TOSS: Gloucestershire won the toss and elected to bat Midlands/Wales/West Division: Somerset v Gloucestershire at Taunton - Jul 5, 2013
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/5/2013 4:07:06 PM
TOSS: Lancashire won the toss and elected to field North Division: Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds - Jul 5, 2013
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/5/2013 4:12:18 PM
Fantastic effort by Worcestershire today to thwart the Aussies and preserve their proud 12-year unbeaten record against Australia. Best of all, Worcestershire members have enjoyed four days of good cricket, in the sunshine in the middle of summer. Who needs T20 in the twilight?
by WCCC_Pears7/5/2013 4:12:55 PM
WICKET: Leicestershire 27/1 (3.2/20 ov, lost the toss) v Durham JJ Cobb c Stoneman b Rushworth 1 (3) Partnership: 27 (3.2 ov) C Rushworth 1.2-0-5-1 GP Smith 26* (17)
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/5/2013 4:40:00 PM
WICKET: Gloucestershire 17/1 (2.5/20 ov, won the toss) v Somerset M Klinger c Hildreth b Yasir Arafat 8 (11) Partnership: 17 (2.5 ov) Yasir Arafat 1.5-0-10-1 HJH Marshall 6* (7)
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/5/2013 4:40:20 PM
Twenty20 Vision We focus on the stories that matter
Michael Vaughan, one of only six living England captains to have won the Ashes, has railed against the suspension of County Championship fixtures in order to play Friends Life t20 in the fortnight leading up to the Investec Ashes series. Vaughan complained at a Sports Journalists’ Association brunch: “I get sick and tired of talking about scheduling but this is the biggest thing that happens in this country, the Ashes series. How our schedulers have not been able to produce a round of four-day Championship matches leading into an Ashes series is beyond me.
"Every single county should be playing four-day cricket this week. What happens if we get five injuries in the next week? And we are picking guys that have played Twenty20 cricket – it is ridiculous."
Vaughan' assertion that he would like to punch the schedulers in the face suited the relaxed atmosphere at the brunch but it did it not receive unanimous support. On Twitter, Innocent Bystander retorted: "If Michael Vaughan got punched in the face when he was wrong - he would forever be walking around with a bruised face." Ouch.
Trending #Summer nights at the cricket
Suddenly, England's T20 competition seems to have caught a wave. It was an uplifting sight to see around 20,000 flock to Lord's on a sunny evening for Middlesex's defeat of Essex on Thursday night and, with the weather set fair there is even more encouraging news tonight with Yorkshire and Derbyshire erecting the Sold Out signs for their derbies against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire respectively.
Derbyshire have never sold out a T20 match and it is good to see progress at a county which the ECB now regards as a model of good development. It is also the first sell-out at Headingley since 2004 and every little helps for a county so mired in debt. The passions that were only partially warmed for the England v New Zealand Test – with two homegrown stars, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, in England's XI – have been brought to the boil by a Roses T20 with many top players absent.
Considering the absence of coverage in the traditional media, it is quite an achievement to convince the public to turn out in force. Just imagine what could be achieved if T20 was ever arranged to that England's players could play in at last part of the tournament. And then imagine something else because it is wasting your time to imagine something that while current thinking remains is not about to happen. If only there was an app for that
What must Essex's captain James Foster have been thinking when he brought back Shaun Tait at a crucial stage of Thursday's FLt20 against Essex only for the Australian to begin his third over with a succession of leg-side wides? And things got worse when understandably he entrusted the last over with Ravi Bopara, with six needed, calculating that Bopara's big-game experience gave him the edge over Reece Topley, only for Bopara to began with a long hop and a full toss to hand Middlesex victory. What he needs is to download an App that automatically makes all the bowling changes for him.
Do stewards need crash hats?
This thought occurs, as some of you will recognise, because of remarks made by Sky's commentators during coverage of Middlesex v Essex. But Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain were right: sitting with your back to the game to watch the crowd while sixes are raining upon you is simply too dangerous. It is an approach trapped in the 1970s for a match designed for the 21st century. There is no much over-the-top concentration on Health and Safety regulations these days that it is a surprise to find a real Health and Safety issue that is being ignored. Seriously: either turn around or wear a batsman's helmet or the inspectorate will be coming through the Grace Gates in no time.
Robin Abrahams' stat of the day
Michael Lumb is only six boundaries away from being the first English batsman to hit 400 fours in T20. Lumb's 11 years of T20 have included a World Twenty20 win with England caps and spells in IPL as well as his time batting for Yorkshire, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire.
A quick look at the statisticsindicate that his record is more outstanding than many suggest. He is eighth on the all-time list, but has hit more fours than any of the non-English players above him. (There again, that is partly because the likes of Chris Gayle prefer to clear the ropes without the ball bouncing…). Only Gayle and the punchy Australian, David Warner, of that top eight have scored at a faster scoring rate than his 140.32 per hundred balls.
Farewell to Arul Suppiah
Arul Suppiah's retirement because of a fast-deteriorating condition in both knees trouble is a blow for a player who has hoped for so much more during his benefit year. Suppiah, born in Malaysia and schooled in Millfield, was awarded British citizenship last year. The Somerset County Gazette records how Suppiah achieved "world renown" on the day in 2011 he took a T20 world-record 6 for 5 against Glamorgan in Cardiff.
ECB clampdown on illegal betting The Daily Telegraph has reported that the ECB has sofar ejected nine spectators from televised T20 matches because they are believed to be using mobile phones to work with illegal bookmakers in India.
Matches shown in India are often on a 15-second time lag which means that bookmakers can fix the odds based on live information. The paper reports that the bookmakers' moles use concealed microphones and send messages in code.
by David Hopps7/5/2013 4:42:06 PM
WICKET: Gloucestershire 17/2 (3.1/20 ov, won the toss) v Somerset CDJ Dent lbw b Kirby 0 (1) Partnership: 0 (0.2 ov) SP Kirby 0.1-0-0-1 HJH Marshall 6* (8)
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/5/2013 4:42:08 PM
YouTube highlights of Surrey's win over Sussex on Wednesday evening. Look out for Jade Dernbach's yorker to Scott Styris at the death...
by Alan Gardner edited by David Hopps7/5/2013 4:42:10 PM
WICKET: Yorkshire 32/1 (4.1/20 ov, lost the toss) v Lancashire AW Gale c †Cross b Smith 18 (16) Partnership: 32 (4.1 ov) TC Smith 0.1-0-0-1 PA Jaques 13* (9)
by ESPNcricinfo Live7/5/2013 4:54:18 PM
Tom Huelin, from ESPN's Supporters Network, at Sussex v Hampshire
Good evening from Hove on an absolutely stunning evening. They're billing it as the #elclassicoast around these parts, and that's good enough for me. Sussex desperately need a win here, after two defeats from three already. Our top order looks formidable, and scored the first 200 of this competition against Middlesex last week, but we just haven't been able to nip opponents in the bud when we're bowling, unfortunately.Hampshire are as big a batting line-up as you're likely to face in FLt20, so a snooze-fest tonight is certain not to be. Batting first will suit us, scoreboard pressure and all that, we could go beyond 200 again and that's always going to be tricky chasing under lights, even against the Royals Cricket in the sun, by the sea. Good old Sussex! .
by Tom Huelin via email edited by David Hopps7/5/2013 4:54:54 PM