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20 wickets tumble in Leicester while Hampshire and Lancashire make steady gains

Jake Ball picked up six wickets for Nottinghamshire.
Jake Ball picked up six wickets for Nottinghamshire.
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A total of 20 wickets fell on day one in the Division Two encounter between Leicestershire and Glamorgan while Hampshire and Lancashire took early strides in the final round of fixtures in the Specsavers County Championship.

Elsewhere, an unbeaten ton from Nick Gubbins rescued Middlesex in Division One while Joe Clarke’s century kept Worcestershire ahead in Division Two. Meanwhile, the first day’s play in Canterbury between Kent and Essex was washed out due to a wet outfield.

Specsavers County Championship Division One

The Rose Bowl, Southampton: Day One - Hampshire 370-6 v Durham

After being put into bat by Durham, Hampshire got off to an excellent start as Jimmy Adams (53) and Will Smith (90) put on a 111 run stand for the opening wicket. After his fifty, Adams was dismissed and Tom Alsop (1) also followed suit in a short while.

Smith and James Vince (92) shared 102 runs for the third wicket. Both Smith and Vince were dismissed in their nineties but a fifty from Sean Ervine (50) and a handy knock from Liam Dawson (47 not out) took Hampshire to 370 for six at stumps on day one.

Lord’s, London: Day One - Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire

Yorkshire opted to field first and were quickly reduced to 57 for three in 17.2 overs. Nick Gubbins (120 no) and Stevie Eskinazi (12) shared a brief stand before the former was castled by Jack Brooks (3-45). With Middlesex struggling in the title-decider at 97 for four, Gubbins came to the rescue with his unbeaten ton as he shared crucial stands with the middle order to push Middlesex to 208 for five in 82 overs before bad light forced the end of play on day one.

County Ground, Taunton: Day One - Somerset 322-9 v Nottinghamshire

Batting first after winning the toss, Somerset were rattled early by Jake Ball (6-47), who removed both the openers in 13 overs. however, Chris Rogers (132) and James Hildreth (135) added 269 runs for the third wicket, batting for 71.3 overs.

Rogers scored a fluent ton while Hildreth braved a blow to the ankle early in the innings to bring up an excellent century. However, the pair fell in quick succession following which, Somerset collapsed in a stunning fashion. Ball and Imran Tahir (2-66) shared eight wickets and reduced the opposition to 322for nine in 96.4 overs at stumps on day one.

Edgbaston, Birmingham: Day One - Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire 14-0

Opting to field first, Lancashire struck twice early in the day to remove both the openers cheaply. The Warwickshire middle order got off to good starts but none were able to convert, except Sam Hain (52), who scored a fifty.

Tom Bailey (4-52) and Jordan Clark (3-20) rattled the opposition by sharing seven wickets as Warwickshire were bowled out for 219 runs in 84.4 overs. Lancashire successfully saw out the nine remaining overs and ended the first day on 14 for naught with a deficit of 205 runs.

Specsavers County Championship Division Two

County Ground, Bristol: Day One - Gloucestershire 201-7 v Sussex

Fielding first after a delayed start, Gloucestershire rattled the Sussex top order, reducing them to 42 for five in 28.2 overs. Just when it seemed like Gloucestershire were down and out at 68 for six, Chris Dent (86 not out) completed his fifty and rallied along with the lower order.

Along with David Payne (48 not out) Dent stayed unbeaten and shared a 104-run stand for the eighth wicket, taking the team to 201 for seven in 68 overs before bad light drew curtains on day one.

St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury: Day One - Kent v Essex

The start of play was delayed due to wet outfield conditions which were caused due to overnight rain. Despite multiple inspections and efforts of the ground staff, the outfield conditions ensured that there was no play on the first day.

Grace Road, Leicester: Day One - Leicestershire 96 & 78-0 v Glamorgan 199

Fielding first, Glamorgan dented Leicestershire with regular strikes upfront and reduced them to 41 for three in 13.3 overs. Things turned for the worse as Timm van der Gugten (5-52) struck thrice in the 18th over, leaving Leicestershire reeling at 52 for six. The hosts never recovered from this blow and were bowled out for 96 runs in 29.3 overs.

Glamorgan also stuttered at the start as they lost regular wickets with none of the top order batsmen converting their starts. Kiran Carlson (74 not out) scored a fifty and stayed unbeaten but wickets tumbled at the other end and Glamorgan were bowled out for 199 runs in 42.2 overs. Leicestershire made amends in the second innings as the openers stayed unbeaten and took the team to 78 for naught in 21 overs, trailing Glamorgan by 25 runs at stumps on day one.

County Ground, New Road, Worcester: Day One - Worcestershire 255-6 v Derbyshire

After opting to field first, Derbyshire got early scalps as Brett D’Oliveira (0) and Tom Fell (24) were dismissed early. However, Daryl Mitchell (67) and Joe Clarke (117 not out) shared a 109-run stand for the third wicket to prevent a batting collapse.

Mitchell fell after his fifty and Worcestershire lost a few quick wickets but Clarke stayed unbeaten and went past his ton as he guided the team to 255 for six at stumps on day one.

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