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Steven Finn whittled away the middle order

Middlesex v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div One, Lord's, 3rd day

Finn fires England imaginations - again

Middlesex pushed on to a second declaration after Steven Finn's four-wicket haul and set Essex 452 or a day to survive at Lord's

Steve Eskinazi dug in for a half-century

Middlesex v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div One, Lord's, 2nd day

Eskinazi responds with hundred after blow on helmet

Stevie Eskinazi was struck on the helmet by a short ball from Neil Wagner in the thirties but he went on to make a century in a fine retort to Wagner's short-pitched style

Sam Robson eases one through the covers

Middlesex v Essex, Specsavers Championship Div One, Lord's, 1st day

Robson battles for an England retrial

The turnout was more modest than that which saw Middlesex take the title at Lord's last September but their look of champions remained ingrained as Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins took control

Kumar Sangakkara leans into a drive

Surrey v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Kia Oval, 4th day

Borthwick slipstreams 'master' Sangakkara

Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara and Scott Borthwick added a partnership of 256 on the final day to ensure a draw against Lancashire

Zafar Ansari misses his drive at Simon Kerrigan

Surrey v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Kia Oval, 3rd day

Parry and Kerrigan leave Surrey in a spin

In days of yore, the sight of two spinners bowling in tandem, scuttling through their overs like squirrels scurrying up a tree, was commonplace on the county circuit

They keep on coming: Shivnarine Chanderpaul notched another century

Surrey v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Kia Oval, 2nd day

Ageless Chanderpaul makes Surrey toil

A little before noon, Shivnarine Chanderpaul flicked Mark Footitt off his front pad. As he scampered back to complete the second run, Chanderpaul reached his 74th first-class hundred

Shivnarine Chanderpaul helped dig Lancashire out of a hole

Surrey v Lancashire, Specsavers Championship Div One, Kia Oval, 1st day

Clark's aggressive hundred turns Lancashire's day on its head

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jordan Clark are two deeply contrasting cricketers, but on a gloomy day at Kia Oval they forged a wonderful alliance to change the complexion of the opening day

A kid waits to meet LeBron James at a promotional event in Hong Kong

Feature

The battle for bronze

Football and basketball take the top two spots, but what is cricket's place in the sporting universe?

Chris Gayle raises his arms in triumph

The dark side of the T20 freelance life

It's lonely, players have to take care of their own fitness, coaching and schedules, and always live with the risk of being dropped