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SpecSavers County Championship Live Match Updates - 10th June - 14th June

Durhams Cameron Bancroft in action
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All the match updates from the latest round of Specsavers County Championship 2019 starting 9th June and finishing on 14th June.

Division One - 9th June - 14th June

Nottinghamshire v Hampshire

Match Summary

Nottinghamshire 162 all out

Hampshire 93 - 2 (33.0 overs)

Result - Match Drawn

With no improvement in the conditions there was no possibility of any play on the final day of Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Hampshire at Welbeck.

Heavy rain had prevented any play on the second and third day of the match and the saturated outfield and the likelihood of further showers prompted umpires Nick Cook and Paul Pollard to call off the contest shortly after 9.45am.

Both sides picked up five points for the draw, with Hampshire also claiming three bonus points for their bowling efforts on the opening day when they dismissed Notts for 162, with Kyle Abbott picking up figures of six for 37.

Hampshire had replied with 93 for two before the inclement weather prevented any further play. The south coast side are next in action on Sunday, when they travel to Chelmsford to face Essex.

Sam Northeast, the Hampshire captain, reflected that there was nothing else that anyone could have done to get more play in on the club ground.

The outcome does little to help his side close the gap on Division One leaders Somerset.

“It is what it is,” he said. “It’s the English weather and there is so much cricket left still, so you can’t really be looking at other teams and what they are doing.

“It’s a shame that we couldn’t have a good game of cricket here, so we move on.”

Notts remain at the foot of the Division One table ahead of Monday’s clash against Kent at Tunbridge Wells.

“We’ve got five points from the game but we know we need to improve rapidly if we are to get up that table,” said Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney.

“We’re now looking forward to going down to Tunbridge Wells for the next match and putting a good show on against Kent.”

Nottinghamshire - Ben Slater, Ben Duckett, Chris Nash, Joe Clarke, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney(c), Tom Moores(wk), James Pattinson, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball

Hampshire - Joe Weatherley, Oliver Soames, Ajinkya Rahane, Sam Northeast(c), Rilee Rossouw, Tom Alsop(wk), James Fuller, Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott, Fidel Edwards, Mason Crane

Kent v Somerset

Day 2 - Match Summary

Kent 139 and 59

Somerset 169 and 30-0

Result - Somerset won by 10 wickets

Kent lost their last eight wickets inside 46 minutes as Specsavers County Championship leaders Somerset dodged the showers to clinch a dramatic 10-wicket win on a rain-affected final day in Canterbury.

The West Country county feared any potential victory dash would be thwarted by yet more rain. Having already lost the first and third days of this first division match to bad weather, the players could only look on as showers returned to wipe out a further 33 overs of the fourth and final morning.

But the clouds finally moved on and the drizzle abated enabling a 1.45pm re-start that inspired Somerset and their right-arm seamer, Lewis Gregory, in particular.

Fresh from a first-innings career-best of six for 32, Gregory mopped up five for 21 as Kent’s last eight wickets fell for 27 runs in the space of 62 balls.   

Resuming their second-innings of 24 for two from day two of the game – an overall match deficit of six runs – Kent soon found themselves in even deeper in trouble.

The hosts were only two runs ahead overall when Harry Podmore, Kent’s night watchman, played back and across the line to Jack Brooks and became the 11th leg before victim of the game.

Gregory then grabbed centre stage with three more, quickfire wickets to secure only his second 10-wicket match haul in first-class cricket as well as sensational best-ever match figures of 11 for 53.

Gregory had Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn and Alex Blake all caught in the slip cordon, while Jamie Overton chipped in by having Sean Dickson caught at slip for a battling top-score of 22.

Ollie Robinson and veteran Darren Stevens moved Kent’s score beyond their all-time lowest total against Somerset – 55 scored at Tonbridge in 1926 – before Stevens and Grant Stewart both fell lbw in a double-wicket maiden from Craig Overton.

Gregory duly landed the coup de grâce and took deserved possession of the match ball by having Robinson well caught by keeper Steve Davies off a thick inside edge.

Kent’s capitulation left Somerset to score 30 for their fifth win of six starts, which openers Azhar Ali and Tom Abell achieved at the canter within 40 balls and without loss of wickets.

Somerset banked 19 points while Kent took only three from their fourth defeat of the season. 

Kent - Sean Dickson, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly(c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn, Ollie Robinson(wk), Alex Blake, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Harry Podmore, Matthew Milnes

Somerset - Azhar Ali, Tom Abell(c), James Hildreth, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Steve Davies(wk), Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jack Leach, Jack Brooks

Surrey v Yorkshire

Match Summary

Surrey 313 all out

Yorkshire 148 and 30-0

Result - Match Drawn

Morne Morkel took three wickets in his first two overs and Jordan Clark, on his Surrey championship debut, was close to bagging a hat-trick in his own opening over of the day as Yorkshire were bowled out for 148 and asked to follow on at Guildford.

But the loss to rain and bad light of a total of 56.3 overs in the day – including the match being called off 20.3 overs early at 5pm when more rain arrived – eventually allowed Yorkshire to secure the draw at 30 for no wicket from 13.3 overs in their second innings.

They had followed on with 38 overs left in the game and 165 runs behind Surrey, who had scored 313 in their first innings of a match which, in all, saw more than six sessions lost to bad weather, including Monday’s opening day wash-out.

Indeed, just 26 overs were possible in the first two sessions of day four, due to heavy showers, but initially Yorkshire crumbled to 95 for 7 in the 12.3 overs bowled in the morning, after play had begun on time, with the visitors losing six wickets for 37 runs before an early lunch was taken at 12.45pm.

Play did not re-start until 2.30pm, as rain continued to fall, but Rikki Clarke picked up the wicket of Steven Patterson for 6 and Morkel clean bowled Ben Coad for a duck to give himself figures of 4 for 43. A last wicket stand of 34 in 5.1 overs between Jordan Thompson, who had earlier survived Clark’s hat-trick ball, and No 11 Duanne Olivier delayed Surrey for a while – but Morkel then hung on to a fine catch at long leg to dismiss Thompson for a hard-hit 34.

Resuming on 58 for 1, Yorkshire saw Gary Ballance fall to the final day’s first ball when the Specsavers County Championship’s leading run-scorer edged a lifter from South African pace ace Morkel to gully to go for 6.

In his second over Morkel removed both opener Will Fraine, who had gone from his overnight 17 to 25 before edging behind, and Jack Leaning for 4. Keeper Ben Foakes this time dived to his right to scoop up a brilliant low catch when Leaning nicked another fine ball from the rampant Morkel, who had suddenly reduced Yorkshire to 79 for 4 with his first, eighth and twelfth balls of the morning.

Worse, however, was to follow for Yorkshire when 28-year-old seamer Clark replaced Morkel at the Pavilion End. Clark, who last summer claimed what many reckon to be the greatest hat-trick in cricket history when, playing for Lancashire against Yorkshire at Old Trafford, he dismissed Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow , struck with his fourth ball when Jonny Tattersall, on 7, slashed a thick edge to first slip where Clarke took a fine catch above his head.

Then, with his next ball, Clark saw Dom Bess smartly caught low down by Clarke as he pushed defensively and there was just time for Thompson to jam down late on the hat-trick ball to stifle what would have been a concerted Surrey appeal for lbw before a rain shower drove the players off for a ten-minute interruption.

At that stage Yorkshire had lost five wickets for 35 runs in 8.5 overs and, when play resumed, Clarke had Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught for 14 off what looked to be glove and hip by Foakes as he tried to leg glance a short ball. That was 93 for 7 and, three overs later, more rain arrived to delay proceedings until mid-afternoon.

Thompson, the 22-year-old all-rounder on his first-class debut, drove Clarke high for six and also struck five fours before hooking Matt Dunn to Morkel, while Olivier twice hit Clark to the cover boundary to contribute 13 not out to the bright and breezy tenth wicket stand.

Surrey take 11 points from the draw and Yorkshire 8.

Surrey - Dean Elgar, Mark Stoneman, Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel, Ben Foakes(c)(wk), Jamie Smith, Will Jacks, Rikki Clarke, Jordan Clark, Morne Morkel, Matt Dunn

Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Will Fraine, Gary Balance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Dom Bess, Jordan Thompson, Steven Patterson(c), Ben Coad, Duanne Olivier

Division Two - 10th June - 14th June

Durham v Northamptonshire

Match Summary

Durham 253 all out

Northamptonshire 254-6

Result - Match Drawn 

Torrential rain in the north east prevented any further play in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two match between Durham and Northamptonshire, resulting in the contest ending in a draw at Emirates Riverside.

No play was possible on day three as the weather closed in, leaving the outfield sodden. The rain continued through the night and into Thursday morning. The decision was made early on day four to abandon the match.

Northamptonshire remain in ninth place in the Division Two table after collecting 10 points, while Durham are one spot below them, residing on the bottom after earning nine points from the contest.

Durham - Alex Lees, Michael Jones, Cameron Bancroft(c), Gareth Harte, Jack Burnham, Liam Trevaskis, Ned Eckersley(wk), Ben Raine, Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, Chris Rushworth

Northamptonshire - Ben Curran, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Alex Wakely, Temba Bavuma, Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington(c)(wk), Luke Procter, Brett Hutton, Matt Coles, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson

Leicestershire v Middlesex

Leicestershire 36 3

Match Drawn

Leicestershire - Hasan Azad, Paul Horton(c), Neil Dexter, Sam Evans, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Harry Dearden, Harry Swindells(wk), Dieter Klein, Chris Wright, Mohammad Abbas

Middlesex - Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Stevie Eskinazi, Dawid Malan(c), Paul Stirling, George Scott, John Simpson(wk), Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh

Worcestershire v Lancashire

Match Summary

Worcestershire 98 all out

Lancashire - 110-3

Result - Match Drawn

Heavy overnight rain led to the inevitable abandonment of Worcestershire’s Specsavers County Championship clash with Lancashire at Blackfinch New Road today.

Only 71.3 overs were bowled out of a possible 384 during the four days.

Ground-staff carried out mopping up operations after a brief break in the downpours.

But the rain returned and left umpires Rob Bailey and Mark Newell with no choice but to call the game off shortly after lunch at 1.45pm.

Leaders Lancashire had to be content with eight points and Worcestershire six points.

The unbeaten visitors had dominated the short periods of play that were possible.

They bowled Worcestershire out for 98 on the first day and then replied with 110-3 when play was able to resume on the third day.

For Lancashire it was more frustration with the elements after the rain-affected matches with Gloucestershire at Cheltenham and Leicestershire at Old Trafford.

But they remain unbeaten after six games heading into Monday’s encounter with Derbyshire.

Worcestershire will reflect on another below-par batting performance.

First Team Coach Alex Gidman had rejigged the batting order in dropping George Rhodes and Tom Fell, recalling Josh Dell and promoting Ed Barnard up the order.

But, although encountering some high quality bowling from Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions, the shot selection of some of their batsmen was also questionable.

Worcestershire will now look to end a three game sequence without a win with another home clash against Sussex starting on Monday.

Worcestershire - Daryl Mitchell, Joshua Dell, Callum Ferguson, Riki Wessels, Ross Whiteley, Ben Cox(wk), Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Joe Leach(c), Adam Finch, Charlie Morris

Lancashire - Keaton Jennings, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Rob Jones, Liam Livingstone, Dane Vilas(c)(wk), Steven Croft, Josh Bohannon, Graham Onions, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson

Sussex v Gloucestershire

Match Summary

Sussex 351 - 8 dec

Gloucestershire 444 - 6 dec

Result - Match Drawn

Gloucestershire’s Gareth Roderick ended a three-year wait for a Specsavers County Championship century as his side drew their Division Two match with Sussex at Arundel.

The 27-year-old South African made 158 – his first hundred outside Gloucestershire since 2013 – and Ryan Higgins weighed in with a career-best 119 not out as their side made 444 for 6 declared in reply to Sussex’s 351 for 8 declared before the teams shook hands at 4.50pm. Both sides take 10 points and Sussex remain third in the table with Gloucestershire fifth.

With more than five sessions lost to rain over the four days and the pitch offering little pace or carry, the final day was always destined to be a battle for bonus points but Roderick and Higgins accelerated during the afternoon session to add 136 in 27 overs and ensure Gloucestershire collected a fourth batting point.

Roderick, 51 not out overnight, made steady progress towards his sixth first-class hundred, which he reached with an on-drive off Chris Jordan shortly after lunch that brought him his 11th boundary.

He pressed the accelerator thereafter, making his next 50 runs off just 44 balls before departing to Ollie Robinson when he was caught behind driving at a ball outside off stump he might have left alone. Roderick had batted for five hours 23 minutes, faced 286 balls and hit 15 fours and a six.

Higgins had scored 103 against Glamorgan at Newport earlier this month and batted positively throughout, although he should have been dismissed on 26 when the normally reliable Chris Jordan put him down at slip off Danny Briggs.

The 24-year-old reached the third hundred of his career after tea by driving part-time seamer Laurie Evans to the extra cover boundary for the ninth of his 11 boundaries and he also hit two sixes. He faced 147 balls.

Sussex employed ten bowlers during the day with Robinson even sending down a couple of overs of off breaks and Wells switching from leg spin to seam-up to send down the last over of the match with Danny Briggs keeping wicket.

But their attack took just three wickets in the day, two of them by Robinson, who now has 24 for the season and is Sussex’s leading wicket-taker despite only playing in four of their six games because of a shoulder injury.

Robinson had struck with his second delivery with the second new ball when Jack Taylor (9) was bowled pushing forward just before lunch.

Roderick put on 74 for the fourth wicket during the morning session with Benny Howell, who was leg before half-forward to leg-spinner Will Beer for 29.

Sussex - Luke Wells, Will Beer, Harry Finch, Stiaan van Zyl, Laurie Evans, Ben Brown(c)(wk), David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Ollie Robinson, Danny Briggs, Abidine Sakande

Gloucestershire - Miles Hammond, Chris Dent(c), James Bracey, Gareth Roderick(wk), Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren, David Payne, Matt Taylor, Chadd Sayers

Glamorgan v Derbyshire

Match Summary

Glamorgan 394 and 184 - 2

Derbyshire 598 - 5 wickets dec

Result - Match Drawn

Glamorgan - Nick Selman, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, David Lloyd(c), Billy Root, Dan Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Tom Cullen(wk), Owen Morgan, Lukas Carey, Michael Hogan

Derbyshire - Luis Reece, Billy Godleman(c), Wayne Madsen, Tom Lace, Alex Hughes, Harvey Hosein(wk), Matthew Critchley, Leus du Plooy, Logan van Beek, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul

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