County cricket finale: Lancashire v Hampshire and four-way title fight – live!
September 21, 2021sports
The other title contenders, Warwickshire and Notts, are also batting. And at Edgbaston, young Rob Yates has been caught off Davey for 3. Warwicks 3-1. Nottinghamshire, meanwhile, are 9-0, HH has squeaked a boundary.
Hampshire 1-1. Ian Holland caught off Tom Bailey at bat-pad for one.And a ripple of a roar skims across Aigburth.
The green benches are filling up and there’s a queue for the coffee van . Lancashire won the toss and will bowl. Parky is playing and Luke Wood has come in for Rob Jones. There was a moment on the public address when Kyle Abbot was announced in the Hampshire team, only to be amended 30 seconds later for Mason Crane.
Aigburth: Lancashire v Hampshire
Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Somerset
Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire
Chelmsford: Essex v Northants
Bristol: Gloucestershire v Durham
The Oval: Surrey v Glamorgan
Canterbury: Kent v Middlesex
Hove: Sussex v Derbyshire
New Road: Worcestershire v Leicestershire
Hampshire are in front of our noses doing various stretching exercises with rubber bands as music blasts out from a speaker. We think it is UK garage…
So, here we are. The last round of Championship matches of the year and as my train zips towards Aigburth, autumn chases. The sky is scribble grey and the leaves on the silver birch trees growing up the embankment are starting to rust. We’ll start at 10.30am round the country, the sun sets at 7.13 this evening in Liverpool.
There are four horses in this Championship race: Hampshire, Warwickshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire – in that order. Your money?