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Summary

  1. Somerset beat Warwickshire by 31 runs
  2. Middlesex chase 235 for victory at Notts
  3. Yorkshire set Durham 421 to win
  4. Northants beat Kent by 10 wickets
  5. Essex need six points for promotion
  6. Get involved #bbccricket

Live Reporting

By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Thanks for following the live text and radio coverage today.

We've had three matches finish today which have change the title races in both divisions.

You can read all of our reports on this website for a more detailed review of the state of each game.

We'll be back tomorrow for more but for now it's goodbye.

Close of play

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 48-3

And that's stumps on a day once again define by a late Jake Ball flurry of wickets.

We should be in for a cracking game in store tomorrow.

Still going at Notts

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 48-3

It's still going at Trent Bridge in the only match left in action this late on day three.

Two more overs to bowl tonight.

Middlesex score read out at the Oval to audible laughs from a few fans.

Close of play

Surrey 329 & 23-0 v Hampshire 582-9d

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at The Oval

"Hampshire will take the spoils from this third day, but there still remains a tough task ahead of them as Surrey trail by 230 runs.

"Bat has well and truly dominated ball since early on in Hampshire's innings which means taking 10 wickets in Surrey's second innings will be testing.

"The wicket has also shown few signs of uneven bounce or deterioration, so more sunshine tomorrow should mean more opportunities for run-scoring.

"However, when a County Championship game moves into its final day, funny things can happen, so don't rule anything out tomorrow south of the river."

Close of play

Yorkshire 460 & 225d v Durham 265 & 39-3

Nightwatchman Graham Onions sees out the final few overs in a match that has very much got Yorkshire's mark all over it.

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson said this shows the gulf between those at the top of Division One at those near the bottom, but Yorkshire won't mind as they look for their third successive Championship title.

A room with a view

Surrey 329 & 8-0 v Hampshire 582-9d

Surrey have seen out the first four of the nine overs they have to face tonight for eight runs.

Lovely view from commentary box this evening @BBCLondonSport @solentsport

Lovely view from commentary box this evening @BBCLondonSport @solentsport

WICKET Burnham (lbw Patterson) 9

Yorkshire 460 & 225d v Durham 265 & 31-3

Steven Patterson missed the morning because of family reasons but he returns to get Jack Burnham out leg before.

This could well be over before lunch tomorrow, and with Middlesex struggling at Trent Bridge, this round of matches could prove pivotal in the final reckoning.

Payne leads Glos gallop to win over Glam

David Payne
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Three games have already finished today. Want to read about the third?

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WICKET Malan (lbw Ball 11)

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 25-3

Nick Compton and Dawid Malan both suffered premature ends in the first innings, but have surpassed their combined 13 runs from that.

But Malan is out plumb lbw by that man again, Jake Ball.

That's his eighth wicket of the match.

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Welcome Jake, but don't expect anybody to buy a drink - we yorkies have a reputation to protect! #shortarmsdeeppockets #bbccricket @TimGarr

@bracecricket wonder where we'd be if he'd been around the last few games... The great escape is on! #bbccricket

Jake Ball missed a number of County Championship games this summer for Division One's bottom side through England duty. He only played in one Test match.

Declaration

Surrey 329 v Hampshire 582-9d

Hampshire declare on 582-9 after Brad Wheal swung his bat. Visitors have a lead of 253. Surrey have nine overs to bat tonight. #bbccricket

WICKET Jennings (c Hodd b Brooks) 8

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2d v Durham 265 & 18-2

Is there something about JBs today? Jack Brooks is doing a Jake Ball. 

Keaton Jennings plays Brooks behind to the wicketkeeper and Durham look like they will get no where near the required runs for victory.

@BrooksyFerret & @JakeBall are making this a marvellous end to the day. Top bowling boys!!! #bbccricket #yorkshire #letshaveathird

WICKET Andrew (b Meaker) 25

Surrey 329 v Hampshire 572-9

Another wicket at The Oval, but it's still not Sean Ervine....

Stuart Meaker finally gets a wicket after losing 95 runs.

Gloucestershire beat Glamorgan by 10 wickets

Glamorgan 220 & 232 v Glos 363 & 92-0

It's easy for Gareth Roderick and Chris Dent as they reach their victory target.

That means four matches have finished before the final day in the Championship. Who said long-form cricket was dead?

WICKET Robson (b Ball) 2

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 13-2

Sam Robson has been guilty of leaving a Jake Ball delivery alone and bowled for just two runs.

Ball is turning the tide in this match and Yorkshire and Somerset must be loving this.

WICKET Stoneman (c Gale b Brooks) 10

Yorkshire 460 v 225-2d v Durham 265 & 17-1

Jack Brooks takes his 50th Championship wicket of the summer and it's an important one.

Durham opener Mark Stoneman plays Brooks to Andrew Gale at mid-off to give the Tykes a great start in the final innings of this match.

Durham require another 404 runs for victory.

150 for Sean Ervine

Surrey 329 v Hampshire 542-8

Sean Ervine has just passed 1,000 Championship runs for the first time and now he reaches 150 in his fourth century of the Championship summer.

Meanwhile at Cardiff, Gareth Roderick brings up a half-century off 56 balls, as Gloucestershire are three runs away from victory.  

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Can't help but feel we could do with experience out there to chase this down. Someone like @acvoges to see us through. #middx #bbccricket

Jake Ball is welcome in Yorkshire any time... #bbccricket

Glos closing in

Glamorgan 220 & 232 v Glos 363 & 65-0

A quick update from Cardiff for you in the final Division Two match left to go to a result in this round of fixtures.

Gareth Roderick and Chris Dent are 25 runs away from victory...

WICKET Berg (c Batty b Footitt) 46

Surrey 329 v Hampshire 528-8

Gareth Berg goes for an entertaining 42. Surrey players thought declaration was coming but Hampshire, for some reason, bat on. #bbccricket

Closing in on a 200-run lead at The Oval, the Great Escape looks very much on for Hampshire.

But Surrey bowler Mark Footitt is doing all he can to get Surrey back into the match with a six-wicket haul.

Cruel cricket

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 3-1

What drama! Middlesex 0-1. Gubbins, after five and a half overs of brilliance, goes first ball second dig. Cricket is cruel. #bbccricket

Nick Gubbins was the man that held Middlesex's first innings together with his five-and-a-half-hour 75 but cannot do anymore damage in this game for the Division One leaders.

WICKET Gubbins (c Read b Ball) 0

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247 & 0-1

Jake Ball is at it again!

After a hat-trick earlier in this match, with the first ball of the second innings Nick Gubbins plays behind to the wicketkeeper and Ball is loving bowling in an afternoon session.

New man Nick Compton works the next ball to gully and is safe... 

Hampshire racking up runs

Surrey 329 v Hampshire 500-7

Sean Ervine does not want to give up his wicket.

The Hampshire batsman now has 138 as the visitors pass 500 at The Oval and currently lead by 171 runs. A few more and a cheeky declaration late this evening, maybe?

Declaration

Yorkshire 460 & 225-2d v Durham 265

Gary Ballance is out after playing onto his wicket off Ryan Pringle and Yorkshire immediately declare, with Adam Lyth unbeaten on 114.

Durham need a casual 421 runs for victory.

WICKET Gurney (run out Franklin) 1

Notts 241 & 240 v Middlesex 247

Harry Gurney thinks he can make a quick two runs but the Notts number 11 is yards out of his crease when James Franklin chucks it at the stumps.

There was never two runs there.

Middlesex are now chasing 235 for victory. I wouldn't like to call which way this is going to go.

100 for Lyth

Yorkshire 460 & 214-1 v Durham 265

Adam Lyth reaches his fourth century of the Championship summer with a slog-swept six off Pringle.

Yorkshire are setting themselves up for a decent and relatively untroubled declaration here.

WICKET McManus (c Foakes b Batty) 39

Hampshire 480-7 v Surrey 329

Sean Ervine is still at the crease but has lost another partner in Lewis McManus after adding 75 together.

Gareth Batty makes a breakthrough for @surreycricket and gives Lewis McManus a very audible send off: "Yeah! That's out buddy!" #bbccricket

WICKET Tahir (c Roland-Jones b Rayner) 16

Notts 241 & 230-9 v Middlesex 247

Imran Tahir has been trying to hit it about a bit but plays a shot veeeeery high into the air towards long on.

The man there was Toby Roland-Jones and he very clearly lost the ball in the sky before somehow plucking it out of the air and Ollie Rayner has 4-76.

WICKET Lees (c Richardson b Pringle) 88

Yorkshire 460 & 185-2 v Durham 265

Finally the breakthrough for Durham.

Alex Lees smashes a six but three balls later is caught behind off a crisp ball from Ryan Pringle.

I'll get my coat.

Glamorgan 220 & 232 v Glos 363 & 14-0

Gareth Roderick and Chris Dent are going about their business unflustered and seemingly happy to take the singles.

To be fair, they have more than a day to get 76 runs... Why bother racing after it?

'No better than Duckett'

Northants beat Kent by 10 wickets

Ben Duckett
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Ben Duckett has been talked about as a man on the fringes of the England winter tour squad, and after his 208 against Kent you can see why.

Northants skipper Alex Wakely told  BBC Radio Northampton:"Sam Billings asked me if Kent had bowled badly to him or was Ben that good? I answered, he was that good.

“I don't think there is anyone batting better than him in the country right now.

“I don't think it will be very long before we see him in an England shirt."

Yorkshire pushing on

Yorkshire 460 & 163-0 v Durham 265

Adam Lyth is 10 runs away from his fourth century of the summer as Durham bowlers are getting rather frustrated at Headingley...

The Champions are turning the screw at Durham. Is that creaking noise coming from Middlesex? #bbccricket

Who loves winning?

Northants beat Kent by 10 wickets

Love championship wins! Especially in 3 days! What a performance from the boys! @BenDuckett1 + @RoryK_9 standouts! Beer time! 🍻🍻 #Steelbacks

What a win!! Serious team performance beating a good side in 3 days 👊🏼🍻

What a win!! Serious team performance beating a good side in 3 days 👊🏼🍻

That was the third win in five for Northants.

Glos start chase

Glamorgan 220 & 232 v Glos 363 & 0-0

Out come Gloucestershire openers Chris Dent and Gareth Roderick. 

The visitors need 90 runs to become the third side to win on day three across the County Championship.

Kent defeat leaves Essex close to title

Northants beat Kent by 10 wickets

Rory Kleinveldt
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Want to read about how Kent's home defeat by Northants leaves Division Two leaders Essex needing just six points to be sure of promotion?

Yes, you do...

Tea at Trent Bridge

Notts 241 & 212-8 v Middlesex 247

What a way to finish the afternoon session!

Imran Tahir wallops a six off Ollie Rayner with the final ball and the players walk off after a session which Middlesex have shaded. Notts need to add to this 206-run lead, you feel.

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The flip side of the coin...

#bbccricket re:Samit's wicket - as a Middx fan, there's definitely no need to apologise.

Glamorgan all out

Glamorgan 220 & 232 v Gloucestershire 363

Glamorgan continue to show off their fine array of graphics...

WICKET: Hogan bowled for 30 by Jack Taylor. Glamorgan 232 all out. Wallace 39 not out. Lead is 89. #GLAvGLO

WICKET: Hogan bowled for 30 by Jack Taylor. Glamorgan 232 all out. Wallace 39 not out. Lead is 89. #GLAvGLO

WICKET Ball (lbw Rayner) 4

Notts 241 & 200-8 v Middlesex 247

Jake Ball is absolutely plumb lbw to Ollie Rayner, his third dismissal of the innings.

Notts are closing in on a lead of 200 but have just two wickets remaining. This next couple of hours will mean so much to both ends of the Division One table.

Tea at Headingley

Yorkshire 460 & 151v Durham 265

Alex Lees and Adam Lyth remain at the crease for Yorkshrie as they go into tea leading by 346 with all wickets intact.

Meanwhile, Glamorgan are not going down without a fight against Gloucestershire.

The last wicket partnership of Mark Wallace and Michael Hogan have added 50.