Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire drawn
Another rain delay at Grace Road ends with everyone seeing sense and they call it a draw.
As say this and then the rain returns to Northampton and the players are forced off. Hopefully they will not be off for too long.
Gay and Thurston have both passed 50 as Northamptonshire look set to complete a well-deserved victory over Glamorgan. If it wasn’t for De Lange’s incredible century yesterday, it would have been done and dusted by now. Northants need a further 63 with nine wickets in hand.
Rikki Clarke’s off stump goes cartwheeling out of the ground as Milnes strikes again with another pearler which beats the batsman all ends up as he looks to drive. Surrey now 116-7 with 76 more runs required for victory. Foakes is the key man here.
Foakes and Clarke are back out in the middle at the Oval. Foakes whips the first ball after tea for four. He will be looking for more of the same.
Tea at The Oval
The players head off with 106-6, requiring another 86 for victory. What fun the final session should be.
Surrey are in trouble now! Milnes bowls an absolute beauty which swings and goes through Sam Curran’s gate to remove the off stump. The bowler leaps for joy after reducing Surrey to 94-6. Another 98 runs a required to win still.
Gay (38*) and Thurston (39*) are leading the Northamptonshire charge against Glamorgan. Northants require another 98 for victory and if the weather permits, they should get them.
Stevens returns to the attack and it works for Kent! First he gets Evans to edge to slip but the ball does not carry and then the Surrey man plays it straight back to the allrounder who takes a sharp catch to leave the hosts on 77/5 as they chase 192 for victory. Sam Curran is coming in at a crucial point for Surrey.
Laurie Evans is playing some wonderful shots in Surrey’s chase. The man on loan from Sussex is already on 40, including eight boundaries.
Northamptonshire and Glamorgan have made it out to the middle. Northants require 126 more runs to win with nine wickets remaining.
Surrey move onto 51-4 after Evans whips one through the legside. The Surrey batsman is on 23, as he and Foakes look to rebuild the innings after a flurry of early wickets. This partnership will be crucial if Surrey are to win this game, as they are into the allrounders after this.
Hampshire v Essex abandoned
Another draw, not that it was going anywhere.
Charles Sheldrick emails re Somerset: “All that hard work by the Ground Staff and the boys only needed 20 mins …
“Best of luck with the rest of the OBO, I am off for a cup of hot sweet tea and a lie down …”
Somerset beat Gloucestershire by 314 runs
Brooks forces Taylor to fend one off towards gully and he is caught as Gloucestershire are all out for 70. An utterly miserable game for Gloucestershire who could only muster 76 in the first innings.
Another wicket for Stevens! The allrounder has three early wickets as Jacks is given out by the umpire. There is some confusion as the scoreboard claims he was caught behind but it did not go near the bat, so it could also have been LBW. Either way Surrey are 20/4.
Podmore gets his man this time, as Stoneman edges once more to Cox, who takes it on this occasion to leave Surrey 20/3. Stoneman played a few shots in an attempt to find some form but it does not work. This has been a ropey start from the hosts to say the least.
Craig Overton gets the first wicket required for Somerset as Shaw chips one to midweek. Start the car.
Somerset and Gloucestershire are also playing, with the hosts at Taunton requiring just two more wickets to secure victory.
RUDDY ‘ECK! Stevens then gets Smith with the next ball, as the Surrey No 3 edges it to the second slip. The 44-year-old will be on a hat-trick at the start of the next over.
Surrey do lose a wicket as Stevens gets one to hold up in the pitch, not that his full pace is much quicker, and Borthwick gets a leading edge to Bell-Drummond at midwicket. This should be an interesting final day with Surrey 6/1.
Surrey should already be one down in the first over as Stoneman edges Podmore to Cox at first slip but the Kent man shells it. Cox will be kicking himself for dropping that as it was a dolly.
Kent all out – Surrey require 192 to win
Nathan Gilchrist edges Sam Curran to Rikki Clarke at slip to end the Kent innings on a score of 127. It was Curran’s fourth wicket of the innings, snaffled by Clarke who got five for himself. Game on with 62 overs remaining.
Surrey v Kent begins!
There are potentially 68 overs remaining at The Oval today, so we could/should get a result. Kent currently lead by 182 with one wicket remaining, so there is plenty to pay for and the sun is currently very much shining.
Derbyshire v Durham abandoned
Another one ends in a premature draw.
Surrey v Kent is now scheduled to start at 1.10pm. Good new for all involved … until it rains again.
There is to be a 1pm inspection at Taunton, so we might get an actual result there today.
I can confirm that the sun is peaking through the clouds in south east London.
A SUPERSOAKER and sunshine at Grace Road. Another game with a chance of some actual cricket.
“I may be alone in this opinion,” says OldPendle, “but I’d quite like to see Jimmy Anderson remain on 599 wickets rather than get the one he needs for 600.
“a) it would be classic Lanky;
“b) every time they meet up in future to reminisce about their playing days, he’ll be able to give Broad, Buttler and Burns a slap for putting down those catches yesterday.”
You’re very much alone on that one.
Every single game is now having brunch rather than lunch to get it out the way in the hope things become clearer.
I think the sun really is out at Taunton …
I am currently in south east London and it has not rained for a couple of hours, which is good news. Surrey say there is a clean up operation underway at the Oval, so hopefully they might get to the wicket today.
“Here in Southampton the rain seems to have past, it’s really blowy, and the sun is trying to peek through,” says Fantaloupe. “If this continues (which seems to be the broad-brush picture from the forecast) then I wouldn’t rule out some play in the more southern matches later in the afternoon. There’s still a chance for a comedy result at the Oval, after all.”
Somerset v Gloucestershire will have an inspection at 1pm, so there is no need to get too worried about anything happening in Taunton soon.
Charles Sheldrick also kindly points out it is sunny there, currently.
The covers at Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire give an indication of how much rain they have suffered.
Just in case you were wondering, no games will be starting on time. Make yourself a brew or 14.
Dom Cole asks: “Given Lancashire are all that stand between Derby and the Grand Final once bonus points are added, are you more confident of Lancashire depriving Derby of batting or bowling points next time out?”
Not at the moment as the Lancashire bowling lineup looks proper budget.
Worcestershire v Warwickshire abandoned
We have our first victim.
Wegie says: “I see Pears v Bears has already fallen victim to the weather – given how much it’s hammered down in the Marches since about 10pm yesterday, that doesn’t count as one of life’s greater surprises.”
“Morning Will, morning everyone,” says Galactus.
“Rain saving the Yorkists from a Lanky thrashing today, then.
“Not quite sure how that thrashing would have manifested itself given the match situation, but rest assured it was on the cards. Unless it stops raining. In which case all of us Lankies will be hiding behind the sofa if you need us.”
Yeah, I assumed Tom Hartley was going to run through Yorkshire today.
“Sorry for being Cassandra at the close of play …” emails Charles Sheldrick. “It was howling round the thatch all night and into the morning, but it is lovely and sunny in Exeter at the moment … Please just 45 minutes of play, that is all we need …”
Good news for supporters of Exeter CC.
I am not going to lie, the weather might have a slight impact on today’s action. Even if glorious sunshine was forecast there are only three games which would have had a chance of getting a result. The hope for us all today is that they get some action at Taunton, where Somerset require just two Gloucestershire wickets to secure victory.
A huge congratulations to Middlesex for winning inside three days, avoiding all this silly rain nonsense the rest of us will go through.
I am sure many of us are used to being sat in a pavilion, laughing at drizzle, so today will be delightfully frustrating for all involved. Those matches taking place in the North look most at risk of being completely rained off for the day but that is normal for them.
We might have plenty of downtime today, so please feel free to fire in questions about everything in life and cricket. The details on how to contact me are in the usual places.
Storm Francis, one assumes named after former Hampshire batsman Simon, will ensure that some venues do not see a single ball bowled today. Who is cricket’s best Francis?
Anyway … let’s hope for some action.