All-round brilliance of James Harris drives Middlesex to win over Northants

first_imgKent Why England need to take a chance on talent and alter their top six Since you’re here… Read more Share on Messenger County cricket: Yorkshire v Essex, Lancs v Notts and more – as it happened The Northamptonshire captain, Alex Wakely, was phlegmatic. He said: “There were two balls going past the edge every over and you always thought there was probably one with your name on it.”The wicket-fest at Canterbury was halted by bad light with Gloucestershire 61 for one, needing another 47 runs to win. With 153 in their second innings, Kent more than doubled their first-innings effort, with quick runs for Daniel Bell-Drummond (61) and Zak Crawley (32). But it never looked quite enough. Ryan Higgins took five for 22, his maiden five-fer for Gloucestershire.Due west, at the Ageas Bowl in Division One, a ninth-wicket partnership of 72 between Brad Wheal and Kyle Abbot put Hampshire in the driving seat. Worcestershire were 59 for three at the close, still 265 runs short of victory, with three wickets for Abbot to go alongside his earlier 51.At Old Trafford, Lancashire were wobbling when rain and skies as thick as gravy stopped play at tea. Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings had survived a torrid opening spell from the belt-and-braces pairing of Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher, before Hameed was out pushing forward to Gurney for 19 and Davies fell for a five-ball duck. Lancashire still trail Nottinghamshire by six runs, with eight wickets remaining. Nottinghamshire’s tidy first-innings lead of 64 was due largely to a patient little scrap from Tom Moores and 44 from Riki Wessels. There were three wickets each for Liam Livingstone, Joe Mennie and Tom Bailey. match reports County Championship Division One Barney Ronay Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Read more Warwickshire’s 299 was the closest any team got to 300, thanks to a last-wicket partnership of 77 between Tim Ambrose and Chris Wright at Edgbaston. In reply Sussex were 194 for six thanks to a superb spell of bowling from Olly Stone, who took all six wickets to go down on his home Championship debut for Warwickshire, including a spell of four for 11 in 13 balls. Stone is startlingly quick, his career plagued by injury, including a strain to his knee he sustained while celebrating the wicket of Moeen Ali in a T20 in 2016. He missed more than a year of cricket, but a winter in Perth seems to have done him good.There was no play all day again at Headingley and mutterings about the effect the new stand was having on the outfield led to the chief executive, Mark Arthur, issuing a statement: “There is no issue with the drainage system.” County Championship Division Twocenter_img Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hampshire And so the first spoils of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship went to Middlesex, champions of 2016 but demoted to Division Two last September. They defeated Northamptonshire by 160 runs just after lunch on the third day – Northants never able to recover from their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it first innings of 71.It was an astonishing game for James Harris, who scored the most runs in the match, made the highest score and, with four for 39 in Northamptonshire’s second innings, and nine for 48 in all, took the most wickets in the game too. It was a good start also for Tim Murtagh, eight for 64 in the match and due to make his Test debut for Ireland against Pakistan in May. Share on Twitter Topics Middlesex Northamptonshire Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Gloucestershirelast_img

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