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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 2 Day 1 : April 14th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

David Bedingham drives for 4 Durham County Cricket Club
David Bedingham drives for 4 Durham County Cricket Club
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Here is all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 2 Day 1: April 14th

Thursday April 14


Division One


Kent vs Lancashire, Canterbury

Centuries from Dane Vilas and Steven Croft took Lancashire to 344 for four on day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent at Canterbury.  

Vilas hit a buccaneering 124 from 158 balls and made a stand of 215 with Steven Croft, who himself produced a more measured 113 not out from 270 deliveries, leaving the visitors in a commanding position at stumps. 

Nathan Gilchrist took two for 66 and Matt Milnes two for 68, but after a promising start the hosts struggled throughout the final two sessions, frustrating the majority of a crowd of 1003 at the St. Lawrence. 

Lancashire won the toss and chose to bat in broad sunshine, but the light quickly deteriorated and after an opening stand of 36 the breakthrough came when Gilchrist replaced Jackson Bird at the Pavilion End. His second ball found George Balderson’s edge, but it was dropped by a fumbling Zak Crawley at second slip, who failed to grab it three times before parrying it to Jordan Cox at first slip. Although Cox somehow spilled the rebound, it was the shortest possible reprieve for Balderson, who was caught behind off the next ball for seven. 

Luke Wells had looked fluent early on but he then fell for 39, toe-ending Gilchrist to Ollie Robinson. When Milnes subsequently trapped Josh Bohannon lbw for 19 Lancashire were wobbling on 80 for 3, but if Kent had arguably shaded the first session, the visitors dominated the second, adding 149 runs and barely offering a chance.  

Vilas cut Hamid Qadri to square leg to bring up his fifty in the 46th over and Croft reached the same landmark three overs later when he hit Darren Stevens through the covers for four. 

Having reached 229 for 3 at tea, Lancashire continued to pile on the runs, Vilas reaching his 100 when he glanced Qadri past the slips for four, before he was eventually removed by the new ball when he slashed Milnes to Ben Compton at gully.  

Milnes gave a roar of delight, relief and quite possibly both, but it was a rare moment of joy for Kent, who also lost Qadri to a hand injury during the evening session. 

Croft reached three figures when glanced Bird off his hip for four and remained unbeaten at the close alongside Lancashire debutant Phil Salt, who was unbeaten on 33 after an aggressive cameo late in the day. 

Lancashire’s Steven Croft said: “On a personal note it’s very pleasing to get out there and score runs, and more importantly put on a great partnership and see us in a very strong position going into day two. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s what you prep up for all winter really. I almost felt a bit anxious last week having missed that first round, you wanted to get out there, but I got the call to play this week which I was chuffed about. More importantly to put us in that position at the end of day one and have a great partnership with Dane is a thrill really.  

“I made a few little tweaks in the winter nothing too noticeable and I felt quite comfortable, it’s quite an easy paced wicket. Dane, his usual self, kept it ticking and I was more patient. I must have finally matured! Yeah, it’s up there (with my other best innings). In the winter we spoke about whether I might play or I might not with the crop of youngsters we’ve got coming through, I’d have to be hitting the ball well. I’m just grateful to be out there and get it (the century) in the first game of the year to calm a few nerves.” 

Kent’s Nathan Gilchrist said: “In the first session there was a bit there for us, but from then on when the sun came out it just baked it a little and it was pretty tough work for the rest of the day. We stuck to our guns quite well, but it’s quite an easy-scoring wicket I think. 

“With the new ball early on it was doing enough, but after that it was quite a grind, they batted really well and it was tough work for us. To be honest I don’t think we’re going to do much differently tomorrow, it’s the sort of wicket where you’ve just got be patient and hit the top of off, so hopefully we’ll be able to do that.”


Somerset vs Essex, The Cooper Associates County Ground

Alastair Cook reached another milestone in his illustrious career as Essex dominated the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton. 

The former England captain passed 25,000 first class runs in contributing 59 not out to a first innings total of 109 for two after the hosts’ fragile batting line-up had folded to 109 all out. 

Cook’s tally includes 70 centuries and 118 fifties. He looked typically unflappable in cementing the strong position built earlier by the Essex bowlers. 

Sam Cook, Mark Steketee and Simon Harmer claimed three wickets each as Somerset produced the latest in a series of lamentable batting efforts in red-ball cricket. 

Only opener Tom Lammonby, who was dropped twice, offered any resistance with a patient 48. 

Having suffered heavy reverses in the final four games of last summer and an innings defeat by Hampshire in the opening match of this season, the home side desperately needed to post a meaningful score after losing the toss. 

But it never looked likely once opener Ben Green, on 15, aimed a loose drive at Aussie seamer Steketee, who claimed his first Essex wicket through wicketkeeper Adam Wheater’s catch. 

Hopes that Matt Renshaw would boost the top order on his return for a second spell with Somerset were dispelled when the overseas signing was bowled for seven, looking to leave a ball from Sam Cook that nipped back. 

James Hildreth was caught behind off Stetekee pushing forward before two wickets fell with the score on 49. 

Tom Abell edged the first ball of Cook’s second spell onto his pad, looping a catch to Dan Lawrence running in from fourth slip, and Lewis Goldsworthy edged to Alastair Cook at first slip in the same over. 

Lunch was taken with Somerset reeling at 70 for five. Without a run added at the start of the afternoon session, Steve Davies, on three, waved at a short wide ball from Shane Snater and edged through to Wheater. 

Lammonby, already dropped on six by Harmer at second slip, survived another chance on 27 when Cook spilled a caught and bowled opportunity. 

But Harmer’s introduction to the bowling attack saw the off-spinner claim three of the last four wickets cheaply, all to Alastair Cook slip catches.  

Lewis Gregory edged a defensive shot, while Lammonby, who had shown commendable application, and Peter Siddle fell to a reverse sweep and orthodox sweep respectively. 

Craig Overton was bowled by the impressive Steketee as Somerset were skittled in just 45.4 overs. 

Cook (three for 17) was the pick of the bowlers, maintaining a testing line and length on a greenish pitch. 

By tea, Essex openers Nick Browne and Alastair Cook, both fresh from centuries in the opening game with Kent, had taken the score to 40 with few alarms. 

The pair advanced the total to 68 before Browne, on 25, edged a drive off Overton and was caught at the second attempt by Abell at third slip. 

Cook passed the 25,000 run landmark with a cut boundary off Green, which took him to 35. Tom Westley was caught behind down the leg side off Overton for 13, but Somerset’s seamers face a mountainous task to put their side back in the game. 

New Somerset batting coach Lachlan Stevens said: "Essex bowled really well, but clearly we didn't get it right with the bat. Most of it is down to decision-making under pressure because we have some very talented players. 

"If I had a golden answer, I would be able to fix things tomorrow. All I can do is promise our supporters that we are working as hard as possible every day to find solutions.” 

Essex seamer Mark Steketee said: "It went okay. I still think I am learning and trying to get better. Hopefully, that is not my best performance over here because I'll be pretty disappointed if it is, but it's a nice start.

"I'm not sure what a good score is, but the way we have composed our 109 suggests if we keep going about things the same way, we can at least double that total."

 


Gloucestershire vs Yorkshire, Bristol County Ground

No doubt intent upon making a good first impression, Marcus Harris announced himself in fine style as Gloucestershire flattered to deceive on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship First Division match against Yorkshire at the Seat Unique Stadium in Bristol.

Arriving just too late to feature in last week's curtain-raiser against Northamptonshire, the 29-year-old Australia Test batsman made up for lost time, raising an enormously impressive hundred on debut after Gloucestershire were inserted on a seaming green-top. 

But Yorkshire, relieved to be playing cricket again following a winter of off-field discontent and no little disruption in the wake of the damaging Azeem Rafiq revelations, enjoyed the upper hand, dismissing their hosts for 227 in 78.1 overs.

England paceman Matty Fisher played a starring role, claiming 4-19 from 14.1 overs, while Pakistani all-rounder Haris Rauf, although wayward at times, weighed in with 3-81.

Required to face 15 overs in the early-evening gloom, Yorkshire reached the close on 37 without loss, Adam Lyth (24 not out) and George Hill (3 not out) joining forces to reduce the arrears to 190.

But even the exemplary Fisher was upstaged by Gloucestershire's new overseas hired hand, Harris top-scoring with 136 from 231 balls and dominating stands of 50 with Ben Charlesworth, 41 with Graeme van Buuren and 53 with Miles Hammond for the first, third and fourth wickets respectively.

Forced to shoulder the burden of increased expectation in the absence of Gloucestershire batting mainstay Chris Dent, ruled out by Covid on the eve of the match, the Western Australian did not disappoint, 

picking up where he left off last season at Leicestershire, for whom he averaged 54.58 across eight innings. Negotiating his first competitive knock since featuring for Victoria against Queensland in Melbourne in mid-February, Harris might well have been suffering from ring rust when following a slanting delivery from Haris Rauf and offering a chance on 18. Fortunately for him, Harry Duke applied gloves to ball, but was unable to hold onto what amounted to a presentable chance.

He again erred on 81, giving Dom Bess the charge and diverting an inside edge inches wide of his stumps. Otherwise, Harris demonstrated sound judgment in terms of knowing which deliveries to leave alone, compiling runs in a neat, almost unobtrusive fashion before accelerating and playing with more freedom as conditions warmed up in the afternoon. He went to three figures from 200 balls and accrued a six and 22 fours, the majority of them harvested in the arc between cover and third man.

As well as their overseas player acquitted himself, Gloucestershire's prospects of posting a truly competitive first-innings score on a pitch expected to flatten out as the contest develops, were undermined by the failure of any of their recognised batsmen to stay with Harris long enough to stage a truly meaningful partnership. In fact, his team-mates managed a meagre 82 runs between them.

Charlesworth at least displayed adhesive qualities in scratching 15 from 72 balls until groping at a delivery outside off stump and being caught at the wicket off Fisher, who then had James Bracey held by Adam Lyth at second slip to effect a double breakthrough shortly before lunch. Steve Patterson then removed van Buuren for 21, Gloucestershire's captain presenting Lyth with a chest-high catch in the act of playing a forcing shot, while Miles Hammond succumbed to temptation once too often, pulling Fisher and holing out to deep fine leg having scored 20.

Harris was in danger of running out of partners as the hosts subsided in the final session, lurching from 155-4 to 183-8. Dropped behind twice earlier in the same over, Ryan Higgins pulled a slower ball from Rauf to short mid-wicket and departed for seven. Tom Lace was pinned lbw by the Pakistani international's next ball and Zafar Gohar took a wild swing at Bess and was comprehensively stumped. When Matt Taylor edged Rauf to third slip, Gloucestershire's hopes of attaining even a solitary batting point appeared in doubt.

Demonstrating typical Yorkshire grit to frustrate his home county, Wakefield-born Josh Shaw hung around long enough for Harris to at least keep Gloucestershire in the game. Respectability had been attained by the time the Australian perished to a top-edged pull, held by Duke off the bowling of Patterson. Fisher then finished things off, having Ajeet Dale held in the gully.

Yorkshire seam bowler Matty Fisher said: "We're buzzing with that performance. When Gloucestershire were two down at lunch and four down at tea, we thought we might be out there all day. I'm just glad we got off there when we did, and the boys have made a really good start with the bat. I'd say we're just ahead at this stage of the game.

"It was a bit better for bowling here than in my last game (against West Indies in Barbados) and it was good to get among the wickets. This is our first game and we're all fresh, so that helped us to keep going. I've not played here that often before and it was nice to have a wicket with something in it for the bowlers.

"You can see that Haries Rauf is a class signing and he bowls with real pace. He's one of those who can be a bit wayward in one spell  and then pick up three or four quick wickets in another. We saw that today and it's up to us to work out how best to use him. I'm told the pitch here flattens out as the match goes on, so maybe we can bat well and get a meaningful lead. You have to remember, Gloucestershire's bowlers had a really tough game against Northants last week and that could help us later in the game."

 

Gloucestershire overseas signing Marcus Harris said: "It was probably a little bit disappointing to only make 227 after having none down for 50. But it was not the easiest wicket in the world to bat on and, perhaps, 240 won't be too far off par. Hopefully, we can start well in the morning and take a couple of early wickets.

"Personally, it's good to get a hundred in your first game and things couldn't have gone much better from that point of view. Dale Benkenstein (head coach) asked where I wanted to bat and I told him 'I don't care'. When Chris Dent went down with Covid, I suppose the situation sorted itself out and I was always going to open.

"I've not played a game of cricket since February and it was good to occupy the crease for a little while. I've had Covid recently and was out in Pakistan before that. I only got here on Monday, so it's been a pretty busy time. The pitch did quite a bit when they put the ball in the right areas and Yorkshire bowled really well after lunch. Facing Haries Rauf under lights is not ideal, but that's what we had to do and it was tough. He's a class act and he played really well. I'm told the weather is going to be the same tomorrow, so if we can put the ball in the right areas, that should hold us in good stead. We know we'll have to bowl well if we're going to stay in the game."


Surrey vs Hampshire, Kia Oval

Ollie Pope continued his eye-catching early-season form by hitting a superb 113 not out against Hampshire’s highly-rated pace attack as he and Hashim Amla, who made 73, earned Surrey opening day honours at the Kia Oval.

Hampshire were the only side in the LV= Insurance County Championship first division to record a win in last week’s first round of games, but Surrey certainly burst their balloon by reaching a dominant 312 for 3 by stumps.

Ryan Patel, who scored a fine 58, also played his part as Surrey made light of being asked to bat first on a green-hued pitch. The surface, actually, proved easy-paced but Patel and Rory Burns, who battled hard for 21, still did much to blunt the new ball threat of Mohammad Abbas, Keith Barker and Kyle Abbott.

Amla and Pope then added 114 for the third wicket, only being parted when Amla slashed at a short, wide ball from Ian Holland and edged behind after facing 173 balls across almost four hours.

And Ben Foakes then arrived to help Pope put on a further unbroken 79, and Pope’s only false shot in a classy innings – following his 58 in last week’s draw against champions Warwickshire – was a fortuitous top-edged six off James Fuller. In all, Pope faced 170 balls, hitting 12 fours besides, and Foakes also struck four lovely fours in his determined unbeaten 32.

Earlier in the day, Burns was beaten once by a beauty from Barker but clipped the next ball confidently through mid-wicket for three and, overall, looked in good touch during his 55-minute stay.

There were two fours in his 21, too, and it was a surprise when Burns departed in the 13th over, aiming an expansive drive towards extra cover against Holland’s fourth ball and edging to Liam Dawson at second slip.

The last ball of Holland’s opening over also saw Amla survive a concerted leg-before appeal as the medium-pacer darted one back sharply off the seam against the former South African Test star.

Amla was also close to being given out lbw a second time against Holland, before he had reached double figures, but he had got off the mark with a beautiful clip off his pads against Abbott and by lunch looked far more comfortable.

Patel, on 13, edged Abbott just short of third slip and he was fortunate when another edge, this time against Holland, flew through the gap between second slip and gully for four and took him to 24.

But, shortly before lunch, Patel flayed the returning Barker through extra cover off the back foot when the left-armer dropped a fraction short. It was a stroke which displayed both the easy pace of the pitch and the Surrey opener’s growing confidence, and Patel completed an excellent, combative half-century with another flashing cover drive for four, this time off Abbott.

There was just one more glorious offside boundary, though, before Patel fell in the 38th over – pulling seamer Fuller’s second ball to Abbas on the long leg rope. Amla, meanwhile, had needed some luck on 20 when Dawson failed to hold a fast-travelling shoulder-high edge from an attempted square cut at Abbas.

In warm afternoon sun, Pope was soon into his stride with an extra cover four off Fuller and a lovely whip through mid-wicket off Abbott. He then took fours from successive Holland deliveries with a leg glance and authoritative square cover drive. Best of all, perhaps, was the delightful late cut for four off Holland.

Both players reached fifty before tea, taken at 212 for two, with Amla taking 116 balls to Pope’s 73, and it was a disappointment for a large crowd when Amla was out in the seventh over after tea. Pope and Foakes, though, made sure it was Surrey’s day.

 

Surrey’s Hashim Amla said: “Every time I bat with Ollie Pope here he seems to be scoring runs! He is a fantastic player and he also scores very quickly so is a pleasure to bat with.

“It didn’t feel like a 312 for 3 pitch out there and so if we can continue to bat well tomorrow and get beyond 400 and perhaps up around 450 then that would put us in a very good position. That’s certainly the plan.

“We are very happy to be where we are after today and especially after being asked to bat. Ryan Patel also batted really well at the start of the day, and for myself it’s nice to get runs early in the season. Hampshire have an excellent bowling attack and they are always a test. But hopefully we can now push the game on.”

Hampshire’s 1st XI manager Adrian Birrell said: “We stuck at it all day and I thought we bowled pretty well. They were two close lbw shouts against Amla, but they didn’t go our way.

“We’ve just had a hard talk about things in the dressing room, and we must come back tomorrow with some early wickets.

“We had a few chances during the day that we didn’t take and the scoreboard reflects that. But it was also quite hard to beat the bat when the ball got older.”

 

 

 

Division Two


Durham vs Leicestershire, Riverside

Centuries from David Bedingham and Sean Dickson provided Durham with a great start to their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two home opener against Leicestershire at the Riverside.

Scott Borthwick's men were reduced to 34 for three after an accurate start from the visitors, but Bedingham and Dickson stabilised the innings with a brilliant partnership worth 231 for the fourth wicket.

Bedingham continued his imperious form from the 2021 campaign with a flawless hundred displaying incredible array of strokes. He was supported by the determined Dickson, who replaced the injured Alex Lees at the top of the order and scored his first Durham century in red-ball cricket. Bedingham remained unbeaten at the close on 181 not out, with the hosts well poised to secure maximum batting points.

Durham were put into bat first without the services of their centurion from Glamorgan, Lees, due to a back injury. Leicestershire made an early breakthrough to capitalise with the new ball as Chris Wright removed opener Michael Jones for five.

Keegan Petersen was thrust into the Durham line-up after arriving in the North East on Wednesday. However, the South African's debut lasted only 15 deliveries after he played-on with a loose drive from Will Davis' third ball of the day. Borthwick endured a torrid 27-ball knock that was ended by a quality spell of bowling from Ed Barnes, reducing the hosts to 34 for three.

In need of a partnership, Dickson stemmed the tide alongside Bedingham to steer the home side into the lunch break. Bedingham pressed the accelerator after the interval with a string of boundaries, including a pristine straight drive against Wright. Both players passed fifty within the space of an over as Dickson notched his first half-century of the campaign before Bedingham followed, cutting Barnes to the fence.

The visitors struggled throughout the afternoon to make a breakthrough, while matters were made tougher after losing Wright to injury in the middle of his 10th over. Bedingham kept the pressure on the Leicestershire attack, dispatching Davis for two sixes, the second of which found the second row of boxes of the Don Robson Pavilion. The right-hander brought up a deserved century with another sublime drive down the ground, passing the milestone for the first time of the campaign in 144 balls.

Dickson faced a nervous wait after reaching 99 before tea, but he got over the line in the first ball after the break to secure his first first-class ton since July 2019. Barnes finally ended a brilliant 231-run partnership between Dickson and Bedingham, pinning the former lbw for 120 with a sharp inswinger. Despite the loss of Dickson, Ned Eckersley and Liam Trevaskis, Bedingham pressed on to his 150 with a sumptuous cut to the fence, piling on the agony for his compatriot Beuran Hendricks and his team-mates.

Durham's Sean Dickson - "The century was a long time coming. I eventually got over the line being stranded on 99 over tea was a bit demoralising, but I got that one straight after the interval. It was good to get Durham to a good score on day one. I'd only been out 99 once in my career and the thought did enter my head, but I was calm in the dressing room and I got a nice freebie to get the century.

"David Bedingham is a great player and a great asset for Durham. Over the last couple of seasons he has really shown it. He eases the blow out in the middle, and as soon as he came out he raised the run rate. If we can get more runs on the board and get them three down early on they might be in a sticky situation, which hopefully will be good for us."

Leicestershire's Ed Barnes - "There was a little bit of grass on the wicket and we thought that we could get a little bit out of it and we did. I thought we bowled beautifully up front and we put the ball in great areas. We got the early rewards and we were on top. Momentum shifted massively in the middle session and we never got it back for the rest of the day. Losing Chris Wright was a major loss, and it was up to us seamers and Ackermann to get the momentum back, but we didn't bowl in good enough areas after lunch. They played straight and well, especially Bedingham, and we were not up to it. We have to learn from the way they played."


Derbyshire vs Sussex, The Incora County Ground

A superb career-best unbeaten double century from Derbyshire’s Shan Masood dominated the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship Division Two match against Sussex at Derby.

The Pakistani opener scored a brilliant 201 from 271 balls and shared a county third wicket stand against Sussex of 236 with Wayne Madsen who was 88 not out at the close.

An injury-weakened Sussex attack failed to take a wicket after lunch as Derbyshire closed on an imposing 327 for 2.

Masood had already impressed with two half centuries in the opening match at Lord’s last week when he narrowly missed out on a hundred in the first innings.

He made no mistake this time against a largely inexperienced attack after Derbyshire won the toss and batted first on what looks to be a benign pitch.

With the exception of Steve Finn, the bowling lacked the consistency to apply any sustained pressure and Mahmood took advantage to reach 50 from only 60 balls.

Sussex stuck to their task but the only wickets to fall in the first two sessions were down to batting errors with Billy Godleman tickling a leg-glance to Mohamed Rizwan and Brooke Guest bottom-edging a pull.

But the wicket Sussex dearly wanted was Masood and, a couple of false strokes against the left arm spin of James Coles apart, he gave them little encouragement.

At lunch he was 74 from 88 balls and after the interval he moved to his century with a succession of imperious, at times dismissive, strokes on both sides of the wicket. 

Sussex probably realised it was not going to be their day when Tom Haines struck Masood on the back pad but his impassioned appeal left umpire Paul Baldwin unmoved.

There were few other alarms as Masood and Madsen cruised to a 100 stand in 28 overs and by tea, Derbyshire had scored at a quicker rate than any other team in the country.

Madsen has now shared century stands with 29 different batsmen, breaking the Derbyshire record of 28 held by Kim Barnett, and he reached another milestone when he completed his 100th first-class score of 50 or more.

Although he was content to play the supporting role, he was also largely untroubled apart from when a throw struck him a painful blow on the back of the right knee.

Sussex switched Finn to the Racecourse End at the start of the final session but the runs kept flowing with Masood reaching 150 from 191 balls.

The elegant left-hander will face more challenging attacks in the weeks to come but even at this early stage, head of cricket Mickey Arthur looks to have completed a very shrewd piece of business in bringing him to the club.

The visitors at least applied the brake towards the close of a long hard day in the field but could not prevent Masood and Madsen passing Derbyshire’s previous highest third wicket stand against Sussex of 215 set by Les Townsend and Albert Alderman at Eastbourne in 1938.

Sussex captain Tom Haines said: "Credit to Shan Masood, he batted absolutely beautifully,, not even a chance. We tried everything, I can't fault the effort from my bowlers but sometimes you just have to say 'well played' and that was an extremely good innings.

"It was about trying to keep one end dry and dot the batters up as much as we could but unfortunately when a batter is playing that well and putting every single bad ball away for four it's quite hard.

"it was a great innings but hopefully we can come back tomorrow with the new ball and get a couple of early wickets and make some inroads."

Derbyshire batsman Shan Masood said: "I think we were brave to bat first, Derby always has something for the bowlers and the onus was on us after the last game at Lord's where we had a few decent starts.

"Today when I had the chance I wanted to make sure I got a big one and got the team through to a good day.

"I had a 199 before and maybe it was written this would happen today on my home debut. It couldn't happen in a better place, Derbyshire put their faith in me and I'm just very happy to be here and be reunited with Mickey Arthur so hopefully this is just the start."

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Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan, Trent Bridge


Opener Ben Duckett, a potential candidate for an England recall this summer, posted his first century since May last year as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 302 on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan at Trent Bridge.

Duckett was dropped on 29, needed treatment after being struck on the hand and took a blow on the helmet batting on what proved at times to be a testing pitch.

He made Glamorgan pay heavily for giving him a life, hitting 12 boundaries before he was out for 122, his wicket falling to Australia’s world number one Test batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, making his first appearance of the season for the Welsh county and taking two for 11 bowling seam rather than his more usual leg breaks.

Skipper Steven Mullaney provided the most significant support for Duckett, scoring 44 as the pair added 116 for the fifth wicket, but Glamorgan fought back against the Division Two favourites to claim the last six Nottinghamshire wickets for 44 runs in the final session, Michael Neser taking three for 56.

Presented with a pitch with more than a tinge of green, Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd chose to bowl on winning the toss. Nottinghamshire reached lunch two down for 108.

Haseeb Hameed suffered an unlucky dismissal, run out on 34 as Glamorgan seamer James Weighell stuck out a leg in an attempt to stop a drive back down the pitch by Duckett and diverted the ball on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Yet Hameed had been given an early chance off Australian quick Neser evaded Sam Northeast at second slip. It was Northeast - who spent the latter part of the 2021 season on loan at Trent Bridge - who dropped Duckett on 29 just before lunch off Lloyd’s medium pace.

Northeast held one morning chance, giving Neser the wicket of opener Ben Slater for 17 via a straightforward slip catch.

Joe Clarke, who pulled Lloyd for six, maintained an aggressive Nottinghamshire mindset. On 35, however, surprised by a ball from Timm van der Gugten that found some extra bounce, he gloved it on to his stumps.

It was a breakthrough that brought a second for Van der Gugten his next over, when he saw Joey Evison dropped at second slip - Northeast again - but then had him leg before pushing forward for a duck, having last week made his maiden first-class century against Sussex.

Almost all of the Glamorgan bowlers at times gave away easy boundaries. Mullaney, who made a career-best 192 at Hove, picked up where he left off but was out 10 overs into the final session, caught by Northeast - this time at cover - as he drove Michael Hogan.

His departure sparking something of a collapse as Labuschagne had Tom Moores nicking behind before Liam Patterson-White played across the line against Hogan and Labuschagne struck again with a ball that Duckett miscued to give him a simple return catch, Nottinghamshire losing four wickets for 12 runs to be 270 for eight.

Neser bowled Brett Hutton to claim the third bowling point for Glamorgan with the second new ball before last-wicket pair James Pattinson and Dane Paterson somehow secured Nottinghamshire secured a third batting point, the Australian former Test fast bowler staring his third stint with a valuable 20 runs before Neser dismissed him via a steepling caught-and-bowled.

Glamorgan openers Lloyd and Andrew Salter began the reply brightly, despite Lloyd being caught at second slip off a no ball in Pattinson’s opening over, adding 33 in five overs before the close.

Nottinghamshire head coach Peter Moores said:

“Ben Duckett did what you want all your top-order players to do. He saw off the new ball and built partnerships with different people along the way. He left well, picked off every scoring opportunity and for the first day on that pitch it was a great innings, which put us in a strong position in the game.

“He has worked really hard and what you are seeing is a player who is really starting to understand his own game

“We dominated the first two sessions to put ourselves in a strong position at tea and we are a little bit frustrated we didn’t capitalise more on that, but credit to them for coming back at us.

“We were pleased  to get that last batting point because you never know how important it might be. It is a good pitch that gives you a chance with the new ball if you bowl well and we will be looking to do that tomorrow morning.”


Glamorgan assistant coach David Harrison said:

“Winning the toss and bowling, we erred bowling a bit too full but the way Michael Hogan and Timm van Gugten came out and applied the pressure, and the way we finished picking up six wickets in the last session puts the day in the balance.

“Marnus Labuschagne has pushed his bowling. We’ve seen him bowl seam in Australia, he’s let us know about it and he bowled really well, took two important wickets.

“Michael Neser in his first bowl back for a number of weeks feels pretty good, hopefully he’ll only improve now for the rest of the season.

“Fair play to Andrew Salter and David Lloyd, to get through the last five tricky overs was a great effort. The target will be to get a first innings lead, their pair (Duckett and Mullaney) showed that if you do get in, the going gets easier.”



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