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Bounce, swing and a handy bat, Craig Overton can shine if he controls his anger | Vic Marks

The older Overton twin is a tall, accurate fast bowler likely to play in the first Ashes Test but there must be no repeat of an ugly incident against Sussex in 2015Amid the hurly-burly and hot air that inevitably accompanies the weeks before the Brisba…

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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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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.

10.24am BST

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: 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…

10.28am BST

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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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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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

11.11am BST

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: Warwickshire v Somerset, Lancashire v Essex and more – live!

Live updates from Edgbaston and around the groundsHameed outlines Ashes intent for LancashireFeel free to ping Will an email; or tweet him @willis_macp 11.50am BST Umpires inspecting at Edgbaston… Stumps waiting to be put in. 11.49am BST Worcestershi…

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Sussex see off a green Glamorgan and ask a question of Nottinghamshire

• Sussex 268 & 211/9; Glamorgan 294 & 182
• Sussex won by one wicket

A staggering win for Sussex, a day of rain at Kent and positions of strength for Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire: the race for Division Two’s two promotion spots is bubbling beautifully, and this was a seismic day of action.

Sussex’s was an extraordinary win, against Glamorgan – who picked a green team as their big names rested up for T20 Finals Day. Chris Jordan docked the tail to finish with five for 46 as Glamorgan made 182 at their Colwyn Bay ground. Sussex’s pursuit of 209 got off to the worst possible start as Lukas Carey had Luke Wells caught behind first ball and soon enough they were 10 for two. Stiaan van Zyl and Chris Nash rebuilt, before Andrew Salter dismissed Van Zyl (lbw) and Luke Wright (stumped) with successive deliveries to leave Sussex 100 for four.

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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…

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Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone hits double century against Warwickshire

• England prospect scores unbeaten 215 to build massive lead
• Essex bowlers bring leaders back into the game against Somerset

The sense that Liam Livingstone is a rare talent who will end up playing all three formats for England was emphatically strengthened by his brilliant maiden double-century for Lancashire against Warwickshire at Old Trafford.

Livingstone’s unbeaten 215 (from 318 balls with 25 fours and three sixes, one of which – a pull off Olly Stone – brought up his century) leaves Lancashire 284 runs ahead with four first-innings wickets in hand at the game’s halfway stage. A golden opportunity awaits to close the gap on the Division One leaders Essex before their visit to Old Trafford next week. Lancashire will go into that game second, and look the team best placed to haul Essex down.

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

12.51pm BST

Wicket! It’s taken an hour and 50 mins, but Middlesex have a wicket. Steven Finn the bowler, his tight line doing for Borthwick who was tempted into driving and caught behind. 89 for three, and Roy in.

12.50pm BST

Essex are 8 for one! Coverton gets Chopra. The lead is three…

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Round-up: Toby Roland-Jones does his best to undo patchwork Surrey

• England bowler takes two early wickets for Middlesex at The Oval
• Essex recover after being bowled out for 159 against Somerset

Had you presented this rather patchwork Surrey XI to Alec Stewart, the director of cricket, back in April, he might just have choked on his tea. Zafar Ansari, Dom Sibley and Mark Footitt are off the staff, Kumar Sangakkara and Mark Stoneman are otherwise engaged, and Tom Curran leads the list of the injured. Thus Ollie Pope and Ryan Patel are debuting as two of four 19-year-olds. And is that really Rikki Clarke?

Having been asked to bowl first Surrey’s thrown-together side did very well indeed to bowl Middlesex out for 247. But then their openers ran into Toby Roland-Jones, returning from and emboldened by his England experience. His four overs before stumps saw Patel (whose medium pace had been better than tidy) hurried into turning to leg gully, then Rory Burns – suddenly the senior batsman – caught behind by a beauty that left him.

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

1.05pm BST

Well that’s the first of three sessions done on this glorious Bank Holiday Monday. Here’s your scores on the doors.

Division One:

1.03pm BST

What a player Ryan ten Doeschate is. Came in at 39 for four, but Essex take lunch on 89 for four. Tendo has 35 off 37 with five fours and a six.

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County cricket talking points: Imran Tahir proves worth and Adam Lyth revitalised by record

Derbyshire reach T20 Blast quarter-finals while Yorkshire miss out despite a milestone but can separation by net run rate be made less opaque?

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

Fifteen of 18 counties eyed scoreboards anxiously on the last day of the T20 Blast group stages as, after all those weeks of matches, only three (including Durham) had no chance of making the quarter-finals. Is that a testimony to the competitiveness of the format or a condemnation of the foolishness of hijacking high summer for a lot of sound and fury that ultimately signified nothing? Soon we will have two chances to consider that conundrum. Leicestershire won’t be too bothered about such musings as they secured their spot in the last eight with a victory over the team of the season (so far) Nottinghamshire, who had already topped the North Group. The most fantastic Mr Foxes proved to be Cameron Delport and Matt Pillans, the former making a century, the latter defending seven off the last over. Both are South African-born, somewhat nondescript (for this level) players, whose faces will not be screaming out of the knockout stages marketing posters. Good on them but also, I’m afraid, as the young people say, meh.

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County cricket talking points: Ross Whiteley hits six sixes … and loses

Ross Whiteley scored 37 in one over for Worcestershire but David Willey’s 118 helped Yorkshire win the match and climb to the top of their T20 Blast group

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

Kevin Pietersen’s Surrey (see what I did there) top the South Group after a couple of strange matches at The Oval. On Wednesday, a raucous (but not too raucous) capacity crowd saw him almost single-handedly get Surrey up to 150, a score that proved good enough on a slow pitch exploited with Yorkshire nous by Gareth Batty, whose four overs brought him 2-19. But back to Pietersen, as always seems to be the case. Having been badly dropped at cow corner by Dan Lawrence and “running” like a stiff Alastair Cook, he appeared to decide to hit sixes and five of the match’s eight flew off his bat. In more ways than one, he played like a right-handed version of Chris Gayle – whether that is a good look these days remains to be seen. It worked in this match, no other batsman crossing 30, as Essex fell 11 short of their target.

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