LONDON: Pakistan pace man Mohammad Amir continued his rich seam of form from the Champions Trophy win over India, striking early for Essex using a pink ball on a landmark day for English county cricket.
Amir trapped Middlesex Nick Gubbins lbw as the latest round of county championship matches got underway on Monday, and later also claimed the wicket of wicketkeeper batsman John Simpson.
By the end of the day’s play, Amir’s Essex team were in commanding position after scoring 106 without loss in reply to Middlesex’s 246.
The new day/night format led to the use of the pink ball with a black seam — ideal preparation for England’s Test players for a match with the West Indies from August 17-21 at Edgbaston.
Domestic cricket history was also made in Glamorgan’s game with Derbyshire as the latter’s 16-year-old Afghan-born spinner Hamidullah Qadri became the first player born in the 2000s to play Championship cricket.
Floodlit cricket is not totally new to England as it first came to their shores on July 23, 1997, in a limited overs match between Warwickshire and Somerset at the same Edgbaston ground where the Test match will take place.
The county championship has had one day night game in 2011 between Kent and Glamorgan but got mixed reviews from the players and attendance was not impressive.