LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 16th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 16th 2021
Glamorgan vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Glamorgan 149/10 (53.5 ov) & 164/4 (40 ov)
Yorkshire 230/10 (75.3 ov)
Persistent rain prevented a positive result in the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Yorkshire in Cardiff with only 13 overs possible on the final day, but there was enough time for Kiran Carlson to continue his impressive season with a fourth fifty of this campaign.
The match was set up for an exciting finish at the close of day three with Glamorgan 27 runs in front with seven first innings wickets in hand. The weather meant that the players only made it into the middle at 4:15pm and Glamorgan successfully saw out a tricky session to secure the draw.
It was a frustrating experience in the hours before they started with the sun shining just long enough for some hope to emerge only for the rain to reappear to send the groundsmen back to their hut.
A brilliant 99 from England captain Joe Root on day three had given Yorkshire hope of pushing for a win but first rain and then Carlson prevented that from happening. Carlson finished the day on 88 not out with Glamorgan 164 for four.
When play did get started Yorkshire were convinced they had David Lloyd caught in the slips in the first over but it was off his thigh pad rather than his bat. As it was, they had Lloyd without adding to his overnight score when he was trapped lbw by Ben Coad. That was the only wicket to fall before the players shook hands.
Carlson has been Glamorgan’s most consistent batsman in this Championship campaign, and his runs meant that any chances of a Yorkshire win evaporated. Such was Carlson’s brilliance given more time Glamorgan could have set up a win of their own. Carlson now has four fifties and two hundreds this season as his potential has begun to be realised.
The draw gives Yorkshire 12 points, sending them to the top of Group 3 of the Championship, five points ahead of Lancashire who did not play in this round of matches.
Sussex v Kent
Kent 145 & 387 for 4 dec v Sussex 256
Result - Match Drawn
Jack Leaning completed the sixth hundred of his first-class career as Sussex, missing the injured Jofra Archer, could not prevent Kent from securing a comfortable LV= Insurance County Championship draw on a rain-shortened final day at Hove.
Leaning, the 27-year-old former Yorkshire batsman, finished unbeaten on 127 when fists were bumped at 4.50pm and he was joined in a 172-run fourth wicket stand by Ollie Robinson, who scored 85 in Kent’s second innings’ 387 for four declared.
Archer, who controversially did not bowl despite fielding on the third evening, when 24 overs only were possible due to earlier rain, appeared in his whites as the teams warmed up but then did not take the field as Kent resumed their second innings on 220 for three, an overnight lead of 109.
Leaning, who also top-scored with a defiant 63 in Kent’s first innings slide to 145 all out, began the day on 61 while Robinson re-started on 11.
Play began at 1.10pm, following heavy early morning rain and the subsequent mopping up, with Archer replaced in the field by substitute fielder Nick Oxley, a Sussex Academy player.
Kent keeper-batsman Robinson looked particularly busy at the crease as he moved steadily to a neatly-played half-century.
To show his intent, Robinson lofted Jack Carson’s off spin straight for four and then swept the slow left arm of Delray Rawlins for another boundary.
Sussex took the second new ball as soon as it became available, with Kent on 258 for three, initially with Carson operating with it down the Hove slope and Ollie Robinson returning for a three-over burst from the Sea End.
Leaning and Robinson held firm, however, with the latter completing his fifty from 85 balls and Leaning, though more circumspect, keeping his score ticking over as the stand reached three figures.
In all, Leaning faced 263 balls, hitting eight fours, while Robinson later pulled a short ball from Rawlins for six and also included six fours in his bright 135-ball knock before being adjudged lbw to Tom Clark’s medium pace despite what looked to be an inside edge. It was Clark’s maiden first-class wicket.
There was no play either between 3pm and 4pm due to more rain, but at least a final mini-session allowed Tawanda Muyeye, 20, to spend time at the crease following his first innings 1 and reach 12 not out on first-class debut.
Sussex captain Ben Brown said: “It was a communication thing with Jofra on Saturday evening. There is no issue. I asked him beforehand if he was going to have a bowl and he said yes in a warm-up capacity. But he was feeling too sore to bowl.
“The issue here is a sad one for Jofra. He’s a champion cricketer, so talented and so gifted, but at the moment he cannot do what he wants to do, he cannot do his skill.
“I really feel for him. He’s in a difficult situation, with that skill of bowling really fast being taken away from him if you like. This week has been very challenging for him. He was hopeful about how it would go, but he’s felt pretty sore in this game.
“Jofra did the right thing playing in the Second XI game the previous week, and we all want him to be fully fit and firing for England and for the Ashes and things like that. We tried to do what was right for Jofra’s career, and he needed to play in this match to prove his fitness, but it just hasn’t worked out this week.”
On the draw with Kent, Brown added: “I did wonder if they might try to come out and set us a fourth innings target today, but all the air had been sucked out of the game really by the bad weather delays we have had in the past two days. Overall, after six games, I’m fairly happy with how we’ve gone and very excited by the progress of the young players in our team. We have a week off now, and that’s coming at the right time as we all need that break.”
Kent head coach Matt Walker said: “Today was a frustrating day with the weather. It was always going to be difficult for us to force anything. If we had started on time we might have been able to set them something, but we just ran out of overs really. Setting them only a short run chase would have made it a hard game for us to win. It would have been a long shot.”
Durham v Worcestershire
Durham 246 & 389/5 dec beat Worcestershire 213 & 164 by 258 runs.
Chris Rushworth orchestrated a brilliant 258-run win for Durham in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Worcestershire on the day he became the county's all-time leading first-class wicket taker.
Rushworth claimed his 528th first-class wicket for the club by removing Jack Haynes, breaking his tie with Graham Onions that he matched in the first innings. The 34-year-old notched figures of four for 52, while Mark Wood and Brydon Carse were equally impressive with three and two wickets apiece, to dismiss the visitors for 164.
The emphatic victory moves Durham into second place in Group One in the County Championship, three points behind Essex. Worcestershire dropped their first game of the term, but they remain in fourth place despite their crushing defeat.
Rain prevented play in the first hour of the day, but Daryl Mitchell quickly found his rhythm to pass fifty for the third time this season. Rushworth almost secured his record-breaking scalp when Jake Libby clipped a stroke towards mid-wicket. Jack Burnham attempted to corral the ball, but he could not hang on with a diving effort.
Wood turned to short-pitch bowling to make the breakthrough, hitting the glove of Mitchell, which forced the opener to require treatment. The following delivery Wood went short again, and this time Mitchell fended straight to short leg.
Carse made an immediate impact with his first delivery of the day, pinning Tom Fell lbw for one. It could have been better for Durham in the first hour, but David Bedingham dropped a routine catch at first slip after Ben Raine found Libby's outside edge.
However, Bedingham atoned for his error to hand Rushworth his record-breaking scalp, collecting a low edge from Haynes to take the seamer clear of Onions. The wicket prompted emotional scenes among his team-mates and a salute to his dad in the Emirates Riverside car park.
Despite the catch, Durham's problems in the slips continued as Scott Borthwick put down Brett D'Oliveira off Wood, but the England man returned to prise out the batsman in his next over.
Durham smelled blood in the water, and Rushworth jagged a delivery back into Riki Wessels to pin him lbw. Wood performed the same feat to end Libby's stubborn resistance for 36. Ed Barnard continued the procession and was powerless to feather an edge behind from a fine Carse delivery, leaving the visitors seven down.
After the tea break, Rushworth allowed the home side to close in on their second win of the campaign. He was on the mark to dismiss Joe Leach and Ben Cox lbw, displaying pinpoint accuracy. Borthwick claimed the final wicket to wrap a hugely impressive win for his side to put forward their credentials for the County Championship.
Durham's Chris Rushworth said: "I could not be any prouder, especially with my dad in the car park as well. I was very emotional, I don't think I've ever been as emotional as that on a cricket pitch. I've played in Lords' finals and a Championship win, but that tops the lot. It has been on my mind and you could probably tell with the spells on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Other milestones have not entered my mind before, but because this one was so big and it has been close for a while, it was getting to me. To get it done, I can get back to bowling without worrying and winning more games for Durham."
Worcestershire coach Alex Gidman: "We were outplayed by a better team this week. They played a lot better than us in their home conditions and we have to take it on the chin. We were going to lose a game at some stage and this week Durham were a better team than us. We didn't play good enough cricket over the four days. Their bowling attack is as good as we've seen this season. The lads are disappointed that we didn't perform well enough in this game, but we'll support them to the hilt."
Essex vs Derbyshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Result - Essex 412/3d beat Derbyshire 146 & 251 by an innings and 15 runs
Simon Harmer claimed his seventh LV= Insurance County Championship 10-wicket haul as Essex returned to winning ways by cruising to an innings and 15 run victory over Derbyshire.
Harmer, who bowled unchanged from the River End on day four, took three for 122 in the second innings after a career-best nine for 80, for match analysis of 12 for 202. Jamie Porter and Sam Cook also took three scalps in the second innings.
Ryan ten Doeschate claimed six catches in the match, all at short-leg – the 14th occasion an Essex player has managed the feat and first since Alastair Cook versus Durham in 2004.
The win handed Essex the maximum 24 points to recharge their Division One ambition after three games without a success, while Derbyshire only secured a solitary point.
Brooke Guest, who completed his maiden first-class half-century the previous evening, and Billy Godleman continue to frustrate Essex as their partnership hit 212 balls, and 97 runs.
But a change of ball, after Guest had swept into the brick wall in front of the pavilion, brought about an immediate change. Porter angled in to Godleman to wrap the former Essex man on the pads.
Four overs later Guest made a rare misstep on 65, as he offered no shot to Sam Cook and was also given lbw.
Lues du Plooy and Wayne Madsen were both dropped either side of lunch – the former dropped by Alastair Cook at first slip and the latter survived sweeping at leg slip Dan Lawrence.
Essex’s close in fielders continued to chunter noisily about going bang-bang, and finally got their wish as Madsen and du Plooy’s stand ended in quick succession, having been together for 19 overs.
Madsen tickled onto his thigh pad before Ryan ten Doeschate swooped at short-leg to give Harmer his first of the innings, having been wicketless for 29.5 overs.
In the following over, Shane Snater drew an edge out of du Plooy with Alastair Cook holding on at first slip.
Harvey Hosein and Matt Critchley chewed up another 15 overs before another bang-bang as Harmer and ten Doeschate teamed up for the sixth time in the match.
Hosein was the victim of some panther-like reactions after a thick inside edge before Fynn Hudson-Prentice went back and looped to the Netherlands international off his leg.
Matt Critchley was the next to depart when Jamie Porter struck with the second new ball as he edged to Alastair Cook.
Sam Cook completed the emphatic victory when Billy Stanlake chipped to mid-on before Alex Hughes sliced to point.
Essex have now beaten Derbyshire by an innings in four of their last five meetings, with this win coming despite a washed-out opening day and 147 overs lost in the match
Essex fast bowler Jamie Porter, who took three for 41:
“We haven’t played our best cricket recently, but I think this was our best cricket. People have been doubting us and hopefully that sends a clear message.
“The people with the doubt are the guys who, with the greatest respect, don’t know what they are talking about. We are aware they were there but that just fuels the fire and creates performances like that.
“At Edgbaston there was one bad session, at Worcester we were on the better side of the draw and at Notts we were simply outplayed – it didn’t feel like crisis station. Those results don’t define a season.
“When you are so used to turning up and outplaying opposition it can be hard to take a loss but we are very good that it isn’t the end of the world and there is still plenty of time to win the group.
“To have the first day rained off on a wicket that looked like it would offer a bit to the bowlers and play the way we did on day one, I’ve never been involved in such a dominant day’s play in my life.
“Harmer is the best in the world at the moment, in my opinion. That will always be up for debate but he is certainly the best I’ve seen and the best in county cricket. Having him in your side makes life a lot easier!”
Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman:
“We won the toss and elected to bowl in favourable conditions and weren’t able to make the most of them, particularly in that first session.
“If you have a slight off day against a good team it made it difficult.
“I maintain that there was enough in that wicket on day two when we got out there but we had a poor morning and their talented batting line-up played very well.
“If you lose three wickets in an evening you are really hampering yourself. On reflection, guys were on the defensive side after what Essex had done and if we had that 20 overs again we would show a little more intent – like we did in the second innings.
“Guesty played excellently in both innings against seam and spin.
“I will spend the next 24 hours getting away from the game and spending some time with some family. I will get back into practice on Tuesday but I’m not looking any further ahead than that.”
Somerset vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship
Surrey 206/4 (68 ov)
Result - Match drawn
No play was possible on the final day of the heavily-curtailed LV=Insurance County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
Overnight rain on top of the day three downpours had left parts of the outfield under water when the players arrived at the ground.
A dry start to the morning led to hopes of play resuming. But when the rain returned, umpires Nick Cook and Russell Warren took the decision to abandon the match at shortly before 11.30am.
Surrey were due to resume on 206 for four in their first innings, the only one of the match, so both sides collected one bonus point to go with the eight for a draw.
The outcome was good news for Group 2 leaders Gloucestershire, now clear by four points, with a game in hand on second placed Somerset, who visit the Bristol County Ground for their next group match, starting on Thursday.
Hampshire have closed to within nine points of Somerset as a result of their victory over Middlesex.
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