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Injury worry for England as Jimmy Anderson limps out of Roses match

• Fast bowler pulled up alarmingly in his run-up playing for Lancashire
• Anderson next in line to play for England in first Test against South Africa

Jimmy Anderson had to leave the field with a suspected groin injury on the first morning of the Roses match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Old Trafford.

The England seamer pulled up alarmingly in his run-up in the middle of his sixth over and, after getting to his feet, made his way gingerly out of the action.

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

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Mason Crane took the catch!

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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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James Vince makes Hampshire history with 178 but Glamorgan stun hosts

• Worcestershire beat Warwickshire despite century from Ian Bell
• Alastair Cook in the runs again for Essex as they see off Middlesex

James Vince scored Hampshire’s highest ever List A score but Colin Ingram and Chris Cooke pulled off a stunning run-chase to steal a three-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup victory for Glamorgan. The captain Vince struck a career-best 178 off 138 balls at the Ageas Bowl, including 18 fours and five sixes, to beat Gordon Greenidge’s previous best of 177 in 1975. Vince was eventually bowled by Marchant de Lange – one of the South African’s five wickets – as Hampshire posted 332 for six after losing the toss. But Ingram then crashed 115 off 78 deliveries before Cooke got the hosts over the line at the death with an unbeaten 59 from 27 balls.

Adam Hose hit his maiden Somerset century as the South Group leaders made it five wins from six matches with an 81-run Duckworth/Lewis victory over Gloucestershire in a match reduced to 46 overs per side. Hose’s unbeaten 101 and 90 from Jim Allenby helped the visitors make 294 for six at Bristol. Needing 297 to win under the Duckworth-Lewis method, Gloucestershire offered some resistance through Jack Taylor’s 68 and 33 from George Hankins but they could only manage 215 all out.

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County cricket roundup: Ryan McLaren sparks Lancashire comeback

• Heroics with bat and ball help secure stunning victory over Somerset
• Gary Ballance saves Yorkshire against Hampshire with twin centuries

Lancashire skittled Somerset to pull off a remarkable heist at Old Trafford, having been dismissed for 109 on the first day and after conceding a 169-run first‑innings deficit.

Lancashire’s grizzled, unglamorous overseas pro, Ryan McLaren – who balances their side from No7 and offers a steady first change option – was the star of the fourth day. His eighth-wicket stand of 77, which began on the third evening, with Stephen Parry built on Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone’s extraordinary partnership of 245, to haul Lancashire to 463 and set Somerset 295 in 77 overs.

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County cricket round-up: Alastair Cook’s return powers Essex past Somerset

• Cook hits century in first match since resigning England captaincy
• Yorkshire’s Ben Coad takes 10 wickets against Warwickshire

Essex and Alastair Cook are back, and mean business. In his first competitive match since resigning the England captaincy in February, Cook’s 110 – his 57th first-class century – provided the backbone of Essex’s remarkable chase of 255 against Somerset at Taunton, their first win since returning to the top flight after a six-summer absence. For Somerset, runners-up last year and brimming with youthful, local talent, this represented a disappointing start to a season they are highly fancied for.

Cook’s was an untroubled, unfussy innings in a cruise of a chase, a surprise given 18 wickets had fallen on the second day. All it took, it turned out, was some better batting, because the surface – unlike last season – offered no great help to bowlers, fast or slow. Having brought up his century with a nudged 202nd ball to leg for four, Cook fell before tea, heaving Dean Elgar to midwicket but an authoritative chase was just 39 from completion.

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Dan Lawrence’s hard labour sees Essex to a draw with Lancashire

Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec
Essex 159 & 316-6

Since Dan Lawrence scored 161 in his second Championship match, against Surrey two years ago and aged only 17, he has been identified as a player of rare promise.

He has become known for his flair and his rubbery wrist-work when hitting it through midwicket – no matter where the ball pitches – and for the obvious joy with which he bats. Here, playing his first Division One match, against a Lancashire attack led by Jimmy Anderson, he reined himself in to score his fifth first-class century and save a game his team looked likely to lose, at the start of play and after they lost three quick wickets after lunch.

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County round-up: Lancashire’s Jimmy Anderson torments Essex with the bat

• England bowler shines in last-wicket stand; Surrey punish Warwickshire
• Gary Ballance starts Yorkshire captaincy with fine innings against Hampshire

There was plenty to interest England’s watching chairman of selectors, James Whittaker, on the season’s first day at Chelmsford. With Lancashire opting to bat first, a look at Haseeb Hameed, back from his hand injury, and Liam Livingstone, up at No3.

Then, with the shadows lengthening, Jimmy Anderson was involved in a sprightly last wicket stand of 51 as Lancashire were bowled out for 319 – a few more than Essex would have liked from 160 for six – then looked in good order, picking up the wicket of the nightwatchman Aaron Beard, as the hosts reached stumps 39 for two. Hameed’s hand held up as he looked typically tidy, making 47 before falling in uncharacteristic fashion; bowled, misjudging a leave in the second over to Jamie Porter, who managed Essex’s leap in Divisions handsomely, after lunch. Hameed had retired hurt against Cambridge MCCU last week after trapping his finger in the turf doing short-leg training. After the injury he suffered on England’s tour of India last November, he has a plate in his hand which he says will need removing – with a resulting six-week recovery period – at some stage.

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County Championship 2017: Divisions One and Two – team-by-team guide

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Liam Livingstone: ‘I have always had that confidence that I could make it’

After a mighty winter with the Lions, the Lancashire all-rounder is intriguing the England selectors and an ODI cap seems a certainty this summer

Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone is a cricketer on whom observers often pin that abstract trait of having “a bit about him”. In Livingstone’s case that means a certain swagger – he spent his first full county summer not only piling up runs but also rubbing opponents up the wrong way.

He has since translated that form into a mighty winter with the Lions and the England selectors are interested to the extent that it would be a surprise if he is not the owner of an ODI cap by the end of the summer. It looks likely to come against Ireland in May, when Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are playing in the Indian Premier League, but he may have to wait and face West Indies in September, when a raft of debutants are expected.

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Jimmy Anderson hopes for injury-free England Test summer in runup to Ashes

• Lancashire swing bowler taking road to fitness ‘step by step’
• Anderson could line up for county against Alastair Cook’s Essex from 7 April

England’s all-time leading wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson remains confident his body can withstand the rigours of seven Tests in two months this summer but, as he turns 35 in July, accepts he has to take things “step by step”. As a result, the Lancashire swing bowler is unable to look as far ahead as England’s tour of Australia later in the year, which would be his fourth Ashes tour.

Related: ECB talking to major broadcasters, Facebook and Twitter over T20 rights

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Ashley Giles happy to return ‘home’ to Warwickshire after Lancashire spell

• Former England spinner lived out of a suitcase
• He is reunited with Jim Troughton and Ian Bell

When Ashley Giles told his family on Christmas Day that he had one final present to share with them – namely that his return to Warwickshire had been finalised the day before and, after two years living out of a suitcase at Lancashire, he was coming home full-time – the reaction was not entirely one of universal excitement.

While his wife, Stine, and 16-year-old son, Anders, were delighted, his daughter Mathilde, 14, let out a small sigh: she thought he was about to tell them they were getting a dog. That one minor disappointment aside, it is fair to say the return of Giles to the club where he made his name first as a player and then head coach has gone down well in the West Midlands.

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Ashley Giles returns to Warwickshire from Lancashire as sport director

• Former England spinner returns to Edgbaston after two years at Lancashire
• New role ‘a great opportunity’ for club’s former player and director of cricket

Ashley Giles has left Lancashire to return to former club Warwickshire as sport director. In his new role, the former Warwickshire and England spinner will oversee all the county’s professional teams as well as the academy, high performance and development of excellence programmes.

Related: Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas leaves hospital after health scare

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Ashley Giles returns to Warwickshire from Lancashire as sport director

• Former England spinner returns to Edgbaston after two years at Lancashire
• New role ‘a great opportunity’ for club’s former player and director of cricket

Ashley Giles has left Lancashire to return to former club Warwickshire as sport director. In his new role, the former Warwickshire and England spinner will oversee all the county’s professional teams as well as the academy, high performance and development of excellence programmes.

Related: Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas leaves hospital after health scare

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County cricket talking points: Middlesex are worthy champions after a great finale

The County Championship gave us the tightest, toughest and tingliest finish anyone could have hoped for when it lumbered into life in the cold days of spring

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

Thousands were inside Lord’s, basking in preposterous September heat; hundreds of thousands more were sitting at computer screens watching updates click over or listening to breathless commentary; 14 men stood in a field as a 15th ran in to bowl, seeking a third wicket in his last three deliveries. The flabby, outdated, soft County Championship had contrived the tightest, toughest, tingliest finish anyone could have hoped for when it lumbered into life in the chilly days of spring. It was the most elegant of rebukes to the naysayers; the most unanswerable of cases to return to a 16-match, all-play-all, two-divisions format as soon as possible; the greatest of games at its greatest. From the straw-chewing shepherds who invented this most satisfying waste of a sunny day to its noble (the word is not misplaced when one reads the reactions of the vanquished when their fates became known) principals today, those of us on the outside of the boundary rope offer our gratitude.

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Advantage Warwickshire as Keith Barker leaves Lancashire in peril

• Warwickshire 219 & 12-0; Lancashire 152
• Barker: ‘It’s us or them, so rather them than us’

After five seasons of carving up county batting line-ups, Keith Barker’s status as a Warwickshire favourite is undisputed and on the second day against Lancashire at Edgbaston, the latest demonstration of the left-armer’s prowess with a Dukes ball means it is now the visitors, not the hosts, who are staring at the relegation trapdoor.

Having been bowled out for 219 on the first day, third-bottom Warwickshire looked most imperiled by Hampshire’s ongoing dominance over Durham, only for Barker’s four for 30 to roll Lancashire over for 152. The openers Ian Westwood and Alex Mellor then reached 12 for no loss and a lead of 79 runs when bad light and rain ended proceedings at 3.45pm.

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Lancashire increase pressure on Warwickshire in relegation shootout

• Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire 14-0
• Tom Bailey takes four for 52 as Ian Bell’s side struggle

For all the champagne that was sprayed around at Lord’s after victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup final on Saturday, Warwickshire know that the success or otherwise of their season will not ultimately be defined until their Division One status is secured.

After their first day with Lancashire at Edgbaston, in what is shaping up to be a straight relegation shootout if Hampshire continue their dominance at home to Durham and win, Ian Bell’s side were left with a growing sense of unease having been bowled out for 219 by a visiting side who then reached 14 for no loss by the close.

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Lancashire increase pressure on Warwickshire in relegation shootout

• Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire 14-0
• Tom Bailey takes four for 52 as Ian Bell’s side struggle

For all the champagne that was sprayed around at Lord’s after victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup final on Saturday, Warwickshire know that the success or otherwise of their season will not ultimately be defined until their Division One status is secured.

After their first day with Lancashire at Edgbaston, in what is shaping up to be a straight relegation shootout if Hampshire continue their dominance at home to Durham and win, Ian Bell’s side were left with a growing sense of unease having been bowled out for 219 by a visiting side who then reached 14 for no loss by the close.

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Haseeb Hameed’s perfect timing earns teenager chance to answer England call | Will Macpherson

After being omitted from England’s Under-19 World Cup squad in Bangladesh he is expected to be named in the Test squad on Friday and looks to the manner born

“If Test cricket survives and thrives, then here’s a boy who was born to open the batting in it. I just hope the game lasts long enough for him to play it.” So said Mick Newell, England selector, Nottinghamshire supremo and a man not known as a showerer of unearned praise, on 6 July at Trent Bridge after Haseeb Hameed had soaked up 284 balls across six hours and 26 minutes to save the game for Lancashire against a Notts attack containing Stuart Broad and Imran Tahir.

It was the 19-year-old opener’s second first-class century; a month later he doubled that tally against Yorkshire, becoming the first Lancashire batsman to score a ton in each innings of a Roses match.

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Jos Buttler brilliance fails to lead Lancashire to win against Middlesex

• Day four: Middlesex 327 & 240-8dec, Lancashire 259 & 80-1: match drawn
• Buttler scores 26 off 14 balls as opener; draw sets up intriguing finale

Just briefly, it seemed Jos Buttler, formerly of third-placed Somerset, might smash Lancashire, arch-enemies of second-placed Yorkshire, to an unlikely, outrageous win over first-placed Middlesex.

Just briefly, though. Promoted to open a chase of 309 from 44 overs, Buttler smote 24 from his first nine balls, including carved fours through the offside off Steven Finn and a ramped six off Toby Roland-Jones. When Finn found Buttler’s leading edge and Nick Compton took a simple catch at cover, Buttler had scored all 26 of his teams runs. It was brief, but it was brutal and brilliant, too.

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