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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 3rd 2021

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LV= INSURANCE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 9 Day 1: All the Match Scores, Reports and Scorecards June 3rd 2021



Somerset vs Hampshire, Group 2, County Championship

Somerset *360/10 (83.2 ov)


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


An eighth-wicket stand of 171 between centurion Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe transformed the opening day of Somerset’s County Championship match with Hampshire at Taunton.

The first paying spectators at the Cooper Associates County Ground this season saw the hosts crash to 113 for seven after losing the toss, left-arm seamer Keith Barker claiming six of the wickets.

But Gregory, whose 107 featured 14 fours and 2 sixes, and van der Merwe (88) counter-attacked in thrilling fashion, staying together for 35 overs and helping Somerset recover to 360 all out.

Barker finished with six for 72 from 24 overs before bad light prevented Hampshire beginning their reply

The start of a riveting day saw Somerset plunge to 43 for five. Eddie Byrom was bowled by Barker without scoring and the only runs in the first seven overs were a boundary from Steve Davies.

It was 20 for two when Tom Abell edged Barker to Liam Dawson at second slip and 26 for three as James Hildreth nicked the inspired bowler through to wicketkeeper Lewis McManus.

George Bartlett fell lbw for a duck shouldering arms and Barker finished his initial nine-over spell from the River End with figures of four for seven, reward for swing and nagging accuracy.

When Brad Wheal had Lewis Goldsworthy caught behind, Somerset’s innings was in disarray. But Davies was 36 not out by lunch, having added 35 with Tom Banton, himself going well on 26.

They took the total to 108 before the impressive Banton was bowled for 45, attempting to drive Barker.

Davies, on 47, edged a third catch to McManus, having faced 102 balls and hit 7 fours, and Somerset were 113 for seven, with Barker's figures six for 23.

Gregory and van der Merwe reacted to the crisis with an array of boundaries all around the wicket. 

Gregory was first to fifty, off 53 balls, with 8 fours, while van der Merwe took only two deliveries more over his half-century.

It featured two sixes and six fours. Soon the 36-year-old all-rounder was celebrating a third maximum, clearing the ropes over long -off with a lofted drive off Felix Organ.

Tea was taken at 232 for seven before Gregory notched his first six, launching Barker over long-on.

At 244 for seven, there was a brief break for bad light. Gregory and van der Merwe then resumed their onslaught until the latter called for a quick single to cover and was run out by Wheal’s direct hit at the bowler’s end.

Gregory reached his hundred with a pulled boundary off Kyle Abott, having faced 135 balls, before falling to the same bowler.

Marchant de Lange, with two big sixes, and Josh Davey saw Somerset to a fourth batting point.


Worcestershire v Durham

Worcestershire 131, Durham 140-4

Bryden Carse continued his excellent form as he and Matthew Potts picked up four wickets apiece to help put Durham in command on day one of the LV=Insurance County Championship match with Worcestershire at New Road.

Carse took his wicket tally to 32 in seven games this summer and ended with 4-25 from 13 overs as Worcestershire were dismissed for 131 in 50.3 overs after being put in.

He was given excellent support by Potts who achieved career best figures of 4-32 from 12.2 overs.

It was high quality bowling although they were aided by some undistinguished shots with only Brett D’Oliveira, who batted nearly three hours for an unbeaten 39, offering prolonged resistance.

Opener Alex Leeds ensured Durham capitalised with a fine half century and Worcestershire were guilty of too many ‘four’ balls before Josh Tongue claimed two late wickets in a total of 140-4.

Worcestershire quickly ran into trouble on an overcast morning and Jake Libby on 13 was caught low down by Lees at backward point of Carse.

Potts and Carse then picked up three wickets between them in the space of five balls to reduce the home side to 20-4.

Tom Fell managed a single before he looked to work Potts on the legside and was lbw. Two balls later Gareth Roderick moved across his stumps and was also leg before.

Carse beat the defensive push of Daryl Mitchell (6) as he became another lbw victim.

Ben Raine found the edge of Ross Whiteley’s bat after making eight and Durham skipper Scott Borthwick made no mistake at second slip.

It became 82-6 when play resumed after lunch as Potts claimed a third wicket when Ben Cox on 11 went for a drive and edged through to keeper Ned Eckersley.

Ed Barnard collected three boundaries in an over from Potts via two cover drives and an upper cut but two wickets fell in successive overs from Carse.

Barnard on 20 pushed hard at an away swinger and was caught behind.

Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach departed for a fourth ball duck when he nicked the same bowler to second slip.

The innings was wrapped up as Josh Tongue on nine went lbw to Ben Raine before Borthwick at second slip held onto a low chance offered by Dillon Pennington off Potts for nought.

Worcestershire needed to strike back early with the new ball and the first bowling change – with Tongue taking over from Leach – brought an immediate reward.

Cameron Bancroft (18) was undone by a ball which moved away from him and Fell took a fine low catch at first slip.

Lees completed a 96-ball half century with six boundaries and he and Borthwick put on 69 for the second wicket.

Whiteley came into the attack and in his second over Lees (52) was superbly caught down the leg side by Cox one-handed diving to his right.

Tongue then helped Worcestershire finish the day on a positive note with two wickets in the space of three balls.

Borthwick on 42 sliced him to third man where Barnard held onto the chance and then nightwatchman Potts ducked under a delivery but the ball hit his bat and Cox took a sprawling legside catch.

Glamorgan vs Lancashire, Group 3, County Championship

Glamorgan *150/9 (39 ov)

Lancashire 173/10 (56.1 ov)

Stumps - Day 1 - Glamorgan trail by 23 runs


The bowlers held sway in the LV=Insurance County Championship match between Glamorgan and Lancashire in Cardiff with 19 wickets falling on the opening day.

Lancashire were put into bat and managed 173 all out with the highest partnership of the innings being the 36 put on between Luke Wood and Danny Lamb for the seventh wicket. Michael Neser returned the best figures for the hosts with three for 46 with the other Glamorgan seamers all chipping in.

Glamorgan started solidly in reply with an opening stand of 39 between David Lloyd and Joe Cooke but from there on the wickets continued to tumble with Tom Bailey claiming three for 40 for Lancashire

Glamorgan reached the close on 150 for nine, still trailing by 23 and in danger of conceding what could be a telling first innings lead.

Having won the toss and elected to field Glamorgan started well in the first session with James Weighell the pick of the bowlers, but it was the ever-reliable Michael Hogan who made the first breakthrough from a ball that moved in sharply to the left-handed Keaton Jennings, clattering into his stumps.

Weighell took the two next wickets to fall, the first from an inswinger that Luke Wells left alone and he was given out lbw. Alex Davies had looked to be finding his feet when he attempted to cut a ball that was too close to him for the shot and he spooned a catch to Andrew Salter at point for 21.

It was Dan Douthwaite who claimed the final two wickets of the Lancashire innings with both Saqib Mahmood and Bailey chopping the ball on to their stumps.

The wickets also fell at regular intervals in the Glamorgan innings, the first being Lloyd for a punchy 21, bowled when he left a ball from Mahmood that clipped his off stump.

Bailey claimed two wickets in two balls when he had Joe Cooke bowled and Billy Root trapped lbw to leave Glamorgan 74 for three.

Marnus Labuschagne was the one player who looked well set but he also fell on this madcap day, dismissed lbw to Lamb. His 44 in this innings doubled his run tally for Glamorgan this season with the Australian yet to rediscover the outstanding form of his 2019 county campaign. With him gone there was little further resistance from Glamorgan as Lancashire made their way through the lower order.


Michael Hogan, Glamorgan CCC

On 400 wickets for Glamorgan in first class cricket

Yeah, nice obviously, a nice accomplishment. I am not really one for stats I suppose but it’s a nice achievement and it is good to well and help bowl a team out.

On this match

I think a number of reasons. There was some good bowling there, shot selection was a bit of an issue at times and I don’t think, there is the odd ball that nips around a bit but it is a nice wicket. I certainly wouldn’t have thought after that first hour, I thought that we were in for a long old day, and it seemed like a nice wicket. 19 in the day is interesting but I suppose the game goes like that sometimes.

Not the best of sessions, not ideal for us, but I guess we are almost level par and plenty to play for in the game moving forward.

Tom Bailey, Lancashire CCC

We knew it was going to be a tricky pitch and we would have liked to bowl first as well, but it was a strange day.

Sometimes it seemed like a flat wicket and other times it was great to bowl on.

It wasn't a great start with the ball but the boys came back really well. We've bowled well as a unit all season and I think that's partly why we're top of the group. 

A small first innings lead could be massive for us, any partnership is important in a game like this. We still have a big job to do taking the tenth wicket tomorrow and hopefully we can get in a good position second innings.

LV=Insurance County Championship, Group Two
Leicestershire v Gloucestershire, Day One

Marcus Harris continued his impressive form with a third LV=Insurance County Championship century as Leicestershire closed on a dominant 357 for five on day one of their match against Group Two leaders Gloucestershire.

The left-handed opener, who hopes a strong season in England will be enough to retain his place in the Australian Test team when the Ashes series begins in December, followed his 183 in last week’s win over Middlesex with 148.

Colin Ackermann, who posted his first hundred of the season against Middlesex and shared a match-winning 243-run partnership with Harris, made 57, the pair adding 160 for the third wicket, before Lewis Hill, who made 56, helped add a further 75 before Harris was out.

All three Harris centuries have come at Leicestershire’s Uptonsteel County Ground and in the space of his last four innings there. His 10 innings all told for the county have yielded 557 runs at 61.88, following his 695 at 63.18 for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.

The 28-year-old hit 21 fours, timing the ball beautifully through the off side in particular, although the one that took him to his 18th first-class hundred was a flick off the legs off Josh Shaw.

He fell on 148 midway through the evening session when New Zealand all-rounder Glenn Phillips, Gloucestershire’s overseas replacement for Kraigg Brathwaite, claimed a second debut wicket with his off spin, Harris playing back to be leg before to one that straightened up.

The third-wicket stand had been broken two balls after tea when Miles Hammond, the other off-spinner in the Gloucestershire line-up, had Ackermann reaching a long way for a flighted delivery which then spun back sharply to bowl the Leicestershire captain.

Shortly before tea, Hammond thought he had dismissed Harris on 109 via a catch at short leg before umpire Nick Cook explained that the ball had hit the ground first.

Hill went past fifty for the fifth time this season but was bowled shortly before close by Dan Worrall, who almost had a second when Hammond got his fingertips to a difficult chance at second slip offered by Harry Swindells on 17.

Earlier, after Ackermann had won the toss, Hassan Azad was caught at fourth slip in left-armer David Payne’s second over with the new ball, his seventh dismissal in single figures in nine innings.

Sam Evans helped Harris with the early groundwork against the new ball before flicking Phillips straight to short leg as Leicestershire lunched on 89 for two.

Kent v Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire were in charge for most of day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, until a mini-revival from Kent left them on 362 for five at stumps.  

Emilio Gay hit 101, his maiden first-class century, while Luke Procter made 81 and Ricardo Vasconcelos 66 as Northants dominated until an hour after tea. 

The new ball then helped bring Kent back into the Group Three game, Darren Stevens taking two for 52 and Matt Quinn two for 77.  

Kent lost the toss for the seventh time out of eight this season and they were once again left to rue their luck as the visitors chose to bat, Vasconcelos and Gay exploiting a benign surface to put on 135 for the first wicket. 

Kent bowled with some hostility but no real menace and the only breakthrough came in the 26th over when Quinn, having switched to the Nackington Road end, had Vasconcelos caught behind. 

The visitors reached 141 for one at lunch and Gay continued to play with measured aggression after the break, passing his previous highest first-class score of 77 by hitting Marcus O’Riordan for six over long on. He reached three figures when he glanced Jack Leaning to square leg for two, but he was subsequently out to the same bowler without adding to his score, caught behind after slashing at a wide delivery. 

Northants were 246 for two at tea and they eased to 314 without further loss before Quinn had Procter lbw in the 82nd over. Stevens then struck twice, luring Rob Keogh into an edge to first slip, where he was caught by Jordan Cox for 38, before sending Adam Rossington’s off stump flying in his next over, bowling him for four. 

When Stevens was replaced at the Nackington Road end the pressure eased and Saif Zaib and Tom Taylor batted through the final half hour, reaching 17 and 19 not out respectively at the close. 

Yorkshire v Sussex

Ben Brown’s third LV= Insurance County Championship century in 13 innings against Yorkshire superbly dug Sussex out of early trouble on day one at Emerald Headingley.

Wicketkeeper batsman Brown’s 126 not out off 174 balls was a punchy captain’s innings to lead a recovery from 68 for four shortly after lunch.

Sussex are fielding two debutants - 20-year-old opener Ali Orr, who made 15, and all-rounder Dan Ibrahim. Aged 16 years and 298 days, Ibrahim is the second youngest player to represent the county.

Under a grey sky with the floodlights on until early afternoon, the Hove side could have crumbled but impressively closed on 267 for five from 96 overs. Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson claimed three for 42.

Brown shared 107 for the fifth wicket with Aaron Thomason from early afternoon until early evening and later 92 unbroken with Ibrahim, who finished with 37 not out.

Thomason was far more reserved for 40 off 181 balls as batting conditions eased through the day.

Yorkshire edged the opening session after Steve Patterson won his seventh toss in eight Championship games, restricting Sussex to 63 for three. David Willey, Thompson and Harry Brook claimed the wickets.

When Thompson struck again in the second over of the afternoon to get Australian Travis Head caught behind and leave the visitors at 68 for four, three wickets had fallen in the first over of a bowler’s spell.

Willey made the breakthrough in the fourth over when he had Tom Haines caught at third slip before Thompson had Stiaan van Zyl caught behind in his first over to leave Sussex at 25 for two after 11.

Medium pacer Brook’s first ball - 38 for three in the 23rd - then saw left-handed Orr carelessly pick out long leg.

Brown drove handsomely against seam and spin on the way to a 60-ball fifty, and 8,000 career first-class runs, in front of Headingley’s first crowd (2,056) for a men’s first-team game in 623 days.

His stand with Thomason was broken when Thompson had the latter chipping to midwicket. 

At 175 for five after 71 overs, Ibrahim strode to the crease and followed in the footsteps of James Coles, who debuted last summer aged 16 years and 157 days.

Ibrahim got off the mark with a clipped two first ball and looked extremely composed.

Brown brought up his first century in two years off 149 balls inside the final 50 minutes of play.



 Derbyshire v Warwickshire

Sam Hain and Michael Burgess led Warwickshire’s recovery on an evenly contested opening day of the LV=Insurance County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby.

Hain made 77 from 161 balls and Burgess 71 off 134 after Sam Conners reduced the visitors to 105 for 4 in the Group 1 game at the Incora County Ground.

The 22-year-old fast bowler ended with 4 for 45 from 16 overs and Derbyshire claimed three wickets with the second new ball to limit Warwickshire to 272 for 9 at the close.

Cloud cover and a muggy atmosphere probably persuaded Billy Godleman to put Warwickshire in and he was rewarded with two wickets in the first seven overs.

Conners had struck with the first ball of the match at Worcester last week and he removed Will Rhodes and Pieter Malan in consecutive overs.

The Warwickshire captain miscued a pull which lobbed to mid off in the fifth over and Conners then removed Malan’s off stump with an inswinging yorker.

Conners almost had a third in his sixth over when Rob Yates drove to mid on where a diving Luis Reece got both hands to the ball but could not cling on.

The light was poor enough for the floodlights to be switched on and Yates and Hain needed some luck to get through to lunch at 89 for 2.

Yates might have thought he had done the hard work but he was out for 37 in the fourth over of the afternoon session when Conners got some late away movement to have him caught at second slip.

Matt Lamb got away with a pull that just evaded mid on but when he repeated the shot against Conners, Reece held the top edge running across behind the bowler.

Hain now had to rebuild for a second time and with Burgess, added 74 in 24 overs before he dabbed Reece to second slip.

Burgess played fluently to reach 50 from 89 balls and with Tim Bresnan, took Warwickshire to a first batting point before Alex Hughes nipped one away to have Bresnan smartly caught at slip by Wayne Madsen.

A second was secured before Burgess was caught behind off an inside edge driving at Michael Cohen, the first of three late wickets that earned Derbyshire maximum bowling points.


Essex vs Nottinghamshire at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford

Nottinghamshire 248/6 having chosen to bat 

Steven Mullaney and Lyndon James continued their 2021 domination of Essex as the Nottinghamshire middle-order duo clocked half-centuries on day one at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Captain Mullaney and all-rounder James had put on 123 in the reverse LV= Insurance County Championship fixture at Trent Bridge during an innings victory, before collecting 117 together for the fourth wicket.

They helped Notts recover from an effective 48 for four, after Joe Clarke had retired hurt, with Mullaney eventually scoring 55 and James 54, his fourth score over 50 this campaign.

Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle was the pick of the attack, as he returned three for 76, while Clarke returned to smash a 78-ball fifty, as the visitors reached 248 for six by the close.

In warm conditions, Mullaney won the toss and elected to bat on a docile wicket, although the new ball chopped off the top-order.

Peter Siddle picked up the opening two scalps as Ben Compton loosely fended outside his off-stump to Alastair Cook at first slip and Ben Duckett was adjudged lbw.

Shane Snater, who took a career-best seven-for against Notts earlier in the season, shuffled the score to 48 for three when Ben Slater was leg before.

Notts’ morning got worse when Clarke was forced to retired after being struck on the forearm by Sam Cook.

But Essex’s advantage was dragged back by Mullaney and James’ slow and steady run accruing.

Mullaney received two early lives – on four and six – when he was dropped at first slip by Alastair Cook and extra cover by a diving Nick Browne.

They ticked away a dozy wicketless afternoon, which saw Paul Walter ordered out the attack after two beamers, to bring up their hundred partnership in 255 balls.

James reached his fifty first, in 145 balls, before Mullaney joined him at the milestone soon after, 10 balls quicker.

But with the dying embers of the old ball both fell in quick succession to first slip catches to end their vigil, James off Snater and Mullaney drifting at Siddle.

Sam Cook produced a breath-taking over to set-up Tom Moores with the new ball before clipping the top of off stump.

Clarke had returned after the fall of James and returned to counter-attack, taking a particular liking to Siddle, as he became the third Notts batsman to a half-century. He reached close on 57 with his stand with Liam Patterson-White unbroken on 58.

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