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Specsavers County Championship – Live Match Updates - June 30th-July3rd

Live Match Updates - June 30th-July3rd
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All the match updates from the latest round of Specsavers County Championship 2019 starting 30th June and finishing on 3rd July 2019.

Division One

Kent v Warwickshire, Canterbury 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Kent 585-7 dec

Warwickshire – 574-7 dec

Result - Match Drawn

A match where willow totally dominated leather petered out into an inevitable draw in Canterbury where Division One rivals Kent and Warwickshire shared the Specsavers County Championship spoils

With a joint ambition of avoiding demotion to the second tier both teams were perhaps content with a no-result, with Kent banking 10 points, while Warwickshire, with seven first-choice bowlers injured, will be equally pleased with nine points toward their survival tally.

However, it was a placid Canterbury pitch that had the major say in proceedings, enabling Dominic Sibley to hit a career-best 244 as well as his fourth successive championship hundred against Kent in as many matches.

Sibley’s opening partner Will Rhodes also chipped in with his first championship hundred of the summer allowing the visitors to reach 574 for seven before a declaration allowed the teams to shake hands on the draw at 4.50pm with Warwickshire still 11 runs behind on first innings.         

Kent’s top order filled their boots too. Sean Dickson and Daniel Bell-Drummond both reached the 160s in their season’s best total of 585 for seven declared, while youngsters Zak Crawley and Ollie Robinson both eased to half-centuries.

It was the bowlers, therefore, who toiled without reward as only 14 wickets fell over the four days. James Wainman, the former Yorkshire left-armed paceman, flourished better than most with three for 112 for the Bears, while Grant Stewart was the only Kent bowler to take more than a single wicket.    

So, it was Sibley’s marathon ten-and-half hours that dominated the final three days of the match. The tall right-hander faced 491 balls and hit 34 fours to ensure the stalemate.

Sibley took all that Kent’s attack could send down in his stride. He moved past 242 – his previous career-best for Surrey posted at The Kia Oval against Yorkshire in 2013 – with a single to deep point, after Warwickshire had posted their 450 from the 1,000th delivery of the innings.   

The 23-year-old from Epsom finally came unstuck when, in attempting a lap-pull against medium pacer Bell-Drummond, he skied one off the top edge to be caught at short fine leg by Heino Kuhn running back from first slip.

Earlier in the final day Kent snared Adam Hose and Matt Lamb leg before wicket to Ollie Rayner and Stewart respectively, then, in the mid-session, Tim Ambrose was run out chancing a single to extra cover.

Sibley, who played through Surrey’s ranks from the Under-13s through to the 1st XI before joining Warwickshire in 2017, said that batting for long periods has always been part of his armoury.

He said: “I’ve never found concentrating for several sessions that difficult, it’s something that has come naturally to me from a very young age. I’ve always been able to bat long periods ever since school.

“There are elements to my game that may seem negative to some that I see as a positive and something I do really well is concentration. Of course, there have to be other things that I do well, but concentration is something that’s always there and is a foundation to build on.

“I got a double ton for Surrey quite early in my career and that seems like a lifetime ago now. So, it was nice to get another one here and spend time out there with Will.

“He batted brilliantly for his hundred and we seem to have managed to get this good combo going whereby we compliment each other quite nicely.

“It’s always difficult for bowling attacks when they’re trying to contain right and left-handers. He scores in different areas to those that I do and most of all we enjoy each other’s company out there.  

“I wasn’t even aware that I’d gone past 1,000 first-class runs for the season to be honest, I’m never that fussed about stuff like that, I just want to keep scoring runs for Warwickshire and see where that takes me.”

Despite watching Sibley hog centre stage, Kent’s head coach Matt Walker defended the pitch and applauded his own side’s batting prowess. He said: “It’s been a tough four days for the bowlers for sure, but I’ve got nothing but praise for our groundsman, Adrian Llong, who has been brilliant since taking over in the close season.

“We’ve asked him to take more moisture out of the wickets here, which he’s achieved and we’ve asked to play on better wickets. The fact is, this is just a bit docile and it’s ended up as a bore draw. Sometimes that happens, there’s no blame attached to it at all.

“The bottom line is we’ll walk away with 10 points and with a number of our top-order batsmen feeling in good touch and move on to The Oval next week with a good draw behind us.”

Walker added: “We said at the start of the season that if we can’t win a game, then we must ensure we don’t lose and come away with batting points in the bank, and that’s what we’ve achieved this week.

“We stuck to our tasks really well, considering it’s such a flat pitch and the sun’s been shining throughout. It would have been easy for us to slip into complacency mode, but none of our lads have done that and we can move on to play Surrey full of confidence.”

Walker also confirmed that Kent’s overseas all-rounder, Wiaan Mulder, has been recalled from his short championship stint with Kent by Cricket South Africa after the 21-year-old picked up a slight Achilles heel injury.  


Nottinghamshire v Essex, Trent Bridge, Nottingham 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Nottinghamshire 213 and 183

Essex 519-9 dec

Result - Essex won by an innings and 123 runs

Essex enhanced their credentials as genuine title contenders by sweeping a poor Nottinghamshire team aside in their Specsavers County Championship meeting at Trent Bridge.

The 2017 Division One champions were made to wait until after lunch on the final day before picking up the remaining five wickets they needed to complete a resounding victory by an innings and 123 runs.

Notts had resumed on 100 for five but subsided to 183 all out, despite Ravi Ashwin holding them up for 100 minutes before being last out for 35

Simon Harmer bowled 40 overs in the innings – 22 in succession on the final day – in taking four for 35 as Ryan ten Doeschate’s side swept to their fifth win in seven matches.

Resuming from their overnight score of 100 for five, the home county offered stubborn resistance throughout the first 45 minutes but then lost the important wickets of Ben Duckett, for 39, and Luke Fletcher, who made 11.

Both fell to the wiles of South African spinner Harmer, now the country’s leading wicket-taker with 49 in the championship.

He had Duckett caught behind for 39, feathering an attempted cut – and then removed Fletcher, who was undone by gentle turn out of the rough when pushing forward defensively.

The normally prolific Tom Moores only registered two singles from the first 50 balls he faced but then fell during an eventful over from Aaron Beard.

Moores stroked three boundaries but then unluckily chopped on to his middle stump for 14.

Ashwin and Stuart Broad extended the contest into the afternoon session but the second new ball finally extinguished Nottinghamshire hopes.

Harmer, continuing to wheel away from the Radcliffe Road end, was swept for four by Broad but gained immediate revenge with the ninth lbw decision of the match.

The end came when Ashwin tried to heave Jamie Porter over deep midwicket but found the hands of Peter Siddle just inside the fence.

Stretching back to last June’s victory over Essex at Chelmsford, the loss means Nottinghamshire have now gone 15 championship matches without a victory.

Add in a rain-affected draw in April’s MCCU fixture at Fenner’s and this is Nottinghamshire’s longest sequence without a win in 40 years.

They face another side with title aspirations next, with a trip to Taunton to face leaders Somerset on Sunday, whilst second-placed Essex will look to continue their winning streak when they host Yorkshire on the same day.


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

Match Summary

Somerset 408 and 358-8

Hampshire 349 and 104-9

Result - Somerset won by 313 runs

Somerset strengthened their position at the top of the Specsavers County Championship with a resounding 313-run victory over injury-hit Hampshire at Taunton.

Chasing an improbable 418 to win, the visitors collapsed from an overnight 12 for one, to 104 for nine, with Joe Weatherley unable to bat.

Jack Leach claimed three wickets and there were two each for Lewis Gregory, Jamie Overton and Dom Bess as only James Fuller, who made 35, offered much resistance.

Somerset took a maximum 24 points from their sixth win in eight games to extend their lead at the top of the First Division, while Hampshire had to settle for six points

With Tom Alsop and Weatherley nursing hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, Hampshire were facing a mountainous task at the start of play.

It soon got even tougher as Ajinkya Rahane, without adding to his overnight score of eight, drove loosely at a wide ball from Gregory and Overton claimed a sharp catch at second slip.

Overton then found the edge of nightwatchman Kyle Abbott’s bat as he defended against a sharply rising ball and wicketkeeper Steve Davies took a straightforward catch.

Soon it was 28 for four as Rilee Rossouw guided a short delivery from Overton straight to Tom Banton at gully and departed for eight.

Things almost got worse for Hampshire with the total on 32 when Sam Northeast and Fuller got in a tangle over a quick single. With both batsmen stranded in the middle of the pitch, Bess took careful aim from cover, but missed the stumps at the bowler’s end.

Overton, looking to add to his five first innings wickets, again worked up good pace from the River End, while Gregory also posed plenty of problems as Northeast and Fuller looked to see off the opening bowlers.

They did so, but Fuller then needed some good fortune on 21 when Davies fumbled a clear stumping chance off Leach, who had replaced Overton.

Tim Groenewald took over from Gregory seeking his 400th first class wicket. He bowled tidily without getting it and it was Leach who struck a big blow by having Hampshire captain and first innings centurion Northeast brilliantly caught by Tom Abell at cover for 23.

The Somerset skipper dived forward full length to get his fingers under the ball and leave the visitors 85 for five with lunch still 25 minutes away.

Keith Barker could contribute only four before picking out Abell at short mid-wicket as he looked to work Leach through the leg side.

Fuller produced some belligerent blows, hitting two boundaries in an over from Bess, before the off-spinner took revenge by bowling him.

At 97 for seven, Hampshire opted to send in Fidel Edwards, rather than risk aggravating the injuries to Alsop and Weatherley.

When Edwards was bowled by Leach he appeared ready to shake hands, but out limped Alsop to bat with a runner for the second time in the game.

The lunch interval was delayed and by 1.05pm the match was over, Leach taking a catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Mason Crane.

It was Somerset’s first Championship win over Hampshire at Taunton since 1996 and suggested they could well be on course for a first ever title.

Yorkshire v Surrey, Scarborough 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Yorkshire 327 and 352

Surrey 362 and 194

Result - Yorkshire won by 123 runs

Yorkshire clinched an enthralling 123-run Specsavers County Championship victory over Surrey with 10 balls remaining at Scarborough, built on the capture of five wickets for six runs either side of tea on day four.

Surrey were set 318 in a minimum of 83 overs inside the day’s first hour and looked well set on 157 for two in the 49th, the penultimate of the afternoon.

But they were soon under the cosh at 157 for five having lost three wickets in five balls just before tea - Dean Elgar run out for 71 and Ben Foakes and Sam Curran for ducks against the day’s star performer Ben Coad.

The champions’ slipped further after tea to 163 for seven in the 55th over and later to their third defeat in eight matches as they were bowled out for 194 inside 82 overs.

Yorkshire claimed 19 points from their third win in eight to leapfrog Hampshire into third in Division One.

They remain in title race behind Essex and leaders Somerset, their next two opponents. The gap to Somerset is 36 points.

Seamer Coad stood out with a career best 48 from number 10 in Yorkshire’s second innings and then two for 30 from 14 overs.

Day four started with Coad scoring the lion’s share of 49 runs added in the first 38 minutes as Yorkshire advanced from 303 for nine overnight to 352.

Coad hit a six over long-on against Gareth Batty. But the Yorkshire-born off-spinner got his revenge by getting the seamer caught behind in the day’s 11th over.

The last-wicket partnership between Coad and Duanne Olivier, started late on day three, totalled 57 inside 12 overs.

On a pitch offering extra bounce but not significant deterioration, Surrey started their chase strongly as South African Test opener Elgar led the way.

He shared a 93-run opening partnership inside 29 overs with first-innings centurion Mark Stoneman (46) before left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj made the breakthrough.

Maharaj, Elgar’s international colleague, debuted as Yorkshire’s short-term overseas signing and had Stoneman caught at short-leg by Will Fraine.

Elgar then reached 50 off 99 balls, only to lose Scott Borthwick as he played on to David Willey (136 for two in the 38th).

But Willey was later in the action again to set Surrey on the downward spiral.

Running around to short mid-on, Willey threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end to leave Elgar, sold down the river by striker Patel, short of his ground - 157 for three in the 49th as tea approached.

Coad then uprooted Foakes’ off-stump with a ball which just swung away from the right-hander with the first ball of the 50th over before getting left-handed Curran caught behind with one that just shaped away two balls later.

Wickets continued to fall after tea to ensure Yorkshire ended a run of four successive defeats at Scarborough, with Maharaj now to the fore.

He had Patel caught at short-leg by Fraine - 163 for six after 53 overs - and Rikki Clarke caught behind for a duck in the 55th, leaving Surrey at 163 for seven.

Jamie Smith and Jordan Clark, the latter with one off 58 balls, then held things up for 17.3 overs by sharing 17, bringing the draw back into focus.

But Clark was yorked by Olivier from around the wicket at the end of the 72nd over before Tom Kohler-Cadmore ran Morne Morkel out, running to point from second slip, with a throw to the non-striker’s end with the first ball of the next over as Surrey fell to 180 for nine.

Olivier (two for 32 from 13.2) and Coad took the new ball with three overs left and the former had Batty caught at second slip by Adam Lyth to seal the home win, celebrated wildly on and off the field.

Division Two


Derbyshire v Middlesex, Derby 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)


Match Summary

Derbyshire 557-6 dec and 178-6

Middlesex – 520

Result - Match Drawn

Lancashire v Durham, 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Lancashire 337 and 247

Durham - 281 and 194-6

Result - Match Drawn

A battling innings from Durham captain Cameron Bancroft ensured his side clung on for a determined draw against a Lancashire outfit rueing the loss of two key bowlers on the final day at Sedbergh School.

Bancroft held the Lancashire attack at bay for the whole of Durham’s innings, with the Australian finishing the day unbeaten on 92 to continue his good form with the bat at his new county who have rallied after a difficult start to the season.

Lancashire were full of hope at tea, having taken five wickets throughout the morning and afternoon sessions, but with both James Anderson and Liam Livingstone missing from their attack through injury, it became increasingly clear their threadbare line up did not have the firepower to trouble the brilliant Bancroft, who led his team to the close, alongside an equally committed Ben Raine.

Earlier in the day, a blistering spell from young paceman Saqib Mahmood had put Lancashire in pole position to claim the final day win at Sedbergh School’s inaugural First Class game.

Taking the new ball in place of the injured Anderson, the 22-year-old claimed two victims in his first two overs, clipping Alex Lees’ off stump after the scoreless batsman had shouldered arms, before spread-eagling Gareth Harte’s wickets again for no score.

That left Durham 11 for two and they had progressed to 39 for two by lunch after Bancroft was joined by Jack Burnham, the pair surviving Mahmood’s onslaught to leave the north easterners requiring another 265 runs to win with eight wickets remaining.

Lancashire continued to push for victory through the middle session, claiming three wickets after lunch, with Burnham becoming the second batsman to be clean bowled shouldering arms when he misjudged a Graham Onions delivery and was dismissed for 20.

However, Lancashire’s bowling options were beginning to look limited and Durham took advantage, with Bancroft and Graham Clarke constructing a fourth wicket partnership of 69, before Josh Bohannon bowled Clarke for 26 with a delivery that kept low and hit his off stump.

Liam Trevaskis followed soon after with Onions picking up another wicket when the all-rounder edged to Rob Jones at second slip for three.

Bancroft remained unbeaten on 57 at tea with Ned Eckersley joining him on three not out as Durham prepared to face 35 overs requiring another 182 runs to win with five wickets remaining.

30 minutes after tea, the host’s hopes were raised again when Eckersley played on to Mahmood, who finished with three for 58, but it was not to be as Bancroft and Raine (19no) steered Durham to 6pm when the players shook hands with four overs left and with the score 194 for six.

The draw means Lancashire, who are second in Specsavers County Championship Division Two, finish with 11 points to Durham’s nine and are now three points behind leaders Glamorgan with a game in hand. Durham, who have now gone four games unbeaten, sit in eighth.

Sussex v Northamptonshire, Hove 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)

Match Summary

Northamptonshire 273 and 331

Sussex 106 and 105

Result - Northamptonshire won by 393 runs

Northamptonshire claimed their first County Championship win of the season after Sussex’s batsman capitulated for the second time in the match to lose by a record 393 runs at Hove.

Having been bowled out for 106 in their first innings, Sussex fared even worse as they were dismissed for 105 after another abject batting performance. Their margin of defeat was the heaviest in their history in a County Championship game.

They seemed to be making a better fist of things when Varun Chopra and Luke Wells took the score to 35 for 1 but Sussex then lost nine wickets for 70 runs with Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton again wreaking havoc.

Sanderson’s 4 for 18 in two spells included the 200th first-class wicket of his career. He finished with match figures of 10 for 50 while Hutton improved on his 3 for 47 in the first innings by taking 4 for 32 in the second to finish with a match haul of 7 for 79.

There were boos from some Sussex supporters when a second successive defeat was confirmed shortly after 4pm. Although they remain third in Division Two they have played a game more than most of their rivals, many of whom could overtake them depending on results in the other matches which finish tomorrow.

Once again Sussex’s batsmen were like rabbits in the headlights against a relentless Northamptonshire attack who found a consistent length and enough seam movement and swing to take nine wickets in 19 overs during the afternoon session.

Sussex began their notional pursuit of a target of 499 25 minutes before lunch but they didn’t get to the interval unscathed with Phil Salt pinned in Hutton’s second over for one of three ducks in the innings.

The experienced Chopra, who is on loan from Essex, and Wells, negotiated 12 overs either side of lunch but when Wells (11) nibbled fatally at Hutton’s away-swing the innings went into a dramatic tail spin.

Laurie Evans (3) became Hutton’s third victim and with the score still on 41 Chopra (22) was caught behind off Nathan Buck, who then had Delray Rawlins (8) taken mid-off off a mis-timed pull.

Skipper Ben Brown decided to go down fighting, hitting five fours and two sixes – both in the only over bowled by off-spinner Rob Keogh – as he dominated a sixth-wicket stand of 28 with David Wiese.

But when Sanderson returned to the attack Sussex’s last five wickets disappeared for 13 runs with Sanderson removing Wiese and Will Beer in the space of three balls before Keogh clung on to a good catch in the gully to remove Brown for 46 in the paceman’s next over.

Sanderson finished things off by bowling Aaron Thomason, Hutton having picked up his fourth wicket when wicketkeeper Adam Rossington held his fourth catch of the innings to remove Ollie Robinson.

Earlier, Buck hit a 59-ball half-century as Northants added a further 119 runs during the morning session before being bowled out for 331.

Resuming on 212 for 4, they lost their first three wickets to Robinson, who finished with match figures of 10 for 132. His performance was the lone positive for Sussex.

Buck was dismissed two balls after reaching his half-century when he top-edged a pull at Abi Sakande before left-arm spinner Rawlins picked up two wickets to finish with 3 for 34.


Glamorgan vs Worcestershire, Cardiff 11:00 AM (10:00 AM GMT)


Match Summary

Glamorgan 449 and 246-5 dec

Worcestershire - 370 and 146-1

Result - Match Drawn

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