A gorgeous still summer day here in Manchester. If I had an orchard I would wander through it a Laura Ashley skirt plucking daisies. As it is, you can have an update on Lancashire v Durham: Ben Raine has snatched a second Lancashire wicket, Liam Livingstone, for 23. Lancs still 42 runs behind but six wicket remaining. At Grace Road, Derbyshire are entirely dominant, though Wayne Madsen seems to have been stuck in the 90s for eons.
Craig Overton takes the ball from the pavilion end and nearly gets Ben Curran first ball. Oh, and second ball too.
I’m grateful to LongHop BTL for this : Craig Overton in three bowling innings so far this season – 15 wickets at 7.36You’d get fairly long odds on those figures getting any worse in the second innings here too.
Joe Clarke run out for 35 at Trent Bridge – cue for a Notts-up, but perhaps not this time, Mullaney still there. Glamorgan off to a un-tarnished start, 14-0, after Worcestershire’s mammoth 455-8 declared.
A rosy parchment arrives from John Burton: “I don’t suppose I’m the only one to feel a warm sentimental glow when reading “D’Olivera 174” – even we now mostly count as old-foggies :-)“
And Joverton goes to his seventh first-class fifty – what a match for the Overtons – perhaps their last in the same Somerset side. I find that quite sad – though quite understand why Jamie fancies a change.
From Mes: “Cricket romantics (and old people in general) must be thanking their lucky stars that any rumours surrounding Jimmy Anderson’s rumours have been extinguished by the ever-reliable Ali Martin. It is true that the veteran has underperformed compared to the golden period he has had in recent times.”
“I didn’t know Ali Martin was a veteran. And as for underperforming compared to his golden period, it’s true that he hasn’t single handedly relegated Lancashire in the last couple of seasons. But still. All it takes is a magic jinx.
Oh. Sorry. I see now.”
And, regular as clock work, a post-lunch wicket at Northampton, Somerset 198-9.
Ben Stokes withdraws from England squad for the summer to spend time with family in New Zealand
Chester le Street: Durham 180 (Lees 66; Gleeson 3-32) v Lancs 102-3
Grace Road: Leicestershire 199 (Dearden 70; Melton 4-22) v Derbyshire 209-2 (Madsen 78 not out)
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 105-3 v Yorkshire 264 (Thompson 98; Nash 3-20)
Bristol: Gloucestershire 210 (Charlesworth 51; Hannon-Dalby 6-33) v Warwickshire 55-3
The County Ground: Northants 67 (Coverton 4-12) v Somerset 166 (Sanderson 5-28) and 175-8 (Coverton 53; Berg 4-47)
New Road: Worcestershire 455-8 (Libby 184, D’Olivera 174; Hogan 3-59, Wagg 3-66) v Glamorgan
Chelmsford: Essex 262 (Khushi 66; Clarke 3-26) v Surrey 36-3
Canterbury: Kent 103-0 (Cox 52 not out) v Sussex 332 (Brown 98; Podmore 4-85)
Radlett: Middlesex 252 (Andersson 92; Stevenson 4-71) v Hampshire 101-3
More on that sensational for five minutes fake news about Jimmy Anderson, from Abhijato Sensarma
“Cricket romantics (and old people in general) must be thanking their lucky stars that any rumours surrounding Jimmy Anderson’s rumours have been extinguished by the ever-reliable Ali Martin. It is true that the veteran has underperformed compared to the golden period he has had in recent times. Is it old age catching up with him, or simply bad luck? Either ways, he will be ‘rested’ for the upcoming Test against Pakistan. But let’s be honest – when the player belongs to his class, he’s going to silence the critics when he returns sooner rather than later!”
At what age do you become “old people in general” Abhijato?!
Lunch scores to follow.
On radio commentary from the Somerset-Northants game, they think that any problems are in the batsmen’s heads rather than with the pitch. And that those who have played without fear – Joverton, Coverton and van der Merwe – have have done the best. Somerset lead now nearly 300.
Or as our Northants correspondent says:
Bell-Drummond and Jordan Cox having no problems at all against the de-OllyRobinsoned Sussex attack 86-0.
Bizarre scorecard from Chelmsford – Mark Stoneman 4 not out off 58 balls; Jacks 25 not out off 35 balls. Patel and Borthwick out for ducks – both wickets to Porter. Surrey 32-2.
Ian Bell and Will Rhodes rescuing Warwicks from a dodgy start. 15-2 has become 42-2; while Madsen and du Plooy take Derbys to within 20 runs of Leicestershire’s first innings.
Let’s see how Lancashire are doing? Not bad, at 76-2, with Bohannon and Vilas comfortably in double figures. Confusing moment there when I wondered why Hass wasn’t on the scoresheet. Over to Trent Bridge, where he’s been out for 21 – Notts now 65 for 3 with wickets for Olivier, Leech and Patterson.
Cancel that Jimmy whisper – Ali Martin has reassured me that it is very much NOT the case. Get all your dodgy rumours here!
In other news, Craig Overton and Roelof Van der Merwe are throwing the bat in a partnership of 53 with potential for growth. Somerset’s lead already a probably unassailable 205.
Rumours from a reliable source that Jimmy Anderson might be about to retire – would make Ollie Robinson’s late call up logical…..
And still Worcestershire flow serenely on: Jake Libby now 161 not out and D’Oliverira 140 not out.Heavy labouring by the Glamorgan bowlers.
Three wickets gone in the first half hour at Chelmsford as the human kitchen sink unit Rikki Clarke grabs two and Gus Atkinson dismisses Simon Harmer to finish the innings.
Meanwhile Somerset in with a chance of challenging Northants’ 67 all out; currently 54-5. Tom Banton out for two. Cue music for the usual tail-end rescue.
Ben Sanderson grabs his second wicket – his seventh of the game -as Northants continue to scythe through the Somerset “batting.” Somerset 50-4, a lead of 149. Or in the words of our Northants correspondent:
This popped in my mail box yesterday evening from Geoff Wignall, but it deserves an airing.
“I love reading the phrase ‘D’Oliveira 65 not out’. It feels like there is still hope for the world.I only once saw the great Basil in the flesh, in a county match at Southport. Despite there being quite a bit of flesh, he remains the only player I’ve ever seen who made batting appear weightless. It wasn’t even a long innings – it felt as though it lasted 20 minutes, but as he scored 60+ with at least two and possibly three balls lost to the railway line, it must have been longer. Happy days and treasured memories.Beyond all doubt, England’s greatest ever South African born middle order bat.”
A couple more early wickets: Rikki Clarke persuades Aaron Beard to edge behind and Hampshire now 28 for 3 as Tom Alsop is caught off Tom Helm.
I discovered yesterday evening that Essex currently have 10 homegrown players in their team against Surrey, including Feroze Khushi who scored his maiden first-class fifty yesterday. Surrey are nearly as successful, their famous production line meant that seven Oval-bred players were in the team, even though 14 first-choice players are currently unavailable. Adam Wheater and Sam Cook were both awarded their county caps by Essex too.
And so it continues – Tom Abell caught behind in the first over of the day. Somerset 15-2. We need Kim Thonger’s son Tom’s with a report from the bathroom.
Some morning reading to wallow in:
A superb piece by Andy Bull:
And a wonderful match report by Vic:
And Ali Martin’s sensitive piece on Jos Buttler
to what feels a bit like the morning after the day before. What a superb win by England in Old Trafford’s afternoon mugginess, all hail Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler. But as they were defying the might of Pakistan’s bowlers, all sorts was happening in the Championship – and we get to see the aftermath today – what better way to pass your August Sunday?
It was carnage at The County Ground where 21 wickets fell in the day – no surprise if that one is over by tea-time. That Somerset, they never know when they’re down. Lancashire should be able to bat themselves into the game at Chester le Street, if they can survive the morning’s Rushworth; Derbyshire are in a great position at Grace Road after quick-fire late afternoon batting by Reece and Madsen; we wait to see if Notts can conjure a batting revival from 13-1 against Yorkshire; Gloucestershire’s batting struggles on against Warwicks; while Brett D’Oliveira and Jake Libby took Worcestershire to the heights; two young sides battling it out at Chelmsford; Sussex in the driving seat thanks to 90 not out by Ben Brown and Hampshire under pressure at Radlett.