Glamorgan 207 v Northants
A seventh wicket stand of 97 between Andrew Salter and Craig Meschede rescued Glamorgan in the afternoon session of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire in Cardiff, before they lost their final four wickets for eight runs as they were dismissed for 207.
Resuming on 75-3 after lunch, Glamorgan survived just one ball of the afternoon session before Colin Ingram was clumsily caught by keeper David Murphy off Rory Kleinveldt after the ball ricocheted off second slip, and Glamorgan were 75-4. Kiran Carlson was dismissed in the next over, lbw to Richard Gleeson for 10 without adding to Glamorgan’s total.
Cooke was removed by Gleeson, caught behind by Murphy as he edged behind pushing forward, and Glamorgan were 102-6 at the second rain delay of the day.
Craig Meschede joined Salter at the crease and it took him eight balls in just over twenty minutes to get off the mark. When he did, finally, he was lucky to get away with a shot that dropped short of second slip off Gleeson, and the ball went through the cordon for four. Salter, meanwhile, continued to accelerate at the other end and the pair soon brought up their half-century stand, the first of Glamorgan’s innings, in just under 14 overs as the Welsh county reached 150.
Having been pegged back a little, some frustration crept in as Salter was forced into some footballing skills to clear the ball from the stumps off Kleinveldt. Left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan should have claimed Meschede’s wicket when he edged to Richard Levi at first slip. However the fielder needed two attempts before landing empty-handed on his back.
Andrew Salter brought up his half-century from 100 balls before Kerrigan claimed two wickets in an over. Meschede fell one run short of his fifty when he was stumped, before Marchant de Lange was bowled as Glamorgan slumped to 205-8.
Lukas Carey was bowled by Gleeson without scoring before Gleeson picked up his fifth wicket when Andrew Salter was caught at mid-on by Kleinveldt and Glamorgan were all out for 207.
Somerset 229-5 v Lancashire
Steve Davies and Tom Abell produced a stand of 119 for the fifth wicket to lift Somerset’s fortunes on the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Lancashire at Taunton.
When opener Eddie Byrom fell for 38 in the first over after lunch, the hosts were in trouble at 105 for four, having already lost Marcus Trescothick (25), George Bartlett (3) and James Hildreth (25).
But Davies and Abell patiently rebuilt the innings before being parted just before tea when Abell was caught at slip for 46 off leg-spinner Matty Parkinson.
Davies was unbeaten on 78 in a total of 229 for five at the interval, while Ryan McLaren was the most successful Lancashire bowler with two for 44 from 12 overs.
Warwickshire 187-8 v Essex
Division One leaders Essex continued to work their way through Warwickshire's batting as the home side went into tea on 187 for eight on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.
Opening batsman Dominic Sibley showed heaps of resolve and was still there at tea on 70 (174 balls, eight fours) but Essex removing a string of his partners just as they had set down roots.
Sibley added 46 in 16 overs with Ian Bell, 52 in 19 with Matt Lamb and 43 in 15 with Chris Woakes.
But while Sibley survived, Bell (37, 52 balls) fell lbw to Neil Wagner then, in the afternoon session, Lamb (32, 64) edged the first ball of a Samuel Cook spell to the wicketkeeper and Chris Woakes (22, 52) was pinned lbw on the back foot by Simon Harmer.
Essex then struck three times just before tea as Harmer then won the fifth leg-before verdict of the innings when Alex Mellor inexplicably left a straight one, Porter returned to add the sixth, ousting Keith Barker for a duck, and Harmer trapped Jeetan Patel with the last ball of the session.