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County cricket: Notts v Derbyshire and more, Bob Willis Trophy, day three – live!

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At Chelmsford Darren Stevens is providing solid company to debonair Jordan Cox. Ah, Rob Key has just tweeted that Cox looks “a good player.”

Sweet shot this.

Kent Cricket
(@KentCricket)

August 3, 2020

Root and Cooke still holding on for Glamorgan. I’ve been so bold as to take a look at the weather forecast – no rain is forecast at Taunton tomorrow so they’d better settle in for the long haul.

Graham Hardcastle
(@tykestravels)

Pretty incredible that after a wicketless morning, we have seen nine wickets – combined across two innings – fall for just 39 runs here. @YorkshireCCC now 16-2 chasing 171.

August 3, 2020

A second wicket for Daniel Moriarty at The Oval where the pitch has suddenly started giving the spinners some help, spitting and turning. Middx 81-2, lead 146.

Chris Dent holding the fort for Gloucestershire (74-2); as are Billy Root and Chris Cooke down at Taunton (Glamorgan 50-3), where once you’ve seen off COverton (2-12) you are rewarded with JOverton (1-10)

Oooops! A second for Rushworth. Yorkshire 4 for 2, Fraine lbw for a duck. Dawid Malan now thrown in at the deep end by his new club.

Sussex beat Hampshire by 94 runs

Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23) and 221 (Salt 80; Organ 3-41, Crane 3-46); HANTS 153 (Robinson 3-36, Claydon 3-31) and 150 (Robinson 5-29).

First blood Sussex.

There’s a breathless Rush(worth) in the close tonight…. Lyth lbw, Rushworth’s for the second time in the match. Yorkshire 4-1 need another 167 to win.

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Chris Rushworth. Photograph: Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

A reminder: the two teams that go through to the big Bob Willis final are the two group-topping teams that have the most points, not just the two highest-scoring teams.

Leicestershire CCC
(@leicsccc)

The delivery from @lifeofchrisw looped up off Keaton Jennings and made it’s way to @Ghrhodes at third slip who comfortably caught.

LAN 35 for one

🦊 #runningfoxes pic.twitter.com/hB3D0RYuM4

August 3, 2020

Jennings goes cheaply again, this time to Chris Wright, Lancs 35-1, and Hampshire tumble to 137 for 9.

TEA-TIME SCORES

CENTRAL GROUP

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northants NORTHANTS 142 all Out (Stone 4-39) and 239-5(B Curran 58); WARWICKSHIRE 369-8 (Yates 88, Bresnan 105; Buck 3-64)

County Ground: Gloucestershire v Worcestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE 267 (Dent 92; Morris 4-52) and 60-2; WORCS 428-5 (Mitchell 80, Libby 77, D’Oliverira 91 not out).

Taunton: Somerset v Glamorgan SOMERSET 296 all out (Davies 81 not out; R Smith 3-41) and 290-8 (Abell 119); GLAMORGAN 131 (C Overton 5-38) and 29-3(C Overton 2-12).

NORTH GROUP

Chester-le-Street Durham v Yorkshire: DURHAM 103 (Coad 4-23, Thompson 3-16) and 266 (Lees 106; Fisher 4-54); YORKSHIRE 199 (Raine 3-53, Rushworth 3-69, P Coughlin 3-46) Yorkshire need 171 to win.

New Road: Lancashire v Leicestershire. LANCASHIRE 322 (Vilas 90; Klein 3-81) and 35-0; LEICS 409-8dec (Slater 172, Ackermann 94; Hartley 3-117).

Trent Bridge: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: NOTTS 324 (Hameed 68, Patel 63; Cohen 3-47) and 279 (Hameed 52, Patel 80; Conners 3-63, Aitchison 3-55); DERBYS 239-9 (du Plooy 130; Ball 3-71, Evison 3-38, Trego 3-36). Derbyshire need 365 runs to win.

SOUTH GROUP

The Oval: Surrey v Middlesex MIDDLESEX 347-6dec (Gubbins 192, Simpson 53; Clarke 3-48) and 62-0; SURREY 282 (Borthwick 92, J Smith 80; Murtagh 5-47).

Chelmsford: Essex v Kent KENT 387 all out (Robinson 78; Kuhn 140; Porter 4-107) and 36-3; ESSEX 298 (Browne 61; Ten Doeschate 78; O’Riordan 3-71, MILNES 4-46).

Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23) and 221 (Salt 80; Organ 3-41, Crane 3-46); HANTS 153 (Robinson 3-36, Claydon 3-31) and 135-8 (Robinson 4-27). HAMPSHIRE NEED 110 TO WIN.

Interesting goings-on at The Oval where Middlesex lead by 122- 57 without loss in the second. Amar Virdi’s three overs have gone for 24. Kent now 26 for 3, Jordan Cox standing strong as everything falls about him. And Hampshire slip to 125-8 as Crane joins Barker at the crease.

It is left to Keith Barker and James Fuller to dream about the impossible with Hampshire 118-7 and sliding to what seems inevitably the first loss of the Bob Willis Trophy. Glamorgan are close on their tails, now 10 for two at Taunton – a second for Coverton, his 7th of the match.

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On your way son: Craig Overton gets stuck into Glamorgan’s batting. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

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Kent crumbling too – 18 for 2 in their second innings – single digit doubles for Daniel Bell-Drummond and Jack Leaning.

And Middlesex batting again at The Oval – a first innings lead of 103. Tim Murtagh 5-47.

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Dial M: five wickets for Tim Murtagh Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Surrey CCC

Glamorgan have had an unprofitable start to their chase of 456. Selman lbw to Craig Overton for 0. Glamorgan 0/1. Six wickets for Coverton in the match (to date…)

It’s all gone a bit pear-shaped for Durham at Chester-le-Street. Out of respect, I think I’ll leave it there.

At New Road, captain Colin Ackermann is run out for 94 but Leicestershire have inched to 42 runs in front of Lancashire.

Worcestershire’s innings brought to a close under the 120 overs rule, with D’Oliveria stranded on 91 and Cox on 45. A more-than-handy lead of 161 over Gloucs is good news for Worcs’ bowlers.

Now watched this four times and I can’t quite work out what the producer’s instruction was to Samit Patel: ‘fiddle ineffectively with your collar’? Anyway, two fifties in the match – a great return after that loan period with Glamorgan last year. Notts lead Derby by 314 runs.

Nottinghamshire CCC
(@TrentBridge)

FIFTY | Back-to-back half-centuries for Nottinghamshire’s natural born thriller, this time reaching the landmark from just 40 balls.

Nottinghamshire 225-8, leading by 309.

Watch #NottsvDerbys live ▶️ https://t.co/Fu5Ndvq1gh pic.twitter.com/G2fneNU2vv

August 3, 2020

A maiden fifty for Somerset’s Ben Green after being drafted in as a concussion replacement. I assume Somerset have checked the weather forecast for tomorrow – lead now 450 plus. Against Glamorgan

It seems that Yorkshire took the new ball and Lees is bowled by Fisher for 106. Durham suddenly a little wobbly at 221-4.

Hampshire (63-5) crumbling like a sandcastle as Sussex stamp down without remorse. Four for Ollie Robinson.

That last entry didn’t stay relevant for very long – take this instead:

Deep Extra Cover
(@deepextra_cover)

He then follows it up the very next ball by charging down the pitch and smashing Bull into the Trescothick stand, then the Sir Ian Botham stand for consecutive sixes! A swept 4 makes it 24 off the over before Abell holes out, slog sweep held in the deep for 119. 257-3 #SOMvGLAM

August 3, 2020

The runs cometh: now a hundred for Tom Abell, his sixth first class ton!

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Tauntontastic: a hundred for the talented Tom Abell Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Patel and Evison scotching the Notts-up theory with an unbroken partnership of 43 for the eighth wicket. Mixed news from Chester le Street where Lees has gone to a painstaking hundred, but David Bedingham, on debut, is lbw for 77. Now then Durham, if they eek out another 100-150… current lead over Yorkies 119.

Essex all out for 298 and the County Champs are under pressure at their very own MCG. Four wickets for Matthew Milnes, three for Marcus O’Riordan and the obligatory couple for Darren Stevens. Kent start their second innings with an unexpected lead of 88.

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Matthew Milnes: Champ chaser. Photograph: Nick Wood/Getty Images

Lunch brings a tweet from Gary Naylor.

Gary Naylor
(@garynaylor999)

Hi @tjaldred. Team sport is 99.94% cooperation – players buy into rules (written and unwritten), put the team’s interest first and accept that success is fleeting since defeat is only ever a game away.

Failing to find fulfilment in those truths is where it starts to go wrong.

August 3, 2020

LUNCHTIME SCORES

CENTRAL GROUP

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northants NORTHANTS 142 all Out (Stone 4-39) and 135-2 (B Curran 58); WARWICKSHIRE 369-8 (Yates 88, Bresnan 105; Buck 3-64)

County Ground: Gloucestershire v Worcestershire GLOUCESTERSHIRE 267 (Dent 92; Morris 4-52); WORCS 336-5 (Mitchell 80, Libby 77).

Taunton: Somerset v Glamorgan SOMERSET 296 all out (Davies 81 not out; R Smith 3-41) and 213-3 (Abell 90 not out); GLAMORGAN 131 (C Overton 5-38)

NORTH GROUP

Chester-le-Street Durham v Yorkshire: DURHAM 103 (Coad 4-23, Thompson 3-16) and 194-2 (Lees 92 not out); YORKSHIRE 199 (Raine 3-53, Rushworth 3-69, P Coughlin 3-46)

New Road: Lancashire v Leicestershire. LANCASHIRE 322 (Vilas 90; Klein 3-81); LEICS 274-2 (Slater 143 not out).

Trent Bridge: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire: NOTTS 324 (Hameed 68, Patel 63; Cohen 3-47) and 172-7 (Hameed 52; Conners 3-31); DERBYS 239-9 (du Plooy 130; Ball 3-71, Evison 3-38, Trego 3-36).

SOUTH GROUP

The Oval: Surrey v Middlesex MIDDLESEX 347-6dec (Gubbins 192, Simpson 53; Clarke 3-48); SURREY 269-7 (Borthwick 92, J Smith 74 not out; Murtagh 3-43).

Chelmsford: Essex v Kent KENT 387 all out (Robinson 78; Kuhn 140; Porter 4-107); ESSEX 282-7 (Browne 61; Ten Doeschate 72 not out; O’Riordan 3-57).

Hove: Sussex v Hampshire SUSSEX 176 all out (Salt 68, Garton 54 not out; Dale 3-20, Crane 3-23) and 221 (Salt 80; Organ 3-41, Crane 3-46); HANTS 153 (Robinson 3-36, Claydon 3-31) and 27-3 (Robinson 3-8). HAMPSHIRE NEED 218 TO WIN.

Ach -Haseeb Hameed out, for 52, but two fifties in his first game is a promising return. Notts have now lost 3 for 23 with power to add. Lunch approaches, scores to follow.

A ping in my inbox reveals an email from John Burton.

“I was lucky to happen on The Edge last night, just as it started: really quite a stunning and disturbing insight into life at the top of the world of sport.

One of the lines that stood out for me was along the lines of, “I wasn’t afraid of being hurt physically, I was afraid of failure”,the regarding Mitchell Johnson iirc.”

“The overriding mark on my memory was the clearly evident toll on the mental well-being of so many players due to the relentless pressure, exacerbated by the amount of time away from personal support groups, such as family.”

Aye, it is a relentless lifestyle at the top, and it is a big part of why so many relationships break up. I felt happy for Alastair Cook at the end, back with his sheep and cows in the middle of nowhere and about as far away from the MCG as it is possible to be.

Worcestershire’s batsmen all remembering how to bat at once – every member of the top six in double figures, and a lead over Gloucestershire of 36. At Taunton, Tom Abell skipping towards his hundred after a first innings 8 – Somerset lead 363; Ben Curran out for 58, Northants still trail by 116 – 8 wickets remaining; Essex plough on, despite a Wheater run-out, ten Doeschate 59 not out. Still 130 behind, mind.

And Hampshire? Hampshire are 12-1 chasing 231, that man Ollie Robinson again. Am prepared to give them zero chance of getting it.

(Another one of)Surrey’s great young hope, Jamie Smith, now 67 not out at The Oval (Surrey 261-4); Hass has made his second fifty of the match (Warwicks 140-50; Ben Slater ploughing on at New Road, 130 not out.

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Jamie Smith: 50 v Middlesex. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Surrey CCC

Painful baby steps at Chester le Street where Durham have made 40 this morning, but not lost a wicket. The lead crawls to fifty.

Warney launches his new fragrance. More imaginative brand names welcome.

Shane Warne
(@ShaneWarne)

Very excited to launch my first ever fragrance exclusive to @chemistwarehouseaus with all profits going to @myroomccc who do an amazing job with helping children with cancer. Hope you all enjoy the fragrance and get behind us too ! ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/5J7wUrOqPT

August 3, 2020

Going back to The Edge in a round-about kind of way… I listened to an episode of Ed Milliband and Geoff Lloyd’s podcast Reasons to be Cheerful where they spoke to Rutger Bregman, author of Humankind, and wondered if his reasoning that humans are basically “friendly, peaceful and healthy” could be used to build a successful sports team, rather than an ethos of aggression and perpetual pseudo-war. Perhaps the current England team management leans more towards this way of thinking.

And another wicket at Trent Bridge… and it’s still not Hass. Trego off Atitchison. Rain at New Road, wicketless at Chester-le-Street and Sussex clinging on – 204-9, a lead of 227 against Hants.

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A wicket at Trent Bridge, but it is not Hass. Still there, still 42 not out. Mullaney out for 48, to Luis Reece. Notts 125-4, a probably-already-good-enough lead of 210.

A problem of working from home is that it takes no time at all to open the fridge and eat a completely unsatisfactory cold vegetarian sausage.

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Searching about for a good read? Here is the Cricket Writers’ Club Cricket Book of the Year longlist 2020.

Michael Bates and Tom Huelin, Keeping Up: Michael Bates, the Story of a Specialist Wicketkeeper, independently published

Stephen Chalke, Through the Remembered Gate, Fairfield Books

Alastair Cook with Michael Calvin, Alastair Cook, the Autobiography, Penguin Random House

Ian Gould, Gunner: My Life in Cricket, Pitch Publications

Ashley Gray, The Unforgiven: Mercenaries or Missionaries?, Pitch Publications

Duncan Hamilton, The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus, Hodder & Stoughton

Michael Henderson: That Will be England Gone: The Last Summer of Cricket, Constable

Prashant Kidambi, Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire, Oxford University Press

Mark Peel, Cricketing Caesar: A Biography of Mike Brearley, Pitch Publications

Mark Rowe, Tour de Force: Anti-Apartheid Protest and South Africa’s Cancelled 1970 Cricket Tour of England, ACS Publications

Colin Shindler, Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South Africa Cricket Tour of 1970, Pitch Publications

Luke Sutton, Back From the Edge: Mental Health and Addiction in Sport, White Owl

Tim Wigmore & Freddie Wilde, Cricket 2.0: Inside the T20 Revolution, Polaris Publishing

The usual morning crumble of wickets: Tom Fell for 39, lbw Josh Shaw (Worcs 237-3); James Hildreth for 45 (Somerset 148-3); Emilio Gay caught Bresnan b Hannon-Dalby 11 (Northants 27-1); and in the pea-shooter at Hove, Delroy Rawlins for 13 (Sussex 172-7).

Thanks for the tip BTL – had missed that Jonathan Trott has been appointed England batting coach for the three Test series against Pakistan. Jeetan Patel and Warwickshire’s Graeme Welch are also joining the coaching team. Trott retired from all cricket at the end of the 2018 season.

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Jonathan Trott: England batting coach for the Pakistan series. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Some useful links that Thamesider, thank you, has already posted BTL, Here ATL too.

Scores and video clips

Commentary

County streams:

George Dobell
(@GeorgeDobell1)

These live streams are fantastic, aren’t they? Several include replays, scorecards, highlight options etc. Commentary teams very good, as well. Great effort from all involved. https://t.co/zitJlJ9UKu

August 2, 2020

The MCC confirm that throwing the ball at another player is bad.

Marylebone Cricket Club
(@MCCOfficial)

The Umpires were right. Law 42.3.1 states:

“Throwing the ball at a player, umpire or another person in an inappropriate & dangerous manner shall constitute a Level 2 offence.”

Five penalty runs is the correct outcome especially as the striker made no attempt to leave his ground https://t.co/kPvsmRr5Lh

August 3, 2020

Good morning!

from a slightly tardy County Blog and welcome to the third day of the first round of the Bob Willis trophy. Did anyone see The Edge last night on BBC2? I (belatedly) watched it for the first time, thought it was brilliant… but it did make me think, is it worth it? Is professional cricket at the highest level, something that so many people strive for, such a thrill that the mental toll, physical effort and repetitive, relentless schedule, is bearable? Reckon most of the players came across very well – CCLive shout out to Tim Bresnan who scored his debut hundred for Warwickshire yesterday, on debut. Loved the idea of Andy Flower punching him in greeting and Bressie, slightly alarmed, punching him back.

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