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Recent Match Report – Sussex vs Northants Group 3 2021




Slender advantage turned into 81-run first-innings lead as tailenders get busy

Sussex 175 and 142 for 4 (Haines 64*) lead Northamptonshire 256 (Zaib 64, Garton 4-69) by 61 runs

Berg & Sanderson sound more like a high-end headphones manufacturer than a lethal new-ball partnership, and the very mention of their names has been enough to leave Sussex supporters’ ears ringing this month. After sharing 19 wickets in the reverse fixture at Wantage Road they have managed another nine between them in the Hove sunshine this week, but it was their 51-run stand for the last wicket that maintained Northamptonshire’s advantage on the second day.
Saif Zaib had held their response to Sussex’s 175 together with a determined half-century, adding 53 with Adam Rossington after George Garton cleaned up Simon Kerrigan early on, but when he edged behind shortly after lunch the lead was only 30. Sussex hoped they would be comfortably in front by teatime, but hadn’t counted on Berg’s long-handled bludgeoning: he cut and pulled the seamers confidently, and dumped Jack Carson over the hospitality tents for a six that had sunbathers taking cover on the seafront.

Still going strong at the age of 40 (and why shouldn’t he be, when Darren Stevens is around), Berg’s performances this season have made Middlesex’s decision to release him in 2014 – fearing he wouldn’t recover from a shoulder injury – look bafflingly premature. He now combines his playing duties with a player-coach role for Italy’s national team, and has aspirations to recruit Jade Dernbach after securing Grant Stewart’s services for the European leg of T20 World Cup qualifying this autumn; on days like this, he must surely reflect that la vita è bella.

Berg was a spot lower than usual at No. 10 thanks to Kerrigan’s nightwatchman duties, but was a handy No. 7 for much of his first-class career and has clearly not lost the knack – though was dropped at second slip before he had got going. Sanderson, by contrast, has no pedigree with the bat but was happy to tuck in when Garton missed his length with the new ball. Their stand ended when his stumps were rearranged by the same bowler, but not before the lead had crept up to 81, securing a second batting bonus point that may yet prove vital in their bid for a top-two finish.

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Recent Match Report – Derbyshire vs Notts Group 1 2021




Wood’s 55-ball ton is Derbyshire’s fastest in List A as Harry Came chimes in with half-century

Derbyshire 258 for 6 (Wood 109, Came 57) beat Nottinghamshire 217 (Hutton 46, Hudson-Prentice 3-37) by 41 runs

A brilliant record-breaking maiden List A century by Tom Wood led Derbyshire to a 41-run victory over Nottinghamshire in the Royal London Cup match at Derby.

Wood’s 55-ball hundred was Derbyshire’s fastest in List A cricket and the second-fastest in all formats for the county.

The 27-year-old smashed 14 fours and three sixes in his 59-ball 109, which propelled Derbyshire to 258 for 6 in a game reduced to 27 overs by heavy rain the previous evening.

Harry Came scored 57, his first List A fifty, and an unlikely target of 259 proved beyond Nottinghamshire, who were bowled out for 217 with Brett Hutton scoring 46 from 20 balls and Finn Hudson-Prentice taking 3 for 37.

The start had been delayed by three-and-a-half hours while groundstaff dried out part of the square that was saturated when it was left uncovered overnight.

After matting was eventually put over the wet areas, the match began at 2.30pm with Wood and Came going into overdrive after Nottinghamshire elected to bowl.

Although Mitch Wagstaff skied Joey Evison to point, Came pulled Hutton for six and drove Liam Patterson-White over the long off boundary.

Dane Paterson conceded 14 from his third over which also included four byes and Came pulled Evison for his third six before missing a sweep at Patterson-White.

Brooke Guest was bowled advancing at Patterson-White but Wood pulled Hutton for a big six as 18 came from the 20th over.

Alex Hughes was lbw trying to swing a full length ball from Paterson and after Hudson-Prentice lofted Patterson-White over long off for six, he was brilliantly caught by Peter Trego diving full length at mid off.

Wood took three fours from Luke Fletcher and then drove Paterson for six as Nottinghamshire leaked 65 from the last four overs.

His hundred came when he pulled Hutton for his third six and he left to a standing ovation when he was caught at short third man off the last ball of the innings.

It needed something special for Nottinghamshire to deny Derbyshire their first victory in the competition and although Trego briefly threatened to match Wood’s pyrotechnics with 28 from 20 balls, they fell well short.

Trego and Matthew Montgomery added 54 in five overs but an athletic catch by Wagstaff at point removed Montgomery and Trego miscued a pull at George Scrimshaw.

Lyndon James was stumped coming down the pitch to Mattie McKiernan and Nottinghamshire’s fading hopes ended when former Derbyshire batsman Ben Slater drilled Alex Thomson to long off.

Hutton enjoyed himself in the evening sunshine but could not save Nottinghamshire from their first defeat to Derbyshire in one-day cricket since 2004.

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Recent Match Report – Invincibles vs Phoenix 18th Match 2021




Hosts join Hundred front runners with six-wicket victory over Invincibles in Edgbaston run-fest

Birmingham Phoenix 174 for 4 (Ali 49, Smeed 45, Benjamin 37*) beat Oval Invincibles 172 for 3 (Ingram 81*) by six wickets

Birmingham Phoenix jumped right among the Hundred front runners with a thrilling six-wicket victory over Oval Invincibles in a runfest at Edgbaston.

A powerhouse innings from Colin Ingram – 81 from 43 balls – lifted the Invincibles to 172 for 3 – the second-highest total in the Hundred.

The 36-year-old built on a fast start from Jason Roy (38, 22 balls) and hit eight fours and four sixes, many coming in a third-wicket stand of 72 in 39 balls with captain Sam Billings (24, 17 balls).

But the Phoenix reeled in the tall target, reaching 174 for 4 with six balls to spare thanks to Moeen Ali‘s 49 off 26 balls, Will Smeed‘s 45 from 28 and a dazzling cameo by Chris Benjamin, whose unbeaten 37 from 16 balls tilted a knife-edge contest his side’s way.

After choosing to bowl, the Phoenix started well with Adam Milne and Imran Tahir each conceding just a single from their first over. The Invincibles then hit their stride, though, Roy batting with characteristic power, hitting five fours and a six before he was bowled by a slower ball from Benny Howell.

Ingram and Billings accelerated in a violent partnership which ended when the latter lifted Pat Brown to long off where Howell took a fine catch. Ingram cleared the ropes in each of the last two overs to provide late impetus and round off a perfectly paced innings from the South African.

Finn Allen’s 23 off 13 balls gave the Phoenix reply a fiery start with five fours in eight balls but he fell in strange fashion when he played back to Sunil Narine’s first ball and trod on his wicket.

Liam Livingstone heaved one huge six but was denied another when Laurie Evans took a stinging catch on the mid-wicket rope to give Tabraiz Shamsi his first wicket.

Sneed stepped it up after a watchful start but skied Saqib Mahmood to extra cover. With such a big target, the pressure on the Phoenix batters was high but Ali responded with a furious attack which included successive sixes off Tom Curran. The skipper was within one run of a half-century when Curran got his revenge, taking a superb catch at deep mid-wicket.

That left the Phoenix needing 34 from 25 balls. Benjamin got to grips with the task straight away, trimming the target to ten fom ten and then striking the winning four to continue his fairy-tale rise.

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England vs India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge – Marcus Trescothick admits England’s preparation not ideal | Cricket



Marcus Trescothick says scheduling ‘is always an issue’ © PA Images via Getty Images

Marcus Trescothick has admitted that England “probably [did] not” have appropriate preparation before heading into the first Test of the LV= Insurance series against India at Trent Bridge.

England were dismissed for just 183 on Wednesday, with only Joe Root reaching 30. And with several of England top-order batters having not played a first-class match since the end of their series against New Zealand in early June and a couple of others having not played since the tour of India at the start of the year, it left Trescothick, one of the team’s batting coaches, facing questions about the team’s preparation heading into the series. While clearly in an awkward position considering his role with the ECB, Trescothick was honest in his assessment.

“It’s probably not [appropriate preparation], no,” Trescothcik admitted. “Of course you would want them to play a certain amount of red-ball cricket going into it. Scheduling is always an issue.

“We’d love to get more time into them at the crease: bowling with the red ball; facing the red ball. We’d love the preparation to be slightly better. But it’s not the way it is, so you have to get into it in a different fashion.

“We all appreciate that trying to get all the cricket in across the whole summer – county teams, The Hundred, all these competitions going on – there’s no easy solution to get this right and something always has to give.

“As coaches, we accept that is the way it is but we cannot sit back and just because we haven’t had the prep that it isn’t going to work.

“If we could get a couple of periods of time where we could get a red-ball game before [a Test series], then excellent. But quite often you go into Test series knowing that you’re coming off the back of a white-ball competition. That’s just the way international cricket is and you have to find your way as an international player to make that work. We don’t want to use it as an excuse.”

Trescothick was also full of praise for an India attack which he rated the “most potent” they had possessed for years. Recognising that they were able to omit a bowler as skilful as R Ashwin, he praised their quality and depth.

“They are the most potent in comparison to where they have been for the past few years,” he said. “They have a lot of bases covered. You can see the guys are not playing, how much quality they have also.

“They have a good stock currently. They don’t get to the World Test Championship final for no reason. We saw them go to Australia and perform there, so it’s no surprise to us. It’s just challenging and we know it’s a real contest, we have to raise our game to match up against their skills. We have that ability, it’s just making sure we do it better than we have done today.

“Of course we’re disappointed not to get more runs on the board. There were times we were playing well and getting right on top of the game and then obviously we lost wickets in clusters so it turned on its head quite quickly.

“But I’m not worried. I see these guys play and practise and you see the talent they have. We’ve got to keep remaining positive. Today has not been the ideal day, of course, not but that doesn’t define how the rest of the game or the rest of the series is going to go.

“We’ll go away, lick our wounds and find a way to try and get back in the game.”

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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