Tim Wigmore at Middlesex 15-0 v Essex
Seven months ago, Lord’s was host to the most exciting end to the County Championship in recent history, when 10,000 crammed in here on a delightful Friday afternoon to witness Toby Roland-Jones’ title-clinching hat-trick against Yorkshire. The grounds feels rather different today - it’s a rather less salubrious day; there are rather fewer in the ground; and those who are here are far more likely to be in suits. Middlesex have been unperturbed though, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins, two men with England ambitions, batting with care through the opening six overs. They have extra reason to impress today, because all the heavy-hitters are in town: not just Trevor Bayliss, but also ESPNCricinfo UK editor Andrew Miller.