Tejas Rathi ∙ Sep 14 2022, 9:45 PM

County Championship Division Two Round-up | 14 September

image-l823a16kJake Libby hit a double hundred (PC: Twitter)

An exciting Day 3 action of the County Championship Division Two matches resumed between six teams on Wednesday (14 September). Here is a brief report of the games played at Hove, Lord's and Leicester. 

Sussex vs Worcestershire

Worcs started Day 3 on 287/2 and were already dominating the opposition. Jake Libby continued where he left off to add 68 runs in the morning session with Jack Haynes. The 29-year-old batter then completed his double century and finished his innings with a career-best score of 215. 

The skipper Brett D'Oliveira was good support with 43 off 38, as Worcs declared on 438/5, and secured a daunting lead of 218 runs. 

In response, Sussex are at 39/1 at the end of the Day, with Ali Orr (24*) being the key run-scorer. The team captain and an opener Tom Haines was clean-bowled on 13 by Joe Leach. 

Brief Scores:

Sussex (1st innings) - 220/10

Jack Carson 58 (74), James Coles 54 (132);
Joe Leach 4/37, Ben Gibbon 3/52

Worcestershire (1st innings) - 438/5d

Jake Libby 215 (294), Ed Pollock 98 (161);
Jack Carson 2/40

Sussex (2nd innings) - 39/1

Ali Orr 24* (31), Tom Haines 13 (29);
Joe Leach 1/25

Day 3 - Sussex trail by 179 runs

Middlesex vs Glamorgan

Middlesex were at 286/5 at the start of Day 3. However, the wickets of John Simpson (76) and Ryan Higgins (40) put them under the pump. It was a terrific knock from Luke Hollman (58), which brought hosts back into the contest and helped them post 390, and take lead of 176 runs. 

In response, Glamorgan got a sublime start from their skipper David Lloyd (70) and Eddie Byrom (47), and thereby adding 123 run-stand for the first wicket. 

In another twist of the tale, the experienced pacers Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland Jones were proficient to take wickets in a consistent manner. As a result, Glamorgan are at 191/8, with a lead of 15 runs. 

Brief Scores:

Glamorgan (1st innings) - 214/10

Chris Cooke 52 (83), Kiran Carlson 36 (65);
Ryan Higgins 4/59

Middlesex (1st innings) - 390/10

Mark Stoneman 128 (203), John Simpson 76 (165);
James Harris 5/90

Glamorgan (2nd innings) - 191/8

David Lloyd 70 (92), Eddie Byrom 47 (101);
Toby Roland-Jones 3/46

Day 3 - Glamorgan lead by 15 runs

Leicestershire vs Durham

A fast-paced action transpired in Leicester on Wednesday, with bowlers stamping their authority over the batters. Durham started the Day on 239/5, but was dismissed soon after adding just 57 runs. The Aussie batter Nic Maddinson scored 56 off 111. 

In response, Leicestershire were left shell-shocked again by the proficient Matty Potts, who added seven more wickets in the second innings. Louis Kimber hit 75 as the home team were restricted to 198, and setting up 105 as the target for Durham. 

Then, Michael Finan secured a double breakthrough for Leicestershire early. However, the in-form Michael Jones (28*) and Maddinson (17*) have kept things steady for Durham as they are just 34 runs away from the victory. 

Brief Scores:

Leicestershire (1st innings) - 202/10

Sol Budinger 64 (72), Callum Parkinson 31 (70);
Matthew Potts 6/52

Durham (1st innings) - 296/10

Michael Jones 97 (157), Nic Maddinson 56 (111);
Callum Parkinson 3/45, Chris Wright 3/59

Leicestershire (2nd innings) - 198/10

Louis Kimber 75 (142), Callum Parkinson 19 (43);
Matthew Potts 7/49

Durham (2nd innings) - 51/2

Michael Jones 28*(38), Nic Maddinson 17* (37);
Michael Finan 2/14

Day 3 - Durham need 54 runs

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