County Championship round-up: Derby's Redfern claims first blood

With all respect to Derbyshire, they may not make many headlines this season. Savour the moment, then, Dan Redfern, who will retain the distinction for posterity of the first century of the 2012 County Championship.

It was a first for the left-hander from Shrewsbury, who is not 22 until later this month but was playing his 46th first-class match against Northamptonshire at Derby, having made his debut as a 17-year-old. His closest previous effort came last summer, when he fell for 99 against Glamorgan.

For Derbyshire it came at a timely moment, as Northants had reduced them to 50 for 4. Redfern and another young left-hander, 23-year-old Ross Whitely, then put on 170 before Redfern, who had been dropped on 59 and 88, was bowled by David Willey for 110, having pipped Essex's Billy Godleman to be first into three figures.

More headlines can be expected from Surrey, back in the First Division and dark horses for the title with a depth of exciting young batting talent. Only Tom Maynard revealed much of it yesterday, though, as Sussex bowled them out for 284 at The Oval.

Left-arm seamer Naved Arif claimed his third wicket with the dismissal of captain Rory Hamilton-Brown, caught down the leg side, to have Surrey 124 for 5 before Maynard and wicketkeeper Rory Burns added 82 in 16 overs. Then Amjad Khan made short work of the tail to finish with five for 57, leaving Maynard stranded on 86 not out.

Amazingly, given there was a covering of snow on Wednesday at Headingley, where Kent made serene progress in fine weather, only Somerset suffered any loss of playing time, their start against Middlesex at Taunton delayed until 2.45. Vernon Philander, the South African quick who had previously played Championship cricket for Middlesex, then struck with his third delivery as a Somerset player.

Philander's first spell conceded only eight runs in seven overs. Somerset will need to make the most of him. His form since making his Test debut in November – 51 wickets in seven matches – has won him a place in this summer's South African tour party here, so he will be off at the end of May.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003