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  1. Middlesex beat Yorkshire by an innings and 64 runs
  2. Essex spinner Harmer takes 6-92
  3. Vilas makes 244 in Lancashire's 593
  4. James Anderson takes three quick Hants wickets
  5. Notts beat Leics by innings & 280 runs

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By Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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Simon Harmer
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That's me done for the day.

I'll be back tomorrow with Matt Henry to see if Essex can stretch their lead at the top and Hants can avoid a big defeat at Lancashire.

We're also in for exciting finishes at New Road and Chester-le-Street.

In the meantime head over to the England v South Africa page where England have got off to a rather decent start in the first T20 international.

Until tomorrow, goodbye.

Close of play scores

County Championship - day three

Division One

  • Middlesex 446 v Yorkshire 208 & 174 - Middlesex win by an innings and 64 runs
  • Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 50-5 - Hants trail by 148
  • Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 27-2 - Warwickshire trail by 231

Division Two

  • Notts548-9 dec v Leicestershire 134 & 134 - Notts win by an innings and 280 runs
  • Worcestershire 336 & 16-0 v Kent 260 & 474 - Worcestershire need 382 more to win
  • Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 92-2 - Glamorgan trail by 15

Stumps at Durham

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 92-2

Andrew Salter finishes day three with a boundary off Ryan Pringle and will resume on 25.

Glamorgan still trail by 15, but it'll be a big challenge for Durham to pick up their first win of the season tomorrow.

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 88-2

Into the final over they go. Andrew Salter will face Ryan Pringle.

WICKET Rudolph (c Poynter b Potts) 43

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 88-2

And there is that wicket!! Glamorgan captain Jacques Rudolph goes. It's huge for Durham.

The opener tickles one down the leg-side from Matt Potts and Stuart Poynter does the rest behind the stumps.

That could be the difference between a draw and a first win of the season for Durham.

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 88-1

Erm, I don't have much to say I'm afraid.

Two overs left at Chester-le-Street - there won't be anything exciting to report unless there's a wicket!

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 83-1

Four overs to go at Durham.

Jacques Rudolph breaks the shackles with a boundary off Ryan Pringle to move to 42, but there will be nothing silly now.

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 77-1

All eyes turn to Chester-le-Street for the final few overs then.

Jacques Rudolph (36) and Andrew Salter (17) are in blocking mode for Glamorgan as the visitors look to chalk off the first-innings deficit.

It currently stands at 30.

Close of play at New Road

Worcestershire 336 & 16-0 v Kent 260 & 474

Daryl Mitchell and Brett D'Oliveira see things through to stumps for Worcestershire.

The task facing the hosts on the final day is a tricky one to say the least...

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Division Two update

So now we're down to just the two games in Division Two.

And it's about to finish for the day at New Road with Worcestershire 14-0, chasing 399 to beat Kent.

Glamorgan are 73-1 at Durham, trailing by 34. There are still eight overs to go there after rain in the morning session.

Stumps at Old Trafford

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 50-5

One of the most one-sided days you will ever see comes to a close in Manchester.

After Dane Vilas (244) and Ryan McLaren (107) batted Hampshire out of the game with a sixth-wicket stand of 231, Lancashire rattled through the Hampshire top order after tea.

It will take something special to avoid Lancashire picking up maximum points tomorrow.

WICKET Vince (c Jones b McLaren) 29

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 50-5

Lancashire also have a late wicket! James Vince is out.

The former Hampshire captain picks out Rob Jones at short cover and is dismissed once again after getting a start.

Nightwatchman Matt Salisbury comes in with two overs left.

WICKET Trott (lbw b Harmer) 8

Essex 451-9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 27-2

You are kidding me? Simon Harmer gets Jonathan Trott with the final ball of day three!

It caps a remarkable Wednesday for the Essex spinner - this time he pins Trott lbw.

Essex are flying, Warwickshire's nightmare season continues.

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 24-1

They're into the final over at Chelmsford. Anyone want to take a guess who's bowling it?

I'll give you a clue - he's tired.

Andrew Umeed
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It's gone a bit quiet in our two remaining Division One games.

There are a couple of overs left at Chelmsford and Old Trafford - Warwickshire and Hampshire are playing for stumps.

England v South Africa coming up

SA win toss and bat

Eoin Morgan
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If you want more cricket tonight then you're in luck.

England play their first of three T20 international against South Africa from 18:30 BST.

The big team news is that Hampshire spinner Mason Crane is handed his debut on his home ground.

You can follow all of the action from Southampton here with live text commentary, Test Match Special commentary and video clips and highlights.

Worcestershire need 399 to win

Worcestershire 336 v Kent 260 & 474

Joe Denly is finally out - for a brilliant career-best 227.

Home skipper Joe Leach finishes things off with his fourth wicket.

Worcestershire need a mammoth 399 to win with five overs left tonight and a full 96 tomorrow.

Kent are big favourites.

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Thomas Harley: Essex are on a role. Best county by far this year. Gone from relegation fav to Champions elect in 3 months. Bring on tomorrow

Essex 541-9 v Warwickshire 283 & 16-1

There's a fiery battle going on between Essex paceman Neil Wagner and Bears batsman Jonathan Trott at the moment.

Neither will want to give an inch. They're both fierce competitors with plenty of international experience.

Jonathan Trott
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Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 26-4

It's maiden central at Old Trafford right now.

Four in a row in fact. James Anderson has 3-5 off eight overs.

Hampshire have seven more overs to survive before they can enjoy a stiff drink.

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George Davis: Wonderful knock Joe Denly! Massive credit to Rouse, Coles & Shah who have contributed a mere 232 runs

Career-best for Denly

Worcestershire 336 v Kent 260 & 456-9

Joe Denly has now gone past his previous highest score of 206, made last year against Northants.

John Hastings removed Yasir Shah a few overs ago, but there's no shifting Denly.

What has happened to Worcestershire over the last few weeks after their unbeaten start?!

'Essex need nine more'

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 11-1

Mike Taylor


In the second over of 11 they must negotiate tonight, having been asked to follow on, Warwickshire lost Ian Westwood.

The final position of his forward defensive push would have looked fine in a textbook photograph, but alas for him he had edged Paul Walter to James Foster.

Paul Walter
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'Durham bowlers making life difficult'

Durham 402 v Glamorgan 295 & 50-1

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

Glamorgan, starting with a deficit of 107, faced having to bat at least three sessions to save this game and knocked 49 runs off the lead before teenage seamer Matthew Potts trapped Nick Selman lbw for 18.

Durham's bowlers have been making life awkward in humid conditions with the ball moving and the odd delivery keeping low.

Glamorgan may clear the deficit tonight, with an 18:45 BST finish likely, but Durham will be thankful to last-wicket pair of Barry McCarthy and Chris Rushworh for supplying two-thirds of their first-innings' lead.

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Simon Mahon: Brilliant day for Lancashire Confident we can push on for the win tomorrow

WICKET Bailey (lbw b Anderson) 10

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 26-4

There's Jimmy's third! And it's the first-innings centurion George Bailey.

James Anderson is on fire at Old Trafford. The seamer nips one onto the pad of the Hampshire skipper and up goes the finger.

The England legend has 3-5 off six overs!

WICKET Westwood (c Foster b Walter) 0

Essex 541--9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 4-1

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Disaster for Warwickshire. Ian Westwood goes in the second over.

The opener nicks giant fast bowler Paul Walter behind and is out for a duck.

Are Warwickshire heading for a fourth innings loss of a nightmare campaign?

Can Warwickshire survive?

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 4-0

Andrew Umeed and Ian Westwood open up for Warwickshire.

Neil Wagner and Paul Walter take the new ball for Essex.

What have they got left after a full day in the field? In 34 degrees (ish).

'Harmer gets reward for effort'

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283 & 3-0

Mike Taylor

BBC WM at Chelmsford

Jeetan Patel's admirable counter-attack ended at 71, when he advanced against Simon Harmer, in search of a single to protect last man Sunny Singh, and chipped back to the bowler. Harmer's sixth wicket was due reward for his fulsome shift today, bowling with stamina and no little skill.

With 11 overs available today, Essex have invited Warwickshire to bat again, and any wickets before the close tonight would further enhance their Championship prospects.

They would also put Warwickshire under even greater stress at the bottom of the table, especially in view of the Middlesex win today.

Essex enforce follow-on

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283

As expected, Ryan ten Doeschate asks Warwickshire to bat again.

There are 11 overs left at Chelmsford today.

Essex need to stop winning by an innings - England supporters need this man to have time in the middle. Although he's not doing bad this season!

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Double century for Joe Denly

Worcestershire 336 v Kent 260

Joe Denly is playing the innings of his life at New Road.

The 31-year-old becomes the second man today to go past 200 after Lancashire's Dane Vilas.

It's taken 299 balls with 23 fours and three sixes.

Worcestershire aren't quite out the game, but it'll be a huge task to chase more than 350 on the final day.

'Hampshire struggling'

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 15-3

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

With Jimmy Adams and Rilee Rossouw gone already, Hampshire still have the rest of the evening session plus, one would think, all or very nearly all of tomorrow to save the game.

James Andersen hasn't got the ball to swing or seam big, but it's just enough to cause problems.

He was on a hat-trick until the first ball of his next over which was a wide one to James Vince.

Anderson might have had three wickets but for a drop catch in the slips off Michael Carberry.

It's been very much Lancashire's day

WICKET Carberry (b Jarvis) 10

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 15-3

That's a mistake from Michael Carberry and he pays the ultimate price.

The experienced Hampshire opener misjudges one from Kyle Jarvis, shoulders arms, and over go the timbers.

Hampshire have fallen apart today.

WICKET Patel (c & b Harmer) 71

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 283

Simon Harmer
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Have a sit down for five minutes Simon, it'll be time to go again in a bit! Harmer finishes off the Warwickshire innings by snaffling Jeetan Patel off his own bowling.

The Essex spinner finishes with 6-92 off 45.4 overs.

Surely Essex will enforce the follow-on with the Bears 258 behind?

No hat-trick for Jimmy

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 10-2

James Vince sees off the first ball of James Anderson's third over, so it's no hat-trick for the 34-year-old.

Lancashire will want to push home their advantage in the 17 overs that remain this evening.

Five-wicket haul for Harmer

Essex 541-9 dec v Warwickshire 276-9

Boy has he deserved this! In his 45th over of the innings, Simon Harmer traps big Boyd Rankin lbw for one.

That's a first five-wicket haul of the season for the Essex spinner.

Simon Harmer
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WICKET Rossouw (c Croft b Anderson) 0

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 3-2

Two in two balls for James Anderson! Rilee Rossouw is gone for a golden.

The South African edges to Steven Croft at third slip.

Anderson will be on a hat-trick at the start of his next over.

WICKET Adams (lbw b Anderson) 0

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 3-1

Jimmy strikes! Hampshire's day gets even worse.

The England paceman thuds one into the pads of Jimmy Adams and he's sent packing.

Moeen grabs a wicket

Worcestershire 336 v Kent 260 & 408-8

Matt Coles edges Moeen Ali behind for 39, but is it too late for Worcetershire?

It looks like the Pears will be chasing 350 or more to win.

Hampshire start second innings

Lancashire 593 v Hampshire 395 & 1-0

The rain shower didn't stay for long in Manchester, Hampshire are under way.

They'll need to bat out most of tomorrow you feel to salvage anything from the game.

The deficit is 197.