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Recent Match Report – Durham vs Derbyshire North Group 2020

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Durham 223 for 2 (Lees 77, Raine 71) beat Derbyshire 168 for 5 (du Plooy 53*, Coughlin 2-20)

Ben Raine smashed eight sixes to power Durham to their first win of the 2020 season, defeating Derbyshire Falcons by 55 runs in their Vitality Blast contest at Emirates Riverside.

Raine scored 71 from only 39 balls, equaling John Hastings’ record for most sixes in a T20 innings for Durham. He was supported by an unbeaten 77 from Alex Lees and Graham Clark (45) to post the home side’s second-highest 20-over score of 223 for 3 – only two runs shy of their all-time record.

Leus du Plooy top scored for the visitors with a half-century, but Durham were always in control after their fireworks with the bat. Paul Coughlin and Nathan Rimmington claimed two wickets apiece for the hosts to allow them to secure their first win of the campaign, while the Falcons slumped to their fourth defeat.

Durham won the toss and elected to bat as Lees set the tone with two boundaries off Mattie McKiernan’s first two balls. Clark then upped the ante, striking the first six of the game over the midwicket fence, taking 22 off Ed Barnes’ first over from the Finchale End.

The Durham openers reached their fifty stand after only 24 balls, putting pressure on the Falcons. Derbyshire tried to rein in the hosts with spin as Wayne Madsen came into the attack. Clark notched his second six of the contest to race to 45, but he would fall to the final ball of the Powerplay, lofting into the hands of du Plooy at mid-off.

Raine took time to build into his innings, but he exploded into life after dispatching his first six of the game over midwicket. The left-hander then pulled Michael Cohen over the rope from the following over to find his rhythm.

Raine offered an opportunity on 18 when Matt Critchley should have taken a catch on the long-on boundary, only to allow the ball to slip through his grasp for a maximum. The following strike was far more convincing from the Durham allrounder, smashing a six into the pavilion to bring up the fifty partnership for the second wicket from 30 balls.

Critchley was to rue his drop, becoming the next victim of Raine with ball in hand. The left-hander delivered two powerful strikes to notch consecutive sixes, including a huge hit straight down the ground. Raine brought up his second T20 half-century with his first four of the game through cow corner, reaching the milestone from only 29 balls.

Lees then took over with a pull to the fence to notch his third Vitality Blast fifty of the season, bringing up the century partnership with Raine in the process. Raine equaled a Durham record by clearing the rope for the eighth time – matching Hastings’ knock from 2014 against Northamptonshire. The left-hander was finally out for 71, ending a stand of 123 for the second wicket.

Lees ensured that the hosts passed the 200-run mark with a leg glance to the boundary, while Brydon Carse finished the innings with a six and two fours.

Derbyshire were stymied in the opening overs of their innings before Reece cleared the rope against Carse and then drilled the penultimate ball of the over to the fence. Billy Godleman found his range to dispatch Matty Potts for a boundary over the leg-side. The Falcons skipper hit Coughlin for two fours in a row, but his bid for a third resulted in an edge behind to David Bedingham.

Reece displayed an impressive array of strokes in a fine knock of 42 before he was clean bowled by Scott Steel. The climbing run rate put pressure on the Falcons’ batting ranks as Rimmington removed Madsen, and Coughlin notched his second wicket to dismiss Critchley for eight to tighten the screw.

Du Plooy played well for a 31-ball fifty, including five fours and two sixes, but the Falcons were never in contention and fell to a heavy defeat on the road.

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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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