A counter in Chelmsford at last! Hampshire held on for 45 minutes but Felix Organ lost his stump after a fabulous 65 from 71 balls. Hants 97-1, need 203 to win. The cashier ? Harness of course.
Two counters at New Road! Neser and Hogan clean Worcester’s tail – Roderick c off Neser for six; Leach c off Hogan for 2. Worcs 166 for eight, a 298 lead.
Daniel Bell-Drummond looked in great shape yesterday, and the Oval ground in good condition. There’s no reason, in theory, that Kent can’t beat all day. Currently 65 not Kent 156-2 – just the 517 behind.
And a new ball is needed to Chelmsford as Felix Organ has a massive Harmer sweep: through the air and off the ground! Hants 63-0.
Hampshire survive the first ten minutes and even add 19 more tracks. I can’t quite believe they’ll make it against Harmer – but maybe they’ve had some FA Cup supper.
Chelmsford: Essex 238 and 223 v Hampshire 163 and 35-0. Hants needs 264 to win
Bristol: Gloucestershire 337 v Lancashire 226-4
Northampton: Northants 451 v Warwicks 71-1
The Oval: Surrey 673-7 Dec v Kent 147-2
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 551-8 Dec v Middlesex 106-4
Hove: Sussex 142-3 v Derbyshire 551-8 Dec
New route: Worcestershire 271 and 147-6 v Glamorgan 139
With a leap on the ground, and a six slammed into the flag, Sam Curran had what the Tigers like best – his first hundred in senior cricket, seven years and 120 first-class innings after his debut. He jumped once, twice, threw his bat towards the locker room, kissed his helmet and smiled.
He had time to crush 19 runs against one from Jacob Duffy before he was beaten by George Linde for 126. Surrey finally declared on 673 for seven, once Will Jacks had collected the fourth century of innings – the first time that had happened since 1947. Curran then launched the 2022 racing machine Ben Compton in fourth, but Kent rebuilt thanks to half a century of Daniel Bell-Drummond.
In a seesaw game at Chelmsford, Simon Harmer took eight for 46 – the best numbers in the 2022 Championship – then shoveled 61 for plonk Essex in a strong position. But it didn’t go all the way; Liam Dawson took seven for 38 before Felix Organ spanked Harmer for three sixes as Hampshire hunted 299.
sussexThe tricky season continued as Anuj Dal (146no) and Mark Watt rejoiced derbyshire past 500 and on a statement. Sam Conners retired both openers but Tom Alsop and Mohammad Rizwan (54no) provided some stoicism.
Rain made sticking difficult at Wantage Road; while Lancashire still hanging around Gloucestershire, despite Keaton Jennings’ 94. Mark Stoneman was the only hitter to thrive middlesexanswer to Nottinghamshiree is 551-8 declared, which included a century for Lyndon James.
Thirteen wickets fell at New Road as Glamorgan were played for 139, Joe Leach taking six for 44, before Worcestershire finished the day on 147 for six, a lead of 279.
Good morning! It’s Manchester and the dark clouds are hovering. Fortunately, there is no match with a northern sniff in this championship round. Some interesting words from Ben Stokes for county players to think about last night.
“These last three games should have sent a message to anyone who wants to play Test cricket for England for the next two or three years at least,” he said.
“It’s the way you play, whether it’s a bat or a ball. It wasn’t going to be about statistics; it’s the way you play.
Music to Sam Curran’s ears after his speedy first century in senior cricket yesterday. The question is where does that leave players like Burns or Hameed or Sibley, who might have a cry for an opening spot.