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County cricket: Somerset v Essex, Yorkshire v Glamorgan and more – as it happened
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County cricket: Somerset v Essex, Yorkshire v Glamorgan and more – as it happened

Lancashire v Kent 203-7

Taunton: Somerset 128 v Essex 156 and 6-0


Derby: Derbyshire 189-8 v Sussex

Lord’s: Middlesex v Leicestershire no play on day one

Headingley: Yorkshire v Glamorgan 109-4

Essex start the third innings of the day at a sunlit Taunton.

Just checked the scoreboard at Taunton. Somerset have deflated like a whoppee cushion under a gentleman farmer. From 95-5 to 128 all out. Five wickets each for Porter and Cook.

Somerset now five down. Time for a James Rew special? Cook 3-21.

Please excuse me while I disappear to write up for the paper. I believe they’re about to restart at Headingley.

They posted on social media: “We are both broken. Achieved so many of his dreams before reaching 21. Take every opportunity to hug your parents and children. We’ve taken great comfort from the many messages received so far – keep sharing and posting your memories please.”

Raining again at OT, and at Derby and Headingley.

Andy Umeed’s boundary or bust strategy has come to an end at Taunton, caught poking at Sam Cook by Simon Harmer at slip. Somerset 61-3, Lammonby still there on 14.

A phone call on Monday, by Tuesday a candidate for the Worker’s Party for Britain. A story of a lost soul.

A third fifty of the season for Evison, off 114 balls – and then he loses his partner, after a partnership of 69. Stewart a second wicket for Lyon, stretching forward and pushing ineffectively to slip. Kent 199-7.

They’re on at OT, but I suspect not for long. The umpires make the walk of doom to converse about the light. They stay on, indeed Stewart dispatches two Balderson deliveries to the rope.

Wet, wet, wet in the big smoke. In fact raining everywhere except at Taunton, where Somerset are 30-2: if Porter don’t get you, Cook must.

Kent 184-6.

Meanwhile at Headingley, earlier today:

One for the fraternal memory bank.

Lancashire v Kent 166-6

Taunton: Somerset v Essex 156


Derby: Derbyshire 189-8 v Sussex

Lord’s: Middlesex v Leicestershire no play before tea

Headingley: Yorkshire v Glamorgan 95-2

Essex are all out for 156 before you can say Sam Cook. Four wickets to Pretorius, two for Coverton and Ball. Somerset can make merry after tea – which is occurring round the grounds.

Kent 129-6, Hartley and Lyon now wheeling away in tandem.Kent 127-5.

Wickets a-tumbling at Derby, Derbyshire 157-7: two for Ollie Robinson, two for Hudson-Prentice. Reece (50) and Donald (44 off 46) the only men to pass 14.

Cricket is an incredibly small world and it’s really sad.”

Still raining at Lord’s; rain at Headingley, where Billy Root was out just before lunch for 51, a sixth wicket of the season for Dan Moriarty.

A hundred years ago, the 1924 season was a day old – Harry Makepeace holding Lancashire together against Derbyshire. Thank you Ken.

Kent in something of a hole at 83-5.Lancashire v Kent 76-4

Taunton: Somerset v Essex 97-5


Derby: Derbyshire 94-4 v Sussex

Lord’s: Middlesex v Leicestershire no play before lunch

Headingley: Yorkshire v Glamorgan 92-2

Kent have had a small technical hitch: Crawley – carried away after three successive boundaries off Balderson, had a flat-footed waft at Will Williams. Then Drummond gives George Bell some catching practice at second slip. Kent 72-3.Essex now 52-4. Westley still hangign in there.Kent 27-0.

Essex slumping most unexpectedly. Now 35-3, two to Coverton – Jordan Cox the last man out after one dreamy drive for four.

Rain currently at Lord’s.

And good morning Tim Maitland! “Hi Tanya, it is possible that Hell has officially frozen over. Yorkshire have picked two spinners at Headingley! Apparently they’re playing on the same track that was used against Derbyshire last week.”

Great spot – Daniel Moriarty and Dom Bess the spin twins. We should see them in action today, if the weather holds, Glamorgan won the toss and are having a bat. Currently 9-0.

Lancashire v Kent

Taunton: Somerset v Essex


Derby: Derbysire v Sussex

Lord’s: Middlesex v Leicestershire

Headingley: Yorkshire v Glamorgan

Lancashire have won the toss and Zak Crawley and Ben Compton get to face Tom Bailey under cloud cover. At Taunton, Essex have got off to a flier against Somerset – or at least they had, Elgar has now been lbw for five. Essex 14-1.Cricket has been a massive part of my life for as long as I can remember, it’s been all I’ve ever wanted to do. From playing in the garden as a child with my brother, every break time at school, going to Bath Cricket Club summer camps, playing throughout age group sides, Exeter University, and throughout my time at Gloucestershire, playing cricket has always been my dream and driven everything I’ve done. I could never have imagined that this is the path that cricket would have taken me down. I’ve loved every moment and am very grateful to have had the chance to live out a part of this dream, even if it was only for a few years.

“It’s been a journey full of ups and downs, from not gaining a contract at 18, to being offered the chance with Gloucestershire at 21, dealing with a number of major injuries, and ending my career with my first and only professional hundred on a torn hamstring in what is now my final innings; but I will always look back on everything with fond memories.”

West Indies all rounder Devon Thomas, 34, has been banned from cricket for five years after admitting to seven breaches of the anti-corruption code.

The charges included being involved in attempted match-fixing in Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 competition in 2021, as well as not reporting illegal approaches at the Abu Dhabi T10 and Caribbean Premier League

He played 21 ODIs for the West Indies, 12 T20s and one Test.

Hello and welcome to day one of round five of the 2024 Championship. Just five games this round – with top of the table Essex visiting Somerset, and Lancashire entertaining Kent; while in Division Two, Sussex travel to Derby, Leicestershire to Lord’s in a top-ish of the table clash, and Glamorgan to Headingley.

But overshadowing all that, the news yesterday of the death of Worcestershire’s talented 20 year old spinner Josh Baker. Baker came through the ranks at New Road, a young allrounder of great potential, who last year hit the winning runs to secure Worcestershire’s promotion to Division One .

Worcestershire said in a statement, “It was his vibrant spirit and infectious enthusiasm that endeared him to everyone he met. His warmth, kindness, and professionalism were remarkable, making him a true credit to his family and a loved member of our team.”

Source: theguardian.com