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2019-09-01 点击次数 :5次

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10:25am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for the latest round of Championship action. Our writers will be here with all the day's play shortly. Richard Rae is at Edgbaston for Warwickshire v Lancashire, while Richard Gibson is at Headingley for Yorkshire v Hampshire.

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11.29am: There's been a late start at Edgbaston, reports Richard Rae. It's been a cold, grey, mizzly morning in Brum, and coming into the ground the lack of activity on the part of the groundstaff suggested they held out no great prospect of improvement. Happily there's been a discernible lightening in the sky and after a 15 minute delay, the players are out there.

Spoke to centurion Varun Chopra and to Peter Moores after play last night. Chopra comes across as an amiable soul - the sort of individual you can well believe, as he claims in the Cricketers Who's Who, that he can wiggle his ears. He made the point it was nice to be 'on a good cricket wicket - the kind when it's an even contest between bat and ball'. Moores reckons it's dry enough for turn to be a serious factor as the game goes on, which is obviously why Lancashire went with two spinners and must have been miffed to lose the toss.

Their fortunes could also depend on how Glen Chapple feels this morning - either perfectly fit or as 'stiff as a board' as Moores put it. The Lancashire skipper was feeling his side towards the end of play, and inter-costal injuries are serious things for bowlers. If he can't bowl, the visitors could be in real trouble: at 289-4 overnight, Warwickshire are in a position to build the sort of first innings score which means they shouldn't have to bat again. With the second new ball being only a few overs old, Moores is hoping to make the sort of early inroads which will keep Lancashire firmly in the game - a less likely prospect without Chapple.

The former England coach also had words of praise for Ajmal Shahzad - "I take people as I find them and he's been great so far" was his response on being asked how the Yorkshireman had settled in.

Chapple warmed up, somewhat tentatively, and Lancashire have opened with Shahzad and Luke Procter . Dominic Cork, now a member of the fourth estate, said Chapple would be OK. Cork is good to have as a member of the press - if a player is late responding to a request to be interviewed, whereas we shy, retiring newspaper types tend to wait quietly on the outfield while muttering darkly about such inconsiderate behaviour, Corkie bounds up to the dressing rooms and more or less demands their immediate presence.

11.32am: Welcome back rain, it is so long since I've seen you, writes Richard Gibson. The full covers are on at Headingley, and the forecast is patchy, which means it is uncertain when Simon Katich will get the opportunity to add to his unbeaten 180. This is a breakthrough innings for the 36-year-old on this ground, where he made a losing Test debut in 2001. He also suffered an ignominious Yorkshire debut here 10 years ago when he was run out first ball against Worcestershire. But he made the most of surviving a strong lbw shout first ball to compile his first hundred of a second spell with Hampshire. The weather interruption means I have half an eye on the Test match. Off the top of my head, the appearance of both Tim Bresnan and debutant Jonny Bairstow at Lord's is the first time two Yorkshire players have represented England in a Test match since 2008 when Michael Vaughan and Matthew Hoggard featured on the tour of New Zealand.

11.59am: An email from Andy Wilson:

"While Richard Rae is on the subject of the man formerly known at Derby as Captain Crackpot (DG Cork), has anyone spotted that his son, Greg, fielded as 12th man for the Peakites against Glamorgan yesterday?

Also, with my rugby league hat on, I've been made aware of a slight softening of the cuts to sports coverage on BBC local radio in response to popular protest. But the volume of coverage is still going to be reduced considerably, as things stand. Trying to find out what the implications might be for county cricket."

1.31pm: Another session went Warwickshire's way at Edgbaston, reports Richard Rae. The home team lost only Darren Maddy, who skied an attempted straight hit to mid-off off Gary Keedy for 44, in moving from their overnight 289-4 to 383-5, with Tim Ambrose on 55 and Rikki Clarke 37. Lancashire, for whom captain Glen Chapple (dodgy side) has not bowled, have again bowled accurately and without much luck, their only reward keeping the scoring rate to around three an over. In terms of the match moving on, it's now a case of when Warwickshire declare; 20 minutes before tea with the score 510-7 anybody?

1.41pm: The cones are out, which is always a good sign during wet periods of the county season, writes Richard Gibson. Jason Gillespie has spread them all over the outfield and Yorkshire's warm-up routines are about to begin. The news is that play will begin here at 2.30pm subject to a 2pm inspection.

1.57pm: So . : "Mitchell Starc spotted on outfield at Headingley. He is 100 yards away from his new team-mates, shuttle-running at minute intervals. (This detail due to there being little else to distract me at the moment)."

4.21pm: Another session, another wicket for Lancashire against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, Richard Rae writes. This time it was that of Tim Ambrose, who got carried away with the prospect of scoring his first first class century in three years and on 96, skipped down to the wicket to Simon Kerrigan and plonked him straight into midwicket's midriff.
Rikki Clarke, pleasingly batting in a cap, had no such rush of blood, going to his hundred with a gentle single off Gary Keedy. It came off 162 balls, and included 8 fours and 3 sixes. The former Surrey and England all-rounder has been joined by Chris Woakes, who is already 28 as Warwickshire go to tea on 521-6.
Glen Chapple has bowled just one over today, tentatively turning his arm over shortly before 3pm. Presumably he continued to feel the side niggle he was complaining of last night, and given the state of the match, sensibly took the view there was no point risking aggravating it. There is certainly no prospect of him needing to bowl again in this match.

4.34pm: Yorkshire finally dismissed Hampshire for 427 following a delayed start at Headingley but maximum bowling points slipped through their fingers, writes Richard Gibson. Quite literally when a skied chance to deep mid-on offered by Kabir Ali, when Hampshire were 397 for eight in the 109th over, squirmed through Steve Patterson's grasp.

Play did not begin until 2.30pm due to overnight rain and it took a mix-up between overnight pair Simon Katich and Michael Bates to provide the first breakthrough - the latter run out shortly after reaching his maiden first-class hundred when he initially failed to respond to a call for a single down the ground and was left short by Andrew Gale's throw to wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy.

The remaining four wickets were all via mishits from attacking strokes - Katich the first for 196 - as Hampshire slipped from 391-6. The wickets continued to tumble at the start of Yorkshire's innings, with Adam Lyth lbw to Kabir Ali shouldering arms to the fifth ball of the innings.

Conditions are quite a contrast to 24 hours ago, and a difficult couple of hours batting appears to be on the horizon.

5.44pm: from Leeds below the line. Yorkshire fans look away now:

"Outstanding piece of fielding from Michael Carberry at cover earns Hampshire a third wicket at Headingley.

Phil Jaques nudged the ball to his left, he swooped, steadied himself and threw down the stumps to leave Gale well short. Not sure about the football-style knee slide in celebration but the reaction of his team-mates showed how much they rated his effort.

Yorkshire 32-3 and struggling in difficult conditions."