LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 10 Day 1: Tuesday July 19th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 10 Day 1: Tuesday July 19th
Felix Organ defied blistering heat and all that Gloucestershire's bowlers could throw at him to compile a notable unbeaten half century and put LV=County Championship title contenders Hampshire in credit on the opening day of the 150th Cheltenham Festival.
To the utter relief of his bowlers, Hampshire captain James Vince won the toss and, unsurprisingly, elected to bat on a day when the mercury touched 38 degrees at the famous old college ground. Organ ensured it was a grueling spell in the field for bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire, ushering the visitors to 203-2 at the close on a day when play was restricted to 72 overs by an ECB directive intended to protect players and spectators alike from a heatwave of unprecedented proportions.
Applying himself diligently, Organ maintained concentration throughout to post 93 not out and dominate stands of 117 and 55 with Ian Holland and Nick Gubbins for the first and second wickets respectively.
Chasing a first win of the season in red-ball cricket, Gloucestershire stuck to their task manfully in energy-sapping conditions, Zak Chappell and Ollie Price claiming the only wickets to fall and Zafar Gohar sending down 17 overs as Hampshire were restricted to 2.88 runs an over. Further resistance will be required over the course of the next three days if Gloucestershire are to remain in the hunt on a pitch that is already offering assistance to spin.
Just 15 points behind Division One leaders Surrey and intent on closing the gap, Hampshire set their sights on laying solid first-innings foundations, compiling steadily and taking few risks in pursuit of a position of strength from which to launch on day two.
Accordingly, Holland and Organ demonstrated admirable patience and discipline to see off naggingly accurate new ball spells from Tom Price and Ryan Higgins. Change bowlers Chappell and Josh Shaw posed rather more questions, passing the bat on a number of occasions, but with additional pace and bounce came more runs. Organ quickly discovered fluency, twice driving Chappell through the covers and then cutting the same bowler to the fence as Hampshire achieved lift-off.
The opening partnership reached 50 in 15 overs and the visitors reached lunch on 79 without loss, Organ raising a 71-ball half century with his ninth four shortly after the resumption. Organ and Holland raised 100 in 35.4 overs, but the latter fell two short of his 50, playing down the wrong line and being pinned lbw by Chappell, having faced 131 deliveries.
Thereafter, Gloucestershire's bowlers turned the screw, restricting Hampshire to just three scoring shots in 7.3 overs up until tea. Effectively becalmed, Organ mustered a mere nine runs in a session that yielded a miserly 44 runs in 24 overs.
Gubbins and Organ resumed normal service in the final session, combining sound placement with quick running to set the scoreboard moving again, only for persistent Gloucestershire to once again apply the brakes. Having chiseled 35 from 63 balls, Gubbins played a tired drive and edged behind, where James Bracey held on after initially securing the ball between his thighs to give delighted off spinner Ollie Price his maiden first-class wicket.
Unperturbed, Organ continued to inch his way towards three figures, summoning a sumptuous off-drive at the expense of Higgins to bring up Hampshire's 200 shortly before the close. He has already faced 208 balls and accrued 16 fours, and his diligence will surely be rewarded when play resumes in the morning.
For his part, Gloucestershire captain Graeme van Buuren was careful to look after his bowlers, rotating the eight used on a regular basis to help conserve energy for when conditions return to something more akin to normal. Even so, Gloucestershire's hard-pressed players were relieved to head back to the dressing room when time was finally called on this longest of short days.
Rob Keogh and Luke McManus both scored half-centuries to put the heat back on Lancashire’s bowlers after the visitors threatened to run through Northamptonshire’s batting on day one of this LV= County Championship match at Wantage Road.
Some tight and disciplined bowling from Lancahire’s attack had reduced Northamptonshire to 124 for five in temperatures approaching 40 degrees, Will Williams picking up two scalps.
But Keogh led the counter attack, striking six boundaries as he passed 5,000 career runs in first class cricket. He found a willing partner in McManus and the pair shared a 77-run partnership in 18 overs to take Northamptonshire past 200.
However Lancashire made further inroads before the close with Indian international Washington Sundar claiming four wickets for 69. He removed Keogh thanks to a stunning one-handed slip catch from Luke Wells, while Tom Taylor was trapped lbw attempting a reverse sweep.
McManus reached his fourth half-century of the season shortly before the close as.Northamptonshire finished on 218 for seven.
Earlier on a day reduced to 72 overs because of the extreme heat, Northamptonshire’s top order failed to capitalise after winning the toss and deciding to bat, despite most batters getting good starts.
New red ball captain Will Young saw off the new ball but fell cheaply for two to Sundar's second delivery when the batter edged behind off an attempted cut shot.
Ricardo Vasconcelos, who stood down as captain ahead of this game, survived a scare in the first over when he edged behind, but was soon into his work, driving down the ground for four and playing through extra cover for another boundary.
He had moved onto 23 when he survived a strong appeal when Luke Wood got one to nip back. The left-arm pacer got his man in his next over though when Vasconcelos flashed loosely outside off stump and steered the ball straight to second slip. It was a testing, fiery spell either side of lunch from Wood who troubled the batters by pitching the ball up, mixed in with some well-directed short deliveries.
Emilio Gay, fresh from a century at Canterbury last week, made the most of the fast outfield with five boundaries before lunch. He also stepped down the pitch to dispatch Sundar high into the Lynn Wilson Stand.
Northamptonshire went into lunch on 63 for two but scoring slowed considerably after the interval in the face of some disciplined Lancashire bowling which soon reaped rewards when Procter was adjudged lbw to Williams for 19, struck on the pads attempting to work a ball to leg.
Williams picked up a second wicket when Gay (35), who had become becalmed, adding just three runs in an hour’s play after lunch, drove loosely and Rob Jones took a sharp catch at second slip.
Keogh played positively from the outset. He got off the mark with a well-timed clip off his toes for four and although he played and missed consecutive balls from Williams, he was severe on the slow bowlers. He played a perfectly timed backfoot punch for four off Sundar and then smashed two deliveries from Matt Parkinson through extra cover.
He combined with Ryan Rickleton in a stand of 43 but the South African international fell on the stroke of tea for 22 when Sundar rapped him on the pads as he played back in his crease.
McManus was equally aggressive against Parkinson, sweeping him for four and smashing him down the ground for two further boundaries.
Lancashire turned back to seam but Keogh and McManus kept the scoreboard ticking over, taking the ones and twos on offer and reaching the ropes whenever the bowlers strayed in line or length.
Lancashire turned back to the off-spin of Sundar who duly made the breakthrough to leave Lancashire on top. McManus who struck Luke Wells down the ground for six in the closing overs will be key if Northamptonshire are to try to push on towards 300 in the morning.
Tom Abell’s third LV= Insurance County Championship century of the season led Somerset to 262 for five on the opening day of the match with Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
The skipper ended the day unbeaten on 114, having faced 217 balls and hit 14 fours and 2 sixes. Other important contributions came from Matt Renshaw (43) and George Bartlett (46).
Matthew Waite was the pick of the Yorkshire seamers, with two for 35 from 16 overs, while former Somerset off-spinner Dom Bess took two for 29 from 18.
It was decided before the start not to employ the suggested 4.30pm finish on day one because of the forecast extreme heat and to stick to the normal hours of play.
In the event, much of the morning session was played under cloudy skies and during the lunch interval it started raining.
Somerset had progressed to 25 in the seventh over when Tom Lammonby, on four, edged a drive off Jordan Thompson to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip.
Kohler-Cadmore, bound for Somerset next season, was making his first Championship appearance of the summer for Yorkshire following a long battle to overcome the effects of concussion, which saw him sidelined until the Vitality Blast campaign.
Matt Renshaw made a confident start and looked in good touch, but began to encounter problems when Waite produced an excellent seven-over spell from the River End.
He beat the Australian twice in the 19th over and then pinned him lbw for 43, with a ball that nipped back in his next, before ending the stint, which included four maidens, with figures of one for five.
Abell spent 29 balls on 11, studiously attempting to lay the foundation for a meaningful first innings total.
By lunch, the Somerset skipper had progressed to 21, with Bartlett unbeaten on 15 in a total of 99 for two from 28 overs.
The resumption was delayed until 3.30pm by rain, with 20 overs lost and tea set for 4.30pm.
Abell and Bartlett brought up a half-century stand off 67 balls before the latter was dropped on 26 by Kohler-Cadmore, two-handed low to his left off Shannon Gabriel with the score 127 for two.
Abell reached a solid fifty off 101 balls, with his seventh four, a leg-glance off Matthew Revis,
By tea, the Somerset pair had added 98 and taken the total to 164 for two from 42 overs. Batting was looking comfortable with the sun shining.
The final session comprised 34 overs and began at 4.50pm. It saw Bartlett bring up the hundred partnership with a four to fine leg off a loose ball from Bess.
Making good use of the square cut, Bartlett hit 8 fours in his 87-ball innings before, with the total on 197, he top-edged a pull shot off Waite to be caught by Revis at long leg.
Kohler-Cadmore atoned for his earlier error with a stunning one-handed catch, diving to his left at slip, to help Bess dismiss Lewis Goldsworthy and at 210 for four, Abell’s staunch work was in danger of being undone.
His response was to dig in again on 80 before cutting loose with two swept sixes in the first three overs sent down by off-spinner Jack Shutt.
James Rew fell to another sharp Kohler-Cadmore catch off Bess after Abell had reached a 198-ball hundred with a two off his former colleague.
Adam Rossington and Dan Worrall were the first day heroes at the Kia Oval, with No7 Rossington scoring an extraordinary 100 and Worrall bowling brilliantly to take 6 for 56 as Surrey and Essex traded fierce blows in blistering oven-like conditions.
Rossington rushed to his century with an exhilarating assault on the second new ball, in Essex’s 271 all out, clubbing Kemar Roach for three legside sixes before wearily skying the same bowler to long on in the 83rd over.
Simon Harmer’s 50 was another fine effort as Essex rallied hard after Worrall had earlier taken 3 for 0 in five balls as the LV= Insurance County Championship leaders initially reduced their opponents to 91 for 6 by lunch.
In 9.1 overs’ batting before stumps, Surrey replied with 24 for 1 with Ryan Patel, pushing forward, caught at second slip for 4 off Sam Cook from what proved to be the final ball of the day. Rory Burns remained 18 not out.
The determined seventh wicket stand of 113 in 41 overs between Rossington and Harmer held up Surrey for more than two and a half hours and also blunted an attack that had looked unstoppable in the morning session.
Worrall, Roach and Jamie Overton were all highly impressive in a sustained, top-class exhibition of pacy swing bowling, with only Alastair Cook resisting for long in the opening session as Surrey’s battery of fast and fast-medium bowlers exerted an early stranglehold every bit as oppressive as the near-40 degree temperatures.
Nick Browne got to 10 with a couple of flowing offside strokes before Roach shaped one away from the left-hander from around the wicket to force him to thin-edge to keeper Ben Foakes in the fifth over.
And although Tom Westley did well to dig out a searing Roach yorker early on as he reached 11, helping Cook to take Essex to 50, the Essex captain became the first of three strikes in quick succession by Worrall when he played around a straight ball and was bowled by the Australian’s third ball back into the attack.
Worrall then pinned Dan Lawrence leg-before for 0 with his next ball and, with the first ball of his next over, made one climb steeply at Paul Walter to have the tall left-hander caught at leg slip off the glove.
Matt Critchley narrowly survived two confident lbw appeals by Worrall, who was combining sharp outswing and inswing with exemplary control, and Essex did well almost to reach the sanctuary of the lunch interval before Surrey’s quicker bowlers intervened again.
Overton, reintroduced five minutes before the break by Surrey captain Burns for a second spell – this time from the Vauxhall End – angled his second ball across Cook to have England’s record Test run-getter well held by Ollie Pope at second slip for a 75-ball 29.
Roach then bowled Critchley for 21 off an inside edge and both Rossington and Harmer had to negotiate a number of leg-before appeals in the afternoon session before reaching tea at 194 for 6.
Rossington, on 16, also edged a brute of a ball from Overton just out of third slip’s reach for four and, on 28, was close to being lbw to Tom Lawes. Harmer, for his part, narrowly avoided the umpire’s raised finger against Overton on 6 and Roach on 26. The West Indian paceman, in particular, looked distraught at the not out decision.
Fourth-placed Essex, starting this game on the back of three successive championship wins but still 47 points adrift of Surrey, albeit with a game in hand, had chosen to bat on a well-grassed surface and Rossington’s heroics made sure they reached a competitive total.
Harmer, having faced 147 balls, was finally lbw to Worrall, who then trapped Shane Snater in front two balls later to leave Essex 204 for 8.
But tailender Sam Cook’s unbeaten 21 was a more than useful hand as 58 more runs were added with Rossington for the ninth wicket. After Rossington had gone to Roach (3 for 63) for his superb 151-ball and 227-minute effort, featuring those three late sixes and nine fours besides, Worrall finished the innings by having last man Jamie Porter leg-before for a duck.
High-class bowling from Olly Hannon-Dalby put Warwickshire in charge before Kent hit back on a wicket-strewn opening day in the LV=Insurance County Championship at Edgbaston.
In a crucial game, with both teams perched precariously above the relegation zone, the home side prepared a green wicket to expedite a result. They then won the toss and their seamers exploited the conditions to bowl Kent out for 165. Only Jordan Cox (48, 69 balls) passed 40 as Hannon-Dalby took six for 40 and Henry Brookes three for 56.
Warwickshire struggled in turn and closed on 155 for six, having leaned squarely on Sam Hain (68 not out, 130 balls). Pakistan paceman Navdeep Saini had an eventful first bowl for Kent, his spell of 10-2-59-3 including some seriously quick away-cutters and 13 no balls.
Hannon-Dalby was magnificent. As leader of a severely-depleted seam attack (Nathan McAndrew the latest withdrawal after he went down poorly) the pressure was firmly on the Yorkshireman to exploit the conditions. He rose to the challenge with an opening spell of 7-4-15-5.
On potentially the hottest day ever in England, Warwickshire's decision to bat drew an incredulous reaction from their fans on social media...but those fans hadn't seen the pitch.
Hannon-Dalby struck third ball when Ben Compton nicked to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess and, after Kent advanced to 28 for one, added two more wickets in four balls. Daniel Bell-Drummond fell lbw and Joe Denly sliced a loose drive to second slip.
Hannon-Dalby won two more lbws: Jack Leaning and Zak Crawley who eked 17 from 53 minutes then fell, hit on the back leg, offering no shot. Cox and Sam Billings added 72 in 20 overs before Hannon-Dalby returned to have the former caught behind.
After Billings (33, 71 balls) edged Brookes, Matt Henry plumped for a spot of gung-ho. He socked three fours and three sixes in a merry 34 (23 balls) before slogging Brookes to deep mid-wicket where sub fielder Kobe Herft took a superb catch.
Saini steered Brookes to second slip and Matt Quinn joined the list of Kent batsmen whose quixotic aggression contributed to their downfall when he chipped Danny Briggs to mid off.
Kent hit back hard with three wickets in the first ten overs as Dom Sibley, Alex Davies and Chris Benjamin edged into the cordon off Matt Milnes, Henry and Aini respectively.
Hain moved fluently to a 64-ball half-century and added 90 in 28 overs with Will Rhodes (32, 99 balls) before Kent struck three times in 17 balls. Rhodes lifted Milnes to point and Dan Mousley and Michael Burgess edged Saini behind before Hain and Briggs gritted through the last 13 overs to leave their side ascendant, just.
A brilliant double century from Ben Duckett and a career-best hundred by Haseeb Hameed put Nottinghamshire in a dominant position on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.
Duckett made 237 not out from 263 balls and Hameed an unbeaten 165 as the pair shared a stand of 393, the highest ever for the second wicket by any county against Derbyshire, breaking a record which had stood for 122 years.
It was also the best by Nottinghamshire for any wicket against Derbyshire, beating the 372 between Kevin Pietersen and John Morris at Derby in 2001.
In temperatures approaching 40C, Derbyshire’s attack wilted in the punishing heat as the Division Two leaders closed on 439 for 1.
Given the sweltering conditions, it was no surprise Nottinghamshire batted after winning the toss even though there was some grass on the pitch.
The bowlers got early assistance from the surface and both Hameed and former Derbyshire batter Ben Slater enjoyed moments of good fortune against the new ball.
Both Ben Aitchison and Sam Conners went past the outside edge several times although there was little margin for error once batting became easier.
Hameed’s placement was impressive, the ball racing away to the ropes across the parched outfield, and it needed a fine delivery from Anuj Dal to break the stand.
The all-rounder got a ball to lift at Slater who was caught behind for 12 but that was Derbyshire’s last success on what must for them have felt like the longest day.
There was no lack of commitment although inevitably the bowlers flagged in the heat but what chances they made were not taken.
Duckett was dropped at first slip by Aitchison off Conners on 24 shortly before Hameed eased Luis Reece through the covers for his 11th four to reach 50.
By lunch, the foundations were firmly in place for Nottinghamshire to take control of the game which Hameed and Duckett did in the afternoon.
Hameed was reprieved on 74 when he pulled Conners to deep square leg where Harry Came misjudged the flight of the ball which dropped over his head and went for four.
Derbyshire gave Duckett a second life when he edged a cut at Reece on 71 but Wayne Madsen at slip could only parry a sharp head-high chance.
Duckett drove and swept his way to a century which came when he clipped a full toss from leg-spinner Mattie McKiernan to the midwicket boundary for his 18th four.
Hameed completed his in the next over and by tea was two runs away from his previous highest first-class score of 122, made against Nottinghamshire for Lancashire at Trent Bridge in 2016.
The next milestone passed was Nottinghamshire’s highest second wicket stand against Derbyshire, 265 in 1991 at Derby between Tim Robinson and Paul Pollard who is standing as one of the umpires in this match.
By way of celebration, Hameed stepped out to imperiously on-drive McKiernan for another four and the boundaries kept on flowing with Duckett accelerating towards a double hundred.
A reverse-sweep off McKiernan took him to 199 before he swept a single to reach 200 which included 30 fours and came from 224 balls.
Hameed drove McKiernan for six and when Duckett straight drove Aitchison to the boundary,it eclipsed the previous highest second wicket stand against Derbyshire of 344 by JHG Devey and S Kinneir for Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1900.
Derbyshire belatedly claimed the second new ball but a weary attack could not break through on a day that belonged to Hameed and Duckett.
Tom Alsop and Cheteshwar Pujara both posted centuries as Sussex capitalised on Middlesex’s baffling decision to bowl in 41-degree heat by reaching 328 for four at Lord’s.
Alsop, who hit 135, batted sensibly alongside Pujara – the India star registering his fifth LV= Insurance County Championship hundred of the season to close on 115 not out and put the visitors firmly in control.
Home skipper Tim Murtagh gambled on a greenish surface providing early assistance to the seamers – but that never materialised as his side toiled away in sweltering conditions with little success.
The Sussex pair accrued a third-wicket partnership of 219 before Tom Helm, who finished with three for 63, struck late on by dismissing Alsop and nightwatchman Archie Lenham in the space of four balls.
Middlesex handed a debut to Pieter Malan, finally available after untangling the red tape that had delayed the approval of his visa, but the South African’s first contribution was to fumble a cover drive from Tom Clark over the rope.
Murtagh, who did gain some intermittent swing during the opening hour, made the initial breakthrough with a straight delivery that pinned the in-form Ali Orr in front of his stumps for seven.
However, that was Middlesex’s solitary success prior to lunch, with Alsop looking confident on the front foot and taking advantage of the short boundary as he overtook his partner.
Helm switched to the Nursery End after the interval and immediately persuaded Alsop to edge to Sam Robson at second slip, only for a no-ball to be signalled.
The second-wicket pair went on to extend their alliance to 81, but Helm finally gained some reward for his perseverance as Clark (33) slashed outside off stump and this time Robson flung himself to his left to take a sharp one-handed catch.
That heralded the entrance of Pujara and, following a measured start, Sussex’s stand-in captain switched to attacking mode, advancing down the wicket to punch Luke Hollman to the midwicket boundary.
Having reached his half-century, Pujara brought up the 100 partnership by slamming Malan into the grandstand for the first six of the game as Sussex continued piling up runs without offering their tiring hosts a sniff of a chance.
Alsop was the first to three figures – his third ton of the campaign and second in as many games – before his partner followed suit, pushing Murtagh for a single immediately after the new ball had been taken.
Middlesex performed tidily enough with it, but rarely looked like finding a way through until Helm had Alsop caught behind off a rising delivery and then removed Lenham, with Robson holding on again in the slips.
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