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Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

So, just one point separates Middlesex and Yorkshire at the top of Division One following their victories over Nottinghamshire and Durham.

But it is not a two-horse title race, with third-placed Somerset still in the shake-up if they can pull off a win at Headingley next week.

For Notts, they must contemplate the prospect of Division Two cricket next season after suffering their eighth defeat of the summer.

The next round of Championship matches starts on Monday and we will be back to provide our usual comprehensive coverage as Essex try to collect the six points they need against Glamorgan to secure promotion from Division Two.

Until then, have an excellent weekend.


Surrey 329 & 248-3 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Hampshire's Liam Dawson
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The umpires and captains decide enough is enough at The Oval following the arrival of rain.

Hampshire taken 12 points from the match, with seven for the home side.

It means that Hampshire remain next to bottom, but with just eight points covering themselves Warwickshire, Durham and Lancashire.

The last two, however, have a game in hand, and Hampshire must hope they do not win next week and then hope to beat Durham in their final match of the season, starting on 20 September at the Ageas Bowl.

Notts 'embarrassed' by relegation

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell has more to say about his side's relegation from Division One following their home defeat by Middlesex.

Newell says it will not make a big difference financially to the club, but there are feelings of "embarrassment" and "shame" for players and supporters.

To read his comments, please click here.

Weather halts play at The Oval

Surrey 329 & 247-3 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Rain arrives at The Oval with Surrey just five runs away from avoiding an innings defeat. Kumar Sangakkara is 84 not out and Steven Davies is on 29, the pair having added 57 for the fourth wicket in 14 overs.

Durham need to 'arrest slide'

Yorkshire (23 pts) beat Durham (4 pts) by 228 runs

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

"Durham have actually climbed a place this week because Lancashire didn't play. But the way they are playing means they are right in the thick of a relegation battle when just a month ago they looked set to beat Somerset in Taunton and move to the top of the table.

"It's been a bad month in which they have lost three and struggled to two draws. If they don't arrest this slide and get something out of their remaining matches with Surrey and Hampshire they could be looking at relegation after 11 years in the top-flight - the longest run by anyone.

"It's Surrey next up at Chester-le-Street on Monday. It will be interesting to see how Durham react after this one because this was dreadful."

Tim Bresnan dismisses Durham's Barry McCarthy
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Big names back for White Rose?

I have been asked whether Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, David Willey and Liam Plunkett will be available for Yorkshire's final two Championship games against Somerset and Middlesex.

Not a bad list of reserves, is it? At the moment, though, I don't know the answer to the question.  

Newell rues 'slack batting'

Middlesex (20 pts) beat Notts (4 pts) by five wickets

Notts are facing up to the realities of relegation just three days after appointing Peter Moores as their new head coach.

Director of cricket Mick Newell said it was "disappointing to hand over the team going into Division Two" after their home defeat by Middlesex.

He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We played well in the first game against Surrey and everyone was very optimistic about our chances. But since then, clearly we haven’t played anywhere near well enough. 

“Jake Ball with the new ball has been outstanding – the best bowler in the game – and that is a good sign for Notts and England going forward. We will take that out of the game.

“But looking at some of the dismissals yesterday, we were very casual and slack with the bat and that has cost us the game.

“We had a sniff at five wickets down, but they played better than we have. They have experience and showed it through the game."

Time running out for Hants

Surrey 329 & 215-3 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

They have reached tea at The Oval with Kumar Sangakkara 65 not out, Steven Davies on 15, and Surrey 38 runs short of making Hampshire bat again. there are a minimum of 33 overs remaining in theory - but I wonder whether we'll see that many.

Compton relishes title scrap

Middlesex (20 pts) beat Nottinghamshire (4pts) by five wickets

Nick Compton
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England batsman Nick Compton made 63 before being run out to help Division One leaders Middlesex to victory at Trent Bridge. 

Here's what he had to say to BBC Radio London after the match: "It is nice to contribute again. As someone who prides myself on tough situations, I wanted to make sure I was on it. I was proud of the way I managed to hold things together.

"I can’t say enough for how we are growing as a team. There was a calmness and a confidence with how we went about it.

"I felt a bit of pressure this morning because I wanted to get us over the line in this game. I thought ‘let this be my calling’. The run out was massively disappointing and I probably got a little bit over-excited.

"The intent was to make sure we found a way to do it because this is the time. You don’t get too many opportunities to be playing for the title as this stage of the season. It is a fantastic place to be."

No excuses from Collingwood

Yorkshire (23 pts) beat Durham (4 pts) by 228 runs

Durham captain Paul Collingwood told BBC Newcastle:

"Barring the T20 Finals Day in which I thought we were pretty good, it has been a difficult month.

"Yorkshire deserve the victory, they were the better team on this occasion, and taught us a lesson about going about four-day cricket.

"They were disciplined in their bowling attack and put us under pressure, and have guys who are confident going out to score big runs.

"We have to hold our hands up and say the opposition were way better."

WICKET Harinath (c McManus b Ervine 57)

Surrey 329 & 210-3 v Surrey 582-9 dec

Sean Ervine makes the breakthrough for Hampshire, ending a stand of exactly 100 between Arun Harinath and Kumar Sangakkara. Surrey need another 43 to avoid an innings defeat, with seven wickets standing, and there are a minimum of 34 overs left in the match.

Victory delights Middlesex

Middlesex (20 pts) beat Nottinghamshire (4 pts) by five wickets

That winning feeling doesn't get old!! Incredible fight this week from everyone!! 🍻🍻🙌🏿👏🏿👌🏿

Bet Nick isn't the only member of the Middlesex team who's feeling pretty pleased right now....

Harinath completes half-century

Surrey 329 & 191-2 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Arun Harinath follows partner Kumar Sangakkara by reaching a half-century - his arriving off 100 balls with a single from the bowling of Gareth Andrew. Surrey still need another 62 to avoid an innings defeat but this is looking increasingly like the game will end in a draw.

If so, Surrey hopes of winning the title will officially be over as they will be 27 points behind leaders Middlesex with only one match to play - in Durham next week.

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Middlesex lead Yorkshire by one point, with Somerset 21 points further back, and there are just two rounds to go in this summer's County Championship.

Will Middlesex win their first title since 1993, or will Yorkshire make it a hat-trick before head coach Jason Gillespie leaves the club to return to Australia?

Get in touch and let us know how you see the title race. 

Sangakkara defies Hampshire

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And then there was one......

With the games at Headingley and Trent Bridge now finished, updates on this page will be a little less frequent, but I will keep you updated with the key moments between now and close of play.

Kumar Sangakkara has reached a half-century from 124 balls for Surrey at The Oval, brought up with a boundary off Gareth Andrew. His partnership with Arun Harinath is currently worth 85 and they need another 77 runs to avoid an innings defeat.


Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 235-5

As the deranged old soothsayer used to say every week on Up Pompeii "the end is here", and it certainly is for Notts as John Simpson hits the winning single for Middlesex off Jake Ball.

Simpson (58) and skipper James Franklin (54) shared an unbroken partnership of 89 to see their side home and they are now one point clear of Yorkshire at the top of Division One, with two games to play.

Ball has impressive match figures of 9-120, including his hat-trick in Middlesex's first innings which left them 0-3, but that will be no consolation to the England pace bowler.

Champions on six occasions, most recently in 2010, Notts now face the prospect of Division Two cricket next summer.

Here is the top of the table as things stand...

Division One table


Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 192

Ryan Pringle hits two fours and a six in an over off Tim Bresnan, but is left unbeaten on 57 not out as Jack Brooks bowls Durham number eleven Chris Rushworth.

Pringle's innings puts the performance of Durham's top six into perspective, with only one of them reaching double figures.

Brooks finishes with 3-55, but Ryan Sidebottom is the pick of Yorkshire's attack with 4-34.

Their final two games are against title rivals Somerset and Middlesex - win both and a third successive Championship will surely be theirs.

@YorkshireCCC great result. Final match decider hopefully. Bring it back home #whiterose #bbccricket #3inarow

Who'll get there first?

It's a neck and neck race between Yorkshire and Middlesex to see which of them can complete victory first - and it looks like being the same to decide which of them wins the county title (although Somerset may have something to say about that).

The White Rose county need one wicket to beat Durham at Headingley, while Middlesex are now just 20 runs away from a win over Notts. 

WICKET McCarthy (c Lyth b Bresnan 3)

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 173-9

Durham are on the brink after Barry McCarthy edges Tim Bresnan to slip. Ryan Pringle is 42 not out, but only has last man Chris Rushworth for company now.

Simpson makes timely fifty

Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 198-5

A single off Harry Gurney takes John Simpson to an 87-ball half-century, an absolutely vital innings for his side, who now look like they are heading for a victory that will guarantee they are top of the Division One table ahead of the penultimate round of matches.

Jake Ball took a hat-trick earlier in the game - Notts would probably put up a statue outside the ground of any player who can produce another one now. 

Surrey pair build stand

Surrey 329 & 137-2 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Apologies for those interested in events at The Oval, but we are now at the 'business end' of the games at Headingley and Trent Bridge, hence my focus on them. Anyway, Kumar Sangakkara and Arun Harinath are still together for Surrey, who need another 116 to make Hampshire bat again.

Notts need breakthrough

Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 189-5

John Simpson
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John Simpson hits a four off Samit Patel and Middlesex are now only 46 from victory at Trent Bridge. Simpson is 45 not out, with skipper James Franklin on 21. Notts now have their spinners bowling in tandem and they need a wicket - and fast.

WICKET Richardson (c Bresnan b Sidebottom 33)

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 149-8

For the first time in my life, I feel like Britney Spears. Oops I did it again for another Durham batsman.

However, Michael Richardson only has himself to blame for playing at a wide one from Ryan Sidebottom and edging it into the slip cordon. 

Just two wickets needed now for Yorkshire.

Well bowled Paul! #bbccricket #countycricketlive

Believe me, David, if I actually was bowling at Headingley, I can absolutely guarantee Durham would get a draw out of this game - in fact they'd probably win it.

#bbccricket potential man of the match award for Paul Grunill on the live text. Had a hand in most Yorks wickets today.

The #bbccricket text commentators have an uncanny knack of putting commentators' curse on batsmen. Please do not commentate on Middlesex!

Durham prolong resistance

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 149-7

A very handy partnership is developing for Durham between Michael Richardson (33 not out) and Ryan Pringle (25) - I hope that isn't the kiss of death for them - but resisting Yorkshire's powerful attack for another 50 odd overs is a huge task. 

The weather forecast for Leeds suggests there may be rain later in the day - but it's unlikely to arrive in time to help the visitors.

Middlesex inch towards target

Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 257 & 164-5

No major alarms for Middlesex immediately after lunch. It's 23 overs until the new ball is due, so Notts have to find a way to get the job done with the old one. Jake Ball is one wicket short of a five-for, but James Franklin hits two successive fours off him to bring the runs-required figure down to 71.

#bbccricket Franklin is the perfect man to have coming in with 80odd to win on day 4. Relishes these scenarios #skippersknock #middlesex

The players are out again at Trent Bridge, Headingley and The Oval for the afternoon session.

Notts against Middlesex could go either way - much like arm-wrestling, it's a test of strength now.

Yorkshire will be looking to wrap things up against Durham, requiring three more wickets, while the visitors have a minimum of 64 overs to survive if they are to escape with a draw. 

Surrey are also looking to bat out time against Hampshire, who need to force a victory to improve their chances to escaping relegation.

It should be, like Steve Davis' Spittin' Image nickname, very 'Interesting'. 

(That's the real Steve below, not the puppet - I wonder if he likes cricket? If he does, as an Essex boy, he must be very happy at the moment)

Steve Davis

Yorkshire show 'gulf in class'

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 129-7 - lunch

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

"Durham have managed to drag this out beyond lunch on the final day, but for a period this morning it looked like they wouldn't last an hour.

"Resuming on 39-3 and chasing an impossible 421, they lost three wickets for 14 runs in the space of six overs, all to the left-arm bowling of Ryan Sidebottom.

"Nightwatchman Graham Onions perished on his 34th birthday as he drove to Gary Ballance in the covers, while Scott Borthwick and Paul Collingwood both went lbw, with the latter not offering a shot to an inswinger.

"At lunch Durham are 129-7 and seemingly not long for this world as Yorkshire time their title challenge perfectly. The gulf in class between these two sides has been remarkable in this game."

Paul Collingwood
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Lunch scores round-up

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 151-5

Middlesex need another 84 for victory

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Surrey need another 145 to avoid an innings defeat 

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 129-7

Durham need another 292 for victory

Hants need Sangakkara wicket

Surrey 329& 108-2 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Having removed Dominic Sibley, Hampshire are unable to pick up another wicket in the final pre-lunch overs at The Oval - but they are still very much in with a chance of victory. Kumar Sangakkara is 28 not out and getting rid of the Sri Lankan would be a major boost to their chances.

WICKET Compton (run out 63)

Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 257 & 146-5

Nick Compton

Terrible moment for Middlesex as a mix-up between the batsmen sees a sprawling Nick Compton beaten by Jake Libby's throw. The visitors need 89 to win - but that wicket will breathe new life into Notts. Compton batted for almost three and a quarter hours, faced 171 balls and hit six fours. 

How much are @YorkshireCCC paying the #bbccricket team for all these @Middlesex_CCC wickets falling? #TextCommentatorsCurse

WICKET Clark (c Hodd b Bresnan 25)

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 112-7

Graham Clark and Michael Richardson kept Yorkshire at bay for 18 overs, adding 49 to the Durham total, but Clark has gone and Yorkshire are just three wickets away from victory.

WICKET Sibley (c McManus b Wheal 44)

Surrey 329 & 91-2 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Oh dear, Dominic Sibley becomes the latest batsman to succumb to 'text commentator's curse' (see 11:09 entry below) as he is taken down the leg-side by wicketkeeper Lewis McManus. That's a very important breakthrough by Brad Wheal with only a few minutes to go before lunch. Surrey still trail by 160.

Compton reaches half-century

Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 132-4

Nick Compton
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Nick Compton reaches fifty off 155 balls with a boundary off Imran Tahir. The last time he did so in a Championship game he went on to three figures and if he does the same here, it will go a long way towards Middlesex winning the game. They need another 103.

Come on Notts, are you leaving it all to @JakeBall to save you from relegation. Let's see some fire #bbccricket #concernedyorkie

Sibley holds up Hampshire

Surrey 329 & 72-1 v Hampshire 582-9 dec

Where does the time go? I can't believe it's three years since Dominic Sibley became the youngest player to score a double century in the County Championship.

He has yet to reach three figures so far this season, but is playing a very responsible innings for Surrey this morning and has moved on to 37 not out, with Kumar Sangakkara on 12 at the other end. They are still 181 in arrears, though.

Dominic Sibley

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Durham could have a scorecard with one of the lowest co-efficients of variation (standard deviation/mean average) in history #bbccricket

Perhaps Twitter isn't the best platform to explain that particular point, Paul

Durham hang on at Headingley

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2 dec v Durham 265 & 86-6

After prompting the downfall of Durham's Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood with my words earlier this morning, I will not attempt to comment on the current situation. 

Tim Bresnan is now bowling for Yorkshire and Graham Clark and Michael Richardson are the two batsmen.

One bit of good news for Durham, though, as England all-rounder Ben Stokes signs a one-year contract extension. Read the full story here.

WICKET Eskinazi (c Read b Ball 30)

Nottinghamshire 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 93-4

Jake Ball
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England's Jake Ball claims his fourth wicket of the innings as Stevie Eskinazi edges into the dependable hands of wicketkeeper Chris Read. John Simpson is the new batsman, and Middlesex need 141 to win.

Middlesex pair post fifty stand

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 82-3

Still no joy for Notts at Trent Bridge and leg-spinner Imran Tahir has now been brought into the attack. Nick Compton has moved on to 38 not out for Middlesex. It's been a tough summer for the England batsman, but if he guides his side home today, it'll certainly be a day to remember for him.

Stevie Eskinazi hits a boundary to end Harry Gurney's latest over and the visitors now require another 153 for victory.