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George Dobell at Somerset (14-1) v Pakistan (359-8).
Hello from Taunton.
Warm applause, even a cheer or two, greeted the announcement of Mohammad Amir’s name as he opened the bowling for Pakistan here this morning. Taunton was never likely to provide a hostile start to this tour – though Shane Warne did take some fearful abuse here a decade or two ago – but there may be some relief in a Pakistan camp that was a little nervous about the potential reception here.
He may not have endeared himself to the locals by dismissing Marucs Trescothick in his third over, though. A perfect delivery, on off stump and demanding a stroke but swinging away to take the edge, was very well caught by a diving Sarfraz Ahmed.
Last night Younis Khan, batting as well as ever aged 38, mentioned that Pakistan would bat on for another “session and a half.” But the regulations for these games state that the first innings of each side will be a maximum of 100 overs. Pakistan lost three wickets in seven balls as they attempted to accelerate with Amir falling to his first legitimate delivery. His first actual delivery was, would you believe it, a no-ball.
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David Hopps at Yorkshire 334-8 v Middlesex
Gary Ballance's innings has ended on 132 - a checked half-drive against James Franklin which gave him a simple return catch. It was an innings that will bring him great encouragement, but there was no sense of rebirth or redesign that will win over his England critics, just a decent batsmen having his best day-and-a-bit of the season. As the wagon wheel on the ESPNcricinfo scorecard signifies, there was not too much struck down the ground.
Yorkshire have lost two other wickets - Will Rhodes dragged on as the second morning got underway and Azeem Rafiq's return to Championship cricket brought no joy with the bat as he suffered a fourth-ball duck, Franklin having him caught at the wicket.