Essex seamer Aaron Beard celebrated a new contract by taking four wickets in 13 balls as County Championship Division One leaders Somerset were dismissed for just 131 at Chelmsford.
Military helicopters are assisting emergency services in Lincolnshire after a river burst its banks following heavy rain which caused disruption to parts of the country.
A troubled council has said it is deeply ashamed and has apologised to the families of two young children murdered by father figures after admitting the youngsters were “let down”.
Saqib Mahmood kept his nerve as Lancashire secured a nail-biting one-run win over Roses rivals Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Police are appealing for the mother of a baby found in a cardboard box in Northamptonshire to come forward.