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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 1 Day 2 : April 8th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 1 Day 2: April 8th

Friday April 8th 


Division One


Essex vs Kent, The Cloud Country Ground

Matt Critchley marked his Essex debut with a century that went up through the gears and heaped more misery on a Kent side kept in the field for five sessions at Chelmsford.

The close-season signing from Derbyshire was finally last man out for 132 as Essex built on the first-wicket platform of 220 established between first-day centurions Sir Alastair Cook and Nick Browne to plunder 514 from an ailing Kent attack.

Critchley was finally beaten by an off-break from 21-year-old rookie Tawanda Muyeye after an innings of sublime timing that went off at a careful rate of one run every other ball to hitting nearly a run a ball by the time it ended four and a half hours later. In the process he shared stands of 94 with Adam Wheater and 65 with another debutant Adam Rossington.

Kent’s top order was shorn of the likes of Zak Crawley, Jack Leaning, Sam Billings and George Linde for various reasons, but Nick Compton eked out a patient 47 in negotiating 33 overs in the evening and reducing Essex’s lead by 122 runs for the loss of Daniel Bell-Drummond.

Conditions were in marked contrast to day one. Gone was the strong wind to be replaced with comparative gentleness; gone, too, was the benign wicket to be replaced in the morning session by one on which some spite and zip was suddenly found by Jackson Bird and Matt Milnes.

Tom Westley discovered the veracity of that when he attempted to fend off one from Bird that rose from a length but ended up in the wicketkeeper’s gloves.

Critchley and Rossington grabbed the opportunity to ease themselves in to life at their new home during an eye-catching sixth-wicket partnership. Rossington, who only signed on loan from Northants at the start of the week, married aggression with some majestic strokes as the wicket calmed down again: a lovely cover drive for four off Matt Quinn was followed by effortless straight drives to the boundary from successive deliveries.

Having reached 41 off 52 balls, however, Rossington fell to the wily old head of Darren Stevens who sent down a delivery that jagged past the outside edge and caressed the off-stump.

Critchley had played the anchor role but was no less flamboyant than Rossington when the chance arose: there was an elegant a back-foot four off Nathan Gilchrist and a well-executed pull to the boundary that took him to fifty.

Critchley, now taking over as the dominant batsmen, accelerated after lunch and reached the fifth century of his career with a straight-driven four off Quinn. Once three-figures had been reached, Critchley celebrated with maximums over Muyeye’s head and a pull over square leg off Gilchrist before becoming the maiden first-class wicket for Muyeye on the stroke of tea.

Wheater had taken a while to get into his stride, contributing just 10 to the first 50 runs of the seventh-wicket partnership. But once settled he bludgeoned the ball to various corners of the ground before chopping on to Quinn.

Bird, who claimed the three wickets at the top of the Essex order, was the pick of a bruised Kent attack, while Gilchrist picked up three less auspicious scalps, adding Shane Snater and Mark Steketee towards the end of Essex’s innings.

Compton, another of those making their debut, led the Kent response but lost fellow opener Bell-Drummond lbw to Sam Cook in the eighth over. However, he found a willing partner in Muyeye and the pair took advantage of anything loose to eat into Essex’s daunting total.

 

 


Hampshire vs Somerset, Ageas Bowl

Joe Weatherley masterfully scored his highest LV= Insurance County Championship score as Hampshire racked up a massive first-innings lead on Somerset.

Opening batter Weatherley had only previously scored one first-class century, a 126 not out against Lancashire in 2018, but waltzed to a brilliant 168.

Ian Holland and the typically stylish James Vince notched half-centuries as Hampshire rode to 428 and into a first-innings advantage of 248 runs.

Ben Green, after taking three for 31, and Tom Lammonby weathered six overs under the lights to end the day 15 without loss.

During one of the many rain delays during a soggy Bob Willis Trophy meeting with Essex in 2020, Weatherley approached Sir Alastair Cook for some advice. The biggest takeaway from a wide-ranging discussion about the mental, physical, tactical and technical aspects of opening the batting was Cook’s advice of: “making big scores when he gets in”.

Last season only mustered a disappointing 406 red ball runs, with a top score of 78, as ‘getting in’ proved difficult. However, his one-day skills increased exponentially, ending up the sixth-highest scorer in the Vitality Blast – which earned him a Hundred contract with Southern Brave earlier this week.

Where in the previous winter those white ball abilities were at the forefront of his training, this off-season he sought to rebalance his attention. A lean pre-season saw more focus on his position in the team, with worries that he might be the weak link in Hampshire’s push for a first Championship since 1973.

But the winter work with coaches Tony Middleton, Jimmy Adams and Graeme Welch appeared to pay dividends on a helpful pitch. Weatherley concentrated on a more side-on and compact stance, which when coupled with his stillness, has helped improve his alignment and allowed him to play the ball later. The white-ball advancement has also aided him to avoid blocking himself into a shell.

The highly-popular Weatherley brought up his 179-ball century with a drive through mid-wicket. He needed a moment to compose himself before raising his bat to a packed home balcony and receiving a long hug from Nick Gubbins.

Opening partner Ian Holland was equally confident in his 81, as the duo wiped out exactly Somerset’s first-innings score of 180 in domineering style. The USA-born Australian departed when turning to leg slip, but not before celebrating Hampshire’s highest first-wicket stand since 2016.

Somerset’s inexperienced attack rued most of the day but found a purple patch on either side of the second new ball. Gubbins feathered behind for an aesthetically pleasing 37, Weatherley was bowled shouldering his arms and Liam Dawson cut to cover – the latter two wickets handing Peter Siddle and Ned Leonard their maiden scalps for Somerset.

James Vince began his season with a dismissive backfoot drive to the cover boundary as he totted up runs at a rapid rate – his half-century coming in 64 deliveries – as Hampshire’s score kept rising.

The captain was lbw for 56 and James Fuller was caught behind, before Green belatedly entered the attack to claim a career-best three late wickets – Ben Brown jabbed him to midwicket, Felix Organ was knocked over and Kyle Abbott lost his off stump.

A run out ended the Hampshire innings before Abbott and Keith Barker gave Green and Tom Lammonby a working over in a tricky end of day spell.

Warwickshire vs Surrey, Edgbaston

Ben Foakes underlined his intention to nail down the England wicketkeeper's spot long-term with a high-class century for Surrey against Warwickshire on the second day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston. 

Foakes struck a composed unbeaten 132 (263 balls, 18 fours, one six) to provide the backbone as Surrey kept the champions in the field for almost two days on the way to an imposing 428 for eight declared. 

It was not a flawless knock, he was dropped in the slips on 37 and 54, but those were rare aberrations in over six hours of impressive concentration and resolve from the 29-year-old. 

With support from Ollie Pope (58, 85 balls) and Jordan Clark (50, 91 balls), Foakes lifted Surrey to a total with which they will aim to put their hosts under serious pressure. In 12 overs before the close, Warwickshire faltered to 16 for two in reply, having lost Dom Sibley for a first-baller and skipper Will Rhodes.  

After resuming on the second morning on 168 for three, Surrey were made to work hard for runs in a morning session which yielded 72 runs from 35.1 overs. Pope posted a 76-ball half-century but was increasingly shackled by Olly Hannon-Dalby and then bowled by the Yorkshireman. 

Foakes and Jamie Smith ground out a stand of 25 in 15 overs before the latter edged Danny Briggs to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess. When Hannon-Dalby trapped Will Jacks lbw, at 255 for six, Surrey needed impetus and Foakes and Clark supplied it with a stand of 86 in 28 overs.  

Hannon-Dalby (four for 78) and Briggs (three for 84) maintained pressure on the batsmen but the other bowlers were less accurate. Hannon-Dalby and Briggs harvested a combined seven for 162 while the other bowlers took one for 260. 

Clark ladled Rob Yates to short fine leg and Kemar Roach bat-padded Briggs to short leg but, at 350 for eight, Foakes found another useful partner in James Taylor. They added an unbroken 78 in 21 overs before the declaration left Warwickshire an awkward 12-over session in deteriorating light. 

Surrey struck an immediate blow when Sibley, having shown excellent form in pre-season, copped a first-baller. Reece Topley's first delivery was wide and swinging outside off stump and the opener was lured into a drive which he dragged onto his wicket. Rhodes then fell to Roach, strangled down the leg side as Foakes completed his fine day with a smart catch.  

Northamptonshire vs Gloucestershire, The County Ground, Northampton

 

Rob Keogh and Gareth Berg rescued Northamptonshire with a century stand for the eighth wicket to give their side the edge against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road.

The pair came together with Northants stumbling towards a sizeable first-innings deficit after James Bracey’s hundred had engineered the visitors’ recovery to 223 all out.

Wicketkeeper Bracey showcased his all-round skills with five dismissals as Gloucestershire reduced their fellow LV= Insurance County Championship Division One newcomers to 129 for seven in reply.

But Keogh, who compiled his 12th first-class ton before falling for 113, shared a partnership of 137 with Berg (66) to guide Northamptonshire to 288 – and there was still time to make inroads second time around, with the West Country side closing on 5 for one, a deficit of 60.

Resuming on 77 not out overnight, Bracey found a capable ally in Naseem Shah – the Pakistan international frustrating Northamptonshire’s bowlers while his partner steered the total towards 200.

Successive cover boundaries off Ben Sanderson brought Bracey his century and he followed that up with a savage six over long-off, prompting Naseem (19) to start cutting loose at the other end.

A series of productive blows against Keogh extended the ninth-wicket partnership to 80 before the spinner finally got his man, Emilio Gay judging a skier perfectly to take the diving catch at mid-off.

Bracey holed out to Nathan Buck in the next over – but he was soon back in the thick of the action, donning the gloves to take a thin edge from Ricardo Vasconcelos in the third over of Northamptonshire’s reply.

That was the first of a trio of early wickets for Ryan Higgins (4-68), who then collected two in three balls as Ben Curran and Saif Zaib fell to slip catches to leave the home side wobbling at 24 for three.

Gay (18) appeared to have weathered the storm, only to depart on the stroke of lunch and, despite losing a further three wickets in the afternoon, Northamptonshire rattled along at a lively four an over.

Bracey accounted for all three, two of them sharp low catches to dismiss Lewis McManus (15) and Tom Taylor (0), but Berg was reprieved when Higgins’ no-ball nullified his mistimed pull into midwicket’s hands.

The veteran all-rounder took full advantage with some bold strokeplay, turning the tide as he and Keogh got on top of the bowling and shepherded their side beyond Gloucestershire’s total.

Keogh went to three figures with an all-run four off Higgins and – although a misjudged sweep off Zafar Gohar eventually accounted for Berg – he advanced to 113 before Ben Charlesworth had him caught in the slips.

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Division Two


Glamorgan vs Durham, Sophia Gardens

Another afternoon filled with poor weather meant that just 26.5 overs were bowled on day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Durham in Cardiff.

The morning session saw Glamorgan bowled out for 234 as six wickets fell for 41 runs with the dismissals shared around by the Durham seamers.

There was time for one over of the Durham first innings before the lunch break but that was where the play finished for the day, with the visitors on 5 without loss, 229 runs behind on first innings.

Chris Cooke and Colin Ingram were looking well set in the opening exchanges. Both batters started off with real attacking intent with Ingram particularly good when driving down the ground. It came as something of a surprise when Ingram edged one to first slip on 87 but it was the start of a Glamorgan collapse that saw them go from 188 for four to 229 all out.

Callum Taylor managed to get two balls away to the boundary for four on his way to 11 before he was trapped lbw by Matty Potts. Two balls later Potts repeated the trick to dismiss James Weighell with a fantastic yorker that trapped him plumb in front to leave Glamorgan 214 for seven.

Cooke played well despite wickets falling around him, making 59 from 120 balls. He was the ninth wicket to fall when he upper cut the ball down to third man off the bowling of Paul Coughlan with Liam Trevaskis taking a very good catch diving forward with the ball just inches off the ground.

The Durham openers saw out the one over before the lunch break but during the interval the there was a return of the heavy hail and rain storms that ruined the second half of day one.

With the groundstaff using the bucket of a tractor to scoop ice off the field before even more rain fell, there was no chance of further play.

MATTY POTTS, DURHAM BOWLER

It is very bizarre conditions, obviously we hate losing time in the game. I think we are in a very strong position. We capitalised on an early wicket this morning of Colin Ingram who batted beautifully yesterday. So that was the key part, and when we had a smell of blood we just tried to go through the door.

It was all completed pretty quickly. We just stuck to the process and didn’t get distracted by the fact that the wickets were falling. I think that was key in the way that it went as a bowling unit. There has been a big boundary count with one short side and a quick outfield that races across the square. But I think as a bowling unit we came back brilliantly this morning.

COLIN INGRAM, GLAMORGAN BATTER

It was nice to back, it was nice to have an opportunity. I think a lot of people always feel that I just want to play white ball. But I always wanted to be back and it is nice to have the opportunity and I felt semi-decent as well.

I have really enjoyed the preparation. To some degree red ball cricket gives you a great base to play attacking white ball. So, I have used the pre-season period and it has been nice to be out here with the group and used that quite well and feel in relatively good nick.


Leicestershire vs Worcestershire, Uptonsteel County Ground

An unbeaten century by Brett D’Oliveira in his first match as club captain put Worcestershire in a strong position after two days of their opening LV= County Championship match against Leicestershire.

The 30-year-old all-rounder, handed the job after Joe Leach stepped down at the end of last season, compiled a fine, measured innings to finish on 118 not out as the visitors to the Uptonsteel County Ground posted a first-innings total of 348.

At the close, Leicestershire were 42 for three in reply, having been six for three after Leach and Charlie Morris took early wickets with the new ball.

D’Oliveira had survived a difficult chance at third slip on three on the first evening but otherwise played superbly, backed up by half-centuries from Leach (70) and Ed Barnard (57). His innings spanned almost six hours.

He is the first member of a distinguished cricketing dynasty to be officially appointed captain, an honour bestowed on neither his grandfather, the celebrated England batsman and first-team coach Basil, nor his late father, the all-rounder and former academy director Damian.

He led the side when Leach was injured during the 2018 season and was skipper in place of Moeen Ali when Worcestershire Rapids won the Vitality Blast the same season and finished as runners-up the following year.

But he described being given the role in his own name as the fulfilment of a boyhood dream and looked to the heavens in an emotional celebration on reaching his hundred, the ninth of his career in first-class matches.

It came after he had punished a short, wide ball from the South African pace bowler Beuran Hendricks with the 14th of his 16 fours, having also lofted a six off left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson.

After Worcestershire resumed at 118 for four following a rain-disrupted opening day, D’Oliveira played the anchor role in a stand of 94 with Barnard, who struck nine fours in a 65-ball half-century before falling leg before to Ed Barnes, who followed up quickly by having Ben Cox caught behind.

At 155 for six, Worcestershire’s innings looked vulnerable, but Leach found the offside boundary off his third ball and the alliance of captain and former captain prospered for 31 overs either side of lunch, adding 127.

Leach passed fifty with his ninth boundary off 71 balls but when he tried to sweep Ackermann to the long boundary on the Milligan Road side he miscued his stroke and Barnes, at deep square leg, ran forward to take the catch.

Barnes had Josh Baker leg before to join Wright in taking three wickets in the innings before Ben Mike wrapped up by bowling Morris middle stump and having Dillon Pennington caught behind.

Leicestershire made a calamitous start to their reply, left rocking at six for three with Sam Evans bowled by Leach not offering a stroke and both George Rhodes and Hassan Azad falling to spectacular catches.

Wicketkeeper Cox completed the first, one-handed diving to his right, on the rebound, after Barnard had failed to hold an edge by Rhodes off Morris to third slip, and Baker the second, a low grab to his left at fourth slip, as Azad edged Leach.

Lewis Hill survived a chance to second slip off Morris on 15 before rain ended an extended day 20.4 overs early.

Middlesex vs Derbyshire, Lord’s

Day two of the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Middlesex and Derbyshire confirmed there are in fact three certainties in life – death, taxes and Tim Murtagh taking wickets from the Nursery End at Lord’s.

At 3:36pm on an increasingly sunny spring afternoon the Seaxes’ acting skipper thudded a ball into Billy Godleman’s off-stump via an inside-edge to claim the 900th first-class wicket of his career some 7961 days after snaring his first in the year 2000 when current teammate Josh De Caires wasn’t even a twinkle in the eye of his father and former England captain Michael Atherton.

Murtagh’s historic achievement though shouldn’t overshadow Shan Masood’s 91 for Derbyshire, comfortably the highest-ever score by a debutant for the county against Middlesex at Lord’s. His 220-minute vigil allowed the visitors to reply with 177-4 after bowling out the hosts for 401 on the stroke of lunch, Alex Thomson returning 4-103 his best figures in County Championship cricket.

Middlesex resumed on 307-4 with eyes on a fourth batting point ahead of the 110-over cut-off. What looked straightforward became a fraught chase as first Jack Davies lost his off-stump to Anuj Dal before Thomson struck twice in three balls in the 110th over to see off John Simpson and Toby Roland-Jones.

The precious point was only secured when Robbie White sent the final ball of the over to the mid-wicket fence. He perished soon afterwards for 65 and it needed a few meaty blows from Tom Helm in an unbeaten 30 to lift Middlesex beyond 400 in the first innings at Lords for the first time since September 2018.

Post-lunch all eyes were on Murtagh and that pending 900th victim. We though Masood was that man when a typical in-swinger rapped him on the pad, but the umpire remained unmoved to keep celebrations on ice.

Godleman, formerly of this parish, posted a landmark of 1000 runs at Lord’s when he reached eight, but the former teammate of Murtagh in the late noughties would later play the role of walk-on part in the veteran seamer’s historic moment.

Meanwhile, Masood forged on. The Pakistan Test opener was born in Kuwait, but raised in Lincolnshire and has graduated from both Durham and Loughborough Universities. Perhaps that explains why he felt so at home inside the Grace gates.

A sumptuous square drive took him passed 50 and at 58 he surpassed the previous highest score made by a Derbyshire debutant at Lord’s, Chesney Hughes’ 57 back in 2010.

He survived a testing spell from Tom Helm after tea and looked poised for a century when Murtagh, in search of a breakthrough, threw the ball to spinner De Caires, who lured him down the track with one he held back, and Simpson whipped off the bails to send him packing for 91. It marked the youngster's debut wicket in first-class cricket.

Wayne Madsen survived one huge shout for lbw only to be pinned in front by Ethan Bamber late on to leave the hosts in the ascendancy ahead of day three.

Report by Jon Batham ECB Reporters' Network

 



Sussex Nottinghamshire, The 1st Central County Ground

Steven Finn rolled back the years on his Sussex debut, picking up three wickets including England hopeful Haseeb Hameed for five, to leave their match against Nottinghamshire nicely poised.

In only his sixth LV County Championship match since June 2019, the former England seamer removed Hameed and Joe Clarke in a superb new-ball spell of two for 19 from seven overs as Nottinghamshire slumped to 52 for four replying to Sussex’ 375, which included a maiden hundred by Tom Clark.

Finn returned after tea to end a fifth wicket stand of 108 between Lyndon James (63) and Steven Mullaney, but Mullaney was 79 not out at stumps with Nottinghamshire 214 for five, trailing by 161.  

Four days after his 33rd birthday Finn, who only played two four-day games last season and none at all in 2020, showed he’s still got a lot to offer with a red ball in his hand.

Hameed is desperate for early-season runs after a disappointing Ashes series but had faced just 14 balls when Finn found some extra bounce a seam movement to defeat his tentative prod. He then dragged Clarke forward and found the edge.

It was Finn’s new-ball partner Henry Crocombe who had made the breakthrough with his second ball, which Ben Slater dragged on to his off stump.

Nottinghamshire were in trouble when Ben Duckett, whose 31 included a pulled six off Crocombe, drove loosely at Jamie Atkins and Tom Alsop clung on to a stinging low catch at slip.

But all-rounder James and his captain counter-attacked either side of tea with James hitting nine crisp fours while Mullaney twice cleared the short leg-side boundary. James was on 63 when he top-edged a pull and wicketkeeper Oli Carter ran 25 yards to get under a steepling catch and give Finn his third wicket.

Sussex’s hopes of a sizeable first-innings lead could depend on removing Mullaney early on day three. He has added an unbeaten 54 with Tom Moores for the sixth wicket.

Earlier, Clark was dismissed two balls after reaching his hundred before Sussex were bowled out on the stroke of lunch.

It was an outstanding effort by the 20-year-old left-hander, who demonstrated solid judgement outside his off stump as he defied an accurate attack for 14 minutes shy of four hours.

Although it was still bitingly cold, the wind had eased, and bowling was much easier for the seamers than it had been on the first day. In the first hour Clark and Archie Lenham made steady progress to add 31 runs having resumed on 302 for six.

Clark reached his hundred with a quick single into the offside off left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White before acknowledging a standing ovation from the home crowd. However, he played onto James’ medium pace in the next over, a tame end to a fine innings.

Finn missed a sweep while Lenham played nicely for his 24 and it took a superb diving catch on the long leg boundary by Slater to remove him and give the persevering Luke Fletcher a deserved wicket.

Patterson-White had the second five-wicket haul of his career when he pinned Crocombe and finished with five for 84 from 45.1 overs.



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