Josh Tongue has signed a new four-year contract... eight tweets on the Worcestershire twitter feed if you want the full excitement
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Jon Culley at Warwicks 89-3 v Middlesex
The late wicket of Sam Hain probably just about shaded the opening session in Middlesex’s favour, the batsman pushing at a ball from James Harris to be caught behind, ending a partnership of 67. This followed the slightly contentious dismissal of Andy Umeed, who was given out caught at third slip but did not walk until standing umpire Neil Mallender had consulted with his colleague at square leg, Graham Lloyd, over whether the catch was legitimate after Umeed appeared to jam the ball into the ground. After a few moments Mallender upheld the appeal, replays suggesting that the ball hit the ground a split-second before it touched the bat, on the rise, and carried to third slip Steve Eskinazi. The media centre here has been visited by a school party apparently larger than the entire crowd for the last knockings of the floodlit match against Lancashire last week.
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Tim Wigmore at Hamphire 78-2 v Surrey
With 56 runs in his previous nine Championship innings, including five ducks, Rilee Rossouw was in need of a score at The Oval. He punched a couple of off drives that hinted at one, but all that work was squandered when he slashed Tom Curran to second slip. The younger Curran had earlier dismissed Lewis McManus with a brilliant inswinging yorker, prompting a fist pump and roar in the direction of the balcony - in celebration of a plan that had come good or, perhaps, pent-up frustration after Saturday. Those wickets mean that the morning session has been pretty even, with Jimmy Adams scrappy but still undefeated, and now James Vince in support, who danced down the wicket and thumped his sixth ball, fro, Virdi, for a lofted straight four.
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Paul Edwards at Yorkshire v Somerset 71-4
Somerset have lost three wickets in the first session here and it is no disrespect to say that if they sustain no more damage before lunch, they will have had a good morning..........
At which point, of course, James Hildreth gets an absolute snorter from Tim Bresnan, his lovely short innings of 32 is ended and I apologise to all my friends in the West Country Yorkshire's bowlers have given the techniques of Lewis Gregory's batsmen a ferocious examination and it is not a matter for shame that one or two have failed the test. Four wickets so far plus over a dozen play and misses makes Gregory's decision to bat a little strange. Anyway it is raining now and we are taking an early lunch. Adam Hose and Steve Davies are doubtless grateful.