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Summary

  1. Essex champions for first time since 1992
  2. Somerset beat Lancs by seven wickets to give Essex title
  3. Warwickshire are relegated after Middlesex draw
  4. Worcestershire beat Leicestershire by six wickets to go top of Division Two
  5. Northants defeat Glamorgan by seven wickets to stay in promotion race
  6. Hardus Viljoen returns match figures of 15-170 as Derbyshire beat Sussex

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By Matthew Henry and Paul Grunill

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Essex celebrate title win
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Another round of County Championship matches is over and Essex are champions for the seventh time in the club's history, having beaten Warwickshire on Thursday.

We'll be back next Tuesday for the penultimate round of fixtures, with promotion and relegation issues still to resolve, but for now we'll leave you with the thoughts and feelings of some of the Essex players, expressed via social media.

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Results at-a-glance

Division One

Middlesex 204 & 14-1 v Hampshire 146

Match drawn

Somerset 335 & 69-3 v Lancashire 133 & 269 (f/o)

Somerset won by seven wickets

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 394 & 281-2 (f/o)

Match drawn

Division Two

Glamorgan 207 & 320 v Northamptonshire 310 & 221-3

Northants won by seven wickets

Gloucestershire 385 & 294-9 dec v Kent 386

Match drawn

Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 v Sussex 271 & 344

Derbyshire won by 45 runs

Leicestershire 404 & 220 v Worcestershire 493 & 132-4

Worcestershire won by six wickets

BreakingDERBYSHIRE BEAT SUSSEX BY 45 RUNS

Sussex 271 & 344 all out v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

David Wiese can't believe what he has done. The Sussex man is caught in the deep and the first ball after the new ball. Harry Podmore takes the wicket.

Hardus Viljoen finishes with eight in the innings.

A remarkable match.

Sussex's promotion push is all-but over.

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Sussex 271 & 333-9 (80 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Whittingham survives two balls of Viljoen's latest over.

Four leg byes help Sussex in their quest.

What a thriller this is.

The new ball is taken.

Sussex 271 & 343-9 (79.3 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Stuart Whittingham meets Wiese in the middle with Sussex's target looking a way off with the last pair in.

The number 11 will be happy with that though.

He clips four to fine leg and is off the mark. More importantly though they require less than 50.

47 to win for Sussex.

WICKET Garton (c Hamidullah Qadri b Podmore) 12

Sussex 271 & 332-9 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Booooooo.

Derbyshire may well dramatically win this game but I'm a little disappointed Hardus Viljoen isn't going to take all 10.

Harry Podmore gets in on the action as he dismisses Garton who had hit the previous two balls for four and then six.

Sussex need 58. Derbyshire need one wicket.

Sussex 271 & 321-8 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

A wicketless over from Viljoen. It doesn't feel like that has happened too often in this match.

The new ball is just two overs away. That could be crucial.

Viljoen has all eight of these wickets.

Sussex still have a sniff with 69 needed.

Sussex 271 & 320-8 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

The 71 runs Sussex need to win look a long way off now.

They were 267-3 with Wright and Van Zyl at the crease. Now they're 319-8.

Hardus Viljoen starts another over...

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Essex celebrate innings victory against Warwickshire at Edgbaston

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WICKET Archer (c Hughes b Viljoen) 25

Sussex 271 & 318-7 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Hardus Viljoen
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Viljoen is going to do this! He has all eight!!

Jofra Archer had looked pretty good but the South African gets his man.

Just two wickets needed for Derbyshire now. They looked almost out of it since tea but now they're huge favourites.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE DRAW WITH KENT

Gloucestershire 385 & 294-9 dec v Kent 386

Gloucestershire declare their second innings with a 293-run lead and the game at Bristol comes to an end. Gareth Roderick finishes unbeaten on 78, while all-rounder Darren Stevens takes 5-77 for Kent.

The visitors now have 164 points, 43 below second-placed Notts, with only 48 left to play for in their final two games against Derbyshire (away) and Glamorgan (home). You'd get very long odds on them winning promotion from that position.

Sussex 271 & 307-7 (74 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

David Wiese is the new batsman for Sussex. He hit 45 in the first innings so this is by no means over and he proves his worth by hitting four on his first ball.

Viljoen took seven in the first innings and now has seven in this.

Remarkable pace bowling.

WICKET Robinson (b Viljoen) 15

Sussex 271 & 303-7 (73.4 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Seven from seven in the innings for Hardus Viljoen. Time to get excited ladies and gents...

The South African knocks back Ollie Robinson's stumps and Derbyshire are just three wickets away from winning this match.

Sussex need 87 runs.

WICKET Norwell (run out) 8

Gloucestershire 385 & 289-9 v Kent 386

Just two games remain and Gloucestershire lose another wicket at Bristol as Liam Norwell is beaten by a direct hit at the bowler's end. They are 288 ahead, with Gareth Roderick 75 not out, as Matt Taylor comes to the crease.

Thriller at Hove

Sussex 271 & 292-6 (71.1 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Jofra Archer and Ollie Robinson are now at the crease for Sussex in this game with all results still possible.

South African Hardus Viljoen is still steaming in and this is quite a battle with young Archer.

A few words are said between the two but Archer swats a four and the target is below 100.

98 to win for Sussex.

SURREY DRAW WITH YORKSHIRE

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 394 & 281-2 (f/o)

There will be no more play at the Oval because of bad light with Yorkshire batsman Shaun Marsh finishing unbeaten on 125 in his final innings of the summer for the county.

The Australian batted for five and a half hours, faced 263 balls and hit 17 fours, but he will be replaced by West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite for the county's final two games.

Surrey take 12 points after their 10th draw of the summer and move up to third place, while Yorkshire collect 10 and climb above Somerset and Middlesex into fifth.

With only 13 points covering third to seventh places, though, the struggle to avoid relegation is far from over.

Division One table
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for Gareth Roderick

Gloucestershire 385 & 275-8 v Kent 386

Gareth Roderick reaches his half-century off 76 deliveries with a single off Adam Milne and Gloucestershire are now 278 ahead.

Mathematically, promotion will still be possible for Kent after this game is drawn - but realistically, their chance of going up is almost gone.

WARWICKSHIRE RELEGATED

By way of confirmation, Somerset's victory over Lancashire and the draw between Middlesex and Hampshire means that Warwickshire will be playing Division Two cricket in next summer's Championship.

Could Viljoen take all 10?

Sussex 271 & 275-6 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Hardus Viljoen is still on for 10 wickets in this innings by the way.

He has all six so far, having taken seven in the first innings.

Sussex need 115 runs with four wickets left.

Viljoen has 6-62 in 19 overs and three wickets in his two overs.

WICKET Wright (b Viljoen) 80

Sussex 271 & 272-6 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Remarkable.

Hardus Viljoen has 13 wickets in the match and things have totally swung around since tea.

Sussex's main man Luke Wright is bowled and now Derbyshire have three wickets since the interval and need just four more to win.

Northants 'still in the race'

Glamorgan 207 & 320 v Northamptonshire 310 & 221-3

Alex Winter

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Another good win for Northamptonshire, who are doing their best to keep pace with the promotion race.

This was their seventh win of the season - two more than they achieved when winning promotion in 2013.

They were ahead in this game all the way through and could well have wrapped up a bigger victory had they ended Glamorgan's lower-order resistance earlier yesterday afternoon.

But it is 22 more points and promotion still up for grabs with Nottinghamshire at home and Leicestershire away in their remaining games - they will have to win both and hope that Notts and/or Worcestershire slip up in the final round.

WICKET Brown (c Hughes b Viljoen) 0

Sussex 271 & 271-5 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Derbyshire think they can win this. Viljoen has 12 in the match!

This really is going to be a thriller. The South African quick gets Brown caught at slip for a duck and has a second five-wicket haul of the match.

MIDDLESEX DRAW WITH HAMPSHIRE

Middlesex 204 & 14-1 v Hampshire 146

Umpires Russell Evans and Graham Lloyd decide no further play is possible after a rain shower at Uxbridge.

Middlesex take nine points and Hampshire eight - both, though, remain in danger of relegation with two rounds of games to go.

Nick Compton is 11 not out when the game is called off, with Stevie Eskinazi on three.

WICKET Van Zyl (c Critchley b Viljoen) 85

Sussex 271 & 267-4 (66 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

Massive wicket for Derbyshire.

South African Stiaan van Zyl goes for an excellent 85 and this match takes a swing towards Derbyshire.

The visitors break the Wright-Van Zyl partnership which had looked very good for Sussex. Who is going to win now?

There are 30 overs left. Sussex need 123. Derbyshire need six wickets.

for Darren Stevens

Gloucestershire 385 & 249-8 v Kent 386

Darren Stevens
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Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens claims his seventh 'five-for' of the summer by bowling Josh Shaw for two at the Brightside Ground. Gareth Roderick is 43 not out, despite batting with a finger injury, and Gloucestershire's lead is 248.

Sussex on the attack

Sussex 271 & 266-3 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

This could turn into a one-day style chase.

Sussex's 250 is brought up by Luke Wright boundary. Stiaan van Zyl (85 not out) then joins the attack with a four of his own before another from Wright (75 not out).

Sussex have scored 29 in five overs since the tea interval.

They need another 124 with seven wickets remaining.

Next week's fixtures

Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 September

The penultimate round of Championship matches takes place next week with the prospect of six teams still being in danger of relegation, and Notts taking on Northants in a game which could go a long way to deciding who goes up from Division Two.

Division One

Hampshire v Essex

Middlesex v Lancashire

Surrey v Somerset

Yorkshire v Warwickshire

Division Two

Derbyshire v Kent

Durham v Sussex

Glamorgan v Gloucestershire

Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire

We'll be with you throughout the four days for full radio and text coverage.

Yorkshire halted by bad light

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 394 & 281-2

The umpires take the players off at the Oval with Yorkshire 83 runs ahead. Shaun Marsh is still there on 125 not out and Gary Ballance has 28 - their stand so far worth 42.

With this game looking like a draw, and a similar scenario between Middlesex and Hampshire, Warwickshire's Division One status is hanging by a thread.

Rain hold-up at Uxbridge

Middlesex 204 & 14-1 v Hampshire 146

The rain, which blighted the first three days of this game, returns and we wonder how much enthusiasm there is among the two sets of players to resume the action. Middlesex have four bonus points so far and Hampshire have three.

BreakingNORTHAMPTONSHIRE BEATS GLAMORGAN BY SEVEN WICKETS

Northants 310 & 221-4 (58.4 overs) v Glamorgan 207 & 320

Sealed with consecutive boundaries from Richard Levi.

Northamptonshire keep up their promotion push with an excellent win over Glamorgan.

They're up to 178 points, 29 points behind Nottinghamshire who they play next week at Wantage Road.

Five to win for Northants

Northants 310 & 213-3 (58 overs) v Glamorgan 207 & 320

Play restarts at Cardiff and immediately Alex Wakely hits a boundary for Northamptonshire.

He isn't going to leave it to chance. Five to win...

Wright key to Sussex run-chase

Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec v Sussex 271 & 236-3

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Providing the weather holds, this game is in the balance, with Sussex needing 154 to win in 36 overs

Stiaan Van Zyl and Luke Wright have added 89 for the fourth wicket, with Wright, in particular, looking to attack whenver possible.

However, Hardus Viljoen has already taken 10 wickets in the match and he is certain to bowl after tea. With a new ball available in 20 overs this game could go down to the wire.

WICKET Robson (c Adams b Berg) 0

Middlesex 204 & 12-1 v Hampshire 146

The wickets continue to fall at Uxbridge as Middlesex opener Sam Robson is taken at second slip. Not sure where we're going with this game, but it's certainly not short of incident. Middlesex lead by 70.

Glos legend celebrates birthday

Mike Procter
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As Gloucestershire take tea against Kent at Bristol, we just want to wish former all-rounder Mike Procter a happy 71st birthday.

A genuinely fast bowler and destructive batsman, he took 1,417 first-class wickets during his career at a cost of less than 20 runs each and scored 48 centuries.

He only played seven Tests for South Africa because of their exile from international sport in the apartheid era, and spent several summers with Gloucestershire - and memorably took a televised hat-trick against Hampshire in a 1977 B&H Cup semi-final.

Play to restart in Cardiff

Northants 310 & 209-3 (57.1 overs) v Glamorgan 207 & 320

The rain has cleared and the outfield dry enough for the restart in Cardiff.

Northamptonshire will be breathing a sign of relief because they only need another nine runs to beat Glamorgan.

Worcestershire go top of Division Two

That ends an excellent game at New Road.

Leicestershire gave it a pretty good go, scoring 624 runs and still coming out on the losing side.

Callum Parkinson deserves a mention too with 10 wickets in the match but Worcestershire knock Nottinghamshire off top spot.

BreakingWORCESTERSHIRE BEAT LEICESTERSHIRE BY SIX WICKETS

Worcestershire 493 & 132-4 (30.2 overs) v Leicestershire 404 & 220

The honour of hitting the winning runs for Worcestershire falls to Ravichandran Ashwin.

Worcestershire are now top of Division Two.

WICKET Clarke (lbw b Ali) 35

Worcestershire 493 & 124-4 (29.3 overs) v Leicestershire 404 & 220

Joe Clarke will not be the Worcestershire player that hits the winning runs which will take the side top of Division Two.

He falls with eight runs still required.

for Luke Wright and tea

Sussex 271 & 236-3 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

An eighth four of the innings brings up Luke Wright's second 50 of the match.

Can Sussex still do this?

Stiaan van Zyl (76 not out) hits two more fours of his own and things are really starting to get interesting.

Sussex head for tea needing another 154 runs at 4.28 runs per over.

Tea scores round-up

Division One

Middlesex 204 v Hampshire 146

Somerset 335 & 69-3 v Lancashire 133 & 269 (f/o)

Somerset won by seven wickets

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 394 & 277-2 (f/o)

Division Two

Glamorgan 207 & 320 v Northamptonshire 310 & 209-3

Gloucestershire 385 & 233-7 v Kent 386

Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 v Sussex 271 & 236-3

Leicestershire 404 & 220 v Worcestershire 493 & 124-4 - still in play