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Live Reporting

By Joe Townsend and Steve Madeley

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye and good night

    That's that ladies and gents. Four games done, four games to go.

    We shall return for the final day at 10:45 BST tomorrow.

    Thanks for reading.

  2. Stumps at Leicester

    Leicestershire 58-1 v Durham - target 393

    Leicestershire get to the close for the loss of just one wicket at Grace Road.

    They'll need another 335 runs tomorrow to pull off a very unlikely win.


    Gloucestershire 137 v Middlesex - target 215

    Toby Roland-Jones bowls Chadd Sayers and completes his 10-for. Incredible match figures of 10-79. That is fabulous from the Middlesex seamer.

    His side are now off the bottom of Division Two.

    If we're praising Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh deserves a mention for his 5-44 that spearheaded his team in this second innings, securing a much-needed second victory of the season.

  4. Stumps at The Oval

    Surrey 271 & 179-6 v Kent 369

    Sure enough, that's it for the day.

    Sam Curran will resume tomorrow on 22 with Rikki Clarke unbeaten on 19.

    Surrey already have a lead of 81, and they will believe if they can extend it to around 150 they can present Kent with a tricky final-day chase.

    An intriguing morning lies ahead.

  5. Bad light stops play

    Surrey 271 & 179-6 v Kent 369

    Bad light has brought a premature end to the first two days of this match.

    If the same is true this evening Surrey will start the final day 81 runs ahead with four wickets in hand in their second innings.

  6. Stumps at Kiddermister

    Worcestershire 156-5 v Derbyshire - target 373

    Worcestershire will start the final day with five wickets in hand, needing another 217 runs to win. It looked like this game would be done tonight before a superb centurion stand between Callum Ferguson (71 not out) and Ben Cox (44 not out).

    Maybe all three results are still possible...

    Derbyshire huge favourites though.


    Hampshire 539 & 171-8d v Warwickshire 307 & 347-8

    What a result for Warwickshire. They looked dead and buried for most of the day but they have somehow held on thanks to Sam Hain, Ben Mike, Jeetan Patel and Henry Brookes.

    Hain made his second century of the match and Mike bagged his maiden first-class 50 to give them hope before Patel and Brookes survived 27.2 overs in a ninth-wicket stand of 112. The Bears lost just five wickets all day.

    Hampshire will be gutted, though. They have not won in the Championship since May and their title hopes are fading fast.

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  8. Stumps at Northampton

    Northants 442 & 214-6 v Lancashire 315

    Bad light stops play for the day with Northamptonshire having batted themselves into a very strong position. With four wickets still in hand they lead by 341 runs, so you'd expect a little dart in the morning to set up a run chase and the home side could yet force victory.

  9. Into the final over

    Warwickshire 343-8 v Hampshire - target 404

  10. Three overs left

    Warwickshire 331-8 v Hampshire - target 404

    Jeetan Patel has 63. Henry Brookes has 27.

    This pair have added 96 for the ninth wicket and are within sight of a superb draw.

    But it only takes one ball to take a wicket and Hampshire just need two. They have 18 chances remaining.


    Notts 122 v Somerset - target 255

    Jake Ball is bowled by Jamie Overton

    Jamie Overton clean bowls Jake Ball to take his fourth scalp of the innings and Somerset have impressively taken care of Nottinghamshire in just 43.5 overs. An emphatic win at Taunton that means they stay at the top of the Division One table.

    Somerset were momentarily replaced by Essex earlier today after their victory over Yorkshire at Chelmsford, but that has been short-lived.

    A real gap is now emerging to the chasing pack. This could be a two-horse title race now.

    Nottinghamshire stay rooted to the bottom of the table.

    Jamie Overton celebrates dismissing Jake Ball to complete victory
  12. Five overs to survive or two wickets to take

    Warwickshire 319-8 v Hampshire

    All of a sudden a draw is starting to look like the favourite result.

  13. WICKET: Patterson-White b J Overton 2

    Notts 110-9 v Somerset - target 255

    Liam Patterson-White just had absolutely no idea there.

    Jamie Overton kept it very simple to the tailender. He ran up and bowled as fast, as full and as straight as he could.

    Stumps gone.

    Notts nine down.

  14. WICKET: Fletcher c Groenewald b Bess 6

    Notts 108-8 v Somerset - target 255

    Dom Bess celebrates with his Somerset team-mates

    Luke Fletcher tries to whack Dom Bess out of the park. Unsurprisingly it did not work.

    He skies it and Tim Groenewald takes an eays catch at mid-off.

    Two more wickets needed for Somerset and 147 runs required for Notts.

  15. for Tim Murtagh

    Gloucestershire 99-9 v Middlesex - target 215

    One more needed for Middlesex.

    Tim Murtagh takes his fifth scalp by having Josh Shaw caught behind down the legside. Middlesex are about to climb off the bottom of the Division Two table.

    Murtagh's figures are 5-38. Wow.

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  16. WICKET: Elgar lbw Stevens 65

    Surrey 271 & 145-5 v Kent 369

    Three wickets for Darren Stevens as he swings one back in to the left-handed Dean Elgar and gets a fairly easy lbw decision in his favour.

    Elgar was the man most likely to help Surrey build a challenging advantage.

    Fourteen overs left today. The lead is 47.

  17. It's getting tense

    Warwickshire 314-8 v Hampshire - eight overs remaining

    Jeetan Patel has 58. Henry Brookes has 17. The partnership is worth 73 for the ninth wicket and Patel has just taken six runs off two balls.

    Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards are back on for Hampshire, who are looking for a first win in five games and looked certain to get it a couple of hours ago.

  18. WICKET: Duckett c Gregory b J Overton 13

    Notts 102-7 v Somerset - target 255

    Ben Duckett, Nottinghamshire's last recognised batsman, goes big and goes home as he looks to deposit Jamie Overton over the deep point boundary.

    Lewis Gregory takes the catch.

    Three more for Somerset to snare.

  19. Two more needed for Middlesex

    Gloucestershire 91-8 v Middlesex - target 215

    Tim Murtagh gets his fourth wicket of the innings and just two more are needed for Middlesex to close this out tonight. Glos need 124 more runs.

    Not a pretty sight for David Payne as the Gloucestershire tailender looks behind to see his leg stump a few feet further away than it should be.

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  20. for Jeetan Patel

    Warwickshire 304-8 v Hampshire - target 404

    Surely they can't get a draw out of this... Can they?

    The Warwickshire skipper brings up his half-century with a lovely on drive off Gareth Berg. Just over 10 overs remaining and Hampshire must be getting nervous now.