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Jun 21

County cricket: Middlesex beat Yorkshire, Lancashire v Hampshire and more – as it happened

Middlesex thrashed Yorkshire, while Essex are well on top against Warwickshire and Lancashire dominated Hampshire

6.52pm BST

Early finish at Lord’s, but has felt like a long day! Time to wrap up I think. Thanks so much for your company, your clicks and your comments, it’s been a pleasure. And a remarkable day! (A good one for Essex, Middlesex, Lancs, Notts and Kent!). Here are the scores:

Division One:

6.44pm BST

Stumps at New Road, with Worcestershire 16 for none chasing 399.

6.31pm BST

Lions are 302 for seven at stumps, with Ben Foakes 77 not out.

6.29pm BST

Stumps at Old Trafford, where Lancashire had a dream day. Hampshire are 50 for five after Dane Vilas made 242 in Lancashire’s 593.

6.20pm BST

Kent finally 474 all out! Denly was last man out for 227. Worcestershire need 399 to win…

6.16pm BST

Hampshire are 50 for five with Vince gone caught at cover!

6.15pm BST

Stumps at at Chelmsford and Trott goes lbw to Harmer with the last ball of the day! 27 for two, and 231 behind…

6.07pm BST

Grievous in the wickets. He is proving a very fine signing.

| Watch @SimonHarmerRSA highlights from the @WarwickshireCCC first innings as he takes 6-92 to help enforce the follow-on. #ESSvWAR

5.55pm BST

Ben Foakes has meant the Lions have had a good day. He’s made 71 not out in their 278 for six. Couple of overs to go there.

5.46pm BST

WICKET WATCH: Oh Jimmy, Jimmy!! Three wickets for @jimmy9 and @LancsCCC are on the charge! Hampshire are 26/4.


5.45pm BST

Here’s what Palf is eating.

@willis_macp Bit cheeky but… any chance you could post this for the CC Live! btl lot? After all, they helped make it. 🙂

5.43pm BST

And Hants are 26 for four! Jimmy has three. They are still 172 behind…

5.43pm BST

So Warwickshire were all out for 283 and are following on. They have lost their first, to Walter…

5.42pm BST

More from Liam Cromar at New Road, Kent are now 448 for nine, with Joe Denly 202 not out. What an effort. Their lead is 373.

Coles is getting cheeky, advancing down the wicket to crash Leach – probably the most impressive of Worcestershire’s bowlers today – through the off side for four, then following shortly with a flourishing dab of a cut behind boundary. This chase – over 330 and counting – is surely beyond Worcestershire now; the main question is regarding when Kent will stick the Pears in. A career best is not far off for Denly, which may be delaying Northeast’s declaration. A touch of cloud cover has appeared, providing a bonus for Kent’s bowlers, whenever they get going

5.11pm BST

Related: Middlesex hammer Yorkshire in three days to finally resemble champions

4.50pm BST

And then there’s some rain at Old Trafford so there’s a delay. I’m popping off to the Pavilion to get some quotes: busy yourselves…

4.50pm BST

That’s a lead of 198. Vilas the last to go for an epic 244 off 275 balls, a career best.

4.46pm BST

Four wins on the spin over Yorkshire for Middlesex, and four defeats on the spin for Yorkshire at Lord’s. Sidebottom the last to go, to Rayner, who ends with four second innings wickets. He tried to reverse-sweep, got it wrong, and was caught at silly point.

Middlesex take 23 points to Yorkshire’s three.

4.40pm BST

TRJ bowling at Sidebottom. Don’t know why he’s not trying to bowl him round the legs.

4.39pm BST

Oh wow. Decent effort that from Grievous.

Beard replaces Harmer who has been bowling since 11:30. Warwickshire 245/7. Patel 48* & Barker 11*. #ESSvWAR

4.36pm BST

So Dane Vilas is teeing off… Three sixes in four balls, and he has 241…

4.24pm BST

Lancashire are giving it some pongo now. They only want to bat once!

4.22pm BST

Big ovation for Sidebottom on what will be his final day as a pro at Lord’s. Unless Andrew Gale can persuade him to stay on…

4.20pm BST

Wicket! Four balls after tea and Coad has turned him straight to Stirling at midwicket! 154 for nine. The end is night, folks.

4.18pm BST

I was wrong. More Rayner. He’s bowled nicely.

4.15pm BST

The bell has been rung at Lord’s, so we are on our way back out. Suspect we will see Finn and TRJ.

4.13pm BST

A double century for Dane Vilas!

4.01pm BST

A wicket at Worcester! Moeen gets Rouse, ending a stand of 149. Kent are 354 for seven, and that’s tea. Denly has 177 and the lead is 278. Worcester will want those last three swiftly.

3.59pm BST

Well, they are going to have some tea at Lord’s, with Middlesex two wickets from victor. Quite cricket, that. 153 for eight.

3.56pm BST

Tea at Old Trafford, where Lancashire are 519 for eight. Vilas in the 190s.

3.45pm BST

Tea at Chelmsford, where Warks are 207 for six.

3.44pm BST

More news from Liam Cromar at Worcester, where Kent’s lead is now 257. Belting game.

After bowling well in the morning, Worcestershire have looked somewhat lacklustre after lunch. Denly has barely offered a chance in compiling 164, Rouse has offered fine support, and Kent’s lead of over 250 already looks formidable. On the plus side for Worcestershire, the pitch seems to have died down a touch; whether that’s due to it genuinely flattening out or simply down to reduced bowler intensity, remains to be seen.

3.43pm BST

Durham all out for 402! That’s a lead of 107. Last wicket worth 68 after they lost five wickets for six runs. Funny old game.

3.41pm BST

Wicket! Two to go. Jack Brooks picks out mid-on trying to go over the top. Rayner’s second. 130 for eight. Won’t see a tea break I wouldn’t think.

3.37pm BST

Great effort from Durham’s last pair!

3.29pm BST

Jordan Clark is out and Lancashire are 495 for seven.

3.25pm BST

Rikki Clarke has gone to Grievous! Warwickshire are in strife at 192 for seven….

3.15pm BST

What a knock this is.

150 for Joe Denly! The 4th highest FC score of his career. Kent 300-6 & lead by 224. Stand of 95* with Rouse 40*:

3.08pm BST

Wicket! And now Franklin has the latest big one… Rashid gone wafting having played quite nicely for 35. He was very nicely caught behind by the diving Simpson. 111 for seven.

3.01pm BST

Wicket! Rayner in on the act now! He’s got his old Sussex mate Hodd out, bowled past the outside edge. Bit of a beauty. 107 for six.

2.57pm BST

Oh my word.

Dismissive from Rushworth (12*) as he plants Carey over the infield for his first boundary! 358/9, lead of 63 #DURvGLA

2.49pm BST

Essex have another wicket, Wagner getting Ambrose for an unAmbrose 25 off 99.

178 for six, new ball due in four…

2.35pm BST

A lesser-spotted wicket at Old Trafford. Lancs 454 for six, lead by 59. If I was skip, I would tell Jordan Clark to swing for the hills, then declare at tea.

2.33pm BST

Durham, infuriatingly, have lost five wickets for six runs and are 335 for nine. Lead is 40.

2.32pm BST

Hain goes to Walter at Chelmsford. Is there life in that game?

2.31pm BST

Murtagh’s figures are 8-6-3-2.

Opening spell was 6-5-2-2.

2.29pm BST

What a knock from Joe Denly. He has 133, and Kent’s lead is 191.

2.24pm BST

Wicket! Handscomb is absolutely furious with himself, and this game will finish today. Finn has returned for a new spell and Peter Handscomb has just nailed a shortish wideish one straight to point. Terrible shot. 73 for five.

2.21pm BST

Nick Gubbins gone at Canterbury, bowled not playing a shot to Dane Piedt’s arm ball. Time for some Dan Lawrence at 131 for three.

2.15pm BST

Paull Collingwood is out for 92! 330 for seven, lead by 35…

2.12pm BST

Nice to see Sam Hain, with a 50; his first of the season. Warks are 167 for four.

2.11pm BST

50 for Jennings…

2.07pm BST

Another wicket at Durham! Coughlin this time, Wagg’s first wicket of the season. A golden quack. 330 for six, lead by 35.

2.07pm BST

From Canterbury. The fourth of England Lions’ openers, Nick Gubbins, comes in…

Stoneman goes for 58, to a terrific catch by Temba Bavuma at backward point after a short one from Hendricks seemed to stop on him. 117-2

2.06pm BST

A ton for Ryan McLaren!

2.04pm BST

Ball gets Gavin Griffiths, and with Raine absent through injury, Notts have bowled Leicestershire out for 134 twice! Pattinson ends with eight.

2.02pm BST

A wicket at Durham. They are kicking on but have lost Pringle. Coughlin joins Collingwood, who has 90.

1.57pm BST

That’s Pattinson’s latest wicket. Leicestershire are 126 for eight, and he has eight in the match.

1.56pm BST

For Pete’s sake this bloke

How do you play that?!

Serious from @_jamespattinson

1.51pm BST

Mark Stoneman has a half-century for the Lions.

1.50pm BST

I wonder what Lancs will look to do. Bat and bat and bat? They are 14 ahead with five in hand, including Jordan Clark. Two blokes very much in, so maybe try to smash a lead as big as possible then get bowling some time after tea?

1.45pm BST

Wooo! Can they force a win over Glamorgan?

1.40pm BST

Wicket! Second ball after lunch, Rojo has the big one! Ballance has gone for 19, nicking off defending. Still 186 behind, are Yorkshire.

1.39pm BST

Rojo has swapped to the Nursery End, where he was so excellent yesterday, after lunch. 52 for three the score.

1.26pm BST

They are back on at Durham! The hosts are seven behind.

1.03pm BST

Here’s where we are at.

Division One:

1.02pm BST

Lancashire have a lead, five down! Vilas and McLaren have put on 184.

1.00pm BST

Lunch at Lord’s, where Ballance and Handscomb have steadied the ship. They are 52 for three, and 186 behind.

12.58pm BST

An email! From Liam Cromar, with news from Worcester. Very nice indeed.

Afternoon Will. Greetings from New Road, where Kent have had the better of proceedings so far, considering the state of the pitch – it’s just starting to throw up some unfriendly bounce on a length. Denly became somewhat becalmed in the 90s – I suppose there are worse places to be becalmed – and was just starting to sense some frustration, being unable to get Hastings away, before he launched Moeen for six over long-on to settle those nerves.

You feel that the longer Kent bat, the lower a winning total will become: 180-200 wouldn’t be at all straightforward. Moeen has just come on and almost snared Gidman with his first ball, who prodded him just short of silly mid-off. Still some way short of a winning target, but Worcs supporters won’t be feeling too confident at the moment.

12.54pm BST

Briefly popped outside. It’s baking and there’s lots of bare skin on show. Mainly from men of an age that should know better.

Anyway, a ton for Joe Denly at New Road! What a fine players he is. His 21st in first-class cricket.

12.27pm BST

Grievous gets Bell, and Warwickshire are 131 for four. Hain has 40.

12.14pm BST

The good, the ugly, and the bad.

MURTS GETS LYTH: Here’s @tjmurtagh dismissing Lyth earlier who knicked it through to @JohnSimpson_88

MURTS STRIKES AGAIN: It’s that combination again as @tjmurtagh dismisses Brook who knicks it through to @JohnSimpson_88

ROJO! : @tobyrj21 claims the wicket of Lees as @Ollie2rayner takes the catch in the slips

12.12pm BST

Afternoon Stuie they are doing alright thanks. Fletcher has three, Patto has two and Leicestershire are 61 for five.

@willis_macp afternoon will how notts doing

12.09pm BST

Tim Murtagh’s wife getting involved.

Quick game’s a good game! Come on dearest! @tjmurtagh

12.05pm BST

Wicket! This will be done in three days! Lees is gone now and Middlesex have three wickets for no runs in seven balls! He’s been caught at second slip off Rojo and the batsman did not do too much wrong. Ballance on 0, Handscomb to join him. Rashid in next.

12.01pm BST

Wicket! Murtagh has Brook! That’s a loose shot. Shortish, got big and he’s tried to drive off the back foot and nicked off. 16 for two, still *Richie* 222 behind.

11.57am BST

Wicket! Murtagh with the first and off goes Lyth! He’s been caught behind, and Yorkshire are 16 for one, still *Richie* 222 behind.

11.56am BST

No play before lunch at the Riverside.

11.51am BST

Leicestershire three down. Cosgrove gone to Fletch. Start the car.

11.49am BST

And Stevo is gone. Shouldering arms to Lloyds Leach, which is not a great idea. 169 for five. Lead by 93, do Kent. Wag tail, wag.

11.48am BST

With Hameed gone, Stoneman and Jennings are getting the band back together. 26 for one.

11.46am BST

Stevo is 15 off 14 at Worcester…

11.34am BST

Vilas has a ton at Old Trafford, and Liam Livingstone is excited about it on social media.

Yessssss @DaneVilas

11.32am BST

11.45 inspection at Riverside.

11.30am BST

Dug in first ball by Murtagh, it spits up and Lyth gets in a tangle. So on comes short leg’s lid…

11.28am BST

So, the ins and outs of this follow-on decision.

11.25am BST

Sidebottom flicks Finn through square-leg for four! But next ball he’s caught behind, and becomes Steven Finn’s 500th first-class wicket!

Ballance, obviously, 69 not out. He has 796 runs this season, 25.4% of Yorkshire’s runs for the year. 208 all out, behind by 238.

11.18am BST

News from Canterbury…

Hameed gone for a duck, driving at wide half volley from Olivier and brilliantly caught by Markram at 3rd slip. Lions 12-1

11.18am BST

Kent have lost their fourth, Joe Weatherley, to Lloyds Leach.

11.11am BST

And Trotty’s gone at Chelsmford! Bounced out by Wagner. 66 for three.

| @NeilWagner13 picks up the wicket of Trott. He pulls straight to Chopra at backward square-leg and departs for 19. #ESSvWAR

11.10am BST

Leicestershire two down. Ball’s got Dearden. It’s a matter of time.

11.07am BST

Fair bit going on.

Eventful over from Taylor with Dane Vilas 83* dropped twice and @LancsCCC now 288-5 (77 overs) with new ball due shortly. #LANvHAM

11.07am BST

And a third! Yorkshire have a bonus point! 201 for nine…

11.06am BST

Successive cover-driven fours for Ballance. He has 62…

11.06am BST

Oh god, Pattinson has another wicket already. Leicestershire, following on, are 6 for one, Horton gone. Over by lunch?

11.05am BST

Omg the Lions has just peaked. Mark Stoneman must have enjoyed some overthrows. 5 for 0.

11.00am BST

Interesting. Higgins to kick us off with his bustling BRAND of medium-fasts. Squares Ballance up first ball. Higgins is laregly in the side to bat – he’s a powerful middle order biffer – but his bowling was excellent yesterday. His second ball has just stayed very low…

10.58am BST

Players coming out at Lord’s.

10.58am BST

Show me a better groundsman than the Essex groundsman.

.@willis_macp lovely stuff from the Essex groundsman again

10.56am BST

Another shout for yesterday’s bit. Read it, drink it, smoke it, comments on it. Or something. Sorry, it’s hot, and I’m mildly giddy.

Related: County Championship roundup: Ballance struggles to hold Yorkshire together

10.53am BST

The Lions are playing South Africa A. It’s a four-dayer. The Lions will play Big South Africa next week in a three-dayer, too. Here’s the SAA team:

A Markram (c), H Kuhn, de Bruyn, T Bavuma, K Zondo, H Klaasen (wk), P Mulder (and Scully), D Piedt, B Hendricks, D Olivier, CJ Dala

10.49am BST

We have a Lions team at Canterbury! I am excited about it. Here it is:

Stoneman, Hameed, Jennings (c), Gubbins, Lawrence, Foakes (wk), Scurran, Joverton, Helm, Leach, Porter.

10.40am BST

Delighted by this news. Mason is a very excited boy, and I think he’ll do well.

Related: England to hand leg-spinner Mason Crane debut in T20 against South Africa

10.36am BST

Your news from the north.

Looking unlikely that there will be any play before lunch at Chester-Le-Street after heavy overnight rain. #bbccricket

10.36am BST

I wonder how Gary of the Ballances will approach things this morning. Just try to smash it and burgle 20 more? Nurdle it around and back the Sid? Who knows. Either way, he’ll be in decent nick when he wanders out … he was the only Yorkshireman untroubled yesterday.

Middlesex and the follow-on, then: I have no info on this at all, but I suspect they would enforce. They were castigated after not enforcing then declaring late in the draw with Essex, and they desperately need a win. Yorkshire’s batting is brittle (bar Ballance and Handscomb) their bowlers were in great nick yesterday, have had a rest and the weather’s possibly a bit ropey tomorrow. It may well depend on when they get this final wicket.

10.28am BST

Confirmation of that delayed start at the Riverside.

10.28am BST

Yorkshire are playing football on the Nursery Ground as if it’s not, like, you know, 30 degrees. Make ‘em odd up there.

10.20am BST

If you’re a fan of the OBO, I think you’ll like this…

Lovely to see Pakistan news channel pick up on Rob Smyth’s OBO coverage. Even lovelier they used pic of Tommy Smyth

9.53am BST

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, it’s still steaming hot, and I’m still Will Macpherson (no Yas today, he’s in the office), here at Lord’s to guide you through the action here and in the five other games across the land. The Lions are playing South Africa A at Canterbury too, so I’ll try to keep you abreast of the opener-off there. Sounds like Jennings will bat No3 and Gubbins No4, behind the actual openers, Mark Stoneman and Haseeb Hameed.

Here at Lord’s, Middlesex are right in the market for their first win of the season. They’ve got all the Yorkshiremen out aceept Gary Ballance, who has a tick shy of 25% of their runs this season, and Ryan Sidebottom, who is not known for his work with the willow. Middlesex are 270 ahead so the question, presuming Yorkshire don’t score another 120-odd before losing that final wicket, is to follow on or not to follow on. It’s a tricky one, but they need a win and there is some suggestions of storms on’t horizon tomorrow. Would make sense, given the glorious sunshine we have had of late.

Related: County Championship roundup: Ballance struggles to hold Yorkshire together

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Jun 21

Steven Mullaney: Nottinghamshire v Surrey One-Day Cup final will be ‘great spectacle’

Nottinghamshire’s Steven Mullaney says it is great the country’s two best white-ball teams will meet in the One-Day Cup final.

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Jun 20

County Championship roundup: Ballance struggles to hold Yorkshire together

• Samit Patel and James Pattinson puts Notts on top at Trent Bridge
• Ravi Bopara makes first Championship ton since 2014 for Essex

Gary Ballance made runs, of course he did, but his was a lone hand, and Yorkshire are in deep trouble at Lord’s, where they have lost their last three games in remarkable fashion. Closing nine down and 260 behind, a remarkable effort is required to avoid a fourth loss.

Throughout Middlesex’s first innings of 446, the nagging sense was that a little more lay in the track than the total suggested. Adil Rashid had taken two wickets, including the last, Steven Finn, with balls that stayed low, and scoring had only been totally simple under the baking sun on Monday afternoon, with the centurions, Sam Robson and Paul Stirling, flying along. From the moment Robson fell caught behind to Ben Coad for 159, their batting on the second morning lacked fluency, in the face of improved Yorkshire bowling.

Related: County cricket: Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lancashire v Hampshire and more – live!

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Jun 20

Lancashire v Hampshire: Alex Davies makes century as hosts recover at Old Trafford

Lancashire wicket-keeper Alex Davies hits a century to help his side respond well to Hampshire’s 395 at Old Trafford.

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Jun 20

Durham v Glamorgan: Graham Clark’s maiden ton puts north-east county on top

A career-best 109 from Graham Clark carries Durham to 281-4, just 14 behind Glamorgan’s first-innings total.

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Jun 20

Worcestershire v Kent: Joe Clarke century earns Pears first-innings lead against Kent

Joe Clarke hits his first ton of 2017, while Joe Leach makes 57 as Worcestershire forge a first-innings lead over Kent.

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Jun 20

Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire: Samit Patel hits 247 before James Pattinson shines

Samit Patel hits a second-consecutive double century before Nottinghamshire bowl out Leicestershire cheaply.

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Jun 20

Middlesex v Yorkshire: Ryan Higgins helps put champions on top at Lord’s

Ryan Higgins takes 3-32 on his first-class debut as Yorkshire stumble to 186-9, replying to Middlesex 446 all out.

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Jun 20

Essex v Warwickshire: Ravi Bopara & James Foster make Bears suffer

Ravi Bopara and James Foster both hit tons as Essex pile up a season’s best score before declaring against Warwickshire.

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Jun 20

County cricket: Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lancashire v Hampshire and more – live!

Middlesex are right on top at Lord’s, where Yorkshire are looking at a defeat, while Samit Patel’s crazy run of scores continued with a second consecutive double-century

7.55pm BST

Well, well, well. Thanks for your company today. It was largely Yas doing my job for me, which is most welcome! His report from Lord’s is below, and my report and roundup are to follow. Yorkshire are in strife. So are Warwickshire, and perhaps Kent. Lancs evaded the Lancs up. Here’s your scores.

Division One:

7.51pm BST

Here’s Yas’s report from Lord’s:

By Yaseen Rana

6.49pm BST

Very fair Tweet from Craig

Everyone raves about Foakes but that’s three champo tons for Alex Davies as an opener this season. Serious wicketkeeper/batsman

6.48pm BST

Stumps at Lord’s as Yorkshire end the day in big, big trouble on 186 for nine, 260 runs behind Middlesex. Some questionable bounce in the pitch, but also some questionable shot selection from the Yorkshire middle order.

6.43pm BST

50 for Gary Ballance! He has well and truly kept his head whilst all other around him were losing theirs. Unfortunately for him, his captain’s knock has very much been in vain. Will he be in the England team for the first Test match?

6.41pm BST

And at Durham, with them on top against Glamorgan.

6.40pm BST

Stumps at Chelmsford ends a triumphant day for Ravi Bopara!

CLOSE OF PLAY | Warwickshire have reached the close on 60/2 still trailing by 481. Trott 15* & Bell 8*. #ESSvWAR

6.39pm BST

In turned out to be Stumps at Trent Bridge at the end of the Leicestershire innings. They finished 414 runs behind Notts. A follow-on awaits them, you’d expect.

6.36pm BST

Wicket! Coad nicks off to Finn, the end is nigh for Yorkshire’s first innings. 178 for nine.

6.32pm BST

Coad is playing some aesthetically pleasing shots actually. Makes you think what could have been for Yorkshire if some of their middle order applied themselves properly at the crease. They are 175 for eight.

6.25pm BST

Wicket for Glamorgan as Clark goes for 109! Top, top innings that for his team.

6.24pm BST

Leicestershire all out after a bit of resistance from the last wicket pair.

ALL OUT | Mullaney wraps up the innings on 134 as Taylor takes a diving catch at second slip to dismiss Raine for 1 #NottsvLeics

6.23pm BST

How Clark reached his ton..

What a moment for Clarky

His hundred came in 129 balls with 14x4s & a six! #DURvGLA

6.19pm BST

Century from Graham Clark! Cracking knock and it’s his first ever FC hundred. It’s been a really important innings too as his side look to overtake Glamorgan’s total.

6.10pm BST

Harmer strikes for Essex, Warwickshire a long, long way behind.

| @SimonHarmerRSA finds the edge, giving Cook at first slip a simple catch ➡️ Westwood departs for 26. #ESSvWAR

6.09pm BST

Dropped! Robson drops a tough chance low to his right off Ballance at first slip. That’s the first chance that the Yorkshire skipper has really offered. He moves to 35 not out, whilst his team are 151 for eight.

6.04pm BST

At Durham, the evergreen Paul Collingwood has reached his fifty. Durham looking very good there on 243 for three.

5.57pm BST

No one likes to see that, Brooks gets bowled by a proper shooter from Higgins that barely left the ground. There’s been variable bounce all game but it looks like it’s getting worse. Looks like it was a good toss to win for Middlesex… Yorkshire 146 for eight and on the ropes.

5.55pm BST

Denly going at a decent rate..

A 50th first-class 50 for Joe Denly off 47 balls (8×4, 1×6). His 4th of 2017. Kent 85-3 & lead by 9 runs:

5.55pm BST

James Vince has a wicket! Alex Davies eventually departs for 115 to the unlikely source of wickets, James Vince! A great day for part time medium pacers as Vince adds to Trott’s success earlier this afternoon.

5.53pm BST

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5.50pm BST

Yorkshire have now lost six wickets for 58 runs. Jack Brooks might need to replicate his heroics with the bat from a few weeks ago to save his side here. Ballance looks sublime at the other end by the way; we’ve been treated to some exquisite on-drives.

5.48pm BST

No! When you’re more than 500 runs behind a run out is the last thing you need. Umeed is the man to go for Warwickshire, they’re 36 for one in response to Essex’s 541.

5.46pm BST

Wicket! Another wicket for the debutant Ryan Higgins. He bowls Patto for 1 and Yorkshire might be following before the day ends at this rate. They are 140 for seven.

5.41pm BST

James Pattinson vs Leicestershire always felt like a bit of a mismatch. He now averages 10.20 with the ball this season.

5 WICKET HAUL | Griffiths off stump is sent flying to give Pattinson his fifth wicket, 113-9 #NottsvLeics

5.37pm BST

Mullaney now in the wickets for Notts, it’s a becoming a procession to the dressing room for Leicestershire. They’re 105 for eight.

5.33pm BST

Wicket! Another horrible shot from a Yorkshire batsman on nought as Hodd tries to pull a ball that wasn’t that short and he plays on too. Yorkshire 135 for six and the long tail is in.

5.29pm BST

Another wicket for Josh Tongue!

Northeast b Tongue 14. Kent 64-3 & trail by 12. Weatherley joins Denly 35*:

5.28pm BST

Pattinson has a fourth for Notts as Leicester fall to 103 for seven. The follow-on looms..

5.21pm BST

Kent two down! Josh Tongue, licking his lips at the opportunity of bowling with a new cherry, picks up the wicket of Sam Dickson. Kent are 57 for two. Elsewhere, Leicester lose a sixth wicket as Pattinson picks up another.

5.18pm BST

Wicket! That never looked like lasting long. Rashid chops on to a ball from Finn that was too straight to cut and departs for a duck. Yorkshire in trouble at 120 for five.

5.15pm BST

Adil! What are you doing?! Rashid plays a disgusting swipe second ball which only narrowly misses the stumps. It was a genuine eyesore I tell you. Not what Yorkshire need from an experienced England international when they’ve got a long tail waiting in the hutch.

5.11pm BST

Wicket! Peter Handscomb doing his best James Vince impression, playing a few glorious cover drives before loosely offering a chance to Sam Robson at first slip. Yorkshire 119 for four, Adil Rashid strolls to the crease.

5.03pm BST

Century for Al Davies! His third Championship ton of the season is keeping Lancs in the game against a fine Hampshire attack. The young lad is having quite the season, doing a great job keeping wicket and opening the batting.

4.54pm BST

50 for Graham Clark at Durham! His brisk knock is putting Durham into a good position against Glamorgan, they’re 165 for three, trailing the Welsh side by 130.

4.51pm BST

Cheers for that stat Roger! Lloyds Leach seems to be dealing with captaincy reasonably well so far.

@willis_macp Lloyds Leach now has a higher FC batting average than bowling #genuine

4.49pm BST

After what seemed like an eternity, Essex have finally declared on 541. They’ve got runs on the board but it’ll be a tall order getting these wickets without their star man Jamie Porter.

Ryan ten Doeschate has declared with Essex on 541/9. Essex picked up 3 batting points and the visitors gained 1 bowling point. #ESSvWAR

4.44pm BST

Lloyds Leach is having one hell of a game and one hell of a season. He follows his 57 not out with a wicket in Kent’s first over. DBD gone for nothing, Kent in trouble.

4.40pm BST

Ravi Bopara is finally out! His valiant 192, his first Championship ton in three years, gives his team the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table. Declaration? No chance, Beard and Wagner bat on.

4.37pm BST

Essex are still batting! I thought for the life of me that they’d declare over Tea. Their bowlers are going to need to put in a serious shift to pick up twenty wickets in the next two and a bit days. They’re 532 for eight.

4.35pm BST

Definitely some balls keeping low at Lord’s as Rojo nearly squeezes one past Handscomb’s defence. You’d much rather be in Middlesex’s shoes right now.

4.31pm BST

Worcester all out for 336, Coles takes 6.

SIX FOR COLES! A 4th Gidman catch removes Tongue for 4. Worcs 336 all out & lead by 76. The 11th 5-wicket haul of Coles’ first class career.

4.29pm BST

What a catch! Eskinazi takes a brilliant sharp catch at short leg off Ollie Rayner to get rid of the promising Cherrington Brook. Middlesex look on it after Tea, Yorkshire 88 for three with Handscomb and Ballance both new at the crease. Massive passage of play coming up now.

4.25pm BST

Massive celebrappreal at Lord’s the first ball after Tea as Rojo thinks he’s got Ballance trapped in front. Looked like it might have pitched outside leg but Rojo is not impressed.

4.20pm BST

Another wicket at Worcester as Matt Coles takes his fifth! Worcester are 331 for nine, that game’s moving quickly.

4.12pm BST

Here’s your teatime scores.

Division One:

4.07pm BST

Oh dear, another wicket for Notts. They’re 75 for five as Ball takes another one.

4.06pm BST

And that’s Tea at Lord’s, Yorkshire manage to survive the session without losing a third wicket. You get the feeling that the next session will define the course of the rest of the match. A lot of pressure on the shoulders of young Harry Cherrington Brook. Yorkshire 86 for two, 360 runs behind Middlesex.

4.02pm BST

A very un-Chanderpaul innings ends in a very un-Chanderpaul way as he’s out for 33 off 43 balls, stumped off Brad Taylor. Lancs need someone to support Al Davies now.

4.00pm BST

Wicket! Ryan Higgins has his maiden FC wicket and it’s a huge one! He’s been bowling a tight line and has now managed to induce a nick from Adam Lyth, who up until that point was scoring freely. Yorkshire 82 for two, a crucial little spell coming up before Tea.

3.55pm BST

Joe Clarke is out! He goes for 142, a knock that’s put his side on top in a tight game. It’s tea there now, they’re 330 for eight, 70 runs ahead of Kent.

3.52pm BST

500 up for Essex, surely that’ll be it soon?

He then follows it with another straight 6 down the ground. With that, Essex bring up the 500. #ESSvWAR

3.48pm BST

Brook, making his Championship debut, is looking very, very good. He’s looked comfortable so far in his 33 not out, just hitting Finn for two boundaries through the off side. The odd ball is keeping low too. Yorkshire 76 for one.

3.44pm BST

Essex are STILL batting at Chelmsford! We’re nearly two thirds through the second day, surely they should declare soon? Ravi still at the crease..

3.43pm BST

Not sure how much of the ball Mark Cosgrove saw for third wicket.

REPLAY | Pattinson’s searing pace is too much for Cosgrove as Notts pick up their third caught behind #NottsvLeics

3.41pm BST

Jake Ball in with the wickets as well against Leicester, who could well be into their second innings by the end of the day if things carry on as they are. They’re 51 for four, Chris Read with catches for all four wickets so far, what a man.

3.36pm BST

Crucial partnership between Lloyds Leach and Joe Clarke at Worcester. Leach moves to 50 with a 6 off Joe Denly, a moment I’m sure kids around the country always dream about. They’re now 52 runs ahead of Kent in a match between two of the top Div 2 teams

3.32pm BST

Shiv Chanderpaul just hit a 6! Lancs are 105 for three, Alex Davies going well on 69 not out.

3.29pm BST

Excellent celebration from James Foster when he reached his century. He wasn’t in the side in April, so I’m sure his first ton of the season will mean a lot to him.

YES @JamesFoster07! What a century from the Essex number 7 who departs for 121. #ESSvWAR

3.27pm BST

If you were thinking that James Pattinson would probably be too good for Div 2 you’ve probably been proven right. He’s got 22 wickets at 10.81 so far this season! 10.81! If only Darren was that good.

3.24pm BST

Jonathan Trott has a wicket! Foster skied it and is dismissed for 121. The wicket brings the end to a brilliant partnership with Bopara worth 229.

3.21pm BST

150 for Ravi! Call up him to the England team! Slot him in after Root and Samit at five.

3.17pm BST

Great effort from Foster at Chelmsford. Meanwhile Leicester are sadly struggling against Notts’ international quality attack as Pattinson takes another. They’re 35 for three.

Foster isn’t hanging about now. Not long after the 200 partnership comes up, he hits Clarke for 6 straight down the ground. 446/5. #ESSvWAR

3.14pm BST

Lloyds Leach is going into full Moeen Ali mode at Worcester. He’s 36 not out off just 24 balls. Remember, Mo smashed 39 off 16 batting three yesterday.

3.11pm BST

Interesting bowling change at Lord’s as debutant Ryan Higgins comes on first change ahead of Finn. There’s something very Tim Bresnan about the way he ambles in.

3.08pm BST

Excellent stat. Samit joins some big names.

SPatel (504) joins GHick (645), HMorris (523), BLara (520) and DFulton (509) for the most runs between dismissals in CC since 1990.

3.05pm BST

Yorkshire looking quite streaky at the minute, quite a few edges through the slips and gully region. Marcos Rojo bowling well as per.

3.02pm BST

It’s Yas again for another stint. Abbott adds a wicket to his 97 runs, bodes well for the series against England, oh wait…

WICKET: And @Kyle_Abbott87 claims it!

The seamer strikes Croft (1) on the pad in front of all three & he departs LBW – @LancsCCC 69-3. &

2.57pm BST

Harry Cherrington Brook is off the mark in first class cricket, driving Rojo through the vacant mid-on area. Shot. 21 for one.

2.55pm BST

Err, wow.

A sore chest (& slice of good fortune!) for wicketkeeper Cullen but Burnham has to go #DURvGLA

2.51pm BST

50 for Alex Davies at Old Trafford! Lancs 69 for two.

2.49pm BST


Barnard ran out at non-striker’s end by Gidman for 16. Worcs 240-7 & trail by 20 runs. Leach joins Clarke 107*:

2.48pm BST

There’s been a run out at Worcester. Clarke still there, Barnard gone. Three wickets in hand, 20 behind. Lloyds Leach in, and Hastings and Tongue to come. They bat deep, the Woosters.

2.44pm BST

Wicket! RoJo has got Lees! Plumb. 18 for one. Should be Harry Brook in at No3…

2.43pm BST

A century for James Foster! That’s his first of the season. On they charge, 410 for five.

2.42pm BST

Lyth has just edged between third slip and gully for four…

2.39pm BST

How have I only just seen this?

Update! Cricket has no boundaries advert pictured here with a boundary

2.39pm BST

Leicestershire already one down. Sense of the inevitable.

2.25pm BST

There’s another Coughlin.

2⃣ A five-fer from @Coughlin97 (5/26) has dismissed Essex Seconds for 111 at @richmondshirecc

Scorecard ➡️

2.25pm BST

Lucky Leicestershire get to face Pattinson, Broad and Ball.

2.19pm BST

Yasir Shah has two. He gets noted slogger Whiteley for a 16-ball duck. Barnard joins m’boy Clarke.

2.17pm BST

Anyway, we are underway at Lord’s, and Lyth looks in good touch. Six from the first.

2.16pm BST

A century for Joe Clarke! Be still my beating heart. He made five last year, but that’s his first this time. Overall, that’s his eighth in first-class cricket. He’s only just 21. Proper. Player.

2.15pm BST

Broad has 50 and off they go. Decent.

2.12pm BST

Stuart Broad has a 50 against Leicestershire, who made him!

2.06pm BST

The man from the Telegraph was right!

Wicket! Finn goes lbw to Rashid – a googly that stayed low – and that is that. 446, they made. A decent score, and the pitch is doing a bit. I reckon the first hour of Yorkshire’s innings is the vital one. Middlesex need a couple early.

2.02pm BST

Harsh on Finn from the man from the Telegraph.

That moment when you are the number 11 batsman and the groundsman is poised knowing it will all soon be over

2.00pm BST

Berg has bowled Procter at Old Trafford are here go Lancashire. 31 for two and Abbott’s barely bowled.

1.58pm BST

Scenes at Trent Bridge.

The @leicsccc players went over to Patel to shake his hand as he walked off. A nice touch considering he’s hit them round the park.

1.57pm BST

Durham are 27 for one as Marchant de Lange gets his compatriot Steve Cook caught behind.

1.57pm BST

No, you’re not reading that wrong. He’s gone for 247, his second successive double. He’s been caught pulling. Notts are 503 for eight, and surely to unleash that bowling attack.

1.55pm BST

Wicket! Murtagh was just dropped at slip by Handscomb, but now Rojo is gone to Rashid, caught at cover for 33. Finn comes out, 16 shy of 1,000 runs in first class criggit. He needs three wickets for 500, too.

440 for nine. I wish they would declare.

1.54pm BST

A wicket for Yasir Shah at Worcester! He gets Ben Cox and Worcestershire are 208 for five, 52 behind, with Joey Clarke on 91.

1.38pm BST

Well we have cricketers back on the field at Lord’s. Middlesex bat on. Imagine they want 450.

1.33pm BST

Happy lunchtime footage.

Wow I’ve missed this game! Great feeling to hit some balls for the first time in 15 months #StillGotIt

1.03pm BST

Here’s your lunchtime scores.

Division One:

1.00pm BST

Lunch at Lord’s! Emphatically Yorkshire’s session. As I’ve been suggesting throughout, there’s a bit more in this pitch than the sweltering day yesterday suggested, but Yorkists have been better too. Middlesex are 421 for eight.

12.58pm BST

James Foster is kicking on at Chelmsford. He has 72, and Ravi 110. Essex are 350 for five, and Trotty is bowling again…

12.53pm BST

Samit the first player to score back-to-back double-tons for Notts, which shouldn’t be a huge surprise: it’s an unbelievable achievement. Notts are 465 for seven, and on he charges.

12.51pm BST

Wicket! That is a very ugly shot indeed from Ollie Rayner. But at least he’s trying to get on with it! He’s dollied one to mid-on off Sidebottom, when trying to pull (I suppose it was a pull). 420 for eight.

12.50pm BST

Belting game shaping up at New Road, where Worcestershire are 67 behind, with six wickets in hand. Clarke has 88.

12.45pm BST

There … are … some … very … slow … games … of … cricket … happening … at … Chelmsford … and … the … Riverside.

12.41pm BST

Well Lancashire are already one down. Rob Jones gone to Berg, leg before, and it’s five for one.

12.40pm BST

Wicket! Simpson has tried to guide Sidebottom down to third man to get his 50, but instead he’s got an inside edge onto his leg stump. 414 for seven, and Yorkshire have had a very good morning. Rayns joins Rojo, and Middlesex might as well do some slogging I reckon. Get em in!

12.35pm BST

This is cool.

12.32pm BST

A wicket at Worcester. George Rhodes, in the side from Tom Fell, is the man to go, for 45 to Coles. They are 179 for four, and Joe Clarke has 81. Cox joins him.

12.30pm BST

Glamorgan all out for 295! McCarthy gets the last two in the same over, and Durham will be pretty happy with their work I reckon.

12.28pm BST


| Congratulations @ravibopara on a fine @CountyChamp innings against Warwickshire!

12.25pm BST

Curiously passive cricket again from Middlesex this morning, at least since Higgins got out. Might as well kick on or declare.

12.22pm BST

With Andy Bull away with the Lions (British and Irish in New Zealand, not England in Canterbury), I’ve taken responsibility for the Spin. You should really subscribe. Here’s an extract.

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12.20pm BST

It’s Will and I’m back! Hampshire are all out for 395, but poor old Abbott is left stranded on 97…

12.19pm BST

Good point Ross, that is a filthy Twitter handle Samit. Sort it out.

This man is one decent Twitter handle away from being the greatest of all time.

12.14pm BST

What a morning for England regulars during the darkest days of their one-day cricket history. First Ravi gets his first ton and now Samit reaches his second double ton in two games with three boundaries in a row. Bradman-esque.

12.11pm BST

WICKET! A breakthrough as de Lange’s (37) cameo is ended by @barrymccarthy2, caught by @Colly622 at first slip! 279/8 #DURvGLA

12.10pm BST

Direct hit from Gary Ballance nearly runs Simpson out. Great pick up and throw, think Flintoff running out Ponting at the Oval in ‘09. Coad bowling a very impressive spell here too.

12.02pm BST

Bonus point news. Middlesex have stalled a bit since the Higgins wicket so will have to be content with just four of them. Notts, meanwhile, managed to get a fifth one. Samit approaching back to back double hundreds, he’s on 187 not out.

11.57am BST

Ravi Bopara has scored a century!! Forget Corbyn, Brexit, Trump and Leicester City, Peter Moores had only just returned as England coach the last time he scored a Championship ton. What a moment for Ravi.

11.50am BST

Ravi onto 99..

11.45am BST

He’s got five of their six wickets so far. Could end the day with a 9fer!

5 WICKET | Congratulations to Dieter Klein who has taken his first LCCC 5fer by dismissing Read

11.42am BST

Wicket! Coad clean bowls Higgins, who was looking impressively proactive at the crease, with an absolute beauty. Looked like it moved a way a touch and maybe even kept low too. They’re now 380 for six.

11.35am BST

Kyle Abbott continuing to frustrate Lancs at Old Trafford. He’s just reaching a new career best score of 81 runs and counting. Hants are 368 for nine.

11.32am BST

It’s Yas here for the next 15 minutes. Sun shining at Lord’s, not a fun day to be a bowler me thinks. Middlesex looking for that final batting bonus point. Seven overs for them to get 30 runs.

11.28am BST

Ravi into the 90s…

11.23am BST

Wicket! Robson gone for 159. He’s had a drive at a fullie from Coad that swung away a touch and Hodd’s taken a fine catch diving to his right. In comes Ryan Higgins on debut. He’s great to watch, has been scoring runs in the 2s for ever and has a point to prove. Middlesex are 364 for five.

11.13am BST

Four batting points for Middlesex as Simpson nails Brooks down the ground for four. 353 for four. They’d love a fifth, would Middlesex.

11.12am BST

A wicket for Jimmy at Old Trafford! Brad Taylor edges to second slip and Jimmy has two. Hampshire are 352 for nine.

11.08am BST


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11.08am BST

Wicket at Trent Bridge, a fourth for the Stasi informant Dieter Klein. Empty Wessels the man to go, and Notts are 352 for five.

11.07am BST

Genuinely believe the biggest question today is this: can Ravi Bopara get his first ton in the Champo since 2014?

11.06am BST

Samit in run-scoring shock.

Patel drives the first ball he faces this morning for 4 and normal service is resumed. Notts 352/4 under cloudy skies facing the new ball.

11.00am BST


2nd XI Update: Derbyshire have won the toss at York CC & opted to bowl first. Tattersall & Kohler-Cadmore to open the batting for Yorkshire

10.59am BST

Players on the way out at Lord’s … the sun is out and Middlesex are 337 for four. Sidebottom to kick us off.

10.50am BST

Should nudge you towards this very fine piece of writing about Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph.

Related: Hail the Unbelievables! How Pakistan found cricketing redemption

10.48am BST

Good news: we lost not a single over across the land to rain (how could we in this lushest of mid-Junes?), so it’s all 96 overs from 11pm today. Lunch at 1, tea when 32 overs remain.

10.44am BST

Oh well, so much for good bowling conditions. The sun has burnt through and the sky is becoming bluer. Or should that be more blue? We have about 15 minutes until the players will be trotting out.

10.41am BST

Update on Stuie’s allegiances below.

Remarkable, isn’t it, that in that RL semi at Chelmsford on Friday, 743 runs were scored for the fall of 10 wickets in 99.3 overs. Yesterday, at the same ground, 96 overs brought just 263 runs! (Five wickets fell). I challenge you to show me another sport that can be so wonderfully varied in such a short space of time. Brilliant game.

@willis_macp thanks for that lol notts i think cause of the royal london semi they had

10.35am BST

Morning Stuie! I had some very funny tweets last night from Stuie, who completely forgot about CC – live! yesterday because, and I quote, “Glosters aint playing and it hot”. Both statements of utter fact: Gloucestershire (Stuie’s team) have a bye and it was indeed hot. Who you supporting today, Stuie?

@willis_macp morning will!

10.32am BST

Very much looking forward to watching Harry Brook bat today. He’s down to come in at No3 but is normally an opener. Be interesting, with Root, Bairstow and Bres all back next week, if Brook was to make some runs and, say, Lees was to struggle here…

Brook is 18 and has been ludicrously prolific in recent weeks in the dinky-doos. Very exciting stuff.

10.25am BST

Should probably mention that as was the case a few weeks ago, I’ll have Yas Rana with me on work experience today. He’s with the sports desk all week and they’ve sent him across to me. Good news! Be nice to him as well.

10.19am BST

Having a conversation with Mr Opta, Phil Makepeace, who brings us our scores. We reckon Middlesex should bash 63 in 14 overs for full batting points, then declare. The bowling conditions are good – clouds about and very humid. STICKEMIN!!!

10.11am BST

Enjoyed this a lot from the Essex groundsman. Thanks to Paul Frame for flagging…

It’s like the Dune Sea on Tattoine @EssexCricket, Jabba’s Palace baking in the heat.Hope there’s no Rancors underneath the surface!

9.28am BST

Good morning, and welcome to another fine London morning. The sun has not quite burnt through yet but I’m sure it will as it is swelteringly hot again. Not the sort of night you sleep comfortably, that one. Oh well, we go again!

Anyway, yesterday was a fine day for the champions at Lord’s. Yorkshire probably didn’t bowl quite well enough in the morning, when the pitch was probably at its juiciest. Robson and Stirling then filled their boots in the afternoon to take control. It’s flat, but there’s a bit there: the ball with which Rash got Stirling was barely more than a grubber, and the new ball will do damage if it’s well used. Middlesex will want to kick on to five batting points then 450-500. Yorkshire need to nip their bottom half in the bud.

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Sam Robson jogs a few memories as Middlesex make merry against Yorkshire

• Middlesex 337-4 v Yorkshire
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The first five games of Middlesex’s title defence have not exactly gone to plan. Some of their cricket has been passive, and injuries and call-ups have been disruptive, not least for this game, with the batting backbone of Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan and Adam Voges all absent. The impressive unbeaten run is gone, too, and they are winless.

But they like playing Yorkshire – who have lost their past three at Lord’s, and their last three against Middlesex, all in remarkable fashion – and through centuries from Sam Robson (152 not out) and Paul Stirling (111), the latter’s long overdue first in Championship cricket, they have carved a strong position on a pitch that appears green but largely played true (save for a couple that stayed low) under a beating sun. As they tend to when Stirling is in town, runs flowed freely throughout.

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Lancashire v Hampshire: George Bailey hits century as home side frustrated in heat

Hampshire captain George Bailey hits a fine century to help his side recover and make 351-8 on day one against Lancashire.

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Durham v Glamorgan: Rushworth five-for pegs Glamorgan back

A five-wicket haul for Durham paceman Chris Rushworth restricts Glamorgan to 221 for seven despite Nick Selman’s cautious century.

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Worcestershire v Kent: Matt Coles shines as Joe Leach’s men turn up heat at New Road

Matt Coles makes 47, then takes two wickets as Kent hit back on a hot day of ups and downs against Worcestershire.

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Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire: Samit Patel dominates with third 100 in four innings

Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel hits a third 100 in his last four innings as his side dominate against Leicestershire.

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Middlesex v Yorkshire: Sam Robson and Paul Stirling make hundreds at Lord’s

Sam Robson and Paul Stirling make centuries as Middlesex reach 337-4 on day one against Yorkshire at Lord’s.

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