Rookie Milnes helps Notts make swift work of Essex win
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.