An email arrives…”Any chance you could put the game out of its misery?” Lancashire are nothing if not surprising, but even the loyalist fan would struggle to believe Jones, Wood, Bailey, Blatherwick and Parkinson could bat out the day. Surely.
Good morning from Lord’s and county cricket on October 1! The skies are suitably frowning but play will start on time unless the rain starts again. Lancashire still need another 48 to avoid their heaviest ever defeat; Warwickshire want just four more wickets to complete their County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy double and become the undisputed red-ball champions of the UK.