LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
Derbyshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Derbyshire 390/10 (111.2 ov) & 312/5d (80 ov)
Worcestershire 305/10 (102 ov) & 193/8 (83.5 ov)
Ben Cox guided Worcestershire to safety on a gripping final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.
Cox scored an unbeaten 60 off 148 balls, batting for 31 overs with Ed Barnard and 14 with Joe Leach to steer Worcestershire to 193 for 8 at the close.
Derbyshire appeared to be heading for victory when Mat Critchley struck twice in two overs to leave Worcestershire on 176 for 8 but Cox and Leach stood firm.
Ben Aitchison took three for eight in 23 balls but in the end, Derbyshire were left to rue their decision to bat on for nearly 40 minutes in the morning before declaring on 312 for 5.
It left Worcestershire to score 398, or more realistically, to bat out 86 overs to save the match and Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby encountered few problems until Critchley was brought on in the 11th over.
Libby edged his third delivery straight to Billy Godleman at slip who dropped it but two balls later, he plunged forward to take a smart catch to remove Mitchell.
It was a big wicket and Derbyshire had another before lunch when Libby limply hung out his bat and played on to Hudson-Prentice.
Worcestershire continued to give wickets away cheaply with Tom Fell pulling a short ball from Hudson-Prentice into the hands of Aitchison at deep midwicket.
Fell stood head bowed before trudging off and Derbyshire were soon celebrating another success when Brett D’Oliveira turned Aitchison to Hudson-Prentice at backward short leg.
It was the start of an inspired spell by the 21-year-old right-arm quick who removed Riki Wessels and Gareth Roderick in the space of three overs.
Wessels was lbw playing back and when Roderick went the same way moving across the crease, Worcestershire appeared to be fading fast.
But Cox and Barnard played resolutely until a Critchley googly had Barnard lbw for 35 and in his next over he trapped Alzarri Joseph in front.
That looked to have opened the door for Derbyshire but Cox was not to be moved and, with seven fielders around the bat, played out the final over from Critchley to secure a deserved draw.
Nottinghamshire vs Warwickshire, Group 1, County Championship
Nottinghamshire 273/10 (88 ov) & 260/10 (88.2 ov)
Warwickshire 201/10 (70.4 ov) & 333/7 (121.5 ov)
Warwickshire won by 3 wickets
Former England all-rounder Tim Bresnan led the way as Warwickshire pulled off a stunning victory to extend Nottinghamshire’s dismal record in first-class cricket to 29 matches without a win on the final day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge.
The 36-year-old Yorkshireman finished unbeaten on 68, sharing a stand of 113 with England fast bowler Olly Stone as Warwickshire chased down a target of 333 to win by three wickets despite England opener Dominic Sibley being absent with a broken finger, although padded up and ready to bat had his side been nine down.
Bresnan had an escape on 56 when Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper Tom Moores put down a difficult chance off Stuart Broad but had earned his luck and his eight boundaries, completing the victory by running two to backward point off Dane Paterson with 8.1 overs to spare.
The result was particularly frustrating for Paterson, Nottinghamshire’s debutant overseas player. The South African seamer looked to have swung the match his new team’s way when he took three wickets in 17 balls shortly after lunch.
By dismissing Sam Hain and Matt Lamb after both had made fifties, Paterson seemed to have removed Warwickshire’s best hopes of emerging with a victory.
But Bresnan and Stone, who made his second highest first-class score to go with five wickets in the match, inflicted more pain on the home side and though Stone was out for 43 with 36 still needed and Broad giving his full commitment to the cause, Danny Briggs held his nerve to help Bresnan complete the job.
Nottinghamshire had been ahead in the match since midway through the opening day and felt they were in pole position to end their drought when a wicket in the last over of the third day left Warwickshire 85 for three, still 247 runs behind.
But Hain and Lamb frustrated their hopes of making more inroads by batting through the morning session, Hain surviving a barrage of short deliveries from Broad, who hit him on the back and on the helmet in a ferocious three-over burst just before lunch.
The fourth-wicket pair added 89, Hain building a patient fifty off 117 balls with six fours, Lamb completing his off 111 with seven fours.
The picture changed when Patterson replaced Broad at the pavilion end after lunch, the skiddy right-arm seamer removing Hain with his fourth delivery, edged low to wicketkeeper Tom Moores, then sending Lamb’s off-stump flying and uprooting Michael Burgess’s leg stump in what felt like a decisive spell.
But though Broad, who bowled 20 overs on the final day and 49 in the match, removed Stone, who edged a drive to Moores, with the second new ball soon after hitting his England teammate on the elbow, it was Nottinghamshire's only subsequent success on a deeply disappointing day for them as Bresnan remained defiant.
Glamorgan vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship
Glamorgan 285/10 (75 ov) & 349/10 (127.1 ov)
Sussex 481/10 (123.3 ov) & 154/2 (40.1 ov)
Sussex won by 8 wickets
Ollie Robinson continued his push for England recognition with career best bowling figures of nine for 36 as Sussex wrapped up an eight wicket victory against Glamorgan in the LV=Insurance County Championship.
Glamorgan started the day 62 runs in front with Kiran Carlson and Callum Taylor well set and they managed to get to lunch for the loss of just one wicket.
That changed after the interval with Robinson claiming four victims in the space of four overs to set up victory in a match where he took 13 wickets and made 67 with the bat.
Sussex needed 154 for victory, a total they reached with few alarms with Aaron Thomason top scoring with 78 not out.
Sussex didn’t have to wait long for their first breakthrough, Robinson claiming his fifth wicket when Carlson edged him to Thomason in the slips for 132. With Carlson dismissed for the first time in this match Sussex had a chance to wrap up the Glamorgan innings quickly but Taylor and Dan Douthwaite stood firm.
Taylor went past his fifty from 132 balls, an innings that was a stark contrast to his lightning quick hundred on debut last season. Glamorgan reached the lunch break at 336 for six with the chances of a drawn match increasing.
As has been the case throughout this match it was Robinson who made the difference. He was back into the attack for the start of the afternoon session and had Douthwaite dismissed lbw for 26. He repeated this feat with the very next ball, James Weighell trapped in front to bag a pair on Glamorgan debut.
Robinson picked up the last two Glamorgan wickets, returning the best first class figures by an England qualified player since Chris Woakes took nine for 36 against Durham in 2016. The last man out was Taylor for 84 from 251 balls.
Glamorgan started well in the final innings with Michael Hogan getting Tom Haines caught at first slip by Andy Balbirnie for two. The only other success for Glamorgan came when first innings centurion Stiaan van Zyl edged David Lloyd to Chris Cooke for 12.
From there it was all Sussex as Aaron Thomason made his second fifty of the match with Tom Clark finishing on 54 not out in a partnership that was worth 112.
Lancashire vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship
Lancashire 305/10 (115.2 ov) & 296/7d (81 ov)
Northamptonshire 177/10 (62 ov) & 218/10 (105.3 ov)
Lancashire won by 206 runs
Lancashire claimed their first win of the LV=Insurance County Championship season after they saw off a defiant Northamptonshire side by 206 runs at Emirates Old Trafford.
The hosts had gone into the final day needing seven wickets for victory but were made to work hard for their triumph thanks to the returning Luke Procter who had batted for just a shade over six hours when he was the last man out for 93 with 13.3 overs left.
After wicketless opening spells from Saqib Mahmood and Tom Bailey, Lancashire turned to spin and Matt Parkinson duly obliged with just his second delivery as Ricardo Vaconcelos departed for 35 after his attempted reverse sweep only diverted the ball onto his stumps via a pad.
Adam Rossington was next to go edging Luke Wood to Keaton Jennings at first slip for eight to leave the visitors 87 for five.
Matters became worse following the most controversial moment of the day when umpire Mike Burns adjudged Saif Zaaib out lbw for four to a sharp turner from Parkinson which looked to be missing the stumps.
Through it all, former Lancashire all-rounder Procter was holding firm and he at last got some welcome assistance in the form of Tom Taylor.
As Parkinson, Tom Hartley and Steven Croft all twirled away, the seventh wicket pair slowly but surely began to take the game deeper into the afternoon than many expected and Procter's painstaking half-century eventually came off 188 balls.
When the breakthrough came it was from the unlikely figure of Rob Jones, whose part-time leg breaks had brought just one First Class wicket before he looped one up outside off stump and enticed Taylor out of his crease with Alex Davies quickly whipping off the bails to remove the batsman for 13.
The 56 runs the pair put on in just over 36 overs gave Northants a glimmer and when Procter was joined by another former Red Rose in Nathan Buck, the hope that the visitors might pull off something improbable increased as they negotiated their way through the new ball and on to tea.
Nerves were jangling right up until 40 minutes beyond the interval when Buck finally glanced one down the leg side to Davies off the returning Wood for 20, before the same bowler accounted for another ex-Lancashire player next ball as Simon Kerrigan's stumps were uprooted by a vicious inswinging yorker.
It was Parkinson who had the final say when he had the unfortunate Procter caught bat and pad at backward short leg by Croft to finish with three for 39 and match figures of 6 for 58 with Wood's three for 30 the other highlight.
Surrey vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship
Surrey 672/8d (141.4 ov)
Leicestershire 375/10 (117.3 ov) & 295/3 (92 ov)
Hassan Azad led the way with a career-best 144 not out as Leicestershire batted throughout the final day at the Kia Oval to earn a hard-fought and well-deserved draw against Surrey.
Resuming on 21 without loss, after Ollie Pope’s superb third day 245 had spearheaded Surrey’s drive to a 297-run first innings lead, Leicestershire held firm to finish on 295 for 3 when fists were bumped at 5.10pm with 21 overs unbowled.
Lewis Hill also batted with notable composure, adding 69 not out in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 152 with Azad to his first innings 70 and it was a frustrating day on a flat pitch for Surrey, who had to be content to take 15 points to Leicestershire’s 13.
It was a final day, however, not without incident. Surrey captain Rory Burns was unhappy when umpires Graham Lloyd and Paul Pollard chose to change the ball in the 35th over, with Leicestershire on 89 for 2 and soon after they had lost Sam Evans and Harry Dearden to successive balls from Jordan Clark.
The match was held up for five minutes or so as Burns, and other Surrey players, remonstrated with the officials. No penalty runs were added to the total, and the ball may have been damaged on the boundary boards.
Earlier, there had been another five-minute interruption when Evans, on 10, ducked into a short ball from Kemar Roach at the start of the day’s sixth over that clanged into his batting helmet and meant the 23-year old opener needed to pass concussion protocols before continuing.
Evans, scorer of 138 in Leicestershire’s first innings, then dealt stoically with a further barrage of short stuff from Roach but on 22, after resisting for 32 overs, he finally fell to the rising ball when fending Clark to short leg. That was Clark’s first legitimate ball of the morning, having begun with a no ball, and the big all-rounder promptly took another wicket with his next delivery, angling one into Dearden’s pads from around the wicket to pin the left-hander leg-before for a first ball duck.
Colin Ackermann confidently drove the hat-trick ball wide of mid on for two and the Leicestershire captain went on to 29 before being brilliantly caught by keeper Ben Foakes trying to clip off spinner Amar Virdi behind square.
Left-hander Azad, 27, has a well-organised method and batted in all for more than six hours, facing 280 balls and hitting 19 fours. Excellent off his pads, both behind and in front of square, he also twice hit Virdi through cover off the back foot and there was also a lovely extra cover driven four off Matt Dunn.
Kent vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Kent 265/10 (87.1 ov) & 244/10 (88.4 ov)
Yorkshire 379/10 (105.2 ov) & 330/5d (75.2 ov)
Yorkshire won by 200 runs
Yorkshire beat Kent by 200 runs in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, but they were frustrated for much of day four by night-watchman Matt Milnes, who hit a career-best 78.
David Willey eventually finished Kent off with five for 61, backed up by Jordan Thompson who took three for 24 to give Yorkshire 23 points in Group Three, while Kent took five.
Milnes batted for over four and half hours and faced 210 balls, including an 89-minute partnership with Darren Stevens, who was Kent’s next highest scorer with 47.
Resuming on 33 for two and trailing by 411, the hosts got off to a dismal start when they lost Daniel Bell-Drummond for 24 to the fourth ball of the morning, a spectacular inswinger from Willey that sent his off stump flying.
Joe Denly scored 30 from 33 balls and lingered for the best part of an hour, but he fell to a jaffa from Thompson that was caught behind. Jack Leaning was then out for a duck when he edged his sixth ball, from Thompson, to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip, but Robinson and Milnes survived till lunch, with Kent on 119 for five.
Kent frustrated Yorkshire throughout the afternoon session, with Milnes driving Dom Bess through cover for four to bring up his maiden first class fifty and Ollie Robinson reining in his attacking instincts for a measured 28. Robinson eventually perished when he edged Duanne Olivier to wicketkeeper Jonathan Tatershall, but Stevens joined Milnes to bat through to tea, at which point Kent were 193 for six and harbouring realistic hopes of a draw.
The new ball finally accounted for Milnes, who was lbw to Willey in the 83rd over and he looked a picture of desolation as he trudged off with his head down and his shoulders slumped, not even raising a bat to acknowledge the applause of his team mates on the balcony.
Two overs later Stevens was caught at mid-on by Joe Root off Willey and with Harry Podmore unable to bat due, Yorkshire clinched the win with 19.2 overs to spare when the same bowler had Miguel Cummins leg before.
Hampshire vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship
Hampshire 319/10 (110.2 ov) & 290/4d (67 ov)
Middlesex 79/10 (34.4 ov) & 281/10 (99 ov)
Hampshire won by 249 runs
In-form Hampshire wrapped up their second emphatic victory of the season before lunch on Sunday as Middlesex lost their last six wickets for 82 runs.
Resuming the day on 208-4, the visitors lost overnight batsmen Robbie White and Martin Andersson within the first half-hour to Ian Holland, ending any faint hopes of trying to save the match.
Holland, who scored 210 runs in the game, trapped White lbw for 71 in the second over of the morning, then found the edge of Martin Andersson's bat on his way to figures of 3-19.
Hampshire skipper James Vince took the new ball after 11 overs and pace spearheads Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas struck immediately with Toby Roland-Jones, John Simpson and Nathan Sowter all departing in quick succession as five wickets fell for 37 runs in just under an hour.
Spinner Liam Dawson then wrapped up the match by ending Ethan Bamber's stubborn resistance for 24.
The victory, which comes on the back of last week's win over Leicestershire, is the first time since 2004 that Hampshire have boasted a 100 per cent record after the first two rounds of the season.
Vince, who was out for single figures in both innings following on from his double-century at Grace Road, said it was pleasing to see a number of players contributing to the win.
Abbas was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with match figures of 9-39, with Holland and Sam Northeast scoring their first centuries of the season.
"The balance of the side we have with four very good seamers and two spinners we do feel like we have all conditions covered and we can hopefully roll with the momentum to next week," Vince said.
"Over the course of the season you can't rely on one or two players, so to have so many guys contributing is a good sign.
"It's a good place to be and hopefully we can keep this going over the next few months and build on the start we've had."
Middlesex skipper Steve Eskinazi revealed tears flowed in the dressing room following a no-holds-barred meeting after the team were bundled out for 79 on day two, but hoped the improved showing with the bat in the fourth innings can build some confidence following last week's dispiriting loss to Somerset. "We have to sit down and take accountability and responsibility and it was unbelievably confronting for the group of players in that room," Eskianzi said. "It was hugely emotional for each and every single person in the dressing room and if anyone out there doesn't believe that they are kidding themselves. "If we batted better in the first innings and scored 280 runs batting fourth then it would have been a win for the ages, so we have to take those positives."
Somerset vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship
Somerset 312/10 (94.1 ov) & 149/10 (65.5 ov)
Gloucestershire 309/10 (110.1 ov) & 156/2 (41.1 ov)
Gloucs won by 8 wickets
James Bracey displayed the temperament, as well as the talent, of a future England player as Gloucestershire wrapped up an eight-wicket LV=County Championship win over Somerset at Taunton.
The 23-year-old left-hander added an ice-cool 83 not out to his first innings century and shared a match-clinching second-wicket stand of 79 with Kraigg Brathwaite to help his side to a comprehensive victory.
Brathwaite marked his Gloucestershire debut with a solid 36 and together the pair stifled the much-vaunted home seam attack.
The visitors reached their target of 153 off 41.1 overs just before lunch, with Tom Lace uneaten on 20, and took 22 points, to Somerset’s six.
Gloucestershire began the day on 28 for one, needing 125 for victory, with nine wickets in hand, and would have been heartened by the clear blue skies over the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Bracey had shown his mettle the previous evening when taming a fired-up Craig Overton and was soon in control again as Somerset sought the early wickets that might create a contest.
The home side were hoping a couple of breakthroughs in the opening overs would create nerves in the Gloucestershire dressing room.
But the pitch only served to show what a poor effort Somerset’s second innings score of 149 had been.
While Overton and Lewis Gregory beat the bat on occasions, Bracey and Brathwaite were soon confident enough to play their shots.
The West Indies captain struck four boundaries in his 62-ball innings before aiming a fifth off a wide ball from Marchant de Lange and getting an inside edge onto his middle stump.
By then, Gloucestershire only required 64 runs. But de Lange, boosted by the wicket, summoned up pace and bounce to test new batsman Lace.
Bracey kept the momentum of the innings going with a swept four off Jack Leach, who found little assistance in the surface for his left-arm spin, and went to his fifty off 84 balls, with eight boundaries.
There was even a reverse swept four off League as Bracey and Gloucestershire closed in rapidly on their target. A more orthodox and delicate sweep off the England spinner brought another boundary.
The product of Bristol club cricket was by now in total command. Somerset turned to the wholehearted Overton for one last throw of the dice. He beat Bracey’s outside edge, but to no avail.
It was Gloucestershire’s first Championship win at Taunton for 28 years and the winning runs, a Bracey boundary off Leach, sparked jubilant celebrations. It was the 13th four of his 122-ball innings.
For Somerset, it was a first defeat in red ball cricket at their home ground since 2017.
Essex vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship
Essex 96/10 (41.3 ov) & 330/10 (122.2 ov)
Durham 259/10 (82.3 ov) & 123/10 (56.4 ov)
Essex won by 44 runs
Simon Harmer made sure it was ‘Harmer Time’ again at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford as the talismanic spinner was the architect for Essex’s sensational comeback victory over Durham.
Harmer claimed his 22nd five-wicket haul, and sixth 10 wickets in a match since joining the county in 2017 with a bamboozling five for 57.
Defending LV= Insurance County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy champions Essex had been bowled out for 96 in the first innings and gave up a 163-run first-innings deficit, only to win by 44 runs.
The victory, which gave the hosts 19 points to Durham’s five, was their 12th in 13 at home.
The equation for the last day was simple; Durham required 108 runs and Essex needed seven wickets.
Jack Burnham ticked four off the target with the second ball of the day, a well-timed flick off his legs, having scored an enterprising 31 the previous evening.
Burnham and Borthwick’s partnership past 50, with the latter only contributing 13 to it, but only reached 63 before Harmer struck for the first time.
With 85 required, Burnham departed for 43 when he rocked onto the back foot and hoicked straight to Tom Westley at long-on.
Adam Wheater thought he had stumped Borthwick in Harmer’s next over, to earn a reprimand from the umpires, only for the off-spinner to pin the first-innings century-maker when going back, 80 still needed.
And only another run had been added six balls later when Sam Cook, who returned figures of three for 17, had Stuart Poynton lbw.
Ben Raine lasted just five balls before Harmer flicked his pad to take his third wicket in 11 balls.
With 60 to win, Ned Eckersley, who had survived a drop at short-leg before he had scored, tickled Harmer around the corner to Dan Lawrence at leg slip.
Harmer completed his second five-for in the match when Brydon Carse, who had a runner due to a swollen ankle sustained while bowling, was lbw.
Harmer's match figures an impressive 10 for 136.
Jamie Porter completed the victory when he sent Matt Salisbury’s middle stump tumbling.
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