morning session for the second wicket pair.

Libby took advantage of some loose deliveries from Abidine Sakande to pick up three boundaries in one over.

Morris then repeated the same feat in an over from Wright before Libby reached a 72 ball half century with nine boundaries.

The century partnership came up in 30 overs and the last ball before lunch from George Rhodes enabled Morris to reach his fifty from 123 balls with his ninth boundary.

The morning session produced 108 runs from 30 overs but the picture changed after lunch.

Morris was beaten by a quicker delivery from Parkinson and bowled in the first over after the resumption without addition to his score.

The stand with Libby was worth 125 in 37 overs.

Wright bowled an impressive spell during the early part of the afternoon and was rewarded when Libby on 77 went back and looked to force the ball through the off side and nicked through to Louis Kimber at second slip.

Gareth Roderick had played two promising 40 plus knocks on a difficult pitch against Middlesex at Lord’s last week and he continued in the same manner as the first batting point was secured in the 65th over.

Roderick had moved onto 35 before he was dismissed in an unfortunate manner. He inside edged a delivery from Ed Barnes onto his boot and the ball ballooned up to Louis Kimber at second slip.

Parkinson struck in successive overs after tea as Brett D’Oliveira, 37, picked out short extra cover and Haynes on 44 was stumped after the ball bounced off keeper Sam Bates onto the wicket.

But Ed Barnard (44 not out) and Ben Cox (52 not out) overcame the second new ball – taken at 270-6 – and then pushed home Worcestershire’s advantage against a tiring attack during a century stand in 24 overs.

Charlie Morris, who scored a maiden Championship half century for Worcestershire, said: “I’m certainly working hard on my batting and enjoying it at the minute.

“I will keep working hard and hopefully there will be some more runs to contribute in the games ahead.

“Fundamentally it was about protecting Gareth Roderick’s wicket last night (as nightwatchman) and I managed to do that.

“From there on, you are thinking anything is a bonus and I just tried to bat as long as I could.

“Libbs (Jake Libby) batted fantastically and it was great to be out there with him. He has scored so many runs this season, over the 1,000 mark, and it was good to divulge on all his experience and what he could offer.

“I was hoping to push on and bat longer after lunch but he (Callum Parkinson) bowled the arm ball to get me out. It just swung back, a really good ball.

“All in all, a really good day for us. 

“I’m sure Ed (Barnard) and Ben (Cox) will be keen to push on and we’ve still got Joe (Leach), Josh Baker, who got 61 last week, and Dillon (Pennington), who got 50 against Essex to come. 

“A good session tomorrow morning will set us up nicely for the day and put us in a really strong position.


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