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County cricket: Surrey v Hampshire and more – live!

2.06pm BST

Qadri gets Colly and Durham are four down at Chesterfield. They still need 115…

2.05pm BST

So, I don’t want to alarm you, but Rory Burns nearly got out just now. It was a near miss on a run out, as you might expect, because Hampshire sure as hell have no other options for dismissing him. He nudged into the legside set off, and didn’t bother running his bat in, accepting his fate. The throw missed, and he picked up a pair of overthrows so all’s well that ends well and all that. 38 for none. He has 25.

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County championship: Hampshire v Surrey and more – live!

12.17pm BST

Abbott into the sixth over of a fine spell. Impressive in this heat. Surrey 156 for three, with Burns on 72. He’s looked good and recently played a delicious flick through midwicket off Crane.

12.15pm BST

So the Champions are on the move. Helm gets Porterfield caught at second slip and Warwickshire are eight for one. Given the scores were level on first innings, I’ll let you do the maths.

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County Championship roundup: George Bailey helps Hampshire take revenge

• Hants post fifth highest score of 648-7 declared; Surrey 113-1
• Stevie Eskinazi hits 178no in Middlesex’s 302-6 v Warwickshire

Hampshire have not forgotten about the two days last July when, at a sweltering Ageas Bowl, Surrey posted 637 for seven declared to set up a dramatic win. It was, for Hampshire’s attack, filthy toil and, as one Surrey player admitted, they had continued batting after tea on the second day “just to piss them off”.

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County cricket: Surrey v Hampshire, Yorkshire v Somerset and more – live!

10.30am BST

#SangaNetWatch : it’s finished, he looks satisfied. Genuinely I can’t tell you sad I am that he’s missing this game. I want to watch him make more tons.

10.28am BST

Apparently there is rain elsewhere! I’m wearing shorts!

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County cricket: Surrey v Hampshire, Yorkshire v Somerset and more – live!

10.30am BST

#SangaNetWatch : it’s finished, he looks satisfied. Genuinely I can’t tell you sad I am that he’s missing this game. I want to watch him make more tons.

10.28am BST

Apparently there is rain elsewhere! I’m wearing shorts!

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County cricket: Jimmy Adams in awe of James Vince as they gang up on Surrey

• Vince catches the eye while Hampshire duo both make centuries
• Somerset fight back against Yorkshire after captain drops himself

“He’s nice to bat with but you can stand at the other end and feel a little inadequate,” said one Hampshire centurion, Jimmy Adams, of another, James Vince, at the end of a day dominated by the pair. They had put on 161, bullying Surrey after they had worked hard to dismiss Lewis McManus, bowled by a snorting, swinging Sam Curran yorker, and Rilee Rossouw, caught at second slip off Curran’s brother, Tom.

Related: County cricket: James Vince pushes England case with Hampshire century

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Simon Harmer grabs nine wickets for Essex and they do for Middlesex

• Compton hits first century since August but to no avail
• Derbyshire end tortuous two-year wait for a victory

These are heady days for Essex cricket. After defeating Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs, despite losing a day to rain, they sit proudly top of the County Championship by 28 points, after seven years out of the top flight. They have won three in succession and, whisper it, in turning over the title winners so emphatically, have the look of champions themselves.

Related: County cricket: Essex thrash Middlesex to go 29 points clear – as it happened!

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County cricket: Essex v Middlesex and more day-nighters – live!

1.59pm BST

Got him first ball! Harmer’s got one to turn massively and it’s kissed the outside edge, gone through Foster’s gloves and was taken by Cook at first slip… 27 for one.

1.57pm BST

Harmer kicking us off from the River End, Gubbins on strike.

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County Championship roundup: Cook and Browne pile on pain for Middlesex

• Middlesex 246 & 27-0; Essex 542-3dec
• Essex in control after openers put on 373

Essex have the champions on the rack thanks to a remarkable opening stand of 373 between Alastair Cook and Nick Browne.

By the time Cook edged a turner from Ollie Rayner to slip for 193, two shy of his highest Championship score, the record books were dog-eared and relieved: this was Essex’s largest ever opening stand (surpassing Graham Gooch and Paul Prichard’s 316 against Kent here in 1994), and the largest partnership in any game between them and Middlesex.

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County cricket: Essex v Middlesex and more day-nighters – live!

2.22pm BST

Roland-Jones’s magnificent beast of a run up very nearly extends all the way to the short boundary at the Hayes Close End here at Chelsmford.

2.21pm BST

Four more through point for Cook … 126 without loss, and just 120 behind. Ominous for the Champs.

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County cricket: Essex v Middlesex and more from the day-nighters – live!

1.47pm BST

Afternoon Stuie! Yeah, big shame. Let’s hope there’s some cricket for me to tell you about today.

@willis_macp afternoon will shame about the rain

1.42pm BST

Delayed start at Hove, by the sound of things…

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the pink for Lancashire against Warwickshire

• Lancashire 273; Warwickshire 23 for 1
• Veteran West Indian hits unbeaten century in day-night Championship game

County cricket’s pink ball plunge was devised chiefly as a training tool for England’s cricketers ahead of their maiden floodlit Test against West Indies this summer. But at Edgbaston, where this historic first will be staged, it was a Caribbean batsman with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for runs who dominated on day one of Warwickshire versus Lancashire.

While Jimmy Anderson struck late in proceedings to see the home side to 23 for one by the close – if anyone is going to revel in the delights of the pink Duke it will surely be England’s swing king – his Lancashire team-mate, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, shone brightest under lights, with an unbeaten 117 proving the glue for a total of 273 from the Red Rose first up.

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Surrey and more as day-night matches begin – live!

1.49pm BST

Dawid Malan, fresh from his big day in Cardiff, captains Middlesex, who have retained Ryan Higgins over James Franklin, I assume because he’s not fit to bowl. Gubbins is back from the Lions, and replaces Robson who has joined up with the Lions.

1.46pm BST

Teams at Edgbaston! Conor McKerr, who impressed recently on loan at Derbyshire, makes his Surrey debut.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Lees, Root, Ballance (capt, to be replaced by Harry Brook after day 2), Handscomb, Bairstow (wk), Bresnan, Rashid, Brooks, Patterson, Coad.

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Surrey and more as day-night matches begin – live!

1.49pm BST

Dawid Malan, fresh from his big day in Cardiff, captains Middlesex, who have retained Ryan Higgins over James Franklin, I assume because he’s not fit to bowl. Gubbins is back from the Lions, and replaces Robson who has joined up with the Lions.

1.46pm BST

Teams at Edgbaston! Conor McKerr, who impressed recently on loan at Derbyshire, makes his Surrey debut.

Yorkshire: Lyth, Lees, Root, Ballance (capt, to be replaced by Harry Brook after day 2), Handscomb, Bairstow (wk), Bresnan, Rashid, Brooks, Patterson, Coad.

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County cricket talking points: Essex lead Lancashire as season hits halfway point

Six observations from the week’s action, including praise for Simon Harmer, Dane Vilas, Paul Stirling, Samit Patel, Joe Clarke and Barry McCarthy

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

At the halfway point of the season, Essex are top of Division One. Even with Alastair Cook available, few expected that sentence to be written when Ryan ten Doeschate’s side planned this season, back in the top flight and without the services of old pros Graham Napier and David Masters. But the batting keeps coming at you – nine centuries shared between six batsmen in seven matches, the latest from Ravi Bopara (192) and James Foster (121) setting up the win over sorry Warwickshire, rock bottom and 40 points from safety. It’s a different story among the bowlers though, with just three crossing double figures for wickets in 2017: Jamie Porter (31); Neil Wagner (23) and Simon Harmer (33). The South African off-spinner relished the heat at Chelmsford, setting records with match figures of 66–24–128–14, proving that not every Kolpak is focused on the pound-rand exchange rate.

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Pink balls at night may not be every batsman’s delight | Vic Marks

All County Championship matches will be day/night this week in a pre-Test experiment but players who are colour blind may have difficulties

There may be some splutterings from the disgusted of Tunbridge Wells, with cornflakes flying into the marmalade as if propelled by a Purdey after reading about County Championship matches starting at 2pm, finishing around 9.30 under floodlights and being played with a pink ball. On Monday this will be the case in all nine games around the country.

A pink ball! The colour pink has so many connotations. Many years ago I was accosted by a mischievous EW Swanton, who asked: “Whatever are you doing writing for that pinko rag?” (After a moment of confusion I realised that he was referring to the Observer). Swanton may not have approved of pink balls either, though there were sages more reactionary than him.

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Pink balls at night may not be every batsman’s delight | Vic Marks

All County Championship matches will be day/night this week in a pre-Test experiment but players who are colour blind may have difficulties

There may be some splutterings from the disgusted of Tunbridge Wells, with cornflakes flying into the marmalade as if propelled by a Purdey after reading about County Championship matches starting at 2pm, finishing around 9.30 under floodlights and being played with a pink ball. On Monday this will be the case in all nine games around the country.

A pink ball! The colour pink has so many connotations. Many years ago I was accosted by a mischievous EW Swanton, who asked: “Whatever are you doing writing for that pinko rag?” (After a moment of confusion I realised that he was referring to the Observer). Swanton may not have approved of pink balls either, though there were sages more reactionary than him.

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County Championship roundup: Simon Harmer spins Essex to victory

• Essex 14 points clear after condemning Warwickshire to innings defeat
• Lancashire move into second and Durham beat Glamorgan

Having played half their games, promoted Essex sit 14 points clear atop the County Championship after Simon Harmer, perhaps the signing of the season, spun them to victory against Warwickshire, who were skittled for 94, by an innings and 164 runs. Harmer took seven consecutive wickets to finish the job and end with eight in the innings and 14 for 126 in the match, a career best.

Holding up early in the season, Harmer had been waiting for a wicket such as this. He catches flies at second slip and provides handy late runs, too. On a track turning sharply, his were classic off-spinner’s wickets, lbws and close catches with hoards round the bat. The only other wicket to fall was the first and most important, Ian Bell, done by the angle of Neil Wagner, playing his final game for Essex. Mohammad Amir, who confidently said he could help Essex win the Championship as he was unveiled, will replace him from Monday.

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County cricket: Essex v Warwickshire, Hampshire v Lancashire and more – live!

10.52am BST

The umpires are coming out to have a look because they think it’s a little bit dark. I really don’t want a delayed start. I really don’t want that.

10.50am BST

No word on whether we’ll have a contrivance at the Riverside…

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County cricket: Middlesex v Yorkshire, Lancashire v Hampshire and more – live!

County Championship updates from around the groundsThe Spin: we could be tickled pink by cricket day-nightersAnd feel free to email Will or tweet him @willis_macp 11.48am BST With Hameed gone, Stoneman and Jennings are getting the band back together. 2…