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Balderson has just removed Lyth’s off-stump, via the bat, but the umpire sticks out his right arm to signal a no-ball, much to Lancashire’s chagrin.

Slater (81*) and Hameed (80*) are in a race to get a century, having already put on 188 for the first Nottinghamshire wicket against Leicestershire.

Cricket has returned at Headingley! Tom Bailey sends down a precise over which Tattersall blocks out. There is a bit of blue sky above in Leeds, so hopefully we will get a couple of hours in.

Supposedly, we will get going at 5pm in Arundel. It’s the hope that kills you.

Ben Foakes has moved onto 43 as Surrey close on the gap on Kent. The wicketkeeper looks in fine nick for a man who has not played first class cricket since last September.

Yorkshire v Lancashire is supposed to restart at 4.45pm, which gives us all something to look forward to … until it starts raining again in Leeds at 4.44pm.

A summary of the situation at Arundel.

Umpires Billy Taylor (right) and Ian Gould (hands on head) inspect the pitch.

Umpires Billy Taylor (right) and Ian Gould (hands on head) inspect the pitch. Photograph: Nick Wood/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Not many games managed to get a full afternoon session in there, which is a shame. Surrey and Kent did, with the away side thinking they’re in the driving seat after reducing the hosts to 110-4 in response to 324. Foakes looks in good nick, though, so Surrey have reason to be optimistic.

Kent have a debutant bowling in the form of Nathan Gilchrist who looks very quick. He has just arrived from Somerset and at 20 years old, looks a decent prospect for years to come.

Oh …

Lancashire Cricket
(@lancscricket)

Play won’t be restarting at 3:50pm but the covers are coming off

Updates on prospects of play as we have them 🤞

August 23, 2020

DaddyPig offers: “Where I live, with the wind speed and direction as it is, we have the weather in our back garden that Headingley had 15 minutes ago. So I can authoritatively state that it’s been raining there for some time now; and that it’s that very thin, but very wet type of rain.”

Soaks you right through.

Lammonby and Abell have moved Somerset into a a lead of 247 over Gloucestershire after the visitors were skittled for 76. Skipper has 40 from 70 and he will be pretty confident of securing an easy win around tomorrow tea time.

Surrey have made it to 76-3 from 30 overs. Foakes and Jacks are struggling to get the ball off the square and could be feeling the pressure at the Oval. Stevens is very much on the money.

A bit of rain around the country with five of the matches currently delayed, which is a shame. Clouds disperse!

Darren Stevens has picked up a wicket! The 44-year-old medium pacer sent it very wide and Borthwick went after it, edging it to Cox at second slip, who took it around chest height to send the opener back to the pavilion for 26.

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Bad news! The rain returns at Headingley. Covers on, players off.

I am not going to lie: the clouds look black.

Rooto writes: “Yes, Charlie Thurston! After the disappointment of getting out against Warks on 96, and just getting dropped on 99… Done a great job.”

That’s a reference to Northants’ No 3, who has looked in fine nick on his way to a hundred. His team are currently 215-3 against Glamorgan.

Charlie Thurston of Northamptonshire acknowledges the applause from his team mates on reaching his century.

Charlie Thurston of Northamptonshire acknowledges the applause from his team mates on reaching his century. Photograph: Andy Kearns/Getty Images

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Good news! We are back on at Headingley.

Middlesex are struggling at Radlett against Sussex where they have reached 88-6 in response to 293 from the visitors. The wickets have been shared around but Claydon’s one wicket for eight runs from nine overs deserves plenty of kudos.

Warwickshire declare on 355-9 against Worcestershire. Will Rhodes topped scored with an impressive 207.

Oh well … plenty happening elsewhere.

Lancashire Cricket
(@lancscricket)

It’s going to be a delayed restart at Emerald Headingley 😩

Light rain has come in towards the end of the lunch break & the groundstaff are bringing covers on 👎 pic.twitter.com/Q8U7WA7NAg

August 23, 2020

A bit of a worry as the covers are pushed onto the wicket at Headingley. Please stay away rain.

Lunchtime scores

Derbyshire v Durham 314-8

Leicestershire 222 v Nottinghamshire 144-0

Nottinghamshire trail by 79

Yorkshire 97-4 v Lancashire

Northamptonshire 194-1 v Glamorgan 259

Northamptonshire trail by 66 runs

Somerset 237, 1-0 v Gloucestershire 76

Somerset lead by 162 runs

Worcestershire v Warwickshire 354-8

Hampshire v Essex 83-0

Middlesex 63-5 v Sussex 293

Middlesex trail by 311

Surrey 31-1 v Kent 342

Surrey trail by 311 runs

Nottinghamshire reach 144-0 at lunch: Slater (58*) and Hameed (65*). Like everybody, I am pleased that Hameed is once again showing what he can do.

Gloucestershire all out for 76

Well, that went badly. Tom Lace topped scored with a mighty 21 in an innings where only three batsmen secured double figures. Craig Overton was impressive with the ball 4-25.

Double ton for Rhodes

Will Rhodes has reached 200! The Warwickshire skipper has earned his career-best score from 321 balls, to take his side to 334-6 against Worcestershire.

Everything was going too smoothly …

Essex Cricket
(@EssexCricket)

It’s raining again and we have another delay at Arundel.

Essex are currently 83-0, Walter has 43 whilst Cook is on 30.#HAMvESS

August 23, 2020

A first wicket for George Burrows on debut. The delivery is absolutely filth, though. Burrows sends it short and very wide, allowing Brook’s eyes to light up but the batsman slaps it straight to point. Yorkshire now 78/4.

“Afternoon Will, afternoon everyone,” Galactus says.

“I’ve got a hunch today is not going to be a good day for patched together bowling attacks.”

Re 11.56am: “Apart from that ‘catch’, obviously. Even with my Red Rose tinted spectacles on, that looks like it might just possibly not have carried.”

Trouble for Gloucestershire who are currently 60/7 against Somerset in response to 237 for the hosts. Not a great couple of days for Gloucestershire.

Danny Lamb is making in impact for Lancashire. First, the allrounder removes WAR Fraine caught behind and then he traps Loten on the crease two balls later to leave Yorkshire on 61-3.

Adam Finch claims the final wicket of the Kent innings to leave him with figures of 4/69. Not bad for a man who is on loan at Surrey as he can’t get a game at Worcestershire. Kent, incidentally, were all out for 342.

This was Kohler-Cadmore’s dismissal against Lancashire. Keaton Jennings is the man claiming the catch at first slip but that claim looks a little precarious.

Did it carry?

Did it carry? Photograph: Barry Mitchell/REX/Shutterstock

Haseeb Hameed has – by his standards – smashed a half century for Nottinghamshire. The opener reached the milestone off a mere 81 balls, including 10 boundaries.

“14 wickets in a day at Taunton…,” ponders Charles Sheldrick. “Any sign of the pitch inspector? Must be about time we had more points deducted or we could be in danger of winning something!”

I suspect Somerset might be safe on this occasion.

The tail is wagging at The Oval, where Gilchrist and Milnes have added 37 already this morning, much to the annoyance of Surrey’s attack. Sam Curran has come close but the No 9 and 10 have looked decent with bat in hand.

Kohler-Cadmore is gone! Bailey, who has bowled well in the opening half hour, finally earns a wicket, getting the opener to nick one to first slip, with Jennings diving to his left to take the ball just off the ground.

Yorkshire have raced onto 53 from the opening 10 overs. Lyth has made 27 of those, including a flat six over midwicket off the bowling on Burrows.

HighPeakGeek says: “Morning Will, morning all.

“Of course the Baildog is injured. HSA. Your county needs you.”

The following Lancashire bowlers are absent: Onions, Mahmood, Gleeson, Parkinson, Wood and some blog named Anderson. There is probably someone else I have forgotten about, too.

A couple of close calls for the Yorkshire openers as Kohler-Cadmore is dropped behind off Bailey and then Lyth survives a big LBW appeal from Burrows.

Additionally, here is Sam Robson’s dismissal from earlier.

County Championship
(@CountyChamp)

Ollie Robinson is back in a Sussex shirt and back in the wickets already! pic.twitter.com/BkRW9FVspv

August 23, 2020

Lancashire’s Burrows looks to be settling into first class cricket. He comes in off a relatively short run-up and fires the ball in at a decent lick with a bit of swing. He could be one to keep an eye on.

A bad start for Middlesex in response to Sussex’s 293 as Sam Robson is removed in the first over after scoring just two runs. The opener was smacked on the pads in front of his wickets by Ollie Robinson.

Every match has started on time. What a time to be alive.

In worse news, Tom Bailey is holding his side after bowling the first ball of the day for Lancashire. He looked a little uncomfortable yesterday, too.

Some reading from the Test …

There was no play at Arundel between Hampshire and Essex yesterday but things are looking more promising today.

Essex spinner Simon Harmer warms up at Arundel.

Essex spinner Simon Harmer warms up at Arundel. Photograph: Nick Wood/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Andrew Cosgrove emails: “Currently wondering how Somerset can contrive to not win this match. Will a tornado tear through Taunton before lunch? Will an earthquake level the Marcus Trescothick stand?”

I mentioned in my preamble that it could all be done and dusted by the end of the day.

Ps comments are on now :-).

There was minimal action at Headingley yesterday but bowler George Burrows did take the new ball on his debut and his six deliveries showed he has some pace and promise which is good news for Lancashire supporters, like myself.

Preamble

Good morning!

Things never got going at Headingley yesterday but we should get a good amount of overs in today for Yorkshire v Lancashire. Admittedly, both teams are nowhere near their strongest, but it will be good to see the young players get an opportunity in such a high-profile match.

Elsewhere, Somerset could possibly beat Gloucestershire on day two thanks to an impressive bowling spell last evening, which saw the visitors to Taunton reduced to 13/4.

Skipper Will Rhodes already has a ton to his name and has plenty of time to add to it, having put Warwickshire in command against Worcestershire and they will be looking to build on it.

Hampshire v Essex could belatedly start, too, after no play was possible on Saturday.

Let’s just hope for some nice weather.

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