In teen Ollie Pope, Surrey have a batsman to observe. The 20-year-old scored his 3rd hundred in 10 firstclass suits to show day one in opposition to Yorkshire on its head following a sticky get started on an strangely green-tinged pitch.
At 69 for 4 and 162 for 6 each side of lunch, Surrey have been suffering following Joe Root’s resolution to let the toss cross uncontested and bowl first – Root is captaining Yorkshire this weekend following sickness to Gary Ballance. A rating of 200 was once unsure in opposition to a group stuffed with self belief having crushed champions Essex ultimate weekend regardless of posting 50 within the first innings. But Pope, a peaceful head on younger shoulders, guided Surrey to 366 for seven.
Having are available in at six, the diminutive former England under-19s right-hander battled onerous with fifth-wicket spouse Dean Elgar (61) to percentage 68 ahead of Rikki Clarke ruled a key 129-run stand for the 7th wicket each side of tea, taking the rating to 291 for seven.
It was once best as soon as belligerent Clarke, who handed 10,000 firstclass runs, departed for 71 to Jack Brooks with the second one new ball that Pope (131) kicked on, appearing the flamboyance which has additionally made him helpful in opposition to the white ball. Maybe he’ll take to 100-ball cricket? That is, in fact, so long as it is going forward. Speaking at tea on BBC Rradio, Surrey leader govt Richard Gould admitted there may be a variety of confusion surrounding the ECB’s plans for the brand new pageant. Asked whether or not he concept it might cross forward in 2020, he mentioned: “I don’t know.”
Earlier, Mark Stoneman was once lbw to Tim Bresnan for 10, Rory Burns was once stuck in the beginning slip off Brooks – his 400th firstclass sufferer – for 9 and Ben Foakes stuck at the back of off Steve Patterson for 18.
Division One leaders Nottinghamshire have been bowled out for 133 through Lancashire at Trent Bridge, together with two wickets for Jimmy Anderson, ahead of the guests answered with 157 for 4. Haseeb Hameed posted a duck.
Having suffered their first Championship defeat in 19 in opposition to Yorkshire, champions Essex are suffering once more at Worcester. Bowled out for 177 – Alastair Cook hit 37 – the hosts answered with 47 for no loss. At Taunton, rain intended best 58.1 overs have been imaginable between Hampshire and Somerset, with the guests 198 for 8. James Vince hit a flighty 44 and Tom Abell took 3 wickets.
In Division Two, Eoin Morgan’s 76 for Middlesex (356 for 6) in opposition to Gloucestershire at Lord’s represented his first Championship fifty since September 2014. Dawid Malan matched him.
Fourteen wickets fell on a helter-skelter opening day between leaders Warwickshire and Northamptonshire at Edgbaston. Teenage seamer Henry Brookes was once shaping to be the headline act for Warwickshire with 4 wickets, together with 3 in a gap spell that had the guests 52 for 6 and 118 for seven through lunch. But Steven Crook (92) and Doug Bracewell (81) modified all the complexion as a counter-attacking stand of 122 driven them as much as 256. They additionally shared 3 wickets in Warwickshire’s answer of 100 for 4. Ian Bell is 55 unbeaten.