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Summary

  1. Div One leaders Middlesex defeat Durham
  2. Lancashire 204 ahead in Roses match
  3. Notts set target of 468 to beat Hants
  4. 1000 Ch'ship runs for Jennings & Madsen
  5. Rob Newton makes double ton for Northants

Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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  1. Signing off

    Well, my first day back at work after holiday is over, and what a day it's been.

    Middlesex tightened their grip on the Division One title race with an innings win over Durham, while Hampshire and Surrey set Notts and Warwickshire big final-day targets, and Lancashire are 204 to the good in the Roses match, with all 10 second-innings wickets remaining.

    Rob Newton of Northants took the day's batting honours with an unbeaten 202 against Leicestershire, and there were centuries for Sussex's Ben Brown and Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman.

    Godleman's team-mate Wayne Madsen was one of two men to pass 1,000 Championship runs for the season, but Durham's Keaton Jennings pipped him to the milestone.

    In Division Two, Sussex are close to victory over Gloucestershire, leaders Essex are firm favourites to beat Derbyshire, and there is an intriguing finish in prospect between Worcestershire and Glamorgan.

    Day four looks like being a good one, so don't forget to join us again from about 10:40 BST.

  2. Close of play round-up

    Here's how things look at the end of day three:

    Division One

    Lancashire 494 & 70-0 v Yorkshire 360

    Lancashire lead by 204

    Durham 204 & 252 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

    Middlesex won by an innings and 80 runs

    Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec v Nottinghamshire 245 & 42-2

    Nottinghamshire need another 426 for victory

    Surrey 252 & 390 v Warwickshire 247 & 2-1

    Warwickshire need another 394 for victory

    Division Two

    Essex 530-9 dec v Derbyshire 165 & 213-5 (following on)

    Derbyshire need another 152 to avoid defeat

    Leicestershire 519 & 49-0 v Northamptonshire 397-7 dec

    Leicestershire lead by 171

    Gloucestershire 367 & 149-8 v Sussex 527

    Gloucestershire need another 11 to avoid innings defeat

    Worcestershire 163 & 393 v Glamorgan 280 & 16-1

    Glamorgan need another 261 for victory

  3. Glos deny Sussex three-day win

    Gloucestershire 367 & 149-8 v Sussex 527

    Sussex will have to come back on the final morning to try and polish off Gloucestershire after the Taylors - Jack (52 not out) and Matt (four) - survive the extra half hour at Hove. The visitors need another 11 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

  4. Taylor bring up half-century

    Gloucestershire 367 & 148-8 v Sussex 527

    Jack Taylor wallops back-to-back sixes off Luke Wells to reach a 64-ball fifty. It's likely to be in a losing cause, but he's providing some early evening entertainment in the extra half hour at Hove.

  5. Foxes still 'have a sniff'

    Leicestershire 519 & 49-0 v Northamptonshire 397-7 dec

    Leicestershire are 171 ahead against Northants despite Rob Newton's unbeaten 202 for the home side at Wantage Road. 

    Here's what all-rounder Ben Raine told BBC Radio Leicester at close of play:

    "We were hoping and expecting there to be a few more 'ugly' balls today, but it didn't work out that way, the pitch played very flat, but it was still one hell of a knock by Newton.

    "We thought we'd be bowling all day and some of tomorrow, but it's an interesting declaration and it throws the game open again - if we can push on and get 300 plus ahead, with 60 or 70 overs remaining, it gives us a sniff as well as them..

    "It could be an exciting final day. If we're without Clint McKay it would be a big miss for us, but the rest of us will have to step up."

  6. Sussex press for victory

    Gloucestershire 367 & 132-8 v Sussex 527

    Play is done and dusted for the day - except at Hove, where Sussex have enforced the extra half hour in the hope of forcing a three-day victory. They only need one more wicket as Liam Norwell cannot bat because of concussion, but Jack Taylor has hit three fours in an over off spinner Danny Briggs. Gloucestershire need another 28 to at least avoid an innings defeat.

  7. Lancashire in driving seat

    Lancashire 494 & 70-0 v Yorkshire 360

    Job done by Lancashire's openers who survive the final 21 overs of play to extend the lead over Yorkshire to 204, with Tom Smith 35 not out and Haseeb Hameed on 30. They will look to accelerate on the final morning in search of a declaration and hope their bowlers can give the Yorkshire batsmen an uncomfortable time. With leaders Middlesex winning, both sides need a victory.

  8. Curran wicket gives Surrey edge

    Surrey 252 & 390 v Warwickshire 247 & 2-1

    Left with just two overs to face at the end of play at Edgbaston, Warwickshire lose opener Ian Westwood, who is lbw to Tom Curran for a duck. They will need another 394 to win on the final day, a tall order against a strong Surrey attack. Varun Chopra and nightwatchman Chris Wright are the not out batsmen overnight.

  9. BreakingMIDDLESEX BEAT DURHAM BY AN INNINGS AND 80 RUNS

    Durham 204 & 252 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

    Spinner Ollie Rayner has Graham Onions caught at mid-on for 34 to finish with figures of 5-85 as Division One leaders Middlesex record their fourth win of the season with a day to spare. There is daylight between them and the rest now - could the title be on its way to lord's for the first time in 23 years?

    Durham's defeat is only their second of the summer, but they are now 40 points behind Middlesex, albeit with a game in hand.

    Ollie Rayner
  10. WICKET Van Buuren (lbw Jordan 1)

    Gloucestershire 367 & 112-7 v Sussex 527

    Paceman Chris Jordan has his third wicket of the innings and Gloucestershire are still 48 in arrears, with only two wickets remaining as Liam Norwell cannot bat because of concussion.

  11. Bears face big run-chase

    Surrey 252 & 390 v Warwickshire 247

    Off-spinner Jeetan Patel has Surrey last man Mark Footitt caught for seven, giving him figures of 3-126 and 7-184 in the game. It means Warwickshire face a final-innings target of 396.

  12. Wessels goes late for Notts

    Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec v Nottinghamshire 245 & 42-2

    The day's final delivery at Trent Bridge sees Riki Wessels superbly taken at slip by Will Smith as leg-spinner Mason Crane makes Hampshire's second breakthrough. Notts need another 426 on the final day for victory, and Steven Mullaney will resume on 18 not out.

  13. WICKET Wood (c Eskinazi b Malan 33)

    Durham 204 & 228-9 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

    The game is almost up for Durham at Lord's as Mark Wood edges to slip. Graham Onions is 19 not out, with only last man Chris Rushworth - who suffered a hand injury earlier in the day - for company.

  14. WICKET Selman (c Cox b Leach 0)

    Worcestershire 163 & 393 v Glamorgan 280 & 12-1

    After hitting an unbeaten 65 to enable Worcestershire to set Glamorgan a target of 277 at New Road, Joe Leach takes off his pads and has Nick Selman caught behind in his opening over with the new ball. This one could be set for an interesting finish tomorrow.

  15. Wright strikes treble blow

    Surrey 252 & 384-9 v Warwickshire 247

    Warwickshire's Chris Wright has had Steven Davies caught by Jeetan Patel for 42 and the following delivery was edged to the keeper by Tom Curran. After denying Wright a hat-trick Gareth Batty hits a six off the aforementioned Mr Patel (off-spinner bragging rights are important after all), but the seamer then has Sam Curran caught behind for 62. Surrey are 389 ahead with one wicket standing. 

  16. Madsen reaches seasonal milestone

    Essex 530-9 dec v Derbyshire 165 & 189-3

    Just a few hours after Durham's Keaton Jennings became the first batsman to reach 1,000 Championship runs this summer, Wayne Madsen of Derbyshire does likewise - the first man in Division Two to do so. The home side need a lot more from him if they are to extricate themselves from this situation after following on. Essex's lead is still 176.

  17. WICKET Coughlin (c Gubbins b Rayner 37)

    Durham 204 & 194-8 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

    Ollie Rayner collects his fourth wicket as Paul Coughlin goes, caught at short leg, and if Middlesex don't finish the job in the 10 overs remaining, the odds are they will ask for the extra half hour.

  18. Curran makes half-century

    Surrey 252 & 363-6 v Warwickshire 247

    Sam Curran is developing rapidly as an all-rounder and after reaching a 44-ball fifty with a single off Jeetan Patel, he celebrates with a six later in the over. His partnership with Steven davies is now worth exactly 100 and Surrey are 370 in front. Will they declare this evening, or wait until tomorrow?

    Sam Curran
  19. Clarke correction

    To anyone who has been following the text commentary all day - yes, I did say earlier on that Worcestershire's Joe Clarke was out for 99. His official score is 98 (see 5:42 entry), so either I need some new spectacles, or his score has been amended following his dismissal. If the former, sorry. If the latter, not my fault. 

  20. Leach hauls Worcs into contention

    Worcs 163 and 388-9 v Glamorgan 280

    BBC Wales' Nick Webb at New Road:

    "Joe Leach has done the home sideproud, with more than a hundred runs in the match plus five wickets, and his hard-hit half-century has extended Glamorgan's fourth-innings target.

    "Graham Wagg's five wickets looked to have put the visitors in control despite Joe Clarke's 98, but the tail-end resistance means Glamorgan will face a demanding run-chase, if not an impossible one on a flat pitch."