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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3 DAY 3: Match Scores, Reports & Scorecards April 24th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3 DAY 3: Match Scores, Reports & Scorecards April 24th 2021



Middlesex vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship

Middlesex 268/10 (100.5 ov) & 18/0 (2.3 ov)

Surrey 154/10 (55.4 ov) & 130/10 (52 ov)

Result - Middlesex won by 10 wickets


MIDDLESEX’S seamers sparked a dizzying Surrey collapse as they wrapped up an emphatic 10-wicket win over their London rivals before lunch on day three at Lord’s.

Ethan Bamber had England opener Rory Burns caught behind from the first ball of the day and the domino effect which followed saw the visitors lose their last seven wickets for 25 runs in just over an hour.

Bamber finished with three for 30 and Murtagh  two for 30, while Roland Jones mercilessly cleaned up the tail to claim four for 29.

The combination of superb seam bowling and flaky batting left Middlesex just 17 to win, Max Holden and Sam Robson knocking them off without loss off just 15 deliveries.

Surrey had begun just nine runs behind the hosts with seven wickets standing, much of their hopes pinned on skipper Burns, unbeaten overnight on 54.

However, in the most dramatic of starts Bamber caught him off guard before he’d got his feet moving and the outside edge carried to wicketkeeper John Simpson.

His demise brought Jamie Smith to the crease and he should have been sent packing in the next over from Murtagh, but Robson spilt the sharp chance at second slip.

Robson would atone quickly, snapping up the next chance offered by Ben Foakes after he fenced at a wide one from Murtagh.

A welcome boundary from Smith meant Middlesex would have to bat again, but he failed to make the most of his earlier reprieve, Bamber trapping him plumb in front later in the same over.

The visitors were now in disarray and continued to contribute to their own downfall with Toby-Roland-Jones the next home bowler to profit. The former England seamer had just replaced Bamber at the Pavilion End when Jordan Clark played across a straight one and saw his middle stump unceremoniously uprooted.


Murtagh continued the procession by trapping Rikki Clarke lbw and Surrey were down to their last pair when Roland-Jones splayed the stumps for a second time, Reece Topley the man to go.

The end would come in the same over as Roland-Jones, tail up, pinned last man Amar Virdi lbw.


Middlesex captain Peter Handscomb

‘We spoke this morning about how we wanted to bowl and that has got to be our blueprint for the rest of the year.

‘We put them under a lot of pressure and gave them no chances to score runs. For the bowlers to come out and do that I couldn’t be prouder of them.

‘The experience of Murtagh and Roland-Jones led the way in the first innings and today for Ethan Bamber to come out the way he did and get the key wicket of Burns with the first ball just set the tone.’


Surrey head coach Alec Stewart

‘We didn’t play to the standards we’d want to play to throughout the game.

‘The bowling was good; the catching definitely wasn’t as we dropped too many.

‘Some of the batsmen if they had their time again would choose a different shot selection. Too many of the dismissals were self-inflicted.

‘It’s about not making the same mistakes time and time again. We all make mistakes, always have and always will, but making the same mistakes over and over that’s just dumb.’

Leicestershire vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship

Leicestershire 233/10 (82.4 ov) & 199/10 (70.4 ov)

Somerset 318/10 (80.2 ov) & 118/1 (26.5 ov)

Result - Somerset won by 9 wickets

England all-rounder Craig Overton took five for 25 as Somerset bounced back from last week’s defeat to Gloucestershire to bank 22 points from a three-day, nine-wicket victory over Leicestershire in LV=Insurance County Championship Group Two.

Overton, 10 of whose 18 overs were maidens, produced his best Championship bowling figures since 2015 as Leicestershire - without captain and mainstay Colin Ackermann because of his concussion injury - were bowled out for 199, England left-arm spinner Jack Leach backing him up with three for 43.

It left Somerset needing just 115 to win, which they reached in 26.5 overs for the loss of one wicket only as their prodigiously talented opener Tom Lammonby, the 20-year-old who hit three Bob Willis Trophy centuries in a stunning debut season last year, ended a run of poor scores so far this year with a fine unbeaten 70 that included 13 fours.

A fifth-wicket stand of 76 between Lewis Hill and Harry Swindells raised the home side’s hopes of making a game of it after trailing by 85 on first innings. But as Leach denied Hill a half-century and Overton did likewise to Swindells, Leicestershire lost their last five wickets for 37 runs.

Three down for 48 overnight, Leicestershire lost their fourth wicket to the first ball of the day as Rishi Patel, Ackermann’s concussion substitute, was caught at first slip driving loosely at Overton for 27.

By lunch the home side had turned an overnight deficit of 37 into a lead of 74 but they had lost Hill three runs short of a fifth consecutive half-century as a flighted delivery from Leach turned just enough to take the edge and give Lewis Gregory a catch at slip.

Swindells, who cut Marchant de Lange for six over the slip cordon as well as picking up five boundaries, was undone five overs after lunch by a short delivery by Overton, which he could only fend into the gloves of wicketkeeper Steven Davies to be out for 49.

Overton claimed his fifth wicket with a full, straight ball into Callum Parkinson’s pads as Leicestershire teetered at 168 for seven.

Ben Mike played nicely for his 37 and his fifth boundary at least took Leicestershire’s lead into three figures.

But then Leach took two wickets in two balls, Chris Wright groping at one that took the edge before Dieter Klein wastefully lobbed his first delivery straight to mid-on. Mike ultimately perished throwing the bat, caught at deep backward point off De Lange for 37.

A peach of a ball from Wright bowled Tom Banton and Tom Abell was dropped at second slip off Mike on six but otherwise it was plain sailing for Somerset, who reached tea at 51 for one from 15 overs, as they completed victory just before ten to five, an increasingly fluent Lammonby on-driving Harry Dearden for his 13th boundary to finish the job.

Worcestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1, County Championship

Worcestershire 436/10 (145.1 ov)

Nottinghamshire 276/10 & *87/0 (35 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Notts trail by 73 runs


Worcestershire took command of their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Nottinghamshire on the third day  at New Road, seizing a first innings lead of 160.

Having piled up 436 in their first innings, they bowled the visitors out for 276, Charlie Morris leading the way with an accurate and incisive display which brought him 20-8-30-3.

Former England opener Haseeb Hameed resisted with a diligent 111 (304 balls, ten fours), his first first-class century since April 2019 and only his second since August 2016. 

But support for him was sparse, other than from an aggressive 71-ball 62 from Tom Moores (nine fours, three sixes).

Nottinghamshire showed some resolve second time around after Worcestershire enforced the follow on, reaching 87 without loss from 35 overs.

After Nottinghamshire resumed on the third morning on 99 without loss, spinner Brett D’Oliveira soon broke for the home side through when Ben Slater (45, 140 balls, four fours) edged to Daryl Mitchell at slip.

Alzarri Joseph then struck with his sixth ball of the day, at which Ben Duckett sliced a drive and Ed Barnard held on to the catch at the second attempt at point.

Joe Clarke's brisk 27 (35 balls) on his former home ground ended when he was bowled by an in-ducker from Morris. That was the first of three wickets in successive overs for the seamer as he trapped Lyndon James lbw and bowled Steven Mullaney who shouldered arms.

Hameed completed an excellent hundred, from 268 balls, and added 89 in 23 overs with Moores but, when they were parted, the latter caught at long off off D'Oliveira, the last five wickets fell for 15 runs in 64 balls. 

Joe Leach trapped Liam Patterson-White lbw and ended Habeeb's 401-minute vigil via a feathered cut to wicketkeeper Ben Cox. Zak Chappell tried and failed to steal a single to mid-wicket and was run out by Mitchell's direct hit  and Dane Paterson was beaten for pace and bowled first ball by Joseph.

Following on, Nottinghamshire avoided early mishaps as Hameed dug in again alongside the more forceful Slater. The pair saw off a diverse attack of seven bowers but Nottinghamshire have much batting still to do to save the game.


 Sussex vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 221/10 & *136/6 (52 ov)

Yorkshire 150/10 (50.5 ov) & 305/10 (103.4 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Sussex need 99 runs


England off-spinner Dom Bess claimed five wickets to put Yorkshire in a strong position after three days of their LV = Insurance County Championship against Sussex at Hove.

Yorkshire first frustrated Sussex with the depth of their batting as they scored 305 in their second innings to set their opponents a challenging target of 235.  Then Bess took five wickets as Sussex wobbled to 86 for five, before they rallied to 136 for six at the close.

Yorkshire started the day on 163 for five, a lead of 92, with Gary Ballance unbeaten on 36. Ollie Robinson bowled well without success but when he was replaced by George Garton at the Cromwell Road end Sussex made their first breakthrough. Garton’s second delivery was a little short and Steven Patterson chopped the ball onto his stumps.

Ballance’s three-hour innings came to an end when he was lbw padding up to off-spinner Jack Carson for 74.  Robinson, armed with the new ball, returned to the attack with the score 239 for seven and in his third over he  found the edge of Jordan Thompson’s bat and Aaron Thomason pulled off an amazing catch at first slip, sticking out his right hand at the last moment to seize the ball at shoulder height.

In Robinson’s next over he had Bess lbw with a ball that was destined to hit the top of the off stump.  With nine wickets down, Yorkshire led by 183 and Sussex looked favourites, but the last wicket pair of David Willey and Duanne Olivier added 51 runs.

Yorkshire lost their last wicket to the tenth delivery after a delayed lunch when Olivier was lbw on the back foot to Carson, who bowled superbly for career best figures of five for 85.

In this compelling match the batting has seemed easier at the beginning of the innings and Sussex made a solid start to their chase before, at 45, Thomason gave Bess the charge and was bowled.      

Sussex went to tea on 59 for one, but then Tom Haines was caught down the leg-side and after that Yorkshire took control as Sussex lost three wickets for five runs.  Tom Clark, pushing forward, was caught at silly-point, Stiaan van Zyl, playing for non-existent spin, was bowled and an unhappy Delray Rawlins fell first ball before Ben Brown and Garton added 50. But Bess had the final word, removing Garton for 21 just before the close and leaving Yorkshire favourites to wrap up their second win of the season.


Hampshire vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Hampshire 470/10 (144.1 ov)

Gloucestershire 320/10 & *14/0 (6 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Gloucs trail by 136 runs.


Hampshire enforced the follow-on late on day three at the Ageas Bowl after a dramatic final-session collapse saw Gloucestershire dismissed for 320 with spin twins Liam Dawson and Mason Crane taking five wickets between them after tea.

Gloucestershire closed on 14-0 after Kraigg Brathwaite and Chris Dent survived the last six overs, but trail the home side by 136, going into the final day having missed the chance to make Hampshire bat again by just one run.  

The visitors looked to have frustrated the hosts' push for a third successive victory on a largely attritional day thanks to a slow pitch, before the game burst into life after tea when they lost 5-37.

An excellent 73 from Ryan Higgins in a 76-run stand for the sixth wicket with George Hankins, had frustrated Hampshire after they had bowled well early in the day.

Having resumed on 114-2, Tom Lace and James Bracey withstood some testing bowling from Kyle Abbott and Mohammed Abbas, who finished with 4-41,  in the first hour of the morning.

However, Lace, having played with great restraint, couldn't resist playing at a rare wide delivery from Abbas and edged behind to Lewis McManus for 20.

Bracey, whose brilliant early season form has put him in the frame for an England call-up, played beautifully for his 65. 

However, he will not want to see his dismissal to Abbas again any time soon after his stumps were rattled by a ball he played no shot to, in a rare lapse of judgement in his four-hour stay at the crease.

Ian Cockbain was then bowled by Abbas for 24 after lunch before Higgins and Hankins guided their side safely to tea at 271/5 with the draw looking the most likely outcome.

But Crane then took three quick wickets when he trapped Hankins lbw for 31, rattled the stumps of Higgins after he bottom-edged an attempted sweep, before dismissing Dan Worrall. for five.

Dawson, who toiled away for 41 overs, got the reward his efforts deserved when he dismissed Josh Shaw and Matt Taylor as Gloucestershire fell agonisingly short of not having to bat again. 

Kent vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship

Kent 169/10 & *209/1 (67 ov)

Lancashire 525/10 (167.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Kent trail by 147 runs

A century from captain Daniel Bell-Drummond has given Kent a fighting chance of a draw against Lancashire, steering them to 209 for one in their second innings in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury. 

The hosts still trail by 147 at the end of day three, but a heavy defeat had looked likely after they slumped to 169 all out in their first innings. Tom Bailey took four for 46 and Luke Wood three for 38 to give Lancashire a lead of 356, but after enforcing the follow on the visitors were frustrated for the final two sessions. 

Bell-Drummond hit 108 not out and Jordan Cox made 80 in a stand of 176 for the opening wicket that helped take the Group Three fixture to a fourth day.

Kent were 85 for four overnight and their worst case scenario occurred when Bailey had Zak Crawley caught behind for 60 off the first ball of the day.

They resisted well for the next hour, until the introduction of Matt Parkinson, who had Heino Kuhn caught by Rob Jones at square leg for 21 in his first over, after a miscued sweep.

Darren Stevens was out for just one, having already been given a comical reprieve when he top-edged Parkinson to square leg. The ball was in the air for so long Stevens started walking, but he was dropped by Jones, making the fielder the most relieved man in the ground when he was lbw to Parkinson’s next ball.

Bailey then removed Ollie Robinson and Fred Klaassen with successive balls, bowling the former for 21 and getting the latter caught by Keaton Jennings at first slip for a golden duck. The final ball of the session saw Miguel Cummins caught by Dane Vilas for 19, attempting to drive Josh Bohannon through extra cover, leaving Matt Milnes not out on 17. 

However, the contrast between morning and afternoon could hardly have been starker, as Bell-Drummond and Cox batted through to tea, scoring freely to reach 141 for nought despite constant and increasingly frantic appealing.

The partnership lasted for over three hours until Parkinson had Cox caught by a diving Jones at cover but it was a fleeting success for Lancashire as Kent continued to resist. Bell-Drummond reached three figures with a single off a full toss from Parkinson and he was joined by Crawley, who was 13 not out at stumps. 

 Warwickshire vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship

Warwickshire 284/10 (111.1 ov)

Essex 295/10 & *213/9 (82 ov)

Day 3 Essex lead by 224 runs.


Joint Group One leaders Warwickshire and Essex are set for a compelling final-day denouement at Edgbaston after the visitors closed the third day on 213 for nine - 224 ahead.

In a match which is a terrific advertisement for the LV=Insurance County Championship, both sides have been under pressure at times but fought back in turn with immense skill and spirit.

Replying to Essex's 295, the home side was bowled out for 284, a strong recovery from 193 for eight, to ultimately trail by just 11. Essex then slid to 36 for five in their second innings, but Dan Lawrence (55, 110 balls, seven fours) and Simon Harmer (62 not out, 182 balls, seven fours) dug in to ensure that Warwickshire face a tricky victory target on a pitch offering turn.

After Warwickshire resumed on the third morning on 243 for eight, Danny Briggs (66 not out, 119 balls, six fours, two sixes) and Craig Miles (25, 95 balls) took their partnership to 66 in 32 overs before the latter fell lbw to Jamie Porter. 

Briggs reached 50 from 108 balls and celebrated by lifting Porter over mid-wicket for six. Harmer then trapped Olly Hannon-Dalby lbw to end the innings and finish with a personal four for 89.

In 14 overs before lunch, Essex hit heavy turbulence to go into the interval on 25 for four. Sir Alastair Cook lifted Hannon-Dalby to Rob Yates at point, Miles removed Tom Westley, brilliantly caught at mid-wicket by Will Rhodes, and Nick Browne, lbw, and then Hannon-Dalby had Paul Walter caught behind.

Seven overs into the afternoon, Stone added the wicket of Ryan ten Doeschate, lbw, but Adam Wheater counter-attacked for 30 (46 balls, six fours) before lifting Miles to Hanuma Vihari at long leg.

Lawrence played a terrific innings for his team, applying himself diligently for almost three hours, but hit the self-destruct button when he attempted an unwise single to mid on and was beaten by Miles's throw.

Essex's bowlers then showed their mettle with the bat. Peter Siddle contributed a useful 20 (21 balls) before Miles continued his excellent day by inducing an edge to the wicketkeeper. Harmer and Sam Cook added a valuable 33 and, after Cook top-edged Stone to mid-wicket, Harmer completed a half-century on which he will aim to build another match-winning bowling display tomorrow.



 LV= Insurance County Championship Day Three: Durham 475 (David Bedingham 257, Sam Conners 5-83) and 175 for two declared (Alex Lees 78*, Fynn Hudson-Prentice 1-27) vs Derbyshire 267 (Wayne Madsen 76, Chris Rushworth 6-58) and 10 for none

Durham will go into the final day’s play of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Emirates Riverside against Derbyshire needing ten wickets to force a result after a day that saw Chris Rushworth became Durham’s second highest first class wicket taker.

A hundred run partnership between Harvey Hosein and Brooke Guest proved difficult to break before a six wicket haul from Chris Rushworth saw Derbyshire bowled out for 267, still 208 runs short of Durham’s first innings total.

Unbeaten fifties from Alex Lees and David Bedingham led Durham to declare with a lead of 383 runs and five overs remaining in the day.

Derbyshire resumed on 148 for five still trailing by 327 runs, though their position was soon weakened when Paul Coughlin drew a leading edge out of Wayne Madsen, the Derbyshire skipper unable to add to his overnight score of 76.

The home side were halted though as Hosein and Guest dug in, the pair putting on 83 runs together before Guest edged behind trying to pull Rushworth for 37.  The wicket was Rushworth’s 518th first class wicket and also gave the Durham veteran his 27th five-wicket haul.

Despite the loss of his partner, Hosein continued his defiant knock as he brought up his fourth consecutive first class fifty with a solid punch back down the ground for four.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice had dug in well until Matt Salisbury took the new ball and re-arranged the Derbyshire man’s stumps, the lower-order batsman going for 12.

Sam Connors came and went as he tamely lobbed a catch to Alex Lees to give Rushworth his sixth of the innings. Salisbury finished off the Derbyshire innings as he found Hosein’s edge to leave Derbyshire 267 all out, trailing by 208 runs.

Young had looked solid at the crease as Durham got their second innings underway, only for the New Zealand opener to chop onto his own stumps off the bowling of Hudson-Prentice for 21.

Matt Critchley took the second wicket of the innings, trapping Borthwick lbw for 15 as he looked to accelerate but 78 not out from Lees and Bedingham’s quick fire fifty set up the declaration with a 383 run lead.

Despite a couple of uncomfortable moments for Luis Reece and Tom Wood, the Derbyshire openers survived the five over session to reach stumps without loss.

Northamptonshire vs Glamorgan at Wantage Road

Glamorgan 407 & 205/4 lead Northants 364 by 248 runs

Nick Selman found his LV= Insurance County Championship form with a half-century as Glamorgan piled on the runs to set up an intriguing final day at Wantage Road.

Opener Selman had experienced a wretched opening five innings of the season, with a run of 4, 0, 0, 11 and 17 before he terminated his poor form with a solid 69.

His efforts, along with Billy Root’s 56, helped Glamorgan reach close on 205 for four, 248 ahead, although an increasingly flat pitch is likely to stand in the way of victory over Northamptonshire.

Earlier, Gareth Berg and debutant Wayne Parnell both scored half-centuries to give Northants a first-innings deficit of 43 – having been 56 for five.

Adam Rossington and Saif Zaib had rebuilt phenomenally on the second day, but Berg and Parnell’s eighth-wicket stand of 108 pulled the match towards parity.

The experienced pair scored freely despite an early new ball, as they chalked up previously unlikely batting points for passing 300 and 350.

Parnell reached his half-century first, from 81 balls, thanks to a wonderfully caressed cover drive, before the experienced duo touched gloves on a three-figure stand.

Berg was forced to wait to follow his partner to the milestone as he dropped twice in the same over by James Weighell, off his own bowling, before Parnell departed - the South African all-rounder yorked by Weighell for 54.

Berg did eventually get to fifty in 83 balls as he and Nathan Buck added 34 together.

Northants’ innings ended when Buck was snaffled at backward point, with Weighell managing to get his fingers underneath a dipping ball, and Ben Sanderson was castled – leaving Berg unbeaten on 69.

As with the first-innings, Glamorgan’s openers David Lloyd and Selman moved past 50 together without an ounce of fuss.

Selman was dropped on 15 by Rossington, who damaged a finger on his left hand in the process and was forced to off the field for the remainder of the day.

Ricardo Vasconcelos kept and captained in Rossington’s place and almost immediately was called upon as Buck found Lloyd’s outside edge.

Buck struck again in his following over, to keep up the flurry of wickets trend which has shaped the match so far, as Andy Balbirnie mistimed a pull to the short legside boundary.

Selman, having past 50 in 124 balls, departed for 69 when he flicked Berg down the leg side to give Vasconcelos a second grab with the gloves.

Root, having begun the season with a century against Yorkshire, past his half-century in 103 balls before he was also caught behind, for 56 off Sanderson.

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