LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 15th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 15th 2021
Middlesex vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship
Middlesex 172/10 (68.1 ov) & 101/10 (29.5 ov)
Hampshire 208/10 (73 ov) & 66/3 (15.3 ov)
Hampshire won by 7 wickets
Keith Barker hit two personal landmarks to set up Hampshire’s seven-wicket victory against Middlesex in their rain-affected LV= Insurance County Championship game at Lord’s.
Barker blazed an impressive 84 – his highest score for the county – to secure a valuable lead of 36 as they stretched their first-innings total to 208.
The 34-year-old also bagged his 50th red-ball wicket in Hampshire colours as the home side crumbled to 101 all out inside 30 overs, with Kyle Abbott claiming another five-for to take his match tally to 11 for 85.
That left Hampshire chasing a modest target of 66 and, although rain intervened, they had just enough time to scramble home.
Resuming on 131 for seven, a first-innings advantage had looked an optimistic target for the visitors – particularly when Middlesex seamer Blake Cullen gained reward for his consistent bowling by taking out Abbott’s off stump.
That wicket prompted Barker to unleash a flurry of leg-side boundaries, including successive fours off Tim Murtagh to bring up his half-century and edge Hampshire ahead.
Although Murtagh removed Brad Wheal, caught behind, he received further punishment from Barker, who clattered him into the Mound Stand for two robust sixes in taking 18 off one over.
Barker thrashed James Harris for another six to secure a batting bonus point before he was last out later in the same over, courtesy of Peter Handscomb’s acrobatic catch at mid-on.
But wickets began to fall with greater frequency when Middlesex batted again after lunch, with Abbott and Mohammad Abbas swiftly sending their top five back to the pavilion.
Handscomb was the only one among those to reach double figures, striking Abbott cleanly through the covers for consecutive boundaries in a 12-ball knock of 24 before the seamer pinned him lbw with one that kept low.
At 67 for seven, Middlesex looked in danger of failing to exceed their paltry total of 79 at the Ageas Bowl last month, but Harris and Cullen displayed a degree of defiance with their stand of 28.
Abbott eventually wrapped up the innings after a 45-minute rain delay, trapping Harris and Ethan Bamber lbw to finish with five for 41.
It looked as if Hampshire might be thwarted by a further downpour, eight overs into their chase – but the batsmen returned for an extra half-hour and, despite losing three wickets, that was sufficient for Sam Northeast and Tom Alsop to see them over the line.
Middlesex captain Peter Handscomb said:
“To come out and still be upbeat in the field and try and take a few of them with us before they passed us was credit to our bowling group and the fielders, but ultimately we’ve got to be better with the bat.
“As a batting group, to be bowled out for 101 anywhere, regardless of what the wicket’s doing, is not going to be good enough. It’s going to be tough to win games from those positions.
“It’s obviously tough at the moment but the game can change pretty quickly.
(On 19yo Blake Cullen, who made his County Championship debut)
“Blake’s a young kid coming in, trying his hardest and it’s really good to see. I loved what he did and I was interested to see how he’d take the new ball and he doesn’t disappoint – he’s swinging it and trying to take poles.”
Hampshire all-rounder Keith Barker, who top-scored with 84 in their first innings – and hit Tim Murtagh for 18 in one over, said:
“He bats the same, so he’s going to get it in return at some point! I just saw it as an opportunity, with the short boundary.
“It was still doing quite a bit and they’d changed the ball because the other one went out of shape, so I thought if we could make the most of the hard ball, every run counts.
“Once we got past them, we were confident with the ball and Abbo (Kyle Abbott) and Mo (Mohammad Abbas) bowled brilliantly. We just kept it tight and we got a few lucky wickets on the way but all in all I thought we bowled brilliantly.
“We had our eye on the weather so it was a tough one – do we stick or twist? Hold out and bat and see how we get on with the weather or do we get it done tonight? Fortunately we got it done.”
Glamorgan vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Glamorgan 149/10 & *106/3 (26.5 ov)
Yorkshire 230/10 (75.3 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Glamorgan lead by 27 runs
Joe Root batted superbly on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Yorkshire to put his side in a position to push for victory but missed out on a century, bowled by Dan Douthwaite for 99.
Root’s runs gave Yorkshire a first innings lead as he and Steven Patterson blunted the Glamorgan attack on a pitch that, Root aside, has been hard work for batsmen.
Glamorgan had bowled well before the Root and Patterson’s partnership with Michael Neser claiming a five wicket haul on his home debut.
When Glamorgan came out to bat for their second innings they lost three quick wickets before David Lloyd and Kiran Carlson took them to 108 for three at the close, a lead of 27.
As his colleagues fell around him Root stood firm, riding the bounce when needed to work the ball both sides of the wicket in a masterly display on a very challenging surface. There was a point when it looked as if Glamorgan could eke out a lead as Yorkshire went from 78 for four to 91 for seven, but Root made sure that didn’t happen.
That cluster of wickets included debutant Harry Duke getting out to his first ball in first class cricket, the 19-year-old wicketkeeper attempting a pull shot off the impressive Neser and getting caught at square leg.
It was when Root was joined by Patterson with the score at 111 for eight that things shifted towards Yorkshire, the two putting on a stand of 118, comfortably the highest of the match so far.
The lead was 81 when the last Yorkshire wicket fell, one that could well prove decisive on this pitch. The only disappointment for Yorkshire was Root missing out on what would have been his 32nd first class hundred. This was the first time he has been dismissed on 99 in his professional career.
Marnus Labuschagne was amongst the wickets to fall in the evening session, bowled by Jordan Thomason for a third ball duck. The much vaunted Australian now has just 33 runs in four innings this season.
It looked as if Yorkshire could take a complete stranglehold on this match, but Carlson and Lloyd kept Glamorgan in the hunt. If the weather is kind tomorrow this game could be set up for a gripping finale.
Yorkshire’s Joe Root after making 99
On position in this match
It has been tough throughout the game so far, and I think more than anything for us to just get in the position that we are in right now, they are 27 for three in effect second innings-wise. We feel like we are in a really good position. At one stage we felt like we were looking at a deficit. It was a really crucial partnership [with Patterson], we knew how important it was and we managed to sneak a batting point as well which is always handy.
On preparations for New Zealand Tests
I always look forward to whatever cricket I am playing in, next game that is coming around, and obviously for me it will be those Test matches. It has been great to play country cricket, great to play some red ball cricket ahead of a very exciting year of Test cricket and feel like I will definitely benefit from having these games in the bank when it comes round to those internationals.
On playing against brother in this match
He has still got one up on me hasn’t he. He can tick the hundred box and I can’t. It has been really nice to get to see him, with Covid and stuff I have hardly seen him over the last year or so, so even to share the field and get pockets of time to catch up has been really nice. It was a special moment yesterday seeing him get his county cap, he has worked very hard for that and I am very proud of him. Hopefully he can continue to score some runs for the rest of the season.
Dan Douthwaite of Glamorgan
On getting Root out on 99
Yeah, I think if I am being critical, it would have been nice to get him earlier but getting a player of that calibre is a special feeling. It was weird how it happened seeing as Kiran Carlson stood at mid off two balls before I was going to get him out trying to dab it down to third man and he would chop it on to the stumps and he did. I was telling him at the time to go away and let me focus on my bowling. That is the first time I have had someone predict a wicket and it has actually happened.
On the conditions in this match
I think it is quite a tough pitch to be fair but I think Joe today, Patterson at times as well, and Kiran and David Lloyd at the end there just showed that if you can get yourself in and be busy from the get go and play that front foot brand of cricket we have spoken about this season so far it is not the worst pitch to get yourself in and go big on.
Essex vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship
Essex 412/3d (76 ov)
Derbyshire 146/10 & *97/1 (32 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Derbyshire trail by 169 runs.
Simon Harmer twirled career-best figures of nine for 80 to befuddle Derbyshire as Essex headed towards a second LV= Insurance County Championship victory of the season.
Off spinner Harmer’s analysis were the 13th best of all-time for Essex, 18th best against Derbyshire and the second-best ever at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
The visitors were asked to follow on, having been rolled for 146, but improved second time around led by Brooke Guest and Billy Godleman.
Guest, who had top-scored with a manful 49 in the Harmer rout, bagged his maiden first-class fifty as Derbyshire ended the day on 97 for one, trailing by 169.
Guest and Alex Hughes batted for almost an hour to put on 44, after a washed-out first session, before Harmer, who had taken two in the day two gloom, started to wreak havoc.
Hughes ran past one to be stumped by Adam Wheater and Wayne Madsen, after striking two sixes, turned around the corner to leg slip.
Matt Critchley slogged a boundary over midwicket before giving Harmer his 23rd first-class five-wicket haul with a caught and bowled.
It wasn’t a classical Harmer Chelmsford pitch, with the ball not overly turning or bouncing, rather a perfect example of slight variation, confidence and reputation.
Although he got a helping hand from Ryan ten Doeschate at short leg to dismiss Harvey Hosein – with the 40-year-old reacting unbelievably to snaffle low down.
Guest, a day after turning 24, recorded his career-best 49 in a one-man rearguard before being adjudged caught by ten Doeschate bat-pad.
Billy Stanlake lost his middle stump and Dustin Melton was brilliantly caught and bowled as Harmer bested his previous best of nine of 95.
Ironically, both Harmer’s attempts at a ten-wicket haul have been thwarted by part-time spinner Dan Lawrence.
In four overs before bad light, and subsequently rain, Jamie Porter bowled Luis Reece – who was playing a short not befitting the situation of needing to bat a day and 40-odd overs to save a draw.
But Guest and Godleman showed resilience to put on 83, and more importantly, chew up 174 balls.
Guess beat his personal best for the second time in the day by bringing up his fifty in 89 deliveries and ended the day unbeaten on 56.
Essex spinner bowler Simon Harmer, who took career best figures of nine for 80:
“It is a performance-based sport and there are days where you do well and there are games were you don’t do well. I’ve had a few games recently where I haven’t taken many wickets so when it is your day you have to cash in big.
“On a batting wicket you can’t get 50 you need to get 150 and if it is turning or there is something there for me, I need to get big wicket hauls. You never know when the next wicket is going to come.
“I felt like I cashed in today.
“A 10-for is an ambition. It is something you look back at the end of your career and if you have ticked off that it would be really special. It is in the back of the mind and I have come close twice – and it has been Dan Lawrence on both times!
“We haven’t won too many games this season so the biggest thing for us is to win. It would be pointless for me to have taken nine wickets if the game ends in a draw.
“It is nice to take wickets in a winning contribution and hopefully we can put it together tomorrow.”
Derbyshire head coach Dave Houghton:
“I don’t want to take anything away from Simon – he’s a good bowler and a good competitor – but I felt looking at the game he probably got four people out with good balls and we kept giving him wickets.
“You have to bowl well to get a nine-for but I think we could have batted better.
“A few years ago a few people played Warwickshire’s Jeetan Patel on his reputation and I think the same thing is happening with Harmer.
“We have to be nice and positive against him tomorrow and I think we were too negative in the first-innings.
“You need to be positive but at the same time you need to trust your defense and I think that is what Brooke and Billy did this evening – they gave a good exhibition of how it should be done.”
Durham vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Durham 246/10 (82.2 ov) & 389/5d (110.5 ov)
Worcestershire 213/10 & *60/0 (14 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Worcs need 363 runs.
Durham require 10 wickets on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire after centuries from Will Young and Jack Burnham handed the visitors a daunting fourth-innings chase.
Young provided the foundation with his second century of the season in his final game for the home side. Jack Burnham upped the ante late in the afternoon and notched his first hundred since May 2016. Ned Eckersley also provided a brisk knock of 86 from 57 balls, including six sixes.
Worcestershire's openers faced a tough final hour, but Daryl Mitchell and Jake Libby remained unbeaten at the close after putting on a stand of 60, although their side require another 363 runs to pull off an unlikely victory at Emirates Riverside.
Durham added only three runs to their overnight total before Joe Leach found Scott Borthwick's outside edge. Young held firm and worked his way his past fifty, reaching the milestone from 128 balls. He and David Bedingham put on a stand of 69 for the third wicket, but the latter played a loose drive before lunch to a Josh Tongue delivery and was caught behind.
Young picked his moments to grind down the Worcestershire attack, while Burnham provided ample support, allowing Durham to post their third fifty partnership in succession. The New Zealander attempted to bring up his century by pulling Ed Barnard over the rope, only to be put down by Charlie Morris on the square leg boundary.
Young made the most of his opportunity and reached his second century of the season with a crisp on-drive down the ground that travelled to the fence. He failed to add to his score after passing three figures, leaving an inswinger from Tongue that struck his back pad. Durham pressed on through Burnham, who produced a great array of strokes around the wicket. The right-hander put the Worcestershire bowlers to the sword after easing past fifty.
Eckersley proved more than a useful foil at the other end, allowing the home side to accelerate courtesy of a century stand. He smashed a six to reach his half-century before a glut of maximums followed, sending four over the rope in one Brett D'Oliveira over.
Eckersley was caught on the fence after his onslaught before Burnham, who endured a struggle in the nineties, finally reached his ton, ending a five-year drought. The milestone prompted Borthwick to declare with a lead of 422. However, Durham were denied a breakthrough in the final hour as Mitchell and Libby were solid, leaving the visitors unscathed at the close.
Durham's Jack Burnham said: "I was lost for words to score the hundred. It has been a long time coming. I've been working really hard going back to the winter, and I've felt in really good form. It has been a long time and obviously a lot longer than I would have hoped to get my second century on the board.
"Hopefully now there is a lot more to come. It has been a long journey to get back to where I am and feeling as good as I do on the field. It has been challenging, and I feel I'm a lot stronger as an individual. I've just got to keep on putting in the hard work."
Worcestershire coach Alan Richardson said: "It was a tough day and things did not go our way. Fair play to Durham, they played really well. I thought Will Young and Jack Burnham played with a lot of skill and patience.
"Our guys applied themselves well with the bat in the final hour. They're facing a very good attack and a quick bowler in Mark Wood, but they showed good character and spirit. It will be a test tomorrow, but the guys will be confident of doing it."
Sussex vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex 256/10 (76.3 ov)
Kent 145/10 & *220/3 (68 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Kent lead by 109 runs.
Play got under way six hours behind schedule on the third day of the LV=Insurance County Championship Group 3 match between Sussex and Kent.
And when it did so the big talking point was the absence of England fast bowler Jofra Archer from the Sussex attack.
Kent resumed on 138 or 2, a lead of 27, at the 1st Central County Ground,with the overnight batsman Zak Crawley and Jack Leaning unbeaten on 61 and 18 respectively, and in the 24 overs bowled before the close they had moved on to 220 for 3, a lead of 109, with Leaning unbeaten on 61
The batsmen did their best to make up for lost time with a positive start after being frustrated by persistent rain and a very wet outfield at the southern end of the ground. But Kent were helped on their way by not having to face Archer, even though the England player took his place on the field.
The first over, at 5pm, was bowled by Ollie Robinson from the Cromwell Road end. At the end of the over Ben Brown, the Sussex captain, appeared to want Archer to open the attack from the sea end. The pair talked and at the end of the conversation Brown was seen to gesticulate in the direction of Archer before calling up George Garton to bowl the second over. Archer, meanwhile, looked on from mid-on. Before play Archer had bowled only five overs in the Kent second innings – against Robinson’s 11 - having bowled only 13 in the first.
Leaning showed Kent’s positive intent from the first ball of the day, flicking Robinson through square-leg for four. Then the batsman pulled Garton behind square for four before upper-cutting Robinson to third man for another boundary.
Sussex made their first breakthrough with the score on 189 when Crawley, attempting to reverse sweep, was caught at forward short-leg by Aaron Thomason for 85. He and Leaning had put on 130 for the third wicket. After an hour’s batting Kent had added 59 runs in 15 overs.
After Robinson and Garton, Delray Rawlins and Jack Carson entered the attack but there was still no sign of Archer. And to add to Sussex’s frustration’s Kent’s Ollie Robinson was dropped at first slip in the penultimate over of the day.
Somerset vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship
Surrey *206/4 (68 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl
Only nine overs were bowled on the third day of the rain-ruined LV=Insurance County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Play began on time with Surrey 191 for four and they were able to add 15 to their total before the rain started falling.
An early lunch was taken at 12.45am, but by then a heavy downpour had left many areas of the outfield under water.
Umpires Nick Cook and Russell Warren called off play for the day at 1.30pm and the forecast for tomorrow is just as bad.
If the game does resume, Surrey will start at 206 for four, with Ben Foakes unbeaten on 16 and Jamie Smith 27 not out.
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