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Summary

  1. Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate makes an unbeaten 168 against Surrey
  2. Gary Ballance is left on 98 not out as Yorkshire set Somerset a target of 262
  3. Middlesex just 27 ahead of Lancashire with only four wickets standing
  4. Glamorgan bowl out Worcestershire for 120 and win by nine wickets at New Road
  5. Northamptonshire defeat Derbyshire by 128 runs at Wantage Road
  6. Kent remain unbeaten after last-wicket pair hold out for a draw with Durham
  7. Sussex require 232 to beat Leicestershire after Jofra Archer takes 6-70
  8. Samit Patel makes double century for Notts against Gloucestershire

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A victory for Glamorgan at Worcestershire, Northants' home win over Derbyshire and a backs-to-the-wall draw for Kent, who survived the final day against Durham with their final pair at the crease, provided highlights on another absorbing day of County Championship action.

And there were notable individual performances from the younger brigade with Derbyshire seamer Conor McKerr and Somerset spinner Dom Bess, both 19, taking five wickets in an innings and 22-year-old Sussex paceman Jofra Archer claiming 11 in the match against Leicestershire.

All three Division One games will go into the final day, with champions Middlesex in danger of a first defeat since 2015 against Lancashire, Somerset chasing a target of 262 against Yorkshire, and Surrey and Essex slugging it out at Guildford in the hope of taking top spot in the table.

A fascinating climax is in store. Please join us tomorrow at 10:30 BST.

Close of play scores

Division One

Middlesex 180 & 156-6 v Lancashire 309

Middlesex lead by 27 runs

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 101-4

Somerset need another 161 for victory

Surrey 399 & 253-7 v Essex 435

Surrey lead by 217 runs

Division Two

Durham 448 & 271-6 dec v Kent 236 & 343-9

Match drawn

Gloucestershire 303 & 30-1 v Nottinghamshire 535-8 dec

Gloucestershire need another 202 to avoid an innings defeat

Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 100-2

Sussex need another 132 for victory

Northamptonshire 218 & 277 v Derbyshire 176 & 191

Northamptonshire won by 128 runs

Worcestershire 267 & 120 v Glamorgan 381 & 18-1

Glamorgan won by nine wickets

Foakes keeps Essex at bay

Surrey 399 & 253-7 (82 overs) v Essex 435

Having been separated by only 36 runs on first innings, a hard-fought contest is likely on the final day at Guildford when Surrey will resume 217 ahead against Essex, but with only three wickets remaining.

Skipper Ryan ten Doeschate's 168 not out earned the visitors maximum batting points and a marathon bowling effort by Simon Harmer (4-75) helped his side whittle their way through the Surrey order.

Ben Foakes has batted for over two hours for an unbeaten 46, but if Essex can knock over the last three wickets quickly in the morning, they will be favourites.

Close of play at Southport

Middlesex 180 & 156-6 (51 overs) v Lancashire 309

Dawid Malan (45 not out) and James Harris (15 not out) have reached stumps without further damage.

It's definitely Lancashire's day though, with Ryan McLaren's 75 and 58 from Tom Bailey boosting their first-innings total before Stephen Parry (3-40) and Saqib Mahmood (2-32) reduced Middlesex to 110-6.

Malan and Harris have ensured Middlesex have a chance going into the final day, but they're firmly on the back foot, with a lead of just 27.

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Malan steadying things for Middlesex

Middlesex 180 & 154-6 (49 overs) v Lancashire 309

Two overs remaining at Southport where Dawid Malan has steadied the sinking Middlesex ship with 44 not out alongside James Harris (14 not out) in a partnership worth 44 runs.

Their lead is a marginal 25 and with four wickets remaining they know day four that they're in for a real battle tomorrow against a confident Lancashire side.

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Sussex lay foundation for victory

Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 100-2 (30 overs)

All to play for on the final day at Grace Road as Luke Wells (27*) and nightwatchman Danny Briggs (10*) guide Sussex through to stumps with another 132 needed for victory.

Leicestershire are not out of the hunt yet, but their batsmen were found wanting in the second innings against an injury-hit Sussex attack, with Harry Dearden's 36 the highest score.

With Vernon Philander unable to bowl at all and David Wiese restricted to six over by injury, Jofra Archer produced another highly impressive and hostile display to take 6-70.

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WICKET Batty (c Lawrence b Harmer) 19

Surrey 399 & 241-7 (78 overs) v Essex 435

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Simon Harmer's persistence pays off again at Guildford as off-spinner dismisses off-spinner, with Gareth Batty caught at short leg after helping Ben Foakes add 42 for the seventh wicket. Stuart Meaker comes out with four overs left in the day, and Surrey's lead is 205. Whichever team wins tomorrow will top the Division One table.

Durham stay winless; Kent unbeaten

Kent draw with Durham

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A wonderful effort from Kent, who dealt with the first real pressure of the season to retain their unbeaten Division Two record which now reads four wins and two draws from six games.

They take eight bonus points, while Durham, despite their disappointment, claim 12. Paul Collingwood's side remain rooted to the bottom of the table following their points deduction for financial irregularities, but are now up to -9, 37 points adrift of Leicestershire.

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BreakingKENT DRAW WITH DURHAM

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 343-9 (106 overs)

Matty Potts gets in a leg-stump yorker with his fifth ball, the Durham field goes up in appeal, but Yasir Shah got bat on it. Shah then survives the final ball without drama.

Kent's last-wicket duo have done his job and Durham are left with a draw which feels like a defeat.

Durham have out-played one of Division Two's favourites Kent, but have failed to force a first win of the season. Paul Collingwood, whose declaration saw Durham lose at Glamorgan in the last game, is left ruing another opportunity missed.

Shah finishes 39 not out, Mitchell Claydon made 21. Earlier captain Sam Northeast made a vital 72 to follow up his 109 not out in the first innings.

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Durham put faith in Potts

Matty Potts, fresh from his maiden County Championship wicket, to bowl the final over. Can the 18-year-old be a hero?

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Claydon survives for Kent

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 333-9 (105 overs)

Barry McCarthy spears in a yorker, but number 11 Mitchell Claydon does well to dig it out, as it dribbles past the leg stump.

McCarthy goes close with his fifth ball too - Claydon dangling his bat outside off-stump. Crucially, though, the ball misses the edge.

Six balls between Kent and a draw now.

Two overs to go for Kent draw

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 329-9 (104 overs)

Ryan Pringle has every fielder around the bat, but Yasir Shah can't be tempted and he plays out a maiden to the off-spinner.

Barry McCarthy will bowl the penultimate over. It's very tense at Canterbury.

Tense finish in prospect at Taunton

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 101-4 (36 overs)

Steven Davies and Adam Hose share an unbroken stand of 52 to see Somerset through to stumps, requiring another 161 at Taunton to complete their first Championship win of the summer.

Having been set a target of 262, the home side were in disarray as Yorkshire seamer Steven Patterson quickly sent back Dean Elgar, Tom Abell and Marcus Trescothick.

Davies and Hose, though, played out the final 18.5 overs - three of them effectively overtime after the 100 scheduled for the day were completed before the 18:15 BST finish.

Hose will start the final day on 26, with his partner 25 not out.

Three overs to go at Canterbury

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 329-9 (103 overs)

Mitchell Claydon and Yasir Shah are still there and Durham have brought spinner Ryan Pringle back into the attack to try and get this final wicket.

WICKET Nash (c Eckersley b Raine) 23

Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 79-2 (24.3 overs)

Dieter Klein finds the edge of Sussex opener Chris Nash's bat, but the chance goes begging in the slips. How costly could that be for Leicestershire? the answer is not very, because Nash nicks one from Ben Raine to the keeper in the next over.

Having passed 11,000 first-class runs, Nash goes for 23 after a stand of 54 with Luke Wells, who is joined by nightwatchman Danny Briggs. Five and a half overs remain to the end of day three, Sussex need another 153 for victory.

Scores level at Southport

Middlesex 180 & 129-6 (40 overs) v Lancashire 309

The scores are level between Middlesex and Lancashire as Dawid Malan pulls Saqib Mahmood for a four. But it's far from parity, with Lancashire well and truly on top.

A rare event.....

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Six overs for Durham

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 323-9 (101 overs)

Clock is ticking for Durham to clinch the final wicket. Yasir Shah (35 not out) and Mitchell Claydon (nine not out) are still there.

It would be a wonderful draw for Kent, who have batted all day. But Durham, bottom of Division Two and without a win, are desperate for a victory.

Close of play at Bristol

Gloucestershire 303 & 30-1 (10 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

The damage is limited to one wicket for Gloucestershire, who reach stumps with Chris Dent 18 not out and Will Tavare unbeaten on seven.

Nottinghamshire have enjoyed a great deal and with a lead of 202 runs they will be hopeful of pushing for a fifth wicket of the season.

WICKET Coles (lbw b Potts) 30

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 309-9 (98.2 overs)

Time was ticking for Durham to wrap up a first win of the season. Step forward Matty Potts.

The 18-year-old takes his maiden first-class wicket and what a big one it could prove to be as he traps Matt Coles lbw with only eight overs remaining.

Last man Mitchell Claydon is in. Can Durham do it?

How happy does it make a teenage cricketer to take five wickets in an innings in a Championship match? This happy....

Dominic Bess
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Somerset's Dom Bess after taking 5-80 against Yorkshire earlier today

WICKET Franklin (b Mahmood) 0

Middlesex 180 & 110-6 (33.3 overs) v Lancashire 309

James Franklin goes for a duck and Lancashire are all over Middlesex!

Saqib Mahmood has the wicket, bowling the visiting skipper with a yorker to leave them in all sorts of trouble. They are still 19 runs behind, with just four wickets remaining. Despite losing day two to a wet outfield, Lancashire look a good bet to win.

Somerset pair play for stumps

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 85-4 (27 overs)

Ryan Sidebottom is back into the attack for Yorkshire; can Steven Davies and Adam Hose see Somerset through to stumps with six overs of play remaining? Both batsmen move onto 19 with a single each, Hose's from a first no-ball of the game by Sidebottom. The home side need another 177 to win.

Kent clinging on

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 292-8 (95 overs)

Yasir Shah (24 not out) and Matt Coles (19 not out) are really frustrating Durham, who are so close, and yet so far from a first win of the season.

It's been over six overs since the last wicket, and with 11 overs remaining it's getting tense at Canterbury.

WICKET Simpson (c Vilas b Parry) 0

Middlesex 180 & 99-5 (31 overs) v Lancashire 309

Stephen Parry has another and he is bowling Lancashire towards a win. The dangerous John Simpson goes third ball, with Dane Vilas taking a catch.

The pressure is telling for Middlesex, who are really struggling against the left-armer.

Play resumes at Grace Road

Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 53-1 (15.2 overs)

They're back on in Leicester after a brief halt for bad light. Sussex need another 179 to win and there are 14 and a bit over remaining tonight, so they'll be content to see out the time without major damage.

WICKET S Curran (c sub b Harmer) 4

Surrey 399 & 199-6 (60 overs) v Essex 435

Spinner Simon Harmer claims his third victim of Surrey's second innings as Sam Curran falls cheaply, caught at short extra by sub Callum Taylor. Gareth Batty is now out in the middle with his side 164 ahead - but with just four wickets left.

Hose avoids pair

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 77-4 (22.4 overs)

Yorkshire now have spinners Azeem Rafiq and Karl Carver operating in tandem and Adam Hose - no doubt relieved to have avoided repeating his first-innings duck - helps himself to four and six in the same over from the latter to move onto 18 not out.

Steven Davies is on 14 at the other end and after a wretched run of form this season, nothing would please him more than a substantial knock to help Somerset to victory in this match. They need another 185.

WICKET Stirling (lbw b Parry) 12

Middlesex 180 & 99-4 (30.3 overs) v Lancashire 309

Paul Sterling becomes Stephen Parry's second victim of the innings. The left-armer traps him lbw and Lancashire's good day just keeps getting better.

They still lead by 30 runs and Middlesex really need a partnership in Southport.

Stephen Parry
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WICKET Bancroft (lbw b Fletcher) 2

Gloucestershire 303 & 2-1 (0.2 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

Luke Fletcher has only just taken his pads off after hitting an unbeaten 38, but he's already made his mark with the ball, trapping Gloucestershire opener Cameron Bancroft in front of the stumps with his second ball.

With a minimum of nine overs left, Gloucestershire are in danger of handing Nottinghamshire a huge boost.

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We've been telling you about Derbyshire all-rounder Luis Reece's health issues over the past couple of days after he was admitted to hospital with breathing problems during their game at Northampton. Here's an update from the man himself - and we're glad he's feeling better.

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Sussex run-chase interrupted

Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 52-1 (15 overs)

Even thought the lights have been switched on at the Fischer County Ground (see 17:18 entry), umpires Nitin Menon and Alex Wharf decide it is a bit too murky and take the players off.

In theory, there are 15 overs remaining in the day, and Chris Nash has 12 not out for Sussex, with Luke Wells on eight. The visitors need another 180 to win.

Chilly at Southport

Middlesex 180 & 91-3 (28 overs) v Lancashire 309

It may be 11 June, but try telling BBC commentator David Townsend. It looks a tad nippy...

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Lights on at Grace Road

Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 52-1 (15 overs)

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Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

An early breakthrough for Leicestershire as Harry Finch is bowled by a beauty from Ben Raine.

The hosts know that they must take wickets tonight as the pitch has got easier to bat on as the ball has got softer throughout this game.

The floodlights are on and the remaining overs could be pivotal to the outcome of this match.

Leicester
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Heavy cloud at Grace Road

WICKET Sibley (lbw Porter) 28

Surrey 399 & 183-5 (56 overs) v Essex 435

Essex pace bowler Jamie Porter takes his Championship wickets tally this season to 31 as Surrey lose another wicket at Guildford. They are only 147 ahead and there are 26 overs of play left in the day.

Notts declare with a lead of 232

Gloucestershire 303 v Nottinghamshire 535-8d (166 overs)

It seems Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read was well aware of Samit Patel's first-class best score of 256, because as soon as the all-rounder moved onto 257 he has declared at Bristol.

Luke Wood finishes unbeaten on 38 and walks off with Patel, who faced 452 balls in his epic stay at the crease.

Gloucestershire now face a tricky period to see out before the close.

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WICKET Hildreth (lbw Waite) 27

Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 51-4 (18 overs)

Steven Patterson takes a break with figures of 8-3-13-3 and it's now time for the younger Yorkshire bowlers to do their bit. And that's quite a big 'bit' by Matthew Waite, who has James Hildreth leg-before with the first delivery of his second spell.

Somerset need 211 runs, Yorkshire need six wickets,and there are 15 overs remaining at Taunton.

WICKET (Northeast lbw b Rushworth) 72

Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 262-8 (88.1 overs)

Surely that's the key wicket? Chris Rushworth is leading this inexperienced Durham attack very well and he finds his third wicket by pinning Kent skipper Sam Northeast lbw.

Yasir Shah comes to the crease, but Durham are into the tail now. Two more wickets for a first win of the season.

250 for Patel

Gloucestershire 303 v Nottinghamshire 524-8 (164.2 overs)

Yet another landmark for Samit Patel, who moves onto 250 from his 445th delivery with a single shortly after hitting his first six off Jack Taylor.

He is now just six runs short of his first-class best score. Luke Wood has 36 alongside him. Is a declaration around the corner?