Surrey went top of the table with an innings and 69-run win over Somerset at Guildford – the first time they have won three consecutive games by an innings since 1958, when they won the Championship.
Somerset were bowled out for 210 following-on, stranding James Hildreth on 89. There were four wickets each for Morne Morkel and Jade Dernbach.
Ben Cox made an unbeaten 58 as Worcestershire declared on 484 for seven to set Lancashire 602 to win. Keaton Jennings kept hopes just alive with 135 not out; Lancashire were 269 for four at the close.
Tom Moores walloped a brilliant 87, hitting seven fours and seven sixes, in Nottinghamshire’s second‑innings 266 against Essex.
In the pink-ball game at the Ageas Bowl Hampshire took a first-innings lead of 97, Jimmy Adams making 147; Harry Brook took five wickets. Yorkshire were 91 for 2 in reply.
Sussex won by an innings and 64 runs at Arundel, Durham unable to recover from losing six wickets for nine runs in the morning; Leicester were bowled out for 186 at Grace Road. Set 381 to win, Middlesex were 82 for 3 at the close.
At Tunbridge Wells Kent declared at 446 for eight. Warwickshire, set 519 to win, finished on 229 for one as Ian Bell moved to his third hundred in four Championship innings.
Derbyshire were bowled out for 362 at Swansea, a first-innings lead of 79. The debutant Prem Sisodiya took three for 54. An unbeaten stand of 153 from Usman Khawaja (79) and Kiran Carlson led Glamorgan to 201 for three.
In the pink-ball game at the County Ground Northamptonshire eased to their first Championship win of the season, a 10-wicket victory over Gloucestershire. Brett Hutton finished with eight for 57.
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Sorry about the silence everyone, was just writing up: Keaton Jennings, what a man! Unbeaten on 131, Lancashire 263 for 4. Dan Lawrence has been out at Chelmsford – Notts on the march. Gareth Berg guiding Hampshire to a healthy first-innings lead over Yorkshire at the Ageas.
Sussex have won – Durham unable to recover from the morning’s disaster. Shame for Arundel though. Stevie Eskinazi still there, but Middlesex have a long road.
Stumps at Tunbridge Wells where Ian Bell has ANOTHER century. Warwicks need 290 to win. Not impossible. And hope springs still at Swansea, Khawaja still there, 70 not out.
I’ve got to dash now because they’re turning off the wifi. Lovely company – enjoy your evenings.
And a second wicket for Milnes at Chelmsford as Essex lurch to 27/2. Hampshire and Yorkshire have transposed into a different century at the Ageas: slow, steady, nothing to cause any alarm. Hampshire trail by 31 runs.
Sixties both for Bell and Sibley, and at Swansea Khawaja is still there.
Hameed gone. Alas. For a 64-ball 20. Jennings not out 96. Lancs 184-2.
Stuart Poynter holding off the inevitable at Arundel, 46 not out. 181/6. Fifties apiece for Bell and Sibley in Warwickshire’s plucky reply.
And news of the most unfortunate Jack Leach. He won’t play in Somerset’s next game, the day/night Championship match at Chelmsford, under the 7-day concussion rule. So… hit in the nets by a dog-ball-thrower, out for six weeks, comeback match. Bowl four overs, get hit on the head by Morkel. Glasses broken. Concussion. Out for another week. And today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Jack!!
Cook lbw for a four-ball duck in Essex’s pursuit of a humungous number of runs. Need another 439 to win.
Highlights from Guildford:
? Highlights from today’s win over Somerset, putting us top of Division 1. #3Feathers pic.twitter.com/nq3pwIQbqQ
June 22, 2018
I just met Sid, who flew over from Mumbai to Guildford to watch Virat Kohli play.
Tea(/d-n lunch) scores:
Worcestershire 247 & 484-7 dec, Lancashire 154-1. Lancs need 448 to win.
Surrey 459, Somerset 180 & 210 all out. Surrey win by an innings and 69 runs.
Essex 206, Nottinghamshire 380 & 266. Notts lead by 440 runs
Hampshire 311-7, Yorkshire 350. Hampshire trail by 39 runs
Sussex 552, Durham 211 and 149 for 6. Durham trail by 192 runs.
Leicestershire 427 & 175-9, Middlesex 233. Leicestershire lead by 369
Kent 197 & 446-8 dec Warwickshire 125 and 128-1. Warwicks need 391 to win
Glamorgan 283, Derbyshire 293-5. Glamorgan trail by 33 runs
Northamptonshire 282 and 32-0, Gloucestershire 62 & 250. Northamptonshire win by 10 wickets
Blimey, Derbyshire lost 5 for 6. Prem Sisodiya 3-54. Glamorgan have made a good start – 42-0 – trail by 37.
Leicestershire 150 for 8, 3 wickets each for Murtagh and Harris.
And it’s all over: Waller caught hooking for 0. Hildreth gets an arm around his shoulder from the umpire, not out 89. Surrey win by an innings and 69 runs. Surrey’s first win at Guildford since 2002. Championship-winners 2018, in my book.
Two balls later Groenewald chops on, and his leg stump goes wheeling away. Enter our concussion substitute Max Waller. 209/9. Hildreth still 89
An eighth wicket down at Guildford. Dernbach got his man, Davey caught behind for 21. Someone stay with Hildreth, 89 not out.
Lancashire have lost a wicket. Davies lbw D’Oliveria 64. That brings Haseeb Hameed in and I think we know how this goes. Come ON Has!
Lancashire 126/1: Davies lbw b D’Oliveira 64 pic.twitter.com/tIqJDU1W8x
June 22, 2018
Many “come on lads” from the Surrey fielders. The very next ball Josh Davey is dropped at slip on 19 off Dernbach. A bi-plane passes overhead and a mid-afternoon sugar-low drifts across the spectators. Dernbach, however, is not happy.
Notts nine down now, lead of 382. Durham teetering-about-to-tumble 119 for 5. Collingwood out for a duck. Graham Clark 45 not out.
And that’s six over the fence and onto Woodbridge Road! Hildreth off Virdi. New balls please!
England Lions need 233 to win; Dawson 4-30. Top scorer the hyper-talented Rishabh Pant
I don’t really want to put this in writing but Lancashire are nearing an unbroken first-wicket partnership of 100.
Rikki Clarke getting his knickers in a twist.
Durham 79 for 3, last innings near-centurion Will Smith gone for 36. Bell is in at Tunbridge Wells, Warwicks 74/1, chasing 445 to win.
Derbyshire now leading Glamorgan by 71 , forties not out for Critchley and Wilson.
Adams still going as Hampshire trudge on: 135 off 285 balls. They trail by 88.
A deserved half-century for Hildreth off 89 balls, as he nurdles Clarke for another four.
A disconsolate Bess trudges off the field, bowled by Clarke for 6. Somerset 145/7.
Hildreth playing very nicely here for 48 but he’s running out of partners
May 1958 was the last time Surrey won three consecutive matches by an innings. They won the Championship that year, of course. The inscription under the team photo reads: Back Row (L-R) – H. Strudwick (Scorer), R.C.E. Pratt, M.D. Willett, J.K. Hall, K. Barrington, M.J. Stewart, G.A.R. Lock, T.H. Clark, P.J. Loader, D. Gibson, B. Constable, R. Swetman (WK), J. Tait (Masseur), A. Sandham (Coach)
Front Row (L-R) – D. Sydenham, E.A. Bedser, J.C. Laker, A.V. Bedser (Vice Captain), P.B.H. May (Captain), A.J. McIntyre (WK), D.G.W. Fletcher, A.B.D. Parsons
All still well for Lancashire and Warwicks. Northants have won by ten wickets.
It never rains…we have our second concussion substitute of 24 hours. Max Waller will replace Jack Leach who was hit on the head yesterday by Morkel, broke his glasses and was out shortly afterwards..
The plucky Gloucestershire defence is over. Northants need 31 to win.
Given the catastrophic drop in insect numbers, lovely to see a dragon-fly flitting about the pavilion at Guildford. Haven’t seen many butterflies at all this year.
Worcestershire 247 & 484-7 dec, Lancashire 130 and 26 for 0. Lancs need 576 to win.
Surrey 459, Somerset 180 & 106 for 5. Somerset trail by 173.
Essex 206, Nottinghamshire 380 & 119 for 5. Notts lead by 293
Hampshire 245-3, Yorkshire 350 Day/Night game. Play yet to start.
Sussex 552, Durham 211 and 52 for 1. Durham trail by 289
Leicestershire 427 & 55-4, Middlesex 233. Leicestershire lead by 249
Kent 197 & 446-8 dec Warwickshire 125 and 25-0. Warwicks need 494 to win
Glamorgan 283, Derbyshire 293-5. Derby lead by 10 runs.
Northamptonshire 282, Gloucestershire 62 & 245-8. Play yet to start.
At lunch, a recovery of sorts by Hildreth and Gregory, but Somerset won’t be dining on hope this evening. Lunch-time updates to follow
Under-dog news: no wickets yet fallen at Chelmsford or Tunbridge Wells and still only one down at Arundel.
Sorry, I’ve had wifi problems but just before lunch a reminder that Surrey play Yorkshire next week and you can watch the game unfold on the Surrey and Yorkshire websites and Sky digital. Four cameras, “bespoke” commentary – almost, almost, as good as free-to-air.
Virdi to bowl from the pavilion end, first time today.
Very happy to be working with @YorkshireCCC to deliver multi-camera live coverage from next week’s game in Scarborough.
June 21, 2018
Libby out shortly after passing 50, Notts 97 for 5 – a lead of 271.
Slow going at Swansea, but Derby nearly have parity with five wickets in hand. A hundred for Alex Hughes, run-out for 103.
And I see Lancashire need 602 to win in all the time in the world.
All the threes – 33 for 3 – at Grace Road. Leicester’s lead over Middlesex now 227. And Kent have DECLARED!! Lead of 518. Hmmm. Did Bell use up his century quota in the last game?
And you were quite right BTL about the goings-on at Tunbridge Wells – Keith Barker was removed from attack after a second warning for running on the pitch.
The England selectors have obviously been sent on away days – Trevor Baylis is watching the Lions, Smith is at Guildford. A pat on the back for any greater/lesser spottings.
Lions update: India A 85 for 3 – the most striking thing to report so far is Ben Foakes’ catch to dismiss Mayank Agarwal. And Ryan Patel comes on from his lucky end!
Durham are 9 for 1, with Cameron Steel the man out, b Jofra Archer for two lovely, but inadequate, fours. Here’s Arundel looking charming anyway.
? Another beautiful day in Arundel!
? Day Three
? Pay on the gate#gosbts pic.twitter.com/1RlGw3JYN3
June 22, 2018
WICKET! Davies caught at gully off Clarke for 9. 69 for 5. At this rate Smith’s not going to see Virdi bowl, unless of course we’re mistaken and he came instead to see the old warhorse at his old hunting ground.
This, remember, is a second-string Surrey side.
And Morkel takes the ball from the pavilion end for the first time…
Morne Morkel’s wife is bowling at her little boy to the side of the pavilion… while Durham complete their morning’s work and prepare to follow-on. They seem to play better on days 3 and 4 but even they can’t get out of this one. Can they?
A (below) picture of Danny Lamb – English cricket’s first concussion substitute. I can’t do better than Mes’s “Lamb’s to the Slaughter” but I just hope they’re all nice to him. Not debut of dreams, but a debut nonethless.
Danny Lamb: English cricket’s first ever concussion substitute
At New Road, Lancashire have taken a couple of wickets but Cox and Whitely are hitting to and over the boundary boards, a bit of fun before the serious stuff begins.
Matthew Milnes is out at Chelmsford, a second for Quinn. Notts: 62 for 2 with a lead of 236. And ANOTHER at Guildford where Abell is flumoxed into inadequacy by Dernbach for 5. 40 for 4.
No wickets yet at Tunbridge Wells, where Zak Crawley has moved onto 67, or Swansea. Durham now 9 down, having lost five for seven runs so far this morning.
All these wickets-a-tumble on a hot day are proving a bit much to keep on top of. But let’s try: a wicket at Grace Road, where near first-innings double-century maker Ackermann was bowled by Harris for 2. Harris’s second of the innings.
And another wicket here at Guildford, George Bartlett has a wafty drive at Dernbach and is caught for 7. Commiserations and a little wave to all the BTL-ers who’ve made the journey today. Oh my Lord, there goes another, next ball, Byrom c Jacks b Morkel, 19. 33/3
And Lancashire get a wicket! Brett D’Oliveria lbw to Bailey for 22. Crumbs from the table, crumbs from the table…
England Lions team: Lions team: Gubbins, Kohler-C (debut), Hain, Livingstone, Mullaney (c, debut), Foakes, Dawson, Jordan, Topley, Helm, Fisher (debut). India A won the toss and will bat.
Durham on the slide too, can they really have lost three wickets this morning? Er, yes they can – three in seven balls, two ducks and the one batsman with a chance of holding the innings together out for 90.
Oh Somerset, not living the dream. Renshaw pinned back on his stumps, lbw for 2. 18/1
Another game to keep your eye on is the Lions v India A at Derby, a young team full of superstars schooled at the IPL against a strong young England.
With more lip-smacking weather around the country, a handful of games could finish today. Here at Guildford, Somerset will have to bat much better to take the game into the fourth day, and they’re up against Morne Morkel, four-wicket Rikki Clarke, Ed-Smith watching Amar Virdi and magic man Ryan Patel, swinging the ball this way again in practice this morning. At The County Ground, it’s all over bar the shouting, Gloucester have recovered well after their nightmare of a first innings, but with two wickets in hand they only lead Northants by 25. Much sympathy for Wantage Road administrators, who will miss out on the Friday night crowd.
Lancashire’s batting will have a chance to right a basket-ful of wrongs at New Road where presumably Worcestershire will declare sometime today, with the lead already 478. Kent will hope to wrap things up at Tunbridge Wells against Warwickshire – though the pitch should prove easier for Warwickshire too second innings. Durham’s batsmen have a lot to do at Arundel, while Nottinghamshire’s batsmen should bat Essex out of the match today at Chelmsford. Leicester are on top at Grace Road, though they start today at 0 for 1. Things are more even in the pink-ball game at The Ageas and at Swansea.
Hello and welcome to the third day of this Championship round. It’s a another beauuuutiful day at Guildford, the players are on the pitch lifting impossibly heavy medicine balls and bending low for slip catching practice. And the big news for both sides is that Ed Smith has arrived … more to follow.