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County cricket: Kent v Worcestershire, Surrey v Warwickshire, and more – live
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County cricket: Kent v Worcestershire, Surrey v Warwickshire, and more – live

Lancashire 42-1. And a wicket for George Scrimshaw at The County Ground – and a snorter it is too:

Surrey start to open the throttle: Abbot arrows the ball in, hitting Rob Yates bang in the bullseye. Warwicks suddenly 59-2. Rory Burns, in floppy hat, joins the celebrating throng. I’ve just finished Ben Bloom’s Battling for Time and was amused/surprised to read that Burns had taken the whole of August off last year(?) to go on a family holiday because there was no red-ball cricket to play.Surrey stream, where Jordan Clarks’ shirt is being flustered by a brisk breeze and the pitch is the colour of a queasy sailor. A scurry through the slips by Al Davies brings another boundary. And there’s the wicket! Davies loses his off stump the very next ball. Warwicks 59-1.Lancashire, Notts and Essex. Must wait to make his mark, usurped to the new ball by Potts and Raine – Hampshire 13-0.

Worcestershire, what he did to Lancashire last week. Lancashire, meanwhile, are 6-0 against Notts, boosted by the return of Saqib Mahmood – with Nathan Lyon taking a round off this week.Worcestershire and Kent lined up before play on the boundary edge to remember Josh Baker, the talented and much-loved 20 year old Worcestershire spinner who died just over a week ago. Silence, then a minute’s applause.the UN for immediate action, and the worries of their own players over air pollution, they went ahead and trousered the money.

The “themes at the core of the partnership are performance with a focus to engage a younger audience” reads the press release, ignoring the depth of young people’s climate anxiety and their involvement in climate activism. “How to toxify your brand” might have been a better way of putting it.

Jonathan Liew wrote this in 2022 when the original deal was signed.

Sussex (4) 72

2 Middlesex (5) 68

3 Leicestershire (5) 68

4 Yorkshire (5) 60

5 Northamptonshire (4) 54

6 Glamorgan (4) 44

7 Derbyshire (5) 43

8 Gloucestershire (4) 39

Surrey ( 4) 71

4 Warwickshire (4) 55

5 Durham (4) 50

6 Kent (4) 46

7 Worcestershire (4) 45

8 Nottinghamshire (4) 43

9 Hampshire (4) 31

10 Lancashire (4) 27

Division One

The Rosebowl: Hampshire v Durham

Canterbury: Kent v Worcestershire

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

The Oval: Surrey v Warwickshire

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Sussex

The County Ground: Northants v Gloucestershire

Good May morning from round six. We’ll be a third of the way through the season by Monday, the apple blossom barely on the trees.

There are six games in this round – with a heavy first-division focus. Surrey entertain Warwickshire, Durham travel to Hampshire and cellar-dwellers Lancashire walk out at Trent Bridge. Worcestershire play their first game since the death of young Josh Baker, and will be in Canterbury, wearing his squad number, 33, on their shirts today and for the rest of the season. Ali writes about it movingly, here.

In Division Two, Glamorgan entertain Sussex, and Gloucestershire travel to Northampton.

Source: theguardian.com