Danny Briggs’ genius keeps Warwickshire on course for its first championship title in nearly a decade
Danny Briggs genius keeps Warwickshire on course for their first championship title in nearly a decade with 30-ball half-century against Somerset
- Warwickshire has championship title in sight after Danny Briggs’ exploits
- He produced an excellent all round display against Somerset, hitting half a century
- There is still work to be done after Somerset finished the second day at 239 to five
A daring all-round display from Danny Briggs kept Warwickshire in the hunt for their first championship title in nine years – just as if it seemed to slip out of their hands.
With Somerset closing the second day at 239 to five, trailing 128, there is still work to be done if Warwickshire is to win this match on a decent Edgbaston surface.
But without Briggs, who came over from Sussex over the winter looking for more red ball opportunities, they would now be dependent on Lancashire beating Hampshire in Liverpool.
Danny Briggs produced a brilliant all round display for Warwickshire to keep them in the hunt for the championship title against Somerset
At 322 to nine, a collapse from their overnight 283 to four, they were in danger of failing to reach the 350 they needed to rack up four strike points and hold their destiny in their own hands.
With time running out and only last man Craig Miles for company, Briggs skipped the first three balls of the 110th bowled by Jack Brooks of Somerset for four, four and six to reach the mini-goal with three deliveries left. Edgbaston briefly echoed the cry of ‘You bears!’
Craig Overton finished the innings shortly after, finishing with five for 88, all taken on the second morning, but not before Briggs, who batted at number 9, had completed a remarkable half-century of 30 balls.
The 30-year-old hit half a century of 30 balls and valued two wickets with left arm spin
“It was forced on me,” he said modestly. “When it’s nine o’clock, you have nothing to lose. It was really a free choice.’
That still left Warwickshire with the task of sacking Somerset twice, but 30-year-old Briggs won two key wickets with his left arm spin – the skill that earned him eight whiteball caps for England between 2012 and 2014.
First he caught the dangerous Tom Lammonby from his own bowling for 59 to end a second wicket score of 68 with Azhar Ali. He then added Lewis Goldsworthy’s wicket, caught halfway through by England’s Chris Woakes for 13.
Previously, Woakes opener Ben Green had bowled a beauty for 14, while Tim Bresnan had a return catch to send Azhar back for 60.
Warwickshire still has work to do as Somerset finished 239 to five on the second day
In between, Liam Norwell had caught Somerset captain Tom Abell behind for 14 as Warwickshire fell away. The second new ball, expected early this morning, could prove crucial as they look for three bowling points.
Meanwhile, former West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels, 40, has been charged by the ICC with four violations of their anti-corruption code related to the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 competition.
Among the charges, Samuels – who last played international cricket at the end of 2018 – is accused of failing to disclose the receipt of “any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit… which could discredit cricket”, and obstructing of the research.
In 2008, Samuels was banned for two years for a previous code violation. He has 14 days to respond to the latest charges.