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County cricket: Mahmood and Hameed shine at Trent Bridge – as it happened

Lancashire fans on Jimmy’s impending departure:

Warwickshire will do well to keep them to near parity from here.Durham batter is sent on his way, it looked to be knocking out leg stump. David Bedingham and Alex Lees are at the crease with the deficit a towering 435 runs.Worcestershire 618-7 dec

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 193-5 v Lancashire 331

The Oval: Surrey 178-3 v Warwickshire 343

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 274-4 v Sussex 278

The County Ground: Northants 152-7 v Gloucestershire 409

Arrangements of White on Green.

Jon’s just published this piece about writing about James Vince… and not writing about James Anderson, give it a whirl why don’t you?

I’ll post the tea time-ish scores in a moment – but it is bad news for Surrey fans – Ollie Pope is out, Craig Miles doing the business for Warwickshire after picking up Dom Sibley too.

Durham, no alarms and no surprises so far (JINX…) just as I type that Borthwick is cleaned up by Felix Organ! The Northeasteners 45-1 at tea.

Kiran Carlson has gone to a century and joined Colin Ingram in Glamorgan’s hundred club today, the welsh side trail by just seven runs now and will look to forge a big first innings lead.

The mighty Scyld is on Pope watch…

It is a century for Matthew Waite too! And a declaration. They’ll take tea at Canterbury so Kent can fuel up for their response to Worcestershire’s mammoth score.

Gah. Tom Hartley is brought on at Trent Bridge to whirl away for Lancs, Nathan Lyon is not playing this game as his workload is being ‘managed’. Hartley’s first over includes some ropey deliveries – a full bunger, a half tracker and ten runs pilfered off it.

Notts are 163-4 trailing by 168 runs.

Trouble at mill for Northants, they’ve slipped to 121-5 against Glos. De Lange has a brace and the other bowlers have shared one apiece, the deficit still stands at 288 runs.

Jason Holder brings up his century! He punches the air and then in a moment of poignancy he pats the Josh Baker badge on his shirt and waves to his teammates.

Matthew Waite at the other end needs another 18 runs to get to three figures, Worcs piling them on at Canterbury – 603-7 and counting…

Meanwhile at Edgbaston…


Hampshire finally succumb for an imposing 503. A weary Peter Siddle picking up the final wicket for Durham, over to the batters to make some hay and the bowlers to ice their blisters.

100 for Colin Ingram! A fine knock to get Glamorgan out of a hole and into a commanding position in the match. That’s his third ton of the summer so far too. The home side trail by just 45 runs now and have six wickets in the hutch.

Kent. Holder is into the 80s…

Lancashire, the lissom limbed seamer finding the edge of both Joe Clarke and Tom Moores, the nicks safely snaffled by keeper Matt Hurst.Surrey skipper is not happy with himself as he hauls himself from the middle.

Hampshire march towards 500 in Southampton – Ben Brown has has just tickled his way to 50 off 95 balls.

Kiran Carlson and Colin Ingram have both raised their bat too as Glamorgan look to rebuild after Seales’ demolition job for Sussex earlier on.

Afternoon sun is bathing the grounds up and down the land, leather is plocking on to willow and I for one and going to get myself a 99 with a flake at some point in the next few hours. Just try and stop me.

OBO OG Rob Smyth is over on the international tools as England and Pakistan duke it out at a sun bathed Edgbaston. Ok ok, you’re allowed to go and have a look but come back quickly – or else I’ll sulk…

Marchant de Lange had the punters scrabbling for their seats post lunch as he took two in two to find himself on a hat-trick! The amply moustachioed bowler picked up Vasconcelos and Karun Nair but couldn’t get the third to seal the deal – new batter George Bartlett spoiling the party.

Contrasting first ball fortunes for Vasconcelos and Gay…


Plenty of Jimmy chat BTL. particularly enjoyed this ditty:

“He is the very model of a modern Jimmy Anderson,
In wicket taking bursts he is something quite phenomenal,
He knows the bats of England, and can lead attacks historical,
From Toilet Bowl to Manchester, in order categorical;

He’s well acquainted too with matters ump reviewable,
He understands his bowling, keeps it simple, economical,
Over thousand wickets, he must be teeming with a lot o’ news,
Will be commentating soon and reading all those early wicket runes!”

Time for a quick sarnie and a leg stretch, you’ll keep an eye on things for me, won’t you?

Northants 56-1 v Gloucestershire 409 – debutant Siddarth Kaul has pocketed a five wicket haul in his first outing for Northants but the visitors have a handy total of 409 to protect. Emilio Gay fell for a golden duck before lunch to set up an intriguing afternoon session.

Glamorgan 136-4 v Sussex 278 – The home side are recovering after being on the end of some Jayden Seales treatment this morning. At one point reeling on 41-4, Colin Ingram and Kiran Carlson have set about steadying the ship at Sophia Gardens.

Surrey 65-0 v Warwickshire 343 – Messrs Burns and Sibley are doing their thing at the top of the order for the South Londoners, they’ve headed for a cucumber sandwich and slice of Viennetta sitting pretty as they respond to Warks not too shabby 343.

Worcestershire 424-7 – Joey Evison and Matt Parkinson are in the wickets with three apiece. Adam Hose fell ten short of a century and the visitors added 116 runs for the cost of two more wickets in the morning session.Worcestershire 424-7

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 64-2 v Lancashire 331

The Oval: Surrey 65-0 v Warwickshire 343

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 136-4 v Sussex 278

The County Ground: Northants 56-1 v Gloucestershire 409

That’s lunch. A tour around the grounds incoming. Apologies for the delay – had a minor domestic emergency involving two sets of missing car keys coupled with a toddler throwing soil around the house. My three year old has obviously taken the news about Jimmy very badly…

Oh Jimmy Jimmy…

And the international summer gets underway this afternoon at Edgbaston as Heather Knight’s England take on Pakistan – and it’s on terrestrial tv too. Not that you’ll be diverting from the County blog mind…

This piece from Andy Bull is fantastic

By the end he could do things with a ball that made the old bowlers whistle. Which is how his career will be remembered. He was the hardest-working bowler in the business, and the most skilful, a master of the old English tricks of swing, seam and cut. Sometime this summer, he will be asked if his record will ever be beaten, same as they did Trueman back in 1964. The honest answer, if he gives it, is probably not. They play fewer Tests these days and the Twenty20 circuit means the players have too many other temptations. Anderson’s fast-bowling records will stand like Muralitharan’s, and Don Bradman’s, for as long as the game is played. There’ll never be another.”


James Anderson confirms he will finish his Test career at Lord’s, the first Test of the summer. Read his instagram post below:

…And he has his first wicket! Ben Slater edging into the slips:

Plenty of eyes on Saqib Mahmood who is having his first bowl in the county champo this summer. He’s had a terrible time with back injuries but is still thought of as a real prospect to fill the impending Anderson shaped hole for England. He’s got three slips and a gully in place…

Lancashire are all out for 331 at Trent Bridge and Surrey have polished off Warks at the Oval for 343.

Jayden Seals is running amok against Glamorgan – the welsh side are now 50-4!

Lovely stuff from Jayden Seals, the bails flying upwards like a pair of quizzical eyebrows:

Billy Root has had his furniture rearranged by the impressive Jayden Seales – he goes for just 5 to leave Glamorgan on 25-2 in response to Sussex’s 278.

Elsewhere – Glos have gone past 350 with a Marchant de Lange swipe for six. Northants will want to prise out the last couple of wickets sharpish and get out there with the bat.

At the Oval, Ed Barnard has notched up his sixth first-class century and his first for Warwickshire. His side were in trouble at 167-6 for yesterday afternoon but are now well placed at 343-9 on a green tinged pitch.

Worcestershire 308-5

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Lancashire 306-8

The Oval: Surrey v Warwickshire 318-8

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 21-1 v Sussex 278

The County Ground: Northants v Gloucestershire 338-8

young spinning all-rounder Josh Baker, lined up on the boundary edge alongside their opponents, Kent, before play for a minute’s applause in memory of the 20-year-old.

On a beautiful day, with the ice-cream van happily doling out cones, Gareth Roderick completed back-to-back centuries, gently tapping the embroidered 33 (Baker’s number) on his shirt with his bat, as he did so. Kashif Ali made 72 as Worcestershire ended an emotional day on 308-5.

Lancashire’s Keaton Jennings was furious with himself after top-edging to slip on 91 at Trent Bridge, while Tom Bruce collected his first half century in what has been a tough early summer, a rock-about innings containing ten fours and one six.

Nottinghamshire’s Dillon Pennington spoilt the visitors’ day with three quick wickets towards the end. Jimmy Anderson who, it was revealed, will step away from Test cricket at the end of this summer, was watching from the sidelines.

After a slow start to his Hampshire career since moving from Sussex this winter, Ali Orr made his first century for his new side. His steady 126 was brought to an end by Peter Siddle, pulling on county cap number five, this time running in for Durham. Callum Parkinson took three wickets and Tom Prest bish-bashed 65.

Surrey’s Jordan Clark kept tabs on Warwickshire on a queasy-green Oval pitch, with four for fifty, but Ed Barnard stitched together a lower-order recovery, 96 not out at stumps.

Division Two leaders Sussex were picked apart by Glamorgan’s James Harris (4 for 93) and Mir Hamza (4 for 70), though some clever accumulation by the tail added 138 from the depths of 140 for seven.

Siddharth Kaul, the Indian seamer called up for three Championship matches with Northants, picked away at Gloucestershire, but Miles Hammond steadied nerves with 112, reaching his first ton for two years with a six.

broke the story yesterday:

Jimmy Anderson is set to bring the curtain down on his record-breaking England career this summer after face-to-face talks with the head coach, Brendon McCullum.

The Guardian understands McCullum recently made a whistle-stop five-day visit to the UK, travelling 11,000 miles from his home in New Zealand to meet Anderson and tell him in person, over a round of golf, that the Test team is looking to the future.

This primarily means building a seam attack for the next Ashes series in the winter of 2025-26, by which time Anderson will be 43. England play six Tests against West Indies and Sri Lanka this summer, including one against the latter on Anderson’s home ground, Old Trafford, in late August – and that will likely be it.”

Taha Hashim is currently on the rattler to Trent Bridge where Lancashire are in action against Nottinghamshire, he’ll be sending us insightful updates and reactions as he sniffs them out. I’m manning the tools today in place of Tanya, please do get involved below the line and email any thoughts and theories throughout the day.

The sun is shining here in south London and just beginning to set on one of the greats of English cricket.

Source: theguardian.com