COUNTY DIVISION 2
Wayne Parnell removed Alex Davies and Rob Jones off successive deliveries © Getty
On a rain curtailed day on Wednesday, Sussex could add only 94 runs to their overnight score of 257/7 in Arundel. Opening batsman Will Beer who was unbeaten on 76* on day 1 missed out on an opportunity to score a century as he was bowled by David Payne on 97.
Wiese and Beer added 91 runs for the sixth wicket and helped Sussex to overhaul the 350-run mark. For Gloucestershire, Payne and van Buuren claimed three wickets each and had rain not intervened, there was a possibility for the bowling team to clean up the tail on day 2 itself.
Brief scores: Sussex 351 for 8 (Beer 97, Wiese 67; van Burren 3-46, Payne 3-71) vs Gloucestershire
After bowling out Worcestershire for 98 in the first innings, Lancashire went past their total on day 3 as Liam Livingstone scored a crucial fifty. Lancashire were in early trouble having lost three quick wickets but alongside Haseeb Hameed, Livingstone added 78 runs for the fourth wicket and led the recovery.
Wayne Parnell got wickets off successive deliveries in the 10th over but after that even the South African pacer couldn’t do much as the visitors played sensibly to steady the ship. The match was delayed due to bad light in the third session and as the conditions didn’t improve, the umpires decided to call early stumps on day 3.
Brief scores: Lancashire 110/3 (Livingstone 53; Parnell 2-18) vs Worcestershire 98 (Anderson 4-24, Onions 4-55) lead by 12 runs
Only 11 overs were bowled on day 3 of the contest between Leicestershire and Middlesex at Grace Road in Leicester on Wednesday. The first two days of the match were completely washed out due to rain, hence it was a positive sign that there was some play possible at least on day 3.
The day belonged to Middlesex though as they managed to get three wickets. Leicestershire opener Paul Horton was dismissed for nought as he was run-out by George Scott in the third over of the match itself. Tim Murtagh and Tom Helm bagged a wicket apiece to reduce the opposition to 31/3 in the 10th over. Things could have been worse for the hosts if play hadn’t been called due to rain.
Brief scores: Leicestershire 36/3 (Azad 17; Helm 1-9) vs Middlesex