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George Dobell at Nottinghamshire (241 and 110-2) v Middlesex (247)
This must be how Al Pacino felt: just as you think Notts are escaping, Middlesex drag them back in. Nottinghamshire are now ahead by more than 100, but they have just lost Mullaney, prodding forward to one that turned a little from Rayner. It looked a little high from here. It also looked for all the world as if Tom Moores had just survived an edged between keeper and first slip, but the umpire decided it was four leg byes. Moores responded with a lovely drive straight down the ground. Perhaps conditions have eased a little in the sun, but Middlesex have bowled – Finn especially – a bit short this morning. As I write, Rayner has just put down Moores (on 19) at slip off Murtagh.
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Tim Wigmore at Kent 113-7 v Northants
It has been an excellent morning’s cricket here. Viljoen and Billings combined for a stand of 84 runs in 19.3 overs. The scoring was dominated by Viljoen, thumping a series of powerful straight drives and showing he was rather better than a first-class average hovering around 15 indicates. He must have had designs on a maiden century until playing a loose drive to Steven Crook to be dismissed for 63. His bat thudded into the ground in frustration. Still, Kent still have some hope - which is curious to say given that they still thai by 45 with only four second innings wickets left, but reflects the depth in the batting, partly the result of using two nightwatchman. So Will Gidman’s reward for his first innings 52, and a season’s average of 283, is to be demoted three spots to number nine. Here is an opportunity for Sam Billings, who must have felt rather miffed to travel up to Old Trafford in vain, especially to miss a crucial two days for Kent in the process. Or at least there was: he’s just been bowled shouldering arms, and walks off dejectedly at lunch. Northants could have their third Championship win of the season in an hour’s time, and will lunch very contentedly.