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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 22nd 2021

Kia Oval, London
Kia Oval, London
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 22nd 2021



Surrey vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey 190/10 & *135/0 (34 ov)

Middlesex 160/10 (46.3 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Surrey lead by 165 runs

Openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman built on an impressive performance by their bowlers as Surrey took control against Middlesex on day three of their LV=County Championship match at the Kia Oval.

After Kemar Roach and Jordan Clark each took four wickets to dismiss Middlesex for 160 and give Surrey a first innings lead of 30, Burns and Stoneman scored unbeaten fifties in their second century stand of the match as Surrey closed on 135 for 0.

In the best batting conditions so far, Stoneman drove impressively in his unbeaten 74, which included 13 fours, while Burns (61 not out, six fours) was fluent through the leg side as he passed 50 for the seventh time  this season. It was the first time since 1991 that Surrey’s openers had scored half-centuries in both innings.

It was a tough day for Middlesex, whose top order was wrecked by a high-class spell from Roach, bowling from wide of the crease and consistently getting the ball to straighten on an off-stump line. In his last game before returning to West Indies to prepare for West Indies’ series against South Africa, he took three wickets in eight deliveries as Middlesex slumped to 27 for four.

The Barbadian took two wickets in four balls with Jack Davies (1) and Sam Robson (17) caught behind and then knocked back captain Peter Handscomb’s off stump for five to leave the Australian with just 60 runs in eight innings since taking over as captain.

Nick Gubbins (1) was turned around and lbw to Reece Topley to leave the innings in tatters but John Simpson, not for the first time in his career, organised lower-order resistance, sharing valuable stands of 33 with Robbie White, 38 with Martin Andersson and 42 with Blake Cullen in his 68.

Clark picked up White (9) with a shin-high full toss, Andersson (26) was well caught diving to his right by Rikki Clarke at second slip off Topley before Cullen (12) lost his off stump to Roach, who finished with four for 61.

Simpson hit ten fours in his first half-century of the season before Clark mopped up the tail. Simpson was well held in the gully by Ollie Pope and Tom Helm (4) drove to mid-off shortly after he was struck on the side of the helmet by Clark’s bouncer, which left him with a cut behind his ear. Clark finished with four for 41 when Tim Murtagh was foxed by his slower ball.

Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship

Gloucestershire *16/2 (9 ov)

Somerset 300/8d (101.3 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Gloucs trail by 284 runs

Tom Abell’s 132 rescued three bonus points for Somerset at Bristol as the visitors made 300 for eight declared against Gloucestershire before the home side closed day three 16 for two.

With almost two days lost to rain and an horrendous forecast for day four, bonus points are the only target in this West Country derby and Abell played a true captain’s innings to see his side edge the ledger.

At 176 for 7, Gloucestershire looked set to deny their neighbours any bonus points at all before Gregory made 57 from No. 9 in a stand of 116.

Abell took Somerset to 300 before they declared, denying Gloucestershire the chance of a third bowling point with 8.3 overs remaining of the 110 bonus-point period.

With rain predicted to wipe out most of Sunday’s play, that eighth-wicket partnership should see Abell’s side edge the match tally and move a little closer to Gloucestershire at the top of group 2.

It was Abell’s eighth first-class hundred and first of the season, in 255 balls with 11 boundaries. 

On a wicket playing sluggishly having been undercover for so long, he sensibly waited for anything on his legs to pick up most of his runs. He eased David Payne through cover to reach a hundred before playing the shot of his innings - a sweet straight drive off Matt Taylor.

But until Gregory arrived with a 77-ball fifty it was lone resistance as Somerset again proved brittle.

Resuming 45 for one with only 20.2 overs possible on the opening two days of the match, Bryom and Abell took the score to 85 but Payne had Byrom edging an away-swinger to first slip where Kraigg Brathwaite held a juggling catch and a slide began.

Hildreth drove at Payne, leaving a gap between bat and pad the width of the Avon Gorge, and was bowled for 15 before Worrall took three wickets in eight deliveries.

Craig Overton lost the skirmish of the allrounders as he edged Ryan Higgins behind for only 15 and at that stage, Gloucestershire were enjoying a jolly nice day in front of a healthy crowd and under blessed sunshine.

But Somerset have perfected the art of the lower-order rally, duly provided this time by Gregory.

There was time for Chris Dent to push Overton to point and James Bracey to drive and edge Josh Davey behind before the day was out.

Derbyshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship

Derbyshire 258/10 (87.4 ov)

Durham *20/2 (15 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Durham trail by 238 runs

Durham record-breaker Chris Rushworth celebrated another milestone on the third day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

The 34-year-old, who last week became Durham’s leading first-class wicket-taker, claimed his 29th five wicket haul, finishing with 6 for 49, while England fast bowler Mark Wood took 2 for 84.

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman scored 41 before Wayne Madsen, 42, shared a stand of 99 in 28 overs with Matt Critchley who during his 49 became only the 28th player for the county to score 4,000 runs and take 150 wickets in all formats.

The home side had to bring in Anuj Dal as a concussion replacement for wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein who was hit on the back of the helmet by Brydon Carse and he steered Derbyshire to 258 before Ben Aitchison struck twice to reduce Durham to 20 for 2.

Rushworth’s day started with Godleman driving and cutting him for three fours in the opening over before he and Wood hit back.

Rushworth swung one in to trap Brooke Guest lbw for 30 and Wood found lift and movement to have Leus du Plooy caught behind for a second ball duck.

When Godleman edged to second slip charging Rushworth, Derbyshire had lost three wickets in nine balls but they were revived, not for the first time this season, by Madsen and Critchley.

Madsen cover drove fluently while Critchley counter-attacked against Wood, pulling him for two sixes in an over to restore Derbyshire’s fortunes at lunch.

The pair were one short of a fourth century stand of the campaign when Critchley clipped Rushworth to mid-wicket and Hosein was forced to leave the field when he ducked into a Carse delivery.

After a short break for rain, Carse took the wicket Durham wanted when he beat Madsen’s drive to pin him lbw and after tea was taken early because of bad light, Wood bowled Alex Hughes who was beaten for pace.

Aitchison whipped Wood for six before he top-edged Carse and Fynn Hudson-Prentice became Rushworth’s fourth victim when he missed a big drive.

Rushworth had Sam Conners caught at point and Dal lbw to complete his second sixth wicket haul against Derbyshire this season, leaving Durham to negotiate 15 overs in which they lost Alex Lees and nightwatchman Ben Raine.

  LV=Insurance County Championship, Group One

Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire, Day Three, Match report

Nottinghamshire 400 for five dec, Worcestershire 53 for six

An unbeaten 177 from Ben Duckett and five wickets for Luke Fletcher at last gave spectators something to cheer on day three of Nottinghamshire’s weather-hit LV=County Championship match against Worcestershire.

Duckett, who earned four Test caps in 2016, shared partnerships of 205 with all-rounder Lyndon James, who made 78, and 142 with skipper Steven Mullaney, who smashed four sixes in a 73-ball 88 as Nottinghamshire racked up maximum batting bonus points.

They then added two batting points, reducing their opponents to 46 for six in a frenzied 85 minutes at the close, Fletcher taking five for 20 including three in the same over.

Duckett’s hundred was his fifth for Nottinghamshire, his first of the season  and his biggest for the county in the Championship from an innings that mixed some impressive conventional strokeplay from the punchy left-hander with some characteristic improvisation.

Nottinghamshire declared on 400 for five, after which Worcestershire lost former Nottinghamshire opener Jake Libby to a brilliant one-handed catch by Ben Slater at short square leg off Fletcher, Tom Fell gloved one off Stuart Broad and Fletcher, bowling full and straight, dismissed Daryl Mitchell, Brett D’Oliveira and Riki Wessels in the space of five balls, all leg before, Mitchell offering no stroke, completing his third five-wicket haul in consecutive matches when Jack Haynes went the same way.

Only 95 balls could be bowled in the opening two days, and showers cost another 16 overs today, yet a positive result remains possible, if unlikely.

It was hard to recall that Worcestershire, still without a Group One win, had reduced their opponents to 51 for three by taking three wickets in 28 balls in tricky conditions on a fragmented first day.

By contrast, after Friday’s complete washout, Nottinghamshire enjoyed chanceless progress through the first two sessions today, adding 99 before lunch and 105 in the afternoon, with Worcestershire’s bowlers unable to create meaningful pressure.

James and Duckett overtook the 157 set by James Taylor and Riki Wessels at New Road in 2015 as the highest fourth-wicket stand for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire but the 21-year-old, whose 10 boundaries brought him the third half-century of his fledgling career, fell soon after tea when he miscued a pull off Mitchell’s medium pace and was caught at extra cover.

Duckett, whose first fifty came at a run a ball, posted his 19th career hundred off 126 balls as he swept D’Oliveira’s leg spin for his 11th four, celebrating with two more boundaries in the over from reverse sweeps. He reached 150 off 175 balls, the innings containing 19 fours all told.

  Essex vs Warwickshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Warwickshire 166 & 0/0 trail Essex 217 by 51 runs

Sir Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate used their vast experience with half-centuries as Essex claimed a first-innings lead in their LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Warwickshire.

Cook and ten Doeschate have a combined age of 76, have scored 35,820 runs in 516 first-class matches and used all that knowhow on a tricky pitch which nipped around.

Former England captain Cook scored 57, the 185th of glittering career, and on his 200th first-class appearance ten Doeschate totted up 56.

Liam Norwell and Will Rhodes both snared three wickets apiece as Essex were bowled out for 217, a lead of 51, before Danny Briggs blocked out one over for no runs.

The morning session was a frustrating muddle of bad light and a spot of drizzle – with a delayed start and a hokey-cokey when everyone took their places to resume before the sun dipped behind a cloud.

There was enough time before lunch for Tom Westley to bring up his 500th run of the season, get dropped at square leg and then edge Olly Hannon-Dalby behind.

The start of the afternoon was also delayed, but once it commenced the game started to move along at a decent pace.

Dan Lawrence, on the back of a Test call-up for the upcoming New Zealand series, was put down by international team-mate Dom Sibley at square leg before he had his off stump uprooted by a Liam Norwell yorker.

Cook was the main attraction and anchor to the innings as he mixed his typically gritty blocking with a five aesthetically pleasing cover drives.

He passed 50 for the third time this season in 87 balls but was undone by the introduction of Will Rhodes.

The medium pacer, who took a five-for on his previous appearance at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, dangled a half-volley outside Cook’s off stump with his second delivery to produce an edge.

Rhodes then had Paul Walter leg before and Adam Wheater caught and bowled when skying to have three wickets in his first four overs.

ten Doeschate then rebuilt with a 44-run stand with Simon Harmer, the Dutch international contributing 38 in a busy fashion while moving to his half-century with a flash through the slips.

He gloved Norwell behind and Peter Siddle pushed to second slip and while Essex picked up a batting point by passing 200, Sam Cook was yorked by Briggs and Jamie Porter nicked off to end the innings.

Hampshire 238 and 0-0 (forfeited innings)  v  Leicestershire 84 and 26-1

LV= Insurance County Championship day four

Hampshire 12 points Leicestershire 11

Rain quashed Hampshire's push for victory against Leicestershire as a match dominated by the weather finished in a draw at the Ageas Bowl.

After the start of play was delayed by three hours due to a wet outfield, Leicestershire avoided the follow-on by one run after a last-wicket stand of 30 from Ed Barnes and Alex Evans helped their side limp to 84 all out in response to Hampshire's first innings score of 233.

With 22 overs of the day remaining, James Vince opted during the tea break to forfeit his side's second innings and dangle the carrot of a 150-run victory target in front of Foxes skipper Colin Ackermann.

But the Group Two cellar-dwellers refused to take the bait, blocking out 17 overs for 26 runs, losing only opener Sam Evans, who became Kyle Abbott's seventh wicket of the match in what was a typically wholehearted and high-class bowling performance.

The players shook hands at 6pm with four overs of the day remaining, shortly after a moment of mild moment of controversy when Australian opener Marcus Smith looked to have edged Keith Barker to Liam Dawson at slip, but much to the chagrin of the all-rounder it was adjudged not to have carried.

Just 80.5 overs were bowled across the first three days before play finally got underway at 2pm with the Foxes resuming on 28-5 and needing another 55 runs to make Hampshire bat again.

Abbott bowled superbly for his 6-47 - his third successive five-wicket haul after the 11 he picked in the victory over Middlesex last week.

Hampshire, chasing their fourth win of the season, struck in the third over of the day when Abbott had Harry Swindells caught superbly by Dawson for eight.

Two further rain delays accounted for 11 more overs but Abbot and Mohammad Abass, who took 3-19, continued to run amok in perfect bowling conditions as the visitors slumped to 54-9 when the South African quick ended the admirable resistance of Rishi Patel for 27.

However, the young fast bowling duo of Barnes and Evans dug in manfully as Leicestershire nudged their way past the follow-on target before Lewis McManus took a simple catch when Brad Wheal located the edge of Jones' bat.

Kent vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship

Kent 307/10 (76.2 ov)

Glamorgan *64/3 (26 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Glamorgan trail by 243 runs.

Glamorgan moved to 64 for three against Kent on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, trailing by 243 at stumps after just 6.2 overs were possible due to a waterlogged outfield and then bad light. 

Matt Quinn took the only wicket to fall, removing Joe Cooke for 10, leaving him with figures of two for 10. 

Billy Root and Kiran Carlson were the not out batsmen, on 26 and nought respectively. 

Play was delayed until 5.19 pm after heavy overnight rain left several areas of the outfield unplayable, with Umpire James Middlebrook’s shoes making an audible squelch as he strolled towards the pavilion to deliver the bad news following one of six pitch inspections. 

When the action did finally get underway, with around 50 die-hard fans still in the ground, Glamorgan resumed on 55-2 in reply to Kent’s 307 all out. 

Just five runs had been added when Quinn knocked back Cooke’s off stump in the 25th over, the batsman failing add to his overnight score. 

Root initially looked more comfortable, driving Stevens for four through long off but then surviving an appeal for caught behind off next delivery.  

With the light deteriorating the players went off after just 24 minutes and with increasingly heavy rain falling, play was abandoned for the day. A bleak forecast for Sunday means the Group C game is almost certain to end in a draw.  

Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship


Lancashire *75/1 (28.1 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Northants won the toss and elected to bowl

Gareth Berg made the only breakthrough for Northamptonshire as just 11 overs were possible on another rain-affected day of this LV= County Championship tie with Lancashire at Wantage Road.

The evergreen seamer found plenty of bounce and movement and claimed his 20th wicket of the season when he enticed Keaton Jennings to drive loosely at a ball outside off-stump and edge through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington who took a comfortable catch.

With Jennings departing for 27, Alex Davies was joined by Luke Wells and the pair faced a testing spell from Berg and Ben Sanderson, fresh from their 19-wicket demolition of Sussex two weeks ago. They maintained pressure, beating the bat regularly and making it difficult to score.

Davies did manage to break the shackles briefly by cutting a rare wide one from Sanderson for four and later driving him through midwicket for another boundary. By the time play was called off Lancashire had advanced to 75 for one after 28.1 overs.

The start of play was delayed until 2.30pm due to a wet outfield after the whole of the second day was lost to heavy rain. Jennings and Davies were resuming on 59 without loss, their fourth 50 opening stand of the season.

After further interruptions due to showers, the umpires called stumps shortly after 4pm following further rain and hail which turned the outfield white as the players left the field.

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