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Ravi Bopara made two early inroads

Essex v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 4th day

Bopara stars but Cook fails again

Alastair Cook was dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match as Essex and Lancashire settled for a draw at Chelmsford

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David Willey produced a telling opening spell

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County ins and outs 2016

ESPNcricinfo keeps tabs on the movement between counties ahead of the 2016 season

Jesse Ryder's six drew the scores level

Essex v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 2nd day

Anderson trumps Cook in England duel

Jesse Ryder scored a breezy hundred, Ravi Bopara made a rather more steadfast 99 but James Anderson's four-for ensured that Lancashire remain in with a sniff of conjuring the victory required if they are to overtake Surrey


Kumar Sangakkara eased to 118

Lancashire v Surrey, LV= Championship, Division Two, Old Trafford, 3rd day

Sam Curran, Sangakkara bring title in sight

Surrey remained in total control of their LV= Division Two match at Old Trafford and by the close of third day had set Lancashire 492 to win and thereby achieve the most unlikely of victories

Zafar Ansari calls for the physio

Lancashire v Surrey, LV= Championship Div Two, Old Trafford, 2nd day

Ansari's joyful day turns sour

Life was going swimmingly for Zafar Ansari. He had been selected for England's tour of the UAE and could dream of a possible Test debut against Pakistan. Then he dropped a catch at cover, summoned the physio and the day turned sour