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Jon Culley at Leicestershire 18-2 v Gloucestershire
After a slightly delayed start, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire are under way at what will always be Grace Road, regardless of the fancy title it now carries thanks to the sponsorship of a firm specialising in German electric heaters. The impact of last week's momentous political developments may well be being discussed by the company's directors as we speak. In any event, the groundstaff could have done with a bit of extra heat to dry out the sodden outfield here these last few days. At least it was dry enough to begin at 11.15.
Leicestershire, who have Richard Jones making his debut on loan from Warwickshire and have rested Ben Raine, could go to the top of the Division Two table if they win this match and Kent do not beat Derbyshire at Canterbury, which would be an extraordinary development considering their recent history. However, they have already lost two wickets after Angus Robson horribly misjudged a ball from the left-armer David Payne that came back and flattened his off stump and Paul Horton fell leg before to the same bowler.
Gloucestershire have replaced Josh Shaw and George Hankins with Kieran Noema-Barnett and Benny Howell, who makes his third Championship appearance of the season, compared with the side that beat Worcestershire in their last four-day match at the beginning of the month. The decision to forego the toss and bowl looks the right one so far.
George Dobell at Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire (138-6)
We’ve had a delay here after Luke Fletcher has taken a cracking blow on the head from Boyd Rankin, going round the wicket and gaining that horrid bounce from just back of a length.
Fletcher played the first ball of the over nicely; nudging the ball down in front of the short-leg fielder. But he got himself in a horrid tangle from the next delivery and seemed to take the ball right on the badge. After a five-minute delay to ensure he is OK, Fletcher has continued and got right back in line to the next two deliveries; both of which were also short.
Rikki Clarke has taken the two wickets this morning; Brett Hutton out to a beauty that left him sharply. Dan Christian edged a long-hop.