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Summary

  1. Essex beat Middlesex by innings & 34 runs
  2. Harmer takes 14 wickets in match
  3. Somerset & Hampshire draw
  4. Game called off at Trent Bridge
  5. Wins for Northants & Derbyshire

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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That, my friends, is all I have time for this evening.

What a week it's been. Groundbreaking day-night cricket, plenty of rain and dramatic finishes.

Paul Grunill will be back on Monday with the next round of County Championship fixtures - they start at 11:00 BST.

Thanks for joining myself and Felix Keith. It's been emotional.

3-6 July fixtures

Let's hope for some better weather as we head into July.

Division One:

  • Surrey v Hampshire (The Oval)
  • Warwickshire v Middlesex (Edgbaston)
  • Yorkshire v Somerset (Scarborough)

Division Two:

  • Derbyshire v Durham (Chesterfield)
  • Gloucestershire v Glamorgan (Cheltenham)
  • Kent v Northants (Beckenham)

Essex take a break

Next game on 6 August

With the T20 Blast starting next Friday, Essex are not in action again in the County Championship until Sunday, 6 August when they play Yorkshire at Scarborough.

There are still six four-day fixtures starting on Monday. We'll have it all covered on the BBC website.

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Pleasant viewing for Essex

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That incredible win over Middlesex puts Essex 29 points clear of Lancashire at the top.

The current county champions are languishing in sixth.

BreakingHAMPSHIRE DRAW WITH SOMERSET

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d draw with Somerset 147 & 88-8

Craig Overton sees out the final over from Gareth Berg and the two sides shake hands.

It was a cracking end to a game which had seemed destined for a drab draw.

Somerset take eight points and climb off the bottom of the Division One table above Warwickshire.

Third-placed Hampshire claim nine points.

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 88-8

Four dots. Two to survive.

Last over at Hampshire

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 88-8

Gareth Berg will bowl the final over, Craig Overton to face. Surely not?

WICKET Groenewald (c McManus b Abbott) 3

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 84-8

You are kidding me? Somerset are eight down.

Hampshire have seven balls to get two more wickets.

Tim Groenewald is caught behind off Kyle Abbott and there is still more drama to come. Stop it now please.

The final moments in pictures

Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

Here's how it unfolded after Essex won their dramatic game against Middlesex.

The elation...

Simon Harmer
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The adoration...

Simon Harmer
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The hero...

Simon Harmer
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Two overs left at Hampshire

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 84-7

Somerset pair Craig Overton and Tim Groenewald have 12 balls to survive.

Liam Dawson will bowl the penultimate over.

'Loss of 150 overs decisive'

Sussex 358-9d & 142-1d draw with Gloucestershire 150-1d & 212-6

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In the end, despite the endeavours of both captains to set up a game, the match drifts tamely to a draw.

Credit to Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor and Kieran Noema-Barnett who batted through the final session with an unbroken stand of 95, but the loss of more than 150 overs due to bad weather was ultimately decisive.

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WICKET Gregory (lbw b Berg) 3

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 82-7

There may be a bit of life left in the match at the Ageas Bowl yet!

With 4.1 overs to go Gareth Berg removes Lewis Gregory lbw.

I'm not sure I can take any more late drama tonight.

Essex 29 points clear

Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

Essex take the maximum 24 points from the match and are now 29 ahead of Lancashire in second.

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Richard Vaughan: Utterly utterly brilliant. A four day match won win a minute to spare. I love day/night matches now. Well played @SimonHarmerRSA.

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'Best win of all time'

Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

Ravi isn't mincing his words...

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Meanwhile, draw coming at the Ageas

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 82-6

After all the madness earlier and elsewhere, it's petering out into a draw at the Ageas Bowl.

Tim Groenewald and Lewis Gregory are digging in, with just five overs left to be bowled. Hampshire need an Essex-like swing of fortune to find a win.

Simon Harmer the hero again

Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

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Let's have a look at the numbers for Simon Harmer...

He took 9-95 in this innings to go with his 5-77 in the first innings for match figures of 14-172.

He now has 47 wickets this season.

ESSEX BEAT MIDDLESEX

Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

Nick Compton looked to have saved the game for Middlesex with a century, but his wicket sparked a collapse in the last half hour that saw five wickets fall for 10 runs.

Madness.

BreakingESSEX BEAT MIDDLESEX

Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

THEY'VE DONE IT. Simon Harmer traps Steven Finn lbw for his ninth wicket. Wow.

It's the most extraordinary end to a game you will ever see - Harmer finishes with 9-95 and 14 wickets in the match for the second game in a row.

The South African has 28 wickets in a week - Essex stretch their lead at the top of Division One.

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Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-9

Simon Harmer to Tim Murtagh. Murtagh is taking his time - he wants this to be the last over.

All nine fielders are within a few of metres of the bat.

BreakingSussex draw with Gloucestershire

Sussex 358-9d & 142-1 dec v Gloucestershire 150-1 dec & 212-6

And that's that at Hove, where Gloucestershire have successfully batted out for the draw with Sussex.

Jack Taylor (69 not out) and Kieran Noema-Barnett (37 not out) put on a resolute 95-run partnership to make sure of the draw.

Nine points for Sussex; eight for Gloucestershire.

WICKET Roland-Jones (lbw b Lawrence) 1

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-9

NINE DOWN! Essex need one more for a remarkable victory.

Toby-Roland Jones shoulders arms to a Dan Lawrence delivery, it hits him on the pad, he's sent packing.

Steven Finn is the last man in. Will Essex get two more overs?

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Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-8

Maiden from Simon Harmer. Nine minutes to go. Two wickets needed.

At the Ageas Bowl, Somerset are still six down and appear to have abandoned their chase of 161. 10 overs to go there.

BreakingNorthants beat Leicestershire by two runs

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 391

Leicestershire needed a whopping 394 runs to win in the final innings. They got to 391 runs, with Colin Ackermann (105), Mark Cosgrove (75) and Mathew Pillans (56) all contributing.

It went down to the wire, but an effort ball from Rory Kleinveldt eked out the final wicket. What a game.

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-8

Simon Harmer will bowl to Tim Murtagh. Umpteen men around the bat.

This is tense.

WICKET Pillans (c Cobb b Kleinveldt) 56

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 391

ABSOLUTE SCENES AT WANTAGE ROAD. My god. Northants win by two runs.

Mathew Pillans, who hat batted heroically for his 56, gets a leading edge to point, where Josh Cobb pouches the catch.

Heartbreak for Leicestershire, jubilation for Northants.

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-8

And breathe. There are 13 minutes left at Chelmsford - could Essex get through five overs? Simon Harmer three?

Dan Lawrence is absolutely racing through his...

A maiden for Gleeson

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 391-9

Richard Gleeson bowls a maiden to Dieter Klein. There is a huge shout for an lbw first ball, but the umpire correctly gave it not out.

Mathew Pillans on strike for the next over. Three runs still to win.

WICKET Rayner (lbw b Harmer) 0

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-8

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ANOTHER! Simon Harmer has 8-94. Surely he can't get all 10?

New man Ollie Rayner is trapped lbw - plumb - out.

Tim Murtagh is in at 10.

Leicestershire need 3 runs to win

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 391-9

Three singles off the Rory Kleinveldt over. Dieter Klein will face the next over.

Three runs to win.

WICKET Higgins (c Cook b Harmer) 16

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 261-7

I really do not believe what I'm seeing here.

Simon Harmer has ALL SEVEN WICKETS to fall and 12 in the match.

Essex could still win this.

Ryan Higgins edges the spinner to Alastair Cook for another catch in the slips.

Essex have 18 minutes to get three wickets.

WICKET Davies (c Bailey b Holland) 47

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 79-6

Unbelievable scenes at the Ageas Bowl - Somerset are six down and in real trouble.

The one man who could win it for them, Steven Davies, is gone.

Davies clobbers Ian Holland straight to Hampshire skipper George Bailey at mid-off.

Hampshire have 12 overs to get four wickets - Somerset need 82 more.

Dropped catch?

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 388-9

Dieter Klein has a swipe at one outside offstump. A bottom edge goes through to Ben Duckett, who reacts as though he's dropped it.

Unclear whether it carried the whole way to the replacement wicketkeeper. But the Northants fielders have their heads in their hands.

Six runs to win.

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 260-6

There are a minimum of four overs to go at Chelmsford, but with Simon Harmer and Dan Lawrence racing through their deliveries, they'll get a few more in before the 9pm close.

Toby Roland-Jones and Ryan Higgins are in full survival mode.

Match abandoned at Trent Bridge

Notts draw with Kent

The covers had started to come off in Nottingham, but the outfield is just too wet and they won't be able to get under way.

It's incredibly frustrating for Notts, who only needed 75 to beat Kent, but the rain had the final say.

Notts are still well clear at the top of Division Two, but they'll feel a certain victory got away from them here.

10 to win for Leicestershire

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 384-9

This is now Leicestershire's highest fourth innings total in the County Championship since 1937.

They need 10 more to win. You can hear a pin drop at Wantage Road.

50 for Pillans

Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 381-9

There's still hope for Leicestershire! Mathew Pillans has 52 from 48 balls as he smashes two boundaries off Richard Gleeson.

13 runs to win.

WICKET Abell (c Rossouw b Dawson) 0

Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 69-5

Wickets are tumbling everywhere! Somerset skipper Tom Abell is out for nought at the Ageas Bowl.

Abell edges Liam Dawson to Rilee Rossouw at slip - that's his fifth duck in the Championship this season.

Tim Groenewald joins Steven Davies in the middle.

WICKET Compton (lbw b Harmer) 120

Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 252-6

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Drama at Essex - Nick Compton is gone. Simon Harmer has six.

Compton is pinned in front and up goes the finger - he faced 303 balls but wasn't able to see it through.

Harmer just can't stop taking wickets - that's 11 in the match and 44 this summer.

There are nine overs left - everyone is around the bat.