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David Hopps at Nottinghamshire 377-8 v Somerset
It is as if the microphones have been turned up when Luke Fletcher comes in to bat. Every thwack of the crease rings round the ground, every contact with the bat echoes emphatically. Sadly for the Bulwell Bomber, the rifle crack of ball against pad signalled his demise for 32, lbw to Jim Allenby, after hearty nightwatchman's resistance lasting one-and-a-half hours.
Chris Read might secretly be relieved, as admirably as Fletcher has played. A pushed single against Jack Leach by Fletcher just before his dismissal gave Fletcher about 10 seconds to trundle to the non-striker's end and about 1% of that time for Read to make the ground himself. Fortunately, he is one of the sprightlier 37-year-olds around and sneaked home. Fitness test passed in style.
This has been a good morning for Somerset. If they keep Nottinghamshire around 420 it feels like an even game. Depending how well Imran Tahir bowls and whether Somerset can handle him.
Compo has failed for Middlesex 2s apparently. You may already know that.
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Paul Edwards at Lancashire 157-2 v Durham
This is the last time I'll say it - okay, maybe not - but I really wish those who decry the County Championship could see the quality of cricket on view at Southport and the manner in which it is being enjoyed by a large - yes dammit, large, even in Scarborough terms - crowd.Lancashire have lost one wicket today, that of Hameed who fended a short ball from Stokes to the sub fielder Jeremy Benton (clearly a utility player) at third slip. But Hameed had by then passed fifty for the sixth time in 15 innings this season and his dismissal has not halted Lancashire dominance of the cricket this morning. Procter is unbeaten on 65, Petersen is 16 not out, the lead is 70 and even the Durham supporters are appreciating the battle. Perfection in a large glass.