County Championship Div 1 - Hampshire and Nottinghamshire both win
Hampshire CCC and Nottinghamshire CCC both won their opening Spec Savers County Championship matches, whilst Yorkshire’s match against Essex was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Hampshire 290 all out & 244 all out
Worcestershire 211 all out & 127 all out
Hampshire won by 196 runs
Hampshire won their opening match against Worcestershire by 196 runs at the Aegus Bowl., mainly due to some better batting by the Hants batsmen – James Vince (75) and Berg(75*) in the 1st Innings and Abbott (51) in the second innings. Worcestershire’s Cox (65) in the first innings and Head (45*) in the second were the only notable scores. The bowling honours for Hants went to Abbott who took seven wickets in the match and Worcestershire’s Leach who also took seven wickets in the match.
Lancashire 158 all out & 73 all out
Nottinghamshire 222 all out & 10-4
Nottinghamshire won by 6 wickets
Nottinghamshire beat Lancashire by six wickets due to some fine bowling by Jake Ball and Harry Gurney, who had match figures of 9-57 and 8-43 respectively. In a low scoring match, in early season conditions, it was the bowlers that shone and if Nottinghamshire had needed more that 10 to win in the second innings, they may well have struggled to get them!!
Jake Ball’s match figures of 9-57 were career best first class match bowling figures for him.
Yorkshire v Essex
Yorkshire’s match against Essex Emerald Headingley, Leeds was abandoned without a ball being bowled
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