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?
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.