Specsavers County Championship 2019 – May 27th -30th – Match Updates
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by Alastair Symondson Monday 27 May 2019
Essex win by 113 runs.
Simon Harmer became the highest wicket taker in the Specsavers County Championship to help Essex secure their second victory of the season with a 113-run win over Kent.
South African Harmer ripped through the Kent batting line-up to celebrate figures of eight for 98, his 10th five-wicket for Essex, to pouch his 29th wicket of the campaign – to overtake Fidel Edwards and Matt Milnes.
Harmer, who bowled 33 overs unchanged, and Essex had been frustrated by a stoic 81 by Daniel Bell-Drummond but strode to victory by taking wickets around the No.4.
In the match, Harmer returned analysis of 11 for 170.
The victory saw Essex take 22 points from the match and move above Kent in the table – with the visitors returning home with three points.
Essex began the day on 181 for six, and moved that to 206 for seven in four overs before declaring – Michael Pepper the man to depart when he was lbw attempting to slog sweep Matt Milnes.
That gave Kent a total of 338 runs to score, or survive a minimum of 90 overs – with the hope of replicating their incredible last day draw against Surrey at Beckenham last week high on their minds.
Harmer was always likely to be Essex’s biggest hope of taking all 10 wickets on a fourth day pitch which threatened to turn sharply.
It took nine overs of Jamie Porter and Sam Cook before Ryan ten Doeschate threw the ball to the off-spinner and a further 2.5 overs before Harmer made the breakthrough.
After a 34-run stand for the first wicket, Harmer slid a delivery under a sweep from Zak Crawley to strike him on the pads plumb in front.
Six overs later, Harmer grabbed his second scalp as Joe Denly skipped down the track and skewed a slog to Nick Browne at deep square-leg.
In the next over Peter Siddle broke the Harmer monopoly on wickets when Sean Dickson edged to second slip, where Harmer was waiting to pouch.
Bell-Drummond and Heino Kuhn then held up Essex’s hopes, and gave Kent a glimmer of replicating their Beckenham heroics.
The pair batted out 23 overs, for 75-runs, although received a fair helping of assistance from the Essex fielders.
Kuhn was dropped twice, on 0 by Tom Westley at third slip and on 36 at mid-off by Sam Cook before he was three times unlucky when Harmer had him lbw without playing a shot.
Kent then lost two wickets in five balls to further dampen their hopes.
Ollie Robinson offered a catch to Ravi Bopara at leg slip to hand Harmer his fourth, with the umpire adjudging the ball to have flicked the bat before ballooning up, and then Wiaan Mulder edged behind third ball.
Darren Stevens provided some entertainment as he smashed two sixes in a 47-run stand with Bell-Drummond, but feel tamely when he prodded Harmer to Dan Lawrence at short midwicket.
Harry Podmore struck a six off Harmer but the wily twirler had the last laugh two balls later as the tailender thrashed to Sam Cook at cover.
Harmer had Milnes caught by Bopara at leg slip for his 10th of the match before rounding off the innings by bowling Bell-Drummond.
Essex - Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate(c), Michael Pepper(wk), Simon Harmer, Jamie Porter, Peter Siddle, Sam Cook
Kent - Sean Dickson, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly(c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn, Wiaan Mulder, Ollie Robinson(wk), Darren Stevens, Harry Podmore, Matthew Milnes, Imran Qayyum
Warwickshire win by 130 runs.
Jeetan Patel spun Warwickshire to their first Specsavers County Championship win of the season as Surrey were defeated by 130 runs at Edgbaston.
Chasing 272 for victory on a turning pitch, Surrey were bowled out for 141 with Patel taking a career-best eight for 36 to complete match-figures of 62-32-89-12.
In the morning session, Surrey spinner Gareth Batty had harvested a career-best of his own, eight for 64 including a hat-trick, before the home side declared on 166 for nine.
But talismanic home captain Patel then unpicked injury-hit Surrey's second innings with bowling of sustained accuracy and control to secure the sixth haul of ten-or-more wickets in a match of his career.
The hard-earned victory over the reigning champions gives Warwickshire's season much-needed impetus after three defeats. Surrey's title-defence, meanwhile, now badly requires impetus of its own, having started three draws and a defeat.
After resuming on the final morning on 76 for two, Warwickshire batted aggressively to make up for the loss of two sessions to rain the previous day. Batty profited to post a career-best at the age of 41.
Will Rhodes (54, 125 balls, four fours) and Sam Hain (41, 82 balls, four fours) were among six batsmen to send up catches off the former England spinner whose hat-trick arrived when Tim Ambrose, Patel and Henry Brookes were caught off successive balls.
The hat-trick triggered the declaration and when Surrey began their chase, Patel opened the bowling and quickly removed Mark Stoneman lbw before lunch. The indefatigable Kiwi then turned the screw in an afternoon session during which Surrey moved from 39 for one to 103 for seven.
Patel produced the perfect delivery - pitch middle, hit off - to bowl Scott Borthwick. Ben Foakes swept to short fine leg before Rory Burns (38, 64 balls, six fours) perished lbw to a Brookes inswinger.
Patel then inflicted decisive further damage with three wickets in 13 balls when he clipped Dean Elgar's off-stump and pinned Will Jacks and Ryan Patel lbw.
Surrey were 103 for seven at tea and Rikki Clarke and Morne Morkel gave nothing away, the latter defying for 52 minutes for a single before propping half-forward to Patel and becoming the 15th lbw victim of the match.
Warwickshire's captain moved into career-best territory when Batty's firm leg-side flick rebounded off one short leg into the hands of the other. On his former home ground, Clarke completed an 89-ball half-century but the last twist to Patel's perfect day was his decision, with ten overs left, to take himself off and bring back Brookes who immediately bowled Matt Dunn to seal victory.
Warwickshire – Will Rhodes, Dominic Sibley, Rob Yates, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Liam Banks, Tim Ambrose(wk), Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel©, Liam Norwell, Oliver Hannon-Dalby
Surrey – Rory Burns©, Mark Stoneman, Scott Borthwick, Dean Elgar, Ben Foakes(wk), Will Jacks, Ryan Patel, Rikki Clarke, Morne Morkel, Gareth Batty, Matt Dunn
Gary Ballance became the first Yorkshire batsman to hit five hundreds in five Specsavers County Championship matches before Hampshire were given a scare as they batted out for the draw at Emerald Headingley.
Rain affected every day of a fixture which brought new Division One leaders Hampshire nine points and third-placed Yorkshire eight.
Yorkshire were the most likely winners at the start of day four and later set a victory target of 279 in 48 overs, reducing their visitors to seven for two and then 35 for three with 35.3 overs remaining at tea. They later closed on 158 for five through fifties for Joe Weatherley (66) and Rilee Rossouw (54 not out).
The White Rose began on 207 for three in their second innings, leading by 153, and advanced to 332 for five declared.
Duanne Olivier and then Ben Coad twice struck as Hampshire’s top order wobbled, including the loss of Ajinkya Rahane and captain Sam Northeast, only for things to settle after tea.
Hampshire have now won three, lost one and now drawn one and moved seven points clear of Somerset after five games, one more than the Taunton county have played.
Yorkshire remain unbeaten with two wins and two draws and are third.
The start of play was delayed until 11.45am, only for more rain to take the players off again at 12.15pm, forcing an early lunch. But there was enough time for Ballance to move from 83 overnight to 100 off 164 balls, including 15 fours.
The left-hander has now scored a century in each of Yorkshire’s four matches and has five on the trot going back to the final game of last season at Worcestershire.
The 29-year-old has six career Championship centuries against Hampshire and has also made his way to 538 Division One runs this season at an average of 89.66.
Ballance fell lbw six balls after reaching his century and five balls into the afternoon, lbw to Mason Crane’s leg-spinners as the score fell to 239-4, a lead of 185 with 67 overs left in the day.
Jack Leaning also contributed 41 and Jonny Tattersall a busy 51 not out off 53 balls, the latter sharing an unbroken 64-run partnership in 10.1 overs for the sixth wicket with David Willey (26).
Tattersall reached his fifty with back-to-back boundaries off Keith Barker before the declaration came two balls later.
Despite struggling with his run-up from the Kirkstall Lane End of the ground, Olivier then gave the White Rose the ideal start with the ball when he had Oli Soames caught and bowled off a top-edged pull (four for one in the second over).
In the next over, Coad uprooted Rahane’s middle stump with an in-swinger, via inside edge, to leave Hampshire two down and nervous under overcast skies.
Ex-South Africa quick Olivier, who could quite easily have been playing in the World Cup opener at the Oval had he not signed a three-year Kolpak contract in late February, lost his run-up on numerous occasions.
Three balls before tea, Coad then had Northeast caught low down at mid-wicket, leaving Hampshire at 35 for three with 35.3 overs remaining.
Weatherley and Rossouw shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 102, with both men reaching their fifties off 84 and 66 balls respectively. Dom Bess had Weatherley caught at mid-wicket with a little under 13 overs remaining before bowling Ian Holland with 4.4 to go. The players shook hands two overs early.
Yorkshire – Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, Gary Ballance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Dom Bess, David Willey, Steven Patterson©, Ben Coad, Duanne Olivier
Hampshire – Joe Weatherley, Oliver Soames, Ajinkya Rahane, Sam Northeast©, Tom Alsop(wk), Rilee Rossouw, Ian Holland, James Fuller, Keith Barker, Fidel Edwards, Mason Crane
Matt Taylor claimed career-best figures of five for 57 as Gloucestershire’s County Championship Division Two match against Lancashire at Cheltenham ended in a draw, after days two and three were lost to a wet outfield.
Gloucestershire had reached 68 for two by 4.50, when the sides shook hands after an eventful match which will be remembered for the freak storm on the first night.
Gloucestershire’s opening pair, Hammond (80) and captain Chris Dent, who reached 8,000 first-class runs during his innings, had put on 55 in 25 overs on the first day as the home side reached 205 in their first innings. Dent, who compiled a half-century, and Jack Taylor added 83 for the fifth wicket.
22-year old England Lions seamer Saqib Mahmood had been the stand-out bowler on the first day, picking up four for 48, with Hammond scoring 82.
Lancashire had lost Haseeb Hameed and Jake Lehmann, with David Payne conceding just four runs in an eight over spell, meaning they resumed the final day on 47 for two.
They began day four with a flurry, before being reduced to 149 for five at lunch.
23-year old Rob Jones dealt in boundaries, striking a four from the first delivery of the day, as he and Keaton Jennings doubled their side’s score within the first hour, and he brought up his half-century from 70 deliveries, with nine fours.
But they fell in successive Matt Taylor overs, as Jones was caught behind, before Jennings was caught at slip for 52, having just reached his half-century from 141 balls. Dane Vilas gave Roderick a second catch and Taylor a third wicket, as the visitors went from 105 for two to 126 for five in just six overs.
After losing Liam Livingston five balls into the afternoon, Steven Croft and Tom Bailey led the visitors’ recovery as they gained a first batting point before bringing up their fifty partnership.
Taylor claimed his fifth wicket when he had Saqib Mahmood caught behind. Croft then drove at David Payne at mid-off from Ryan Higgins, who almost picked up a second wicket in two balls when a Jimmy Anderson edge fell just short of the slip cordon, surving a similar delivery in the following over before despatching Taylor over the Chapel End boundary for the first and only maximum of the match.
Payne rounded off the Lancashire innings, when he had Richard Gleeson caught at slip, with an early tea taken.
Gloucestershire began their second innings 39 runs adrift, and lost Hammond in the tenth over when he was caught at slip off Bailey. James Bracey, glancing down the legside, was caught behind off Richard Gleeson in the 18th over, by which time the home side were marginally ahead.
Gloucestershire - Chris Dent(c), Miles Hammond, James Bracey, Gareth Roderick(wk), Graeme van Buuren, Jack Taylor, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins, Matt Taylor, Josh Shaw, David Payne
Lancashire - Keaton Jennings, Haseeb Hameed, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Jake Lehmann, Dane Vilas(c)(wk), Rob Jones, Saqib Mahmood, Tom Bailey, Richard Gleeson, James Anderson
Marnus Labuschagne made a career-best 192 to help Glamorgan maintain their unbeaten record in the Specsavers County Championship as they drew with Sussex at Hove.
The Australian reeled off his third Championship century since joining the county at the start of the season as he posted a new county record of 291 for the second wicket with Nick Selman, who was out for 99.
After their departure wickets fell regularly with leg-spinner Luke Wells finishing with a career-best 5 for 63 as Glamorgan were eventually bowled out for 466 just after tea. That left Sussex 27 overs to score 233 at 8.03 runs an over.
Sussex had nothing to lose but Phil Salt (5), the one batsman who could have given them hope of chasing their unlikely target, was caught off the splice when Marchant de Lange dropped short. Wells and Harry Finch took their score to 47 for 1 when the players shook hands on a draw with 14 overs remaining.
Glamorgan had begun the final day on 218 for 1 and Labuschagne and Selman quickly passed Glamorgan’s previous second-wicket record of 252, set by Matt Maynard and David Hemp against Northamptonshire in Cardiff in 2002.
Labuschagne batted for just under five hours until he got a thin under-edge to wicketkeeper Ben Brown to give Wells his first wicket. He hit 31 fours and faced 244 balls.
Selman had played the sheet anchor role to perfection but within touching distance of his hundred he was leg before to a full-length delivery just after David Wiese had taken the new ball. Selman, who had carried his bat in Glamorgan’s first innings, batted for 343 minutes, faced 252 balls and hit ten fours.
Sussex claimed two more wickets before lunch. Billy Root (2) edged Mir Hamza to slip and Wiese got some extra bounce and Kieran Carlson (0) was caught behind.
But any hopes they had of ending Glamorgan’s innings quickly disappeared in a flurry of attacking shots from Dan Douthwaite, who struck ten fours in making 63 off 55 balls, the first 50 coming off just 34 deliveries. He lost David Lloyd (17) when Wells returned to the attack and turned one past his bat but Douthwaite had lodged his Championship best when he edged Wells to Brown.
The lead was 182 at that stage but Glamorgan’s last three wickets added a further 50 runs with Tom Cullen finishing unbeaten on 28. Graham Wagg (25) was taken at short fine-leg off a top-edged sweep at Danny Briggs before Wells completed his five-for after tea with Marchant de Lange and Timm van der Gugten both lbw playing back.
Sussex take 13 points and Glamorgan 8.
Sussex - Luke Wells, Philip Salt, Harry Finch, Stiaan van Zyl, Laurie Evans, Ben Brown(c)(wk), David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Jared Warner, Mir Hamza
Glamorgan - Nick Selman, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, David Lloyd(c), Billy Root, Kiran Carlson, Dan Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Tom Cullen(wk), Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten
Veteran paceman Tim Murtagh steered Middlesex to their first Specsavers County Championship victory of the campaign – a 127 run success - with a six wicket haul against Worcestershire Blackfinch New Road.
Murtagh, who is 38 in August, struck twice before lunch, produced another triple breakthrough after the resumption and he went onto finish with figures of 6-51 and a match analysis of 35-16-76-8.
Worcestershire, who had been set a 353 target after Middlesex declared overnight, were bowled out for 225 in 73.3 overs.
It was the perfect return to county action for Murtagh after his recent international commitments with Ireland and the 33rd five wicket haul of his career.
Middlesex fully deserved their 20 point haul and fit again captain Dawid Malan produced the game’s outstanding batting performance with scores of 45 and 124 on a wicket where the ball nipped around over all four days.
For Worcestershire, opener Daryl Mitchell made a return to form for the home side with a defiant 129 ball half century and Ross Whiteley also produced strong resistance with a late order fifty.
But for the home side it was a second successive setback following the defeat at Lancashire and they were second best with bat and ball for the majority of the game.
Middlesex declared at their overnight total of 287-6 with John Simpson unbeaten on 30 and Toby Roland-Jones 11 not out.
Murtagh took the new ball and struck in successive overs.
Tom Fell (4) was undone by a ball which bounced on him and nicked to Sam Robson at first slip with five on the board.
Then George Rhodes departed lbw for a duck to a Murtagh delivery which nipped back sharply.
Mitchell and Callum Ferguson tried to rebuild the innings and the latter needed 21 balls to get off the mark before reeling off a succession of boundaries.
They steered Worcestershire to 91-2 at lunch but Murtagh came back into the attack after the resumption to re-assert a position of authority for Middlesex.
Ferguson (43) went for a drive to his first delivery of the afternoon from Murtagh and was pouched by Steve Eskinazi who held onto a head high catch at second slip.
Two balls later Riki Wessels (0) pushed forward and only succeeded in finding Malan in the gulley region.
Mitchell went to his half century – containing nine fours – with a single off Murtagh but in his next over dragged a delivery onto his stumps.
Murtagh had Whiteley dropped on 11 at third slip and the left hander profited from his let-off, mixing defence with some trademark attacking strokes.
The wickets continued to tumble at the other end with Ben Cox (14) and Ed Barnard (11) both caught behind off Tom Helm and Toby Roland-Jones respectively.
Victim number six for Murtagh came when he defeated the defensive push of Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach (11) who was bowled.
Whiteley’s half century came up from 90 deliveries with seven fours.
But the end came quickly as Josh Tongue (2) was taken at second slip off Helm and finally Whiteley, whose 112 ball knock contained nine fours, edged James Harris to first slip with 22.3 overs remaining.
Worcestershire - Daryl Mitchell, Tom Fell, George Rhodes, Callum Ferguson, Riki Wessels, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox(wk), Ed Barnard, Joe Leach(c), Josh Tongue, Charlie Morris
Middlesex - Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan(c), Stevie Eskinazi, John Simpson(wk), James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Tim Murtagh
Leicestershire - Ateeq Javid, Paul Horton(c), Hasan Azad, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill(wk), Dieter Klein, Will Davis, Chris Wright, Mohammad Abbas
Derbyshire - Billy Godleman(c), Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Tom Lace, Alex Hughes, Harvey Hosein(wk), Matthew Critchley, Anuj Dal, Logan van Beek, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul
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