Despite an evening tremor, WarwickshireThe middle order probably did enough to drive away any nasty surprises from the last day on slow ground. From the chaos of 41 for four as SurreyKemar Roach ran rampant, Matt Lamb, Sam Hain and later Dan Mousley pulled the game past the next and towards a draw.
Lamb’s hundred was a bucketful of blows, 17 fours and, once in the 1990s, a blatant six flying from Roach. He finally fell to Reece Topley, the strutting man walking back to his mark, who thundered in tirelessly, sometimes bearing fruit with his shorts on. Hain, who was more reluctant to walk after dropping a ball from Jordan Clark bouncing on the stumps, sculpted a patient 78. Mousley fell to a flying catch from Ollie Pope on the second slip, even off Clark who, bowling with four slips is a short leg, flew into a certain hostility.
SomersetThe summer started with a sad start, defeated by an inning and 113 runs by a rampant. Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. Somerset’s second innings was first dismantled by James Fuller, who skittled the top tier after Ben Green and Tom Lammonby had battled to a fifty-something opening partnership; and then by Mohammad Abbas, who convinced Steven Davies to tip the first slip with the first ball after lunch and finished with four for 22.
“We are very aware of this,” Somerset captain Tom Abell said of the problem on his part with the collapses. “We’re trying to cope over the winter. We need to try not to panic.” The good news for Somerset is that they should have most of their absences back for the next game. The bad news? His next game is against Essex.
The Chelmsford camp continued to smile sweetly at the boats as this time Kent he did two more centuries, one to Ben Compton, the other to Jordan Cox. Compton, who made his debut in Kent, and who only tightened on the team due to injuries and rest, had a top 20 score in the UK. Cox reached his 100th shot just before the end, while Darren Stevens and Tawanda Muyeye took their fifties.
Steven Mullaney, the captain with infinite patience, made a magnificent 192 – his highest first-class point, to lead. Nottinghamshire from a dangerous position (52 for four) to a 159 lead Sussex. Notts fizzed along to 534 for nine, at four an over, giving himself time to have a bowl in Sussex in the cold of the evening. Haines then fell to Liam Patterson-White, giving up his sixth wicket in the game, to complement the two sixes he climbed on the roof of the pavilion in a 44-inning.
A Derbyshire a four-point collapse in nine balls, triggered by Tom Helm and Toby Roland-Jones, gave Middlesex a chance to force a victory on the final day. While Ryan Higgins followed four wickets with a 134 unbeaten to give Gloucestershire a sniff of victory in a game that flew like that and that against Northamptonshire to the land of the County. Ed Pollock’s first-class century has given Worcestershire the keys of the game with Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Englishman Alex Lees had a successful return to the Championship after a difficult tour of the West Indies, making a 163 unbeaten run. Durham who built a whole head Glamorgan. Lees was leaning on a very off-stump guard when Glamorgan came around the wicket, which worked well, even though he escaped a pair of good screams for lbw.