County cricket: Hampshire’s Barker rocks leaders Notts – as it happened

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Keith Barker took seven wickets against the Division One leaders as Hampshire ended day two with a lead of more than 200 runs

Roundup: Barker rocks leaders Notts, Yorkshire in trouble

Nottinghamshire saw their title chances take a hit as they were bowled out cheaply on day two at the Ageas Bowl. Notts began on 29 for 1 having held Hampshire to 226 at the Ageas Bowl, but nobody saw Keith Barker coming. The left-armer took the first seven wickets to fall for 46 runs, a career best that helped dismiss the Division One leaders for 155.

Notts threatened a revival with Hampshire reduced to 28 for four early in their second innings, but James Vince’s 52 helped steady the ship. The hosts reached stumps at 133 for 7 – a lead of 204 runs – with Barker poised for more heroics on 11 not out.

Yorkshire had bowled out Warwickshire for 155, but then crashed to 98 for eight themselves by stumps on the first day. Gary Ballance resuming on 55 gave hope, but he was dismissed for just three more on Monday as they were all out 108. Warwickshire added 176 in their second innings, setting a challenging target of 224 at Headingley.

Dawid Malan was out with the last ball of the day to leave Yorkshire on 50 for three, still 173 runs behind the visitors. Victories for Warwickshire and Hampshire would leave the title race wide open for the final round, with Notts facing Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.

At Taunton, Lancashire reached 373 with a ton for Luke Wells, bowled out Somerset for 90, and made them follow on. The hosts showed some resistance as Tom Lammonby scored 100 from just 103 balls before being trapped lbw by Wells. Azhar Ali added an even 50 but Somerset ended the day still 57 runs behind.

In Division Two, Durham had a wild day at Northampton thanks to a ninth-wicket partnership worth 149 between Liam Trevaskis (77 not out) and Matthew Potts (81). Both made career-best scores, lifting Durham to 400 all out after Northants’ 183. The home side are 10 without loss, still needing 207 to avert an innings defeat.

Essex made a formidable 439 at The Oval, with Alastair Cook building his overnight century to 165. Surrey were reduced to 107 for seven in reply, Hashim Amla a lone hand with 58 not out. At Sophia Gardens, Glamorgan’s 308 was being quickly hunted down by Gloucestershire, who reached 224 for four at stumps.

In Division Three, Middlesex conceded a small first-innings lead to Worcestershire, who made 171 to their 144 at Lord’s. The hosts batted better second time around to reach 233 for 6, an overnight lead of 206. Sussex made an impressive 359-9 against Leicestershire, but Hasan Azad and Lewis Hill responded with unbeaten centuries for the home side to reach 291 for 2. Derbyshire were smashed, all out for 156 before Kent reached 147 for one to build on their first-innings total of 285.

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Close of play scores

Division One

Southampton Hampshire 226 (Gubbins 54) & 133-7 (Vince 52) v Nottinghamshire 155 (Slater 55, Patterson-White 53; Barker 7-46)

Taunton Lancashire 373 (Wells 103, Croft 71, Bailey 63, JJ Bohannon 50; Brooks 4-77) v Somerset 90 (Blatherwick 4-28) & 226-4 (Lammonby 100, Azhar Ali 50)

Headingley Warwickshire 155 (Burgess 66, S A Patterson 4-34, Coad 4-48) & 176 (Thompson 5-52) v Yorkshire 108 (Ballance 58) & 50-3

Division Two

Cardiff Glamorgan 309 (Byrom 78, Lloyd 73, Rutherford 62) v Gloucestershire 224-4 (Dent 75, Van Buuren 65 no)

Northampton Northamptonshire 183 (L Procter 76, Potts 4-42) & 10-0 v Durham 400 (Potts 81, Trevaskis 77 no, Borthwick 73; Sanderson 4-41)

The Oval Essex 439 (Cook 165, Lawrence 78) v Surrey 107-7 (Amla 58 no)

Division Three

Derby Kent 285 (Leaning 82 no, Bell-Drummond 69, Crawley 53, Aitchison 4-83) & 147-1 (Crawley 68, Cox 58 no) v Derbyshire 156 (Stewart 5-23)

Leicester Sussex 359 (Brown 133 no, Haines 71, Wright 6-94) v Leicestershire 291-2 (Azad 122 no, Hill 109 no)

Lord’s Middlesex 144 (Holden 52, Barnard 4-43) & 233-6 (Simpson 59 no) v Worcestershire 171 (Baker 61 no; Murtagh 5-64)

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And that is us for the day. Thanks as always for your company: there will be nine matches resuming tomorrow, some careering towards their conclusion, and I’ll be here to gather from one and another like a cricket bowerbird. A Billy Bowdenbird? Up to you. Stay well, stay safe, play straight.

Stumps at Hampshire

The home side finishes up at 133 for 7 in the third dig, but more importantly 204 runs ahead in all after taking a lead on the first innings. Nottinghamshire looked a chance to roll them very cheaply when four early wickets fell, but Hampshire have steadied enough to be in the stronger position. Keith Barker, hero of the day with seven wickets for Hampshire, will resume tomorrow with the bat on 11.

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Stumps at Headingley

Last ball of the day! Norwell gets a wicket. That was... nor well played by Malan. Has a push at a ball outside off, thick edge into the slips, and Bresnan takes a beauty. One-handed, reaching down to grass level, and plucking it up instinctively. Brilliance.

Ballance and Malan put on 32 together, but at stumps it’s Yorkshire 50 for 3, Malan out for 12. Ballance resumes tomorrow on 21, and he’ll need to marshall another 173 to win. Warwickshire favourites given that 33 wickets have gone in two days.

Stumps at Derby

Kent are absolutely cruising at 147 for 1, adding to a first-innings lead of 138 after bowling out Derbyshire for 156 earlier in the day. Grant Stewart took 5 for 23 in that effort. So the overall lead is 285.

Stumps at Taunton

Somerset 226 for 4 after following on, in what was the most dramatic day’s play around the country. Green and Lammonby raced out of the blocks, Lammonby blazed a ton, Azhar Ali provided redoubtable support for 50, then a few wickets fell late. James Hildreth scored 22 by the close.

So they’re 57 behind Lancashire, after following on, and still some chance to set a target tomorrow.

Half century for James Vince at the Bowl, then he’s out. He already lost Dawson for 29. Felix Organ comes in and hits a six. Then Vince is bowled by Fletcher, one that decks back in, clips the off stump, and ricochets to the keeper. Even when Vince is bowled he’s caught behind.

Hampshire 116 for 6, leading Notts by 187.

Stumps at The Oval

Surrey 107 for 7 at the close. Tattersall was not the ticket. James Taylor will bat tomorrow. No, not that one. Hashim Amla is still there, on 59. More than half the team score, up past 55%. Normally Bannerman candidates start strong and have to hang on, but Hash is building to it. Essex lead by 332 in the second innings of the match.

Stumps at Lord's

Middlesex are 206 runs in front in the third innings, with four wickets in hand. Simpson on 59 and Hollman on 40 will try to build the lead over Worcestershire tomorrow.

Stumps at Northampton

The home team are 10 for no loss at the end of play, after making 183 in the first innings. In the intervening innings, Durham made 400 all out. That means 207 more to avoid an innings loss, in the first instance.

Stumps at Leicester

The home side is 291 for 2, and poised to go past Sussex’s 359 tomorrow. Hasan Azad to resume on 122, Lewis Hill on 109.

Stumps have been drawn in Cardiff

Must be some weather around. Glamorgan made 308 first up, finishing earlier today, then Gloucestershire replied with 224 for 3. Graeme van Buuren will start up tomorrow on 65, Ben Wells on 23. Scoring at a decent rate, but the draw could be on with this trajectory.

Middlesex in a good spot at Lord’s, just pushed their lead over Worcs past 200 in the third innings, John Simpson on 59 with Luke Hollman on 36. Four wickets in hand, the partnership worth 76.

First wicket down for Kent in the third innings, Crawley caught for 68. They’re 130 for 1, leading Derbyshire by 259.

Third wicket for Luke Wells, after a ton when he batted. Bowling his awkward leg-breaks, awkward action anyway, but some have rolled out nicely today. He does Azhar Ali in flight, a bit of dip, gets him defending, dragged forward, back foot out of the crease and the keeper is alive to it. Azhar stumped for exactly 50, Somerset 199 for 4, and still 84 behind after following on.

Vince and Dawson have stopped the rot for Hampshire, they’re now 92 for 4 and leading Notts by 167.

Lewis Hill has his ton alongside Hasan Azad. He’s 106, Leicestershire 278 for 2, and only 81 behind Sussex on the first innings.

Durham all out for an even 400, with Trevaskis left on 77 not out. Rushworth made 5. Northants are 216 behind on the first innings, about to start the third.

Hashim Amla is still going, but he’s playing Essex on his own. He has 49, his Surrey team has 90, and six wickets have fallen. Jonathan Tattersall is Amla’s new batting partner, but it’s a lottery.

Another one down for Yorkshire. Adam Lyth gone for 14. Dawid Malan and The People’s Horse are next. Ballance is the only one who made runs in the first dig, so they’ll need him to channel that. It’s 18 for 2, and they need 206 more.

Tom Abell, the skipper, follows Lammonby immediately. He’s made a pair. Suddenly Somerset 195 for 3, and Lancs will be feeling good about an 88-run lead.

Lammonby is out! Trapped by the part-time spinner Wells for that even 100. Turning fractionally back in from outside the left-hander’s off stump. I think that hit him outside the line of off, a bit unlucky. But also that’s a stupid Law that should be struck off.

Somerset 194 for 2, trailing Lancs by 89.

Potts is out at last, the Durham number ten. Bowled for 81, as he tries to play a pull-hoick to a length ball angled in at the off stump. Decision making, you do hear about that in cricket. He’s made 81 from 127, a wonderful effort down the order. His highest first-class score. Durham 390 for 9, leading by 207.

Century for Lammonby!

Raised with a six, as he skips down to Parkinson and punts him over long on. Get Parky on? Yeah, get him on the road to the front gate. 100 from 99 balls, and Lammonby has batted like a whirlwind. Some ferocious unfurling of the bat as he has struck through cover and down the ground.

Somerset 192 for 1, they only trail by 91 after following on.

Blatherwick, by the YouTube titles, is “Blair the weak”. If you were wondering. Azhar Ali, who is batting very nicely approaching a fifty, is “as O’Reilly”.

Kent burning along at 102 without loss, Crawley on 61, as Kent push the lead out to 233 over Derbyshire.

Century for Hasan Azad

Bat is starting to dominate ball in various parts of the country. Fine work from Hasan Azad, faced with a big Sussex score of 359, and he’s made 102 so far. Lewis Hill on 89, the Foxes 247 for 2.

What on earth is happening with Durham? This is chastening stuff for Northants. The nine and the ten have added 130 runs. And counting. Trevaskis up to 59, but Matthew Potts has caught and passed him with 71! Chris Rushworth just sitting with his pads on enjoying the show.

They lead by 183.

Surrey now four down, Will Jacks lbw to Shane Snater for 11. Hashim Amla is doing all the lifting for Surrey, he’s on 42. Batting with Rikki Clarke.

That match that’s already into the fourth innings? Why not get it over today? George Hill is out caught Bresnan bowled Woakes, so Yorks are 5 for 1.

If you were just looking at the scores, you would think that Somerset had been smashing Lancs all around the park since tea: they’ve gone from 89 to 161 without losing another wicket. But a lot of the boundaries have come through fine leg, and a few runs off the outside edge. Lammonby has also thumped Parky for a straight six.

122 behind, nine wickets in hand, Lammonby heading towards a ton.

The real highlight though is reading the YouTube auto-captioning, which so far has turned Lammonby into something different with each mention. Lambie, Laminate... Also when Parky resisted the urge to drop mid-off back to the deep, Michael Atherton apparently said “Parkinson’s cat Madoff up.”

Fourth innings klaxon!

Bresnan made 36, Norwell 13, and Miles 17 not out, taking Warwickshire up to 176 all out, and they with Yorkshire are playing the first match of the round to complete three innings. I thought Middlesex might get there but they have four wickets yet to lose against Worcs.

Yorkshire need 224 to win, the highest score of the match.

“Loving the coverage,” writes Robert Wilson. But is Alastair Cook really getting enough love for that stepdaddy hundred (ie, it’ll never be quite the same as a daddy but still...)? A relatively dry season and he come up on the final bend as pitilessly delightful as a boyband Terminator, a dreamy Rambo. Feels like some actually happened now.”

I don’t know if it’s just me, Paris Bob, but I’ve never been able to get excited by Alastair Cook. Apparently these days you can see your doctor for assistance, but I suppose I’ve decided that if it doesn’t happen naturally, it wasn’t meant to be.

Hmm. Don’t know about that one, Chris Dent. He gets down on one knee and tries to lap the spin of Salter, right-arm around to the left-hander, but misses. Loses his stumps behind his legs, kneeling way outside the off stump. T20 shot at a weird time. He’s out for 75.

Then back around the wicket, Salter gets another. Ryan Higgins steps across, back on his stumps, then tries to defend off the back foot. Hits his pads and there was no way an umpire could spare him there.

Suddenly they’re 191 for 4, with GVB on 53.

Gloucestershire still putting the punishment on Glamorgan’s bowlers. It’s 184 for 2 now. Dent on 75, Graeme van Buuren on 48. The deficit down to 124.

These plucky tailenders, I tell ya. Liam Trevaskis has 34 not out for Durham, and they’re 96 ahead of Northants with two wickets in hand.

Somerset 89 for 1 as they go to tea after following on. Their first innings they made 90 for 10. Better!

The deficit to Lancs is 194.

Tell you what - you look away for a moment and Hampshire have lost four wickets. Dane Paterson once took seven in an innings at the Bowl in a South Africa A match, and he’s got 3 for 2 so far today. Three wickets, two runs. Weatherly, Holland, Alsop and Gubbins are out. Vince and Dawson there on nought. Hampshire 28 for 4, the lead only 99. Yorkshire still in it?

Michael Keane emails in. “On my day off (yes, Monday, I work in theatre, it’s weird) I’m trying to keep an eye on the scores, particularly Surrey - my wife said she’d rather go out for lunch than to the Oval - and most especially Ireland. How are things in Belfast? Ireland have made a total hames of the series, in local parlance, but I hope we can come back and at least draw. So much for ‘World Cup’ qualification…”

You don’t need to explain weird schedules to freelance sports writers, Michael. I haven’t known what day of the week it is for a decade. We only know Day 1, Day 2, Day 3... then six days until the next Test.

Any rate, Ireland look pretty safe at the minute. Rained down to 38 overs a side, but Zim have only faced 30 and are nine wickets down. They’ve got 122. Little and McBrine three-for apiece.

GET PARKY ON

Lancs do just that, and he gets a wicket in his first over. Ben Green on the gallop, looking to pop one over the church, misses and is stumped for 31.

It’s 69 for 1. An oxymoron.

If I may say: LOLOLOL. Somerset are now 63 for 0 off 11 overs after following on. Batting just got easy. Bowling again, Lancashire may not be so keen. (Yes, yes, they’re 220 in front.)

“Enjoyed your Titanic image watching the Tilting Bowl livestream. Speaking of which, what’s your favourite cricket themed drama (or comedy)? I’m still waiting for Wes Anderson to discover the cinematic possibilities of the game.”

My dear Brian W, I can’t say that I can recall any comedies or dramas that are about cricket. Beyond the obvious: Bodyline, Lagaan, and that one episode of Midsomer Murders with the really bad cricket scene. (There was never a single there!)

There is a scene in The Umbrella Academy where a young Five assassinates the entire board of time-travel directors using only a cricket bat. That was good.

Ooooh, three down for Surrey. Ollie Pope doesn’t average 100 at The Oval anymore. Caught off Porter for 5. They’re 19 for 3 chasing 439 for parity.

Surely Essex will win the county championship! Wait, sorry... what?

And for Warwickshire, Brezzy Lad is punting a few over the infield: he’s on 24, and they’re on 130 for 7. That’s a lead of 177 over Yorkshire.

As is often the case, Somerset look a million bucks since the follow-on. Do-over! They’re 42 for 0 in eight overs. Happy days.

Leicestershire are 126 for 2, still trailing Sussex by 233. A fair bit resting on Hasan Azad, the opener on 62 not out. Lewis Hill has come in, after a partnership of 103 with George Rhodes.

How about the ladder leaders? Notts are all wrapped up for 155. Fuller and Wheal took the final three wickets to fall after Barker started with seven. That leaves Hampshire a lead of 71, as Joe Weatherley and Ian Holland open up for the third innings.

Derbyshire all out 156. Kent lead by 129, start batting again, and Zak Crawley starts battering boundaries. Cricket is relentless sometimes.

Middlesex 111 for 5 after Martin Andersson gets out for 45. He had a decent partnership going with Max Holden, who sounds like an 80s Australian automotive sales mascot. They’re 84 runs in front of the Worcestershire Sauce Factory.

A second wicket fell for Gloucestershire a little while ago, but Graeme van Buuren has come out in a similar vein to when he won that chase for them at Bristol a couple of rounds ago. He bangs out 32 off 35 to start his day against the Glam, and with Chris Dent still there at the top on 52, the Freaks have 134 for 2 in response to 308. Only 174 behind. GVB will knock those off by stumps.

Better make that 0 for 2, Surrey. Their other opener Ryan Patel also makes a duck, lbw to Sam Cook. Sings: “Don’t know much about playing the straight ball...”

Hashim Amla and Ollie Pope make a handy three and four. They even score some runs before more wickets fall. Now it’s 7 for 2.

(Ben Raine of course got out while I was writing that post, so don’t accuse me of anything, it was already done.)

If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well
It were done quickly

Durham have got their lead out to 52 runs, thanks largely to some stubborn work by Ben Raine at number eight who has 32 not out from 96 balls. Very even stuff, 33.33, lovely. The score is 236 for 7.

What is it with the scorecards? I swear, every county match I’ve covered, the top six make about 42 between them, then someone at either eight, nine, or ten makes a half century to drag things towards being competitive.

Admittedly they might just be following the model of the Test team but... does it get that much easier to bat as the innings wears on? That’s not the orthodoxy for playing in England, but I’m curious.

Lammonby always makes me think of lamingtons. Mmmm. Lamingtons.

Somerset are made to follow on

Bowled out for 90, after old mate Blatherwick ran through the lower order. Four wickets for him. Tom Bailey picked up the top three - Green, Lammonby, and Azhar. So at 283 runs behind, Lancashire say: please enjoy another bat.

Essex are all out for that previous mark of 439, making theirs the last match to get into its second innings - some others are approaching their fourth.

Aaaand Surrey lose a wicket immediately! They’re 0 for 1, Cameron Steel caught by Cook from Porter in a very menial dismissal.

What else? Warwickshire have lost a couple more wickets, so that’s 26 for the match while halfway through Day 2. Sibley made 45 from 117 balls, but was (you’ll be shocked to know) playing across his front pad at a ball angled in, and it takes an edge to the keeper. Jordan Thompson the bowler, who three balls later gets another nick to Harry Duke behind the stumps, this time Chris Woakes with the bat. Warks 108 for 6, which is what Yorkshire got bowled out for, leading by 155, which is what Warwickshire got bowled out for. Yes.

Sam Connors holes out for 39, caught at deep midwicket aiming for the seats once again, and Derbyshire are 148 for 9. A long way behind Kent, 137 more runs for parity.

Brett Hutton caught on the deep by Felix Organ, which of course is Latin for Happy Organ, and the champo leaders Nottinghamshire are 145 for 9 trailing by 81.

I keep being drawn back to this Derbyshire match. There’s no entertainment quite like theirs. Godleman has got out for a relatively pointless 31 from 109 - pointless in that there’s no use in occupying the crease if there’s no batting at the other end. With his departure, Sam Connors at number nine has started flogging them around, 34 from 22 so far. They were 93 for 7, now they’re 137 for 8.

No 10-wicket innings for Keith Barker

Brad Wheal takes the eighth for the innings, around the wicket to the left-handed Liam Patterson-White on 53 and decking through the gap to take off stump. Notts are 145 for 8 and trail by 81.

Here’s an exercise in contrasts: Essex and Somerset both nine wickets down. Essex have 439 runs, Somerset have 82.

Right, that’s enough of watching Keith Barker for now. He’s not got the eighth wicket yet but he’s still bowling.

Hutton! Gets an inside edge that he nearly chops on, then an inside edge to spare him being trapped lbw. Then slaps four through the covers. Just not doing the job for us today.

Hutton nearly nicks Barker, pushing on the up. Doesn’t. Come on Hutton, we want to see a ten-wicket innings here.

Half century for Liam Patterson-White

Top effort in the circumstances of 131 for 7, as LPW reaches an even 50 batting down at number seven.

Somerset getting stomped, at the same time. Now 67 for 6. There is a real, honest-to-god cricketer named Blatherwick. Some real Blackadder vibes. He’s got 2 for 16, drawing catches from Goldsworthy and Davies. Lancashire lead by 306 with just the four more wickets to get.

Liam Patterson-White edges through the gully... and it would have been wicket number eight, but there’s no catcher there. For Keith Barker. Why is there not a stacked cordon?

Regarding the earlier comment about Anuj Dal, the hypoethetical Derbyshire supporter unhappy about him being at the batting crease may be even less happy now that he’s no longer at the batting crease. 93 for 7, trailing Kent by 192.

According to the streaming cameras, the whole match at Hampshire is being played on an angle of about 15 degrees. That may explain the struggles for Notts. I keep expecting to see Kate Winslet and Leo di Caprio slide past on the tilt, trying to grab hold of a dining table.

Keith Barker has seven!

He’s got 7 for 29, the first time in his career that he’s taken more than six. Notts 115 for 7 now, as Joey Evison has a half-forward push at a length ball and nicks it to the keeper.

Another one for Notts! Are they giving up the top of Division 1? Ben Slater has batted since the start of the innings for 55, but he’s out from his 103rd ball. And guess who?

KEITH BARKER.

Five wickets before lunch, then no one else could get one. He has a rest, comes back after lunch, and blammo. Six. That’s 6 for 24 for Barker, and 110 for 6 for Notts. Still trailing Hants by 116.

I didn’t mention earlier that Sussex had Fynn Hudson-Prentice retire hurt from batting yesterday. So they were all out today at 359 for 9. Ben Brown batted through for 133. Now Leics are 51 for 1 in reply.

I’m going to posit a hypothetical: that if I were a Derbyshire supporter, I would not like to hear that Anuj Dal had reached the batting crease within 30 overs. Any rate, they’re 89 for 6, with skipper-opener Godleman wheezing along on 23.

@GeoffLemonSport Is there a better slip fielder in the game than Luke Wells of Lancashire? I can't think of one. He's caught some absolute stunners this season.

— Bernard Walsh (@nomoresurfin) September 13, 2021

Lunch

Nottinghamshire have a big rebuild ahead at Hampshire, 107 for 5 and trailing by 119.

Warwickshire lead Yorkshire by 87, four wickets down in the third innings of a fast-forward match.

Somerset are in trouble against Lancashire, 327 runs behind on 46 for 4.

Essex are sailing against Surrey, the only match whose first innings is still underway, at 415 for 6 with Paul Walter out for 33 before the break.

Durham have a lead of 7 runs at Northampton, currently at 190 for 6.

Gloucestershire trail Glamorgan by 255, but have made a good start with 53 for 0.

Derbyshire are way off the pace against Kent, 78 for 5 and still trailing by 207.

Leicestershire are 51 for 1 hosting Sussex, trailing by 308.

Middlesex have a mighty lead of 8 against Worcestershire, having reached 35 for 2 in the innings.

Half century for Ben Slater

He’s led the Notts recovery staunchly, with 52 so far while Patterson-White has made 34. They’re 106 for 5 trailing Hampshire by 120.

Things have rather fallen in a heap for Somerset as well. Luckily they have Azhar Ali, who is used to seeing things like this from his years captaining Pakistan, who is serenely 18 not out at first drop while the two players above him in the order and the two below mustered 8 runs between them. Lewis Goldsworthy is 0 not out, though one hardly feels that is a reliable state of affairs.

They’re 38 for 4 against Lancashire.

Make that 33 for 4, with Lamb doing just about as well as my previous post presaged. Bowled by Patterson for 0 from 9 balls.

23 wickets now at Headingley, with Chris Benjamin out for 3 and Sam Hain for a golden globe. Matthew Lamb is next to the slaughter. Sibley abides, with 11 off 49. Warks 27 for 3, with a lead of 74 over Yorkshire.

Alastair Cook is out! The jawline made 165 before being caught off the bowling of his nemesis, the cursed Moriarty. Essex 391 for 5 against Surrey and feeling pretty good about life, as Walter and Wheater confuse the commentators.

Derbyshire sailing into strife at 71 for 4. Madsen is out, Critchley is out. Godleman opened and still only has 22. Thomas Wood in next. They’re 214 behind Kent currently.

Glamorgan all out 308 in Cardiff, Lord Byrom top scoring with that 77, and Gloucestershire currently 12 without loss in reply.

Will Rhodes is out for 12, as the wicket-fest at Headingley continues. We’ve had 21 of them fall before lunch on Day 2. Warwickshire ahead by 70, on 23 for 1.

Notts have stemmed the bleeding. They’ve got 69 on the board, nice. Keith Barker is off for a rest after taking all five wickets so far. Slater on 36, Liam Patterson-White on 13.

Not going so well for Yorkshire, who are <sarcasm>everyone’s favourite club right at the moment</sarcasm>. They would have been cheerful after bowling out Warwickshire for 155, but they’ve been done and dusted themselves for 108. Norwell ends up with 4 for 27, Woakes 3 for 40, Craig Miles 3 for 21.

Warks already have 17 for no loss in reply, the terrifying Dom Sibley on 6 from 31. Start as you mean to go on, with a strike rate of 19.

Your pal and mine Alastair Cook has moved serenely on to 155, so he’s added 15 runs in the first hour. Keeps the turnstiles ticking. Essex 357 for 4 down Kennington way. Jamie Porter out for 30 a little while ago.

And at Taunton, Lancashire all out for 373, Jack Brooks ending up with four wickets. Somerset have lost Ben Green in reply, second ball of the innings. Bowled by Tom Bailey, who just finished making 63 with the bat. Handy. Somerset now 19 for 1.

Durham now 142 for 5, because Milo Kerrigan has bowled Scott Borthwick for 73. The battle of two players who made ill-fated Test debuts as spinners against Australia. Still on course to track down Northants’ first score of 183.

Byrom is finally out for 77, having faced 209 balls. Glamorgan 308 for 9 batting first against The Freaks from Bristol.

Notts have lost another! Barker has picked up another for Hampshire! He’s got 5 for 19, Notts have 48 runs on the board. All five dismissals for single figures, while the opener Ben Slater remains there on 24. I’m switching over to watch this match for a bit.

Quite the last half hour for Josh Baker! He clobbers his way up to 61 by the time he runs out of partners. Three boundaries in a row from Tiger Tim. Swung the bat to good effect. Worcestershire pass Middlesex’s first innings, 171 to 144.

What on earth is going on for Nottinghamshire? They started the day on 29 for 1, and now they’re 33 for 4. Keith Barker has gobbled up the lot. He’s got 4 for 12, with Steven Mullaney out for 2. They’re replying to 226 in the second innings.

Glamorgan have slipped to 288 for 8 in the first innings, but Byrom is still there batting with the Dutch master Timm ver der Gugten.

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Josh Baker is taking Worcestershire up towards Middlesex’s score, he’s swinging a few away, plonked a six over the leg side, and he’s up to 33.

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Tiger Timmy Murtagh has 5 for 38 at Lord’s. He’s knocked over Charlie Morris, who left the ball alone. It falls the wrong side of the “two types of leave” dichotomy. Worcs 130 for 9.

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Glamorgan have lost Salter, as well, who was 26 not out overnight. But Ben Brown is still trucking for Sussex against Leics.

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All happening already. Derbyshire have lost their second wicket, Leus du Plooy gone for a second-baller. Duckett and Clarke are both out for Notts, making them 31 for 3. Gary Ballance is cracking runs up in Leeds. Ditto Tom Bailey at Taunton. And Alastair Cook has scored two.

Division 3

The happy japesters at Middlesex looked cooked when they got rolled over by Joe Leach and Ed Barnard for 144 at Lord’s, but they have justified their spot at the top of Div 3 by whittling down second-placed Worcestershire to 113 for 8 by the close. It’s the animal kingdom, in Tiger Tim and Bambi, who have done the damage there.

Kent, in third, have robbed the people of what the people want by resting Darren Stevens against bottom of the bottom Derbyshire ahead of T20 Blast finals day. Robbed! The arrogance! Honest Joe Denly and Matt Milnes are also on the couch. Robbed! In their absence, Kent made 285 yesterday which would have been 400 with Stevo, then when Derbs batted before stumps, Harry Came and Harry went. They’re 1 for 1, a score that works both in Derby and here in Melbourne.

Finally, fourth plays fifth with Leicestershire hosting Sussex. The poor young lads from down the coast had to chase leather while conceding about 4700 runs to Middlesex the other day, but now they’re 310 for 4. Ben Brown is Nelson not out.

Division 2

Essex sit top of the pile, and well on top of Surrey at The Oval, where Alastair Cook’s 140 not out has taken them to 299 for 3. Cook likes that joint, it’s where he got his farewell Test ton after all. Dan Lawrence got out just before stumps for 78.

Second-placed Northamptonshire won’t be best pleased at home against fourth-placed Durham, who bowled out Northants for 183 yesterday with four to Matthew Potts, before reaching 108 for 4 by stumps. Scott Borthwick is 54 not out at first drop.

Then the battle of the GLs (my initials, very good) with Glamorgan placed last hosting Gloucestershire in third, but the Cardiff crew have reached 263 for 6 and have Edward Byrom coming back on 59.

What is on today? In Division 1...

Nottinghamshire are on top of the table, and well placed in their match. Visiting Hampshire, they kept the fifth-placed hosts to 226 with a spread of wicket-takers, and are resuming on 29 for 1 with Test opener Haseeb Hameed the only casualty late last night.

Second-placed Yorkshire are in rather more of a spot of bother against third-placed Warwickshire at Headingley. Sure, they bowled out the Birmingham lot for 155, with four wickets apiece to Ben Coad and Steve Patterson, but now they’re 95 for 8 in reply with only those two aforementioned bowlers to help The People’s Horse, Gary Ballance, who is 51 not out. Chris Woakes and Liam Norwell have three wickets each.

Lancashire and Somerset each need a lot of points from their match at Taunton, sitting fourth and sixth in the division, and Lancs look like getting some with 364 for 8 already on the board. Their No.9, Tom Bailey, will resume on 54.

Preamble

Good morning, afternoon, evening, or Witching Hour, depending from where you are tuning in to another exciting episode of county cricket. This will be the first sequel in an ongoing franchise event. Day II: The Quickening. Prepare to be amazed, to be terrified, to hide behind your furniture.

My name is Geoff, you can email me in the usual way or plough headfirst into the scrum that lives below the line. Hello to you all.

This is indeed the second day of the second-last round of the second part of the season, deciding who will top each of the three divisions and who will play off for the Bob. Shall we?

Contributor

Geoff Lemon

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