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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 1: April 28th - 1st - 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 are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 4 Day 1: 28th April.



Division One

Essex vs Northamptonshire, The Cloud County Ground

Opener Will Young personified an obdurate batting performance by Northamptonshire on the first day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Chelmsford. The New Zealander followed up his match-saving 96 against Yorkshire last week with a painstaking 63 before Northants lost a clutch of late wickets to creep to 233-7 at the close. Young’s 100-run partnership for the second wicket with Emilio Gay set the tone for a day of frustration for the Essex attack.

After Young became the second of Sam Cook’s two victims, the cudgels were taken up by Luke Procter, around whom Northants’ middle-order resistance was built. The left-hander will resume this morning on 60 from 164 balls. Essex’s decision to put Northants in appeared to have been vindicated immediately when Ricardo Vasconcelos edged Cook’s third ball into the slip cordon.

Thereafter, the Essex bowlers toiled on a benign strip that offered little before they finally parted Gay and Young, who dug in for a workmanlike 38-over partnership that had few frills, few thrills and even fewer chances. It became the story of the day.

It was a far cry from Northants’ calamitous visit to Chelmsford last September that resulted in the shortest match of the modern four-day era: students of the unusual will remember that it finished half-an-hour into day two. This time, though, the visitors passed the 45 that constituted their second-innings total then inside 20 painstaking overs; the 81 of their 2021 first innings was overtaken with the first ball after lunch in an over where Young hit Shane Snater for three fours from alternate deliveries.

Cook kept the pair in check in a seven-over opening spell in which the seamer conceded just eight runs, the only dent coming when Gay pulled him with supreme nonchalance to the boundary.

The second-wicket stand had reached three-figures when it was finally broken. Snater got one to move away from the 22-year-old left-hander Gay and Sir Alastair Cook took the catch low down to his right at first slip.

Young’s three-hour, 146-ball stay ended soon after when he shouldered arms to a ball from Cook that nipped back off the seam and trapped him lbw.

Proctor and Rob Keogh put on 45 quietly and efficiently in 16 overs until the stroke of tea when Keogh prodded tentatively at a delivery from Matt Critchley that the bowler caught tumbling forward just above his boot-straps.

Paul Walter, called in to replace loanee Adam Rossington, denied permission to play against his parent club, claimed the scalp of Saif Zaib with his rarely seen medium-pacers, pinned lbw shuffling across the stumps.

Lewis McManus hung around for three-quarters of an hour for seven before he wafted at one outside off-stump from Snater and Simon Harmer pounced in front of Cook the elder at first slip to snaffle the catch.

If Cook junior was the pick of the Essex bowlers with his two wickets, then the Australian Mark Steketee chose the fourth of his six-match stint to bowl his most controlled and impressive spell since he joined at the start of the season.

The waywardness of Steketee’s first outing against Kent earlier in the month when he went for almost four runs an over was replaced by a parsimonious rpo of around 1.7. His efforts were finally rewarded when Harmer took a sharp one-handed catch at second slip to account for Tom Taylor just before stumps.

Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Bristol County Ground

Jamie Smith served up defiance aplenty to register a hard-earned hundred and give Surrey the upper hand on day one of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol's Seat Unique Stadium.

Without a score of note in two previous outings this season, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman from Epsom found his touch to raise 111 not out from 238 balls, holding sway for five hours to help the Londoners recover from a poor start and reach the close well-placed on 294-4.

Having played second fiddle to England batsman Ollie Pope in an alliance of 151 for the fourth wicket earlier in the day, he then shared in an unbroken stand of 106 with Sam Curran as First Division leaders Surrey took control in the final session.

Eager to be a part of England's future under new managing director Rob Key and captain Ben Stokes, Pope weighed in with a notable 84, while free-wheeling Curran served up a late afternoon flourish to finish unbeaten on 57 and issue a timely reminder of his own to the selectors.

Still seeking their first win of the season, Gloucestershire won the toss for the first time in 2022, elected to field and promptly reduced the visitors to 37-3 on a green-tinged pitch. But four dropped catches on a bitterly cold day prevented them from taking advantage of the excellent start afforded them by left arm seamers David Payne and Matt Taylor, who claimed two wickets apiece and made life difficult for the batsmen. A return to county cricket for Mohammad Amir, recruited for the next three games, proved a chastening affair as the Pakistani Test star bowled with express pace but no luck, twice falling victim to fumbles in the slip cordon as the hosts paid the price for not taking their chances.

Gloucestershire will especially regret giving Smith a life on 48, James Bracey going full length behind the stumps without quite managing to hold on, much to the chagrin of the aggrieved Amir. Smith certainly made the most of his escape, staging a crucial recovery in partnership with Pope.

In the wake of a winter of discontent and bitter defeat, few players are guaranteed a place when England meet New Zealand in the First Test at Lord's on June 2. Yet Pope has surely established himself as a surefire selection after his latest meaningful contribution. Accustomed to facing quick bowling on hard Australian surfaces during last winter's Ashes series, the 24-year-old batsman has quickly readjusted to English conditions, coming into this contest with scores of 127, 58 and 47 under his belt. Dropped on 72 by Miles Hammond at slip attempting to work Graeme van Buuren's slow left arm, he took full advantage of Gloucestershire's profligacy and has now accrued 321 runs at an average of 64.2.

Like his fellow Surrey batsmen, Smith was prone to playing and missing outside off stump as the ball moved both ways off the pitch. But unlike those who went before him, he rode his luck and mustered the character, resolve and judgment needed to play himself in. Aided and abetted by the introduction of Jack Taylor's off breaks from the Bristol Pavilion end, he went to 50 via 118 balls, playing a pivotal role in a burgeoning partnership which required 33 overs to realise three figures. 

The stand was worth 151 when Gloucestershire were finally afforded some relief, Pope losing concentration momentarily and clipping a length ball from Payne to Jack Taylor at mid-wicket with the score on 188. But there was no stopping the indomitable Smith, who drove Ryan Higgins straight down the ground to register his fifteenth boundary and, with it, his first hundred of the season. 

Surrey had banked a batting bonus point by the time the second new ball was taken, and they had another in the bag after the aggressive Curran took advantage of a tiring attack to plunder nine boundaries in a 52-ball half century.

Exposed to the worst of the conditions and dismissed relatively cheaply in their first innings in three previous matches, Gloucestershire jumped at the chance to insert their opponents when skipper van Buuren called correctly beneath leaden skies. His decision proved the right one, Surrey's top order struggling to contain Amir's pace and the movement generated by Payne and Matt Taylor during a morning session in which leather dominated willow.

In stark contrast to Pope, Rory Burns has done little to enhance his England credentials in recent times, and the opener again appeared out of sorts as he succumbed to Matt Taylor's first ball, held by Chris Dent low down at second slip for six. 

His season held in abeyance by a particularly debilitating bout of Covid, Payne announced himself by taking a wicket with his first delivery of the season, persuading the ball to nip back off the seam and pin Ryan Patel in his crease for nine.

Hashim Amla never looked comfortable against the moving ball and the South African was eventually squared up by Taylor and caught by Hammond at third slip, at which point Surrey were well and truly under the pump.

 

Hampshire vs Lancashire, Ageas Bowl

James Anderson celebrated news his international exile is set to end by helping Lancashire bowl Hampshire out for 246 in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Anderson, who was left out of England’s tour to the West Indies, has today been given the green light to return to the Test side by new captain Ben Stokes and new managing director Rob Key. At the Ageas Bowl, he produced a flawless new ball spell on his way to three for 24.

Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali continued his excellent start at Lancashire with five for 45, with Nick Gubbins’ 101 not out saving Hampshire after they had slumped to 40 for five. Lancashire reached close 37 for one, 209 runs in arrears.

On the day Ben Stokes was announced as England’s new Test captain, Anderson produced a casting tape of his best attributes. A reminder, if one is ever needed when you have 640 Test wickets, ahead of the upcoming series with New Zealand and South Africa. Not that Stokes, nor Key, asked or needed one having made their intentions clear.

Inviting Anderson to bowl first on a green-tinged pitch under silvery skies is akin to dangling one’s arm in the face of a ravenous crocodile, but Hampshire did just that and predictably lost their top order cheaply.

Anderson was at his controlling best in a first six-over spell which found brisk nibble in both directions – after Tom Bailey had dismissed Joe Weatherley with an in-out set-up. Ian Holland pushed forward on one which held its fifth stump line, while James Vince was bereft by a sharp in-ducker which took his outside edge. Anderson’s opening stint returned two for six, with four maidens.

One of the motifs of this fixture is the blue-ribbon fast bowling attacks on show from both teams, something perfectly exemplified by the replacement of Anderson with Ali. Ali, on the back of a nine-wicket bag against Gloucestershire, maintained and built on Anderson’s pressure. He slightly squared up Liam Dawson with one that angled away off the seam before a leg-side delivery found its way to third slip via Ben Brown’s outside edge four balls later.  

Hampshire needed a partnership. They got one through the pugnaciousness of Gubbins and Felix Organ – who put on 92 either side of lunch.

Gubbins spent a portion of his winter playing in Zimbabwe’s Logan Cup – scoring a century in two matches – and had begun his Championship season with a handful of starts and a 69 last week versus Kent. He was forced to temper his usual aesthetic to churn to fifty in 133 balls.

Anderson returned to direct some short balls at Organ, who having negotiated a series of bumpers, tamely lobbed a top edge to leg slip for 42, before Keith Barker looped a leading-edge off Ali.

James Fuller juxtaposed Gubbins by upping the tempo with his biffing and bottom-hand favoured shot-making. He was 37 off 19 balls at one point, before slowing slightly to a 49 ball fifty, with an 83-run stand with Gubbins.

Gubbins reached his second century for Hampshire since arriving last summer, and the 12th of his first-class career, in 210 balls. But with Fuller bowled by Luke Wells, Ali mopped up the tail ruthlessly to move to 19 scalps so far this season.

Wells and George Balderson had fewer issues against the new ball, although the latter tickled Barker behind late in the day.

Somerset vs Warwickshire, The Cooper Associates County Ground

Matt Renshaw eased Somerset’s batting worries with a fluent century on the opening day of the LV=County Championship match with Warwickshire at Taunton 

The Australian Test player’s superb 129, featuring 19 fours and 2 sixes, paved the way for an imposing score of 351 for four. It was his fourth hundred in six home Championship appearances for Somerset – four of those games back in 2018. 

Tom Lammonby contributed 56 to an opening stand of 137, while skipper Tom Abell made 70 as his side set about ending a run of seven successive Championship defeats, stretching back to last summer. 

Oliver Hannon-Dalby was the pick of the Warwickshire attack, taking three for 62, but it was a largely out-of-sorts bowling display by the visitors after winning the toss. 

With a short boundary on the town side of the Cooper Associates County Ground and a pitch showing only a tinge of green, Somerset appeared to have given their under-pressure batting unit every opportunity to find some form. 

Renshaw and Lammonby played positively from the start, only Hannon-Dalby showing the necessary accuracy to contain them. 

The two left-handers brought up a half-century stand in the 15th over and began to accelerate, Lammonby surviving a tough chance to gully on 28 off Craig Miles. 

Renshaw looked an even more complete player than in his first successful spell with Somerset and moved to fifty off 80 balls, with 8 fours and a pulled six off Miles. 

He took the score past 100 with a sweet cover-drive of Danny Briggs. The slow left-armer was introduced from the River End to try and stem the flow of runs, but there was nothing in the pitch for him and by lunch Somerset were 130 without loss. 

Lammonby had gone to his half-century off 76 balls, with a crisp on-driven four off Aussie seamer Nathan McAndrew, who was proving expensive on his Warwickshire debut. 

But Hannon-Dalby had given little away and the tall seamer made the breakthrough in the fifth over after lunch as Lammonby edged a defensive shot to Sam Hain at second slip. 

Abell and Renshaw confidently built on what had gone before, the latter reaching a chanceless hundred off 158 balls. 

The shot that brought up Renshaw’s ton was among his best, a flowing back-foot forcing stroke through the off-side for a boundary off McAndrew. 

Another six followed when Renshaw effortlessly lifted Briggs straight back over his head. Abell looked equally comfortable, with the ball rarely beating the bat. 

The pair brought up the second century stand of the innings before tea, which was taken at 249 for two when Renshaw edged a seaming Hannon-Dalby delivery through to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess. 

Abell had moved to a composed 92-ball fifty. The final session saw him joined by Tom Banton, who helped take the total to 277 before Abell was caught behind down the leg side pushing forward to occasional off-spinner Rob Yates. 

It was 282 for three when the second new ball was taken. Banton greeted it with a glorious straight-driven four off Hannon-Dalby and looked in good touch, moving to 47 not out by the close. 

James Hildreth was caught at point for 23, cutting a wide ball from Hannon-Dalby. But Somerset, without Peter Siddle because of a stomach strain, could still reflect on four hugely welcome batting points. 

 

Yorkshire vs Kent, Headingley

A second century in as many games for Daniel Bell-Drummond helped Kent recover from early strife to claim the opening day’s honours in their LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Yorkshire at Headingley.

This Division One clash features two counties dealing with injury issues, but it was the visitors who will be much the happier after being invited to bat and slipping to 20 for three following a blistering new ball spell from Haris Rauf.

They closed on 270 for six from 81 overs, of which Bell-Drummond scored 109. Fifteen overs were lost through two stoppages for bad light.

The 28-year-old shared a partnership of 133 for the fourth wicket either side of lunch with Jordan Cox (68) after Pakistan overseas quick Rauf’s early triple strike included England opener Zak Crawley lbw for four.

This was Yorkshire’s first day of home cricket in 2022 after a winter of off-field disquiet, and it ended with Ollie Robinson a late departure for 58.

It did not yield the inroads Yorkshire would have hoped for after encouraging away performances in victory over Gloucestershire and a draw against Northamptonshire. 

But, even though approximately 2,000 supporters had to brave the chill of an overcast late April day, it would have been a relief to see the likes of homegrown favourites Steve Patterson and Jordan Thompson bound into the crease.

The last time home debutant Rauf played on this ground, in a T20 international last year, he was smashed for six high over the newly named Howard Stand (named after the late Keith Howard, founder of the Emerald Group) by Liam Livingstone.

This was a much better experience as, bowling from the same end, he had Ben Compton (3) caught behind, Crawley lbw playing to leg and Jack Leaning lbw stuck on the crease for a two-ball duck against his former side. He finished with three for 52 from 11 overs.

Stand-in captain Leaning’s departure in his first appearance of the season after a hamstring injury left Kent 20 for three inside 10 overs. But then came the Bell-Drummond led revival.

Kent came into this match on the back of a draw and two defeats. 

Bell-Drummond scored a 149 in the second of those defeats, against Hampshire last week.

They are without Jackson Bird (shoulder) and have left out Darren Stevens despite a recent hamstring niggle, though have included South African overseas all-rounder George Linde for the first time following a groin injury.

Yorkshire are missing regular new ball pair Matthew Fisher (back) and Ben Coad (groin) amongst other absentees.

After Rauf’s pulsating five-over opening burst, the hosts just weren’t able to build pressure for long enough in conditions which provided less assistance than would have been expected before play.

Yorkshire delivered too many boundary balls under the floodlights. Bell-Drummond hit 17 fours in 194 balls.

Either side of being dropped on 50 - by Adam Lyth at second slip off Patterson - two balls into the afternoon, Bell-Drummond drove, cut, whipped and flicked with aplomb. 

He reached his fifty off 73 balls late in the morning and his 13th first-class century off 172 just before tea.

By that time, his fourth-wicket partnership with Cox had been broken by the off-spin of Dom Bess, who trapped the latter lbw (153 for four).

Play was halted by bad light for almost an hour from 4.20pm before play resumed and Bell-Drummond was ousted - caught at mid-on by Rauf off the seam of young all-rounder Matthew Revis as the score fell to 227 for five in the 72nd over.

Revis, awarded his second-team cap before play, broke a 74-run stand with Robinson, who fifty came up shortly afterwards off 94 balls.

He was then trapped lbw by the frugal Patterson almost immediately before play was halted for a second time at 6.15pm.

 

 

 

Division Two

Derbyshire vs Glamorgan, The Incora County Ground

Shan Masood’s remarkable start to the season continued but he was overshadowed by a century from Brooke Guest that gave Derbyshire the advantage on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

The Pakistan batter scored 60 before falling to Michael Hogan who was the pick of the Glamorgan attack with 3 for 45 but remains on course for the most runs scored in April.

Guest made 109, his second first-class hundred, and Wayne Madsen 70 as Derbyshire closed on 282 for 5 when bad light ended play just after 6pm. 

All the attention was on Masood before the Division Two game with the Pakistan left-hander closing in on Nick Compton’s record tally of 712 in April 2012.

After consecutive double centuries, Masood had 611 runs from four innings when Billy Godleman won the toss and elected to bat on a chilly, grey morning.

The pitch looked a good one although Hogan bowled superbly and could easily have removed Masood in a challenging opening spell.

Michael Neser, on antibiotics for an infected toe, struggled with his line but Hogan was relentless in his accuracy and deserved more than the one wicket he took in a seven over shift from the City end that cost only 11 runs.

The 40-year-old almost had Masood on five when a bottom-edged pull bounced just wide off the stumps before his persistent probing did for Godleman.

Derbyshire’s skipper was undone by one that moved away just enough to take the outside edge in the 12th over but that was Glamorgan’s only success of the morning .

That was down to the discipline and patience of Masood and Guest with the latter emerging from an uncertain start to play with increasing confidence.

Glamorgan thought they had Masood on 30 when he was beaten by some swing from David Lloyd and struck in front but umpire Paul Pollard was unmoved, possibly thinking the ball had pitched just outside leg.

Masood completed his fifth consecutive 50 shortly after lunch and looked to be moving towards another three figure score until Hogan held a smart return catch.

He dived away to his right to grab a leading edge one-handed but the departure of the country’s leading run scorer did not unsettle Derbyshire.

Guest and Madsen picked off the bad balls with Guest completing his hundred from 196 balls while Madsen passed yet another milestone on his way to 50.

He became only the fifth Derbyshire player to reach 18,000 runs in all formats as Derbyshire accumulated steadily in conditions that had deteriorated enough for the floodlights to be used.

To their credit, Glamorgan plugged away and were rewarded when Hogan and Neser claimed three wickets with the second new ball.

Neser delivered his best spell of the day and after going past the bat several times, dismissed Madsen in the gloom, trapping him on the crease as he went half-forward.

That ended a stand of 161 in 47 overs and Guest soon followed, bowled by one that moved away, before nightwatchman Sam Conners was lbw to Neser to take some of the gloss off Derbyshire’s day.

Middlesex vs Leicestershire, Lord’s

Shaheen Afridi and Tom Helm took three wickets apiece as Middlesex’s potent seam attack shone again on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Leicestershire at Lord’s.

The Seaxes, who dismissed Glamorgan cheaply twice to secure an innings victory last week, bowled their visitors out for 149, with Afridi repeating his debut feat from Cardiff by striking twice in as many balls to wreck the Foxes’ top order.

The Pakistan paceman finished with figures of three for 54, while Helm bettered that return with three for 23.

Mark Stoneman cemented Middlesex’s advantage with an unbeaten 80 to steer his side to 142 for two at the close, a deficit of only seven.

With cloud overhead, it was little surprise when home skipper Peter Handscomb opted to bowl after winning the toss – and his bowlers quickly proved the wisdom of that decision by reducing Leicestershire to 55 for six before lunch.

Afridi captured the first three wickets as Hassan Azad nudged low to first slip and Colin Ackermann, hanging the bat out, dragged his first delivery onto the stumps before Louis Kimber was bowled by a ball that nipped back.

Toby Roland-Jones – having beaten the bat several times without reward – switched ends and prised out the stubborn Sam Evans, caught behind after lasting an hour and a half for only nine runs.

Helm also bowled with pace and venom from the Nursery End, collecting wickets either side of the interval and alternating with Ethan Bamber (2-23), whose steady line accounted for Harry Swindells before Chris Wright was clean bowled.

However, last man Beuran Hendricks (22) played some productive shots, surviving a sharp slip chance off Luke Hollman and clubbing both the leg-spinner and Afridi to the fence as he and Callum Parkinson (25 not out) built a partnership of 39.

That stand, the highest of the innings, eventually ended when Hendricks was bowled swinging at Hollman and missing, but it had at least given the Foxes some impetus going into the field.

Wright immediately found the edge of Sam Robson’s bat and, although the ball dropped narrowly short of third slip, he and Hendricks initially kept Middlesex’s opening pair under a tight rein.

Stoneman threw off the shackles in the 10th over, doubling the total with a succession of boundaries off Hendricks and strode towards his half-century, dispatching Wiaan Mulder for four more through the covers to reach the landmark.

Ed Barnes made the breakthrough, pinning Robson (16) leg before – and Leicestershire might also have removed Robbie White without scoring, Ackermann shelling a chance off Wright at second slip.

Having taken 40 minutes to get off the mark, White advanced to 23 before Mulder had him caught in the slips off the final ball of the day.

Nottinghamshire vs Worcestershire, Trent Bridge

Stuart Broad returned to competitive action for the first time since the final Ashes Test in Hobart in January ahead of his expected return to the England fold under new captain Ben Stokes but he was emphatically upstaged by teammate Dane Paterson on on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire at Trent Bridge.

Broad took a wicket in the third of his eight overs but the man of the moment was the South African pace bowler Paterson, who finished with a career-best eight for 52 as Worcestershire were dismissed for 159 in 41 overs by the Division Two leaders.

They were the best bowling figures at Trent Bridge since Broad’s extraordinary eight for 15 against Australia in 2015.

Jack Haynes, the 21-year-old former England under-19 batter, top scored for Worcestershire with 37. There were half-centuries by Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett in Nottinghamshire’s reply but Worcestershire took five wickets in the final session as the home side closed on 203 for seven for a lead of 44.

All eyes were on Broad after Nottinghamshire chose to bowl first on what looked a bowler-friendly surface, and the fillip of an early wicket came as Jake Libby nicked one to wicketkeeper Tom Moores.

Ed Pollock profited from some early aggression, the former Warwickshire opener clearing the ropes with an audacious whip to the leg side off Luke Fletcher and hitting Broad for three fours in seven balls.

Yet Paterson, replacing Broad at the pavilion end, removed Pollock with his first delivery, drawing the batter to push at one that flew off the edge to second slip.

Paterson, who had been a candidate to be rested to make way for Broad’s return, bowled a consistently good line and had four wickets before lunch as Worcestershire stumbled to 114 for five.

Pakistan Test batsman Azhar Ali succumbed in his second over, caught behind off a thin edge. Brett D’Oliveira, who had two unbeaten centuries in three innings coming into this match, perished in similar fashion before Ed Barnard was bowled off a bottom edge, trying to leave.

After lunch, Paterson brought one back to have Ben Cox leg before, had Haynes caught behind and induced Josh Baker to miscue to mid-on. He bettered his previous best figures of seven for 20 by bowling Charlie Morris with one that kept low.

Fletcher wrapped up the innings by dismissing Dillon Pennington as ‘keeper Moores took his fifth catch.

In reply Nottinghamshire cruised to 70 without loss, with openers Hameed and Ben Slater picking off boundaries at will against some loose bowling.

Their partnership ended as Slater, after his double hundred against Durham, was run out on 24, beaten by Libby’s throw to ‘keeper Cox from probably the deepest corner of the outfield as Hameed went for a third run.

Hameed passed fifty for the first time this season with consecutive boundaries off Adam Finch in the penultimate over of the afternoon, but was out in the same over, brilliantly caught one-handed by Cox.

Cox took two more catches after tea, Duckett, who had been dropped at slip off Baker on 11, reached fifty for the fourth consecutive innings but was immediately out, nicking a drive, before another diving effort accounted for Joe Clarke, whose struggle for runs this season continued as a Barnard outswinger found the edge.

Clarke’s dismissal sparked a run of four Nottinghamshire wickets falling for 23 runs as Worcestershire continued to fight back. Lyndon James and Steven Mullaney were both caught at second slip and Liam Patterson-White run out by Baker’s direct hit from cover.

Sussex vs Durham, The 1st Central County Ground

Sussex enjoyed their best day of the season in the LV= County Championship, dismissing Durham for 223 before skipper Tom Haines made his third half-century of the season as they reached 82 for one on the first day at Hove.

Durham’s total represented something of a fightback after they had been 75 for six with Liam Trevaskis supervising their recovery with a career-best 88.

Aaron Beard, on his Sussex debut after signing for a month from Essex, and Tom Clark both took three wickets but Durham’s total looked some way short of par.

And Haines and Orr put conditions in perspective in a first-wicket stand of 68. Haines hit ten fours, including three in one over off Matt Salisbury, and it was a surprise when Matty Potts bowled him off a very thin inside edge for 54.

The pitch looked good for batting but Durham, who won the toss, soon lost opener Alex Lees although it was a misjudgement by the England opener, who drove loosely at Henry Crocombe and was caught behind in the sixth over.

There were few alarms for Sean Dickson and South African Keegan Petersen who took the total to 61 when Clark picked up his first wicket. Again, it was a misjudgement by the batter as Petersen drove off the back foot straight to backward point.

Suddenly Durham’s top order had been blown away in a mad half-hour as five wickets tumbled for 15 runs in 7.1 overs. Clark picked up Dickson playing across a straight one and in the next over Beard struck in his ninth over as David Bedingham got a thin edge as he pushed forward.

Skipper Haines replaced Beard and had immediate success when skipper Scott Borthwick was well caught in the gully by Orr. In the next over Clark had his third wicket with Ned Eckersley also leg before playing across the line.

Durham were 79 for six at lunch but Trevaskis and Ben Raine regrouped in the afternoon. There was an extraordinary moment when Crocombe pitched the ball on the second bounce on an adjoining pitch and Trevaskis stepped several yards out of his crease to swipe it down to fine leg.

Their seventh-wicket stand had been worth 53 in 17 overs when Beard struck in the third over of his new spell as Raine fell leg before to a delivery slanted across him.

Leg-spinner Mason Crane has also joined Sussex on a month’s loan from Hampshire but Trevaskis greeted his arrival into the attack by hitting successive boundaries to bring up his fifty and he progressed to a fine 88 in a stand of 87 in 26 overs with Matty Pott.

But Crane returned after tea to have Trevaskis superbly caught at short fine-leg by the diving Orr and Potts held off a too-edged slog sweep in successive overs. Beard took a return catch off Matt Salisbury to finish with three for 51 while Clark was the pick of the attack with three for 21 from 17 overs.

Durham’s attack leader Chris Rushworth needed a concussion check after he was struck on the back of the helmet by Clark’s bouncer and Rushworth had little luck when he took the new ball as Haines and Orr ensured it was Sussex’s day.

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