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    Lancashire v Essex, Yorkshire v Warwickshire and more: county cricket – live!

    I’m sure you all saw the Test team: Ben Stokes (Durham, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Ben Foakes (Surrey, wk), Jack Leach (Somerset), Alex Lees (Durham), Craig Overton (Somerset), Matthew Potts (Durham), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire).

    On the basis of early season form, Crawley is lucky; on the basis of red-ball practise, Bairstow is lucky. But presumably this team bears the stamp of the new captain, who has spent enough time around the squad to know what he likes.

    Hassan Ali has just been presented with his county cap by Jimmy Anderson in a rather sweet ceremony in front of the members – what a triumph his signing has been for Lancs. Here at OT, Essex have won the toss and will bat – which means Cook against Anderson and Hassan.

    Division Two table

    Middx (5) 93

    Notts (5) 84

    Glamorgan (6) 81

    Durham (6) 79

    Derby (5) 79

    Worcs (5) 66

    Sussex (6) 53

    Leics (6) 45

    Division One table

    Surrey (6) 105

    Lancs (5) 85

    Hants (5) 81

    Yorks (5) 76

    Warwicks (5) 62

    Somerset (5) 56

    Essex (5) 54

    Northants (5) 54

    Kent (5) 40

    Gloucs (6) 35

    Sounds like poor Jofra Archer has had yet another injury setback.

    Unfortunately hearing that we might get news that Jofra Archer has suffered a significant setback in his return from injury today

    — Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) May 19, 2022

    Round 6

    DIVISION ONE

    Old Trafford: Lancs v Essex

    The County Ground: Northants v Kent

    Taunton: Somerset v Hants

    Headingley: Yorks v Warwicks

    DIVISION TWO

    Lord’s: Middx v Durham

    Trent Bridge: Notts v Derby

    New Road: Worcs v Leics

    Preamble

    Good morning! Like the rusting Lilacs, we’ve tipped over into the second half of May and today start the final round of this opening set of Championship matches. We’ve already got a fairly good idea of who is in the running for silverware (Surrey, Lancs and Middlesex, Notts) and who is not (Kent and Leicestershire) – though we’ve no further clue of what County Cricket will look like next year, and how promotion and relegation will work – if there is any any. Still no news on the Yorkshire enquiry either. But the County Championship presses on regardless. Right – what are the games to watch?



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