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Everything is fine – Lancs pockets his 300 lead and declares immediately. Yorkshire were placed 302 in 84 overs. Where is Harry Brook when you need him?

Gloucestershire finally declares – put Somerset 375 on 90 overs, or, more likely, the ability to lock the door before piling the sofa and all the bric-a-brac available on it.

Harry Brook wins his first test cap

At L’Ovale, the start of the game was delayed until 11:30 a.m., launch until 11 a.m. Good luck CC-Live Harry!

Handover: Harry Brook receives his first test cap. Photography: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

patterson misses a full keeper halfway through and still has his head in his hands two balls later. To vigorously rub the salt into the wound, Croft flashes it for four subsequent balls.

Weather watch

Rain, rain, rain: at The Oval for the Test, the Rose Bowl and Canterbury.

A quick start to OT only two point balls, eight on the first, eleven on the second, including reverse shovel Dane Vilas.

Partitions on the doors

Premier League

Rose bowl: Hampshire 400-9 Dec v Northants 175 and 153-3. Northants trail par 72 with 7 wickets in hand

Canterbury: Kent 164 and 137-8 v Essex 573 Kent Trail via 272 tracks

Old Trafford: Lancashire 276 and 203-3 v Yorkshire 255 Lans leads by 224

Taunton: Somerset 248 v Gloucestershire 343 and 246-5 Gloucs leads by 341

Division Two

Derby: Derbyshire 306 and 185-7 v Durham 223 Derby led by 268

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 241-8 v Worcestershire 454-9 Dec. Glamorous course by 213

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 201 and 390-7 beat Leicestershire 93 and 257 by 241 points

Wednesday’s Overview

Luke Wells slammed a century on just 65 balls as Lancashire aiming for a statement today at Old Trafford. yorkshire watched all at sea as Wells went about his task with gusto, picking up and slamming two of the six sixes into the empty party stand, en route to the second fastest hundred Authentic Roses.

His opening partner Keaton Jennings was denied a fifth successive century at Roses when captain Jonny Tattersall unexpectedly removed his wicketkeeper badges and flipped his arm. Jennings drove in his fifth ball in a first-class cricket, only to be well caught by Ben Coad at the backpoint – whose pants quickly fell off.

Second place Hampshire lit the blue paper taking 12 wickets in one day at the Rose Bowl, as Northamptonshire were forced to follow. Barring an unlikely rearguard, they will overtake Surrey at the top of the table. Hampshire’s tireless opening duo did the damage, with Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker grabbing four wickets apiece.

At Canterbury, Sam Cook took six for 33, nine wickets in the game, to reduce Kent at 137 for eight following; Gloucestershire took a 341 lead at Taunton, leaving Somerset a tough final day ahead.

In the second division, Nottinghamshire duly beaten Leicestershireby 241 runs, despite a stoic partnership at the 10th wicket of 83 between Callum Parkinson and Michael Finan – who made 58 on his first class debut.

Shubman Gill has grown a scintillating 92 on his Glamorgan debut on a soggy day at Sophia Gardens to set up an intriguing final day against Worcestershire; while three wickets for Durhamis Ben Raine thwarted derbyshire.

Preamble

Good morning! It’s the last day of this first round of September, the dew is heavy and there were still a few swallows dancing in the meadows during the 8am dog walk. One of the seven games is already over – Leicestershire having duly lost in three days to Second Division leaders Notts – who I think can’t be caught up any longer.

Elsewhere there is plenty to play for, if time does not intervene: Lancs and Hampshire are desperate to hang on to Surrey’s coattails, and Hants can go ahead if they beat Northants. In the Second Division, Derbyshire can take second place if they beat Durham – who are not giving up without a fight.


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