Sajid Mahmood batting at five?

Yes, it did happen and he wasn’t a nightwatchman because it was a Twenty20 match – the quarter-final against Essex. It makes a kind of sense. Sajid Mahmood’s been batting surprisingly well for Lancashire this season, hitting four fifties in his 10 first-class innings and scoring at quite a lick.

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Stephen Moore and Sajid Mahmood

Durham aren’t the only team who are currently muddling by with about one and a half batsmen. Lancashire’s current mediocrity is largely due to a batting order that starts at six with Steven Croft and ends at seven with Glen Chapple. Actually, that’s not fair. Sajid Mahmood has been playing

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