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Lancashire v Essex, Yorkshire v Warwickshire: county cricket – live!


All games now in play, except at Lord’s where they’ll jog on at 2.40. And, at last, Snater goes, lbw to Hassan for a tasty 72 off just 82 balls. Very nicely done. Ok, let’s take a stroll round the grounds.

This is getting quite frustrating for Lancs now – Essex have passed the 350 which Nick Browne yesterday earmarked as even stevers. Snater has 55, Cook is hanging around. Essex 373-8.

Play abandoned at Hove, where Sussex were due to play New Zealand in a four-day game.

A rainbow flag is flying over the Hilton, the point and the pavilion.

At Edgbaston, there has been a world-record attempt on the largest cricket lesson in history. More than 650 primary school children took part in a lesson delivered on the Edgbaston outfield by Warwickshire Cricket Board Schools Manager Danny Maskell, with pupils from Kings Rise Academy and other schools .

If approved, the record will surpass the previous single venue record of 580 at Lord’s, in 2017.

Respect to Danny Maskell.

Four games have picked up post lunch: the three that were muddling along, on and off, at Trent Bridge, Headingley and Old Trafford, and at New Road. There, both Haynes and Azhar are into the seventies. Solidity at three and four, at last.

We resume, with Hassan Ali bustling from the Brian Statham end. A lovely scene at lunch, with kids everywhere and a face painter sketching impressive Lancashire roses. Some impressive numbers have been released from the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, which provided cricket provision for more than 75,000 participants last year, distributing £425,000 into cricket at all levels in Lancashire. There was also a 61 percent rise in the number of women’s and girl’s teams playing in Lancashire in 2021.

Lunchtime scores

DIVISION ONE

Old Trafford: Lancs v Essex 341-8

The County Ground: Northants v Kent 286-2 No play before lunch, rain.

Taunton: Somerset 211 v Hants 29-0 No play before lunch, rain.

Headingley: Yorks 61-1 v Warwicks 244

DIVISION TWO

Lord’s: Middx v Durham 256-6 No play before lunch, rain.

Trent Bridge: Notts 121-2 v Derby 260

New Road: Worcs 159-2 v Leics 148 No play before lunch, rain.

Victory for the Salford devil – but that smelt like a false start. Anyway, lunchtime scores to follow.

Dane Vilas signs autographs while the five mascots line up – Lanky is up against a policeman, a shark, a star and a devil.

We get the new ball for the pre lunch over, this time from Hassan Ali.

Lanky is causing chaos lining up next to the kids in preparation for his big race.

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In preparation for the mascot race. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A fifty partnership in three-four time at OT, Snater getting stuck in. The diggers are rolling about in best Richard Scarry style where the old Red Rose Suite stood, and Hassan Ali is stretching in front of happy children. Essex 334-7 – no make that eight, Lawrence gone, furious with himself after chipping Wood to Jimmy at midwicket, for 120.

Here comes Matt Critchley as Lawrence’s runner. After yesterday’s incident with Rossington, I predict chaos. Bailey and Anderson watch the whole thing unfold with folded arms from a distance. Fast bowlers’ prerogative.

A break in play here, ah no, it is Lawrence, he’s pointing at the back of his leg. Hope that’s not the hamstring, he’s only just recovered from the last injury. He’s calling for a runner.

Raining at Headingley now too, but, like a weather house, they’re back on again at Trent Bridge.

Some more news from Surrey, they have signed West Indies all rounder Kieron Pollard for the 2022 Blast season.

Hassan Ali is fielding down on the rope in front of the damp excited/bored kids, who are baying for attention. Bailey toiling in.

Lanky et al will be taking part in a mascot race at Old Trafford at one o’clock. The cricket starts in seven minutes. Still only two games in play round the grounds – at Headingley, where Yorkshire have crawled to 54-1, and at Trent Bridge where – no, cancel that, the rain has arrived in Nottingham too. Notts 98-2, Duckett not out a quick-fire 23.

Play will start at 12.20 at OT, if no more rain falls. The drying rope is being driven round and round in circles.

The groundstaff are inspecting at Old Trafford, pulling the tent-pegs out of the ground. There’s been a second wicket at Derby, Slater a second for Conners, Notts 82-2. And an email, which arrived too late last night. Hello Tone White!

“I was especially pleased to see the snap of Greg and Ava with Greg wearing a real pair of trousers that go all the way up to his waist, something impossible to find for us chaps unless we want to fork out a grand for a customised number.
The hipster and semi-hip have become ubiquitous, along with the button cross fastening above the flies. Obviously we hear nothing of these lapses in traditional men’s wear from the brexiters, and where are the sovereign dress controls?”

Tony, I can’t really comment on gents’ trousers, but us women of a certain age have long migrated to the high-waisted trouser department.

Has is looking good, I was going to type. No longer. Hass is out. Caught by a flying Wayne Madsen, holding back the years. Notts 67-1, Slater an-almost-run- a-ball 38.

Surrey, what an impressive outfit they are.

An early wicket at Headingley, as George Hill is snaffled for 25 off Henry Brookes. Yorks 37-1, trail Warwicks by 207.

A quiet little earthquake will happen on Wednesday June 1 in a Blast double-header at Old Trafford – where the men will play first and the women take the prestige evening slot. We think that’s the first time that has happened, in the UK at least.

Here comes the hover cover.

A delayed start also at Taunton, due to a wet outfield. It’s spitting at Old Trafford but they’re ploughing on – crowd pressure don’t you know.

Rain round the grounds, there is a delay at Lord’s, New Road, Northampton – but I think we will start on time everywhere else.

Keaton Jennings is getting an ecstatic reception.

It’s schools day today at Old Trafford, 1700 kids are running around having the best time – remote control cars, hula hooping, bowling, meeting Lanky. It’s raining, of course, but only a little, and we’re hoping to start on time

More bad news for Mark Wood – the recovery from his elbow surgery is going slower than expected:

and Ellyse Perry has been included in a powerful looking Australian squad for the Commonwealth Games, but may only bat as she too recovers from a stress fracture.

Thursday’s round-up

On a sun-kissed Manchester day, Essex’s Dan Lawrence, excluded on Wednesday from England’s squad for the first Test against New Zealand, turned a shapely ankle towards the selectors.

From an awkward start, Lawrence, who has been out with a hamstring injury all spring, found his form with drives, nudges and speedy running between the wickets . He was missed on 77, edging Jimmy Anderson between first and second slip, the first of three misses off successive Anderson overs, which left Lancashire’s finest stalking menacingly back to his mark.

Lawrence reached his hundred in the penultimate over of the day, but not before running out Adam Rossington with a single that wasn’t there. Simon Harmer then gloved a snorter from Luke Wood’s first ball as the new ball continued to do its work.

Yet another hundred from Ben Compton, his fourth, gave Kent one of their better days, reaching 286 for two against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Zak Crawley, off the mark with a haughty pull before edging just short of the slips second ball, made his highest championship score of the year with 62. Daniel Bell-Drummond marched to a steady 83.

Shan Masood’s race to a thousand runs before the end of the month was thwarted when the Derbyshire opener was caught for 18, his lowest score of the season. He needs 156 in the second innings against Nottinghamshire. There were a couple of wickets for Stuart Broad. At Lord’s, Durham’s Alex Lees rattled to 44, but Ben Stokes made just 15, before holing out to the young Middlesex leg‑spinner Luke Hollman.

It was a miserable day for Leicestershire under new red-ball captain Callum Parkinson, dismissed for 148 just after lunch. Azhar Ali passed 50 for the fourth successive time as Worcestershire took the lead by stumps at New Road. From 43 for four against Yorkshire at Headingley, Warwickshire recovered thanks to 96 from Michael Burgess. Hampshire rattled through Somerset at Taunton, hindered only by 44 from Craig Overton.

Scores on the doors

DIVISION ONE

Old Trafford: Lancs v Essex 280-7

The County Ground: Northants v Kent 286-2

Taunton: Somerset 211 v Hants 29-0

Headingley: Yorks 28-0 v Warwicks 244

DIVISION TWO

Lord’s: Middx v Durham 256-6

Trent Bridge: Notts 22-0 v Derby 260

New Road: Worcs 159-2 v Leics 148

Preamble

Good morning! It’s a muggy Manchester morning, with no sign yet of the showers due to hit later. There were no runaway scores yesterday – though Kent look close to breaking free – too early to tell yet whether the new batch of Dukes balls had anything to do with it. Dan Lawrence starts today unbeaten on 100, Compton on 125 – maybe this will be the day that Azhar Ali, unbeaten on 60, crosses the three figures marker.





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