Simon Harmer took 7 wickets today to put Essex in a dominant position at Chelmsford as there were plenty of points across the country as two centuries were scored at Riverside.
Group 1: Durham vs Worcestershire
Resuming from 79/1, Durham would lose Scott Borthwick caught behind Joe Leach’s bowling alley with 3 points added to the night’s score for 27 before David Bedingham scored 33 before also being caught behind Josh Tongue. Centuries of Will Young (103) and Jack Burnham (102) and a quick 86 of 57 shot from Ned Eckersley saw Durham at 389/5 ahead of the declaration after Burnham’s ton was raised.
Chasing a 423 goal, Worcestershire got off to a good start with two openers Daryl Mitchell (45 of 44 balls) and Jake Libby (14 of 40 balls) at the end of the game with the score of 60 without a loss.
Bonus points: DUR 4, WOR 4
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Group 1: Essex vs Derbyshire
There is no doubt who is the man of the day in this game today and it is the South African Harmer. Derbyshire, resuming the 35/3, saw Alex Hughes abandon Harmer’s bowling with the score of 71 before Wayne Madsen also reached his twenties. Matt Critchley and Harvey Hosein would both go for single digits before Brooke Guest, who had the best score at 49, was sacked. Billy Stanlake was played by Harmer without a scoring before Dustin Melton crushed 15 of 6 balls before giving Harmer his second round of the inning, with the bowler finishing 9/80 on nearly 26 overs.
In the aftermath, Luis Reece was beaten by Jamie Porter in the third round of the heats, with Billy Godleman and Guest not coming out at the end of the day with 39 and 56 respectively.
Bonus points: ESS 8, LE 1
Group 2: Middlesex vs Hampshire
The only game that ended was the Group 2 game at Lord’s. Hampshire, who started the day 131/7, would add 12 points to their total before Kyle Abbott was played by Blake Cullen for 6 before Keith Barker (84) added 44 points added with Brad Wheal and 31 with Mohammad Abbas with the Hampshire finish. out of 208.
Forerunners Sam Robson and Jack Davies would both fall to internationals Abbas and Abbott respectively in successive overs before Nick Gubbins fell into the next Abbott for 2. Robbie White would become Abbas’ second victim, caught and played by. the Pakistani paceman, for 5 ahead Peter Handscomb (who scored with 24) was LBW at Abbott with the hosts just 13 ahead. Barker would dismiss James Harris for 16 with Cullen and Bamber on the cheap, Abbott finishing with another 5 iron and Abbas with 3/24.
Needing 66 to win, Joe Weatherby would be LBW in Bamber for 7 before Liam Dawson (7) and Ian Holland (22) were both LBW at Tim Murtagh bowling with Tom Alsop (9) and Sam Northeast (18). ) seeing them actually win within 2 days after day 1 has been completely washed off.
Points: MID 3, HAM 20
Both teams are back in action this week as Hampshire hosts Leicestershire from Wednesday, Middlesex making the short trip to the Oval the following day.
Group 2: Somerset vs Surrey
Only 9 comebacks came in Taunton today, Surrey adding 15 to their score overnight, with Jamie Smith scoring a limit in Josh Davey’s successive overs. Smith finished the day with 27 with Ben Foakes on the other end of 16 when play resumes tomorrow.
Bonus points: SOM 1, SUR 1
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Group 3: Glamorgan vs Yorkshire
Resuming 69/4 at the start of the match, Yorkshire would lose Dom Bess in sixth of the day for 20, followed by wicket keeper Harry Duke the next ball, both to Australia’s Michael Neser. Jordan Thompson and David Willey would also go cheaply to Michael Hogan and Dan Douthwaite respectively before Yorkshire captain Steven Patterson (47) joined England captain Joe Root (99) for a century before the latter was played by Douthwaite with Ben Coad. rejected the next to end the innings at 230.
Joe Cooke was the first Glamorgan player to be sacked as he was caught late at Coad’s bowling alley before Marnus Labuschagne was knocked down by Patterson without disturbing the scorers. Joe’s brother Billy Root was out of the LBW for 13 with the score 43 before opener David Lloyd and Kiran Carlson ended the game of the day unbeaten in their forties.
Bonus points: GLA 3, YOR 4
Group 3: Sussex vs Kent
In a day disrupted by the rain (only 24 overtakes were possible), Zak Crawley would be sacked for 85, caught by Aaron Thomasson at Jack Carson’s bowling alley, with Jack Leaning (61) and goalkeeper Ollie Robinson (11) not coming out to the end of the day, the lead being 109 races.
Bonus points: SUS 5, KEN 3