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County cricket finale: Warwickshire, Hampshire and Lancashire all in title contention – live!

“Danny Briggs is having quite the day at Edgbaston. Not content with his batting heroics in the morning, the left-arm spinner has just picked up the second wicket for Warwickshire and a fine one too. Autumn’s Tom Lammonby was looking in ominous touch and, en route to a 77-ball half-century, had taken a bit of a fancy to Briggs. But the ball after crunching a full toss for four to move to 59, the left-hander danced down the pitch once more only to fire back a sharp caught and bowled chance. Briggs went with two hands but ended up pouching it in one. Somerset are 108 for two with Azhar Ali unbeaten on 28 but suddenly Warwickshire, who were starting to scratch their heads a touch, are buzzing again.”

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Whaddaday: Danny Briggs, important wicket, county cap and (possible) Championship winning fifty.
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“Crikey, that morning escalated and Warwickshire’s title bid still lives and breathes thanks to the sheer gumption of Danny Briggs with the bat.
When Liam Norwell walked out to join the No9 in the middle the Bears were 304 for eight from 104.2 overs, needing 46 runs in the next 32 balls to earn a precious fourth batting point. Briggs scooped Josh Davey for four behind square, danced down the pitch to swipe a six next ball, watched Norwell then hole out off Craig Overton but, by chiselling out some ones and twos with the No11, Craig Miles, reached the start of the 110th over needing 11 runs. Jack Brooks was the bowler, Somerset spread the field, but Briggs managed to crash a four through cover, guide another past backward point and then flick a quite glorious six over mid-wicket to get part one of the job done. Breathless stuff.

“Briggs went on to bring up his half-century from 29 balls with another six before Miles was the last man out, handing Overton his fifth. If Warwickshire, 367 all out, go on to win with maximum bowling points and seal the title, he’ll be telling his grandkids about it for years to come. Hell, he might do regardless. And the home side bagged their first wicket before lunch too, Chris Woakes bowling Ben Green for 14 with a beauty that angled in and straightened. Somerset are 36 for one at a break that offers everyone a chance to compute it all.”

“Lively start on a gorgeous sunny September morning at Edgbaston, where Michael Burgess drove his first ball from Craig Overton for four, edged his third behind and was then followed shortly after by Sam Hain, bowled by the headband warrior that is Jack Brooks without adding to his overnight 83. And as I type this, Chris Woakes has proved to be mortal, caught at gully off Overton. Warwickshire in danger of stuffing up their bid for four batting points. They’re 298 for seven from 101 overs, needing 54 runs from the next nine. Tim Bresnan and Danny Briggs are the new men at the crease…”

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