Today’s ODI between England and Pakistan is just past the half way stage. There are also fixtures under way in the county championship. This post looks at all the action.
AROUND THE GROUNDS
First the ODI:
England v Pakistan at Bristol – Pakistan 358-9 from 50 overs, Eng 46-0 after 7 overs.
Pakistan have put up a good total, but not one that is by any means out of England’s reach. Imam-ul-Haq with 151 was the principal contributor. Chris Woakes took 4-67, a superb performance in the circumstances. I reckon England will chase these down.
With the close of play approaching on day 1 this is what is happening in the County Championship:
- Essex v Nottinghamshire – Nottinghamshire 187, Essex 35-0.
This is looking good for Essex. Forties from Ben Slater and Joe Clarke were the only notable batting efforts for Nottinghamshire. Jamie Porter took 4-75 for Essex, while Simon Harmer had 2-20 from 17 overs, an extraordinarily economical performance for a spinner on day 1.
- Kent v Yorkshire – Yorkshire 210 all out, Kent 114-4.
Yorkshire were 96-6 at one point, but a lower-order fightback got them to respectability, and they have then bowled well. No Yorkshire batter topped 30 – Brook and Tattersall with 29 each were top scorers. Milnes took three wickets and Podmore two. Zak Crawley is going well for Kent, having passed 50. Tim Bresnan has taken two wickets for Yorkshire.
- Somerset v Surrey – Surrey 325-6.
Centuries from Rory Burns and Dean Elgar saw Surrey dominate most of the day, but late wickets for Somerset have brought them back into things. Lewis Gregory with 3-44 has been by far the most successful bowler for Somerset.
- Warwickshire v Hampshire – Hampshire 291-6.
131 not out from wicketkeeper Tom Alsop and 75 from Welshman Aneurin Donald have been the big features of the Hampshire innings. Oliver Hannon-Dalby has 4-75.
- Glamorgan v Gloucestershire – Gloucestershire 360-6.
This match is taking place not in either county, but instead in Newport, Gwent (Glamorgan play ‘home’ matches in various odd locations, including Colwyn Bay). James Bracey made 152 and Gareth Roderick 88. Marchant de Lange has been the least ineffective of Glamorgan’s bowlers with 3-76.
- Lancashire v Northamptonshire – Northamptonshire 230 all out, Lancashire 29-1.
Luke Wood (66) and Luke Procter (48) saved Northants from absolute disaster. Chief bowling damage was done by Graham Onions (4-45) and Richard Gleeson, a 31 year old right-arm fast-medium playing only his 25th first class game (5-63).
- Middlesex v Leicestershire – Middlesex 325-8.
Fifties from Gubbins, Lace and George Scott have given Middlesex a respectable looking total. Mohammad Abbas has 4-57 for Leicestershire.
- Worcestershire v Durham – Durham 273, Worcestershire 1-1.
Seventies from Bancroft and Burnham gave Durham a respectable if not great score, and Rushworth bagged an early wicket before the close. Charlie Morris took 6-53 for Worcestershire.
My usual sign off…