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Essex celebrate Simon Harmer's ninth wicket - and a dramatic victory

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

Magical Harmer takes Essex 29 points clear

Chelmsford is the birthplace of artists and magicians. Simon Harmer, making a home for himself there, could be both after another extraordinary display stretched Essex's lead to 29 points

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Nick Compton fell for a first-ball duck

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Compton set for Middlesex return

Nick Compton is set to return to first-class cricket following his self-imposed break after the Sri Lanka Test series having been named in the Middlesex squad for the County Championship match against Surrey at Lord's.

Chris Woakes got his second of the day when Angelo Mathews was caught at slip

England v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Lord's, 3rd day

England in front as bowlers hold sway

Nearly 10 years have slipped by while Alastair Cook has been a permanent fixture at the top of England's order in home Tests. In his temporary absence at Lord's because of a bruised knee, England had an unnerving vision of the future