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By Joe Townsend and Rob Stevens

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  1. Post update

    Surrey 166-3 & 194 v Warwickshire 230

    Surrey are going well.

    Dean Elgar has just hit three boundaries off one Toby Lester over and moved on to 31.

    At the other end, Ben Foakes is on 11.

    The pair have not had too much to worry about so far this morning.

  2. Pears game off, Essex & Bears switch fixtures

    Worcestershire v Australia 'A' abandoned

    Bad news for Worcestershire as the Pears' game against Australia ‘A’ has been abandoned without a ball being bowled at Chester Road.

    Heavy overnight rain was followed by further downpours this morning and ruled out any hopes of play in the 50-over fixture.

    Meanwhile, Essex and Warwickshire are to switch County Championship fixtures following the Bears' abandonment of plans to play a 'home game' at flood-hit Worcester.

    Warwickshire were scheduled to host the Essex game at New Road, starting on 13 July, as Edgbaston is unavailable because of Cricket World Cup use.

    But the England & Wales Cricket Board have agreed a home and away game swap.

    Warwickshire will now go to Chelmsford on 13 July, with the return at Edgbaston on 10 September.

  3. WICKET: Siddle c Leach b Gregory 1

    Essex 167-8 & 216 v Somerset 131

    We can forget all about that bit of controversy then.

    Peter Siddle plays an unnecessary drive outside off stump and edges Lewis Gregory straight to Jack Leach at gully to continue the Essex collapse from what was once 104-2.

    This is near enough the perfect start to day three for Somerset - two wickets for just three runs.

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  4. Siddle survives for Essex

    Essex 166-7 & 216 v Somerset 131

    Somerset skipper Tom Abell disputes a decision to give Peter Siddle not out with umpire Nick Cook during Essex CCC vs Somerset CCC, Specsavers County Championship Division 1 Cricket at The Cloudfm County Ground on 25th June 2019
    Image caption: Somerset skipper Tom Abell disputes a decision to give Peter Siddle not out with umpire Nick Cook

    Well then. It looked as though Essex's new batsman Peter Siddle was going straight back to the pavilion after edging Tim Groenewald to Jamie Overton in the slips, who claimed the catch.

    But the Australian stood firm, the umpires had a conflab and it's NOT OUT.

    Somerset are far from happy about how that's all played out.

  5. Post update

    Surrey 141-3 & 194 v Warwickshire 2302

    Oliver Hannon-Dalby opened the bowling for Warwickshire and, after leaving a couple outside his off stump, Ben Foakes grabbed a single for the first run of the day.

    Toby Lester starts at the other end with a maiden.

    Surrey's lead is up to 106.

  6. WICKET: Harmer b Groenewald 0

    Essex 166-7 & 216 v Somerset 131

    We have our first wicket of the day in just the second over.

    Essex milked a couple of runs from the first, non-descript over but the Tim Groenewald bowls Simon Harmer straight through the gate for a duck.

    Somerset are keeping their potential target down at the moment as that's now five wickets for just 52 runs.

    Essex lead by 251.

  7. Under way


    Three County Championship games are getting started.

    Two - at Bristol and Northampton - are being delayed by the weather.

  8. Chris Jordan cools off

    Jordan 4-41 v Durham 259-5

    How is this for cool by the way?

    Sussex fast bowler Chris Jordan picked up early scalps for his side on day one against Durham at Hove.

    In demand from the media and needing to do his recovery, the England international decided to kill two birds with one stone and do his post-match interviews from the pool.

    Hats off to him, he styles it out.

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  9. Bancroft eyes daddy hundred

    Division Two preview

    In Division Two, there are three games but the start has been delayed in two of them.

    We'll start day two on time at Sussex, and we are scheduled to have 104 overs in the day to make up for lost time yesterday.

    Durham batsman Cameron Bancroft hit and unbeaten 120 on the opening day and will be hoping to press on as the visitors pick up on 259-5.

    There will be no play before lunch at Northampton because of a wet outfield, where Leicestershire are 6-0 in reply to Northamptonshire's 299 all out.

    And the start of day three of the game between Gloucestershire and Glamorgan has been delayed because of rain.

    There will be an inspection at Bristol at 11:30 BST.

    Glamorgan closed on 187-4, 126 runs behind the hosts' first-innings total of 313.

  10. Important morning for Surrey and Bears

    Surrey 141-3 & 194 v Warwickshire 230

    Mark Stoneman in action fro Surrey

    At the Oval, it is all set up for an intriguing day three.

    Batting conditions were difficult for most of yesterday, but Surrey took advantage of a break in cloud cover to put on a few runs.

    Then the Bears hit back and got the crucial wicket of Mark Stoneman for 71, much to the pleasure of visiting skipper Jeetan Patel.

    "The late wicket of Mark Stoneman was huge for us, and what happens first thing is now massive," he told BBC WM.

    "We've got a real sniff if we take early wickets.

    "It's funny. When the sun came out at the start of their innings the conditions changed so much but then it clouded over again and we got that Stoneman wicket."

    Dean Elgar and Ben Foakes resume with the defending champions 105 runs ahead and with seven second-innings wickets remaining.

    It rained in the capital overnight, it remains overcast and muggy and the floodlights are on already.

  11. Essex eye win, Somerset need wickets

    Essex 164-6 & 216 v Somerset 131

    Somerset bowler Tim Groenewald celebrates a wicket with team-mates

    Essex resume on day three 249 runs ahead of Division One leaders Somerset after reaching 164-6 at stumps yesterday.

    Essex began the match 30 points behind the west country outfit in the table, and fast bowler Jamie Porter knows this match is crucial if the 2017 champions wish to keep their title hopes alive.

    "This is the biggest game for us this season," he said.

    "If we win this we will go 13 points behind Somerset and that is the position we want to be in going into the second half of the season."

    Somerset's bowlers are into the lower order though, with Adam Wheater (22 not out) and Simon Harmer set to return the crease.

  12. Welcome


    We're yet to have a proper summer heatwave but the changing conditions are making it interesting in the latest round of County Championship matches.

    Five matches continue today, with two big games in Division One.

    Leaders Somerset find themselves facing a test at Essex and defending champions Surrey are looking to climb away from danger at the bottom of the table.

    As ever, we'll guide you through all the action as it happens - weather permitting.