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County Championship round-up: James Vince hits swashbuckling hundred for Hampshire to start the season

The County Championship season obtained underway with all 18 counties in motion; James Vince led the method with a glowing hundred for Hampshire in opposition to Leicestershire and there have been additionally tons for Middlesex’s Sam Robson and Sussex opener Tom Haines

Last Updated: 08/04/21 7:26pm

James Vince started the season in style with an 81-ball century for Hampshire

James Vince began the season in type with an 81-ball century for Hampshire

Contrasting centuries from James Vince and Tom Alsop noticed Hampshire set up a dominant place of 431-4 of their LV= Insurance County Championship match in opposition to Leicestershire at the UptonSteel County Ground, Grace Road.

Hampshire skipper Vince was all energy and timing as he took full benefit of some wayward bowling from Leicestershire’s inexperienced seam assault, hitting 17 fours and two sixes in racing to three figures off simply 81 balls.

Alsop, who had simply reached his half-century when Vince got here to the crease on the dismissal of Sam Northeast, was much less fluent, however whereas his century got here off 153 deliveries (and included 17 fours), it was no much less helpful to his facet.

Together the pair added 224 for the fourth wicket earlier than Alsop obtained a forefront making an attempt to flip a supply from Alex Evans into the legside and was caught at level. Vince, nevertheless, remained unbeaten, reaching his 150 off 140 deliveries earlier than closing on 168 not out.

Sam Robson survived two early possibilities to submit his highest red-ball rating in 5 years as Middlesex made a stable start to their County Championship opener in opposition to Somerset at Lord’s.

James Hildreth and Craig Overton each spilled slip catches earlier than the opener had handed his half-century and he took benefit to accumulate 165, with Middlesex reaching 293-8 at stumps.

Sam Robson made a superb 165 for Middlesex at Lord's

Sam Robson made an excellent 165 for Middlesex at Lord’s

Robson’s majestic knock, which included 25 fours, was his finest efficiency since registering a career-best double hundred in the opening match of the 2016 season in opposition to Warwickshire.

Sussex opener Tom Haines made Lancashire pay for three dropped catches by making a career-best 155 as the guests recovered from 40-4 to attain 291-9 on the first day at Emirates Old Trafford.

Haines’ hundred, the third of his first-class profession, got here off 177 balls. It helped Sussex to recuperate from a grim morning when their determination to bat first appeared ill-advised.

Lancashire have been nonetheless dominant after they lowered Sussex to 127-6 however Haines and Ollie Robinson had come inside one run of doubling that rating when Robinson was caught behind off Saqib Mahmood for 59.

Tom Haines held the Sussex innings together at Emirates Old Trafford

Tom Haines held the Sussex innings collectively at Emirates Old Trafford

Haines was lastly dismissed when his drained swish edged a catch to Alex Davies and that wicket gave Tom Bailey his third success of the day.

Dan Lawrence returned from his England adventures with a well-made 46 as Essex started their defence of the County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy in opposition to Worcestershire.

Lawrence made his Test debut over the off-season with appearances in Sri Lanka and India, and recalibrated himself to English circumstances rapidly at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Dan Lawrence played well for his 46 as champions Essex started the campaign at home to Worcestershire

Dan Lawrence performed properly for his 46 as champions Essex began the marketing campaign at dwelling to Worcestershire

He placed on 73 for the third wicket with captain Tom Westley, who starred with an unbeaten 84, as Essex totted up 207-3 earlier than dangerous gentle stopped play, with nearly 15 overs misplaced in the day.

Rory Burns made simply 4 on his first aggressive look since being dropped by England as Surrey slipped to 220-9 in opposition to Gloucestershire.

The opener shall be hoping to use the home season to increase his possibilities of a recall however he confronted simply 16 balls earlier than turning into the first man to fall at Bristol in Group 2.

Josh Shaw recorded figures of 4-48 and Ryan Higgins contributed 3-35 to guarantee the dwelling facet didn’t squander successful the toss on a green-tinged pitch earlier than they have been denied the probability to end Surrey off inside the day by late rain.

Former South Africa captain Hashim Amla top-scored for Surrey with 56.

A five-for from Liam Norwell powered Warwickshire into management in opposition to Derbyshire on the first day of their opening match of the season at Edgbaston.

Norwell launched the marketing campaign in the most spectacular type with two wickets in his first over and bowled with sustained hostility for figures of 18-7-32-5 as Derbyshire have been bowled out for 189.

Liam Norwell started the season with a bang - taking two wickets in his first over

Liam Norwell began the season with a bang – taking two wickets in his first over

Luis Reece (63) and Matt Critchley (64) supplied defiance for the guests however they got here in below par on a good batting pitch earlier than Warwickshire reached by 13-1 at the shut.

Ollie Robinson led the assault with a blistering 84 as Kent‘s batsmen took the assault to Northamptonshire on day one at Northampton.

Jordan Cox and Ollie Robinson additionally made half-centuries as the guests recovered from the lack of three early wickets to submit 309-7 at stumps.

Veteran seamer Gareth Berg had made the most of beneficial circumstances early on to account for England internationals Zak Crawley and Joe Denly in successive overs.

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Fifties for Kiran Carlson, Dan Douthwaite and Timm van der Gugten long-established an excellent Glamorgan fightback in opposition to Yorkshire on day one at Emerald Headingley.

Billy Root additionally contributed a steadfast 43 at the start of the second skilled assembly between himself and older brother Joe.

That battle supplies an intriguing subplot to an opening-round Group 3 fixture which began with the Welshmen slipping to 29-3 and 132-7 earlier than recovering to shut on 310-8 from 96 overs.

Durham have been left to rue wickets misplaced at key moments as they battled to 241-7 on the opening day of their County Championship season at Nottinghamshire.

The guests may need fancied their possibilities of making a constructive start to the marketing campaign in opposition to an opponent with no win on this competitors in 27 makes an attempt, however they struggled to get going and have been grateful for a late fightback from eighth-wicket pair Brydon Carse and Ben Raine.

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