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5:10pm – That concludes an exciting second round of LV= County Championship matches that has seen wins for Warwickshire, Middlesex, Glamorgan and Northamptonshire. Here are today’s results:
Surrey drew with Somerset at the Kia Oval.Warwickshire beat Durham by 318 runs at Edgbaston.
Glamorgan beat Worcestershire by 10 wickets at the SWALEC Stadium.Leicestershire drew with Kent at Grace Road.
4:55pm – The games at the Kia Oval and Grace Road have been drawn.
RESULT! Somerset (384 & 251/9d) have drawn with Surrey (366/9d) at the Kia Oval: Buttler, who hit Gary Keedy for six and four earlier in the over to move to 94, was caught by Gareth Batty to herald the draw. Dockrell was unbeaten on two from 65 deliveries. Stuart Meaker ended with 5-60.
RESULT! Kent (406 & 213/2d) drew with Leicestershire (495) at Grace Road: Key was unbeaten on 104 and Michael Powell two when the sides shook hands.
4:38pm – Jigar Naik snares Nash for 62, ending a 124-run stand with Key shortly before Kent’s 200 arrives. Key soon reaches three figures with a four off Michael Thornely.
Somerset’s George Dockrell is taking no chances, so far digging in for two from 64 balls. Meanwhile, Jos Buttler is progressing smoothly and has moved into the eighties.
4:10pm – Play has resumed at the Kia Oval and Grace Road. It is hard to see either game not being drawn.
Brendan Nash reaches his second fifty of the game soon after tea before he and Rob Key, who is into the eighties, bring up a century stand and take Kent’s lead to three figures.
3:44pm – It’s tea in the remaining two games. Somerset are 215 for eight in their second innings, 233 ahead of Surrey. Kent are 151 for one in their second dig, leading Leicestershire by 62.
The Warwickshire-Durham report can be found via this link.
3:23pm – Meaker has three wickets in as many overs to leave Somerset 208 for eight. After Buttler raises a half-century, the seamer bowls Alfonso Thomas for nought and traps Jamie Overton in front. With a lead of 226, surely the visitors are safe though?
@leicsccc on Twitter: UPDATE: Key is dropped off Williams and moves to a 124-ball 50, Kent 131-1 after 40 overs
3pm – RESULT! Warwickshire (345 & 351/8d) beat Durham (284 & 94) by 318 runs: The defending Division One champions have completed a resounding win over Durham, their first victory at the second attempt this season. The visitors to Edgbaston recovered from 50 for six in the first innings but have slumped to 94 all out second time round. The last two wickets came in as many overs, Jeetan Patel removing Graham Onions and Chris Woakes ousting Phil Mustard for 28. Wright took 6-31 from 16 overs.
Gareth Batty snares Petersen for 91, ending a stand with Buttler worth 111 and a sublime Somerset debut by the the South Africa batsman. Stuart Meaker gets rid of Peter Trego in the next over, but a positive result in London remains improbable.
2:48pm – Petersen and Jos Buttler have shared an unbroken century alliance as a draw looms at the Kia Oval. Petersen is closing on a second hundred of the game and Buttler a fifty.
2:25pm – Warwickshire are closing in on victory as Chris Wright has first-innings centurion Scott Borthwick and Callum Thorp caught behind to leave Durham 77 for eight. Wright now has six second-innings wickets.
At Grace Road Shiv Thakor has had Sam Northeast caught behind for 32, ending a 74-run opening stand with Rob Key. However, the visitors soon take the lead.
2pm – There have been no wickets since lunch, which is particularly good news for Durham who are the most likely team still playing to suffer defeat.
Somerset’s lead over Surrey is now more than 150, so a draw remains odds-on.
1:42pm – Play has resumed at all three remaining games. Keep here for updates throughout the afternoon.
1pm – Alviro Petersen, who hit 167 in the first innings, brings up another fifty with consecutive fours off Stuart Meaker on the stroke of lunch. Durham reach the interval six down and Kent are 52 without loss versus Leicestershire in a game seemingly destined for a draw. Here are the lunchtime scores:
Somerset are 110 for four in their second innings, 128 ahead of Surrey at the Kia Oval.Durham are 48 for six, needing 413 to beat Warwickshire, at Edgbaston.
Glamorgan beat Worcestershire by 10 wickets at the SWALEC Stadium.Kent are 52 without loss in their second innings, 37 behind Leicestershire at Grace Road.
For the Glamorgan-Worcestershire report, click here.
12:35pm – Surrey have a sniff of an improbable win as Zander de Bruyn has Craig Kieswetter lbw for one, leaving Somerset 82 for four – 100 ahead in their second innings.
Durham have suffered what is likely a terminal blow in their quest to avoid defeat to Warwickshire, with Chris Woakes snaring Paul Collingwood for five. Collingwood’s side, who need to bat all day, are in tatters at 37 for six.
RESULT! Worcestershire (123 & 207) lost to Glamorgan (295 & 36/0) by 10 wickets: Glamorgan have condemned Worcestershire to their first defeat back in Division Two. Needing 36 to win, Ben Wright dominated his opening stand with Will Bragg by hitting an unbeaten 30 off 32 balls.
Surrey spinner Gareth Batty has snared James Hildreth lbw for a run-a-ball 21 at the Kia Oval, but Somerset’s lead is 99.
12:05pm- Warwickshire are into their stride at Edgbaston, with Keith Barker trapping Ben Stokes lbw for eight to leave Durham wobbling on 29 for five.
Leicestershire’s first innings has ended on 495, a lead of 89, after Charlie Shreck dismissed Robbie Williams and Matthew Hoggard in the same over.
11:50am – Glamorgan require just 36 for victory after dismissing Worcestershire for a second-innings 207. Allenby bowled David Lucas and then trapped Chris Russell lbw in the space of three balls before Hogan wrapped up the innings by having Gareth Andrew caught by Marcus North for 10. Allenby returned excellent figures of 4-27 off 20 overs.
Durham’s top-order frailties are once again evident at Edgbaston, where Wright has removed Will Smith and Dale Benkenstein in quick succession to leave them 23 for four, while Meaker has a second wicket for Surrey after bowling England batsman Nick Compton for 16.
11:35am – Rory Burns’ reward for his century yesterday was to launch the 2013 Surrey Cricket Board raffle with Sir Trevor McDonald.
We also have a wicket at Grace Road! Shiv Thakor’s excellent innings has come to an end on 114 after the youngster was caught by Brendan Nash off Mark Davies. No sign of a declaration there yet.
11:25am – After a steady start for the batsmen, the bowlers have struck back in three of the four remaining fixtures.
Glamorgan’s victory charge is well under way at the SWALEC Stadium as Worcestershire lose two wickets in four balls. Thilan Samaraweera provides Michael Hogan with a return catch to depart for 79 and Michael Johnson follows, edging Jim Allenby to first slip.
Durham’s aspirations of batting out the final day at Edgbaston have also suffered a setback as Chris Wright claims his second scalp, having Mark Stoneman caught behind by Tim Ambrose to leave the visitors 11 for two.
Stuart Meaker has removed Somerset opening batsman Marcus Trescothick at the Kia Oval.
10:55am – The sun is shining across the country and play is about to start.
@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Sunny day in Cardiff,hope Sam and Jono can bat till lunch,interesting days cricket ahead.
10:45am – Glamorgan, boosted by Will Bragg’s double strike last night, go in search of some quick scalps at the SWALEC Stadium this morning. Worcestershire are just 14 runs ahead with five wickets remaining, with experienced Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 71.
Durham’s batsmen, chasing an unlikely victory target of 413, will be tested at Edgbaston, where defending champions Warwickshire need nine wickets to secure their first championship win of the season.
A dramatic Somerset collapse would give Graeme Smith an outside chance of leading Surrey to a win in his first game as captain, while Leicestershire and Kent are likely to have to manufacture a run-chase to secure a result.
10:30am – Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live blog coverage of the LV= County Championship. After Middlesex and Northamptonshire secured convincing victories, Glamorgan and Warwickshire will be hoping to follow suit on the fourth and final day, with the games at the Kia Oval and Grace Road likely to result in a draw. Here is a reminder of the scores.
Somerset are six without loss in their second innings, 24 ahead of Surrey at the Kia Oval.Durham are 11 for one, needing 413 to beat Warwickshire, at Edgbaston.
Worcestershire are 186 for five in their second innings at the SWALEC Stadium and lead Glamorgan by 14.Leicestershire are 452 for seven in reply to Kent’s 406 at Grace Road.
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