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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4 DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards April 29th 2021

Ben Slater (Notts)
Ben Slater (Notts)
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 4  DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards for April 29th 2021.





Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1, County Championship

Derbyshire *86/8 (25 ov)

Nottinghamshire 256/10 (68.4 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Derbyshire trail by 170 runs


Ben Slater celebrated back to back centuries before Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire collapsed spectacularly as 18 wickets fell on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at Derby.

The former Derbyshire opener scored 107 off 191 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 163 in 39 overs with Joe Clarke who made 66 from 95 balls.

But the innings imploded with eight wickets falling for 62 runs as Fynn Hudson-Prentice claimed career-best figures of 4 for 36 and Ben Aitchison took 3 for 27 to bowl Notts out for 256.

Stuart Broad responded by taking 2 for 22 before Luke Fletcher,3 for 23 and Dane Paterson, 2 for 28, left Derbyshire reeling on 86 for 8 at the close.

Haseeb Hameed scored two centuries in the previous game but was out to the second ball he faced, edging Luis Reece to first slip.

When Hudson-Prentice found lift to have Ben Duckett caught at second, Derbyshire’s decision to put Notts in looked good but they squandered the initiative by bowling short and wide.

Slater and Clarke took full advantage, the latter passing 5,000 first-class runs while his partner more than made up for his pair against Derbyshire last season while on loan with Leicestershire.

Clarke pulled Reece for six and repeated the stroke against Sam Conners on his way to a 69 ball fifty, his second of the season.

Slater reached his hundred from 160 balls by clipping Aitchison through midwicket but Clarke’s dismissal, fencing at Aitchison, plunged the innings into decline.

Hudson-Prentice was rewarded for bowling full when he trapped Lyndon James and Steven Mullaney lbw and when Slater was caught in front pushing half forward at Matt Critchley to the second ball after tea, Notts had slumped to 205 for 6.

Tom Moores and Liam Patterson-White counter-attacked briefly but the innings folded quickly after Moores miscued trying to pull Reece.

After the last three wickets fell for two runs, Broad had Reece caught behind before Tom Wood failed to beat Luke Fletcher’s throw from midwicket.

Broad removed Wayne Madsen with late inswing, Leus du Plooy was lbw shuffling across to Paterson and Fletcher trapped Harvey Hosein on the crease before Critchley edged Paterson behind.

Fletcher then sent back George Scrimshaw and Hudson-Prentice to complete a day that promised a batting bonanza but ended in bowling carnage.


Surrey vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey *131/1 (35.3 ov)

Hampshire 92/10 (34.3 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Surrey lead by 39 runs

Jordan Clark claimed a career-best 6 for 21 as Surrey brushed aside Group 2 leaders Hampshire for 92 at the Kia Oval and then scored 131 for 1 in reply with both Rory Burns and Hashim Amla batting masterfully on a green-tinged pitch.

Burns was on 61 not out and Amla unbeaten on 59 when bad light ended play at 5.09pm, the Test-class pair adding 100 in 30 overs to put Surrey in control of an LV= Insurance County Championship match that began with Hampshire 36 points ahead of their opponents after only three rounds of games.

With 17 fours between them, Burns and Amla even made batting look comfortable against a below-par Hampshire seam attack despite the early loss of Mark Stoneman for 7, thin-edging Kyle Abbott behind.

Clark, consistently finding movement away from the right-handers, earlier wrecked Hampshire’s in-form batting line-up in cold, overcast conditions. Kemar Roach and Rikki Clarke also bowled testingly, each taking two wickets, with keeper Ben Foakes finishing with five catches and Clarke three.

All-rounder Clark’s bustling fast-medium proved too hot for Hampshire to handle after he was brought on for the 15th over, with the visitors having battled hard to reach 37 for 1 after being put in. The 30-year-old struck his first blow in his third over, Sam Northeast slicing to second slip to go for 4.

Three overs earlier Clarke had removed Tom Alsop for 5, thin-edging a beauty to Foakes as he pushed forward, and now Hampshire plunged dramatically from 44 for 2 to 44 for 6 as Clark took three wickets in seven balls and Clarke sent back opener Ian Holland, lbw for 22 in the 20th over. All in all, four batsman fell in 13 balls.

Clark followed up Northeast’s scalp by having James Vince caught behind with the last ball of the same over and then, with the fourth ball of his next over, producing another away-swinger that Liam Dawson edged to second slip.

West Indies fast bowler Roach, who had made Surrey’s initial breakthrough with the new ball when Joe Weatherley nicked to a diving Foakes on 9, returned to have Scott Currie caught behind for 4 and at lunch Hampshire were 70 for 7.

The second ball after the interval, a perfect leg-cutter from Clark, saw Abbott edge to second slip on 4 and only Lewis McManus, hitting a couple of gorgeous driven fours in an unbeaten 31, resisted as Brad Wheal, held at second slip for 5, and Mohammad Abbas, smartly caught low down at first slip by Burns, fell in successive balls to the rampant Clark.

Northamptonshire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Northamptonshire *36/0 (11 ov)

Yorkshire 206/10 (63.3 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Northants trail by 170 runs


Ben Sanderson bowled in-form Adam Lyth with the first ball of the match and Wayne Parnell claimed five wickets as Northamptonshire dominated the opening day against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.

Lyth was the leading English run-scorer in the LV= Insurance County Championship heading into the fourth round, with his 488 haul sparking some discussion over a Test recall following six years away.

But the left-hander was bowled off his pad as he shouldered arms at seamer Sanderson, whose two wickets backed up superb South African Parnell in Yorkshire’s 206 all out.

Left-arm pacer Parnell finished with five for 64 in his second game for Northants and Dom Bess top-scored with 56 as 19 overs were lost to bad light and rain. Northants closed on a confident 36 without loss from 11 overs.

Sheffield-born Sanderson started his career at Headingley before being released in 2011.

Yorkshire slipped from 76 for two to 80 for five in the early stages of the afternoon.

Ricardo Vasconcelos, deputising as captain and wicketkeeper for injured Adam Rossington, had won the toss under a bright sky before conditions became unsettled.

Only three balls were bowled between 12.30pm and 2.50pm.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s 42 was his highest score of the season, with his form in stark contrast to that of opening partner Lyth’s.

Will Fraine - a replacement in Yorkshire’s side for the rested Joe Root - was lbw for 11 to Gareth Berg as the hosts reached 67 for two when lunch was taken early.

Yorkshire were plunged into trouble quickly after the 2.50pm resumption, losing Gary Ballance for four, Harry Brook for a duck and Kohler-Cadmore inside four overs.

Parnell had Ballance caught at first slip by Ben Curran via a rebound from Rob Keogh at second before Brook was trapped lbw driving at the same bowler.

Berg then bowled Kohler-Cadmore with a beauty of a delivery which nipped away slightly - evidence of the help on offer all day for bowlers - as Yorkshire fell to 80 for five after 27 overs.

Pugnacious Bess shared 57 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall either side of tea.

Their partnership was broken by Sanderson when he had Tattersall caught at third slip for a season-high 26 in the 47th over.

Parnell then bowled Jordan Thompson and had David Willey and Duanne Olivier caught behind. Sandwiched in between, Berg had Bess caught at midwicket to finish with three for 32.



Durham vs Warwickshire, Group 1, County Championship

Durham *88/0 (45 ov)

Warwickshire 87/10 (42.5 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Durham lead by 1 run

Ben Raine and Mark Wood provided Durham with the perfect start to their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Warwickshire at Emirates Riverside, bowling out the visitors for 87.

Raine was outstanding, claiming figures of five for nine, while Wood provided support with his pace with three wickets for 28. Warwickshire were rocked by the home side and were at one stage 30 for eight.

The tail wagged courtesy of Craig Miles and Liam Norwell, but the visitors produced their lowest total since 2015. Durham poured on the agony for the Midlands outfit surpassing their first-innings score without loss, ending day one with a lead of one.

Rain delayed the start of the contest, but once it had subsided Durham won the toss and elected to bowl. Wood took the new ball and needed only seven deliveries to find his rhythm, clipping the top of Robert Yates' off-stump. After three overs, Wood was withdrawn from the attack, but Raine ensured the potency remained. With his first ball, Raine had a great shout for lbw against Hanuma Vihari denied.

Undeterred, Raine responded in his next over and this time did get lbw decision, removing Vihari for eight. The right-arm seamer snagged opener Will Rhodes in the same manner as the left-hander played across the line at a straight delivery.

Wood returned from the Lumley End before lunch, dismissing Matthew Lamb with a spearing strike to clip off stump, reducing Warwickshire to 22 for four. Raine tormented the middle order after the break. Sam Hain left a straight ball before Matthew Burgess was skittled by the former Leicestershire man.

Danny Briggs was the next victim of the Durham attack, Wood's pace was too much for the tailender to handle chipping the ball straight up to Chris Rushworth at mid-on. Raine then notched his fifth wicket by clean bowling Tim Bresnan, leaving the visitors staring down the barrel at 30 for eight. However, Miles and Norwell provided valuable resistance to stem the tide. They put on a partnership of 52 for the ninth wicket before Brydon Carse wrapped up the tail with two late strikes.

Alex Lees and Will Young adopted a patient approach in the early stages of Durham's reply. After seeing off the threat of the new ball, the duo put on their first fifty partnership of the season, reaching the milestone from 120 balls. The openers remained unbeaten at the close, with their side in command after the first day of the contest.

 Glamorgan vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship

Glamorgan *109/2 (34 ov)

Kent 138/10 (45.3 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Glamorgan trail by 29 runs


Marnus Labuschagne suffered a freak injury scare falling over some steps on what was otherwise a good day for Glamorgan in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Kent.

Australian superstar Labuschagne was back in the Glamorgan side after only arriving in Cardiff on Monday, but he suffered a hand problem when he fell entering the field before play started.

The third best Test batsman in the world missed part of the afternoon session while his hand was assessed. He did return to the field as Kent were bowled out for just 138.

David Lloyd claimed four for 11 and Timm van der Gugten four for 41. Glamorgan ended day one 109 for two in response, trailing by just 29 runs. Labuschagne was dismissed for just 11.

Glamorgan won the toss and chose to field.

Kent openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jordan Cox put on an untroubled first-wicket stand of 54, but when Bell-Drummond was bowled by Van der Gugten for 31 it gave Glamorgan hope.

England batting coach Marcus Trescothick was in Cardiff to see Zak Crawley immediately into his stride when he got to the crease.

A four through mid-on was his best shot of the first session as he went to lunch unbeaten on 26.

But at the other end his team struggled as Lloyd dismissed Cox and Joe Denly in the same over. Denly, now out of the England picture, was leg before wicket to Lloyd for a fourth-ball duck.

Michael Hogan also accounted for Jack Leaning as Glamorgan took three wickets for just five runs at the end of the first session.

Labuschagne didn’t return to the field after lunch, but Hogan continued to cause trouble and he soon dismissed Heino Kuhn lbw.

Even without Labuschagne, Glamorgan were well on top and they grabbed the key wicket of Crawley as the first drops of rain came down at Sophia Gardens.

The returning Van der Gugten did the damage as Crawley nicked through to Chris Cooke. Crawley’s departure was followed by the players leaving the field.

When they returned, Lloyd cleaned up Darren Stevens and Ollie Robinson was caught by Lloyd off the bowling of Van der Gugten as the Glamorgan pair wrapped up the innings.

Stevens immediately removed Joe Cooke without scoring and then trapped Labuschagne – whose hand injury seemed to be troubling him while batting – lbw.

Lloyd was dropped at slip late on after a second rain break, but continued his impressive start to the season by finishing unbeaten on 54. 


Gloucestershire vs Leicestershire, Group 2, County Championship


Leicestershire *264/4 (96 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Gloucs won the toss and elected to bowl


Sam Evans’ third first-class century helped Leicestershire dominate the opening day against Gloucestershire at Bristol as they made 264 for four having been sent in.

Evans, 23, born in Leicester and a Loughborough University graduate, followed up his 138 at The Oval in round two with 102 here.

He and Lewis Hill, with 77 not out, steered Leicestershire from 129 for three into a strong position as Gloucestershire were left to rue their decision at the toss.

Bowling first can often be an advantage on pitches at Bristol that get increasingly benign but there was little to encourage the hosts’ seamers as they endured a hard first day in the field for a second week running.

Evans was their chief adversary as he further grew his reputation with a century in 251 balls with 13 boundaries to continue to press the case of University cricket.

The demise of Universities’ first-class status and the uncertain future of the centres of excellence begs the question of whether those like Evans who choose to read for a degree will have a route into professional cricket in the future.

He lost his opening partner Hassan Azad to the second ball of the day as Dan Worrall claimed his 200th first-class wicket, but led his side calmly through the morning session to reach 92 for one at lunch.

He drove Ryan Higgins for four through cover and Worrall straight down the ground. A flick to fine leg brought him within sight of a half-century before he drove keenly at Josh Shaw and edged at catchable height perfectly between the wicketkeeper and first slip who was standing quite wide. James Bracey dived right, Kraigg Brathwaite dived left and the ball whistled to the fence to give Evans fifty in 126 balls.

After lunch, he lost Marcus Harris, driving at Worrall and caught behind for 62 - the Australian’s first half-century in county cricket - and Rishi Patel bowled for just 2, shouldering arms at Worrall.

The second new ball was taken with Evans 17 shy of a hundred and he inside-edged Higgins past his stumps for four and leaned out to drive the same bowler through cover before a flick to fine leg raised a century to be toasted in common-rooms around the country.

But he couldn’t see out the day, lifting Worrall to short square-leg.


Lancashire vs Sussex, Group 3, County Championship


Sussex *318/7 (96 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Sussex won the toss and elected to bat

Sussex opener Tom Haines made his fourth half-century of the season and shared a stand of 133 with Stiaan van Zyl before Lancashire hit back on the first day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Hove.

Haines, 22, took his aggregate for the season to 455 from seven innings with 58 and van Zyl hit 79 as Sussex reached 318 for seven at stumps.

Lancashire’s bowlers fought back well after Haines and van Zyl took the score to 139 for one in the 41st over following the early loss of Aaron Thomason, who was caught on the crease for a duck to give the persevering Tom Bailey the first of three wickets.

But Lancashire were left to regret dropped catches. Four were put down, two by Steven Croft in the slips, with Haines and van Zyl among the beneficiaries.

The second-wicket pair looked to be putting Sussex in a strong position either side of lunch with van Zyl first to his 50, which included a lovely straight six off leg-spinner Matt Parkinson. Haines punished anything wayward and there seemed few demons in the pitch once the new-ball spells of Bailey and Saqib Mahmood had been negotiated.

But Mahmood returned after lunch and broke through in his 11th over when Haines nicked a delivery that held its line before Liam Livingstone, playing his first Championship match of the season after leaving the IPL early, removed van Zyl, who drove loosely to extra cover trying to cut a ball too close to him having hitting 12 boundaries.

Tom Clark (30) was dropped on nought and needed a concussion check after ducking into Danny Lamb’s short ball and losing a piece of his helmet, but he lofted Livingstone for a straight six before Bailey trapped him in front just before tea.

Delray Rawlins contributed 42, his first significant score of the season, to a fifth-wicket stand of 62 in 16 overs with skipper Ben Brown only to undo his hard work by driving loosely to mid-off and giving Parkinson his first wicket. Brown also looked well set before he was pinned by Lamb for 46 to expose a long Sussex tail.

Bailey picked up his third wicket when he shaped one back in to trap Stuart Meaker (7) in front, but George Garton and Jack Carson put together an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 26 to secure a third batting point for their side.

Worcestershire vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship


Essex *266/2 (96 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Essex won the toss and elected to bat


Sir Alastair Cook demonstrated his hunger for the game remains undiminished in his 37th year as he completed his first hundred of 2021 to put Essex in the ascendancy on day on of the LV=County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

A cold day, a slow pitch and no spectators could not be a starker contrast to when Cook signed off from his international career at a packed Kia Oval with a 33rd Test hundred for England against India three years ago.

But Cook’s drive and determination is still at a remarkably high level for someone who has achieved so much in nearly two decades for club and country and he went onto make 115 as Essex closed on 266-2 from 96 overs.

He reached three figures off 231 balls with a single to fine leg off Dillon Pennington and his third hundred in four Championship games at New Road contained 15 boundaries.

Worcestershire were left to rue failing to take any of four sharp chances on another day of hard slog in which they maintained their discipline and accuracy for long periods but for little reward.

When Nick Browne was dismissed 25 minutes after lunch, it was the first wicket to fall at New Road for more than five sessions stretching back to before tea on the third day of the previous match with Nottinghamshire.

Essex captain Tom Westley opted to bat on a wicket with a short boundary on the Cathedral side of the ground.

Jake Libby skippered Worcestershire for the first time with Club Captain Joe Leach rested as part of the club’s rotation policy for their bowling attack.

Browne had a couple of early escapes. Daryl Mitchell at second slip was unable to hold onto a difficult low chance off Pennington with Browne on eight.

Browne had added only five more runs when he nicked a Morris delivery and Mitchell could not hold onto a sharp chance high to his left.

West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph asked questions of the batsmen but it was Ed Barnard who almost brought about Cook’s downfall on 29.

He was deceived by a delivery which lobbed up inches short of Pennington’s dive forward at mid-on in a rare misjudgement by the opener.

Joseph made the breakthrough 25 minutes into the afternoon session. Browne was beaten by a pacey full length delivery and was trapped lbw for 26.

Westley looked in good touch and on drove Morris for successive boundaries.

Cook’s fine knock ended when he attempted to cut a widish delivery from Joseph and dragged the ball onto his stumps. His stand with Westley was worth 139 in 48 overs.

Westley on 45 pushed forward to Barnard and survived a low and sharp chance behind the wicket before completing a 144 ball half century and he remained unbeaten on 75.

Somerset vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship


Middlesex *308/6 (96 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Somerset won the toss and elected to bowl


Nick Gubbins and Robbie White led a solid Middlesex batting display on the opening day of the LV=County Championship match with Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After losing the toss, the visitors progressed to 308 for six by the close, Gubbins contributing 75, White 70 not out and Max Holden 49.

Craig Overton was the pick of the Somerset attack, bowling with little luck for figures of two for 54 from 23 overs.

On a sunny morning, Lewis Gregory struck first blow for the hosts when Sam Robson, on six, played across a full delivery and edged a sharp catch to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.

From then on, the morning session belonged to Middlesex, but not without moments of good fortune, particularly for Holden.

On 24, he was caught off a Gregory no-ball and on 28 edged the same bowler low to second slip, the ball flying through Craig Overton’s legs for four.

Holden survived narrowly again on 33 when he got a thin top edge to an attempted pull shot off Overton and the leaping Davies could only get the finger ends of his gloves to the ball.

When Overton tried to bounce him out, Holden responded with two fine pulls for boundaries. But the bowler took revenge with the final delivery before the interval, which yielded an outside edge and another Davies catch.

It was 82 for two at lunch and when the afternoon began with Gubbins and Peter Handscomb progressing confidently, it looked like taking a mistake from one of them to bring a wicket.

That happened with the total on 129. Handscomb, on 17, steered a ball from Jack Leach to mid-on and set off for a single, only to be beaten by substitute fielder Roelof van der Merwe’s direct hit at the bowler’s end.

Gubbins had been dropped on 41 by Overton at second slip off Josh Davey and it looked like proving a costly error as the left-hander moved to an otherwise assured half-century.

He had faced 138 balls and struck 12 fours when Overton pouched him to give Gregory a second wicket.

At 170 for four, Middlesex had to rebuild. White and John Simpson did so sensibly to add 38 before the tea interval.

Simpson announced more positive intentions in the first over of the evening session, lofting Leach over long-on for six.

He had contributed 33 to a stand of 69 with White when edging a back-foot shot off the left-arm seam of Tom Lammonby to James Hildreth at first slip.

White went to fifty with a flashing cut for four off Lammonby, his eighth boundary, having faced 114 balls.

Martin Andersson weighed in with a brisk 38 from 35 balls and, with White still unbeaten, Middlesex could feel satisfied with their day’s work.


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