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Live Reporting

By Kalika Mehta and Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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  1. 2017 close of play

    Essex

    And that is where we finish our County Championship coverage for this season.

    Thank you to everyone who has joined us throughout the campaign and our BBC local radio commentators who have brought you ball-by-ball coverage from every match.

    We'll be back next April for what promises to be an intriguing 2018 season, with Middlesex and Warwickshire both in Division Two.

    Essex will also be looking to defend a title they won so convincingly this year.

    Until then, goodbye.

  2. Post update

    Marcus Trescothick

    It was certainly a remarkable final day.

    Somerset secured their survival by bowling out Middlesex for 113 before lunch.

    All eyes were then on Edgbaston where it went to the wire.

    But Hampshire survived to send Middlesex down.

  3. Post update

    So that's the 2017 County Championship done.

    I'm not quite sure how to feel about that. It's been a long road, but what am I going to do for the next six months now?!

    Ah, I guess there's a small matter of an Ashes tour coming up. That'll do.

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    Peter Noyce: Remarkable Hampshire. Now try and be safe on the last day of next season for a change. PLEASE!!

  5. HAMPSHIRE SURVIVE

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 195-7

    A brilliant batting display from Hampshire ensured their survival as the visitors dug in at Edgbaston to escape the drop by a single point.

    With 80 overs to bat through on the final day, Tom Alsop (22 off 80 balls), James Vince (30 off 124 balls), Liam Dawson (9 off 94 balls) and Ian Holland (21 off 90 balls) all showed grit and determination to resist Warwickshire's bowlers.

    The day was not without alarm as Hampshire lost wickets in clusters after lunch and tea.

    However, following Middlesex's loss to Somerset earlier in the day, the draw proved enough to see Hampshire remain in Division One for another season.

  6. BreakingHAMPSHIRE SURVIVE

    Warwickshire draw with Hampshire

    Hampshire have retained their Division One status.

    Hampshire survive

    2016 county champions Middlesex are down.

    Middlesex relegated
  7. One over left for Hampshire to survive

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 189-7

    Jeetan Patel returns but he cannot get through Ian Holland's defences.

    Division One survival looms for Hampshire with a draw enough to keep them up and relegate Middlesex.

  8. Two overs remaining

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 185-7

    Kyle Abbott survives the final two balls of Oliver Hannon-Dalby's over.

    Will Warwickshire take three wickets in the last two overs and relegate Hampshire?

    Oliver Hannon Dalby
  9. 14 balls to survive

    Kevan James

    Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

    Yet again, just when you start thinking, yep - there's another wicket.

  10. WICKET Berg (b Hannon-Dalby) 34

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 185-7 (2.2 overs remaining)

    Would you believe it!

    Oliver Hannon-Dalby bowls Gareth Berg through the gate!

    Is there a final twist in the tale? Surely not...

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    James Humber: County cricket commentary is a true BBC gem. Many thanks to all who keep it running and special.

    Thanks for tuning in James.

  12. Three overs left for Hampshire to survive

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 185-6

    Gareth Berg drives fluently through extra-cover for four after Ryan Sidebottom over-pitches and brings up his 50-run partnership with Ian Holland.

    Just three more overs for Hampshire to clinch a draw and ensure they retain their Division One status.

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    Simon Straw: Just goes to show that the wonderful game of cricket can entertain on so many levels

    Drink it in Simon - the 2017 English domestic season will be over in about 15 minutes.

  14. Four overs left

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 172-6

    Gareth Berg is not interested in doing anything but blocking as the final throes of a thrilling Championship season comes to an end.

    It is beginning to look like last season's champions Middlesex will be playing Division Two cricket in 2018.

  15. Five overs remain at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 171-6

    Surely this is Hampshire's match to lose now?

    Ian Holland plays a gorgeous drive off Ryan Sidebottom to hit only his second boundary of his innings.

    This has been a brilliant, gritty and resilient batting effort from the visitors today.

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    Jonno Brocklebank: Congrats to the Pears and Notts. We'll see you at Headingley next season probably battering Yorkshire.

    Joe Leach
  17. Six overs left for Hampshire to survive

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 165-6

    Oliver Hannon-Dalby shouts at a photographer to get out of Gareth Berg's eye-line as the tension heads up yet another notch.

    Berg is not to be tempted by the Warwickshire seamer as Hampshire edge ever closer to survival.

  18. Seven overs left at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 163-6

    Ryan Sidebottom returns with the new ball.

    Ian Holland, who is now 12 off 75 balls, gets his first run in 20 balls as Gareth Berg resists the rest of the over.

    The Hampshire dressing room must be beginning to believe by now.

  19. Worcestershire win Division Two

    Worcestershire beat Durham by 137 runs

    Worcestershire have just picked up the Division Two trophy.

    It's been a fine first season under new skipper Joe Leach - they won nine of their 14 matches and saw off Notts who looked favourites for most of the campaign.

    Joe Leach
  20. Eight overs remain

    Warwickshire 188 & 186 v Hampshire 116 & 163-6

    Make no mistake Warwickshire are desperately trying to take these final four wickets and sign off in Division One on a positive note.

    Gareth Berg remains resolute against Oliver Hannon-Dalby clipping the hosts' bowler away to the boundary.

    Next delivery, the ball is lobbed just over Berg's stumps off an inside edge! It really is edge of the seat stuff out there

    The second new ball is taken by Warwickshire.