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Jack Brooks stars with bat and ball as Yorkshire make Nottinghamshire suffer

• Late stand with Ben Coad plus three wickets puts visitors in trouble• 18 wickets fall at Chelmsford as Ed Barnard takes five at TauntonJack Brooks lit up a feverish evening session at Headingley as Yorkshire recovered from early strife against Nottin…

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Essex gripe after four-day Headingley washout of Yorkshire game

• ‘We haven’t seen any work, no Super Sopper, no forking’• Yorkshire say machinery would have made conditions worseRyan ten Doeschate has criticised Yorkshire’s lack of action after the opening match in Essex’s defence of the County Championship was ab…

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County cricket: Yorkshire v Essex, Lancs v Notts and more – live!

Latest from around the grounds on opening weekendVince back to his frustrating best for HampshireEmail Tanya or get in touch below the line 10.09am BST Good morning from Old Trafford where the lawnmowers are marching up and down, both teams are practis…

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James Vince back to frustrating best as rain hits County Championship return

• Hampshire batsman hits rapid 75 before missing straight ball• Four games are washed out without a ball being bowledIt is not supposed to start with a whimper. Six Championship games: four called off without a ball bowled, at Headingley, Old Trafford,…

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Essex and Yorkshire left frustrated as wet weather stalls start of county season

Yorkshire v Essex was one of four games abandoned without play due to rain as the 2018 county season got off to a miserable start 6.42pm BST Anthony McGrath knows all about miserable starts to a county season in Leeds having spent his entire playing ca…

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Essex’s Jamie Porter: ‘Vernon Philander is unreal … I can be more successful’

The effervescent Essex seamer Jamie Porter has just been named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. Not that he was lacking in confidence before that…“We are only looking at one thing and that is how we win the Championship again,” says Jamie…

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County Championship: fans of all 18 counties preview the cricket season

How is your team shaping up? Fans give their verdicts on the season aheadI thought we’d narrowly avoid relegation before last season, so found our Championship win quite astonishing. But Simon Harmer won’t be the same unknown quantity this season and J…

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County cricket talking points: six questions before the new season

Essex are defending champions and Middlesex are aiming to return to the top flight. Will we witness an historic summer?By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket BlogApart from 1947’s Denis Compton inspired sun-soaked, run-soaked season, perhaps every spring…

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County Championship 2018: how will your team perform this season?

With the new county cricket season beginning next week, we’d like to hear your hopes for the summer aheadThe weather is looking a bit kinder than in recent weeks and soon cricket grounds around the country will be hosting domestic games. Friday 13 Apri…

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Who will win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year team award?

From England’s victorious youth football squads to cricket’s county championship underdogs, there are strong claims aplenty this yearThey did not beat the double world champions over three compelling Tests, but Warren Gatland’s Lions deserve a place on…

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Chris Silverwood accepts role as England’s fast-bowling coach

• 42-year-old leaves county champions Essex to take up permanent role • Former England seamer expected to join set-up during Ashes seriesChris Silverwood, the mastermind behind Essex winning the county championship this year, has accepted the role as …

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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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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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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 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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