I find Peter Moores such a fascinating character. Two tarnished goes at the England job, but superb at county level. Has anyone else won the County Championships with three counties as coach? I’m giving it to Notts now, try and stop me. Lancs now 124-7 as Dane Vilas offers a friendly pad to Brett Hutton, who now has a five-fer.
Northants lose their fifth wicket, Rossington lbw to Rikki Clarke – proper heavyweight contest that. Not sure if Stewie was still marooned at square leg…
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 272 all out v Lancashire 111-6
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 116 all out v Hampshire 89 and 119-3
Scarborough: Yorkshire 229-6 v Somerset 134 all out
Riverside: Durham 332-5 v Glamorgan 97 all out
Chelmsford: Essex 269-9 v Gloucestershire 76 all out
The County Ground: Northants 89-4 v Surrey 252 all out
Derby: Derbyshire v Leicestershire 363-5
Canterbury: Kent 274-5 v Worcestershire 133 all out
DAY ONE: Hove: Sussex v Middlesex 134-0
So Bohannon didn’t quite fly as expected (35), a third wicket for Brett Hutton, but Jones and Vilas stride onwards towards the follow on. Lancs 109-5, trail by 165. At Scarborough, Brook is still there on 117. Match-winning, I’ll wager.
Strange going on at Hove where Robson and Stoneman are stealing sweeties from the Sussex (under 21s). A century stand.
With Yorkshire needing to go for broke in this match, Brook reaches a wonderful hundred with two consecutive drives. Off just 128 balls, it has squeezed Yorkshire a vital 62 run lead over Somerset, with four wickets in hand.
Three boundaries as Bohannon picks up where he left off against Warwickshire, and starts firing against Patersnon, the boy making a late bid for the Ashes boat. Lancs 72-3.
And the ball after reaching his fifty, Burns gets an unplayable ball from Thakur. Comments on the Test are most definitely allowed today.
A relatively quiet first half hour: In Division One, Lancs (47-3) and Hampshire (66-1) have both lost a wicket
In Div 2: Durham have lost Bedingham for 47, thanks for the nudge below the line that he is close to, but not touching, 100 runs. Essex are skipping along thanks to a snappy, six boundaried, 30 by Simon Harmer. Paul Walter 88 not out. Northants are yet to lose a morning wicket.
In Div 3: Sam Evans has fallen but Lewis Hill has the second hundred of the round. Well played! (Leics 314-2). At Canterbury it looks like another Darren Stevens day – 65 not out, while Robson and Stoneman (in his new colours) are rocketing along at Hove (Middx 45-0).
Just in case your thoughts were drifting towards The Oval, where HH is currently scratching his guard with his heel like a thoughful rabbit by his warren, you can follow it here with the awesomeness that is Rob:
It’s bloody raining at Scarborough, with Yorkshire 168-5.
A wicket at Trent Bridge! Balderson flicks into the paws of Liam Patterson White without adding to his overnight score. Lancs 33-3 and in a sticky situation.
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 272 all out v Lancashire 28-2
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 116 all out v Hampshire 89 and 41-0
Scarborough: Yorkshire 159-5 v Somerset 134 all out
Riverside: Durham 223-3 v Glamorgan 97 all out
Chelmsford: Essex 150-5 v Gloucestershire 76 all out
The County Ground: Northants 7-0 v Surrey 252 all out
Derby: Derbyshire v Leicestershire 282-3
Canterbury: Kent 184-4 v Worcestershire 133 all out
DAY ONE: Hove: Sussex v Middlesex
One hundred and two wickets fell on a deliciously fruitful bowling day in the championship. With start times brought forward to 10.30am because of the swiftly encroaching dusk, batsmen were given a torrid time from Edgbaston to Chelmsford.
Three teams were bowled out for less than a hundred with the day barely into its morning stretches. Gloucestershire were skittled for 76 thanks to new-ball magic from Jamie Porter and Sam Cook. Essex themselves looked in trouble at 32 for four but an unbeaten 71 from Paul Walter gave them the lead. Glamorgan folded at a similar rate, managing only 97 on a green seamer, quite an achievement from 63 for one. Durham’s batsmen then made batting look easy.
Meanwhile, 20 wickets fell at Edgbaston where a positive Covid-test delayed play by an hour. Hampshire were fizzed for 89 by lunch, with five wickets for Will Rhodes. Mohammad Abbas and Keith Barker then ran through Warwickshire for 116, before batting suddenly became easy.
On a topsy-turvy day, Ben Duckett, Sam Northeast and Joe Clarke all made fifties before Nottinghamshire lost five for 19 either side of tea. Lancashire then lost two wickets before stumps.
An unbeaten 79 from Harry Brook handed Yorkshire the advantage on a ping-pong day at Scarborough. Somerset were skedaddled for 134. The Somerset bowlers chipped away, but Brook’s feisty innings threatened to take Yorkshire up and away.
Jamie Smith made a glorious 123 to lift Surrey from 15 for three. With a succession of on-drives sweet enough to keep autumn at bay, Smith reached his third first-class hundred. He put on a serene 145 with Will Jacks (60), but Northamptonshire struck with the new ball, Tom Taylor taking five for 41.
Kent built a handy lead over Worcestershire thanks to fifties from Ollie Robinson, Jack Leaning and a free-flowing Darren Stevens, despite having been 22 for three. Matthew Milnes and Nathan Gilchrist had earlier bowled out Worcestershire for 133. Leicestershire batted serenely on a flat pitch to reach 282 for three.
Good morning! It’s Monday and Hampshire start day two with a lead despite being bowled out for 89. Welcome to the County Championship.