LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 DAY 1: Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
Lancashire vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship
Lancashire *264/8 (100 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat
An excellent bowling display from Northamptonshire bowlers Tom Taylor and Simon Kerrigan ensured the visitors finished the opening day in charge of their LV= County Championship match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Half centuries from Alex Davies and Josh Bohannon had helped steer Lancashire towards what looked like a competitive first innings total by the mid point of the day.
But the visitors surged back into contention thanks to a redemptive spell of bowling from left arm spinner Kerrigan, who finished with three for 53, on his return to the club where he won the Championship in 2011.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Lancashire recovered from the early loss of Keaton Jennings for 13, caught at first slip off Tom Taylor, as Davies scored a typically quickfire 57 before a mix up with Bohannon led to his run out, thanks to a fine bit of fielding by Taylor.
Bohannon, who was at fault for the dismissal, emerged after the lunch with a steely determination as he painstakingly made his way to a half century off 146 balls and passed the career landmark of 1,000 First Class runs along the way.
Much of the credit for the host’s slow progress must go to 31-year-old Kerrigan, who has rebuilt his career at Wantage Road following a miserable spell out of professional cricket.
Northamptonshire’s attack was bolstered by two other former Red Rose players in Luke Procter and Nathan Buck, but it was Taylor who took his second wicket when Stephen Croft wafted outside his off stump and edged through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington for 26.
Bohannon continued to dominate until Kerrigan’s persistence was rewarded with his first wicket at Emirates Old Trafford for nearly four years when he trapped the Bolton-born batsman in front for 68 made from 156 balls.
Lancashire captain Dane Vilas, fresh from his score of 189 in the opening fixture against Sussex, set about rebuilding the innings and together with Rob Jones, the fifth wicket pair had reached 205 when Kerrigan struck again, enticing Jones down the pitch before Rossington completed the stumping.
Kerrigan’s good day turned into an excellent one when he then dismissed Vilas lbw for 26 to leave the hosts looking precarious at 212 for six which soon became 236 for seven as Tom Bailey was trapped in front by Taylor for eight.
Luke Wood’s defiance ended when played on off Ben Sanderson for 23 leaving Lancashire 264 for eight at the close.
Nottinghamshire vs Warwickshire, Group 1, County Championship
Nottinghamshire 273/10 (88 ov)
Warwickshire *24/2 (10 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Warwickshire trail by 249 runs
A career-best unbeaten 73 by all-rounder Liam Patterson-White led a Nottinghamshire recovery from 119 for six to 273 all out on the opening day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Warwickshire, who were 24 for two at the close.
Patterson-White, a 22-year-old left-arm spinner playing only his seventh first-class match, batted for three hours and eight minutes and hit 12 boundaries, striking the ball cleanly on both sides of the wicket.
Skipper Will Rhodes, fourth seamer in the absence of the injured Liam Norwell, was the most successful Warwickshire bowler with four for 53.
With England’s Dom Sibley not taking his usual place at the top of the order, Warwickshire hoped to survive the 10 overs they faced at the end of the day but instead lost Rob Yates and debutant Indian Test batsman Hanuma Vihari without scoring, the latter a victim for England paceman Stuart Broad on his return to county action.
Zak Chappell removed Rob Yates with the help of a fine, diving catch by Tom Moores behind the stumps, before Broad had Vihari taken low down at third slip by Haseeb Hameed.
Olly Stone, who made his Test debut in India in the winter, earlier took two wickets from five sharp spells on his return to county action.
Stone struck in his fourth over to have Ben Slater caught at second slip at the second attempt by Sam Hain as Nottinghamshire endured a difficult morning. Hameed, dropped on two, chipped a Rhodes full toss straight to extra cover before Tim Bresnan brought one back to have left-hander Ben Duckett leg before. Rhodes then brilliantly ran out Lyndon James at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit from mid-off leaving the home side 63 for four.
Steven Mullaney, dropped by Sibley at first slip on 26, was caught athletically one-handed by Vihari at square leg off Rhodes for 31, before Joe Clarke, tempted by some width from Stone, was caught behind off a top edge for 29.
Moores, who had an escape on six, was bowled off stump by Rhodes for 31 after he and Patterson-White added 63 for the seventh wicket, including a five-run penalty when a ball from spinner Danny Briggs struck a fielding helmet behind the stumps.
After Broad hit 21 off 19 balls before becoming Rhodes’s fourth victim, edging to first slip, Patterson-White shrugged off blows to the body by Stone and the head by Bresnan to share another 63-stand for the ninth wicket with Chappell before Bresnan wrapped up the innings by dismissing both Chappell and debutant South African bowler Dane Paterson for figures of three for 48.
Surrey vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship
Leicestershire *215/3 (76.2 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Leics won the toss and elected to bat
Sam Evans scored a gritty maiden first-class hundred for Leicestershire to blunt Surrey’s attack on the first day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Kia Oval.
Evans made an unbeaten 100 from 227 balls, with 12 fours, and was joined late in the day by Lewis Hill – on 20 not out – in an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 39.
Bad light and rain interruptions meant only 76.2 overs were bowled, but openers Evans and Hassan Azad initially put on 130 and Leicestershire eventually reached 215 for 3 by stumps at 7.20pm, with Colin Ackermann leg-before for 15 to Jordan Clark as a further 24.2 overs were bowled from 5.30pm.
Evans’ previous highest red-ball score for Leicestershire was 85 against Durham in last year’s Bob Willis Trophy, although he did make a first-class hundred for Loughborough University against Northants in 2017.
Azad made 55, caught low down at long leg by Matt Dunn as he pulled at a short ball from Jamie Overton, and Leicestershire also unluckily lost fellow left-hander Harry Dearden for 14 when he flicked at a legside ball from Clark and edged through to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.
Both teams were beaten in the opening round of championship Group 2 games last week but Leicestershire, thrashed by Hampshire, will be delighted to have bounced back with a solid display with the bat
After winning the toss, Leicestershire were 75 without loss at lunch as Azad and Evans got their heads down against some accurate new ball bowling from Dunn and West Indies paceman Kemar Roach, making his Surrey debut as an overseas player, plus seven overs of off spin from Amar Virdi which cost just 12 runs.
An on-off afternoon, featuring two delays for bad light and rain, saw the Leicestershire pair bring up the 100 in the 38th over and Evans, on 42, survive a hard low chance to Rory Burns at first slip when he edged a drive at Dunn – the ball flying away for four.
Azad, having been the slower starter, struck seven fours and completed his fifty just before Evans, who himself reached the landmark with a square driven boundary off Roach.
Evans then plundered three fours in an over from Dunn, punching him through point off the back foot before clipping a half-volley off his pads through mid-wicket and a full toss to the deep square leg ropes.
The weather interruptions meant Surrey’s first success did not come until 4.15pm, after tea, when Azad’s 124-ball stay was ended by Overton.
Hampshire vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship
Hampshire *281/8 (98 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat
A disciplined showing from the Middlesex attack has given the visitors the edge against Hampshire on day one of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash at the Ageas Bowl.
A gritty 35 not out by Kyle Abbott off 108 balls, helped the hosts recover from an ominous-looking 221-7 after James Vince had won the toss on a bitterly cold morning in Southampton and elected to bat.
The hosts withstood some tight bowling to be 77-1 at lunch with Joe Weatherby the man to depart after being brilliantly stumped for 16 by John Simpson off Ethan Bamber.
But after bowling well without much reward in the opening session, the visitors dominated after the restart as Hampshire lost 5- 125 with the recalled Steve Finn dismissing last week's centurions at Leicester Tim Alsop for 19 and Liam Dawson for 22.
Opener Ian Holland, who was dropped on nine, made Middlesex pay for that carelessness with gritty 63 before edging the impressive Toby Roland-Jones to Sam Robson at slip.
Vince, fresh from his brilliant 231 at Grace Road last week, looked in superb touch with two sumptuous boundaries.
However, his vigil at the crease was ended for a run-a-ball nine when he attempted to cut a short delivery from Martin Andersson but could only find the hands of his Middlesex counterpart Steve Eskanazi at slip as the hosts slipped to 143-4.
Sam Northeast steadied the ship with a classy 50 but wickets continued to fall around him with Dawson sweeping Finn, in his first red-ball match since September 2019, to Andersson at mid-wicket.
Lewis McManus then shouldered arms to spinner Nathan Sowter and saw his stumps re-arranged for four as Hampshire crawled to 202-6 at tea.
Northeast, who had looked relatively untroubled at crease, brought up his 50 off 74 balls but departed shortly after the restart for 63 when he played at a wide delivery from Andersson and Simpson took a smart, low catch.
Despite the floodlights being on and facing the new ball, the Hampshire tail showed some gumption, with Abbot and Mason Crane adding 31 for the eighth wicket.
Crane fell for 18 to Bamber, but South African quick Abbott held firm alongside an obdurate Brad Wheal in the final hour until bad light stopped play with two overs of the day remaining.
Derbyshire vs Worcestershire, Group 1, County Championship
Derbyshire *360/8 (100 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Worcs won the toss and elected to bowl
A Matt Critchley century and 98 from Leus du Plooy put Derbyshire in a strong position in the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Worcestershire at Derby.
Critchley followed his two half-centuries at Edgbaston last week with 109 as Derbyshire closed day one on 360 for 8 which also included an unbeaten 65 from Harvey Hosein and 50 by Billy Godleman.
Worcestershire spilled five catches but they fought back after tea with Ed Barnard and Alzarri Joseph both taking two wickets in two balls.
Their decision to put Derbyshire in on a green pitch looked a good one when they struck in the first over but poor bowling and dropped catches allowed the home side to prosper.
Dillon Pennington was the pick of the pace attack and Brett D’Oliveira’s leg spin demanded respect but Joseph struggled on his debut.
The West Indian fast bowler was wayward in his opening spell as du Plooy and Godleman rebuilt following the loss of Luis Reece who played across the line in Leach’s first over.
Pennington saw du Plooy missed low at fourth slip before he had scored and the South African edged the same bowler through the hands of third on 14.
Worcestershire were left to rue those lapses with du Plooy reaching fifty off 78 balls and Godleman accelerated after lunch until he edged Leach and Ben Cox took a fine diving catch.
When Pennington surprised Wayne Madsen with bounce and movement, Worcestershire were back in the game but inconsistent bowling allowed du Plooy and Critchley to restore Derbyshire’s initiative.
Du Plooy looked certain to celebrate a century until he missed a pull at D’Oliveira and was bowled through his legs but Hosein joined Critchley to take Derbyshire past 300.
Worcestershire’s frustration increased as Leach twice saw Hosein missed on 41 and 46 but Critchley did not offer a chance and deservedly reached his fourth first-class hundred off 137 balls by driving Leach for his 10th four.
He was lbw driving at Barnard who removed Anuj Dal first ball before Joseph had Fynn Hudson-Prentice caught behind and Michael Cohen lbw but it was still an excellent day for Derbyshire who were playing at home for the first time since September 2019 as their Incora County Ground headquarters was used as a bio-secure venue last season.
Somerset vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship
Somerset 312/10 (94.1 ov)
Gloucestershire *13/0 (3 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Gloucs trail by 299 runs
Steve Davies produced a quality innings in a pressure situation as Somerset posted 312 on the opening day of the LV=County Championship match with Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates Ground, Taunton.
Going in with his side in trouble at 80 for four, the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman hit a stylish 87, sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 116 with Craig Overton, who made 54.
Seamers David Payne, Ryan Higgins and Matt Taylor claimed three wickets each. In three overs before the close, Gloucestershire replied with 13 for no wicket.
The visitors had won the toss and taken an early grip. The last ball of the second over, sent down by Higgins, saw Tom Lammonby edge to George Hankins at second slip.
Tom Banton began confidently, but with the total on 42 he played Payne’s final delivery of the 11th over onto his stumps and departed for 29.
Skipper Tom Abell looked untroubled moving to 26, only to fall lbw to Taylor shouldering arms.
When James Hildreth was well caught low down at square leg by Tom Lace to give Taylor a second wicket, Somerset were in danger of collapse.
It was 94 for four at lunch and things continued to go well for Gloucestershire when George Bartlett fell lbw to Higgins for 22 to make it 110 for five.
But Davies had made good use of the short boundary on the town side of the ground to gain early momentum and soon appeared to have more time than his team-mates to play his shots.
A pulled six off Taylor and some attractive strokes through the covers helped take him to a fluent half-century off 92 balls.
Overton contributed some meaty blows as the pair brought up a hundred partnership in 21 overs.
By tea, they had taken the score to 222 for five, Overton having reached his fifty off 66 deliveries, with 8 fours.
Higgins broke the stand when Overton edged to Hankins in the slips and at 226 for six Somerset still had work to do.
Lewis Gregory was caught at backward point off Payne, with the second new ball. And when Davies was bowled off a bottom edge by the same bowler, having struck 12 fours and a six, it looked like being Gloucestershire’s day.
But Josh Davey and Marchant de Lange, last man out for 37, hit sixes off Payne in a breezy stand of 48 that brought a third batting point before Davey became a maiden first class victim for Dom Goodman.
Gloucestershire gave debuts to new overseas signing Kraigg Brathwaite and tall seamer Goodman, a 20-year-old Exeter University student, selected in place of the injured Josh Shaw.
Glamorgan vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship
Glamorgan 285/10 (75 ov)
Sussex *99/0 (23 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Sussex trail by 186 runs
An excellent unbeaten hundred from Kiran Carlson lifted Glamorgan to a respectable score on the first day of Glamorgan’s LV=Insurance County Championship match against Sussex as the home side reached 285 all out.
Sussex’s openers looked excellent in response, Tom Haines and Aaron Thomason both reaching the close undefeated with their team 99 without loss.
Sussex were on top in the opening overs of the match with Ollie Robinson and Harry Crocombe getting the ball to move late, but Glamorgan game back into it thanks to Carlson’s hundred and David Lloyd’s 84.
Robinson had Nick Selman trapped lbw with the fourth ball of the match and had Andy Balbirnie dismissed the same way in the seventh over of the Glamorgan innings.
When Crocombe got another lbw, this time Billy Root, Glamorgan were 23 for three and in serious danger of collapsing.
Lloyd’s attacking intent and Carlson’s more measured accumulation blunted the Sussex attack, with both particularly brutal to the bowling of George Garton who went for 30 runs from just four overs.
It was Crocombe who ended Lloyd’s fine knock of 84 with a ball that bounced and moved away to give Garton a sharp catch at second slip to end a stand of 110 with Carlson.
Carlson remained unflustered as partners fell around him with Glamorgan losing three wickets for 46 runs when Crocombe and Robinson were reintroduced into the attack.
Carlson was lucky to survive on 91 when Tom Clark’s first ball was edged to Garton at first slip who failed to take the chance diving to his right. Had the chance been taken it would have been a wicket with Clark’s first ball in first class cricket. He made the most of this good fortune, registering his fifth first class hundred from 152 balls.
An 87 run stand between Carlson and Dan Douthwaite took Glamorgan to 266 for six. Douthwaite was just starting to open his shoulders and look to score quickly when he mistimed a drive off Stuart Meaker for 36.
Three quick wickets from Jack Carson rounded off the Glamorgan innings with Carlson unbeaten on 127.
While Carlson and Lloyd had done well the Sussex opening pair put Glamorgan’s efforts into context. Thomason made 52 and Haines 43 with none of the Glamorgan’s bowlers getting the same movement with the new ball that Robinson and Crocombe had managed.
Essex vs Durham, Group 1, County Championship
Essex 96/10 (41.3 ov)
Durham *148/8 (49 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Durham lead by 52 runs
Scott Borthwick collected his first century since returning to Durham after Essex were skittled out for under 100 at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford for the first time since 2014
Prodigal son Borthwick returned to his home county this winter after four seasons at Surrey before scoring exactly 100 – his first hundred for the club since May 2016 – as Durham ended the day 144 for seven, with a 48 run lead.
Defending Bob Willis Trophy and LV= Insurance County Championship champions Essex were skittled for 96 - with the 94 scored against Derbyshire in 2014 the last time they had been routed for under three figures.
Chris Rushworth and Brydon Carse both claimed three wickets, while former Essex paceman Matt Salisbury and Ben Raine also took two apiece.
Essex had won the toss and elected to bat first, on pitch and in conditions not dissimilar to the one which saw 993 runs in a dull draw the week before, but they lost Nick Browne to the third ball of the match, as the opener chopped Rushworth on.
Tom Westley, on the back of a double century against Worcestershire last week, and Alastair Cook both departed in quick succession - the former caught behind while expansively driving at Salisbury and the latter lbw.
The hosts slumped to 36 for five as Carse claimed two wickets in an over when Paul Walter dragged on and Ryan ten Doeschate attempted to duck but periscoped the ball to third slip.
Carse provided more heat as he struck Adam Wheater on the hip and shoulder, as the wicketkeeper and Dan Lawrence battled to put on 38.
After lunch, Essex lost three wickets for two runs as the collapse returned, falling from 74 for five to 76 for eight.
Wheater tentatively prodded to second slip, Lawrence was bowled and Simon Harmer rocked onto the back foot and edged to a stooping first slip.
Rushworth and Carse cleared up the tail with Ben Allison caught behind and Sam Cook bounced out.
A similar wicket tumble was threatened by Durham when Alex Lees edged behind in the fourth over to hand Sam Cook his 100th first-class wicket for Essex, but Borthwick and Will Young raced past the home side’s score in 27 overs.
Whatever gremlins Essex had found evaded Borthwick has he stormed to a 64-ball half-century, brought up with a sweet sweep.
Harmer struck in consecutive overs as Young turned around the corner to Lawrence at leg slip and David Bedingham skied to mid-off.
Jack Burnham and Ned Eckersley also departed, before Borthwick raised his bat on a popular 118-ball hundred – after back-to-back boundaries off Allison.
Borthwick was bowled by a ball that barely bounced before Carse shouldered his arms at a sharp turner after Lawrence entered due to bad light.
Kent vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Yorkshire *358/8 (100 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat
Yorkshire reached 358-8 at stumps against Kent on a fluctuating first day in the LV= Insurance County Championship at Canterbury, former England opener Adam Lyth their top scorer with 97 and Harry Brook making 54.
Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens celebrated being named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year by taking three for 52 and Matt Milnes claimed two for 63, including the prize scalp of England captain Joe Root for 11, while wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson took five catches.
The visitors had regained control by the close of play in the Group Three fixture thanks to Steven Patterson and David Willey, who were unbeaten on 34 and 25 respectively, leaving Yorkshire with four bonus points and Kent two.
Yorkshire won the toss and opted to bat in numbingly cold conditions at the Saint Lawrence Ground, racing to 28 without loss before Tom Kohler-Cadmore fell for 14 to the final ball of the fourth over, glancing a leg-side delivery from Stevens to Robinson.
The visitors continued to score at over six an over for the first hour and Lyth reached his fifty before noon, from just 43 balls, before Kent slowed the run rate. Harry Podmore then removed Tom Loten for 27, tempting him to prod at a leg side delivery that was caught behind, leaving Yorkshire 128-2 at lunch.
Kent claimed four wickets in the afternoon session, including Root, who became Robinson’s third victim, when he was lured outside off stump by Milnes. Lyth then fell three short of his century, nicking Milnes to Robinson and Brook produced an innings of controlled aggression before he was lbw to Miguel Cummins.
With Podmore off the field with an injury, occasional bowler Jack Leaning took a wicket with his first ball, getting Jonathan Tattersall caught at slip by Stevens for 11, leaving the visitors on 240-6 at tea.
Dom Bess and Jordan Thompson batted through the first hour of the evening session before Stevens removed both, getting Bess lbw for 36 and Thompson caught behind for 34, reducing Yorkshire to 299-8, only for Patterson and Willey to frustrate Kent’s bowlers with an unbroken partnership of 59 for the ninth wicket.
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