Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Pujara slams another century, Washington impresses on Lancashire debut. Pujara scored his fifth century from seven county games this season.
Pujara scored his fifth century from seven county games this season.
Gloucestershire vs Hampshire
Felix Oran scored a steady unbeaten 93 as Hampshire made 203/2 on the opening day of their clash at Gloucestershire. Having opted to bat, the visitors were propped up by a 117-run opening stand between Oran and Ian Holland (48). Even after the dismissal of the latter, Nick Gubbins scored a brisk 35 in a 55-run stand with Oran, who marched ever so sedately towards his hundred in the company of captain James Vince, who was unbeaten on 6 at Stumps.
Northamptonshire vs Lancashire
Washington Sundar made a strong start to life in County Cricket, his 4 for 49 in 20 overs helping Lancashire reduce their hosts to 218/7 on the opening day. Sundar was called on to bowl inside the first 10 overs of the innings after Northamptonshire opted to bat and struck to dismiss Will Young. The hosts tried to steady themselves through Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay but Will Williams struck in quick succession to reduce them to 81/4. Sundar then returned to take the other three wickets on the day, including that of half-centurion Rob Keogh (54). Lewis McManus was unbeaten on 59 at Stumps and will hope to extend Northamptonshire's innings on Day 2.
Surrey vs Essex
Adam Rossington's 100 and a half-century from Simon Harmer helped Essex recover from a precarious 91/6 on the opening day at The Oval. The pair stitched a 113-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Rossington taking charge in his 151-ball knock. Daniel Worrall then took the final three wickets to bowl Essex out for 271 and finish with figures of 6 for 56. In reply, Surrey ended the day at 24/1 having lost Ryan Patel right before close of play.
Middlesex vs Sussex
Named interim captain of Sussex following Tom Haines' injury, Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his fifth century from seven county games this season, his latest ton taking his side to a dominant position of 328/4 at Lord's on the opening day after Middlesex opted to bowl. The visitors lost Alistair Orr early but Tom Alsop and Tom Clark combined for an 81-run second-wicket stand that stabilized Sussex. They then went from strength to strength through Alsop and Pujara, who put on 219 for the third wicket with Alsop scoring a fine 135 before falling near to close of play. Archie Lenham fell for a duck soon after but Pujara saw through to the end of proceedings and remained unbeaten on 115. His India teammate Umesh Yadav, playing for Middlesex, was wicketless after 18 overs of bowling.
Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire
Ben Duckett scored a rapid double hundred and shared an unbeaten 393-run stand with fellow centurion Haseeb Hameed as Nottinghamshire made the most of batting conditions in Derby. At stumps on the opening day, the visitors racked up 439/1 in 96 overs of play. Having opted to bat, Nottinghamshire lost opener Ben Slater in the 15th over of the day with the score on 46. Little did Derbyshire know that would be their last success of the day as Duckett and Hameed, both England internationals, tucked in for the long haul. Between them, they 57 fours and 1 six (by Hameed). Duckett finished the day on 237 at a strike-rate of 90.11 while Hameed made his 165 off a more sedate scoring rate of 58.93. Anuj Dal took the only wicket of the day for the hosts.