County Championship likely to have a top division of 10 teams and a second of eight from 2020
Centuries from Simon Harmer and Tom Westley put Essex in complete command against Surrey at the Kia Oval, where the champions ended day two facing their first defeat of a triumphant season
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Surrey opener heard of call-up after interrupted phonecall to selector Ed Smith at windy Taunton
County champions Surrey were skittled for 67 before M Vijay and Tom Westley put on a century stand to leave Essex in complete control
Surrey's winning run ends at nine after Taunton covering fails and pitch damaged by tyre tracks
Marcus Trescothick bagged a pair but Azhar Ali ensured that Surrey would have to work hard for a victory against their closest challengers
Conor McKerr impressed with three wickets after Dean Elgar's hundred had built a commanding total
Surrey's top four all reached half-centuries on a Taunton pitch far-removed from the spin-friendly surfaces seen recently
Alec Stewart celebrated Surrey's Championship win by saying: "If you produce your own players they fight together"
Much of the data is rudimentary but slowly the case is building for the advantage of a top-class wicketkeeper in the shortest form of the game
Rory Burns has led from the front but Surrey's title is the result of a strong team ethos and contributions from many quarters
Worcestershire fought to give themselves a Division One lifeline but could not prevent Surrey sealing a three-wicket win that secured the Championship
A spell of five wickets in 38 balls from Morne Morkel either side of tea saw the Division One leaders roar back into contention against bottom side Worcestershire
As Alastair Cook was given his final ovation at The Oval, the Surrey captain added another hundred to a prolific season
Ross Whiteley led a day of resistance from the bottom club as Surrey realised their much-anticipated Championship title was not about co come easily
Surrey appear unstoppable on their title march after deposing of the defending champions in three days
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Schedule of upcoming international games
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