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Unbeaten fifty by Ben Cox seals draw for Worcestershire after Derbyshire play it safe
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Unbeaten fifty by Ben Cox seals draw for Worcestershire after Derbyshire play it safe

Worcestershire 305 (Fell 69, Wessels 60, Critchley 5-67) and 193 for 8 (Cox 60*) drew with Derbyshire 390 (Critchley 109, du Plooy 98, Hosein 83*, Godleman 50) and 312 for 5 declared (Critchley 84, Madsen 66, Hosein 55*)Derbyshire's captain, Billy Godleman, spent the last two sessions off the field with a groin injury and a darkened room was an appropriate setting after his negative declaration contributed to his side's failure to force victory against Worcestershire at The County Ground.Only Essex, 29 years ago, had chased down a higher victory target against Derbyshire on this ground than the 398 in 84 overs that Godleman set Worcestershire and thanks primarily to a defiant, unbeaten 60 from 148 balls from Ben Cox, Derbyshire were repelled at 193 for 8.Derbyshire's youthful pace attack ...
Late Luke Wood breakthroughs lead Lancashire to 206-run victory
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Late Luke Wood breakthroughs lead Lancashire to 206-run victory

ReportLuke Procter puts up a fight for Northamptonshire against former side on compelling last dayLancashire 305 (Bohannon 68, Davies 57, Kerrigan 4-60, Taylor 4-91) and 296 for 7 declared (Croft 103*) beat Northamptonshire 177 (Bailey 3-32, Parkinson 3-49) and 218 (Procter 93, Wood 3-31, Parkinson 3-39) by 206 runsThe blackthorn is in flower and the chiffchaffs will arrive soon. The County Championship season has begun with some fine games and few can have been more engrossing than the one that concluded at Emirates Old Trafford this evening. All the same, when folk arrived at the ground on a sunlit morning some rather desultory chat centred on how many sanitiser breaks Northamptonshire's remaining seven wickets would survive before Lancashire sealed their first victory of the season. The...
Surrey face anxious wait over possible ball change charge as Hassan Azad ton seals draw for Leicestershire
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Surrey face anxious wait over possible ball change charge as Hassan Azad ton seals draw for Leicestershire

Leicestershire 375 (Evans 138, Hill 70, Azad 55) and 295 for 3 (Azad 144*, Hill 69*) drew with Surrey 672 for 8 declared (Pope 245, Smith 123, Clark 61*)An unbeaten rearguard hundred from Hassan Azad ensured Leicestershire could head back up the M1 with a draw after four days of hard graft at The Oval, as Surrey toiled with little success on a flat last-day pitch that offered very little for spinners and even less for seamers throughout.There were moments on the final day that hinted at a tight finish as the sun went down, not least when Jordan Clark removed Sam Evans and Harry Dearden with successive deliveries before lunch following a hostile short-ball barrage in the first hour. But just as Surrey had made the breakthrough and got the ball reversing, umpires Graham Lloyd and Paul Pollar...
Ollie Robinson presses England claims with nine-wicket haul leading Sussex to victory
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Ollie Robinson presses England claims with nine-wicket haul leading Sussex to victory

ReportTest hopeful takes 13 for the match in eight-wicket win over GlamorganSussex 481 (van Zyl 113, Garton 97, Haines 87, Robinson 67*, Thomason 67) and 154 for 2 (Thomason 78*, Clark 54*) beat Glamorgan 285 (Carlson 127*, Lloyd 84, Robinson 4-50) and 349 (Carlson 132, Taylor 84, Robinson 9-78) by eight wicketsOllie Robinson continued his push for England recognition with career best bowling figures of 9 for 78 as Sussex wrapped up an eight-wicket victory against Glamorgan in the LV=Insurance County Championship.Glamorgan started the day 62 runs in front with Kiran Carlson and Callum Taylor well set and they managed to get to lunch for the loss of just one wicket.That changed after the interval with Robinson claiming four victims in the space of four overs to set up victory in a match whe...
David Willey five-wicket haul steers Yorkshire to 200-run victory over Kent
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David Willey five-wicket haul steers Yorkshire to 200-run victory over Kent

David Willey appeals for a wicket © Getty Images Yorkshire 379 (Lyth 97, Brook 54) and 330 for 5 declared (Lyth 116, Root 101, Brook 66*) beat Kent 265 (Stevens 52) and 244 (Milnes 78, Willey 5-61) by 200 runs Yorkshire beat Kent by 200 runs in their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, but they were frustrated for much of day four by night-watchman Matt Milnes, who hit a career-best 78. David Willey eventually finished Kent off with 5 for 61, backed up by Jordan Thompson who took 3 for 24 to give Yorkshire 23 points in Group Three, while Kent took five. Milnes batted for over four and a half hours and faced 210 balls, including an 89-minute partnership with Darren Stevens, who was Kent's next highest scor...
Allround dominance hands Hampshire second big win of the season
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Allround dominance hands Hampshire second big win of the season

Hampshire 319 (Holland 64, Northeast 63, Abbot 58) and 299 for 4 declared (Holland 146*, Northeast 118) beat Middlesex 79 (Abbas 6-11) and 281 (White 73*, Gubbins 67, Holland 3-19, Abbas 3-28) by 249 runsHaving wrapped up the spoils from this game a minute or two before the scheduled lunch break on day four, Hampshire's players were able to belt out their victory song in the dressing room and sit back to drink in the moment - perhaps even enjoy a beer in the sunshine, too, given it is practically government-mandated now.There were no home fans around to enjoy the scene, but the Ageas Bowl nevertheless basked in a summery sense of optimism as James Vince walked down the steps to reflect on a second emphatic victory in a row. Not since 2004 have Hampshire won their opening two games of a Cha...
James Bracey shows temperament, talent to hand Gloucestershire victory at Somerset
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James Bracey shows temperament, talent to hand Gloucestershire victory at Somerset

James Bracey celebrates after reaching a half-century © Getty Images Gloucestershire 309 (Bracey 118, Taylor 56, Dent 50) and 156 for 2 (Bracey 83*) beat Somerset 312 (Davies 87, Overton 54) and 149 (Hildreth 64, Higgins 4-29) by eight wickets James Bracey displayed the temperament, as well as the talent, of a future England player as Gloucestershire wrapped up an eight-wicket LV=County Championship win over Somerset at Taunton. The 23-year-old left-hander added an ice-cool 83 not out to his first-innings century and shared a match-clinching second-wicket stand of 79 with Kraigg Brathwaite to help his side to a comprehensive victory. Brathwaite marked his Gloucestershire debut with a solid 36 and together the pair stifled ...
Simon Harmer bamboozles Durham with another five-for to deliver Essex victory
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Simon Harmer bamboozles Durham with another five-for to deliver Essex victory

ReportSpinner claims 10 for the match to see hosts home before lunch on final day at ChelmsfordEssex 96 (Rushworth 3-13, Carse 3-37) and 330 (Walter 77, Allison 52, Carse 5-82) beat Durham 259 (Borthwick 100, Poynter 52*, Harmer 5-79) and 123 (Burnham 43, Harmer 5-57, Cook 3-17) by 44 runsSimon Harmer made sure it was 'Harmer Time' again at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, as the talismanic spinner was the architect for Essex's sensational comeback victory over Durham.Harmer claimed his 22nd five-wicket haul, and sixth 10 wickets in a match since joining the county in 2017 with a bamboozling 5 for 57.Defending LV= Insurance County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy champions Essex had been bowled out for 96 in the first innings and gave up a 163-run first-innings deficit, only to win...
Centuries to Joe Root, Adam Lyth put Yorkshire in command at Kent
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Centuries to Joe Root, Adam Lyth put Yorkshire in command at Kent

ReportVisitors need eight wickets on final day at Canterbury after setting Kent 445 to winKent 265 and 33 for 2 (Bell-Drummond 24*) need another 412 runs to beat Yorkshire 379 and 330 for 5 declared (Lyth 116, Root 101, Brook 66*)Joe Root scored a century to put Yorkshire in a commanding position after day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship game with Kent at Canterbury, the visitors needing eight wickets for victory after declaring their second innings on 330 for 5, setting Kent an improbable target of 445.The hosts were reduced to 33 for 2 at stumps and trailed by 411 in the Group Three fixture, Jordan Thompson taking 1 for nought David Willey 1 for 15.England batsmen past and present starred for the visitors, with former opener Adam Lyth hitting 116 and current skipper Root...