Daggett through the heart
Young medium-pacer skittles Durham to conjure stunning win
Sunday 11 June 2006
The young medium-pacer Lee Daggett bowled Warwickshire to an unexpected 18-run victory over Durham in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship Division One match at Edgbaston.
The 23-year-old rookie bowler, who launched his embryonic career last week at the sedate surroundings of Tunbridge Wells, finished off Durham's resistance with an extraordinary spell of bowling, bagging five wickets for 24 runs.
However, at the start of play most observers would have predicted that it would be Durham who would romp to a comfortable victory, as they needed only a further 98 runs with eight wickets standing but Heath Streak brought momentum to the Warwickshire cause by dismissing Gary Pratt for 21.
Warwickshire then put their faith in their more inexperienced bowlers with Daggett and fellow Lancastrian James Anyon running through the Durham line-up and even leaving Graham Onions with the indignity of enduring a King pair.
Surrey went 28 points clear at the top of Division Two when they wrapped up a victory over Leicestershire by an innings and 158 runs, just before lunch at The Oval.
Former England spinner Ian Salisbury took two of the four wickets to fall and finished with figures of four for 64 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 259 in their second innings.
The former Essex batsman Darren Robinson, 85 not out overnight, completed his 21st first-class century but any hope the visitors had of holding out for a draw disappeared when he was eighth man out, edging a Salisbury leg-spinner to the keeper.
Glamorgan finally broke their championship duck leaving Derbyshire without a home win since June 2002, when they ironically beat the Welsh county in a match that lasted only two days.
Robert Croft's team survived some nerve-jangling moments before Michael Powell and Mark Wallace reached the target of 140 with six wickets intact.
Derbyshire fought all the way and the game was still in the balance with the visitors 78 for four - but the home side's last hope of an unlikely victory went when wicketkeeper James Pipe failed to hang on to a hard chance from Powell on 18, with the total at 98.
Croft said: I think as I get older I get worse! I prefer an awkward 140 to 220 any day but we knew that anything over 100 would be slightly tricky."
Gareth Batty, overlooked for the one day series against Sri Lanka, completed figures of six for 119 as Worcestershire wrapped up a 10-wicket victory over Somerset at Taunton.
The home side began the day still needing 26 runs to make their opponents bat again and were eventually bowled out for 313, with Charl Willoughby hitting a career-best 47.
That left Worcestershire needing a paltry 42 to win and they cruised home in less than five overs.
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