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Bob Willis Trophy Round 2: Day 1 Latest News and Scores August 8th – 11th

Bob Willis Trophy Round 2
Bob Willis Trophy Round 2
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All the latest news and scores from the Bob Willis Trophy Round 2 -  Day 1 - August 8th  – 11th

 

North:

Durham v Lancashire (Riverside)

Match Summary

Durham 180 v Lancashire 33-0

Lancashire are on top after day one of their Bob Willis Trophy match against Durham after bowling out the home side for 180 at Emirates Riverside.

Richard Gleeson was the standout bowler for the visitors, claiming figures of 3-32, while the rest of the wickets were shared around the attack. Alex Lees provided the only meaningful resistance for the hosts with a patient half-century, while Ben Raine was left stranded on 24 not out at the end of the innings.

The Red Rose had a tricky spell to negotiate before stumps, but they closed the day 33-0, trailing the home side by 147 runs heading into day two.

Despite their struggles in the first innings against Yorkshire last week, Durham skipper Ned Eckersley opted to bat first on a glorious summer's day at Emirates Riverside. However, the home side's top-order problems continued, with Sean Dickson falling to a fine one-handed catch from Alex Davies behind the stumps from a swinging Tom Bailey delivery.

Cameron Steel was then pinned lbw, leaving a straight delivery from Luke Wood. David Bedingham scored an impressive half-century against the White Rose, but on this occasion he gave his wicket away, playing a loose cut shot to a wide delivery from Gleeson and Davies claimed a simple catch behind the stumps.

Resistance came from Lees, who displayed the same patience at the crease as he did last week scoring a century against Yorkshire. The left-hander and Gareth Harte put on 52 for the fourth wicket, which was only ended by a run out. Harte's hesitation cost him his wicket when George Balderson connected with a direct hit from backward point. Lees maintained his poise and notched his half-century from 151 deliveries.

After Lees reached his milestone, a clatter of wickets ensued. Jack Burnham fell lbw to Gleeson after narrowly surviving an outside edge that bounced short of Keaton Jennings. Lees was put down by Jennings on 61 after Wood found his outside edge. It only cost Lancashire five runs as Lees became the second run-out victim of the session. Dane Vilas and Davies combined to run out the opener for a well made 66. Eckersley then knicked off to Balderson for eight, leaving Durham seven down before the 150-run mark.

Raine provided aggression before being penned back by the Lancashire attack. His attempt to cut loose off Liam Hurt resulted in an edge that just looped over Liam Livingstone at second slip. Hurt's persistence paid off when Brydon Carse pulled a short ball straight into the hands of Vilas at square leg.

Gleeson's return from the Finchale End yielded the wicket of Matt Salisbury lbw for one before Liam Livingstone wrapped up the Durham innings by removing Chris Rushworth caught behind.

Lancashire enjoyed a solid start to their reply with Jennings and Davies blunting the new-ball attack of Rushworth and Carse. The latter struggled to find his rhythm following his return from England's white-ball squad earlier this month. It allowed Jennings and Davies to settle and leave the visitors unscathed from a nine-over burst at the close.

Leicestershire v Derbyshire - Leicester

Day One: close: Leicestershire 199 Derbyshire 101-1

Derbyshire enjoyed an outstanding first day with ball and bat in the Bob Willis Trophy match against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road.

The visitors bowled Leicestershire out for 199 after the Foxes had chosen to bat first before a fine unbroken partnership of 92, compiled off only 17.3 overs, between Luis Reece and Wayne Madsen saw the Peakites close on 101, just 98 runs behind with nine first innings wickets in hand.

It was all the more impressive for the fact that while Leicestershire made just one change from the team which beat Lancashire in their opening fixture, Will Davis coming in for Tom Taylor, injuries and rotation saw Derbyshire make four from the side which pulled off a remarkable win against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Hughes, Melton, Anuj Dal and first-class debutant Ed Barnes came in for Finn Hudson-Prentice, Matt McKiernan, Michael Cohen and Ben Aitchison.

Paceman Sam Conners make the early breakthrough on a pitch offering both pace and carry, as Ben Slater – formerly of Derbyshire, but currently on loan at Leicestershire from Nottinghamshire – pushed at a length delivery and edged to third slip, where Matt Critchley held the catch.

At the other end Hassan Azad had one escape, Critchley failing to hold a chance two-handed to his left when Luis Reece found the edge, but there was no reprieve when, having allowed a delivery from Reece to go through to wicket-keeper Harvey Hosein, Azad - who was batting outside his crease – did not step back behind the line. The alert Hosein rolled the ball into the stumps from around 12 yards back to effect a remarkable stumping.

Leicestershire were in a hole at 15-2, and it deepened when captain Colin Ackermann edged an out-swinger from Dustin Melton low to Leus Du Plooy at second slip.

It was as well for the Foxes that Harry Dearden looked in good touch, but with lunch approaching the young left-hander lost another partner as George Rhodes edged a gentle out-swinger from Alex Hughes, and Hosein, standing up to the wicket, took a neat catch. With Rhodes also out his ground, the wicket-keeper completed a 'just in case' stumping.

The key wicket in the afternoon session was that of Dearden, who had hit 12 boundaries as he moved on to 70 before getting a questionable decision in being given out leg before wicket to a delivery from Conners that replays suggested pitched outside leg stump.

Ben Mike looked comfortable before a misjudged leave allowed an inswinging delivery from Melton to clip the top of his off-stump. The Zimbabwean Melton then picked up two wickets in two balls as first Harry Swindells inside edged an attempted drive on to off-stump and then Dieter Klein bottom edged a cut at a wide ball on to his middle stump.

Callum Parkinson, Davis and Chris Wright did their best to drag their side past 200, and earn at least one batting bonus point, but both Parkinson and Davis went the same way, edging defensive pushes at Reece to Hosein.

Wright briefly lifted Leicestershire's spirits with a fine delivery that seamed away to take Billy Godleman's edge and give Azad a waist-high catch at first slip, but Reece and Madsen took full advantage of inconsistent bowling, a fast outfield and a short boundary to score at 5.25 runs per over in taking Derbyshire past 100 before the close.


Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire (Trent Bridge)

Stumps on Day One; Yorkshire 264 all out after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Nottinghamshire 13/1.

Jordan Thompson narrowly missed out on a maiden first-class hundred on the opening day of Yorkshire’s Bob Willis Trophy match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The 23-year old left-hander was dismissed for 98 as his side made 264 before being bowled out towards the end of the day. Notts reached stumps on 13 for the loss of Chris Nash.

Thompson faced 103 deliveries and hit 11 fours and four sixes as he helped the side recover from an uncertain start to gain two batting bonus points. Harry Brook added 62, sharing in a fifth wicket stand of 92 with Jonny Tattersall.

Nottinghamshire’s bowlers shared the wickets around, with Nash, bowling for the first time in more than two years, taking three for 20.

Jake Ball’s only wicket came in just the third over of the day, when he pinned Adam Lyth in his crease for only four, after the visitors had won the toss and chosen to bat.

The home side had made two changes to their starting eleven from the side beaten by Derbyshire last week and both newcomers made an impressive early impact.

Zak Chappell, signed from Leicestershire at the end of 2018, had failed to pick up a single wicket for Notts in any of the six matches he played last season, across the three domestic competitions.

His run of bad luck was soon behind him as he removed two recent England Test batsmen in quick succession. Jonny Bairstow, playing his first red ball match for Yorkshire in  ore than two years, took 18 deliveries to get off the mark and had only reached five when he cut the fast bowler into the hands of Samit Patel at point.

In his next over Chappell found the outside edge of Dawid Malan’s bat to have the left-hander caught behind for nine.

Off-spinner Matt Carter, recalled for a contest being played on the same strip as last week’s match, then had Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught at slip, having top-edged an attempted sweep whilst on 21.

Having taken lunch on 67 for four, the White Rose county accelerated out of the blocks at the start of the afternoon session. Each of Chappell’s first two overs leaked three boundaries, five of them coming from the bat of 21-year old Brook.

Runs continued to flow until midway through the session when Samit Patel joined Carter in the attack, to provide spin from both ends. 

In sweltering conditions Patel made the breakthrough, firing one through the defences of Tattersall to pin him leg before wicket for 31.

Brook reached his fifty from 88 deliveries, with nine fours and celebrated by launching Patel over the ropes in front of the pavilion.

Joined by Jordan Thompson, the pair moved the total along to 176, ahead of the final over before the tea break. Steven Mullaney, the Nottinghamshire captain, unexpectedly tossed the ball to Nash, who hadn’t sent down a single delivery in 2019.

His first ball turned sharply between bat and pad to bowl Brook for 62.

Thompson, playing his fourth first-class match, passed his 50 from 70 balls faced but then kicked on aggressively, despite losing partners at regular intervals.

Carter, two for 44, and Patel, who finished with two for 72, removed Duanne Olivier and Jack Shutt cheaply, leaving Yorkshire nine wickets down.

Thompson had been on 66 when 19-year old debutant Dominic Leech came out to join him as the last man. Two sixes off Patel and two more heaved high over midwicket off Ball took the all-rounder to 98.

Nash, whose only previous wickets for Notts had been in a pink ball match against Worcestershire in 2018, had gained a second wicket when Steve Patterson had edged to slip and a carbon copy dismissal ended the innings with Thompson tantalisingly two short of his milestone.

In the time that remained Yorkshire bustled around to get an extra over before the close and were rewarded when they picked up the wicket of Nash, playing on to Patterson for eight.

 
 
Central:

Gloucestershire v Warwickshire (Bristol)

Gloucestershire 191/8 v Warwickshire at the Bristol County Ground. 

 

Oliver Hannon-Dalby led a tireless Warwickshire bowling performance in strength-sapping conditions on the opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy match with Gloucestershire at Bristol. 

The tall seamer toiled away with precision in relentless heat to claim four for 24 from 20 overs as the home side were restricted to 191 for eight after being asked to bat first, Ben Charlesworth top-scoring with 51.  

Hannon-Dalby received excellent support from skipper Will Rhodes (three for 18) and the rest of the Warwickshire attack on a slow pitch that ensured hard work for batsmen and bowlers alike. 

Run-scoring was never easy and 19-year-old Charlesworth deserved plenty of credit for his 124-ball innings that featured 6 fours. 

He lost opening partner Chris Dent with the total on nine. The Gloucestershire captain got a thin edge through to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess off Hannon-Dalby, having made only two. 

Hannon-Dalby went on to complete a probing six-over opening spell from the Ashley Down Road End, which cost him only six runs and included four maidens. 

Tim Bresnan was equally accurate at the Pavilion End. But Charlesworth and Graeme van Buuren batted sensibly and gradually increased the tempo in a stand of 67, ended when van Buuren, on 33, edged former Gloucestershire team-mate Craig Miles to Ian Bell at third slip. 

It was 83 for two at lunch, with left-hander Charlesworth unbeaten on 39. He and George Hankins took the total to 102 before Rhodes introduced himself at the Pavilion End as the sixth bowler used. 

In his first over he had Charlesworth well caught low down by Sam Hain in the slips to end a hugely promising knock from the England Under-19 player, including some swashbuckling back-foot shots through the off-side. 

Rhodes’ breakthrough sparked a collapse as Hannon-Dalby quickly followed up with lbw verdicts against Hankins and Ryan Higgins. 

Suddenly the hosts were in serious trouble at 103 for five. Gareth Roderick and Jack Taylor were forced into watchful defence to stop the rot, the normally aggressive Taylor taking 32 balls to get off the mark. 

The pair took the score to 127 for five at tea, but the afternoon session had produced only 44 runs from 28 overs. 

Taylor, on 14, became Rhodes’ second victim when lbw pushing forward with the score on 155, and the Warwickshire skipper struck again five runs later when Roderick was brilliantly stumped down the leg side by Burgess, having contributed a solid 39 off 108 balls. 

Hannon-Dalby claimed his fourth wicket when George Scott, making his Gloucestershire debut following his move from Middlesex last autumn, fell leg-before having confidently moved to 17. 

Bresnan, who conceded 39 from 15 overs, and Miles, who went for 41 from 19 helped contain the Gloucestershire batsmen, while Henry Brookes recovered from a relatively expensive first spell to bowl his 17 overs for 52. 

It was an impressive effort from the Warwickshire seam bowling unit under cloudless skies, justifying Rhodes’ decision to field first. 

Tom Smith was unbeaten on 15 at stumps, having battled away for 59 balls. He and Josh Shaw will resume in the morning with nine runs needed for a batting point. 

 

Northamptonshire v Somerset (Northampton)

 

Cider - the real stuff made from apples not with chemicals and large marketing budgets - can do funny things to you. That it’s sold in such plentiful supply in Somerset and that their county cricketers are involved in so many mad-cap matches can be no coincidence. 

But it took more than flagon of farmhouse special to take in the opening day at Wantage Road where 21 wickets fell and Somerset wound up leading by 114.

Having won the toss on a searingly hot day, Somerset were 114 for 9, then rallied to 166 before Northants, steady at 46 for 1, collapsed to only 67. The visitors then closed then 15 for 1 in their second innings with Tom Lammonby out twice in the day.

In a way it was rather typical of Somerset whose previous few seasons have featured vulnerable batting but relentless bowling.

With few runs on the board, their response to Ben Curran’s six early boundaries was emphatic. It was led by Craig Overton, whose 11 overs claimed 4 for 12 with six maidens. Northants middle order simply could not score against any of the four-man attack nor resist a series of excellent deliveries.

Emilio Gay failed to leave Craig Overton in time and edged behind before Jack Brooks' direct hit from midwicket ran out Ricardo Vasconcelos and Curran felt at one from Josh Davey that held it’s line and was taken at third slip. 

Davey then sent one jagging back at Rob Keogh who was lbw offering no stroke and Brooks’ movement away from the righter hander pinned Charlie Thurston on the boot.

There was no let up. Bounce from first Craig then Jamie Overton had Adam Rossington and Gareth Berg caught behind the wicket and a Davey inswinger beat Procter’s inside edge to win another lbw. Davey finished with 3 for 23.

Until then, they day had begun to provide an answer to a burning question about Ben Sanderson. Only two bowlers have taken more County Championship wickets than Sanderson since 2016 but the men ahead of him have claimed the majority of theirs in Division One, leaving one wondering how Sanderson might fare against seemingly superior batsmen. He provided an early indication as he took 5 for 28.

Somerset might not present the most solid order in the country - only two sides in Division One earned fewer batting points last season and Glamorgan had them 149 for 8 in the first innings last week - but this is still a line up that almost won the Championship. Therefore Sanderson’s 13th first-class five-wicket haul takes on greater significance. 

He began with a nip-backer that took Lammonby’s off stump as he shouldered arms and removed another left-hander in the over before lunch as Steve Davies drove loosely to be bowled.

After the break, he called Rossington to stand up for James Hildreth. The plan worked within two balls as Hildreth feathered a length delivery. Craig Overton, having struck three boundaries, then nicked one that held its line to fourth slip and Jamie Overton looped a full ball to mid-off from a leading edge as he looked to work to leg.

Sanderson had fresh new ball partner in Brandon Glover. There are few for whom lockdown was a blessing but Glover is perhaps one of them. The enforced delay to his Northants debut allowed him extended recovery time from the ankle injury with which he arrived in the UK. Fully fit and with hunger to impress no doubt having grown, he enjoyed an excellent first outing for his new team, taking 2 fo 49.

It took Glover nine balls to strike but he had Eddie Byrom to thank for his maiden Northants wicket as the left-hander slashed at a wide length ball, feet cemented in his pre-delivery stance, and edged to Rossington. He second, nine balls later, was not exactly by design either as Tom Abell was strangled down the leg side. 

They were about to be embarrassed at 114 for 9 before Brooks, back at the club who made his career, three times carved boundaries over the slips in a merry 36. And by day’s end it was cheers all round for the West Countrymen with a commanding position.

Worcestershire v Glamorgan (Worcester)

At the Close: Worcestershire 309-3 off 91 overs

 

Jake Libby scored a hundred on his home debut for Worcestershire as he and fellow centurion Brett D’Oliveira dominated proceedings after an initial three wicket burst by Glamorgan paceman Michael Hogan in the Bob Willis Trophy encounter at Blackfinch New Road.

The pair came together at 70-3 shortly before lunch and Libby, signed during the close season from Nottinghamshire on a three-year contract, completed the sixth first class ton of his career from 205 balls with 11 boundaries.

He ended unbeaten on 142 from 261 deliveries with one six and 14 fours.

D’Oliveira went to his century from 183 balls with 14 fours and the stand was worth an unbroken 239 in 64 overs - a new record for Worcestershire’s fourth wicket in matches against Glamorgan.

He finished on 123 from 206 balls with one six and 15 boundaries as Worcestershire closed on 309-3 from 91 overs.

Libby followed on from his 77 in his first appearance for his new County in the eight-wicket success against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

He had indicated a willingness to open when he signed for Worcestershire and fill the berth alongside Daryl Mitchell which has often been problematic in recent years.

Libby was Nottinghamshire’s leading run-scorer in the County Championship in 2018 but a flux of signings restricted his red ball opportunities last summer at Trent Bridge and he ended his six year association.

Worcestershire are hoping the best years of the 27-year-old lie ahead in the same way as they have recruited Gareth Roderick for next season from Gloucestershire.

Libby had one slice of good fortune when dropped on 43 at second slip by Charlie Hemphrey off Timm van der Gugten but otherwise batted with great authority and received a standing ovation from his team-mates when he reached three figures.

D’Oliveira also played a sparkling knock which maintained his fine start to the truncated campaign after his unbeaten 91 versus Gloucestershire.

He had struck 14 fours before he reached his hundred with a square drive for two off Hogan which then resulted in four overthrows.

The 28-year-old was also grateful to Hemphrey for a spilled chance at slip when on 67 as he went to cut spinner Kieran Bull.

Hogan had been the star performer during the morning session when two spells produced combined figures of 9-3-15-3.

But he was unable to add to his tally during the afternoon or evening session to leave him still one short of 600 first class wickets in his career.

The 39-year-old had dismissed Daryl Mitchell and Tom Fell in his opening spell and returned to account for Jack Haynes shortly before lunch.

Worcestershire brought back Dillon Pennington for rested paceman Josh Tongue while Glamorgan recalled Tom Cullen and Timm van der Gugten at the expense of Marchant de Lange and the injured Ruaidhri Smith (hamstring injury).

Hogan dismissed Mitchell for a duck with the fourth delivery of the day after he flicked at a delivery down the legside and keeper Chris Cooke held onto a fine catch away to his left

New batsman Fell (1) had a left off when Cooke failed to hold onto a difficult chance from another testing Hogan delivery - but it did not prove to be a costly miss.

Fell on eight nicked another ball from Hogan and this time Cooke made no mistake with a sharp low catch. 

Libby and Jack Haynes attempted to rebuild the innings and experienced few alarms in adding 48 in 16 overs.

But then Hogan’s return accounted for Haynes (21) when the England Under-19 batsman went for an ambitious hook and holed out to Dan Douthwaite on the backward square leg boundary.

D’Oliveira and Libby batted with plenty of fluency after joining forces.

A straight drive for four off van Gugten completed a half century for Libby from 94 balls with seven boundaries.

D’Oliveira cut Douthwaite for four to bring up his half century from 78 balls and also the 100 partnership in the 34th over.

The fourth wicket pair both hit two boundaries apiece in successive overs from spinner Bull and accelerated in the final session as the milestones of a personal and team nature were clocked up.

 

South:

Essex v Surrey (Chelmsford)

Essex 253/7 after winning the toss and electing to bat

Feroze Khushi suggested Essex’s production line is in no danger of slowing down as the academy product celebrated his maiden first-class half-century on an even opening day against Surrey.

Batsman Khushi was one of 10 homegrown talents in the Essex’s Bob Willis Trophy side to face Surrey as he struck 66 on his second appearance for the county.

Adam Wheater, who along with Sam Cook was awarded his county cap before play, also reached fifty as Essex reached close on 253 for seven.

Surrey, who have seven Kia Oval-bred players in their XI, proved their youth was also prospering as debutant Gus Atkinson, James Taylor and Amar Virdi all claimed wickets.

Home skipper Tom Westley won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which seemed identical to the one which produced a two-wicket thriller against Kent last week.

That meant patient batting and accurate bowling was rewarded throughout the day.

Availability plagued Surrey had enjoyed the better of the morning session as two teenagers saw county champions Essex slump to 49 for three.

Surrey have 14 players currently unavailable which forced them to add Sussex’s Laurie Evans and Worcestershire bowler Adam Finch on loan for this match.

Quick Gus Atkinson was handed a debut, having been at the county since under 12 level, and it took his just five overs to make his mark on the first team.

Nick Browne seemed to expect the ball to angle across him but was cramped as he squeezed the ball to Mark Stoneman at extra cover.

James Taylor wasn’t offered a new contract at boyhood club Derbyshire last year, but their oversight has been to Surrey’s benefit.

The seamer didn’t take a wicket in the defeat to Middlesex but slashed down Essex’s top order in two successive deliveries.

Westley slashed outside off stump to nick behind to keeper Jamie Smith, the batsman distraught at his misjudgement.

Varun Chopra then jabbed a beauty to Scott Borthwick at second slip to leave Essex 49 for three.

Khushi joined his boyhood hero Sir Alastair Cook, who had provided a no-thrills backbone to the batting.

Cook reached 42, having added 49 with Khushi, but edged Virdi to first slip Rikki Clarke to a ball which turned nicely out the rough – Virdi’s third ball.

Khushi then took centre stage with patience mixed with a dabble of stroke-play – specifically picking up whenever Virdi found himself straying a tad short.

Khushi made his debut last week, where he scored a vital 45 in the chase of 202, including 86 with Cook.

The 21-year-old had been given a life when he was put down by Will Jacks at gully on 16, but strode to an 84-ball fifty with a flick off his hips.

But he saved the shots of the day until the next over when he twice whipped Taylor to the leg side boundary.

Khushi departed in a tame fashion which betrayed the rest of his innings, when he placed straight into Ryan Patel’s lap at midwicket off Virdi.

Paul Walter, who replaced the injured Ryan ten Doeschate in the side, had put on 67 with Khushi and continued his work with Wheater.

They added another 57 runs before Borthwick entered the attack and yorked the all-rounder with his third ball.

Wheater was unassuming in his run-scoring, especially with a relentlessly precise bowling attack, but reached his half-century in 94 balls.

The wicketkeeper has started the Bob Willis Trophy in fine form, following 37 and a match completing 26 not out.

He was dismissed attempting an extravagant cut off Clarke, which deflected to Evans at gully.

Simon Harmer, Essex’s only non-local, saw out the last seven overs of the day with Aaron Beard.



Kent v Sussex (Canterbury)

Stumps day one: Sussex, having won the toss, are 320/9 v Kent at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Kent’s Harry Podmore and Marcus O’Riordan took three wickets apiece while Sussex captain Ben Brown top-scored with an unbeaten 90 as honours finished even on the opening day of this Bob Willis Trophy south group clash at a sultry Canterbury.

O’Riordan, the 22-year-old off-spinner making only his third first-class appearance, took career-best figures of three for 50 and former Middlesex seamer Podmore bagged three for 74 while Brown stood firm for over four hours to see Sussex in at stumps on 320/9.

The visitors lost three wickets in the opening session all due to batting errors. After hitting four boundaries in a run-a-ball cameo worth 19, Phil Salt feathered a tentative prod outside off to the keeper from a Stevens leg-cutter to make it 27/1.

Second-wicket partners Harry Finch and Tom Haines added 50 from 80 balls before Kent debutant Tim Groenewald, bowling around the wicket, had left-handed Haines caught off an edged drive by Jordan Cox at slip for an attractive 21.

Then, on the cusp of lunch, Finch fell for 37, caught at slip when aiming to slog-sweep off-spinner Marcus O’Riordan.  

Resuming after tea on 93/3, Sussex ploughed on through Ben Brown and Tom Clark who added 83 in almost 22 overs to take Sussex to their first batting bonus point. Clark contributed a 77-ball half-century with eight boundaries but the left-hander tossed away his wicket for 65 when dancing down the pitch to O’Riordan only to chip a simple catch to mid-on.

Sporting his new-look bleached grey hairstyle, Podmore, the former Middlesex seamer, then found the inside edge of Delray Rawlins’ bat with a booming in-swinger that flew to the keeper, and Robinson claimed his third catch of the day when Garton, on four and in the tea over, followed a Podmore leg-cutter to give Kent their second bowling bonus point.

Though conditions for cricket were ideal, the eery lack of crowd noise made for a strange start to Kent's opening first-class home fixture for 2020.

While Sussex changed in the Leslie Ames Stand hospitality boxes on the Nackington Road side of the ground, Kent used both dressing rooms on the pavilion side with a seven-player restriction per dressing room. As well as taking standard drinks intervals the players, who are unable to shower come each day’s end, also took short hand sanitisation breaks every 20 minutes.

In the final session Brown, the Sussex skipper, notched his side’s second half-century of the day from 101 balls and with six fours. Yet Podmore continued his good work by having Jack Carson held at second slip on the drive after the right-hander edged a floating away swinger.

O’Riordan mopped up his third wicket of the day when Henry Crocombe walked across his stumps working to leg to fall lbw then Stuart Meaker risked a second to deep cover only to be run out by Hamidullah Qadri’s throw from the ropes.   


Middlesex v Hampshire (Radlett)

Middlesex 252 all out

Hampshire 27-2

 

Ryan Stevenson and Martin Andersson recorded career bests for their respective sides as Middlesex and Hampshire fought out an absorbing first day of their Bob Willis Trophy encounter at Radlett.

Devon-born seamer Stevenson, recalled for only his sixth first-class game, took 4-71, doubling his first-class wicket tally in the process, but Andersson, a man with just eight first-class matches behind him hit 92 to take the hosts to 252 all out.

Liam Dawson (2-39), Keith Barker (2-44) and James Fuller (2-54) were also among the wickets, seemingly justifying Sam Northeast’s decision to bowl first, but James Harris took two wickets to leave the visitors 27-2 in reply after a seesaw day of action.

Northeast’s decision to field raised eyebrows given their hosts opted for two spinners on a pitch expected to turn late in the match.

However, in humid conditions and thanks to some early seam movement, it didn’t take the visitors’ attack long to reward their captain’s faith.

In just the third over Keith Barker (2-44) bowled Sam Robson for a duck with a beauty which clipped the top of off-stump.

Nick Gubbins, fresh from his hundred in the win over Surrey also didn’t stay long. The left-hander got away with one top edge hook over the slips, only to play the shot again in the same over and hole out to Felix Organ at fine leg, so giving Fuller a wicket against his former county.

And when the Stevenson got in on the act for the first time, trapping home skipper Stevie Eskinazi for 18, Middlesex were struggling at 41-3.

That was Andersson’s cue to enter the fray and he played positively from the off, steadying the ship in the company of opener Max Holden either side of the lunch interval.

Holden was dropped at slip by Ian Holland off the luckless Barker early in the afternoon, but the drop wasn’t costly as the same combination accounted for the left-hander for 36 shortly afterwards – a wonderful catch taken just millimetres from the turf to end a stand of 44.

Andersson was given his one life on 23 when Dawson spilt a difficult chance at slip and he went on to make the most of his reprieve, reaching 50 from 71 balls with eight fours.

He found a staunch ally in wicketkeeper John Simpson, who after a sticky start hit Barker for three successive fours.

Dawson dropped Simpson on 26, but like Holland earlier atoned soon afterwards to give Stevenson a second wicket and end a stand of 93 for the fifth wicket.

Dawson, back from England ODI duty then struck with the ball having James Harris taken at slip off the last ball before tea.

Six more boundaries took Anderson past his previous best of 83 against Lancashire at Old Trafford last September and to within touching distance of a maiden first-class hundred, but he came up eight short when Fuller trapped him LBW.

Tom Helm and Nathan Sowter added useful runs for the eighth wicket before Stevenson returned to dismiss the latter and Thilan Walallawita off successive balls to cap his excellent day.

Helm (31) ensured a second batting point by striking Dawson for a towering straight six, but Dawson had him caught and bowled later in the same over.

With 14 overs left to bat, Hampshire looked set to get to the close unscathed before Harris found the edge of Organ’s bat and Sowter took a sharp catch at second slip.

Barker was sent in as night-watchman, but that plan backfired when Harris struck a second time with one that splayed the stumps, leaving the match intriguingly poised ahead of day two.

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