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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 DAY 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2  DAY 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards





Essex vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship

Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 96 & 208/6 lead Durham 259 by 45 runs

Scott Borthwick and Brydon Carse took two wickets apiece for Durham to leave Essex facing a first home LV= Insurance County Championship defeat for almost three years.

Leg spinner Borthwick, who had handed the visitors the advantage with a first-innings 100, claimed Ryan ten Doeschate and Adam Wheater in quick succession, after quick Carse had broken a 103-run stand between half-century maker Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley.

Essex, who last lost at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford in June 2018, ended the day on 208 for six, with a slender lead of 45

Earlier, Stuart Poynton scored 52 not out, Matt Salisbury made his highest first-class score and Simon Harmer produced his 21st five-wicket haul for Essex as Durham boasted a 163 run first-innings lead.

After 18 wickets had fallen on an eccentric first day, Essex would have expected to take the final two Durham wickets quickly.

That wasn’t to happen as Poynter, Salisbury and Chris Rushworth batted throughout the morning session to score 111 runs, and take the lead to 163.

Poynter and Salisbury had serenely sailed through the majority of the session with a club-record ninth-wicket partnership against Essex of 94.

Salisbury, who started his career at Essex, had matched his more recognised partner as he passed his previous best first-class score of 37.

But on 41 he became Harmer’s fifth scalp of the innings when he guided the ball straight to Ryan ten Doeschate at short leg.

Rushworth arrived to help guide Poynter to an eighth red-ball half-century, from 100 balls, before the number 11 unfurled three boundaries including a beautiful cover drive off Harmer.

Sam Cook rounded off the innings two and a half overs into the second new ball, as Rushworth edged to Alastair Cook at first slip - Sam Cook returning three for 57, while Harmer’s final analysis was five for 79.

Essex’s nightmare first morning, where they slumped to 36 for five, looked in danger of being replicated when Nick Browne was bowled by Rushworth and Alastair Cook chipped to midwicket.

But from 19 for two, Lawrence and Westley recovered with a sublime 103-run stand to drag Essex back towards equality.

Lawrence, who made his Test debut over the winter, looked supreme scoring 12 boundaries in his 76 - his fifty coming up in 93 balls.

Westley was more stoic in his scoring, working almost exclusively with his favourable legside before he wafted outside his off stump to nick Carse to first slip to spark a flurry of wickets.

Carse then added Lawrence to his victims as he persuaded the batter to pick out Will Young on the deep midwicket boundary.

Essex edged themselves into the lead four down lost ten Doeschate with lead on one –Borthwick taking a stunning return catch from a low full toss, before the captain found Wheater’s outside edge.

Surrey v Leicestershire 

Leicestershire 375

Surrey 253/3


Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes spared the blushes of the rest of Surrey’s Test-class top order with an unbroken stand of 160 that prevented unfancied Leicestershire from taking control of the LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Kia Oval.

Surrey had slipped to 93 for 3 in reply to Leicestershire’s 375 before England pair Pope and Foakes rallied them to 253 for 3 following the dismissals of Mark Stoneman for 24, Hashim Amla for 22 and Rory Burns for 36 on the stroke of tea. Pope is on 92 not out from just 117 balls, and Foakes is unbeaten on 68.

Stoneman flicked at a legside ball from Gavin Griffiths to be caught behind, and Amla was undone by an inslanting yorker from the same bowler that hit him on the boot. Burns, having just skipped out to drive slow left armer Callum Parkinson wide of mid on for four, was then leg-before sweeping.

Pope batted with great style, stroking 13 fours, but Foakes was badly dropped by keeper Harry Swindells off seamer Ben Mike on 33 with Surrey’s total 171 – a moment in the game that Leicestershire might end up regretting even more than losing their last seven wickets for 77 runs in 24 overs.

Day one century-maker Sam Evans reached 138 and Lewis Hill made 70, their fourth wicket stand raising 122 in 33 overs, but Leicestershire’s first innings fell away in disappointing fashion from 298 for 3 once Evans had been deceived by a lovely piece of bowling by Amar Virdi, the off spinner clipping the top of off stump after beating the opener’s forward defensive on the outside edge. Evans had shown superb concentration across six and a half hours – coping particularly well with the regular weather interruptions on day one – and hit 16 fours from 280 balls.

Hill was then bowled by Jordan Clark, playing on as he aimed to cut,  and Leicestershire only managed to secure a fourth batting point through some jaunty strokes from Swindells and Mike, who swung Virdi for four and six in the 110th over to clinch it.

By then, however, Swindells had gone for 20, his middle stump uprooted by Kemar Roach, and the West Indian Test paceman also had Parkinson fending to slip on 2 in a fiery pre-lunch spell.

Virdi, with his first ball after lunch, saw Mike edge an arm ball to slip to depart for 20 and then bowled Dieter Klein for a duck with a quicker ball. Leicestershire’s last pair at least stayed for a while, adding 22, before Chris Wright was run out for 16 in a mix-up with Griffiths, who sent him back.



Hampshire 319 and 204-2 v Middlesex 79

LV= Insurance County Championship - Day two at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton


A stunning spell of bowling from Mohammad Abbas has put Hampshire on track for victory over Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl.

The Pakistan quick ripped through the Middlesex top order with a brilliant hat-trick, bowling full and fast to expose the poor footwork of the visiting batsmen.

Abbas struck with his fifth, sixth and seventh deliveries en route to figures of 6-11 from 11 overs to leave the 2016 champions staring down the barrel of a second successive LV= Insurance County Championship defeat following last week's dispiriting loss to Somerset.

Seamer Brad Wheal chipped in with 3-4 as Middlesex were bowled out for 79 - their lowest score against Hampshire for 65 years - in response to Hampshire first innings total of 319.

But perhaps mindful of losing to Essex four years ago after enforcing the follow-on, skipper James Vince opted to bat again as the hosts closed the day 444 runs in front with Sam Northeast, 99, and Ian Holland, 90, unbeaten at the close following a 202-run stand.

Hampshire earlier added 38 runs to their overnight total, led by Kyle Abbot's fighting 58, with Steve Finn wrapping up the tail before lunch to post figures of 4-95 in his first red-ball appearance in almost two years.

But any hope Middlesex had of posting a challenging response were dashed after just six overs when they slumped to 14-5 - with Abbas taking all five wickets - and at one stage boasting figures of 5-3 from four overs.

Max Holden was the first of his victims, before Nick Gubbins departed first ball.

Captain Steve Eskinazi then edged behind to Lewis McManus for a duck from the opening delivery of Abass' second over to present the 31-year with his maiden first-class hat-trick.

Robbie White and Martin Andersson were then trapped lbw without scoring by Abbas as a shellshocked Middlesex went to lunch at 23-5.

Sam Robson, a centurion last week at Lord's, became Abbas' sixth wicket when he was caught behind for 18 shortly after the restart before Abbott rearranged Toby Roland-Jones' s stumps four balls later.

Wheal then ran through the visitors' lower order with only Nathan Sowter showing any signs of resistance with an unbeaten 24.


 Somerset v Gloucestershire

LV=County Championship match at the Cooper Associates County Ground. 

James Bracey’s sixth first class century led Gloucestershire to 301 for eight in reply to Somerset’s 312 on the second day of the LV=County Championship match at the Cooper Associates County Ground. 

Combining solid technique, sound shot selection and a high degree of concentration, 23-year-old Bracey enhanced his England prospects by contributing 118 in an innings spanning 12 minutes short of six hours. 

Chris Dent made 50 and Matt Taylor a career-best 53 not out, while Craig Overton (three for 60) was the pick of the Somerset bowling attack. 

Gloucestershire began the day on 13 without loss, with Dent and Kraigg Brathwaite in positive mood. 

They took the score to 41 before the West Indies captain was pinned lbw for 18 by a ball from Overton that nipped back off the seam. 

Dent struck Lewis Gregory for three successive boundaries, moving to his third half-century in as many innings, off 70 balls. 

But, without addition, the Gloucestershire captain aimed to work a straight ball from Marchant de Lange towards the short leg-side boundary and edged catch to wicketkeeper Steve Davies. 

It was de Lange’s first wicket for Somerset. He produced some pacey short balls, but Bracey and Tom Lace took Gloucestershire to 97 for two at lunch. 

The afternoon saw Somerset’s seamers, aided by some tight spin bowling from Jack Leach, exert greater control. 

Seeking to break loose, Lace reached to drive a wide ball from Overton and lifted a catch to Tom Banton at cover. 

Bracey pulled a six over fine leg off Overton. But, with the score on 119, Graeme van Buuren edged de Lange to second slip where Gregory held a diving catch. 

Nothing seemed to perturb Bracey, who looked increasingly assured as he reached a half-century off 115 balls. Ryan Higgins contributed 23 to a stand of 41 before edging Josh Davey to first slip. 

George Hankins fell lbw on the back foot to de Lange. But Bracey remained rock-like and was unbeaten on 79 at tea, taken with Gloucestershire 189 for six. 

George Scott went on the attack at the start of the final session, launching a big straight six off Leach. 

But after helping Bracey add 26, Scott edged Gregory to second slip where Overton pouched a comfortable catch. 

Bracey reached a chanceless hundred by glancing Davey to the fine leg boundary. He had faced 208 deliveries and hit 14 fours and a six. 

Somerset took the second new ball at 217 for seven, but were frustrated as Taylor weighed in with a hugely valuable maiden first class half-century, made off 92 balls, with 7 fours and a six. 

Bracey’s vigil finally ended when he edged Gregory to second slip. Prior to that, his only problem had been a broken bat on 107. 


 Lancashire v Northamptonshire 

A strong display from Lancashire's bowlers put the home side in complete control of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire after a second day which saw 12 wickets fall and the Red Rose compile a healthy lead of 188 runs by the close of play.

Only a late rally from Adam Rossington and Simon Kerrigan, who put on 82 for the ninth wicket, halted the tumble of Northamptonshire batsmen, as they found themselves struggling on 87 for eight following a miserable afternoon session where they lost six wickets for just 42 runs before recovering to post 177 all out.

Earlier in the day, the visitors had endured a frustrating first hour as both Tom Hartley with 25 and Matt Parkinson with an unbeaten 21 made their highest First Class scores and helped extend Lancashire's first innings total to 305, before Hartley holed out to Ben Curran at deep square leg to leave Kerrigan with figures of four for 60 off 34 overs. Tom Taylor's four for 91 was the the other stand out performance.

Northants' openers Ricardo Vasconcelos and Curran were immediately troubled by Saqib Mahmood's pace and the visitor's reply had reached just 13 when Curran edged one through to a tumbling Hartley at third slip for nine.

A brilliant slip catch from Keaton Jennings accounted for Emilio Gay and handed Mahmood his second, before Luke Wood got in on the act, forcing Vasconcelos to pop one up to Tom Bailey at midwicket for 15, leaving Northants 45 for three.

After a long winter carrying the drinks for England, Parkinson was called into action for his first First Class bowl since September 2019 and he was rewarded with the wicket of Luke Procter, who hit a full toss straight to Josh Bohannon at mid on for six.

The leg spinner was soon celebrating again when Saif Zaib mistimed a sweep to Stephen Croft at backward short leg for four, with Bailey then joining the party with the thrilling dismissal of Taylor clean bowled for three and Nathan Buck trapped in front in successive balls.

Northants rallied as Rossington and Kerrigan counter attacked until the doughty skipper was dismissed on 49 when his off stump was clipped by a huge turning delivery by Parkinson that was reminiscent of Shane Warne's famous 'Ball of the Century' at the same ground in 1993.

Ben Sanderson's run out left Kerrigan stranded on 45 before Jennings and Alex Davies safely steered Lancashire to 60 for 0 at the close.

 LV=Insurance County Championship, Group One
Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, Day two,

Nottinghamshire, 273 and 128-2, lead Warwickshire, 201, by 200 runs

Nottinghamshire built on a handy first-innings lead to put themselves in a strong position after day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire as they seek a first win in first-class cricket since June 2018.

Joe Clarke, who made a century in each innings when these sides last met in 2019, looked in ominous form and both he and Haseeb Hameed posted half-centuries as they built on a 72-run advantage to stretch Nottinghamshire’s lead to exactly 200.

Earlier, Warwickshire confirmed that England opener Dom Sibley suffered a small fracture to the second finger of his right hand when he put down a catch at first slip on Thursday and in his absence they were all out for 201.

Stuart Broad and debutant overseas player Dane Paterson finished with three wickets each, while left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White followed his fine unbeaten 73 on the opening day with the pivotal wicket of Sam Hain for 72.

Hain’s eight boundaries included a couple of wristy leg-side fours off Paterson and two punched handsomely through the off side off Zak Chappell and his stand with nightwatchman Danny Briggs added 83 for the fourth wicket after Will Rhodes had edged behind from Broad’s second ball of the morning.

Briggs was reprieved by a no ball when caught and bowled by Paterson on 19, dropped at first slip in the same over and then by wicketkeeper Tom Moores off Steven Mullaney on 28, but ran out of luck three balls after lunch as Broad pinned him in front working to leg.

It was the England fast bowler’s 150th first-class wicket for Nottinghamshire, Moores having made Rhodes his 100th first-class dismissal.

Bowling changes brought the next two wickets. Matt Lamb edged a drive to second slip as Lyndon James struck with his first ball before the introduction of Patterson-White paid the biggest dividend as Hain, stepping forward to defend, was hit on the front pad.

Michael Burgess and Tim Bresnan dug in, adding 23 in 11 overs to reach tea at 199 for six before Paterson’s forbearance was rewarded with the last three Warwickshire wickets in the space of six deliveries, Bresnan ballooning a catch to gully off the shoulder to give the South African seamer his first Nottinghamshire wicket before Burgess and Olly Hannon-Dalby both went leg before.

Ben Slater fell cheaply to England’s Olly Stone for the second time in the match as Nottinghamshire began their second innings but Hameed’s 52-run stand with Ben Duckett for the second wicket, which ended when Rhodes trapped Duckett in front, gave Clarke a platform and he reeled off eight boundaries in reaching 50 off 67 balls.

 Glamorgan v Sussex

 A hundred from Stiaan van Zyl and a career best 97 from George Garton led the way for Sussex who recovered from a middle order collapse to lead Glamorgan by 196 runs at the end of day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship match in Cardiff.

Sussex continued their excellent start to their first innings with Aaron Thomason and Tom Haines setting a platform for Sussex who were 211 for one at lunch.

Three wickets for seven runs meant that Glamorgan had given themselves an opening to get back into the match but first van Zyl and then Garton took Sussex up to their opponents' total and beyond.

Sussex made serene progress in the opening session, the only moment of success for Glamorgan was a stunning caught and bowled from Michael Hogan to dismiss Thomason for 67. As has so often been the case, Hogan was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers and he was the one man to cause real trouble for Sussex.

It was Hogan who brought Haines’ innings to an end when he trapped him lbw just after lunch. He could have had a second wicket in the same over if Nick Selman could have held on to a sharp chance at second slip to dismiss Tom Clark.

Clark made 19 before he drove a ball into the off side to give James Weighell a catch off Dan Douthwaite. Sussex captain Ben Brown went to the very next ball when he had a big swish at a wide ball and was caught behind.

When Delray Rawlins played around a straight ball from Callum Taylor for two Sussex had stumbled from 254 for two to 261 for five.

While all of this was happening van Zyl was imperious, recording the 28th hundred of his career. He was brutal on anything over-pitched but played the drive one too many times and was well caught by Chris Cooke off the bowling of Timm van der Gugten for 113.

With van Zyl gone Glamorgan had a chance to wrap up the Sussex innings but Garton and Ollie Robinson took the game away from them as they built a huge lead.

Garton was denied his maiden hundred when he was trapped lbw by Hogan but he played his part in a fine Sussex effort that saw them reach 481 for nine at the close with Robinson undefeated on 67. 

 Kent v Yorkshire

Yorkshire lead Kent by 120 in the second innings of their LV= Insurance County Championship game at Canterbury, reaching 6-0 at stumps on day two, having bowled the hosts out for 265.  

The visitors had made 379 in their first innings, Steven Patterson adding 38 before claiming three for 43. Duanne Olivier also took three wickets for 55 to leave Kent in danger of following on in the Group Three match, but they recovered from 156-6, as Darren Stevens, who had earlier taken 4-60, top-scored with 52 and Ollie Robinson made 44. 

At the close of play Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore were not out on 6 and 0 respectively.  

The visitors resumed on 358-8, but lost Steven Patterson to the fifth ball of the morning when he was caught by sub Fred Klaassen at cover, off Matt Milnes. Stevens then bowled Duanne Olivier for 5 to conclude Yorkshire’s first innings. 

Kent lost captain Daniel Bell-Drummond for 13, lbw to David Willey and England’s Zak Crawley had made just 1 when he was bowled by Olivier. Joe Denly was then lbw for 17 to Patterson with the final ball of the morning session, leaving Kent in trouble on 59-3 at lunch. 

When play resumed, the former Yorkshire player Jack Leaning didn’t even survive to the end of Patterson’s over, out lbw for a duck after just three balls, while Jordan Cox, who had looked comfortable, was leg before to the same bowler for 38. 

The partnership Kent urgently needed came when Stevens, who got off the mark with a six over square leg, was joined by Robinson. They put on 70 for the sixth wicket before the latter was strangled down the leg side by Jordan Thompson and caught by a diving Jordan Tattersall for 44, leaving Kent on 193-6 at tea. 

Stevens reached his 50 with a single from the first ball of the evening session, but was lbw soon after to Harry Brook, who claimed only the second wicket of his first class career and his first since 2017. Grant Stewart and Milnes steered Kent past the follow on target, before Stewart was caught behind off Olivier for 40. 

Miguel Cummins made 13 before he edged Olivier to Kohler-Cadmore, leaving Milnes unbeaten on 29 with Harry Podmore unable to bat due to a side strain. Yorkshire finished with seven bonus points and Kent five. 

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