County Championship: Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg share 19 wickets as Northants thump Sussex
Northamptonshire beat Sussex by an innings and 120 runs as seamers Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson split 19 wickets; champions Essex thrashed by Nottinghamshire; Somerset overcome Hampshire resistance in the County Championship
By ECB Reporters Network
Last Updated: 09/05/21 6:44pm
Gareth Berg and Ben Sanderson shared 19 wickets in the match as Northamptonshire quashed Sussex by an innings and 120 runs in the LV= Insurance County Championship.
The fast-bowling duo returned match figures of 19-189 - with fellow seamer Tom Taylor thwarting the chance for a clean sweep with the victory-confirming scalp.
Veteran Berg, 40, claimed career-best figures of 9-90, while Sanderson celebrated 10-99, with five-wicket hauls in both innings.
Northants, who atoned for their heartbreaking one-run defeat to Yorkshire a week ago, moved to their second victory of the season to keep their hopes of qualifying for Division 1 alive - taking 24 points to Sussex's three.
Elsewhere in Group 3...
Honours finished even at Emirates Old Trafford between Lancashire and Glamorgan with both sides collecting 14 points each from a rain-affected draw. Lancs vs Glamorgan scorecard
With day three a total wash out, there was little to play for apart from batting and bowling points but half-centuries from Keaton Jennings and Josh Bohannon and a stunning caught and bowled from Michael Neser ensured there was plenty to savour before the sides shook hands on a draw with the hosts 301-9.
BRILLIANT CATCH! 😱— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) May 9, 2021
The game between Lancashire and Glamorgan is heading for a draw at Emirates Old Trafford but Michael Neser has brightened up the last day with this fantastic return catch!@CountyChamp scorecards 👉 https://t.co/SWzyiXUKSQ pic.twitter.com/NFxl651Ltd
Nathan Gilchrist claimed a superb 4-74 in his second first-class game as Kent's clash with Yorkshire ended in a draw at Emerald Headingley. Yorkshire vs Kent scorecard
During an entertaining shortened final day, Gary Ballance fell four runs short of a 41st career century and a first since July 2019 following illness and injury.
A wet outfield delayed day four until 2.45pm - a knock-on effect of the day-three washout - and both sides secured useful bonus points. Yorkshire, who remain second in the table, resumed their first innings on 240-5 in reply to 305 and ended 321 all out thanks to Ben Coad's unbeaten 33 off as many balls at No 10.
All-rounder Lyndon James took a career-best 4-51 as Nottinghamshire crushed champions Essex by an innings and 30 runs before lunch on the final day of their match at Trent Bridge, despite Saturday's washout. Notts vs Essex scorecard
The 22-year-old Worksop-born medium pace bowler, who dismissed former England captain Sir Alastair Cook on Friday, delivered a decisive burst of three wickets in the space of 14 balls as Essex, still 95 behind at 129-3 overnight, collapsed to 194 all out, effectively beaten inside seven sessions.
Warwickshire and Worcestershire had to settle for solid points from a derby draw after a rain-ravaged stalemate at Edgbaston. Warks vs Worcs scorecard
The loss of the entire third day to rain left the contest beyond salvage as it drifted to a draw in the Birmingham sunshine. Worcestershire, in reply to the home side's 343 all out, declared their first innings on 364-8 with Jack Haynes striking a career-best 87 and the Bears then made 70-3 in their second innings before hands were shaken at 4.50pm.
A superb all-round display from Craig Overton inspired Somerset to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Hampshire as his side wrapped up a fourth Group 2 win at the Ageas Bowl. Hants vs Somerset scorecard
England paceman Overton, who is the top wicket-taker in the country, took 5-66 from a mammoth 40 overs as Hampshire were dismissed for 258 on Sunday. He was also the top scorer in the match with 74 on Friday and finished with overall figures of 7-82, with Josh Davey also playing a significant role in the triumph, taking 5-30 on the final day.
The visitors looked set to wrap up the win just after lunch when Lewis McManus departed for 17 only for Keith Barker and Felix Organ to frustrate their hosts with a two-hour stay at the crease. Organ batted with great discipline and determination to score just seven runs from 108 balls before falling to a diving catch by the irrepressible Overton off Davey.
Mohammad Abbas was the last man out, leaving Barker unbeaten on 52, before Eddie Byrom knocked off the two runs needed for the win with rain beginning to fall and the light fading.
Mark Stoneman completed a fine century on day four as Surrey and Leicestershire played out a draw at The UptonSteel County Ground. Leics vs Surrey scorecard
After a washout on day three, the visitors resumed on 146-0 and, while Rory Burns (75) fell early on, Stoneman went through to a 208-ball hundred before the teams agreed on a draw once Surrey were bowled out for 324. Chris Wright took 5-60 for Leicestershire.