NO STOPPING NOTTS
Eight matches, five wins, three draws: is there any stopping Nottinghamshire’s Div Two procession? On this evidence, it looks highly unlikely. They despatched East Mids rivals Leicestershire twice for 134 after racking up a massive 548/9d in their only innings to record an emphatic victory. Surely it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in the top tier.
In the battle between third and fourth, Lancashire’s Dane Vilas swung the pendulum firmly in their favour. The South African top scored with a career-best 244 - a record for a Lancashire number six batsman. A certain Jimmy Anderson then took three wickets before close (and JArvis and McLaren chipped in with a scalp each) to leave Hampshire 148 runs behind with five wickets left. What will day four bring?
MIDDLESEX FINALLY WIN
Middlesex finally won their first game of the season - at the sixth time of asking. It was trial by seam bowling for the Yorkshire batsmen as Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones and Steven Finn tore through the top order after Middlesex enforced the follow-on. Under bright blue skies at Lord’s, the White Rose slumped to an innings and 64-run defeat to hand the champions their first 2017 victory.
THE RACE IS ON
Kent fought back in the race for Division Two promotion places, giving themselves a chance of victory on what’s set to be a fascinating day four. Starting the day three wickets down and just 44 runs ahead of Worcestershire, Joe Denly dug deep to produce a staggering 227, giving his side a 398-run advantage. Which way will this one go?
NO HARM DONE
Essex spinner Simon Harmer bowled unchanged on the hottest day of the year for 33 - yes, thirty-three! - overs for Essex against Warwickshire. It was a day of hard toil for the young South African but it was all worth it as he took his first Essex five-for, finishing with figures of 6/92 Now, where’s that aftersun?