Bess’ wickets include match-winning scalp as Yorkshire seal second win of County Championship season; Bess admitted to ‘starting hating cricket’ after a tough winter with England; Matt Parkinson takes seven-for in Lancashire win; Haseeb Hameed hits twin tons for Nottinghamshire
Dom Bess finished with figures of 6-53 as Yorkshire beat Sussex by 48 runs in the County Championship
England spinner Dom Bess took the match-winning wicket as his 6-53 bowled Yorkshire to a 48-run win over Sussex in the LV= County Championship on the final morning at Hove.
The 23-year-old had taken five wickets on day three as Sussex slumped to 136-6 chasing 235 for victory and he returned on Sunday morning to dismiss Henry Crocombe as the hosts were dismissed for 186 in 69.5 overs.
- Sussex vs Yorkshire scorecard
Steven Patterson (1-32), Jordan Thompson (2-31) and England Test captain Joe Root (1-26) also struck on Sunday as Yorkshire made it two wins from three in Group 3 and inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Sussex.
Sussex had hope at 180-7 with captain Ben Brown (46) having added 35 with Jack Carson (18) but when Carson was caught at slip off Root, the home side went on to lost their final three wickets for six runs, with Brown bowled by Thompson and Crocombe (4) caught at midwicket off Bess.
Bess says he ‘really did start hating cricket’ after a trying winter with England in the subcontinent
Bess: I started hating cricket
Bess admitted after day three that he “really did start hating cricket” following a tough winter with England in which he struggled for consistency despite taking 17 wickets across four Tests in Sri Lanka and India.
The off-spinner made a permanent switch from Somerset to Yorkshire over the winter having previously played for the Headingley club on loan and says domestic cricket is his focus for now.
- Dom Bess says winter with England was ‘tough mentally’
Bess said: “After India I had a good break away from it, because I really did start hating cricket.
“It got too much at times, certainly in that bubble in India, there’s a lot of pressures going on and it was really important for me to come back and get away from it.
“I’ve been really happy with how [I’m bowling for Yorkshire]. All these experiences, this is why I moved to Yorkshire, to play first-team cricket for the whole year. It’s only going to help me and challenge me.
“In all honesty, I’m not thinking about [England] at all. Of course it’s there, but I’m not pushing that. It’s about banking what I do, making sure it’s a long-term process.
“If the chance did come, I can go back into the international scene and know my game more. If it’s this summer, it’s this summer.”
Parkinson spins Lancashire to innings win
Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson ended with career-best figures of 7-126 as Lancashire completed an innings and five-run victory over Kent at Canterbury.
- Kent vs Lancashire scorecard
The 24-year-old spent the winter with England in the subcontinent without playing a game and was even left out of Lancashire’s opening County Championship match of the season but with 15 wickets in his last two matches, he could hardly have done more to cement his place in the XI.
Kent began the last day on 209-1, following-on and needing another 147 runs to make Lancashire bat again and while they held on until midway through the evening session, they eventually succumbed after losing wickets in clumps throughout the day.
Captain Daniel Bell-Drummond (114) was first to go with Parkinson removing Zak Crawley (36) and Jack Leaning (0) with back-to-back deliveries soon after and despite battling efforts from Joe Denly (31), Heino Kuhn (32) and Ollie Robinson (28no), Kent came up just short of making Lancashire bat again as Parkinson clinched the win with the last ball of his 52nd over of the innings to put the Red Rose top of Group 3.
Haseeb Hameed registered his second century of the match to help Nottinghamshire bat out for a draw at Worcestershire in Group 1.
- Worcs vs Notts scorecard
Ben Slater joined Hameed in making a hundred and both openers finished unbeaten on 114 as the teams shook hands with Notts 236-0 in their second innings, having been made to follow-on, leading Worcestershire by 76 runs.
Haseeb Hameed scored a century in each innings to help Nottinghamshire salvage a draw at Worcestershire
Vice-captain Hameed, 24, is in his second season at Trent Bridge as he tries to reignite his career after the injuries and slump in form that followed the last of his three Test caps for England in 2016.
Rob Yates struck an unbeaten century as Warwickshire moved clear at the top of Group 1 after completing a pulsating seven-wicket victory over champions Essex at Edgbaston. Warks vs Essex scorecard
After four days of superb red-ball cricket, the home side reeled in a target of 256 in 82 overs with eight balls to spare.
Yates compiled 120 not out while Hanuma Vihari and Sam Hain hit half-centuries in a highly impressive batting display which handed Essex their first first-class defeat in 22 matches.
Ricardo Vasconcelos and Rob Keogh conjured up centuries as Northamptonshire chased down 355 in 72.4 overs to beat Glamorgan by seven wickets at Wantage Road. Northants vs Glamorgan scorecard
Vasconcelos and Keogh put on 239 for the third wicket, individually scoring 185 not out and 126, as Northants completed the third-highest successful fourth-innings chase in their history.
A stubborn last-wicket partnership from Josh Shaw and Dominic Goodman salvaged a dramatic draw for Gloucestershire against Hampshire on an absorbing final day at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire had looked on course for a third successive victory when the pair came together with 22 overs of the day remaining and their side leading by just 11 runs. Hants vs Gloucs scorecard
However, Goodman and Shaw soaked up 106 balls between them in a 36-run stand to frustrate the hosts who had ripped through the middle and lower order in a devastating spell after tea.
Wayne Madsen and Matt Critchley scored stoic half-centuries to thwart Durham‘s bid for victory at Emirates Riverside and to secure Derbyshire‘s third draw in a row. Durham vs Derbyshire scorecard