CRICKET Somerset title chase going to the wire

Ecb LogoSomerset's bid for their first ever county championship crown is set to go to the wire and a final mouth-watering match of the season at home to table-topping Essex at Taunton, starting on Monday September 23.

Somerset's five wicket win - and 21 points haul - against Warwickshire at Edgbaston yesterday narrowed the gap on leaders Essex to just two points with three fixtures remaining.

Tom Abell's team next host third placed Yorkshire at the County Ground - starting on Tuesday September 10 - followed by a trip to fourth placed Hampshire on Monday September 16.

Essex visit seventh placed Warwickshire on September 10 and then host sixth placed Surrey, who won last year's championship with two matches remaining.

This year's title chase is poised to be much closer run.

Promotion-chasing Gloucestershire chased down 263 to win by eight wickets away to Derbyshire and soar to second in the second division.

James Bracey's 116 not out and a 133 partenrship with Chris Dent (62) built the foundations of Gloucestershire's fourth championship win of the summer.

With three teams set for promotion from Division Two, Gloucestershire (152) are now 19 points clear of fourth placed Glamorgan (133) with three rounds remaining. 

Lancashire - who beat Glamorgan by an innings and 150 runs at Colwyn Bay in three days earlier this week - top the table with six wins and 181 points. Northants (138) are third.



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