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Summary

  1. Somerset beaten by Hampshire
  2. Hants win by 90 runs at Taunton
  3. Essex host Surrey as top two meet
  4. Surrey close on 55-1, 41 runs up
  5. Full set of Division Two fixtures
  6. Derbyshire and Leicestershire draw
  7. Worcestershire defeat Northants
  8. Notts easily beat Gloucestershire

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By Tom Garry and Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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That brings Sunday's county cricket coverage to a close.

It's a happy evening if you're a fan of Hampshire, in particular - but not a happy one to be a follower of Somerset.

For six counties, the Bank Holiday weekend rolls onto tomorrow... Well see you then. Good bye.

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As ever, you can read all the match reports and view all the scorecards on our county cricket page.

Day three re-cap

Wins for Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire

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So, all seven games have now come to an end for the day.

There were impressive wins for Hampshire over Somerset in Taunton, Nottinghamshire over Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge and Worcestershire over Northants at Northampton.

Elsewhere, Derbyshire's final day with Leicestershire ended in a predictable draw on a flat pitch.

That leaves us with Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and Glamorgan v Durham, which will all resume at 11:00 BST tomorrow.

Sussex end day three 321 runs behind Kent

Kent 369 & 298-2d v Sussex 164 & 182-6 (62 overs)

Sussex have successfully negotiated two of the five sessions needed to salvage a draw. But it's come at a price, with Kent now just four wickets from victory at Tunbridge Wells.

Michael Burgess (44 not out) and David Wiese (14 not out) are still there, but it's surely just a matter of time until Kent follow Worcestershire's example and pick up a fourth straight win in Division Two.

Sussex, who've won one of their three matches so far this season, still trail by a whopping 321 runs and only have Vernon Philander, Jofra Archer and Danny Briggs to come.

Northants release statement on Levi

Northamptonshire have released a statement regarding Richard Levi, who was struck on the head by a Josh Tongue bouncer earlier today.

The South African was taken to hospital as a precaution and the club say he's now been discharged.

The statement read:

"Following some precautionary tests at Northampton General Hospital Richard has been diagnosed with mild concussion and is resting at home.

"Northamptonshire County Cricket Club would like to thank all fans for their kind words of support."

Worcestershire win by eight wickets

Worcestershire 434 & 151-2 (27.4 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

Daryl Mitchell notched a magnificent 239 runs in the match.

And it's officially Worcestershire's best start to a season for 53 years...

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BreakingWorcestershire beat Northamptonshire

Worcestershire 434 & 151-2 (27.4 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

They didn't even need half of those eight extra overs!

Visitors Worcestershire round off their win in style, hitting five consecutive boundaries.

Daryl Mitchell shows particular swagger with the latter four of those, finishing with... Four, Six, Four, Four.

He ends on 78, alongside Joe Clarke on 34.

It's a fourth straight win for Worcestershire. They've beaten Northamptonshire by eight wickets.

England add Finn, Roland-Jones & Dawson

England play South Africa at Lord's tomorrow

What a way to cap a wonderful day. Liam Dawson, who bowled non-stop, taking 4-66 to help Hampshire beat Somerset by 90 runs at Taunton earlier, has been called up to the England squad to play South Africa tomorrow.

Middlesex fast-bowling pair Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones will be on familiar turf in what is likely to be a much-changed side, which could feature frustrated drinks dispenser Jonny Bairstow as well.

Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are all sitting out the game with minor knocks.

England wrapped up the series with a narrow two-run win yesterday, meaning they can have a look at others in the final match of the three-game series.

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Worcestershire wind up the pace

Worcestershire 434 & 124-2 (26.0 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

Hitting 19 runs - including three boundaries - from the first two of their eight extra overs this evening, Worcestershire are closing in on winning before the close.

They need just a further 24 runs to clinch it.

Kent closing in on victory

Sussex 164 & 175-6 (57.0 overs) v Kent 368 & 298-2d

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Despite resistance from Stiaan Van Zyl, who made an excellent 78, and Michael Burgess' 42 not out, Kent are on the verge of a deserved victory

Joe Denly has picked up a couple of wickets including Van Zyl and then Chris Jordan for a pair, to add to the 189 runs he has made in the match.

Heavy rain is forecast for tonight and Kent will have fingers crossed that doesn't spoil what should be victory celebrations tomorrow.

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Clear skies at Tunbridge Wells

Extra overs taken at Wantage Road

Worcestershire 434 & 105-2 (24.0 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

Eight extra overs will be played tonight at Wantage Road, where Worcestershire need 43 runs to beat Northamptonshire tonight.

This could be very interesting indeed...

BreakingStumps at Chelmsford

At the close: Surrey 369 & 55-1 (17.0 overs) v Essex 383

Rain has forced an early end to day three at Chelmsford, where Surrey lead by 41 runs.

Depending on the weather tomorrow, that one is set up nicely for an interesting final day.

Levi 'given the all clear'

Worcestershire 434 & 97-2 (22.0 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

Some good news to bring you.

Earlier, Northamptonshire's Richard Levi was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution, after being struck on the head by the ball.

He's posted on Twitter to indicate that he is now OK.

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Kent four wickets from victory

Sussex 164 & 164-6 (52.0 overs) v Kent 368 & 298-2d

Kent are closing in on a win over Sussex. Joe Denly has dismissed Chris Jordan for 0.

There are at least 10 overs left in this one tonight, but it would take a monumental recovery from Sussex for them to kept the 340 they need to win from here, or to bat for over three sessions to draw...

Stumps at Swansea

At the close: Durham 342 & 158-3 (46.1 overs) v Glamorgan 353

With Durham leading Glamorgan by 147 runs, bad light has stopped play for the day at Swansea.

Kent five wickets from victory

Sussex 164 & 158-5 (48.5 overs) v Kent 368 & 298-2d

However, they are still playing at Tunbridge Wells, where Kent need another five wickets to beat Sussex.

They've just taken the big wicket of Stiaan van Zyl, who had made an excellent 78.

He was caught off the bowling of Joe Denly.

Still off because of rain at Chelmsford

Delayed: Surrey 369 & 55-1 (17.0 overs) v Essex 383

Just a reminder, they're still currently off the field because of rain in the remaining Division One game.

It's hard to tell if there will be any further play at Chelmsford today. We'll keep you posted.

Bad light stops play at Swansea

Durham 342 &158-3 (46.1 overs) v Glamorgan 353

Bad light has forced the players off at Swansea, where Durham lead Glamorgan by 147 runs.

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Can Pears win tonight?

Worcestershire 434 & 54-1 (11.5 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

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Into the run chase at Northampton, with Worcestershire I'm sure hoping to wrap things up tonight.

They've made a positive start to chasing 148 in 32 overs, for what would be a fourth-consecutive County Championship victory to stay on the coat tails of Notts - and having played a game fewer too. vulnerable Sussex side to come for them next week too.

Northants applied themselves far better in the second innings, chiefly through Rob Keogh who made an unbeaten 88 - his best effort of the season.

But there were again far too many poor dismissals and again no significant partnerships - Northants have produced only one stand in three figures for the top six wickets so far this season.

As it is, Northants are sliding to a fourth consecutive County Championship defeat against Worcestershire. Only question is, can it be done tonight?

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BreakingMatch drawn - Derbyshire v Leicestershire

Derbyshire 533 & 42-0 v Leicestershire 619 & 217-3d

They've shaken hands at Derby. After some terrific batting over the first two or three days, that looked inevitable a long time ago.

Wet, wet, wet at Chelmsford

Delayed: Surrey 369 & 55-1 (17.0 overs) v Essex 383

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Rain stops play at Chelmsford

Surrey 369 & 55-1 (17.0 overs) v Essex 383

Meanwhile, in Division One, rain has now stopped play at Chelmsford, with Surrey leading Essex by 41 runs.

Half-century for Clark at Swansea

Durham 342 &145-3 (42.0 overs) v Glamorgan 353

Graham Clark moves past 50 and quickly up to 59 as he and Paul Collingwood continue to build a very reasonable fourth-wicket partnership for Durham at Swansea.

Between them, they've hit 12 boundaries so far.

Durham's lead is now 134 runs.

Looking gloomy at Chelmsford

Surrey 369 & 55-1 (16.2 overs) v Essex 383

Suddenly it doesn't look very sunny in Chelmsford.

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Division Two latest

Worcestershire 434 & 29-0 (5.0 overs) v Northamptonshire 238 & 343

Worcestershire have passed the first five overs of their second innings without loss.

They need a further 119 runs to win.

WICKET: Stoneman (c Cook b Wagner) 28

Surrey 369 & 50-1 (11.2 overs) v Essex 383

Wow. A stunner from Alastair Cook at slip!

The former England captain was the only man in the cordon, and Mark Stoneman went hard at the ball. It was nearly past him, but in Andrew Strauss circa 2005 style he's plucked a beauty out of the air. Great grab Chef.

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Derbyshire bat again

Leicestershire 619 & 217-3d v Derbyshire 533 & 18-0 (3 overs)

Despite a draw being an almost forgone conclusion, Derbyshire are batting again.

If they want to win, the hosts need to score 284 runs in 30 overs at exactly a run per ball.

More likely the two sides will be shaking hands shortly.

Kent continue to dominate

Kent 369 & 298-2d v Sussex 164 & 101-4 (30 overs)

Adrian Harms

Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

Another session dominated by the hosts who reduced Sussex at one stage to 8-3 in pursuit of a highly unlikely 504 to win

Stiaan van Zyl is 40 not out at tea and any distant hopes Sussex have of saving this game rest on his shoulders.

With 32 overs left in the day Kent will want to wrap this up tonight with Sussex looking for help from the weather, which appears to be closing in at Tunbridge Wells.

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Clouds starting to circle the Nevill Ground at Tunbridge Wells

Fifty up in just 9.1 overs for Surrey

Surrey 369 & 50-0 (9.1 overs) v Essex 383

And there's Surrey's 50, which has come at a pace more befitting one of the two shorter formats of the game.

The floodlights are on at Chelmsford, but Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns don't seem to mind.

Worcestershire set 148 to win

Northants 238 & 343 v Worcestershire 434

Ben Sanderson has been caught and bowled by Ed Barnard and with Richard Levi unable to bat, Northants' innings has come to a close.

Worcestershire, chasing a fourth-straight County Championship win, will need 148 runs to win.

Surrey fly out of the blocks

Surrey 369 & 45-0 (8 overs) v Essex 383

Mark Stoneman (25 not out) and Rory Burns (15 not out) have certainly made the most of their good fortune.

The Surrey openers have punished anything off line, using the slowness of the Chelmsford pitch to good effect.

With clouds gathering and Neil Wagner on, they're going along at 5.62 runs per over.

Reaction from Notts' win

Nottinghamshire beat Gloucestershire by an innings and 50 runs

Nottinghamshire are flying at the top of Division Two with four wins and a draw from their five matches so far.

However, they will be without Stuart Broad for their next match against Derbyshire. Assistant head coach Paul Franks has confirmed the club will follow a directive from ECB a few weeks ago and allow him to sit out.

Reaction from Notts' win

Nottinghamshire beat Gloucestershire by an innings and 50 runs

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Steven Mullaney took career-best figures of 5-32 to help Notts wrap up a comfortable win over Gloucestershire earlier. But he says he really wasn't expecting such an impact with the ball.

“I’m not really sure what to say because I certainly didn’t expect that to happen when I turned up today," he said.

"Conditions suited my type of bowling so it was nice to get a few overs under the belt and help the team towards 24 points, which is the main thing.

“Ready (captain Chris Read) said early on for me to get loose. He has these feelings every now and again and luckily I repaid him."

Surrey openers catch a break

Surrey 369 & 33-0 (5.1 overs) v Essex 383

Jamie Porter is not a happy man. The Essex fast bowler has had both Surrey openers dropped off his bowling and they're scoring quickly now.

Mark Stoneman has 15 and Rory Burns has 13.

Stoneman survives

Surrey 369 & 15-0 (3.4 overs) v Essex 383

Mark Stoneman is a lucky man. The Surrey opener should have been walking back to the pavilion, but Dan Lawrence put down a low chance in the slip cordon.

It's not easy going for Surrey out there - the ball is whizzing past the outside edge.

Tea in Swansea

Durham 342 & 105-3 v Glamorgan 353

Durham have a slender lead of 94 runs going into tea in Swansea.

Graham Clark (33 not out) and Paul Collingwood (17 not out) the men currently putting their feet up.

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Surrey under way at Chelmsford

Surrey 369 & 9-0 (2 overs) v Essex 383

Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns have begun things again after tea at Chelmsford, safely negotiating the opening two overs, bowled by Jamie Porter and Matthew Quinn.

Essex's first-innings lead is now just five runs.

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Tea at Northampton

Northants 238 & 315-7 (82 overs) v Worcestershire 434

Northants pair Rob Keogh (70 not out) and Graeme White (13 not out) go to tea having helped give the hosts a modest lead of 119.

Draw on the horizon

Leicestershire 619 & 209-3 (54 overs) v Derbyshire 533

Lizzy Ammon

BBC Sport at the County Ground

It's tea here on the final day and this match is trickling languidly to a draw.

Jeevan Mendis took a couple of wickets in the afternoon session including one from a spectacular athletic catch by Billy Godleman at long-on.

Other than that it's all been very sedate. Leicestershire lead by 295 runs and there are a minimum of 38 overs left in the day, although we won't see all of those - everyone will be shaking hands around 50 minutes after we resume for the evening session.

The pitch has provided absolutely nothing for the bowlers but it has provided some much needed time in the middle for batsmen who've had quiet starts to the season.

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Interesting point from Josh Davis on Twitter. In Hampshire's earlier 90-run win over Somerset (of which you can read about here), 30 wickets were taken by English spinners

Somerset's Jack Leach and Dom Bess and Hampshire's Liam Dawson and Mason Crane starred for both sides on a turning wicket at Taunton.

There is often - quite rightly - debate about the lack of talented spinners in the English county game and the lack of spinning pitches being prepared.

Are we seeing a change, or is this simply a one-off? Tweet your thoughts using #bbccricket.

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