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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
• Join in below the line or you can email and tweet Will Macpherson

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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England v South Africa: third ODI – live!

10.15am BST

It’s Lord’s, it’s a bank holiday, it’s England v South Africa, it’s AB de Villiers. But… it’s a dead rubber, it’s due to rain, and England are expected to be without Stokes, Woakes or Moeen. To lose one all-rounder to a minor injury may be considered a misfortune; to lose three looks like it may have been unwise to let two of them play in the IPL.

The astonishing twist on Saturday, when South Africa needed seven off the last over and managed only four, has left this game looking a bit limp. In cricket, though, there are always sub-plots. South Africa need a win to pump up their tyres for the Champions Trophy, in which they are widely tipped to reach the semi-finals. They also need to make their mark at Lord’s, having never won a one-day game there: in three appearances, all against England, they’ve made totals ranging from 107 to 220. It’s an odd record given that Lord’s Tests bring out the best in tndhem – they’ve played five in modern times, won four a drawn one.

10.02am BST

Tim will be here soon.

In the meantime, here’s some follow-up from England’s victory in the second ODI to seal the series.

Related: Ben Stokes leads England injury worries before final ODI against South Africa

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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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Eoin Morgan describes England’s win over South Africa as ‘unbelievable’

• ‘Maybe we bluffed them,’ says England captain after two-run victory
• Hosts monitoring fitness of Ben Stokes, who hit a century at the Ageas Bowl

“Unbelievable,” said Eoin Morgan and he does not usually do hyperbole. Teams seldom win when the opposition needs 10 runs from 10 balls with five wickets in hand but that is what his England side managed.

“We decided we needed wickets [before the final over from Mark Wood] and to make them hit the ball in the air,” explained Morgan. “But we didn’t take any wickets and still managed to win. Unbelievable. Wood’s yorkers are usually good at the end but we decided to go with his raw pace. We thought a few bouncers was our best chance of taking those wickets. Maybe we bluffed them.” Morgan’s smile suggested he was not so sure about that.

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Eoin Morgan describes England’s win over South Africa as ‘unbelievable’

• ‘Maybe we bluffed them,’ says England captain after two-run victory
• Hosts monitoring fitness of Ben Stokes, who hit a century at the Ageas Bowl

“Unbelievable,” said Eoin Morgan and he does not usually do hyperbole. Teams seldom win when the opposition needs 10 runs from 10 balls with five wickets in hand but that is what his England side managed.

“We decided we needed wickets [before the final over from Mark Wood] and to make them hit the ball in the air,” explained Morgan. “But we didn’t take any wickets and still managed to win. Unbelievable. Wood’s yorkers are usually good at the end but we decided to go with his raw pace. We thought a few bouncers was our best chance of taking those wickets. Maybe we bluffed them.” Morgan’s smile suggested he was not so sure about that.

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Mark Wood’s stunning final over secures England ODI win over South Africa

• England 330-6; South Africa 328-5. England win by two runs
• Wood inflicts damage with the ball, capitalising on Ben Stokes’ 101

A brilliant, modern one-day contest ended with a stunning England victory by two runs. Just seven were required from the last over and David Miller and Chris Morris had already added a quickfire 55. A successful pursuit of 331 was the obvious outcome. But it never happened

Mark Wood had the dubious honour and he bowled a final over of rare hostility and composure. He yielded just three runs from his first five balls, most of which were short and fast, and Morris was unable to hit the last one for four. He could manage only a melancholy single.

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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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England v South Africa: second ODI – live!

10.13am BST

Hello world!

Welcome to The Further Adventures of Englishmen and South Africans Attempting to Hit Themselves Into Form by Next Week Sometime. The first attempt did the trick for some of them, and was for the most part rather stirring, though it fizzled out a bit towards the end. Surely the very worst case scenario when it comes to today’s action is that it will be broadly similar. We should be getting a 7/10 for sporting fun at the very minimum, which is not something that can be said with any great confidence of, say, the Cup final (just as well as cricket-watchers are likely to miss some or all of it).

2.27pm BST

Simon will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s our news-story-slash-preview with some glad tidings concerning Ben Stokes’ left knee:

Ben Stokes will be fit to play against South Africa in the second ODI in Southampton on Saturday. It is an indication of Stokes’ status that a gaggle of newshounds kept a constant eye on him throughout a long training session, in which he did little bowling. At one point Stokes was batting right-handed and missing the ball on purpose in order to give Jos Buttler some wicketkeeping practice and we were all dutifully transfixed.

Stokes is a totemic figure and England want him involved whenever possible. On Thursday night he had a scan which did not reveal any serious damage. On Friday morning with his knee carefully bandaged he spent a long time batting. Then we were informed he was fit, able to bowl and playing. So England have resisted the temptation to wrap him in cotton wool even though the Champions Trophy is just around the corner. The medics must be confident that he is fine and there is no doubt Stokes is eager for the fray.

Related: Ben Stokes fit to play for England in second ODI against South Africa

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Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

• Sri Lanka legend sees visitors recover from 31 for five
• Finishes the day unbeaten on 177 at Chelmsford

With Essex top of the table, there is a chirp about Chelmsford right now, and it only became louder when Jamie Porter and Matt Quinn, destroyers of Hampshire last time out, reduced Surrey to 31 for five. But, like Lancashire, Warwickshire and Middlesex before them, Essex met Kumar Sangakkara.

They were undone by something old and something new. There was a 61st first-class century for Sangakkara and almost a first for Sam Curran, 21 years his junior. Sangakkara’s was his third in eight days, the biggest and, given the circumstances, the best of five in five first-class innings (the first man to do so for Surrey and the equal of a championship record); only CB Fry, Mike Procter and Don Bradman have scored six on the spin. When he retires at summer’s end he will leave as big a hole in Surrey’s batting lineup as he will in the game at large: cherish him.

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Ben Stokes fit to play for England in second ODI against South Africa

• All-rounder passed fit after England training session
• Ben Stokes had restricted role in Headingley win over South Africa

Ben Stokes will be fit to play against South Africa in the second ODI in Southampton on Saturday. It is an indication of Stokes’ status that a gaggle of newshounds kept a constant eye on him throughout a long training session, in which he did little bowling. At one point Stokes was batting right-handed and missing the ball on purpose in order to give Jos Buttler some wicketkeeping practice and we were all dutifully transfixed.

Stokes is a totemic figure and England want him involved whenever possible. On Thursday night he had a scan which did not reveal any serious damage. On Friday morning with his knee carefully bandaged he spent a long time batting. Then we were informed he was fit, able to bowl and playing. So England have resisted the temptation to wrap him in cotton wool even though the Champions Trophy is just around the corner. The medics must be confident that he is fine and there is no doubt Stokes is eager for the fray.

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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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John McGuire: the Indigenous cricketer who lost out on playing for Australia

The talented batsman faced racial abuse throughout his career and is convinced prejudice prevented him from rising to the national side

It may be Sorry Day but John McGuire won’t be receiving an apology. Not from the Western Australia Cricket Association and not from the men he played against. “There wasn’t a match I wasn’t racially abused in when I went out to bat,” McGuire says, reflecting on the record 10,000-plus runs he scored in Perth first-grade cricket.

A Balladong man of the Nyoongar language group in south-west Western Australia, McGuire was on the cusp of state selection several times during his career. But there always seemed to be an excuse not to pick him. “I was too slow or too fast, or too young or too old,” he says. “But I know it came down to the colour of my skin.

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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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New Zealand’s Doug Bracewell given community service for drink driving

  • Fast bowler sentenced to 100 hours after failing breath test in March
  • It is Bracewell’s third drink-driving offence

New Zealand Test cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community work after being caught at the wheel in Hawke’s Bay more than three times over the legal breath-alcohol limit.

Related: Steve Smith allays fears of Ashes boycott but backs union against board

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Eoin Morgan century sets up winning start for England against South Africa

First ODI: England 339-6; South Africa 267. England win by 72 runs
• South Africa undone by soft dismissals after Morgan and Moeen sparkle

If this is a taste of things to come over the next month we are in for a treat. A sunlit Leeds evening, which rendered the floodlights redundant until 8.30pm, was decorated by a one-day international that had most of the components of a cracker although a late flurry of wickets denied us the luxury of one vital ingredient, a thrilling finish.

In the end England, having chalked up 339 for six, won by 72 runs, a surprisingly comfortable margin given the firepower in the South Africa side. The pursuit of 340 was always going to be tricky for the visitors but it was only out of the question in the final half hour.

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England v South Africa: first ODI – live!

1.37pm BST

Some pre-match reading

Related: England’s Morgan relishes South Africa challenge in Champions Trophy buildup | Vic Marks

1.37pm BST

England Roy, Hales, Root, Morgan (capt), Stokes, Buttler (wk), Moeen, Woakes, Rashid, Plunkett, Wood.

South Africa Amla, de Kock (wk), du Plessis, de Villiers (capt), Duminy, Miller, Morris, Parnell, Phelukwayo, Rabada, Tahir.

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Picket fences or picket lines: is an Ashes strike really likely to happen? | Sam Perry

Both sides in Australian cricket’s pay dispute want to play, and remain acutely aware that any contrivance not to would be hugely damaging to all parties

Unafraid of lighting the proverbial cauldron, David Warner last week gave life to a worst-case scenario in the ever-freezing pay stalemate between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association. The inferred threat was simple: if the current model is not retained, we may not play. “The Bull goes bang,” said Ed Cowan in reference to Warner’s comments on Twitter, and it was indeed a statement of intent in keeping with someone called The Bull. It set in train a raft of hypotheticals that kept speculation bubbling: how would Ashes opponents England feel about it? Who would pay for lost revenue? Will we see Australian cricketers cross not only a picket-fence, but a picket-line to earn themselves a baggy green?

Related: David Warner’s Ashes power play strikes blow for players left behind | Vic Marks

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Jimmy Anderson facing long spell on the sidelines with torn groin

• ECB medical team to determine extent of seamer’s injury
• England’s leading Test wicket-taker collapsed in pain on Friday

Jimmy Anderson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the seamer has torn his groin.

The 34-year-old, England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 467, collapsed in pain on Friday while bowling for Lancashire against Roses rivals Yorkshire.

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Jimmy Anderson facing long spell on the sidelines with torn groin

• ECB medical team to determine extent of seamer’s injury
• England’s leading Test wicket-taker collapsed in pain on Friday

Jimmy Anderson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the seamer has torn his groin.

The 34-year-old, England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 467, collapsed in pain on Friday while bowling for Lancashire against Roses rivals Yorkshire.

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