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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 27th 2021

County Ground, Hove
County Ground, Hove

LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards May 27th  2021



Sussex vs Northamptonshire, Group 3, County Championship

Sussex 175/10 (59.3 ov)

Northamptonshire *91/4 (36 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Northants trail by 84 runs


Northamptonshire seamer Ben Sanderson took the third five-wicket haul in his last four innings before Sussex fought back on the first day of their LV=County Championship match at Hove.

The 32-year-old has 25 wickets this season - 15 of them against Sussex - after he took five for 45 in Sussex’s 175. Northants were 91 for four at stumps.

Sanderson took ten wickets against Sussex earlier this month and his high-quality opening spell, when he took three for 17, helped reduce the hosts to 30 for four. 

When Sanderson took his fourth wicket with the second ball after lunch Sussex were in dire straits on 67 for eight, but Jack Carson led a fightback with 52 - his maiden first-class half-century - as the last two wickets added 108.

Six of Sussex’s top eight are left-handers and they them struggled as Sanderson got the occasional ball to move away off a good length. The occasional delivery scuttled through too but there were runs to be had, as Carson and Henry Crocombe demonstrated in their ninth-wicket stand of 99.

Sanderson pinned Aaron Thomason (4) in his second over then removed Travis Head (1) and Stiaan van Zyl (5) in five balls with deliveries which deviated sharply off the seam. With Gareth Berg picking up his 300th first-class wicket when Tom Haines (1) was surprised by extra bounce, Sussex were in a mess.

Even when Sanderson and Berg rested, Northants kept the pressure on. Wayne Parnell had Ben Brown (9) caught behind off an inside edge and trapped Delray Rawlins (2) plumb in front. Tom Taylor knocked back Tom Clark’s (11) off stump and when George Garton (12) became Sanderson’s fourth victim Sussex were in a mess.

Carson and Crocombe had some luck – Carson was dropped on 26 and his partner on 13 and 32 – but they punished anything loose and relished playing in front of a crowd for the first time with 800 spectators admitted.

Carson hit five fours in a 99-ball half-century while Crocombe was unbeaten on 46 when Sanderson completed his five-for with the wicket of Jamie Atkins (5).

Sussex then hit back with the ball. Wicketkeeper Ben Brown ran 30 yards to take the catch when Ben Curran (7) top-edged a pull off Crocombe, Luke Procter (9) was caught behind after Atkins switched ends, Garton removed Ricardo Vasconcelos (20) to claim his 50th first-class wicket and Carson had Rob Keogh (24) caught at mid-wicket.

Durham vs Essex, Group 1, County Championship

Durham *58/6 (33 ov)

Essex 182/10 (62.2 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Durham trail by 124 runs


Crowds returned to the Emirates Riverside for the first time in 611 days and were entertained with 15 wickets falling on day one of Durham’s LV= Insurance County Championship game against Essex.

The Essex innings had looked in a strong place following Michael Pepper’s maiden first class fifty but a collapse that saw them lose six wickets for just three runs appeared to give Durham the upper hand.

But Essex came back strongly as their bowling trio of Peter Siddle, Sam Cook and Jamie Porter picked up five wickets between them to leave Durham struggling on 58 for six trialing by 124 runs at the close of play.

Scott Borthwick won the toss for Durham and chose to send Essex into bat oand was rewarded as Chris Rushworth struck to remove Alastair Cook for just two runs.

Nick Browne soon followed Cook back to the pavilion as he was bowled for 23 looking to drive Matthew Potts down the ground.

Tom Westley was the next man to go, the Essex skipper perhaps harshly given lbw off the bowling of Ben Raine for a twenty ball duck.

The Essex innings was steadied however by Pepper and Paul Walter, the pair added fifty together to take Essex to lunch.

After the break Walter was bowled by Raine for 28, the Durham bowler nipping one back through the gate.

Ryan ten Doeschate only made eight before he was sent on his way, lbw to Borthwick attempting to paddle the ball round the corner.

Pepper was removed when Rushworth was re-entered the attack and pinned him leg before wicket on 92, just short of a maiden hundred.

The wickets then fell quickly, Raine claimed the wicket of Harmer for 1 before Rushworth had Adam Wheater caught by Ned Eckersley for eight.

Durham’s leading wicket taker then claimed another victim as removed Sam Cook for a duck. Raine wrapped up the Essex innings, splitting Peter Siddle’s stumps for one. The visitors all out for 182 at tea.

Durham’s innings got off to a stuttering start as Jamie Porter claimed the wicket of Alex Lees for a duck, followed by Borthwick, stuck leg before by Cook for eight.

Peter Siddle trapped fellow Australian Cameron Bancroft lbw for 20 and Michael Jones could only add four before he left a straight ball from Cook. It went from bad to worse for Durham as Jack Burnham fell victim to Siddle for two. David Bedingham fell on the final ball of the day, bowled by Cook for 10.

Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Group 3, County Championship

Lancashire *95/1 (31 ov)

Yorkshire 159/10 (64.1 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Lancashire trail by 64 runs


Tom Bailey claimed three for six in 14 overs and Alex Davies hit a breezy 52 as Lancashire made a flying start to the LV= Insurance County Championship Roses fixture.

New ball seamer Bailey was superb with three for six in 14 overs as Yorkshire were bowled out for 159 at tea in front of Emirates Old Trafford’s first first-team crowd for 617 days (approximately 2,000).

Yorkshire slumped to 40 for seven before lunch, only for 19-year-old wicketkeeper Harry Duke to add respectability with a composed 52 off 120 balls in his second first-class appearance.

But opener Davies hit eight fours in 57 balls as Lancashire ended day one in total control at 95 for one from 31 overs, with this a fixture between Group Three’s top two sides.

Lancashire started with a three-point advantage after six games and are chasing a first Championship Roses win here since 2000.

Despite winning the toss for the sixth game in seven, Yorkshire were hurt by the late omission of linchpin batsman Gary Ballance due to a calf injury.

They were already without Joe Root and had to draft in inexperienced Will Fraine and George Hill.

Fraine was caught behind for a duck by a Saqib Mahmood beauty, but other pre-lunch dismissals were avoidable.

Adam Lyth was caught in the gully driving at Bailey, Harry Brook was run out from cover having been called through for a quick single by Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Dom Bess was caught in the gully cutting at Luke Wood.

Bailey also had Hill caught at second slip and, just before tea, Duke caught behind down leg pulling.

Lancashire, for whom Luke Wood and Danny Lamb also struck twice, actually let Yorkshire off the hook.

They dropped a handful of catches, including Duke at leg slip as he turned Matthew Parkinson around the corner to secure his 50th run.

He shared 77 for the ninth wicket with Steve Patterson, who made 27, before last pair Ben Coad and Duanne Olivier added 38 from 121 for nine. Coad finished unbeaten on 32.

But home openers Davies and Keaton Jennings put Yorkshire’s batting performance into context in good batting conditions - pace in the pitch and true bounce - with a stand of 71 inside 19 overs.

Davies reached his fifth fifty of the season off 53 balls before being caught behind down leg off Olivier. Jennings will begin day two on 22.



 Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Group 1, County Championship

Warwickshire *250/6 (96 ov)


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


Three late wickets from Dane Paterson put Group A leaders Nottinghamshire slightly on top against Warwickshire on the opening day of their LV=County Championship game at Edgbaston.

The home side closed the first day on 250 for six, having been 238 for three after Nottinghamshire, chasing a fourth successive win, had failed to make the desired early inroads in humid conditions.

Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes led the way for his side with a resolute 91 (188 balls, ten fours) before falling to the last ball before tea. Sam Hain (61, 179 balls, five fours) and Matt Lamb (43 not out, 115 balls, five fours) added 75 in 26 overs in the final session before Paterson's burst of three wickets in 14 balls evened the day up again.

Runs never flowed freely, but it was a tight, enthralling day's play amid a lovely atmosphere in the Birmingham sunshine with spectators back in the ground. There were 1,808 Warwickshire members present and they ended the day happy enough having seen their team find some batting resilience - the Bears began this game with fewest batting points of all 18 teams across the three groups.

Nottinghamshire bowled well in the morning, got plenty past the bat and were arguably unlucky not to pick up more than two wickets in the session. The first breakthrough arrived in the 14th over when Lyndon James bowled Rob Yates with his sixth ball. Pieter Malan (17, 42 balls) helped Rhodes add 46 but fell lbw to Steven Mullaney from the last ball before lunch.

On 49 at lunch, Rhodes soon completed his 15th first-class half-century and was within four balls of tea when he turned spinner Liam Patterson-White into the hands of short leg. That ended a partnership of 84 in 35 overs between Rhodes and Hain.

With their side 163 for three at tea, Hain and Lamb batted with patience in the last session to take the score to 238 before Paterson delivered his triple strike. The South African won lbw decisions with inswingers to Hain and Michael Burgess and then moved one away from Tim Bresnan to force an edge into the cordon. 

Lamb has returned to Warwickshire's team, along with Craig Miles, in place of Dom Sibley and Olly Stone who have joined up with the England squad. Stuart Broad having also headed off for England duty, Nottinghamshire have brought in Zak Chappell.

Surrey vs Gloucestershire, Group 2, County Championship

Surrey *285/5 (96 ov)


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


A captain’s innings of 103 not out by Hashim Amla guided Surrey to 285 for 5 on the opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match against Group 2 leaders Gloucestershire at the Kia Oval.

Amla batted serenely for five hours, facing 200 balls, although slow left arm spinner Tom Smith – who wheeled away without reward for 23 overs – was distraught to see Miles Hammond at slip fail to hold an edged cut when the former South Africa batsman had made 76.

Jamie Overton scored a responsible unbeaten 50, adding an unbroken 104 with Amla for the sixth wicket to ensure it was Surrey’s day, while Ryan Patel also passed fifty. Left arm paceman David Payne, who reached 300 first-class wickets, was the pick of a persevering Gloucestershire attack, but the Amla drop might prove a key moment in the game.

Patel and Mark Stoneman put on 50 for the first wicket, until Stoneman was perhaps a little unfortunate to be given out lbw for 22 to a fullish ball from seamer Ryan Higgins, which pitched on leg stump from around the wicket but did not appear to be straightening enough to the left-hander.

Amla, leading Surrey for the first time, added 55 with Patel either side of lunch as Surrey took early control, but three wickets in eight overs in the first hour after the interval brought Gloucestershire back into the match.

Patel, who had needed on-field attention after being hit on the helmet on 16 ducking into a skiddy bouncer from Dan Worrall, pulled Payne for two fours and also slashed the bustling Worrall square for another of his ten boundaries.

But, having reached an attractive 62 from 113 balls, he edged to slip a ball from Payne that bounced a little more than expected and Payne then cleverly angled one across Jamie Smith to give a second catch in the cordon for Kraigg Brathwaite.

Smith made only 2 and Laurie Evans, after one glorious extra cover four off Payne, departed for 6 when Matt Taylor squared him up from around the wicket with a superb ball snicked to keeper Jonny Tattersall.

At 133 for 4 Surrey were suddenly wobbling, having chosen to bat first on a pitch used for their rain-affected previous championship fixture against Middlesex and expected to take increasing turn.

But Will Jacks helped Amla to add 48, driving Taylor for offside fours off both front and back foot in his 24 before unluckily dragging a widish ball from Higgins into his stumps in the penultimate over before tea.

Leicestershire vs Middlesex, Group 2, County Championship


Middlesex *260/7 (96 ov)

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


A seventh-wicket partnership of 90 between John Simpson and 20-year-old Luke Hollman rescued Middlesex on the opening day of their LV=Insurance County Championship match at Leicester.

Left-arm spinner Callum Parkinson took three for 76 as Middlesex stumbled to 132 for six in the afternoon session, having looked comfortable at 73 for one at lunch.

But wicketkeeper Simpson fought back with his second half-century of the season and found good support from Hollman, a leg-spinning all-rounder playing in only his third first-class match, whose 32 is his best score so far.

Simpson was still there on 73 as Middlesex closed on 260 for seven, which may be a competitive total on a pitch expected to offer more help to the spinners as the match progresses.

A further worry for Leicestershire is an injury to opener Hassan Azad, who had to leave the field after taking a blow on the hand fielding at short leg.

Having chosen to bat first, Middlesex reached lunch on 73 for the loss of just Sam Robson, who was leg before to a flighted delivery from Callum Parkinson, the left-arm spinner.

But they slipped from 76 for one to 132 for six after lunch.

Will Davis, impressive in his first appearance since a pre-season ankle injury, dismissed the in-form Nick Gubbins, who was leg before trying to work a full-length ball from the right-arm seamer.

He followed up by having Stevie Eskinazi caught low down at second slip for 38, a disappointment for the out-of-favour batsman, recalled to the line-up for the first time in six matches a week after announcing he was looking for a loan move away from Middlesex.

The pattern of Middlesex batters failing to build on decent starts when Peter Handscomb was lbw on the back foot to Ed Barnes, who like Davis bowled with good control.

Then came two wickets in consecutive balls from Parkinson, whohad Robbie White caught at slip before defeating Martin Anderson with one that struck him on the back pad.

However, Simpson and Hollman frustrated the home side in the final session, Simpson passing fifty for the second match in a row, reaching the milestone from 103 balls with eight fours.

Hollman, tall and strongly built, batted with assurance for his 32 as he and Simpson secured a batting bonus point that had looked unlikely earlier, before Barnes, bowling with the second new ball, managed to get one past his defence and clip off stump, but Leicestershire were unable to make further inroads.


Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, Group 1, County Championship

Worcestershire *336/7 (95.1 ov)


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


Worcestershire batsman Jack Haynes hit his career best score but fell just short of his maiden first class hundred for the second time this month on day one of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Derbyshire at New Road.

Haynes had struck 87 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston before being run out and today batted in impressive fashion to move within three runs of reaching three figures.

But on 97 the England Under-19 player, dropped by keeper Brooke Guest off Dustin Melton on 10, was caught on the boundary off spinner Matt Critchley to deny him the century.

Brett D’Oliveira also produced an excellent knock of 71 as Worcestershire recovered from 62-3 to total 330-7 by the close on an excellent cricket wicket which gave some encouragement to bowlers but also allowed batsmen to play their shots.

Worcestershire gave a first outing of the season to ex Derbyshire player Ross Whiteley while Derbyshire handed a debut to Australian international, batsman Ben McDermott.

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach opted to bat on winning the toss but Daryl Mitchell was lbw to the first delivery of the game from Sam Conners.

Tom Fell and Jake Libby had to contend with a fine opening spell from Conners and both were dropped at first slip by Leus du Plooy when on 12 and four respectively.

Fell failed to profit from his let-off and had not added to his score when he was caught behind off Conners.

Haynes and Libby scored freely in adding 41. But then Haynes drove Melton into the covers and there was a mix-up with Libby who was run out for 26 at the non-striker’s end by Matt Critchley’s direct hit.

Haynes and Whiteley steadied the innings with a patient stand of 53 until the latter on 22 was caught at second slip by Wayne Madsen off Melton.

Haynes completed a 104-ball half century with six boundaries and then pulled Critchley for six.

A delicate cut for four by D’Oliveira off Critchley secured a first batting point in the 61st over and he swept the same bowler for a single to reach a 91-ball half century.

But Haynes missed out on three figures when he pulled a shortish delivery from Critchley and the ball was plucked out of the air by Melton at deep square leg.

He faced 187 balls and hit one six and nine fours and his stand with D’Oliveira was worth 114 in 33 overs.

D’Oliveira was caught at mid-on off Fynn Hudson-Prentice following a mistimed pull.

Ben Cox (49) and Ed Barnard (48 not out) scored freely against the second new ball in adding 88 before the former was caught behind in the final over from Ben Aitchinson.

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