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    Top five: Specsavers County Championship Sept 21

    Steven Finn helped give Middlesex's chances of staying in Div One a boost while it was a bad day for Lancashire and Haseeb Hameed

    Steven Finn helped give Middlesex's chances of staying in Div One a boost while it was a bad day for Lancashire and Haseeb Hameed...

    FINNTASTIC
    Steven Finn looked to be back to his best at Lord’s on Thursdday, with a superb bowling performance that helped Middlesex claim an all-important victory in their battle to avoid relegation. The England bowler ended with secod-innings figures of eight for 79 - the first time he’d taken five wickets in the County Championship since April 2014. 

    FIGURE TROUBLE 
    A bad day at the office was confounded for Lancashire when it was revealed opener Haseeb Hameed had fractured a finger on his right hand. The 20-year-old retired hurt before bravely returning to the middle as the last bat, but he was unable to save the game for The Red Roses as they lost by 36 runs. That will be the end of this summer, but how will it impact on his Ashes chances?


    THE KING IS DENIED HIS DOUBLE 
    The Kia Oval was drenched in autumnal sunshine this morning as Kumar Sangakkara walked out to bat, searching for his second double century of the season. Sadly the crowd were denied that sight, however were treated to a Peter Trego five-for before Surrey claimed four quick wickets, leaving Somerset in a dubious position going into Day four.

    RAIN RAIN GO AWAY
    The weather played havoc with a number of games in the County Championship today. For the third day running no play was possible between Derby and Kent, while Northants v Notts, Hampshire v Essex, Surrey v Somerset and Glamorgan v Gloucestershire were all affected by wet stuff at different points in the day.

    RECORD BREAKERS 
    Despite there being no play at Cardiff until 12:40, Gloucestershire’s batsmen were in scintillating form when they did venture out. The duo of Benny Howell and James Bracey set a new record for Gloucestershire v Glamorgan, their partnership of 240 surpassing Dipper and Smith's partnership from 1921. Youngster Bracey, 20, eventually finished on 156, his maiden first-class century for the club.

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