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County cricket: Warwickshire coach compares Surrey to Manchester City – as it happened
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County cricket: Warwickshire coach compares Surrey to Manchester City – as it happened

Surrey have an international attack.” Surrey took under 40 minutes to knock off the required runs, and go 21 points clear at the top of the Division One tablewith their third successive victory.

Streamers and klaxons for Gloucestershire as they won their first Championship game since September 2022, defeating Northamptonshire by 256 runs at Wantage Road. Karun Nair and George Bartlett held things together for the hosts, but only until the second new ball. Marchant de Lange and Ajeet Singh Dale grabbed three wickets each as Northants lost their last five wickets for 35 runs.

Twenty-year-old Matty Hurst hit a maiden first-class hundred, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Lancashire falling to a nine-wicket defeat at Trent Bridge. It was Nottinghamshire’s first win under captain Haseeb Hameed who, after his mammoth 247 in the first innings, then hit the winning run, on the field for every minute of the game. Lancashire, firmly attached to the bottom of the Division One table, stare at a third defeat.

At Canterbury, Worcestershire and Kent shook hands on a draw, with Josh Baker remembered on Worcestershire’s shirt and in their hearts. Jack Leaning was stranded on 179 in the first innings and there was time for Zak Crawley to be out cheaply in the second – just 67 runs in six innings this summer. Elsewhere, Hampshire and Durham drew at rain-hit Southampton.

Surrey sitting pretty. Till then, may May sparkle kindly.Worcestershire 618-7 dec

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 503 and 81-1 BEAT Lancashire 331 and 252 BY NINE WICKETS.

The Oval: Surrey 464 and 89-1 BEAT Warwickshire 343 and 209 by nine wickets.

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 411 and 58-2 BEAT Sussex 278 and 188 BY NINE WICKETS

The County Ground: Northants 171 and 301 LOSE TO Gloucestershire 409 and 319-5dec BY 256 RUNS

Worcestershire 618-7 dec

Worcestershire 13 points, Kent 11

Worcestershire 618-7 dec

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 503 and 81-1 BEAT Lancashire 331 and 252 BY NINE WICKETS.

The Oval: Surrey 464 and 89-1 BEAT Warwickshire 343 and 209 by nine wickets.

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 411 and 58-2 BEAT Sussex 278 and 188 BY NINE WICKETS

The County Ground: Northants 171 and 301 LOSE TO Gloucestershire 409 and 319-5dec BY 256 RUNS

Durham 432

Hampshire 13 points, Durham 11

Lancashire, rooted firmly to the bottom of the Division One table – the only team in the country to have lost more than one game.

Luke Wells’s lanky loopers easing Notts to their target, just 9 needed.

Still raining at Southampton. And they’ve taken tea at Canterbury, where things are drifting to a draw.

The County Ground: Northants 171 and 301 LOSE TO Gloucestershire 409 and 319-5dec BY 256 RUNS

After miserable financial results, the disappointment of not getting a women’s Tier one contract, and 18 matches without a win, good news at last for Gloucestershire! Well played young team, a first win since September 2022.

Warwickshire to get up level with them – at the moment they’re Man City and we’re not, you need a few things to go your way to give yourselves the best chance.

“We’ve got four front line bowlers who are unavailable so that doesn’t help – it was a tall bowlers’ wicket and we’re having to overbowl Rhodes and Barnard, Jamal at the moment is struggling for rhythm and not reaching the sort of pace we’d like him to.

“We don’t like being bowled out in 60 overs, and we shouldn’t be, but there’s a lot of variation in the wicket and Surrey have an international attack.”

Hampshire 62-2 in their second innings.Worcestershire 618-7 dec

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 503 v Lancashire 331 and 198-8

The Oval: Surrey 464 and 89-1 BEAT Warwickshire 343 and 209 by nine wickets.

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 411 and 58-2 BEAT Sussex 278 and 188 BY NINE WICKETS

The County Ground: Northants 171 and 225-4 v Gloucestershire 409 and 319-5dec

Gloucestershire have got rid of nightwatchman Scrimshaw and the big one – Procter – caught and bowled Tom Price for 60. Northants 183-4, trail by 375 – or, more pertinently, have two and a bit more sessions to survive.

Elsewhere, with an hour gone, Jack Leaning is still there at Canterbury, on 173,, but he’s lost Gilchrist for a 56-ball 12. Kent 400-9, trail by 218..

Durham added 22 this morning, finally out for 432, both wickets to Organ – who finished with 4-101. An unbeaten 52 for Ben Raine. Hampshire are now batting but are having starting issues, have lost both openers with nine on the board. Both wickets to Potts. The Hampshire lead: 80.

Now Surrey have duly pocketed their points, eyes drift north west, where Hurst (28 )and Hartley (42) have pulled off their shoes and are settling on the sofa. Their partnership of 78 has more than covered the 61 put together by the top six batters. Lancs only trail by 32, the weather is set fine and dandy.

Worcestershire, Hampshire, Worcestershire again and Essex.

And with a little lap round the corner, Ollie Pope wins it for Surrey. A third win on the trot and, after missing a week, straight back to the top of the table for the defending champs – with a 21-point lead over second-placed Essex. Very friendly handshakes all round.

The Oval: Surrey 464 and 89-1 BEAT Warwickshire 343 and 209 by nine wickets.

Bethell, a fan of the Dom Bess bleach bottle, reels in. Warwicks whizzing through their overs this morning to ensure a positive over rate. Sibley drives four. Ten needed.

Surrey in a hurry at The Oval, including a Rory Burns six, but Jacob Bethell gets his revenge as Burns holes out. 24 needed.

“Top o’ the mornin’ to you Tanya!” Hello Tim Maitland!

”I’m trying to decide whether it’s my imagination or if there really has been a bit of a dearth of Bazballesque biff in this round of matches and, if so, why?
”Apart from Jamie Smith’s match-winning 155 (18 fours, 3 sixes at a strike rate of 86.59) for Surrey there seems to have been a notable lack of run-a-ball moving the game forward.

”I’m not counting, but in no way belittling Worcestershire’s unbeaten 8th wicket stand (Jason Holder’s 123 runs 7 fours 6 sixes at 111.82 and Matthew Waite’s 100 runs at 79.37) as they came in at 393 for 7, which is clearly a case of 225 runs of late-inning how’s your father.

”Even Durham have been relatively subdued, by modern standards.

”It probably doesn’t mean much, but it does strike me as unusual – considering the high totals being racked up and the corresponding high probability of draws – that so few people have been embracing the McCullum mantra, with test selection coming up.

”BTW, as I believe the kids say, is Smith any kind of chance for a test call-up this summer?”

I’ve asked Ali who says, “He’s definitely one they’re very keen on, very Bazball; question is where he’d slot in, with Brook at 5, Stokes 6 … the keeper spot is one area, but he doesn’t do it for Surrey in the Championship. Jonny B in the mix too.”

As for the lack of Bazball, I wonder if it is to do with the pitches. Groundstaff haven’t been able to get the bounce they are looking for because of the weather. So less easy to play attacking shots?

A super stat from Dave Bracegirdle: Notts have taken 11 slip catches plus two by the keeper. Some brilliant efforts here.

And here we go!

The Met office is optimistic-ish: A band of rain gradually spreads into southern and western parts of the UK, with some showers across northern Scotland. Elsewhere will be largely dry with spells of sunshine. Cooler under the rain but staying warm in the sunshine.

At the moment it seems to be gloomy in Hampshire and London, sunny in Canterbury and Nottingham and cloudy at Northants. Do let me know if I’m way off!

Worcestershire 618-7 dec

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 503 v Lancashire 331 and 100-6

The Oval: Surrey 464 and 31-0 v Warwickshire 343 and 209 Surrey need 58

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 411 and 58-2 BEAT Sussex 278 and 188 BY NINE WICKETS

The County Ground: Northants 171 and 144-2 v Gloucestershire 409 and 319-5dec

Lancashire then subsided as Dillon Pennington, who must be in England notebooks, sawed through the top order, and Dane Paterson and Lydon James did the rest. Tom Hartley and Matty Hurst swung the bat at the end, but at six wickets down, Lancashire still need another 72 to avoid an innings defeat.

Glamorgan handed top of the table Sussex a three-day spanking by nine wickets at Cardiff. Andy Gorvin grabbed a career-best five for 40, and, with help from Mir Hamza and Mason Crane, Sussex subsided for 188 in their second innings, leaving Glamorgan 56 to win. They knocked that off in less than eight overs for their first Championship victory since May last year.

Kemar Roach’s six for 46 put Surrey in sight of a third Championship win on the bounce against Warwickshire at The Oval. With Rory Burns and Dom Sibley at the crease, Surrey need only another 58. Jamie Smith’s magical 155, and a partnership of 115 with the big-hitting Sean Abbot, tonked Surrey to maximum batting points.

A high-scoring draw looks on the cards on the docile pitch at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl, where David Bedingham took Durham past the follow-on target and to safety with 140, his second century of the summer. Liam Dawson toiled through a personal record 62 overs, and was rewarded with a five-fer

Cameron Bancroft clipped an unbeaten 130 to put Gloucestershire in an excellent position against Northamptonshire. Set 558 to win, Emilio Gay went on the offensive, his 74 an exciting mix of luck and finesse.

At Canterbury, Jack Leaning batted all day for a tenacious 152 not out, giving Kent the ghost of a chance of survival against Worcestershire. Kent are still 256 behind, but the pitch is a welcoming doormat. Beyers Swanepoel hit 54 on his debut

Warwickshire and Lancashire are fading fast. It looks to be a draw at the Rose Bowl, so the main interest may lie in whether Northants and Kent can bat themselves out of trouble.

Source: theguardian.com