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Paul Grunill

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  1. Signing off

    So all four Division One games in the County Championship will go into a final day, with reigning champions Middlesex hoping to bowl out Essex at Lord's and earn their first victory of the summer.

    Yorkshire, title winners in the previous two seasons, are struggling against Hampshire for the second time this season, and will look to in-form captain Gary Ballance to steer them out of trouble.

    Ian Bell made an unbeaten 68 for Warwickshire against Surrey, but surely the most heartening performances of day three came from Lancashire's Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone, aged 22 and 23 respectively, as they hit centuries to help their side to a 252-run lead against Somerset.

    Kent defeated Derbyshire in Division Two, their third successive victory, leaving us six games for tomorrow. To follow the denouement, please join us again at 10:30 BST - or thereabouts.      

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 178-3

    Yorkshire need another 46 to avoid innings defeat

    Lancashire 109 & 423-7 v Somerset 278

    Lancashire lead by 252 runs

    Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 19-0

    Essex need another 433 for victory

    Warwickshire 332 & 162-4 v Surrey 437

    Warwickshire lead by 57 runs

    Division Two

    Gloucestershire 303 & 175-3 v Durham 419

    Gloucestershire lead by 59 runs

    Kent 259 & 308 v Derbyshire 159 & 239

    Kent (21 pts) beat Derbyshire (3 pts) by 169 runs

    Leicestershire 420 & 200-3 v Glamorgan 426 

    Leicestershire lead by 194 runs

  3. Essex face tough final day

    Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 19-0

    Alastair Cook

    Essex will require 433 runs from 96 overs tomorrow, but the weather may well have the biggest say in how this game turns out on the final day.

    Adam Wheater and Dan Lawrence batted defiantly for the visitors in the morning but the new ball brought about vital wickets for Middlesex at Lord's.

    However, last season's Division One champions opted against enforcing the follow-on, after bowling the visitors out for 295, a decision that could be viewed as fairly negative.

    With overs likely to be lost to rain and possibly bad light on Monday, questions may be posed as to why James Franklin didn't put Essex in again just when the ball looked to be doing something.

  4. Browne dropped by Rayner

    Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 259 & 10-0 (4 overs)

    Nick Browne is given a second life as Ollie Rayner drops the Essex opener at second slip on eight off Toby Roland-Jones.

    If Essex get away with a draw in this match that may well be seen as a crucial moment.

  5. Dent keeps Durham at bay

    Gloucestershire 303 & 175-3 v Durham 419

    Barring some belligerent batting or a dramatic collapse by Gloucestershire on the final day at Bristol, the draw seems the most likely result against Durham.

    The visitors secured a handy first-innings lead, despite Craig Miles' 5-99, as skipper Paul Collingwood made 97 before falling to the spin of Graeme van Buuren.

    But half-centuries by Chris Dent and Will Tavare cleared the deficit, and Dent is still there overnight on 64 not out. 

  6. Eckersley extends Foxes lead

    Leicestershire 420 & 200-3 (56 overs) v Glamorgan 426

    Will we see a final-day declaration by Leicestershire against Glamorgan after Ned Eckersley's 70 not out carried them to an overnight lead of 194? He has so far put on 91 with Mark Pettini (33*) after their attack worked their way through Glamorgan's batting line-up earlier in the day with Ben Raine claiming 4-105 

    After Nick Selman's century on day two, Colin Ingram made 137 for the Welsh county before he was bowled by Australian Clint McKay (3-95), having struck two sixes and 21 fours.

  7. Bell holds key for Warwickshire

    Warwickshire 332 & 161-4 (57 overs) v Surrey 437

    Ian Bell

    Warwickshire lead by 57 at the end of day three at Edgbaston after Kumar Sangakkara's 105 earlier in the day helped Surrey to a 105-run first-innings lead.

    The Bears certainly aren't out of the woods, with almost half their side gone, but skipper Ian Bell is a reassuring presence on 68 not out after surviving a confident lbw shout by Tom Curran earlier in his innings.

    He shared 68 with Ian Westwood, who followed his hundred earlier in the match with 52. 

  8. Middlesex set Essex 452 to win

    Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295

    Middlesex have declared for a second times in this match after their lead moved to 451.

    Essex will have six overs to bat this evening and have been set a target of 452 from 102 overs to win.

    The decision not to enforce the follow-on remains an interesting one and with rain forecast for tomorrow, it seems unlikely that the visitors will put the accelerator down in search of the victory at Lord's.


    Kent 239 & 308 beat Derbyshire 159 & 239 by 169 runs

    Three wins out of three for Kent, who are just four points behind Nottinghamshire at the top of Division two, after Matt Coles takes the final wicket to see them home with a day to spare against Derbyshire at Canterbury.

    Darren Stevens (90) and Adam Rouse (95*) batted well earlier in the day to leave the visitors a theoretical chase of 409 - and Stevens then took 3-63 for match figures of 9-110. 

    Gary Wilson was unlucky to miss out on a hundred, falling lbw to James Harris (4-56) for 97, and that is now played two, lost two for Derbyshire. 

  10. WICKET Javid (b Borthwick) 8

    Warwickshire 332 & 148-4 (53 overs) v Surrey 437

    Surrey turn to Scott Borthwick's leg-spin late in the day at Edgbaston, and the former Durham all-rounder obliges with the wicket of Ateeq Javid - his first for his new county. It appeared to bounce a bit more than the batsman was expecting. 

    Ian Bell is on 66 as Tim Ambrose walks out to join him - the Warwickshire lead is 43.

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  11. Harmer picks up a third

    Middlesex 507-7 dec & 226-3 v Essex

    Spinner Simon Harmer picks up his and Essex's third wicket of the innings as Stevie Eskinazi picks out Neil Wagner at deep cover.

    The hosts are 441 runs in front at Lord's with around nine over left to play in the day. 

    Will Essex be made to bat a few tricky overs again today?

  12. Ballance leads Yorkshire resistance

    Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 177-3 (61 overs)

    Gary Ballance

    Yorkshire 'win' the final session at the Ageas Bowl and have given themselves a fighting chance of escaping from this match with a draw.

    They have two Test batsmen at the crease in skipper Gary Ballance and Peter Handscomb - Ballance having followed his first-innings century with an unbeaten 78, including 11 fours - and another, Jonny Bairstow, to come next.

    The White Rose county are still 46 runs behind, though, so they may have to bat well into the final day to stave off a Hampshire double against them this season, and the home side have a talented, and varied, attack to make it tough. 

  13. WICKET Wilson (lbw Harris) 97

    Kent 259 & 208 v Derbyshire 159 & 224-9

    Oh Gary Wilson!

    The Derbyshire wicketkeeper is trapped lbw by James Harris three short of what would have been a brilliant hundred.

    The 31-year-old's 107-ball innings included 17 fours and he more than deserved his century.

    Kent are one wicket away from another big win.

  14. Gloucestershire fight back

    Gloucestershire 303 & 159-3 (44 overs) v Durham 419

    Bob Hunt

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire

    It's not all over for the home side, who have knocked off the 116-run deficit from the first innings and are now 43 runs ahead.

    After Cameron Bancroft failed again, Will Tavare and Chris Dent took the score to parity before Tavare was bowled by the leg spin of Cameron Steel.

    Chris Dent has sailed on, passing 50 for the seventh time in his last nine innings, but he continues to lose partners, with Graeme van Buuren trapped lbw by Graham Onions for 23.

  15. WICKET Lees (c McManus b Abbott) 70

    Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 172-3 (58 overs)

    That will make Hampshire feel a lot better after a tough final session. Kyle Abbott ends a 150-run partnership by removing Alex Lees, with the help of wicketkeeper Lewis McManus. Gary Ballance has 77 and has now been joined by Australia's Peter Handscomb.

  16. Lancashire set up interesting finish

    Lancashire 109 & 423-7 (149 overs) v Somerset 278

    Ryan McLaren (34*) and Stephen Parry (22*) survive to stumps at Old Trafford, having added 44 to the Lancashire total in 18 overs. 

    This has been a very frustrating partnership for Somerset, who must have hoped they had broken the back of the Red Rose batting line-up following the earlier centuries by Liam Livingstone and Alex Davies. 

    The home side's lead is 252 and we will go into the final day with four results possible - including a tie. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the Somerset attack, with 3-65 and spinner Jack Leach will have benefitted from a lengthy bowl which brought him 2-88.

  17. Half-century for Bell

    Warwickshire 332 & 125-3 (47.1 overs) v Surrey 437

    Ian Bell collects a single off Tom Curran to reach an 89-ball fifty, his second of the new season. Warwickshire are still only 20 ahead, so there is plenty of batting left for him to do. 

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    We've been asking you to tell us about your glorious triumphs and laughable disasters on the cricket field. here's what BBC Radio Derby's Dave Fletcher has to relate:

    "I was never a very good batsman but was batting quite nicely one day for Barmby Moor CC in the York League. I may even have reached double figures.

    "I played a decent shot square on the leg side but my cap, which was clinging to a shaggy mane of hair, fell off and struck the stumps. Not sure I would have the same problem today!"

  19. WICKET Milnes (c Rouse b Harris) 11

    Kent 259 & 308 v Derbyshire 159 & 209-8

    Kent are on the cusp of another big win as Tom Milnes is caught behind off James Harris for 11.

    Gary Wilson is unbeaten on 89, and though it will be undoubtedly be in a losing cause, the Derbyshire player is dangerously close to running out of partners as edges ever closer to a century.

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  20. Gubbins falls to Harmer

    Middlesex 570-7 dec & 150-2 v Essex 295

    Simon Harmer has two huge wickets in two overs as Nick Gubbins falls to the spinner. 

    Ravi Bopara takes a good catch at cover to dismiss the Middlesex opener for 64.

    The hosts lead by 364 runs with Dawid Malan and Stevie Eskinazi both new in at the crease.

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