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Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill and Ben Pheazey

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off

    Essex win 2019 County Championship

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    Another season done and dusted - and what an afternoon of gripping excitement to round it off as Essex held their nerve to become champions for the eighth time.

    It was a case of so near, but so far again for Somerset, who have now finished second in the Championship in three of the last four seasons and are still one of three teams yet to win the title.

    The others are Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire, but it was a good day for them as both secured promotion back to Division One despite their game at Bristol being abandoned.

    They join Lancashire in a 10-team top-flight next season, when The Hundred will make its debut in the domestic calendar.

    Thanks for your company over the past few months. Congratulations to Essex, and we'll see you again in 2020.

  2. 'I wanted to win trophies'

    Essex win the 2019 County Championship

    More from Essex opener Sir Alastair Cook:

    "This is the reason I carried on. The guys wanted me to play, I wanted to play and I wanted to win trophies."

  3. 'We've come a long way'

    Essex win the 2019 County Championship

    More from Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate:

    "We've played out of our skin for nine games, and you still come to the last game of the season and you need to play well to win.

    "It's very rewarding. The team's come a long way in the last five or six years."

  4. WATCH: Trescothick's last moments before retiring

    Before Essex secured the draw to confirm them as 2019 county champions, there was a wonderful moment for Somerset supporters as long-serving batsman Marcus Trescothick was given the chance to field as a substitute on his final day as a professional cricketer.

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  5. 'Really special'

    Essex win the 2019 County Championship

    Essex opener Sir Alastair Cook told BBC Test Match Special:

    "It's been a brilliant year. To come back from 40 or 50 points behind Somerset at one stage was really special."

  6. 'We knew it would be a dogfight'

    Essex win the 2019 County Championship

    Ryan ten Doeschate receives the Championship trophy

    Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate told BBC Test Match Special:

    "We knew it was going to be a dogfight with the state of the wicket. We knew it was prodigiously turning and needed some calm heads at the end there.

    "I wasn't nervous, but you never know when the wicket is spinning like that."

  7. Results round-up

    Division One

    Kent 147 drew with Hampshire 80-3

    Somerset 203 & forfeit drew with Essex 141 & 45-1

    Essex are county champions

    Surrey 402-6 drew with Nottinghamshire 77-1

    Yorkshire 261-2 drew with Warwickshire

    Division Two

    Durham 262-8 drew with Glamorgan

    Gloucestershire 220-7 drew with Northamptonshire

    Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire promoted

    Leicestershire 151 & 191-3 dec drew with Lancashire 170

    Middlesex 260 drew with Derbyshire 304-7

    Sussex 299-8 drew with Worcestershire

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    From admiralandrea: "That was closer than I thought it would be. Amazing end to an amazing summer of cricket! Congrats to @EssexCricket and huge commiserations to @SomersetCCC - so near, yet so far. We go again next year #bbccricket"

    From Mr_Tea82: "Yes!!! Well done Essex. I'm glad that they got onto the field of play to finish the season off, but they didn't half make it a nervy ending. #SOMvESS#bbccricket#champions"

    From ClubCorpulent: "Well done Essex. Particularly, Clanger* Cook #bbccricket#SOMvESS *It means he’s a Bedfordshire man like me"

    From IanERobbins: "Incredibly proud of @SomersetCCC right now. Even with everything the weather threw at us we didn’t give up and had a real crack. Yet again it wasn’t to be but we will come again and have had a fantastic season with a trophy and a 2nd place.

    From @Alan23434702:"For us@ColU_Officialand @EssexCricketsupporters it’s shaping up to be quite the week#bbccricket"

  9. Essex's title wins

    Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate will be receiving the Championship trophy for the second time in a few minutes.

    They have now won the title in 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1991, 1992, 2017 - and 2019.

    Keith Fletcher and Graham Gooch skippered Essex to the title on three occasions.

  10. Post update

    Daniel Norcross

    BBC 5 live Sports Extra

    "You see it week in, week out - it's just a marvellous sight."

  11. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

    "It is too easy perhaps to get a little caught up in the County Championship but it does deliver - does it not?"

  12. Post update

    Varun Chopra

    Essex batsman on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

    "Even when you're not playing you do kind of live every ball."

  13. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

    "Congratulations to you, Essex. It's the eighth time they've won the title but the second time in three years."

    "Somerset gave it their all and they caused a little nervousness to say the least."

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  14. BreakingESSEX ARE 2019 COUNTY CHAMPIONS

    Somerset 203 & forfeit drew with Essex 141 & 45-1

    Alastair Cook and Tom Westley

    Alastair Cook hugs Marcus Trescothick as Somerset finally admit that the task of winning the County Championship for the first time is beyond them.

    Cook finishes 30 not out, and having contributed 53 in their first innings, he has been the main obstacle to Somerset achieving what would have been an incredible victory.

    They had a slim chance after Essex collapsed from 102-1 to 141 all out in the space of 19 overs and Tom Abell forfeited the home side's second innings, but could manage one more of the 10 wickets they needed.

    It is Essex's eighth title, and second in three years, and they finish 11 points clear of Somerset at the top.

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  15. Essex 45-1 - target 63

    A Cook 30, Westley 1

    Four leg byes for Essex and Alastair Cook then clips to backward square for one.

    Tom Westley is content to block the rest. Essex nearly there.

  16. Essex 38-1 - target 63

    A Cook 29, Westley 1

    Somerset captain Tom Abell

    Tom Westley is quickly under way with a single through square leg.

    Dom Bess appeals for lbw against Alastair Cook - but there was a clear inside edge onto the pad there.

    A single to Cook ends another over.

    We're now almost at the point where Somerset need a wicket per ball.

  17. Post update

    Varun Chopra

    Essex batsman on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

    "He tried really hard, did a really good job for Essex to face as many balls as he could."

  18. WICKET Browne c Vijay b Bess 10

    Essex 38-1 - target 63

    Maybe it was Marcus Trescothick's influence - but the first ball after his arrival on the field is edged by Nick Browne and Murali Vijay takes the catch at second slip, turning to his right.

    Another twist. But surely it's come too late for Somerset.

  19. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC 5 Live Sports Extra

    "He is now coming on to the field - and what a response!"

  20. Essex 38-0 - target 63

    Browne 10, A Cook 28

    Nick Browne drives and finds the cover point boundary.

    Roelof van der Merwe hasn't been able to reproduce his bowling in the first innings.

    Here comes Marcus Trescothick - the body warmer is off, and he'll be on the field for the final moments of his playing career.

    Great moment. And he receives a huge ovation. He's down on his knees in the slip cordon. Let's hope an edge comes his way.

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