In Division Two:
Worcestershire have declared, with a lead of 429. Cox 52 not out. Mulder four for 125. Come on Leicestershire, let’s see what you can do under new leadership.
Derbyshire are 18-1, still in shock after the loss of Masood for a fat duck.
And a second wicket for Stokes at Lord’s, de Cairnes for four. Robson, who is batting beautifully this season by all accounts, 65 not out. Middx 145-4.
Harmer drops Salt on 38. Siralastair gives him a consolation pat.
Right, time for a spy round the grounds…
An email whooshes in and lands with a gentle hello “Was pleased with Durham’s performance yesterday & hoping of more of the same from Mr Stokes and Mr Potts,” writes Em Jackson.
“But – and there’s always a but isn’t there – we’re two weeks from the four-day Bank Hol weekend and about to put the County C’ship to bed for weeks, couldn’t the Counties have played T20 with their non-CC players plus the best of the local clubs called up, the way the Aussies did for the Big Bash?! Then start the T20 in earnest after the BH weekend?!”
And Lancs pass their lowest score against Essex.
Just wondering if a jinx can work by proxy – Paul Edwards saying how much better Parky’s batting (and fielding) has got.
That net practise …forget it. Hassan out for a duck , nicely picked up by Simon Harmer at second slip. Lancs 60-8.
Wicket number seven at Old Trafford, a beauty from Sam Cook who currently has 4-15. Hassan Ali was sent to the nets yesterday evening – let’s see what he can do.
Shan Masood has done a Bradman, a three-ball duck. You bastard, Broady. Derbys 3-1.
Azhar Ali finally goes for 225, D’Oliveira was a fourth wicket for Mulder, lbw for 54: time for Barnard to swing the bat and Leicestershire to pray for rain. Worcs 497-5, a lead of 349.
Wood takes one drive too many and is caught by Rossington – but a useful half an hour at the crease and some morale-boosting boundaries. Lancs 57-6.
Notts are all out, losing their last three wickets for 24, both Conners and Potts (a different one) picking up four wickets. Let’s see if new look Derbyshire can bat this one out against the Division Two favourites. Shan Masood needs another 156 in this innings to reach the thousand barrier.
Apparently in that game in 2012, which Lancs lost by 205 runs, Lancs only escaped having their pitch reported by a whisker. It was the first year of the turned pitch and it turned out to be, how shall we put this, quite conducive to spin. Steven Croft took six for 41 in the second innings but Moeen Ali trumped him with six for 29.
Lancashire’s lowest total this century is 63 against Worcestershire, in 2012. And their lowest score against Essex is 70.
Jamie Porter is looking tricky in his first game of the season. Can anyone enlighten me BTL – has he been injured? Wood loses a ball into the building site.
“Morning Tanya,”. Good morning, Brian.
“Can you remember what you were doing on 21st May 2021, instead of hosting CCLive, and was it worth it?”
Oh dear, did I miss St Stevens day? My phone doesn’t give me any clue but I’m sure it was important.
At the gate, one of the stewards, Steve, offered humbug or eclair. You don’t get that kind of service everywhere. On the pitch, Lancashire are standing in an earnest circle listening to Glenn Chapple; Essex are playing football.
The Blast games at Old Trafford on 1 June will be the first known double-header to have a women’s match, Thunder v Vipers, in the prestige evening slot and the men’s, Lancashire Lightning v Derbyshire Falcons, in the afternoon.
Lancashire, who this spring were the first county to take the women’s and men’s teams away together on a pre-season training trip, have recently converted the men’s away dressing room to the Thunder home dressing room. The women previously had to change in the cricket centre.
On the field Lancashire suffered a spectacular afternoon collapse against Essex. They were 32 for five when the rain saved them, the rot starting when Keaton Jennings was lbw for four and continuing as Josh Bohannon fell lbw without scoring. Steven Croft was sent on his way for a golden duck, Luke Wells shouldered arms ill advisedly, giving Sam Cook a second wicket, and Dane Vilas played on to Shane Snater’s fourth ball.
Earlier Essex were eventually dismissed for 391, thanks to an attacking 72 from Snater, which delighted an audience of 1,700 cheerful school children making the best of the overcast weather and attempting to pet Lanky the giraffe. Dan Lawrence, who had to call for a runner after tweaking his right hamstring again, went on to make 120.
Rain interrupted play all round the grounds but Kent passed 500, rather than conceding it. Ben Compton was eventually out for 140 and there were fifties for Jack Leaning and a fly-by-night Grant Stewart, who then took one of two quick Northamptonshire wickets to fall before stumps.
At Headingley Adam Lyth, 118 not out, and Harry Brook, passing 50 charmingly for the eighth time in nine innings, gave Yorkshire a lead against Warwickshire with a partnership of 157. Joe Root was out for just eight.
A clearly thrilled Azhar Ali jigged to an unbeaten 202 for Worcestershire at New Road against Leicestershire, joined by Jack Haynes, 21, who made his third hundred in three matches in a third-wicket partnership of 281. Toby Roland-Jones finished with four for 72 as Durham were bowled out for 350 at Lord’s, Ben Stokes dismissing Middlesex’s Mark Stoneman just before bad light stopped play.
Ben Duckett’s 86, supported by runs from down the order, ensured Nottinghamshire a first-innings lead against Derbyshire and at Taunton an inspired Craig Overton took three for 21 from 18 overs to leave Hampshire wobbling at 144 for five against Somerset.
Old Trafford: Lancs 32-5 v Essex 391
The County Ground: Northants 21-2 v Kent 519-9dec
Taunton: Somerset 211 v Hants 144-5
Headingley: Yorks 269-4 v Warwicks 244
Lord’s: Middx 88-2 v Durham 350
Trent Bridge: Notts 334-7 v Derby 260
New Road: Worcs 456-3 v Leics 148
Good morning! The sun is peeping over the rooftops and it looks as if we’ll have a full day’s play at Old Trafford, where Lancashire are in deep trouble at 32-5, with Phil Salt and Luke Wood charged with trying to assemble a defence out of a few old sticks and a mud patch. Elsewhere, Northants are also in the mire, Hampshire have to keep out a rampaging Craig Overton and Lyth and Brook have put Yorkshire in a good position at Headingley. In Division Two, Azhar Ali resumes on a triumphant double century at New Road, Derby need to take the remaining Notts wickets quickly and there’s all to play for at Lord’s.