A drubbing, and after Glamorgan had looked so good just before tea yesterday as well. Five wickets to chief destroyer Toby Roland Jones, before Stoneman and Robson rattled off the runs in five and a bit overs.
Easy-peasy for Durham, losing just Jones for exactly fifty this morning. Take a bow Matthew Potts. Leicestershire – just two more games before you can retreat to lick your wounds. And rise again (maybe).
Grace Road: Durham 296 and 108-3 BEAT Leicestershire 202 and 108-3 by seven wickets.
Whither Warwickshire? 364 runs to win; 82 overs to survive. Safety for Somerset if they win.
Fresh-faced/wet behind the ears/short-trousered etc etc Sussex lose nightwatchman Brad Currie. Ali Orr, in the running for the CWC young player of the year, has played an andante 44, Alsop four not out at the other end. A day’s vigil seems unlikely.
Durham need just three runs to beat winless Leicestershire. In sympathy to those at Grace Road, here is a happier memory (thanks Romeo).
A huge hug for George, a first ton of the summer, and a crucial one too. He celebrates by smashing a six shortly afterwards.
The final curtain about to draw over Lord’s. A fourth for TRJ, nine down, with the Glamorgan lead just 15.
If Vasconcelos and Zaib could stretch the lead to 250…. but no, actually I think Surrey will get the runs, however many, unless Northants can bat all day. Northants currently 226 for five, 145 ahead.
Somerset lose an early wicket: no fifty for Lewis Goldsworthy, but a hundred in sight for George Bartlett.
The County Ground: Northants 339 and 209-5 v Surrey 421
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 196 v Somerset 219 and 277-4
Headingley: Essex 225 and 162-9 BEAT Yorkshire 134 and 252 by one wicket.
Grace Road: Leicestershire 202 and 198 v Durham 296 and 51-2
Lord’s: Middlesex 390 v Glamorgan 214 and 191-8
Hove: Sussex 220 and 39-1 v Worcestershire 438-5dec
Matthew Potts followed up six wickets in Leicestershire’s first innings with seven for 49 in their second, to assemble a career-best, all-dancing, 13 for 101 and put Durham within sight of victory. Potts, with the air of a man who pulls ploughs for fun, muscled through three spells, decimating winless Leicestershire’s scorecard.
With the scores level at Headingley, and Essex nine wickets down, Shane Snater smeared the winning runs with a leg-side boundary to snatch a one-wicket victory in a thriller against Yorkshire. Snater’s 65 not out in 51 balls propped up Essex after they’d made a hash of chasing 162, slipping from 51 for two to 64 for six.
Steve Patterson, released by Yorkshire at the end of the season, grabbed five for 46. Ben Coad and Finlay Bean had earlier made debut first-class fifties to give the hosts a sniff of a chance.
Somerset, who started the day by issuing a press release criticising the ECB’s current cricket schedule as “unacceptable,” crawled to an advantage on a slowing pitch in the crucial relegation face-off at Edgbaston. As Toms Lammonby and Abell, then George Bartlett (91 not out) and Lewis Goldsworthy, admirably saw off Warwickshire’s bowlers, members chewed over a 300 lead and the club’s statement.
“The current domestic playing programme, which resulted in only four one-day matches being played in Taunton over 43 days in the height of summer this year, with 17 Somerset players unavailable, is unacceptable to the club, its members and the South West’s cricketing public,” it said.
Tom Curran hit his maiden first-class century as title-chasing Surrey grabbed their match against Northamptonshire by the collar. Because of injury, the IPL and Covid, Curran hadn’t played a first-class game since April 2019, but slotted right back in, punting with panache, three sixes flipping the rope in his 93-ball 115.
Surrey’s 82-run first-innings lead looked crucial when Northants lost early second-innings wickets, but half centuries from Luke Procter, and then Ricardo Vasconcelos gave Northants a 100-plus lead by stumps and set up a tantalising final day.
All was smooth sailing at Lord’s for Glamorgan until 10 minutes before tea. From there, they lost eight for 52, after squandering an opening stand of 123 between David Lloyd and Edward Byrom. Just 15 runs in front, defeat looms against their promotion rivals Middlesex in the morning. Toby Roland-Jones took three for 48; Tim Murtagh and Ethan Bamber two wickets a piece.
A double hundred for Jake Libby, his first, put Worcestershire in the driving seat at damp Hove, cracking quick runs once the weather relented. Worcestershire declared with a lead of 218, giving Sussex time to lose their captain Tom Haines before the close.
Good morning! It’s the final day of this round , with Surrey likely to rise back to the top of the table, unless Northants can do something extraordinary. Elsewhere, Matthew Potts’s 13 wickets should ensure Durham tidy things up early this morning; Glamorgan are in deep trouble, and Sussex’s mettle is about to be tested at Hove. Somerset have set themselves up to save the game on a stodgy Edgbaston pitch, while Essex pipped Yorkshire in the CC game of the summer (discuss) yesterday.