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Essex draw against Yorkshire while Cook scores a century in both innings

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Alastair Cook scored for the first time in both innings of a century as Essex and Yorkshire fought a sluggish County Championship draw.

England’s leading Test run scorer achieved another milestone in his illustrious career with an unbeaten 102 in the dying embers of the Chelmsford stalemate.

Any outside prospect of a positive result evaporated on the final morning when Yorkshire – who had to quickly build on their overnight advantage of 22 – lost their last five wickets for 39 and were sacked for 465.

That left Cook, who had scored 107 goals the first time, and opening partner Nick Browne under little pressure and the pair easily closed the gap with an unbroken partnership of 167 before the captains agreed a draw.

In Southampton, Hampshire patiently secured an 87-run win over Gloucestershire.

Mohammad Abbas followed his first six-wicket draw with three for 62, while Liam Dawson and James Fuller each took two wickets.

The half-century of George Scott and Miles Hammond had given Gloucestershire hope of chasing 368 and a first win of the season, but the arrival of the second new ball diminished their chances.

At Emirates Old Trafford, Matt Parkinson conceded three wickets in a dramatic afternoon session but some determined defensive shots from Chris Benjamin and Danny Briggs saw Warwickshire draw with Lancashire.

Benjamin wasn’t out at 22 and Briggs was undefeated at 28 when the players shook hands and the reigning champions led with 138 and just 19 overs left in the match.

The visitors finished with 184 for six while Parkinson finished with three for 64 from 34 overs.

Middlesex chased a 370 goal to defeat Sussex by seven wickets at Hove.

A 209 partnership between Sam Robson (149) and captain Peter Hanscomb (79) followed by an unbeaten 99 between Max Holden (80) and Martin Andersson (44) left the hosts without a win in five games.

Middlesex came home with 3.1 overs despite being without the injured Robbie Smith and losing opener Mark Stoneman for one in the second over.

Glamorgan completed a six-wicket win against Leicestershire in Cardiff.

The visitors resumed their second innings with three wickets in hand and just 41 runs up. A superb half-century from Ben Mike and 29 from substitute captain Callum Parkinson took that lead to 149 before the final wicket fell.

Glamorgan’s batters chased the required runs in 40.4 overs, with Sam Northeast unbeaten on 40.

Worcestershire batsman Jack Haynes scored his first first-class decade to secure a defiant draw against Durham at New Road.

Haynes finished undefeated with 120 while Azhar Ali contributed 92 as the hosts closed with 262 for three in their second innings after being seeded by the visitors with 442 for the win.

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