Cricket news - Somerset trounce Northamptonshire in two-day finish

Jamie Overton followed up his half-century with a four-wicket haul.

Jamie Overton followed up his half-century with a four-wicket haul.

SOUTH GROUP

Essex vs Surrey, Chelmsford

Essex lost their last three wickets for nine runs on the second morning to get bowled out for 262 but did well with the ball to restrict Surrey to only 187. Will Jacks scored an important 70 after walking out to bat at 1 for 2, but six wickets from Simon Harmer cut through the middle and lower order. Batting again, Essex got through four overs safely before stumps.

Brief scores: Essex262 (Feroze Khushi 66, Adam Wheater 52; Rikki Clarke 3-26, James Taylor 2-31) & 13/0 lead Surrey187 (Will Jacks 70; Simon Harmer 6-67) by 88 runs.

Kent vs Sussex, Canterbury

Ben Brown, batting overnight on 92*, fell two short of his hundred but Sussex added 12 runs to their overnight score as they were bowled out for 332. Kent then stuck into their bowlers with a 107-run opening stand. Opener Jordan Cox's 167* and No.3 batsman Jack Leaning's 110*, with a handy contribution of 43 from opener Daniel Bell-Drummond ushered them to a very strong position by stumps. The only wicket fell to Mitchell Claydon.

Brief scores: Sussex332 (Ben Brown 98, Tom Clark 65; Marcus O'Riordan 3-50, Harry Podmore 4-85) trail Kent338/1 (Jordan Cox 167*, Jack Leaning 110*; Mitchell Claydon 1-42) by 6 runs.

Middlesex vs Hampshire, Radlett

Despite losing Tom Aslop early, Hampshire managed to take a narrow 27-run lead by Stumps on Day 2, and still have a wicket in hand. Joe Weatherley fell two short of his hundred, but his fourth-wicket stand of 139 with captain Sam Northeast delivered them to a strong position.

Brief scores: Middlesex 252 (Martin Andersson 92, Max Holden 36; Ryan Stevenson 4-70, Liam Dawson 2-39) trail Hampshire 279/7 (Joe Weatherley 98; Tim Murtagh 2-49) by 27 runs.

NORTH GROUP

Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, Leicester

Wayne Madsen's 103 combined forces with Leus du Plooy (55) and Harvey Hosein (66*) to ensure that Derbyshire rack up 408, taking a massive 209-run lead in the first innings. Luis Reece, who was batting overnight on 50*, fell early in the day, but another big stand for the third wicket set the tone for the visitors. Leicestershire just had to bat one over before stumps were called.

Brief scores: Leicestershire199 (Harry Deardan 70; Dustin Melton 4-22, Luis Reece 3-51) trail Derbyshire408 (Wayne Madsen 103; Colin Ackermann 2-24)by 207 runs.

Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire, Nottingham

Tom Moores's 106 lower down the order helped the Notts put on 355 runs in the first innings. They were off to a shaky start early in the morning, losing Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed within 25 runs of each other, but a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket helped cool down things. Yorkshire employed as many as eight bowlers but couldn't stop the hosts from taking a crucial 91-run lead.

Brief scores: Yorkshire264 (Jordan Thompson 98, Harry Brook 62; Chris Nash 3-20, Matthew Carter 2-44) trail Nottinghamshire355 (Tom Moores 106; Steven Patterson 2-38) by 91 runs.

Durham vs Lancashire, Chester-le-Street

Lancashire were helped by Josh Bohannon's 75 at No. 3 in taking a lead, who then furthered it to 284/9 with the help of Luke Wood's 46 lower down the order. The departure of the two openers, Alex Davies and Keaton Jennings, set Lancashire back earlier in the day but a mature display of batting from Bohannon helped visitors from their overnight score of 33/0. Ben Raine and Matt Salisbury shared six wickets between them.

Brief scores: Durham 180 (Alex Lees 66; Richard Gleeson 3-32) trail Lancashire284/9 (Josh Bohannon 75; Matt Salisbury 3-47, Ben Raine 3-48) by 104 runs.

CENTRAL GROUP

Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire, Bristol

Led by a battling fifty from Matthew Lamb, Warwickshire managed to finish the second day against Gloucestershire with a slender first-innings lead in their kitty. Lumb put on a valuable 69-run stand with Michael Burgess and the partnership was followed by a handy little effort from Tim Bresnan who is still out there with no.10 and no.11 left for company. For Gloucestershire, their new-ball bowlers were the most testing of the lot but the bowling unit wasn't able to capitalise on the good early start. It's obvious that Warwickshire's ambitions of swelling their lead will rest mostly on Bresnan's shoulders. Earlier in the day, Gloucestershire couldn't add much to their overnight score as the last two wickets fell rather cheaply, both to Oliver Hannon-Dalby who finished with a six-wicket haul.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire210 (Ben Charlesworth 51, Oliver Hannon-Dalby 6-33) trail Warwickshire 230/8 (Matthew Lamb 65, Matt Taylor 3-48) by 20 runs.

Northamptonshire vs Somerset, Northampton

In a rapid two-day finish, Somerset trounced Northamptonshire by a whopping 167-run margin in their Bob Willis Trophy fixture. After a dramatic first day that saw 21 wickets falling, a quick result was inevitable. Resuming at 15/1 overnight, Somerset nosedived to 53/6 and seemed like they had squandered all the advantage. However, fifties from the Overton brothers and a useful knock from van der Merwe ensured the lower order effectively batted Northamptonshire out of the game. Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg both picked up four-fers but could have done with a bit more support. Chasing 322 on this pitch was always going to be an uphill task but Northamptonshire's batsmen didn't help their cause with shoddy shot-selection. Barring Ricardo Vasconcelos' fifty, the others simply caved in. Jamie Overton followed up his half-century with a four-wicket haul while Jack Brooks also snapped up a four-fer as the duo ripped through the Northamptonshire batting.

Brief scores: Somerset166 & 222 (Jamie Overton 68, Ben Sanderson 4-61) beat Northamptonshire67 &154 (Ricardo Vasconcelos 51, Jamie Overton 4-26, Jack Brooks 4-40) by 167 runs.

Worcestershire vs Glamorgan, Worcester

An unbroken 137-run stand between Kiran Carlson and Billy Root helped Glamorgan start steadily in pursuit of Worcestershire's challenging total of 455 decl. The openers had started solidly, weathering the new-ball phase fairly well but were both picked up by Ed Barnard in the space of a few overs. Carlson and Root then got stuck in to prevent further casualties as both registered their respective fifties. Earlier in the day, Jake Libby and Brett D'Oliviera both registered 150-plus scores but weren't able to get to the double century milestone. However, their mammoth 318-run stand was the backbone of Worcestershire's batting effort as none of the others really made anything substantial. After a partnership of this magnitude, it didn't matter too.

Brief scores: Worcestershire455/8 decl (Jake Libby 184, Brett D'Oliviera 174, Michael Hogan 3-59)lead Glamorgan 181/2 (Kiran Carlson 76*, Billy Root 53*) by 274 runs.