COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE
R Ashwin bagged his second fifer in as many innings in the County Championship © Getty
Led by R Ashwin’s 6-fer, Surrey were bundled out for 240 on the opening day before Nottinghamshire went to stumps at 20 for 1. Having elected to bat, the visitors lost Ryan Patel early after a slow start. Dean Elgar and Jamie Smith’s 81-run stand helped steady Surrey’s innings but it went downhill once Elgar fell after scoring his 52nd first-class fifty. The lower order didn’t offer much resistance as Jeetan Patel and Liam Patterson White bagged the remaining four wickets, with all the 10 wickets in the innings falling to spinners. Nottinghamshire, in their bid to play out the last 11 overs of the day, lost opener Ben Slater to More Morkel.
Brief scores: Surrey 240 (Dean Elgar 59, Jamie Smith 42; R Ashwin 6-69, Liam Patterson-White 3-62) lead Nottinghamshire 20/1 by 220 runs.
Will Rhodes’s fifer pulled Essex back after half-centuries from Alastair Cook and Daniel Lawrence had helped them to a steady start after being asked to bat by the visitors. Cook, playing his 300th first-class match, stroked 84 – his 111th fifty – and stitched a 116-run alliance for the third wicket with Lawrence. However, once he fell to Rhodes, the innings derailed. Essex lost 7 wickets for 54 runs before a last-wicket stretch courtesy Aaron Beard helped them add 34 more to the total.
Brief scores: Essex 245 (Alastair Cook 84, Daniel Lawrence 61; Will Rhodes 5-17, Ollie Stone 2-64) vs Warwickshire.
Felix Organ’s century helped Hampshire post 340 for 6. Ian Holland and Organ scored 92 for the first wicket to give the side a solid start but the quick wickets of Holland and Ajinkya Rahane pegged the hosts back. Rilee Rossouw and Organ scored 166 for the third wicket to give the side a boost. Ollie Rayner dismissed Rossouw and then Darren Stevens dismissed the centurion to keep Kent in the game.
Brief scores: Hampshire 340/6 (Felix Organ 100, Rilee Rossouw 92; Darren Stevens 2-56) vs Kent.
Gary Ballance and Tom Kohler-Cadmore scored 199 for the third wicket to lift Yorkshire to 282 for 3. Ballance remained made 111 while Kohler-Cadmore remained unbeaten on 77 as Somerset had to endure a tough day after opting to field. Adam Lyth and Will Fraine scored 80 for the opening wicket but were dismissed in space of two runs as Somerset came storming back into the contest. Ballance was dismissed late in the day by Tim Groenewald but there wasn’t much joy for the visitors otherwise.
Brief scores: Yorkshire 282/3 (Gary Ballance 111, Tom Kohler-Cadmore 77*; Tim Groenewald 1-34) vs Somerset.