A breakthrough in Southampton! Lyth snaffled at third slip off Ian Holland for 19, Yorks 51-1.
A quick wander round the Division One grounds:
A nice start from Yorkshire: 47-0
Three wickets for Miles at Canterbury, where Gloucestershire rebuild at 64-3.
Somerset’s batting continues to look egg-shell brittle. 40-3, with Jamie Overton grabbing a wicket at his old home, Tom Abell for one.
Sibley (28 not out) still there at Edgbaston, Warwickshire have lost Davies and Yates, 57-2.
An unexpected development:
Lyth and Hill have got Yorkshire off to a good start at the Rose Bowl – 45-0 – intrigued to find out if Harry Brook can continue his sparkling Championship form. It will be such a shame for him if he can’t make his England debut whilst in such golden touch – but one of Pope (currently 73 not out at Trent Bridge) or Bairstow would have to make way, and neither feels very likely.
Alex Davies must have been desperate to make his mark against his old county. No cigar this time, a leading edge off Tom Bailey falling nicely to Josh Bohannon – whose own early season form had started to fall away by the end of the first block of games. Warwicks 25-1, Sibley seven not out.
A couple of wickets down at Taunton too – Green and Lammonby: Somerset 21-2. No space this morning for James Hildreth, it all smells a bit like Marcus Trescothick’s final season, unfortunately.
A second wicket for Matthew Milnes at Canterbury, where Gloucestershire’s season continues to encounter many potholes. First Scott – for a more-than-run-a-ball 27 – then Bracey, for one. Gloucs 37-2.
An early wicket at Grace Road, where Hassan Azad is a first wicket for James Pattinson. I’ve read nice things about what Leicestershire are doing under Sean Jarvis in the community. Hope he’s able to bring about change on the field too.
A little bit more on Lancashire’s new (temporary) red-ball signing: Will Williams is a right-arm seamer who plays first-class cricket for Canterbury, NZ, in the Plunkett Shield. In the 2021/22 Plunkett Shield season, Williams was the fourth-highest wicket taker, picking up 25 wickets at 21.52.
Lancs snapped him up because James Anderson and Luke Wood are with England (various) and Saqib Mahmood and Jack Blatherwick have been ruled out through injury.
Kent, Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire doing a Ben Stokes.
The Rose Bowl: Yorkshire, who will bat
Canterbury: Kent, who will bowl
Taunton: Somerset, who will bat.
Edgbaston: Warwickshire, who will bat (Will Williams makes his Lancs debut)
Chesterfield: Middlesex, who will bat
The Riverside: Durham, who will bat. (Taylor Cornall makes his Durham debut)
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan, who will bowl
Grace Road: Nottinghamshire, who will bowl
If you want to follow the Test, Daniel Harris is up and running:
and a cracking piece by Ali Martin on Trent Bridge’s link with all things New Zealand – some fantastic anecdotes, particularly the Chris Cairns-KP big beasts face-off.
The Rose Bowl: Hampshire v Yorkshire
Canterbury: Kent v Gloucestershire
Taunton: Somerset v Surrey
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Lancashire
Chesterfield: Derbyshire v Middlesex
The Riverside: Durham v Worcestershire
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Sussex
Grace Road: Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire
Good morning! What more could you want than a midsummer Championship game, even if it is shoved somewhat randomly in the schedule between a diet of Blast Games.
I’m not sure how many of you will be along today – what with the Test team doing their business over at Trent Bridge – but do feel free to mull on the season so far either Below The Line or email me at tanya.aldred. firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve been to the Blast, have there been empty seats, or issues with crowd behavior? Is there an alternative spinner out there in the Championship to throw in the mix with Leach or Parkinson? Have you eaten your weight at the pick your own strawberry farm or read a life-changing novel. CClive! wants to know.