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Recent Match Report – Worcs vs Durham Group 1 2021




Alex Lees half-century helps put Durham ahead before close

Durham 140 for 4 (Lees 52) lead Worcestershire 131 (Carse 4-25, Potts 4-32) by nine runs

Brydon Carse continued his excellent form as he and Matty Potts picked up four wickets apiece to help put Durham in command on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

Carse took his wicket tally to 32 in seven games this summer and ended with 4 for 25 from 13 overs as Worcestershire were dismissed for 131 in 50.3 overs after being put in. He was given excellent support by Potts, who achieved career best figures of 4 for 32 from 12.2 overs.

It was high-quality bowling although they were aided by some undistinguished shots with only Brett D’Oliveira, who batted nearly three hours for an unbeaten 39, offering prolonged resistance.

Opener Alex Leeds ensured Durham capitalised with a fine half-century and Worcestershire were guilty of too many four balls before Josh Tongue claimed two late wickets in a total of 140 for 4.

Worcestershire quickly ran into trouble on an overcast morning and Jake Libby on 13 was caught low down by Lees at backward point of Carse. Potts and Carse then picked up three wickets between them in the space of five balls to reduce the home side to 20 for 4.

Tom Fell managed a single before he looked to work Potts on the leg side and was lbw. Two balls later Gareth Roderick moved across his stumps and was also leg before, and Carse beat the defensive push of Daryl Mitchell as he became another lbw victim.

Ben Raine found the edge of Ross Whiteley’s bat and Durham skipper Scott Borthwick made no mistake at second slip. It became 82 for 6 when play resumed after lunch as Potts claimed a third wicket when Ben Cox on 11 went for a drive and edged through to keeper Ned Eckersley.

Ed Barnard collected three boundaries in an over from Potts via two cover drives and an upper cut but two wickets fell in successive overs from Carse. Barnard, on 20, pushed hard at an away swinger and was caught behind. Worcestershire captain Joe Leach departed for a fourth-ball duck when he nicked the same bowler to second slip.

The innings was wrapped up as Tongue went lbw to Raine before Borthwick at second slip held onto a low chance offered by Dillon Pennington off Potts for nought.

Worcestershire needed to strike back early with the new ball and the first bowling change – with Tongue taking over from Leach – brought an immediate reward. Cameron Bancroft was undone by a ball which moved away from him and Fell took a fine low catch at first slip.

Lees completed a 96-ball half century with six boundaries and he and Borthwick put on 69 for the second wicket. But Whiteley came into the attack and in his second over Lees was superbly caught down the leg side by Cox one-handed diving to his right.

Tongue then helped Worcestershire finish the day on a positive note with two wickets in the space of three balls. Borthwick on 42 sliced him to third man where Barnard held onto the chance and then nightwatchman Potts ducked under a delivery but the ball hit his bat and Cox took a sprawling leg side catch.

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Recent Match Report – Durham vs Yorkshire North Group 2021




Yorkshire fall short by 20 runs despite having home side in trouble at 95 for 6

Durham 181 for 8 (Carse 51, Thompson 4-44) beat Yorkshire 161 for 6 (Bairstow 67) by 20 runs

Brydon Carse inspired Durham to a 20-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings in their first game of the Vitality Blast campaign at Emirates Riverside.

Carse took centre stage with the bat after it appeared the hosts had wasted an excellent platform. The 25-year-old scored his maiden T20 fifty to elevate Durham to a match-winning total of 181, despite career-best figures of 4 for 44 from Jordan Thompson.

Jonny Bairstow threatened the home side, but Carse made the decisive impact to dismiss the England man for 67. A late surge from Harry Brook proved in vain as Durham held their composure to get off the mark in the competition at the first attempt.

After losing the toss, Durham made a rapid start as Graham Clark dispatched David Willey for four-straight boundaries, including a massive six over square leg. The introduction of Lockie Ferguson brought about the breakthrough for the Vikings as the opener picked out Willey at mid-on for 34.

The home side enjoyed a solid start after the Powerplay, reaching 54 for 2. However, Thompson ensured that Durham could not maintain the pace of their innings, deploying slower deliveries to remove Ben Raine and David Bedingham.

Durham’s innings was in danger of petering out when Ferguson had skipper Cameron Bancroft caught behind for a scratchy 15. Impetus arrived in the form of Carse, who excelled with a variety of blistering strokes. He notched his maiden T20 fifty from 30 balls, striking Thompson over the rope, but the bowler had his revenge with his final delivery to claim his best figures in the format.

The Vikings lost Adam Lyth in the second over of their reply, lifting his drive off Matty Potts into the grasp of Bancroft. Bairstow and Dawid Malan kept Yorkshire in line with the run rate during the Powerplay, but the latter departed two balls after restrictions were eased, losing his off stump to Liam Trevaskis.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore threatened to spark the Yorkshire innings to life, smashing the ball onto the roof of the health club on the edge of the ground. His next attempt failed as Raine prised him out with his first delivery for 16. Bairstow remained composed, notching his first fifty of the campaign from 40 balls but Carse delivered for Durham to halt the Yorkshire momentum by taking his middle stump out of the ground.

Brook offered brief hope for the visitors with a brisk 41, but his desperate late attempt to slog Potts resulted in being caught on the rope. Durham held their nerve at the death to close out their first win of the campaign.

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Recent Match Report – West Indies vs South Africa 1st Test 2021




Jason Holder was the most successful bowler for West Indies, picking up 4 for 75

South Africa 322 (de Kock 141*, Holder 4-75) lead West Indies 97 (Holder 20, Ngidi 5-19, Nortje 4-35) by 225 runs

Quinton de Kock‘s career-best took South Africa’s lead past 200 and put them in a commanding position in the St Lucia Test. In his first innings since being relieved of the captaincy, de Kock batted with freedom and assurance and ushered the tail, to take South Africa from 233 for 8 to their third total over 300 in their last nine Tests.

This was de Kock’s sixth Test century, and the first since October 2019 when he scored 111 against India in Visakhapatnam. He also shared in the joint-highest partnership in the match so far, 79 runs for the ninth wicket with Anrich Nortje.

Conditions had improved for batting from the first day and though there was early seam movement on offer, it lessened as the ball wore. West Indies’ attack was disciplined in the morning session but grew frustrated as de Kock kept them in the field and punctured the on-side primarily, where he scored 80 runs.

He set the tone when he cut the first ball of the day, short and wide from Kemar Roach, through point for four and then drove the last ball of the over, full on middle, past mid-off for four more. It took West Indies five overs to find their rhythm, and they conceded 24 runs in that period, before Jayden Seales sent down the first maiden over of the day to start tightening the screws.

Kraigg Brathwaite took that as his cue to introduce spin and brought on Roston Chase at the other end and in his second over, he almost got rid of de Kock, who missed a sweep and was hit on the pads. de Kock was given out lbw by Gregory Brathwaite but he reviewed and replays showed he gloved the ball onto his pad and the decision was overturned. de Kock was on 23 at the time.

West Indies kept the pressure on and Chase and Jason Holder gave away just four runs in the next four overs before van der Dussen outside-edged to gully. The wicket was a reward for Holder’s persistent line outside off, which van der Dussen had approached watchfully until he was lured into playing at one.

Holder and Chase bowled in tandem for another five overs before Brathwaite brought back Seales and Roach for a burst before lunch. Seales was particularly impressive and tested Wiaan Mulder with outswingers outside the off stump and induced the edge, but the chance fell short of Holder at second slip. Mulder made it to lunch but was dismissed in the third over after the break when he half-heartedly attempted a back-foot punch off Holder and was caught behind.

de Kock brought up fifty in the over after that, with a push through the covers. He almost lost Keshav Maharaj five balls later when Rahkeem Cornwall reviewed for a catch at short leg but the ball ballooned up off the front pad. Cornwall didn’t have to wait long to get the same dismissal. Maharaj inside-edged the next ball he faced from Cornwall to concussion substitute Kieran Powell, who took a superb one-handed low catch.

West Indies took the second new ball as soon as it became available and de Kock duly drove Roach for four. Kagiso Rabada was less convincing. He fended Seales over the slips for a boundary but edged Roach to Holder at second slip four balls later.

It could easily have unravelled for South Africa from there and de Kock seemed to think so. He slogged Seales for four and then plundered two sixes off the next three balls to suggest he wanted to get big runs quickly. But Nortje hung tough and worked well to keep de Kock on strike, with the pair refusing singles more than taking them.

de Kock smashed Kyle Mayers over square leg for a six to reach his century. Reaching the landmark freed de Kock up. He cleared the rope twice more against Cornwall, and then top-edged Holder to fine leg where Mayers took the catch, but Holder had overstepped. de Kock was on 118. To add insult to injury, de Kock went on to his highest score in Test cricket with a pull over deep square, off Holder.

Holder had some cheer when Nortje lobbed a catch to Shai Hope at gully and Lungi Ngidi nicked off to give him a four-for. In between those dismissals, de Kock bashed him over extra cover for six, his seventh of the innings, the joint-most by a South Africa batter in Tests with AB de Villiers.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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England vs NZ 2021 – As it happened



Welcome to day two of our live report of the second Test between England and New Zealand from Edgbaston. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here.

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6.35pm: Young out last ball

New Zealand 229 for 3 (Conway 80, Young 82, Taylor 46*, Broad 2-22) trail England 303 (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81, Boult 4-85) by 74 runs

New Zealand boasted an embarrassment of riches for a second day running as Devon Conway and Will Young frustrated England’s bowlers and moved to within 74 runs of the hosts’ first-innings 303 with seven wickets in hand at Edgbaston.

Conway, who put his place in the side beyond doubt with 200 on debut in the first Test at Lord’s, produced another valuable, though not chance-less, innings of 80. And, while he would have been disappointed not to press on to triple figures again, a gutsy 82 from Young – in the side as a replacement for injured captain Kane Williamson – mitigated the damage.

Stuart Broad bowled superbly for his 2 for 22 from 15 overs, including six maidens, but he was the only England bowler to reap any reward for his considerable efforts – until Young’s dismissal by part-time off-spinner Dan Lawrence on the last ball of the day.

6.05pm: NZ bring up 200

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