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  1. Durham still 46 runs short of victory against Somerset
  2. Hampshire captain Will Smith scores career-best 210 v Lancashire

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By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's time

And that's is that for all of today's County Championship action.

You can read about it all on the counties section of the BBC Sport website.

I'll be back once again from 10:45 BST tomorrow to take you through what's set to be another big day in both divisions.

Until then...

Close of play scores

Colchester scoreboard
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Stumps drawn in all our matches, so before we go, a look at the scores.

Division One (day two of four):

Ageas Bowl:Hampshire 548-6 dec v Lancashire 70-1

Lord's:Middlesex 249-5 v Surrey 415

Taunton:Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 130-5

Headingley:Yorkshire 257 & 78-5 v Warwickshire 179

Division Two (day three of four):

Swansea:Glamorgan 236 v Northants 321 & 230-7

Canterbury:Kent 451 v Worcestershire 211 & 213-6

(day two of four):

Colchester:Essex 358 v Sussex 291-6

Leicester:Leicestershire 380 v Derbyshire 199-6

England reach close without loss

England 297 & 120 v Pakistan 400

Alex Hales

Stumps drawn on day three of the third Test at Edgbaston and England have a lead of 17 runs.

Alex Hales reaches a half-century in the last over and England will feel pretty happy with that after conceding a first-innings deficit of 103.

Follow all the reaction here. 

Close of play at Headingley

Yorkshire 257 & 78-5 v Warwickshire 179

Stumps drawn in Leeds at the end of day two between Yorkshire and Warwickshire.

This one is also in the balance still after Warwickshire claimed some vital second-innings wickets.

Yorkshire go into the changing rooms 156 runs ahead with five second-innings remaining.

100 partnership from Jordan and Archer

Essex 358 v Sussex 278-6

Jofra Archer
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Division Two leaders Essex are struggling to remove a fine lower-order partnership between Sussex's Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer at Colchester.

The pair have rescued them from 173-6 to leave this one delicately poised towards the end of day two.

England back ahead

England 297 & 113-0 v Pakistan 400

Alastair Cook 50

Up at the Test match at Edgbaston, play is nearing the close on day three.

England have wiped out the first-innings deficit of 103 without losing a wicket. Alastair Cook has yet another Test half-century.

Follow the action through to stumps here.

WICKET Patterson (lbw b Clarke) 0

Yorkshire 257 & 68-5 v Warwickshire 179

Two Yorkshire wickets down in two balls late in the day at Headingley.

Rikki Clarke works his magic to remove Jack Leaning and then nightwatchman Steven Patterson to keep the Bears in the hunt.

Yorkshire's lead 146 runs with five second-innings wickets remaining. 

Close of play at Taunton

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 130-5

And it's also stumps on an enthralling second day at Taunton. At one stage, we looked set for a finish before lunch.

But, Somerset still have a sniff of a victory after their last second-innings wicket added 52 runs.

As it stands, Durham will return tomorrow still needing 46 runs with five wickets in hand.  

Kent well set at close

Kent 451 v Worcestershire 211 & 213-6

Stumps on day three in Kent's Division Two clash against Worcestershire at Canterbury.

The hosts are well set for a big win against second-placed Worcestershire after James Tredwell struck with the final ball of the day.

The visitors still trail by 27 runs with four second-innings wickets remaining.

Extra over to be bowled at Canterbury....or not!! Tredwell bowls Whiteley with the first ball of the 97th over. @WorcsCCC 213-6. #bbccricket

Nightwatchman in

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 128-5

Durham have sent Graham Onions out to the middle as nightwatchman.

Looks like they've put to bed their quest to win this inside two days.

The new man is Graham Onions, sent in with just over four overs left in the day #DURvSOM

WICKET Muchall (c Trescothick b Van der Merwe) 17

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 127-5

And still the wickets falls at Taunton.

Gordon Muchall falls this time to Roelof van der Merwe and it's getting nervy now for Durham, who still require 49 runs for victory.

WICKET Stoneman (b Van der Merwe) 57

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 118-4

Big scalp for Somerset as yet another twist comes in this game at Taunton.

Half-centurion Mark Stoneman is dismissed by Roelof van der Merwe.

Durham have six wickets left, but still require another 58 runs for victory.

OUT! Stoneman is bowled by RVDM for 57 and Durham are 118/4. 58 to win #SOMvDUR

OUT! Stoneman is bowled by RVDM for 57 and Durham are 118/4. 58 to win #SOMvDUR

Super League: Two from two for Vipers

Southern Vipers (132-4) beat Lancashire Thunder (121-7) by 11 runs

Southern Vipers celebrate
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We've got a result in from the first of today's Women's Super League matches.

Southern Vipers have made it two wins from two in the T20 competition with an 11-run victory against Lancashire Thunder at Blackpool.

Suzie Bates (pictured above left) captained in the absence of injured Charlotte Edwards and took two wickets in the final over.

50 for Mark Stoneman

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 102-3

Mark Stoneman
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A huge and potentially match-winning half-century at Taunton from Durham's Mark Stoneman.

It's come from 88 balls with six fours for the opener and victory and a place at the top of Division One is 74 runs away. 

Madsen's moment

Leicestershire 380 v Derbyshire 165-5

Apologies for not dipping into the East Midlands derby at Grace Road that much today in Division Two.

But, now seems as good a time as any where Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen has reached a notable landmark in the visitors' first innings.

Congratulations to Wayne Madsen who has scored his 9,000th run of a superb first-class career #LEIvDER #P2bD

Congratulations to Wayne Madsen who has scored his 9,000th run of a superb first-class career #LEIvDER #P2bD

WICKET Richardson (lbw b Leach) 33

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 88-3

Somerset find a very welcome breakthrough at Taunton as they end Durham's third-wicket partnership of 69 runs.

Keaton Jennings is trapped leg before by Jack Leach.

Durham have scored 88 in their second innings, they require 88 more to win.

Hampshire make early breakthrough

Hampshire 548-6 dec v Lancashire 38-1

Lancashire have lost their opener Tom Smith early in reply to Hampshire's mammoth first innings at Ageas Bowl.

Gareth Berg was the man to find his outside edge for a catch for wicketkeeper Lewis McManus.

Haseeb Hameed and Luke Procter together now with 13 overs still to negotiate before the close.

Evans has swagger

Glamorgan 236 v Northants 321 & 150-4

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton at Swansea

"Northants' lead is very healthy here, but time is against them.

"One day left in the game and they have to give themselves enough time to try and bowl Glamorgan out again - their first innings lasted 80 overs. 

"Northants aren't in a position to declare just yet.

"Their lead has been built by a second half-century of the game from Laurie Evans - on-loan from Warwickshire. 

"He's looked very classy. He hasn't played for Surrey since 2010, but he still retains a little of the Surrey Swagger." 

WICKET Head (c Chopra b Clarke) 2

Yorkshire 257 & 50-2 v Warwickshire 179

Warwickshire grab a second quick wicket in Yorkshire's second innings.

Rikki Clarke has a second for himself as well as the dangerous Travis Head is removed by the same combination that did for Adam Lyth at first slip.

England chip away at deficit

England 297 & 51-0 v Pakistan 400

Alastair Cook

A quick dip into the latest score in the third Test at Edgbaston.

England conceded a first-innings deficit of 103 earlier, but Alastair Cook and Alex Hales have put on a 50 plus opening stand so far in their second innings.

Follow it all with the latest video highlights.

WICKET Bailey (lbw b Batty) 37

Middlesex 204-5 v Surrey 415

I've struck again with my curse and this time George Bailey is my unfortunate victim.

Gareth Batty breaks a 70-run fifth-wicket partnership to remove the Middlesex overseas batsman.

Middlesex build patiently

Middlesex 202-4 v Surrey 415

Time to drop back into the action at Lord's.

Middlesex are chipping away at Surrey's first innings of 415 as George Bailey (36 not out) and John Simpson (26 not out) look for the first target of avoiding the follow-on.

Another 64 runs required for that.

WICKET Lyth (c Chopra b Clarke) 20

Yorkshire 257 & 43-1 v Warwickshire 179

Apologies Adam Lyth, I've done for you there with my traditional commentator's curse.

It's actually Rikki Clarke who has done for the left-hander with a catch from Varun Chopra for the first wicket of Yorkshire's second innings.

The hosts lead by 121 runs at Headingley.

400 wickets for Sidebottom

Yorkshire 257 & 43-0 v Warwickshire 179

Here's a stat which passed me by earlier when I told you about Yorkshire's impressive display with the ball against Warwickshire.

Take a bow Ryan Sidebottom.

Well done to 38-year-old @YorkshireCCC bowler @RyanSidebottom on reaching 400 first-class wickets. Legend 👏

Well done to 38-year-old @YorkshireCCC bowler @RyanSidebottom on reaching 400 first-class wickets. Legend 👏

Yorkshire meanwhile pressing on with a decent lead in their second innings as Adam Lyth and Alex Lees build a steady platform.

Super League latest

Arran Brindle
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Two games currently in progress in the Women's Super League.

Up at Blackpool, Lancashire Thunder are chasing 133 to beat the Southern Vipers.

The Thunder have just lost a second wicket at the halfway stage of their chase at 57-2.

Meanwhile, at Loughborough University, Loughborough Lightning are batting first against Western Storm and are 22-1 in the third over.

Watchful progress from Durham

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 47-2

No wickets since tea at Taunton where Mark Stoneman and Michael Richardson are digging in for the visitors in pursuit of 176 for victory.

Somerset are opting to go with spin form both ends which produced nine wickets in Durham's first innings between Jack Leach and Roelof van der Merwe.

Hampshire declare

Hampshire 548-6 v Lancashire

After 165 overs, and a few big hits from Ryan McLaren, Hampshire declare their first innings at Ageas Bowl on 548-6.

Will Smith's first-class career best of 210 was the mainstay of that innings, but McLaren (81 not out) weighed-in with some lusty blows late on.

Lancashire will have around 24 overs to bat this evening. 

Hampshire declare on 548-6, after @ryanmac23 (81*) bludgeons the ball for six, taking 16 off the 165th over. Super innings v @LancsCCC!

Essex fight back

Essex 358 v Sussex 169-4

Adrian Harms

BBC Sussex at Colchester

Essex celebrate
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"An extraordinary session with Sussex cruising on 124 for no wicket but then losing four wickets for 29 reaching tea.

"Ed Joyce played easily the best innings of the match with runs all around the wicket and it was a major surprise when he top-edged a hook to be well caught by Tom Moore at fine leg for 92, including 13 sumptuous fours.

"Huge credit to the Essex bowlers, particularly Graham Napier, who on his farewell appearance at Colchester bowled with great heart to haul Essex back into the game.

"The same can't be said of the Essex skipper Ryan Ten Doeschate, whose petulant display of dissent when Luke Wells was given not out by umpire Nigel Cowley will surely bring an official reprimand."

Let's play

Players and umpires back out on the outfields around the grounds.

Here we go for the evening session.

"Warning. Stay back. Possible minefield." 32 wickets fall before tea on day 2 in Taunton! Test of nerves.

"Warning. Stay back. Possible minefield." 32 wickets fall before tea on day 2 in Taunton! Test of nerves.

Northants take control in Swansea

Glamorgan 236 v Northants 321 & 85-2

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales at Swansea

"Northants played themselves into a powerful position,170 ahead with eight wickets in hand, after claiming the last three Glamorgan wickets for just 11 runs after lunch.

"Nick Selman became the first Glamorgan opener to bat through an innings for 12 years, finishing with 122 not out.

"Teenager Lukas Carey removed Ben Duckett and Rob Newton cheaply but Rob Keogh and Laurie Evans soon got the run-rate going upwards.

"Glamorgan are without seamer Ruaidhri Smith through injury, while Northants' Sean Terry has dropped down the order with back trouble."

Tea time scores

Colchester scoreboard
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Right, time for an afternoon brew I think and while I'm at it, here's a look at the tea time scores across the eight games.

Division One (day two of four):

Ageas Bowl:Hampshire 520-5 v Lancashire

Lord's:Middlesex 156-4 v Surrey 415

Taunton:Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 27-2

Headingley:Yorkshire 257 v Warwickshire 179

Division Two (day three of four):

Swansea:Glamorgan 236 v Northants 321 & 85-2

Canterbury:Kent 451 v Worcestershire 211 & 122-3

(day two of four):

Colchester:Essex 358 v Sussex 152-4

Leicester:Leicestershire 380 v Derbyshire 124-4

Warwickshire dismissed for 179

Yorkshire 257 v Warwickshire 179

Yorkshire complete a good day's work with the ball by rattling Warwickshire out for just 179 at Headingley.

That gives them a first-innings lead of 78 runs on day two.

Adil Rashid finishes with tidy figures of 3-32 off nine overs, Rikki Clarke is left to watch wickets fall at the other end with an unbeaten half-century.

WICKET Borthwick (c Hildreth b C Overton) 9

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 19-2

Scott Borthwick fails to capitalise on that life in Craig Overton's previous over and falls to an impressive catch from James Hildreth.

Remember - Durham's victory target is 176.

GONE!! Borthwick miscues a pull and is caught well by Hildreth at mid-on! Durham 19/2 - 157 to win #SOMvDUR

GONE!! Borthwick miscues a pull and is caught well by Hildreth at mid-on! Durham 19/2 - 157 to win #SOMvDUR

Pakistan finally dismissed for 400

England 297 v Pakistan 400

Anderson ordered off
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Quickly back to Edgbaston where England have finally bowled Pakistan out for 400 in their first innings.

That's a lead of 103 for the tourists.

James Anderson was controversially ordered out of the attack by umpire Joel Wilson for running on the wicket and England's sloppy fielding continued with more dropped catches.

Keep across all the talking points here.

Dropped catch at Taunton

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 14-1

Could be a big moment at Taunton where Ryan Davies has spilled what looked like a routine catch for first slip off Craig Overton.

Scott Borthwick is the lucky man to survive that chance for Durham.

'Ice creams and bare chests'

Glamorgan 236 v Northants 321 & 77-2

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton at Swansea

"After a frustrating morning, the afternoon session has gone perfectly for Northants.

"They took the final three Glamorgan first innings wickets for just one run and have jumped out to a brisk start to their second innings. 

"Ideally, they would like a lead over 300 this evening.

"More importantly, the weather is perfect now at St Helen's. There are ice creams, bare chests, factor 30, cider and sight of kites being flown on Swansea beach. 

"Just how out-ground cricket should be."

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Rashid bags another

Yorkshire 257 v Warwickshire 178-8

Yorkshire keep picking up wickets at regular intervals at Headingley.

Adil Rashid grabs a second of the afternoon as Jeetan Patel is caught by Ryan Sidebottom.

Rikki Clarke (49 not out) is standing firm at the other end as the Bears hope to scrape to at least one batting point.

Declaration time for Hampshire?

Hampshire 509-5 v Lancashire

Kevan James

BBC Radio Solent at Ageas Bowl

"This game is almost turning in a carbon copy of the previous game here against Surrey.

"Then, the visitors batted on after tea on the second day, declaring with a score of 600 plus.

"As we near the break, there seems no reason for Hampshire to declare just yet with Ryan McLaren and Lewis McManus both at the crease, both 'proper batters'.

"Incidentally, Will Smith's previous best of 201 not out was scored for Durham against Surrey back in 2008 at Guildford."

WICKET Jennings (lbw b C Overton) 0

Somerset 184 & 180 v Durham 189 & 1-1

Jennings out
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You just can't stay away from the action at Taunton.

Durham's pursuit of the target of 176 gets off to a terrible start.

Craig Overton traps Keaton Jennings leg before. Game on once more as the 14th wicket of the day falls.

WICKET Malan (c Sibley b Ansari) 31

Middlesex 125-3 v Surrey 415

Been a while since we dropped in on the London derby at Lord's.

Surrey pick up another vital scalp in the shape of Middlesex's Dawid Malan.

Zafar Ansari has him caught at short leg by Dominic Sibley.