Review #5

Review #5. Rain played its part in the most recent round of LV= Insurance County Championship. Delayed starts, rain breaks, and bad light welcomed spectators returning to county matches for the first time this season.

Group 1

Nottinghamshire vs. Worcestershire

Nottinghamshire blew away Worcestershire by an innings and 170 runs in what was the most exciting encounter in this round of matches.

After losing most of the opening two days to rain, Nottinghamshire declared on 400-5.

Worcestershire then collapsed to 80 all out on the final day (Stuart Broad 3-28).

Still 320 runs behind the Pears followed on, only to be dismissed for 150 (Stuart Broad 2-31).

After taking 14 wickets on the final day, Nottinghamshire now lead Group 1.

Derbyshire vs Durham

Extended delays and rain breaks resulted in an inevitable draw as Derbyshire and Durham battled for batting and bowling points.

Matt Critchley led the way during Derbyshire’s first innings, scoring 49 as the home side reached 258 all out.

In reply, Durham recorded 208 (Scott Borthwick 14).

Before Derbyshire could commence their second innings play was called off on the final day.

Group 2

Hampshire vs. Leicestershire

A weather influenced game called for creative captaincy from Hampshire’s James Vince.

Batting first Hampshire scored 233 (James Vince 32).

Between rain delays and breaks over the length of match Leicestershire recorded 84 all out in their first innings.

James Vince forfeited Hampshire’s second innings offering Leicester a final day 150 run chase for victory. The Foxes were not tempted, and the match ended with the visitors on 26-1.

Gloucestershire vs. Somerset

Potential fireworks between the top two in Group 2 at Bristol, turned out to be a damp squib. Weather again thwarting the ambitions of both sides.

Somerset declared on 300-8, with Tom Lammonby run out for 3.

In unforgiving weather conditions Gloucestershire stumbled to 27-6 in a drawn game.

Group 3

Kent vs. Glamorgan

An attempt to engineer a result by both captains was thwarted by rain on the last day of the match.

Thanks to Darren Stevens thumping 190 Kent posted 307 all out in their first innings.

The intervention of rain over the course of the match, encouraged enterprising captaincy.

First Glamorgan declared on 64-3 before Kent followed suit declaring on 60-1 (Zak Crawley 18no).

Set 304 for the win Glamorgan had reached 23-1 when rain had the final say.

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