Live county cricket season day two: Bob Willis Trophy!

by Theguardian

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1.16pm BST

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Northants NORTHANTS 142 all Out (Stone 4-39); WARWICKSHIRE 194-5 (Yates 83 not out)

1.00pm BST

And on the L of Lunch, Surrey lose their first wicket: Ryan Patel driving at Tim Murtagh and caught for 4. Surrey 9-1 and that’s lunch! Scores to follow.

12.55pm BST

Durham fighting back at Chester-le-Street in the battle of the bowlers. Yorkshire 162 -7 with former England U-19 captain Harry Brook just out for 41.

12.47pm BST

Hampshire are quietly folding at Hove, a third wicket to Ollie Robinson, Hants 134-7, trailing Sussex by 42.

12.40pm BST

Middlesex have declared at 347-6, which will give them a couple of overs at Surrey before lunch.

12.34pm BST

Doesn’t look as if any team is going to make it to 400 - Lancashire now all out for 328, Kent 387 all out, and Middlesex 346-6 with 9 overs left of the first innings.

12.26pm BST

Arghhgh! Nick Gubbins out eight short of his 200 going for the slog and extra batting points. Middlesex 342/5.

12.19pm BST

Somerset’s morning:

REPLAYS: What a morning for Somerset!!! Here are the last 4 wickets LIVE STREAM -> https://t.co/dF6GhNRJRz#SOMvGLAM#WeAreSomerset pic.twitter.com/X4OEPEujJq

12.18pm BST

Simon Harmer taking his time to snaffle his first wicket of the season, but then takes a second in the following over. Kent now 387 all out and let’s see what Essex are made of.

Shall we look at that Glamorgan scorecard in full?

12.04pm BST

This isn’t very Sunday morning.

‍♂️A five-run penalty is handed to Leicestershire for this incident with Dieter KleinMatch Centre ➡ https://t.co/pd9c61XXvR pic.twitter.com/WJT2SRCnFW

11.53am BST

A very handy link to all the live feeds.

These live streams are fantastic, aren't they? Several include replays, scorecards, highlight options etc. Commentary teams very good, as well. Great effort from all involved. https://t.co/zitJlJ9UKu

11.52am BST

An email drops:“Much as it’s lovely to be following along with you, we were among those who had tickets for the Oval to watch Middlesex v Surrey today until the plug got pulled on Friday,” writes Miranda Jollie. “We’d even picked out which beers to take (Weird Beard Brewery’s Gravelands & Reformatory, if anyone’s interested). Given our usual Middlesex experience is huddling from the wind on the top of the Pavilion while Middlesex underperform, it’s especially galling to be missing out on a glorious day for cricket with us in the box seat for once. Sigh.”Argh, I feel for you. Shall we arrange a time when you can drown your sorrows in conjunction with others BTL?

Glamorgan, meanwhile, are missing Marnus Labuschage, currently 34 for five. Three wickets to Craig Overton.

11.41am BST

A second wicket at Trent Bridge - no make that a third, all three to Jake Ball - this isn’t looking so good for Derbyshire; Warwickshire take the lead against Northants with Tim Bresnan (that feels very wrong) batting for the first time in a Warwickshire helmet.

11.34am BST

So the clashing of Women’s IPL and Women’s BBL is proving controversial.

Exactly this. This is honestly the worst of both worlds from the BCCI - you simply can’t have a successful women’s IPL without WBBL marquee players. It will fall flat on its face. https://t.co/4eriDPr5SV

11.21am BST

Early wickets! Ahem, Josh Shaw falls to the second ball of the day off Josh Tongue; Heino Kuhn lbw to Jamie Porter, also to the second ball of the day; Charlie Hemphrey out to the second ball of the day from Craig Overton; Luis Reece gone now too, off Ball; and now Michael Burgess for 39 just after completing a 50 partnership with Yates (can you all just stop taking wickets so quickly pls, ed).

And at Chester-le-Street, they’re off for rain. Yorkshire 100-4.

First blood: Jake Ball.Watch #NottsvDerbys live https://t.co/TM815Ew55k pic.twitter.com/QpdfiXKk0x

10.46am BST

News that the BCCI are intending to hold a women’s IPL, to run alongside the last leg of the men’s IPL, November 1-10 in the UAE. Sources say it will consist of four teams and is expected to involve some overseas players, though it will clash with the Women’s Big Bash in Australia. All subject to change in the current situation.

10.37am BST

A reminder that The Edge, the documentary following England’s quest to become No.1 in the world, is being shown on BBC2 at 9pm tonight

Related: The Edge review – the glorious reinvention of English cricket

10.17am BST

Thought I’d start to keep a tally - let’s see where we are on September 10. One problem with regionalisation is that those in the South may get more opportunity to get on the field (though luckily Old Trafford is only in use for one match.)

South Group: Hundreds (2 - Gubbins and Kuhn); 5 wickets (0)

9.48am BST

and welcome to day 2 of the Bob Willis Trophy. Such good vibes yesterday, for all its weirdness and empty grounds and Covid restrictions and lack of overseas players. The highlights? Hundreds from Nick Gubbins and Heino Kuhn; four wickets from Ollie Stone and Ben Coad; and 68 from Haseeb Hameed, which was more than the sum of its parts.

A quick recap of the minutiae of the rules:

Correct and bowling points the same. Only changes are...- A reduction to a minimum of 90 overs in a day’s play- Each county’s first innings can last no longer than 120 overs- The follow-on is now 200 runs- The new ball will be available after 90 overs#YouBears

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