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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 6th 2021

James Vince (Hampshire)
James Vince (Hampshire)
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 6th  2021

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Scorecards

Yorkshire v Sussex

Result - Yorkshire won by an innings and 30 runs

Yorkshire took six wickets after tea on day four - five to Dom Bess and David Willey - to seal a dramatic LV= Insurance County Championship win over Sussex with 32 balls remaining at Emerald Headingley.

Opener Ali Orr’s debut 67, supplemented by 52 from Aaron Thomason, looked set to give inexperienced Sussex a notable draw as they reached tea at 165 for four in their second innings, still 80 adrift.

But Bess and Willey underpinned a remarkable collapse as Yorkshire moved within four points of Group Three leaders Lancashire with their fourth win, this one by an innings and 30 runs.

Thomason opened the door with a loose drive at Bess and was caught at slip, and both Bess and Willey returned double wicket maidens as the visitors lost five for seven to fall from 180 for four to 187 for nine and then later 215 all out.

Captain Steve Patterson took the winning wicket when he bowled Ben Brown. Off-spinner Bess finished with four for 51 from 35 overs.

Yorkshire’s 23 points also moves them 12 clear of third-placed Northamptonshire with them and Lancashire their final two group opponents next month.

It looked like Orr and then Thomason would ensure parity on a slow pitch.

Ultimately, a young Sussex side failed to hold on after Thomason’s departure. 

Bess had Thomason and Dan Ibrahim caught at slip before Willey had Jack Carson caught at leg slip, Stuart Meaker caught at short leg and Henry Crocombe caught behind fending at a short one.

That left Sussex 187 for nine with almost 17 overs remaining, a tally whittled down by captain Brown and Jamie Atkins.

The evening collapse was harsh after Sussex battled hard for most of this fixture.

Orr, 20, is one of nine first-class debutants for Sussex since the start of last season’s Bob Willis Trophy, including two this week. Ibrahim, 16, is the other.

During the morning, Bess broke a 60-run opening partnership between Orr and Tom Haines, who was acrobatically caught by Adam Lyth running around from slip.

Three balls later, in the 35th over, Jordan Thompson had Stiaan van Zyl caught behind for nought as Sussex slipped to 61 for two.

Yorkshire’s next success did not come until the 70th over when Orr was bowled driving at Bess - 125 for three with almost 50 overs remaining.

Ben Coad then had Travis Head caught behind just before tea, but even then there was no sign of the madness which followed.

Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson said:  “I honestly couldn’t see how we were going to win the game, but then it went to us having the best part of an hour to get one or two wickets.

“I’m still a bit shell-shocked as to how we managed to do it. But I’m delighted.

“The message from myself and Andrew Gale this morning was to keep it dry for long periods. Then we were always in the game. The fact they were always behind meant that two or three wickets quickly would turn the game on its head.

“The key for me is that qualification is now in our hands. That’s all we can ask for.”

 

Sussex coach Ian Salisbury said:  “Well played to Yorkshire. It was a good toss to win. The hardest part of the game was to bat on the first day, and we hung in as long as we could.

“Ali Orr, the way he batted on the first morning in overcast and gloomy conditions and the way he batted against the spin, he is going to have a good future in front of him.

“Yorkshire are a good side, and they were under pressure to win. It was a good spell from David Willey. I never thought they would be out of the game.

“I don’t mind losing, but you have to learn fro

Kent v Northamptonshire

Kent have drawn their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Northamptonshire, despite an engrossing final day at Canterbury. 

An obdurate Adam Rossington eventually steered the visitors to safety with an unbeaten 59, but only after a brave declaration by the home side on their overnight score of 335 for five, when they were still 62 runs behind. 

Nathan Gilchrist took three for 57 and Darren Stevens two for 42 as the hosts scented an unlikely Group Three victory, only for the game to drift away in the final session, Northamptonshire finishing on 184 for eight declared.  

With the visitors reluctant to risk the eight points for the draw by contriving a finish, Kent gambled on declaring early in the hope of recording their first win of the season and they were rewarded with four wickets in the morning session. 

Darren Stevens struck in the second over, removing Emilio Gay lbw for eight and he then had Ricardo Vasconcelos caught behind for nine. After three matches without a wicket, Miguel Cummins, on the last day of his spell with Kent, finally looked like the bowler they thought they were getting when they signed him, and a spell of serious menace saw him get Rob Keogh caught behind for 12. 

Jordan Cox then took a sharp catch at first slip off Gilchrist to remove Gareth Berg for 21, leaving Northants on 70 for four at lunch. 

The afternoon session was fascinatingly balanced: every time Northants seemed to be heading for safety, Kent took a wicket. Gilchrist struck again in his first over, getting Saif Zaib caught behind for six, but Cummings was denied a second wicket when Luke Procter, batting despite an injury, edged him to third slip, where he was put down by Marcus O’Riordan. 

After putting on 50 with Rossington, Procter was brilliantly run out for 17 by Daniel Bell-Drummond, after being sent back by his captain while attempting a single. 

Cox took another excellent slip catch off Gilchrist to dismiss Tom Taylor for 12 and when Nathan Buck was lbw for six to Joe Denly the lead was a gettable 212, with 45 overs remaining.

However, the visitors had pushed on to 156 for eight at tea and the only chance of a tepid evening session came when Simon Kerrigan was dropped at short leg by Tawanda Muyeye off Denly. The captains shook hands on the draw at 4.50pm, Kent taking 14 points and Northamptonshire 13. 

Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond said: “I don’t think they would have been taken by surprise too much (by the declaration) but I don’t think they knew when we were going to declare and when Joe Denly and Jordan Cox put their foot down, along with myself and Jack Leaning, I think maybe then they were thinking we’ve got a game on here.  

“It was good for both teams to be honest because any result was possible. They could have tried to get ahead and give us a little chase. It was good that there was a crowd back in and it was great that the cricket was competitive right the way through.” 

Northamptonshire’s Adam Rossington said: “We weren’t expecting that (the declaration) from the position we were in on day one. All credit to Kent they’ve played some brilliant cricket this week and they set up an entertaining final day. It caught us a little bit off guard, we came in today thinking they’d probably come out swinging and try and get as many points as they could, get a little bit past us and try and put us under a bit of pressure. 

“You’ve got to adapt quickly. They bowled very well, we were in a bit of trouble, but we’ve managed to get out of it. It’s been a good four-day match.” 

 

Somerset v Hampshire 

Somerset opened up a ten-point lead at the top of Group Two when their LV=Insurance County Championship game with Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, ended in a draw 

Set an unlikely 459 to win from a minimum of 75 overs, the visitors closed a final day curtailed by afternoon rain on 88 for two, with Tom Alsop unbeaten on 23 and Sam Northeast 19 not out. 

Earlier, George Bartlett had completed a fluent hundred, including 11 fours and 2 sixes, and Tom Banton contributed an unbeaten 51 as Somerset extended their second innings score from an overnight 323 for six to 409 for seven before declaring. 

The home side took 15 points from the game to overtake arch-rivals Gloucestershire at the top of the group, while Hampshire claimed 14 and lie close up in third place. 

Clearly feeling a draw would be more than satisfactory outcome in their position, Somerset batted on for 75 minutes at the start of the day.  

Bartlett and Banton began cautiously, scoring only 14 runs between them in the first half hour before both cutting loose. 

Banton moved to a 54-ball half-century with a six over mid-wicket off Ian Holland, the second time he had cleared the ropes. 

Bartlett, unbeaten on 74 overnight, accelerated towards an assured century and reached it off 160 deliveries. When he skied a catch off the first ball of the following over, it signalled the declaration. 

Holland and Cameron Steel began Hampshire’s second innings positively. But their hopes of batting through the remainder for the morning session were scuppered when Steel fell lbw for 14, playing across a delivery from Lewis Gregory. 

Lunch was taken at that point with the scoreboard reading 30 for one. That became 39 for two when Holland, already dropped by Tom Abell at third slip off Davey, was bowled pushing forward to Gregory. 

Northeast survived a tougher chance to Abell off the unlucky Davey, having made only four. 

But from then on Northeast and Alsop batted solidly, overcoming a pacey spell from the River End by Marchant de Lange, including several bouncers. 

The pair had added 49 when what started as light rain at shortly before 3.20pm quickly developed into a downpour.  

Umpires Steve O’Shaugnessy and Peter Hartley ruled that play could restart at 5.05pm after an inspection. 

But by then the 41.4 overs originally remaining in the game had been reduced to 19.4 and the captains decided to shake hands on a draw without further play. 

 

Somerset skipper Tom Abell said: "It may not have been a win, but it was a really positive result for us, especially from being 113 for seven in our first innings. Our priority today was to bat Hampshire totally out of the game and we achieved that.

"We now have a decent lead in the group, having begun with a points penalty, so there is a great feeling among the group of players.

"George Bartlett batted brilliantly and Tom Banton was good in both innings, which is encouraging looking forward to the start of the Vitality Blast."

 

Hampshire batsman Tom Alsop said: "We were a surprised that Somerset batted on for a bit longer than we expected before declaring. By the time Sam Northeast joined me it was clear that our job was simply to see out the day and I always enjoy batting with him.

"Somerset probably played the better cricket over the course of the match, but we dug in and the draw keeps us right in the mix for a top two finish in the group. 

"We still have to play Gloucestershire and that match is clearly going to be very important for both teams."

Essex vs Nottinghamshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Nottinghamshire 293 & 44/2 drew with Essex 210

Points: Essex 11, Nottinghamshire 13

Essex’s hopes of defending the LV= Insurance County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy took a massive hit as they drew with Nottinghamshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Notts fast bowler Brett Hutton, on just his second outing of the season, took five for 65, including his 200th first-class wicket to bowl Essex out for 210 – and give Notts an 83 run first-innings lead.

Ben Slater killed off any potential drama by reaching 19 before bad light, and subsequently rain, ended play at 2.20pm, with the match officially abandoned at 3pm.

The stalemate does Essex no help in their attempt to reach Division One– with favours likely needed from elsewhere to deny one of Warwickshire, Durham and Notts from progressing.

The top four in Group 1 are now separated by only nine points, although Essex have played a game more than their rivals.

Hopes for a positive result had all but been kiboshed by a washed-out second day, along with a pitch which had made scoring slow.

Notts needed 10 morning overs to wrap up the Essex first-innings, with both sides picking up a bonus point – the former for taking nine wickets and the latter for sliding past 200.

After the second new ball was taken an over into the day, Shane Snater and Simon Harmer’s eighth-wicket partnership reach exactly 50 before both fell in consecutive overs.

First, Snater was adjudged leg-before to Hutton, and then Harmer was pinned in front by Luke Fletcher – the burly seamer’s 38th wicket of an impressive campaign.

The innings concluded as Hutton made Sam Cook’s off stump go kerplunk to complete his five-wicket haul, the 10th of his career.

In reply, the visitors had no need nor intention to take any risks as they reached 44 for two before umpires Ian Blackwell and Neil Mallender ended proceedings.

Siddle provided a probing spell with the new ball and was rewarded with the edge to first slip of Ben Compton.

Ben Duckett was bowled around his legs by Snater, having eaten up 50 minutes, with Slater holding things together for an unbeaten 87-ball 19.

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