Saturday’s round-up by Simon Burnton
A decade after his previous County Championship involvement – four matches for Warwickshire in 2011 title – Kemar Roach’s second spell in the competition ends today and he seems determined to sign off with a flourish. Opening the bowling for Surrey he produced a phenomenal spell, taking three wickets in eight overs as Middlesex were reduced to 27 for four.
Since Surrey had found themselves at 135 without loss on the afternoon of day one, 14 wickets had fallen for 82 runs, but Middlesex then staged a recovery of sorts to post a score of 160, with John Simpson’s 100-ball 68 the highlight. Surrey’s second innings was greeted by the unfamiliar sight of sunlight and in the best batting conditions of the match they led by 165 with 10 wickets left at the close.
The batting performance of the day came at Trent Bridge, where Ben Duckett scored a superb unbeaten 177, with 19 fours, to guide Nottinghamshire from 51 for three to 400 for five, whereupon, final batting bonus point safely banked, they promptly declared against Worcestershire, who ended the day trailing by 347 runs. Duckett and Lyndon James (78) put on 205 for the fourth wicket before James top-edged a catch to Brett D’Oliveira at cover, whereupon Steven Mullaney rattled off 88 runs from 73 balls.
Somerset survived a collapse from 127 for two to 143 for six, with Gloucestershire simply unable to deal with Tom Abell. The 27-year-old scored a superb 132 with support from Lewis Gregory, who came in at No 9 to score his second half-century of the season and claim second place, behind Abell, in his side’s batting averages. Somerset declared on 300 for eight before reducing their opponents to 16 for two.
At the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire’s Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas – against the side he represented in 2018 and 2019 – came very close to bowling through the Leicestershire first innings, going unchanged for 29 overs and taking nine wickets between them. Abbott took six including that of Rishi Patel for 27, the only one of the top nine batsmen to reach double figures, but Alex Evans and Ed Barnes put on 30 for the last wicket and the visitors avoided the follow-on by a single run.
With 22 overs left in the day Hampshire forfeited their second innings, daring Leicestershire to tilt at the 6.8 runs an over required to win. They did not and the match was drawn.
Close of play scores
Hampshire 233 & forfeit v Leicestershire 84 & 26-1 – match drawn
Essex 217 v Warwickshire 166 & 0-0 – Warks trail by 51 runs
Nottinghamshire 400/5 dec v Worcestershire 53/6 – Worcs trail by 347
Derbyshire 258 v Durham 20/2 – Durham trail by 238
Northamptonshire v Lancashire 75/1
Kent 307 v Glamorgan 64/3 – Glam trail by 243
Gloucestershire 16-2 v Somerset 300-8 – Gloucs trail by 284
Surrey 190 & 135-0 v Middlesex 160 – Surrey lead by 165
Hello! It’s the final day of a damp round seven, with seven games left, most of them draw-ridden. The match with the highest chance of some Sunday pizzaz, bells and brisket, is at Trent Bridge. There Nottinghamshire, inspired by Ben Duckett’s unbeaten 177 , have a chance to leap to the top of Group One. They have Worcestershire in deep trouble, 347 behind on first innings, with only four first-innings wickets left.
I’m afraid the rain threatens once again, with a late start already called at Northampton where the groundstaff are out with their mops. Inspection there at 11am and more news round the grounds as it comes in.
at 10.14am BST
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