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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and Glamorgan v Durham – live!

• All the final day action from Chelmsford plus news from around the grounds
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11.40am BST

Wicket at Tunbridge Wells! Harris bowls Wiese and Kent are three away from victory over Sussex. 211 for seven. Still 293 adrift…

11.37am BST

Grievous Bodily Harmer on here. About time that one of these got out so that Sanga can have a shot at his sixth straight ton.

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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Somerset v Hants and more – live!

12.28pm BST

Dutch Timm gone to George Harding at Swansea and Glamorgan are nine down against Durham.

12.27pm BST

A second wicket at Tunbridge Wells as van Zyl bowls Bell-Drummond, who really is a bit too good for that division, for 90. Kent’s lead is humungous.

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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Somerset v Hants and more – live!

Live updates from around the county groundsLook in on England v South Africa in the second ODI hereEmail will.macpherson.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @willis_macpSangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century 3.17pm BST Tom Ko…

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

11.08am BST

Wicket! Stoneman nicked Quinn through gully for four first ball but he’s gone two deliveries later! Tight line and he’s edged to second slip. Well bowled, rather than a terrible shot. 6 for one.

11.01am BST

The weather is absolutely magnificent here at Chelsmford, and there’s a very strong crowd in as Essex head out to field. Rory Burns, the Surrey captain (how good does that sound?!), and Mark Stoneman out to open the batting for Surrey. Pitch looks a bit of a belter.

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FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

Will and Vish meet Jack Shantry to talk about his unusual bowling action, the way he deals with fans and the day he took 10 wickets and scored a century

By Will and Vish, for Freelance Cricket Club, part of the Guardian Sport Network

As a wannabe professional cricketer aged 14 or 15, Jack Shantry was “diagnosed with a mixed bowling action.” “It sounds terminal, doesn’t it?” he laughs. As a canny and unorthodox left-arm swing bowler for Worcestershire, Shantry has developed a reputation as one of cricket’s most interesting and quirky characters, for both his peculiar bowling action and the way he engages wittily with fans – and detractors – on social media.

Shantry joins us as we return to the podcast after a rather accidental six-month absence. Artistic differences behind us, we travelled to Worcester to meet Shantry. “I’m sure you’ll bring up my lack of pace…” he says, as first up on the agenda is Shantry’s slightly unusual route into the game and how he developed that bowling action.

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FCC cricket podcast: with Jack Shantry, the figure of fun who became a folk hero

Will and Vish meet Jack Shantry to talk about his unusual bowling action, the way he deals with fans and the day he took 10 wickets and scored a century

By Will and Vish, for Freelance Cricket Club, part of the Guardian Sport Network

As a wannabe professional cricketer aged 14 or 15, Jack Shantry was “diagnosed with a mixed bowling action.” “It sounds terminal, doesn’t it?” he laughs. As a canny and unorthodox left-arm swing bowler for Worcestershire, Shantry has developed a reputation as one of cricket’s most interesting and quirky characters, for both his peculiar bowling action and the way he engages wittily with fans – and detractors – on social media.

Shantry joins us as we return to the podcast after a rather accidental six-month absence. Artistic differences behind us, we travelled to Worcester to meet Shantry. “I’m sure you’ll bring up my lack of pace…” he says, as first up on the agenda is Shantry’s slightly unusual route into the game and how he developed that bowling action.

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County cricket talking points: Kumar Sangakkara eyes a century of centuries

Kumar Sangakkara hit two brilliant centuries for Surrey against Middlesex over the weekend. If he does retire at the end of the season, he is going out in style

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

The early abandonment at Wantage Road handed Nottinghamshire the point they needed to join Worcestershire and Yorkshire in progressing from the North Group of the Royal London One-Day Cup. It also took the wind out of the sails of Durham, Leicestershire and Lancashire, all of whom might have squeaked in as the last round of matches started. It’ll be scant consolation for him, but Lanky’s Jordan Clark ended the group stage with the best strike rate of batsman scoring over 250 runs (143), a sentiment that might be shared by rock-bottom Warwickshire’s veteran spinner, Jeetan Patel, whose economy rate of 5.12 was the lowest among bowlers taking at least 10 wickets.

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County cricket roundup: Sangakkara and Trescothick show class in draws

• Kumar Sangakkara hits two centuries for Surrey at Middlesex
• Marcus Trescothick sets Somerset record against Warwickshire

Kumar Sangakkara fell early on the final morning of Surrey’s draw with Middlesex, tempted into wafting at James Franklin, but by then his work was done; the baton was picked up by young players – Ben Foakes and the Curran brothers, Sam and Tom – whose games he has so profoundly influenced, who manoeuvred Surrey into a position Middlesex would not dare chase. The equation was 242 runs in 39 overs, and they settled for a draw.

That Surrey escaped with that result was largely down to Sangakkara. In this game he scored two centuries, passed 20,000 first-class runs, became just the fourth Surrey player (after Tom Hayward in 1906, Jack Hobbs in 1920 and 1925, and Ian Ward in 2002) to score Championship hundreds in four consecutive innings. He scored 234 runs in the match, and the next greatest contribution from a Surrey batsman was Foakes’s 86. Nobody, not even Gary Ballance, has more than his 582 runs in Championship cricket this summer.

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County cricket: Lancashire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Surrey – live!

11.08am BST

Ludicrous, this.

Remarkable statistical quirk from @lemish32 on Kumar Sangakkara’s 60 fc hundreds.

Only 1 was made in Sri Lankan domestic cricket (62 inns)

11.07am BST

And Worcestershire have lost one too! They’ll be trying to give it some tap to build a big lead, then skittle Derbyshire. Lloyds Leach, the pinch-hitting skipper, is the man to go.

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

11.47am BST

CurrantT’s been luckless all innings. Franklin blocks one that bounces JUST over the stumps. Probably Surrey’s best bowler but nothing to show for it.

11.44am BST

Hampshire bowled out, waiting to hear whether Essex will enforce the follow-on.

WICKET Hampshire all out 115 when Neil Wagner finds edge of Fidel Edwards bat. Tom Westley takes catch at 2nd slip at 2nd attempt. #ESSvHAM

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County cricket: Lancashire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Surrey – live!

11.20am BST

Everybody say happy birthday to Jackson Warne! 18 today!

So proud of the young man my son has become, happy 18th B’day jackson_warne18 ! Love you very… https://t.co/eDqF9w57HV

11.17am BST

More bad news from the West.

UPDATE// ️ Rain in Cardiff has forced the players off the pitch after Read posted his fifty and the score moved on to 344/6 #GLAvNOT

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County cricket: Lancashire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Surrey – live!

11.50am BST

Mason Crane took the catch!

11.49am BST

Wicket! At Chelmsford. Fidel Edwards gets Browne. Caught at midwicket, which sounds a bit careless. They’re not even an over in!

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County cricket: Lancashire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Surrey – live!

11.50am BST

Mason Crane took the catch!

11.49am BST

Wicket! At Chelmsford. Fidel Edwards gets Browne. Caught at midwicket, which sounds a bit careless. They’re not even an over in!

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County cricket talking points: the schedule for the season is daft

Just as momentum and interest were building, the County Championship season took a break – and missed out on big crowds over the bank holiday

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

Just when the County Championship narrative began to build with a logjam at the top of Division One, with Gary Ballance and Darren Stevens adding personal stories to colour the picture, cricket shifts to its white ball format – of course it does. At least the Royal London One-Day Cup got off to a spectacular start with an early contender for innings of the season. After Ben Foakes’s 92 had lifted Surrey to a competitive 290, Somerset collapsed to 22-5, the swing of Jade Dernbach (remember him?) and Sam Curran too much for the experienced top order. Dean Elgar – a very classy operator these days – was joined by fellow South African, Roelof van der Merwe and the long reconstruction job began. While the Test man dug in, the all-rounder chanced his arm and the runs kept coming, but the wickets didn’t. Elgar departed with the stand worth 213, but Van der Merwe only walked off when the job was done, his share 165.

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County cricket talking points: early form suggests we are in for a cracking season

Five of the eight teams in Division One have won one of their three matches so far. With teams taking points off each other, we may see another final-day thriller

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

Five of Division One’s eight teams have “played three, won one” in what is shaping up to be a tight race for the pennant after last year’s final-day thriller. Surrey lead due to bonus points, having run into a Warwickshire side displaying more backbone that has hitherto been discernible this season. After Ian Westwood’s first dig of the season saw him anchor a competitive total of 332, the home side looked on as Mark Stoneman and Kumar Sangakkara made centuries to secure a handy lead of 105 for Surrey. But Warwickshire were in no mood to capitulate and, building on the morale fostered by taking the last five wickets for 43 runs, Ian Bell’s men batted out 123 overs for the draw, the captain making 99, Tim Ambrose 85 and the always admirable Keith Barker adding 70*. It’s a start for Warwickshire, but Surrey will worry that without Mark Footitt’s cutting edge – he was hampered by injury and out of sorts on the fourth day – they lack the firepower required to turn draws into wins.

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County cricket: Hampshire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Essex – live!

11.51am BST

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11.49am BST

Twin hundreds for Ballance, and three in four innings v Hampshire this year. Also 10 in 13 matches as an FC captain.

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

11.01am BST

We are underway at Lord’s; RoJo bowling to Ravi. Three slips. Lawrence the non-striker.

10.51am BST

104 overs to bowl at Lord’s, which is rather a lot. Hopefully Ollie Rayner’s a busy boy or I might be here at midnight.

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County cricket: Hampshire v Yorkshire and more – live!

All the County Championship action around the grounds on day twoJames Vince pushes England case with Hampshire centuryAnd feel free to email Will or ping him a tweet at @willis_macp 11.09am BST Sussex are four down. Pattinson again doing the business. …

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County Championship cricket: Hampshire v Yorkshire, Middlesex v Essex – live!

10.39am BST

News from the tosses … oh wait, there were no tosses.

Division One:

10.31am BST

Good morning from the Ageas Bowl (again!)

The original plan this round was for me to go to the Home of Cricket (TM) but here I am at the Ageas because two blokes called Root and Bairstow are also here. Who knows where I’ll be for the rest of the weekend, but I’m here today…

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Cricket’s slow-burn satisfaction nods to the notion faster isn’t always better | The Spin

Nothing in sport matches sitting in a sparse crowd like a content pigeon savouring the rhythm of the day. It’s like a secret only a few know about

Sometime around a quarter to 12, Mark Stoneman lunged out towards Steve Parry, missed the ball, and was stumped by Alex Davies. Surrey were 66 for two then, and still 85 runs behind. “C’mon lads,” said one of the fielders, his voice ringing out loud around the largely empty ground, “we’re in the game here.” It was the last time in the match that this was true. Kumar Sangakkara was next man in, and in the mood. He batted as if saving the game was as simple a matter as his making the decision to do exactly that. So his score advanced inexorably through the day, passing like the second hand of a clock. And the century he eventually scored seemed as inevitable as the arrival of 10 to five, when the match was called off as a draw, the two captains both happy that there was nothing left for either side to gain.

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