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Summary

  1. Ian Bell hits century for Warwickshire
  2. Essex close in on win against Gloucs
  3. Notts & England batsman James Taylor retires with heart condition

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - day three

Ian Bell
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So, that's the end of the third day of the 2016 County Championship season.

It's been a day dominated by the news of James Taylor's retirement, but we've also seen plenty of good stuff on the field.

Ian Bell hit a century for Warwickshire along with Arun Harinath for Surrey, while Essex closed in on victory against Gloucestershire.

There were also three washouts at New Road, Wantage Road and Chester-le-Street.

Join us against tomorrow from 10:55 BST where we'll have live text commentary and ball-by-ball radio coverage from day four.

Have a good evening!

Close of play scores - day three

Division One:

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 297-5

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 283-6

Durham 256 & 223-4 v Somerset 179 (no play Tuesday, rain)

Division Two:

Worcestershire v Kent (no play Tuesday, wet outfield)

Northants 481-7 v Sussex (no play Tuesday, wet outfield)

Essex 385 & v Gloucestershire 262 & 215

Close of play

Essex 385 & 34-0 v Gloucestershire 262 & 215

Essex will need 59 more to win on day four as Alastair Cook and Nick Browne see them through to stumps untroubled.

Close of play

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 297-5

Time is called on day three at Trent Bridge.

Surrey, following on, have built a lead of 76 thanks to Arun Harinath's unbeaten 114 and 83 from Kumar Sangakkara.

'Warwickshire may pay the price'

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 283-6

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin at the Ageas Bowl:

"Warwickshire may have to pay a price for the way two of their players dominated the third day. The performances of Ian Bell and Chris Woakes in sharing a stand of 151 suggest they may be away from their county again and back in the England set up before very long.

"Bell's century may not have been the most entertaining of the 51 he's scored in first-class cricket, but it was calm, confident and faultless apart from surviving a stumping chance on 95.

"Woakes paced his innings impressively and having bowled well on the first day has enhanced his international prospects.

"Hampshire will take encouragement from the way they kept Warwickshire tied down for long spells despite being a bowler light due to Reece Topley's injury and spinner Liam Dawson in particular bowled very tightly."

Moment of the Day... Ian Bell completing his century from a pulled shot off Will Smith.... Bell wasting no time in putting pressure on the England selectors.

WICKET Woakes (lbw b Edwards 66)

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 283-6

Chris Woakes goes in the final over of the day - lbw to Fidel Edwards - and stumps is called.

He put on 151 for Warwickshire's sixth wicket with Ian Bell who is 130 not out overnight.

Wicket at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 288-5

WICKET Samit Patel takes a caught and bowled to remove Ben Foakes for 26. Surrey 288-5 #bbccricket

Arun Harinath is still there on 109.

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Doesn't matter what form of the game it is, Jason Roy will always play an entertaining innings. Always! 🙌 He's ready for it. #bbccricket

GLOUCESTERSHIRE BOWLED OUT

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 215

After smashing his fifth six, Jack Taylor is dismissed by Graham Napier for 74.

Essex need 93 to win.

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50 FOR CHRIS WOAKES

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 260-5

Chris Woakes moves to his half-century off 128 balls with five fours.

Is this the season he finally realises his batting potential? Saying that, he averages almost 37 with the bat in first-class cricket - mightily respectable for a number seven.

Taylor swinging

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 208-9

There are fireworks at Chelmsford! Jack Taylor is hitting sixes for fun as he moves to 67 not out.

Gloucestershire's lead is up to 85 but they've only got one wicket in hand.

Can they push it over 100?

Bell in full flow

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 254-5

Ian Bell hits Fidel Edwards for three fours in a row and his partnership with Chris Woakes is up to 122.

Like last season, Warwickshire's vast batting depth could prove crucial - they've still got Rikki Clarke, Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel to come.

'Absolutely overwhelmed'

James Taylor forced to retire

Taylor has just Tweeted his thanks for all his messages of support.

The 26-year-old Notts and England batsman retired today because of a serious heart condition.

Absolutely overwhelmed with all the support I've received. You don't understand how much it means to me and how much it helps! Thank you! 😘🙏

HUNDRED FOR ARUN HARINATH

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 270-4

What a fine effort from Arun Harinath.

The Surrey opener brings up his century off 182 balls with 14 fours and one six.

They needed it too after being asked to follow on - the lead is now 49.

England player watch...

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 231-5

Chris Woakes is also playing his part in building Warwickshire's lead - the all-rounder is 43 not out.

IAN BELL HITS A CENTURY

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 221-5

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Well, that's not a bad way to alert the England selectors.

Ian Bell starts the 2016 season with a century - his 51st in first-class cricket.

It's been a bit of a graft, taking 218 balls and a minute over five hours, but the Warwickshire captain has put his side well on top.

WICKET Roderick (c Cook b Napier 58)

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 173-7

Gareth Roderick falls after another fine half-century with Gloucestershire's lead standing at exactly 50.

There is still some hope for Gloucestershire - Jack Taylor is smashing it at the other end and has moved to 40 off 45 balls.

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James Taylor forced to retire

So sad for @jamestaylor20 my favourite memory will be in Jo-burg 2016...witnessing 2 of the best close catches I have ever seen! #bbccricket

Nervous 90s?

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 206-5

Ian Bell has been in the 90s for about three days now...I'll bring you news of his century tomorrow. I jest of course.

Patience personified from the Bears captain.

WICKET Roy (lbw Hutton 37)

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 233-4

For the second time in the match Jason Roy gets himself in and then gets out.

The England limited-overs opener is pinned in front by Brett Hutton for 37.

Notts will bat again

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 221-3

Jason Roy has seven boundaries in his 33. That means he's done a bit of running at least!

Surrey have wiped out the deficit, at 221-3 with Harinath on 76 and Roy on 33. Scores level. #bbccricket

This was the scene at Chelmsford a couple of hours ago. Luckily the dark clouds have passed and we've had a decent day's cricket.

Chelmsford
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50 FOR GARETH RODERICK

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 136-6

Gloucestershire captain Gareth Roderick brings up his second half-century of the match after his unbeaten 88 in the first innings.

Determined stuff from the skipper as he looks to give his side some sort of total to try and defend.

They currently lead by 13 runs.

Mullaney 'numb' at Taylor retirement
Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney says he feels "numb" at hearing James Taylor must retire from cricket aged 26 because of a heart condition.

'Essex will have to bat again'

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 124-6

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Chelmsford: 

"Although it's hard to say Gloucestershire are batting well, they've been unlucky. Kieran Noema-Barnett was undone by a real daisy cutter from Ravi Bopara.

"But hope springs eternal - at least Essex will have to bat again."

Roy dealing in boundaries

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 189-3

I'm not sure Jason Roy likes running.

After making 28 - all in boundaries - in Surrey's first innings, Roy is now 17 not out with four fours. 

So by my maths, that's one single.

He needs to go on though - Surrey still trail by 28 runs.

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I wasn't going to start a 'Should Ian Bell be in the England side?' debate, but since you asked Rick...

Bell is currently 87 not out for Warwickshire.

#bbccricket Ian Bell looking good v Hants - England form?

What's up Jesse?

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 109-6

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Something's peeved Essex all-rounder Jesse Ryder it seems.

Although there's not a lot to be unhappy about at Chelmsford for the home side - they could wrap up victory this afternoon.

Surrey lose another...

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 167-3

Steven Davies goes just three balls later without scoring. Same method of dismissal - caught Chris Read, bowled Jake Ball.

WICKET Sangakkara (c Read b Ball 83)

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 167-2

There will be no century for Kumar Sangakkara as he edges Jake Ball behind for 83.

Note it down - Sangakkara has failed to convert a fifty into a ton - a rare moment.

WICKET Jake Ball's first delivery after tea has removed Kumar Sangakkara for 83, ct behind. Surrey 167-2, 54 behind. #bbccricket

Essex closing in on victory?

Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 109-6 - Tea

Gloucestershire are now six down at Chelmsford as Ravi Bopara removes Kieran Noema-Barnett, lbw, for 21.

They are still 14 runs away from making Essex bat again at tea.

'Slow scoring session'

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 169-5

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BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at the Ageas Bowl:

"Just 92 runs were scored in the afternoon session as Hampshire's bowlers made the Bears work hard for their runs. 

"Liam Dawson held up one end with figures so far of 14 overs for 16 runs. 

"Ian Bell (78* off 157 balls) seemed happy to make sure he didn't lose his wicket.

"Sam Hain (25) was caught down the leg side off Ryan McLaren and Tim Ambrose (11) chipped James Tomlinson to mid-wicket. 

"Honours just about even that session."

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Tea at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 163-1

It's also tea in Nottingham.

Kumar Sangakkara is just 17 runs away from his 56th first-class century, while Arun Harinath has provided fine support with an unbeaten 53.

Tea at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 169-5

Warwickshire go to tea slightly on top.

Ian Bell is unbeaten on 78 and Chris Woakes has made a patient 11 not out.

Can Bell reach his 51st first-class century after the interval?

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Sangakkara racing along

Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 153-1

Kumar Sangakkara takes something of a liking to Samit Patel's spin.

He hits him for 4,6,4 to move to 78 not out. 

Reaction to Taylor's retirement

James Taylor forced to retire

As one Sri Lankan great continues to score runs in the middle, another has been wishing James Taylor well...

Devastating news about @jamestaylor20 . Speedy recovery & wishing him all the best 🙏🏽

Stumps at Wantage Road

Northants 481-7 v Sussex

It appears the bowler run ups were causing concern...

After a long wait play called off for the day at Northants @SussexCCC @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket

After a long wait play called off for the day at Northants @SussexCCC @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket