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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 23rd 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 23rd 2021

 

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Scorecards


Surrey vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey 190/10 (77.1 ov) & 259/2d (56.1 ov)

Middlesex 160/10 (46.3 ov) & 250/6 (56.3 ov)

Result - Match drawn

 

Nick Gubbins hit a brilliant 124 from 145 balls but he and Peter Handscomb were cruelly denied by the weather after looking as if they were going to sweep Middlesex to a dramatic last day victory against close rivals Surrey at the Kia Oval.

In the end Middlesex could only reach 250 for 6, a cruel 40 runs short of their win target when time ran out, with Kemar Roach finishing with 5 for 86 as four Middlesex wickets tumbled in a desperate late bid to score what became 74 from eight overs, rather than 13.That equation changed because of a rain delay of 20 minutes from 5.55pm.

Middlesex had been sitting pretty on 216 for 2, after being set 290 from an initial 71 overs when Surrey declared their second innings on 259 for 2 with Rory Burns scoring 104 not out and Ollie Pope a cameo unbeaten 37 from 20 balls.

Nine mid-afternoon overs had also already been lost to rain but, from 47 for 2, Gubbins and Handscomb had met the run-chase challenge in a cool and controlled partnership of 172 that featured some high-class batting from both players on a still excellent surface.

On the resumption, at 6.15pm, Handscomb was almost immediately caught on the cover ropes for 70 and although Gubbins swung Roach for a defiant six their hopes ended when the left-hander hit the West Indies paceman to deep extra cover.  

Both counties took 11 points from the LV= Insurance County Championship draw, with Surrey remaining fourth in Group 2 and Middlesex are 5th in the conference table.

Gubbins batted beautifully and has now scored 455 runs this season, while Middlesex captain Handscomb put a wretched five weeks of poor form – 60 runs from eight innings – behind him in what was a triumph of character for the Australian.

Jack Davies, close to being lbw to a Roach near-yorker, was earlier well-caught in the gully by Pope off a leading edge for 2 as he tried to work Roach towards mid on and Sam Robson’s solid 32 ended when Reece Topley was recalled for the 17th over and his third ball, angled across the batsman, was nicked to second slip.

Surrey batted on for 100 minutes, adding 124 to their overnight 135 without loss and Burns completing his first hundred of the championship season, after six half-centuries in his previous nine innings. The England Test opener has now scored 554 runs at 61.66 this season and looks in good order ahead of the two-match series against New Zealand in early June.

Mark Stoneman fell to the day’s third ball, nicking Ethan Bamber behind without addition to his overnight 74. His opening stand of 135 with Burns was the equal highest identical opening partnership in first-class cricket, matching the two 135s put on by Sussex openers Kepler Wessels and John Barclay against Somerset at Hove in 1979.

Hashim Amla then reached a useful 43, once picking up Tim Murtagh’s medium pace for six over long leg, before skying the same bowler to deep mid wicket, while Pope took two sixes and a four from one Murtagh over.

 

LV=Insurance County Championship, Group One
Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire, Day Four, Match report

Notts (24pts) beat Worcestershire (1pt) by an innings and 170 runs

Luke Fletcher returned career-best figures for the second consecutive match as Nottinghamshire crushed winless Worcestershire by an innings and 170 runs to take maximum points and go top of Group One in the LV=Insurance County Championship.

The 32-year-old pace bowler took seven for 37 as Worcestershire were skittled for 80 in their first innings, ending with ten wickets in the match, another career first, as the visitors crumbled to 150 all out following on.

Only Jake Libby and Brett D’Oliveira offered anything close to meaningful resistance, Libby making 64 to go past 600 runs for the season - only Durham’s David Bedingham has more.  

But after he was dismissed by England’s Stuart Broad the last seven Worcestershire wickets fell for 47, South African seamer Dane Paterson taking four for 49, his best figures for the county so far.

Nottinghamshire ended a barren run of almost three years without a Championship victory when they beat neighbours Derbyshire three weeks ago. Now they have won three in a row, completing this one inside two days after weather wrecked days one and two.

Worcestershire, reeling at 54 for six overnight, folded in 74 minutes this morning.

Fletcher, who took five wickets in 42 deliveries on Saturday evening, needed just eight more to record the second six-wicket haul of his career, the first having come against Essex only two weeks ago, producing a swinging delivery to nightwatchman Josh Tongue that took the outside edge. Only 10 balls later he was celebrating his maiden seven-for as Alzarri Joseph edged a drive.

He would have had eight had Joe Clarke not dropped Joe Leach at first slip on five.

Broad, in his last appearance before England’s Test series against New Zealand begins a week on Wednesday, claimed the last two wickets as Ben Cox chased a wide one and Dillon Pennington nicked to second slip.

Batting again, Worcester lost opener Daryl Mitchell before lunch as he nibbled at Fletcher to be caught behind for one. By tea, they were 114 for four, Fletcher having struck twice more as Tom Fell clipped to short leg and Jack Haynes drove straight back to the bowler.

Broad’s tactic of positioning five catchers on the leg side in a hostile spell to Libby paid off via a superb low catch by Paterson at square leg.

Paterson ended a gutsy effort by D’Oliveira via a leading edge to mid-off in a spell that saw him take four of the last five wickets to fall.  Lyndon James had made his mark as Riki Wessels wafted at one outside off stump to be taken by second slip Ben Duckett, whose unbeaten 177 was the match-winning performance with the bat, while Broad removed Joseph to give him five in the match.
 

Derbyshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship

Derbyshire 258/10 (87.4 ov)

Durham 208/10 (67.4 ov)

Result - Match drawn

Derbyshire’s young pace bowler Ben Aitchison returned career-best figures before the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Durham at Derby ended in a draw.

The 21-year-old bowled superbly to take 6 for 28 from 16 overs but 82 from Ned Eckersley and a composed 39 by Australian Test opener Cameron Bancroft ruled out any late drama at the Incora County Ground.

Bancroft batted for nearly three hours and Eckersley passed 7,000 first-class runs on another cold and blustery day as Durham were bowled out for 208.

Matt Critchley captured his 100th first-class wicket but the game was always heading for a draw once Durham reached the 108 needed to avoid following-on.

Aitchison’s spell briefly raised Derbyshire’s hopes of enforcing it but Bancroft’s discipline ensured Durham were spared any embarrassment.

Derbyshire’s bowling in a truncated morning session matched Bancroft’s application to the extent that only 31 runs came from 14 overs.

Aitchison’s line demanded respect and after Scott Borthwick survived an edge which did not quite carry to second slip off the fourth ball of the day, the Durham skipper fell victim to the seamer’s relentless accuracy.

Borthwick was defeated by just enough movement to take the outside edge and Brooke Guest, keeping wicket in place of the concussed Harvey Hosein, plunged forward to take a good low catch.

Three balls later, David Bedingham, who made a double hundred against Derbyshire last month, was walking back without scoring after a leading edge was well taken by Anuj Dal running in from point. 

Bancroft and Jack Burnham battled through to lunch but in the second over after the interval, Burnham chased a wide ball from Sam Conners and was caught behind with Durham still 51 away from the follow-on.

That was comfortably saved before Bancroft was lbw pushing forward at Critchley and after Eckersley took four fours from an Alex Hughes over to reach 50, Stuart Poynter gloved a sweep and was caught at slip.

Aitchison completed his first five wicket haul when Eckersley played across the line and Mark Wood was caught at deep mid-wicket to give him the best figures for Derbyshire against Durham.

 


Essex vs Warwickshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Warwickshire 166 & 66/1 drew with Essex 217 

Essex 12points, Warwickshire 11 points


Danny Briggs and Will Rhodes took the sting out the final day at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford as the conditions won out in Essex’s LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Warwickshire.

Nightwatchman Briggs and captain Rhodes cancelled out Warwickshire’s first-innings deficit inside 14 overs to all but kill off the home side’s hopes of stealing a win.

Warwickshire reached 66 for one before rain either side of lunch saw fists bumped at 4:30pm on a draw.

The result keeps Group One incredibly tight, which could mean Essex’s 12 points to Warwickshire’s 11 could be valuable in deciding who progresses from the group.

Warwickshire began the day with a deficit of 51, having blocked out one over on the third day.

Briggs and Rhodes appeared in no danger with the nip and zip of the opening two days failing to materialise for Jamie Porter, Sam Cook and Peter Siddle, while also failing to assist spinner Simon Harmer.

It took 81 balls to bring up the 50 partnership, with Briggs the more fluent of the two, contributing 31 runs.

Despite traditionally batting in the lower order, Briggs is a solid batsman with a century and two fifties in his first-class career.

He didn’t look out of place at the top of the order with a tasty straight drive off Porter, a cut off Siddle and a flowing straight drive off Harmer.

The former Hampshire and Sussex spinner eventually departed after lunch when a leading edge off Cook looped to Dan Lawrence at extra cover.

For Harmer, who bowled 18 overs across both innings, it was his first wicketless Championship appearance having taken at least a scalp in each of his previous 47 matches.

Play halted at 12:17pm and despite attempts to get back on the game was finally put out of its misery by Ian Gould and Ben Debenham in the evening gloom.


Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship

Gloucestershire 27/6 (14.2 ov)

Somerset 300/8d (101.3 ov)

Result - Match drawn

Rain took out most of the final day at Bristol, denying Somerset the chance to press for a victory over Gloucestershire that would have taken them top of Group Two of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

They reduced their hosts to 27 for six replying to 300 for eight before persistent rain once again moved in.

It was not revenge for defeat in the return fixture at Taunton a month ago but it was significant notice that Somerset remain the team to beat in the group.

Somerset’s rally from 143 for six on the third afternoon to pick up three batting points and then six wickets in only 14.2 overs ensured a healthy 13-point return from the match with Gloucestershire taking 10 points.

Having lost Chris Dent and James Bracey on Saturday evening, the home side plunged into disaster territory on the final morning.

Craig Overton had nightwatchman Tom Smith caught on the crease and palpably lbw before Tom Lace was unfortunately strangled down the leg side second ball.

Ian Cockbain played a back-of-a-length ball into his stumps after Kraigg Braithwaite had lazily clipped Josh Davey to midwicket.

But any notion of a dramatic push for victory, the like of which Somerset have pulled off in recent seasons, was ended by the rain.

Somerset close to within just a point their rivals at the top of Group Two but have played a game more. Fixtures with Hampshire, Leicestershire and Surrey remain.

Gloucestershire endured their worst two sessions of the season so far and it will be of immense frustration to have failed to build on an excellent position on the third afternoon that would have reinforced their credentials to qualify for Division One in September.

It would be lazy and unfair to use phrases such as “reality check” and “wake up call” but no doubt they have to regroup ahead of a trip to The Oval on Thursday. Leicestershire, Hampshire and Middlesex are their other remaining opponents in the group.

They will also soon have significant holes to fill in their batting order with Brathwaite set to depart for the West Indies Test series against South Africa and Bracey called up by England.

But they remain top of the group and unbeaten after six matches and for the moment they dream, with Somerset, of a first Championship pennant.

Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship

Northamptonshire

Lancashire 88/1 (34.3 ov)

Result - Match Drawn

 

ALEX Davies notched a fourth half-century of the season before torrential rain condemned Northamptonshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Lancashire to an inevitable draw at Wantage Road.

Only 38 balls were possible following a delayed start, but Lancashire’s diminutive opener made the most of the small window in the weather to reach his landmark with a gorgeous cover drive for four, his sixth boundary in a 105-ball stay.

It didn’t come a moment too soon as just three balls later the heavens opened driving the players from the field with Lancashire 88-1 and Davies 51 not out.

The cloudburst didn’t last long, but the cumulative affect of the rain throughout the game, rendered a restart impossible.

It meant only 34.3 overs had been possible across all four days of this encounter, the second of which was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Both sides take eight points each for the draw, enough to move the visitors top of group three ahead of next week’s Roses clash with Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

Northamptonshire remain fourth ahead of their visit to Hove to face Sussex, where, weather permitting, they badly need a win to keep alive hopes of being among the six counties chasing the Championship laurels in September.

Kent vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship

Kent 307/10 (76.2 ov) & 60/1d (10 ov)

Glamorgan 64/3d (26 ov) & 23/1 (7 ov)

Reult - Match Drawn

Kent and Glamorgan drew their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, after rain thwarted their attempts to make a game of it on day four. 

Glamorgan were 23 for one in their second innings when play was abandoned, after the teams agreed sporting declarations. 

The visitors declared on their overnight score of 64 for 3, 243 behind, and Kent then declared on 60 for one, setting Glamorgan a target of 304 from a minimum 84 overs. 

Just 38 balls were bowled on day three and with a draw effectively useless to both sides’ Group C ambitions, they attempted to set up a finish. 

Kent’s only loss in their brief second innings was Ollie Robinson, who’d made 14 before he was caught behind, glancing Michael Neser down the leg side. Jordan Cox was unbeaten on 27 and Zak Crawley 18 not out when the declaration came. 

Glamorgan had made 22 for nought when rain forced an initial five-minute delay. Matt Quinn then bowled David Lloyd for 17, but a second, far heavier downpour led to an early lunch and with no prospect of the ground conditions improveming, the sides agreed a draw at 1.45 pm. Joe Cooke was six not out and Marnus Labuschagne unbeaten on 0. 

Kent collected 12 points and Glamorgan 11.  

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