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Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Ben Pheazey

All times stated are UK

  1. Farewell

    And that's where we too draw stumps on our coverage for the day. Many thanks for being with us, please join us again from 10:00 BST on Thursday to find out the latest developments in the Championship. Cheerio now.

  2. Close of play at Lord's

    Middx 143 & 21-0 v Durham 147 & 191 - target 196

    They were never likely to get out there again in those conditions.

    A very tense run chase awaits Middlesex and Durham fans tomorrow!

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  3. Close of play

    Middx 21-0 v Durham

    Yes the groundstaff have taken out the stumps and the umpires are heading for the famous pavilion at Lord's. Getting on for 19:00 BST in mid-September in the UK when it is overcast there is not going to be much play. Middlesex will need a further 175 runs to win on day three.

  4. Bad light stops play at Lord's

    Middx 143 & 21-0 v Durham 147 & 191 - target 196

    It's looking a bit grim out there, folks.

    This game will finish with a day to spare, barring horrid weather.

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  5. 'They have got away from us a little bit'

    Hants 296-6

    Surrey's Rikki Clarke, whose team are 283 runs behind Hampshire and still have four wickets to take: "A very different day today, disappointing they have got away from us a little bit so it's a big morning tomorrow and hopefully we can restrict them as much as we can. We gave them a few runs which is the disappointing factor."

  6. Close of play scores

    Division One:

    Hants 149 & 296-6 v Surrey 162 - lead by 283

    Notts 124 v Kent 304 & 236-8 - lead by 416

    Somerset 199 & 269-5 v Yorks 103-9 - lead by 365

    Warwks 517 v Essex 31-1 - trail by 486

    Division Two:

    Gloucs 200 v Sussex 313-7 - lead by 113

    Lancs 269-2 v Derbys 244 - lead by 25

    Middx 143 & 21-0 v Durham 147 & 191 - target 196

    Worcs 205 & 153-2 v Glam 193 - lead by 165

  7. Post update

    Quite a day at the top of Division One then, Essex in a spot of bother at Edgbaston, 486 runs behind Warwickshire with nine wickets intact, while second-placed Somerset - only two points behind going into this round - have a huge lead of 365 over Yorkshire at Taunton with more to add.

  8. Close of play

    Sus 313-7 v Glos

    David Payne beats the edge of Will Beer from round the wicket in the final over at Bristol but there is no edge and Sussex have a strong platform, 113 runs ahead with three wickets remaining at stumps on day two. Second-placed Gloucestershire, who began this round 29 points behind leaders Lancashire, are going to be facing a sizeable first-inning deficit.

  9. Kent dominate struggling Notts

    Notts 124 v Kent 304 & 236-8 lead by 416

    Dave Bracegirdle

    BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

    Darren Stevens continued to roll back the years with a remarkable performance at Trent Bridge.

    Notified last week that he won’t be offered a contract extension by Kent, the 43-year old followed up his first-day 88 with a sublime spell of swing-bowling with figures of 5-39 as the home side were bundled out for 124 in their first innings, a deficit of 180.

    Sam Billings shared top billing with his teammate.

    Billings reached 50 from only 58 balls and entered the last over of the day on 96. He drove Patterson-White for four to reach 100 from 105 deliveries but then drilled the next ball straight back into the bowler’s hands.

    Kent have mathematically guaranteed themselves Division One safety with their haul of bowling points but the future looks bleak for Notts, who are now staring their ninth defeat of the season in the face.

  10. Sussex build healthy lead

    Sus 310-7

    Still playing at Bristol, where Sussex lead by 110 runs. There have been 23 overs lost in the day to bad light, they will attempt to get eight back tomorrow and play 104 overs.

  11. WICKET Billings c & b Patterson-White 100

    Notts 124 v Kent 304 & 236-8 - lead by 416

    100 and out the very next ball!

    Great return catch from Liam Patterson-White off his own bowling.

    But the damage has been done by Sam Billings.

    That wicket brings us to the close of play with Kent in a near impregnable position.

  12. Close of play

    Hants 296-6

    The umpires have re-emerged at the Ageas Bowl and the light meters are out. Surely they are not going to get the 19 remaining overs in now? No, they are pulling out the stumps. Hampshire will resume 283 runs ahead against Surrey tomorrow with four wickets remaining.

  13. 100 for Sam Billings

    Relief for Sam Billings as new batsman Harry Podmore blocks out the rest of Ashwin's over.

    Last over of the day... He turns down a single off Liam Patterson-White.

    The next ball is smashed down the ground for four!

    That's his century and his best Championship innings by a distance this summer.

    105 balls and 17 fours.

    Sam Billings
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  14. Close of play

    Lancs 269-2

    There was no play before lunch at Old Trafford but Division Two leaders Lancashire have certainly made up for lost time against Derbyshire. Having resumed on 20-1 they are now 25 ahead at 269-2, Bolton-born 22-year-old Josh Bohannon unbeaten on a career-best 150 at stumps.

  15. WICKET Rayner b Ashwin 0

    Notts 124 v Kent 304 & 228-7 - lead by 408

    Ravi Ashwin bowls...

    Sam Billings toe-ends it into the off side and runs one. 96.

    Gone!

    Lovely drift, dip and flight from Ashwin and the ball slips past the groping bat of Ollie Rayner and crashes into the timbers.

  16. WICKET O'Riordan b Patterson-White 9

    Notts 124 v Kent 304 & 227-6

    Another sweep for four! Billings is in the 90s.

    He gets a single off the third ball from Liam Patterson-White.

    Out! Marcus O'Riordan miscues a sweep and watches in horror as the ball trickles gently back into his stumps.

    Ollie Rayner is on his way to the middle.

  17. Notts swept to distraction as Kent lead passes 400

    Notts 124 v Kent 304 & 222-5 - lead by 402

    Another reverse sweep from Sam Billings and that's four more to take him to 85.

    Can he get 15 more tonight?

    Orthodox sweep this time. Four more! That's the 400 lead.

    I don't think he's playing for the close... Three overs left tonight.

  18. Close of play

    Ess 31-1

    Five slips for the final over of the day at Edgbaston bowled by Ollie Hannon-Dalby but Nick Browne survives and leaders Essex close a distant 486 runs behind Warwickshire, who began 269-3. Alastair Cook was the man to fall for the leaders, caught at second slip for seven.

  19. Pears in charge at New Road

    Worcs 205 & 153-2 v Glam 193 - lead by 165

    A reminder that day two at New Road has ended.

    A promising position for the Pears after restricting Glamorgan to 193.

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  20. Division Two update

    Here's the latest in our second division games:

    Glamorgan have been dismissed for 193 by Worcestershire at New Road after bowling the hosts out for 205 on Tuesday.

    The Pears are 153-2 at stumps and lead by 165 on second innings.

    Sussex are 272-7 at Bristol after restricting Gloucestershire to 200 on Tuesday.

    Ben Brown and Chris Jordan fell in the space of two overs, both dismissed by Ben Charlesworth - for 24 and six respectively.

    Billy Godleman's century helped Derbyshire to 244 against Division Two leaders Lancashire at Old Trafford yesterday.

    The hosts are 256-2 in reply. Josh Bohanon is 140 not out.

    Leicestershire have been bowled out for 308 at Grace Road by Northants.

    The visitors are 13 runs ahead on 321-7. Rob Keogh made 132 before he was caught by George Rhodes off the bowling of Will Davis.

    Middlesex were bowled out for 143 at a gloomy Lord's against Durham after dismissing the visitors for 147.

    The visitors have slumped from 66-1 to 182-9 on second innings but lead by 186.

    Angus Robson is unbeaten on 56.