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Paul Edwards at Lancashire v Hampshire 151-5
We have had two ball-changes here and Mark III is swinging around like billy-oh. The chief beneficiary of this has been Luke Procter, who has taken the two wickets since lunch and left Hampshire poorly placed on 125-5 at one stage. Vince was leg before to a swinging delivery and Ervine, more culpably, was caught behind when fencing. George Bailey is 58 not out and is playing a good hand; he has been joined by the very adhesive Lewis McManus but Kyle Jarvis and Ryan McLaren are also getting plenty of joy from these atmospherics and for all Bailey's crisp drives, batting is not straightforward.
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Tim Wigmore at Middlesex 131-2 v Yorkshire
It’s a big week for Paul Stirling. By the end of it, his country, Ireland, are likely to be a Test nation. If that is indeed the case, Stirling will need to be playing the regular County Championship cricket that his talent befits. He has never really managed it, thanks to a combination of Middlesex’s great batting strength, Ireland commitments disrupting his availability, and his own underwhelming Championship record - he only averages 27.77 in the format, against an average of 41.46 in one-day cricket. But he’s made useful contributions in his first two games of the season, scoring 52, 49 and 12 across three innings, and is looking fluent here, cutting Steve Patterson for a ferocious four to breach the ‘Yorkshire wall’. He’s on 29 and Sam Robson, batting with typically understated class, has 63.