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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 29th 2021

Leicestershire players celebrate
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 3: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 29th 2021



Durham vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship

Durham 99/10 (47.4 ov) & 189/10 (87 ov)

Essex 182/10 (62.2 ov) & 301/10 (89.5 ov)

Result - Essex won by 195 runs


Essex secured a dominant victory over Durham in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash, claiming a 195-run win at Emirates Riverside on day three.

The two teams combined for an English record for lbw decisions in a first-class match when Jack Burnham became the 19th player to fall in the manner of dismissal in the evening session.

Earlier in the day Essex were bowled out for 301 in their second innings as Ben Raine wrapped up the Essex tail to notch figures of five for 64, leaving Durham with a chase of 385 to win the contest.

Alex Lees offered initial resistance for the hosts, but the quality of the Jamie Porter, Peter Siddle and Sam Cook trifecta wore down the Durham order and allowed their side to notch their third win of the campaign.

Resuming on 263 for eight, Raine claimed the final two Essex wickets, earning his 300th first-class scalp in the process. However, Simon Harmer ended unbeaten on 47 after guiding his team to 301, presenting Durham with a daunting chase.

Porter made inroads bowling Cameron Bancroft for only four with a delivery that kept low. Scott Borthwick and Lees held firm until lunch, taking Durham to the interval at 47 for one.

However, Cook struck in his first over after the restart, pinning Borthwick lbw for 29 with another ball that struck a Durham batsman at shin height. Lees resisted the visitors and looked in great touch, especially against Harmer's off-spin.The opener dispatched Harmer a massive six over long-on to try to turn momentum away from the visitors.

Lees and Michael Jones recorded a stand of fifty for the third wicket, but it was soon broken as the Yorkshireman fended a short ball from Ryan ten Doeschate straight into the air allowing Nick Browne to take a routine catch at mid-off.

Jones dug in alongside David Bedingham to thwart the Essex attack in the afternoon session. It took Cook's return from the Lumley End to break the stand to remove Jones for 35 with the 18th lbw dismissal of the match albeit a tight call on leg stump.

The English record 19th lbw decision in the match came when Siddle trapped Burnham for five after replacing Cook. Essex closed in on the victory as Ned Eckersley, Brydon Carse, Bedingham and Raine fell in quick succession as Porter and Siddle tormented the lower order.

Matty Potts offered late resistance, striking Porter over the rope for a six, but he was bowled the following delivery, condemning Durham to a heavy defeat on home soil.

Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1, County Championship

Warwickshire 341/10 & *201/6 (66 ov)

Nottinghamshire 297/10 (95.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Warwickshire lead by 245 runs.


Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire exchanged blows throughout an engrossing third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship tussle at Edgbaston.

A terrific match will enter the final day with all results still possible after the home side, leading by 44 on first innings, closed the third day on 201 for six - 245 ahead overall.

In reply to 341, Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 297 (Joe Clarke (61, 99 balls, six fours, one six) by a solid collective bowling effort led by Liam Norwell (four for 64). 

Bears captain Will Rhodes (63, 99 balls, nine fours, one six) then led his side to a promising 95 for one before Zak Chappell and Luke Fletcher shared five wickets in 18 overs to leave their side scenting a fourth successive victory.

That left Warwickshire 134 for six but the last twist of a compelling day was an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 67 between Michael Burgess (61 not out, 101 balls, seven fours) and Danny Briggs (16 not out, 58 balls, two fours).

After Nottinghamshire resumed on 172 for three, they lost five wickets in the morning session as Rhodes juggled his attack astutely. Craig Miles struck with his second ball of the day when Lyndon James offered no stroke to an in-ducker and his off-stump went flying. Tim Bresnan pinned Clarke lbw, then Briggs hit off-stump to end Steven Mullaney’s dangerous counter-attack (28, 34 balls, six fours). 

Rhodes’s sharp return catch removed Tom Moores before Norwell had Chappell caught at mid-wicket. Wicketkeeper Burgess accepted catches from Fletcher off Rhodes and Liam Patterson-White off Briggs to leave both bowlers with two wickets.

Amid a lovely atmosphere with spectators back in and enjoying the sunshine, Warwickshire openers Rhodes and Rob Yates added 76 before the latter (26, 57 balls, four fours) offered no shot to a Patterson-White delivery which turned in to hit the stumps. Patterson-White then swooped at point when Pieter Malan lifted a cut off Chappell.

Chappell then evened the game right up with wickets in successive overs - Sam Hain caught behind and Rhodes bowled - and Fletcher tilted it his team's way with two wickets in an over; Matt Lamb lbw and Tim Bresnan caught behind.

Burgess and Briggs halted the slide with batting of measured assurance in the last hour to leave the Bears eyeing up a serious tilt at a third victory of the season.

Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship

Worcestershire 421/10 (121.2 ov)

Derbyshire 270/10 & *112/6 (50 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Derbyshire trail by 39 runs.


Dillon Pennington produced his career best performance with the ball as Worcestershire CCC closed in on victory after enforcing the follow-on against Derbyshire on day three of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.

The paceman bowled a series of excellent spells from the New Road End and was rewarded with figures of 4-44 from 19.4 overs.

Club Captain Joe Leach, Ed Barnard and Alzarri Joseph all picked up two wickets as Derbyshire were bowled out for 270 – despite a fine unbeaten 81 from Matt Critchley - in reply to Worcestershire’s first innings total of 421.

Leach asked the visitors to bat again 151 runs in arrears half an hour before tea and they again ran in trouble with Pennington again shining with three wickets as they closed on 112-6.

Worcestershire’s bowlers were backed up by some razor-sharp catching.

Derbyshire resumed this morning on 91-3 and Pennington’s excellent opening spell brought him the wicket of debutant Ben McDermott.

The Australian T20I international drove hard at a delivery which he edged to Daryl Mitchell at second slip.

Madsen completed his half century off 127 balls with seven fours but added only one more run before Barnard ended his innings with Mitchell holding onto his second catch of the day.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice gave Critchley good support during a sixth wicket stand of 56 in 14 overs.

But Leach ended the resistance of Hudson-Prentice on 25 when he mis-timed his drive and was caught by Jack Haynes at third slip.

Critchley completed a 67-ball half century soon after the resumption when he pulled Leach for his eighth boundary.

Pennington came back into the attack and his first delivery saw Alex Hughes caught behind for 25.

Joseph trapped Ben Aitchison (1) lbw via a low full toss and then bowled Sam Conners (4) as he backed away to leg.

Pennington wrapped up the innings when Dustin Melton (5) was pouched by Fell at first slip – and he was back amongst the wickets when Derbyshire followed on.

Cox pulled off a superb one-handed catch low to his right after Pennington found the edge of Brooke Guest’s bat on seven.

Leus du Plooy needed 30 balls to get off the mark before collecting two boundaries in an over from Joseph.

But he picked up a key wicket when Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman (21) edged another catch – this one head high - to Mitchell.

Spin was introduced via Brett D’Oliveira and he enjoyed a success with Du Plooy (19) using his feet but only succeeding in providing a low return catch.

Pennington’s sixth wicket of the match came when McDermott (1) looked to work the ball to leg but went leg before.

He was then indebted to a spectacular catch by Fell at first slip to dismiss Critchley (6).

It became 93-6 when Hudson-Prentice (0) went back to D’Oliveira and chopped onto his stumps.

Surrey vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey 473/10 (158 ov)

Gloucestershire 158/10 & *124/5 (45 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Gloucs trail by 191 runs.

Spinners Dan Moriarty and Amar Virdi proved too hot for Gloucestershire to handle in the Kia Oval sunshine as Surrey closed in on a crushing innings victory in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Virdi and Moriarty shared 11 wickets on day three as Gloucestershire were bundled out for 158 in their first innings in reply to Surrey’s 473 – losing the final nine wickets for 74 runs in 41 overs – and then, following on, struggling to 124 for 5.

Slow left-armer Moriarty took a career-best 6 for 60 in Gloucestershire’s first innings in his first appearance of the season, while off spinner Virdi picked up 3 for 46 from 26 equally probing overs.

Only Miles Hammond, last out for a four-hour 77 and adding a defiant unbeaten 38 later in the day, stood out in a supine Gloucestershire batting effort.

Will Jacks’ occasional off spin claimed the other first innings wicket, but it was Surrey’s quick bowlers who inflicted early damage on Gloucestershire’s second innings when the Group 2 leaders were asked to follow on.

Kraigg Brathwaite chipped a full ball back to Jamie Overton on 28 and Australian paceman Sean Abbott marked his county debut by pinning left-hander Chris Dent lbw for 14 from around the wicket before producing a nip-backer to bowl Tom Lace for a duck. Lace, caught on the crease, completed a sad pair.

Ian Cockbain, on 6, then had his forward defensive breached by Virdi, the ball spun sharply between bat and pad, and Jamie Smith pulled off an excellent stumping when Virdi saw Ryan Higgins (11) advancing.

Both wickets were wildly celebrated by Virdi with trademark celebratory runs towards the boundary edge, to the delight of a good-sized crowd enjoying Surrey’s dominance, the warm weather and the chance to watch cricket again.

At the start of day three, however, as Brathwaite and Hammond took their second wicket stand to 45, Gloucestershire seemed capable of putting up meaningful resistance. Resuming on 45 for 1, they reached 84 before Virdi beat Brathwaite with an arm ball that had him lbw for 33 pushing forward.

In the next over Moriarty turned one to have Lace caught at slip for 0 and, suddenly, panic ensured as Surrey’s spinners made hay. Cockbain (1) swept Virdi from outside off stump to square leg, Higgins (0) left one from Moriarty that arrowed into his off stump, Jonny Tattersall (7) flicked a low catch to leg slip and Tom Smith (2) was brilliantly held left-handed by Jacks at silly mid-on as Gloucestershire slumped to 113 for 7 by lunch.

Jacks, brought on for the 65th over, claimed a memorable maiden first-class wicket when he spun one sharply from two feet wide of off stump to bowl Matt Taylor, shouldering arms, for 12 and Moriarty finished off the innings by bowling David Payne for 1 with a classic delivery pitching on middle and hitting off and then seeing Hammond pull to mid wicket.


Leicestershire vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship

Leicestershire 136/10 & *75/1 (32 ov)

Middlesex 295/10 (111 ov) & 218/10 (82.1 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Leics need 303 runs.


Veteran pace bowler Chris Wright took six for 48 as Leicestershire fought to keep themselves in contention against Middlesex on the third day of their LV=Insurance County Championship Group Two match.

The 35-year-old’s third haul of five wickets or more this season was key to Middlesex’s dismissal for 218 in their second innings, in which opener Steven Eskinazi top-scored with 46.

But Leicestershire still face a daunting task in trying to score 378 to win their first match of the season on a pitch starting to take spin, having won only two matches in their Championship history chasing higher targets.

At the close they had trimmed 75 off that target in 32 overs, with Australian Marcus Harris on 41, having lost opening partner Hassan Azad in the third over when he top-edged a pull against Ethan Bamber to be caught at deep backward square.

Middlesex’s progress after resuming at 57 for one was checked by Wright bowling nine overs straight from the Bennett End and conceding only 16 runs. He denied Eskinazi a half-century, bowling him  with one that jagged back between bat and pad after he and Nick Gubbins had added 73 for the second wicket.

Gubbins did not survive him for too long, bottom edging a ball from Ben Mike on to his stumps, before Will Davis got one past Robbie White’s defensive bat to clip the off stump as a morning session slightly shortened by rain added only 68 runs for three wickets lost, although the lead at lunch was already 284.

Callum Parkinson did not find the assistance for his left-arm spin that he might have expected from a dry third-day wicket until after tea but Wright’s impressive form continued when he returned after lunch.

He had an athletic catch from Ed Barnes at midwicket to thank for the dismissal of John Simpson for 17 after his first innings 95, but produced another ball that came back off the pitch to have Martin Andersson lbw.

Mike picked up a second scalp when Peter Handscomb was drawn into chasing a wide ball and feathered a catch behind before Wright brought up his five as Tom Helm, defending, was bowled via an inside edge.

Four wickets for 79 represented another satisfactory session for Leicestershire, but another chance was squandered when Luke Hollman edged between a static ‘keeper and first slip on 15 and by tea Middlesex were 363 ahead, adding another 14 in the final session before Parkinson picked up his sole wicket by trapping Bamber leg before and Wright added his sixth when Hollman edged low to second slip for 26.


 Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Lancashire 509/9d (173.4 ov)

Yorkshire 159/10 & *85/2 (47 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Yorkshire trail by 265 runs.


Josh Bohannon’s unbeaten 127 gave Lancashire a first-innings lead of 350 as they chase a first Roses LV= Insurance County Championship win at Emirates Old Trafford since 2000.

Bohannon’s second career Championship century was secured during the afternoon session on day three as Lancashire, replying to a first-innings 159, advanced from 350 for six overnight to 509 for nine declared.

Yorkshire started their second innings with 47 overs remaining in the day and, despite reaching close in reasonable health at 85 for two, still have an uphill task to secure a draw.

If successful, it would extend their unbeaten start in 2021 to seven games and prevent Lancashire, also unbeaten, from claiming a fourth win.

Bohannon, 47 overnight, slowly but surely advanced towards three figures off 260 balls, something he did in late 2019 against Derbyshire here.

The 24-year-old completed a seventh-wicket partnership of 150 with fellow all-rounder Danny Lamb, whose 61 made it a memorable family day.

Younger sister Emma scored a century for the North West Thunder in their opening Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy defeat against Western Storm at Bristol.

Group Three leaders Lancashire - by three points from Yorkshire at the start of this fixture - have a poor recent Roses record. It is 21 years since they won here.

Yorkshire went wicketless through the second morning session running as Bohannon, who faced 277 balls in all, and Lamb blunted a hard working attack who controlled the run-rate well without ever looking like taking a flurry of wickets on a docile pitch.

The visitors struck three times in an afternoon which saw the Red Rose accelerate.

Lamb’s 160-ball innings was ended when caught at long-off against Dom Bess.

Tom Bailey had his middle and leg stumps uprooted by George Hill, who then had a hand in running Saqib Mahmood out from cover to bring about the declaration in the 174th over.

After lunch, Yorkshire saved their frontline seamers for greater battles in weeks to come as off-spinner Bess and medium pacers Hill and Harry Brook bowled.

The destiny of this fixture was always going to be in the hands of their batsmen, and openers Adam Lyth and unbeaten Tom Kohler-Cadmore shared 72 inside 39 overs.

Unfortunately for them, both fell late on. Lyth was caught at leg slip off Matthew Parkinson for 39 and Kohler-Cadmore trapped lbw by Mahmood for 32 as Yorkshire fell to 82 for two.


  Sussex vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 175/10 (59.3 ov) & 298/10 (99.1 ov)

Northamptonshire 256/10 & *131/2 (43 ov)

Stumps - Day 3 - Northants need 87 runs.


Northamptonshire are poised to go second in Group Three in the LV= Insurance County Championship after they closed in on victory against Sussex at Hove.

Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan continued his good start to the season with five for 70 and despite Tom Haines’ second hundred of the season Sussex were bowled out for 298 in their second innings.

That left Northants more than four sessions to score 218 and they were 131 for two at stumps on day three, needing another 87.

Haines made an excellent 103 – the first Championship hundred by a Sussex player at Hove for two years – and Ben Brown was last out for 95 trying to hit a six to get to his century.

Sussex had resumed on 142 for four and Haines and Brown took their fifth-wicket stand to 103 but shortly after reaching the fourth hundred of his career, Haines turned a ball from Kerrigan to mid-wicket. It was a somewhat tame end to a fine innings by the 22-year-old left-hander, who faced 221 balls and hit 11 fours.

Tom Taylor picked up two wickets in successive balls with Delray Rawlins (15) bowled aiming a big drive and George Garton edging low to first slip.

But Jack Carson, fresh from his maiden first-class fifty in the first innings, gave Brown admirable support either side of lunch in an eighth-wicket stand of 65 which took the score to 297.

The luckless Ben Sanderson could not break through with the second new ball but Kerrigan came to the rescue. Carson was pinned in front playing back for 35 before Taylor yorked Henry Crocombe in the next over for a duck.

That left Brown on 95 with only last man Jamie Atkins for company and he went for glory, only to be caught on the long-off boundary. The Sussex captain faced 170 balls and hit ten fours.

Although the odd ball did turn, the pitch had got easier to bat on. Sussex needed early wickets and Atkins got them a breakthrough in his first over when Ben Curran (10), whose nine innings this season have brought only 141 runs, was caught behind aiming an expansive drive.

Vasconcelos and Luke Procter took the score to 57 with few alarms before Haines enjoyed his second memorable moment of the day, running round from mid-wicket to run out Vasconcelos (38) with a brilliant direct hit.

But Luke Procter (47 not out) and Rob Keogh (23 not out) settled the nerves with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 73 to put their side in sight of victory.


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