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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 14th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 14th  2021




Sussex vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 256/10 (76.3 ov)

Kent 145/10 & *138/2 (44 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Kent lead by 27 runs.


Zak Crawley passed 3,000 first-class runs in his unbeaten half-century as Kent fought back against Sussex in the LV=Insurance County Championship at Hove.

After making 90 against Yorkshire last week – his highest score of the season so far – the 23-year-old England batsman again looked in good touch, reaching 61 not out including seven fours, three of them in an over from off-spinner Jack Carson, as Kent closed day two on 138 for two, a lead of 27.

Sussex had earlier taken a first-innings lead of 111 after being bowled out for 256 with on-loan seamer Matt Quinn picking up four wickets.

Kent lost two wickets in clearing their arrears with Jofra Archer and Ollie Robinson taking one each. Archer struck in the fifth and final over of his only spell when a big inswinger accounted for Jordan Cox (12) while Robinson had skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond (27) caught at third slip.

Quinn had earlier taken four for 54 with all four of his wickets coming during an excellent afternoon spell as Kent chipped away after Sussex had passed their first-innings 145 with four wickets down.

They had resumed on 51 for two and Stiaan van Zyl and Travis Head put on 52 in 14 overs, although Head (20) was dropped on ten by Jordan Cox at first slip before he was pinned by Darren Stevens’ late inswing.

Van Zyl (52) reached his fourth half-century of the season with a six off Nathan Gilchrist and also hit eight fours but was beaten by an inswinger in Gilchrist’s next over. Sussex rebuilt through Tom Clark and Ben Brown either side of lunch in a stand of 59 in 20 overs. Crawley put down Clark on 27 and the left-hander had reached 42 when Gilchrist bowled him around his legs with one that kept low.

Stevens picked up his third wicket when Brown (26) was beaten by late away movement before Quinn settled into a productive spell from the sea end.

The 28-year-old New Zealander is on a four-match loan spell from champions Essex and worked up a decent pace. He was slightly fortunate to claim his first wicket as the ball which had Delray Rawlins (6) lbw appeared to have pitched outside the line.

But George Garton (17) and Archer (2) were both beaten by good deliveries which moved away sharply off the seam and Quinn finished off the innings when Robinson (25) holed out to deep mid-wicket.

  Durham vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship

Durham 246/10 & *79/1 (31 ov)

Worcestershire 213/10 (69.4 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Durham lead by 112 runs.


Chris Rushworth joined Graham Onions as Durham's highest first-class wicket taker after notching a five-wicket haul to dismiss Worcestershire for 213 in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Emirates Riverside.

Rushworth was at his imperious best to claim figures of five for 56 to put the hosts in a strong position and move level with his former team-mate with 527 first-class strikes for Durham. Brydon Carse and Ben Raine were also on point, although late resistance from Joe Leach kept Worcestershire in the game.

Although the home side lost Alex Lees early in their second innings, Scott Borthwick and Will Young held firm to leave the north-east outfit in control of the contest with a lead of 112 runs.

Durham made a strong start to day two through Rushworth, who began the day by dismissing Daryl Mitchell for the ninth time of his first-class career, pinning the opener lbw with an inswinger. Jake Libby performed well in tough conditions, mustering 24 before he was undone by a brilliant delivery from Raine.

The seamers were on the mark and did not allow Jack Haynes to settle. In his second spell, Rushworth removed Haynes lbw for eight to reduce the visitors at 60 for three. Brett D'Oliveira battled with Tom Fell to take Worcestershire into the lunch break, but the pressure resumed immediately after the restart.

Fell survived a close lbw shout against Raine, but the right-armer plugged away and removed D'Oliveira for 10 in his next over. Fell offered solid resistance, grinding his way into the forties amid excellent bowling from the hosts. He was given a life by Borthwick, who put down a routine chance at second slip off Raine. The Durham captain's blushes were spared by Carse as he skittled Fell, taking his off and middle stump out of the ground.

Rushworth whittled through the lower order from the Lumley End breaking through Riki Wessels' defences before pinning Ed Barnard on the crease. Mark Wood and Carse reduced the visitors to nine down by using their pace to prise out Ben Cox and Josh Tongue.

However, Leach frustrated the hosts with a vital knock of 42. The Worcestershire captain produced a fifty partnership with Morris to bring his team within 33 of Durham's first-innings total. Rushworth wrapped up the innings with his record-equalling scalp to bowl Morris, earning his 28th five-wicket haul in the process.

Worcestershire claimed the vital wicket of Lees before the end of the day, but Young and Borthwick put together an unbeaten stand of 51 to leave Durham in a formidable position at 79 for one in their second innings. 

 Essex vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship

Essex 412/3d (76 ov)

Derbyshire *35/3 (22 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Derbyshire trail by 377 runs.


Dan Lawrence turned on the style with a jaw-dropping unbeaten 152 as Essex pummeled Derbyshire’s bowlers in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Lawrence is aiming to maintain his place in the England Test side after a successful debut winter and gave the selectors a jolt with his first century of the season - the fastest and the 11th in his first-class career.

Tom Westley also smashed 106, in a 221-run stand with Lawrence, while Nick Browne and Sir Alastair Cook also picked up half-centuries.

Essex eventually declared on 413 for three, after Lawrence had dispatched Matt Critchley for three consecutive sixes, before Derbyshire slumped to close on 35 for three.

No play was possible on the first day but Derbyshire won the toss – something they might have regretted as Essex scored at will.

Billy Stanlake endured a torrid first spell for his county as he struggled with his run-up – bowling six no balls in four overs, while also pulling out of a similar number of deliveries as he approached the crease.

Browne scored his fifty in 92 balls and Cook in 72. It was the sixth time Browne had past fifty in seven innings against Derbyshire – with an average of 213.25 against the county.

After a season-high opening stand of 137, both openers fell in four balls of each other to Stanlake, who found more stability at the River End.

Browne was tempted to drive at a full and wide delivery only for Stanlake’s express pace to see him edge to first slip, while Cook wobbled a chip up to extra cover.

That brought Lawrence and Westley to the wicket. Half-centuries were brought up in a sensible 66 and 75 deliveries before the game plan switched to outright attack.

Lawrence moved to his first hundred since 2016 in 112 balls needing a further 20 deliveries to pass 150.

Lawrence played some outrageous shots in his innings but none more so than the guided pull six off Stanlake before dispatching Critchley into the river, two of six maximums alongside 16 fours.

Westley, who eventually holed out to deep extra cover for 106, was no less expansive with 15 boundaries and a six – he rapidly expanded from fifty to a ton in 34 balls.

Skipper Westley called in quits with maximum batting points secured, after Lawrence and Walter had thrashed 53 runs in four overs – Essex scoring 234 of their runs in boundaries.

The scorecard did not make pretty reading for the bowlers, with Luis Reece the only to record an economy of under four an over.

Bad light meant Essex could only bowl spinners Simon Harmer and Dan Lawrence but Reece was lbw to the former, Billy Godleman was caught at short leg and Leus du Plooy pushed to second slip.

 Middlesex vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship

Middlesex 172/10 (68.1 ov)

Hampshire *131/7 (52 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Hampshire trail by 41 runs.


James Vince and Nick Gubbins produced dogged half-centuries for their respective sides as wickets clattered around them on a gloomy day two at Lord’s.

Gubbins’ resisted for more than three hours to make 51 and scramble the hosts to 172, despite Kyle Abbott’s six for 44.

Hampshire were in the mire at 9-3 in reply thanks to three wickets for Ethan Bamber, but Vince’s uncharacteristically dogged 62 saw the visitors reach 131-7, when bad light drove the players from the field.

Abbott took just eight balls to add to his three wickets of the previous day when he trapped John Simpson lbw, the wicketkeeper not adding to his overnight score.

When Mohammad Abbas removed Martin Andersson and James Harris in quick succession it looked like Groundhog Day for the host’s brittle batting line-up at 100-7.

Some respectability was reached courtesy of a stand of 53 between Nick Gubbins and youngster Blake Cullen for the eighth wicket.

Gubbins mixed dogged defence with a couple of savage pulls to reach 50 for the fourth time this season in just over three hours, but was bowled shortly afterwards trying to leave another testing delivery from Abbas.

Abbott then returned to have Cullen caught at slip for an excellent 27 before trapping Bamber lbw to complete his six wicket haul.

The hosts needed quick wickets and Bamber soon obliged, bowling Ian Holland with a beauty which came back down the hill through bat and pad to kiss the off stump.

Bamber struck again in his next over having Joe Weatherley caught at slip from an inside edge onto the pad, though the opener clearly felt he’d made no contact.

When Tim Murtagh removed Tom Alsop lbw with the first ball of the next over Hampshire, dismissed for 79 and 92 in the first innings of their last two matches were in disarray at 9-3.

James Harris would later account for Sam Northeast, while Liam Dawson slashed Murtagh to Robbie White at slip and Bamber claimed a third scalp pinning Lewis McManus lbw.

Through it all however Vince stood firm. He was far from his fluent best, surviving a plethora of play and misses, but produce a trademark cover drive, one of seven fours in a 101-ball half-century.

Keith Barker helped by raising a fifty stand in 82 balls, but Cullen castled Vince before the light closed in to leave the game in the balance.



 Glamorgan vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Glamorgan 149/10 (53.5 ov)

Yorkshire *69/4 (25 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Yorkshire trail by 80 runs.


The LV=Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Yorkshire moved on at a rapid pace on day two with 14 wickets falling to increase the likelihood of a result despite no play on day one. 

Glamorgan only had brief glimpses of solidity as they struggled to 149 all out in their first innings with David Lloyd’s 31 the top score.

In reply Yorkshire found batting on this pitch just as challenging as they reached the close at 69 for four with only Joe Root looking comfortable on 34 not out.

Yorkshire put Glamorgan in on a green-tinged pitch and Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson found a way through the defences of Joe Cooke and Marnus Labuschagne to claim two early wickets with an lbw apiece.

A solid looking partnership between David Lloyd and Billy Root brought Glamorgan back into things with Lloyd once again looking organised at the top of the order.

The introduction of Steven Patterson and Harry Brook shifted things dramatically in favour of Yorkshire as Glamorgan lost four wickets for four runs to go from 69 for two to 73 for six.

The collapse started when Lloyd left a ball from Patterson which jagged back in and clipped the top of off stump. Kiran Carlson was gone in the same over when Patterson found extra bounce and Tom Kohler-Cadmore took a good catch at slip.

Dan Douthwaite was the next man to go, trapped lbw by Harry Brook who would go on to claim career best figures of three for 15.

A tail end recovery of sorts saw Michael Neser and Andrew Salter both make 24 as they took Glamorgan to 149 all out.

The wickets continued to fall when Yorkshire began their first innings with Neser particularly impressive. The in form Adam Lyth was dismissed thanks to a blinding one handed grab by Kiran Carlson at mid-wicket and Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance went in quick succession to leave Yorkshire 10 for three. 

When Neser trapped Harry Brook lbw for 11 the score was 36 for four with only Joe Root holding firm.

On the way out after tea to resume his innings Root was there to congratulate his brother Billy on the presentation of his Glamorgan cap. Despite trailing by 80 runs on first innings it will be Joe who will be the happier of the brothers with him undefeated and Yorkshire with six wickets in hand. 


Somerset vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship


Surrey *191/4 (59 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl.


A Rory Burns half-century laid the foundation for Surrey’s total of 191 for four on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton. 

After the first day washout at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Burns, looking to reclaim an England place, had to fight hard for his runs in bowler-friendly conditions before falling for 55. 

Ollie Pope contributed 33 and Hashim Amla 29, while Lewis Gregory claimed his 300th first class wicket in taking two for 60 from 18 overs before bad light ended proceedings eight overs early.

The match finally got underway at 2pm after a major mopping up operation and Somerset elected to bowl first on a green looking pitch.

In the absence of the rested Craig Overton, Josh Davey took the new ball with Gregory and both went past the bat on numerous occasions.

The Surrey openers also survived a run-out scare in the opening over when, with Mark Stoneman stranded in mid-pitch after calling for a quick single, George Bartlett missed the stumps at the wicketkeeper’s end, running in from cover.

Tom Banton was behind the stumps in place of Steve Davies, who is facing a minor operation. He was kept busy as the ball beat both batsmen without finding an edge.

Stoneman had moved to 18 in a stand of 43 with Burns when failing to cope with a seaming delivery from Gregory and being taken at third slip by the diving Roelof van der Merwe.

Amla was tested by the Somerset pace attack at the beginning of his innings, but gradually he and Burns became more assured.

Burns demonstrated growing confidence with a glorious cover drive for four off Marchant de Lange and moved to a half-century off 90 balls, with six boundaries.

By tea, he and Amla had taken the score to 116 for one. But both departed soon after the interval, crestfallen at the manner of their dismissals. 

Amla had passed 18,000 runs in first class cricket when carelessly pulling a short ball from Gregory to fine leg where Eddie Byrom held a comfortable catch above his head.

Burns was equally frustrated to play a back-foot defensive shot off de Lange and squeeze the ball onto his stumps off an angled bat.

Suddenly Surrey were 119 for three. But the ball was no longer going past the bat as Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope set about rebuilding.

Pope looked assured in facing 59 balls, but then went to pull a delivery from Tom Abell and top-edged the ball to the back-pedalling Banton, who judged it well looking up into the floodlights.

From 168 for four, Ben Foakes and Jamie Smith saw Surrey through to the close.



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