Review #4

Review #4. Rain again was a factor in the sixth round of LV= Insurance County Championship matches. With the Test series vs. New Zealand fast approaching, Joe Root and Zak Crawley showed, between rain breaks, that they are running into form with the bat.

Group 1

Essex vs. Derbyshire

Essex returned to winning ways in their innings and 15 runs defeat of Derbyshire.

After the first day was lost to rain, Essex scored freely to declare on 412-3.

In reply, Derbyshire were all out for 146. Following on, the visitors show greater resilience scoring 251 (Matt Critchley 25), but they were unable to make Essex bat again.

Bottom placed Derbyshire, remain winless in Group 1.

Durham vs. Worcestershire

The Emirates Riverside dodged most of the rain falling elsewhere, allowing Durham to take a 258 run victory over Worcestershire.

Batting first, Durham scored 246. Worcestershire were still in the match after recording 213 in reply.

Durham’s second innings was the turning point, the home team declaring on 389-5 (Scott Borthwick 27).

Worcestershire fell well short managing just 164, giving Durham their second County Championship win in 2021.

Group 2

Middlesex vs. Hampshire

Hampshire required just three days to defeat Middlesex.

Between rain delays and showers, Middlesex reached 172. Hampshire took a vital 36 run lead after scoring 208 (James Vince 62).

Middlesex offered little second time around scoring just 101.

Concerned about a poor weather forecast for the final day, Hampshire went about their business to claim a 7 wicket victory.

Group 3

Glamorgan vs. Yorkshire

Rain ensured this match was drawn.

Batting first Glamorgan scored 149. Thanks to Joe Root (99) and Steven Petterson (47no) Yorkshire reached 230. The pair adding 118 runs for the ninth wicket.

Play was not possible until late afternoon on the final day, thwarting Yorkshire’s outside chance of the win.

Sussex vs. Kent

The rain played its tricks in this drawn match at Hove.

After Sussex scored 256 in reply to Kent’s first innings 145, the visitor’s looked in a little difficulty.

Second time around, the Kent batters upped their game, declaring on 387-4 (Zak Crawley 85).