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Specsavers Championship, Friday April 7, 2017

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  • TEA: Northamptonshire 86/3 (30 ov, trail by 15 - 1st inns) v Glamorgan
    AG Wakely 33* (69)   AM Rossington 23* (47)
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    Surrey 239-2 v Warwickshire
    An unbeaten century on Specsavers County Championship debut by Mark Stoneman helped put Surrey in a commanding position against Warwickshire at tea on the first day at the Kia Oval.
    Stoneman became the first English batsman to achieve the feat for Surrey since Mark Ramprakash in 2001 when he guided Chris Wright to the third man boundary. By tea the 29-year-old had reached 127 with Surrey, who were put in after an uncontested toss, on 239-2.
    Stoneman launched the innings alongside fellow left-hander Rory Burns with a stand of 154 in 38 overs before Burns, who hooked Oliver Hannon-Dalby to go to 50, edged the persevering Keith Barker to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose for 71.
    Stoneman and Scott Borthwick, who was also recruited from Durham during the winter, added 76 for the second wicket before Borthwick, who had been dropped by the diving Barker when he’d made just four, drove loosely to slip at the start of a new spell by Hannon-Dalby.
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    Lancashire 240-7 v Essex
    Four wickets in the first 15 overs after lunch put Essex in the driving seat on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match at Chelmsford.
      Lancashire collapsed from 114 for two to 160 for six before Dane Vilas and Jordan Clark set about repairing the damage. The seventh-wicket pair put on 57 before they were parted shortly before tea, at which point Lancashire were 240 for seven and Vilas 54 not out.
      It was a torrid afternoon session for the visitors which began with Steven Croft surviving a sharp stumping chance to the second ball after lunch. Both Croft and wicketkeeper Adam Wheater missed a ball down legside from Simon Harmer and it ran away for byes.
      But Porter’s third ball of the session accounted for Haseeb Hameed, bowled by one that nipped back. The England opener departed for an otherwise chanceless 47 from 103 balls.
      Croft was next to go. The Lancashire captain swept at Harmer, got a top-edge and sub fielder Callum Taylor claimed the catch above his head. Croft had hit seven fours in his 73-ball 48.
      Shivnarine Chanderpaul, particularly strong off his legs, took up the fight and pulled Wagner for two fours in an over. But he had reached 15 when he was sent back to the non-striker’s end by Vilas and was run out by Taylor’s throw from square leg.
      Neil Wagner’s debut had been fairly expensive with 56 runs coming from his first 13 overs. But New Zealand’s player of the year picked up his first Essex wicket at the start of his 14th over when Ryan McLaren got an outside edge first ball and was taken at second slip by Tom Westley. Suddenly Lancashire were struggling at 160 for six.
      Jordan Clark lightened the gloom slightly when he lifted Harmer over long leg for six and followed that with fours off successive balls in the same over. His partnership with the hard-hitting Vilas raced past fifty in 12 overs before he was pinned in front by Aaron Beard for 24.
      South African Vilas pushed Wagner into the covers for the single that brought up his half-century from 68 balls with eight fours.
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    Northants 89-3 trail Glamorgan 101 by 12 runs
    Alex Wakely and Adam Rossington put Northamptonshire on top on the first day of the season against Glamorgan at Wantage Road, as the home side took tea 86 for 3 trailing by just 15 runs.
    The pair came together with Northants 27 for 3 as wickets continued to tumble after Glamorgan were shot out for just 101 but shared 59 to tea as Northants moved towards parity.
    Wakely enjoyed two moments of huge fortune when on 2, first bowled off a no-ball from Craig Meschede, then dropped at second slip by Nick Selman the very next ball. He reached 33 by tea. 
    Rossington looked in good touch after a rapid century against Loughborough MCCU earlier in the week. He pulled Harry Podmore for six over square leg and lifted Marchant de Lange over midwicket for the third of his three boundaries. He was 23 not out at the break.
    The fourth wicket alliance steered Northants away from trouble after three early wickets fell. Lukas Carey made the breakthrough when Rob Newton top-edged a cut to third man where de Lange held a fine catch running in. De Lange then swung a delivery into Ben Duckett’s pads to trap him lbw for just 12. Max Holden, on his County Championship debut, edged Harry Podmore to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke for a seven-ball duck.
  • WICKET: Kent 213/7 (65.5 ov) v Gloucs
    AP Rouse c †Mustard b Miles 13 (50)   Partnership: 8 (3.4 ov)
    CN Miles 12.5-4-52-2   JC Tredwell 2* (13)
  • That must be Ballance's first Hundred at Headingley for quite some time because he got his two last summer at Scarborough an
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    Yorkshire 231-7 v Hampshire
    Fidel Edwards and Kyle Abbott ensured it was Hampshire’s afternoon on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match with Yorkshire at Headingley, although a Gary Ballance century gave the hosts a pre-tea boost.
    Yorkshire slipped from 110-2 to 152-7 inside eleven overs, starting shortly after lunch, as the former Test duo struck twice apiece.
    Three home batsmen were bowled after lunch, although Ballance and Steve Patterson have shared an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 79 to reach tea at 231-7 from 64 overs.
    Ballance will resume after tea on 102 and Patterson 22.
    Australian Peter Handscomb (25) was bowled playing loosely against West Indian Edwards to start the afternoon collapse in the 35th over.
    Jack Leaning was trapped lbw on the front foot by Gareth Berg as Yorkshire slipped to 125-4 in the 38th over before Edwards bowled Tim Bresnan for a duck at the end of the next over.
    When Andrew Hodd edged Abbott to second slip shortly afterwards, Yorkshire were 132-6 in the 41st before Azeem Rafiq was bowled by the same man with 152 on the board in the 45th.
    Ballance reached 50 off 102 balls and 100 off 163, his third hundred in three first-class matches as a White Rose captain.
  • WICKET: Worcestershire 20/1 (4.5 ov, trail by 142 - 1st inns) v Lds-Brd MCCU
    DKH Mitchell b Bocking 7 (15)   Partnership: 20 (4.5 ov)
    OS Bocking 2.5-0-11-1   BL D'Oliveira 10* (15)
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    Leicestershire 226-8 vs Nottinghamshire
    Leicestershire’s lower order put up spirited resistance as the Foxes recovered from 169-8 to take tea on 226-8 on the first day of the Specsavers county championship match against Nottinghamshire.
    Resuming after lunch on 101-5, Leicestershire’s woes deepened when they quickly lost Ned Eckersley, beaten for pace and leg before to Stuart Broad.  Captain Mark Cosgrove brought up his 50, including nine fours, off 70 balls, but soon afterwards drove at a Broad delivery and edged a catch behind to Chris Read.
    The wicket-keeper's 1,0000th first class catch of his remarkable career was a suitably outstanding effort, picked up low and tumbling to his left.
    Zak Chappell batted well to reach 30 before edging Luke Fletcher to Samit Patel at second slip, but Ben Raine was joined by Clint McKay, and with conditions improving with every passing hour, the ninth wicket pair dug in to raise an unbeaten half century partnership.  Raine was dropped once, a difficult low chance at second slip grassed by Patel off the bowling off James Pattinson.
  • TEAM 400: Somerset 400/7 (67.4 ov, won the toss) v Oxford MCCU
    J Overton 11* (16)   L Gregory 42* (64)
  • WICKET: Sussex 244/6 (65.5 ov, won the toss) v Cardiff MCCU
    MGK Burgess st †Cullen b Nijjar 46 (91)   Partnership: 102 (30.3 ov)
    ASS Nijjar 11.5-1-33-1   LJ Evans 64* (102)
  • WICKET: Kent 224/8 (68.3 ov) v Gloucs
    MT Coles c Norwell b van Buuren 11 (10)   Partnership: 11 (2.4 ov)
    GL van Buuren 8.3-2-16-2   JC Tredwell 2* (19)
  • INDIVIDUAL 50: BA Raine 50* (88)
    Leicestershire 241/8 (68.2 ov) v Notts
  • knock skip, at least someone has some bloody backbone
  • This Yorkshire partnership is annoying. 99 runs and counting.
  • Nice to know there is a couple, the automatics and twitter are making it quite hard today. Where do you reckon the game is now Matt? If Hampshire bat on the same pitch as Ballance then in a good position?
  • INDIVIDUAL 50: GC Wilson 50* (84)
    Derbyshire 275/6 (65.2 ov, lost the toss) v Lbroug MCCU
  • WICKET: Durham 360/4 (74.3 ov, won the toss) v Durham MCCU
    MJ Richardson b Williams 116 (176)   Partnership: 91 (17.5 ov)
    DR Williams 15.3-1-79-1   G Clark 36* (49)
  • Well done Patto and Bally @100 partnership
  • WICKET: Northamptonshire 92/4 (32.2 ov, trail by 9 - 1st inns) v Glamorgan
    AG Wakely c & b Podmore 36 (78)   Partnership: 65 (19.4 ov)
    HW Podmore 6.2-2-19-2   AM Rossington 26* (52)
  • Think if Yorkshire make less than 300 Hampshire are ahead, and if they make more than 350 they are ahead. 300-350 and its pretty close I'd say. Hampshire perhaps slightly edging it at the moment because of 7 wickets down and not much batting to come, but it is slipping the other way rapidly.
  • ordinarily anything c300 and i'd back us, but with our bowling attack for this one......crumbs, i dread to think
  • Matt Warwick - Pretty much agree, all comes down to Ballance not sure what his SR is since he reached 70 but I bet its over 100 so if he bats the rest of the day then Yorks will have quite a few more. If he get out now they might not make 270. Hampshire got plenty of quality with the bat and its suppose to be sunny all tomorrow so I am probably somewhere between Hampshire and the draw unless Gary goes really big
  • WICKET: Lancashire 264/8 (71.5 ov, won the toss) v Essex
    SD Parry c Harmer b Wagner 19 (48)   Partnership: 47 (13.2 ov)
    N Wagner 18.5-1-82-2   DJ Vilas 70* (94)
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