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Neil Broom struck an unbeaten 96 off 59 balls

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Derbyshire sign NZ batsman Neil Broom

Derbyshire have signed the New Zealand batsman Neil Broom on a two-year deal from next season.

James Taylor regretted playing across the line

England v Australia, 2nd ODI, Lord's

Taylor not afraid of looking silly

As was England's mantra against New Zealand earlier this summer, when they responded to back-to-back defeats to take the series, there will be no backing away from an aggressive mindset

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Chris Dent helped give Gloucestershire a solid start

Leicestershire v Gloucestershire, LV= Championship, Grace Road, 4th day

Absorbing finish cut short after captains set game up

Declarations by both sides set up a potentially exciting finish, but bad light forced an early close with Gloucestershire, chasing 302 to win, still 90 runs short with five wickets

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Steven Croft dug in for 30 off 100 balls

Kent v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Canterbury, 3rd day

Lancashire promoted despite 'worst' game

Lancashire were celebrating on Kentish soil for the third time in as many weeks after securing LV= County Championship promotion from Division Two after courageously batting out the final day at Canterbury

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James Porter picked up two wickets on the opening day in just his fourth first-class match

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

Porter threatens before light closes in

The LV=County Championship Division Two clash between Essex and Northamptonshire at Chelmsford ended in a draw after bad light brought a curtailment in play with the visitors 92 for 4 in pursuit of 302 for victory from a minimum of 56 overs

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Matt Coles picked up the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara

Kent v Lancashire, LV= Championship, Canterbury, 3rd day

Lancs follow on, promotion on hold for now

Aspirations shifted almost as quickly as the cloud cover that skirted past the St Lawrence ground in Canterbury as Lancastrian dreams of promotion switched to staving off an innings defeat by Kent