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Specsavers County Championship, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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  • Duckett is at Northants for at least 1 more year. Says he thinks he can challenge for England whilst here.
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    David Hopps at Yorkshire 155-5 v Somerset
    The one thing that is evident about Jake Lehmann is he has a gunslinger's drive through cover and extra cover. He is a gon-toting 65 not out at lunch, although he has been dropped at short leg off 60 off Jack Leach, who approaches the wicket with the slightly apologetic air of a junior bank clerk who is surprised to have found himself offered a game: his statistics tell a different story.
    Tim Bresnan has had his problems against Peter Trego but he is committing himself to stubborn resistance.
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    Northants 150-3 v Gloucs
    Ben Duckett was out for 70 in his final innings of a wondrous 2016 season on the third morning against Gloucestershire. Duckett helped Northamptonshire to 150 for 3 by lunch, a lead of 215.
    Having struck five fours to reach 31 not out by the close on day two, he began the third day in typically aggressive touch. An extra-cover drive against Liam Norwell was the stroke of the morning as he passed fifty in 59 balls with eight fours.
    But when a fifth hundred of the season looked possible, Matt Taylor found a ball to jump and take the splice of the bat, providing a catch to George Hankins at point.
    Duckett walked off to a great ovation having scored 1,338 County Championship runs at 60.81 with four centuries - and two doubles - this season.
    Rob Newton was also out on the third morning, edging Matt Taylor to slip after an opening stand of 116 with Duckett and in the over before lunch Alex Wakely edged David Payne to second slip to keep Gloucestershire in the game.
  • Somerset feels like a good fit for Davies. Not so good for his namesake
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    Lancashire 168-6 trail Middlesex by 159
    Led by the 20-year-old opener Rob Jones, Lancashire continued to fight back against Middlesex at Old Trafford, losing just one wicket on the morning of the third day.
    After a frantic, rain-interrupted second day saw 12 wickets fall - including Lancashire sitting 6-4 - all was rather calmer on the third morning. Playing his third first-class match, Jones soon completed a maiden half-century, by hitting Ollie Rayner wide of mid-on for his eighth four, from his 151st ball.
    Liam Livingstone, with whom Jones shared 106, having come together at 32 for five, also made a half-century, late cutting Steven Finn for four to reach the milestone from his 117th ball. He attempted the same stroke from his 118th, but was caught brilliantly by the diving Rayner at second slip.
    Joined by Tom Bailey, Jones grew into his innings. The solid defence remained, but he continually hit Rayner down the ground and on-drove beautifully. Jones took lunch on 71 (from 215 balls) with Lancashire 168-6, 159 in arrears.
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    Glamorgan 286 &36-1 lead Essex 319 by three runs
    Glamorgan eased past Essex’s first-innings lead before losing their first wicket on the point of lunch after Craig Meschede posted career-best figures of five for 84.
    Essex, who had wrapped up the Specsavers County Championship Division Two title yesterday evening, were all out for 319 to give Glamorgan 50 minutes’ batting.
    Nick Selman went lbw to one that kept low from David Masters with Glamorgan just three runs ahead.
    Ryan ten Doeschate had just taken Essex past the Glamorgan total with a thick edge off Craig Meschede when he was trapped lbw to Timm van der Gugten. His 117 had come from 171 balls with 12 fours.
    The captain’s seventh-wicket stand with James Foster embraced 32 overs and was worth 104, taking Essex from 185 and past and beyond the 250 they needed to seal the Division Two title yesterday evening.
    Graham Napier, who injured his calf on day one, came out and batted with Dan Lawrence as his runner. It did not last long, and passed without incident, before Napier chopped Meschede to David Lloyd at third man without scoring.
    A straight-driven four off Meschede gave Foster his fourth Championship score over fifty this season. It had taken 109 balls and he celebrated with a second six of his innings, this one over extra cover off the South African and on to the roof of a marque.
    Essex were all out within an hour after David Masters patted the ball straight to Michael Hogan and Foster mistimed another attempted big hit to Jacques Rudolph at wide mid-off for 64. It gave Meschede the first five-wicket haul of his career.
  • It is so bizarre that as the possibility of a draw between Lancs and Middlesex becomes more possible, that it really would be in our interest to lose to Set
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    Yorkshire 145 & 155-5, Somerset 390
    Australian, Jake Lehmann, led Yorkshire's resistance on the third morning of the Specsavers County Championship match against Somerset at Headingley but the title-holders still lost two vital wickets during the session.
    They went in to lunch on 155 for five and trailing by 90, Lehmann having reached his Championship best score of 65 with Tim Bresnan on four.
    Yorkshire began the day on a shaky 57 for three but Adam Lyth and Lehmann both played some flowing strokes in a 62 stand which ended in unfortunate circumstances. Lyth, on 49, got a faint touch down the leg-side against Craig Overton and was caught behind by Ryan Davies. He had struck ten fours and faced 100 balls.
    Adil Rashid soon moved into double figures before he was drawn out of his crease by the left-arm spin of Jack Leach and became an easy stumping victim for Davies.
    At 126 for five it was a difficult situation for Yorkshire but Lehmann continued to bat positively and he drove Jim Allenby down the ground to complete his 50 off 67 balls with eight fours. Lehmann was dropped at short leg on 60 by Tom Abell off Leach but he and Bresnan were still together at lunch.
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    Derbyshire 32-3 lead Leicestershire by 92
    Leicestershire’s bowlers hit back strongly to leave the division Two match against Derbyshire at Derby in the balance at lunch on the third day.
    Derbyshire had bowled the visitors out for 247 to take a first innings lead of 60 with Mark Cosgrove unbeaten on 95 but then lost three wickets and at the interval were 32 for 3.
    Clint McKay removed both openers to reach 50 Championship wickets for the season before Alex Hughes was run out by a direct hit from Rob Sayer.
    Cosgrove was denied the century he deserved when Tom Milnes found some away swing to have Richard Jones caught behind and although Charlie Shreck hung around for nearly nine overs, he edged Tony Palladino’s first ball to third slip.
    Derbyshire’s second innings began badly when Ben Slater clipped McKay low to midwicket and Billy Godleman followed when he chopped the fast bowler into his stumps.
    When Hughes failed to beat Sayer’s throw from backward point, Leicestershire were right back in the game and Derbyshire have a lot of work to do to try and claim a first championship win of the season.
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    Sussex 113-6 need 272 to beat Worcs
    Worcestershire are closing in on victory over Sussex after taking five wickets in the morning session on the third day at Hove.
    Only Ollie Robinson provided much resistance with 42, but in the last over before lunch he was run out by Brett D’Oliveira’s direct hit running round from point after hesitation with Chris Jordan over a sharp single.
    That left Sussex 113 for 6 in their pursuit of 272 for victory with Jordan 8 not out.
    Worcestershire had got the ideal start when Craig Cachopa was out for his second duck of the match, bowled by Joe Leach off the second ball of the day.
    Ben Brown (13) was trapped in front by Miguel Cummins to a ball that kept low and Joe Leach picked up his 60th first-class wicket of the season when he took out Fynn Hudson-Prentice’s off stump to leave Sussex 42 for 4.
    Phil Salt (17) helped Robinson add 54 for the fifth wicket before driving Charlie Morris’s slower ball to mid-off.
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    Toby Radford is leaving his position as Cricket Ireland National Academy and Performance Manager citing family reasons.
    It is another blow for Cricket Ireland who initially agreed terms with Chris Adams who then changed his mind before taking up the job, again citing personal reasons.
    Radford, who took over the role at the start of August, said: “It has been a very difficult decision for me to make. For family reasons, I feel I have no alternative but to move back to the UK to be with them.
    “In my short time in this role with Cricket Ireland I have been very grateful for the positive attitudes, warm welcome and generosity of all the staff and players.
    “I have written a new Academy template and Programme for next year’s Cricket Ireland Shapoorji Pallonji Academy intake, and would have dearly loved to be here to implement it.”
    “I wish Cricket Ireland every success with its continued drive for attaining ICC Full Member and Test Match status.”
    Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth commented: "We are naturally very disappointed to be losing Toby so quickly. Fortunately it is a quieter period of the year where most players are resting after the season.
    "Clearly our experience in the few months of recruitment for this position has been a challenge, particularly in relocating. We shall look at the position again and have an in-depth review of our human resources around the Shapoorji Pallonji Academy in order to get to the right outcome."
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