The captain does it! Ben Brown finally goes for 22, edging Patterson behind, with 32 balls of the match left! What a game, what a session!
Six overs left and a last sanitisation break. Atkins has been hit on the helmet and the physio runs on – are they checking him for concussion?
With ten overs left, Dom Bess “drops” Ben Brown at leg slip. It would have been a helluvacatch. The physio is now doing something very squeamish to Bess down by the rope – looks as if he’s attempting to “pop” it back into place.
To a weird and wonderful field, two leg slips, 2 slips, 2 short legs, Crocombe flaps at another short one from Willey and is snaffled by Duke behind the stumps. Sussex 187-9!
Meaker puts his bat under his right arm and thumps off after fending the ball to Harry Brook at short leg. Sussex have now lost four for seven in three overs. Ben Brown crosses his legs at the non-striker’s end and stares hard at the grass. Sussex 187-8
Those damn Yorkies! Carson is caught by a leaping, juggling Thompson at leg slip! David Willey leaps and punches the air. Sussex lose their seventh wicket with 19 over left.
I must have half an eye on the round-up, but will keep updating from Headingley, where the sun is out, Ben Brown has been joined by Jack Carson and there are 19 wickets left. Sussex 186-6.
Group Two Table after nine rounds
Somerset 119 (played 8)
Gloucestershire 109 (played 8)
Hampshire 108(played 8)
Surrey 101 (played 8)
Leicestershire 93 (played 8)
Middlesex 60 (played 8)
Somerset draw with Hampshire
Somerset 360 and 409-7 draw with Hampshire 311 and 88-2. Somerset 15 points, Hampshire 14.
Kent draw with Northamptonshire
Kent 330-5dec draw with Northants 392 and 184-8. Kent take 14 points, Northants 13.
Just the one game left at Headingley, which is bubbling up just like the Roses match did last week.
And another! No success for Ibrahim this time round, caught at slip for a duck! Two wickets in three balls for Dom Bess. Sussex suddenly 180-6.
No declaration now! Thomason wibbles and is caught at slip for 52. Just 21 overs left as young Dan Ibrahim strolls out, squatting by the rope before he crosses the line.
An email lands from DaddyPig: “The pie was lovely thank you Tanya. It was a small one shared with my son. That was an odd way for Thomason to reach fifty, after nearly four hours of focused defiance, a wild swing and bottom edge to fine leg.
“Meanwhile we have people in the party stand on the Western Terrace. There is some ‘singing’, and they even tried to start a Mexican Wave at one point.”
Fifty to Thomason, off 175 balls, in 234 minutes, applauded enthusiastically from the dressing-room. A super effort by him, and the whole Sussex team.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, analysing technique is not my best suit. But I thought this was interesting in The Cricketer – though Pope always looks a million dollars when on song.
To the cry of York-shire, York-shire from the Western Terrace, Thompson treads in and Brown defends. And again: very correct, dropping the ball down near his feet. He currently has six off 29 balls. Hope the pork pie was good, Tim.
Northants are still eight down, so leading towards a draw there too.
Group One Table after nine rounds
Warwicks 120 (played 8)
Essex 118 (played 9)
Nottinghamshire 115 (played 8)
Durham 111 (played 8)
Worcestershire 97 (played 9)
Derbyshire 60 (played 8)
We’re back, though draws hang heavy in the air. An end of term feel to the press box, time to discuss the sprightliness of Bob Appleyard well into his nineties and whether it is possible to remove the chocolate off a Leibniz biscuit in one bite.
Chelmsford: Essex 210 DRAW WITH Nottinghamshire 293 and 44-2
Taunton: Somerset 360 and 409-7 v Hampshire 311 and 88-2
Canterbury: Kent 330-5dec v Northants 392 and 155-8
Headingley: Yorkshire 558 v Sussex 313 and 164-4
The new ball doth blow, and Travis Head drives to Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip who clings to a quick ‘un. Is there life in the old dog yet? Sussex 164-4.
“Dear Tanya,” writes DaddyPig
“Someone behind us just offered the opinion that “it’s not great to watch, is it ?”. After a year of not being here to watch it, and two sides giving their all, on a pitch that’s batter-friendly as long as you concentrate like fury… I think it is good to watch. Especially as I’ve a pork pie for the tea interval.”
I think it is one of those games you have to utterly relax into. If you start thinking about that pin-board you should be putting up at home, you will find yourself dancing with very itchy feet. Particularly if you haven’t a pork pie (or equivalent).
The new ball swishes along to the boundary after one-legged hop- drive by Thomason off Coad.
A last throw of the dice here at Headingley – and Ben Coad takes the new ball, with 39 overs left.
Essex draw with Notts
Notts 293 and 44-2 draw with Essex 210. Essex 11 points, Notts 12.
Bad light and rain meant it is officially curtains at Chelmsford. The top four in Group one are separated by only nine points, with Essex in trouble because they have played an extra game.
It is raining at Chelmsford, with Notts 44-2. Hampshire plough on, 80-2, Alsop and Northeast holding off Lewis Gregory et al.
Northants are seven down now, Taylor caught of Gilchrist for 12, Rossington still there on 31. The lead is 201, which Kent will consider tasty.
Wicket-tastic! just after we were discussing how Orr had played barely a false-shot, he is bowled by Dom Bess. A smashing innings, beautifully poised, resolute in defence but prepared to whack the short ball. Even more importantly, he used up 216 balls.
Travis Head strides out, which for most of this season has had an unhappy outcome. He is greeted with a ball from Bess that spittles past the bat. Well, well. Sussex 125-3 with 49 overs left.
While at Canterbury, Daniel Bell-Drummond runs out Procter. Northants 128-6.
Rossington and Procter are speeding things up a little at Canterbury, but at 124-5, Northants only have a lead of 186.
Unlike Lancashire’s long-legged slips cordon, Harry Duke and Adam Lyth (second slip) cut diminutive figures, lorded over by Tom Kohler-Cadmore at first slip. The two current bowlers, Thompson, hair held back with a headband, and David Willey, are both proud owners of a Darren-Gough approved bowler’s backside. Sussex 117-2. Defence ahoy.
Another wicket at Chelmsford, as Ben Duckett’s stumps are rearranged by Shane Snater for 16. Notts 41-2, Harmer has bowled ten empty overs.
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