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County Championship Division Two Tea update

Haseeb Hameed

Middlesex vs Lancashire

Middlesex had resumed on 236-9 this morning with Toby Roland-Jones (35) and Tim Murtagh (16 not out) at the crease, but it wasn’t long before Lancashire had wiped up the tail.

Tom Bailey (24-6-67-5) took the last wicket of Roland-Jones, grabbing five wickets, however it was veteran Jimmy Anderson (21-7-41-3) who was the most economical of the Red Roses bowling attack.

Beginning their reply, Lancashire’s openers had made a century stand with both Keaton Jennings (52) and Haseeb Hameed (78 not out) hitting half-centuries, Hameed’s first half century since September 2017 before giving his wicket away to James Harris.

Murtagh picked up Lancashire’s second wicket of Brooke Guest, clean bowling him, leaving the visitors at 151-2 with wicket-keeper Alex Davies not padding up due to a suspected hand injury.

Leicestershire vs Worcestershire

Worcestershire enjoyed the best of the batting conditions, adding another 205 runs with the loss of two wickets before declaring on 553-6.

Hamish Rutherford (123) made his century before succumbing to Tom Taylor (35-2-122-1) and Whiteley (49) was unlucky to be trapped lbw by Ben Mike (23.5-2-119-2), one run short of his half-century.

In reply Leicestershire, who had beaten Sussex last week, struggled against the Pears bowlers.

Horton (15) caught by Daryl Mitchell off the bowling of Josh Tongue whilst Morris had Azad (1) trapped lbw had reduced the home-side to 24-2 before Cosgrove (40 not out) came to the crease.

With a flurry of boundaries including a six off the bowling of Wayne Parnell in a costly 12th over which went for 15 runs.

Parnell (4-1-38-0) suffered the most of the big-hitting however at tea Leicestershire still trailed Worcestershire by 477 runs with eight wickets in hand.

Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire

Derbyshire could only add 35 more runs to their first innings total of 291 runs after losing their last three wickets cheaply.

Tail-enders Anuj Dal (3), Logan van Beek (7) and Ravi Rampaul (9) were the last to go in a low scoring first innings for Derby, only Tom Lace passed the half-century mark.

Harry Higgins (29-13-52-3) shone with exquisite economy rate and the wickets were shared across the bowling attack for Gloucestershire, Benny Howell (14.2-7-19-2) with the second best figures.

In reply Gloucestershire began their fight-back despite the early loss of Hammond (6) caught by Wayne Marsden off the bowling of Luis Reece who also had Hankins caught for a duck.

James Bracey (64 not out) quickly hit his half-century with a burst of boundaries with Roderick (2 not out) slowly adding to the total 111-3.

Glamorgan vs Northamptonshire

Triple centuries from Marnus Labuschagne (121), Billy Root (126) and Kiran Carlson (111) helped the home-side to a huge batting points advantage.

Wicket-keeper captain Chris Cooke supported with a quick fire (70 not out) from 87 balls before deciding to declare after losing the eighth wicket of Marchant de Lange (12) after lunch to West Idies captain Jason Holder.

Overseas signing Holder (21-2-79-2) picked up his second wicket and was the second most economical bowler after Sanderson’s figures of (24-7-70-1) in a heavy batting innings for Glamorgan.

Rob Keogh (15-0-108-0) suffered the worst, being the most expensive of the bowling unit at the Swalec.

In reply Northamptonshire 67-0 made a sharp start with openers Ricardo Vasconcelos (46) closing in on his half century and Robert Newton (21) still at the crease, building upon their 50 partnership.

Durham vs Sussex

Durham ripped into the Sussex line-up after being bowled out early this morning reducing the visitors to 62-5 at lunch.

Adding only another 14 runs to their own first innings with Liam Trevaskis’ (54) the sole half-century.

The Durham pace attack knew they were would have to make a breakthrough early.

Wickets fell at regular intervals before lunch after Philip Salt (2) was caught off the bowling of Chris Rushworth.

James Weighell (8-1-32-3) had been the pick of the bowlers with three wickets in his first five overs, however Rushworth (11-4-20-3) quickly grabbed the honours being the most economical after clean bowling both Michael Burgess (9) and David Wiese (0).

Captain Ben Brown will hope Luke Wells (39 not out) will steady the Sussex innings, but losing key batsmen is proving more of a task as Sussex are 120-8 with Ollie Robinson (1 not out) joining him at the crease.

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