Kent secured their first win of the divisional stage of the County Championship thanks to standout performers Darren Stevens and Matthew Milnes. In the first innings, Kent were bowled out for 232 with both Zak Crawley and Jack Leaning making contributions. Leicestershire struggled in their first innings and were bowled out for 108. Darren Stevens then put Kent in a commanding position in the game, scoring 107* (70). Leicestershire resistance came in the form of Ben Mike and Ed Barnes who both made 70 runs but ultimately fell short of their target.
Watch every boundary from Darren Stevens magnificent 107* against Leicestershire 😍— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) September 1, 2021
This #LVCountyChamp campaign Stevens has scored 566 runs (Ave 47.16) and taken 30 wickets (Ave 19.96) 👏
Does anybody know Stevens' winter plans? ✈️ 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/tqGRSPH1Dl
Snater and Cook star for Essex
Essex defeated Glamorgan by an innings and 74 runs to move to the top of Division 2. Glamorgan finished their first innings all out for 134, with Shane Snater dominating them from the offset. Snater finished with figures of 11.5-5-39-6. Nick Browne made a magnificent century from 223 balls to help put Essex in the driving seat. Browne was well supported by Dan Lawrence, Michael Pepper and Shane Snater. Glamorgan started their response poorly, being 2-2 after 3.1 overs. Sam Cook then took 5-37 to help Essex to a comprehensive victory.
Notts win big in Taunton
Somerset won the toss and decided to field but soon grew to rue that decision. Nottinghamshire put on a big first innings total thanks to a 121-ball century from Liam Patterson-White and half-centuries from Luke Fletcher and Joe Clarke. The Notts bowling attack terrorised Somerset and bowled them all out for 107. Nottinghamshire captain, Steven Mullaney, decided to enforce the follow-on which proved to be a wise decision. The Notts bowling attack quickly reduced Somerset to 85-6 but resistance came from the Somerset tail. Jack Leach, Josh Davey and Marchant de Lange all prolonged the Somerset innings before Luke Fletcher wrapped up proceedings with the wicket of Jack Brooks.
Middlesex secure win at Lord's
Middlesex defeated Derbyshire by 112 runs to move top of Division Three of the County Championship. Robbie White helped Middlesex to 282 due his 121 run contribution. In reply, Leus du Plooy starred with the bat for Derbyshire, making 90 from 115 balls. Ethan Bamber impressed with the ball, finishing with figures of 15.5-5-41-5. Middlesex set Derbyshire 333 to win, after being bowled out for 256. Derbyshire looked to be running towards victory with Billy Goodleman and Matt Critchley scoring 70 and 58 respectively. However, Toby Roland-Jones tore through the middle order of Derbyshire to secure victory for Middlesex.