More gnocchi – sweet and sour carrot this time. Here at Trent Bridge, a few post-prandial overs sitting in the sun was just the tonic, and oh the reassuring murmur of a county cricket crowd. Impressed to see one chap opening a litre tub of vanilla and get stuck in.
I see Kent have lost another one – seven for Gregory in the match now. That batting line up looking as fragile as ever if Renshaw doesn’t get runs. Harmer and Ravi ploughing on at The Rosebowl, super rearguard hundred there by Bopara though they have to last a couple of sessions yet. Malan and Holden finding the Northants bowling suddenly toothless, and – Durham lose a third, Richardson for 5.
LUNCHTIME SCORES (Onward Leicester, Oh, Kent)
Nottinghamshire 408 and 329-5 dec (Joe Clarke 97 not out); Yorkshire 291 (Lyth 81, Root 73; Broad 3-56, Fletcher 3-64, Patel 3-31) and 72-2 (Ball 2-28) Yorkshire need 375 to win.
Somerset 171 and 243 (Bartlett 63; Claydon 4-66); Kent 209 and 43-5 (Gregory 3-8). Kent need 163 to win.
Hampshire 525-8 dec; Essex 164-9 (Cook 50) and 229-5 (Bopara 100 not out) . Essex trail by 162 runs.
Sussex 173 and 308(Salt 80, Finch 48; Ackermann 5-69); Leicestershire 252 and 176-2 (Horton 61, Azad 59 not out). Leicester need 54 to win.
Northamptonshire 445; Middlesex 271 and 176-3 (Malan 79 not out; Buck 3-29) Middlesex lead by 2 runs.
Derbyshire 197 and 334; Durham 171 and 101-2 (Lees 59). Durham need 260 to win.
A slight stumble for Durham – hit by a double Critchley – but they plough onward: 271 to win.
IT’s all quiet round the houses for now…
Whither Dawid Malan? Forgotten in dispatches but waving a wee hankerchief at the selectors at The County Ground -74 not out. Middlesex inching towards parity. If they can bat till tea…
Horton out at the Hove run-chase but Azad ploughing onwards -96 to win.
Tim/Daddy Pig has also been scratching his head about Mankading. We have a, very polite, disagreement:
I think Brian Clifford is mistaken about ‘Mankad’-ing the striker. The MCC doesn’t make it easy to puzzle the thing out from the way the Laws are written, but I think Law 18.104.22.168 rules it out. Bear in mind that elsewhere the Laws state that it’s a no ball if the bowler attempts to throw the wicket down:
“38.2.2 The striker is not out Run out in any of the circumstances in 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199.
188.8.131.52 No ball has been called and he/she is out of his/her ground not attempting a run.”
Is that clear?
And with the very first ball of the innings, Kent lose a wicket. OH, and a second. R e n s h aw for a duck. Kent 1/2.
And pain killers for Rootie now on three not out. He’ll be desperate to play early-season championship cricket next year…
Go Ravi – 81 not out for Essex! They still trail by 165 mind…
Root pulls on a new helmet and the old firm resume. Root and Ballance. Style and substance. Snow White and Rose Red.
Root in the wars again this time hit on the helmet by Broad. Physio on the pitch checking what his name is and who is the prime minister is.
Adam Lyth and his tiny tread make their way back to the pavilion. He tried to leave a straight one from Ball, and played on, stumps akimbo. Ball has been impressive today.Yorkshire in big trouble at 25/2, far too many runs behind for it to matter.
Ah, Hoppsy has seen Bartlett play. “He is very much a innovative young strokemaker – he’s got a lot of talent”
And Brian Clifford has been thinking about mankading too
But some good news for Somerset fans – fifty for George Bartlett, who made his maiden hundred against Lancashire last year, an ex England Under-19. Anyone seen him live?
Another one down at Taunton – a fourth for Mitchell Claydon, who surely had a part in 1980s Saturday evening favourite Metal Mickey.
Yet before I could leave my seat, a wicket! Young Harry Brook, pushing forward and well caught at slip by Nash off Ball . Now Gary Ballance’s heavy tread puts fear in Nottinghamshire hearts.
A bit of a morning brain teaser from Abhijato Sensarma. I’m going to grab a quick coffee so I’ll leave you to think on while crunching that chocolate digestive someone left in the biscuit tin (watch out for crumbs in the keyboard).
You have brought up the IPL, so while no one is still looking I would like to ask you about a thought I had after the infamous Ashwin mankading incident took place.
Since leaving the crease to gain an unfair advantage is punishable for the non-striker, why should it not be for the striker when he stands completely outside the crease?
Considering some part of the potential run is effectively taken before the ball is ‘live’, the logic should apply for both ends, and when batsmen like Finch against B. Kumar stand outside the crease, it too should be termed ‘cheating’!
A counterargument might be that the keeper stands up to the stumps so a batsman (another example: Kohli against Rabada in SA to negate swing) risks the chance of getting stumped, like the non-striker backing up too far risks the chance of being run-out.
But while Rabada might stop and manage to dismiss the non-striker during his run-up fairly easily, the striker can only be dismissed during a stumping (that too only when the ball reaches the keeper in the first place), which will be physically impossible to pull off when pacers like KG bowls swinging darts at 145+…
If the batsman standing outside his crease plays it along to an outfielder and completes a tight single successfully, that inch he gained before the ball was in play would give him an unfair advantage. Considering this line of logic, do you think there should be restrictions put in place by the game’s lawmakers regarding a striker’s position on the pitch?”
A first wicket at Taunton for Ali’s tips for the top. Craig Overton gone for 28.
Leicester moving smoothly onwards, while Middlesex’s survival thrown a curve ball by a third wicket for Buck – Robson for 41. Both Durham openers still there.
A question from Dom Cole:
“When was the last time all the matches reached day 4? There’s only really been weather at Taunton. Surprising no?”
From memory Dom, yes, very surprising. I seem to remember from the County Blog last year that we nearly always had at least one match finishing early. Perhaps it is the new ball? The better weather? Last year the groundsmen were recovering from the Beast from the East.
Also, it should be said that the match at Taunton would probably be over by now if it hadn’t rained on the Friday.
And heartless Notts have declared. Perhaps that’s the attitude of future Champions.
Good morning! And welcome to our final day of this first round. The sun is out at Trent Bridge and we think that Notts are going to be kind (oh do be kind) and bat on and let Joe Clarke get the extra three runs to make him the youngest Notts player to make two centuries on debut.
Around the counties, there are results to be had at Taunton, Southampton, Hove and Northants and it is not looking good for Somerset, Essex, Sussex or Middlesex.
Yorkshire need to bat well to hold on for a draw against a super Notts attack, and Durham likewise – can they resist Luis Reece this time round?