Notts resist Worcestershire bowlers

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Nottinghamshire’s batsmen, Riki Wessels in particular, changed the course of their game with Worcestershire at Trent Bridge where 20 wickets fell on day one of the LV= County Championship season.

Notts began their second innings this morning 12 runs behind and their opening batsmen, Alex Hales and Neil Edwards, shared a 94-run stand.

Though they departed in quick succession, for 46 and 48 respectively, Michael Lumb made 40 before Wessels and Chris Read combined for an alliance of 134.

Read fell for 68 and, once Alan Richardson had his third wicket, Wessels went to three figures and closed with 104 not out of 355 for seven.

Somerset were in a healthy position against last year’s Division Two winners Middlesex at Taunton.

Rain yesterday meant only 36 overs were possible and the visitors extended 118 for four overnight to 246 all out. Joe Denly added nine today to his 64 and Tim Murtagh hit 45 from 44 balls. Vernon Philander struck twice for figures of 5-43.

Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah contributed 47 and 35 respectively before two quick wickets forced Nick Compton and Craig Kieswetter to rebuild.

They did so in style, adding an unbroken 99 for the fourth wicket to a score of 202 for three, finishing on 58 and 50 respectively,

Surrey held the upper hand over Sussex at the Kia Oval thanks principally to 89 from Rory Hamilton-Brown against his former club.

The Surrey captain led a recovery from 55 for four, adding 136 with Tom Maynard who struck 47 before becoming the third of James Anyon’s four victims.

Riki Wessels

Riki Wessels advances to an unbeaten century as Nottinghamshire compiled 355 for seven after 20 wickets fell yesterday at Trent Bridge

The tail wagged sufficiently for the hosts to reach 250 for eight, 318 ahead, when bad light ended proceedings.

Earlier, Joe Gatting’s unbeaten 72 helped the visitors progress their overnight 105 for five to 196 all out.

In Division Two, ball continued to dominate bat at Grace Road, where Glamorgan required a further 215, with nine second-innings wickets in hand, to defeat Leicestershire.

After a frantic opening day that had seen 15 wickets fall, there were a further 16 breakthroughs today.

Leicestershire debutant Robbie Joseph completed a six-wicket haul in the morning as Glamorgan, who resumed on 25 for five before initially slumping to 34 for seven, were dismissed for 124, despite 42 from Graham Wagg.

That gave the hosts a first-innings lead of 125, but they were then rolled over for just 110, Jacques du Toit, with 40, the only man to pass 11 as Wagg and Moises Henriques shared six scalps.

Chasing 236 for victory, Glamorgan closed on 21 for one, Joseph having picked up the scalp of Gareth Rees.

Essex’s seamers bowled their side to within sight of an innings victory over Gloucestershire at Chelmsford.

Alex Gidman’s side could only manage 180 in reply to Essex’s 364 as David Masters, Maurice Chambers and Tymal Mills all claimed three wickets. Chris Dent and Dan Housego, who made 38 and 39 respectively, were the only batsmen to impress.

After the follow-on had been enforced, another Essex paceman, Graham Napier, returned 3-20 and Masters chipped in with two more of his own to reduce Gloucestershire to 55 for five in their second innings. They still trailed by 129 heading into day three.

Matt Coles and Mark Davies piled on the misery for Yorkshire on a truncated second day at Headingley Carnegie.

Having resumed on 345 for five this morning, Kent lost three wickets for 29 runs, before regaining control through a sensational ninth-wicket partnership of 153.

Davies contributed 58, while Coles went on to record a maiden first-class century, finishing unbeaten on 103 - with eight fours and three sixes - in a total of 537 for nine declared.

Yorkshire replied with 32 without loss before bad light forced an early finish.

The match between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire appeared evenly poised after the latter made slow and steady progress with the bat at Derby.

Alex Wakely and Niall O’Brien each compiled 62, from a combined total of 389 deliveries, as Northants reduced their arrears to 45 by reaching 241 for seven.

The vastly experienced duo of James Middlebrook and Chaminda Vaas were unbeaten on 40 and five at stumps.

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