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Aneurin Donald stars as batsmen prosper in County Championship

Steven Mullaney hit a big century for Nottinghamshire against Somerset
Steven Mullaney hit a big century for Nottinghamshire against Somerset
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Sam Northeast was in the runs for Kent
Sam Northeast was in the runs for Kent
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Aneurin Donald struck a century in a session for Glamorgan in what was the highlight of a day in the Specsavers County Championship where batsmen were generally more prolific than the bowlers.

In the four games that got underway today, just 21 wickets were taken and eight of those were at Colwyn Bay, where Donald completed his maiden Championship century with a six.

Specsavers County Championship Division One

Southport, day two: Lancashire 204 & 59-1 v Durham 291

Durham resumed on 88 for three and thanks to half-centuries from Scott Borthwick (64) and Paul Collingwood (50), passed Lancashire's score before being bowled out for 291 as tea was taken.

They had been 169 for six at lunch, after which James Anderson completed figures of three for 58 and Ben Stokes made 21 before he was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Matthew Parkinson, who was one of three players - Luke Procter and Kyle Jarvis the others - to take two wickets.

Lancashire then lost Tom Smith for one, just reward for a fine opening spell from Graham Onions, but Haseeb Hameed (24 not out) and Procter (22 not out) guided their side to 59 for one at stumps, trailing by just 28 going into the third day.

Ageas Bowl, Southampton, day one: Surrey 332-4 v Hampshire

Rory Burns scored Surrey's 2000th first-class century as the visitors powered their way to 103 without loss at lunch and then 209 for one at tea.

Burns was the first man out, caught by Sean Ervine off Mason Crane and his opening partner Dom Sibley was bowled by Gareth Berg for 99 in the evening session.

Together they had put on 208 for the first wicket and although Hampshire too three wickets in the final session, Zafar Ansari (5) and Jason Roy (0) also falling, Surrey closed on a very healthy 332 for four.

Aaron Finch cracked a quickfire unbeaten 56 in 67 balls and Steven Davies was not out on 21.

Trent Bridge, Nottingham, day one: Nottinghamshire 311-4 v Somerset

It was a similar story at Trent Bridge, where the batsmen dominated. Openers Steven Mullaney and Jake Libby (90) batted through the opening session and Somerset only claimed the wicket of Libby, caught by James Allenby off Tim Groenewald, before tea.

Nottinghamshire were 206 for one going into the final session and although they lost the wickets of Michael Lumb (10), Brendan Taylor (21) and Riki Wessels (3), Mullaney stood firm, and well start on day two not out on 161.

He has faced 273 balls, hitting 23 fours and two sixes having passed his previous career-best score of 125. Jack Leach has been the most successful Somerset bowlers with two for 96.

Specsavers County Championship Division Two

Colwyn Bay, day one: Glamorgan 481-8 v Derbyshire

A stunning 80-ball century in the afternoon session from Aneurin Donald was the highlight of the opening day at Colwyn Bay.

After reaching lunch at 83 for one thanks to steady batting from Nick Selman (57) and Will Bragg (60), Donald cut loose and struck 26 fours and 15 sixes on his way to 234 in 136 balls, a stunning maiden Championship century.

Despite wickets falling, the rate of scoring was hugely impressive from the home side, and after Donald departed, Craig Meschede hit an unbeaten 54 and Owen Morgan 22 to set them on course for a score in the region of 500.

Meanwhile, Will Davis returened figures of five for 123 to grab his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Tunbridge Wells, day one: Kent 310-3 v Sussex

Sean Dickson, Joe Denly, Sam Northeast and Darren Stevens all scored half-centuries as Kent made good progress against Sussex on another day where the bat was on top for the most part.

Dickson hit 81 in 165 balls, Denly 78 in 223, Northeast 75 not out in 113 and Stevens 51 not out in 77 as Kent closed on 310 for three - that coming after they were two for one in the second over when Adam Ball was caught by Ross Taylor off Chris Jordan.

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