George Dobell at Warwickshire (332) v Surrey.
Has Mark Stoneman just dropped the Specsavers County Championship? Probably not. But he did just drop Oliver Hannon-Dalby on 8 off Mark Footitt. Tough, diving chance at mid-wicket. And then he caught him, at cover, a couple of balls later off Tom Curran. So it really didn’t make much difference. There are only 3 people in the Edgbaston press box. One of them works for the club, one of them is here for the coffee. But she’s Australian so there’s the same amount of noise as 1,000 people being here.
Paul Edwards at Lancashire v Somerset 197-8
The ease with which Jack Leach and Dean Elgar have added a further 44 runs for Somerset's ninth wicket at Old Trafford this morning reflects the easier batting conditions - bright sun, a fresher atmosphere - but also the skill of the batsmen, both of whom have played competently. Leach has hit four boundaries, two of them cover-driven, and the pair have just brought up their fifty partnership. Anderson and McLaren have been taken off and Somerset's lead of 87 runs is now substantial. Typically careful cricket from Elgar but Leach is now the game third- highest scorer. The Lancashire skipper, Liam Livingstone, is now bowling although Stephen Parry has yet to turn his arm over.
Tim Wigmore at Middlesex 277-2 v Essex
Good morning from Lord’s. We had a delayed start by 20 minutes, which was a little perplexing - it really wasn’t that dark. Anyway the sun has come out, and Neil Wagner begun in a ferocious mood - in the first over, he elicited an edge from Steve Eskinazi through the slips and conceded four byes. Jamie Porter has also found the edge of Sam Robson’s bat, which went through the vacant second slip for four. Middlesex are already in a position from which defeat is virtually impossible so will look to declare sometime after tea, you’d think. Now, though Robson is out, slashing Porter behind for 149.
George Dobell at Warwickshire (313 for 9) v Surrey.
Could England take Footitt to the Ashes? At his best, he would definitely be an asset. And, in a line-up with several all-rounders (Stokes, Woakes, Moeen, Bairstow etc) maybe you could think of him as a luxury bowler who wouldn’t need to be exposed on those days when he can’t find his rhythm. It would be a hell of a risk to include him in a four man seam attack and pretty much impossible in a three-man one. I’m not sure who is going to take the wickets for England this winter, though, and Footitt, at his best, has some really good weapons. Chris Wright is the most recent departure here, bowled by a beauty from Sam Curran who has been the pick of the bowlers.