Thanks for the tip BTL, seems Stuart Broad has been rolling back the years at Trent Bridge but Sam Hain (55) and Matt Lamb (39) countering his ferocity. Broad in short sleeves, wrist band on his left arm, hot day, short shadow. Lamb ducks under a short one. Hain another. Well done Warwickshire! 167/3 and that’s lunch. They’ve added 82 for the fourth wicket and all results still possible.
At Old Trafford they troop off, a rose for Procter, who has made 15 runs in two hours. Lunchtime scores to follow.
Just noticed the union jack has zipped back up the flag pole here at Old Trafford where Northants are in danger of taking things into the afternoon session. 103-6. Gloucestershire are in touching distance now, just 18 needed, James Bracey, who is having a cracker of a match, 76 not out.
Those Champions, they never give up. Durham lost 6 for forty. Harmer 10-136, 5-57 in the second innings. Brilliant gritty stuff by Essex, after being bowled out for 96 in the first innings, and a rotten couple of days for Durham who have now gone nine Championship matches without a win.
The scorecard changed in front of my eyes there as I pressed send. Carse lbw Harmer, 15 The hit man now has 5-56.
Ooooh, the Durham target falls below fifty. Carse 15 not out. Two boundaries. Could yet be tasty.
A piece of delicious homemade cherry cake in the OT box, but that won’t be any comfort to Saif Zaib who is given out lbw a little unluckily – however big Parky turns them. Northants 99-6
After an hour or so at the crease, a quick look-see round the grounds.
Worcestershire – buoyant. 10-0 chasing 388.
Durham – cataclysmic. 97-7, chasing 71 to win. Harmer three wickets this morning.
Warwicks – cautiously optimistic. 124-3 chasing another 209 to win
Middlesex – down n out. 245-8 chasing another 286 to win
Gloucestershire – happy as larry.- 89-2 chasing another 64 to win
Leicestershire – lazy-days. 74-0 with a 233 run deficit
Glamorgan – watchful waiting. 305-6 with a lead of 109
Kent – ocean, no paddle. 87-5, need 388 to win
Northants – home in time for tea. 89-5 need 336 to win
Harmer, harmers. Raine lbw for 3 and Durham are 91-7, contriving to lose four wickets in less than four overs.
Gloucestershire meanwhile are strolling to victory, just 64 needed, nine wickets in hand.
Arghg, wickets, wickets everywhere. Now Rossington pushes plumply forward at Luke Wood and is caught by Jennings at slip for 8. Northangs 87-5.
Durham, Durham, Durham. Now 87-5, need another 81. Harmer has snaffled both Burnham and Borthwick and hopes rest with Eckersley and Poynter.
And from Gary Naylor, the Parky Problem:
Parky! Second ball of the day, Vasconcelos decides to reverse sweep and is bowled into the dust. Middle stump pingo. Perhaps not the wisest decision of the day. Northants 76-4.
Oh dear Middlesex. With Robbie White’s dismissal, for 73, and now Andersson – both to Holland – another low-key name who has had a big match – their chances have fallen from miniscule to infinitesimal (if that is actually a decrease).
And Glamorgan’s hope slip away too with Kiran Carlson bowled by another man of the moment Ollie Robinson – who now has 5-61 . Amazing effort by Carlson though, 132 to join his 127 from the first innings.
And the bell tolls first for Daniel Bell-Drummond, bowled by David Willey for 24. Just the 397 to win for Kent, seven wicket in hand.
Mahmood has the ball from the Jimmy Anderson end, arrow-straight run up, fast arm. Loved watching the three slips – Jennings, Croft and Hartley – shimmy-inch into position, rather like the soldiers shuffling into line to lift the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin out of the hearse yesterday.
Reports from Taunton spoke of no devil in the pitch, but we know Somerset’s potential for black magic on the last day. A nice interview with one of Ciderabad’s finest here.
At Old Trafford Glenn Chapple is holding a baseball glove and looking as lithe as ever. I fear for Northants , on a turning pitch against Parky and after Saqib Mahmood’s rapid spell yesterday evening.
Good morning from Manchester where the sun continues to shine, if through a more hazy lens. So much to look forward to today – tight games all around: at Chelmsford – where Durham need another 108 – at Taunton – where Gloucestershire need another 125 – even at Trent Bridge where Warwicks need an unlikely 248 (without Dom Sibley) to prevent Notts winning their first game since 2018.
Worcestershire, Leicestershire, Kent, Northants and Middlesex have to bat all day – with various degrees of likelihood – and Glamorgan till tea if they fancy setting up a run chase. Grab a coffee, we’ll be here all day.