RESULT
Chelmsford, September 19 - 22, 2023, County Championship Division One
447/9d & 153/8d
(T:267) 334 & 267/7

Hampshire won by 3 wickets

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5.54pm Essex made all the running they could... and looked to have blown the title race wide open at 32 for 4... but Liam Dawson's brilliant hundred, allied to James Vince's 89 and a spate of crucial dropped catches, have all but handed the title to Surrey... I'm off to try and make some sense of that!

58.1
2
Harmer to Brown, 2 runs

smashed on the up, out to deep midwicket... there's a man back there... but he can't get round in time! Hampshire rush back for the second run, and seal a thriller with five balls to spare!

end of over 586 runs • 1 wicket
HANTS: 265/7CRR: 4.56 
Felix Organ0 (2b)
Ben Brown12 (15b 1x4)
Matt Critchley 9-0-48-3
Simon Harmer 24-3-100-3
57.6
Critchley to Organ, no run

chopped into the off-side again ... and straight at the fielder! It's all coming down to Harmer!

57.5
Critchley to Organ, no run

hacked hard on the cut, but straight at backward point

57.4
W
Critchley to Barker, OUT

runs past the glory shot! Looked to launch it into the Hayes Close, but can't connect. Rossington whips off the bails and there'll be a new man in Critchley's sights

Keith Barker st †Rossington b Critchley 12 (8b 2x4 0x6 10m) SR: 150
57.3
Critchley to Barker, no run

pops into the leg side, straight at short midwicket

57.2
2
Critchley to Barker, 2 runs

nudged off the hips out to deep midwicket, cut off in the deep

57.1
4
Critchley to Barker, FOUR runs

another reverse-sweep, lamped through the covers! Barker halves the requirement in one lusty blow!

end of over 576 runs
HANTS: 259/6CRR: 4.54 
Keith Barker6 (4b 1x4)
Ben Brown12 (15b 1x4)
Simon Harmer 24-3-100-3
Matt Critchley 8-0-42-2
56.6
1
Harmer to Barker, 1 run

rocks back on the cut, out to deep point

Three men round the bat

56.5
1
Harmer to Brown, 1 run

nudged out to the leg-side, another single. Essex need snookers now

56.4
4
Harmer to Brown, FOUR runs

down the track and connects sweetly on this one! Thumped through wide long-on!

56.3
Harmer to Brown, no run

big-spinning offbreak, rips into the pads, hopeful appeal but a precious dot

56.2
Harmer to Brown, no run

down the track, can't make proper contact in search of the single

56.1
Harmer to Brown, no run
end of over 566 runs • 1 wicket
HANTS: 253/6CRR: 4.51 
Keith Barker5 (3b 1x4)
Ben Brown7 (10b)
Matt Critchley 8-0-42-2
Simon Harmer 23-3-94-3
55.6
4
Critchley to Barker, FOUR runs

nails the reverse-sweep, clean through backward square! The requirement dips below a run a ball, as the sun bursts out once more

55.5
1
Critchley to Brown, 1 run
55.4
1
Critchley to Barker, 1 run
55.3
Critchley to Barker, no run
55.2
W
Critchley to Dawson, OUT

clattered at Browne's midriff at short cover, and he clings on with a juggle! Here ends a mighty innings, but has he given Essex a sniff with victory looming?

Liam Dawson c Browne b Critchley 119 (150b 16x4 0x6 166m) SR: 79.33
55.1
Critchley to Dawson, no run
end of over 559 runs
HANTS: 247/5CRR: 4.49 
Liam Dawson119 (148b 16x4)
Ben Brown6 (9b)
Simon Harmer 23-3-94-3
Matt Critchley 7-0-36-1
54.6
1
Harmer to Dawson, 1 run
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