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Live Reporting

By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for our coverage of today's County Championship.

It seems so long ago but the day began with Gloucestershire snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against Essex. You can read that match report here.

And Durham look on top going into day two at Southport against Lancashire, which you can read more about on this website shortly.

Thanks for following and have a good evening.

WICKET Burnham 7 (c Croft b Procter)

Lancashire 204 v Durham 88-3

We have a final wicket of the day that brings the close of play, as Luke Procter gets his second wicket of the evening session.

Jack Burnham edges him to Steven Croft for just seven as Lancashire have pulled themselves back into this match, but are still just 116 ahead with seven wickets remaining.

WICKET Stoneman 40 (c Moores b Procter)

Lancashire 204 v Durham 76-2

Well that change of tactics worked! After Kerrigan's first over goes for three, Proctor gets the big wicket of Mark Stoneman with his fifth ball.

Stoneman edges the ball behind to wicketkeeper Tom Moores, who takes his maiden catch in first-class cricket.

Lancashire 204 v Durham 72-1

We have our first spell from Simon Kerrigan and Luke Procter for Lancashire today. The hosts are really under the proverbial cosh at Southport as Mark Stoneman (40) is making his way to 50 for the fourth time in the Championship this season.

Close call

Lancashire 204 v Durham 60-1

.@LancsCCC still hunting for the second Durham wicket although they have come mighty close a few times, 60-1 (14) Stoneman 34* Borthwick 23*

It just isn't Lancashire's day today as Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick bring up the fifty partnership.

Lancashire 204 v Durham 55-1

Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick are going along rather nicely at Southport, with the former having hit six fours and prompting an early bowling change as Tom Smith replaces Kyle Jarvis. 

But despite that Smith has gone for 14 off his two overs.

Lancashire 204 v Durham 32-1

Mark Stoneman is not hanging about. He has found the boundary five times in the 16 balls he has faced so far, reaching 24 after losing his opening partner Keaton Jennings.

Stoneman survived a caught behind appeal in the second innings and is ploughing on.

WICKET Jennings 2 (c Smith b Anderson)

Lancashire 204 v Durham 7-1

Oh Jimmy, Jimmy!

In his second over since injury, James Anderson has a wicket. Keaton Jennings edges to the slips off a bouncer and Anderson is back in business.

Could he be in line for an England recall in time for the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford?

Lancashire 204 v Durham 3-0

James Anderson is opening the bowling for Lancashire at Southport after the hosts take the new ball. All eyes upon him...

And it goes for three runs.

Lancashire 204 v Durham

Stunning late afternoon sunshine here at @SNBCC 🌞 Stoneman & Jennings will start our reply imminently! #LANvDUR

Stunning late afternoon sunshine here at @SNBCC 🌞 Stoneman & Jennings will start our reply imminently! #LANvDUR

WICKET Croft 54 (c & b Rushworth)

Lancashire 204 v Durham

James Anderson had very little time to show us his batting prowess as his last-stand partner Steven Croft becomes the second man to be caught and bowled today. 

This time, Chris Rushworth holds on to a return catch to take his card to 4-30 off 16.1 overs, which included six maidens. Impressive figures.

Durham are very much in control of this match. Lancashire will be hoping 'The Burnley Lara' can do them a favour and get them back on track.

Batting point for Lancs

Lancashire 200-9 v Durham

Croft takes a single to the deep, bringing up @LancsCCC' 200 and a first batting point on 200/9 #LANvDUR

WICKET Parkinson (b Rushworth)

Lancashire 197-9 v Durham

Steven Croft might get stranded here as Matt Parkinson is bowled by Chris Rushworth for an 11-ball duck.

That brings James Anderson out to bat, back after an injury that kept him out of England's first Test against Pakistan. Let's see what his famous batting can bring...

Gloucestershire defeat Essex by 61 runs

Gloucestershire defeated Essex in a cracking game at Cheltenham earlier today, and one of the home players had this to say on Twitter...

What a win! Amazing team effort all round! Skippers ton and all the bowlers chipping in! #GloriousGlosters @Gloscricket

50 for Croft

Lancashire 196-8 v Durham

And there it is! I didn't put the mockers on it!

Steven Croft has reached 50 for the third time in the Championship this summer as he looks to rebuild Lancashire's innings.

His 50 so far has included six fours and a six. A SIX!

WICKET Kerrigan 11 (c Richardson b Rushworth)

Lancashire 195-8 v Durham

Chris Rushworth has his second wicket of the innings as Simon Kerrigan nicks behind for 11 runs. Steven Croft, about to reach his fifty, has a lot of work to do to help save this Lancashire innings.

Lancashire 188-7 v Durham

A few post-tea warm ups done and we're ready for the final session #LANvDUR

A few post-tea warm ups done and we're ready for the final session #LANvDUR

Loving the bits of blue sky bursting through the clouds at Southport.


Lancashire 188-7 v Durham

Tea is being taken at Southport now and Durham will be very happy with their day's work so far. Five wickets fell in the afternoon session, with Steven Croft holding the fort for Lancashire with 46 so far.

WICKET Jarvis 2 (c & b Jennings)

Lancashire 168-7 v Durham

Steven Croft may have been the one batsman that was struggling to deal with Ben Stokes, but the man at the other end Kyle Jarvis has lasted less time than him.

Keaton Jennings has his second wicket of the game in just his third over to well and truly put visitors Durham on top at Southport after Jarvis drives the ball right back at him.

Lancashire 168-6 v Durham

Croft living a charmed life against Stokes as five balls beat the bat and the sixth is edged to the boundary! 168/5 #LANvDUR

Ben Stokes is getting very heavily involved in this match so far, continuing his comeback from a knee injury and tormenting Steven Croft. 

England's selectors will have their eye on this match.

WICKET Moores 25 (c Richardson b Jennings)

Lancashire 146-6 v Durham

The curse of the live text commentator strikes again, and Tom Moores is the victim this time.

The son of former England coach Peter tastes dismissal for the first time in first-class cricket as Keaton Jennings has him caught behind in his first over of the match. 

Moores heads back to the pavilion having made 25.

That leaves him with a first-class average of.... 25.

Runs ticking over

Lancashire 144-5 v Durham

After those early scares, Tom Moores (23) is going along nicely now alongside Steven Croft (21) and settling the Lancashire innings after that dreadful three-wicket spell following lunch.

Great battle developing between Croft & Stokes; the batsman hits four and Stokes responds by beating the bat numerous times. 144/5 #LANvDUR

If you missed it earlier, Gloucestershire pulled off a remarkable victory over Division Two leaders Essex to keep the promotion race very interesting. If you want to find out how that happened, have a gander at this.

Moores dropped

Lancashire 124-5 v Durham

The chances are coming at Southport as Tom Moores is dropped off the bowling of Graham Onions for the second time, this time by Adam Hickey at gully. Seems like it was a rather difficult chance with the ball coming at him quickly though.

It's a nervy opening for first-class debutant Moores, but he has hit three boundaries in his 17 so far.

Wickets? Where?

Lancashire 105-5 v Durham

Awkward timing for the person behind the Durham Twitter account to go for a comfort break...

Belated WICKETS! Well, you step away from the desk for 15 minutes and three wickets fall... Lancs are now 105/5! #LANvDUR

WICKET Brown 0 (c Jennings b Onions)

Lancashire 105-5 v Durham

This is becoming a running news service purely for wickets at the moment. 

Karl Brown edges Graham Onions into the slips for a four-ball duck.

It could have got worse for the hosts when Championship debutant Tom Moores, son of former England coach Peter, was dropped by Ben Stokes at third slip off his first ball in first-class cricket.

WICKET Peterson 51 (run out Burnham)

Lancashire 103-4 v Durham

Hmmm. Things haven't started well for Lancashire ever since lunch.

Alviro Peterson lifts his bat as he reaches 50 for the sixth time in the Championship this season, but is then run out by Jack Burnham for 51.

Maybe that extra sandwich during the break slowed him down?

WICKET Procter 30 (c Richardson b Coughlin)

Lancashire 92-3 v Durham

Luke Procter survives on 29 after Ben Stokes drops an attempted catch off the bowling of Graham Onions.

But after making just one more run, he is caught behind off Paul Coughlin in the very next over, bringing Steven Croft out of the pavilion for the side currently third in Division One.

Lancashire 85-2 v Durham

They're back out at Southport. That's Southport... (14:08 BST)

After an overcast morning play resuming in sunshine with @LancsCCC 81-2 (32ov) @vvsprocter 24* & @AlviroPetersen 42* @CountyChamp #LANvDUR

Gloucestershire 255 & 290 v Essex 333 & 151

What a match! It swung like a Jimmy Anderson special but the win is eventually @Gloscricket's. Well played, lads 👊 🙌

What a match! It swung like a Jimmy Anderson special but the win is eventually @Gloscricket's. Well played, lads 👊 🙌

In case you missed it earlier Anderson is playing for Lancashire today on his return from injury.

WICKET Zaidi 37 (b Norwell)

Gloucestershire 255 & 290 v Essex 333 & 151

It's all over at Cheltenham after what has been a pretty absurd morning.

We began the day, thinking Essex would play it simple for a relatively straightforward victory, but Gloucestershire's bowlers were having none of it.

And, after eight wickets fell today, Liam Norwell has his fourth of the day, bowling last man Ashar Zaidi for a fantastic 61-run victory.

Had you got some money on Gloucestershire winning by 14:30 BST you'd be laughing right now!

Lancashire 81-2 v Durham

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Lancashire are 81-2 after deciding to bat on a hot day in Southport. But no sooner were they out in the middle than it clouded over and batting proved tricky.

"Chris Rushworth struck with the sixth ball of the morning to have Tom Smith caught at third slip by Ben Stokes for 0. Haseem Hameed then edged Paul Coughlin to Keaton Jennings at first slip on 10, having faced 56 balls.

"Paul Collingwood had to leave the field just before that. He's only just returned from a broken thumb but has now split the webbing on his left hand trying to take a Hameed edge at first slip when the batsman was on nine.

"The morning has also seen Stokes bowling for the first time in two months after a knee op.

"Alviro Petersen has 42 and Luke Procter 24. They have put on 55 for the third wicket."

Lunch at Southport

Lancashire 81-2 v Durham

They're heading back in at Southport, with Luke Proctor and Alviro Peterson going rather nicely after a relatively shaky start.

Also, I said the location of this match was Old Trafford a few times earlier today, an hour and a bit down the M6 from where the game is actually being played. I'm definitely spending some time in the naughty corner this afternoon...

LUNCH 1st day: @LancsCCC 81-2 (31ov) with 55 run partnership between @vvsprocter 24* & @AlviroPetersen 42* leading a fightback #LANvDUR

WICKET Napier 0 (c Roderick b Payne)

Gloucestershire 255 & 290 v Essex 333 & 125-9

We're on the verge of a Gloucestershire victory as Graham Napier edges David Payne behind for the ninth wicket.

Essex's final pair of Ashar Zaidi and Matt Quinn, whose 11 wickets this match look in vain, require another 86 runs for victory. Unlikely? I think so.

Peterson playing tough

Lancashire 56-2 v Durham

Alviro Peterson clearly didn't get the memo at Southport this morning as he has smashed* a monstrous 20 off 26 balls so far, including two fours. He has taken Lancashire to a more respectable 56-2.

And in Stokes-watch, he is yet to get a wicket from his five overs, leaking 14 runs.

*Not smashed, more delicately played

Stokes goes close

Lancashire 28-2 v Durham


Procter survives a huge lbw shout against a Stokes in-swinger! Not much luck for the Engalnd all-rounder this morning. 27/2 #LANvDUR

WICKET Hameed 10 (c Jennings b Coughlin)

Lancashire 26-2 v Durham

The going has been slow at Southport this morning but we have a wicket as Haseeb Hameed edges Paul Coughlin to first slip.

Not a great start to the morning for Lancashire. Will we see a Ben Stokes wicket in this first session?

WICKET Foster 7 (c Roderick b Norwell)

Gloucestershire 255 & 290 v Essex 333 & 124-8

This morning's session at Cheltenham has totally belonged to Gloucestershire. Liam Norwell takes his third wicket, and his side's seventh of the morning, to leave them on the brink of victory.

Norwell forced James Foster to edge behind in the final over before lunch. I wonder what's being said in both dressing rooms as they nosh down the sandwiches?

Stokes up

Lancashire 23-1 v Durham

Big moment as Ben Stokes, who some might say would have been welcome in the first England Test against Pakistan, is marking his run and bowling for the first time since a knee injury in mid-May.

Rushworth is replaced with figures of 7-5-2-1 this morning & @benstokes38 comes on for his first bowl post-injury! 23/1 #LANvDUR

Easy like a Saturday morning

Lancashire 19-1 v Durham

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth's figures so far sum up the opening stages of the match at Southport. He has 1-2 off seven overs, which have included four maidens. 

If it continues at the same pace, I'd be surprised to see Lancashire reach 150 by the end of the day!

WICKET ten Doeschate 24 (c Roderick b Miles)

Gloucestershire 255 & 290 v Essex 333 & 97-7

The game at Cheltenham could be finishing at the same time as we all expected first thing this morning, but with a very, very different result to what we thought would happen.

WICKET : Miles strikes again, conceding two fours, then having ten Doeschate (25) caught behind by Roderick. @EssexCricket 97-7, target 213

Ashar Zaidi and James Foster are the men at the crease that need to restore some sort of stability to Essex's innings, otherwise Gloucestershire will run away with this.