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  1. Middlesex, Yorkshire and Somerset can all win title
  2. Warwickshire, Lancashire and Hampshire in relegation danger
  3. Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire - Gubbins 120*
  4. Somerset collapse from 322-4 to 322-9 v Notts

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - day one

With play only continuing at Grace Road between Leicestershire and Glamorgan and little riding on the Division Two match, I'm going to say au revoir.

I'll be back tomorrow from 10:15 BST with live text coverage from day two.

Hope you can join me then.

Close of play at Lord's

Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire

Well, after a fairly farcical last hour with no floodlights, play is finally abandoned for the day at Lord's.

It's been one to remember for Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins who will resume on day two 120 not out.

Yorkshire made regular inroads but simply could not shift the 22-year-old.

Division Two update

It's now stumps at Bristol where Gloucestershire have fought back from 97-7 to 201-7 against Sussex - led by Chris Dent's unbeaten 86.

Bad light has stopped play at New Road with Worcestershire 255-6 against Derbyshire. Joe Clarke is 117 not out. In fact - it's now stumps there.

A crazy day at Grace Road is just about drawing to a close. Leicestershire are already batting for a second time have been bowled out for 96 and then dismissing Glamorgan for 199. They're 30-0.

Decision in five or 10 minutes at Lord's

Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire - bad light stopped play

Umpire Tim Robinson has just said they will have a look at the light shortly and decide whether or not they are coming back on.

The cut off time is at 18:15, but by my reckoning it's still gloomy and play will be off before that.

Stumps at Edgbaston

Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire 14-0

Lancashire openers Rob Jones and Haseeb Hameed survive the last nine overs at Edgbaston to make sure it's the Red Rose county's day.

Warwickshire need a good day two or relegation is a real prospect.

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Olly Schofield: @JakeBall will be given the freedom of Yorkshire at this rate!

Close of play at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 370-6 v Durham

Those couple of late wickets have slightly dented what was otherwise an excellent day with the bat for Hampshire.

Liam Dawson finishes unbeaten on 47 and with Warwickshire all out for 219 at Edgbaston, Hampshire's survival hopes are much rosier than at 10:30 this morning.

Umpires inspecting at Lord's

Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire - bad light stopped play

Rob Bailey and Tim Robinson are currently in the middle at Lord's with light metres in hand. It hasn't improved lads - get your coats, we'll come back tomorrow.

WICKET Davies (c Mullaney b Ball) 0

Somerset 322-9 v Notts - stumps

WHAT. IS. GOING. ON? That's five wickets for no runs.

Ryan Davies nicks Jake Ball to Steven Mullaney at slip to complete an absolutely bonkers last 20 minutes.

And with that dismissal it's stumps. I've just looked to my right and my colleague who is writing the Somerset report does not look best pleased. Livid in fact.

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Russell Gibbs: If this madness about the floodlights costs MCCC the title who will take responsibility?

I agree completely Russell. Lord's has some of the best floodlights in the country - but they're not on and the players have been off the field for 30 minutes. Something surely has to be sorted out this winter?

WICKET Van der Merwe (lbw b Tahir) 0

Somerset 322-8 v Notts

I'm not sure collapse is the word here. Somerset have lost four wickets, for no runs, in 12 balls.

Roelof van der Merwe is the latest, pinned lbw by Imran Tahir. 

Somerset have lost their heads - Yorkshiremen and women everywhere celebrate.

The hosts were 302-2 about an hour ago. Madness.

Five-wicket haul for Ball

Somerset 322-7 v Notts

Incredible - Somerset lose their third wicket in 10 balls without adding a run. And it's that man Jake Ball again.

The big paceman finds Craig Overton's outside edge and Samit Patel clings on at slip after a quick circus act. Overton goes without troubling the scorers.

Ball has 5-47.

Samit Patel
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WICKET Trego (lbw b Ball) 9

Somerset 322-6 v Notts

Wow, I wasn't expecting this when Chris Rogers and James Hildreth were smacking it to all parts an hour ago.

Peter Trego is Jake Ball's fourth victim, lbw to an inswinger. Somerset need to win this match to have any chance of their first title, but they're making things a little more difficult for themselves.

WICKET Gregory (b Tahir) 2

Somerset 322-5 v Notts

Somerset are losing their way a little as day one draws to a close. 

Lewis Gregory is bowled by South Africa spinner Imran Tahir. 

Roelof van der Merwe joins the dangerous Peter Trego in the middle.

Four batting bonus points for Hants

Hampshire 352-6 v Durham

Hampshire go past 350 to make it four bonus points - that means they've already made up three on Warwickshire who led them by eight points at the start of play. 

However, they then lose Ryan McLaren, lbw to Ryan Pringle for 13.

Durham have really fought back in this last hour.

Frustration at Lord's

Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire - bad light stops play

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport at Lord's

"There a huge sense of frustration from the spectators and players alike, as bad light encroaches on play in this highly entertaining match.

"With the new ball having just been taken and Nick Gubbins unbeaten on 120 this match is finely poised.

"Somerset's batting brilliance at Taunton is putting pressure on both Middlesex and Yorkshire and neither will want to be sat in the dressing room for too much longer."

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Duncan Russell: Even as a Yorkshireman my money is on a 1st title for Somerset at the moment, anything's better than a Middlesex victory anyway   


Warwickshire 219 v Lancashire

Lancashire seamer Tom Bailey has Jeetan Patel caught by Haseeb Hameed for 26 to claim his fourth wicket and end Warwickshire's innings.

It's a below-par effort from the hosts at Edgbaston - especially with fellow relegation candidates Hampshire in command on 347-5 against Durham.

Bad light stops play

Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire

It's been gloomy for most of the day at Lord's, but we're now in late September, the evenings are drawing in, and the umpires have decided it's too dark to continue.

Yorkshire's bowlers have been probing, but Nick Gubbins (120 not out) and James Franklin (21 not out) have resisted everything they've thrown at them.

I'd be surprised if they get back on now, but what do I know?!

Willey frustrated as another outside edge finds the boundary

Division Two update

It's smooth sailing for Worcestershire with Joe Clarke reaching 100 not out, bringing their total to 221-4 against Derbyshire. 

Gloucestershire have battled back against Sussex where David Payne (48*) and Chris Dent (86*) dragged their side past the 200-mark before bad light suspended play, with Dent's innings lasting just shy of five hours so far.

The wickets continue to tumble at Grace Road where Glamorgan lead Leicestershire by 91 runs with two wickets still remaining. They're 187-8 after the Foxes were skittled for 96 before lunch.

Dropped catches

Somerset 312-4 v Notts

Peter Trego and Lewis Gregory are leading a bit of a charmed life for Somerset. Both batsmen have been dropped in the last couple of overs.

Batting suddenly looks a lot more difficult for the hosts at Taunton.

*Graphic image warning*

Somerset 312-4 v Notts

Erm - ouch. No wonder James Hildreth was hobbling.

Got hit when he was on 7, batted on on one leg for 135. Hats off to @dreth25 #Gutsy #WeAreSomerset

Got hit when he was on 7, batted on on one leg for 135. Hats off to @dreth25 #Gutsy #WeAreSomerset

Gubbins marathon continues

Middlesex 208-5 v Yorkshire

He's faced 235 deliveries and been there since ball one this morning, but Nick Gubbins looks as fresh as a daisy at Lord's.

The young opener is now unbeaten on 120. If he's there at stumps it will surely have to go down as one of the finest innings of the season.

Yorkshire are taking the new ball.

WICKET Hildreth (c Read b Hutton) 135

Somerset 308-4 v Notts

Both of Somerset's batting heroes are now back in the pavilion.

James Hildreth, who batted with an ankle injury and could hardly run, nicks Brett Hutton behind for 135.

His huge stand with Chris Rogers has put Somerset in a dominant position, but there is still work to do to get maximum batting bonus points and a total which is likely to win them the game.

WICKET Rogers (c Mullaney b Ball) 132

Somerset 302-3 v Notts

It's Somerset skipper Chris Rogers. The Australian is caught by Steven Mullaney at slip to give Jake Ball his third wicket.

A fantastic knock from the 39-year-old though which lasted 204 balls and contained 18 fours.

Peter Trego is the new man in with Somerset needing 98 off 25 overs to secure maximum batting bonus points.

The wicket was Jake Ball's 50th first class wicket for Notts this season (plus one for England and 3 for MCC) #bbccricket

50 and out for Sean Ervine

Hampshire 323-5 v Durham

Hampshire are doing everything they can to try and ensure their Division One survival.

Sean Ervine is the fourth batsman to pass fifty in the innings - his fifth of the season.

But next ball the all-rounder is caught at slip by Paul Collingwood off Ryan Pringle.

There is also a big wicket at Taunton to tell you about...

200 up for Middlesex

Middlesex 200-5 v Yorkshire

There are nice, round figures everywhere! Middlesex bring up their 200 and first batting bonus point.

Nick Gubbins now looks entrenched. The opener is 114 not out off 215 balls. 

And he's been there for exactly 300 minutes! This is getting spooky now.

Gubbins' luck continues as he edges for four again

Record partnership

Somerset 300-2 v Notts

James Hildreth and Chris Rogers continue on their merry way at Taunton as they bring up a third-wicket partnership record against Notts.

Their 267 surpasses Richard Harden and Chris Tavare's 265 in 1992 at the same ground.

Pint for the marker, both batsmen have 130 not out...Somerset 300-2 (82.5) #bbccricket

300 up for Hampshire

Hampshire 301-4 v Durham

Talking of batting bonus points Hampshire now have three to their name. Sean Ervine, who is in the form of his life with the bat is up to 44 and the hosts are in the driving seat at the Ageas Bowl.

Tight at the top, tight at the bottom, good this county cricket lark int it?

Batting bonus point for Bears

Warwickshire 203-8 v Lancashire

Every point counts in this relegation fight - and Warwickshire finally have one to their name.

Jeetan Patel smacks Luke Procter to the boundary three times in an over to take Warwickshire past 200.

Foxes back in the hunt

Leicestershire 96 v Glamorgan 152-6

BBC Wales' Nick Webb at Grace Road:

"A remarkable game continues at helter-skelter rate at Grace Road with Glamorgan 56 ahead by tea, but with only four wickets left.

"Teenagers Aneurin Donald and Kiran Carlson put on 61 for the fourth wicket inside nine overs, only for Neil Dexter to wobble the ball around and claim three quick wickets with his medium-pace.

"Earlier Timm van der Gugten claimed county best figures of five for 52, as Leicestershire were bundled out before lunch.

"Carlson is still there on the game's top score of 44, but Glamorgan need a lead of at least 100 to take much advantage out of the day." 

Another wicket at Warwickshire

Warwickshire 190-8 v Lancashire

It's not getting any better for Warwickshire. Keith Barker is bowled by Jordan Clark for a duck, who now has figures of 3-20.

Can the Bears scrape another 10 runs to get a batting bonus point?

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Phil Dantes: James Hildreth - heroic. There's no other word. Someone get the cider.

WICKET Hain (lbw b Procter) 52

Warwickshire 187-7 v Lancashire

Warwickshire's stuttering innings continues at Edgbaston. Sam Hain is the latest to go, lbw to Luke Procter.

The bad news from the Ageas Bowl for Bears fans is that Hampshire look like making a big first-innings total against Durham.

Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel are at the crease in Birmingham.

100 for Nick Gubbins

Middlesex 179-5 v Yorkshire

And it's gone to Nick Gubbins! The Middlesex opener brings it up in style, swatting Ryan Sidebottom over the square leg boundary for six.

It's surely one of the toughest centuries he will ever make. Huge pressure, fine bowling attack, muggy, overcast conditions at Lord's.

His job is only half done though - Middlesex are still in a vulnerable position.

Nick Gubbins brings up 100 with pull shot for four

100 for James Hildreth

Somerset 260-2 v Notts

What an innings by Somerset batsman James Hildreth. After being struck on the ankle early in his innings, the 32-year-old has nurdled his way to a superb century.

It came off 199 balls with 11 fours and one maximum.

Meanwhile, there's another hundred to tell you about at Lord's...

CENTURY for Hildreth and it's been an absolutely heroic effort give how much pain he's in. #bbccricket

CENTURY for Hildreth and it's been an absolutely heroic effort give how much pain he's in. #bbccricket

Not out

Middlesex 169-5 v Yorkshire

HUGE appeal from Ryan Sidebottom in his first over after tea.

The wiry-haired seamer thinks he has Nick Gubbins caught down the leg-side, but it's given not out.

Hmm, snicko suggests there may have been a tiny nick on that one. You can see why the umpire turned it down though - it really was the faintest of edges.

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Thomas Broadley: Middlesex V Yorkshire will be a cracker later on in the game. Somerset will win so both teams will have to win the game.  

WICKET Vince (run out) 92

Hampshire 275-4 v Durham

Oh, another twist at the Ageas Bowl. Hampshire skipper James Vince is run out by Ben Stokes for 92.

That's a massive blow to Hampshire's survival hopes.

WICKET! A tame dismissal for Vince as he saunters to the striker's end and is run out by Stokes for 92! 275/4 #HAMvDUR

50 for Sam Hain

Warwickshire 178-6 v Lancashire

21-year-old Sam Hain is fighting a bit of a lone battle for Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The youngster reaches only his second half-century of the summer as the Bears creep towards their first batting bonus point.

But Warwickshire bat deep. And it's a lower order which has got them out of trouble plenty of times in the past!