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Summary

  1. Rain and bad light halts leaders Essex v second-placed Lancashire
  2. Essex close day three 115-4 in reply to Lancashire's 290
  3. Somerset closing in on win v Warwickshire in Division One

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By Adam Williams and Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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  1. All done for the day

    Bailey strop

    Don't have a strop! But, that is our lot for the third day's action.

    Weather permitting (and I warn you tomorrow's forecast isn't brilliant), we will conclude matters tomorrow here on BBC Sport.

    Join us right here from 10:15 BST.

  2. Close of play scores

    And here's the state of play in all the games across the country at stumps....

    Division One:

    Ageas Bowl: Surrey 200 & 135-4 v Hampshire 290

    Surrey lead by 45 runs

    Headingley: Yorkshire 358 v Middlesex 108-3

    Yorkshire lead by 250 runs

    Old Trafford: Lancashire 290 v Essex 115-4

    Lancashire lead by 175 runs

    Edgbaston: Somerset 282 & 265-4 dec v Warwickshire 146 & 172-6 (target 402)

    Somerset require four more wickets to win

    Division Two:

    Northampton: Northamptonshire 426 v Sussex 172 & 382-9 (f/o)

    Sussex lead by 128 runs

    Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire 193 & 275 v Worcestershire 243 & 123-2 (target 226)

    Worcestershire require 103 more runs to win

    Leicester: Leicestershire 222 & 154-7 v Gloucestershire 368

    Leicestershire lead by eight runs

    Derby: Derbyshire 236-9 v Glamorgan

    Chester-le-Street: Durham 217 & 145-2 v Kent 206

    Durham lead by 156 runs

  3. Close of play at Ageas Bowl

    Surrey 200 & 135-4 v Hampshire 290

    And that's the end of the day at the Ageas Bowl.

    Surrey close with a lead of 45 with six second-innings wickets in hand.

    Ben Foakes is unbeaten on 33 with Ollie Pope at the other end on 11.

  4. And then there was one....

    Last over of the day being bowled at the Ageas Bowl as we start to wind down for day three...

  5. Somerset on verge of big victory

    Somerset 282 & 265-4 dec v Warwickshire 146 & 172-6

    Somerset are four wickets away from victory at the end of day three at Edgbaston after two late wickets fell.

    Warwickshire require another 230 runs to claim a very unlikely win but with Jeetan Patel (8 not out) and Tim Ambrose (17 not out) at the crease they're looking at a seventh Championship loss of the season.

    Meanwhile, the win would help the visitors keep in touch with Yorkshire and Middlesex as they look to avoid relegation.

  6. Bad light stops play again

    Northamptonshire 426 v Sussex 172 & 382-9 (f/o)

    Sadly the weather once again intervenes at Wantage Road and that is your lot for day three after a fantastic Sussex rearguard...

  7. Wiese and Archer resistance finally broken

    Northamptonshire 426 v Sussex 172 & 374-9 (f/o)

    Northants finally get their man after the resumption at Wantage Road.

    David Wiese falls for 61 as Luke Procter gets him leg before. Sussex's lead now 120 with a wicket remaining.

  8. WICKET Trott (lbw b Bess) 74

    Somerset 282 & 265-4 dec v Warwickshire 146 & 163-6

    Just as I was typing how well Jonathan Trott was batting, he falls lbw to Dominic Bess with the end of the day in sight.

    Two balls later, Keith Barker is dismissed in identical fashion and Somerset are on the brink of a big victory.

  9. WICKET Burns (lbw b Weatherley) 63

    Surrey 200 & 122-4 v Hampshire 290

    Once more the commentator's curse strikes!

    Joe Weatherley has a maiden first-class wicket as he traps Rory Burns leg before on the sweep.

    Surrey's fourth-wicket partnership is broken after a 71-run stand between Burns and Ben Foakes.

    The lead still just 32 runs for the visitors.

  10. Eight still to bowl at Ageas Bowl

    Surrey 200 & 120-3 v Hampshire 290

    Rory Burns

    Bowlers continue to toil away on the third evening at the Ageas Bowl.

    Rory Burns (62 not out) and Ben Foakes (30 not out) have put on 69 so far for the fourth wicket to push Surrey back into the lead.

  11. Resumption at 17:35 BST at Northampton

    Northamptonshire 426 v Sussex 172 & 362-8 (f/o)

    By some miracle we will have more play at The County Ground.

  12. Close of play at Riverside

    Durham 217 & 145-2 v Kent 206

    Ben Watts

    BBC Radio Kent at Chester-le-Street

    A frustrating day for all concerned here at the Riverside, with bad light and rain showers restricting play to just 28 overs.

    Kent's toil for wickets was hampered by the absence of regular wicketkeeper Sam Billings, who was ill with sickness and a migraine yesterday.

    Both Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly stood in with the gloves and missed a chance, with Tom Latham and Graham Clark making the most of those drops to amass an unbeaten century stand.

    Durham lead by 156 runs with eight second-innings wickets remaining.

  13. 50 for Rory Burns

    Surrey 200 & 111-3 v Hampshire 290

    Rory Burns

    Half-century registered for Surrey opener Rory Burns as his side continue to edge further into the lead.

    Still plenty of cricket left as well in the day with 15 overs still to be bowled.

  14. Close of play at Trent Bridge

    Nottinghamshire 193 & 275 v Worcestershire 243 & 123-2 (target 226)

    Daryl Mitchell

    Play is abandoned for the day in the meeting of Division Two's top two.

    Worcestershire still require 103 more to beat the leaders Nottinghamshire.

    Daryl Mitchell (63 not out) has regained the position as Division Two's leading run-scorer and is closing in on 1,000 for the season.

    Fingers crossed the weather allows him to get there tomorrow as well as his side to complete a win.

  15. Jonathan Trott reaches his half-century

    Somerset 282 & 265-4 dec v Warwickshire 146 & 133-4

    Jonathan Trott has been a bright light in an otherwise poor batting performance today from Warwickshire.

    The former England batsman has reached his 50 off 106 balls, with six fours, but the hosts still need another 266 runs for victory with just six wickets remaining.

  16. Foakes helps Surrey regain lead

    Surrey 200 & 93-3 v Hampshire 290

    Ben Foakes

    Still playing at the Ageas Bowl where they've managed to dodge the worst of the weather all day.

    Ben Foakes (25 not out) has stood firm to help Surrey back into the lead in their second innings.

  17. Close of play at Old Trafford

    Lancashire 290 v Essex 115-4 (48 overs)

    And the weather claims another one for the day. This time the meeting of Division One's top two...

  18. Latham and Clark builds Durham lead

    Durham 217 & 145-2 v Kent 206

    Tom Latham (64 not out) and Graham Clark (49 not out) have taken Durham's lead past 150 as their third-wicket stand passes the hundred mark.

    However, the players are taken off the pitch as the gloom in the north descends over Chester-le-Street.

  19. Bad light stops play at Northampton

    Northamptonshire 426 v Sussex 172 & 362-8 (f/o)

    Weather has intervened at Northampton to curtail what has been a remarkable turnaround this afternoon by Sussex....

  20. WICKET Lamb (c Davies b Groenewald) 23

    Somerset 282 & 265-4 dec v Warwickshire 146 & 117-4

    Tim Groenewald picks up his third scalp of the innings as Matthew Lamb is caught behind.

    Jonathan Trott remains at the crease, unbeaten on 48, and is likely the hosts' final hope.