Essex vs Hampshire, Chelmsford
Essex romped to an innings victory inside two days at Chelmsford after Hampshire were routed out for 88 in under 30 overs.
Resuming at 147/3 after bowling Hampshire out for 118 on the opening day, Essex rode on fifties from Daniel Lawrence and Ravi Bopara to end with 214 on the board – a lead of 94. Kyle Abbott, with four wickets, was Hampshire’s most successful bowler.
In reply, Hampshire were all at sea against Simon Harmer again. Harmer had already put in a display of things to come with a fifer in the first innings. He went two better this time, picking up seven and running through the Hampshire middle order as if it were nine pins. None apart from Joe Weatherley managed double digits in Hampshire’s top 8 as they slumped to 32/7 in the 14th over. Abbott and Mason Crane shared a face-saving 29-run stand, as Hampshire eventually folded for 88.Brief Scores: Hampshire 118 (Simon Harmer 5-23) & 88 (Joe Weatherley 29, Simon Harmer 7-38) lost to Essex (Ravi Bopara 59, Daniel Lawrence 57, Kyle Abbott 4-54) by an innings and 8 runs.Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, YorkYorkshire suffered an almighty collapse, losing 5 wickets for just eight runs to handover their momentum to Warwickshire on the opening day.Batting first, Yorkshire got themselves off to a steady start as they moved to 93/1, losing Adam Lyth early. Will Fraine and Gary Ballance revived the innings with fine stand, but there was a collapse imminent. Yorkshire lost their next 5 wickets for just 8 runs, with Jeetan Patel, Craig Miles and Oliver Hannon-Dalby all taking wickets.David Willey and Steven Patterson helped the home side out of a hole with important cameos as Yorkshire ended at 208/8.Brief Scores: Yorkshire 208/8 (Gary Ballance 54, Craig Miles 4-32, Oliver Hannon-Dalby 3-60) vs WarwickshireKent vs Nottinghamshire, Tunbridge WellsKent rode on Zak Crawley’s fighting century to make 309 in their innings against Nottinghamshire.Crawley’s effort was nearly a single-handed one for his side, which saw as many as five batsmen in the top order making single-digit scores. Crawley, however, stroked 15 fours in his innings to notch up a superb hundred. He was duly supported by Kent No. 8 – Grant Stewart, who cracked a fine 59, while No. 10 Harry Podmore hit another important 49 to help Kent post just over 300. James Pattinson was in great form for Nottinghamshire with a six-wicket haul.