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




Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire Day Two

Worcestershire 436 all out (145.1 overs), Nottinghamshire 99-0 from 44 overs


Worcestershire again demonstrated the resilience and depth now evident in their batting in red ball cricket with Club Captain Joe Leach at the forefront of a second day fightback in their LV=Insurance County Championship encounter with Nottinghamshire at New Road.

Leach struck 84 to become the fifth player to score fifty plus as Worcestershire recovered from 216-7 shortly after tea yesterday to total 436 and chalk up four batting bonus points.

It was the fifth time in the last eight first class games that they have scored in excess of 400 in the first innings – a sharp contrast to their struggles of 2018 and 2019 when relegation from Division One was followed by another disappointing campaign.

Nottinghamshire openers Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed continued the theme of dominance of bat over ball in a relatively untroubled unbroken stand of 99 from 44 overs.

As in the opening two games against Essex and Derbyshire, Worcestershire were indebted to their middle-lower order for rescuing them from a challenging situation after an opening stand of 140 was followed by the loss of seven wickets for 76.

Alzarri Joseph and Ed Barnard extended their eighth wicket partnership to 114 after Worcestershire resumed on 305-7 with the West Indies paceman staking another claim to be classified as a genuine all-rounder.

Joseph scored eighties against New Zealand and Bangladesh during Tests this winter and followed an important 46 at Derby with his first half century for the county before, on 61 from 101 balls, he lobbed a gentle catch to short mid on off Zak Chappell.

Barnard, who scored his maiden first class century against Essex at Chelmsford, dug in for a 125 ball fifty before he went back to cut Liam Patterson-White and was caught behind on 61.

But Leach, who brought up the fourth batting point with three balls to spare, found an able ally in last man Charlie Morris.

He blocked up an end while Leach mixed belligerence, which brought sixes off Chappell, Dane Patterson, Lyndon James and Steve Mullaney, with watchful defence.

When the 50 partnership came up shortly before a delayed lunch, Leach’s contribution was 49 and he and Morris continued to frustrate the visitors in extending their stand to 81 in 34.4 overs.

Leach eventually was caught at first slip for 84 off Patterson-White to leave Morris 10 not out after defying the Nottinghamshire attack for 67 deliveries.

Slater and Hameed experienced few alarms against the new ball attack of Leach and Morris and looked determined to build the same sort of solid base as Worcestershire openers Jake Libby and Daryl Mitchell.

Joseph sent down a lively six over spell and Barnard’s skiddy bowling also asked questions. Hameed completed a 136 ball fifty in the final over.


LV=Insurance County Championship, Group Two
Leicestershire v Somerset, Day Two, Close of Play report

Leicestershire 233 and 48-3, Somerset 318

Half-centuries from Tom Abell and Steven Davies helped Somerset to an 85-run first-innings lead in their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire, who were three down in their second innings and still 37 behind at the close.

The home side must also contend without skipper Colin Ackermann, who will take no further part after being struck on the forehead fielding at first slip just before lunch. Rishi Patel, his 22-year-old replacement under the concussion protocols, is not out overnight having made a gutsy 27 under pressure against a fired-up Somerset attack.

Abell played beautifully at times but rode his luck in making 88, surviving a close run-out call on 15 before being dropped on 54. He shared a 112-run fifth-wicket partnership with George Bartlett and although both were dismissed in quick succession by seamer Ben Mike, who finished with three for 50, Davies made a typically elegant 59 to give Somerset the upper hand.

Craig Overton then removed Harry Dearden and Marcus Harris in a devastating spell with the new ball, the former brilliantly caught by Abell diving to his left at slip before Australian Test opener Harris fell for just seven, miscuing a hook to square leg to leave them 21 for three. Josh Davey had already found the edge to have Hassan Azad caught behind.

Somerset had been 53 for three overnight, but nightwatchman Jack Leach was Leicestershire’s sole scalp as 104 runs were added in an eventful morning  in which Bartlett was also dropped on 21 in the incident in which Ackermann was injured.

Leicestershire were convinced Abell was gone to a direct hit by Lewis Hill, swooping to field on the leg side as he scrambled a single off Chris Wright, although it looked a difficult call for standing umpire Tim Robinson without the aid of technology.

After Leach was bowled off an inside edge by Mike, Abell was dropped on 54 off left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson, Ackermann shelling the chance at slip after the ball glanced the gloves of wicketkeeper Harry Swindells.

It was from a similar, turning delivery that Bartlett had his escape on 21, the ball again deflected by Swindells and this time felling Ackermann.

After treatment on the field, the 30-year-old South African-born all-rounder continued to field for the last two overs of the session but did not reappear after lunch.

Having added 55 to that point, the fifth-wicket pair continued to profit, Abell reeling off some beautifully timed off-drives and cuts to take their partnership into three figures.

When Mike had Abell caught at second slip, undone by a ball that swung away late, and Bartlett, on 48, pulled him straight to short mid-wicket, Leicestershire sensed a chance but Davies, though out tamely when he clipped a ball from Gavin Griffiths straight to leg gully, made sure the advantage was with his side.

Sussex vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 221/10 (76.3 ov)

Yorkshire 150/10 & *163/5 (60 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Yorkshire lead by 92 runs

England captain Joe Root made just five for the second time in the match as off-spinner Jack Carson led a Sussex fightback on the second day against Yorkshire in the LV = Insurance County Championship at Hove.

Yorkshire had wiped out their first-innings deficit of 71 thanks to an opening stand of 90 between Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth, who made his fifth half-century in six innings. But 20-year-old  Carson, who took three for 35 from 20 overs, got Sussex back in contention with three wickets after tea.

He had Kohler-Cadmore (21) stumped before Root (5) got a very feint edge to wicketkeeper Ben Brown as he pushed forward. Carson picked up his third wicket just before the close when Jonny Tattersall (8) was smartly taken at slip by George Garton.

With Ollie Robinson pinning Lyth lbw for 66 and Garton having Harry Brook (17) caught behind, it needed a grafting unbeaten 36 from Gary Ballance to hold things together for Yorkshire, who were 163 for five at stumps, a lead of 92.

They had dominated the first two sessions, even though Sussex didn’t lose their fourth wicket until an hour into the day when Tom Clark (33), who had added 62 with Tom Haines, lost his off stump to Duanne Olivier. From 166 for four Sussex declined to 221 with Olivier and skipper Steve Patterson each picking up four wickets.

In the next over Haines, who was in sight of his second hundred of the season, was bowled for 86, which included nine fours, as he tried to cut Dom Bess. It had taken the England off-spinner 18 overs to claim his first wicket of the summer but Bess bowled tidily enough and with the pitch taking spin he could have a bigger role to play in Sussex’s run chase.

Sussex captain Brown counter-attacked effectively with eight boundaries in his 37 off 30 balls and he was very surprised to be given out lbw to Patterson off a clear inside edge. Robinson lost his off stump to the next ball and after lunch Patterson removed Carson and Garton, courtesy of a stunning one-handed slip catch by Kohler-Cadmore, as he finished with four for 26. Olivier had figures of four for 61.

Lyth and Kohler-Cadmore looked comfortable when they began Yorkshire’s second innings and Sussex were hampered by the absence of left-armer Scott Hunt, who will not bowl again in the match because of a side strain.

Middlesex v Surrey

Surrey 154 and 105 for three

Middlesex 268 all out


SAM Robson fell just short of his 25th first-class hundred as Middlesex took the initiative on day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship match with Surrey at Lord’s.

The former England opener who made 165 on the season’s opening day against Somerset, battled his way to 95 in a five and a half hour vigil.

Robbie White and Toby Roland-Jones lent valuable support with 72 and 46 not out respectively as the hosts reached 268 all out, a lead of 114.

Surrey reached 105-3 at the close and their hopes may rest on current England opener Rory Burns who will start day three unbeaten on 54.

Middlesex began 40 in arrears with Robson and Robbie White needing just two more for the century stand. These were duly raised from the first ball of the day via Robson’s outside edge which just evaded the clutches of second slip.

Robson’s 50 followed from 123 balls, but runs proved hard to come by on a pitch with variable bounce.

The partnership reached 133 before Jordan Clark made the breakthrough, bowling White off the inside edge.

Clark had Robson dropped at slip soon afterwards, by Rikki Clarke, but struck again when John Simpson edged one from around the wicket into the gloves of Ben Foakes.

Clarke made amends for his spill soon after lunch, bowling Martin Andersson, but Burns spurned another chance to end Robson’s vigil on 84 with a regulation drop at slip. His mishap didn’t prove costly as Reece Topley trapped Robson lbw five short of his century.

Thereafter, Toby Roland-Jones led the quest for runs with a six fours and one huge six into the Mound Stand as the hosts secured a second batting point. Topley finished with four for 56 and Clark three for 58.

The advantage looked all the greater when Middlesex claimed two early scalps in Surrey’s second innings.

Ethan Bamber pinned Mark Stoneman in front and Hashim Amla bagged a pair when Roland-Jones had a similar shout upheld from his first ball of the innings.

Burns though played nicely cutting and driving with authority to reach 50 in 78 balls with six fours.

England teammate Ollie Pope joined Burns in a stand of 59 which threatened to redress the balance, hitting Andersson for three fours in succession.

But the Middlesex man had the last laugh when Pope got too expansive and edged behind to depart for 32.

Warwickshire v Essex

Warwickshire are 243/8

Essex 295



Gritty late order resistance from Warwickshire held up Essex's progress on the second day of their intriguing LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston. 

In reply to the champions' total of 295, the home side closed on Warwickshire 243 for eight, with ninth-wicket pair Danny Briggs and Craig Miles having added an unbroken 50.   

Essex bowled with familiar effectiveness at a unit, with Simon Harmer and Peter Siddle taking three wickets apiece, to have the Bears 198 for eight. Having chipped away with customary nous, at that point they scented a decisive first innings lead but Briggs (32 not out, 89 balls, three fours, one six) and Miles (22 not out, 85 balls, no fours, no sixes) dug in to keep their side very much in the game. 

After Warwickshire resumed in the morning on seven without loss, four of the top five put down roots and passed 25, but none went on to play a match-shaping innings. Matt Lamb top-scored with 47 (117 balls, nine fours). 

Essex quickly struck when Rob Yates was bowled by Sam Cook for four (37 balls). Will Rhodes and Hanuma Vihari then took the score to 34 before the former (26, 58 balls, five fours) played on to Siddle. 

Vihari , making his home debut for Warwickshire, looked in sublime form. He played the spin of Harmer in accomplished fashion but was undone by seam when, on 32 (71 balls, five fours), he edged a superb ball from Jamie Porter to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater. 

Harmer was not to be denied though and struck twice in quick succession when Hain (36, 84 balls, two fours) went down the track and was bowled and Michael Burgess missed a swipe across the line and was stumped. 

Tim Bresnan, who received his county cap from Warwickshire legend Ian Bell before play, batted positively for 21 from 29 balls before Harmer bowled him too. 

Siddle then struck twice in five balls. Olly Stone batted with aplomb to reach 16 exclusively in fours but was pinned lbw. Lamb, having again batted with considerable skill and resolve, lost his off-stump knocked out by one that kept a little low.  

At 193 for eight, with the prospect of batting last against Harmer, Warwickshire were under serious pressure but Briggs, who pulled Cook over long leg for six, and Miles batted watchfully and concentrated hard to post a half-century stand in 163 balls. 

Northamptonshire vs Glamorgan at Wantage Road

Glamorgan 407 lead Northants 251/7 by 156 runs

Adam Rossington’s gutsy 76 helped Northamptonshire tip-toe away from a huge first-innings deficit after Glamorgan racked up 407 in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

The Welsh visitors had added 83 tailender runs, as Chris Cooke ended on 136, before sharing the wickets around to leave Northants slumped on 76 for five.

But skipper Rossington and Saif Zaib put on 126 for the sixth wicket, with the former notching his first red-ball half-century since last August.

Their efforts meant Northants steered their way to 251 for seven, six runs away from avoiding the follow-on and within 156 runs of Glamorgan.

Resuming on 324 for seven, Glamorgan enjoyed almost the perfect morning as they ticked off a fourth batting point, rose above 400 before taking two early Northants scalps.

Partnerships of 46, 26 and 32 for the last three wickets frustrated the home side – under pure blue and above a slowish wicket.

James Harris was watchful for his 17 before he was caught behind, but James Weighell and Michael Hogan scored in extravagant style all alongside the unflappable Cooke.

Weighell, who got a pair on county debut last week, struck Sanderson for a six before edging Wayne Parnell behind, while Hogan thrashed six boundaries in his unbeaten 25.

Cooke finally exited after an excellent innings, caught at first slip when attempting an offside slog, as Glamorgan ended up with 407.

Their profitable morning continued when Ricardo Vasconcelos edged a cut shot to Billy Root at first slip. Weighell ended Northants’ miserable session when he ran out Charlie Thurston with a sensational direct hit from midwicket.

Rob Keogh, Luke Procter and Ben Curran all fell soon after lunch to leave the hosts in a mire.

Keogh was lbw to Harris, who took his first Glamorgan wicket since dismissing Monty Panesar 2,441 days ago having returned to his boyhood county on a two-week loan from Middlesex.

Curran, having reached 1,000 first-class runs on his 21st appearance, was caught behind off Weighell before Procter gloved a ball down the legside to keeper Cooke five balls later.

Rossington arrived and countered, typified by two sixes in a Callum Taylor over – firstly over long-off and then clipped to the short square boundary – while Zaib blocked from the other end.

Having reached 40 in a brisk 48 balls, it took Rossington a further 24 deliveries to negotiate his way to a half-century, brought up with a nicely timed square drive.

The duo both departed within 11 deliveries of each other as Zaib swung a David Lloyd knee-high full-toss straight to mid-on and Rossington was pinned by Michael Hogan.

Parnell, who was dropped at second slip on four, and Gareth Berg guided their side to the close without further damage.

Kent vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship

Kent *85/4 (22 ov)

Lancashire 525/10 (167.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Kent trail by 440 runs

A record-breaking eighth-wicket stand by centurions Danny Lamb and Luke Wood put Lancashire in a dominant position at stumps, on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent at Canterbury.  

Both batsmen hit career-best innings before the visitors were finally dismissed for 525. Lamb made a flamboyant 125 and Wood produced a composed and almost chanceless 119 as they put on 187 for the eighth wicket, both a Lancashire record and a record for the St Lawrence ground. 

Wood then took three for 23 as Kent slumped to 85 for four in reply and they trail by 440 in their Group Three fixture, despite an aggressive 60 not out from England’s Zak Crawley. 

A day from purgatory for the hosts began when the first ball, from Matt Milnes, thumped into Lamb’s pads. A loud shout for lbw was turned down and it all was downhill from there for Kent as Wood and Lamb were largely unmolested, adding 90 runs without loss before lunch.  

Lancashire’s dominance continued through the afternoon session, Wood cutting Joe Denly for four to bring up his second red-ball century and Lamb reverse-sweeping the same bowler for boundaries twice in an over. 

When Milnes did draw an edge from Wood he was dropped by Crawley at slip, but he finally had him caught behind in his next over, the 147th. Lamb then brought up his century with a six over long on but he was eventually bowled by Fred Klaassen. 

Tom Bailey added a quickfire 47 before he was caught by Crawley off Jack Leaning, leaving Matt Parkinson unbeaten on one. 

Kent’s reply started in gruesome fashion when Bailey had Jordan Cox caught behind for nought off the fifth legitimate ball of the innings and Wood then removed Daniel Bell-Drummond, who was caught for three by a diving Luke Wells at third slip. 

Four overs later Wells caught Denly for four off Wood, leaving Kent reeling on 23-3 and despite a partial recovery with a stand of 53 by Crawley and Leaning, Wood had the latter caught for 12 at square leg by the sub, Jack Blatherwick. Heino Kuhn joined Crawley and survived a dicey 35 balls to reach one not out at the close of play, but Kent will have to improve drastically to avoid following on. 

 LV= Insurance County Championship Day Two:

Durham 475 (David Bedingham 257, Sam Conners 5-83)

Derbyshire 148 for five (Wayne Madsen 76*, Chris Rushworth 4-27)


Durham are in a dominant position in their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Emirates Riverside after David Bedingham posted the county's second highest individual first-class score.

Bedingham scored a career-best 257 to guide the home side to a total of 475 in their first innings, earning three batting bonus points. Sam Conners claimed career-best figures of his own, although Derbyshire were still well behind in the game despite his efforts.

Chris Rushworth claimed three early wickets to put the pressure on, but Wayne Madsen halted the hosts' charge with a solid half-century. Late wickets turned momentum back in Durham's favour, reducing the visitors 148 for five at the close, trailing by 327 runs.

The home side resumed on a score of 307 for four, and Bedingham quickly past his career-best made against Nottinghamshire in the first game of the season, moving beyond 180 with a push into the off-side. He and Ned Eckersley worked their way towards Durham's third century partnership of the innings.

Their stand was ended on 109 when Eckersley fell for 34 lbw to Ben Aitchison. Bedingham continued to torment the visitors' attack and notched the first double century of his career. The South African became the first Durham player to score a double century against Derbyshire in the process, beating Paul Collingwood's previous high score of 190 in 2005.

The visitors plugged away and George Scrimshaw was presented his maiden first-class wicket when Stuart Poynter drilled a wide ball straight to point. Fynn Hudson-Prentice overcame a foot injury that forced him off before lunch to remove Paul Coughlin for 10.

Bedingham remained imperious and reached his 250 after 527 minutes at the crease. The South African's outstanding innings came to an end after nine hours when he edged a wide Conners delivery behind, falling 16 runs short of matching Durham's highest individual score. Conners wrapped up the Durham tail, ending with figures of five for 83.

Charging in from the Lumley End, Rushworth tore through the top order clean bowling Tom Wood before trapping Leus du Plooy lbw for a second-ball duck. Luis Reece continued an early procession edging down the leg-side into the hands of a sprawling Poynter.

Skipper Madsen and Matt Critchley dropped anchor and produced a resilient stand for the fourth wicket. Madsen was fluent at the crease and reached his second half-century of the season from only 73 deliveries. The two players passed their century partnership courtesy of a crisp Madsen drive, but Rushworth and Ben Raine struck late in the day to leave the home side in complete control.

Hampshire 470 v  Gloucestershire 114-2 - trail by 356 runs

LV= Insurance County Championship day two.


James Bracey once again underlined his Test credentials in front of England batting coach Marcus Trescothick to help Gloucestershire lay a solid platform in response to Hampshire's big first innings total.

The 23-year-old and Kraigg Braithwaite put on 88 for the second-wicket before the West Indies opener fell late in the day for 60 to leave the visitors on 114-2 at the close having earlier bowled out the hosts for 470.

Bracey, who was named as a reserve batsman for England's tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year, was 46 not out against a strong Hampshire attack spearheaded by Mohammed Abass, Kyle Abbott and Liam Dawson, with Tom Lace yet to score.

Things looked ominous for Gloucestershire when skipper Chris Dent fell for six to Abbas to a ball that kept low and pinned him on the crease.

But Braithwaite and Bracey, watched from the boundary by Trescothick after scoring 118 and 83 in the win over Somerset last week, calmly saw off the new ball.

With the pair looking relatively untroubled, Dawson then managed to get a ball to spit off the surface and had Braithwaite caught by Lewis McManus.

It led to a tense passage of play but Bracey and Lace survived despite the presence of several fielders around the bat for Dawson's final three overs.

After starting the day on 292-3, Hampshire lost nightwatchman Mason Crane early before Tom Alsop fell before lunch for a superbly-made 149 - one shy of his highest score.

The 25-year-old, who made a century against Leicestershire two weeks ago, struck 19 fours in his 290-ball vigil before being caught down the leg-side by Bracey off Ryan Higgins.

James Vince hit a trademark sumptuous cover-drive to the boundary before lunch on his way to his half-century.

The Hampshire skipper wasn't at his fluent best in his innings, but still showed glimpses of class, including successive fours off the bowling of Dan Worrall.

However, in a dramatic over, Vince inside-edged the very next delivery to  Bracey with McManus then controversially dismissed to what appeared to be a bump ball, putting Worrall on a hat-trick.

The Australian seamer who was the pick of the visiting bowlers, claimed his fourth wicket when Abbott was struck on the pad as the hosts lost 3/16 after the restart.

Dawson smashed two sixes and five fours on his way to an entertaining 65 before being cleaned up by Higgins, who then bowled Abbas to finish with 4-78.



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