Jimmy Anderson pushes for England Test recall after taking his first wicket of the county season for Lancashire… while international team-mate Dan Lawrence impresses for Essex to hold up Warwickshire’s push for victory
- James Anderson produced delivery around the wicket to dismiss Marcus Harris
- England prospect Josh Bohannon cruised to a maiden double hundred on pitch
- Despite being impaired by a hamstring injury, Dan Lawrence made 44 off 105
- Yorkshire’s Harry Brook continued his fine start to 2022 with a rapid unbeaten 77
Jimmy Anderson opened his account for the season with the dismissal of Ashes opponent Marcus Harris in Lancashire’s LV = County Championship match against Gloucestershire.
Vying for an England recall for June’s Test series versus New Zealand, the 39-year-old produced a lifting delivery from around the wicket to send back the left-handed Australian at the start of the visitors’ attempts to salvage a draw after Lancashire declared with a massive 304-run advantage on first innings.
Anderson went wicketless on his first day of the season on Thursday but extracted life out of a pitch on which England prospect Josh Bohannon cruised to a maiden double hundred.
Jimmy Anderson opened his account for the season with the dismissal of Ashes opponent Marcus Harris
Anderson produced a lifting delivery from around the wicket to send back the left-handed Australian
Saqib Mahmood was gifted a second wicket when Chris Dent flashed outside off stump and Gloucestershire were left with only seven wickets intact heading into the final morning when Pakistan’s Hasan Ali, six-wicket hero of the first innings, sheared James Bracey’s middle stump with a yorker.
At Edgbaston, Essex’s Test player Dan Lawrence held up reigning county champions Warwickshire’s bid for victory, despite being impaired by a hamstring injury – making 44 from 105 balls.
Quirkily, his dismissal was almost certainly the first occasion on which a batsman with a runner has fallen to a concussion substitute: Craig Miles having replaced fellow seamer Liam Norwell.
Yorkshire’s Harry Brook continued his fine start to 2022, adding a rapid unbeaten 77 to his first innings 84 as Northamptonshire were set a notional 499-run target at Wantage Road. George Hill hit 151 not out and David Malan chipped in with 75 in a score of 406 for three declared.
Saqib Mahmood was gifted a second wicket when Chris Dent flashed outside off stump
Liam Dawson and Ben Brown both hit hundreds off Kent’s wearied attack at Canterbury as Hampshire piled up 652 for six declared and then followed up with three evening session wickets in their victory push.
Australian veteran seamer Peter Siddle took six for 51 for Somerset in a finely-poised contest versus Surrey at the Kia Oval, where all three results appear possible heading into the final day.
Things were not so evenly balanced in Division Two, however, where three innings victories were wrapped up: Ben Slater’s undefeated double hundred proved the cornerstone of Nottinghamshire’s success over Durham, Middlesex’s Toby Roland-Jones claimed eight match wickets versus Glamorgan and a fine team display helped Worcestershire casually dismantle Sussex.
Yorkshire’s Harry Brook continued his fine start to 2022 after scoring a rapid unbeaten 77
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