LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 21st 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 21st 2021
Kent vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship
Kent 307/10 (76.2 ov)
Glamorgan *55/2 (19.4 ov)
Close of Play - Glamorgan trail by 252 runs
Darren Stevens hit a belief-beggaring 190 to almost single-handedly revive Kent on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Glamorgan at Canterbury.
The 45-year-old smashed an astonishing 15 sixes and as many fours from 149 balls, as Kent recovered to 307 all out, having slumped to 92 for seven after Timm van der Gugten had taken four for 34 and Michael Neser four for 67.
Stevens had a partnership of 166 for the ninth wicket with Miguel Cummins, to which the latter contributed a single, and he then removed Marnus Labuschagne as Glamorgan limped to 55 for two at stumps, a deficit of 252.
Kent made a disastrous start at a St Lawrence ground buffeted by 50 mph winds, which forced ground staff to stash advertising hoardings and repeatedly sent bails and caps flying.
The overnight batsmen added just a single each to their scores before they were both removed by Neser. He trapped Jack Leaning lbw for two, bowled Jordan Cox for 27 and then had Daniel Bell-Drummond lbw for 0. Sam Billings was leg before to van der Gugten for 11, who then had Marcus O’Riordan caught behind without scoring.
When Nathan Gilchrist was lbw to Neser for 12, Stevens started swinging. He hit two sixes over fine leg to steer Kent to 150 for eight at lunch, then flicked a third over square leg early in the afternoon session, before smashing a fourth over long on.
He plundered two more from Andrew Salter in the space of three balls, before driving Michael Hogan for four through long off to bring up his century, from 92 balls.
His ninth six brought up the 100 partnership and he was subsequently dropped on the boundary by Labuschagne, then again by Billy Root, who spilled the ball over the rope. A viscous square cut then knocked Richard Illingworth off his feet, but the umpire was unharmed and the two men bumped fists before play resumed.
Stevens finally holed out to Labuschagne and was caught by Kiran Carlson at long on and Cummins was bowled by Labuschagne for seven to end the innings.
Matt Quinn removed David Lloyd lbw for four and Stevens had a disgruntled Labuschagne leg before for 11, leaving Joe Cooke and Billy Root the not out batsmen on 10 and 21 respectively when play was eventually called off at 6.15 pm after a bewildering delay.
Essex vs Warwickshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Warwickshire 166 lead Essex 16/1 by 150 runs
Peter Siddle returned his best bowling figures for Essex but rain prevented their LV= Insurance County Championship fixture with Warwickshire from progressing at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
Former Australia international Siddle returned figures of six for 38 – his best figures since 2015.
He claimed two wickets on the third day as Warwickshire, despite Tim Bresnan reaching 50, lost their final three wickets in 16 morning balls to be bowled out for 166.
In reply, Liam Norwell had Nick Browne caught behind to leave Essex 16 for one before the heavy winds brought rain and an end to the day at 12:15pm.
The day began, 15 minutes late, with Bresnan ticking his overnight 47 to his 43rd first-class half-century.
But Siddle ripped through the tail with ruthless efficiency at the other end with two wickets in successive deliveries.
Danny Briggs carved to Browne at point to give Siddle his sixth five-for for Essex, with his last also coming against Warwickshire.
He then dislodged Norwell’s off-stump with the next ball, with Oliver Hannon-Dalby blocking out the hat-trick ball.
Sam Cook produced a snorter to have Bresnan caught at first slip as Warwickshire were bowled out.
Only 7.3 overs were bowled at Essex but there was enough time for a gorgeous Alastair Cook cover drive, the heavy bails to be called for in the face of gale-force wind, and for Browne to nick behind a Norwell beauty.
Rain, in various levels of strength, was a constant with the only entertainment of note the groundsmen attempting to sort out the tarpaulin covers in the face of strong gusts.
Hampshire vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship
Hampshire 233/10 (71 ov)
Leicestershire *28/5 (9.5 ov)
Stumps - Day 3 - Leics trail by 205 runs
Torrential rain once again accounted for most of day three at the Ageas Bowl - but not before eight wickets fell for just 38 runs inside 11 overs.
Hampshire started the day on 223-7 underneath leaden skies in Southampton, but added only 10 to their overnight total before running through Leicestershire's top order as the visitors slumped to 28-5 before play was halted just before lunch.
In-form Hampshire all-rounder Keith Barker, fresh from back-to-back 50s, clubbed the first two balls of the day for four off Ed Barnes but departed to the first ball of the next over for 24 when he slashed Chris Wright straight to Rishi Patel at gully.
Wright then trapped Kyle Abbott lbw five deliveries later for his fourth wicket before Brad Wheal edged Ed Barnes to Hassan Azad in the slips, handing the young Yorkshireman his career-best figures of 4-61.
With the wind howling around the ground, Abbott, who grabbed 11 wickets at Lord's last week, and Abass tormented the Leicestershire top order with the new ball, in conditions tailor-made for two high-class Test quicks.
Azad survived six deliveries before being trapped on the pads in front of his stumps by Abbott, with fellow opener Sam Evans suffering a similar fate at the hands of his former county teammate Abass for just five.
Australian Test opener Marcus Harris, a century-maker against Surrey last week, was the next batsman to perish when he played no shot to an Abass delivery that nipped back and clipped the top off-stump to leave his side reeling at 8-3.
Visiting skipper Colin Ackermann was unable to stem the bleeding as his stumps were cleaned up by Abbott before Lewis Hill joined him back in the pavilion when he edged the South African to Lewis McLeod behind the stumps to become the fifth Leicestershire wicket to fall in 45 balls.
Patel showed some fight with back-back boundaries off Abbot before the players left the field with Leicestershire needing another 55 more runs to avoid the follow-on.
Nottinghamshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Nottinghamshire *51/3 (15.5 ov)
Stumps (No play Friday due to rain) - Worcs won the toss and elected to bowl.
Recurrent outbreaks of rain meant no play was possible on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.
Only 15.5 overs had been possible on a stop-start opening day, when efforts to take advantage of better conditions in the evening were thwarted by a damp patch on the pitch.
There were hopes of a resumption after lunch, the only point at which the rain had held off for long enough for groundstaff to remove all the covers. But no sooner had umpires Billy Taylor and Alex Wharf arrived in the middle to assess the prospects than another heavy shower arrived, which meant the covers had to be hastily replaced.
Play was formally abandoned for the day at just before 4pm. The forecast for the third day is better, with Nottinghamshire, who sit third in a tight Group One table after winning their last two matches, set to resume on 51 for three after being asked to bat first on a used pitch.
Surrey vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship
Surrey *185/8 (74 ov)
Stumps - Day 2 - Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl
A beautiful delivery from Tom Helm to dismiss Hashim Amla was the highlight of a rained ruined day two between Surrey and Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
Helm, in only his second LV= Insurance County Championship game of the season for Middlesex, castled the former South African Test legend with one which came in on the angle before moving away and clipping the top of off-stump
However, just 77 minutes and 18 overs were possible before the heavens opened with Surrey 185-8 in their first innings.
An early lunch was taken, but more and more covers were dragged onto the square as the bad weather set in and play was abandoned shortly after 3:30pm.
Following their dramatic collapse on day one where six wickets fell for seven runs, Surrey resumed on 146 for six with Amla and all-rounder Rikki Clarke at the crease.
Whether it was the high winds – around 45mph – in south-east London or over excitement at his spell of three for none 24 hours earlier, Martin Andersson’s loose opening over saw Clarke make a rapid start. One over-pitched delivery was driven away through cover, while the next was too short and pulled to the square leg fence.
At the other end, Tim Murtagh was his usual miserly self, beating the edge a number of times in reeling off four maidens in five overs.
Middlesex’s fellow seamers caught the mood, meaning runs came slowly, but Amla and Clarke took their stand to 43 to mitigate some of the damage of 24 hours earlier.
Helm’s cracker broke the stand, sending Amla on his way for 24 and one wicket brought two when in the following over Blake Cullen caused Clarke on 19 to feather an edge through to wicketkeeper John Simpson.
It left Cullen with two for 29, while Helm’s figures read two for 43, but just 11 balls later the rains came.
Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship
Somerset *45/1 (20.2 ov)
Stumps (No play Friday due to rain) - Gloucs won the toss and elected to bowl.
No play was possible on the second day between Gloucestershire and Somerset at Bristol with rain falling on Nevil Road for many hours.
The umpires abandoned the day just after 3pm.
Somerset made 45 for one in 20.2 overs of day one, most of which was also lost to rain.
Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship
Lancashire *59/0 (16.5 ov)
Stumps - Day 2 - Northants won the toss and elected to bowl
Northamptonshire and Lancashire were thwarted by rain as the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship encounter was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Full covers were on at the County Ground before the scheduled start of play and remained in place until umpires Rob Bailey and Richard Kettleborough called it off at 2.30pm.
Play on the opening day was restricted to just 16.5 overs, with Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies advancing to 59 without loss after home captain Adam Rossington won the toss and put Lancashire in.
Northamptonshire, who have won their last two home games, are aiming to reduce the 25-point gap on their undefeated visitors, currently second in the Group Three table.
Derbyshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship
Derbyshire *48/0 (17 ov)
Stumps (No play Friday due to rain) - Durham won the toss and elected to bowl
Derbyshire and Durham were again frustrated by the weather after day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at the Incora County Ground Derby was washed out.
After only 17 overs were possible on the opening day, any chances of making up lost time disappeared in the morning when steady rain and strong winds ruled out any prospect of play.
Following an initial inspection, umpires Tim Robinson and Peter Hartley decided to take lunch at 12.45pm but with no sign of any improvement and with more rain forecast throughout the afternoon, the decision to abandon play for the day was taken shortly after 1pm.
Although the forecast for the weekend is better, it means both teams will struggle to force a victory when the match resumes tomorrow (Saturday) with Derbyshire 48 without loss in their first innings.
Derbyshire's head of cricket Dave Houghton admitted: "Unless one or other side has an absolute nightmare in one of their innings, this is going to be about securing as many bonus points as we can.
"With a draw now being worth eight points, it can be quite an effective accumulation of points to get a draw out of a game like this.
"We also need to spend time at the crease as a batting unit, we've had two games against good sides where we've been bowled out rather cheaply. This is also a very good bowling side so it's important we put up a good batting performance."
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