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.
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
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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