COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019-20
Rob Keogh scored 132 for Northamptonshire that ensured they take the lead against Leicestershire © Getty
Rob Keogh’s classy century and Adam Rossington’s knock of 63 saw the Northants go past the Leicestershire’s total of 308 with three wickets still in the bank, to further boost their chances of finishing in the top two to keep their chances of qualification to Division One alive. At 304 for 4, it looked like their lead could’ve been a lot more significant, but a mini-collapse that saw them lose three wickets for a mere 10 runs towards the close of play saw the hosts claw their way back just a touch.
Brief scores: Northamptonshire325/7 (Keogh 132, Rossington 63; Evans 3-65) leadLeicestershire 308by 17 runs
Going strong at effectively 165 for two in their second innings, Worcestershire have strengthened their grasp on the game, allowing them of their first sniff of a victory in ten games. Pacer Charlie Morris, with figures of 5 for 73, ensured the hosts snatched a narrow 12-run lead, before the openers, Daryl Mitchell (52*) and Hamish Rutherford (52), helped tighten the screws on a rather listless bowling display from the visitors.
This performance should come as a massive relief for the second-last ranked Worcestershire, who after winning their first two games looked good to stake a bid for qualifying into Division One, before losing track and losing nine games in a row.
Brief scores: Worcestershire 205 and 153/2 (Rutherford 52, Mitchell 52*) lead Glamorgan 193 (David Lloyd 35; Morris 5-73) by 165 runs
After a morning session washout, Liam Livingstone and Josh Bohannon, piled on the misery with an unbroken 196-run stand, with Derbyshire managing just the one wicket in the 64 overs of play in the day. Ravi Rampaul’s late injury scare didn’t help the visitors’ cause either, who now have been dealt with a stern blow ahead of their first ever Finals day. This performance should now help the Red Roses stretch their lead at the top of the table.
Brief scores: Lancashire269/2 (Bohannon 150*, Livingstone 70*; Ravi Rampaul 1-41) lead Derbyshire244 (Godleman 111; Gleeson 5-64, Mahmood 3-45)
After dismissing Gloucestershire for a paltry score of 200 on a pretty flat surface, the Sussex openers, Phil Salt (64) and Luke Wells (42) carried on their momentum from day one to notch up a 100-run stand. Although seamer David Payne hit back with three wickets to trigger a mini middle-order collapse, with a 113-run lead and three wickets still remaining, the visitors hold all the aces.
Brief scores: Sussex 313/7(Salt 64, Wells 42; Payne 3-58) lead Gloucestershire 200(Bracey 61; Jordan 3-49) by 113 runs
In what’s been a low-scoring affair at the home of cricket, Middlesex’s tail managed to wag rather neatly to rescue them from 97 for 7 overnight to bring them close to Durham’s total of 147. In the second innings though, Durham got off to a solid start with the openers putting up a 50-run-stand. But Steven Finn and James Harris, with three wickets apiece, managed to trigger another collapse, leaving their side a target of 196 to chase down. Middlesex’s openers then got off cautiously, before bad light halted play prematurely.
Brief scores: Middlesex 143 and 21/0 (Sam Robson 9) trail Durham 147 and 191 (Angus Robson 64, Scott Steel 39; James Harris 3-43) by 174 runs