- Stat Attack
Lancashire v Middlesex
o Middlesex are six games unbeaten against Lancashire (W2 D4); only losing once in their last 12 meetings (W2 D9).
o Lancashire’s six previous home encounters with Middlesex have ended in a draw.
o Lancashire come into this game having tasted defeat only once across their last 13 home matches (W5 D7).
o Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire) has faced 2,858 balls this summer; 389 more than any other batsman across both tiers of the County Championship.
- Live Update
Yorkshire 25-2 v Somerset
Yorkshire won the toss and batted on this Headingley pitch and it has been an edgy first 12 overs against the Somerset account. The bounce is not quite as even as most at Headingley, bringing suspicions that this might be Yorkshire's version of the sort of indifferent* pitches that have been appearing at Taunton.
*That is a complex debate which I don't have time for.
Gary Ballance will be disappointed with his dismissal. He steered a short wide one into the slips - an aberration considering that they were so well populated - and Lewis Gregory, after fumbling a simple catch that seemed to have gone to ground, presumably rescued it off his boot.