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Apr 24

Warwickshire v Surrey: Ian Bell misses out on century but helps Bears to draw

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell misses out on a century but the Bears show fight to draw with Surrey at Edgbaston.

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Apr 24

Lancashire v Somerset: Seamers pounce to earn Old Trafford victory

Lancashire pull off a surprise first win of the season as James Anderson triggers a Somerset collapse at Old Trafford.

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Apr 24

Hampshire v Yorkshire: Gary Ballance’s double century secures draw for Tykes

Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance’s second century of the game secures a draw for his side against Hampshire.

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Apr 24

Jerome Taylor: West Indies pace bowler joins Sussex for One-Day Cup

Sussex sign West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor for the One-Day Cup group stages as a replacement for Vernon Philander.

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Apr 24

Kent ‘anxiety’ over new T20 tournament leads to vote abstention

A city-based Twenty20 tournament could have “far-reaching consequences” for counties who play at non-Test match grounds, says Kent chief Jamie Clifford.

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Apr 24

County cricket: Hampshire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Essex – live!

Lancashire pulled off a remarkable win over Somerset but that was the only result on a day when a shambolic end to play at Lord’s left everyone frustrated

7.16pm BST

Well that was a highly frustrating ending at Lord’s but oh well – what can you do, eh? Just the one result today, but what a result it was, with Lancashire pulling off a remarkable win over Somerset. Here are the results:

6.20pm BST

Ha, that’s all fairly shambolic. Middlesex needed two wickets but have the consolation of 12 points to Essex’s eight.

6.12pm BST

Not a great deal to say about that one is there.

6.11pm BST

The light’s got a bit worse again, but they should have been out there by now. Oh well. Good old Championship cricket.

6.07pm BST

Umpires are going off again, I think to tell the players that the match is a draw.

6.00pm BST

Here come the umpires again. Make or break this time, I reckon. Again, it’s fine to play. Absolutely fine.

5.51pm BST

The light really isn’t that bad here and yet they’re not out there. Cricket, sometimes.

5.49pm BST

In the IPL, Ben Stokes just bowled a wicket-maiden. The wicket was that of one Jos Buttler.

5.48pm BST

The umpires were out there for a long time, but they have no disappeared again …

5.48pm BST

Hands shaken between Durham and Gloucestershire.

5.40pm BST

They really should be back out there by now. Oh, here come the umpires.

5.39pm BST

While I wait for some more cricket, here are today’s highlights from Edgbaston.

Day 4: Match highlights
The game ended as a draw..

POINTS: Surrey 8, Warwickshire 5

5.37pm BST

The light is now considerably better than when they went off …

5.36pm BST

It’s looking a little bit lighter …

5.35pm BST

#TopKnock, say Glamorgan, and who am I to question them?

MILESTONE// 5⃣0⃣ for Nye Donald as he hits Delport for 4⃣ #LEIvGLA #TopKnock

5.34pm BST

Hover cover coming out, but Middlesex players are still on the field. Here comes Mick Hunt, wearing shorts.

5.30pm BST

Embarrassing tweeting from an official account, this. Anyway, the umpires are still out there, and the Middlesex players are just sat on the Pavilion steps. From where I’m sat, the horizon off to the right is a bit brighter. So maybe we might get back on.

Ridiculously dark here at Lord’s and the umpires have finally taken the players off for bad light. #MIDvESS

5.27pm BST

They are going off at Lord’s … It’s very dark. Middlesex two wickets from victory. It’s bad light not rain.

5.26pm BST

An optimistic tweeter.

13 overs to go! Durham require 9 runs an over to win! #DURvGLO

5.25pm BST

Umpires chatting again. We are staying out there, but Middlesex don’t have long to sort this.

5.21pm BST

Wicket! Malan’s first ball does the trick! Grievous Bodily Harmer goes on the back foot to the leggie and is completely, utterly, plumb. Had to be. Good effort from Grievous to dig in for 20. Light surely all that can stop the Middles Saxons now.

5.20pm BST

Umpires coming together again – it’s darker still. Fine to bowl spin in my opinion, but they may take them off soon. Malan warming up.

5.18pm BST

Light being checked as the final hour begins. It’s suddenly pretty dark. Middlesex need three rapid ones.

5.13pm BST

Durham … behave.

WICKET! Richardson (26*) chops straight to mid-on & Van Buuren gets the wicket. Durham 53/4 #DURvGLO

5.13pm BST

For the first time I’m starting to question whether Middlesex will pull this off. It’s got darker again, and this pair have shared 30 in 12 overs. There are 17 left in the game. Murtagh on for Rojo with a funky field: three slips, short leg, very short cover and short midwicket.

4.55pm BST

4.50pm so it’s all over there too, and Surrey and Warwickshire, who are off the bottom by my calculations, share the spoils. They take 10 points to Surrey’s 13. Keith Barker 70 not out when hands were shaken.

4.53pm BST

Gary Ballance reaches his double-ton, and Yorkshire and Hampshire shake hands on a draw. What an effort from him. Off the field for a grand total of 14.2 overs in the match. Yorkshire take eight points to Hampshire’s 11.

Hampshire have been frustrated by the last two champions in the last fortnight – the awful pitches at the Ageas may be as much of a hindrance to their title ambitions as anything else.

4.50pm BST

The tidiest of starts. He has a double, now.

A four through midwicket takes Gary Ballance to 197* and 502 Champo runs already this season, from five innings. Mad. #countycricketlive

4.46pm BST

Uh oh.

WICKET: Collingwood the latest to depart @DurhamCricket now 15-3

4.44pm BST

Ollie Rayner always fields at second slip, making loads of noise and generally being the life and soul of the Middlesex party. But he’s hurt his hand and is largely operating at midwicket. He looks so sad and lonely and out of place away from the cordon.

4.41pm BST

Livingstone likes that at first slip!

#WicketWatch: Bowled out for 109 on the opening day and still win by 164 runs. Stunning fightback from the boys! What a way to finish it.

4.40pm BST

This very nearly sounds like the Somerset Twitter account are celebrating that result.

ALL OUT! Groenewald is bowled and Somerset are 130 all out. Lancashire win by 164 runs. #LANvSOM

4.39pm BST


McLaren bowls Groenewald and Lancashire win by 164 runs, their first Champo victory since last May.

4.34pm BST

Shot! Oh, wait, there’s a man there.

#WicketWatch: You beauty, @Clarksy16 (3/12)! Leach is caught by Hameed at third man and Somerset are 129/9. Nearly there!

4.32pm BST

Caught at third man for 0 when trying to save the game always seems an interesting way to go, although Leach did make his maiden half-century in the first innings, so fair enough.

WICKET! Nearly there as Leach is caught for 0 at 3rd man by @HaseebHameed97 off the bowling of @Clarksy16 & @SomersetCCC 129-9

4.31pm BST

Alarm bells start to ring in Bristol as Norwell gets Clark. 11 for two are Durham. Collingwood joins Jennings to restore some order.

4.30pm BST

Chappell gets Rudolph and Hopeless Glamorgan are four down to subterranean Leicestershire. Although they may not be underground for long.

4.24pm BST

Yeah, nut.

How’s that for a ?! @finnysteve bowls Ravi Bopara & Middlesex are 3️⃣ away from victory

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4.20pm BST

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4.18pm BST

Durham are one down already, as Stephen Cook goes to David Payne. Careful, lads.

4.17pm BST

Wicket! It’s only taken two balls! Finn bowls Ravi – he looked a bit squared up by it, oddly – and Middlesex need three more wickets for their first win of the season.

4.14pm BST

30 overs left in the game here at Lord’s. Finn is bowling to Ravinder of Bopara.

4.13pm BST

A wicket at the Ageas, but I don’t think it’ll make much difference.

OUT! Bresnan caught behind off Topley, 37. 356-6 in the 123rd. 132-lead with almost 35 overs left.

4.12pm BST

Lancashire are very nearly there! One of the wins of the season, this would be.

WICKET! Gregory is out for 4 after edging @Clarksy16 to @liaml4893 at first slip. @SomersetCCC 117-8 #LANvSOM

4.12pm BST

Here come Middlesex. It’s certainly bright enough to get some quickies on.

4.06pm BST

Sussex have signed Jerome Taylor for the Royal London One-Day Cup, what with Vernon Philander being out and all.

4.06pm BST

Gwan. Chase them down.

Durham need 205 to win from 31 overs. 6.6 an over the required rate #bbccricket

4.01pm BST

Play to restart at 4.15 at Lord’s.

3.58pm BST

Get em offfff

3.56pm BST

News from Lord’s is that we really should be back on very soon. The rain has stopped and the light is fine. The umpires are taking their sweet time over an inspection. Got to be close to returning.

3.55pm BST

Glamorgan are three down. They really are hopeless.

3.43pm BST

Somerset are 107 for seven as Davey goes to McLaren!

And tea at the Ageas too, where Yorkshire are doing just fine. The lead is 121.

3.37pm BST

Warwickshire’s lead is 260. They must be safe by now.

3.34pm BST

Go on Durham! (Sorry Glosters)

We’re back out after taking an early tea. #DURvGLO

3.34pm BST

Six down as McLaren gets Hildreth! Lancashire were bowled out for 109 in the first innings! 109!

3.32pm BST

Rain still falling at Lord’s, but it’s getting much brighter. Would think we will get back on.

3.30pm BST

Lancashire are halfway there!

#WicketWatch: Yes, @Clarksy16! The @LancsCCC all-rounder dismisses Peter Trego and Somerset are 99/5. 5️⃣ wickets to go!

3.27pm BST

Vish finally finds some Ballance in his life.

Yorks safe thanks to a remarkable display from Gary Ballance. Across the 4 days so far, he’s only been off the field for 12.3 overs.

3.25pm BST

Probably too little too late for Surrey, as Tom Curran gets Jeetan, his fourth wicket. 344 for eight, with a lead of 239, and only 35 overs in the match.

3.15pm BST

What a brilliant effort from Ballance. Quite superb. Write him off at your peril.

Ballance gets to 150 – 153 off 336 balls with 17x4s. @YorkshireCCC pretty safe now. 101-lead with a little under 45 overs remaining. 325-5

3.14pm BST

TEA: Tea is taken early due to bad light. @Gloscricket 297-9 and we have 43 overs to go. #DURvGLO

3.14pm BST

Now a bit grim at Lord’s. Hovercover on, but more covers coming out.

3.12pm BST

Glamorgan getting themselves in a pickle at Leicester. They are 20 for two as Lloyd goes to Raine. Over to the South Africans to save them.

3.10pm BST

Tea being taken now at Lord’s, which makes a lot of sense.

3.08pm BST

Now raining I think.

3.08pm BST

The weather is the only thing that can stop Middlesex here, I’ve no doubt about that. And we are going off. They still need four wickets. It feels like it might rain.

3.05pm BST

Off for light at Bristol as well… here at Lord’s, spin from both ends is the umps’ order. Malan having a trundle from the Nursery.

3.03pm BST

Rain at Leicester with Glamorgan 16 for one!

3.02pm BST

It’s really very dark at Lord’s.

3.02pm BST

James Anderson is purring and Somerset are in big trouble.

#WicketWatch: Yes, @jimmy9!! Davies is bowled and Somerset are 86/4.

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2.54pm BST

Want to work at Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney’s pub?

Kitchen positions available #vacancy #jobs #leicestershire #loughborough #nottinghamshire
Come & join the team! ‍‍‍#pub

2.54pm BST

Grievous Bodily Harmer is one of those spinners who doesn’t play spin that well.

2.51pm BST

Glosters are nine down. Can Durham, can they? The lead is 173.

2.50pm BST

For Murtagh, there are five slips, all about eight metres behind the bat. One of them was Steven Finn, who has now been sent to mid-on. Nick Gubbins in at short leg.

2.49pm BST

We’ve just had a long look at the light and the upshot of it is that we are not going off, Rojo isn’t allowed to bowl but … Murtagh is. mmm.

2.45pm BST

You know the chant.

WICKET! A big one too as Trescothick edges @jimmy9 to @ryanmac23 at 2nd slip for 36. @SomersetCCC 78-3 need 217 off 50 overs #LANvSOM

2.43pm BST

And there you go! Very next ball. Tendo throws the hands hard and is caught at third slip by Franklin. Straight in, no mistake. Middlesex are such a good team,m and now they’re into the tail.

2.42pm BST

Four slips and a gully, a bit dark, old ball doing a little = Rojo all over Tendo.

2.36pm BST

Like this from Middlesex. Four mean – three under lids – round the bat for Rayner. 114 for five.

2.35pm BST

Surrey on the move …

WICKET: Ambrose ct Sangakkara b T. Curran 85


2.30pm BST

Good news for fans of county cricket and fast bowlers, bad news for the batsmen of Division Two.

James Pattinson to seek @CricketAus approval to return to @TrentBridge after the Champions Trophy to fulfil his deal

2.29pm BST

Hearing there’s rain about at Leicester, making that declaration even more maddening. If you’re lucky, I might have a rant about Leicestershire later.

2.28pm BST

Is there anything there? Anything?

Sharp catch from Scott Borthwick off Tom Curran to dismiss Rikki Clarke for 27…Warks 302-6 lead by 197 runs #bbccricket

2.26pm BST

Wicket! Roland-Jones had returned to the attack, and consecutively drew Wheater – who looked terrible, frankly – with both falling short of first, then third slip. But the fourth ball of the over gets a wicket! This time it carries to fourth slip, where Malan takes a good catch low to his left. Essex are half-out, and Tendo is in with Ravi. Skies darkening. Rain a possibility any time from three.

2.23pm BST

Finally! 360 for six declared. Glamorgan require 355 from 57, which will be one hell of a chase.

2.19pm BST

Pettini has that century at Grace Road. When will they declare? 346 ahead, 59 overs after this one.

2.10pm BST

Wicket!! Just as things were getting very gritty, Finn shows up and takes a wicket! It’s full and outside off, Lawrence has driven, nicked it, and Voges has taken a juggling catch – snaffled it on the third attempt, I reckon – at first gripper. 104 for four.

2.07pm BST

Gloucestershire eight down – Onions and Rushworth working their magic! The Glosters have lost four wickets for two runs!

2.07pm BST

Oh. No way to go.

#WicketWatch: Two wickets in quick succession for @LancsCCC and it’s @ryanmac23 that dismisses Tom Abell. 8️⃣ to go!

2.06pm BST


WICKET! Abell is caught behind for 0 off the bowling of McLaren. Somerset 38 for 2 with Hildreth joining Trescothick at the crease. #LANvSOM

2.04pm BST

Gloucestershire are seven down!

2.04pm BST

The wicket at OT.

#WicketWatch: @KyleJarv89 traps Elgar plumb lbw. 9️⃣ more to go!

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1.59pm BST

Rushworth gets Dent, the centurion, and Glos are effectively 137 for four. Two men on 0, 60 overs in the game.

1.55pm BST

Onions gets Mustard!

WICKET! Mustard (15) is pinned LBW by @BunnyOnions!

253/5, lead of 137; Dent 101* #GLOvDUR

1.54pm BST

Would think we must be very close to a Leicestershire declaration against Glamorgan. 64 overs left, they are 306 ahead. Pettini there on 90. Must be mighty flat.

1.51pm BST

Hearing that Breso was dropped at the Ageas, and that they’ll be back on in about 15 minutes at Edgbaston. Surrey will need quick inroads.

1.44pm BST

It’s much brighter at Lord’s after lunch, which is good. There is rain on the way I fear. Finn bowling from the Nursery End, Rayner at the Pavilion.

Wicket at Old Trafford! Jarvis gets Elgar! 29 for one and game right on.

1.43pm BST

I’m back!

1.01pm BST

Right, all four Div One games are on a blooming knife-edge. But the Div Two ones are dying a death, unless the skippers can get inventive. Here are the scores:

12.51pm BST

For Lawrence, who love the legside, Middlesex have a shortish midwicket, a silly mid-on and two men in the deep.

12.50pm BST

Hard man, is Tim Bresnan. Shake it off son.

Bresnan has been hit, looks like right thumb, by a rising Abbott delivery. Receiving treatment. 270-5 in the 87th.

12.47pm BST

Bit dark at Eggybaston so lunch taken. It’s dark here too.

And we are coming off for an early lunch due to bad is pretty gloomy..Warwickshire 280-5..lead by 175 runs #bbccricket

12.40pm BST

Rain at Leicester. Hard to get too worked up about that tbh.

12.33pm BST

Serious knock from Tim Ambrose at Edgbaston. The lead there is 160, with five wickets in hand. Could be fun yet.

12.28pm BST

Grim ball to get early doors, this.

WICKET: And would you believe it, @Kyle_Abbott87 finds Bairstow’s (1) edge with the very first delivery with the new ball! 262-5. &

12.27pm BST

Bit harsh, but I agree that Dawson is hardly the most gainly bowler.

@willis_macp hadn’t really noticed before just what a mess Liam Dawson’s action is, like Ashley Giles’ but with more falling over

12.26pm BST

Rayner into the attack and he’s got Cook straight away, caught at short leg! Hone straight on, taken the inside edge and there’s Eskinazi, who is having a belting game! 74 for three and Lawrence and Ravi in on 0.

12.23pm BST

Wowzer! Maybe Hampshire can force this. Over to you, G-Ballz. What a bowler KAbbott is.

New ball/pill/conker being taken at the Ageas… and Abbott gets a wicket with it straight away! Bairstow gone. Yorks 5 down, 38 ahead!

12.19pm BST

This is not a bright piece of cricket.

WICKET: The first wicket of the day falls before the new ball, @daws128 taking a smart return catch to remove Handscomb (70) – 258-4.&

12.18pm BST

Wicket! Rojo gets Westley lbw with one that stayed low! Very unfortunate. Just like at the Ageas, this is a dog of a pitch. 74 for two.

12.16pm BST

Apologies to Lewis Gregory from all at cc – live! towers. I said he got four but he actually got five! What am I like? Anyway, what I’ve done there, is I’ve underrated an underrated cricketer.

12.13pm BST

Big wicket before the new ball at the Ageas! And advantage England ahead of the ASHES!

OUT! Handscomb caught and bowled by Dawson off leading edge for 40. 258-4 in the 79th.

12.13pm BST

Gregory gets Parry, his fourth, and it’s GAME ON! Somerset need 295 off 77, I believe.

12.11pm BST

Hard to argue with Jake Lehmann here. Ballance knows how to bat, and he knows how to have fun.

Garry Ballance… Some serious man love, genius on and off the field!

12.07pm BST

And now Jarvis to Groenewald! 462 for nine. Just a great game of cricket, that.

12.06pm BST

McLaren gone to Gregory at Old Trafford. Lancs’ lead is approaching 300. Would be one hell of a chase.

12.02pm BST

One for the bad guys.

Bell goes one run short of his century, Skipper Gareth Batty with the wicket!


11.57am BST

Sad face.

NOOOOO! Ian Bell, after batting beautifully, out on 99 to Batty. And gloomy clouds immediately gather over Edgbaston.

11.53am BST

McLaren and Parry remorselessly ploughing on at Old Trafford. Stand is 77, lead is 287 and there are 82 overs in the game. How ambitious is Livi?

11.51am BST

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11.49am BST

Twin hundreds for Ballance, and three in four innings v Hampshire this year. Also 10 in 13 matches as an FC captain.

11.48am BST

Brydon Carse gets George Hankins – all sounds like elaborate ryhming slang, doesn’t – at Bristol. Glos 202 for four, in front by 86.

11.46am BST

Handscomb takes Topley for 10 in four balls and Yorkshire are in front. It really is an awful wicket at the Ageas. Pitches like that should have the inspector knocking, not those that see 40 wickets in two-and-a-half days. At least that’s exciting.

11.44am BST

Cop out.

Kent to abstain from ballot on new ECB T20 tournament

11.42am BST

No wickets at Old Trafford, Edgbaston or the Ageas so far. All very tranquil.

11.40am BST

Cook reached 20,000 first-class runs a little while ago. Well done him.

11.33am BST

They are back on at Old Trafford, which is good news. Lancashire on’t charge.

11.24am BST

Bowled him! Middlesex are on the move! Murtagh’s weaseled one through Nick Browne’s gate and Essex are 38 for one!

11.19am BST

Maybe that contrivance won’t be necessary after all.

WICKET! Another wicket for De Lange as Delport is caught by Carey for 1. The home side are now 205/5 with a lead of 199 #GoGlam #LEIvGLA

11.19am BST

News from the Ageas #AdvantageYorkshire

.@hantscricket will be without seamer Brad Wheal today due to a side injury.

11.18am BST

As I’ve had a couple of tweets this morning it seems a good moment to remind you lot that I am contactable on that medium. The handle is @willis_macp. You can also email me! is the address for that.

11.16am BST

Ambition in the Four Ridings!

@willis_macp Morning! Definitely thinking Yorkshire should bat until tea and give ourselves a session to bowl them out

11.16am BST

More news from Edgbaston, where county cricket’s hardiest fan is said to be alive and well.

I know you’ve all been eagerly waiting for this: yesterday I went to Bay 25 & spoke to the mystery man. He’s alive and his name is David.

11.14am BST

Here’s the link for the cricket at Edgbaston.

11.13am BST

A wicket at Grace Road (sorry, the Fischer County Ground) where a contrivance is thought to be on the way. De Lange gets Eckersley and it’s 205 for four.

11.12am BST

Hover cover coming off after all of two minutes at Lord’s.

11.10am BST

In the absence of cricket, here’s Kent.

Kent made it 3 from 3 yesterday in @CountyChamp. Here are the final day highlights

11.08am BST

Oh for pete’s sake, they’re off for rain in Manchester after 11 balls. If rains that … well, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Oh for pete’s sake, as I type that the hover cover is coming on at Lord’s! The players are going off. It’s barely raining!

11.06am BST

This looks like exactly the sort of day I wouldn’t fancy facing Kyle Abbott on.

It’s @Bergy646 & @Kyle_Abbott87 to kick things off first up.

Go well lads! &

11.02am BST

Middlesex have a silly mid-off for Nick Browne.

10.59am BST

Dial M for Murtagh is about to bowl the first ball to Alastair Cook. Andy Bull is here!

10.55am BST

Morning Stuie! Thanks! Gloucestershire still have a bit of work to do!

Hearing we might have a contrivance on the cards at Grace Road too. Possibly a target for Glamorgan to chase of 360 in 65 overs…

@willis_macp morning will feeling good this morning after a contribution to the great work u guys do, glos doing good!

10.08am BST

Well hello there. Happy Monday. I’m Will Macpherson and I am quite literally at Lord’s to bring you updates on the action between Middlesex and Essex and all the other games, too, because that is what I do! We have six games left after Derbyshire were Darren Stevens’d yesterday. Today, Division One is all about saving games.

Here at The Home Of Cricket, it is overcast and there is some rain due later, which makes Middlesex’s failure to enforce the follow-on then curiously tardy declaration all the more baffling. Essex, with the kid Cook at the crease, will need to bat until it rains, basically. Gary Ballance and Ian Bell, England’s No3 and No4 as recently as two summer ago but now county captains, have games to save for Yorkshire at Hampshire and Warwickshire against Surrey respectively. The best poised game of all is at Old Trafford, where all four results are possible.

Related: Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone presses Test claim with 168 against Somerset

HAT OF THE DAY: @finnysteve proudly sporting his team headwear in warm-ups after picking up 4-51 yesterday against @EssexCricket #MIDvESS

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Apr 23

Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone presses Test claim with 168 against Somerset

• Livingstone shines in turning tide and states case for England v South Africa
• Yorkshire follow on at Hampshire; Essex fight to save game against Middlesex

The expectation is that Liam Livingstone will play white-ball cricket for England this summer, probably as soon as next month. But with 168, the highest of his five first-class centuries, and second outstanding contribution in Lancashire’s match – he made 68 of 109 in the first innings – against Somerset, he became a very real contender for selection for July’s Tests against South Africa too.

Livingstone, captaining Lancashire at 23, is extremely highly regarded by England’s selectors after being the standout red-ball batsmen for the Lions this winter, making twin tons against Sri Lanka A in Dambulla in February.

Related: Liam Livingstone: ‘I have always had that confidence that I could make it’

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Apr 23

Middlesex v Essex: Steven Finn takes four wickets as visitors struggle

Steven Finn takes four wickets as Middlesex continue to dominate against Essex on day three at Lord’s.

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Apr 23

Gloucestershire v Durham: Paul Collingwood scores 97 for visitors

Paul Collingwood scores 97 for Durham but Gloucestershire end day three with a 59-run lead in Bristol.

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Apr 23

Warwickshire v Surrey: Bears captain Ian Bell leads fightback at Edgbaston

Warwickshire captain Ian Bell hits an unbeaten 67, his best first-class score in a year, against Surrey at Edgbaston.

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Apr 23

Kent v Derbyshire: Darren Stevens helps hosts complete win at Canterbury

Hosts Kent beat Derbyshire with a day to spare to earn their third win from three Division Two games so far this season.

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Apr 23

Leicestershire v Glamorgan: Colin Ingram scores ton before Foxes hit back

Leicestershire lead Glamorgan by 194 runs with seven wickets in hand going into the final day at Grace Road.

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Apr 23

Hampshire v Yorkshire: Gary Ballance leads resistance after visitors follow on

Captain Gary Ballance leads Yorkshire’s resistance on day three after Hampshire ask them to follow on.

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Apr 23

Lancashire v Somerset: Alex Davies & Liam Livingstone score tons for hosts

Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone score centuries to leave Lancashire’s match with Somerset nicely poised with one day left.

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Apr 23

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

All the action from around the grounds as Yorkshire followed on at Hampshire and Kent beat Derbyshire on another thrilling day of action in the County Championship

Another day done, eh. Essex made it to stumps unscathed after Middlesex’s very conservative declaration, while Yorkshire dealt quite well with the follow-on, even if they are still deep in the mire. An absolutely superb final day awaits at Old Trafford, where all four results are possible. We’ve lost just one game today, with Kent going second by thrashing Derbyshire, who are winless. Here’s the score on the doors:

Tweet of the day.

@willis_macp Kent are getting their just rewards for going back to cable-knit this season.

Stumps! Essex 19 without loss.

Drop! Rayner shells Browne at second slip off Rojo.

Stumps at Edgbaston:

STUMPS: Warwickshire 162/4 (57 overs)
Dernbach 2-42
Bell 68*

The chase is on! Nick Browne drives Murtagh down the ground for four first ball. Can they chase it tonight?


@willis_macp Now for Essex to get bowled out tonight to just utterly mess with everyone’s minds.

They go second behind Notts!

Kent win by 169 runs for a 3rd @CountyChamp win for 3 matches!
Davis c Northeast b Coles 8. Derbyshire 239 all out.
We collect 22 points.

At Edgbaston, Borthwick got cash in the Ateeq with a googly and Warwickshire are back in strife. Bell there on 66, 44 ahead with six in hand.

Cheers, maybe jeers, as Middlesex finally declare. Five overs tonight. Essex nominally need 452 to win.

Close at the Ageas. Yorkshire are 46 behind, with seven in hand.


Eskinazi goes, taking another big six with him, but still no declaration. This is getting very odd.

One more required for Kent!

Wilson lbw b Harris 97. Derbyshire 224-9 chasing 409. Davis joins Palladino 7*. #ProperCricket

I was wrong. Eskinazi hit a third consecutive six but the declaration has not yet come. Where the hell is it? There are 11 overs left in the day, Middlesex are 430 ahead. One more over of slogging? That would leave eight to bowl tonight.

Fifty for Eski! 31 balls. Brings it up with consecutive sixes off Porter. We may well be one ball from the declaration


WICKET! @BunnyOnions traps van Buuren (23) LBW! @Gloscricket 159/3 #DURvGLO

That’s the close at Old Trafford. Lancs 254 ahead, three in hand. Beautifully poised.

Here’s the wicket at the Ageas.

WICKET: The partnership is broken! @Kyle_Abbott87 lures a false shot from Lees (70) and he’s dismissed – 170-3 (54 behind). &

Huge wicket. Five overs left down there. Handsomb in.

OUT! Lees caught behind off Abbott, 70. @YorkshireCCC 170-3 after 56 overs. End of a 150-stand with Ballance.

Derbyshire eight down. Loads of overs left there so should be done tonight.

Milnes c Rouse b Harris 11. Derbyshire 209-8. Palladino joins Wilson 89*. #ProperCricket

17 overs left in the day here. Lead is 366. They gonna bat for seven more and look to bowl eight? Got to get them in tonight, surely. Need to kick on.

Wicket! Another worthless wicket for Essex! Nick Gubbins is furious with himself because he knows he’s given away the chance of twin tons by slapping Grievous Bodily Harmer straight to cover for 64. Still, he knows that in the context of the game it’s totally irrelevant. 150 for two, Malan in, 18.5 overs left in the day. Lead is 362.

Wicket! An utterly worthless wicket for Essex! Robson gone for 77, skying down to Lawrence at long-on. 146 for one, lead is 358. Eskinazi in, which is a bit odd.

21 overs left in the day here. The lead is 351. How long will this go on?

Wiggit at the red ball criggit

@CameronSteel2 picks up his maiden first-class wicket for Durham as Will Tavare (55) plays on to his stumps #DURvGLO

50 for Gubbins as well. WOOOOOO

Fifty for Robson from not many balls (61, if details are your bag). Gubbins 43, Middlesex 101 without loss. Lead 307. Another quick hundred and they’ll be having a bowl.

Grievous Bodily Harmer bowling at Lord’s, with five people on the fence. It’s not the most nourishing cricket – oh, Gubbins has slog-swept him for six – but it’s getting a job done for Middlesex. 90 for none.

What a game.

Wicket. @Clarksy16 is stumped by Davies off Leach for 5. @LancsCCC 379-7 are 206 runs ahead #LANvSOM

Stevens breaks the stand. 21 for the season.

WICKET! That man again! Hughes c Rouse b Stevens 12. Derbyshire 158-6 chasing 409 to win. Mendis joins Wilson 67*. #ProperCricket

Ravi is currently bowling a very bad first over. Robson feasting, and it’s 75 for one after 13. Thirty-one (31) overs left in the day.

Burn! Although maybe little hubristic.

.@stephenpeel1 sorry for the delayed reply, it takes a while for messages from division two to reach us. #YouBears

Here’s yer Edgbaston live feed, btw.

So Gubbins has played some beautiful strokes – a perfect wide on-drive with a straight bat that defied logic, and now a flat pulled six of Wagner, clearing the short boundary and into the Grandstand. 44 for none. The lead is 256.

Lancashire are 360 for six after Livingstone goes for a brilliant 168, which is 100 more than his excellent first innings. They are 191 ahead and that is shaping up to be a superb game. Clark and McLaren are in, and need to make sure they set Somerset 250 or so.

Ian Bell has just hit a late cut for 4 that you’d Super Like on Tinder

The fightback is on. It’s off for 20 mins, though.

That’s tea: @YorkshireCCC recover from 20-2 in their second innings to reach 81-2 from 29. Ballance 36, @aleesy14 32. Deficit is 143.

Middlesex will bat again: BORING. 45 overs in the day, I reckon they will bat for 30 of them.

Lancs up in progress: Vilas goes for a duck to Coverton and Lancs are 354-5.

Dernbach gets Trott for a duck! That’s his third in six innings this season! 45 for two.

Lancashire have lost a wicket but, as ever, it sure ain’t LL Cool-Stone. Jones goes to Coverton. 354 for four. Lead is 185.

Finn bowls Wagner and Middlesex have a first innings lead of 212. Tea will be taken now. A cool 45 overs left in the day. More on the follow-on when we have it.

Surrey are on the move!

WICKET: Porterfield ct Foakes b Dernbach 15


Derby are 78 for five. That will be over today as I said a short while ago. Already the gulf is emerging in Div 2.

150 for LL Cool-Stone!

Rushworth gets Bancroft and Durham are on the move.

Wicket! There’s the big one. Finn traps Lawrence – who was quite a long way down – in front, and Essex are nine down for 288. 219 behind. Middlesex are having the customary do-we-don’t-we chat re the follow-on. Lawrence made 75. Batted very well.

Middlesex have been a bit scrappy in the field today, but this has been classic them with the ball, just plugging away on a pretty dead track. Gus Fraser will be delighted.

ATL hunch. This game will finish today.

WICKET! Reece c Coles b Harris 14. Derbyshire 62-3 chasing 409 to win. Smit joins Madsen 28*. #ProperCricket

Wicket! Bad shot, that, from Grievous. He’s picked out midwicket off Finn and, with two wickets standing, are still 222 behind.

LL Cool-Stone has his highest first-class score. Lancashire lead by 152.

Wicket! New ball does the trick for Middlesex. Tendo’s rather frantic innings of 19, during which he brought up 9k FC runs, is over. LBW playing around Murtagh, and it just looked right. 282 for seven, and Grievous Bodily Harmer to the crease.

Tendo batting like a bit of a madman here.

Colly went reverse-sweeping, caught at slip. If you’re going to get out for 97…

New ball taken at Lord’s. Delay may well have been because of over-rate, a man in the new scorebox tells me. Roland-Jones gets first use. 267 for six.

Terrible, terrible news. Paul Collingwood is last man out for 97. Lead of 116.

New ball available at Lord’s. But Middlesex have not taken it yet. Bit odd imhvo.

Well done Mrs Johnny Barran!

Congratulations to Mrs @johnnybarran who has completed @LondonMarathon in 3hrs 39 mins..quicker than Mr Barran if he ran it ‍♀️‍♀️

Root OUT! Lbw to Abbott! Yorkshire 20 for two.

More excellent cricket content from the Guardian. Thoughts? I’m firmly in the #RhymesWithGone camp.

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Wicket! And a fairly comical one! Wheater nailed Rayner towards midwicket, very powerfully, and Eskinazi got a hand to it, managed to pop it up, and take it on the rebound! Belter. Might have hurt his hand. Tendo in, 103 to avoid the follow-on.

Glamorgan out for 426. That’s a lead of six. Enough?

Surrey all out for 437. That’s a lead of 105. Enough?

Collingwood needs 14 for a century, but has just Onions and Rushworth for company. Eek.

There goes Lyth.

WICKET: @Bergy646 begins in fine style once again second time around, Lyth (6) edging behind to @lewis_mcmanus! Yorkshire 11-1. &

Glamorgan have got full batting points. They are four behind Leicestershire’s 420, with one wicket in hand.

Berg gets Lyth again! Root is in. 11 for one.


WICKET! Guess who? Godleman c Tredwell b Stevens 4. Derbyshire 8-1 chasing 409 to win. Thakor joins Reece 4*. #ProperCricket

First false shot from Lawrence, as he goes to pull Finn, gets it very high on the bat and evades mid-on by inches. He has 59.

The “Key Event” function at its absolute best, here.

This is all quite entertaining.

WICKET: A deserved first Hampshire wicket for @reece_topley, the seamer luring an edge from Coad (5) – Yorkshire all out for 231. &

Alex Davies finally goes, lbw to Gregory, who has all three wickets. He was given lbw for 130, the stand was worth 245. Lead is 99 and LL Cool-Stone still there on 117.


Surrey 429-8…Batty LBW b Patel 6… lead by 97 runs #bbccricket

Dan Lawrence has 50! And so does Adam Wheater! Well batted them. Their stand is now 96, and Middlesex need a wicket.

James Vince bares his teeth.

Some cricketers on their way back out at Lord’s.

The Yorkies are all out for 231, meaning Hampshire are 224 ahead on first innings. Coad goes to Topley, caught by Ervine, who is normally at first gripper.

Lunch time. Which team will be fielding after the break?

Oh dear. Adam Rouse has been left stranded five short of a maiden first-class ton; Madsen gets Tredwell and Kent are all out for 308. Which means Derbyshire need 409 to win.

There were, by my count, five centuries – A.Davies, LL Cool-Stone, Ingram, Sanga and G-Ballz – scored in the morning session today. Good going, and we could have a fifth soon as Adam Rouse is 92* in the extra half-hour at Canterbury. Anyway, here are your scores at lunch on day three.

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WICKET: What a grab that is from @Sean_Ervine! It’s the key wicket of Ballance (108) who edges @daws128 to first slip – 216-9. &

Ingram bowled by McKay for 137, and that’s lunch hat Leicester with Glamorgan 384 for six.

And lunch at Lord’s! Wheater edged just wide of third slip in the last over before the break to reach 46.

Ballance is out! Dawson has a second, with Ervine taking a brilliant catch at slip. 216 for nine, still 239 behind. That’ll see lunch delayed, you’d think …

Essex have a batting point! After that turgid start, Wheater is going really nicely, although he was missed on 33 by Simpson, driving in front of Voges off Roland-Jones.

Full batting points for Surrey! They also got full bowling points.

That means one very good thing: Scurran batting with CurranT.

WICKET: Sibley lbw b Clarke 56


1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ for @liaml4893, brought up with a huge six!

How soon before his @englandcricket debut?!

Yorkshire have a batting point, their captain has a century. They are still 104 off avoiding the follow on with two wickets in hand.

The six with which LL Cool-Stone got there is over long-on, and comes with a cocked-leg flourish. Freak. 226 for two.

Liam Livingstone is a phenomenally cool cricketer. He’s now got his third Champo ton and is playing his second superb innings of the match, as a 23-year-old skipper. He’s got there with a six, off Leach. Someone call this bloke up. Now.

Matt Maynard on as a sub fielder in Trescothick’s kit. #countycricketlive

This also happened at Old Trafford.

#ThatMomentWhen you hit your first century on home soil! Well batted, @aldavies23! Go on and make it a daddy !


Might be a bit harsh, but I really don’t think David Willey is a very good batsman.

WICKET: An important breakthrough & it’s @daws128 who grabs it, Willey (8) bowled from the first delivery of the over – 189-8. &

Wheater has been fairly grim but it’s all worth it for the pulled and straight-driven fours he’s just unleashed off Murtagh. Must be time for some Rayner soon. 162 for five.

Wicket at the Ageas! Dangerous territory for the Yorkies as Willey goes, bowled by Dawson. Ballance, 96, has just Patterson and Coad for company … Still 266 behind.

Liam Livingstone – or, as he’s now known*, LL Cool Stone – has just hit Jack Leach for six. Serious player.

Credit to Vithushan Ehantharajah, sometimes of this parish, for that.

Now, I was going to flag Lancashire’s lead a little while back, but I didn’t want to be accused of putting the mockers on them, particularly young Al Davies. Anyway, I needn’t have worried. He’s reached his second century of the season. He played out a maiden from Coverton while on 99, but has made it off Leach – from 13 balls with 218 fours. Great effort given he’s got a bit of a back problem.

His stand with Livi, who took a blow on the hand, I understand, is worth 170. The skipper has 76, and the lead is 24.

Surrey are five down, Foakes gone to OHD, but still in good nick to get full batting points, you’d fancy. 354 for five.

Always a welcome sight.

50 up! @Colly622 reaches his half-century from 112 balls 5×4’s.

Well batted Skip

His 113th first class half-century ⚡️✌️

In Division Two, Stevens went for 90 at Canterbury (Kent’s lead is 314), while at Bristol Collingwood and Richardson’s stand is worth more than 100 and Durham are in the lead. Will need to push on if they want a fourth batting point.

Middlesex just plugging away here, and Essex going nowhere fast. It’s 148 for five, with Lawrence looking good and Wheater is, well, batting.

Here’s the Ravi wicket earlier.

BOPARA WICKET: With wickets needed this morning, it took @tobyrj21 just 14 balls to make the breakthrough! Top start lads #TeamMiddlesex

Ouchy. Doesn’t sound like the best shot …

OUT! Rashid chips Wheal to mid-off to fall for 34. 154-7 in the 52nd over.

100 for Colin Ingram! Well batted that man. 308 for six are the Glammys. Leicester got 420.

Some highlights from yesterday at OT if, you know, that’s your bag.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch all the action from Day Two as @LancsCCC battled back against Somerset @EmiratesOT.


The audacity is real in G-Ballance.

Ballance uppercuts Abbott for four over slips on the way to 69. Healthy start to the day for @YorkshireCCC who are 146-6 in the 49th.

Wicket! RoJo does the trick! What a bowler he is. Essex are five down as Ravinder Bopara fends to third slip – belting line. Adam Wheater in at 126 for five.

Ha. I don’t even bring my jinxing knife on a Sunday, but I’ve already got one of the greatest cricketers of all time out.

WICKET: Sangakkara ct Clarke b Barker 105


You can get yourself some Sangakkara on this lovely livestream. Do NOT close this tab, though. Consequences.

Such things should be celebrated, whoever your team is.

Hundred up for @KumarSanga2 102 (154 balls 10×4 2×6)

We are underway at Lord’s; RoJo bowling to Ravi. Three slips. Lawrence the non-striker.

104 overs to bowl at Lord’s, which is rather a lot. Hopefully Ollie Rayner’s a busy boy or I might be here at midnight.

Always optimistic is Stuie! Surprised Norwell didn’t take any yesterday.

@willis_macp morning will, glos need wickets! pure & simple

Good news from the Ageas Bowl. Loads of work ahead for Yorkshire. Ballance the key man, but Rashid, Willey and even Patterson offer plenty wit’ stick.

The players are warming up in the glorious Southampton sunshine this morning ahead of day three. @YorkshireCCC begin 128-6 replying to 455

Remember it’s not just BTL that you can get in touch! (Although BTL is a very good way to get in touch. I can be emailed at the ever so cumbersome and even tweeted at the more pithy @willis_macp.

Welcome to Lord’s, I’m Will Macpherson and I’m here to guide you through the third day of seven matches in the third round of the 2017 County Championship. I have spent the last six days of Championship action at the Ageas Bowl and decided that it was time to mix things up. Hampshire v Yorkshire is very well-poised, but so are things here; there are 104 overs to be bowled in the day to make up for lost time on previous days.

We lost two games yesterday, both in Division Two. Notts took 17 Sussex wickets in the day to win inside two, while Northants lost to Worcestershire by 20 runs. I reckon that game gives a pretty good insight into the way four or five Div Two teams are looking to operate: draws, they reckon, are worthless. Moeen made the top score in that game (50) but he did not bowl a single over. Nor did any spinner, for that matter.

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Apr 22

Gareth Berg steals show to help Hampshire take command against Yorkshire

• Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 128-6
• All-rounder Berg follows up unbeaten 99 with four wickets

On the first evening Hampshire’s captain and centurion, James Vince, laid out how his side could defy the deadest of pitches and the visitors’ vaunted batting lineup – Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and the rest – to force their second win against Yorkshire this season: bat long, exhaust the fielders and then force wickets through tiredness and scoreboard pressure.

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