Essex will open their County Championship title defence with a tough trip to Yorkshire, the team they succeeded as champions.
Somerset will remain in County Championship Division One after Middlesex lost their appeal against a points deduction.
Jack Leach says he has been told "it's a matter of time" before he is selected by England having been overlooked for the Ashes.
Somerset are prepared for a legal battle should Middlesex win their appeal against relegation from the County Championship.
The ECB has confirmed it has begun to consider Middlesex's appeal against a two-point deduction which saw them relegated.
Somerset spinner Jack Leach has been voted the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Month for September.
Jason Kerr has been appointed Somerset head coach while Andy Hurry is returning to the club as Director of Cricket.
Middlesex - we think - and Warwickshire suffer Championship relegation, while there is triple joy for Nottinghamshire…
2016 champions Middlesex have been relegated from the County Championship, with Somerset and Hampshire surviving.
Champions Essex ended the season unbeaten after smashing Yorkshire, as Somerset, Hampshire and Middlesex fight for survival.
Somerset have confirmed director of cricket Matt Maynard will leave the club at the end of the season.
Somerset have put themselves in a strong position to claim the win they need to stay in County Championship Division One after day two at Taunton.
Somerset reduced Middlesex to 18-3 after they were bowled out for 236 on day one of their must-win Division One clash.
Yorkshire beat Warwickshire to boost their County Championship survival hopes, but Somerset remain at risk after losing to Surrey.
Steve Finn swelled Middlesex's hopes of avoiding relegation by taking 8-79 in a 36-run win over Lancashire at Lord's.
Rory Kleinveldt bagged 9-65 for Northants in the Championship, while Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara scored yet another century.
Rikki Clarke took a career-best 7-55 but Somerset still managed to score 269 against Surrey thanks to Steven Davies' 86.
Batsman Johann Myburgh has signed a new one-year limited-overs contract with Somerset.
Warwickshire were relegated to County Championship Division Two as Somerset beat Lancashire to boost their own survival bid
Essex have won their first County Championship title since 1992 after challengers Lancashire crumbled to defeat at Somerset.
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