It’s that time of year – already. News from Lord’s: Middlesex will released leg-spinner Nathan Sowter at the end of the season, when his existing contract comes to an end. Sowter, 29, is currently on loan with Durham until 16th July.
Sowter has made 106 appearances for Middlesex – 13 in First-Class cricket and 93 in the two white-ball formats, taking 127 wickets in all.
Head of Men’s Performance Cricket, Alan Coleman, said:“Sometimes in professional sport you are faced with tough decisions, and letting Nathan leave the Club is certainly one of those times.
“He has been an outstanding servant for Middlesex since making his debut for the Club back in 2015 and has always been a popular member within the dressing room, however as a Club we need to look forwards at the squad we are trying to build.
“Releasing Nathan is not a decision we have made lightly. He is a fine cricketer, and we hope he continues to have a successful playing career in the game. We wish him every success for the future and thank him for all he has achieved for Middlesex Cricket. “
A century from Rory Burns encouraged Surrey to put on their dancing shoes at Taunton. Somerset‘s attack was blunted with the morning news that Craig Overton had delayed symptoms of concussion, after being hit on the helmet by twin Jamie on Sunday afternoon, and would take no further part in the match. His substitute Marchant de Lange took two wickets, but Surrey batted masterfully, despite missing Hashim Amla, retired sick overnight.
It was even-stevens at Edgbaston, where Lancashire hurried towards Warwickshire‘s total, led by 90 from Steven Croft and pocketfuls of support elsewhere. Liam Norwell was the pick of the bowlers, with four for 78. At the Rose Bowl, fifties from Nick Gubbins, Liam Dawson and Ben Brown kept Hampshire in the hunt against Yorkshiredespite a dodgy start.
Glamorgan‘s Colin Ingram (145) and Eddie Byrom (105) embroidered an unbeaten 253 at a run-rich Sophia Gardens. Byrom, playing his first Championship game of the season, was initially hesitant; Ingram fluent from the start. Earlier, Sussex‘s Oli Carter was the last man out for 185, going for his fifth six of the morning.
A magical spell of five for 14 in seven overs from Toby Roland-Jones transformed Middlesex‘s fortunes at Chesterfield. Derbyshire had been scoring easy runs, with 49 from Shan Masood and 62 from Wayne Madsen, when, just after the umpires changed the ball, they suddenly lost seven for 21.
At Canterbury, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Ben Compton were both out in the 80s for Kent against Gloucestershire, as batting continued to be easier than bowling.
Durham soared past 600, as Rachin Ravindra hurried to 217 and Paul Coughlin and Ben Raine made maiden first-class centuries in a jolly partnership of 213. From 0-1 in reply, Worcestershire recovered to 140 for three, still 502 runs behind.
And at Grace Road, a hundred from Nottinghamshire‘s Ben Duckett and fifties from Haseeb Hameed and Joe Clarke, entertained the crowds as they closed 67 runs behind Leicestershire‘s first innings 440 with five wickets in hand.
The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 225-4 v Yorkshire 428 all out
Canterbury: Kent 232-3 v Gloucestershire 438
Taunton: Somerset 180 v Surrey 382-7
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 292 v Lancashire 280-9
Chesterfield: Derbyshire 229 v Middlesex 251 and 95-3
The Riverside: Durham 642-7dec v Worcestershire 140-3
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 258-1 v Sussex 376 all out
Grace Road: Leicestershire 440 v Nottinghamshire 373-5
Good morning! While eyes turn to the full house at Trent Bridge, the Championship moves into its third day in this mid-June round. Things have sped ahead at Chesterfield, thanks to Toby Roland-Jones’ inspired afternoon spell, and Somerset are in trouble at Taunton, but otherwise there is all to play for. Events start at 11am – coffee anyone?