Wednesday’s action saw Harry Brook and Jordan Thompson help Yorkshire to victory, Northants getting a century opening partnership and Jack Leach taking 3 wickets. I also look at the final day in the World Test Championship final and the first T20 between England and Sri Lanka.
India vs New Zealand
Resuming on 64/2, India would add 9 to their overnight score before captain Virat Kohli would be caught behind by BJ Watling off the bowling of Kyle Jamieson for 13 before Cheteshwar Pujara would be caught by Ross Taylor off the same bowler for 15. Ajinkya Rahane would be caught by Watling off the bowling of Trent Boult for the same score before Ravi Jadeja would be caught by the same fielder off the bowling of Neil Wagner for 16.
Rishabh Pant would be the seventh man out, caught by Henry Nicholls off the bowling of Boult, for 41 before Ravi Ashwin would be caught by Taylor later in the same over. Mohammed Shami would be caught by Tom Latham off the bowling of Tim Southee for 13 before Jasprit Bumrah would be the final man out, dismissed by the same combination, later in the over without scoring – Ishant Sharma would be not out for 1.
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Having been set 139 to win, New Zealand would lose Latham as he was stumped by Pant off the bowling of Ashwin for 9 before Devon Conway would be LBW to the same bowler for 19. A 96-run partnership between Kane Williamson (53) and Taylor (47) would see the Kiwis to victory by 8 wickets.
England vs Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka won the boss and would elect to bat in the first of 3 T20 internationals between the teams.
The tourists would lose Avishka Fernando without scoring as he was caught by Chris Jordan off the bowling of Sam Curran before Danushka Gunathilaka would be caught behind by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Jordan for 19. Kusal Mendis would be LBW to Liam Livingstone (his first T20 wicket for England) for 9 before Dhananjaya de Silva would be caught by Adil Rashid off the bowling of Mark Wood for 3.
Captain Kusal Perera would be caught by Jordan off the bowling of Rashid for 30 before Wanindu Hasaranga would be dismissed the same way for 5. Dasun Shanka would be the final man out off the final ball of the innings as he was caught by Buttler off Curran’s bowler for 50 off 44 balls with Isuru Udana the not out batsman with 6.
Jason Roy would be caught by Gunathilaka off the bowling of Dushmantha Chameera for 36 off 22 balls before Dawid Malan would be bowled by Udana for 7 – Buttler and Jonny Bairstow the not out batsmen with 68 (off 55 balls) and 13 respectively.
The sides meet again in Cardiff this evening.
Durham vs Northants Steelbacks
Durham won the toss and elected to bat first.
David Bedingham would be caught behind by Adam Rossington off the bowling of Mohammad Nabi without scoring before Ben Stokes would be caught by Graeme White off the same bowler for 11. Graham Clark would be stumped by Rossington off the bowling of White for 26 before Ben Raine would be bowled by Freddie Heldreich for 14.
Cameron Bancroft would be the last man out, stumped off the bowling of White, for 27 with Sean Dickson (51 off 37 balls) and Brydon Carse (20) the not out batsmen.
Ricardo Vasconcelos and Rossington would put on 125 for the first-wicket before the latter would be caug ht by Matty Potts off the bowling of Liam Trevaskis for 59 off 38 balls with Vasconcelos and Rob Keogh would be not out with 78 (off 57 balls) and 16 respectively.
Durham travel to Worcestershire on Friday while Northants host Lancashire Lightning at the same time.
Yorkshire Vikings vs Worcestershire Rapids
Yorkshire would win the toss and elect to bat first.
Adam Lyth would be caught by Charlie Morris off the bowling of Dillon Pennington for 7 before Jonny Tattersall would follow the following delivery, caught by Jake Libby off the same bowler, for 6. Gary Ballance would also fall in that Pennington over, caught by Ed Barnard, without scoring before captain Joe Root would be LBW to the same bowler for 1 – the Vikings 15/4 at that stage.
George Hill would be bowled by Barnard for 12 with an unbroken 141-run partnership between Harry Brook (83 off 54 balls) and Jordan Thompson (66 off 28 balls) would see the hosts almost to 200.
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Brett D’Oliviera would be run out by Root for 2 before Tom Fell was caught behind by Tattersall off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 4. Libby would be caught by Brook off the bowling of Dom Bess for 5 before Riki Wessels would be bowled by Matt Fisher for 77 off 45 balls.
Ross Whiteley would be caught by Brook off the same bowler for 21 in the final over with Ben Cox (61 off 37 balls) and Ben Dwarshuis (3) the not out batsmen.
Yorkshire travel to Leicestershire Foxes on Friday while Worcestershire host Durham at the same time.
Surrey vs Somerset
Somerset won the toss and elected to field.
Jamie Smith would be the first man out for the hosts, caught by Ben Green off the bowling of Jack Leach for 1 before Laurie Evans would be run out for 10 by Leach. Ben Geddes would be caught & bowled by Max Waller for 5 before Jamie Overton was caught by Lewis Gregory off the bowling of Leach for 8.
Will Jacks would be caught by Waller off the bowling of Leach for 65 off 43 balls before Jordan Clark would be caught behind by Tom Banton off Overton’s bowling for 15. Rory Burns would be caught by Overton off the bowling of Lewis Goldsworthy for 18 before Gus Atkinson would be run out by Green for 5 off the final ball of the innings – Dan Moriarty not out on 9.
Tom Banton would be the first man out as he was caught by Jade Dernbach off the bowling of Atkinson for 5 before a 103-run partnership between James Hildreth and Will Smeed would end with the latter caught by Atkinson off the bowling of Moriarty for 42 off 29 balls. Goldsworthy would be the final man out as he was bowled by Gareth Batty for 1 with Hildreth (72 off 59) and Tom Lammonby (23 off 15 balls) the not out batsmen.
Surrey host Middlesex tomorrow night while Somerset host Hampshire Hawks at the same time.
18:15 – Middlesex vs Essex Eagles (South)
18:30 – Birmingham Bears vs Derbyshire Falcons (North)
18:30 – Gloucestershire vs Glamorgan (South)