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Date TimeSeptember 26, 2019
VoiceOver-by-over updates from Taunton as title goes to the wireWhen championship went down to final over of the seasonDrop Tanya an email | Tweet @tjaldred 9.16am BST
County cricket: Somerset v Essex title decider, day four – live!
Round the grounds, Northants and Gloucestershire are nearly guaranteed Division One cricket next season, as chasers Glamorgan’s game against Durham has failed to get more than a few steps off the starting blocks. As well as players examining their palms at Taunton, there was no play at all yesterday at Canterbury, Edgbaston, The Riverside or Hove.
Ollie Pope scored a wonderful hundred for Surrey against Notts, backed up by a more reserved effort by Scott Borthwick; Ben Charlesworth and Graeme van Buuren advanced the score for Gloucestershire; Lancashire were bowled out for 170 in a vain-glorious attempt to lose their first match of the season against wooden-spoonists Leicestershire; and Harvey Hosein and Leus du Plooy both scored fifties for Derby. 8.59am BST
on this, the last day of the 2019 county season. Taunton has pulled up her socks and is looking glorious for the occasion, with blue skies and people tripping coatless across the light turquoise wrought iron bridge over the river on their way to the ground. The yew trees in St James’ churchyard stand majestic, but the last summer fuchsias are moulding, the buddleia are leggy and autumn leaves have blown against the walls of the church. It is time.
First things first, it isn’t raining, but it did, heavily, during the night. The groundstaff are busy, zipping about on their incredible machines, but the outfield is damp - yesterday so damp that water was coming up through the surface on the pavilion side of the groundGood morning! ☀️ #WeAreSomerset #SOMvESS pic.twitter.com/j3655EO4LI

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