Specsavers County Championship Match Updates and Reactions – August 18th – 21st
All the match updates and reactions from the latest round of the Specsavers County Championship 2019 August 18th – 21st
Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire North Marine Road, Scarborough 11:00
Yorkshire 232 and 338
Nottinghamshire 184 and 243
Result - Yorkshire won by 143 runs
Yorkshire claimed the six wickets they needed to secure their fifth Specsavers County Championship win of the season, beating struggling Nottinghamshire at Scarborough by 143 runs shortly after lunch on day four.
Notts, chasing an unlikely 387 - only once had they scored more in any Division One innings this season, started the day on 135 for four and were bowled out for 243 two overs into the afternoon.
Ben Duckett was unbeaten on 47, but he fell for an entertaining innings high 75 off 110 balls.
Liam Patterson-White, aged 20, also impressed on the way to his maiden fifty in his third game - 58 not out off 134.
For Yorkshire, South African Test left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj finished with six for 95 from 30 overs, including four today.
Yorkshire’s haul of 20 points maintains their place in third place after 11 games, and they will head into the final three rounds 37 points behind leaders Essex.
Winless Notts, who claimed three points, will end the day with the gap between themselves and second-bottom Warwickshire at least 42 points. The picture would change significant should the Bears beat second-placed Somerset at Edgbaston today.
Yorkshire had to wait 50 minutes for the breakthrough, which came in Duanne Olivier’s second over when Duckett got a leading edge as he looked to turn to leg, only for Will Fraine to take a smart tumbling catch at point.
That left the visitors at 181 for five in the 55th over, the 13th of the day, and ended a 78-run stand between Duckett and Patterson-White.
Olivier’s compatriot Maharaj then struck four overs later when Tom Moores turned his left-arm spin to short-leg, where Fraine took his second catch of the morning (187 for six in the 59th).
Inside the final half hour of regular time in the morning, Patterson-White reached his maiden fifty off 98 balls with an arrow straight six off Maharaj which thudded into the wall below the press box at the Peasholm Park End of the ground.
Tim Bresnan’s third ball of the day yielded the wicket of Paul Coughlin, caught at second slip by Adam Lyth as he tried to leave alone, with Notts now 218 for seven in the 70th over.
Shortly before, Coughlin had been struck on the helmet by an Olivier bouncer.
Maharaj then picked up his fourth wicket of the innings by bowling Luke Wood with a sharp turner - 219 for eight in the 71st.
Lunch was delayed by 15 minutes to see if the game could be finished, but Yorkshire’s ninth and 10th wickets came with successive deliveries in the 79th over when Maharaj trapped Luke Fletcher lbw and had Jake Ball caught behind.
The left-armer has taken 28 wickets in four games as Yorkshire’s overseas player.
Notts are rooted to the foot of Division One, but they showed signs of encouragement in this game.
They will, however, rue allowing Yorkshire to recover from 13 for four and 38 for five in the first innings to post 232. Then, in their reply, they slipped from 41 without loss to 184 all out.
In the next round of fixtures (September 10-13), after the conclusion of the Vitality Blast group stage and the quarter-finals, Yorkshire travel to Taunton to face Somerset, while Notts host Kent at Trent Bridge.
Taunton will be Maharaj’s last game before resuming international commitments.
Warwickshire v Somerset Edgbaston, Birmingham 11:00
Warwickshire 419 and 146
Somerset 308 and 258-5
Result - Somerset won by 5 wickets
Somerset’s pursuit for a maiden County Championship title remains on course as they defeated Warwickshire by five wickets on day four at Edgbaston.
Needing 250 to win with ten wickets in hand, the visitors chased down the target in 72.4 overs to secure an invaluable 21 points as they look to outlast Essex and Yorkshire who both won on Tuesday.
It would have seemed pretty optimistic to think a victory was possible when Somerset slumped to 166 for five on day two, but an excellent century from Steve Davies and strong bowling performance, led by Tom Abell, on day three gave the Taunton based side the advantage ahead of a defining final day.
The Bears bowled well, missing the bat several times, but key partnerships through the Somerset middle order between Tom Banton, who came through the Warwickshire Pathway, Pakistan international Babar Azam, George Bartlett and Dom Bess, frustrated the hosts.
Wicket-keeper Davies was the first wicket to fall, edging a wide Oliver Hannon-Dalby in swinger to Tim Ambrose for 16, with James Hildreth following 14 balls later.
The 34-year-old got stuck in his crease, trapped LBW by Hannon-Dalby who had to wait a little while for umpire Ian Gould to raise the finger.
There would be no hesitation following Henry Brookes’ appeal, however. The birthday boy, who turned 20, bowled a full delivery which Abell played around and struck his pads for 25.
But more quick wickets never came as Babar, who was playing his first County Championship fixture with a Test average of 53.29 in his past ten games, and Banton put on a stylish partnership of 90 from 178 balls to thrust the initiative back to the visitors.
Babar would eventually depart, trapped LBW by debutant George Garrett for 40 from 103 balls (eight fours), whilst Banton, who hit Jeetan Patel for a reverse sweep six, returned to the pavilion after an excellent catch from Tim Ambrose off the spinner for 66.
Any hope of a middle-order collapse were quickly dashed, however, by more professional batting from Bartlett (54 from 76 balls) and Bess (40 from 62 balls).
The pair showed their experience blending attack with defence in conditions that were ideal for batting.
Resuming after tea on 215 for five, needing 43 more, it would take the duo just 8.4 overs to chase down the 258 total they were set late on day three.
Their partnership, which closed at 88 from 102 balls, could prove to be vital in a title race that looks to be heading down the wire.
Somerset sit just two points behind league leaders Essex and they’ll be comforted by the fact they face their rivals at Taunton in the final game of the season.
Warwickshire, however, will rue their opportunities in a match they dominated for two-and-a-half days and included a maiden first-class ton for 19-year-old Rob Yates.
The Bears would have gone a long way to securing their Division One status with a victory but instead hold a 42 point lead over winless Nottinghamshire with three games to go.
Warwickshire Head Coach Jim Troughton…
“Two days into that game we’ve performed very well against a very good side who are near the top of the table.
“I thought Rob Yates played really well. 141 in the first innings, he backed it up with another fifty just shows the mental strength he’s got.
“Having come out of T20 cricket I was really pleased with the skill level they showed, but the third innings has killed us. It’s as simple as that.
“Whether that’s the amount of energy the guys have used to get us into that position, whether there’s a few tired shots, although I thought Somerset bowled how well we know they can bowl as a group, or maybe a few minds who thought ‘someone else will get the runs’.
“With a 111 lead you just need two partnerships, or even one partnership really, to get yourself to a 300 lead where you start putting the opposition under pressure.
“As it looks now, 250 wasn’t enough, we know that, but another 50 runs would have been a challenge and we really needed to kill that game.
“When you have a hundred lead you should really be looking to do that.”
On George Garrett’s debut…
“He signed a professional contract last week and he’s down the road at University.
“He’s come through the academy and what he has done over the last month to six weeks is to stand out in second team cricket.
“We have been stretched this year with seven frontline bowlers out, including four for the season, so we’ve been tested as a squad.
“George is a young lad who has shown the consistency to bowl a length, bowl long spells and back that up, which is really what you need in four-day cricket.
“We challenged him to get Babar out, so to do that in the second innings, he’ll be extremely proud of that.
“He’s a great lad and the team are really happy for him. He should be really proud with what he’s achieved in this game.”
Somerset Captain Tom Abell…
“When we saved the follow-on I felt all three results were possible.
“Of course, it was going to take a great effort from us to get ourselves ahead of the game and we managed to do that yesterday.
“I thought we bowled really well and those lower order partnerships, which helped us avoid the follow-on, I think were a big momentum shift in the game.
“The last two, or even three days we’ve done really well as after day one we were really up against it at 300 for four.
“To come back like we have done is something we talk about a lot when we’re in those positions and we managed to do that in this game.”
On their fourth day batting…
“It was always going to be tricky chasing on the final day.
“Obviously, there’s pressures associated as well but that partnership between Babar Azam and Tom Banton in tough circumstances was brilliant.
“I thought the way Georgie (George Bartlett) played this afternoon was mature beyond his years and showed a great temperament, alongside Bessy (Dom Bess) who had a great game.
“Those lower order partnerships show we’ve got guys who can bat all the way down and that was telling in this game.”
Kent v Essex, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury 11:00
Kent 226 and 40
Essex 114 and 153- 7
Result - Essex won by 3 wickets
In its 168 years Canterbury Cricket Week has never witnessed anything quite like it as Essex overcame a first-innings deficit of 112 to land an astonishing three-wicket Specsavers County Championship win with over a day to spare.
On a day when 26 wickets fell, even the festival week jazz band fell silent while casual conversations in marquees dropped to a whisper as four-day cricket made a dramatic return from its mid-season sojourn into the T20 jamboree.
At the start of an astounding third day’s play Essex, the Specsavers County Championship’s first division leaders, lost nine, first-session wickets for 82 runs to concede a first-innings lead of 112.
Harry Podmore bagged four for 34 for the hosts, while the ageless Darren Stevens – in his 44th year and making his 300th first-class appearance – chipped in with three for 17 including the prized scalp of Sir Alistair Cook.
If that weren’t thrilling enough, Kent then conspired to be bowled out for 40 inside 18.1 overs – their lowest ever total at The St Lawrence ground since the county first played here on August 2, 1847.
No home batsman reached double figures, three posted ducks while the highest stand proved to be a paltry 13 as Kent succumbed inside 18.1 overs. For their part, Essex conceded no extras, Mohammad Amir bagged two for 16, while Sam Cook starred during a nine-over spell from the Pavilion End.
The 22-year-old seamer from Chelmsford followed his first innings tally of five for 42 with a princely seven for 23 – a career-best innings return to go with his best ever match figures of 12 for 65 as Kent posted their lowest ever total against Essex, beating their previous worst display of 43, mustered at Southend in 1925.
Shell-shocked and seemingly downcast, Kent’s bowling attack took to the field well before tea, but Stevens soon raised home spirits by having Nick Browne caught in the cordon for his 497th first-class wicket.
After tea, Cook fell for the second time in the day when he nicked Matt Milnes to second slip. The former Nottinghamshire livewire then trapped Dan Lawrence lbw and, at 51 for three, Essex were clearly suffering from an attack of the jitters.
Ravi Bopara added to Stevens’ tally when he feathered an away-swinger to the keeper and then Tom Westley shouldered arms to a Mitch Claydon in-ducker to lose his off stump.
Claydon enticed Ryan ten Doeschate to follow one outside off to nibble another into the keeper’s gloves and, at 84 for six, Essex still required 69 for their eighth win of the campaign.
Experienced seventh-wicket partners Adam Wheater and Simon Harmer steadied the Essex ship with a crucial stand worth 57 that took Essex to within 12 runs of the win line before Claydon sent Harmer packing to the 15th lbw decision of the game.
It was left to Wheater, and a single to mid-wicket by Mohammad Amir to polish the job off with eight overs of the day remaining.
Despite the loss of 102 overs to rain during the opening two days of the match, the game was done and dusted within 189 overs, yet James Whittaker, the ECB’s cricket liaison officer for the fixture, attached “no blame to the pitch”.
So, Kent banked four points after suffering their first home defeat of the campaign, while Essex made the short journey home having strengthened their leadership with a 19-point return.
Surrey v Hampshire Kia Oval, London 11:00
Hampshire 367 and 253-5
Result - Match Drawn
LIAM Dawson’s fourth half-century of the season steered Hampshire to the safety of a draw on the final day of their County Championship fixture with hosts Surrey at the Oval.
The visitors looked in trouble after Amar Virdi’s three wickets reduced them to 175-5 shortly before tea, still 37 away from an innings defeat.
But, Dawson (65 not out), who got scored a century against the south London side in the Royal London Cup earlier in the season, proved their nemesis again, batting for two hours to take them to 253-5 in company with debutant Harry Came (23 not out) as they avoided defeat.
Earlier, Ollie Pope had completed a maiden County Championship double century to set up the hosts’ morning declaration, before hot-footing it to Headingly as England cover for possible concussion victim Jason Roy.
Surrey began the day 123 ahead and in need of quick runs.
Skipper Ben Foakes was bowled through the gate before the go button could be pressed, but Pope continued serenely onto his double hundred from 323 balls with 19 fours.
Clarke hoisted Dawson for a huge straight six to provide the necessary acceleration before being adjudged LBW to Fidel Edwards (5-125), though replays suggested the ball would have missed leg-stump.
The declaration came soon afterwards at 579-7 with Pope 221 not out.
This left Hampshire 212 in arrears and with 40 minutes to negotiate before lunch.
The hosts spurned a chance when Ryan Patel dropped Felix Organ at third slip when he’d made just eight, but they made the breakthrough with the last ball before the interval, Virdi having Ian Holland caught down the leg-side by Foakes.
There was more encouragement soon after the resumption when Clarke pinned England hopeful James Vince in front for just a single to leave Hampshire 39-2.
It was clear the visitors’ intent was to play positively in a bid to wipe out their arrears and get in front. However, Sam Northeast took that intention to extreme lengths with a string of streaky shots down through third man. And ultimately it proved his undoing when he slashed one from Morne Morkel to Scott Borthwick at slip.
Organ (77) meanwhile, was making the most of his earlier reprieve, racing to 50 in 55 balls with a six and eight fours.
The 20-year-old looked increasingly confident, but with a second century in as many matches beckoning, he like Northeast contributed to his own downfall, giving Virdi the charge and missing the ball to be stumped by Foakes.
The same combination would account for Rilee Rossouw before the end of the session, though the South African should probably reflect on why he was playing a needless sweep shot so close to an interval.
Hampshire were wobbling, but Dawson dug in, finding an ally in Came, who showed great composure or aa man making his first appearance six days shy of his 21st birthday as concussion replacement for Aneurin Donald, injured in the field on day three.
Dawson’s 50 came 63 balls to wipe out the arrears and the pair shared a half-century stand in the game’s dying embers.
MICHAEL DI VENUTO (Surrey)
“We did everything we could to win. We got to where we wanted to with the bat.
“Then we took an early wicket and had some early chances which we missed and on a wicket like that you can’t afford to miss chances. We needed everything to go our way.
“Amar Virdi bowled quite nicely but we didn’t really have anyone else to go with him.
“Ollie Pope obviously played an absolutely outstanding innings over the last couple of days.
“He’s spent a long time out without playing first-class cricket, so he was quite keen to get out there and make up for lost time and he certainly did that.
“He’s gone to Headingly on standby. He’s a talented young man and things can happen pretty quickly for him.
“I’m not too sure how much of him we’ll see in a Surrey shirt in the future, but we’ll certainly see plenty of him on TV.”
JAMES VINCE (Hampshire)
“I’m pleased with the way our batsmen fought.
“There were only really two outcomes possible when we came here today, so we got the best we could have hoped for.
“We said runs were important and that if you go into complete survival mode and don’t score your runs you put yourself under unnecessary pressure.
“I thought Felix played really well at the top of the order. It’s the first time I’ve really seen him bat and there’s big potential there.
“Morne (Morkel) hit him on the head first ball of the game, but it didn’t faze him one bit. He played the pace and spin bowlers really well today
“It was good to see Harry Came come in in his first knock in first-team cricket and apply himself as he did. To soak up some pressure against a decent bowling attack was great to see. He’s obviously got a bit about him which is pleasing for us moving forward.
“‘Daws’ (Liam Dawson) just showed his experience really, was still able to score when he could and to blunt their attack as well.”
Northamptonshire v Worcestershire The County Ground, Northampton 11:00
Northamptonshire 376 and 36-0
Worcestershire 186 and 223
Result - Northamptonshire won by 10 wickets
Northamptonshire launched themselves into the promotion places in Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship with a thumping 10 wicket win over Worcestershire at Wantage Road.
Needing to take another six wickets in Worcestershire’s second innings on day three, Northants bowled them out for 223 just after lunch and it left only 34 for victory. Rob Newton and Ben Curran saw off the target in only 4.3 overs to complete a 22-point victory, lifting them above Glamorgan and into the top three.
It was a match Northants completely dominated and with Leicestershire, Durham and Gloucestershire now to play in September, promotion is in their own hands.
Worcestershire lost for a sixth time this season with a performance devoid of confidence. They took only two points and any lingering hopes of re-entering the promotion race have now ended. But with matches against Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Sussex remaining could still have a big say in the promotion race.
Their captain Joe Leach spoke on the second evening of trying to battle back after two poor days and he and Moeen Ali enjoyed a positive opening 40 minutes of play as Worcestershire resumed 42 for 4 trailing by 148.
But Leach was the first wicket to fall, sweeping at Rob Keogh’s off-spin and being given out lbw for 27, and from there the visitors slid away and needed Riki Wessels' counterattacking 84 not out to avoid an innings defeat.
Moeen had a golden chance to regain some form on a pitch where batting looked straightforward the previous afternoon. Having looked horribly out of touch in the first innings, making a very scratchy 42, he was far more assured second time around.
He drove Brett Hutton pleasantly through cover in the opening over of the day, defended with confidence and advanced down the wicket to lift Dwaine Pretorius over mid-off for six.
But the ball following Leach’s dismissal was flicked down the leg side by Ben Cox to fine leg and Moeen charged back for a third run with Hutton having chased to the boundary. The throw was flat and right over the bails and Moeen was comfortably short of his ground and gone for 40 as Peter Such, the ECB's lead spin-bowling coach, looked on.
Moeen was later handed the new ball and sent down two long-hops and a moon ball over Newton’s head, completing a very disappointing return to the County Championship.
Moeen’s run out was the second wicket of a slide from 95 for 4 to 112 for 7 as Cox had his middle stump ripped out by a nip-backer from Petorius.
But Wessels always has the bit between his teeth when playing against his old county and played a typically-positive innings to pass fifty in 56 deliveries with six boundaries - the milestone reached via four overthrows taking quick single - to get Worcestershire past lunch.
After the break he flicked Blessing Muzarabani for six over square leg but was left stranded on 84 not out - his third score over 50 in the Championship this season.
He shared 54 with Ed Barnard who again showed a pleasant technique to reach 18 before Muzarabani, who replaced Nathan Buck as a concussion substitute on day two, angled a ball in and trapped Barnard lbw on the crease. Muzarabani also cleaned up Wayne Parnell for 7 before last man Josh Tongue - whose side strain will rule him out of the rest of the season - was caught at slip via an inside edge off Keogh.
The chase was given short shrift. Newton drove Moeen’s first ball for four through cover before pulling a long hop through midwicket for another boundary. A classic extra-cover drive then sped away from Leach before Curran ran a ball past third slip to complete a fine victory.
David Ripley said:
“Every morning we said how well we’ve played and picked out individuals who have been particularly strong and over three days we’ve been the better side and won very very well.
“There was a very important partnership between Alex Wakely and Dwaine Pretorius that set us up. Historically we’ve found it difficult to get in when batting has been at it’s easiest but here we did that and those two played exceptionally well.
“Ben Sanderson’s highly skilled new ball spell set us on the way and on the final morning the over with two wickets changed the belief of both sides and I always thought we’d win from there.
“We’ve got a good haul of points and are wedged in up at the top of the league. I’ve thought we’ve played some good cricket all season and now getting over the line a few times has got us to where we want to be with three games to go.”
Alan Richardson said:
“We’ve been outplayed for the duration of the game. We had glimpses of some good performances from individuals but collectively nothing anywhere near sustainable enough to compete.
“We haven’t produced at the top of the order this season. We backed ourselves to get through the first session of the game but couldn’t do that. Brett Hutton bowled really well but you have to battle it out and build because from there, the wicket was good for a day and a half.
“They did the basic things for longer than we did and when that happens it makes it very difficult.”
Durham v Leicestershire Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street 11:00
Durham 544-9 dec (Lees 181, Davis 3-100)
Leicestershire 236 and 363-8
Result - Match Drawn
A defiant century from Mark Cosgrove salvaged a draw for Leicestershire on the final day of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash against Durham at Emirates Riverside.
The Australian began the day unbeaten on 21, with his team still 155 runs behind the home side. He battled throughout to keep the Durham bowlers at bay, even using his head on one occasion. Cosgrove held his composure, scoring his first century of the campaign to save his team from defeat before bad light ended the contest.
Durham were frustrated in their attempts to claim the victory, although the pitch at the Riverside for once was not helpful to seam bowling. James Franklin's men remain in contention for promotion, extending their unbeaten run in the Championship to seven games, but they will need raise their game in their remaining matches to beat out their rivals.
Leicestershire began the day with Cosgrove and Colin Ackermann at the crease still trailing the home side by a significant margin. The two batsmen were able to see out the first hour with relative ease as the Durham bowlers were unable find life from the pitch. Cosgrove did provide one moment of bemusement in his otherwise untroubled morning, opting to leave a Ben Raine delivery that struck him straight on the helmet. Ackermann found his range to dispatch Liam Trevaskis for back-to-back boundaries before pulling Carse to the fence to bring up the fifty partnership from 139 deliveries. They fended off the threat in the morning session, reaching the interval unscathed, although still with work ahead to erase the deficit.
After the interval, Cosgrove continued his impressive stand by moving to his half-century, drilling the ball through the covers to the fence from a short Carse delivery. Ackermann joined his team-mate by hitting two boundaries from the same over, reaching his sixth fifty of the campaign. The duo carried on their resistance, working their way past their century stand. However, Ackermann fell to Trevaskis by edging the ball to first slip.
The home side attempted to put the clamps on Leicestershire, although Cosgrove remained a thorn in their side. Raine was able to dismiss Harry Dearden, who played down the wrong line and lost his off-stump. Nathan Rimmington's introduction into the attack from the Lumley End produced the wicket of Harry Swindells to give Durham hope of forcing a result at the tea break. Cosgrove and Gavin Griffiths held firm amid pressure from both seamers and spinners in the evening session. Durham captain Ned Eckersley tried to force the issue with time against his team after the visitors had edged into a slender lead.
Trevaskis and Cameron Steel struck to remove Griffiths and Chris Wright to put the pressure on. Cosgrove upped the ante to notch his century from 261 deliveries, saving the game for Leicestershire as bad light brought a premature end to the game.
Leicestershire coach John Sadler
"The lads have been superb. They were outplayed in the first half of the game, but we spoke last night that we could save this game and that's what we've done. Cosgrove was magnificent. He was in the zone today, batting for his life. It was fantastic and we were able to bat around him. I can speak highly enough of him. He's known throughout the world as an aggressive batsman, he plays pace well and all bowling well. He scores freely and he can take teams apart. Credit to him, he adapted his style for the innings. It's exactly what we needed as a team."
Durham coach James Franklin
"Mark Cosgrove played unbelievably well. He saved his team in a desperate position. The pitch was fairly docile and we knew that we were going to have to bowl very well to create chances, but he anchored it beautifully and deserved his hundred. They were behind in the game for pretty much the entirety, I'm sure they'll be absolutely delighted with the draw. I'm very pleased with our performance, I thought it was a very dominating performance right from the first day. The way we tried to win that game is the hardest way in four-day cricket to win the game - to bat big and then try to take 20 wickets. More so on a wicket that's a featherbed really. Considering we're at the Emirates Riverside we're not used to these sort of wickets. It's the way it was and the draw was the outcome."
Sussex v Middlesex 1st Central County Ground, Hove 11:00
Sussex 309 and 145-3
Middlesex 75 and 378
Result - Sussex win by 7 wickets
Sussex survived a determined recovery by Middlesex to beat them by seven wickets inside three days at Hove. It was their first victory in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two since they beat the same opposition at Lord’s at the start of June.
Middlesex had conceded a first innings advantage of 234 but some rearguard batting in their second innings, and particularly a last wicket stand of 79 in 16 overs between Steve Finn and Tim Murtagh, saw them reach a total of 378, setting a brittle Sussex batting line-up 145 to win.
That target looked even trickier when Phil Salt, driving loosely, was bowled between bat and pad by Tim Murtagh for 10, Tom Haines received a bail-trimmer from Steve Finn which angled into him before straightening and the out of form Harry Finch was out for a pair – his second in as many matches - when he edged a sharp ball from Murtagh into the slips.
That left Sussex struggling at 44 for three. But an unbroken century partnership between Alex Carey (69) and Luke Wells (48) saw Sussex home. The contest ended when spinner Nathan Sowter came on at 88 for three and Carey hit his first three deliveries for legside sixes, followed by another later in the over.
But the Sussex hero was still Ollie Robinson, who followed his 8-34 first innings return with another six wickets to give him a match haul of 14 for 135, the best by a Sussex bowler since Ian Thomson took 15 at Worthing in 1964.
Middlesex had started the day on 149 for four, still 85 runs behind. Sam Robson had added just seven runs to his score when he played forward to Robinson and edged the ball to Finch at second slip. But it would be the only Middlesex wicket to fall in the morning session.
The clean-striking Simpson went on to complete his fifty off 71 deliveries, with eight fours. At 247 for five, a lead of 13 runs and with four over remaining before lunch, Sussex took the new ball. Their rewards, though, would come after the interval.
Simpson had added just two runs to his lunch score when he shouldered arms to Robinson and had his off-stump knocked back for 89. Then Middlesex lost two more in two overs. Toby Roland-Jones was smartly stumped by Ben Brown off the bowling of Haines when he lifted his back foot. And it was 278 for eight when Nathan Sowter was caught behind off Robinson’s bowling.
Middlesex lost their ninth wicket at 299 when James Harris fell to the same Brown-Robinson combination for 66. It all might have been a bit more straightforward for Sussex if Harris had not been dropped on six, a dolly to Haines in the gully.
That miss felt even more painful for Sussex as the last wicket pair of Finn and Murtagh defied the bowlers. Finn’s innings of 56 from 65 balls, with six fours and two sixes, equalled his career best, the other being a five-hour vigil for England against New Zealand in Dunedin in 2012-13.
Glamorgan v Lancashire Colwyn Bay, Colwyn Bay 11:00
Glamorgan 257 and 138
Result - Lancashire won by an innings and 150 runs
Derbyshire v Gloucestershire Pattonair County Ground, Derby 11:00
Derbyshire 200 and 481-6 dec
Gloucestershire 409 and 263-2
Result - Gloucestershire win by 8 wickets
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