Middlesex have won the toss here and will bowl. Other toss-winners around the country are Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Durham and Gloucestershire, who will all also have a bowl, and Warwickshire, who will bat. The toss at Kent v Glamorgan has been delayed because of a waterlogged outfield.
Well then. I’m at the Oval and so are other people! As I type this, shortly after 10am, there are 32 civilians already in their seats, watching the players go through their warm-ups, and more are arriving in a steady trickle. This is already a good day. Plus, the voice of Mike Atherton is leaking through the flimsy wall separating me from Sky’s commentary box next door, and I’m finding it strangely reassuring.
The skies are steely grey, clouds thick but not terribly dark. Forecasters reckon we will probably make it through the day undampened. Still a good day.
Here’s the state of play in the County Championship. Points per game might be more useful than an overall points tally, so I’ve thrown that in as well, gratis:
Essex P6 76pts PPG12.67
Durham P5 73pts PPG14.6
Nottinghamshire P5 73pts PPG14.6
Worcestershire P6 67pts PPG11.17
Derbyshire P5 41pts PPG8.2
Derbyshire v Durham (Derby)
Essex v Warwickshire (Chelmford)
Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire (Trent Bridge)
Gloucestershire P5 95pts PPG19
Somerset P6 91pts PPG15.17
Hampshire P6 82pts PPG13.67
Surrey P6 68pts PPG11.33
Middlesex P6 44pts PPG7.33
Leicestershire P5 40pts PPG8
Gloucestershire v Somerset (Bristol)
Surrey v Middlesex (The Oval)
Yorkshire P6 98pts PPG16.33
Lancashire P5 93pts PPG18.6
Glamorgan P6 69pts PPG11.5
Northamptonshire P5 68pts PPG13.6
Sussex P6 64pts PPG10.67
Kent P6 49pts PPG8.17
Kent v Glamorgan (Canterbury)
Northamptonshire v Lancashire (Northampton)
Right then, down to business. As always, please do get in touch if something at all interesting happens in a game you’re watching. If you’re actually at a game today, let me know how you’re finding it. Feel free to send me photos of your views. Here’s mine, and welcome!
The Oval before Surrey’s game against Middlesex in the County Championship. Photograph: Simon Burnton/The Guardian
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