County cricket: Kent v Surrey, Somerset v Notts, and more on day three – live

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HH loses his stumps. Craig Overton taking out his fury on Notts. My pile of matches on Somerset to win the first match of the day. Notts 48-2, still trail by 213.

An early wicket at Chelmsford, Will Williams failing to continue yesterday’s nightwatch irritant theme. Lancashire 22-2.

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County cricket: Harris blasts double century as Dukes ball blunted on day two

Craig Overton hit an unbeaten 95 while Marcus Harris amassed 214 on day two of this week’s action

In Division Two, Leicestershire have lost Lewis Hill, so near, yet so far, for 47; Harris in sight of his hundred – Leics 190-3. While Middlesex are enjoying the Lord’s conditiions about as much as Yorkshire’s batters did yesterday. Currently 115-5, Higgins and Eskinazi gone cheaply this morning. Du Plooy resolute on 41 not out.

In the first half an hour, just a couple of wickets in Division One – Leaning at Canterbury, and Dickson at Taunton, though for a morale-boosting 72. No sign of greater spotted Somerset collapse as yet, 127-2.

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County cricket talking points: draws dominate in another dreary week

The County Championship is yet to ignite this season. Thankfully summer and the Dukes ball will be here soon

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

You may think that bowlers had it tough with a ball that looked ill-suited to its job. Normal service resumes on Friday with the Dukes ball restored to grateful bowlers’ hands. You may think spectators had it tough, with just enough sunshine to tempt them into believing that summer was here and that the fourth layer might not have been necessary, before winter blew angrily through the land on Monday.

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Rain, rain, go away: groundstaff fear worst on eve of new cricket season

Gloucestershire and Worcestershire are among the clubs fretting about their pitches as county cricket returns

“We’ve got plenty of stats on what rain we’ve had: five and a half feet in the last 18 months, nearly 900ml since October,” says Gloucestershire’s head groundsman, Sean Williams, between blotting sessions.

“If we had three dry days in a row it would give us a fighting chance … but it is constant. We’re pushing water around down here. We had two days of dry on the weekend but another downpour on Sunday night and it is back to square one.”

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The Spin | Surrey eye history as ‘irreplaceable’ Alec Stewart looks to sign off in style

Stewart’s final act at his beloved club could see Surrey match a cricketing feat that has not been achieved in over half a century

If Surrey lift the County Championship trophy in September, it will be the first time any team has been crowned three years in a row since Brian Close led Yorkshire to the treble in 1966, 67 and 68 – when they also thrashed the touring Australians by an innings for good measure. Surrey wallowed down in 15th that year – collecting just four wins in 28 matches.

The tables have turned a little since then. Where Yorkshire have slipped from calamity to catastrophe over the last few years, the good ship Surrey has sailed serenely on. But change is afoot. After 11 years as director of cricket and 23 years on the playing staff, Alec Stewart, Mr Surrey – he of the spotless whites and ironed collars, 6am gym stints and military posture – will be stepping down at the end of the season to spend more time with family, especially his wife, Lynn, who has cancer.

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