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Summary

  1. No play possible at Leicester, Northampton or Taunton
  2. Title-chasing Lancashire and Hampshire settle for draw
  3. Rain denies Lancs' Hameed first century of the season
  4. Notts beat Derbyshire by an innings and 61 runs

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By Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Thank you to all of you who've joined us over the last four days.

You can check in tomorrow from 10:50 for coverage of the final day of Somerset v Surrey at Taunton, though a draw is clearly in store there.

We'll have more live text commentary for you when the T20 Blast returns on Friday. Until then, goodbye.

The final scorecards

With no play possible in four of the five games scheduled to be played today, here's a look at the final scorecards.

Division One

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 drew with Hampshire 224

Somerset 436 v Surrey 69-1 (day three) - Somerset lead by 367 runs (no play possible on Wednesday)

Division Two

Durham 525-8 dec drew with Leicestershire 124-4 (no play possible on Wednesday)

Nottinghamshire 508-9 dec beat Derbyshire 220 & 227 by an innings and 61 runs

Northamptonshire 343 & 50-5 drew with Gloucestershire 224-7 (no play possible on Wednesday)

BreakingNOTTS BEAT DERBYSHIRE BY AN INNINGS AND 61 RUNS

Derbyshire 220 & 227 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Nottinghamshire seamer Brett Hutton takes his tenth wicket of the match to wrap up a comprehensive victory for his side.

Hutton does it in style too, beating Tony Palladino all ends up and rearranging his stumps.

Notts' lead over second-placed Worcestershire at the top of the Division Two table now stands at 35 points, with Northants a further 15 points back in third.

Derbyshire remain eighth, having won only once in the County Championship this season.

WICKET Taylor (lbw b Hutton) 15

Derbyshire 220 & 206-9 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

The live text commentator's curse strikes again.

Brett Hutton has his ninth wicket of the match and fourth in the innings, trapping Tom Taylor lbw and putting an end to Derbyshire's obstinate ninth-wicket stand.

Ben Cotton is the last man in.

Taylor and Palladino frustrate Notts

Derbyshire 220 & 206-8 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Derbyshire might not be out of this match after all.

Tony Palladino and Tom Taylor are proving rather more difficult to remove than Nottinghamshire would have liked, with their ninth-wicket partnership worth 31 runs from 10 overs.

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Two more Derbyshire wickets fall

Derbyshire 220 & 175-8 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Nottinghamshire's victory looks inevitable now.

First Wayne Madsen gets an inside edge to a Brett Hutton delivery and plays on to his stumps, before Hardus Viljoen drags on to a Jake Ball effort.

Notts are into the tail-enders, and they still have 26 overs to take the last two wickets.

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WICKET Hosein (c Read b Ball) 11

Derbyshire 220 & 166-6 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Derbyshire lose another one.

Chris Read takes the catch behind the stumps after Jake Ball finds Harvey Hosein's edge.

There are still another 30 overs for the hosts to survive.

WICKET Hughes (lbw Hutton) 24

Derbsyhire 220 & 154-5 v Nottinghamshire 508-9 dec

Alex Hughes' resistance comes to an end as he is trapped lbw for 24 off 65 balls by Brett Hutton.

Derbyshire captain Wayne Masden comes to the crease and, despite feeling unwell, he smacks his first ball to the boundary.

33 overs left for Nottinghamshire to claim the five wickets they need for victory.

Into the final session

Derbyshire 220 & 150-4 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Back out come the teams after the tea interval.

There are 37 overs left for Nottinghamshire to take the final Derbyshire wickets and further assert their dominance at the top of the Division Two table.

Tea at Derby

Derbyshire 220 & 150-4 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

It's going to be a tense final session at Derby.

Derbyshire are four wickets down at tea, but Nottinghamshire may only need five wickets to win, as Wayne Madsen's status remains unclear.

Another 138 runs for the hosts would force Notts to bat again.

WICKET Wilson (c Read b Footitt) 0

Derbyshire 220 & 137-4 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Gary Wilson was pushed up the order to number five, but he hasn't lasted long in his new position.

Left-arm seamer Mark Footitt finds the edge, and Chris Read takes the catch behind the stumps.

Harvey Hosein comes out to the middle, with Wayne Madsen seemingly unable to bat this afternoon.

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Derbyshire a man down?

Derbyshire 220 & 137-3 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Nottinghamshire may not need to take seven wickets after all.

Wayne Madsen has yet to come out to bat for Derbyshire, and there's no word on whether he'll be able to do so should any more wickets fall.

And the news only gets worse for the hosts...

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WICKET Godleman (c Hutton b Patel) 47

Derbyshire 220 & 130-3 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

And another one for Nottinghamshire.

Billy Godleman is caught by Brett Hutton off left-arm spinner Samit Patel, leaving the visitors just seven wickets away from victory against Derbyshire.

The hosts still have 47 overs to see off.

WICKET Slater (c Wessels b Hutton) 44

Derbyshire 220 & 110-2 v Nottinghamshire 508-9d

Nottinghamshire aren't giving up just yet.

Brett Hutton picks up the first wicket of the day, Ben Slater edging to Riki Wessels at first slip.

There are 54 overs for Notts to take the remaining eight wickets.

Derbyshire edge towards draw

Derbyshire 220 & 99-1 v Nottinghamshire

Plenty of work to do still for Derbyshire, but they've made the best possible start in salvaging a draw against Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire.

Ben Slater has 42, while Billy Godleman is unbeaten on 28.

The pair have added 54 runs since the restart, needing 189 more to make Notts bat again.

There are 60 overs left to be played, though the captains could shake hands on a draw before then.

Play abandoned at Somerset

Somerset 436 v Surrey 69-1

The rain claims yet another victim, as no play will be possible on the third day at Taunton.

Somerset and Surrey are surely destined for a draw when, or indeed if, play resumes tomorrow.

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BreakingHAMPSHIRE DRAW WITH LANCASHIRE

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 drew with Hampshire 224

Disappointment for Haseeb Hameed as yet more rain forces another early abandonment and leaves the 20-year-old stranded on 77 not out.

The opener will undoubtedly be pleased to have made his first half-century in the Championship this season, as Lancashire and Hampshire take a share of the points at the Ageas Bowl.

The draw means Essex lead Division One by a mammoth 41 points as both Lancashire (in second) and Hampshire (in third) have 117 points.

Play resumes at Derby

Derbyshire 220 & 45-1 v Nottinghamshire

Finally, we have some cricket.

Play resumes at Derby, where the hosts need 243 to make Nottinghamshire bat again.

We'll bring you news of any wickets and batting milestones as they happen.

BreakingNORTHAMPTONSHIRE DRAW WITH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Northamptonshire 343 & 50-5 drew with Gloucestershire 265

Another one bites the dust.

Following Durham's abandonment earlier in the day, the umpires have called time on the match at Wantage Road as the rain continues to fall.

After an almighty collapse in their second innings saw the hosts collapse to 19-5, with Liam Nowell claiming 3-25, they will probably be the happier of the two teams to escape with a draw.

Northants move up to third in Division Two, 15 points behind Worcestershire - who have played a game more - who currently occupy the second promotion spot.

The race for promotion is hotting up nicely in the second division when the competition resumes at the end of the month.

13:00 restart at Derby

Derbyshire 220 & 45-1 v Nottinghamshire

It looks like we might see some cricket today after all.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire will take to the field at 13:00, assuming there is no more rain before then.

The hosts still need another 243 runs to make Notts bat again.

Rain delays all round

With no cricket to be played for at least a couple of hours, we are going to take a break to try and find out what cricket players do during the countless rain delays they have to endure.

We will be back with you as soon as there is anything to report.

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Scores at the start of play

Warwickshire picked up a first Championship win of the season and Sussex put themselves back in the Division Two promotion race with victory on Tuesday.

Following the early abandonment of Durham's match against Leicestershire at Grace Road we are left with four matches, three heading into their final day, across both divisions.

Sadly, we could be waiting a long time before we see any advance on the scores below.

Division One

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 v Hampshire 224 -Lancashire lead by 239 runs

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

Division Two

Durham 525-8 dec drew with Leicestershire 124-4 (day four abandoned at 09:30 BST)

Derbyshire 220 & 45-1 v Nottinghamshire 508-9 dec -Derbyshire trail by 243 runs

Northamptonshire 343 v Gloucestershire 224-7 - Northamptonshire lead by 128 runs

Early lunch at Hants

Lancashire 149 & 314-5 v Hampshire 224

Haseeb Hameed
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After waiting all season for a Championship half-century, Lancashire and England opener Haseeb Hameed finally found his rhythm as he made a gritty and determined unbeaten 77 on Monday.

However, the 20-year-old endured a frustrating Tuesday as day three of the visitors' match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl was abandoned due to persistent rain.

Having had an extra day to think, rethink and then overthink potentially reaching three figures, will Hameed score his first competitive Championship century today?

He's going to have to wait a while longer if he is to reach the 100 mark, as the teams will take an early lunch at 12:30 because of continuing rainfall.

Rain, rain go away...

Cricket & rain
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... don't come back another day!

A lesser-known version of the children's song but perhaps a more apt one.

It feels rather British to be complaining about the weather, but rain in August is never okay!

Four matches saw play abandoned without a ball being bowled on Tuesday on a frustrating day in Hampshire, Leicester, Northampton and Derby.

After the game was called off early at Grace Road today, we are facing delays to the starts of our matches at Taunton and the Ageas Bowl.

There will also be no play in Derby or Northampton before lunch. Bah, humbug!

BreakingDURHAM DRAW WITH LEICESTERSHIRE

Durham 525-8 dec v Leicestershire 124-4

Disappointing news from Grace Road, where the umpires called off the match at 09:30 BST with the rain coming down heavily in Leicester.

A draw does neither of the Division Two sides any good to be honest, as they remain in the bottom two places in the table.

Despite the result, the match will be a memorable one for 21-year-old Cameron Steel who scored an impressive 224 in just his 15th first-class game.

Welcome

County Championship - Day Four

Taunton
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It's a bit damp out there.

Welcome to live text coverage of the County Chanpionship, where we were set to bring you updates from the final day of four games, plus day three of Somerset v Surrey at Taunton.

Sadly, the weather has already claimed its first victim...