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Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Ben Pheazey

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell

    Much to play for in both divisions in next week's penultimate round of matches then. Congratulations to Lancashire on their promotion and to Somerset on regaining the Division One lead as they strive for that elusive maiden Championship crown. Stay tuned to the BBC to see how it unfolds next week.

    But that's where we draw stumps for this week. Enjoy the sunshine, cheerio now.

  2. Lancashire in the hunt for Division Two title

    Lancs have been the best team in the division by a distance and if they beat Middlesex next week they can't be caught at the top of the table.

    In the reverse fixture way back in April at Lord's, Haseeb Hameed and Rob Jones both scored centuries in a first innings total of 427.

    Tom Bailey and Glenn Maxwell took ten wickets between them to bowl Middlesex out for 265 and 200 on the way to a seven-wicket win.

    This time round they'll have home advantage.

  3. Next week in Division Two...

    In the second division starting at 10:30 BST also it will be:

    Derbyshire v Sussex at the County Ground, Derby

    Glamorgan v Leicestershire at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

    Lancashire v Middlesex at Old Trafford, Manchester

    Northants v Durham at the County Ground, Northampton

    Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road, Worcester

  4. Du Plessis in Kent squad

    Here's a little piece of team news for next week and Kent's South Africa international Faf du Plessis has been made available for the trip to Yorkshire.

  5. Post update

    And Surrey will be the next opponents for Essex, who have been overhauled at the top after their draw at Edgbaston this week and must now try to claw back an eight-point deficit.

    The two team drew way back in mid-April but how will defending champions Surrey respond to that drubbing at Hampshire? - and to coach Michael di Venuto saying it was "some of the worst cricket I've ever seen."

  6. Next week

    Looking ahead to those matches next week and new leaders Somerset beat their next opponents Hampshire by 313 runs in the reverse fixture at Taunton in July, bowling them out before lunch on the final day for 104.

    They are expected to face a stronger test at the Ageas Bowl, however, with Hants rallying from 80-8 in their first innings to thrash Surrey yesterday by 272 runs.

  7. Warwickshire stay in Division One

    Warwks 517 v Essex 324 & 158-2

    A reminder that Warwickshire cannot be overtaken by Notts after drawing with Essex at Edgbaston.

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  8. Notts go down as Essex force a draw against Warwickshire

    Even if Notts won their last two games with maximum points it wouldn't be enough to overtake Warwickshire, who now have 103 points following the draw against Essex at Edgbaston.

    Notts are relegated to Division Two.

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  9. Coming up next week

    In Division One starting at 10:30 BST on Monday:

    Essex v Surrey, Chelmsford

    Hampshire v Somerset, Ageas Bowl

    Notts v Warwickshire, Trent Bridge

    Yorkshire v Kent, Headingley

  10. Post update

    Division One
  11. Post update

    Essex missed out on a batting point by just one run this morning and they take nine points away this week, leaving them eight behind leaders Somerset with two matches to play.

  12. WARWICKSHIRE DRAW WITH ESSEX

    Nothing out of the ordinary though, both teams decide to shake hands on a draw. Warwickshire take 10 points, which confirms Nottinghamshire's relegation.

  13. Post update

    Three slips for the new batsman Dan Lawrence. There are 21 overs left after this one. Eight wickets unlikely but it is National Supernatural Day.

  14. WICKET

    Westley c Patel b Lamb 97 (Ess 157-2)

    No second century for Tom Westley. To the surprise of everyone he clips it straight to the mid-wicket fielder. But 238 runs in the match have gone a long way to ensuring that Essex are not likely to lose, given that they are only 36 behind now.

  15. Westley closes in on century

    Ess 157-1

    A bit of swing from Matt Lamb with his slightly slingy action but Tom Westley gives it the full treatment and it flies away for four more to take him within three of a century. Alastair Cook, having had less of the strike, is back on 57.

  16. 150 for Essex

    There's a nonchalant way to move into the 90's, Tom Westley thought of leaving that one wide of off-stump from Ethan Brookes but it hits the bat and trickles away to the boundary, wicketkeeper Adam Wheater having to give chase. The 150 up for the visitors, who are only 41 behind now.

  17. Essex consolidate at Edgbaston

    Ess 146-1

    It seems a long time ago that George Garrett was taking the first wicket to fall in the Essex follow-on. It was, it was 50 overs ago. Essex were looking in real danger of defeat at that point before lunch but Tom Westley and Alastair Cook has taken their partnership to 146 with impressive calmness.

    Cook pulls away distracted by something behind as Garrett bowls but the young bowler goes through with the delivery anyway, although it passes by the stumps.

  18. Westley eyes another century

    Ess 145-1

    Only 13 more needed for Tom Westley to complete a second hundred in the match. The field well spread now in the early evening Edgbaston sunshine, no slips for the young seam attack now.

  19. Essex set for eight-point deficit

    Nick Gledhill

    BBC Essex

    Sir Alastair Cook and Tom Westley still together in what looks like a match saving second wicket partnership. Westley now has more than 200 runs in the game and this is Cook’s third fifty of the season against Warwickshire, the two in the reverse fixture being the difference between the sides in that match.

    So it looks as though Essex will be eight points adrift going into the game against Surrey. How will the champions respond to the criticism of their performance at the Ageas Bowl?

    They will have Ollie Pope, who could so easily be with England and that could be significant. Surrey will also want revenge for that defeat against Essex at the end of last season. With a good forecast and a typical Chelmsford pitch a result within four days is expected.

  20. Westley in command

    Ess 127-1

    Tom Westley plays some delightful strokes, particularly on the leg side. That may have got him into difficulties during his five Tests, the last of which was in 2017, with an average of 24. But against young George Garrett he has plenty of time to flick his ninth boundary. Essex only 66 behind now.