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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14 Day 1: Tuesday 20th September - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022

Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 14 Day 1: Tuesday 20th 14th September.



Round 14 Day 1: Tuesday 20th September

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Somerset vs Northamptonshire, Division 1

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Tom Abell’s fourth century of the season led a solid Somerset batting display against Northamptonshire at Taunton, on the day his club paid tribute to one of their most prolific ever run-scorers. 

The lunch interval on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship game saw the unveiling of the James Hildreth Stand by the player himself, who recently announced his retirement. 

Hildreth hit more than 27,000 runs for Somerset, including 54 centuries, in over 700 appearances across all competitions, and ranks behind only Harold Gimblett and Marcus Trescothick in terms of first class runs for his only county. 

Skipper Abell marked the renaming of the River Stand at the Cooper Associate County Ground with a textbook innings of 111, which Hildreth would have taken pride in, as Somerset ran up 271 for four after winning the toss. 

George Bartlett contributed 62 to a third-wicket stand of 134 against some accurate Northamptonshire bowling, not aided by dropped catches. Seamers Ben Sanderson and Jack White, in particular, did not enjoy the best of fortune early on.

Opener Tom Lammonby had made only two when spilled at second slip by Emilio Gay off Sanderson, diving to his right. 

With Somerset’s total advanced to 25, Gay produced a virtual action replay, again failing to hang onto a chance offered by Imam-ul-Haq, on 13, as he dived in front of first slip, Lizaad Williams being the unlucky bowler. 

The escaped allowed Somerset to progress carefully to 49 in the 25th over before Gay atoned by clinging onto an edge from Imam off White. The Pakistan Test opener departed for 25, off 69 deliveries. 

It was 55 for one off 30 overs at lunch, Lammonby having moved to 23. As against Warwickshire in the second innings of their previous game, Somerset displayed a patience missing from their top order batting for much of the season. 

Lammonby was understandably frustrated when, having worked hard to get to 30, he edged Sanderson to second slip where the busy Gay accepted a diving chance. 

Abell and Bartlett built steadily from 72 for two, adding 91 before tea, which was taken with the Somerset captain having reached a 99-ball half-century. 

By then there was little assistance from the pitch for the Northants attack, who kept a grip on the scoring rate without often threatening a breakthrough. 

The final session saw Bartlett go to fifty off 111 balls, with 6 fours, shortly after the century stand had been brought up. It was another impressive contribution from the 24-year-old following his century at Edgbaston last week. 

Bartlett, who spent much of the season in the second XI following an early shoulder injury, launched a six over wide long-on off Rob Keogh before falling two balls later. 

Pushing forward defensively, he edged a catch to Northants skipper Will Young, the only slip. The stand with Abell had occupied 39 overs and put Somerset in control. 

It was 227 for three when the second new ball was taken, with Abell on 91. He went to a chanceless ton with a three to third-man off Sanderson, having faced 164 balls and hit 13 fours. 

Lewis Goldsworthy had helped add 53 for the fourth wicket when Abell sacrificed his wicket needlessly.  

Having stroked White to deep cover for a comfortable single, he turned for a second run that was never there and when Goldsworthy failed to respond, was easily run out by Williams’ throw to the bowler’s end. 

Goldsworthy and James Rew saw Somerset through to the close, with the sun shining and the floodlights on, and their team will be targeting four batting points tomorrow. 


Surrey vs Yorkshire, Division 1

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Ollie Pope hit his 15th first-class century, a memorable 136, to keep Surrey’s LV= Insurance County Championship title chase on course after they had initially looked to be struggling against Yorkshire’s seamers having been put in at The Micky Stewart Oval.

Despite bad light ruling out the last 22.4 scheduled overs of the opening day, Surrey reached 292 for 6 by stumps with Jordan Clark unbeaten on 55, with a six and seven fours. It was quite a recovery after being 136 for 5 in mid-afternoon.

Pope hit two sixes and 16 fours in a brilliant 131-ball innings, and ten of his first-class hundreds have now come at the Oval, renamed for this match in honour of club legend Stewart’s 90th birthday. He also averages just under 90 on this ground.

Leading second-placed Hampshire by eight points going into the penultimate round of Division One championship games, Surrey certainly needed Pope’s vivid strokeplay against a Yorkshire seam attack in which Steven Patterson stood out with 4 for 52 from 18 overs and Ben Coad also demanded respect during 15 overs that brought him figures of 2 for 30.

Both Ben Mike, though, who conceded 86 runs from his 12.2 overs and Jordan Thompson, who finished with 0 for 54 from 12, were too guilty of inconsistent line and length – although that is not to take anything at all away from Pope, some of whose shot-making took the breath away and put the bowlers under constant pressure, and Clark.

Their sixth wicket stand of 142 in 27 overs shaped the day, and possibly the course of the match, after Patterson had taken two wickets in three balls to dismiss Ben Foakes and Cameron Steel and leave Surrey up against it.

Pope’s fifty came up in 57 balls, with seven fours, and England’s Test No 3 went from 90 to 100 with a remarkable flipped six over third man off Thompson and then a lashed reverse-sweep for four off Dom Bess.

He also uppercut Mike for six over third man, his last scoring shot and one which Clark had also played to similar effect in the medium-pacer’s previous over, before Patterson squeezed one between bat and pad and into leg stump as he aimed – not for the first time – to whip a straight ball through mid-wicket.

On a well-grassed surface, Surrey lost Rory Burns for 0 in the fifth over, edging a good ball angled across him from Coad to first slip.

Ryan Patel, joined by Hashim Amla, steadied the ship with a second wicket stand worth 49 and both playing with skill and resolve in tricky seam-friendly morning conditions.

Left-hander Patel, however, took three successive fours off Mike, the all-rounder signed from Leicestershire and making his Yorkshire debut, to go into the 30s. The first boundary was gloriously driven through extra cover but the next two were guided to the vacant third man ropes off a thickish edge in confirmation that batting was still not a straightforward exercise.

Amla, having battled to 14 from 53 balls, dabbed uncertainly at a ball pitching just outside off stump from the probing Patterson and edged to third slip but Pope signalled his aggressive intentions almost immediately by whipping his second ball, from Patterson, for four and then back-cutting Thompson for another boundary.

Later in that same over he skipped a pace or two down the pitch towards the bowler before flicking a ball from the line of off stump to the mid-wicket ropes. He then cut Thompson for another four and, clearly, was determined to take the attack to Yorkshire’s bowlers.

It was a surprise when Patel, on 41 with seven fours, tentatively edged Coad to first slip from what proved to be the last ball before lunch, leaving Surrey 82 for 3 at the interval. Patel, indeed, initially shaped to leave the ball, delivered from around the wicket, before fatally deciding to have a nibble.

Foakes made 19, helping Pope to add a further 54 for the fourth wicket, but Surrey then slipped to 136 for 5 as both Foakes and Steel fell in three balls to Patterson. Foakes nicked behind, playing defensively, and Steel departed for a duck after poking in ugly fashion at his second ball and steering a simple catch to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip.

Hampshire vs Kent, Division 1

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Kent 165 & 20/3 lead Hampshire 57 by 128 runs

Hampshire was skittled for 57 in 87 minutes by Kent to douse their hopes of winning the LV= Insurance County Championship title for the first time since 1973.

Matt Quinn claimed six for 23 to rout Hampshire for the lowest first-class score at the Ageas Bowl and their worst total since 1984 – where they were bowled out for 56 against Kent at Canterbury in a set-up match.

Hampshire’s fast bowling trident of Mohammad Abbas, Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker had all combined to see off Kent for 165 on a green pitch which offered some, but not excessive, movement – but still conceded a 108-run first-innings deficit.

Kent reached 20 for three at close in their second innings as Hampshire, who started the round eight points adrift of leaders Surrey, saw their dream of a third pennant fade, despite gaining a point on Surrey during the day.

James Vince had chosen to stick Kent in and had them 32 for five before Ben Compton had ground 63 off 161 balls, to provide a backbone in tricky circumstances.

What followed was a cricketing massacre.

Felix Organ was caught at second slip in the fifth over, Joe Weatherley unconvincingly chopped onto his own stumps and Nick Gubbins followed one that angled across him behind.

Quinn had picked up Weatherley from the Rod Bransgrove Pavilion End but swapped to the Hilton End to pilfer Vince and top scorer with 19, Ian Holland, in the same over – the former caught off the inside edge and the latter pushing to first slip.

Ben Brown was bowled by a Nathan Gilchrist beauty, before the last four wickets fell for just three runs – Barker chipping to mid-off, Aneurin Donald playing on, Abbott caught at second slip and Abbas castled.

It was the joint 45th lowest total in Hampshire’s history, as they only managed to see out 101 deliveries.

To go with Quinn's six-for, Gilchrist and Harry Podmore both posted two-fors.

Earlier, a Kent side shorn of Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Matt Milnes, Grant Stewart, Zak Crawley and Joe Denly for all manner of injury, international and paternity reasons, battled to what appeared a below-par 165.

Tawanda Muyeye lasted only five balls into the match when he was leg before to Barker and it took Abbas took just as long to take a wicket at the other end as Daniel Bell-Drummond edged behind to Aneurin Donald – who continued to take the gloves despite Brown’s return to the XI.

Jack Leaning stemmed the wicket-taking with a turgid eight off 57 balls but was bowled by Abbott attempting to work the ball into the leg side.

It began a spell of aggressive bowling by the South African fast bowler - backed up by Holland bowling six straight maidens at the other end - which saw Ollie Robinson play on and Harry Finch lbw in consecutive balls.

Amongst the tumble was the unflinching Compton, who never knowingly played at a ball not hitting at his stumps in his 161-ball vigil. He had been in single figures for 36 balls and happily stuck on 18 for 36 dot balls as he got the ball soft.

Compton had started the season with three straight hundreds but had endured a demanding recent spell in which he had failed to reach double figures in his last six Championship innings.

He reached his first half-century since early June in 141 balls during strong partnerships of 68 and 45 with Royal London Cup final hero Joey Evison and Harry Podmore.

Hampshire’s attack chipped away and broke through at regular intervals thereafter with Abbott returning four for 46, Barker passing 50 wickets for the season with three for 30 and Abbas three for 29.

In Kent's second innings, Compton was caught at first slip and night watcher Conor McKerr caught behind, both to Abbas, and second night watcher Podmore was bowled by Holland. It meant 23 wickets had fallen on a dizzying day.

Essex vs Lancashire, Division 1

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Simon Harmer’s prodigal return from international duty with South Africa was undone by some decidedly shoddy batting and devastating bowling on a day of utter carnage when 26 wickets fell on a controversial pitch at Chelmsford.

The off-spinner, who had bowled just 23 overs in two months since his last appearance for Essex in late July, claimed his sixth five-wicket haul of the summer to take his tally past fifty for the fifth time in six seasons. But while bis 5-41 helped skittle Lancashire for 131, Essex struggled initially to capitalise in what is essentially the bronze-medal match to decide the finishing order in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Lancashire seamer Tom Bailey matched Harmer’s efforts by taking 5-36 as Essex were dismissed for 107. Only Sir Alastair Cook’s resolute 40, the highest by anyone on an extraordinary day, prevented Lancashire eking out a bigger first-innings lead than the 24 runs they managed.

However, that was not the end of the strange affair. When Lancashire batted for a second time in the evening gloom, Luke Wells was bowled first ball by Sam Cook before Shane Snater had three lbw appeals upheld in four balls to account for Keaton Jennings, Steven Croft and Dane Vilas.

When Cook then had Josh Bohannon caught behind Lancashire were reeling on four for five. And that became worse when Snater took a fourth wicket, his sixth of the day, knocking over George Balderson’s stumps. By the close, at 25 for six, Lancashire’s lead was a precarious 49.

Lancashire, who won the toss on a worn wicket of variable bounce under leaden skies, were all out first time around three-quarters of an hour after lunch. Snater started their demise with his first ball, beating the outside of Wells’s bat and rapping the off-stump. The first-wicket stand of 25 turned out to be the largest of the innings, and second largest of the game to date.

Snater also removed Lancashire’s other opener, Jennings, at the start of his fourth over when an uncontrolled inside edge ballooned into the covers. In between, Cook, who had switched to the Hayes Close End to accommodate Snater, trapped Bohannon lbw to one that kept low.

Harmer’s magisterial entrance was delayed until the 18th over and he bowled unchanged from the River End until Lancashire’s brittle resistance was ended. Croft reverse-swept him for four before he rediscovered his range and sent one skidding through to claim Vilas lbw.

Croft hung around for a time before he chanced another reverse sweep, realised his error, tried to rectify it and dabbed the ball to the diving Alastair Cook at slip.

Harmer went to lunch with a third scalp under his belt when George Balderson injudiciously left the last ball before the break and was another lbw victim.

Lancashire were seven down soon after the interval when George Bell marked his first-class debut by attempting an extravagant drive at Cook and was bowled. Will Williams did not last long before he was struck on the pad by Cook with bat nowhere near ball.

The innings was wrapped up in the 40th over – with Bailey unbeaten on 24, the highest of the innings – when Parkinson edged to slip to give Harmer his 29th five-wicket return in six seasons for Essex.

Essex’s reply followed a similar dreary pattern. Nick Browne went third ball when he tried to whip Bailey through the onside and was lbw. Next over Tom Westley shouldered arms to Williams, turning to see his off-stump pegged back, before Bailey had Lawrence playing all around a delivery to depart lbw.

The procession back to the pavilion continued. Balderstone removed Matt Critchley with his fifth ball, Hartley taking the catch at head height, to his right, at third slip.

Feroze Khushi batted brightly before he dragged the first ball after tea from Parkinson on to his stumps. Adam Rossington, meanwhile, fished recklessly outside off-stump and kept walking.

Alastair Cook had watched the wickets tumble, but after holding up his end for 98 balls, he was seventh out, pinned plumb on his back foot by Bailey. Essex’s innings finished seven overs later as Snater, Harmer and Jamie Porter departed in quick succession. That, though, was not the end of a bizarre day, not by a long way.

Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire, Division 1

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Indomitable Dom Sibley scored a character-filled hundred to provide relegation-threatened Warwickshire with a timely boost on the opening day of the LV=Insurance Championship First Division basement battle with Gloucestershire at Bristol's Seat Unique Stadium.

Under considerable duress at 138-6 midway through the afternoon session, the Midlands county was indebted to its former England opener, who scored a composed 105 not out and staged a restorative seventh wicket stand of 108 with Danny Briggs, who made a season's best 65, to help Warwickshire reach the close on 255-8.

As well as Zafar Gohar bowled in claiming 4-59 from a marathon 32 overs to put Warwickshire under the pump, Gloucestershire had only themselves to blame for not ending the day on top, both Sibley and Briggs profiting from dropped catches early on in their innings.

Containing a modest count of 10 boundaries, Sibley's supremely functional innings, his 18th first-class hundred, was hardly illuminated by an extravagant shot. Neither will it linger long in the memories of those who witnessed it. Yet it was exactly what was required by a Warwickshire side fighting to retain its First Division status at the wrong end of the table.

Crowned champions a year ago, Warwickshire have since suffered an ignominious fall from grace, winning just once in the Championship in 2022. That lone success, achieved at the expense of Essex at Edgbaston in mid-April, now seems a very long time ago indeed. Given that their final game of the season is against title-chasing Hampshire, the Bears came into their penultimate fixture under considerable pressure to save themselves against bottom-of-the-table Gloucestershire, whose relegation is all-but confirmed.

Will Rhodes won the toss and opted to bat, only for events to take an unexpected turn on an apparently docile Bristol track. Rob Yates went off like a train, scoring almost exclusively in boundaries as he raced to 19 from 16 balls, before chancing his arm once too often and nicking to Jack Taylor at first slip off Ajeet Singh Dale in the fourth over with the score on 21. Alex Davies then played down the wrong line to a David Payne in-swinger and saw his off stump knocked back as the defending champions slipped to 24-2 in the sixth over.

Yet rather than impose themselves fully, Gloucestershire quite literally allowed a gilt-edged opportunity to slip between their fingers. Deputising for Ben Charlesworth, substitute fielder Dom Goodman put down a straightforward chance at point to allow Sibley a life on 14, much to the chagrin of change bowler Tom Price, who generated additional lift from the Ashley Down Road End.

Realising the potential enormity of his error, the chastened Goodman made a suitably slope-shouldered exit at the end of the over, by which time Sibley was already making good his escape. In characteristically obdurate mood, he grafted his way to an unbeaten 35 from 76 balls by lunch, seemingly intent upon making the hosts pay dearly for their profligacy.

Despite battling hard for a 74-ball 10, the usually dependable Ben Hain was unable to keep Sibley company until the interval, the former Australia Under-19 international succumbing to Zafar's slow left arm and offering a looping catch to Charlesworth at short square leg via an inside edge as the visitors further subsided to 64-3 in the 27th over.

Under pressure to rebuild the innings, Sibley and Rhodes came closest to staging a meaningful top-order partnership in the early-afternoon sunshine, the fourth wicket pair adding a cautious 45 in 13.3 overs. Seldom troubled, Sibley inched his way a carefully crafted 50 from 114 balls to at least afford the visitors an underlying sense of reassurance. Yet it proved short-lived, Gloucestershire's brothers in arms joining forces to account for Rhodes, who nicked to Olly Price at second slip off the bowling of elder sibling Tom for 24. 

Returning at the Bristol Pavilion end, Zafar then made further in-roads, Gloucestershire's leading wicket taker removing Jayant Yadav and Jacob Bethel in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 162-6. Playing back, Jayant was bowled in his crease for 17, while Bethel was well held by Charlesworth at short square leg for two, at which stage Warwickshire's quest for batting bonus points was heavily dependent upon Sibley.

He at least found a willing ally in Danny Briggs, who effectively shored up one end while the opener continued to accumulate in measured fashion, these two ushering the Bears to 164-6 at tea.

Briggs enjoyed a large slice of fortune shortly after the resumption when, having advanced his score to 19, Dale located his outside edge and Jack Taylor fumbled low down at first slip. Gloucestershire were duly punished, Briggs cutting and driving his way to a swashbuckling 50 from 86 balls to propel Warwickshire to a first bonus point, crucially one more than that achieved by fellow strugglers Kent at home to Hampshire.

The new ball was taken with the score on 219-6, yet Gloucestershire still lacked the cutting edge needed to make a breakthrough, a by now familiar shortcoming in a red-ball campaign which has seen them fail to register a single win in 12 attempts.

Held at slip late on in proceedings, Briggs was finally undone by a ball from Zafar that turned, terminating an enterprising innings that spanned 110 balls and included 12 boundaries. Manifestly uncomplicated in his approach and largely untroubled by the best the opposition had to offer, the disciplined Sibley carried on regardless, clipping Zafar through mid-wicket for two to bring up three figures via 237 balls shortly before the close.

Leicestershire vs Middlesex, Division 2

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Half-centuries from John Simpson, Steve Eskinazi and Ryan Higgins combined to give Middlesex what they will regard as a satisfactory opening day’s work position as they seek to clinch promotion from Division Two of the LV= Insurance County Championship with two matches left.

Middlesex, who started the penultimate round on 188 points - 27 behind leaders Nottinghamshire but 12 ahead of third-placed Glamorgan, finished the day on 293 for eight with Simpson falling for 92 after Eskinazi had scored 64 and Higgins 53.

Having chosen to put Middlesex in on a pitch that made batting tricky for much of the day, Leicestershire mostly bowled well as Michael Finan finished with three for 54, with Tom Scriven and Callum Parkinson taking two wickets each but paid dearly for some sloppy fielding, dropping Eskinazi on 11 and Simpson on 29.

Middlesex had been four down for 91 at lunch after Leicestershire enjoyed a good morning with the ball but recovered to 196 for five at tea

Finan, the 26-year-old left-arm seamer plucked out of National Counties cricket, caught the eye again in his third first-class match, beginning the day by removing both Middlesex overs in an impressive opening spell with the new ball.

He dismissed Mark Stoneman with his fifth ball, which straightened enough to have him leg before, and then bowled Sam Robson behind his legs. He would have had a third but wicketkeeper Harry Swindells spilled a chance off the glove offered by Eskinazi.

Scriven, another recent addition to Leicestershire’s bowling resources, had Pieter Malan caught behind two balls after he’d got away with a streaky edge that second slip probably should have claimed. Skipper and left-arm spinner Parkinson, heeding some criticism about delaying his introduction against Durham last week, was on after 75 minutes and struck in the last over before lunch when his decision to install a short leg for Max Holden reaped a dividend as Sol Budinger took an excellent one-handed catch.

Eskinazi completed a 94-ball half-century soon after driving Chris Wright through extra cover for his ninth four.  After a watchful start to the session against another testing spell by Finan, a double bowling change allowed Simpson to get into his stride. A couple of boundaries off Scriven were particularly easy on the eye.

Leicestershire were handed a gift when Eskinazi threw away his wicket. Presumably trying to create a different angle, he walked down the pitch almost before Scriven reached the crease and left his stumps completely exposed. It was the cricket equivalent of an open goal and Scriven gratefully converted it.

It ended a 49-run partnership for the fifth wicket but by tea Simpson and Higgins had added another 56, Simpson having been the beneficiary on 29 of another dropped catch, this time put down at mid-wicket off Ed Barnes.

A six down the ground by Simpson off Rehan Ahmed’s leg spin straight after tea was followed by the wicketkeeper-batter’s seventh boundary, eased past extra cover off Scriven, taking him to a 104-ball fifty, his eighth of the season.

The sixth-wicket pair built patiently thereafter against some tidy Leicestershire bowling, but their partnership was broken on 99 when Higgins, having just completed a solid 94-ball half-century with a well-timed clip through mid-wicket for four, took a stride forward to a ball from Parkinson that turned just enough to find the edge, Colin Ackermann holding the chance at slip having dropped the one at mid-wicket.

With that, Parkinson held back on asking for the new ball, Ahmed justifying the decision as Luke Hollman top-edged an attempted sweep straight to backward square, leaving Middlesex 248 for seven.

When the new ball came, Simpson seemed to enjoy the return of pace on to the bat but after moving into the 90s by driving a gift full toss from Finan down the ground for his 10th four he went to sweep the next ball and lived to regret it, sending up a top edge that Budinger safely pouched in the deep.

The day began with both teams forming a guard of honour for umpire Nick Cook, who is standing in his last match on this ground ahead of his retirement at the end of this season at the age of 66. Born in Leicester, Cook took 395 first-class wickets for Leicestershire as a left-arm spinner, as well as 52 in 15 Test matches.

Worcestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Division 2

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Nottinghamshire’s push to clinch promotion was held up by the Worcestershire sixth wicket pair of Brett D’Oliveira and Gareth Roderick on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road.

Club Captain D’Oliveira (85) and Roderick, unbeaten on 91, came together at 99-5 and added 169 for the sixth wicket in 56 overs with

The visitors began the game needing a maximum of 10 points to secure promotion and 22 to clinch the Division Two title

Everything initially went for plan for Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney after he put the home side into bat on a green-tinged pitch.

His bowlers soon took advantage on a seamer-friendly surface with Jake Ball, who ended with three for 41 from 18 overs, particularly impressive.

But then came the D’Oliveira-Roderick stand and Worcestershire had recovered to 297 for seven by the close.

Ball made the initial breakthrough in his second over when Ed Pollock inside-edged a delivery onto his stumps.

The left hander had reined in his stroke-play in making significant contributions against Glamorgan and Sussex but paid the penalty after driving at a widish ball of full length.

There was more joy for Ball in his next over as Azhar Ali was undone by a ball of extra bounce which he edged through to keeper Tom Moores.

It was Azhar who had provided Ball with his first England Test scalp when playing against Pakistan at Lord’s six years ago.

Jake Libby, who hit a superb 215 in last week’s drawn game with Sussex, cover drove Brett Hutton for the first boundary.

But he also edged both of the opening bowlers just short of second and third slip respectively before first change Dane Paterson brought about his downfall.

The former Nottinghamshire batter fell lbw to a ball slanted into him to give Paterson his 50th Championship wicket of the campaign.

He became the first Nottinghamshire bowler to take 50 first class wickets in successive seasons since Andre Adams in 2011 and 2012.

Jack Haynes displayed the most positive batting of the morning and cover drove Paterson for four.

He made 33 off only 34 balls with five boundaries but was dismissed in the first over by Steven Mullaney when he pushed forward and edged to Moores standing up.

Ed Barnard, Worcestershire’s leading scorer in first class cricket this summer, then departed to the final ball before lunch when he nicked Paterson to second slip.

D’Oliveira was joined on the resumption by Roderick who had scored a superb 172 not out in his previous knock against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

The pair mixed watchful defence with some fine stroke-play in rebuilding the Worcestershire innings.

Roderick twice clipped Paterson off his legs for boundaries and D’Oliveira cover drove Mullaney to the ropes as the pair gradually flourished.

A single off Mullaney enabled D’Oliveira to complete an excellent 141-ball half century.

The pair battled through the entire afternoon session which produced 88 runs from 34 overs.

D’Oliveira and Roderick continued in the same vein after tea when the conditions had eased for batting.

Roderick produced one of the shots of the day with a straight drive for four off Mullaney and he accelerated after completing a 117 ball half century, hitting spinner Liam Patterson-White for six over long off.

D’Oliveira also cleared the ropes when pulling Mullaney over mid-wicket but the second new ball broke the stand.

Ball claimed a third scalp when D’Oliveira (85) drove at the England paceman and presented Moores with his third catch and Waite was lbw to Hutton.

But Roderick remained undefeated from 190 balls with one six and 11 fours.

Durham vs Sussex, Division 2

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Durham made the most of bowling friendly conditions at Seat Unique Riverside on Day 1 of the LV Insurance County Championship as they bowled Sussex out for just 162..

After winning the toss and asking the visitors to bat, Matthew Potts and Ben Raine bowled a lengthy opening spell interspersed with a rain delay to leave Sussex 47-3 at the lunch interval.

Wickets continued to fall after the break, Paul Coughlin chipping in as Sussex’s young batting lineup struggled to deal with the moving ball under the floodlights, Ali Orr and Faheem Ashraf the only batters to score more than 30.

Lower order resistance from Sussex saw the score tick past 150, before Oliver Gibson bowled Sean Hunt to end the innings on 162, Potts and Coughlin leading the way with three wickets each.

Hunt then got his revenge by pinning Sean Dickson LBW for 14, as the light constantly threatened to take the players off, and eventually succeeded at 5:25 with Durham 54-1.

It was the perfect toss to win for Scott Borthwick, with the floodlights being on from start of play to close and it was a no brainer to send Sussex into bat. The home side made the perfect start as Potts had Sussex skipper Tom Haines caught behind in his second over. Raine then dismissed Tom Alsop and Tom Clark before lunch.

Wickets fell at regular intervals for Sussex, Dan Ibrahim edging behind to emergency loan signing Chris Benjamin, before Ali Orr’s luck ran out as Potts cleaned up his stumps. Coughlin then gave the same treatment to James Coles, debutant Charlie Tear survived a while before eventually falling to Oliver Gibson. Faheem Ashraf and Jack Carson provided some light resistance, before Durham cleaned it up to leave Sussex 162 all out

Durham made a steady start to their 1st innings, before Dickson was pinned to a Hunt delivery which kept low. Skipper Scott Borthwick and Michael Jones then saw them through to 54-1, when the umpires took the sides from the field for bad light and ended the day’s play.

Glamorgan vs Derbyshire, Division 2

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A career best double century for Glamorgan captain David Lloyd put his side in the driving seat in this third v fourth clash.

Glamorgan finished the first day on 380 for 3, gaining four batting bonus points, with Lloyd on 203 not out with his second century coming off just 101 balls as Derbyshire’s bowlers toiled.

Glamorgan first class debutant Tom Bevan offered good support with 48 in a century partnership which set the platform, while Billy Root made the most of a move up the order to five by contributing 77 not out in a partnership of 197.

Derbyshire needed a win to overtake Glamorgan and stay in contention for promotion going into the final round of fixtures, but now find themselves with their backs against the wall with the Welsh County looking to push on to a huge first innings total.

Glamorgan were without India’s Shubman Gill with a heavy cold, while they also brought in off spinner Andrew Salter for all-rounder Kiran Carlson. Derbyshire gave a debut to South Wales born paceman Adam Sylvester.

With a winner between these sides having a chance to challenge second placed Middlesex in the final round of matches, Lloyd’s day did not start so well when he lost the toss and was asked to bat on a pitch which had a greenish tinge.

Three balls later and Derbyshire had lost opening bowler Ben Aitchison with a rolled ankle, which made the decision to bowl seem a little unfortunate. He did return to bowl one more over, and fielded at slip, but his future fitness in the game is doubtful.

Anuj Dal took over the rest of that over and also made the first breakthrough, getting opener Ed Byrom caught behind.

Bevan made his first class debut having made his breakthrough this season with a century against Hampshire in the Royal London Cup.

He was slower than Lloyd at the other end, but also showed enough promise to mark him out as one for the future. While he has helped steer local side St Fagans to the South Wales Premier League title this season, he is likely to be otherwise engaged next year.

He would have been disappointed to miss out on a half century, attempting to get there in style hitting across the line at spinner Alex Thomson and skying the ball instead.

Sam Northeast looked comfortable until he was clean bowled out of the blue with Luis Reece getting the ball to move off the seam.

While wickets fell at the other end, Lloyd got better and better. Having moved to his half century just before lunch, he moved to three figures comfortably before tea, no sign of nerves about his first hundred of the season as he smashed the ball aerially through mid on off Thomson to bring up the landmark.

His previous highest score this season was 84, his average in the mid 20s with the all rounder having moved to regularly opening the batting.

Soon after tea he surpassed his career best score of 121 and carried on past 150, with Billy Root offering steady support in another century partnership. Root moved to his half century off 94 balls as the run rate increased with the second new ball.


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