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All-round brilliance of James Harris drives Middlesex to win over Northants

• Former champions demoted in 2017 are first to triumph this season• Harris takes most wickets and makes highest score in gameAnd so the first spoils of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship went to Middlesex, champions of 2016 but demoted to Divisio…

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County Championship roundup: Kent and Northants suffer stunning collapses

• Kent bowled out for 64 in 18.5 overs by Gloucestershire• Middlesex’s James Harris takes five-for against NorthantsAnd so within 48 hours the County Championship swung from the damply ridiculous to the calamitously camp. A combination of pitches sweat…

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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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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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Middlesex lose appeal against points deduction as relegation stands

• Middlesex appealed against over rate penalty in match with crossbow incident• ‘Rules relating to over rates are clear,’ says cricket discipline commission chairMiddlesex have lost their appeal against the two-point penalty imposed on them by the ECB …

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Hampshire’s James Vince ensures Middlesex complete slide to relegation

• Middlesex lose to Somerset and are relegated as Vince’s Hampshire draw
• Notts and Worcestershire promoted from Division Two

Middlesex won the County Championship in 2016 with a hat-trick from a seamer with a double-barrelled surname and this time were left hoping for another, only to save them from relegation. Alas, Warwickshire’s Oliver Hannon-Dalby is no Toby Roland-Jones, and he could not weasel out the last three Hampshire wickets; Middlesex had gone from champions one year to relegation the next.

This was the polar opposite of the ecstasy of that heady day at Lord’s last September, a slow death for Middlesex, waiting more than five hours from their own moment of defeat to the confirmation of their demotion. After failing to take their match against Somerset to lunch on the final day, and Hampshire’s gritty grind to a draw at Edgbaston, their relegation – by a single point – was confirmed.

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County cricket final day: Middlesex, Hampshire and Somerset fight drop – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston and all the latest from TauntonUnbeaten Essex sign off by thrashing YorkshireComments are closed early on but you can email Will or tweet 10.44am BST Inspection underway here, and warm-ups happening in earnest. Maybe start a…

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County cricket: Jennings to leave Durham for Lancashire, plus day two of final round – live!

Live updates from the final round of county fixturesMiddlesex unhappy after struggling on Somerset surfaceEmail Will, tweet @willis_macp or comment below the line 11.28am BST Grievous Bodily Harmer is coming on fro Sam Cook. 29 for one. 11.26am BST Oni…

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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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Haseeb Hameed’s Ashes hopes dashed after injury to right hand

• Opener struck by ball from Middlesex’s James Harris
• Steven Finn boosts Ashes chances with eight for 79

On a day when England’s one-day players were frustrated by the rain that forced an abandonment of their international against West Indies at Trent Bridge, there was worse news for one batsman hoping to be in the Test squad this winter.

With 38 required and Lancashire nine down, Haseeb Hameed, a finger on his right hand fractured, strode through the Lord’s pavilion to join an old classmate at Bolton school, Matt Parkinson, in the middle. Hameed’s brave effort was in vain; he survived nine balls before Parkinson, a true tail-ender, edged to first slip to become the irresistible Steven Finn’s eighth wicket. Middlesex had won a wonderful game by 36 runs and put their survival hopes, going into the trip to their fellow strugglers Somerset next week, in their own hands.

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

10.29am BST

Two huge play and misses outside off in the first three balls of the day from Livi…

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Starting on time at Headingley, which is good. But not at the Ageas, because of bad light. I’m convinced Essex won’t lose that game.

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

11.17am BST

Essex are nine down as Wagner goes first ball! Abbott on a hat-trick.

Any one know if Essex can be dragged into the relegation battle?

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Ryan McLaren finally gets off the mark this morning after 46 minutes. 38 consecutive dot balls for him since 6:11pm last night.

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County cricket live – Surrey v Yorkshire, Warwickshire v Essex and more!

11.15am BST

As someone has pointed out on twitter: the bowler’s Holden, the batsman’s ….

Congrats to Felix Organ who is making his debut for @hantscricket v @Middlesex_CCC at @UxbridgeCC. Welcome to the PCA pic.twitter.com/spFGFTIm6w

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Morning Stuie!

@willis_macp morning will! Out all day so cmon glos

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County cricket live – Surrey v Yorkshire, Warwickshire v Essex and more!

10.57am BST

News from the Oval is that Mark Stoneman looks in absolutely delightful touch. He’s moved to 18, after back to back boundaries off Sidebottom, through cover point and square-leg.

10.54am BST

Morning Will and chums. Warwickshire lead by 13 after four overs is the optimistic way of looking at things here at sunny-ish Edgbaston, where Jamie Porter has continued his golden season for champions-elect Essex with the early wickets of Sam Hain and Jonathan Trott – both lbw – in his first nine balls.

First one trapped Hain on the back leg as the bat jacknifed down at an awkward angle, then Trott was pinned on the front pad. If there was a day for Ian Bell to end a drought of centuries that goes back to April last year, this is it. Chris Woakes back for the Bears, while Neil Wagner is in for his second spell as the Essex overseas left-armer. Tom Westley plays too.

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

10.14am BST

Welcome to Old Trafford for day three of the fourth to last round of county cricket – live! for this fine summer! I’m Will Macpherson and I’m here to guide you through the action from here and the other eight games on offer. There’s some other cricket on offer, apparently, but we need not mention that.

The weather is nice now but nasty later, I’m told. The chances of a result in this Lancashire-Essex game, given the loss of day one, were pretty slim as is, but losing the final session today would end all hope. Haseeb Hameed batted beautifully last night and resumes on 85 this morning. He’s dug his team out of a horrible hole, to be honest.

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

Live updates from around the groundsPing Will an email here; or send him a tweet @willis_macpThe Spin: cherish the slow and steady run accumulators 11.33am BST The rain is very, very light at the Oval, but the full covers are coming on. The forecast i…