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Live Reporting

By Joe Townsend and Steve Madeley

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye we're back soon

    With that inevitable draw decided, we're done after a busy week of eight Championship fixtures. Not much rest for us or for the teams though, we'll be back at 10:45 BST on Saturday to do it all again.

    Thanks for reading and have a splendid evening.

  2. BreakingNORTHANTS & LANCASHIRE DRAW

    Northants 442 & 263-9 dec v Lancashire 315 & 275-4, match drawn

    The captains shake hands, finally.

  3. for Dane Vilas

    Lancashire 271-4 v Northants - target 391

    Shortly after surviving an over by the skin of his teeth, Lancashire captain Dane Vilas reaches his half-century from 87 balls with nine fours.

    It's all but secured a draw for his team.

  4. Vilas dropped at slip

    Lancashire 266-4 v Northants - target 391

    Dane Vilas survives a huge lbw appeal to the bowling of Brett Hutton, then next ball he edges to third slip but Matt Coles cannot keep hold and the chance is gone.

    More happened in that first over with the new ball that has in a good 90 minutes.

    Eight overs to go, here comes Ben Sanderson.

  5. Northants take new ball

    Lancashire 262-4 v Northants - target 391

    Brett Hutton gets hold of a fresh cherry for Northamptonshire, who will now take six wickets in nine overs and bowl Lancashire out to complete victory.

    That is no typo, I'm being facetious. Sorry.

    Ben Sanderson is limbering up to have a go from the other end.

    Lancashire duo Josh Bohannon (63) and Dane Vilas (42) are very well set at the crease.

  6. Post update

    Lancashire 262-4 v Northants - target 391

    There is a part of me, a very small part somewhere deep inside, that admires Northamptonshire's absolute will to win here. The rest of me is overwhelmingly feeling that the players should be in the bar having a well-earned drink after four days hard cricket.

    There are 11 overs still to be bowled, two overs until the new ball and we're 45 minutes since the captains could've shaken on a draw.

    If Northants do hand out some late drama, I apologise.

  7. Great win

    Derbyshire beat Worcestershire by 82 runs

    Derbyshire centurion Tom Lace seems happy with life,

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  8. Post update

    Lancashire 239-4 v Northants - target 391

    We're still going at Wantage Road. Lancs have Josh Bohannon on 60 and Dane Vilas on 23.

    16 overs left, seven overs until the new ball can be taken by Northants. Doesn't seem like the captains are going to shake hands for a draw.

  9. 'An emotional match for me'

    Durham beat Leicestershire by 119 runs

    Ben Raine celebrates for Durham

    Durham seamer Ben Raine finished with figures of 9-97 against former club Leicestershire to help his side close out a 119-run victory.

    It was his first visit to Grace Road after swapping clubs in the winter to end a six-season spell in the East Midlands.

    "I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came back here. But as soon as I walked into the ground it was strong emotions again. To be back was special and I really enjoyed it," he told BBC Newcastle.

    "Hassan Azad has scored a weight of runs this year. I have played a lot of university games against him and every year he got runs against us. I knew he would be key to this innings and bat time but I knew if I could get that end open we could go through them.

    "It is the biggest turnaround in a match I have seen in my career. We let ourselves down in the first innings but we were quick to hold our hands up. The lads stepped up with the bat to set us up.

    “We knew we had a massive few weeks with three straight away games. We are looking positively towards the rest of the season and I think we are genuine promotion contenders."

  10. Durham complete turnaround

    Durham beat Leicestershire by 119 runs

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    What a turnaround for Durham. Following four straight defeats and their worst start to a Championship season they have now gone five unbeaten.

    This is only their second win at Grace Road and to recover from being bowled out for 117 on day one to win by 119 runs is something special.

    The final day was always going to be tough but once Durham broke the resistance of Hassan Azad and Mark Cosgrove victory was in sight.

    Hats off to Ben Raine as well, on an emotional return to his former club he took a career best match haul of 9-97.

  11. Durham reaction now

    A little further break from Northampton, which is meandering towards a draw, for some more reaction from elsewhere.

  12. More from Stewart

    Surrey lost to Kent by five wickets

    Alec Stewart
    Quote Message: Credit to Kent. They out-bowled, out-batted and out-fielded us. from Alec Stewart Surrey director of cricket to BBC Radio London
    Alec StewartSurrey director of cricket to BBC Radio London
  13. No sign of handshakes yet

    Lancashire 220-4 v Northants - target 391

    We're in to the final hour at Wantage Road so the captains could now shake on a draw. Nothing coming, though.

    Northants spinner Rob Keogh has changed ends to see if he might have a change of luck. There could be 22 overs bowled yet, in theory.

  14. Story of our season

    Surrey lost to Kent by five wickets

    Alec Stewart
    Quote Message: It's a very disappointed dressing room again. We played some good cricket but not for long enough and that's been the story of our season so far. from Alec Stewart Surrey director of cricket to BBC Radio London
    Alec StewartSurrey director of cricket to BBC Radio London
  15. Pretty special

    Kent beat Surrey by five wickets

    Ollie Robinson
    Quote Message: It's pretty special. The team is in a really good space at the moment. We are only five points off third place and we're definitely looking to push on at the right end of the table. from Ollie Robinson Kent wicketkeeper-batsman to BBC Radio Kent
    Ollie RobinsonKent wicketkeeper-batsman to BBC Radio Kent
  16. A big win

    Kent beat Surrey by five wickets

    Ollie Robinson
    Quote Message: That's one of our biggest wins in the last few years, against a very good side. We beat Notts a couple of weeks ago and have backed it up here by winning on Surrey's turf. from Ollie Robinson Kent wicketkeeper-batsman to BBC Radio Kent
    Ollie RobinsonKent wicketkeeper-batsman to BBC Radio Kent
  17. Bohannon survives big lbw shout

    Lancashire 206-4 v Northants - target 391

    Rob Keogh is absolutely adamant he's got his man here as Josh Bohannon leaves one outside off stump in a similar vein to Haseeb Hameed. It raps him on the pads but umpire Chris Watts is unmoved.

    Keogh drops to his knees, broken. He was so sure.

  18. Reaction incoming

    Kent beat Surrey by five wickets

    While Northants strive for the wickets they need to beat Lancashire, we can bring you some reaction to a very good win for Kent at The Oval in Division One,

  19. for Josh Bohannon

    Lancashire 204-4 v Northants - target 391

    Josh Bohannon raises his bat

    A crucial half-century for Josh Bohannon is reached in 79 deliveries, it's contained nine boundaries and looks as though it'll guide Lancashire to a draw, keeping their unbeaten Championship season going.

    By the way, Lancs skipper Dane Vilas is truly in blocking mode. It took him 20 balls and 20 minutes to get off the mark, which he eventually did with a nudge to third man for two.

    29.3 overs left but perhaps worth noting is that it's just over 20 overs until Northants can take the new ball.