5.15pm Some reaction from Jonny Bairstow to the rain-shortened second day.

“It’s done a bit with each new ball, making those periods important,” he said.

“It flattened out for them when the ball got older, and hopefully it’s the same for us.

“They were 80-4 as well. We are three down and need a couple people to stand up and make scores.

“It’s under covers. They’re covered sheets not aired sheets, so I’m sure there will be some moisture in it tomorrow. We need to get through that first period and go from there.”

4.32pm Play has been abandoned for the day.

Tea Report

There was no play possible during the second afternoon between Yorkshire and Surrey at the Oval due to rain.

Play was halted 10 minutes before lunch with Yorkshire at 40-3 in their first-innings reply to 414.

The prospects of play do not look good for the rest of day two.

Sport hurts, hey Samit Patel?

An update from around the grounds from the ECB Reporters Network service

Second day of the fifth round of the season – the last before the start of the Royal London One-Day Cup next week. Also a last chance for players to impress the new National Selector Ed Smith before England’s first Test squad is named next week.

Surrey youngster Ollie Pope has produced the performance of the round so far with an unbeaten 158 against Yorkshire at the Kia Oval. Sam Curran followed that up with two early wickets but Joe Root still there on 14, and Jonny Bairstow in next – although it’s currently raining.

Joe Clarke, who impressed in opposition to Pope in the North-South Series and scored a big century for Worcestershire at the Oval against Surrey last week, has continued that good form with an unbeaten 80 out of 188 for seven against Essex at Blackfinch New Road – Alastair Cook among those with a close-up view.

Keaton Jennings made his second century in consecutive matches for Lancashire against Division One leaders Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Eventually bowled by Stuart Broad, who also took a spectacular return catch to dismiss Dane Vilas, and according to reports has bowled really well. Jimmy Anderson currently batting, so he’ll be bowling again shortly.

Mark Wood has taken a wicket for Durham at Derby, and shown significant improvement after drawing a blank yesterday, watched by Mick Newell, who remains one of Smith’s assistant selectors.

Around the grounds at lunch….


Nottinghamshire 133 v Lancashire 281-7, Trent Bridge
Hampshire 231 v Somerset 86-4, Taunton
Essex 177 v Worcestershire 161-5, New Road


Derbyshire 397-7 v Durham, County Ground
Kent 215 v Sussex 120-7, Canterbury
Leicestershire 191 v Glamorgan 148-7, Grace Road
Middlesex 455-8d v Gloucestershire, Lord’s
Warwickshire 203-8 v Northamptonshire 256, Edgbaston

1.30pm It is still raining at the Oval, so we won’t be seeing any cricket for some time. There has been a suggestion that this weather will be kicking around for the rest of day. Fingers crossed, not.

Lunch Report

Yorkshire reached lunch on day two, taken 10 minutes early due to rain, at 40 for three in reply to Surrey’s 414, at the Kia Oval.

Alex Lees, Adam Lyth and India overseas Che Pujara all fell cheaply to new ball pair Jade Dernbach and Sam Curran after the hosts had advanced their first innings from 366-7 this morning.

Steve Patterson and Tim Bresnan finished with three wickets apiece for the White Rose, while Ollie Pope was unbeaten on a career best 158.

Lees then fell for a golden duck to the second ball of the reply, caught at third slip off Dernbach, before Lyth was lbw to left-arm seamer Curran for six, who also had Pujara caught low down at second slip for 17.

When the rain stops, Joe Root will resume on 14 with Harry Brook on one.

12.41pm Another blow for Yorkshire as Che Pujara is caught low down at second slip by Scott Borthwick off Sam Curran for 17. The Indian hung around to check the validity of the catch, but he’s on his way. 34-3.

12.27pm Just a reminder that Surrey are live streaming this match on their website as Yorkshire move to 29-2.

12.10pm Yorkshire lose their second wicket as Adam Lyth is lbw to Sam Curran for six, leaving the score at 7-2 after four overs. Then, with the first ball of the fifth, Che Pujara cuts at Jade Dernbach and edges it over the slips for six.

11.55am Oh no, worst possible start for Alex Lees, who edges his first ball to third slip – Dean Elgar takes a low catch off Jade Dernbach. Yorkshire are 1-1 after two balls. Over complete now.

11.42am Surrey are all out for 414. Tim Bresnan claims his third wicket to match Steve Patterson. Amar Virdi is superbly caught at third slip by diving Jack Leaning, two hands high to right. Ollie Pope finishes 158 not out.

11.27am Ollie Pope has reached a maiden 150 off 216 balls and Jade Dernbach has just fallen, caught at mid-off by Joe Root off Steve Patterson trying to smear his second six of the morning. 404-9 now.

11.14am Tim Bresnan removes Conor McKerr, caught at first slip by Che Pujara for 29, but it was far from regulation. A big booming drive is parried by Adam Lyth at second slip and Pujara dives to cling on. That wicket left the score at 373-8. It’s now 381-8. Ollie Pope is 138.

10.32am Just away from the county circuit for a second, it’s great to hear that they’re going to start in the inaugural Ireland Test Match against Pakistan in Malahide. The Irish have won the toss and will bowl first.

10.29am Some brief highlights from around the grounds yesterday

Good morning from the Kia Oval. It is bright but not gloriously sunny in South London this morning as we head into day two of our Specsavers County Championship match against Surrey.

After a fabulous start for Joe Root and company, reducing the hosts to 69-4 and 162-6, they got away thanks to Ollie Pope’s excellent 131 not out.

Surrey had luck along the way as the odd chance went begging, but they will resume on 366-7 from 92.3 overs. We will make up the overs lost due to bad light last night.

Fingers crossed, Pope does not continue the carefree attitude he demonstrated after reaching his third hundred in 10 matches and Yorkshire can wrap up the innings quick sharp this morning.

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