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  1. Essex win by 10 wickets

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - week one

So there we have it - the opening round of the 2016 County Championship season is over.

Despite rain ruining some of the matches, there's still been plenty for us cricket lovers to get our teeth into.

We'll be back on Sunday from 10:45 BST with live text updates and ball-by-ball radio commentary as another six matches get under way.

Plenty of eyes will be on County Champions Yorkshire, who get their title defence started against Hampshire at Headingley.

Until then, goodbye.

Alastair Cook, Nick Browne
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Day four scores

Here's a quick reminder of how things have gone over the last four days.

Division One:

Nottinghamshire 446 & 172-7 v Surrey 225 & 389 - Notts won by three wickets

Hampshire 202 & 185-5 v Warwickshire 360 - Match Drawn

Durham 256 & 223-4 v Somerset 179 - Match Drawn

Division Two:

Worcestershire v Kent - Match Drawn

Northants 481-7 v Sussex - Match Drawn

Essex 385 & 94-0 v Gloucestershire 262 & 215 - Essex won by 10 wickets

Click here for the full scorecards.


Hampshire 202 & 185-5 v Warwickshire 360

The captains shake hands after Liam Dawson reaches his half-century as Hampshire hold on for a draw.

It was a fine effort from Dawson and Adam Wheater who shared an unbroken stand of 73 to see out the majority of the evening session.

And that my friends, is the first round of the County Championship season finished.

Batty rues poor start

Notts beat Surrey by three wickets

Surrey skipper Gareth Batty told BBC Radio London:

"We made it very difficult for ourselves in the first four or five sessions of the game.

"Notts are a good, proven team and we gave ourselves too big a hill to climb, but today was a pretty good effort to turn it around.

"The three big fellas today were exceptional and showed what a potent attack we could be if we are patient enough and do it from the first ball of the game."

Two centuries for Jennings

The Durham opener made 116 and 105 not out in the drawn game against Somerset.

After a chance to reflect on the past few days I would like to thank everyone for the messages and congrats. A memory I will cherish forever

Hampshire 177-5 & 202 v Warwickshire 360

Rikki Clarke is still giving it his all for Warwickshire, but there's only going to be one result now - a draw.

Seven overs left, Hampshire's lead is 19 and Liam Dawson and Adam Wheater are both entrenched.

Rikki Clarke
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Things drawing to a close

Hampshire 202 & 168-5 v Warwickshire 360

Here's another sky/cricket ground picture. As you can probably tell, it's all gone a bit quiet at the Ageas Bowl.

10 overs left, Hampshire lead by nine with five wickets in hand.

Liam Dawson is 43 not out and has probably saved the game for his side.

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Broad back?

Nottinghamshire beat Surrey by three wickets

Stuart Broad should be available for Nottinghamshire's game against Lancashire at Old Trafford on Sunday.

24 points a great start for @TrentBridge Vs Surrey. Great stuff lads

Week two fixtures

While we're waiting for the captains to shake hands at the Ageas Bowl (or five very quick wickets), here's a quick look at what's coming up on Sunday in the County Championship.

Division One:

Lancashire v Nottinghamshire - Old Trafford

Middlesex v Warwickshire - Lord's 

Yorkshire v Hampshire - Headingley

Division Two:

Glamorgan v Leicestershire - Cardiff

Gloucestershire v Derbyshire - Bristol

Sussex v Essex - Hove

The BBC will have live text updates and ball-by-ball commentary from all six matches from 10:45 BST on Sunday.

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#bbccricket Get the main man Bell on for a bowl! He's singlehandedly got us in a winning position, give him a chance!

One game to go

Hampshire 202 & 153-5 v Warwickshire 360

There's a bit of an end-of-the-day feel about proceedings now.

16 overs to go at the Ageas Bowl, five wickets needed for Warwickshire.

A tricky task.

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Hutton and Ball, the coolest cucumbers in the house. A scary amount of rotten veg before them at the start of a fresh season. #bbccricket

Hampshire holding on

A minimum of 18 overs left in the match, Hampshire are 142-5 with Dawson (27*) & Wheater (17*) at the crease - dig in lads!

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Splendid call, so glad to have the #bbccricket team back again for another season of #ProperCricket…

It's good to be back Liz.

'Cracking season opener'

Nottinghamshire beat Surrey by three wickets

BBC Sport's Elizabeth Ammon at Trent Bridge:

"What an absolutely cracking season opener we have had here at Trent Bridge. Nottinghamshire got over the line to win by three wickets but not before a little wobble. 

"Surrey battled hard but the damage was done on the first two days. It's been an enthralling game with high quality skilful cricket but a deserved win by Notts."


Nottinghamshire 446 & v Surrey 225 & 389

Nottinghamshire beat Surrey by three wickets
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It was certainly a lot closer that it looked when Notts were 72-0 chasing 169 for victory, but Nottinghamshire have done it.

Jake Ball hits Surrey paceman Mark Footitt to the boundary for the victory.

Cracking game.

Draw edging closer

Hampshire 202 & 129-5 v Warwickshire 360

Meanwhile at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire are holding firm led by Liam Dawson's 25 off 74 balls.

A minimum of 21 overs left in the game.

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What an incredible game between #Notts and #Surrey #bbccricket can't turn the radio off! Might end up leaving work late.

I'd definitely be claiming the overtime for this one Sean!

WICKET Smith (c Foakes b T Curran 54)

Nottinghamshire 446 & 152-7 v Surrey 225 & 389

I was just about to write Notts have victory in the bag, but we may have a late twist.

Greg Smith edges Tom Curran behind to give the 21-year-old his fourth wicket.

Nottinghamshire still need 17.

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I may be a Yorkshire member, but good to have exciting cricket to listen to when flu has confined me to bed. @bracecricket #bbccricket

Hope you feel better soon John. Fingers crossed by the time Yorkshire start their campaign at home to Hampshire on Sunday.


Nottinghamshire 446 & 142-6 v Surrey 225 & 389

What an important innings by Notts opener Greg Smith. He's stayed calm while the other batsman have been losing their heads and moves to a 96-ball half-century.

Notts within 27 runs of beating Surrey now.

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WICKET Read (lbw b Rampaul 22)

Nottinghamshire 446 & 136-6 v Surrey 225 & 389

It had all gone a bit quiet at Trent Bridge, but Surrey have a sniff again as Notts captain Chris Read goes.

Ravi Rampaul has three wickets in the innings and eight in the match.

33 still needed for victory with four wickets in hand. Tense.

WICKET Ervine (c Ambrose b Barker 22)

Hampshire 202 & 112-5 v Warwickshire 360

Big Keith Barker is in the wickets again for Warwickshire.

Sean Ervine edges the left-armer behind and Hampshire are in a bit of trouble.

They trail by 46.

Quick recap

With just two games in progress, you may be wondering what happened in the other four?

At New Road between Worcestershire and Kent, not a lot. The game was abandoned without a ball bowled.

Essex beat Gloucestershire by 10 wickets in Division Two, while Durham and Somerset and Northants and Sussex had to settle for draws after day four washouts.

The final session

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We're back under way in both our games for the final session of the opening round of the 2016 County Championship season.

How are the odds looking?

Notts v Surrey - Notts favourites

Hampshire v Warwickshire - draw odds-on

But this is cricket and anything can happen.

'Topley out for up to eight weeks'

Hampshire bowler breaks hand

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James:

"News is though that Reece Topley does not need an operation on his hand injury but will miss the next six to eight weeks.

"Meanwhile Warwickshire failed to take a wicket in the last half an hour of the afternoon session as Liam Dawson (12*) and Sean Ervine (15*) attempt to diffuse a situation which saw Hants lose three wickets in half an hour.

"Odds on a draw, but another wicket or two in the first hour of the last session and with Topley presumably not batting, anything can still happen."

A hand specialist has confirmed that @reece_topley has sustained a fractured hand and will be out for 6-8 weeks.

A hand specialist has confirmed that @reece_topley has sustained a fractured hand and will be out for 6-8 weeks.

Tea at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 202 & 103-4 v Warwickshire 360

It's also been a better half an hour before tea for Hampshire with Liam Dawson and Sean Ervine steadying things.

They trail Warwickshire by 55.

More concerning perhaps is a bit of breaking news we have for you....

Tea at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 446 & 116-5 v Surrey 225 & 389

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Notts opener Greg Smith (44 not out) and captain Chris Read have done well to see out the final 30 minutes before tea after that flurry of wickets.

The hosts need 53 to win at Trent Bridge. Surrey require five wickets.

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What's the best County Championship innings you've seen?

Back to our question from earlier - here's a name which might not be familiar with some of our younger audience, but I've been told by one of my esteemed colleagues that Northants' Colin Milburn was indeed a fine batsman.

He played nine Tests for England, but his international career was cut short in 1969 when he lost his left eye in a car accident.

#bbccricket Best county innings I've seen? Colin Milburn 203 against Essex at Clacton in 1966. 100 before lunch, 100 before tea. T20? Slow!

I love a good sky/cricket ground picture! Here's a fairly ominous looking one from the Ageas Bowl - maybe the rain will save Hampshire?

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And breathe

Phew, things are a bit calmer now after all those wickets.

Notts are 108-5 chasing 169 versus Surrey, and Hampshire 85-4 against Warwickshire - still 73 in arrears.

'Warwickshire tails are up'

Hampshire 202 & 80-4 v Warwickshire 360

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at the Ageas Bowl:

"Three wickets in the space of half an hour has got the Warwickshire tails up.

"Tom Alsop (24) pushed Boyd Rankin to Sam Hain at short leg. Will Smith was lbw to Jeetan Patel, although whether was he playing a shot or not was difficult to tell, and then James Vince (21) fell lbw to Rikki Clarke.

"Even with no Chris Woakes, who has a sore hamstring, the Bears are plugging away on this slow surface.

"Hampshire are under pressure and desperately need a partnership otherwise we could be here for a long time."

Jeetan Patel
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Is this going to be a more exciting escape to victory for @surreycricket then @TheSlyStallone and Michael Caine #bbccricket

The game is certainly in the balance at Trent Bridge. Amongst all the madness, Notts opener Greg Smith has remained calm on 42 not out.

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Thoroughly enjoying Notts vs Surrey on the radio. Loving the fight back from @surreycricket . @KumarSanga2 class as ever #bbccricket

Pleased you're enjoying the coverage Ross. It's certainly been a lively 20 minutes in both our games!

WICKET Vince (lbw b Clarke 21)

Hampshire 202 & 76-4 v Warwickshire 360

I'm struggling to keep up with all these wickets!

Hampshire captain James Vince is out at the Ageas Bowl, leg-before, to Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke.

Hants still trail by 82.

Another wicket at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 446 & 100-5 v Surrey 225 & 389

I don't think anyone was expecting this when Notts were 72-0 about half an hour ago.

Samit Patel is the latest man to go, caught by Kumar Sangakkara off Ravi Rampaul and Surrey have their fifth wicket in quick succession.

Are Surrey now favourites? How has this happened?

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Notts making a right pig's ear of this. Oink, oink, oink, oink in a matter of overs. Let's get across the line, boys. #bbccricket

Notts have lost four wickets for 19 runs in five overs at Trent Bridge.

WICKET Wessels (c Foakes b T Curran 0)

Nottinghamshire 446 & 91-4 v Surrey 225 & 389

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Oh my word, Tom Curran is on fire!

Notts are now four down as the Surrey quick tempts Riki Wessels to nick behind without scoring.

78 still needed for victory - game very much on.

Wickets tumbling!

It's been some 10 minutes for the bowlers at Trent Bridge and the Ageas Bowl.

Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel removes Will Smith, lbw, to leave Hampshire 66-3 on the south coast.

In Nottingham, Surrey paceman Tom Curran takes his second wicket in the over as Brendon Taylor is caught by Jason Roy for nought - Nottinghamshire are 85-3 and need 84 more runs for victory.

Wicket at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 446 & 85-2 v Surrey 225 & 389

Tom Curran takes a much-needed wicket for Surrey as Michael Lumb edges him behind for two.

Notts only need another 84, but Surrey will still feel they're in this.