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  1. Alviro Petersen hits 191 for Lancashire v Middlesex at Lord's
  2. Somerset's James Hildreth makes 150 for second time this season

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By Adam Williams

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Stumps are drawn

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And that is that for another day of action in the County Championship.

You can read reports from all of today's matches across the two divisions on our county cricket section.

We'll be back with more of the twists and turns tomorrow as many of these matches move into a crucial third day.

Join us from 10:45 BST on Tuesday. Until then, thanks for being with us.

Close at Grace Road

Leicestershire 252-7 v Gloucestershire

And it's all over at the end of the first day between Leicestershire and Gloucestershire.

The Foxes were put in after an uncontested toss in this Division Two encounter and they had Neil Dexter (107 not out) to thank for guiding them to two batting points.

Dexter came in on the sixth ball of the day and struck seven fours on his way to three figures.

Hildreth's day once again

Hampshire 219 & 18-1 v Somerset 474-8 dec

James Hildreth
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A day to remember at the Ageas Bowl for Somerset's James Hildreth.

The right-hander passed 150 for the second time this season as his side racked up an impressive first innings total of 474-8 dec.

Johann Myburgh (110) also registered a first first-class century of the season as Somerset took a 255-run lead.

Jimmy Adams fell to Lewis Gregory before the close at the start of Hampshire's innings. They will resume on day three still 237 runs behind.

Bears close on top

Warwickshire 283-8 v Nottinghamshire 152

It was wickets aplenty earlier at Edgbaston and the possibility of a day three finish as the batsmen struggled to settle.

But, lower-order runs for Warwickshire from Tim Ambrose (72) and Rikki Clarke (74) have seen the hosts take a 131-run lead at the end of day two against Nottinghamshire.

Jake Ball's impressive campaign continued with 4-76 including the late wicket of Clarke to keep his side just about in contention.

Wayne's World at Canterbury

Kent 379 v Derbyshire 291-3

Wayne Madsen
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Not a bad day for Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen against Kent.

Earlier, he watched his bowlers mop up what was left of the Kent lower-order and at the close of day two he's helped his side get within 100.

Madsen (73 not out) and Chesney Hughes (83) have been the mainstays of Derbyshire's so far impressive reply in this Division Two fixture.

Close of play at Lord's

Middlesex 146-1 v Lancashire 513

Stevie Eskinazi
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Stumps have been drawn at Lord's where bat is most definitely dominating ball between Middlesex and Lancashire.

Nick Gubbins (71 not out) and Stevie Eskinazi (43 not out) have shared 87 runs so far for the second wicket to frustrate the Red Rose.

WICKET Clarke (c Hutton b Ball 74)

Warwickshire 264-8 v Nottinghamshire 152

Some late in the day wickets falling across Division One and Rikki Clarke falls before the close after his potentially match-defining innings for Warwickshire.

Another wicket for Jake Ball who seems to have a knack at the moment for coming up with scalps when his side most need them.

Wicket: Ball has his fourth, Clarke caught in the deep for 74, Warwickshire 264-8, 4.1 overs to go #WarksvNotts

Wicket: Ball has his fourth, Clarke caught in the deep for 74, Warwickshire 264-8, 4.1 overs to go #WarksvNotts

WICKET Adams (b Gregory 0)

Hampshire 219 & 0-1 v Somerset 474-8 dec

Worst possible start for Hampshire to their second innings as they try to avoid losing wickets late in the day against Somerset.

Jimmy Adams has seen his defences breached by Lewis Gregory before a run can even be added.

Adams (0) is out, chopping on Gregory's in-swinging ball. Alsop joins Smith in the middle - Hampshire requiring stability. 0-1 #HAMvSOM

Bears lead beyond 100

Warwickshire 255-7 v Nottinghamshire 152

Rikki Clarke has played a great hand down the order for Warwickshire at Edgbaston as they look to have taken a decisive lead in this Division One contest.

Nottinghamshire had a sniff of sneaking a slim first innings lead earlier when the Bears were teetering on 117-5.

But Tim Ambrose (72) and Clarke (71 not out) have turned the game in Warwickshire's favour.

100 for Neil Dexter

Leicestershire 232-6 v Gloucestershire

Coming towards the close of day one at Grace Road in Division Two where Neil Dexter has shown great staying power with a century from 247 balls for the hosts.

It's been a vital knock from the former Kent and Middlesex all-rounder as Leicestershire eye a strong first innings total and a potential place on top of the division by the end of this round.

Declaration from Somerset

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 474-8 dec

Pretty much right on cue with that Somerset declaration with a lead of 255 against Hampshire.

The hosts will have nine overs to bat out before the close of play in their second innings.

A first @CountyChamp fifty for @RyanDavies777!! Somerset declare on 474/8 with a lead of 255 runs #HAMvSOM

A first @CountyChamp fifty for @RyanDavies777!! Somerset declare on 474/8 with a lead of 255 runs #HAMvSOM

Somerset's lead continues to grow

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 470-8

Somerset take their lead beyond 250 against Hampshire as day two at the Ageas Bowl moves to a conclusion.

Craig Overton and Ryan Davies have added 78 runs for the ninth wicket to make it even more agonising for the hosts.

Could be a declaration as well from the visitors to put Hampshire in again for a few uncomfortable overs before stumps.

Your half-term reports


Asked you earlier for your assessments of how your county is faring in the Championship as we approach the halfway mark of this season.

Peter's offered this concise report of the Red Rose in 2016 to date...

#bbccricket Lancashire always playing to win, not always winning.

While Sam has this view of the Bears....

#bbccricket Warwickshire look very solid,would be top of the table,had we have beaten Durham which we somehow didn't! Still in it though!

Keep them coming in via #bbccricket

Warwickshire accumulate a lead

Warwickshire 224-6 v Nottinghamshire 152

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport at Edgbaston

"The action has slowed down somewhat since the dismissal of Tim Ambrose for 72.

"The former England wicket-keeper played splendidly, producing some glorious cover drives in his thirteen fours. It came as something of a surprise when he edged a Samit Patel delivery to give Steven Mullaney his third slip catch.

"Since then Warwickshire have added to their lead through steady accumulation with Rikki Clarke and Keith Barker forging a partnership."

50 for Nick Gubbins

Middlesex 101-1 v Lancashire 513

Nick Gubbins
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A half-century for Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins at Lord's as the hosts continue to mount a response to Lancashire's imposing first innings total.

Seven fours in the left-hander's innings so far as Lancashire turn to a combination of medium pace and spin.

Somerset pass 400

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 411-8

Maximum batting points registered for Somerset at the Ageas Bowl as some lusty hitting from Craig Overton and Ryan Davies takes the visitors beyond 400.

Added to that, they're now closing in on a first-innings lead of more than 200.

All over at Taunton

England women beat Pakistan women by 202 runs

All over in the third women's ODI at Taunton and a great start to Heather Knight's captaincy as her side complete a 3-0 series win in emphatic fashion.

Division Two latest

Runs-a-flowing nicely for the batting sides so far at both Leicester and Canterbury.

On day one at Grace Road, Leicestershire have picked up a first batting point after going past 200 with Neil Dexter (89 not out) eyeing-up a century.

They're 202-5 against Gloucestershire currently.

In the evening session on day two at Canterbury, Kent's earlier 379 is gradually being chipped away at by Derbyshire.

Chesney Hughes (73 not out) and captain Wayne Madsen (39 not out) have shared 82 for the third wicket so far in a total of 221-2.

WICKET Robson (c Livingstone b Parkinson 21)

Middlesex 59-1 v Lancashire 513

Lancashire have had to be patient for a breakthrough at Lord's against Middlesex.

Sam Robson has fallen to new spin kid on the block Matt Parkinson after edging to Liam Livingstone at slip.

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This round of County Championship matches pretty much marks the halfway stage for this season.

How has your side fared so far and what would be your half-term report?

Tell us your county and try and sum up their fortunes if you can in fewer than 140 characters via #bbccricket

England close in on clean sweep

England women v Pakistan women, Taunton

It's looking like a third crushing win of the series for England women in the ODI against Pakistan.

Spinner Laura Marsh has already picked up three wickets for the hosts, including that of Sidra Nawaz below.

Chasing a highly improbable 367 for victory, a few moments ago Pakistan were 153-6 after 40 overs.

Follow the closing stages should you wish right here.

Sidra Nawaz

Ambrose falls for Bears

Warwickshire 186-6 v Nottinghamshire 152

Amid all that flurry of action surrounding James Hildreth, another wicket fell in the tight encounter at Edgbaston.

Tim Ambrose's 72 is the highest score so far between the two sides. Samit Patel managed to force him from the middle though as he found the edge and the hands of Steven Mullaney at third slip.

Warwickshire's lead has crept up to 34 in the process.

WICKET Hildreth (lbw b McLaren 152)

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 376-7

How often do we see that?

A batsman reaches a landmark and then it's all over. James Hildreth's innings is ended after 167 balls.

It's a fifth wicket of the innings for Ryan McLaren in the process and a second for the South African since tea. Hampshire are no doubt grateful for his effort to keep them in this one.

150 for James Hildreth

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 375-6

And there is the 150 for James Hildreth. The second time this season he has passed that landmark.

1⃣5⃣0⃣ for James Hildreth!! Somerset 375/6 and the lead is 157 runs #HAMvSOM

1⃣5⃣0⃣ for James Hildreth!! Somerset 375/6 and the lead is 157 runs #HAMvSOM

WICKET Gregory (lbw b McLaren 18)

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 367-6

Wicket time for Hampshire straight after tea at the Ageas Bowl as Lewis Gregory falls to Ryan McLaren.

James Hildreth is still going though on 147 not out.

OUT: Gregory is LBW to McLaren for a bright 18. Somerset 367/6 and lead by 148 runs #HAMvSOM

bbc-coverageThe final session

Cups of tea consumed (myself included!) and possible a few sandwiches nibbled (not myself included!) and players are back out for the final session of the day.

Don't forget - we've got it all covered for you on BBC local radio. 

Pick your match of choice by using the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

Back underway after tea with @KevinHandBBC & @dtcricket on commentary and @Middlesex_CCC 28-0 #bbccricket

Back underway after tea with @KevinHandBBC & @dtcricket on commentary and @Middlesex_CCC 28-0 #bbccricket

Ambrose in form

Warwickshire 162-5 v Nottinghamshire 152

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport at Edgbaston

"A highly productive session between lunch and tea has put Warwickshire in the ascendancy on day two.

"They scored 134 runs for two wickets to surge ahead and they have scored runs with much greater freedom than Nottinghamshire managed during their innings.

"Tim Ambrose has led the way, following up his unbeaten 70 at Old Trafford, with 55 not out."

Division Two latest

Kent 379 v Derbyshire 168-2

It's day one at Grace Road, but tea time on day two at Canterbury where Derbyshire are looking strong after claiming the last three Kent first innings wickets this morning.

Hamish Rutherford's earlier half-century has been followed up by a decent hand from Chesney Hughes (46 not out) at the interval as the visitors chase some batting points.

Division Two latest

Leicestershire 179-4 v Gloucestershire

Bob Hunt

BBC Radio Gloucestershire at Grace Road

"Two quick wickets near the start of the afternoon saw things momentarily swing Gloucestershire's way when Mark Cosgrove holed out, quickly followed by Mark Pettini feathering one behind off the bowling of Liam Norwell.

"However Neil Dexter, who came in in the first over, is still there on 75 and he and Aadil Ali reconstructed things for The Foxes with an unbroken 49 for the fifth wicket."

Tea time scoreboard

That's tea. @Middlesex_CCC are 27-0 after 12 overs in reply to @LancsCCC 513. #bbccricket

That's tea. @Middlesex_CCC are 27-0 after 12 overs in reply to @LancsCCC 513. #bbccricket

All three matches in Division One have reached tea on the second day.

Here's how things stand:

Edgbaston: Warwickshire 162-5 v Nottinghamshire 152

Ageas Bowl: Hampshire 219 v Somerset 358-5

Lord's: Middlesex 27-0 v Lancashire 513

TEA ☕️ Another good session for Somerset, who are 358/5 and lead by 139 runs. James Hildreth is 146* #HAMvSOM

TEA ☕️ Another good session for Somerset, who are 358/5 and lead by 139 runs. James Hildreth is 146* #HAMvSOM

Women's ODI update

England v Pakistan, Taunton

The third and final ODI of the series at Taunton looks to be heading the same way as the first two.

Earlier Heather Knight's England racked up a mammoth 366-4.

A few moments ago, Pakistan were 96-4 in reply after 23 overs.

Katherine Brunt appears to be enjoying herself in the wickets once again. Follow all the latest right here.

Katherine Brunt
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Warwickshire take lead

Warwickshire 155-5 v Nottinghamshire 152

Bat finally seems to be getting the better of ball at Edgbaston.

Tim Ambrose has followed up six dismissals in the Nottinghamshire innings earlier to guide his side into a lead on day two of this low-scoring Division One contest.

Tea time approaching

Closing in on the tea interval around the grounds (slow over rates permitting).

We'll sum up the state of play in both divisions shortly.

Double strike for Hampshire

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 325-5

Since we last checked in at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire have picked up two Somerset wickets.

Peter Trego is the latest to succumb to Mason Crane's leg spin to give Sean Ervine yet another catch in the slips.

Earlier, James Allenby was trapped leg before by Ryan McLaren as Hamphsire look to limit Somerset's potential lead.

WICKET Hain (c Wessels b Carter 39)

Warwickshire 117-5 v Nottinghamshire 152

Nottinghamshire grab another wicket at Edgbaston against Warwickshire just as the hosts were threatening to dominate.

Sam Hain falls to Matthew Carter's off breaks and Riki Wessels takes the catch behind the stumps.

Wicket: Carter is the partnership-breaker, Hain caught behind by 39, Warwickshire 117-5 #WarksvNotts

Wicket: Carter is the partnership-breaker, Hain caught behind by 39, Warwickshire 117-5 #WarksvNotts

Hants' pain is Somerset's gain

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 308-3

Kevan James

BBC Radio Solent at Ageas Bowl

"Young Hampshire batsman Tom Alsop was flattened at short leg after being hit on the leg off a pull shot by James Hildreth. 

"He was down a while, and was then unable to put weight on his left leg as he was carried off the field. 

"Meanwhile, Somerset are merrily carrying on as they begin to build a first innings lead that will once more put pressure on an already fragile Hampshire batting line up.

"Earlier, there was a 16th career hundred for Johan Myburg in his first championship game of the season.

"He punched the air as he completed three figures and would have enjoyed this ton more than most.

"Five years ago Myburgh averaged just 26 in 11 first class innings for Hampshire and didn't quite live up to his reputation."

Johann Myburgh
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Lancashire finally dismissed for 513

Middlesex's bowlers can finally put their feet up after 146 overs of toil.

Lancashire are all out for 513 thanks mainly in part to Alviro Petersen's 191.

Ollie Rayner and Toby Roland-Jones both picked up four wickets for their efforts with the ball.

Middlesex will have 44 overs left in the day to negotiate.

Warwickshire fight back

Warwickshire 100-4 v Nottinghamshire 152

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport at Edgbaston

"Sam Hain and Tim Ambrose have completed the first 50 stand of the match swinging the pendulum back in favour of Warwickshire.

"In a match in which scoring runs quickly has appeared difficult, they hit 28 in the space of two overs, Hain finding some welcome form with four boundaries.

"Notts cause hasn't been helped by losing Luke Fletcher who, having looked uncomfortable for a while, was forced to leave the field in mid over."  

England women v Pakistan women latest

Meanwhile at Taunton, England women continue to dominate Pakistan in the ODI series.

Earlier, opener Tammy Beaumont struck an unbeaten 168 in England's 366-4.

A short while ago, Pakistan were 19-2 in reply in the seventh over.

Mark Mitchener and Bibhash Dash are keeping you up to date right here.

Tammy Beaumont
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100 for James Hildreth

Hampshire 219 v Somerset 280-3

A 38th First-Class 100 for James Hildreth! 🔥🔥 He has been as fluent as ever, Somerset 281/3! #HAMvSOM

A 38th First-Class 100 for James Hildreth! 🔥🔥 He has been as fluent as ever, Somerset 281/3! #HAMvSOM

Another hundred for Somerset against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and it's James Hildreth this time.

Sixteen fours for the right-hander in his 125-ball knock and Somerset's lead continues to grow.

Right on cue - another suggestion for a left-field England suggestion comes through on Twitter. 

#bbccricket- james Hildreth #weightofruns