Apr 102013

George Bailey and Ed Cowan dominate on day one of the County Championship

Hampshire 4-286 (Bailey 93) v Leicestershire at SouthamptonDebuting for Hampshire at number four, Bailey stroked 14 fours in his innings of 93, shaking off any rust he may have collected following his Bupa Sheffield Shield victory last month. He combined with Liam Dawson to post 141 for the third wicket, striking at a touch under 70 runs per 100 balls. Good County form will put Bailey right in line of the National Selection panel ahead of the Champions Trophy and Ashes campaigns.

Nottinghamshire 278 (Cowan 61) v Middlesex 0-12 at NottinghamEd Cowan proved he has the game and temperament to suit English conditions, starring for Notts at Trent Bridge. The venue of the first Test currently holds good memories for the Tasmanian opening bat, dismissing his first three balls to the boundary with intent. Standing out of his crease to negate the swing, Cowan’s judgement on when to play and when not to was reportedly excellent. His form and experience in English conditions will hold him in good stead in the upcoming months. You can follow Ed’s adventures with his photo diary Ed’s Eye. Check it out here.

Gloucestershire 3-300 (Klinger 18) v Essex at ChelmsfordNot the ideal start for South Australian veteran Michael Klinger, caught behind for 18 off the bowling of David Masters. Klinger will lead Gloucs this summer which began with him losing the toss to opposing skipper James Foster. Not all bad news for Klinger though, as Hamish Marshall and Dan Housego combined for 229 for the fourth wicket to have Gloucs in firm control.

Glamorgan 134 (North 2, Hogan 0, Copeland 1-23 from 15) v Nothamptonshire 3-108 (Hogan 1-36 from 10) at CardiffWest Australian lefty Marcus North could only manage two before edging Steven Crook to first slip at Cardiff. North boasts an Ashes century at the ground but that didn’t stop him and Glamorgan getting rolled for a paltry 134. Trent Copeland picked up one in his search to return to the Australian team in conditions that should suit the lanky paceman. Michael Hogan made an inauspicious start to his County career, out for naught, but came back to take the wicket of Kyle Coetzer, bowled, and will be wanting more on day two.

Yorkshire 96 (Jaques 2, Magoffin 2-18 from 13.2) v Sussex 3-104 at LeedsYorkshire’s top order combined for only 13 between them, including two from Phil Jaques, to eventually be rolled for 96 on day one against Sussex. Steve Magoffin bagged two wickets, one of them Jaques LBW, in an tight display of line and length bowling. Sussex already have a lead of eight with all the work to do for Jason Gillespie and his chargers. 

First Posted 11 April, 2013 11:19AM AEDT

Tags: George Bailey , Ed Cowan , Trent Copeland , Phil Jaques , Michael Hogan

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