County cricket day one: Hampshire v Yorkshire, Somerset v Surrey and more – live! | Sport


An early wicket at Grace Road, where Hassan Azad is a first wicket for James Pattinson. I’ve read nice things about what Leicestershire are doing under Sean Jarvis in the community. Hope he’s able to bring about change on the field too.

A little bit more on Lancashire’s new (temporary) red-ball signing: Will Williams is a right-arm seamer who plays first-class cricket for Canterbury, NZ, in the Plunkett Shield. In the 2021/22 Plunkett Shield season, Williams was the fourth-highest wicket taker, picking up 25 wickets at 21.52.

Lancs snapped him up because James Anderson and Luke Wood are with England (various) and Saqib Mahmood and Jack Blatherwick have been ruled out through injury.

Who won the toss?

Kent, Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire doing a Ben Stokes.

Division One

The Rose Bowl: Yorkshire, who will bat

Canterbury: Kent, who will bowl

Taunton: Somerset, who will bat.

Edgbaston: Warwickshire, who will bat (Will Williams makes his Lancs debut)

Division Two

Chesterfield: Middlesex, who will bat

The Riverside: Durham, who will bat. (Taylor Cornall makes his Durham debut)

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan, who will bowl

Grace Road: Nottinghamshire, who will bowl

If you want to follow the Test, Daniel Harris is up and running:

and a cracking piece by Ali Martin on Trent Bridge’s link with all things New Zealand – some fantastic anecdotes, particularly the Chris Cairns-KP big beasts face-off.

Fixtures

Division One

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire v Yorkshire

Canterbury: Kent v Gloucestershire

Taunton: Somerset v Surrey

Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Lancashire

Division Two

Chesterfield: Derbyshire v Middlesex

The Riverside: Durham v Worcestershire

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Sussex

Grace Road: Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire

Preamble

Good morning! What more could you want than a midsummer Championship game, even if it is shoved somewhat randomly in the schedule between a diet of Blast Games.

I’m not sure how many of you will be along today – what with the Test team doing their business over at Trent Bridge – but do feel free to mull on the season so far either Below The Line or email me at tanya.aldred.freelance@theguardian.com. If you’ve been to the Blast, have there been empty seats, or issues with crowd behaviour? Is there an alternative spinner out there in the Championship to throw in the mix with Leach or Parkinson? Have you eaten your weight at the pick your own strawberry farm or read a life-changing novel. CClive! wants to know.



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