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Paul Grunill

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  1. Stumps - week two

    The second round of the County Championship is over, with wins for Lancashire and Leicestershire and draws in the other four matches.

    Notts head the Division One table despite their eight-wicket defeat at Old Trafford, having beaten Surrey in their opening game, with Warwickshire four points behind following two draws.

    Meanwhile, Essex have an 11-point advantage over Leicestershire in Division Two after holding out for a draw at Sussex.

    The next round of matches features seven fixtures, including defending champions Yorkshire making the trip to Edgbaston, and we'll be back on Sunday from 10:45 BST with live text updates and ball-by-ball commentary.

    Thanks for your company over the past four days.

  2. Week two results

    So, after the conclusion at Chelmsford, here's how things fared in week two of the County Championship season.

    Division One:

    Yorkshire 593-9 (d) & 183-8 (d) v Hampshire 453-9 (d) - Match Drawn

    Middlesex 452 & 304-6 (d) v Warwickshire 468 - Match Drawn

    Lancashire 332 & 88-2 v Nottinghamshire 242 & 175 - Lancashire won by eight wickets

    Division Two:

    Sussex 360 & 288 v Essex 320 & 266-7 - Match Drawn

    Gloucestershire 563 v Derbyshire 444 & 260-2 (d) - Match Drawn

    Glamorgan 348 & 191 v Leicestershire 427 & 115-0 - Leicestershire won by 10 wickets

    For full scorecards click here.


    Sussex 360 & 288 v Essex 320 & 266-7

    Catches win matches, it is said, and dropping Alastair Cook when he only has a single to his name is never a good idea. The England captain bats through 91 overs for an unbeaten 127 as Essex earn a draw at Hove, and following his ton against Gloucestershire last week, his seasonal average is 134. 

    The Sussex team shake Cook's hand in a show of respect and sportsmanship, with partner Graham Napier unbeaten on six. Sussex take 12 points from the game, with Essex earning 11. 

  4. Time running out for Sussex

    Essex 320 & 262-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

    Steve Magoffin is switched to the Sea End, but no success for Sussex. Time running out. Three overs left. Can they claim the three wickets they need? Alastair Cook 123 not out.

  5. Gale's verdict on Yorkshire

    Yorkshire drew with Hampshire at Headingley

    Captain Andrew Gale takes a pragmatic up for the defending champions, it's a trip to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire on Sunday.

  6. Essex clinging on

    Essex 320 & 262-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

    After a couple of overs each from Steve Magoffin and Ollie Robinson, Sussex try the spin of Danny Briggs. Graham Napier blocks out resolutely. Five overs left. 

  7. Tension mounts at Hove

    Essex 320 & 258-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

    Seven overs to go - three wickets needed by Sussex. Alastair Cook 123 not out, Graham Napier on six. Some draws in cricket are dull - this one isn't (if it ends in a draw, that is). Perhaps should be mentioned that wicketkeeper Ben Brown is skippering Sussex in this game with Luke Wright having undergone wrist surgery.

  8. Sussex press for victory

    Essex 320 & 253-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove:

    "Suddenly two quick wickets as Essex look to chase down the target and Sussex are back in the driving seat and pressing for victory.

    "The new ball has been taken and the hosts need three more wickets. Alastair Cook stands in their way - dropped on one, he is now 123 not out." 

  9. WICKET Foster (lbw b Shahzad 5)

    Essex 320 & 251-7 v Sussex 360 & 288

    Ajmal Shahzad

    It looks like Essex have given up the run-chase but now they are in survival mode as former England paceman Ajmal Shahzad sends James Foster on his way as he tries to leg glance. Three wickets needed by Sussex - but Alastair Cook is proving to be the immoveable object, 122 not out.

  10. Bell's verdict on Bears

    Warwickshire drew with Middlesex at Lord's

  11. WICKET Ten Doeschate (c Machan b Wells 4)

    Essex 320 & 241-6 v Sussex 360 & 288

    Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate attempts to lift the scoring rate against leg-spinner Luke Wells, but Matt Machan takes an excellent catch. Sussex now the more likely winners, perhaps.

    Don't forget, you can listen to the denouement at Hove by clicking the live coverage at the top of the page. 

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  13. WICKET Ryder (b Wells 35)

    Essex 320 & 234-5 v Sussex 360 & 288

    And then there was one. Are we set for an exciting finish at Hove? Essex's chances of chasing down a target of 329 for victory suffer a setback when Jesse Ryder falls to Luke Wells' leg-spin after a stand of 103 in 30.5 overs with Alastair Cook. The England captain is still going on 113, with another 95 still needed from a minimum of 16 overs. Alternatively, Sussex require five more wickets. 


    Derbyshire 444 & 260-2 dec v Gloucestershire 563

    The pitch was the only winner at Bristol where Chesney Hughes provided the highlight of the final day's play with an unbeaten 137. The Anguilla-born Derbyshire opener hit a six and 20 fours, and added 80 with first-innings centurion Wayne Madsen (27*) before Hamish Rutherford's declaration ended the game.

    Gloucestershire, beaten by Essex in their opening game of the new season, take 12 points and Derbyshire 8.


    Yorkshire 593-9 dec & 183-8 dec v Hampshire 453-9 dec

    A mixed performance by county champions Yorkshire at the start of their attempt to complete a hat-trick of titles. After enjoying the first two days when Adam Lyth (111), Jonny Bairstow (246) and Liam Plunkett (126), the final two were far less satisfactory against an injury-hit Hampshire side. 

    Andrew Gale declares his side's second innings with Plunkett 27 not out and Jack Brooks on 15 and a halt is called. Yorkshire take 12 points and Hampshire 10.

    BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan: 

    "After being dominated by the champions for the first two days, you have to say well done to Hampshire, who came back strongly and fully deserved their draw at Headingley. 

    "The visitors lost Fidel Edwards for the fourth day to an ankle injury sustained in the practice before the game. They put that behind them and bowled really well to reduce Yorkshire to 120-6. The home side eventually closed at 183-8 and were never going to lose the game due to the 140-run lead from the first innings."


    Middlesex 452 & 304-6 dec v Warwickshire 468

    So the old adage is true, you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth - Adam Voges misses out on a century as Warwickshire keeper Tim Ambrose takes off his pads at Lord's and claims the first wicket of his career, the Australian caught by Keith Barker at deep mid-wicket for 92. He immediately declares the Middlesex innings, bringing the game to an end.

    No doubt about the star performer in this game - Middlesex opener Sam Robson, who made 231 and 106. the home side take 12 points, with 11 for the Bears.

  17. Voges poised for century

    Middlesex 452 & 304-5 v Warwickshire 468

    Ian Bell has withdrawn himself from Warwickshire's attack with figures of 0-15 from seven overs. Sam Hain and Varun Chopra are the ninth and 10th bowlers used by the Bears - Middlesex skipper Adam Voges moves into the 90s and you suspect that on this occasion he is content to look a gift horse in the mouth - or a gift bear in this instance.

  18. Foxes win delights McDonald

    Leicestershire's elite performance director Andrew McDonald is a happy man following their 10-wicket victory at Glamorgan. 

    He told BBC Radio Leicester: "It was a very professional performance, pretty clinical in the way we got the job done. Being none down in the chase was exceptional, so well done to Angus Robson and Paul Horton.

    "But I think there were great contributions from every player, batting, bowling and fielding. The bowlers thought they had been a bit sloppy in Glamorgan's first innings, so to come back the way they did in the second innings to bowl them out for 200 was outstanding."


    Essex 320 & 203-4 v Sussex 360 & 288

    Alastair Cook

    Three runs off spinner Danny Briggs take England's captain to his second century in successive games for Essex. It took him 189 balls and included 11 fours - and all after Briggs dropped him at slip early in his innings. It's also his first in an ECB safety regulations-compliant helmet. Essex need another 126 to win.

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Hove:

    "This game looked to be drifting towards a draw, but Essex have never needed more than five an over, and with Cook holding the fort at one end, the Essex middle order have licence to have a tilt at this target."

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