County Championship Division Two roundup: Draws everywhere as Gloucestershire frustrate Yorkshire

The Cricketer wraps up the best of the action during day four of round two of the Vitality County Championship in 2024


Cardiff (day four of four): Glamorgan 237 & 361-7 dec, Derbyshire 198 & 225-3 - match drawn

The Vitality County Championship match between Glamorgan and Derbyshire finished as a draw as a superb stand between Luis Reece and Brooke Guest guided their team to safety.

Derbyshire had an improbable target of 401 to chase on the final day with a Glamorgan victory more likely when play resumed in Cardiff with the visitors 40 for 1.

The early wickets of David Lloyd and Wayne Madsen gave Glamorgan some early hope but those were the last wickets to fall in the match as batting became increasingly straightforward on this pitch.

Reece finished on 91 not out with Guest also undefeated on 72 with Derbyshire finishing their second innings on 225 for 3.


Brooke Guest (pictured) and Luis Reece secured a draw for Derbyshire [David Rogers/Getty Images]

Bristol (day four of four): Yorkshire 326 & 434-6, Gloucestershire 263 & 405-6 - match drawn

Ollie Price's career-best 147 and a century from James Bracey helped Gloucestershire to an unlikely draw on the final day of the County Championship match with Yorkshire at the Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol.

The pair shared a fifth-wicket stand of 199, Bracey making 102 as they batted from the start to the brink of tea, rescuing their side from a perilous overnight position of 97 for 4, chasing 498 to win.

Price's fourth first-class ton and Bracey's tenth frustrated the Yorkshire attack on a placid pitch, allowing Gloucestershire to close on 405 for 6.

They took 12 points from the game, while Yorkshire claimed 13, having dominated for long periods.


Leicester (day four of four): Leicestershire 338 & 86-1, Sussex 694-9d - match drawn

Frequent heavy showers killed off any prospect of a positive result from Sussex's visit to Leicestershire in the County Championship, with no play was possible at all on the final scheduled day of their Division Two clash.

Skipper John Simpson's maiden double century had put Sussex in a strong position on day three, which ended with Leicestershire 270 in arrears at 86 for 1 in their second innings after Sussex had declared at 694 for 9 just after tea, a lead of 356 on first innings.

But after a saturated outfield delayed the start on day four, the combination of more showers and the safety issues raised by trying to remove the covering sheets in winds gusting to gale force gave umpires James Middlebrook and Paul Pollard little option but to abandon the match as a draw shortly before 1pm.

It means both sides have two draws from two matches so far, with Sussex the more frustrated, having seen a winning position come to nothing against Northamptonshire at Hove last week, with weather again having the last word.

Sussex take 14 points from this match, giving them 29 from two, with Leicestershire taking 12 to swell their early-season total to 25.


Max Holden made 211 not out for Middlesex [Justin Setterfield/Getty Images]

Northampton (day four of four): Northamptonshire 552-6d, Middlesex 553-2 - match drawn

Heavy rain and blustery winds ruled out any play on the final day of this County Championship match between Northamptonshire and Middlesex at Wantage Road.

The players took an early lunch but with winds buffeting the covers and dark clouds circling the ground, the umpires called the game off shortly after 1pm.

The early finish prevented Leus du Plooy from adding the four runs he needed to bring up what would have been the second double hundred of his career, while Max Holden finished unbeaten on 211.

Northamptonshire collected 11 points while Middlesex secured 12.

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