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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5 DAY 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 7th 2021

Action from Warwickshire v Worcestershire
Action from Warwickshire v Worcestershire
©Paul France (Write Angle Media)
Action from Warwickshire v Worcestershire
Action from Warwickshire v Worcestershire
©Paul France (Write Angle Media)

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5 DAY 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 7th 2021






Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship

Warwickshire 343/10 (117.2 ov)

Worcestershire *198/4 (72 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Worcs trail by 145 runs


Warwickshire and Worcestershire look set for the 101th draw in their long LV=Insurance County Championship rivalry after dogged resistance from the visitors on the second day at Edgbaston. 

In reply to 343, in which Michael Burgess struck 101 from 173 balls with nine fours and a six, Worcestershire closed on 198 for four, thanks principally to Jake Libby (74, 124 balls, 13 fours) and Jack Haynes (a career best 52 not out, 131 balls, six fours).

With the match less than halfway through its second innings at its halfway stage, and bad weather forecast for tomorrow, some spectacular cricket will be needed to force victory for either side.

After the Bears resumed on the second morning on 271 for seven, Burgess and Danny Briggs took their partnership to 51 from 17 overs, before Briggs (24, 60 balls, three fours) fell lbw to Josh Tongue.

Burgess batted watchfully at first, scoring just 20 in the first 55 minutes, but then galloped from 85 to 95 with a six (top-edged over the wicketkeeper) and a four off successive balls from Alzarri Joseph.

He reached his first century for Warwickshire from 169 balls but, two balls later, Liam Norwell, having batting carefully for half an hour to see Burgess through to three figures, was bowled by Joseph. 

Olly Hannon-Dalby was immediately into his fluent stride, striking his first ball elegantly for four. The Yorkshireman was just 96 short of his maiden century when he cruelly ran out of partners when Burgess lifted Ed Barnard to Tom Fell at deep extra cover. The big-hearted Barnard finished with three for 76.

Warwickshire needed quick wickets to force the game forward but were thwarted by nuggety partnership of 38 in 15 overs, 46 in 16, 41 in 12 and 36 in 12. 

Norwell made the first breakthrough when he trapped Daryl Mitchell lbw. Tom Fell edged Will Rhodes' 13th ball, a wide, swinging half-volley, to wicketkeeper Burgess, but Libby batted with composure to keep his side from collapse. He was just 17 runs of completing 1,000 runs in his first ten first class games for Worcestershire when he turned Olly Stone of the face of the bat to Sam Hain at short leg.

Brett D'Oliveira nicked a Rhodes outswinger and fell to a fine catch by Burgess, diving in front of first slip, but Haynes advanced to his third first-class half-century.

Yorkshire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship

Yorkshire *240/5 (77 ov)

Kent 305/10 (111.3 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Yorkshire trail by 65 runs


Joe Root was caught behind down the leg-side for 41 as Gary Ballance’s polished 91 not out led a commanding Yorkshire  response to Kent’s 305 on day two at Emerald Headingley.

Well set Root fell to on-loan Essex seamer Matt Quinn nine balls after tea.

He shared a serene third-wicket partnership of 83 inside 21 overs with former England colleague Ballance, who underpinned Yorkshire’s 240 for five from 77 overs at close.

In what is expected to be his penultimate LV= Insurance County Championship fixture before England’s June series with New Zealand, Test captain Root fell to an Aucklander.

Kent added 81 to their overnight 224 for seven.

Marcus O’Riordan and West Indian seamer Miguel Cummins - 40 and 28 not out - put on 60 in an entertaining ninth-wicket partnership.

Cummins whacked two leg-side sixes in a Steve Patterson over. The second, over long-on, cleared the stands.

Jordan Thompson, Duanne Olivier and Dom Bess struck to wrap up the Kent innings and leave Yorkshire with 15 minutes of batting before lunch.

Having been dropped at point on one by Joe Denly off Darren Stevens, Adam Lyth clipped the same bowler over midwicket for six early in the afternoon.

But Stevens got his revenge when Lyth attempted to go over the top again and found mid-on for 23.

Yorkshire’s 39 for one in the 16th over became 48 for two five overs later when threatening seamer Nathan Gilchrist forced struggling Tom Kohler-Cadmore to play on for 14.

Ballance pulled and cut successive Cummins no balls for six and a four during the second half of the afternoon, and Root was busy throughout his 69-ball innings with five fours.

The pair were in total control against a Kent attack missing injured pacemen Harry Podmore, Matt Milnes and Grant Stewart.

It was no surprise that it took a slice of fortune for debutant Quinn to dismiss Root on a slow pitch.

Ballance reached his fifty off 89 balls whilst in partnership with Harry Brook for the fourth wicket, with their equally peaceful alliance amounting to 102 inside 31 overs.

Brook added his fourth half-century of 2021 off 65 balls before falling lbw to Gilchrist shortly before close. Denly also trapped Jonny Tattersall lbw as Yorkshire fell to 236 for five.

Following illness and injury, Ballance, who has hit 13 fours and a six in 185 balls, could now secure his first century since July 2019


Middlesex vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Middlesex 210/10 & *26/3 (19 ov)

Gloucestershire 273/10 (87.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Middlesex trail by 37 runs


JAMES Bracey gave the England selectors a timely nudge in front of the Sky TV cameras as Gloucestershire tightened their grip on their clash with Middlesex on day two at Lord’s

Bracey, a reserve on England’s tours of Sri Lanka and India this last winter, passed 50 for the fifth time this season in making 75 to stake a claim for a place in next month’s first Test against New Zealand.

The hero of last week’s successful run chase against Leicestershire, Ian Cockbain made 51, sharing a stand of 91 for the fifth wicket with Bracey, while former Middlesex all-rounder Ryan Higgins bludgeoned 49 as the visitors totalled 273 for a lead of 63.

James Harris claimed his 500th first-class wicket among figures of two for 49 , while Martin Andersson returned three for 64, but Middlesex’s fragile batting saw them collapse to 26 for three by the close, still 37 behind.

Gloucestershire began the day 19-1 and survived a testing first session for the loss of just nightwatchman Matt Taylor, caught behind by John Simpson from the bowling of Andersson.

Harris broke through soon after the resumption, having West Indies Test captain Kragg Brathwaite brilliantly caught in the gully by Sam Robson for 33 off an uncharacteristically wild slash.

Murtagh then trapped Tom Lace lbw and Gloucestershire would have been 109-5 had Bracey, then on 36 been snapped up at gully, but the chance went to ground.

The wicketkeeper cashed in on his reprieve, moving to 50 from 115 balls with the help of a towering six off left-arm spinner Thilan Walallawita.

Cockbain was even more fluent, a gorgeous cover-drive one of eight boundaries in his 50 from 78 balls, before Harris bowled him with a beautiful in-swinger to claim his personal milestone.

Bracey threw his wicket away soon after tea, hooking Andersson to Harris at fine leg, but Higgins’ typically aggressive contribution ensured Gloucestershire’s handy advantage.

Middlesex were soon in trouble second time around Higgins trapping Robson lbw for just eight.

The out of form Max Holden got into a horrible position to be caught and bowled by David Payne and skipper Peter Handscomb’s wretched run continued when he was caught behind off Taylor leaving the group two leaders scenting a fourth win of the season ahead of day three.


Lancashire vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship

Lancashire *22/0 (18 ov)

Glamorgan 344/10 (109.5 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Lancashire trail by 322 runs


Dan Douthwaite and Callum Taylor each made half-centuries to help Glamorgan repel James Anderson and Lancashire on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match.

Having dismissed Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne on a rain-shortened opening day, England’s record Test wicket-taker Anderson claimed two more at Old Trafford as Lancashire pushed for the ascendancy.

But Glamorgan battled hard in the afternoon session to reach a solid total of 344 all out, before Lancashire closed on 22 without loss.

It took Anderson just seven balls of the morning to strike, moving one in from round the wicket to trap Billy Root lbw for 11.

Lancashire will have been satisfied with their morning’s work, with Luke Wood also striking after a 43-minute rain delay as a terrific rising delivery dismissed Kiran Carlson for 18, Anderson taking the catch.

More rain brought an early lunch with Glamorgan 162 for five.

Chris Cooke, who had been dropped by Luke Wells off Anderson on six, started positively after lunch alongside Callum Taylor as the visitors looked to rebuild.

Lancashire were given cause for concern when England seamer Saqib Mahmood pulled up holding his right leg midway through his 14th over of the innings.

The 24-year-old left the field but medium paceman Josh Bohannon, brought on to complete the over, struck with his third ball as Cooke sliced a drive into the midriff of Liam Livingstone in the slips to depart for 33.

Lancashire would have sensed an opportunity at 190 for six and were further boosted by Mahmood’s return to the field.

But Douthwaite seized the initiative with a fast-paced fifty, which included sixes off Matt Parkinson and Wood, as he put on 81 for the seventh wicket alongside Taylor.

The pair had negotiated eight overs of the new ball when Anderson found the mark, a full ball trapping Douthwaite lbw for 61 to bring about tea with Glamorgan 271 for seven.

Taylor carried on to reach his half-century but, after Michael Neser fell to Parkinson, Mahmood returned to bowling action to remove Taylor - lbw for 58 - and last man Timm van der Gugten for a quick-fire 23. 

Lancashire openers Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies successfully negotiated the final 18 overs of the day.

Leicestershire vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship

Leicestershire 496/10 (141.2 ov)

Surrey *146/0 (45 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Surrey trail by 350 runs

England opener Rory Burns passed 50 for the fourth time in seven innings this season as Surrey made a strong reply to Leicestershire’s big first innings score on the second day of the LV Insurance County Championship fixture at the UptonSteel County Ground.

Burns finished the day unbeaten on 74, having taken full advantage of the flat pitch to hit eight boundaries in reaching his half-century off 81 deliveries, and in so doing passing a personal landmark of 10,000 career first class runs.

It was also a day to remember for 22-year-old Leicestershire wicketkeeper Harry Swindells, who made his maiden first-class century, and for Surrey off-spinner Amar Virdi, who picked up a six wicket haul from 44.2 overs bowled.

Swindells, who hit 13 fours in going to his hundred off 148 deliveries, became the third centurion of the Leicestershire first innings, but there were some nervous moments, most notably when the persevering Virdi picked up two wickets in two balls to leave the Foxes nine down with Swindells still on 95.

Fortunately for the Leicester-born Swindells, last man Alex Evans managed to see off the hat-trick before Swindells turned a delivery from Jamie Overton down to the fine leg boundary to bring up his hundred.

Neither Burns nor opening partner Mark Stoneman gave a chance as they played through 45 overs, Stoneman joining Burns in reaching a half-century before the close, though in his case it was for the first time this season.

Both will be keen to convert their score into three figures, Burns having failed to do so on any of the three previous occasions he has passed 50 this season.

Surrey bowler Amar Virdi (44.2-3-171-6): “It feels good to contribute, it’s nice to get some overs under my belt after the seamers have been the ones working hard over the previous couple of games.

“When I got it right it came out well, though I probably leaked a few too many runs at times. When it came our turn to bat Rory and Mark were fantastic, they’d been in the field from the start of play yesterday but they applied themselves really well and made a really good start for us.”


Leicestershire batsman Harry Swindells (103): “Fifteen years of hard work went into that! Being a Leicester boy, scoring a first-class century for my home county is something I've always dreamed of. Watching two other Leicester boys, Sam Evans and Lewis Hill do it already this season, it's great to make it three of us, and it was a proud day.

"It's disappointing we weren't able to make a breakthrough with the ball, but one or two are starting to turn so there's a good chance of picking up wickets going forward."

Northamptonshire vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship

Northamptonshire 441/9d (102 ov)

Sussex 106/10 & *154/4 (43 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Sussex trail by 181 runs


Saif Zaib posted a wonderful maiden first-class century before Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg once again knocked over the Sussex top order in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Talented left-hander Zaib, who has been at Northamptonshire since he was 15, collected a commanding 135 as he and Adam Rossington, 87, put on 198 together to help the hosts to a massive 335-run first-innings lead.

Sanderson and Berg, who shared all 10 of the first innings wickets, then claimed two scalps apiece to leave Sussex 68 for four.

But Stiaan van Zyl’s stylish 71 not out helped Sussex recover to 154 for four at the close at Wantage Road, still 181 runs behind Northants.

Northants added 227 runs in 51 overs as Zaib, Rossington, Berg and Tom Taylor all found scoring simple against a toothless attack.

The caveat to that was Ollie Robinson. The quick wouldn’t have done his England Test hopes any harm in front of ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat as he looked a constant threat for his five-for 58 – the 16th five-for of his career.

Zaib and Rossington were the morning protagonists as their partnership grew to 198, one short of the county sixth-wicket record against Sussex.

Milestones came in rapid succession as the skipper reached his third half-century in five innings this season in 90 balls, before Zaib converted to a hundred in 176 balls.

They fell either side of the second new ball as Zaib was lbw sweeping and Rossington miscued a pull to mid-on, with Wayne Parnell falling quickly after to give Robinson his fifth.

But Taylor and Berg crashed Northants over the 400-run batting point mark in a 63-run blast, before the former smashed 21 in two overs, after Berg had fallen, to bring the declaration on 416 for nine.

Faced with a long task to reach parity, Sussex began their second innings with intent but soon collapsed to 68 for four in the face of Berg and Sanderson.

First-innings golden duck casualty Tom Haines raced to 18 off 17 before he expansively slashed Berg to a juggling Taylor at second slip.

Aaron Thomason edged Sanderson thickly to fourth slip, Australian debutant Travis Head under edged a Berg short ball behind and Tom Clark saw his off-stump ball flicked off by Sanderson.

South African van Zyl was dropped guiding to fourth slip on 19 but was otherwise at ease with Ben Brown, with a penchant for cover and straight drives.

It was therefore little surprise that his 91-ball half-century was brought up with a beautifully timed straight drive, as he and Brown’s partnership blossomed to 86 by the end of play.

Hampshire vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship

Hampshire 79/10 & *92/3 (48 ov)

Somerset 336/10 (99 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Hampshire trail by 165 runs


A Craig Overton-inspired put Somerset in full control against Hampshire as the visitors dominated the second day at the Ageas Bowl.

Overton - the leading wicket-taker in the LV=County Championship - demonstrated his batting credentials by top-scoring with 74, then starred with the ball as his side opened up a 165-run lead as Hampshire closed on 92-3.

The England paceman hit 10 fours on his way to his 13th first-class 50, before he removed opener Ian Holland, Tom Alsop and nightwatchman Kyle Abbott during a hostile spell of bowling late in the final session.

Alsop and Weatherley had dug in admirably in a 56-run stand before the left-hander fell for 32 five overs from the close when he lobbed an easy catch to Josh Davey.

Overton struck again in the penultimate over of the evening when he trapped Abbot lbw for a duck for his 30th wicket of the campaign.

Weatherley was unbeaten on 31 alongside new batsman Sam Northeast, with the pair to resume their innings at some stage on Saturday with heavy rain forecast in Southampton.

Somerset started the day on 142-5 and added another 47 to their total before skipper Tom Abell's stubborn innings was ended on 62 by a ball that nipped back into the top of his off-stump from Abbott.

Nightwatchman Jack Leach, dropped when on three in the final over of the first day, made the hosts pay for that mistake with an entertaining 34.

But the England spinner perished after trying to lift Keith Barker over the slips cordon only to find the hands of Liam Dawson.

Somerset's deep batting line-up then proved its worth as 143 runs were put on for the last three wickets, spearheaded by Overton.

The giant quick was ably supported by Steve Davies and Lewis Gregory who each scored 33 as Somerset, who sit in second spot in Group Two one spot above Hampshire, built up a handsome 257-run lead after recovering from 36-3 to be 336 all out.

Left-arm veteran Barker was the pick of the home bowlers finishing with 4-67 alongside South African quick Abbott who took three wickets.



Nottinghamshire vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship

Nottinghamshire 323/10 (86 ov)

Essex 99/10 & *129/3 (59 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Essex trail by 95 runs


A century from skipper Steven Mullaney made it advantage Nottinghamshire on day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Essex as they seek a second win in Group One.

Mullaney made 117, the 16th hundred of his career and his first since September 2019, as Nottinghamshire totalled 323, giving them a lead of 224 after bowling Essex out for 99 on Thursday.

Essex’s Zimbabwe-born Netherlands seamer Shane Snater took a career-best seven for 98 in only his sixth first-class appearance but 34-year-old Mullaney shared partnerships of 123 with all-rounder Lyndon James (51) and 66 with England fast bowler Stuart Broad (41) to put his side in control.

Essex were still 95 behind at 129 for three at the close, with opener Nick Browne unbeaten on 60.

Mullaney had a scare without adding to his overnight 63, when a difficult chance to Browne at gully off Snater went down, but thereafter rarely looked troubled. Strong through the offside, he still dealt heavily in boundaries. The sweep off Simon Harmer that took him to a 148-ball hundred was his 18th four.

Compensation for Snater came with wickets from consecutive deliveries as James was taken one-handed low to his right by second slip Harmer, and Tom Moores edged behind, giving him his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

He added two more as Luke Fletcher was trapped in front and Broad, who added a six pulled over midwicket off Snater to six fours, edged hard to first slip, where Alastair Cook took a good catch.

In between, Mullaney’s 223-minute innings was ended by a fine, full length ball from Peter Siddle that nipped back and took his off stump. 

With the pitch more benign than the opening day, Essex openers Browne and Cook laid the foundations for a fightback, adding 63 for the first wicket, although Browne had a life on 18 when missed at third slip.

But Cook fell for 35, given out lbw to a ball from James that struck him on a front pad that was well forward, and Tom Westley, as in the first innings, was dismissed for just a single, failing to pull his bat away from a short ball from Broad.

Still 148 in arrears at tea, they lost a third wicket on 89 when Dan Lawrence misread the line of a ball from Dane Paterson that took his off stump, but Browne and Paul Walter batted patiently through 24 overs to the close, Browne’s second fifty in the match spanning 147 balls with five fours.


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