Tanya Aldred’s roundup
Ollie Robinson bowled Sussex to the first victory of the Bob Willis Trophy, his five for 29 dissecting Hampshire’s top order as they were dismissed for 150. Robinson, who was selected for the England training camp ahead of the West Indies series, bowled with metronomic pizazz in both innings to finish with nine for 56 in the match.
A plucky sixth-wicket fightback by Northamptonshire frustrated Warwickshire. Charlie Thurston (96) and Adam Rossington put on 159 in 48 overs against a Warwickshire side missing frangible bowler Olly Stone who left the field feeling his side but, to much relief, was later seen carrying the drinks. Tim Bresnan continued his dream debut, following his century by taking three wickets.
Kent turned a commanding position into a vulnerable one after collapsing to 112 all out in their second innings at Chelmsford. Simon Harmer, toothless in the first innings, fizzed into form with four for 35. Earlier, Ryan Ten Doeschate had batted around the Essex lower-order for 78. Essex need 202 to win.
A lively afternoon’s pummelling by Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Cox put Worcestershire on top at Bristol. They put on 92 in eight overs as the 120 over cut-off approached. Gloucestershire still trail by 26, with copper-bottomed captain Chris Dent out just before the close.
Tim Murtagh slipped back into familiar boots, storming to five wickets at the Oval as Surrey lost their last seven for 28; before Middlesex built a lead of 259, with more runs for Nick Gubbins (49). Dan Moriarty snaffled three for 39.
Derbyshire batted in imperturbable hats into the evening at Trent Bridge, losing only one wicket in their unlikely pursuit of 365. Earlier Haseeb Hameed had completed his second fifty of the match and Samit Patel hit 80 as Nottinghamshire pursue their first Championship victory since June 2018.
Tom Abell’s century manoeuvred Somerset into a dominant position at Taunton, aided by 50 from young concussion replacement Ben Green. The Overton brothers took two wickets each as Glamorgan wobbled in reply. Yorkshire need just 67 to win at Chester-le-Street after an early scare from a Chris Rushworth flurry (3-38) was calmed by an unbeaten 50 from Dawid Malan. Earlier Matt Fisher had ruined a promising Durham fightback with a spell of four for 19.
A career-best 172 from Ben Slater helped Leicestershire declare with a first innings lead of 87; Lancashire then lost three early wickets, finishing just nine runs ahead.
Hopping back on to say thanks for all the messages and posts below the line. A great day for Sussex – and Ollie Robinson – as Hampshire retreat licking their wounds ahead of their game against Middlesex next week. Impressive resistance by Derbyshire; Durham hoping for a miracle; Lancashire wobbling in what could be a compulsive last day at New Road; ditto Chelmsford where Essex chase 202 after an impressive fight-back; Gloucestershire have much work to do; Somerset on the brink of victory; Northants resisting despite Tim Bresnan; and Middlesex on top against a much-depleted Surrey. That’s all from me, good night!
I’m going to hop off the blog temporarily to write the round-up – it is all bubbling quite nicely, Chester-le-Street tantalising with possibility; while Glamorgan and Derbyshire hold on for dear life.
Most excellent work by Northants – Thurston (85) and Rossington (54) have now put on an unbeaten 146 taking Northants to a lead of 67 against Warwickshire. Slow going at The Oval where Middlesex have trudged to a lead of 108, and at New Road Lancs have lost a second wicket, Bohannon lbw for 3 (64-3)
At Chelmsford Darren Stevens is providing solid company to debonair Jordan Cox. Ah, Rob Key has just tweeted that Cox looks “a good player.”
Sweet shot this.
Root and Cooke still holding on for Glamorgan. I’ve been so bold as to take a look at the weather forecast – no rain is forecast at Taunton tomorrow so they’d better settle in for the long haul.
A second wicket for Daniel Moriarty at The Oval where the pitch has suddenly started giving the spinners some help, spitting and turning. Middx 81-2, lead 146.
Chris Dent holding the fort for Gloucestershire (74-2); as are Billy Root and Chris Cooke down at Taunton (Glamorgan 50-3), where once you’ve seen off COverton (2-12) you are rewarded with JOverton (1-10)
Oooops! A second for Rushworth. Yorkshire 4 for 2, Fraine lbw for a duck. Dawid Malan now thrown in at the deep end by his new club.
Sussex beat Hampshire by 94 runs
Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23) and 221 (Salt 80; Organ 3-41, Crane 3-46); HANTS 153 (Robinson 3-36, Claydon 3-31) and 150 (Robinson 5-29).
First blood Sussex.
There’s a breathless Rush(worth) in the close tonight…. Lyth lbw, Rushworth’s for the second time in the match. Yorkshire 4-1 need another 167 to win.
A reminder: the two teams that go through to the big Bob Willis final are the two group-topping teams that have the most points, not just the two highest-scoring teams.
Jennings goes cheaply again, this time to Chris Wright, Lancs 35-1, and Hampshire tumble to 137 for 9.
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northants NORTHANTS 142 all Out (Stone 4-39) and 239-5(B Curran 58); WARWICKSHIRE 369-8 (Yates 88, Bresnan 105; Buck 3-64)
County Ground: Gloucestershire v Worcestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE 267 (Dent 92; Morris 4-52) and 60-2; WORCS 428-5 (Mitchell 80, Libby 77, D’Oliverira 91 not out).
Taunton: Somerset v Glamorgan SOMERSET 296 all out (Davies 81 not out; R Smith 3-41) and 290-8 (Abell 119); GLAMORGAN 131 (C Overton 5-38) and 29-3(C Overton 2-12).
Chester-le-Street Durham v Yorkshire: DURHAM 103 (Coad 4-23, Thompson 3-16) and 266 (Lees 106; Fisher 4-54); YORKSHIRE 199 (Raine 3-53, Rushworth 3-69, P Coughlin 3-46) Yorkshire need 171 to win.
New Road: Lancashire v Leicestershire. LANCASHIRE 322 (Vilas 90; Klein 3-81) and 35-0; LEICS 409-8dec (Slater 172, Ackermann 94; Hartley 3-117).
Trent Bridge: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: NOTTS 324 (Hameed 68, Patel 63; Cohen 3-47) and 279 (Hameed 52, Patel 80; Conners 3-63, Aitchison 3-55); DERBYS 239-9 (du Plooy 130; Ball 3-71, Evison 3-38, Trego 3-36). Derbyshire need 365 runs to win.
The Oval: Surrey v Middlesex MIDDLESEX 347-6dec (Gubbins 192, Simpson 53; Clarke 3-48) and 62-0; SURREY 282 (Borthwick 92, J Smith 80; Murtagh 5-47).
Chelmsford: Essex v Kent KENT 387 all out (Robinson 78; Kuhn 140; Porter 4-107) and 36-3; ESSEX 298 (Browne 61; Ten Doeschate 78; O’Riordan 3-71, MILNES 4-46).
Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23) and 221 (Salt 80; Organ 3-41, Crane 3-46); HANTS 153 (Robinson 3-36, Claydon 3-31) and 135-8 (Robinson 4-27). HAMPSHIRE NEED 110 TO WIN.
Interesting goings-on at The Oval where Middlesex lead by 122- 57 without loss in the second. Amar Virdi’s three overs have gone for 24. Kent now 26 for 3, Jordan Cox standing strong as everything falls about him. And Hampshire slip to 125-8 as Crane joins Barker at the crease.
It is left to Keith Barker and James Fuller to dream about the impossible with Hampshire 118-7 and sliding to what seems inevitably the first loss of the Bob Willis Trophy. Glamorgan are close on their tails, now 10 for two at Taunton – a second for Coverton, his 7th of the match.
Kent crumbling too – 18 for 2 in their second innings – single digit doubles for Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning.
And Middlesex batting again at The Oval – a first innings lead of 103. Tim Murtagh 5-47.
Glamorgan have had an unprofitable start to their chase of 456. Selman lbw to Craig Overton for 0. Glamorgan 0/1. Six wickets for Coverton in the match (to date…)
It’s all gone a bit pear-shaped for Durham at Chester-le-Street. Out of respect, I think I’ll leave it there.
At New Road, captain Colin Ackermann is run out for 94 but Leicestershire have inched to 42 runs in front of Lancashire.
Worcestershire’s innings brought to a close under the 120 overs rule, with D’Oliveria stranded on 91 and Cox on 45. A more-than-handy lead of 161 over Gloucs is good news for Worcs’ bowlers.
Now watched this four times and I can’t quite work out what the producer’s instruction was to Samit Patel: ‘fiddle ineffectively with your collar’? Anyway, two fifties in the match – a great return after that loan period with Glamorgan last year. Notts lead Derby by 314 runs.
A maiden fifty for Somerset’s Ben Green after being drafted in as a concussion replacement. I assume Somerset have checked the weather forecast for tomorrow – lead now 450 plus. Against Glamorgan
It seems that Yorkshire took the new ball and Lees is bowled by Fisher for 106. Durham suddenly a little wobbly at 221-4.
Hampshire (63-5) crumbling like a sandcastle as Sussex stamp down without remorse. Four for Ollie Robinson.
That last entry didn’t stay relevant for very long – take this instead:
The runs cometh: now a hundred for Tom Abell, his sixth first class ton!
Patel and Evison scotching the Notts-up theory with an unbroken partnership of 43 for the eighth wicket. Mixed news from Chester le Street where Lees has gone to a painstaking hundred, but David Bedingham, on debut, is lbw for 77. Now then Durham, if they eek out another 100-150… current lead over Yorkies 119.
Essex all out for 298 and the County Champs are under pressure at their very own MCG. Four wickets for Matthew Milnes, three for Marcus O’Riordan and the obligatory couple for Darren Stevens. Kent start their second innings with an unexpected lead of 88.
Lunch brings a tweet from Gary Naylor.
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northants NORTHANTS 142 all Out (Stone 4-39) and 135-2 (B Curran 58); WARWICKSHIRE 369-8 (Yates 88, Bresnan 105; Buck 3-64)
County Ground: Gloucestershire v Worcestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE 267 (Dent 92; Morris 4-52); WORCS 336-5 (Mitchell 80, Libby 77).
Taunton: Somerset v Glamorgan SOMERSET 296 all out (Davies 81 not out; R Smith 3-41) and 213-3 (Abell 90 not out); GLAMORGAN 131 (C Overton 5-38)
Chester-le-Street Durham v Yorkshire: DURHAM 103 (Coad 4-23, Thompson 3-16) and 194-2 (Lees 92 not out); YORKSHIRE 199 (Raine 3-53, Rushworth 3-69, P Coughlin 3-46)
New Road: Lancashire v Leicestershire. LANCASHIRE 322 (Vilas 90; Klein 3-81); LEICS 274-2 (Slater 143 not out).
Trent Bridge: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: NOTTS 324 (Hameed 68, Patel 63; Cohen 3-47) and 172-7 (Hameed 52; Conners 3-31); DERBYS 239-9 (du Plooy 130; Ball 3-71, Evison 3-38, Trego 3-36).
The Oval: Surrey v Middlesex MIDDLESEX 347-6dec (Gubbins 192, Simpson 53; Clarke 3-48); SURREY 269-7 (Borthwick 92, J Smith 74 not out; Murtagh 3-43).
Chelmsford: Essex v Kent KENT 387 all out (Robinson 78; Kuhn 140; Porter 4-107); ESSEX 282-7 (Browne 61; Ten Doeschate 72 not out; O’Riordan 3-57).
Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23) and 221 (Salt 80; Organ 3-41, Crane 3-46); HANTS 153 (Robinson 3-36, Claydon 3-31) and 27-3 (Robinson 3-8). HAMPSHIRE NEED 218 TO WIN.
Ach -Haseeb Hameed out, for 52, but two fifties in his first game is a promising return. Notts have now lost 3 for 23 with power to add. Lunch approaches, scores to follow.
A ping in my inbox reveals an email from John Burton.
“I was lucky to happen on The Edge last night, just as it started: really quite a stunning and disturbing insight into life at the top of the world of sport.
One of the lines that stood out for me was along the lines of, “I wasn’t afraid of being hurt physically, I was afraid of failure”,the regarding Mitchell Johnson iirc.”
“The overriding mark on my memory was the clearly evident toll on the mental well-being of so many players due to the relentless pressure, exacerbated by the amount of time away from personal support groups, such as family.”
Aye, it is a relentless lifestyle at the top, and it is a big part of why so many relationships break up. I felt happy for Alastair Cook at the end, back with his sheep and cows in the middle of nowhere and about as far away from the MCG as it is possible to be.
Worcestershire’s batsmen all remembering how to bat at once – every member of the top six in double figures, and a lead over Gloucestershire of 36. At Taunton, Tom Abell skipping towards his hundred after a first innings 8 – Somerset lead 363; Ben Curran out for 58, Northants still trail by 116 – 8 wickets remaining; Essex plough on, despite a Wheater run-out, ten Doeschate 59 not out. Still 130 behind, mind.
And Hampshire? Hampshire are 12-1 chasing 231, that man Ollie Robinson again. Am prepared to give them zero chance of getting it.
(Another one of)Surrey’s great young hope, Jamie Smith, now 67 not out at The Oval (Surrey 261-4); Hass has made his second fifty of the match (Warwicks 140-50; Ben Slater ploughing on at New Road, 130 not out.
Painful baby steps at Chester le Street where Durham have made 40 this morning, but not lost a wicket. The lead crawls to fifty.
Warney launches his new fragrance. More imaginative brand names welcome.
Going back to The Edge in a round-about kind of way… I listened to an episode of Ed Milliband and Geoff Lloyd’s podcast Reasons to be Cheerful where they spoke to Rutger Bregman, author of Humankind, and wondered if his reasoning that humans are basically “friendly, peaceful and healthy” could be used to build a successful sports team, rather than an ethos of aggression and perpetual pseudo-war. Perhaps the current England team management leans more towards this way of thinking.
And another wicket at Trent Bridge… and it’s still not Hass. Trego off Atitchison. Rain at New Road, wicketless at Chester-le-Street and Sussex clinging on – 204-9, a lead of 227 against Hants.
A wicket at Trent Bridge, but it is not Hass. Still there, still 42 not out. Mullaney out for 48, to Luis Reece. Notts 125-4, a probably-already-good-enough lead of 210.
A problem of working from home is that it takes no time at all to open the fridge and eat a completely unsatisfactory cold vegetarian sausage.
Searching about for a good read? Here is the Cricket Writers’ Club Cricket Book of the Year longlist 2020.
Michael Bates and Tom Huelin, Keeping Up: Michael Bates, the Story of a Specialist Wicketkeeper, independently published
Stephen Chalke, Through the Remembered Gate, Fairfield Books
Alastair Cook with Michael Calvin, Alastair Cook, the Autobiography, Penguin Random House
Ian Gould, Gunner: My Life in Cricket, Pitch Publications
Ashley Gray, The Unforgiven: Mercenaries or Missionaries?, Pitch Publications
Duncan Hamilton, The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus, Hodder & Stoughton
Michael Henderson: That Will be England Gone: The Last Summer of Cricket, Constable
Prashant Kidambi, Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire, Oxford University Press
Mark Peel, Cricketing Caesar: A Biography of Mike Brearley, Pitch Publications
Mark Rowe, Tour de Force: Anti-Apartheid Protest and South Africa’s Cancelled 1970 Cricket Tour of England, ACS Publications
Colin Shindler, Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South Africa Cricket Tour of 1970, Pitch Publications
Luke Sutton, Back From the Edge: Mental Health and Addiction in Sport, White Owl
Tim Wigmore & Freddie Wilde, Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution, Polaris Publishing
The usual morning crumble of wickets: Tom Fell for 39, lbw Josh Shaw (Worcs 237-3); James Hildreth for 45 (Somerset 148-3); Emilio Gay caught Bresnan b Hannon-Dalby 11 (Northants 27-1); and in the pea-shooter at Hove, Delroy Rawlins for 13 (Sussex 172-7).
Thanks for the tip BTL – had missed that Jonathan Trott has been appointed England batting coach for the three Test series against Pakistan. Jeetan Patel and Warwickshire’s Graeme Welch are also joining the coaching team. Trott retired from all cricket at the end of the 2018 season.
The MCC confirm that throwing the ball at another player is bad.
from a slightly tardy County Blog and welcome to the third day of the first round of the Bob Willis trophy. Did anyone see The Edge last night on BBC2? I (belatedly) watched it for the first time, thought it was brilliant… but it did make me think, is it worth it? Is professional cricket at the highest level, something that so many people strive for, such a thrill that the mental toll, physical effort and repetitive, relentless schedule, is bearable? Reckon most of the players came across very well – CCLive shout out to Tim Bresnan who scored his debut hundred for Warwickshire yesterday, on debut. Loved the idea of Andy Flower punching him in greeting and Bressie, slightly alarmed, punching him back.
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