Right, round the grounds: Leaning 111, has taken Kent into unfamiliar territory – a lead of 358. I can’t really see a way out for Hampshire here.
TKC has reached his fifty here at The Oval, and batting really nicely – hitting some golden form in these last weeks of September. Yorks 139-4.
Andrew Sampson never lets you down
Meanwhile, Tattersall and TKC making Surrey’s attack look mid-market. Yorkies 118 for four.
I enjoyed this thoughtful interview with Alex Hales by Andy Bull in Pakistan.
Brilliant battling by Jack Leaning (whose dad, I am told, is former goalkeeper Andy Leaning) who has somehow cobbled together 89 in Kent’s second innings of 228 for seven. The Abbott-Abbas bus is briefly unstuck. Hampshire staring up at an imposing lead of 337.
I’ve had the pleasure of bumping into Gary Naylor, a very happy man. He asks, incidentally, if any club has ever won from a position of seven for six. I said I’d ask CCLive!
Essex lost nine for 35.
An email that I’ve picked up a bit late – apologies to David Tetlow.
“So far 6 of the 8 Essex wickets to fall today have been bowled. Can’t these players get their pads in the way?”
It seems not!
Those match-stats in full: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 by 38 runs.
Highest score: 40 (Alastair Cook)
Number of ducks: nine
Hat-trick: Balderson (Cook, Lawrence, Critchley)
Match five-fers: Harmer five for 41; Bailey five for 36; Shane Snater six for 10; Balderson five for 14
Cock-a-hoop! Hugs, handshakes and a very large whisky.
Oooof! An inside edge giggling past Sam Cook’s leg stump. Essex 57 for eight.
Fifty-five for eight – hat-trick ball for Wiliams…
Ooof, I think that could be curtains for Essex – I though Harmer would take them home. pouched by Wells at first slip. Essex 55 for seven.
A casual six for the triple hundred – a pinch-yourself moment for David Lloyd. Just Steve James (309 not out) and Sam Northeast (410 not out) lie ahead in the Glamorgan pantheon.
Harmer edges between the slips for four and that target drops below 50.
George Hill gone for 28: Yorkshire 60 for three and it feels three figures will be an achievement from here.
Make that 46 for six: Balderson 4.5 overs, three maidens, four for five.
A delicious feta salad and falafel from The Oval kitchen – though I am told it costs £7.10 a pint out in the concourse. But enough about my stomach – how are Essex doing? Another wicket down – this time Khushi bowled for one. Essex 46 for five – need 52 to win.
Chelmsford: Essex 107 and 34-4 v Lancashire 131 and 73 Essex need 64 to win
Bristol: Gloucestershire 74-4 v Warwickshire 274
The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 57 v Kent 165 and 153-6 Kent lead by 261
Taunton: Somerset 362-7 v Northants
The Oval: Surrey 333 v Yorkshire 49-2
The Riverside: Durham 177-1 v Sussex 162
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 504-5 v Derbyshire
Grace Road: Leicestershire 66-5 v Middlesex 297
New Road: Worcestershire 390 v Nottinghamshire 12-1
A wicket! On the cusp of lunch – Lawes leaps high into the air after bowling Bean for 12. Yorkshire 49 for two – lunch scores to follow.
Cook, Lawrence, Critchley (both stumps out of the ground). Essex slip from 24 for 0 to 28 for four.
Essex 28 for two – Cooke and Browne both out. But they’re just toying with us – aren’t they?
This is an interesting read (open to non subscribers at the moment). Basically – the HPR to suggest the trial of the Kookaburra ball in at least a portion of the season, and ball- tracking technology to help judge whether teams should be docked points for dodgy pitches – a bit late for Chelmsford and the Rose Bowl.
On the bright side, it’s not a bad start by Lancashire standards: Leicestershire 38 for four as Roland-Jones and Murtagh start their work.
And Browne and Cook slowly munching up the Lancs target: 21 on the board, just 75 to win.
Kemar snaffles Lyth with one which flies through to third slip where Ryan Patel nods and accepts in front of his eyebrows. At the other end Finlay Bean gestures for new gloves. Yorkshire may need more than that: 14 for one.
This was Simon Harmer’s view of yesterday’s pitch at Chelmsford:
“For 26 wickets to fall in a day is unprecedented, but I think if you look back at some of the dismissals a lot of them were batter-error. So it wasn’t all down to the wicket. Sometimes bowling first at Chelmsford is a blessing in disguise, especially if the wicket flattens out on days three and four. It has been an extremely dry summer and the wickets are quite slow. But it’s been an eventful day and there’s still a lot to do tomorrow.
“I think if you look at when the lights came on, Alastair Cook was batting extremely well – he’d got 36 runs and as soon as the lights came on he struggled to score, which I think says a lot. Overhead conditions played into their hands as well. We had them up against the ropes, but the lights took it away from us. We had to bowl spin [because of the light] when our seams were doing extremely well. But I think Tom made the right call bringing a premature end to the day, so we can come back tomorrow when the ball’s still hard and really get a few more wickets.”
Thank you to Romeo for pointing this out – 237 not out to David Lloyd in Glammy’s magnificent 443 for five against Derbyshire.
…as Parky is lbw to Harmer. Snater 6 for ten; Cook 3 for 46. The final chapter.
Elsewhere: a third wicket for Sam Cook as Lancashire stagger to 72 for nine and a lead of 96. While Bell-Drummond and Leaning have reminded everyone at the Rose Bowl how to bat – Kent 88 for four, a lead of 196 over hapless Hampshire.
Yorkshire surviving the new ball.
Also adding this to the conversation from the very wise Jon Hotten:
Next year’s schedule below, which includes a five-day women’s Ashes Test – fabulous stuff. Surrey watchers, incidentally, raving about Lawes and his beautiful away swing and talent with the bat.
And there we are, after a few overs of slappage, Worrall is caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary and sprints off the pitch to prepare for Yorkshire’s demise. Surrey 333 all out.
And another one down at Chelmsford: Lancashire 44 for seven.
And another – Kemar Roach’s stumps a kimbo for two. An in-snorter. Still one run needed for the bonus point – one wicket left.
Well that took slightly longer than I was expecting – and Surrey have lost two wickets in the first 14 minutes – with three runs needed to the next batting bonus point.
Chelmsoford: Essex 107 v Lancashire 131 and 25-6
Bristol: Gloucestershire v Warwickshire 255-8
The Rosebowl: Hampshire 57 v Kent 165 and 20-3
Taunton: Somerset 271-4 v Northants
The Oval: Surrey 292-6 v Yorkshire
The Riverside: Durham 54-1 v Sussex 162
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 380-3 v Derbyshire
Grace Road: Leicestershire v Middlesex 293-8
New Road: Worcestershire 297-7 v Nottinghamshire
A pinch-yourself 96 wickets fell in a cap-gun day in the County Championship. On a ropey Chelmsford pitch 26 batters came and went, Lancashire finishing the day 25 for six in their second innings – a bold improvement on seven for six, thanks to a nerveless 18 from debutant George Bell, and a lead of 49 over Essex. The only man to pass 24 in the whole bewildering day was Alastair Cook, who scrambled 40 in Essex’s 107.
At the Rose Bowl, where a mere 23 wickets fell, second-placed Hampshire were dismissed for 57, with Matthew Quinn grabbing six for 23. Kent lost three wickets in the eight balls before stumps, to give them a lead of 128 to take into what will surely be the final day.
With Hampshire’s season in danger of being flushed away in a few hours leaders Surrey strode onwards, Ollie Pope making a touch-perfect 136 at the specially renamed Micky Stewart Oval. It was as tactile as the fur of his favourite fox-red Labradors, and he moved through the 90s and on to a hundred with a ramp for six with bent knees and a reverse-sweep for four. He was out, for a 131-ball 136, bowled by Yorkshire’s departing former captain Steven Patterson, who finished with four wickets.
At Sophia Gardens, the Glamorgan captain, David Lloyd, was strolling to his highest first‑class score, 203 not out, and at Bristol Dom Sibley was propping up doom‑ladened Warwickshire with an unbeaten 105, a dug-in affair that hauled the 2021 champions from the doldrums of 138 for six. Gloucestershire’s Zafar Gohar bowled 32 overs to take four for 59.
A century for Tom Abell helped Somerset build a respectable 271 for four against Northamptonshire, on the day James Hildreth opened the new James Hildreth Stand.
Matthew Potts and Paul Coughlin bowled Sussex out for 162 under lights at the Riverside; a sixth‑wicket stand of 169 between Brett D’Oliveira and Gareth Roderick delayed Nottinghamshire’s promotion party at New Road and at Grace Road, promotion-chasing Middlesex stashed 293.
Hello! It’s an overcast London morning, a touch of cigar smoke and a dab of leaf mulch rising from the pavements. I’m hot-footing it from north London to The Oval where Ollie Pope reigned supreme yesterday – while at Chelmsford and The Rose Bowl the world turned upside down.
While I run for the tube – here is Lancashire’s head coach Glen Chapple on yesterday’s wicket-fest which left them temporarily seven for six: