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    Red-hot Livingstone & a quite extraordinary shot

    Liam Livingstone's magnificent 168 helped Lancashire transform their game with Somerset while Wayne Madsen is an old dog with a new trick

    Just the one result on Sunday in the Championship, after another virtuoso performance from veteran Darren Stevens, but there was no shortage of talking points.

    England's future: Livingstone, I presume

    If there were any doubts about Liam Livingstone's credentials as a cricketer of the highest order, he has banished them with his performances so far this season. Displaying grit, application, and maturity, along with supreme skill and power, he has been attracting the attention of the England selectors for a little while now. It's looking more and more likely he'll feature in a Test match this summer. His stunning 168 turned Lancashire's game with Somerset on its head.

    Wayne's Patented Mad-dash praying duck-upper-cut whallop

    Darren Stevens put in another astonishing shift at Canterbury, taking nine wickets and scoring 107 runs as Kent eased to victory, but the talk of Twitter was this remarkable innovation from Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen. The fact that the ball landed between the Cowdrey and Woolley stands added delicious irony to this hilarious stroke.

    Ballance restores the force

    Yorkshire were in tatters on the third morning, falling substantially short of the follow-on after Gareth Berg ripped through their star-studded batting order. Gary Ballance's century was the only first-innings plus point for the visitors, and when Kyle Abbott pinned England captain Joe Root for his second single-figure score of the match, Ballance was needed again. He's made of stern stuff though, and he added 150 with Alex Lees before ending the day unbeaten on 78. With Yorkshire still 46 behind, though, his job is not done just yet.

    Finns for Finn

    There was a party of spectators from Finland in the crowd at Lord's on Sunday. They struggled to get their heads around cricket, but were delighted to see a fine performance from their namesake Steven Finn. His four-wicket first-innings haul may yet prove crucial in this match. Eschewing the follow-on, Middlesex added a further 239 before declaring. They will have a chance of forcing a Finnish tomorrow...

    Fin.

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