Essex doing all they can to steal a last-gasp Division One spot. Luis Reece falls to Shane Snater’s fifth ball. Derby 31-2.
Aha! A wicket at The Oval – Conway bowled Jordan Clark for 21. Pace getting the wicket despite spin being bowled at one end right from the start. Ashwin being replaced by Moriarty (Virdi is also playing). All hail Stockbrokerabad.
Kent’s new-look squad for the start of Canterbury week: Heino Kuhn, Harry Finch, Nathan Gilchrist, Joe Gordon, Harry Houillon, Dan Lincoln, Marcus O’Riordan, Harry Podmore, Hamid Qadri, Matt Quinn, Jas Singh.
Hameed trudges off too, after having his off-stump pinged by vintage Rushworth. Notts 15-1.
Early wickets! At New Road, where Rob Yates was lbw to Joe Leach for a duck, Warwickshire 12-1; and at Derby, where Sam Cook bowled Tom Wood for 2. Derby 9-1.
And according to commentary, the pitch at Cheltenham is lovely and flat, just the way Gloucestershire wanted it. They are 20-0 after winning the toss. Hampshire need to win to qualify.
I haven’t mentioned the Roses game, moved from Scarborough to Headingley because of you know what. Both teams are already through to the top division, but the points they carry through from this encounter could be vital. Lancashire won the Old Trafford fixture in a thriller on the final afternoon with just a handful of balls left. The main men that day were Parky and Mahmood, who are now with England mark 2.
Delayed start at Canterbury
Play will start at noon to give Kent time to reshuffle their pack. Those having to isolate include Ollie Robinson, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Darren Stevens and Matt Milnes, Joe Denly, Daniel Bell-Drummond. Don’t think this won’t affect The Hundred and the likes of DBD who is in a squad, as that starts in ten days and kicks off with a women’s game. But it is a close run thing.
New caps at Worcestershire.
Who saw Saqib Mahmood yesterday? Our boy done good. And Simpson, and Salt and Gregory. So cheering to see them getting a chance. To say, I was good enough, even if there are players who are even better.
Kent hit by Covid case.
Many thanks to Romeo for this. All the players in Kent’s T20 squad on Friday have had to isolate and the club have called up with a whole new squad for today’s game against Sussex.
Derbyshire v Essex
Durham v Notts
Worcestershire v Warwickshire
Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Middlesex v Leicestershire
Surrey v Somerset
Yorkshire v Lancashire
Glamorgan v Northants
Kent v Sussex
Good morning! and welcome to the day that isn’t there. When cricketers will perform deeds instantly forgotten and even wise heads at Headingley will be dreaming of Wembley.
But let’s secure a little bit of history for whatever happens in this final preliminary round of the Championship.
First a brief recap of where we are. This is the final round of the first part of the season. After this, the groups divide into divisions. The top two from each group move into Division One – where the battle for the Championship takes place and the chance of making the Bob Willis Trophy final. Third and fourth delve into Division Two, fifth and sixth into Division Three.
The marquee games in this round are: Gloucestershire v Hampshire (gladiatorial, watched keenly by Somerset), Essex (last chance saloon) v Derbyshire, Notts (who only have to draw) v Durham, Warwicks (who will go through with a win) v Worcestershire, Somerset (who need a draw) v Surrey,