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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 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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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 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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Sam Robson jogs a few memories as Middlesex make merry against Yorkshire

• Middlesex 337-4 v Yorkshire
• Hampshire frustrate Lancashire, Essex go slow against Warks

The first five games of Middlesex’s title defence have not exactly gone to plan. Some of their cricket has been passive, and injuries and call-ups have been disruptive, not least for this game, with the batting backbone of Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan and Adam Voges all absent. The impressive unbeaten run is gone, too, and they are winless.

But they like playing Yorkshire – who have lost their past three at Lord’s, and their last three against Middlesex, all in remarkable fashion – and through centuries from Sam Robson (152 not out) and Paul Stirling (111), the latter’s long overdue first in Championship cricket, they have carved a strong position on a pitch that appears green but largely played true (save for a couple that stayed low) under a beating sun. As they tend to when Stirling is in town, runs flowed freely throughout.

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Lancashire’s Stephen Parry takes five as Middlesex’s 21-game unbeaten run ends

• Middlesex 180 & 236; Lancashire 309 & 111 for 2
• Eight-wicket win secured by Haseeb Hameed and Steven Croft

A first five-wicket Championship haul for Stephen Parry and a timely knock from the England opener Haseeb Hameed ensured there were no scares for Lancashire as they wrapped up an eight-wicket win against the title holders Middlesex at Southport.

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

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Yorkshire cruise to win over Lancashire to close in on leaders Essex

• Lancashire 123 & 209, Yorkshire 273 & 61-0
• Yorkshire won by 10 wickets

Yorkshire’s Roses victory came with the minimum of fuss. On the final day, they clinically swept away Lancashire’s last six wickets for 68, then knocked off the required 60 for a 10-wicket win. “From start to finish we dominated,” was the succinct and entirely accurate assessment of Andrew Gale, their coach. Whisper it, but this performance, which takes Yorkshire within two points of the leaders, Essex, was reminiscent of those seen in the twin titles under Gale’s captaincy.

Related: County cricket: Yorkshire beat Lancashire, plus Middlesex v Somerset – live!

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Adam Lyth grinds out century to edge Yorkshire towards Roses dominance

• Lancashire 123 & 141-4; Yorkshire 273
• Opening batsman hits 100 off 234 balls before Lancashire lose cheap wickets

The value of Adam Lyth’s century, surely the hardest-fought of his 22 in first-class cricket, was seen in its celebration; having spent 41 balls across 16 overs and 71 minutes hanging in the 90s, he involuntarily leaped into the air while completing a single. Drained by his 234-ball stay, the next ball he faced produced his first truly loose shot and he was caught behind driving.

But Lyth, whose next highest score this season is 30, had chiselled Yorkshire towards Roses dominance: a first innings lead of 150, which their potent seam attack then capitalised on, dismissing Lancashire’s top four cheaply.

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

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No play at Headingley or Durham (both 1.10 starts) and off for rain at Derby. But here are your scores.

Division One:

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I said restart at that last post, which suggests we are starting again. We are not. We are starting for the first time. Apologies.

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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

Surrey’s signings make them a good bet for the title, though Middlesex and Somerset should challenge again while Sussex have solid promotion credentials Continue reading…

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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.

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