There was something in the air on Friday. Maybe the uncertainty following the UK's general election infected the cricket. There were a total of 91 dismissals in the day, with the matches at Kent, Lancashire and Somerset all moving on at quite a pace. We could have done with a swing-o-meter to keep up with all the shenanigans.
ANY SOUTHPORT IN A STORM
One scene of carnage was on the north west coast. Southport's often gusty conditions were becalmed on Friday but there was a gale force wind blowing out in the middle. Defending champions Middlesex were skittled for just 180 inside 51 overs and before the clock had even struck 3.30pm. Then Lancashire lost Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone before they'd put a run on the board!
ALL HAIL THE HODDFATHER
It wasn't just the Red Rose who struggled - Yorkshire were in the mire after winning the toss and electing to bat at Taunton, a ground where they hadn't won in seven Championship trips. At 95/6, they were indebted to Andew Hodd's 59 and some lower order resistance to help scrape them up to 202. And just like at Southport, the home side then struggled, reduced to 18/3 before ending on 123/4.