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Surrey and Essex Wins Maintain the Title Race Alive


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Mar 22, 2024
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Within the London derby at Lord’s, Surrey have been put in to bat and Jamie Smith hit 138 to set the guests on their technique to a complete of 433. Tom Helm completed with career-best figures of six for 110, however it’s been Middlesex’s batting that has been their downside this summer time, and so it proved once more as they have been all out for 238 in reply. Following on, a career-best 46 not out from Ethan Bamber pushed his facet previous an innings defeat, however a goal of 78 runs was achieved for the lack of two wickets to provide Surrey their sixth win of the season and hold them 14 factors clear on the prime.

Essex saved the strain on by beating Kent by seven wickets at Chelmsford. The guests selected to bat first however managed a modest whole of 207. Matt Critchley’s 117 was the most important rating in Essex’s reply, however a helpful 83 not out from Simon Harmer helped the hosts as much as a declaration on 458 for eight. Harry Finch’s 114 gave Kent some hope, however a rating of 280 left the house facet chasing simply 30 for victory, which they took simply 23 balls to realize.

Hampshire’s three-day win at Trent Bridge put them third within the desk, an extra 15 factors behind Essex. Nottinghamshire’s determination to bowl first appeared to have been absolutely justified after they dismissed the guests for simply 166. However they then succumbed to Hampshire’s august assault, with Ian Holland taking 4 for 19 and Ben Brown taking six catches behind the stumps. Holland adopted it up by opening the batting and scoring 138 not out as his facet declared on 344 for 5, setting a goal of 411. Brett Hutton took 4 wickets within the match, giving him 45 this summer time. Though Calvin Harrison made a career-best 39, not one of the frontline batsmen made the form of rating that might have given the house facet an opportunity and so they have been all out for 294, crushed by 116 runs.

Warwickshire might have a sport in hand on the edges above them, however a washout on the ultimate day at Edgbaston ensured their match in opposition to Lancashire resulted in a draw. The house facet selected to bowl first, however an eighth-wicket stand of 145 between George Balderson (making a maiden century, 116 not out) and Tom Bailey (a career-best 75) noticed the Purple Rose county as much as 327. Mir Hamza, on his debut for the Midlanders, took three for 96. The wickets have been shared broadly as Lancashire bowled out the hosts for 212 to place them in a powerful place. The guests had reached 182 for six, a lead of 297 on the finish of the third day, suggesting the sport may have moved to a captivating climax however for the climate.

Somerset took that fourth-day climate out of the equation by beating Northamptonshire inside three days on the County Floor. Put in to bat, they made a helpful 351 of their first innings, with Jack White taking 5 for 77. Ricardo Vasconcelos’s 78 was the one substantial rating within the hosts’ reply of 180, and so they have been pressured to observe on. Matt Henry did all of the harm within the second innings, taking 5 for 73, with residence captain Luke Procter proving the only real impediment together with his unbeaten 87 as they scored 224. A goal of 54 was knocked off in little greater than ten overs for the lack of one wicket.

Within the Second Division, runaway leaders Durham have been pissed off when the final day was misplaced to the climate, in addition to by some nice batting from hosts Derbyshire. Brooke Visitor was the primary downside, as he made a mammoth career-best 197 of their whole of 443. Scott Borthwick, who as soon as threatened to be an England all-rounder, made a uncommon impression today with the ball, taking 4 for 25. Matthew Potts picked up two wickets, taking him to 45 for the summer time, joint with Hutton because the main wicket-taker. In reply, Durham hit again with 575. Alex Lees’s 171 meant he grew to become the primary batter of the summer time to achieve 1000 runs for the season. David Bedingham adopted it up with 138, and Sam Conners earned probably the most credit score among the many bowlers, taking 5 for 115. Visitor continued his nice match by not conceding a bye within the Durham innings. Derbyshire had reached 89 with out loss of their second innings when the match ended prematurely.

Second-placed Sussex had purpose to be grateful to the climate at Headingley, when the ultimate day was washed out after they have been struggling to save lots of the sport. They selected to bat first, and could have been disillusioned by making solely 216, thanks partially to Fynn Hudson-Prentice equalling his highest rating for them, 73. Adam Lyth’s 115 set Yorkshire on the way in which to their reply of 364 for eight declared. Sussex needed to bat lengthy to save lots of the match, and had reached 236 for seven when the rain introduced the match to a detailed.

Worcestershire and Leicestershire are each simply two factors behind Sussex after the previous went to Oakham and beat the latter inside three days. The hosts could have been happy with their determination to bowl first as Worcestershire scored simply 178 of their first innings. Nonetheless, that proved greater than sufficient as they might make solely 110 in reply, Rehan Ahmed’s 44 the very best rating by both facet within the first innings. The departing Dillon Pennington took 4 for 36. Jake Libby’s 67 was essential within the away facet’s second-innings whole of 169. A goal of 238 wouldn’t normally appear formidable, however within the context of this low-scoring sport it was an excessive amount of for Leicestershire, who have been bowled out for 137, with Josh Tongue (additionally quickly to go away) taking 5 for 29.

The sport at Cheltenham began a day later than the opposite fixtures and Glamorgan selected to bat first. 4 of their batters made between 76 and 98 as they declared on 450 for six. Nineteen-year-old Truro CC batter Joe Phillips made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire and finally obtained to bat on the fourth day, making 17. Chris Dent hit 113 and the house facet completed on 402 for six, having secured the requisite batting level within the inevitable draw.
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