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Tanya Aldred at Southport

County cricket: James Vince dazzles but Lancashire on track to beat Hampshire

James Vince has been in excellent form for Hampshire this season, averaging 70.
James Vince has been in excellent form for Hampshire this season, averaging 70. Photograph: Dave Vokes/Shutterstock

Roundup: Vince dazzles but Lancs on track to win

The day’s main event started at 5.35pm at Southport, as Lancashire started their chase of 140 against Hampshire for their first win of the season. With Keith Barker kicking up dust at one end, and Mohammad Abbas slipping in on silent cat paws at the other, it was never going to be easy. First innings centurion Phil Salt snicked Abbas’s fourth ball through to James Vince; and George Balderson was snaffled behind off Barker the following over (5-2). But Josh Bohannon and Dane Vilas, reprieved by Vince at first slip just before the close, reduced the target to 92 at stumps.

Earlier Vince, sleeves pulled up a hitch and a bit, shirt unbuttoned, had danced to 87. He is in the form of his life, averaging 70, but the door is surely closed on any further England selection. Out came the peachy straight drive, the peachy off-drive, but no-one was able to stay with him quite long enough to set Lancashire a more pressing target, though Kyle Abbott’s gung-ho 23 was handy. Balderson grabbed three wickets, while George Bell, aiming at Barker’s footholes, grabbed his first, to the evident disgruntlement of Liam Dawson – who later consoled himself with a waffle cone from the ice cream van.

A scintillating century by Jamie Smith, off just 70 balls, gave Surrey a chance of their highest successful run chase against Kent. Dom Sibley, 61 not out off 212, played the role of the wily old pro. Essex set Somerset a hefty 466 to win, and were well on their way to victory, Matthew Critchley adding a half century and two wickets to his first-innings hundred. A century from Joe Clarke kept Nottinghamshire hopes semi-alive following on against Warwickshire.

In Division Two, Yorkshire’s search for their first win of the season stumbled into the dark woods as first Derbyshire cracked 453, spearheaded by a fifth-wicket stand of 277 between Leus du Plooy (170) and Haider Ali (146); and then Yorks lost late wickets, closing with 65 still needed, four wickets left. The match destiny rests with Shan Masood, unbeaten on 68.

It was Bas de Leede day at The Riverside, an unbeaten 85 helping Durham to 630, before he snaffled three for 25, leaving Glamorgan in deep trouble. Sussex take a lead of 297 into the final day at Hove against Worcestershire, and Leicestershire were 350 all out at Gloucestershire, 18 runs behind their hosts.


Another thrilling CC day – with Jamie Smith lighting up Canterbury, Lancs giving their supporters a scare at Southport and Yorkshire locked in a desperate struggle at Chesterfield. We’ll be back in the morning to keep an eye on these, and more, with all eight games still in play as we go into the final day. Thanks for all your messages, have a lovely evening, good night!

Jamie Smith smiling.
Wonder-boy: Jamie Smith Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Surrey CCC


Close of play scores


Chelmsford: Essex 462-9dec and 170-7dec v Somerset 167 and 172-4

Canterbury: Kent 301 and 344 v Surrey 145 and 263-3, Surrey need 238 to win

Southport: Lancashire 374 and 48-2 v Hampshire 142 and 371 Lancs need 92 to win

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 155 and 267-4 v Warwickshire 571-9dec


Chesterfield: Derbyshire 111 and 453 v Yorkshire 353 and 147-6 Yorkshire need 65 to win

Chester-le-Street: Durham 630 v Glamorgan 390 and 159-4

Bristol: Gloucestershire 368 and 9-0 v Leicestershire 350

Hove: Sussex 348 and 359-6 v Worcestershire 410


Make that 5-2….

Ooof, just popping back to report the first Lancs wicket….Abbassed, Salt caught Vince, 3. Lancs 3-1.

With Kyle Abbott having fun, two sixes swinging high and towards the press tent, time for me to write up. (He’s since been out to a super catch by Will Williams diving and sliding on the hard ground – Lancs need 140 to win.)

Critchley has picked up a second at Chelmsford (Somerset 119-3, need 347)) Harmer yet to reel in a victim; Jamie Smith has almost overtaken Dom Sibley – this is a real how-to-catch-a-selector’s eye innings – Surrey need 347 more eight wickets in hand. And the good ship Notts suddenly sailing smoothly, 180-3.

In Division Two:

Yorkshire have lost Bean, for 19, but have brought the chase down to 151; Glamorgan lost two in two, 117-3, trailing by 122; Lewis Hill has 85 in the sure-draw at Bristol’; and Sussex have a lead of 215 at Hove, four wickets remaining.

Do keep chatting BTL, cold drinks on tap.

Vince out!

With pin-point accuracy, Vince finds Josh Bohannon on the rope at deep square, out for 87. Innings perfection, warmly applauded, but over. Hants 350-9 -the lead a meagre 118.

Lancashire can sniff that first Championship victory of the year.

Louis Kimber out obstructing the field

One for the scrapbook. Kimber given out by the umps after defending a ball but then, as the ball bounced, flapping it away with his hand. Leicestershire 263-5.


Lancs have the breakthrough! Blatherwick skims the edge of Mason Crane’s bat – a partnership of 54 comes to an end. Vince on 87, two wickets left – will he let (even more) loose?

A second Somerset wicket (90-2); Clarke and James have stitched together 60 for the fourth wicket for Notts following on, but they’re still 270 behind Warwicks’ mammoth first innings.

And Jamie Smith has already zipped to 24, with five fours, Surrey needing another 377 , 8 wickets in hand.

Vince – dropped! On 80. A flying edge, a tricky chance, at first slip to Tom Hartley. He crouches down and gets consoling back pats from Rob. Jones and Jack Blatherwick. Hampshire’s lead grows to 112, with Mason Crane playing a classy second fiddle. The ball is changed.

The Surrey chase should not feel on until its not, but it kind of does. The dismissal of Latham balances out the equation a little, for 58, caught off Qadri for 58. Jamie Smith joins Dom Sibley, who is here for the long game (28 off 108). 107-2, 394 needed.

Not even pretending to know how this works James Walsh!

Yorkshire start their chase - 212 the target

Lyth starts with a sprightly four.

Tea-time-ish scores


Chelmsford: Essex 462-9dec and 170-7dec v Somerset 167 and 54-1

Canterbury: Kent 301 and 344 v Surrey 145 and 88-1, Surrey need 413 to win

Southport: Lancashire 374 v Hampshire 142 and 320-7

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 155 and 124-3 v Warwickshire 571-9dec

Division Two

Chesterfield: Derbyshire 111 and 453 v Yorkshire 353 Yorkshire need 212 to win

Chester-le-Street: Durham 630 v Glamorgan 390 and 44-0

Bristol: Gloucestershire 368 v Leicestershire 233-4

Hove: Sussex 348 and 238-5 v Worcestershire 410

Tom Latham (52) zipping along at about twice the speed of Sibley, but as a double act it is proving fruitful, 77-1, 424 more needed.

Sean Dickson is the first Somerset wicket to fall, for 18, Porter again doing damage to the top order. Somerset 47-1, 419 more theoretical runs needed to win.

Bailey makes the breakthrough! Barker well snaffled in the slips by Mitchell, and crawls tortoise-slow off the pitch. The lead 62, with just the tail to hang with Vince.

Some cloud provides weather relief at Southport, Barker and Vince still keeping Lancashire at bay, the lead 61.

Hasan Ali spoils the Notts follow on, taking two in three balls. The other Has can only watch and walk.


Events at Chesterfield, where du Plooy finally falls for 170, a third wicket for Bess, a grateful hold at slip. Five for three when he came in; 404-7 when he left. Not a bad day’s work. The lead over Yorkshire 174, two wickets left. Spicy.

Just another peachy James Vince straight drive. Hants 292-6

Durham 630 all out - a lead of 230!

Something for Glamorgan to celebrate as they face four long sessions in the sun.

James Vince fifty!

And celebrates with a straight drive, smooth as a babies bottom: 83 balls, six fours and a six. A super effort by Dane Vilas at mid-on to snaffle Keith Barker, just failing to hold on.

Sussex suddenly strewing loose bolts and springs all over the lawn, losing four for four, Alsop and Ibrahim now tooled up for the repair job. Sussex 167-4, lead Worcestershire by 105.

Durham pass 600!

Over to Martin Emmerson:

Essex have declared!

Somerset need 466 to win. Or, possibly more likely, four and a half sessions to survive.

A second email, what riches! “Good Afternoon Tanya, Good Afternoon All.” Hello Em Jackson.

”Re Glos v Leics. Well, a wicket just fell on a dry & dying pitch - probably thirsty even after rain on Day 1 - then the fire alarms have gone off where the BBC team are commentating from & they’re off air.... such is life.

”Anyway, a draw written all over it.

”Conversely at Durham (where I’ll be in a few weeks time watching Glos play them) DCCC looking like a D1 side in the making I think (thus not playing Glos in 2024).”

Lancashire take the new ball. Hampshire 252-5. Oh, make that 252-6, as Will Williams gets Felix Organ for four, another lbw but not much doubt about this one. James Vince takes a slow drink. Hampshire lead by just 20.

Surrey still one down, after Burns was caught at slip just before lunch to his second ball. A long road stretches ahead.

And runs galore in Division Two: Derbyshire lead by 125, Yorkshire’s table-cloth whipped away in front of them.

Durham bat on, and on, the lead over Glamorgan now 176, a half-century for de Leede. Declaration at tea? A third wicket for Akhter at Bristol, Leics 151-3. And Sussex have lost their openers in successive overs, Clark for 50, Haines for 91. Sussex 147-2.

Brooke Guest of Derbyshire gets on the front foot against Yorkshire.
Brooke Guest of Derbyshire gets on the front foot against Yorkshire. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images


And as Z follows G – George Bell comes on with his offies – and has Liam Dawson caught behind. A jubilant Bell dances a bouncy jig, Dawson puts his hands on his hips and is pointed to the pavilion by Neil Mallender, Vince stands motionless at the far end. Hants 240-5, leading by eight.

Thanks to Anthony Gibson, some gen on Essex deciding not to enforce the follow on – the decision hinged on Simon Harmer’s sore back and to give the fast bowlers a rest before three T20 Blast games in four days. Since lunch, Matt Critchley has added a half century to his first-innings hundred.

And here Lancashire have found a use for Matt Parkinson, running on and applying suncream to Tom Bailey’s ears.

As the sandwich crumbs are brushed from beard and skirt, an email wings in:

“Hello Tanya,” hello Geoff Wignall!

“Most of my early cricket watching and playing, outside of school, took place at Trafalgar Rd. Dry pitches were also a common occurrence back then: the town is after all almost wholly built on a sand subsoil and a sandy topsoil. (Hence, Sandgrounders as a nickname.)

“It could be occasionally lively first thing though. I was once there for a 10:30 start and witnessed some very disgruntled members turning up at 11 to find Peter Lever had already bagged four of the five Northants wickets to fall; the sixth soon following before a very young (debutante?) Geoff Cook dug in.

“But what I wonder is, are the railway line and car park still within reach of a lusty hit (or a Sobers/ D’Oliveira flick)? Or are preventive 21stC measures in place?”

Both, you’ll be glad to hear, still in reach of a lusty blow.


Lunchtime scores


Chelmsford: Essex 462-9dec and 118-5 v Somerset 167

Canterbury: Kent 301 and 344 v Surrey 145 and 7-1, Surrey need 494 to win

Southport: Lancashire 374 v Hampshire 142 and 201-4

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 155 and 16-0 v Warwickshire 571-9dec

Division Two

Chesterfield: Derbyshire 111 and 339-5 v Yorkshire 353

Chester-le-Street: Durham 521-8 v Glamorgan 390

Bristol: Gloucestershire 368 v Leicestershire 133-2

Hove: Sussex 348 and 111-0 v Worcestershire 410

Maximum batting points for Durham, for the third time this season.

And Kent are finally all out for 344 with a handy lead of 500 (you read that right) - an amusing tail-end bash led by Qadri (72 off 85) and iced by Quinn (37 off 22) designed to give Surrey maximum irritation. Intrigued to see how Surrey go about things – as Burns hits the first ball of the innings for four.

Wicket to wicket, Balderson’s spell here at Southport was 23 balls, three for six (thank you Ken).

Sir Alastair didn’t get a second hundred (Essex 110-5), but joy for Lancashire and Balderson, as he picks up Middleton (77) with a bit of a grubber, and Ben Brown later in the same over, to a super scoop up by Phil Salt. Hants 183-4. Vince joined by a stitched together Liam Dawson.

The Edgbaston pitch:

Division Two…A wicket at Chesterfield at last, as Haider Ali is lbw for 146 to George Hill. Leus du Plooy still there on 130. An astonishing, game-changing partnership of 277., but the lead even afterwards is only 77. Derbyshire have five wickets to play with.

Durham have lost a couple of morning wickets, but more pertinently built the lead to 93. This match looks scrawled with high-scoring draw.

Another likely draw at Bristol, where Rishi Patel made another fifty before being Zaman Akhter’s second wicket, Leicestershire 109-2.

Toms Clark and Haines thrashing away at Hove, 94 without loss in 19 and a bit overs, pinching a lead of 32.


A wicket disturbs the gentle chatter at Southport, Gubbins lbw to Balderson for 62. In comes the prince..Hants 158-2.

Time to wander round to Division Two.

With an hour gone – what is happening in Division One?

Lancs have failed to make a breakthrough here at sunny, sunny, Southport – resorting to part-time handyman George Bell. Hampshire content to soak up time.

Essex have lost two more wickets, Westley and Walter, but Alastair Cook is still there on 26. Feeling in my bones this could be a hot two ton match for SAC Essex 66-3, the lead 361 over Somerset.

At Canterbury, Quadri (a half century under his belt) and Evison have stretched the Kent lead to 412 over Surrey.

And Moores and Harrison have temporarily stilled the tilting Notts ship, 128-6.

Love this initiative by Somerset, and Gloucestershire too. If you’re south-west based, how about a walk and talk with our very own (always our own) Vic Marks

Little George Bell giving the ball a tweak – he let’s fly a huge appeal, turned down. Cricket Archive gives him a grand total of six wickets going back to Lancashire Under-14s.

A super piece for your lunch hour on the plight of Afghanistan’s women:

Sounds like the press pack are having fun at Edgbaston.

While at Trent Bridge, the Warwickshire attack continue to eat Notts wickets – Mullaney a third wicket for Hasan Ali, Notts 96-6.

Hasan Ali of Warwickshire bowling from the Pavilion End against Nottinghamshire
Hasan Ali has been making inroads against Notts. Photograph: Steve Poole/ProSports/Shutterstock


No! Jake Libby’s dream of two more runs slips through his finger tips when he falls to the fourth ball of the morning. Worcestershire’s innings ends on 410, the lead 62.

We have action everywhere, with fewer storms forecast for today. Horrible events in Nottingham mean there could be some delays getting to the ground, with road closures and some suspensions on the tram network.

Walking from Birkdale station, a hearse passed by, and a cricket fan in baggy shirt, shorts and a multi-coloured bucket hat, removed his hat and paused. Five seconds of dignity and strangely moving.

The players are in the middle here at Southport and Fletcha Middleton picks up a single off his hip, fractionally before eleven o’clock.

Ashes minus three days

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If you are asked for a code, try YOZYDMWJ.

Scores on the doors


Chelmsford: Essex 462-9dec and 15-1 v Somerset 167

Canterbury: Kent 301 and 197-6 v Surrey 145

Southport: Lancashire 374 v Hampshire 142 and 119-1

Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 82-5 v Warwickshire 571-9dec

Division Two

Chesterfield: Derbyshire 111 and 248-4 v Yorkshire 353

Chester-le-Street: Durham 411-5 v Glamorgan 390

Bristol: Gloucestershire 368 v Leicestershire 23-0

Hove: Sussex 348 v Worcestershire 410-9

Monday's round-up

On a June day so fierce that spectators shaped their bodies to the shadows, Felix Organ poached a career-best six for 67, but not before Lancashire had built an intimidating lead of 232 against Hampshire.

A standing ovation had serenaded Phil Salt to his first Lancashire century, and his first Championship hundred since 2019, in the days when he wore a Sussex shirt. Daryl Mitchell biffed 68 blockbuster runs and George Bell made a stylish cameo, Organ wheeling away, while Mohammad Abbas and Keith Barker were furiously unlucky. Liam Dawson was shipped off to hospital for stitches in his top lip split after a ball deflected off third slip straight into his face. Fletcha Middleton and Nick Gubbins then took Hampshire to stumps, the deficit reduced to 113.

The familar jingle of Essex’s Simon Harmer running through a batting card from Chelmsford’s River End returned to the Championship for the first time in 2023, with Somerset the unlucky opponents. Jamie Porter grabbed the first three Somerset wickets, before Harmer started his work (5-64). Sean Dickson carried his bat for 82. Essex, who had declared just before lunch, spruced up by a rapid 50 from Feroze Khushi, didn’t enforce the follow on.

Warwickshire have Nottinghamshire where they want them in the battle of the Midlands big dogs at Trent Bridge. After declaring on 571 for nine, Michael Burgess and Hasan Ali adding rapid morning runs for Warwickshire, whose bowlers then crunched through the Notts top order. Ed Barnard made the breakthrough when he had Ben Slater caught at first slip for 19, Hasan Ali rattled out two more and when Montgomery fell for eight, Notts had lost four for seven. Oliver Hannon-Dalby had time to join the wicket-taking club before Notts were rescued by an oncoming thunderstorm.

Leus du Plooy and Haider Ali conjured a remarkable Derbyshire comeback out of a cold bowl of sick, adding an unbroken 231 for the fifth wicket from just 311 balls against Yorkshire. Derbyshire supporters, despondent at their team’s 17 for four in their second innings and still 225 behind just after lunch, struggled to believe what was happening. Dawid Malan had earlier made 106.

Another fightback at The Riverside, where centuries sensible (David Bedingham) and bold (Ollie Robinson) gave Durham the lead against Glamorgan. At Bristol, Gloucestershire’s Ollie Price celebrated his 22nd birthday with a career-best 85 against Leicestershire, while Jake Libby dominated Worcestershire’s innings against Sussex with an unbeaten 198. And Kent continued to rip up the form book, skittling Surrey for 145, declining to enforce the follow, and then building an intimidating lead.


Good gorgeous June morning! The Southport train chugs through the Lancashire countryside, everything looking much more perky after the evening rains. I caught it by the skin of my teeth after Manchester city centre’s overhead tram lines melted in the heat. Not that increasing temperatures will put any stress on the country’s infrastructure.

At tea yesterday, it seemed certain Lancs would polish off Hampshire today – but Middleton and Gubbins batted carefully to reduce the deficit to 113. If Hants could scramble to a lead of nearly 200, it might just be interesting on a pitch with a mind of its own.

Elsewhere, Kent lead Surrey by 310, despite losing five for 26 in the elongated evening session. It’s big, but is it enough? Surrey’s Bazball potential never to be underestimated. And down on the Sussex coast, Jake Libby slept (hopefully) undefeated on 198.

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