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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 12th 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 15 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards September 12th  2021

Sunday September 12th  - Wednesday September 15th 2021


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

England batsman Zak Crawley again failed to convert a fifty into a century on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

Crawley passed 50 for the sixth time in the championship this season but three figures again eluded him as Derbyshire recovered from a poor start.

Jack Leaning scored an unbeaten 82 after Daniel Bell-Drummond made 69 and Crawley 53 but Derbyshire took 7 for 48 after tea to bowl Kent out for 285.

Ben Aitchison took 4 for 83 but Derbyshire lost Harry Came to close on 1 for 1.

Derbyshire’s decision to put Kent in was undermined by poor bowling in the first session which allowed the visitors to pass 100 by lunch.

Two catches also went down with Crawley the batsman on both occasions and the only success for Derbyshire in the morning was the wicket of Jordan Cox who played on as he tried to leave a ball from Aitchison.

But Aitchison and the other seamers offered up to many loose deliveries with Bell-Drummond driving and clipping him for three consecutive fours in the 19th over.

Crawley was missed on 41 by wicketkeeper Brooke Guest who failed to cling on to an edge off Anuj Dal as he dived to his right and the England batsman was dropped six runs later when he drove Matt Critchley to short cover.

Bell-Drummond reached his 50 from 60 balls in the last over before lunch and Crawley completed his in the first over of the afternoon session when he swept Critchley for his seventh four.

But he added only two more runs before he aimed a cut at Dustin Melton and was caught behind.

Bell-Drummond also failed to go on when he prodded Dal to slip but Leaning emerged from a scratchy start to play with increasing assurance.

He took three successive fours off Melton and with Sam Billings, added 95 in 27 overs before Derbyshire hit back after tea,

Dal clung onto a fierce return catch to remove Billings for 36 before Guest pulled off a smart stumping when Ollie Robinson pushed forward to Critchley.

Sam Conners struck immediately with the second new ball when Grant Stewart gloved a lifter and Harry Podmore edged Aitchison to second slip.

The last three wickets fell in six balls before Stewart bowled Came in a dramatic end to the day.

Derbyshire fast bowler Dustin Melton said: "It was massive. Leus (du Plooy) got us in the huddle and gave us a few words of inspiration. 

"He made it quite simple for us and I feel we made it simple for ourselves which was bowl your best ball when you can and in some shape or form the rewards will come and I think we did that really well."


Glamorgan vs Gloucestershire, Group 2 Sophia Gardens, 10:30AM

Eddie Byrom’s hard fought 60 not out pulled Glamorgan out of an afternoon collapse on day one of their LV=Insurance County Championship clash with Gloucestershire.

The visitors took six quick wickets in the afternoon session following fifties from the opening pair of David Lloyd and Hamish Rutherford.

Tom Price was the pick of the Gloucestershire bowlers, finishing with figures of three wickets for 44 runs, but Byrom held firm to take his side to 264 for six at stumps.

Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to field on the first day at Sophia Gardens but were left frustrated in the opening session by openers Lloyd and Rutherford.

The visitors missed an early opportunity to break the promising partnership when Tom Lace dropped Lloyd in the slips off the bowling of Ryan Higgins.

The Welshman made Gloucestershire rue their missed opportunity as he kicked on to make 50 from 72 balls, including eight fours as Glamorgan headed into lunch at 107 for no loss.

Rutherford was next to bring up his half century as Glamorgan started where they left off after the interval.

But two quick wickets halted their progress as Higgins finally made the breakthrough. First, Lloyd edged to Ollie Price at second slip to bring an end to an impressive innings of 73 runs.

And Higgins’ Welsh Fire teammate David Payne then took the wicket of Nick Selman for just a single run four balls later to put a dent in the Glamorgan top order.

Jared Warner took the big wicket of Rutherford with a vicious delivery to take out his off stump after he scored 62 off 130 balls.

Byrom and Kiran Carlson went about rebuilding, but Carlson edged a Tom Price delivery to the bowler’s brother Ollie in the slips on 17.

After posting 136 without loss, Glamorgan’s four wickets fell for just 43 runs as the visitors continued to turn the screw before tea.

The collapse continued as Tom Price struck twice in quick succession to put his side on top.

Chris Cooke was his second victim when Price clipped the bails before he trapped Dan Douthwaite lbw for a duck for Gloucestershire’s sixth wicket of the afternoon session.

Byrom came in and offered some much-needed stability alongside Andrew Salter for the home side in just his second game for the county as he posted 60 not out off 183 balls to see them through to stumps.

Hampshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1 Ageas Bowl, 10:30AM

Leaders Nottinghamshire edged the first day of the top-of-the-table LV = County Championship clash against Hampshire, bowling out the hosts for 226 before negotiating a tricky last seven overs to close on 29-1.

England opener Haseeb Hameed fell late in the day to a fine delivery from Keith Barker that he nicked to Tom Alsop for two but Ben Duckett and Ben Slater survived until bad light brought play to a conclusion with Notts trailing by 197 runs with nine wickets in hand. 

Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat on a morning tinged with blue skies and overhead cloud and Nottinghamshire took full advantage of the new ball by dismissing openers Joe Weatherley and Ian Holland cheaply.
Weatherley fell for 11 after he edged Brett Hutton to Duckett at slip and was joined back in the pavilion five balls later when Ian Holland was struck on the pad in front of his stumps by Luke Fletcher for three.
Alsop, who has failed to pass 50 in his last 14 innings, departed for 16 when he was bowled by Dane Paterson as Hampshire limped to lunch on 45-3 having struggled against the swing and movement generated by the Notts attack.
James Vince and Nick Gubbins steadied the ship for the hosts with the skipper stroking four sumptuous fours, but in almost trademark fashion he was dismissed for 30 when he flashed at a wide ball from Hutton and snapped up at slip by Hameed to leave his side struggling at 87-4.
The unfortunate Joey Evison saw four catches go down off his bowling with Gubbins having three lives on his way to a half-century and Liam Dawson surviving a tough diving chance that was spilled by Paterson at mid-wicket.
But the teenager got his just reward when he cleaned up the left-hander with a magnificent delivery to dismiss the on-loan Middlesex man for a somewhat fortuitous 54.

Dawson smashed a huge leg-side six on his way to 31 before he fell to a ball from Paterson that caught the edge of his bat and Duckett took a smart catch at second slip.

Resuming after tea at 175-6, all-rounders Barker and James Fuller fell soon after the restart for 19 and 13 respectively with Paterson and Hutton each picking up their third wickets.

Brad Wheal survived four balls before his stumps were uprooted by Notts skipper Steven Mullaney as Hampshire slumped to 193/9. 

Felix Organ earned his side a potentially crucial bowling point with a crucial 36 in a final wicket stand of 33 with Abbas before Fletcher ended the innings to pick up his second wicket.

Felix Organ - Hampshire "It was tough, we were aiming for about 200 and then see where we are from there.

"It was quite wet this morning and we thought the wicket might divot and quicken up throughout the day and tomorrow as well and hopefully it will be harder to bat on tomorrow.

"Obviously you can't judge until both teams have batted on it but at the moment we are quite happy with that score. 

"The stats from the last 70 games say that if you bat first you have a higher percentage of winning. It was a bit of a risk, but we need to win the game to have any chance of winning the championship."


Notts bowling coach Kevin Shine: "It was attritional, the wicket had a little bit of moisture in it. I thought we bowled really well in the first session but in the second and third session we didn't really bowl at the stumps as much as we would have wanted to but to bowl them out for 226 that is a solid day for us.

"We think it is probably a par score what they have got, it is one of those wickets where you have to work hard whether you are batting or bowling and your concentration has to stay up the whole time.

"It is going to be a really tough few days to come."

Leicestershire vs Sussex, Group 3 Uptonsteel County Ground, 10:30AM

Sussex 310-4

CAPTAINS past and present were amongst the runs as Sussex built towards an impressive first innings score in their LV Insurance County Championship fixture against Leicestershire at the UptonSteel County Ground.

Current skipper Tom Haines led the way in the first half of the day, hitting ten fours in scoring 71 off 113 balls, before Ben Brown, who was relieved of the captaincy earlier this season, followed up with an unbeaten century before bad light ended play seven overs early.

With many members of the squad remaining at Hove to prepare for Saturday's T20 Finals Day, Sussex named a team including five teenagers and two 20-year-olds, which included a debut for 18-year-old Tom Hinley.

In the circumstances it was a good toss for Haines to have won, and the opener had no hesitation in batting first on a pale, dry-looking pitch. The decision was quickly justified, the only movement obtained by the Leicestershire seamers being through the air, and both Haines and opening partner Ali Orr took full advantage of the fast outfield, raising the 50 in the 11th over.

Haines hit eight fours in going to his 50 off just 66 balls, and Orr looked set to join him until on 40, he hooked a Chris Wright bouncer down to long leg where Ed Barnes, running along the boundary, took a brilliant one-handed catch diving to his left.

Leicestershire should have picked up a second wicket before lunch Ben Brown inside-edged a delivery from Barnes, but Foxes wicket-keeper Harry Swindells failed to hold the ball diving to his left. It was to prove a hugely expensive miss.

Haines' disappointment when he steered a widish delivery from Ben Mike into the hands of Geroge Rhodes at backward point was understandable, and soon afterwards Fynn Hudson-Prentice was forced to retired hurt after being hit on the hand by Abi Sakande.

But Brown found solid support from Oli Carter, the pair adding 106 for the third wicket before Leicestershire took the new ball and Sakande bowled the 19-year-old with a delivery that came back to hit the top of off-stump.

The out of form Delray Rawlins nicked a catch behind off Wright, but Brown, who went to his century off 165 balls, remained undefeated at the close.

Middlesex vs Worcestershire, Group 3 Lord's, 10:30AM

BOWLERS feasted as 18 wickets fell on the first day of the LV=Insurance County Championship Division Three match between Middlesex and Worcestershire at Lord’s.

Ed Barnard claimed four for 43 and skipper Joe Leach three for 30 as the hosts were hustled out for 144 after being put in, Max Holden providing the only resistance with 52, his first half-century of the season.

But the hosts hit back, Tim Murtagh taking four for 37  and Ethan Bamber three for 29 to leave Worcestershire 113-8 when bad light provided early sanctuary for beleaguered batsmen.

Middlesex fielded the same top seven which had amassed 676-5 at Hove last week, but this green top at Lord’s in conditions where the ball swung prodigiously was a different beast and Worcestershire’s attack exploited conditions superbly.

Mark Stoneman shouldered arms to one Leach brought back in and was trapped lbw before Steven Eskinazi and Robbie White departed in identical fashion to Charlie Morris and Barnard respectively.

Sam Robson needed 27 runs to reach 1000 for the season, but after resisting for nearly two hours, Leach returned to castle him as Middlesex went to lunch 81-5.

Only Holden stood firm as wickets tumbled around him, driving stylishly and pulling anything short to reach 50 in 83 balls with six fours. But once he departed, brilliantly caught by Daryl Mitchell at second slip the end came quickly.

Unsurprisingly, Worcestershire struggled in their turn, Mitchell nicking Murtagh through to Simpson with just 12 on the board.

Jake Libby was another batsman in search of his  1000-run landmark, but he too fell short, pinned in front by Ethan Bamber, before Murtagh trapped Jack Haynes for a duck, his 50th first-class wicket of the season.

When Brett D’ Oliveira drove Bamber into the hands of mid-on Worcestershire were 28-4 and it would have been 28-5 had Holden clung on to a cut by Barnard in the gully.

It would be a brief reprieve as Murtagh soon found the edge and Eskinazi took a regulation catch at slip, practice for the more difficult chance he snaffled off the bowling of Bamber to send Ben Cox packing for a duck.

Gareth Roderick played well for 42, he and Leach adding 37 – the highest stand of the day - in a brief counter-attack, but both fell before the close to leave honours even.

Middlesex batsman Max Holden said: "I was pleased I could contribute to a bit of a rollercoaster day and get a few runs, and for the guys at the end there to bowl as well as they did to keep us in the game was really pleasing.

"When Murts (Tim Murtagh) Bamber, Ro-Jo (Roland-Jones) and Martin (Andersson) get on a roll like that they are very hard to stop.

"I tried to stay in my bubble as much as I could. It is important for me to have that intent in my game and I think at times when I struggle it's because I go into my shell too much. So I tried to keep a level tempo throughout and if the ball was in my area to hit it and if not, defend and fight as hard as I could. 

"We were a little bit in two minds as to what to do if we'd won the toss, so being stuck in there weren't too many complaints.

"Credit to their seam attack they bowled really well They have a few experienced guys in there and they used conditions pretty well first thing. We'd have liked a few more but we're well in this game."


Worcestershire seamer Ed Barnard said: "It was one of those days I think with the pitch being a little bit spicy it's done a bit.

" I thought we bowled really well as a four, everyone contributed really nicely and put the ball in a good area consistently, which is something we have probably lacked a bit at times this year.

"It was always going to be tough in that first part of the innings with the bat and we're obviously disappointed with the start that we did make. But I think we scrapped really well and got somewhere close to them. Hopefully we can continue that in the morning and then it's a one-innings match.

"We were talking in the dressing room beforehand about the fact only three of us have ever played here before, so it's a really exciting occasion and a wonderful place to play cricket. A different level from anywhere else you play, but I thought the lads weren't fazed by it and really enjoyed it."


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

Scott Borthwick fought back with an excellent half-century to regain the initiative for Durham after the loss of early wickets on day one of this LV= Insurance County Championship fixture against Northamptonshire.

Borthwick was unbeaten on 54 at the close after Durham had slumped to 49 for four against some tight Steelbacks bowling under floodlights with Ben Sanderson claiming two scalps. The visitors finished the day on 108 for four after a 59-run stand between Borthwick and Graham Clark.

Earlier Chris Rushworth struck three times in his opening spell to put Northamptonshire on the back foot.

Luke Procter though made a gutsy 76, combining in a partnership worth 66 with an aggressive James Sales in the afternoon session. Matthew Potts who was expensive early on responded well to take four wickets and wrap up the tail as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 183.

Although Northamptonshire’s batsmen found the boundary frequently during their innings, several were guilty of lack of judgement outside off-stump and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Showing his trademark metronomic accuracy, Rushworth found plenty of movement to beat the bat. He removed Ricardo Vasconcelos early who edged behind to give keeper Ned Eckersley the first of five catches. Emilio Gay too was caught behind but off his glove down the leg side. In-form Rob Keogh gave Rushworth his third wicket when he edged to Paul Coughlin at third slip who took a good low catch.

Saif Zaib also edged behind playing a loose drive off Ben Raine in what was becoming a familiar story. Adam Rossington played a couple of aggressive boundaries but was adjudged lbw after leaving a ball from Potts with Northamptonshire 91 for five at lunch.

Proctor though was unbeaten at the interval. He had played some crunching drives and was particularly harsh on Potts, smashing him down the ground and driving him to the long-on boundary before rocking back and pulling a short ball dismissively through midwicket.

Potts removed Harry Gouldstone soon after lunch but Sales, who hit the winning runs against Surrey on debut last week, got into his work quickly with a string of boundaries. He pulled Potts confidently through midwicket for four and drove Raine through extra cover.

Procter dispatched spinner Liam Trevaskis over wide long-on for six, but his vigil came to an end after 136 balls when he nicked the spinner behind.

Northamptonshire then lost their last three wickets for just one run in nine balls with Potts claiming two in one over.

Sanderson struck in the first over of Durham’s reply, bowling Alex Lees without scoring. He then had Michael Jones lbw before Rob Keogh brilliantly ran out David Bedingham with a direct hit. The Durham right-hander had just reached 1,000 Championship runs for the season. When Sales had Eckersley lbw, Durham’s scoring had started to dry up.

Borthwick who had ferociously cut Procter through cover for four early on looked to regain the initiative by taking two boundaries off an over from Sales and started the fightback aided by Graham Clark who too found the ropes reaching 23 at the close.

Northamptonshire allrounder Luke Procter said: “It was tough early on. The pitch is not doing too much to be honest. But they bowled really well. So, it was tough. Just got to keep grinding the runs out.

[On James Sales] He’s fairly promising to be honest. He's got a lot of time. And hopefully he'll progress from here.

[On the position of the game] Quite even to be honest at the minute. I think if we come in the morning and we get a few quick ones, we could bring ourselves back into it and maybe get on top.”


Durham bowler Matthew Potts who took four wickets said: “Honours even is probably an honest reflection of how the day has gone. We definitely didn't think it was a 14-wicket day. Obviously losing the toss and then letting us bowl, taking 10 wickets is obviously a big bonus. We had a little blip at the start of our innings. It wasn't easy. But Badger [Scott Borthwick] and Clarky [Graham Clark] have played unbelievably there.

“They were 107 for six at one point and we thought we had a good sniff of bowling them out really cheaply. Procter played unbelievably. He played a really good knock, got himself in, played some really strong shots. Sales batted very nicely for a young lad in only his second first-class game, obviously has a bright future.

“Chris Rushworth led from the front once again. He's his talisman for us, we can guarantee that he’ll be there or thereabouts every season and it's unbelievable to bowl alongside him. It makes things as a bowler a lot easier when you've got him down the other end. I think everyone today bowled very nicely. We built pressure in the right areas for long periods and we got our rewards for it.

“The conditions were just a little bit more suited towards bowling towards that last session. We felt as though it probably wasn't a 180 all out pitch for them. We think the pitch is still very, very good. And we’ll be looking to capitalise on that tomorrow.

“We needed that partnership [from Borthwick and Clark]. If we looked at the position, we were in, 49 for four, we were in dire straits at one point and credit to them for putting on a good partnership. I think Scott has probably been needing a bit of runs. And he's batted brilliantly for us and just somehow been getting out on 20 or 30. But it's nice to see him get a start and hopefully kick on and it's great for Clarky coming in first game [of the season], hopefully he can kick on tomorrow as well.”

Somerset vs Lancashire, Group 1 The Cooper Associates County Ground, 10:30AM

Luke Wells’ first century for Lancashire led them to 364 for eight on an entertaining opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship Division I match with Somerset at Taunton. 

The former Sussex batsman struck a powerful 103 off 113 balls, with 20 fours, receiving good support from Josh Bohannon, who contributed 50 and shared a third-wicket stand of 155 after the home side had won the toss. 

Steven Croft later made 71 and Tom Bailey 54 not out, while Jack Brooks and Tom Abell claimed three victims each in a depleted Somerset attack. 

The hosts were without their three leading wicket-takers this season. Craig Overton and Josh Davey pulled out because of fitness issues and, with Lewis Gregory also on the injured list, there was a first class debut for 19-year-old seamer Ned Leonard. 

The Academy product was given the new ball and soon celebrated his maiden Championship wicket as, with Lancashire’s score on 27, George Balderson edged to Tom Lammonby at third slip. 

The following over from Brooks saw Alex Davies caught behind. But that was as good as it got for the hosts in the morning session. 

Wells was soon punishing a number of overpitched deliveries with powerful drives, hitting 11 fours in a 48-ball half-century. 

The tall left-hander was also effective off the back-foot to anything short and, with Somerset’s seamers straying in line and length, the run-rate was more like a one-day game. 

By lunch, Wells and Bohannon had taken the score to 127 for two with a century stand off 23 overs. 

The afternoon session saw Wells move to an impressive hundred with successive boundaries off Abell before the next delivery saw him edge to James Hildreth at first slip. 

In Abell’s next over, Bohannon reached fifty, also with successive fours, and then immediately fell to a catch by Tom Lammonby in a strange position between backward point and short third man. 

Bohannon had faced 118 balls and hit seven boundaries. Rob Jones quickly followed, comfortably taken by Hildreth, before Dane Vilas and Croft took up the attack, continuing the fast scoring. 

They added 65 before Vilas, on 36, suffered a lapse in concentration and fell lbw to Brooks pushing down the wrong line. 

Danny Lamb fell in similar fashion and at 268 for seven Lancashire were in danger of failing to capitalise on their morning’s work. 

At tea, it was 276 for seven, with Croft unbeaten on 41. In late afternoon sunshine at the Cooper Associates County Ground, he moved to a solid fifty off 77 balls, with 6 fours. 

Bailey provided staunch support and by the time the second new ball was taken, at the start of the 83rd over, Lancashire were 316 for seven. 

Croft, on 67, was caught at fine leg off a Brooks no-ball to compound Somerset’s misery before Bailey went to his second successive Championship half-century off 111 balls. 

Marchant de Lange had Croft caught behind in the penultimate over, but it had been Lancashire’s day. 

Lancashire centurion Luke Wells said: "

It feels great to have made my first hundred for Lancashire. It was the longest gap between first class centuries in my career, the last being at the start of the 2018 season, and I am thrilled with the way I played.

"I have felt in good form this season, getting a lot of starts without going on to big scores. I wasn't fretting about that, but to get to three figures is a tremendous feeling.

"I think we are in a good position. Their bowlers gave us a lot of scoring opportunities and I would back our attack to perform better on a pitch offering some help if you put the ball in the right place."

Somerset bowling coach Steve Kirby admitted:

"It was a poor day for us. We were not able to put the ball in the right areas consistently enough and if you miss those areas you get scored off.

"The lads have toiled hard all day, but know they have fallen below the standards they set for themselves. They will come back stronger tomorrow.

"Craig Overton pulled out because he felt a slight impingement and Josh Davey pulled up this morning with a problem in his hip and groin area. Neither were rested and both would have played had they been fit.

"We were without Jack Leach as well (awaiting the results of a Covid test having been with the England squad), but it all meant a chance for Ned Leonard, who earned it through his wickets in the second XI, and he will benefit hugely from the experience."


Surrey vs Essex, Group 2 Kia Oval, 10:30AM

Sir Alastair Cook scored his fifth first-class hundred at the Kia Oval, and the 69th of his career, as Essex totalled 299 for 3 on the first day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Surrey.

A good-sized crowd rose to applaud the former England captain when he reached three figures just before tea. After dominating a 120-run second wicket partnership with Tom Westley, Cook went on to add a further 145 in 41 overs with Dan Lawrence as Essex built a strong foundation in search of a third successive Division Two victory.

Making his 17th first-class appearance on a ground which holds many great individual memories – he also scored his only T20 hundred at the Oval, for Essex in 2009 – the 36-year-old Cook looked in fine fettle from the moment he drove Reece Topley either side of cover for his first two boundaries in the third over of the day.

There were 18 fours in all in Cook’s masterclass, many of them through the offside and including one memorable back foot extra cover force off Rikki Clarke, and it was his second championship century at the Oval. Three of his 33 Test tons also came at this ground.

Lawrence reached a fluent 78 before he fell leg-before to Dan Moriarty three overs before stumps, playing around his front pad, and the only Essex batsman to miss out on an easy-paced pitch after Westley had won the toss and opted to bat was opener Nick Browne who had reached just 13 when he edged a defensive push at Jordan Clark to keeper Jonny Tattersall.

Yorkshire’s Tattersall was an emergency loan signing by Surrey after Jamie Smith failed a fitness test and the 26-year-old took a second catch when Westley, on 47, was beaten by a leg-cutter from Clarke as he played forward.

Cook, by then, was well past his half-century and his only scares came on 26, when a leading edge off Moriarty’s left-arm spin looped up towards point and just evaded Clarke’s despairing dive as the veteran all-rounder tried to get to it from slip, and in the nineties when he edged Clark clean between slip and gully for four.

Lawrence, meanwhile, signalled his aggressive intentions by skipping down the pitch and swatting Moriarty high over long on for six but, in fact, Cook kept pace with his younger partner during their excellent stand either side of tea.

In all, there were six fours and that six from Lawrence, including two gorgeously-timed straight drives off Topley and Clark, while the seemingly insatiable Cook faced 280 balls in a six-hour effort – with power, of course, to add.

Jamie Porter came in as nightwatchman, on Lawrence’s departure, and was 0 not out at the close.

Surrey assistant head coach Richard Johnson said:

“It was a tough day and the pitch really didn’t offer us too much. There was a little bit early on, and we were a bit unlucky with the new ball, but we stuck at it all the way through the day. We need to get a couple of early wickets tomorrow because I think first innings runs will be crucial in this match and it will turn a bit later on.

“Alastair Cook’s record obviously speaks for itself and the hunger he still has for runs is incredible. But they only went at three runs an over all day and we beat the bat a few times with the second new ball too, so it shows we kept going well and that the bowlers are in a good place.”

Essex opener Alastair Cook said: “It’s been a bit of a slow season for me so it is nice to get those runs today! It’s an interesting pitch, with some good footmarks for Dan Moriarty outside my off stump.

“But not too much has actually happened off the wicket and it’s a good one to bat on at the moment. We have to go big in this first innings and then we can look to put pressure on them on days three and four.”

Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, Group 1 Emerald Headingley, 10:30AM

Chris Woakes removed England team-mate Dawid Malan for nine as part of Warwickshire’s impressive fightback during an 18-wicket opening day against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley. 

Warwickshire were bowled out for 155 in a helter-skelter start to this penultimate round LV= Insurance County Championship Division One fixture which is a must win for both sides’ title aspirations. 

But Yorkshire could only reply with 95 for eight, including three for 40 from 12 overs for Woakes.

Home seamers Steve Patterson and Ben Coad equally shared eight wickets, the former claiming the 450th of his first-class career. 

Michael Burgess’s pugnacious 66 was made to look all the more important when Woakes got in amongst Yorkshire’s batting line-up either side of tea, with Liam Norwell and Craig Miles also impressing with five wickets between them. 

Pre-game, Yorkshire (38.5 points) were joint second in the table with Hampshire, 10.5 behind leaders Nottinghamshire. Warwickshire were fourth on 36.

Woakes had Malan caught at point cutting as Yorkshire’s reply slipped to 27 for three during the afternoon.  

The pair have returned to county action following the cancellation of the fifth Test against India on Friday.

After winning the toss, Yorkshire took advantage of seam movement more than swing, with Warwickshire losing their first three wickets on 24.

After Matthew Fisher trapped Dom Sibley lbw for six, playing around his front pad, Coad got Will Rhodes caught behind and Sam Hain caught at point off the shoulder of the bat with successive deliveries in the seventh over.

Patterson, aged 37, then bowled both Chris Benjamin, offering no shot, and Matt Lamb before getting Woakes lbw stuck on the crease for nine - 71 for six in the 20th over.

After lunch, he had 17-year-old first-class debutant Jacob Bethell caught behind for his 450th scalp.

Coad struck twice after lunch, which Warwickshire reached at 103 for seven, on the way to a season’s best four for 48.

He wrapped up the innings by getting Burgess caught at deep midwicket pulling having earlier been the subject of a scooped six.

And wickets continued to fall.

Woakes made the initial breakthrough by trapping Yorkshire opener George Hill lbw in the third over before Norwell removed Adam Lyth the same way in the next - five for two.

Woakes then had Malan - 27 for three after nine - before further wickets fell under the floodlights after tea 

Norwell uprooted the middle stump of a driving Dom Bess and trapped Harry Duke lbw. 

When Jordan Thompson was caught off a miscued pull at Miles, who also had Fisher caught at slip, Yorkshire were 93 for eight in the 37th.

Bad light ended play 12.2 overs early with Yorkshire 60 behind and Gary Ballance unbeaten on 51.

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