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County cricket: Surrey, Leicestershire win; Yorkshire v Derbyshire, and more – live | Sport

County cricket: Surrey, Leicestershire win; Yorkshire v Derbyshire, and more – live | Sport

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Nice and succinct from Gloucestershire captain James Bracey: “We started the game poorly and ended it poorly and that’s the story, really.

Down at the County Ground, Northants are relying on Sam Whiteman to bat for a very long time. Currently 49 , out of Northants 152-4, still trailing Lancs by 140. Two wickets for first-innings-run-a-ball 77 Tom Bailey.

And Somerset, chasing the impossible, have already lost Tom Lammonby for 9. Liam “season of his life” Dawson the wicket-taker. Somerset 30-1.

A fifty for Cheteshwar Pujara!

Pujara is more than capable of batting for four more sessions. But can anyone else stay with him? Carter currently is, 49 not out. Sussex 150-4.

Second-innings de Caires not proving as potent – Essex 49-0, a lead of 174.

A hundred for Matthew Revis and a declaration

A second champo century for Revis, warmly appreciated by the Scarborough crowd. He hits a six, gets out and Yorks duly declare.

Time for me to take a ten minute break with a cup of tea – back shortly!

Tea-timeish scores


The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 308 and 330-3 v Somerset 137 and 8-0 Somerset need 494 to win

The County Ground: Northants 232 and 114-3 v Lancashire 524

The Oval: Surrey 396 BEAT Warwickshire 161 and 138 by an innings and 97 runs.

Day one: Chelmsford: Essex 304 and 16-0 v Middlesex 179


Chester-le-Street: Durham 505-9dec v Sussex 266 and 144-4

Grace Road: Leicestershire 204 and 168-2 BEAT Gloucestershire 159 and 212 by 8 wickets

New Road: Worcestershire 284 and 145 BEAT Glamorgan 170 and 179 by 80 runs

Scarborough: Yorkshire 297 and 520-9dec v Derbyshire 247 Derbys need 571 to win

Worcestershire beat Glamorgan by 80 runs!

New Road: Worcestershire 284 and 145 BEAT Glamorgan 170 and 179 by 80 runs

It’s a wrap. Very nicely done, Worcestershire can settle into second place, promotion rivals kicked to the curb, 31 points ahead of Glamorgan, 24 ahead of Leicester (who have a game in hand).

Thinking about Hugh Morris and other big cheeses, Ron Bransgrove retired as Hampshire chairman earlier this summer. A man who splits opinions, he’s got a new book out, “Back from the brink” and this fascinating interview with Paul Newman.

Meanwhile at the Rose Bowl, Hampshire have at last declared, leaving Somerset to notch up just the 502 for victory.

Tea scores to follow.

Just reading the report from Grace Road – Leicestershire, who have a game in hand, play Sussex next week. Then if as seems likely, they and Worcestershire are elbowing for second place, both teams must play Yorks and Durham in their last two games. Weather could balls everything up, obvs.

They’ve taken tea at Scarborough, where Yorkshire bat on… and on. Revis must sup on 98, Bess caught for a duck; four wickets to Alex Thomson. And Chris has settled in his deckchair at last, and sent us his musings:

Get in from South Bay Beach two-thirty. Grey benches confusion. “They’ve declared; or is that a drink they’re stopping for?” Lamb on rope, outfielding. No 1.5-metre distance rule between him and people sitting/lying on grass. No secondhand cricket bookseller. Two “Being Geoffrey Boycotts” on a desk beside Nth Marine Rd entry gate. Eight benches away from Lamb: fish & chip shop compare-and-contrasts, Bazball definitions and explications. A rumoured – fake – YJB sighting. Bit of a breeze, not as light as aluminium, not strong.

Six wickets for Jamie Porter!

Middlesex 179 all out, 124 behind Essex.

TRJ givse GBH his first wicket – but this is a decent fightback by Middlesex. Follow-on safely negotiated, 168-9.

Leicestershire beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets

Grace Road: Leicestershire 204 and 168-2 BEAT Gloucestershire 159 and 212 by eight wickets

Gloucestershire’s rotten Championship season continues – no sight of a win. Leicestershire though, are in right the midst of fisticuffs for the second promotion spot

I’ve developed a Don Topley earworm. Jumping down a division to shake it off:

At the Riverside, Sussex are 74-4 with Pujara dropping anchor. Three wickets for Potts.

Lewis Hill (59) and Colin Ackermann (76) are within ticking distance of victory, Leicestershire, 144-2, need just 24 to beat Gloucestershire.

Glamorgan are in need of a Billy Root special, with dogged stocism from the tail. Now 138-7, they need 122 needed to win against Worcestershire. van Beek 3-37.

And Yorkshire have a blatantly unnecessary lead of 501 at Scarborough. Revis not out 69, Thompson 43. Derbyshire, watching, waiting, and twitching.

The Middlesex Barnacle, Higgins, loses his stumps to Sam Cook. Middlesex 143-8, trail by 161. The wickets column for Harmer, still lies empty.

Sam Cook splits the partnership between Hollman and Higgins, a big fat lbw. Middlesex 138-7.

A third wicket at The Riverside – and it is that man with the baggy trousers, untucked shirt and red rose. Parky M has Alsop stumped for 18. Sussex 69-3.

This seemed extremely unlikely this morning, but Middlesex look likely to avoid the follow on – currently 167 behind. Harmer still wicketless. Jamie Porter 5-33.

A hundred for Nick Gubbins!

A third of the year for Gubbins as Hampshire have fun in the sun against Somerset. James Vince just 37 runs behind

Northants going along nicely in their rather monumental task, 36-0. And a peek in at the neglected Rose Bowl, where Hampshire are storming against Somerset. Gubbins 90, Vince 58, the lead over Somerset 410 and counting.

50 wickets for Matthew Potts!

Sussex not long for the match, Potts on the charge, passing 50 wickets for the second season in a row as he bowled Tom Haines for 12. Sussex 36-2, still 199 behind. Enjoy him while you’ve got him, Durham.

Fifty-wicket man: Matthew Potts Photograph: Will Matthews/PA

England men’s U19 Test squad

England and Australia U19s play two Tests: at New Road Sept 8-11, and at Northampton, Sept 16-19.

Charlie Allison (Essex)
Charlie Barnard (Lancashire)
Luc Benkenstein (Essex)
Jack Carney (Lancashire)
Jaydn Denly (Kent)
Daniel Hogg (Durham)
Eddie Jack (Hampshire)
Dom Kelly (Hampshire)
Hamza Shaikh (Warwickshire)
Noah Thain (Essex)
Raphael Weatherall (Northamptonshire)
Ross Whitfield (Durham)

By contrast, short and sweet from Warwickshire’s first-team coach Mark Robinson: “We were out-bowled and out-batted on a really good cricket wicket on which 250 to 300 was probably about par. They got virtually 400 and then we just kept getting out and yesterday was a day we didn’t want. This morning was just an inevitability, after what happened yesterday.”

“We love playing four-day cricket for Surrey”

As a digestif, time to pick over Surrey’s demolition of Warwickshire.

Rory Burns: “I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a day like yesterday when the wickets just kept on coming for us.

“I think we were expecting the pitch to get even better for batting as the game went on, over the four days, and having had to bat first after losing the toss. I certainly didn’t expect what happened yesterday but it’s pretty easy for me as captain when I’ve got a bowling attack as good as ours.

“It was good to have Kemar (Roach) back and Dan (Worrall) was exceptional. He’s a real leader out there and is a brilliant bowler with lots of skills, but I thought Jordan (Clark) also put in a really good performance in this match and there is a lot of excitement in this group about what is to come in the next few weeks.

“It could be a tight race to the finish between them and us but we simply have to concentrate on what we do and the desire is certainly there in our dressing room. We love playing four-day cricket for Surrey.”

Rory Burns in training gear
Leader of champions: Rory Burns Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Surrey CCC

Lunchtime scores


The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 308 and 171-2 v Somerset 137

The County Ground: Northants 232 and 0-0 v Lancashire 524

The Oval: Surrey 396 BEAT Warwickshire 161 and 138 by an innings and 97 runs.

Day one: Chelmsford: Essex 304 v Middlesex 74-5


Chester-le-Street: Durham 505-9dec v Sussex 266 and 8-1

Grace Road: Leicestershire 204 and 73-2 v Gloucestershire 159 and 212 Leics need 95 to win

New Road: Worcestershire 284 and 145 v Glamorgan 170 and 49-4 Glamorgan need 211 to win

Scarborough: Yorkshire 297 and 324-5 v Derbyshire 247

Middlesex commando-crawl to lunch, 69-5, scores to follow…

A quick flit round Div 2: Durham have declared, on 505-9, and Sussex have already lost a limb (5-1). Hill and Ackermann are taking Leicestershire safely to lunch – just 108 to win at Grace Road. Glamorgan slipping dangerously, 37-4 needing another 223. And Yorkshire building a handy lead against Derbyshire, with Masood out for 86 and Hill unbeaten on 44, chasing after their second win of the season.

A hundred for George Balderson!

To Northampton, where Lancashire are grinding Northants into south Midlands dust. A second Championship century for young blade George Balderson, finally out for 115, the second hundred of the innings. Lancs 506-9, the lead 276, with Tom Bailey playing whack-a-mole.

Balderson raises his bat
Careful hands: a second Championship century for Balderson Photograph: Andy Kearns/Getty Images

Simon Harmer: an apology

“I don’t want to deprive you of a once-in-a-hundred-years event,” writes Henry Lubienski, “but the alleged dropped catch from Harmer (11:37 BST) was a commentator error. The ball bounced a couple of meters in front of Harmer.”

Thank you!

Huw Morris to step down as chief exec of Glamorgan

While Harmer toys with the tension, with four consecutive maidens at Chelmsford, some news from Cardiff. Hugh Morris is going to step down after nine years as Glamorgan’s CEO. Morris took over in 2014, helping dig Glamorgan out of a considerable financial hole. He designed a financial plan which saw creditors writing off 70 per cent of the club’s £16 million debt, and pushed for Cardiff to be the base for a Hundred franchise.

“Glamorgan has always held a special place in my heart,” he said, “and it was a great thrill for me to rejoin the club as chief executive in January 2014 after 17 thoroughly enjoyable years at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

“I am proud of our achievements over the past 10 years in stabilising our financial position, transforming our governance and making the game more accessible and diverse through our award-winning community programme.”

“Many people will know that I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2022,” he went on, “and the time is right for me to spend more time with my family, enjoying other pastimes, and focusing on my ongoing treatment.”

Middlesex survive Harmer’s first over. Over at Grace Road, Leicestershire are making an early Horlicks of their chase of 169 – Patel and Budinger gone in single figures, both to Josh Shaw: 18-2. And an early wicket for Joe Leach in the promotion battle at New Road, Eddie Byrom seasoned and toasted for a seven-ball duck. Glamorgan 19-1.

100 for Bas de Leede!

But to briefly turn away from Chelmsford: Durham have picked up maximum bowling points – again, for the SEVENTH time this summer – and Bas de Leede has his maiden Durham Championship century – 103 before being caught behind.

Meanwhile, Harmer drops Simpson a catch at slip. And here he comes to bowl….

A reminder that Middlesex are currently only three points above the relegation zone

25-4…. at least Essex are mixing it up, this time Sam Cook grabs the wicket.

A third for Porter!

Hmmm. Trying to think of a upside for Middlesex here. Sam Robson loses his stumps and Porter has three for eleven.

The sun is shining for Glamorgan and Worcestershire’s day of reckoning. Glamorgan’s target 250 after Worcestershire lose their last two wickets for 18. McIlroy finishes with five. I’ve stared into my coffee cup and the grubby grains say this is Glamorgan’s game.

Oh dear. A second in the over for Jamie Porter and poor old Joe Cracknell, in only his second Championship game, must follow where Stoneman recently trod. Essex 8-2.

Tick, tock:, Stoneman trudges off, after going for broke and being picked up at backward point. Middlesex 8-1. One chalked up for Porter.

Surrey beat Warwickshire by an innings and 97 runs!

The Oval: Surrey 396 BEAT Warwickshire 161 and 138 by an innings and 97 runs. Surrey 22 points, Warwicks ?? points

Done and dusted in 15 minutes. Worrall finishes with five wickets, Clark with four. Surrey’s eighth win of the season. Beginning to look like a cakewalk.

Eight for Josh de Caires!

Essex all out after Sam Cook snitches to slip. Middlesex strap up and prepare for Harmer.

And a Harry Brook headache:

A cracking scoop from Raf:

Injury update Sophie Ecclestone

Sophie Ecclestone has undergone surgery after dislocating her right shoulder in the warm-up before Manchester Originals played Southern Brave in August.

She will now begin her rehabilitation with the ECB and Thunder medical teams.

Sophie Ecclestone smiles, with both thumbs up
Sophie Ecclestone: recovering from a shoulder operation Photograph: Ashley Allen/ECB/Getty Images

Monday’s round-up

A trippy 23 wickets fell at the Oval, as Surrey stuck their big boot into Warwickshire and reached for the title. The visitors’ day had not started badly as they rattled through the Surrey tail, with Ed Barnard collecting five wickets. Then the fun began as they belted up for the relentless Surrey attack.

A first innings of 161, with four wickets to Kemar Roach, seemed riches when, following on, they were reduced to 35 for five. The die is cast.

On day one at Chelmsford, the off-spin of Middlesex’s Josh de Caires blindsided the Championship dreamers Essex. De Caires, the son of Mike Atherton, fizzed out a career-best seven for 105 despite a century opening stand between Sir Alastair Cook and Nick Browne. His 38 overs of toil may never have happened had the British Embassy in Delhi not delayed the paperwork for the Indian off-spinner Jayant Yadav, leaving him stranded.

“It’s nice bowling from the River End,” De Caires said. “There’s a nice, big rough patch for right‑handers.” Simon Harmer quietly licked his lips.

Keith Barker’s first five‑fer of what has been a quiet Championship season scattered Somerset like autumn conkers, all out for 137, a deficit of 171 in their match against Hampshire. Only Andy Umeed passed 30.

Josh Bohannon became the second Division One player to collect a thousand runs, with 175 for Lancashire against a wilting Northamptonshire. This was his third successive hundred against them, and he bustled boundaries with trademark cuts and drives.

Hundreds from Alex Lees – his fifth of the season– and Graham Clark kept Durham’s promotion train on track at the Riverside. Sussex’s Jack Carson grabbed three wickets. At Scarborough Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen strode to 93 against Yorkshire; Leicestershire are on top in a rollercoaster game against Gloucestershire, and 18 wickets fell at New Road as Worcestershire lead Glamorgan.

Scores on the doors


The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 308 and 45-0 v Somerset 137

The County Ground: Northants 232 v Lancashire 392-7

The Oval: Surrey 396 v Warwickshire 161 and 126-7


Chester-le-Street: Durham 424-5 v Sussex 266

Grace Road: Leicestershire 204 v Gloucestershire 159 and 179-8

New Road: Worcestershire 284 and 127-8 v Glamorgan 170

Scarborough: Yorkshire 297 and 179-2 v Derbyshire 247

Day one: Chelmsford: Essex 303-9 v Middlesex


Good glorious morning from September at its most wanton. Day three, and all eight games flying .

I’ve been thwarted once more on my trip to Scarborough by waking up full of wheeze, but I have a fabulous super-duper sub in Christian Ryan, author of Golden Boy and Feeling is the Thing That Happens in 1000th of a Second, who chugging over the Pennines this second. He has promised to send me colour from the ground. Grab a coffee, we’re up and running at 1030am.

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