Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Northampton
Zak Chappell’s six-wicket haul helped Leicestershire bowl Northamptonshire out for 204 at the County Ground in Northampton, thus making good sense of captain Alex Wakely’s decision to bowl first. Ricardo Vasconcelos top-scored with 49 in what was an innings about batsmen not converting their starts into something substantial.
The effort could have been a lot worse if not for the 42-run stand for the eighth wicket between Saif Zaib and Nathan Buck. In response, Leicestershire scored 64 for the loss of three wickets at stumps on Day 1. Ben Sanderson got rid of the openers Harry Dearden and Paul Horton, and with a 140-run deficit in front of the visitors, tomorrow holds the key.
Brief Scores: Northamptonshire 204 in 69 overs (Ricardo Vasconcelos 49; Zak Chappell 6-44) lead Leicestershire 64/3 (Colin Ackermann 19*; Ben Sanderson 2-21) by 140 runs
Gloucestershire vs Kent, Bristol
Kent registered a good opening day after opting to bat first at the County Ground in Bristol. Opener Sean Dickson scored a century, hitting 13 fours and a six to enforce a stand of 124 for the first wicket. He was dismissed in the 69th over by Craig Miles, who also picked the other opener, Daniel Bell-Drummond, on 49.
Heino Kuhn and Zak Crawley made thirties before getting out. Captain Joe Denly is unbeaten at the crease on 36 and Kent will hope that he scores big on Day 2 to build on Dickson’s efforts.
Brief Scores: Kent 297/4 in 96 overs (Sean Dickson 117; Craig Miles 2-61) vs Gloucestershire
Warwickshire vs Glamorgan, Birmingham
Glamorgan got bowled out for 220 after opting to bat first at Edgbaston. Josh Poysden ripped through the middle and lower order with a six-wicket haul, that claimed Owen Morgan and Chris Cooke on 36 and 34 respectively. In an innings of missed opportunities, No.7 batsman David Lloyd top-scored with 39 before falling to Jeetan Patel.
In reply, opening bowlers Lucas Carey and Timm van der Gugten struck with one wicket apiece to take down both of Warwickshire’s openers. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott, who’s been in some tremendous form, are unbeaten at the crease at stumps on Day 1.
Brief Scores: Glamorgan 220 in 76.2 overs (David Lloyd 39, Owen Morgan 36; Josh Poysden 5-29) lead Warwickshire 24/2 in 17 overs (Ian Bell 10*, Jonathan Trott 5*; Lucas Carey 1-3, Timm van der Gugten 1-14) by 196 runs
Durham vs Derbyshire, Chester-le-Street
Durham, after being sent in to bat, were shot out for 96 in 43.3 overs at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Duanne Olivier shone with a five-wicket haul, and was ably supported by Hardus Viljoen’s three wickets. Gareth Harte top-scored with 20 in a dismal batting performance for the hosts.
In reply, Derbyshire batsmen themselves found life difficult, but thirties from Ben Slater, Wayne Madison and Matthew Critchley helped the visitors overhaul Durham’s small first innings score. Derbyshire’s bowlers shared wickets among themselves, striking regularly to make sure that the lead didn’t get out of hand.
Brief Scores: Durham 96 in 43.3 overs (Gareth Harte 20; Duanne Olivier 5-20, Hardus Viljoen 3-30) trail Derbyshire 175/8 in 50 overs (Matthew Critchley 38; Josh Coughlin 2-31, Nathan Rimmington 2-31) by 79 runs
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