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Summary

  1. Division Two leaders Essex secure promotion
  2. Division One leaders Middlesex in control v Lancashire
  3. Somerset take control against defending champions Yorkshire

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's that for the night

    Essex celebrate

    And once again we will draw our own stumps at the end of another enthralling day of action.

    All set up for another intriguing day tomorrow and we'll kick off our coverage from just before 10:30.

    Catch up with all of today's reports on the counties page of the BBC Sport website.

    Until then - thanks for being with us.

  2. Close of play scores

    So that final wicket at Hove completes the day's action.

    Here's how things look across the grounds after day two...

    Division One:

    Durham (401) lead Surrey (299-7) by 102 runs

    Lancashire (102-5) trail Middlesex (327) by 225 runs

    Yorkshire (145 & 57-3) trail Somerset (390) by 188 runs

    Division Two:

    Derbyshire (307) lead Leicestershire (228-8) by 79 runs

    Essex (276-6) trail Glamorgan (286) by 11 runs

    Northamptonshire (326 & 44-0) lead Gloucestershire (261) by 109 runs

    Sussex (229 & 13-1) require 259 more runs to beat Worcestershire (306 & 194)

  3. WICKET Nash (c Cox b Leach) 5

    Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229 & 13-1

    And yet another wicket falls at Hove on a day that's seen 17 of them tumble.

    Chris Nash fails to see it through the last four overs and Joe Leach has him caught behind off the final delivery of a very eventful and very long day's play.

  4. One game still standing

    Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229 & 0-0

  5. Close of play at Chester-le-Street

    Durham 401 v Surrey 299-7

    That is that for the day up in the north east.

    Durham took a flurry of late wickets to pin Surrey's first innings back from 264-3 to 288-7 after Jason Roy's earlier explosive century.

    The visitors will go into day three still 102 runs behind.

  6. Worcestershire dismissed for 194

    Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229

    David Wiese wraps up the Worcestershire second innings at Hove as he bowls Charlie Morris for a duck.

    Sussex will require 272 with two-and-a-bit days to chase them to win that Division Two contest.

  7. Ten-wicket haul for Steve Magoffin

    Worcestershire 306 & 193-9 v Sussex 229

    Been plenty of wickets falling at Hove today and now 10 of them in the match have gone to Sussex seamer Steve Magoffin.

    A second five-for for the right-armer in the process...

    Still a few more overs to bowl down there tonight where Worcestershire's lead is now a very imposing 270 runs. 

  8. Close of play at Chelmsford

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 275-6

    James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate

    And that's the close at a very happy Chelmsford where the game itself is now very nicely poised with two days to go.

    Ryan ten Doeschate finishes the day unbeaten on 109 and his current partnership with James Foster (pictured above) is worth 90 runs.

    The new Division Two champions trail by 11 runs.

  9. Just time to join the party

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 275-6

    Just time for BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra to head over for the closing overs on day two at a sun-drenched Chelmsford....

  10. Close of play at Headingley

    Yorkshire 145 & 57-3 v Somerset 390

    Time up in Leeds for the day and it's been another good one for Somerset.

    Firstly they built themselves a commanding first-innings lead thanks to contributions throughout and then their bowlers claimed three big scalps.

    Yorkshire will go into day three with their hopes of securing a third successive title very much in tatters.

    They're still 188 runs behind with seven second-innings wickets remaining.

    Gary Ballance bowled
  11. Late rally from Durham

    Durham 401 v Surrey 287-6

    While all those celebrations were going on down south, Durham were fighting back strong in the north east.

    Surrey centurion Jason Roy has departed for 120 in 165 balls. 

    The visitors have lost three wickets for just 12 runs towards the end of the second day, which just about tips this game back in Durham's favour.

  12. 100 for Ryan ten Doeschate

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 264-6

    And the celebrations continue at Chelmsford.

    Captain Ryan ten Doeschate brings up a splendid century moments after his side sealed promotion back to Division One for the first time since 2010.

    It's come from 137 balls with 11 boundaries.

  13. Close of play at Old Trafford

    Middlesex 327 v Lancashire 102-5

    No more play possible today in Manchester after that earlier bad light and rain.

    They'll come again from 10:30 tomorrow.

  14. ESSEX PROMOTED TO DIVISION ONE

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 256-6

  15. Start the promotion party!

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 250-6

    Nick Webb

    BBC Radio Wales at Chelmsford

    Essex celebrate

    "It's promotion with a game to spare for the Essex boys with captain Ryan ten Doeschate launching their revival against Glamorgan and taking them to the 250 mark for the fifth bonus point they needed as he neared his century.

    "Adam Wheater (59) shared a century stand for the sixth wicket with ten Doeschate while the experienced James Foster has been the skipper's next partner in a half-century partnership.

    "Six wins from 14 starts before this game is more than anyone else, so Essex are deserved champions.

    "Glamorgan have stuck to their task gamely in the Mediterranean temperatures but they've been the guests at the party, despite Craig Meschede's early three-wicket blitz."

  16. BreakingESSEX PROMOTED TO DIVISION ONE

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 250-6

    A single into the legside from captain Ryan ten Doeschate off Owen Morgan is the moment that secures the Division Two title for Essex.

    Cue celebrations in the evening sunshine at Chelmsford.

  17. WICKET Gale (b Groenewald) 2

    Yorkshire 145 & 37-3 v Somerset 390

    Yorkshire find themselves in deeper trouble towards the end of this second day.

    Andrew Gale is yorked by Tim Groenewald and now the defending champions are a long way behind title-pretenders Somerset.

    Gayle bowled
  18. Gloucestershire dismissed for 261

    Northamptonshire 326 v Gloucestershire 261

    Quickly back to Wantage Road in Division Two, where some lusty late-order hitting from the visitors has got them a second batting point.

    Northants take a handy lead of 65 runs into the second innings with seven overs to face this evening.

  19. Essex 10 runs away from promotion

    Glamorgan 286 v Essex 240-6

    Count them down Essex fans. Promotion back to Division One is just 10 runs away.

  20. Ansari departs for Surrey

    Durham 401 v Surrey 264-4

    Durham finally manage to break Surrey's fourth-wicket partnership between Jason Roy and Zafar Ansari.

    Ansari falls two short of a half-century as double centurion Keaton Jennings turns his hand to wicket-taking.

    Paul Collingwood snaffles a catch off his medium pacers. That partnership was worth 164 runs for Surrey.