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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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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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Gareth Berg steals show to help Hampshire take command against Yorkshire

• Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 128-6
• All-rounder Berg follows up unbeaten 99 with four wickets

On the first evening Hampshire’s captain and centurion, James Vince, laid out how his side could defy the deadest of pitches and the visitors’ vaunted batting lineup – Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and the rest – to force their second win against Yorkshire this season: bat long, exhaust the fielders and then force wickets through tiredness and scoreboard pressure.

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

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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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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

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Derek Ibbotson obituary

One of Britain’s top athletes who set a world record for the mile in 1957

The former world mile record holder Derek Ibbotson, who has died aged 84 after suffering from dementia, was one of British athletics’ leading lights of the 1950s and a winner of an Olympic bronze 5000m medal in the Melbourne Games of 1956. He was always hugely popular with fans, his smiling face instantly recognisable to a generation, and his easy, plain-speaking manner and warm Yorkshire accent made him a familiar voice on television and radio broadcasts of the time.

“Ibbo”, as he was always known, had fancied his chances of taking an Olympic gold medal in the 1500m. But his ambitions were thwarted when he was selected instead to run in the 5000m in Melbourne, where he finished third behind the Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts and his British teammate Gordon Pirie, and then watched in the stands as Ireland’s Ron Delany won the 1500m gold.

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Hillsborough families to crowdfund to pay police chief’s costs

Five ordered to pay £28,000 court fees incurred by former South Yorkshire police boss David Crompton

A crowdfunding appeal is to be set up for five people whose relatives died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, after a judge ordered them to pay the £28,000 legal costs of former South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton.

Lady Justice Sharp made the costs order after refusing an application by the five family members to be formally involved in Crompton’s appeal against his dismissal by the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Alan Billings, last year.

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John Hampshire, former England and Yorkshire batsman, dies aged 76

Hampshire had been Yorkshire president since March 2016Played eight Tests and won County Championship five timesThe former England batsman John Hampshire has died aged 76. Hampshire was a giant of Yorkshire cricket, having captained the club, played in…

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John Hampshire, former England and Yorkshire batsman, dies aged 76

Hampshire had been Yorkshire president since March 2016Played eight Tests and won County Championship five timesThe former England batsman John Hampshire has died aged 76. Hampshire was a giant of Yorkshire cricket, having captained the club, played in…

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Joe Root can take heart from proud history of Yorkshire’s England captains

Past bodes well for county’s 10th national leader, who can look back on a lineage of lords, knights and no little silverware

So the three-day event that has been the deliverance of the new England captain finally came to a conclusion at sunny Headingley. Up stepped Joe Root in his collar, tie and blazer, two days after Andrew Strauss had confirmed the bleeding obvious, plenty of time for him to compose a manifesto.

To the relief of his Yorkshire forebears his first aspiration had a familiar ring. “I’d like to be a captain that wins,” he said. Raymond Illingworth will be pleased by that. When he was in charge of the 1970–71 tour Illingworth was aghast and then furious after his manager – David Clark from Kent – had expressed the view that he would rather lose the Ashes 3-1 than win them 1-0. “Play up and play the game” does not quite cut it in Yorkshire.

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Joe Root can take heart from proud history of Yorkshire’s England captains

Past bodes well for county’s 10th national leader, who can look back on a lineage of lords, knights and no little silverware

So the three-day event that has been the deliverance of the new England captain finally came to a conclusion at sunny Headingley. Up stepped Joe Root in his collar, tie and blazer, two days after Andrew Strauss had confirmed the bleeding obvious, plenty of time for him to compose a manifesto.

To the relief of his Yorkshire forebears his first aspiration had a familiar ring. “I’d like to be a captain that wins,” he said. Raymond Illingworth will be pleased by that. When he was in charge of the 1970–71 tour Illingworth was aghast and then furious after his manager – David Clark from Kent – had expressed the view that he would rather lose the Ashes 3-1 than win them 1-0. “Play up and play the game” does not quite cut it in Yorkshire.

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Joe Root can take heart from proud history of Yorkshire’s England captains

Past bodes well for county’s 10th national leader, who can look back on a lineage of lords, knights and no little silverware

So the three-day event that has been the deliverance of the new England captain finally came to a conclusion at sunny Headingley. Up stepped Joe Root in his collar, tie and blazer, two days after Andrew Strauss had confirmed the bleeding obvious, plenty of time for him to compose a manifesto.

To the relief of his Yorkshire forebears his first aspiration had a familiar ring. “I’d like to be a captain that wins,” he said. Raymond Illingworth will be pleased by that. When he was in charge of the 1970–71 tour Illingworth was aghast and then furious after his manager – David Clark from Kent – had expressed the view that he would rather lose the Ashes 3-1 than win them 1-0. “Play up and play the game” does not quite cut it in Yorkshire.

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Jason Gillespie says the timing is perfect for Joe Root to become England captain

• Former Yorkshire coach believes it would take Root’s game to ‘next level’
• Adds that it he would benefit from the continued presence of Alastair Cook

As England supporters await confirmation of Joe Root’s ascension to the Test captaincy, monitoring events from Australia is the former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, who after five years watching the 26-year-old’s rise from fresh-faced rookie to leading Test batsman believes the timing could not be better.

Gillespie, who drew stumps on his golden spell in charge at Headingley last summer, shares none of the fears Root will be overburdened by the responsibility, instead expecting a surge in runs and a proactive style in keeping with the current generation’s desire to be aggressive.

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