• Specsavers County Championship 3m

    Top five: Specsavers County Championship 26 Sept

    Somerset edge closer to safety as Middlesex and Hants feel the heat, while Sussex give Notts promotion scare

    The end of the season is nigh, but there's still everything to play for at Taunton, where the hosts inched closer to safety and pushed their foes in this match, Middlesex, nearer to relegation. Limiting the London side to 142, still 94 runs in arrears, Somerset prevented the Middle Saxons from gaining any batting bonus points, meaning victory would give the West Country side another season in Division One. Hildreth's 82 extended the host's lead to 253, leaving Middlesex in a perilous position with two days yet to play.

    Another season, another Somerset achievement unlocked for Marcus Trescothick. Now in his 25th year at his boyhood county, the 41-year-old former England opener brought up his 19,000th first class run for the club upon reaching 13 against Middlesex in their second dig. He went on to make 31 and, with another season already agreed, only Harold Gimblett, with 21,142, ahead of Trescothick when it comes to most runs scored for Somerset.

    It's been a season Warwickshire will quickly want to forget, languishing at the bottom of the table for much of it and already being relegated, however they could have a huge say on who joins them, with the Bears putting up quite a fight against fellow strugglers Hampshire. Following a washed out day one, Hampshire got off to a perfect start reducing Warwickshire to 28/5 before a Dom Sibley counter attack saw the finish on 188. But things got worse for James Vince's men, as they were reduced to 116 at stumps knowing if they fail lose they will go down.

    NOTTS TO BE...?
    Entering the last round of fixtures knowing that promotion was still firmly within their means, Notts would've felt pretty confident of sealing Division One cricket next year. That was until today, when Sussex made them suffer in the field to the tune of 565, courtesy of a career-best century from Chris Jordan, and then fell to 108/5 by the pace of Stuart Whittingham and Jofra Archer, making it a tough task to get the five batting bonus points required, along with a draw or better, to take them up to the top tier. With promotion rivals Northants' progress at Leicestershire, taking a 71-run lead, it may be a restless night's sleep for a few Notts supporters.

    While events on the pitch at Emirates Old Trafford offered an engaging watch for those in attendance, it paled in comparison to what was happening off it today. First Keaton Jennings signed on a four-year deal from Durham, before it was revealed Andrew Flintoff and Paul Allott were returning to the club as board members. This was quickly follow by the news quick bowler Kyle Jarvis was departing to take up international cricket. But things ended on a high for the Lancashire fans as it was annoucned Graham Onions was also joining from Durham. All this and captain Steven Croft struck his first Championship century of the season. What a day!

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