June 8, 2012

LV= County Championship, Friday June 8

7pm: Alex Winter closes proceedings
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7pm: Alex Winter closes proceedings

Rain and more rain was the story in many places. A draw was called early at Grace Road and play abandoned at both Colwyn Bay and Northampton. They did manage to bowl a few overs at Tunbridge Wells where Liam Dawson scored a hundred.

There was also an early close at Durham where a draw ensued against Warwickshire. But more play elsewhere in the top flight where Middlesex came very close to beating Somerset at Lord's. Nick Compton stood firm for the visitors but needed Pete Trego's 50 and a later innings from Alfie Thomas to take Somerset to the close.

A day to go at Horsham where Surrey will have to bat a long time to save the game. Luke Wells gave another demonstration of his talent as Sussex rallied in the lower order - including 31 for Monty Panesar - to build up a big lead. No real chance of a result at Trent Bridge though unless innings are sacrificed.

See you tomorrow then where there could still be some excitement and we might get some play in the Test too. All the reports for your reading on our county homepage, enjoy the evening's football...

5.35pm: Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

There have been 12 overs and five balls since the ground dried out enough for play but there have been two interruptions, which can only be for some kind of light issue, although the floodlights are on.

The worrying development from a Nottinghamshire point of view has been an injury to leading wicket-taker Andre Adams, who turned his right ankle as he attempted to bowl his fifth ball of the day and limped off immediately he was able to get back to his feet.

Notts don't believe it is too serious, happily, and will reassess in the morning. Meanwhile, Kyle Hogg and Simon Kerrigan, Lancashire's last wicket pair, have surprised everyone by not only claiming a third Lancashire batting point but scoring 21 towards a fourth. Their stand is worth 70 so far.

5.30pm: Sahil Dutta at Sussex v Middlesex

There's something about last-wicket stands that's always funny. James Anyon and Monty Panesar certainly had a laugh, slapping an 80 between them in 15 overs. At one point Monty stuck a foot down and swung Murali Kartik high over the long-on boundary for six. All the crowd applauded but less expectedly, so did the bowler.

The late flurry came after a very patient 127 from Luke Wells. It took him 277 deliveries to compile and spanned three days. Last year though, playing on this ground for Brighton and Hove club, he hit 11 fours and 2 sixes in a 40-ball 65. So he has the shots, just chooses when to play them. Surrey's youthful top-order could take note as they begin facing a 227-run deficit.

5.20pm Mark Pennell at Kent v Hampshire

It’s London bus time at The Nevill where Kent, having waited nigh on two days for a wicket, have now taken two in three overs as Hampshire stumble on to 150 for five in a first innings dogged by rain breaks. Simon Katich padded up to a James Tredwell arm ball to go for 54 then, nine runs on, Sean Ervine fell without scoring when he dragged the ball onto his own off stump when attempting to drive Matt Coles. With his dander up, Coles has just dropped one short against Michael Bates to smash the side of the diminutive right-hander’s helmet. Another lengthy delay ensued as Bates changed his headgear.

3.50pm Mark Pennell at Kent v Hampshire

Don’t say it too loudly for fear of upsetting the weather gods but, the covers are off, they’re rolling the pitch and we’re scheduled to start play at The Nevill at 4pm. For those of you who may well have forgotten, and I couldn't blame you for so doing, Hampshire are 90 for three in their first innings. We will have 40 overs in the final session should the light allow it.

3.30pm: Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

The fifth inspection of the day will take place at 3.45pm, presumably with a decision on when play will begin, assuming it does not rain again, which can by no means be guaranteed. The groundstaff have been worried not so much about the wet as the gale blowing across the ground. Great for drying the turf but not so good if you're grappling with unruly plastic sheets, which could end up in Radcliffe on Trent if it the wind gets under them.

3.00pm: Dan Brettig at Middlesex v Somerset

Occasional bursts of sunshine through the gloom at Lord's and Middlesex are making a serious play for outright points over Somerset.

The visitors have lost four wickets before reaching 100, James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter the most recent casualties, with plenty of overs left in the day.

Nick Compton is attempting to hold things together for Somerset, but both he and Jos Butler have survived chances in recent overs, flashing outside off stump only for Middlesex to spurn chances to gully and second slip.

2.50pm: Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

There is every intention of a start at Trent Bridge, where there will be a fourth inspection at 3.15pm during a tea interval brought forward to 3.10pm. Forecast is for more showers but no threat of anything terminal, apparently. Could be here for some time.

2.30pm: Sahil Dutta at Sussex v Surrey

Conditions at Horsham feel pretty hostile. The weather hasn't claimed an over of cricket, but has blown the players' gazebo over and away and sent an advertising hoarding scuttling out onto the infield.

Batting, however, has seemed quite the breeze for Sussex. Luke Wells has advanced patiently to his second century against Surrey this season. Comparing single innings' against different attacks on different wickets is unfair but he's handled Murali Kartik and Garth Batty's spin more certainly than James Taylor dealt with Monty Panesar and Chris Nash a couple of weeks ago.

1.55pm: Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

There is another inspection due in five minutes yet all the covers remain in place and the groundstaff, while sweeping water off the ones protecting the bowlers' run-ups, are not doing so with anything that resembles urgency or enthusiasm. Still plenty of dark clouds although they are being blown by a strong wind.

The forecast for tomorrow is much better so this match is certainly not over. How the sides approach what's left of it remains to be seen. The abandonment at Chester-le-Street, denying Warwickshire the possibility of a win, will have a bearing on Nottinghamshire's thinking. Gambling on a result might look less attractive than a few batting points.

1.45pm Mark Pennell at Kent v Hampshire

Tunbridge Wells may yet witness some cricketing action on this, the third day of a rain-ruined LV= County Championship between Kent and Hampshire. Officials Steve Gale and Richard Illingworth re-inspected at 1.40pm and reported that conditions had vastly improved, but with the bowlers’ run-ups remaining spongy underfoot, both men felt the areas needed a little more time to dry out. Meanwhile, with strong winds sweeping the field, the ground staff are struggling to get the sheets off the square. Indeed, three of them were just bowled over onto their backsides when a strong gust lifted the sheet.

12.30pm: Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

Lunch is being taken at Trent Bridge with another inspection planned thereafter, although not if it is raining, which it is now. Heavily.

The good news is that the water authorities have decided that, on balance, we probably don't have a drought.

12.00pm: Dan Brettig at Middlesex v Somerset

Overnight and morning rain has cleared slowly at Lord's and play is set for a 12.15pm start on the final day between Middlesex and Somerset.

Middlesex have declared on their overnight 364 for 3, a lead of 191 over Somerset after the visitors caved in for 173 in their first innings.

The skies remain grey and the weather uninviting, leaving Middlesex's captain Chris Rogers and his bowlers to hope that the pitch has gathered some moisture during its extended spell under the covers.

11.20am: Jon Culley at Nottinghamshire v Lancashire

Although it is unlikely to grow much, Lancashire believe they might have posted a competitive score already after advancing to 272-9 in the 21 overs possible yesterday. They believe Glen Chapple, Ajmal Shahzad, Kyle Hogg and Luke Procter offer them a chance of following up their first win of the season with a second in conditions that so far have encouraged swing.

The only problem is that conditions here today are encouraging the players only to keep the dressing room windows firmly closed and the heating turned up. The sky is filled in, the rain is coming down sideways.

11am Mark Pennell at Kent v Hampshire

After more heavy overnight rain the outfield at Tunbridge Wells has soaked up just about as much water as it can. The umpires held an extensive inspection of the Railway End of the ground and have decided there will be no play before lunch. They plan a further inspection at 1.40pm.

At least the near gale-force winds that have arrived at the royal spa town might help dry things up but, with Hampshire on 90 for three in the first innings of the match, the prospects of any type of a result, let alone some entertainment, appear slight.

With both counties harbouring hopes for promotion, it would appear the final day of the game will simple boil down to a tussle for bonus points.

11.00am: Sahil Dutta at Sussex v Surrey

On the closing stages of the first day Chris Nash, who'd played fluently for 38, sliced the third delivery of Murali Kartik's fourth over to point. It was, in the circumstances, a particularly thoughtless dismissal. More importantly, though, it brought Kartik's 600th first-class dismissal. Quite an achievement. Just 24 of those came for India, he was behind first Anil Kumble and then Harbhajan Singh in India's plans. Given how last summer went for India, he could probably count himself unlucky not to have added to his eight Tests.

Anyway, he is now with his fourth county, having had spells at Lancashire, Middlesex and Somerset before joining Surrey this season. Not sure he'll enjoy conditions this morning mind, it's incredibly blustery. Remarkably, though, we're starting on time.

10.30am: Alex Winter checks the radar

Morning. Bit of the wet stuff around again I'm afraid, little prospect of much play in many places today, which is a shame because we have some tantalisingly poised matches, none more so than Durham's 227 lead on Warwickshire - will Durham have time to try and force their first win of the season?

Middlesex have already won a couple of times this season and they are all over Somerset but will they be denied the opportunity to pick up another victory by the weather? The other two Division One matches didn't get very far yesterday although there was time for Sussex to lose four wickets in six overs at Horsham - three of them to Stuart Meaker.

In Division Two Derbyshire and Leicestershire will draw, much to the chagrin of the table-toppers. There was no play at Colwyn Bay yesterday and only a handful of overs at both Northampton, where Ravi Bopara went past a half-century, and Tunbridge Wells.

All the action on our county homepage and perhaps we need to descend into prayer and fast to entice the sunshine back to the Isles...

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • promotion of website on June 8, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Sie haben einige gute Punkte gibt es. Ich habe eine Suche zum Thema und fand die meisten Leute werden mir zustimmen.

  • Nick C on June 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Thank Zider for Nick Compton

  • Rikki on June 8, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    jason roy is doing well to keep their nightwatchman off strike

  • Simon on June 8, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Great stuff by young Wells. In a few years he could be part of the next father-son international pair?

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Nick Samuael you in today?

    Any one see the Keiswetter bowling the other day?

    Just wondering why does he not bowl more often, Get buttler behind the sticks better than suppiah. hahaha

  • Chris Ward on June 8, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Brilliant hundred by Luke Wells at Horsham in a match where the sedond highest scorer has made 38 (Chris Nash of Sussex). Sussex now 79 runs ahead of Surrey with a day and a bit remaining and likely to get in most o that playing.

  • Adrian vandenStael on June 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Bit of a bad day so far for the Netherlands team. Mind you, looking on the bright side, at least it'll stop the media using any awful punning headlines about "Dutch masters" for once ...

  • Chris on June 8, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Naved Arif and Luke Wells now extending the Sussex lead to 30 which given the totals so far is likely to be a handy lead. Still grey at Horsham but getting brighter so plenty more batting required from these two.

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Kartik was good last year for Somerset. Pity we had diffrent visions and got two batsmen in losing him wish we had kept him now.

  • Chris Ward on June 8, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Great knock by Luke Wells at Horsham. Only batsman in the match to pass 50 and keeping Sussex in contention. Conditions still overcast and windy as well.

    Keep an eye on this guy ladies and gentlemen, I expect great things from him.

    (BTW, totally agree on Murali Kartik, he'd have walked into most test sides, including England up to a few years ago)

  • promotion of website on June 8, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Sie haben einige gute Punkte gibt es. Ich habe eine Suche zum Thema und fand die meisten Leute werden mir zustimmen.

  • Nick C on June 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Thank Zider for Nick Compton

  • Rikki on June 8, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    jason roy is doing well to keep their nightwatchman off strike

  • Simon on June 8, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Great stuff by young Wells. In a few years he could be part of the next father-son international pair?

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Nick Samuael you in today?

    Any one see the Keiswetter bowling the other day?

    Just wondering why does he not bowl more often, Get buttler behind the sticks better than suppiah. hahaha

  • Chris Ward on June 8, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Brilliant hundred by Luke Wells at Horsham in a match where the sedond highest scorer has made 38 (Chris Nash of Sussex). Sussex now 79 runs ahead of Surrey with a day and a bit remaining and likely to get in most o that playing.

  • Adrian vandenStael on June 8, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Bit of a bad day so far for the Netherlands team. Mind you, looking on the bright side, at least it'll stop the media using any awful punning headlines about "Dutch masters" for once ...

  • Chris on June 8, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Naved Arif and Luke Wells now extending the Sussex lead to 30 which given the totals so far is likely to be a handy lead. Still grey at Horsham but getting brighter so plenty more batting required from these two.

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Kartik was good last year for Somerset. Pity we had diffrent visions and got two batsmen in losing him wish we had kept him now.

  • Chris Ward on June 8, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Great knock by Luke Wells at Horsham. Only batsman in the match to pass 50 and keeping Sussex in contention. Conditions still overcast and windy as well.

    Keep an eye on this guy ladies and gentlemen, I expect great things from him.

    (BTW, totally agree on Murali Kartik, he'd have walked into most test sides, including England up to a few years ago)

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I thought the way we structered the teams this year we were concentrating on the shorter formats and leaving the county champ as a sort of if we do well great lets just stay in the top div.

    Really our strong points of the last 5 years has been the 20 and 40 formats. I really have no idea what has happened in the 40 format. Not looked anything like we have.

    I think a big loss was releasing willoby and yeah we have had injuries etc but still players have not performed like there normal self?????

    Suppiah does my head in most of the time but has been quite usefull in parts this year. With Pietersen quitting i can see buttler and Keisy defo going with the england team over the summer odi's a big loss for us.

    One quick thing i did not see Keisy BOWLED??? WHY?? and how awsome is he? hahahaha ALL ROUNDER in all aspects.

  • Kev Crossfield on June 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    On the questions of points for wins, draws and rain-affected draws. It's only very recently that the notion of any points at all for draws came into the county championship; you used to get 16 points for a win and any bonus points, but in terms of points drawing was no different from losing. Points for draws had its critics (e.g., Darren Lehmann); but there was also criticism that having no points for draws led English players to lack experience and backbone in a scenario where they were batting to save a match (as often happens in tests). I'd be wary of compensating teams for opportunities for bonus points lost due to weather; there might be a way of doing it, but it might just end up giving teams points for sitting in the pavilion ..

  • Nick C on June 8, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I don't think we've looked too bad Championship wise, Compo's done a superb job steadying the batting. The bowling injuries haven't helped which is why I'm a little shocked this game went badly now they are beginning to subsde. You have to remember at one stage Somerset were down to the last 11 men standing.

    The less said about CB40 the better...just hard to replace Tresco as a one day player I guess. The batting was just tripe against Hampshire. Compton and Buttler were the only ones holding it together until the latter's untimely run out (looked close from where I was sitting). With not enough runs on the board they just cantered to victory.

    I think as fans we have to accept the T20 is the only thing we have a chance at....oh wait just remembered that's occurring during the ODI's and T20i's against WIndies so we'll likely loose Kies and Buttler -_-

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Hi Nick C

    More worrying is the inconsistancy we keep showing wihout Tresco. Why do we look so comfortable with him and so much more consistant with him in the side? Hildy, Compo and Thomas just can not replace him.

  • Chris G on June 8, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Nick C & Ray W: Personally I think it was a great move. Finally we have lost the days where the last day was just a chance for batsmen to just bed in for the day and boost their average for the season with no pressure of going for a result. Instead this year we have had some interesting declarations and run chases. Any move in Championship cricket that encourages a positive result is a good move in my opinion as it is more likely to remove dull periods of the game and be more attractive to spectators. I do agree though that the points for an entirely washed out game are rather low.

  • dhanraj on June 8, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i think today i also play not start!!!!!

  • Ray W on June 8, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Nick C: completely agree. But it's unfairness is not so much vis-à-vis the win, as against a draw played out in ordinary circumstances.

    A badly rain-affected or washed out game means no chance for bonus points, through no fault of either team, as they had no opportunity to gain those points. This would be entirely unacceptable in other sports: imagine if abandoned football matches were not replayed and sides were awarded 0.5 points each.

  • Nick C on June 8, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I brought this up before but do we need to look at the points system for rain affected draws? 3 points just doesn't seam fair when a win is 16 points. This is the 4th Somerset game by my count which looked like it was heading for a clear result only for one team to be probably denied by the weather.

    I know the point is stop teams batting for a draw and going for the win. It will be interesting to know the amount team getting draws and average sessions lost per match they are getting.

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  • Nick C on June 8, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    I brought this up before but do we need to look at the points system for rain affected draws? 3 points just doesn't seam fair when a win is 16 points. This is the 4th Somerset game by my count which looked like it was heading for a clear result only for one team to be probably denied by the weather.

    I know the point is stop teams batting for a draw and going for the win. It will be interesting to know the amount team getting draws and average sessions lost per match they are getting.

  • Ray W on June 8, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Nick C: completely agree. But it's unfairness is not so much vis-à-vis the win, as against a draw played out in ordinary circumstances.

    A badly rain-affected or washed out game means no chance for bonus points, through no fault of either team, as they had no opportunity to gain those points. This would be entirely unacceptable in other sports: imagine if abandoned football matches were not replayed and sides were awarded 0.5 points each.

  • dhanraj on June 8, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    i think today i also play not start!!!!!

  • Chris G on June 8, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Nick C & Ray W: Personally I think it was a great move. Finally we have lost the days where the last day was just a chance for batsmen to just bed in for the day and boost their average for the season with no pressure of going for a result. Instead this year we have had some interesting declarations and run chases. Any move in Championship cricket that encourages a positive result is a good move in my opinion as it is more likely to remove dull periods of the game and be more attractive to spectators. I do agree though that the points for an entirely washed out game are rather low.

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Hi Nick C

    More worrying is the inconsistancy we keep showing wihout Tresco. Why do we look so comfortable with him and so much more consistant with him in the side? Hildy, Compo and Thomas just can not replace him.

  • Nick C on June 8, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I don't think we've looked too bad Championship wise, Compo's done a superb job steadying the batting. The bowling injuries haven't helped which is why I'm a little shocked this game went badly now they are beginning to subsde. You have to remember at one stage Somerset were down to the last 11 men standing.

    The less said about CB40 the better...just hard to replace Tresco as a one day player I guess. The batting was just tripe against Hampshire. Compton and Buttler were the only ones holding it together until the latter's untimely run out (looked close from where I was sitting). With not enough runs on the board they just cantered to victory.

    I think as fans we have to accept the T20 is the only thing we have a chance at....oh wait just remembered that's occurring during the ODI's and T20i's against WIndies so we'll likely loose Kies and Buttler -_-

  • Kev Crossfield on June 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    On the questions of points for wins, draws and rain-affected draws. It's only very recently that the notion of any points at all for draws came into the county championship; you used to get 16 points for a win and any bonus points, but in terms of points drawing was no different from losing. Points for draws had its critics (e.g., Darren Lehmann); but there was also criticism that having no points for draws led English players to lack experience and backbone in a scenario where they were batting to save a match (as often happens in tests). I'd be wary of compensating teams for opportunities for bonus points lost due to weather; there might be a way of doing it, but it might just end up giving teams points for sitting in the pavilion ..

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I thought the way we structered the teams this year we were concentrating on the shorter formats and leaving the county champ as a sort of if we do well great lets just stay in the top div.

    Really our strong points of the last 5 years has been the 20 and 40 formats. I really have no idea what has happened in the 40 format. Not looked anything like we have.

    I think a big loss was releasing willoby and yeah we have had injuries etc but still players have not performed like there normal self?????

    Suppiah does my head in most of the time but has been quite usefull in parts this year. With Pietersen quitting i can see buttler and Keisy defo going with the england team over the summer odi's a big loss for us.

    One quick thing i did not see Keisy BOWLED??? WHY?? and how awsome is he? hahahaha ALL ROUNDER in all aspects.

  • Chris Ward on June 8, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Great knock by Luke Wells at Horsham. Only batsman in the match to pass 50 and keeping Sussex in contention. Conditions still overcast and windy as well.

    Keep an eye on this guy ladies and gentlemen, I expect great things from him.

    (BTW, totally agree on Murali Kartik, he'd have walked into most test sides, including England up to a few years ago)

  • Justin on June 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Kartik was good last year for Somerset. Pity we had diffrent visions and got two batsmen in losing him wish we had kept him now.