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(Round 2-Day 1-Summary) 

I hadn’t necessarily planned to do daily reports on the County Championship as poems, but I find that some of the couplets pop into my head during the course of the day, especially when I’m following bits and bats on radio. Some don’t, of course. The image of Daniel Bell-Drummond came from the Guardian Sport Twitter.

The covers came on to relief in pavilions,
As bowling, again, had the better,
In most of the counties, where rain played its part,
Like Birmingham where it was wetter.

A day to lose the toss or worse,
Ensure that you were bowling first,
As Essex were at Taunton.

Where crowds were massed at 10 o’clock,
To everybody’s mild shock.
The pitch there stayed as daunting.

So even those who made a start,
Might see their stumps be blown apart,
Before they reached a landmark.

But then by later in the day,
at least where weather let them play,
The batsmen made the bowlers pay,
And piled on the runs.

And Kent sped up their scoring rate,
With Darren Stevens’ 68,
Glamorgan, though, were still a state.
For Saturday – more sun?