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County cricket: Hampshire v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset, and more – live
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County cricket: Hampshire v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset, and more – live

Yorkshire not enjoying the Bristol sponge one bit, 46-3 – though Masood (31) and Brook (5) are both in.

Leicestershire were whizzing along at Grace Road, till Hudson-Prentice took two in two. Now 73-3, Rishi Patel still there on 35.

Billy Root also un-velcroeing his pads in the Glamorgan dressing room, caught for 17 against Derbyshire. Glamorgan 39-1, that hungry Northeast in.

And Northants, who lost Broad to the seventh ball, sailing along nicely now against Middelsex, 60-1.

Somerset 43-1, time to look round the grounds.Lancashire and has sent down four overs in Hampshire’s 17-0.

BEST BOWLING STRIKE RATES FOR LANCASHIRE IN FIRST-CLASS MATCHES SINCE 1946

(qualification: 350 wickets)

Name WKTS SR

JB Statham 1816 41.9

JM Anderson 368 45.9

Wasim Akram 374 46.0

TE Bailey 358 50.0

Overall Tom is 15th on the all-time list of strike rates by Lancs bowlers who have taken 350+ f-c wickets.

Surrey scorer, who died in January :

Warwickshire, Durham having won the toss and opted for a bowl on a dry, slightly chilly day (with blue starting to creep on to the canvas overhead). Championship debut for Scott Boland, who seemed a friendly, do my talking with the ball kinda guy when chatting from the team bus yesterday, Matthew Potts and Brydon Carse also in the attack, and it’s a chance for the visitors to announce their return to Division One after last week’s quagmire at the Riverside.Somerset 18-1.Lancashire second XI card.
Middlesex there if they can get more play. at home.Sussex 15

2 Glamorgan 13

3 Northamptonshire 13

4 Leicestershire 13

5 Yorkshire 12

6 Middlesex 11

7 Derbyshire 8

8 Gloucestershire 8

Essex 20

2 Somerset 15

3 Worcestershire 14

4 Warwickshire 13

5 Kent 12

6 Surrey 11

7 Lancashire 8

8 Durham 8

9 Hampshire 8

10 Nottinghamshire 4

DIVISION ONE

Chelmsford: Essex v Kent

The Rosebowl: Hampshire v Lancashire

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire

The Oval: Surrey v Somerset

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Durham

DIVISION TWO

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Derbyshire

Bristol: Gloucestershire v Yorkshire

Grace Road: Leicestershire v Sussex

Northampton: Northamptonshire v Middlesex

Good morning from The Oval where the sun is shining and hello from Ali soon- to-be at Edgbaston where it may not be.

Firstly, the weather: The met office reports “mostly dry with warm sunshine” round the grounds, though we wait to see whether things have dried out everywhere, particularly Bristol.

News in brief: assistant coach Azhar Mahmood has left Surrey to join Pakistan – Jade Dernbach to step into his shoes for now; Somerset have signed South African quick Migael Pretorius for six red-ball matches starting today against Surrey; while Derbyshire have signed another South African quick Daryn Dupavillon from the start of May till mid September. And in a bitter blow, Warwickshire’s Liam Norwell is out of action again after missing the whole of 2023. His last bowl in anger was his 9-62 to keep Warwickshire up at the end of the 2022 season.

Source: theguardian.com