County Championship: Hildreth helps Somerset hit back at Surrey – as it happened

Somerset are 137 runs behind Surrey with five wickets remaining thanks to James Hildreth’s 90, while Nottinghamshire wickets tumbled against Essex

8.07pm BST

A clutch of tail-end wickets for Jack Leach helped dismiss Surrey for 380 at Taunton as Somerset ended the day 137 runs behind with five wickets still remaining. The old colossus Marcus Trescothick fell early, but Azhar Ali hurtled to 60, and James Hildreth, less impetuously, to 90 before being caught and bowled by Rikki Clarke. An unbeaten 54 from Steve Davies kept Somerset in the game.

At Edgbaston, Dominic Sibley (93 not out) did his best to hold together a fragile Warwickshire line up, but fast ran out of partners as Kyle Abbott charged in (four for 43). Hampshire’s Tom Alsop had earlier reached 150 before falling to Jeetan Patel, who finished with six for 94.

7.24pm BST

Not sure quite what happened to Notts while I was away - losing 6 for 16, now 90 for 6, just 36 ahead of Essex? Anyway, we’ve all had days like that. That’s it from me for today - hope to see you back BTL tomorrow, have a wonderful evening.

5.12pm BST

I’d better write up now so I’ll leave you BTL-ing. Don’t worry, Vilas and Bailey have this under control.

5.06pm BST

Adam Lyth nips a catch to Robinson (second snaffle of the innings) and Yorkshire 85-2. Slater and Duckett sending Notts back up to near parity , just 9 behind Essex.

Wessels charges onwards 114 off 129 balls - Worcs 230/5, just 43 behind Durham. Ackerman and Dearden’s partnership now worth more than 100 at Lord’s - Leics 223/4. Vilas and Bailey taking a deep breath at Old Trafford (Lancs 216/6) and Wagg and Cooke inching Glamorgan towards 200.

4.49pm BST

Josh Dell. He deserves a photo, 61 (he was not out when I started typing) on debut. Worcestershire 207/5. But he’s so new that there are no photos of him on the Guardian archive. So have Basil D’Oliveira playing with his children instead.

4.39pm BST

Jones lbw Wood 67. Lancs 204/5.

Runs, runs, elsewhere. Hildreth passes the mid-seventies, lovely,

SHOT! Lovely from James Hildreth! He moves to 75* and Somerset 166/4 in the 43rd #SOMvSUR#WeAreSomerset pic.twitter.com/8d9G9bExzT

4.25pm BST

See here Surrey on the prowl. McKerr, 6 foot 6, fast and 21. Somerset 152/4.

And for those of you sniffing for wickets at Old Trafford - I’ve good news.

McKerr gets his man! pic.twitter.com/yNLSFbEUcR

4.13pm BST

Ah - now a third-ball duck for Liam Livingstone. Lancs-**?

4.10pm BST

New balls please and ...a that’ll be Keaton Jennings out for 97, trying punch the ball away from his body. Gloves off, head down, he trudges off. As neat leaving as he was arriving - in that matter, at least, he is the perfect replacement for Alastair Cook. Lancs 188/3.

3.59pm BST


3.37pm BST

This session has slipped into the post-lunch third dimension. A sleepy hollow - Warwickshire plodding away against Hampshire (62/2 - Sibley 42); Somerset have slowed down since Azhar was out - though Hildreth now 51 not out (130/3). Yorkshire 29/0 and no-one can break the ninth-wicket partnership at Chelmsford - Siddle and Harmer now pushing past 80.

Worcester’s Dell and Wessells now both well past 50 - 181/4; Ackermann and Dearden wafting about for Leicester - 173/4 -at Lord’s, even Glamorgan recovering - actually no, another wicket, Hemphrey for 60 - 124/4.

3.29pm BST

Jennings and Jones in calm control here at OT - and Ackermann and Dearden keeping quiet counsel at Lord’s.

3.22pm BST

Liam Dawson in the wickets - and, it sounds, close to the England WC squad.

WICKET: @daws128 comes into the attack and makes an immediate impact! ☝️With just his second delivery, he gets the ball to grip & turn out of the rough to bowl Yates (6) - @WarwickshireCCC 48-1 (25 overs). iOS: https://t.co/3H80EnOA4p Android: https://t.co/gImTwZuJKX pic.twitter.com/v9CFfGDxEw

3.17pm BST

A short-armed pull and Jennings moves into the eighties. No space for Ben Curran in this Northants side poor kid - I chatted to him in April and he was full of hope for the season. Being The Other Brother is, I imagine, tricky. Though, actually, he got 69 odd against Leicester in the RL.

3.04pm BST

Dell and Wessels showing them how it is done at New Road. Partnership of 73, Worcestershire 137/4. While we’re on Durham - Matt Salisbury: The Riverside’s young Mr Reliable?

2.57pm BST

Kent all out 296 - Robinson 103, well played that man! Ben Coad 3-66, Olivier 3-82; Bess 1-52. So, a lead of 86 over Yorkshire in a relatively low scoring game...

2.53pm BST

And Essex crawl/drag/haul themselves into a lead of six runs over Notts. Harmer and Siddle both on 19.

2.42pm BST

Azhar Ali, 53 off 54 balls, and James Hildreth in an unbroken partnership of 79 at Taunton. Here’s that Tresco wicket, FYI.

A low catch from Foakes sees the back of Trescothick, gifting McKerr his first wicket of the game. pic.twitter.com/MAHjV6uqm5

2.36pm BST

Oh heck - Jennings put down by Bavuma off Overton at second slip.

And bit of a collapse at Canterbury - Kent 286-8 - Robinson 98 not out.....two for Olivier and one for Bess! Good for you Dom.

2.23pm BST

Somerset 43/1 and I’m concerned by this bit of news from The Shuffler BTL:

Trescothick out cheaply again, which will only add fuel to the “It’s a season too far for him” chat that has been going round the County Ground of late.

Related: County cricket: Yorkshire rally after first innings of 50 against Essex – as it happened

1.54pm BST

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1.46pm BST

Ooops and Glamorgan go belly-up after lunch - Labuschagne lasagned by David Payne (2-6)

1.45pm BST

1.38pm BST

Lunch-time scores

1.26pm BST

Thanks to Romeo for this photo of Alan Knott with unturned brim, and here’s Geoff again:

“Hi again, thanks for the explanation in your blog. It makes perfect sense for any keeper unable to tilt a cap further back on their head (or to turn up the peak).” Why thank you!

1.01pm BST

And that’s lunch here at OT. Lancs 112/2 (Jennings 55 not out). Time for some sustenance - lunch scores on the doors to follow.

1.00pm BST

An email! From Geoff Wignall.

Good morning Tanya, and an explanation please.Why does wearing a sunhat in preference to a cap (11.16) require less neck movement for a wicketkeeper? I’m properly puzzled and getting nowhere thinking about it.

12.51pm BST

And fifty for Keaton Jennings. He’s looking good, actually.

12.49pm BST

GLoucestershire all out 463 - Higgins last man out for 103!

12.46pm BST

Hants all out (354) Patel 6!-94. Surrey all out 380, Rikki Clarke stranded on 59. Jack Leach and Lewis Gregory three wickets a piece. Kent’s Ollie Robinson 75 not out - Kent 230/5. And slow going at Chelmsford, Lawrence out for 19 - Essex 135/3.

12.40pm BST

Bess has bowled 6 overs for 25 at Canterbury. Jamie Overton taken off here after 9 overs for 32 - his (relative) lack of speed illustrated by Jennings pulling him forward of the wicket. Not a quick OT pitch though.

12.24pm BST

Tom Alsop finally out for 150 at Newport - bravo! Jeetan Patel 5- 94, Hannon-Dalby 4-69. Gloucs 349/9.

12.19pm BST

What’s happening at Taunton? The Surrey juggernaut stutters - can big Rikki Clarke (48 not out) biff them to a fifth batting point? Only McKerr left with him though. Surrey 364/9.

REPLAY: Here's a look at the latest Surrey wicket to fall!#WeAreSomerset#SOMvSUR pic.twitter.com/AEy2ISPN8N

12.12pm BST

Ryan Higgins just 12 short of his century at Newport - but can anyone stay with him? Gloucs 432/8.

12.10pm BST

Damn! I see Zak Crawley was out for 81. Kent 193 for 5, still in Yorkshire arrears by 17 runs. And a second for Stuart Broad at Chelmsford, Tom Westley joining Cook in the pavillion for 12 - Essex 116/2.

12.07pm BST

Jennings looking in little trouble against Overton. We reckon he’s hitting the 80mphs but no higher.

12.05pm BST

Worcestershire entering a single digit competition I see, and if Rhodes and Dell can get out now the first five on the scorecard would make a nice symmetry. Currently 30/3.Middlesex all out 349 - a run out removing the tantelising chance of a third batting point.

11.57am BST

Here is Jack Leach bowling just lovely, and Eoin Morgan suspension news.

REPLAY: Lovely from Jack Leach! #SOMvSUR#WeAreSomerset pic.twitter.com/lUlq36FnY5

Morgan suspended for Nottingham ODI after second minor over-rate offence whilst Bairstow also fined https://t.co/zjXfbMlDRq via @ICC

11.54am BST

Overton on, huge man, tiny shadow. Runs in fast, looks solidly put together, not fragile at all.

11.31am BST

In a white van battle, Van der Gugten snaffles a second at Newport - Van Buuren for 25 - Gloucs 411/7; and Middlesex nearly down and out, 349/9 - George Scott for 55.

11.23am BST

And a couple more fall early, morning hopes spoilt, curdled milk in the tea. Tom Fell lbw to the enduring Matthew Salisbury at New Road - Worcestershire 17/2; and Alastair Cook caught off Stuart Broad for 31 at Chelmsford - Essex 78/1.

11.16am BST

Paul Edwards has just told me that Alan Knott changed from a cap to a sunhat so he had to move his neck less. That’s the sort of attention details we need, BTLers.

11.12am BST

There’s been a wicket to alert the somnolent at Old Trafford - Joe Burns for 10 off 23 balls - I wonder, is he about to precipitate his first Lancs-up?

11.07am BST

And finally, YJB et al running amok at the run-fest in Bristol.

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11.05am BST

Here’s the peerless Matthew Engel on outgrounds and county cricket. Do you remember his 500 word match reports? Things of beauty.

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10.50am BST

The lads in the The Hundred promo pic are causing a few problems (hope they didn’t eat the women and children)

These lads bloody love 100-ball cricket. But what else are they into? THREAD. pic.twitter.com/gsZL1hedMr

10.47am BST

And it’s another gorgeous one here at Old Trafford - trees in full green, happy blackbirds - and then you arrive at the concrete carbuncle that is Old Trafford. I know I’ve said this before but - surely there is plenty of space for a little garden, or some grass for children to play on, or some trees here and there, or some wild flowers.....


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