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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - day four

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I think that's us otherwise done for the week.

Many thanks for braving the snow, sleet, hail, wind and rain to spend some of it with me, it's been a blast.

We'll be back with more live text and BBC local radio commentary for the next round of County Championship fixtures on Sunday, so we'll see you then!

The results

County Championship - day four

Division One:

Warwickshire draw with Yorkshire: Yorkshire 379 & 73-2d v Warwickshire 443-9d

Surrey draw with Somerset: Somerset 353 & 122-4 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Durham draw with Middlesex: Durham 305-4 v Middlesex 389

Division Two:

Leicestershire draw with Kent: Kent 264 & 85-2 v Leicestershire 409-9d

Gloucestershire draw with Worcestershire: Worcestershire 411 & 210-4 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

Essex beat Northants by an innings and 92 runs: Northants 119 & 230 v Essex 441-8d

Derbyshire draw with Glamorgan: Glamorgan 377 & 87-2 v Derbyshire 345

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Worcestershire 411 & 210-4 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

And there we have, our final match is done for the day!

Moeen Ali finishes on 136 not out from 144 deliveries, including 17 fours and four sixes.

Majestic Moeen

Worcestershire 411 & 194-4 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

The game at Bristol may well be trundling to an almost certain draw, but Moeen Ali's having some fun.

He smashes spinner Jack Taylor for successive sixes to take his personal tally to 129.

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Surrey draw with Somerset

Thanks for joining us, Ollie!

After a stressful coursework deadline day, it is nice to get in and stick Mr Church and @surreycricket on the radio!!! #bbccricket #Alevels


Somerset 353 & 122-4 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Hands are shaken, Somerset survive.

James Hildreth (40 not out) and Peter Trego (34 not out) share 60 for the fifth wicket to ensure, in the end, Surrey weren't able to seriously threaten a positive result.

Fiften overs left in Bristol, nine overs left at The Oval. Surrey and Gloucestershire both need six wickets for victory. Somerset and Worcestershire both just desperate to survive, but certainly looking strong favourites to do just that.

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Somerset 353 & 95-4 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Time's ticking though, Alex. Eleven overs remain.

Glued to the radio. Feels like every ball of the last few overs has been close to getting another wicket. Come on Surrey! #bbccricket


Kent 264 & 85-2 v Leicestershire 401-9d

Another match, another draw. We're ticking them off slowly.

STUMPS | Hands have been shaken with the light closing in. Kent 85-2. Match drawn

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Somerset 353 & 79-4 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Surrey fans aren't giving up hope! There are 13 overs left for Somerset to ride out.

Hope bad weather remains away from The Oval #bbccricket

Moeen makes 100

Worcestershire 411 & 156-4 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

Well played, Moeen Ali. Always super to see an England batsman find some form.

His century arrives from 106 deliveries, and featured 15 fours and two sixes.

Time to call it off now?

Moeen Ali hits 15th first class 100 of career off 106 balls with 2 x 6 and 14 x 4

WICKET Van der Merwe (b Ansari) 2

Somerset 353 & 62-4 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Somerset are just dangling that carrot ever so slightly. Roelef van der Merwe is Zafar Ansari's third victim of the evening - and leaves the visitors 16 overs to survive with six wickets left.

Moeen moves into the nineties

Worcestershire 411 & 151-4 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

Moeen Ali
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With all three matches labouring towards draws, all eyes remain fixed upon Moeen Ali.

He moves on to 95.

WICKET Rogers (b Ansari) 24

Somerset 353 & 54-3 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Oh Chris, what have you done?

Former Australia opener Chris Rogers has been bowled by Zafar Ansari to leave Somerset trailing by 238 runs, with seven wickets and 20 overs remaining.

You can't imagine the other three games will be too far behind The Oval.

All that said, Moeen Ali has progressed to 86 not out, so we could be sticking around for the England all-rounder's century...


Yorkshire 379 & 73-2 v Warwickshire 443-9d

Ian Bell bowling off spin appears to have been the final straw. The two captains shake on it and it's all over at Edgbaston.

Chuck Ian Bell the ball!

Yorkshire 379 & 73-2 v Warwickshire 443-9d

Ian Bell is currently bowling off-spin as the game drifts to a draw. @YorkshireCCC 72-2 after 20 overs, leading by 8.

WICKET Kohler-Cadmore (c Shaw b Norwell) 25

Worcestershire 411 & 123-4 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

I'm claiming the assist for this one. Tom Kohler-Cadmore is the man to go for 25, bringing Ross Whiteley to the crease.

Moeen Ali is still chugging along, he's now on to 76 from 82 deliveries.

Draws all round?

We've not had a wicket for nearly 15 minutes and it's all gone rather quiet. Draws nailed on?

(Cue a collapse somewhere...)

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Somerset 353 & 28-2 v Surrey 465 & 181-8d

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Trescothick played a tortured innings, and was finally swept aside by some left arm spin. #bbccricket

WICKET Trescothick (c Roy b Ansari) 12

Somerset 353 & 22-2 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

Having dropped anchor somewhat, Marcus Trescothick is on his way back to the hutch, caught by Jason Roy in Zafar Ansari's second over.

Chris Rogers, on 10 from a stodgy 28 deliveries, is joined by James Hildreth.

Things have been threatening to get exciting all day. Maybe that Ansari wicket will be the spark for Surrey #bbccricket @surreycricket

And they're back on at Bristol

Worcestershire 411 & 91-3 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

That didn't last long did it? It's as you were in the West Country.

WICKET Lees (c Woakes b Rankin) 20

Yorkshire 379 & 40-2 v Warwickshire 443-9d

Alex Lees
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Yorkshire have now lost both openers, as Boyd Rankin accounts for Alex Lees to leave the visitors 40-2 at Edgbaston.

The Tykes trail by 23 runs with eight wickets remaining.

They're off at Bristol

Worcestershire 411 & 91-3 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

The players have gone off at Bristol and, if the rain sticks around for any great length of time, it could well prove decisive. We'll keep you posted.

RAIN : A brief session since tea but it's drizzling and the players have gone off. @WorcsCCC 91-3 chasing 352 #GLOvWOR


Kent 264 & 25-2 v Leicestershire 401-9d

Could we be in for a close call at Grace Road?

Kent, trailing by 112, have lost both Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly to Clint McKay inside the opening seven overs, with 38 overs still to play in the day.

If ever they need a steady partnership it's now.


Glamorgan 377 & 87-2 v Derbyshire 345

Those puddles (see 14:24 BST) sure did look terminal, and so it's proved as the umpires have called it a day at Derby.

And common sense has prevailed. Match abandoned at Derby - Draw Derbyshire 11 points Glammy 12 points #bbccricket

WICKET Lyth (lbw b Patel) 8

Yorkshire 379 & 23-1 v Warwickshire 443-9d

There's been an early strike at Edgbaston too, where Adam Lyth has been sent on his way by Jeetan Patel.

The Yorkshire batsman, no doubt hoping to wriggle his way back in to England's team, won't be best pleased with that.

WICKET Abell (c Burns b Rampaul) 0

Somerset 353 & 0-1 v Surrey 463 & 181-8d

This isn't exactly going to plan so far for Somerset, as opener Tom Abell is caught by Rory Burns off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul only 12 balls in to the innings.

The perfect start for Surrey.

Back out at Edgbaston

Yorkshire 379 & 8-0 v Warwickshire 443-9d

BBC WM's Richard Wilford is watching on:

"With precious little to gain, Yorkshire's batsmen may not enjoy the 75-minute session that remains before a seemingly inevitable draw at Edgbaston.

"Bears' skipper Ian Bell has given his Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel the new ball along with paceman Boyd Rankin - and Rankin has had Adam Luth spilled already at short leg."


Worcestershire 411 & 83-3 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

It's time for a cuppa in Bristol. Here are the views of BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley:

"A Gloucestershire win or the draw are the only likely results after Worcestershire lost three early wickets, all clean bowled.

"They were set 352 to win off 63 overs as Jack Taylor and Chris Dent both scored superb centuries for the home side.

"Brett D’Olivera an Daryl Mitchell both went to the excellent Liam Norwell, the latter not playing a shot, before Joe Clarke was yorked by Josh Shaw.

"Moeen Ali has looked a different class and at tea is 50 not out with a possible 39 overs left in the game."

Moeen makes 50

Worcestershire 411 & 78-3 v Gloucestershire 380 & 382-7d

Moeen Ali
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It looks like Worcestershire's England all-rounder Moeen Ali has done the business for his county, bringing up his half-century, including eight fours and one six, and settling the ship for his team.

The visitors still trail by 274 runs at Bristol with just under 40 overs left.

Another declaration - and tea

Surrey 463 & 181-8d v Somerset 353

I can't keep up! The dismissals of Tom Curran and Gareth Batty in quick succession has prompted, in fairness, an interesting-looking declaration at The Oval.

Somerset require 292 in 40 or so overs. They may just be tempted.

Here's the view of BBC Somerset's Stephen Lamb:

"Kumar Sangakkara was again top scorer for the hosts, with 71 to add to his first-innings 171, but Surrey were prevented from accelerating as they would have liked by the regular fall of wickets.

"Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory complemented yesterday’s batting heroics with three wickets apiece, and there were also two for left-arm spinner Jack Leach.

"Surrey will be looking to their spin partnership of Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari to fashion what would be their first Championship win of the summer."

Tea and an inspection on the way

Glamorgan 377 & 87-2 v Derbyshire 345

An early tea has been taken at Derby, after which there'll be an inspection at 15:45 BST. Yeah, good luck with that...

TEA taken with @GlamCricket on 87-2, leading by 119. Here's the outfield that will be inspected at 3.45pm #DERvGLA

TEA taken with @GlamCricket on 87-2, leading by 119. Here's the outfield that will be inspected at 3.45pm #DERvGLA

Declaration - and tea

Warwickshire 443-9d v Yorkshire 379

It's declaration day by the looks of things, as Warwickshire have now followed Leicestershire's lead and popped their opposition in for a bat.

Tim Ambrose finished up unbeaten on 61, while Boyd Rankin was there with him on 16.

They're only 64 ahead of Yorkshire, so it's a bit of a token effort all round.

Declaration - and tea

Leicestershire 401-9d v Kent 264

After a bit of tail-end terror from the bat of Charlie Shreck - who smashes 17 from nine balls - Leicestershire have decided to declare.

They're 137 runs ahead of Kent, who may just have to be on their guard for half an hour or so to make sure they don't slip up.

WICKET Patel (b Patterson) 9

Warwickshire 436-9 v Yorkshire 379

Jeetan Patel has been bowled by Steven Patterson now, just as the sun breaks through the clouds here in Birmingham.

Barring something a bit silly from the reigning champions, I think we can safely expect handshakes all round at 17:00 BST in this one too.

WICKET Sangakkara (c Leach b Overton) 71

Surrey 463 & 168-6 v Somerset 353

Kumar Sangakkara's race is run, he's been dismissed by Craig Overton for 71 - exactly 100 runs less than he managed in the first innings.

Surrey are 278 runs ahead with four wickets left. About 45 overs remain in the day.

Two down, five to go...

We're getting there, folks. Five matches still in play - but will we see any more positive results?


Durham 305-4 v Middlesex 389

After 14 deliveries across days three and four, the good people of Chester-le-Street have been put out of their misery.

Durham and Middlesex will share the spoils.

That's it it's off. Handshakes all round. Match abandoned as a draw with 11 points for @DurhamCricket & 10 for @Middlesex_CCC #bbccricket

The Foxes are folding

Leicestershire 373-9 v Kent 264

Wayne White
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Not that it particularly matters in the overall context of the match, but this has been a bit of a collapse from Leicestershire, slipping from 305-4 to 373-9.

Wayne White (33 not out) and number 11 Charlie Shreck are the last men standing.