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SpecSavers County Championship News Round Up - Sept 10 - 13

SpecSavers County Championship News Round Up - Sept 10 - 13

All the match updates and reactions from the latest round of the Specsavers County Championship 2019 September 10th – 13th    

SpecSavers County Championship Division 1 

Warwickshire v Essex Edgbaston, Birmingham 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Warwickshire 517 all out

Essex – 324 and 158-2

Result - Match Drawn

Tom Westley led the way with 237 runs in the match as Essex batted out for a draw against Warwickshire in the Specsavers County Championship Division One at Edgbaston.

Having been bowled out for 324, 193 behind, Essex followed on and closed the final day on 158 for two as the match petered out in the Birmingham sunshine.

Westley added a second innings 97 (161 balls, 14 fours) to his first innings 141 (266 balls, 18 fours) as he and Alastair Cook (57 not out, 164 balls, seven fours) added 157 in 54 overs to shepherd their side to safety.

The draw secured Warwickshire's Division One status, condemning Nottinghamshire to relegation, but meant that Essex relinquished the initiative to Somerset in the race for the title. On the back foot throughout the match, the visitors never recovered from their decision to bowl first which backfired spectacularly as Warwickshire piled up 517.

After resuming on the final morning on 278 for six in their first innings, Essex added just 46 as Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel took six for 73. Patel struck twice in three balls as Adam Wheater was smartly caught by Sam Hain at short leg and Simon Harmer's leg-stump was knocked out.

To compound Essex's frustration, they fell one run short of a third batting point. When the last ball of the 110th over (the bonus points cut off) arrived, they were 299 for eight but Aaron Beard drove Olly Hannon-Dalby straight to short extra cover so a potentially vital point slipped away.

Westley's skilful resistance ended when he left one from Henry Brookes which flattened his off-stump before Patel removed Beard thanks to Liam Banks' catch at third slip.

Following on, Essex lost Nick Browne from the fourth ball of the innings when he edged George Garrett into the slips, but Cook and Westley made measured progress on a flattening pitch. The pair reached their half-centuries from 98 and 101 balls respectively as the game headed for stale-mate.

Cook resisted the temptation to accelerate in search of his first championship century against Warwickshire (he has scored two first-class tons against them for MCC and England) but Westley advanced to within three runs of recording a second century in a match for the first time before chipping Matt Lamb to mid-wicket.


Hampshire v Surrey Ageas Bowl, Southampton 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Hampshire 149 & 436

Surrey 163 & 151

Result - Hampshire won by 272 runs

Part-timer spinner Felix Organ sent Hampshire to their first Specsavers County Championship win in eight games as his maiden five-wicket haul condemned Surrey to a 272-run defeat at the Ageas Bowl.

Usually an opening batsman, Organ celebrated figures of five for 25 on his fifth first-class appearance– having only come on to bowl due to the umpires declaring it too dark for fast bowling.

Organ, who had scored a half-century with the bat earlier in the match, found good turn as he dismissed Ben Foakes, Jamie Smith, Rikki Clarke, Conor McKerr and Jordan Clark as Surrey were skittled for 151.

Hampshire, who hadn’t tasted Championship victory since winning on the Isle of Wight in May, took 21 points to reigning champion Surrey’s three – although both sides were safe ahead of the match, with no hope of challenging for the title.

It was also Hampshire's first victory over Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.

Surrey were given an imposing target of 424 in a smidgen under five sessions, knowing that a solid start was needed to platform any hopes of victory.

But that didn’t come as Keith Barker struck with his first delivery, the seventh of the innings, as Dean Elgar was caught behind off the face of the bat while attempting to leave.

In the fifth over, Kyle Abbott found Scott Borthwick attempting a straight drive but a slight nip away off the seam saw another nick through to Lewis McManus’ gloves.

That left the visitors 12 for two, and it became 37 for three six overs later as Mark Stoneman walked across his stumps and Ian Holland dislodged his leg stump.

Ollie Pope caressed a fine 40 but he too edged Abbott behind – the England hopeful furious with his nothing shot as he trudged back to the dressing room.

As bad light descended on the Ageas Bowl, the umpires advised that only slow bowling could be utilised, which Organ used to his advantage.

The 20-year-old off-spinner wouldn’t have been too proud of the long hop that Foakes lunged to Sam Northeast at mid-wicket but beautifully deceived Smith before McManus stumped him.

Organ then lured Clarke into an attacking hoick, which picked out Holland at deep midwicket, and McKerr was lbw.

Clark top-edged to Fidel Edwards to give Organ his fifth and Liam Dawson castled Morne Morkel for his 200th first-class wicket to wrap up the three-day triumph.

Earlier, McManus and Dawson both completed half-centuries as Hampshire extended their lead with 100 day three runs.

Dawson, who was 39 overnight, reached the milestone first from 82 balls, before McManus followed in two deliveries more slightly later – the pair putting on 117 for the seventh wicket.

The duo were both dropped, McManus on 21 at gully and Dawson on 78 at cover, before the second new ball dismissed them.

The former brilliantly caught by Ollie Pope at gully 61 while the latter moved to 88 before he was snaffled by Rikki Clarke at first slip.

Barker and Abbott scored 16 and 18 runs respectively to see the tail wag – but both departed, caught behind and stumped, to round off the innings.

Hampshire all-rounder Felix Organ:

“It all happened quite quickly at the end but on day one we knew there was going to be a result and we were quite comfortable with where we were in the game.

“We thought the pitch would get worse but it got better and the rate we scored at on day two allowed us to put a lot of pressure on them with the ball.

“It all came to plan today and we bowled well for a good win.

“The light got bad so we had to bowl spin. The first wicket was a bit of a drag down but then it suddenly came together.

“It is nice to have Barks in the side as he creates footmarks for the off-spinner.

“After I got one wicket I was like ‘here we go’ and the next thing I know I have five! It was crazy and I still can’t believe I have got all these wickets.”

Surrey head coach Michael Di Venuto:

“It was embarrassing. I have been involved in a lot of cricket and in the last two days we have dished up some of the worst cricket I’ve ever seen.

“If you look into it and you look at our position in the table and the way we have played, the numbers of the players we are carrying a lot of players in the team.

“We’ve got a lot of people who are not in good enough form. There isn’t a lot of confidence other than the stand out man Ollie Pope.

“The first session on the first day we played as a unit and look good, similar or last season, but the last two days was the worst cricket I’ve seen.

“I’ve told the players all that. They should be embarrassed.”


Nottinghamshire v Kent Trent Bridge, Nottingham 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Nottinghamshire 124 and 212

Kent 304 and 219

Result - Kent won by 227 runs

Kent duly completed their fourth victory of the Specsavers County Championship season as they defeated Nottinghamshire by 227 runs before tea on the third day at Trent Bridge.

The loss – Nottinghamshire’s sixth in a row – virtually confirms their relegation to Division Two.

Darren Stevens, who dominated the opening two days by scoring 88 and then taking five wickets in Nottinghamshire’s first innings, was again to the fore as the home county failed to show any resistance after being set a nominal victory target of 440.

Stevens claimed figures of five for 53 second time around, as Notts were bowled out for 212 in 51.2 overs.

Ravi Ashwin hung around for over two hours in making 55 but the script had already been written long before then.

Kent chose to bat on for a short while at the start of the day, before being bowled out for 259 in their second innings. Ashwin took the final two wickets to finish with five for 89 for the hosts.

Harry Podmore was bowled for 16, swishing vigorously at the spinner and then Jordan Cox, who had resumed his innings after retiring hurt on the second day, was given out lbw for 20, giving the Indian international his ninth wicket of the match.

Notts sprang something of a surprise by sending Steven Mullaney and Ben Duckett out to open at the start of their chase – Ben Slater and Jake Libby had done it in the first innings.

The first wicket duo added 27 before Mullaney elected not to play at Darren Stevens and was castled in the sixth over.

Two balls later Chris Nash followed, struck lbw having also opted to leave the ball alone.

Duckett had played positively for his 20 but then deflected a Podmore delivery onto the stumps. Slater was also dismissed in the session, given out lbw to Stevens for 19 – the all-rounder completing a spectacular match with his 500th wicket for the county.

Matt Milnes bowled Libby with the final ball of the morning session to send the hosts into the break on 91 for five.

Two convincing boundary shots from Tom Moores were followed by a tame steer to point but Kent’s victory celebrations were put on hold as Ashwin and Paul Coughlin combined in a defiant partnership of 75 which spanned 92 minutes.

Stevens – who else? – returned to the attack to accelerate the outcome by having Coughlin caught behind for 39.

Ashwin, who had reached his 50 from 77 balls, fell to Rayner at the other end and the tail didn’t delay anyone for too long, giving Kent their first double over Notts since 2003.

Nottinghamshire’s relegation now seems certain and will be confirmed on Friday if Warwickshire – who have the upper hand – either win or draw their match against Essex at Edgbaston


Matt Walker (Kent Head Coach)

“I’m really pleased. After our disappointment against Essex (last match), where we crumbled in a heap. To come here against a fighting Notts side, who had to win, from ball one we’ve played some fine cricket.

“I’m really pleased, we wanted to finish the season off well. Ewe had set our sights on three wins from the final three wins, so one from one and I’m pleased with the team performance.”

On staying up…and confounding the pre-season odds on staying up….

“When you come up and look at the sides around you – and the bookmakers do the same – it’s not unfair for people to make the assessment about a side like us coming up. It’s a very obvious thing, I suspect. But I certainly didn’t believe that would be the case and believe strongly in the group that we’ve got. I’m proud that we’ve proved people wrong and rather than looking towards the bottom of the table we’re actually looking towards the top as we go into the final stages.”

On Darren Stevens’ performance…

“I’m very pleased with how he batted, more than how he bowled. Those runs at that stage of the game were very important. He hasn’t batted as well as he would have liked in this format and that was vintage Darren with the bat, which was great to see. And with the ball he’s been fantastic for the last few wickets, as he has been for however many years.”


Steven Mullaney, (Notts captain)

Thoughts on the defeat….

“Embarrassing, hurtful – basically we are relegated now and it’s not a nice feeling. I’ve been here before and it doesn’t get any easier.

“But the way the whole season has gone has been well below what we expect of everybody, myself included. We’ve still got a bit of pride left to play for but that is pretty much it.

“We’re not many any excuses, we’ve not scored enough runs, collectively or individually and not built any partnerships for a long time. It’s just not acceptable. I’m embarrassed, everyone’s embarrassed.”




Somerset v Yorkshire Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Somerset 199 and 329

Yorkshire 103-9 and 127-9

Result - Somerset won by 298 runs

Somerset’s hopes of a first ever County Championship title were given a massive boost by a crushing 298-run victory over Yorkshire inside three days at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

Set an unlikely 426 to win, the visitors were bowled out for just 127, with Will Fraine forced to bat at seven with a runner because of a knee problem and Ben Coad absent ill. Seamer Josh Davey claimed a career-best five for 21 from 11.2 overs.

Somerset had earlier built on their overnight second innings score of 269 for five before being dismissed for 329, George Bartlett making 47, Roelof van der Merwe 30 and Jamie Overton 18, including 2 two towering sixes.

Keshav Maharaj returned five for 122 for match figures of 10 for 176 to become Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker this season with 38 in only five appearances.

Somerset took 19 points from the game to Yorkshire’s three and, with Essex battling to save their Championship game against Warwickshire, the Cider county look set to enter the last two games in pole position to win the competition.

The day began with Somerset looking to add quick runs. They lost Lewis Gregory (39), Bartlett  and Dom Bess early on, but van der Merwe and Overton produced some lusty blows to take the lead beyond 400.

There was a moment of humour when van der Merwe pulled a ball towards the boundary, ran while following the path of the ball, and crashed into bowler Tim Bresnan in mid-pitch. Both sturdily-built men went down, but with no injury resulting from an incident inevitably bound for Twitter.

When van der Merwe fell to Maharaj, it meant the left-arm spinner had taken 31 wickets in six innings against Somerset. But the home side were buoyant over what looked sure to be a winning lead and soon set about finishing the match.

Adam Lyth was brilliantly caught low down at third slip by Overton off Davey with only seven on the board and Gary Balance fell in the final over before lunch, caught behind off a snorter from Overton.

Jonathan Tattersall had replaced Fraine as Lyth’s opening partner and he was unbeaten on 14 at the interval, with Yorkshire 47 for two.

That became 54 for three when Tattersall, on 20, was caught at first slip by James Hildreth looking to withdraw the bat from a delivery by Overton, who was working up good pace from the Somerset Pavilion End.

Harry Brook fell to a poor shot, bowled playing back to van der Merwe, and it was 94 for five when Bresnan, who had pulled a defiant six off Gregory, was run out by a direct hit from Bess at backward point after a mix-up with Tom Kohler-Cadmore over a single.

Kohler-Cadmore edged another catch to Hildreth off the impressive Davey, who quickly followed up by pinning Maharaj leg-before for a duck and taking a return catch to remove the stricken Fraine.

Steve Patterson delayed the inevitable with a fighting 24 not out, but when Duanne Olivier was well caught by Bess over his shoulder at point off Davey, the Yorkshire innings ended before tea, with Coad unable to bat.

Davey, playing only his fourth Championship match of the season, returned match figures of eight for 51. It was Yorkshire's fifth heaviest first class defeat in terms of runs.

Somerset travel to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire next week before a potentially historic home game against Essex, starting on Monday September 23.


Somerset head coach Jason Kerr said: "I am not mentioning the title in the dressing room. Of course, we are aware of people outside discussing it because it would be a first for the club and has long been described as the 'Holy Grail'.

"But we want to continue focussing on one game at a time and going about things the way we have done all season. We try to build pressure on the opposition, which is something the lads have done really well, and if you do it for long enough, the rewards will come.

"Tom Abell and I had a discussion before the game and thought the pitch would suit Josh Davey. He has had a frustrating season because of an injury at the wrong time and has not played as often as he would have liked.

"So it was great to see him return career-best figures. Now it is on to Hampshire next week. There will be some tricky selection decisions ahead of that game because we are creating an environment where everyone is desperate to play."


Adam Lyth, who passed 10,000 first class runs for Yorkshire in the game, said: "That's something I am very proud of. Hopefully, I am still young enough to build on that figure and achieve some more milestones.

"But it was a very disappointing game for us. We were well and truly outplayed by a good young side and now all we can do is put everything into our last two games and finish as high as possible in the table.
"We were in a good position at the end of day one. When you bowl a side out for 199 you think you are in the game, but to lose all our remaining wickets in 50 minutes at the start of day two was unacceptable.

"Credit to Somerset for playing some very good cricket. We were beaten by a better team."


SpecSavers County Championship Division 2

Gloucestershire v Sussex County Ground, Bristol 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Gloucestershire 200 and 243

Sussex 370 and 74-2

Result - Sussex won by 8 wickets

Sussex completed a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire on the final day at Bristol to further boost their Division Two promotion hopes.

Philip Salt and Stiaan van Zyl staged an unbroken third-wicket stand of 41 as Sussex successfully chased down a modest victory target of 74 with 52 overs to spare to move to within 11 points of the promotion places with two games to play.

Any lingering hopes that Gloucestershire, who resumed on 197-6, might retrieve a parlous situation were dashed when their last four wickets yielded only 46 runs more as they were dismissed for 243 in their second innings. Chris Jordan and Delray Rawlins claimed two wickets apiece to prevent the tail wagging and raise the prospect of an inside-the-distance victory.

Sussex progress was not altogether smooth thereafter, Luke Wells hooking a short-pitched delivery from David Payne straight to Ben Charlesworth at deep backward square leg with 13 on the board.

Tom Haines followed him back to the pavilion soon after lunch, caught by James Bracey at second slip off the bowling of Matt Taylor for 10. But Salt calmed any nerves, playing the percentages in an assured innings of 30 not out from 54 balls, while van Zyl posted an identical score, providing post-lunch acceleration to hasten the end.

Sussex took 23 points to move up to fifth in the table, while Gloucestershire, who had to be content with four points, drop to third behind Northants, who improved their position by defeating Leicestershire at Grace Road.

There was a silver lining of sorts for the home side, who successfully wiped out a run rate of minus-four to at least avert the threat of being docked penalty points.

Gloucestershire's avowed intention to dig in and make Sussex work hard for victory on the final day lasted just four balls as Jack Taylor aimed a loose drive at a wide delivery from Jordan and was caught at the wicket in the very first over.

That error of judgment was compounded when Ryan Higgins departed in identical fashion, flashing hard at another wide delivery from Jordan and edging a catch behind as Gloucestershire effectively ran up the white flag of surrender.

Within the space of 12 balls and 15 minutes, Gloucestershire had contrived to hand Sussex the game on a plate, their last realistic prospect of setting a testing target having returned to the pavilion in high dudgeon.

It was left to the unheralded pair of Payne and Matt Taylor to serve up tail-end resistance in the form of an obdurate ninth-wicket stand of 38 in 13 overs. Frustrated in his attempts to bring about a swift conclusion, Sussex captain Ben Brown called upon five different bowlers in his quest for a breakthrough. Rawlins eventually came up trumps, locating Payne's outside edge to provide the lithe Jordan with an opportunity to take a fine one-handed slip catch low to his right.

He concluded the innings in his next over, clean bowling the swinging Shannon Gabriel and leaving Taylor high and dry on 28 not out.

Sussex coach Jason Gillespie said: "We are aware of the situation - if we win our last three games, then we have a great chance of getting to Division One. We've had an up and down season, but are coming good at the right time. I think our defeat at Durham was a turning point. Being bowled out for less than a hundred was unacceptable and we've scored a lot more runs since then. Scoring runs on the pitches at Bristol is never easy and I was pleased with the way the guys applied themselves, particularly in the first innings. Winning in Bristol is hard to do and we have to be pleased with this result. I thought the bowlers were really disciplined as a group and that is something we need to take into the next game. It made a change for us not to rely on Ollie Robinson alone to take the wickets.

"I've asked Trevor Bayliss if we can have Joffre Archer back for the last game, but the answer was no. That's fair enough, it was what I expected. We had a bit of a joke about it one the phone. We've decided not to bring in another overseas players for the last few games, like some of the other counties have done. We'll go with what we've got."

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: "It is still too soon after the event to sit down and dissect what happened. But it is obvious that we didn't bat or bowl well enough. The game was effectively lost in the first innings. We knew the ball would seam around on the first day, but our shot selection left a lot to be desired. Again, in the second innings, the mode of dismissal was disappointing. It's something we've spoken about and we need to put it right in the next game up at Worcestershire. We've been pretty good at putting decent first-innings scores on the board at Bristol this season, but we didn't execute that part of our game as well as we could have on this occasion. 

"Winning games here in Bristol has proved incredibly difficult, especially at this time of year, and it's maybe a good thing that we're away from home next week. Shannon Gabriel was a bit under the weather today and didn't bowl, but he will be available for selection at New Road. We're still in the promotion places and we know what we have to do. The important thing now is to focus on what we are doing, not on what is going on elsewhere."

Lancashire v Derbyshire Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Lancashire 418

Derbyshire 244 and 129

Result - Lancashire won by an innings and 45 runs

While it might take a mathematical genius to work out the exact equation needed, it was reckoned to be around five past five when Glamorgan were bowled out at New Road that Lancashire knew they would be returning to county cricket’s top-flight.

Ifs, buts and maybes still remained however, and it was not until the unfortunate figure of an injured Ravi Rampaul walked out to bat in the swirling rain and proceeded to hit Matt Parkinson straight up in the air that promotion could properly be celebrated.

That the Red Rose have regained their Division One status with two games to spare will doubtless come as a relief to those supporters so used to final day arithmetic, but it is no less than Lancashire deserve, after an unbeaten season which has seen them ruthlessly put away opponents in much the same way as Derbyshire were ground down on this third day.

It was not all bad for the visitors who actually enjoyed a profitable morning session, taking four wickets as Lancashire progressed to 365 for 6 and a first innings lead of 121.

This came after their disheartened bowlers took just a single wicket on day two, but once Derbyshire grabbed the new ball they immediately profited, with Liam Livingstone only managing to add one run to his overnight score before he edged a rising delivery from Rampaul to wicket keeper Harvey Hosein for 71.

Livingstone's dismissal broke a third wicket partnership of 199 with Josh Bohannon, but he was quickly followed back to the dressing room by Glen Maxwell who was out first ball, playing on to Rampaul in what is the Australian's final appearance of the season for the Red Rose.

Bohannon's long vigil finally ended soon after when he edged to Wayne Madsen at first slip off Fynn Hudson-Prentice for a brilliant debut first class century, with his total of 174, including 23 fours and two sixes. He is just one of Lancashire’s young players who could prosper at the higher level.

Rob Jones and Lancashire skipper Dane Vilas proceeded to build a partnership of 67 for the sixth wicket, with the South African reaching 1,000 runs for the season and bringing up his own half-century, before he nicked behind off Anuj Dal on the stroke of lunch.

Resuming on 365 for 6 after lunch the hosts immediately looked to add quick runs and Tom Bailey had progressed nicely to 26 when he was run out attempting a quick single by a direct throw from Dal who then clean bowled Jones for 37.

Parkinson was trapped in front by Matt Critchley for one before Dal, who finished with figures of 3 for 60, did the same to Saquib Mahmood (7) as Lancashire were bowled out for 418.

Under darkening Manchester skies, Bailey then got the early breakthrough when he enticed Luis Reece to drive at a wide one and play on to his stumps for six.

Bailey followed up with the prize wicket of first innings century maker Billy Godleman who was lbw for 10 to leave Derbyshire 49 for 2 at tea with Wayne Madsen and Leus Du Plooy set to negotiate a tricky evening session.

It always looked a big ask for a side with little to play for and with one eye on their forthcoming appearance at the T20 Blast finals day and perhaps unsurprisingly a trickle became a torrent when Madsen edged Bailey to Livingstone at slip before spin took over and Maxwell accounted for Du Plooy the same way.

Critchley became Parkinson’s first victim, trapped in front for one, with Alex Hughes next to go, brilliantly caught by Richard Gleeson at backward square leg for 33 off Maxwell.

It was all over bar the shouting and Derbyshire meekly rolled over, losing their last three wickets for no runs in 11 balls as Fynn Hudson-Prentice was run out, Dal was stumped and Rampaul skied one off Parkinson, who finished with 3-28, to seal the deal.

Cue the celebrations and a victory march which should see Lancashire claim the Division Two title with just five points needed over the next two games. Put away that abacus.


Middlesex v Durham Lord's, London 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Middlesex 143 & 151

Durham     147 & 191

Result - Durham beat Middlesex by 44 runs at Lord’s


Brydon Carse produced a career-best six-wicket haul as Durham beat Middlesex by 44 runs at Lord’s.

The South-African born seamer took 6-26 including a match-winning post-lunch burst of 5-9 as Durham bowled out the hosts for 151 on the third afternoon.

Victory keeps alive Durham chances of promotion, while defeat for Middlesex means they will spend a third successive season in Division 2 in 2020.

Middlesex began the day needing 175 more to win, but it didn’t take long for their chase to hit a bend in the road.

Nick Gubbins hit two early fours, but his stay was an all-too brief one as he nicked the 16th ball of the day bowled by Carse into the hands of Alex Lees at slip.

Stephen Eskinazi lasted just three balls before becoming Chris Rushworth’s 61st victim of the season, trapped LBW after only getting half forward.

And when the home side’s skipper and batting talisman Dawid Malan followed shortly afterwards LBW to Ben Raine, they were 45-3.

In contrast to his playing partners, Sam Robson (65) played with increasing authority, producing trademark square cuts and some beautiful on-drives in reaching 50 off 87 balls with 10 fours, the fifth time he had passed the landmark in Championship cricket this summer.

Max Holden, despite struggling to find any touch, provided valuable support in a stand of 54 before Raine returned to pin him in front shortly before lunch.

And when Rushworth ended Robson’s vigil with just the fourth ball after the resumption, the hosts were struggling again at 107-5.

Under clear skies, a sharp contrast to much of the rest of the match, batting should have been an easier proposition. But Carse struck twice in the space of three balls, first finding the edge of George Scott’s bat to give Ned Eckersley another catch, before removing the normally obdurate James Harris second ball for nought.

Debutante Miguel Cummins had shown some batting promise in the first innings but he too came under Carse’s spell, a Yorker ending his brief stay.

The five-for came when Simpson, Middlesex’s last hope of unlikely salvation, also had his furniture disturbed.

And  the wicket which sealed the career-best brought victory when last man Tim Murtagh missed with a big slog, sending his stumps awry.



"We didn’t get very close and I’m angry.

"We let ourselves down. I think we were 99-3 or something like that. We’d got ourselves into a very decent position, but have then fallen away in a very dispiriting way.

"Everybody is trying their socks off and everybody cares, but we have got to be better than that because it’s not good enough.

"Max (Holden) stuck around with Sam (Robson) and they added 50, even though it wasn’t coming off the bat in the way he would have wanted. It is about getting in that contest and finding a way and with the bat on too many occasions this season we haven’t found a way."


"We always knew we would have to be patient today and that when we did get a break through things could move quickly as it had done throughout the game, so I’m happy to contribute again.

"We earmarked Robson and Malan as the two key batsmen. I mean they have scored most of the runs this season for Middlesex, so to get Robson out first over after lunch I think that was massive for us.

"We almost felt the momentum change and go towards us, so yes, credit to Chris (Rushworth).

"Funnily enough, Chris has said all week that the lamb chops are unbelievable at Lord’s, so when they were on the menu for lunch today I proper dug in.

"That was probably one of the better spells that I’ve bowled and to do it here at Lord’s it’s unbelievable.

"Everything just clicked. We’ve spoken throughout the whole game that you have got to try and target the stumps here and I’d like to know the stats on how many wickets were LBW and bowled. I’d imagine it’s quite a few, but I’m just buzzing to get a few wickets."




Worcestershire v Glamorgan Blackfinch New Road, Worcester 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Worcestershire 205 and 299

Glamorgan 193 and 156

Result - Worcestershire won by 155 runs

Worcestershire are celebrating their first Specsavers County Championship win since mid May after a century from Daryl Mitchell and some fine pace bowling – mixed with some poor shot selection -- earned them a 155 run success over Glamorgan at Blackfinch New Road.

Mitchell struck an excellent 139 spanning six hours and the veteran opener formed the bedrock of Worcestershire’s second innings total of 299 all out.

Glamorgan were left a target of 312 and Joe Leach, Ed Barnard, Charlie Morris and Moeen Ali worked their way through their batting line-up in double quick time as they were dismissed for 156 in 38.2 overs.

It was Worcestershire’s first win in 10 Championship matches after a season of disappointment in red ball cricket in which they had one of the pre-season promotion favourites.

But defeat dealt another serious blow to Glamorgan’s hopes of securing a first promotion for 15 years.

It was their third heavy setback in a row after going under by innings and 150 runs to Lancashire and 256 runs to Middlesex.

Leach immediately put Glamorgan on the back foot when they began their reply.

Nick Selman (0) edged the second ball of the innings to Mitchell at second slip and Nick Cullen (5) pushed forward and was bowled.

In between Cullen had also been involved in a mix up with Brathwaite (0) which resulted in the latter being run out by Barnard’s direct hit from cover with both batsmen stranded at the non-striker’s end.

Barnard came into the attack and accounted for Lloyd (29) after he looked to turn him on the on-side and lost his leg bail.

Then Samit Patel (7) played a similar shot against the England Lions player and was lbw.

Morris followed up his five wickets in the first innings with two wickets in an over as Billy Root (26) drove loosely to Barnard at point – a chance held at the second attempt – and Ruaidhri Smith (4) went lbw.

It became 128-8 when Timm van der Gugten (13) attempted a pull against Adam Finch and skied a chance to Moeen Ali at mid-wicket and then the England all-rounder bowled Chris Cooke (45) after he went for a drive.

Moeen ended proceedings when Lukas Carey (12) was pouched on the mid wicket boundary.

Earlier Mitchell had ended a lean spell with the bat by completing his second Championship century of the campaign.

His only other Championship hundred of the summer had been achieved in his very first innings of 2019 against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground.

Worcestershire resumed on 153-2 and Mitchell and Jack Haynes (31) extended their partnership to 69 in 34 overs before the latter tried to sweep Patel and was lbw.

Patel struck again with a delivery which popped on Alex Milton (5) with keeper Cooke grabbing the chance at the second attempt.

Riki Wessels made a quickfire 32 before he was trapped lbw by Michael Hogan who collected another scalp when keeper Ben Cox (0) was caught behind.

Mitchell went to three figures off 243 balls with his 14th boundary – his 36th hundred for Worcestershire.

Van der Gugten held onto a return catch from Barnard (6) and then Leach (4) clipped the same bowler to mid wicket.

Morris (1) was bowled by Patel, who finished with 4-59 from 30 overs, and the innings ended with Mitchell short of his ground going for a second run after a mix-up with Adam Finch.


Leicestershire v Northamptonshire Fischer Grace Road, Leicester 10:30 AM

Match Summary

Leicestershire 308 and 189

Northamptonshire 357 and 142-3

Result - Northamptonshire won by 7 wickets

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