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Gary Smee

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  1. Goodbye

    County Championship finale - day two

    Somerset celebrate wicket

    That's all I've got time for today.

    Somerset fans will rest easy knowing their side has pretty much done everything they could to beat Nottinghamshire.

    Middlesex and Yorkshire supporters will probably enjoy a less than comfortable sleep with the game still in the balance.

    However, everything could change tomorrow.

    I'll be back from 10:15 BST with live text coverage from day three. Hope you can join me then.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening.

  2. Close of play scores

    County Championship finale - day two

    Division One:

    Warwickshire 219 & 12-0 v Lancashire 152 - Warwickshire lead by 79 runs

    Somerset 365 & 105-2 v Nottinghamshire 138 - Somerset lead by 332 runs

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 235-6 - Yorkshire trail by 35 runs

    Hampshire 411 v Durham 242-7 - Durham trail by 169 runs

    Division Two:

    Worcestershire 475-7 dec v Derbyshire 15-0 - Derbyshire trail by 460 runs

    Leicestershire 96 & 283 v Glamorgan 199 & 11-1 - Glamorgan need 170 more to win

    Kent 389-7 v Essex 

    Gloucestershire 229 v Sussex 208-4 - Sussex trail by 21 runs

    Click here to view the full scorecards from our eight Championship matches.

  3. Stumps at Lord's

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 235-6

    Tim Bresnan

    Phew, what an absolutely absorbing second day at Lord's.

    It's been a super knock from Tim Bresnan who finishes on 72 not out after his promotion to number five.

    I have no idea who's on top still!

  4. Close of play at Canterbury

    Kent 389-7 v Essex

    Darren Stevens has just reached his second Championship century of the summer with a six off Essex left-armer Paul Walter in the final over of day two.

    Kent are very handily placed at Canterbury, but with day one washed out a positive result looks unlikely given Essex's batting form this season.

  5. Three overs to go at Lord's

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 230-6

    Day two is quickly drawing to a close in the capital.

    It's been another fascinating day, but I'm not sure either Middlesex or Yorkshire will be overly happy.

    The real winners have been Somerset.

  6. Rafiq on the attack

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 228-6

    I said Azeem Rafiq knew which end of the bat to hold and he's already showing a huge amount of class in the evening sunshine at Lord's.

    He firstly slashes Tim Murtagh through backward point before punching him exquisitely through the covers for another four.

    He's quickly up to 16 - all in boundaries.

  7. Stumps at Bristol and Grace Road

    Sussex have closed on 208-4 at Gloucestershire, 21 behind the hosts' first-innings total.

    In Leicester, Glamorgan are 11-1 at stumps chasing 181.

  8. Textbook from Rafiq

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 210-6

    With a highest first-class score of exactly 100, Azeem Rafiq is certainly no mug with the bat.

    He plays a beautiful straight drive for four off Tim Murtagh to get off the mark.

    Possibly the shot of the day.  

  9. WICKET Willey (lbw b Murtagh) 22

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 204-6

    That is as plumb as you will ever see. 

    Tim Murtagh swings one back into David Willey, it hits him flush on the pad and is clattering into middle.

    Is that Yorkshire's hopes of the title over? With Somerset likely to beat Notts, they need to make 350 and then beat Middlesex to pick up their third straight crown.

  10. Stumps at the Ageas Bowl

    Hampshire 411 v Durham 242-7

    It's still been a very good day for Hampshire, but that stand in the last hour or so between Michael Richardson has made things more difficult in their relegation fight.

    Durham close needing 20 more to avoid the follow-on.

  11. Another maximum for Willey

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 203-5

    That's massive from David Willey. The 26-year-old rocks back and pulls Ollie Rayner high over square leg for six.

    He then plays the same shot, this time for four.

    Yorkshire need 350 don't forget.

  12. Close of play at Taunton

    Somerset 365 & 105-2 v Notts 138

    A day which couldn't have gone much better for Somerset comes to a close at Taunton.

    After making sure of a fourth batting bonus point in the morning session, Dom Bess took five wickets to skittle Notts for 138.

    Somerset didn't enforce the follow-on, but extended their lead to 332 with two days left.

  13. 50 for Michael Richardson

    Hampshire 411 v Durham 242-7

    Michael Richardson is scuppering Hampshire's hopes of survival at the Ageas Bowl.

    The Durham wicketkeeper brings up his fifty off 110 balls and Durham now only need 20 to avoid the follow on.

    Hampshire are still favourites, but it looks as though they'll have to bat again, taking more time out of the game.

  14. Willey opens his shoulders

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 193-5

    Hello, what's this?! David Willey dances down the track and wallops Ollie Rayner straight back over his head for a maximum.

    Clean hitting of the highest order from the England man.

  15. Finn unlucky again

    Middlesex 270 v Yorkshire 187-5

    Steven Finn has bowled really well so far, but with little luck. The Middlesex and England paceman has Tim Bresnan feeling outside off stump and the ball flies off the toe of the bat to the boundary.

    More heads in hands. More anger. More tension. More expletives under the breath I'm sure.

  16. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 219 & 12-0 v Lancashire 152

    That's frustrating for both sides who now need a win to guarantee their safety.

    Play is called off for the day.

  17. Somerset's lead goes past 300

    Somerset 365 & 79-2 v Notts 138

    One thing I haven't mentioned yet is that James Hildreth has fractured his ankle after that blow from Jake Ball yesterday.

    He's unlikely to bat in this innings so Ryan Davies has been promoted to four. But the teenage wicketkeeper is doing well so far - he's hit three boundaries to help Somerset's lead past 300.

    Just under 10 minutes to go on day two at Taunton.

  18. Division Two update

    At Canterbury, Kent are 310-6 against already-promoted Essex with Darren Stevens (57 not out) and James Tredwell (39 not out) sharing a century stand.

    Sussex's Luke Wells has just been dismissed for 75 at Bristol. The visitors are 189-4 and 40 behind Gloucestershire.

    Glamorgan are chasing 181 for victory at Grace Road after bowling out Leicestershire for 283 in their second innings. They've just begun their pursuit.

    Click here for the full scorecards from all of today's eight County Championship matches.

  19. Hampshire frustrated by lower order

    Hampshire 411 v Durham 223-7

    Michael Richardson and Brydon Carse are resisting everything Hampshire's bowlers are throwing at them at the Ageas Bowl.

    The pair have cut Hampshire's advantage to 188 - 39 more needed to avoid the follow-on.

    The news isn't looking too good from Edgbaston either...

  20. WICKET Trescothick (c Mullaney b Carter) 39

    Somerset 365 & 60-2 v Notts 138

    Somerset are still huge odds-on favourites to win this one, but they're making things a little bit more tricky for themselves.

    Marcus Trescothick goes for 39, caught at slip off Matthew Carter.

    The lead is still 287 - but we know what happened in the final 30 minutes last night. Time for Jake Ball?