KP going for optimum BTL scorn;

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We ALL know absolutely the high quality of Ben Stokes. However, take a look at this bowling and please inform me that County Cricket doesn’t must be franchised?!?! https://t.co/y5CeJ0Fr8C

— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) Might 6, 2022


We ALL know absolutely the high quality of Ben Stokes. However, take a look at this bowling and please inform me that County Cricket doesn’t must be franchised?!?! https://t.co/y5CeJ0Fr8C

— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) May 6, 2022

I snort at your chocolate cake, a scrumptious contemporary fruit platter provided up at Outdated Trafford the place I think play is over for the day.

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It’s raining as properly now at OT, groundsheets pronged into the grass.

Teatime-ish scores


Chelmsford: Essex 403 v Yorkshire

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 342 v Gloucestershire 111-7

Outdated Trafford: Lancashire 127-0 v Warwickshire 315

The Oval: Surrey 401 all out v Northants 87-5


Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 217-3 v Leicestershire 320

Hove: Sussex 392 v Middlesex 156-4

New Street: Worcestershire 93-4 v Durham 580-6dec (STOKES 161, 88 balls, 8 fours, 17 sixes)

One thing to mull over together with your ginger snaps: ten of the driest Aprils have occurred this century,

And with that, the ball after Wells belts a 4, the umpires have a chat are they’re off for unhealthy mild. Lancs 127-0, the primary century opening stand for Lancs since 163 between Keaton Jennings and Al Davies at Headingley final 12 months.

After a little bit of bish-bash-boosh, from Simon Harmer, the Chelmsford devoted are put out of their distress: Essex all out 403. Three for Thompson, three for Bess. Now then, Yorkies.

I want nothing however good issues for Gloucestershire, however Division One is proving a problem, with two attracts and two defeats from their 4 video games and this one swiftly taking place the pan. At the moment 105-7, Higgins gone for 46.

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A relatively superb fifty from Kiran Carlson at Sophia Gardens, his second this 12 months. In the meantime, Luke Wells has additionally motored alongside to 1 right here at OT, in truth Lancs appear to have notched up 93 at a very good, brisk charge.

The skies are trying ominous right here at OT, even with the floodlights on full.

Oh Division two, how we’ve got uncared for you since Stokes was out. At Sophia Gardens, Marnus’s match is getting worse, out for 17 after his 3-65 yesterday. Northeast and Carlson rebuilding properly, in an unbeaten partnership of 81. Glammy 144-3.

A second wicket for Ollie Robinson at Hove, Peter Handscomb’s non-domination off the CC persevering with, unfortunatley. Middx, at present 86-4.

And Worcestershire are being demolished with ball in addition to bat. Matthew Potts 4-12 in a sorry 42-4.

In honour of Gloucestershire’s wild-flowers and vegetable backyard, and Durham’s land left wild, I convey you Romeo’s petunias:

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@tjaldred pic.twitter.com/2NZoA2e3qv

— Romeo Romeo Tango Ψιτιζεν οφ Νοςηερε (@RomeoCCLive) Might 6, 2022


Wells has simply introduced up Lancashire’s fifty with a thumping off drive off McAndrew, his seventh 4 in 34.

Essex have suffered a mini-collapse, as Dom Bess picks up two extra (together with Walter for a career-best 141) on the Chelmsford thriller. Essex 339-7.

Oh, Northants: 30-3, in reply to 401. Younger, Homosexual and Vasconcelos all again within the pavilion.

Oh, oh, Gloucestershire. Abbott, Abbas, Abbased: 54-5. Can Higgins and Lace save the day?

Ben Stokes is out

Ali Martin

A uncommon second of peace at New Street, the one sound coming from the cathedral bells, after Durham declare their innings on 580 for six following one of the incendiary innings you’ll see from Ben Stokes – 161 from 88 balls – in his first outing since being named as England’s official Check captain. Like all good issues it needed to come to an finish, Stokes finally holing out after lunch making an attempt an 18th six and strolling off to heat applause from the locals. Nay trouble, his seventeenth – pushed straight off Ben Gibbon’s first ball of the afternoon – had already secured the file for a County Championship innings, surpassing the 16 occasions that each Andrew Symonds (1995 Gloucs v Glam) and Graham Napier (2011 Essex v Surrey) despatched over the rope. 5 of the badgers got here off a single over from Josh Baker within the morning, the sixth ball falling simply wanting the rope after a duff connection. And spare a thought for David Bedingham, whose glorious 135 was totally eclipsed and on one other day could be the headline efficiency. High quality catching from Worcestershire to ship each of them packing however their job now’s an uphill one. Good job they spent a day of their pre-season strolling up the Malverns….

Ben Stokes leaves the sphere after being caught out for 161 runs. {Photograph}: James Marsh/REX/Shutterstock

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A brisk stroll about Outdated Trafford to purchase a windball for my nephew’s sixth birthday, from the person underneath the awning promoting Lancashire gear. It’s chilly out. Luke Wells has continued hitting fours in precisely the identical means via mid-off. on 28, whereas Keaton Jennings has curated 10 off 49 balls. Lancs 46-0.

Lunchtime scores


Chelmsford: Essex 321-4 v Yorkshire

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 342 v Gloucestershire 31-3

Outdated Trafford: Lancashire 18-0 v Warwickshire 315

The Oval: Surrey 401 all out v Northants


Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 58-2 v Leicestershire 320

Hove: Sussex 392 v Middlesex 44-2

New Street: Worcestershire v Durham 549-4 (STOKES 147 not out, 82 balls, 8 fours, 15 sixes)

And with that, it’s time for lunch! Scores to observe.

Gingers of the world unite.

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Ginger energy…?? https://t.co/RL2n2JmPcw

— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) Might 6, 2022


Ali’s on-the-spot report on Stokes’ sixathon

Ali Martin

Aye chihuahua … this has been some innings from Ben Stokes at New Street … and we’re fairly certain it’s the quickest century by a Durham batsman in first-class cricket, coming from simply 64 balls. Stokes strolled out within the third over of the day and 90-odd minutes later sits 131 not out from 74 balls, having smoked 14 (FOURTEEN) sixes and missed out on the hallowed six sixes in an over when he didn’t fairly join with the ultimate ball from 18-year-old Josh Baker and it went for a one-bounce 4. David Bedingham was 81 not out when Stokes arrived … he’s at present 115 not out and Durham are 529 for 4 after 120 overs.

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To your pleasure:

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Wowzers. The brutality of this. https://t.co/31NPpc2sIY

— Martin Emmerson (@Martycricket) Might 6, 2022


And to 18-year previous Josh Baker – you’ll dine out on this, I promise.

That’s 46 runs for Stokes off his final eight balls….

Stokes century!

What are you able to say?! 5 sixes in a row off poor Josh Baker, the sixth crusing flat however bouncing simply earlier than the rope. Ben Stokes, as a person as soon as mentioned of one other allrounder, who writes your scripts?

Proper, Division 2:

Ali is maintaining you posted from Durham, the place Stokes is duly writing his personal fairy-tale with eight sixes and 6 fours in his 88 not out. Bedingham 111. Durham 482-4.

Sussex are all out, 392, with Shaheen Afridi amassing 3-97, and a fifty for George Garton. Middlesex misplaced Robson for a duck ( on his first run-out since getting back from West Indies, chastised).

Atkinson (46) and Joverton (51) getting caught in at The Oval, 368-8.

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Simon Kerrigan getting an absolute Kerriganning from Jamie Overton and Gus Atkinson at The Oval @tjaldred.

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) Might 6, 2022


Simon Kerrigan getting an absolute Kerriganning from Jamie Overton and Gus Atkinson at The Oval @tjaldred.

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) May 6, 2022

Not a perfect begin for Gloucestershire…

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2⃣ in 3⃣ balls for @RealMAbbas226 ☝️☝️ https://t.co/2DY7EpbiHX pic.twitter.com/UpkRNSc8Iz

— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) Might 6, 2022


Earlier than we go to Division Two, Parky has picked up his third at Outdated Trafford: Warwicks 315 all out. Sibley, not out 142, the third time he has carried his bat for Warwicks, and the primary time since September 2019. Keaton Jennings strides to the crease.

Fifty for Stokes!

Ali Martin

Ben Stokes seems to have had his Prepared Brek this morning, citing an unbeaten half-century from simply 47 balls with 5 fours and three sixes – all however one among them totally crunched. Poor previous Ed Barnard has been launched within the path of the resort a few occasions to spark a convention out within the center. And on the different finish David Bedingham has simply introduced up his thirteenth first-class hundred from 120 balls, with 14 fours and one six. Superbly right innings from the right-hander, who began out on 69 very first thing. Durham safe most batting factors with ease, too, with the rating on 438 for 4 within the 112th over.

Captain, my captain: Ben Stokes cracks one other on the way in which to fifty. {Photograph}: David Davies/PA

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After an hour’s play, a visit around the Division One grounds:

At Outdated Trafford, Dom Sibley appears to be like like he’s going to hold his bat, Warwickshire, 302-9. One tough probability has gone begging this morning, a drop, Hannon-Dalby, at quick leg

At Chelmsford, Essex grind on, Walter strikes to his maiden first-class hundred. Properly performed! Essex 270-3.

Hampshire are all out on the Rose Bowl, for 342. Van Buuren 3-53, Amir 3-57. Roll-up for the Abbot, Abbas and Barker present.

And Northants are nonetheless combating to seize the final two Surrey wickets, 315-8. Atkinson and JOverton have placed on 44 for the ninth wicket.

A spring day’s work: Paul Walter reaches his maiden first-class hundred at Chelmsford. {Photograph}: Gavin Ellis/TGS Picture/REX/Shutterstock

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A few early wickets at Surrey, the place Atkinson has hit three fours in his 19 not out. A great place by Gary:

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Sam Curran edges to slide after including a pair to his in a single day rating @tjaldred.

He's inside touching distance of taking his FC averages constructive ie batting > bowling with a month to take action earlier than his twenty fourth birthday. Do Tweeters know of any others taking part in at present who achieved that?

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) Might 6, 2022


Sam Curran edges to slide after including a pair to his in a single day rating @tjaldred.

He’s inside touching distance of taking his FC averages constructive ie batting > bowling with a month to take action earlier than his twenty fourth birthday. Do Tweeters know of any others taking part in at present who achieved that?

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) May 6, 2022

Ben Stokes is in!

Ali Martin

And a wicket! Ben Gibbon picks up his second first-class sufferer as Scott Borthwick performs throughout one and is pinned in entrance of the stumps. Durham are 360 for 4 and the subsequent man is getting a heat spherical of applause.

Thoughts you, Hassan has a approach to bought until he tops Murali’s 66 in 6 matches in 1999.

Murali reigning supreme for Lancs. {Photograph}: Phil Noble/PA

No extravagant celebration from Hassan Ali (after 22 Lancashire wickets, maybe it’s sufficient?), as McAndrew is lbw for 15. Warwicks 282-8.

Ali Martin

Morning from Worcestershire, the place Durham resumed on 339 for 3 and have stepped on the gasoline already, David Bedingham slotting 4 fours from Ben Gibbon’s opening over to maneuver into the 80s and overtake Scott Borthwick. Extra cloud cowl at present as Ben Stokes leans over the balcony to my proper, little question taking within the majesty of Worcester cathedral over yonder.

And we’re off, a mild two runs coming off the primary over from Tom Bailey.

Love this image from 100 years in the past at present – the beginning of the 1922 cricket season. Striding purposely out of the Outdated Trafford pavilion are: captain Miles Kenyon, Frank Watson, Lol Cook dinner, Ernest Tyldesley, Dick Tyldesley, Harry Makepeace, Walker Ellis, Cec Parkin, Peter Fairclough, Charlie Hallows and wicketkeeper Ben Blomley. With many because of Ken Grime and the Lancashire Heritage Basis.

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100 Years In the past: Might sixth was the primary day of the season and listed here are the Lancashire workforce making their means out at Outdated Trafford firstly of the sport in opposition to Glamorgan pic.twitter.com/pW3dkG20io

— Ken Grime (@kengland) Might 6, 2022


100 Years In the past: Might sixth was the primary day of the season and listed here are the Lancashire workforce making their means out at Outdated Trafford firstly of the sport in opposition to Glamorgan pic.twitter.com/pW3dkG20io

— Ken Grime (@kengland) May 6, 2022

Simply spent fifteen minutes trying on the proofs of Paul Edward’s new ebook Summer time Day’s Promise. It’s a belter for anybody who retains the candle burning for county cricket – due out later this summer season. Siddle as much as him at Cheltenham and Southport and he’ll signal one for you too.

At Outdated Trafford now, the place each groups are of their semi-circles, stretching, and the climate is behaving itself, regardless of the scorecard displaying the climate in Manchester which says, now: mild rain, subsequent: mild rain, later: mild rain.

Thursday’s round-up

Among the many first public pronouncements from Ben Stokes in his new position as England’s Check captain was a want to bat at No 6 and thus maximise his affect as an all-rounder. As such, he plumped for a similar berth when making his first look of the summer season for Durham at Worcestershire.

On a tranquil opening day at New Street this meant sitting on the balcony of the Graeme Hick pavilion and watching others make hay in watery sunshine, nonetheless. The guests received the toss and reached a commanding 339 for 3 courtesy of Sean Dickson’s third hundred of the season.

After Dickson’s organised 104 from 184 balls got here unbeaten half-centuries for Scott Borthwick (80) and David Bedingham (69). Ed Barnard struck twice because the hosts plugged away dutifully – together with England’s Alex Lees, bowled off the within edge for 27 – whereas debutant Ben Gibbon claimed his maiden first-class wicket when South Africa’s Keegan Petersen edged behind on 50 within the afternoon.

Gibbon, a 21-year-old left-armer, signed for Worcestershire on the finish of final season after combining league cricket in Cheshire with a job in development. “It’s arduous graft and I’m blissful to not need to do it any extra,” he mentioned on the time, maybe not realising how difficult the pitches at New Street might be.

At muggy Outdated Trafford, Dom Sibley chugged to a selectorial elbow-nudging century, batting all day for his 118 not out. A mixture of fairly superb drives, with the excessive elbow simply so, and inelegant nudges, it was his first century for Warwickshire since he made twin lots of in opposition to Notts in September 2019.

An inveterate fiddler between deliveries, adjusting waistband, trousers and field, Sibley appeared in no strife in opposition to the Lancashire assault as, after a gradual begin, he stepped onwards, all that winter practise, and the choice to not tour with the Lions, coming to fruition. His hundred got here with a squeeze into the offside, adopted by appreciative banging of the balcony by his teammates and a sweaty hug with Chris Benjamin, who was lbw shortly afterwards for 47. Very properly performed: 227 balls, 13 fours.

2 hundred miles away, Rory Burns, one other dropped England opener, was doing one thing related, off 245 balls. Anchoring an innings for Surrey that didn’t get going on the different finish till Sam Curran got here in and, with a mild night murmur passing slowly across the Oval, hit Northamptonshire’s Simon Kerrigan again over his head for six.

To finish the circle, Alastair Cook dinner made a fair slower hundred for Essex, after they rebuilt from the ruins of nought for one with the primary 34 deliveries of the day Yorkshire despatched down being dot balls. Cook dinner confronted seven bowlers throughout his second hundred of the 12 months, together with Joe Root, taking part in for Yorkshire for the primary time since resigning the England captaincy.

A run-heavy day for Sussex in opposition to Middlesex, with one more opening century, this for Tom Alsop, on mortgage this season to Sussex from Hampshire; whereas the 21-year-old Ali Orr was dropped 3 times, earlier than being caught at slip on 99 simply earlier than tea. There was confused delight when Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed for 16. On the Rose Bowl, Felix Organ scampered to 100, and James Vince 78 for Hampshire in opposition to Gloucestershire. Mohammad Amir completed with three for 51.

At 152 for one, issues have been trying promising for bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire, however Glamorgan’s Marnus Labuschagne grabbed three wickets together with his part-time spin, as they misplaced six for 117 after tea.

Scores on the doorways


Chelmsford: Essex 234-3 v Yorkshire

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 310-8 v Gloucestershire

Outdated Trafford: Lancashire v Warwickshire 273-7

The Oval: Surrey 261-6 v Northants


Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Leicestershire 285-8

Hove: Sussex 354-6 v Middlesex

New Street: Worcestershire v Durham 339-3

Up to date at 04.55 EDT


Whats up! As I write this, there’s a definite air of sogginess within the air, with rain forecast to brush in from the north west later, pausing play at Outdated Trafford, Cardiff and New Street, however in all probability sparing the south.

The watch for Ben Stokes continues this morning, with Ali poised at New Street together with his fountain pen. There, Sean Dickson made a compact hundred yesterday, precipitating a glut of runs from openers around the grounds, a doffed hat to Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Alastair Cook dinner, Tom Alsop and Felix Organ.

Time simply to surprise which of the video games will spring a shock, transferring out of the common trot of yesterday, right into a canter.

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