County Championship Division 1: Day 2 Review

County Championship Division 1: Day 2 Review

Surrey back on track after day one at The Oval, while Essex falter against Warwickshire

Surrey vs Worcestershire, The Oval

Dan Worrall tore through Worcestershire’s tail in the first hour, taking three wickets in five balls to restrict them to 128 all out, 85 runs short of Surrey. Worrall finished with figures of 6-22, his best yet for Surrey.

Rory Burns (70) and Dom Sibley (29) batted steadily, taking Surrey to 50-0 at lunch, but a collapse from 79-0 to 115-4 in the afternoon session let Worcestershire back into the game. A steady 72 from Jamie Smith guided Surrey back on track, before a free-flowing Dan Lawrence (86*) and ebullient Jordan Clark (69*) took the game away from Worcestershire. Ahead by 427 runs, Surrey will have two days to close out victory.

Warwickshire vs Essex, Chelmsford

Recovering from 104-6, Warwickshire resumed on 308-6 with Ed Barnard (115*) and Michael Burgess (105*) at the crease. Burgess fell in the third over of the day, but Barnard pressed on to make 165, carrying Warwickshire to 397.

Wickets were then shared around Warwickshire’s attack as Jordan Cox was the only Essex batter to pass 21. He made 47, before Rob Yates bowled him attempting a reverse sweep. Yates ended with 3-27, his fourth three-for of the season, while academy graduate Che Simmons took 3-12 on his first-class debut to give them a commanding lead as Essex were dismissed for a meagre 162.

The dangerous duo of Jamie Porter and Sam Cook wounded Warwickshire as the sun set on Chelmsford. They closed on 43-5, but with a comfortable lead of 278.

Lancashire vs Durham, Blackpool

Lancashire restarted the day on 350/9 after a Keaton Jennings century yesterday. Saqib Mahmood and Nathan Lyon could only add seven to the total before Matt Potts (3-100) removed Mahmood.

Lyon then threatened to spoil Durhams day as he took 4-59, including an eye-catching spell to Ben Stokes, removing him for 2. However, David Bedingham scored a masterful 101 to help keep Durham within touching distance. Tom Aspinwall, on his second first-class appearance, impressed, taking 5-41 as he rattled through the tail. Durham were knocked over for 236, 121 runs short of Lancashire’s total.

Luke Wells and Josh Bohannon fell late into the evening session, but Jennings (38*) made it to the close unscathed. Seamer Will Williams, the sacrificial nightwatchman, survived the final over.

Nottinghamshire vs Hampshire, Trent Bridge

All-rounder Lydon James brought up his hundred early on day two with a sumptuous cover-drive for four. He finished 106*, while Hampshire’s overseas pair of Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas, took 4-49 and 3-39 respectively to contain Nottinghamshire to 235.

Olly Stone struck twice with the new ball as Hampshire staggered to 61-3 at lunch. From 77-5, Liam Dawson and Keith Barker compiled over 150 for the 6th wicket, before Barker was dismissed for a run-a-ball 74. Dawson soldiered on to make 95 as partners came and went. England hopefuls Stone and Dillon Pennington accrued figures of 4-62 and 3-70 in their bid to face the West Indies later this summer. Hampshire made 276 to establish a lead of 41.

Haseeb Hameed nicked off second ball, but Nottinghamshire ended one down with the scores almost level. Ben Slater and Will Young will resume tomorrow.

Somerset vs Kent, Taunton

After Tom Banton and James Rew piled on the runs on day one, skipper Lewis Gregory (77 off 95) alongside some lower-order cameos thrust Somerset over 550. Craig Overton, Migael Pretorius, Josh Davey and Jack Leach scored 99 between them as Somerset put on over 150 for the final four wickets.

Overton then dismissed Zak Crawley early into the Kent’s innings, before rain interrupted play and restricted the day’s play to just 50 overs. Ben Compton (43) was among four casualties in the final session. Joe Denly (32* off 58) and Joey Evison ended unbeaten overnight but a further 446 is needed to even level the scores.


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