COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, 2022
Pujara scored 231 out of 403 deliveries. ©Getty
Surrey v Essex
Will Jacks scored a stunning 184 ball 150* as Surrey recovered from a batting slump to take charge of their game against Essex. Responding to the visitors’ score of 271, Surrey were reeling at 112/7 when Jacks combined with No.9 Tom Lawes (19) for a 55-point stand. Even at 167/8, they were down more than 100 before the jacks took control along with Kemar Roach, who blocked their way to a 29 on 92 balls. Jacks hit up eight sixes and 10 fours and shared a partnership of 85 with Roach and 67 more for the final wicket with Daniel Worall (1 of 17) as Surrey took a 48-run lead. In a flurry of six over Stumps, Essex lost Alastair Cook and Sam Cook and were 19 to 2 in their second run.
Warwickshire v Kent
Navdeep Saini completed a five-wicket run on his County Championship debut as Kent stayed alive in the contest at Edgbaston. Saini’s 5-72 from 18 overs (14 without balls) kept hosts Warwickshire to a 60 lead despite beating Kent for 165 on the opening day. The visitors then gave a better count of themselves with the bat in the second inning with Joe Denly’s unbeaten 70 taking them to 198/4, a 138 lead.
Somerset versus Yorkshire
Jack Brooks took three wickets to leave Yorkshire teetering precariously at 167/4 in response to the hosts’ tally of 424. Where captain Tom Abell added just two runs to his overnight tally of 114, Somerset have was propelled beyond the 400 mark thanks to a 90-point Stand between Lewis Gregory and Kasey Aldridge (41). The former hit nine fours and a six in his 77 shot and was the last man fired, having shared other crucial positions with Jack Leach and Marchant de Lange. Yorkshire’s hopes will rest with Tom Kohler-Cadmore, unbeaten in ’68.
Northamptonshire v Lancashire
Jack White tied Washington Sundar with his own fife to dismantle Lancashire for a paltry 132 in the opening innings. This after Northamptonshire added 17 to their tally overnight to finish on 235 with Sundar taking a wicket in the morning to seal his debut for Lancashire with a five-wicket haul. Northamptonshire then made it 25/1 from 12 overs for an aggregate lead of 128 before bad light ended the day’s proceedings early.
Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Felix Organ (118) finished his century but James Vince missed just five of his as Hampshire posted a solid 457 in their opening run against Gloucestershire. No less than seven batters scored 25 or more for the visitors, who asked Keith Barker to smack a 38-ball 50 from the No. 8. Liam Dawson and Mohammad Abbas added the icing on the cake of a productive day for them as Gloucestershire were reduced to 43./2 in their response.
Middlesex v Sussex
Cheteshwar Pujara completed his third double century of the County season, his 231 and Tom Alsop’s opening day 135 forming the two mainstays of Sussex’s opening 523 innings total at Lord’s. Pujara’s 403-ball hit was sprinkled with 21 fours and three sixes and took his season total to 997 in seven innings for an average of 124.62. Pujara was the last man fired for the visitors, becoming the fifth of Tom Helm’s scalps. Umesh Yadav, however, went wicketless after 29 bowling overs. In response, Middlesex got off to a flying start through Mark Stoneman (47*) and Sam Robson (45*) and went 103/0 from 29 overs. They are still trailing by 420 runs.
Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire
Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed were only able to add another 10 runs to their marathon partnership, but their stand of 402 runs for the second wicket set Nottinghamshire to a massive 618/8 in their first innings against Derbyshire . While Duckett fell to Ben Aitchison for 241, Hameed missed four of his own double century. The hosts produced a better effort with the ball, thanks in large part to Nottinghamshire’s desire to score early. Liam Patterson-White and James Pattinson even added 105 in just 14 at-bats before declaring their innings. Derbyshire hit 164/2 in response with Brooke Guest and Wayne Madsen scoring fiftieths unbeaten in a century for the third wicket.
Leicestershire v Glamorgan
Wiaan Mulder scored an unbeaten 147 and it was half a century for Lewis Hill (81), Louis Kimber (68) and Harry Swindells (52*) as Leicestershire went 387/5 after opting to strike against Glamorgan. The hosts lost Rishi Patel early but Kimber and Hill put up a 93-point stand for the second wicket. Glamorgan fought back through Michael Hogan, who took two from two, but Hill combined with Mulder for another recovery stand of 78. As Hill missed his century, Mulder and Swindells forged a century-long partnership with the first reaching almost 150 before the end of the game.