Round 7 saw 7 games of cricket, 4 in Division and 3 in Division 2, how much of a difference would the toss make this week? I’m starting on Day 1, so an early look at what occurred. Day 2 saw rain turn up across the country, a busy day had me keeping an eye on the BBC App, I liked what I saw when it came to my team Essex! Sorry Lancs fans! I’m coming back to this at lunchtime on Day 3, a late Saracens game has given me some writing time. Home late from a ridiculous rugby match that saw 77 points scored and in keeping tags 2 games have been won on Day 3!

Division 1

Lancashire v Essex – Old Trafford, Manchester. Tom Westley won the toss for Essex and elected to bat. Essex won by an innings and 56 runs.

Essex 391 All Out, Lancashire 103 All Out &

A working from home day meant I listened to this one courtesy of the BBC, I very much like Dick Davies, but although I feel he was honest about Essex’s chances this year he did rather undersell their success since their return to Division 1! Essex opener Nick Browne hasn’t had the best of starts to this season, but his 71 from 156 balls was very welcome after Alastair Cook was out for 2, he faced 29 balls for those 2 runs, which saw Essex on 15 for 1. Westley and Browne out on 87 for the 2nd wicket, before the Essex captain was out for 30. Dan Lawrence was back after a spell out with injury, he’s missed out on the New Zealand series but his 100 (so far) from 178 balls against a bowling attack that included Jimmy Anderson and Hasan Ali will keep him in the eye of the selectors. Lawrence and Paul Walter put on 97 for the 4th wicket. Of the 7 wickets taken Tom Bailey took 3 for 36 in his 17 overs. Shane Snater starts day 2 alongside Lawrence after Essex fell to 280 for 7. Lawrence added 20 to his overnight score, he was out for 120 from 207 balls, a decent return from injury. Shane Snater is having a good go at replacing Essex favourite Ryan ten Doeschate, the man who introduced him to the club. He scored 72 from 82 balls batting at 9. That helped push Essex to 391 in the 120.5 overs they faced. Tom Bailey remained the highest wicket taker with for 61.

This was one of those ‘different wickets’ kind of games, Lancs fell to 24 for 5 in 13.4 overs and things didn’t get much better for the home team. They were skittled for just 103 runs in 40.5 overs. Sam Cook took 4 for 18 in his 13 overs, oh his return to the First XI Jamie Porter took 2 for 34 and Snater added a couple of wickets too.

At 2:15 on Day 3 Lancs are 7 for 1, the prolific Keaton Jennings the wicket to fall. This Essex fan is hoping the weather allows this game to play out. Lancashire finished Day 3 on 213 for 9, Dane Vilas batting at 5 scored 63 from 103 balls, but his team still trail Essex by 75 runs with just 1 wicket remaining. Simon Harmer has been the key bowler in this innings with 5 for 85 from his 40 overs. Sunday is due to bring some rain, it should also bring Essex a good win!

I had to be somewhere by 11:30 on Day 4, so arrived to see Essex had indeed got a much needed win, Lancashire added another 19 runs before Jamie Porter took the wicket of Luke Wood. Lancs had been bowled out in 92.3 overs,

Northamptonshire v Kent – The County Ground, Northants. Ricardo Vasconcelos won the toss for Northants and put Kent in to bat. Match Drawn.

Kent 519 for 9 dec & 170 for 1 dec, Northants 430 All Out

The first decision at the toss that definitely backfired as in form opener Ben Compton and Zak Crawley put in 93 for the 1st wicket. Crawly is in the England squad and scored runs for the first time this season; he scored 62 from 101 balls. Daniel Bell Drummond joined Compton and the pair put on 176 for the 2nd wicket. Bell Drummond made 83 from 175 balls. Compton batted all day, which in Northants was just under 6.5 hours and finished the day on 125 from 267 balls. 96 overs were bowled as Kent finished the day on 286 for 2. Compton batted on and made 140 from the 294 balls he faced. Captain Jack Leaning scored 62 from 131 balls and Grant Stewart batting at 9 scored 61 from 44 balls, a late flurry to help take Kent to 519 for 9 in 146.1 overs.

In reply Northants captain Ricardo Vasconcelos scored 71 from 147 balls having seen his team lose 2 early wickets. As I write Northants are 134 for 4, have Kent given themselves enough time to take another 16 wickets? The afternoon of Day 3 brought Nortrhants a further 214 runs and just 3 wickets for Kent. Luke Proctor top scored with 76 from 200 balls, he batted for nearly 4 hours. It’s hard to see past a draw on Day 4 for this one. Lewis McManus batting at 8 scored 58 from 171 balls to frustrate Kent as the match headed to that draw.

Zak Crawley and Ben Compton had some batting practice, Crawley was out fot 84 from 138 balls as he and Compton put on 149 for the 1 wicket taken. Compton scored 68 from 140 balls. 48 overs were bowled by 9 bowlers! With Northants taking some bowling practice too! Those 84 runs took Crawley to 302 for the season at an average of 30.2. Compton on the other hand has 878 with an average of 109.75.

Somerset v Hampshire – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. Tom Abell won the toss and elected to bat. Hampshire won by 10 wickets.

Somerset 211 All Out & 69 All Out , Hampshire 280 All Out

Day 1 suggests this was another poor choice, or probably another toss to lose. It took an innings of 44 from Craig Overton in at 8 to totally save Somerset’s blushes as they were bowled out in 78.4 over for just 211. Kyle Abbot was the best of the bowlers with 3 from 60 in his 18 overs.

Hampshire will start Day 2 on 29 with all of their wickets intact. Craig Overton and Peter Siddle are an enviable bowling attack, they took 4 wickets each. Overton took 4 for 57 in his 26 overs and Siddle 4 for 80 in his 25.3. Only Aneurin Donald batting at 7 exceeded 50, he faced 80 balls and scored 57. Hampshire were bowled out in 87.3 overs.

Early afternoon on Day 3 sees Somerset on 12 for 2 in 6.2 overs, this one should end with a positive result one way or the other. And that positive result came along very quickly as Somerset were bowled out in just 25 overs, needless to say no batter got in the 20’s! The star bowler of this innings was Keith Barker with 6 for 27 from his 13, that will have done wonders for his averages!

Hampshire needed just 1 run to secure the win!

Yorkshire v Warwickshire – Clean Slate Headingley, Leeds. Will Rhodes won he toss and elected to bat. Match Drawn.

Warwickshire 244 All Out & 252 for 3, Yorkshire 449 All Out

Cue another tricky decision at the toss; within the 81.4 overs and 244 runs scored by Warwickshire was Michael Burgess, in at 7, he scored 96 from 106 balls, without his runs this would have been a shocker.Jordan Thompson and Steven Patterson took 3 wickets apiece. Patterson had the better figures of 3 for 43 in 20.4 overs, against Thompson’s 3 for 74 in his 20.

Yorkshire start Day 2 on 28 for no wicket. Adam Lyth opening scored 145 from 330 balls, batting for over 7 hours, Lyth and THE in form batter of the season so far, Harry Brook put on 157 for the 4th wicket. Brook adding another 82 to his personal tally from the 117 balls he faced. Harry Duke scored 48 from 123 runs. Warwicks have used 6 bowlers and 5 have taken wickets. Matthew Revis batting at 9 scored 53 from 89, keeping up the run of a flurry of runs from lower order batters in this round. Yorkshire batted for 144.3 overs and the best of the bowlers was Nathan McAndrew with 4 for 111 in his 34.3 overs.This was a tough innings for the Warwicks bowlers.

At the end of Day 3 Warwicks are 57 for 3, they trail by 148 runs. That 57 turned into 252 with Sam Hain scoring 109 from 332 and Will Rhodes 111 from 297 balls, Sam Hain now has 567 runs at an average of 81.

Division 2

Middlesex v Durham – Lord’s, London. Peter Handscomb won the toss for Middlesex and put Durham in to bat. Middlesex won by 6 wickets

Durham 350 All Out & 188 All Out, Middlesex 422 All Out & 119 for 4

A steady 96 overs were bowled, with a steady number of runs and a steady number of wickets taken. Anyone at Lord’s to see Ben Stokes bat will have been disappointed, there were no fireworks for him at Lord’s, he faced just 19 balls before being out for 15. South African batter Keegan Peterson scored 48 from 123 balls and an ongoing stand of 73 between Ned Eckersley, who is on 57 from 127 balls and Liam Tresvaskis on 32 from 83 sees Durham start Day 2 on 256 for 5. Eckersley added just 1 to his overnight score but Treavaskis went on to score 80 from 133 balls. Toby Roland-Jones took 4 for 72 in his 25 overs. Durham were bowled out in 122 overs.

An opening partnership of 86 gave Middlesex a good start, Sam Robson scored 84 from 160 balls, Max Holden in at 6 scored 71 from 147 balls as Middlesex built a good score. Batting at 9 there was another quick innings, Martin Andersson made 62 from 64 balls. One Ben Stokes had the highest wicket count with 4 for 72 from his 21.2 overs. Middlesex batted for 113.2 overs.

Toby Roland Jones then ran through Durhams’ top order and they start Day 3 on 25 for 3 as Roland-Jones took 3 for 7 in his 5 overs! Scott Borthwick with 60 from 111 balls and Matthew Salisbury put on 93 for the 4th wicket, Salisbury taking time out of the game added 45 from 123 balls. In spite of that stand Durham were bowled out in 63 balls. Roland-Jones took 6 for 35. A forgotten bowler for England at 34? He had a great spell in the team before injury intervened.

Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire – Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Steven Mullaney won the toss for Notts and put Derbyshire in to bat. Notts won by 10 wickets

Derbyshire 260 All Out & 262 All Out &, Notts 358 All Out & 167 for no wicket

Derbyshire found themselves on 41 for 3 as another team helped stall Shan Masood’s attempt to score 1000 runs before the end of May, he was out for just 18. Keeper Brooke Guest, in at 3 scored 71 from 74 balls and Leus du Plooy made 57 from 121 balls. Luis Reece contributed 49 from 99 balls as Derbyshire were bowled out for 260 in 90.3 overs.

Notts started Day 2 on 22 for no wicket Ben Duckett was averaging 62 before this match, he scored 86 from 114 balls as Notts top scorer. 5 batters scored over 30 which helped Notts to their 358. Sam Conners took 4 for 93 and Nick Potts took 4 for 50 in his 15.2 overs. Notts batted for 89.2 overs.

Derbyshire are 73 for 2 at the time of writing on Day 3. Wayne Madsen batting at 4 top scored with 52 from 75 balls, both Alex Hughes and Liam Hurt scored 49, Hurt batting at 9 was the quicker of the 2 with 49 from 64 balls, another of those quick innings. 6 bowlers were used and 5 took wickets.

Nottinghamshire need 162 runs to win the game on Day 4. Ben Slater and Haseeb Hameed made the required runs in just 36.3 overs. Slater scored 64 from 127 balls and Hameed 93 from 96 balls, an unusually quick innings for him. Hameed has 386 runs at an average of 42.88 for the season so far.

Worcestershire v Leicestershire – New Road, Worcestershre. Callum Parkinson won the toss for Leics and elected to bat. Worcestershire won by an innings and 259 runs.

Leicestershire 148 All Out & 170 All Out, Worcestershire 577 for 6

Another poisoned chalice of a toss as Swindells saw his team bowled out in just 52,2 overs, unsurprisingly the highest score was just 27. The 5 bowlers all took wickets, with Ed Barnard taking 3 for 45 in his14.2 overs.

Worcs start Day 2 on 159 for 2, with Azhar Ali on 60* from 100 balls and Jack Haynes on 42″ from 98. Azhar went big, oh to have been there! He scored 225 from 350 balls, batting for nearly 7.5 hours, he and Jack Haynes put on 281 for the 3rd wicket. Haynes made 127 from 230 balls. There was no let up for Leics as Brett D’Oliveira and Azhar added 132 for the 4th wicket. D’Oliveira scored 54 from 96 balls. Keeper Ben Cox added 52 from 42, another late flourish kind of innings to help take Worcs to 577 for 6.

Leics have lost 2 wickets for 60 runs mid afternoon on Day 3, they trail by 369 runs. Another positive result beckoning methinks. A positive result indeed and on Day 3. Lewis Hill batting at 3 scored 50 from 66 balls but only Chris Wright batting at 11 got in the 30’s as Leics were bowled out in 58 overs. Matthew Waite was the best of the bowlers with 4 for 35 in his 14 overs.

Here’s the weekly list of century makers!

  • Azhar Ali – Worcestershire – 225 from 350 balls
  • Jack Haynes – Worcestershire – 127 from 230 balls
  • Dan Lawrence – Essex. – 120 from 207 balls
  • Ben Compton – Kent. – 140 from 294 balls
  • Adam Lyth – Yorkshire – 145 from 330 balls
  • Sam Hain. – Warwickshire. – 109 from 332 balls
  • Will Rhodes – Warwickshire. – 111 from 297 balls

The shortest list so far this season – with a break in the Championship for the T20 Blast to take place, here’s list of the top 10 batters with the most runs so far

  • Ben Compton – Kent – 878 at an average of 109.75
  • Shan Masood – Derbys. – 844 at 93.77
  • Harry Brook – Yorkshire. – 840 at 140
  • Sean Dickson – Durham – 750 at 68.18
  • Chetashwar Pujara – Derbys – 720 at 120
  • Ben Duckett – Notts. – 583 at 64.66
  • Wayne Madsen – Derbys – 569 at 71.12
  • Sam Hain – Warwicks. – 567 at 81
  • Alex Lees – Durham. – 535 at 76.42
  • Dawid Malan – Yorkshire. – 528 at 66

Of the 7 England eligible players on that list only 2 are picked in the squad to play New Zealand, having sung Harry Brook’s praises every week I really hope he gets his chance this summer!

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