Surrey scoring at under two an over. Kent eggs-easy-over at over three. Middlesex have hit a bump with the loss of Eskinazi (for his first fifty of the season – average of 18). But Higgins(88) still there – 225-5 with batting bonus points still a collapse away.
As Surrey stutter, let’s go round the grounds. Essex need another bowling point against Northants, where Keogh fell this morning to Yadav for 172, but relegated Northants showing admirable spirit.
In the bare-knuckle fight against relegation: Zak Crawley is not batting for Kent – still tbc if he will join in time for the second innings – but Compton and Muyeye are holding up well: 24-0 against Lancashire. While at Trent Bridge, Eskinazi (recovered enough to bat) and the ever-handy Higgins are sailing along – 215-4.
A wicket after a period of sleepy calm! Ryan Patel pulls Liam Dawson to Albert for 19 – the end of a sow’s ear of a season for Patel.
A bumper season for Bedingham, who joins Alex Lees with five centuries.
Well done the Pears! Here’s to the yo-yo-ers of CCLive – promoted in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2017 and now 2023. Captain D’Oliveira falls, lbw for 103 going for the promotion medal, so the moment falls to Josh Baker – 6 years to the day since Worcestershire were last promoted. A sporting round of applause from the Yorkshire players.
Grey and heavily overcast here, floodlights on, Abbas with the ball. More substitution news – Jamie Smith will come in for Ryan Patel when Hampshire next bat (as long as he has two full days to play).
In accordance ECB regulation one point something, Surrey are replacing Tom Lawes (5-27) with Will Jacks – which is quite the call. Lawes has 39 wickets at 19.70. For reference, all substitutions are named and agreed on before play.
And it ends as it begins, with a woolly hat spotted on the pitch.
After a dry and perky start, the much-anticipated Storm Agnes is due to arrive from the west after lunch, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, with disruption likely – though I think Hove, Southampton and Canterbury will be ok.
Southampton: Hampshire 219 v Surrey 47-2
Canterbury: Kent v Lancashire 327
County Ground: Northamptonshire 279-6 v Essex
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Middlesex 162-3
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Somerset 180-8
Chester-le-Street: Durham 409-5 v Leicestershire
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Derbyshire 308-2
Hove: Sussex 202 v Gloucestershire 136-6
Headingley: Yorkshire v Worcestershire 280-5
Surrey are in kissing distance of the Championship trophy, after pocketing three bowling points at the Rose Bowl. The excellent Tom Lawes squirrelled through Hampshire with his third five-wicket haul of the season, Ben Brown’s boisterous 78 the only backbone to the innings. Surrey lost Rory Burns and Dom Sibley cheaply, but need just two more points to be sure the pennant flies above The Oval again.
A hoola-hooping century from Rob Keogh gave Northamptonshire fans something to smile about against second-placed Essex; while Somerset recovered from 37 for six against Warwickshire.
In the scrap to escape the drop to Division Two, Kent – who started the day one point above fellow laggers Middlesex – safely collected three bowling points. But their day wasn’t without frustration as Lancashire recovered from 18 for three to 327 all out – with a fourth first-class century of the season for Josh Bohannon and second consecutive fifty for young Matty Hurst. There will be international reinforcement for that fragile Kent batting card with Zak Crawley’s arrival as super sub. Middlesex had to wait until after lunch to get on the pitch against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge but finished respectably, 162 for three.
Durham filled their run sandwich yet again – mayonnaise, chips, extra relish – as they easily passed 400 and collected 50 batting points for the season – a new club record. There was a fifth century for David Bedingham, a third for Graham Clark, leaving a bereft Leicestershire welcoming the bad light.
Luis Reece (139) made Glamorgan suffer again as Worcestershire neared promotion certainty.
Good morning from the Rose Bowl where, on the dawn of their likely glory, Surrey are bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Here is yesterday’s successful cog in the relentlessness of their bowling attack: Tom Lawes.