Alex Winter at Gloucestershire 284-2 v Hampshire
Hello everyone, pretty murky here at Bristol, there's going to be a threat of rain all day long but credit to the umpires for getting the players out pretty much as soon as they can this morning. Gloucestershire need enough time to get up to 400 but they have might have to settle for 350. They've begun with urgency.
The best thing about your local ground is tipping your cap to the regulars. The stewards on the Grace Gates (the original Grace Gates by the way) were quizzing me on the club's history as I walked in. What a quiz. It's from the Gloucestershire Exiles magazine and themed on Michael Klinger. Therefore...of the 11 Gloucestershire players to have played only one Test, name the eight who made their solitary appearance against Australia. Well...
Morning from Edgbaston. The weather has brightened here so there is a decent chance we will be underway at some stage. The chances of Middlesex forcing a result seem minimal, though.
Having been at The Kia Oval yesterday and watched the dramatic batting collapse, I feel fairly well placed to state that any interference from the Pitch Liaison Officer would be absurd. Counties are being incentivised to play spinners to help future England players avoid a repeat of the events of the UAE or Ahmedabad. It would be perverse to punish a county for producing a pitch which actually resulted in entertaining cricket that might be deemed decent preparation for games in Asia.
It’s also worth remembering that The Oval, despite its huge square, will be under some pressure to produce enough pitches this season. They host Champions Trophy games, an Ashes Test and various other internationals and televised games, all of which demand a position in the centre of the square to accommodate broadcasting demands. It really doesn’t need someone to justify their job as a PLO by imposing any penalty. To be fair, I’d be very surprised if they did.
It's a tough one Thomas. Another question was a little easier...name the five Gloucestershire captains (permanent appointments) that were not born in England. Two are gimmees and another is not too old as to be out of memory...