Durham v Derbyshire – Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street Durham. Scott Borthwick won the toss for Durham and elected to bat – Match Drawn

Durham 475 All Out & 175 for 2 dec. Derbyshire 267 All Out & 280 for 5

A remarkable innings in a big total for David Bedingham, battung at 4, he scored 257 from 410 balls, he batted for 9 hours! There was only one other significant score; Jack Burnham made 75 from 124 balls. The pair shared a partnership of 134. But other than that, the next highest score was 34. Bedingham a 27 year old South African with a UK ancestry visa qualifies as a local player. He joined Durham in 2020. Durham batted for 147.4 0vers. Amongst the major innings Sam Conners took 5 for 83 in 24.4 overs. Conners is just 22 and in his 3rd season with Derbyshire,

Derbyshire replied with 267, captain Wayne Madsen, also batting at 4, top scored with 76 from 111 balls, he batted for just under 3 hours. Harvey Hosein who’s having a good season so far, scored 63 from 122 balls. Hosein has scored 357 runs and has an average of 157.50. Chris Rushworth took 6 for 58 from 22 overs.

Durham batted again, declaring on 175 for 2. Alex Lees opening was not out 78 from 131 balls, Bedingham improved his average with 53 from 56 balls.

Derbyshire needed 383 to win, Durham needed 10 wickets. Wayne Madsen scored a very helpful 74 from 138 balls, battng for just iver 3 hours, Matt Critchley batted for just under 3 hours scoring 69 from 122 balls. He’s now scored 449 runs in 6 innings at an average of 74.83. Derbyshire batted the day out and the match was drawn.

Warwickshire v Essex – Edgbaston, Birmingham. Tom Westley won the toss for Essex and elected to bat. Warwickshire won by 7 wickets.

Essex 295 All Out & 244 All Out, Warwickshire 284 All Out & 256 for 3

Essex’s batsmen haven’t been having the best of seasons so far, but there were 3 socres over 50 Nick Browne openieng scored 68 from 169 balls after Alastair Cook had been out for 46, a notable innings for the big 6 he hit just before he was out! Paul Walter batting at 5 scored 66 from 151 balls batting for nearly 3 hours. Ryan ten Doeschate made 56 from 62 balls in just under 2 hours. Both Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Ollie Stone took 4 wickets. Essex were bowled out in 89.5 overs.

Warwickshire scored 284 in reply, batting at 9 Danny Briggs top scored with 66* from 119 balls. He shared a 9th wicket innings of 66 with Craig Miles to frustrate the Essex bowlers. Simon Harmer took 4 for 89 in 38.1 overs. Warwickshire batted for 111.1 overs.

Essex found themselves on 96 for 3 in their second innings. Dan Lawrence batting at 4 scored 55 from 110 balls, batting for just under 3 hours. Simon Harmer batting at 8 scored 82 from 217 balls after batting for nearly 4 hours. Essex were bowled out for 244 in 94 overs.Craig Miles took 4 fro 70 in 22 overs.

Warwickshire required 256 to win the game, they achieved that for the loss of 3 wickets. Rob Yates opening carried his bat, scoring 120* from 231 balls, batting for just under 5.5 hours. Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari batting at 3 scored 52 from 115 balls. Sam Hain scored 60 from 116 balls and Warwickshire won the game by 7 wickets in 80.4 overs.

Worcestershire v Nottinghshire – New Road, Worcester. Joe Leach won the toss for Worcestershire and elected to bat – Match Drawn

Worcestershire 436 All Out, Nottinghamshire 276 All Out & 236 for no wicket dec

Wocestershire batted for 145.1 overs making 436. Jake Libby opening scored 117 from 217 balls, batting for 4.5 hours. He was backed up by 3 bowlers, batting at 8, 9 & 10. Ed Barnard scored 58 from 140 balls, Alzarri Joseph 61 from 101 and captain Joe Leach 84 from 161 balls. Liam Patterson-White took 4 for 114.

Nottinghamshire have an opening batsmen in their ranks that all English eyes are on, Haseeb Hameed certainly didnlt disappoint.He scored 111 facing 304 balls and batting for over 6.5 hours in the first innings. Tom Moored scored 62 from 71 balls as Notts were bowled out in 104.4 overs.

Hameed and his opening partner Ben Slater both scored 114 in the second innings batting for just over 7 hours. The match was drawn. Hameed has now made 307 runs in 6 innings at an average of 61.4.

Hampshire v Gloucestershire – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. James Vince won the toss for Hampshire and elected to bat – Match Drawn

Hampshire 470 All Out, Gloucestershire 320 All Out & 197 for 9

Hampshire batted for 144.1 overs, and had 2 centurions. Ian Holland opening scored 114 from 250 balls batting for just over 5 hours. He shared a second wicket stand of 228 with Tom Alsop who scored 149 from 290 balls, he batted for nearly 7 hours. James Vince batting at 6 scored 52 from 78 balls and Liam Dawson at 7 65 from 103 balls. Daniel Worrall and Ryan Higgins both took 4 wickets.

Mohammad Abbas did Abbas things in Gloucestershire’s first innings taking 4 for 41 in 19 overs. There were however 3 innigs of over 50, Kragg Brathwaite opening scored 60 from 116 balls, batting for just over 2.5 hours. James Bracey in at 3 scored 65 from 169 balls he was at the crease for just over 3.5 hours. Ryan Higgins in at 6 top scored with 73 from 139 balls he batted for just over 3 hours. That all added up to 320 in 132.1 overs.

In batting to save the game no one hit 50 for Gloucestershire but they held out 97 overs and ‘won’/saved the draw. Brad Whealtook 4 for 50. The match was a draw.

Leicestershire v Somerset – Uptonstreet County Ground, Leicester. Colin Ackerman won the toss for Leicestershire and elected to bat. Somerset won by 9 wickets

Leicestershire 233 All Out & 199 All Out, Somerset 318 All Out & 118 for 1.

The Somerset bowlers shared the Leicestershire wickets, with 6 taking at least 1. Lewis Hill batting at 5 top scored with 68 from 119 balls. Leicestershire were bowled out in 82.4 overs.

Somerset fell to 39 for 3, Tim Abell batting at 3 steadied the ship, scoring 88 from 142 balls, he batted for just under 3.5 hours. Steve Davies scored a very useful 59 from 84 balls as Somerset were bowled out in 80.2 overs for 318.

Craig Overton took 5 for 25 in 18 overs in Leicestershires second innings, Harry Swindells top scored with 49 from 98 balls as Leics were bowled out for 199 in 70.4 overs.

Tom Lamminby opening was not out 70 in Somerset;s second innings as they made the required runs in just 26.5 overs. The game was won by Somerset in 3 days.

Middlesex v Surrey – Lord’s, London. Peter Handscomb won the toss for Middlesex and put Surrey in to bat. Middlesex won by 10 wickets.

Surrey 154 All Out & 130 All Out, Middlesex 268 All Out & 18 for no wicket.

Surrey haven’t made the best of starts to 2021, Mark Stoneman top scored with 44 from 106 balls as they were bowled out in 55.4 overs. Tim Murtagh took 4 for 28 in his 15 overs.

Sam Robson opening for Middlesex made 95 from 256 balls batting for just over 5.5 hours. Robbie White batting at 5 scored 72 from 171 balls. Reece Topley took 4 for 56 in his 26 overs. Middlesex were bowled out for 268 in 100.5 overs.

Surrey’s second innings was over in jsut 52 overs. I have tickets for the return fixture in May for days 2-4, I may not need them all. Rory Burns scored 54 of teh 130 runs made, facing 103 balls. Toby Roland-Jones took 4 for 29 in 12 overs.

Middlesex needed just 2.3 overs to win the match in 3 days.

Kent v Lancashire – The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury. Daniel Bell-Drummond won the toss for Kent and put Lancashire in to bat. Lancashire won by an innings and 5 runs.

Lancashire 525 All Out, Kent 169 All Out & 351 All Out.

Another 2 centurions in a big innings, but before we get to them Josh Bohannon scored 87 from 108 balls batting for just over 2 gours, Dane Vilas made 53 from 72 balls. Luke Wood batting at 8 scored 119 from 241 balls and Danny Lamb scored 125 from 232 balls. The pair shared an 8th wicket innings of 187.. 5 bowlers took 2 wickets each as Lancs batted for 167.2 overs.

Zak Crawley was the one bright light in Kent’s first innings, he scored 60 from 65 balls batting for 90 minutes as Kent were bowled out in 50.3 overs. Tom Bailey took 4 for 46 in hsi 15 overs.

Kent’s second innings was more of a success, Daniel Bell- Drummond opening scored 114 from 219 balls, he batted for for just over 4.5 hours. Jordan Cox his opening partner scored 80 from 150 balls as the pair shared a first wicket score of 176. Matthew Parkinson a 24 year old from Bolton took 7 for 126 in 52 overs as Kent were bowled out in 138 overs, still 5 runs short of Lancs total. A win for Lam=ncashire.

Northamptonshire v Glamorgan – The County Ground, Northampton. Adam Rossington won the toss for Northhamptonshire and put Glamorgan in to bat. Northamptonshire won by 7 wickets.

Glamorgan 407 All Out & 311 for 5, Northamptonshire 364 All Out & 357 for 3

David Lloyd opening for Glamorgan scored 65 from 98 balls, batting for just over 2 hours. The big score in this innings came from Chris Cooke batting at 6, he scored 136 facing 227 balls and batting for just over 5 hours. The wickets were shared between 5 bowlers, Glamorgan batted for 113.1 overs.

Northants fell to 76 for 5 before a 6th wicket stand of 126 between Saif Zaib and Alex Rossington. Rossington top scored in the innings with 76 from 95 balls. Wayne Parnell in at 8 scored 54 from 95 balls and Gareth Berg batting at 9 made 69 from 115 balls. 5 bowlers shared the wickets as Nothants were bowled out in 105 overs.

Looking for a result Glamorgan captain declared on 311 for 5. Nick Selman scored 69 from 166 balls, Billy Root made 56 from 108 balls, Kiran Carlson scored 59 from 76 balls and Cooke himself was not out 57 from 68 balls.

Northamptonshire were well up for the chase and their cause was helped by another pair of centurions. Ricardo Vasconcelos opening was not out 185 from 221 balls, he batted for just over 4.5 hours. Rob Keogh in at 4 scored 126 from 140 balls batting for just under 3 hours. The game was won in just 72.4 overs.

Sussex v Yorkshire – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove. Steven Patterson won the toss for Yorkshire and elected to bat. Yorkshire won by 48 runs.

Yorkshire 150 All Out & 305 All out, Sussex 221 All Out & 186 All Out.

Yorkshire were bowled out in just 50.5 overs for just 150. The discussion in Yorkshire groups went back to a match at Chelmsford against Essex when they were bowled out before lunch for 50 – Yorkshire went on to win! 5 bowlers shared the wickets. Adam Lyth top scored with 42.

Sussex’s innings was just 76.3 overs long, it did contain one score over 50, being Tom Haines who opened. He scored 86 from 142 balls and batted for just under 4 hours. Duanne Olivier and Steven Patterson took 4 wickets each.

Yorkshire doubled their first innings score in their second, batting for 103.4 overs. Adam Lyth scored 66 from 101 balls and Gary Ballance back in the fold made 74 from 151 balls batting for just under 3 hours. Jack Carson took 5 for 85 in 39.4 overs.

Sussex were bowled out in 69.5 overs with ben Brown top scoring with 46. Dom Bess took 6 for 53 in 29.5 overs, it’s good to see the young bowler going well after his winter experience with England. Yorkshire won by 48 runs

With 3 games played the tables look like this

Team Played Won LostDrawn Points
Essex 311137
Nottnghamshire 312230
Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points
Hampshire 320158
Gloucestershire 320155
Somerset 321039
Leicestershire 302119
Team Played Won Lost Drawn Points
Glamorgan 302125
Kent 302121

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