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Summary

  1. Division Two leaders Essex secure promotion
  2. Division One leaders Middlesex in control v Lancashire
  3. Somerset take control against defending champions Yorkshire

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By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's that for the night

Essex celebrate
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And once again we will draw our own stumps at the end of another enthralling day of action.

All set up for another intriguing day tomorrow and we'll kick off our coverage from just before 10:30.

Catch up with all of today's reports on the counties page of the BBC Sport website.

Until then - thanks for being with us.

Close of play scores

WICKET Nash (c Cox b Leach) 5

Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229 & 13-1

And yet another wicket falls at Hove on a day that's seen 17 of them tumble.

Chris Nash fails to see it through the last four overs and Joe Leach has him caught behind off the final delivery of a very eventful and very long day's play.

One game still standing

Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229 & 0-0

Sussex require 272 to win, and there are four overs remaining this evening @CountyChamp #GOSBTS

Close of play at Chester-le-Street

Durham 401 v Surrey 299-7

That is that for the day up in the north east.

Durham took a flurry of late wickets to pin Surrey's first innings back from 264-3 to 288-7 after Jason Roy's earlier explosive century.

The visitors will go into day three still 102 runs behind.

Worcestershire dismissed for 194

Worcestershire 306 & 194 v Sussex 229

David Wiese wraps up the Worcestershire second innings at Hove as he bowls Charlie Morris for a duck.

Sussex will require 272 with two-and-a-bit days to chase them to win that Division Two contest.

Ten-wicket haul for Steve Magoffin

Worcestershire 306 & 193-9 v Sussex 229

Been plenty of wickets falling at Hove today and now 10 of them in the match have gone to Sussex seamer Steve Magoffin.

A second five-for for the right-armer in the process...

10 in the match for @magsy64 that's 59 for the season simply brilliant today @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket @SussexCCC

10 in the match for @magsy64 that's 59 for the season simply brilliant today @BBCSussexSport #bbccricket @SussexCCC

Still a few more overs to bowl down there tonight where Worcestershire's lead is now a very imposing 270 runs. 

Close of play at Chelmsford

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 275-6

James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate
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And that's the close at a very happy Chelmsford where the game itself is now very nicely poised with two days to go.

Ryan ten Doeschate finishes the day unbeaten on 109 and his current partnership with James Foster (pictured above) is worth 90 runs.

The new Division Two champions trail by 11 runs.

Just time to join the party

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 275-6

Just time for BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra to head over for the closing overs on day two at a sun-drenched Chelmsford....

Now @5liveSport we head to Chelmsford where @EssexCricket are celebrating promotion #bbccricket

Now @5liveSport we head to Chelmsford where @EssexCricket are celebrating promotion #bbccricket

Close of play at Headingley

Yorkshire 145 & 57-3 v Somerset 390

Time up in Leeds for the day and it's been another good one for Somerset.

Firstly they built themselves a commanding first-innings lead thanks to contributions throughout and then their bowlers claimed three big scalps.

Yorkshire will go into day three with their hopes of securing a third successive title very much in tatters.

They're still 188 runs behind with seven second-innings wickets remaining.

Gary Ballance bowled
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Late rally from Durham

Durham 401 v Surrey 287-6

While all those celebrations were going on down south, Durham were fighting back strong in the north east.

Surrey centurion Jason Roy has departed for 120 in 165 balls. 

The visitors have lost three wickets for just 12 runs towards the end of the second day, which just about tips this game back in Durham's favour.

View from the commentary box this evening

View from the commentary box this evening

100 for Ryan ten Doeschate

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 264-6

And the celebrations continue at Chelmsford.

Captain Ryan ten Doeschate brings up a splendid century moments after his side sealed promotion back to Division One for the first time since 2010.

It's come from 137 balls with 11 boundaries.

100! For Ryan ten Doeschate. A wonderful innings on a memorable day for Essex Cricket. 264-6. #ESSvGLA

Close of play at Old Trafford

Middlesex 327 v Lancashire 102-5

No more play possible today in Manchester after that earlier bad light and rain.

They'll come again from 10:30 tomorrow.

CLOSE Day 3. Play called off for the day with @LancsCCC 102-5 (38 overs) @robpeterjones 42* & @liaml4893 31* trailing by 225 #LANvMID

Start the promotion party!

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 250-6

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales at Chelmsford

Essex celebrate
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"It's promotion with a game to spare for the Essex boys with captain Ryan ten Doeschate launching their revival against Glamorgan and taking them to the 250 mark for the fifth bonus point they needed as he neared his century.

"Adam Wheater (59) shared a century stand for the sixth wicket with ten Doeschate while the experienced James Foster has been the skipper's next partner in a half-century partnership.

"Six wins from 14 starts before this game is more than anyone else, so Essex are deserved champions.

"Glamorgan have stuck to their task gamely in the Mediterranean temperatures but they've been the guests at the party, despite Craig Meschede's early three-wicket blitz."

BreakingESSEX PROMOTED TO DIVISION ONE

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 250-6

A single into the legside from captain Ryan ten Doeschate off Owen Morgan is the moment that secures the Division Two title for Essex.

Cue celebrations in the evening sunshine at Chelmsford.

Essex promotion celebrations! 🏏🍾🎉 #bbccricket
Essex promotion celebrations! 🏏🍾🎉 #bbccricket

Essex promotion celebrations! 🏏🍾🎉 #bbccricket

WICKET Gale (b Groenewald) 2

Yorkshire 145 & 37-3 v Somerset 390

Yorkshire find themselves in deeper trouble towards the end of this second day.

Andrew Gale is yorked by Tim Groenewald and now the defending champions are a long way behind title-pretenders Somerset.

Gayle bowled
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Gloucestershire dismissed for 261

Northamptonshire 326 v Gloucestershire 261

Quickly back to Wantage Road in Division Two, where some lusty late-order hitting from the visitors has got them a second batting point.

Northants take a handy lead of 65 runs into the second innings with seven overs to face this evening.

Essex 10 runs away from promotion

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 240-6

Count them down Essex fans. Promotion back to Division One is just 10 runs away.

Ansari departs for Surrey

Durham 401 v Surrey 264-4

Durham finally manage to break Surrey's fourth-wicket partnership between Jason Roy and Zafar Ansari.

Ansari falls two short of a half-century as double centurion Keaton Jennings turns his hand to wicket-taking.

Paul Collingwood snaffles a catch off his medium pacers. That partnership was worth 164 runs for Surrey.

WICKET Ballance (b Groenewald) 1

Yorkshire 145 & 23-2 v Somerset 390

And I think Middlesex will happily continue sitting in the pavilion as Gary Ballance departs for Yorkshire.

Tim Groenewald rearranges the England batsman's stumps and that completes a fairly sorry match for the left-hander, who only made three in the first innings.

Still off at Old Trafford

Middlesex 327 v Lancashire 102-5

Steven Finn
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Still no resumption at Old Trafford where they've been off the field for around 30 minutes now.

This picture above of Steven Finn bowling earlier for Middlesex gives you some idea how gloomy it's been.

100 for Jason Roy

Durham 401 v Surrey 249-3

A century up for Surrey and England's Jason Roy up at Chester-le-Street and his fourth-wicket partnership with Zafar Ansari continues to flourish.

Batted @JasonRoy20 who moves to his century from 143 balls with 14x4

Batted @JasonRoy20 who moves to his century from 143 balls with 14x4

Tendo at the helm for Essex

Essex 214-6 v Glamorgan 286

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales at Chelmsford

Ryan ten Doeschate
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"Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate is steering his side towards the 250 mark and the five points they need for promotion with Essex recovering well despite a game effort from the Glamorgan bowlers.

"Ten Doeschate shared a century stand with Adam Wheater, who scored 59 on his return from Hampshire before steering spinner Owen Morgan to point.

"The match may be evenly poised, but Essex could start celebrating a Division One place fairly shortly." 

WICKET Lees (c Allenby b Gregory) 9

Yorkshire 145 & 22-1 v Somerset 390

Breaking away from the #SnackXI selection, Somerset have bagged a first wicket in Yorkshire's second innings.

Alex Lees edges Lewis Gregory to first slip where Jim Allenby takes the catch.

Not what Yorkshire would've wanted.

Gregory dismisses Lees
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Gloucestershire try not to melt away

Northamptonshire 326 v Gloucestershire 221-8

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Wantage Road
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"Jack Taylor and David Payne have nudged Gloucestershire to a first batting point against the older ball and under lovely sunny skies. 

"But the visitors still trail by more than 100 and Northamptonshire will still hope for a very useful lead to work with.

"Meanwhile, as you might expect the ice-cream van has been doing a roaring trade here, but so much so that the freezer lid has been left open a little too long and the ice cream has melted!"

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Rain stops play at Old Trafford

Middlesex 327 v Lancashire 102-5

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

"A clap of thunder was the signal to send the players scurrying to the pavilion. 

"It temporarily halts a partial recovery by Lancashire, who at one point slumped to 32-5. 

"Since then, Rob Jones and Liam Livingstone have shared 70 to ensure the Red Rose avoid humiliation. 

"They're are still a long way behind, mind."

Off for rain at Old Trafford. Lancs 102-5. 28 overs remain to be bowled on Day Two. #TeamMiddlesex

Rain plus thunder and lightning nearby halting play with @LancsCCC 102-5 (38 overs) trailing by 225. #LANvMID

Essex move a point closer

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 200-6

200 up for Essex at Chelmsford, which means they're just one point and 50 runs away now from securing the Division Two title and promotion.

200 UP for #Essex!!! ONE more bonus point needed for the title! Wheater lost his wicket just before then. #Essex 200/6.

Roy and Ansari roll on

Durham 401 v Surrey 211-3

Been a while since we checked in to proceedings up at Chester-le-Street.

I think it's more than fair to say both Jason Roy (78) and Zafar Ansari (31) could be contenders for an England Test touring party this winter.

They've added more than 100 runs for the fourth wicket to take Surrey beyond 200.

Lyth and Lees open up again

Yorkshire 145 & 1-0 v Somerset 390

Yorkshire's opening pair of Adam Lyth and Alex Lees stride out to the middle at Headingley.

A minimum of 22 overs for Yorkshire to face before the close this evening. How many might Somerset be able to prize out before then with a lead of nearly 250?

WICKET Wheater (c Selman b Morgan) 59

Glamorgan 286 v Essex 185-6

Adam Wheater and Ryan ten Doeshcate are finally separated at Chelmsford after a partnership of a round 100 for the sixth Essex wicket.

Wheater is caught by Nick Selman off spinner Owen Morgan, but captain ten Doeschate has reached his own half-century.

Essex still need 65 more runs to seal promotion.

Ryan ten Doeschate completes his 50 from 130 balls with 9 fours. 185-5. #ESSvGLA

Somerset dismissed for 390

Yorkshire 145 v Somerset 390

Somerset fall 10 runs short of making it five batting bonus points.

Some fine hitting late on from both Tim Groenewald and Lewis Gregory adds 15 runs.

Groenewald succumbs for 13 though as he tries to hit Adil Rashid over the top only for Andrew Hodd to stump him.

It's a very commanding lead of 245 runs for Somerset.

Light fades again at Old Trafford

Middlesex 327 v Lancashire 93-5

Dip in the light once again at Old Trafford and Middlesex's chance to run through Lancashire is being held up a touch...

The dip in the light means @Middlesex_CCC have to go back to spin. Rayner returns @LancsCCC 91-5 (32 overs) #LANvMID

Entertainment continues at Hove

Worcestershire 306 & 93-5 v Sussex 229

Adrian Harms

BBC Sussex at Hove

Hove
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"Great entertainment at Hove where 272 runs have been scored in the day, 10 wickets have fallen and there are still 32 overs left.

"Worcestershire still have the upper hand reaching the interval on 93-5 a lead of 170, and on a pitch offering help to the seamers Sussex won't fancy chasing more than 220 to win this match."

Five-wicket haul for Ryan Sidebottom

Yorkshire 145 v Somerset 375-9

Ryan Sidebottom
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Five wickets for Ryan Sidebottom up at Headingley as Somerset's Jack Leach is comprehensively bowled by the left-armer.

Last pair in now for the visitors, who may have to do without a fifth bowling point.

WICKET Davies (c Bresnan b Sidebottom) 9

Yorkshire 145 v Somerset 369-8

Somerset wicketkeeper Ryan Davies becomes Ryan Sidebottom's fourth wicket of the innings.

Tim Bresnan the man taking the catch low down at first slip.

Essex need 80 for title

Essex 170-5 v Glamorgan 286

Nick Webb

BBC Radio Wales at Chelmsford

"Adam Wheater and Ryan ten Doeschate have taken Essex within sight of promotion with an unbeaten stand of 85 in the Chelmsford sunshine.

"Essex were 85-5 when Ravi Bopara came down the wicket to Owen Morgan, missed and was smartly stumped by Mark Wallace for 25.

"But Wheater, on his Essex return from Hampshire, and captain ten Doeschate have looked largely untroubled as the shine goes off the ball.

"250 is now the target for five bonus points to ensure finishing top of the table.

"Dancing in the streets of Essex, or at least a celebratory glass or two, is imminent."

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