Bad light has stopped play at Bristol in what seems a remarkably sane game in comparison with elsewhere. Sussex 116-1.
A bit of breathing space between collapses at Taunton etc has opened up – so a chance to glance at the score at New Road. Glamorgan have advanced from their overnight 44-2 to 106-6. Worcestershire’s youthful squad tap-tapping away: three for Morris and a joyful caught and bowled for Moeen.
A poignant moment at Edgbaston this morning when Ethan Brookes was out for a duck in his debut Championship innings and had to negotiate the long walk back as big brother Henry walked out. Warwickshire 348-6; Lamb a so-nearly 99 not out.
A second wicket at Taunton – making it a happy-clappy eight in less than an hour and half this morning. Somerset 17-2. Davies joining Vijay back in the pavilion. Abell and Hildreth back in the middle.
They’re up and at ‘em again at Bristol, Sussex 100-1: Phil Salt out for 64.
And Middlesex’s morning hurrah comes to an end having got surprisingly close to Durham – just four runs separates the teams. The last three batsmen added 56 this morning, thanks to some old-fashioned welly from Cummins (22 not out), Finn and Murtagh. Rushworth 3-54, Raine 5-26. So what do we think – will Durham make three figures?
A couple of wickets for Jamie Porter and another for Simon Harmer this morning at Edgbaston as Essex sniff the change in the wind blowing up from the south-west. Warwicks 324-6. Matthew Lamb 90 not out.
Having said that, another wicket falls at Taunton – Murali Vijay collecting a duck to go with his seven in the first innings. Keshav Maharaj opened the bowling. Just saying. Somerset 4-1.
So... Yorkshire are all out for 103, with Ben Coad not batting for reasons we don’t yet know. THEY LOST 6 FOR 17 THIS MORNING. Somerset have a first-innings lead of 96.
The Notts-up klaxon needs to be retired. We need a non-Notts-up klaxon instead. Currently 55-4, Duckett and Slater following where Libby and Nash led.
And Ben Raine now has five for 17 – Middx the heady heights of 121-9, thanks to some surprise bat-throwing by Cummins.
And it’s all happening at the Ageas – Surrey all out, losing their last three wickets in seven balls, and Hampshire have already lost Ian Holland, Morkelled, for four.
I don’t really care about this story, but here it is if you want to read it.
Yorkshire have lost a mere three for six this morning: Kohler-Cadmore, Patterson and Tattersall. Currently 94 for six, a satisfying large 105 runs behind Somerset. (Sorry Yorkies, I just really, really, really want Somerset to win.)
I love having a wingman! Will has already come up with this fantastic stat on Middlesex’s No. 8 Miguel Cummins, currently one not out: he holds the West Indian record for facing the most number of balls without scoring a run (45) and the second longest Test duck ever (95 minutes). He achieved this against India last month.
Meanwhile Harris was bowled by Ben Raine for 14. Middx 97 for 8.
I’ve got Will, a young man on work experience from the Guardian here with me, and he’s going to take over the blog for half an hour some time today – he’s a county cricket fanatic who supports Worcestershire. You’ll love him!
And in other news, James Anderson is considering following Peter Siddle and turning to veganism to prolong his career.
I don’t think I linked this by Marina Hyde yesterday on Geoffrey Boycott.
And this contribution from the admirable Graeme Fowler, who seemed to spend most of yesterday fire-fighting on Twitter.
Good morning from Lord’s where the floodlights are already on and the general sense of gloom suggests that play may be stop-start-stop-start-stop. Around the grounds, the news is mixed. It is wet at Old Trafford and we have a delayed start at Bristol.
After a wicket-tastic day yesterday – and a sole century – the batsmen have some catching up to do. Who can raise their game?