Bal­lance sets York­shire record with fifth suc­ces­sive cen­tury

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Cricket World Cup 2019 -

Gary Bal­lance be­came the first York­shire bats­man to score five cen­turies in as many Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship matches as his side drew with lead­ers Hamp­shire.

Bal­lance was trapped leg be­fore by Ma­son Crane on 100 be­fore the home side de­clared on 332 for five on the fi­nal, rain-af­fected, day at Head­in­g­ley. That left Hamp­shire need­ing an un­likely 378. Oli Soames, Ajinkya Ra­hane and Sam North­east de­parted with just 35 on the board, but they ral­lied to claim a draw af­ter reach­ing 158 for five.

At Chelms­ford, Si­mon Harmer claimed eight for 98 to com­plete match fig­ures of 11 for 170 as Es­sex pow­ered their way to a 113-run vic­tory against Kent. Es­sex had ear­lier de­clared on 206 for seven to set the vis­i­tors a tar­get of 338, but de­spite Daniel Bell-drum­mond’s stub­born 81, Harmer’s hero­ics proved too much for them.

Jee­tan Pa­tel took a ca­reer-best eight for 36 as War­wick­shire claimed their first win of the sea­son, beat­ing Sur­rey by 130 runs at Edg­bas­ton. Sur­rey off-spin­ner Gareth Batty also had a haul of eight for 64, in­clud­ing a hat-trick.

In Di­vi­sion Two, Der­byshire’s seam­ers wrapped up a 65-run win over Le­ices­ter­shire at the Fis­cher County Ground. Hav­ing re­sumed on 110 for four, the home side needed a fur­ther 124 to win, but Luis Reece and Ravi Ram­paul fin­ished with three wick­ets apiece.

Tim Murtagh plun­dered six for 51 to help Mid­dle­sex to a first vic­tory of the sea­son. The 37-yearold made short work of the Worces­ter­shire bats­men as they fell 127 short of their tar­get of 353.

Mar­nus Labuschagn­e scored a ca­reer-best 182 to help Glam­or­gan ease to a draw with Sus­sex at Brighton. Glam­or­gan com­piled a sec­ond-in­nings total of 466 all out and a lead of 233. The home side reached 47 for one in 15 overs by the close.

Glouces­ter­shire’s Matt Tay­lor took five for 57 in a drawn match with Lan­cashire at Chel­tenham. Af­ter the home side had reached 68 for two in their sec­ond in­nings, the two cap­tains shook hands.

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