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Summary

  1. A man from Daventry has won a place in the semi-finals of a national competition for board games enthusiasts
  2. Northamptonshire collapsed to 119 all out in the county championship game in Essex
  3. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Pete Cooper

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Local Live is finished for today, but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

See you then.

Weather: Chilly overnight with wintry showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

Wintry showers will die away through the evening, but it will remain chilly with a low of 1C (34F).

weather
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Tomorrow will start cold and bright with wintry showers and a high of 9C (48F).

Who is the winner of our Battle of the Board Games?

In honour of Daventry's Ken Hawkley, who has reached the semi-final of the National Board Game Championship, we've been having our own Battle of the Board Games on Twitter today.

The championship sees players take part in Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Who's Who, Connect 4 and Jenga.

We've pitted those five board games against on another and here is your winner...

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Junior doctor calls on David Cameron to intervene in contract crisis

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

I've been speaking to Dr Malik Moledina, who has been the picket line at Northampton Hospital.

Junior doctors have staged their first ever all-out strike over the dispute about their new contracts.

Dr Moledina told me he wants David Cameron to intervene...

Headlines: Junior doctor strike over for the day... Man charged after paramedic injured by car

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

If you are catching up, here our main stories:

  • Junior doctors are returning to work following their first ever all-out strike over a dispute about new contracts - but they will strike again tomorrow
  • A man has been charged by police after a paramedic was hit by a car and injured in the early hours of Sunday morning at a petrol station in Northampton
  • Northants are struggling on day three of their county championship match at Chelmsford

Man appears in court after paramedic has leg broken by car

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A man has appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a paramedic had his leg broken when he was hit by a car in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident took place at the BP petrol station on Harborough Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton.

BP
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The man, who is 30 and from Northampton, is also charged with arson, neglect of a child or young person, driving a motor vehicle without insurance and driving while above the alcohol limit.

He was remanded in custody and is set to appear at Northampton Crown Court on 13 May.

Northants have a 'disaster' of a first innings

At Chelmsford, Northants edged past 100 in their first innings against Essex, but didn't get much further...

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Commentary is available online or by clicking the Live Coverage tab on this page.

Wilson 'showed his character' in opening session of quarter-final

Ken Doherty

1997 world snooker champion

To win those last two frames, to get to 6-2 down, showed Kyren Wilson's character and keeps him in the match.

Kyren Wilson
PA

The 24-year-old from Kettering has had two great wins and now he's got to come back this evening and do it all again.

Winning those last two frames will certainly give him a bit of a gee up.

Battle of the Board Games - The Final Two

It's the last round in our Battle of the Board Games today, in honour of Daventry's Ken Hawkley, who has reached the semi-final of the National Board Game Championship.

The championship sees players take part in Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Who's Who, Connect 4 and Jenga.

It's time for the last match...Connect 4 v Monopoly... cast your vote now:

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Monopoly beats Trivial Pursuit in our Battle of the Board Games

We're playing Battle of the Board Games today, in honour of Daventry's Ken Hawkley, who has reached the semi-final of the National Board Game Championship.

The championship sees players take part in Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Who's Who, Connect 4 and Jenga.

Monopoly was the clear winner here, so it's on the final...

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Lewis Hamilton 'will struggle to break Nico Rosberg'

Allan McNish

BBC Formula 1 analyst

Lewis Hamilton's difficult start to the season has set the 2016 World Championship up beautifully.

Hamilton is 39 points behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who has won all three races after problems for the world champion in all of them.

Rosberg and Hamilton
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With 18 races to go, that is by no means an insurmountable challenge - but it is the effect it will have on the protagonists that makes the season so interesting now.

I've taken a look at how their battle might unfold on the BBC Sport website.

Essex 'rampant' against Northants at Chelmsford

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants are in complete disarray at Chelmsford needing 292 to save the follow-on.

Essex are rampant but some bad weather may help get out of this deep hole as rain stops play.

Chelmsford
BBC

They are currently seven wickets down and have not reached 100 yet.

If play resumes commentary will be available online or by clicking the Live Coverage tab on this page.

Kettering Council to look at new ways of delivering services

Northamptonshire Telegraph

Another council in the north of the county is to look at the best way of delivering services.

Junior doctor: Contract will 'make things worse'

Tom Percival

BBC Look East

Junior doctors are today staging the first all-out strike in the history of the NHS.

I've been speaking to Chris Carson, the British Medical Association representative and a junior doctor at Kettering Hospital.

I asked him whether patients in hospitals today were safe...

What's your favourite board game - Monopoly vs Trivial Pursuit

We're playing Battle of the Board Games today, in honour of Daventry's Ken Hawkley, who has reached the semi-final of the National Board Game Championship.

The championship sees players take part in Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Who's Who, Connect 4 and Jenga.

Connect 4 romped the first of the group stages with 53% of the vote to eliminate Jenga and Who's Who - but this match is a biggie...

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Kettering's Wilson trails Selby 6-2 at interval in snooker's world championship

It's the interval at the world snooker championship, where Kettering's Kyren Wilson is taking on Mark Selby in the quarter-final of the competition.

Kyren Wilson
PA

The rising star got off to the worst possible start as he lost the first six frames, but has pulled things back by winning two frames before the break.

The match will resume at 19:00

What's your favourite board game - The Round One Poll so far

It's the last few minutes of our Battle of the Board Games contest - Round One.

In honour of Daventry's Ken Hawkley, who has reached the semi-final of the National Board Game Championship, we are asking you what your favourite board game played at the competition is.

Round One pits Connect 4 against Who's Who and Jenga... and the popular connection game is leading the way - click here to have your vote.

Latest standings in battle of the board games
BBC

Headlines: Junior doctors on strike... Wilson in world snooker quarter-final

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • Junior doctors at Kettering and Northampton hospitals have join colleagues across England in an all-out strike
  • Kyren Wilson is in the World Snooker Championship quarter-final against the world number one, Mark Selby
  • A Daventry man has made it to the semi-finals of the National Board Game Championships

Tresham College A Levels students should be allowed to complete studies, says MP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The MP for Corby, Tom Pursglove, says he has written to the principal of Tresham College "raising concerns" about proposals to stop A Level courses.

Tresham College
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The move would could mean redundancy for 22 members of staff, and affect 64 students courses across campuses in Kettering, Wellingborough and Corby (pictured).

Conservative Mr Pursglove says he has asked for a meeting with Tresham's principal Stuart Wesselby and said he strongly believes: "those who've started courses should be allowed to complete them without disruption."

Northants losing wickets quickly against Essex

The county are in big trouble at Chelmsford against Essex, having now lost four wickets including opener Ben Duckett and captain Alex Wakely...

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Wilson off to bad start against Mark Selby

BBC Sport

Kettering Kyren Wilson has got off to pretty bad start against world number one, Mark Selby.

In the first session of their best of 25 frame match he is currently 6-0 down.

Kyren Wilson
BBC

You can watch live coverage of the match via the BBC Sport website or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab on this page.

Five wickets for Ben Sanderson as Essex declare

Northamptonshire are today taking on Essex at Chelmsford, where the county's batsmen will now take to the field after Essex declared.

Ben Sanderson had a successful morning, taking five wickets in the home side's innings.

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Junior doctors' strike: What patients need to know

Junior doctors in England are on strike today and tomorrow from 08:00 to 17:00. The NHS says it is working hard to ensure as few patients as possible are affected, but what does this mean for people who need these services?

A&E
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  • A&E: These services will continue to run throughout the strike but with other staff covering junior doctor roles
  • To access urgent medical help: You can still call NHS 111, visit your GP or see an out-of-hours doctor at an urgent care centre or walk-in centre
  • Visiting a GP: GPs may experience greater demand than normal, so it is best to contact your GP early if you need advice or an appointment, according to the NHS Choices website
  • Pharmacies and dentists: The strikes do not include any of these healthcare professionals. Services should run as normal

What's your favourite board game - Join in our Twitter poll to find your No 1

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The great British board game is an institution - but what is the county's favourite game?

With Ken Hawkley, from Daventry, is set to compete in the semi-final of the National Board Game Championships later this week - taking on five board games: Connect 4, Who's Who, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Jenga.

So we've taken to Twitter to ask you which of those five is your number one. Group One sees Connect 4 take on Who's Who and Jenga... get your vote in now.

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Daventry man into semi-final of national board game championships

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A man from Daventry has won a place in the semi-finals of a national competition for board game enthusiasts.

Trivial Pursuit
BBC

Ken Hawkley took part in heats in games of Connect 4, Who's Who, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly and Jenga held at his local micro-pub.

The national finals of the competition take place in Kent later this week.

Rushden & Diamonds look forward to Royston clash

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are away to Royston in tonight's Southern League's play-off semi-final.

Manager Andy Peaks is looking forward to the game...

It's probably the biggest game in our history and we're really looking forward to it - andy Peaks
BBC

Northants against Essex under way in county championship

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Only 10 overs were possible on the second day at Chelmsford yesterday where Northants take on Essex - so now we have two days remaining and we’re still in the first innings of the game.

Chelmsford
BBC

Northants will undoubtedly be asked to bat for most of the time left in this match to secure a draw, with Essex needing to get bowling as soon as possible.

Commentary is available online or by clicking the Live Coverage tab on this page.

Garden waste recycling plant recommended for approval despite objections

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

A decision will be made today on plans for a green waste recycling plant on fields to the south of Stamford Road in Weldon.

Stamford Road
Google

If approved 80,000 tonnes of garden waste could be taken to the site every year. The waste would be composted in the open air, something that has lead to objections from the area's parish council.

It's concerned about the smell of the waste, the fact that newts and birds live on the site and increased traffic, but county council officers say the smell and noise could be controlled. They've recommended a committee of county councillors approve the plans.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds prepare for 'biggest game' in short history

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

AFC Rushden & Diamonds are just two games from promotion to Southern League Premier.

They travel to Royston in the semi-final of the Division One Central play-offs tonight. Win and Diamonds will play either St Ives or Egham on Bank Holiday Monday.

The club is fan-owned club, and created after Rushden & Diamonds folded.

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Junior doctors' strike: 'Whatever the outcome the NHS will suffer' - GP

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The junior doctors' strike will mean doctors "won't sign the contracts, will leave the profession, or will move abroad," according to one locum GP.

Junior Doctors at Northampton General Hospital
BBC

Dr Jonathan Ireland, who is also the chairman of the local medical committee in Northamptonshire, said whatever the outcome of the strike the NHS will suffer.  

However, he added he didn't expect GPs to any busier than normal today, as the first ever all-out strike takes place

Wilson takes on the world number one in quarter-final

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is about to take on the world number one, Mark Selby, in the World Snooker Championship quarter-final.

You can watch live coverage of the match via the BBC Sport website or by clicking on the Live Coverage tab on this page.

Kyren Wilson
PA

What is the junior doctors' strike about?

BBC News England

The first all-out junior doctors' strike in the history of the NHS is under way.

Both Northampton and Kettering Hospitals say they are prepared for the walk-out.

But what is the junior doctors strike about? We take a look...

Fears over ‘blast zone’ report for Northampton power plant unfounded, claims developer

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Developers looking to build a power plant in Northampton have sought to allay safety fears after it emerged the firm would need to submit a “blast report” as part of its planning application.

Northampton hospital chief calls strike a 'sad day for NHS'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The debate over the junior doctors' strike continues as the first all-out strike in NHS' history gets under way.

Dr Mike Cusack, the medical director at Northampton Hospital, said despite the strike, hospital bosses still want patients with medical emergencies to come in.

Elsewhere, the hospital's chief operating officer Deborah Needham took to Twitter with her thoughts...

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World Snooker 2016: Is Kyren Wilson a future world champion?

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson has been making headlines at this year's World Snooker Championship.

As you can see from our video, fans on social media have been paying tribute using #bbcsnooker, while Ronnie O'Sullivan has described Wilson as a "future world champion".

Sport headlines: Cricketers hoping for more play today... AFC Rushden & Diamonds in play-offs tonight

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Here are the top sports stories this morning:

Weather: Cold with some sunshine and showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A chilly but dry start to today, followed by a day of sunshine and showers which may turn heavy, with the risk of hail and thunder and a high of 9C (48F).

You can see my full forecast below...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Public support strike says Kettering General Hospital junior doctor

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Dr Chris Carson, the lead junior doctor for the British Medical Association (BMA) at Kettering General Hospital, says that he is on a small picket line at the hospital this morning and "from the people he's spoken to" there is support for their industrial action.

Kettering General Hospital
BBC

Dr Carson said they have taken the action to walk out of both routine and emergency care "reluctantly", and would be willing to negotiate with the health secretary Jeremy Hunt but not "with a gun held to our heads".

Mr Hunt said the BMA was trying to "blackmail" the government to give up its manifesto pledge on providing a seven-day NHS.