Will Macpherson at Hampshire 213-3 v Surrey
Discontent in the shires once more, eh. And probably understandably this time. Take a deep breath, turn on the radio, open cricinfo, click on #countycricketlive aaaannnndddd relax. Even through the politicking, the cricket continues. And for that we should be *insert swear ending in -ing* grateful.
At the Oval, things are just really nicely poised. The boy Alsop's ton yesterday was a joy, and he spoke eloquently and intelligently afterwards, about the innings itself and about his friend and mentor Michael Carberry who, of course, is undergoing treatment for cancer. Another big get-well-soon to him.
Hampshire are still 116 behind but bat pretty deep. Surrey would see parity as a great result, Hampshire probably wouldn't. There's a long way to go yet, though, and with the weather set fair we have a MASSIVE FIRST HOUR.