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

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Dutch Timm gone to George Harding at Swansea and Glamorgan are nine down against Durham.

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A second wicket at Tunbridge Wells as van Zyl bowls Bell-Drummond, who really is a bit too good for that division, for 90. Kent’s lead is humungous.

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

Live updates from around the county groundsLook in on England v South Africa in the second ODI hereEmail will.macpherson.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @willis_macpSangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century 3.17pm BST Tom Ko…

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

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Wicket! Stoneman nicked Quinn through gully for four first ball but he’s gone two deliveries later! Tight line and he’s edged to second slip. Well bowled, rather than a terrible shot. 6 for one.

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The weather is absolutely magnificent here at Chelsmford, and there’s a very strong crowd in as Essex head out to field. Rory Burns, the Surrey captain (how good does that sound?!), and Mark Stoneman out to open the batting for Surrey. Pitch looks a bit of a belter.

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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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Essex beat Somerset to close in on Royal London One-Day Cup semi-final spot

• Tom Westley was the mainstay of victory, making 100 from 98 balls
• Gloucestershire dented Sussex’s hopes of reaching knockout stages

Essex moved close to a home semi-final in the Royal London One-Day Cup with a 72-run win over the previous South Group leaders, Somerset.

Tom Westley was the mainstay of Essex’s 50-over total of 334 for six at Taunton, making exactly 100 from 98 balls. Ravi Bopara (92 not out) and Alastair Cook (65) also shone with the bat and Somerset fell well short, despite Johann Myburgh hitting 57 out of a 64-run opening stand with Jim Allenby.

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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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Somerset’s Roelof van der Merwe leads stunning recovery to sink Surrey

• South Group: Surrey 290-8; Somerset 291-6
• Somerset win by four wickets

A maiden one-day century by Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset pull off a remarkable four-wicket win over Surrey in the Royal London One Day Cup at Taunton with more than six overs to spare.

Surrey were restricted to 290 for eight from their 50 overs, Ben Foakes top-scoring with 92. In reply Somerset crumbled to 22 for five and looked out of it before Van der Merwe, who hit 165 not out, and Dean Elgar (68) came together to lay the foundation for victory with a sixth-wicket stand of 213. Somerset reached their target with 37 balls remaining to complete a dramatic turnaround.

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County cricket talking points: early form suggests we are in for a cracking season

Five of the eight teams in Division One have won one of their three matches so far. With teams taking points off each other, we may see another final-day thriller

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

Five of Division One’s eight teams have “played three, won one” in what is shaping up to be a tight race for the pennant after last year’s final-day thriller. Surrey lead due to bonus points, having run into a Warwickshire side displaying more backbone that has hitherto been discernible this season. After Ian Westwood’s first dig of the season saw him anchor a competitive total of 332, the home side looked on as Mark Stoneman and Kumar Sangakkara made centuries to secure a handy lead of 105 for Surrey. But Warwickshire were in no mood to capitulate and, building on the morale fostered by taking the last five wickets for 43 runs, Ian Bell’s men batted out 123 overs for the draw, the captain making 99, Tim Ambrose 85 and the always admirable Keith Barker adding 70*. It’s a start for Warwickshire, but Surrey will worry that without Mark Footitt’s cutting edge – he was hampered by injury and out of sorts on the fourth day – they lack the firepower required to turn draws into wins.

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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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Essex victory hopes could rest on unbeaten Alastair Cook

• Somerset 209 & 174; Essex 129 & 10-0
• Former England captain Cook leading run chase

The fascination of this bizarre match has shifted after two days. On Friday, it all seemed to centre on a rare appearance at county level by the former England captain Alastair Cook. By Saturday night of far greater interest was who was going to win a topsy-turvy contest. It may be that Cook, the only batsman to reach 50, will have the decisive influence.

In this game the scorecard is no more trustworthy than a Southern Railway Sunday timetable. Twelve wickets fell on Friday, 18 wickets on Saturday. The obvious conclusion therefore is that the poor, victimised batsmen of these two teams have been exposed to another Taunton minefield. However, this would be an incorrect assumption.

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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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Somerset’s Jack Leach confident tweaks will ease concerns over bowling action

• Doubts over his action cost spinner England mid-tour call-up to India
• After ironing out problem he took three wickets in England Lions one-dayer

The Somerset spinner Jack Leach revealed he was “as shocked as anyone” when the legality of his bowling action was called into question but is confident a slight modification will prove to be a benefit as his career progresses.

It emerged on Tuesday morning that Leach had been overlooked as a mid-tour call-up by England to India owing to concerns over his slow left-arm action despite being an obvious choice after taking 65 County Championship wickets last season.

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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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Somerset, helpless and heartbroken, still played a part in thrilling finale | Vic Marks

Matthew Maynard’s men at Taunton had plenty to be proud of despite watching Middlesex deny the county what would have been a first Championship title

At least the bar sales were good at Taunton. There was a determination to enjoy the sunshine and the cider (well, there must have been a few drinking cider). All three bars at the ground were full and there was cause to turn to drink. The televisions were on for the masochists.

Related: Middlesex pip Yorkshire and Somerset to title after thrilling finale at Lord’s

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Middlesex pip Yorkshire and Somerset to title in thrilling finale at Lord’s

• Toby Roland-Jones seals Championship at Lord’s with stunning hat-trick
• ‘I honestly didn’t realise it was a hat-trick. It was just a blur at the end’

Toby Roland-Jones spoke of an unbelievable feeling after his stunning hat-trick completed a rollercoaster final-day victory over Yorkshire that meant Middlesex claimed their first County Championship for 23 years and denied both their opponents and Somerset the crown.

Related: Toby Roland-Jones hat-trick seals Middlesex’s title against Yorkshire

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Yorkshire stay in title hunt as county season reaches three-cornered climax

• Tim Bresnan century earns vital bonus point for defending champions
• Middlesex and Somerset can also still win County Championship

The final day of the county season will now go down to the wire with Middlesex and Yorkshire both hunting victory at Lord’s in order to claim the title and deny Somerset, who defeated Nottinghamshire inside three days at Taunton, a first championship in their history.

By the close on day three Middlesex had reached 81 for two in their second innings but are trailing by 39 runs after the visitors had made 390 through a stunning unbeaten 142 from Tim Bresnan. That rescued his side from 53 for four at one stage and, crucially, gave them the fourth bonus batting point they required to remain in the race for the top spot.

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Somerset’s Chris Rogers bows out with win and hopes of championship

• Somerset 365 & 313-5dec v Nottinghamshire 138 & 215
• Chris Rogers scored a century as Somerset won by 325 runs

So Somerset are the leaders in the clubhouse and their players and supporters must contemplate an agonising day monitoring events at Lord’s. They beat Nottinghamshire by 325 runs with Jack Leach adding four more wickets to his season’s haul, which stands at 65, and Chris Rogers in what he confirmed was his last first-class match, hitting another century.

Imran Tahir swung hopelessly and Peter Trego bellowed “mine” before taking the catch, which had everyone in the stands on their feet, applauding a team that has given them some thrilling entertainment over the past six weeks.

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Somerset’s Chris Rogers bows out with win and hopes of championship

• Somerset 365 & 313-5dec v Nottinghamshire 138 & 215
• Chris Rogers scored a century as Somerset won by 325 runs

So Somerset are the leaders in the clubhouse and their players and supporters must contemplate an agonising day monitoring events at Lord’s. They beat Nottinghamshire by 325 runs with Jack Leach adding four more wickets to his season’s haul, which stands at 65, and Chris Rogers in what he confirmed was his last first-class match, hitting another century.

Imran Tahir swung hopelessly and Peter Trego bellowed “mine” before taking the catch, which had everyone in the stands on their feet, applauding a team that has given them some thrilling entertainment over the past six weeks.

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