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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 1: May 12th - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports

Durham's Chris Rushworth in action
Durham's Chris Rushworth in action
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Here are all the latest scores, match and news updates from the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 6 Day 1: Thursday May 12th


 

Division One

 

Gloucestershire vs Somerset, Bristol County Ground

 

Matt Renshaw and Tom Lammonby shared an opening stand of 172 to give Somerset early control of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with arch-rivals Gloucestershire at Bristol. 

Overseas recruit Renshaw hit 94, off 141 deliveries, with 16 fours, while 21-year-old Lammonby lost little in comparison, striking 11 boundaries in his 131-ball innings of 76. 

The two left-handers put together their chanceless partnership from 43.4 overs after Somerset had lost the toss and paved the way for a first day total of 319 for four on a benign pitch at the Seat Unique Stadium.  

James Hildreth contributed 53 and Tom Abell an unbeaten 52. Zak Chappell, one of three new loanees in the Gloucestershire side, was pick of the home attack with two for 49 from 18 overs. 

Renshaw and Lammonby dominated the morning session after Gloucestershire had elected to field in bright sunshine on a pitch with only a suggestion of greenness. 

Lammonby had a stroke of fortune on six when getting a leading edge to tall seamer Chappell. The ball spiralled back over the bowler’s head and fell safe.  

Ryan Higgins beat Renshaw’s outside edge a couple of times, but Somerset’s opening pair soon settled and batted with increasing assurance. 

Renshaw accelerated impressively and, despite being briefly becalmed in the forties, went to his half-century with a single off Brad Wheal, making his Gloucestershire debut on loan from Hampshire. 

The Australian had faced 85 balls and hit 9 fours. Lammonby was particularly effective through the leg-side with some meaty pulls and drives as the partnership progressed to 114 off 31 overs by lunch. 

The afternoon session began with Lammonby moving to fifty with an edged boundary off Higgins, having faced 94 deliveries and hit nine boundaries. 

There looked to be little in the pitch for Gloucestershire’s injury-hit attack. But Chappell had stuck to his task, bowling a probing line from the Pavilion End, and was suddenly rewarded with two wickets in quick succession. 

Having previously demonstrated sound shot selection, Lammonby looked to guide ball that was too straight over the slips and miscued a simple catch to gully. 

In his next over Chappell produced the best ball of the day to beat Renshaw’s back-foot defensive shot with one that squeezed between bat and pad. From looking untroubled, Somerset had lost both openers and were 174 for two. 

Gloucestershire’s fightback continued when Tom Banton, who had lofted left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar over long-on for six on his way to 18, edged a defensive push off Higgins through to James Bracey. 

The wicketkeeper took a fine low catch, one-handed diving to his right, and at 207 for three Somerset were in danger of relinquishing their stranglehold. 

Skipper Abell and the vastly experienced Hildreth, 18 years to the day since scoring his maiden first class century against Durham, steadied things and took the score to 229 at tea. 

By the time Gloucestershire took the second new ball, a further 43 had been added under continuing blue skies, but with a stiff breeze blowing across the ground. 

Abell and Hildreth were looking rock solid, but having reached a 96-ball fifty, the latter pushed forward to left-armer Matt Taylor and edged through to Bracey. 

The stand of 85 had re-established Somerset’s dominance and Abell reached a 125-ball half-century with a glorious off-driven four.  

But Gloucestershire kept decent control of the run-rate and could also take positives from an absorbing day. 

 

Kent vs Surrey, Beckenham

 

Oliie Pope hit 96 in a stand of 178 with Ben Foakes, who was unbeaten on 86, while opener Ryan Patel made 76. 

The division’s bottom side had reduced Surrey to 123 for three shortly after lunch, but despite two for 73 from Nathan Gilchrist, Kent laboured for most of the day.  

Backed by a sizable number of travelling fans, Surrey won the toss and chose to bat, to a collective groan from the home fan base, demoralised after conceding 500 runs or more in every first innings so far this season. 

Their initial pessimism proved well-grounded as openers Rory Burns and Patel were almost entirely unmolested during the morning session. Aside from an edge from the latter that just eluded the slips, Surrey suffered few alarms and Patel brought up his 50 when he pulled Gilchrist for four. 

They were 105 without loss at lunch, only for Kent to drag themselves back into contention with three wickets for 17 runs at the start of the afternoon session. Patel slashed Matt Quinn to Zak Crawley at first slip and Burns was then lbw to Gilchrist for 30. 

Hashim Amla made just 12 when he feathered the same bowler behind and for the next hour the scoring rate slowed, but Pope and Foakes tilted the momentum back in Surrey’s favour by batting through the rest of the session. 

Pope then drove Darren Stevens for two to pass fifty, helping the visitors to 206 for three at tea. In a one-sided evening session, Foakes took a single from Daniel Bell-Drummond to reach his half-century, but Pope fell short of three figures when he was strangled down the leg side by Stevens. 

It was the first time Pope had been dismissed in the nineties in county cricket, but although Stevens looked threatening in the gathering gloom, Kent were unable to inflict any further damage, with Jamie Overton unbeaten on 12 at stumps. 

 

Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire, Edgbaston

 

Ricardo Vasconcelos and Will Young racked up a record opening stand after Northamptonshire were put in by Warwickshire in their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston. 

The openers stayed together until after tea to add 287 in 64.2 overs and lift their side towards a commanding 372 for two at the close of the first day. 

Vasconcelos, whose previous seven innings this season had yielded a combined 90 runs, stroked 156 (197 balls, 21 fours, two sixes) before falling to the second ball after tea. New Zealand batter Young scored a polished 134 (230 balls, 16 fours, two sixes), his 13th first class century and first for Northamptonshire. 

All that Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes could do was rotate his depleted bowling attack and rue his decision to insert. That was a surprising move, especially given that pace spearhead Liam Norwell was again ruled out by injury, so joined England seamers Chris Woakes and Olly Stone on the sidelines. 

Against a weakened bowling attack, on an excellent batting pitch, Northamptonshire made hay while Rhodes could only digest his ill-fortune in winning the toss. 

It was soon apparent that the pitch was very good for batting and, to Warwickshire's dismay, the hazy conditions offered no swing. Olly Hannon-Dalby delivered his customary fine new ball spell (5-4-1-0)  but runs then began to arrive steadily. 

Northamptonshire were on 119, with both batsmen on 51, at lunch, before Vasconecolos accelerated to take them to 287 at tea. The 24-year-old's first 50 having come from 81 balls, his second took 59 and his third just 53. Young, meanwhile, advanced with quiet authority with neither batter offering a chance in the first two sessions. 

The breakthrough finally arrived immediately after tea when Nathan McAndrew, making his home debut, trapped Vasconcelos lbw. That ended what was comfortably Northamptonshire's record opening stand against Warwickshire, overtaking the 176 by Brian Reynolds and Colin Milburn at Northampton in 1964.  

Young continue to chug along chancelessly until he departed in infuriating fashion when he tickled a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess off Hannon-Dalby. 

The flurry of two wickets in 18 overs was as good as it got for Warwickshire. Emilio Gay, having spent two sessions waiting to go in next, batted solidly through the final session for 45 in company, for the last hour, with the in-form Luke Procter (17 not out).  

The visitors will resume tomorrow pretty confident of surpassing their previous record total against Warwickshire (507) and with half an eye on their record total against anyone (781). The Bears will just wish they could have today back again.  

Yorkshire vs Lancashire, Headingley

Keaton Jennings became only the second Lancashire player to post three Roses hundreds in as many LV= Insurance County Championship innings in underpinning a dominant opening day against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Jennings followed former England left-hander Geoff Pullar, who achieved the feat in 1959 and 1960. 

The current Red Rose opener added this 280-ball 150 not out to last season’s scores of 114 at Old Trafford and 132 here and was superbly supported by third-wicket partner and fellow centurion Steven Croft - 104.

The pair, dropped three times between them, shared 237 to recover Lancashire from 12 for two to a close of play 288 for three from 96 overs.

Following two Jordan Thompson wickets, Croft’s eighth run took him to 9,000 first-class.

Yorkshire captain Steve Patterson won his fifth successive toss and opted to bowl under an overcast sky to begin a Division One clash involving Jimmy Anderson and Joe Root. 

This was a day of Roses cricket filled with endeavour on a good batting pitch which looks like it will hold firm for four days. 

Some of that went unrewarded, as Yorkshire gave Jennings two clear chances on two and 70 and one to Croft on five. 

This was also former Durham man Jennings’ second hundred in as many games after last week’s 110 in the home draw against Warwickshire, his first appearance since the start of last August due to calf issues.

These are two counties producing a number of high-quality young players. Batters Josh Bohannon and Harry Brook, for example, are both chasing an England Test call-up under the newly appointed coach Brendon McCullum.

However, the two most experienced cricketers on show were at the heart of their respective fights.

Yorkshire’s Patterson and Lancashire’s Croft, aged 38 and 37 respectively, went at it hammer and tongs.

After Thompson’s early wickets, Croft was thrust into a recovery mission alongside Jennings, which Patterson attempted to halt with his miserly seamers (nought for 38 from 21 overs).

Thompson struck first in the ninth over (10 for one) when Luke Wells feathered behind to Harry Duke before he trapped Bohannon lbw for two with a yorker, leaving Lancashire in early peril inside 11 overs.

Jennings’ first reprieve came in between the two wickets, with Duke dropping him in Patterson’s first over. 

His second came on 70 during the second half of the afternoon when he flashed at a cut at Dom Bess and offered a tough chance to Adam Lyth at slip.

Croft’s came when Brook failed to hold a low effort at third slip off Tom Loten’s seam.

Catching has certainly been an area which has blighted Yorkshire in 2022, though they remain unbeaten alongside their rivals.

Lancashire reached lunch at 53 for two from 30 overs, but more than doubled that in the opening 15 after lunch, advancing to 127 for two after 45.

By that time Jennings and Croft had reached their half-centuries, a century partnership had been recorded and Yorkshire’s bowlers had released the pressure valve as boundaries came with frequency. 

Jennings was particularly strong square of the wicket on the off-side as he cut and guided with confidence. Croft was also strong square of the wicket, though he often pulled the pace of Haris Rauf away to the boundary. 

Lancashire reached tea at 187 for two from 64 overs, with Jennings 87 and Croft 81.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jennings was stuck on 99 for 13 balls before tucking a leg-side single away to reach three figures off 207 with 16 fours. 

Croft later reached his second hundred of the season, also with 16 fours, off 212 balls with a six over wide long-on off Root.

But he was trapped lbw by Rauf as Lancashire fell to 249 for three in the 86th over. 

Jennings then reached 150 with his last ball of the day.

Division Two

 

Derbyshire vs Worcestershire, The Incora County Ground

 

Jack Haynes scored his second consecutive first-class century as Worcestershire edged the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

The 21-year-old backed-up his maiden hundred against Durham on Sunday with 133 from 207 balls out of Worcestershire’s 326 for 5.

Azhar Ali made 88 from 192 balls, adding 187 in 56overs with Haynes to follow the 195 stand they shared to save the Durham match before Derbyshire hit back with the second new ball.

Sam Conners removed Haynes before a brilliant catch by Anuj Dal sent back Brett D’Oliveira five overs before the close.

Derbyshire’s decision to bowl first on a pitch tinged with green was possibly based on the amount of rain in Derby the previous day but apart from Suranga Lakmal, the bowlers struggled.

Lakmal’s opening spell tested the technique and judgement of the batsmen and deserved more than the one wicket of Ed Pollock in the sixth over.

Pollock was drawn into pushing forward at a good length ball that moved away enough to take the outside edge which was taken low down by Brooke Guest.

Azhar could easily have followed but survived a rigorous examination by Lakmal to bat through the first session and establish a foundation that he and Haynes built on in the afternoon.

Haynes joined him in the 13th over after Jake Libby was lbw to one that cut back from Ryan Sidebottom and continued from where he left off at Worcester on Sunday.

His driving off the back foot through the covers was a feature of another impressive display of application and selectivity although the top-edged pull that took him to 50 could have easily gone to hand.

There were few other mistakes as he and Azhar batted through the afternoon session, adding 120 in 34 overs.

Azhar became increasingly fluent after completing his second 50 for Worcestershire and was clearly annoyed when he failed to convert it into a century.

His attempt to cut Alex Thomson’s off-spin only gave Wayne Madsen a sharp catch at slip five overs after tea but Haynes did not miss out.

Last year at Worcester Haynes fell for 97 against Derbyshire but this time he pulled a short ball from Sidebottom for his 12th four to go to his second hundred in four days.

Derbyshire took the second new ball as soon as it became available and struck immediately when Conners nibbled one away to have Haynes caught low down at first slip.

D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard took Worcestershire to a third batting point which was the first time in Derbyshire’s history that scores of 300 or more have been posted in five consecutive innings before the home side broke through again.

D’Oliveira cut Sidebottom firmly to point but Dal underlined his reputation as an outstanding fielder by leaping high at point to take a superb catch.

Durham vs Glamorgan, Riverside

 

Ben Stokes scored an impressive knock of 82 to continue his strong start to his LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two season as Durham were bowled out for 311 against Glamorgan at the Riverside.

Following his blistering innings of 161 against Worcestershire last week, Stokes fell 18 runs short of a second-straight century as he top scored for the hosts. Keegan Petersen was also in solid form with an innings of 78, although the home side will feel that they left runs on the field after being dismissed before the close.

Michael Hogan was on point with the ball for the Welsh outfit with figures of four for 67, including the key wicket of Stokes, that allowed the visitors to keep Durham in check. Two late strikes from Matthew Potts began a fightback, leaving Glamorgan with work ahead of them on day two, with Marnus Labuchagne unbeaten overnight on 16.

Glamorgan won the toss and elected to field, facing the leading run-scorer in the County Championship heading into the contest, Sean Dickson. However, the opener only added five runs to his total before Michael Neser found his outside edge and Sam Northeast clung on at second slip.

Alex Lees and Petersen responded against the new ball by building a solid foundation with a stand worth 62. Lees appeared on the brink of another score of fifty after driving David Lloyd to the fence, but then chopped on from the following  delivery to fall for 44.  

After lunch, Scott Borthwick and David Bedingham fell cheaply for the home side to Hogan and Andy Gorvin respectively, but Petersen worked his way past fifty for the second innings in a row.

The South African was fortunate on two occasions against Neser, edging a bouncer between Chris Cooke and Andrew Salter at first slip and seeing a top edge land safely. Petersen looked to have come through a tough period, but he then presented Lloyd with his second wicket as he played a loose drive that landed in the hands of Labuschagne.

Stokes made a measured start to his innings, but after the departure of Petersen he began to free his arms. His first signal of intent came with an element of fortune against his Ashes rival Labuschagne, edging his medium-pace over the slips. The left-hander then found his range with two crisp strikes to the fence against Lloyd, scattering the Glamorgan fields to the ropes.

The England captain brought up his half century from a sedate 74 balls compared to his exploits against Worcestershire. However, he soon delighted the Riverside crowd by dispatching Labuschagne over the leg-side boundary with his first six innings, bringing up the Durham 250 in the process.

A promising partnership of 61 between Stokes and Ben Raine allowed the hosts to push towards 300 at speed. Raine matched the intensity of his team-mate at the other end before Salter turned one through the gate, earning revenge after being struck 10 from the first five balls of the 79th over.

One wicket quickly brought a second as Hogan secured the vital scalp of the England captain with the new ball, with a rising delivery that he could only fend behind to Cooke for 82. Hogan then wrapped up the tail with two further strikes, but only after Durham scrambled past the 300-run mark to secure a third batting bonus point.

Potts responded for the hosts by taking two wickets to remove Salter and Govrin to swing momentum back into their favour before stumps.

Leicestershire vs Sussex, Uptonsteel County Ground

Sussex overcame the loss of England seamer Ollie Robinson to food poisoning and dismissed Leicestershire for just 210 after Foxes' captain Colin Ackermann had chosen to bat first on a good if dry pitch at the UptonSteel County Ground.

Robinson managed just a single over at half pace before leaving the field but the Sussex attack responded impressively to adversity, bowling tightly and taking advantage of the lack of confidence in the Leicestershire batting line-up. Henry Crocomber and Aaron Beard both took three wickets and there were two victims for left-arm spinner Delroy Rawlins.

It took a battling display for Leicestershire's lower order to secure a single batting bonus point for the hosts, who in six first innings this season have passed 300 only once. Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson did strike in the final over, having Sussex opener Tom Allsop caught at slip to give Leicestershire hope going forward.

Ackermann and batter Lewis Hill came back into the Leicestershire side, having recovered from a bruised hand and fractured thumb respectively, while Sussex were without Mohammad Rizwan, due to a family bereavement, and loanee Mason Crane, recalled by home county Hampshire.  They were also without Robinson for much of the day after his single very tentative opening over. It mattered not, as the Sussex bowlers tied down Leicestershire openers Hassan Azad and Sam Evans, before Evans pushed at a delivery from Crocombe he might have left, edging a straightforward catch to Tom Clark at second slip.

Sussex skipper Tom Haines was particularly parsimonious, conceding just five runs in his six over spell, but Azad, in partnership with Rishi Patel, looked set to see the home side through until lunch before pushing a delivery from Rawlins into the offside and - having raised an interrogatory hand - being called for a single by Patel. Azad being not the fastest of runners at the best of times, it was to say the least an ill-judged risk,and Alsop, running from slip towards back point, got his throw back to Rawlins in time to beat the Foxes' opener home. Having seen their side record three run-outs in their first innings at Glamorgan last week (including Azad), Leicestershire supporters found another such dismissal hard to credit.

Matters did not improve for the home side after the interval. Patel edged a lifting delivery from Beard to second slip before Ackermann chopped Haines into his stumps to leave Leicestershire on 104-4. Hill tried to force the pace, reaching 35 at a run a ball before top-edging a cut at Crocombe high down to third man, where Archie Lenham held an outstanding catch a foot or so off the ground.

Harry Swindells went quickly, leg before to a Rawlins delivery that hit him on the back leg. The in-form Ben Mike tried to force a Crocombe delivery off the back foot before he had scored, succeeding only to the extent that he edged to first slip: only Wiaan Mulder could have said to have been a little unlucky, the South Africa international caught behind the wicket down the legside trying to help a Rawlins delivery to the boundary.

Parkinson and Chris Wright showed their predecessors what could be achieved, playing straight and putting together a partnership of 49 for the ninth wicket before Wright went leg before to Crocombe. Beuran Hendricks also gave Parkinson worthwhile support before top-edging a pull to be caught at deep square leg. With the pitch looking sure to take spin as the game goes on, the possibility of a positive result in a game involving two sides who have yet to win this season is a strong one.

Middlesex vs Nottinghamshire, Lord’s

Haseeb Hameed displayed his liking for Lord’s again as he struck his first century of the season to put Nottinghamshire in charge of their LV= Insurance County Championship game against Middlesex.

Hameed, discarded by England after a barren Ashes series last winter, reminded the new regime of his considerable talent with a knock of 112 as the visitors posted 329 for five after being put in.

It was the 25-year-old’s first domestic appearance at Lord’s since his 117 underpinned a seven-wicket win for Lancashire three years ago and he looked in good touch, sharing a century stand with Notts captain Steven Mullaney.

The skipper was 92 not out at stumps, with Middlesex’s bowlers persevering but unable to make major inroads despite two wickets apiece for Ethan Bamber and Martin Andersson.

Despite the loss of overseas star Shaheen Afridi – returning to Pakistan ahead of next month’s white-ball series against West Indies – Middlesex bolstered their attack by bringing in Tim Murtagh, now recovered from a hamstring injury.

Murtagh marked his comeback with a wicket in the first over of the day, finding the edge of Ben Slater’s bat – and he might also have added the scalp of Ben Duckett, driving outside off stump.

However, Peter Handscomb could not hold the chance at first slip and the left-hander took advantage of his escape, twice steering Murtagh to the rope later in the same over as runs started to flow.

Toby Roland-Jones was the only bowler to establish a notable degree of control, beating the bat several times and conceding only six runs in his opening six-over burst from the Pavilion End.

Duckett and Hameed were quick to punish anything too full, making good use of the short boundary as they shared a stand of 99, but Nottinghamshire were pegged back by Bamber’s post-lunch spell.

The seamer moved one away from Duckett (43) to give John Simpson his second catch before Joe Clarke dragged an inswinger onto his stumps in Bamber’s next over without scoring.

The visitors slumped to 150 for four when Andersson had Lyndon James (21) caught behind, but Mullaney joined forces with Hameed and immediately took charge of their partnership of 117.

Hameed brought up his hundred from the first delivery of the evening session, clipping Murtagh off his pads for four – yet the opener then seemed to retreat into his shell and eventually perished having a nibble at Andersson’s outswinger.

But Mullaney, who pulled Andersson over the fence to reach his half-century, and Tom Moores, with an undefeated 35, had guided Nottinghamshire into a strong position when bad light ended play.

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