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time for another pot of coffee As I watch some hardy souls in cagoules in the Taunton Stand. A man has just arrived in gloves – this is not an ideal start to the day.
Jimmy Anderson, yellow soles, white wristbands, short arms and an air of morbidness, passes on 117 to 19-year-old James Ray, who plays him back. Lancashire are in black arms – does anyone know why? Somerset 316-4.
ah, turns out there There is no game anywhere except in Taunton where Somerset Turtles are having an old time rye outing against Lancashire Rabbitohs. First over passed and only one run was scored.
Delayed Starts: Canterbury, Lord’s, Northants and New Road.
Outside, The wind breaks the trees and blows the grass. Pity the bad bowlers in this.
To James Vince fans, everywhere:
To all the people celebrating. There are so many social media posts online from cricket clubs in the UK that it is nice to see.
It was largely a day for batting in Division One, with most of the grounds sunny. Ben Duckett continues surge in form, canters his first championship century of the season nottinghamshire built a stable platform against middlesex Despite the faltering middle order. Haseeb Hameed played a quick inning of 55 runs.
hampshireThe loss saw Nick Gubbins, fresh off a half-century against Surrey, join forces in a 198-run partnership for the third wicket with James Vince. Both scored centuries, Vince is still at the end, northamptonshire Regrets having dropped enough catches to make a big coronation quick. Bad light and rain brought the start to a close in Canterbury, where Nick Brown and Tom Westley scored half-centuries. essex against Kent,
shuffleEngland’s batsmen defied pessimists to post 311 for four thanks to two centuries from Tom Abel and 19-year-old James Ray. Lancashire The attack including Jimmy Anderson and Saqib Mahmood – who bowled 18 overs on his return to four-day cricket after last year’s stress fractures.
In Division Two, some rebuilding by Tom Alsop, who fell just five runs short of his century, and a quick innings from Ollie Carter – including two consecutive boundaries off a Peroxide Dome base – gave Sussex heart against a disciplined Yorkshire,
Marnus Labuschagne returns to what he calls his second home, takes two catches and takes two wickets durham Charged at 382-6 glamorgan, There were also half-centuries for Michael Jones, Scott Borthwick, Brydon Carse and Ollie Robinson.
The county season is only three weeks away and yet Tom Price may have already produced the performance of the summer, his maiden first-class century and a hat-trick on the same day Gloucestershirerevival of far away Worcestershire,
Just the first of these double feats must have been making headlines on its own, which is exactly what Price found himself in before lunch. Walking in at number nine after his team were 45 for seven, the 23-year-old produced an innings straight from the pages of Alexandre Dumas, scoring 109 off 98 balls to bundle out the visitors for 231.
But that blistering counter-attack of 12 fours and three sixes against the Old Church on New Road was only half the story. Price’s second spell with the ball sent Azhar Ali, Jack Haynes and Brett D’Oliveira packing in the space of three teasing deliveries, each entering the gloves of James Bracey behind the stumps.
Later adding the wicket of Ed Pollock to his stash, once again caught by Bracey, as Worcestershire closed on 118 for seven in reply, Price smiled: “Three I got out are brilliant batsmen. I five I’ll be up in a minute. It’s like a dream.”
It was actually the second hat-trick of Price’s new career but only the 17th time in history that a player has scored a century in a single first-class match. Gloucestershire supporters of a certain age will remember the great Mike Proctor who twice achieved this rare double for the county in the 1970s, as did James Franklin in 2009.
Canterbury: Kent v Essex 164-1
Of God: Middlesex vs Nottinghamshire 252-5
County Ground: Northamptonshire v Hampshire 287-4
Taunton: Somerset 311-4 vs Lancashire
Sophia Garden: Glamorgan v Durham 382-6
Hov: Sussex 275-5 vs Yorkshire
new road: Worcestershire 118-7 v Gloucestershire 231
Greetings!, Wishing us all the same as Tom Price yesterday.
A great day for a great player ????
Tom Price shares his thoughts on another memorable day for The Shire ????
— Gloucestershire Cricket (@Gloscricket) April 20, 2023
But what do we have today after fireworks and sunshine? Bad weather, unfortunately – rain and showers run across much of central England like a great dirty jumper, although things look a little better afterwards. Time, maybe, for the bowlers to hit back after six hundreds yesterday – Duckett, Abel, Rave, Gubbins, Vince and of course, Price.