104 overs: Essex 298-6 (Porter 10, Wheater 10) Completely distracted as Paul Edwards has just opened a brown paper bag from Panzers in St John’s Wood and produced two chocolate brownies and two dusted knukle cinnamon rolls.
102 overs: Essex 291-6 (Porter 8, Wheater 10) Wheater tucking into some loose stuff from Overton, two successive fours including a stylish steer to the midwicket boundary. Gregory tighter, but the deficit is now only ten.
100 overs: Essex 283-6 (Porter 7, Wheater 2) A couple of leg-byes nip for four in the opening overs. Overton nippy and occasionally leg side. The wind ruffles the the fielders trousers, with those at slip folding their hands under their armpits, others warming their fingers with their breath between balls.
Good morning from Lord’s where the sky is blue, the wind is fierce and the conditions switch from Provencal in the sun to Arctic in the shade. The teams are out in the middle, Somerset have just done their morning circle time and are now stretching and leaping, a groundsman walks up and down the pitch with the roller. Play starts at 10.30am.