Thank you Tim Maitland for pointing out that poor Adam Lyth was bowled the first ball of the day – at least only one poor player suffered this fate this round compared the three last time.
I don’t know if any of you BTL suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome -but I find this kind of weather the worst – the contrast from being in moments of sunshine to the chill of the shade plays havoc with the circulation. Must be awful for cricketers – I know Chris Lewis suffered.
The County Ground: Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire
The Riverside: Durham v Warwickshire
New Road: Worcestershire v Essex
Bristol: Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
Taunton: Somerset v Middlesex
The Oval: Surrey v Hampshire
Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Kent
Hove: Sussex v Lancashire
Headingley: Yorkshire v Northants
Good morning! The fourth round of matches starts today – over a bank holiday weekend that promises to be chilly with sunny patches and showery interludes. It’s a metaphor we can unpick as we go along. In a week full of cricket news – some essentials: the return of Marnus Labuschagne, Glamorgan’s Australian jewel, to boost their chances against bottom of the table Kent; Mark Wood makes his season debut in Durham’s game against Warwickshire – who are without the rested Olly Stone; Yorkshire are without the resting Joe Root and Lancashire still have to do without James Anderson whose recovery from a calf strain is taking longer than hoped.
Lots of spicy match-ups: I fear for Worcestershire with Essex on the rebound after defeat by Warwickshire for the first time in 22 matches last week; Somerset v Middlesex will be a battle of the bowlers, after Middlesex thrashed Surrey last week – who in turn must attempt a bounce back against top-of-group-two Hampshire. Still win-less Nottinghamshire, turbo-charged by two centuries from Haseeb Hameed in the last game, face Derbyshire, where allrounder Matt Critchley has been skipping through the bluebells: 449 runs at 74.83 plus 13 wickets with his wrist-spin. At the Riverside, David Bedingham continues his quest for 1000 runs before the end of May, currently 565 runs at 141.25, as Durham take on in-form Warwickshire. At Hove, it is Jack Carson v Matt Parkinson; at Bristol, visiting Leicestershire are lead by Callum Parkinson for the first-time as they take on in-form Gloucester; Northants, fresh from that eye-popping run chase, play Yorkshire.