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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 DAY 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2  DAY 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards




Glamorgan vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship

Glamorgan 285/10 & *130/4 (39 ov)

Sussex 481/10 (123.3 ov)

Day 3 Glamorgan trail by 66 runs.


Kiran Carlson scored his second hundred of the match as Glamorgan brought themselves back into the contest against Sussex in the LV=Insurance County Championship.

Sussex finished their first innings on 481 all out, 196 runs ahead of Glamorgan. As in the first innings of this match, Glamorgan’s top order struggled but Carlson came to the rescue once again.

Ollie Robinson was a class apart, claiming four for 59, but the other Sussex bowlers struggled to match his penetration.

Carlson’s 129 means that Glamorgan go into the last day leading by 62 runs with five second innings wickets in hand.

It took just three balls to wrap up the Sussex first innings with Robinson dismissed for 67 with no runs added to the overnight score.

With Glamorgan having a large hill to climb to bring themselves back into this match they wanted a strong start from their top order. Robinson prevented that from happening, claiming three lbw dismissals before lunch. With Henry Crocombe chipping in with an lbw of his own Glamorgan found themselves four wickets down for 95, still 101 behind.

It was then that Carlson stepped up. He had finished undefeated on 127 in the first innings, and he cruised to another century, this one coming from just 115 balls. While Carlson was finding things easy the same could not be said for the rest of the Glamorgan top order with Chris Cooke lucky to survive when he was dropped on three off the bowling of Jack Carson.

Cooke departed for 12 when he feathered an edge to Ben Brown off the impressive Robinson to leave Glamorgan 150 for five. It was then that Carlson found some support from Calum Taylor as they took Glamorgan into the lead.

With Carlson and Taylor looking untroubled by seam Sussex turned to the spin of Carson and Delray Rawlins to see them to the new ball and they were creating chances. Carson was unlucky not to claim the wicket of Taylor when another chance went down at first slip. 

Robinson looked dangerous with the new ball but Carlson and Taylor stood firm, taking their partnership past the 100 mark to reach the close with Glamorgan on 258 for five heading into the final day.

 Lancashire vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship

Lancashire 305/10 (115.2 ov) & 296/7d (81 ov)

Northamptonshire 177/10 & *59/3 (23 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Northants need 366 runs.

Lancashire will go into the final day of their LV=Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire looking to chase down a victory with seven wickets required to seal a first win of the season for Dane Vilas' men.

Steven Croft's unbeaten 103 was the undoubted highlight for the hosts who batted long into the early evening sunshine before setting their opponents a mammoth 425 runs to win – a record fourth innings total for victory at Emirates Old Trafford.

The near-impossible task had got that much harder by the close of play thanks to a hostile spell of bowling from Saqib Mahmood who took two early wickets before Tom Bailey added a third to leave Northants 59 for three when a long day ended at 7.20pm.

The day began with the home team 60 for 0 but the tone for the untidy first half of the innings that followed was set as early as the fourth ball of the day when Keaton Jennings was trapped in front by Ben Sanderson for 27.

Jennnings' opening partner Alex Davies quickly followed in the next over edging to Ricardo Vaconcelos off Tom Taylor having scored 36 and leaving the hosts 64 for two.

A partial recovery was mounted by Josh Bohannon and Croft before the former played a poor shot to Richard Keogh's off breaks and was bowled for 22 ending a third wicket partnership of 59.

Vilas and Rob Jones' effort to keep the scoreboard ticking over backfired in spectacular fashion when the South African was run out for 24 going for an inexplicable single to square leg with Jones making the same mistake two overs later and departing for eight.

Croft steadied the ship with Luke Wood before the latter hit one straight to sub fielder Gareth Berg for 17 with Bailey then offering more support to the veteran Croft as they compiled a partnership of 62 for the seventh wicket.

By the time Bailey departed for an entertaining 34, Croft was well on his way to a 14th First Class century and his first since 2017. When it eventually did arrive in the 81st over courtesy of a booming six of Nathan Buck it signalled an immediate deceleration with Lancashire setting Northants a huge target of 425 runs to win.

Mahmood was quickly into his stride, accounting for Ben Curran who skied one to Rob Jones at midwicket for 14 before Emilio Gay was dismissed with scoring when he could only fend a vicious short pitched ball to Croft at second slip.

Rob Keogh then departed for four edging Bailey to Croft, leaving Luke Procter unbeaten on 15 and Vasconcelos 22 not out.


 Surrey v Leicestershire – day 3 

LV= Insurance County Championship (Group 2)

Leicestershire 375 & 21/0 v Surrey 672/8 dec


Ollie Pope’s majestic 245 and a maiden championship hundred by Jamie Smith, who hit 123 from 148 balls and reached three figures with a six over extra cover, have given Surrey the chance to force victory against Leicestershire at the Kia Oval.

Surrey’s mammoth 672 for 8 declared, their highest first-class total against Leicestershire, earned them a 297-run first innings lead although openers Hassan Azad and Sam Evans did well to get to 21 without loss in 17 overs’ batting at the end of day three.

Pope, resuming on 92, stayed overall for seven hours and struck 30 fours while 20-year-old Smith came in after Ben Foakes – going from an overnight 68 to 87 – had helped Pope to add 229 for the fourth wicket, a record against the Foxes at the Oval.

Smith and Pope then plundered 234 in 39 overs for the fifth wicket, with Leicestershire’s attack seemingly powerless to stop them. When they both fell attacking Colin Ackermann’s off spin, Pope stumped and Smith bowled, Jordan Clark clubbed four sixes in a 54-ball 61 not out with Jamie Overton and Matt Dunn – who also drove Ackermann straight for six – in support.

Pope’s double-hundred, just six runs shy of his career-best, was an important innings for the gifted 23-year-old, who endured a difficult winter in India alongside most of England’s Test top order but spoke in pre-season about how he and others had “learned a lot of good lessons”, predominantly the importance of mixing a secure defensive technique with a ruthless attitude towards identifying scoring options. Or, as Pope put it, “nailing your defence and nailing your boundary options”, something he assuredly did here.

Since the start of last summer, Pope averages only 23 for England and, last week at Bristol, scored just 22 and 0 in Surrey’s chastening opening round defeat against Gloucestershire. In this match, though, he has looked in fine fettle from the moment he arrived at the crease with Surrey soon to be 93 for 3 in reply to Leicestershire’s 375.

He needed only six balls to reach his hundred today, punching Gavin Griffiths through extra cover for four to reach 98 and, next ball, going up on his toes to steer to third man for his 15th boundary. Surrey’s only moment of slight concern came when Foakes lost his off stump to Dieter Klein, pushing forward as the left arm paceman came around the wicket with the second new ball and the total 322.

But Smith arrived to match Pope stroke for stroke, pulling Chris Wright violently for a shot-of-the-day six while Pope on-drove the same bowler for four with languid grace to reach 200 in the final over before the 80-minute mid-afternoon break taken as a mark of respect for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.


  Derbyshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship

Derbyshire 390/10 & *268/5 (70 ov)

Worcestershire 305/10 (102 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Derbyshire lead by 353 runs.


Matt Critchley’s remarkable start to the season continued as Derbyshire set themselves up for a victory charge against Worcestershire in the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

The 24-year-old followed his first innings century by taking 5 for 67 before scoring 84 off 109 balls out of Derbyshire’s 268 for 5, a lead of 353, with Wayne Madsen contributing 66 from 88 balls.

Critchley is now only the second Derbyshire player to score a hundred, a fifty and take five wickets in an innings in the same match.

Alzarri Joseph scored 46 before Worcestershire were dismissed for 305 with Critchley breaking the eighth wicket stand of 51 in 14 overs when Ed Barnard edged a drive to slip.

The all-rounder then plunged forward at cover to catch Joe Leach off Fynn Hudson-Prentice before he removed Joseph to claim his fifth wicket.

Joseph combined  watchful defence with controlled aggression, driving Critchley over long off for six to secure a third batting point before he was bowled trying to repeat the stroke.

Derbyshire lost Billy Godleman who had to retire with a suspected groin injury and Luis Reece who edged Joseph and Ben Cox took a fine diving catch as they built on a lead of 85.

Luis du Plooy was bowled by Barnard when he moved across his crease before the match stopped for the funeral of Prince Philip.

The extended final session was dominated by Critchley and Madsen who punished some indifferent bowling to tighten Derbyshire’s grip.

Critchley batted with the confidence of a player with a century and two fifties behind him although he was fortunate on 30 when he pulled Dillon Pennington into the hands of Tom Fell at long leg but he stepped over the rope.

He pulled the next ball for another six and reached fifty off 43 balls, adding 129 in 27 overs with Madsen who hit eight fours before he was lbw to Daryl Mitchell.

By then, Derbyshire’s lead was approaching 300 and Critchley was heading for a second century in the game until he played across the line at Mitchell and was bowled.

Brett D’Oliveira bowled Anuj Dal but Worcestershire face a tough battle to save the game on the final day.

 LV= Insurance County Championship - Day three Ageas Bowl, Southampton

Hampshire 319 and 290-4 dec v Middlesex 79 and 208-4 - 322 runs behind

Centuries from Sam Northeast and Ian Holland have put Hampshire in a strong position to wrap up victory on Sunday against Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl.Northeast and Holland added 257 for the third wicket before James Vince declared half-an-hour before lunch - setting Middlesex an unlikely target of 531 for victory.

The signs looked ominous for a three-day finish when the visitors were reduced to 33/3 - having been dismissed for 76 in their first innings on Friday. However, a stand of 122 from Nick Gubbins and Robbie White for the fourth wicket gave Middlesex their first partnership of note for the match to frustrate the home side.

It was part-time seam bowling of Holland that finally made the breakthrough when he enticed Gubbins with a wide delivery during the extended final session and Liam Dawson took a sharp catch to dismiss the left-hander for 67.But White, 73, and Martin Andersson, 25, took their side safely to the close with the new ball due in 11 overs.

Northeast, who was on 99 overnight, reached three figures in the third over of the day with a sweetly-timed cut shot to the boundary, to follow up on the classy 63 he made in testing conditions on day one. Opener Holland then became the fifth batsman in Hampshire's top-six to reach three figures in the opening two matches of the season before Steve Finn ended the partnership when he bowled Northeast for 118.

Vince also fell to Finn for a duck when he was adjudged to be lbw to a ball from the former England paceman that looked to be drifting down the leg-side. The Hampshire skipper then called in the unbeaten Holland, after he had reached his highest first-class score of 146 and new batsman Dawson.

Middlesex made it unscathed to the lunch interval, but lost 3-7 immediately after the restart when Mohammad Abbas bowled Sam Robson for 19. Kyle Abbott then trapped Max Holden in front of the stumps for 10 before Abass took his eighth wicket of the match when Steven Eskinazi edged to Joe Weatherley at slip for a single.

 Essex vs Durham at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Essex 96 & 330 lead Durham 259 & 60/3 by 107 runs

Paul Walter and Ben Allison’s maiden LV= Insurance County Championship half-centuries set up a thrilling final day in a topsy-turvy clash at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Essex’s last three wickets added a combined 122, with all-rounder Walter’s 77 and fast bowler Allison’s 52 producing an incredible match swing – after the home side had been skittled for 96 in the first innings.

Having been bowled out for 330, and set Durham 168 to win, Sam Cook and Jamie Porter struck three times with the new ball to leave the visitors on 60 for three, and still requiring 108 more runs on the fourth day.

Durham’s target to win looked a nervy one and after two wickets before a run had been scored it appeared all the more anxious.

Will Young shouldered his arms at Sam Cook for a golden duck, before Alex Lees was plumb lbw to Jamie Porter.

It took 35 balls before Durham got off the mark, and only 20 runs were on the board when David Bedingham gave Allison catching practice at point.

Scott Borthwick dropped anchor and having been one off 39 and six off 67 at points, he ended the day on nine from 88 deliveries, with Jack Burnham reaching an enterprising 31 not out, to swing the pendulum slightly towards Durham.

At 11am, both sides had clear game plans for the third day – with blue skies overhead.

The former's mission to take four quick tail-end wickets started perfectly as Ben Raine pinned Simon Harmer with the third ball of the day. But slowly Essex’s hopes of stealing a win grew with back-to-back 50 run partnerships.

Walter converted his overnight 49 to a half-century with the fifth ball he’d faced - a cut to the boundary to reach the milestone in 74 deliveries. He and Allison negotiated the second new ball on their way to a 58-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Walter departed for a career-best 77 when the impressive Brydon Carse angled across and found an edge behind.

Allison then moved to his maiden career fifty, from 144 balls, as he and Sam Cook continued to tick along.

After an extended interval to pay respect to Prince Phillip, Carse ended Allison’s resolve by striking him in front of middle stump four balls after the resumption before Cook edged behind for 37. Carse returning figures of five for 82.

Gloucestershire’s seam attack put them in sight of a first County Championship win at Taunton since 1993 on the third day of the match with Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground. 

With a first innings lead of just three runs, the home side crashed to 149 all out in their second innings in bright sunshine on a decent pitch. 

Ryan Higgins led the way with four for 29, well supported by Matt Taylor (two for 27) and debutant Dom Goodman (two for 19), as only James Hildreth (64) of the Somerset batsmen showed some form. 

Faced with a victory target of 153 and ten overs left in the day, Gloucestershire progressed to 28 for one, losing Chris Dent, who played on to Craig Overton attempting to withdraw his bat. 

 Somerset vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Somerset 312/10 (94.1 ov) & 149/10 (65.5 ov)

Gloucestershire 309/10 (110.1 ov) & *28/1 (10 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Gloucs need 125 runs.

At the start of the day, the visitors could add only eight runs to their overnight total of 301 for eight, David Payne offering a return catch to Marchant de Lange, who then ended Matt Taylor’s career-best contribution of 56 by pinning him lbw with a full delivery. 

Somerset were soon in trouble as Tom Lammonby registered a third successive duck, edging Higgins through to wicketkeeper James Bracey. 

It was 18 for two when Tom Abell fell leg-before pushing forward to Higgins and 36 for three when Tom Banton guided the last ball of Taylor’s first over to Dent at third slip. 

George Bartlett departed first ball, caught behind off a full swinging delivery from Goodman and at lunch Somerset were in a deep hole at 47 for four. 

By the time play was paused at 2.50pm to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, Gloucestershire had struck three more blows. 

Steve Davies edged a back-foot defensive shot off Payne to George Hankins at second slip and Higgins produced a good delivery that nipped back to bowl Craig Overton between bat and pad. 

When Lewis Gregory miscued off the back foot and lofted a simple catch to mid-wicket off Taylor, Somerset were in disarray at 88 for seven. 

Hildreth was unbeaten on 36 when play halted and the experienced batsman shouldered major responsibility for his side’s fading hopes. 

At 3pm both teams, coaching staffs and umpires lined up on the outfield for a minute’s silence in memory of Prince Philip.  

When play resumed at 4.10pm, Hildreth and Josh Davey offered the stiffest resistance of Somerset’s poor batting display. 

Hildreth went to a patient half-century off 124 balls, with 7 fours, and the pair had added 54 in 25 overs when he fell lbw, looking to cut a delivery from Goodman that was too close to him for the shot. 

Graeme van Buuren’s left-arm spin quickly sent back de Lange, leg-before for a duck and Davey was taken at first slip off Higgins for 22 to end a sorry batting effort. 


  Kent vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Kent 265/10 & *33/2 (12 ov)

Yorkshire 379/10 (105.2 ov) & 330/5d (75.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Kent need 412 runs.

Joe Root scored a century to put Yorkshire in a commanding position after day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship game with Kent at Canterbury, the visitors needing eight wickets for victory after declaring their second innings on 330 for five, setting Kent an improbable target of 445.  

The hosts were reduced to 33 for two at stumps and trail by 411 in the Group Three fixture, Jordan Thompson taking one for nought David Willey one for 15. 

England batsmen past and present starred for the visitors, with former opener Adam Lyth hitting 116 and current skipper Root making 101 in their second innings. Kent’s Joe Denly took two for 61, while Matt Milnes claimed two for 68. 

Yorkshire resumed on six for nought, and although Kent bowled well for the first hour, their only success during that time came when Grant Stewart had Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught at first slip by Jordan Cox for three. 

Milnes trapped Tom Loten lbw for 21, shortly before lunch, but an attack shorn of the injured Harry Podmore struggled to make any impact during a truncated afternoon session. 

Lyth was on 85 when he edged Milnes to slip, but Zak Crawley missed a difficult chance and having made 97 in his first innings, he emitted a howl of joy when he reached his century with a four off Miguel Cummins. 

The visitors had moved on to 171 for two when play was suspended between 2.50 pm and 4.10 pm while the funeral of HRH Prince Phillip took place.  

Lyth eventually fell to Milnes, caught at first slip by Cox, ending a stand of 119 for the third wicket. Harry Brook then joined Root and scored rapidly to set up the declaration, making an unbeaten 66 that included a reverse swept four. 

Root was bowled by his England team mate Denly and Yorkshire declared when the same bowler bowled Thompson for six in his next over, forcing Kent to face 12 hazardous overs before stumps.  

Willey subsequently yorked Cox for a duck and Crawley was caught by Lyth at slip off Thompson, leaving Daniel Bell-Drummond and night-watchman Milnes the not out batsmen on 24 and nought at the close. 

 LV=Insurance County Championship, Group One
Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire, Day Three, Close of Play report

Warwickshire need a further 248 runs to inflict more misery on Nottinghamshire on the final day of an evenly poised LV=Insurance County Championship match, although the likely absence of injured England opener Dom Sibley may tip the balance in the home side’s favour.

Chasing 333 to win from a minimum 130 overs, they lost Rob Yates - opening in the place of Sibley - leg before to Stuart Broad with one that kept a touch low and Indian Test batsman Hanuma Vihari, whose off-stump was sent cartwheeling by a pacy all-rounder Lyndon James, to be 34 for two.

Skipper Will Rhodes and Sam Hain added 51 but the loss of Rhodes, trapped on the crease by left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White as Nottinghamshire seek to end a winless run in first-class cricket that stretches back almost three years, may be a key moment.

Warwickshire set up their target by bowling out Nottinghamshire for 260, left-arm spinner Danny Briggs taking four for 68 and England pace bowler Olly Stone three for 66.

England opener Sibley, nursing a fractured finger suffered on the opening day here, is unlikely to play any part on the final day, although an emergency appearance has not been ruled out.

Nottinghamshire had looked well placed at 128 for two overnight, with a lead of 200, but began the day by losing both Haseeb Hameed and Joe Clarke before either could add substantially to the half-centuries they carried forward. Hameed edged Rhodes to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess before Stone removed Clarke in similar fashion.

James and Steven Mullaney cautiously added 57 for the fifth wicket before Stone thudded a fast, straight ball into James’s pads, but then Warwickshire claimed five wickets for 23 runs - three of them in the space of four deliveries to Briggs - to leave the home side nine down before the mid-afternoon pause for the Royal funeral.

Mullaney and Tom Moores took turns to hammer sixes back over the spinner’s head. But Mullaney slapped the fifth ball of the next over straight to point, Liam Patterson-White was bowled by the sixth and, after Broad hurried through for a single after surviving the hat-trick ball at the start of his next over, Briggs bowled Moores off an inside edge.

Broad departed soon afterwards, edging Olly Hannon-Dalby to second slip.

Zak Chappell and Dane Paterson added 39 for the last wicket as Paterson thrashed five boundaries - five of them in an entertaining duel with Stone - before skewing one in the air to become a fourth victim for Briggs.

It swelled the Nottinghamshire total to 260 to leave a difficult target on a wicket showing signs of deterioration but Warwickshire had more time on their side than they might have anticipated.

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