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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 1: 5th - 8th May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Gates to the ground at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Gates to the ground at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Here are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 5 Day 1: 5th May.

Division One

Essex vs Yorkshire, Division 1, County Championship

Sir Alastair Cook batted for most of the day as he ground out a tenacious century to provide Essex with a strong platform in their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Yorkshire.

The former England captain occupied the crease doggedly for his 107 from 268 balls, sharing a third-wicket partnership of 174 with fellow left-hander Paul Walter to guide Essex to 234 for three after being put in at Chelmsford.

Yorkshire included Cook’s successor Joe Root, featuring for the first time since he resigned the England role and deployed him as one of seven bowlers as they toiled to try and build on early successes.

But those efforts were largely fruitless, with Walter reaching stumps just 11 short of a maiden first-class hundred – having narrowly missed out four days earlier when his knock of 93 had enabled Essex to stave off defeat against Northamptonshire.

Having lost the toss, the home side immediately found themselves under pressure after losing Nick Browne to the third ball of the morning, caught low at third slip off Jordan Thompson.

Thompson and Steven Patterson, who opened alongside him, sent down 34 consecutive dot balls before Cook finally got the scoreboard moving with a squirted single on the leg side.

He and Tom Westley eventually put together a partnership of 56, with the Essex captain surviving a series of edges through the slip cordon before he was eventually caught behind for 24, attempting to cut Dom Bess.

The off-spinner stifled the already meagre scoring rate with an accurate spell from the River End, yielding just a single run from his six overs prior to lunch.

Walter initially led something of a charmed life, with Patterson unable to hold onto a sharp return chance and inducing an edge in his next over that appeared to fall narrowly short of the diving George Hill in the slips.

At the other end, Cook crawled towards his half-century, dispatching Thompson to the cover boundary to reach that landmark after more than three hours and Yorkshire delved deeper into their bowling barrel, deploying Harry Brook’s medium pace and Root’s off-spin.

Having progressed at around two an over, Essex raised the tempo in the final session, with Walter adopting a more attacking approach and Cook carving Thompson to the boundary to complete his ton.

The opener’s stay at the wicket might have ended with the next delivery, a miscued drive that flew to first slip, but Brook shelled the chance.

That did not prove too costly for Yorkshire, however, as Cook played on to Patterson with four overs remaining, leaving his namesake – night-watchman Sam Cook – to accompany Walter to the close.

Hampshire vs Gloucestershire, Division 1, County Championship

Felix Organ celebrated his promotion to the top of the order with his second career LV= Insurance County Championship century as Hampshire enjoyed the better of day one against Gloucestershire.

Organ returned to open for the first time this year and made the most of his elevation with a simple, chanceless 107, while putting on 161 with James Vince – who scored an uncomplicated 78.

Gloucestershire pegged the hosts back from 225 for two to 310 for eight - with Mohammad Amir the pick of the bowlers with three for 51.

Jack of all trades Organ had previously opened in nine first-class matches in the 2019 and 2020 seasons - where he managed a meagre average of 23. Joe Weatherley and Ian Holland have been Adi Birrell and Vince’s preferred opening pair to leave Organ forging a role as a No.7 offspinner. His bowling utilising the footmarks of left-arm seamer Keith Barker and provides a preferred option that Mason Crane’s leg-spin.

Last season his batting topped out at 67, with an average of 21, but his last two matches this season have seen a quick unbeaten 44 to set up a declaration against Kent and a 42 which rescued Hampshire’s first innings versus Lancashire. Add in 69 for Dorset in a T20 earlier this week and his form can be described as ‘in’.

So, when Weatherley was ruled out of this game with a finger injury, there were no doubts Organ was ready to set the tone as an opener.

He was dropped straight into it when Vince decided to bat on a good-looking wicket, and had further pressure placed on his shoulders when Holland was caught behind by a gentle away swinger from Ryan Higgins in the third over. Nick Gubbins, on the back of twin tons last week, added 61 with Organ before he was given an ankle bruiser by Amir.

Organ, born in Sydney, Australia but moved to the UK when young, appeared unfussed and unmovable with a strong defence thwarting Higgins and Amir’s accurate bowling. He and Vince were able to free their arms more against the change bowlers; both adroitly picking the right moments to defend soundly and attack hard.

The afternoon session was particularly brutal for Gloucestershire, with eight players missing through injury, although their wicketless session was not helped when Vince edged a catchable chance between first and second slip when on 25. Otherwise runs flowed freely, fifties were negotiated and a first bonus point was awarded.

Organ’s century arrived with a dab to third in 212 balls and was accompanied by a long primal scream and a double fist-pump from the middle and a stand ovation from both his dressing room and the stands.

Gloucestershire pulled the day back in the evening with Vince and Organ’s wickets in quick succession with the old ball – the former pinned by Amir and the latter caught top-edging former Hampshire team-mate Ajeet Singh Dale to deep fine leg - before Ben Brown nicked the new ball behind.

Aneurin Donald made his stirring return to first-team cricket 962 days since his last innings having recovered twice from ACL injuries. He dabbed his third into the leg-side for a warmly received single but chipped to cover three balls later. Barker and Liam Dawson settled things to add a further 37 before the former edged Miles Hammond's spin behind and James Fuller was bowled to end the day.

Surrey vs Northamptonshire, Division 1, County Championship

Rory Burns returned to form with 107 as Surrey, asked to bat first, reached 261 for six on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Northamptonshire at the Kia Oval.

Surrey captain Burns, dropped as England’s Test opener following poor returns during the heavy Ashes series defeat in Australia last winter, had also made only 119 runs from six previous championship innings this season.

But here he held Surrey’s first innings together impressively after Luke Procter had removed Hashim Amla and Will Jacks in successive balls soon after lunch.

Burns went to two significant milestones during his innings – 11,000 runs in all first-class cricket and 9,000 in first-class matches for Surrey – and was joined by Sam Curran in the day’s defining partnership of 95 for the fifth wicket.

Curran finished 71 not out, a classy innings featuring some beautiful offside strokes, but both Burns and Colin de Grandhomme were dismissed by Ben Sanderson in the final hour to give Northants a late boost on a day when their captain, Ricardo Vasconcelos, was off the field for all but the opening hour after feeling unwell.

Procter had earlier seen Ryan Patel spoil a promising innings of 19 against the new ball by hitting to cover, where Simon Kerrigan took a smart catch above his head.

Amla was bowled for 21, an absolute beauty from the medium-pacer clipping the top of the former South Africa Test great’s off stump, and Jacks was leg-before to the next delivery – the last ball of Procter’s eighth over – which nipped back off the seam.

His double strike gave Procter figures at that stage of three for 18, and Surrey in sudden discomfort at 87 for three, but Ben Foakes hung around for more than an hour for 16 and helped Burns to add 46 for the fourth wicket before top-edging an attempted hook at Tom Taylor straight up in the air for keeper Lewis McManus to take a simple catch.

Curran’s arrival brought an acceleration in the scoring rate, and the England all-rounder smashed left-arm spinner Kerrigan straight for six and also hit nine fours as he continued an early-season comeback from a winter spent recovering from a stress fracture of the back.

Surrey, top of Division One after the first four championship rounds, will be delighted to see Burns back in the runs. Averaging 30.32 from his 32 Tests, including three hundreds, the 32-year-old opener will certainly feel his England days are not yet done while he remains one of the most consistent of county run-scorers.

Northants, for their part, might have done more damage in the first session had their quicker bowlers found a more demanding length. Too often they dropped short, although Burns, Patel and Amla were always quick to punish anything even slightly overpitched with some excellent driving down the ground.

A gorgeous early on-driven four by Burns, off Procter, showed that the left-hander felt in good touch and, in all, he struck 11 fours and faced 259 balls in a timely and battling near six-hour effort.

Burns finally fell in the seventh over of the second new ball, edging the persevering Sanderson low to second slip, and De Grandhomme’s 11 ended with a curious scooped pull high to deep square leg off the same bowler.


Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Division 1, County Championship

Dominic Sibley made his first century since being dropped by England last summer but Tom Bailey and Hassan Ali hit back with three late wickets to leave the opening day of Warwickshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford evenly poised.

Having won the toss and opted to bat first on what looks a very good pitch, the visitors ended the day on 273 for seven with Sibley unbeaten on 118 after over six hours’ unremitting effort. 

And the vast majority of the credit for the Bears’ total should plainly go to the opener, who chose not to tour with England Lions in Australia before Christmas, instead preferring to stay in this country and work hard on his game with Tony Frost, Warwickshire’s  batting coach.

The benefits of that approach were shown in Sibley’s more compact and better balanced technique as he coped very capably with a Lancashire attack lacking both James Anderson and Saqib Mahmood. His chanceless 227-ball century, which he reached with a single off George Balderson, took him exactly five hours to complete.

It is his first century in a red-ball match since he made 120 against the West Indies, also at Old Trafford, in July 2020’s Covid Test. Much has changed for Sibley since that match.   

However, Dane Vilas’s very respectable attack made regular breakthroughs, the first of which came in the third over of the morning when Alex Davies’s first innings at his former club since his departure last autumn saw the Warwickshire opener survive seven torrid deliveries from Bailey before letting the eighth ball go, only to see it knock out his off stump.

Sibley and Rob Yates then put on 35 for the second wicket in 13 overs before Yates also lost his off stump to a swinging delivery from Luke Wood that passed between the left-hander’s bat and pad.

Warwickshire were 84 for two at lunch and the following session of play was equally well-balanced. Sam Hain put on 82 with Sibley before coming down the pitch to a Matt Parkinson delivery that he turned into a full toss and smacked straight to short extra cover where substitute fielder, Rob Jones, took a good two-handed catch above his head.

Hain’s departure for 38 was followed half an hour later by that of the Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes, who hit three fours in his 16 runs before being bowled by a Parkinson leg-spinner to which he should have come forward.

But the dismissals of his batting partners seemed to have little effect on Sibley, who batted with a pleasingly unruffled tempo and was unbeaten on 76 at tea. A flurry of boundaries helped him progress quite rapidly towards three figures and much of the last session of play was controlled by Warwickshire’s fifth-wicket pair, Sibley and Chris Benjamin, who put on 99. 

Benjamin, who made his maiden first-class century on this ground last August, batted with some assurance for his 47 but fell to the new ball when Bailey hit him on the back leg and gave umpire Nigel Llong a relatively easy decision.  

Four overs later Michael Burgess was also leg before to Bailey when trying to work the ball to leg and Danny Briggs then fell to his second ball, caught by Keaton Jennings at slip off Hassan Ali. Bailey, who was the pick of Lancashire’s attack, finished the day with three for 50 from 21 overs.       

Before the start of play, both Lambs had been culled from the squads announced on Wednesday. Warwickshire’s Matt Lamb was left out because of a hamstring injury while his Lancashire namesake, Danny, yielded his place in a bowling attack that was also missing a resting James Anderson and Saqib Mahmood, who was nursing a shoulder injury.      

Division Two

Sussex vs Middlesex, Division 2, County Championship

Tom Alsop scored his first Sussex hundred and shared a stand of 204 with Ali Orr, who made 99, as Sussex enjoyed the better of day one against Middlesex in the LV= County Championship match at Hove.

Their second-wicket alliance helped the hosts reach 246 for two but then Middlesex took three wickets in seven overs after tea, including the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara for 16, to leave Sussex 273 for five.

Mohammad Rizwan and George Garton counter-attacked impressively against the second new ball, and although Rizwan fell for 31 Sussex reached stumps on 354 for six, having won the toss.

Alsop, who is on a season-long loan from Hampshire, played superbly for the fifth hundred of his career and first since April 2021 as he and Orr responded after Shaheen Shah Afridi had bowled Tom Haines with a beauty which tailed in to knock back the left-hander’s off stump in the ninth over.

Alsop didn’t give a chance and reached his hundred with arguably the pick of his 12 boundaries, a straight drive down the ground off Afridi. He was the more aggressive of the two and seemed in the mood to build a long innings when he frustratingly clipped a ball down the leg side from off-spinner Mark Stoneman to square leg for 113.

It was harder work for Orr, who was dropped on nought and then twice in the same over on 57 and 58. The 21-year-old knuckled down and seemed certain to lodge what would have been only his second first-class hundred when he was drawn into a drive at leg spinner Luke Hollman and was caught at slip in the last over before tea.

That wicket re-energised the Middlesex attack and they had further cause for celebration when they removed Pujara, who came into the game with an aggregate of 531 runs in his first five innings for Sussex. The Indian looked in the mood again, driving his first two balls from Hollman to the boundary before slog-sweeping him for six. It was little wonder that he shook his head in frustration after driving loosely to backward point off Ethan Bamber.

Martin Andersson chipped in with the wicket of Tom Clark, who was shaping up well until he dragged the ball onto his off stump, and when Alsop’s four-hour stay ended Sussex were 273 for five and the new ball was six overs away.

But Garton, playing his first game of the season having recovered from long Covid, and Rizwan ticked along at four an over before Blake Cullen broke through when Rizwan was held head-high at slip by skipper Peter Handscomb playing a forcing shot off the back foot. Garton was unbeaten on 37 at the close.

Worcestershire vs Durham, Division 2, County Championship

Durham opener Sean Dickson continued his prolific form with a third LV=Insurance County Championship century of the season on the opening day against Worcestershire at New Road.

New England captain Ben Stokes watched on admiringly from the dressing room balcony as Dickson established a solid platform for his side.

The South African reached his century off 179 balls with one six and 14 fours as Durham took full advantage of a wicket offering little encouragement to the bowlers.

Stokes was due to bat at number six in his first appearance since his England role was confirmed last month.

But he was forced to sit with his pads on for much of the final session as Durham captain Scott Borthwick and David Bedingham cashed in on an attack that have enjoyed better days with the ball.

The all-rounder will now have his chance tomorrow at the fall of the next wicket.

For Worcestershire, left armer, Ben Gibbon, who has been working on a building side for the past three years, pickled up the wicket of Keegan Petersen on his first class debut.

Dickson joined Durham from Kent in 2020, initially on loan, after declining a contract extension offer and had made only spasmodic Championship appearances before this season.

Eight four-day games for the county before this season had yielded only one half-century but it has been a different scenario in 2022 for the South African.

He struck 120 versus Leicestershire and 186 against Sussex

Worcestershire welcomed back all-rounder Joe Leach after recovering from a stomach bug and he and Gibbon replaced Dillon Pennington (hamstring) and Charlie Morris (illness).

Durham opted to bat first on a wicket which had the same moisture content and length of grass as for the victory over Sussex but different overhead conditions..

England opener Alex Lees did not look entirely at ease, edging Leach for four and then seeing an uppish cut against the same bowler fly just wide of the slip cordon.

But the Durham first wicket pair managed to survive the new ball before Ed Barnard made the first breakthrough.

Lees could only inside edge a delivery from the England Lions player onto his stumps after making 27 with 55 on the board.

Dickson immediately looked in the kind of good touch befitting a player who had started the season so well and produced a series of fine cover drives.

His second wicket stand with Keegan Petersen blossomed in the afternoon and was worth 123 in 37 overs when Gibbon picked up his first wicket.

Petersen completed a 116 ball fifty but had not added to his score when he edged a Gibbon delivery and keeper Ben Cox held onto a good low catch.

It was a reward for all the hard work put in by Gibbon to earn a professional career at New Road this summer after three years working on a building site.

He was brought into the side after impressing in pre-season and for the Seconds and could be content with figures of 17-4-50-1 from his day’s work.

Dickson went to tea on 99 for the second time this season after being in the same position against Leicestershire at Chester-le-Street.

He was fortunate on the resumption when his drive against Leach fell inches short of Finch at extra cover.

But the 30-year-old He eventually went to three figures from 179 balls when he cut Barnard for his 14th four.

Barnard had his revenge in dismissing the former Kent player on 104 with a ball which bounced on him, found the edge and was snapped up by Ed Pollock at first slip.

Borthwick, on 80, and Bedingham, with 69, with flourished in the final session after safely negotiating the second new ball.

They completed 68 and 67 ball half centuries respectively during an unbroken stand of 117 before the close.

Glamorgan vs Leicestershire, Division 2, County Championship

Leicestershire finished day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Glamorgan in Cardiff on 285 for seven with the visitors losing six wickets for 117 runs after tea.

A career best 82 from Rishi Patel and a well-made 64 from Hassan Azad had given the Leicestershire hope of setting a competitive first innings score for the first time this season but a frantic evening session so those hopes fade. 

The visitors were well placed at tea on 168 for two before wickets for Marnus Labuschagne and two preventable run outs meant that their middle order made limited impact.

When Patel was bowled by Harris, chopping on while attempting a cut shot, Leicestershire had lost their top order and were still short of passing 300 for the first time in the Championship this season.

Having won the toss and put Leicestershire into bat Glamorgan would have been hoping for some early wickets to justify that decision. This was not to be with Leicestershire making slow but steady progress as they reached lunch at 82 for none.

Glamorgan went into this game with six seam bowling options, but it was the part-time spin of Labuschagne who made the breakthrough. Sam Evans came down the pitch to a ball that turned just enough to go past the outside edge and Chris Cooke completed a simple stumping.

Labuschagne could have dismissed Azad when the batter was on 46 but David Lloyd failed to hold on to a chance in the slips. Azad made it to 64 and looked completely untroubled before he was run out by a sharp throw from the boundary by Sam Northeast.  

Patel came into this side for Colin Ackermann who missed out on this match due to an injured thumb. Patel has had some misfortune himself this season with illness and then injury preventing him from making a first team appearance in 2022 until this match. From the very start of his innings he looked in fine touch as he passed fifty for the first time in his first-class career. 

While Patel stood firm it was chaotic at the other end with the run out of Azad and Labuschagne picking up the wickets of Wiaan Mulder and Scott Steel in consecutive balls. 

The new ball brought more wickets with Michael Neser, James Harris and James Weighell all chipping in to cause more damage to the Leicestershire batting lineup. . 

Barring some late order brilliance, Leicestershire will be looking to fight their way back into a match. Given how well things had gone for Leicestershire in the first half of the day Glamorgan will be delighted with their efforts after the tea break. 

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