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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 13th 2021

Andrew Salter (Glamorgan)
Andrew Salter (Glamorgan)
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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6 DAY 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 13th  2021

 

 

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Scorecards

Middlesex vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship

Middlesex *90/4 (36 ov)

Hampshire

Stumps - Day 1 - Hampshire won the toss and elected to bowl.

Kyle Abbott’s three-wicket burst gave Hampshire the upper hand as they reduced Middlesex to 90 for four in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Lord’s.

Abbott, who had a spell at Middlesex in 2015, claimed a trio of scalps in quick succession – including a first-ball duck for home skipper Peter Handscomb – when play finally began at 4.15pm, following a lengthy rain delay.

Openers Sam Robson and Jack Davies provided Middlesex with a solid platform, sharing a partnership of 33 after James Vince won the toss and asked them to bat.

But the Seaxes then slumped to 56 for four before Nick Gubbins and John Simpson steered them to stumps without further damage.

Robson and Davies did well to see off the initial salvo from Keith Barker, who extracted plenty of bounce, and Mohammad Abbas – Middlesex’s nemesis with nine wickets when they crashed to a 249-run loss at the Ageas Bowl last month.

The Pakistan seamer beat the bat several times, but was unable to achieve a breakthrough in his opening spell and it took Hampshire until the 18th over to make inroads courtesy of Abbott.

Robson had already survived a sharp chance off the former South Africa seamer, carving a widish delivery towards point, where Tom Alsop, reaching above his head, could not cling on.

But Abbott got his man in his next over for 20, prodding forward to an outswinger and Liam Dawson scooped up the catch at second slip.

Davies – replacing the out-of-form Max Holden for only his second first-class appearance – showed plenty of promise in his innings of 24, compiled during more than an hour and a half at the crease.

The 21-year-old left-hander flicked Brad Wheal neatly off his pads to the boundary – but the next delivery proved to be his last, edging it into the reliable hands of Dawson.

Handscomb’s dismal run of form continued – his first six innings for Middlesex have realised just 31, including three ducks – as he misjudged his first ball from Abbott, which clipped off stump.

Abbott then took out Robbie White’s off stump in more eye-catching fashion during his next over, but Gubbins – who got away with a couple of slashes through the slips – and Simpson saw Middlesex through to the close.

Middlesex batsman Jack Davies, who made 24 on his first red-ball appearance at Lord’s, said:

“I’ve been in decent form in the second team and I’ve not had a massive score, but I felt pretty good going into this game and it started to come off today.

“Opening at Lord’s and going through the Long Room is good fun and something I won’t forget. It was nice being out there with Robbo (Sam Robson), who’s got a lot of experience under his belt.

“I’ve actually batted quite a lot with him in the second team, so I know how well he goes about his business and that made me feel a bit more comfortable.”

 

Hampshire seamer Kyle Abbott, who ended day one with figures of 3-21, said:

“After winning the toss, you obviously want to make inroads, so we’re pretty happy. The last two weeks have been a bit tough, although this is probably the best wicket out of the last three to bat on first.

“There’s going to be some hard work still tomorrow and it’s up to us to take the six remaining wickets as quickly as possible. For the first time this season I felt I got some decent rhythm.

“I’ve been fighting myself a bit – the body’s just getting used to these long spells again and long days in the field, which we’ve had over the last few weeks.

“It’s nice to contribute and I thought Wheally could have had three or four himself – he bowled incredibly well this evening, as did Barks and Mo.”

 


Durham v Worcestshire

Durham 246 (Alex Lees 99, Josh Tongue 5 for 39) 

Worcestershire 6-0



Worcestershire's Josh Tongue claimed a five-wicket haul to bowl Durham out for 246 on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash at Emirates Riverside.

Tongue was on the mark for the visitors to tear through the Durham middle and lower order with figures of five for 39 in his second appearance of the campaign. Alex Lees continued his fine form for the hosts with the bat, falling just short of a deserved century with an innings of 99.

Through Lees' exploits and an unbeaten 38 from Brydon Carse, the home side worked their way to a competitive total. The Worcestershire openers were faced with a tough three-over spell before bad light brought a premature end to the day with the visitors six without loss.

Worcestershire's bowlers found their rhythm after inserting the home side. The Durham openers found life tricky against the new ball and Joe Leach, who was rewarded for a fine opening spell when he pinned Will Young lbw with an inswinger. Charlie Morris maintained the pressure for the visitors and removed Scott Borthwick, who edged to Tom Fell at third slip.

Lees and David Bedingham stemmed the tide and saw the home side through to the lunch interval without further damage at 80 for two.  The two players put on fifty for the third wicket, but a loose Bedingham drive allowed Morris to break the stand. Lees was the only batsman that seemed comfortable, and he manoeuvred his way to his third fifty of the season from 145 balls.

Tongue turned the day in favour of the visitors as he ended a promising partnership between Lees and Jack Burnham, removing the latter lbw for 23 before using a well-aimed bouncer to force Ned Eckersley to play-on to his stumps.

Lees accelerated the rate of his innings amid the clatter of wickets at the opposite end. He surged his way into the nineties with a fine array of strokes, but was agonsingly caught behind from a wide ball from Leach on 99 on the stroke of tea.

Carse and Mark Wood added valuable runs for the ninth wicket to take Durham past the 200-run mark and their first batting point. However, Tongue wrapped up the innings with two excellent deliveries to skittle Wood and Chris Rushworth to claim his first five-wicket haul of the term.

Durham's Brydon Carse said: "We would have bowled first this morning too. It was not easy scoring out there today. It is quite a slow wicket, but I was able to put on a partnership with Mark Wood to try to get us as close to 250 as possible. It is unfortunate that we just fell short. Alex Lees hit some lovely boundaries and played extremely well. We were bitterly disappointed for him not to get a hundred. Everyone knows how important that his knock was today."

Worcestershire's Josh Tongue said: "It was a nice day for myself getting five wickets and being back with the lads. I've struggled with injuries for the past two or three years. I had time to build my confidence in the seconds, but I'm delighted to be taking wickets for the first team. We were a little disappointed only to have them two down at lunch, but after that we bowled really well and picked up our rewards."


 Sussex vs Kent, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex *51/2 (16.3 ov)

Kent 145/10 (54.3 ov)

Match delayed by bad light - Sussex trail by 94 runs.

Jofra Archer took two wickets on his return to action to help give Sussex the advantage against Kent in their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Hove.

The 26-year-old removed Daniel Bell-Drummond and Zac Crawley in his four-over new-ball burst and bowled two further spells of four and five overs to finish with two for 29 from 13 overs with four maidens.

Ollie Robinson, who could join Archer in the England team for next month’s Test series against New Zealand, and George Garton each took three wickets as Kent were bowled out for 145 with only Jack Leaning (63) offering sustained resistance to an accurate attack. Sussex were 51 for two when bad light brought a premature end to the first day.

Archer was bowling with a red ball for the first time since the Third Test against India nearly three months ago after recovering from finger surgery and having rested a troublesome elbow which forced him to miss the Indian Premier League. He broke through with his 13th delivery, which Bell-Drummond edged to second slip, and his ability to get disconcerting lift off a good length also accounted for England team-mate Crawley, who gloved to wicketkeeper Ben Brown.

Leaning and Jordan Cox (24) rebuilt either side of lunch, adding 59 in 22 overs but Kent lost eight wickets for 75 during an afternoon interrupted by two rain delays.

Robinson, who now has 28 first-class wickets this season, ended two hours of solid resistance from Cox when he knocked back his off stump and in his next over debutant Tawanda Muyeye (1) was beaten by late inswing. Robinson returned after tea to dismiss Leaning with a ball which held its line, one of three catches at slip for Aaron Thomason. Leaning had been dropped by wicketkeeper Ben Brown but went on to score his second half-century of the season in more than three hours, hitting eight fours.

The slippery left-armer Garton also picked up three wickets. Ollie Robinson (4) mis-timed a drive to short cover and Stevens (0) and Marcus O’Riordan were held by Thomason, before off-spinner Jack Carson picked up two wickets at the end of the innings.

Sussex lost both openers in 16.3 overs before the light closed in. Stevens ran one down the slope to have Tom Haines (14) caught behind and Thomason (21) fell three balls before the close, slashing to point in Nathan Gilchrist’s first over.


 Essex vs Derbyshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

No play on day one - Derbyshire won the toss and chose to bowl 

No play was possible on day one of Essex and Derbyshire’s LV= Insurance County Championship due to rain at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Derbyshire had won the toss and elected to bowl but covers were quickly dragged across the pitch and square and were only joined by more tarpaulin over the course of the rest of the morning.

After yet more rain after lunch, and large puddles forming on the outfield, umpires Hassan Adnan and Ian Blackwell called play off for the day at 3.40pm.

Essex had made one changed from the side which lost to Nottinghamshire last week; Sam Cook replacing overseas fast bowler Peter Siddle.

Essex captain Tom Westley explained the rotation policy with fast bowlers: “I’m not sure how many counties are in our situation but we have nine Championship matches back-to-back.

“It is a grueling schedule anyway but then for the fast bowler and the amount of overs the fast bowlers have bowled in the first few games we need to be mindful of wanting these guys fit and ready for the last few games.

“It is very easy to play X, Y and Z and then they pick up an injury and miss three or four weeks it is like ‘ah’.

“It also gives a couple of the other guys a go like Snates who took a seven-for in his second game for Essex.

“It would have been nice to have a bye week and rest some bowlers but it is what it is and the fast bowlers are precious.

“Any time we don’t get on the park is frustrating for us especially as we want and need to win games of cricket.

“Losing a day is frustrating but one thing we can’t control is the weather. We now have three days of cricket to try and win this game.”

Derbyshire made four alterations from the XI which were beaten by 310 runs a fortnight ago, including Australian debutant Billy Stanlake.

All-rounder Alex Hughes was also given his first first-team appearance of the season, he said: “It has been a bit frustrating but it is nice and exciting to get back in the team.

“Unfortunately, you can’t do anything about the weather but I have been able to chat to a few of my old friends all day.

“Today we went for a walk around the ground and chatted to a few of their guys for a little bit but other than that we have talked rubbish in the dressing room and played a few games.

“I’ve had a chance to work on my bowling this season in the second team and now I’ve got my chance in the first team I can hopefully give the captain another option and score a few runs as well.”




 Glamorgan vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Glamorgan

Yorkshire

Stumps (No play Thursday due to rain) - Starts at 11:00 AM local time

 

There was no play possible on day one of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Yorkshire at Sophia Gardens. Heavy overnight rain and persistent drizzle in the afternoon meant the outfield was never dry enough for play to get under way.

With England captain Joe Root in the Yorkshire squad, and brother Billy likely to appear in the Glamorgan line up, there was real interest in this game, especially after these teams played out a hard-fought draw in the return fixture at Headingley last month.

Unfortunately, there was never a gap in the weather long enough for the covers to be removed. The forecast for tomorrow looks better much better so these teams should get this match started on day two.

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Somerset vs Surrey, Group 2, County Championship

Somerset

Surrey

Stumps (No play Thursday due to rain) - Starts at 11:00 AM local time

 

 

No play was possible on the opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

Overnight storms left parts of the outfield under water and more persistent rain during the morning hindered mopping up operations.

Umpires Nick Cook and Russell Warren waited until just before 2.30pm to decide there was no prospect of conditions being fit for play.

So wet is the outfield that, with the forecast for even more rain, prospects for a prompt start tomorrow already look doubtful.

Second placed Somerset are hoping to close the gap on Group Two leaders Gloucestershire, which currently stands at 13 points, while Surrey desperately need a win to boost their chances of a top two finish.

 

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