Championship Digest: Saturday, June 5, 2021

Find out what happened across the LV= Insurance County Championship on the third day of the ninth round of the 2021 competition

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Group 1

Essex v Nottinghamshire

Chelmsford (third day of four): Nottinghamshire 293, Esssex 180-7

Scorecard

Brett Hutton returned to Nottinghamshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship side to claim three wickets to leave Essex in trouble at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Fast bowler Hutton had only played once previously this season but ripped up the Essex top-order, leaving the hosts 15 for 3, and eventually returned 3 for 48.

Tom Westley led the recovery with a patient 71 as Essex climbed to 180 for seven in a match which is likely heading towards a draw.

Earlier, Simon Harmer had taken the last four Notts wickets to end his barren run as the visitors were bowled out for 293.

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Group 2

Somerset v Hampshire

Taunton (third day of four): Somerset 360 & 323-6, Hampshire 311

Scorecard

Tom Abell fell two short of a century as Somerset built a commanding lead on the third day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Hampshire at Taunton.

Having bowled out their opponents for 311 from an overnight 285 for 7, Josh Davey finishing with 5 for 78, the home side rammed home their 49-run first innings lead by posting 323 for 6.

Skipper Abell led from the front, striking 15 fours in his 155-ball innings, well supported by Steve Davies 82, George Bartlett 74 not out and Lewis Goldsworthy 36.

Off-spinner Felix Organ was the most successful Hampshire bowler with three for 115, but his side face a tricky last day, trailing by 372.

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 Somerset's Josh Davey took 5 for 78 against Hampshire

Group 3

Yorkshire v Sussex

Headingley (third day of four): Sussex 313 & 38-0, Yorkshire 558

Scorecard

Dawid Malan’s fabulous 199 put Yorkshire on course for a crucial LV= Insurance County Championship victory over Sussex at Emerald Headingley.

England’s Malan proved his worth as far more than a T20 specialist as the White Rose responded strongly to Sussex’s first-innings 313 on a true pitch.

They were bowled out for 558 after tea on day three, a lead of 245, before Sussex closed on 38 without loss from 23 overs in their second innings.

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Kent v Northamptonshire

Canterbury (third day of four): Northamptonshire 393, Kent 330-5

Scorecard

Ollie Robinson hit a century and claimed the 100th catch of his career as Kent fought back on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Northants at Canterbury.

The wicketkeeper hit 120 from 119 balls, including 16 fours and three sixes as Kent reached 330 for 5 in reply to Northants 392 all out, a deficit of 62. Jordan Cox was Kent’s next highest scorer with 90 and Joe Denly made 63.  

Simon Kerrigan took 2 for 80 as Northants took a cluster of late wickets, but barring a sporting declaration tomorrow the match is almost certain to end as a draw.

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