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County cricket: 18 wickets fall on opening day of Yorkshire v Warwickshire

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Michael Burgess of Warwickshire hits out Photograph: Paul Currie/

It was a ding-dong Division One duel at Headingley, as 18 wickets fell.

Chris Woakes (3-40), dispatched from Old Trafford after the Test was called

off, had England teammate David Malan caught for 9, as Yorkshire stumbled

to 95-8 at stumps, a scorecard spittled with single-figure scores. Only

Gary Ballance, unbeaten on 51, batted with any ease. Earlier Warwickshire

were bowled out for 155, with four wickets for Ben Coad and Steven


Hampshire stiffened their sinews to reach 212 at the Rose Bowl after

electing to bat in cloudy conditions. Nottinghamshire lost Haseeb Hameed just before the close.

Luke Wells cantered to his first century for Lancashire at Taunton, with

anything short or overpitched picked off like ripe blackberries on a gently

overhanging branch. Josh Bohannon skitted to another fifty, while Steven

Croft and Tom Bailey continued to tease Somerset from further down the

order. Somerset were without Craig Overton, a minor rib injury, and Jack

Leach, awaiting the results of a Covid test.

Ben Brown finished unbeaten on 111 as a young Sussex side had a merry old

time against Leicestershire. Tom Haines, who became the first to a thousand runs in the last round, continued to twinkle brightly with 71.

From the third over of the day, when Alastair Cook petted two fours through

the covers, a century seemed inevitable, as Essex continued to dominate

Division Two. Cook’s unbeaten 140 against Surrey was complemented by a jaunty 78 from Dan Lawrence, lbw to Daniel Moriarty just before stumps.

Eighteen wickets fell at Lord’s, on a shiny green top and with the ball swinging like a fairground waltzer. Middlesex were spreadeagled for 144; before Worcestershire stomped off the pitch for bad-light at 113-8. Kent’s Zak Crawley tickled a handsome fifty, but couldn’t reach the hundred that has eluded him all season. Derbyshire just had time to lose a wicket to the seventh ball of their innings .

A Glamorgan middle-order collapse against Gloucestershire squandered a strong start by David Lloyd and Hamish Rutherford, but Ed Byrom stood firm; while Northamptonshire found Chris Rushworth and Matthew Potts troublesome, before reducing Durham to 108-4.

11.52am 11:52

Bess follows Brook in a slow tred back to the Yorkshire dressing-room: a third for Woakes, a second for Norwell. Single figures scores spittled all over the scorebook. Yorkshire 76-5, 79 runs behind Warwickshire’s first innings.
Down from Old Trafford: Chris Woakes scythes through Yorkshire. Photograph: Paul Currie/

11.41am 11:41

A hundred for Ben Brown!

Sussex show-boating now, 290-2.
Ben Brown: regal century. Photograph: John Mallett/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

11.23am 11:23

Worcestershire had such a promising season in 2018, despite being relegated. But they’ve not reached those heights in red-ball cricket since. Currently 48-6, as Murtagh and Bamber smear entrails on their sleeves and carve up the spoils. Roderick surveying the debris unbeaten on 24.
Tim Murtagh: without mercy. Photograph: Neil Marshall/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 12.04pm EDT

10.42am 10:42

Tea-time scores

Division One

Southampton: Hampshire 175-6 v Notts

Taunton: Somerset v Lancashire 276-7

Headingley: Yorkshire 55-3 v Warwickshire 155 all out

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 192-6 v Gloucestershire

County Ground: Northants 183 all out v Durham

The Oval: Surrey v Essex 206-2

Division Three

Derby: Derbyshire v Kent 224-3

Grace Road: Leicestershire v Sussex 230-2

Lord’s: Middlesex 144 all out v Worcestershire

Updated at 10.43am EDT

10.21am 10:21

A first hundred of the season for Alastair Cook!

Essex 206-2 and batting points a-go-go.
Turning back time: Sir Alastair Cook Photograph: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 10.35am EDT

9.59am 09:59

Alastair Cook 86 not out and counting

As Essex move nicely to 169-2, Tom Westley misses out on a fifty thanks to the ever- grey green Rikki Clarke, in his penultimate game before retirement.

An alternative England XI of the recently(ish)-discarded: Lyth, Stoneman, Robson, Westley, Vince, Foakes, Jordan, TRJ, Finn, Kerrigan, Crane.

9.26am 09:26

Going to make blackkberry and apple crumble this evening . I love it when cricket clubs make the most of their green space to grow fruit and veg and be generally wildlife friendly.

TheNextTest (@TheNextTest)

Bounty from the local cricket club.

September 12, 2021

9.05am 09:05

Luke Wells - a hundred ...and out!

Twenty bat-crack fours in that autumnal hundred! 103 from 113 balls before being snaffled by Hildreth, off Abell, at slip. Lancs 183-3.
Little and large: Bohannon and Wells. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

8.52am 08:52

Michael Holding on Desert Island Discs

Something to savour:

Test Match Special (@bbctms)

Legendary fast bowler turned award winning broadcaster Michael Holding selects his Desert Island Discs with @laurenlaverne. @BBCRadio4 #bbccricket 🏝

September 12, 2021

8.48am 08:48

A question for those of you who have been at Division Two and Three games in this second part of the season. Does it feel like the teams are going through the motions? Does it feel different to sides playing for mid-table mediocrity in Division Two in a promotion and relegation season? What would be in your bag of wishes for 2022?

8.25am 08:25

Fifty for Zak Crawley, fifty for Daniel Bell-Drummon as Kent continue their good run of form in Division Three clothing. Jordan Cox out cheaply again, it’s been a tricky third season for him, after that glorious 238 not out last season against Sussex (shortly before missing a match for breaking Covid protocols).

7.35am 07:35

Lunchtime scores

Division One

Southampton: Hampshire 53-3 v Notts.

Taunton: Somerset v Lancashire 127-2

Headingley: Yorkshire v Warwickshire 103-7

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 107-0 v Gloucestershire

County Ground: Northants 91-5 v Durham

The Oval: Surrey v Essex 79-1

Division Three

Derby: Derbyshire v Kent 108-1

Grace Road: Leicestershire v Sussex 116-1

Lord’s: Middlesex 81-5 v Worcestershire

7.27am 07:27

Alastair Cook nears fifty at The Oval. There haven’t been many this season (two). Essex 77-1.
A daddy stride: Alastair Cook. Photograph: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

7.23am 07:23

Ryan Ten Doeschate to retire

Essex will lose one of their most talismanic players, as Ryan Ten Doeschate has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season. He joined Essex in 2003 and has played at Chelmsford for 19 seasons, making over 17,000 runs taking 348 wickets.

He won his County Cap in 2006, and was made captain in 2016, guiding Essex back to Division one. The next year Essex were unbeaten and won the Championship, winning it again in 2018.

An appreciation from his friend, and the current Essex captain, Tom Westley:

“It’s difficult to begin to put into words Tendo retiring. Not only have I had the honour of sharing a changing room with him for 15 years, but I’ve also had the privilege of changing next to him for 8 of them! To know that he won’t be playing for Essex again is a sad day for the club.

“I have always admired him, not only as a cricketer, who I believe has won more games for Essex than anyone else I have played with. It’s his values and qualities as a person, that means his name is alongside the greats of the club.

“I can assure you that I’m speaking on behalf of every player that has been fortunate enough to play with and share a changing room with Tendo. He has had a positive impact on all of us at some stage in his illustrious career. His selflessness as a teammate and leader is one of the leading factors to Essex’s success in the last decade.

“He epitomises what it means to play for this great club, and his name deserves to be alongside the likes of Fletcher, Gooch, Bailey and Insole.

“Thank you Ryan for everything you’ve done, I along with everyone will miss you. I wish you and your family all the best for the future.”
Essex’s forever friend: Ryan Ten Doeschate. Photograph: MI News/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

7.13am 07:13

Tom Haines, not content with being the first batsman to 1000 runs, reaches yet another fifty, this time at Grace Road. He captains Sussex, while Callum Parkinson leads Leicestershire.Sussex 106-0.
Tom Haines and Callum Parkinson at the toss at Grace Road. Photograph: John Mallett/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

7.03am 07:03

My, my, Yorkshire. They’re on fire at Headingley: Warwickshire 67-5. Two for Coad, two for Patterson. The team’s excellence this season, while the Rafiq enquiry swirled around them has been ....surprising, bewildering even. I have no idea if any of the current players were involved in previous events, but for the others, being able to ignore the noise and the clodfotted handling of the enquiry by the club is some feat.

6.34am 06:34

Lancashire 69-2, and going nicely after the early loss of Balderson and Davies. I’d like to complain that it looks considerably sunnier in Taunton than it is in Manchester. Incidentally, the weather has behaved itself immaculately since the Test was called off, they wouldn’t have missed a ball.

Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket)

.@luke_wells07 22* has struck five boundaries so far including this one off Ned Leonard. Josh Bohannon is 5* & Lancs 55-2 in the 12th over #SOMvLAN

September 12, 2021

6.26am 06:26

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

Thanks for the gentle prod, four games, already in progress, here are the latest scores:

Central Sparks (83-1 off 12 )v South East Stars

Northern Diamonds (62-1 off 14) v Thunder

Sunrisers v Southern Vipers (81-2 off 14)

Western Storm (43-3 off 14) v Lightning

Can anyone tell me why Lightning (Loughborough), Sunrisers (SE) and Thunder (NW) don’t get a geographical pointer?

6.09am 06:09

So much to catch up on:

England IPL withdrawals, while Liam Livingstone flew yesterday to join Rajasthan Royals.

Ali’s thoughts on where we are:

5.57am 05:57

Some team news, while everyone gets into their early morning physical jerks (which in Dom Sibley’s case means being lbw for 11, Jordan Cox’s, being bowled for 10, Ricardo Vasconcelos’s caught for 4.) Somerset are without Craig Overton, “minor rib injury” and Jack Leach because his PCR Test didn’t come back in time. I’ve no idea why they can’t just wait this out... how long can it take? Chris Woakes, David Malan, Haseeb Hameed, Ollie Pope and Dan Lawrence all play for their respective counties.

5.40am 05:40

Those pesky tables

Division One

Notts 49

Yorkshire 38.5

Hampshire 38.5

Warwickshire 36

Lancashire 31.5

Somerset 23.5

Division Two (decided on points per game due to the cancellation of Durham v Surrey)

Essex 20.67

Durham 14

Northants 13.67

Gloucestershire 11.33

Surrey 9

Glamorgan 5.5

Division three

Middlesex 58

Kent 54

Worcestershire 41.5

Leicestershire 27.5

Derbyshire 24.5

Sussex 20

To see the complete tables, click here!

5.30am 05:30

Today's fixtures

Division One

Southampton: Hampshire v Notts.

Taunton: Somerset v Lancashire

Headingley: Yorkshire v Warwickshire

Division Two

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Gloucestershire

County Ground: Northants v Durham

The Oval: Surrey v Essex

Division Three

Derby: Derbyshire v Kent

Grace Road: Leicestershire vSussex

Lord’s: Middlesex v Worcestershire

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