Paul Edwards at Yorkshire 263-4 declared v Nottinghamshire 3-0
Having reached his second hundred in three Championship innings (all of them played at Scarborough), Yorkshire's Gary Ballance has declared leaving Notts to score 452 to win this game. It would be a Bradman of a victory, of course. Call me Mr Cautious but I think the odds may be fractionally against them managing it. Jake Libby and Steven Mullaney are opening the batting and Ryan Sidebottom is about to open the bowling. It is dull cool and cloudy , a bowling day.
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George Dobell at Leicestershire (238 and 44-1) v Essex (423).
David Masters once took 8-10 against Leicestershire. I recall it well as I was covering the game at Southend for several publications and had written a Ravi Bopara piece. He had scored a century earlier in the day. Masters didn’t start bowling, from memory, until about quarter to six and caused chaos with both the Leicestershire batting and all my plans to file on time. He’s struck early here, too. It was a typical Masters’ delivery, just outside off, bouncing a little, and drawing a poke from Paul Horton. The thin edge was gratefully taken by James Foster.
I understand Alastair Cook was invited to make up a team for a touring side from Wales who were here yesterday. They were one short but, when they went round to the pavilion to as, had to be content with a photo with the England captain instead. Cook is off to the briefing about the Bangladesh tour later today so will no doubt be hoping for an early finish. Leicestershire are currently progressing quite nicely. The first innings lead is 185, though, so they have plenty of work ahead of them.
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Surrey 468-9 lead Lancashire by 181 runs
Bad light and rain sent Surrey into an early lunch on 468 for nine and an overall lead of 181 runs on the third day of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Lancashire at the Kia Oval.
The hosts lost three wickets in the opening session, most crucially that of 18-year-old Sam Curran who missed out on his maiden championship hundred by an agonising four runs.
The young all-rounder moved to 96 my hoisting an Arron Lilley long-hop for six into the OCS Stand seats but, two deliveries later Lilley had his revenge. In looking for his trademark whip to leg, Curran found a leading edge to loop a comfortable return catch to the bowler.
Surrey also lost Tom Curran (25) to a miscued pull shot that looped to square leg and Gareth Batty (16) lbw when pushing forward to a shooting delivery from Simon Kerrigan.
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Kent 388-4 v Gloucestershire
Kent have pushed on well during a morning cut short by rain and bad light at the Brightside Ground, Bristol.
In reply to Gloucestershire's first innings total of 221, the visitors reached 388 for 4 at lunch with fifth wicket partners Darren Stevens and Sam Billings boasting unbeaten centuries.
Stevens posted three figures for the first time this season, yesterday evening, leaving Billings to follow suit this morning off 128 balls. He brought up his personal milestone with an 18th four, through mid-wicket.
All eyes will be on the scoreboard when the players return, hopefully sooner rather than later, with Stevens and Billings on course to break at least two fifth wicket partnership records for the county. Another 31 runs will see them overtake Frank Woolley and Les Ames, who have held the county's fifth wicket partnership record since 1931 when they scored 277 against the touring New Zealanders, at Canterbury.
When early lunch was taklen Billings was 111 not out and Stevens 135 not out.
@John Think the bottom two will stay the bottom two but Hants will scare a few others before going down