COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE 2019
Warwickshire piled on the runs at Edgbaston with the help of Matthew Lamb, who recorded his maiden first-class ton. © Getty
Bowlers handed Somerset the advantage at The Cooper County Ground in Taunton after skittling out Yorkshire for a paltry 103. Roelof van der Merwe and Josh Davey picked three wickets apiece to hand the home side a 96-run first-innings lead.
Yorkshire started the day at 70 for 3 with skipper Steven Patterson and Tom Kohler-Cadmore at the wicket, but Somerset sent back the pair in a space of seven balls and then ran through the lower order, taking only 12.3 overs to pick up seven wickets.
Somerset found themselves in trouble at 4 for 2 in their second essay, India opener Murali Vijay (0) and Steven Davies back in the dressing room. However, a 117-run partnership between skipper Tom Abell and James Hildreth putting them back on course. Though the duo departed after reaching their respective fifties, Somerset’s middle order carried on and ended the day with a lead of 365.
Brief scores: Somerset 199 (Tom Abell 67, Jamie Overton 40*; Keshav Maharaj 5/54) and 269/5 (Tom Abell 62, James Hildreth 58; Keshav Maharaj 2/90) lead Yorkshire103 (Gary Ballance 35; Roelof van der Merwe 3/14, Josh Davey 3/30)by 365 runs.
It was a much calmer day at the Rose Bowl compared to the first, where only nine wickets fell and Hampshire seized control of the game. James Vince’s 91 put the home side in front after they had conceded a slender 13-run lead.
Surrey resumed the day at 143 for 7 and Rikki Clarke ensured that they got past Hampshire’s first-innings total of 149. But it was negligible as they lost their last three wickets for four runs in seven balls. Keith Barker being the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 38.
Hampshire lost Ian Holland and Tom Alsop cheaply, but the rest of the top order put their hands up. Opener Felix Organ steadied the ship with a fifty, while Sam Northeast’s 73 consolidated their position but it was Vince’s 58-ball 91 that took the wind out of the defending champions. The Hampshire skipper might not have got a hundred, but has surely put his side in a commanding position with a 286-run lead.
Brief scores: Hampshire149 (Kyle Abbott 27; Rikki Clarke 5/21) and 296/6 (James Vince 91, Sam Northeast 73; Jodran Clark 2/61, Amar Virdi 2/71)lead Surrey 162 (Ollie Pope 68, Rikki Clarke 40; Keith Barker 4/38) by 286 runs.
Warwickshire piled on the runs at Edgbaston with the help of Matthew Lamb, who recorded his maiden first-class ton, and skipper Jeetan Patel furthered the advantage by removing Alastair Cook towards the fag end of the day.
Sam Hain did not add much to his overnight score of 77 as he departed for 82, but Lamb who was unbeaten on 69 carried on despite the home side losing three wickets in succession. He found good support in Harry Brookes (46) and Patel (51). But the 23-year-old hogged the spotlight with his 173 that took Warwickshire to a massive 517.
Essex had a tricky 14-over period to survive and they were not able to do that. Patel brought himself on as early as the seventh over and accounted for Cook. Nightwatchman Samuel Cook and other opener Nick Browne ensured no more wickets were lost.
Brief scores: Essex 31/1 (Jeetan Patel 1/1)trail Warwickshire 517 (Sam Hain 82, Matthew Lamb 173; Simon Harmer 6/143) by 486 runs.
Darren Stevens’s five-fer and Sam Billings’s hundred has put Kent in the driver’s seat at Trent Bridge. They first blew away the home side for 124 and then scored at a brisk rate to stretch the lead to 416.
Nottinghamshire started the day at 35 for 2 and soon lost Ben Slater. After that they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals with no substantial partnerships. Skipper Steven Mullaney’s 22 remained the highest score of the innings. Stevens was well backed up by Matt Milnes and Harry Podmore as the trio accounted for all 10 wickets.
Zak Crawley made sure Kent did not let the advantage slip by cracking a fine 102-ball 82 and added a 100-plus partnership with Billings. Luke Fletcher and Ashwin started a collapse but were countered by Billings who reached his ton off 104 balls and got out to the last ball of the day.
Brief scores: Kent 304 (Darren Stevens 88, Heino Kuhn 56; R Ashwin 4/121) and 236/8 (Zak Crawley 82, Sam Billings 100; Luke Fletcher 3/40, R Ashwin 3/71)lead Nottinghamshire 124 (Darren Stevens 5/39, Harry Podmore 3/27) by 416 runs.