COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
Alastair Cook scored his 110th first-class half-century © Getty
Toby Lester’s four-fer helped Warwickshire bundle out Surrey for 194 after electing to bowl on the opening day. In a less-than-impressive batting performance by the hosts, only six batsmen managed to register double-digit scores, with Mark Stoneman’s 33 being the highest. A 47-run third-wicket stand between Stoneman and Dean Elgar had steadied Surrey’s innings, but wickets at regular intervals affected the track of their innings. Craig Miles chipped in with three wickets while Oliver Hannon-Dalby snared a brace.
In response, Will Rhodes’s quickfire 51 late in the day further strengthened Warwickshire’s position in the game as they wiped off 89 runs from the total for the loss of only one wicket.
Brief Scores: Surrey 194 (Mark Stoneman 33, Ben Foakes 30; Toby Lester 4-41, Craig Miles 3-58) lead Warwickshire 89/1 (Will Rhodes 51, Dominic Sibley 22*; Rikki Clarke 1-11) by 105 runs
Three-fers by Jack Leach and Jamie Overton helped Somerset bundle out Essex for 216 on the opening day despite Alastair Cook cracking his 110th first-class fifty. Put in to bat, Cook forged a couple of half-century partnerships for the first two wickets, before both his partners were dismissed by Overton. However, when Tom Westley fell, a collapse ensued. The Somerset bowlers bagged the last nine wickets for only 90 runs.
The visitors began steady with the bat but lost Azhar Ali late in the day. Tom Abell and Tim Groenewald went to stumps unbeaten and took the team to 32 for 1.
Brief Scores: Essex 216 (Alastair Cook 80, Tom Westley 36; Jack Leach 3-30, Jamie Overton 3-43) lead Somerset 32/1 (Tom Abell 22*; James Porter 1-17) by 184 runs
Half-centuries by Miles Hammond and Chris Dent helped Gloucestershire to 168 for 1 on the rain-affected first day in Bristol. The duo stitched a century-stand for the opening wicket Glamorgan asked them to bat. The stand ended in the 31st over when David Lloyd had Hammond caught off Marnus Labuschagne. However, Dent continued to carry forward the hosts’ charge, adding 41 unbeaten runs with James Bracey before stumps was called.
Brief Scores: Gloucestershire 168/1 (Chris Dent 82, Miles Hammond 61; David Lloyd 1-14) vs Glamorgan