Somerset gain their fifth victory of the season as Billy Godleman scored a career-best 211 for Derbyshire
With a whizz-bang momentum, Somerset extended their lead at the top of the Championship table to 26 points. After sitting inside for two days and a session, a window of dry arrived at Canterbury, only for Kent to lose their last eight wickets in 46 minutes and 62 balls.
Lewis Gregory, who had warmed up with six for 32 in the first innings, added five for 21 in the second, to finish with best match figures of 11 for 63. He had Daniel Bell Drummond, Heino Kuhn and Alex Blake all fencing to the slip and Ollie Robinson caught behind, last man out as Kent were dismissed for 59. Craig Overton took three for seven, including a double wicket maiden. Tom Abell and Azhar Ali then knocked off the 30 needed in less than seven overs.
It looks like things are coming to a close at Swansea after a long session. Huge congratulations to Billy Godleman for his double hundred, and Tom Lace for his first century in a Derbyshire cap.
And they shake hands here at Guildford. Huge congratulations to the groundstaff who got this game going after torrential rain at various points during the day.
They’re back on at Guildford, with 26.3 overs left.
I’m going to write up now, but just to let you know that Godleman and Lace have beaten the previous record of 192 for the second wicket for Derbyshire against Glamorgan, and the record for any wicket against Glamorgan -247- set by Adrian Rollins and Mike May at Chesterfield in 1997.
Despite Morkel’s best efforts, this is bedding down for a draw. Ah, the umpires are even looking at their light metres. They’re off. Yorkshire 24 for 0 and I suspect that’s that.
Morne Morkel has picked up where he left off and continues to ask questions from The Pavilion End.Yorkshire - 12/0 (f/o) pic.twitter.com/jhpDTpvhew
Fifty for Chris Dent at Arundel. Gloucestershire 99 for two. And possibly a degree or two of warmth.
Tea at Swansea, where Godleman and Lace are both heading towards 150. Derby 355 for two, just 39 behind. One day left in this game.
While watching Morne Morkel pull on his big long-sleeved jumper walking down to the boundary, I’ve realised why Surrey’s jumpers don’t have names on. Yorkshire’s are made out that acrylic stuff, Surrey are in proper woollies. I take it all back.
Very careful start here by the Lyth and Fraine. Watchful waiting. 8/0.
We now have three live matches, at Arundel, Guildford and Swansea. Lyth, unbelievably in short sleeves, watches, plays it, leaves it and survives. Yorkshire 0 for 0. From the railway end, Matt Dunn.
Here we go again. And opening the bowling from the pavilion end, is Morne Morkel.
That's in the match for Lewis Gregory!! He now has 38 First-Class wickets in 2019 at an average of 10.8 #KENvSOM#WeAreSomerset pic.twitter.com/MqVnL0NasR
A fantastic catch, that I missed, while looking up Linden Lea by The Full English as recommended by Paul Edwards. Yorkshire all out 148, following-on and we’re all destined to sit in this damp, damp tent for a while longer. Yorkshire trail by 165, having lost all their wickets for 97 runs.
Morkel 4 for 43 and a sensational catch. Rikki Clarke 3 for 35. Jordan Clark on debut 2 for 37.
Duanne’s hip doesn’t stop him stroking with the greatest nonchalance a cover-drive to the green seats at the tree-lined side of the ground.
Jordan Thompson heaves Rikki Clarke over the hospitality tents for six. Yorkshire 128 for nine. And at Canterbury, Somerset are nearly there - ten to win, ten wickets in hand.
Eight becomes nine at Guildford. Ben Coad b Morkel for a big fat lonely nought. Yorkshire 114 for nine. And Duanne Olivier belies his hip injury to walk out at No.11. Morkel has the ball. This shan’t take long.
Plaudits, peacocks, golden trumpets! Tom Lace, on loan to Derbyshire from Middlesex, has just made his maiden first class century for the club. And that’s a mammoth partnership he’s put on there with Billy Godleman (114 not out): 215 and counting. Derby 289 for two.
And it’s catching. At Guildford, Steven Patterson is, after a huge appeal, caught Foakes b Rikki Clarke for six. Yorkies 109 for 8 and not with even a sniff of the follow-on
Kent 59 all out. Gregory five for 21; Coverton three for 7. Somerset need 30 to win.
Make that 59 for nine....Craig Overton 3 for seven. T’was a good day to be a fast bowler.
The old campaigner falls. Stevens lbw Overton 10. Kent 59 for eight, a lead of 29.
Pitch looks ok on this bit of film.... is it the bitterly cold wind and toe-numbing temperatures? Or the deadening effect of too much time in the dressing-room. Kent lead now 25.
Kent 44 for seven - Gregory four for nine. The lead is 14 at Canterbury, and at Guildford, Surrey come out chomping at the bit for those bonus points and maybe more. At the very last, we have some cricket.
Is anyone at Canterbury? Did you do the ritual stare at the pitch? What did it look like - the moon?
Gregory now 3-9, two catches for big Craig Overton. I was just about to say Dickson’s still in, but he aint. Kent 39 for six. Coverton with the wicket.
er.... 39 for five....
Another one down: 37 for four and the lead is seven. Bell Drummond gone. That Gregory can do no wrong.
Here’s the first wicket.
REPLAY: Here is a look at that first wicket of the day! LIVE STREAM -> https://t.co/dF6GhNA901#KENvSOM#WeAreSomerset pic.twitter.com/Yg2k6KQmJD
Kent 32 for three. Somerset, will they? Can they?
The umpires go out to look at the covers, held down by a selection of plastic containers. They walk back. Ho, hum.
Here’s the live stream from Canterbury
An early lunch will be taken as the rain is still falling here at Guildford CC.Yorkshire are 95 for 7. pic.twitter.com/MiaIRqKCgn
Rain delay at Arundel. now. Hey-ho.
Kent are batting! Come on, make it interesting.
Play due to start at 2pm at Swansea and 1.45 at Canterbury. It is still drizzing here. Lunch at Arundel. No play yet in the World Cup match and no news from the England women’s game v West Indies.
Match abandoned at New Road.
On the topic of exclamation marks (BTL), I’ve undergone a bit of a volte-face. I used to hate them but then found when dealing with people you didn’t really know, eg other parents at your children’s school over whatsapp text etc, that they were useful. Otherwise it was sometimes unclear if you were being passive aggressive etc. But then I’ve also developed a liking for emojis, so perhaps there is no hope.
Guildford: Surrey 313 v Yorkshire 95-7 (Morkel 3-27)
Arundel: Sussex v Gloucestershire: 96-2
Gloucestershire pootling along at Arundel, 74 for two in a game that is probably going nowhere. Chris Dent 44 not out.
It’s brightening up again at Guildford where we’re destined for an in-out day, until Surrey have nicked those final bowling points.
Some spots of rain fall and the Yorkshire batsmen are walking off before you can say 95 for seven.
An inspection at 12.30 in the World Cup game. No play before lunch at Canterbury, and an inspection at 1.10 at Swansea.
Jordan Clark -hat-trick specialist - takes two wickets in two balls on his debut for Surrey in the Championship.
It seems the restart came too soon for Yorkshire. Five balls later, Rikki Clarke adds a wicket to his two catches. Kohler-Cadmore turned around by one that hits his hip on the way through and is caught by Foakes. Yorkshire 93 for seven.
Gloucestershire are 41 for one at Arundel. No play anywhere else, but the wagtails are happy at Guildford. Dab, dab, dab.
And they’re off...
No hat-trick! The rain gets heavier.
Jordan Clark replaces Morne Morkel from the pavilion end and we go again. Jonathan Tattersall has a wild slash, and is caught by Rikki Clarke at first slip. Yorkies 93 for five. And next ball!!! Bess out first ball, caught Clarke again. 93 for six
Hat-trick ball! OF course he’s done it before - against Yorkshire last year. Root, Williamson, Bairstow ....
A bit of Morne Morkel. Fifteen pace run-up, green-soled shoes, terrifying.
Brilliant start to the day for @mornemorkel65!Yorkshire - 79/4Live Stream ➡️ https://t.co/2duW4tKHvX pic.twitter.com/qjHvLFJc6Y
At Arundel, Sussex declared and Gloucestershire have already lost a wicket.Miles Hammond for 5, bowled Ollie Robinson.
Just bonus points you say? Leaning brilliantly caught one-handedly by Ben Foakes. Follow on target 164. Three wickets in 12 balls for Morkel. Yorkies 79 for four.
A second for Morkel - Fraine drove, unwisely, and was caught behind. Yorkshire heading towards being in a bit of a pickle, 75 for three.
Just to recap, only play at Guildford and Arundel so far. It’s match abandoned at Grace Road.
Start delayed at Swansea, and prospects of play “not great” at New Road.
Better news, I’ve been to the Woodbridge Road cafe. Some of you might like to consider the mega breakfast challenge. “A ten egg omelette filled with cheddar cheese and beans, four sausages, four slices of bacon, four hash browns, saute potatoes, bubble and squeak, two slices of fried bread and unlimited tea, coffee or squash.” If you eat it in 30 minutes you get your money back.
Fortification against the rain at Woodbridge Road Cafe on the corner of the cricket [email protected] pic.twitter.com/M36dt96eQ2
And yet... I see some lightness through the Surrey cloud. Morne Morkel and Jordan Clark are doing big fast bowler things with stretchy black elastics and everyone is throwing heavy balls about. Yorkies are in a huddle over t’other side of the ground and a spectator potters past.
Here’s Matthew Engel’s take on Australia v Pakistan yesterday.
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Delayed start at Canterbury, and things don’t look too hot at Grace Road.
UPDATE | The scene at the Fischer County Ground is more of winter than June. There has been huge amounts of rain overnight and it’s still coming down steadily and fairly heavily ☔️ An update from the officials will be posted as soon as we have one #foxesfamily pic.twitter.com/EvHMPYPP7W
At Trent Bridge, India are due to play New Zealand. Adam Collins has driven through torrential pourings to find a kind of truce. No rain.... yet. The start will probably be delayed but it might happen. Keep an eye on things here.
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From Guildford where it is grey, damp, drizzly and sad. Barrels of beer sitting fatly undrunk and a refreshment tent full of lovely people, home-made cake, but no spectators. But it is not as bad as at Chester-le-Street where they’ve called it off already.
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