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Live Reporting

By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - day one

That's me done for today.

I'll be back tomorrow when another three County Championship matches start.

In Division One, Durham play Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street and Lancashire host Warwickshire.

Derbyshire play Worcestershire in Division Two.

Until then, goodbye.

Close of play

Essex 266-9 v Leicestershire

I'm not quite sure what took so long, but the decision has been made and it's stumps at Chelmsford.

Leicestershire fought back well with three late wickets, while no Essex batsman could really kick on.

Ravi Bopara top scored with 61. The Division Two leaders will need to bowl well tomorrow.

Awaiting news from Chelmsford

Essex 266-9 v Leicestershire - bad light stopped play

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So, we're now just waiting to see what happens at Essex where they've been off for bad light for the last 30 minutes or so.

I'll bring you news as soon as I have it.

Close of play

Surrey 299-8 v Notts

Surrey captain Gareth Batty and Stuart Meaker see out the last few overs after the double blow of losing Tom Curran and Steve Davies to successive deliveries.

They'll resume in the morning needing one more run to earn a third batting bonus point.

You'd say it was an even day at The Oval - Nottinghamshire will be disappointed with that big partnership between Davies and Curran, but they're still in a decent position.


T20 Blast

Chris Gayle
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It was something of a formality once Chris Gayle got into his stride, but Somerset are home with 26 balls to spare at a rather damp Taunton.

Mahela Jayawardene also came to the party - the Sri Lankan made an unbeaten 45 as Somerset reached 136-4.

WICKET Davies (b Hutton 82)

Surrey 284-8 v Notts

They say one brings two and that's now the case at The Oval where Steve Davies follows Tom Curran next ball.

Brett Hutton the man this time who gets through his defences, 18 short of a century.

The match situation has suddenly shifted once again late in the day in the capital.

Bad light stops play

Essex 266-9 v Leicestershire

The bad weather is working its way across the country, and while it may not be raining at Chelmsford, it's got pretty gloomy in Essex.

The players go off for bad light with the Division Two leaders nine down.

WICKET T Curran (b Ball 52)

Surrey 284-7 v Notts

Ah, but now Tom Curran is gone as Jake Ball bowls him for 52.

It's Ball's 25th County Championship wicket of the season.

T20 games abandoned

Duckworth-Lewis comes into play

As expected, the games have been called off at Headingley and Edgbaston.

Yorkshire win by one run against Derbyshire having reached 67-3 off nine overs in pursuit of 154.

Birmingham Bears beat Lancashire Lightning by 18 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method having reduced their opponents to 39-4 with a target of 145.

Tom Curran hits fifty

Surrey 284-6 v Notts

Back to the County Championship for a moment as Tom Curran brings up his third four-day fifty of the summer.

It's been such an important knock by the 21-year-old having come to the crease when Surrey were 172-6.

Curran and Steve Davies (82 not out) have now put on 112 for the seventh wicket.

Batted @_TC59 who moves to 50 from 107 balls with 8x4

Batted @_TC59 who moves to 50 from 107 balls with 8x4


T20 Blast

And now he's out! Chris Gayle tries to hit Hampshire spinner Will Smith to Exeter but misses and is bowled for 52.

The Taunton crowd were treated to a semi-special innings by the World Boss though! Somerset are 100-3 and 34 shy of victory.

Fifty for Chris Gayle

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This man is just a phenomenon. In the Taunton drizzle, Chris Gayle brings up his first fifty of this year's stint with Somerset off 37 balls.

The big West Indian has smashed four fours and three big sixes.

Somerset are 95-2 off 11 overs and cruising to their target of 134 against Hampshire. 

Gayle force!

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I'll let this Tweet from Somerset do the talking, but I can sum it up in one word...HUGE.

SIX!! Gayle hits Afridi way way over the Somerset Pavilion!!! Somerset 71/2 (9) #SOMvHAM

WICKET Quinn (c Eckersley b Shreck 5)

Essex 250-9 v Leicestershire

It's Groundhog Day at Chelmsford as Matt Quinn gives wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley his third catch in the last few overs and Charlie Shreck picks up his fourth wicket.

Essex have at least brought up their second batting bonus point, but it looks like they're going to be all out for a below-par score here.

World boss warming up

T20 Blast

Chris Gayle
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Chris Gayle was looking fairly sedate for the first few overs at Taunton. But he then takes a shine to fellow West Indian Tino Best and launches him over extra cover for a maximum.

Gayle is up to 20 and Somerset are 50-2 chasing 134 against Hampshire.

It's still raining in the other two matches at Edgbaston and Headingley.

WICKET Foster (c Eckersley b Shreck 21)

Essex 244-8 v Leicestershire

And another one goes at Chelmsford. This time James Foster nicks giant paceman Charlie Shreck to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley and Essex are eight down.

WICKET Ten Doeschate (c Eckersley b Dexter 42)

Essex 232-7 v Leicestershire

Oh my word, I need to stop saying players are looking good, because Ryan ten Doeschate is now out.

The Essex captain edges Neil Dexter behind and goes for 42. As with Dan Lawrence earlier, I can only apologise.

Commentator's curse.

Essex fight back after tea

Essex 230-6 v Leicestershire

I haven't updated you from Chelmsford since tea, and that's because there isn't too much to report, other than Ryan ten Doeschate and James Foster are rebuilding for Essex.

Ten Doeschate is 42 off 47 and looking dangerous. Great stuff from the Essex skipper following the loss of Ravi Bopara before the interval.

Ryan ten Doeschate
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Rain stops play in T20 Blast

Oh dear, they're off at Edgbaston and Headingley with both games intriguingly poised.

Lancashire and England's Jos Buttler was out for nought just before the rain arrived in Birmingham to leave his side 39-4. Lightning are currently behind the D/L rate - they needed to be at 57.

Yorkshire were 67-3, chasing 154 against Derbyshire, when the players went off.

At Taunton, they're still on in the gloom - Chris Gayle is three off six balls with Somerset 18-1 chasing 134 against Hampshire.

Jim Allenby the man to go for Somerset.

Davies & Curran going strong

Surrey 247-6 v Notts

Tom Curran has turned into such an important player with bat and ball for Surrey.

The 21-year-old came to the middle with Surrey in a bit of trouble on 172-6 but he's moved to 29 and put on 79 with Steve Davies.

Davies is now beginning to motor - he hits Brett Hutton for back-to-back boundaries to go to 73 not out.

Hampshire all out for 133

T20 Blast

Somerset paceman Jamie Overton removes Darren Sammy and Gareth Berg in the space of three balls to finish with 4-22 as Hampshire are bowled out nine balls short of their full 20 overs.

That's pretty criminal in this format.

Those 134 needed by Somerset may not take too long with Chris Gayle set to stroll to the crease.

T20 Blast update

Adam Lyth has suddenly turned into a combination of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.

The Yorkshire opener is fast becoming a six-hitting machine as he moves on to 30 off 14 balls to take the Vikings to 48-1 after six overs in pursuit of 154 against Derbyshire.

At Edgbaston, Lancashire are struggling on 28-2 after five overs having been set 145 for victory by Birmingham Bears.

Meanwhile at Taunton they are just getting under way again with Hampshire on 127-8 off 17.2 overs.

UPDATE: Play to resume at 16:20 #SOMvHAM

UPDATE: Play to resume at 16:20 #SOMvHAM

Steven Davies reaches fifty

Surrey 221-6 v Notts

Surrey's Steven Davies is one of the most elegant players to watch on his day - and it's certainly becoming his day at The Oval.

The batsman guides Nottinghamshire paceman Harry Gurney to third man for four to bring up his third half-century of the summer.

Surrey are just beginning to edge their way back into this game. 

Stumps at Cardiff

Glamorgan 93-2 v Kent

With rain falling in the Welsh capital since just after midday, I'm afraid the umpires have decided enough is enough and stumps is called.

They'll try again tomorrow with Glamorgan 93-2. Let's hope for a bit more luck from the weather gods!

The flying Cosgrove

Essex 195-6 v Leicestershire - tea

I think it's fair to say Mark Cosgrove was pretty pleased with the wicket of Ravi Bopara on the stroke of tea!

Mark Cosgrove
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Resumption at The Oval

Surrey 207-6 v Notts

The teams are back out at The Oval after tea, with a fired-up Harry Gurney back into the attack.

We're back underway, Surrey now 207-6 after 69 overs. Gurney, who bowled with pace before tea, continues... #SurreyvNotts

WICKET Bopara (b Cosgrove 61)

Essex 195-6 v Leicestershire - tea

What an inspired bowling change by Leicestershire skipper Mark Cosgrove. The Australian brings himself on and Ravi Bopara drags his third ball onto the stumps.

I might have to ask Mr Cosgrove to pick my lottery numbers! Leicestershire are suddenly on top at Chelmsford against the Division Two leaders.

The players go to tea.

T20 Blast update

Birmingham Bears have finished on 144-9 against Lancashire Lightning with Nathan Buck claiming 4-26.

Luke Ronchi top scored for the Bears with a 35-ball 53 which included four sixes.

Derbyshire Falcons made 153-9 at Headingley against Yorkshire Vikings with Tim Bresnan picking up three wickets.

Meanwhile at Taunton, rain has stopped play with Hampshire 125-8 off 16.3 overs against Somerset.

Good conditions for sliding on your knees - as Somerset spinner Max Waller demonstrated after getting rid of Shahid Afridi.

Max Waller
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Tea at The Oval

Surrey 203-6 v Notts

The players go to tea with Steve Davies unbeaten on 42 and Tom Curran 12 not out. Big evening session coming up for both sides.

First batting bonus point for Surrey

Surrey 201-6 v Notts

Surrey have lost regular wickets throughout the day at The Oval, but they're battling hard to get to a decent total.

Tom Curran takes them past 200 with a four off Andy Carter.

With Steven Davies well set on 42 at the other end, they could yet make a par score.

Boom boom and gone

T20 Blast

Shahid Afridi has done a Shahid Afridi at Taunton! The Pakistan all-rounder goes four, six, four off Max Waller before he is bowled by the Somerset leg-spinner for 21.

Hampshire are 124-7 with four overs to go.

WICKET Ryder (b McKay 18)

Essex 169-5 v Leicestershire

Leicestershire fast bowler Clint McKay claims his third wicket of the day as Jesse Ryder chops him onto his stumps for 18.

The Aussie has 3-36.

Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate is the new man in.

T20 Blast update

Wickets, wickets, wickets would be my summary!

Hampshire have collapsed to 58-5 against Somerset after 10 overs.

Birmingham Bears are also in trouble - they're 71-4 against Lancashire Lightning after 11.

And it's not much better for Derbyshire at Headingley. They've slumped to 73-4 against Yorkshire with 10 overs gone.

You can see the full scorecards here.

WICKET Foakes (c Wessels b Ball 22)

Surrey 172-6 v Notts

This is becoming the story of Surrey's season - a batsman gets in, then gets out.

Ben Foakes is the latest name on that list as he edges Jake Ball behind for 22.

Surrey are in danger of posting a below-par first-innings total at The Oval.

Fifty for Ravi Bopara

Essex 159-4 v Leicestershire

Ravi Bopara becomes the second man in Essex's first innings to reach his half-century after Tom Westley.

It's the all-rounder's 43rd first-class fifty and a vital one for his side.

He's beginning to look very good at Chelmsford.

T20 Blast update

Somerset celebrate wicket
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It's been a pretty slow start in T20 terms in all three of our games.

Hampshire are 32-2 off five overs against Somerset - but England batsman James Vince is still there on 10.

Birmingham Bears have also lost two early wickets against Lancashire - they're 29-2 off five.

And at Headingley, it's a similar story - Derbyshire are 34-2 against Yorkshire.

Don't forget, you can select live ball-by-ball radio commentary from each game by clicking on the live coverage tab at the top of this page.

Rain stops play

Glamorgan 93-2 v Kent

Just to update you on the latest scene from Cardiff - not a lot to report I'm afraid...

CRICKET Still raining at the SWALEC. It's a misty, whispy sort of rain, but it's still rain. #bbccricket

CRICKET Still raining at the SWALEC. It's a misty, whispy sort of rain, but it's still rain. #bbccricket

Ansari gone for a duck

Surrey 138-5 v Notts

Yep, Surrey certainly are in strife as Zafar Ansari is out lbw to Notts left-armer Harry Gurney without scoring.

The hosts' last four wickets have fallen for 47 at The Oval.

WICKET Lawrence (c Taylor b Shreck 21)

Essex 132-4 v Leicestershire

Ah, sorry Dan, probably my fault. Just as I said Dan Lawrence was beginning to look in decent nick, the teenager is caught by Rob Taylor to give Charlie Shreck his second wicket.

Things are not looking all that easy for the Division Two leaders at Chelmsford so far - but they have two fine batsman at the crease as Ravi Bopara is joined by Jesse Ryder.

Charlie Shreck
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WICKET Harinath (c Wessels b Patel 73)

Surrey 137-4 v Notts

Surrey are in a bit of strife now as Arun Harinath edges Nottinghamshire spinner Samit Patel behind for 73.

It was a fine knock from the opener, but you feel he needed to go on to three figures.

Zafar Ansari joins Steven Davies at the wicket.