Warwickshire v Essex, Sussex v Yorks and more: county cricket – live!
April 23, 2021sports
In the first half hour: a batting point for Hampshire, Alsop 130 not out, nightwatchman Mason Crane caught behind for 4. Slow runs for Durham (330-4), and Essex take a wicket, Yates plays forward, misses, bowled by Sam Cook for four. Warwicks 16-1.
Alzarri Joseph makes his first fifty for Worcestershire, before falling to Chapell for 61., Barnard 46 not out, partnership of 114 for the eighth wicket. Worcs 330-8. Abell and Leach doing excellent work at Grace Road, Somerset 76-3.
Sam Robson and Robbie White, both past fifty, take their stand to 113 against Surrey – just 25 behind. Luke Wood, on the brink of fifty, and Danny Lamb, eeek Lancs towards 300 (295-7); Glamorgan are 352-8 v Northants , but Cooke remains, 122 not out.
And it is turning at Sussex but no wickets yet for Bess. Scores are level. Haines 83 not out, Clark 25 not out.
The beautifully clear scoreboard at Edgbaston reads 11-0. I’ll wager it is the easiest to read in country – at least to this 48 year old with dodgy eyesight. Clean and not overloaded with information.
Will here, with some Hundred news. They’re sticking with wickets – was that just a talking point they were always going to row back on? I think so.
Flummoxed by the choice of teas in the Edgbaston press room – Melbourne black tea or French Earl Grey anyone? In the end plumped for a bog standard green tea. No further score this morning here, just patient punting back.
And we’ve discovered the recipient of the white-bear-ed cap: Tim Bresnan, on the back of last week’s heroics. Cap Number: 547. The man handing over the prize … a be-jeaned Ian Bell.
For those BTL who were keen for more Northants info, some quotes from Wayne Parnell, who took 2-66 on his county debut, after his quarantine period had to be extended by NHS track and trace.
“It has been the nature of the season so far that wickets have been pretty decent. We bowled well in patches but all in all a pretty decent day.
“It was nice to bat on if you got stuck in but there was always one ball that could get you out. We need to keep grinding away.
“I am still hungry to play and I wanted to come into a new environment and offer things on and off the field – those are the two massive things for me to return to England.
“It felt weird bowling again [last first-class match was in 2019]. I bowled in a second eleven game a few weeks ago but it was all about getting back into the match intensity again.
“Bowling in the nets is different to bowling in the game but a couple of good overs and I’m hoping to wake up tomorrow and feel young and fresh again.”
Gareth Berg with 3-52 caused the most problems.
We’ve been chatting in the press box about the merits of this Essex side v 1970s/80s one. Debatable whether many of this current Championship side would make it into the the early 80s one. Discuss!
Just watched one of the Warwickshire players be given his county cap – not sure who yet. Have learnt that the bear on a capped player’s hat is white, whereas the uncapped player get a yellow bear.
Middlesex bowled out Surrey for 154 just before tea on a perfect Lord’s day. Only Mark Stoneman with 44 touched on respectability as Tim Murtagh (4-28) and Toby Roland-Jones (3-41) skittled through Surrey’s lineup. Falling to 16 for three in reply as Reece Topley took three wickets in nine balls, Sam Robson and Robbie White carefully combed respectability to leave them 40 behind at stumps.
George Garton took three wickets in 21 balls, including Joe Root for five, as Yorkshire were scuttled out for 150 at Sussex. Yorkshire collapsed after making it to 60 without loss when Garton took the first three wickets. Ollie Robinson, wicketless in his first spell, finished with two for 17. In reply, Sussex finished at 118 for three, with Tom Haines 71 not out.
Somerset bowled Leicestershire out for 233 but were struggling themselves at 53 for three at stumps. Marcus Harris made 19 on his Championship debut as Leicestershire never really found their feet, apart from Lewis Hill who hit his fourth consecutive Championship fifty. There were three wickets for Craig Overton, two for Jack Leach andone for Tom Lammonby.
Four wickets for Warwickshire’s Olly Stone and four for Oliver Hannon-Dalby ensured Essex were bowled out for 295. There were pugnacious runs from Ryan Ten Doeschate and half-centuries from Paul Walter and Nick Browne. Jimmy Anderson, supposed to be making his first appearance for Lancashire this season, had to drop out with a tight calf. In a game of mixed fortunes in Kent, Lancashire finished 260 for seven.
Jake Libby hit 117 against Nottinghamshire. He and Daryl Mitchell put on 140 for the first wicket before Worcestershire lost seven for 76. An unbroken partnership of 89 between Ed Barnard and Alzarri Joseph strained Nottinghamshire’s self-belief.
David Bedingham led a Durham recovery against Derbyshire after wobbling into the early morning at seven for two. His 170 not out was helped by 75 from Jack Burnham.
Ian Holland and Tom Alsop both made hundreds as Hampshire put on 228 for the second wicket against Gloucestershire. Holland was pinned lbw for 114, while Alsop was unbeaten on 127.
Riverside: Durham 307-4 v Derbyshire
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 7-0 v Essex 295 all out
New Road: Worcestershire 305-7 v Nottinghamshire
Rose Bowl: Hampshire 292-3 v Gloucestershire
Grace Road: Leicestershire 233 all out v Somerset 53-3
Lord’s: Middlesex 114-3 v Surrey 154 all out
Canterbury: Kent v Lancashire 260-7
The County Ground: Northamptonshire v Glamorgan 324-7
Hove: Sussex 118-3 v Yorkshire 150 all out
Good morning from Edgbaston! The sky is palest blue, the skyscrapers(ish) of Birmingham stretch out ahead, to the right, the pitched roofs of everyday life. Someone is having a bowl – from the height of the press box , I can’t tell who – and fresh lines are being painted on the creases of the pitch. Essex were bowled out for just less than 300 here yesterday – with half centuries for Nick Browne, Paul Walter Ryan ten Doeschate, plus Alastair Cook’s six – but no-one could stick around for too long. Let’s see how Warwickshire – emboldened by their run-chase over Notts last week – fare this morning. The two Olivers – Stone and Hannon-Dalby – finished with four wickets each.
Round the grounds, it was the least-fancied who had the better days – Glamorgan, Worcestershire and Durham dripping with runs. New super-charged Hampshire had another good day, while Surrey and Yorkshire were bowled out for a song. Somerset are in their usual complicated situation, against Leicestershire ,and Lancashire are competently placed against Kent.