I’m grateful to LongHop BTL for this : Craig Overton in three bowling innings so far this season – 15 wickets at 7.36You’d get fairly long odds on those figures getting any worse in the second innings here too.
And Joverton goes to his seventh first-class fifty – what a match for the Overtons – perhaps their last in the same Somerset side. I find that quite sad – though quite understand why Jamie fancies a change.
“I didn’t know Ali Martin was a veteran. And as for underperforming compared to his golden period, it’s true that he hasn’t single handedly relegated Lancashire in the last couple of seasons. But still. All it takes is a magic jinx.
Oh. Sorry. I see now.”
And, regular as clock work, a post-lunch wicket at Northampton, Somerset 198-9.
Ben Stokes withdraws from England squad for the summer to spend time with family in New Zealand
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Grace Road: Leicestershire 199 (Dearden 70; Melton 4-22) v Derbyshire 209-2 (Madsen 78 not out)
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 105-3 v Yorkshire 264 (Thompson 98; Nash 3-20)
Bristol: Gloucestershire 210 (Charlesworth 51; Hannon-Dalby 6-33) v Warwickshire 55-3
The County Ground: Northants 67 (Coverton 4-12) v Somerset 166 (Sanderson 5-28) and 175-8 (Coverton 53; Berg 4-47)
New Road: Worcestershire 455-8 (Libby 184, D’Olivera 174; Hogan 3-59, Wagg 3-66) v Glamorgan
Chelmsford: Essex 262 (Khushi 66; Clarke 3-26) v Surrey 36-3
Canterbury: Kent 103-0 (Cox 52 not out) v Sussex 332 (Brown 98; Podmore 4-85)
Radlett: Middlesex 252 (Andersson 92; Stevenson 4-71) v Hampshire 101-3
“Cricket romantics (and old people in general) must be thanking their lucky stars that any rumours surrounding Jimmy Anderson’s rumours have been extinguished by the ever-reliable Ali Martin. It is true that the veteran has underperformed compared to the golden period he has had in recent times. Is it old age catching up with him, or simply bad luck? Either ways, he will be ‘rested’ for the upcoming Test against Pakistan. But let’s be honest – when the player belongs to his class, he’s going to silence the critics when he returns sooner rather than later!”
At what age do you become “old people in general” Abhijato?!
Lunch scores to follow.
Or as our Northants correspondent says:
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In other news, Craig Overton and Roelof Van der Merwe are throwing the bat in a partnership of 53 with potential for growth. Somerset’s lead already a probably unassailable 205.
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Meanwhile Somerset in with a chance of challenging Northants’ 67 all out; currently 54-5. Tom Banton out for two. Cue music for the usual tail-end rescue.
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“I love reading the phrase ‘D’Oliveira 65 not out’. It feels like there is still hope for the world.I only once saw the great Basil in the flesh, in a county match at Southport. Despite there being quite a bit of flesh, he remains the only player I’ve ever seen who made batting appear weightless. It wasn’t even a long innings – it felt as though it lasted 20 minutes, but as he scored 60+ with at least two and possibly three balls lost to the railway line, it must have been longer. Happy days and treasured memories.Beyond all doubt, England’s greatest ever South African born middle order bat.”
A superb piece by Andy Bull:
And a wonderful match report by Vic:
And Ali Martin’s sensitive piece on Jos Buttler
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It was carnage at The County Ground where 21 wickets fell in the day – no surprise if that one is over by tea-time. That Somerset, they never know when they’re down. Lancashire should be able to bat themselves into the game at Chester le Street, if they can survive the morning’s Rushworth; Derbyshire are in a great position at Grace Road after quick-fire late afternoon batting by Reece and Madsen; we wait to see if Notts can conjure a batting revival from 13-1 against Yorkshire; Gloucestershire’s batting struggles on against Warwicks; while Brett D’Oliveira and Jake Libby took Worcestershire to the heights; two young sides battling it out at Chelmsford; Sussex in the driving seat thanks to 90 not out by Ben Brown and Hampshire under pressure at Radlett.