COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019-20
Riki Wessels’s 118 included 16 fours and 4 sixes © Getty
Middlesex vs Leicestershire
Ollie Rayner picked four wickets in his first appearance of the season to help restrict Leicestershire to 257/9 at stumps on Day 2. The offspinner broke a 110-run stand for the fifth wicket, removing half-centurions, Harry Dearden and Colin Ackermann in quick succession. Tom Helm and James Harris chipped in with two wickets each in an all-round bowling performance.
Earlier in the day, Middlesex were bowled out for 349, adding 24 runs to the overnight score. Chris Wright finally picked a wicket when he had George Scott caught on 55,. The last wicket was the run out of Ethan Bamber, effect by Wright again.
Brief scores: Middlesex 349 (Nick Gubbins 75, George Scott 55; Mohammad Abbas 4-72, Colin Ackermann 2-53) lead Leicestershire 257/9 (Colin Ackermann 63, Harry Dearden 61; Ollie Rayner 4-58) by 92 runs
Lancashire vs Northamptonshire
Kicking on from an overnight score of 29/1, Lancashire ended the second day at 276/6. Haseeb Hameed fell early for 7 but his opening partner Keaton Jennings fell three short of a hundred, edging the second new ball from Ben Sanderson behind to the wicketkeeper. Lancashire were 36/2 when Rob Jones’s 67 combined with Jennings to compile a 152-run stand for the third wicket. Luke Wood picked three wickets through the day but a 67-run stand between Tom Bailey and Dane Vilas towards the end of the day earned Lancashire a 46-run lead.
Brief scores: Northamptonshire 230 (Luke Wood 66, Luke Procter 48; Richard Gleeson 5-63, Graham Onions 4-45) trail Lancashire 276/6 (Keaton Jennings 97, Rob Jones 67; uke Wood 3-44) by 46 runs
Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire
Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke was forced to retire hurt on 23*, the right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman copping an injury while turning back for the second run to make a bad day worse for the hosts. Ryan Higgins’s 92-ball 103 earlier in the day took Gloucestershire to 463 before George Drissell’s three wickets cut through the batting. There was a 95-run stand between Charlie Hemphrey and David Lloyd for the fourth wicket but Drissell picked both of them; no other substantial partnership followed. Graham Wagg was unbeaten on 45 at stumps on Day 2, with a 222-run deficit staring at him.
Brief scores: Gloucestershire 463 (James Bracey 152, Ryan Higgins 103; Marchant de Lange 4-120) lead Glamorgan 241/8 Charlie Hemphrey 60, Graham Wagg 45*; George Drissell 3-80) by 222 runs
Worcestershire vs Durham
Riki Wessels’s 118 on the second day thrust the hosts into a 48-run lead over Durham in Worcester. After losing a wicket second-ball on Day 1, Worcestershire found themselves tottering at 17 for 3 early on Day 2 when a 47-run stand helped them back on their feet again. A 140-run stand for the fifth wicket between Joshua Dell and Wessels followed, setting them up for the lead later in the day. Though Dell and Wessels fell within a few overs of each other, Ross Whiteley stepped in with an unbeaten 88-ball 62. Except for Matt Salisbury, who picked two wickets, the bowling largely looked flat for Durham.
Brief scores: Durham 273 (Jack Burnham 76, Cameron Bancroft 70; Charlie Morris 6-53, Jack Leach 6-59) trail Worcestershire 321/6 (Riki Wessels 118, Ross Whiteley 62*, Joshua Dell 61; Matt Salisbury 2-49) by 48 runs