Great performances from Shiv, Coad, Footitt and no-one from Warwickshire, no-one whatsoever

Champo table

Screen-grabbed Championship table. Ain’t you a bunch of lucky basts.

Surrey v Lancashire

Surrey remain top of the table despite not having done anything of consequence. Mark Footitt continued being worth watching by again taking five wickets, Lancashire’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued being a majestic agglomeration of elbows and knees, and three other players also made hundreds while being far less interesting cricketers. Match drawn.

Hampshire v Middlesex

Middlesex still look well capable of gnarling out a load of runs and so will probably do well this season on that basis. Hampshire performed similarly, but only batted once so maybe they would have folded second innings. Kyle Abbott took a five-for in Middlesex’s second innings. He should probably be reserve seamer for South Africa. Match drawn.

Warwickshire v Yorkshire

Did Warwickshire make the most of home advantage? What if the answer’s yes? 77-7 in the first innings was, it turns out, a pretty tidy start because they were at one point 54-8 in the second. Ben Coad – which is also the name of a hill in Scotland – took five wickets in each innings for Yorkshire, which is pretty bloody good from anyone. Bres the Bat hit a fifty. Not entirely surprisingly given all of these facts, Yorkshire won.

Somerset v Essex

At some point Essex’s wafer thin attack is going to be too knackered to achieve anything. We’re adamant about this. However, for now they have The Great Neil Wagner running in hard, hitting the deck hard and taking wickets… hard. Plus they have Alastair Cook unencumbered by anything at all really. You can get a long way in life/cricket with both The Great Neil Wagner and Alastair Cook at your disposal. For their part Somerset have Roelof Van Der Merwe. Somerset lost.

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6 Appeals

  1. Early draws ultimately got us nowhere last season and we don’t see Essex as serious title contenders so this was a calculated capitulation – there’s no shame in doing so to a modern legend TGNW.

    I’m going to have to call your bluff on that Scottish hill however…

  2. Bears in the doldrums. Snap General Election. Broken boiler.

    Go away, 2017.

  3. Coad Hill, or Ben Coad (as the many locals of Scottish descent prefer to call it) is actually in Ontario, Canada:

    http://peakery.com/coad-hill-canada/

  4. I knew KC was up to something when google maps had no result for ben coad.

    It’s the first time it has actually recommended I look for a cricketer

  5. Aww, Patel did fine for my fantasy team, especially since the fantasy thingy made him my captain and the points all counted twice.

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