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5:27pm: Vithushan Ehantharajah at Middlesex v Lancashire
Lancashire are relegated to Division 2, after being bowled out for 194 – 110 runs shy of the 304 they needed to take their Division 1 stay into another week.
5.05pm: David Hopps' match report from Hove...
... can be found right here.
5:00pm: Vithushan Ehantharajah at Middlesex v Lancashire
146 for 8.
Part of me feels sorry for Lancashire. They are trying to get these runs. I suppose, most people in their situation would.
There is talk of Glen Chapple retiring at the end of the season. He’s just departed for 19 to a hearty round of applause from the crowd and the members. He’s been the best bowler on show this game, by a long way.
People will go on about how unlucky he was not to have played any Tests for England. If you can, try not to be one of them. To talk about what he has not achieved is to belittle what he has.
I feel privileged to have watched him take his ten wickets for 133 runs. I also quite liked the way he danced down the wicket and tonked Ravi Patel for a six over his head.
Glen Chapple probably doesn’t deserve to be relegated, but Lancashire certainly do.
4.50pm: David Lloyd at Kent v Derbyshire
Kent have done it, with 12 overs to spare. That means they are now five points behind Yorkshire and six adrift of Derbyshire going into the final week. Derbyshire play Hants, who have the faintest imaginable mathematical chance of getting second place, Yorkshire are at Essex and Kent travel to Glamorgan.
4.35pm: David Lloyd at Kent v Derbyshire
Kent have a bit of previous this season when it comes to failing to seal the deal – Jimmy Adams and last man Danny Briggs survived for 71 minutes (20.3 overs) to earn Hampshire an unlikely draw at the Rose Bowl at the end of July.
With that in mi
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David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.