England duo catch the eye


Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Adam Lyth were in the runs against Hampshire to push their case for England inclusion this summer.

Bairstow struck a gloriously uninhibited 102 and Lyth compiled a useful 53 but Hampshire refused to crumble and Yorkshire finished the first day of their LV= County Championship Division One game at Headingley on 333 for seven.

Hampshire had Andre Adams’ three wickets and two apiece for James Tomlinson and Gareth Berg to thank for that, but Jack Leaning’s unbeaten 77, having shared an unbroken 54-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Tim Bresnan (23 not out), left the reigning county champions in decent shape.

Leaders Middlesex were bowled out for 269 at Hove but Sussex’s joy was curtailed by an injury to their former Yorkshire bowler Ajmal Shahzad, who had taken two wickets before suffering a pectoral injury.

Ollie Robinson (four for 46) and Steve Magoffin (three for 61) shared seven wickets between them as a startling 62 extras bolstered a Middlesex innings which saw Australian Adam Voges (38) top score with the bat.

Sussex reached 66 for three in reply with Chris Nash, Matt Machan and Michael Yardy all falling in 16 overs before the close.

Riki Wessels rescued Nottinghamshire against Durham at Chester-le-Street with a cultured century, steering them to 245 after they had lurched to 102 for seven.

Wessels made 117 before he was last man out as Durham shared the wickets around, Chris Rushworth (three for 52), John Hastings (three for 66), Mark Wood (two for 35) and Graham Onions (two for 52) all contributing.

Durham were 69 for three at the close with Will Hutton picking up two wickets, one of them being opener Mark Stoneman who had made a breezy 44.

Warwickshire were on top of Worcestershire as their derby clash at Edgbaston reached the halfway point.

The home side reached the close on the second day at 105 for two in their second innings, 220 ahead overall – a commanding position in conditions which have helped bowlers throughout.

The Bears’ pace quartet, led by Keith Barker (three wickets for 43) and Chris Wright (three for 60), all chipped in as Worcestershire, replying to 264, were bowled out for 149 in only 42.5 overs with only Ben Cox (45) and Tom Fell (36) offering resistance.

Warwickshire captain Varun Chopra compiled an unbeaten 72 from 142 balls and the Bears look well placed to take advantage in the next two days.

In Division Two, Derbyshire teenager Matt Critchley made history in only his second first-class game when he became the county’s youngest player to score a century.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner from Chorley came in with his side 103 for six on the opening day at home to Northamptonshire, South African Test captain Hashim Amla having falling for one on his Derbyshire debut.

But Critchley salvaged the situation with an unbeaten 137 from 179 balls out of 343 and Northamptonshire had to play out a maiden over before the close.

Lewis Hill hit a career-best 126 off 147 balls in just his second first-class appearance as Leicestershire made 292 against Surrey.

But Surrey closed ominously on 105 for two in reply with both Kumar Sangakkara and Kevin Pietersen still at the crease on 35 not out, building on the good work of Matt Dunn’s four for 72.

Chris Dent’s second championship hundred of the season gave Gloucestershire the edge against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Dent took an unbeaten 104 off Northamptonshire in the opening round of matches and batted through almost 86 overs to reach 116 off 247 balls and pass 4,000 career runs.

His century guided Gloucestershire to 322 for seven and Will Tavare (53) and Hamish Marshall (58) made half-centuries as the Division Two leaders were frustrated for most of the day.

Australian paceman Peter Siddle, Zimbabwean seamer Kyle Jarvis and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan picked up two wickets each.

Kent opening batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond struck his second championship century in five days against Glamorgan at Canterbury.

The 21-year-old followed up his 103 against Leicestershire in Canterbury on Wednesday with a season’s best 123 in Kent’s 330 for eight from 95.1 overs.

Australian seamer Michael Hogan was the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers with figures of four for 53 from his 24.1 overs.

Published: Sunday 10th May 2015 by The News Editor

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