County Championship: Somerset v Surrey and more – live!

by Theguardian

The Spin: county outgrounds get their chance to shineEngland chase down huge Pakistan total to win third ODIAnd you can post BTL, mail Tanya or tweet her @tjaldred

12.40pm BST

Bess has bowled 6 overs for 25 at Canterbury. Jamie Overton taken off here after 9 overs for 32 - his (relative) lack of speed illustrated by Jennings pulling him forward of the wicket. Not a quick OT pitch though.

12.24pm BST

Tom Alsop finally out for 150 at Newport - bravo! Jeetan Patel 5- 94, Hannon-Dalby 4-69. Gloucs 349/9.

12.19pm BST

What’s happening at Taunton? The Surrey juggernaut stutters - can big Rikki Clarke (48 not out) biff them to a fifth batting point? Only McKerr left with him though. Surrey 364/9.

REPLAY: Here's a look at the latest Surrey wicket to fall!#WeAreSomerset#SOMvSUR

12.12pm BST

Ryan Higgins just 12 short of his century at Newport - but can anyone stay with him? Gloucs 432/8.

12.10pm BST

Damn! I see Zak Crawley was out for 81. Kent 193 for 5, still in Yorkshire arrears by 17 runs. And a second for Stuart Broad at Chelmsford, Tom Westley joining Cook in the pavillion for 12 - Essex 116/2.

12.07pm BST

Jennings looking in little trouble against Overton. We reckon he’s hitting the 80mphs but no higher.

12.05pm BST

Worcestershire entering a single digit competition I see, and if Rhodes and Dell can get out now the first five on the scorecard would make a nice symmetry. Currently 30/3.Middlesex all out 349 - a run out removing the tantelising chance of a third batting point.

11.57am BST

Here is Jack Leach bowling just lovely, and Eoin Morgan suspension news.

REPLAY: Lovely from Jack Leach! #SOMvSUR#WeAreSomerset

Morgan suspended for Nottingham ODI after second minor over-rate offence whilst Bairstow also fined via @ICC

11.54am BST

Overton on, huge man, tiny shadow. Runs in fast, looks solidly put together, not fragile at all.

11.31am BST

In a white van battle, Van der Gugten snaffles a second at Newport - Van Buuren for 25 - Gloucs 411/7; and Middlesex nearly down and out, 349/9 - George Scott for 55.

11.23am BST

And a couple more fall early, morning hopes spoilt, curdled milk in the tea. Tom Fell lbw to the enduring Matthew Salisbury at New Road - Worcestershire 17/2; and Alastair Cook caught off Stuart Broad for 31 at Chelmsford - Essex 78/1.

11.16am BST

Paul Edwards has just told me that Alan Knott changed from a cap to a sunhat so he had to move his neck less. That’s the sort of attention details we need, BTLers.

11.12am BST

There’s been a wicket to alert the somnolent at Old Trafford - Joe Burns for 10 off 23 balls - I wonder, is he about to precipitate his first Lancs-up?

11.07am BST

And finally, YJB et al running amok at the run-fest in Bristol.

Related: England chase down huge Pakistan total thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s century

11.05am BST

Here’s the peerless Matthew Engel on outgrounds and county cricket. Do you remember his 500 word match reports? Things of beauty.

Related: The Spin | World Cup year means county cricket gives outgrounds chance to shine

10.50am BST

The lads in the The Hundred promo pic are causing a few problems (hope they didn’t eat the women and children)

These lads bloody love 100-ball cricket. But what else are they into? THREAD.

10.47am BST

And it’s another gorgeous one here at Old Trafford - trees in full green, happy blackbirds - and then you arrive at the concrete carbuncle that is Old Trafford. I know I’ve said this before but - surely there is plenty of space for a little garden, or some grass for children to play on, or some trees here and there, or some wild flowers.....


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