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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 2nd 2021

County Ground, Hove
County Ground, Hove
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards for May 2nd  2021.

 

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Scorecards

Lancashire vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship

Lancashire 230/10 (98.2 ov) & 255/5 (68.2 ov)

Sussex 328/10 (102.2 ov) & 154/10 (46.1 ov)

Lancashire won by 5 wickets

Former England opener Keaton Jennings led Lancashire to their third win on the spin in the LV=Insurance County Championship against Sussex at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove.

Lancashire won by five wickets shortly after lunch on the final day to stay top of the Group 3 table, and Jennings followed his first innings 60 with an unbeaten 91.

Sussex battled hard to the last but ultimately paid for their cheap second innings dismissal and Lancashire were worthy winners.    

They started the day on 124 for two, still requiring another 129, with Jennings unbeaten  on 35.  Sussex opened with their two leading wicket-takers in the match, Stuart Meaker and Jack Carson.

Jennings reverse swept  the ever-threatening Carson for four and Lancashire appeared to be making serene progress towards their target when, after 35 minutes play, night-watchman Saqib Mahmood had a rush of blood and charged down the wicket to drive Carson.   But he missed the ball, wicket-keeper Ben Brown made a simple stumping, and Lancashire were 147 for three.

New batsman Liam Livingstone did not last long.  With 100 runs still needed, Livingstone, on three, clipped Carson to midwicket where Delray Rawlins tumbled forward to take the catch.

Sussex were back in the match.   But Lancashire always looked favourites while Jennings was at the crease.  The batsman reached his half- century from 105 balls and looked generally untroubled, though he did edge Meaker just short of second slip. Sussex thought they had made a breakthrough at the other end when new batsman Josh Bohannon, on 9, survived an appeal for a stumping off Carson only after both umpires had consulted.

While Jennings continued to play the anchor role Bohannon went for his strokes.  He flicked Jamie Atkins to fine leg for four and guided Henry Crocombe to third man for another boundary. Then he pulled Crocombe backward of square for another four. Carson remained the most threatening bowler but after 90 minutes he was replaced by Rawlins.  But when he bowled a full toss to Bohannon the batsman pulled him over midwicket for six.

Bohannon’s aggressive innings of 46 came to an end when he pulled Crocombe to long leg where Tom Clark took a fine catch; Bohannon’s 53-ball innings included eight fours and a six. At lunch Lancashire were 228 for five, still needing 25 runs, and they got there 27 minutes after the break.

Lancashire captain Dane Vilas: “It was a fantastic performance by us to come from behind, an unbelievable effort and just what we needed. 

“We talked about what we had to do.  We knew we had to turn things around to get a result and that’s exactly what we did on days three and four.  They were our moving days.  All our bowlers bowled really well and I’m delighted for them.”

Sussex captain Ben Brown said: “I have feelings of déjà vu after last week’s defeat by Yorkshire, and now this.  I’m ultimately disappointed that we didn’t have the craft and experience to ram home the advantage we gained in the first innings.

“We didn’t do anything that wrong but Lancashire bowled really well – they all bowled well – and we couldn’t get the 200 runs or so in our second innings to put the game out of sight.  And then the experience of their batting really showed.      

“But on the plus side we had an amazing debut by Jamie Atkins, who has pace and bounce and can swing the ball.  I was really exited about his debut and I’m really pleased for him, while Stuart Meaker really raised his game and showed his experience and really raised his game.

“Then there was Jack Carson (seven wickets in the match).  The pitch didn’t offer us as much spin as last week but he was outstanding again.”

Gloucestershire vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Gloucestershire 275/10 (78.2 ov) & 348/6 (78.2 ov)

Leicestershire 421/10 (144.1 ov) & 201/10 (49.4 ov)

Gloucs won by 4 wickets

 

Ian Cockbain’s first County Championship century since 2014 and 97 from Tom Lace saw Gloucestershire chase 348 to beat Leicestershire by four wickets at Bristol.

Cockbain and Lace arrived just after lunch at 52 for three when winning the game was fanciful but they played calmly through to tea to leave 216 to win from 37 overs of the final session.

Their intent was immediate and they extended their stand to 224. Lace couldn’t see the chase through and Cockbain fell for 117 so it was left to George Hankins to strike the winnings runs.

It was the fourth-highest Championship run chase in Gloucestershire’s history, a third victory to take them top of Group 2 and a remarkable turnaround having conceded a first-innings lead of 146.

Leicestershire were denied 22 overs on the third evening through bad light and rain and it denied them the chance to totally close the door on their hosts while giving them enough time to bowl them out again.

The Foxes left themselves 82 overs in the fourth innings and when the top three all fell cheaply, a first win of the season was possible.

But Lace and Cockbain batted through the afternoon to raise prospects of saving the game before having a dip in the final session.

Cockbain flicked Alex Evans to fine leg for four, pulled him over square leg for six and then pulled Wright for four to raise a first first-class half-century since April 2016 - this being just his fifth game since then.

He skipped at Callum Parkinson’s left-arm spin to lift him over deep midwicket for six and flat-batted Chris Wright over long-off for another maximum to bring the target down to 100 from 17 overs before pulling Wright for two to raise his century in 166 balls with nine fours and three sixes.

He finally fell skying a catch to mid-off but by then the game was effectively won.

Lace initially led the resistance after lunch. He straight-drove Wright for four to go to a second fifty of the season and was on the cusp of a maiden century for Gloucestershire before top-edging a pull from Parkinson to midwicket.

Leicestershire rather stumbled over their morning’s work in being bowled out for 201 and, without the injured Dieter Klein, were powerless to stop the Glosters’ evening charge.

Gloucestershire’s Ian Cockbain: “It was a pretty special day today. We got off to a slow start but then Tom and I built a solid stand going into tea and we had a platform to go and win the game.

“We still had wickets in the shed so we both thought we’d start giving it a go and got off to a flier and put ourselves in a good position to get home.

“It’s obviously very nice to be back in the mix and back playing red-ball cricket again."

Leicestershire coach Paul Nixon: “I’m very proud of the way we played the game, we dominated 90% of it.

“We asked for hundreds and got two of those, we asked for five-fors and Chris Wright took seven.

“We’re bitterly disappointed today, the wicket went flat having gone a bit up and down for three days.

“We thought we could hammer away and things would happen but only having three seamers was tough and Gloucestershire played beautifully."

 

 

Northamptonshire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Northamptonshire 234/10 (88.5 ov) & 218/10 (73.5 ov)

Yorkshire 206/10 (63.3 ov) & 247/10 (78.4 ov)

Result - Yorkshire won by 1 run

Captain Steve Patterson took the winning wicket as Yorkshire secured a remarkable one-run win over Northamptonshire in a nail biting LV= Insurance County Championship finish at Emerald Headingley.

The fourth day, interrupted by 50 minutes of afternoon rain with Northants at 206 for nine chasing 220, ended with the unbeaten hosts winning a third straight Group Three fixture to consolidate second place behind Lancashire.

Northants’ South African overseas all-rounder Wayne Parnell stood out in an absorbing contest littered with batting, bowling and fielding frailties. 

But he was caught behind off Patterson’s seam having made 33, leaving Northants crestfallen at 218 all out at 3.45pm. He had earlier taken five wickets in each innings. 

Northants started on 94 for four, needing 126 with left-handers Luke Procter and Saif Zaib unbeaten.

Yorkshire struck twice in the opening hour to leave them at 136 for six, needing 84 more. 

David Willey had Procter caught behind for 27 and Patterson trapped Tom Taylor lbw for one.

The latter came four balls after controversy when Taylor edged Willey low to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip in the day’s 11th full over - the 39th of the innings. 

Umpires Nick Cook and David Millns reprieved an unmoved Taylor before replays suggested a clean catch. 

When Taylor departed without further addition, Willey let him know his feelings on the decision not to walk.

Northants lost their seventh wicket on 146 when Zaib edged Duanne Olivier low to Kohler-Cadmore at first slip for 25. There was no doubt about the validity of that catch.

Only a crowd would have made this fixture more engrossing. 

Parnell and Gareth Berg shared 32 for the eighth wicket either side of lunch and both were dropped. Parnell’s was by Kohler-Cadmore off Patterson on 17 early in the afternoon. 

But Willey had Berg caught behind moments later for 16 as the Northants equation became 42 with two wickets remaining at 178 for eight. 

Parnell found another ally in Simon Kerrigan, sharing 28 for the ninth wicket.

Olivier then got the latter caught at second slip by Adam Lyth with 14 required - 206 for nine. Rain intervened immediately, forcing an early tea at 3.05pm.

Upon the resumption, last man Ben Sanderson and Parnell both hit boundaries off Olivier, with Parnell opting to farm the strike as much as possible.

With two to win, in the 74th over of the innings, he was stuck on the crease by Patterson and feathered behind to a relieved and then jubilant Jonny Tattersall. 

This was only Yorkshire’s second one-run win in Championship history.

Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson said: “I’m not sure I can explain that. It was certainly a roller-coaster.

“Looking back on it, we’re delighted to win because we haven’t played anywhere near the cricket we’re capable of. But what it has shown, the same as last week and the week before, is our team spirit and attitude.

“The way we keep fighting our way back into games despite how we start is a testament to the desire in that dressing room.

“At no point until it got down to probably four runs did I feel we were losing that game. I always felt we’d create one more opportunity.”

 

Northamptonshire head coach David Ripley said: “It is gutting. We have put a lot into those four days.

“Coming down to one run, it’s a roll of the dice somewhere over the four days.

“With 14 runs needed going into the (rain) break and Ben Sanderson coming in, it still felt a lot even though we have faith in him. But once we’d whittled it down to one hit with the field in, I thought we’d win.

“It was wrenched from us.

“Credit to Wayne (Parnell), he’s had a great game.

“To come so close is pretty galling.”

 

Somerset vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship

Somerset 268/10 (80.2 ov) & 209/6 (57.4 ov)

Middlesex 357/10 (110 ov) & 117/10 (50 ov)

Somerset won by 4 wickets

Lewis Goldsworthy completed a memorable first class debut as Somerset clinched a four-wicket LV=County Championship victory over Middlesex at Taunton.

Having contributed an invaluable 39 to his side’s first innings, the 20-year-old Cornishman shared an unbroken match-winning stand of 86 with Steve Davies to take the Cidermen to their target of 207 soon after lunch.

Goldsworthy finished 41 not out and Davies unbeaten on 44, while Tim Murtagh had figures of four for 53 at the end of an absorbing contest, sadly played out in front of empty stands at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset took 21 points from their third group win in four games, while Middlesex, who had bossed much of the game, had to be content with seven.

The home side began the final morning on 104 for four, needing a further 103 to win. Tom Abell, unbeaten on 43 overnight, got the run-chase underway with a two through mid-wicket off Murtagh.

George Bartlett launched his innings with a sweetly-struck off-side boundary in Tom Helm’s opening over.

On 47, Abell survived a confident shout from Murtagh for lbw, umpire Ian Gould remaining unmoved.

Bartlett’s second boundary was another well-timed stroke, this time pulling Helm through mid-wicket.

Abell edged Murtagh just short of second slip before Gould upheld a second lbw appeal from the same bowler, with the Somerset skipper one short of a half-century and 89 runs still needed.

Murtagh’s next over saw Bartlett depart in the same fashion for 12, playing across the line, and at 123 for six Somerset looked in serious trouble.

It was another major test for the temperament of diminutive debutant Goldsworthy as he was joined by the experienced Davies.

As in the first innings when coming in at 98 for four, the youngster passed with flying colours, getting into line with solid defensive technique against some probing seam bowling.

Murtagh completed a fine eight-over spell from the River End before Davies lifted some of the pressure with two cover-driven fours in the same Martin Andersson over.

Goldsworthy produced the shot of the day, savagely pulling Steve Finn to the mid-wicket boundary for four, with the sound of a pistol crack as bat met ball.

Both batsmen demonstrated the patience to await a loose delivery and, while each played and missed occasionally, they gradually sucked the life out of the Middlesex seam attack.

Goldsworthy brought up the fifty stand with a boundary to third-man off the returning Murtagh.

By lunch the partnership was worth 65 and Somerset were within 19 runs of what for more than two days had seemed a highly unlikely victory.

After the break, Middlesex turned to leg-spinner Luke Hollman in a last throw of the dice. 

But Davies and Goldsworthy remained unperturbed and the latter sparked loud celebrations on the home dressing room balcony when striking the winning boundary off a Hollman full-toss.

Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "At the moment we are winning ugly, finding a way to come out on top from tough positions without playing our best cricket throughout a game.

"Craig Overton will soon be playing for England again on his form in this match and Lewis Goldsworthy enjoyed a fantastic debut. His first innings runs were vital and today he has again demonstrated how calm he is under pressure.

"Steve Davies' experience was there for all to see in the stand with Lewis. When we do get our act fully together this season, we are going to be some team."

 

Middlesex head coach Stuart Law said: "We are definitely moving in the right direction as a team, without being able to sustain a performance over the full course of a game.

"At the moment the third days are killing us. The captain has addressed the necessary issues with the players in the dressing room and they have all held their hands up, admitting we have to be better.

"To run one of the best Championship sides in the country over recent years so close suggests we are making progress. The bowlers can leave with heads held high and we know where we have to improve."

Worcestershire vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship

Worcestershire 364/10 (138.1 ov) & 129/2 (57 ov)

Essex 561/8d (174 ov)

Result - Match drawn

 

Worcestershire frustrated Essex’s victory bid on the final day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road - but the real winner was the pitch.

A slow and sluggish surface offering little encouragement throughout the four days meant there was only a small chance of a positive result even after

Worcestershire were asked to follow on 10 minutes before lunch 197 runs in arrears.

Essex paceman Sam Cook was the only player on either side to consistently extract any life from the conditions as he continued his impressive start to the season with overall figures of 40-19-67-6. Even spinner Simon Harmer – so often the match winner for the visitors – was largely blunted.

Jake Libby, captaining Worcestershire for the first time in place of the rested Joe Leach, ensured the two teams shook hands with 14 overs remaining and he was unbeaten on 52 out of 129-2.

Worcestershire had resumed on 302-5 in their first innings but Cook swung the match in Essex’s favour with three wickets in the space of 16 balls.

Riki Wessels added 54 with Ben Cox but then on 33 attempted to cut Cook and chopped the ball onto his stumps.

Cox made 37 before he pushed forward and was bowled through the gate by Cook who then trapped Alzarri Joseph lbw for a second ball duck.

Ed Barnard made only a single before he was bowled by a Harmer delivery which turned but the last wicket pair of Dillon Pennington and Charlie Morris frustrated Essex for 15 overs.

Pennington deposited a delivery from Dan Lawrence over the mid wicket boundary but then was bowled attempting a similar shot after contributing a useful 30.

Cook ended with figures of four for 60 and Harmer four for 85 and there were 67 overs remaining when Daryl Mitchell and Libby began Worcestershire’s second innings shortly before lunch.

Mitchell collected three boundaries in the space of two overs from Peter Siddle when play resumed but on 20 shouldered arms to Cook and was bowled.

Libby was joined by Tom Fell and the pair kept the Essex attack at bay for the remainder of the afternoon session.

Fell survived one sharp chance off Harmer on 14 but the second wicket pair were watchful and experienced relatively few alarms.

Libby cut and then drove Dan Lawrence for boundaries as the 100 came up in the 34th over.

There was an initial scare for the home side immediately after tea when Fell on 35 was lbw to Cook after adding 81 in 22 overs with Libby.

But that was Essex’s last success as Libby and Gareth Roderick batted out the remainder of the game.

 

 

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