County cricket: Surrey v Lancashire and much more – as it happened
Today we had Will Macpherson at the Oval to watch Surrey v Lancashire 6.11pm BST And with that, I’m signing off. Enjoy your evenings - same time, same place tomorrow. Keep commenting! 6.10pm BST That’s that. Lancashire end the day leading by ten, Surrey end the day with Gareth Batty under the lid to Meaker at silly-point. Amazing day for Surrey. 6.06pm BST Last over of the day - we think - and it’s Meaker replacing Footitt. Footitt’s spell was 10-4-19-5. 6.05pm BST One over to go, lead is nine. 6.04pm BST Look away Lanky. Gareth Batty dismisses Rob Jones and Aaron Lilley https://t.co/TEIfEr0cqv 6.03pm BST 2 overs to go, Lancashire lead by 7. 5.59pm BST Lancashire lead by 2!! 5.58pm BST Bad light at Taunton. 5.57pm BST Three overs left at the Oval. Two Lancashire wickets standing. Scores level. Absolutely no idea if the extra half-hour can be taken when an innings break is involved. 5.55pm BST Somerset seemed to have heard my earlier moan. 12 overs left tonight and a ton on for both Coverton and RvdM if they want it. Somerset have 500-7 after 131, as the players leave the field for bad light. Overton and van der Merwe have 130 together. 162 lead #SOMvHAM 5.51pm BST With the scores level, Lilley drives at Footitt and edges to slip. Five for Footitt! This really might finish today. Jeez. Two Lanky wickets to go. 5.49pm BST Scores are level as Jarvis takes one and Lilley two from a Batty over, before a single into the offside off Footitt. 4.5 to go. Lancashire 189-7. Mark Footitt's spell is now 3-11 in eight overs and eight of those runs came in his first over back. #SURvLAN 5.46pm BST Lilley plays and misses four times in an over from Footitt. Six more overs to go tonight. Small possibility of the extra half-hour. 5.45pm BST Coverton and RvdM are now getting on with it down at Taunton! 5.42pm BST Could ... could Surrey win this tonight? Rob Jones is gone to end a pretty ordinary debut - he dropped two catches and didn’t bowl - the ball after sweeping Batty for four. He’s trapped lbw, and Batty let out a huge guttural roar in celebration. He’s had a few turned down today. Lilley in with Clark, and they just need to knuckle down for seven overs. Oh, and as I type that Clark is bowled. Two in the over. It’s 189 for seven, still four behind . Extra half-hour would be taken if Surrey got 2 more, I reckon. 5.33pm BST So Essex beat Leicestershire by an innings . They go top by 44 points, although Kent are looking good for a win in Bristol and should close that gap. Four each for Masters and Porter, but Dan Lawrence - the third best teenager in the country, after Scurran and Has - was the hero, with a brilliant ton. 5.29pm BST Procter’s fine innings - easily the best I’ve seen him play - ends as he plays across the line to become Footitt’s third victim of a fine spell. Lancashire are still 11 behind. 5.01pm BST Wickets in consecutive overs for Footitt, as Croft edges low to Kumar at first slip, who takes another fine catch. It’s still 167, but Lancs are four down now. 4.58pm BST :-( STUMPS: Umpires have decided no more play will happen on day 3 of this Championship game between Sussex and Glamorgan 4.54pm BST Off for bad light again at Taunton, where Somerset’s tactics strike me as a bit odd. They seem to be trying to only bat once, and have a lead of 125, but RvdM and Coverton’s stand of 93 only came at 3.5 runs per over. Surely the foot should have been out to the floor? 4.52pm BST 167 for three, by the way, would not be the time for a gaggle of Lanky wickets to fall... Still 26 behind. 4.50pm BST What an extraordinarily careless way for Alviro Petersen to get out. He’s just slapped Footitt, who he had looked so comfy against, to cover. Sibley with the catch, and Surrey could not believe their luck. 4.48pm BST In case u r wondering why we haven't cricket in Scarborough now but interesting Div 2 promotion story SPORTS EXTRA pic.twitter.com/ToQsbK52SE 4.42pm BST Cover drive for four off the first ball of Footitt’s spell takes Petersen to 51, in a stand of 72. Playing beautifully. 4.40pm BST Could it be over tonight in Brizzle? Tavaré b Stevens 0. Glos 13/3 and trail by 299 runs. Marshall joins Klinger 0*. #ProperCricket pic.twitter.com/Wf5AHcP0qW 4.37pm BST Bad karma coming Gloucestershire’s way. Roderick c Tredwell b Viljoen 8. Glos 13/2 and trail by 299. Klinger joins Tavaré 0*. #ProperCricket pic.twitter.com/c1HlZUTdXg 4.35pm BST Petersen - who is playing a very sprightly little knock - hit Batty down the ground for six, and the lead has been trimmed to 40. 4.33pm BST Not a good look from Gloucestershire, this. Trying to charge £20 after tea. @Vitu_E So there's a bit of cricket now but @Gloscricket want to charge me 20 quid ...4 day cricket helping itself again 4.31pm BST Hell of a game for Chad Barrett. Maiden first-class wicket for Chad Barrett two years on from his debut... #bbccricket 4.25pm BST Procter has been put down by Steven Davies in the gully, off the bowling of Tom Curran, a ball after a misfield at cover gave him four. Tough chance, diving to his right, but should have been taken. Poor Currant, working so hard for little reward; Procter had 65, and Lancs are still 53 behind. 4.15pm BST Rain is bad. Bad light is bad. 4:15 restart at New Road postponed due to Bad Light........ 4.11pm BST The end is nigh in Leicester. WICKET 116-7. Neil Dexter edges a ball from Jamie Porter and James Foster collects his 4th catch of the innings. Dexter out for 44. #LEIvESS Essex heading for an innings victory. Start the Capri... 4.01pm BST Kent have declared – Gloucestershire to start their 2nd inns 312 behind. Restart here at 4:15pm. #countycricketlive 3.53pm BST So it’s been a day of the 3Bs up at Scarborough. Balance and Bressie piled on the runs, then Brooks and Bressie took the poles. Notts will have 96 overs to survive and save their season, really. Yorkshire need seven wickets to keep the HEAT on Middlesex. 61 for three. 3.51pm BST Can they? Can they? STUMPS: Play called off for the day. Notts 61-3 heading into the final day. 3.51pm BST Leicestershire crumbling before 45 or 50 people’s very eyes. WICKET Make that 115 for 5. Ned Eckersley is caught by substitute Kishen Velani at square leg off Jamie Porter for 12. #LEIvESS 3.41pm BST Tea at the Oval, with Lancs 111-2. Trail by 82. MASSIVE FINAL SESSION KLAXON. 3.35pm BST Wahoo! Back on the field after a break for rain. Leicestershire 99-3. #LEIvESS 3.31pm BST Will Gidman completes his half-century from 66 balls. Kent now 292 ahead of Gloucestershire #countycricketlive pic.twitter.com/qPg7XqoNvn 3.30pm BST Poor Gloucestershire have been done by one of their own. 50 for Will Gidman off 66 balls (6x4, 1x6). Kent 506/6, a lead of 285. James Tredwell 3*. pic.twitter.com/QRIryXJN71 3.27pm BST This is Nye Donald’s dad, which is cute. @Jacques_Rudolph Massive congratulations on 19,000 fc runs. Look forward to seeing #20,000 in @GlamCricket colours pic.twitter.com/BhLOTvdpkl 3.23pm BST Somerset surpass 400 runs and secure all 5 batting points. Overton & van der Merwe extend the lead to 66 runs, now 404-7 (108 ov.) #SOMvHAM 3.20pm BST Sam Billings goes for his highest first class score of 171, which is still less than his white ball best. #EvolutionNotRevolution 3.17pm BST Meaker has got one to spit - pace, rather than the pitch, I reckon - at Livingstone and he’s been caught well at second slip by Davies. Glove, I reckon, and it’s 89 for two. 3.03pm BST Here’s the wicket of Hameed. Having a bit more of a drive than I had realised. Here is @footitt_mark having Haseeb Hameed caught behind for 17 https://t.co/60GrqtUyUR 3.01pm BST What a player this lad is. 150 for Sam Billings - his first-class career best. 190 balls, 27 fours. Kent 457/5, a lead of 236. Will Gidman 22*. pic.twitter.com/B5P2m9hEbi 2.57pm BST Oh. Not good noises coming out of Scarborough. Heavy rain now here. That might be it for the day, but we shall see. 2.57pm BST I said this earlier in the week, but I’d really urge you to read this, if you can find the time. It’s about a friend of mine, and a great friend of cricket, who suffered a stroke earlier this year. Disclaimer: have tissues handy. Jesse's story: brave, big hearted and many more things to do https://t.co/xSMB3EK14f via @theage 2.55pm BST That won’t help Leicestershire. WICKET Mark Cosgrove moves across his stumps and is lbw to David Masters for 27. 88 for 3. Neil Dexter 34*. #LEIvESS 2.50pm BST Good editing in this video; they’ve managed to make G-Balz look elegant. Bad light stops play at Scarbra. A captain's knock from @YorkshireCCC 's stand-in skipper Gary Ballance as he scores a solid https://t.co/KfnuoqsxUS 2.35pm BST Hameed gone. Caught behind defending Footitt. Had played tidily, but it’s 49 for one. Still 144 behind. Livingstone at No3 again. 2.29pm BST Interesting.... Warwickshire propose Championship day-night trial https://t.co/NUWvwwLiiD 2.28pm BST This is utterly magnificent, and Somerset are in the lead. Bit of a mix up but no harm done in the end! ✅✅ #SOMvHAM pic.twitter.com/Nkia6l0jQV 2.23pm BST And there is Lumb’s pair. OUT! Two in the over for Bresnan as Lumb feathers an edge through to Hodd. Batsman does not look happy. Notts 34-3. 2.22pm BST Off again - bad light this time - at Chester-le-street. 2.21pm BST Ah. That hat-trick was just carried over from the first innings. Michael Lumb, who is on a pair, survived the hat-trick ball. 2.19pm BST Oh my. All over today at Scarborough? Bresnan on a hat-trick... 2.19pm BST Quiet start to Lancashire’s innings. Procter doing as Procter does, and it took Hameed 14 balls to get off the mark, but he’s since played a nice cover drive and a flick through midwicket. A pigeon has been bothering him. It’s 35 without loss. 2.07pm BST Which brought Will Gidman to the crease and THIS happened. A single from Will Gidman takes Kent to 400-5. It is also his first Championship run AGAINST Gloucestershire pic.twitter.com/nTajAI7iHz 2.07pm BST The Kent record 5th wkt stand remains Ames & Woolley's 277 v New Zealanders at @SpitfireGround in 1931. Will Gidman is the new batsman. 2.00pm BST How annoying. RAIN STOPPED PLAY Leicestershire 71 for 2, still trail by 114 runs. Neil Dexter 26*, Mark Cosgrove 18*. #LEIvESS 1.52pm BST Two men catching at square leg for Hameed, which is interesting. 1.51pm BST 2pm restart with a further 6 overs lost in Cardiff. 68 overs left in the day. 1.41pm BST Kerrigan’s first wicket on the ground he is most famous for bowling at! Wicket Watch: Simon Kerrigan gets his 1st career wicket at The KIA Oval Good work @kegs10 https://t.co/MSPXQtvf2S 1.35pm BST Surrey are all out for 480. Footitt had slogged a six into the Peter May but he’s been bowled by Lilley, who ends up with what you might describe as a pretty ordinary five-wicket bag. Probably the pick of the bowlers, mind, so well done him. Lancs bowled very poorly today and the lead is 193, which is big. Now for Hameed v Scurran, round two. 1.29pm BST Sorry to hear this. All the best. Former Glamorgan coach John Derrick in hospital after suffering a stroke. https://t.co/1432WFr5Xe pic.twitter.com/dnMl9L77ZT 1.25pm BST Play due to start in 20 minutes at the Riverside! Joy! 1.24pm BST Some Scurran highlights. I’m too good to you lot, you know. Too good. You're seeing it like a ⚽️ & are 1 shot off your maiden then this happens. Sure it'll come soon, Sam Curran https://t.co/WpvUHmj5ac 1.22pm BST Umpires on their way back out with no overs lost. Sun is shining and they have royally got away with one there. Wouldn’t surprise me if Batty declares very soon. 1.16pm BST There’s cricket happening at Taunton, which is good to see! 12.53pm BST It’s lunch here and there’s a lot of rain about so the games are a bit disjointed, so I’m going to go and have lunch myself. Back shortly. 12.49pm BST It’s started. OUT! Mullaney edges Brooks to Leaning in the slips. Notts 3-1. 12.47pm BST I’m loathe to criticise them, but the umpires are having a genuine mare here. The light isn’t great, but it’s not bad, and we are going off for an early lunch, apparently because a shower is on its way. Shambles. Not like this is a spectator sport or anything. So it’s 468-9 at lunch, and the lead is 181. 12.39pm BST It’s got a bit dark at t’Oval. 12.38pm BST Batty lbw to Kerrigan. Looked good but he wanders off looking at his bat. Footitt coming out for a hit. 463 for nine. Lead is 176. 12.36pm BST Game. On. DECLARATION: Yorkshire declare on 263-4; a lead of 451. Ballance 101 not out and Bresnan 35 unbeaten. 12.34pm BST Worcestershire have signed Miguel Cummins off of the Windies to replace Kyle Abbott, who is with SA. Bit of an odd signing but best of luck to all parties. 12.34pm BST There it is. Handy. Actually reckon Ballance was go fine on the slow decks in India. Not actually expecting them to prepare raging turners. Hundred for Ballance from 163 balls with 14 fours. Yorkshire 258-4. 12.31pm BST On Yorkshire plough. Big six from Bresnan over long-on. Ballance just five short of his century now. Yorkshire 250/4. 12.26pm BST Scurran’s out for 96. He can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Two balls after that six, he’s got a leading edge straight back to Lilley. He’s played brilliantly and taken an absolute age to leave the field. Poor lad, but that is an absolutely immense innings, and he’s got a huge ovation. “Well done mate,” says the ground announcer. Seriously. 12.24pm BST Scurran to 96 by swiping Lilley into the OCS for the third time. Lead is 166. 12.23pm BST He’s touched the ball. I think he’s been given out caught behind but handled the ball also seems an issue. You can’t touch it! WICKET Paul Horton touches a ball just outside off stump and is caught by James Foster for 2 and Leics are 7-1. Angus Robson 3*. #LEIvESS 12.22pm BST Restarting at 12.30 in Cardiff. 11 overs lost 12.20pm BST Farewell, sweet prince. Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan to quit internationals after Australia series https://t.co/ll43lVOB35 pic.twitter.com/5090mSFZZy 12.19pm BST Scurran is in the 90s. So, so good. 12.15pm BST This is a great piece on Dan Lawrence. We're alive again. And so are Essex – because of this guy. Special. We chatted wrists. https://t.co/ncwgEq4xhs pic.twitter.com/rJnp8XGMUy 12.13pm BST Off for rain in Bristol, Taunton (start at 1), Durham, Cardiff and Worcester. FFS 11.57am BST Scurran moves to his highest first class score by pumping Lilley into the Peter May Stand. I’ve done a Twitter poll. Vote please. Which will Scurran pass first? Here is @CurranSM moving to his 50 https://t.co/KIGekrmwV9 11.53am BST Freak alert. Old school, new school - the two faces of @sambillings on show in his 3rd FC #ProperCricket https://t.co/VTXvgQslxP 11.51am BST This is really good, by the way. Very interesting issue that I’ve no doubt many of you have encountered first hand. 11.50am BST Good on ya son. Daryl Mitchell's 23rd First Class Hundred and now under 30 away from 10,000 career First Class runs 11.46am BST CurranT has gone, looping Lilley up into the legside and caught in the deep, 75 shy of his maiden first-class ton. Out comes Batty, in what I can only assume is one of his particularly belligerent moods. Lead: 131. 11.39am BST No play before lunch at the Riverside, which is a shame for fans of Keith Barker’s batting. 11.38am BST Cricket in Scarbs. I don’t reckon Bressie will have stuck to that famous old mantra “No Carbs Before Scarbs” Ballance (75no) and Bresnan on their way out to the middle. Yorkshire 200-4; leading my 388. 11.37am BST WICKET Graham Napier drives to short mid-wicket off the bowling of Charlie Shreck and departs for 31. 407-9. Dan Lawrence 142*. #LEIvESS 11.36am BST Two balls after bringing up his 50 (well, his 53), Scurran has 61. Jarvis strays onto his pads, so he glances fine, and then he plays a sensual cover drive. 404 for six. Lead fast becoming heftier than Richard Levi’s backside. 11.32am BST Scurran just got to 50 with an upper cut. Honestly, this kid. Seriously. 11.30am BST Genuinely believe Billings’ aptitude against spin should see him come into contention for India. 3rd first class hundred in Billings' career, brought up with a flick over midwicket for 4 (from outside off). #countycricketlive 11.28am BST Hahaha Scurran you ludicrous little man. Lilley comes on to replace Buck at the Vauxhall End, and first ball, Scurran rocks back and swats him into the OCS Stand for six. Short boundary, and the man at cow was never in the game. Scurran has 49 and the lead is 99. 11.26am BST Looks like Napier and Lawrence are going to go gorillas at Grace Road. 11.25am BST They’ve gone off for rain in Cardiff. Or should that be CardiFFS? 11.19am BST Scurran just *pulled* Buck down the ground for four. 11.18am BST Scenes in Bristol. Billings and Stevens set highest 5th wkt stand v @Gloscricket passing 218 by Ames & Valentine, Folkestone 1933 pic.twitter.com/f64RDad5aP 11.13am BST Prominent rain, whatever that is. We are going to have delayed start here unfortunately as the rain gets more prominent #SOMvHAM pic.twitter.com/VnfzMiSz54 11.07am BST Oooh no. That’s a horrible drop. Rob Jones, who also shelled Burns on the first evening, has put CurranT down off Jarvis. Big nick, driving hard and he’s had three bites at the metaphorical cherry; in, out, in again, out for good, and grassed. CurranT had 5. 11.05am BST We are currently the only Div One game happened, due to rain. 11.04am BST Scurran is a freak. A freak I tell you. Buck’s been violently cut then brutally pulled, both for four, in the day’s first over. And now CurranT has driven Jarvis’s first ball through mid-off for four more. These two. 11.03am BST News from Scarbra, where it’s going to be a late finish. Except, of course, if Notts, ya know, Notts it up a bit. Following an inspection, play will start at 11:40, with two overs lost. 10.56am BST Surrey-Lancs Watch highlights of the 2nd day with @LancsCCC as Surrey close on 354-6 leading by 67 runs https://t.co/UjaF1wU8zK HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from Day Two against @WarwickshireCCC https://t.co/y3PelYmRHs WATCH: Highlights from yesterday's play are now available on our YouTube channel -> https://t.co/XQKogvj5ic #SOMvHAM Now you know @Lawrenc28Daniel , see him play. Cracking century from the 19-year-old #Wrists pic.twitter.com/LUXx9Tt6DE 10.49am BST Good morning! It’s sweltering again in south London but the rain we were warned about has, thankfully, not materialised. I’m in a good mood because I’ve just been to the dry cleaner’s to drop a suit off for a wedding I’m going to next week, and the man in there was just lovely. Service with a smile - it really is the little things in life that count. Anyway, I’ve got to the ground and two curious things are going on in front of me. Firstly, Mark Footitt is warming up his fielding and throwing with his right arm. Huh? I’d never noticed this before. I know Samit sometimes does this, and George Bailey is ambidextrous, but Footitt didn’t strike me as the sort. 10.04am BST Morning all, Will is back at the Oval today. While you wait for his first update, feel free to read his report from yesterday: Related: Kumar Sangakkara in Surrey quartet to miss centuries but Lancashire toil Continue reading... England v Pakistan: first ODI – as it happened
Jason Roy made a sparkling 65 as England cruised to victory over Pakistan in a rain-affected match 9.59pm BST The umpires have called the game off, so England go 1-0 up in the ODI series and insert your own about the Super Series here. They controlled the match from the start and were comfortable winners. Thanks for your company; goodnight! 9.52pm BST “Hello,” writes Brenda Parker. “I have gone through your Linkedin profile and I am convinced that you can handle this job position with HANGZHOU IRON & STEEL GROUP COMPANY.” Well, that’s it from me. Bye! 9.41pm BST The cut-off point is 2215: if the players aren’t back on by then, England will win on Duckworth/Lewis. 9.39pm BST 34.3 overs: England 194-3 (Morgan 33, Stokes 15) The batsmen have resumed at the wrong end, according to the Sky statistician. Warwick Armstrong bowled consecutive overs in an Ashes Test in 1921 either side of a rain break. There is another rain break here, after three deliveries. There are a few boos from those who haven’t gone home but the umpires have no choice; it is raining heavily again. 9.38pm BST Some reading while we wait for play to resume Will Cooling has sent this piece on the merits of the T20 Blast’s current structure . 9.24pm BST England’s revised target is 252 from 48 overs, so they need 59 from 84 balls. 9.19pm BST Play will resume at 9.35pm, if it doesn’t rain again. 9.17pm BST The umpires are inspecting , and he covers are slowly coming off. 9.07pm BST More hot six chat “Talking of the significance of sixes and of inflicting mental disintegration, and thinking about the relative rarity of Test sixes back in the day, I recall the Australian allr-rounder Alan Davidson turning a 1961 Test match on its head by taking 20 in an over - two sixes and two fours - off David Allen, who had just ripped through the Aussie second innings. There were nine wickets down at the time and Davidson led the last wicket partnership to give Australia a winning lead. I was 9, watching a black and white telly, sickeningly gripped. I’ve just checked here and it was the 4th Test, Old Trafford, 1-all in the series at the time. After Davidson gave them a chance to win, Benaud finished the job by collapsing England from the top. But for me Davidson was the story. And amazingly enough, there’s even a video of that over.” Ah yes, great call; that was a brilliant innings, and so important that he hit Allen out of the attack. That was the “we’ll do these jokers, Rich” match. I’d seen video of some of Benaud’s wickets but never Davidson’s innings; that’ll be a nice pre-bedtime treat. 9.04pm BST 34th over: England 193-3 (target: 261; Morgan 33, Stokes 14) Stokes times Malik down the ground for four, a lovely stroke - but the rain has not eased and the umpires have admitted defeat. England are 46 ahead on Duckworth/Lewis, should that be the end of the match. 8.59pm BST 33rd over: England 185-3 (target: 261; Morgan 31, Stokes 8) Stokes slams Wahab on the bounce to extra cover, where Azhar picks up and throws at the non-striker’s end in one movement. England get two overthrows but it was worth the try, even though Morgan would have been home anyway. The next ball is a trampolining bouncer that goes for five wides. It’s now pouring down, so the players might be going off soon. England are well ahead on D/L, and need 76 from 17 overs. Mohammad Amir is back on the field. 8.53pm BST 32nd over: England 174-3 (target: 261; Morgan 28, Stokes 5) Morgan gets his second boundary, sweeping a dreadful delivery from Malik around the corner. Then Stokes is fortunate to survive when he drags a delivery back onto his foot and almost onto the stumps. 8.45pm BST 31st over: England 167-3 (target: 261; Morgan 22, Stokes 4) Wahab is back and so is the rain, though it’s not heavy enough to force the players off. England are 31 ahead on Duckworth/Lewis. “Evening Rob.,” says Simon McMahon. “Mrs McMahon has switched to the GBBO. That’s the Great British Bake Off. I’m now watching 12 people making jaffa cakes in a tent. I feel an Ian Faith moment coming on.” 8.42pm BST 30th over: England 165-3 (target: 261; Morgan 21, Stokes 3) Stokes is beaten by a gorgeous delivery from Amir that swings in a fraction and then straightens past the edge. Surely it’s time to ask Wahab Riaz to raise hell at the other end; Pakistan’s best chance of winning this is to take two quick wickets here. He might have to come on at this end because Amir is walking off with what looks like some kind of side strain. That could be a problem for the rest of the series, never mind tonight. “What strange days these are Rob,” says Guy Hornsby. “Yes, our Test team is good but has been for much of the last decade. This one day team though, I honestly can’t remember a more promising group of players since early KP years (it’s safe, isn’t it), certainly in terms of strength in depth. Roy had become a staggering player, we have a clever and varied attack and runs ridiculously deep. The only way is down, obviously.” Quite. I’d say this is certainly the most promising ODI batting line-up we’ve ever had. 8.37pm BST 29th over: England 162-3 (target: 261; Morgan 20, Stokes 1) Malik skips through an over that costs just four. 8.34pm BST 28th over: England 158-3 (target: 261; Morgan 17, Stokes 0) Ben Stokes is the new batsman. “If we’re talking six to win the game,” says Robert Taylor, “ then I nominate this . Sorry about all the messages, I’m off work with a cold...” 8.32pm BST Eoin Morgan has run Joe Root out. He called for a very dodgy single into the covers in an attempt to get off strike against Mohammad Amir, and Root was well short when Azhar Ali hit the stumps direct. Root has the face on as he stomps off, and that isn’t going to make Morgan feel any better about life. 8.26pm BST 27th over: England 156-2 (target: 261; Root 60, Morgan 16) A poor delivery from Nawaz is swept easily for four by Root. He is already only four away from equalling Marcus Trescothick’s record of 12 ODI hundreds for England, and in an hour’s time he might be three away. “Ah Monty,” says Niall Mullen. “ We’ll always have Cardiff .” It’s funny that Monty and Graham Onions are probably best remembered for performances with the bat. 8.23pm BST 26th over: England 151-2 (target: 261; Root 56, Morgan 15) There is a little bit of turn now, both for Nawaz and Malik, but you still feel they will need an unforced error to get a wicket. Morgan almost provides it when he misses an attempted reverse sweep at Malik. He is a long way from his best, so for the most part he is sensibly dealing in no-risk singles. 8.22pm BST 8.19pm BST 25th over: England 147-2 (target: 261; Root 54, Morgan 13) 8.15pm BST 24th over: England 146-2 (target: 261; Root 53, Morgan 13) Shoaib Malik comes on to bowl some of the old off-spin, and is milked for a couple. England need 115 from 26 overs and will have to work extremely hard to cock this up. 8.12pm BST 23rd over: England 144-2 (target: 261; Root 52, Morgan 12) Root drags Nawaz round the corner for four to brng up the usual half-century, an apparently effortless effort from 56 balls. Nawaz then gets one to turn and bounce sharply, the first time that has happened in the innings, and beat the outside edge. “All this talk of sixes makes me ponder how much cricket has changed,” says David Hopkins. “When I started watching you never saw them in test cricket, in fact I wonder if they were considered a little indecorous. Gooch only bothered with three of them out of 333!” Lara didn’t bother with any in his 375. 8.08pm BST 22nd over: England 137-2 (target: 261; Root 47, Morgan 11) Morgan gets his first boundary, deliberately cutting Gul into the ground and wide of slip for four. Gul has already gone for 46 from six overs. 8.05pm BST 21st over: England 130-2 (target: 261; Root 45, Morgan 6) Morgan’s heart takes a trip to his mouth when he chips Nawaz just short of midwicket. Morgan batted sensationally last summer, and kickstarted England’s ODI revolution, but since then he has really struggled. The world is a better place when Eoin Morgan is in form. Mind you, this batting line-up is so good that you could almost pick him as a specialist captain. Root gives another demonstration of that excellent with a precise dab for four. “Never mind about Dan Lawrence,” says Phil Rhodes. “Of the recent England -19s, Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed is the man most likely to play ‘proper’ international cricket first. I’d send a video but the quality of his leave and judgement of where his off stump is doesn’t translate well into the modern era of highlights packages.” 8.00pm BST 20th over: England 122-2 (target: 261; Root 39, Morgan 4) “Could it be?” says Alex McGillivray. “ A magical Bell comeback? Tell me it can be true !” Yeah I think it will happen. In principle it’s fine to recall somebody like Bell for a challenge like India – England don’t pick enough older players - but his form this season is not great. That worries me a bit, and I’ll be relaying those concerns to Trevor Bayliss on Snapchat later tonight. 7.55pm BST 19th over: England 118-2 (target: 261; Root 38, Morgan 1) The new batsman is the captain Eoin Morgan, who is in serious need of a score. He has happy memories of this ground; he scored a glorious century in the ODI decider against Pakistan here six years ago. “ The shot from 25 seconds ,” says Chris Drew. “We all love Monty, and wish him well.” 7.54pm BST Roy’s excellent innings is ended by a brilliant catch. He charged the left-arm spinner Nawaz, went for a big stroke over the leg side and got a leading edge straight down the ground. It was going for six but Babar took a beautifully judged running catch right on the boundary edge. 7.50pm BST 18th over: England 114-1 (target: 261; Roy 65, Root 35) Umar Gul returns to the attack. Roy walks down the track to his first ball and plays an outrageous flick-drive over midwicket for four. “What a shot that is,” says Nasser. Some of his shots in this innings have been awesome. 7.44pm BST 17th over: England 107-1 (target: 261; Roy 59, Root 34) Mohammad Nawaz, another left-arm spinner, comes into the attack. It’s hard to know what to say about this, so comfortable are England at the moment. On Sky, the housewives’ favourite weatherman Nasser Hussain informs us that there is some thunder and lightning in the area. England are about 400 runs ahead of Duckworth/Lewis. 7.41pm BST 16th over: England 100-1 (target: 261; Roy 55, Root 31) Root, who has had a few problems with left-arm spin in one-day cricket, gets a last-minute touch on a delivery that would otherwise have trapped him LBW. The last ball of the over is rubbish, a leg-stump half-volley that Root sweeps round the corner for four. Thanks to Daniel Harris for this . He looks ridiculously good for a 19-year-old. In fact, based on that 24-second video I’m inking him for 12,000 Test runs. 7.35pm BST 15th over: England 91-1 (target: 261; Roy 51, Root 26) Roy drives Wahab for a single to reach a high-class fifty from 43 balls. He seems fine now after a bit of dizziness earlier in the innings. England are in complete control; they need 170 from 35 overs. 7.31pm BST 14th over: England 87-1 (target: 261; Roy 47, Root 24) Imad Wasim almost slips one through Root. He is bowling economically – just 14 from his four overs – but Pakistan need more than that at the moment. 7.28pm BST 13th over: England 83-1 (target: 261; Roy 47, Root 22) Roy checks a drive at Wahab that bounces short of mid-off. Wahab looks lively, and is bowling in excess of 90mph. Pakistan really need wickets. 7.26pm BST 12th over: England 81-1 (target: 261; Roy 46, Root 21) Roy sweeps Wasim over square leg for the first six of the match, just a lazy swish of the bat. England are cruising. “I still think this gets overlooked in Ashes ‘05 memories, Rob,” says Will Riddington. “ His very first Test match .” 7.23pm BST 7.21pm BST 11th over: England 73-1 (target: 261; Roy 39, Root 20) “ Take your pick out of these three ,” says Robert Taylor. “This was the innings that made me fall a little bit in love with our Ben. I like McCullum but it was fun seeing a plan to bounce a batsman out go so spectacularly wrong.” Ah yes, good choice. All the positive things that have happened to England in the last year and a bit, in all forms of the game, stem from that Test and Stokes’s performance in particular. It blew away 18 months of almost incessant negativity. 7.16pm BST 10th over: England 66-1 (target: 261; Roy 36, Root 17) There has been no sideways movement for the quicks, nor for the left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who is back into the attack. He is managing to keep it tight, however; his second over costs just a couple. 7.14pm BST 9th over: England 64-1 (target: 261; Roy 35, Root 16) It’s time for Wahab Riaz. His first ball is too straight and flies way for four leg-byes, though he is soon into his work and beats Root with a rapid leg-cutter. “ Love this from Ricky Ponting ,” says Rob Wilson-Fry. “Also hate this from Ricky Ponting. God, he was relentlessly good good against, wasn’t he?” Oh my, that’s a preposterous shot. 7.08pm BST 8th over: England 56-1 (target: 261; Roy 32, Root 15) Root drives Amir for a couple of fours, the second a beautiful back-foot stroke. England are teaching Pakistan a lesson in one-day batting. England are teaching Pakistan a lesson in one-day batting. They require 206 from 42 overs. 7.03pm BST 7th over: England 46-1 (target: 261; Roy 31, Root 6) Roy creams a poor ball from Umar Gul through the covers for four. There has been no sideways movement, which won’t please Pakistan. They might need Wahab to go into Shane Watson mode in the next hour or so. “My favourite six was when a player from Lancaster University smashed one through my economics tutor’s windscreen as he was coming down the A6,” says Dave Brown. “I guess this is not really the nomination you were looking for. As for the professionals it has to be the mighty Garth Le Roux at Hove, launching one over midwicket but getting a leading edge for six over cover point. This was before the big bats came in!” 6.59pm BST 6th over: England 36-1 (target: 261; Roy 26, Root 1) Roy might be struggling to see the ball properly but it is still hitting the middle. He times Amir through point for three more, another fine stroke, and then Root is beaten on the drive. Wickets are Pakistan’s only friend in this situation - and they should have had a second there! Roy top-edged a pull high in the air towards short fine leg. The keeper Sarfraz ran a long way, waved everyone aside - and then dropped it. The daft thing is that it landed almost exactly where Umar Gul was standing in the first place. That’s a serious error of judgement from Sarfraz. 6.53pm BST 5th over: England 30-1 (target: 261; Roy 21, Root 1) “Unless this was some kind of fever dream, didn’t Paul Nixon once hit Murali for six?” says David Hopkins. “Rather like an OBO reader scoring a date with Natalie Imbruglia.” Yep, and in the World Cup too. That little Nixon cameo in the first half of 2007 was wonderful. He came, he swore, he conquered . 6.49pm BST Alex Hales’ unhappy run continues. He opened the face in an attempt to steer Gul to third man, but got it too fine and Hafeez took a smart low catch at slip. 6.47pm BST 4th over: England 25-0 (target: 261; Roy 20, Hales 5) After a good three of four minutes’ consultation with the physio, and much grumbling about lost time in the commentary box, Roy decides to continue. He still doesn’t seem right, mind you. There is one ball left in the over, and it’s a dot ball. “I really enjoy Wasim and Mikey on comms explaining fast bowling,” says Gary Naylor, “but maybe they could just suggest, once in a while, that it isn’t quite as easy as they make it sound #alltimegreats.” 6.43pm BST 3.5 overs: England 25-0 (target: 261; Roy 20, Hales 5) Pakistan have always known the importance of wickets in limited-overs cricket - remember Mushtaq at the 1992 World Cup - and they will surely need to bowl England out if they are to win this game. Roy has raced to 20 from 16 balls, though he suddenly looks a bit dizzy and has called for some assistance. This is a bit strange. 6.38pm BST 3rd over: England 22-0 (target: 261; Roy 18, Hales 4) Imad Wasim is taken out of the attack with figures of 1-0-1-0, replaced by the returning Umar Gul. At his best he is a seriously good one-day bowler, though he has not been in the side for a while. His second ball is too straight and Roy checks a wonderful stroke through square leg for four. “What a shot!” says Wasim Akram on Sky. It’s the first of three boundaries in the over, the others coming from a wristy ping through midwicket and a swaggering checked drive through the covers. All three were quite gorgeous strokes. He looks one helluva player when he’s in this form. Anyone out there? I can’t believe none of you have nominated your favourite six, especially as I went to trouble of writing about five of mine during the tea break . 6.32pm BST 2nd over: England 10-0 (target: 261; Roy 6, Hales 4) Mohammad Amir’s first ball is a bit short and flicked rather majestically through midwicket for four by Jason Roy, who then inside-edges an inducker to long leg for a single. Hales then gets off the mark with a beautiful back-foot drive for four. I don’t know what material they use for that blue England shirt, but Hales is definitely comfortable in it. Erm, saying which, he is turned round by the next ball and edges it on the bounce to second slip. A lively over. “I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but I am,” says Brad McMillan, looking down at his three feet. “I had to give up my ticket today and I’ve just arrived home, roughly 10 miles from the Rose Bowl, from work, which is less than 5 miles from the Rose Bowl, and there’s been no rain at either of the places I’ve been. How on earth has it rained at the Rose Bowl? Weird.” 6.27pm BST 1st over: England 1-0 (target: 261; Roy 1, Hales 0) Azhar Ali decides to open the bowling with the left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, an interesting move given that he also has Amir, Umar Gul and Wahab. It works in a sense, with just one from the over, though Wasim Akram is not impressed - he says Pakistan need wickets, not dot balls, and thus should not give the new ball to a non-spinning spinner. Anyway. 6.21pm BST @DanielHarris Roy also has a better average than anyone else in the top ten on that list (better than Sehwag, McCullum and Gilchrist) Good point. You have to be a bit careful with these stats, as it’s a batsman’s game more than ever, but it’s understandable that we should get giddy upon seeing an Englishman at the top of any ODI list. 6.19pm BST Sky are showing this video of funnies before the start of the second innings. Some absolute gems, especially Bumble’s umpiring. 6.17pm BST There were no sixes in Pakistan’s innings , a rarity in modern ODIs and as good an excuse as any to plug this piece on five of my favourite sixes . What’s your favourite six, eh? 6.08pm BST Let’s start the innings with a statgasm . Jason Roy’s ODI strike rate of 105.17 is the highest in history among openers who have faced 500 balls or more. 5.55pm BST An email! “As you’re on your way in I thought I’d repeat this tip now Dan has left,” writes John Starbuck. “You can use the term ‘slipspace’, or any position e.g. ‘coverspace’, ‘thirdmanspace’, to indicate where a shot has gone but the fielding captain has omitted to put a man there. The implication is that there should have been a fielder in that spot and but for dozy captaincy there would have been and a catch would have resulted. Bowlers can enjoy using the term to improve their vituperative vocabularies.” ‘Cowcornerspace’ sounds like a diabolically bad post-techno supergroup. 5.50pm BST Hello folks . It’s a reflection of England’s progress in the last 14 months that a target of 261 looks straightforward. You can never be sure against Pakistan’s bowling attack but England bat so big and so deep - Plunkett at 10, Bairstow at 12 - that it would be a surprise if they did not win this. Pakistan, as Daniel said, never really got going. Even the data doesn’t think 260 for six is a good score. 5.43pm BST Well, that innings never quite got going - at no stage could it be said that the bat was on top. Well, it could be said, but not with any accuracy. Azhar, Babar and Sarfraz all batted well enough, but well enough just isn’t enough anymore. Of course, Pakistan could still win by bowling brilliantly, but they’ve not exactly set it up. Anyway, Rob Smyth will take you through England’s reply - bye. 5.41pm BST 50th over: Pakistan 260-6 (Nawaz 17, Imad 18) Plunkett has the ball, and the first three balls yield only singles, one of them via Imad’s ambitious lap. Next time he’s on strike he goes for power, and connects beautifully, but picks out Morgan at cover - a direct hit and it’s a run out, but he misses and ruefully sakes his head. Imad goes hard at the last ball but gets a toe on it, and a single to long on is all he can manage. 5.37pm BST 49th over: Pakistan 256-6 (Nawaz 15, Imad 16) After the first two balls yield three runs, finally Nawaz middles one, a drive through mid-off, but there’s that man Woakes, diving athletically to keep it to one. A dot follows - really it should be a wide because it’s very high indeed - and then a pull for for two followed by a thunderous cross-batter down the ground for four, which makes for ten off the over. More like it. 5.33pm BST 48th over: Pakistan 246-6 (Nawaz 14, Imad 7) Imad slashes at Woakes’ first ball, looking to go over midwicket and actually going over the slips that aren’t there, if that’s etymologically possible. And both he and Nawaz keep flashing and swinging, but Woakes is giving them nowt with which to play and all they can manage are singles, five of them. That was a very good over indeed, and Woakes has 1-43 off his ten. What a player! Always rated him myself. 5.29pm BST 47th over: Pakistan 241-6 (Nawaz 12, Imad 4) Wood returns and the batsmen try to force him away but can’t, so Nawaz flicks him to fine leg and this time they run the first one hard which enables them to return for the second. But still, five runs off the over is modest in the extreme. “I too find brollies mystifying,” emails George Browne, “or rather, I used to. “However, I now understand that the correct way to use an umbrella is to get one’s valet to hold it out. In the absence of a valet, use the brolly to hail a cab. Hope this helps.” 5.26pm BST 46th over: Pakistan 236-6 (Nawaz 9, Imad 2) Plunkett comes around the wicket to Imad, and h emanages just a single off the first two deliveries. Two dots then follow, Plunkett showing his variation with a slower ball and a bouncer, before Nawaz forces four through cover, then absolutely murders four more to square-leg. He hit that with extreme prejudice. 5.21pm BST 45th over: Pakistan 227-6 (Nawaz 1, Imad 1) Really good delivery that - for the wicket. Shows Woakes’ confidence, choosing to send one down out the back of his hand with the batsmen looking to come at him, and shows his quality, that he did it so well. 5.18pm BST Slower, fuller one from Woakes that Sarfraz goes after, making room to loft over mid-on, but he’s through the shot too early and lobs more or less straight to the man. Pakistan are in all sorts now. 5.17pm BST 45th over: Pakistan 226-5 (Ahmed 55, Nawaz 1) Of course, the downside of unloading the suitcase is that Sarfraz can’t really afford to get out. Beefy reckons that they should be putting the fielders under pressure by running the first run harder. 5.15pm BST 44th over: Pakistan 224-5 (Ahmed 54, Nawaz 0) Surely the batsmen will throw everything at it now? But there’s a delay while Sarfraz sorts out a situation with his bat. 5.12pm BST Shoaib makes room to lift Plunkett over mid-off, but just picks out the man stood there instead. On third viewing, that’s a pretty good snaffle, running finer and hands behind his far trap. 5.11pm BST 44th over: Pakistan 224-4 (Ahmed 54, Malik 17) Plunkett returns and his first three balls yield three singles; Beefy is chuntering. 5.08pm BST 43rd over: Pakistan 220-4 (Ahmed 52, Malik 15) The delay will favour England, I imagine - Pakistan need momentum, and instead, they’ve got Woakes hustling through the five balls remaining in his over. Two from it? not good enough. 5.06pm BST No time lost. 5.00pm BST Lovely tackle. 4.59pm BST In the studio, they’re talking about DRS. 4.56pm BST But is still gloomy. 4.55pm BST “This must be frustrating to watch as a Pakistan fan,” reckons Maps Place. “It reminds me an awful lot of pre-renaissance England. Crawling along towards a probably insufficient total and protecting a long tail. Now I’ve said that they’ll bowl us out for under 100 won’t they. Sorry.” Maybe no one in cricket can quite believe that England aren’t still England. And Pakistan do have a useful attack, but even sensible batting should get whatever the total ends up being. 4.52pm BST So, some emails - here’s Stephen Brown: “As an Englishman, I love to moan. How is it, that a match that is by definition 100 overs can start at 2pm and guarantee all the overs will be bowled, even if there are some delays (I believe there has to be more than 30mins lost before overs are lost but do correct me if I’m wrong), and yet, in a day’s play starting at 11am, no one can come up with a system to guarantee 90 overs are actually played? That’s not to mention the fact that there are often more boundaries and wickets in the former as well as a guaranteed innings change. Baffling.” 4.49pm BST On one of the hottest days of the year. Why, living in England is like living in the tropics! 4.48pm BST 43rd over: Pakistan 218-4 (Ahmed 51, Malik 14) And after one ball of Woakes’ over, the umpires have seen enough; off they go. If that’s the end of the innings, England will need 260 to win, but there’s still a bit of time with which to play - the half-hour break between innings can be shortened to begin with. 4.47pm BST 42nd over: Pakistan 217-4 (Ahmed 51, Malik 13) Rain is falling, more heavily and steadily, and Wood charges in. His speed endurance is excellent - he’s up around 90 unless he’s bowling a cutter or a slower ball, rather than chucking in an occasional effort ball. And the batsmen play him nicely enough without finding the boundary - though Sarfraz does glance two to third man which brings up a ridiculously competent knock. We saw in the Test series how good he is, and also what a competitor; he’s going to be a lot of fun to watch over the next few years. “‘Strangle’ is when you actively try to choke someone to death”, emails the knowledgeable John Starbuck. “‘Strangulated’ is just the act of being strangled so it implies a possibly self-generated action.” 4.40pm BST 41st over: Pakistan 209-4 (Ahmed 46, Malik 11) Because of Root’s contribution, Morgan has options regarding who bowls the remaining overs. Meanwhile, Pakistan have to balance not losing more wickets, given rain that’s getting harder, versus scoring runs, given rain that might not get any harder. I say Pakistan have to balance, but since when was Sarfraz a balancing sort? He middles a pull first ball, picks out the fielder, and the batsmen swap singles until he flips two to midwicket, then digs out an attempted yorker that Jordan, on as a sub, fumbles on the boundary; now there’s something you don’t see often. Ten from the over, and there’s another rarity - attitude from Woakes, who stares Jordan out. . 4.37pm BST 40th over: Pakistan 199-4 (Ahmed 38, Malik 9) Wood replaces Rashid, who’s figures were 2-51 off 9. And it’s starting to rain, but finally the lights are on, so Sarfraz, eager to get on with it, bravely charges, whamming over mid-off for four. Eight from the over, and some umbrellas up; I don’t get umbrellas. Getting wet is much less annoying than holding something out straight for ages. 4.32pm BST 39th over: Pakistan 191-4 (Ahmed 32, Malik 7) Ten an over from here, and you’d still back against Pakistan.I wonder if they’re just trying to stay in the game and hope that their bowlers can do something handy - in which case, leaving out Yasir looks even more curious, all the more so given how easily Rashid has wheeled through his overs. Anyhow Woakes is back, and he tries Shoaib out with a couple of short ones, a tactic learnt from the Test series. Five off the over. 4.28pm BST 38th over: Pakistan 186-4 (Ahmed 30, Malik 4) They still haven’t turned the lights on, and when Sarfraz swings the bat at one Plunkett doesn’t quite pick it up - though it was probably dropping short in any event. Next ball he misses a sweep and there’s an appeal, but strangulated - it was clearly going down. Do strangled and strangulated mean the same thing, like burgled and burglarised? 4.25pm BST 37th over: Pakistan 181-4 (Ahmed 27, Malik 2) Plunkett continues - I used to like it when he bowled in tandem with Saj Mahmood, in order to call them Plunkett and Mahmood, which is like Plunkett and Macleane, which is hilarious. Anyway, it’s getting dingier at the Ageas; groundstaff are poised. 4.21pm BST 36th over: Pakistan 178-4 (Ahmed 26, Malik 0) Pakistan are in a situation. 4.18pm BST Azhar chucks everything at one Rashid tosses up, trying a slog-sweep, but instead top-edging to Moeen, running in from short third man. 4.17pm BST 36th over: Pakistan 178-3 (Ali 82, Ahmed 26) Rashid begins his eighth over and still has a slip. They take three from the first three balls and then Azhar goes over the top, but doesn’t get all of it - they run two and it drops safe. 4.14pm BST 35th over: Pakistan 173 -3 (Ali 79, Ahmed 24) Azhar has kicked for home now, and he makes room to absolutely base Plunkett through mid-off for four. Then he cuts to gully again, but again finds Roy in the road, so goes again towards mid-off - but doesn’t get enough of it. I should also say that it might rain later, in which case Pakistan’s wickets in hand become useful. 4.11pm BST 34th over: Pakistan 167-3 (Ali 74, Ahmed 23) Bit more like it from Azhar, a booming inside-out thump over mid-off for four. But no more boundaries from the rest of the over, though he’d probably take an average of nine from the remaining 15. 4.07pm BST 33rd over: Pakistan 158-3 (Ali 68, Ahmed 20) Back comes Plunkett, and after two singles, Azhar stands and delivers, baseballing him over cow corner for four - he didn’t get all of it, but he got enough. He’s upped things since reaching his 50, and he did need the runs, but I’m still not sure that making sure was the best possible use of his time - though I entirely grasp the counter-argument that at the start of series, the team need him not worrying about contributing. 4.03pm BST 32nd over: Pakistan 151-3 (Ali 62, Ahmed 19) Another excellent stop from Roy prevents Azhar gliding Rashid though cover, so next ball he takes the fielder out of the equation, clearing his front leg and absolutely dematerialising a flat, one-bounce four down the ground. England have wheeled through a whole lot of overs of spin here, without any kind of assault. 4.00pm BST 31st over: Pakistan 145-3 (Ali 57, Ahmed 18) Another over from Moeen goes by without much in the way of vicious one-day international batting - five singles, and that’s that. “In reply to John Starbuck,” emails Mark Lewis, “the term ‘babar’ also features down here in Bristol. And most of the West Country, in fact. Almost exclusively prefaced with the words ‘Alright me old’ babber. To essentially mean ‘hello’. Often, babber is (inexplicably) interchanged with the word ‘cocker’.” 3.56pm BST 30th over: Pakistan 141-3 (Ali 55, Ahmed 15) At last a sweep! “Maybe Azhar is on the move after reaching 50,” says Ian Ward; how very kind of him. It gets four, but not much else happens. “Great to see John Steinbeck joining us in over 27,” emails David Hopkins, formerly, of Chelsea, leeds United and the dentist. “Is he emailing in from East of Eden Gardens? Perhaps sampling some of Beefy’s new wine, the Grapes of Both?” 3.54pm BST 29th over: Pakistan 134-3 (Ali 50, Ahmed 14) Moeen continues, and after a single to Sarfraz, Azhar flicks another for his 50; well batted and all, but he looks far more pleased with himself than the match situation suggests that he should be. Those two singles are the only runs from the over, but at least there are wickets in hand; has anyone heard the knew A-ha single? 3.50pm BST 28th over: Pakistan 132-3 (Ali 49, Ahmed 13) Sarfraz is doing his best to add some attitude to proceedings, but it’s not really ones and twos that are required, rather fours and sixes. Another over rushed through, just four from it, and someone needs to start swinging. 3.48pm BST 27th over: Pakistan 128-3 (Ali 48, Ahmed 10) There aren’t terrible things going on here, so one doesn’t want to rule Pakistan out, but this is very England so far. “Don’t know if this was a bit of only Nottingham dialect,” emails John Steinbeck, “but ‘Babar!’ used to be a warning to small children, such as when they might be tempted to touch a (hot) fireguard or saucepan on the stove. We could all use a warning voice at times.” 3.46pm BST 26th over: Pakistan 124-3 (Ali 46, Ahmed 8) Sarfraz isn’t mucking about, turning a full toss through midwicket for an urgently needed four. His brassneck and busyness is just what Pakistan need at the moment. 3.44pm BST 25th over: Pakistan 117-3 (Ali 45, Ahmed 2) A quiet one from Moeen, just four singles from it. 3.41pm BST 24th over: Pakistan 113-3 (Ali 45, Ahmed 0) Michael Holding is not at all chuffed with Sharjeel - he’d put him across his knee if he could, and he’s not even a vested interest. 3.38pm BST Sharjeel is in big, big trouble. There’s bat in this, but Babar can’t review because his buddy already used up the opportunity. Cheers, buddy! Love you bud! 3.37pm BST 24th over: Pakistan 113-2 (Ali 43, Azam 40) England feel sufficiently confident to stick in a spinner to Rashid - one sweep is all it’ll take to get him moved to the fence. But instead, Babar hoiks from outside off to cow corner for a one-bounce four. 3.34pm BST 23rd over: Pakistan 108-2 (Ali 42, Azam 36) England will want to break this partnership, but it is not threatening them at the moment. Four more singles from the over, and even if Pakistan average eight an over from here England will still fancy themselves. 100 up for @therealPCB in 21 overs. What's a good score for the visitors from here? https://t.co/XbFzNuRrnw https://t.co/G8kbcxiWqu 3.31pm BST 22nd over: Pakistan 104-2 (Ali 40, Azam 34) On comes Rashid, and you wonder quite what England think of him as a bowler. I guess they’re happy in limited overs, but an inability to ever find room for him in a domestic Test suggests that the answer as regards that format is not a lot. Anyway, there’s some turn for him, the movement away from the right-hander forcing the batsmen to stretch to score and four singles is all that they manage. 3.27pm BST 21st over: Pakistan 100-2 (Ali 38, Azam 32) Babar waits for Moeen and feathers him around the corner to the fence; Pakistan need more of those, many more. But the manage only two more from the over. 3.25pm BST 20th over: Pakistan 94-2 (Ali 37, Azam 27) Azhar clumps Wood on the up, but again, Roy makes an excellent stop in the gully, then dives again in response to a shot played off the next delivery,fingering the ball to Stokes who shies at the stumps as the batsmen sneak a single. Buttler lets it by in case it’s a direct hit, and they run another on the overthrow. 3.20pm BST 19th over: Pakistan 89-2 (Ali 34, Azam 26) Important partnership, this, now, now, this. 34 off 36 at the start of the over, and Moeen comes into the attack - will they try to milk or to attack? The former to begin with - five singles off the over. 3.12pm BST 18th over: Pakistan 84-2 (Ali 31, Azam 24) Wood begins with a very sharp bouncer that Babar starts to hook before thinking better of it. We then have a delay, with Buttler needing some new gloves and there being movement behind the bowler’s arm, so early drinks are taken. “Just wondering”, wonders John Foster, “if I’m the only one who, whenever they mention Babar Azam by name on commentary, mentally launches into an infinitely looping chorus of, ‘ba-ba-ba, ba-bar a-zam / Ba-Ba-Ba, Ba-Bar A-Zam / BA-BA-BA, BA-BAR A-ZAM’ to the tune of ‘Barbara Ann’ by the Beach Boys? I apologise for now passing the curse on to you too. Muahahaha. Also, I’m pretty sure it is one chap who does the England PA announcements - I seem to recall an announcement at one of the internationals a couple of years ago saying that the then-incumbent was standing down due to ill health. Might be worth a speculative application?” 3.09pm BST 17th over: Pakistan 82-2 (Ali 30, Azam 23) Morgan persists with Root - I suppose it seems a good idea while the batsmen are relatively becalmed. But then he gives Babar some width, and is truly thrashed through cover. A wide follows, then two singles and a three; the damage isn’t terrible, but as frequently happens, the part-timer got one over too many. Leave em wanting more... 3.06pm BST 16th over: Pakistan 70-2 (Ali 28, Azam 14) Wood returns and Babar drives him through mid-off for two, then for three - the retort, as you might expect, is a delivery headed for a swiftly withdrawn phizog. Then he tries the sideways leap to wide of the crease, keeping the batsmen guessing. 3.02pm BST 15th over: Pakistan 65-2 (Ali 28, Azam 9) Root drags one down, horrible, horrible, and Azhar gives it the treatment, caning it for four through cover. It is greeted with Azonto music, which I imagine would baffle those who invented the thing; I wonder if bad bowling or good batting are sufficiently everyday to count as a move. 3.00pm BST 14th over: Pakistan 57-2 (Ali 26, Azam 3) Plunkett bounds in and his line is better, keeping away from the leg side. Two singles are all he concedes. Is is the same bloke on the PA at every England game? Seems to me that it is; that sounds like a handy job. 2.56pm BST 13th over: Pakistan 55-2 (Ali 25, Azam 2) Babar off the mark with a single and two more follow it. Another very handy over for England. 2.54pm BST Hafeez tries the sweep, top-edges, and Hales hangs on on the square-leg fence. Pakistan aren’t exactly in trouble, but much more of this and they’ll be struggling to win. And well done Eoin Morgan for bringing Root on so early and giving him a second over. 2.52pm BST 12th over: Pakistan 52-1 (Ali 20, Hafeez 15) Quiet over, until Azhar turns one fine behind for four. It didn’t quite carry to Buttler, nor was it an especially adroit shot. “Regarding your “Thing” for Liam Plunkett I must profess I have something of a thing for him myself,” confesses George Rogers. “It’s largely because in an interview recently in Big Newspaper, Plunkett divulged the difficulties of sustaining a long distance relationship with a woman in Philadelphia. What with myself being equally on the wrong end of that sort of an arrangement with someone in that exact city, it is probably the closest I have ever felt to having a sincere affinity with a professional sportsman.” 2.47pm BST 11th over: Pakistan 48-1 (Ali 20, Hafeez 11) Root into the attack now the powerplay is done and concedes three singles. England will take that, and already it looks like it’ll require an onslaught at the end to make this total competitive. 2.44pm BST 10th over: Pakistan 45-1 (Ali 18, Hafeez 10) Let’s have another chat about not losing a review when it’s umpire’s call; yes, let’s. But then Mohammad Hafeez distracts us with actual cricket, clipping a wayward delivery over midwicket for four. Couple of typos: “I once replied to an American woman called Doris who’d given me some vital information with a brief ‘thanks very much Dorks’,” emails Tom Atkins; “I once signed off an email to management with ‘Kind Retards’,” tweets Spike Harby. 2.42pm BST Not sure the “well done” was necessary there, if we’re being harsh. 2.41pm BST 10th over: Pakistan 41-1 (Ali 18, Hafeez 6) Plunkett sends down a couple of short ones and the second is clouted to the fence by Hafeez. Next ball, much fuller, Plunkett hits the pad - not out says the umpire - review says Eoin Morgan. 2.39pm BST 9th over: Pakistan 37-1 (Ali 18, Hafeez 2) Michael Holding does not believe in par scores; nor does Kevin Pietersen . You get as many as you get, trying to get as many as you can. Four off the over, shoved through midwicket by Azhar. Tangentially to a topic under discussion, this, on England’s troubled relationship with one-day cricket and by Peter Miller and Dave Tickner, is excellent. 2.36pm BST 8th over: Pakistan 33-1 (Ali 14, Hafeez 2) I ’ve got a bit of a thing for Liam Plunkett, probably similar to my thing for Steven Finn - handsome, bowling the kind of style that I’m most petrified to face. And he’s quickly consoling himself with that revelation when Azhar leg-glances, gets an edge, and a diving Buttler can’t hang on; four. “I’d certainly have the following players up for consideration,” emails Matt Emerson: “Botham, Gooch, Fairbrother, Collingwood, Flintoff, Gough, Randall and Mike Hendrick. 2.31pm BST 7th over: Pakistan 27-1 (Ali 9, Hafeez 1) Azhar cuts hard, and it’s headed straight for Hales at gully - he drops it, then makes sure everyone knows that he didn’t pick it up, because that isn’t part of the skill. Not a good couple of weeks for Hales, but you’d take it; maiden that should’ve been a wicket maide WATCH: @mawood33 is too quick for Sharjeel, who edges to Buttler for 16. PAK 26-1: https://t.co/XbFzNuRrnw #ENGvPAK https://t.co/JMck3m5zLK 2.28pm BST 6th over: Pakistan 27-1 (Ali 9, Hafeez 1) You know you’ve typo’d “shot” or “cuts” when suddenly your inbox racks up. Any more for any more? “Sorry, I know you’re really busty” is another I once perpetrated. Anyway, England set a field which suggests Hafeez is getting some teeth music and Wood is teasing him by leaping wide of the crease to suggest an imperilled body. Wood nips off for a drink, so we might see someone else once Woakes is done with the next over. 2.23pm BST Really? Sharjeel opts, after internal debate, to review Surely he’d have known from the off. Anyway, we see the edge of which he must’ve had an inkling - “you can give him out again”. Indeed. 2.22pm BST Sharjeel plays a pull, top-edges, and is caught behind. 2.21pm BST 5th over: Pakistan 25-0 (Ali 8, Khan 16) Sharjeel taps to leg and sets off- this is dicey, and Woakes hares after the ball to sidefoot at the stumps - hit and it’s gone. But he misses. And then, after Ali takes a single, Sharjeel carves over the top - it’s frightfully inelegant - but goes for four nonetheless. Woakes is underwhelmed, and responds well, rapping the pad when a pull is missed - there’s an appeal and a discussion about a review thereafter, but in the end they decide that the ball pitched outside leg, which it did. 2.16pm BST 4th over: Pakistan 18-0 (Ali 10, Khan 7) Beefy is happy that the third umpire is on no-balls, while Sharjeel takes a single and Azhar two, before Wood chucks in a wide. He responds with another delivery that clatters the pad - it’s outside the line, and Azhar was probably just about about playing a shot. But England won’t mind this start at all. 2.11pm BST 3rd over: Pakistan 14-0 (Ali 5, Khan 9) Ali throws hands at one that gives him width, swinging away, and edges four over the slips. If you’re gonna go, go hard, we all declare in unison, stroking our beards. “Good to see that Roy Wood has been selected for the England side,” emails James Procter-Blain, “despite being nearly 70. Will the rest of Wizzard be playing too? Actually, I’m sure there’s a great Cricket / Glam rock crossover discussion to be had. Actually, no I’m not. It would be awful.” 2.08pm BST 2nd over: Pakistan 8-0 (Ali 0, Khan 8) There’s talk in commentary about whether this is England’s best ODI side ever, and I was thinking the same myself earlier today; if you were picking your best ever England one-day side, would it just be this team, but with Swann in it? Anyway, Wood’s in and up beyond 90, cracking Sharjeel on the pad - there’s an appeal, but the ball pitched well outside leg. Next ball beats the bat as well, full and slanting in, but Sharjeel retorts well, pulling four, before miscuing, nearly playing on, and earning four more. “There you go posting a video,” emails George Wood, “and there I go getting excited that I might get to watch some abbreviated highlights of a fine spell of bowling from a promising paceman. And then what you get is a hyper edited load of nonsense featuring nothing but the wicket balls. 2.03pm BST 1st over: Pakistan 0-0 (Ali 0, Khan 0) Beefy reckons Bairstow is unlucky not to get picked - he is - but is yet to offer a suggested droppee. The problem is that if it’d be anyone, it’d be the captain, and that’s not happening. Some swing there for Woakes first up, and Azhar tries to get moving with a paddle to backward point, but Roy leaps to his left to snatch the ball. Maiden. 1.59pm BST Chris Woakes will open the bowling for England. It’s almost as though the selectors know what they’re doing. 1.59pm BST “If Stokes can’t bowl I feel we could give Duckett a go,” tweets Rob Taylor, “as he’s probably a better bat right now and we can let Stokes heal fully.” My guess would be that Stokes is fully healed and, as Nick Knight says, needs to develop as a one-day batsman. And to do that, he needs to play. 1.52pm BST Ben Stokes is a remarkably driven individual, in an earnest yet fearsome way. We’re being shown an interview with him in which he tells us how good England are; you believe him. 1.49pm BST Is there a reason cricketers have squad numbers beyond money and football? 1.44pm BST Talking of Wood, what of Plunkett? He was remarkably unfortunate to lose his spot in the Test side after doing very well - but such are England’s riches that he’s waiting for injury, and even then. “Such are England’s riches”; what on earth is going on? 1.40pm BST Welcome to the real football factories back, sir. 1.39pm BST Wasim is surprised at the omission of Yasir on a dry track, and we’re shown footage of Wood making Root hop about on T20 finals days. He could be very handy in the winter Tests, too. 1.37pm BST No Yasir Shah for Pakistan - Wahab comes in - and Umar Gul is back. England do not play three specialist spinners; I know! Wood is back, and Stokes is back as a batter - how are they going to sneak Billings into this line-up. England: Hales, Roy, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Woakes, Rashid, Plunkett, Wood. 1.34pm BST England would’ve batted - team news to follow. 1.33pm BST “Welcome to the great Wasim Akram ... and to Nasser.” It wasn’t even deliberate. 1.29pm BST Sky are currently showing a programme about Murali. Mike Hussey has just told a yarn about how when they played for Chennai, no one wanted to sit next to him on the plane because he never shut up about the game. So Hussey volunteered and, according to Matthew Hayden, the two spent time arguing about which of them was the real Mr Cricket. Hussey eventually fell asleep - this is basically the wholesome version of the David Clarence Boon challenge - leading Hayden to conclude that the person who loves the game more than anyone else on the planet is Murali. I absolutely love that. 1.26pm BST According to the ICC world rankings, England are the fifth best team in the world. Is that accurate, a reflection of skew-whiff systems of calculation, or a reflection of how high the standard now is? 11.57am BST England have an exciting, innovative, likeable and thoroughly brilliant one-day team; just think about that for a second. Roll the words around your eyeballs and tongue, luxuriate in them, because it is unusual and it is wonderful. Pakistan are the number 1 Test team on the planet; just think about that for a second. Roll the words around your eyeballs and tongue, luxuriate in them, because it is unusual and it is wonderful. Continue reading... County cricket: Surrey v Lancashire and much more – as it happened
Today we had Will Macpherson at the Oval watching Surrey bowl Lancashire out for 287 7.38pm BST Well, that was a long - but very fine - day. If we have this many wickets again (78), then we are in for some short matches. We’re just seeing off the new ball’s shine, though: I’ll be back at the same time tomorrow. Go well, and thanks for your company. 6.45pm BST Hell of a game on our hands at Grace Road. CLOSE OF PLAY. Leicestershire 238 all out, Essex 13 for 2. Cook out 4, Porter out 0. Nick Browne 2*, Tom Westley 1*. #LEIvESS 6.26pm BST Now there’s your story. WICKET Alastair Cook bowled by a swinging yorker from Dieter Klein for 4. Nick Browne 2 not out. 10 for 1 in the 5th over. #LEIvESS 6.22pm BST Promotion chasers chase promotion. Hardus Viljoen has 5-55 on debut for @kentcricket . Good day's work for the visitors, as Glos bowled out for 221. #countycricketlive 6.19pm BST Having passed 1,000 runs for the Champo season in fewer innings than any of the others to have reached that milestone this year, Joyce goes. WICKET: Glamorgan get the breakthrough! Joyce nudges at one outside off stump and Wallace takes a good catch. 111/1 pic.twitter.com/seBlEnDUaj 6.11pm BST Oh, what a shame. Would have been beautifully poised at one down. What a fightback from Yorkshire, though, and can never complain about a wicket for Bressielad. OUT! Moores edges Bresnan to Lyth at second slip. Notts close on 38-2. 6.05pm BST Ali Martin’s dispatches from Southampton today. ODI series begins tomorrow. Related: England players set to learn the fate of their winter tour of Bangladesh 6.02pm BST Quite right too. The Jack Shantry fan club has arrived for the final half hour and he's getting vociferous support... #bbccricket 5.58pm BST Good start for the South African. Payne b Viljoen 1. Glos 208-8. A 4th wicket for the big South African! Norwell joins Miles 8*. #ProperCricket pic.twitter.com/AO1L95Xsxr 5.55pm BST Sussex going great guns as their unlikely promotion charge heats up. FIFTY: Nash strikes one through backward point for four to bring up his half-century. @SussexCCC 90/0 #GLAvSUS 5.55pm BST WICKET and Leicestershire 238 all out. Jamie Porter ends the innings when Klein is bowled for 15. 4 wickets for Porter. #LEIvESS 5.48pm BST Burns and Sibley, not Harinath, opening up for Surrey. Jarvis with new ball. 5.44pm BST WICKET Richard Jones drives the new ball straight to Ryan ten Doeschate in the covers to give Graham Napier his 2nd wicket. 232-9. #LEIvESS 5.41pm BST There are a whopping 15 overs remaining today, I believe. An hour’s cricket yet. 5.40pm BST Lancashire 287 all out! Footitt gets his first as Kerrigan just wafts through to Foakes, who takes his fifth catch. Hasn’t *actually* kept that tidily, though. 5.31pm BST Ervine (103) is trapped at lbw - Leach's third wicket. Terrific 100, spending 5 hours at the helm for Hants, 244-6 (85.5 ov) v @SomersetCCC 5.30pm BST Durham all out for 207. Jeetan Patel ends with five wickets. Remarkable cricketer. 5.29pm BST What was I saying? OUT! Brooks traps Libby LBW first ball. 0-1. 5.24pm BST I’d say these are 12 pretty important overs in Notts’ season. Mullaney & Libby out to open the innings. Sidebottom takes the new ball. Notts have a minimum of 12 overs to bat tonight. 5.18pm BST Tail wagging very helpfully for Lancashire here. 5.17pm BST #ProperCricket, maybe. #SlowCricket, definitely. Jack Taylor c Coles b Claydon 24. Glos 189-6. Miles joins Marshall 50*. #ProperCricket pic.twitter.com/vPVZ793xgK 5.16pm BST Poor old Hodd. Still, an amazing effort. And one that might just make Yorkshire wonder if they need a super-talented wicketkeeper-batsman from Northamptonshire. OUT! Sidebottom LBW to Hutton. Hodd finishes unbeaten on 96 - his best for Yorkshire. 282 all out. 5.15pm BST It’s 5.15 and we have 23 (twenty-three) overs remaining. 5.10pm BST ALL RUN FOUR AT THE OVAL AS KERRIGAN FLICKS MEAKER THROUGH MIDWICKET AND BATTY FIELDS 5.07pm BST Jack Brooks, what a cricketer OUT! Brooks chops on off the bowling of Hutton for 48. Yorkshire 280-9. Hodd still there on 94. 5.02pm BST Lilley’s gone for a third upper cut - the other two went for six - and is caught behind off Meaker. Good knock of 39 and it’s 239 for nine. 4.58pm BST What a truly superb county cricketer Ed Joyce has been. Reliably informed @edjoyce24 has now scored more 1st class runs for @SussexCCC 8279 compared @Middlesex_CCC 8278 pic.twitter.com/U53XA802Ve 4.57pm BST Hadn’t picked up that this was a slower ball. Clever. Good eyes on me. Watch @_TC59 have Kyle Jarvis caught off a slower ball for 8 https://t.co/i8N3l1Eh40 4.50pm BST Another for Jeetan ... 4.49pm BST Two quick wickets for Jeetan Patel at Durham, as he ended Collingwood’s vigil and Stuart Poynter’s innings too. Warwickshire well on top, I’d say. 4.47pm BST How very odd. Lilley is going nuts, playing really well. He’s twice consecutively gone four, then six, with both sixes coming over mid-off. Then he sliced Meaker into the Peter May Stand for six more with an upper cut thing. He has 35. But now, at the other end, Jarvis has just lopped up the simplest catch to mid-off off CurranT. Surrey players couldn’t believe their luck. 4.33pm BST Interesting ... Email from Northants explaining an EGM will take place to vote on a change to the way the club operates. pic.twitter.com/ZQwWBjH1iP 4.30pm BST Been an exceptional signing, has McLaren. That's @ryanmac23 's (52*) 6th @CountyChamp 50 of 2016! 139 balls, 7 fours. Congratulations on 5,000 f/c runs, Ryan! pic.twitter.com/qVzL9hyrB2 4.26pm BST Big news for those in south London. @surreycricket northern line ok now 4.17pm BST Of course my game is the last to reach tea (damn Surrey and their four seamers). But here are the scores. Some are back underway. Div One 4.12pm BST This is a bit special. Here we go then..watch one of the best slip catches you will see from @KumarSanga2 https://t.co/sEYSSUIKMM 4.08pm BST Scurran has a fourth! He’s bowled a full wide one to Rob Jones, that appears to have tailed back in a touch, and he’s played on trying to drive. 198 for seven, and Jarvis joined Lilley, who recently uppercut Meaker for six. 4.03pm BST Collingwood 23 off 101 at tea. Utter scenes. 3.58pm BST Video to follow... Little preview snap of @KumarSanga2 catch pic.twitter.com/F2ZceGjw3P 3.56pm BST Glamorgan all out for 252. WICKET: Hogan finds Archer at mid-on off Garton with a stray shot and falls for 19. Glamorgan 252 all out. Morgan 32* #GLAvSUS 3.55pm BST This sounds an unfortunate way to go. Cannot keep Westley out of the game, I tell you. WICKET In his 1st over, Tom Westley removes Eckersley, bowled for 11. He played forward and ball rolled onto his stumps. 172-6. #LEIvESS 3.54pm BST What. A. Catch. I’ll say it again. What. A. Catch. Meaker’s been steaming in well all day and he gets Clark’s edge again . By now there’s just one slip for him, and it flies fast, low and hard to Sangakkara’s right, and he dives full stretch with a low grab. Worldie. What a catch, what a man, what a world. 184 for six and a second bowling point for Surrey. 3.52pm BST Tea at Scarborough, where Yorkshire - led by Rafiq and Hodd - had a fine session. 202 for eight. Never bet against them getting 50 more. 3.49pm BST Very decent 50 here for Jordan Clark, from 63 balls. He’s been lucky a couple of times - edged between keeper and slip off Batty, for instance - but has put the bad ball away. Rob Jones battling hard at the other end. 3.24pm BST Absolute flurry of wickets around the grounds: WICKET Mark Cosgrove plays all round a ball from Will Rhodes and is bowled for 71. 155-5 from 52 overs. #LEIvESS OUT! Rafiq adjudged LBW to Patel for 74. Not happy about it. 183-7. WICKET.. Wallace is caught by Brown off Archers bowling, he leaves the field on 61. @GlamCricket 212-8. #GOSBTS 3.19pm BST Good news. BREAKING NEWS: Fantastic news as @Ollie2rayner signs a new deal with the club ... https://t.co/4wEZ2SsNMg pic.twitter.com/BXkKSZdRhK 3.17pm BST Glammy fightback continues apace. 50 PARTERSHIP & 200: Wallace (53*) and Morgan (14*) have now put on 53 for the eighth wicket. Glam 203/7 #GLAvSUS 3.16pm BST 3.16pm and our first sighting of spin! No wonder we have only got through 49 overs so far... 3.11pm BST Good fightback from Hants, this. They need it. Impressive, key fifty stand from @slug_7 (63*) & @ryanmac23 (33*). Partnership is worth 64 runs! Hants 156-4 v @SomersetCCC after 57 overs 3.01pm BST Good interview, this. Billings, IPL star, England back-up... for the time being. https://t.co/mq2NWujLap pic.twitter.com/mNQwL0yWSt 2.59pm BST mmmm Richard Levi still in T20 mode - four, dot, four, four, dot, caught hooking at deep square for 33 in 29 balls... #bbccricket 2.58pm BST We are the sport picture of the day! Related: Sport picture of the day: lunch at the Kia Oval 2.57pm BST This is why Yorkshire have won the last two titles. Hodd & Rafiq have now added 100 from 156 balls for the seventh wicket. Superb fightback. 151-6. 2.56pm BST WICKET Mark Pettini departs shouldering arms and the ball nipped back in. Bowled by David Masters for 7. Mark Cosgrove 70*. 145-4. #LEIvESS 2.43pm BST Remember you can watch Glamorgan-Sussex here . 2.41pm BST Lots of bare skin at the Oval. Not sure how I feel about it. 2.31pm BST Another one for Sussex. That man Owen Morgan is in, mind. WICKE: Wagg caught and bowled by Wiese and departs for 57. Good knock by the allrounder. 150/7 as Morgan comes in. #GLAvSUS 2.23pm BST This is just really lovely bowling. Watch @CurranSM have Steven Croft caught behind for 12 https://t.co/uqlLw4RL6q 2.16pm BST Watch @_TC59 have Liam Livingstone caught behind for 37 https://t.co/aWMZlqpoaZ 2.09pm BST This was the first of the three wickets since lunch. T’other two to follow. Watch @CurranSM bowl Alviro Petersen for 17 https://t.co/nan9fLsdZ8 2.08pm BST Scurran again! Croft goes. 99 for five. Three catches for Foakes. 2.05pm BST Northants a bit hungover, do you think? Cobb is out for the season but I gather he’s in Worcester as 13th man! Alex Wakely out in second over after lunch but Rob Keogh goes to a pleasant half-century, appears plenty of runs out there... #bbccricket 2.02pm BST A problem on the tubes this afternoon, come to Vauxhall or Kennington not @Oval_station if you're heading down! pic.twitter.com/LckdqTzz6H 2.02pm BST Livingstone’s just nicked off, pushing forward ... gone for 37 to Tom Curran. Looked good at No3, but done now. Rob Jones, on dayboo, in at No6. 2.01pm BST Funny life for a loanee, isn’t it? Will Rhodes was in the Yorkshire squad for finals day, now he’s bowling for Essex! 2.00pm BST Real strife for Glamorgan. WICKET.. Archer joining Wiese and Magoffin on two wickets each. He's bowled Donald out for 24. #GOSBTS 1.55pm BST And here’s that pic from Romeo’s twitter account too. @willis_macp pic.twitter.com/rc7jNIh9b3 1.53pm BST Right, folks. I’m feeling super clever because I’ve just worked out how to stick an image Romeo sent me ATL. It’s not all about you, Will! Here’s pic of Galactus bowling, and CulinaryArts at mid-off, during the recent (legendary) Champo game between Yorkists and Middlesex at Scarborough. 1.49pm BST Wicket! Scurran! Petersen! He’s just left one, and it looks to have nipped back a touch. Off stump pinned back. 81-3 and the skipper Croft is in. Lancs in a bit of bovva, I’d say. 1.48pm BST The counterattack is ON Hodd brings up the 50 partnership from just 54 balls. Yorkshire 101-6. 1.45pm BST Here’s a piece I wrote over the weekend on how Northants did it. Related: Northamptonshire overcome litany of problems with inspirational team spirit | Will Macpherson 1.44pm BST Ouch. Since getting his maiden ton at Swansea a couple of weeks ago, Nick Selman has 0000. In amongst all that chaos this morning Nick Selman got an "Audi". Hoping to avoid the "Olympic Rings" in the second innings. 1.39pm BST Gus Fraser is here, and he had an eye on Hameed. Anyway, Livingstone will have to do. Players on their way back out. 1.06pm BST The last two balls of the session here brought a pair of beautiful boundaries for Petersen off Meaker, driven through cover and down the ground. Short session, just 28 overs, and honours about even, I’d say. 79 for two. Speak in a bit. 1.05pm BST Good morning for the bowlers’ union, you’d say. A total of 27 wickets across the land, and we had five uncontested tosses too. Also, you have to say, a cracking morning in absentia for Middlesex. 12.48pm BST He's just bowled Will Tavare pic.twitter.com/Dl6RG3DP0f 12.47pm BST Man of Kentish family playing for Gloucestershire is trapped by Gloster playing for Kent Tavare b Gidman 20. Glos 67-4 in 27th over. Mustard joins Marshall 3*. #ProperCricket pic.twitter.com/xhlw6ufjlM 12.45pm BST If you want proof that I wasn’t lying about the mode of Hameed’s dismissal, here you go. Watch @SMeaker18 have Haseeb Hameed caught behind for 26 https://t.co/6WoizL8Enh 12.40pm BST By the way, if you like out of date podcasts, this is the shameless plug for you. Related: Freelance Cricket Club podcast: from a sofa to TMS and our Finals Day preview 12.37pm BST Scenes from the Bristol County Ground as Will Gidman comes on to bowl against Gloucestershire #CountyCricketLive pic.twitter.com/vHEL5Oy24D 12.37pm BST Couple of beautiful drives from Livingstone that Footitt over, one through point, then through cover. Down on one knee, and all that. 63 for two. 12.36pm BST Lots of people at Sussex saying that Wiese is giving their side a balance not seen since Robin Martin-Jenkins retired six years ago, which is quite a statement. Can they make a charge? Can they? WICKET.. Wiese with his second wicket of the day! Meschede is gone for 8 runs. @GlamCricket now 56-5... #GOSBTS 12.31pm BST In a quite shocking development, Haseeb Hameed has just got out going for a wild pull off Stuart Meaker. He’s got a feather on it and Foakes has taken an outstanding catch behind the stumps. 51 for two and Petersen joins Livingstone. 12.29pm BST YORKSHIRE ARE 6 DOWN AND THIS IS NOT A DRILL OUT! Leaning caught at third slip by Patel off Hutton. 51-6. 12.26pm BST Wowzer! Have a look at these wickets! #SOMvHAM pic.twitter.com/pIjlhW0fC7 12.22pm BST Oh my! Vince goes for 0! Hampshire 61 for three! 12.17pm BST Glamorgan in trouble.... WICKET: Bragg edges an out-swinger from Magoffin to Wiese at slip and departs for 14. Glamorgan 45/4 #GLAvSUS Craig Meschede the new batsman at Number Six. #GLAvSUS 12.15pm BST Interesting that Gary Ballance is captaining Yorkshire, not Alex Lees. Andrew Gale has a back injury. 12.11pm BST Tell ya what, it’s all go this morning! 15 wickets already! 12.10pm BST Superb picture of the Bulwell Bomber here. Wicket! Another one! Carnage on the Yorkshire coast. Fletch traps Ballance LBW for 1. Yorkshire 36-4 #YorksvNotts pic.twitter.com/wHfM9YiSvA 12.08pm BST Yorkshire 38 for four! 12.07pm BST This is great. Subscribe to the email if you don’t already. Related: The forgotten story of … Britain’s first floodlit cricket match | The Spin 12.06pm BST Oh dear, Gary Ballance. OUT! Ballance LBW off the bowling of Fletcher. 36-4. 12.01pm BST The Pavilion here at the Oval is more than three-quarters full. Maybe 2,500 people are here. They are currently being treated to some heat from Stuart Meaker and Mark Footitt. 11.55am BST Here’s the one wicket we’ve had here! Watch @CurranSM trap Luke Procter LBW for 5 https://t.co/RiCoWAgA9Z 11.52am BST Just looking around the grounds, there’s been at least one wicket in every single game! Gary Ballance currently 0 off 12.... 11.40am BST Livingstone’s in here, and James Vince isn’t in at the fall of the first wicket at Taunton, which is interesting... 11.29am BST Procter goes! He’s trapped in front by Sam Curran. Looked pretty good, and Scurran was certainly convinced. 6 for 1. 11.24am BST Jofra Archer is the absolute mutts nuts WICKET.. Archer with the second wicket of the day. Rudolph goes for just 7 runs. A fantastic start from @SussexCCC ! @GlamCricket 18-2 now. 11.06am BST Aye karumba! WICKET Next ball, Neil Dexter goes lbw to Jamie Porter. 2-2. #LEIvESS 11.04am BST Wickets wickets everywhere WICKET The first of the match goes to Jamie Porter who has Paul Horton lbw for 1 2-1 in 1st over. #LEIvESS 11.04am BST Sam Curran against Hameed here, which is a ludicrously precocious pair. 11.03am BST Good start for Sussex. Watchable here . WICKET: Selman bowled by an in-swinging delivery from Magoffin in the first over. Glamorgan 0/1 #GLAvSUS 11.00am BST James Vince is back for Hampshire, who are batting first at Taunton, it seems. It appears that Will Smith will still captain the side... The teams: Hampshire XI: Smith*, Adams, Vince, Wheater, Ervine, McLaren, McManus†, Berg, Crane, Wheal, Wainwright #SOMvHAM . @SomersetCCC XI: Trescothick, Abell, Rogers*, Hildreth, Allenby, Trego, van der Merwe, Overton, Davies†, Gregory, Leach #SOMvHAM 10.57am BST Here’s a Kent XI from Bristol, and their opponents Gloucestershire’s below, too. Glos XI: Roderick (c), Dent, Tavare, Klinger, Marshall, Mustard, Jack Taylor, Miles, Payne, Norwell, Matt Taylor. 10.56am BST Some housekeeping: Related: Experience could prove key in late rush to nail down England places 10.46am BST News here is that Lancashire have won the toss and bat , which means one thing: Hameed. Lovely job. Lancashire’s xi is: Procter, Hameed, Petersen, Croft (who is keeping), Livingstone, Jones (Rob, he’s on dayboo), Clark, Lilley, Buck, Jarvis, Kerrigan. All set in the commentary box for opening day with @LancsCCC pic.twitter.com/z8xzcNANAs Surrey: Burns, Sibley, Sangakkara, Davies, Harinath, S.Curran, Foakes, T.Curran, Batty, Meaker, Footitt 10.36am BST Welcome back to County Championship action here on County cricket - live! Will in the chair and I’ll be guiding you through eight games over the next four days, but chiefly Surrey v Lancashire at the Oval, where I am, and which is currently utterly resplendent. South London looking frankly sensual on my morning run today. We are now at what people in football call the business end of the season. Surrey, right up the table but surely not in contention, only have two more games after this one. Leaders Middlesex have a week off, so Yorkshire - hosting cellar dwellers Notts at Scarborough - have a chance to make up some ground. Warwickshire are at Durham and Hampshire at Somerset in the other two Div One clashes. 10.17am BST Morning all, Will will be along soon but in the meantime here are Gary Naylor’s talking points from a big week in county cricket: Related: County cricket talking points: Alex Wakely steers Northants to T20 glory Continue reading...