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  1. Div One leaders Middlesex defeat Durham
  2. Lancashire 204 ahead in Roses match
  3. Notts set target of 468 to beat Hants
  4. 1000 Ch'ship runs for Jennings & Madsen
  5. Rob Newton makes double ton for Northants

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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

Well, my first day back at work after holiday is over, and what a day it's been.

Middlesex tightened their grip on the Division One title race with an innings win over Durham, while Hampshire and Surrey set Notts and Warwickshire big final-day targets, and Lancashire are 204 to the good in the Roses match, with all 10 second-innings wickets remaining.

Rob Newton of Northants took the day's batting honours with an unbeaten 202 against Leicestershire, and there were centuries for Sussex's Ben Brown and Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman.

Godleman's team-mate Wayne Madsen was one of two men to pass 1,000 Championship runs for the season, but Durham's Keaton Jennings pipped him to the milestone.

In Division Two, Sussex are close to victory over Gloucestershire, leaders Essex are firm favourites to beat Derbyshire, and there is an intriguing finish in prospect between Worcestershire and Glamorgan.

Day four looks like being a good one, so don't forget to join us again from about 10:40 BST.

Close of play round-up

Here's how things look at the end of day three:

Division One

Lancashire 494 & 70-0 v Yorkshire 360

Lancashire lead by 204

Durham 204 & 252 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Middlesex won by an innings and 80 runs

Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec v Nottinghamshire 245 & 42-2

Nottinghamshire need another 426 for victory

Surrey 252 & 390 v Warwickshire 247 & 2-1

Warwickshire need another 394 for victory

Division Two

Essex 530-9 dec v Derbyshire 165 & 213-5 (following on)

Derbyshire need another 152 to avoid defeat

Leicestershire 519 & 49-0 v Northamptonshire 397-7 dec

Leicestershire lead by 171

Gloucestershire 367 & 149-8 v Sussex 527

Gloucestershire need another 11 to avoid innings defeat

Worcestershire 163 & 393 v Glamorgan 280 & 16-1

Glamorgan need another 261 for victory

Glos deny Sussex three-day win

Gloucestershire 367 & 149-8 v Sussex 527

Sussex will have to come back on the final morning to try and polish off Gloucestershire after the Taylors - Jack (52 not out) and Matt (four) - survive the extra half hour at Hove. The visitors need another 11 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Taylor bring up half-century

Gloucestershire 367 & 148-8 v Sussex 527

Jack Taylor wallops back-to-back sixes off Luke Wells to reach a 64-ball fifty. It's likely to be in a losing cause, but he's providing some early evening entertainment in the extra half hour at Hove.

Foxes still 'have a sniff'

Leicestershire 519 & 49-0 v Northamptonshire 397-7 dec

Leicestershire are 171 ahead against Northants despite Rob Newton's unbeaten 202 for the home side at Wantage Road. 

Here's what all-rounder Ben Raine told BBC Radio Leicester at close of play:

"We were hoping and expecting there to be a few more 'ugly' balls today, but it didn't work out that way, the pitch played very flat, but it was still one hell of a knock by Newton.

"We thought we'd be bowling all day and some of tomorrow, but it's an interesting declaration and it throws the game open again - if we can push on and get 300 plus ahead, with 60 or 70 overs remaining, it gives us a sniff as well as them..

"It could be an exciting final day. If we're without Clint McKay it would be a big miss for us, but the rest of us will have to step up."

Sussex press for victory

Gloucestershire 367 & 132-8 v Sussex 527

Play is done and dusted for the day - except at Hove, where Sussex have enforced the extra half hour in the hope of forcing a three-day victory. They only need one more wicket as Liam Norwell cannot bat because of concussion, but Jack Taylor has hit three fours in an over off spinner Danny Briggs. Gloucestershire need another 28 to at least avoid an innings defeat.

Lancashire in driving seat

Lancashire 494 & 70-0 v Yorkshire 360

Job done by Lancashire's openers who survive the final 21 overs of play to extend the lead over Yorkshire to 204, with Tom Smith 35 not out and Haseeb Hameed on 30. They will look to accelerate on the final morning in search of a declaration and hope their bowlers can give the Yorkshire batsmen an uncomfortable time. With leaders Middlesex winning, both sides need a victory.

Curran wicket gives Surrey edge

Surrey 252 & 390 v Warwickshire 247 & 2-1

Left with just two overs to face at the end of play at Edgbaston, Warwickshire lose opener Ian Westwood, who is lbw to Tom Curran for a duck. They will need another 394 to win on the final day, a tall order against a strong Surrey attack. Varun Chopra and nightwatchman Chris Wright are the not out batsmen overnight.


Durham 204 & 252 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Spinner Ollie Rayner has Graham Onions caught at mid-on for 34 to finish with figures of 5-85 as Division One leaders Middlesex record their fourth win of the season with a day to spare. There is daylight between them and the rest now - could the title be on its way to lord's for the first time in 23 years?

Durham's defeat is only their second of the summer, but they are now 40 points behind Middlesex, albeit with a game in hand.

Ollie Rayner

WICKET Van Buuren (lbw Jordan 1)

Gloucestershire 367 & 112-7 v Sussex 527

Paceman Chris Jordan has his third wicket of the innings and Gloucestershire are still 48 in arrears, with only two wickets remaining as Liam Norwell cannot bat because of concussion.

Bears face big run-chase

Surrey 252 & 390 v Warwickshire 247

Off-spinner Jeetan Patel has Surrey last man Mark Footitt caught for seven, giving him figures of 3-126 and 7-184 in the game. It means Warwickshire face a final-innings target of 396.

Wessels goes late for Notts

Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec v Nottinghamshire 245 & 42-2

The day's final delivery at Trent Bridge sees Riki Wessels superbly taken at slip by Will Smith as leg-spinner Mason Crane makes Hampshire's second breakthrough. Notts need another 426 on the final day for victory, and Steven Mullaney will resume on 18 not out.

WICKET Wood (c Eskinazi b Malan 33)

Durham 204 & 228-9 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

The game is almost up for Durham at Lord's as Mark Wood edges to slip. Graham Onions is 19 not out, with only last man Chris Rushworth - who suffered a hand injury earlier in the day - for company.

WICKET Selman (c Cox b Leach 0)

Worcestershire 163 & 393 v Glamorgan 280 & 12-1

After hitting an unbeaten 65 to enable Worcestershire to set Glamorgan a target of 277 at New Road, Joe Leach takes off his pads and has Nick Selman caught behind in his opening over with the new ball. This one could be set for an interesting finish tomorrow.

Wright strikes treble blow

Surrey 252 & 384-9 v Warwickshire 247

Warwickshire's Chris Wright has had Steven Davies caught by Jeetan Patel for 42 and the following delivery was edged to the keeper by Tom Curran. After denying Wright a hat-trick Gareth Batty hits a six off the aforementioned Mr Patel (off-spinner bragging rights are important after all), but the seamer then has Sam Curran caught behind for 62. Surrey are 389 ahead with one wicket standing. 

Madsen reaches seasonal milestone

Essex 530-9 dec v Derbyshire 165 & 189-3

Just a few hours after Durham's Keaton Jennings became the first batsman to reach 1,000 Championship runs this summer, Wayne Madsen of Derbyshire does likewise - the first man in Division Two to do so. The home side need a lot more from him if they are to extricate themselves from this situation after following on. Essex's lead is still 176.

WICKET Coughlin (c Gubbins b Rayner 37)

Durham 204 & 194-8 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Ollie Rayner collects his fourth wicket as Paul Coughlin goes, caught at short leg, and if Middlesex don't finish the job in the 10 overs remaining, the odds are they will ask for the extra half hour.

Curran makes half-century

Surrey 252 & 363-6 v Warwickshire 247

Sam Curran is developing rapidly as an all-rounder and after reaching a 44-ball fifty with a single off Jeetan Patel, he celebrates with a six later in the over. His partnership with Steven davies is now worth exactly 100 and Surrey are 370 in front. Will they declare this evening, or wait until tomorrow?

Sam Curran

Clarke correction

To anyone who has been following the text commentary all day - yes, I did say earlier on that Worcestershire's Joe Clarke was out for 99. His official score is 98 (see 5:42 entry), so either I need some new spectacles, or his score has been amended following his dismissal. If the former, sorry. If the latter, not my fault. 

Leach hauls Worcs into contention

Worcs 163 and 388-9 v Glamorgan 280

BBC Wales' Nick Webb at New Road:

"Joe Leach has done the home sideproud, with more than a hundred runs in the match plus five wickets, and his hard-hit half-century has extended Glamorgan's fourth-innings target.

"Graham Wagg's five wickets looked to have put the visitors in control despite Joe Clarke's 98, but the tail-end resistance means Glamorgan will face a demanding run-chase, if not an impossible one on a flat pitch." 

Declaration leaves Newton unbeaten

Leicestershire 519 & 7-0 v Northamptonshire 397-7 dec

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

"Rob Newton reached a fine maiden double century, a great effort under the weight of scoreboard pressure and wickets falling fairly regularly at the other end. He celebrated, clipped another two but then curiously, Northamptonshire declared 122 behind.

"Whether it was Alex Wakely's own volition or a chat has taken place between the captains to try and set up a run chase tomorrow is uncertain. It was certainly a surprise to most in the ground, but both sides could definitely use a victory..."

Match scorecard

WICKET Libby (c Alsop b Carter 9)

Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec v Nottinghamshire 245 & 24-1

Hampshire bring on Andy Carter as first change and Jake Libby helpfully deposits his opening delivery into the hands of square leg. Notts require the small matter of another 444 for victory.

WICKET Hickey (c Simpson b Podmore 0)

Durham 204 & 161-7 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Durham are teetering on the brink at Lord's where Harry Podmore has followed up his dismissal of Paul Collingwood by having Adam Hickey caught behind in his next over. Paul Coughlin is 24 not out as Mark Wood comes to the middle.


Essex 530-9 dec v Derbyshire 165 & 167-3

Billy Godleman
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Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman completes a 151-ball century against his former county with three runs off left-arm seamer Paul Walter, but is leg-before to Graham Napier in the next over without further addition. Having followed on, Derbyshire are 198 behind as Neil Broom arrives to partner Wayne Madsen.

Alex Hughes went three overs before Godleman, caught behind off Walter for 23, following a stand of 76 for the second wicket.

WICKET Collingwood (b Podmore 22)

Durham 204 & 159-6 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Middlesex have a strength in depth in their seam bowling ranks and Harry Podmore - on loan at Glamorgan earlier in the summer - underlines his ability by removing Durham's captain. There are still 18 overs left in the day, but will Durham last that long?

Harry Podmore
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Leicestershire 519 v Northamptonshire 395-7

This is a day Rob Newton will never forget, and the Northants batsman reaches a double century off 342 balls with a boundary off Ben Raine. It has been a fabulous innings for his side, and Steven Crook has played his part, sharing an unbroken stand of 99 so far. 

Worcestershire revive victory hopes

Worcestershire 163 & 364-9 v Glamorgan 280

The match has been turned on its head somewhat at New Road. Worcestershire were in trouble at 152-4 during the morning session, but an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 56 between Joe Leach and Jack Shantry has carried their lead towards 250. Leach is closing in on a half-century, while Graham Wagg is taking a well-earned rest for Glamorgan after picking up five wickets. 

And just as I publish that......Shantry is bowled by left-arm spinner Owen Morgan for 29. 

Yorkshire all out at Old Trafford

Lancashire 494 v Yorkshire 360

So, Lancashire's lead is 134 in the Roses match at Old Trafford after spinner Simon Kerrigan has last man Ryan Sidebottom caught behind for figures of 3-91. The onus is now on their batsmen to build that lead and give skipper Steven Croft the chance of a final-day declaration.

McKay setback for Leicestershire

Leicestershire 519 v Northamptonshire 370-7

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

"Northamptonshire have battled away today and saved the follow-on, largely thanks to a big career-best century from Rob Newton. He's shared two healthy partnerships first with Saif Zaib and now with Steven Crook and may well have saved the game.

"Leicestershire needed a run of wickets to get through Northants, but those two partnerships and the continued determination of Newton looks to be denying Leicestershire the chance to press for victory.

"More concerning for the Foxes, Clint McKay pulled up in his run-up, held his right knee, and limped off the ground. If that's serious, this could prove a pivotal day in Leicestershire's promotion challenge."

WICKET Klinger (c Brown b Wiese 8)

Gloucestershire 367 & 46-4 v Sussex 527

The wickets are coming thick and fast now and it's a big one at Hove where Michael Klinger has edged a ball from David Wiese to wicketkeeper Ben Brown. Phil Mustard has joined Hamish Marshall, but the visitors are 114 behind and in some 'serious strife'.

WICKET Patterson (b Buck 20)

Lancashire 494 v Yorkshire 357-9

The middle stump is flat on the ground and Nathan Buck's perseverance is finally rewarded in the Roses match at Old Trafford. Steven Patterson did a good job for his side, batting for just nine minutes short of two hours to help ensure they will not have to follow-on. Lancashire look set, though, for a handy lead. 

WICKET Sangakkara (c Ambrose b Barker 88)

Surrey 252 & 267-6 v Warwickshire 247

Kumar Sangakkara misses out on a century as Keith Barker picks up his 44th Championship wicket of the summer, with the help of keeper Tim Ambrose. This has been a good spell by the left-armer, and Surrey are 272 ahead with just four wickets left.

Hampshire set massive target

Hampshire 319 & 393-7 dec v Nottinghamshire 245

Hampshire skipper Will Smith finally shows some mercy to the Notts bowlers, declaring his side's second innings after Ryan McLaren (71 not out) hits the final ball of Samit Patel's 23rd over for six. So, Notts require 468 to win - it'll be some effort on their part if they do so.

WICKET Burnham (b Murtagh 30)

Durham 204 & 125-5 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Middlesex have not won the title since 1993, but the way they are going about things in this match is a huge statement of intent on their part. Durham are still 207 behind as Paul Coughlin joins Paul Collingwood in the middle after Jack Burnham is bowled through the gate. Will there be a fourth day in this game? Perhaps not, the way things are going at the moment. 

WICKET Roy (c Clarke b Barker 36)

Surrey 252 & 262-5 v Warwickshire 247

After two boundaries off Chris Wright, Jason Roy departs in the next over, bowled by left-armer Keith Barker. That is a much-needed wicket for Warwickshire, but Kumar Sangakkara is still there, with another century in his sights.

McLaren extends Hants lead

Hampshire 319 & 367-7 v Nottinghamshire 245

Ryan McLaren
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Nottinghamshire's agony continues as Ryan McLaren reaches his fifth Championship fifty of the summer with a single off Imran Tahir. Gareth Berg then hit three of the next four deliveries for four before edging the leg-spinner to the keeper. Hampshire's lead, as Mason Crane comes out to bat, is 441.

Jordan piles pressure on Glos

Gloucestershire 367 & 26-3 v Sussex 527 - tea

Chris Jordan has Chris Dent caught behind for 16 from the final ball before tea at Hove, having previously bowled Benny Howell. Star batsman Michael Klinger has faced 13 deliveries so far, but is yet to open his account. Gloucestershire need a repeat of his unbeaten first-innings century.

by BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"Oh dear. It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that this could be over today.

"Gloucestershire are 134 behind, they've lost three wickets, they've only 10 batsmen and Graeme Van Buuren can only come in at number seven as he's been off the field with dental issues having had a tooth knocked out yesterday.

"As happens too often, any hope of seeing the game saved depends on Michael Klinger......"

NOTE: Liam Norwell cannot bat because he is suffering from concussion

WICKET McManus (c Mullaney b Patel 0)

Hampshire 319 & 332-6 v Nottinghamshire 245

Two wickets with successive balls either side of the tea interval at Trent Bridge for Samit Patel, but Gareth Berg denies him a hat-trick, and it is the visitors who are in control in this one.

Tea scores round-up

Division One

Lancashire 494 v Yorkshire 348-8

Durham 204 & 120-4 v Middlesex 536-9 dec

Hampshire 319 & 332-5 v Nottinghamshire 245

Surrey 252 & 250-4 v Warwickshire 247

Division Two

Essex 530-9 dec v Derbyshire 165 & 121-1

Leicestershire 519 v Northamptonshire 325-7

Gloucestershire 367 & 26-3 v Sussex 527

Worcestershire 163 & 325-8 v Glamorgan 280

Yorkshire escape follow-on

Lancashire 494 v Yorkshire 348-8 - tea

Yorkshire have avoided the follow-on at Old Trafford, but the progress of the match from here may depend on how long their final two wickets can last. If the home side can knock them over quickly, they can look to make 200 or so and declare.

Players heading off for tea with @YorkshireCCC 348-8 they've avoided the follow-on but trail by 146 #bbccricket

Players heading off for tea with @YorkshireCCC 348-8 they've avoided the follow-on but trail by 146 #bbccricket