George Dobell at Middlesex (84-3) v Yorkshire
Nick Gubbins has batted through the session and is 42 not out. He gave one life, on 22, but has otherwise looked a highly accomplished player once more. He was awarded his county cap at the end of the session. It was a pretty even session, really. Conditions offered Yorkshire’s bowlers quite a lot of assistance, so Middlesex may feel they have done well to lose just the three wickets. There’s an interesting discussion on the BBC at present including both Middlesex and Yorkshire’s directors of cricket, Angus Fraser and Martin Moxon. To paraphrase them, they agreed that the Championship works in creating good, long-from cricketers and expressed concerns over any dilution of it. Both clubs, though, voted for the new T20 competition.
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Paul Edwards at Somerset 99-2 v Nottinghamshire
I think that Somerset would have just about settled for that. They are almost halfway to a second bonus point but have lost both openers, neither of whom perished to spin on a wicket which has famously favoured the twirlers recently. Both Trescothick and Abell were authors of their own departures but since then Chris Rogers and James Hildreth have batted securely on a pitch which is offering a little turn but nothing that would be remarked upon were this not Taunton at the moment. The only negative aspect to the morning's cricket has been the painful blow Hildreth received on the right ankle from Jake Ball, who also took the wickets. Tom Abell is running for him.
I know I say this a lot but I do wish ECB reps could see how much enjoyment so many people derive from the four-day game. This match is well attended and we have merely savoured its opening exchanges.
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Worcestershire 97-2 v Derbyshire
Skipper Daryl Mitchell and Joe Clarke led a Worcestershire recovery with an unbroken half century stand for the third wicket on day one of the Specsavers County Championship clash with Derbyshire at New Road.
Worcestershire suffered an early setback after the toss had been uncontested when the out of form Brett D'Oliveira was bowled for a duck in Tom Milnes' first over without a run on the board.
Tom Fell looked in prime form and reeled off a succession of impressive boundaries.
He raced onto 24 with six fours but then became Milnes second victim when Alex Hughes held onto a sharp chance at third slip.
Mitchell was joined at 36-2 by Clarke and the third wicket pair slowly but surely repaired the early damage.
A handsome cover drive for four off Will Davis by Mitchell brought up the 50 stand in 15 overs.
By lunch Mitchell had moved onto 47 and Clarke 20 out of 97-2 from 31 overs.
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Middlesex 84-3 v Yorkshire
County championship leaders Middlesex ended a testing morning on 84 for 3 as Jack Brooks took 2 for 22 and champions Yorkshire, chasing a third successive title, enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges after opting to bowl first at Lord’s.
Brooks sent back Sam Robson and Nick Compton in his new ball burst, before David Willey held his nerve against Dawid Malan to bowl the aggressive left-hander off an inside edge for 22.
Opener Nick Gubbins, unlucky not to be selected for England’s winter Test tours after a prolific season in Division One of the Specsavers Championship, reached lunch on 42 not out as he tried to hold the Middlesex first innings together.
Gubbins, however, had been dropped on 22 when Azeem Rafiq leapt at point but failed to hold a square cut at Steven Patterson. Stevie Eskinazi, with 7 not out from 32 balls, kept Gubbins company until the interval.
Robson was leg-before for a duck in Brooks’ fourth over from the Nursery End, following an uncontested toss, beaten by a full ball angled into him. Compton was also lbw, for 8, offering no stroke to a ball from Brooks which nipped back up the Lord’s slope.
Malan greeted Willey’s introduction by hitting four fours and a two from the first seven balls he faced from the left-arm seamer, but perished when he aimed one expansive off drive too many. Willey, whose first over cost 15 runs, ended up with creditable figures of 1 for 25 from his initial six-over spell.
Yorkshire, with one bowling bonus point already in the bag, narrowing Middlesex’s overall lead over them to eight points, used five seamers in the opening session of a match which could decide the destination of this year’s county title – though both counties will be wary of third-placed Somerset, who need to beat Nottinghamshire at Taunton if they are to finish as champions for the first time in their history.
For those asking earlier, the table doesn;t become live in terms of bonus points until 110 overs have been bowled. Don't shoot the messenger.