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Summary

  1. Play abandoned at four games
  2. Sussex beat Worcestershire by nine wickets
  3. Abell out for 96 for Somerset, Davies scores ton
  4. Warwickshire beat Middlesex by 190 runs

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By Josh Hunt and Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow

We, and perhaps the rain, will be back tomorrow for the final day of four County Championship games, plus the third day of Somerset v Surrey.

Thanks once again for joining us today. Until tomorrow morning, goodbye.

Close of play scores

Division One

Warwickshire 126 & 361 beat Middlesex 161 & 136 by 290 runs

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 v Hampshire 224 -Lancashire lead by 239 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Somerset 436 v Surrey 69-1 (day two) - Somerset lead by 367 runs

Division Two

Sussex 430 & 11-1 beat Worcestershire 268 & 170 (f/o) by nine wickets

Derbyshire 220 & 45-1 v Nottinghamshire 508-9 dec -Derbyshire trail by 243 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Durham 525-8 dec v Leicestershire 124-4 - Leicestershire trail by 401 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Northamptonshire 343 v Gloucestershire 224-7 - Northamptonshire lead by 128 runs (no play on Tuesday)

That's stumps

Somerset 436 v Surrey 69-1

And with that, play is at an end at Taunton.

Somerset will be pleased to have earned maximum batting bonus points, thanks mostly to Steven Davies' century and 96 from Tom Abell, but with the forecast looking grim tomorrow, their chances of victory still seem slender.

We'll have a full recap of all the other scores in a couple of minutes' time.

Two overs left

Somerset 436 v Surrey 69-1

Rory Burns will be furious not to have made it through to stumps unbeaten.

Scott Borthwick is the new man at the crease, yet to score from his first 10 deliveries.

WICKET Burns (run out) 30

Somerset 436 v Surrey 58-1

Surrey hadn't looked at any risk of losing a wicket before stumps, but Rory Burns is out in disastrous fashion.

He and Mark Stoneman suffer a major breakdown in communication, and it's enough to send Burns back to the dressing room.

Horrible mix up sees Rory Burns run out for 30..Surrey 58-1 #bbccricket

Surrey openers looking assured

Somerset 436 v Surrey 54-0

Another day, another late finish in the County Championship.

There are now a mere seven overs left at Taunton, where Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns are playing the ball nicely, if not excitingly.

We've seen a few calls from you today for Burns as a possible England opener, and Stoneman can consider himself unlucky to have never made a Test side as well.

BreakingSUSSEX BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY NINE WICKETS

Sussex 430 & 11-1 v Worcestershire 268 & 170 (f/o)

Despite losing Luke Wells, Sussex wrap up an impressive nine-wicket victory to throw open the Division Two promotion race.

Angus Robson scores the winning runs as he sends Patrick Brown to the boundary ropes.

The visitors have moved up to third in the table, 17 points behind the hosts in second - who have played a match more.

It is all to play for in the second division when the Championship resumes at the end of the month.

Surrey untroubled by Somerset

Somerset 436 v Surrey 46-0

Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns are making it look easy at Somerset.

The Surrey openers have safely negotiated the first 12.3 overs, with 12.3 more still to be played.

WICKET Wells (c Leach b Barnard) 5

Sussex 430 & 5-1 v Worcestershire 268 & 170 (f/o)

Sussex can't complete the victory without losing a wicket as Ed Barnard follows up his batting display with the scalp of Luke Wells.

Four runs for the visitors to win at New Road.

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Sussex require nine runs for victory.

WICKET Barnard (c Whittingham b Van Zyl) 45

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 170 (f/o)

Sussex finally take the last Worcestershire wicket as Ed Barnard is caught for an excellent 45 off Stiaan van Zyl.

The hosts' bowler also made 65 in his side's first innings earlier in the day as he impressed with the bat.

However, the visitors need just nine runs to win and put themselves back into contention in the Division Two title race.

Somerset and Surrey restart at 17:50

Somerset 436 v Surrey 28-0

The rain has stopped at Somerset, so the teams will take back to the field.

There are 17.2 overs left to be bowled.

Worcestershire take the lead at New Road

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 163-9 (f/o)

Ed Barnard steers Stiaan van Zyl through the covers for a single and takes Worcestershire into the lead for the first time in this match.

It means Sussex will have to bat again and, with a 10 minute innings break, perhaps we may be coming back on Wednesday at New Road after all.

You would hope the umpires would see the sense in allowing the visitors to chase whatever paltry target they may be set this evening.

Sussex deploy slow bowlers

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 160-9 (f/o)

With the light deteriorating at New Road, Sussex have been forced to bring on their slower bowlers as they desperately attempt to wrap up victory in their Division Two match today.

Spinner Danny Briggs' first over in this innings went for 10 runs but he picked up the vital wicket of Josh Tongue.

Ed Barnard (37 not out) is still going strong and Worcestershire are now just two runs shy of parity with the visitors' first inning total.

WICKET Tongue (lbw Briggs) 16

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 154-9 (f/o)

Just as I was typing how well Josh Tongue was batting, the 19-year-old is trapped lbw by spinner Danny Briggs.

Sussex, battling against the ever-fading light, are just one wicket away from victory at New Road.

Surely they won't be coming back tomorrow, will they?

Covers back on at Somerset

Somerset 436 v Surrey 28-0

That could be it for the day at Somerset.

The rain is falling again, the light is fading fast, and the players are coming off.

Barnard on the counter-attack

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 137-8

Ed Barnard is refusing to let Worcestershire go down without a fight.

The all-rounder has hit two fours and a six to advance to 25 from 27 deliveries against Sussex, who are being frustrated in their attempts to take the final two wickets needed for victory.

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Surrey start under dark skies

Somerset 436 v Surrey 18-0

Surrey are four overs into their first innings at Somerset in the final session of the second day.

The clouds are darkening above them, but there's no more rain just yet.

WICKET Hastings (c & b Archer) 0

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 110-8 (f/o)

Jofra Archer may have missed out a hat-trick but he has three wickets in five balls after John Hastings sends a fuller ball straight back to the bowler.

After a brilliant 45 minutes post tea, that was a disastrous over for Worcestershire.

The visitors are now just two wickets away from victory at New Road.

...Hastings survives hat-trick ball

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 110-7 (f/o)

Archer is within a whisker of a hat-trick as the ball brushes past John Hastings' off stump.

WICKET Cox (lbw b Archer) 28

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 110-7 (f/o)

Jofra Archer takes two big wickets to edge Sussex closer to victory.

The Sussex seamer first gets wicket-keeper Ben Cox stuck in his crease and traps him lbw for a hard-earned 28 before Joe Leach is caught in the slips for a first-ball duck.

Archer on a hat-trick...

Cox and Barnard steer Worcestershire past 100

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 106-5 (f/o)

Ben Cox (28 not out) and Ed Barnard (8 not out) are standing strong for Worcestershire, having added 40 runs for the sixth-wicket partnership so far.

The hosts still need to score another 56 runs to make Sussex bat again, with a minimum of 36 overs to be bowled before the close of play.

With no floodlights at New Road and darkening skies, I cannot imagine we will see all of those tonight.

WICKET Groenewald (c & b Borthwick) 31

Somerset 436 v Surrey

Tim Groenewald's entertaining innings comes to an end as he sends a return catch back to Durham spinner Scott Borthwick.

Surrey, weather and light permitting, have 32 overs to see off when they start their innnings.

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Groenewald hits out

Somerset 436-9 v Surrey

Tim Groenewald is enjoying himself out in the middle for Somerset.

The number 11 has two fours and three sixes, racing to 31 from 19 deliveries on a miserable day for Surrey.

Woakes impresses on injury return

Warwickshire beat Middlesex by 290 runs

Chris Woakes took 3-38 in Middlesex's second innings to help skittle the hosts out for 136 as Warwickshire completed a comprehensive first Championship win of the season.

Even as a Middlesex fan, it's so good to see Chris Woakes back. Also, gawd bless Finny for his attempted batting heroics. #bbccricket

400 up for Somerset

Somerset 400-9 v Surrey

That is job done as far as this Somerset last-wicket partnership is concerned.

Jack Leach hits a single off Sam Curran to earn the hosts a fifth batting bonus point.

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Players back out at Somerset

Somerset 394-9 v Surrey

Somerset batsmen Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald emerge from the pavilion in search of six more runs to earn an extra point.

It does look as though the weather could be a factor again later on.

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Long session ahead at Worcs

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 76-5

They're back out at New Road after tea, where the skies aren't looking too threatening at present.

Worcestershire need at least 86 more runs to make Sussex bat again.

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After playing out a thrilling Championship decider at Lord's for last season's title are Yorkshire and Middlesex set to battle each other to avoid relegation this year?

Yorkshire vs Middlesex a relegation 40-pointer. Who would have thought that at the start of the season #bbccricket

Restart at 16:15 at Somerset

Somerset 394-9 v Surrey

Assuming there is no more rain, Somerset and Surrey will resume play in 15 minutes' time.

In theory, there are a minimum of 62.5 overs left to be played, though that will clearly be substantially reduced.

Sussex on course for victory at New Road

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 66-5 (f/o)

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Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

A terrific session for Sussex in which they have taken seven wickets and, weather permitting, are on course to complete the double over Worcestershire

A feature of the Sussex performance has been their catching, with Harry Finch having taken six catches so far, and victory would put the visitors back into contention in the Division Two promotion race.

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Keep on sending us through your suggestions for uncapped Test players you would take to Australia this winter via #bbccricket.

I have no idea why Rory Burns is so consistently overlooked in favour of batsmen with worse records. #bbccricket @BBCSport @BBCCricketNews

The sun is out

Somerset 394-9 v Surrey

No, honestly, I've got a picture to prove it.

After a day washed out by rain in many places, it looks like we may be in for some more play at Somerset.

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The scores at tea

Division One

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 v Hampshire 224 -Lancashire lead by 239 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Warwickshire 126 & 361 beat Middlesex 161 & 136 by 290 runs

Somerset 394-9 v Surrey (day two) - inspection at 15:45 BST

Division Two

Derbyshire 220 & 45-1 v Nottinghamshire 508-9 dec -Derbyshire trail by 243 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Durham 525-8 dec v Leicestershire 124-4 - Leicestershire trail by 401 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Northamptonshire 343 v Gloucestershire 224-7 - Northamptonshire lead by 128 runs (no play on Tuesday)

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 66-5 (f/o) - Worcestershire trail by 96 runs

WICKET D'Oliveira (lbw Whittingham) 28

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 66-5 (f/o)

Stuart Whittingham traps Brett D'Oliveira plumb in front and the Worcestershire batsman has to go for 28.

That brings tea at New Road and Sussex will look to wrap up a comprehensive victory in the final session with the visitors still holding a 96-run lead.

Play abandoned for the day at the Ageas Bowl

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 v Hampshire 224

A frustrating day for Lancashire, Hampshire and not least Haseeb Hameed as play is finally abandoned for the day at the Ageas Bowl after a second inspection.

Hameed will have to suffer through another night of waiting to see if he can score his first competitive century this season.

Play has been abandoned for the day at the Ageas Bowl. We will try again tomorrow with @LancsCCC 314-5 leading by 239 #HAMvLAN

Play has also been abandoned at Derby, with Nottinghamshire's hopes of victory no longer looking quite so certain.

Derbyshire will resume their second innings tomorrow still trailing by 243 runs with nine wickets in hand, assuming any play is possible.

BreakingWARWICKSHIRE BEAT MIDDLESEX BY 190 RUNS

Warwickshire 126 & 361 beat Middlesex 161 & 136

Warwickshire wrap up a comprehensive 190-run victory over Middlesex at Lord's as Nick Gubbins is given out lbw to Ryan Sidebottom.

It is the visitors' first win in the Championship this season and lifts them off the foot of the Division One table for the time being.

However, the loss puts a serious dent in the Champions' hopes of retaining their title. Middlesex are now 61 points behind leaders Essex and just 33 points ahead of last-placed Somerset.

WICKET Rhodes (c Brown b Whittingham) 9

Sussex 430 v Worcestershire 268 & 65-4

For those of you who've followed this live text across the last few days, you may remember Sussex being in a bit of trouble at 49-3.

Now, they're only six wickets away from victory, as Worcestershire are four down after being made to follow on, still 97 runs behind.

George Rhodes is seamer Stuart Whittingham's first dismissal of the game, edging through to keeper Ben Brown.

Finn on the charge

Warwickshire 126 & 361 v Middlesex 161 & 110-9

Steven Finn, rather cruelly after our last update from Lord's, is spoiling Jeetan Patel's bowling figures.

The England and Middlesex seamer hits Patel for three fours in an over, though it surely won't do anything to deny Warwickshire victory.

There's an update on the 'Dave'/Jeetan question too.

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Those would be the Wellington Firebirds, Patel's side in New Zealand domestic cricket.

15:30 BST inspection at Ageas Bowl

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 v Hampshire 224

The umpires are refusing to give up on getting the players on the field at the Ageas Bowl.

We could be in for a lengthy evening session if the teams get out to play today and there is no further rain.

Latest update from the Ageas Bowl: we are taking an early tea with a further inspection at 3.30 #HAMvLAN