Here’s Tanya’s round-up from yesterday:
Essex pipped Hampshire in a thriller on a firebrand pitch at Chelmsford, thanks to Simon Harmer. He walked off patting a top pocket stuffed with wickets, seven for 161 in the second innings, and career-best match figures of 15 for 207.
Hampshire were chasing 299 and, at various points, victory seemed possible. But once the big-hitting Felix Organ fell, the top order wobbled and six wickets fell for 65. The tail wagged but Harmer had the last laugh when, with 12 needed, Keith Barker tried to tonk him only to fall short of the rope and into the hands of Paul Walter.
James Vince, the Essex captain, was not happy. He said: “Due to the conditions we had to play village cricket really and attack the short side and hope you got lucky.”
The openers Ben Compton and Joe Denly gave Kent hope of pulling off a draw against Surrey after an unbeaten partnership of 121 following-on. Kent’s first innings had been cracked open by the 19‑year‑old Tom Lawes who took three for 10 in 18 balls on his Championship debut.
Fifties from Luke Wood and Steven Croft gave Lancashire a first-innings lead against Gloucestershire at Bristol; and a hundred from Colin Ingram kept Glamorgan interested in an unlikely run-chase against Worcestershire at New Road – though the second new ball waits in the morning.
Dom Sibley’s second hundred of the Championship season, a mellow affair, pretty much ensured a draw between Northamptonshire and Warwickshire at Northampton; while Derbyshire did not enforce the follow-on, and are wobbling at 127 for seven, with Jack Brooks taking five for 46. Mohammad Rizwan had earlier made his first century for Sussex.
Middlesex are following on against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Hello everyone and welcome to day four of the CC Blog Live!
Jim here standing in for Tanya as she is on a mysterious mission. More on that later. I’ll be helming the blog for the day, Lady Aldred has promised you’ll be kind…
I’m currently sat at The Oval and it is raining. From my perch I can see damp groundstaff scrabbling with tarpaulin in the mizzle. The good news is it is supposed to pass relatively shortly.
Time for a quick coffee and then let’s take a trip around the grounds to see the state of play. Do get in touch below the line, on email or the Twitters.