Having had a week when Essex and I’m sure the rest of the country saw torrential rain and even huge hailstones one afternoon, the weather actually remembered the fact that it was nearly June and the cricket season to boot! Good weather rocked up, would good cricket too? Let’s look around the country –

Durham v Essex – Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street, Scott Borthwick won the toss for Durham and put Essex in to bat. Essex won by 195 runs.

Essex 182 All Out & 301 All Out, Durham 99 All Out & 189 All Out

Essex found themselves in familiar territory as they fell to 40 for 3, step up 22 year old Michael Pepper in just his 4th First Class match – he scored 92 from 167 balls, batting for just over 35 hours. His was the only significant innings in Essex’s 182, they were bowled out in 62.2 Overs. Chris Rushworth took 4 for 32 and Ben Raine 4 for 45.

Needless to say in an innings of 99 the highest score was 20 for opener Camaron Bancroft. Unusually Simon Harmer didn’t get a bowl in the 47.4 overs. Sam Cook had the best figures of 4 for 38 in his 21 overs. Both Jamie Porter and Peter Siddle took 3.

Essex found themselves on 15 for 3 in their second innings as Nick Browne, Alastair Cook and Tom Westley were out for 14 between them. Michael Pepper and Paul Walter shared a partnership of 38, but 53 for 5 wasn’t a great look. Ryan ten Doeschate with 55 from 104 balls put on 125 with Keeper Adam Wheater. Wheater batted for just under 3.5 hours for his 81, he faced 135 balls. outting on 53 with Simon Harmer, who finished not out on 47. Essex were all out for 301, a lead of 384.

Alex Lees found himself again once he moved to Durham, he top scored in their second innings with 48 from 199 balls. Essex had just over 2 days to bowl Durham out for a much needed win, they did it inside the day (and a bit). There were 19 LBW’s in this match and 3 in this final innings of the game, a First Class record. There was moaning galore in the Facebook groups I belong to about more than a few of those decisions. A more notable fact, as an Essex fan was that, in spite of bowling 23 overs this time round, Simon Harmer didn’t take a single wicket. Jamie Porter took 4 for 31 in his 19 overs. Durham were bowled out in 87 overs. A win for Essex

Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire – Edgbaston, Birmingham. Steve Mullaney won the toss for Nottinghamshire and put Warwickshire in to bat. Warwickshire won by 170 runs.

Warwickshire 341 All Out & 264 All Out , Nottinghamshire 297 All Out & 138 All Out

Captain Will Rhodes opened the Warwickshire innings, he saw his fellow opener Rob Yates bowled for 8 and Pieter Malan despatched for 17, to see Warwickshire on 78 for 2. , A partnership with Sam Hain, who scored 61 from 179 balls in 4 hours saw that improve to 163 for 3. Hain batted on with Matthew Lamb who scored 67 from 147 balls in just over 3 hours. 2 good partnerships took the home team to 341. Dane Paterson took 5 for 90 in his 28 overs. The innings lasted for 119.1 overs.

In a very similar innings Nottinghamshire found themselves 78 for 2, and in common with Warwickshire opener Ben Slater stuck in there, He batted for just over 3.5 hours, he scored 77 from 160 balls. Joe Clarke batting at 3 scored 61 from 99 balls. Liam Norwell had the best bowling figures of 4 for 64 in his 20 overs.

Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes was enjoying batting against Notts, he scored another 63 from 99 balls to get hos team off to a good start in this second innings.Michael Burgess batting at 6 top scored with 80 from 128 balls and he was joined in a 7th wicket partnership of 103 by Danny Briggs who scored 50 from 122 balls. Warwickshire were bowled out in 85.1 overs. Luke Fletcher took 4 for 38 in his 14.1 overs following his 10 wicket haul for the match last week.

In a Nottinghamshire innings that lasted just 65.3 overs the highest score was 27 for opener Ben Slater. Danny Briggs followed his 50 by taking 4 for 36 to help Warwickshire to a win.

Worcestershire v Derbyshire – New Road, Worcester. Joe Leach won the toss for Worcestershire and elected to bat. Worcestershire won by an innings and 23 runs.

Worcestershire 421 All Out, Derbyshire 270 All Out & 128 All Out

The Worcestershire innings didn’t have the best of starts, they fell to 21 for 2, Jack Haynes batting at 4 saved the day, batting for nearly 4 hours, he faced 187 balls and scored 97. Brett D’Oliveira scored 71 from 132 balls and bowler Ed Barnard in at 8 scored 90 from 120 balls in just over 3 hours. The innings lasted for 121.2 pvers and the wickets were shared between 5 bowlers.

Derbyshire also lost early wickets and were 32 for 2, Wayne Madsen scored 51 from 132 balls but it was Matthew Critchley in at 6 who top scored with 81 from 112 balls. Critchley’s having a good season with the bat, he had an average of 51 before this match. The innings lasted for 82.4 overs and Dillon Pennington had the best bowling figures of 4 for 44.

Wayne Madsne top scored in this short innings with 45, it took just 58.2 overs for Worcestershire to get the result, Dillon Pennington took 5 for 32 in his 14 overs. A first win for Worcestershire

Leicestershire v Middlesex – Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester. Peter Handscomb won the toss for Middlesex and elected to bat. Leicestershire won by 5 wickets

Middlesex 295 All Out & 218 All Out, Leicestershire 136 All Out & 378 for 5

With just one win to their name so far this season Middlesex’s batsmen haven’t been having the best of times, it took an innings at 6 from Robbie Simpson to take them to a strong position, he scored 95 from 176 balls 38 from Stevie Eskinazi and 32 from Luke Holman helped MIddlesex to 295. The innings lasted for 111 overs and the wickets wee shared between 5 bowlers.

Leicestershire are without a win so far, their first innings score of 136 wasn’t likely to see them win this one. Callum Parkinson batting at 8 top scored with 41 after they fell to 42 for 6. They were bowled out in 55.1 overs and Martin Andersson had the best bowling figures of 4 for 27 in his 11 overs.

Stevie Eskinazi opening for Middlesex top scored in their second innings with 46 from 112 balls, useful contributions from Nick Gubbins, 38 and Peter Handscomb 36 took them to 218 and a lead of 377. Chris Wright took 6 for 48 as Middlesex were bowled out in 82.1 overs. They had a lead of 377

Opener Hassan Azad was out for just 1, which wasn’t great with an uphill battle ahead. But a partnership of 243 for the 3rd wicket between Marcus Harris and Colin Ackermann set Leicestershire on their way. Harris scored 185 from 311 balls batting for nearly 7 hours, Ackermann scored 126 from 263 balls, batting for nearly 7 hours. Batting for 123.1 overs Leicestershire got their win with 5 wickets to spare.

Surrey v Gloucestershire – The Oval, London. Hashim Amla won the toss for Surrey and elected to bat. Surrey won by an innings and 47 runs.

Surrey 473 All Out, Gloucestershire 158 All Out & 268 All Out

With Rory Burns away on England preparation Ryan Patel opened with Mark Stoneman, he scored 63 from 113 balls, batting with the subllime Hashim Amla for just over 14 overs. Amla put a show on for this second match with a crowd, he batted for neafrly 8.5 hours, facing 347 balls and scoring 173 runs, oh to have been there! Jamie Overton contributed 50 and Rikki Clarke in at 9 scored 65 from 103 balls. Surrey amassed 473 in their 158 overs. Ryan Hggins had the best bowling figures with 4 for 69.

Gloucestershire have been the surprise package this season so far but the Surrey bowlers and spinner Daniel Moriarty in particular made short work of their innings, he took 6 for 60 in 26.5 overs, Amar Virdi the other young spinner playing took 3 for 46. Miles Hammond in at 3 scored 77 from 188 balls in just under 4 hours. The innings lasted fro 75.5 overs.

A Yorkshireman on loan, Jonny Tattersall top scored in Gloucestershire’s second innings, he came in at 7 and scored 86 from 136 balls batting for just over 3 hours. Miles Hammond batting at 3 had scored 45 . This innings lasted a similar number of overs, 78.5 but over a hundred extra runs were scored to make Surrey wait for their win, Amar Virdi had the best figures of 4 for 96, although it could be argued that Sean Abbot’s 5 in for 2 in his 5 overs should take that title. A win for Surrey.

Lancashire v Yorkshire – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Steven Patterson won the toss and elected to bat. Lancashire won by an innings and 79 runs

Yorkshire 159 All Out & 271 All Out, Lancashire 509 for 9 dec

The War of the Roses saw a horrible collapse for Yorkshire as they fell to 40 for 7, 19 year old wicketkeeper Harry Duke added some respect to proceedings he scored 52 from the 120 balls he faced, coming in at 7, captain Patterson contributed 27 and Ben Coad 32 as Yorkshire were bowled out in 64.1 overs. The wickets were shared between 5 bowlers.

There were 2 centuries in the biggest total of the weekend, Keaton Jennings, opening for Lancashire batted for over 5.5 hours, facing 260 balls, he scored 114, his opening partner Alex Davies scored 52 and Luke Wells in at 3 added 60. Josh Bohannon was the highest scorer with 127 from 277 balls, he too batted for over 5,5 hours. Danny Lamb in at 8 scored 61, another significant contribution. The innings was a long one at 173.4 overs and the wickets were shared between 5 bowlers.

Yorkshire fared better in their second innings, they batted for 136.2 overs and Harry Brook top scored with 52 from 116 balls. Saqib Mahmood took 5 for 47 in his 26 overs. A win for Lancashire

Sussex v Northamptonshire – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove. Ben Brown won the toss for Sussex and elected to bat. Northamptonshire won by 7 wickets.

Sussex 175 All Out & 298 All Out, Northamptonshire 256 All Out & 218 for 3.

Sussex’s innings followed a similar line to Yorkshire, they fell to 67 for 8, before a 9th wicket partnership between Jack Carson, in at 9 and Henry Crocombe of 99. Carson scored 52 from 106 balls and Crocombe was 46* from 88 balls as Sussex were bowled out in 59.3 overs. Ben Sanderson took 5 for 45 in 18 overs.

Northamptonshire didn’t have the best of starts either, Opener Ben Curran hasn’t had the best of seasons so far and he was out for 7, Luke Proctor in at 3 was out for 9. Saif Zaib in at 5 steadied the innings and was the top scorer with 64 from 123 balls. Gareth Berg in at 10 contributed a useful 43 from 73 balls. George Garton took 4 for 69 as Northants were bowled out for 256 in 81.5 overs.

Sussex lost opener Aaron Thomason for 8, but his partner Tom Haines more than made up for that with 103 from 221 balls, he batted for nearly 4.5 hours. Haines and his captain Ben Brown put on 111 for the 5th wicket. Brown batted for just over 4 hours scoring 95 from 179 balls. Simon Kerrigan took 5 for 70 in his 34.1 overs as Sussex were bowled out for 298 in 99.1 0vers.

Northamptonshire required 218 to win and they achieved that in 61.4 overs. Luke Proctor had a better innings scoring 51 from 151 balls, Rob Keogh scored 60 from 112 and the game was won for the loss of 3 wickets as Zaib also contributed 47. A win for Northamptonshire.

Played Won LostDrawn Points
Essex 8323107
Notts 7322102
Derbyshire 703458
Group 1
Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points
Middlesex 603360
Group 2
Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points
Kent 703461
Group 3

This was the first weekend when all matches saw a game won or lost, the Group 1 table seems a strange one to see Durham below Worcestershire when they’ve won a game more. With the exception of Lancashire I’d judge things are pretty open with 2/3 games left.

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