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It was a frustrating day for James Foster

Essex v Northants, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Another Essex recovery unlikely to impress Irani

Essex confirmed the sackong of Paul Grayson as their veteran captain James Foster recovered another collapse. Much for the ambitious new cricket chairman Ronnie Irani to ponder

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Muhammad Azharullah removed Gloucestershire's top three

Essex v Northants, LV= Championship, Division Two, Chelmsford, 1st day

Azharullah gives Northants the advantage

Azharullah captured three of the six wickets to fall as Essex ended a truncated opening day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire on 177 for 6 at Chelmsford

Steven Croft receives the NatWest Blast trophy

Northamptonshire v Lancashire, NatWest T20 Blast, Final, Edgbaston

Lancashire end long wait for Twenty20 title

There have been many disappointments and much heartbreak along the way, but Lancashire have clinched their first limited-over silverware since 1999 with a 13-run victory over Northamptonshire in the final of the NatWest T20 Blast.

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Clint McKay took four early wickets

Northants v Leicestershire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, 4th day

Northants injury worries amid rain pain

Heavy rain on the final day at Wantage Road ruined Leicestershire's pursuit of back-to-back LV= County Championship victories for the first time since 2010

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Wayne White appeals for a wicket

Northants v Leicestershire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, 3rd day

White's debut five wickets plugs the gap

Wayne White responded to the challenge presented by an injury-hit Leicestershire attack by taking five wickets on his debut to give bottom-of-the-table Foxes poised for victory if the rain holds off at Wantage Road

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Northants v Leicestershire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, 2nd day

Cosgrove ton sets up Leicestershire lead

Mark Cosgrove's second consecutive century and a breezy 95 from Niall O'Brien helped Leicestershire fight back from 34 for four to take a lead of 47 at Wantage Road. Cosgrove's 110 mirrored the captain's knock played by Alex Wakely on day one and saw Leic

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Alex Wakely recorded his fourth first-class hundred

Northants v Leicestershire, LV= Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road

Wakely century revives Northants

From 42 for 4, Northants recovered to post 325 against Leicestershire. Three wickets late in the day as the visitors began their reply completed the comeback

David Willey smashed his way to a half-century off 27 balls

County news

Yorkshire pull off David Willey signing

England all-rounder David Willey has signed a three-year contract with Yorkshire as the club that has led the way in producing its own players has pulled off a spectacular signing

Steven Crook added wickets to his hundred with the bat

Northants v Gloucestershire, Roal London Cup, Group A, Northampton

More joy for Crook after Australian exploits

Steven Crook followed his exploits against the Australian tourists with four wickets against Gloucestershire to keep alive Northants' hopes of reaching the Royal London quarter-finals