More names for the merry-go-round, as ex- Australian international Michael Hussey and former England bowling coach David Saker join the coaching staff for England men’s T20 World Cup bid.
England Men’s white-ball Head Coach Matthew Mott has brought them in for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November. Saker, who was England’s bowling coach from 2010 to 2015, will also travel to Pakistan for the seven-match tour preceding the World Cup.
The County Ground: Northants 339 v Surrey 224-5
Edgbaston: Warwickshire 196 v Somerset 219 and 13-2
Headingley: Yorkshire 134 and 87-2 v Essex 225
Grace Road: Leicestershire 202 v Durham 239-5
Lord’s: Middlesex 286-5 v Glamorgan 214
Hove: Sussex 220 v Worcestershire 289-2
There was an inevitability about Hashim Amla’s slow march towards his century, hauling Surrey with him in their crucial Championship game at the County Ground. Northants had collapsed in the morning session, losing six wickets for 90, though not before Rob Keogh reached 123 – a fifth wicket for the speedy Kemar Roach, as Surrey collected three crucial bowling points. None of the Surrey top order could stick with Amla, 97 not out at stumps, until he found some ballast from Cameron Steel on his birthday.
George Hill was caught from the last ball of the day in a guitar-string tight game at Headingley. Yorkshire finished with a lead of four over Essex, with eight wickets in hand. After a frustrating summer of injury, Dan Lawrence had jigged to the the only fifty of the match and, assisted by a free-wheeling Shane Snater, given Essex a first-innings lead. Jordan Thompson gathered for four for 60.
England’s Matthew Potts swung and sped his way to six wickets, running through Leicestershire’s defences before lunch. Callum Parkinson then grabbed three Durham wickets, including opener Michael Jones just three short of his century
Another tense game unrolled at Edgbaston with relegation waiting through the trap door. Somerset finished the day just on top, after Jack Brooks’ four for four in 27 balls, helped scroll through the Warwickshire tail. Sam Hain had earlier passed 1000 runs for the season in his 67.
A dapper hundred by Jake Libby put Worcestershire in a promising position at Hove. On a day spent darting between the showers, Libby, unbeaten on 142 at stumps, put on 195 for the first wicket, before Ed Pollock fell for 98, and 54 with Azhar Ali. Sussex off-spinner Jack Carson, out all season with injury, took both wickets to fall.
In the gloves-off promotion game at Lord’s, Mark Stoneman hit a dominant century as he and John Simpson took Middlesex to two batting points and a lead of 72 over Glamorgan.
Lancashire were docked six points after the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Committee found them guilty of two breaches of the code of conduct. The “gut-wrenching” strike removes any remote hope of a Championship run.
Hello! I started the morning with some muesli; Somerset started like this:
“The current domestic playing programme, which resulted in only four one-day matches being played in Taunton over 43 days in the height of summer this year, with 17 Somerset players unavailable, is unacceptable”
Day three, the round before the penultimate one, interesting times.