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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 1: 19th May - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 1
LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 1
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Here are all the latest news, scores and match report updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 1: 19th May.

Division 1


Northamptonshire vs Kent

Zak Crawley went some way to justify his England Test call-up as he collected his highest LV= Insurance County Championship score of the season.

Eye brows were raised in some quarters when Kent batter Crawley was named in the squad to face New Zealand next month having averaged under 20 in eight Championship innings in 2022.

But he impressed with a controlled 62, although it was opening partner Ben Compton who continued his annus mirabilis by creeping to his fourth century, and seventh score over 50, this season.

Compton ended the day unbeaten on 125 as Kent rang up 286 for two on a batting-friendly day one at Wantage Road.

All eyes were on Crawley after Ricardo Vasconcelos had put Kent in on a wicket which looked like and proved to be good for batting. The first ball he faced was pulled forcefully to the boundary, he edged his second ball just short of second slip before another four off his hips.

The all-action opening slowed into a more sedate pace as both Crawley and Compton left and defended the ball with great skill, albeit with little movement assisting the bowlers. Crawley was particularly patient outside his off stump, with his rare cover drives checked rather than flailed to the rope.

Crawley’s half-century, his second of a disappointing campaign, came in 75 balls, with the opening duo putting on 93. Crawley edged Kelly behind when not committing to either a drive or defence just after lunch to give Northamptonshire hope of a profitable afternoon. That did not transpire.

Compton has been one of county cricket’s finds of the season, having moved from Nottinghamshire. While the 28-year-old’s style isn’t aesthetically pleasing, his numbers are incredible and are a testament to his technique and mentality.

In Division One he is: the leading runscorer (795), scored the most centuries (four), faced the most balls (1,960) and clocked up the most boundaries (98). He has now batted for 43 hours and 12 minutes, and has blocked out 1,534 dot balls – in fact, he has faced more dot balls than second-highest facer Sam Hain has seen total balls.

It took him 53 minutes to reach double figures at Wantage Road with his fifty coming in 131 deliveries. There were moments of lucidity, namely a couple of cover drives and a pull which he thought had taken him to three figures. It quickly emerged the scorers had miscounted and he was forced to celebrate his century a second time, this time after a sweep shot.

Daniel Bell-Drummond had replaced Crawley and simply kept the runs steadily amassing in the afternoon, as Northamptonshire dreamed of the second new ball. Bell-Drummond reached his third fifty of the season, but the first time couldn’t convert.

He was dropped on 77 by Emilio Gay at second slip, as the second new ball offered more movement than the first, but edged to first slip in the following over for 83. Kent suffered no further causalities as Jack Leaning and Compton remained resolute.


Lancashire vs Essex

Dan Lawrence made exactly 100 not out and Nick Browne returned to form with 71 as Essex shared the spoils with Lancashire the opening day of their Division One LV= Insurance County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.

Lawrence, who was playing his first match after nearly a month out with a hamstring injury and was yesterday omitted from the England squad for the first Test, reached his century in the penultimate over of the day but Lancashire took four wickets in the final hour or so to leave the visitors on 280 for seven at the close.     

In the first session Browne and Tom Westley enabled Essex to recover after the loss of Alastair Cook for only two in the ninth over of the day. The former England captain was caught behind by Phil Salt when Tom Bailey got a ball to straighten sufficiently to take a thin edge. However the second-wicket pair coped with Lancashire’s four seamers in relative comfort and the visitors were 74 for one after 30 overs at luncheon.

The scoring rate increased on the resumption with Browne milking the Lancashire’s attack for a quartet of fours in the first half-hour and reaching his fifty off 107 balls. The best of the opener’s strokes was a straight drive off Luke Wood but just when Essex seemed about to take the initiative Westley tried to slog-sweep a ball from Matt Parkinson that was far too wide outside the off stump for the shot and merely top-edged a simple catch to Salt.

Undeterred by the loss of his skipper for 30, Browne continued to bat well and the batter’s obduracy prompted  Anderson to bowl a succession of bouncers. This tactic hardly unsettled his target but the England seamer still dismissed the opener for 71 in an extraordinary fashion when a firm back-foot drive hit Dane Vilas at silly point, only for the Lancashire captain to clutch the ball, claim the catch and leave Essex on 134 for three. 

Lawrence, meanwhile had already played himself in although his task was eased by Parkinson virtually gifting him eight runs by bowling a couple of short balls outside the leg stump with no protection backward of square. By tea the England batter was unbeaten on 40 and Essex were 169 for three.  

The first half of the evening session belonged to Essex as Lawrence and Walter extended their fourth-wicket partnership but the balance of the day changed markedly when Lancashire took the new ball.

In the second over of his final spell Bailey bowled Walter between bat and pad for 34 and then had Matt Critchley caught behind by Salt for a four-ball nought. From the other end, Anderson was quite as penetrative but wicketless. 

The England bowler induced an edge from Lawrence on 71 but the ball flew at catching height between Luke Wells and Keaton Jennings in the slips. He then had a very tough chance off Adam Rossington put down by Steven Croft at fourth slip before the same batter had another let off on five when Jennings dropped a more straightforward catch off Anderson.

Lancashire’s attack in the final few overs was entrusted to Wood and Hassan Ali, the latter having been awarded his county cap before the final match of his seven-week stay with the club. Lawrence, however, continued to bat coolly until, on 99, he played the ball to the substitute fielder, George Balderson at mid off and called Rossington for an absurd single.

The non-striker was easily run out for 21 and after Lawrence had reached three figures off 178 balls, Simon Harmer was caught behind for nought by Salt off a vicious lifter from Wood. Bailey finished the day with the fine figures of three for 36 from 17 overs   

 


Somerset vs Hampshire

Kyle Abbott led an impressive display by Hampshire’s seamers on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton. 

Having won the toss, the home side were restricted to 211 all out, Abbott claiming three for 60. He was well supported by Mohammad Abbas, Ian Holland and James Fuller, who claimed two wickets each. 

Somerset were unable to break loose from the stranglehold imposed by the disciplined line and length of their opponents, combined with swing and just sufficient movement off the pitch. 

Matt Renshaw, Tom Lammonby, Tom Banton, Steve Davies and Craig Overton all got starts. But Overton’s 44 proved to be top score in a disappointing batting effort. 

By the close, Hampshire had replied with 29 without loss and trailed by 182 runs 

With the pitch at the Cooper Associates County Ground showing tinges of green, particularly in one narrow strip down the middle, eyebrows were raised when Somerset skipper Tom Abell elected to bat first. 

But there looked nothing wrong with the decision when Renshaw and Lammonby, fresh from century stands in the previous two games, made a solid start. 

Abbott was introduced for the 13th over and beat Renshaw with his first ball of the game. 

The Australian responded with two boundaries in the same over. But Abbott made the first inroad with the score on 37 when Lammonby, on 16, edged a full delivery to second slip. 

Renshaw was looking in good touch. But, having reached 27, he chased a wide delivery from Holland and presented a second catch to Liam Dawson. 

Somerset were 55 for three when Abell fell in unfortunate circumstances, defending a ball from Abbas and watching the ball trickly back to remove his off bail. 

An intense morning’s cricket ended with the hosts 58 for three off 30 overs at lunch. 

James Hildreth could contribute only eight before falling lbw to Abbas pushing forward, the decision being made by his former Somerset team-mate Ian Blackwell. 

Banton curbed his attacking instincts to play responsibly for 24 off 77 balls before being pinned lbw on the back foot by Abbott with the total on 94. 

Lewis Gregory edged a third catch to Dawson, off Fuller, and Somerset were in a deep hole at 113 for six. 

Davies overcame an uncertain start to lead a mini recovery before becoming the first player in the match to succumb to spin, edging Dawson’s seventh delivery to slip and departing for 29. 

At tea, the scoreboard read 154 for seven, with Overton unbeaten on 22. Josh Davey had hit Dawson for a straight six and the pair continued to be positive at the start of the final session. 

Overton rode his luck at times, but also struck 4 fours and 2 sixes in his breezy 54-ball innings before lofting Abbott into the on-side and falling to a catch by Felix Organ. 

Jack Leach and Peter Siddle had their stumps disturbed by Holland and Fuller respectively, leaving Davey, who had looked as technically proficient as any of the players who went in ahead of him, unbeaten on 22. 

Hampshire were left with an awkward 14 overs at the end of the day. Somerset’s seamers went past the outside edge on numerous occasions without either Organ or Holland getting a nick as the visitors completed a highly satisfactory day. 

 


Yorkshire vs Warwickshire

Michael Burgess crashed 96 and produced another master-class at batting with the tail to keep Warwickshire afloat - but Yorkshire’s depleted attack enjoyed much the better of day one at Headingley.

In this sixth round LV= Insurance County Championship fixture, the last before the break for T20, Yorkshire were led by three wickets apiece for Jordan Thompson and Steve Patterson as the Bears were bowled out for 244 inside 82 overs after winning the toss.

Had it not been for wicketkeeper Burgess, however, things would have been much worse for Warwickshire against a home attack missing quicks Ben Coad, Matt Fisher, Dom Leech and Haris Rauf through a variety of ailments.

Burgess, who hit 14 fours and a six in 106 balls, had already shared in tenth-wicket partnerships of 132 and 64 in posting centuries against Surrey and Essex this season, and here added 41 with last man Oliver Hannon-Dalby, who did not score. 

Yorkshire later closed on 28 without loss from 12 overs in reply.

For Yorkshire to perform like this having lost their first toss of the season was a significant triumph given the aforementioned absentees, including Pakistan overseas quick Rauf through a late illness. 

Balls from the new batch of Dukes were used and of course helped them during an opening day which started under an overcast sky before sunshine broke through just prior to lunch.

Without it being excessive, there was more assistance on offer than at any other stage of the opening two games here - draws against Kent and Lancashire.

Warwickshire certainly gave their hosts a leg up. Yorkshire’s catching has blighted them all summer, and they dropped three more - Sam Hain, Rob Yates and Will Rhodes. But none of the batters were able to add to their scores when dropped.

Yorkshire struck four times inside 21 overs, with two for Patterson sandwiched in between one apiece for new ball pair Thompson and Matthew Revis.

Thompson made the breakthrough in the 11th over when Alex Davies edged to England Test new boy Harry Brook at third slip for 19, leaving the score at 28 for one.

Dom Sibley was then trapped lbw by Patterson in the next over for nine, without further addition to the scoreboard.

Patterson struck again in the 18th - 41 for three when Yates was caught behind by Harry Duke - before the champions slipped to 43 for four in the 21st when Hain nibbled at a back of a length delivery from Revis and was caught at first slip by Joe Root at the second attempt.

The former England captain did remarkably well to maintain concentration amidst interference from wicketkeeper Duke, who himself had initially gone for the catch.

Matt Lamb batted with a flourish for 45 either side of lunch as he and Rhodes shared an important 74 to lay some sort of foundation.

However, Lamb was the second wicket to go to Revis when he edged a loose drive to Root at first slip - 117 for five in the 47th over, after lunch.

Rhodes, on 29 and against his former county, offered Adam Lyth his second chance at second slip, off Tom Loten’s bowling, only to mistime a drive almost immediately towards cover where Brook took a one-handed catch over his head as the score fell to 137 for six in the 52nd over.

Thompson added two more wickets either side of tea, Danny Briggs bowled shouldering arms and Nathan McAndrew caught at second slip by Lyth (188 for eight) in the 69th.

And when Henry Brookes skewed the impressive Loten to backward point, Warwickshire were 203 for nine in the 74th over.

Burgess came to the crease with the score at 117 for five, so scored 96 of the remaining 127 runs. 

He took all the strike from Hannon-Dalby, often hit to leg and clattered Loten over midwicket for his only six.

 


Division 2


Middlesex vs Durham

Ben Stokes was one of two victims for Luke Hollman on an absorbing opening day of the LV = Insurance County Championship clash between Middlesex and Durham at Lord’s.

Two weeks away from leading out England in his first match as Test captain and fresh from hitting 17 sixes against Worcestershire a fortnight ago, Stokes was clearly in the mood to make a statement.

But Hollman, who’d been on the receiving of a tousing, not once but twice in last week’s draw with Nottinghamshire, took his scalp for just 15 in surely the biggest moment of his young career so far.

The leg-spinner would return figures of two for 49 while Toby Roland-Jones took two for 40,  but Ned Eckersley made an unbeaten 57  against the county of his birth to guide the visitors to 256-5 and leave the game delicately poised.

For much of the morning Middlesex’s decision to bowl first looked a strange one with the ball barely deviating off gun-barrel straight, meaning Alex Lees, in a dress rehearsal for the first Test, and fellow opener Michael Jones got off to a quick start.

Save for one lbw shout and a loose drive that flew wide of second slip Lees looked in good touch, four boundaries carrying to 44 before, returning for his second spell, Roland-Jones trapped him lbw, though the England man’s reaction suggested he’d hit it.

Jones, who’d begun fluently, straight driving Roland-Jones for four  and twice sending Ethan Bamber deliveries to the fence, was increasingly becalmed as the home bowlers dried up the runs. Reward came soon after lunch when Jones pushed tentatively at Tim Murtagh and inside edged onto his stumps.

Then Holman took centre-stage, enticing Durham skipper Scott Borthwick to injudiciously cut one too close to him and loose his stumps.

That brought Stokes to the crease and he signalled his intent to dominate immediately by reverse sweeping the leg-spinner to the third man fence. He muscled his way to 15 in the blink of an eye, but Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb stuck by his bowler and was rewarded for his bravery. Stokes gave Hollman the charge, but the all-rounder tossed one a little wider with the result the lofted drive got more height than distance and Roland-Jones gobbled up the catch at deep mid-off.

At the other end, South-African international Keegan Petersen nudged and deflected his way his way into the 40s almost unnoticed, but two short of 50 his first loose shot saw him slash Roland-Jones into the hands of Josh De Caires at backward point.

His departure left Hillingdon-born Eckersley as the senior batter and the wicketkeeper set about frustrating the hosts. His cover-drive off Roland-Jones just after the second new ball was taken was a candidate for shot of the day and he reached a deserved 50 shortly before stumps.

His partner Liam Trevaskis was granted a life on 21 when Sam Robson grassed a difficult chance low to right at second slip, but scare survived he and Eckersley’s sixth-wicket stand had realised 73 by the close.

Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire

Half-centuries by Brooke Guest and Leus du Plooy helped Derbyshire total 260 all out on the opening day of their LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire, for whom leading wicket-taker Dane Paterson finished with three for 36.

After being asked to bat first on a heavily green-tinged pitch, and facing a trio of international fast bowlers in Stuart Broad, James Pattinson and Paterson, Derbyshire will feel they could have done much worse, particularly after leading scorer Shan Masood - who still hopes to become the first player since Graeme Hick in 1988 to aggregate 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May - suffered a rare failure.

Australian former Test bowler Pattinson (2-85), his dander up after twice being hooked for six, bowled with real pace and there was plenty of aggression from Broad (2-36) in the last of his three Championship appearances before his Test recall against New Zealand next month.

On the down side for Derbyshire, they are without three senior bowlers with Suranga Lakmal, Anuj Dal and Ryan Sidebottom all injured. Nottinghamshire began their reply with 22 without loss from three overs, all the runs off the bat being scored by Ben Slater (18).

Pakistan Test opener Masood, whose seven previous innings included  three centuries, two of them doubles, and only one score under 62, this time fell on 18, caught behind pushing at a ball from Pattinson that found a thin edge.

His dismissal leaves him on 844 runs for the season, still with an outside chance to make history as the earliest to reach the magical 1,000 in May, although he has only the second innings of this match in which to do it because the rest of the month is given over to the Vitality Blast.

Were he to make 156 or higher he would better Sir Donald Bradman’s 1938 achievement of reaching the milestone by 27 May.

After Masood’s dismissal, Derbyshire slipped to 41 for three when Paterson removed Billy Godleman and Wayne Madsen with consecutive balls.

Godleman was caught at third slip before Madsen nibbled at one that left him late to be caught behind, yet new man Du Plooy helped Guest steer a path to 89 for three at lunch, the latter miscueing Pattinson for six over the short boundary on the Bridgford Road side.

After the interval, Guest completed a 68-ball half-century but was not able to build on it, losing his middle stump to a quick ball from Broad that deflected off his bottom hand.

After lunch, Du Plooy followed guest in losing his wicket soon after passing fifty, leg before playing back to a ball from Steven Mullaney, but Derbyshire added 102 runs in the session.

Alex Hughes, a late call-up after Dal turned his ankle warming up on the outfield, joined Guest in hooking Pattinson for six, off a no-ball to boot, having been dropped on six off Mullaney.

Slater took a stunning boundary catch to deny former Derbyshire teammate Luis Reece a half-century, before being given a rare opportunity to bowl his off-spin and claiming his maiden Championship wicket with his first ball as Tom Moores stumped Alex Thomson.

After the second new ball was taken, Hughes became a second victim for Broad when he was lbw to a full delivery but he and debutant Liam Hurt - the fast bowler on loan from Lancashire - had added 27 to secure a second batting point. Paterson and spinner Liam Patterson-White picked up the last two wickets.


Worcestershire vs Leicestershire

Callum Parkinson experienced a testing first day as Leicestershire’s new red ball captain after his decision to bat first backfired in the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

The Running Foxes were dismissed for 148 in 52.2 overs with Worcestershire’s loan signing, Matthew Waite, picking up two wickets.

They struggled to deal with a disciplined attack who had secured maximum bowling points by the 42nd over.

Jack Haynes and Azhar Ali, with his fourth successive half century, pressed home Worcestershire’s advantage with an unbroken stand of 106.

Parkinson who has stepped up from vice-captain to lead the County Championship side for the rest of the season.

He has replaced Colin Ackermann who will remain as T20 skipper with Lewis Hill continuing to captain the club’s 50 over side.

Waite has joined Worcestershire on a short term loan move from Yorkshire as a replacement for Joe Leach who has a back injury.

Waite has not played for Yorkshire since featuring in the Vitality Blast quarter-final against Sussex at the Emirates Riverside last August.

Parkinson won the toss and elected to bat but his side were soon on the back foot against the probing Worcestershire attack.

Leicestershire would have been reasonably content to lose only one wicket in the first hour – Hassan Azad lbw to Pennington – on a slowish wicket with some up and down bounce.

But then Charlie Morris and Ed Barnard turned the game in Worcestershire’s favour with four wickets between them for just three runs in the space of 32 balls.

Rishi Patel was undone by a delivery from Morris which stopped on him and popped up a catch to short mid wicket.

His dismissal brought deposed captain Ackermann to the crease in need of runs after only 24 in the previous six innings, including a pair against Middlesex.

But his poor run of form continued as he made only a single before nicking Barnard to first slip.

Lewis Hill went leg before to a Morris delivery swinging into him and Wiaan Mulder departed after a brilliant catch by Josh Baker at third slip off Barnard.

Rehan Ahmed became the 500th player to play first class cricket for Leicestershire but it was not a day he will remember fondly.

He went to pull Pennington and top edged to Pollock at first slip without troubling the scorers.

Ben Mike and Harry Swindells decided attack was the best form of defence before Waite was rewarded with two wickets in two overs.

Swindells got in a tangle and ballooned the ball onto the offside where Jack Haynes, running across from second slip, took the catch and Mike (16) played down the wrong line and was bowled.

When Ed Barnes chopped on to Josh Baker, Leicestershire were still two runs shy of a hundred but resistance came from the last wicket pair of Parkinson (22) and Chris Wright (27 not out) who added exactly 50.

Barnard claimed his third scalp when Parkinson presented Pollock with his third catch of the innings.

Ed Pollock was in typically aggressive form with a series of boundaries when Worcestershire launched their reply.

Jake Libby, a century-maker against Derbyshire, also looked in good nick as the pair put on 48 in 9.3 overs.

Mulder checked their progress when trapping Libby lbw for 17 and he followed it up with the wicket of Pollock (32) who picked out Ed Barnes at deep backward square leg.

But Azhar and Haynes featured in a century partnership for the third successive match.

The duo had shared in stands of 195 versus Durham and 187 against Derbyshire.

Azhar produced some delightful drives and cut shots and brought up his half century from 71 balls with six fours.

Haynes also continued the form which had brought centuries in the previous two games


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