Ab­bott lead­ing the way for Hamp­shire

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

KYLE AB­BOTT starred with both bat and ball for Hamp­shire dur­ing a rain-af­fected third day of their Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion One match with Worces­ter­shire at the Ageas Bowl.

Ab­bott scored an im­pres­sive half-cen­tury in the morn­ing be­fore strik­ing three times ei­ther side of a pro­longed break to leave his team need­ing seven wick­ets on the fi­nal day.

Worces­ter­shire were set a vic­tory tar­get of 324 and re­quire a fur­ther 265 af­ter clos­ing on 59-3.

Haseeb Hameed was dis­missed for 19, but Lan­cashire all but wiped out Not­ting­hamshire’s first-in­nings ad­van­tage on a rain­in­ter­rupted day of their County Cham­pi­onship opener.

The 21-year-old open­ing bats­man is tar­get­ing an Eng­land re­call, but has made min­i­mal im­pact in this fix­ture, con­tribut­ing just 22 runs across two in­nings.

Lan­cashire ended day three, in which only 53.2 overs were bowled be­cause of the in­clem- ent weather, on 58-2 to trail by six runs af­ter Not­ting­hamshire had ear­lier been skit­tled for 222.

Tim Murtagh and James Har­ris grabbed four wick­ets apiece as Mid­dle­sex launched their Di­vi­sion Two cam­paign with vic­tory over Northamp­ton­shire in­side two and a half days.

Murtagh re­turned fig­ures of 4-36 and Har­ris 4-39 to clean up Northants’ sec­ond in­nings for 142 and se­cure a 160-run suc­cess for their side at Lord’s.

Gloucestershire’s bid to com­plete a win over Kent in­side five ses­sions was scup­pered when rain stopped play in Can­ter­bury with the vis­i­tors 47 runs short of their tar­get with nine wick­ets in hand.

Olly Stone’s home County Cham­pi­onship de­but for Warwickshire saw him pro­duce a six-wicket haul against Sussex at Edg­bas­ton.

In re­ply to the home side’s 299, Sussex closed a rain-af­fected third day on 194-6 with Stone re­turn­ing fig­ures of 13-1-52-6.

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