Lancashire vs Middlesex, Manchester
Tom Bailey picked up a fifer in the final session which rattled the Middlesex top order as they slumped to 39 for 6 after Lancashire were bowled out having scored 259 on Day 1.
Having been asked to bat first, both Liam Livingstone and Steven Croft scored the fifties which helped propel the hosts’ total to a decent score when all the other batsmen could only manage ordinary scores. Having secured a solid start, both Keaton Jennings and Alex Davies departed quickly. Livingstone’s innings of 84 runs included 13 boundaries and a six but he struggled to find a rhythm with someone at the opposite end until Steven Croft arrived at the crease as the duo managed a 53-run stand together for the sixth. James Harris and Nathan Sowler got three wickets apiece for Middlesex.
In response to the total posted by Lancashire, Middlesex struggled to get off the mark and faltered at the very beginning. None of their eight batsmen who took part in the 18 overs on Monday evening could hit double digits with the willow. Graham Onions got the first scalp in the eighth over and Tom Bailey took care of the rest unleashing carnage on the Middlesex batting order.
As a result, Lancashire sealed the highest spot in Division Two courtesy of two bonus points in their game to go along with the lone point from the game against Northamptonshire managed in their game against Durham. They have been confirmed as the mathematical table toppers though each team is still to play a game in this round.
Brief scores: Lancashire 259 (Liam Livingstone 84, Steven Croft 55*; Nathan Sowter 3-42, James Harris 3-59) lead Middlesex 39/6 (Tom Bailey 6/15) by 220 runs.
Worcestershire vs Gloucestershire, Worcester
Gloucestershire’s newly paired bowlers Ryan Higgins and David Payne combined to wreak havoc as they clinched seven wickets and dismantled the Worcestershire innings for 221 on an opening day.
Riki Wessels scored 72 runs but could not bail the hosts out from the predicament they were in aside from him, no one in the top six could score more than even 10 runs. The lower order came in clutch, with Ed Barnard and Joe Leach scoring 30 and 26 runs respectively to help the hosts go past the 200-run mark.
Responding to this, Gloucestershire got off to a start of caution before Ed Barnard took three wickets in only six overs and reduced them to 56 for 4. Gareth Roderick and Ben Charlesworth remained on the pitch for the last 11 overs and took the total to 87.
Brief Scores: Worcestershire 221 (Riki Wessels 72, Ed Barnard 30; Ryan Higgins 4-55, David Payne 3-57) lead Gloucestershire 87/4 (James Bracey 23; Ed Barnard 3-16) by 134 runs.
Derbyshire vs Sussex, Derby
Sussex took a commanding position in the fixture thanks to a four-wicket haul by David Wiese. Having bundled the Derbyshire innings for 138, the visitors went to stumps on 116 for 3.
Derbyshire lost Luis Reece early who departed at a duck. Their middle order was dismantled by the introduction of David Wiese and in less than five overs, they were reduced from 75 for 4 to just 83 for 7. Anuj Dal managed to show some resilience with his 35 runs but the hosts were bowled out for a very dismal score. Chris Jordan and Reece Topley wrecked the top order and got a brace each.
Sussex also found themselves in deep waters early on, losing their top three with only 25 runs on the board but managed to crawl out of that precarious situation thanks to Stiaan van Zyl and Delray Rawlins’ unbeaten 91-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Brief Scores: Derbyshire 138 (Anuj Dal 35; David Wiese 4-18, Reece Topley 2-23) lead Sussex 116/3 (Stiaan van Zyl 49*; Luis Reece 2-27) by 22 runs.
Northamptonshire vs Durham, Northampton
Chris Rushworth’s fifer bundled out the hosts for just 217 earlier in the day but Ben Sanderson’s terrific spell left Durham reeling at 37 for 4.
The hosts got off to a steady start with the openers both managing a half-century stand and the pair of Ben Curran and Alex Wakely added 49 runs for the second wicket. Despite that, Rushworth’s spell turned out to be a handful as they were reduced from 99 for 1 to 103 for 4.
Except Adam Rossington’s 70-ball 82, the lower order fared dismally as they all got dismissed in single digits. Ben Raine got a three-fer in the innings.
Durham, however, struggled to get going in response and lost three wickets in the last three overs of the day. They are left trailing the hosts by 180 runs at Stumps.
Brief Scores: Northamptonshire 217 (Adam Rossington 82, Ben Curran 36; Chris Rushworth 5-68, Ben Raine 3-53) lead Durham 37/4 (Ben Sanderson 3-20) by 180 runs.
Glamorgan vs Leicestershire, Cardiff
Glamorgan has propelled to a score of 300 for 4 on an opening day against Leicestershire thanks to half-centuries by David Lloyd and Sumit Patel.
Being asked to bat first, the hosts got a head start. The opening stand of Kragg Brathwaite and Nicholas Selman managed a half-century and even though Selman fell, Brathwaite held the innings well. He managed another half-century stand with Lloyd and the batting remained cautious since with David at the crease.
In contrast to this, Patel’s 66 was explosive and entertaining, decorated with 10 boundaries and one over-boundary.
Brief scores: Glamorgan 300/4 (Samit Patel 66, David Lloyd 66; Ben Mike 2-68) vs Leicestershire.
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