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Summary

  1. Joe Root fails again after Yorkshire follow-on against Hants
  2. Middlesex set Essex 452 for victory at Lord's
  3. Lancashire lead Somerset by 252 at Old Trafford
  4. Surrey's Kumar Sangakkara makes 105 against Warwickshire
  5. Kent beat Derbyshire by 169 runs in Division Two

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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

So all four Division One games in the County Championship will go into a final day, with reigning champions Middlesex hoping to bowl out Essex at Lord's and earn their first victory of the summer.

Yorkshire, title winners in the previous two seasons, are struggling against Hampshire for the second time this season, and will look to in-form captain Gary Ballance to steer them out of trouble.

Ian Bell made an unbeaten 68 for Warwickshire against Surrey, but surely the most heartening performances of day three came from Lancashire's Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone, aged 22 and 23 respectively, as they hit centuries to help their side to a 252-run lead against Somerset.

Kent defeated Derbyshire in Division Two, their third successive victory, leaving us six games for tomorrow. To follow the denouement, please join us again at 10:30 BST - or thereabouts.      

Close of play scores

Division One

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 178-3

Yorkshire need another 46 to avoid innings defeat

Lancashire 109 & 423-7 v Somerset 278

Lancashire lead by 252 runs

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 19-0

Essex need another 433 for victory

Warwickshire 332 & 162-4 v Surrey 437

Warwickshire lead by 57 runs

Division Two

Gloucestershire 303 & 175-3 v Durham 419

Gloucestershire lead by 59 runs

Kent 259 & 308 v Derbyshire 159 & 239

Kent (21 pts) beat Derbyshire (3 pts) by 169 runs

Leicestershire 420 & 200-3 v Glamorgan 426 

Leicestershire lead by 194 runs

Essex face tough final day

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295 & 19-0

Alastair Cook
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Essex will require 433 runs from 96 overs tomorrow, but the weather may well have the biggest say in how this game turns out on the final day.

Adam Wheater and Dan Lawrence batted defiantly for the visitors in the morning but the new ball brought about vital wickets for Middlesex at Lord's.

However, last season's Division One champions opted against enforcing the follow-on, after bowling the visitors out for 295, a decision that could be viewed as fairly negative.

With overs likely to be lost to rain and possibly bad light on Monday, questions may be posed as to why James Franklin didn't put Essex in again just when the ball looked to be doing something.

Browne dropped by Rayner

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 259 & 10-0 (4 overs)

Nick Browne is given a second life as Ollie Rayner drops the Essex opener at second slip on eight off Toby Roland-Jones.

If Essex get away with a draw in this match that may well be seen as a crucial moment.

Dent keeps Durham at bay

Gloucestershire 303 & 175-3 v Durham 419

Barring some belligerent batting or a dramatic collapse by Gloucestershire on the final day at Bristol, the draw seems the most likely result against Durham.

The visitors secured a handy first-innings lead, despite Craig Miles' 5-99, as skipper Paul Collingwood made 97 before falling to the spin of Graeme van Buuren.

But half-centuries by Chris Dent and Will Tavare cleared the deficit, and Dent is still there overnight on 64 not out. 

Eckersley extends Foxes lead

Leicestershire 420 & 200-3 (56 overs) v Glamorgan 426

Will we see a final-day declaration by Leicestershire against Glamorgan after Ned Eckersley's 70 not out carried them to an overnight lead of 194? He has so far put on 91 with Mark Pettini (33*) after their attack worked their way through Glamorgan's batting line-up earlier in the day with Ben Raine claiming 4-105 

After Nick Selman's century on day two, Colin Ingram made 137 for the Welsh county before he was bowled by Australian Clint McKay (3-95), having struck two sixes and 21 fours.

Bell holds key for Warwickshire

Warwickshire 332 & 161-4 (57 overs) v Surrey 437

Ian Bell
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Warwickshire lead by 57 at the end of day three at Edgbaston after Kumar Sangakkara's 105 earlier in the day helped Surrey to a 105-run first-innings lead.

The Bears certainly aren't out of the woods, with almost half their side gone, but skipper Ian Bell is a reassuring presence on 68 not out after surviving a confident lbw shout by Tom Curran earlier in his innings.

He shared 68 with Ian Westwood, who followed his hundred earlier in the match with 52. 

Middlesex set Essex 452 to win

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 239-3 dec v Essex 295

Middlesex have declared for a second times in this match after their lead moved to 451.

Essex will have six overs to bat this evening and have been set a target of 452 from 102 overs to win.

The decision not to enforce the follow-on remains an interesting one and with rain forecast for tomorrow, it seems unlikely that the visitors will put the accelerator down in search of the victory at Lord's.

BreakingKENT BEAT DERBYSHIRE

Kent 239 & 308 beat Derbyshire 159 & 239 by 169 runs

Three wins out of three for Kent, who are just four points behind Nottinghamshire at the top of Division two, after Matt Coles takes the final wicket to see them home with a day to spare against Derbyshire at Canterbury.

Darren Stevens (90) and Adam Rouse (95*) batted well earlier in the day to leave the visitors a theoretical chase of 409 - and Stevens then took 3-63 for match figures of 9-110. 

Gary Wilson was unlucky to miss out on a hundred, falling lbw to James Harris (4-56) for 97, and that is now played two, lost two for Derbyshire. 

WICKET Javid (b Borthwick) 8

Warwickshire 332 & 148-4 (53 overs) v Surrey 437

Surrey turn to Scott Borthwick's leg-spin late in the day at Edgbaston, and the former Durham all-rounder obliges with the wicket of Ateeq Javid - his first for his new county. It appeared to bounce a bit more than the batsman was expecting. 

Ian Bell is on 66 as Tim Ambrose walks out to join him - the Warwickshire lead is 43.

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Harmer picks up a third

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 226-3 v Essex

Spinner Simon Harmer picks up his and Essex's third wicket of the innings as Stevie Eskinazi picks out Neil Wagner at deep cover.

The hosts are 441 runs in front at Lord's with around nine over left to play in the day. 

Will Essex be made to bat a few tricky overs again today?

Ballance leads Yorkshire resistance

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 177-3 (61 overs)

Gary Ballance
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Yorkshire 'win' the final session at the Ageas Bowl and have given themselves a fighting chance of escaping from this match with a draw.

They have two Test batsmen at the crease in skipper Gary Ballance and Peter Handscomb - Ballance having followed his first-innings century with an unbeaten 78, including 11 fours - and another, Jonny Bairstow, to come next.

The White Rose county are still 46 runs behind, though, so they may have to bat well into the final day to stave off a Hampshire double against them this season, and the home side have a talented, and varied, attack to make it tough. 

WICKET Wilson (lbw Harris) 97

Kent 259 & 208 v Derbyshire 159 & 224-9

Oh Gary Wilson!

The Derbyshire wicketkeeper is trapped lbw by James Harris three short of what would have been a brilliant hundred.

The 31-year-old's 107-ball innings included 17 fours and he more than deserved his century.

Kent are one wicket away from another big win.

Gloucestershire fight back

Gloucestershire 303 & 159-3 (44 overs) v Durham 419

Bob Hunt

BBC Radio Gloucestershire

It's not all over for the home side, who have knocked off the 116-run deficit from the first innings and are now 43 runs ahead.

After Cameron Bancroft failed again, Will Tavare and Chris Dent took the score to parity before Tavare was bowled by the leg spin of Cameron Steel.

Chris Dent has sailed on, passing 50 for the seventh time in his last nine innings, but he continues to lose partners, with Graeme van Buuren trapped lbw by Graham Onions for 23.

WICKET Lees (c McManus b Abbott) 70

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 172-3 (58 overs)

That will make Hampshire feel a lot better after a tough final session. Kyle Abbott ends a 150-run partnership by removing Alex Lees, with the help of wicketkeeper Lewis McManus. Gary Ballance has 77 and has now been joined by Australia's Peter Handscomb.

Lancashire set up interesting finish

Lancashire 109 & 423-7 (149 overs) v Somerset 278

Ryan McLaren (34*) and Stephen Parry (22*) survive to stumps at Old Trafford, having added 44 to the Lancashire total in 18 overs. 

This has been a very frustrating partnership for Somerset, who must have hoped they had broken the back of the Red Rose batting line-up following the earlier centuries by Liam Livingstone and Alex Davies. 

The home side's lead is 252 and we will go into the final day with four results possible - including a tie. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the Somerset attack, with 3-65 and spinner Jack Leach will have benefitted from a lengthy bowl which brought him 2-88.

Half-century for Bell

Warwickshire 332 & 125-3 (47.1 overs) v Surrey 437

Ian Bell collects a single off Tom Curran to reach an 89-ball fifty, his second of the new season. Warwickshire are still only 20 ahead, so there is plenty of batting left for him to do. 

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"I was never a very good batsman but was batting quite nicely one day for Barmby Moor CC in the York League. I may even have reached double figures.

"I played a decent shot square on the leg side but my cap, which was clinging to a shaggy mane of hair, fell off and struck the stumps. Not sure I would have the same problem today!"

WICKET Milnes (c Rouse b Harris) 11

Kent 259 & 308 v Derbyshire 159 & 209-8

Kent are on the cusp of another big win as Tom Milnes is caught behind off James Harris for 11.

Gary Wilson is unbeaten on 89, and though it will be undoubtedly be in a losing cause, the Derbyshire player is dangerously close to running out of partners as edges ever closer to a century.

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Gubbins falls to Harmer

Middlesex 570-7 dec & 150-2 v Essex 295

Simon Harmer has two huge wickets in two overs as Nick Gubbins falls to the spinner. 

Ravi Bopara takes a good catch at cover to dismiss the Middlesex opener for 64.

The hosts lead by 364 runs with Dawid Malan and Stevie Eskinazi both new in at the crease.

Simon Harmer
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WICKET Westwood (c Foakes b T Curran) 52

Warwickshire 332 & 113-3 (43 overs) v Surrey 437

Tom Curran may have been denied the wicket of Ian Bell (see 17:38 entry), but there is no argument about this one as Ian Westwood edges to the keeper. It's been another good innings by the left-handed opener, who added 68 with skipper Bell. Warwickshire are just eight runs ahead, though, with seven wickets standing.

Lees makes most of escape

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 142-2 (51 overs)

Hampshire may yet rue the dropped catch by keeper Lewis McManus early in Yorkshire opener Alex Lees' innings. After managing starts, but not going on, in his previous Championship innings this summer, he now has a half-century to his credit. Skipper Gary Ballance has 68 at the other end - the deficit is now 78.

Alex Lees
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WICKET Robson (c Lawrence b Harmer) 77

Middlesex 507-7 & 146-1 v Essex 295

Essex  finally have a wicket at Lord's as Sam Robson's brilliant knock is brought to an end by spinner Simon Harmer.

Having hit the previous ball to the boundary rope, Robson attempted one shot too many and is caught at long on by Dan Lawrence.

Nick Gubbins passes 50

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 139-0 (23 overs) v Essex 295

Middlesex opener Nick Gubbins follows Sam Robson past 50 as he reaches the milestone off only 49 balls.

His knock included a huge six off fast bowler Neil Wagner and the hosts have stretched their lead over Essex to more than 350 now at Lord's.

There are still 20 overs left to play in the day, if this pair continue to race along at this pace Essex may well be put in to bat again today.

Close call for Bell

Warwickshire 332 & 109-2 (41 overs) v Surrey 437

Surrey cannot believe that as Tom Curran hits the pads of Ian Bell and the umpire is unmoved by their raucous appeal. Not much foot movement there by the Warwickshire skipper, but he survives to continue the fight. He and Ian Westwood have added 64 in 23 overs of painstaking batting, but they are only four runs in front. 

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Wilson hangs on for Derbyshire

Kent 259 & 308 v Derbyshire 159 & 188-6 (47 overs)

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Kent

Kent's pursuit of what seems a certain victory against Derbyshire was briefly halted by Gary Wilson and Alex Hughes.

The pair put on 80 runs for the sixth wicket, taking them to 155-6 before Darren Stevens popped up once again to break that partnership, with the wicket of Hughes for 12. 

Wilson has powered his way to 80 but it seems his efforts may be in vain. The visitors have been the victims of some poor collective batting at Canterbury, excellent Kent bowling, and a pitch that offers quite a lot to those with a ball in their hand. 

You feel they are fighting against a forgone conclusion.

Horton down - and out

Leicestershire 420 & 114-3 (39 overs) v Glamorgan 426

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

It's difficult to read this game approaching the end of day three, with Leicestershire making fairly steady but unspectacular progress in the evening sun.

Paul Horton and Neil Dexter looked well-set before Dexter was run out by Aneurin Donald for 32 attempting a dubious single.

Horton eventually fell, and fell over, on 42 as Marchant de Lange speared in a yorker which saw the batsman in a heap and given out lbw.

Acting captain Ned Eckersley was left with the task of steering his team towards stumps as he and Jacques Rudolph mull over their tactics on the last day.

Westwood shines again

Warwickshire 332 & 106-2 (38 overs) v Surrey 437

Ian Westwood
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Ian Westwood follows his 153 in the first innings with another half-century, which arrives from 101 balls with a couple of runs off Tom Curran. Warwickshire have now wiped out the deficit, but whether they now have time in the game to post a declaration-worthy target is debatable. 

Wood carries main threat to Glos

Gloucestershire 303 & 111-1 (30 overs) v Durham 419

Peter Miller

BBC Sport at Bristol

Gloucestershire have recovered well from the early loss of Cameron Bancroft as Will Tavare and Chris Dent have put on their second stand of more than fifty in the match.

The lead for Durham was 116 and Gloucestershire are within touching distance with just one wicket down. 

Mark Wood has bowled with serious pace but a Bristol pitch that has slowed down somewhat over the last three days has meant that there haven’t been too many alarms so far. 

Durham will feel they have a chance of forcing a victory, but it these two can still be batting at the close Gloucestershire will be in front and well placed to get something out of this game. 

Ballance defiant for Tykes

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 122-2 (45 overs)

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

Gary Ballance probably doesn't understand all the fuss about Hampshire looking a much improved side this season.

True, Hampshire beat them in the first round of matches and had much the better of a draw with defending champions Middlesex last week.

Now they have the Tykes reeling in this current game, but Ballance has backed up his 120 and 55 at Headingley, with 108 and now 56 not out against the south coast side.

As much as it pains me to say it, being not the best to watch, if Ballance continues like this he deserves to be re-selected #bbccricket

50 for Sam Robson

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 102-0 v Essex 295

Who is this impostor who has taken over Sam Robson's body and is racing along at the rate of a Duracell (other brands are available) bunny?

The Middlesex opener has reach his second half-century of the match, with his 50 coming off only 61 balls with nine fours. It's been a brilliant innings and Middlesex remain in firm control of this match.

WICKET Clark (st Davies b Leach) 5

Lancashire 109 & 379-7 v Somerset 278

We look set for an intriguing final day at Old Trafford. Jordan Clark goes, but the Lancashire lead has now advanced to 210 as Stephen Parry joins Ryan McLaren, who is the key figure with the bat now for the Red Rose county. 

Another fifty for Ballance

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 101-2 (40 overs)

Hampshire must be sick of the sight of Gary Ballance. His Championship scores against them this season: 120, 55, 108 and now 51 not out. 

The fact, though, that Yorkshire still need another 123 to escape an innings defeat will ensure no let-up in concentration as the home side try to press home their advantage at the Ageas Bowl.

WICKET Hughes (c Rouse b Stevens) 12

Kent 259 & 308 v Derbyshire 159 & 158-6 (39.4 overs)

Alex Hughes and Gary Wilson shared an 80-run sixth-wicket stand that was beginning to frustrate Kent but the ever reliable Darren Stevens is on hand once more to make a vital breakthrough.

One week before Stevens' 41st birthday he take his second scalp of the innings to leave the hosts four wickets away from victory.

Somerset press for more wickets

Lancashire 109 & 372-6 (127 overs) v Somerset 278

Lancashire's lead moved beyond 200, but this is hard work for the batsmen now as they can't afford to gift Somerset any wickets. Ryan McLaren has nine and Jordan Clark two - only 12 have come in the last eight overs.

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Bell turns on the style

Warwickshire 332 & 69-2 (27 overs) v Surrey 437

They're under way again at Edgbaston and I definitely can't come up with words to match those of BBC London's Mark Church (see below). 

And Ian Bell gets us started after tea with a drive that is so elegant it was wearing a dinner jacket and sipping a Martini 🍸 #bbccricket

Actually, how about 'Ian Bell produces a drive smoother than a Swing Out Sister song played a national silk convention disco'?

Middlesex openers untroubled

Middlesex 507-7 dec & 34-0 (8 overs) v Essex 295

Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson
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Trying to double guess the weather in England is a poor man's game, but Middlesex have decided on gambling on the sun gods being on their side tomorrow, it seems.

The hosts already had a 212 run first-innings lead and their decision to bat again instead of enforcing the follow-on seems a peculiar one, with rain forecast tomorrow afternoon.

But on a batsman's paradise of a pitch, Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins have both picked up where they left off in the first innings and look totally at ease at the crease.

Hants give nothing away

Hampshire 455 v Yorkshire 231 & 81-2 (32 overs)

A test or nerve for Yorkshire as Kyle Abbott and Liam Dawson share five consecutive maidens after tea. Gary Ballance has 36, Alex Lees is 32 not out, and Yorkshire badly need major innings from a couple of batsmen if they are to extricate themselves from this situation.

WICKET Livingstone (c Elgar b Leach) 168

Lancashire 109 & 360-6 (119.2 overs) v Somerset 278

Liam Livingstone
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Lancashire's captain finally departs and they need some good batting by their lower order now as the lead is only 191 and there are the best part of four sessions to play. That's left-arm spinner Jack Leach's first wicket of the game, and only his second of the season, after remodelling his action.

The Livingstone innings stats - 425 minutes, 306 balls, 19 fours, two sixes. A classy performance indeed.