LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5 DAY 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 8th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5 DAY 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 8th 2021
Middlesex 210 & 152
Gloucestershire 273 &
Gloucestershire 21 pts beat Middlesex 4pts by seven wickets
NEW DAD David Payne has double reason to celebrate after career-best match figures of 11-87 saw Gloucestershire crush Middlesex by seven wickets on day three at Lord’s.
Payne, who missed last week’s thrilling win over Leicestershire to be at the birth of his first-born, has two match balls to take home to his daughter after adding 6-56 to his first innings five-wicket haul.
His endeavours meant the hosts were scuttled out for just 152, this after morning rain delayed the start until 1:10pm.
Gloucestershire knocked off the 90 runs needed in the final session for the loss of three wickets to cement their place as LV= Insurance County Championship Group Two leaders.
Once the rain stopped it didn’t take long for the storm clouds to gather over Middlesex’s brittle batting line-up once more.
Ryan Higgins had nightwatchman Ethan Bamber caught behind for a 26-ball duck in the fifth over of the day, before Payne took centre stage once more to remove the in-form Robbie White who was caught on the crease and could only plant an inside edge into his off stump.
To his credit, Nick Gubbins tried to launch a counter offensive, twice unfurling three boundaries in an over, first from Payne and then Higgins, a couple of his cover drives especially pleasing on the eye.
John Simpson caught the mood, playing positively from the off, the pair running with real intent between the wickets to turn ones into twos as they raised the 50-stand at a run a ball.
Gubbins reached 50 from 97 balls, but inevitably Payne snuffed out the revival trapping him lbw, from one which looked to strike the left-hander outside the line.
Simpson went on to make 40, but Payne removed both him and James Harris in the space of four balls as Middlesex collapsed once more.
Thilan Walallawita denied Payne his first ever seven-for, even having the temerity to pull him for a huge six into the grandstand - a fleeting dent in an otherwise seam-bowling masterclass.
The tireless Bamber bowled Chris Dent for 25 and had James Bracey caught at mid-on from a loose shot in the chase that followed.
Kragg Brathwaite also departed on the cusp of victory but former Middlesex man Tom Lace hit a flurry of boundaries in his 31 not out to secure the visitors’ fourth win in five matches.
David Payne, Gloucestershire seamer on his 11-wicket haul said:
"It was a difficult decision to come here having only had my daughter on Saturday and only had a few days with her, but I feel like it was the right thing now. To get 11 wickets is more than I could have ever expected.
"I feel in a confident place with my cricket. I’m confident enough that I can have two weeks away and still know I’m not going to have lost my skills. I’ve played long enough now and have the experience to know what I need to do.
"I look at the slope here and it always makes me feel the ball is going to do something."
Stuart Law, Middlesex head coach said: "We didn’t get enough runs in the first innings. The wicket did plenty that first day, but I still think we should have scored another 50-100 runs on that pitch.
"And getting bowled out again for 150 is not good enough. We batted under lights and gloomy skies, but the wicket wasn’t behaving too badly today. We are nowhere near going long enough with the bat in hand
"Robbie White is a good template for the rest of our batsmen to have a look at. He keeps it very simple and does the basics really well. His technique is suited for when the ball is seaming around."
Hampshire v Somerset Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Hampshire 79 and 110-4
Rain and bad light frustrated Somerset's push for victory with just nine-and-a-half overs bowled before play was abandoned after just 45 minutes late on Saturday at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire closed the day on 110-4 in their second innings - still trailing Somerset by 147 runs - with opener Joe Weatherley unbeaten on 34 and skipper James Vince five not out.
A heavy overnight downpour in Southampton left the outfield saturated as ground staff worked from 10am to dry off the standing water before play finally got underway at 5.30 with a minimum of 16 overs to be bowled.
Weatherley and Sam Northeast came out to bat in perfect seam bowling conditions, with their side on 92/3, as heavy clouds enveloped the ground and the floodlights on.
The pair did well to survive some testing bowling from Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory as Somerset pushed hard for early wickets.
But it was the excellent Overton who finally made the breakthrough with his fourth wicket of the innings, as Northeast mistimed a push towards mid-wicket and George Bartlett took a stunning one-handed catch at short-leg.
However, the visitors' joy was short-lived as play was abandoned by umpires Graham Lloyd and Alex Wharf due to bad light.
The forecast looks better for Sunday with Somerset looking well placed to consolidate their second-place spot in Group Two after leaders Gloucestershire beat Middlesex at Lord's.
Yorkshire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship
Yorkshire *240/5 (77 ov)
Kent 305/10 (111.3 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Yorkshire trail by 65 runs
There was no play possible between Yorkshire and Kent on day three at a sodden Emerald Headingley.
Heavy morning rain has severely dented the chances of a positive result for either side in this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture, one which remains in the first innings.
Replying to Kent’s 305 all out, Yorkshire will begin tomorrow’s final day on 240 for five, trailing by 65 with Gary Ballance only nine runs away from a 41st career first-class century.
Umpires Peter Hartley and Richard Kettleborough inspected the puddled outfield at 11am and called a close to the day almost immediately.
A contrivance aside, it is now difficult to see how this Group Three clash will end in anything other than a pursuit of bonus points in a draw.
Yorkshire currently have three bonus points and Kent four.
While Ballance heads towards his first century since July 2019 following illness and injury, Kent’s 20-year-old seamer Nathan Gilchrist will be looking to build upon his first two first-class wickets which he claimed on day two.
Impressive Gilchrist forced Tom Kohler-Cadmore to play on and trapped Harry Brook lbw in 12 threatening overs in only his second game at this level.
Like Ballance, the former England Test left-hander, Gilchrist was born in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Yorkshire came into this fixture second in Group Three behind Lancashire having won three and drawn one of their opening four games.
Kent were bottom of the table having lost three and drawn one.
Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson is a close friend of Kent batsman Jack Leaning, who won two Championship titles at Headingley in 2014 and 2015 before leaving for Canterbury at the end of 2019. Leaning scored 47 on day one of this game.
Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson said: “Jack played well, and we know he’s a good player. He’s played some great knocks for us in the past.
“What impressed me was that on the back of a pair against us at their place, it took him 29 balls here to get off the mark. But he never got flustered and waited for his opportunity to score.
“When lads are your friends and you’ve played with them for a long time, like I have with Jack, all you want to see is them be successful.
“We won a couple of Championships together and have all those wonderful memories.
“A change of scenery and a new opportunity will do wonders for him.
“He’s had a tough start to this year, but he got that big double hundred last year for Kent.
“I think the future will be bright for him there. If he continues to play like he did on day one here, he’ll score a lot of runs.”
Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Warwickshire 343/10 (117.2 ov)
Worcestershire *198/4 (72 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Worcs trail by 145 runs
Warwickshire and Worcestershire were frustrated at Edgbaston as rain washed out the third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship clash.
Play was abandoned for the day after a 2.45pm inspection, leaving a draw looks firm favourite with the game still only in its second innings going into the final day.
Worcestershire will resume on the final morning on 198 for four, in reply to the home side's 343, and will look to Jack Haynes to build upon his career-best unbeaten 52.
On a pitch which appeared to get better for batting on day two, the final day is likely to bring only a tussle for bonus points which could be vital in the final table with Group A very tightly contested.
Northamptonshire vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship
Northamptonshire 441/9d (102 ov)
Sussex 106/10 & *154/4 (43 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Sussex trail by 181 runs
Northamptonshire’s pursuit of an LV= Insurance County Championship victory over Sussex was postponed by the weather as no play was possible on day three at Wantage Road.
Northants need six wickets to beat Ben Brown’s side, with Sussex still requiring 181 more runs to make their hosts bat again.
But after heavy overnight rain, and further downpours in the morning, the conditions were deemed unplayable - despite hard work from the ground staff.
Umpires Paul Baldwin and Neil Bainton made an inspection at 1.55pm before ending any hopes of action after another look at 3.10pm
Lancashire vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship
Lancashire *22/0 (18 ov)
Glamorgan 344/10 (109.5 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Lancashire trail by 322 runs
No play was possible on the third day of the LV=Insurance County Championship fixture between Lancashire and Glamorgan as heavy rain fell all morning at Emirates Old Trafford.
The umpires abandoned proceedings at lunch with Lancashire unable to resume on their overnight score of 22 without loss in reply to Glamorgan’s first innings total of 344 all out.
Lancashire’s openers Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies will hope to begin again on Sunday morning with the forecast showing signs of improvement in Manchester.
It remains to be seen if England’s record Test wicket taker, James Anderson will get another chance to bowl with a rain-affected draw the most likely result.
Mark Chilton, Lancashire performance director and assistant coach, said: "The forecast was that bad that we all came anticipating what has happened.
"Points are the primary aim with the draw the probable result and with no chance of us winning the game. For us it is about getting as many points as we can and the forecast looks a bit better tomorrow so we're hopeful of a full day's play. It will be about laying a strong foundation in that first hour and then looking to maximise our batting points from the rest of the game. Tomorrow is still a very important day - a point in April and May is just as significant as it is in the back end of the season.
"We went into this season knowing we had this first block of five fixtures but you don't know what the weather is going to do so we don't tend to set too many targets about what we want to do because there are so many variables that come into it. But obviously you want to start strongly and we knew the importance of this first spell and it was important for us to be playing some good, strong cricket right from ball one which I think we've done. You go back to the Sussex game and we started strongly and put in a lot of good performances. Glen (Chapple) and I have been looking at some stats and they back up the results we've seen on the field. We've done exactly what we set out to do - good cricket will often lead to positive results and we're obviously happy with the first five games.
"Everyone understands the toil of playing back to back four day games and there is a little more science behind it now and controlling people's workloads. Look at all the talk with England and their approach in recent months - a county is no different and we're trying to maximise the outcome from each individual in a certain period of time while ultimately protecting them from injury and trying to understand as and when you need to give a player some rest. At some point we will be faced with some really difficult selections but so far it has been taken in the right spirit and the main point is for the team to be playing well and being successful - if that continues to happen we are making some good decisions.
"It always great to have Jimmy (Anderson) here. He has been around a fair bit training with us and he prides himself in playing for us. You only have to watch what he has produced in this game after a period of rest. His quality is so high now that he is able to slip back into some fabulous bowling and he has been brilliant to watch, It's a shame he's not been able to maximise it in this game but hopefully he will have his day for us in the next one."
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
Persistent heavy rain meant that no play was possible on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Nottinghamshire and Essex at Trent Bridge.
With the match well advanced, however, an uninterrupted fourth day would provide every chance of a positive result, with both sides looking for a second Group One win.
Essex, who trailed by 224 on first innings, will resume at 129 for three, needing a further 95 to make Nottinghamshire bat again after Steven Mullaney’s first-innings century put the home side in control. Opener Nick Browne is not out on 60.
Leicestershire vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship
Leicestershire 496/10 (141.2 ov)
Surrey *146/0 (45 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Surrey trail by 350 runs
NO play was possible on the third day of the LV Insurance County CHampionship match between Leicestershire and Surrey at The UptonSteel County Ground.
Heavy overnight rain continued throughout the morning, though umpires Richard Illingworth and Ian Gould waited until 2.30pm in the hope of an improvement in conditions before abandoning play.
Surrey trail Leicestershire by 350 runs on first innings with all ten first innings wickets in hand. On a flat pitch, any target set by Leicestershire on the back of two quick declarations on the final day would need to be an extremely testing one.
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