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What happened in Round 7 of the 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship?

All the best of the action from the seventh round of the 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship.

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What happened in Round 7 of the 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship?

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Division One

Lancashire 103 & 232 lost to Essex 391 by an innings & 56 runs
Northamptonshire 430 drew with Kent 519/9d & 170/1
Somerset 211 & 69 lost to Hampshire 291 & 1/0 by 10 wickets
Warwickshire 244 & 252/3 drew with Yorkshire 449

Division Two

Middlesex 422 and 119/4 beat Durham 350 & 188 by six wickets
Nottinghamshire 358 & 167/0 beat Derbyshire 260 & 262 by 10 wickets
Worcestershire 577/6d beat Leicestershire 148 & 170 by an innings and 259 runs

Brilliant Barker blows Somerset away

An incredible third day's play at Taunton saw Hampshire streak away with an emphatic victory over Somerset. On a low scoring pitch, Hampshire edged a 68 run lead in reply to Somerset's first innings. A tricky situation became an impossible one for the home side however as Keith Barker ripped through the batting order with a stunning 6/27 to bowl them out for just 69. Felix Organ chipped the winning run to confirm a comprehensive win for James Vince's side.

Lawrence and Harmer do the damage at Old Trafford

A first century of the County Championship season for Dan Lawrence helped establish a strong first innings score for Essex at Old Trafford. The England international stroked his way to a majestic century on the first day, aided by Nick Browne and Shane Snater's half-centuries. Then it was down to the bowlers, first skittling the hosts for just 103 before asking them to follow-on. Lancashire's second attempt was spirited, but Simon Harmer's five-fer ensured that the visitors would not have to bat again.

Pears pile on the runs at New Road

Go back to the start of the season and Jack Haynes had yet to hit a first-class century. Wind forward three matches and 21 year-old has scored three in successive County Championship matches. Azhar Ali also scored his first century in Worcestershire colours with a mammoth 225 made in nearly eight hours at the crease, as the Pears made a huge score of 577/6. Leicestershire, having made 148 in the first innings, were bowled out by a rampant home bowling attack for 170 on the final day and remain at the foot of the Division 2 table.

Hasty Hameed sees Notts over the line

It was a tale of sharing the runs and wickets for Notts at Trent Bridge as they overpowered Derbyshire in three-and-half days of play. The home side had a lead on Derbyshire's 260 first innings score thanks to a fine 86 from in form Ben Duckett, and bowled the visitors out for a second time for a near-identical score. Chasing 167, Haseeb Hameed went through the gears as he went past 4,000 first-class runs, and reached the target without losing a wicket.

Toby Roland-Jones dismantles Durham

Toby Roland-Jones claimed match figures of 10/107 to dismantle Durham at Lord's and keep the north London side top of the Division 2 table. Despite scoring a respectable 350 runs in the first innings, Durham capitulated to 188 all out as seven batters struggled to pass double-digit scores. A target of 117 was set for the hosts to claim victory, and skipper Peter Handscomb - playing in his last match for Middlesex - ensured his side got there with 17 overs to spare on Day Four.Β 

Sam Hain and Will Rhodes combine at Headingley

Yorkshire shook hands with Warwickshire on Day Four of a rain-affected clash in Leeds. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Warwickshire posted 244 - largely down to 96 from Michael Burgess - before runs from Adam Lyth (145) and Harry Brook (82) saw the hosts post a commanding 449. Batting to save the game for Warwickshire, Sam Hain (109*) and Will Rhodes (111*) combined to frustrate Yorkshire and secure the draw.Β 

Ben Compton hits another century for Kent

Ben Compton (140 and 68*) became this season's top run-scorer in a match that witnessed 10 half-centuries and saw over 1,100 runs scored across just three innings. After being asked to bat by Northamptonshire, Kent piled on 519 before declaring and bowling the hosts out for 430. In reply, Kent reached 170/1 before declaring, which brought upon the handshake from Northants skipper Ricardo Vasconcelos.Β 

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