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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 20th 2021

Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
Ageas Bowl, Hampshire
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 20th 2021



Hampshire vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Hampshire *223/7 (68 ov)


Stumps - Day 2 - Leics won the toss and elected to bowl


Ed Barnes grabbed three wickets as Leicestershire kept Hampshire's powerful batting line-up in check on a day punctuated by rain delays at the Ageas Bowl.

After only 26.2 overs were possible on the opening day, 56 were lost on day two following a three-and-a-half hour break after lunch - the second of two rain delays - as the hosts closed on 223-7.

In bitterly cold and windy conditions - more akin to mid-winter than mid-May - it was to the credit of the Leicestershire seam attack that they managed to pick up six wickets over the course of the day.

Alex Evans, who had Ian Holland dropped by Rishi Patel for 12 on Wednesday, looked to have made an early breakthrough when he bowled Tom Alsop off an inside edge only for umpire Martin Saggers to rule it a no-ball.

But the 20-year-old redeemed himself in his very next over when he squared Alsop up with a full-length delivery and skipper Colin Ackermann took the catch at slip to dismiss the left-hander for 25.

Sam Northeast, then fell for two to a superb ball from Chris Wright who found a way through the former Kent captain's defence and clipped the top of his off-stump.

Holland, who has been in fine form this season, passed 50 for fifth time in 11 innings and looked well on course for his third century of the campaign when he stroked three boundaries from a Gavin Griffiths over before lunch.

But the opener's stylish knock came to an end on 82 when he played all around a straight ball from Barnes and was trapped on the pad just before rain took the players off for the first time.

Play resumed over an hour later and Barnes should have grabbed the key wicket of James Vince, who scored 231 when the sides last met in April, but Patel put down yet another catch at gully when the Hampshire skipper was on 19.

But his blushes were spared when Barnes deceived Vince with a slower ball that thumped the England batsman's front pad and umpire Nigel Llong raised the finger to send him on his way for 32.

With pitchside advertising hoardings being blown to the ground and Leicestershire wicketkeeper Harry Swindells finding himself scampering across the outfield to retrieve his helmet as it tumbled towards the boundary rope there seemed little hope of play resuming when rain started to fall.

However, thanks to the hard work of the Hampshire ground staff, play got underway again at 6pm with the hosts losing Liam Dawson for 19 and then Lewis McLeod for 15 with Barnes and Evans taking the wickets.


 Essex vs Warwickshire, Group 1, County Championship


Warwickshire *159/7 (66.4 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat


Peter Siddle marked his and 200 spectators' return to the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford with four LV= Insurance County Championship wickets.

Australian fast bowler Siddle took four for 36 in a masterful display on his first appearance at the ground since July 2019, having only featured in away games since his return to Essex this season.

Dom Sibley, who was called up to the England Test squad ahead of the New Zealand series, was also making his comeback after a month out for a fractured finger and scored a dogged 43.

A wet evening disappointed the crowd on their first outing since restrictions were lifted, although a twilight 2.4 overs ticked the score to 159 for seven - with Tim Bresnan well set on 47 not out.

Will Rhodes had won the toss and elected to bat first, on a pitch which was tinged green and would go on to prove offered plenty of movement for the seam and swing bowlers.

Sibley looked to be making up for time lost in recovery by flicking his first delivery to the boundary but returned to his blocking best by following it up with 10 dot balls – something that would be a regular occurrence during his vigil.

Siddle, who had been rested for the innings victory over Derbyshire, entered the attack in the 11th over and struck with just his third delivery.

The veteran squared up Rhodes and found a thick edge to Nick Browne at fourth slip, before Rob Yates’ middle stump went splat in the following over.

Jamie Porter, on the back of season-best figures of three for 41, took the edge of an off-balance Pieter Malan – as Tom Westley pilfered a simple catch at third slip.

Siddle was awarded his county cap and his winner’s medal from the 2019 Championship success at lunch and immediately said thank you to the club with the lbw scalp of Sam Hain.

Meanwhile, Sibley had been tested thoroughly by Siddle, Porter and Sam Cook with a ball jagging about – with at least 14 play and misses sitting alongside his solid defence.

He departed, having struck a rare seven thanks to an Adam Wheater overthrow, when he nicked Cook to second slip to leave Warwickshire 76 for five.

But a 56-run stand between Bresnan and Michael Burgess lifted the visitors, the latter scoring 35 including a straight slog sweep six off Harmer.

But Siddle returned to castle Burgess, who was shouldering his arms, and Cook had Olly Stone superbly caught by Harmer.

The players returned to the middle after tea but after standing around for a few moments were turned around by the umpires, with bad light and subsequently rain pausing the game, before a short burst added another nine runs before bad light returned.

Nottinghamshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship

Nottinghamshire *51/3 (15.5 ov)


Stumps - Day 1 - Worcs won the toss and elected to bowl


Spectators returned to Trent Bridge for the first time in 608 days but witnessed only 15.5 overs of cricket in a fragmented opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire closing on 51 for three.

Dillon Pennington, returning to the Pears line-up after being rested from the trip to Durham last week, took two for 12 from his 11.5 overs, Alzarri Joseph picking up the other wicket to fall after Worcestershire won the toss and chose to make the home side bat first on the pitch used when Nottinghamshire beat Essex here two weeks ago.

Joe Clarke was out for a second-ball duck against his former team-mates, while Haseeb Hameed, who made hundreds in both innings when these sides met at New Road last month, fell for 24.

There were more than 1,000 people in the historic venue when play started on time but only a few hardy souls stuck it out until play was called off soon after 6.15pm after a thoroughly inhospitable day.

Each wicket that fell was promptly followed by a stoppage. Pennington dismissed Ben Slater, who matched Hameed’s 114 not out in the second innings as Nottinghamshire emerged with a draw at New Road, when he switched to round the wicket to the left-hander, who had pulled him for six in his previous over.

Slater nicked to wicketkeeper Ben Cox and was immediately joined by the rest of the players in hurrying back to the pavilion as the first spell of rain arrived.

The remaining action was contained in three brief passages, of 11 minutes, nine minutes and five minutes, yet the shorter two of those each brought a wicket.

Hameed had picked up four boundaries after a positive start but Joseph surprised him with a ball that climbed off a length and glanced the shoulder of the bat, Cox taking the catch.

The players were off again after one more delivery, returning next for long enough for Pennington to produce the best ball of his spell, squaring up Clarke and finding enough late movement to take the edge, Cox pouching his third catch as the 22-year-old seamer doubled his wickets tally for the season.

Play was due to resume for a fourth time at 6.15 after a two-and-a-half hour stoppage only for umpires Alex Wharf and Billy Taylor to discover a damp patch on the pitch, which they deemed unsafe.

Kent vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship

Kent *70/2 (22 ov)


Stumps - Day 1 - Glamorgan won the toss and elected to bowl


Kent reached 70 for two at stumps, on day one of their LV=Insurance County Championship match with Glamorgan at Canterbury.

Ollie Robinson scored 43 and Jordan Cox was unbeaten on 26 at the end of a weather-affected day in Group Three, which saw the first two sessions wiped out.

Glamorgan’s Timm van der Gugten took two wickets for 0 before play was abandoned due to a combination of rain and bad light at 5.57 pm. 

Fans were allowed back at the St Lawrence ground for the first time in 603 days, but although conditions were dry at the scheduled start time of 11 am, a saturated outfield delayed the morning session and four subsequent inspections took place before it actually started raining at 2.30 pm.

Of the 950 members lucky enough to have won tickets in the ballot, only around 150 remained by the time play began at 4.28 pm, although they generated a healthy roar when Kent’s openers finally took to the field. 

Captain Sam Billings made his first appearance of the season for Kent, replacing Tawanda Muyeye and the hosts reshuffled their batting order, promoting Ollie Robinson to opener and dropping Daniel Bell-Drummond down to six. 

Glamorgan were unchanged and having won the toss they elected to bowl, under leaden skies and in winds that gusted up to 40 mph. The wind speed meant the floodlights couldn’t be turned on but conditions remained just about playable and Robinson looked elegant in his new role until he was caught low at first slip by David Lloyd off van der Gugten, ending an opening stand of 60.

The same duo then removed Zak Crawley for an eight-ball duck and van der Gugten closed with impressive figures of 4-4-0-2 when the elements intervened.

Surrey vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey *146/6 (56 ov)


Stumps - Day 1 - Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl


Surrey lost six wickets for just seven runs to collapse to 146 for 6 against Middlesex after an opening stand of 135 between Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman had given the home side early control of the London derby at the Kia Oval.

But three wickets for 24-year-old all-rounder Martin Andersson – including the scalps of England pair Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes for ducks during a double-wicket maiden – spearheaded Middlesex’s fightback in a dramatic pre-tea session.

Burns made 64 and Stoneman 63 but when they fell in successive overs the Surrey innings became a sorry procession against some inspired bowling from a predominantly youthful Middlesex seam attack.

Blake Cullen, Ethan Bamber and Tom Helm all took a wicket apiece, while Andersson also sent back Jordan Clark for 1, leg-before to a ball angled into his pads to leave shell-shocked Surrey 142 for 6 in the penultimate over before the interval.

Rain then swept across south London, ruling out any more play on the opening day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match, with 40 overs lost.

Burns and Stoneman both enjoyed some moments of good fortune after Middlesex had opted to bowl, surviving a couple of loud lbw shouts in particular, but by lunch they had added 95 with some fluent strokeplay in front of 3,500 socially-distanced supporters in the Oval stands.

There was a half-hour delay to the afternoon session, because of light rain, and both openers completed their fifties with boundaries – Stoneman steering Helm to third man and Burns driving Bamber superbly back past the stumps.

Stoneman, on 62, was close to being lbw to Bamber but in the next over was given out caught behind by a diving John Simpson off Cullen even though replays suggested the ball had clipped the top of his front pad and not the inside edge.

Burns hit 11 fours in his sixth half-century in nine championship innings, taking his run-tally to 450 at an average of 50, but was beaten off the pitch by Bamber and adjudged leg-before while Andersson struck with his first ball back to have Pope lbw.

Four balls later Foakes edged to Simpson and, in the next over, Helm’s pace and bounce forced Jamie Smith to nick to Robbie White at first slip and depart for a third-ball duck.

Clark quickly followed, leaving Rikki Clarke to join Hashim Amla with a major repair job required. Amla is on 6, Clarke has 4 and Andersson’s figures are an eye-catching 4-1-17-3.

Surrey opener Mark Stoneman said: “It was one of those days when we were going really well and when you tried not to look too far ahead, but we were looking for a good total on the board and suddenly we got on a roll of wickets [being lost] instead.

“Rory and I were very pleased with the partnership. There was a bit in it for the bowlers and they had put us in but we had to take the play and misses and then capitalize when we got our scoring opportunities. At the Oval, with the fast outfield, you know those chances will come. But now we just need to get as many as we can tomorrow and then look to get our own rewards with the new ball.”

 On Rory Burns, who has six scores between 50 and 80 this season, Stoneman added: “Rory has been batting well this season and the big score will come for him. You can’t get hundreds without getting to fifty first and he’s been doing that regularly. He’s always had a great work ethic, and no one will be more frustrated than him that he hasn’t yet gone on to the hundred. But he’s timing the ball nicely, and hitting it well down the ground – which is when you know he’s in a good place.”



Derbyshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship

Derbyshire*48/0 (17 ov)


Stumps - Day 1 - Durham won the toss and elected to bowl


Derbyshire’s openers denied Durham’s bowlers on a rain-shortened opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

Billy Godleman, 24, and Brooke Guest, 23, negotiated 17 overs in difficult conditions to reach 48 without loss before play was called off at 4.30pm.

England fast bowler Mark Wood was unlucky not to take a wicket in his seven overs after Durham won the toss but the weather made it a test for players and umpires.

On a day borrowed from winter, Durham’s bowlers had to contend with a buffeting wind that forced Wood to abort his run-up in his brief opening spell from the Racecourse End.

The conditions were a challenge for everyone, not least the hundred or so Derbyshire members who braved the unseasonable weather on the first day spectators were allowed back to the Incora County Ground.

For Godleman and Guest, it was a question of resisting Durham’s pace attack under slate grey skies with the floodlights on from the start although it was not just about survival for the openers.

Godleman moved into one-day mode several times, advancing down the pitch to smack Ben Raines down the ground while Rushworth was dispatched through the covers.

Rushworth was close to having Godleman caught behind before rain forced the players off after 35 minutes and although the match resumed after an early lunch, bad light and more rain had the last word.

There was bad news for Derbyshire who announced Australian fast bowler Billy Stanlake will not play again this season because of a back injury.

The 26-year-old made his debut in the defeat against Essex at Chelmsford last week but a scan  has revealed a stress fracture.

Derbyshire’s head of cricket Dave Houghton said: “We’re hugely disappointed we won’t get to see more of Billy this year. He’s been a model professional during his time with us and we wish him all the best in his recovery.

“Our search for a replacement has already begun and we are hopeful of bringing in another bowler who can contribute in all formats this summer.”

Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship


Somerset *45/1 (20.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Gloucs won the toss and elected to bowl


Just 20.2 overs were possible on the opening day between Gloucestershire and Somerset as spectators returned to Nevil Road and the visitors made 45 for one.

A healthy crowd filed in for the first Championship meeting of the sides in Bristol for the first time since 2007.

But they saw only a little over an hours play before rain set in and play was abandoned around 4.25pm.

What cricket there was saw Somerset make a steady start after losing the toss.

Tom Lammonby was the only wicket to fall, run out for 3.

He dabbed leg side and set off for a single that was never there. Sent back, he was run out by a splendid direct hit by Ian Cockbain running to his left from midwicket.

After that, Tom Abell pulled Matt Taylor through midwicket and drove him down the ground for boundaries in reaching 19 not out.

Eddie Byrom was alongside him, unbeaten on 22, having driven Dan Worrall through mid-off.



Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship


Lancashire *59/0 (16.5 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Northants won the toss and elected to bowl


Lancashire openers Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies posted their fourth 50 partnership of the season as day one of their LV= County Championship clash with Northamptonshire was cut short by heavy rain.

Just 70 minutes play was possible as Northamptonshire welcomed back crowds to Wantage Road to watch Lancashire advance to 59 without loss from 16.5 overs in the morning session.

Northamptonshire captain Adam Rossington had won the toss and opted to give his seamers first use of a pitch in overcast conditions. Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson beat the bat regularly and saw a number of edges fly just wide of the slip cordon.

The Lancashire pair though looked to be positive, with Davies striking three fours and bringing up the 50 stand when he clipped Tom Taylor through midwicket. Jennings then found the boundary by going down one knee to stroke Parnell through the covers before surviving a big shout for leg before wicket against the same bowler on 20.

The rain then forced the players from the field. A planned resumption after lunch had to be abandoned when the bad weather returned and play was eventually called off shortly after 4pm.

Chris Liddle Northamptonshire bowling coach said: “It was frustrating with the weather and conditions were pretty tough. So, it’s probably not the greatest day back for the fans to come in.

"You look at the score and think they actually got off to an okay start, but you look at where they’ve scored, they did a lot of drop and runs or inside edges that have gone down to fine leg or just past the slips. So, it's been one of those games where the edge hasn't quite gone to hand.

"It could have gone both ways. So, we’ll come back tomorrow and hopefully get a few early wickets and we're right back in the box seat."

Lancashire opener Keaton Jennings who scored 23 not out said: “With cloud cover, it felt bowler friendly. So, we have a good foundation to try and build from. Hopefully we can push on in the next three days.

"The guys have been doing very well this season. We’ve got a really good blend. Jimmy Anderson coming back, the value he’s added, just as a bloke has been fantastic. Watching a magician at work is absolutely brilliant.

"I’ve felt good for a period of time, it’s just about transferring that into performances that lead to match winning situations and contributions."

Regarding an England recall in future: "I need to score runs that’s the bottom line. The first two hours of any game in England can be really hard work, but it’s score runs and perform, that’s the currency we deal with. So, you need to score runs a weight of runs that will not get you left out and when you get your chance you make sure you score your runs."

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