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Ah, it appears I jinxed Nick Browne there - he hangs the bat out and nicks van der Gugten to slip, so Essex will go to lunch on 92 for 1 (and I'm sure there will be an update on the ticker soon).
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Middlesex 167-4 lead Lancashire by 235 runs
Dawid Malan and John Simpson both scored half-centuries as the Championship table-toppers Middlesex built their lead on the final morning against Lancashire at Old Trafford. By lunch, the pair had shared 112, and the lead had swelled to 235.
Resuming on 72-4, progress was slow first thing for Malan and Simpson in the face of some probing bowling from Kyle Jarvis and Simon Kerrigan, but the batsmen soaked up deliveries and grew into their innings to give their side a chance to set up a declaration.
Malan, having smacked the Lancashire captain down the ground for six, reached his half-century from 128 balls, with five fours. Simpson, playing busily and repelling impressive turn from Liam Livingstone’s leg-breaks, brought up his own 50 with a cover driven four off Kerrigan, from his 150th ball.
Middlesex, including the six bonus points they have earned from this match, currently sit four points ahead of Yorkshire (who they face at Lord’s next week) and five ahead of Somerset.
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Surrey 57-3 need 280 to beat Durham
Mark Wood struck two quick blows when Surrey began their pursuit of 280 to beat Durham at Chester-le-Street.
With Graham Onions also picking up a wicket, the visitors were 11 for three before the sun came out and Jason Roy and Zafar Ansair took them to 57 for three at lunch.
As in the first innings, Roy rode his luck. Durham were convinced they had him caught behind on nine off Brydon Carse's first ball, then he edged the next where third slip had been prior to becoming a second gully.
Roy had two more edged fours off Carse, one just evading gully, on his way to 29 at the break.
Wood moved one away from Dominic Sibley to have him caught at first slip off the fifth ball of the innings, then produced a snorter to remove Kumar Sangakkara second ball.
It lifted and left the Sri Lankan master for wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter to take a good catch high to his left.
Rory Burns twice drove Wood down the ground on his way to nine before he shaped to pull Onions and ended up skying a catch to gully.
The murk which persisted yesterday was still around when play began with the floodlights on.
Durham's two remaining wickets added 33, the bulk of them coming from the impressive Carse, who remained unbeaten on 21.
He turned Mark Footitt off his hip for four behind square then hooked him to the fine leg boundary, but the left-armer accepted a simple return catch off a leading edge by Wood.
Sam Curran finished with seven for 58 when Onions drove a full toss to mid-off and Durham were all out for 246.