County champions Essex begin the defence of their title in 2018 against Yorkshire at Headingley on 13 April.
Middlesex batsman Max Holden signs a new contract, which will keep him at Lord's until the end of 2020.
Middlesex lose their appeal against a two-point deduction, confirming their relegation from County Championship Division One.
Somerset prepare to take legal action against the ECB, should relegated Middlesex's points deduction be overturned.
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