Essex v Middlesex 44-1
We have begun with a wicket, a scampered single, a four off the shoulder of the bat and many attendant oohs and aahs. Nick Gubbins came forward to Simon Harmer's first ball of the day but only edged a catch through James Foster's gloves to Alastair Cook at slip. Since when there has been much drama and a six over midwicket by Compton. Foster is standing up to Porter and the cricket makes compelling viewing, even if these hours of play are a thorough irritation.