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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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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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County Championship 2017: Divisions One and Two – team-by-team guide

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Chris Woakes: ‘The IPL is a one-off opportunity I can’t turn down’

An inspired spell of death bowling on England’s recent tour of India helped earn the bashful boy from Birmingham a chance with Kolkata Knight Riders, and Woakes is relishing the opportunity

Chris Woakes admits he squirms when driving into Edgbaston these days given his face has now replaced that of Ian Bell on the side of the famous old ground as Warwickshire’s most marketable cricketer.

Any awkwardness stems solely from the all-rounder’s self-effacing nature, however, and not the fact that while his county team-mates will be pondering tea in their season opener in front of a few hundred spectators against Surrey at the Oval on Friday, he will be likely stepping out to make his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Bollywood-infused glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League.

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Ashley Giles happy to return ‘home’ to Warwickshire after Lancashire spell

• Former England spinner lived out of a suitcase
• He is reunited with Jim Troughton and Ian Bell

When Ashley Giles told his family on Christmas Day that he had one final present to share with them – namely that his return to Warwickshire had been finalised the day before and, after two years living out of a suitcase at Lancashire, he was coming home full-time – the reaction was not entirely one of universal excitement.

While his wife, Stine, and 16-year-old son, Anders, were delighted, his daughter Mathilde, 14, let out a small sigh: she thought he was about to tell them they were getting a dog. That one minor disappointment aside, it is fair to say the return of Giles to the club where he made his name first as a player and then head coach has gone down well in the West Midlands.

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Ashley Giles returns to Warwickshire from Lancashire as sport director

• Former England spinner returns to Edgbaston after two years at Lancashire
• New role ‘a great opportunity’ for club’s former player and director of cricket

Ashley Giles has left Lancashire to return to former club Warwickshire as sport director. In his new role, the former Warwickshire and England spinner will oversee all the county’s professional teams as well as the academy, high performance and development of excellence programmes.

Related: Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas leaves hospital after health scare

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Ashley Giles returns to Warwickshire from Lancashire as sport director

• Former England spinner returns to Edgbaston after two years at Lancashire
• New role ‘a great opportunity’ for club’s former player and director of cricket

Ashley Giles has left Lancashire to return to former club Warwickshire as sport director. In his new role, the former Warwickshire and England spinner will oversee all the county’s professional teams as well as the academy, high performance and development of excellence programmes.

Related: Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas leaves hospital after health scare

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Advantage Warwickshire as Keith Barker leaves Lancashire in peril

• Warwickshire 219 & 12-0; Lancashire 152
• Barker: ‘It’s us or them, so rather them than us’

After five seasons of carving up county batting line-ups, Keith Barker’s status as a Warwickshire favourite is undisputed and on the second day against Lancashire at Edgbaston, the latest demonstration of the left-armer’s prowess with a Dukes ball means it is now the visitors, not the hosts, who are staring at the relegation trapdoor.

Having been bowled out for 219 on the first day, third-bottom Warwickshire looked most imperiled by Hampshire’s ongoing dominance over Durham, only for Barker’s four for 30 to roll Lancashire over for 152. The openers Ian Westwood and Alex Mellor then reached 12 for no loss and a lead of 79 runs when bad light and rain ended proceedings at 3.45pm.

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Lancashire increase pressure on Warwickshire in relegation shootout

• Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire 14-0
• Tom Bailey takes four for 52 as Ian Bell’s side struggle

For all the champagne that was sprayed around at Lord’s after victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup final on Saturday, Warwickshire know that the success or otherwise of their season will not ultimately be defined until their Division One status is secured.

After their first day with Lancashire at Edgbaston, in what is shaping up to be a straight relegation shootout if Hampshire continue their dominance at home to Durham and win, Ian Bell’s side were left with a growing sense of unease having been bowled out for 219 by a visiting side who then reached 14 for no loss by the close.

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Lancashire increase pressure on Warwickshire in relegation shootout

• Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire 14-0
• Tom Bailey takes four for 52 as Ian Bell’s side struggle

For all the champagne that was sprayed around at Lord’s after victory in the Royal London One-Day Cup final on Saturday, Warwickshire know that the success or otherwise of their season will not ultimately be defined until their Division One status is secured.

After their first day with Lancashire at Edgbaston, in what is shaping up to be a straight relegation shootout if Hampshire continue their dominance at home to Durham and win, Ian Bell’s side were left with a growing sense of unease having been bowled out for 219 by a visiting side who then reached 14 for no loss by the close.

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Jeetan Patel helps Warwickshire sink Surrey in Royal London Cup final

• Surrey 136; Warwickshire 137-2; Warwickshire win by eight wickets
• Jonathan Trott in inspirational form at Lord’s with 82 not out

This was a match for the partisan supporter – from Birmingham. It is now ingrained that scores of 300 are required in this format. But here, on a tired, dry old surface in the middle of the square, Surrey collapsed from 99 for two to a paltry 136 all out, which left Warwickshire with the simplest of tasks. There have been only three lower scores in a Lord’s final.

Warwickshire knocked off the runs with eight wickets and 19.4 overs to spare with Jonathan Trott giving an exhibition of high-class efficiency. He finished this mismatch with an exquisite cover drive and 82 runs to his name. Job done and dusted by 4pm. The only thing Surrey won was the toss.

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