• Specsavers County Championship 2m

    Libby and Wessels ton up as Notts dominate

    Centuries from Jake Libby and Riki Wessels helped the visitors reach 335/6 in Cardiff

    Jake Libby and Riki Wessels scored 109 and 120 respectively as Nottinghamshire took control of the opening day against Glamorgan.


    Former Cardiff MCCU batsman Libby made his first-class debut at the SSE Swalec, against Glamorgan, back in the summer of 2014, during a three-year stint at the Metropolitan University.

    Later that season, Libby not only secured a two-year contract with Notts, but capped his first-class debut with a Championship century against Sussex.

    Returning to the Welsh capital, the 24-year-old Devonian helped himself to a 291-minute century off 229 balls as Nottinghamshire made Glamorgan pay for not building on an impressive start.

    Having seen his side reduced to 108 for 4, shortly after lunch on day one, it was Libby and Riki Wessels who rescued the day by adding 123 for the fifth wicket. Notts finished the day on 335 for 6 with Wessels out in the penultimate over of the day for a sparkling 120.

    Having chosen to bat first, Notts made slow progress against a Glamorgan side yet to win a Championship game in 2017. The host county bowled particularly well throughout the session and reduced the league leaders to 64 for 2 at lunch with Steven Mullaney and debutant Cheteshwar Pujara the men out.

    Mullaney was well caught by wicket-keeper Chris Cooke, for 14, off the impressive Timm van der Gutgen (4-52), while Indian Test batsman Pujara offered a simple catch to Aneurin Donald off the bowling of Marchant de Lange.

    From 64 for 2 at lunch, Notts found themselves 68 for 3 when Samit Patel was trapped leg before by van der Gutgen. Michael Lumb followed, at 108 for 4, as 19-year-old Welshman Lukas Carey bagged his first wicket of the game.

    Libby, who passed 50 off 115 balls, arrived at tea unbeaten on 74 while Wessels, who was the more aggressive of the two, was 32 not out.

    Both players continued to prosper after the break with Wessels passing 50 off 79 balls and Libby, who was rarely troubled, reaching three figures in the 73rd over with his ninth four. He faced 213 deliveries in passing 100, and 229 in all before Cooke took another smart catch behind the wicket, once again off the bowling of van der Gutgen.

    Wessels continued to make hay and added 99 for the sixth wicket with Chris Read, who finished the day unbeaten on 47. However, having reached his century off 119 balls, the Aussie departed in the 95th over when he was trapped lbw by van der Gutgen for 120.

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