Championship Digest: Thursday, June 3, 2021

Find out what happened across the LV= Insurance County Championship on the first day of the ninth round of the 2021 competition


Group 1

Worcestershire v Durham

Worcester (first day of four): 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 for 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 for 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 for 4.


Essex v Nottinghamshire

Chelmsford (first day of four): Nottinghamshire 248-6


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 4, 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 3 for 76, while Clarke returned to smash a 78-ball fifty, as the visitors reached 248 for 6 by the close.


Derbyshire v Warwickshire

Derby (first day of four): Warwickshire 272-9


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.



Group 2

Somerset v Hampshire

Taunton (first day of four): Somerset 360


An eighth-wicket stand of 171 between centurion Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe transformed the opening day of Somerset’s LV= Insurance 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 7 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 6 for 72 from 24 overs before bad light prevented Hampshire beginning their reply


Leicestershire v Gloucestershire

Leicester (first day of four): Leicestershire 357-5


Marcus Harris continued his impressive form with a third LV=Insurance County Championship century as Leicestershire closed on a dominant 357 for 5 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.



 Derbyshire's Sam Conners picked up 4 for 45 on day one

Group 3

Yorkshire v Sussex

Headingley (first day of four): Sussex 267-5


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 5 from 96 overs. Yorkshire’s Jordan Thompson claimed 3 for 42.


Kent v Northamptonshire

Canterbury (first day of four): Northamptonshire 362-5


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 5 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 2 for 52 and Matt Quinn 2 for 77. 


Glamorgan v Lancashire

Cardiff (first day of four): Lancashire 173, Glamorgan 150-9


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 3 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 3 for 40 for Lancashire

Glamorgan reached the close on 150 for 9, still trailing by 23 and in danger of conceding what could be a telling first innings lead.






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