COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
Riki Wessels scored a vital century in the first innings © Getty
Worcestershire marched to a table-topping five-wicket victory, though not without hiccups, as they chased down the 81-run target in 19.4overs on the final morning. Chris Rushworth picked all five wickets – and at regular intervals – to reduce Worcestershire to 55 for 5 at one point. However, Ben Cox and Ross Whitley took their team home in under 20 overs, after the platform laid by Thomas Charles Fell who made a run-a-ball 36 before getting dismissed.
Brief scores: Durham 273 (Jack Burnham 76, Cameron Bancroft 70; Charlie Morris 6-53) & 197 (Liam Trevaskis 47; Josh Tongue 5-37, Joe Leach 3-49) lost to Worcestershire 390 (Riki Wessels 118, Ross Whiteley 72; Matt Salisbury 4-67) and 84/5 (Thomas Charles Fell 36; Chris Rushworth 5-28) by five wickets.
In another low-scoring final day, Lancashire openers polished off the 16-run target in 2.4 overs for a ten-wicket win at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Brief scores: Northamptonshire 230 (Luke Wood 66, Luke Procter 48; Richard Gleeson 5-63, Graham 4-45) and 200 (Rob Keogh 42; Richard Gleeson 5-50) lost to Lancashire 415 (Keaton Jennings 97, Dane Vilas 97, Luke Wood 5-72) and 17/0 (Haseeb Hameed 13*) by 10 wickets
Meanwhile, rain in London denied Leicestershire their second outright victory on Friday. The visitors were left stranded on 226 for 5, and 79 runs away from victory when a draw was called. Leicestershire resumed on 38 without loss, chasing 305 for victory but lost both the unbeaten batsmen overnight in the space of 15 runs soon after the team crossed the 50-run mark. Hasan Azad then stitched two valuable stands – worth 38 with Mark Cosgrove and worth 50 with half-centurion Colin Ackermann to put the team back on course. Ackermann then forged another 52-run stand with Harry Dearden to propel the team past 200-run mark. He stayed unbeaten on 70 as the rain consumed the rest of the day.
Brief scores: Middlesex 349 (Nick Gubbins 75, George Scott 55, Tom Lace 51; Mohammad Abbas 4-71) and 223 (John Simpson 59*, Tom Helm 46; Chris Wright 3-50, TomTaylor 3-74) drew against Leicestershire 268 (Colin Ackermann 63,Harry Dearden 61; Ollie Rayner 4-58, Tom Helm 3-62) and 226/5 (Colin Ackermann 70*; James Harris 2-75).
In the other game that suffered at the hands of bad weather, Glamorgan were denied a shot at what would have been a memorable come-from-behind win as Gloucestershire resisted serious pressure to eke out a draw on the final evening. The visitors, chasing 269 off 51 overs, were reduced to 107 for 6 but managed to hold their nerve later as players shook hands with just one over left in the day.
Earlier, Glamorgan declared their second innings closed on 481 for 8, after adding 122 runs to their overnight score. Nicholas Selman fell early into the day,but not before bringing up his 150. Marnus Labuschagne followed soon after but fell short of the similar landmark by 13 runs. Healthy contributions from middle order helped Glamorgan declared with 269-run target for the visitors.
Brief scores: Gloucestershire 463 (James Robert Bracey 152, Ryan Higgins 103; MArchant de Lange 4-116) and 137/6 (Benny Howell 44; Kieran Bull 2-42) drew with Glamorgan 250 (Graham Wagg 50; George Drissell 4-83) & 481/8 decl. (Nicholas Selman 150, Marnus Labuschagne 1237; David Payne 4-121).