County cricket: Surrey chases title against Yorkshire, Hampshire v Kent | Cricket

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Roach gets a huge roar when he returns to the border after his crossing, however, attention soon turns elsewhere as Ben Mike’s stumps are grimly rearranged by Worrall. Yorkies 206-9, a lead of 52.

Almost curtains at The Rose Bowl: Kyle Abbot went for 14, leaving Fuller at 46 with last man Abbas. And as I type a roar around the breezy Oval as Dom Bess gets caught behind for 43 of a Roach beauty.


Strauss review foresees a reduction in the number of days of home cricket in a province from 39 to just 26. A decrease of 33%. It just won’t happen.

— David Hopps (@DavidKHopps) September 22, 2022

Gloucestershire wobble, looking for their victory target of 148. Charlesworth caught before seven, shortly after lunch. But they’re blowing it, powered by Tom Price’s 8 for 27 – which I forgot to mention earlier.

Tom Price talks.
Pictured left: Gloucestershire’s Tom Price. Photo: Ray Lawrence/TGS Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Vincent is out. damn.

The new helmet turned out not to be that essential, Thompson lbw Worrall.

Vincey baby, 73 not out. Hants bat up – the target drops to 143.

Thompson gets a blow to the head, and changes helmets, with the Yorkies leading by 25 runs.

Jordan Clark wins his Surrey County cap. Congratulations!

Lunch Scores


Chelmsford: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 with 38 runs

Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 and 4-0 against Warwickshire 274 and 128 Gloucs needs 144 to win

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 57 and 209-7 against Kent 165 and 269. Hampshire needs 169 to win

Taunton: Somerset 389 and 12-0 v Northants 184-6

the oval: Surrey 333 against Yorkshire 179 and 171-6


The riverbank: Durham 459-7dec against Sussex 162 and 9-4 To rain

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 550-5Dec v Derbyshire 211-5

Grace Road: Leicestershire 294 v Middlesex 297 and 108-3

New way: Worcestershire 390 BEAT Nottinghamshire 128 and 183 with an innings and 79 runs

Anyway, around the grounds: James Vince is still there, Hampshire still has hope. He’s at 53, with Fuller (not 33), Abbott and Abbas coming in. Hants still needs 169…

These guys nominate for the HPR:

Thank you Viriditan BTL for finding this statement from the Kent Chair, Simon Philip:

“The Strauss Review is a comprehensive and comprehensive document. However, please note that it is only prepared by the prism of High Performance.

The two most important areas for our Club – domestic structure and planning – remain at the discretion of the 18 First Class Counties. Within this group, we will now address issues such as the needs of all our members, supporters, players and stakeholders, the financial impact, the unintended consequences and the potentially irreversible change in the vital nature of County Cricket.

“Kent Cricket is a fundamental part of our community, committed to supporting the growth of the men’s and women’s game at all levels.

“We continue to deliver success on the pitch, producing players for England and supporting one of the largest recreational and school cricket populations in the country.

We will not allow our Club to be made irrelevant.

Worcestershire defeated Nottinghamshire in an innings

Worcestershire 390 BEAT Nottinghamshire 128 and 183 with an innings and 79 runs

Three wickets for Pennington and Waite, a consolation fifty for Hameed, who has quietly had a good summer. And an absolute ball-up from Notts, who lose only their second game of the season. They are still strong favorites for promotion and need only a few points against Durham at Trent Bridge next week, but Worcestershire’s hopes for promotion remain alive in their final game against Middlesex at New Road.

“The status quo is sub-optimal and people want a different solution.”

A third dropped catch of the morning, but i don’t think it matters. In the time it took me to read the HPR the Yorkies lost another wicket, a big one, Lyth caught Ryan Patel on the third slip. York 126-5.

Surrey's Kemar Roach celebrates taking the wicket of Yorkshire (No.9) Adam Lyth.
Surrey’s Kemar Roach celebrates taking the wicket of Yorkshire (No.9) Adam Lyth. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Even if Surrey wins today, they won’t get the trophy until the last game – which will be at Old Trafford.

HPR Final Recommendations

  • Number of County Championship matches reduced from 14 to 10

  • A Division One of six teams

  • Special windows for the One-Day Cup, T20 Blast and the Hundred.

  • Championship start moved to May

  • Two Division Twos, with one promotion place determined by a play-off

  • A knockout for the April 50 cup to involve smaller provinces

  • The T20 Blast will consist of 10 games, reduced from 14, and will be a block from the end of May to July

  • The Hundred takes place in August, accompanied by cricket at the red ball festival – that does not count towards the championship.

  • FCC Must Approve Men’s Domestic Trophy Changes – With Two-Thirds Decision Needed

  • The ECB Governing Council and Executive Board endorse all recommendations. A total of 17 recommendations, 15 of which fall to the ECB to implement, including…

  • try the Kookaburra ball

  • A match between North and South that is played abroad

  • England Lions target red ball cricket

  • A bonus points system in the CC to encourage positive cricket and better quality pitches.

  • An increase in the diversity of people in high-performance roles.

Just talk to Kevin Howells about how important it is to finish in Division One this year as no team in next season’s Div 2 will stand a chance of finishing in Division One as there will be no promotion next year. The teams in Division One will compete for the six places that will form the top division by 2024. So Division Two has nothing to play for in 2023.

And this is an excellent, albeit sobering, read by Dan Gallan.

Andy’s last message from Pakistan.

Lyth Square drives wonderfully for four.

The season of Sussex slide to an unworthy end, now 9-4. Ibrahim the third batter who is lbw Raine to a duck.

Lytho may have fallen into the slip cordon of the second day of the day – it would be helpful if Yorkshire could outline this a little bit…

Ahch, Kohler-Cadmore done by a Steel googly, stumps split.

gatherings of people at the Vauxhall tube station, and I followed a small backpack snake up Harleyford Road. It’s sunny, hot even, and Cameron Steel has the ball for the first left of the day.

Scores on the doors


Chelmsford: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 with 38 runs

Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 v Warwickshire 274 and 58-5

The Rose Bowl: Hampshire 57 and 105-4 against Kent 165 and 269. Hampshire needs 273 to win

Taunton: Somerset 389 v Northants 184-6

the oval: Surrey 333 against Yorkshire 179 and 89-2


The riverbank: Durham 459-7dec against Sussex 162 and 6-3

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 550-5 v Derbyshire 135-5

Grace Road: Leicestershire 273-9 v Middlesex 297

New way: Worcestershire 390 v Nottinghamshire 128 and 129-6

Wednesday’s summary

George Balderson’s hat trick caught Lancashire victory and 19 points from a match played at triple speed and foot down, the door slammed shut and locked in just over four sessions at Chelmsford. Lancashire, which had started the day at 25 to six, slipped to 73, setting Essex a seemingly achievable 98 in as much time as they had. But Essex slid from 24 no-loss to 59 all-out, losing 10 wickets for 35 runs, while Balderson’s five for 14 and Will Williams’ four for 24 unleashed the bails here and gave catching practice there. Shane Snater, who ended up on the losing side despite taking six for 10 in Lancashire’s second innings, had the consolation of a county cap. Essex was left to lick their wounds and give the field a long hard look.

Surrey sleeping with the Championship Trophy at touching distance after making Yorkshire sequel to the Oval. Only Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Jonathan Tattersall could do much about Surrey’s imposing seam attack, which featured Daniel Worrall, Tom Lawes, Jamie Overton and Kemar Roach for the first time this season. Then Finlay Bean got a sniff and George Hill got some extra bounce from Overton just before the stumps, leaving Yorkshire in a big hole.

If Surrey wins, Hampshire should beat Knows to take the title race to the final round, but that seems unlikely after another chaotic day at the Rose Bowl. Jack Leaning kept Kent in the game with his second hundred of the season as the field leveled out. As dusk began to fall, Felix Organ, night watchman Keith Barker and Nick Gubbins joined Ian Holland back in the pavilion, leaving Joe Weatherley, undefeated at 54, to watch a mountainous 273 runs for the win.

Gloucestershire‘s Tom Price cut Warwickshire‘s top order as they were reduced to 58 for five battling the Division One stragglers at New Road, while Craig Overton’s four for 25 left Northamptonshire tattered at Taunton.

In the second division, glamorgan Captain David Lloyd reached 313, the highest first-class score ever by a Welshman, and Nottinghamshire found themselves in the unknown position of following Worcestershire.


Good sunny morning! This is Surrey’s day, Surrey’s championship – unless. Unless Yorkshire can collect and Tom Kohler-Cadmore can prove to Somerset what a prize they’ve won. Unless James Vince can play the innings of a lifetime in The Rose Bowl and bring Hampshire to the improbable 273 more they need to beat Kent – as he almost did against Lancashire in last year’s penultimate game.

Slide your chair up and join in, it’s going to be fun.

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