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Live Reporting

Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for now

    Most of the excitement was packed into the first session of the final day in our opening round of County Championship matches.

    Hampshire completed an ultimately comfortable win over Worcestershire, but in dramatic scenes at Old Trafford, Notts lost four wickets in scoring just 10 to beat Lancashire, who themselves slumped from their overnight 58-2 to 73 all out.

    The loss of four complete days at Headingley for Yorkshire and Essex was a major talking point, while in Division Two, Gloucestershire saw off Kent at Canterbury and Warwickshire drew with Sussex.

    Top individual performances on the day came from Notts pace bowler Harry Gurney, who took 6-25, and Sussex all-rounder David Wiese, scorer of the Championship's first century of the summer.

    We'll be back at about 10:30 BST on Friday to do it all over again with a full quota of nine matches. Thanks for reading over the past four days.

    Liam Livingstone's Lancashire were beaten by Notts at Old Trafford
  2. Championship results round-up

    Division One

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 127

    Hampshire (21 pts) beat Worcestershire (4 pts) by 196 runs

    Lancashire 158 & 73 v Nottinghamshire 222 & 10-4

    Notts (20 pts) beat Lancashire (3 pts) by six wickets

    Yorkshire v Essex - match abandoned (5 pts each)

    Division Two

    Kent 64 & 153 v Gloucestershire 110 & 108-5

    Gloucestershire (19 pts) beat Kent (3 pts) by five wickets

    Warwickshire 299 & 87-3 v Sussex 374

    Warwickshire (10 pts) drew with Sussex (12 pts)


    Warwickshire 299 and 87-3 (10 pts) v Sussex 374 (12 pts)

    It's all over as the players shake hands on a draw. Sussex would've harbored faint hopes of a win after reducing Warwickshire to 55-3 in their second innings, but with 150 overs lost in the game due to bad weather a stalemate was always likely.

    An entertaining game nonetheless, with David Wiese scoring an aggressive 106 off 105 balls, his highest score in Championship cricket for Sussex, while Warwickshire's Olly Stone registered a career-best in all first-class cricket with 8-80.

    With his pace, he is definitely one to keep an eye on this summer.

  4. Can Sussex find a breakthrough?

    Warwickshire 299 & 85-3 v Sussex 374

    Sussex keeper Ben Brown pauses to take his gloves off after the first delivery of David Wiese's 10th over. Possibly a bit of soreness, but he seems OK to carry on. The over passes without runs or further incident and Warwickshire remain 10 in front with seven wickets in hand.

  5. Warwickshire close to safety

    Warwickshire 299 & 85-3 v Sussex 374

    Possibly with one eye on the over rate, Luke Wells comes into the attack with his occasional leg-spin. Dominic Sibley closes out the over with careful defence and is now 41 not out. Adam Hose has an unbeaten 14 and Warwickshire have a lead of 10.

  6. Warwickshire clear deficit

    Warwickshire 299 & 78-3 v Sussex 374

    Dominic Sibley

    Dominic Sibley tucks David Wiese away through mid-wicket for four and Warwickshire are into the black at Edgbaston. The former Surrey batsman now has 40 not out, with Adam Hose on eight - but is there enough time left in the game for him to reach a half-century?

  7. Moores hails 'extraordinary' victory

    Nottinghamshire (20 pts) beat Lancashire (3 pts) by six wickets

    Seven years ago, head coach Peter Moores guided Lancashire to the title.

    These days, he's doing the same job for Notts and they set out their stall for the summer with victory over his former employers after an astonishing morning session on the final day when Harry Gurney (6-25) and Jake Ball (4-14) ran through Lancashire's batting line-up.

    "Extraordinary is probably the right word for it. It was an outstanding hour of cricket by us," said Moores.

    "We made the most of the conditions. Harry Gurney set the tone. He bowled brilliantly all game. He held length and moved the ball both ways.

    "And Jake Ball did what Jake Ball can do. If he wanted to make a statement then he's done it with nine wickets in the game. He bowled aggressively, he bowled at the stumps and he got his lengths right."

    Nottinghamshire's Harry Gurney
  8. Bears not out of the woods yet

    Warwickshire 299 & 64-3 v Sussex 374

    A slight pause in proceedings as Dominic Sibley is struck on the right elbow by a delivery from Ollie Robinson. He looks in some discomfort but manages to get off strike and move on to 31. Adam Hose sees out the over and Warwickshire are now 11 adrift.

  9. Post update

    As we mentioned earlier (see 4.04 entry), Glamorgan are one of six teams who will start their first Championship game of the season on Friday. Here are a few thoughts from skipper Michael Hogan.

    Hogan wants 'much better' Championship year

    Michael Hogan of Glamorgan celebrates after taking the wicket of Joseph Ludlow of Cardiff MCCU

    Glamorgan captain Michael Hogan wants a much better Championship season despite expecting inconsistencies in a young squad.

    Read more
  10. First-innings runs key, says Vince

    Hampshire (21 pts) beat Worcestershire (4 pts) by 196 runs

    James Vince

    Making good starts to games has been identified as a key to success this summer by Hampshire.

    And according to skipper James Vince, it was that approach that stood them in good stead in their home victory over Worcestershire earlier today.

    "The way we started the game set us up quite nicely which allowed us to get over par in the first innings.

    "First innings runs is something we have talked about and we have to accept on a wicket like that 290 is a good score," said Vince, who was also pleased with the efforts of his pace attack.

    "We know what to expect from Kyle (Abbott). He is as consistent you are going to get for a seamer. And, as the game went on Fidel (Edwards) hit the gloves a bit harder and found some nice rhythm."

  11. WICKET Trott (lbw b Sharma) 4

    Warwickshire 299 & 55-3 v Sussex 374

    Jonathan Trott

    There will be a few nerves in the Warwickshire dressing room now. Ishant Sharma pins Jonathan Trott lbw with a ball that spears into him and looked to keep a fraction low. The draw is not a given just yet. Warwickshire are 20 behind with a minimum of 28 overs left. Adam Hose will join Dominic Sibley in the middle.

  12. Get Involved

    Tweet us at #bbccricket

    From Phil Webb: "In all this, after 1 game we may have overlooked that Fidel Edwards has scored 4 more runs than the entire Yorklshire and Essex teams combined #bbccricket."

    From Ralph Brooker: "Olly Stone looking a real handful early in the season. Pace. Aggression. Music of the chin! Does he swing it too? #bbccricket @WarwickshireCCC."

    From Chris Ward: "Does anyone know why we don't have a full round of fixtures this week? Seems ridiculous that with an even number of teams in both divisions, there are teams not playing #countycricketlive #bbccricket."

    Good question, Chris. If anyone from the ECB is reading this, please enlighten us.

  13. WICKET Bell (c Brown b Sharma) 10

    Warwickshire 299 & 45-2 v Sussex 374

    Ishant Sharma, bowling from the Pavilion End, gets Sussex off to the best possible start in the final session of play as Ian Bell drives at a full ball and gets a thin edge through to the keeper. A bit of away movement perhaps? Warwickshire still 30 adrift.

  14. Coming next

    As the final session at Edgbaston gets under way, we have a chance to tell you about the second round of County Championship matches, which start on Friday. Here's the list of fixtures:

    • Essex v Lancashire, Chelmsford
    • Somerset v Worcestershire, Taunton
    • Surrey v Hampshire, The Oval
    • Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire, Headingley
    • Derbyshire v Middlesex, Derby
    • Durham v Kent, Riverside
    • Gloucestershire v Glamorgan, Bristol
    • Leicestershire v Sussex, Leicester
    • Northamptonshire v Warwickshire, Northampton

    Some great games to look forward to, as Somerset, Surrey, Derbyshire, Durham, Glamorgan, and Leicestershire enter the fray - and we will, of course, have our usual radio and text commentary service for you, starting from about 10:30 BST.

  15. Positives for both sides

    Warwickshire 299 & 45-1 v Sussex 374

    Adrian Harms

    BBC Sussex cricket commentator

    The afternoon session saw Olly Stone take a career best 8-80 and David Wiese make his highest score for Sussex of 106, but the game looks set for a draw.

    Both sides will take positives from the match and on this evidence both will expect to be challenging for promotion at the end of September

    The sun is shining now but it's a little to late for there to be a result with 150 overs lost in the match

    Image caption: After all the rain a glorious if breezy afternoon at Edgbaston
  16. Post update

    Is this Harry Gurney unsuccessfully attempting a 'dab' during Nottinghamshire's win over Lancashire earlier today? Perhaps not, but the left-arm seamer certainly had plenty to smile about after taking 6-25, giving him match figures of 8-47. He only managed 27 in total last season, so that's a great start - but needs to keep it up as Notts have Mark Footitt, no mean left-armer himself, waiting in the wings.

    Harry Gurney
  17. Championship round-up

    Here's an at-a-glance reminder of the results from earlier today:

    Division One

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 127

    Hampshire (21 pts) beat Worcestershire (4 pts) by 196 runs

    Lancashire 158 & 73 v Nottinghamshire 222 & 10-4

    Notts (20 pts) beat Lancashire (3 pts) by six wickets

    Yorkshire v Essex - match abandoned (5 pts each)

    Division Two

    Kent 64 & 153 v Gloucestershire 110 & 108-5

    Gloucestershire (19 pts) beat Kent (3 pts) by five wickets

    Warwickshire 299 & 45-1 v Sussex 374

    Sussex lead by 30 runs - match in play

  18. Warwickshire close to safety

    Warwickshire 299 & 45-1 v Sussex 374

    Despite a couple of nervous moments, Warwickshire have reached the tea interval trailing by 30. Barring a calamitous start to the final session, the draw is very much on the cards. Dominic Sibley will resume on 23, with Ian Bell unbeaten on 10.

  19. Can Warwickshire hold their nerve?

    Warwickshire 299 & 33-1 v Sussex 374

    Unlucky for David Wiese, bowling the 13th over of the innings and having an appeal for caught behind against Dominic Sibley turned down. The batsman gets through the over on 17 not out and Ian Bell is unbeaten on four. Warwickshire are 42 runs behind.

  20. Post update

    You learn something every day. Thank you to Warwickshire for letting us know that the collective noun for bears is a 'sleuth'. Not many people know that - but we bet Sir Michael Caine does.

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