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Paul Grunill

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  1. Signing off

    It's been quite a day - with Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire wrapping up two-day victories in Division Two.

    At least Stuart Broad and Moeen Ali ended up on the winning side, but there won't be many more happy faces among the other England players involved in the current round of Championship matches.

    Stuart Broad

    Keaton Jennings scored 87 for Durham, but fell short of a hundred, and Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed were all dismissed cheaply.

    Champions Middlesex have Essex in some trouble at Lord's, and it's a similar situation facing Yorkshire against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

    How will things develop? Join us again tomorrow from about 10:30 BST to find out.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 128-6

    Hampshire lead by 327 runs

    Lancashire 109 & 152-2 v Somerset 278

    Somerset lead by 17 runs

    Middlesex 507-7 dec v Essex 120-4

    Middlesex lead by 387 runs

    Warwickshire 332 v Surrey 299-3

    Warwickshire lead by 33 runs

    Division Two

    Gloucestershire 303 v Durham 270-4

    Gloucestershire lead by 33 runs

    Kent 259 & 142-7 v Derbyshire 159

    Kent lead by 242 runs

    Leicestershire 420 v Glamorgan 281-4

    Leicestershire lead by 139 runs

    Nottinghamshire 447 v Sussex 155 & 204

    Notts (24 pts) beat Sussex (3 pts) by an innings and 88 runs

    Worcestershire 188 & 153 v Northamptonshire 157 & 164

    Worcestershire (19 pts) beat Northants (3 pts) by 20 runs

  3. Late wickets cap a good day for Middlesex

    Middlesex 507 dec v Essex 120-4

    The hosts piled on the runs courtesy of Stevie Eskinazi (100) and John Simpson (90) before declaring and leaving Essex a difficult final period to overcome. 

    Middlesex chipped away with regular wickets then to confirm their dominance. Toby Roland-Jones (2-43) had former England Test captain Alastair Cook caught behind, while Steven Finn bowled Tom Westley for 31.

    Toby Roland-Jones

    But it was the late wickets of Nick Browne (47) - lbw to Ollie Rayner - and nightwatchman Jamie Porter - bowled by Roland-Jones - that really capped a fine day. 

    Unbeaten batsmen Dan Lawrence (10) and Ravi Bopara will be under pressure from the start tomorrow, with a deficit of 387 looming.  

  4. WICKET Porter (b Roland-Jones) 4

    Middlesex 507 dec v Essex 120-4

    Nightwatchman Jamie Porter hasn't done much good at Lord's. He struck a four off his second ball, but Toby Roland-Jones has the last laugh, bowling him three balls later. 

    Ravi Bopara comes to the crease for the final over. 


    Worcestershire 188 & 153 beat Northants 157 & 164 by 20 runs

    Northamptonshire's run of five successive Championship wins - three at the end of last season, two at the start of this - comes to an end as Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach takes the 40th wicket to fall in two days at New Road and give his side their second victory of the summer.

    Leach has last man Andy Carter lbw to finish with 5-62 and match figures of 10-122, the first time he has taken 10 in a match. Teenager Josh Tongue, though, deserves his share of the plaudits after claiming 4-45, including the important wickets of Richard Levi and Josh Cobb.

    England's Moeen Ali was dismissed for a duck in Worcestershire's second innings - but his 50 on the opening day was the highest knock of a low-scoring contest.  

    Joe Leach
  6. WICKET Browne (lbw Rayner) 47

    Middlesex 507-7 dec v Essex 115-3 (33.5 overs)

    Off-spinner Ollie Rayner strikes an important blow for Middlesex in only his second over as Essex opener Nick Browne falls lbw after hitting six fours in a 114-ball innings. Jamie Porter comes out as nightwatchman and there are two overs to go. 

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  7. WICKET Cobb (c and b Tongue) 9

    Worcestershire 188 & 153 v Northamptonshire 157 & 154-9 (41 overs)

    Is that Northamptonshire's last hope gone? Josh Cobb gives a return catch to 19-year-old Josh Tongue, who now has figures of 4-43 from 10 overs. The visitors still need another 31 runs to win, with their last-wicket pair at the crease.

  8. Yorkshire on back foot

    Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 128-6 (43 overs)

    An uncomfortable day for Yorkshire after Hampshire managed to add 174 to their overnight 281-4, with Gareth Berg hitting an unbeaten 99 after skipper James Vince fell early for 147.

    Berg then ripped through the visitors' top order, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow both going cheaply, as they slumped to 46-5. Skipper Gary Ballance has provided some stability for his side with an unbeaten 63, but they trail by 327 going into day three. 

  9. Light ends play at Canterbury

    Kent 259 & 142-7 (35 overs) v Derbyshire 159

    Having taken the teams off for bad light, the umpires waste no time in declaring play over for the day at the Spitfire Ground. With Kent 242 to the good, but with only three wickets remaining, it looks like this game is heading for a positive result, one way or the other.

  10. Colly toughs it out for Durham

    Gloucestershire 303 v Durham 270-4 (88 overs)

    If you want a player with grit, look no further than Durham skipper Paul Collingwood. Struck a painful blow on the hand earlier in the day, he nevertheless came out to bat at number five and survived nearly 27 overs for his 28 not out as his side progressed to just 33 runs behind Gloucestershire's first-innings total.

    Paul Collingwood

    Earlier, England batsman Keaton Jennings showed that he is in good nick by making 87 and sharing an opening stand of 114 with Stephen Cook (64). So comfortable did Jennings look that it was a surprise when he nicked through to the keeper off Chris Liddle.   

  11. Stevens extends Kent lead

    Kent 259 & 142-7 (35 overs) v Derbyshire 159

    As the clock ticks past seven o'clock, the umpires decide the light isn't good enough at Canterbury for play to continue. Kent lead by 242, with Darren Stevens, who took six wickets earlier in the day, on 53 not out.

    He and Adam Rouse have added 31 in four overs since Matt Coles fell to Luis Reece for seven, so it doesn't look like they were having too much bother seeing the ball.

  12. Selman leads Glamorgan fightback

    Leicestershire 420 v Glamorgan 281-4 (71 overs)

    Glamorgan opener Nick Selman is unlikely to forget this day in a hurry after making the third first-class century of his career. The Welsh county have made a good fist of replying to Leicestershire's first innings total and following Selman's 117, Colin Ingram has reached an unbeaten 84 off 153 balls, with two sixes and 12 fours.

    Leicestershire will be hoping for early wickets on day three in order to press home their advantage following defeats in their opening two games of the summer.  

  13. WICKET Buck (c Hastings b Leach) 5

    Worcestershire 188 & 153 v Northamptonshire 157 & 127-8 (36 overs)

    Last summer Josh Cobb played a brilliant innings to win the T20 Blast final for Northants. They need another from him now with 58 still needed for victory at New Road.

    Nathan Buck is unable to provide the support he needs as home skipper Joe Leach takes his fourth wickets of the innings.

  14. Notts make class tell

    Nottinghamshire beat Sussex by an innings and 88 runs

    Isabelle Westbury at Trent Bridge

    A mismatch of class is probably the only way to describe the events at Trent Bridge, where a four-pronged Notts seam attack wreaked havoc against an injury-ridden and inexperienced Sussex side. 

    The Australian quick James Pattinson capped off a fine, if fleeting, overseas stint to claim seven wickets in the game, ably supported by five each from homegrown favourites Stuart Broad and Luke Fletcher. 

    At 88-5 on the first day Notts looked to be struggling in overcast conditions, but a dynamic double-century from Riki Wessels flipped the game on its head as they cantered to a first innings total of 447. 

    Sussex in reply could only manage 155 and, having been bowled out just before lunch today, it was no surprise when Notts skipper Chris Read sent them back in to follow on. 

    Chris Nash made the only half-century for the visitors before falling lbw to Pattinson and if Sussex fans have anything to take away from the game, it’s the performance of Jofra Archer, whose three wickets and 87 runs across two innings showed signs of an exciting future. 

  15. Browne the key for Essex

    Middlesex 507-7 dec v Essex 94-2 (26 overs)

    Nick Gledhill

    BBC Essex

    The early Middlesex declaration after tea left Essex 36 overs to bat in this final session. They have lost Alastair Cook and Tom Westley, the heroes from Taunton, who were both looking good while at the crease. 

    Nick Browne is established and Essex now need him to make his first big score of the season.

    Middlesex have to bowl Essex out for less than 358 to enforce the follow on. Should Essex get past that mark there may not be enough time for the champions to force a result on a pitch that's unlikely to deteriorate.

  16. WICKET Crook (b Tongue) 0

    Worcestershire 188 & 153 v Northamptonshire 157 & 122-7 (34.4 overs)

    Josh Tongue strikes for the second time in the over and Worcestershire now look favourites as Nathan Buck, who took 4-42 in Worcestershire's second innings, comes out to join Josh Cobb.

  17. WICKET Levi (lbw Tongue) 22

    Worcestershire 188 & 153 v Northamptonshire 157 & 122-6

    It has certainly been a remarkable match at New Road, where the game is on a knife edge - if you'll forgive the cliche - with Northants needing another 63 for victory.

    Richard Levi becomes the 36th batsman dismissed in the game as Josh Tongue claims his second victim of the visitors' second innings. Two new batsman at the crease now, Steven Crook and Josh Cobb.

    Can they emulate Notts and make it three wins out of three? Well, they certainly have the nerve, after beating Derbyshire off the penultimate ball last week. 

  18. Ballance reaches half-century

    Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 105-6 (34 overs)

    Yorkshire skipper Gary Ballance picks up two runs off Gareth Berg to reach an 89-ball half-century and without him, they would be in a sorry mess at the Ageas Bowl. Five of the top six failed to reach double figures, including Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, and the visitors have a big job on their hands to avoid the possibility of following on. 

  19. Sangakkara must wait for hundred

    Warwickshire 332 v Surrey 299-3 (83 overs)

    Time runs out on Kumar Sangakkara, who ends the second day at Edgbaston just two runs sort of yet another century. The Sri Lankan has hit two sixes and nine fours and his 140-run partnership with Mark Stoneman has put Surrey on course for what should be a handy first-innings lead.

    They are only 33 behind, with seven wickets standing, after opener Stoneman led the way with 123 - his second Championship century for his new county, and one which might persuade the England selectors to keep him in the 'one to watch' column. 

  20. WICKET Westley (b Finn) 31

    Middlesex 507-7 dec v Essex 86-2 (22 overs)

    England's Steven Finn is operating as second change for champions Middlesex, but he's made an important breakthrough by sending Tom Westley on his way. Nick Browne has 33 not out as Dan Lawrence joins him in the middle.