LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 16 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 23rd 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 16 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 23rd 2021
Tuesday September 21st - Friday September 24th 2021
Derbyshire condemned Sussex to the wooden spoon in the LV= Insurance County Championship by claiming their first win of the season at Hove.
After enforcing the follow-on with a lead of 165, Derbyshire bowled Sussex out for 187 to win by nine wickets with more than a day to spare. Sussex finished last of the 18 counties for the first time in 21 years.
After being dismissed for 300 in the first innings, Sussex’s hopes of turning the game around disappeared in a three over spell after lunch when they lost three key wickets for eight runs, including skipper Tom Haines and Ben Brown, who made a third-ball duck after scoring 157 in the first innings.
Haines and Ali Orr had put on 42 without alarm but Orr nibbled fatally at the second ball after lunch from Ed Moulton, who then bowled Brown when he unluckily dragged a wide long hop onto his middle stump later in the over. Haines, who was awarded his county cap at tea, took his aggregate for the season to 1176 and will finish as the country’s leading run-scorer, but on 26 he was run out by Matt Critchley’s throw from mid-wicket after being sent back by Harrison Ward.
Ward was beaten by leg-spinner Critchley’s quicker ball and when Dustin Melton returned for a second spell to win lbw verdicts against Ibrahim and Oli Carter, Sussex still needed 49 runs to make Derbyshire bat again. Delray Rawlins counter-attacked with 58 off 46 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, as he made his highest score of the season before he was last out as Wayne Madsen and Anuj Dal wrapped up the tail.
It left Derbyshire needing 23 to win and Matt Critchley, who was promoted up the order, hit the winning runs to reach 1,000 for the season.
Earlier, Derbyshire had enforced the follow on for the first time since 2016. Brown added seven to his overnight 150 before edging Ben Aitchison to second slip. His five-hour innings of 190 balls contained 19 fours.
Brown added 87 with Jack Carson for the seventh wicket and Carson finished 64 not out with ten fours. Sussex’s last three batsmen all fell for nought, although Sean Hunt hung around long enough to put on 25 with Carson to earn Sussex a third batting bonus point.
It was the highest score in a first-class match when the innings contained six ducks, the previous record was the 295 made by Canterbury in 1922-23 on MCC’s tour of New Zealand.
Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said, "To lose by nine wickets is obviously disappointing. It’s funny that we break a record for the highest score with six ducks but if half of those get runs we save the follow on and it’s a different game.
"I can’t fault the effort of the guys but the table doesn’t lie. It can only get better from here and I genuinely think with the quality of the younger players we have given opportunity to this season I think the future is bright. To be able to present Tom Haines with his county cap today was a very proud moment for me as coach. To finish as leading run scorer is a tremendous achievement. Tom has grown as a cricketer and a person so much this season."
Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman said, "It was a really enjoyable game. The boys were fantastic, particularly today by taking 14 wickets. To give us the opportunity to enforce the follow on and then take ten wickets I thought was a brilliant achievement. We set a brilliant foundation on the first day by scoring 400-plus and then to take 20 wickets in pretty good conditions was a great achievement. We spread the wickets around and reflective of the effort, everyone put a shift in for the team."
The LV= Insurance County Championship Division Three title race is set for a nerve-shredding finale, after Kent reached 275 for five against Middlesex. The hosts, currently second in the table, need another 98 to overhaul leaders Middlesex, following a pulsating third day at Canterbury.
Ollie Robinson hit 112, but he was out to the final ball of the day, caught by John Simpson off Tim Murtagh, who took two for 23.
Tawanda Muyeye is unbeaten on highest first-class score of 76 not out, after a stand of 172 with Robinson, as Kent recovered from 103 for four to give themselves a fighting chance going into day four.
Earlier Matt Milnes took five for 87 as Middlesex were dismissed for 363, setting Kent a target of 373 to win.
The visitors resumed on 298 for six and Luke Hollman was out for 29 in the second over of the morning when he chipped Marcus O’Riordan to Nathan Gilchrist at mid-on.
Toby Roland-Jones was caught by Jack Leaning at third slip for six, after edging Milnes’ second delivery with the new ball.
Milnes then flattened two of Simpson’s stumps to bowl him for 46, cueing an aggressive cameo from Ethan Bamber, who hit 25 from 23 balls before Milnes bowled him middle-stump, leaving Murtagh unbeaten on five.
Kent’s chase suffered an early blow when Murtagh had Jordan Cox caught for one at third slip by Robbie White and Daniel Bell-Drummond fell early in the afternoon session, edging Bamber to Stevie Eskinazi at first slip.
Martin Andersson had Jack Leaning lbw for seven and Kent’s chances of chasing down the total took a major hit when Zak Crawley was leg before to Roland-Jones for 47.
However, Muyeye brought up his maiden first-class 50 when he drove Roland-Jones through cover for four and Robinson was on 75 when he survived a loud appeal when Middlesex were convinced he’d chipped Hollman to Sam Robson at point. Robinson stood his ground and after conferring, the umpires ruled he was not out.
Robinson subsequently pushed through Bamber point and scrambled a single to bring up his century, but Middlesex’s decision to take the new ball for the final over of the day was vindicated when Murtagh found his edge and he was caught in the slips.
Kent’s Ollie Robinson said: “It’s disappointing to have got out to the last ball of the game, I’d have liked to have been there tomorrow. Tawanda and I were trying to knuckle down there and get us into a position where we could win tomorrow. I think we’re potentially favourites, but the first hour is going to be crucial with the new ball. Hopefully Tawanda, Marcus and Stevo can see us home.”
On the appeal when was on 75: “I didn’t think it had carried, Tawanda was convinced it hadn’t carried, the umpires got together and they came to the conclusion that they didn’t think it had, so there’s not much I can do other than carry on batting in that position. There’s always going to be a bit of niggle but the umpire’s made a decision and you just carry on doing what you’re doing.”
Middlesex's Ethan Bamber said: "We'd obviously have liked the afternoon session to have gone differently but Muyeye and Robinson played fantastically. I was guilty of searching for it a little bit, but it's been a good game for the neutral and hopefully tomorrow will be a good morning. I think it's been a good wicket throughout and it's a good game of cricket."
On the possibility of an "old Man showdown" between Murtagh and Stevens tomorrow: "I'm backing Tim!"
A thrilling third day performance from Lancashire saw them earn what could be a Championship-winning victory after seeing off fellow title rivals Hampshire by the barest of margins at Aigburth.
As news filtered through from Edgbaston of Warwickshire’s travails against Somerset, this game turned into a winner takes all clash with Lancashire turning out to be the team that held their nerve on a day of unbelievable tension that could not have had a closer finish as the Red Rose got over the line by one wicket.
With Hampshire resuming on 158 for seven Lancashire needed quick wickets to keep the target manageable and Tom Bailey duly obliged, trapping Felix Organ in front for eight before Keith Barker feathered one behind for four.
When George Balderson finished the innings off with the wicket of Mohammad Abbas for six, Bailey’s figures were a career-best seven for 37 with the Preston-born seamer also claiming 50 wickets for the season at 16.86.
With the bowlers completing their part of the bargain in setting a target of 196 it was over to the batters and Alex Davies, playing his final innings in front of the Red Rose faithful before a move to Warwickshire, quickly showed he meant business.
Two consecutive boundaries off Barker and a towering six over mid on off Liam Dawson’s first delivery were the highlights as the wicketkeeper batter took the game to Hampshire in typically dynamic fashion.
Balderson played his part too and when the young all-rounder was bowled around his legs by Dawson for 12, the opening pair had put on 55 runs and made serious inroads to the target of 196.
But as has been the pattern with this game, there was more drama to come and only two more runs had been added when Davies cut a wide one from Barker straight to Mason Crane at point and was out for 44 from 43 balls.
At 57 for two there was no need to panic and Josh Bohannon and Luke Wells brought a sense of calm to proceedings as they took the took the total past the 100 mark before Bohannon became Crane’s first victim off the leg spinner’s third delivery which was edged to James Vince at slip.
Wells continued to bat nicely and had struck six boundaries when he nicked one through to Vince for 39 off Brad Wheal to leave Lancashire 118 for four and the host’s nerves beginning to jangle.
Lancashire’s two most experienced players were now at the crease and skipper Dane Vilas and the evergreen Steven Croft finally began to make the home crowd believe as they steered the Red Rose to 150.
Crane continued to look the most potent of the Hampshire attack and when he had Croft lbw for 20 there was another flicker of belief in the visitor’s that was quickly extinguished by Vilas and Danny Lamb’s intelligent running between the wickets.
And then suddenly Crane picked up two more victims when Lamb edged to second slip and Luke Wood was caught at bat pad before the tension became almost unbearable when Crane, who finished with five for 41, ran Bailey out without scoring with just three runs needed.
Jack Blatherwick scrambled a single to keep the strike for another Crane over and the England spinner picked up his fifth wicket when the number 10 edged to Joe Weatherley to bring Matt Parkinson to crease.
With a Hampshire crowd around the bat, the leg spinner negotiated two balls before Vilas swept a four off Dawson to claim the victory ahead of an agonising wait for news from Birmingham.
Mason Crane, Hampshire, said: "It really hurts - we said we'd keep fighting to the end and that's what we did and I'm proud of the team and everyone for sticking with it.
"Jesus it can be a cruel game sometimes - we were a couple of inches away from winning the Championship and that's tough to take at the minute.
"Bowling in the fourth innings is kind of what I'm in the side for if needed and it's an honour - every run was crucial and at times it felt like it was a big score we had but the wicket got better as the game went on.
"It's tough to take but once the dust settles I would've rather have been in this position than have played in dead rubbers at the end of the season.
"We have put a lot of effort and sacrifice into this season along with blood, sweat and tears and I felt we deserved to be one of the best teams in the competition - we just came up short on the day and that is how it is sometimes."
Dane Vilas, Lancashire captain, said: "I was so focused on making sure we got the victory because I knew how much it meant to the guys upstairs watching - if I had been in the same position I would've been chewing my nails off.
"Parky (Matt Parkinson) was never going to get out to a leg spinner being the type of man that he is but it was incredibly tense because Mason (Crane) bowled incredibly well and he was asking some huge questions.
"To put ourselves in a position where we could potentially win the County Championship is massive and you don't get these opportunities that often as players. I'm privileged and honoured that I could be there to get us over the line.
"The effort that we've shown throughout the whole season has meant everybody has stepped up at some stage - all the batters have got a hundred and that's what we want from a team - we don't want individuals to dominate and everyone who comes in at some stage has to put up their hand during the season at some point.
"We've created that culture and that environment where we drive each other to do well and everyone wants to do well for the team."
A magnificent 153 from opener Adam Lyth enabled Yorkshire to restore some self-respect and leave Nottinghamshire with work to do to finish the LV=Insurance County Championship season with a win that could see them contest the Bob Willis Trophy at Lord’s next week.
Bowled out for 73 in their first innings, Yorkshire made 396 following on before Nottinghamshire could dismiss them for a second time. Chasing 174 to win, the home side closed the third day needing 132 more on 42 for one after Haseeb Hameed, who did not field in Yorkshire’s second innings because of an injured thumb, was caught at second slip.
Lancashire’s win over Hampshire means Nottinghamshire cannot be champions but a victory here would give them the chance to take on Lancashire in the season finale at Lord’s by finishing second if Warwickshire fail to beat Somerset.
Lyth, who had been in such poor form that he would have been left out of this match but for Gary Ballance being ill, posted his highest Championship score since his double century against Surrey at the Kia Oval in July 2016.
The 33-year-old, who won seven Test caps in 2015, batted for eight and a quarter hours and hit 20 fours, leaving the field to generous applause from the home crowd after finally being dismissed by Nottinghamshire’s teenage all-rounder Joey Evison.
Yorkshire made the home bowlers work hard for wickets on a pitch no longer offering them much encouragement.
Three down overnight, they turned a deficit of 54 into a lead of 29 by lunch with only one further wicket lost, Will Fraine falling leg before to Brett Hutton. Lyth completed his first century since April midway through the morning session, punching the air in celebration.
Luke Fletcher, the leading wicket-taker in the Championship with 66 successes, was hit for four boundaries in the same over by Harry Brook, who also took three in one Hutton over as he and Lyth added 79 for the fifth wicket.
Dane Paterson - easily the pick of the Nottinghamshire bowlers with three for 39 - produced a good ball to have Brook taken at first slip for 42 just after lunch, at which point Yorkshire were effectively 38 for five, but Lyth found another solid ally in Jordan Thompson, with whom he added 74 before his fellow left-hander edged Steven Mullaney to second slip. Taking tea at 341 for six, Yorkshire were 118 in front.
Lyth’s superb innings ended three overs into the last session when a beauty from 19-year-old Evison squared him up and found the edge. Tom Moores took the catch, his 54th dismissal as the season’s most successful wicketkeeper.
Finding some swing late in the day, Hutton won leg before verdicts against Dom Bess and Harry Duke but another 19-year-old, Matthew Revis, made Nottinghamshire pay for a drop in the slips off Evison when he was on five, making 34 with seven fours before he miscued to mid-off.
Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth, who top-scored with 153, said:
“I’m delighted with the way I played. It is one of the best innings I’ve played for Yorkshire, given the circumstances of the game, following on against a very good side on a pretty sporting wicket. And obviously the last couple of months haven’t gone well for me, runs wise, which is the way the game sometimes goes.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be playing in this game but then Gary (Ballance) wasn’t very well and so I played. So there was almost nothing to lose, really and I’m really pleased I was able to kick on today and make a hundred.
“It has given us a chance, too. We would have liked a couple more wickets tonight but if we can be as relentless as their bowlers are on the top of off stump there are going to be some wickets out there for us tomorrow.”
Nottinghamshire assistant head coach Paul Franks said:
“We’ve given ourselves an opportunity to win, which is what we wanted. We knew we had to take care of our business and we fully expected Yorkshire to bounce back after what was a tough first innings for them. We were excellent in that first innings and managed to get ourselves in the ascendancy in the game.
“It was agonising not to get that extra bonus point after a decision that on another day maybe goes your way but that is the game we play unfortunately. The players have handled that really well and the mood in the camp is strong. Beating Yorkshire is always a benchmark and we have a chance to get into the Bob Willis Trophy Final and so it is a game we want to win.
“The response from Adam Lyth today, with his experience and quality, gave them a platform to get back into the game but it was a good 45 minutes from us tonight to put us in a good position in the morning. You can lose a lot quite quickly in sessions like that.”
Jamie Smith scored a career-best 138 as Surrey dug in on a Kia Oval shirtfront in search of a run-filled draw against Glamorgan to finish the LV= Insurance County Championship season.
Surrey, in reply to Glamorgan’s 672 for 6 declared, reached the end of day three on 387 for 2 but, on a bowlers’ graveyard of a pitch, the Welsh county will rue dropping Hashim Amla three times as he reached 87 not out.
Ollie Pope is unbeaten on 95, having dominated an unbroken stand of 140 in 40 overs for the third wicket with Amla, while Ryan Patel hit 10 fours in his 62 from 138 balls. Surrey will now aim to bat out the final day.
Pope has faced 135 balls, stroking 12 fours, and this is believed to be the first time a first-class match has featured scores of 35 or more from the first twelve batsmen to take the field. It is also the first time since 1995 in championship cricket that Surrey’s first three wickets have each put on more than 100.
Glamorgan, however, did have a clutch of chances to put Surrey’s top order under more pressure, with Patel dropped on 33, Smith dropped on 53 and Amla on 61, 79 and 87 but, in truth, the soporific nature of the pitch – offering no pace or bounce for the quicker bowlers, nor any real turn for the spinners – made the task of taking wickets extremely difficult.
Surrey resumed on 45 without loss, and Smith and Patel were soon accumulating steadily. There were also some pedigree strokes from both openers, with one early Smith clip off his pads for four off Michael Hogan being particularly memorable.
At 66, though, Patel was badly missed at first slip by Eddie Byrom and then Smith was put down above his head by Hamish Rutherford at mid off when he miscued a lofted drive at off spinner Callum Taylor.
Just before lunch Byrom atoned for his drop, claiming his maiden first-class wicket with his rarely-seen leg spin when Patel, pushing forward, edged to David Lloyd at slip.
That left Surrey 140 for 1 in the 48th over but Amla then joined Smith in a second wicket stand of 107, with the former South Africa Test great getting under way with lovely extra cover and square cover drives off Hogan that brought him successive fours.
Smith, who made 123 against Northants in his previous championship appearance in early September, reached his third hundred of the season, and fourth in first-class cricket, from 189 balls and – at the age of 21 – looks a fine prospect. Tall, powerful and well-balanced at the crease, he now has 656 championship runs at 43.73 this summer and also captained Surrey in the Royal London Cup.
His dismissal was freakish, as Smith managed somehow to get a touch to a short legside ball from Byrom that he was trying to flick away for more runs. Caught by keeper Chris Cooke, he had faced 236 balls, across four and a half hours, hitting 17 fours.
Amla survived a sharp caught and bowled chance to left-arm seamer Jamie McIlroy and was later put down by keeper Cooke, off Byrom, and slip Lloyd, off Taylor, in the day’s penultimate over.
Surrey’s century-maker Jamie Smith said: “That must be the least responsive surface that I have ever played on for bowlers, but of course it was definitely enjoyable to bat on and it was important to make it count. In April and May you have to play on plenty of pitches that do something so to be able to bat for a long time today was great and you take it.
“We are definitely going to keep on batting for as long as possible tomorrow. It will also be nice if Rikki Clarke, in his last match for the club, can get out there and have a decent bat. But we are very pleased to have batted well as a top order today.”
Glamorgan’s Eddie Byrom, who took the first two wickets of his senior cricket career, said: “I wouldn’t have had myself down as the leading wicket-taker to be fair, and the two balls I got wickets with didn’t turn. The wicket was unresponsive but I’m happy to have picked up a couple. I was hoping for a bowl as I’m the only one in the team to turn it away from the right-hander.
“There were a couple of dropped chances, one from me early on, so that hurt us because when the pitch isn’t offering much you have to take your chances, while equally Surrey played very well and piled on the runs.
“The pitch has not had much an offer for the bowlers and there’s a pretty quick outfield, so it was a tough day for the bowlers. Hopefully the pitch does break out a bit more and hopefully if the sun’s out it’ll be somewhat of a day four pitch, not just a flat one.
“I’ve been working a bit on my leg-spin and definitely it’s something I’ll look to get better at, it adds another string to the bow.”
Warwickshire are one powerful day's cricket away from lifting the LV=Insurance County Championship title after a strong fightback against Somerset on the third day at Edgbaston.
Lancashire's amazing win over Hampshire at Liverpool has left the Bears with a very simple equation. Victory (but nothing less) over Somerset will bring the title to Edgbaston for the eighth time in the club's history.
The equation is simple, but forcing victory will be a far from simple business for Will Rhodes' side on an excellent batting pitch. They closed the third day on 179 for one - 157 ahead, so need to press on briskly with the bat tomorrow to give themselves time to try to take ten wickets on a batter-friendly surface.
If Warwickshire can pull that off against a Somerset side which, to its great credit, has scrapped every inch of the way, they will deserve to be champions.
The title-chasers spent the first two sessions of the third day in the dirt as Somerset, replying to 367, gritted onward from their overnight 239 for five to reach 389.
The visitors' head coach Jason Kerr stated the previous evening that "whoever wins the title is going to have to earn it" and his players showed a degree of resolve which matched his words.
Steven Davies (52, 90 balls, eight fours) fell in the second over of the day when he edged Tim Bresnan to Michael Burgess. Bresnan then struck again when he trapped Craig Overton lbw, though Overton's two-run stay had eaten up 43 minutes.
Somerset's batting has not over-achieved of late but this time they delivered some important partnerships. After Davies and Lewis Gregory (68, 139 balls) added 60, Gregory and Jack Leach (49, 140 balls) put on 54 and Leach and Josh Davey added 56.
On an unforgiving pitch, there was little the depleted Warwickshire attack (without the injured Olly Stone, Olly Hannon-Dalby and Henry Brookes) could do but persevere. The indefatigable Bresnan was the pick, finishing with three for 35, supported by Danny Briggs (three for 77) and Chris Woakes (three for 100).
Trailing by 22, Warwickshire had a session to regain the initiative and fully seized the opportunity. Rob Yates (72 not out, 119 balls) and Dom Sibley (50, 69 balls) batted enterprisingly to add 119 in 28 overs and Will Rhodes added late impetus with 42 in 29 balls Together the trio supplied their side with a springboard to a potential victory - and championship title - tomorrow.
Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes said:
"What's happened at Liverpool has put it back in our hands so now we have got to try and set something up tomorrow and take ten wickets.
"Fair play to Somerset, they came out and did what they needed to do and took a lot of time out of the game. The last session has swung it back in our favour a little bit and we are going to have to play well in the morning to come up with a target with a suitable amount of overs that we think we can bowl, them out on.
"When you have had 13 and three-quarters games and are still in the hunt for a country championship that's a great feeling. There is a lot of excitement in the dressing room at the minute and we just know that we have all got to make it as hard as possible for Somerset tomorrow."
Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory said: "Batting is difficult against the new ball and Warwickshire bowled well in the first hour, but we batted well and put some good partnerships together. I think whether we chase a target tomorrow is whether it is realistic. We always want to win games of cricket, but the chase has to be realistic.
[Asked whether Warwickshire might set perhaps 300 in 65 overs:] "I don't think Warwickshire would want to go that deep. They need to give themselves time to bowl us out."
Daryl Mitchell ended his 17 seasons as a Worcestershire CCC player on a successful note with Joe Leach, who is standing down as Club Captain, playing a major role in the 10 wicket win over Leicestershire at New Road.
Mitchell was presented with prints marking his achievement at New Road by Club Chairman, Fanos Hira, and Club President, Cynthia Crawford, during the lunch interval on the third day.
By then Worcestershire were already ready well on the way to victory thanks to a deadly opening three wicket burst by Leach which helped reduce Leicestershire to 35-4.
A career best 90 off 220 balls from former Worcestershire batsman, George Rhodes, enabled Leicestershire to avoid an innings defeat.
But Worcestershire were left only a 12 run win target and Mitchell and Libby knocked them off in double quick time.
Worcestershire extended their overnight total from 378-6 to 422 all-out – an overall advantage of 200.
Ed Barnard (48) went back to Chris Wright and nicked it through to keeper Sam Bates.
The stand with Ben Cox was worth 116 off 31 overs.
Cox advanced from his overnight 52 to 59 but then went for a firm drive against Abidine Sakande and was also caught behind.
Leach (12) perished at mid-on against the same bowler.
The innings was wrapped up when Josh Baker (3) aimed a blow on the leg side but top edged a catch to George Rhodes at cover to leave Dillon Pennington unbeaten on 10.
Leach quickly made inroads into the Leicestershire batting line-up with a deadly burst of 3-9 from his opening four overs.
Rishi Patel had failed to trouble the scorers when he shouldered arms to a delivery that nipped back in and was bowled.
Hassan Azad (4) went for a cut in Leach’s second over and feathered through to Cox and Lewis Hill (2) edged a low and straightforward catch to Jack Haynes at first slip.
Charlie Morris struck with what was the final ball before lunch. Louis Kimber (4) could not keep down a ball angled in and Barnard showed a safe pair of hands at third slip.
Rhodes and Mike opted for a positive approach after lunch and the latter pulled Pennington for his 10th four to complete a 63 ball half century.
A cut to the boundary off Baker took Rhodes to his fifty from 103 deliveries with eight fours and a six.
The stand was worth 88 but then Barnard struck twice in three overs.
Mike (58) was lbw after attempting to work to leg and Sam Bates (6) nicked a ball angled across him and Haynes at first slip held the chance low to his right.
Rhodes achieved a new career best score after surpassing his unbeaten 61 against Northamptonshire when on loan to Leicestershire from New Road.
But Baker was rewarded with the last ball before tea when Ed Barnes (5) pushed forward and was bowled.
Rhodes continued to provide stubborn resistance and acting Leicestershire captain, Callum Parkinson, required 45 balls to get off the mark.
But Pennington wrapped up the innings with Parkinson, on 21, and Sakande, four, both caught a third slip and in between Rhodes nicked through to Cox.
Worcestershire v Leicestershire quotes
Worcestershire Head Coach Alex Gidman, speaking after his side’s 10 wicket success, said: “Daryl Mitchell deserved it (to be at the wicket when victory was completed). He has been an amazing cricketer for this club for a long, long time.
“He is a wonderful man who put his heart and soul into this club for so long. It was very fitting he managed to be there at the end and get the send off he deserved.
“It was a superb wicket, a great cricket wicket, something in it for everyone. If you could occupy the crease for long periods of time, you could score runs and equally if you could bowl enough balls in the right area, you could be threatening as well.
“We did the basics of the game really well. We were disciplined and accurate with the ball and we caught really well and most of our batsmen occupied the crease for good amounts of time and we managed to get some good runs.
“Joe (Leach) in September has been outstanding. By his own admittance he was frustrated at times at the beginning of the summer, didn’t quite get the rewards for the effort he was putting in, but this summer he has been outstanding.”
Leicestershire Head Coach, Paul Nixon, said: “We didn’t play well enough in this game. Our basics weren’t good enough.
“Having let ourselves down with the bat, in good conditions, being skittled out 80 runs short, we then started badly with the ball.
“Worcestershire showed great discipline with the bat. We dropped chances, missed run out chances and it cost us.
“Really disappointed to finish like this after getting some momentum to go into the game.
“Congratulations to Daryl Mitchell on a stellar career, a great journeyman of county cricket.”
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