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  1. Middlesex beat Warwickshire by one wicket in a thrilling finish at Edgbaston
  2. Somerset beat Yorkshire by 179 runs, their first Championship win of the season
  3. Surrey skipper Rory Burns makes 219* and 68 as they draw with Hampshire
  4. Durham successfully chase a target of 282 to beat Derbyshire by six wickets
  5. Kent close gap on second-placed Worcestershire to two points with draw against Northants

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By Paul Grunill and Felix Keith

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Signing off

We started out today with the prospect of Somerset, Warwickshire and Derbyshire all achieving their first Championship wins of the summer on the same day.

In the end, only Somerset got the job done, defeating Yorkshire at Scarborough, where fast bowler Craig Overton took nine wickets in the match and James Hildreth made an unbeaten century.

Warwickshire lost by one wicket to defending champions Middlesex in an exciting finish at Edgbaston, while a lead of 281 was not enough for Derbyshire as Durham cruised home by six wickets at Chesterfield.

Thanks for your company over the last four days. Our next text commentary will be on the T20 Blast on Friday, so see you then.

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Sussex pair see it through

Sussex 262 & 74-1 (20 overs)

Luke Wells (39*) and Harry Finch (13*) play out the final nine-and-a-bit overs for Sussex at Arundel, where the home side reach the end of day two with a 55-run lead.

Clint McKay has the only wicket for Leicestershire so far, trapping Chris Nash lbw for 21 in the 11th over, but the game is nicely set up for two more days of competitive action. You'll be able to follow ball-by-ball BBC local radio coverage as usual via this website.

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England's Joe Root reaches his century in his first Test as captain in the opening match of the series against South Africa at Lord's.

WICKET Nash (lbw McKay) 21

Sussex 262 & 36-1 (10.4 overs) v Leicestershire 281

Leicestershire have the breakthrough at Arundel as Clint McKay strikes in his sixth over. Chris Nash is the man to go, bringing Harry Finch to the crease on a king pair after a first-baller on the opening day. This time, however, he is immediately under way with a single.

Burns content with Surrey draw

Hampshire 648-7 dec v Surrey 483 & 166-3 dec

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Surrey skipper Rory Burns was tired, but satisfied after batting for 756 minutes in their high-scoring draw with Hampshire at The Oval.

They had to follow on despite totalling 483 in their first innings, with Burns having to go back out to bat again after finishing unbeaten on 219, and then making 68.

"I'm really pleased that we've fought that hard to get the extra five points for the draw, and obviously pretty happy with how I've played. We had to bat seven sessions to get us to safety and that's all I was thinking," he told BBC Radio London.

"There were some jitters in the nineties and I got a lifeline, which was quite nice. When I was getting close to 200, I was more thinking about the situation of getting to the follow-on mark."

Warwickshire 'dejected' after narrow loss

Middlesex beat Warwickshire by one wicket

Jonathan Trott and Jim Troughton
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Warwickshire are bottom of Division One and without a win in eight County Championship matches this season. It went down to the wire against defending champions Middlesex today, but they narrowly came up short.

"It's a tough one," head coach Jim Troughton told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. "There have been some performances this year that we've not been particularly proud of. That's been frustrating and disappointing.

"We can be picky and look at 20 runs here and a decision that might have changed it for us, but we've got 11 very dejected guys that have given everything and haven't quite got over the line.

"We went right up until the end. Guys have put their hands up and come back on for another spell. It just wasn't enough."

Sussex clear the deficit

Sussex 262 & 28-0 (7 overs) v Leicestershire 281

A quick update from Arundel where Sussex have erased Leicestershire's small first-innings lead and Luke Wells has just hit a six off Clint McKay. Both he and Chris Nash are on 14 not out as Leicestershire look for a first breakthrough. There are 13 overs remaining in the second day's play.

Gregory finds captaincy 'easy'

Somerset beat Yorkshire by 157 runs

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Having taken the decision to leave out captain Tom Abell at Scarborough, Somerset broke their Championship duck for the summer by beating Yorkshire, with Lewis Gregory in charge for the first time.

"There's been some tough words said in the last couple of months, so it's brilliant to get that first win on the board," Gregory told BBC Radio Bristol afterwards..

"It was a newish experience for me, I've not done it for a while, since the Under-19 stuff, but we've got a great bunch of lads so that made it pretty easy for me.

"Any four-day win is tough to come by and to do it in Scarborough in Yorkshire is pretty special. The boys are happy, but we've still got a lot of work to do."

How the tables look

Only Sussex v Leicestershire left in action now - and we'll let you know of any wickets that fall between now and the close - so here are the updated tables.

Division One table
Division Two table
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Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 483 & 166-3 (52 overs)

Handshakes at The Oval. Jason Roy (37) and Dominic Sibley (12) wander off having taken eight off George Bailey's final over.

Considering just how flat the pitch was, this has been a good game. There was wonderful batting from James Vince, Jimmy Adams and Bailey.

But it's Rory Burns who takes the man-of-the-match prize. He scored 287 runs in over 12 hours at the crease to earn his side a draw. Well played.

Hampshire take 15 points, Surrey 13.


Kent 701-7 dec & 184-3 dec v Northamptonshire 568

That's it at Beckenham where Adam Rouse hits a six off Adam Rossington and Kent skipper Sam Northeast declares at the end of the over.

Joe Denly adds an unbeaten 78 to his first-innings 182 and now has 921 Championship runs this summer at an average of 61.40. Innings of the match, though, was Sean Dickson's monumental 318 in the home side's first innings, one that he will never forget.

Northamptonshire's next Championship game is at home to Gloucestershire on 6 August, while Kent begin a tour match against the West Indies on the same date.

Before that, it's the T20 Blast for both.

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Leicestershire earn narrow lead

Sussex 262 v Leicestershire 281 (97.3 overs)

So Leicestershire's first-innings lead at Arundel is a modest 19 after Will Beer bowls last man Richard Jones for six, his second wicket of the innings.

Clint McKay finishes 32 not out and will presumably now take the new ball as the visitors look for a wicket or two in the overs remaining before the close.

Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer are the pick of Sussex's attack with three wickets each.

Bailey on to bowl

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 483 & 156-3 (50.3 overs)

Hampshire skipper George Bailey brings himself on for a bowl, because why not?

Jason Roy and Dominic Sibley don't look to concerned by the Australian's bowling, though. Surrey trail by nine runs. The handshake is imminent. I can sense it.

Denly clears the rope

Kent 701-7 dec & 176-3 (56 overs) v Northamptonshire 568

Joe Denly hits a six off Ben Duckett as he progresses to 77 not out, but as this game is going to end in a draw, let us tell you how that will affect the Division Two table.

Kent will take 11 points, putting them just two behind second-placed Worcestershire, but they will have played a game more.

Northants will earn nine points from this game at Beckenham and will remain fourth, but nine behind Kent, with a game in hand.

WICKET Northeast (c Buck b Duckett) 27

Kent 701-7 dec & 167-3 (53 overs) v Northamptonshire 568

A moment to enjoy for Ben Duckett at Beckenham, as he picks up a maiden first-class wicket. Doubtful, perhaps, whether Sam Northeast will see the funny side. Kent lead by exactly 300.

WICKET Sayer (b Sakande) 31

Sussex 262 v Leicestershire 262-9 (92.1 overs)

Not much to choose between the sides at Arundel after Abidine Sakande bowls Rob Sayer. Leicestershire number 11 Richard Jones comes out to join Clint McKay.

Somerset savour Scarborough win

Somerset beat Yorkshire by 157 runs

Unsurprisingly, Somerset's players are quite pleased following their first Championship victory of the season.

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Leicestershire draw level

Sussex 262 v Leicestershire 262-8 (91.5 overs)

Clint McKay hit two fours in the space of three balls from Chris Jordan to give Leicestershire parity at Arundel. He moved on to 19, with Rob Sayer 31 not out at the other end, and they have so far added 36 in eight and a bit overs.

WICKET Burns (b Ervine) 68

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 483 & 127-3 (41.5 overs)


Obviously, it's taken a freak delivery. Sean Ervine sends one down the legside, Burns misses it, and the bail comes off. Whether it's hit the pads of wicketkeeper Lewis McManus and come back, or hit the stumps straight up is unclear, but it doesn't matter.

Burns faced 535 balls across two innings. He scored 287 runs. And he's (almost certainly) earned a draw for Surrey.

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Dull finish at Beckenham

Kent 701-7 dec & 148-2 v Northamptonshire 568

This is not an edifying, or entertaining spectacle, as Ben Duckett and Adam Rossington take up the 'attack' for Northants for the final session at Beckenham. This game could only be more nailed-on as a draw if two teams of blacksmiths were taking part.

Draw incoming at The Oval

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 483 & 127-2 (38 overs)

They're back out at The Oval, where a draw is coming - it is simply a question of when the handshakes arrive.

There is something worth watching out for though: can Rory Burns stay put and make it through the whole game, from first ball to last, in the middle?

'Mental strength' secures Durham win

Durham beat Derbyshire by six wickets

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Ryan Pringle and Jack Burnham

This was an excellent win from Durham on a day which certainly tested their mental strength and skills.

It was clear in the heat at Chesterfield that Derbyshire were going to rely heavily on Imran Tair and Hamidullah Qadri for lengthy spells of spin bowling.

While there were a couple of nervy periods for Durham, a 91-run opening stand from Michael Richardson and Cameron Steel gave them a great base to set the stage for a swashbuckling 127 partnership by Jack Burnham and Ryan Pringle to see them over the line.

It’s now 1,015 days since Derbyshire won back-to-back matches – at the end of 2014 season.

Tea scores round-up

Division One

Hampshire 648-7 dec v Surrey 483 & 126-2 (following on)

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 234-9

Middlesex won by one wicket

Somerset 268 & 281-4 dec v Yorkshire 213 & 157

Somerset won by 157 runs

Division Two

Derbyshire 368 & 214 v Durham 301 & 285-4

Durham won by six wickets

Kent 701-7 dec & 147-2 v Northamptonshire 568

Sussex 262 v Leicestershire 240-8 (day two)


Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 234-9 (71.1 overs)

Up comes Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh forces it away. The Middlesex batsman have to hurry but manage to take a third and that's the victory by one wicket. Heartbreak for Warwickshire, who have still to win a Championship game this season.

Middlesex take 22 points to move up to fifth in the Division One table - and they are likely to stay there with Surrey seemingly destined for a draw against Hampshire.

Warwickshire's six points means they are 17 adrift at the foot of the table following Somerset's victory over Yorkshire, and more importantly will be 47 adrift of Middlesex and Surrey, should the latter draw their game.

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 231-9 (71 overs)

Tim Murtagh pushes Rikki Clarke's final delivery away for one. He keeps the strike and will face Boyd Rankin.

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Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 230-9 (70.5 overs)

Tom Helm plays Rikki Clarke's fourth delivery into the off-side but there is no run. The fifth is pushed away for a single. Four to win for Middlesex.

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 229-9 (70.3 overs)

Rikki Clarke up again. That wasn't at all convincing by Tim Murtagh but it's a single to third man. Five needed by Middlesex.

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 228-9 (70.2 overs)

Rikki Clarke bowls round the wicket and Tim Murtagh ducks under a short delivery.

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 228-9 (70.1 overs)

Rikki Clarke to Tom Helm, with seven needed to win by Middlesex, and the first ball is steered away for a single. Would you fancy being in last man Tim Murtagh's shoes now?

Tea at The Oval

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 483 & 126-2 (37 overs)

Rory Burns is still unbeaten. He has 68 runs in this innings to go with the 219 he made in the first. He has been in the middle for every moment of this game and is now just one session - or handshake - away from completing the set.

Surrey trail by 39, still.

WICKET Rayner (lbw Rankin) 15

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 227-9 (70 overs)

Boyd Rankin is Warwickshire's quickest bowler, though not the most economical, and he's back at the end of the run with tail-ender Tom Helm on strike.

Helm, though, is up to the challenge and works the ball away off his hip for four, but he only just manages to get the bat out of the way as the Irishman produces a better delivery next up.

A single to backward square gets Helm off strike but Rankin produces a full-length delivery to end the over and Rayner is gone. Incredible. Are we going to see a tie?

Tidy over from Clarke

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 222-8 (69 overs)

Rikki Clarke finds the edge of Ollie Rayner's bat, but there's no second slip and that's a single to the Middlesex batsman. Tom Helm takes one into the leg-side from the next delivery as George Panayi denies them a second.

Rayner can make nothing from the final two balls of the over - 12 to win for Middlesex.

'Farce' at Beckenham

Kent 701-7d & 135-2 (43 overs) v Northants 568

Kent continue to bat at Beckenham. Northants respond by sending on the joke bowlers. Wicketkeeper Adam Rossington has the ball for the first time in first-class cricket. 38 overs remain - Kent lead by 269, but the pitch is so flat that bowling Northants out looks close to impossible.

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Middlesex inch closer

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 216-8 (68 overs)

Five good deliveries from Jeetan Patel, then Tom Helm finds the boundary from the last one of the over. Just 14 needed now by Middlesex.

Rayner boundary boosts Middlesex

Warwickshire 334 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 210-8 (67 overs)

Short and wide by Keith Barker and Ollie Rayner chops it away for a boundary for Middlesex. Two balls later and the Warwickshire fielders go up confidently for lbw. The umpire says no and Rayner gets off strike with a leg bye. Middlesex need 19 to win, Warwickshire need two wickets - 18 for the tie.


Derbyshire 368 & 214 v Durham 301 & 285-4

Now that's how you end a fourth-innings run-chase! Ryan Pringle clobbers Matt Critchley for six to seal it for the away side.

Back-to-back Championship wins for Division Two's bottom side. Pringle finishes 62 not out, alongside Jack Burnham (93 not out).

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WICKET Higgins (c Hain b Patel) 45

Warwickshire 344 & 233 v Middlesex 334 & 210-8 (65.1 overs)

Off-spinner Jeetan Patel returns for a new spell and his first delivery sees the end of Ryan Higgins, who is taken at short leg. Warwickshire need two more wickets, Middlesex require 24 runs. Tom Helm is the new batsman. Tense stuff.

WICKET Borthwick (b Holland) 0

Hampshire 648-7d v Surrey 483 & 109-2 (30.4 overs)

Hello, this is fun. Ian Holland bowls Scott Borthwick for a second-ball duck as the Surrey number three shoulders arms to one that comes back.

Holland has combined figures of 5-16 today. Have Surrey got the jitters?