County cricket day four: Surrey v Essex and more – live! 2019

Look the other way and Wayne Madsen not only passes 100 but gets close to 150. Bravo! What an innings. 140 not out of Derby’s 288-3. Hughes unbeaten on 74.

Wayne Madsen: saves the day for Derby Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Here’s Charlie Morris, with best figures of 7-45 v Leicestershire

Is anyone still awake at Sophia Gardens? Anyone? Northants 638-8 and counting…

Glorious runs at Sophia gardens Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock

Hampshire’s Liam Dawson:92 in vain as Yorkshire win by an innings at Southampton Photograph: Dave Vokes/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

And Olivier gets the last wicket for the Yorkies, poor Liam Dawson for 92- a fourth catch for Tom Kohler-Cadmore. Patterson 4-47.


Andrew Benton writes

“What can Sussex take from their Durham victory? One lost, one won so far, but they should be better than that. And, do you think we’ll see a lot of “reflect”ing in Sport over the next week or two? May’s suggestion to MPs possibly having useful currency beyond parliament!

It hasn’t really happened for Gillespie at Sussex yet (T20 apart) -no seems entirely sure why. And they could have been in big trouble against Durham too if Luke Wells hadn’t stuck around. Most people seem to have pencilled them in to go up. My money is on Worcs, Lancs and one other. Reflecting? I reckon that happens in the off season!

Middlesex creep, belly-to-the-groud, past Lancashire at Lord’s. A lead of 2. Malan 40 not out. Glenn Maxwell’s golden arm got Holden and Morgan in consecutive balls.

Tim Ambrose – 87 not out in a partnership of 104 with Henry Brookes Photograph: Barry Mitchell/REX/Shutterstock

If Warwickshire could just eek out another 60 or 70 or so from Ambrose and Brookes… I don’t know, it could make an interesting kind of evening.

Durham’s lead high performance coach James Franklin, speaking frankly boo boom:It has been evident in our four innings this season that when we lose one, we can lose two or three quite quickly. Whether or not that is a little bit of reminiscence of what has been happening the last couple of years and we’re suffering a hangover of that. I’m not too sure. What we can do now is reflect on how we want to go about our Championship cricket.

Foakes casually hammers a six to get off the mark.

In other games…Holder is out for 3 in the Sophia Park runathon. Northants a handy 645-6.

A rather cross Rory Burns hammers his bat into the turf after squeezing Simon Harmer into the grateful hands of ten Doeschate… for 98.

What?! Pope top-edges Harmer to Porter for 69. That wasn’t in the post-lunch script. He walks s l o w l y up The Oval steps as Foakes skips down, whirring his arms. If you could capture the two emotions as they exactly pass each other, might it form a black hole Katie Bourman?

Charlie Morris: last year’s picture but the only one I could find Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Lunch-time scores (hooray for tail-enders!)


Warwickshire 346 all out and 195-7 (Ambrose 70 not out, Brookes 42 not out); Podmore 4-36); Kent 504-9dec. Warwickshire lead Kent by 37 runs.

Surrey 395 and 185-2 (Burns 88 not out, Pope 61 not out); Essex 448. Surrey lead by 132 runs.

Hampshire 302 and 157-8 (Dawson 62 not out, Barker 43 not out); Yorks 554-7. Hants trail by 95 runs


Middx 265 and 136-4 (Robson 63; Anderson 2-25); Lancs 427. Middx trail Lancs by 26 runs

Leics 302 and 233 (Morris 7-45); Worcs 553-6. WORCS WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 18 RUNS

Gloucs 350; Derby 291 and 186-3.(Madsen 82 not out; Lace 57) Derby lead by 127 runs

Glam 570-8; Northants 629-5 (Keogh 130). Northants lead by 59 runs

Durham 224 and 189. Sussex 202 and 212-4( van Zyl 101 n ot out, Evans 51). SUSSEX WIN BY 6 WICKETS

And that’s lunch here at The Oval. Burns and Pope looking dead certs for unbeaten hundreds and handshakes at 4.50pm.

Lunch-time scores to follow:

Sussex have beaten Durham by six wickets. 101 not out for Stiaan van Zyl, 51 for Laurie Evans. It’s not really looking great for Durham, but perhaps Marcus North and James Franklin can rustle magic together in the next month.

And a very pretty 100-run partnership between Burns and Pope, as Tom Westley windmills his arms around.

How’s your power rating?

Interesting, interesting:

Pope goes to his fifty with a simply gorgeous cover drive off Quinn. I do hope I’m not drooling. He’s the real deal though. Isn’t he?

And so it begins: a wicket for Josh Bohannon at Lord’s. Middx 116/3 – deficit of 46.

Josh Bohannon: morning breakthrough Photograph: Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images

What’s happened to the Yorkshire bowlers this last hour? Barker and Dawson still there, partnership of 46.

Meanwhile Quinn trying some short stuff, Burns clatters him to the boundary.

Tim Ambrose and Henry Brookes in a steady eighth-wicket stand of 13 at Edgbaston. Twenty for parity.

Ollie Pope: touch of the sun god. Photograph: Mitchell Gunn/REX/Shutterstock

Popped outside to see if spectators could hear the (gospel?) music blaring into the press box – answer, faintly – just in time to see Pope cut Quinn gorgeously for four. Watched someone in a sunhat take a bite of a heavily-filled bap, went back inside, Pope hooked a six. This boy will go far.

Sam Robson and James Harris paying the Lancs bowlers no heed at Lord’s – Middx 92 for 2, trailing by 70.

This looks an worth a read, if you’ve got a subscription. Initial World Cup squad announced next Wednesday.

A little bit of Ollie Pope – one of the few of Surrey’s young brood to miss out that first morning.

And that’s Rory Burn’s fifty. Unobtrusive, nuggety – the next man to this round’s hundred merry-go-round? Jamie Porter is thrown the ball at the Vauxhall End. Surrey 106/2.

Ben Coad: in the wickets against Hampshire Photograph: Dave Vokes/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Hampshire have an eye on a nice poached egg on rye for Sunday brunch – fast running out of batsmen. Ben Coad now has 3-4.

A crumb for those pining for Jonathan Trott – he’s going to Kent as a temporary coach.

Belated overnight scores – apologies computer cock-ups


Warwickshire 346 all out and 79-4; Kent 504-9dec. Warwickshire trail by 79 runs.

Surrey 395 and 68-0; Essex 448. Surrey lead by 15 runs.

Hampshire 302 and 54-5; Yorks 554-7. Hants trail by 198


Middx 265 and 68-2; Lancs 427. Middx trail Lancs by 94 runs

Leics 302 and 132-4; Worcs 553-6. Leics trail by 119

Gloucs 350; Derby 291 and 97-2. Derby lead by 38 runs

Glam 570-8; Northants 522-4. Northants trail by 48

Durham 224 and 189. Sussex 202 and 144-3. Sussex need 68 to win.

And an early breakthrough for Kent – Hain, last night’s brick in the wall, gone for 38. A third for Podmore.

Er, about that bore-draw at The Oval. Stoneman bowled by Siddle – perhaps a nibble of inside edge, Patel pulled Harmer to mid-wicket for a duck. Surrey 72/2 – a lead of 20.

And on a final Palm Sunday tip – how about a meditation led by Rowan Williams at St Paul’s tonight, 7-815, to kick off a series of events about the climate emergency.Also available for Durham fans.


Stumbled across this outside the Vauxhall City Farm. A touching little procession – and lovely bells.



Good morning from The Oval. The chilly air coming from the Baltic doesn’t make cricket the most alluring prospect in town, but make the most of it – today is the last day of County Championship until mid-May – with the Royal London nipping in for its month in the sun.

Congratulations to Somerset – two good wins now, this last one against one of the big hitters, and big spenders, Notts. It would be lovely, on this cricket year of all years, if the Championship could be theirs at last.

Elsewhere, Durham are in for a beating unless something very surprising happens up in Chester-le-Street, also Hampshire after yesterday evening’s clatter of stumps and pads. Likewise Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

I’m not holding out for much excitement here at The Oval or at Sophia Gardens, but something to play for at Bristol and Lord’s.

Right time for a quick coffee and a rustle through the Sunday papers.

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