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Summary

  1. Tom Westley's unbeaten 108 sees Essex to an eight-wicket win over Surrey
  2. Yorkshire beat Somerset by three runs in a thriller at Taunton
  3. Lancashire inflict Middlesex's first defeat since 2015
  4. Sussex beat Leicestershire by five wickets at Grace Road
  5. Notts 16 points clear at top of Division Two after draw with Gloucestershire

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By Paul Grunill and Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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Another round of Championship action comes to an end with wins in Division One for new leaders Essex, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Tom Westley's unbeaten century sees Essex end Surrey's unbeaten record, but match of the day is undoubtedly at Taunton where Yorkshire squeeze home by three runs after Somerset appeared to be heading for a first victory of the summer.

Division Two leaders Notts have to settle for a draw at Gloucestershire, but Sussex make light of their run-chase to beat Leicestershire.

Thanks for your company over the past four days. We'll be back tomorrow from 10:30ish for coverage of two One-Day Cup games. See you then.

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Monday's Championship results

Division One

Essex 435 & 253-2 beat Surrey 399 & 288 by eight wickets

Essex 24 pts, Surrey 7

Lancashire 309 & 111-2 beat Middlesex 180 & 236 by eight wickets

Lancashire 22 pts, Middlesex 3

Yorkshire 202 & 283 beat Somerset 224 & 258 by three runs

Yorkshire 20 pts, Somerset 4

Division Two

Sussex 284 & 234-5 beat Leicestershire 340 & 175 by five wickets

Sussex 21 pts, Leicestershire 6

Gloucestershire 303 & 254-5 drew with Notts 535-8 dec

Gloucestershire 9 pts, Nottinghamshire 11

GLOUCESTERSHIRE DRAW WITH NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Gloucestershire 303 & 254-5 (96 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8 dec

Gloucestershire finally break the run of maiden overs with a single by Jack Taylor, but two overs later the game comes to an end.

Graeme van Buuren has 88 not out, Taylor is unbeaten on 26, and the home side can feel satisfied with their efforts after batting through the final day to thwart the Division Two leaders.

Notts, though, take 11 points and go 16 clear at the top of the table - although their closest pursuers, Kent, Worcestershire and Northants have a game in hand.

Draw looms at Brightside

Gloucestershire 303 & 245-5 (93 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8 dec.

Three successive maidens. Gloucestershire lead by 13. Van Buuren 86 not out, Taylor 19 not out. Very little embellishment required.

Van Buuren reaches milestone

Gloucestershire 303 & 245-5 (90 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8 dec

If anyone has told Graeme van Buuren to get on with it if he wishes to reach a hundred, he's not showing any sign of it. He has passed 4,000 first-class runs in progressing to 86 not out, but it's partner Jack Taylor (19*) who is the one producing the boundaries. Gloucestershire now lead by 13.

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Gloucestershire close to parity

Gloucestershire 303 & 229-5 (87 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8 dec

After four games with positive results, it looks like this round of Championship matches is going to end with a draw as Gloucestershire bat out time against Division Two leaders Notts.

You would imagine the shaking of hands won't be too far off, but Graeme van Buuren would no doubt like to stay out there a bit longer as he's 83 not out.

Gloucestershire need three runs to wipe out their deficit.

Steven Mullaney leaves the field

Gloucestershire 303 & 223-5 (84.3 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Steven Mullaney leaves the field with a bloodied left hand. The Nottinghamshire batsman appears to have damaged a finger nail.

Notts fans will hope it's nothing serious with a One-Day Cup quarter-final against Somerset in Taunton tomorrow.

BreakingESSEX BEAT SURREY BY EIGHT WICKETS

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 253-2 (64.2 overs)

Essex return to the top of the table as Tom Westley helps himself to a four and a single at the start of a new Stuart Meaker over to see them safely to their target. He finishes on 108 not out, with Dan Lawrence unbeaten on 32, and their unbroken partnership worth 105.

It's Essex's first win over Surrey in eight Championship games and puts them six points clear of Yorkshire, with Hampshire, who didn't play this week, four points further back in third place.

The home side managed to add 35 to their overnight 253-7 during the morning session, but Essex always looked in control in their run-chase, even after the loss of Alastair Cook (31) to the final ball before lunch.

Their next Championship assignment is a home game against Warwickshire on 19 June, while Surrey must wait until the 26th for their trip to face Yorkshire at Headingley.

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Westley puts Essex in sight of win

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 244-2 (62.4 overs)

Surrey and Essex are the only two unbeaten sides in Division One, but Surrey won't be for much longer as Tom Westley hits three successive fours off leg-spinner Scott Borthwick.

Another boundary off Stuart Meaker in the next over carries him to his hundred, his second of the season and 18th overall in first-class cricket. It's going to be a match-winning innings too, with Essex just nine runs away from a maximum 24 points.

WICKET Mustard (c Libby b Fletcher) 39

Gloucestershire 303 & 218-5 (82.1 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Phil Mustard has given it away. The second new ball has struck, but it took a good catch from Jake Libby at point to open the door for Nottinghamshire. Luke Fletcher has the wicket.

Can Notts make a game of this?

Hope fades for Surrey

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 218-2 (59 overs)

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The final day at Guildford promised drama, but Essex are intent on frustrating those hoping for some final-act thrills. They need another 48 for victory as Gareth Batty finally hands the ball to paceman Stuart Meaker, who is straining at the leash, having only bowled three overs previously in this innings.

The faster the bowler, though, the faster the ball can disappear and Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley collect three boundaries between them as he starts his spell with an expensive 13-run opening over.

200 up for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire 303 & 206-4 (80 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Gloucestershire have passed 200 and are now 26 runs behind Nottinghamshire.

Samit Patel tries to tempt the big shot ahead of the new ball, but neither Graeme van Buuren or Phil Mustard are interested. Patel gives up and tries a left-arm seamer but it's hit to the fence by van Buuren, who moves to 79 not out.

Sussex star Wells 'feels like old man'

Sussex batsman Luke Wells made an unbeaten 90 to see them to a five-wicket victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road earlier this afternoon.

It followed a double century and a century since his return to action following a knee injury, but he is still suffering a few aches and pains and looking forward to a rest before their day-night Championship match against Gloucestershire, starting on 26 June.

"Physically, I'm quite ready for a break, I feel like a very old man at 26 years old. I wasn't physically prepared for the first two games and it'll be nice to have a little break and refresh," he told BBC Sussex.

"I didn't really have a pre-season as such,. It was just rehab and netting and then off you go. The knee is ok, I've had a couple of other niggles, I had a shoulder impingement and had to have a cortisone injection before this game, so that's why I say I feel like an old man."

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Notts waiting on the new ball

Gloucestershire 303 & 195-4 (72 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Nottinghamshire are simply killing time before a last throw of the dice in the form of the new ball.

Riki Wessels takes the ball after tea. It's five more overs until Notts captain Chris Read will get his wish.

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An aubergine feels strangely at odds with the fiery Harbhajan somehow... If he were a vegetable it'd surely be a chilli pepper.

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Batty continues spin strategy

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 187-2 (52 overs)

Back out at Guildford after tea and Surrey skipper Gareth Batty continues his spell. Five runs come from the over, four of them to Tom Westley from the final delivery.

It's still Scott Borthwick at the other end. How long will it be until Batty gives his pace attack a final dart?

Meanwhile, Surrey have recalled pace bowler Conor McKerr from his loan spell with Derbyshire. The 19-year-old took 10 wickets in Derbyshire's defeat by Northants this week and Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart says he is "developing nicely".

One-Day Cup coverage

The One-Day Cup provides the county cricket focus for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow sees two quarter-finals with Somerset taking on Notts (play starts 11:00 BST) and Yorkshire at home to Surrey (14:00).

The winners of the first game will travel to face Essex (13:00) in the semi-finals on Friday, with Yorkshire or Surrey meeting at Worcestershire (11:00) at New Road the following day.

Our BBC radio commentators will be at all four games and we will also be providing you with text updates.

The prize for the two teams left standing after those four games - a trip to Lord's for the final on 1 July.

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Tea at Bristol

Gloucestershire 303 & 189-4 (74 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Gloucestershire have scored just 159 runs so far today - and that's including the 10 off Harry Gurney's wayward final over before tea.

It's been slow stuff, but the hosts - and the few fans still inside the ground - won't mind. Graeme van Buuren (67 not out) and Phil Mustard (24 not out) are very, very comfortable as Notts rotate their bowlers at will.

How long until the handshake?

Graeme van Buuren
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Tea at Guildford

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 186-2 (51 overs)

Time for a break at Woodbridge Road and it could be a timely one for Surrey, who need to come up with a plan to take eight wickets, with their opponents needing just 67 more runs for victory.

Tom Westley is 61 not out, Dan Lawrence has 12, and it looks like it would take either careless batting, or inspired bowling, or a combination of both, to deny them from this position.

Surrey try twin-spin tactic

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 181-2 (48 overs)

Essex are not hurrying, and why should they with the prospect of third victory of the summer ahead. It's spin at both ends now from Surrey with Scott Borthwick given his first bowl of the game. Tidy enough by him so far, without being especially threatening. The visitors need another 72 win.

This is the third Championship match between the two sides at Guildford - the first two, in 1968 and 2009, were drawn.

Pujara given the treatment

Gloucestershire 303 & 170-4 (70.2 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

We're moving our way towards a draw at Bristol. Do you know how I know? Because Cheteshwar Pujara is on to bowl some 'leg-spin'.

Nottinghamshire's eighth bowler is launched second ball into the stands by Graeme van Buuren.

White Rose bromance

Yorkshire beat Somerset by three runs

Fifty for van Buuren

Gloucestershire 303 & 158-4 (68 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

That's fifty for Graeme van Buuren. He's batted very well today and with every ball he's getting Gloucestershire closer to a draw.

Here's how he got there off Luke Fletcher's bowling.

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Adam Lyth claimed the final wicket as Yorkshire defeated Somerset by three runs at Taunton a short time ago. Here's his impression of a vertical take-off plane...

Adam Lyth
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Westley reaches half-century

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 164-2 (42.2 overs)

Tom Westley
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Dan Lawrence opens his account with a single and Tom Westley guides Ravi Rampaul's next delivery down to third man for four - his eighth - to bring up a 90-ball half-century.

Westley leads way for Essex

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 159-2 (42 overs)

Tom Westley is now the senior partner for Essex and he forces Surrey skipper Gareth Batty away for four, before sweeping a second boundary from the penultimate ball of the over to move to 46 not out.

Partner Dan Lawrence has yet to get off the mark, but the visitors' target is now 94 runs away.

Gloucestershire shutting up shop

Gloucestershire 303 & 152-4 (66 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Gloucestershire are battling hard for a draw at Bristol and they look to be being successful for the time-being.

Graeme van Buuren is 46 not out and Phil Mustard has 12 as they keep Notts at bay. They've scored just 26 runs in the last 16 overs.

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Right, let's catch our breath. That's wins for Yorkshire, Lancashire and Sussex so far today, and we have two games remaining.

Essex are chasing a target against Surrey at Guildford, while Division Two leaders Notts are trying to bowl out Gloucestershire at Bristol for a fifth win of the season.

We are staying with you till both those games come to an end. So please stay with us.

Lancashire go third in Division One

Lancashire beat Middlesex by eight wickets

That win - Lancashire's second of the season - takes them up to third place in the Division One table. Steven Croft's side will drop to fourth if Essex complete a win over Surrey, however.

Middlesex, meanwhile, are still without a win this season as four straight draws ends with defeat in Southport. They are in sixth place, ahead of Somerset and Warwickshire.

BreakingLANCASHIRE BEAT MIDDLESEX BY 8 WICKETS

Middlesex 180 & 236 v Lancashire 309 & 111-2 (30.2 overs)

Haseeb Hameed
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Not to be out-done by their rivals, Lancashire bring up their own win over Middlesex as Haseeb Hameed (38 not out) and Steven Croft (34 not out) get to the target courtesy of a Croft six off Ravi Patel.

It may not be as dramatic as Yorkshire's victory, but this is still quite an achievement. Defending champions Middlesex came into the game on a 21-game County Championship unbeaten streak, but have been well-beaten at Southport.

They owe a lot to Ryan McLaren's 75 and Tom Bailey's 58 in Lancashire's second innings, while Stephen Parry's 5-45 was also crucial.

WICKET Browne (c Burns b Batty) 77

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 148-2 (37.4 overs)

Are we in for another thriller at Guildford? Essex seemed to be cruising towards victory, but Nick Browne has gone, edging a catch to slip after hitting his 13th four off the previous delivery.

Dan Lawrence is the new batsman, coming out to join Tom Westley, who has 35, with another 105 needed.

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BreakingYORKSHIRE BEAT SOMERSET BY 3 RUNS

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 258 (85.3 overs)

What a finish at Taunton! Jamie Overton hammers Adam Lyth for six, and then scampers two leg byes after missing an attempted sweep.

With just four needed for Somerset's first win of the season Overton chips the next ball towards mid-wicket where Karl Carver takes the catch, which the umpires confirm was a clean one.

Having gone into the game without leading wicket-taker Ben Coad, Tim Bresnan and Jack Brooks, as well as their England quartet of Root, Bairstow, Rashid and Plunkett, Yorkshire come out of it with a victory that lifts them above Division One leaders Hampshire.

But top spot won't be theirs for long, with either Surrey or Essex set to leapfrog them, depending on the result at Guildford.

What a remarkable game. Some of the most compelling cricket we have seen this season."

Dave CallaghanBBC Radio Leeds commentator
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WICKET Leach (lbw b Sidebottom) 1

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 250-9 (84.2 overs)

Jack Leach plays slightly across the line, misses and up goes the umpire's finger. What a spell this is by Ryan Sidebottom - 3-19 in this spell.

Somerset need 12 to win as Dom Bees digs out a yorker to end the over. Who is going to win - or will we see a tie?

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Tension increases at Taunton

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 248-8 (83 overs)

Yorkshire skipper Gary Ballance is persisting with the combination of Ryan Sidebottom and spinner Adam Lyth. Will it pay off? Somerset just need 14 more runs.

Quite a high-stakes gamble this by Gary Ballance to keep his spinner on against the big-hitting (Jamie) Overton."

Anthony GibsonBBC Somerset

Lancashire approaching their target

Middlesex 180 & 236 v Lancashire 309 & 72-2 (19 overs)

Haseeb Hameed (22 not out) and Steven Croft (11 not out) are moving Lancashire towards their target. They need a further 36 runs to win to end Middlesex's 21-game unbeaten streak.

James Harris and Ravi Patel are bowling, but the visitors are just going through the motions now.

Browne looks good for Essex

Surrey 399 & 288 v Essex 435 & 119-1 (32 overs)

Nick Browne
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As things reach a crescendo at Taunton, Essex are quietly going about their business against Surrey in search of a target of 253. Opener Nick Browne brought up a 78-ball fifty with the help of two fours in an over off Gareth Batty and he and Tom Westley have added 66 for the second wicket. They need another 134 to reclaim top spot in Division One.

WICKET C Overton (c Hodd b Sidebottom) 34

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 242-8 (80.3 overs)

Ryan Sidebottom strikes again as Craig Overton edges an attempted drive to the keeper and now it really is a test of nerve for the two teams. Somerset need 20 runs, Yorkshire need two wickets. Can Jamie Overton and new partner Jack Leach get Somerset over the finishing line?

WICKET Dent (lbw b Hutton) 71

Gloucestershire 303 & 126-4 (49.3 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Chris Dent was playing wonderfully, but he's played an ugly shot across the line and paid the price. Brett Hutton with the wicket and Nottinghamshire break a partnership of 91 runs.

Game on? Gloucestershire still trail by 106 runs with six wickets remaining.

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