George Dobell at Warwickshire (332) v Surrey (403-6)
An outrageous slower ball from Rikki Clarke has ended Sibley’s patient innings. Hard to gauge how slow it was but Sibley was about a minute-and-a-half early on his stroke. It brings the Curran brothers together in the middle. Sam has already played some eye-catching shots off the back foot – the best of them a force through extra-cover – while Tom has edged Hannon-Dalby to the third-man boundary to secure Surrey their fifth batting bonus point.
Tim Wigmore at Essex 182-5 v Middlesex
Essex have been gritty and a little uncertain since the loss of Ravi Bopara but - crucially - they haven’t lost anymore wickets. Dan Lawrence, who is making good on his palpable promise, has reached 34: some delightful drives, some a little fortuitous, and lots of careful leaves. Adam Wheater has struggled for any fluency, but the return of Ollie Rayner seems to have changed that: he greeted Rayner’s second ball with a shimmy down the wicket, launching him over mid-on for four, and followed it up with an assertive sweep for one and a reverse-sweep for a couple. These two have now added 56 for the sixth wicket.
George Dobell at Warwickshire (332) v Surrey (365-5)
Ben Foakes has given it away a bit here. He’s pulled a short ball from Hannon-Dalby down the throat of deep backward square. Soft. Warwickshire are still in this, though they’re going to have to bat much better than they have at any stage this season.