LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
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Sussex vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex 221/10 (76.3 ov) & 186/10 (69.5 ov)
Yorkshire 150/10 (50.5 ov) & 305/10 (103.4 ov)
Yorkshire won by 48 runs
Yorkshire took just 70 minutes to take the four remaining Sussex wickets and complete their second successive LV = Insurance County Championship win of the season at The 1st Central County Ground.
England off-spinner Dom Bess took the final wicket to finish with figures of six for 53 as Yorkshire won by 48 runs. They collected 19 point against Sussex’s four. It was always an unlikely run chase for Sussex but they - and in particular their captain Ben Brown - made a fight of it
Sussex started the fourth day on 136 for six, requiring a further 99 runs for victory, with Brown unbeaten on 26 and new batsman Ollie Robinson yet to face a ball following George Garton’s dismissal from the final delivery of the previous day.
Yorkshire opened up with Steven Patterson from the Cromwell Road end and Bess from the sea end. And with the second ball of the 59th over – the seventh of the morning – Yorkshire broke through with the wicket of Robinson. The batsman pushed forward to a delivery from Patterson which nipped back and caught him in front of his off-stump. Sussex had added just nine runs and Robinson’s 17-ball stay had yielded just six runs.
Yorkshire knew they were through to the Sussex tail but Brown and Jack Carson defied them with a stand of 35. Carson got a thick edge for four off Patterson and repeated the trick when the bowler was replaced by Jordan Thompson.
Brown, meanwhile, provided the best stroke of the morning when he drove a full length delivery from Thompson through the covers for four. At the other end, at 180 for seven, England captain Joe Root replaced Bess and with his third delivery he made the second breakthrough of the morning when Carson edged to Adam Lyth at first slip for 18.
Sussex lost their ninth wicket in the next over when Thompson plucked out Brown’s middle stump. The Sussex captain, who appeared to be unlucky with his first innings dismissal, had batted for two hours and 21 minutes and faced 111 balls for his 46. And it was all over in the next over when Bess, who had just been hit over mid-on for four by Henry Crocombe, had the batsman caught by the leaping David Willey at short midwicket.
Sussex captain Ben Brown: “It was disappointing to lose but we played some good cricket and came out of this game with a lot of pride. We were up against a seriously good Yorkshire side with a number of international players and for our young team it was nip and tuck all the way.
“Tom Haines looked good again and Jack Carson went toe to toe with the England off-spinner Dom Bess. We could have got more runs in the first innings but a few things didn’t go our way.”
Andrew Gale, Yorkshire’s first team coach: “It was a fantastic win, particularly from where we were on the first day. We didn’t do ourselves justice in the first innings but we showed great character and resilience after that. We won by a decent margin in the end and I’m really proud of them.
“The batting is an issue at the moment but to still be winning games is very pleasing. But we have got to start to put big first innings scores on the board”
Northamptonshire vs Glamorgan at Wantage Road
Glamorgan 407 & 311/5d lost to Northants 364 & 357/3 by seven wickets
Ricardo Vasconcelos and Rob Keogh conjured up centuries as Northamptonshire miraculously chased down 355 in 72.4 overs to beat Glamorgan by seven wickets in an LV= Insurance County Championship humdinger.
Vasconcelos and Keogh put on 239 for the third wicket, individually scoring 185 not out and 126, as Northants completed the third-highest successful fourth-innings chase in their history.
Glamorgan had given themselves 79 overs to bowl their hosts out on a pitch which had got flatter, having declared on 311 for five – after half-centuries from Nick Selman, Billy Root, Kiran Carlson and Chris Cooke.
But Vasconcelos lead the charge with his highest first-class score to tick off the runs with over six overs to spare to hand Northants 23 points and their first win of the season, while Glamorgan remain winless.
Glamorgan boosted their lead from 248 to 354 runs in 70 minutes of aggressive batting from Chris Cooke, Kiran Carlson and Callum Taylor.
Cooke and Carlson set the tone with a 111-run stand in 122 balls as both reached half-centuries, in 62 and 69 balls, to go with their 136 and 54 respectively from the first innings.
Carlson departed when he was caught at deep third man, but Taylor joined Cooke to add 31 more runs in the face of defensive Northants bowling and fields before the declaration 40 minutes before lunch.
A mixture of attacking fields and intent from Vasconcelos, and to a lesser extent Ben Curran, meant that Northants flew out the blocks.
The opening pair sped to 81 in 17.4 overs to open up the seemingly unlikely possibility of victory, with Vasconcelos reaching his half-century in exactly 50 balls, via a tricky catching chance at second slip.
Curran was lbw to a nicely flighted delivery from spinner Taylor, before Charlie Thurston guided James Weighell to Andy Balbirnie at first slip.
But those wickets in successive overs proved to be a very temporary stumbling block when Keogh joined Vasconcelos and the run-rate accelerated – 55 runs flowed in the following eight overs.
Keogh’s fifty came up in 47 balls, shortly before Vasconcelos raised his bat and bowed to the dressing room after cutting Taylor to the point boundary – the 16th time he’d hit the ropes. It was the South African-born batter’s seventh first-class century.
Keogh’s eleventh career ton, and like Vasconcelos his second of the season, came in a spritely 109 balls with a powerful square drive.
The 200 stand and Vasconcelos’ 150, brought up with a six over mid-on, were negotiated and met with a stand ovation from the players’ balcony as the finishing line zoomed into sight.
Keogh edged David Lloyd behind with 34 runs still needed, but Luke Procter flicked off his legs to secure the win - a victory all the more impressive for Northants having been 76 for five in their first innings.
Hampshire 470 drew with Gloucestershire 320 and 197-9
LV= Insurance County Championship day four.
Hampshire 12 points Gloucestershire 11 points
A stubborn last-wicket stand from Josh Shaw and Dominic Goodman salvaged a dramatic draw for Gloucestershire against Hampshire on an absorbing final day at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire had looked on course for a third successive LV= County Championship victory when the pair came together with 22 overs of the day remaining and their side leading by just 11 runs.
However, Goodman and Shaw soaked up 106 balls between them in a 36-run stand to frustrate the hosts who had ripped through the middle and lower order in a devastating spell after tea.
Goodman, 20, who is still a student at Exeter University and playing only his second first-class match, was unbeaten on nine having faced 39 deliveries before scoring, with Shaw 23 not out after an hour and 20 minute stint at the crease.
Gloucestershire, who were made to follow on late on Saturday, started the day on 14-0 with Chris Dent and Kraigg Brathwaite surviving the opening 40 minutes from Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas with few alarms.
But it was first-change bowler Wheal who made the breakthrough when he found the edge of Dent's bat and Liam Dawson took a brilliant juggling catch in the slips to dismiss the visiting skipper for 10.
In the very next over Brathwaite undid all of his hard work when he tried to smash Dawson back over his head but instead picked out Abbott at deep mid-on.
Dawson then snared the in-form James Bracey for his first single-figure score of the season when he tried to drive the ball out of the foot marks but could only divert it to Ian Holland at slip to leave Gloucestershire in deep trouble at 50-3.
Tom Lace and Ian Cockbain steadied the ship until an hour after lunch when the former Middlesex batsman, who'd played well for his 38, was brilliantly caught at slip by Joe Weatherley off Wheal.
But Cockbain, a white-ball specialist, playing his first four-day match for three years dug in manfully for 36 from 122 balls as Gloucestershire lost just one wicket in the middle session.
Abbot struck immediately after the restart when he dismissed Cockbain and the dangerous Ryan Higgins before Wheal snared George Hankins and Dan Worrall in successive balls.
Mason Crane then trapped Matt Taylor lbw leaving the jubilant hosts pondering a memorable victory, but Shaw and Goodman held out to deny James Vince's side.
Essex (295 and 244) lost to Warwickshire (284 and 256 for three) by seven wickets at Edgbaston
Warwickshire moved clear at the top of the LV=Insurance County Championship Group A after completing a pulsating seven-wicket victory over champions Essex at Edgbaston.
After four days of superb red ball cricket, the home side reeled in a target of 256 in 82 overs with seven wickets and eight balls to spare.
Rob Yates (120 not out, 309 balls, 14 fours, one six), Hanuma Vihari (52, 115 balls, five fours) and Sam Hain (60, 116 balls, six fours, one six) underpinned a highly impressive batting display which handed Essex their first-class defeat since in 22 matches.
It was the second successive match, following on from Trent Bridge last week, from which Warwickshire had forged victory with a perfectly-paced final day pursuit. An Essex bowling attack accustomed to grinding teams into submission, was itself ground down.
Essex, leading by 11 runs on first innings, resumed on the final morning on 213 for nine, and Simon Harmer (82 not out, 217 balls, nine fours) and Jamie Porter (11, 46 balls, one four) took their last-wicket stand to 42 before the latter fell lbw to Danny Briggs. Their total of 244 represented a fine fightback from 36 for five.
In an hour's batting before lunch, Warwickshire reached 48 for one, losing captain Will Rhodes who pulled Sam Cook for six but then edged him to wicketkeeper Adam Wheater.
For much of the afternoon session Yates and Vihari combined diligent defence with the occasional foraay into attack, notably when Yates danced down the pitch and lifted Harmer straight for six.
Vihari passed his first half-century for the Bears but fell in infuriating fashion when Essex turned to medium pacer Paul Walter. His first ball lured the batsman into a drive at a wide one and resulted in an edge to Wheater.
Warwickshire began the last session needing 116 from 34 overs while Essex required eight wickets. It was a shame there were no spectators inside Edgbaston for such a fine game, though it was enjoyed by many around the world via the home club's excellent livestreaming service.
Yates and Hain nurdled away to bring the equation to 78 needed from 20, 40 from ten and 16 from five. A sweet straight drive took the former to his second first class century (202 balls) and a pulled six took the latter to his half-century (104 balls) before Yates, fittingly, struck the winning boundary.
LV= Insurance County Championship: Durham 475 & 175 for two declared drew with Derbyshire 267 & 280 for five at Emirates Riverside. Durham 14 points, Derbyshire 11 points.
Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley scored stoic half-centuries to thwart Durham's bid for victory and to secure Derbyshire's third draw in a row in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Durham required 10 wickets to record their first win of the campaign, while Derbyshire had to bat out 96 overs or attempt an ambitious push for a victory target of 384 at Emirates Riverside.
The home side claimed early wickets, but Madsen and Critchley combined for a stand of 138 to take the sting out of the game. Late strikes from Ben Raine and Paul Coughlin gave Durham hope, but they were forced to settle for a draw on home soil. As a result, both teams remain winless in Group One after their opening three matches.
In need of early wickets on the final day, Raine broke the opening stand by clean bowling Wood with a delivery that kept slightly low. However, in the theme of the day the Durham pace bowlers toiled on a flat pitch.
Skipper Scott Borthwick brought himself into the attack from the Finchale End and developed a good rhythm removing Luis Reece lbw for 32.
Further wickets eluded the hosts before the lunch break as Madsen and Leus du Plooy resisted Durham's attempt to make further inroads.
Raine returned at the start of the afternoon session and notched the key scalp of Du Plooy lbw. Richard Kettleborough deliberated over the decision, but opted to send the left-hander on his way. The in-form Critchley stabilised the innings with Madsen by raising the tempo, bringing up a stand of fifty from only 60 balls.
Madsen continued to thwart the Durham bowlers, and secured his second half-century of the match from 75 balls. Madsen and Critchley's defiance allowed the duo to post their century stand before the tea break, inching the visitors towards safety.
Critchley joined Madsen in passing fifty after tea, cutting a wide delivery from Raine to the boundary. It continued the 24-year-old's excellent start to the campaign, posting his fourth half-century in three games.
After a couple of close appeals from the hosts, Coughlin broke the partnership by pinning Critchley lbw for 69. but only after the duo produced a record fourth-wicket stand for Derbyshire against Durham. One wicket quickly became two as Madsen's vigil was ended when Raine found the shoulder of his bat and Stuart Poynter took a sprawling catch.
Amid precise bowling from the home side with the new ball, Harvey Hosein and Brooke Guest were on point in their defence to allow the visitors to hold out for a draw.
Lancashire moved top of Group Three after thrashing Kent by an innings and five runs in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury.
Matt Parkinson helped spin the visitors to 22 points, claiming seven for 126 as Kent were all out for 351 in their second innings, while Danny Lamb, who’d scored 125 on day two, claimed two for 57.
Daniel Bell-Drummond made 114, but the hosts lost three wickets in the morning session and collapsed from 305 for four after lunch, leaving them bottom of the table, having picked up just two bonus points.
With the St Lawrence under cloud for the first time this season and the ground buffeted by a north-easterly wind strong enough to blow over advertising hoardings, Kent began day four on 209 for one following on, still 147 in arrears.
Bell-Drummond added just six to his overnight score when he played on to Josh Bohannon and Parkinson then hit Kent with a gut punch, taking two wickets from successive balls. Zak Crawley was lbw for 36 to a full toss that landed on his toe and Jack Leaning was caught and bowled for a golden duck, lingering for several seconds before the umpires agreed the ball hadn’t bounced.
Joe Denly and Heino Kuhn steered Kent to 280 for four at lunch, but just as the hosts began to harbour plausible hopes of at least forcing Lancashire to bat again, both were removed by Lamb. Kuhn was lbw for 32 in the 53rd over and in the 55th Denly’s middle stump was sent flying as he was bowled for 31.
Darren Stevens went for a duck in the next over, caught by Rob Jones as he tried to drive Parkinson through extra cover and Matt Milnes was unable to recreate last week’s rearguard against Yorkshire, lasting 27 balls before he was lbw to Parkinson for 14, leaving Kent on 345 for eight at tea.
Fred Klaassen was on three when he steered a Lamb delivery into his stumps and although he was reprieved when the ball failed to dislodge the bails, Parkinson had him caught by Croft at silly point before he could add to his score. Lancashire sealed the win when Parkinson drew an inside edge from Miguel Cummins and he was caught by Keaton Jennings at short leg.
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