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  1. Final day of penultimate round of matches
  2. Yorkshire chase 175 and beat Warwickshire
  3. Surrey beat Somerset by six wickets
  4. Sangakkara makes 35 in final innings at The Oval
  5. Champions Essex beat Hampshire by 108 runs
  6. Northants beat Notts to blow promotion race wide open
  7. Get involved via #bbccricket

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By Felix Keith and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company

Cheers for sticking with us, on a dramatic day in the County Championship.

In the battle to avoid relegation, it was a great day for Yorkshire and Surrey, after Middlesex's win yesterday.

But for Hampshire and Somerset, this week ends in defeat which they could ill-afford.

There was a belting game in Division Two as well with Northants' win over Notts blowing the Division Two promotion race wide open.

Plenty of reasons then for you all to join us again next week for the decisive final round of matches.

Have a great weekend - see you next week.

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Division One

Hampshire 254 & 76 v Essex 76 & 362 - Essex won by 108 runs

Middlesex 233 & 152 v Lancashire 165 & 184 - Middlesex won by 36 runs

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 146-4 - Surrey won by six wickets

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 178-8 - Yorkshire won by two wickets.

Division Two

Derbyshire v Kent - Match abandoned without a ball bowled due to wet outfield

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 131 - Sussex won by 132 runs

Glamorgan 442 & 353-3 v Gloucestershire 399-8d - match drawn

Northamptonshire 194 & 270-9 v Nottinghamshire 151 & 189 - Northants won by 124 runs

State of play in Division One

Surrey's win sees them zoom out of danger and up to second place on 159 points.

Somerset are 13 points behind Hampshire, who suffered a galling defeat to champions Essex.

Somerset face Middlesex at Taunton next week, while Hampshire travel to Edgbaston to play relegated Warwickshire with all still to play for.

Division One


Ollie Pope ends the game with a four off Dom Bess and Surrey have done it with six wickets and 8.2 overs to spare. It's Surrey's second win of the season to go with their 10 draws.

It's a gutting defeat for Somerset, whose final game of the season against Middlesex at Taunton will be a nervy affair.

Ollie Pope levels the scores

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 142-4 (32.2 overs)

Ollie Pope whacks Dom Bess over the top for six. The scores are level.

Surrey need 7 runs to win

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 136-4 (32 overs)

Ollie Pope takes three with a drive backward of square and Ben Foakes slaps a legside four off Jack Leach to move Surrey within 7 runs of victory.

WICKET Sangakkara (c & b Bess) 35

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 128-3 (30.1 overs)

That's the end of Kumar Sangakkara, who receives an almighty reception from the Oval crowd and a guard of honour from Somerset.

Dom Bess takes a brilliant return catch to see the back of him (and save the umpire). Surrey need another 15 runs to win.

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partnership for Sangakkara & Foakes

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 122-3 (28.2 overs)

Kumar Sangakkara (33 not out) and Ben Foakes (34 not out) are taking Surrey to victory at the Oval. They have now put on 50 together in 7.4 overs, which is very good going.

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Foakes hits a six

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 113-3 (27.0 overs)

Ben Foakes hoists one deep in to the stands. Surrey need just 26 more runs to win.

This partnership is winning the game for Surrey. They've added 44 runs together.

Surrey pass 100, chasing 143

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 106-3 (25.5 overs)

Consecutive boundaries from Ben Foakes nudge Surrey past 100 and they need 37 more runs to win now.

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Surrey need 51 more runs to win

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 92-3 (24 overs)

Surrey have 17 more overs to get 51 runs. The Somerset spinners are testing them but the singles keep coming. And Kumar Sangakkara looks as solid as ever.

It's good to be home

Derbyshire v Kent - match abandoned without a ball bowled

Kent spent the best part of four days sitting looking at a wet outfield in Chesterfield as their game with Derbyshire descended into farce and was eventually abandoned.

It's safe to say they're happy to be home. This tweet reflects their mood nicely.

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WICKET Patel (b Bess) 17

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 73-3 (20.4 overs)

Breakthrough! Dom Bess had been probing and probing... And eventually he bowls Ryan Patel with a beauty.

Somerset need seven more.

Surrey 'halfway there'

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 73-2 (20 overs)

Surrey need 70 more to win. Somerset need eight wickets. There are 21 overs left. All three results seem somewhat plausible in their own way.

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Max Coplin: It had to be Roland-Jones just as he starts to hit top form for country. Just our luck.

BBC Radio London commentator Kevin Hand: Really hope this doesn't rule Toby Roland-Jones out of Ashes - if anyone has deserved his chance during the last five years it's him.

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'Losing is a bit of a habit'

REACTION: Yorkshire beat Warwickshire by two wickets

Warwickshire captain Jonathan Trott told BBC WM:

"It's hard to exactly pinpoint what we could have done differently or where we lost it. It was a good partnership between Fisher and Patterson, so credit to them.

"We were good enough to get ourselves into the game, we just weren't good enough to get across the line.

"Losing is a bit of a habit, just like winning is. We are just finding a bit of a habit of getting ourselves in positions where we are behind the game and can't wrestle the momentum away."


Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 131

It didn't take long. Graham Onions hits Chris Jordan to Luke Wright just six balls after the resumption.

Sussex will be delighted with a well-deserved win. Their bowlers have earned 21 points.

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BreakingRoland-Jones suffers stress fracture to back

Big news for Middlesex and England, with the county confirming that Toby Roland-Jones has a stress fracture.

The 29-year-old will miss the rest of the domestic season, but more importantly, could miss England's Ashes tour.

A Middlesex statement read: "A scan Toby undertook yesterday has revealed that he has a stress fracture in his L5 vertebra (lower back), which will mean that he will take no further part in the domestic season for Middlesex."

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Brief window for Sussex

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 131-9 (41.2 overs)

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Don't be fooled by the sunshine: there is more rain looming in Durham.

Sussex will be desperate for a break in the weather to take the one remaining wicket they need, play about to start Durham need to bat for 26 overs or score 133 more to win.

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Cameron Cunningham: Trying to get to the oval before the end to see King Sanga once more. Begging he doesn't get out or it finish before I arrive.

Cameron is following the call-to-arms. (See 15:56 post).

Trego hobbles off injured

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 58-2 (13.1 overs)

Pete Trego comes off after landing awkwardly on his foot, or so it appeared at least.

Jack Leach comes on to bowl instead.

Play to resume at Chester-le-Street

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 131-9 (41.2 overs)

Durham's rain dance hasn't worked. The mopping-up process is under way at Chester-le-Street and Graham Onions and Brydon Carse will have to go back out soon.

Will there be a pot of gold (21 points for a win) at the end of the rainbow for Sussex? They need just one wicket.

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appeal - not outSangakkara 'not out'

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 56-2 (12.2 overs)

Dom Bess think he's got Kumar Sangakkara lbw on 10, but no.

The hosts need a further 87 runs to win. Somerset need eight wickets.

There are a minimum of 28.4 overs left.

Glamorgan and Gloucestershire shake hands

Glamorgan 442 & 353-3 (80 overs) v Gloucestershire 399-8d

With poor light taking over, they've finally called it a day at Cardiff. Nick Selman ends unbeaten on 142 - one of six players to register career-best scores in the match on a flat pitch.

Both sides take 11 points for the draw.

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Nakul Pande: Sangakkara's batting for the last time at the Oval. I'm 200 yards away...and can't go. Grr.

If you are in south London, you know what to do.

Can Sangakkara bat Surrey to victory?

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 41-2 (9.0 overs)

Worth reminding you that Kumar Sangakkara's first innings score of 157 was itself larger than the target Surrey were set for this chase, 143.

They need another 102 to win.

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Jonathan Triffitt: 104 to win; plenty of opportunity for a ninth century from Kumar Sangakkara.

Wishful thinking Jonathan, but if there's one man that can do it...

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Division Two update

With Essex having wrapped up the win in rapid time against Hampshire there is just one game ongoing as Surrey and Somerset battle it out at the Oval.

That's because both Glamorgan against Gloucestershire and Durham versus Sussex are delayed by the weather, with bad light in Cardiff and rain in Chester-le-Street.

We'll stay with the action in south London and let you know if play resumes.

appeal - not outTwo lbw shouts turned down

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 40-2 (8.0 overs)

Surrey are still 103 runs short of victory and they're living dangerously but Ryan Patel escapes two enormous appeals. The ball must have been pitching only just outside the line.

Sangakkara begins his final Oval innings

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 39-2 (7.1 overs)

The great man Kumar Sangakkara gets a big round of applause as he walks out for the last time at the Oval.

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WICKET Stoneman (c Davies b Groenewald) 24

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 39-2 (7.1 overs)

Game. On.

Mark Stoneman is gone. Somerset need eight more. Surrey still need a further 104 runs.

Essex repeat history

Essex beat Hampshire by 108 runs

Hampshire hadn't lost a County Championship game after enforcing the follow-on since 1992, when - you guessed it - Essex came back to win and secure their last title.

Hampshire take five points from the loss to move onto 140. Depending on Somerset's result against Surrey, they will go to Edgbaston next week eight or 13 points ahead of the Taunton side.

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WICKET Burns (c Groenewald b Overton) 13

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 38-1 (6.5 overs)

Somerset make the breakthrough, as BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary rejoins this match following Essex's win.

Rory Burns is caught off Craig Overton. Somerset need nine more wickets. Surrey need another 104 runs.


Edwards (c Foster b Cook) 11

That's it. And a nice way to finish, with Sam Cook completing a maiden first-class five-wicket haul, having number 11 Fidel Edwards caught behind. He has figures of 5-18. Essex extend their unbeaten run.

It's a terrible defeat for Hampshire, who made just 76 runs in 29.4 overs and will go to Warwickshire next week in danger of relegation.

Hampshire past season's lowest score

Hampshire 254 & 64-9 (28.1 overs) v Essex 76 & 362

Hampshire have gone past Gloucestershire's 61 all out against Kent in April. Ian Holland (8 not out) and Fidel Edwards (7 not out) are approaching top-scoring territory for the hosts too. Happy days.

Yorkshire 'not home and dry yet'

REACTION: Yorkshire beat Warwickshire by two wickets

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale:

"It felt like Middlesex at Lord's all over again last year. The heart was racing, but luckily we were on the right side of the result. We're not home and dry yet but it still gives us a chance to stay in this division.

"We just have to go down to Chelmsford and continue some of the good work. I feel like we have played some really good cricket over the last three weeks. Had we played like that for the majority of the year, we wouldn't be where we are."

Surrey 25-0 (3 overs), chasing 143

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 25-0

Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman have started well for Surrey, who need a further 118 runs to win.

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Matt: Hampshire. Just wow. Despite 32 seasons of this I always underestimate the capability of you to spectacularly screw it up.

Paul Raghavan: Just putting it out there now Essex must be in with a shout of BBC Sports Personality team of the year!!

WICKET Abbott (c Browne b Wagner) 5

Hampshire 254 & 56-9 (25.4 overs) v Essex 76 & 362

Not really sure what to write now. Hampshire have lost another wicket. It's Kyle Abbott. He's been caught at point by Nick Browne off Neil Wagner, for some reason trying to drive on the up.

They're past their lowest ever total against Essex, but still five runs short of the lowest total of the season.

Surrey get chase under way

Somerset 269 & 306 v Surrey 433 & 1-0 (0.4 overs)

So, here we go... 41 overs on the way. Surrey need 143 for victory.