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May 27

Glamorgan v Durham: Chris Cooke and Aneurin Donald steady hosts

Chris Cooke and Aneurin Donald steady Glamorgan on day two of their County Championship match against Durham.

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May 27

Derbyshire v Leicestershire: Shiv Thakor and Billy Godleman hit centuries for Derbyshire

Billy Godleman and Shiv Thakor make centuries as Derbyshire chase down Leicestershire’s huge first-innings’ total.

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May 27

County cricket round-up: Dan Lawrence digs in for Essex to hold off Surrey

• Teenager steps in after Alastair Cook is dismissed for 36
• Somerset could record first win of season against Hampshire

When, having completed his 14th first-class double-century, Kumar Sangakkara finally fell, caught at long-off trying to stick Simon Harmer into the river, the stage seemed set – with the pitch brimful of runs and the sun beaming – for Alastair Cook to go just as large.

It was not to be as Tom Curran pinned Cook in front – so plumb he walked – shortly after lunch for a brisk 36. But the boy many folk in these parts believe is their next Test player, Dan Lawrence, stepped in, shelved his trademark extravagance and ground out a fine day for Division One’s leaders.

Related: Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

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May 27

Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire: Hosts enforce follow-on at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire move towards a probable win over Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge with a dominant display on day two.

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May 27

Somerset v Hampshire: Hants bat and bowl better to set up finely poised finale

Hampshire set Somerset 259 to win after a second day of wickets tumbling at Taunton in the County Championship.

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May 27

Northants v Worcestershire: Daryl Mitchell makes fine century for visitors

Worcestershire opener Daryl Mitchell scores his second successive hundred to put his side in command against Northants.

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May 27

Essex v Surrey: Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara resist with bat for Essex

Essex’s batsman put their side in a good position after Surrey’s Kumar Sangakkara falls for 200 on day two at Chelmsford.

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May 27

Kent v Sussex: Darren Stevens takes five wickets as Kent take control

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens takes five wickets to help his side dominate the second day against Sussex.

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May 27

County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Somerset v Hants and more – as it happened

All the action from around the grounds as Kumar Sangakkara made a double-century for Surrey and Somerset v Hampshire heads for a thrilling conclusion

6.38pm BST

Thanks again for your company today, which has been a thoroughly enjoyable one. Dan Lawrence batted very nicely indeed here, and the action elsewhere has been excellent too. Here are the scores on the doors.

Division One:

6.18pm BST

Alex Wakely has been caught hooking three overs from the close at Northants. It’s the Northants way! Tongue the bowler and they are 42 for two and still miles behind.

6.08pm BST

And stumps at Tunbridge Wells, where Kent lead Sussex by 161.

6.08pm BST

That’s stumps at Chelmsford, where Essex are 215 for three. Lawrence has batted very nicely for his 78, while Ravi has been mature in putting together 33. Essex are 154 behind, so I reckon they won’t follow on. Bit of weather about tomorrow, and a new ball due first thing.

5.59pm BST

Lloyds Leach has an early wicket at Northampton. Of course he does. Holden goes and Northants are 24 for one.

5.54pm BST


SHOT! Trescothick leans into a trademark cover drive!

Somerset 12/0#SOMvHAM

5.54pm BST

Derbyshire are now 506 for eight as Gary Wilson goes for 97. What an exciting game that has been.

5.47pm BST

Notts are on the move with Gloucestershire’s second innings. Dent goes to Fletcher and it’s 12 for one.

5.46pm BST

And now Donald’s gone. There I was thinking my jinxing knife was a little blunt today. He made 51, apparently a superb catch by Jennings off the utterly unpronounceable Weighell.

5.45pm BST

Good to see.

50// Donald brings up the half century off 74 balls with 5 fours and 1 six 160/5 #GlavDur

5.38pm BST

Very pesky last-wicket stand at Taunton, where Crane and Topley put on 36. But Bess has Crane for 30 and ends up with seven in the innings and 10 in the match! 293 the score, 259 the target for Somerset.

5.35pm BST

Nine overs left of what has been a slightly slow day at Chelmsford. Essex 188 for three.

5.23pm BST

Uh oh bad news for Stuie. Notts have enforced the follow on.

@willis_macp oh glos oh dear

5.16pm BST

Gloucestershire 149 all out!

5.14pm BST

Worcestershire all out for 434, a lead of 198! Sanderson got Leach (for a 35-ball fifty) and Lyon (for a first-ball duck) in consecutive deliveries to finish the job. IVA Shantry ends 30 not out.

5.12pm BST

Two wickets for Steve Mullaney at Trent Bridge, and Glos are nine down! Follow on looms, as they are 281 behind.

5.07pm BST

Kent manoeuvring themselves into a position of utter dominance at Tunbridge Wells. They are 60 without loss.

Meanwhile at Chelmsford, Dan Lawrence has fifty. Lovely knock.

5.00pm BST

Full bonus points for the Woosters and Shantry and Leach have put on 44 in five overs…

4.51pm BST

Coughlin gets another and Glammy are five down! Can Durham force their way to their first win? 119 for five.

4.47pm BST

The following on is acoming at Trent Bridge.

Well done Luke Fletcher. Runs back and then dives to get Mustard at mid-on for 53. Wicket for Broad. 136 for 7.

4.46pm BST

Joverton gets Abbott and Hampshire are nine down with a lead of 222! Good game at Taunton.

4.42pm BST

Nathan Buck has five wickets for Northants! Woosters are 366 for eight, and Shantry has joined Lloyds Leach. Prepare for carnage.

4.31pm BST

Another wicket at Taunton! Joverton gets Ervine, caught at third man by Bess. 246 for eight.

4.24pm BST

Nathan Buck has a third for Northants and the Woosters are 353 for six. The lead is 115, and Shantry’s not even in yet.

4.09pm BST

Kent have chosen not to enforce at Tunbridge Wells so are out for another bat in the final session of the second day. The lead is more than 200.

4.04pm BST

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3.58pm BST

No danger of that at Chelmsford, where it’s another belting day.

Bad light stops play again with the score on 110/6. Notts made 430/9 dec.

3.55pm BST

Not all of these games have made it to tea, but these are the scores whether you like it or not.

Division One:

3.49pm BST

Tea! Essex are 127 for three. 69 for three in that session, which saw Surrey bowl nicely.

3.48pm BST

Good from Paul Coughlin, who is a very fine young cricketer. Takes one to get Colin Ingram out right now.

@Coughlin92 Good areas from Coughlin & an excellent low grab from the skipper!

Donald joins Bragg (20*) for the hosts #GLAvDUR

3.45pm BST

And now he’s gone! Bad way to go! Just before tea, as well. Two balls after bringing up his 50, he’s drilled a pull off Tracey Meaker straight to midwicket. Good catch by CurranT. 126 for three, RBop in.

3.43pm BST

First 50 of the season for Nick Browne! Taken 150 balls, and it hasn’t all been pretty, but what on earth does that matter? 126 for two.

3.40pm BST

Six for the Bess (six of the Bess, anyone?!) at Taunton! He gets Berg, the seventh wicket, and Hants are 206 for seven. 170 ahead.

3.17pm BST

Tom Kohli-Cadmore is gone to the new ball at Northampton! 304 for four, and Mitchell has 150.

3.16pm BST

Bit of humpty from Berg at Taunton, and Hampshire have something to bowl at. Six down, 152 ahead.

2.55pm BST

Rushworth has another! He gets Rudolph caught in the grippers and it’s 39 for two.

2.51pm BST


Despite the early wicket, Glamorgan have raced out of the blocks on 38/1 after four overs; Rudolph has 30 from 11 balls #GLAvDUR

2.47pm BST

Wicket! Scurran does the trick! We have 18-year-olds bowling in tandem at Chelmsford and Sam Curran has got Westley for 16. He had a big waft outside off and edged through to Foakes.

2.46pm BST

Six in an hour at Taunton, and all to spin! Hants 145 for six, and battling.

2.44pm BST

Durham have their first, as Rushworth gets Selman!

2.43pm BST

Words I never thought I’d type.

Anyway, there’s been three swifties to the new ball. Two for McKay and one for the German defensive midfielder Dieter Klein. 334 for four, and the follow-on a very distinct possibility.

2.41pm BST


Here are the last 2 wickets! Carnage here at the CACG this afternoon!#SOMvHAM

2.38pm BST

Ah, they are playing at Swansea! Glamorgan’s first innings has begun and they are 13 without loss.

2.35pm BST

Hampshire are five down, and Dom Bess has all five! Vince the latest to go for a 24-ball 19.

2.33pm BST

Sussex are in all sorts at 117 for seven. Stevo, that man, has a five-bag.

2.26pm BST

Bess has four! Rossouw gone this time, and Hampshire are 81 ahead and six down.

2.18pm BST

And Rossouw’s second ball goes for four too…

2.17pm BST

He hit his first ball for four. No hat-trick, no Audi. Oh well. It’s 89 for three.

2.17pm BST

George Bailey got a first-baller at Taunton, so Rilee Rossouw is in on a hat-trick, and on an Audi…

2.13pm BST

All very chilled at Chelmsford, where Westley has started well.

At Taunton, Somerset have their first, and their second, as Bess gets the openers Toby Carberry and Liam Dawson in consecutive overs. 85 for two and Hampshire’s lead is 50.

1.50pm BST

Centuries for both Thakor and Godleman at that really exciting game at Derby.

1.49pm BST

Gloucestershire lost one immediately before lunch, to Broad, and have lost another in the over after, to Fletcher. 18 for three and my follow-on prediction is looking a good one.

1.46pm BST

Wicket! And it’s Cook! CurranT has got him lbw from round the wicket. He wandered across, missed, and it looked very out. 61 for one.

1.40pm BST

We are back out! Rampaul to Cook.

1.05pm BST

Surrey didn’t bowl that well in that mini sesh and Cook and Browne look comfy. It’s flat. 58 without loss, and time for your man Will to get a feed in.

1.04pm BST

Here’s your luncheon scores.

Division One:

12.58pm BST

Virdi’s having a bowl! A man for all seasons. Bit green.

12.57pm BST

One over until lunch here, and Cook has just played a lovely cover drive. 52 without loss.

12.55pm BST

Hampshire are in the lead at Ciderabad. 50 without loss. Looking good. (Jinxing knife).

12.52pm BST

A century for Daryl Mitchell at Northants! He’s gone back to back. Worcester are 202 for three, and just 36 behind. He’s batting with Tom Kohli-Cadmore.

12.45pm BST

Notts on the move! Fletcher gets Bancroft and Glos are three for one. I would put my house on them following on.

12.44pm BST

Just looked at the scorecard from Derby, where it seems history’s most boring game ever is taking place. Derby 278 for one.

12.38pm BST

Sussex in a wee bit of strife at 46 for three at TW. Luke Wright in early.

12.34pm BST

Wowzer! That first one from Jimmy H.

Here are 2 jaffas from Harris & Stevens to reduce Sussex to 37-2 in reply to Kent’s 369. Live score:

12.32pm BST

Nottinghamshire declare! They made 430 for nine. Nasty little period before lunch for Gloucestershire…

12.26pm BST

Amar Virdi is very cool. He’s got sunglasses back to front around his turban and mid-on. Essex are 17 for none.

12.21pm BST

Notts ploughing on at Trent Bridge. Empty Wessels and Read have gone so it’s over to Hutton, the grunter, and Broad. 420 for seven.

12.04pm BST

Harmer comes on, field out, and Kumar tries to go large but is caught at long-off. Gone for 200, and what a knock. Every single Essex player shakes his hand on the way off.

12.02pm BST

Listen to the great man and go watch the great man.

Oh look, 200 for Sanga. Not many more chances to see this genius at work, so get him while you can.

12.00pm BST

What a player, what a guy. Not much else to say.

Apart from the fact that he was turning down singles when on 199. Huge ovation for the double.

11.57am BST

Berg gets Bess. Somerset have a lead of 35.

11.53am BST

Outrageous that this went for six.

SIX! Lovely leg glance from Jamie Overton that absolutely flies off the bat and over the ropes! Somerset 192/9#SOMvHAM

11.51am BST

Wicket! Virdi’s off stump goes flying! Porter the bowler, and that’s his fourth. 363 for nine, with Sanga on 195.

11.48am BST

A wicket second ball at Tunbridge Wells! Nash hits Harris for four first ball, but is bowled next up. IVA Wells comes to the crease.

11.45am BST

News from rainy Wales.

Lunch will be taken at 12.30 in Swansea as the rain continues to fall. #bbccricket

11.42am BST

Nine down at Taunton! Coverton goes to Berg, and Somerset are 184 for nine.

11.37am BST

Kent 369 all out!

11.31am BST

Wicket! Meaker’s had a nibble at Porter and gone for 49! The stand was 110 and it’s 349 for eight.

11.24am BST


Sanga’s bat ends up in two pieces off the bowling of Wagner, and there’s a brief break whilst he collects another.

Surrey 343/7.

11.22am BST

Another one for Hampshire! They have three this morning. Abbott gets Leach for squat. 170 for eight.

11.18am BST


Well..the only thing that can stop the runs flowing off the bat of Kumar Sangakkara is the fact it has just snapped in half

11.15am BST

Somerset are six in front, but seven down, as Dawson gets Davies.

11.10am BST

A wicket at Taunton! Abbott again, Gregory goes, scores are level and Somerset are six down. Coverton in.

11.06am BST

We are underway! And the hundred stand is up between Sanga and Meaker.

11.05am BST

Sussex on the move!

Rouse hits Philander for three fours through offside before the South African traps him LBW for 44. Kent 330-9. Coles joins Tredwell.

11.04am BST

Davies and Gregory at the crease in Taunton, two of my absolute favourites.

11.01am BST

There’s another liveblog today. Click on it, but don’t tell anybody. Stay here…

Related: England v South Africa: second ODI – live!

10.58am BST

Delayed start at Swansea, unfortunately. Durham lost four without scoring at the end yesterday to be bowled out for 342.

10.55am BST

My report from Chelmsford yesterday, and a bit of a roundup too.

Related: Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

10.52am BST

Morning Stuie! We’ve had a bit of rain at Chelmsford, but it’s passed and we will start on time.

@willis_macp morning will! Bit cloudy here in wilts got the #ENGvSA blog up too!

10.47am BST

Good morning, and happy Saturday. It’s the weekend – a bank holiday weekend, no less – and County cricket – live! is up and about. The blog is at Chelmsford, where Kumar is still batting. What a pleasure!

It was a day of vintage quality, yesterday. Kumar did his thing; Ciderabad is back; Pujara made his mark; Colly turned 41 and made a ton; Denly’s the man; so is Shantry; and Leicestershire racked em up on a flattie. Lovely stuff. Here’s the scores on the doors:

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May 26

Glamorgan v Durham: Paul Collingwood rescues visitors at St Helen’s

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood hits 127 from 174 balls to rescue Durham’s first innings against Glamorgan.

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May 26

Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

• Sri Lanka legend sees visitors recover from 31 for five
• Finishes the day unbeaten on 177 at Chelmsford

With Essex top of the table, there is a chirp about Chelmsford right now, and it only became louder when Jamie Porter and Matt Quinn, destroyers of Hampshire last time out, reduced Surrey to 31 for five. But, like Lancashire, Warwickshire and Middlesex before them, Essex met Kumar Sangakkara.

They were undone by something old and something new. There was a 61st first-class century for Sangakkara and almost a first for Sam Curran, 21 years his junior. Sangakkara’s was his third in eight days, the biggest and, given the circumstances, the best of five in five first-class innings (the first man to do so for Surrey and the equal of a championship record); only CB Fry, Mike Procter and Don Bradman have scored six on the spin. When he retires at summer’s end he will leave as big a hole in Surrey’s batting lineup as he will in the game at large: cherish him.

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May 26

Essex v Surrey: Kumar Sangakkara hits fifth first-class century in succession

Kumar Sangakkara leads a remarkable Surrey recovery against Essex with his fifth century in five County Championship innings.

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May 26

Northants v Worcestershire: In-form Pears on top on first day at Northampton

Worcestershire end the day on 108-2 after bowling out Northamptonshire for 238 at Wantage Road.

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May 26

Kent v Sussex: Joe Denly’s century helps Kent recover against Sussex

Joe Denly hits his 20th first-class century to help Kent reach 316-8 on day one against Sussex at Tunbridge Wells.

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May 26

Somerset’s Leach takes 6-78 as wickets tumble

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach takes 6-78 to help Somerset gain the upper hand against Hampshire on day one at Taunton.

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May 26

Derbyshire v Leicestershire: Ned Eckersley makes 158 in visitors’ 619 all out

Ned Eckersley’s first-class best of 158 helps Leicestershire post 619 against Derbyshire as batsmen continue to dominate.

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