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County Championship: Ben Foakes shines for Surrey against Warwickshire at Edgbaston | Cricket News


Ben Foakes marks a century of high class for Surrey against Warwickshire on day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship game at Edgbaston; also a historic day for the son of former England captain Michael Atherton

Last update: 22/04/08 19:44

Ben Foakes won a high class century for Surrey against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

Ben Foakes has underlined his intention to clinch the England wicket-keeper spot with a classy century for Surrey against Warwickshire on day two of their LV=Insurance County Championship game at Edgbaston.

Foakes hit a compound undefeated 132 to provide the backbone as Surrey kept the champions on the court for nearly two days on the way to a towering 428 for declared eight.

It wasn’t a perfect shot, as he was dropped in the slides on 37 and 54, but those were rare aberrations in over six hours of impressive focus and resolve as the 29-year-old faced 263 balls and hit 18 fours and a six. .

With support from Ollie Pope (58) and Jordan Clark (50), Foakes lifted Surrey to a total they will aim to put their hosts under pressure with.

In 12 overs before the close, Warwickshire fell to 16 for two in response, losing Dom Sibley for a first-ball duck and skipper Will Rhodes for six.

Matt Critchley scored his Essex debut with a century that kicked into high gear and racked up more misery for the Kent side kept on the pitch for five sessions at Chelmsford.

Derbyshire’s late-season signing was ultimately the last man at 132 as Essex built on the first-wicket 220 platform established between first-day centurions Sir Alastair Cook and Nick Browne to loot 514 from a Kent sick attack.

Kent’s top order was stripped of Zak Crawley, Jack Leaning, Sam Billings and George Linde for various reasons but Nick Compton managed a patient 47 as he traded 33 overs on the evening and cut Essex’s lead by 122 points for the loss of Daniel. Bell Drummond.

Joe Weatherley masterfully scored his best county championship score as Hampshire built a big first-inning lead over Somerset.

The Weatherley opener had previously scored just one first-class century – 126 not against Lancashire in 2018 – but waltzed in on a brilliant 168.

Ian Holland and the typically dapper James Vince scored half centuries as Hampshire climbed to 428 and into a first-inning advantage of 248.

Ben Green, after taking three for 31, and Tom Lammonby withstood six overs in the spotlight to end Day 15 unbeaten.

Rob Keogh and Gareth Berg rescued Northamptonshire with a century for the eighth wicket to give his side the lead against Gloucestershire at Wantage Road.

The pair reunited with Northants stumbling to a steep first-innings deficit after James Bracey’s hundred managed to bring the visitors down to 223.

Wicketkeeper Bracey showed his versatile skills with five dismissals as Gloucestershire reduced fellow newcomers from Division One to 129 for seven in response.

Division two

Tim Murtagh took the 900th first-class wicket of his career, but derbyshire made decent progress responding to Middlesex’s 401 on day two at Lord’s.

The caretaker skipper referred to his landmark 7,961 days after taking his first scalp in 2000, sending a bullet through Billy Godleman’s stump via an inside edge.

It was also a landmark day for Josh of Caires as the son of former England captain Michael Atherton won his first first-class wicket.

Shan Masood’s 91 for Derbyshire took the visitors to 177 for four after knocking out the hosts at lunchtime, with Alex Thomson returning four for 103 for his best figures in County Championship cricket.

Steven Finn rolled back the years on his sussex his debut as he bagged three wickets including England prospect Haseeb Hameed for five to leave their game against Nottinghamshire fine-tuned.

In just his sixth County Championship game since June 2019, the former England tailor knocked out Hameed and Joe Clarke in a stunning two-for-19 new-ball spell from seven overs as Nottinghamshire collapsed to 52-for-four responding to 375 from Sussex, which included a hundred girl by Tom Clark.

Finn returned after tea to end a fifth-wicket stand of 108 between Lyndon James (63) and Steven Mullaney, but Mullaney was not 79 on the stumps with Nottinghamshire 214 for five, trailing by 161.

Brett D’Oliveira’s century unbeaten in his first game as club captain put Worcestershire in a strong position against Leicestershire.

The versatile 30-year-old, handed over the job after Joe Leach resigned at the end of last season, compiled a fine measured run to finish on 118 not knocked out as the visitors at Uptonsteel County Ground posted a first run. sum of
348.

In the end, Leicestershire were 42-3 in response, having been six-for-three after Leach and Charlie Morris took the first wickets with the new ball.




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