LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 DAY 1: Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
All the match scores, reports and scorecards from Round 1, Day1 of the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Leicestershire vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship
Hampshire *431/4 (96 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat
Contrasting centuries from James Vince and Tom Alsop saw Hampshire establish a dominant position in their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire at the UptonSteel County Ground, Grace Road.
Hampshire skipper Vince was all power and timing as he took full advantage of some wayward bowling from Leicestershire’s inexperienced seam attack, hitting 17 fours and two sixes in racing to three figures off just 81 balls.
Alsop, who had just reached his half-century when Vince came to the crease on the dismissal of Sam Northeast, was less fluent, but while his century came off 153 deliveries (and included 17 fours), it was no less valuable to his side.
Together the pair added 224 for the fourth wicket before Alsop got a leading edge trying to turn a delivery from Alex Evans into the legside and was caught at point. Vince, however, remained unbeaten, reaching his 150 off 140 deliveries before closing on 168 not out. It is the sixth time he has made a score of 150 or more in his first-class career.
Vince started the day as well as he ended it, winning the toss and choosing to bat first on a slightly drier pitch than might normally have been expected for the time of year – Leicestershire have two spinners in their side.
Ian Holland was the first man dismissed, edging a Chris Wright outswinger to wicket-keeper Harry Swindells, but Joe Weatherley looked in good order, stroking seven fours in going to 41 before top-edging a pull at a short delivery from Gavin Griffiths and skying a catch to Swindells.
Northeast was dismissed shortly after lunch, leg before to Wright to make the score 127-3, and Vince edged his first ball from Wright towards Leicestershire skipper Colin Ackermann at second slip. It dropped an inch short, and that was as close as the Foxes came to dismissing the England international: from that moment on he was in complete control.
Essex vs Worcestershire - Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
Essex 207/3 having won the toss and electing to bat
Dan Lawrence returned from his England adventures with a well-made 46 as Essex began their defence of the LV= Insurance County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy against Worcestershire.
Lawrence made his Test debut over the off-season with appearances in Sri Lanka and India, and recalibrated himself to English conditions quickly at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
He put on 73 for the third wicket with captain Tom Westley, who starred with an unbeaten 84, as Essex totted up 207 for three before bad light stopped play, with almost 15 overs lost in the day.
Essex, who lifted the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy last year and had won in the Championship in two of the three previous campaigns, elected to bat first in freezing conditions.
Alastair Cook and Nick Browne were watchful in the early stages on a green-tinged, but ultimately benign, wicket as they scored 30 in the first 13.3 overs before the former departed.
Cook, who is in the last of his three-year post-England career contract, was plumb lbw to a Charlie Morris delivery which appeared to nip back a touch.
His opening partner Browne continued in a similar vein with Westley before loosely driving Ed Barnard on the up to Jake Libby at cover.
As the sun appeared at lunch, the run-scoring became harder with the Worcestershire attack – which were metronomically accurate throughout the day - forcing Westley and Lawrence to bat carefully.
Lawrence, 23, scored 248 runs in five outings in hot and humid conditions in the sub-continent – the Chelmsford environment couldn’t have been much different, as he auditioned to keep his place in the national side with early season form.
He was largely forced to work for his runs, but scored four boundaries - all with a pleasing aesthetic.
His first was an on-drive while leaning over towards the off-side, he followed that with a cut-drive-jab hybrid through point and a controlled flash through the same region soon after.
The fourth, and final, of his fours was a showcase in timing as he rocked onto his back foot and pushed to the long-on boundary.
The right-hander departed a tantalising four runs short of a half-century, when he was adjudged lbw to Barnard.
Westley continued with an unbeaten 76 stand with Paul Walter, who ended the day on 26.
The five-capped Test batsman was made Essex’s four-day captain last year but endured a tricky Bob Willis Trophy campaign – he scored just one half-century and averaged 17.
But a winter working up his game-plans was rewarded as he reached a patient 129-ball fifty and raced past 20,500 first-class runs.
Over 70 per cent of Westley's runs came on the leg-side, typified with a selection of delightful on-drives, powerful pulls and flicks off his legs, before dingy April conditions prevented him from marching to three figures.
Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Group 2 - County Ground Bristol
Surrey *220/9 (70 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Gloucs won the toss and elected to bowl
The opening day of the new LV= Insurance County Championship season saw Bristol over 20 degrees cooler than Chennai, where Rory Burns last walked out in a competitive match, and Surrey felt a chill all day as they made 220 for nine against Gloucestershire.
Josh Shaw, four for 48, and Ryan Higgins, three for 35, ensured the home side did not squander winning the toss on a green-tinged pitch. They were denied the chance to finish Surrey off inside the day by late rain.
They may even feel a touch disappointed, having conceded 32 boundaries. Higgins, beginning the season averaging just 21 with the ball, was the chief exception, leaking only 35 runs from his 19 overs.
The challenge for Burns was the diametric opposite of that which he faced in India, as the players walked out in conditions that might have drawn contented expressions in January. But he nonetheless failed, with an angle through the slips for four before he edged to second slip driving at one from David Payne that swung away. Ollie Pope also drove loosely, to backward-point, for 22 in Surrey’s struggle.
With England’s batsmen having not contributed, 38-year-old Hashim Amla, now an overseas player with Kolpak registrations ended, guided his side to 91 for three at lunch with a series of punchy cover drives and punishment of George Scott’s wide deliveries. He reached an 85-ball fifty, but soon after the break was driving flat-footedly at Shaw and palpably lbw for 56.
Ben Foakes, lbw for 26, beaten by one from Higgins that nipped back, and Jordan Clarke, sharply held by wicketkeeper James Bracey standing up to Higgins for 8, quickly fell to leave Surrey in a hole at 144 for six.
From which point regret might linger for Gloucestershire as Jamie Overton made a streaky 40 - edging Payne just wide of second slip and Scott also narrowly past at catcher at takable height. He went on to flick Shaw to fine leg to raise a batting point but eventually fell dragging Payne into his off stump trying to force off the back foot.
Jamie Smith, one of Surrey’s brightest young things, also lost his off stump, for 20, to one that nipped back from Shaw and the same delivery accounted for Gus Atkinson in just his third first-class match.
Nottinghamshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship
Durham *241/7 (96 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - NOTTS won toss & fielded
Against an opponent without a win in this competition in 27 attempts. Durham might have fancied themselves to get their LV=Insurance County Championship season off to a positive start but they will feel the opening day here was one of wasted opportunities as wickets were lost at key moments, although eighth-wicket pair Bryson Carse and Ben Raine fought back before the close.
Asked to bat first on a typical green-tinged early-season pitch, they recovered well from a stuttering start against a Nottinghamshire seam attack that looked potent even with overseas signing Dane Paterson not yet match fit after a long-term injury.
The returning Scott Borthwick’s second county debut ended in a four-ball duck but Alex Lees and David Bedingham each made half-centuries and Jack Burnham was well placed to match them if not do better. Yet none was able to progress.
The swift demise of Borthwick, surprised by a Jake Ball yorker that trapped him leg before, followed that of opener Mike Jones in the same over, the fifth of the innings.
Jones, who also failed to score, edged to third slip, where Haseeb Hameed held the catch at the second attempt, at which point Durham were five for two. Ball’s inclusion was something of a surprise given he had not played any warm-up matches after his involvement with England in India but two for 10 from his six-over new-ball spell was ample justification.
Otherwise, it was Durham’s morning until the last over, after Nottinghamshire had successfully lobbied to squeeze in an extra one before lunch. Bedingham, who had taken his opportunities efficiently in a 76-ball fifty, faced a decent ball from Luke Fletcher but seemed momentarily indecisive as he edged to ‘keeper Tom Moores, ending an 88-run partnership for the third wicket.
Durham needed to graft after lunch, but Lees cashed in on a rare loose over from Ball with three boundaries to complete an 118-ball fifty that looked like a strong platform. Soon afterwards, however, he was wastefully run out as the non-striker, beaten by Joe Clarke’s pin-point throw to the bowler’s end after new partner Burnham had attempted a chancey second run to deep backward square off Lyndon James.
Burnham survived to reach 42 at tea but perished in the first over of the final session, caught behind on the legside as he flicked at a delivery from Fletcher, after which Ned Eckersley and Stuart Poynter fell in quick succession, the latter a deserved wicket for a tidy display from medium pace all-rounder James.
It was left to Carse and Raine to survive 16 overs against the second new ball and they have added 45 so far, dragging back some of Nottinghamshire’s advantage.
Warwickshire vs Derbyshire, Group 1- Edgbaston
Warwickshire *13/1 (6 ov)
Derbyshire 189/10 (78.2 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Warwickshire trail by 176 runs.
A five-for from Liam Norwell powered Warwickshire into control against Derbyshire on the first day of their opening LV=Insurance County Championship match of the season at Edgbaston
Norwell launched the campaign in the most spectacular style with two wickets in his first over and bowled with sustained hostility for figures of 18-7-32-5 as Derbyshire were bowled out for 189.
Luis Reece (63, 144 balls, ten fours) and Matt Critchley (64, 97 balls, 11 fours) offered defiance for the visitors but they came in under par on a decent batting pitch before Warwickshire reached by 13 for one at the close.
Put in, Derbyshire hit immediate trouble when Norwell struck with his second and fifth balls. He induced a nick from Billy Godleman to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess and then uprooted Anuj Dal's off-stump. When Leus de Plooy deflected a ball from Olly Hannon-Dalby on to his stumps, Derbyshire were seven for three from nine overs.
Reece and Wayne Madsen retrenched with a stand of 43 in 18 overs before Hannon-Dalby returned to strike, first ball back. Madsen edged and Rob Yates took a fine catch, two-handed, diving to his right at third slip.
Critchley batted fluently alongside the diligent Reece to add 93 in 22 overs in the afternoon session before Norwell struck twice more to remove both, each time with accomplished assistance from the slips. Reece fell to a smart catch by Sam Hain at second and Critchley perished after a superb grab by a diving Tim Bresnan at first.
Hain pounced again in the cordon to pouch Harvey Hosein and captain Will Rhodes then brought himself on and struck first ball as Fynn Hudson-Prentice slashed to Danny Briggs at gully to leave the visitors 164 for eight at tea.
Craig Miles collected his first wicket when Michael Cohen edged to Bresnan at first slip. Last pair Ben Aitchson and Sam Conners eked out 21 before the latter flicked Briggs off the middle to Hain at short leg.
Conners then unleashed a beauty to trap Rhodes lbw as Warwickshire also lost a wicket to the second ball of the innings before Dom Sibley and Yates saw out the day.
Left-arm spinner Briggs is making his Warwickshire debut but the arrival of overseas signing Pieter Malan has been delayed by visa issues. The Bears have signed India Test batsman Hanuma Vihari as a replacement for the early rounds of the championship.
Northamptonshire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship
Kent *309/7 (96 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Northants won toss & fielded
Ollie Robinson led the assault with a blistering 84 as Kent’s batsmen took the attack to Northamptonshire on day one of the LV= County Championship at Northampton.
Jordan Cox and Ollie Robinson also made half-centuries as the visitors recovered from the loss of three early wickets to post 309 for seven at stumps.
Veteran seamer Gareth Berg had made the most of favourable conditions early on to account for England internationals Zak Crawley and Joe Denly in successive overs.
Kent’s batsmen though found runs easier to come by after lunch and went on the offensive, punishing anything short or wide with a flurry of boundaries.
Northamptonshire captain Adam Rossington would have been delighted after winning the toss and being rewarded with the early wicket of his opposite number Daniel Bell-Drummond who fell lbw to Ben Sanderson in the seventh over.
Berg then found late movement to entice Crawley to edge one behind and bowled the experienced Denly to reduce Kent to 38 for three.
Cox though, playing in only his eighth first-class game, provided stout defence throughout the morning and ensured Kent went into lunch with only three wickets down.
Cox and Leaning resumed after the interval with a clear intent to attack and showing signs of the form and timing that brought them a record-breaking stand of 423 against Sussex last summer.
On this occasion, their partnership had reached 89 when Cox fell to a stunning leaping catch on the midwicket boundary by Emilio Gay.
Leaning found a new willing partner in Robinson who quickly found his touch and the pair had already compiled a 50-run stand by the tea interval.
Leaning, who survived an appeal for lbw on 32, brought up his half century with two boundaries in one over off Rob Keogh, driving the spinner through the covers and then using his feet to play him sweetly through mid-on.
The pair had extended their partnership to 98 after tea when Leaning edged behind to give part-time bowler Gay his maiden first-class wicket.
Robinson, 22, continued to enjoy himself with Darren Stevens for company in the final hour with the 44-year-old all rounder dispatching Sanderson for six over backward square.
Eventually, Robinson’s luck run out after 123 deliveries when he pulled Nathan Buck to deep square leg. Shortly afterwards, Buck claimed his third wicket of the day when Grant Stewart left the ball and was bowled.
Middlesex vs Somerset, Group 2, County Championship
Middlesex *293/8 (96 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl
Sam Robson survived two early chances to post his highest red-ball score in five years as Middlesex made a solid start to their LV= County Championship opener against Somerset at Lord’s.
James Hildreth and Craig Overton both spilled slip catches before the opener had passed his half-century and he took advantage to accumulate 165, with Middlesex reaching 293 for eight at stumps.
Robson’s majestic knock, which included 25 fours, was his best performance since registering a career-best double hundred in the opening match of the 2016 season against Warwickshire.
The 31-year-old eventually fell to Lewis Gregory, who ended the day with figures of four for 54 after Somerset fought back in the evening session.
Somerset, runners-up in both of the last two Championship campaigns, put their hosts in after winning the toss and quickly removed Max Holden, who clipped Overton into the hands of square leg in the third over.
Nick Gubbins appeared well set, hitting four boundaries to reach 21, but his was the second wicket to fall during the morning session as former Middlesex medium-pacer Josh Davey pinned him leg before.
Davey should also have claimed the scalp of Robson on 23, with Hildreth failing to gather the edge before Overton, at second slip, put the right-hander down off Gregory with 47 to his name.
Stephen Eskinazi kept Robson company with a watchful innings of 22 and the pair had added 80 for the third wicket when Gregory got Middlesex’s stand-in captain lbw with one that stayed low.
However, Robson – who looked particularly strong on the leg side throughout – advanced to reach his century from 139 deliveries, stroking Gregory through midwicket for three.
Somerset eventually turned to spin in search of a wicket and Jack Leach came up trumps as Robbie White miscalculated the left-armer’s line, prodding forward and nudging him to second slip for 17.
Davey’s nagging line earned him his second success shortly after tea when he had Martin Andersson caught behind off a thin edge.
Gregory then struck twice in successive overs with the new ball, dismissing John Simpson before Robson attempted to cut and was caught by Tom Abell at third slip.
The all-rounder collected his fourth wicket when Hildreth dived to take an edge off Tom Helm, but Toby Roland-Jones’ unbeaten 19 kept Middlesex within sight of a third batting bonus point.
Sussex vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex *291/9 (96 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Sussex won the toss and elected to bat
Sussex opener Tom Haines made Lancashire pay for three dropped catches by making a career-best 155 as the visitors recovered from 40 for four to reach 291 for nine on the first day of the LV= County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Haines’ hundred, the third of his first-class career, came off 177 balls. It helped Sussex to recover from a grim morning when their decision to bat first appeared ill advised.
Lancashire were still dominant when they reduced Sussex to 127 for six but Haines and Ollie Robinson had come within one run of doubling that score when Robinson was caught behind off Saqib Mahmood for 59. Having batted for 357 minutes and hit 20 fours, Haines was finally dismissed when his tired swish edged a catch to Alex Davies and that wicket gave Tom Bailey his third success of the day.
The first session of play was controlled by Dane Vilas’s attack. Makeshift opener Aaron Thomason was castled for three when playing no shot at Mahmood and Stiaan van Zyl’s first innings for Sussex since 2019 ended when he was leg before wicket to Tom Bailey for a seven-ball duck.
Tom Clark also perished for nought when he hooked Luke Wood’s fifth ball of the morning straight to Danny Lamb at long leg and Bailey returned to have Ben Brown caught at slip by Steven Croft for four. But the visitors’ spirits were raised in the morning’s final over when Haines, having been hit on the hand by Lamb took 12 runs off the next four deliveries, thereby reaching his fifty off 94 balls.
The opener batted had added 66 with Delray Rawlins when his partner was leg before wicket for 18 when not attempting a shot to a ball from Wood. George Garton was caught by Keaton Jennings off Lamb for 10 but Robinson adopted a more aggressive approach and that rubbed off on Haines. Having been dropped twice at second slip by Croft during the morning, the Sussex opener was put down again by Jennings at first slip off Josh Bohannon when he had made 121.
Robinson eventually fell to the new ball and Haines was dismissed five overs later. The pair’s 126-run stand set a new seventh-wicket for Sussex against Lancashire. Bailey was the most successful bowler with three for 41 but Wood, Mahmood and Lamb also took two wickets.
Yorkshire vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship
Glamorgan *310/8 (96 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bowl
Fifties for Kiran Carlson, Dan Douthwaite and Timm van der Gugten fashioned a superb Glamorgan fightback against Yorkshire on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship season at Emerald Headingley.
Billy Root also contributed a steadfast 43 at the start of the second professional meeting between himself and older brother Joe.
That battle provides an intriguing subplot to an opening round Group Three fixture which started with the Welshmen slipping to 29 for three and 132 for seven before recovering to close on 310 for eight from 96 overs.
Root and Carlson shared 82 for the fourth wicket either side of lunch before all-rounder Douthwaite and Netherlands seamer van der Gugten united for the eighth wicket either side of tea, sharing 122 - the key partnership.
Douthwaite posted 57 off 90 balls and van der Gugten a career best 80 not out off 134.
In cold and overcast conditions, Yorkshire won the toss and struck three times in the first 12 overs through new ball pair Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher and captain Steve Patterson.
Yorkshire, expected title challengers, let their opponents off the hook, with three catches of varying difficulty dropped.
Fisher rocked back the off stump of opener David Lloyd and later Callum Taylor as they shouldered arms.
Billy Root, who previously faced Joe and Yorkshire in a one-day clash whilst playing for Nottinghamshire in 2017, dropped anchor for three and a quarter hours and faced 126 balls.
Carlson was particularly strong on the square drive, hitting 10 boundaries in 79 balls.
Carlson and Root were two of four afternoon wickets as Glamorgan slipped to 132 for seven after 52 overs.
Root was the victim of a superb one-handed diving catch by wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall off Coad. But that proved to be Yorkshire’s final success until late evening as Douthwaite and van der Gugten changed the face of the day’s play.
Having offered a tough chance to Harry Brook at third slip on eight, Douthwaite was strong off his pads in hitting eight fours to add to sixes off Olivier and Coad.
Van der Gugten was not quite as commanding at the crease, yet he launched Joe Root’s off-spin over long-on for six.
Coad bowled Douthwaite - also shouldering arms - with the second new ball, leaving the score at 254 for eight.
Michael Hogan also clubbed an unbeaten 40 in a late unbroken stand of 56 for the ninth wicket to further frustrate Yorkshire.
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