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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 4th 2021

Andrew Salter (Glamorgan)
Andrew Salter (Glamorgan)
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 11 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards July 4th 2021

Live Scores and Stats LV= County Championship Round 11

Lancashire vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship

No play was possible at Emirates Old Trafford on the first day of the LV=Insurance County Championship Group Three clash between Lancashire and Kent after rain fell throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Proceedings were eventually abandoned at 3.30pm with little prospect of the poor weather abating over Manchester.

Lancashire currently sit top of Group Three, 16 points clear of Northamptonshire in third place with two rounds remaining.

A win should see the Red Rose progress to challenge for the County Championship as one of the top two sides from the three groups. 

The hosts will be bidding for their fifth win of the season in nine games, with one of those wins coming against Kent at Canterbury by an innings at the end of April.

Lancashire named James Anderson in their line up as he prepares for England’s forthcoming Test series against India, starting early next month.

Warwickshire vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship

Warwickshire and Durham endured frustration at Edgbaston where the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match was washed out. 

The teams got as far as tossing up and Durham captain Scott Borthwick called correctly and elected to field, but that is as far as they got as a series of torrential showers swept across Birmingham. 

Both teams, placed first and fourth in Group One respectively, will be keen to get going tomorrow to press for points to strengthen their bid for a top-two finish. 

Durham are close to full strength, with England all-rounder Ben Stokes available, while Warwickshire's seam attack is heavily depleted. Already without Olly Stone due to a stress fracture on his back and Chris Woakes (England duty), the Bears have been hit by a further double blow with the loss of Olly Hannon-Dalby (sore heel) and Tim Bresnan (calf).  

Ryan Sidebottom has come in for his first appearance of the season. 

Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship

Derbyshire have work to do to post a competitive first-innings total after a rain-affected opening day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Propping up the Group One table after failing to win any of their first eight matches, Derbyshire made 91 for five from the 47 overs that were possible, Matt Critchley making 23 and Luke Fletcher taking two wickets to draw level with Durham’s Chris Rushworth as the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 40 scalps.

On a strip so green it needed three stumps at each end to identify it as the one in use, a Derbyshire side badly hit by injuries and failing form would have anticipated a difficult day after Nottinghamshire won the toss and chose to bowl first. In the circumstances, a scoreboard showing 44 for three at lunch felt like one that could have been worse.

Fletcher soon had Luis Reece pushing at one that found a thin edge, and Brett Hutton trapped Tom Wood in the 12th overs with a full delivery but the home attack bowled too many balls that could be safely left alone in a twice-interrupted opening session and had to wait until the over before lunch to claim another breakthrough.

This time Brooke Guest chased a widish ball from Lyndon James, giving a second catch to Ben Duckett, deputising with the gloves for Tom Moores who, in common with Joe Clarke, is self-isolating under Covid protocols.  

Critchley and Leus du Plooy began to rebuild after lunch before the next band of showers arrived, keeping the players off the field for two hours and 40 minutes. Derbyshire may have wished it had been longer as two more wickets fell in the first 17 balls after the resumption.

Captaining in a first-class match for the first time in the absence of Billy Godleman, Critchley had taken three boundaries off Hutton before the stoppage and and was looking to continue in similar positive vein but perished via a sharp low catch at third slip off 19-year-old Joey Evison, in for the rested Jake Ball, whose first spell of the season comprised four maidens.

Fletcher then picked up his 40th wicket of the season as Harvey Hosein was leg before to his second ball, leaving Derbyshire 76 for five, but only 38 more minutes’ play was possible. The visitors will resume with Du Ploy, who was dropped by Duckett on 14, having faced 108 balls for his 21 not out.

Sussex vs Glamorgan, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex teenager Danial Ibrahim defied Glamorgan’s dominant bowlers at the 1st Central County Ground.  In just his second LV=Insurance County Championship match – he scored 55 on debut against Yorkshire a month ago – Ibrahim made 41 not out in two hours.

Sussex were in deep trouble at 96 for six when Ibrahim was joined by Will Beer and the pair put on 65 for the seventh wicket, the highest partnership of a troubled innings, before Beer was out to the last ball of the day.

Sussex were depleted with eight players self-isolating because of a  Covid-19 case within the camp.  Of these at least two, Tom Haines and Ollie Robinson, would certainly have played.  Robinson was the side’s star player with 13 wickets in the club’s only championship win of the season at Sophia Gardens.

In addition, Sussex – bottom of Group 3 - were missing the injured Phil Salt and Chris Jordan, while George Garton was away on England duty.  Oli Carter, a 19-year-old batsman and wicketkeeper, became the seventh player to make his debut for the county this year.

Glamorgan welcomed back Colin Ingram for his first first-class game since 2017 and Timm van der Gugten, with.  Marnus Labuschagne and  Michael Neser in quarantine.

In damp and dark conditions Sussex surprised  many people by choosing to bat when play eventually got under way at 2.25.  They lost their first wicket to the last delivery of the second over when Chris Cooke took a fine catch low down to his right to dismiss Aaron Thomason off van der Gugten for four.

After one ball of the third over the players came off, briefly, because of more rain, as they did again after 11.3 overs, by which time Sussex had progressed to 23 for two, Stiaan van Zyl having lost his off stump to Michael Hogan for five. By that time the floodlights were in action.

Ali Orr scored a 35-ball four before he was lbw to van der Gugten, and Sussex were 34 for four when Carter was lbw to lbw to James Weighell – a very tight decision - for three from six balls.

But then the sun came out and Ben Brown and Travis Head briefly prospered, with a stand of 41 in nine overs.  When Head, who had averaged ten before this game, cut Dan Douthwaite for four to reach 22 it was his highest score of the season.  But it was clearly Glamorgan’s session when, just before tea, Douthwaite had Brown caught behind for 22.

Head moved his score to 47, with eight fours, before he was lbw to van der Gugten without offering a stroke and he walked without waiting for the umpire’s decision.

Northamptonshire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Northamptonshire’s Ricardo Vasconcelos had reasons to celebrate as the hosts dominated a rain-affected day one of their vital LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Yorkshire.

Acting captain Vasconcelos was presented with his county cap before play by injured skipper Adam Rossington and then claimed three catches behind the stumps as Yorkshire stumbled to 158 all out  

Rob Keogh and Tom Taylor proved the pick of the Northamptonshire attack with two for eight and two for 14 respectively, while the visitors would have been in a far more perilous position without a career-best 71 from youngster George Hill.

Northamptonshire closed 61 for two in reply around a second break for rain with Vasconcelos 32 not out.

Yorkshire skipper Steven Patterson won the toss and chose to bat first on a biscuit coloured pitch with little grass, but it didn’t take the hosts long to strike, Adam Lyth edging Ben Sanderson through to Vasconcelos without scoring         .

Sam Northeast, signed on a short-term deal after leaving Hampshire, also missed out as caught in two minds he edged Taylor’s fourth ball to give a diving Vasconcelos his second catch of the day.

Rain forced an early lunch before Yorkshire suffered  self-inflicted wounds, Garry Ballance smearing across the line to be caught at backward point, while Harry Brook chipped the same bowler, Simon Kerrigan, to mid-wicket.

Vasconcelos’s third catch came from the edge of Dominic Bess’s bat – Gareth Berg the bowler – before the frugal Taylor returned to pin Harry Duke in front.

As others came and went Hill, promoted to open for the first time for the White Rose county in just his fourth first-class game, stood tall hitting the pitched up ball back past the bowler, while being quick to pull anything banged in short.

He was given a life on 31 when Berg shelled a catch at slip from his first loose drive, Wayne Parnell the aggrieved bowler, to reach 50 off 104 balls with his seventh four before hitting Kerrigan for a towering straight six.

By the time he was seventh out lbw to Keogh, the 20-year-old had left a lasting impression

Jordan Thompson hit some defiant blows in his 22 before he was last out, the second of two late scalps for Parnell.

Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay added 50 in reply before Bess trapped the latter lbw and nightwatchman Kerrigan perished to a lifting ball from Patterson just before stumps.

Hampshire vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship

Jordan Clark and Rikki Clarke stepped up in impressive fashion as Surrey's undermanned bowling attack reduced Hampshire to 229-7 on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash at the Ageas Bowl.

The duo grabbed three wickets apiece after Kyle Jamieson was forced off the field after just six overs due to injury.
Surrey were also without England batsman Ollie Pope who missed the match due to a thigh strain picked up in Friday's Vitality Blast defeat by Kent.
Rory Burns won the toss and elected to field under gloomy skies but despite the bowling friendly conditions Hampshire held firm, losing only Joe Weatherley in the first session to reach lunch on 62/1.

But the Surrey seamers were rewarded for some tight and disciplined bowling after the restart as they ripped through the home side's top order.
Veteran former England all-rounder Clarke had bowled well without luck, seeing a regulation slip catch grassed by Jamie Overton when Tom Alsop was on 17, then having a no-ball called against him when Ian Holland was caught by Ryan Patel.

But Alsop failed to take advantage of his good fortune when he edged Clark to Jamie Smith behind the stumps for 29.Alsop's exit brought Nick Gubbins to the crease for the first time as a Hampshire player following his loan move from Middlesex.

The left-hander, who will join on a permanent basis at the end of the season following the shock departure of Sam Northeast to Yorkshire on Friday, looked in fine touch with a gorgeous cut shot to the boundary early in his innings.

Gubbins then brought up his new side's hundred with a sumptuous drive down the ground, only to perish when on 17 after his attempt at a cut-shot off Overton was caught behind by Smith.

James Vince produced a typically pleasing but brief innings when Clarke, who had been dispatched to the boundary three times by the home skipper, got his revenge when he trapped the elegant right-hander lbw for 16.

Holland continued his fine form at the top of the order with his third 50 of the campaign, but became Clark's third victim when he dragged onto his stumps for 58, reducing the home side to 155-5.

A fifty-run stand from Colin de Grandhomme and Lewis McManus took Hampshire past the 200-mark before Clark struck again when McManus was caught down the leg-side by Smith for 24.

Keith Barker was dismissed without scoring to hand 39-year-old Clarke his third wicket before play was called off for the day due to rain and bad light with Colin de Grandhomme unbeaten on 48 and Felix Organ on three.

Somerset vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Devon Conway marked his first class debut for Somerset with 88 on a rain-affected opening day of the LV=County Championship match with Leicestershire at Taunton. 

The New Zealander faced 146 balls and hit 15 fours, sharing an opening stand of 143 with Steve Davies (65) before Will Davis and Gavin Griffiths led a spirited Leicestershire fightback, which saw the hosts close on 242 for seven. 

Davis ended the day with two for 40 and Griffiths three for 48 Play was interrupted three times by rain and it certainly worked in the visitors’ favour after Conway and Davies had dominated the opening exchanges. 

Leicestershire skipper Colin Ackermann took the obvious decision to field after winning the toss on a heavily overcast morning at the Cooper Associates County Ground. 

Davis caused Conway problems early on and looked unlucky not to dismiss the New Zealander with the closest of several lbw appeals. 

The seamer’s initial spell of seven overs cost him just ten runs. But there was little support as Conway and Davies assumed control. 

The pair had put on 44 when the first shower caused a very brief interruption and 83 by the time more rain brought an early lunch at 12.45pm. 

Davies looked in good touch from the outset, appearing to have plenty of time to play his shots. He was unbeaten on 32 at lunch, with Conway 43 not out. 

Both batsmen moved to half-centuries on the resumption, Conway first to fifty, off 82 balls, with 10 fours, while Davies followed, off 79 balls, with five boundaries. 

They took the score to 134 with few alarms before the rain turned heavy at just after 2.15pm. Play resumed at 4.20pm, an early tea having been taken, and the complexion of the innings was soon transformed. 

Davies fell to Davis, bowled playing an indeterminate defensive shot, and Lewis Goldsworthy quickly followed, edging the same bowler to Ackermann at second slip. 

Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson was struck for successive boundaries by Conway, but responded immediately by beating the batsman’s defensive push and bowling him in the 45th over. 

James Hildreth, on five, survived a sharp chance to Rishi Patel at short leg off Parkinson. When George Bartlett fell lbw to Ben Mike playing no shot, Somerset had lost four wickets for 39 runs. 

Leicestershire’s fight back continued as Tom Lammonby edged a loose drive off Griffiths to second slip where Ackermann took another catch. 

Griffths, whose first five overs had cost 38 runs, had Hildreth and Craig Overton, captaining Somerset for the first time in red ball cricket, caught behind off outswingers to leave Somerset 224 for seven. 

Roelof van der Merwe, who lofted a six off Parkinson, and Josh Davey saw the hosts through to the close of a day restricted to 74 overs. 

Gloucestershire v Middlesex Group 2, County Championship  (Starts July 5th)

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