CCD1 REVIEW: Yorkshire denied by Durham; Sussex hammer Northants

Yorkshire lead Nottinghamshire by five points at the top of Division One of the LV= County Championship despite being denied a win on the final day at Headingley thanks to half-centuries from Durham men Mark Stoneman, Michael Richardson and Phil Mustard.

Resuming day four in Leeds on 59 for one - still 136 runs adrift of the hosts’ first innings 426 - they soon lost Scott Borthwick to Jack Brooks (4-66) to make it 64 for two. However, Stoneman and Richardson advanced the score to 150 before the former was leg-before to Adam Lyth’s part-time offerings for 86. Richardson found enough support from the middle-order before falling five short of three figures, with Mustard then finishing the job by ending on 57 not out.

Yorkshire had taken control of the match right from the start thanks to openers Alex Lees and Adam Lyth both hitting hundreds and adding 270. Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks then ensured that maximum bonus points were secured after a steady trickle of wickets in the middle-order, courtesy mainly of Mark Wood (5-87), had threatened to undo some of the good work.

A brace of battling half-centuries, from Messrs Jennings and Collingwood, was then unable to help Durham avoid the follow-on. Adil Rashid (4-73) gave the England selectors a nudge by returning his best figures at the ground in four years on a pitch Collingwood later described as “the complete opposite of a Headingley pitch” that had “turned into a bit of a dustbowl.” It can’t have been too bad, however; Rashid bowled 33 overs in the Durham second innings and took only two wickets.

Middlesex and Somerset remain within a win of Yorkshire after drawing their game at Uxbridge. Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick had tried to force a positive result by declaring his side’s first innings behind the hosts’, who had made 338 thanks to 124 from Dawid Malan.

However, Middlesex skipper Chris Rogers was in no mood to risk anything after watching his side fail to defend 385 in the fourth innings against Nottinghamshire last month. He only declared his side’s second innings closed at 315 for five, leaving Somerset chasing 390 in around two sessions. They finished on 203 for four, with Nick Compton adding an unbeaten 83 to his earlier gritty 94, and James Hildreth making it a brace of half-centuries.

Steve Magoffin bowls

Steve Magoffin took eight wickets for Sussex. Credit: Sussex CCC

A word must go to 20 year-old Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins, who only narrowly missed out on a maiden Championship century when he was run-out as the result of a mix-up with Paul Stirling for 95 (the Irishman having an otherwise impressive match with scores of 56 and 60 not out off 45 balls). Gubbins, a replacement for Sam Robson at the top of the Middlesex batting line-up, now has scores of 54, 15, 59 and 95 in his first four Championship innings.

Northamptonshire’s season continues to grow more woeful by the day as they were thrashed by Sussex inside three at Hove. They now have just 44 points from 10 matches, with eight of those ending in defeat.

Captain Stephen Peters offered a blunt assessment to the Daily Telegraph, although did try to remain positive: “Confidence is shot to bits which is natural after the run we’ve had,” he said. “But they are a great group of lads who are still working very hard and there are no cliques. I’ve been in this situation before and seen dressing rooms fall apart when everyone blames each other but that hasn’t happened which is one small positive. The bottom line is, though, that we haven’t played well enough all season.”

Luke Wright hit 158 in Sussex’s first innings total of 405 after Northamptonshire had rather charitably chosen to insert their hosts upon winning the toss. Perhaps Peters was mindful of his side’s retched batting form this season. If he was, then he was soon given another reminder in their reply as the first three wickets fell without a run being score before they subsided inelegantly to 116. Steve Magoffin returned the exemplary figures of 11-4-12-5.

Following-on and with no realistic chance of salvation, Northamptonshire could muster only 204. That was despite them boasting a number 11 who must surely rank as the best batsman to have batted in that position all season. Due to a plethora of all-rounders, and the decision to send Olly Stone in as night-watchman on the second day, David Willey - star of 2013 T20 Finals Day and with a batting average of almost 26 - wandered out at the fall of the ninth wicket. Sadly, he batted not unlike a number 11, making just seven, as Ashar Zaidi sealed the win for Sussex by having him stumped.

The win gives Sussex some breathing space between themselves and Lancashire in the second relegation spot.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Draw Aban Pts
Yorkshire 11 4 1 0 6 0 155
Nottinghamshire 11 4 3 0 4 0 150
Somerset 11 3 1 0 7 0 137
Middlesex 11 4 3 0 3 1 135
Warwickshire 10 4 3 0 3 0 127
Sussex 11 3 3 0 4 1 125
Durham 10 2 1 0 7 0 122
Lancashire 11 2 3 0 6 0 109
Northamptonshire 10 0 8 0 2 0 44

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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