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Summary

  1. Two County Championship games today
  2. Second-placed Hampshire batting first against Essex
  3. Middlesex v Glamorgan: No play before lunch at Radlett.
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Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Not a happy hunting ground for Hants

    Hampshire 19-3 v Essex

    Kevan James

    BBC Radio Solent & ex-Middlesex & Hampshire left-armer

    Just pondering the thought process in the commentary box behind Hampshire batting first.

    Could it be because there's no Peter Siddle? Could it be that the wicket is white(ish) in colour? Not something you always see here at Chelmsford!

    Or, could it be that Hampshire's record at the County Ground in all forms of the game in the last few seasons is poor, and that they didn't want to give away the initiative?

    They have lost their last two County Championship games here by an innings.

    They have also lost the last three 50-over matches.

    And they have not won their last four T20 games here (although in 2018 it was a tie).

  2. Rain stops play again at Chelmsford

    Hampshire 19-3 v Essex

    After just 46 balls of the morning session, which had already started almost 40 minutes late, off they come again at the County Ground, Chelmsford.

    Having slumped to 8-3, Sam Northeast and Rilee Rossouw had both started well for Hampshire, with a boundary each.

    But the light drizzle that they had been playing through for an over or two has now become a bit heavier - and umpires Peter Hartley and Billy Taylor have dashed for cover, taking the players with them.

    Talk of an early lunch here maybe?

  3. Hampshire in a hole

    Hampshire 8-3 v Essex

    A third wicket for Essex as Sam Cook, bowling round the wicket, gets in on the act.

    Hampshire lose their other opener Tom Alsop in the sixth over, caught in the gully to a rather loose shot without any further addition to the score.

    The ball is doing a lot in the damp conditions with cloud cover overhead at Chelmsford.

    The decision to bat first is not looking such a good one currently from Hampshire skipper Sam Northeast. But he is still there to try and dig his way out of his own hole, joined now by Rilee Rossouw.

    Worryingly, it has started to drizzle lightly again. But they play on for now . . .

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  4. Early wickets at Chelmsford

    Hampshire 8-2 v Essex

    Three overs gone at Chelmsford and two early wicket for the hosts.

    Joe Weatherley is tapped leg before wicket by Jamie Porter from the 17th ball of the day.

    Then, from the first ball of his next over, he has India Test opener Ajinkya Rahane caught behind.

    Two wickets in three deliveries for Porter - and 20 for the season for him now.

    The new man is Hampshire skipper Sam Northeast, who has made 575 runs in the Championship this season. Only one batsman (Gary Ballance - with 609) has made more in the top flight.

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  5. Definitely a maybe in Essex

    Hampshire 0-0 v Essex

    Assuming there is no more rain, they are now due to get underway at Chelmsford at 11:30.

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  6. Watch this space . . .

    Hampshire 0-0 v Essex

    So, just to recap, two games on today.

    One in Division Two, one in Division One and play in none.

    Not a ball bowled yet.

    It's raining in Chelmsford and although it has stopped raining at Radlett, the outfield is wet from overnight rain and there will be no play before lunch.

    Yet they're playing in Manchester. It's a strange world we now live in!

  7. Rain stops play at Chelmsford

    Hampshire 0-0 v Essex

    Actually, it's not technically rain stops play, as play never actually got started.

    Just as both sides were ready to get underway, down came the rain and off they came again.

    Well, it did look a bit ugly overhead beforehand but we hadn't liked to mention it.

  8. How things stand

    These are the Championship tables at the start of play today . . .

    Division One table
    Division Two table
  9. Hampshire to bat at Chelmsford

    Fourth-placed Essex make two changes to their side for the visit of second-placed Hampshire.

    Adam Wheater and Aaron Beard return in place of Will Buttleman and former Australia Test paceman Peter Siddle.

    Siddle has "a slight niggle" and is rested going into the punishing schedule of games in five weeks leading into the T20 Blast.

    Hampshire have won the toss and have opted to bat.

    Essex: ten Doeschate (capt), A Cook, Bopara, Westley, Wheater (wk), Browne, Porter, Harmer, Lawrence, Beard, S Cook.

    Hampshire: Northeast (capt), Weatherley, Alsop (wk), Rahane, Northeast (capt), Rossouw, Donald, Fuller, Barker, Abbott, Edwards, Crane

  10. Weather outlook

    After the dismal weather of the past fortnight, an improvement appears to be on the way.

    And they are at least due to start on time at Chelmsford.

    But sadly there will be no play before lunch at Radlett, just 40 miles away in Hertfordshire.

    According to the ever reliable BBC weather app, there still looks to be a hint of rain about over both grounds. But the rain has at least stopped at Radlett and hopefully, we'll get away without too much damage.

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  11. Good morning and welcome

    If you're one of those people who are not actually too fussed about India and Pakistan locking horns in the Cricket World Cup at ram-jam packed Old Trafford today, then this is the live cricket text page for you.

    For the most part, round seven in this season's County Championship does not get underway until Monday, when four games start. And a fifth, the rescheduled Worcestershire-Sussex game at Kidderminster, is now due to get underway a day late on Tuesday, at Chester Road.

    But there are two county games starting today.

    Essex play host to Division One title challengers Hampshire, while Middlesex will be using one of their many out grounds, Radlett, to entertain Division Two promotion hopefuls Glamorgan.

    The County Ground, Chelmsford