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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 16 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 24th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 16 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 24th 2021

 

 

Tuesday September 21st  -  Friday September 24th 2021

 

 

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

 

Kent have won the LV= Insurance County Championship Division Three title after a morning of high drama at Canterbury, where they beat Middlesex by two wickets. 

Kent finished on 375 for eight, but they were in trouble early on after Toby Roland-Jones brilliantly ran out Tawanda Muyeye for 89.  

They also lost Darren Stevens for 14, before Marcus O’Riordan and Grant Stewart revived them with a stand of 48 and Matt Milnes hit the winning runs. 

Kent began day four on 275 for five, needing another 98 to win and as the batsmen walked out a member in the Knott-Underwood stand yelled: “You were seeing it like a football yesterday TS, good luck,” at Muyeye. 

Middlesex had dragged themselves back into a game that had been drifting away from them when Murtagh had dismissed centurion Ollie Robinson with the final ball on day three, but Kent made steady progress at the start and added 20 runs before Muyeye chased a single and was halfway down the wicket. He was sent back by Stevens and run out by a direct hit from Toby Roland-Jones, who had barely a stump to aim at.  

A visibly distraught Muyeye trudged back to the pavilion and Stevens was then caught by a diving Sam Robson at second slip, after edging Roland-Jones. 

At that point Kent were 310 for seven but O’Riordan and Stewart took them to within 16 of victory when the former edged Martin Andersson for 26 and was caught at second slip by Robson. 

As the tension mounted Kent scrambled a single and a shy at the stumps went for four overthrows. Stewart survived a loud appeal for caught behind off Andersson and hit the next ball for four to reduce the target to two. 

Kent secured the title when Milnes steered Roland-Jones to third man, giving them 19 points and Middlesex three, leaving the visitors as runners-up. 

Kent’s Tawanda Muyeye said: “Everyone’s buzzing. We came back from Birmingham with everyone a bit slumped and tired from the celebrations so we had to muster up the energy to come out here and win. Younger guys like me and Ollie Robinson had to step up and show what we could do. 

“I was pretty happy because I haven’t batted for long enough this season and I’ve thrown my wicket away at times, but Ollie and I open the batting in the 50-over stuff and we tried to do better here. Yesterday we managed to do what we wanted to do and just break it down into small patches. We can all bat deep, Nathan bats like Kevin Pietersen in then nets. There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win this game.” 

Middlesex’s Tim Murtagh said: “It was a really good game of four-day cricket and a really good advertisement for championship cricket, going into the final day with all results possible. I’m really proud of the boys. We’re at the back end of a long hard season and a lot of our guys have played a lot more cricket this season that they ever have done, so there are some pretty tired, weary bodies. Credit to the boys, they kept going, even right at the end there they were picking up wickets at the death. It could have gone either way at the end.”  

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

Nottinghamshire completed a five-wicket victory over Yorkshire in the final match of their Division One programme after half-centuries from Ben Slater (79 not out) and Ben Duckett took them to a winning second-innings score of 174 for five.

But after wrapping up their own match seven overs into the afternoon session, they were left waiting for the outcome of Warwickshire’s match against Somerset to know whether their LV=Insurance County Championship campaign would be extended by a week.

If Warwickshire failed to win, Nottinghamshire would finish second in the table and earn a trip to Lord’s to compete for the Bob Willis Trophy, starting on Tuesday.

Were they to do so, it would be something of a bitter-sweet occasion because the champions in that eventuality would be Lancashire and Nottinghamshire would have been pipped for the title by just half a point.

It would have been the other way around had Nottinghamshire not fallen four runs short of a third batting point here when they were bowled out for 296 in their first innings, having needed only 18 more runs with three wickets in hand.

But it would be simplistic to blame their lower order batsmen in this match for missing out on the top prize.

Bigger factors were their defeats home and away to Warwickshire in the Conference phase of the season, which meant they carried forward only five points from those matches into the divisional stage, compared with Warwickshire’s 21 and Lancashire’s 16.5.

And while they started the divisional stage with handsome wins over Somerset at Taunton and against Lancashire at Trent Bridge, a heavy defeat to Hampshire at Southampton left them needing other results to go in their favour in this week’s final round.

Nottinghamshire resumed on 42 for one, needing 132 more runs with the whole of the final day ahead of them.

After Duckett fell for 54, having hit seven fours before bottom-edging into his stumps off Jordan Thompson to end a stand of 98 for the second wicket, Nottinghamshire stuttered somewhat. Joe Clarke miscued to mid-off for 10 after his first-innings century, Steven Mullaney was bowled by a fine Ben Coad delivery and Tom Moores chipped straight to midwicket.

But Slater made the most of his good fortune after being dropped on 19 in the third over of the day and was still there at the end with 11 boundaries to his name.

Yorkshire suffered their first Championship defeat at Trent Bridge since 2008 but deserve credit for taking the contest into a fourth day after being bowled out for 73 in their first innings and being made to follow on.

They too were waiting on the result at Edgbaston, which would determine whether they or Somerset finished bottom of Division One after a season that saw them finish just a point behind winners Lancashire in their conference, despite winning only 14 batting points, the joint-second lowest tally among all 18 counties.

Nottinghamshire’s Ben Slater, who top scored with 79 not out in their second innings, said:

“For us it was all about finishing the season with a win and thankfully we managed with that with a satisfying performance in the end.

“We were gutted to miss out on that extra bonus point and how it transpired, which took it (the title race) out of our hands, but that’s cricket I suppose.

“Unfortunately we can’t finish first but we did what we had to do in winning the game, giving us a chance of going to Lord’s next week depending on the other results.

“The way Ben Duckett played last night, taking a decent chunk out of what we needed, set things up nicely for today. For me, it was nice to be there not out at the end to win a game, which doesn’t happen that often for an opening batter.”

Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale said:

“It’s just taken the gloss off what I would think has been a decent season - to be in the hunt two weeks ago to win the Championship, and then lose two in a row.

“If I’m being honest, I don’t think the lads were quite on it this week.  After the disappointment of the week before, we didn’t just want to turn up and go through the motions. But it felt like that at times.

“We did well to take it into the fourth day after getting bowled out for 73 first innings.  We did what we usually do, fight back hard and give ourselves a chance, but it was just too late in the game.

“Give Notts credit, I thought they bowled better than us. I certainly thought 300 was well above par. I thought we should have bowled them out for 200-220. But it wasn’t a 70 all out pitch.”

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

 

Ollie Pope hit a career-best 274 and Hashim Amla 163 as Surrey’s run-drunk LV= Insurance County Championship division two match against Glamorgan at the Kia Oval ended in its expected high-scoring draw.

Surrey finished on 722 for 4 declared, their highest first-class total against Glamorgan, who themselves made 672 for 6 declared in their own first innings, and a number of batting records were set as a total of 1,394 runs scored and only a mere ten wickets lost over the four days, none of them to seam.

There was also a farewell cameo of 12 not out from Surrey’s veteran all-rounder Rikki Clarke, 40 next week, who was given a lovely guard of honour by Glamorgan’s applauding team when he walked out to bat.

On an ultra-placid pitch offering neither pace, bounce, seam movement nor any appreciable spin, Pope and Amla took their third wicket partnership to 362 – Surrey’s highest for that wicket against Glamorgan in first-class cricket – before the great South African was caught off Kiran Carlson having completed the 55th red-ball hundred of his career.

Amla had resumed on 87, in Surrey’s overnight 387 for 2, and after batting through the day’s first session the Test-class pair even had the county’s third wicket record stand of 413 in their sights as the total moved relentlessly past 600.

That was not to be, leaving Darren Bicknell and David Ward’s record from 1990 intact, but Pope was soon past his previous career-best of 251 while Ben Foakes replaced Amla at the crease and settled in for a lengthy stay at the crease in his first senior innings since late May, following a serious hamstring injury.

For wicketkeeper-batsman Foakes, indeed, it was an important knock of 53 not out ahead of what he hopes is selection for this winter’s Ashes tour of Australia, if it is given the go-ahead in the coming weeks.

Glamorgan employed 11 bowlers in all, with Carlson – today called up as bowler number 10 by skipper Chris Cooke – impressing with his off breaks and deserving the scalp of Amla, who faced 306 balls and struck 14 fours in a near seven-hour stay.

Cooke himself took off his keeper’s gear to take the third new ball with Carlson, with opening bowler Michael Hogan putting on the pads and gauntlets. Cooke had never before bowled in first-class cricket.

Pope’s innings, meanwhile, became the highest individual first-class score for Surrey against Glamorgan when he eclipsed Andy Sandham’s 248 not out in 1928, and very soon he also went past Durham batsman David Bedingham’s 257 to post the highest championship score of this season.

On the stroke of tea, though, he skipped out to try to hit Hamish Rutherford’s occasional left-arm spin out of the ground and was bowled to give the New Zealand batsman a distinguished maiden first-class wicket.

Pope, who as a result of this innings again averages above 100 in first-class matches at the Oval, batted for six hours and 11 minutes, facing 345 balls and hitting a six and 35 fours.

Earlier, Pope – who began the day on 95 – went to his 12th first-class ton with a five, courtesy of four overthrows as he called Amla for a sharp single, and he waltzed past 150 by taking three successive fours off Andrew Salter, the last of the sequence a perfectly-executed reverse sweep against the suffering off spinner, who finished with the chastening figures of 0 for 180 but certainly did not bowl badly in such pitiless conditions.

Pope later drove Callum Taylor’s off spin over long off for six and one of a steady stream of fours came courtesy of an extraordinary reverse paddle against Joe Cooke’s medium pace.

Despite Pope’s strokeplay, it took Surrey almost two overs longer than the 177 in which Glamorgan built their own huge total although, on an otherwise meaningless day in terms of the result, they at least had the satisfaction of getting 50 runs past it before hands were shaken in the late afternoon sunshine, as Clarke led all the players off to more applause from around the ground.

 

 

 

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

 

Warwickshire clinched the LV=Insurance County Championship for only the eighth time in their history after defeating Somerset by 118 runs on a raucous 'I was there' afternoon for their fans at Edgbaston. 

The Bears began the final day knowing that victory would secure their first title since 2012...and their plans came together perfectly.  

First they added 115 runs in 62 minutes to race to 294 for three with Rob Yates  scoring a brilliant 132 not out (168 balls), with enterprising support from Will Rhodes (62, 44) and Matt Lamb (27 not out, 20). 

That enabled a bold declaration from Rhodes who set Somerset 273 in 79 overs and then watched with delight as his team bowled and caught superbly to rattle Somerset out for 154 on a good batting pitch. 

It was the third home game this season which Warwickshire had won after tea on the final day. That is testament to their fighting spirit as well as their skill, and those attributes were needed on the final afternoon when they had to prise ten wickets from a batter-friendly surface. 

Spinner Danny Briggs struck an important blow just before lunch when Tom Lammonby edged to Tim Bresnan at slip. After the interval, the visitors moved to 35 for one then lost three wickets for four runs in 39 balls. 

Ben Green tickled a leg-side catch to the keeper off Bresnan before Chris Woakes added the big wicket of Azhar Ali, caught by Sam Hain at second slip. With limited time at their disposal, the Bears needed to be flawless in the field and they were. Hain made no mistake and neither did Yates at third slip when Tom Abell (nought from 21 balls) and Lewis Goldsworthy (31, 44) edged Craig Miles. 

Liam Norwell removed Steven Davies with a yorker that hit middle and off before Woakes took wickets either side of tea. An unplayable delivery sent Craig Overton's off stump flying then the England star's first ball of the final session rearranged the furniture of Jack Leach. 

Luke Gregory (31, 56 balls) nicked Miles to Michael Burgess to leave Warwickshire with 171 balls to take one wicket to seize the title. They needed just 15 before Brooks edged Norwell to Rhodes in the cordon and the catcher joined Frank Foster, Tom Dollery, Alan Smith, Dermot Reeve, Nick Knight and Jim Troughton on the esteemed list of captains to have brought county cricket's most prestigious prize to Edgbaston.

 

 

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