Several Gunn & Moore players have enjoyed good starts to the domestic season as the Specsavers County Championship is up and running – rain and snow permitting, that is.
Among the early stars of the season is Gloucestershire’s Chris Dent, who was the first batsman to pass 400 runs in Division Two. He did so thanks to scores of 27 and three against Essex, 180 against Derbyshire and 59 and 138 against Worcestershire to cap a stunning start to the season.
Leading the way for Derbyshire has been Wayne Madsen, who struck 150 in his side’s draw against Gloucestershire then struck 97 against Glamorgan, with Ben Slater also making 62 in a second straight drawn match and Shiv Thakor contributing 83 not out against Northamptonshire; in that same game, Northants’ Ben Duckett made 60.
And it is Duckett who has the highest score of the season among GM players after making 282 not out against Sussex in his side’s first game. He faced 367 balls as he almost doubled his previous best of 154.
After Kent’s opening game against Worcestershire was abandoned without a ball being bowled, Daniel Bell-Drummond had to wait to get his first bat of the season and struck 124 in 190 balls against Leicestershire in a match that went on to be drawn.
Bell-Drummond then scored 84 and 86 not out against Glamorgan to guide his side to a 10-wicket win to lift his side to third place in the early table.
Adam Lyth got his and Yorkshire’s season off to a good start with 111 against Hampshire before the match was drawn. In a game they had to battle to draw against Nottinghamshire, Alex Lees made 92 and 107.
New Hampshire captain James Vince has started with draws against Yorkshire and Warwickshire, making a fine 119 against the reigning champions and taking a wicket for good measure.
Durham pair Jack Burnham (61) and Michael Richardson (39 not out) spent time at the crease together to secure a draw against Middlesex but better was to come for Burnham, who registered his maiden century against Surrey, cracking 135 in 215 balls. Richardson also scored 68 to secure the draw.
There was a half-century for Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate against Sussex and three wickets for Glamorgan’s Andrew Salter against Madsen’s Derbyshire.
Wicket-keeper Alex Davies struck form early for Lancashire, making 55 against Nottinghamshire in their only game of the campaign so far while Dawid Malan scored 74 for Middlesex against Durham and then 121 against Hampshire, a drawn game in which Jimmy Adams made 70 in reply.
At Nottinghamshire, where some six players are represented by GM, Samit Patel and Chris Read were quickest off the blocks with half-centuries against Surrey while Read added a second fifty against Lancashire, following it up with a fine 101 against Yorkshire that played a crucial role in keeping the champions at bay.
Lewis Gregory has made a solid start with Somerset, opening the bowling and taking six wickets in total against Durham and then making 47 not out as well as taking four wickets against Surrey.
As for Surrey’s contingent, Rory Burns made 80 against Somerset while Zafar Ansari is now back in action following injury, taking a couple of wickets against Durham.
While in England the season is underway, Australia’s close season has seen Gunn & Moore busy as they prepare for the 2016/17 season with the signings of Jake Carder, Jake Weatherald and Jason Sangha.
Sangha has signed a two-year extension to his deal until June 2018 and is one of Australia’s brightest young talents, recently hitting 102 in his first ever U19 international; all that coming at the age of just 16.
While AB de Villiers, Shane Watson and Mike Gatting are among the players to have achieved the feat of a century on U19 ODI debut, he is the youngest to do so by more than two years. His outstanding form has already earnt him recognition at second XI level for New South Wales
Weatherald has signed with GM in Australia for the next two years. Jake is a very talented left hander who excelled in the recent Sheffield Shield final for South Australia, falling just four short of a maiden first-class century against a quality Victorian attack.
At just 21 years of age and after only four first-class appearances Jake has earnt a full Shield contract with South Australia for the coming season. With his aggressive stroke play and timing Jakes game will suit all formats and we look forward to providing Jake with the very best GM equipment as his career grows.
Carder has recently re-signed with GM after an outstanding summer in the Cricket Australia XI and Futures League for Western Australia. Carder, 20, has been recognised for his run-making over recent seasons with selection in the Australian U19s, National Performance Squad and Cricket Australia XI.
An opener who is very strong square of the wicket Jake was recently named as the WACA Young Cricketer of the Year. His success has been recognised by Western Warriors with a full Shield contract for the 2016-17 season.
This will be Jake’s third season contracted with GM and we believe he has a very exciting future in the game.
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