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County Championship round-up: Somerset in search of crucial win after Trescothick's double ton

After victories for Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, Somerset moved into a strong position to maintain their place in a thrilling three-way race for the County Championship after Marcus Trescothick scored an extraordinary double hundred against Essex at Colchester yesterday.

County Championship round-up: Essex fail to take advantage after Masters' bowling class

The aspirations of Somerset and Lancashire in an enthralling County Championship race suffered setbacks yesterday as two of the sides fighting to avoid relegation chose the moment to assert themselves.

Cook has one innings to save his place, but he is not England's only problem

As he sat in the pavilion yesterday, with many hours to kill before his next ordeal at the crease, Alastair Cook may have looked enviously at the carefree demeanour of Wahab Riaz. The two are both 25 years of age, but while Wahab is a debutant Cook is a veteran of 54 Tests.

Drama, ecstasy and agony to the last ball

Hampshire snatch victory in an astonishing finale as the T20 ends on a high

Buttler dazzles and Pollard lends a hand

Somerset 182-5 Nottinghamshire 117-4 <i>(Somerset win by three runs - D/L Method)</i>

Trescothick: captaincy gives me a little kick

Marcus Trescothick admits that the strains of a long season are taking their toll as he bids to win his first trophy as Somerset captain at today's Friends' Provident Twenty20 Finals.

County Championship round-up: Trescothick falls but rejuvenated Somerset keep marching on

Somerset survived the loss of Marcus Trescothick to the second ball he faced to make it seven wins out of seven in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a three-wicket victory over the Unicorns at Exmouth yesterday.

County Championship round-up: Hildreth hits out on way to 142 to put brake on Notts' title drive

A season's best 142 from Somerset's James Hildreth helped the First Division championship chasers recover from the first-ball loss of Marcus Trescothick to post an impressive 423 for 6 against second-placed Nottinghamshire.

Red hot Bopara key to Essex T20 hopes

Ravi Bopara may have cursed his omission from the England Test squad but he was probably the only man in Essex who did. The county face Lancashire this evening in Friends' Provident Twenty20 quarter-final and their chances of reaching Finals Day are much the better for Bopara's presence.

Morgan gets backing ahead of Test

Eoin Morgan has been backed by county and country bosses to cement his place in the England Test side ahead of this winter's Ashes.

Kieswetter will find form, says Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick has urged the critics to lay off Craig Kieswetter and tipped him to bounce back for England. The Somerset wicketkeeper is struggling for form with the bat, and a dismal one-day series against Australia and Bangladesh brought just 121 runs from eight innings.

Cook and Styris in fine form as Essex get better of champions

Alastair Cook is not a Twenty20 player. That's the thinking, anyway, behind his exclusion from England's team for the shortest form of the game but anyone who has seen him in Friends Provident Twenty20 action over the past few weeks would beg to differ.

Twenty20 Round-up: Hodge century is in vain as Notts pull away from the northern pack

This season's domestic Twenty20 competition has not been an overwhelming success. Crowds have been down on last year as the number of matches – and crucially, the price of tickets – has gone up. That said, as the competition finally reaches what might very kindly be described as boiling point there are still plenty of counties still in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

County Championship round-up: Hampshire halt losing run while England's Cook returns to form

Hampshire remain bottom of the First Division but avoided defeat for the first time this season with a tedious draw against Somerset at the Rose Bowl, where the visitors were bowled out for 524.

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