COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019-20
Essex’s Simon Harmer ran through Nottinghamshire’s top-order. © Getty
Warwickshire v Hampshire
Warwickshire’s skipper Jeetan Patel picked up a six-fer to restrict Hampshire to under 400 after Tom Alsop shone bright with a magnificent 150 at Edgbaston. Alsop engineered a 72-run stand with Gareth Berg for the seventh wicket, which proved to be a massive factor in Hampshire touching the 350-mark in spite of losing their last four wickets for 37 runs.
The hosts failed to capitalize on the early momentum on Day 2 and crumbled to the pace and accuracy from former South African pacer Kyle Abbott who ended the day with a four-fer against his name. Dominic Sibley, however, displayed great composure with an unbeaten 215-ball 95 and unfortunately, ran out of partners with wickets falling at regular intervals. With just 3 wickets in tact and Sibley at the crease, Warwickshire will look to squeeze as many runs as possible to reduce the margin of Hampshire’s lead – which currently stands at 170.
Brief scores: Hampshire 354 all-out (Tom Alsop 150, Aneurin Donald 75; Oliver Hannon-Dalby 4-69) lead Warwickshire 184 for 7 (Dominic Sibley 95; Kyle Abbott 4-43) by 170 runs.
Somerset v Surrey
James Hildreth missed out on a well-deserved ton, but his fluent knock of 90 ensured Somerset had firm control of the proceedings against Surrey in Taunton. The visiting Surrey side could add only 50 runs to their overnight score despite a fighting fifty from all-rounder Rikki Clarke. In response, Azhar Ali, Hildreth and wicket-keeper batsman Steve Davies all scored vital fifties to pinch a slight advantage at stumps on Day 2.
Somerset are still 137 behind Surrey’s first innings score, but with five wickets in hand and the experienced duo of Steve Davies and Lewis Gregory at the crease, the home team will look to gain a handsome lead to keep their position (currently first) in tact in the points table.
Brief scores: Surrey 380 all-out (Rory Burns 107, Dean Elgar 103; Lewis Gregory 3-52) lead Somerset243 for 5 (James Hildreth 90, Azhar Ali 60; Conor McKerr 2-69) by 137 runs.
Kent v Yorkshire
Playing only his seventh First-Class game, 20-year old wicket-keeper batsman Ollie Robinson led a fine recovery for Kent with an impressive hundred that helped his side manage a handy 86-run lead in the first innings against Yorkshire in Canterbury. Resuming at 130 for 4, Kent lost their overnight batsman Zak Crawley in the eighth over of the day, but a 104-run stand between Alex Blake and Ollie Robinson for the sixth wicket revived hopes of posting a decent first innings total on the board.
Yorkshire showed better application in their second innings as two of their top three batsmen posted forty plus scores to lessen the lead margin for Kent. Gary Ballance remained not out for 57 and with 7 wickets in the bag, the visiting team will look to erase the deficit and challenge Kent’s (who will have to bat last) wobbly top-order.
Brief scores: Yorkshire 210 and 166 for 3 (Gary Ballance 57; Mitchell Claydon 2-28) lead Kent 296 all out (Ollie Robinson 103, Zak Crawley 81; Ben Coad 3-66) by 80 runs.
Essex v Nottinghamshire
Essex have set themselves in a commanding position after a frenzy bowling-friendly day against Nottinghamshire in Chelmsford. Starting their day at 68 for no loss, Essex kept losing wickets at regular intervals and therefore, could only scrape a 54-run lead in the first innings. Later, Simon Harmer – who scored a crucial 43 with the bat – ran through Nottinghamshire’s top-order and claimed a four-fer in the process. The visiting Notts side lost 6 wickets in 34 overs in their second essay and now stare at a possible defeat in the hands of Essex, who sit one slot below them in the points table.
Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 187 and 90 for 6 (JBen Duckett 37; Simon Harmer Porter 4-32) lead Essex 241 all-out (Nick Browne 67; Luke Fletcher 5-50) by 36 runs.