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Tim Wigmore at Essex 253-6 v Middlesex
Crucial wicket for Middlesex. Adam Wheater, playing with growing assertiveness, launched a ferocious sweep, which Stevie Eskinazi caught on the rebound at square leg. He played the shot well throughout his innings, but will be aghast to get out like that - especially with the second new ball two overs away. Dan Lawrence has played some exquisite shots; a push through wide mid-on for four off James Franklin indicated a player who gauges length unusually quickly.
George Dobell at Warwickshire (332) v Surrey (430-8)
There’s a fair chance both Currans will be penalised after this game. Sam was given leg before a few minutes ago and clearly didn’t like the decision. He stood rooted to the crease for what seemed an age – realistically only a few seconds – and then trudged off the pitch in what might have been called ‘high dudgeon’ a generation or five ago. Tom roared in the face of Ateeq Javid when he dismissed him earlier in the game. Either way, the Surrey innings is almost done. Gareth Batty, struck on the helmet by a bouncer before he had scored, missed a heave against Patel and Jade Dernbach hasn’t given the impression he is there for long. If Warwickshire can get a lead of 150 or so, they might be able to exploit a deteriorating surface. Surrey’s lead is almost 100.