Royal London Cup: Oliver Robinson double ton lights up opening day


Robinson led Kent's 352-run chase.

Robinson led Kent’s 352-run chase. © Getty

group A

Worcestershire vs Kent

Oliver Robinson brightened the opening day of the Royal London One-Day Cup with an incredible double century in which Kent overthrew Worcestershire by seven wickets in a high-scoring encounter. Asked to chase 352, Kent got the job done with more than five overs left when Robinson crushed an unbeaten 206 from just 131 balls. He hit 27 boundaries and six sixes in his innings as he sent the opposing bowlers on a leather hunt. Earlier in the day, Worcestershire may have imagined their chances of winning when they placed 351/8. The fact that they got a huge score was pretty amazing considering they were reduced to 36/4 at one point. A partnership of 175 runs for the fifth wicket helped them recover before Ben Cox and Joe Leach put the finishing touches.

Surrey vs Leicestershire

An unbeaten century from opener Nick Welch saw Leicestershire return home to win by seven wicket over Surrey. Beauran Hendricks first took the win with a four-wicket-haul to regularly dent the opposition before Welch gave chase. Despite losing his opening partner to a duck, Welch formed a useful partnership with Wiaan Mulder to get Leicestershire across the line.

Nottinghamshire vs Sussex

A clinical performance with both bat and ball saw Nottinghamshire Sussex slide aside at Trent Bridge. Nottinghamshire first put 290 on the board after vital contributions from Matthew Montgomery at the start after a slump and Liam Patterson-White later in the back of the innings. Sussex chased a disheartening 291 and was reduced to 64/4, with skipper Cheteshwar Pujara scoring just 9. Tom Alsop tried hard to battle alongside Danial Ibrahim, but once their partnership was broken, the home side completed further formalities to take a massive win.

Gloucestershire vs Warwickshire

Dominic Sibley and Robert Yates were involved in a partnership of 152 for the first wicket to result in a win for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire. Warwickshire chased 265 and Warwickshire openers were on the right track from the start before Yates was fired for a 65-ball 87. That didn’t stop Sibley, who managed to pull in a ton as it was amazing that the batting side made the total chased with over 11 overs left. Earlier in the day, Krunal Pandya was among the wickets as Warwickshire continued to hit regularly. Ben Wells made 76 but with wickets tumbling regularly Gloucestershire couldn’t put up a fight before Zafar Gohar took them past 250 with a vital cameo.

Group B

Lancashire vs Essex– Match canceled due to rain

Derbyshire vs Glamorgan

Timm van der Gugten played from four wickets while Glamorgan defeated Derbyshire by eight wickets. He picked the first three of the four wickets that fell when Derbyshire was reduced to 31/5. Although they later managed to drag themselves past 100, a target of 111 would never be enough. David Lloyd and Sam Northeast were sacked early but Colin Ingram and Kiran Carlson made sure there were no further problems as they got the job done to take an eight wicket win.

Yorkshire vs Northamptonshire

The Yorkshire top three came together for 338 runs, as they managed to go past 350 against Northamptonshire. Only Fraine cleared the rope eight times in his innings, making 143 from just 107 balls. His opening partner Harry Duke also hit a barrel, as the two batters added 209 for the first wicket. That partnership was followed by another century of stand with Will Luxton knocking off 84 of just 53. Their efforts brought Yorkshire to a staggering tally of over 350 before also knocking out the openers cheaply with the ball. Will Young led from the front with a 64-ball 91 which was followed by rearguard attempts from Rob Keogh and Lewis McManus, but with the lower order collapsing spectacularly, the chasing side was eliminated for just 320.

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