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Live Reporting

Josh Hunt and Paul Grunill

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  1. Signing off

    It's been another rain-affected day, but Middlesex avoided any downpour at Lord's as they became the first side to register a County Championship victory in 2018.

    Assuming the weather is kind at Canterbury, it looks a formality for Gloucestershire to follow suit on Monday, with just 47 needed against Kent, and nine wickets remaining.

    In Division One, Hampshire set Worcestershire a daunting target of 324, which could mean an intriguing finish at the Ageas Bowl, and Haseeb Hameed missed out in his latest opportunity to impress England's selectors, making only 19 against Notts at Old Trafford.

    We'll be back at about 10:30 tomorrow to follow the final day's play - and to find out whether Yorkshire and Essex will manage to play some cricket after three fruitless days. See you then.

  2. Close of play scores

    After third day's play

    Division One

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 59-3

    Worcestershire need another 265 for victory

    Lancashire 158 & 58-2 v Nottinghamshire 222

    Nottinghamshire lead by six runs

    Yorkshire v Essex - no play on Sunday

    Division Two

    Middlesex 214 & 159 v Northamptonshire 71 & 142

    Middlesex won by 160 runs

    Kent 64 & 153 v Gloucestershire 110 & 61-1

    Gloucestershire need another 47 runs for victory

    Warwickshire 299 v Sussex 194-6

    Warwickshire lead by 105 runs

  3. Hampshire 'favourites' for victory

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 59-3 (23 overs)

    Chris Egerton

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Worcestershire negotiated an awkward 16-over spell for the loss of two further wickets, but they face an uphill struggle if they're to win their first Division One match of the season.

    Hampshire's late order have been able to eke out crucial partnerships late in both their innings and that may prove to be the difference between the two teams.

    With a clear day and on a pitch offering seam movement and the odd bit of variable bounce, you'd favour the home team to complete victory on Monday.

  4. Mitchell finds the boundary

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 58-3 (19 overs)

    A swinging full toss by Fidel Edwards is despatched by Daryl Mitchell, who runs the next ball away off an open face for another boundary. Mitchell will carry a lot of responsibility in the Worcestershire run-chase on the final day and it's nightwatchman Josh Tongue's job to try and protect him for the remaining overs.

  5. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 299 v Sussex 194-6 (48 overs)

    The light has deteriorated even further in Birmingham, prompting the umpires to call stumps.

    Sussex will resume in the morning still trailing Warwickshire by 105 runs, with a draw and an early finish an inevitability at this point.

  6. WICKET Clarke (lbw Abbott) 15

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 50-3 (18 overs)

    Kyle Abbott

    That is a huge wicket for Hampshire as Kyle Abbott jags one back off the seam and the umpire sends Joe Clarke on his way. With five overs left, Josh Tongue is at the crease as nightwatchman. With three gone now, though, 274 more for victory is a tall order for Worcestershire. Abbott now has 3-27 from nine overs to go with his half-century earlier in the day.

  7. Robinson rides his luck

    Warwickshire 299 v Sussex 188-6 (46 overs)

    Sussex batsman Ollie Robinson escapes as a top edge falls short of a Warwickshire fielder at fine leg.

    There are just five overs left for the visitors to hold out at Edgbaston, with the game seemingly heading for a draw on Monday.

  8. Edwards into the attack

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 42-2 (15 overs)

    After a tidy post-rain spell by Gareth Berg, Hampshire call up Fidel Edwards for final dart at the Worcestershire batsmen. It's a maiden to Daryl Mitchell, and with eight overs remaining, it looks like the visitors are now playing for tomorrow. They need another 282 for victory.

  9. Back under way at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 299 v Sussex 178-6 (42 overs)

    Sussex have seen off two of the 11 overs left to bowled after the rain delay at Edgbaston, adding eight runs.

    Unsurprisingly, Olly Stone is in the attack looking to add to his six wickets.

  10. Mitchell on the move

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 39-2 (12 overs)

    An uncharacteristic short, wide delivery by Kyle Abbott is cut away for four by Daryl Mitchell. Two balls later, though, the Worcestershire opener enjoys a slice of luck as a low edge runs away between first and second slip for another boundary. Mitchell moves on to 20 not, with Joe Clarke on 10 at the other end.

  11. Play abandoned at Kent

    Kent 64 & 153 v Gloucestershire 110 & 61-1 (15.5 overs)

    Gloucestershire will not have the chance to wrap up victory on day three at Canterbury, as conditions remain poor.

    The visitors need just 47 more to win tomorrow with nine wickets in hand.

  12. Confident start by Clarke

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 30-2 (10 overs)

    An assured start by Joe Clarke, who opens his account by driving Kyle Abbott elegantly through the covers for four and then forces away off the back foot for another boundary to end the over.

    To get anywhere near their target, Worcestershire need a major innings from someone. But we won't tempt fate by suggesting who that someone might be.

    Joe Clarke
  13. Tight over by Berg

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 20-2 (9 overs)

    Gareth Berg takes the ball at the other end after Daryl Mitchell takes two from his opening delivery, he is kept scoreless for the rest of the over. The pressure is all on Worcestershire here as they look to survive with no further damage and then come back tomorrow to try and reach 324 for victory.

  14. Restart at 18:10 at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 299 v Sussex 170-6 (40 overs)

    So long as the umpires are happy with the light at Edgbaston, play will restart at 18:10.

    There will be 11 overs to be bowled after the resumption in play.

  15. WICKET Fell (b Abbott) 8

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 18-2 (8 overs)

    We have some cricket where Hampshire's Kyle Abbott takes up the attack after an interruption lasting four-and-three-quarter hours. Daryl Mitchell collects a single, but Abbott's fifth delivery cleans up Tom Fell for eight, hitting off stump. With 15 overs still to play, Worcestershire decide against a nightwatchman and Joe Clarke walks to the middle.

  16. Could be back on at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 299 v Sussex 170-6 (40 overs)

    Clive Eakin

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

    Remarkably they haven't quite given up on day three at Edgbaston. The groundstaff are busy and the umpires are hoping play may resume at 6 o'clock with 13 overs to be bowled.

    That could allow Olly Stone to add to his six wickets so far and he could yet emulate Jack Bannister is taking all 10 in the innings, though he can't match the great man's county record figures.

    Stone was restricted to one Championship match last season because of injury but the former Northants bowler has been able to generate impressive pace here. He has been helped by some loose shots, with five of his victims probably feeling they've contributed to their own downfalls.

    Groundstaff at work at Edgbaston
  17. It's not over yet.....

    Hampshire 290 & 244 v Worcestershire 211 & 17-1

    Chris Egerton

    BBC Hereford & Worcester

    Bright sunshine now at the Ageas Bowl ends an afternoon of frustration, with the players set to resume at 5.45pm.

    We'll go on till 7.00pm, and a positive forecast tomorrow suggests that we will get an equally positive result one way or the other in this game.

    Worcestershire will resume with 16 overs to be bowled in the day.

  18. Play abandoned at Old Trafford

    Lancashire 158 & 58-2 (24 overs) v Nottinghamshire 222

    Old Trafford

    The weather puts paid to hopes of a resumption in play at Old Trafford.

    Lancashire will resume tomorrow still trailing by six runs, with Keaton Jennings 27 not out and captain Liam Livingstone on four.

    A victory for either side looks unlikely, even with a full day's play a possibility looking at Monday's forecast.

  19. Post update

    The weather has relented at a couple of the grounds.

    There will be a 17:20 BST inspection at the Ageas Bowl, where Worcestershire are 17-1, requiring 324 to beat Hampshire.

    Meanwhile, the umpires have taken a look at Edgbaston where the covers are being taken off. They will inspect again at 17:45, with Sussex 170-6 and 129 adrift of Warwickshire's first-innings total.

  20. Post update

    Well, this is frustrating. The players are now off the field in all four matches, with Yorkshire and Essex having been sent home earlier, and the game at Lord's resulting in a win for Middlesex over Northamptonshire.

    Obviously, we can't describe the action when there isn't any, so updates may be less frequent for the time being. But we will let you know when play resumes or matches are called off for the day.