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Specsavers County Championship – Live Match Updates – July 6th – July 10th 2019

Specsavers County Championship – Live Match Updates – July 6th – July 10th 2019
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All the match updates from the latest round of Specsavers County Championship 2019 starting July 6th and finishing on July 10th 2019


Division One

Essex v Yorkshire, Chelmsford (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Essex (328 & 94-2) beat Yorkshire (208 & 211) by eight wickets

The normally obdurate Nick Browne hammered two sixes in his unbeaten 33 that helped Essex to the summit of the Specsavers County Championship, albeit briefly while erstwhile leaders Somerset complete their current fixture.

Set 92 to win for their sixth win in seven matches, Essex got home with a full day and eight wickets to spare. If you are a betting person you can use free bet calculator to guage the match predictions.

However, there were a few squeaks along the way: they lost Sir Alastair Cook with just 22 on the board. The former England captain had been dropped at first slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore off Steven Patterson before he had scored. But lightning did not strike twice as he departed to the same combination for six.

Browne and Tom Westley showed aggressive intent by launching straight sixes as they upped the tempo after tea. But that aggression proved to be Westley’s downfall when he had a rush of blood against Keshav Maharaj and was stumped by Jonathan Tattersall for 31 from 43 balls.

The end came in the 22nd over of the innings when Dan Lawrence, who finished on 18, hit Duane Olivier for his third four.

Essex have now won all five of their Championship fixtures at Chelmsford so far this season; this was the fourth settled inside three days. They look to maintain their 100 per cent home record when Warwickshire visit on Saturday.

That Essex had such a comparatively tricky target to chase down was largely due to a spectacular and entertaining innings of 85 off 71 balls by Maharaj, the South African all-rounder signed on a short-term contract which ends next week.

Entering at 81 for six, still 39 runs behind, Maharaj was ninth out but not before he had clobbered five sixes and seven four in taking the score to 193 when he left the scene of carnage. He took a particular liking to Simon Harmer, walloping him for four towering maximum, two of them threatening spectators in the Chelmsford Pavilion.

He was reprieved on 43. Peter Siddle was the culprit on the midwicket boundary, but made amends by finally ended Maharaj’s fun and posting figures of four for 32. Jamie Porter chipped in with three for 62 and Harmer an uncharacteristically expensive three for 72.

Much, much earlier on the third day, Adam Lyth managed to add just five runs in a dozen balls to his overnight nine from 57 before he has pinned lbw on his back foot by Porter.

The lefthanded opener was swiftly followed by Harry Brook, who lasted 39 balls for 12 before he was also lbw to a straight one to become Siddle’s third victim of the innings.

With half the side gone, and less than halfway to their immediate target of 120, the end looked nigh. But the sixth-wicket pair of Tattersall and Matt Fisher weighed anchor for 12 overs while reducing the deficit by 33 runs.

But having shown a high degree of patience, Tattersall fell into a well-baited Harmer trap. He stretched forward and the ball popped off an inside edge to Dan Lawrence at leg slip. Tattersall stood admonishing himself for longer than was probably necessary before kicking the ground on his way off.

Maharaj decided to try and hit Harmer out of the attack, pulling him for four and a six into the Pavilion in one over. A swept four by Maharaj in Harmer’s next over took the score into three-figures.

Fisher’s 63-ball stay ended when Harmer switched to around the wicket and got one to turn prodigiously to gain an inside edge and another lbw decision.

The big-hitting Maharaj, refuelled after lunch, added a fourth boundary to take the scores level with 53 overs gone, and then pulled Porter through midwicket for a fifth.

Patterson offered some support as Yorkshire began the fightback before he edged Porter to Cook at first slip.

Maharaj was undeterred and hit Harmer for a straight six that threatened the press box. Next ball, he was reprieved on the boundary when the ball slipped through Siddle’s hands and over the ropes. A second maximum in the over took Maharaj to his half-century from 46 balls. A fourth six landed on the Pavilion roof.

Nor was Porter immune from the carnage. He was deposited high over long leg for six No5.

The fifty partnership for the ninth wicket took just 37 balls with Ben Coad contributing 10 runs and Maharaj 42. Siddle made up for his fielding error when he had Maharaj playing on. Porter wrapped up the innings with his 300th first-class wicket for Essex when Coad edged to Cook.

Essex - Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Rishi Patel, Ryan ten Doeschate(c), Adam Wheater(wk), Simon Harmer, Peter Siddle, Aaron Beard, Jamie Porter

Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Will Fraine, Gary Balance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Harry Brook, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Matt Fisher, Keshav Maharaj, Steven Patterson(c), Ben Coad, Duanne Olivier

Hampshire v Warwickshire, Southampton (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Hampshire 539 and 171-8 dec

Warwickshire 307 and  347-8

Result - Match Drawn

Sam Hain’s second century in the match and Ben Mike and Jeetan Patel’s brave half-centuries handed Warwickshire an unlikely Specsavers County Championship draw against Hampshire.

Batsman Hain hadn’t scored a first-class hundred for three years coming into the match but after 129 not out in the first innings and 104 in the second appears to have found red-ball form.

He was brilliantly partnered by Leicestershire loanee Mike, who claimed his maiden half century, in a 120-run partnership, as they frustrated Hampshire before skipper Patel led another long partnership with fellow tailender Henry Brookes completed the incredible rear-guard performance.

The draw means Warwickshire edged further away from the relegation place, as they took 10 points from the match, while Hampshire’s title hopes took another huge dent despite a 13-point haul.

Hampshire had looked on course for their fourth Championship victory of the season as they needed seven wickets on the final day at the Ageas Bowl.

Abbott had taken three wickets in a galvanic evening period on day three, which accounted for both openers, Dominic Sibley and Will Rhodes, and nightwatchman Olly Stone.

And he almost began the final day in style as Sam Hain edged behind but was spilled by a diving Lewis McManus.

Six overs later, Abbott bowled Rob Yates while coming around the wicket to sneak between bat and pad.

In his next over, Adam Hose made the mistake of leaving a straight delivery from Abbott – that left the visitors 52 for five and Abbott with figures of five for 78, his fourth five-wicket haul of the season.

Hain, who had scored a century in the first innings, frustrated Hampshire with a 51-run stand with Tim Ambrose for the sixth wicket.

But Keith Barker was rewarded for accurate bowling in both innings against his former county as Ambrose edged to Ajinkya Rahane at second slip.

Hain passed 50 for the second time in the match in 77 balls as he teamed up with Mike for the seventh wicket.

They provided Hampshire an incredible amount of frustration as they battled through the entire afternoon session as the pair scored 120 in 40 overs, to hand the away side a glimmer of hope.

Hain reached his second hundred of the game, the first Warwickshire player to do so on the road since Ian Bell at Lancashire in 2004, in 188 balls – having not scored three figures in the Championship for three years prior to this match.

Mike moved to his personal best score of 68 not out, having reach his maiden half century in 89 balls.

But the Mike and Hain vigil ended when Ian Holland, with three overs still to bowl until the second new ball, found Mike’s outside edge to be caught behind.

Organ then found a ball to turn out the rough and into the stumps to finally dismiss Hain in the match.

But the second new ball didn’t hand Hampshire the wickets they desired as Patel crunched his first fifty since 2017, in 53 balls.

Patel, with Brookes, held their ground for almost two hours, and 27 overs, to put on 112 for the ninth wicket to secure the draw, with hands shaken with a ball to spare.

Hampshire - Felix Organ, Ian Holland, Ajinkya Rahane, Sam Northeast(c), Rilee Rossouw, Aneurin Donald, Lewis McManus(wk), Gareth Berg, Keith Barker, Kyle Abbott, Fidel Edwards

Warwickshire - Dominic Sibley, Will Rhodes, Rob Yates, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Tim Ambrose(wk), Ben Mike, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel(c), Olly Stone, Oliver Hannon-Dalby

Somerset v Nottinghamshire, Taunton (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Somerset 326 and 169

Nottinghamshire - 241-9 and 122

Result - Somerset won by 132 runs

Jack Leach and Jamie Overton claimed four wickets each as Somerset retained a 15-point lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship with a 132-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Taunton.

Chasing a target of 255 to win, the visitors were bowled out for 122, England left-arm spinner Leach taking four for 42 and paceman Overton four for 24 as only R Ashwin, with 41, offered much resistance.

Earlier, Somerset had been bowled out for 169 in their second innings, Notts left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White marking his first class debut with an impressive five for 73, while Ashwin returned five for 59

Azhar Ali’s battling 65 not out enabled the hosts to set a challenging target on a pitch offering some turn, but not nearly as difficult to bat on as the scores suggested.

The day began with Somerset seven for one and looking to build on a 92-run lead. They had progressed to 56 when Tom Abell, on 24, middled a low full toss from Ashwin and Ben Slater, turning away at short leg, took a remarkable catch.

The home side then imploded with a series of poor shots against Ashwin and Patterson-White. James Hildreth set the tone, giving Ashwin the charge and edging to wicketkeeper Tom Moores.

Patterson-White claimed his maiden Championship wicket when Tom Banton was lbw playing back to a ball that was too full and quickly followed up by bowling George Bartlett, who made the same error.

Steve Davies fell leg-before pushing forward to Ashwin and by lunch Somerset had plunged to 108 for six, a lead of 193.

With only a run added after the break, Lewis Gregory tamely chipped a catch to mid-on off to give Patterson-White his third wicket. The fourth came when Dom Bess was lbw attempting to sweep.

Azhar was battling away at the other end, moving to a priceless half-century off 157 balls. Overton provided sensible support in a key ninth-wicket stand of 51, which took some momentum away from Notts.

Ashwin had him caught behind for 24 and after Patterson-White quickly sent back last man Leach, the debutant was allowed to lead his team from the field.

Soon Leach was weaving his magic from the same end, taking the new ball for the second over and pinning Jake Libby lbw with his first delivery.

Slater fell to a fine juggling catch by Banton at short-leg off Leach and tea was taken with Notts 31 for two, requiring a further 224.

Overton opened up after the interval from the Somerset Pavilion End and soon had Moores taken at slip for 22.

Steven Mullaney joined Ashwin in a composed stand of 32, ended by a superb left-handed catch at full-stretch by Hildreth at leg slip off Bess to send back Mullaney.

Samit Patel, who had travelled down to replace concussion victim Chris Nash, could make only a single before driving at Leach and edging a sharp catch to Hildreth, this time at second slip.

It became 95 for six when Ashwin, who had batted soundly, chipped Leach to George Bartlett at mid-on, who took a low catch diving forward.

Somerset had fielded brilliantly and next it was Gregory diving on the backward point boundary to hold a chance offered by Ben Duckett, off the fiery Overton.

Luke Fletcher skied Bess to mid-off and Patterson-White was bowled by Overton, who also cleaned up Jake Ball to end the game shortly after the extra half hour was taken.

Somerset took 22 points and Notts 4.

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

Nottinghamshire - Jake Libby, Ben Slater, Chris Nash, Ben Duckett, Steven Mullaney(c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Tom Moores(wk), Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, Liam Patterson-White, Jake Ball

Surrey v Kent, Kia Oval, London (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Surrey 271-9 and 218

Kent – 369 and 125-5

Result - Kent won by 5 wickets

Kent overcame some jitters to beat Surrey by five wickets at the Kia Oval and claim their third win of the season in the Specsavers County Championship.

Chasing 121 to win on a pitch still offering some assistance to the bowlers, Kent lost Zac Crawley and Joe Denly in the first over of their chase to Morne Morkel.

When Sean Dickson and Daniel Bell-Drummond fell either side of lunch they still needed 71 to win but Ollie Robinson settled any nerves with an unbeaten 51 off just 44 balls including four boundaries and a six swatted over long on off Dean Elgar to win the match.

Victory keeps Kent fifth in the first division table, 43 points ahead of bottom of the table Nottinghamshire. Surrey are sixth, three points below them. Both have played nine games.

Surrey had sensed an unlikely victory when Morkel produced a superb first over.

Crawley, half-forward, was caught behind off the second ball and Denly was nearly dismissed off the fourth when the South African nipped one back sharply and it only just missed the stumps. But Denly’s reprieve was short-lived. He was turned around by the next delivery and lost his off stump.

It left Kent 0 for 2 but Dickson and Bell-Drummond negotiated the rest of Morkel’s four-over new ball spell and had taken the score to 40 when Dickson unwisely played across the line to the last delivery before lunch to fall leg-before to Rikki Clarke for 18.

After lunch, Foakes took a superb one-handed catch diving to his left when Bell-Drummond (26) got an inside edge to Sam Curran which left Kent 50 for 4. But Surrey surprisingly didn’t bring the threatening Morkel back into the attack until the 22nd over by which time Robinson and Heino Kuhn had added 37 runs for the fifth wicket to tilt the balance Kent’s way.

Gareth Batty had Kuhn caught at slip for 22, but Kent’s target was just 24 runs by then and Robinson led them home with some confident stroke-play.

Earlier, Surrey lost their last four wickets in the first hour as their second innings ended on 218.

Darren Stevens completed the 22nd five-for of his career when Clarke was caught behind for 31 to become the 43-year-old’s 486th first-class victim.

Matt Milnes had made the first breakthrough when Curran (29) pushed at an excellent delivery that straightened on him and was caught behind by Robinson.

Milnes also had Batty (2) lbw before Harry Podmore wrapped up the innings when Jordan Clark (15) was bowled playing a defensive shot.

Surrey - Rory Burns(c), Mark Stoneman, Dean Elgar, Scott Borthwick, Ben Foakes(wk), Sam Curran, Jamie Smith, Rikki Clarke, Jordan Clark, Gareth Batty, Morne Morkel

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

Division Two


Leicestershire v Durham, Leicester (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Leicestershire 212 and 273

Durham 117 and 487-7 dec

Result - Durham won by 119 runs

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

Durham - Cameron Bancroft(c), Alex Lees, Gareth Harte, Jack Burnham, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, Ned Eckersley(wk), Ben Raine, Nathan Rimmington, Jack Campbell, Chris Rushworth

Worcestershire v Derbyshire, Worcester (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

 Match Summary

Worcestershire 113 and 290

Derbyshire 108 and 377

Result - Derbyshire won by 82 runs

Derbyshire secured their third Championship victory of the campaign to strengthen their promotion challenge despite a splendid century from Worcestershire batsman Callum Ferguson at Kidderminster.

They bounced back in style after being bowled out for 108 on the opening day to claim 19 points and triumph by 82 runs.

Ferguson hit his maiden Championship hundred as Worcestershire showed plenty of resilience in recovering from the depths of 48-5 mid-way through the third day.

West Indian Ravi Rampaul finished with four wickets but Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Tony Palladino gave him staunch support with three victims apiece.

Worcestershire have now gone six games without a win since defeating Leicestershire and Durham in their opening two fixtures.

They have paid the price for their batting frailties, with the exception of Ferguson, in the top order where there has been a lack of consistency.

Worcestershire resumed on 156-5 with Ferguson unbeaten on 71 and Cox 44 not out with the second new ball due in 13 overs.

Runs flowed at a fast pace against the opening attack of Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Anuj Dal.

Ferguson collected successive boundaries via a cut and back foot square drive at Hudson-Prentice’s expense.

But, after playing so well, the 34-year-old had a slice of good fortune on his side as he raced towards three figures.

Ferguson edged Fynn-Prentice and Dal for boundaries and an inside for a single off the former took him to his century off 205 balls with 17 fours.

Cox went to his half century in the next over from Dal from 140 deliveries with eight boundaries.

The 150 partnership came up in 49 overs before the new ball was taken immediately at 206-5 off 80 overs.

Rampaul made the breakthrough for Derbyshire in his first over of the day.

Cox (62) tried to get his bat out of the way of a sharpish Rampaul delivery but only succeeded in deflecting it onto his stumps.

Ferguson was joined by Brett D’Oliveira, a century-maker in last week’s game at Cardiff, and he cut Rampaul for four after the West Indies paceman changed ends.

Worcestershire reached 245-6 by lunch with Ferguson unbeaten on 126 but he added only one more after the resumption.

Hudson-Prentice ended his fine knock by trapping him lbw. Ferguson’s six hour knock contained 20 boundaries and came off 267 balls.

D’Oliveira made an accomplished 30 before he was lbw to Tony Palladino and then the innings was quickly cleaned up.

Dillon Pennington (0) was lbw to Rampaul and club captain Joe Leach (28) holed out to mid on off Palladino.

Worcestershire - Daryl Mitchell, Joshua Dell, Callum Ferguson, Riki Wessels, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Ben Cox(wk), Brett D'Oliveira, Joe Leach(c), Dillon Pennington, Charlie Morris

Derbyshire - Luis Reece, Billy Godleman(c), Wayne Madsen, Tom Lace, Leus du Plooy, Harvey Hosein(wk), Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Anuj Dal, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul

Middlesex v Gloucestershire, Northwood (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Middlesex 172 and 244

Gloucestershire 201 and 137

Result - Middlesex won by 78 runs


Middlesex - Sam Robson, Stevie Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan(c), George Scott, Robbie White, John Simpson(wk), Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Ethan Bamber

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

Northamptonshire v Lancashire,  Northampton (11:00 AM 10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Northamptonshire 442 and 263-9

Lancashire - 315 and 275-4

Result - Match Drawn

Haseeb Hameed played just his second significant innings of the season to help Lancashire secure a hard-earned draw on the final day against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Hameed was one of four half-centurions as Lancashire held on to return to the top of Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship.

Required to see out 89 overs for a draw, Alex Davies made 53 before Hameed made his return to form with 55 in 116 balls. Hameed fell after tea but Josh Bohannon, with 65 not out, and an unbeaten 53 from captain Dane Vilas saw Lancashire to a draw with six overs left in the match.

It was just the second time both Bohannon and Hameed had gone past 50 this season. The pair played out more than 20 overs either side of tea and when Hameed fell, Vilas joined Bohannon to play out almost another 20 overs to the close.

Northants took the game deep into the final session and created a chance when the second new ball was taken with nine overs remaining. Vilas edged Brett Hutton to third slip but Matt Coles put a low chance down and Northants’ final hope was extinguished.

Having been well behind the game for most of the match, Lancashire will be pleased to take 10 points. Northamptonshire were forced to settle for 12 points from the draw but remain firmly in the promotion race with five games remaining and third-placed Derbyshire to play on Sunday.

For much of day four, all eyes were on Hameed. He made a century in the opening match of the season at Lord’s to suggest he had rediscovered the form that brought him an England Test debut back in 2016 but another run of low scores has followed with just 158 runs in 11 innings since, including an eight-ball duck in the first-innings here.

The situation was made for Hameed’s desire just to occupy the crease. He left well, worked the bowling smartly off his pads and it was a leg-side flick through square leg against Rob Keogh’s off spin that brought him a seventh boundary and a half-century in 109 balls.

Hameed couldn’t finish the job as after tea, he shouldered arms to Keogh and some sharp turn took out his off stump. He needed one moment of major fortune with a hook against Ben Sanderson that he top-edged over long leg for six but hung around determinedly to help move his side away from a tricky spot at 111 for 3 in the 33rd over. 

That was after Hutton sent a full delivery into the pads of Rob Jones, who misjudged the line and was lbw for 11. At that stage, Northants had high hopes to force victory having removed the first-innings centurion Davies for 53 - also lbw to one that nipped back from Sanderson. Davies had made a second half-century in the game in 52 balls with 12 boundaries but his dismissal removed a major obstacle for Northants.

Davies lost his opening partner Keaton Jennings in the morning session after a solid first-wicket stand of 60 to Coles’ first ball of the day. Coles speared in a yorker that caught Jennings on the boot and was given out lbw for 20 but by then, the new ball was into it’s 15th over and Lancashire were through the most testing conditions.

There were few wicket-taking deliveries through the final two sessions as the wicket slowed and the ball softened and Bohannan, who passed fifty in 79 balls with nine fours, and Vilas, whose sixth fifty of the season was brought up in the final over of play, saw Lancashire comfortably to a draw.  

The final day had begun with Northants pondering a declaration. They resumed with a lead of 341 and batted on for five overs at the start of the day, adding another 49 runs. Coles bludgeoned two sixes over long-on and deep midwicket before Sanderson pulled six over midwicket to the last ball before the declaration came at 263 for 9. The thought lingered over whether it came too late.

Northamptonshire - Ricardo Vasconcelos, Robert Newton, Richard Levi, Temba Bavuma, Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington(c)(wk), Luke Procter, Brett Hutton, Matt Coles, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson

Lancashire - Keaton Jennings, Alex Davies, Haseeb Hameed, Rob Jones, Dane Vilas(c)(wk), Steven Croft, Josh Bohannon, Stephen Parry, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, Richard Gleeson

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