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County cricket: Harry Brook stars for Yorkshire with century

Yorkshire then immediately declared so they could they could improve their over rate, which they duly did until the rain returned for one last time.

Brook withdrew from England’s Test tour of India and his gig with Delhi Capitals in the IPL after the death of his grandmother Pauline. This was his first appearance for Yorkshire since July 2022, though he had got his eye in with 72 off 42 balls in a friendly against Durham on Easter Sunday. “He just wants to play cricket with his mates again,” said the Yorkshire coach Ottis Gibson. “This is his comfort in a difficult time.”
Joe Root is scheduled to play for Yorkshire when they take on Gloucestershire in the next round at Bristol – weather permitting.

Essex top the Division One table after beating Nottinghamshire by 254 runs in the one game to produce a positive result. Sam Cook, who celebrated a hat-trick in the first innings and made a useful 29 as nightwatchman, snaffled six for 15 as Notts were sent on their way for just 80, six of the batters losing their stumps.

Sussex nearly forced victory at Hove, reducing Northamptonshire to 170 for nine, Ollie Robinson thundering in and collecting his 400th first-class wicket with a humdinging yorker, before bad light brought things to a close.

Ryan Higgins collected 221 in the run-fest against Glamorgan at Lord’s, with Middlesex’s 655 their second largest total ever; Jake Libby just had time to reach his century for Worcestershire before the rain returned at Edgbaston and centuries for Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond ensured Kent survived some final day wobbles.

There was no play at Old Trafford and the game at Durham was washed out without a ball being bowled, as was the game between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire – the first time that had happened in a Championship game at Derby since May 1981.

Hampshire MATCH ABANDONED WITHOUT A BALL BOWLED

Canterbury: Kent 284 and 290-4 DRAW WITH Somerset 403

Old Trafford: Lancashire 202 DRAW WITH Surrey 15-0

Trent Bridge: Essex 253 and 374-9dec BEAT Nottinghamshire 293 and 80 BY 254 RUNS

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 333 DRAW WITH Worcestershire 360 and 295-3

DIVISION TWO

Derby: Derbyshire v Gloucestershire MATCH ABANDONED WITHOUT A BALL BOWLED

Lord’s: Middlesex 655 DRAW with Glamorgan 620-3dec and 31-2

Hove: Sussex 478-9dec DRAW with Northamptonshire 371 and 170-9

Headingley: Yorkshire 264-6dec DRAW WITH Leicestershire 354 and 26-0

Sussex by 61.Sussex is 56.

Lord’s: Middlesex 655 DRAW with Glamorgan 620-3dec and 31-2

After the drought, suddenly two wickets in 16 overs! But they shake hands after a very run-heavy four days.

Middlesex 11 points, Glamorgan 13

An email! Hello Peter Walker.

“Isn’t it rather unusual that at Derby, the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled, whereas just under 15 miles away, in Trent Bridge, they had almost 4 full days’ play?”

Bizarre isn’t it! I think it is more to do with the superior drainage facilities available at Test ground Trent Bridge compared to non-Test ground Derby than any quirk of weather. All round the counties the groundstaff have been struggling with saturated ground.

Canterbury: Kent 284 and 290-4 DRAW WITH Somerset 403

Somerset 15 points; Kent 12.

Lancashire at the end of last season.

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 333 v Worcestershire 360 and 295-3 MATCH DRAWN

What will be known as Kashif Ali’s match.

Headingley: Yorkshire 264-6dec DRAW WITH Leicestershire 354 and 26-0

Hundreds for Lyth and Brook, four wickets for Milnes and Mike.

Hampshire match abandoned without a ball bowled

Canterbury: Kent 284 and 228-3 v Somerset 403

Old Trafford: Lancashire 202 v Surrey 15-0 MATCH DRAWN

Trent Bridge: Essex 253 and 374-9dec BEAT Nottinghamshire 293 and 80 BY 254 RUNS

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 333 v Worcestershire 360 and 295-3 MATCH DRAWN

DIVISION TWO

Derby: Derbyshire v Gloucestershire match abandoned without a ball bowled

Lord’s: Middlesex 655 v Glamorgan 620-3dec

Hove: Sussex 478-9dec v Northamptonshire 371 and 105-4

Headingley: Yorkshire 264-6dec v Leicestershire 354

Kent 219-3.

At the run-frenzy at Lord’s, a mammoth 221 by Ryan Higgins, with help from JAck Davies and Tom Helm has given Middlesex -649-4- a 29 run lead over Glamorgan.

And Northants are being saved from potential blushes by Keogh and Procter – 93-4 trail Sussex by 13.

Yorkshire stream, either Brook has been stranded at the wrong end or Yorkshire have lost wickets. Two for Ben Mike in the last over, to give him four for the innings plus a 90 not out. Brook on 96…Here’s a link to a picture of the even more famous snow stoppage of the Derbyshire – Lancs fixture at Buxton in June 1975. Somewhere out there there’s also a picture of Clive Lloyd (167* along with Handsome Frank’s 104) on the pavilion steps surveying the wintry scene with his most lugubrious (and as it’s Hubert then that would be very lugubrious) expression but I can’t find it. Following the snow of course the two Peters cleaned Derbyshire out. There then ensued one of the hottest and driest summers in records.”

Thank you Iain Noble! Great pic. And yes, I fear we will be desperate for cool and damp later in the summer.

Lancashire 8 points.

With a dab into the covers and a low-key single, nice n easy in his first Championship cricket since 2022, and his first red-ball cricket since the fifth Ashes Test last year (85 and 7). Fifty off just 35 balls.

A Northants wobble, both to Seales who already has six in the match. Procter and Nair attend to the repairs, 32-2, trail Sussex by 75.

Essex?Hampshire match abandoned without a ball bowled

Canterbury: Kent 284 and 68-2 v Somerset 403

Old Trafford: Lancashire 202 v Surrey 15-0 no play yet today inspection at 2.15

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 293 and 50-4 v Essex 253 and 374-9dec Notts need 285 to win

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 333 v Worcestershire 360 and 237-2 no play yet today

DIVISION TWO

Derby: Derbyshire v Gloucestershire match abandoned without a ball bowled

Lord’s: Middlesex 546-8 v Glamorgan 620-3dec

Hove: Sussex 478-9dec v Northamptonshire 371 and 14-1

Headingley: Yorkshire 72-2 v Leicestershire 354 no play yet today

Somerset by 83.

In Division Two: Ryan Higgins has settled in and is feeding greedily, now 155 not out in Middlesex’s mammoth 515-6. Handshakes mid-afternoon at Lord’s.

And a six-laden fifty for Jack Carson down at Hove, as Sussex forge ahead.

At 439-8, the lead over Northants is 68. If Carson and Robinson could gather another 70, Robinson and Seales might work some magic with the Kookaburra this afternoon?

A Notts-up ! A Notts-up! Simon Harmer at second slip swallows up an edge from Slater, six wickets safely in the pocket for Sam Cook. Notts 18-3 , need 317 to win.Somerset must be happy with 403 as a first match, first innings attempt (though we remember the wiles of the Kookaburra ball.)

At Trent Bridge, Ben Duckett has just gone cheaply for the second time in the game, bowled, also for the second time in the game, though this time by Jamie Porter. Notts 15-1 need 320 to win. A good morning for Porter, who smashed his first ball to the rope before Essex declared on 374-9.

Durham, at 12.45 at Old Trafford.This is interesting on Dawid Malan, who I had completely forgotten had quit red-ball cricket, a Jos Buttler IPL century, an IPL round-up and Sophie Molineux returns to the Australian fold.

And if you’re an up and coming cricket commentator in the north east, this could be for you.

Kent, Edgbaston, Lord’s, Trent Bridge and Hove.Hampshire no play on days one, two or three. inspection at 10am

Canterbury: Kent 284 all out v Somerset 374-7

Old Trafford: Lancashire 202 v Surrey 15-0

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 293 v Essex 253 and 329-8

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 333 v Worcestershire 360 and 237-2

DIVISION TWO

Derby: Derbyshire v Gloucestershire match abandoned without a ball bowled

Lord’s: Middlesex 460-5-4 v Glamorgan 620-3dec

Hove: Sussex 351-6 v Northamptonshire 371

Headingley: Yorkshire 72-2 v Leicestershire 354

Cricket Academy, set up in 2020 to tackle the under‑representation of British Asians in professional cricket – they make up 30% of recreational players but only 5% of the men’s professional game. Kashif was one of seven male Saca players to get a professional contract with a county in 2022‑23, the first to make a first-class century and now the first to score two in a match. He also put his name in lights as the first Worcestershire player to make two hundreds in a game since Daryl Mitchell in 2018, who tweeted: “He gets em far quicker than I ever did.”

A tantalising final day is on the cards at Trent Bridge where a 132‑run partnership between Matt Critchley and Paul Walter lugged Essex out of a sticky situation against Nottinghamshire: from five down with a lead of just 89, to a lead of 289 at stumps. It was cheering news after Feroze Khushi’s bat fell foul of the umpire’s bat gauge on Saturday evening and a potential points deduction awaits.

A gusting, swirling wind stopped play at Old Trafford when the head grounds manager, Matt Merchant, together with the club’s safety officer, decided that it was too windy for his staff to risk lifting the groundsheets that had been put down at lunchtime as a precaution against predicted rain. Shortly afterwards the deluge arrived and washed out the rest of the day, allowing Lancashire and Surrey players to watch the United game just across the way. It was the first time the match referee, Mike Smith, had come across wind stopping play, but he confirmed there was a similar situation at Edgbaston where the head groundsman, Gary Barwell, had said he would not be asking his staff to put heavy flat sheets on in high winds.

A draw looks most likely in NW8 as Mark Stoneman crafted a 97 and Ryan Higgins his first century at Lord’s, to take Middlesex in sniffing distance of avoiding the follow‑on against Glamorgan: 1,080 runs, including Sam Northeast’s 335, have been scored in three days for the loss of just eight wickets on a gentle pitch, aided and abetted by a Kookaburra ball.

Tom Haines fashioned his first championship hundred since September 2022 as Sussex played catchup with Northamptonshire at Hove. James Coles, still only 20, danced to a pretty 78. And Matt Parkinson celebrated his first wicket for Kent, a screaming leg-break, as Somerset’s batters chugged towards a draw at Canterbury.

There was no play at Durham or Derby for the third day in a row, and Harry Brook still awaits his first innings of the season after the day was washed out at Headingley.

…with not a ball bowled. The first time since 1981 that there has been no play in a championship match at Derby.

Good morning! It is, I’m afraid, still wet.

But in the brief period of time when I walked the dog and the sun came out, the wood smelled of wild garlic and lovely damp trees and two herons creaked above the trees like the ancient mechanical creatures they are.

Source: theguardian.com