County cricket: Surrey look to close on title, Middlesex v Kent and more – live! | Sport
September 12, 2018
Durham collapsed to 340 all out at Chester-le-Street having been 332-6 at lunch. Sussex needed 322 to put their promotion bid back on course but have had an equally torrid time with the bat and were soon reduced to 17-3.
Kent have wrapped up the game at Lord’s and beaten Middlesex by three wickets to take them to the top of Division Two for now. The 19 points collected by Kent takes them to 195 overall and means Middlesex cannot now go up – the promotion race attention now turns to the Riverside where Sussex are playing Durham.
Surrey all out for 268
Ben Foakes did not last long at New Road before an edge off the bowling of Dillon Pennington sent him back to the dressing room for 13. That precipitated an even swifter collapse with Surrey ending on 268 all out, trailing Worcestershire by 68 runs after the first innings. They earned one more batting point and now need three more to wrap up the title.
James Anderson has been made available for Vitality Blast Finals Day this weekend, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced. Anderson, who on Tuesday broke Glenn McGrath’s record Test wicket haul for a fast bowler, is available for selection along with Lancashire team-mates Jos Buttler and Keaton Jennings, who has also been freed up to play in the final County Championship fixture against Hampshire. Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali is available for Finals Day and his county’s last four-day match against Yorkshire, while Surrey will be able to call upon Sam Curran and Ollie Pope for their final two fixtures. England Test captain Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes are among the players unavailable for the end of the county season. Eoin Morgan’s England fly out for their one-day international series in Sri Lanka on September 30. PA
Wicket at New Road. Morne Morkel is out for 16, leaving Surrey on 232-7. The good news for them is that Ben Foakes has got off his sick bed and is in action.
Good morning from an autumnal Lord’s, where the season is moving towards an end. Somerset’s implosion yesterday hands the title to Surrey – the only question is when.
The match here is likely to be resolved by lunch – with Kent needing 52, six wickets in hand. The force is with them, just. Lots of excitement round the other grounds too – Warwickshire are on top at Grace Road, Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens – GOOD LUCK Jack Taylor – and the white Rose at Headingley.
It’s too close to call at Trent Bridge, the County Ground and Chester-le-street (where Chris Rush has been awarded his testimonial).
But the big question is whether Worcestershire can make Surrey hold on for the title? Surrey can clinch it today by securing maximum batting points (scoring 400 in the first 110 overs). Rory Burns is still there on 103 not out – how fitting it would be if he took them over the line! They are six wickets down but Ben Foakes, who was ill yesterday, is yet to bat. I’m jumping on the train to Worcester now, in case they manage it. In the meantime, the office will update the blog. Be kind!
Yorkshire 209 & 127-3, Lancashire 252 all out
Yorkshire lead by 84 runs
Worcestershire 336 all out, Surrey 213-6
Surrey trail by 123 runs
Nottinghamshire 177 & 116-1, Essex 233 all out
Notts lead by 60 runs
Northamptonshire 255 all out, Derbyshire 118-4
Derbyshire trail by 137 runs
Middlesex 161 & 186, Kent 192 & 104-4
Kent need 52 runs to win
Leicestershire 100 all out, Warwickshire 384-9
Warks lead by 284 runs
Glamorgan 137 all out, Gloucestershire 284-6
Gloucs lead by 147 runs
Durham 103 & 220-4, Sussex 122 all out
Durham lead by 201 runs