LIV & LET SHIV
Lancashire’s fifth-wicket pair of swashbuckling 24-year-old Liam Livingstone and dogged 43-year-old Shiv Chanderpaul put on 211 together in a memorable partnership. The younger man went on to his maiden double century, blasting a staggering 318-ball 215 not out as he batted for more than seven hours, while the veteran fell five runs short of his 77th first-class century. Lancs sit second in Div One and need to beat relegation-threatened Warwickshire to stay in the title race.
The drama continued at Chelmsford where table-toppers Essex fought hard to put themselves in command against Somerset. The Eagles had the perfect start as Mohammad Amir opened the day with a double wicket maiden but the visitors managed to take a slender first innings lead. Essex were in disarray at 8/2 before Nick Browne (66*) steadied the ship before rain intervened. More twists and turns to come?
India’s star spinner Ravi Ashwin enjoyed his first taste of success with the ball for Worcestershire as he returned debut figures of 29-1-94-3, but the debutant was upstaged by young seamer Ed Barnard. The 21-year-old took a career-best 4/23 in a sizzling performance that saw the promotion-chasing Pears pile pressure on Gloucestershire.
Notts could be forgiven for having one eye on Saturday’s NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day and Riki Wessels looked like he was still in T20 mode with a scintillating 77-ball century against ailing Northants. He raced from 50 to 100 in just 21 balls to send Div Two leaders Notts well on their way to a seventh win of the season and passed 10,000 first-class runs to boot. Batted!
OLD DOG, OLD TRICKS
Paul Collingwood continuned where he left off last night and racked up his highest domestic score since 2005 as Durham piled the pressure on Derbyshire. The 41-year-old looked in supreme nick on his was to 177 off 228 balls, caressing 20 fours and pulling one aggressive six. Please never retire, Colly!