- David Warner inspires Sunrisers Hyderabad to win over Kings XI Punjab
• Sunrisers Hyderabad150-6 v Kings XI Punjab 130-9 • Hyderabad win by 20 runs • Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad: IPL 2015 – as it happened The best, most interesting sportsmen have an uncanny ability to impose themselves on a game and David Warner did precisely that in Mohali, inspiring Sunrisers Hyderabad to an unlikely 20-run win over Kings XI Punjab. First, he scored 58 from 41 balls, and then, in the field, extracted the maximum from his bowlers, his clever management of their spells – and exceptional fielding – helping defend a below-par total of 150 for six. Continue reading... David Warner, playing for Australia in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, has guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to fifth in the IPL. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty ImagesDavid Warner, playing for Australia in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, has guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to fifth in the IPL. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
- Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins leads charge against Somerset but misses ton
• Somerset 408 v Middlesex 306-7 • Left-hander Nick Gubbins and Adam Voges put on 139 together Normality returned to Taunton after all that frenetic activity on the first day. This was more familiar early-season fare with rusty bowlers, missed opportunities and annoying April showers, all played out in front of hardy spectators eager to find a haven from a chill breeze. By the end Middlesex were 306 for seven. Two of their number almost hit hundreds. Nick Gubbins made 92 and their temporary captain, Adam Voges, who will soon be joining the Australian Test squad, 98. Both must wonder how they failed to reach three figures, a landmark that would have meant a lot to Gubbins in particular since has yet to manage that in first-class cricket. On this evidence he should not have to wait for too long. Continue reading... Middlesex’s Nick Gubbins looks dejected after being dismissed for 92. Photograph: Harry Trump/JMP/Rex ShutterstockMiddlesex’s Nick Gubbins looks dejected after being dismissed for 92. Photograph: Harry Trump/JMP/Rex Shutterstock
- Yorkshire’s Cheteshwar Pujara is victim in fumbled-catch controversy
• Warwickshire 435 v Yorkshire 128-3 • Indian Test player’s dismissal angers Yorkshire supporters Yorkshire’s overseas players are not having a great time of things and India’s Cheteshwar Pujara kept with the theme of ill fortune when he was dismissed in controversial circumstances at Headingley. The Test batsman was given out after Warwickshire’s reserve wicketkeeper Pete McKay – deputising for Tim Ambrose – scooped up a rebound low down. Continue reading... Boos greeted the decision to give out Yorkshire's Cheteshwar Pujara after he had scored 23. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesBoos greeted the decision to give out Yorkshire's Cheteshwar Pujara after he had scored 23. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
- James Taylor set to oust England captain Eoin Morgan for Ireland match
• Squad for international in Dublin can offer glimpse of future • Irish-born Morgan’s absence for match likely to be contentious • Players’ body Fica sounded out over creation of rebel cricket project England will offer a glimpse into the future of their 50-over side after the harrowing World Cup campaign on Tuesday afternoon when they announce a 14-man squad for next week’s one-off international against Ireland in Dublin. While their group stage exit from the tournament in March prompted calls for a wide-ranging overhaul of their approach to the format, the proximity of the fixture to the tour of the Caribbean, coming three days after the final Test with West Indies, means the party will represent something of a mixed bag. Continue reading... Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor is expected to play a key role in England’s first 50-over match since the World Cup. Photograph: JMP/Rex ShutterstockNottinghamshire’s James Taylor is expected to play a key role in England’s first 50-over match since the World Cup. Photograph: JMP/Rex Shutterstock
- Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad: IPL 2015 – as it happened
Despite David Warner’s brilliant innings of 58, Sunrisers’ total of 150 never looked like being sufficient - and yet it was, Warner’s captaincy, allied to the bowling of Trent Boult, Praveen Kumar and Bhuvi Kumar, helping them to a crucial win 7.00pm BST This is a remarkable effort from Hyderabad. Warner aside, they batted poorly until Reddy’s hitting at the death, and their total appeared undefendable and indefensible. But the force of Warner’s personality and the skill with which he managed his attack allowed his team to stay in the game early in the Punjab innings, and the return of Boult, earlier than usual, was the crucial decision. Another excellent game, and Punjab stay bottom of the table, while Hyderabad move above Delhi into 5th place. 6.56pm BST Brilliant from Warner, brilliant from Boult. 6.56pm BST 19.6 Single to Johnson, clipped to long-on. 6.56pm BST 19.5 Single to Sandeep. 6.55pm BST 19.4 Single to Johnson. 6.54pm BST Anureet throws the bat, sends the ball flying to long-on, and Warner races round to throw himself into a low catch. What a game he’s had. 6.54pm BST 19.2 Around the wicket, into the blockhole, and Johnson squirts a single. 6.53pm BST 19.1 Praveen in, and a dot. 6.53pm BST 19th over: Punjab 126-8 (Johnson 1, Anureet 0) Punjab need 25 runs from 6 balls. 6.51pm BST Another attempted lap, another miss, and this time gone. 6.51pm BST 19th over: Punjab 126-7 (Dhawan 4, Johnson 1) Expecting a yorker from Bhuvi, Johnson tries a delicate little lap behind, misses by plenty, and they run a leg-bye. Then a dot, another yorker, and then one hammered straight to the man at cover by Dhawan. This really is excellent bowling 6.46pm BST A particle of boot is behind the line, and what an over from Boult! What a game! 6.45pm BST 18th over: Punjab 123-5 (Saha 42, Dhawan 3) Excellent from Dhawan, opening the body to lace to cover, and Warner hares round from long-off to save the boundary and two runs. He is ridiculously quick and lithe, the pick-up and throw perfect. My gosh, Saha is hilarious - a dot and a single, then he dives off-side, tries a scoop, misses, and the ball clips his inside pad and flicks up over the keeper for four. And then, I say, Boult fires in another piece of excellence, Saha swings, it goes up, it comes down, it’s taken at square-leg - but is it a no-ball? It looks as though it is.... Punjab require 28 runs from 12 balls. 6.39pm BST Clever David! First ball, Patel makes room, a whole mansion’s worth of the stuff, and when it’s fast, full and straight, he’s nowhere near. Crunch! 6.39pm BST 18th over: Punjab 116-5 (Saha 38, Patel 17) So, Warner goes for Boult now, preferring to ramp the pressure than save it for the last. 6.38pm BST 17th over: Punjab 116-5 (Saha 38, Patel 17) Praveen returns, and Patel takes two to midwicket from his first ball, then changes his bat. Next delivery is in the blockhole, slanting from around the wicket and towards the pads, dug out for one, but Saha is juiced, slamming over cover for four, and swinging two more to midwicket when he pulls to leg and is followed. Then a single down the ground, and Warner breaks the momentum, before a great ball to end from Praveen - into the blockhole, and a single. Punjab require 35 runs from 18 balls. 6.33pm BST 16th over: Punjab 105-5 (Saha 31, Patel 13) Strewth, what a mess! Saha gets under Bhuvi’s first ball and hauls it high over his head. The keeper can’t make it, or decides not to make it, leaving it to Boult, and he allows it through is hands. Ah. Next delivery, two more pulled to midwicket - at last, Punjab are getting after it, but is it too late? Hyderabad have plenty of bowling to come - “including one over from Trent Boult up his arsenal” - so the massive six taken by Saha from the final ball of the over is crucial, though it only keeps Punjab up with the rate. Punjab require 46 runs from 24 balls. 6.28pm BST 15th over: Punjab 93-5 (Saha 20, Patel 12) Henriques returns from the other end, and Patel makes room to swing him to cover, earning two. But that’s only enough to keep up with the rate, and next, he fails to find the middle, miscuing to mid-on for one. Saha then earns two more before pulling hard to square-leg - Bopara makes good ground coming in, and once he’s there, should take it falling forwards, but manages to avoid so doing. A further single follows, and then Patel mashes the final ball for six, pulled over midwicket. Gosh, Punjab needed that. Punjab require 58 runs from 30 balls. Let’s talk tactics! 6.21pm BST 14th over: Punjab 79-5 (Saha 15, Patel 3) Praveen returns, and the singles for which he goes won’t be mithersome at all - Punjab need boundaries. The problem is that this pair won’t much want to take chances - but, on the other hand, can’t simply save themselves for an unlikely shy at the end. Punjab require 72 runs from 36 balls. Let’s talk tactics! 6.17pm BST 13th over: Punjab 75-5 (Saha 13, Patel 1) Well, you’d probably say Hyderabad are favourites now; just as I was saying earlier. Saha has a wild swing, it drops just shy of mid-on. Punjab require 76 runs from 42 balls. 6.14pm BST Oh me, oh my. Miller loses patience, advancing, swiping, and sending a leading edge spiralling to mid-off. 6.13pm BST 12th over: Punjab 71-4 (Miller 15, Saha 10) Henriques proceeds, and Punjab continue with the singles; presumably, the tactic is to keep them in the hunt, and then step it up at the end. Or, in other words, they’ve turned a simple chase into a mission, and Saha almost makes it even harder, edging, but into pad rather than stump. Punjab require 80 runs from 48 balls. 6.09pm BST 11th over: Punjab 65-4 (Miller 13, Saha 6) Sharma shuffles in, and Saha shovels a way a googly for one. The batting is a little more aggressive this over, Miller hitting over the infield, but finding the man at long-off and Saha sweeping hard but finding the man at square-leg. Each yields one. Punjab require 86 runs from 54 balls. 6.06pm BST 10th over: Punjab 61-4 (Miller 11, Saha 4) Hyderabad are right into this, on their toes in the field and in tight on potential singles; wonder if Warner will bring back a quick and stick in a slip. Might give that lyric to Nas; Nas, if you’re reading, it’s yours. Meantimes, Henriques bustles in, ceding singles from two of his first three balls, then a leg-bye, then two more singles. Punjab could sure use a boundary; the rate is now 9.00 6.03pm BST 9th over: Punjab 56-4 (Miller 9, Saha 2) Wright then, Wriddiman! Saha gets underway with a pair of singles, split by one to Miller. The required run-rate is 8.63. 5.58pm BST What the blither is going on? Miller calls Vijay through for a second to midwicket, he blithely obliges though it’s never on, and a sensible throw packs him off to the hutch. Let’s increase the excitement with an ad break! 5.57pm BST 9th over: Punjab 53-3 (Vijay 12, Miller 7) On comes Sharma, and ah, that’s a lovely sweep from Miller to the fence at square-leg - he got so low, and rolled his hands over the shot too. 5.56pm BST 8th over: Punjab 48-3 (Vijay 12, Miller 3) The cat has been pigeoned; one more wicket, and Hyderabad will seriously fancy themselves. Miller gets off the mark with an inside edge - there’s an appeal for lb - and they run two in the meantime. 5.54pm BST I say! Bailey, who looked in consummate control, went after a full one, trying to hump over cover, and instead mishit to mid-off, who easily snaffled on the jog. 5.53pm BST 8th over: Punjab 45-2 (Vijay 12, Bailey 22) Henriques is next for a go, and the batsmen continue with the composure. 5.51pm BST 7th over: Punjab 42-2 (Vijay 11, Bailey 20) Time for some spin, Karn Sharma into the attack. I’d expect Vijay and Bailey to milk him to begin with, and they do, a-nurdlin’ an’ a turnin’ singles from four of the first five balls, then a two from the six thanks to some leisurely fielding. 5.48pm BST 6th over: Punjab 36-2 (Vijay 9, Bailey 16) On comes Praveen Kumar, and Hyderabad will mind this, his first ball snapped for four to square-leg by Bailey. And he follows up with a leg-side wide, then a dot, then another wide; bad behaviours, really, especially when next comes one that sits up outside Bailey’s off-peg. He watches, rises, swings, and strokes four through cover, lovely shot. Oh, and here comes four more; the ball’s outside off, and Bailey rocks back and pulls over midwicket. Key over in the match, I’d reckon. 5.43pm BST 5th over: Punjab 21-2 (Vijay 9, Bailey 3) Boult allowed to continue by Warner, and well he might - Hyderabad need wickets, not death bowlers. Vijay pushes into the covers for a single, Bopara hits direct, they run a second, the umpires go upstairs, and it’s in by plenty. This is good from Punjab - they add two more singles, running hard and ro-tating the strike - but they’re not putting a dent in the score, meaning Hyderabad are still well in this. 5.39pm BST 4th over: Punjab 17-2 (Vijay 6, Bailey 2) Bailey sends himself in early to settle things down and gets off the mark with one to midwicket. They manage a futher two singles off the over, and the run rate is already up to 8.37. 5.34pm BST Hello! Hello! This is a lovely ball from Bhuvi, full of length and quick off the pitch, taking Marsh’s inside-edge, obviously, and sending off-stump off on a frolic of its own. 5.33pm BST 3rd over: Punjab 13-1 (Vijay 4, Marsh 1) Boult, preferred to Steyn partly because of his ability to swing the ball away from left-handers, greets Marsh with an off-side wide. Two dots follow, so Marsh pushes forwards into the off-side, instead imparting (yet another) inside-edge into the pad - they run one. 5.29pm BST Boult really is a bowler of reliable excellence now, and he diddles Vohra, on one knee making room to drive, with an inswinger that induces an inside-edge. 5.28pm BST 2nd over: Punjab 9-0 (Vijay 3, Vohra 5) Bhuvi comes in and Vohra reads his outswing, using it to hasten the ball’s progress over cover for four - that’s a lovely shot. And next a wide - Punjab managed an entire innings without offering one, nor no-ball neither - but then a jaffa beats the bat on the outside. Sunrisers need more of that, much more. 5.24pm BST 1st over: Punjab 4-0 (Vijay 3, Vohra 1) Vijay gets off the mark turning to square-leg for a rare three, before Boult finds tasty swing and movement off the pitch, contacting Vohra’s pad first ball. That looked close - the appeal wasn’t frantic, but there was no edge or owt; perhaps it was passing just over. Vohra then opens his account via inside-edge, and Punjab will be happy with that. 5.20pm BST And here we go - Boult is ready to go, and he’ll need some wickets first up, early doors and all that. Turns out Marsh isn’t opening - I guess there’s not as much point, given a cruisable-to total. 5.12pm BST I have absolutely no idea how Punjab can contrive not to win this. 5.02pm BST That was fairly odd - Hyderabad batted with so little urgency once Warner departed. It’s almost as if their clear dissatisfaction with the middle-order has transmitted to the middle-order. 5.01pm BST 20th over: Hyderabad 151-6 (Reddy 22, Sharma 0) This has been very excellent a death bowling from Sandeep and Anureet - what exciting talents they are. But then Anureet overpitches, allowing Reddy to fling the bat and hump the ball into the stands at cow corner - and then a slower one has him down on one leg, slamming six more. It’s gone miles, that, to the same fence but further. Well bowled, Punjab. Well dithered, Hyderabad. 4.57pm BST Henriques finally tries something, sidestepping room, but the ball’s right in the block-hole, he topples, and the stumps rattle. 4.56pm BST 20th over: Hyderabad 136-5 (Henriques 30, Reddy 9) Sandeep is given the responsibility of finishing, and he opens with a great delivery, reverse-swinging and zoning in on Henriques’ laces; dot. 4.54pm BST 19th over: Hyderabad 136-5 (Henriques 30, Reddy 9) There has been no charge; how peculiar. Quite simply, as Anureet returns to deliver his customary yorkers from around the wicket, it’s impossible to see that Hyderabad have any chance at defending whatever they end up with. They rustle up just five singles from the over, and even a 36er to finish would leave them significant underdogs. 4.50pm BST 18th over: Hyderabad 131-5 (Henriques 27, Reddy 7) Reddy sends Johnson back when in the middle of his delivery stride - bet he liked that - and then paddles two away over the off-side. Next, more consternation as he lifts over cover’s head for four, then more still via pair of singles, but in the scheme of things, it’s like, whatever. 4.45pm BST Johnson bangs one in and Bopara generously offers it the pleasure of his bat, guiding a catch behind. Lucky he was preferred to the world’s premier strike bowler. 4.44pm BST 18th over: Hyderabad 123-4 (Henriques 26, Bopara 0) Here’s Mitch to bowl his last over. 4.43pm BST 17th over: Hyderabad 123-4 (Henriques 26, Bopara 0) They scamper two more to midwicket, and that’s that. 4.42pm BST Trying to force the issue, Ojha swipes, but can only find Miller at long-on. Here’s Ravi! 4.41pm BST 17th over: Hyderabad 121-3 (Henriques 24, Ojha 28) Axar comes in, and Henriques makes room to slap four over mid-off. 4.39pm BST 16th over: Hyderabad 114-3 (Henriques 17, Ojha 28) Ojha spanks Anureet’s first ball back at him, navel height, and hands are thrown at it, mid-follow-through, gaining only pain. They run one, and another next ball, before Ojha carves behind square on the off-side for four, then clumps over to leg for the same again. It’s a start, I guess. 4.35pm BST 15th over: Hyderabad 104-3 (Henriques 16, Ojha 19) Finally, some aggression, Ojha down the pitch to hammer Patel to the fielder at long-off. They achieve one, and a total of six from the over; dearie them. 4.33pm BST 14th over: Hyderabad 98-3 (Henriques 14, Ojha 15) Hyderabad need “a good death overs”, says nounification’s Owais Shah, and Johnson returns to ruin the prospect. They take singles from his first four balls, then a dot, then one off the hip to Ojha when he strays down leg. The run rate is 7.00 overall and 5.60 for the last five overs. 4.25pm BST 13th over: Hyderabad 92-3 (Henriques 12, Ojha 11) On comes Dhawan, and Ojha places his first ball between various off-side fielders, gaining four past mid-off. Then, he clips hard to leg, and contrives, with Henriques, to spurn an easy single, setting off and turning back. Seven from the over; Hyderabad need to do something. As such, let’s fling ourselves into a tactical time-out. 4.22pm BST 12th over: Hyderabad 85-3 (Henriques 11, Ojha 5) Anureet returns, and Ohja is finding this hard. After two dots, he waves a flat bat at one on a fourth stump line, misses, and looks relieved not to have edged. It’s quite some time since Hyderabad mustered a boundary, and they’re not exactly hot between the wickets either, spurning an easy second run from the final ball of an over that yields just three. 4.17pm BST 11th over: Hyderabad 82-3 (Henriques 10, Ojha 3) Vijay is hustling hard, fairly racing through his overs before the batters have time to impart and boundaries. 4.15pm BST 10th over: Hyderabad 76-3 (Henriques 7, Ojha 0) Punjab are cock-a-hoop, as it were. 4.12pm BST World of trouble for Punjab now. Warner dances down, looking to flip over midwicket from middle stump, but it’s a long boundary, so that when he doesn’t get hold of it, an easy catch is delivered to long on. That looked a bit silly. 4.11pm BST 9th over: Hyderabad 70-2 (Warner 53, Henriques 6) Vijay continues, his off-spin counteracting Warner’s left-handedness so far. But he raises his fifty with a bump into the off-side - they run two - and then a single gives Henriques a go to get one. Sunrisers are creating a slow middle over concept in T20, got to admire that. 4.05pm BST 8th over: Hyderabad 65-2 (Warner 49, Henriques 5) Patel’s left-arm spin is introduced, and the batsmen are becalmed - perhaps Warner has decided to bat time, given the ropey nature of his middle-order. Just four singles fro the over, so, as you’d expect, it’s essential that adverts be disguised as tactical discussion. 4.01pm BST 7th over: Hyderabad 61-2 (Warner 47, Henriques 3) The spin of Murali Vijay comes into the attack - brave boy. But Warner treads softly on his dreams, responding to Henriques’ single with one of his own, and they alternate for five from the over. 3.58pm BST Vihari, now full of confidence, tries a pull from outside off, misjudging the pace of a slower one and spooning a catch to square-leg. 3.57pm BST 6th over: Hyderabad 56-1 (Warner 45, Vihari 9) And now Vihari fancies some, standing tall and easing Anureet’s first ball through extra cover for four. Then, after a a single and a leg-bye, he’s back at the business end to time a lift through the line, back over the bowler’s head for another boundary. 3.54pm BST 5th over: Hyderabad 46-1 (Warner 45, Vihari 0) Again, Warner managed to finagle strike for the start of this over, and he presses back to stroke the first ball to the cover fence with minimum effort. And oh look! There’s another! Chipped over the bowler’s heed for four more! And oh look! There’s another! Eased through an off-side now housing five fieldsmen, around the cover region. And oh look! There’s another! Flicked through midwicket! David Warner is not of this world - he has 45 of Hyderabad’s first 46 runs. 3.49pm BST 4th over: Hyderabad 30-1 (Warner 29, Vihari 0) Johnson hurls one right into Warner’s slot - well, right into Warner’s slow once he’s jumped back and come forward, to hammer through cover for four. Then, he makes room again, top-edging a bouncer that flies away over third man for six, persuading Johnson to go over the wicket - so this time, Warner advances to flow him down to long-on without moving his feet. What a ridiculous player! 15 from the over - Hyderabad needed that. 3.44pm BST 3rd over: Hyderabad 15-1 (Warner 15, Vihari 0) After three dots, Warner loses patience and pushes on the up and past mid-off - the pitch must be true. The ball races to the fence, and a single from the final delivery completes the over and means Wanrer will face the next. 3.41pm BST 2nd over: Hyderabad 10-1 (Warner 9, Vihari 0) Interesting move from Hyderabad to throw Vihari in so early.. An anoynmous emailer writes: “Girl I work with ran the marathon yesterday. Her boyfriend was situated at mile 23 with a sign saying ‘marry me?’. She finishes the race quite emotional and all. Turns out he was joking. She’s apparently a bit peeved to say the least. Any OBOers have similar stories of jokes gone wrong?” 3.39pm BST Dhawan goes to pull from well outside off, misses with the face but doesn’t with the top edge, directing it off the helmet to slip, where it’s easily taken. Huge breakthrough. 3.38pm BST 2nd over: Hyderabad 10-0 (Warner 9, Dhawan 1) Dhawan takes a single, and Warner goes for Johnson. First, a clumping edge flies over the slips for four, and then four more go spinning over cover. 3.34pm BST 1st over: Hyderabad 0-0 (Warner 0, Dhawan 0) In comes the gloriously promising Sandeep - how will the lefties handle his both-ways swing? With circumspection, he replies to himself, talking of himself in the third person, as Sandeep seams one into Warner - he tries to deflect into the leg-side, misses, and takes it on the pads. There’s an appeal, but the ball pitched outside the line, and the next one leaves the full face of the presented bat, moving off the pitch. Superb start for Punjab. 3.29pm BST But, in the meantime, here come Warner and Dhawan... 3.29pm BST So, Shaun Marsh, who was so brilliant last week, after being so curiously omitted hitherto, will open with Murali Vijay. If those two don’t fire, Punjab might have a problem, because theirs is not a fearsome batting order. 3.11pm BST Teams, then, and it’s two changes apiece. For Punjab, Manan Vohra and Rishi Dhawan come in, while Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell drop out. Hyderabad bring in Manan Vohra and Rishi Dhawan, leaving out Dale Steyn - as you do, hoping to bowl first on a green top - and KL Rahul. 3.06pm BST Bailey tosses, Warner calls heads, it’s tails. On account of a greenish wicket, Punjab bowl - Hyderabad would’ve done too. 2.48pm BST Please consider: I just can’t help thinking what you’ve done to me. You built a wall of love and tore it right down in front of me. This one beats that one, that one beats the other one, and round and round we go; thus proceeds the IPL. Last week, Punjab produced the finest performance of the competition so far to defeat Rajasthan; then, a few days later, were thoroughly coated by Chennai. Last week, Hyderabad sorted Kolkata, the defending champions; then, a few days later were comprehensively handled by Mumbai. They sit bottom and third bottom respectively, and yet, it hardly matters; a couple of consecutive victories, and they won’t anymore. Continue reading... Kings XI Punjab, captained by Australia’s George Bailey, were runners up in last year’s IPL but they have only won two of their six matches this season.Kings XI Punjab, captained by Australia’s George Bailey, were runners up in last year’s IPL but they have only won two of their six matches this season.
- County cricket – as it happened
Talking points from around the grounds: the week’s final over Guardian cricket event tonight: Comedy! Songs! Special guests! 5.25pm BST Richard Gibson reports from Headingley Controversy at Headingley where Warwickshire’s reserve wicketkeeper Pete McKay scooped up an edge offered by Cheteshwar Pujara from Boyd Rankin’s second delivery from the Rugby Stand End. Rankin stifled his appeal in the belief that McKay had fluffed the opportunity but the visitors claimed the dismissal after Tim Ambrose’s deputy grabbed the rebound low down. 3.55pm BST Ali Martin reports from The Oval Greeting from the Oval, somewhat belatedly, where Essex are going great guns on day two. Their openers are still standing, with Nick Browne on 82, Jaik Mickelburgh on 59 and the score 151 for no loss. Surrey were earlier skittled for 340, losing their last three wickets for nowt. But then you knew that, right? 3.21pm BST Richard Gibson reports A player with the career longevity of Tim Bresnan should probably have more five-wicket hauls than the seven he has managed in first-class cricket. The seventh came up shortly after lunch on day two when Jeetan Patel’s cameo came to an end via a bunt to deep mid-off. There was also a career milestone for James Middlebrook, who claimed his 50th scalp for Yorkshire in dismissing Ian Westwood for 196. 12.50pm BST So much for the rejected England openers... Sam Robson edged the second ball of the day into the slip cordon; Nick Compton, having looked in princely form, was given out caught behind. He really did not want to go, standing statuesque and disbelieving, before finally returning to the pavilion. Umpire Alex Wharf had spied an inside edge. 12.35pm BST Richard Gibson reports from Headingley Ian Westwood has his career-best score in Warwickshire’s 350-5 at Headingley, and needs only a further nine runs for a maiden double hundred. The left-hander’s progress this morning has been at a similar pace to that of day one. 11.43am BST Some late-morning reading from Gary Naylor , who has six talking points from last week’s matches in the County Championship: 11.09am BST Expecting a more serene day today after yesterday’s fireworks. There is the prospect of two recent England opening batsmen demonstrating that they should not have been rejected. Sam Robson is at the crease, Nick Compton has his pads on in the pavilion. Yesterday’s technicolour action has brought a good crowd in. There is sunshine alongside a chill wind and an intriguing day awaits. I was going to meander gently through the prospects but Lewis Gregory has just bowled Robson with his second ball. Enter Compo! 10.35am BST Richard Gibson sets up the day from Headlingley Top of the morning to you all, on a glorious morning in Leeds. It was a lovely drive in this morning and the addition of four rose-shaped floodlights means I can now see the ground as I drop down into Meanwood on my journey. 10.22am BST Morning all, Today we have Vic Marks at Somerset v Middlesex, Richard Gibson at Yorkshire v Warwickshire and Ali Martin at Surrey v Essex. Continue reading... Essex’s Jaik Mickleburgh on his way to a half century at the Kia Oval.Warwickshire’s Ian Westwood of Warwickshire on his way to a career-best score during day two at Headingley.Warwickshire’s Ian Westwood of Warwickshire on his way to a career-best score during day two at Headingley.Day two at the County Ground, Taunton.Day two at the County Ground, Taunton.
- Players’ body Fica sounded out over creation of rebel cricket project
• Umbrella group for player unions walked away from talks • Essel Group sets up website domains that appear to be cricket boards • IPL architect Lalit Modi says he decided against any involvement • Fears of split in cricket after ‘rival’ boards are registered The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, the umbrella group for player unions around the world, has been sounded out over the creation of a rebel cricket organisation by intermediaries working for Subhash Chandra, the Indian billionaire and owner of the Essel Group. The Guardian reported on Friday that the International Cricket Council has launched an urgent investigation after Essel, the conglomerate behind the defunct Indian Cricket League, began setting up companies and website domains that give the appearance of being cricket boards, raising fears over a split in the game. Continue reading... Alastair Cook and England may withdraw from the proposed Pakistan series in the UAE because of the wrangle over the registering of cricket domains. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesAlastair Cook and England may withdraw from the proposed Pakistan series in the UAE because of the wrangle over the registering of cricket domains. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
- County cricket: the week’s final over
Six talking points from the County Championship as Sussex find a hero in Ajmal Shahzad, Yorkshire miss Adil Rashid and Warwickshire prioritise experience By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog , part of the Guardian Sport Network Sussex registered their second win from two matches to go top of Division One (which means little at this stage of the season but it’s definitely better than being bottom). The match at Hove developed into a classic final-day shootout with Worcestershire starting the day needing 200 runs and Sussex the 10 wickets – time for a hero to step up with a ton or a five-fer. Ajmal Shahzad rose to that challenge, hitting the stumps twice and gaining two LBW decisions on his way to 16-4-46-5, risking runs for wickets. Shahzad has been around the block with previous spells at Yorkshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire to go with his one Test for England, a low-key affair against Bangladesh. His unorthodox action, skiddy pace and combative attitude – very much a product of the Asian street cricket tradition rather than the regimented programmes of the ECB – may be the kind of wildcard England need if they are to crack open the fourth innings on flat pitches. Aged 29, Shahzad’s talent should not be written off by England just yet. Continue reading... Ajmal Shahzad celebrates after taking the wicket of Alex Gidman during the match between Sussex and Worcestershire at Hove.Ajmal Shahzad celebrates after taking the wicket of Alex Gidman during the match between Sussex and Worcestershire at Hove.
- Yorkshire on back foot as Warwickshire’s Ian Westwood hits 151 not out
Warwickshire 270-4 v Yorkshire James Middlebrook’s shock return to Yorkshire colours mirrored the statistical yield of his previous County Championship appearance for them at Headingley. Middlebrook, a 37-year-old free agent released by relegated Northamptonshire seven months ago, was drafted in by the reigning champions after their request for Adil Rashid to be released from England’s Test tour of the Caribbean was declined. Wicketless against Kent on his farewell during the club’s previous Division One-winning season in 2001, he failed to claim the single victim required to take his first-class tally for Yorkshire to 50. Continue reading... Ian Westwood scored an unbeaten 151 at Headingley on Sunday to put Warwickshire in a strong position. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesIan Westwood scored an unbeaten 151 at Headingley on Sunday to put Warwickshire in a strong position. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
- Surrey make strong start against Essex but Kevin Pietersen out for only 32
Surrey 293-5 v Essex From the most pedestrian of run-ups and the loosest of actions, the gentle medium pace of Jesse Ryder can be devastating. Just ask Kevin Pietersen, who was the first of two wickets in three balls for the New Zealander as Essex tried desperately to wrest control from Surrey on day one at the Kia Oval. Ryder, who is 15 months into a self-imposed hiatus from international cricket, claimed three for 52 from 18 overs as the hosts reached an impressive 293 for five by stumps, despite losing the toss and being put in on a day when overcast conditions necessitated the use of floodlights. Continue reading... Kevin Pietersen became the fastest Surrey batsman to 1,000 first-class runs when facing Essex on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/ReutersKevin Pietersen became the fastest Surrey batsman to 1,000 first-class runs when facing Essex on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Reuters
- IPL founder Lalit Modi refuses to be drawn on rumour of rival to ICC
• Modi tweets ‘about time this happened’ over possibility of breakaway body • India’s Essel registered companies with similar names to cricket boards Lalit Modi, the creator of the Indian Premier League, has refused to be drawn on speculation he is part of a plot to create a breakaway governing body for world cricket. The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into the possibility of a rival global organisation being set up after the Indian conglomerate Essel, which ran the now-defunct rebel Indian Cricket League from 2007 to 2009, was discovered to have registered companies with similar names to cricket boards in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. Continue reading... Lalit Modi, the creator of the Indian Premier League, was removed as the IPL commissioner in 2010. Photograph: Julian Herbert/IPL via Getty ImagesLalit Modi, the creator of the Indian Premier League, was removed as the IPL commissioner in 2010. Photograph: Julian Herbert/IPL via Getty Images
- England in good spirits but question mark remains over Jonathan Trott | Mike Selvey
Peter Moores may call the win in the second Test against West Indies ‘a reward for hard work’ and Jimmy Anderson deserves his plaudits but the jury is out on other issues • Alastair Cook reserves special praise for match-winning Jimmy Anderson • Mike Selvey’s match report on the final day of the second Test England can move on to Barbados in good heart. The win in Grenada , sparked by an inspired Jimmy Anderson on the final morning, came at a time when most people were expecting the match to drift to a soporific end. The best cricketers are those who can elevate their game to a different level when the call comes and Anderson had the force with him. It turned the game on its head and the belief in the players, which is strong, rose visibly with it. So Peter Moores, an enthusiast for whom being merely cheerful means he has had a bad day, had every reason to smile the morning after. “I think when we arrived it was an unexpected outcome,” the coach said at the team hotel, “because we’d bowled very well the last session of the first day. But they were 79 for one off 36 overs and they played really well. We couldn’t have given much more. I think we knew the second new ball was going to be the key and we’d have to bowl very well with it, and things would have to go our way: both things happened. Continue reading... England's batsman Jonathan Trott is bowled by the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel in the second Test. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesEngland's batsman Jonathan Trott is bowled by the West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel in the second Test. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
- Somerset leave Middlesex sweating after Marcus Trescothick’s 140 knock
Somerset 408; Middlesex 10-0 The scorecard suggests an extraordinary day’s play and it does not lie. There were two big hundreds for Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth, five ducks leaving an unhappy quintet of Somerset batsmen contemplating a pair and a flurry of wickets for James Harris. Two batsmen plus extras contributed 360 runs, the other nine 48 runs. Championship cricket dull? Not if you asked any of a good, anoraked crowd at Taunton, where Somerset flogged the visiting bowlers for five hours before subsiding from 377-3 to 408 all out in the final session. Trescothick’s innings of 140 recalled his glory days. He was in a mood to dominate. The cuts and cover drives sped to the off-side boundary. Steven Finn tested him and the reflexes were swift enough. For him it must have been a reassuring innings; the magic remains even if he has lost a yard or two between the wickets. Continue reading... James Hildreth scored 187 runs off only 212 balls for Somerset against Middlesex at the County Ground, Taunton. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesJames Hildreth scored 187 runs off only 212 balls for Somerset against Middlesex at the County Ground, Taunton. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
- Royal Challengers Bangalore hand Delhi Daredevils a thrashing
• Delhi Daredevils 96; Royal Challengers Bangalore 99-0 • Royal Challengers win by 10 wickets • As it happened: Dan Lucas’s over-by-over report Delhi Daredevils were blown away for 96 in 18.2 overs by an outstanding display of fast bowling, as Royal Challengers Bangalore eased to a second consecutive huge win. Chris Gayle made an unbeaten 62 from 40 balls as the away side won by 10 wickets. The Daredevils made an inauspicious start as the hitherto impressive Shreyas Iyer was unlucky to be dismissed lbw by Mitchell Starc for a first-over duck, as the Australian’s yorker would have swung down the leg side. Continue reading... Chris Gayle, pictured after West Indies' World Cup exit, had more to smile about playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Photograph: Ross Setford/APChris Gayle, pictured after West Indies' World Cup exit, had more to smile about playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Photograph: Ross Setford/AP
- Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore: IPL 2015 –as it happened | Dan Lucas
Delhi Daredevils 95; Royal Challengers Bangalore 99-0 Royal Challengers win by 10 wickets with 9.3 over remaining 6.13pm BST So that was, as we suspected at half-time, a bit of a thrashing. In fact no, it was as complete and utter a destruction as you’ll ever see in this format. Gayle was magnificent in the chase, but it was all too easy for him to be. Instead the praise has to go to the RCB bowlers, who rolled over the Daredevils and made this result inevitable. Thanks for reading. Do join me again next week for more of this. Hang around for a bit though and we’ll have a match report for you. Bye! 6.11pm BST Just a quick note: Join me again in 15 minutes or so to watch Chris Gayle knock the runs off in 10.2 overs. Me – between the innings. 6.10pm BST 11th over: RCB 99-0 (Gayle 62, Kohli 35) target 96 Surely this will be the final over? Coulter-Nile is back into the attack and Gayle mistimes a slog down the ground. Through they go for a single, then Kohli gets a thick edge to a wild slash and it runs down to third man for four runs, levelling the scores. Down the ground next ball, four runs and that’s that. 6.07pm BST 10th over: RCB 90-0 (Gayle 61, Kohli 27) target 96 Angelo Mathews hasn’t been pummelled by Gayle today. Now he’ll get his opportunity, being brought into the attack, if you can call it that. Gayle is on strike and pulls straight to Duminy at short mid-wicket, who gets his hands to it, less dropping a catch and more preventing his head from going all Oberyn Martell. They run a single, then Kohli pushes down the ground for another. Seven needed. A couple of dots, then Gayle mistimes a pull away for a single. 6.01pm BST Ha! We’re having a strategic time-out. To remind you, RCB need nine runs, from 66 balls, with 10 wickets in hand. The facade is over, BCCI. 6.00pm BST 9th over: RCB 87-0 (Gayle 59, Kohli 26) target 96 Mishra opens his over with a leg-side wide, then Gayle lifts a magnificent straight six back over his head. Holy hell that’s one of the biggest hits I’ve ever seen. An exchange of singles brings Mishra back in the firing line, then Gayle looks to monster another one down the ground, but only picks out the fielder on the bounce. Mishra drops too short and Kohli flat bats it through mid-wicket and through the dive of Iyer on the sweep for four more. 5.56pm BST 8th over: RCB 73-0 (Gayle 51, Kohli 21) target 96 In fact it’ll be leggies from both end, as Tahir comes in again. Kohli waits on his first ball and plays it very late, reading the low bounce and cutting with the spin down to third man for four. He smashes the next ball back at Tahir, who puts the chance down, but so would anyone given the pace that one was travelling at. They run a single, then Gayle slog-sweeps over mid-wicket for six more to bring up his 50. He’s nearly out two balls later, the ball striking him on the pad, but it’s pitched outside leg. 5.52pm BST 7th over: RCB 61-0 (Gayle 44, Kohli 16) target 96 More leg-spin, in the form of Amit Mishra. Kohli backs away to leg and flays Mishra’s full second ball through extra cover for four. Oh and the shot from the next ball is exquisite! Rocking back and easing it through mid-on for four more. He does the same next ball, but this time he’s hit it a fraction straighter and the fielder collects. It wasn’t quite as good, but it was reminiscent of that Kevin Pietersen shot at Headingley in 2012. A single apiece to finish the over. 5.48pm BST 6th over: RCB 50-0 (Gayle 43, Kohli 6) target 96 With 53 needed, Duminy brings himself into the attack. Kohli takes a single, Duminy tosses up a full-ish one and Gayle whacks it back down the ground for four to long-off. Another full one chipped back past the bowler for a single, then Kohli works a single to mid-wicket to bring up the 50. 5.44pm BST 5th over: RCB 43-0 (Gayle 38, Kohli 4) target 96 We’re going to get a third over from Coulter-Nile. Kohli hands the strike back to Gayle once more with a single, and the big man plays out four dots before taking his eyes off a bouncer and hooking fortuitously over fine-leg, who is up, for four. That’s more like it from the final ball, carved over extra cover for six. 5.41pm BST 4th over: RCB 32-0 (Gayle 28, Kohli 3) target 96 Joseph has been sacrificed for Tahir. Good move, bowling to Gayle that, taking the pace off the ball and there are a fair few cracks in the surface. Gayle has a great big mow at his first ball but doesn’t connect with it, which is probably a good thing for the ball’s well-being. He tries again next ball, trying to slog-sweep and doesn’t connect with it anything close to cleanly; yet the ball flies off the bottom edge and square for four. A pair of singles as Kohli is looking to give Gayle all the strike, but then Gayle can only club it down to long-on for another one. Single to mid-wicket ends the over. 5.37pm BST 3rd over: RCB 24-0 (Gayle 22, Kohli 1) target 96 Virat Kohli gets the strike for the first time and runs Coulter-Nile’s second ball down to third man for a single. Gayle rocks on to the back foot and pushes a drive through extra cover for four. A quick single and Kohli defends the last ball. 5.32pm BST 2nd over: RCB 18-0 (Gayle 17, Kohli 0) target 96 It’ll be Joseph and his amazing medium pace from the other end. Gayle has a look at the first two, leaving them alone outside off-stump, then hammers a half-volley on off over long-off for six. Joseph pulls his length back and Gayle pulls effortlessly through mid-wicket for four, before missing out on one that keeps very low. The final ball brings a checked straight drive back past the bowler, that whizzes along the deck for four more. 5.28pm BST 1st over: RCB 4-0 (Gayle 3, Kohli 0) target 96 Gayle and Kohli to open up again for the Challengers, with Coulter-Nile to bowl. His first ball goes past Gayle’s attempted slash through cover. There’s a bit of movement for the bowler and after four dots he sends a bouncer a long way down the leg side. Gayle gets off the mark with a clump through mid-wicket, where Iyer misfields, diving over the ball and allowing a couple of runs. He goes again and gets a thick inside edge down to fine leg for one more. 5.19pm BST That was awful. Starc and Aaron bowled magnificently to take out the top of the Delhi batting order, then the tail showed no fight at all. Hell no one showed any fight, any real batting prowess or inclination to even make RCB work. The pitch is quick, but fast bowling isn’t the Daredevils’ strong suit. Expect this to be an annihilation. 5.11pm BST 19th over: Daredevils 95 (Tahir 3) Wiese now looking to wrap this up. In fact AB nicks the glory from him, but no one on the RCB side will give the slightest one. That was ruthless. Join me again in 15 minutes or so to watch Chris Gayle knock the runs off in 10.2 overs. 5.10pm BST Dominic Joseph waltzes out of his crease at the non-striker’s end – I don’t think he was even looking for a run there. De Villiers has the ball in his hands at mid-on. You know how this works. 5.07pm BST 18th over: Daredevils 94-9 (Tahir 2, Joseph 1) Harshal Patel back into the attack, round the wicket to Jadhav. And the last batsman goes with three figures still eight runs off. It’s all down to Tahir and Dominic Joseph to avoid the dual ignominy of being bowled out and not making 100. 5.05pm BST Short, slapped flat to deep mid-wicket and Starc must be practically giggling as he swallows the catch. 5.02pm BST 17th over: Daredevils 92-8 (Tahir 1, Jadhav 33) The commentators are saying that 140 will be a reasonable score for the Daredevils from here. If they get 140 I imagine they’ll be happier than a man visiting the fireworks candy and puppy dog store, on a date with Nicole Kidman, the day he wins the lottery. Imran Tahir replaces the departed Nadeem and gets off the mark with one to third-man. The tailenders’ technique against Starc has been laughable. 4.59pm BST Another yorker, again the batsmen backing obligingly out of the way and again off-stump is out the ground. 4.57pm BST 16th over: Daredevils 90-7 (Nadeem 2, Jadhav 32) Nadeem comes to the crease, with Abdulla back into the attack. He doesn’t really look like the kind of batsman you’d want to save your innings, so all on Jadhav now. Four singles, plus a wide from the over and Abdulla finishes with 1-17. 4.51pm BST 15th over: Daredevils 85-7 (Jadhav 30) Kohli is going for the kill, bringing Starc back into the attack. Mishra manages to squeeze him away for a single to get out of the firing range. Jadhav backs away to leg and creams a lovely shot through cover for four; “Flair devils” is the caption that comes up on the big screen for the side that are 80-6. Make that 84-6 as a rank, slow, full-toss outside off is guided behind point for four more. This isn’t quite the comeback from Starc that his captain had in mind. A long hop is hammered away but a brilliant diving stop from – blimey – Chris Gayle at backward point saves three. Starc, who hasn’t got his yorker right in this over so far, nails it with the final ball. 4.50pm BST Mishra backs away to leg, Starc gets his yorker right and the off-stump goes tumbling. 4.46pm BST 14th over: Daredevils 75-6 (Mishra 1, Jadhav 21) Poor cricket all round as the two batsman can’t make up their minds over whether or not they want a second run, end up at the same end... only for the throw to come in to that end with the run-out begging. Coulter-Nile celebrates by thumping a four through extra-cover, but falls the very next ball. Daredevils in danger of being bowled out here. Mishra clips a yorker off leg-stump to get off the mark. Jadhav miscues the final ball to mid-off, but it just creeps beyond De Villiers and they get a couple. 4.43pm BST Plays around a straight, slow one. This is a procession. 4.39pm BST 13th over: Daredevils 67-5 (Coulter-Nile 0, Jadhav 18) OK batting is easier, but the likes of Bradman, Hobbs, Sutcliffe at all would turn in their graves if I described what Agarwal did there as “batting”. Coulter-Nile comes in at seven, which isn’t something I ever thought I’d write. He plays out five dots to complete a wicket-maiden. 4.38pm BST Agarwal is bored of batting through, anchoring the innings. He goes for a wander in the general direction of the bowler, has a big swipe, loses his shape and misses the ball. Karthik whips the bails off. 4.36pm BST 12th over: Daredevils 67-4 (Agarwal 27, Jadhav 18) Back comes Wiese. With Aaron bowled out and Starc being understandably held back, batting looks a hell of a lot easier for these two. Although as I write that, Jadhav bottom edges into the ground and it dribbles past off-stump, through to the keeper. Five singles. 4.32pm BST 11th over: Daredevils 62-4 (Agarwal 24, Jadhav 16) “Hit me baby one more time,” sang Britney Spears in – Christ – 1999. Indeed, Harshal Patel’s first ball may as well do the same, being short and wide and rightly getting cut square for four of the easiest runs Jadhav will get. Four singles from the rest. 4.28pm BST 10th over: Daredevils 54-4 (Agarwal 22, Jadhav 10) We just had an extended ad break time out. Now, with Abdulla continuing the batsmen take a two, then a pair of ones, before the spinner sends one drifting down the leg-side and Jadhav top-edges a sweep down to the long-leg boundary for four. Nine off the over. 4.21pm BST 9th over: Daredevils 45-4 (Agarwal 21, Jadhav 2) Aaron is going into his final over. Twice in succession he beats the bat, then Agarwal plays another wild hook with his eyes off the ball, getting it down to fine-leg for one. Agarwal really is nasty to watch. Jadhav punches to extra cover for one more and Aaron finishes with an excellent 2-24. 4.17pm BST 8th over: Daredevils 43-4 (Agarwal 20, Jadhav 1) Time for spin for the first time today, Iqbal Abdulla on. We’re checking for a run-out as he deflects Jadhav’s straight drive back on to the stumps, but Agarwal was able to get his bat back in time. Three singles from the over. 4.12pm BST 7th over: Daredevils 40-4 (Agarwal 18, Jadhav 0) It’s just a change of ends for Aaron. That, and the initial decision to pick him, look like excellent decisions as the extra pace does for the $2m+ man. Readers in India: why on earth do you rate Yuvraj so highly? Speaking of players out of form, Angelo Mathews goes first ball. There’s no hat-trick though as the new man Jadhav drops his hands out the way and leaves it alone. There was a single from the first ball of the over before all that, and a wide. Ooh and then another edge as Jadhav has a wild slash at a wide-ish one, but the ball doesn’t quite carry to Karthik. 4.09pm BST It’s all going a bit wrong for the home side. Another sharp lifter from Aaron, the ball loops up off the bat as Mathews can’t react in time and De Villiers pouches the easiest of catches at short mid-wicket. Aaron on a hat-trick. 4.07pm BST Yuvraj’s poor form continues, but this is a cracking ball. Back of a length it rose sharply outside off and Yuvraj could only fend at it, edging to the keeper as he does so. 4.04pm BST 6th over: Daredevils 38-2 (Agarwal 17, Yuvraj 2) David Wiese begins his spell with a pretty uninspiring wide. No matter as, after a single to Agarwal, he gets the wicket that heralds the arrival of Yuvraj. He’s off the mark with a thumping aerial drive off the back-foot, through extra cover for two. 4.02pm BST Crikey, that came from nowhere. It was a gentle medium pacer, floated up on a full length outside off-stump, just moving away a touch. Duminy looked to drive through cover and it just brushed the edge through to the keeper. 3.58pm BST 5th over: Daredevils 34-1 (Agarwal 16, Duminy 13) Change of bowling, Harshal Patel on for Starc. Duminy stands tall and punches nicely off the back foot, but it’s well stopped at cover and kept down to one. Singles from three of the four remaining balls too. 3.53pm BST 4th over: Daredevils 30-1 (Agarwal 14, Duminy 11) Another hairy single, Agarwal dropping it into the on-side and De Villiers narrowly misses out on removing his international teammate Duminy with a throw from side on to the stumps. There’s a bit of swing for Aaron too, as evidenced by one that slips down the leg side for a wide. He drops shorter next ball and Duminy, looking to hook, feathers a bottom edge just past the keeper for four to long-leg. A single, then Agarwal hooks wildly at a bouncer, taking his eyes off it, but somehow middling it over fine-leg for six. 3.48pm BST 3rd over: Daredevils 17-1 (Agarwal 7, Duminy 6) Agarwal pushes nervously at a wide half--volley and it loops up, landing just short of mid-off. After a leg-bye, the commentator informs us that Starc’s next ball will be short; it’s a half-volley that’s driven crisply for four through extra cover. Two more clipped through mid-on. After Starc changes his boot, Duminy blocks out the last ball. 3.42pm BST 2nd over: Daredevils 10-1 (Agarwal 7, Duminy 0) Seam at both ends: Aaron from this one. Agarwal thinks about a run that’s never on and Duminy is in trouble having come a long way down the track. Kohli’s throw misses though. Runs next ball though as Agarwal gets a thick inside edge that sees the ball skating along this fast outfield and through square-leg for four. Four more runs from the rest of the over, two in singles, one leg-bye and one wide. 3.36pm BST 1st over: Daredevils 2-1 (Agarwal 1, Duminy 0) It’s the opener who hasn’t really impressed me yet, Mayank Agarwal, on strike to begin with and he’s beaten all ends up by the second delivery. It swung back in from a fraction outside off, whizzed past the batsman’s nibble and flew over off-stump. A play and miss next, then Agarwal shovels him down to deep backward point for a single. Shreyas Iyer, the man at the top of the, er, all-important six-hitting table, takes strike and Karthik does well to take a wide that swings down the leg side. Starc adjusts his line a fraction and that’s all it needs to get him man. The captain, JP Duminy is at three. Looking at the replay I think Iyer might have been harshly done by, actually. It might have been swinging down leg. 3.35pm BST This is a beauty of a ball, an inswinging yorker that crunches into the batsman’s boot dead in front. 3.30pm BST Here we go. Iyer and Agarwal to open for the Daredevils, as per. Starc the bowler. 3.25pm BST That change means that RCB are opting for an extra seamer. Haven’t seen the pitch yet, but Mark Butcher reported earlier that the green tinge is something of a red herring. It’s apparently just covering up a lot of cracks and there’s nothing to spring the ball back up. 3.07pm BST Delhi Daredevils: Agarwal, SS Iyer, JP Duminy*, AD Mathews, Yuvraj Singh, KM Jadhav†, NM Coulter-Nile, A Mishra, S Nadeem, Imran Tahir, DJ Muthuswami 3.04pm BST Virat Kohli, and by proxy RCB, have won it and will have a bowl. 2.58pm BST Incidentally, in rubbish, unfashionable, boring, mediocre, County Championship Division Two, one man and his dog are watching Kumar Sangakkara and Kevin Pietersen bat together at The Oval. 2.55pm BST Good news dept.: It’s not raining, thank god. 2.50pm BST Afternoon/evening, folks. Let’s try that again, shall we? It’s fourth v sixth today, two teams who have hit form only sporadically. That might not be the most invigorating of intros, but it means that the two sides do have a fair bit to play for. Both will be keen to build upon a victory last time out in order to find that most elusive of T20 concepts: consistency. Continue reading... Chris Gayle bats for West Indies during a World Twenty20 match against Australia at The Oval.Chris Gayle bats for West Indies during a World Twenty20 match against Australia at The Oval.
- County cricket – as it happened
Kevin Pietersen became the fastest Surrey batsman to 1,000 runs while Ian Westwood thwarted Yorkshire and Marcus Trescothick dominated against Middlesex 5.42pm BST A really disciplined hundred from Ian Westwood at Headingley has thwarted Yorkshire all day and left Jack Brooks, the leading wicket-taker in Division One, particularly frustrated in the evening session, writes Richard Gibson . Twice in one over Brooks thought he had the leftie out, shortly after Tim Bresnan sent Sam Hain packing for an even 50, trapped lbw to the second new ball. Warwickshire are 252-4. Yorkshire on course to bowl 100 overs in the day. 5.22pm BST Jesse Ryder has changed the complexion of this Surrey innings with two big wickets in an over with the new ball to peg the hosts back to 243 for five, reports Ali Martin . The New Zealander, who bowls gentle medium pace to devastating effect, trapped Kevin Pietersen lbw for 32 trying to play forward. And two balls later Jason Roy was sent packing in the same manner for a duck. Steven Davies is unbeaten on 45 and Essex, having won the toss, will be feeling a bit better about things. 4.07pm BST Surrey lost two wickets in the afternoon session but went into tea in command on 189 for three with Kevin Pietersen at the crease and humming on, err, 12, writes Ali Martin . The first two runs of those took Pietersen past 1,000 first-class runs for Surrey, the fastest man to reach that particular milestone, needing 17 innings. But don’t rule out Kumar Sangakarra pinching the title, having shown more glorious form in his 103-ball 52, reaching a 76th first-class fifty with a glorious drven four before being trapped lbw by Jesse Ryder. It was the second wicket of the afternoon, with Rory Burns trying to emulate the Sri Lankan’s six down the ground off Monty Panesar, only to perish caught at gully for a well-crafted 78. Steven Davies, fresh from his double-century in Cardiff, is alongside Pietersen at the crease and has 11 to his name. 3.57pm BST So this was a good toss to lose, writes Vic Marks . I gather Somerset would have bowled if they had won the toss; instead they are 317-3 at tea. Good progress. Marcus Trescothick hit 140 from 189 balls, whereupon he was well held by James Harris on the leg-side boundary off Adam Voges. Apart from the fact that he is not quite as rapid between the wickets this was the Trescothick of old, thumping the ball to the off-side boundaries with relish. 3.07pm BST Lesson to all: never try to copy Kumar Sangakkara in a live match scenario, warns Ali Martin . We have just seen the second wicket at the Oval and it is Rory Burns dragging himself off the field after being caught at gully off the bowling of Monty Panesar. The left-hander had just seen partner Sangakkara loft Panesar for a glorious six over long-on and tried to ape his senior partner - only to perish for 78. It means Kevin Pietersen has joined Sanga at the crease, sneaking a leg bye first ball before the Sri Lankan master exacts some revenge for his partner with a late cut for four. Surrey are 145 for two at the end of the 51st. 3.06pm BST The afternoon session at Headingley really has been one for the purists and a healthy home crowd have appreciated their bowlers’ efforts during it, writes Richard Gibson . Tim Bresnan struck in his first over for the second time in the match to have Will Porterfield held by wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd and many of the Bresnan overs that followed - a spell that included Ian Westwood being discomforted and struck on the gloves - was met by generous applause. Westwood, to his credit, has shown the greatest defiance of the Warwickshire batsmen to move into the 80s but has just lost a third partner after the pressure of scoring just 19 runs in 10 overs told on Laurie Evans, who was pinned leg before by Steven Patterson. Relatively slow going it might be but absorbing nevertheless. Warwickshire 137-3. 1.19pm BST Well, there has been no shortage of action at Taunton, writes Vic Marks . Trescothick has been in one of his belligerent moods, which cheers everyone up down here. Somerset are 148-2 at lunch with Trescothick 81 not out. They lost two wickets on 51. Young Tom Abell, having been impressively neat and composed for an hour, shouldered arms to Tim Murtagh and lost his off-stump. Then Tom Cooper was lbw first ball to James Harris as a yorker thudded into his left boot; the doleful batsman could not quite refrain from glancing at his bat before departing. 1.07pm BST Lunch at the Oval, munches Ali Martin, where Surrey have won the morning session handsomely after being asked to bat by Essex skipper James Foster, reaching the interval 84 for one, with Rory Burns on 45 and Kumar Sangakkara on 12 . Burns and opening partner Zafar Ansari blunted the visiting attack first thing with a stand of 61 runs from 23 overs that suggested the green-tinged pitch does not hold the gremlins Foster hoped for. Ansari was the sole man to fall for 18 - having enjoyed a life on five when Greg Smith dropped him at third slip off Graham Napier’s second ball - with James Porter trapping him lbw from around the wicket with half an hour of the session remaining. Sangakkara arrived at the crease and produced the shot of the morning off the fourth ball of his first over from Porter, cracking an drive straight between the bowler and Monty Panesar at mid-on for four. Burns, who opened the campaign with a half-century against Glamorgan last Sunday, has looked rock solid at the other end, with all six of his fours truck behind square. 12.30pm BST Warwickshire’s left-handed second-wicket pair Ian Westwood and William Porterfield have put on 50 at Headingley after Varun Chopra nicked a beauty from Tim Bresnan, the third ball of the innings, writes Richard Gibson . Porterfield should have followed on 19 but Bresnan floored a chance at third slip off 17-year-old Matthew Fisher. Off the field, and Yorkshire appear to have made a concerted effort on the lunch front, having ditched their infamous combos such as pickled onions and chocolate cake, and salmon and baked beans followed by egg custard, for mushroom soup and cold meat salad. 11.58am BST A life for Zafar Ansari at the Oval, with Greg Smith at third slip shelling a chance in Graham Napier’s first over from the Vauxhall End, reports Ali Martin . He and Rory Burns remain, with Surrey 33 for no loss after being inserted. In other news, this season sees the introduction of a newly-created pub inside the ground. The Feathers is situated in the Bedser Stand and is offering taste tests for four unnamed ales, with members voting on which will become the regular drop going forward. Plus, successfully identify the beer you are tasting, and the landlord will give you a free pint. I’ll be back in a few hours … 11.33am BST Greetings from Taunton, writes Vic Marks, where it’s cold, grey but dry . Middlesex have won the toss and chosen to bowl. The pitch looks green, but it always starts green here. Somerset have the same side as in their first game against Durham except that Tom Abell is playing instead of Johann Myburgh (who is having a baby). This means no Craig Overton and no Alfonso Thomas, who are not quite match fit. Nick Compton returns to Taunton, having been generously released from his contract last winter. Whether he’ll do the decent thing and score only a modest number of runs, we’ll wait and see. Steven Finn has started around the wicket to Marcus Trescothick. I can’t quite understand why so many opening bowlers do that. Yesterday I’m sure Alastair Cook was happier when Shannon Gabriel opted to bowl around the wicket to him. Anyway Tresco has swatted a couple of boundaries. Ali M asks for deep insight as to why Middlesex have such a good record at Taunton and I’ve been dutifully wracking my brains. Er, well, obviously they have been bloody lucky. To the chief executive’s delight the scoreboard is working - at the moment. 11.18am BST James Middlebrook went wicketless in his last County Championship appearance for Yorkshire at Headingley - a crushing victory over Kent during their 2001 Championship-winning campaign, writes Richard Gibson . Now 37, he needs just one victim on his surprise second debut to take his first-class tally for the club to 50. Off-spinner Middlebrook’s short-term signing comes after the reigning champions’ request for Adil Rashid to be returned from Test tour duty was declined. Karl Carver, the teenage slow left-armer, played in the innings win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston last season and also appeared in the 10-wicket victory over Worcestershire a fortnight ago. However, the Yorkshire hierarchy felt it was too much of an ask for a 19-year-old to be carry the burden of senior spinner, so Middlebrook, released by relegated Northamptonshire last September, was recruited from the Bradford League where he returned figures of 7-0-56-1 for New Farnley versus Hanging Heaton on Saturday. Richard Pyrah, the seam-bowling all-rounder, has been omitted from Yorkshire’s 12-man squad and Middlebrook will get straight into the action after the Warwickshire captain Varun Chopra won the toss and chose to bat first. Warwickshire were the closest team to Yorkshire in Division One last year but were crushed by an innings in both meetings between the teams. 10.40am BST Good morning, says Ali Martin from a slightly cold, and definitely overcast, south London for this third Sunday of County Championship cricket. That’s right, I’m back watching the Division Two brown-capped fancy dans from the capital, Surrey, as they take on Essex, fresh from their thrilling win over Kent, at the Kia Oval. While Kevin Pietersen was of course a consideration in opting for this fixture (as well as the ground’s proximity to my own dwellings), it’s hard to escape the fact that England did rather well in Grenada yesterday and the grapes of a Test recall have moved further from the grasp of our right-handed Tantalus. Continue reading... A general view of play during day one of the County Championship Division One match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire at Headingley.
- Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals: IPL 2015 –as it didn't happen | Dan Lucas
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled Teams get one point apiece 2.49pm BST The teams get one point each, so the Royals get top spot without doing anything. So, um... bye. 2.48pm BST That was good, wasn’t it? 2.35pm BST No official confirmation, but the players have shaken hands and walked off. As a professional cricket journalist, my expertise allows me to exclusively reveal this probably means the game is off. 2.32pm BST Ooh hello. There are rumours circulating now that the players are warming up. I can’t see, because it’s imperative that Sky don’t interrupt the highlights of some old game or other that they’re showing. 2.24pm BST They’re having another inspection. There’s very little chance of this match going ahead, if rumours are to be believed. I don’t know if rumours are to be believed. 2.16pm BST For the record, if this is abandoned there is no reserve day and the teams would get one point each. If no play is possible today at the Eden Gardens, would mean #RR take the lead in the points table atleast until 28th.. #KKRvRR #IPL 1.59pm BST There’s still a lot of water around the boundary. This means... another inspection! At 2.15pm BST. 1.41pm BST I would much rather watch whatever the hell this is: Either the IPL has got far more crazy or Sky Sports have got their graphics wrong… #IPL #KKRvRR #KKR #RR pic.twitter.com/Tjci1Wz3YY 1.26pm BST There will be another inspection at 6:30 PM. There's plenty of water still around, cut-off time for a 5 over match is 7:30 PM #IPL #KKRvRR That’s 2pm, UK time, for the inspection. 1.17pm BST Another inspection in half an hour. Sigh. 1.17pm BST Fascinated by reports from India suggesting cricket's Champions League may be scrapped. A tournament never really embraced in England. 1.09pm BST The umpires are carrying out there inspection. It’s stopped raining but there are still some covers on and there’s a fair bit of standing water around. 1.00pm BST Alastair Cook might as well start writing his victory speech now. Finally, definitive proof that James Anderson is a better bowler than Mitchell Johnson. We can end the debate now pic.twitter.com/RtvguWw17s 12.53pm BST There will be a pitch inspection in 10 minutes. We officially won’t get a full 40 overs now. 12.35pm BST The covers are coming off! Well, some of them are anyway. By my reckoning we start losing overs in about 10 minutes. 7.20pm local time is the cut off for us to get any kind of game – five overs per side is the shortest they can go down to – which is, um... 2.50pm London time, I think. That would be annoying, as I’m covering another match 40 minutes after that. 12.04pm BST It’s pouring it down again. Bah! 11.36am BST The rain briefly abates. 11.29am BST In about half an hour we start losing overs. I imagine that will happen, says your meteorologist Lucas . 11.24am BST In fact, the rain looks to have eased off a wee bit. No news on a toss or start time yet though. The covers are still on. 11.24am BST Update! #cricket #ipl super sopper in. ground staff working...... 11.05am BST We might get a F5 , or five-over-a-side shoot-out, if we’re lucky. 11.03am BST According to the weather forecast , the rain should stop by about 5.30-6pm local time. That’s about two hours away. These updates will be sporadic – the entire playing surface is under the covers. 10.59am BST Morning folks. Ready for some imminent IPL action? Well don’t get your hopes up – it’s bucketing it down in Kolkata, apparently. When things do finally get underway though, it’s a pretty tasty match-up: the defending champs against the until-yesterday-anyway leaders. Continue reading... Steve Smith, batting here for Australia, will be keen to lead Rajasthan back to winning ways.
- Brendon McCullum inspires Chennai Super Kings to beat Kings XI Punjab
• Chennai Super Kings 192-3; Kings XI Punjab 95-9 • Chennai Super Kings win by 97 runs Chennai Super Kings roared into the joint lead of the IPL table after an emphatic victory over a hapless Kings XI Punjab, who lost the toss, made a string of errors in the field and then batted poorly to come off profoundly second best in a 97-run defeat. Chennai hit the third-highest total of this year’s IPL. Dwayne Smith got their innings under way in blistering, vicious style, scoring a quickfire 26 off 12 balls, including three fours and two sixes, before getting out off the 13th. Anureet Singh received the credit but the wicket owed more to luck, Smith mistiming an attempted pull and the ball missing the bat and hitting him in the chest, bouncing into his arm, and deflecting back into the stumps. Continue reading... Brendon McCullum, of Chennai Super Kings, plays an unorthodox shot for New Zealand. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/APBrendon McCullum, of Chennai Super Kings, plays an unorthodox shot for New Zealand. Photograph: Jon Hrusa/AP
- Alastair Cook reserves special praise for match-winning Jimmy Anderson
• Cook: ‘I’m very lucky to have played with Jimmy’ • Man of the match Joe Root looking forward to summer • Mike Selvey’s Test report from St George’s • Day five as it happened: Simon Burnton and Dan Lucas’s over-by-over England won the second Test match in Grenada after tea on the final day by nine wickets with almost 18 overs of the match remaining. After they were set 143 to win, Jonathan Trott made another nought, leaving his place in doubt for the third Test, but Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance, with an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 142, saw the side home, the captain finishing on 59 not out from 121 balls and Ballance undefeated on 81, from 126 balls, his innings containing eight fours and two sixes. Earlier, West Indies had been dismissed for 307 in their second innings, the last eight wickets falling for 83 runs as Jimmy Anderson capped a fine new-ball spell that brought him three for 16 (for four 43 in all), by executing a run-out and taking two catches. Continue reading... Alastair Cook, left, and Gary Ballance walk off after their unbeaten 142-run partnership secured England victory over West Indies Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images
- Jimmy Anderson has recovered from his dozy moment and looks a danger again
England’s leading Test wicket-taker is back on top form and showing all his old venom, now that he has put the Botham landmark behind him Jimmy Anderson may have been dozing on the fourth day of the Grenada Test match, rather like many of the onlookers. But he was wide-awake on the fifth. England’s record-breaking bowler was embarrassingly run-out on Friday, unaware that the ball was in the hands of the bowler while he trotted down the pitch like an occasional Sunday jogger. His partner, Joe Root, was obviously livid; he managed to keep his mouth shut but was clearly appalled at Anderson’s doziness. There were more runs to be had out there. Continue reading... England’s James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels.England’s James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels.