Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings celebrates his century
Here is all the latest news, scores and match reports for the LV= Insurance County Championship 2022 Round 12 Day 1: Monday September 5th
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Monday September 5th 2022
Hampshire vs Northamptonshire, Ageas Bowl
Felix Organ continued his fine form with 71 as LV= Insurance County Championship title chasing Hampshire strongly batted out a truncated day with Northamptonshire.
Opening batter Organ ended the Royal London Cup with a 54 in the semi-final against Kent Spitfires, having scored 72, 118, 41 and 65 in his last four Championship matches.
He also almost single-handedly helped his club side, Winchester-based St Cross Symondians, to the ECB Southern Premier League title on Saturday with a masterful 135, in addition to four wickets.
Against Northamptonshire he put on 50-stands with Joe Weatherley and Nick Gubbins on a tricky wicket to take Hampshire to 229 for five at close – with Jack White claiming two for 35.
Organ started the season batting at No.7, in the team predominantly for his off-spin option in the fourth innings.
But after Weatherley damaged his finger in the slips against Lancashire, he was promoted to open – his more familiar position – and immediately made an impact with a century.
He slumped with a lean spell but arrived in this match averaging 46 in his previous seven innings.
Having been put in by Will Young on a green-tinged wicket and seen his opening partner Ian Holland edge to second slip to the first ball he faced, Organ faced a great deal of pressure.
But the 23-year-old was compact with the ball nipping around, with Ben Sanderson particularly finding good subtle movement to find the outside edge of Weatherley’s bat to again find Emilio Gay at second slip.
Weatherley had been involved in an off moment with umpires David Millns and Steve O’Shaughnessy blaming some scuffing on the ball on the sponsor’s sticker on his bat. After a short dialogue, they decided to rip the logo off the shoulder of the bat.
Organ set up deep in his crease with an off-stump guard, and knew exactly where his stumps were, even if there were regular plays and misses from either end either side of the early lunch – with rain and bad light eventually lobbing 34 overs off the day.
He particularly peppered the off side although his fifty came up with a sumptuous straight drive off 88 balls.
With him, Gubbins and James Vince showed moments of their carefree nature but failed to capitalise on solid starts.
Luke Procter entered the attack, got cut for four by Gubbins but found movement in off the seam to bowl the left-hander for 23, while Vince was caught behind for 19.
Organ eventually departed when he failed to move his feet to White and feathered off the under-toe of the bat to Ricardo Vasconcelos.
But Liam Dawson and Aneurin Donald, unbeaten on 43 and 29, briskly put on 62 unbeaten runs, with the latter often showing glamour with his driving ability before the light worsened to end play just after 6pm.
Hampshire are hoping to get a jump of title rivals Surrey in this round of fixture, but the forecast is not looking too kind to their bid for a first Championship since 1973, despite producing a pitch capable of a positive result – while still being sporting.
Kent vs Essex, Canterbury
Essex have reached 327 for four at stumps on day one of their LV= Insurance County Championship with Kent at Canterbury.
Matt Critchley cashed in after being dropped on six to post Essex’s highest score with an unbeaten 80, after Sir Alastair Cook had made 78 and Tom Westley 54.
Grant Stewart had Kent’s most economical figures with one for 48, but the bowlers struggled to make inroads in a game that could be pivotal for their hopes of avoiding relegation.
The contest had looked even when Essex were reduced to 219 for four, but Critchley’s unbroken partnership of 108 with Feroze Khushi, who was unbeaten on 46 at stumps, tipped the momentum back in the visitors’ favour.
Kent chose to bowl after winning the toss, but struggled to create any chances, despite heavy cloud cover at the Spitfire Ground. Essex were 82 without loss at lunch and enjoyed a break early in the afternoon session when Cook was put down in the slips after edging Stewart, when he was on 44.
The opening stand of 101 ended when Matt Quinn took a sharp return catch to remove Nick Browne for 45, but Cook and Westley put on 58 for the second wicket before the former edged Stewart to Ollie Robinson at first slip.
Dan Lawrence made nine before his off stump was yorked by Daniel Bell-Drummond but Jack Leaning was then denied a wicket when Critchley was dropped by Ben Compton at short leg, leaving Essex 207 for three at tea.
Westley was almost casually run out soon after the resumption, after Critchley had steered Harry Podmore towards third man. Having comfortably strolled two, Westley inexplicably set off for the keeper’s end and was inches short when Sam Billings gathered Joe Denly’s throw and broke the wicket.
At that point Kent were well in the game, but the visitors responded with another substantial century stand, Khushi joining Critchley and comfortably seeing off the new ball before batting through the close.
Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Emirates Old Trafford
Keaton Jennings continued his remarkable run of Roses form with a record-breaking century before Yorkshire roared back into contention late on day one at Emirates Old Trafford as George Hill claimed a superb six-wicket haul.
Opener Jennings was the main contributor as Lancashire advanced to 180 without loss just before tea, but he was the first of five wickets to fall for 20 afterwards as the Red Rose slipped to 251 for six – all to Hill’s skilful seam.
As Lancashire closed on 272 for eight from 96 overs, England fringe opener Jennings became the first batter in this fixture’s history to score four hundreds in as many innings.
His 236-ball 119 continued a personal dominance of Yorkshire which dates back to last season, him sharing a 180-run opening partnership with Luke Wells, who made 84.
After captain Dane Vilas elected to bat, the pair batted through until the penultimate over of the afternoon, with Wells falling to start Hill’s career best six for 26 from 16 overs.
The Roses rivals came into this fixture looking in different directions in Division One.
Lancashire started the first of three remaining games trailing leaders Surrey by 34 points.
Sat in third and also behind Hampshire, they realistically have to win all three, including against Surrey here in the final round, and hope for a favour or two from elsewhere.
Yorkshire, meanwhile, have four to play and are only 19 points better off than second-bottom Somerset.
Starting with the first Roses fixture of last season, a win here at Old Trafford, Jennings posted scores of 114, 132 and 238 prior to this innings. That double hundred came in the draw at Headingley back in May.
But for Hill’s intervention, Yorkshire would have been rueing former captain Steve Patterson’s drop at mid-on with Wells on 43 off Dom Bess shortly before lunch.
While Lancashire have picked two specialist spinners in Matt Parkinson and Tom Hartley, Yorkshire are handing a first-class debut to 20-year-old opener Fin Bean, who hit a Second XI Championship record 441 against Nottinghamshire earlier this summer.
He made his first-team bow during the recent Royal London Cup and will likely stride to the crease tomorrow on a largely flat pitch showing signs of extra bounce but not much else.
Jennings, who also passed 9,000 career first-class runs today, was particularly strong on the cut and used his feet well against seam and spin to hit down the ground and over the top.
England Test seamer Matthew Fisher is in Yorkshire’s travelling party this week as he continues his recovery from a back stress fracture suffered in April. He is due to play in the second team next week.
Yorkshire built pressure before striking just before tea, despite not creating too many chances.
When Hill, bowling for the first time since mid-July following a broken toe, had Wells caught at deep backward square-leg by Matthew Waite off a miscued pull – 180 for one in the 63rd over – it came after only two boundaries had been scored in the previous 14 overs.
Jennings reached his century off 220 balls shortly after tea, and he hit back-to-back boundaries off Hill and Bess as the scoring rate briefly increased.
However, any thoughts of that were knocked on the head by Hill, who claimed five evening wickets for as many runs in 41 deliveries with a replacement ball after the original one had been hit into a puddle beyond the boundary.
Jennings was bowled by one angled in at him – 231 for two in the 75th over – before Josh Bohannon was later caught at cover.
Vilas, Steven Croft and George Balderson were all then well caught by Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip as the score fell to 251 for six in the 87th.
Coad trapped Hartley lbw and had Tom Bailey caught behind in the day’s penultimate over to cap a remarkable turnaround amidst a seven-wicket evening.
Somerset vs Gloucestershire, The Cooper Associates County Ground
Marcus Harris hit his third LV= Insurance County Championship century of the season as Gloucestershire controlled the first day of their First Division relegation battle with arch-rivals Somerset at Taunton.
Invited to bat first on a benign Cooper Associates County Ground pitch, the visitors ran up 320 for six, Harris leading the way with 159, off 263 balls, including 17 fours and a six.
Ben Charlesworth contributed 56 to an opening stand of 126 with the Australian left-hander, while Ollie Price weighed in with 52 against a Somerset attack featuring Pakistan off-spinner Sajid Khan, making his debut.
He found little assistance from the first-day wicket, while the seamers struggled for movement off the pitch or through the air.
Somerset skipper Tom Abell must soon have been questioning his decision to field as Harris and Charlesworth coped comfortably with the new ball and scored at will on both sides of the pitch.
Charlesworth was the more aggressive of the pair, striking 8 fours in moving to a 79-ball half-century, while Harris was content to be patient in support of his younger partner.
Sajid was introduced from the River End with the total on 58 and gave Harris his one moment of anxiety, on 33, when he survived a sharp chance to George Bartlett at short-leg.
Gloucestershire’s opening pair brought up the hundred stand in the 29th over and by lunch had taken the score to 115 without loss.
Harris was unbeaten on 47 and quickly moved to his fifty, off 99 deliveries, at the start of the afternoon session. Eleven runs had been added when Charlesworth mistimed a pull shot off Kasey Aldridge and directed a catch to Josh Davey at fine-leg.
The briefest of interruptions for rain followed. On the resumption, Harris hit the first six of the game, straight back over Sajid’s head.
Price brought up the 200 with a sweet back-foot shot to the cover boundary off Sajid, who was finding his first experience of a Taunton pitch a testing one.
A late cut for four off him took Harris to his 22nd first class hundred, off 174 balls, with 13 fours and a six. It had been a patient, no-frills effort.
At tea, the scoreboard read 217 for one. With 20 added, there was another brief rain-break before Price brought up a 127-ball half-century, like Harris appearing untroubled.
The 21-year-old looked bereft when aiming an extravagant drive at a full, wide ball from Tom Lammonby and edging through to wicketkeeper James Rew.
Price had helped the unflappable Harris add 125 in 41 overs and at 251 for two, Gloucestershire had the foundation for a big score.
The second new ball was taken at 272 for two and accounted for Miles Hammond with nine runs added, the left-hander edging Davey to Abell at second slip, having made seven.
Two balls later in the same over, James Bracey nicked a defensive shot to Rew and departed for a duck. And Somerset’s fightback continued when Gloucestershire skipper Graeme van Buuren was bowled shouldering arms to Lewis Gregory.
Harris remained rock-like, reaching 150 off 246 balls. The 30-year-old Aussie Test player was within eight deliveries of batting out the day when edging a back-foot shot off Jack Brooks to Gregory at slip.
Still, Gloucestershire could feel satisfied with their efforts under mainly overcast skies.
Derbyshire vs Durham, The Incora County Ground
Leus du Plooy enjoyed another good day at Durham’s expense as Derbyshire recovered in the LV=Insurance County Championship match at the Incora County Ground.
The Division Two promotion hopefuls were struggling at 58 for 4 but du Plooy followed his two centuries in the game at Chester-le Street in July with 82 from 123 balls.
Harry Came scored a career-best 78 sharing a stand of 143 in 32 overs with du Plooy before Anuj Dal added 56 as Derbyshire were bowled out for 306, Chris Rushworth and Ben Raine both taking three wickets.
Durham’s decision to bowl on a well-grassed pitch looked a good one when Rushworth and Raine reduced Derbyshire to 31 for 3.
Luis Reece went to the second ball of the match when he edged Rushworth into the gloves of Tom Mackintosh and Billy Godleman’s poor season in the championship continued when he played on driving at Raine in the next over.
Brooke Guest again looked the part at number three, showing good judgement in challenging conditions but Derbyshire lost another big wicket in Rushworth’s sixth over.
Wayne Madsen had to play at a ball that seamed away and was caught behind for nine and Guest, who scored a hundred at Chester-le-Street in July, was also the victim of a good delivery.
Guest drove Rushworth down the ground for four and with du Plooy, was starting to rebuild the innings when Raine nipped one away to take his off stump.
Another wicket before lunch would have plunged Derbyshire into deep trouble but Came and du Plooy negotiated nine overs and batting became increasingly easier in the afternoon.
The inevitable change of ball came after 40 overs but Durham probably wished they had stuck with the old one as du Plooy drove the first delivery from Raine back past the bowler for his ninth four to reach 50 from 73 balls
He took three more fours from the over and with Durham’s bowlers failing to maintain the consistency they showed in the morning, du Plooy and Came played with increasing assurance.
Came scored his maiden first-class 50 at Trent Bridge earlier in the season and two sixes off Liam Trevaskis got him moving towards a second.
He launched the left-arm spinner down the ground before dispatching a full toss over the ropes and with du Plooy punishing anything short or overpitched, the momentum swung towards Derbyshire.
The pair looked set to bat through the session when du Plooy aimed a loose forcing shot outside off stump at Trevaskis and was caught behind.
Durham’s bowlers could not apply any sustained pressure after tea and Came pulled Oliver Gibson for his fifth four to pass his previous best score of 70.
But Gibson, who bowled at a lively pace, yorked him just before the second new ball which accounted for the tail although Dal completed another half century to secure a third batting point before he was out in the last over of the day.
Glamorgan vs Worcestershire, Sophia Gardens
A fightback by Glamorgan’s bowlers with the second new ball boosted their promotion hopes after a century stand by Worcestershire’s Ed Barnard and Gareth Roderick.
New Zealand Test bowler Ajaz Patel, making his debut, took the wicket of Barnard in the last over before the new ball was taken, with James Harris and Michael Hogan adding late wickets as Worcestershire closed on 285 for 7.
The visitors had slipped to 114 for 4, with seamer Timm van der Gugten taking 3 for 12 in 54 balls, before Roderick and Barnard came together to rescue the situation with a stand of 127, Roderick finishing the day on 88 not out.
The forecast over the next three days is not good in Cardiff, so every point will be vital for both sides who have this game in hand over second placed Middlesex, Glamorgan now three points behind and Worcestershire another 28 back.
Worcestershire captain Brett D’Oliveira won the toss on a grey morning in Cardiff and elected to bat first, probably a 51/49 decision given the conditions.
That meant Welsh cricket fans had to wait to see India star Shubnam Gill with the pads on in his Glamorgan debut, but fellow new boy Patel was in action with the ball before the lunchbreak.
The early breakthroughs came from the seamers, James Harris getting Worcestershire opener Jake Libby out LBW with a ball speared at leg stump.
However it was first change van der Gugten who proved to be the most threatening of the home bowlers, the Dutch international with Australian roots beating the bat at regular intervals moving the ball both ways.
Taylor Cornall shouldered arms to a ball which swung back and took his off stump out of the ground, while Jack Haynes fell LBW to the same bowler.
All the while opener Ed Pollock was mixing aggression with watchfulness on his way to a half century before getting an edge with a push outside off stump to another swinging ball from van der Gugten.
That brought Roderick and Barnard together at a crucial time, but the pair have specialised in rescue missions for their county this season and set about doing it again.
Barnard overtook his more sedate partner as he moved smoothly to his half century, Worcestershire reaching tea at 195 for 4.
Following the interval Roderick also reached his 50 as the older ball and sunnier conditions were more conducive to batting.
Patel, only the third bowler ever to take 10 wickets in a Test Match innings, wheeled away from the Cathedral Road end, not afraid to give the ball plenty of air but also keeping that end tight in conceding fewer than three runs an over. He got his reward in the 80th over, Barnard out LBW attempting a sweep shot.
Harris got his second wicket and second LBW decision to see the departure of D’Oliveira, Hogan clean bowling Ben Cox.
Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire, Trent Bridge
Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire are in a strong position with a lead of 123 after 20 wickets fell on the opening day of their LV= Insurance County Championship match with bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire.
On a difficult batting surface, Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 201, losing their last eight wickets for 118 as they collapsed from 83 for two just after lunch, Chris Wright and Ed Barnes taking three wickets each.
But Leicestershire found conditions no more to their liking, dismissed for just 93 in reply. Nottinghamshire are 15 without loss in their second innings.
Luke Fletcher took four for 23 with opener Sam Evans carrying his bat for exactly 50 as the only Foxes batter to make double figures as Nottinghamshire made light of the absence of their Australian quick James Pattinson, who was granted an early release from his contract last week.
Matthew Montgomery, in for Ben Duckett after the left-hander was added to England’s third Test squad, top scored for the home side with 43 after being dropped on one – one of three slip catches put down in the innings, all by Rishi Patel, who held two others.
Leicestershire were without key all-rounder Wiaan Mulder – picked as cover for England’s opponents South Africa – and England under-19 leg spinner Rehan Ahmed, who is injured.
They left out all-rounder Ben Mike after his decision to join Yorkshire at the end of the season in favour of 26-year-old left-arm seamer Michael Finan – signed on a two-year contract last month despite never having played a senior match.
Wright dismissed both Nottinghamshire openers in his first five overs. Haseeb Hameed, having got off the mark with a beautiful drive to the extra cover boundary, edged to first slip before the left-handed Ben Slater was bowled not offering a shot.
With the ball doing plenty, it was tough going for Nottinghamshire, who would have been 26 for three had Rishi Patel not dropped Montgomery off Barnes at first slip.
Joe Clarke, for whom form has been elusive much of the season, took 32 balls to get off the mark but he and Montgomery guided Nottinghamshire to 82 for two at lunch.
Yet after appearing to have weathered the storm, Nottinghamshire found themselves back in its grip from the start of the afternoon session.
Barnes brought one back sharply to have Clarke leg before, picked up a second wicket as Montgomery played a loose shot to backward point and Lyndon James, missed at first slip on four, edged Wright low to second slip.
Roman Walker struck twice as Tom Moores was taken at third slip and Liam Patterson-White – dropped on 15 – offered a low return catch. Mullaney was leg before to a full, swinging ball from Barnes.
Brett Hutton nicked to the ‘keeper off Parkinson’s left-arm spin and Dane Paterson lasted just long enough to claim Nottinghamshire a batting point before he holed out to deep midwicket to give Finan a wicket on his first-class debut.
It was Nottinghamshire’s lowest first innings total of the season, yet it looked handsome indeed as Fletcher tore through the Leicestershire top order.
After Hassan Azad was caught behind off one that left him late, Fletcher sent Louis Kimber’s off stump cartwheeling, had Colin Ackermann caught at third slip and swung one back into Patel’s pads as the visitors reeled at 32 for four, which quickly became 33 for five as Harry Swindells was trapped in front by Paterson.
Hutton made his mark as Barnes was leg before trying to work one off his pads and dismissed Walker via a fine catch by James at third slip. Parkinson nicked Paterson behind – the South African’s 100th first class wicket for Nottinghamshire in just 22 matches – before Wright chipped Hutton to mid-on.
Filan survived just long enough for Evans to complete his half-century – a remarkable effort in the circumstances – off 71 balls, but was bowled shouldering arms to Patterson-White four balls later.
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