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Gary Smee

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  1. Post update

    Right, that's me done.

    Thank you for your company over the past four days.

    You'll be able to listen to the remaining two days of the Essex India match, along with ball-by-ball commentaries from the T20 Blast.

    Bye for now!

  2. Close of play at Chelmsford

    Essex v India 322-6

    That's stumps at Essex.

    It's been a productive day for India with four batsmen making half-centuries including 68 for Virat Kohli.

    They'll probably fancy a bowl tomorrow.

  3. New ball

    Essex v India 318-6

    It's been a long day - Essex did indeed take the new ball at 80 overs.

    But it's still not doing much. There should be one over to go after Matt Quinn finishes this one.

  4. Post update

    Essex v India 314-6

    Essex seamer Matt Coles has been excellent today.

    The 28-year-old has bowled 15 overs and has 2-23 against a hugely-talented India batting line-up.

    Matt Coles
  5. Post update

    Essex v India 312-6

    There's very much a late-in-the-day feel at Chelmsford now.

    I'm not even sure if they will have a new ball in this 'friendly' match! All a bit confusing as the 80th over ticks by.

  6. Post update

    So, that ends another round of County Championship cricket.

    It now takes another long break until 19 August, with the T20 Blast returning for the next few weeks.


    Gloucestershire (362 & 252) beat Durham (275 & 298) by 41 runs

    All over. Gloucestershire win.

    It's a beauty from Ryan Higgins. The seamer gets one to spit at Chris Rushworth and the Durham number 11 can only fend it behind.

    Mark Wood is left high and dry on 61.

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    Essex v India 307-6

    Dinesh Kartik is feasting on Essex's tiring attack.

    The India batsman hits Aron Nijjar for a couple of fours before nicking a single to move to 80.

    There are 20 odd minutes left on day one.

  9. Post update

    Durham 294-9 (target 340)

    Hmm, I'm not quite sure what's going on at Cheltenham. Surely they've got to go for the win?

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    Durham 294-9 (target 340)

    I'm not entirely convinced Durham are shutting up shop - maybe just being a bit more cautious.

    They need 46 off 13 overs. Mark Wood, on 59, is 14 away from a first-class best score.

  11. Post update

    Essex v India 292-6

    Dinesh Kartik

    Too short from Paul Walter.

    Dinesh Kartik swivels on it and pulls it away to the rope. Kartik has 65 off 65 balls.

  12. Post update

    Durham 289-9 (target 340)

    What's the plan for Durham now then?

    They still need 51 for victory, but one mistake will mean curtains.

    15 overs remain at Cheltenham.

  13. Post update

    Essex v India 282-6

    Punishment from Hardik Pandya.

    Aron Nijjar drops short and the India all-rounder cuts him to the point boundary.


  14. Post update

    Essex v India 278-6

    Essex's bowling attack looks tired now. It's been another steaming day at Chelmsford.

    Dinesh Kartik is on 61, Hardik Pandya 10.

    Batting has looked pretty easy apart from the first hour this morning.

    Dinesh Kartik
  15. 50 for Wood

    Durham 284-9 (target 340)

    Mark Wood brings up his fifty with his ninth four.

    It might be in vain for Durham though with one wicket left.

    Although we saw what happened at New Road earlier!

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  16. WICKET

    Harding c Bracey b Taylor 7 (Durham 280-9, target 340)

    One to go for Gloucestershire...

    It's a soft dismissal. George Harding chips Matt Taylor straight to James Bracey at mid-wicket. Taylor has 4-26.

    Chris Rushworth, who does have a first-class 50, is the last man in.

  17. Post update

    Durham 279-8 (target 340)

    That's a classy shot by George Harding.

    The Durham number 10 punches David Payne down the ground for four.

    61 more needed. 19 overs left.

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  18. WICKET

    KL Rahul c Dixon b Nijjar 58 (India 261-6)

    But another India batsman falls while well set...

    KL Rahul skies Aron Nijjar to Matt Dixon at mid-off.

    Hardik Pandya comes in at eight.

    Aron Nijjar
  19. 50 for Kartik

    Essex v India 260-5

    Half-century number four for India.

    Dinesh Kartik joins Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in the fifty club.

    This will be just what India wanted - several batsmen getting runs ahead of the first Test against England next week.

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