The batsmen made the most of the relatively fine weather to post some improved scores on the opening day of matches in the second round of the LV= County Championship. Somerset and Kent’s batsmen prospered against Surrey and Leicestershire, but the bowlers weren’t without their moments of glory as Michael Hogan and Mike Reed skittled Worcestershire and wickets tumbled at Chelmsford.
Graeme Smith’s first day as Surrey captain was spent entirely in the field. He had to watch former South Africa team-mate Alviro Petersen mark his Somerset debut with 167 and help his new county to reach stumps on 344 for eight. The day began well for Surrey as Nick Compton was bowled by Jade Dernbach for a duck. However, the first of several partnerships between Petersen and one of the Somerset batters followed. Marcus Trescothick (25) added 47 for the second-wicket with 59 and 143 added with James Hildreth (34) and Craig Kieswetter (43) for the third and fourth wickets. Petersen’s hundred came up off 141 balls before he was finally dismissed by his South African franchise team-mate Zander de Bruyn. Dernbach was comfortably the pick of the Surrey attack with four for 42 from 22 overs.
Derbyshire’s batsmen struggled on day one at Lord’s. They ground their way to 205 for nine from the 96 overs that were bowled. After losing skipper Wayne Madsen for a duck, Billy Godleman and Wes Durston proceeded to add 83 for the second-wicket in more than 36 overs. Durston became Steven Finn’s first wicket of the summer when on 48, but Godleman remained and was eventually ninth man out for 55 off a marathon 265 balls. Steven Finn was the pick of an impressive Middlesex attack, ending with four for 36 from 22 overs.
Warwickshire’s batsmen were made to work hard by Durham’s bowlers at Edgbaston. Chris Rushworth and Ben Stokes each picked up a brace of wickets as the defending champions closed on 299 for seven. Skipper Jim Troughton was the mainstay of that total with 84, but there were no significant partnerships throughout the day as Durham’s bowlers struck regularly.
In Division Two, 24 year-old seamer Mike Reed and Australia born seamer Michael Hogan demolished the Worcestershire batting in Cardiff. Hogan did much of the early damage, dismissing Matthew Pardoe (11) Moeen Ali (20) and Thilan Samaraweera (0), with Reed then blowing away the middle and lower-order. Hogan ended with figures of 19-10-33-4, with Reed finishing with five for 27 from 15.1 overs as Worcestershire were all out for 123. Glamorgan then faced 2.1 overs in their first innings before stumps and survived without losing a wicket.
Kent recovered from a wobbly 207 for six to make 406 against Leicestershire. All of the dismissed batsmen reached double figures with Brendan Nash’s 50 the early highlight. The home side, though, kept chipping away and threatened to take control at one point courtesy of wickets from Ollie Freckingham and Jigar Naik. The Kent tail then wagged. Matt Coles made 59 off only 63 balls from number eight, with Calum Haggett (40) and Mark Davies (41) both contributing. Naik ended as the pick of the Leicestershire attack with four for 97 with his off-spin.
15 wickets fell on the opening day between Essex and Northamptonshire at Chelmsford. The home side were all out for 183, with Northamptonshire responding with 156 for five. An opening stand of 44 between Rob Quiney (25) and Tom Wesley (30) gave way to an Essex middle-order collapse in the morning. They found themselves 87 for six as Steven Crook took four top-order wickets before Graham Napier showed the virtues of having player of his calibre at number eight. He smashed 73 off only 65 balls and shared a last-wicket stand of 45 with Tymal Mills of which Mills scored just six.
Northamptonshire captain Stephen Peters hit a fluent 60 at the start of his side’s reply, but he lacked support. Napier followed up his batting exploits by taking three wickets as the visitors reached stumps just 27 runs adrift.
Samit Patel blazed 256 from only 224 balls against Durham MCCU to allow Nottinghamshire to declare on 396 for three at Trent Bridge. Patel added 210 in less than 47 overs with Michael Lumb for the first-wicket before the left-hander was caught off debutant Ross Willett for 83. Patel, though, remained and dominated partnerships of 129 and 57 with Steven Mullaney (28) and James Taylor (17 not out). Durham MCCU then lost two wickets to Harry Gurney in their reply and closed on 96 for three.
Hampshire’s batsmen enjoyed things just as much against Loughborough MCCU as James Vince and Adam Wheater both hit centuries as they declared on 377 for four. Michael Carberry departed to Toby Lester early, with Liam Dawson (24) also sent back before lunch. Jimmy Adams and Vince then added 194 for the third-wicket, with Vince scoring 114 of them. Adams fell four short of his century, with Wheater taking over the run-scoring mantle, hitting 102 off only 70 balls. David Griffiths them struck twice in the students’ reply as they closed on 16 for two.
day two, LV=CCD1, Middlesex v Derbyshire at Lord’s
day two, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Somerset at The Oval
day two, LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Durham at Edgbaston
day two, LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Worcestershire at Cardiff
day two, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Kent at Grace Road
day two, LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Essex at Wantage Road
day two, MCCU match, Hampshire v Loughborough MCCU at Southampton
day two, MCCU match, Nottinghamshire v Durham MCCU at Trent Bridge
Weather Forecast: Rain overnight should clear leaving only scattered heavy showers for the rest of the day, mainly in the south and west. It will remain windy, with temperatures cooler than today, peaking at between 10 and 12 degrees Celsius.
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