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Some Roses special stattage, care of Ken:

No batter has ever scored four centuries in four consecutive innings in Lancashire v Yorkshire matches.

Keaton Jennings’ last three innings v Yorkshire before today are: 114, 132 & 238 and he is currently 90 not out at tea.

(Geoff Pullar scored three hundreds in consecutive innings against Yorkshire in 1959-60: 109, 105 & 121. Clive Lloyd scored three centuries in four innings against Yorkshire between 1979-1981 scoring 103, 0 (run out!!), 101 & 145.)

Tea scores to follow.

Yorkshire finally get a break just before tea, as Luke Wells falls in the 80s, to a whoops-a-daisy catch by Matthew Waite – but he holds on for dear life . Lancs 181-1.

A hundred for Marcus Harris!Harris making whoopee in do or die match for Gloucs. Harris 105 not out, his third Championship century of 2022 and the first Championship century in September. Wells, Jennings and du Plooy hot on his heels. Notts having a shocker, 174-8, with the second highest score Extras, with 22.

Sir Alastair is out for 74 just as I get back from the dentist – which is very thoughtful of him. Brush your teeth boys and gals!

A quick round -up of the scores before I face the dentist:

Division One

Rose Bowl: Hampshire 31-1 v Northants (rain delay – restart due 2.15pm)

Canterbury: Kent v Essex 113-1 – Alastair Cook 57 not out.

Old Trafford: Lancashire 129-0 v Yorkshire – Yorkshire looking toothless

Taunton: Somerset v Gloucestershire 155-0 – going for broke at Taunton

Division Two

Derby: Derbyshire 141-4 v Durham – two for Rushworth, two for Raine, a fifty for Leus du Plooy

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Worcestershire 121-4 Glamorgan looking upwards – three for van der Gugten

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 116-5 v Leicestershire – not what the script said! Wright 3-24

Love this picture:

I haven’t read Being Geoffrey Boycott by John Hotten yet, but it is supposed to be very good. Paul Edwards is signing his book A Summer Days Promise tomorrow so a veritable …paperback(?). of authors at Old Trafford this week.

After Daniel Gidney appeared on BBC radio at lunch to talk HPR and the future of cricketTM, it seems the counties are as confused as everyone.

This from Kevin Howells yesterday:

while Gidney said:

“I have no idea what is going to happen. This could be like an episode of 2012 or W1A.

“I’ve been told that there is definitely going to be no reduction in County Championship cricket. But then I have also been told that has not been agreed.

“If I was a betting man, I would say there will be no reduction next year because of what has been put out there and what has been discussed.

“But ultimately there are still plans for a chairs’ vote on 20 September and until you get to a point where you actually see a proposal or proposals and one of those has a change to the domestic schedule, you still need 12 out of 18 chairs to vote it through for that change to happen.”

Rain stops play at Taunton – as Lancashire skip along to three figures, with fifties apiece for Wells and Jennings. A lot of bowling for Bess already – 11 – an odd decision just to play the one spinner. Lancs 102-0.

A wicket at Taunton – Charlesworth caught for 56 off Aldridge – Gloucs 130-1 as rain hovers around the ground.

England squads for the T20 World Cup, T20 series v Australia and Pakistan…in case you missed them

T20 WC and three-match T20 series v Australia

Jos Buttler (Lancashire) Captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Harry Brook (Yorkshire)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Chris Jordan (Surrey)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Phil Salt (Lancashire)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Reece Topley (Surrey)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

Travelling Reserves

Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)

Tymal Mills (Sussex)

T20 tour of Pakistan

Jos Buttler (Lancashire) Captain

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire) Vice-Captain

Harry Brook (Yorkshire)

Jordan Cox (Kent)

Sam Curran (Surrey)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)

Tom Helm (Middlesex)

Will Jacks (Surrey)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Phil Salt (Lancashire)

Olly Stone (Warwickshire)

Reece Topley (Surrey)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Luke Wood (Lancashire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

No YJB after that freak golfing injury which has ruled him out of. the Third Test (replacement Ben Duckett) and the T20 World Cup (replacement tbc).

Rain continues to thwart Hampshire’s chase of Surrey at the Rose Bowl.

Play restarting round the grounds, a spicy soup in a cup from Old Trafford before I left.

An admission, I’m now back home for the next 50 mins before I have an emergency filling when there will be a brief break in proceedings. Hopefully only 45 mins then until normal service is resumed..

A lovely wandering of people on the Old Trafford pitch right now, in autumn sunshine Amazing drainage as we had had torrential rain last night.

Lunchtime scoresDivision One

Rose Bowl: Hampshire 31-1 v Northants (rain delay)

Canterbury: Kent v Essex 82-0

Old Trafford: Lancashire 90-0 v Yorkshire

Taunton: Somerset v Gloucestershire 115-0

Division Two

Derby: Derbyshire 85-4 v Durham

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Worcestershire 88-3

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 82-2 v Leicestershire

Doing this a bit backwards today, but a quick recap of the Championship chase, with four games to go.

Surrey (who don’t have a game this round) have a 16 point lead and an unbeaten record. This leaves the floor open for the only possible challengers: Hampshire ( 16 points behind Surrey) and Lancashire (34 points).

At the other end of the table, assuming two go down, Gloucestershire and Somerset are in the most trouble – with bottom side Gloucestershire needing victory against their west -country rivals this week.

In Div 2, Notts are a sure thing for promotion, to be joined by one of Middx (without a game this round), Glamorgan and Derby in a September bun-fight.

Oh dear. Luke Wells swishes a six off Bess then next ball is dropped by Patterson, the simplest of chances, at mid-on. Old Trafford isn’t looking so bad – though the white sheet draped over the pavilion is an interesting touch.

Is Old Trafford really as hideous and shambolic as it looks @tjaldred? Can’t even do a proper sightscreen for a Roses Match while aiming for the Championship?

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) September 5, 2022 Work continues on the new hotel where the Red Rose suite used to be – a grey skeleton growing next to the scoreboard. For projected pictures see here.

An attempt at a new overseas faces check for this round:

Glamorgan: Shubman Gil and Ajaz Patel

Somerset: Imanm ul-Haq and Sajid Khan

Northants: Lizaad Williams

Warwicks: Mohammad Siraj and Jayant Yadav (from next round)

Please send me anyone I’ve missed.

Will try and compile a comprehensive ins and outs (with help from the BBC) later.

No Harry Brook for Yorkshire: he seems very likely to make his Test debut on Thursday at The Oval. A real shame it wasn’t in midsummer when every run was gilded with gold.

Harry Brook in England Lions mode. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty ImagesAn hour and a quarter in, let’s go round the grounds -it’s a genially slow going morning.


Essex 49-0 v Kent

Lancs, who’ve suddenly gone giddy, 49-0 v Yorkshire

Gloucestershire 67-0 v Somerset


Derbyshire 42-3 v Durham (Rushworth 2-18)

Worcestershire 60-2 v Glamorgan

Notts 39-2 v Leicestershire

Thanks to Ken Grime for coming up with the ultimate Hundred antidote:: in the Roses match at Old Trafford a hundred years ago, Lancashire made 188 in 77 overs – 20,000 fans turned up on the first day, the second day was rained off, and 10,000 came up on the third day, a thriller which came down to the final ball .

Meanwhile at OT, Wells and Jennings have put on a suitably somnolent 16 in 11 overs. Lancs 16-0.

FixturesDivision One

Rose Bowl: Hampshire v Northants

Canterbury: Kent v Essex

Old Trafford: Lancashire v Yorkshire

Taunton: Somerset v Gloucestershire

Division Two

Derby: Derbyshire v Durham

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan v Worcestershire

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Leicestershire

An email, lovely and early in the morning – hello Paul Frame!

“Good Morning Tanya,

“As it’s the Roses match at Old Trafford with Lancashire trying to chase down a southern rival I thought that the followers of this blog might appreciate this great clip of Clive Tyldesley presenting the 1990 Roses match from Old Trafford:

“Back then a team whose home ground was Old Trafford made it to a Lord’s final but missed out on the County Championship, here’s hoping for Lancashire fans that they go one better this year.”

Apologies about that – epic fail by me. Made it to Old Trafford in time to watch the last half of the of the second over. Lancs are 4-0 after winning the toss and batting. Lancs are playing three spinners, Yorks one plus new cap Fin Bean who made an outrageous 441 against Notts in the second XI in June.

PreambleGood morning! So happy to be back – hope the kids are safely returned to school with squeaky shoes and lunchboxes that will make the day’s journey entirely untouched.

Down at the CC- Live, this is the final fling, the last knockings of a season as normal as we’ve had it since 2019. The High Performance Review has dropped and though we still don’t know exactly what is going to happen next season, it seems very likely that the county chairs will get what they want and keep two divisions for 2023.

Seven matches this round – and I would write more but I’ve suddenly realised games start at 1030am! More to follow, asap.

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