Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - 13 wickets fall on the opening day in Liverpool. [File picture] Hampshire were bowled out for only 143
[File picture] Hampshire were bowled out for only 143
It was a bowlers' day in Liverpool in the clash between Lancashire and Hampshire. The visitors were bowled out for just 143 with Lancashire's George Balderson and Matt Parkinson picking up three wickets apiece while Mason Crane top scored for Hampshire with 25 from number nine. Before the close, Lancashire had been reduced to 25 for 3 – Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas took two of the three wickets to fall – still trailing by 118.
Nottinghamshire ended the opening day at Trent Bridge on top against Yorkshire. The hosts were 292 for 9 at the close with Joe Clarke's 109 and an unbeaten 58 from Joey Evison providing the ballast of Nottinghamshire's score. The wickets were shared around for Yorkshire, who cannot win the Championship, with Ben Coad the standout bowler, picking up three for 71 from his 24 overs.
A solid showing from the Warwickshire top order at Edgbaston gave them the spoils on day one against Somerset. Half-centuries for Dom Sibley and skipper Will Rhodes were complemented by an unbeaten 83 from Sam Hain to leave Warwickshire 283 for 4 at the close. On a day of hard toil for Somerset, Jack Brooks was the most successful, picking up two wickets. Craig Overton and Jack Leach both went wicketless.
Twenty-five wickets fell on the opening day at Chelmsford between Essex and Northamptonshire. Northants, who elected to bat, were bundled out for just 83 in the first innings before Essex were then also bowled out, albeit for the more respectable total of 170. Then, Northants were XX by the close, still trailing by 66 runs. Sam Cook took nine wickets in the day – five in Northants' first innings and four in their second.
The first day in Bristol between Gloucestershire and Durham ended with the home side marginally on top. After electing to bat first, the visitors were bowled out for 140, with Pakistani left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar taking five wickets. By the close Gloucestershire had a six run lead with four first innings wickets remaining, mainly thanks to Graeme van Buuren's 62.
Surrey's bowlers came in for some punishment at the Oval against Glamorgan. The visitors racked up 379 for 4 with opener David Lloyd scoring a hundred and Joe Cooke making a half-century. There were also useful contributions from the rest of the order and Kiran Carlson and skipper Chris Cooke will begin day two unbeaten on 45 and 44 respectively. Dan Moriarty and Amar Virdi were the wicket takers for Surrey.
The game between Kent and Middlesex at Canterbury was evenly posied at the end of the first day. After a good start with the bat, Middlesex lost eight for 26, including five ducks, to be bundled out for 147. The irrepressible Darren Stevens bagged four wickets. In response, Kent were 82 for 4 by the close, still 65 runs behind.
Derbyshire had the best of the first day in Hove against Sussex. They reached the close on 371 for 5 thanks a hundred from Wayne Madsen and half-centuries from Billy Godleman and Matt Critchley. Sussex tried eight bowlers in a bid to stop the run riot. Henry Crocombe and Jamie Atkins were the most successful with two wickets apiece.
A half-century from Louis Kimber helped Leicestershire reach 222 all out in their first innings against Worcestershire at New Road. Joe Leach, who announced he was stepping down from the Worcester captaincy at the end of the season, picked up three wickets. In response, the home side were 30 for 1 at the close, Daryl Mitchell was the man out, still trailing by 192.