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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 28th 2021

Notts players celebrate a wicket
Notts players celebrate a wicket

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 2: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 28th  2021




Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1, County Championship

Warwickshire 341/10 (119.1 ov)

Nottinghamshire *173/3 (60 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Notts trail by 168 runs.


A fascinating LV=Insurance County Championship game is evolving at Edgbaston where Group A leaders Nottinghamshire closed the second day on 173 for three in reply to the home side's 341.

Despite the loss of most of the second session to bad light and drizzle, all results remain possible in a compelling contest between two sides in the thick of the quest for the top two spots.

Nottinghamshire seamer Dane Patterson finished with five for 90 but shared his side's frustration at a merry stand of 52 between Bears last-wicket pair Liam Norwell (30 not out, 37 balls, three sixes) and Olly Hannon-Dalby (26, 42 balls, five fours). They built on the diligence of Matt Lamb (67, 147 balls, seven fours) to assure Warwickshire a third batting point.

Norwell then troubled Nottinghamshire with the ball, taking all the three wickets to fall, including Ben Slater for an authoritative 77 (160 balls, 11 fours, one six).

After Warwickshire resumed on 250 for six, Paterson quickly added to the three wickets he picked up the previous evening when Danny Briggs nicked behind and was superbly caught by wicketkeeper Tom Moores.

Lamb reached an excellent half-century from 125 balls with his sixth four, driven through the covers, but lost another partner when Craig Miles lifted Luke Fletcher to point.

With acceleration needed to acquire a third batting point, Norwell got off the mark with a straight six off Fletcher but Paterson completed his five-for when Lamb edged into the cordon.

That third batting point appeared to be eluding Warwickshire when they needed five runs from the last two balls of the 110th over, from Paterson. But Hannon-Dalby nonchalantly flicked the first to the fine leg boundary and elegantly drove the next to the cover fence.

The spectators loved that and much enjoyed the 40 minutes of frolicksome batting that followed as the tail-enders frustrated the bowlers until Hannon-Dalby edged Liam Patterson-White to slip.

Nottinghamshire's reply reached six without loss at lunch and, after much interference by bad light and rain, 28 without loss at tea. Hameed (39, 86 balls, five fours) and Slater then added 72 before, second ball after another brief delay, the former left a Norwell offering that knocked out off-stump. 

Norwell quickly added the scalp of Ben Duckett, lbw, and returned late in the day to end a stand of 78 in 19 overs between Slater and Joe Clarke (47 not out, 74 balls, six fours, one six) when the former edged to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess. 

Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship

Worcestershire 421/10 (121.2 ov)

Derbyshire *91/3 (31 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Derbyshire trail by 330 runs.


Ed Barnard demonstrated more excellent form with the bat before the Worcestershire CCC bowlers made inroads on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Derbyshire at New Road.

The all-rounder is keen to bat higher than number eight and further strengthened his claims with a fine knock of 90 to take his run tally for the County this summer past the 400 mark.

It is a figure only surpassed for Worcestershire by Jake Libby with Barnard having now put together a maiden century and three fifty plus innings in scoring 414 runs at an average of 51.75.

His efforts helped Worcestershire total 421 all out and then Dillon Pennington, Joe Leach and Barnard picked up a wicket apiece as Derbyshire ended on 91-3.

Barnard successfully shepherded the lower order this morning as Worcestershire, who resumed on 336-7, added another 85 runs from the final three wickets to secure a fourth batting bonus point.

Barnard looked set for a deserved hundred until he cut a delivery from spinner Matt Critchley into the hands of Ben McDermott at backward point.

The England Lions player resumed on 48 and turned Ben Aitchinson on the legside to complete a 64 ball half century with seven boundaries.

He then pulled Sam Conners for four to bring up the 350 – and the fourth batting point – in 102.5 overs.

Aljarri Joseph (12) helped Barnard add 28 before he was caught at mid-off by Billy Godleman off Dustin Melton who then bowled Leach (5) via an inside edge.

But Pennington proved a valuable ally in helping Barnard to add 45 for the last wicket and the paceman struck Critchley for a big six over wide long on.

He remained unbeaten on 24 until Barnard’s eventually dismissal after hitting 12 fours in his 120-ball knock.

Melton ended with 3-76 and there were two wickets apiece for Conners and Aitchinson.

Derbyshire openers Godleman and Brooke Guest were due to face one over before lunch but rain intervened and only eight balls were possible in a brief interlude during a four hour break from action.

Play eventually restarted at 4.55 with 29.4 overs remaining and Pennington made a quick breakthrough when Godleman on 10 edged to Tom Fell at first slip.

Leach then struck as Guest turned a delivery off his legs and Ross Whiteley pulled off a superb catch at square leg to end his knock on 20.

It became 58-3 when Barnard trapped Leus du Plooy (7) lbw but Australian debutant, Ben McDermott, and Wayne Madsen steadied the innings by adding an unbroken 33.

Durham vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship

Durham 99/10 (47.4 ov)

Essex 182/10 & *263/8 (79 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Essex lead by 346 runs.


A century stand between Adam Wheater and Ryan ten Doeschate manoeuvred Essex into a match-winning position in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Durham at Emirates Riverside.

The visitors skittled the home side for 99, handing them an 83-run lead to take into their second innings. Durham did make early inroads, reducing Tom Westley's men to 53 for five. However, Wheater and Ten Doeschate combined to take the game away from the hosts with a partnership of 125, building a substantial advantage worth 346 runs in their bid to claim their third win of the campaign.

Durham resumed on 58 for six in the morning session, and it did not take long for Essex to claim the remaining four wickets. Sam Cook pinned Ned Eckersley with an inswinger, while Peter Siddle was on point to remove Brydon Carse's off-stump. Jamie Porter then prised out Potts and Chris Rushworth in successive deliveries to end the innings.

With a lead of 83 runs, Essex had the opportunity to build a match-winning platform. Raine and Rushworth combined to dismantle the visitors' top order as the latter removed Alastair Cook with a fine delivery. Raine bowled a tight line and was rewarded with the wickets of Nick Browne and Tom Westley before lunch.

After the interval Paul Walter led a counter attack in a signal of intent from the visitors. Raine returned from the Finchale End to halt Walter's surge as he edged behind to Eckersley. Carse then produced a rising delivery to dismiss Michael Pepper, leaving the visitors 53 for five. With the game in the balance, Ten Doeschate and Wheater came to the fore for their side, displaying controlled aggression to swing momentum back in the favour of the visitors.

The two players frustrated Durham throughout the afternoon and reached their century partnership from 133 balls. Ten Doeschate was the first to pass fifty, earning his third half-century of the term. Wheater followed his team-mate to the milestone, nudging a quick single into the leg-side. The stand was broken by Carse after tea as he trapped Ten Doeschate on the crease for 55.

Wheater made his way towards a century, and was seemingly well poised having blunted the home side's bowling attack. However, he was run out 19 short of his first ton of the season courtesy of a direct hit by Potts at the bowler's end. Simon Harmer and Sam Cook were unbeaten at the close with their side 263 for eight.

Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Lancashire *350/6 (127 ov)

Yorkshire 159/10 (64.1 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Lancashire lead by 191 runs.


Keaton Jennings scored his first first-class century since November 2018 as Lancashire strengthened their grip on the Roses clash at Emirates Old Trafford during a dominant second day.

The opener’s fourth LV= Insurance County Championship hundred for Lancashire was his first against the red ball since England’s Test series victory in Sri Lanka two winters ago.

The Red Rose started day two on 95 for one from 31 overs replying to Yorkshire’s first-innings 159, and they went on to reach 350 for six from 127 overs, a lead of 191.

Jennings posted 114 off 260 balls and shared 175 inside 67 overs for the second wicket - from late evening on day one to mid-afternoon on day two - with fellow left-hander Luke Wells, who made a 201-ball 60.

That was his highest score since leaving Sussex in the winter.

Yorkshire controlled the run rate for the first half of the day without striking on an unresponsive bowling pitch.

But unbeaten Lancashire strode towards their fourth win in seven Group Three games and qualification for the top group later in the summer.

Only 55 runs were scored before lunch, with acceleration coming in understated fashion during the afternoon as they moved from 150 for one in 62 overs to 266 for four in 95.

Jennings reached his hundred off 253 balls as Lancashire reached 233 for one in the 84th over, a lead of 74.

But he and Wells were caught at first slip off Ben Coad and Jordan Thompson in the next two overs with the new ball. Thompson also removed Liam Livingstone cheaply before tea as the Red Rose pursued bonus points.

These two unbeaten sides after six games are the most likely qualifiers for the Championship’s top group in late August.

Half the aggregate points accrued against the team you advance with are carried forwards, so every point here and at Scarborough in July could be crucial.

Dane Vilas and Josh Bohannon both hit straight sixes off Dom Bess after tea as Lancashire reached the 110-over bonus points cut off at 324 for five.

Coad removed Vilas for 35 courtesy of a brilliant high catch by Kohler-Cadmore running back from first slip following a top edge.

But, while Lancashire claimed their sixth bonus point of the match, Yorkshire will finish with one.

Thompson had Luke Wood caught behind to finish the day with three for 64 and Bohannon reached 47 not out.

Leicestershire vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship

Leicestershire 136/10 (55.1 ov)

Middlesex 295/10 & *57/1 (21 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Middlesex lead by 216 runs.


Seamer Martin Andersson returned his best first-class figures for Middlesex as his side took a firm upper hand on day two of the basement battle in Group Two of the LV=Insurance County Championship.

The 24-year-old right-armer, part of a Middlesex bowling attack with an average of 23, took four for 27 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 136  in reply to 295 by the visitors, for whom wicketkeeper John Simpson finished on 95 not out.

Ethan Bamber, the 22-year-old quick, claimed three for 36 with Callum Parkinson and Lewis Hill top scoring for Leicestershire with 41 and 39 respectively.

After captain Peter Handscomb declined to enforce the follow-on, Middlesex stretched their lead to 216 for the solitary loss of opener Sam Robson, leg before to Chris Wright.

Leicestershire were quickly in trouble as the 40 minutes they had to bat before lunch saw their first three wickets fall for 17.

Bamber produced a fine delivery to remove Hassan Azad, who nicked to third slip without scoring, while Tom Helm found some extra bounce to have Colin Ackermann taken above his head by Sam Robson at second slip off the shoulder of the bat.

In between, Australian Test opener Marcus Harris was lbw for three, offering no shot when plumb in front.

Hill and Sam Evans tried to rebuild after lunch but Andersson had Leicestershire rocking again with a burst of three wickets in six balls.

He had Sam Evans caught behind down the leg side, while Harry Swindells and Ben Mike fell leg before to consecutive swinging balls.

Hill and Parkinson added  44 for the seventh wicket before Andersson beat the former’s defensive bat to clip off stump and register his fourth success, threatening to beat his four for 25 on loan with Derbyshire in 2018 as his best figures.

Parkinson battled for just shy of two hours for his 41 before succumbing leg before to the returning Bamber.

Wright was the fifth man dismissed lbw in the innings as Bamber claimed his third success before Luke Hollman, the 20-year-old leg spinner, got in on the act by bowling Ed Barnes, his second first-class wicket in his third appearance.

Earlier, as Middlesex resumed on 260 for seven, Ben Mike, who did not bowl on the first day, checked their hopes of a third batting point m with two for eight from seven overs, dismissing Tom Helm and Ethan Bamber, both caught behind.

Thilam Walallawita hit Chris Wright over midwicket for four but then lost his off stump, leaving Simpson stranded five short of his ton.

 Sussex vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 175/10 & *142/4 (48 ov)

Northamptonshire 256/10 (81.5 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Sussex lead by 61 runs.


Veteran Gareth Berg made crucials contribution with bat and ball to leave Northamptonshire well placed to record their second LV= County Championship win of the season against Sussex.

After conceding a first-innings deficit of 81, Sussex all but cleared their arrears for the loss of one wicket before Northants wrested back the initiative after tea on the second day at Hove.

Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan picked up Stiaan van Zyl (17) and Travis Head (0) in successive overs as the runs dried up and when Tom Clark (13) followed Berg’s away-swinger and was held at third slip, Sussex were effectively 17 for four.

But opener Tom Haines dug in with an unbeaten 64 and Ben Brown (34 not out) counter-attacked in the last hour as they added 44 for the fifth wicket. Sussex closed on 142 for four, a lead of 61.

Those three quick wickets in the final session were important but so were the runs Berg added with last man Ben Sanderson before Northants were dismissed for 256.

The 40-year-old made an unbeaten 43 while Sanderson, who took five wickets in Sussex’s first innings, frustrated them with the bat, contributing 20 a stand of 51 in 65 balls before he was bowled by George Garton, who finished with four for 69.

Sanderson struck in his second over when Sussex went in again, snaring Aaron Thomason (8) who followed an away-swinger. Sanderson produced another high-quality spell after tea when he was very unfortunate not to take two or three wickets, and he was well supported at the other end.

Van Zyl had helped Haines put on 67 for the second wicket before Kerrigan dived to his left to take a return catch off a loose drive then Head, whose five innings since signing for Sussex have yielded just 38 runs, edged to slip for a fourth-ball duck.

Earlier, Saif Zaib had held the Northants’ innings together before he was ninth out for a top score of 64. The left-hander, who made 135 in their innings victory over Sussex earlier in the month, was ninth out after Jamie Atkin angled one away off the seam.

Atkin and Henry Crocombe picked up two wickets while left-armer Garton took three. He yorked night-watchman Kerrigan (15) and then ended a sixth wicket stand of 53 between Zaib and Rossington when the Northants’ skipper was well caught at second slip by the diving Clark. Garton ended the innings by yorking Sanderson just after Sussex had taken the new ball.

 Surrey vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey 473/10 (158 ov)

Gloucestershire *45/1 (19 ov)

Stumps - Day 2 - Gloucs trail by 428 runs.


Gloucestershire, unbeaten leaders of the LV= Insurance County Championship’s Group 2, face a long weekend struggle to avoid defeat at the Kia Oval after reaching 45 for 1 in reply to Surrey’s 473.

On a used pitch expected to turn on days three and four, off spinner Amar Virdi removed Gloucestershire captain Chris Dent for 14, pulling to mid wicket, soon after opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite survived a straightforward caught and bowled chance to slow left armer Dan Moriarty on 24.

Brathwaite remained, on 27, when rain ended play 15 overs early but Surrey will surely be confident they can force a victory that would haul them into contention for Division One qualification, with games against Hampshire and Somerset still to come.

Earlier Hashim Amla’s 173 from 347 balls, with 16 fours, and a powerful 65 from Rikki Clarke, with two sixes and eight fours, had kept Gloucestershire in the field for five sessions.

Surrey, resuming on 285 for 5, added 188 more runs in 62 overs before the innings ended on the stroke of tea. It was often a hard slog on a sluggish surface, but Amla was content to accumulate steadily in search of an intimidating total while both Sean Abbott and Clarke did their bit to raise the scoring rate against disciplined Gloucestershire bowling.

Abbott came in to face the second ball of the day after Jamie Overton (50) edged behind off David Payne and hoisted Tom Smith’s left-arm spin over deep mid wicket for six in a well-made 40. Abbott’s last scoring shot was also a six, a magnificent strike over long off Higgins from a couple of steps down the pitch.

The seventh wicket pair added 61 in 24 overs, with Amla scoring just 33 in 30 overs before lunch, but the great South African did crash Payne through extra cover and hit Smith over the top for fours as a further 82 in 28 overs was put on with Clarke.

Amla’s eventual dismissal, after almost eight and a half hours at the crease, would also have pleased Surrey’s spinners. Miles Hammond, an occasional off spinner, made one turn and bounce to force Amla to chop into his stumps.

With clouds rolling in and floodlights on, Clarke attacked – taking four successive fours off left arm paceman Matt Taylor and then, in the next over, hitting Hammond for 4, 6, 4 over extra cover, long off and to third man with a reverse sweep.

Ryan Higgins, replacing Taylor, immediately bowled Clarke with an off cutter which kept low and the all-rounder finished with 4 for 69 when also bowling Moriarty for 4.


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