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Summary

  1. Lancashire beat Somerset by 164 runs at Old Trafford
  2. Bad light denies Middlesex in draw with Essex at Lord's
  3. Yorkshire's Gary Ballance hits double century in draw with Hants
  4. Ian Bell out for 99 in Warwickshire draw with Surrey
  5. Both Division Two games end in draws

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By Paul Grunill and Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

Lancashire celebrate victory
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There's been a lot of excellent cricket played over the past four days, but ultimately Lancashire are the only winners in Division One, 'coming from behind' after being bowled out for 109 on the opening day to defeat Somerset by 164 runs at Old Trafford.

Surrey were unable to force a victory over Warwickshire, but they head the table by four points from Lancashire after the opening three rounds of matches.

Perhaps the individual performance of the final day came from Yorkshire's Gary Ballance, who defied Hampshire for an unbeaten 203 as he became the first White Rose captain to score two centuries in a first-class match, having made 108 in the first innings. 

In Division Two, Notts are four points clear of Kent - with a 17-point gap to Northants in third place. 

The One-Day Cup takes over for the next few weeks, and although we will be providing our usual BBC radio coverage from Thursday onwards, our next text commentary will appear for the start of the next round of Championship games on Friday 19 May.

Thank you for your company, and all your tweets, over the past four days.

Monday's Championship results

Division One

Lancashire (19 pts) beat Somerset (5 pts) by 164 runs

Hampshire (11 pts) drew with Yorkshire (8 pts)

Warwickshire (10 pts) drew with Surrey (13 pts)

Middlesex (12 pts) draw with Essex (8 pts)

Division Two

Gloucestershire (9 pts) drew with Durham (12 pts)

Leicestershire (12 pts) drew with Glamorgan (13 pts)

BreakingMIDDLESEX DRAW WITH ESSEX

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (74 overs) - target 452

Finally we get the announcement we have been waiting almost 50 minutes for, with the draw called at Lord's.

Division One champions Middlesex may well rue their decision to bat for so long on day three as Essex scrape through for a draw.

Alastair Cook made a handy 37 and Ravi Bopara batted for over two hours for a hard-fought 32 but the visitors lost regular wickets before the weather intervened to save them.

Toby Roland-Jones (3-42) and Steven Finn (2-39) bowled well, but the hosts ran out of time as bad light brought a premature end to the match.

County Championship Division One table
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Still waiting at Lord's

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (74 overs) - target 452

There is yet to be an official call made at Lord's, so we're still waiting on that result.

BreakingLEICESTERSHIRE DRAW WITH GLAMORGAN

Leciestershire 420 & 360-6 dec v Glamorgan 426 & 144-4

And there it is...the players shake hands and each side takes five points for the draw.

Mark Pettini hit a century for Leicestershire to help them reach 360-6 before declaring.

The hosts may well be disappointed in the end with the draw after having reduced Glamorgan to 57-4 within 19 overs with a further 31 overs still to play, but Aneurin Donald's half-century ensured Glamorgan did not lose a third successive match this season.

Leicestershire's 12 points mean they are back in the 'black' after starting the match on -8 and that at least is something to smile about for the Foxes.

County Championship Division Two table
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Nine overs remaining at Grace Road

Leciestershire 420 & 360-6 dec v Glamorgan 426 & 139-4 (45 overs)

On we go at Grace Road.

Aneurin Donald (65 not out) and Chris Cooke (20 not out) are unmovable objects out in the middle at the moment.

It's rather chilly but sunny in Leicestershire, sure the players will wanting to get to early dinner some time soon?

No news from Lord's

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (74 overs) - target 452

Middlesex
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We are yet to get any update from Lord's.

The final hour of play begun at 17:18 BST so you would imagine if they don't get back out there very soon the match will be drawn.

Headed for a draw at Grace Road

Leicestershire 420 & 360-6 dec v Glamorgan 426 & 126-4

Two of Leicestershire's best bowlers, Charlie Shreck and Ben Raine, are both off the pitch currently and it seems that the home side are going to have to settle for a draw at Grace Road.

Aneurin Donald (59 not out) and Chris Cooke (15 not out) are not looking particularly troubled at the moment. There are 13 overs left in the day but you would have to imagine is match is very near it's end.

White happy with Hants progress

Hampshire 455 drew with Yorkshire 233 & 399-6 dec

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White is a happy man despite his side being unable to force a victory on the final day against Yorkshire.

Gary Ballance's unbeaten 203 saw the 2014-2015 champions to a draw, and prevented Hampshire from completing a seasonal double following their win at Headingley.

"We knew it would be hard work, it remained a good wicket all the way through and Gary Ballance played outstandingly, really resilient and very strong mentally," White told BBC Radio Solent.

"When you lose a strike bowler - we've had that in the last two games - it makes it very difficult. I felt (Gareth) Berg and (Kyle) Abbott were outstanding, they did a lot of hard work and showed an awful lot of skill. 

"They say good teams are in the field a lot and that's encouraging for us. It's a progression from last year and we are making good sides battle hard for draws."

Will we get back out at Lord's?

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (74 overs) - target 452

The @Middlesex_CCC players haven't left the pitch & are sitting by the boundary edge but the covers are now coming onto the square. #MIDvESS

BreakingGLOUCESTERSHIRE DRAW WITH DURHAM

Gloucestershire 303 & 360-6 dec v Durham 419 & 85-4

Phil Mustard calls time on proceedings at Bristol and the players shake hands.

Durham felt they were in with a chance to win the match earlier in the day but a final-wicket stand of 45 between David Payne (36 not out) and Chris Liddle (21) set the visitors 245 to win off 35 overs.

It proved too much of an ask after the away side lost four wickets cheaply as they looked to go after the target in the final session of play - with Keaton Jennings (30 not out) forced to drop anchor to prevent a Durham collapse.

One draw and one defeat is not the start to life in Division Two Paul Collingwood or his men would have wanted to make.

No resumption yet at Lord's

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (74 overs)

Doesn't look like umpire Paul Baldwin expects play to re-start any time soon at Lord's. There are a minimum of 13 overs left for Middlesex to try and collect the final two Essex wickets.

Umpire Paul Baldwin
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Jennings and Steel hold firm

Gloucestershire 303 & 360-6 dec v Durham 419 & 80-4 (21 overs)

Keaton Jennings (25 not out) and Cameron Steel (17 not out) have shared a 27-run sixth-wicket partnership as they look to save Durham from an embarrassing loss at Bristol.

Ten overs remain for the Gloucestershire to pick up the remaining six wickets needed for victory.

Donald reaches his half-century

Leicestershire 420 & 360-6 dec v Glamorgan 426 & 109-4 (36 overs)

Aneurin Donald is batting Glamorgan towards a draw at Grace Road as he reaches his half-century with a four off Cameron Delport.

Leicestershire still have 19 overs to use to try and bowl out the visitors.

Bad light stops play at Lord's

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (74 overs) - target 452

The light meters were being pulled out ball after ball at Lord's and finally the umpires take the players off the pitch.

It may not yet be game over just yet. The last hour of play begun at 17:18 BST and there does seem to be lighter skyline coming. We shall see.

WICKET Harmer (lbw Malan) 20

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 160-8 (72.1 overs) - target 452

Dawid Malan
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How's your luck, Essex?

Dawid Malan is brought back into the attack with the light so poor that only the spinners are allowed to be used by Middlesex.

And, Simon Harmer having batted so well up until now, misses the ball and is trapped plumb in front.

The light is really poor in London but we play on.

Who needs 140 characters....

Lancashire's players are not wasting any words following their victory over Somerset.

WICKET Richardson (c Taylor b van Buuren) 26

Gloucestershire 303 & 360-6 dec v Durham 419 & 53-4 (14.3 overs)

Another one bites the dust for Durham as Michael Richardson's attempts to drive spinner Graeme van Buuren and Jack Taylor takes a simple catch at mid-off.

Gloucestershire will believe they can win this game now, 16.3 overs left to take the remaining six wickets.

Durham's hopes are all on opener Keaton Jennings, who is unbeaten on 15 currently.

Weather threatening at Lord's

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 156-7 (69 overs) - target 452

Essex balcony
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The weather is looking threatening overhead at Lord's as Simon Harmer and Neil Wagner continue to defy Middlesex's bowlers.

The pair need to survive a further 18 overs to secure the draw but it seems unlikely that we'll get through all of them.

How are the nerves of both sides?

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Drama in Bristol

Gloucestershire 303 & 360-6 dec v Durham 419 & 42-3 (12 overs)

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If Durham had designs on chasing down their target at 6.6 per over that soon ended inside the first seven overs.

South African opener Steven Cook looked furious to be given out for a second ball duck, lbw to David Payne, amid suggestions he hit the ball. 

Graham Clark soon followed him back to the pavilion as he lofted a legside shot off Liam Norwell to George Hankins on the boundary when on seven.

And having survived two previous appeals for lbw, Paul Collingwood batting at number four, was given out when Payne struck his pads again. He only made four and that left Durham reeling on 15-3 after 6.4 overs. Time for them to drop anchor and go for survival. 

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Wickets tumbling in Division Two

Durham have made a disastrous start to their second innings as Graham Clark and Paul Collingwood are forced to trudge back to pavilion after falling to Liam Norwell and David Payne respectively.

Gloucestershire's bowlers have reduced the visitors to 36-3 at Bristol and the home side may well fancy their chances of bowling out Durham in the remaining 23 overs.

Meanwhile, Glamorgan have lost their fourth wicket at Grace Road after Zak Chappell had Jacques Rudolph caught behind for 19.

The visitors are 74-4 and Leicestershire too will have victory on their minds with 30 overs still remaining.

BreakingWARWICKSHIRE DRAW WITH SURREY

Warwickshire 332 & 435-8 dec v Surrey 437

Warwickshire faced a tricky final day at Edgbaston, but Ian Bell (99), Tim Ambrose (85) and Keith Barker (70 not out) secured a draw against Surrey.

The visitors had few opportunities with the ball on day four, but Tom Curran struck twice in consecutive over in the afternoon session to give Surrey hope of pushing for victory.

But, Barker's excellent innings, which included 13 fours, ensures the Bears picked up their first draw of the season after two heavy losses - a much needed one for Ashley Giles' side.

Ballance hits double-century

Hampshire 455 draw with Yorkshire 231 & 399-6 dec

I've pretty much run out of superlatives to describe this batting performance by Yorkshire's captain. Having breezed past his previous best score for the county of 174 against Northants in 2014, he reaches a double century with a boundary - his 23rd - off Sean Ervine. And with that, he declares, the players shake hands and the game ends in a draw.

Let me just recap...Ballance's scores against Hampshire this season are 120, 55, 108 and 203 not out, and he batted for eight minutes short of 13 hours in this game. 

Hampshire bowled well on the final day, but loss of injured Brad Wheal left them an option short. They have one win and two draws from their first three games, while Yorkshire are W1 D1 L1.

BreakingLANCASHIRE BEAT SOMERSET

Lancashire 109 & 463 beat Somerset 278 & 130 by 164 runs

After being bowled in 41.4 overs on the opening day at Old Trafford, and conceding a 169-run first-innings lead, that is a quite sensational victory for Lancashire.

All-rounder Ryan McLaren made 45 on the final day as they set Somerset a target of 295, and he has the final word by bowling last man Tim Gronewald for figures of 4-37. He was well supported by Jordan Clark (3-12) and the peerless Jimmy Anderson (2-30), who claimed the vital scalp of Marcus Trescothick.

So, Glen Chapple's side have one win and two draws from their opening three matches, while Somerset, who only just missed out on the title last season, have lost twice at the start of this one.

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Barker reaches his half-century

Warwickshire 332 & 403-8 (113 overs) v Surrey 437

Warwickshire have ensured that they're going to pick up five points from this match for the draw as Keith Barker reach his 50 off 64 balls with nine fours.

Surrey trail by 302 runs with 25 overs left in the day. You'd imagine the players will be shaking hands in the not too distant future at Edgbaston.

WICKET Leach (c Hameed b Clark 0)

Lancashire 109 & 463 v Somerset 278 & 129-9 (46.4 overs)

England's Haseeb Hameed had a game to forget with the bat, but he's made a contribution to what now looks like a certain victory by catching Jack Leach at third man as Jordan Clark claims his third wicket. 

Last man Tim Groenewald comes out to join Craig Overton, but the outcome here looks as inevitable as Dick Dastardly being disqualified in Wacky Races. 

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Payne dismisses Cook for a duck

Gloucestershire 303 & 320 v Durham 419 & 0-1 (0.2 overs)

Stephen Cook's start as a Durham player has not begun well.

The South African opener is out for his second duck in as many matches as David Payne traps him plumb in front.

The visitors are chasing 205 runs to win in 30 overs but it's looking even more unlikely now.

Finn bowls Bopara

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 130-7 (57.2 overs) - target 452

Ravi Bopara
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Ravi Bopara, having batted so well to get to 32, sees his middle stump lying forlornly in the ground as off Steven Finn's second ball after the break. 

You'd have to say the end is nigh for Essex, who have a further 29.4 overs to survive.

WICKET Bresnan (c McManus b Topley) 37

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 358-6 (123 overs)

Hampshire toil in vain all afternoon for a wicket and hey presto, they get one immediately after the tea break. Tim Bresnan edges to the keeper, ending his 94-run partnership with skipper Gary Ballance, who has 170 and appears to have taken root (not Joe Root) out there. Yorkshire are 134 ahead with 34 overs left to negotiate. 

#bbccricket Can Ballance PLEASE just retire out? It's just not funny any more. I thought we had a great shout today!

WICKET Gregory (c Livingstone b Clark) 4

Lancashire 109 & 463 v Somerset 278 & 117-8 (42.3 overs)

Lancashire waste no time getting stuck into Somerset after tea as Jordan Clark removes Lewis Gregory with his third delivery. Stay with us everyone, this could be done and dusted pretty sharpish.

Lancashire 'turn game on its head'

Lancashire 109 & 463 v Somerset 278 & 117-7

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An absorbing session of cricket has seen the game turn completely on its head, from 160 behind on first innings Lancashire head into the final session on the brink of victory. 

Set up by a brilliant spell of bowling from James Anderson after lunch as he sought to undermine the Somerset`s batting confidence. His spell to Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreath was as good as you'll see all season. 

After being bowled out for 109 on the first day, facing a sizeable deficit on first innings, this would be a remarkable victory for Lancashire.

Play to restart at 16:15 BST at Lord's

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 130-6 (57 overs) - target 452

Good news from Lord's for Middlesex as play is due to resume at 16:15 BST.

No word yet on how many overs have been lost.

Onions ends Glos resistance

Gloucestershire 303 & 320 v Durham 419

Graham Onions bowls Chris Liddle for 21 to finish with 4-68 - and Durham have the task of scoring 205 in 31 overs to win at Bristol. Having begun the season on -48 points, a victory would certainly give them a lift. 

Thanks, Kalika. I've recently been in Spain where the rain supposedly stays mainly on the plain. But the rain at Lord's is just a pain as far as Middlesex are concerned. Barring a cloudburst at Old Trafford, though, we look likely to see a positive result there, with Lancashire pressing hard for an unlikely win - remember, they were bowled out for 109 on the opening day.

Lord's Cricket Ground
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With the majority of matches at tea, it's a good time to hand back to Paul Grunill to take you through the final session of this round Championship cricket.

WICKET Ingram (lbw Raine) 1

Leicestershire 420 & 360-6 dec v Glamorgan 426 & 28-3 (10.4 overs)

They're back out after an early tea at Grace Road and Glamorgan are in serious trouble.

Colin Ingram falls lbw to Ben Raine - to become the spinners second wicket of the innings - and leave his side three down with still a further 42 overs to survive for the visitors.

Glamorgan just can't help but have a batting collapse, can they?

Ballance blunts Hampshire

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 345-5 (120 overs)

Immovable object. In cricketing terms, that description certainly applies to Gary Ballance. He now has 164 not out, having batted for 446 minutes in this innings, and his partnership with Tim Bresnan (31*) has added 83 runs in 39 overs. It's not pretty - but it is effective. Yorkshire are 121 ahead and looking likely to leave the Ageas Bowl with a draw.