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SpecSavers County Championship Live Match Updates | 16th June - 20th June

All the match updates from the latest round of Specsavers County Championship 2019 starting 16th June and finishing on 21st June.

Division One - 16th June - 21st June

Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford

Hampshire 118 & 88

Essex 214

Result - Essex won by an innings and eight runs

Simon Harmer claimed match figures of 12 for 61 as Essex annihilated Hampshire by an innings and eight runs – having bowled out the visitors for 118 and 88 inside five sessions.

Harmer, who collected analysis of five for 23 in the first innings, overwhelmed Hampshire once again by snatching seven for 38 – his third 10-wicket haul for the county, and fourth of his first-class career.

The spinner has now taken four five-wicket hauls in his six innings bowling at Chelmsford this season and has taken 42 scalps for the campaign – the highest in the country.

Essex, who have comfortably won all three of their Specsavers County Championship at home, move within seven points of Hampshire in second place in Division One, and boast a game in hand.

Essex had begun the day on 147 for three but were themselves bowled out before lunch, as they lost seven wickets for 67 runs, before Hampshire were given a tricky three over spell before lunch.

Only 17 balls of the three overs were bowled, though, before Tom Alsop was lbw to Jamie Porter, and after lunch the floodgates collapsed in catastrophic style for Hampshire.

India Test star Ajinkya Rahane was caught behind for a duck for the second time in the match to the first ball of the resumption – it was the first time he had been dismissed for a pair in first-class cricket in his career.

Off-spinner Harmer was then brought into the attack in the fourth over, originally to replace Sam Cook who was forced to walk off the ground with what appeared to be a back issue mid-way through his second over.

And he needed just five balls to have Sam Northeast stumped, the Hampshire stand-in captain losing his bearings after hitting into the ground.

Rilee Rossouw aggressively swiped to point and Aneurin Donald swept to mid-wicket – both caught by Beard.

South African Harmer then completed his second five-for in the match when James Fuller was lbw and Keith Barker edged to Sir Alastair Cook at first slip in three balls – to leave Hampshire 32 for seven.

Opener Weatherley, who carried his bat for 29, and Abbott provided some respite with a 29-run stand for the eighth wicket, before the latter chipped to mid-off.

Harmer rounded off the victory as Mason Crane was caught in comedy style as Adam Wheater dropped the chance onto his own foot before kicking to Ryan ten Doeschate at short leg and Fidel Edwards was lbw.

Earlier, Essex batsmen Ravi Bopara and Dan Lawrence took their partnership to 105 runs, before the former was leg before to Fuller without playing a shot for a well-made 59.

Lawrence celebrated his second Championship half-century of the season from 108 deliveries before he was the first of Abbott’s four victims – as Hampshire began to assert huge pressure on the hosts.

Wheater, playing against his former county, and Harmer were Abbott’s next casualties as they were also struck on the pads in front.

Edwards grabbed two wickets in two balls as he knocked back Aaron Beard’s off stump with a yorker before ten Doeschate was caught behind by a full-length dive by Alsop.

Abbott ended the Essex innings when he had Sam Cook lbw – the seventh leg before of the innings, a Hampshire record – to end with figures of four for 54.

Essex - Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate(c), Adam Wheater(wk), Simon Harmer, Aaron Beard, Jamie Porter, Sam Cook

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

Yorkshire v Warwickshire

Yorkshire 259 and  211

Warwickshire 254 and 219-7

Result - Warwickshire won by 3 wickets

Warwickshire’s Specsavers County Championship resurgence continued as former Yorkshire opener Will Rhodes and Dom Sibley starred in a largely confident, but late on nervy, final day pursuit of 217 at York’s Clifton Park.

The Bears, who had lost their first three Division One matches this season, are now unbeaten in their last three, including two victories, after Rhodes hit 83 and in-form opening partner Sibley 81.

This win, completed with three wickets to spare and 10 overs remaining, yielded 21 points and elevated them into sixth place.

But Sibley fell to a stunning one-handed diving catch at mid-off from Steve Patterson off left-arm spinner James Logan, the 21-year-old who claimed his first four first-class victims in his second game as Warwickshire lost a late six for 49 to slip to 215 for seven before Jeetan Patel hit the winning runs.

Fourth-placed Yorkshire suffered their first defeat in seven games, a particular disappointment for them given this was the first county game in York since 1890.

Rhodes, who hit 26 off an afternoon over from former team-mate Jack Leaning, and Sibley did the bulk of the leg work on a pitch which slowed up through the four days and proved tough to score on for the majority of time.

Sibley, who hit 67 in the first innings, and ex-White Rose left-hander Rhodes shared 132 inside 37 overs for the first wicket either side of lunch, Warwickshire’s highest opening partnership of the season.

Rhodes hit nine fours and three sixes in 107 balls and Sibley nine fours and a six in 167.

Rhodes swapped Headingley for Edgbaston ahead of 2018, but he still plays league cricket at nearby Stamford Bridge. All three of his sixes came off Leaning’s off-spin in the 31st over, reaching 50 in the process.

Warwickshire, 80 without loss at the start of the over, went on to score 40 off the next three before Rhodes was bowled off an inside-edge by David Willey.

However, Sibley continued his partner’s good work after tea.

An opener in fine form with 721 first-class runs this season, he is emerging as a late Ashes contender and was watched by the ECB’s technical director Andy Flower.

He reached his second fifty of the match off 122 balls in the final over of the afternoon and later flicked Ben Coad for six over backward square-leg to take the score beyond 150 for one before the late wobble raised home hopes.

Earlier, Yorkshire advanced their second innings from 178 for seven overnight, leading by 183, to 211 all out, including Patel’s 700th and 701st wickets in all formats for Warwickshire. 

Seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby, like Rhodes, also started his career with Yorkshire, and he took the first wicket by forcing Patterson to chop on.

Hannon-Dalby, celebrating his 30th birthday, finished with four wickets and a career best match haul of nine for 137.

Visiting captain Patel also picked up four wickets having bowled Logan and trapped Leaning lbw for 65 on the slog sweep.

Ex-New Zealand off-spinner Patel signed for Warwickshire in 2009, six years after spending a season with York.

Leaning, a current York player, grafted hard in 187 balls and advanced from 47 overnight.

Warwickshire’s chase started with 76 overs remaining, and they reached lunch on 20 without loss from eleven as Rhodes and Sibley blunted new ball pair of Patterson and Ben Coad.

After lunch, the pair began to expand as they surpassed their previous high stand of 58 in the first innings of the draw against Surrey at Edgbaston last month.

Yorkshire claimed five points from this fixture.

Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Will Fraine, Gary Ballance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jack Leaning, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), David Willey, Jordan Thompson, Steven Patterson(c), Ben Coad, James Logan

Warwickshire - Will Rhodes, Dominic Sibley, Rob Yates, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Matthew Lamb, Tim Ambrose(wk), Craig Miles, Jeetan Patel(c), Liam Norwell, Oliver Hannon-Dalby

Kent v Nottinghamshire

Kent 309 and 363-5

Nottinghamshire 267 and 120

Result - Kent won by 285 runs

 Kent skittled Nottinghamshire inside two sessions to land an impressive 285-run win on the final day of their Specsavers County Championship match in Tunbridge Wells.

Having set the East Midlands’ county an improbable victory target of 406, Kent set about rolling over the first division’s basement side inside 60 overs to land their second win of the summer. The hosts banked 22 points, while Nottinghamshire travelled north with only five.

Kent had Harry Podmore, the former Middlesex seamer, to thank for the win after his five for 41 return, but Ollie Rayner, the off-spinner making his Kent debut after agreeing a three-month loan from the same county, also played a key role with a mid-afternoon stint of 16-12-13-2.

At the day’s start, Kent batted on for nine overs to add a further 86 to their overnight total of 277 for three.

Joe Denly pressed the run-rate accelerator from the off, clattering another 56 off only 30 balls with five sixes and three fours to finish unbeaten on 167 from his 273 minutes at the crease overall.

He lost Heino Kuhn for 42, bowled by off-spinner Matt Carter, and Ollie Robinson, well caught at backward point for just a single as Kent’s dash for runs stumbled, albeit briefly.

Kent’s declaration left them 90 minutes and two full sessions to dismiss the visitors, but they duly wrapped up the win by tea with Podmore to the fore.   

Ben Duckett, the former England left-hander, lauded for his aggressive batting, received a life with his score on 15 when Zak Crawley spilled a low chance at third slip off Podmore. Yet, the opportunity cost only 10 runs as Duckett chased another full one outside off stump to be caught behind.

Four overs later, Podmore removed the experienced Chris Nash to a fine low catch by keeper Robinson, diving to his right then, five balls later, the bowler snared Joe Clarke leg before for a duck after a late and ill-judged decision to shoulder arms.

Grant Stewart took over at the Railway End and struck with his 14th delivery by having Samit Patel caught at square cover off a leaden-footed and imprudent back-foot force that left Nottinghamshire in trouble on 56 for four at lunch.

Kent’s dominance continued in the mid-session as Ollie Rayner, the Middlesex loanee, held court from the Railway End with a tenacious spell, the last five overs of which were maidens.

Rayner took his maiden wicket for Kent by turning one away from Ben Slater and feathering the edge for a catch behind. The off-spinner also had James Pattinson caught in the gulley from an over-ambitious drive.

Wiaan Mulder chipped in with the wicket of visiting skipper Steven Mullaney, leg before to a yorker, then Podmore and Grant Stewart, with two for 13, returned to polish the job off.

With his side adrift at the bottom of the table and already facing the threat of relegation, Notts captain Mullaney pulled no punches. He said: “There’s no arguing with that result and it feels like an interview on repeat, but once again we’ve not been good enough with the bat and were hit and miss with the ball.

“We hade them 120 for six in their first innings and let them score 300, we fought well on day two through Samit and ‘Nashy’, but today was just embarrassing. We’ve got to the point now where we have to looks at ourselves. 

“On paper, we have a good team, but we’re not preforming. The odds are against us but we’re going to have to win a few of our last seven games to give ourselves a chance.

“It’s not quite a car crash yet, but our decision making has been poor. We’ve been the worst team in this division by a long stretch in the opening seven games. At the end of the day you get what you deserve in this game, and we deserve to be bottom.”

In praise of Podmore, Matt Walker, the Kent coach, said: “When Harry joined us from Middlesex last year he wanted a new home, he wanted to be loved if you like, and we gave him the responsibility to lead our attack. He lived up to that challenge today.

“He’s thrived on the challenge. In many way’s Harry’s a bit old school, in that he doesn’t move like an athlete and he gets frustrated when he doesn’t take wickets, but he grew up very quickly last summer playing a support role to Matt Henry.

“He now sticks to his guns, bowls top of off all day long, challenging people’s defences with good skills. He’s become our glue bowler.”

Kent - Sean Dickson, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn(c), Ollie Robinson(wk), Wiaan Mulder, Grant Stewart, Ollie Rayner, Harry Podmore, Matthew Milnes

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

Division Two - 16th June - 21st June

Worcestershire v Sussex

Worcestershire 383 and 82 - 2

Sussex 255 and 424

Result - Match Drawn

Sussex newcomer Aaron Thomason scored a superb 90 on his first class debut to frustrate Worcestershire’s last day push for victory in the drawn Specsavers County Championship match at Kidderminster.

Thomason, signed earlier this month from Warwickshire, came to the wicket with Sussex on 314-8 20 minutes before lunch – a lead of 186 and still nearly 70 overs remaining.

But he batted with great authority and shepherded last man Abidine Sakande in adding 82 for the final wicket to take the game away from the home side.

It was a record 10th wicket partnership for Sussex in matches against Worcestershire.

Thomason, who played only white ball cricket during his spell at Edgbaston, was eventually last out – bowled by Brett D’Oliveira – after hitting four sixes and 11 fours in his 115 ball knock.

He kept the strike so effectively that Sakande, who ended on five not out, faced just 26 balls during a stand spanning 18.5 overs.

The outcome might have been so different had Worcestershire keeper Ben Cox been able to hold onto a difficult chance away to his left offered by Thomason when on two off Ed Barnard.

Worcestershire were left a target of 297 in 40 overs and lost the wickets of Josh Dell (15) and Callum Ferguson (13) in reaching 82-2 before the two sides shook hands with Daryl Mitchell unbeaten on 34.

Sussex had resumed on 236-5 and Worcestershire made encouraging early progress.

Laurie Evans added only seven more runs to his overnight 106 after Sussex resumed on 236-5 before he edged Ross Whiteley through to keeper Ben Cox.

It ended a partnership of 61 with David Weise.

The second new ball became due after 13 overs and brought two further breakthroughs.

Worcestershire club captain Joe Leach struck in his second over when Wiese (47) was trapped lbw.

The 300 came up in the 97th over before Chris Jordan (8) also became an lbw victim to Ed Barnard at 314-8.

At that juncture it all pointed towards a potential Worcestershire victory and a further scalp came just after the resumption when Ollie Robinson (23) cut a short ball from Whiteley to backward point.

But Thomason had other ideas and, with the support of Sakande, ensured that an early finish was the likely outcome.



Leicestershire v Gloucestershire

Leicestershire 487 and 211-0

Gloucestershire 571

Result - Match drawn   

Leicestershire - Hasan Azad, Paul Horton(c), Neil Dexter, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill(wk), Dieter Klein, Will Davis, Chris Wright, Mohammad Abbas

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

Derbyshire v Lancashire

Derbyshire 153 and 84

Lancashire 236 and  4 - 0

Result - Lancashire won by 10 wickets

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

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

Middlesex v Glamorgan

Middlesex 410 and 125 - 4

Glamorgan 288

Result - Match Drawn

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

Glamorgan - Nick Selman, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, David Lloyd(c), Billy Root, Owen Morgan, Tom Cullen(wk), Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten, Lukas Carey

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