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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 5th 2021

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 5th  2021

Sunday September 5th – Wednesday September 8th

 

Derbyshire vs Leicestershire, Group 3 The Incora County Ground, 10:30AM

A disciplined batting performance gave Leicestershire the upper hand on the first day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

Sam Evans faced 292 balls for 88 while Lewis Hill and George Rhodes also made half-centuries as the visitors took advantage of a flat pitch.

Hill was unbeaten on 86 from 124 balls and Rhodes scored 54 from 84 balls to take Leicestershire to 282 for 3 at the close.

Lancashire’s on-loan seamer Ed Moulton claimed the wicket of Evans on his Derbyshire debut but it was hard going for the home attack.

With Colin Ackermann serving a one match ban because of a conduct breach by Chris Wright in the previous match, Callum Parkinson captained the side and chose to bat on a sunny morning.

His decision was vindicated because despite a green pitch, there was little in it for the bowlers who took only one wicket in each of the first two sessions.

Evans set the tone for a patient approach by taking 174 balls to reach 50 but it put Leicestershire in a position to go on and make a substantial first innings total.

Derbyshire at least kept it tight with leg-spinner Matt Critchley the pick of the attack and Leicestershire’s first batting point did not arrive until the 72nd over.

Ben Aitchison twice saw edges fall just short of the slips but Leicestershire passed 50 before Hasan Azad edged low to second slip where Wayne Madsen marked his return from nearly three months out with a hamstring injury by taking the catch.

Evans and Rhodes added 75 in 31 overs before Rhodes aimed a slog-sweep at Critchley and was bowled when the chance of a big score beckoned.

That was Derbyshire’s last success for 44 overs as Evans and Hill raised the tempo to take the score well beyond 200 after tea.

Evans combined watchful defence with precise placement on both sides of the wicket but was given two reprieves in successive overs from Anuj Dal.

On both occasions, the usually safe hands of Madsen failed to cling on when Evans was on 85 and 86 but he failed to take advantage as Moulton struck late on.

Evans got an inside edge into the gloves of Brooke Guest as he pushed forward but with Hill unbeaten at the close, it was very much Leicestershire’s day.

Leicestershire batsman Lewis Hill said: "It was a fantastic first day, All the batters got in and cleared the cobwebs away from last week.

"Sam (Evans) played beautifully and deserved a hundred. I've learned a lot this year and one of the key things is if I play with positive intent from the start without being reckless it's better for my game.

"We;ve got a few batters to come in so it's important we start well tomorrow and then see where we go from there."

Derbyshire fast bowler Ben Aitchison said: "It was a long day but the fact we kept them under three's all day was an aim we have anyway going into any innings so we've got something to take out of it.

"We know if we can get two or three wickets quickly the scoreboard will look a bit more even, especially on how that pitch has played today."



Durham vs Glamorgan, Group 2 Emirates Riverside, 10:30AM

 

Glamorgan 97 vs Durham 223/3

 

Durham enjoyed an outstanding first day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Glamorgan, bowling the visitors out for 97 before ending the evening session with a lead of 126 at Emirates Riverside.

The two sides locked horns once again three weeks removed from their Royal London Cup final clash where the Welsh outfit defeated Durham. However, the North East side earned a semblance of revenge by skittling Glamorgan for 97 as Paul Coughlin tore through their line-up with four wickets.

Michael Jones led Durham past the visitors' total with ease by scoring 81 alongside Alex Lees also notched a half-century, posting an opening stand of 119. The hosts were in a position of strength at 223 for three at the close, 126 runs in front heading into day two.

Scott Borthwick inserted the visitors in the bright sunshine at Emirates Riverside, although the green colour of the wicket provided plenty of encouragement for the hosts.

Chris Rushworth made inroads by dismissing David Lloyd lbw one delivery after the opener was put down at backward point by Alex Lees. Hamish Rutherford responded and made the most of the hardness of the new ball, dispatching six boundaries in his run-a-ball 43.

However, the New Zealander's tame dismissal to Rushworth sparked a collapse in the Glamorgan order, falling from 63 for one to 97 all out. The returning Coughlin notched a double-wicket maiden in his second over in his first match since suffering a knee injury during Durham's Vitality Blast campaign.

Ben Raine and Rushworth kept the pressure on with three strikes apiece before Coughlin wrapped up the innings by removing Kiran Carslon and Lukas Carey, finishing with figures of four for 11.

Durham were solid in their reply from the off, taking the sting out of the Glamorgan attack. Their fifty partnership arrived in 106 balls and the openers were far from finished. Lees and Jones upped the ante to surpass the visitors' first-innings total before working their way past a hundred for the opening wicket.

Jones displayed composure at the crease to register his third first-class fifty, working a Lloyd delivery down to third man to reach the milestone. Lees followed in the same over by crunching his eighth boundary through the covers. Michael Hogan made the breakthrough after tea to pin Lees lbw for 55, ending the opening stand for 119.

Jones continued his impressive innings alongside Borthwick, who produced a number of elegant strokes in his knock of 29. Timm van der Gugten removed the Durham skipper, and then prised out Jones late in the day with the opener falling one short of his career best.  David Bedingham fired an unbeaten 44 from 38 balls to strengthen Durham's hold heading into the second day.

Durham's Paul Coughlin said: "It's nice to be back out there with the lads. I put a target to be back for the last few games and I was slightly ahead of schedule. It was nice to come on when there was a couple of wickets down. The wicket was doing a little bit. It was pleasing to be back on the field and taking a few wickets. At 63 for one it was not panic stations, but we knew that we could have bowled better than we did. Rushworth and Raine put us back in the game and I was happy to come on and get a few wickets myself."

 

Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard said: "It was a very disappointing day. It was very one-sided. It was a good toss to win from their perspective, we would have done the same. They didn't bowl too well up front and we capitalised to reach 60, but then Rushworth and Raine put the screws on. Durham bowled great areas after that and got their rewards. You're always under the cosh when you get a below-par score in the first innings. We bowled a little too short and wide, but you're always chasing the game when you get bowled out like that. It became a very tough day."


Essex vs Gloucestershire, Group 2 The Cloudfm County Ground, 10:30AM

 

Essex (150-5) lead Gloucestershire (76) by 74 runs

 

Paul Walter hit his fourth LV= Insurance Championship half-century of the season as Essex eked out a painstaking 74-run lead on a sun-baked Chelmsford day when 15 wickets fell.

  The tall left-hander was the only batsmen to get to grips with a worn pitch on which Gloucestershire were bowled out for a paltry 76 in 28 overs before lunch.

  Gloucestershire were undone in double-quick time as seamer Jamie Porter marked his 100th first-class appearance with 4-32, supported in a blistering opening spell by Sam Cook (3-27).

  Division Two leaders Essex started in similar downbeat mode until Walter stepped in. By the close of the first day he had reached 71 not out from 189 balls.

  Gloucestershire, put in, were soon in trouble. Porter had Miles Hammond and Ben Charlesworth pinned lbw in successive overs.

 Cook then removed James Beacey and Tom Lace with consecutive balls, Bracey edging an outswinger and Lace misjudging one and losing his off-stump.

  A third wicket in nine balls fell without addition when Chris Dent edged to second slip. He was soon followed by Graeme van Buuren, who left one from Cook that jagged back and removed his off-stump.

  Ryan Higgins adopted an aggressive approach, but lost seventh-wicket partner Ollie Price, who slashed wildly to fourth slip for Porter’s fourth scalp.

  Simon Harmer took just three overs to wrap up the Gloucestershire innings taking the final three wickets for just two runs. Zafar Khan swept to square leg, Higgins was snaffled at short leg to end a 60-ball 25, and David Payne was bowled pushing forward.

  The procession of wickets continued at the start of Essex’s reply: it took 30 overs to post their first 50, by which time they were four wickets down.

  Nick Browne wafted at Payne in the third over while Sir Alastair Cook went seven overs later when trapped in front by Higgins for 15. Tom Westley departed lbw for a 38-ball two and Michael Pepper tickled a lifter from Payne.

  Walter and Josh Rymell steadied the ship for 16 overs before tea, but four balls after the break Zafar turned one sharply and found the edge of Rymell’s bat.

  Walter had taken 20 balls to get off the mark, but quietly eased Essex into the lead He was joined by Adam Wheater (30 not out) in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 75 that threatened to take the game away 

Kent vs Worcestershire, Group 3 Canterbury, 10:30AM

 

Kent lead Worcestershire by 51 runs in of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, reaching 184 for four at stumps on day one. 

Nathan Gilchrist took a career-best five for 39 and Matt Milnes four for 35 as Worcestershire were all out for 133, Ben Cox their top scorer with 41 not out. 

Darren Stevens and Jack Leaning were unbeaten on 56 and 52 respectively at the close, after Ollie Robinson hit 50. 

Dillon Pennington took three for 39, but after reducing Kent to 22 for three, Worcestershire’s bowlers toiled. 

The hosts won the toss and chose to bowl in broad sunshine, a decision instantly vindicated as Milnes removed Daryl Mitchell with the fifth ball of the morning, caught by a diving Jordan Cox in the slips for four. 

Milnes then bowled Jake Libby for two before he had Tom Fell caught behind for three and Brett D’Oliveira lbw for one. When Nathan Gilchrist bowled Jack Haynes for eight the visitors were reeling on five for 32 and although Ed Barnard looked well set, he was caught behind off Stevens for 25. 

Joe Leach and Cox steered Worcestershire to 91 for six at lunch, during which Milnes became the 220th Kent player to be awarded a county cap.  

The visitors made a steady start to the afternoon session only for Gilchrist to take the final four wickets for 14 runs. Leach’s off stump was pinged back for 38 and two balls later Josh Baker was bowled for a duck after a hideous leave. Pennington was then lbw for three and Adam Finch bowled for two, giving Gilchrist his first five-wicket haul in red-ball cricket. 

Kent’s reply started shakily with Pennington removing both openers cheaply, Zak Crawley caught behind for four and Jordan Cox caught by Baker for one. Joe Denly was then lbw to Leach for 9 but Leaning and Robinson put on 75 for the next wicket before the latter was caught behind off Pennington. 

Stevens joined Leaning and steered Kent past Worcestershire’s first innings total before reaching his 50 from with a single off Baker. Leaning cut Finch for four to reach his half-century, putting Kent in a dominant position at the end of day one. 

Following the conclusion of India’s second innings at The Oval, Sam Billings has been released from England duty and will be able to bat, replacing Marcus O’Riordan. 

Kent’s Nathan Gilchrist said: “ Matt Milnes is bowling like Dale Steyn at the moment, you can’t stop him. He bowled really well again and all of us in the beginning were just a supporting act to him."  

On taking five wickets: “It was a bit unexpected really. The conditions this morning were quite friendly to us and I think we used them really well.”  

On taking two in three balls just after taking advice on the boundary from Simon Cook: “A few of us were joking because it seemed like he said some magic words. He was just talking to me about fielding plans, but he must have done something for it work out that well. It seems like it’s been moving around quite a bit today, but I think as the sun was beating down on the wicket it got a bit flatter. Hopefully it’ll be similar tomorrow and we can cash in.” 

Kent’s Matt Milnes said: “I think it was probably our day, I thought we probably had the better of the conditions with the 10.30 start, but we still had to put it in the right areas consistently and then the boys at the end there really put us in a strong position. I’ve been trying to find some rhythm recently in red-ball cricket and I feel like I’ve found it. I made a few changes.” 

On getting his cap: “It’s a pretty special moment. I didn’t have a clue it was happening and it was very nice my family could be there as well.”  

Worcestershire’s Dillan Pennington said: “It was a tough day. I think they bowled really well. This morning, first thing Milnes was excellent and then they backed it up. They kept bowling balls in the right area and it showed how difficult it was. It showed when we put it in the right area how difficult it was for them, so I think we’ll reflect on it. 

"We’ve probably not stacked as well as we wanted to as a bowling group so hopefully tomorrow we’ll hit the top of off and the ball can do its thing. The good balls nipped and did a bit, but as soon as I bowled a bad ball it went for four.” 


Northamptonshire vs Surrey, Group 2 The County Ground Northampton, 10:30AM

 

Surrey 252 all out

Northamptonshire

 

Jamie Smith’s stunning century rescued Surrey from a perilous position on day one of their LV=Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

The 21-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman reached 123 with a six and 17 fours -  the third first-class hundred of his career - to drag the visitors from 15-3 to 252 all out.

Another home-grown talent Will Jacks provided great support, making 60 as they added 145 for the fifth wicket.

However, Tom Taylor’s first five-wicket haul of the season kept the hosts, who were 7-0 in reply at the close, right in the game after a topsy-turvy day.

Acting Surrey skipper Hashim Amla opted to bat on winning the 10:30am start and his side were soon in trouble.

Cameron Steel survived two appeals for lbw in Ben Sanderson’s first two overs, but wasn’t so lucky the third time and was pinned in front for nought.

Amla played no shot to Taylor and lost his off bail and when Lawrie Evans, had his off-stump pegged back by one which jagged back off the seam from the same bowler Surrey were 15-3.

Smith entered the fray to play possibly the innings of his young career. Looking composed he was tight in defence, but quick onto anything loose, his on-drives especially pleasing on the eye.

But Northamptonshire struck again on the stroke of lunch, Ryan Patel, who’d battled to 35, wafting lazily at a wide one from Taylor and edging through to Adam Rossington.

If the morning belonged to the hosts, Surrey dominated the afternoon as the early movement disappeared and the ball got soft.

Smith moved serenely to 50 with eight fours, one a dreamy cover-drive from the bowling of Northamptonshire debutant James Sales.

He found an ally in Jacks, who made a fifty of his own in 85 balls with seven fours despite curbing his naturally aggressive instincts. The 100 partnership came in 192 balls as the duo batted throughout the session.

Northamptonshire looked to be flagging, but just prior to the new ball, Jacks suffered a rush of blood, charged Simon Kerrigan and was bowled.

Unperturbed, Smith moved to his hundred with a glorious cover drive, but when the ripe cherry arrived Northamptonshire struck back, blowing away the tail, the last five wickets falling for 46

Smith was last out bowled by Sanderson (4-32) four short of equalling his career-best while Taylor returned 5-41.

Surrey Batsman Jamie Smith said: "I don't think I've ever batted much better than that.

"I was a bit more responsible than normal. The plan was to be tight in defence, so it was slightly different to my normal style of play. A few of my dismissals this year having shown the tightest of defences.

"I've always been quite relaxed and chilled out when I've batted and I think today was no different.

"Fair play to Northants they were superb with the new ball and put us in a lot of trouble, but I saw it as a win/win situation. If I got out we could be 20-5, so I felt we could only gain in that situation so looked at it as a positive.

"Jacksy' (Will Jacks) was superb today in one of his first red ball knocks for a while. It was about batting time and trying to put away the loose balls.

 

Northamptonshire seamer Tom Taylor said: "Thankfully today was the day for me. I've felt like it has been coming all year, so happy to get a first fifer for Northamptonshire.

"I think 100% I've bowled better this season than my figures suggest. In terms of chances created I think I'm right up there. We've got a little list of chances created in there and I'm right up the top.

"It would have been nice to see the results on my figures but it's a team game.

"We are a bit light on bowlers with a few creaky bodies, so it's nice Ben (Sanderson) and I have got a bit of reward on what's a good pitch.

"It did a little bit with the new ball, but it has been sunny all day and the pitch is a good one, one of the best we've had."



Nottinghamshire vs Lancashire, Group 1 Trent Bridge, 10:30AM

 

Seamers Tom Bailey and Danny Lamb claimed four wickets each as Nottinghamshire were dismissed for 272 on the opening of what may be a crucial match in the race for the LV=Insurance County Championship.

There were half-centuries for Ben Duckett, on-loan Sam Northeast and Joe Clarke for Nottinghamshire, Group One winners in the conference phase of the competition, but Group Three winners Lancashire fought back as the home side lost five wickets for 19 runs either side of tea before Luke Fletcher led a one-man rally, helping the last two wickets add 42.

Lancashire will have work to do on the second day, however, after closing on 28 for two, having lost Alex Davies, who was caught behind without scoring, and Luke Wells, well held at short leg, both off the bowling of Brett Hutton.

Worryingly for Lancashire and England, pace bowler Saqib Mahmood had to leave the field soon after tea, pulling up midway through the second over of his fourth spell of the day with an apparent side strain.

Mahmood, man of the series in the one-day internationals against Pakistan earlier in the summer, was drafted temporarily into the England squad at the start of the current Test series against India as injury cover.

It was the second injury suffered by a Lancashire bowler. Steven Croft - picked ahead of leg-spinner Matt Parkinson - damaged a hand fielding in the slips in the third over and could not bowl until midway through the final session. And they had started without Liam Livingstone, who is reportedly unwell following his second Covid vaccine jab.

On what looked like a seamer-friendly pitch, Nottinghamshire lost only one wicket for 97 before lunch and were 211 for four at tea, yet will feel satisfied with their total after being asked to bat first.

Duckett, who survived a chance to wicketkeeper George Lavelle on 55, had added only four when he appeared to get his feet in a tangle at the crease and spooned a catch to mid-off soon after lunch as Lamb gained his first success.

Lamb also dismissed Clarke - dropped off Bailey on 26, again by the ‘keeper - who passed fifty for the seventh time this season only to be leg before for 54.

Northeast drove nicely to pick up 11 fours on his home debut, but edged behind off Bailey, who struck again on the stroke of tea when Lyndon James drove straight to cover.  

After Clarke’s departure, George Balderson had Steven Mullaney caught at first slip, then Lamb picked up two more as Liam Patterson-White was superbly taken at second slip and Hutton caught behind.  Tom Moores was leg before trying to paddle Luke Wells but Fletcher hit four fours and a six in adding 27 before he was caught on the midwicket boundary.

Nottinghamshire’s Sam Northeast, who top-scored with 65, said:

“There was enough in the pitch this morning, which you would expect after losing the toss and being put in. It was crucial to get through to lunch only one down. Saqib bowled a really nice spell just before lunch but Ben and I managed to ride the story, which was quite important.

“But throughout the day we kept losing wickets at the wrong times and they clawed their way back into the game.  As a team we probably would have said we wanted more from the position we were in but that’s cricket, we scored 400 last week and you can’t do that every week.

“Those two wickets at the end probably put us just about on top but it is very close and there is still a lot of cricket to play.”

Lancashire’s Danny Lamb, who took four for 60, said:

“We were disappointed with our morning session to have them only one down on a pitch that was doing a bit.

“It was disappointing not to take some of the chances that we missed but that happens sometimes and I felt we fought back well in the afternoon and built some pressure from there and got the rewards after tea.

“From my point of view, it was frustrating not to get that fifth wicket. I think I’ve had four or five four-fors now without getting over the line, but from the team point of view I’m just trying to get as many wickets as I can for the team.”



Warwickshire vs Hampshire, Group 1 Edgbaston, 10:30AM

 

The seamers of Warwickshire and Hampshire made hay as 20 wickets fell on an extraordinary opening day of their LV=Insurance County Championship game at Edgbaston. 

After the start was delayed by an hour while the ECB decided it was safe for the match to be played in light of a positive Covid test in the Hampshire camp, the bowlers soon prospered. 

Hampshire, put in, were all out for 89 before lunch, losing their last nine wickets for 45 runs as Will Rhodes took five for 23, Liam Norwell two for 13 and Craig Miles two for 25.  

But they struck back to bowl top-of-the-table Warwickshire out for 116 (Mohammad Abbas five for 29, Keith Barker five for 43). Sam Hain (41, 102 balls) was the only batsman to pass 30 all day. 

Hampshire reached 41 without loss - 24 in front - in their second innings at the close of a day which warranted a visit not from a pitch inspector but a batting inspector. The track offered seamers some help, but nothing like as much suggested by the wicketfest. Both sides were guilty of shots of an aggression ill-suited to the match situation. 

After Warwickshire chose to bowl and Miles trapped Joe Weatherley lbw in the fifth over, Ian Holland and Tom Alsop took Hampshire to 44 for one before the innings imploded. 

Rhodes was the catalyst with wickets in his first three overs. An away-cutter found Alsop's edge through to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess before Nick Gubbins and Liam Dawson slashed cuts to point. 

Chemar Holder took his first wicket for the Bears when Holland (28, 46 balls) edged to slip before Felix Organ edged to third slip where Chris Benjamin parried the ball to Rob Yates at first. 

After Norwell added wickets with successive balls, James Vince's counter-attack ended when he skied Rhodes to fine leg where Norwell judged a steepling catch brilliantly.  

Barker then soon inflicted damage on his former team-mates, removing Yates lbw and Benjamin, caught at second slip. Abbas had Dom Sibley and Rhodes caught in the cordon from successive balls, and when Matt Lamb nicked Barker, it was 26 for five. 

Hain dug in but only Burgess, in a stand of 61 in 21 overs, offered much support before Abbas and Barker muscled through the lower order. 

Curiously after the double clatter, Weatherley and Holland then survived 11 overs with few alarms to take their side in front.

Warwickshire coach Mark Robinson said: 

"It was a bizarre day. To come to the ground in bright sunshine thinking you going to play to then be thinking you might not play and then to see 20 wickets fall in a day was incredible really. 

"It was not the best quality batting from either team, though there was some great bowling at times, and the game is even steven and we have got everything to play for. 

"Both batting teams will be disappointed to get out for the scores they did though Abbas is a high quality performer and his spell was exceptional, backed up by Barks. There was some good bowling but I think both teams will want to be better with the bat second time round." 

 

Hampshire bowler Keith Barker said: 

"We probably didn't execute some shots as well as we'd like to which put us under a bit of pressure. Fortunately when we got the ball we were able to hit some good areas and make them make some mistakes. For both sides there were some good balls in there bit also some bad options taken with the bat. 

"Both sides have come in way below par with the bat. It happens, even on the best of wickets it can happen, so it is just about making sure you keep yourself in the game which we managed to do." 



Yorkshire vs Somerset, Group 1 Scarborough, 10:30AM

  

Matthew Fisher claimed career-best figures before Harry Brook’s unbeaten 79 put Yorkshire in control on day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Somerset in Scarborough.

Fisher cleaned up Somerset’s lower order to claim five for 41 as the visitors were dismissed for just 134 on an opening day where 15 wickets fell.

Josh Davey helped Somerset fight back with the ball, but Brook guided Yorkshire into a 25-run lead at 159 for six.

Somerset won the toss and chose to bat but, after their chastening innings defeat at home to Nottinghamshire last week, were soon under immediate pressure again. 

Tom Abell fell for two, edging a rising ball from Fisher through to Harry Duke before Tom Lammonby was caught by Brook off David Willey for eight. 

From 14 for two, Azhar Ali and James Hildreth moved the score past 50 but Yorkshire, who began the match bottom of Division One, soon produced a blistering run of four wickets for four runs in just 21 balls. 

George Hill’s double started the burst as a booming Hildreth drive on 24 found Adam Lyth at second slip before George Bartlett edged behind for four.

Jordan Thompson then claimed two in two balls, with Azhar edging onto his stumps for 24 and Tom Banton nicking behind for a first-ball duck. 

Somerset were 77 for six at lunch and Fisher claimed four wickets after the break to press home the hosts’ advantage. 

Steven Davies flashed to first slip for 15 before Lyth took another superb slip catch to dismiss Jack Leach for four and Davey was trapped lbw, also for four.

Marchant De Lange blasted two fours and a six but Fisher responded by scattering his stumps to seal a second career five-wicket haul.

Lyth departed for a duck as Yorkshire’s reply got off to a shaky start and there was more cause for concern when Kohler-Cadmore had to retire on one when he was struck on the arm by a Davey delivery.

Gary Ballance and opener Hill guided the hosts to 47 for one at tea but Hill soon fell to Davey for 29 and Kohler-Cadmore returned - but lasted only three balls as Davey struck again.

Ballance shared a positive 39-run stand with Brook before edging Davey to second slip for 32.

Dom Bess was stumped off Leach for 10 but Brook marched on, reaching fifty from just 51 balls before receiving a late life on 74 when he was dropped by Davies.


Monday September 6th – Thursday September 9th

 

Sussex vs Middlesex, Group 3 The 1st Central County Ground, 10:30AM

 

 

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