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Cricket news - Jake Libby scores ton on Worcestershire home debut

Jake Libby and Brett D'Oliveira's unbeaten centuries powered Worcestershire to 309 for 3 on the opening day.

Jake Libby and Brett D'Oliveira's unbeaten centuries powered Worcestershire to 309 for 3 on the opening day.

NORTH GROUP

Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, Leicester

Led by Dustin Melton's four-fer Leicestershire were bowled out for 199 before Derbyshire further stamped their authority in the contest, finishing the opening day of their Bob Willis Trophy match at Grace Road on 101 for 1.

Electing to bat, Leicestershire lost their openers early. Harry Deardan held the innings together stroking 70 - his sixth first-class fifty. Melton kept striking at regular intervals to put the much-needed breaks, while Luis Reece and Samuel Connors provided good support, combining to pick five wickets.

In response, Billy Godleman fell early while Reece and Wayne Madsen began aggressively. The duo added an unbeaten stand of 92 runs for the second wicket.

Brief scores: Leicestershire199 (Harry Deardan 70; Dustin Melton 4-22, Luis Reece 3-51) lead Derbyshire101/1 (Luis Reece 50*) by 98 runs.

Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire, Nottingham

Jordan Thomson fell two short of a century but his quickfire knock helped Yorkshire post 264 despite a largely disappointing batting performance.

The visitors, after electing to bat, were reeling at 44 for 4. However, Harry Brook combined with Tattersall and Thomson to steady the innings before the latter paced away to a 103-ball 98, stroking 11 boundaries and 4 sixes. Chris Nash was the pick of the bowlers picking three scalps, while Zak Chappell, Matthew Carter and Samit Patel picked a brace each.

Nottinghamshire lost Nash at the stroke of stumps and finished on 13 for 1.

Brief scores: Yorkshire264 (Jordan Thompson 98, Harry Brook 62; Chris Nash 3-20, Matthew Carter 2-44) lead Nottinghamshire13/1 by 251 runs.

Durham vs Lancashire, Chester-le-Street

Lancashire bowlers had a good outing on the opening day as they bowled out Durham for 180 after they were asked to field. Alex Lees stood out with his innings of 66 as the rest of them struggled.

Seven batters fell for single-digit scores as all the Lancashire bowlers scalped at least a wicket, while Richard Gleeson accounted for three. In response, Lancashire's openers saw through the remaining period of play in the day safely and took the side to 33 for no loss at stumps.

Brief scores: Durham180 (Alex Lees 66; Richard Gleeson 3-32) lead Lancashire33/0by 147 runs.

SOUTH GROUP

Essex vs Surrey, Chelmsford

Half-centuries by Adam Wheater and Feroze Khushi helped Essex to 253 for 7 on the opening day of their Bob Willis Trophy clash against Surrey.

Electing to bat, they lost Nick Browne early before Alastair Cook steadied the innings even as the hosts were reduced to 49 for 3. However, a couple of steady stands in the second half of the day helped them revive their innings. Amar Virdi and James Taylor picked a brace each.

Brief scores: Essex253/7 (Feroze Khushi 66, Adam Wheater 52; James Taylor 2-31, Amar Virdi 2-65) vs Surrey.

Kent vs Sussex, Canterbury

Skipper Ben Brown's unbeaten 90 helped Sussex to 320 for 9 on the opening day against Kent. His innings included an 83-run stand with Tom Clark for the fourth wicket.

Harry Podmore's triple strike in the second half of the day helped Kent crawl back into the contest as Sussex lost five wickets for 105 runs despite Brown going strong from the other end. Marcus O'Riordan too chipped in with three wickets to ensure the visitors didn't run away with the contest after electing to bat.

Brief scores: Sussex 320/9 (Ben Brown 90*, Tom Clark 66; Marcus O'Riordan 3-50, Harry Podmore 3-74) vs Kent.

Middlesex vs Hampshire, Radlett

Ryan Stevenson's four-fer helped Hampshire bundle out Middlesex for 252 before being reduced to 27 for 2 in reply on the opening day.

Electing to bowl, Keith Barker struck twice early in the day. However, Martin Andersson's 92 helped Middlesex wiggle their way out of trouble. Even as Nathan Sowter and Tom Helm made useful contributions lower down the order, Stevenson's four wickets kept them in check. Liam Dawson and James Fuller chipped in with a brace each as well.

Brief scores: Middlesex252 (Martin Andersson 92, Max Holden 36; Ryan Stevenson 4-70, Liam Dawson 2-39) lead Hampshire27/2 by 225 runs.

CENTRAL GROUP

Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire, Bristol

On a slow scoring day, Ben Charlesworth's 51 helped Gloucestershire crawl their way to 191 for 8 against Warwickshire.

Having elected to field, Warwickshire managed to dismiss the host captain - Chris Dent - early but struggled to find too many breakthroughs, with Graeme van Buuren being the only other batsman to fall in the morning session.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby was the most economical as well as the most successful bowler in the day, returning figures of 4 for 24 from his 20 overs. Skipper Will Rhodes too chipped in with three wickets.

Brief scores: Gloucestershire 191/8 (Ben Charlesworth 51, Gareth Roderick 39; Oliver Hannon-Dalby 4-24, Will Rhodes 3-18) vs Warwickshire.

Worcestershire vs Glamorgan, Worcester

Jake Libby and Brett D'Oliveira's unbeaten centuries powered Worcestershire to 309 for 3 on the opening day against Glamorgan.

Electing to bat, Michael Hogan's triple strike in the morning session had reduced the hosts to 70 for 3 when the centurion duo formed an alliance at the crease. The duo put on an unbeaten 239-run stand for the fourth wicket en route their respective centuries. Both remained relatively aggressive in their approach, hitting a six each and a combined total of 29 boundaries.

Brief scores: Worcestershire 309/3 (Jake Libby 142*, Brett D'Oliveira 123*; Michael Hogan 3-43) vs Glamorgan.

Northamptonshire vs Somerset, Northampton

On a 21-wicket day in Northampton, Somerset have taken a 114-run lead having lost an additional wicket. Electing to bat, Somerset were bowled out for 166 with Ben Sanderson bagging a fifer. Even as all the batters, except the top three, managed to get starts, they failed to put on big runs.

However, the hosts came up too weak in response, with Ben Curran being the only player to register a double-digit score. Craig Overton bagged four and Josh Davey scalped three as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 67. As many as four batters were dismissed for a duck, while one more failed to open his account.

Even as Somerset lost Tom Lammonby for a duck in their second innings, their 99-run lead in the first essay helped them stay in a strong position in the contest.

Brief scores: Somerset 166 (Jack Brook 36; Ben Sanderson 5-28) & 15/1 lead Northamptonshire 67 (Ben Curran 35; Craig Overton 4-12, Josh Davey 3-23) by 114 runs.

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