Matthew Fisher plays Gloucestershire for Yorkshire on day one

Fit again, Matthew Fisher played for Yorkshire against Gloucestershire at Headingley on day one as the White Rose bid for the safety of the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Fast England bowler Fisher, back in action after suffering a stress fracture in his back, helped the hosts knock out already relegated Gloucestershire for 190 just before the tea by scoring four for 45 from 12 overs.

James Bracey gave the visitors the best score of 71 as they failed to make the most of the pick to bat. Yorkshire’s response then closed 80 for three in the 27th over, poor light ending the day almost 12 overs early.

Yorkshire came into play in Division One 15 points clear of second from bottom Warwickshire, knowing a maximum 10-point draw would guarantee safety and have already secured three.

Kent, a point behind Yorkshire at the start of the day, is also trying to ensure the seals’ survival. On the first day of their home game with Somerset, the away team saw 195 for nine at stumps.

Lewis Goldsworthy was unbeaten at 93 after almost single-handedly helping his team recover from nine to three.

Nathan Gilchrist took five for 55 and had a hat trick when poor light and rain halted the game at 5:07 p.m.

Warwickshire got off to a solid start against Hampshire at Edgbaston, reaching 138 for two in a day that saw 55 overs lost to rain and poor light.

After losing the first session to weather, openers Rob Yates (77 not out) and Dom Sibley (54) added 129 in 38 overs.

Keaton Jennings hit an unbeaten 190 to put Lancashire firmly under control against champions Surrey at Old Trafford.

There were also half centuries from Steven Croft (86) and George Balderson (53 not out) as Lancashire put together a huge opening day total of 414 for five.

Northamptonshire held Essex at 220 for eight on a rain-affected opening day at Wantage Road.

Although wickets fell in lumps – with Tom Taylor claiming three – a captain’s batter of 55 didn’t help Tom Westley keep Essex in contention in a ninth wicket-tally of 68 in 20 overs with Ben Allison (37).

In Division Two, leaders Nottinghamshire have put together exactly the opening day they had hoped against Durham at Trent Bridge to secure promotion, with Haseeb Hameed and Matthew Montgomery beating a century each.

Hameed’s 115 and Montgomery’s 101 not out – his first first-class century – helped Notts close to 276 for two, knowing that a draw guaranteed them promotion and that a win secured them the title.

Toby Roland-Jones conceded three wickets as second-placed Middlesex reduced Worcestershire to 167 for eight at New Road.

It allowed visitors to earn two of the 16 maximum points required to advance to Division One.

Third-placed Glamorgan, who needed a win to finish inside the top two, made good progress on a rain-plagued first day in Sussex to reach 221 for three.

Indian batter Shubman Gill led with an unbeaten 91 from just 102 balls, while skipper David Lloyd scored 56 points against a tame Sussex attack.

England Lions bowler Sam Conners delivered his best county championship numbers of the season as Derbyshire beat Leicestershire early on the opening day.

Conners went five to 51 en route to the hosts bowling Leicestershire for 249, with all-rounder Tom Scriven scoring 53. The hosts then went 57 unbeaten when poor light ended the game prematurely.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/gloucestershire-yorkshire-england-insurance-headingley-b2175742.html Matthew Fisher plays Gloucestershire for Yorkshire on day one

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