We round up all the action from the first day of LV= County Championship action in 2012, where there were excellent performances from Amjad Khan, Rob Key and Billy Godleman among others.
Twenty wickets fell on the opening day at Trent Bridge, as NOTTINGHAMSHIRE’s woeful first innings total of 118 was only marginally bettered by WORCESTERSHIRE’s 130.
Richard Jones took six wickets for the visitors as they were initially reduced to 34 for five, prior to a slight rebuild courtesy of Paul Franks’ unbeaten 51, with Andrew Richardson also taking two wickets. The Pears fared little better when their turn came to bat and they lost a steady trickle of wickets throughout their innings to each of the Nottinghamshire seamers. Luke Fletcher and Ben Phillips took three each, while Andre Adams and Franks had to make to with two; with South Australian Michael Klinger’s 29 the best effort by a Worcestershire batsman.
It was a similar story over at The Oval where SUSSEX slipped to 105 for five in reply to SURREY’s 264 as Jade Dernbach ended the day with figures of two for 11 from six overs.
Surrey themselves had started badly, losing both openers with just 11 on the board, but Zander de Bruyn (52) and Tom Maynard (86 not out) both hit half centuries before Amjad Khan took the last four wickets to fall for 41 runs to end with figures of five for 57.
Only 36 overs were possible at Taunton as MIDDLESEX closed day one against SOMERSET on 118 for four after being asked to bat. The visitors lost Sam Robson to Vernon Philander’s (three for 21) third ball, but former Kent player Joe Denly ensured against too many Philander-inspired calamities and reached stumps unbeaten on 64.
In Division Two, DERBYSHIRE ended the opening day with a slight advantage over promotion hopefuls NORTHAMPTONSHIRE at the County Ground thanks to a century from Dan Redfern and two wickets from Tim Groenewald in the visitor’s reply.
The home side had begun badly and slumped to 50 for four after losing the toss with Jack Brooks taking three early wickets, but a 160-run stand between Ross Whiteley (83) and Redfern (110) put them back in contention. Brooks (five for 61) and David Willey (three for 59) polished off the tail as Derbyshire lost their last six wickets for 76 to be bowled out for 286. Tony Palladino then removed Rob Newton for a duck in the Northants reply and Groenewald followed up with the wickets of Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer as the Steelbacks closed on 28 for three.
Billy Godleman continued his good pre-season form by hitting a century for ESSEX at Chelmsford. His innings of 130 from 243 balls helped counter the early loss of Alviro Petersen for 15, and he enjoyed stands of 70 with Adam Wheater (56 from 42 balls); 64 with Greg Smith (34 from 33); 94 with James Foster (46); and 53 with Graham Napier (27) before falling as one of Ian Saxelby’s three victims. James Fuller also took three wickets for GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
LEICESTERSHIRE’s supporters must have thought, “oh no, not again” when their side lost wickets from the first two balls of their match against GLAMORGAN before slipping further to 29 for four, but the Foxes bounced back admirably and were the better placed of the two teams by the close.
Ned Eckersley (25) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (41) started the recovery with a determined stand of 46 from over 20 overs for the fifth wicket, while the rest of the lower-order chipped in, with Wayne White’s 37 and Claude Henderson unbeaten 57 the highlights.
The home side’s attack then gave the visitor’s top order a taste of their own medicine as a brace of wickets each from Matthew Hoggard and winter signing Robbie Joseph reduced Glamorgan to the perilous position of 25 for five by stumps.
YORKSHIRE’s bowlers found life in the second division not to their liking as dark horses KENT racked up 345 for five at Headingley.
Scott Newman and Rob Key blunted the new ball attack of Ryan Sidebottom and Ajmal Shahzad and put on 141 for the first wicket, prior to Newman’s dismissal to the former for 64. Key then added another 60 with Ben Harmison but fell three short of a deserved century by being run-out by his opposite number Andrew Gale. Brendan Nash then guided the rest of the middle order during his innings of 67 as Harmison (45), Mike Powell (37) and Darren Stevens (22 not out) all contributed.
For Yorkshire, the sole bright spark was the encouraging signs from Adil Rashid and Shahzad – who both struggled for form last season – but took three wickets between them today and conceded less than three runs per over.
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire at Trent Bridge
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
Day Two, LV=CCD1, Surrey v Sussex at The Oval
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Derbyshire v Northamptonshire at Derby
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Essex v Gloucestershire at Chelmsford
Day Two, LV=CCD2, Leicestershire v Glamorgan at Grace Road
Day Two, LV=CCD2. Yorkshire v Kent at Headingley
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