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Kumar Sangakkara fell 16 runs short of a sixth consecutive hundred

Essex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, 4th day

Sangakkara falls short of historic sixth ton

Kumar Sangakkara was dismissed for 84 on the final day of Surrey's scrap with Essex at Chelmsford to miss out on a sixth consecutive first-class hundred

Dan Lawrence made his sixth first-class hundred

Essex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, 3rd day

Lawrence wears 'next big thing' tag easily

Dan Lawrence scored his second century of the season as Essex gained a slender first-innings lead over Surrey before rain curtailed the day

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his double-century

Essex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Lawrence rallies Essex after Sangakkara 200

Sometimes, the feeling in county cricket is that the moments to savour come from the same old faces. That's not necessarily a complaint when Kumar Sangakkara is the face

Sam Curran aided Surrey's recovery

Essex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div One, Chelmsford, 1st day

Sam Curran feeds off masterful Sangakkara

In the opening 50-minutes, Surrey were 31 for 5. The rest of the day? 303 for 2. What happened, you ask? Kumar Sangakkara. Again

James Franklin removed Kumar Sangakkara for 120

Middlesex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's,4th day

Surrey hold on as Sangakkara prepares to sign off

Kumar Sangakkara announced that this would be his final season in the County Championship after Surrey had secured a draw at Lord's

Kumar Sangakkara leans into a drive

Middlesex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's, 3rd day

Ice cool Sangakkara keeps heat off Surrey

Kumar Sangakkara's sense of occasion was evident once more in this London derby as he scored his second century of the match, while also passing 20,000 career first-class runs

Dawid Malan drives through the covers

Middlesex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's, 2nd day

Malan paints his own picture as Middlesex battle back

Kumar Sangakkara treated Lord's to a fine century on the first day of the London derby but it is no exaggeration to say that Dawid Malan, Middlesex's own classy left-hander, achieved the same standards in reply

Kumar Sangakkara clears the ropes

Middlesex v Surrey, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Lord's, 1st day

Sangakkara celebrates the great unveiling

They unveiled a portrait of Kumar Sankakkara at Lord's and he responded by scoring a hundred for Surrey in the London derby - and did so with barely a hair out of place

Gary Ballance sweeps during his century

Hampshire v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Ageas Bowl, 4th day

Ballance makes Yorkshire history as Hampshire defied

For all Yorkshire's history, no Yorkshire batsman has ever made two hundreds in a Championship match. Gary Ballance has gone one better - a hundred and a double hundred - to defy Hampshire

Gary Ballance sweeps during his century

Hampshire v Yorkshire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Ageas Bowl, 3rd day

Captain Ballance becomes the very stuff of Yorkshire

There is a long way to go if Gary Ballance's resistance with the bat is to spare Yorkshire a second defeat against Hampshire in three weeks, but his captaincy reputation is growing apace