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Simon Harmer chipped in with vital wickets

Essex v Warwickshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, Day 3

Harmer's marathon puts victory within sight

Simon Harmer claimed a six-wicket haul as Essex made Warwickshire follow on at Chelmsford

James Foster jumps for joy on reaching his hundred

Essex v Warwickshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, Day 2

Foster's emotional ton adds to Essex feelgood factor

Give or take the little matter of a last over defeat in the Royal London Cup semi-final, these are good times for Essex

Nick Browne anchored Essex's reply

Essex v Warwickshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, Day 1

Browne's perspiration brings hard-earned reward

On the same pitch where 743 runs were scored in one of the greatest run-fests in domestic cricket history, three days later Essex staunchly committed themselves to a day of unremitting toil on a soporific summer's day

Gareth Batty collected a five-wicket haul

Worcestershire v Surrey, Royal London Cup semi-final, Worcester

'You'll never go to Lord's' - Batty derides Worcester boo boys

Gareth Batty derided his Worcestershire critics after Surrey's overwhelming victory in the Royal London Cup semi-final and informed them that they would never see their side play in a Lord's final

Jason Roy put his poor run behind him

Worcestershire v Surrey, Royal London Cup semi-final, Worcester

Roy's revival sets up a Surrey cakewalk

Jason Roy's form seeped back on a glorious summer's day at Worcester, Gareth Batty took five wickets and Surrey had a cakewalk to another Lord's final

Alastair Cook made his third hundred of the competition

Essex v Nottinghamshire, Royal London Cup semi-final, Chelmsford

One of the great games as Patel, Mullaney nail record chase

Essex were in the box seat after hundreds from Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate set Nottinghamshire 371 in the Royal London Cup semi-final, but hundreds in return from Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney won one of the great games with three balls left

Hasan Ali had Jonny Bairstow caught at deep square leg

England v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, 1st semi-final, Cardiff

Hasan Ali stars as Pakistan crush England to reach final

England's quest to secure their first trophy in a 50-over global tournament came to grief in emphatic fashion in Cardiff as Pakistan surged into the final of the Champions Trophy with masterful unpredictability

Kumar Sangakkara notched his 100th hundred in all formats

Yorkshire v Surrey, Royal London Cup play-off, Headingley

Sangakkara's mastery proves too much for Yorkshire

Kumar Sangakkara's eighth century of the county season, compiled with draining inevitability, was enough to bring Surrey a 24-run win in the Royal London Cup play-off against Yorkshire at Headingley

Mark Stoneman drives through the covers

England news

England set up Test opener shootout

England are using the Lions' four-day match against South Africa as a shoot-out for a Test openers spot with Mark Stoneman, Nick Gubbins, Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed all named