County Championship Division Two: McKay grabs six wickets on opening day in Cardiff

Day One of the second round of fixtures in this season's County Championship got underway on Sunday in Bristol, Cardiff and Hove

County Championship Division Two: McKay grabs six wickets on opening day in Cardiff
Clint McKay grabbed six Glamorgan wickets in Cardiff (image via: Glamorgan Cricket)

The second round of County Championship matches got underway on Sunday, with Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Glamorgan all beginning their seasons. 

A new-look Leicestershire side headed to Cardiff to take on Glamorgan, whilst Derbyshire were in Bristol for the start of their clash against Gloucestershire.

Down on the South coast, Sussex looked to improve from last week's draw, as they began their second match since relegation against top-of-table Essex

McKay grabs six as Glamorgan dismissed for 348

At Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, the home side won the toss and chose to bat which looked to be a foolish choice when they found themselves 25/2 inside five overs.

Australian seamer Clint McKay brought the end of James Kettleborough's innings when he trapped him LBW for 18, and he then had the Glamorgan skipper, Jacques Rudolph caught behind in the same over for just six. 

Chris Cooke scored 56 on the opening day for Glamorgan (image via: GlamorganCricket)

Will Bragg and Chris Cooke then shared in a 107-run partnership for the third wicket, before a mini-collapse occured which saw the hosts lose three wickets for the loss of one run. 

McKay had Bragg caught for 50, and then bowled Aneurin Donald for one, whilst Cooke was dismissed for 56 when he was caught by Jigar Naik off the bowling of Charlie Shreck

Another century partnership followed between David Lloyd and Graeme Wagg, before Lloyd lost his wicket for 59 after being caught behind off Neil Dexter. Wagg was then caught-and-bowled for 64 off Shreck to become the fourth batsman to pass 50 for the home side. 

There was late-order resistance from Craig Meschede (44) and Michael Hogan (21*) to take Glamorgan to 348, before they were finally dismissed inside 90 overs. Shreck ended with three wickets, whilst McKay bagged two more to move to six in the innings, giving him an excellent start to the season. 

Openers Peter Horton (6*) and Angus Robson (4*) saw Leicestershire reach the close of play unscathed, taking the score to 15-0 where they will resume on Monday morning. 

Hughes falls four short of ton on slow day in Bristol

The first day of cricket in Bristol this season was a slow affair, where visitors Derbyshire batted at just over 2.50 runs per over, reaching 242/3 at the end of play.

After winning the toss and chosing to bat, the Derby openers made a solid start to the season, sharing in a 103-run partnership, giving the home side's bowlers very few opportunities. 

The first wicket eventally fell when Ben Slater edged a delivery from Liam Norwell to Jack Taylor, losing his wicket for 42. Just 12 balls later, Gloucestershire and Norwell had their second wicket, when Hamish Rutherford knicked to the keeper for a solitary run. 

Chesney Hughes slashes the ball on his way to 96 (image via: Getty)

At the other end, Chesney Hughes continued to go about his work, and looked set to make a century and the perfect start to his season before he was bowled by Taylor for 96 off of 206 deliveries. 

Wayne Madsen (58*) and Neil Broom (30*) saw Derbyshire home with an unbeaten 66-run partnership, ending the opening day on 242/3 and in a promising position to push on. 

Nash bags century on emotional day in Hove

The opening day of the season in Hove, saw Sussex players and staff come together to celebrate the life of former-player Matthew Hobden who tragically lost his life at the age of 22 in the winter. 

The youngster was set to be a big part of the club's future, and his loss came as a massive shock to the cricket community.

Chris Nash takes the congratulations for his century in Matt Hobden's memory (image via: Getty)

In his memory, the Sussex players were all wearing Hobden's name and number on the back of their shirt's and Chris Nash played an excellent innings in his memory, cracking 119 off 144 balls to lead Sussex to 355/8 at the close. 

Nash's opening partner Ed Joyce scored a typically solid 61, and Ollie Robinson added 51 down the order as Sussex bagged four bonus-points on the opening day at the County Ground

Graeme Napier did the most damage for visitors Essex, grabbing three wickets, with Tom Westley and Ryan Ten Doeschate each bagging a pair themselves on a relatively even opening day.