LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3 DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3 DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards
Northamptonshire vs Glamorgan at Wantage Road
Glamorgan 324/7 after Northants had won the toss and elected to field
Chris Cooke celebrated his second century of the season as Glamorgan enjoyed a run-filled opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Northamptonshire.
Cooke, who had scored an unbeaten 102 against Yorkshire in the season opener, serenely reached close on 107 not out, after a chanceless afternoon and evening batting.
David Lloyd and the massively in form Kiran Carlson also reached half-centuries as Glamorgan racked up 324 for seven having been put in by Northants.
Lloyd reached a second half-century in as many matches in 69 balls, during a knock filled with crisp and positive striking.
While Lloyd had feasted on driving Ben Sanderson, Nathan Buck and Wayne Parnell, the experienced Gareth Berg was causing problems and taking wickets with his incisive seamers.
The former Middlesex and Hampshire man’s eight over first spell saw him take two for nine.
After a 66-run opening partnership, Berg deceived Nick Selman into leaving a ball which angled into his off stump.
Andy Balbirnie was rattled on the pads soon after to hand Berg his second wicket in 10 deliveries.
Having bossed the session, Lloyd would have felt disappointed in the manner in which he departed to the last ball before lunch, as he tamely flicked debutant Parnell to midwicket for 65.
South African Parnell, who has been forced to wait for his Northants bow after his quarantine was extended by the NHS’ track-and-trace system, struck again after the interval to pin Billy Root.
Carlson and Cooke then partnered up to put on 106 for the fifth wicket, with 20 boundaries shared between the due thanks to a lightning quick outfield and a tiny square boundary on one side.
Carlson has begun this season in style with scores of 55, 127 not out and 132 in his innings against Yorkshire and Sussex – he continued that form by bringing up a rapid 64 ball half-century.
Captain Cooke followed him to the milestone with the day’s trademark square drive in 18 more balls than his partner.
But Carlson and Callum Taylor fell in successive balls to Saif Zaib – yorked for 54 and beaten past the outside edge respectively – although the part-time spinner couldn’t bag a first Northants hat-trick for 11 years as Dan Douthwaite blocked a potential treble.
Douthwaite entertainingly accompanied Cooke in a 92-run marriage before he was castled by Berg for 44 with the second new ball – Berg ending the day with three for 52.
But it was Cooke, who had totted runs up almost anonymously, that became the first Glamorgan player to convert their fifty – as he reached a hundred for the sixth time in his first-class career in 180 balls with a glorious straight drive.
Sussex vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship
Sussex *118/3 (43 ov)
Yorkshire 150/10 (50.5 ov)
Stumps - Day 1 - Sussex trail by 32 runs.
George Garton took three wickets in 21 balls including Joe Root for fve as Sussex dismissed Yorkshire for 150 on day one of their LV = Insurance County Championship match at Hove.
Sussex opener Tom Haines, who has already made scores of 87 and 155 this season, continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 71 as they closed on 118 for three.
England coach Chris Silverwood and chief scout James Taylor had come to watch Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson and monitor Jofra Archer’s fitness as he continued his recovery from finger and elbow injuries in the nets, but Silverwood would have been impressed with left-armer Garton, who swung the ball consistently at good pace to finish with three for 25 from 11 overs.
The 24-year-old was on England’s radar a few years ago when he joined the squad preparing for the 2017 Ashes in Australia. He then suffered two side injuries but is now demonstrating his all-round skills having made a career-best 97 in last week’s win over Glamorgan.
Openers Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore had put on 60 without alarm after Yorkshire won the toss but Lyth (42) clipped to mid-wicket and Kohler-Cadmore (17) lost two stumps to Garton’s inswinger before England captain Root was leg before trying to work the ball into the onside.
Yorkshire then lost wickets regularly. Gary Ballance, playing his first game since September 2019, was taken at second slip, one of two victims for left-armer Sean Hunt who also dismissed Jonny Tattersall (7), while three wickets fell to spin.
Slow left-armer Delray Rawlins picked up Harry Brook (14), playing back to a ball he should have been forward to, and Dom Bess (17) was caught behind while Jordan Thompson (5) fell lbw to off-spinner Jack Carson.
Robinson had gone wicketless in his new-ball burst, but he returned to end the innings when Steve Patterson (3) edged the second ball of his new spell before taking a simple return catch to dismiss David Willey (13).
There were several soft dismissals and Sussex’s openers put the conditions in perspective, adding 60 without alarm before Aaron Thomason (20) drove loosely at Thompson and was caught at third slip.
Bess briefly had to go off for treatment after hurting his hand fielding, but the England off-spinner bowled 13 wicketless overs after tea. Haines cruised to his third half-century of the season before Duanne Olivier took two late wickets to check Sussex’s progress.
Durham 307 for four (David Bedingham 170*, Jack Burnham 75) vs Derbyshire
David Bedingham marked his 27th birthday with his ninth first-class century, guiding Durham into a strong position on day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire.
Sam Conners had put the hosts on the back foot with successive strikes to reduce them to seven for two. Bedingham arrived at the crease and produced century stands with Alex Lees and Jack Burnham to turn the day in the favour of the north-east outfit.
The South African displayed an attractive array of strokes on his way to his second hundred of the season, remaining 170 unbeaten at the close with his team on 307 for four well placed to post a substantial first-innings score.
After opting to bat on a newly-laid square at Emirates Riverside, Durham were rocked by an impressive new-ball spell from Conners, who struck with back-to-back deliveries. Will Young scored only a single before he knicked off to second slip. Scott Borthwick endured an unhappy homecoming in his first home game since his return when he was pinned lbw.
Bedingham survived Conners' hat-trick ball, but the Derbyshire seamer maintained the pressure. Lees was dropped at second slip, while Bedingham put in a desperate dive to avoid being run out for one by Fynn Hudson-Prentice. The two players stemmed the tide, bringing up a stand of fifty before lunch courtesy of successive Bedingham boundaries.
Their partnership was only broken by Conners with a peach of a delivery to remove Lees' off-stump, only after the pair had passed their century stand. Derbyshire failed to receive the rub of the green in the afternoon session. Luis Reece found Bedingham's outside edge on 76, but the right-hander found the gap between wicketkeeper and first slip before Burnham inside-edged a turning Matt Critchley delivery millimetres past his stumps.
Bedingham made the most of his reprieve, notching his second century of the term from 143 deliveries with a push past mid-on. Burnham then ended a drought without a first-class half-century dating back to August 2019. The duo secured Durham's first batting bonus point in a partnership worth 134.
Critchley eventually dismissed an ailing Burnham when he was caught behind on 75 after struggling with a back problem. Bedingham continued to press towards the close and posted his second score of over 150 in the County Championship, drilling George Scrimshaw straight to the fence for his 21st boundary. Durham notched their third bonus point before the close passing the 300-run mark with Bedingham and Ned Eckersley returning on day two.
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire
Worcestershire 305-7 from 96 overs.
Worcestershire opener Jake Libby scored a memorable hundred against his former county before Nottinghamshire fought back strongly with the ball on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship encounter at New Road.
Libby followed up his 180 not out against Essex in the opening game at Chelmsford by hitting 117 from 217 balls with two sixes and 10 fours after home captain Joe Leach opted to bat.
He and opener Daryl Mitchell shared an opening stand of 140 but then seven wickets went down for 76 runs as spinner Liam Patterson-White extracted some turn and Luke Fletcher bowled with great discipline.
But the day took another twist in the final session with Ed Barnard on 40 and Alzarri Joseph with 46 not out adding an unbeaten 89 to lift the final total to 305-7.
The Worcestershire openers played with great freedom and Libby brought up his half century and the hundred partnership in unusual circumstances after playing Steve Mullaney to deep cover for two.
The ball was returned to keeper Tom Moores who tried to run Mitchell out with a throw to the non-striker’s end but instead the ball raced away for four overthrows.
Libby hit six conventional boundaries in his 86 ball fifty, plus the one six, while the century stand occupied 26.2 overs.
Mitchell’s first Championship half century of the season was completed with a leg glance for his sixth four off Chappell.
The partnership was broken on 140 when Mitchell on 59 drove at a widish delivery from Luke Fletcher and edged through to keeper Tom Moores.
Only one run was added before Tom Fell (1) looked to work Chappell of his legs and was lbw.
The Nottinghamshire attack bowled a tighter line during the afternoon session.
Gareth Roderick (1) nibbled at a delivery from Paterson which moved away and provided Moores with a comfortable catch.
A superb piece of fielding from Fletcher led to Brett D’Oliveira’s downfall on three.
He steered Patterson-White to backward point and was called through for a single by Libby. But D’Oliveira hesitated setting off and failed to beat Fletcher’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end.
Libby brought up his 100 in the grand manner when he pulled a short ball from Paterson over the square leg boundary.
Riki Wessels (13) was bowled by a superb Patterson-White delivery which pitched on the middle stump and hit off and Libby nicked a widish ball from Fletcher through to Moores.
It became 216-7 when Ben Cox went lbw after paddle sweeping at Patterson-White but then Barnard and Joseph redressed the balance.
Middlesex v Surrey
Sam Robson and Robbie White led Middlesex’s fightback after Surrey seamer Reece Topley had ripped their top order apart in the London rivals’ LV= County Championship clash at Lord’s.
Topley’s devastating spell of three wickets in nine balls – including a third-ball duck for new Middlesex captain Peter Handscomb – had left the home side reeling at 16 for three.
But Robson and White, who ended the first day on 46 and 52 respectively, stabilised the innings with an unbroken partnership of 98 as Middlesex progressed to 114 for three, just 40 in arrears.
Earlier, Tim Murtagh starred with four for 28 and fellow seamer Toby Roland-Jones took three for 41 as Surrey were bowled out for 154 just before tea.
Rory Burns lost the toss and the Surrey skipper’s struggle for form with the bat continued after his side had been put in, making just eight before he edged Murtagh to second slip.
Murtagh struck again three balls later, turning Hashim Amla inside out to pin the former South Africa batsman leg before and he almost collected a third wicket when Robson failed to hang onto a difficult low chance off Ollie Pope.
Pope, fresh from a double hundred against Leicestershire, signalled his intentions again with two sweetly-struck cover boundaries to reach 22 before he drove across a ball from Roland-Jones and this time Robson took a diving catch.
Roland-Jones’ switch to the Nursery End paid immediate dividends, with his first delivery moving away from Ben Foakes to take the outside edge and reduce Surrey to 72 for four.
Mark Stoneman, who top-scored with 44, and Jamie Smith briefly threatened a recovery, but Murtagh returned after lunch to remove Smith and Jordan Clark in successive overs, while Stoneman feathered one behind off Roland-Jones.
Ethan Bamber and spinner Luke Hollman, on his first-class debut, picked up a wicket apiece, while Rikki Clarke batted sensibly for his 28 to haul Surrey above 150 before he was run out by Nick Gubbins’ pinpoint direct hit from third man.
But the visitors were soon in the ascendancy when Middlesex replied, with Topley having Max Holden caught at second slip before an unplayable yorker unseated Gubbins and then Handscomb lost his off stump later in the same over.
However, White dug in alongside Robson and outscored his partner, passing 50 just before stumps with a crunching cover boundary off Clark.
Hampshire 292-3 v Gloucestershire - Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Ian Holland and Tom Alsop each scored centuries as in-form Hampshire dominated the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Gloucestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
Hampshire closed the day on 292-3 to continue their excellent start to the season, with Alsop unbeaten on 127 at the close with nightwatchman Mason Crane yet to score.
Sam Northeast was dismissed for 24 in the penultimate over of the evening when he was caught down the leg-side by James Bracey off Matt Taylor, .
Both sides went into the game on the back of victories in their opening two matches.
However, the visitors were rocked before the match by news they could not field all-rounder Graeme van Buuren due to delays in his paperwork after complications around Brexit changed his eligibility status to that of an overseas player.
South African Van Buuren scored a match-winning century in the win over Surrey two weeks ago and is also the side's front-line spinner.
But he had to be left out of the team after the club received the news with West Indies batsman Kraigg Braithwaite and Australia quick Dan Worrall already named in the team.
Holland followed up on the unbeaten 146 he chalked up against Middlesex last week with a patient knock of 114 on a good batting pitch that offered little for the bowlers.
The visitors, who also took the impressive scalp of Somerset last week, made an early breakthrough when Dominic Goodman struck with his first delivery of the match.
The twenty-year-old seamer, who is still a student at Exeter University, took three wickets on his debut at Taunton last week and he trapped Joe Weatherley lbw for just eight, leaving the opener as the only player in the Hampshire top-six not to pass at least 100 this season.
With little in the slow-paced surface to offer encouragement to the bowlers, Worrall did manage to find the edge of fellow Australian Holland's bat when he was on 77, only for Braithwaite to put down the most straight-forward of slip catches.
After resuming after tea on 90, Holland chalked up his third career century with a flick through square leg off Josh Shaw.
Alsop's second century of the campaign was punctuated with two glorious straight drives down the ground and a series of venomous cut shots to the boundary as the 25-year-old brought up three figures for the fourth time in his career.
Worrall finally got the breakthrough he deserved when he ended the 228-run stand for the second wicket when he trapped Holland on the back of his crease leaving umpire Ben Debenham with a simple lbw decision.
Lancashire were 260 for seven at stumps
LV= Insurance County Championship match with Kent, at Canterbury.
Josh Bohannon hit 87 and Dane Vilas 53, as the visitors recovered from 85 for four and 190 for six in their Group Three fixture.
Darren Stevens took two for 35 and Miguel Cummins two for 61, but having won the toss and opted to bowl, the hosts were left to rue their failure to go for the jugular when they had Lancashire wobbling early in both the afternoon and evening sessions.
England’s James Anderson had been expected to play for the visitors, but was rested due to a calf issue, while Kent made two changes to the side that subsided by 200 runs to Yorkshire, Fred Klaassen and Heino Kuhn coming in for the injured Harry Podmore and Grant Stewart.
Kent smothered Lancashire in a morning session that saw just seven boundaries, but produced only two wickets. Although Matt Milnes had Alex Davies caught behind for one in the fifth over, the only other success came when Stevens removed Keaton Jennings, who was brilliantly caught by Jack Leaning at third slip for 16.
Debutant Luke Wells and Bohannon steered Lancashire to 61 for two at lunch, but Wells fell in the 38th over for a dogged 45, caught behind off Cummins.
Stevens then had Steven Croft lbw for two, but the session drifted away from Kent after Bohannon was dropped by the sub fielder Nathan Gilchrist, who top-edged Cummins when he was on 21. Gilchrist sprinted in from the fine leg boundary but couldn’t hang on to a difficult chance and Bohannon and Vilas cashed in, reaching 179-4 at tea.
Fred Klaassen finally broke the partnership when he produced a yorker that had Vilas lbw in the 67th over, ending a stand of 102. Leaning then removed Rob Jones for two, luring him out of his ground and allowing Ollie Robinson to claim the first stumping of his red ball career, but Lancashire put on a useful stand of 58 for the seventh wicket before Cummins had Bohannon lbw.
Luke Wood and Danny Lamb were the not out batsmen at the close, on 28 and 12 respectively.
Warwickshire are seven without loss in reply to Essex's 295 all out at Edgbaston
Half-centuries from Nick Browne, Paul Walter and Ryan ten Doeschate bolstered Essex against Warwickshire on a hard-fought opening day in the LV=Insurance County Championship at Edgbaston.
After choosing to bat, the champions were bowled out for 295 just before the close. They were precariously placed at 72 for three before Browne (68, 169 balls, 11 fours) and Walter (66, 151 balls, 11 fours) added 114 in 40 overs for the fourth wicket.
Both fell to England paceman Olly Stone, who bowled with well-focused aggression for four for 89. Olly Hannon-Dalby took four wickets with the second new ball to end with four for 73 but Ten Doeschate's aggressive 56 (62 balls, eight fours, one six) assured a solid total.
Warwickshire replied with seven without loss in four overs before the close.
On a good pitch in unbroken sunshine, Essex were given a brisk start by Sir Alastair Cook, who arrived in Birmingham averaging 58 in first class cricket at Edgbaston. He moved fluently to 46 (47 balls, eight fours, one six) out of 55 before falling to Craig Miles.
Recalled in place of the injured Dom Sibley, Miles struck with his seventh ball which Cook edged to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess. He then inflicted further damage with his 20th ball which jagged back to trap Tom Westley lbw. When Dan Lawrence chipped Stone to mid-wicket, Essex had lost three wickets for 17 runs.
Essex went into lunch on 81 for three and enjoyed a reprieve right at the start of the afternoon when Browne, on 20, edged Miles but Sam Hain grassed the chance at second slip. Browne took advantage to advance to a 136-ball half-century.
Browne and Walter batted through the afternoon session but both departed soon after tea in a hostile Stone spell. The former edged behind and the latter skied to fine leg where Hanuma Vihari took the catch.
Ten Doeschate and Adam Wheater (23, 45 balls, three fours, one six) added 47 before wickets fell in each of the first two overs with the new ball. Wheater edged Stone to Burgess, then Simon Harmer was lbw to Hannon-Dalby.
That was the first of four wickets in 25 balls for Hannon-Dalby who hit Peter Siddle's off-stump and had Sam Cook and Ten Doeschate taken by Hain in the cordon.
LV=Insurance County Championship, Group Two
Leicestershire won the toss. Leicestershire 233, Somerset 53-3
Lewis Hill posted his fourth half-century in as many innings but Leicestershire were made to struggle after opting to bat first in their LV=Insurance County Championship match against Somerset.
Australian Test opener Marcus Harris could make only 19 on his debut in English domestic cricket as Leicestershire were bowled out for 233, below par even though they were at one stage 74 for five.
Yet what looked like being Somerset’s day was tempered by a poor start to their reply that saw them lose their first three wickets for 39 before closing on 53 for three.
Craig Overton took three for 39, England spinner Jack Leach two for 26 and Lewis Gregory two for 39 as Somerset’s strong attack returned to something much more akin to its regular potency following last week’s surprise defeat to West Country rivals Gloucestershire.
But after a loose first over that conceded 17 runs, Chris Wright gave the home side a fillip as Tom Lammonby was lbw after failing to go through with his intended stroke, and then Dieter Klein, producing some good swing, had Tom Banton leg before and James Hildreth caught at second slip.
Earlier, Harris and Hassan Azad made a confident start as they teamed up for the first time after Colin Ackermann won the toss but four wickets in the second hour swung the opening session squarely in Somerset’s favour as Leicestershire slipped from 40 without loss to 68 for four at lunch.
The Australian caught the eye with a couple of nicely-timed off drives but was caught behind off the bottom edge when Gregory tempted him with some width outside off stump.
Gregory claimed his second success with an lbw verdict against Harry Dearden, who looked unlucky, before Marchant de Lange had Ackermann plumb in front .
Azad, fresh from a fine unbeaten 144 at the Oval, looked in sound order in reaching 36 but then gave his wicket away in the last over of the session, chasing a short and wider ball from Somerset skipper Tom Abell that he could only help through to the ‘keeper.
Leicestershire’s troubles continued after lunch as Harry Swindells was caught at first slip via second as he tried to get out of the way of a short ball from Overton, leaving them 74 for five.
But Hill, strong on the off side, hit 10 boundaries before Overton had him caught behind square on the leg side for 68, top-edging an attempt to clip the ball off his legs.
He added 59 with Ben Mike before the latter was leg before to Leach’s first ball and 47 for the seventh wicket with Callum Parkinson, who finished unbeaten on 27 after surviving a chance on seven, and useful runs from the tail swelled Leicestershire’s total, the last three wickets adding 48.
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