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County cricket: Essex v Kent, Surrey v Somerset, and more on day three – as it happened
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County cricket: Essex v Kent, Surrey v Somerset, and more on day three – as it happened

Somerset finished the day just 61 runs ahead with only four wickets in the bank.

Jordan Cox rolling-pinned 116 from 89 balls against his old county as Essex built up a stout second innings lead; Ben Compton had been last man out for 165 as Kent limped past the follow-on target.

Nottinghamshire once again suffered calamitous subsidence, losing six for 19 in the evening session – this after mislaying six for 34 in their first match. Ben Duckett had skipped to 63 before being the first of Nathan Smith’s four wickets in seven balls. Earlier, Smith had shepherded Worcestershire’s lower order with 58.

Despite knocking up 517, Durham failed to avoid the follow-on against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, and lost two second-innings wickets in the evening gloom. Lancashire were on top against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl thanks to 172 from Keaton Jennings and 99 from George Bell, run out itching for the golden single.

In a round notable for hundreds by captains, Sussex’s John Simpson flashed an unbeaten 205 against Leicestershire which, alongside 134 from Danny Lamb, allowed him to declare on 694 for nine. Chris Cooke’s 126 put Glamorgan in the box seat against Derbyshire at Sophia Gardens.

Idiosyncratic fifties by Joe Root and Harry Brook, alongside 113 from Adam Lyth, helped Yorkshire plunder the Gloucestershire attack before pulling the rug away from their second innings.

Nathan Fernandes became the youngest man since 1862 to make a century on first-class debut for Middlesex. He was joined in three figures by Max Holden (211 not out) and Leus du Plooy (196 not out), the two plundering Northants for an unbeaten 350 for the third wicket.

Lancashire 484

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 399 and 151-7 v Worcestershire 355

The Oval: Surrey 428 v Somerset 285 and 204-6

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 698-3d v Durham 517 and 12-2

DIVISION TWO

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 237 &361-7dec v Derbyshire 198 and 40-1

Bristol: Gloucestershire 263 and 97-4 v Yorkshire 326 & 434-6dec

Grace Road: Leicestershire 338 and 86-1 v Sussex 694-9dec

Northampton: Northamptonshire 552-6d v Middlesex 553-2

Somerset lead still in single figures.

Ben Raine six away from his century in Durham’s 490-7, though they still need another 58 to avoid the follow on.

And in Division Two: a century for Chris Cooke and five wickets for Alex Thomson as Glamorgan stretch their lead over Derbyshire towards 400; Glos have already lost Chris Dent in their quest for another 477; Leicestershire 36-0 chasing a suffocating deficit at Grace Road and – wow Middlesex – both Holden and du Plooy in the 160s as they approach 500 with just two down at Wantage Road.

BTL remains open for Sunday afternoon chat.

Lancashire are all out for 484, a lead of 117 over Hampshire. Four wickets for Liam Dawson, who didn’t forget his craft over a winter on the franchise circuit.

Surrey, meanwhile, will have to bat again. Somerset lead by one; a fifty for Goldsworthy.

James Rew all fine and dandy with a high elbowed drive straight back down the ground. Now spin from both ends at The Oval, with Dan Lawrence resuming at the Vauxhall Road end. Baggy shirt and the deliberately firm tread of someone not yet fully sure of where he fits in. Somerset 139-4, the sun gone now, the flags blowing.

Gloucestershire 497. Time, unless I’ve missed something, for a declaration

Sussex can be very pleased with their winter shopping, tempting Simpson over from Lord’s. With his double hundred in the bag, the captain duly declares on 649-9: the lead over Somerset 356.

Plonk my bottom down just in time to see Tom Banton limply waft at Cameron Steel and be caught at backward point. Somerset four down, trail by 22. A second wicket for Steel and this could be over very rapidly.

Lancashire 455-6

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 399 and 59-0 v Worcestershire 355

The Oval: Surrey 428 v Somerset 285 and 110-3

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 698-3d v Durham 413-6

DIVISION TWO

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 237 & 270-7 v Derbyshire 198

Bristol: Gloucestershire 263 v Yorkshire 326 & 365-4

Grace Road: Leicestershire 338 v Sussex 652-8

Northampton: Northamptonshire 552-6d v Middlesex 362-2

Essex lead by 117.

Root out for 51, to Akhter for the second time in the match, Brook still there

And no double ton for Lammonby, as Cameron Steel strikes at The Oval. Somerset 101-3, trail by just 42, but we all saw that seven for 20 on Thursday…

Kent have all but avoided the follow-on, though Gilchrist caught behind for 41. Ben Compton still there on 150.Glamorgan afloat at Sophia Gardens.

Hundreds for John Simpson and Danny Lamb making Sussex the sixth side to pass 500 in this round, the lead over Leicestershire 173 and a hundred for Max Holden in Middlesex’s 283-2 (Fernandes caught for 103) at the Wantage Road run factory.

Yorkshire fans happy, Yorks 235-2

There was a nice interview with Masood by Melinda Farrell in the latest Wisden Cricket Monthly.

Apologies for the late lunch, I was listening to two distinguished cricket writers, Bruce Talbot and Mark Baldwin, put the world to rights over their lasagne. Mark’s theory, repeated to Kevin Howells on Five Live, is that Jamie Smith would be a better future England No. 3 than Ollie Pope. On the field, Renshaw and Lammonby have eased Somerset to 33-1.

Lancashire 229-4

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 399 v Worcestershire 331-8

The Oval: Surrey 428 v Somerset 285 and 2-1

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 698-3d v Durham 305-5

DIVISION TWO

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 237 & 166-6 v Derbyshire 198

Bristol: Gloucestershire 263 v Yorkshire 326 & 194-1

Grace Road: Leicestershire 338 v Sussex 415-6

Northampton: Northamptonshire 552-6d v Middlesex 206-2

It took eight balls! Sean Dickson caught off Dan Lawrence opening the bowling from the Vauxhall Road end. He’s not too happy about it but off he must trudge. Somerset 0-1.

A fifth wicket for Kasey Aldridge as Jamie Overton loses his stumps. Surrey all out 428, a big fat lead of 143. I fear for Somerset in this 20 minute window.

Middlesex age-group system, studying Business and Management at Royal Holloway Uni, signed a rookie contract in November 2022. A dream debut! ( and a pitch he’ll want to take with him).

Durham 279-4, still trail by a three-piece suite.Durham debut got worse yesterday with a calf niggleDurham have lost Ollie Robinson for 60, Lees still there on 120. Durham 254-6.Middlesex cruise to 151-1.Surrey we’re about to get Overton C to Overton J.Surrey 365-7.

Ten thousand first-class runs for Alex Lees, who looks like he might win the race to three figures with Keaton Jennings this morning…

The five minute bell at The Oval, and a last bit of divot pressing. Adam Collins tells me that Shoaib Bashir bowled nicely yesterday, both sides of the wicket and with control and verve.

Some early throat clearing at The Oval with a handful of Sunday supporters taking their seats. Football for Surrey and fielding practise for Somerset as a groundsman mows a practice pitch. It’s sunny, mild, there are tunes and they look as if they’re having fun.

Lancashire 233-4

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 399 v Worcestershire 220-6

The Oval: Surrey 358-6 v Somerset 285

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 698-3d v Durham 178-3

DIVISION TWO

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 237 & 74-4 v Derbyshire 198

Bristol: Gloucestershire 263 v Yorkshire 326 & 57-0

Grace Road: Leicestershire 338 v Sussex 282-6

Northampton: Northamptonshire 552-6d v Middlesex 128-1

Derbyshire offspinner Alex Thomson, not, I imagine, what he was expecting when he got off the coach on Thursday.

Elsewhere runs, runs, runs, from Dom Sibley to Emilio Gay via Tom Haines. All is perky here at The Oval, and a big thank you to Taha for running CCLive! yesterday so I could eat mum’s hot-cross buns and be perplexed by my dad’s annual egg hunt.

Source: theguardian.com