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Summary

  1. Alastair Cook hits 130 not out for Essex
  2. Joe Root out for first-ball duck v Notts
  3. Ben Stokes claims 4-117 for Durham
  4. Liam Livingstone makes first Lancs ton

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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

That is the end of our coverage for today.

There's been quite a bit of unfavourable weather about, but it's been a very good day nevertheless for Liam Livingstone, Tom Westley, Paul Horton and - almost inevitably - England captain Alastair Cook, who all made centuries.

But cricket is a 'funny old game' and on the other side of the coin was Joe Root, one of the world game's premier batsmen, who suffered the indignity of a first-ball duck in his first innings for Yorkshire since 2014.

C'est la vie, que sera sera...no doubt he will be looking to put that behind him in the very near future.

Thank you for following the commentary. We'll be back again on Tuesday from about 10:45 BST. See you then.

Day two scores round-up

Division One:

Hampshire 336 v Middlesex 84-3

Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 170-4

Surrey 457 v Durham 156-2

Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 14-0

Division Two:

Glamorgan 260 & 16-1 v Kent 488

Derbyshire 324 v Northamptonshire 66-0

Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

Essex 335-2 v Worcestershire

Close of play

Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 14-0

The final action of the day sees Somerset openers Tom Abell and Marcus Trescothick play out an over of spin from left-armer Simon Kerrigan as the home side keep all their wickets intact for the third day.

Liam Livingstone takes the plaudits, however, for his unbeaten 108, a maiden first-class century for Lancashire in only his second game, after skipper Steven Croft fell six runs short of three figures earlier in the day. 

Close of play

Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 170-4

Yorkshire avoid any further loss in a brief passage of play which ends day two at Trent Bridge, with Alex Lees just nine short of a century and Andrew Gale on 21.

The day certainly didn't go to plan at the start with Adam Lyth and Joe Root both out first ball, but they are only 91 behind with six wickets remaining, and a batting line-up strengthened by the inclusion of all-rounder David Willey.

Lyth and Root were both victims of Jake Ball, who enhanced his reputation with 3-40, but Stuart Broad when wicketless, sending down 10 overs for figures of 0-29. 

Close of play

Essex 335-2 v Worcestershire

England captain Alastair Cook is indeed the immoveable object as he reaches stumps on 130 not out at New Road. Cook's form so far this summer has been machine-like and he now has 463 runs under his belt, with three centuries. 

Partner Ravi Bopara needs two runs to reach 50 and together they need three more for a hundred partnership. The question for the Division Two leaders, though, is how to approach the final two days with so much time lost to the weather already.

Alastair Cook
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Close of play

Glamorgan 260 & 16-1 v Kent 488

A shower brings play to an end 4.1 overs early at Canterbury with Kent well on top, 212 runs ahead and confident of pressing home their advantage on the third morning. 

Glamorgan will need to show some real backs-to-the wall resolve to avoid a defeat, unless they get some help from the weather, despite good bowling by Michael Hogan (4-91) and Craig Meschede (3-105) earlier in the day. 

Declaration

Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset

Lancashire skipper Steven Croft has seen enough and leaves Somerset with six overs to face before the close. Liam Livingstone finishes unbeaten on 108, with last man Simon Kerrigan 11 not out. Roelof van der Merwe is the pick of Somerset's bowlers with 3-87.

What can James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis do with the new ball?

Cook grinds down Worcestershire

Essex 318-2 v Worcestershire

Essex earn a third batting point as Alastair Cook goes serenely on at New Road. A lot of time has been taken out of this game by the weather, but Cook is in 'the zone', unhurried, unflustered as he moves to 121 not out, with partner Ravi Bopara on 40. They have so far added 80 in 20 overs. 

Notts look for positive finish

Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 151-4

Andrew Gale
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The action has finally resumed at Trent Bridge with Yorkshire hoping to avoid any major alarms in what is left of a disrupted second day against Notts. Jake Ball and Stuart Broad are bowling, but Alex Lees has advanced to 79 not out, with skipper Andrew Gale on 16.

WICKET Jarvis (c Rogers b van der Merwe 34)

Lancashire 479-9 v Somerset

Spinner Roelof van der Merwe claims his third victim as Kyle Jarvis is caught at extra cover by Somerset's Australian skipper. It ends a stand of 80 with Liam Livingstone, who is still there on 105.

WICKET Rudolph (c Rouse b Stevens 0)

Glamorgan 260 & 2-1 v Kent 488

Glamorgan's plight gets a whole lot worse as Jacques Rudolph is caught behind off the inside edge in the fourth over of their second innings. A poor game for the South African, who only made four in the first innings.

Close of play

Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

My colleague Richard Rae called it correctly (see 17:50 entry) - there is no resumption at Hove, but Leicestershire are sitting pretty after a productive, if truncated day, which saw opener Paul Horton make his first century for the county. 

They lead by 137 and will press hard for their second win of the summer on the final two days - they only achieved two in the entire 2015 season.

CENTURY FOR LIAM LIVINGSTONE

Lancashire 470-8 v Somerset

Liam Livingstone
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That's a quite magnificent maiden first-class ton for Liam Livingstone.The 22-year-old reaches three figures off 139 balls with a couple of runs off Jamie Overton. Lancashire are clearly planning to bat only once in this rain-affected game - and Livingstone's ninth-wicket stand with Kyle Jarvis is now worth 71. 

Kent rattle up massive lead over Glamorgan

Glamorgan 260 v Kent 488

BBC Wales' Nick Webb at Canterbury:

"Kent piled up a massive 228-run lead over Glamorgan with some brutal hitting from the middle and lower order, including half-centuries by Darren Stevens and Mitch Claydon.

Michael Hogan with 4-91 was the pick of Glamorgan's suffering bowlers, but the visitors have a tricky spell to survive before stumps." 

End nigh at Hove?

Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae:

"Suspect our day is done at Hove, but Leicestershire made the most of the 43 overs that have proved possible, taking their score from 140-2 to 300-4, a lead of 137, with considerable power to add on a pitch where the bounce is becoming variable. 

"Paul Horton and Mark Cosgrove played outstandingly, Mark Pettini is now well established, and with Niall O'Brien, Wayne White, Ben Raine, Clint McKay and Jigar Naik all thoroughly capable performers with the bat, the Foxes will be looking to extend that lead to something around 300 before getting Sussex back in.

"The forecast for the next two days is much better, thankfully."

Close of play

Surrey 457 v Durham 156-2

The weather has the final say at The Oval with Durham 301 behind despite half centuries by openers Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings. Jack Burnham (21*) and Scott Borthwick (20*) are the not out batsmen after England's Ben Stokes finished with 4-117 earlier in the day as Surrey added an extra 86 to their first-day 371-7. Durham's first task on day three will be to avoid the possibility of following on.

That's your allotment folks. Another 28.3 overs of Durham's season lost to the weather now. I make that 410 already! #bbccricket

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Glamorgan 260 v Kent 488

Kent are finally all out at the Spitfire Ground as Harry Podmore (2-73) has debutant Hugh Bernard caught behind for 14. His last-wicket stand with Adam Riley (32 not out) was worth a useful 31 runs and extended the lead to 228. 

Glamorgan's batsmen have a lot of work to do.

Bad news for Fidel

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

"Hampshire Coach Dale Benkenstein does not expect fast bowler Fidel Edwards to play again this season.

"The 34-year-old injured his leg in a the pre-match warm up at Headingley two weeks ago, underwent surgery last week, and is currently on crutches.

""At best we'll get him ready for next season, that's probably where we are looking. When you are a fast bowler and what he puts through his body, it's probably asking too much of him," Benkenstein said."

Late finish at Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 122-4

Play will finally resume at 17:45 BST with 16 overs to be played before stumps. Alex Less - in case you'd forgotten - is unbeaten on 69 for the defending champions, with skipper Andrew Gale six not out.

Cricket. A game where you watch it rain all day until it's time to go home. Then start playing. #bbccricket

ANOTHER TON FOR ALASTAIR COOK

Essex 269-2 v Worcestershire

I'm sure Sri Lanka's bowlers are looking forward to the upcoming Test series in England, but they might not enjoy it for long if Alastair Cook continues his Championship form against them. A boundary off Joe Leach carries him to his third three-figure score of the new season, this one taking 206 balls, and including a six and 15 boundaries. 

Bad light stops play

Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

Leicestershire are 137 ahead, with Mark Pettini 42 not out, but the gathering gloom at Hove has forced a halt to play. Despite that, the Foxes will be happy campers in this position, providing the weather does them a favour of the final two days.

BAD LIGHT STOPPED PLAY - Even with the floodlights on, the gloomy light has now become too dark to continue and the players leave the field

Latest from Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 122-4

Very wet out there (evidently) and there will be a further inspection at 5.30pm. Starting to run out of time now #bbccricket

WICKET Claydon (c Lloyd b Wagg 55)

Glamorgan 260 v Kent 457-9

When I was a village cricketer, I wish I'd known that I could send opposition batsmen on their way simply by saying 'he looks like a good player' or 'he's batting really well' or 'he's doing a really good job for the team', we'd have won loads of trophies. 

Apologies for putting the mockers on Mitchell Claydon, who holes out off Graham Wagg. Looks like Glamorgan will be in again well before stumps.

Claydon tightens Kent's grip

Glamorgan 260 v Kent 456-8

Mitchell Claydon doesn't score many fifties, in fact this is only his fourth in first-class cricket, but it's a valuable one for his side, who are now 196 runs to the good. It took just 47 balls and included a six and seven fours.

WICKET Westley (lbw Henry 125)

Essex 238-2 v Worcestershire

Matt Henry dismisses Tom Westley
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Tom Westley and Alastair Cook fall short of Essex's second-wicket partnership record against Worcestershire as theirs comes to an end on 222 when Westley misses an attempted drive and is leg before. Still a tremendous innings, though, lasting 198 balls and featuring a six and 22 fours. Cook has yet to add to his score since play resumed.

WICKET Anderson (c Trescothick b C Overton 8)

Lancashire 403-8 v Somerset

Lancashire's total passes 400, but England pace bowler James Anderson is gone, taken at slip by Marcus Trescothick to give Craig Overton a second wicket. Liam Livingstone is still there on 60.

BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:

"More tight Somerset bowling since the resumption, Van de Merwe getting Wagner stumped and a fine catch by Marcus Trescothick has accounted for Jimmy Anderson, who was warmly applauded when he came in to bat. They appreciate great cricketers here at Taunton, whoever they're playing for."

Close of play

Derbyshire 324 v Northamptonshire 66-0

Another one bites the dust as the weather prevents a resumption in the Division Two game at Wantage Road. Northamptonshire's Ben Duckett will start day three 36 not out, with opening partner Jake Libby on 28.

Close of play

Hampshire 336 v Middlesex 84-3

We are done for the day at the Ageas Bowl, with just 42 overs bowled in the day. Dawid Malan is 40 not out for Middlesex, who trail by 252, with John Simpson on nine. Let's hope for better conditions on Tuesday.

WICKET Cosgrove (b Garton 80)

Sussex 160 v Leicestershire 270-4

So there will be no century for Mark Cosgrove as George Garton rearranges his stumps with an excellent delivery. Leicestershire still in a very strong position, however, as Niall O'Brien joins Mark Pettini.

19 year old George Garton has an absolutely cracking Yorker in his armoury.

WICKET Wagner (st R Davies b van der Merwe 13)

Lancashire 386-7 v Somerset

Neil Wagner is beaten in the flight after advancing down the track and Ryan Davies completes a stumping to give Roelof van der Merwe his second success. New batsman James Anderson is quickly under way with three.

Cook's opportunity

Essex 230-1 v Worcestershire

Will we see another Alastair Cook ton before the day is out? Well, it's certainly a possibility with play set to resume at New Road at 16:45 BST and 28 overs of play still possible if the weather holds. The England captain is 83 not out, but Essex need to start upping the tempo in a serious way if they are to have a chance of winning this rain-interrupted game.

Happy birthday, Brian

It's the 47th birthday today of Mr Brian Charles Lara - Mr 501 and 400 himself. What West Indies would give to have a player like him available for their Test side now.

Brian Lara
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Livingstone lifts Lancashire

Lancashire 381-6 v Somerset

After a long weather delay, Liam Livingstone reaches a 79-ball fifty for Lancashire with a single of Roelof van der Merwe. It's his second half-century in successive games and further justifies Ashley Giles' show of faith by including him in the Championship side.

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Glamorgan 260 v Kent 409-8 - tea

BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole:

"We've seen some prodigious hitting at Canterbury in the second session as Kent impose themselves on the game.

"Darren Stevens (58) smashed the ball into the upper tier of the pavilion and Matt Coles (29) and Mitchell Claydon (29*) cleared the rope at cow corner as Kent clocked up maximum batting points.

"Honours pretty much even on the second day, but Kent's opening century stand between Tom Latham and Daniel Bell-Drummond has helped them take control."

New Road update

Essex 230-1 v Worcestershire

A further inspection will take place at 16:30 BST...

Still some damp patches on the outfield, if they start at 5;00 could get 24 overs in (I think!) @WorcsCCC v @EssexCricket #bbccricket

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Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 254-3 - tea

BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae:

"Another excellent session for Leicestershire has seen them build a first innings lead of 91, with seven wickets remaining.

"The only wicket they lost was that of Paul Horton, who played quite beautifully in going to three figures for the first time since moving from Lancashire, hitting 14 fours, before being given out to his evident surprise, caught down the legside off the bowling of the young Sussex left-armer George Garton." 

"Mark Cosgrove is going well, though, and the Leicestershire skipper is approaching a second century in as many games as they continue to calmly put themselves in a position of control."

Rain stops play

Surrey 457 v Durham 149-2

What is Gareth Batty doing in this photo? Is he - a) yelling instructions to Surrey's catering staff not to put pickle in his sandwiches? b) practising for the Oval am-dram society's forthcoming production of Rigoletto? Or c) celebrating the pre-tea wicket of Durham's Mark Stoneman with a roar of triumph?

Please write your answers on a small piece of paper and attach to the leg of a carrier pigeon. Meanwhile, rain intervenes three balls into the final session...

Gareth Batty
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Rain relents in Nottingham

Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 122-4

Looks like we may be in for some evening action at Trent Bridge - hopefully...

INSPECTION There will be an official inspection by the umpires at 4.30pm if there is no further rain #bbccricket

WICKET Coles (b Hogan 29)

Glamorgan 260 v Kent 402-8

Matt Coles clouts Michael Hogan for six to take Kent's total past 400 and earn a fifth batting point, but loses his middle stump to the very next delivery. Adam Riley comes out to join Mitchell Claydon with the lead 142.

Splish, splash, I was taking a bath

Derbyshire 324 - Northamptonshire 66-0

BBC Radio Derby's Dave Fletcher:

"A crow has just taken the opportunity to have a good bath on the covers at Wantage Road after the heavens opened.

"We had eight balls after lunch before the players were taken off  - and there is no sign of a resumption. Northamptonshire added one run in that time."