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Gary Smee

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  1. Post update

    Simon Harmer

    That, my friends, is all I have time for this evening.

    What a week it's been. Groundbreaking day-night cricket, plenty of rain and dramatic finishes.

    Paul Grunill will be back on Monday with the next round of County Championship fixtures - they start at 11:00 BST.

    Thanks for joining myself and Felix Keith. It's been emotional.

  2. 3-6 July fixtures

    Let's hope for some better weather as we head into July.

    Division One:

    • Surrey v Hampshire (The Oval)
    • Warwickshire v Middlesex (Edgbaston)
    • Yorkshire v Somerset (Scarborough)

    Division Two:

    • Derbyshire v Durham (Chesterfield)
    • Gloucestershire v Glamorgan (Cheltenham)
    • Kent v Northants (Beckenham)
  3. Essex take a break

    Next game on 6 August

    With the T20 Blast starting next Friday, Essex are not in action again in the County Championship until Sunday, 6 August when they play Yorkshire at Scarborough.

    There are still six four-day fixtures starting on Monday. We'll have it all covered on the BBC website.

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    Philip Baxter: Silverwood has achieved amazing results. What a team of players

    Graeme Archer: How long until Simon Harmer can be English?

  5. Pleasant viewing for Essex

    Division One table

    That incredible win over Middlesex puts Essex 29 points clear of Lancashire at the top.

    The current county champions are languishing in sixth.


    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d draw with Somerset 147 & 88-8

    Craig Overton sees out the final over from Gareth Berg and the two sides shake hands.

    It was a cracking end to a game which had seemed destined for a drab draw.

    Somerset take eight points and climb off the bottom of the Division One table above Warwickshire.

    Third-placed Hampshire claim nine points.

  7. Post update

    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 88-8

    Four dots. Two to survive.

  8. Last over at Hampshire

    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 88-8

    Gareth Berg will bowl the final over, Craig Overton to face. Surely not?

  9. WICKET Groenewald (c McManus b Abbott) 3

    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 84-8

    You are kidding me? Somerset are eight down.

    Hampshire have seven balls to get two more wickets.

    Tim Groenewald is caught behind off Kyle Abbott and there is still more drama to come. Stop it now please.

  10. The final moments in pictures

    Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

    Here's how it unfolded after Essex won their dramatic game against Middlesex.

    The elation...

    Simon Harmer

    The adoration...

    Simon Harmer

    The hero...

    Simon Harmer
  11. Two overs left at Hampshire

    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 84-7

    Somerset pair Craig Overton and Tim Groenewald have 12 balls to survive.

    Liam Dawson will bowl the penultimate over.

  12. 'Loss of 150 overs decisive'

    Sussex 358-9d & 142-1d draw with Gloucestershire 150-1d & 212-6

    Adrian Harms

    Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

    In the end, despite the endeavours of both captains to set up a game, the match drifts tamely to a draw.

    Credit to Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor and Kieran Noema-Barnett who batted through the final session with an unbroken stand of 95, but the loss of more than 150 overs due to bad weather was ultimately decisive.

  13. WICKET Gregory (lbw b Berg) 3

    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 82-7

    There may be a bit of life left in the match at the Ageas Bowl yet!

    With 4.1 overs to go Gareth Berg removes Lewis Gregory lbw.

    I'm not sure I can take any more late drama tonight.

  14. Essex 29 points clear

    Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

    Essex take the maximum 24 points from the match and are now 29 ahead of Lancashire in second.

    Simon Harmer
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    Richard Vaughan: Utterly utterly brilliant. A four day match won win a minute to spare. I love day/night matches now. Well played @SimonHarmerRSA.

    Adam Savoury: Simon Harmer has taken 28-224 in his last TWO County Championahip matches. Incredible.

    Rob Short: What a win @EssexCricket! This team is - solid runs up top, stroke makers, a top class keeper & spinner and a pace attack!

  16. 'Best win of all time'

    Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

    Ravi isn't mincing his words...

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  17. Meanwhile, draw coming at the Ageas

    Hampshire 211-9d & 96-5d v Somerset 147 & 82-6

    After all the madness earlier and elsewhere, it's petering out into a draw at the Ageas Bowl.

    Tim Groenewald and Lewis Gregory are digging in, with just five overs left to be bowled. Hampshire need an Essex-like swing of fortune to find a win.

  18. Simon Harmer the hero again

    Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

    Simon Harmer

    Let's have a look at the numbers for Simon Harmer...

    He took 9-95 in this innings to go with his 5-77 in the first innings for match figures of 14-172.

    He now has 47 wickets this season.


    Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

    Nick Compton looked to have saved the game for Middlesex with a century, but his wicket sparked a collapse in the last half hour that saw five wickets fall for 10 runs.



    Essex beat Middlesex by an innings and 34 runs

    THEY'VE DONE IT. Simon Harmer traps Steven Finn lbw for his ninth wicket. Wow.

    It's the most extraordinary end to a game you will ever see - Harmer finishes with 9-95 and 14 wickets in the match for the second game in a row.

    The South African has 28 wickets in a week - Essex stretch their lead at the top of Division One.

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