Wickets, wickets. At Edgbaston, where Lancashire’s top order are stuttering: Croft joins Bohannon and Jennings in the pavilion, caught for 11. Lancs 53-3, need another 276. And at Taunton, where Peter Siddle – and actually Marchant de Lange, for a two ball duck – fall to Daniel Worrall. Surrey must chase 193 to win.
Good with mushrooms?
And in Division Two: Sussex have a tentative lead of 32, but only five wickets left. Oli Carter has complemented his first-innings 185 with fifty not out.
And at the Riverside, Worcestershire are still 21 runs short of the follow-on. Worcs 472-8.
Let’s have a quick look round the grounds:
In Division One:
Yorkshire have scrapped to a lead of 149, two wickets left, three wickets each for Barker and Abbot. Yorks 131-8
Gloucestershire have lost Chris Dent for a patient 32, and they’re still 20 runs behind Kent, with only four wickets left. Though, because of the multiple night-watchmen sent in yesterday, the tail should provide some fight. Hammond 41 not out.
A century for Lewis Gregory at Taunton! He and Peter Siddle have stretched Somerset’s lead to 170. If they could scrape another fifty runs ..?Somerset 373-8.
And at Edgbaston, Oliver Hannon-Dalby has destroyed Lancashire’s early hopes. Jennings gone for six, Josh Bohannon’s form disappearing with the changing seasons, lbw for a duck. Lancs 33-2, need another 292 to beat Warwickshire.
There’s been a wicket at The Riverside, Ed Barnard for 128, Paul Coughlin pulling off a caught and bowled. Worcestershire still need another 30 to avoid the follow on, with two wickets in hand.
No wickets yet this morning at either Taunton (lead 142) or Canterbury, where what-happened! Gloucestershire are still 40 runs behind.
Oh dear, Yorkshirerrrrr. Now Thompson must go, grabbed like a bit of rogue dandelion fluff by James Vince at slip, off the first ball of Brad Wheal’s over.
And Dom Bess follows, for 15. A third for Abbot. Yorks 124-7, a lead of 142.
Bad tidings for Yorkshire fans as another wicket falls at The Rose Bowl. Yorkshire’s batting at full strength is the best in business; the bowling not so much. With a lead of just 128, and only four wickets left, I think this is Hampshire’s to lose.
Apologies in advance, this is going to be something of a light-touch blog. But I will try my best to keep on top of events and please just holler if I’ve missed something, either BTL or by whistling an email over. Toast time.
A long shot but … the Guardian writer, and my lovely friend, Emma John has long been planning a cricket game in memory of her mum. The rail strike has thrown a rather large spanner in the works. If you are free next Thursday, can get to Long Marston in Buckinghamshire, and fancy a fun game of cricket, please get in touch (or email me and I’ll pass the message on).
The Leicestershire jalopy juddered to a wheel-spinning defeat at Grace Road after they followed their highest score of the season with being bowled out for 99.
The defeat, by an innings and nine runs, was their fifth of the season. Nottinghamshire‘s Liam Patterson-White (the left-arm spinner with the most Championship wickets) took four for 15. Tom Moores, 81 not out, had guided Notts to a lead of 108 until he was hit under the chin and forced to retire. Leicestershire’s second innings never got going, and when Hasan Azad was caught for 34 the rest folded quickly.
There were twin centuries from Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard for Worcestershire at Durham‘s Riverside. Barnard, who has been linked with a move to Warwickshire at the end of the season, reached his 50 di lui with a straight drive, and was undefeated on 116 at stumps.
Shan Masood came within a pinch of 1,000 runs for the season, as he once more swept on his batting cloak, and led Derbyshire to victory as they chased down 219 at Chesterfield. Middlesexwho had suffered a second ‑ innings collapse of seven wickets for 101, could only rue their chances as they dropped Masood twice before finally dismissing him for 98.
Somerset defied the odds after building a second-innings lead of 117 against Surrey at Taunton thanks to Lewis Goldsworthy and Lewis Gregory.
It was all go at Canterbury, as Jordan Cox and Jack Leaning made centuries, Tom Price took a hat ‑ trick and Jacob Duffy put Kent in the driving seat with four for eight before stumps. Gloucestershirein their second innings, are 37 for five and still 89 runs behind.
Alex Davies made a hundred against Lancashirehis former club, as Warwickshire set them 329 to win while Sussex lost early wickets at Sophia Gardens after Glamorgan‘s tail wagged alongside Eddie Byrom’s career-best 178. Three late wickets for Keith Barker put Hampshire in a good position against Yorkshire.
The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 410 v Yorkshire 428 and 101-5
Canterbury: Kent 564 v Gloucestershire 438 and 37-5
Taunton: Somerset 180 and 319-8 v Surrey 382-9
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 292 and 327-9dec v Lancashire 291 and 5-0
Chesterfield: Derbyshire 229 and 222-4 v Middlesex 251 and 196. Derbyshire win by six wickets
The Riverside: Durham 642-7dec v Worcestershire 431-6
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 494 v Sussex 376 and 89-3
Grace Road: Leicestershire 440 and 99 v Nottinghamshire 548-9. Notts win by an innings and nine runs
Good morning! As Jonny Bairstow leaps off the front page of the newspapers, there is still business to attend to in the County Championship. Two games were over in three days: Notts beating collapsability Leicestershire in a blink and Masood-insipired Derbyshire easing to victory over Middlesex.
Of the remaining matches, only the one at The Riverside looks a sure-thing draw. Somerset could yet spring an unlikely surprise at Taunton, there’s all to play for at Sophia Gardens, Gloucestershire’s late-evening balsa wood impression has added jeopardy at Canterbury, and two intriguing matches play out at The Rose Bowl and Edgbaston.