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  1. Yorkshire draw on rain-hit day v Hampshire
  2. Leaders Middlesex also draw at Edgbaston
  3. Yorkshire move four points behind the leaders
  4. Matches at Lancs, Durham & Derby also drawn
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By Tom Garry

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Draws in all five of Saturday's matches

That's about it for today then, folks, after a Saturday filled with rain and bad light rather than thrilling cricket.

A lightning spell from Yorkshire's Jack Brooks - who took three quick wickets at the Ageas Bowl - and a 50 for Gary Ballance were arguably the brightest moments of an otherwise cloudy day.

We've had five draws from the five matches that concluded today and now just four points separate the top two sides in Division One.

Do join the #bbccricket team again soon for more live action. Until next time, good bye.

What has that done to the table?

County Championship Division One

So, with both sides still having five matches remaining, leaders Middlesex and second-placed Yorkshire are now separated by just four points at the top of the Division One table.

It's mighty close up there!

The poor weather denied both sides the chance to gain a big advantage today.

Surrey are a further 12 points behind Yorkshire, lying in third, while Somerset - who drew at Lancashire earlier today - are in fourth.


Match drawn: Warwickshire 172 & 120-4 v Middlesex 242 & 267-7d

... And the weather has won at Edgbaston as well, with bad light meaning Warwickshire were unable to add to their second innings score of 120-4.

Division One leaders Middlesex add nine points to their tally in the table, one less than the 10 points that second-placed Yorkshire were able to manage in their draw.

Recap: Division One results

While the players remain off the field for bad light at Edgbaston, here is a reminder of today's confirmed results in Division One, with the rain resulting in three draws so far:

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In Division Two, bottom club Derbyshire were denied the chance to play any further overs against Gloucestershire this morning because of the weather, so that match ended in a draw too.

Moeen confirms Bangladesh availability

Moeen Ali
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Some other cricket news for you now, as England's Moeen Ali says he will definitely take part in the Bangladesh tour if selected despite security concerns surrounding the trip.

Bad light stops play

Warwickshire 172 & 120-4 v Middlesex 242 & 267-7d

Bad light has now stopped play at Edgbaston as well, so a result is looking increasingly unlikely in that match too.


Match drawn: Hampshire 222 & 84-4 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

The weather has got the better of the teams at Southampton, sadly, and Yorkshire will not be able to hunt down those remaining wickets. Hampshire will take the draw, from the position they were in this morning.

Defending champions Yorkshire collect 10 points from the match - now, what can their title rivals Middlesex do at Edgbaston?

Hampshire maybe saved by the weather

Hampshire 222 & 84-4 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Solent

Jack Brooks

With an early tea taken at the Ageas Bowl after the light deteriorated rather rapidly, there is relief for Hampshire’s batsman, who had seemed to be in the middle of a batting collapse.

They are 84-4, having lost three quick wickets to Yorkshire bowler Jack Brooks. Hampshire captain James Vince will be particularly disappointed, as an impressive display here may have secured a place on England’s tour of Bangladesh – he fell for just 16.

Hampshire have 39 overs to negotiate if they want to save this match, while visitors Yorkshire have to get six wickets to win.

However, the English weather may well be rearing its ugly head once again... The dark clouds have returned with more rain. It may save Hampshire, but it might thwart Yorkshire in their title bid.

The hosts need another 227 to win

Warwickshire 172 & 111-4 v Middlesex 242 & 267-7d

The wickets are not tumbling at Edgbaston at quite the rate Division One leaders Middlesex would like them to, as Warwickshire have lost only the wicket of Chris Wright since resuming after this morning's delay.

Ian Bell and Sam Hain are making relatively steady ground, with their partnership now up to 22 runs.

Bad light stops play

Hampshire 222 & 84-4 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

Well, bad light has halted Yorkshire's bid for wickets at Southampton. It's a frustrating delay for the visitors, who still need another six wickets to snatch victory.

WICKET Vince (c Bresnan, b Brooks 16)

Hampshire 222 & 78-4 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

In Hampshire's 29th over, Jack Brooks (3-20) has his third wicket as the hosts' James Vince is caught at first slip by Tim Bresnan. It's starting to get very, very interesting. Six more wickets needed for Yorkshire.

15:45 BST start at Edgbaston

Warwickshire 172 & 74-3 v Middlesex 242 & 267-7d

Oh my, this afternoon is really looking up now, cricket fans! We have a start time, for play at Edgbaston, at long, long last!

Division One leaders Middlesex are going to have 36 overs available to try and take the remaining seven Warwickshire wickets.

WICKET Adams (c Lyth b Brooks 30)

Hampshire 222 & 59-3 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

Jack Brooks has another one, as Jimmy Adams is caught at second slip by Adam Lyth.

Is a dramatic victory on for Yorkshire?

WICKET Alsop (c Azeem Rafiq, b Patterson 18)

Hampshire 222 & 50-2 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

Jack Brooks gets the wicket of Tom Alsop, who is caught at square leg.

The question is, can Yorkshire find another eight wickets today? It could be a tall order.

Pitch inspection

Warwickshire 172 & 74-3 v Middlesex 242 & 267-7d

Some patches of blue sky are now visible at Edgbaston, where there will be a pitch inspection at 15:10 BST if there is no rain between now and then.

Hampshire 222 & 38-1 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

The fact that we've had 16 consecutive dot balls possibly tells you all you need to know about Hampshire's intentions of trying to win this match. Either that, or I'm doing Yorkshire's fine bowling a dis-service.

Into Hampshire's 15th over

Hampshire 222 & 34-1 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

The run rate is low at Southampton. It's very low. Hampshire trail by 264.

Something tells me the hosts don't fancy trying to chase down that initial target of 298 to win.

Equally though, Yorkshire are being frustrated in their bid for more wickets.


Match drawn: Gloucestershire 331 & 10-0 v Derbyshire 242 & 360

Another one bites the dust, with no overs played at Derby today.


Match drawn: Nottinghamshire 313 & 17-1 v Durham 244 & 385-8d

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Sadly for the fans, the match is abandoned at Chester-le-Street. It's been a horrible day of rain.

Nottinghamshire couldn't really afford to lose this match and the weather has guaranteed they haven't.

Now Notts fans will be watching the Hampshire result with real interest, as they lie 10 points behind Hampshire at the bottom of the Division One table.

Hampshire 222 & 25-1 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

It is looking more and more likely that this is the only match that will see any significant play today, so here's hoping Yorkshire and Hampshire can deliver a thrilling finale.

Tom Alsop (9) and Jimmy Adams (10) are in the middle for the hosts.

WICKET Smith (lbw b Sidebottom 4)

Hampshire 222 & 8-1 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

Ryan Sidebottom bowls to Will Smith.... Did that hit the pads?! It did, he's out!

Hampshire are a wicket down already, in their third over. Yorkshire need nine more wickets for victory.

Play resumes at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 222 & 8-0 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Solent

I'm not trying to rub salt in the wounds of those unable to watch or listen to cricket at the moment, but play is back under way on the South Coast.

Our brief rain delay has only cost the two teams two overs.

However, we expect rain this afternoon, and we also expect that once the rain starts, it won't stop.

Meanwhile, up north...

Nottinghamshire 313 & 17-1 v Durham 244 & 385-8d

A cricket ball MOVES

Hampshire 222 & 0-0 v Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d

The day returns to life! Play resumes at Southampton, where there will be 70 overs this afternoon, reduced from 72 because of the weather.

Can either side win this match? Hampshire are 298 behind.

Not long to wait now

Lunch: Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d v Hampshire 222

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This is your five minute warning, folks. Five minutes!

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Have you ever travelled for hundreds of miles to an away match, only for it to be called off?

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Yorkshire & Hampshire wait on the weather

Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d v Hampshire 222

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Solent

Ageas Bowl

After a bit of slogging this morning, Yorkshire have declared, setting Hampshire 298 to win.

It sets up a fascinating afternoons play. Both teams feel they have to win this match, and both can, if the weather holds.

However, no sooner had Andrew Gale called his batsmen off, when the rain started falling. Now the covers are on and both teams have taken lunch.

With Yorkshire's title rivals Middlesex, and the sides fighting relegation with Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Durham, all off for the rain too, both sides will hope to take advantage should the skies clear.

The Division One table

Match drawn: Lancashire 422-9 v Somerset 553-8d

Division One
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So, while there is currently absolutely zero County Championship cricket being played, let's take this opportunity to look at what Somerset's draw at Lancashire has done to the top of the Division One table.

Yorkshire declare, covers go on

Yorkshire 281 & 238-5d v Hampshire 222

With a lead of 297 runs and rain starting to come down, Yorkshire declare and the covers go on.

If and when play resumes after this break, we could have a very exciting afternoon in store at that match.


Match drawn: Lancashire 422-9 v Somerset 553-8d

After an inspection, the umpires have called an end to this match, which was never likely to see either side win today anyway, given neither of them were in their second innings.

Both teams have 10 points in the match. It's not what Somerset's slim hopes of the title needed.

Building towards a declaration?

Yorkshire 281 & 209-4 v Hampshire 222

BBC Weather
BBC Weather

With Jake Lehmann (24) and Tim Bresnan (12) batting steadily, Yorkshire's lead has grown to 268.

But what target will they look to set Hampshire?

The weather forecast for Southampton looks reasonable until around about 16:30 BST. But at that point in the day, an extremely ominous-looking rain cloud is expected to reach the region...

Poor forecast for the midlands

Play delayed: Warwickshire 172 & 74-3 v Middlesex 242 & 267-7d

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Just a reminder, four of today's five matches are currently delayed by rain, and the scene at Edgbaston is a very wet one.

Middlesex will be desperately hoping the weather clears soon so they can try and win this match, as they look to pip Yorkshire to the title this year.

WICKET Ballance (b Berg 72)

Yorkshire 281 & 189-4 v Hampshire 222

Gareth Berg gets the wicket of England's Gary Ballance, and it is his seventh wicket of this match.

The ball crashes into leg stump and Ballance goes for 72, with Yorkshire's lead up to 248.

Early lunch to be taken at Old Trafford

Play delayed: Lancashire 422-9 v Somerset 553-8d

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It's all wet and horrible in the north west today and they're going to head for some sandwiches slightly earlier than scheduled, in the hope of fully utilising any opportunities to play later today

50 for Ballance at Southampton

Yorkshire 281 & 161-3 v Hampshire 222

Gary Ballance
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England's Gary Ballance cracks one away for four and he passes 50 from 86 deliveries. Well played, that man.

Meanwhile, at Chester-le-Street

Play delayed: Nottinghamshire 313 & 17-1 v Durham 224 & 385-5d

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The wet weather means there has been no play yet between Durham and Nottinghamshire this morning, so the best viewing at Chester-le-Street is arguably being offered by these rather fetching pieces of art...

Yorkshire 281 & 144-3 v Hampshire 222

A leg bye sees Yorkshire add to their total for the first time today. Their lead has edged up to 203.

Jake Lehmann is the man who has come out into the middle to replace Andrew Gale. Gary Ballance is alongside him, rather close to a 50. 

WICKET Gale (c McManus b Wheal 19)

Yorkshire 281 & 143-3 v Hampshire 222

We haven't seen a run yet, be we have seen a wicket! Andrew Gale falls on the eighth ball of the morning, caught behind off Brad Wheal. Lewis McManus is the man with the catch.

Not the start title-chasing Yorkshire wanted.

Cricket is officially being played

Yorkshire 281 & 143-2 v Hampshire 222

Yorkshire have resumed at Hampshire, leading by 202 runs.

Gareth Berg bowls to Gary Ballance for the first over of the morning. It's a maiden over.

So no runs yet, but we'll take it, folks. It's the only cricket we've got so far this morning!

Delayed starts because of rain

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The situation is, we have delayed starts at Edgbaston, Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street in Division One.

The Division Two match between Derbyshire and Gloucestershire at Derby is also set to be delayed.

But play should start on time (around about now) at Southampton! So let's focus on that match for the time being...