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“Vince has reached his hundred, one of his best. Perhaps the most telling statistic is the number of balls faced, 277. The pitch has been at its best for batting yesterday and today but there has been no flightiness from Vince. I’m informed that this has been the slowest hundred in the Championship this season, so the slowest and one of the best – that must confuse them at ECB towers – where are the sixes to keep the women and children entranced?
“Anyway Somerset then disposed of Tom Alsop fairly quickly, caught at second slip off Tim Groenewald for 12. So there is still life in this game. Still no sightings of Leach and no updates either. At lunch Hampshire are 260-4, 15 behind. Just before the break Rilee Rossouw edged his first runs and then fell to the ground; he summoned the physio so there was a six minute delay, followed by a bit of time wasting, which prompted two of the wiliest, old umpires (Lloyds and Evans) to race into position at 12.59.”
And on the stroke of lunch, Derbyshire lose another, Alex Hughes, c Stuart Poynter b Cameron Steel for 17. With a lead of just 21, Derby must dine timorously.
Written by Tanya Aldred, Vic Marks at Taunton and Graham Hardcastle at The Oval
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