Rookie Milnes helps Notts make swift work of Es­sex win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

NOTTS re­quired just an hour and three quar­ters on the fourth morn­ing of the Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship game at Chelms­ford to beat Es­sex by 301 runs.

The 23 points gained from their fourth suc­cess at the half­way point of the sea­son lifted Notts above Es­sex and Somerset into sec­ond place in Di­vi­sion One, 13 points be­hind lead­ers Sur­rey. Matt Milnes, in only his third first-class match, claimed best fig­ures of 4-44 and two of the six wick­ets in the morn­ing’s play as Es­sex added just 51 runs to their overnight score to fall well short of their tar­get of 441.

Worces­ter­shire cel­e­brated their first County Cham­pi­onship win of the sea­son af­ter they over­came Lan­cashire by 202 runs de­spite a su­perb cen­tury from Keaton Jen­nings at Black­finch New Road.

Jen­nings made 177 and de­fied the Worces­ter­shire at­tack for nearly seven hours in pur­suit of a 602 tar­get be­fore he was beaten for pace and bowled by Pat Brown in the penul­ti­mate over be­fore lunch.

The Eng­land opener struck 27 bound­aries in his 295-ball knock in what was his third cham­pi­onship cen­tury of the cam­paign. But Worces­ter­shire’s pace at­tack per­se­vered on a flat track and Ed Barnard picked up four more wick­ets to help them se­cure vic­tory in mid-af­ter­noon.

In Di­vi­sion Two, Kent skip­per Joe Denly bagged three wick­ets in six balls to wrap up his side’s 73-run win over War­wick­shire.

Glam­or­gan were de­nied their sec­ond win of the sea­son by Der­byshire’s tail-en­ders as the match was drawn at Swansea.

Tony Pal­ladino, who faced 108 balls for his un­beaten 30, and Duanne Olivier de­fended for the fi­nal 14.3 overs to sal­vage a stale­mate.

When Der­byshire lost their eighth wicket Glam­or­gan were favourites to win, but with stub­born re­sis­tance, the vis­i­tors held out.

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