Kent veteran Darren Stevens becomes the oldest man to hit a County Championship hundred since 1986, while Hampshire captain James Vince races to three figures and then pushes on to make a double ton during opening round of 2021 fixtures
Worcestershire’s Jake Libby played the longest County Championship innings in 25 years
Sky Cricket’s Benedict Bermange has poured over the opening round of LV= Insurance County Championship matches, bringing you some top stats on long innings, quick-fire centuries and another winless first-class outing for Nottinghamshire…
Jake Libby carried his bat through Worcestershire’s first innings against Essex, playing the second-longest innings in County Championship history, ending just two minutes short of Jason Gallian’s record set 25 years ago:
Longest innings in County Championship
|Innings length||Player||Score||Match||Venue & year|
|11hrs 23mins||Jason Gallian||312||LANCASHIRE vs Derbyshire||Manchester, 1996|
|11hrs 21mins||Jake Libby||180no||Essex vs WORCS||Chelmsford, 2021|
|11hrs 10mins||Steve James||259no||GLAMORGAN vs Notts||Colwyn Bay, 1999|
|11hrs 7mins||Michael Powell||299||Gloucs vs GLAMORGAN||Cheltenham, 2006|
|10hrs 53mins||Mike Hussey||310no||Gloucs vs NORTHANTS||Bristol, 2002|
Hampshire defeated Leicestershire by an innings & 105 runs to record their largest margin of victory since beating Kent by an innings & 111 runs at Southampton back in 2010.
Hampshire’s James Vince reached his century off 81 balls – his fastest ever – and his final score of 231 was the joint-third-highest score by any Hampshire captain in the County Championship:
Highest scores by Hampshire captains
|Score||Player||Opposition||Venue & year|
|316||RH Moore||Warwickshire||Bournemouth, 1937|
|268||EG Wynyard||Yorrkshire||Southampton, 1986|
|231||JHK Adams||Leicestershire||Southampton, 2014|
|231||JM Vince||Leicestershire||Leicester, 2021|
Somerset managed to defeat Middlesex at Lord’s despite finding themselves 89-9 in reply to Middlesex’s first innings of 313. Lewis Gregory
Darren Stevens is the oldest man to score a Championship century since 1986
Darren Stevens made an unbeaten 116 in Kent’s first innings against Northamptonshire at the age of 44 years 344 days. He became the oldest centurion in the County Championship since Chris Balderstone made 115 for Leicestershire against Sussex in 1986 at the age of 45 years 247 days.
David Bedingham and Ned Eckersley shared an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 254 in Durham’s second innings against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, setting a new county record for that wicket. The previous record was a partnership of 247 between Gordon Muchall and Ian Blackwell against Worcestershire at Worcester in 2011.
Nottinghamshire’s failure to win that match took their winless streak in English domestic first-class cricket to 27 matches, the longest such streak since Leicestershire ended their 37-match streak in 2015.
Their current streak is the joint-fifth longest since the Second World War, but still 16 matches short of the overall Post-War record, ironically also held by Nottinghamshire:
Winless runs in English first-class cricket
|Games without a win||Team||Start||Finish|