County Championship: Sir Alastair Cook scores unbeaten century; Chris Woakes takes three wickets

Sir Alastair Cook scores a century for Essex against Surrey, while Chris Woakes picks up three wickets for Warwickshire on a day dominated by bowlers against Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley; Lancashire closes the Sky Live game against Somerset in Taunton at 364-8 when Luke Wells scores 103

Sir Alastair Cook’s Number 69 First Class included 18 four

Sir Alastair Cook scored his 69th century first class when Essex got off to a strong start in their LV = Insurance County Championship Division Two showdown with Surrey in the Kia Oval.

Cook (140th) hit his second tonne of the season when Essex closed at 299-3 on the South London field, the place where he had scored a century in his final test, against India in the summer of 2018.

Current England team member Dan Lawrence contributed 78 to Essex’s total, while skipper Tom Westley scored 47. Surrey vs Essex scorecard

In Division One, From Warwickshire Chris Woakes, available for his county after the cancellation of England’s Test match against India, won 3-40 against Yorkshire on an 18-field day at Emerald Headingley.

The closer’s scalp included his England teammate Dawid Malan, caught on the spot by just nine, while Yorkshire closed at 95-8 in response to Warwickshire’s 155 who fell behind by 60. Yorks vs Warks scorecard

Michael Burgess (66) was the only Warwickshire hitter to achieve a notable score when Steven Paterson (4-34) and Ben Coad (4-48) shared eight wickets, but the Bears counterattacked with the ball through Woakes, Liam Norwell. (3-25) and Craig Miles (2-11).

Gary Ballance is undefeated at 51 for Yorkshire and will resume on Monday alongside Patterson (1st).

The first two Nottinghamshire and Hampshire They are facing each other in The Ageas Bowl, and it was the Notts leaders who enjoyed the best of the day after pitching to Hampshire for 226. Hants vs Notts scorecard

Notts spikers Dane Paterson (3-52) and Brett Hutton (3-40) shared six wickets, while Nick Gubbins hit 54 for the home team and Felix Morgan (36) led a final 33 wicket with Mohammad Abbas (2nd ).

Keith Barker fired Haseeb Hameed (2) before the stumps when Notts closed at 29-1 to be left behind by 197.

Plus, Lancashire made 364-8 against Somersault – live on Sky Sports Cricket – on an eventful first day in Taunton. Somerset vs Lancs scorecard

Gary Ballance is undefeated at 51 for Yorkshire, which follows Warwickshire by 68 after a full day of wicket

Luke Wells (103 of 113) reached 20 limits in his first-class 19th century and shared a position of 155 in the third wicket with Josh Bohannon (50), before both faced Somerset skipper Tom Abell (3- 63).

Steven Croft (71) then shared a 65 partnership with captain Dane Vilas (36) for the sixth wicket before adding 95 with Tom Bailey (54th) for the eighth.

Croft was caught behind Marchant de Lange at the end of the day, having been pardoned at 67 when he was caught on the thin leg of Jack Brooks (3-70), with Brooks’ keeper having passed over the height of head, wicket removed with chalk.

Seamer Ned Leonard had previously hit his third over in the first-class debut for Somerset, who were stripped of England bowlers Craig Overton (rib) and Jack Leach (Covid protocols).

Northamptonshire they were shot for 183 at home for Durham while Matthew Potts (4-42) and Chris Rushworth (3-50) took eight wickets combined. Northants vs Durham scorecard

Luke Procter (76) scored the leading scorer for Northants, while James Sales, 18, hit an undefeated 38 to lead the hosts to 106-7, before Durham closed out 104-4 in response.

Durham was 49-4, but captain Scott Borthwick (54th) and Graham Clark (23rd) stabilized the visiting team with an unbroken pair of 59.

Plus, Glamorgan are 264-6 at home for Gloucestershire, with David Lloyd (73) and Hamish Rutherford (62) sharing a starting position of 136 and Ed Byron (60th) and Andrew Salter (26th) putting in an unbroken 73 after County Wales had lost six wickets for 55 runs to drop to 191-6. Glamorgan vs Gloucs scorecard

Middlesex they were razed by 144 by Worcestershire only to later reduce pears to 113-8 in a day from 18 plots at Lord’s Middlesex vs Worcs scorecard

Worcestershire guard Ed Barnard caught 4-43 and captain Joe Leach 3-30 when Middlesex, less than a week after racking up 676-5 declared in a win over Sussex, were knocked out in 51 overs, with Max Holden (52) above. punctuation.

Middlesex, however, came back roaring as veteran Tim Murtagh (4-37) and young Ethan Bamber (3-29) cut the visitors to 44-6, before Gareth Roderick (42) and the lower order led to your team to three figures.

Sussex stacked at 310-4 against Leicestershire with Ben Brown marking 111 not out and Tom Haines 71. Leics vs Sussex scorecard

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