Essex v Northamptonshire
County Championship 1976
VenueChalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea on 7th, 8th July 1976 (3-day match)
Balls per over6
TossNorthamptonshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultEssex won by 8 wickets
PointsEssex 18 (Batting 4, Bowling 4); Northamptonshire 4 (Bowling 4)
UmpiresTW Spencer, AGT Whitehead
Close of play day 1Essex (1) 215/5 (Gooch 74*, Turner 35*; 65 overs)

Northamptonshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
RT Virginc Hardie b Lever5      
G Cookc and b Lever18      
*Mushtaq Mohammadc and b Turner2      
W Larkinsb Lever0      
TJ Yardleyb Lever12      
RG Williamsb Acfield10      
PW Romainesc Smith b Acfield14      
+G Sharpnot out41      
Sarfraz Nawazlbw b Lever0      
RMH Cottamlbw b Acfield0      
BS Bedic Hardie b Acfield0      
Extras(4 b, 4 lb, 5 nb)13
Total(all out, 45.3 overs)115
Fall of wickets:
1-12, 2-29, 3-29, 4-34, 5-41, 6-52, 7-99, 8-100, 9-115, 10-115 (45.3 ov)
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever17   5475--
Turner16   5311--
East1   070--

Essex first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BEA Edmeadesc Yardley b Bedi38      
BR Hardieb Cottam6      
KS McEwanc Sharp b Sarfraz Nawaz9      
*KWR Fletcherc Sharp b Cottam42      
GA Goochb Cottam85      
KR Pontc Sarfraz Nawaz b Cottam2      
S Turnerc Yardley b Cottam39      
RE Eastb Cottam0      
+N Smithb Bedi19      
JK Leverb Cottam29      
DL Acfieldnot out23      
Extras(10 b, 6 lb, 3 nb)19
Total(all out, 84.4 overs)311
Fall of wickets:
1-14, 2-25, 3-97, 4-97, 5-102, 6-227, 7-227, 8-252, 9-256, 10-311 (84.4 ov)
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Sarfraz Nawaz12   1481--
Bedi33   111072--
Mushtaq Mohammad7   1370--

Northamptonshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
RT Virginc Smith b Turner2      
G Cookc McEwan b East9      
*Mushtaq Mohammadc Smith b Turner58      
W Larkinsc McEwan b East10      
TJ Yardleyc Smith b Acfield74      
RG Williamsb Acfield3      
PW Romainesc Smith b Acfield1      
+G Sharpc Pont b Lever22      
Sarfraz Nawazc and b Acfield18      
RMH Cottamb Acfield0      
BS Bedinot out16      
Extras(9 b, 10 lb, 12 nb)31
Total(all out, 84.2 overs)244
Fall of wickets:
1-5, 2-24, 3-65, 4-124, 5-132, 6-142, 7-199, 8-221, 9-221, 10-244 (84.2 ov)
Essex bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Lever9   0301--
Turner17   5282--
East24   3702--

Essex second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
BEA Edmeadesc Cook b Bedi4      
BR Hardienot out12      
KS McEwanb Cottam15      
*KWR Fletchernot out16      
GA Goochdid not bat      
KR Pontdid not bat      
S Turnerdid not bat      
RE Eastdid not bat      
+N Smithdid not bat      
JK Leverdid not bat      
DL Acfielddid not bat      
Extras(2 lb, 1 nb)3
Total(2 wickets, 15.5 overs)50
Fall of wickets:
1-4, 2-23
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Cottam7   1241--
Bedi8   1211--

--> The match was scheduled for three days but completed in two.
--> The first innings of the match was limited to 100 overs; the total overs for both teams first innings was limited to 200 overs
--> TJ Yardley (2) passed 5000 runs in first-class matches when he reached 67
--> JK Lever reached 550 wickets in first-class matches when taking his 2nd wicket in the Northamptonshire first innings





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