LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 9th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 5 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 9th 2021
Lancashire vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship
Lancashire 301/9d (94.3 ov)
Glamorgan 344/10 (109.5 ov)
Result - Match drawn
Honours finished even at Emirates Old Trafford in the LV=Insurance County Championship clash between Lancashire and Glamorgan with both sides collecting 14 points each from a rain-affected draw.
With day three a total wash out, there was little to play for apart from batting and bowling points but half-centuries from Keaton Jennings and Josh Bohannon ensured there was plenty to savour.
With Lancashire restarting on 22 for the loss of no wickets in reply to Glamorgan's 344, Neser immediately began posing questions and quickly dismissed Alex Davies with a beauty which the opener could only feather behind for 15, adding just one to his overnight score.
Luke Wells came to the crease for his home debut and together with Jennings, the pair compiled a second wicket partnership of 62, before the former Sussex batsman skied spinner Andrew Salter to Dan Douthwaite at mid-on for 30.
In-form Jennings continued to press his England credentials as he cruised to a third successive half-century off 163 balls with a delightful off drive for four off Neser.
It was a shock then, when he gifted Salter a second wicket after slicing a drive to Callum Taylor at backward point to depart for 64.
Batting had been slow-going by this point but Liam Livingstone’s introduction brought an immediate injection of entertainment with the tall Cumbrian getting off the mark with a towering six off Salter.
At the other end, Bohannon followed suite with Marnus Labuschagne’s leg spin also targeted as the run rate increased.
The 50 partnership came off just 57 balls but Livingstone’s frenetic innings ended soon after when he holed out to Joe Cooke on the leg side boundary off Timm van der Gugten for 25 with Lancashire on 183 for four.
Bohannon brought up his third half-century of the season from 105 balls but fell soon after when cutting Callum Taylor to Salter at backward point for 53.
12 overs were lost through a combination of rain and bad light and when play was resumed at 4.35pm, Lancashire began to throw the bat with Dane Vilas caught at third man by Cooke off Dan Douthwaite for 25 and Luke Wood top edging the same bowler to keeper Chris Cooke for 28.
Saqib Mahmood hit a couple of boundaries before he fell to a stunning one-handed caught and bowled by Neser with Danny Lamb the ninth wicket to fall clean bowled by David Lloyd for 22 which brought England’s James Anderson to the crease.
Together with Matt Parkinson, who finished unbeaten on 16, the last wicket pair scrambled their way to a batting point with Anderson finishing on five not out as Lancashire passed 300 and declared on 301-9 bringing the game to a close.
Leicestershire v Surrey
Result - Match Drawn.
Leicestershire 15pts Surrey 13pts.
Damp patches on the outfield that delayed the start of play for nearly three hours, coming on top of the loss of the entire third day to the weather, resulted in Leicestershire and Surrey settling for a draw in their LV Insurance County Championship match at The UptonSteel County Ground.
There was some fine cricket played in the 48 overs possible however, as after Surrey resumed on 146 without loss, Leicestershire took all ten of the visitors’ first innings wickets for a further 178 runs.
Seamer Chris Wright led the way by picking up 5-60, with left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson taking three wickets as the pitch began to offer turn.
Mark Stoneman’s fine century, made from 208 deliveries, ensured Surrey picked up three batting bonus points.
There had been speculation that with Surrey going into the final day 350 adrift on first innings, agreement might be reached regarding Leicestershire setting the visitors a target.
By the time umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth decided play could start, however, there was not enough time for that to be a realistic proposition.
Rory Burns quickly became Wright’s first victim, top edging an attempted pull high to midwicket, before Hashim Amla’s full-blooded cut at Ben Mike was beautifully caught by Colin Ackermann at gully.
Ollie Pope, going for quick runs, should have been stumped off Parkinson before he was bowled by Wright before the spinner produced a beautiful delivery that turned off middle and hit the top of Ben Foakes’ off-stump.
Jamie Smith and Jordan Clark were bowled by Wright deliveries that kept low, and Ackermann, standing wide at slip, made another fine catch to see the back of Stoneman, cutting at Wright.
Jamie Overton turned a long hop straight to midwicket, Reece Topley skied an attempted straight hit to cover and Rikki Clarke was bowled by Ed Barnes – the Yorkshireman’s first wicket for Leicestershire – to bring the innings and match to a close.
Yorkshire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship
Yorkshire 321/10 (105.3 ov)
Kent 305/10 (111.3 ov)
Result - Match drawn
Nathan Gilchrist claimed a superb four for 74 in his second first-class game as Kent’s LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Yorkshire ended in a draw at Emerald Headingley.
During an entertaining shortened final day, Gary Ballance fell four runs short of a 41st career century and a first since July 2019 following illness and injury.
A wet outfield delayed day four until 2.45pm - a knock-on effect of the day three washout - and both sides secured useful bonus points.
Yorkshire, who remain second in the table, resumed their first innings on 240 for five from 77 overs in reply to 305 and ended 321 all out inside 106 thanks to Ben Coad’s unbeaten 33 off as many balls at number 10.
Yorkshire have now won three and drawn two and claimed 13 points, while Kent secured 14 but remain bottom with two draws and three defeats.
What is expected to be the final day of cricket without a Headingley crowd was delayed due to a damp Emerald Stand end of the ground.
Yorkshire were aiming for as many as 160 runs in 33 overs for five batting points, with Kent requiring four wickets for three bowling points.
Ballance resumed on 91 and was one of three wickets to fall before tea - 269 for eight in the 97th over.
Ballance pulled Darren Stevens for four to move to 96, only to fall run out by a direct hit from Marcus O’Riordan at the striker’s end after Dom Bess had pushed the ball to backward point.
It seemed as if it was Ballance’s decision to run.
Play was taking place under floodlights, and the early setback of losing Ballance and Bess - bowled by Stevens to leave the score at 256 for seven - limited their run-scoring expectations.
Jordan Thompson and Steve Patterson attempted to up the ante, only for the latter to be caught behind cutting at seamer Gilchrist at the start of the afternoon’s final over.
Coad came to the crease immediately after tea and dominated a 35-run stand for the ninth wicket with Thompson, hitting four of his first 12 balls to the boundary.
A brief delay for bad light at 5pm was initially interpreted as the end of the fixture by onlookers, only for play to resume 10 minutes later with Yorkshire 304 for nine in the 104th over.
But Duanne Olivier holed out to long-on off Jack Leaning shortly afterwards to bring things to a close.
Hampshire v Somerset
Hampshire 79 and 258
Somerset 336 and 4-0
Result - Somerset 22 points beat Hampshire 3 points by 10 wickets
LV= Insurance County Championship day four.
A superb all-round display from Craig Overton inspired Somerset to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Hampshire as his side wrapped up a fourth LV= County Championship Group Two win at the Ageas Bowl.
England paceman Overton, who is the top wicket-taker in the country, took 5-66 from a mammoth 40 overs as Hampshire were dismissed for 258 on Sunday, putting himself firmly in contention for selection for next month's Test series against New Zealand.
Overton was also the top scorer in the match with 74 on Friday and finished with overall figures of 7-82, with Josh Davey also playing a significant role in the triumph taking 5-30 on the final day.
The defeat was Hampshire's second successive heavy loss following last week's innings and 289-run humbling by Surrey having started the season strongly by winning two and drawing one of their first three matches.
Although the hosts batted with much more gumption to pass 200 for the first time in four innings, their pitiful day one effort of 79 all out left them with too much do against their in-form opponents.
The visitors looked set to wrap up the win just after lunch when Lewis McManus departed for 17 only for Keith Barker and Felix Organ to frustrate their hosts with a two-hour stay at the crease.
Organ batted with great discipline and determination to score just seven runs from 108 balls before falling to a diving catch by the irrepressible Overton off Davey.
Mohammad Abass was the last man out leaving Barker unbeaten on 52 before Eddie Byrom knocked off the two runs needed for the win with rain beginning to fall and the light fading.
Hampshire started the day trailing by 147 runs after rain washed out all but nine overs on Saturday, and frustrated Somerset for almost an hour with Joe Weatherley and skipper James Vince scoring just 20 runs in the first 13 overs against some tight bowling.
Davey finally got the breakthrough when he found the outside edge of Weatherley's bat and Steve Davies took a sharp catch behind the stumps to end the opener's dogged innings of 44 from 209 balls.
Davey struck again in his next over as Liam Dawson was trapped lbw to pick up only the second pair of his career
It was Overton who grabbed the vital wicket of Vince just after lunch when Davies took another fine catch to dismiss him for 42 which firmly put his side on course to an excellent win ahead of next week's clash with Surrey.
Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Warwickshire 343/10 (117.2 ov) & 70/3 (25 ov)
Worcestershire 364/8d (113 ov)
Warwickshire and Worcestershire had to settle for solid points from a derby draw as their LV=Insurance County Championship match culminated in stalemate at Edgbaston.
The loss of the entire third day to rain left the contest beyond salvage as it drifted to a draw on the final day in the Birmingham sunshine.
Worcestershire, in reply to the home side's 343 all out, declared their first innings on 364 for eight with Jack Haynes striking a career-best 87 (211 balls, 12 fours) and Ed Barnard making an unbeaten 76 (101 balls, ten fours).
The Bears then made 70 for three in their second innings before hands were shaken at ten to five. The draw leaves both sides still well in contention for a top-two finish in Group A at the halfway stage.
After Worcestershire resumed on the final on 198 for four, Tim Bresnan struck with the fifth ball of the day which Rikki Wessels edged to Sam Hain at second slip.
Ben Cox's perky 23 was ended by an lbw decision from an Olly Hannon-Dalby in-ducker. The same bowler was then unlucky not to win another lbw shout against Haynes on 64, but the 20-year-old survived and continued to show impressive concentration.
Haynes, playing his first game of the season and only his 11th first class match, was within 13 runs of a deserved maiden century when he perished in the unluckiest fashion, run out at the non-striker's end. Bowler Liam Norwell deflected a straight drive on to the stumps and Haynes was stranded inches short of his ground.
The wicket signalled a burst of belated aggression from the visitors as they sought another batting point. Alzarri Joseph hit his first ball, from Danny Briggs, for six, on the way to a brisk 17 before lifting the spinner to long on.
Ed Barnard completed his impressive match, adding an unbeaten half-century to his three wickets, before the declaration arrived with Worcestershire 21 ahead and 53 overs left in the match.
When Warwickshire went in again, Rob Yates soon nicked an unplayable ball from Joe Leach to the wicketkeeper. Pieter Malan moved fluently to 28 (31 balls) before edging Joseph's fifth ball to second slip.
Will Rhodes (25, 84 balls) sliced Joseph's 30th ball to point, where Barnard took a fine diving catch. Hain (six not out in 50 minutes) and Matt Lamb then played out the remaining overs of a soporific day to the mellifluous chimes of an ice cream van vending its delicious wares to the good citizens of Balsall Heath.
Nottinghamshire vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship
Nottinghamshire 323/10 (86 ov)
Essex 99/10 (41 ov) & 194/10 (85.2 ov)
Result - Notts won by an innings and 30 runs
All-rounder Lyndon James took a career-best four for 51 as Nottinghamshire crushed champions Essex by an innings and 30 runs before lunch on the final day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge, despite Saturday’s wash-out.
The 22-year-old Worksop-born medium pace bowler, who dismissed former England captain Sir Alastair Cook on Friday, delivered a decisive burst of three wickets in the space of 14 balls as Essex, still 95 behind at 129 for three overnight, collapsed to 194 all out, effectively beaten inside seven sessions.
James, in only his seventh first-class match, also made 51 with the bat, his 123-run partnership with centurion Steven Mullaney the key to a 224-run first-innings lead for Nottinghamshire after Luke Fletcher’s career-best six for 24.
Unbeaten on 60 at Friday’s close, Nick Browne looked like Essex’s best chance of a fightback but had added only four more when Fletcher had him caught behind, and after a double-wicket maiden from James accounted for Ryan Ten Doeschate and Tom Westley, Essex lost their last six wickets for 29 as Nottinghamshire jumped to the top of the Group One table with a second consecutive win.
Fletcher dealt Essex a major blow by removing Browne in the fifth over of the day, the left-hander pushing at a ball that left him late.
When James took over at the Radcliffe Road, he soon had Ten Doeschate leg before to a full, straight delivery and followed up with a beauty two balls later to send Westley’s off stump cartwheeling.
South African Dane Paterson, who took three for 41, had Harmer lbw before James ended a brief counter-attack by Paul Walter as Ben Duckett took a sharp catch at second slip.
James was denied a maiden five-wicket haul when third slip Haseeb Hameed dropped Peter Siddle on nought in the same over, but will nonetheless remember this match as fondly as his debut against Essex in 2018, when he took three wickets in his maiden first-class spell.
Siddle was soon taken at second slip off Paterson and when Fletcher returned in place of James he needed only two balls to have Jamie Porter caught behind to finish the job.
It meant the County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy holders have lost two of their last three matches, leaving them with work to do in the second half of their Group One programme if they are to be in a position to defend their titles in September.
Northamptonshire vs Sussex at Wantage Road
Sussex 106 & 215
Result - Northants won by an innings and 120 runs
Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson shared 19 wickets in the match as Northamptonshire quashed Sussex by an innings and 120 runs in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
The fast-bowling duo returned match figures of 19 for 189 – with fellow seamer Tom Taylor thwarting the chance for a clean sweep with the victory confirming scalp.
Veteran Berg, 40, claimed career-best figures of nine for 90, while Sanderson celebrated 10 for 99, with five-wicket hauls in both innings.
Northants, who atoned for their heart-breaking one-run defeat to Yorkshire a week ago, moved to their second victory of the season to keep their Division One hopes alive – taking 24 points to Sussex’s three.
After the third day had been washed out at Wantage Road, Northants needed six wickets to secure back-to-back home wins in the Championship – with humid air and grey skies handing them perfect conditions.
Sanderson, who had shared 10 for 46 with Berg in the first innings, didn’t need a loosener as he struck with his first ball of the morning.
Stiaan van Zyl had been at ease for his 71 runs on a sun-kissed second evening, but having added a single against Berg, he chased Sanderson outside his off stump with a slight nip away enough to catch an edge to first slip.
It ended a partnership of 91 with Ben Brown, comfortably Sussex’s highest stand of the match.
Berg evened up the share of wickets with Sanderson again when Delray Rawlings bagged a pair – the all-rounder struggling to commit with Berg coming around the wicket with a bit of swing to edge behind.
In his next over the former Middlesex and Hampshire man produced significant in-swing to pin Brown leg-before for 39.
Northants were forced to wait 31 balls before Sanderson challenged Stuart Meaker’s outside edge and found a tickle through to Adam Rossington.
Ollie Robinson, on the back of an unbeaten 49 and a five-for in the first innings, seemed imperious to the moving ball as he scored a free-flowing 23.
But he fell lbw to a nip-backer from Sanderson – the ex-Yorkshire seamer claiming the 15th five-for of his first-class career.
And the victory was wrapped up when Taylor castled Jack Carson – as Sussex lost their last six wickets for 61 runs in 123 morning deliveries.
It meant Northants claimed their first victory by an innings since April 2017, and Sussex’s winless run at Wantage Road was extended to 12 games, with their last success coming in 1994.
Northants fast bowler Ben Sanderson, who took 10 for 99 in the match:
“Tom didn’t read the script there did he? A few more bouncers rather than straight at the stumps.
“But no, I think we just wanted to get the game done by then and I think Bergy had had enough!
“It was massive for us to get a win this round after the disappointment of losing by one run. It was huge for us to come to this game and dominate it for three days and get the win.”
Northants fast bowler Gareth Berg, who took a career-best nine for 90:
“The game plan is very simple for us, we always just smash it at the wickets and it paid off.
“If we find the edges then great, as we are catching them at the moment, but it is a simple game plan.
“Someone mentioned to me I was described as a Rolls Royce on commentary, I believe I’m more of a 1969 Ford Mustang, I’m not a big fan of the Rolls Royce!
“This is 15 months of hard work but it does help finding form again and I am back to where I was about four years ago.
“Me and Ben are very similar in what we do. We try and hit that off stump and nibble it about and are good with the economy as well.”
Sussex head coach Ian Salisbury:
“I don’t like losing. We had our pants pulled down here.
“Fair play to their two lads with 19 wickets between them. They hit the top of off really well which outside of Ollie Robinson we didn’t do well enough.
“You can’t get bowled out for 106 and barely 200. There weren’t too many demons in the pitch second time around.
“Yes, they bowled well but you have to recognise the two bowlers you have to get through. They aren’t bowling 90mph or mystery but just good honest bowlers. Did we sell our wickets dearly enough? From the sidelines it didn’t like we did.
“Whenever you have a loss it is good to get back on the horse. I can’t wait for the next game now. We’ll be looking at how we can win the next game.
“This game aside we had two close games so this one is pretty disappointing.”
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