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Recent Match Report – England vs Pakistan 3rd Test 2020

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Pakistan 273 and 100 for 2 (Azhar 29*, Azam 4*) trail England 583 for 8 dec by 210 runs

England’s victory push and James Anderson’s quest to reach 600 Test wickets were frustrated by rain, bad light, and a dogged rearguard effort by Pakistan’s top order on the fourth day of the third and final Test.

After Abid Ali and Shan Masood had successfully negotiated 18 overs in the morning session, a heavy downpour and a significant amount of standing water held play up until 3.45pm.

Stuart Broad struck soon after, trapping Masood lbw as he offered no shot to a nip-backer, before Anderson pinned Abid in front for his 599th scalp as the ball began to reverse. But the light deteriorated soon after, and after four overs of spin, the umpires decided to take the players off soon after 6.30pm.

Even with much of the focus on Anderson’s push to reach his landmark, the first question of the morning revolved around who would open the batting for Pakistan. Azhar Ali, who had promoted himself to open in the follow-on after his masterful, unbeaten hundred from No. 3 in Pakistan’s first innings, was able to push himself back down to first drop thanks to Law 25.2, and duly did so.

That meant Abid and Masood were tasking with seeing off the new ball. Masood was handed an early life as he pushed outside his off stump against an Anderson outswinger, his edge bursting through Jos Buttler in the fifth over of the innings. That meant England had dropped four chances off Anderson in the space of 37 balls across two innings; this was the first time he had allowed himself as much as a wry smile.

Both openers were watchful, but were beaten regularly as Anderson and Broad probed with tight lines and lengths. There was no let-up from England when Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer replaced them, but a jet-black cloud gave Pakistan some respite soon before 12.30pm, as rain – first light, then biblical – came down.

After a lengthy mopping-up operation, the umpires decided that play would resume after an early tea interval, with 52 overs due to be bowled in a mammoth evening session. Abid and Masood edged towards a half-century stand, compiling the highest opening partnership by a touring team this summer in the process, but ended up falling a solitary run short.

Masood decided against offering a shot to Broad’s in-dipper on a length, which Michael Gough adjudged to be hitting the top of off stump. Masood reviewed, but Hawk-Eye upheld the decision, with the ball shown to be trimming the bails.

That brought in Azhar, whose first task was to get out the way of a short, sharp burst from Archer, who again regularly hit the 90mph/145kph mark. Joe Root then asked Broad to slip back into the role he once filled regularly as the enforcer, banging the ball in halfway down. It seems like an unusual move, until the ball began to show signs of reverse-swing towards the end of his spell.

That allowed Anderson to pose some real threat on his return, nipping one past Azhar’s outside edge with the first ball of his spell. He moved to 599 when he pinned Abid in front, unable to jam the bat down on a fullish inswinger that he tried to work into the leg side. Again, Pakistan reviewed; again, Hawk-Eye showed the ball was clipping the stumps, upholding the on-field decision.

Anderson had all of seven balls to reach the 600 mark, as the umpires decided that the light was too poor for seamers to continue, leaving Dom Bess to operate in tandem with Root. But after four overs of dogged defence, the players were brought off for the light, and drizzle soon after meant stumps were called at 6.45pm.

The overnight forecast suggests that a delayed start is inevitable on the final day, with England eight wickets away from completing a 2-0 series win and Pakistan clinging on for a draw – with World Test Championship points, as well as just pride.

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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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