COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
Gleeson picked up four to reduce Worcestershire to 149 with a lead of just 120 © Getty
Despite Ricardo Vasconcelos and Joshua Cobb recording neat fifties, Northamptonshire found themselves in a spot of bother at close of play on Day 2 of their Division 2 game versus Sussex. The home side was 242 for 6, still trailing by 180.
After bowling Sussex out for 422, the hosts lose Ben Curran for just three. Vasconcelos, the Gauteng-born cricketer, and Cobb strung together a stand of 137 to steady the innings. Mir Hamza, the experienced Pakistan pacer, Chris Jordan and Danny Briggs, however, engineered a mini collapse as the hosts lost four wickets for the addition of just 43 runs. At the fag end of the day, Rob Keogh was dismissed as Sussex edged ahead in the contest.
Earlier, Jordan and Ben Brown put on a record 334-run stand for the seventh wicket to propel Sussex past 400. Meanwhile, Ben Sanderson and Jamie Overton took three scalps each.
Brief scores: Sussex 422 (Chris Jordan 166, Ben Brown 156; Ben Sanderson 3-78) lead Northamptonshire 242/6 (Ricardo Vasconcelos 83; Mir Hamza 2-31) by 180 runs.
Richard Gleeson, James Anderson and Tom Bailey scythed through Worcestershire’s batting unit to put Lancashire in the ascendancy at stumps. The visitors were struggling at 149 for 9, in front by only 120 at close of play.
The visitors, who found themselves 29 runs adrift after the completion of Lancashire’s first innings, just couldn’t stitch partnerships of substance against some incisive bowling from the home side. Anderson, who bagged a five-for in the first essay, found just enough away swing and bowled the perfect length to remove the veteran opener Daryl Mitchell for just six.
Thomas Fell and George Rhodes tried to resurrect the innings with a stand of 42 before the reliable Tom Bailey castled the latter. Gleeson then took over by running through the middle order as the visitors slid to 77 for 5. Anderson followed it up by bowling arguably the best ball of the match so far with a prodigious inswinger from round the wicket to shatter the timber of Ross Whiteley. Wayne Parnell, who compiled a crucial fifty in the first essay, played with discipline to help Worcestershire inch closer towards 150. Gleeson, though, ended Parnell’s resistance in the final over of the day.
Lancashire’s first innings total of 201 was built on the back of fine hands from Liam Livingstone (69) and Dane Vilas (39). For the visitors, Charlie Morris and Parnell shared nine spoils.
Brief scores: Worcestershire 172 (Wayne Parnell 63; James Anderson 5-25) and 149/9 (Thomas Fell 40; Richard Gleeson 4-35) lead Lancashire 201 (Liam Livingstone 69; Wayne Parnell 5-47) by 120 runs.
Glamorgan’s Daniel Douthwaite snared four wickets to dent Derbyshire as the two sides shared honours on Day 3 at the County Ground. The home side was 171 for 9, in front by 203 when the stumps were drawn.
Derbyshire, who started their second dig with a lead of 32, were in a good position at 96 for 1 with Luis Reece and the seasoned campaigner Wayne Madsen sharing an alliance of 80 for the second wicket. However, Derbyshire suffered a major collapse and lost their next eight wickets for the addition of only 66 runs. Douthwaite was the chief wicket-taker. David Lloyd and Michael Hogan also took two scalps each.
Douthwaite (39) also played his part with the bat in hand, with Tom Cullen, the ‘keeper-batsman, composing a useful 40 as Glamorgan ended up with 346 in their first essay. Ravi Rampaul bagged a five-fer for Derbyshire.
Brief scores: Derbyshire 378 (Luis Reece 111; Lukas Carey 4-61) and 171/9 (Wayne Madsen 47; Daniel Douthwaite 4-33) lead Glamorgan 346 (Charlie Hemphrey 75; Ravi Rampaul 5-94) by 203 runs.