COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO 2019
On a day where bad light and rain played spoilsport, the duo of van Zyl and Rawlins joined forces to score crucial fifties as Sussex recovered from 32 for 3. © Getty
Stiaan van Zyl (56) and Delray Rawlins (58) scored crucial fifties as Sussex recovered from a precarious position to end Day 1 of their Division 2 game versus Worcestershire at 150/5 in Hove.
On a day where bad light and rain played spoilsport, the duo of van Zyl and Rawlins joined forces with the hosts in trouble at 32 for 3. Van Zyl, who also compiled 800 runs for the County season during the course of his innings, and Rawlins shared a stand of 94 to stage a recovery. However, Charlie Morris, the seam-bowling all-rounder, dismissed van Zyl while Adam Finch removed Rawlins before inclement weather stopped play.
Brief scores: Sussex 150/5 (Stiaan van Zyl 56, Delray Rawlins 58; Ed Barnard 2-31) vs Worcestershire.
Richard Gleeson, the Lancashire seamer, picked up a six-wicket haul to power his side to a position of strength against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Lancashire were 2 for 1 after cleaning up the bottom-placed side for 155. Lancashire had already clinched the Division two title in the previous round en route a 104-run victory over Middlesex.
The visitors, who elected to bowl, made early incisions, to leave the home side reeling at 58 for 4. Gleeson picked the first three wickets to fall while the reliable Tom Bailey dislodged Mark Cosgrove. Incidentally, one of Gleeson’s wickets turned out to be the home team’s captain, Paul Horton, who was once an integral part of Lancashire’s set-up.
George Rhodes (43) and Harry Dearden (30), lower down the order, made decent contributions, but couldn’t take their side to a score of some respectability. Gleeson finished with impressive figures of 6 for 43. However, Leicestershire’s camp had something to cheer about as Keaton Jennings was castled by Chris Wright before bad light forced the umpires to take the bails off.
Lancashire have already won the second divisions title.
Brief scores: Leicestershire 155 (George Rhodes 43; Richard Gleeson 6-43) lead Lancashire 2/1 by 153.
BJ Watling’s unbeaten 175-ball 83 helped Durham to stay afloat against Glamorgan at the Riverside Ground. The home team was 197 for 6 when bad light ensured there was no further play.
Durham, who were inserted in to bat, lost early wickets and slipped to 33 for 2. At that stage, Alex Lees and Watling shared a partnership of 62 to prop up the innings. Even after Lees’s dismissal, Watling continued to keep the scorecard ticking but wickets fell regularly at the other end. He eventually found an able ally in Ben Raine (26*), as the pair strung together an undefeated stand of 36 for the seventh wicket. Meanwhile, Michael Hogan bagged four scalps for Glamorgan. The visitors need to win the game to keep their slim hopes of promotion alive.
Brief scores: Durham 197/6 (BJ Watling 83*; Michael Hogan 4-31) vs Glamorgan.
Gloucestershire, one of the contenders to get a promotion to Division 1, found themselves in trouble at 80 for 6 versus fellow promotion rivals, Northamptonshire in Bristol. Gloucestershire need another 120 or more runs to secure a bonus point that could help them progress to Division 1 with a draw. On the other hand, Northants, who started the match in second place (181 points), five points ahead of their rivals, picked up two valuable bonus points.
On a day when a couple of sessions were washed out due to rain, Ben Charlesworth played a mature hand of 35 for the hosts. Charlesworth, the 18-year-old, who was given time off from his A level studies by St. Edwards School last year, came out to bat with the score reading 30/3 and remained undefeated. Chris Dent (15) was the only other batsman who crossed the double-digit mark. Meanwhile, Ben Sanderson picked up a two-for for Northants.
Brief scores: Gloucestershire 80/6 (Ben Charlesworth 35*; Ben Sanderson 2-19) vs Northamptonshire.
In another of those County games where inclement weather made its presence felt, Sam Robson (93) and Dawid Malan crunched fifties to propel Middlesex to 176/3 against Derbyshire at Lord’s.
After losing Nick Gubbins early on in the innings, Robson and Max Holden stitched an alliance of 52. Samuel Conners accounted for the scalp of Holden but Robson and Malan put on another stand of substance. Unfortunately for Middlesex, Robson fell to Alex Hughes’s medium pace as bad light came into play.
Brief scores: Middlesex 176/3 (Sam Robson 93, Dawid Malan 51*; Alex Hughes 1-11) vs Derbyshire.