Middlesex open the season with an emphatic win as the bowlers continued to impress around the country...
Scorecard: Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 53/3
Scorecard: Lancashire 158 & 58/2 v Nottinghamshire 222
Scorecard: Kent 64 & 153 v Gloucestershire 110 & 61/1
Scorecard: Warwickshire 299 v Susse 194/5
Scorecard: Middlesex 214 & 159 beat Northants 69 & 142 by 160 runs
Middlesex have Lord's aleaping
James Harris took match figures of 9-48 to bowl Middlesex to a simple win over Northants on day three at Lord's. The visitors lost Ben Duckett in the first over of the day to Tim Murtagh but, it was fellow fast bowler Harris who stole the show. The 27-year-old took wickets in three consecutive overs to sweep away Northants' tail and set Middlesex on their way in the pursuit of returning to the top flight.
The Stone Age
It's been a long, tiring journey for Olly Stone to reach this point. Heralded early on in his career for fierce pace and in possession of a menacing short ball, he was hit by a freak knee injury after celebrating a wicket while playing for Northants that left him out of the game for over a year. A return for new side Warwickshire at the end of last season then ended early after jarring his heal. But now back fit, he's sending down rockets again and dismissing batsmen with ease. This time he took all six Sussex wickets before rain set in.
It was also a good day for all-rounder Ryan Higgins, whose grasp of swing bowling ensured Gloucestershire remain in the position to grab a first win of the season early on Monday. He took his first five-for for the club since moving from Middlesex in the off-season, to help dismiss Kent for 153 second-time around, giving the visitors a relatively straight forward 128-run chase.
Set fire to the rain
Another day, another downpour. Adele may not have been thinking of cricket when she wrote her popular power ballad, however, if there was a way to burn away the wet stuff as she purports, then it'd be welcomed after an unseasonably prolonged deluge has left much of the country rather damp, to such an extent that Yorkshire and Essex are yet to start at Headingley.