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Specsavers Championship Div One

The hope that leads to the hurt

Down in Taunton, they knew it was the longest of shots, but since when did knowing ever stop you hoping?

Chris Rogers leads Somerset off

Somerset v Notts, Specsavers Championship Div One, Taunton, 3rd day

Rogers ensures Somerset do all they can, now must watch and wait

It is a hard world in which you do almost all that is asked of you only to find it is not quite enough. That, though, may be Somerset's fate at some stage on Friday afternoon

Dom Bess celebrates the caught-and-bowled of Michael Lumb

Somerset v Notts, Specsavers Championship Div One, Taunton, 2nd day

Bess bosses Notts as Somerset dare to dream

Dom Bess, Somerset's 19-year-old offspinner, took another five-wicket haul to bundle out Nottinghamshire and edge his side closer to a first-ever Championship title

Simon Kerrigan in action for Lancashire

Lancashire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship, Division, Old Trafford, 4th day

Advantage Middlesex as fitting finale looms

Any thoughts this game might end with a victory for either side were extinguished by the strength of both sides' batting and the understandable conservatism of skippers who were content to take five points for the draw

Rob Jones celebrates his maiden first-class hundred

Lancashire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship, Division, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Jones the history boy makes Middlesex toil for the upper hand

A maiden first-class century from Rob Jones left Middlesex with work still to do if they are to seal the victory that would all but seal the Championship

Middlesex's slip cordon wait for an edge

Lancashire v Middlesex, Specsavers Championship, Division, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Middlesex take the slow train to success

Middlesex, a well-resourced club, have not won the County Championship since 1993, but a Lancashire collapse suggests they might be taking the slow train to success