Pope hits 245 for Surrey: county cricket – as it happened

Ollie Pope made a brilliant 245 and Jamie Smith his lady Province Title century as Surrey benefited as much as possible from a sun-kissed Oval to arrive at a mammoth 672 for eight announced against Leicestershire.

Pope, whose structure has been similarly inconsistent, was unadulterated velvet as he stroked his 10th first-class century for Surrey in quite a while 27th match – his footwork impeccable, his planning to moan for in a seven-hour stay at the wrinkle. Smith arrived at his hundred with a six and Surrey announced with a lead of 297, leaving Leicestershire to effectively explore 17 overs.Elsewhere, a progression of run-pursues were conceived. At Chelmsford, Durham were set 168 to win after Essex’s tail added 122 for the last three wickets. A beginning of 0 for 2 was not in the north-east content, but rather from 20 for three Scott Borthwick, with a heavy yet significant nine from 88 balls, and Jack Burnham stimulated the score to a decent 60 for three by the nearby. Prior Simon Harmer had tumbled to the third chunk of the day at the same time, from that point, disappointment every step of the way for Durham as Paul Walter, with the assistance of a lady fifty from Ben Allison, squeezed out a complete with a frisson of challenge.

Gloucestershire, set 153 to win, were 28 for one at stumps at Taunton. Somerset’s batting rearranged along in their ordinarily upside down manner, the best five wickets putting on 68, the second five 79, on a fair pitch. James Hildreth arranged a cautious 64, as around him the top request brought down like dominoes.

Down at the Rose Bowl, Middlesex, set an eyebrow-raising 531 to win, recuperated from 33 for three to complete 208 for four, with Robbie White unbeaten on 73. Hampshire had batted on toward the beginning of the day meeting, as Sam Upper east and Ian Holland raged past 100, Holland completing 146 not out. Steven Finn two or three wickets.

Nottinghamshire’s fantasy of a first Title win since 2018 lives on, as they set Warwickshire 333, subsequent to losing three wickets in four balls to left-arm spinner Danny Briggs. Warwicks need another 248, with seven wickets in hand.Northamptonshire completed the day in hot water in the wake of being set 425 to win, a record fourth-innings absolute for triumph at Old Trafford. Lancashire had pronounced after Steven Croft arrived at his hundred, his first century in the Title since 2017.

At 2.50pm, the two groups had arranged before the media focus, before the Old Trafford ringer was rung and brief’s quietness was held in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh. At that point the game, and each game in the Title, stopped for 80 minutes for the span of his memorial service.

The day finished with Matt Parkinson bowling into the footmarks, a bin of defenders around the bat, and Northamptonshire three wickets down.Joe Root made a tasteful 101 as he and the in-structure Adam Lyth, who challenged when he arrived at his hundred, stepped Yorkshire predominance everywhere on the Canterbury grass. Set 445 to win, Kent lost two wickets in the extended evening meeting.

Kiran Carlson scored his second easy century of the game as Glamorgan sniffed a spot of expectation. Carlson arrived at his century with one of 18 fours in his 129 not out. Ollie Robinson got four wickets, to go with four in the main innings and a cheerful 67. The lead over Sussex is 62, with five wickets close by.

Matthew Critchley’s bewildering season proceeded. First he finished a five-fer, at that point made a dapper 84, as Derbyshire’s lead developed to 353 over Worcestershire.

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