The stream works! Thank you buginabreeze BTL, here tis for anyone else who wants it. Just in time to see a rather classy pick off the toes by Jordan Thompson for four. The fielders are in short sleeves and the sun is warming the pitch.A square drive by Harry Brook picks up another four ...oooof.... and Brook squeezes a catch to slip where Tim Bresnan takes it... or does he?
There will be an inspection at Grace Road at 11.10. It looks soggy.
An email wafts in from Stephen Connor.
I know the Championship format has been debated to death. But looking at the Div 1 table now, depending what happens with Yorkshire-Warks, it looks like there will be 4 or 5 teams able to win the Championship in the final round - which seems very exciting. Although scheduling in late September means we might be struggling against the weather.
I’ve been up and down with regards to the merit of the division structure. I was a big fan at first, with everyone starting equal. Then I was against it once it dawned how many dead rubbers there would be after the break. But it does look like it might have manufactured a dramatic finish.
So true! If nothing else, the ECB have stumbled on a grand finale!
While I struggle to make the stream work, a wicket falls, and with it the Ballance of the game (boom, boom). Caught at second slip off that man Woakes, to the third ball of the day, and Yorkshire are 50-4.
A huge thank you to Geoff for sitting up through the night with his avocado on rye and doing a superb job. Hope Melbourne’s evening is as sweet as Manchester’s morning, a happy sun drying up the dew, and lazy bees floating about the remnants of honey suckle. They’re about to start at Headingley, where Yorkshire need 174, and Warwickshire seven wickets...
Scores on the doors
Southampton: Hampshire 226 and 178 BEAT Notts 155 and 127 by 122 runs
Taunton: Lancashire 373 and 32-0 BEAT Somerset 90 and 314 by 10 wickets
Headingley: Yorkshire 108 and 50-3 v Warwickshire 155 and 176 No play Tuesday, rain
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 309 and 57-6 v Gloucestershire 419
County Ground: Northants 183 and 10-0 v Durham 400 all out No play Tuesday, rain
The Oval: Surrey 107-7 v Essex 439 No play Tuesday, rain
Derby: Derbyshire 156 v Kent 285 and 147-1 No play Tuesday, rain
Grace Road: Leicestershire 291-2 v Sussex 359-9 No play Tuesday, rain
Lord’s: Middlesex 144 and 233-6 v Worcestershire 171 No play Tuesday, rain
Geoff Lemon's Tuesday round-up
Rain washed out day three of the penultimate round of the county championship across Leeds, London and the Midlands but two matches shaping Division One were completed.
Lancashire jumped to top spot when they beat Somerset by 10 wickets at Taunton before Hampshire supplanted them in beating Nottinghamshire by 122 runs. Having followed on, Somerset began 57 behind with six wickets in hand, hoping to build a lead. But Tom Bailey removed the overnight pair James Hildreth for 26 and Lewis Goldsworthy for 22, before George Balderson and Jack Blatherwick wrapped up Somerset for 314. A chase of 32 was completed without fuss.
Southampton’s wet field delayed play until after lunch, when Hampshire’s three wickets in hand took them from 133 to 178 all out. Keith Barker’s 29 runs were important after his seven wickets on day two. That set Nottinghamshire 250 to win, which looked a chance at 64 for one while Ben Duckett reverse-swept a brisk 33.
After he unwisely picked a fight with the Pakistan seam maestro Mohammad Abbas, Hampshire’s spinners took over, Liam Dawson finishing with five for 45 and Felix Organ three for 22 on a pitch that increasingly offered turn. Notts registered eight scores in single figures on the way to 127 all out.In Division Two, Gloucestershire made 419 in Cardiff, then reduced Glamorgan to 67 for six in the third innings.
The home side need 54 to avoid an innings defeat. No play was possible for Yorkshire hosting Warwickshire, Surrey at home to Essex, Northamptonshire hosting Durham, Middlesex v Worcestershire, Leicestershire v Sussex, or Derbyshire hosting Kent.
Good morning! I thought today would be sweeping up the bits after the party, but rain swished through the country yesterday, wiping out games hither and thither. There were two results, big ones in Division One: Lancashire’s thrashing of Somerset and Hampshire’s boot up the backside of Notts. All eyes now turn to Headingley.