County cricket – as it happened

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摘要:11am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for the latest round of Championship action. Paul Weaver is at Somerset v Sussex at Taunton

11am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for the latest round of Championship action.

Paul Weaver is at Somerset v Sussex at Taunton, Richard Gibson is at Durham v Worcestershire at the Riverside and Scott Oliver is at Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston.

11am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for the latest round of Championship action.

Paul Weaver is at Somerset v Sussex at Taunton, Richard Gibson is at Durham v Worcestershire at the Riverside and Scott Oliver is at Warwickshire v Middlesex at Edgbaston.

11.10am: The sun is straining to burst through some diaphanous cloud at Edgbaston, writes Scott Oliver, where a strong second half to Wednesday's play for Middlesex – pocketing eight Warwickshire wickets for only 116 runs after the home side had been 175 without loss in mid-afternoon – has left the game finely poised.
While Toby Roland-Jones will be hoping to pick up the last two wickets and complete a well deserved five-for, Warwickshire's first task will be to score the seven runs required for a third batting point – not to be scoffed at, although, on a blameless pitch, scant consolation for their evening profligacy, especially given the success of the batting unit this year. Their aggregate of 14 Division One centuries is five more then the next best teams (Notts, Somerset) and they will be grateful for Westwood's sterling contribution of 120 yesterday. The Moseley man has been omitted four times this year – each time Ian Bell has played, essentially – and one gets the impression that 381 runs in his last five Championship innings may have nudged him above Porterfield and Maddy in the pecking order, neither of whom have passed 50 in first-class cricket since the Twenty20 window.

With another early evening shower forecast for later and a grim outlook for Friday – rain coming in around lunchtime and not leaving until the middle of next week – the Bears will need to make major inroads into the Middlesex batting with the new ball, no easy task given how true the pitch remains. Boyd Rankin's height and extra pace will be crucial, but his radar is not as reliable as it might be.

11.40am: It's been an all-action start to the third (and final) day of the match between Durham and Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street, writes Richard Gibson.

Durham resumed on 3-1 in pursuit of their 151-run target and a fourth straight County Championship victory but have already lost two further wickets. South African-raised batsman Keaton Jennings had his stumps splattered by veteran Alan Richardson just as light drizzle began to fall across the ground.

That led to a 10-minute stoppage in play and although Ben Stokes laced a couple of early boundaries, he soon followed to Richardson, who pinned him lbw from around the wicket, to leave Durham 30 for three.

11.45am: Sussex, who resumed on 161 for seven, have made a bright start here, despite losing the wicket of Steve Magoffin, writes Paul Weaver at Taunton.

Magoffin was out when he top-edged a pull against Peter Trego and was caught at midwicket, having added just four to his overnight seven. But Ben Brown is in good touch at the other end and has just driven Trego for two fours in an over to get to 37. Sussex still haven't given up hope of getting close to Somerset's 247. They're currently 195 for seven.

12.04pm: An ugly bottom-handed heave from Wright brings Warwickshire's innings to a close for 333, giving them a useful lead of 46, writes Scott Oliver at Edgbaston.

Murtagh has picked up two today, massaging his figures to 3 for 68. The ball has swung for him a touch this morning, perhaps ominously. This raises a possible dilemma for the home side vis-à-vis who takes the new ball. There must be a temptation to give Rankin a little dart. However, I don't think it'll happen.

The impression is that Jim Troughton doesn't like to tinker with a winning formula – which is either sound adherence to an "if it ain't broke..." logic or tactical rigidity, depending on how events allow the hindsight merchants to evaluate his decisions.

12.39pm: Veteran Alan Richardson has single-handedly (and on one leg) led Worcestershire's push for an unlikely victory over Durham at Chester-le-Street with three wickets in his opening burst from the Lumley End, writes Richard Gibson.

The 37-year-old has been chugging in for an hour, albeit with a 10-minute rain break for respite, despite a discernible limp, highlighting how important this match is to his team's survival hopes. Realistic hopes of staying up appear to depend on securing a 16-point haul here, which shows why Daryl Mitchell has kept on his most obvious matchwinner.

Durham resumed on 3-1 in pursuit of their 151-run target and a fourth straight County Championship victory but were soon reduced to 35 for four: South African-raised batsman Keaton Jennings had his stumps splattered via an inside edge just as light drizzle began to fall across the ground, and after the players returned to action, Ben Stokes followed, pinned lbw from around the wicket. A change of angle produced the same end result for Mark Stoneman too as he missed an attempted drive wide of mid-on.

However, the pendulum has swung back the hosts' way courtesy of two more gnarled old oaks, Paul Collingwood and Dale Benkenstein, who have so far shared in a 31-run stand for the fifth wicket.

1.11pm: Somerset are 29-0 at lunch, writes Paul Weaver. Sussex have been bowled out for 279 here, a lead of 32, and their players feel a little happier having nursed an overnight grievance. Well, two grievances, to be precise.
Sussex were convinced that Monty Panesar had dismissed Marcus Trescothick for 60, and replays supported their claims; Trescothick, though, went on to make 123.

Then, just before the close of the second day, Luke Wright was given out lbw, a curious decision even to the naked eye – and this naked eye was watching from somewhere over wide mid-on, as the wicketkeeper scurried down the leg-side to take the ball. Again, TV pictures confirmed that Wright had been unlucky.

But this morning belonged to the Sussex tail, with Ben Brown and Amjad Khan both hitting half-centuries. Brown hit some fluent drives through the off-side to make 52 from 91 balls, with eight fours. When he edged Abdur Rehman to slip, Amjad took over to play a more muscular innings.
He hit eight fours in his 44-ball fifty, which he reached by clouting Rehman over square-leg for six. James Anyon was ninth out, for a duck, with the scores level.

But then last man Panesar came in to biff 20 before having his leg-stump knocked by Rehman, the spinner's fifth wicket. This could become a fascinating match. I just hope the rain forecast for tomorrow will not ruin it.

2.21pm: Durham have replicated the best run of their unbeaten 2009 title-winning season by securing a fourth straight victory, writes Richard Gibson at Chester-le-Street. The six-wicket success was confirmed with captains old and new at the crease, 26 minutes into the afternoon session when Dale Benkenstein cut Moeen Ali's off-spin to the boundary.

The choice of Paul Collingwood to succeed Phil Mustard appears an inspired one given the turnaround in fortunes experienced by the north-east county. Winless when he took over in mid-season, they are now halfway up the First Division and all but safe from relegation. The former England man was unbeaten on 53 as his side passed their 151-run target, with one of his predecessors Benkenstein 62 not out.

Defeat means that Worcestershire will now have to upgrade their great escape of last season if they are to retain top-flight status for 2013 - and it appears Alan Richardson, their veteran attack spearhead, may have to be patched up to get through the final weeks. The 37-year-old gave the bottom club hope with three early morning wickets but he was limping quite heavily by the end of his spell of 10-3-22-3 from the Lumley End.

3.21pm: It has been pretty sedate cricket in the hour or so since lunch at Edgbaston, writes Scott Oliver. Both Malan (75 balls, 6 fours) and Rogers (88 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) have moved to their half-centuries as Middlesex's lead clicked past 100. The nearest we've come to a wicket was an upper-cut six from Rogers off Rankin that just evaded Barker on the third man boundary.
None of the three seamers on view have carried a great deal of threat, , and Barker in particular has lacked snap, putting the ball there and occasionally failing to complete his action, which explains the ball swinging straight from the hand. After a three-over burst from Wright at the City End, Blackwell has been in operation and can expect a long bowl. The footmarks of Rankin and Roland-Jones look a touch wide to cause problems for the two left-handers, however, and he might be advised to switch ends and try bringing the straighter rough areas created by Wright and Murtagh into play. Having said that, he did turn a couple from off the unscuffed part of the pitch before lunch. Middlesex are comfortable at present. However, Rossington looked a place or two too high at six, so a couple of quick wickets could change the complexion again.

4.18pm: The match here is so well poised, writes Paul Weaver at Taunton, with Somerset leading by 102 but with the Sussex spin twins Panesar and Chris Nash on top of the batsmen.

Trescothick, as ever, held the key to the Somerset batting and he went for 38, edging to slip as he gave Panesar the charge. But with Arul Suppiah outscoring his partner Somerset were already 84 for one at that stage, 52 runs ahead.
Suppiah looked in prime form on this quick-scoring ground. But on 59 he drove Anyon straight to Michael Yardy at short cover.

When Chris Jones was bowled by a straight ball by the off-spinner Nash, Somerset were 117 for three, which became 131 for four when Jos Buttler was caught behind off the same bowler. It's very tense here. Somerset are 134-4.

5.37pm: Sussex want just 164 to win here after bowling out Somerset for 195, writes Paul Weaver. Somerset were 84 without loss at one stage, so their collapse was a classic piece of self-destruction.

But all credit to Panesar, who followed up his career best first innings figures of seven for 60 with a return of six for 77 in the second innings to give him a match analysis of 13 for 137.

Selector James Whitaker, who has been here all match, appears to have left. But he will have seen enough of Panesar to know that he is bowling at his best.

Somerset are searching everywhere for their mislaid mascot, "Stumpy," before tomorrow's T20 finals. But they seem to have lost more than that. Defeat here would almost represent the end of their championship hopes. But Sussex are on a roll at the moment.

6.25pm: A hostile spell of 8-1-23-3 after tea from Boyd Rankin has pushed the door ajar for Warwickshire, writes Scott Oliver, although a grim weather forecast for tomorrow and a lead of 247 for Middlesex still makes the draw firm favourite at Edgbaston.

First to fall was Chris Rogers for an excellent 109 from 160 balls, the Australian getting a thin top edge trying to cut a ball that was too close and got big on him, Chopra holding a sharp chance high above his head at first slip – a dismissal that wouldn't have looked out of place at the WACA in Perth, where the Middlesex skipper played for nine seasons.

Next, Neil Dexter flashed a back-foot forcing shot to gully, where Porterfield made a tough catch look easy – a mode of dismissal that might have occurred on at least half-a-dozen occasions during his first innings century. Then Adam Rossington, on just two, played a truly awful attempted hook shot off the big Irishman, clothing a simple catch to Maddy at deep backward square-leg.

The damage might be even worse, too. New man Gareth Berg has been spilled by a diving Rikki Clarke at second slip, while Dawid Malan has survived a huge lbw appeal that elicited a teapot or two from the Bears' slip cordon, both off Rankin's bowling.