It rained last week. You might have noticed. This meant that very little happened in the County Championship. No-one won.
Warwickshire stayed top largely due to the vast bat of Jonathan Trott who is entirely unarsed by green pitches and cloudy skies and hit 178. Whether it’s a packed MCG or 12 people dotted round Edgbaston on a grim wintery day, Jonathan Trott is happy if he’s batting. Actually, maybe not ‘happy’. It’s more like breathing for him – an unconscious thing. You imagine he has to actively make an effort to NOT bat. He probably marks non-batting days in his diary.
The other notable occurence in that match, in light of last week, was that Rikki Clarke again got runs batting at nine.
Lancashire no longer bottom
Lancashire soared up the table with a glorious rain-interrupted draw against Somerset. Our man Steven Croft got a hundred and then our other man, Nick Compton, made 30 not out. The latter isn’t really newsworthy but for the fact that Compton seems to be afraid of the dressing room this season, only feeling safe in the middle. We are therefore putting his good form down to The Taunton Ghost, which we may or may not have just made up.
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire
Probably shouldn’t have finished with this match, because we’ve got nothing to say about it. Andre Adams took five wickets, but if you follow county cricket, you’ll know that’s about as surprising as the grim sense of dread that accompanies your first waking moments on a Monday morning.
By the way, what shall we call this County Championship round-up? It seems to have become a recurring feature. We feel like it should have a name, particularly when we read the title ‘Warwickshire still top by a couple of points’.