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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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County championship: Hampshire v Surrey and more – live!

12.17pm BST

Abbott into the sixth over of a fine spell. Impressive in this heat. Surrey 156 for three, with Burns on 72. He’s looked good and recently played a delicious flick through midwicket off Crane.

12.15pm BST

So the Champions are on the move. Helm gets Porterfield caught at second slip and Warwickshire are eight for one. Given the scores were level on first innings, I’ll let you do the maths.

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County Championship roundup: George Bailey helps Hampshire take revenge

• Hants post fifth highest score of 648-7 declared; Surrey 113-1
• Stevie Eskinazi hits 178no in Middlesex’s 302-6 v Warwickshire

Hampshire have not forgotten about the two days last July when, at a sweltering Ageas Bowl, Surrey posted 637 for seven declared to set up a dramatic win. It was, for Hampshire’s attack, filthy toil and, as one Surrey player admitted, they had continued batting after tea on the second day “just to piss them off”.

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County cricket: Jimmy Adams in awe of James Vince as they gang up on Surrey

• Vince catches the eye while Hampshire duo both make centuries
• Somerset fight back against Yorkshire after captain drops himself

“He’s nice to bat with but you can stand at the other end and feel a little inadequate,” said one Hampshire centurion, Jimmy Adams, of another, James Vince, at the end of a day dominated by the pair. They had put on 161, bullying Surrey after they had worked hard to dismiss Lewis McManus, bowled by a snorting, swinging Sam Curran yorker, and Rilee Rossouw, caught at second slip off Curran’s brother, Tom.

Related: County cricket: James Vince pushes England case with Hampshire century

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County cricket: Surrey v Hampshire and more – live!

10.48am BST

Four changes for @NorthantsCCC from last week. No Hughes, Kleinveldt, Azhar or Gleeson. Rossington, Crook, Buck & White in #bbccricket

10.46am BST

Middlesex have left Nick Gubbins out, which seems like a bit of madness to me, but oh well. Been some funny thinking in their title defence…

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Nottinghamshire v Surrey: Royal London Cup final – live!

10.12am BST

Stuie’s backing Notts! Enjoy work, pal.

@willis_macp morning will! I’m at work from 12:15-about 23:00 tonight 🙁

Notts my pick should be a cracker

10.08am BST

Early morning stat attack!

GJ Batty (39) & CMW Read (38) are the oldest pair of Lord’s Final captains since JD Bond (40) & MJK Smith (39) Lancs v Warwks in 1972 #RLODC

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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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Jason Roy returns to form as Surrey surge into Royal London Cup final

• Surrey 363-7; Worcestershire 210 all out
• Surrey win by 153 runs to reach final for third year in succession

Jason Roy recaptured his form with a vengeance as Surrey overwhelmed Worcestershire by 153 runs to reach the Royal London Cup final for a third consecutive year.

Roy top scored with 92 as Surrey amassed 363 for seven in their 50 overs after electing to bat at New Road. It was in sharp contrast to his struggles in recent weeks with England which culminated in him being dropped from the Champions Trophy semi-final setback against Pakistan at Cardiff.

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Jason Roy returns to form as Surrey surge into Royal London Cup final

• Surrey 363-7; Worcestershire 210 all out
• Surrey win by 153 runs to reach final for third year in succession

Jason Roy recaptured his form with a vengeance as Surrey overwhelmed Worcestershire by 153 runs to reach the Royal London Cup final for a third consecutive year.

Roy top scored with 92 as Surrey amassed 363 for seven in their 50 overs after electing to bat at New Road. It was in sharp contrast to his struggles in recent weeks with England which culminated in him being dropped from the Champions Trophy semi-final setback against Pakistan at Cardiff.

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

Updates from Guildford and around the county groundsDay two: Ryan ten Doeschate leads Essex fightbackYou can email Will here, or tweet him @willis_macp 12.30pm BST Ravi Rampaul bowls Matt Quinn and Essex are all out for 435, a lead of 36. Tendo finishe…

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

10.11am BST

Morning Stuie! I’m now at the ground at Guildford and the weather is gorgeous. Nice cooling breeze too.

Be nice to see Gareth Roderick make the 12 runs he needs for a ton on his return from illness, wouldn’t it?

@willis_macp morning will reading from work as always on a saturday

12.57am BST

Good morning, and happy weekend! The weather where I am – on a train from Waterloo to Guildford – is delightful and I understand that when I arrive at a tent in Guildford it will remain the same throughout the day. Glorious! There were 2,700 at Woodbridge Road yesterday, and a few crickety folk are on my train at the mo, so we can surely expect another very strong crowd today.

Are you at cricket today? Watching? Playing? Listening? Reading? Let me know! There’s also the small matter of England’s opportunity to knock Australia out of the Champions Trophy happening, too. Bangladesh’s amazing win yesterday (Vic was there) makes that the perfect storm – and England win not only knocking the Aussies out, but seeing the Tigers through, too. Lovely stuff.

Related: Mark Stoneman shines again to give Surrey a strong start against Essex

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County cricket talking points: Kumar Sangakkara’s season average hits 109.50

Sangakkara has now hit 876 runs this season; Somerset need to wake up; Kent have to be more ruthless; and Paul Collingwood’s declaration deserves an ovation

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

Essex and Surrey started their match separated by one point at the top of Division One and finished it in identical shape, the draw not really helping either in a tight race for the pennant. Inevitably, Surrey were indebted to Kumar Sangakkara, who “failed” in his bid for six consecutive centuries, falling for 86 as the match meandered to a draw on the last afternoon. Having registered a round 200 in the first dig, the ageless Sir Lankan scored 47% of Surrey’s runs off the bat, but will have to wait for that hundredth senior hundred. He has now scored 876 runs for Surrey this season at an average of 109.50 – so one suspects he will not be waiting for very long. Contributions were more spread among the Essex players, but teenager Dan Lawrence caught the eye again with a ton. He, like fellow teen Sam Curran (who made 90 in Surrey’s first dig), can only learn from the honour of sharing a cricket field with an all-time great of the game.

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Kumar Sangakkara misses out on joining exclusive club by 16 runs

• Batsman just failed to make centuries in six successive first-class innings
• The Sri Lankan would have joined CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter

Sixteen runs: that was the margin by which Kumar Sangakkara missed out on joining CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter in making centuries in six successive first-class innings. That is esteemed, exclusive and era-straddling company, in which Sangakkara would sit with comfort.

Now, instead, he will have to wait until Surrey face Essex again, at Guildford a week on Friday, for another shot at his 100th career century (he has 61 first-class and 38 List A hundreds). The way he is batting, do not bet against it. And the way he is batting, do not dare let him retire at the end of this summer without having seen him once more. That the 84 he made sits a cool 25.5 beneath his season’s average says plenty.

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Kumar Sangakkara misses out on joining exclusive club by 16 runs

• Batsman just failed to make centuries in six successive first-class innings
• The Sri Lankan would have joined CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter

Sixteen runs: that was the margin by which Kumar Sangakkara missed out on joining CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter in making centuries in six successive first-class innings. That is esteemed, exclusive and era-straddling company, in which Sangakkara would sit with comfort.

Now, instead, he will have to wait until Surrey face Essex again, at Guildford a week on Friday, for another shot at his 100th career century (he has 61 first-class and 38 List A hundreds). The way he is batting, do not bet against it. And the way he is batting, do not dare let him retire at the end of this summer without having seen him once more. That the 84 he made sits a cool 25.5 beneath his season’s average says plenty.

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Kumar Sangakkara misses out on joining exclusive club by 16 runs

• Batsman just failed to make centuries in six successive first-class innings
• The Sri Lankan would have joined CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter

Sixteen runs: that was the margin by which Kumar Sangakkara missed out on joining CB Fry, Don Bradman and Mike Procter in making centuries in six successive first-class innings. That is esteemed, exclusive and era-straddling company, in which Sangakkara would sit with comfort.

Now, instead, he will have to wait until Surrey face Essex again, at Guildford a week on Friday, for another shot at his 100th career century (he has 61 first-class and 38 List A hundreds). The way he is batting, do not bet against it. And the way he is batting, do not dare let him retire at the end of this summer without having seen him once more. That the 84 he made sits a cool 25.5 beneath his season’s average says plenty.

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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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