• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Wesselmania and Old Trafford carnage

    Riki Wessels hits a savage double-ton for Nottinghamshire and wickets tumble at Old Trafford on a dramatic Day One

    Living on a prayer

    On a day when 18 wickets fell at Old Trafford, Liam Livingstone played a formidable innings. He did his utmost to hold together a crumbling Lancashire middle order before unleashing an extraordinary burst of strokes after lunch. Without his 68, this could have been really embarrassing for the Red Rose County. They were bowled out for 109 and Somerset ended on 153/8 at the end of play. Game on.

    Just for openers

    Sam Robson is a former England Test opener battling to regain his reputation with the selectors; Nick Gubbins may hope to frustrate Robson by making that position his own. Today, they batted together magnificently in a virtually chanceless partnership of 241 for Middlesex as they made Essex toil under grey skies at Lord's. 


    Nottinghamshire were in trouble at 88 for five, though their run-rate was always healthy. But with Riki Wessels at the crease, there's always the potential for fireworks. By the time Nottinghamshire were all out for 447 he was unbeaten on 202, having ramped, scooped and smashed his way round the park. Add in three quick wickets before the close and the Division Two favourites are well on top.

    Westwood to the rescue

    Skittled three times in four County Championship innings, and facing a side who dismantled your order just two games ago, you'd have forgiven a little anxiety in the stands at Edgbaston this morning. But, they had Ian Westwood to call on this time, and he was the key man as they put their batting woes to one side. Westwood was eventually out during the evening session for 153, having started the day with an opening stand of 126 in partnership with William Porterfield, as Warwickshire closed on 292/6.

    Vince defies Yorkshire attack

    Hampshire captain James Vince is another player looking to rebuild his reputation in the County Championship having hit the buffers in Test cricket. He is going the right way about it in this match, scoring an unbeaten 143 against a host of England players, including the new captain. Indeed, it was a Joe Root delivery he dispatched to the boundary to bring up three figures.

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