LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 4: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 30th 2021
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP – Match Scorecards
Leicestershire vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship
Leicestershire 136/10 (55.1 ov) & 378/5 (123.1 ov)
Middlesex 295/10 (111 ov) & 218/10 (82.1 ov)
Result – Leics won by 5 wickets
A superb 185 from Australian Test opener Marcus Harris enabled Leicestershire to break their duck for the LV=Insurance County Championship season by chasing down 378 to pull off a remarkable come-from-behind victory over Middlesex.
Leicestershire had been 159 in arrears on first innings after being bowled out for 136 but Harris and skipper Colin Ackerman, who made an unbeaten 126, shared a stand of 243 for the third wicket as Middlesex slipped to a sixth defeat, leaving them bottom of Group Two.
Although they suffered some jitters towards the end, Ackermann hit the winning runs to see them home by five wickets to complete the third highest successful fourth-innings run chase in Leicestershire’s history, bettered only when they reached targets of 391 to beat Derbyshire in 1947 and 381 to beat Northamptonshire in 1980, each time at Grace Road.
The match had sharp echoes of the 2018 meeting between these sides on this ground, when Middlesex, having been 194 behind on first innings, chased down 381 in the last innings to pull off an unlikely win, albeit by just one wicket.
The omens did not look good for Leicestershire when Sam Evans fell to the seventh ball of the day, caught behind down the leg side for the second time in the match with only eight runs added to their overnight score and still 295 needed.
Yet Middlesex’s young bowling attack could not claim another wicket before the final session when a weary Harris stabbed at one outside off stump and was caught behind off 22-year-old Thilan Walallawita, one of their two young spinners.
Shortly afterwards, Ackermann completed his first century for three years when he swept the same bowler for his 16th four, having faced 229 balls.
The Sri Lankan-born left-armer Walallawita set nerves jangling in the home crowd when he had new batsman Lewis Hill leg before in the next over.
Then Ackermann was dropped at third man by Martin Andersson off Ethan Bamber on 103 with 37 still required.
With 23 still needed, Leicestershire lost another wicket when Bamber uprooted Harry Swindells’s middle stump as the pressure began to tell but Ackermann and Ben Mike stayed calm, the captain hitting the winning runs when he swept leg-spinner Luke Hollman for three to fine leg with 23 balls to spare.
The left-handed Harris, who has 10 Test caps to his name, hit 21 fours and a six, having faced 311 deliveries. Until he was out, the only semblance of a chance he offered was on 175, when he was a whisker away from being caught and bowled by 20-year-old Hollman, who was unlucky that an impressive performance gained no reward.
The result underlined the value of Chris Wright’s six for 48 in Middlesex’s second innings to keep Leicestershire in the game.
Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1, County Championship
Warwickshire 341/10 (119.1 ov) & 264/10 (85.1 ov)
Nottinghamshire 297/10 (95.2 ov) & 138/10 (65.3 ov)
Warwickshire won by 170 runs
Warwickshire blew the LV=Insurance County Championship Group A wide open after beating Nottinghamshire by 170 runs in a pulsating contest at Edgbaston.
Set a victory target of 309 in 74 overs, the visitors were bowled out for 138 with eight overs to spare as spinner Danny Briggs followed up his important runs in the match with a decisive spell of 24.3-14-36-4.
After the Bears took their overnight 201 for six to 264 all out (Michael Burgess (80, 128 balls, 11 fours, Briggs 50, 122 balls, eight fours, Liam Fletcher four for 38, Zak Chappell three for 64), they bowled with collective skill to close out a thrilling victory.
At 89 for five, Nottinghamshire had no choice but to abandon their quest for a fourth successive victory and their hopes of defending out for a draw were scuppered as the Bears maintained the pressure with disciplined bowling supported by excellent fielding.
In the morning, Burgess and Briggs took their partnership to 103 in 33 overs before the former top-edged a sweep at Liam Patterson-White to slip. Craig Miles was soon run out by Ben Slater’s direct hit, before Fletcher rattled the stumps of Briggs and Liam Norwell.
Norwell then soon struck with the ball as Haseeb Hameed edged to wicketkeeper Burgess and two big wickets fell in successive overs when Ben Duckett swept Danny Briggs to Rob Yates at deep square and Ben Slater nicked Tim Bresnan behind. A brilliant leg-side stumping by Burgess off seamer Olly Hannon-Dalby dismiss the dangerous Joe Clarke and when Steven Mullaney pulled Hannon-Dalby to deep square, it was 89 for five.
Lyndon James and Tom Moores ate up valuable time in a stand of 16 overs, but when both fell in quick succession, Moores leaving a straight one from Will Rhodes and James edging Briggs begin the visitors were vulnerable again.
When Briggs winkled out Chappell, caught at silly point, he had post-tea figures of 10-10-0-2. Patterson-White’s 72 minutes of defiance ended rather unluckily when a defensive shot off Miles dropped the ball back on to the stumps.
That left numbers ten and 11 with 11 overs to survive – and they managed just three before Fletcher was bowled an absolute pearler from Biggs to the delight of a boisterous crowd in the Birmingham sunshine.
Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Lancashire 509/9d (173.4 ov)
Yorkshire 159/10 (64.1 ov) & 271/10 (136.2 ov)
Lancashire won by an innings and 79 runs
Saqib Mahmood claimed his first first-class five-for and Matthew Parkinson added three wickets as Lancashire won a Roses LV= Insurance County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford for the first time in 21 years.
Seamer Mahmood claimed two early wickets as Yorkshire slipped to 92 for four, still 258 runs behind, but the visitors resisted until deep into a thrilling evening session.
Mahmood returned to strike twice more and leg-spinner Parkinson claimed the winning wicket when Dom Bess was caught at slip with 40 balls remaining.
Lancashire’s win by an innings and 79 runs keeps them top of Group Three and ensures they have the only unbeaten record in county cricket after four wins in seven games.
They are 26 points clear of Northamptonshire in third place, with Yorkshire only two points clear of the Wantage Road side.
Skilful Mahmood was brilliant at either end of the day on an abrasive pitch.
Harry Brook top-scored with 52 for Yorkshire and Bess 46.
This was Lancashire’s first Roses Championship win at Old Trafford since 2000 and first at any venue since 2011.
Parkinson’s leg-spin was likely to be the chief threat, but Mahmood finished with five for 47 from 26 overs.
He ousted Will Fraine and nightwatchman Steve Patterson – 92 for four. Fraine’s middle stump was uprooted by an in-swinger before Patterson lost his off stump with one that moved away.
Mahmood bowled an opening seven-over spell of two for two before fifth-wicket pair Brook and George Hill started the fightback by sharing 59 in 27 overs through the majority of the morning.
Tom Bailey bowled Hill for 18 as the score fell to 151 for five in the 81st over, the second of the afternoon and the first with the new ball.
Brook reached his fifth fifty of the campaign off 104 balls, only to fall lbw as Parkinson struck him on the boot, leaving the score 180 for six after 93 overs – a minimum of 50 remaining.
Bess was handed a life on 17 by Liam Livingstone at slip off Parkinson with 45 overs remaining.
The off-spinner shared 58 in 28 overs with wicketkeeper Harry Duke either side of tea before the latter shouldered arms and was bowled by Luke Wood for 29 – 238 for seven with 22 remaining.
Mahmood returned to get Jordan Thompson and Ben Coad caught behind in successive overs – Yorkshire 271 for nine with 7.3 overs remaining – before Parkinson had Bess caught at slip by Livingstone to spark jubilant scenes.
Yorkshire’s first defeat came as the last three wickets fell for no runs.
Surrey vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship
Surrey 473/10 (158 ov)
Gloucestershire 158/10 (75.5 ov) & 268/10 (78.5 ov)
Result – Surrey won by an innings and 47 runs
Amar Virdi finished with 4 for 96 as Surrey took 33.5 overs on day four to complete an emphatic innings and 47-run victory against Gloucestershire at the Kia Oval and propel themselves into LV= Insurance County Championship contention.
Gloucestershire, starting the final day still 191 runs adrift on 124 for 5 in their second innings, after being forced to follow on, were dismissed for 268 despite excellent resistance from Jonny Tattersall who remained unbeaten on 86 from 136 balls.
Miles Hammond added only seven runs to his overnight 38 before looking distraught to be given out caught at the wicket for 45, sweeping at Dan Moriarty, and the 25-year-old left-hander, who made 77 in the first innings, batted for almost six and a half hours and 280 balls in the game.
Off spinner Virdi had match figures of 7 for 142, while slow left-armer Moriarty added 2 for 82 to his first innings 6 for 60 – which was his fourth consecutive haul of five wickets or more in just his third first-class appearance.
Surrey’s 22-point win puts them third in Group 2, just six points behind Gloucestershire, who took only two bonus points from a first defeat of the championship season but who remain leaders of a fiercely-contested six-team conference with three games to play.
Those are an away fixture against Leicestershire followed by two home games at Cheltenham in July, against Middlesex and Hampshire, while Surrey are still to play Hampshire away and second-placed Somerset at home. The top two from each of the three groups will form Division One and those six counties will play for the championship title in August and September.
Hammond’s dismissal from the first ball of the sixth over of the day was quickly followed by the downfall of Tom Smith for 1, lbw to one from paceman Jamie Overton that kept low.
Both Matt Taylor (15) and David Payne (14) lofted Virdi to long on, after some defiant blows, while Tattersall swept and swung Moriarty for four and six and also drove Overton beautifully through mid off for another of his ten fours as he moved from his overnight 15 past a deserved half-century.
Last man Dan Worrall then helped Tattersall, who swept Will Jacks for another six, to add a merry 56 for the final wicket, hitting five fours in his 24 before being bowled by a good one from Moriarty.
Sussex vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex 175/10 (59.3 ov) & 298/10 (99.1 ov)
Northamptonshire 256/10 (81.5 ov) & 213/3 (61.2 ov)
Result – Northants won by 7 wickets
Northants took just 65 minutes to beat Sussex by seven wickets to register their third victory in Group Three of the LV=Insurance County Championship at The 1st Central County Ground. In doing so they made it a double over Sussex, having beaten them by an innings and 120 runs in Northampton earlier in the month.
At the start of play on the last day the main question was whether the match would survive until lunch. But lunch was still a long way away when Northants crossed the line, mainly because of an aggressive and unbeaten 47 from 43 balls from Saif Zaib, who had shown his liking for the Sussex bowling in the earlier match, but also because of Keogh, who made 60 not out from 112 deliveries.
Northants resumed on 131 for two, with Luke Procter 47 not out and Keogh unbeaten on 24. They needed another 87 for victory.
The odds were always against a young and inexperienced Sussex side, particularly on a pitch that appeared to flatten out as the match progressed. And batting conditions were never more benign than on the fourth morning, when there was hardly a cloud in the sky.
Sussex opened up with Delray Rawlins’ left-arm spin from the sea end and the bouncy pace of Jamie Atkins. Procter reached his fifty when he worked Rawlins through midwicket for two. He had faced 149 balls and hit five fours. But he had added just one run to his score when he was out, flailing at a wide delivery from Atkins for Aaron Thomason to take a good catch low down at first slip. The Sussex team did well to celebrate the wicket because it was to be their only success of the morning. But this young and inexperienced side did well to keep the match in the balance until the final hour of the third day, when Procter and Keogh moved the match decisively in the direction of Northants.
The game ended with a flurry of blows, mostly from Zaib, who showed his intentions when he took a step down the wicket and clouted Rawlins over wide mid-on for six. There was another six, and also five fours.
Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship
Worcestershire 421/10 (121.2 ov)
Derbyshire 270/10 (82.4 ov) & 128/10 (58.2 ov)
Result – Worcs won by an innings and 23 runs
Worcestershire are celebrating their first victory of the season in the LV=Insurance County Championship after overpowering Derbyshire by an innings and 23 runs at New Road.
Derbyshire resumed on 112-6 and lost their last four wickets in just 8.2 overs as they were dismissed for 128.
Dillon Pennington completed the first five wicket haul of his career and finished with figures of 14-4-32-5.
It enabled him to enjoy a career best performance for the second day running after his 4-44 in Derbyshire innings.
He ended with match figures of 33.4-8-76-9 as Worcestershire claimed 23 points to reignite their hopes of finishing in the top two.
They dominated the game in all departments with solid batting contributions down the order in topping 400, disciplined bowling and excellent catching behind the wicket.
It was the perfect response to heavy defeats away to Durham and Nottinghamshire.
Derbyshire remain rock bottom after a third heavy setback in the last four matches, a 310 run setback and two innings defeats.
They paid the penalty for dropped catches on the opening day, including Jack Haynes who went onto make 97.
Their young and promising bowling attack bowled too many ‘four’ balls while the batting, with the exception of Matt Critchley and Wayne Madsen, crumbled.
Club Captain Joe Leach picked up the prized wicket of Madsen who had resumed on 43.
He had looked set to complete his 11th 50 plus score in 19 innings against Worcestershire.
But Madsen added only two more before edging a fine delivery and was caught by keeper Ben Cox.
Dillon Pennington opened the attack from the New Road End and in the next over he accounted for new batsman Ben Aitchison before he had scored.
Pennington found the thinnest of edges but it was sufficient to provide Cox with another straightforward catch.
The game quickly came to a conclusion with Sam Conners (0) playing onto Pennington and Dustin Melton (1) edging Alzarri Joseph to Daryl Mitchell at slip.
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