LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 DAY 2: Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
All the match scores, reports and scorecards from Round 1, Day2 of the LV= Insurance County Championship.
Leicestershire vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship
Leicestershire *15/1 (6 ov)
Hampshire 612/5d (120 ov)
Day 2 Leics trail by 597 runs.
Captain James Vince made the third double century of his first-class career as Hampshire continued to dominate their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire.
Vince received fine support from Liam Dawson, who made an unbeaten 152 before the visitors declared, leaving the Foxes needing 463 simply to avoid the follow-on.
That prospect looked even more unlikely when Hampshire’s seamers picked up four wickets before the close. Kyle Abbott made an early breakthrough, pinning Sam Evans leg before having Hassan Azad caught by Dawson at second slip.
Harry Dearden looked in good touch before edging a catch behind off Brad Wheal, and Mohammad Abbas, formerly of Leicestershire, had Lewis Hill caught at second slip during a spell of five consecutive maidens as Hampshire turned the screw.
Resuming on his overnight score of 168, made from 167 deliveries faced, Vince continued to score freely, particularly through the offside, as Leicestershire’s bowlers once again failed to maintain a consistent line and length.
Vince’s 200 came up off 195 balls and included 32 fours and two sixes, and he looked certain to pass his previous first-class career best score of 240 (made against Essex) when he tried to help an innocuous leg-side delivery from left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson down to the fine leg boundary and got a thin edge into the gloves of wicket-keeper Harry Swindells.
It was Parkinson’s only reward of the innings, and came the ball after he had seen Dawson badly dropped off his bowling by Dearden on the midwicket boundary. It was an expensive miss, as Dawson, who was on 101 at the time, raced on past 150 before Vince called his batsmen in on 612, the county’s highest score against Leicestershire, comfortably surpassing the 548-8 declared made at Southampton in 1927.
Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann and Harry Swindells fought hard in the evening session to put together an unbroken partnership of 70 for the Foxes' fifth wicket , but a three day win for the visitors remains a distinct possibility.
Yorkshire vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship
Yorkshire *129/5 (37.1 ov)
Glamorgan 330/10 (101.4 ov)
Day 2 Yorkshire trail by 201 runs
Joe Root was dismissed for an unconvincing 59-ball 16 as one of 16 wickets to fall during an exhilarating second day between Yorkshire and Glamorgan at Emerald Headingley, with the visitors just maintaining the advantage.
This opening round LV= Insurance County Championship fixture was firmly in Glamorgan’s hands having posted 330 in their first innings during the opening half hour of play before bowling their hosts out for 193.
Yorkshire narrowly avoided the follow-on yet conceded a 137 lead at tea.
But Ben Coad, who claimed four for 94 in the first innings, then struck three times with the new ball under overcast skies to reduce the Welshman to 29 for four second time around. Glamorgan later closed on 68 for four from 29 overs, a lead of 205.
Billy Root and Chris Cooke will begin day three on 25 and 17 respectively.
Test captain Root miscued a full toss from 22-year-old off-spinner Callum Taylor to mid-off shortly after lunch. Before lunch, he survived a huge lbw appeal on four whilst sweeping at younger brother Billy’s part-time spin.
He also offered a sharp return catch on 12 to Taylor shortly before his dismissal, which left Yorkshire 79 for four.
An unbeaten 38 from Dom Bess was key in helping the hosts reach the follow-on target of 181 just before tea after the score had slipped to 175 for nine.
Taylor was joined in taking two wickets by seam trio Michael Hogan, Dan Douthwaite and David Lloyd.
Australian Hogan, aged 39, was a central figure in the morning session - with bat and ball.
He moved from 40 overnight to 52 with three boundaries in the day’s first over from Coad as Glamorgan advanced from 310 for eight.
Coad claimed one of the two morning Glamorgan wickets, while unbeaten Timm van der Gugten advanced from 80 to 85, adding to Hogan’s 54.
Hogan then reduced Yorkshire’s reply to 31 for two by getting Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught behind and Tom Loten bowled.
Yorkshire lost their last eight wickets during the afternoon. Adam Lyth was the first for an innings-high 52, followed by Root and Harry Brook for 40. Root was only Taylor’s third first-class wicket.
At tea, Glamorgan’s victory hopes would have been sky high. But Coad’s post tea burst of three for 18 from six overs will have eroded that belief somewhat.
He removed Nick Selman and Kiran Carlson caught behind and David Lloyd caught at third slip.
Nottinghamshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship
Nottinghamshire *165/7 (48.4 ov)
Durham 330/10 (121.2 ov)
Match delayed by bad light - Notts trail by 165 runs
Durham seized the initiative at a cold and damp Trent Bridge, where a familiar Nottinghamshire collapse with the bat was compounded by an injury to their England fast bowler, Jake Ball.
The 30-year-old, whose return to wicket-taking form last season earned him a place in England’s white-ball squads in India after three years out of the international picture, took two wickets on the first day here but had bowled only nine deliveries on the second morning when a back problem forced him off the field. Nottinghamshire say it is “sore” and is “being monitored”,
With Ball out of the attack, Durham built well on the fightback mounted by Brydon Carse and Ben Raine late on the first evening to post a more competitive first-innings total than had once seemed likely.
Their seam attack then took advantage of difficult batting conditions on a gloomy afternoon to reduce Nottinghamshire to 85 for six before Tom Moores and Liam Patterson-White stemmed the flow of wickets in a stand of 56.
Durham’s recovery with the bat had been built around Raine’s unbeaten 59 as their last three wickets added 134. His partnership with Carse - ended by Brett Hutton’s first wicket of his second spell as a Nottinghamshire player - added 54 before last man Chris Rushworth helped put on another 59.
Relegated in 2019, Nottinghamshire looked to have remedied some of their batting woes last year, clocking up more batting points than any other side in the Bob Willis Trophy, even if they still failed to conjure up a win.
Yet now they looked fragile again, albeit with the ball zipping around. Ben Slater, Ben Duckett and Steven Mullaney all fell in defensive mode, bemused by late movement that found the edge. Likewise Haseeb Hameed, who lost his off bail to Matt Salisbury’s best delivery in a three-wicket new-ball spell. Joe Clarke, on the other hand, executed a horrible shot to the ball that followed Hameed’s demise and was caught behind off a bottom edge.
Lyndon James, the young all-rounder, played nicely for his 28 but was caught off a steepling top edge as he swung lavishly at a ball from Carse, Poynter sprinting halfway down the pitch to claim his fourth catch. Patterson-White gave good back-up to the more experienced Moores in adding 56 for the next wicket but as Poynter pouched a fifth catch and Rushworth a second wicket Nottinghamshire were still 165 behind when the bad light and drizzle that caused a brief stoppage before tea ended play early.
*In common with other grounds, the afternoon session began with players and match officials lining up on the outfield in front of the pavilion to observe a two-minute silence in remembrance of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, whose death had been announced during the morning. The flag over the pavilion was lowered to half-mast and the players took to the field wearing black armbands.
Northamptonshire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship
Northamptonshire *9/0 (1.1 ov)
Kent 455/10 (128.5 ov)
Match delayed by rain - Northants trail by 446 runs.
Veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens starred with an unbeaten century to put Kent in the driving seat on a rain-affected second day of their LV= County Championship clash against Northamptonshire.
Stevens, who will celebrate his 45th birthday later this month, struck 116 not out – his 35th first-class hundred – and became the oldest player since 1986 to register three figures in a County Championship fixture.
He shared partnerships of 74 with Harry Podmore and 63 with Miguel Cummins for the last two wickets, shepherding Kent to a first-innings total of 455 at Northampton.
Afternoon rain restricted the Northamptonshire response to just 15.2 overs, although a flamboyant undefeated 54 by Ricardo Vasconcelos enabled them to make swift inroads on the deficit, reaching 91 for one at the close.
Northamptonshire’s hopes of wrapping up the visitors’ innings quickly in the morning gained a boost in the fourth over as Tom Taylor removed Matt Milnes, steering him to Alex Wakely at second slip.
However, Podmore proved a capable foil for Stevens, who was largely content to keep picking up singles as his partner slammed a string of boundaries off Ben Sanderson to reach 29.
Off-spinner Rob Keogh finally broke the ninth-wicket stand, tempting Podmore into a swing across the line for Adam Rossington to complete the stumping, but Kent were by no means finished.
With debutant Cummins blocking confidently and rotating the strike, Stevens inched towards his hundred, clipping Nathan Buck over square leg for six before pulling the single that raised the landmark from 120 balls.
There seemed no end to the home side’s frustration when Vasconcelos, at slip, was unable to cling onto a sharp chance from Cummins, but Taylor eventually dismissed the left-hander for 24, blasting out his middle stump.
The players returned after lunch sporting black armbands and lined up on the outfield for a two-minute silence to mark HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s passing before Northamptonshire began their reply.
Podmore took some punishment at the hands of Vasconcelos, his first three overs going for 31 as the opener unleashed a spate of cuts and cover drives to bring up his half-century in 45 deliveries.
Vasconcelos put together a brisk opening partnership of 77 with Ben Curran, the only Northamptonshire casualty so far after chopping Cummins’ third ball onto his stumps for 24.
Warwickshire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship
Warwickshire *169/5 (56.2 ov)
Derbyshire 189/10 (78.2 ov)
Stumps - Day 2 - Warwickshire trail by 20 runs
Derbyshire's bowlers hit back on the second day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston as Warwickshire reached 169 for five in reply to the visitors' 189.
Batting was difficult throughout a heavily weather-affected day as the ball seamed around under thick cloud and a young Derbyshire attack, led by the impressive Ben Aitcheson (two for 31) and Sam Conners (two for 40), maintained the pressure.
Rob Yates (40, 63 balls, eight fours) batted fluently but the rest had to battle, and sixth-wicket pair Matt Lamb (41 not out, 82 balls, eight fours) and Tim Bresnan (27 not out, 49 balls, five fours) did so effectively to add an unbroken 55 before bad light lopped of the last 20 overs.
The Bears resumed on the second morning on 13 for one and advanced to 38 for one in 35 minutes play before the first rain interruption triggered an early lunch.
Yates was in excellent nick but became the first of four batsmen to fall to fatal edges in the afternoon session as the ball wobbled about. He edged Fynn Hudson-Prentice to second slip where Wayne Madsen took a fine catch and Aitchison then struck in his first over when Sam Hain (14, 25 balls) edged and again Madsen made no mistake.
Conners unfurled a perfectly shaped off-cutter which Dom Sibley (29, 100 balls, four fours) feathered to wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein. As the scoring dried up, at one stage four runs came from 45 balls during which a sequence of 28 dot balls culminated in Michael Burgess edging Aitchesen to the keeper.
That left Warwickshire wobbling at 114 for five, still 75 behind, but Lamb and Bresnan dug in deep. There was plenty of playing and missing but the pair concentrated hard and Derbyshire were left to rue the reprieve they gave to Lamb when, on 26, he edged the fourth ball after tea, from Hudson-Prentice, to slip but the chance went down.
Middlesex v Somerset
Middlesex 313 and 87 for 2
Middlesex lead by 228 runs with eight second innings wickets standing
Veteran paceman Tim Murtagh claimed four wickets as Middlesex got the upper hand on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Somerset at Lord’s.
In continuing uncertain times, 39-year-old Murtagh proved his reassuringly reliable self, returning figures of four for 46 and with his heir apparent at Middlesex Ethan Bamber contributing 3-24, the visitors were bowled out for 172, giving the hosts a lead of 141 after they earlier posted 313, Lewis Gregory taking five for 68.
That advantage would have been greater but for a 10th wicket stand of 83 between Marchant De Lange, who made 51, and England spinner Jack Leach which saved the follow on.
Middlesex then reached 87 for 2 by stumps, a lead of 228.
Last season’s Bob Willis Trophy finalists were soon in trouble in the face of some bewitching new-ball bowling from Murtagh and Bamber.
Murtagh made the first incision having Tom Lammonby caught behind off an inside edge and the old warhorse struck again when Tom Abell steered a ball speared into him into the hands of Sam Robson at slip.
Bamber then took over castling Tom Banton with a beauty and when George Bartlett poked another probing ball to a diving Simpson the visitors were 17 for 4.
James Hildreth looked calm amid the carnage, only for Bamber to trap him in front with the first ball after lunch and with Toby Roland-Jones accounting for Steve Davies and Craig Overton Somerset slumped to 81-9 before the last pair came together.
De Lange though found a staunch ally in Leach and the pair struck the ball confidently from the outset.
Leach was dropped by Robson at slip on 18, allowing De Lange to launch an onslaught, culminating in a huge six over long-on that saved the follow-on.
Martin Andersson finally ended the revelry, by bowling De Lange, but not before he’d reached 50 from 49 balls.
Max Holden and first innings centurion Robson fell cheaply, but Nick Gubbins and Stevie Eskinazi added 75 for the third wicket before bad light ended play 10 overs early.
The action took place amid the sombre news of the death this morning of The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, a former MCC President. Flags were flown at half-mast and two minutes silence was observed before the start of the afternoon session.
Gloucestershire vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship
Gloucestershire *311/8 (89 ov)
Surrey 220/10 (70.3 ov)
Stumps - Day 2 - Gloucs lead by 91 runs
Chris Dent has, at times, carried Gloucestershire’s batting in the past years and it was he who again led his side’s effort as they built a solid response to Surrey’s 220 at Bristol, though it was far from a lone hand as the hosts reached 311 for eight at the end of day two.
Dent’s bright 78 was followed by 54 from James Bracey and Tom Lace’s 65. None of them could turn their positions into a potentially match-defining innings but they still helped give Gloucestershire a significant lead and three batting points.
After Surrey were polished off in three balls of day two, Dent and Bracey immediately put the home side on the front foot with a rattling opening stand of 139 in 28 overs.
Dent survived a chance to second slip on 28, where Jamie Overton couldn’t claim the catch leaping at full stretch over his head, and went on to pull Overton for six over midwicket to raise fifty in just 55 balls.
Another maximum was hoisted down the ground from Amar Virdi’s offspin but just after lunch he couldn’t get out of the way in time trying to leave Reece Topley and edged into his stumps.
It was a bonus for Surrey, who were much relieved to break the opening partnership on the stroke of lunch when Virdi skidded one into Bracey playing back.
The wicketkeeper had impressed, punishing three wide deliveries from Gus Atkinson for four before skipping down to lift Virdi for another boundary. A calm single in front of cover brought him fifty in 81 balls.
The third half-centurion was Lace, in his first innings since signing permanently from Middlesex. It should have ended before it began as he chopped Topley to second slip on 0 only for the catch to bounce out of Overton’s hands at shoulder height. He also edged Overton just wide of fourth slip but clipped two pleasant boundaries through midwicket in his 101-ball half-century before sweeping at Virdi, missing, and falling lbw.
Lace was one of five afternoon wickets for Surrey as they kept Gloucestershire in sight and when they took two wickets in 15 deliveries with the second new ball, the hosts were eight down leading by 62.
But Jack Taylor, who at one stage was 1 from 41 balls, and his brother Matt, nudged their side beyond 300 to regain momentum before rain again curtailed play.
Sussex vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex 301/10 (100.4 ov)
Lancashire *127/3 (37 ov)
Day 2 Lancashire trail by 174 runs
An unbeaten century by skipper Dane Vilas helped secure a first-innings lead for Lancashire on the second day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Sussex at Emirates Old Trafford and the home side go into the second half of the game with five wickets in hand and the opportunity to build a match-winning advantage.
Replying to Sussex’s 301 all out, Lancashire were 339 for five at close of play with Vilas on 158 not out and Luke Wood unbeaten on 27. The most successful Sussex bowler was Ollie Robinson, who ended the day with two for 51, but the other members of Ben Brown’s attack could not match their spearhead’s excellence.
Vilas had earlier shared partnerships of 91 with Alex Davies and 125 with Rob Jones but was also given a life on 47 when George Garton failed to cling on to a diving catch at slip off Jack Carson.
However, the prosperity Lancashire enjoyed late in the evening session was a far cry from their earlier travails when they had struggled to 52 for three at lunch with England prospect Robinson taking two of the wickets. Extracting plenty of bounce and movement from the Old Trafford pitch in an eight-over spell, Robinson had Keaton Jennings taken at slip by Aaron Thomason for four and Josh Bohannon caught behind by Ben Brown for 10.
Sussex’s morning got even better when Steven Croft gloved an attempted pull off Garton to Brown and departed for three but Vilas and Davies took their side to lunch and had extended their partnership to 91, largely through a flurry of boundaries, before Davies was pinned on the back foot for 61 by Sean Hunt and thus became the debutant left-arm seamer’s maiden first-class victim.
That was Sussex’s only success of the afternoon session although off spinner Carson would have dismissed Davies for 31 had he held on to a fierce return catch and the same bowler also had Vilas dropped. As it was Carson’s first eight overs cost 50 runs, a far cry from his triumphs in last year’s Bob Willis Trophy, although he later had Rob Jones caught at backward point by Tom Clark for 58.
Having reached his century off 136 balls, Vilas took only another 53 deliveries to reach his 150 and the Sussex seamers came in for some dismissive treatment when they took the second new ball.
Essex vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Essex *381/5 (130 ov)
Day 2 Essex won the toss and elected to bat
Tom Westley amassed his highest score for five years as the Essex captain’s supreme double century ground Worcestershire down at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.
Westley produced a completely chanceless innings of 213 for the second double century of his career - both of which have come against Worcestershire.
He was accompanied with three-figure stands with Paul Walter and Adam Wheater - who scored 87 - and a 50-run stand with Ryan ten Doeschate.
Essex eventually declared on 490 for nine, before Sam Cook took three wickets in five balls to see the visitors slump to 43 for three.
Westley, whose top score is 254, had begun the day unbeaten on 84 and patiently took his time to creep towards his 22nd ton in red-ball cricket.
An over after Walter had edged the pair to a hundred stand, he flicked off his hips for a couple to mark his century - made in 236 balls.
It would have been a particular relief to Westley having toiled with the bat in the Bob Willis Trophy in 2020. In 11 innings, during his debut season as club captain, the 32-year-old only managed 172 runs - with 51 of those coming in the Lord’s final against Somerset.
Walter departed, after a whip to the legside found a leading edge to second slip, and ten Doeschate was lbw to Brett D'Oliveira, but Westley seemed undeterred in his eminent run-making.
He seamlessly bedded in with Wheater during the afternoon session as the pair kept the scoreboard ticking without taking any risks, as his 150 was brought up in 314 balls.
While Westley had struggled in 2020, Wheater excelled – topping the club averages with 291 runs at 58. He continued that form by striding to a half-century in 105 balls with a nick through the slips.
It was then Westley’s turn to wave his bat at his team-mates again when after 381 deliveries he cut in front of square to reach 200.
Having been at the crease for nine hours, Westley finally made a misjudgement as he offered up a simple catch to Ed Barnard on the midwicket boundary.
Simon Harmer and Ben Allison both departed quickly during a flurry of wickets before Essex declared when Wheater holed out to wide mid-on – the 490 was their highest score at Chelmsford since crashing 517 against Somerset in June 2018.
Jamie Porter needed only two balls to find Daryl Mitchell’s outside edge, but wicketkeeper Wheater put down the chance to his right.
Mitchell and Jake Libby looked set to tip-toe to close, but in the 15th over Cook struck twice to castle the former and have Tom Fell caught by Harmer at second slip.
With the first ball of his following over, the pacer found Gareth Roderick edging the first ball for his new county to Westley at third slip – all with the score on 32.
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