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County Cricket, June 3: As it happened

9:56pm - Napier’s heroics complete a compelling day on which Worcestershire Royals beat the Netherlands, also in the Yorkshire Bank 40, and Sussex held on to draw with Nottinghamshire and go top of LV= County Championship Division One.

9:51pm - RESULT! Essex Eagles (312/7) beat Surrey (134) by 178 runs at Chelmsford. It’s all over in just 29.5 overs of the reply as the hosts move above Durham Dynamos and Hampshire Royals to the top of Group B. Napier is unquestionably man of the match, but Masters ends proceedings by trapping Gary Keedy lbw for eight.

9:48pm - Napier completes a scarcely-believable allocation of 8-3-32-7, rightly earning warm applause from the crowd. Surrey are 131 for nine from 29 overs.

9:37pm - Napier has 7-27, Essex’s second-best List A figures, as Meaker faintly edges a back-of-a-length delivery behind. Surrey are 123 for nine and Essex need one more wicket to go top of Group B.

9:31pm - Stuart Meaker keeps out the last ball of the over, which is a quadruple-wicket maiden!

9:29pm - Napier has four wickets in four balls!! He cleans up Jon Lewis off the pad with another devastating yorker. Make that 6-24 and 113 for eight.

9:26pm - Napier has a hat-trick, pinning Tom Jewell plumb lbw! The veteran seamer has figures of 5-24 from 5.4 overs and Surrey are is disarray at 113 for seven, needing another 200 to win.

9:24pm - Napier traps Zander de Bruyn, who walked across his stumps, in front first ball. The seamer has four wickets and is on a hat-trick.

9:23pm - Wilson and Azhar, who have added 62 for the fifth wicket, manage a flurry of boundaries, which encourages them to take the batting powerplay at the start of the 25th over. However, Azhar soon plays on to a Napier yorker for 36 to leave Surrey 113 for five.

9:04pm - Surrey, well behind the required run-rate, limp to 81 for four from half their overs in the face of disciplined bowling. Gary Wilson has 15 and Azhar Mahmood 20.

8:37pm - Acting captain Vikram Solanki is the third Surrey batsman to be bowled, as he pays for staying back to Reece Topley to go for 22. The visitors are 51 for four in the 13th over.

8:22pm - Napier bowls Ponting through the gate for two, knocking back the great right-hander’s middle stump, as Surrey slip to 38 for three chasing 313.

8:15pm - Essex are keeping Surrey tied down, Napier bowling two consecutive maidens, and the pressure tells on Steven Davies who is caught at gully off David Masters for 14, making the visitors 32 for two in the eighth over. Ricky Ponting is the new batsman.

7:54pm - Graham Napier strikes in the third over of Surrey’s reply, bowling Jason Roy who was completely deceived by a slower ball.

7:33pm - Essex, who yesterday made a mammoth 368 for seven versus Scottish Saltires, post a healthy 312 for seven after Foster falls in the last over, which is bowled by Lewis, for 39 from 18 balls.

7:18pm - Runs flow for Shah and James Foster as Essex reach 281 for five with three overs to go, including 83 runs from the last five sets of six. Shah then holes out off Lewis for 68.

7:04pm - Ten Doeschate departs for 12, slicing Zander de Bruyn high to point where Tom Jewell almost misjudges a steepling catch. Essex are 226 for five in the 35th over, later during which Owais Shah makes a half-century from 45 balls.

6:52pm - The powerplay yields 29, topped up by Ryan ten Doeschate spoiling Keedy’s previously tidy figures with a six.

6:45pm - Bopara holes out to deep midwicket for 54 from an Azhar Mahmood slower ball during the powerplay.

6:34pm - Bopara, who asked the England management to let him play today, moves to a fifty from 53 balls as Essex reach 169 for three from 28 overs and immediately take the powerplay.

6:16pm - The ball needs changing at Chelmsford but stand-in Surrey skipper Vikram Solanki is not happy with the initial replacement and persuades the umpires to use another.

6:11pm - RESULT! Nottinghamshire (356 & 330) draw with Sussex (306 & 223/6) at the County Ground. Brown and Jordan hold firm, ending on 51 and 28 respectively and sharing an alliance of 70. The result puts Sussex back on top of Division One while Notts remain fifth.

6:05pm - Gary Keedy has Mark Pettini, who laboured in making 43, lbw with a ball that pitched on the right-hander’s leg stump and straightened. Essex are 131 for three in the 22nd over.

5:57pm - Four overs to go between Sussex and Notts with the former still having four wickets in hand as Brown and Jordan share a fifty stand.

5:51pm - Essex reach three figures in the 18th over courtesy of four byes off Lewis. Surrey are containing the Eagles, who yesterday amassed 368 for seven on this ground versus Scottish Saltires.

5:32pm - There are 10 overs to go at the County Ground where Sussex are still six wickets down.

5:19pm - Surrey's Stuart Meaker has Essex opening batsman Tom Westley caught behind via a faint edge. That brings Bopara to the middle.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: 14 overs remaining here. Sussex are 177/6, Ben Brown 28 and Chris Jordan 10. Or for the eternal optimists, Sussex require 204 runs to win...

5:10pm - Hamish Rutherford, who smashed 110 yesterday on Essex debut, falls to Jon Lewis in the last mandatory powerplay over. He skied a catch to mid-on, making the Eagles 48 for one.

@TrentBridge on Twitter: Wicket?! Read & Notts think a delivery from Ajmal caught the edge of Jordan, celebrations cut short. Sussex 161-6 #SussexvNotts

4:36pm - Shazad bowls Hamilton-Brown for 23, leaving Sussex 153 for six with 24 overs remaining.

4:31pm - RESULT! Worcestershire Royals (293/4) beat the Netherlands (249ao) by 44 runs in Rotterdam. The Dutch, needing 48 from the last four overs, lost their final four wickets in 11 balls with two to Gareth Andrew and two for Russell, who returns 4-32 from six overs. Cooper was unbeaten on 78 from 59 deliveries. Worcestershire's third victory lifts them to to fourth in Group A while the winless hosts stay bottom.

4:15pm - Surrey win the toss and bowl first versus Essex Eagles at Chelmsford in the Yorkshire Bank 40. Ravi Bopara has been released from England’s limited-overs squad to play and replaces Sajid Mahmood in the hosts’ line-up.


@SussexCCC on Twitter: RHB top edges Shahzad for six into the South Stand. Sussex 133/5 now. 30 overs remaining in the day #GOSBTS

@TrentBridge on Twitter: Back out at Hove, Notts need five wickets in this final session to win. Sussex 118-5 #SussexvNotts

4pm - Russell has a second wicket, Peter Borren falling like Michael for the same score. At the end of the over the hosts require 78 from 48 deliveries.

@surreycricket on Twitter: Gareth Batty will miss tonight's game with a side injury..Vikram Solanki to captain the side

3:45pm - It’s tea between Sussex and Notts at the County Ground with the hosts, batting for a draw, 118 for five. Rory Hamilton-Brown and Ben Brown are the not-out batsmen.


Worcestershire break through twice in two overs to take the upper hand in Rotterdam. Daan van Bunge is run out for 15 by Chris Russell, who then bowls Dom Michael for four. At the end of the over the Dutch need 90 from 60 balls.

3:30pm - Barresi falls to Shantry for 65 as Worcestershire strike back.

3:25pm - The Netherlands are right in this game with Barresi and Tom Cooper moving to swift fifties, the latter from 32 balls. The hosts are 174 for two after 26 overs, needing 120 more to win.

Notts are scenting victory as Shahzad has Wright caught at square-leg for nought, leaving Sussex 112 for five.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: WICKET.. Shazad gets one to come back in and bowls Chris Nash for 46.. Sussex 112/4 with 38 overs remaining. Luke Wright the new man #GOSBTS

2:53pm - Can Notts force victory? It's unlikely, yet they grab a third wicket when Harry Gurney has Joyce caught behind.

2:50pm - Eric Szwarczynski is run out for 18, but Wesley Barresi remains on 33 not out with the Netherlands 93 for two after 16 overs chasing 294.

2:27pm - The hosts lose their first wicket in Rotterdam as Stephan Myburgh is caught behind off Jack Shantry.

2:11pm - Sussex, understandably targeting a draw, are blocking resolutely with Chris Nash unbeaten on 35 from 103 balls and Ed Joyce eight from 28.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, are off to a solid start in their chase having reached 30 without loss after five overs.

1:26pm - Worcestershire post a commanding 293 for four as Kervezee hits 81 and Ben Cox a 16-ball 34 not out.

1:06pm - At lunch, Sussex are 55 for two after Franks had Michael Yardy caught behind with the morning session's final ball. Gareth Andrew came and went for a quick 20 at Rotterdam but Kervezee has an unbeaten fifty to his name.

12:46pm - Mitchell falls eight runs short of a century, but Kervezee is beginning to click into gear.

12:25pm - Sussex lose their first wicket against Notts, Luke Wells edging Luke Fletcher behind, but Worcestershire continue to press on with Alexei Kervezee helping Mitchell take the score to 132 for one against his Dutch compatriots.

12:07pm - Tom Heggelman has the first Dutch breakthrough, ousting Moeen for 48. Mitchell, however, moves on to 50 soon after with the score 106 for one after 19 overs.

11:55am - The visitors are really flying against the Netherlands having moved on to 90 without loss in 16 overs, Moeen and Daryl Mitchell both unbeaten on 43.

11:27am - Worcestershire are off to a solid start with the bat, Moeen Ali looking good in seeing his side to 30 without loss after seven overs.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: ALL OUT..Franks is bowled by Luke Wright for 78, Nottinghamshire 330ao, lead by 380. Sussex require 381 to win.

11:10am - Nottinghamshire have opted to bat on rather than declare, with Paul Franks moving to 66 not out.

10:46am - In the four-day game that will resume in just under 15 minutes, Nottinghamshire are 304 for nine - a lead of 354 - in their second innings.

10:33am - News from Rotterdam: Worcestershire have won the toss and elected to bat against the Netherlands.

10:25am - Hello and welcome to our live coverage of day four of the LV= County Championship Division One match between Sussex and Nottinghamshire as well as two Yorkshire Bank 40 encounters; the Netherlands versus Worcestershire Royals begins at 11am and Essex Eagles against Surrey at 4:40pm.

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