County cricket: Somerset v Northants, Surrey celebrations and Strauss review latest – live | District Championship

Hello and welcome to the morning after the afternoon before. A quiet day today – just four games in play – but plenty to chew over, from Surrey’s magnificent win, to the Strauss review, its fallout, timing and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s tic-tac-toe against England.

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Only one Division One game left unfinished, at Taunton where Somerset can be safe from relegation if they win and nearly safe if they draw – we’ll find out how bold they are shortly. But beautifully played by Toms Abell and Lammonby.

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In Division Two, Leicestershire look as if they’ll be on the receiving end of a shellacking, after doing so well to restrict Middlesex. A win will do Middlesex a huge favour in the promotion ding-dong. Sussex were saved by the rain yesterday, but the sun is due to sign on their disastrous few days at The Riverside. And Derbyshire have a fight on their hands to not lose seven wickets in the day against promotion-chasing Glamorgan.

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Also, and I didn’t mention this yesterday, Northants are now officially safe from the drop.

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While Surrey did a lap of honour, beers in hand, at a sun-kissed Oval, Hampshire were left to rue what might have been save for a complete malfunction during the 16.5 overs which made up their first innings against Kent.

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Second-innings seventies from Jameses Vince and Fuller took Hampshire to within dreaming distance, but Kent’s unheralded bowlers winkled them out with 77 to spare. “There is massive disappointment in the dressing room,” said Vince, with Hampshire’s dreams of their first Championship for 49 years in the bin. “It was always going to be hard work but we felt we had a chance of doing something special. I got out to probably the worst ball of the day.” Kent’s victory leaves them 14 points clear of the relegation zone.

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A career-best eight for 23 by Tom Price handed Gloucestershire victory in the Division One relegation shoot-out, as Warwickshire were bowled out for 128. Gloucestershire’s chase of 148 was not without its nerves, with four batters chewing over their shots with just 30 on the board. But Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren guided them close enough that a late wobble was not terminal.

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Tom Abell carpet-bagged a six over extra-cover in the last over of the day to top off a dominant day for Somerset at Taunton. Abell strolled to his second century of the match, in companionship with an unbeaten 101 from Tom Lammonby, setting Northamptonshire an impregnable chase at Taunton. A win would guarantee Somerset first-division cricket next season, a draw lets them breathe easier.

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Worcestershire duly handed out one of the most unexpected drubbings of the season after defeating Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire by an innings. Dillon Pennington made the breakthrough with the 10th ball of the day, and Notts slipped quietly away, giving Worcestershire a chance of promotion going into their final game against Middlesex. Notts remain favourites to go up.

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Rain meant 14 only balls were possible at Leicestershire, bad light saved the hosts’ blushes after Middlesex’s Toby Roland-Jones had reduced them to 13 for four and Ajaz Patel grabbed his first five-fer for Glamorgan as Derbyshire were forced to follow-on.

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Chelmsford: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 by 38 runs

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Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 and 149-7 BEAT Warwickshire 274 and 128

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The Rose Bowl: Kent 165 and 269 BEAT Hampshire 57 and 300 by 77 runs.

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Taunton: Somerset 389 and 277-1 v Northants 265

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The Oval: Surrey 333 and 55-0 BEAT Yorkshire 179 and 208 by ten wickets

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DIVISION TWO

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The Riverside: Durham 459-7dec v Sussex 162 and 9-4 Rain

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Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 550-5dec v Derbyshire 253 and 123-3

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Grace Road: Leicestershire 294 and 13-4 v Middlesex 297 and 271

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New Road: Worcestershire 390 BEAT Nottinghamshire 128 and 183 by an innings and 79 runs

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Important events

Scores on the doors

Chelmsford: Lancashire 131 and 73 BEAT Essex 107 and 59 by 38 runs

Bristol: Gloucestershire 255 and 149-7 BEAT Warwickshire 274 and 128

The Rose Bowl: Kent 165 and 269 BEAT Hampshire 57 and 300 by 77 runs.

Taunton: Somerset 389 and 277-1 v Northants 265

The Oval: Surrey 333 and 55-0 BEAT Yorkshire 179 and 208 by ten wickets

SECTION TWO

The Riverside: Durham 459-7dec v Sussex 162 and 9-4 Rain

Sophia Gardens: Glamorgan 550-5dec v Derbyshire 253 and 123-3

Grace Road: Leicestershire 294 and 13-4 v Middlesex 297 and 271

New Road: Worcestershire 390 BEAT Nottinghamshire 128 and 183 by an innings and 79 runs

The HPR reaction:

And Ali’s account of Surrey’s magnificent Championship win:

Thursday’s Gathering

While Surrey did a lap of honour, beers in hand, on a sun-baked Oval, Hampshire were left to reveal what could have been saved for a complete breakdown during the 16.5 overs that constituted their first innings against Kent.

Second seventies from James Vince and Fuller took Hampshire within striking distance, but Kent’s unwarned bowlers blinked them out for 77 runs. “There is huge disappointment in the dressing room,” said Vince, with Hampshire’s dreams of their first Championship for 49 years in the bucket. “It was always hard work, but we felt we had the opportunity to do something special. I probably hit the worst ball of the day.” Kent’s win leaves them 14 points clear of the relegation zone.

A career best eight for 23 by Tom Price Gloucestershire victory in the relegation process of the First Division, as well Warwickshire They were bowled out for 128. Gloucestershire’s chase of 148 was not without nerves, with four batsmen chewing their shots with just 30 on the board. But Chris Dent and Graeme van Buuren drove them close enough that a late swing was not terminal.

Tom Abel pitched a cover-to-cover in the final over of the day to cap off a dominant day for Somerset in Taunton. Abell walked to his second century of the match, partnering an unbeaten 101 from Tom Lammonby, making Northamptonshire an impregnable chase in Taunton. A win would secure Somerset first-class cricket next season, a draw allows them to breathe easier.

Worcestershire duly delivered one of the most unexpected upsets of the season after defeating the Division 2 leaders Nottinghamshire by an innings. Dillon Pennington made the breakthrough with the 10th ball of the day and Notts slipped quietly, giving Worcestershire the chance to go up in their final game against Middlesex. Notts remain favorites for promotion.

Rain meant only 14 balls were possible in Leicestershire, poor light saved the home side’s blushes after MiddlesexToby Roland-Jones had reduced him to 13 in four and Ajaz Patel grabbed his first five for Glamorgan as Derbyshire they were forced to follow.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to the morning after the afternoon before. Quiet day today – just four overs in the game – but plenty to chew on, from Surrey’s superb win, to the Strauss review, the result, the timing and the tick-tock of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan against England.

Only a Division One The game was left unfinished at Taunton where Somerset can be safe from relegation if they win and almost safe if they draw – we’ll find out how brave they are soon. But Toms Abell and Lammonby played beautifully.

In the second category, Leicestershire look like they are on the receiving end of a shellacking after doing so well to contain Middlesex. A win will do Middlesex a huge favor in the ding-dong promotion. Sussex were spared the rain yesterday but the sun is set to sign off on their disastrous few days at The Riverside. And Derbyshire have a battle on their hands not to lose seven wickets on the day against promotion-chasing Glamorgan.

Also, and I didn’t mention this yesterday, Northants are now officially relegation safe.

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