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by ECB & Cricket World Sunday 23 June 2019
Essex 216 & 183
Somerset 131 & 117
Result - Essex beat Somerset by 151 runs
Essex proved themselves as serious Specsavers County Championship title contenders as they condemned table-toppers Somerset to their first defeat of the season.
Fast bowler Jamie Porter followed up his five for 51 in the first innings by blasting through Somerset’s batting line-up with analysis of four for 22 – as the early pacesetters were bowled out for 117 to lose by 151 runs at Chelmsford.
Somerset had arrived at Chelmsford with a 30-point advantage at the summit of Division One, as their quest for their maiden Championship title appeared unassailable.
But they departed with Essex only 13 points adrift, breathing down their necks and looking ominous at home – with the county recording a quartet of hefty victories against Kent, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire and now Somerset at the Cloudfm County Ground.
Somerset were given 269 runs to win, having briskly taken the last four Essex wickets, but were bowled out inside 33 overs.
Porter pounced with the second ball of each of his first two overs – as opening pair Tom Abell and Azhar Ali failed to deal with his pace.
Captain Abell drilled straight back at Porter before Pakistan star Ali edged to Tom Westley at third slip.
James Hildreth and Tom Banton attempted to counter-attack in the hope of ticking down the runs quicker, with the latter hooking a six off Aaron Beard.
The introduction of Harmer, as often happens, brought about the end of a 31-stand with the last delivery of his primary over – as Banton flicked to a stooping Nick Browne at short mid-wicket.
Hildreth, who survived a tough drop from Ryan ten Doeschate at short leg on 25, departed on the stroke of lunch when his attempted upper-cut flicked behind to Adam Wheater.
After the interval, Somerset collapsed, with Porter and Harmer sharing three wickets in 17 balls.
Steven Davies was caught on the crease as he edged the spinner to Sir Alastair Cook at first slip, George Bartlett was well caught by Dan Lawrence at gully before Jamie Overton mimicked his first innings dismissal by picking out Browne on the square-leg boundary.
In form Lewis Gregory provided a punchy antidote to the slide with four maximums off Harmer, including three in a row, all over various degrees of mid-wicket.
But having reached 40 from 35 balls, Beard snapped both Gregory’s middle stump and a bail with the second ball of his return to the attack.
Beard wrapped up the victory as Tim Groenewald picked out Browne at deep square-leg and splayed Jack Brooks' stumps.
Earlier, Essex’s second innings was wrapped up in 9.5 morning overs as Tim Groenewald claimed his 16th five-wicket haul in First-Class cricket.
Fast bowler Groenewald, who was only playing due to Craig Overton’s groin injury, followed up his three wickets the previous evening by collapsing Simon Harmer’s off-stump with his second ball of the morning.
He thought he had Peter Siddle latter in the same over, as the Australian edged to Jamie Overton at second slip – but the two umpires convened to agree the ball hadn’t carried, much to the ire of Somerset.
They needn’t have worried as Gregory had him and Adam Wheater caught in the slips soon after before Groenewald wrapped up the innings when Porter nicked to second slip.
Essex - Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate(c), Adam Wheater(wk), Simon Harmer, Peter Siddle, Jamie Porter, Aaron Beard
Somerset - Tom Abell(c), Azhar Ali, James Hildreth, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, Steve Davies(wk), Lewis Gregory, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald, Jack Leach, Jack Brooks
Surrey 194 & 325
Warwickshire 230 & 215
Result - Surrey win by 74 runs
Surrey wrapped up their maiden Specsavers County Championship victory of the season by claiming Warwickshire’s last seven wickets for 67 runs to win by 74 runs at an overcast Kia Oval.
After a cut and thrust opening three days to this Division One basement battle, it was the hosts who took a grip on proceedings on the final morning by claiming seven wickets inside two hours to win with two sessions to spare, banking 19 points to Warwickshire’s four.
Veteran Spinner Gareth Batty proved their Nemesis with four for 34, but pacemen Sam Curran and Morne Morkel each chipped in with two wickets apiece during an action-packed session.
Warwickshire, needing 142 to land their third, first division win of summer, resumed on their overnight score of 142 for three only to lose night watchman Craig Miles, leg before without addition to his overnight total of nine, leg before to Rikki Clarke’s fourth ball of the day.
On a gloomy morning, the visiting top order attempted to dig in but found batting a struggle, particularly against the pace of Morkel, who had shouts for leg before and a catch in the cordon turned down against Adam Hose and Dominic Sibley respectively.
Warwickshire’s fifth-wicket partners saw off Clarke who, after 45 minutes from the Pavilion End, gave way to the off-spin of Batty. In his opening over Batty had two leg before shouts in three balls turned down by umpire James Middlebrook as Sibley battled on.
With 100 runs required for victory, Warwickshire lost Hose for 21. Squared up on the walk to one from Curran that thudded into the back pad forcing umpire Martin Saggers to uphold the leg before appeal.
Four balls later and again from around the wicket, Curran swung one back in to pluck put Matthew Lamb’s off stump with one that nipped through the gate via a thin inside edge.
Warwickshire’s demise continued as they lost their third wicket inside seven balls and without addition to the total. Sibley, looking to rotate the strike against Batty, called a hesitant Tim Ambrose through for a risky single only for Scott Borthwick to swoop and throw to the non-striker’s end where Ben Foakes ran out his counterpart for a duck.
Curran, whose workload in the match was restricted to 30 overs under an ECB request, gave way at the Vauxhall End to Morne Morkel who ended Sibley’s 231-minute stay for 73 with his fifth delivery. Sibley, driving on the up, appeared stunned when the tall South African stooped in his follow through to claim a stunning return catch low to his left.
With 81 still needed, Jeetan Patel (17) danced down the pitch to Batty only to miss an attempted heave over mid-on and gift a regulation stumping to Foakes.
Last man Oliver Hannon-Dolby then skied an attempted slog sweep to Batty who ran around toward mid-on to claim the catch and end the match.
Surrey - Rory Burns(c), Mark Stoneman, Scott Borthwick, Dean Elgar, Ben Foakes(wk), Jamie Smith, Sam Curran, Rikki Clarke, Jordan Clark, Morne Morkel, Gareth Batty
Warwickshire - Will Rhodes, Dominic Sibley, Rob Yates, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Matthew Lamb, Tim Ambrose(wk), Craig Miles, Jeetan Patel(c), Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Toby Lester
Gloucestershire 313 & 161
Glamorgan 387 & 188-6
Result- Glamorgan won by 4 wickets
Michael Hogan claimed match figures of seven for 73 as Glamorgan moved to the top of the Specsavers County Championship Second Division table with a four-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol.
The 38-year-old Aussie seamer added figures of four for 22 to his three first innings wickets to help bowl out the home side for 161 from an overnight 41 for two.
Gloucestershire lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs after lunch, Graham Wagg taking two of them. James Bracey and Benny Howell each made 33, but a target of 188 from 49 overs made the visitors clear favourites.
So it proved, Marnus Labuschagne continuing his prolific season with 82 and Billy Root contributing 31 as Glamorgan reached 188 for six with 6.5 overs to spare. They took 20 points to Gloucestershire’s six and overtake Lancashire at the summit of Division Two by a single point, having played one more game.
A draw looked the most likely outcome when the hosts led by 67 at the start of play. But soon both overnight batsmen were out as Hogan had Gareth Roderick caught at second slip for 20 and Bracey’s innings was ended when he was lbw to a full delivery from Dan Douthwaite.
Jack Taylor made 16 before becoming another leg-before victim, this time for David Lloyd, who then spilled a straightforward catch at first slip to give Howell a life off Marchant de Lange with the score 129 for five.
Gloucestershire were only 157 ahead at lunch and it looked a potentially costly error. Howell, who had also survived a tougher chance to Nic Selman at second slip, was unbeaten on 27 at the interval.
But Lloyd soon atoned. With the total on 145 and the lead 171, he produced a sharp catch to his left to dismiss Ryan Higgins for six and give Hogan his third wicket.
Soon it was 149 for seven as Hogan bowled Howell. David Payne was caught behind trying to withdraw the bat from a delivery by Wagg, who then had Josh Shaw caught at point off a loose shot.
Joined by last man Matt Taylor, Graeme van Buuren went on the attack and edged a catch behind the ball after pulling de Lange for four.
Gloucestershire’s tail had offered little resistance and, with the sun breaking through, Glamorgan set about their second innings in some of the best batting conditions of the match.
Selman fell cheaply, caught by Jack Taylor at point, cutting at a short ball from Payne. But Labuschagne and Charlie Hemphrey calmed any nerves in the visiting dressing room by adding 50 before tea.
Glamorgan still needed another 132 off 36 overs. In the final session Hemphrey was brilliantly caught by Chris Dent, diving forward at cover, off Shaw, without adding to his score of 15.
But Labuschagne moved confidently to his second half-century of the match off 61 balls, with 7 fours, before Lloyd was bowled by Matt Taylor off an under edge for eight with the score on 85.
Not afraid to dance down the wicket to the seamers, Labuschagne showed why he is comfortably the leading run-maker in the Championship this season.
Root, dropped at mid-off by Matt Taylor off van Buuren, was mortified to lift Shaw straight to cover and when Labuschagne was caught behind off the tireless Payne, 35 were still required.
Douthwaite fell to Shaw near the end, but the experienced Wagg calmly saw Glamorgan home. It was Gloucestershire’s first defeat in the competition since August last year, a run of 11 games unbeaten.
Gloucestershire - Chris Dent(c), Miles Hammond, James Bracey, Gareth Roderick(wk), Jack Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins, Matt Taylor, Josh Shaw, David Payne
Glamorgan - Nick Selman, Charlie Hemphrey, Marnus Labuschagne, David Lloyd(c), Billy Root, Owen Morgan, Tom Cullen(wk), Graham Wagg, Dan Douthwaite, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan
Durham 384 & 284-3 dec
Sussex 232 & 240
Result - Durham won by 196 runs
Ben Raine bowled Durham to their second County Championship win of the season with a career-best haul of 6 for 27 as Sussex were beaten by 196 runs at Hove.
The hosts were dismissed 30 minutes after tea on the final day for 240 with only night-watchman Ollie Robinson (55), Stiaan van Zyl (48) and Chris Jordan (44) offering the necessary resistance as Durham claimed their second victory of the season.
Durham's victory was set up during a devastating spell of four wickets in 16 balls by Raine, who joined the county last winter from Leicestershire and who finished with 6 for 27 from 22.3 overs with 13 maidens.
The 27-year-old fast bowler took six wickets at the same venue for Leicestershire last season and he showed his liking for the seaside again either side of lunch when he picked up van Zyl, Laurie Evans, Ben Brown and David Wiese without conceding a run.
Bowling up the slope and getting movement back into the right-handers, his telling burst came just when Sussex harboured hopes of batting through the final day and saving the game.
They started it on 59 for 3 needing 378 more to win but van Zyl and Robinson negotiated almost the entire first session with few alarms, although van Zyl was dropped at slip by Alex Lees on 47.
Raine struck three balls before lunch. Left-hander van Zyl had faced 188 balls for his 48 before nibbling at an away-swinger. His seven boundaries included four in five deliveries off left-arm spinner Liam Trevaskis.
With the breakthrough made, Raine rushed in. Laurie Evans was caught behind off the next ball – the first after lunch – and in his next over Raine pinned Brown (1) and David Wiese (0) on the crease with late movement.
But from 143 for 7 Sussex rallied through Jordan and Robinson, who shared 54 for the eighth wicket and more importantly used up 18 overs.
Robinson, who made a hundred on his Sussex debut against Durham in 2015 batting at no.10, passed 50 for the sixth time in his career before his spirited resistance was ended by Chris Rushworth, who struck in his second over with the second new ball when Robinson was well taken by the diving Jack Burnham at third slip for 55.
After tea, Raine switched to the Cromwell Road end to finish things off. Jordan, who played well for his 44, edged a beauty which held its line to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley and Aaron Thomason was held head-high at second slip by Bancroft, leaving Delray Rawlins 20 not out.
Durham’s win lifted them off the bottom of the table to eighth and although Sussex remain third they have played a game more than most of their promotion rivals.
Sussex - Luke Wells, Will Beer, Harry Finch, Stiaan van Zyl, Laurie Evans, Ben Brown(c)(wk), David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Delray Rawlins, Aaron Thomason, Ollie Robinson
Durham - Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft(c), Gareth Harte, Jack Burnham, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, Ned Eckersley(wk), Ben Raine, Brydon Carse, James Weighell, Chris Rushworth
Northamptonshire 299 and 206-6
Result - Match Drawn
Northamptonshire - Robert Newton, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Alex Wakely, Temba Bavuma, Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington(c)(wk), Luke Procter, Brett Hutton, Matt Coles, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson
Leicestershire - Hassan Azad, Paul Horton(c), Neil Dexter, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill(wk), Dieter Klein, Will Davis, Chris Wright, Mohammad Abbas
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