County cricket – as it happened

2019-08-29 点击次数 :157次

5.08pm: It seems fair to presume that Craig Kieswetter will not be departing for England duty with his confidence soaring, writes George Dobell. He leaves Somerset having just suffered the first pair of his first-class career - he's faced only nine balls in the match against Warwickshire - and having dropped a chance standing up to the stumps off Murali Kartik.

Kieswetter's second innings ended when, with he played across a straight one from his new England colleague, Chris Woakes. His departure leaves Somerset in a little trouble. With four wickets down, they still trail Warwickshire by 44 runs.

4.45pm: This may be remembered as Paul Franks's match, writes Andy Wilson at Trent Bridge. The experienced Nottinghamshire all-rounder top-scored with 69 in their first innings, took four good wickets when Lancashire replied, and now he's rescued them from a deep hole with another unbeaten half century.

The champions tumbled to 81 for seven, a lead of only 101, when Franks was joined by Andre Adams shortly after lunch. But now they're 189 for seven, and therefore 209 ahead, with Franks reaching his 50 from 64 balls in the last over before tea, and Adams on 45. As in the first innings, Lancashire have floundered haplessly to stem the flow of runs since Adams launched a counter-attack with a couple of sixes. There was a rain break of more than an hour but the carnage has continued since the players returned.

3.54pm: Warwickshire have just enjoyed a huge moment of fortune here at Edgbaston, writes George Dobell. Marcus Trescothick launching into a ferocious slog-sweep, hit the ball straight into the diminutive figure of Ian Westwood, at short-leg, where the ball appears to have become lodged. Both Westwood and Trescothick were left doubled-over in their varying types of pain. But it's Trescothick who has had to go: out for 55. Somerset are still 80 behind.

3.01pm: Nick Compton, who I was beginning to think was a mannequin, has just moved, writes George Dobell. After 33 minutes - and 30 deliveries - without scoring a run, Compton just cut the most friendly long-hop you can ever imagine for four.

2.59pm: While Marcus Trescothick is thumping the ball around Edgbaston with an ease that few can match, his partner, Nick Compton is engaged in a desperate fight for survival, writes George Dobell. Compton has faced 50 balls for his five runs and is looking so uncomfortable that his dismissal could only be viewed as a mercy killing. He's only scored four since lunch.

Trescothick, meanwhile, looks magnificent. He's already punched Chris Woakes down the pitch for a straight boundary and has also pulled and driven through the covers with a command bordering on the disdain.

Woakes still isn't quite at his best this season. Not only as he lost the nagging accuracy that made him so dangerous previously, but he is struggling to find the swing that has brought him so many wickets. But he may surprise a few people with the bat: even if he never bowled another ball, Woakes would still be an exciting international prospect. Somerset are now 67-1, 119 runs behind Warwickshire.

2.57pm: Just heard that Keith Barker will be replacing Chris Woakes in the Warwickshire side at the end of today's play, writes George Dobell. Jos Buttler will come into the Somerset side to replace Craig Kieswetter. Both Kieswetter and Woakes will report for England duty.

1.05pm: It's been an action-packed morning session at Trent Bridge, writes Andy Wilson, and Nottinghamshire will be pleased to have reached lunch on 79 for four in their second innings. That means they have a lead of 99, after Luke Fletcher polished off the two remaining wickets in Lancashire's first innings for the addition of only 13 to complete the first five-wicket haul of his career. It is also a recovery as they were reeling at 40 for four when Sajid Mahmood ripped out David Hussey's off stump with a pearler.

Mahmood had also trapped Neil Edwards lbw with an inswinger to the left-hander in his first over, and won another leg before decision from umpire Jeremy Lloyds when Samit Patel played around his front pad. Kyle Hogg took the other wicket courtesy of a brilliant catch by Steven Croft, who dived low to his right at cover point to snap up Alex Hales's rasping cut.
Batting looks a very uncomfortable business, with the cracks on the pitch producing variable bounce. In one over from Farveez Maharoof just before lunch the former Lancashire all-rounder Steven Mullaney did well to keep out one ball that scuttled low, and was then struck on the glove by a nasty lifter. Lancashire won't fancy chasing many more than 150.

12.31pm: Somerset will require 186 simply to make Warwickshire bat again at Edgbaston, writes George Dobell. Warwickshire were finally dismissed for 448 with Andy Miller was the last man to go, run-out after he was called for an unlikely second by Chris Metters.

Metters may have a big role to play now. The 20-year-old left-arm spinner is only in his fourth first-class game but, on a pitch offering some assistance to the slow bowlers, Warwickshire will be expecting him to bowl quite a few overs in Somerset's second innings. He claimed six for 65 against Worcestershire on debut, so expectations upon him are – perhaps unfairly – quite high. He was, remember, preferred to New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel for this match.

So, a big few sessions coming up for both these teams. Warwickshire's director of cricket, Ashley Giles, admits his team are "at a crossroads" this season. Whatever happens over the next few hours could well define whether either of these sides have any hope of challenging for the Championship title.

11.45am: Morning from a chilly Edgbaston, writes George Dobell, where showers are expected later. The noise of building work on the new stands here is particularly deafening this morning. More than 350 builders are working on the development today – which means there may well be more builders here than spectators – with the hand-over date of 1 July fast approaching. I'm no expert on such matters, but there certainly does appear a great deal of work to be completed before then. The Duke of Edinburgh is scheduled to officially open the new pavilion on 25 July.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, Steve Kirby has struck early, having Chris Woakes caught at mid-on for eight. It's no more than Kirby deserves. He's been the pick of the Somerset bowlers and has charged in for every one of his 27 overs. Warwickshire's lead is already 146, however, so Somerset face an uphill fight to salvage anything from this game.

11.09am: Good morning from Trent Bridge, writes Andy Wilson, where the big question remains who might be deemed a suitable doppelgänger for Samit Patel to take his place for the last day of Nottinghamshire's game against Lancashire, when he is required to report for England duty. Rather rude suggestions last night included Colin Milburn, Jocky Wilson or Cyril Smith. Patel can afford to laugh wearily at that sort of thing now, having responded admirably to something approaching a public humiliation by Andy Flower which his county boss Mick Newell endorsed. He still has a big part to play in this game before he leaves, however, with Notts likely to start their second innings at some time this morning, provided the grey clouds currently surrounding the ground don't do too much damage.
Meanwhile Newell and his captain Chris Read are expected to choose Sam Wood, an England Under-19 opener who bowls some part-time spin, as Patel's replacement.

A couple of other matters arising this morning. Yorkshire are not in action after Andrew Gale led a defiant performance to deny Durham a fourth consecutive innings victory yesterday, and that stubbornness and determination bodes well for the captain ahead of a stiff fund-raising challenge this autumn. He will be cycling across a fair chunk of California, from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco, with the county's physio Scot McAlister to raise money for the Marie Curie cancer charity. It's a lovely drive in a car, but from memory there are some pretty steep bits. .

It may also be worth with all three matches in the current round now completed, after Gloucestershire, Middlesex and the leaders Northamptonshire completed victories yesterday. Northants really are looking set fair for promotion now, and Gloucestershire's tense win at the Oval, where Alex Gidman played what sounds like a terrific innings, has thrust them above Surrey in the battle to go up with them. The Glorious Glosters, whose Gidman brothers were described with a hint of hyperbole as the new Graces on the blog yesterday, face a Middlesex team including a chap called Strauss at Uxbridge next week.

Your top team today: Andy Wilson is at Notts v Lancs and George Dobell will be watching Warwickshire v Somerset.

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