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Wickets tumbled at Grace Road and Old Trafford as both Lancashire and Worcestershire wrapped up victories inside three days.
Kyle Jarvis capped a fine all-round performance to help bowl Surrey all out for 107 to finish with match-figures of 11-119 as Lancashire completed an innings and 96 run success over their southern counterparts. Jarvis started the day alongside Simon Kerrigan with the blade in his hand as he flayed the Surrey attacked around the Old Trafford outfield to add 52 to the Red Rose’s overnight total before the Zimbabwean became the last man to fall for 35, the pair shared 63 for the final wicket and guided the hosts to a lead of 203 on first innings. Surrey were forced to bat without Rory Burns who was missing through injury and it was a blow that they failed to recover from, oddly the Londoners opened with Thomas Curran in Burns’ absence and he went onto to score more than half of the visitors runs striking nine boundary fours during his 104-ball stay at the crease. He lacked partners though with just his opening partner Arun Harinath reaching double figures as the rest of the Surrey batting line-up fell without a trace. Fresh from claiming 6-70 in the first innings, Jarvis picked up where he left off and once again ripped through the visitor’s middle order to ensure Lancashire would be picking up their third success of the summer. Neil Wagner picked up the crucial wicket of Kumar Sangakkara for just eight as the Sri Lankan found the hands of Jarvis. After taking the catch it was then the Zimbabwean’s time to shine, he took two wickets in two balls to remove Jason Roy and Ben Foakes. In his next over he dismissed James Burke for a duck as three wickets fell without a run being added to the scoreboard. Curran was running out of partners thick and fast, but he had time to complete his half-century amongst the wreckage. Nobody threatened to stick around with him though as wickets continued to fall at an alarming rate, Steven Davies was the next to fall as he edged behind off the bowling of Tom Bailey for 5. Jarvis returned to remove Gareth Batty (3) and Matthew Pillans (4) before New Zealander Wagner sealed the victory removing the dogged Curran for 53 as the Red Rose climbed to the summit of Division One following another comprehensive victory on their return to the top flight.
At Edgbaston, Chris Woakes’ heroics on day two look set to be in vain after Durham produced a scintillating bowling display to leave themselves in a winning position going into the final day. After losing two quick wickets to Graham Onions the night before things soon got worse during the morning session as James Weighell removed first-innings century maker Andy Umeed (7) and Ian Bell (15) to leave the hosts struggling on 46/4. Varun Chopra and Jonathan Trott threatened to frustrate a rampant Durham attack, but when Chopra fell for 34 to Barry McCarthy leg before the Bears soon fell away. Sam Hain fell cheaply to the impressive Weighell, and then in the next over Brydon Carse joined the party to remove Trott for 26 and suddenly the hosts found themselves in a hole on 95/7. Weighell then returned to have the out-of-sorts Tim Ambrose caught at slip for a duck. Although they boasted a strong first innings lead the hosts stranglehold on the game was suddenly being loosened, and Durham were almost completely set free when Onions removed Barker to claim his third wicket of the innings. Jeetan Patel and Oliver Hannon-Dalby briefly halted the charge to share 11 for the final wicket but when Hannan-Dalby was caught off Weighell for a duck the innings was over and young Weighell had a five-wicket bag to celebrate. Suddenly after being firmly behind the eight ball Durham just required 238 to win in a day and a half. Despite a brilliant burst from Chris Wright which saw four wickets fall for twenty runs the visitors now enter the final day as firm favourites. With Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 88 alongside his experienced skipper Paul Collingwood (26 not out), Durham go into the final day needing a further 83-runs for victory.
In Southampton, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire shared blows as both sides are in with a chance of victory on the final day. Beginning the day in a precarious position Nottinghamshire knew they had to enjoy a strong morning session and Riki Wessels wasted little time in providing some fireworks as he scored a quickfire half-century to narrow the hosts lead on first innings. He found partners hard to come by as Hampshire continued to chip away, Mason Crane was the pick of the hosts bowlers on the third day as the pitch began to offer spin. The youngster removed Australian Dan Christian, Brett Hutton and Luke Fletcher as the lower order struggled to pick his variations. Hampshire’s other spinner Liam Dawson picked up the crucial wicket of Wessels – who had made 72 from 156-balls striking nine fours before he went for one shot too many and found the safe hands of Sean Ervine. Chris Read produced a dogged display at the other end as he scored at an uncharacteristically low strike rate of just 17 to end on 8 not out as Tino Best took the final wicket bowling Harry Gurney for 16. That meant the hosts led by 81 after bowling their Midlands counterparts out for just 189. Gurney though had other ideas as he took four Hampshire wickets to set up an exciting final day. The left-armer removed Michael Carberry for a duck, Liam Dawson (2), Tom Alsop (2) and Sean Ervine (45) as the hosts also found the Ageas Bowl pitch hard to score runs on. They closed with a lead of 280 with two wickets in hand, but with the weather set fair, we are set for a thrilling final day's play on the South-Coast.
Meanwhile, at Headquarters, Somerset and Middlesex look set for a share of the spoils as the batsmen continue to dominate in London. Starting the day still some way off the West Country club's first innings total of 376, Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson added to their overnight total of 139 and continued their fine opening stand before Robson fell one short of his century with the total on 198. Spinner Jack Leach (4-64) bowled the England hopeful to bring an end to a final opening partnership, but his departure to start a mini-collapse as Jim Allenby and Tim Groenewald combined to take two wickets each for just 39-runs. Gubbins completed his first Middlesex century hitting 15 fours during his 234-ball stay but he became the third man to fall in the day. Adam Voges (18) and Dawid Malan (5) and John Simpson (10) all fell cheaply as Middlesex endured a wobble to fall to 252/5. Paul Stirling though steadied the rocking ship to help the hosts to surpass their West Country rivals first innings effort. He struck 85 including eleven fours and a six finding support from James Franklin (23) and Ollie Rayner (26) as the hosts closed on 407/9, a lead of 31.
In Division Two, Leicestershire early season form crumbled as they were bowled out for just 43 to gift Worcestershire their first win of the summer. Indeed, a Pears victory looked unlikely when they trailed by 42 on first innings, and it would’ve been worse but for an unbeaten 49 from New Zealander Matt Henry. Henry, boosted by his heroics with the bat, produced a match-winning spell alongside the ever-reliable Joe Leach as Worcestershire skittled their opponents out for a paltry 43. It was a batting display that the Foxes faithful would be used to over the years, but just as it looked as though they had beaten their ghosts of years gone by they reared their ugly head once more. Despite the pitch beginning to deteriorate, the Foxes batsmen in the main threw their wickets away. Only Niall O’Brien passed double figures as Henry and Leach ripped through the Leicestershire line-up and when they weren’t involved the Foxes batsmen were gifting the visitors run outs. Mark Pettini’s dismissal summed up their display with the bat as he decided to run on a misfield only to see his stumps knocked flying after a direct hit from Ross Whiteley. Henry finished with figures of 4-27 whilst the impressive Leach ended with 4-10 and match figures of 9-109. Needing just 85 to win the visitors lost three wickets in their pursuit of victory but an aggressive 29 from Alex Kervezee ensured there were to be no shocks as the visitors secured their first win of the season and climbed to second in the Division Two table.
Leaders Essex are in trouble in Cardiff as Glamorgan enjoyed an excellent day with the bat to take control of their Specsavers Division Two fixture. Resuming the day on 300/9 Essex could only muster a further 13-runs before Ryan ten Doeschate edged through to Mark Wallace to give Timm van de Gugten a maiden five-wicket haul for Glamorgan. The visitors did boast a 53-run first innings lead, though, and that looked to be a useful one when David Masters new ball spell had the Welshmen in all sorts of trouble. The evergreen seamer had the ball on a string as he had both Mark Wallace and Jacques Rudolph playing and missing on a regular basis, but Rudolph’s lean run with the bat continued as he soon feathered an edge to Foster behind the stumps off the impressive Masters to fall for a duck. Will Bragg was the new man to the crease and he too found Masters hard to face surviving a huge LBW appeal early on in his innings. But as the ball got older batting became easier and Glamorgan continued to chip away at the deficit and by lunchtime, the hosts led. And they didn’t look back from that point onwards with Bragg finding the ropes on a consistent basis to relieve any building pressure. Indeed, after the fall of Rudolph, every Glamorgan batsman contributed as Bragg shared century stands with Wallace and Chris Cooke. Wallace (40) fell with the score on 109 edging Ravi Bopara to Foster. Cooke though did reach a half-century as he continued the charge alongside the patient Bragg. Cooke made 59 before being pinned in front by Masters in what was the last success of the day for the Eagles. Aneurin Donald (View from the Outfields future star) played in typically aggressive fashion strike seven fours during his 92-ball stay for 44 but the day belonged to Bragg who struck an unbeaten 119 including 12 fours to guide his side to a 242-run advantage at close as the Welshmen search for a first Championship in 13 attempts.
A Sean Dickson maiden double ton and a late burst from Matt Coles set up an exciting final day in Derby. Dickson, who was memorably dismissed earlier in the season for handling the ball has found his feet in recent weeks and today was easily his finest hour. Resuming without overnight partner Joe Denly who welcomed his new baby into the world, Dickson continued in determined fashion despite wickets falling around him to post a first century of the season off 243-balls. He managed to dodge a decent spell of bowling from the in-form Shiv Thakor (another View From the Outfield future star) who collected his maiden five-wicket bag to accelerate through the gears to reach a first double-century of his career with his second 100 coming off just 107-balls. In all, his innings contained 24 fours and 2 sixes as he lifted the visitors to 412. The hosts went into their reply with a lead 80, but their second innings got off to a terrible start, firstly skipper Billy Godleman was struck by a ball and was forced to retire hurt before James Tredwell bowled Chesney Hughes for one. Matt Coles then produced a fiery spell to take two quick wickets to leave the hosts struggling on 9/3 going into the final with the lead of just 89.
Finally, in Bristol, Michael Klinger struck a century to put the hosts firmly in control against Northamptonshire. The Australian playing in his first County Championship match of the summer struck 140 to dominant his side’s total of 418 as the hosts took a mammoth lead over the Midlanders. Klinger struck 14 fours and two sixes during his 286-ball stay at the crease sharing a vital 76-run stand with David Payne (32) as Gloucestershire took command of their Division Two clash. Seekkuge Prasanna took 5-97 for the visitors as the Sri Lankan took regular wickets to halt the hosts progress. After being bowled out for just 176 in the first innings the visitors fared far better second time round. The strugglers reached 120/3 at close with Rob Newton struck a half-century to frustrate the hosts who will now aim to wrap up a second win in a row on the final day.
Reports by David Bowden (@Bowdenwhu)
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