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By Josh Hunt

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Goodbye for now

That's all for today from the County Championship, where the weather has stopped any chance of a positive result in all five games.

Thanks for sticking with me. We'll be back tomorrow for the final day of Leicestershire's match against Gloucestershire.


Kent 379 & 238-3 v Derbyshire 574-9d

It's all over at Canterbury, as the rain claims its fifth and final casualty of the day. 

Half-centuries from Tom Latham, Joe Denly and Sam Northeast ended any hopes Derbyshire may have had of earning a win, and secured Kent a draw which takes them top of Division Two.

Derbyshire take 12 points from the game, but remain seventh in the table after nine games.

Not goodbye, but au revoir

With no games being played, I'm going to take a break from this live text.

I'll be back with updates from Canterbury as soon as there is any news.

Early tea at Kent

Kent 379 & 238-3 v Derbyshire 574-9d

It was inevitable that the rain would eventually make its way over to Canterbury, where showers have forced the two teams off for an early tea.

Kent's lead is 43, and the game is surely heading for a draw, even if the sides do make it back out after interval.

WICKET Denly (b Broom 64)

Kent 379 & 235-3 v Derbyshire 574-9

Joe Denly
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A wicket at Canterbury - could Derbyshire still win this game?

Probably not, but they have at least managed to remove Joe Denly, whose 164-ball knock ends when a Neil Broom yorker rips his stumps out of the ground.

Kent's lead is 41, with Sam Northeast 31 runs away from his second century of the match.


Hampshire 219 & 173-4 v Somerset 474-8d

Somerset's first-innings heroics are all for naught as the final day's play at Hampshire is abandoned because of the rain.

The hosts remain rooted to the foot of the County Championship table, while Somerset - still unbeaten in this year's competition - remain sixth.

Kent into the lead

Kent 379 & 224-2 v Derbyshire 574-9d

Sam Northeast becomes the third Kent batsman to go past 50, and this game is surely now heading for a draw.

He brings up the milestone from only 47 balls as he sends successive Wayne Madsen deliveries to the boundary.

The hosts now lead Derbyshire by 29 runs and still have eight wickets in hand. 

50 for Joe Denly

Kent 379 & 173-2 v Derbyshire 574/9d

Joe Denly brings up his half-century from 135 balls as Kent continue to claw their way towards a lead at Canterbury.

Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman has turned to some unusual tactics to try to dismiss the former England batsman.

Slightly peculiar leg side field for @DerbyshireCCC as Tony Palladino bowls to Joe Denly. Kent 167-2. #bbccricket

Slightly peculiar leg side field for @DerbyshireCCC as Tony Palladino bowls to Joe Denly. Kent 167-2. #bbccricket


Middlesex 419-5 v Lancashire 513

The weather deteriorates again at Lord's and the final day's play is abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Middlesex take 11 points from the game to move up to third in Division One, while leaders Lancashire earn nine points after picking up only one bowling bonus point.

Stuart Broad back for Nottinghamshire

Stuart Broad

Nottinghamshire hope to have England fast bowler Stuart Broad available for their next County Championship game, starting at home to Division One leaders Lancashire at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Notts have injury concerns over fellow fast bowlers Luke Fletcher and Jake Ball.

Like England captain Alastair Cook, who is to play for Essex against Kent, Broad has not played since the three-match Test series ended against Sri Lanka on 13 June.

And the three-match Pakistan series does not start until the first Test begins at Lord's on 14 July.

Notts, who have not won in eight Championship games since the opening week of the season, could be further strengthened by having wicketkeeper Chris Read back from injury.

Veteran spinner Imran Tahir is also due to arrive on Friday in time to play against Lancashire. In fact, he may make his Notts debut in Friday's T20 Blast tussle with Durham.

WICKET Latham (c Hemmings b Madsen 74)

Kent 379 & 142-2 v Derbyshire 574-9d

I said at lunch that Derbyshire would need an early breakthrough at Kent, and that's exactly what they've got.

Tom Latham is the man to go, caught by substitute fielder Rob Hemmings off the bowling of Wayne Madsen for 74.

The hosts trail by 53 runs. Could Derbyshire still steal a win? 

No disruptions at the Oval

England v Sri Lanka 49-1 (7 overs)

England v Sri Lanka
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The weather might have caused disruption to today's County Championship proceedings, but the fourth ODI between England and Sri Lanka at the Oval has not been delayed.

Rain is forecast for later, but for now you can follow all the action here.

Lunch taken at Kent

Kent 379 & 133-1 v Derbyshire 574-9d

Remarkably considering the weather elsewhere, Kent and Derbyshire reach lunch without any weather-related interruptions.

Tom Latham and Joe Denly's partnership is worth 95 runs at the interval, with Latham leading the way on 69.

Derbyshire will need early wickets after the break to force a positive result, as Kent now trail by only 61 runs.


Warwickshire 311 v Nottinghamshire 152 & 81-2

No play is possible on the final day at Edgabaston, so the points are shared between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire.

The hosts stay fourth in the table, while Notts remain 14 points behind the Bears in seventh.

Fears confirmed at Leics

Leicestershire 334 v Gloucestershire 69-0

Izzy Westbury

BBC Sport at Grace Road

"We probably already knew before arrival that today's play would be in jeopardy.

"Our fears were confirmed at 12:30 as the umpires made their obligatory walk out to the middle - not because there was a chance of play but because it is one of the quirks of the game that it must be done - and duly called the rest of the day off. 

"The question now is whether tomorrow will offer a chance of play... Another day, another draw, one fears."

Play abandoned at Leicestershire

Leicestershire 334 v Gloucestershire 69-0

The rain claims its first victim of the day, with no play possible on the third day of Leicestershire's game against Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

At Lord's, Middlesex and Lancashire will take an early lunch break at 12:45 as the weather shows no signs of improving.

Umps braving the wind and rain to confirm no chance of play today. @leicsccc @Gloscricket @BBCRLSport #FFTF

Umps braving the wind and rain to confirm no chance of play today. @leicsccc @Gloscricket @BBCRLSport #FFTF

50 for Latham

Kent 379 & 112-1 v Derbyshire 574-9d

Kent opener Tom Latham brings up his fourth half-century of the season by dispatching Derbyshire's Chesney Hughes to the boundary.

Joe Denly is still going nicely alongside him, with 31 from 68 balls.

Kent back on track

Kent 379 & 70-1 v Derbyshire 574-9d

Tom Latham and Joe Denly have led Kent's recovery against Derbyshire after losing Sean Dickson early on.

New Zealand batsman Latham has moved onto 36, while the partnership stands at 33 runs from 14 overs.

The hosts still need another 123 runs to avoid an innings-defeat.

'A grim scene'

It seems fair to say the chances of a quick resumption at Grace Road are looking pretty slim, with rain continuing to fall.

Sadly, there's no more positive news to report from any of the other rain-affected matches either.

It's a grim scene here currently, there's nothing more to say at the moment unfortunately

WICKET Dickson (c Poynton b Cotton 22)

Kent 379 & 40-1 v Derbyshire 574-9d

A reminder that we do have one game in progress, and Kent have got off to a poor start against Derbyshire at Canterbury.

Ben Cotton gets the first wicket of the day for the visitors, drawing Sean Dickson into an edge behind to keeper Tom Poynton.

The hosts still require another 155 runs to make Derbyshire bat again.

No play at Edgbaston

Clive Eakin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Sport

Prospects look grim at Edgbaston where it is raining lightly but persistently. They're taking lunch at 12.

All is not quite lost as the ground staff report that the outfield is taking the rain well and a fairly quick turnaround would be possible if the rain stops.

Warwickshire will wait in hope as even an hour's play would give them some chance of taking the eight wickets they need for victory.  

Around the grounds

So what of the weather elsewhere?

Middlesex and Lancashire looked like they were ready for an 11:00 start, before the rain returned to Lord's and forced a delay. 

Warwickshire have announced that will be no play before an early lunch is taken at 12:00 in their game with Notts, while Hampshire will be grateful that the covers are on at the Ageas Bowl, where they're fighting to save the game against Somerset.

Leicestershire had scheduled a pitch inspection for 10:30 to check on the prospects of play with Gloucestershire, but further rain showers put a halt to those plans.

Brighter weather at Kent

There's currently no sign of rain at Canterbury, where Kent are battling to save a draw on the final day's play against Derbyshire. 

The hosts need 163 runs to force their opponents to bat again, but they still have all ten wickets in hand.

Good morning?

Rex Features

Welcome to our coverage of today's County Championship action, where I'll be keeping you up to date with the action from all five games in play.

Well, I say action, but that might be in short supply as poor weather has caused delayed starts in four of those five contests.