• Specsavers County Championship 12m

    Collingwood ton impresses in Division Two

    A lot took place in Friday's Division Two action with Gloucestershire looking to surprise leaders Notts in Bristol while Collingwood brought up his hundred

    Veteran Paul Collingwood brought up his hundred and Worcestershire's bowlers were wonderful on a drama-filled day in Division Two.

    Kent 211/8 Durham 448
    Gloucestershire 256/7 Nottinghamshire
    Leicestershire 322/7 Sussex
    Northants 218 Derby 153/6
    Worcestershire 267 Glamorgan 76/6

    McCarthy magic puts Durham in control

    Rookie pace bowler Barry McCarthy bagged season’s best figures of four for 52 to blow away Kent’s top order and move Durham into the box seat at the mid-point of their Specsavers County Championship match in Canterbury.

    Responding to Durham’s 448 all out – their best total of the four-day campaign to date – promotion-chasing Kent slid to 123 for eight only to be salvaged by Sam Northeast’s unbeaten 97 that took his side in at stumps on 211 for eight after 53 overs.

    Northeast, the Kent skipper, combined with Yasir Shah (37*) to add an unbroken 88 through to the close, moving past Kent’s previous ninth-wicket record stand of 66 set by Min Patel and Mark Ealham at Tunbridge Wells in 2000 in the process. Yet the hosts still require another 88 runs on day three to be spared the humiliation of following on for the first time in 2017.

    Having batted for more than four sessions, Durham set about taking six Kent wickets during a 90-minute purple patch that sent the hosts reeling in at tea on 72 for six.

    All six wickets fell to bowling from the Nackington Road end and it was 24-year-old McCarthy who made the early inroads.

    Starting his side’s first-innings response at 2.34pm, Kent’s opening bat Sean Dickson (0) soon departed lbw, plum in front when working across the line against the Dubliner, then No3 Joe Denly under-edged an attempted pull through to the keeper.

    England Lions batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond nicked into the cordon to give McCarthy 3-15 in his opening burst, after which the bustling Rushworth took over down the Nackington Road slope where he continued to give Kent the hurry-up.

    Joe Weatherley (6) had his middle stump plucked out by a full delivery, Will Gidman (4) nicked to third slip, then Adam Rouse (8) followed in identical fashion, to another Ryan Pringle catch. Kent’s demise continued after tea when Darren Stevens (14) aimed to late cut against Gavin Main only to pick out Graham Clark at backward point, then Matt Coles (2) steered one to slip to gift Rushworth a fourth wicket.

    Northeast and Shah, on his Championship debut, then combined to bat out the 23 remaining overs of day two.  

    Durham, having resumed on their overnight score of 318 for five at the start of the day, battled hard to add a further 130 runs to their total and in order to bank four batting bonus points.

    After cracking a brace of boundaries in the day’s first over from Coles, Paul Collingwood posted his 34th first-class century from 160 balls. In a moment of brevity, the 41-year-old made as if to walk down the pitch on a zimmer frame to shake hands with his sixth-wicket partner Stuart Poynter.

    Kent snatched a second bowling point in the 110th over when Stevens pegged back Poynter’s off stump to break a stand worth 67 then, four deliveries later, Matthew Potts suffered a fourth-ball duck on county debut when he followed a Stevens away-swinger to nick to the keeper.   

    Stevens, now 41, then picked up his fifth, five-wicket return of the season by Collingwood’s 208-ball stay for 120. The Durham skipper, Stevens’ junior by only 26 days, followed an away swinger and edged to Coles at slip.

    Stevens rested after a morning stint of 11-3-23-3, enabling Durham to add a vital 73 runs inside 20 overs either side of lunch through ninth-wicket pairing Rushworth and McCarthy (24).

    McCarthy’s useful stay ended when Yasir Shah plucked out his off stump to become the Pakistan Test bowler’s first scalp in Championship cricket. Soon after, Rushworth’s 67-ball cameo of 57 ended when Bell-Drummond took a diving catch in the deep.

    Coles finished with three for 118, but Kent were again indebted to veteran Stevens, who finished with five for 78 – his fifth, five-wicket return of the summer. However, Kent missed out on maximum bowling points for the first time this season.

    Speaking afterwards, Collingwood commented: "We needed to take wickets with the new ball and we managed that. Hopefully we can nip out their last two wickets tomorrow and force home our advantage. We needed a couple of days like this and this performance could yet make the rest of our season."

    Roderick shines against table-topping Notts

    Gareth Roderick marked his first appearance of the season for Gloucestershire with an unbeaten 88 on a hard-fought first day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Nottinghamshire at Bristol.

    The 25-year-old South African, consigned to the second XI by an early-season illness, shared stands of 83 with Phil Mustard (37) and 65 with Kieran Noema-Barnett (35) as his side recovered from 77 for four to close on 256 for seven.

    There were three wickets for Harry Gurney and two for Brett Hutton as the Notts attack maintained a disciplined line and length for much of a tough day on an unhelpful pitch.

    Roderick is Gloucestershire’s four-day captain, but Mustard continued in the role he had adopted for the first four Championship fixtures, although he is expected to hand over the wicketkeeper’s gloves.

    The hosts were able to name left-arm seamer David Payne in their line-up for the first time since a hernia operation, while the Second Division leaders were unchanged from their drawn game against Derbyshire.

    Cameron Bancroft and Chris Dent gave Gloucestershire a solid start after Notts had exercised their right to field first, taking the total to 45 before Dent fell lbw for 27, pushing forward to left-arm seamer Gurney.

    It looked like being the home side’s morning as Bancroft, who had survived a confident lbw shout by Luke Fletcher off the second ball of the day, settled to his task and batted through the morning session.

    But the final delivery before lunch saw Will Tavare, on seven, pinned leg-before by a toe-crushing yorker from Fletcher.

    The lunch total was 67 for two and the match looked to be swinging the visitors’ way when  Hutton dismissed Bancroft (37) and Graeme van Buuren with successive deliveries soon after lunch. The Australian edged a catch behind, while van Buuren was bowled off an inside edge.

    But Roderick responded impressively. He was 47 not out at tea, having added 82 with Mustard, and the scoreboard read 159 for four.

    Both batsmen had looked untroubled. But without addition to his tea score Mustard feathered an outswinger from Gurney through to Chris Read to make it 160 for five.

    Jack Taylor attempted to play in his usual positive manner, but had made only five when aiming an expansive shot at Luke Wood and directing a straightforward catch to point.

    The previous delivery had seen Roderick reach a chanceless half-century off 115 balls, with 5 fours, and he continued to show exemplary technique when joined by Noema-Barnett in the late afternoon sunshine.

    The powerful Noema-Barnett hit successive boundaries off Samit Patel’s fifth over and looked in good form himself as the stand developed into a meaningful one.

    But with the total on 232, Noema-Barnett was undone by a full, swinging delivery from Gurney, which beat his defensive shot and scattered the stumps.

    By the close Roderick had faced 194 balls and hit 9 fours in an immensely valuable first Championship knock of the summer.

    Derbyshire youngster collects five wickets on entertaining day

    Conor McKerr picked up a maiden five-wicket haul in just his second first-class match but his Derbyshire side ended the first day only even against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

    McKerr, the 19-year-old on loan from Surrey, took 5 for 87 as Derbyshire bowled Northamptonshire out for just 218 before Northants produced a marginally better display with the ball and through Ben Sanderson and Nathan Buck, reduced the visitors to 108 for 6 before Alex Hughes battled away with an unbeaten half-century to seer his side to the close 153 for 6, trailing by 65.

    Sanderson struck with the first ball of the Derbyshire reply, trapping makeshift opening Jeevan Mendis lbw, and in his second spell produced an edge from Gary Wilson that was taken at the second attempt by stand-in wicketkeeper Ben Duckett, and one that came back in to fix Daryn Smit lbw for 4, continuing the South African’s poor form.

    In between there were two poor strokes - Billy Godleman driving loosely and presenting an edge to Alex Wakely at second slip off Rory Kleinvelt, and Shiv Thakor, who made a quick 45 including seven boundaries before flashing outside his off stump and getting a thin edge to Duckett.

    Thakor’s wicket was the first of the game for Nathan Buck, who followed up by winning an lbw verdict against Wayne Madsen, another South African out of touch. 

    But a stand of 43 between Hughes - who went past fifty in 83 balls with five fours - and Tom Taylor, who ate up 47 balls for his 7 not out, battled Derbyshire back into the game.

    Until that point, Northants had got themselves back on top. They had little to play with after a batting effort lacking in discipline to occupy the crease on a green-tinged wicket but not one offering excessive seam movement.

    Derbyshire arrived buoyed by a near-miss at Trent Bridge last week and with McKerr to add an edge to their attack, hurried Northants away from 134 for 3 when Rob Newton and Duckett were going very well in a stand of 78 for the fourth wicket.

    Newton played with fluency, driving confidently and pulling Alex Hughes to the long midwicket boundary. A well-timed off side push brought him a fourth Championship fifty of the summer in 83 balls with seven fours. Only later in the day did his 67 realise it’s true value.

    Duckett, returning from England Lions duty, also looked full of confidence and struck two perfect straight drives and took further boundaries with flourishing strokes through extra-cover off Palladino to reach 36.

    But it was Palladino who found the breakthrough to begin the collapse. Duckett dragged a cover drive into his stumps and Newton followed three overs later to the same bowler, trying to punch off the back foot and edging to wicketkeeper Daryn Smit. Palladino also removed Nathan Buck who dabbed at a ball just outside off and got an edge into his stumps.

    Before Buck’s wicket, McKerr - who removed Alex Wakely and Rob Keogh before lunch - returned to have Josh Cobb splendidly held in the gully by Hughes for a sixth-ball duck, driving far too loosely outside his off stump, and picked up a fourth wicket with Sanderson held in the gully.

    But the most galling dismissal of the innings was that of Chesney Hughes. Trying to pull a long hop from part-time off-spinner Wayne Madsen he got a miserable top-edge to extra-cover.

    Rory Kleinveldt lifted two sixes over point and a third over midwicket - all to the short boundary - as Northants limped to a first batting point. Kleinveldt was last man out miscuing a pull that was taken by Smit to hand McKerr a first five-wicket haul.

    Worcestershire come out fighting to stun Glamorgan

    Ben Cox successfully filled the number five spot vacated by the departed Tom Kohler-Cadmore before Josh Tongue caused mayhem with the ball for Worcestershire on day one of the Specasavers County Championship clash with Glamorgan at New Road.

    Cox was promoted up the order for the second game running after Kohler-Cadmore's release - to join Yorkshire - was confirmed yesterday and top scored with 93 out of 267 all out in 70.4.

    Then Tongue blitzed his way through the Glamorgan batting line-up with five wickets in four devastating overs as the Welsh County closed on 76-6.

    Cox went to the middle quicker than he would have wanted after Worcestershire had been reduced to 14-3 within the first 45 minutes on being asked to bat.

    He eventually became the last of four victims of Timm van der Gugten who was well supported by new four-day skipper Michael Hogan, Lukas Carey and Andrew Salter with two wickets apiece.

    But then Tongue got to work with the ball as Glamorgan nose-dived from 39-0 to 58-6.

    Worcestershire were looking for a positive response after an innings defeat at Sussex had ended a run of four successive victories.

    But they were immediately on the back foot as Daryl Mitchell, who had scored 534 runs in the previous five Championship innings, lost his off stump to the third ball of the innings from Lukas Carey.

    Tom Fell (7) was trapped lbw by Van der Gugten who also accounted for Brett D'Oliveira (7) with Aneurin Donald holding onto a sharp chance at third slip.

    Cox was in aggressive mode from the start and Joe Clarke (25) partnered him in a stand of 69 in 16 overs before the latter was bowled by Michael Hogan with a delivery which was angled in.

    Van der Gugten bowled a lengthy spell during the afternoon session and accounted for Ross Whiteley (6) who was pouched by Donald via another sharp catch at third slip.

    Cox was joined by Barnard in another productive stand of 59 in 11.4 overs.

    The former Bromsgrove School pupil looked set for a deserved century but then became the fourth victim of Van der Gugten as Andrew Salter reacted sharply away to his left in the gulley. He faced only 99 deliveries and struck 15 boundaries.

    Skipper Joe Leach (13) was lbw to Hogan and Jack Shantry ((3) was caught down the legside off Carey but Barnard reached an excellent half century off 86 balls with six fours.

    The ex England Under-19 batsman finally holed out to mid-off off Andrew Salter for 60.

    Tongue collected two boundaries in an over from Hogan costing 15 runs to bring up the 250 before Salter brought about his dismissal at deep extra cover.

    Glamorgan openers Jacques Rudolph and Nick Selman put on 39, although not without the odd scare, but then the wickets started to tumble.

    Selman (4) was bowled by a ball of full length from Leach - his 30th wicket of the season - and then Tongue worked his way into the Glamorgan order.

    Will Bragg (7) was bowled, Colin Ingram (2) gloved a ball to first slip and Donald edged to second slip.

    The procession of wickets continued as Clarke pulled off a stunning catch at third slip to dispose of David Lloyd (2) while in the same over Van der Gugten (0) was victim to an excellent catch by Cox.

    Rudolph was left unbeaten on 49 surveying the wreckage from the non striker's end.

    Archer and Cosgrove battle in tight encounter

    An absorbing day’s Championship cricket was dominated by two players as Leicestershire batsman Mark Cosgrove and Sussex fast bowler Jofra Archer conducted what felt at times to be a personal battle to put their side into the ascendancy.

    The hugely experienced Cosgrove, who before play started confirmed he had signed a one-year contract extension until the end of 2019, closed on 122 not out, his second century in as many matches. 

    Archer, playing only his 12th first-class match, bowled with intelligence as well as hostility on an essentially good pitch to finish with 5-61 from 25 overs of unremitting effort.  

    The morning had seen Leicestershire openers Paul Horton and Harry Dearden bat through a rain-interrupted session during which only 17 overs were possible without being parted.

    Once the shower clouds had cleared, however, Archer struck twice in the course of delivering eight consecutive overs from the Bennett End, during which he conceded only 11 runs.

    He dismissed Dearden with a quick, rising delivery which seamed away from the left-hander, Chris Jordan holding a smart catch to his left at first slip, and produced a similar delivery which took the shoulder of Colin Ackermann’s bat to give Stiaan van Zyl a simple catch at third slip.

    Cosgrove then had to fight hard to preserve his wicket, and was fortunate to survive after being squared up on a number of occasions, but once Archer came out of the attack, the Australian played with fluency and freedom, hitting eight boundaries in reaching his 50 off just 70 balls.

    At the other end, the experienced Horton dug in, taking 126 balls to reach his own half-century, but was bowled driving loosely at an Archer delivery that seamed back to hit the top of off-stump.

    Ned Eckersley was caught at mid-on trying to hit spinner Danny Briggs out of the attack, and both Mark Pettini and Tom Wells looked to be beaten by pace. Cosgrove stood firm, however, reaching his century off 144 balls, and with Archer finally tiring Zak Chappell’s late contribution saw the Foxes through to a third batting bonus point.

    Captain Cosgrove said: “Leicestershire have shown some faith in me by extending my contract, so it’s good to repay that by getting some runs and big scores.

    "It swung around a bit this morning and the openers did a good job to get through the new ball, it made the job easier for the rest of us. But Jofra Archer bowled fantastically, with pace and movement, and deserved his five-for."

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