Oh cricket in September and the start is delayed
How did we ever end up i a relegation battle?
Begiining of the year we were playing reasonably well?
Too many drawn matches
Inability to bowl teams out in the 2nd innings, we’ve got
Not enough batting bonus points? Although ours isn’t that different from other teams.
To be honest, even Yorkshire in 4th place could (technically) be relegated but it would take them not getting any bonus points and losing and Somerset beating Middlesex.
I think that, with Somerset playing Middlesex, a draw will see Hampshire safe!
Where’s the @bearsy Bear ?
Doesnt he live near there?
Roll him around the outfield his fur will soak up all the moisture.
Rain stops play at Chelsmford
Essex 184-8 v Yorkshire
The rain has started to fall and the players take tea at Essex.
Yorkshire have two of the six points they need to guarantee Division One survival.
'Middlesex have been sloppy'
Somerset 202-4 v Middlesex
The out-cricket, generally, has been pretty sloppy. Middlesex have not been at their best.
WICKET Hildreth (lbw b Patel) 41
Somerset 206-5 v Middlesex
James Hildreth is gone, reverse sweeping. Not what Somerset needed.
Ravi Patel has been Middlesex’s star bowler so far and picks up his third of the innings.
But hold on, there’s another wicket…
WICKET Van der Merwe (c Voges b Patel) 0
Somerset 206-6 v Middlesex
Two in two for Ravi Patel. Somerset are collapsing.
Roelof van der Merwe skips down the wicket first ball and nicks it straight to Adam Voges at slip.
Did he get an edge on that? Van der Merwe looks furious - maybe just with his choice of shot. Or maybe he thought it hit his pad.
Patel is on a hat-trick…
WICKET C Overton (c Compton b Patel) 1
Somerset 214-7 v Middlesex
This is turning into a nightmare session for Somerset. But a dream one for Middlesex and Ravi Patel as he picks up his fifth wicket.
Craig Overton has a huge swipe at the spinner but can only get a big top edge which Nick Compton takes in the deep.
The hosts have lost three quick wickets after tea at Taunton.
WICKET Bess (c Finn b Stirling) 0
Somerset 214-8 v Middlesex
Somerset have completely lost their heads.
Dom Bess sweeps Paul Stirling, but straight into the hands of Steven Finn in the deep.
They’ve lost four wickets for eight runs since tea.
WICKET Leach (c Finn b Patel) 14
Somerset 230-9 v Middlesex
Yet another Somerset batsman has holed out. What a session for Middlesex.
Jack Leach sweeps Ravi Patel straight to Steven Finn at deep mid-wicket to give Ravi Patel his sixth wicket.
Tim Groenewald is the last man in - how long can he stick around with Steve Davies?
Somerset 236-9 v Middlesex
Somerset number 11 Tim Groenewald is no mug with the bat - he averages more than 18 in first-class cricket.
But the pitch is starting to turn a mile. Home spinner Jack Leach will be licking his lips.
Somerset’s little ongoing collapse is quite significant…
By my half-arsed maths I reckon Hampshire would just need to draw with three bonus points out of a possible eight to finish above Somerset - if they won.
If they fail to reach 250, we just need to bowl out Warwickshire to stay up.
236 all out.
WICKET Davies (c Voges b Patel) 27
Somerset 236 v Middlesex
Somerset are all out - Ravi Patel has 7-81. Fantastic bowling performance from the Middlesex spinner.
Only 1 batting bonus point for Somerset, but the pitch is starting to turn so Middlesex could be skittled for a low score
3 bowling points for Middlesex
BREAKINGYorkshire are safe
Essex 184-8 v Yorkshire
With Somerset only taking one batting bonus point, Yorkshire’s two bowling bonus points are enough to avoid relegation.
It’s now a battle between Somerset, Middlesex and Hampshire.
WICKET Compton (c Davies b Overton) 0
Somerset 236 v Middlesex 1-1
Craig Overton strikes! Nick Compton is gone without scoring.
Somerset are not out of this, not by any stretch.
The big paceman races in and finds the outside edge of Compton, Steve Davies does the rest behind the stumps.