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County cricket: Durham v Essex, Surrey v Hampshire – as it happened
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County cricket: Durham v Essex, Surrey v Hampshire – as it happened

Yorkshire with a reverse-ramp for six before being bowled by a Zak Chappell yorker for 119, shaking his head as he trudged off.

Brook’s hundred, his ninth for Yorkshire and second of the season, was a more brutal affair at a run a ball. Derbyshire looked in deep trouble at 23 for three, but Wayne Madsen (88) and Brooke Guest (74) frustrated Yorkshire until stumps on a day so chilly that Root fielded in a snood.

Essex batted with restrained fortitude at Chester-le-Street, thanks to a quick-witted and stylish century from Feroze Khushi, his second for Essex, and a steady unbeaten 94 from Nick Browne, trailing by just 44 but with rain forecast for Sunday.

The groundsman Vic Demain explained that the wet weather had meant that his team couldn’t get heavy machinery on to the square early this year to compact the earth, and that therefore pitches are starting softer than he would like, without the bounce he was aiming for. Durham’s attack proved testing in the early overs of the day, with Ben Raine and Matthew Potts agitating, unsuccessfully but energetically, for several close lbw shouts.

Rory Burns put together a seven-hour 113, blunting skilful spells from Kyle Abbott and Mohammad Abbas, to reach his first hundred since July 2022. The innings hauled Surrey from a wobbly 44 for four to an intimidating 359 on a grassy Oval pitch. Jordan Cox provided the power hitting, freestyling an unbeaten 106 at a run a ball, and biffing Surrey to a lead of 208. Browbeaten Hampshire then lost two quick wickets before the rain fell.

Pepperpot Ben Duckett duly reached a brilliant 200 at Edgbaston, the fifth of his career and the one he considers his best in county cricket, as Nottinghamshire got the upper hand at a damp Edgbaston. He and Dillon Pennington steered Notts to 400, before Warwickshire’s in-form top order were reduced to 26 for three. Ed Barnard and Dan Mousley steered them safely to stumps.

There was a first hundred for George Bartlett in Northamptonshire colours, as he, with support from the gung-ho Chris Tremain and Lewis McManus, carried Northants to maximum batting points, biffing 116 in 14 overs and reaching 450 with two balls to spare.

Ben Sanderson then dismissed Leicestershire’s Australian opener Marcus Harris for a duck. On a wet day at Kidderminster, Jake Libby reached his fourth half century of the summer against Somerset, while Miles Hammond (81) and Graeme van Buuren (75) helped Gloucestershire to a 68-run lead over Middlesex at Bristol.

The covers have been securely fastened at Chester le Street, ready for the expected deluge tomorrow. A satisfying day for Essex, but if the rain comes they’ll have to get moving on Monday to try to force a result. That’s it from me for today, back tomorrow at 10am. Have a lovely evening!

Durham 358 v Essex 314-3

The Oval: Surrey 359 v Hampshire 151 and 31-2

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 71-3 v Nottinghamshire 400

Kidderminster: Worcestershire 107-1 v Somerset 309-9dec


Bristol: Gloucestershire 271-6 v Middlesex 203

Grace Road: Leicestershire 97-2 v Northampton 453-7dec

Headingley: Yorkshire 450-5 v Derbyshire 190-3


Elsewhere in Division One, Hampshire are holding on, 29-2 at The Oval; rain at Edgbaston, Warwickshire 71-3; Jake Libby and Gareth Roderick doing a fine job at Kidderminster, Worcs 107-1 but bad light has stopped play.

Surrey by 187.Durham 358 v Essex 220-2

The Oval: Surrey 359 v Hampshire 151

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 62-3 v Nottinghamshire 400

Kidderminster: Worcestershire 67-1 v Somerset 309-9dec


Bristol: Gloucestershire 231-4 v Middlesex 203

Grace Road: Leicestershire 97-2 v Northampton 453-7dec

Headingley: Yorkshire 450-5 v Derbyshire 82-3

Hampshire must go again after tea with a starting deficit of 208.

At Headingley, Derbyshire, from the wasteland of 23-3 have recovered to 82-3 thanks to that dad-rock duo of Madsen and Guest. Matt Fisher 6-4-7-2.

Durham bowlers this afternoon. Vic Demain the Durham groundsman said that the wet weather – dampest 18 months in England on record – meant that they couldn’t get the heavy machinery onto the square early this year to compact the earth, and that therefore pitches are starting softer than he would like. “We don’t get the good ball bounce for all aspects of the game. A bit more bounce aids the bowlers and gives the batters more freedom to play shots.” Essex 201-2, trail by 157.Surrey have been striding masterfully onwards. Rory Burns reached his first century in the Championship since July 2022 at Scarborough and Jordan Clark has freestyled his way to 70 off 59 balls. Surrey 311-7, a lead of 161.

And Dom Sibley was awarded his county cap yesterday.

Fifty for Feroze Khushi, who celebrates with a twinkle-toed straight drive off Parkinson C, for four. Essex 171-2.

Yorkshire players are wearing snoods or just have their collars up, boating style.Durham allocates a box where visually impaired people, plus their companions and guide dogs, can sit and listen to the special commentary. “You have to keep on your toes,” says Wides “The lady who is in today has a tiny bit of sight out of one eye. I was describing a fielder being at deep mid off -‘He’s not that deep’ she said – it was the only thing on the field she could see!”

In Division Two:

Yorks have declared with maximum batting points, Brook 126 not out. Derbyshire, a long road ahead, 5-0.

A wicket for Sanderson at Grace Road, Marcus Harris the man to go for a duck. Leicestershire 24-1, 462 behind Northants’ 453-7dec.

Another fifty in the bag for Miles Hammond, but he’s lost Bracey, a second wicket for Helm, one each for Higgins and Bamber. Gloucestershire 134-4, 69 behind Middlesex.

56 over scheduled at Kidderminster, where they’re about to restart.

Durham groundsman, more on than shortly, no real problems for Khushi and Brown since lunch. Essex 114-2.

Only one other Division One game in play, at The Oval, where Rory Burns is inching towards three figures, Surrey 239-7, an ominous lead of 88 in a low-scoring game.

Durham 358 v Essex 97-2

The Oval: Surrey 209-6 v Hampshire 151

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 17-1 v Nottinghamshire 400

Kidderminster: Worcestershire 14-0 v Somerset 309-9dec no play yet today


Bristol: Gloucestershire 82-3 v Middlesex 203 no play yet today

Grace Road: Leicestershire 17-1 v Northampton 453-7dec

Headingley: Yorkshire 433-5 v Derbyshire

Root out at Headingley, done by a Zac Chapple yorker. Doesn’t even bother turning round and shakes his head in annoyance as he trudges off….

…and Dean Elgar at CLS, after doing all the hard work for 43, nibbles at Matthew Potts, or Paul Potts as the announcer has it, which would be a decent effort for the opera singer. Elgar kicks the ground in frustration. Essex 95-2.

Hundred, franchise, money, money, money.

Brook casually eyes up Reece, pick up and flicks him for six five rows back. Yorks careering towards 450.

And to make matters worse, a dashing, casual as you like, reverse scoop for six by Joe Root.

Alas, more buttery fingers from Derbyshire, Brook is dropped off a low full toss on 106.

Yorkshire this season. Gets there uncharacteristically gently, off 102 balls, and glances to the sky.

On comms they mention that, on top of the four catches dropped yesterday, Derbyshire’s slippery fingered fielders had already dropped nine in the previous games this season.

leave Somerset.

With a reverse-paddle for four, Root picks up his 44th first-class century. Takes off his helmet, waves, grins the irrepressible Joe Root grin. Chanceless perfection. Yorks 363-3, the partnership now 150 plus.

Here at CLS, Cook’s off stump went a-flying as Coughlin makes the breakthrough.

Sam Cook having an excellent start to the season, 49 last week as nightwatchman, another 20 not out here against some tough bowling. Essex 50-0.

And with an hour gone, let’s trot briskly round the Division One grounds.

Rory Burns holding Surrey together with 62, he and Roach have now put on 39 in a low-scoring game. Burns didn’t make it to three figures last season – just so you know. Surrey 162-5

Warwickshire 8-0 in reply to Notts’ 400. Olly Stone (heartening to see him back) has successfully got through his first over.

Rain at Kidderminster.

Warwickshire. Meanwhile, here, Essex have seen off Matthew Potts, who is replaced by Brydon Carse.

Ali on Jamie Overton’s back injury and selection for the England men’s T20 squad:

No play at Kidderminster or Bristol this morning, while at Headingley Harry Brook (67 off 63) is racing Joe Root (82 off 139) to his century. Yorks 316-3.

Ben Raine giving Dean Elgar a thorough working over from the Lumley end. But he survives. Essex 33-0.

its review; I was less so in mine.”

Looks intriguing. Richmond is gorgeous and used to have amazing water slides, though beset by the urban myth that rogues had stuck razor blades in the tube joins.

A very silly arms and legs wobbling appeal by Potts against Dean Elgar leaves the umpire unmoved. Potts picks up his jumper and jauntily takes up his place in the field undaunted. Ominous clouds now circling overhead.

“A question popped into my head last evening for which I have no answer – which county cricketer lives furthest from the county s/he plays for (overseas players aside)? Players sometimes move counties, and perhaps there are some who prefer to commute than to move?

Good morning Andrew Benton! I don’t have a definitive answer to this but from the depths of my memory I think that KP may have lived in London while playing for Notts, and likewise Jos Buttler?

Now munching on a tea-cake from the very friendly cafe at CLS’s health club. They do a very reasonable breakfast if anyone has a visit up here inked into the calendar. Play started on time, Matthew Potts has just bowled a maiden, no snoods on show from Durham. Graham Clark is wearing a sunhat which seems on the optimistic side, but then I’m from Surrey.

Lots of wild garlic flowering by the side of the Wear but even more energetic young people getting into boats. The first email of the day is a fascinating one from Tim Maitland, who was watching at Headingley yesterday.

“Just a few words on how interesting watching Yorkshire was one day one. Not for Adam Lyth’s 97, but for the massive contrast between the quick-scoring innings of Shan Masood and Harry Brook. The Pakistan captain’s innings of 10 fours and nothing else (from 25 balls at a strike rate of 160.00) was surgical in its precision, all cuts, glides and caresses off the hips. It’s a surprise Derbyshire ever got him out.

“If Masood’s weapon was the scalpel, Brook’s was the pugil stick. Competitor ready? Gladiator ready? You knew exactly what was coming and it was exactly what we got. To be fair to Brook it wasn’t as agricultural as some “Bazball” innings have been, but by County Championship standards it was still brutal. Straight drives, lofted fours and a straight six and anything short clubbed with a Neanderthal enthusiasm. Unlike Masood it wasn’t flawless – at one point he almost chopped on to his own stumps and you could argue his 44 off 37 balls and a strike rate of 118.92 was less efficient – but unlike Masood he’ll still be at the crease when play resumes today.

“So will Joe Root who, in comparison, was just nurdling … perhaps crucially, he shelved almost all of the trick shots with the exception of an immaculately executed reverse sweep.”

Thank you Tim, beautifully put.

Three Essex players fielded in snoods at Chester-le-Street, with Jordan Cox adding a hand warmer for good measure, as the temperature tiptoed to 7C and the coffee van did a roaring trade. But three batters flourished in the chill: Colin Ackermann, who played a sedate anchor role for 112, his first century for Durham, and David Bedingham and Ollie Robinson who sparkled. Bedingham, fresh from his 138 off 99 balls against Worcestershire, was soon into his stride, pinging Harmer into the health club for six. Robinson made his fifth Championship half century in consecutive innings before being caught for 90. Essex plugged away, dismissing Durham shortly after Ben Raine ensured a third batting point with a six.

Fifteen wickets tumbled on a basil-green wicket at the Oval. First Hampshire were routed for 156, with three wickets for Dan Worrall, Gus Atkinson and Jordan Clark. Then Surrey too slipped about, Hampshire winkling out four of their brightest – Dominic Sibley, Ollie Pope, Jamie Smith and Dan Lawrence – for just 44. Ryan Patel steadied things but was bowled before stumps.

Ben Duckett enjoyed himself at Edgbaston for Nottinghamshire, with a rapid 197 not out – there were four wickets for Warwickshire’s Olly Hannon-Dalby – while Tom Banton was run out for 92 at Kidderminster as Somerset crept past 300 despite Jason Holder’s brutal spell of three wickets in 12 balls for Worcestershire.

In Division Two, an unbeaten stand of 71 between Joe Root and Harry Brook provided pretty entertainment for Yorkshire, and much frustration for Derbyshire who dropped four catches either side of lunch. Shan Masood made 40 consisting entirely of fours.

Emilio Gay’s quickfire 88 put Northamptonshire in a good position against Leicestershire at Grace Road. Marchant de Lange stormed away with six for 49 as Middlesex were bowled out for 203 at Bristol against Gloucestershire.

Durham 358 v Essex 5-0

The Oval: Surrey 123-5 v Hampshire 151

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire 367-8

Kidderminster: Worcestershire 14-0 v Somerset 309-9dec


Bristol: Gloucestershire 82-3 v Middlesex 203

Grace Road: Leicestershire v Northampton 337-6

Headingley: Yorkshire 276-3 v Derbyshire

Good morning! The birds are singing their little hearts out here in Chester le Street and the sun has been sending those out little heat kisses to remind us that spring is hovering in the background. I’m about to walk to the ground from my hotel so setting this up a little early – the kettle is on BTL.

Source: theguardian.com