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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and Glamorgan v Durham – live!

• All the final day action from Chelmsford plus news from around the grounds
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11.40am BST

Wicket at Tunbridge Wells! Harris bowls Wiese and Kent are three away from victory over Sussex. 211 for seven. Still 293 adrift…

11.37am BST

Grievous Bodily Harmer on here. About time that one of these got out so that Sanga can have a shot at his sixth straight ton.

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

12.28pm BST

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

12.27pm BST

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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Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

• Sri Lanka legend sees visitors recover from 31 for five
• Finishes the day unbeaten on 177 at Chelmsford

With Essex top of the table, there is a chirp about Chelmsford right now, and it only became louder when Jamie Porter and Matt Quinn, destroyers of Hampshire last time out, reduced Surrey to 31 for five. But, like Lancashire, Warwickshire and Middlesex before them, Essex met Kumar Sangakkara.

They were undone by something old and something new. There was a 61st first-class century for Sangakkara and almost a first for Sam Curran, 21 years his junior. Sangakkara’s was his third in eight days, the biggest and, given the circumstances, the best of five in five first-class innings (the first man to do so for Surrey and the equal of a championship record); only CB Fry, Mike Procter and Don Bradman have scored six on the spin. When he retires at summer’s end he will leave as big a hole in Surrey’s batting lineup as he will in the game at large: cherish him.

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

11.08am BST

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.

11.01am BST

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!

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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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 talking points: the schedule for the season is daft

Just as momentum and interest were building, the County Championship season took a break – and missed out on big crowds over the bank holiday

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

Just when the County Championship narrative began to build with a logjam at the top of Division One, with Gary Ballance and Darren Stevens adding personal stories to colour the picture, cricket shifts to its white ball format – of course it does. At least the Royal London One-Day Cup got off to a spectacular start with an early contender for innings of the season. After Ben Foakes’s 92 had lifted Surrey to a competitive 290, Somerset collapsed to 22-5, the swing of Jade Dernbach (remember him?) and Sam Curran too much for the experienced top order. Dean Elgar – a very classy operator these days – was joined by fellow South African, Roelof van der Merwe and the long reconstruction job began. While the Test man dug in, the all-rounder chanced his arm and the runs kept coming, but the wickets didn’t. Elgar departed with the stand worth 213, but Van der Merwe only walked off when the job was done, his share 165.

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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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County cricket talking points: Surrey top the table but it’s not an even playing field

Pre-season punishments have made the season unnecessarily complicated; Mark Footitt impressed for Surrey; and Dan Lawrence is one to watch at Essex

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

So, eight teams in the top flight, 10 teams in the lower: but 14 matches for each. Durham, having finished fourth in Division One last season, start this season in Division Two on -48 points with Leicestershire on -16 points, a penalty prompted by an offence committed in a university match. This just isn’t acceptable. The game is complicated enough – it’s one reason why we love it – but how is anyone, casual observer or avid fan, supposed to keep up with it all? Durham deserved some punishment (and, by God, did they get it) and Leicestershire’s disciplinary rap sheet is deeply unimpressive, but points should be won and lost on the field by scoring runs and taking wickets. You don’t have to employ the imagination of the Marquis de Sade to find sanctions that retain sporting competitions’ fundamental integrity. But, you know, county cricket, eh? Never easy, is it?

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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: Warwickshire’s Trott hits century as Hants shock Yorkshire

• Jonathan Trott’s 41st first-class century steadies Warwickshire against Surrey
• Hampshire chase down 320 with four wickets in hand to beat Yorkshire

Jonathan Trott ambled to the crease, on a pair, at the end of the third day’s second over, with Warwickshire in the mire, trailing by 334 and facing an innings defeat to Surrey. By day’s end he had a 41st first-class century, and had shaved the deficit to just 41; there remain few better equipped to blunt a quality attack. In doing so, he saved Warwickshire’s blushes – no doubt on Monday he will set about saving the match.

Trott came to the crease when William Porterfield was lbw to Sam Curran and soon Jade Dernbach had Alex Mellor caught at first slip; the sense is that Trott and Ian Bell will be fighting fires with Warwickshire two down for not many plenty this season. If the circumstances left Bell looking a little frantic, then Trott was the picture of calm.

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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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Leicestershire docked 16 points on eve of new County Championship season

• Punishment relates to incident involving bowler Charlie Shreck
• County also fined £5,000 after match against Loughborough University

Leicestershire will start their County Championship campaign on minus 16 points and with their captain, Mark Cosgrove, banned for one match after they were dramatically punished on the eve of the new season following an incident last week against Loughborough University involving their seam bowler Charlie Shreck.

The club’s punishment, which also includes a £5,000 fine and a further eight points suspended for one year, was handed down for chalking up five such incidents in the space of 12 months. They now become the second side in Division Two to start the summer with a deficit against their name after Durham were relegated for financial reasons last October and docked 48 points.

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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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Kevin Pietersen to make surprise Surrey return for Natwest T20 Blast

• Former England batsman ditches spell in Caribbean Premier League
• ‘I’ve missed playing here at home,’ said Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen will make a surprise return to county cricket this summer, after choosing to play in the Natwest T20 Blast for Surrey rather than a spell in the Caribbean Premier League with the St Lucia Stars.

The former England batsman last played for Surrey, his third county, in 2015, and has made his distaste for the English T20 competition well known due to its elongated nature. However, the Blast returns to Pietersen’s preferred block format this summer and he will be available for the entire competition.

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