County cricket in England: Holder slams century, Seales shines with ball again

Former West Indies Test captain Jason Holder returned to form with a sublime fourth first-class 100 for Worcestershire while rookie speedster Jayden Seales snatched his second straight five-wicket haul for Sussex, on day two of the latest round of County Championship matches here Saturday.

The 32-year-old Holder, who had scraped 63 runs from his previous five innings, struck an up tempo, unbeaten 123 off only 110 balls as the visitors dominated Kent’s attack to pile up 618 for seven declared in their first innings of the Division One contest at St Lawrence Ground.

Recently named in West Indies’ squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, Holder belted seven fours and half-dozen sixes in just under 2-½ hours at the crease, and posted 225 in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership with Matthew Waite whose 100 not out required 126 balls.

Resuming the morning on 308 for five, Worcestershire flourished, courtesy of Adam Hose (90) and Rob Jones (27), who extended their overnight sixth-wicket stand to 74 before being separated within 12 runs of each other.

Holder then took control of the innings, racing to his first fifty off 61 deliveries before bringing up three figures off just 97 balls.

In reply, Kent found themselves tottering on 15 for two in the fifth over before recovering to reach 111 without further loss, thanks to an unbroken third wicket stand of 96 between captain Daniel Bell-Drummond (54 not out) and Jack Leaning (43 not out).

At Cardiff, Seales continued his domination of Division Two when he finished with five for 101 as Glamorgan reached 411 for nine in reply to Sussex’s first innings of 278.

The 22-year-old Seales, who played the last of his 10 Tests 18 months ago, produced a three wicket burst early in the opening session to reduce the hosts to 41 for four after they resumed the morning on 21 for one.

Glamorgan recovered well, however, Colin Ingram top-scoring with 170 and Kiran Carlson striking 148, the pair putting on a club-record 315 for the fifth wicket.

Seales eventually broke the stand when he removed Carlson, before adding the scalp of number 10 Andy Gorvin (1) near the close, to take his tally for the Division Two season to a league-leading 23 wickets. (CMC)