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County cricket: Brook and Root come up short as Yorkshire labour at Lord’s

Surrey cricketer and administrator Raman Subba Row, who died this week aged 92.Lancashire 146

Southampton: Hampshire v Warwickshire 340-4

Canterbury: Kent 111-3 v Surrey rain

Taunton: Somerset 116-1 v Nottinghamshire 193

Kidderminster: Worcestershire 78-4 v Durham 244


Derby: Derbyshire v Leicestershire 168-2

Lord’s: Middlesex 84-2 v Yorkshire 159

Northampton: Northamptonshire v Glamorgan 203-7

Hove: Sussex v Gloucesterhire 319-8

Warwickshire have got zillions. Somerset 32-0, Worcs 2-0 in their replies.

In Div 2: rain at Derby, Middx, whoops, are already one down (18-1), Ingram (43) and Douthwaite holding Glamorgan together -119-5 . And Gloucestershire look likely to make the second highest score today,, currently 213-4.

Worcestershire, padding up, may not want to remember what Matthew Potts did with the Dukes ball last year.

Gary Moors is not impressed. “So Woakes is gaining valuable T20 experience to take back to the England team. His fingers curl around the seam (of his trousers) as Rabada runs in to bowl. These IPL squads are huge.”

Lancashire 55-4

Southampton: Hampshire v Warwickshire 202-1

Canterbury: Kent 2-0 v Surrey rain

Taunton: Somerset v Nottinghamshire 193 all out

Kidderminster: Worcestershire v Durham 225-8


Derby: Derbyshire v Leicestershire 85-1 rain

Lord’s: Middlesex v Yorkshire 146-9

Northampton: Northamptonshire v Glamorgan 93-4

Hove: Sussex v Gloucesterhire 171-4

County Championship cricket today, so I’ve only just scanned the scores.

”Am I being curmudgeonly or is there something farcical about the change from Kookaburra to Dukes producing such contrasting outcomes (with the exception of Warwickshire) in the space of just a few days? Weren’t we being regaled by stories of a record number of centuries in the last round of matches?”

Tea scores to come….

Durham 202-8.Durham 194-7.

Who knew Sam Billings read CCLive!:

Middlesex fans, you get a bat very soon.Yorkshire either, slow sailing after Brook was out, now 98-6 as Tattersall slopes off, lbw for five. Two for TRJ, two for Bamber.Warwickshire whizz along against Hampshire. Warwicks 152-1, Yates the man out for 69.

Still raining at Chelmsford, and Kent managed to reach 2-0 against Surrey before the rain returned.

Meanwhile, Notts and Durham are both five down. Ollie Robinson and de Leede rebuilding from 121-5 at Kiddersminster; and Notts relying on Montgomery (48) at Taunton. Notts 147-5.

Leicestershire, Sussex and Kent won’t see any of that.

“The ECB have missed a huge trick here, this was an unbelievable opportunity to widen the appeal of the game, giving clubs like Leicestershire, Sussex and Kent[ a chance] rather than gravitate to the Test venues .”

I’m sure there is some truth in that, though the ECB seemed to have a pretty hot panel making the decision.

Ah, Gary Naylor is on [a different] case at Lord’s: “A minor point at Lord’s. The right length in this match (Duke’s) is at least a yard further up than it was a fortnight ago (Kookaburra). Today, a Test Match length is getting its rewards; last week it was slammed through the V with impunity. I’d rather see an attack at least hint of the World XI rather than be rendered less effective than Ilford Seconds.”

Yorkshire are now 75-3, with Root out cheaply, and Brook yet to score, from two balls. two wickets to TRJ, one to Helm.

From Canterbury this morning,

in memory of Derek Underwood and Raman Subba Row, who has died aged 92. Subba Row played 13 Tests for England and then worked in cricket administration, chairing the TCCB for five years before becoming one of the first match referees after retirement. He was England’s oldest male cricketer. Rest in peace.

In the words of Derek Pringle: “a stolid left hand batter for Surrey, Northants, England and Cambridge…..but also good egg with old school charm and a sense of humour…”

While Richard Thompson, the ECB chair said“He was a great cricket man and his remarkable cricket career saw success both on and off the field – as a player, official, administrator and chair of both Surrey and the Test and County Cricket Board.

“Our sport owes him an enormous debt of gratitude, and on behalf of the ECB, we would like to send our sincere condolences to Raman’s friends and family at this sad time.”

Glamorgan are in the soup, 31-4. Ingram and Cooke have been handed the darning needle. Sanderson 2-11.Lancashire 31-2

Southampton: Hampshire v Warwickshire 114-0

Canterbury: Kent v Surrey no play yet today

Taunton: Somerset v Nottinghamshire 72-3

Kidderminster: Worcestershire v Durham 68-2


Derby: Derbyshire v Leicestershire 59-0 rain

Lord’s: Middlesex v Yorkshire 41-1 rain

Northampton: Northamptonshire v Glamorgan no rain yet today

Hove: Sussex v Gloucesterhire 82-2

Derbyshire, earthquake).

”For boiling underwear? Feeding chilly-handedd fielders?”
Keep up the good work. Especially where Essex are concerned please.

Just checked the score at Chelmsford, and surprised to read that Lancs are yet to lose a wicket against those Dukes balls magicians Porter and Cook. Lancs 11-0.

here – are there any other famous seagull incidents?”

Over to you, hive mind.

Gloucestershire are sitting on some very valuable land, New Road’s swamp is not quite so appealing to prospective developers.

But, they’re making inroads against Durham in the battle of the promoted teams: Lees and Borthwick both now gone, one each for Smith and Leach and a cold hand stinging catch for Jason Holder. Durham 22-2.

Lancashire seconds.

My son, doing Georgraphy revision, tells me there was a 2.5 magnitude earthquake in Derbyshire last night. Perhaps that rattled the slip cauldron, as reported BTL. Leicestershire 22-0

Durham have won the toss and will bat. Looks brisk.

Yorkshire are off like the clappers (27-0 off four) against Middlesex; Notts less so – having won the toss and chosen to bat against Somerset, poor old HH was out third ball for 0.

For anyone who missed it, and it was heartening to hear the news covered widely on sports broadcasts, the eight tier one women’s counties are: Durham, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Surrey, Essex, Hampshire and Somerset.

And an interesting point I picked up from Raf on twitter today:

A delayed start at Wantage Road too, and at Chelmsford and at Canterbury.

Rain at Kidderminster. Delayed start

Meanwhile, lots of cricket news this week, including the birth of Wisden number 161. It feels almost nepotistic to plug it but Tim wrote a lovely piece about the Almanack and it’s editor Lawrence Booth.

Just back from a lovely walk in the woods where the sun had decided to come out and everything was that perfect lime green that should be bottled up for November days.

Meanwhile Gary Naylor is at Lord’s: “Greetings from an overcast Lord’s on a ‘bowl first and hope you’re not bowling again before the close’ day.”

“Phalanxes of primary schoolkids were flooding the North Gate as I arrived and they’re now sat shivering in the Grandstand. If a day of Champo cricket in April doesn’t put them off the game for life, nothing will. That said, well played MCC for sorting them out.”

After two rounds of the Kookaburra, we swap the soggy pile of rags for a shiny Duke. There were some interesting numbers from those first two rounds. In 2023, 427 wickets were taken with seam bowling in the first two rounds at 29; in 2024 it was 233 at 43. By contrast, 4605 balls of spin were bowled in 2023, taking 63 wickets; in 2024 that had increased to 6214 balls and 135 wickets. And there have already been as many double hundreds as there were in the whole of 2023. Thanks to Kevein Howell’s county podcast for these numbers.

Rob Key is a fan of the Kookaburra

Unsurprisingly, Dukes aren’t so keen on the idea.

They’re mostly down south this week:


Chelmsford: Essex v Lancashire

Southampton: Hampshire v Warwickshire

Canterbury: Kent v Surrey

Taunton: Somerset v Nottinghamshire

Kidderminster: Worcestershire v Durham


Derby: Derbyshire v Leicestershire

Lord’s: Middlesex v Yorkshire

Northampton: Northamptonshire v Glamorgan

Hove: Sussex v Gloucesterhire

Derbyshire scrape the barrel. Plenty of time for that to change though, plus the weather to throw a cloudburst into the mix. Also, we await news on Essex’s possible points deduction for the big bat fiasco.

Play starts at 11am BST, the coffee is on, all welcome.

Source: theguardian.com