George Dobell at Warwickshire (178) v Yorkshire (320-6)
Morning and happy Easter from Edgbaston. The weather forecast is pretty grim but Yorkshire have made a bright start. They’ve already secured a third batting bonus and the lead is approaching 150. For those asking – and a few have – I counted Sam Hain as home-grown in my piece as he played for the second XI aged 14 (I think). But yes, he played OZ U19, so it is debatable. I also included Ballance in Yorkshire’s home-grown numbers as he signed for their academy while still a teenager. Again, though, it is debatable.
Tim Wigmore at Surrey 118-2 v Lancashire
Good morning from The Oval. Happily the gloomy forecast has been mistaken, and we have a glorious day. These look pristine conditions for batting, which means that Rory Burns - Surrey’s vice-captain at 26, who has acquired the mantle of senior player as if by osmosis, has the chance to go big. Alec Stewart is never shy to state his England potential, but Burns’ problem has been a poor conversion rate: last summer he passed 50 nine times but converted only two of them into centuries. He has the chance to improve upon that today, and has just steered a single behind point to reach up his half-century; his second of 2017, to go with 71 against Warwickshire last week. Now Kumar Sangakkara has got off the mark, caressing Jarvis through backward point for a sumptuous boundary. More, please.