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Gary Smee

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  1. Stumps - day one

    That's me done for today.

    I'll be back tomorrow when another three County Championship matches start.

    In Division One, Durham play Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street and Lancashire host Warwickshire.

    Derbyshire play Worcestershire in Division Two.

    Until then, goodbye.

  2. Close of play

    Essex 266-9 v Leicestershire

    I'm not quite sure what took so long, but the decision has been made and it's stumps at Chelmsford.

    Leicestershire fought back well with three late wickets, while no Essex batsman could really kick on.

    Ravi Bopara top scored with 61. The Division Two leaders will need to bowl well tomorrow.

  3. Awaiting news from Chelmsford

    Essex 266-9 v Leicestershire - bad light stopped play


    So, we're now just waiting to see what happens at Essex where they've been off for bad light for the last 30 minutes or so.

    I'll bring you news as soon as I have it.

  4. Close of play

    Surrey 299-8 v Notts

    Surrey captain Gareth Batty and Stuart Meaker see out the last few overs after the double blow of losing Tom Curran and Steve Davies to successive deliveries.

    They'll resume in the morning needing one more run to earn a third batting bonus point.

    You'd say it was an even day at The Oval - Nottinghamshire will be disappointed with that big partnership between Davies and Curran, but they're still in a decent position.


    T20 Blast

    Chris Gayle

    It was something of a formality once Chris Gayle got into his stride, but Somerset are home with 26 balls to spare at a rather damp Taunton.

    Mahela Jayawardene also came to the party - the Sri Lankan made an unbeaten 45 as Somerset reached 136-4.

  6. WICKET Davies (b Hutton 82)

    Surrey 284-8 v Notts

    They say one brings two and that's now the case at The Oval where Steve Davies follows Tom Curran next ball.

    Brett Hutton the man this time who gets through his defences, 18 short of a century.

    The match situation has suddenly shifted once again late in the day in the capital.

  7. Bad light stops play

    Essex 266-9 v Leicestershire

    The bad weather is working its way across the country, and while it may not be raining at Chelmsford, it's got pretty gloomy in Essex.

    The players go off for bad light with the Division Two leaders nine down.

  8. WICKET T Curran (b Ball 52)

    Surrey 284-7 v Notts

    Ah, but now Tom Curran is gone as Jake Ball bowls him for 52.

    It's Ball's 25th County Championship wicket of the season.

  9. T20 games abandoned

    Duckworth-Lewis comes into play

    As expected, the games have been called off at Headingley and Edgbaston.

    Yorkshire win by one run against Derbyshire having reached 67-3 off nine overs in pursuit of 154.

    Birmingham Bears beat Lancashire Lightning by 18 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method having reduced their opponents to 39-4 with a target of 145.

  10. Tom Curran hits fifty

    Surrey 284-6 v Notts

    Back to the County Championship for a moment as Tom Curran brings up his third four-day fifty of the summer.

    It's been such an important knock by the 21-year-old having come to the crease when Surrey were 172-6.

    Curran and Steve Davies (82 not out) have now put on 112 for the seventh wicket.


    T20 Blast

    And now he's out! Chris Gayle tries to hit Hampshire spinner Will Smith to Exeter but misses and is bowled for 52.

    The Taunton crowd were treated to a semi-special innings by the World Boss though! Somerset are 100-3 and 34 shy of victory.

  12. Fifty for Chris Gayle

    T20 Blast

    This man is just a phenomenon. In the Taunton drizzle, Chris Gayle brings up his first fifty of this year's stint with Somerset off 37 balls.

    The big West Indian has smashed four fours and three big sixes.

    Somerset are 95-2 off 11 overs and cruising to their target of 134 against Hampshire. 

  13. Gayle force!

    T20 Blast

    I'll let this Tweet from Somerset do the talking, but I can sum it up in one word...HUGE.

  14. WICKET Quinn (c Eckersley b Shreck 5)

    Essex 250-9 v Leicestershire

    It's Groundhog Day at Chelmsford as Matt Quinn gives wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley his third catch in the last few overs and Charlie Shreck picks up his fourth wicket.

    Essex have at least brought up their second batting bonus point, but it looks like they're going to be all out for a below-par score here.

  15. World boss warming up

    T20 Blast

    Chris Gayle

    Chris Gayle was looking fairly sedate for the first few overs at Taunton. But he then takes a shine to fellow West Indian Tino Best and launches him over extra cover for a maximum.

    Gayle is up to 20 and Somerset are 50-2 chasing 134 against Hampshire.

    It's still raining in the other two matches at Edgbaston and Headingley.

  16. WICKET Foster (c Eckersley b Shreck 21)

    Essex 244-8 v Leicestershire

    And another one goes at Chelmsford. This time James Foster nicks giant paceman Charlie Shreck to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley and Essex are eight down.

  17. WICKET Ten Doeschate (c Eckersley b Dexter 42)

    Essex 232-7 v Leicestershire

    Oh my word, I need to stop saying players are looking good, because Ryan ten Doeschate is now out.

    The Essex captain edges Neil Dexter behind and goes for 42. As with Dan Lawrence earlier, I can only apologise.

    Commentator's curse.

  18. Essex fight back after tea

    Essex 230-6 v Leicestershire

    I haven't updated you from Chelmsford since tea, and that's because there isn't too much to report, other than Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster are rebuilding for Essex.

    Ten Doeschate is 42 off 47 and looking dangerous. Great stuff from the Essex skipper following the loss of Ravi Bopara before the interval.

    Ryan ten Doeschate
  19. Rain stops play in T20 Blast

    Oh dear, they're off at Edgbaston and Headingley with both games intriguingly poised.

    Lancashire and England's Jos Buttler was out for nought just before the rain arrived in Birmingham to leave his side 39-4. Lightning are currently behind the D/L rate - they needed to be at 57.

    Yorkshire were 67-3, chasing 154 against Derbyshire, when the players went off.

    At Taunton, they're still on in the gloom - Chris Gayle is three off six balls with Somerset 18-1 chasing 134 against Hampshire.

    Jim Allenby the man to go for Somerset.

  20. Davies & Curran going strong

    Surrey 247-6 v Notts

    Tom Curran has turned into such an important player with bat and ball for Surrey.

    The 21-year-old came to the middle with Surrey in a bit of trouble on 172-6 but he's moved to 29 and put on 79 with Steve Davies.

    Davies is now beginning to motor - he hits Brett Hutton for back-to-back boundaries to go to 73 not out.