County Championship: Surrey start strong after centuries from Hashim Amla and Ben Geddes

Surrey went 445-5 on the first day of their match against Kent at the Kia Oval; Hashim Amla was playing in just his fourth first-class match and hit 124; in Division Two, table leaders Nottinghamshire dominated the first day of their meeting with second-placed Middlesex

Hashim Amla and Ben Geddes each added hundreds

Hashim Amla and Ben Geddes each scored hundreds as the Insurance County Championship leaders LV=Surrey went 445-5 on the opening day of their match against Kent at the Kia Oval.

The hosts’ innings also saw Sam Curran contribute an explosive 53 not out of just 28 balls as the stumps approached.

Amla, the 39-year-old former South African batsman, and Geddes, 20, played just their fourth first-class match, hitting 124 apiece and producing a third-wicket position of 213 from 56 overs after Kent asked surrey. Bat.

Simon Harmer took four wickets of the afternoon to Essex after Shane Snater’s 71 pulled them out of a rut in their clash against second-placed hampshire in Chelmsford.

Snater became the third-highest run scorer in the County Championship and recorded his third half-century this season to help Essex rally from 105-7 to 238 overall.

The runs flowed for Nottinghamshire on day one against Middlesex

Harmer then went 4-for-23 as Hampshire fell to 68-6 at the close.

Chris Dent’s second championship century of the campaign couldn’t be helped Lancashire approaching the first day of his match against Gloucestershire in Bristol.

Dent made an unbeaten 109 of 246 balls, with 16 fours, but saw his team fall from 156-2 to close with 279-7.

Left arm spinner Jack Morley claimed three for 79 from 23 overs in only his second first-class appearance.

Rob Keogh led the saturation of Northamptonshire On the first day of his confrontation with Warwickshire at Wantage Road, hitting 130 with 20 fours as the hosts pulled to 420-6.

Keogh shared a position on the fifth wicket of 161 with Josh Cobb (88), after Emilio Gay stroked his way to 70 in the morning session.

In Division Two, tables Nottinghamshire dominated the opening day of his meeting with second-placed Middlesex on the Trento Bridge.

Haseeb Hameed made 101, and as Nottinghamshire closed out 378-4, Lyndon James was within reach of his second century of 2022 with 90 not out, with skipper Steven Mullaney not far behind with an unbeaten 79.

Ed Barnard (131) reached his third century of the campaign as worcestershire recovered from 63-5 against glamorgan on New Road to post 271.

Bowler Joe Leach then made a triple breakthrough before the close in a deadly spell with the new ball as the visitors battled back 32-3.

Wayne Madsen played derbyshire enjoyed a good first day against sussex in Hove.

The home team had the best of the morning session as they reduced Derbyshire to 83-4, but Madsen struck back in style, serenely progressing to his 34th first-class century for the county, second only to Kim Barnett’s 53 .

At closing Madsen had 171 no outs, the highest score by a Derbyshire batsman at Sussex as they finished 339–5 from 97 overs.

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