County games review

Strauss failed against Warwickshire today, making just 13. Not quite “desperate times,” but he does need to show some form – even ahead of Bangladesh. Joyce though continued his merry way by hitting 92 (top scoring again). Some player that bloke. And Scott Styris, Middlesex’s new overseas player, made a quick 52 on debut. But Warwickshire hold first day honours.

Tomorrow’s back pages will be full of Flintoff failing – a 5th ball duck, too – but it sounds like Ali’s little wobblers were perfect on that pitch (and in those conditions) at Worcester. Lancs reached 196 only thanks to Hegg who made a counterpunching 69 off 64.

Surrey brightened their start to the season by taking 9 Glamorgan wickets. Mark Wallace – one of a clutch of hugely promising wicket-keepers in Britain at the moment – is not out 80 at the moment. Good to see some young players outdoing their senior team-mates this early in the season.

So – relative carnage around the country, apart from Derby where Northants have smashed nearly 300 in a day n’avec losing a wicket. Bilal Mustapha Shafayat hit 150 – another very talented young batsman.

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