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Recent Match Report – St Lucia Zouks vs Guyana Amazon Warriors 10th Match 2020

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St Lucia Zouks 144 for 7 (Chase 66, Tahir 3-22) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 134 for 8 (Pooran 68, Kuggeleijn 3-24) by 10 runs

After a stirring rally in the field 24 hours earlier helped Guyana Amazon Warriors win with the lowest successfully defended total in CPL history, they were on the wrong side of a similarly resilient second-innings bowling effort as the St Lucia Zouks rallied behind clever medium-pace displays from Chemar Holder and Scott Kuggeleijn to record a 10-run win.

Roston Chase’s battling half-century in the first innings gave the Zouks a fighting chance with a target set of 145. Kuggeleijn struck twice in his opening over and Ross Taylor’s painful innings of 1 off 12 balls was mercifully ended by Mohammad Nabi to leave the Amazon Warriors at 7 for 3 in the fifth over.

Nicholas Pooran fought back in the middle of the chase with a typically belligerent fifty of his own but was eventually undone by a slower ball from Kesrick Williams. Holder then held his nerve at the death, bowling Sherfane Rutherford with a yorker to start the final over when 13 were required to win, snuffing out the last recognised batting hope for the Amazon Warriors

Tahir dazzles again

Imran Tahir struck twice in the third over to put the Amazon Warriors on top early after the Zouks chose to bat first. Kimani Melius was teased into a slog that turned into a skied chance to mid-off. Three balls later, Mark Deyal sliced to backward point to make it 19 for 2.

It was 42 for 4 before Chase and Mohammad Nabi teamed up for a 57-run stand to steady the innings for the Zouks. But once again Tahir intervened to break the partnership. He tempted Nabi into a slog with a flighted delivery outside off and the legbreak induced a top edge taken on the long-off rope to leave the innings evenly poised at 99 for 5.

Chase drags Zouks through

It wasn’t glamorous but was incredibly efficient. The allrounder known more for his Test exploits built another key 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Javelle Glen. Over the course of his innings, Chase reached his half-century off 40 balls. Though he only hit four fours and one six at that stage, he crucially only chewed up 10 dot balls as he regularly negotiated both pace and spin to keep rotating the strike.

Chase opened up to hit one more four and six before he perished on the penultimate ball of the innings to Odean Smith. His 66 off 51 balls might appear modest by 2020 T20 strike-rate standards, but it proved to be a clever knock in the context of what followed in the Amazon Warriors reply.

Canny medium-pace trips up Warriors

The Zouks showed there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Whereas the Amazon Warriors flummoxed the Tallawahs on Saturday with a spin heavy attack in defence, the Zouks captain Daren Sammy achieved similar results both in the Powerplay and in the end result by using his pace bowlers.

Kuggeleijn struck in the second over with the ball of the match, a back-of-a-length delivery that climbed sharply on Brandon King resulting in a glove behind to Andre Fletcher. Three balls later, it was extra bounce once again that accounted for a top-edged pull to deep square leg that sent Shimron Hetmyer back to the dugout. A maiden by Kuggeleijn in the fourth over to Taylor built up enough pressure that resulted in Taylor cracking to Nabi in the fifth, caught trying to reverse paddle the offspinner with a top edge popping off his helmet to Fletcher.

At 32 for 3 after eight overs, the Amazon Warriors were in a massive hole but Pooran did his best to dig them out, beginning with a pair of pulls for four and six off Williams to end the ninth. Two more boundaries through the off side against Nabi in the 13th kept the required run rate in check as Pooran brought his 50 up off 32 balls. Sammy looked like he may have blown the match for the Zouks when he spilled a straightforward chance at mid-off on the next ball to deny Kuggeleijn a wicket and after 17 overs, Pooran had turned the equation into a very manageable 30 off 18 deliveries.

Kuggeleijn struck in the 18th over though, removing Keemo Paul caught at deep midwicket. Williams followed that up on the first ball of the 19th with the wicket of Pooran, inducing a drag on from a clever cutter. With 13 needed off the final over, Holder was brought back into the attack having conceded 30 off his first three. But he bowled a marvelous over, conceding just two runs while taking two wickets. A pinpoint yorker pegged back off stump on the first ball to Rutherford before Green edged behind on the fourth ball. With 12 from two required, Tahir could only manage a limp single on a full toss off the penultimate delivery to clinch an unlikely Zouks win.

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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021

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Matt Quinn claimed the third Glamorgan wicket to fall but only 6.2 overs were possible

Glamorgan 64 for 3 trail Kent 307 by 243 runs

Glamorgan moved to 64 for 3 against Kent on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, trailing by 243 at stumps after just 6.2 overs were possible due to a waterlogged outfield and then bad light.

Matt Quinn took the only wicket to fall, removing Joe Cooke for 10, leaving him with figures of 2 for 10. Billy Root and Kiran Carlson were the not out batsmen, on 26 and nought respectively.

Play was delayed until 5.19 pm after heavy overnight rain left several areas of the outfield unplayable, with umpire James Middlebrook’s shoes making an audible squelch as he strolled towards the pavilion to deliver the bad news following one of six pitch inspections.

When the action did finally get underway, with around 50 diehard fans still in the ground, Glamorgan resumed on 55 for 2 in reply to Kent’s 307 all out. Just five runs had been added when Quinn knocked back Cooke’s off stump in the 25th over, the batsman failing add to his overnight score.

Root initially looked more comfortable, driving Stevens for four through long-off but then surviving an appeal for caught behind off next delivery.

With the light deteriorating the players went off after just 24 minutes and with increasingly heavy rain falling, play was abandoned for the day. A bleak forecast for Sunday means the Group C game is almost certain to end in a draw.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021

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Only 11 overs possible at wet Wantage Road, with Keaton Jennings the batter to fall

Lancashire 75 for 1 vs Northamptonshire

Gareth Berg made the only breakthrough for Northamptonshire as just 11 overs were possible on another rain-affected day of this LV= County Championship tie with Lancashire at Wantage Road.

The evergreen seamer found plenty of bounce and movement and claimed his 20th wicket of the season when he enticed Keaton Jennings to drive loosely at a ball outside off stump and edge through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, who took a comfortable catch.

With Jennings departing for 27, Alex Davies was joined by Luke Wells and the pair faced a testing spell from Berg and Ben Sanderson, fresh from their 19-wicket demolition of Sussex two weeks ago. They maintained pressure, beating the bat regularly and making it difficult to score.

Davies did manage to break the shackles briefly by cutting a rare wide one from Sanderson for four and later driving him through midwicket for another boundary. By the time play was called off Lancashire had advanced to 75 for 1 after 28.1 overs.

The start of play was delayed until 2.30pm due to a wet outfield after the whole of the second day was lost to heavy rain. Jennings and Davies were resuming on 59 without loss, their fourth 50 opening stand of the season.

After further interruptions due to showers, the umpires called stumps shortly after 4pm following further rain and hail which turned the outfield white as the players left the field.

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WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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In the ongoing Group 3 match between Kent and Glamorgan of County Championship 2021 at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, a funny incident involving Glamorgan wicketkeeper captain Chris Cooke captured everyone’s attention.

It all happened in the 28th over of Kent’s first innings bowled by Australian pacer Michael Neser. The fast-bowler bowled a short of a good length delivery around the middle and leg stump which was tapped by Sam Billings down to fine leg for a single.

The fielder collected the ball and threw it towards the strikers’ end. Cooke, who was standing behind the wickets, quickly came near the stumps to collect the red leather. The throw was a bit off target and while catching the ball, the wicketkeeper ended up crashing over the stumps before falling onto the ground. As soon as Cooke fell, his teammates couldn’t control their emotions and burst out in laughter.

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Darren Stevens rescues Kent with a sensational ton

After winning the toss, Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and bundled them out for 307 runs. 45-year-old Darren Stevens was the main highlight in Kent’s innings. The senior lad went on to score 190 from 145 deliveries rescuing his team, which was struggling for 128/8 at one stage.

Stevens formed a 166-run partnership for the 9th wicket with tailender Miguel Cummins, who contributed with just 1 run. It became the highest first-class partnerships in which one player scored more than 90% of the runs.

Stevens smashed 15 fours and as many sixes to score 150 runs by just boundaries out of his total 190 runs knock.

In reply, Glamorgan have made 55/2 in 19.4 overs before the wet outfield stopped play. Stevens, who shined with the bat, proved his mettle in the bowling as well. The all-rounder dismissed Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne for just 11 runs.

WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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