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Summary

  1. Sam Billings takes seven catches for Kent v Worcestershire
  2. Kent close on 55-0 in reply to Worcestershire's 211
  3. Only 34 overs possible on rain-affected first day between Glamorgan and Northants

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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That concludes our coverage of today's County Championship action. We'll be back with day two of these two matches - plus six others starting from scratch - at around 10:45 BST tomorrow.

I'll see you then!

Close of play at Canterbury

That's us done for the day at Canterbury!

And it's one that belongs to Kent, who skittled Worcestershire for 211 and then successfully saw out 20 overs unscathed to read 55-0 at stumps.

A job well done.

Three overs to play...

Kent 51-0 v Worcestershire 211

... And still no scares for Kent, whose steady start has since become a very solid one.

Daniel Bell-Drummond is 30 not out, his partner Sean Dickson unbeaten on 19.

Three overs left of the evening.

Loughborough take it to the wire

Loughborough Lightning 147-7 (18 overs) v Lancashire Thunder 164-8

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Haslegrave

Thea Brookes and Paige Scholfield are leading Loughborough Lightning to the unlikeliest of victories against Lancashire Thunder at Haslegrave.

The pair have put on 59 off 32 balls to leave the hosts needing just 18 to win off 12 balls, having been 88-7 after 12.4 overs.

A steady start

Kent 23-0 v Worcestershire 211

The Kent openers have made a slow and steady start to their reply, reaching 23-0 after 10 overs - with Daniel Bell-Drummond accounting for 19 of those runs.

There's still another 10 overs scheduled for this evening, so it looks like we're in for a late one.

Loughborough Lightning struggling in chase

Loughborough Lightning 88-7 (12 overs) v Lancashire Thunder 164-8

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Haslegrave

Loughborough Lightning are in trouble against Lancashire Thunder as they look to chase down 165 for a second victory in the Super League.

Young England spinner Sophie Ecclestone's 3-22 has helped reduce the hosts to 88-7, much to the dismay of the 589 fans at Hasglegrave.

Paige Scholfield and Thea Brookes face a tall order if they are somehow going to pull off the most unlikely of victories.

Close of play at Swansea

Glamorgan v Northants 108-4

And that is stumps at St Helen's after a severely rain-affected first day.

Lukas Carey had time to grab three wickets on his first-class debut before Northants loanee Laurie Evans finished unbeaten on 42.

Only 34 overs were possible and the west Wales cricketing public will be hoping for better weather tomorrow.

England all out for 297

England 297 v Pakistan

Sohail Khan
Reuters

Back at the Test match - Pakistan dismiss England for 297 on the opening day at Edgbaston.

Gary Ballance was the top scorer with 70 with Moeen Ali adding 63. Sohail Khan finishes with 5-96 and some press-ups to boot as he traps James Anderson leg before.

More reaction here on England's innings.

Worcestershire dismissed for 211

Kent v Worcestershire 211

Joe Clarke is the last man to fall for Worcestershire for 69 and the visitors are dismissed for 211.

James Tredwell grabs the final wicket and Matt Coles takes the catch. 

Sam Billings finishes with an impressive seven catches and Mitchell Claydon figures of 5-42.

Looks like Sam Northeast's decision to bowl first at the toss was the right one.

Record-breaking glovework from Billings

Kent v Worcestershire 211-9

Sam Billings has found himself in some pretty exclusive company with his catching today...

That's @mitchellclaydon 7th FC 5-wkt haul as @sambillings is 2nd Kent 'keeper to take 7+ catches in an FC inns, after Steve Marsh in 1991/94

Play resumes at Swansea

Glamorgan v Northants 74-4

They're back under way again at St Helen's after a day of several interruptions.

Just over six overs left to bowl on a curtailed opening day, but one that debutant seamer Lukas Carey has managed to grab three wickets for Glamorgan. 

Five-wicket haul for Mitchell Claydon

Kent v Worcestershire 205-9

What a day for both Kent's Mitchell Claydon and Sam Billings at Canterbury.

Claydon picks up a fifth wicket (5-37) of the Worcestershire innings as he dismisses Kyle Abbott, while Sam Billings bags a seventh catch behind the stumps.

Worcestershire have a solitary batting point, but Kent have a full bowling complement.

WICKET Barnard (b Tredwell) 27

Kent v Worcestershire 198-8

Kent break the stubborn eighth-wicket partnership for Worcestershire between Joe Clarke and Ed Barnard.

Barnard has been done by a beaut of a ball from James Tredwell and the partnership is ended after 49 runs.

England lose an eighth wicket

England 276-8 v Pakistan

Azhar Ali
Reuters

Since I was last able to update you, England have lost a couple more wickets on day one at Edgbaston.

Stuart Broad was the eighth man to go for 13, caught in the slips by Azhar Ali. Earlier, Moeen Ali survived a rather controversial review for a bat-pad catch.

He's still going on 63 and you can read all the reaction to that non-dismissal right here.

Super League: Lancashire hit heady heights

Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder 164-8 (20 overs)

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Loughborough University

"After a dismal first match, where Lancashire Thunder were bowled out for 83, the visitors to Haslegrave on the university campus have found their rhythm with the bat today and have amassed 164-8 from their 20 overs.

"Captain Amy Satterthwaite made an excellent 52 and West Indian all-rounder Deandra Dottin hit 42 to propel the away side, as the hosts struggled in the field."

Worcestershire rebuild

Kent v Worcestershire 192-7

Worcestershire have safely negotiated the half and hour or so since that postponed tea interval at Canterbury.

Joe Clarke (58 not out) and Ed Barnard (20 not out) have so far added 43 runs for the eighth-wicket.

Kent claimed six Worcestershire wickets in that earlier long afternoon session to reduce the visitors from 101-2 to 177-7.

Rain back again at Swansea

Glamorgan v Northants 73-4

The showers have swept in once more at St Helen's, but the news from my Welsh colleague at the ground is more promising...

1805 resumption in Swansea, 8 overs to play Northants 73/4 v Glamorgan #bbccricket Live 📱bbc.co.uk/sport/live/cri…

Apologies for prolonged silence

Don't worry, I hadn't taken an extended tea break of my own after that mammoth afternoon session at Canterbury...

The technical gremlins had sadly returned affecting my ability to keep you posted on the latest, but thankfully my BBC local radio colleagues and their commentaries haven't been touched.

A little summary of what's happened in my absence on the way.

50 for Joe Clarke

Kent v Worcestershire 177-7

They're trying to set a record at Canterbury I think for the longest-ever afternoon session.

But, Joe Clarke's not complaining. He's just reached a much-needed half-century for Worcestershire off 82 balls after Kent had ripped through their middle order.

Have no fear, tea is just around the corner.

Ballance departs for 70

England 224-6 v Pakistan

No sooner had I mentioned Gary Ballance and how well he was batting, Yasir Shah has accounted for him caught behind down the legside to keep Pakistan on top.

Ballance goes for 70 and now local hero Chris Woakes joins fellow West Midlander Moeen Ali in the middle.

Ballance and Moeen press on

England 214-5 v Pakistan

Gary Ballance
Reuters

Gary Ballance (65 not out) and Moeen Ali (29 not out) pass 50 for their sixth-wicket partnership as England try to recover from the hole they found themselves in earlier at Edgbaston.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first in case you've just joined us.

WICKET Leach (c Billings b Gidman) 16

Kent v Worcestershire 149-7

Another Worcestershire wicket falls in the afternoon session at Canterbury and Sam Billings has a sixth catch of the innings.

Joe Leach becomes the fifth wicket to fall in 15 overs for just 47 runs as Will Gidman gets in on the act for Kent.

Tea time at St Helen's

Glamorgan v Northants 45-4

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton at Swansea

"Northamptonshire have played some excellent cricket this season in one-day cricket, but it's been soured somewhat by some very poor displays in the red ball game.

"They were wretched last time out against Worcestershire and here - having won the toss - have coughed up three cheap dismissals and have been plunged into trouble once again.

"The coaching staff talked about resetting their Championship season for these final three games in order to try and rescue their campaign, but so far, it's as you were."

Super League: Loughborough Lightning chose to bowl

Loughborough Lightning v Lancashire Thunder (16:30 BST)

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Loughborough

"The second round of Super League group games get under way today. Loughborough Lightning have won the toss and chosen to bowl against Lancashire Thunder.

"They make no changes to the side that suffered a heavy loss to Western Storm on Sunday but boast West Indian players Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin in their ranks and will be looking to bounce back today.

"The Lightning, who enjoyed a thumping 42-run win on Saturday at Headingley against Yorkshire Diamonds, are also unchanged for their first home match."

Loughborough Lightning
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Ballance battles on

England 190-5 v Pakistan

Gary Ballance is holding firm and has a half-century for England in the Test match at Edgbaston.

Full details below..

He had to wait a long time for that 50th run! A gritty knock from Gary Ballance so far... bbc.in/2akDUBS

He had to wait a long time for that 50th run! A gritty knock from Gary Ballance so far... bbc.in/2akDUBS

Claydon on a hot streak

Kent v Worcestershire 127-6

Mitchell Claydon is tearing through the Worcestershire middle order for Kent at Canterbury.

Ben Cox the latest man to depart the scene as Sam Billings picks up a fifth catch of the innings.

WICKET: Claydon again! 4 in the session for him. Cox goes for 5. @WorcsCCC 127-6. #bbccricket

WICKET Keogh (c Donald b Carey) 12

Glamorgan v Northants 38-4

Lukas Carey is having a debut to remember at Swansea.

It's a third wicket of the day for the 19-year-old right-armer as Rob Keogh is caught by Aneurin Donald.

Northants' earlier decision to bat first doesn't appear to be working.

WICKET // Third wicket on debut for @LukasCarey to remove Keogh for 12 caught Donald, it's now 38/4 #GlavNor

Worcestershire troubles continue

Kent v Worcestershire 121-5

Kent are having a fantastic afternoon session at Canterbury and have picked up four wickets so far to reduce Worcestershire from 70-1 to 121-5.

Ross Whiteley is the latest man to depart and Mitchell Claydon has three wickets in a short space of time.

Figures of 3-18 off nine overs for the former Durham seamer.

WICKET Newton (c Wallace b van der Gugten) 9

Glamorgan v Northants 24-3

Showers have dispersed once again at Swansea and Glamorgan keep grabbing early wickets.

Timm van der Gugten accounts for Rob Newton caught behind.

Tea at Edgbaston

England 184-5 v Pakistan

Sohail Khan
AFP

England make it through to tea on the first day of the third Test at Edgbaston without any further damage.

Pakistan grabbed another two wickets in that afternoon session having won the toss and elected to bowl this morning.

Gary Ballance (49 not out) and Moeen Ali (15 not out) standing firm.

WICKET Kohler-Cadmore (c Billings b Claydon) 3

Kent v Worcestershire 111-4

A second quick wicket falls at Canterbury and Worcestershire are having a bit of a mini-collapse from 70-1.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore becomes Sam Billings' fourth victim of the innings and a second scalp in short time for Mitchell Claydon.

Rhodes stay comes to an end

Kent v Worcestershire 103-3

George Rhodes' marathon stay at the crease for Worcestershire has ended after 105 balls.

Sam Billings claims a third catch of the day but Mitchell Claydon is the bowler this time to end Rhodes' innings of 16. 

As you saw earlier, there was just the one boundary in that stay.

WICKET Terry (lbw b Carey) 6

Glamorgan v Northants 24-2

And the return to the middle at Swansea brings another wicket for Glamorgan.

First-class debutant Lukas Carey traps Sean Terry leg before for 6 and that comes just in time before another passing rain shower forces players off the park once more.

WICKET: Terry is trapped lbw by Carey for 6! NCCC are now 24-2 (7.4) - Keogh joins Newton 9* in the middle. #GLAvNOR

Back on in west Wales

Glamorgan v Northants 23-1

Play has resumed for a second time today at St Helen's in Swansea.

Sean Terry and Rob Newton are at the crease for the visitors with Ben Duckett the man already back in the pavilion.

Click the BBC Radio Wales link on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page to listen to Nick Webb, Alex Winter and Peter Miller.

George finally finds the ropes

Kent v Worcestershire 86-2

Worcestershire's George Rhodes has been putting a real shift in at the top of the order for his side today at Canterbury.

Definite #digin skills being demonstrated by the right-hander, but his patience has finally been rewarded with a boundary.

George Rhodes has just hit his first boundary off the 91st ball he's faced. Has moved on to 16. Old skool

England in trouble

England 158-5 v Pakistan

Jonny Bairstow
Reuters

Problems mounting for England at Edgbaston as Jonny Bairstow departs for 12 to leave the hosts 158-5.

It's another wicket for Sohail Khan who was drafted into the side for this Test, who now has figures of 4-55.

Keep up to date here.

Planned resumption at Swansea

Glamorgan v Northants 18-1

The latest shower has been and gone in Swansea Bay.

Players hoping to be back out there from 15:15 BST.

Restart 1515 at St Helen's Northants 18/1 v Glam Debut wicket to Lukas Carey, Ben Duckett out for 7 #bbccricket 📱bbc.co.uk/sport/live/cri…

Vince falls for 39

England 144-4 v Pakistan

James Vince
Getty Images

Pakistan continue to prosper with the ball on day one at Edgbaston.

James Vince edges to second slip for 39 as his woes continue in the middle order.

Gary Ballance (38 not out) and Jonny Bairstow now together at the crease.

WICKET Fell (c Billings b Coles) 34

Kent v Worcestershire 70/2

Back under way after their late lunch at Canterbury and the combination of Sam Billings and Matt Coles have done the job for Kent again.

Tom Fell is the unfortunate victim of an outside edge this time, falling for 32.

Rain returns at Swansea

Glamorgan v Northants 18-1

Bad news again at Swansea sadly as the showers are back in off the bay after just 6.2 overs...

RAIN// players coming off again here at Swansea due to a sharp shower in the words of Steve Watkin Northants 18/1 6.2 overs played #GlavNor