County cricket: Yorkshire v Lancashire, Durham v Glamorgan and more – live!

Let’s have a quick squizz around the Div One grounds:

A third catch for James Bracey at Bristol, but Somerset bat on. Tom Abell 71 not out; Somerset 380-5.

Another Surrey batter falls agonisingly short of his hundred, this time Ben Foakes, for 91, but Joverton and Sam Curran duly making hay. Surrey 414-5.

Vilas belts a six to reach his fifty here at Headingley, and I think it might have gone out of the ground, as a new suitcase of balls is brought out. Very smart it is too – think 1980s executive, code 0000. Nineteen from Rauf’s over: Lancs 361-3.

And poor Warwicks toil away, with Northants scoring fastest of all. Soaring past 400, now 443-4, with Cobb and Procter at the crease.

Worcestershire have lost three this morning, all to Sam Conners. Worcs 351-8.

And thanks to Romeo, for sending me this on Matty Potts which Lizzy Ammon wrote in the Times. To summarise: he had lots of energy as a kid so his parents took him to cricket, he was good, his dad is six foot eight so his Durham coaches pushed him towards bowling and, at a mere six foot two, he hits the pitch hard. He bowls in the mid- eighties, he wants a Test cap, he produces late swing and isn’t afraid of pitching it up, he was a reserve for the white-ball England Caribbean tour, he’d love to push his batting and wants to be a genuine all rounder and he’s a teammate of the new Test captain who is watching him at first hand this very day!

Keaton Jennings gets a fourth life, dropped by Harry Brook, on 167. A frustrated Steve Patterson last night described: “Seventeen or 18 dropped chances this year. And these are not half chances, they are genuine ones you would expect players to take. At some point, it catches up with you.”

A third wicket falls at the Riverside (Glamorgan 41-3), and this time it is Chris Rushworth. Thinking about Matty Potts (2-20)- who may well get an international call up what with all our fast bowlers getting injured and all.

Potts (with 24) leads the Div 2 wicket-taking table, above Shaheen Afridi, above Michael Neser, above Liam Patterson-White. Neither Cricinfo, nor the Cricketers’ Who’s Who, are giving much away, other than he played England U-19 and likes coffee and biscuits.

Steven Patterson has the ball, the blue bucket seats of Headingley are slowly filling, and we wait to see if Jennings can reach 200.

Ali on what might be the Brendon McCullum effect.

Thursday’s round-up

In the mould of his new England head coach Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes purred to 82 at The Riverside for Durham. The first 50 came with relative restraint but two huge sixes followed, swept on one knee as the floodlights came on. Before, though, he could quite reach for the accelerator, he was done by the new ball. There was time before stumps for Matty Potts to take two Glamorgan wickets in what is becoming a fruitful season.

Keaton Jennings’s third consecutive Roses century, and another from Steven Croft, helped Lancashire dominate the first day at Headingley. With a good fistful of members dotted around the ground, be-fleeced and glad to see old friends, Jennings continued where he’d left off at Old Trafford last week. So precise in his movements, he bats like a man who not only irons the guest bed-linen but leaves fresh cut flowers on the side-table.

After being marooned on 99 for 13 balls, Jennings reached his century with a tuck for two, before carefully taking off his helmet and beaming. Croft also toyed hungrily with a tired looking Yorkshire attack, on a flattish pitch, where the fielders let four catches slip through their fingers. A chilly morning wind had left Joe Root fielding with a hand-warmer tucked into the back of his trousers, and Josh Bohannon missed out a chance to impress watching England selector James Taylor.

Jennings’s old Lancashire opening partner, Haseeb Hameed, was given a warm reception at Lord’s after scoring his first century of the season for Nottinghamshire at one of his happiest hunting grounds. Hameed and Steven Mullaney (92 not out) rattled along to 117 for the fifth wicket. Middlesex had to do without Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is returning to Pakistan early to prepare for the white-ball series against West Indies.

Warwickshire were carted round the park by Northamptonshire’s openers Ricardo Vasconcelos and Will Young, who scored 290 between them at Edgbaston. A depleted Warwickshire attack, missing Chris Woakes, Ollie Stone and Liam Norwell, could do nothing much but keep plugging away until Vasconcelos was lbw for 156 after tea, and Young followed for 134.

Runs, runs and more runs for Division One leaders Surrey against Kent, with 96 from Ollie Pope, a quickfire 76 from Ryan Patel and an unbeaten 86 by Ben Foakes. It was hard to know who was more unimpressed, Darren Stevens, after being pummelled repeatedly for four, or Surrey’s players with the quality of the flat whites they purchased from the coffee outlet.

Tom Lammonby and Matt Renshaw put on a lively 172 together in the West Country derby. James Hildreth and Tom Abell followed up with fifties of their own, to put Somerset in a sprightly position against Gloucestershire after being put in. Zak Chappell, on loan from Nottinghamshire, pocketed two for 49.

Elsewhere, Jack Haynes made a second consecutive hundred for Worcestershire at Derbyshire, while Leicestershire bucked the trend by being dismissed for 210 by Sussex, despite Ollie Robinson only bowling one over before succumbing to food poisoning.

And a huge, belated welcome to anyone who is new here today, was yesterday, or has fallen upon it at all this season. I should probably give a brief explanation of the weird workings of the county blog. It is a bit of a one woman/man band. Whoever is helming for the day tries to keep the blog updated with interesting things round the grounds, but sometimes has to intersperse that with other bits of work and also after tea has to write up the round-up report for the paper, so largely disappears. We love getting emails , keeping us informed, telling us stuff we’ve missed, and the BTL section is really friendly, and often drifts off into non-cricket talk, so please do throw yourself in. I’m on or @tjaldred (but I tend not to look at that as much). Er, that’s it!

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Scores on the doors

Division One

Headingley: Yorkshire v Lancashire 288-3

Bristol: Gloucestershire v Somerset 319-4

Beckenham: Kent v Surrey 318-4

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northamptonshire 372-4

Division Two

Derby: Derbyshire v Worcestershire 326-5

The Riverside: Durham 311 v Glamorgan 31-2

Grace Road: Leicestershire 210 v Sussex 39-1

Lord’s: Middlesex v Notts 329-5


Good morning! It’s blustery in Leeds today, the wind propelling me into a small but perfectly formed coffee shop on the Otley Road that sold cinnamon buns.

Yesterday was a(nother) day for batting and batting and batting again. Runs everywhere and barely a wicket to drop – except for poor old Leicestershire, who were scurried out by Sussex’s young bairns. And at the Riverside – where Durham were rescued by Ben Stokes’s high jinks. Hundreds for Jennings, for Croft, for Hameed, for Haynes, for Vasconcelos, for Young – and more, you’d think, to come today.

Are we bored of the run glut yet?


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