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6:03pm – Trescothick is looking in great nick at Taunton, having moved to 35 from 32 balls by upper-cutting Clarke for six. Elsewhere, play is set to resume at the Emirates Durham ICG in seven minutes.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: With the visitors seeking to build on the wicket of Burns, England spinner Monty Panesar is introduced with six overs left today. On a sunlit evening, Graeme Smith and first-innings centurion Gary Wilson have been holding firm.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Covers are coming off at the Emirates Durham. We still have bad light according to the umpires. The weather front has moved on.
@Lancsccc on Twitter: That’s 20,000 career first-class runs for Simon Katich at an average over 52. Congratulations Kat – outstanding career.
5:51pm – Another blow for Derbyshire as captain Wayne Madsen is trapped lbw by Harry Gurney to leave the hosts 130 for four.
Things have not improved for Worcestershire; Neil Pinner has been pinned in front by Liam Dawson, leaving his side 151 behind on 143 for five. Lancashire, however, continue to tick over impressively, Katich and Croft taking their stand beyond three figures before the latter lofts James Tredwell for a maximum. The Red Rose are 340 for five, 96 runs ahead.
5:30pm – It seems I have jinxed Gloucestershire, who lose Benny Howell to Andrew Hall for 56. Surrey, meanwhile, make a poor start following on, Rory Burns departing to Steve Magoffin.
And a huge wicket has also fallen at Derby, where Luke Fletcher has Chanderpaul – who hit 87 not out in the first innings – caught behind for 56.
5:20pm – Well, that was plumb. Leach traps Oliver Hannon-Dalby in front to dismiss Warwickshire for 158 and secure Somerset an impressive lead of 248. Marcus Trescothick races back to the the pavilion so it looks as thought the hosts will bat again. Elsewhere, Chanderpaul has reached his fifty.
In Division Two, Katich and Croft continue to prosper – helped by another drop, Mike Powell shelling the former – having moved their partnership beyond 50, but Worcestershire have lost Thilan Samaraweera and Alexei Kervezee to be 128 for four, James Vince the unlikely wicket-taker. Gloucestershire, meanwhile, are now 28 in front of Northants on 240 for six.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: The players are coming off as the rain heads in. End of the world stuff. Durham 275-4 a lead of 335.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Monty Panesar swings Chris Tremlett tamely to mid-on, ending Sussex’s first innings on 526. Surrey, 175 behind, cannot afford to lose many wickets this evening. A first significant knock for the hosts from Graeme Smith would be timely.
5pm – Sussex have lost a further two wickets, Chris Jordan and James Anyon, yet remain in a strong position. Another side nine down are Warwickshire following the departure of Chris Wright, caught behind off Craig Overton.
Meanwhile, Shivnarine Chanderpaul moves towards his second match half-century having reached 48 by pulling Nottinghamshire’s Harry Gurney for six. Derbyshire are now 97 for two, trailing by 90, with Wayne Madsen 35 not out.
4:40pm: – A double boost for Lancashire: they move into the lead as Steven Croft drives four off Matt Coles before a boundary from partner Simon Katich earns a second batting bonus point.
While the Red Rose impress, their rivals Yorkshire are still up against it as their Twitter, @Yorkshireccc, explains: Benkenstein reaches his fifty – 51* (81 balls) 4X4s – Durham 249-4 (72 overs). Their lead is now 309 runs. Collingwood is on 20*.
Meanwhile, the champions continue to struggle at Taunton as Rikki Clarke, having looked good en route to 31, is run out by a Marcus Trescothick direct hit and – two balls later – Jeetan Patel is bowled by Jack Leach.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: The visitors have reached 500 for seven,them 149 ahead on first innings. While they will hope to build that lead, Sussex will also fancy bowling at Surrey – who have been in the field since before lunch yesterday – this evening.
4:25pm – The action is back under way and Surrey finally have a seventh wicket, Tim Linley bowling Ben Brown with the score on 497. There is no such joy for Yorkshire, though, as Jonny Bairstow drops Paul Collingwood of Adil Rashid; Durham are 240 for four, leading by 300.
3:58pm – Tea is being taken at every ground. Here’s a look at how things stand:
Derbyshire are 54 for two in their second innings at Derby and trail Nottinghamshire by 133.Durham are 220 for four in their second innings at the Emirates Durham ICG and lead Yorkshire by 280.Sussex are 487 for six in reply to Surrey’s 351 at the Kia Oval.Warwickshire are 104 for six at Taunton, having bowled out Somerset for 406.
Lancashire are 224 for five replying to Kent’s 244 at Emirates Old Trafford.Gloucestershire are 188 for six in their second innings at Bristol and trail Northamptonshire by 24.Worcestershire are 80 for two in their second innings against Hampshire, having followed on 294 behind at the Ageas Bowl.
3:42pm – Lancashire have been dealt another blow, with Prince leg-before to Darren Stevens for 58. The Red Rose are 26 behind Kent with five first-innings wickets in hand.
Will Gidman has swiftly followed brother Alex back to the pavilion at Bristol, with Gloucestershire 26 shy of avoiding an innings defeat and six down.
Plunkett has another wicket against his former employers, Ben Stokes nicking through to Jonny Bairstow with Durham’s lead at 267.
And Warwickshire are in even deeper trouble, with the previously assured Woakes cutting Jamie Overton straight to point.
3:33pm – Warwickshire are going to have to go some to avoid the follow-on. With all-rounders Chris Woakes and Rikki Clarke new to the crease, they trail by 314 on 92 for five.
Two overseas signings are doing their best to salvage their teams from unenviable situations elsewhere. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is settling in alongside Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen, with Thilan Samaraweera doing likewise with Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell.
Solanki has picked up another wicket, that of Rory Hamilton-Brown, at the Kia Oval, while Stoneman’s knock has been brought to an end on 109 by former Durham seamer Liam Plunkett.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Wells moves to a maiden double-hundred by cutting Solanki’s part-time spin for a single to the cover sweeper. He celebrates modestly, removing his helmet and acknowledging the applause. Wells then hits Solanki down the ground to put Sussex 100 ahead but next ball advances only to be bowled for 208 from 412 balls with 24 fours and a six.
3:20pm – Gloucestershire’s challenge becomes even tougher as Gidman falls to Andrew Hall for 87.
The great Alfonso is working the oracle for Somerset. He may have been fortunate to pick up the wicket of Ambrose, but Evans has just fallen to an absolute jaffa that swung away late and took a thin edge through to Craig Kieswetter.
@LancsCC on Twitter: Half-century to Ashwell Prince (4×6, 1×6) and Lancs’ first batting point, 200-4 (90.4overs) Prince 50* Katich 2*
3:08pm – Brown will capitalise no further; he has been bowled offering no shot to Charlie Shreck.
Notts’ hopes of securing a first win of the season have been boosted by Wes Durston’s exit, lbw to Harry Gurney.
Gidman and Benny Howell bring up a vital fifty stand during Gloucestershire’s second innings at Bristol. They are now just 38 behind Northants but still have plenty of work to do with four batsmen back in the hutch.
3:02pm – Mark Stoneman moves to 100 for Durham, from just 143 balls. His innings has put the north-east county well on top against Yorkshire, who they now lead by 227.
Lancashire’s fourth-wicket pair of Brown and Prince are making the most of their earlier good fortune and have 87 and 43 respectively.
Thomas strikes again at Taunton, although Tim Ambrose will not be pleased to have been given out lbw when he got an inside-edge.
2:47pm – Tomlinson claims a second scalp at the Ageas Bowl, ousting Moeen Ali lbw for 12, and it is hard to see anything other than a Hampshire win on the south coast at the moment providing there is no rain.
Meanwhile, Somerset have a big breakthrough; Troughton plays loosely outside off and is caught behind off Alfonso Thomas to leave Warwickshire 65 for three.
2:35pm – Derbyshire lose their first wicket with only two on the board as Billy Godleman departs lbw to Fletcher.
Lancashire are looking good for a first-innings lead at Emirates Old Trafford following that trio of afternoon drops from Kent. Ashwell Prince is nearing a fifty, while Karl Brown has 70 to his name.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Prior miscues a pull off Jade Dernbach to be held at mid-off for 62 from 45 deliveries. Rory Hamilton-Brown, facing Surrey for the first time since relinquishing their captaincy and leaving the Kia Oval last year, is applauded by the crowd as he makes his way to the middle. Dernbach greets him with a bouncer.
2:30pm – With the exception of a lofted four over mid-on from Troughton off the left-arm spin of Jack Leach, Warwickshire’s progress remains slow. Laurie Evans is digging in alongside his skipper.
Derbyshire are under way in their second innings against Notts, while Sussex continue to score at a healthy lick. Surrey certainly need a spark from somewhere.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: WICKET: Smith c Root b Bresnan 4 – 127-2 (41 overs) Bresnan bags two in one over.
2:19pm – Yorkshire have a wicket at last! With spots of rain starting to fall at the Emirates Durham ICG, Jennings is caught behind off Tim Bresnan for 48, the England seamer’s fifth wicket of the match.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Prior races to a stunning fifty from 36 balls with eight fours and a swept six off Gareth Batty. Prior is continuing his fine form from New Zealand. Wells then straight-drives Tremlett for four, taking him to a career-best 175 not out.
Dear oh dear. Kent are struggling… @LancsCCC on Twitter: Third drop after lunch! Northeast drops Brown (61) who edged to gully. Lancs 140-3.
@derbyshireccc on Twitter: WICKET! Groenewald traps Gurney lbw with the next delivery to dismiss Notts for 443, a lead of 187 runs.
2:10pm – As soon as that last update was published, Derbyshire finally found a way to oust Taylor. The diminutive batsman top-edged David Wainwright to mid-off, ending a fine innings of 112.
Worcestershire’s Matthew Pardoe has also fallen, for a 53-ball six. Hampshire are firmly in the driving seat at the Ageas Bowl.
2:09pm – Taylor and Luke Fletcher have put on more than 50 for Nottinghamshire’s ninth wicket, taking their lead towards 200 in the process.
Yorkshire’s search for a wicket continues, with Keaton Jennings on the brink of following opening partner Stoneman to a half-century, while Sussex are now ahead – and still only three down!
There have been no wickets since lunch in Division Two, which means Gloucestershire’s hopes of avoiding an innings loss have been boosted. They are four down and currently trail Northamptonshire by 87, with Alex Gidman a half-centurion.
@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Durham have gone up a gear after lunch – they are now on 115-0 (36 overs) Stoneman 70* Jennings 43*. Their lead is now 175 runs.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Prior has been given a life on 18. Vikram Solanki put the England Test wicketkeeper-batsman down at midwicket off the luckless Tim Linley, who has been Surrey’s outstanding bowler. Sussex are less than 25 behind on first innings.
1:53pm – In addition to the two missed chances mentioned below, Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton has been given a life at Taunton, with Marcus Trescothick failing to take a low chance at second slip off Alfonso Thomas.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: ANOTHER DROP! This time Prince gets away with one after edging it to first slip.
@LancsCCC on Twitter: ?Brown moves past 50 but is lucky to do so with Davies dropping at mid-on. Lancs are now on 127-3.
1:46pm – It has not taken James Taylor long after lunch to bring up his 14th first-class century. That’s quite a tally for a player still only 23 years old. Derbyshire are going to have a major task on their hands when they come out to bat again.
Mark Stoneman has passed 50 for Durham, who now lead Yorkshire by 153 with all 10 second-innings wickets intact.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: The hail shower has passed here and play has resumed after a 40-minute break. Matt Prior, in his first innings since a Test-series-saving hundred versus New Zealand, has joined centurion Luke Wells in the middle.
Somerset’s tight new-ball bowling gains further reward as Chopra is pinned lbw by Trego for 13.
Taylor takes lunch on 93, with Notts 163 ahead and firmly in control on 419 for eight.
Worcestershire have crawled to five without loss from eight overs at the second time of asking. They are going to have to bat long if they are to prevent Hampshire from wrapping up victory.
Here’s a look at how things stand in all seven games as lunch is taken across the country:
Nottinghamshire are 419 for eight at Derby, 163 ahead of Derbyshire.Durham are 84 without loss in their second innings at the Emirates Durham ICG and lead Yorkshire by 144.Sussex are 300 for three in reply to Surrey’s 351 at the Kia Oval.Warwickshire are 24 for two at Taunton, having bowled out Somerset for 406.
Lancashire are 120 for three replying to Kent’s 244 at Emirates Old Trafford.Gloucestershire are 111 for four in their second innings at Bristol and trail Northamptonshire by 101.Worcestershire are five without loss in their second innings against Hampshire, having followed on 294 behind at the Ageas Bowl.
12:52pm – Warwickshire were being made to work very hard for their runs, but successive cover-driven fours from Varun Chopra off Peter Trego have lifted the scoring rate. Jamie Overton is looking very impressive, it has to be said.
Hamish Marshall has failed to halt Gloucestershire’s slide towards defeat, exiting for four at the hands of veteran Northants all-rounder Andrew Hall.
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Joyce emphatically pulls Jade Dernbach for four to reach 97. Then, after a period of calm, Wells exquisitely cover-drives Zander de Bruyn to the rope. That shot heralds Wells’ 150, the 200 partnership and Sussex’s 300. However, in the next over Joyce, playing forward, is bowled for 98 by off-spinner Gareth Batty. Matt Prior comes to the middle, but hail forces the players off at 300 for three before another ball can be bowled. That will almost certainly see lunch taken.
12:39pm – Durham’s top-order have come in for criticism recently, but Stoneman and Keaton Jennings arePaul Collingwood’s side into a very promising position against Yorkshire. The young opening pair have now put on 70 to extend their team’s advantage to 130.
Nottinghamshire’s Taylor has 85 and will hope numbers 10 and 11 can hang around to help him to a century.
Worcestershire have predictably been made to follow on by Hampshire, who picked up five wickets for 47 this morning.
12:25pm – Worcestershire are all out for 206 to concede a first-innings deficit of 294.
At Derby, Broad’s incident-packed innings has been brought to an end on 41. Andre Adams, who hobbled out of Notts’ attack on day one, came out with Riki Wessels as his runner but was soon heading back to the pavilion after edging the first ball he faced to slip!
Anderson is out as well, lbw to Charlie Shreck for a very useful 26. That means Lancashire are 98 for three.
And to add to the flurry of wickets, Chris Dent has been bowled by David Willey for exactly 50. Gloucestershire are 90 for three and need 122 more to make Northamptonshire bat again.
12:18pm – This is not the start Warwickshire wanted with the bat. Will Porterfield plays a dreadful shot, chipping an innocuous Jamie Overton delivery straight into the hands of mid-off!
Elsewhere, Briggs has removed Richard Jones to leave Worcestershire nine down.
@TrentBridge on Twitter: Broad dropped for the second time by Groenewald, he moves on to 28*. #DerbysvNotts
@DurhamCricket on Twitter: That’s the 50 up! @mark26stone 28* & @JetJennings 22* going along nicely. 51-0 #LVCC
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Joyce and Wells have negotiated the new ball for the first hour and extended their stand to 150. The former was almost caught by Gary Wilson off Chris Tremlett. Wilson dived to his left at second slip to make a one-handed stop that would have been a stunning catch had the ball carried. Wells has played the shot of the day at the Kia Oval, sweetly cover-driving Linley for four.
12:04pm – Poor old Buttler is left stranded on 119 as Clarke bowls Jack Leach via a deflection before having Jamie Overton caught at first slip off a snorting lifter that took the edge and bounced up off the wicketkeeper’s gloves. That’s an admirable fightback from Warwickshire, who claimed six wickets for 70 after Somerset had reached 336 for four yesterday evening.
Stuart Broad, meanwhile, is offering good support to James Taylor at Derby, reaching 26 not out as his Nottinghamshire team-mate nears a hundred.
11:49am – Buttler really is a special talent and has just played a quite magnificent straight drive to collect four more for Somerset, who now have maximum bonus points.
However, Alfonso Thomas is out for 11 having played on to the tireless Rikki Clarke.
Worcestershire could well find themselves following on at the Ageas Bowl; Michael Johnson’s departure to Sean Ervine has been quickly followed by Danny Briggs trapping Gareth Andrew lbw, leaving the Pears 189 for eight in reply to 500 for nine declared.
11:42am – Messrs Wells and Joyce continue to defy Surrey’s attack and Sussex are now little more than 100 behind, having lost just two first-innings wickets.
Anderson and Karl Brown are also offering stubborn resistance at Emirates Old Trafford, where Lancashire are now 73 for two, while Durham’s lead is fast approaching three figures.
11:29am – A glorious cover-driven four off Woakes takes Jos Buttler past 100 at Taunton. The young wicketkeeper-batsman has played beautifully.
Worcestershire are now six down against Hampshire – and still more than 300 in arrears – after Neil Pinner fell lbw to James Tomlinson.
11:26am – Derbyshire have a wicket! Chris Read has edged behind off Tim Groenewald to depart for 33.
11:24am – Aided by Jonny Bairstow’s drop of Mark Stoneman, Durham have moved along fairly swiftly this morning. Yorkshire could really do with a wicket there.
Another Division One team in need of a breakthrough is Derbyshire, who now trail Nottinghamshire by 76 and still have half of their visitors’ batting order to dismiss.
In the second tier, James Anderson appears to be living up to his tag of ‘the Burnley Lara’. Lancashire’s nightwatchman is into double figures!
ecb.co.uk’s Rob Barnett at Surrey v Sussex: Despite a mixed weather forecast at the Kia Oval, play has begun on time with Jade Dernbach and Tim Linley sharing the second new ball that was immediately available this morning. Centurion Luke Wells and his captain Ed Joyce have begun well as Sussex seek a first-innings lead.
11:12am – Warwickshire finished strongly with the ball yesterday and have picked up a quick wicket this morning, with Craig Overton falling plumb lbw playing across the line to a length delivery from Chris Woakes, who now has three scalps to his name. If you want to watch the action from Taunton, it’s being broadcast live on Sky Sports 1.
?@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Bairstow drops Stoneman off Bresnan’s 4th ball. Looked a regulation catch. 11-0 (2 overs)
11:03am – And the first wicket of the day goes to Northamptonshire’s Trent Copeland, who has had Dan Housego caught behind down the leg side for six to increase Gloucestershire’s woes. The Bristol hosts trail by 178 with eight second-innings wickets in hand.
10:55am – Elsewhere in Division One, Durham will look to build on the 60-run first-innings lead they have over Yorkshire, Sussex have the opportunity to go beyond Surrey’s total at the Kia Oval and Nottinghamshire will hope to cement their position of strength at Derby.
In Division Two, Hampshire and Northamptonshire are currently on course for victories, while the game between Lancashire and Kent remains tough to call, with a slow scoring rate and rain ensuring little progress has been made thus far.
10:45am – There is plenty to look out for today, not least the possibility of a Jos Buttler hundred in the televised fixture at Taunton. Somerset’s wicketkeeper-batsman is unbeaten on 90 and will be keen to take his side up to and beyond 400 this morning.
Unlike the other six matches, which have already seen two days of action, that game is about to enter its second day of four.
10:30am – Morning all. I wonder what the latest day of LV= County Championship action has in store for us?
Here’s a quick reminder of how things stand in all seven ongoing fixtures:
Yorkshire were 177 all out in reply to Durham`s 237 at the Emirates Durham ICG.Nottinghamshire are 325 for five at Derby and lead Derbyshire by 69 runs.Sussex are 204 for two replying to Surrey’s 351 at the Kia Oval.Somerset are 358 for six against Warwickshire at Taunton.
Lancashire are 43 for two replying to Kent’s 244 at Emirates Old Trafford.Gloucestershire are 34 for one in their second innings at Bristol, trailing Northamptonshire by 178 runs.Worcestershire are 159 for five replying to Hampshire’s 500 for nine declared at the Ageas Bowl.
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