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Summary

  1. Essex's Lawrence makes 141* to save game
  2. Lawrence shares century stands with Westley & Ten Doeschate
  3. Jarvis takes three wickets for Lancs
  4. Surrey beat Warwickshire by innings & one run
  5. Wins for Notts, Kent, Hants & Northants

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By Gary Smee

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Stumps - round one

Dan Lawrence Ryan ten Doeschate
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That's your lot for the opening round of the 2017 County Championship season.

It's certainly been four days of drama with brilliant centuries, superb bowling spells and fantastic run chases.

Adam Williams and Kalika Mehta will be here on Good Friday (14 April) for the next round of fixtures, when a few more sides including Middlesex and Durham get their season under way.

Until then, goodbye.

Next up...

Here's a reminder of what's coming up on Good Friday when reigning champions Middlesex start their 2017 campaign at Hampshire...

Division One:

Hampshire v Middlesex

Somerset v Essex

Surrey v Lancashire

Warwickshire v Yorkshire

Division Two:

Derbyshire v Northants

Durham v Notts

Glamorgan v Worcestershire

Gloucestershire v Leicestershire

Sussex v Kent

Lawrence saves the day for Essex

Essex draw with Lancashire

Dan Lawrence
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Dan Lawrence strides off to a standing ovation from the Chelmsford crowd.

The 19-year-old batted for 333 balls, and more than seven hours for his unbeaten 141.

Essex batted for more than four sessions to save the game with Tom Westley and captain Ryan ten Doeschate also making useful contributions.

BreakingESSEX DRAW WITH LANCASHIRE

Essex 159 & 316-6 draw with Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

That's it, both sets of players are shaking hands. Essex have batted out the day to secure the draw.

Into the last over

Essex 159 & 316-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

This should be the last over now.

All the praise will be rightly heaped on Dan Lawrence, but don't forget Tom Westley and Ryan ten Doeschate who both shared hundred partnerships with him.

Two overs to go

Essex 159 & 312-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Easy as you like for Essex.

Just the single off Kyle Jarvis' over to move Dan Lawrence up to 140.

A simply sensational innings from the 19-year-old.

Three overs to go

Essex 159 & 311-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Another over played out without too much trouble by Simon Harmer off Liam Livingstone, including a second boundary for the South African.

A minimum of three overs to go, or about 10 minutes. It's all feeling fairly academic at the moment.

Simon Harmer
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Essex 159 & 307-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Simon Harmer is okay and sees out the remaining couple of balls from Kyle Jarvis.

Four overs left.

Essex 159 & 306-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Simon Harmer is hit on the hand by Kyle Jarvis, after hitting him for four, and out comes the physio. I'm not sure it's all that serious, but crucially wasting a few more seconds for Essex.

There are a minimum of 4.2 overs to go, or about 15 minutes if they get through those.

Five overs left

Essex 159 & 302-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Liam Livingstone replaces Stephen Parry and ALMOST gets through.

The ball keeps low and skids just past Dan Lawrence's stumps.

Was that Lancashire's last chance?

Essex 159 & 302-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Chelmsford floodlights
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Yep, it's pretty gloomy out there at the moment. 

Simon Harmer does the job for Essex though, seeing out an over from Kyle Jarvis. He's faced 15 balls without scoring, not that it matters.

Six to go.

42 balls remaining

Essex 159 & 302-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Dan Lawrence plays out a maiden to the spin of Stephen Parry.

The floodlights are on at Chelmsford, conditions aren't easy for batting, but Lancashire are running out of time.

Essex 159 & 301-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Ryan ten Doeschate
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Ryan ten Doeschate appeared furious when he got out, but I think it was more disappointment than a bad decision.

It's all down to young Dan Lawrence and the lower order.

Lancashire celebrate
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Nine overs to go

Essex 159 & 301-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Dan Lawrence still looks like he's having a net out there. 

54 more balls for Essex to survive, Lancashire need four wickets.

Essex 159 & 300-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Simon Harmer, who has a first-class hundred, is the new man in at eight for Essex.

Lancashire are buoyant. The oohs and aahhs after every delivery can be heard once again.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (lbw b Jarvis) 41

Essex 159 & 300-6 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

I told you Kyle Jarvis never gives up!

Ryan ten Doeschate is pinned bang in front and up goes the finger.

Lancashire still have a glimmer of hope.

Essex 159 & 298-5 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Kyle Jarvis
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Kyle Jarvis is still giving it his all for Lancashire. 

The skiddy seamer always will, he's a determined fella.

But still no way through with about 40 minutes to go.

100 partnership

Essex 159 & 298-5 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

That Dan Lawrence cover drive also brought up the 100 partnership with Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate.

You won't see many better under the pressure to save a game.

Essex 159 & 298-5 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Another glorious shot from Dan Lawrence. He strokes Stephen Parry through the covers for his 18th boundary and moves to 136.

It's an absolute masterclass from the Essex batsman who has now faced exactly 300 balls.

Essex 159 & 294-5 v Lancashire 319 & 317-3 dec

Dan Lawrence
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It's thirsty work for Dan Lawrence.

The 19-year-old has been in the middle for more than six hours playing the innings of his life.

Fifty more minutes to survive my friend.