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Middlesex lose appeal against points deduction as relegation stands

• Middlesex appealed against over rate penalty in match with crossbow incident• ‘Rules relating to over rates are clear,’ says cricket discipline commission chairMiddlesex have lost their appeal against the two-point penalty imposed on them by the ECB …

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The five county cricketers of the year

It’s time to salute the County Championship’s standout players this season: Kumar Sangakkara, Alex Hales, Alex Davies, Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer

• Fans from all 18 counties review the year
Will Macpherson’s verdict on the season

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

It was said that Barry Richards, his career coinciding with South Africa’s isolation, became bored with batting that notch below international as it came so easily to him. Well, it can’t have come much more easily to the South African champion than it came to Kumar Sangakkara, an all-time great of the game, whose powers, at almost 40 and in his last season of first-class cricket, seem not so much undiminished, as enhanced.

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Hampshire’s James Vince ensures Middlesex complete slide to relegation

• Middlesex lose to Somerset and are relegated as Vince’s Hampshire draw
• Notts and Worcestershire promoted from Division Two

Middlesex won the County Championship in 2016 with a hat-trick from a seamer with a double-barrelled surname and this time were left hoping for another, only to save them from relegation. Alas, Warwickshire’s Oliver Hannon-Dalby is no Toby Roland-Jones, and he could not weasel out the last three Hampshire wickets; Middlesex had gone from champions one year to relegation the next.

This was the polar opposite of the ecstasy of that heady day at Lord’s last September, a slow death for Middlesex, waiting more than five hours from their own moment of defeat to the confirmation of their demotion. After failing to take their match against Somerset to lunch on the final day, and Hampshire’s gritty grind to a draw at Edgbaston, their relegation – by a single point – was confirmed.

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County cricket final day: Middlesex, Hampshire and Somerset fight drop – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston and all the latest from TauntonUnbeaten Essex sign off by thrashing YorkshireComments are closed early on but you can email Will or tweet 10.44am BST Inspection underway here, and warm-ups happening in earnest. Maybe start a…

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County cricket: relegation and promotion races near climax – live!

10.50am BST

Wicket at Taunton! Patel gets Abell, and Somerset lead by 279, four down. Worst thing for Middlesex would be a declaration before the rain today… Hildreth on 97.

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Dropped! Browne tried to pull Brooks, got a horrible edge towards gully and running back Lyth overran and it shelled it. Would have been a good catch, but should have taken it. 161 for three.

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County cricket: Jennings to leave Durham for Lancashire, plus day two of final round – live!

Live updates from the final round of county fixturesMiddlesex unhappy after struggling on Somerset surfaceEmail Will, tweet @willis_macp or comment below the line 11.28am BST Grievous Bodily Harmer is coming on fro Sam Cook. 29 for one. 11.26am BST Oni…

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Tom Westley survives Ashes injury scare as England rivals forced to wait

• Essex batsman only bruised after being struck on the hand by rising delivery
• Gary Ballance and James Vince yet to bat following a day hit by rain

The ball had not even landed in second slip’s hands, but Tom Westley was shaking his right thumb in pain and then sprinting from the field, straight into the Chelmsford medical room with the vigour of a man whose Ashes hopes had been shattered. It was a brutish lifter from Yorkshire’s Steve Patterson, one of the least brutish bowlers on the county circuit, that accounted for the Essex No3 for 13.

However, with England’s selectors – who have already lost Toby Roland-Jones and Haseeb Hameed to injury during last week’s Championship action – naming their Ashes squad on Wednesday, Westley was relieved to learn an X-ray revealed that damage did not extend beyond the loss of his wicket and a badly bruised thumbnail. He will bat in Essex’s second innings, although that may arrive too late to influence the selectors; having averaged 24 in his five Tests this summer, his place is far from secure.

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County cricket talking points: Essex are still unbeaten with one game to play

The side that won promotion a year ago and won the title a fortnight ago looked as if they would suffer their first defeat of the season. But they just keep winning

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Whenever the scoreboard ticked over to 76, the late Brian Johnston would announce that it was “Trombone Time”, so how he would have enjoyed Essex’s win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. The hosts’ Aussie captain, George Bailey, un-Pontingly enforced the follow-on after the wheels had finally come off in the champions-elects’ annus mirabilis, dismissed for 76 in their first dig. Cue 20-year-old Dan Lawrence’s century, backed up by the old hands, James Foster and Neil Wagner, who posted 82 for the ninth wicket to set an awkward fourth-day target of 185 for a suddenly nervy and much-needed win. The victory fanfares were soon blaring again for Essex, as Sam Cook led the attack with 5-18 to despatch Hampshire for (you guessed it), 76 stretching Essex’s lead at the top of the table to 69 points. They’re just trolling their opponents now.

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County cricket final round: Essex v Yorkshire, Somerset v Middlesex – live!

10.25am BST

Not a pretty scene at Grace Road, where it’s might wet.

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A bit on prize money. Essex have obviously sewn up the really important bit, but there’s plenty for Surrey and Lancs to play for. Second place shares £240,000, and third £115,000. The winners of Division Two gets £120,000, and the runner-up £57,000.

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County cricket: Surrey v Somerset, Yorkshire v Warwickshire – live!

Somerset and Yorkshire in battle to avoid relegation from Division OneEmail Will here. Tweet @willis_macp or join the discussion below the line 11.09am BST The weather in south London today is absolutely stunning. 11.06am BST Wicket at Durham: Latham g…

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Haseeb Hameed’s Ashes hopes dashed after injury to right hand

• Opener struck by ball from Middlesex’s James Harris
• Steven Finn boosts Ashes chances with eight for 79

On a day when England’s one-day players were frustrated by the rain that forced an abandonment of their international against West Indies at Trent Bridge, there was worse news for one batsman hoping to be in the Test squad this winter.

With 38 required and Lancashire nine down, Haseeb Hameed, a finger on his right hand fractured, strode through the Lord’s pavilion to join an old classmate at Bolton school, Matt Parkinson, in the middle. Hameed’s brave effort was in vain; he survived nine balls before Parkinson, a true tail-ender, edged to first slip to become the irresistible Steven Finn’s eighth wicket. Middlesex had won a wonderful game by 36 runs and put their survival hopes, going into the trip to their fellow strugglers Somerset next week, in their own hands.

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County cricket: Middlesex v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!

10.29am BST

Two huge play and misses outside off in the first three balls of the day from Livi…

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Starting on time at Headingley, which is good. But not at the Ageas, because of bad light. I’m convinced Essex won’t lose that game.

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County cricket: Middlesex v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!

11.17am BST

Essex are nine down as Wagner goes first ball! Abbott on a hat-trick.

Any one know if Essex can be dragged into the relegation battle?

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Ryan McLaren finally gets off the mark this morning after 46 minutes. 38 consecutive dot balls for him since 6:11pm last night.

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County cricket: Middlesex v Lancashire, Surrey v Somerset and more – live!

12.26pm BST

50 for James Vince at the Ageas! Got to make it count now…

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Five minutes til lunch here at Lord’s, and Simpson and Voges have dug in nicely. 75 for four.

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County cricket live: Essex set to seal title plus Surrey v Yorkshire – live!

9.31am BST

Good morning. Today should be the day. Lancashire are in all sorts of trouble at Taunton, where there’s rain on the way. When they fail to win that game – which, surely, surely they won’t win – Essex will be the County Champions for the first time since 1992. To be honest, Essex better win because I have already written 1,000 words on them doing so.

So I’m Will Macpherson and I’m at the sun-drenched Oval to tell you about all that and more. Here, Surrey have Yorkshire following on. Will the pitch break up? Can they force a win? I don’t know if it mean anything, but Andy Hodd just scored a superb overhead kick in Yorkshire’s football match. There’s Div 1 action at Uxbridge too. It’s a tussle for points. Middlesex currently have none.

Related: Wily Ryan ten Doeschate paves way for glorious march of the Essex boys

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Wily Ryan ten Doeschate paves way for glorious march of the Essex boys

Captain has mined the local leagues to forge a team that have dominated the County Championship and put paid to the myth that little sides cannot compete

By finishing Warwickshire off quite so promptly, Essex were left with a few agonising hours to kill before their first Championship title in a quarter of century is expected to be confirmed. “I want to go home and chill out,” Ryan ten Doeschate, the captain, said. “But some of the youngsters are eyeing two days in Birmingham.” The cheering from the Edgbaston dressing room, rowdier with every wicket for Somerset’s spinners, hinted that the youngsters had won. They were all Cidermen for the day, in more ways than one.

Related: Essex complete victory at Warwickshire and await title deeds from Somerset

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Essex complete victory at Warwickshire and await title deeds from Somerset

• Essex 369-9; Warwickshire 201 & 112 (Essex won by an innings and 56 runs)
• Somerset 335; Lancashire 133 & 247-8 (Lancs lead by 45 with two wickets left)

It has barely been a title race, but it will at least last another day. Essex did their bit, thrashing Warwickshire – whose relegation is inevitable – by an innings for the second time this summer, but second-placed Lancashire would not lie down. Somerset need two more tail-end wickets and then there will be a chase, but it should not be vast: Lancashire’s lead stands at just 45.

Essex, as they have since June, had the look of champions at Edgbaston, and were mighty clinical in polishing off woeful Warwickshire. This was the fifth innings defeat of a sorry season; the rebuild has begun but has plenty of miles ahead.

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Essex complete victory at Warwickshire and await title deeds from Somerset

• Essex 369-9; Warwickshire 201 & 112 (Essex won by an innings and 56 runs)
• Somerset 335; Lancashire 133 & 247-8 (Lancs lead by 45 with two wickets left)

It has barely been a title race, but it will at least last another day. Essex did their bit, thrashing Warwickshire – whose relegation is inevitable – by an innings for the second time this summer, but second-placed Lancashire would not lie down. Somerset need two more tail-end wickets and then there will be a chase, but it should not be vast: Lancashire’s lead stands at just 45.

Essex, as they have since June, had the look of champions at Edgbaston, and were mighty clinical in polishing off woeful Warwickshire. This was the fifth innings defeat of a sorry season; the rebuild has begun but has plenty of miles ahead.

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County cricket: Essex close on title at Warwickshire, and more – live!

10.49am BST

Rob Mason describes himself as “yet another Essex fan…”

“Loving the recent work of two 24-year-olds from North East London: Jamie Porter and Harry Kane,” he writes.

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A lesser spotted wicket at the Oval!

Freddie van den Bergh has two, Marsh gone, stumped. 181 for two, and a long way to go to avoid the follow-on.

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County cricket live – Surrey v Yorkshire, Warwickshire v Essex and more!

11.15am BST

As someone has pointed out on twitter: the bowler’s Holden, the batsman’s ….

Congrats to Felix Organ who is making his debut for @hantscricket v @Middlesex_CCC at @UxbridgeCC. Welcome to the PCA pic.twitter.com/spFGFTIm6w

11.11am BST

Morning Stuie!

@willis_macp morning will! Out all day so cmon glos

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