Glamorgan thrash winless Kent by 10 wickets: county cricket – as it happened

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Kent and Glamorgan were the only sides in Group Three without a win, and it took just two days for Glamorgan to triumph in emphatic style

Day two roundup: Amla hits double ton for Surrey

Kent and Glamorgan went into their game in Cardiff as the only sides in Group Three without a win, and it took just two days for Glamorgan to end their troubled run in emphatic style and for Kent to be condemned to a third successive heavy defeat.

The day had started with Darren Stevens completing a five-fer on his 45th birthday as Glamorgan were bowled out for 197, a lead of 59 runs on first innings. But in their second knock the 18 runs put on by Kent’s opening pair turned out to be their joint-biggest partnership. Stevens’s birthday was soured by a three-ball duck and it was Michael Hogan whose five‑fer proved more decisive as the visitors were bowled out for just 74. Glamorgan scored the 16 runs they needed in three overs, David Lloyd finishing it with a six.

Elsewhere in Group Three, at Headingley Northamptonshire emerged with a slender first-innings advantage over Yorkshire, despite a wobble as they fell from 76 for one to 81 for five. Saif Zaib and Tom Taylor settled the listing ship for Northants, scoring 55 and 50 respectively. There was also a collapse at Hove where Lancashire, struggling particularly against Sussex’s young spinner Jack Carson, fell from 137 for one to 193 for six in reply to Sussex’s 328, Keaton Jennings having opened their innings with a fine 60.

After 11 wickets fell on the opening day at the Oval in Group Two, only two followed on the second with Ollie Pope – who seems to particularly enjoy playing Hampshire, with an average against them of 99.62 – scoring 131 and Hashim Amla unbeaten on 215. When bad light stopped play at the end of a day of comfortable, sporadically brilliant batting Surrey were 513 for three, a lead of 421, and apparently on course for a first win of the season.

Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten double century against Hampshire at the Oval.
Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten double century against Hampshire at the Oval. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

So too are Leicestershire, who after being bowled out for 421 reduced Gloucestershire to 129 for six with only the captain, Chris Dent (53), showing resistance. Lewis Goldsworthy and George Bartlett led the Somerset resistance as they rallied late to finish the day 178-4 against Middlesex, who still lead by 179 runs.

In Group One, Nottinghamshire’s Luke Fletcher secured a five-fer by taking the final two wickets as Derbyshire’s first innings ended for 105 from 86 for eight overnight, and Notts’ pursuit of a first win of the season gathered pace as, despite the early loss of their first-innings centurion Ben Slater, their batsmen put them in control. Haseeb Hameed scored 94 and Ben Duckett 87 as they eventually set a target of 470 for victory.

On a rain-affected day at Chester-le-Street, Durham openers Alex Lees and Will Young both scored centuries as Warwickshire, having been bowled out for just 87, continued to toil. Essex and Worcestershire seem to be putting on a repeat of their drawn first meeting of the season: Essex again batted first and declared, this time for 561 for eight, with centuries for Tom Westley and Alastair Cook. Once again they failed to make rapid inroads into the Worcestershire lineup.


Right, I’m going to go. My round-up will plop here shortly. Bye!

Stumps at Brighton, where Lancashire are 193-6 and trail Sussex by 135 runs.

And also now at Derby, where Derbyshire are 23 without loss but require another 447 runs to beat Nottinghamshire.

It’s also stumps at Worcester, where Worcestershire are 37-0 in reply to Essex’s 561-8 declared.

Bad light has stopped play here at the Oval, with Surrey 513-3 and in complete control.

Glamorgan beat Kent by 10 wickets!

David Lloyd finishes it with a six! An absolutely dismal performance by Kent, who are royally stuffed inside two days by Glamorgan, who claim their first win of the season.

Three boundaries in four balls for David Lloyd, and Glamorgan need three to win now against Kent.

I thought Hashim Amla might relax a bit after scoring his double century, but instead he’s scored six runs off 25 balls.

Stuart Broad has just had his stumps emphatically dismantled by Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Nottinghamshire are thus 318 all out. Derbyshire, who scored 105 in their first innings, thus have to score 470 in their second to win the game. Neither of these sides have won a game this season, so something’s got to give (unless they draw).

Kent have been bowled out for 74, and Glamorgan have been set the daunting task of scoring 16 runs to wrap up a two-day win.

The wheels seem to have come off the Lancashire batting bus, as from 137-1 and 145-2 they are now 157-6 with ducks for both Dane Vilas and Liam Livingstone.

Wickets just keep falling in Cardiff, and Kent are now 74-9 there. On the plus side, they do lead Glamorgan by 15 runs, so the home side will have to bat again, but they’re likely to be a bit short on the scoreboard pressure.

Double ton!

Hashim Amla has reached 200, off 323 balls with 21 fours, and but for that time Hampshire seemed certain he had been caught behind but the umpire disagreed, it has been largely serene and sometimes superb.


Declaration! Essex have decided that 561-8 will do, with Simon Harmer hitting a swift, later half-century to boost their total. When they played Worcestershire at Chelmsford last month they declared on 490-9, Worcestershire went on to score 475 and the match was emphatically drawn, and we’ll soon find out if this one is going to have any plot twists.

Darren Stevens is no longer at the crease. He’s been bowled by David Lloyd for a three-ball duck, and Kent are 54-7.

It looks very much like the match at Cardiff will end without any batting bonus points being allocated: Kent are 65-6 in their second innings and still trail Glamorgan by five runs. On the plus side, Darren Stevens is at the crease.


Surrey have lost a wicket! Ollie Pope has been caught at backward point for 131 off Currie, Hampshire’s tall 19-year-old seamer. An excellent catch, to end an excellent innings. Jamie Smith, Surrey’s 20-year-old, comes out ahead of Foakes.

Here’s the tea-timely latest

I’m going to be posting a bit less regularly after the resumption as I hone a round-up for the paper, but will pop in whenever I notice (or somebody tips me off about) anything interesting.

Group One

Derby: Notts are 238-2 in their second innings, and lead Derbyshire by 389 runs.

Chester-le-Street: Durham, on 271-4, lead Warwickshire (87 all out) by 184 runs with six first-innings wickets remaining.

Worcester: Essex are 497-6 in their first innings against Worcestershire.

Group Two

Bristol: Gloucestershire are 33-1 in their first innings, and trail Leicestershire (421) by 388.

Taunton: Somerset are 86-3 in their first innings, and trail Middlesex (357) by 271 runs.

The Oval: Surrey, on 396-2, lead Hampshire (92 all out) by 304 runs with eight first-innings wickets remaining.

Group Three

Cardiff: Kent are 32-4 in their second innings, and trail Glamorgan by 27 runs.

Headingley: Northamptonshire, on 195-6, trail Yorkshire (206) by 11 runs with four first-innings wickets remaining.

Brighton: Lancashire are 128-1 in reply to Sussex’s first-innings score of 328, and trail by precisely 200 runs.


Tea: The players walk off at the Oval, with Surrey 396-2, four away from banking the final batting point, and they already lead by 304.

It is no longer sunny at the Oval. Instead there are increasingly threatening clouds gathering overhead, and the floodlights are on. Tea, however, is imminent.

A clatter of wickets at Chester-le-Street, where Durham have fallen from 256-1 to 269-4. They already lead Warwickshire by 184.

Ollie Pope’s average against Hampshire, in eight innings, is currently 110. He’s scored three centuries against them, and a double century. He really hasn’t played a lot of first-class cricket - the two teams he has played most often are Hampshire and India, with six matches each - but he averages 41 against Yorkshire across seven innings, and 20.75 in four innings against Lancashire. Essentially, he likes playing Hampshire.

Ollie Pope brings up his hundred with a lovely cover drive for four off James Vince. Surrey are 375-2, lead by 283 and look set to bat forever.

A doff of the cap to Saif Zaib, who came in with Northamptonshire falling apart at Headingley, crumbling from 76-1 to 81-5. Zaib has just been dismissed for 55, but the Northants show is very much back on the road, and on 173-6 they trail by 33.

Innings break! Glamorgan have been bowled out for 197, good enough for a 59-run first-innings advantage over Kent.

Innings break! Leicestershire’s first innings has finally come to an end for 421, with Dan Worrall picking up a five-fer by bowling Chris Wright to end the innings. Gloucestershire are 1-0 in reply.

Two fours and two sixes in the last five overs for Essex, who are 436-4 and looking to put pedal to metal against Worcestershire. Paul Walter is 49 as I type, and author of both sixes.

Currie bowls at Amla, the ball whistles past the bat and the bowler runs off, arm in the air, nerry a backward glance, while the three-man cordon runs forward to congratulate him and the keeper executes a celebratory leap. But then the umpire doesn’t raise his finger, Amla doesn’t walk, and the celebrations are very rapidly curtailed.

Hash the Bash is having a lovely time here today, and he’s now on 151, and receiving excellent support from Ollie Pope. The new ball is yet to work any kind of magic for Hampshire.

🙌 Hashim Amla goes to another milestone notching up 151 in 240 balls including 18 boundaries.


— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) April 30, 2021

I rely quite heavily on Twitter to see when interesting things happen around the country, but most of British sport is starting a three-and-a-bit-day social media boycott in six minutes and I’m not looking forward to it at all.

An early breakthrough for Middlesex against Somerset, as Tom Lammonby is caught beyond off Steve Finn for 13. Middlesex were eventually dismissed for 357 - Josh Davey, having bowled 13 overs without reward, then took the final three wickets, including the Watford Wall for a two-ball duck, in his 14th (W . W 4 4 W).

More avian antics at the Oval, where an Amla cover drive is nicely fielded by a pigeon, who takes the sting off the ball as it looks to be boundary-bound, allowing it to be field. The pigeon lost a few feathers but seems to have survived the experience, and the big gaggle of birds that has been congregating on one small section of outfield all day has now cleared off.

Glamorgan’s Timm van der Gugten is caught behind and Darren Stevens has a 45th-birthday five-fer! Who writes his scripts?

Ollie Pope has reached his half-century for Surrey, who are 290-2, and is looking in fine nick. A recent drive wide of midwicket was absolutely luscious. Hampshire have now taken the second new ball and handed it to Kyle Abbott, and thus starts surely a crucial phase of the game. Surrey lead by 198.

Turns out that Durham’s openers could be stopped after all: Will Young couldn’t make this moment last forever, and is out for 124. Durham are 208-1 and lead by 121.

There seems absolutely no stopping Durham’s openers, Alex Lees and Will Young, who are on 82 and 118 respectively and their team 202 without loss, against a Warwickshire side who were skittled for 87 yesterday, with only one of the top eight making it as far as double figures.

Meanwhile, this seems a worthwhile thing:

As the recreational season gets into full swing this weekend, we are proud to be launching the Googly Fund - a new initiative to support and promote adult friendly cricket 🏏
1/6 🧵

— The Googly Fund (@googlyfund) April 30, 2021

I don’t like the feeling that someone nearby is potentially having more fun than me, and was therefore sorely tempted to follow the signs for International Wine Challenge judges when I returned from my lunchtime perambulations. I do like wine, which to my mind puts me at least some way to being qualified.

Outside the Oval, home of Surrey CCC
Outside the Oval, home of Surrey CCC and also the International Wine Challenge Photograph: Simon Burnton/The Guardian

Here’s Nottinghamshire’s Ben Slater, after a first-innings century, losing his wicket in the second innings a little earlier.

A painful way to go... 😬

— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 30, 2021

It’s nearly time:

Hampshire Cricket are delighted to confirm that the Club are preparing for 2021 Members to attend next month's @CountyChamp fixture against @leicsccc at @TheAgeasBowl 😁🙌

Find out more & how to register for attendance 👇

— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) April 30, 2021


I’m going to take myself off for a lunchtimely stroll. Here are the scores as they stand. Bye for now!

Group One

Derby: Notts are 60-1 in their second innings, and lead Derbyshire by 211 runs.

Chester-le-Street: Durham, on 183 without loss, lead Warwickshire (87 all out) by 96 runs with all first-innings wickets remaining.

Worcester: Essex are 368-3 in their first innings against Worcestershire.

Group Two

Bristol: Leicestershire are 362-6 against Gloucestershire in their first innings.

Taunton: Middlesex are 338-7 in their first innings against Somerset.

The Oval: Surrey, on 243-2, lead Hampshire (92 all out) by 151 runs with eight first-innings wickets remaining.

Group Three

Cardiff: Glamorgan, on 129-5, trail Kent (138 all out) by 9 runs with five first-innings wickets remaining.

Headingley: Northamptonshire, on 102-5, trail Yorkshire (260) by 104 runs with five first-innings wickets remaining (not quite lunch there, but near enough).

Brighton: Lots of rain and no action at Brighton, where Lancashire are 38-0 in reply to Sussex’s first-innings score of 328.

Some lunchtime reading for you. It’s not obviously cricket-related, other than the fact that a part of me desperately wants to replace the final two words of the headline with “Gladstone” and “Small”.

“Gary Naylor must, justifiably, be crowing right now,” writes Richard Hirst. Well indeed.

Meanwhile my resistance has finally broken, and I have opened my sandwich. I’m much too Guardian to buy supermarket sandwiches ordinarily, but needs must and this Sainsbury’s tuna and sweetcorn effort is absolutely, prejudice-affirmingly appalling.

Extremely good grab, this, from Yorkshire’s Harry Brook:

Outstanding catch @harry_brook88 👐 #LVCountyChamp live:

— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 30, 2021

Hashim Amla has completed his century for Surrey, off 142 balls with 13 boundaries, and with the exception of one Scott Currie over, he has looked calm and entirely in control all morning.

We are witnessing history in the making.

45 year old Darren Stevens is the oldest bowler to take a County Championship wicket on his birthday since Jim Sims Middlesex v Northamptonshire Lord's 13 May 1949, his 46th birthday.

— Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) April 30, 2021

Leicestershire’s Lewis Hill has reached his century against Gloucestershire at Bristol. It’s his second first-class ton, and his first since May 2015.

Northamptonshire’s day has suddenly darkened: they’ve gone from 76-1 to 81-5, with Jordan Thompson and Steven Patterson sharing those four wickets between them. Yorkshire have bowled four wicket maidens in five overs, and they still lead by 125.

Scott Currie’s bowling nicely for Hampshire this morning, two days before his 20th birthday. He just beat Amla’s bat twice in four excellent deliveries, the last an absolute cracker, but despite some enthusiastic appealing from Lewis McManus behind the stumps the umpire doesn’t think the batsman got anything on either of them.

Very, very good. Well played, sir.

So, despite all the precautions, The Oval is not a Corvid-safe environment @Simon_Burnton?

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) April 30, 2021

Rain stops play at Taunton, with Middlesex at 338-7 against Somerset. Talking of birds at the Oval - as we were a few minutes ago, and still are with a duck now apparently asleep in the outfield - I saw a magpie flying into its nest in the roof of the Vauxhall End this morning. The nest is an absolute mess, just sticks all over the place, not nicely formed in a pleasing classic bird-nest shape at all. It really needs to buck up its ideas, I thought.

A magpie nest at the Oval, home of Surrey CCC.
A magpie nest at the Oval, home of Surrey CCC. Photograph: Simon Burnton/The Guardian

A short delay here at the Oval because of pigeons on the pitch. Ollie Pope eventually scares them away.

It’s all over for Derbyshire, all out for 105, and having won the toss and stuck Nottinghamshire in they end the first innings trailing by 151.

A wicket! Rory Burns is the first wicket to fall today at the Oval, attempting to pull Liam Dawson and the ball deflected off, well, I’ve no idea really, but maybe bat and a pad, hits the stumps, and off he goes, dismissed for 80, Surrey 156-2, shaking his head at the misfortune of it all.

Sussex have been bowled out for 328 against Lancashire in Brighton. Henry Crocombe was the ninth wicket to fall, and this is how it happened:

One of *those* wickets 🙃

LIVE #LVCountyChamp

— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) April 30, 2021

To say there has not been a lot of action here at the Oval in the opening quarter-hour of the day would be an understatement: there has been one leg bye. Oh, and as I type that Amla gets a single!

The first wicket of the day has come in Derby, where Ben Aichison has gone for a duck, the fourth in the Derbyshire innings, and they’re now on 86-9, still 170 behind Notts.

BONG! The clock has struck 11am, and action has begun!

A special message from the Darren Stevens appreciation department: Happy birthday Darren! The Kent ace is 45 years young today.

Darren Stevens of Kent
Darren Stevens of Kent celebrates taking the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne of Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Hello world!

Morning everyone! I’m at the Oval, alone in an airless commentary box and looking out over a sun-bathed scene that is very much like this:

The Oval, home of Surrey CCC
A view over the Oval on a splendid Friday morning Photograph: Simon Burnton/The Guardian

Here’s the state of play this morning:

Group One

Derby: Derbyshire, on 86-8, trail Nottinghamshire (256) by 170 runs with two first-innings wickets remaining.

Chester-le-Street: Durham, on 88 without loss, lead Warwickshire (87 all out) by a single run with all first-innings wickets remaining.

Worcester: Essex are 266-2 in their first innings against Worcestershire.

Group Two

Bristol: Leicestershire are 264-4 against Gloucestershire in their first innings.

Taunton: Middlesex are 308-6 in their first innings against Somerset.

The Oval: Surrey, on 131-1, lead Hampshire (92 all out) by 39 runs with nine first-innings wickets remaining.

Group Three

Cardiff: Glamorgan, on 109-2, trail Kent (138 all out) by 29 runs with eight first-innings wickets remaining.

Headingley: Northamptonshire, on 36-0, trail Yorkshire (260) by 170 runs with all first-innings wickets remaining.

Brighton: Sussex are 318-7 in their first innings against Lancashire.

And here’s Tanya Aldred’s round-up of yesterday’s action:

When Marnus Labuschagne arrived for his second season at Glamorgan the world’s No 3‑ranked batsman, with a Test average of more than 60, came fresh from a triumphant hundred in the Sheffield Shield final. However, he had not bargained for a green top on a damp day in Cardiff.

First, Labuschagne injured his hand slipping down the stairs before the start of play, spending some of the afternoon having it checked out in the dressing room. Then, as Glamorgan replied to Kent’s 138 all out, he faced Darren Stevens, 45 today. Stevens, economical of movement and built like an ageing Chesterfield, bewitched him with his wiles and trapped him lbw for 11. Glamorgan finished 109 for two. Kent had been bowled out by mid‑afternoon, losing five for 31 as David Lloyd and Timm van der Gugten picked up four wickets each.

Warwickshire, who defeated the champions last week, thumped back to earth at the Riverside, bowled out for 87 – though things had looked bleaker still at 30 for eight. Mark Wood, playing for Durham for the first time this season, started the rot with a wicket with his seventh ball, but it was Ben Raine, with five for nine, who had the batsmen perplexed. Durham’s openers overtook Warwickshire’s total without loss.

Jordan Clark skittled Hampshire for 92, taking a career-best six for 21 at The Oval where swing bowling on a pitch with an emerald hue proved irresistible. In reply Surrey were 131 for one, with fifties for Rory Burns and Hashim Amla.

Alastair Cook, the former England captain, made his first hundred of the season on a stark April day at New Road, with a short boundary on the cathedral side of the ground helping Essex to 266 for two against Worcestershire.

Lancashire were left rueing dropped catches at Sussex, where Tom Haines made his fourth half‑century of the season in a 133‑run partnership with Stiaan van Zyl (79).

Middlesex had a steady day, notching up 308 for six against Somerset, with seventies from Nick Gubbins and Robbie White.

At Bristol, Sam Evans made his third first-class century and Lewis Hill 77 as Leicestershire polkaed to 264 for four against Gloucestershire. Hassan Azad was out to the second ball of the day, one of four opening batsmen round the country out without scoring.

There were contrasting fortunes for the heroes of Nottinghamshire’s last match as Ben Slater made 107, while Haseeb Hameed was out for a plump two-ball duck. Fynn Hudson‑Prentice snaffled four for 36. Derbyshire then collapsed to 86 for eight in the shadows.

Yorkshire were bowled out for 206 by Northamptonshire, with Dom Bess top-scoring with 56. Wayne Parnell took five for 64.


Simon Burnton

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