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Paul Edwards at Essex v Middlesex 17-2
A quiet opening to the afternoon/evening experiment at Chelmsford. Nick Gubbins, a late call-up for James Franklin (back problem), was beaten all ends up by Mohammed Amir's fourth ball and then leg before to one which pitched on the stumps and held its own. Next over Nick Compton edged James Porter to James Foster. So it's been a case of three James's, two Nicks and one Mohammed.
Dawid Malan, Middlesex's stand-in skipper, is in now and is no doubt finding life an entertaining contrast to life with England's T20 team at Cardiff. The Essex spectators are enjoying it all hugely, of course, not least the old players - Fletcher, Lever, Hardie, Turner - who have foregathered in the pavilion for their reunion. As I write, Amir is making Malan look a little silly by hooping the ball away from him rather rapidly.
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George Dobell at Warwickshire v Lancashire (9-0).
Hello from Edgbaston, where Haseeb Hameed is living dangerously. He’s survived a strong leg before shout off Keith Barker and left two against the same bowler that must have missed his off stump by a millimetre or so. It seems Ian Westwood has reacted badly to news that he wasn’t playing this game and announced his retirement. He was out of contract at the end of the season. Liam Livingstone is not selected as he is involved in the Lions and would have had to leave this game after two days, anyway. Entry is free after tea (as ever here), free for kids (U16) all day (as ever here) and £15 before. Maybe the best way to judge the success of the day-night experiment is this: Warwickshire expect to sell out the first three days of the Test v West Indies. Imagine how tough a sell that would have been without the novelty factor.