Middlesex have just lost another wicket. Robbie White lbw to Tom Haines for 35. They are 130-4 chasing 193. Can they do it?
“Thankfully I was entirely wrong about no more play in Taunton this round…even better Glos have gifted wickets since the restart,” says TransplantAthlete.
“Still looking very much like a race against the weather, though!”
There will be dancing in the streets of Yeovil tonight if they can pull this one off.
In Worcester, meanwhile, the hosts declared on 410-7, and Warwickshire are 8-0 in reply.
LANCASHIRE have only gone and lost a couple more. Davies gone for 73, Bohannon for five. They are 120-3, 140 in arrears against Yorkshire.
Kent nine down now for 118, and 182 ahead of Surrey.
Gloucestershire five down – another breakthrough for Somerset in Taunton – Josh Davey removes Roderick for nought. And now six! It’s 51-6!
Now, we all know that a lot of cricketers’ hair grew shaggy during lockdown, with England’s bowlers most noticeably sporting hairbands in recent weeks, before trips to the hairdressers were permitted again.
But, Ben Foakes of Surrey, this is just another level! Here he is celebrating his century at the Oval earlier today. Well batted, by the way.
Thanks to David Harding for the heads up.
In the Roses match, Lancashire are now 110-1, with Davies now 72 not out as they hunt down Yorkshire’s first-innings of total of 260.
Derbyshire are 174-1 v Durham, Leicestershire are 64-2 v Notts.
What else is going on?
The other game which may well reach an exciting conclusion this afternoon/evening is Middlesex v Sussex in the South Group. The hosts are 104-3 after a rain break / tea. Kent are 108-8 and lead Surrey by 175. At Arundel, there will be an inspection at 4.45pm.
So here I am, back from my tea break, to see there is not only some cricket in Taunton after that very long delay, but that Craig Overton has made an astonishing mess of George Hankins’ stumps. Gloucs are 42-4. Can Somerset cheat the weather and sneak a win?
Tea score updates
Latest from the Bob Willis Trophy:
Derbyshire 159-1 v Durham 337-9 dec
Leicestershire 59-2 and 222 v Nottinghamshire 343-8 dec
Lancashire 109-1 v Yorkshire 260
Glamorgan 111-8 and 259 v Northants 332
Gloucestershire 14-3 and 76 v Somerset 237 and 223-1 dec (no play so far today due to wet outfield)
Worcestershire 378-6 v Warks 355-9 dec
Essex 249-3 v Hampshire
Middlesex 102-3 and 203 v Sussex 293 and 102
Kent 102-8 and 342 v Surrey 278
Keaton Jennings is out, lbw to Lyth for 23. Lancs are 104-1.
Kent are 102-8 now against Surrey. Essex still rained off at Arundel against Hampshire.
Elsewhere … Lancashire have raced on to 102-0. What a belting start from Jennings and Davies.
Derbyshire have progressed to 144-1 against Durham while Leicestershire are 53-2 and still 68 runs behind Notts.
There is yet more rain in Worcester with the hosts 378-6.
HEAVY RAIN has just arrived at Radlett, with Middlesex 102-3 chasing 193 to win. Tea will be taken.
Glamorgan are 96-8 and Northants WILL bat again.
Kent are 100-6 now and lead Surrey by 164. Four wickets for Clarke.
Middlesex are 86-3 against Sussex.
Lancashire are 90-0 against Yorkshire from 27 overs, and have not yet lost even one wicket, contrary to some previous rumours/typing errors.
Glamorgan 50-7 – rearguard action by Dan Douthwaite who is 29 not out.
“Have to say that it’s impressive that both Luke and the BBC are feverishly jinxing Lancs right now,” says HighPeakGeek.
It’s nothing intentional! Anyway, they are 76-0. Alex Davies has his 50.
Reece has 50 for Derbyshire, meanwhile, who are 134-1.
I wonder what became of that 3.15 inspection down in Somerset. We are about to find out. Probably.
Glamorgan 42-7 now. 31 runs shy of making their opponents have another bat.
If Test cricket is your thing, it seems they’re going to start again at 3.45pm at the Rose Bowl.
The over-by-over report is here, in case you want to take the odd glance at the international scene while being gripped by the Bob Willis Trophy action:
Derbyshire are still going very well indeed in the North Group. They’re 127-1.
That inspection at Taunton is in fact taking place at 3.15pm. Stay tuned.
Kent have fallen to 78-5 and Clarke now has three wickets. They are 143 ahead, though, so should set Surrey a very competitive total to chase.
Glamorgan lose another one in the Central Group, Taylor gone for nought, 30-6 now. Are Northants going to need to bat again? Glamorgan still trail by 43.
South Group: Middlesex are 57-2 having lost Holden and Gubbins. Beautifully poised, that one.
North Group: Lancashire are 46-0 off 18 overs replying to Yorkshire’s 260.
Central Group: Worcestershire are 325-6, Hannon-Dalby with three wickets for Warwickshire.
There will be an inspection at Taunton AKA Ciderabad at 3pm, and the word on the street is they are optimistic about getting some cricket in this afternoon. Which would be nice.
In the South Group, Kent have lost three now for 68, with a couple of wickets for Rikki Clarke. Middlesex have raced on to 43-0 against Sussex. Apparently it’s really tipping down at Arundel now and it looks like Hampshire v Essex is going to be washed out for the day, if not the match given the forecast for tomorrow. Essex are 249-3.
Speaking of racing on, Alex Davies is 26 not out for Lancashire while at the other end, Jennings has just three – they are 37-0 against Yorkshire in the North Group.
Glamorgan are having a terrible time in the Central Group, meanwhile, collapsing to 21-5. Their ship is listing horribly again.
Derbyshire have lost Billy Godleman for 51, the openers falling two short of a century opening partnership against Durham.
Leicestershire have lost Hassan Azad for six, removed by Nottinghamshire’s Peter Trego, and are 14-1. They’re still 107 behind.
Lancashire have moved on to 32-0 against Yorks while Glamorgan have steadied the ship for now and are 15-3.
Tom Fell has 50 for Worcestershire, who are 304-3 after losing Jack Haynes, who scored 51.
Middlesex are 42-0 chasing 193 to win and Kent have moved to 63-2 against Surrey, leading by 127.
The man himself. Looking good, Keaton!
Does anyone need to buy a cricket net? They are now in stock at a reputable cricket equipment shop in Ealing, according to an email I just received:
- Provides a spacious area to play all your shots with all the aggression and power you desire.
- No more broken windows, lost balls and angry neighbours.
Sounds dreamy. I will take three.