LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 7 Day 1: Sunday 12th June - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports
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LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 7
Harry Brook continued his extraordinary LV= Insurance County Championship season with his ninth score over 50 as Yorkshire piled on the runs on a flat Ageas Bowl pitch.
Brook, who was released from the Test squad to play in this match, has played 10 red ball innings in 2022 with a lowest score of 41 and three centuries.
Against Hampshire, he showed his class with 76 but it was George Hill who spent the majority of the day grinding out a 220-ball century, the second of his career, before eventually departing for 131. Yorkshire reached close on 324 for five.
Last season, Sussex’s Tom Haines and Matt Critchley, then of Derbyshire, were the players with the most 50-plus scores, both with nine. Brook – who scored seven in 2021 – has already reached Haines and Critchley’s tally in half the number of matches.
But it was Hill that caught the eye early on after his skipper Steven Patterson had chosen to bat first. His straight drives were a particular highlight in a slow-going morning session. He rather scuffed one past Kyle Abbott before opening the face of the bat the following ball, he’d later gloriously drive Keith Barker through mid off as well.
The straight drives were joined by a number of pull shots through midwicket, including to bring up his half-century in 131 deliveries.
The 21-year-old lost Adam Lyth driving the accurate Ian Holland to third slip in the morning after a 51-run opening partnership and Will Fraine – a victim to Hill’s driving – run out while backing up at the non-striker’s end.
Brook joined Hill, something that would have happened a number of times during their schooling at Sedbergh in Cumbria. The pair were national schools champions together in 2017.
Hill had the choice of pretty much any professional sport, having also excelled at hockey, been ranked in England’s top-four tennis players in his age group and won another national cup in Sedbergh’s rugby team.
Hockey, tennis and rugby’s loss was certainly Yorkshire’s gain as he showed patience to see off the new ball – which was Mohammad Abbas-less. As Sedbergh director of cricket Martin Speight told the Yorkshire website recently: “He’s very understated, and I don’t think he realises it yet, but a lot of people have said to me how calm he looks when he gets going. Once he’s in, he looks very calm and unflustered.”
Those words rang true, especially once Brook had joined him as the pair reached a hundred stand in 154 balls, Hill accelerating to contribute 41 of them in good time. Two sixes back over Liam Dawson’s head proved his quality against spin bowling, matched by his pace mastery on show throughout.
At the other end, Brook batted like a man who knows he is at the top of his game. His high back-lift, small backward step trigger and his punchy flourishes were all lined up and timed together perfectly. He struck 11 boundaries in all – 10 fours and a six – with his wagon wheel fairly equal in all points.
He fell falling into James Vince’s leg slip trap, but that failed to halt Hill from reaching his three figures with a guided cut shot to the boundary. The second new ball ended his 257-ball vigil as Abbott sneaked one through the gate to clip the bail between middle and off stump.
Harry Duke had his off stump kissed by Holland as the shadows lengthened with the day's blue skies only interrupted by the rare cloud.
Gloucestershire seized the initiative on day one as the bottom two teams in LV= Insurance County Championship Division One faced-off at Canterbury.
The rock-bottom visitors recovered from being put in and reduced to 46 for three to reach stumps on 388 for seven and eyeing maximum batting points for just the second time this summer.
They were indebted largely to an imperious 125 from Glenn Phillips, in his maiden First Class appearance of the summer, with able support in the form of a half-century from Miles Hammond and Oli Price’s career-best unbeaten 48, compiled on his 21st birthday.
It was only the second time Gloucestershire have passed 280 in their first innings at the seventh time of asking this season and left Kent with plenty to do if they are to force a result in a game considered crucial in the battle to avoid the drop in Division One.
On a warm day, Kent won the toss and raised a few eyebrows when they elected to bowl first, however they were soon in charge with Matt Milnes claiming three early wickets to reduce the visitors to 46 for three.
Fresh from their Friday night fireworks in the Vitality Blast at Hove, the visitors raced out of the blocks, tucking into some loose bowling from Kent’s new signing, New Zealand seamer Jacob Duffy in particular.
On a day when his side hit 56 boundaries, George Scott set the tone with a clip off his hips to the rope from the very first ball, and there were already 35 runs on the board from 34 balls when Milnes had Scott trapped leg before for 27.
Making the most of the early conditions, with some cloud cover and a touch of movement, Milnes looked a constant threat thundering in from the Nackington Road End and five deliveries later he had James Bracey (1) caught behind by Sam Billings, making his first red ball appearance since his Test appearance in Hobart in January.
Milnes claimed his third scalp when he had Chris Dent, back in the Shire side after injury, lbw for 11 to leave the visitors teetering on 46 for three.
After taking 105 wickets across the past three County Championship seasons at less than 25, the right-armer had claimed only four wickets in his five County Championship appearances so far this season at an average north of 120.
Only 43 scoring shots were played in the first session but the visitors converted them into a lunchtime score of 114 for three, thanks in large part to 19 fours in the opening session.
It was Miles Hammond and Phillips who steadied the Gloucestershire ship and after the interval they brought up three figures for the fourth wicket from only 154 deliveries.
Hammond, who averaged less than 26 in his 11 County Championship innings this season, brought up his half-century from 90 deliveries while Phillips followed suit from just 71 balls soon after.
Kent got the breakthrough they were desperately seeking when Grant Stewart got Hammond to feather one to Billings for an eye-catching 66, featuring a dozen fours, to break a stand of 138 with Phillips and make it 184 for four.
Phillips was unperturbed and reached his seventh First Class century from 124 deliveries, which featured 13 fours and a delicious straight six off South African spinner George Linde. The 25-year-old Kiwi international had made only 109 runs across six First Class innings with Gloucestershire last summer but blew past that number in style on a scorching Canterbury afternoon.
He and skipper Ryan Higgins added a breezy 69 for the fifth wicket to steer their side past 250 before Duffy – switching to the Nackington Road end where he tightened up significantly - claimed his first Kent scalp, getting Higgins (24) to edge to Billings, who had missed the chance to stump him moments earlier. Duffy once played club cricket in Gloucestershire for Bristol-based Bishopston CC.
Batting on his 21st-birthday, Oli Price helped the score on to 288 for five before Phillips eventually holed-out to his tumbling countryman Duffy off the bowling of Stewart for 125.
Tom Price joined his younger brother in the middle and the runs continued to flow until Tom mis-timed a pull to Jack Leaning in the deep for a brisk 39 to end a 62-run partnership and give Duffy his second scalp.
Zafar Gohar cracked his side’s 50th four of the day, becoming the eighth man to find the ropes as the shadows lengthened and is unbeaten overnight on 24 after sharing an unbroken 38 for the eighth wicket with Oli Price.
Wicketkeeper-batter Ollie Robinson was awarded Kent cap No.222 during the lunch interval.
Jamie Overton made no concession to brotherly love on an explosive return to Taunton as Surrey bowled out Somerset for 180 on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match.
The tall pace bowler, facing his former club, claimed three wickets and also sent twin Craig and Josh Davey for concussion assessments by striking them blows on the helmet with short-pitched deliveries.
Craig Overton returned to continue his innings when Davey was hurt and top scored with 29, but his team-mate was ruled out of the rest of the match and replaced by Kasey Aldridge.
Dan Worrall finished with three for 28 and Gus Atkinson three for 40 after Somerset skipper Tom Abell had won the toss. By the close, Surrey had replied with 56 for one, Rory Burns unbeaten on 35.
The home side’s fragile top order could never get going on a fast wicket under sunny skies. Jordan Clark made the first breakthrough with the total on 17 as Ben Green chased a wide one and edged to second slip.
It was 21 for two when Tom Lammonby fell lbw, looking to play a delivery from Worrall through the leg side, and 27 for three when Abell carelessly cut Overton straight to point.
Worrall finished a six-over opening spell from the River End with figures of one for three and Overton was soon threatening again as Lewis Goldsworthy edged three balls in the same over just short of the slips.
Tom Banton was dropped on five, but failed to find any fluency. He had made 12 from 45 balls when bowled shouldering arms by a delivery from Atkinson that nipped back off the seam.
By lunch, Somerset had crept to 54 for four from 30 overs. That became 75 for five as Steve Davies, on 22, gloved a steeply rising ball from the fired-up Overton to third slip.
Lewis Gregory nicked Overton through to wicketkeeper Jamie Smith and Roelof van der Merwe was bowled by a full delivery from Worrall as Surrey turned the screw.
Goldsworthy’s two-hour resistance ended when he edged Worrall to Ryan Patel, who grasped the chance at the second attempt, leaving the hosts 95 for eight.
Overton had figures of three for 31 when returning at the River End to bowl to his twin for the first time in Championship cricket since leaving Somerset to join Surrey.
Craig went to pull the second ball and ended up flat on his back, having been struck on the side of the helmet. He went off for the injury to be assessed.
Davey followed in similar fashion, having ducked into the first delivery of Overton’s next over, and failed his concussion test.
It was a hostile spell from the Surrey seamer, from North Devon, back on familiar soil and looking to force his way, like his brother, into England contention.
At tea, with Craig Overton batting again, Somerset were 167 for eight. In the final session, he fell lbw to Atkinson, who then wrapped up the innings by gaining another leg-before decision against Aldridge.
With the Surrey reply on eight, Patel fell for a duck, lifting a ball from Siddle off his legs to present a simple catch to Aldridge at square leg. It was another batting error, with the pitch blameless.
But Rory Burns and Hashim Amla then put conditions in perspective with an unbroken stand of 48, Amla surviving a sharp chance to Overton at second slip off Aldridge on 12.
Sam Hain's high-class century kept Warwickshire afloat as Lancashire's bowlers impressed on the opening day of their LV=Insurance County Championship tussle at Edgbaston.
The home side was all out for 292 just before the close with Hain the last to fall for 130 (228 balls, 17 fours). The accomplished knock continued the 26-year-old's excellent red ball form, his last four championship innings having brought 449 runs for twice out.
After choosing to bat, Warwickshire leaned heavily on Hain as other batsmen got in but then found ways of getting out against a Red Rose attack which persevered well on a good batting pitch.
Hain found some support from the middle order, adding 65 with Will Rhodes and 67 with Michael Burgess, but Lancashire's bowlers, with Kiwi seamer Will Williams impressing on his debut, kept taking wickets at important times.
Williams closed with 24-11-42-2 and the pressure he built, contributed to wickets taken by his colleagues, notably Danny Lamb (three for 43) and George Balderson (three for 68)
The Bears lost two early wickets against a well-directed new ball attack in which Williams conceded just three singles in his first seven overs. That pressure led to errors as Alex Davies tried to pull a good-length ball from Tom Bailey and spliced to short extra cover and Rob Yates chopped an attempted drive at Balderson on to his stumps. Balderson also dismissed Dom Sibley (28, 70 balls) who edged an away-swinger to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas.
Hain and Rhodes dug in to added 65 in 21 overs before Williams bagged a deserved first wicket when a perfect outswinger took a thin edge from Rhodes (23, 63 balls).
When Matt Lamb was bowled through a drive by his namesake Danny, the Bears were 142 for five, but Hain and Burgess responded with the most fluent batting of the day. Burgess advanced to 41 (72 balls) before lifting a short ball from spinner Matty Parkinson to extra cover.
Hain reached his 14th first class century with successive fours off Parkinson but continued to lose partners as Danny Briggs fell lbw to Lamb and Henry Brookes edged Williams to second slip.
Liam Norwell, back in the side after injury, reached 1,000 first class runs when he clouted Williams for four to get off the mark, but was then bowled by Lamb and Lancashire's satisfying day concluded in the final over when Hain edged Balderson into the cordon.
Luke Hollman and Ethan Bamber rescued Division Two leaders Middlesex on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
Hollman made 48 and Bamber a career-best unbeaten 37 to take Middlesex to 251 after they slipped to 171 for 7.
Fast bowler Toby Pettman took 3-40 on his championship debut and Anuj Dal returned the outstanding figures of 2 for 13 from 15 overs, 11 of them maidens.
In reply, Derbyshire moved to 28 without loss at stumps, 223 behind with Pakistani batter Shan Masood unbeaten on 27.
Middlesex would have hoped for greater prosperity when they approached lunch with Mark Stoneman and Stephen Eskinazi seemingly well set on a pitch that offered some bounce and occasional turn.
Derbyshire brought in Pettman, on loan from neighbours Nottinghamshire, and he saw both openers dropped in his fourth over of a breezy morning.
Sam Robson was put down at second slip by Wayne Madsen and then Stoneman survived a sharp chance to third slip off the next ball.
Robson did not profit, trapped on the crease by a ball from Reece that came back to give the all-rounder his 100th first-class wicket for Derbyshire, but Stoneman’s miss threatened to be costly.
He twice drove Sam Conners for four in the next over and with Eskinazi, had established a solid platform before it collapsed in the space of four overs.
Dal and Mark Watt bowled with control to dry up the runs and both were rewarded with Stoneman edging low to second slip where Madsen this time made no mistake.
Watt celebrated his first wicket in first-class cricket in more than four years when Eskinazi got an inside edge onto his stumps as he stretched forward in defence.
Derbyshire struck again after lunch when Max Holden was well caught behind down the legside as he tried to glance a wide ball to give Pettman his maiden championship wicket.
He was pulled into the trees over midwicket by John Simpson who was looking dangerous until Madsen pulled off a stunning slip catch.
Alex Thomson gave the ball some air and Simpson edged a drive which looked to have gone over Madsen until he leapt to grab the ball with his left hand to claim his 200th first-class catch for Derbyshire.
Rob White played with good judgement, facing 83 balls for his 26, and it took a final ball from Dal to remove him, extra bounce finding the outside edge to give Brooke Guest a second victim.
When Toby Roland-Jones played across the line at Reece, Middlesex were still 25 short of a batting point but Hollman and Bamber took the visitors beyond 200.
Hollman was two away from a half-century when he pushed at a flighted delivery from Watt to give Madsen another catch and Thilan Walallawita was caught behind swinging wildly at Pettman.
Bamber pulled Pettman for four to secure a second batting point before Tim Murtagh sliced to third man where Madsen pouched his fourth catch.
That left Derbyshire with a potentially awkward eight overs to negotiate but the in-form Masood reeled off several classy strokes to round off a decent day for the home side.
Rachin Ravindra produced a debut to remember for Durham, scoring a career-best 178 not out as the home side piled on the runs on day one against Worcestershire in their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash.
The New Zealander was only signed by Durham for one match after Keegan Petersen's premature departure, but certainly made an impression for the North-East outfit with a sublime unbeaten hundred, his fourth in first-class cricket.
He became the first overseas player since Tom Latham to score a century on debut for Durham, sharing a mammoth stand of 230 with Scott Borthwick, who notched 96, for the second wicket. Ravindra was there at the close alongside Jonathan Bushnell, unbeaten on his debut on 61, with the hosts positioned on 375 for three after the first day at Seat Unique Riverside.
Durham won the toss and opted to bat first, where Michael Jones and debutant Ravindra made a measured start against the new ball. Jones scored four boundaries to kick start his innings of 21, but he was ruffled by Charlie Morris' fifth over before edging behind to Gareth Roderick.
Borthwick joined Ravindra, and the two left-handers settled in for the morning session, offering the Worcestershire bowlers little encouragement. Ravindra brought up the fifty partnership for the second wicket with an elegant glance through the leg-side, and pushed the score past 100 at lunch to end a positive session for the home side.
The New Zealander maintained his poise after the break and deployed the glance again to score his 10th boundary, bringing up his half-century from 103 deliveries. Borthwick was finding life just as simple as his new team-mate, registering his fifth fifty of the term working the ball down to the third-man boundary to reach the milestone.
Durham put their foot on the accelerator courtesy of Ravindra, who continued to play with freedom against both pace and spin. The left-hander became the first Durham overseas player since his compatriot Latham in 2017 to score a century on debut, producing a sublime drive down the ground before raising the bat.
Borthwick seemed destined to join Ravindra in reaching three figures, but he fell agonisingly short when he was pinned lbw for 96 by Josh Baker attempting a sweep. The Durham skipper's disappointment was evident as he made a slow trudge off the pitch after failing to fully capitalise on a fine knock and good batting wicket. David Bedingham also failed to make an impression falling for only four, but Ravindra kept pushing on alongside Bushnell, who was making his first-class bow.
Ravindra worked past his previous career best of 144 and notched his maiden score of 150 in 222 balls, remaining flawless in the middle. Bushnell continued a fine day for the home side by marking his debut with his maiden fifty, punching a cover drive off the back foot to the fence. And, there was time for the two players to reach the century partnership for the fifth wicket before the close, cementing a dominant position for the hosts.
A maiden first-class hundred from Oli Carter was the highlight on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Sussex in Cardiff as Sussex reached 245 for seven at the close.
Carter came to the crease with his team in trouble at 29 for two and finished the day on 113 not out. The next highest score was the 55 made by Tom Clark as regular wickets pegged back Sussex’s first innings.
Andrew Salter bowled 33 overs in the day, conceding just 65 runs, as the Glamorgan seamers rotated from the other end.
Carter and Harry Crocombe were batting together at the close of play with Sussex still closing in on a second batting point.
Having put Sussex into to bat Glamorgan looked very dangerous with the new ball as Michael Neser and James Weighell picked up the wickets of Tom Alsop and Tom Haines early on. It could have been an even better start for Glamorgan with both openers getting a let off early on with chances going down in the slips.
An excellent stand of exactly 100 between Clark and Carter took Sussex past the lunch break without any further damage with both looking in solid form. When the wicket of Clark arrived, it was from a loose shot as he tried to go over the top off the bowling of Andrew Salter only for the ball to loop up to Colin Ingram at mid-on.
Carter moved passed his previous career best of 72 in an innings that showed a lot of maturity for a 20-year-old in just his 10th first class match. Even as wickets fell from the other end he stood firm, reaching his century from 208 deliveries.
Hogan returned to the attack to claim the wicket of Tim Seifert with a ball that ducked back into the New Zealander to bowl him for 5 as Glamorgan chipped away at the Sussex middle order.
Salter bowled a mammoth spell from the River Taff End, sending down 26 overs unchanged. He claimed his second wicket when he had Danial Ibrahim caught down the leg side off wicket-keeper Chris Cooke who had an excellent day with the gloves. The highlight for Cooke was when he got Delray Rawlins stumped while standing up to the seam of David Lloyd. The batter over balanced slightly and Cooke whipped off the bails to reduce Sussex to 192 for six.
Unfortunately for Cooke he hobbled off the field with just 13 overs of the day’s with Colin Ingram stepping in to keep wicket.
Sussex moved passed 200 to claim their first bonus point but shortly after lost their seventh wicket when a ball from Neser got big on Archie Lenham and the batter edged the ball into his stumps.
On a pitch that had markedly more bounce in it than the one that was used in the Vitality Blast match in Cardiff on Friday it was still tricky to score freely, which made Carter’s first century all the more impressive with only Clark looking anywhere near as solid at the crease. It will be interesting to see just how telling Carter’s innings will be once Glamorgan have batted in their first innings.
Centuries by Lewis Hill and Colin Ackermann enabled winless Leicestershire to enjoy their most productive opening day of the season so far as they returned to LV= County Championship action at the Uptonsteel County Ground.
Despite being asked to bat first on a well-grassed pitch, the Foxes closed on 340 for eight against promotion Division Two favourites Nottinghamshire, who came into the match-up with their East Midlands neighbours looking for a fifth win of the campaign.
Hill - only the second Leicestershire batter to reach three figures this summer - made 104, sharing a stand of 141 for the third wicket with Ackermann, who became the third as his 116 guided his side to their highest total of the campaign. It is only the second time the Foxes have picked up three batting bonus points.
Nottinghamshire claimed four wickets in the final session, but it was not the day they would have anticipated when skipper Steven Mullaney won the toss and opted to give his bowlers first use of a surface that had good pace and carry and gave the ball a chance for much of the day.
James Pattinson, back on the ground where he took a match-winning five for 29 on his Nottinghamshire debut in 2017, was celebrating after only his fourth delivery as Hassan Azad edged to third slip.
Pattinson, who went close several more times, should have had a second, Rishi Patel surviving on 15 when wicketkeeper Tom Moores palmed away what was probably a chance for first slip. Patel was caught at first slip as Dane Paterson struck in his second over at first change but Hill and Ackermann wasted few opportunities as Nottinghamshire bowlers stuck to their attacking tactics, putting on 66 in almost 15 overs at the break to be 129 for two.
The afternoon followed a similar pattern, at least until the captain, Steven Mullaney, decided deep into the session that his front-line bowlers were beginning to toil and allowed himself a bowl.
That brought a breakthrough as Hill’s fine innings ended after 15 fours, most of them cut or driven through the off side.
Mullaney, who had bowled only a couple of overs of his wobbly medium pace before lunch, took over from James at the pavilion end, his fifth ball did just enough to pass the outside edge and clip Hill’s off stump.
Tea arrived at 233 for four after Wiaan Mulder had thin edged Pattinson to be caught behind.
Louis Kimber, thankfully unscathed after taking a blow on the helmet facing Pattinson just before the break, played nicely for 33 as he and Ackermann added 69 for the fifth wicket, Ackermann gathering nine boundaries before turning a leg-side delivery from Lyndon James into a couple of runs to complete his hundred, a first for the former skipper in more than a year.
Liam Patterson-White, the left-arm spinner, found some turn to bowl Kimber and Harry Swindells was quickly seen off by a swinging delivery from Brett Hutton after Nottinghamshire took the second new ball.
Ackermann departed in the third last over of the day, a tentative prod ending in the hands of slip as Patterson-White tried his luck at the Bennett End for the first time, the spinner adding another by the same route as Callum Parkinson fell to the last ball of the day.
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