County cricket: Tom Curran shines as Surrey edge closer to title – as it happened

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With his brother on form for England, Tom Curran took five for 28 and scored 43 supporting Mark Stoneman, who hit 144 against Notts

Surrey edge closer to title after Tom Curran shines

Surrey moved closer to the championship crown, skittling Nottinghamshire for 101 before asking them to follow on. It was a cracking day for Tom Curran who, in his first Championship game of the season, took five for 28 and scored 43 as handmaiden to Mark Stoneman, magnificent with 144 off 260 balls – the longest innings of his career. Notts need 191 to make Surrey bat again, with eight wickets remaining.

At gentil Southport, another 15 wickets fell as Lancashire slipped further into the morass. To much intake of collective breath, Lancashire safely negociated the last three overs of the day, needing 306 for an unlikely win.

In Worcestershire’s second innings, boosted by 50 from Wayne Parnell, there were three wickets for Tom Bailey, Division One’s leading wicket-taker, who found swing and nip on the tricky pitch.

There were three wickets also for the elegant Keshav Maharaj, cigarello slim, repeatedly plucking at his long sleeves as he wheeled in from the Grosvenor Road end.

After their washed-out first day, Dan Lawrence led Essex to higher ground with an unbeaten century, his highest score of the season.

Yorkshire fought back from 119 for five thanks to 80s from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Andy Hodd; Josh Davey took four for 53. Somerset were dismissed one run short of maximum batting points,

In Division Two, an Ian Bell double century against his favourite team took him past 20,000 first-class runs and put Warwickshire in a dominant position against Gloucester at Colwyn Bay.

Northamptonshire beat Durham just after tea. After taking four early Northants wickets for nine runs, Durham were bundled out for 133, despite a valiant 50 from Cameron Steel. Ben Sanderson took seven for 80 in the match.

Middlesex made a better fist of their second innings at Lord’s, 210 for five at stumps with Dawid Malan unbeaten on 69. Sussex were bowled out with a two-run lead on first innings; James Harris four for 61.

Ryan Higgins took four for 26 as Leicestershire were dismissed for 111 at Bristol. Gloucestershire batted serenely in their second innings to close on 152 for one. Chris Dent was unbeaten on 61.

On the slow paradise at the County Ground, Kent were dismissed for 561, Tony Palladio five for 113. Derbyshire were 210 for two in reply.

What a cracking day again - let’s not talk about Durham, though bravo to Northants. Notts doing their best to resist Surrey, Somerset battling with the Yorkies, a super century from Dan Lawrence at Chelmsford, Lancs down and dirty at Southport, Leicester promotion hopes dashed a little, runs and more runs in Derbyshire’s little paradise, Middlesex giving Grif a day at Lord’s and , of course, a big plump double century for Ian Bell. Have a lovely evening everyone, Graham takes up the reins tommorrow.

Ian Bell 204 not out!

And Toby Lester opens with Haseeb, for which there’s some logic, somewhere.

Worcestershire all out, with a lead of 313 , leaving Lancashire three overs to face in the gloaming.

Lead of 300 here for Worcestershire in the gloom. Notts making a better fist of things this time around, 41 without loss.

Some Test stats, but I think you’ll like them:

After the low scores for Root and Bairstow today, none of England's top order now average over 30 this season https://t.co/H1whzgm0KY #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/7EIT4fuTzl

— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) August 30, 2018

Northants have won, by seven wickets. Durham go back to the drawing board.

Notts all out for 101 - Surrey have enforced the follow on. Tom Curran takes five wickets in his first Championship game of the season. Not a bad day for the Currans what with pesky younger brother Sam 39 not out at the Test.

Super catch by Haseeb Hameed just in front of the trees on the boundary rope to dismiss Barnard (Barn-ed not Barnaaaard) for 24. Worcester 174/7. This is the interval really, before the last act.

50 stand between Moeen and Curran giving England just an veneer of respectability. Lucky Lancs that Worcestershire didn’t have Moeen for this game.

DIVISION TWO

Derby: Derby v Kent. Kent 561 (Crawley 96 , Denly 106, Stewart 85) Derbyshire 98/1

Chester-le-Street: Durham v Northamptonshire. Durham 129 (Procter 5-33) and 133 (Steel 50; Gleeson 3-26; Sanderson 4-34); Northants 198 (Wakely 60; Rushoworth 4-52, Salisbury 44-4) and 22/0

Colwyn Bay: Glamorgan v Warwickshire. Glamorgan 203 (Meschede 53 not out); Warwickshire 337/5 ( Bell 153 not out; )

Bristol: Gloucestershire v Leicestershire. Gloucestershire 202 (Bracey 76; Abbas 5-30); Leicestershire 111 (Higgins 4-26 )

Lord’s: Middlesex v Sussex. Middlesex 169 (Holden 50; Archer 3-34, Jordan 3-26) and 125/3; Sussex 171 (Wiese 2-11)

Tea-time scores

DIVISION ONE

Southport: Lancashire v Worcestershire. Worcestershire 222 (D’Oliveria 65, Bailey 4-41) and 44/3 (Bailey 3-20); Lancashire 161 (Davies 47, Tongue 5-63)

Chelmsford: Essex v Hampshire. Essex 218/4 (Chopra 55, Lawrecne 43 not out, ten Doeschate 44 not out; Abbott 3-42)

The Oval: Surrey v Nottinghamshire. Surrey 375 (Stoneman 144); Notts 88/7 (Curran 3-24 )

Headingley: Yorkshire v Somerset. Somerset 399 (Azhar 89; Hildreth 81, Davies 80, Brooks 5-116) Yorkshire 195/5 (Hodd 41 not out; )

Notts 80/7....this is too easy.

And please excuse the stacatto posts, wifi so on and off that easier to send quick ones.

Northants need 65 to win, before tea, on day 2.

Trouble on the outfield Take 2

🏟️ Essex CCC would like to address the condition of the outfield at The Cloudfm County Ground after bad weather affected play yesterday 🌧️

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— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 30, 2018

(trouble on the outfield Take 1 - April )

A second for Maharaj! Milton caught behind for 37. Worcs 137/6

Bell moves onto 135 while I wasn’t looking. Wisden editor tweeted this. Spoilsport. https://twitter.com/the_topspin/status/1035154972399362054

Much though I love Ian Bell, this puts things in perspective... https://t.co/pA1WEsKSOi

— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) August 30, 2018

That wicket for the long-limbed Maharaj hasn’t stopped Worcestershire scampering cleverly between the wickets, lead now 185.

Leicestershire all out 111. Griffiths not out 36 in three and a half hours. Proper innings that.

A valuable, potentially match-winning little partnership growing here between Milton and Cox- 50 off 16.2 overs. Worcs 110/4 , lead 171

Surrey crushing Notts under their boot: 39/5, Curran 3-22 ; Somerset trying their best to keep it interesting - Yorks now 119/5.

Notts in trouble: 26/3. Morkel looking tricky . https://twitter.com/surreycricket/status/1035157269493829633

Notts already on the slide at The Oval - 13/2, both to Tom Curran. Yorkshire rallying thanks to Ballance and Lyth - 92/2. At Chelmsford, Westley has gone for 40. Essex 119/2.

Kent all out for 561, including 53 extras. Durham rallying: 100/5, Steel going well again, 47 not out. Leicester have lost a sixth - that’s 2 for 7 runs since lunch. Middlesex a second,36/2 - a lead of 34 over Sussex.

Is this true for anyone btl?

If you missed this last night have a read. County cricket facing an exodus of memberships...https://t.co/nMliQU7Sqt

— Dan Whiting (@TheMiddleStump) August 29, 2018

Thank you Pingissimus for keeping such a close eye on all things Bell. 20,000 f-c runs for the Warwickshire ginger prince.

And Bell gets his hundred! Off 194 balls (13 4’s). Lucky people in Colwyn Bay - hope the weather’s good for you too. Don’t forget to get an ice-cream from that lovely ice-cream parlour on the sea front.

Thoughts....?

.@englandcricket - you lads need anyone? https://t.co/z9Afyiwz6m

— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) August 30, 2018

Goodbye Dolly - a half-hearted push off Onions, gone for 14 Wrcs 56/4. Lead 117.

DIVISION TWO

Derby: Derby v Kent. Kent 534-8 (Crawley 96 , Denly 106, Stewart 85)

Chester-le-Street: Durham v Northamptonshire. Durham 129 (Procter 5-33) and 77/5 (Steel 42; Gleeson 3-21); Northants 198 (Wakely 60; Rushoworth 4-52, Salisbury 44-4)

Colwyn Bay: Glamorgan v Warwickshire. Glamorgan 203 (Meschede 53 not out); Warwickshire 209/4 ( Bell 89 not out; )

Bristol: Gloucestershire v Leicestershire. Gloucestershire 202 (Bracey 76; Abbas 5-30); Leicestershire 78/4

Lord’s: Middlesex v Sussex. Middlesex 169 (Holden 50; Archer 3-34, Jordan 3-26) and 19/1; Sussex 171 (Wiese 2-11)

Lunch-time scores

DIVISION ONE

Southport: Lancashire v Worcestershire. Worcestershire 222 (D’Oliveria 65, Bailey 4-41) and 44/3 (Bailey 3-20); Lancashire 161 (Davies 47, Tongue 5-63)

Chelmsford: Essex v Hampshire. Essex 111/1 (Chopra 55, Westley 38)

The Oval: Surrey v Nottinghamshire. Surrey 375/9 (Stoneman 144)

Headingley: Yorkshire v Somerset. Somerset 399 (Azhar 89; Hildreth 81, Davies 80, Brooks 5-116) Yorkshire 56/2

Worcestershire’s lead passes 100 despite superb bowling from Bailey. A few quick hits on these short boundaries and the runs tick along. That’s lunch -8 wickets here this morning, and wifi notwithstanding, I’ll get the lunch scores from around the grounds up asap.

Stoneman moves on to 143 - his longest ever innings by balls of his career. Essex building nicely, 48 for Chopra and 31 for young Westley - let’s wish him runs too, a day for the England discarded.

Difficult to say which of these two batting line-ups is the more fragile - Joe Clark bowled by Bailey - that man again - for 2. Worcs 25/2. Bailey, who has got nip and bounce, now on 47 f-c wickets.

Durham, Durham, Durham... 28/2 in their second innings, still trailing by 41. While Kent head towards 450, 58 not out to Grant Stewart. Bell still there at Colwyn Bay, 74 not out.

Updated

Surrey collect their third batting point - as the partnership of 84 between Stoneman and (122 not out) and Curran (42) comes to an end. Lancs all out for 161, Clark out hooking in desperation for 27. Tongue 5-63 and a run out! Worcestershire lead is 61.

These wickets they are a-tumbling. Bailey gone now for 4 - 143/8. And another... Maharaj second ball for a duck. 143/9. But Jordan Clark is batting beautifully - a last hurrah perhaps, before heading to The OVal at the end of the season for that three-year deal with Surrey.

These wickets they are a-tumbling. Bailey gone now for 4 - 143/8. And another... Maharaj second ball for a duck. 143/9. But Jordan Clark is batting beautifully - a last hurrah before heading south at the end of the season with that three-year deal with Surrey.

Somerset all out 399 and a run-out at Southport. Josh Bohannon gone for 13 going for a third run that was always in La-la land. Lancs 133/7.

An early wicket at Chelmsford where Fidel Edwards bowls Nick Browne for 9. Essex 16/1. Wickets also at Kent - DBD for 44 - and at Lord’s - Chris Jordan for 14, a third for James Harris. Sussex still 30 runs adrift. But the broken-jigsaw goes to Northants who have lost four wickets this morning for nine. Three quick wickets for Chris Rushworth.

A wicket at Southport -nightwatchman Lester caught by Twohig off a super ball from Tongue for 8.

Eeek, a wicket in the third over at the Ageas where Jennings, who Lancashire would love to have here, is lbw without playing a shot (the Lancashire disease?!)

And that’s a fifth wicket for Jack Brooks as Jamie Overton edges to the slips. Somerset 375/9

And that’s Stoneman’s hundred! Well played! There is life after England (Westley, Malan....)

1⃣0⃣0⃣ for @mark23stone!

He had to wait all night to get that final run but he's made it! Well batted, Rocky 🎉 #SURvNOT

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— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) August 30, 2018

Apologies in advance about today’s sporadic posting - wifi still a bit iffy. Just entertain yourselves btl (which is what you’ re here for anyway!). Lovely crowd pottering in , pensioners, kids, lots of slim-legged men in their seventies with backpacks and cagouls. County cricket fans do seem mostly thin. The nerves? The despair?

England win the toss and will bat, as will Essex.

Hello again from Southport where the players are warming up in the middle in woolly hats - late season fast becoming a mirror image of early.

England and India (unchanged for the first time in 41 Tests) resume hostilities at the Ageas Bowl, Pope really has been released now, and equally interesting things are afoot in the County Championship.

Lancashire are in trouble here after late-evening shenaningans against Worcestershire, while Surrey wriggle into their usual position of dominance at The Oval, with Mark Stoneman just a run away from his first century of the season - good luck there old chap. Somerset grind, grind Yorkshire into the dust (374-8) and the sun is shining at Chelmsford.

🎟 Tickets for today’s play are available on the gates from 10am, priced £15 Adults, £10 Students/Young Adults (18-25) & £5 for U18s.#ESSvHAM pic.twitter.com/kbT9Je4nsE

— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) August 30, 2018

In Division two, cross your fingers for Ian Bell magic at Colwyn Bay after Glamorgan rallied to make a game of it against Warwickshire ; Daniel Bell-Drummond is 41 not out at The County Ground, where Kent are batting like a dream against Derby. Sixteen wickets fell at Chester-le-Street - that one could be over today - and 16 more at Lord’s. Still time to call the go-slow at Bristol.

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