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  1. Warwickshire 275-6, needing another 29 to avoid innings defeat by Lancashire
  2. Play abandoned at Chelmsford with Essex 158-4 v Somerset, 153 ahead
  3. Sussex beat Glamorgan by one wicket in a thrilling finish at Colwyn Bay
  4. Northants 167-4 at close against Notts, chasing a victory target of 417
  5. No play on day three at The Oval and Canterbury because of rain

Live Reporting

By Felix Keith and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

Signing off

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That's your lot for day three, when despite no play whatsoever at The Oval and Canterbury, and minimal action at Chelmsford, we saw some good cricket.

Sussex's one-wicket win over Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay was the stand-out, while Daryl Mitchell scored a fifth Championship ton of the season for Worcestershire.

Tomorrow could be even better if the weather is kind. Enjoy your evening and please join us again from 10:30ish for the final day's play.

Close of play scores

Division One

Essex 159 & 158-4 v Somerset 164

Warwickshire 200 & 275-6 v Lancashire 504-8 dec

Middlesex 247 & 15-0 v Surrey 280 - no play on day three

Division Two

Durham 480-9 dec v Derbyshire 164 & 305-6

Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 211-9

Sussex won by one wicket

Leicestershire 350 v Kent 313-9 - no play on day three

Nottinghamshire 213 & 344-9 dec v Northamptonshire 141 & 167-4

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 55-3

Bears still alive at Old Trafford

Warwickshire 200 & 275-6 (85 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

Just a single from the final over of play, but Warwickshire won't mind that after seeing off the threat of a three-day defeat. Tim Ambrose is 76 not out, having faced 142 deliveries so far, but they have a lot more work to do on the final day, with 29 still needed to clear the deficit. They may be hoping for a helping hand from the weather, Lancashire will hope the skies remain clear.

Glos avoid further damage

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 55-3 (25 overs)

Nightwatchman Tom Smith negotiates Ravichandran Ashwin's final over at New Road and Gloucestershire reach stumps needing another 346 for what would be a backs-to-the-wall victory.

Opener Daryl Mitchell's 130 enabled Worcestershire to set a target of 401 and they will start the final day as favourites for victory - although a draw would be good enough to see them reclaim second spot from Sussex, who beat Glamorgan by one wicket at Colwyn Bay.

Close of play at Trent Bridge

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 167-4 (50 overs)

That's it at Trent Bridge, where Alex Wakely (31 not out) and Josh Cobb (36 not out) have survived to fight another day.

Northants will require 250 runs to win on day four, while Notts will need six wickets to complete a seventh Division Two win of the season and cement their place at the top of the table.

Patel on the charge

Warwickshire 200 & 272-6 (82 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

Interesting tactics by Warwickshire at Old Trafford as Jeetan Patel finds the boundary four times in Kyle Jarvis' opening over with the new ball.

Three overs remain, 32 runs needed to clear the deficit. If they keep this up, they might just do it tonight.

Two overs left for Northants

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 155-4 (48 overs)

Alex Wakely and Josh Cobb, who are both on 28 not out, have two overs left to see off. They still require 262 runs to win.

WICKET Dent (c Rhodes b Ashwin) 16

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 51-3 (21 overs)

India's Ravichandran Ashwin strikes again at New Road and now has 2-9 from eight overs. Unless Gloucestershire can find a way to counter him, this looks like being a slow death by spin. Four overs laeft in the day.

Lancashire begin final burst

Warwickshire 200 & 256-6 (81 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

With five overs remaining, Ryan McLaren takes the new ball for Lancashire. It isn't a successful one, costing him 12 runs as Tim Ambrose moves on to 73 not out. Warwickshire only 48 behind now.

Derbyshire cling on at Riverside

Durham 480-9 dec v Derbyshire 164 & 305-6 (96 overs)

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I don't think many of us expected to see a fourth day in Chester-le-Street, particularly because Derbyshire were so poor in their first innings and began the second, following on, 316 behind.

But they have showed grit and determination and got off to a great start when Ben Slater and Luis Reece put 99 on the board.

But Reece should have been gone on 41 after edging Chris Rushworth down the legside to the keeper. It looked a straight forward chance. However Michael Richardson dropped it and he went on to make 106.

Derbyshire closed needing 11 more to make Durham bat again. Batting conditions were better than day two and the home side have lost fast bowler Paul Coughlin to injury.

Luis Reece
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WICKET Barker (lbw Parkinson) 22

Warwickshire 200 & 229-6 (75 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

Lancashire's spinners are rattling through the overs at Old Trafford and if the light holds, they will have time for a short burst with the new ball before the close. Maybe they won't need to bother as Keith Barker falls to the final delivery of the 75th over.

Tim Ambrose is still there on 55, but he's running out of partners now and Warwickshire are still 75 behind.

Northants need to battle

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 128-4 (41 overs)

Northants are not in the best shape to face such a challenge as they currently do. Captain Alex Wakely, who is batting on 26 not out, has a finger injury sustained in the slip cordon.

Yet to come are Adam Rossington, who has a similar ailment, and Ben Sanderson, who was unable to bowl through injury. It looks like it will take a miracle for them to score the 289 further runs to win.

WICKET Tavare (b Ashwin) 0

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 26-2 (12.2 overs)

Worcestershire's decision to sign Ravichandran Ashwin was presumably taken in the belief that he can bowl them to victories in the fourth innings of games. Let's see, shall we - well that's a good start as he removes Will Tavare for a third-ball duck.

WICKET Bancroft (c Cox b Leach) 14

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 26-1 (11 overs)

Worcestershire claim their first success and as is so often the case these days, it's skipper Joe Leach who provides it. Cameron Bancroft edges to the keeper and Gloucestershire badly need to avoid any further damage before stumps as Will Tavare comes out.

for Tim Ambrose

Warwickshire 200 & 212-5 (71 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

A single to Tim Ambrose off Matt Parkinson and there's a 98-ball fifty, the 63rd of his career in first-class cricket. Warwickshire need another 92 runs to make Lancashire bat again.

WICKET Hughes (lbw Potts) 39

Durham 480-9 dec v Derbyshire 164 & 298-6 (91 overs)

Teenager Matty Potts removes the stubborn Alex Hughes and although Durham aren't going to finish this tonight, it will surely be only a matter of time on the final day unless the weather intervenes, with Derbyshire still 18 behind after following on.

WICKET Keogh (c Hutton b Gurney) 0

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 122-4 (38.1 overs)

Notts are on a roll. Brett Hutton claims a stunner at fourth slip to see the back of Rob Keogh without scoring. Keogh can count himself unlucky, but Josh Cobb replaces him at the crease.

Northants are 295 runs behind. Adam Rossington is likely to bat with a injured hand, but won't be allowed in until later, due to regulations.

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Dan: re: benefits of Rushworth and Onions together - hopefully the club will see this and offer him a contract!

See 17:28 post. Surely Ian Botham, of all people would know the benefits? The duo are two of the most experienced campaigners around.

WICKET Levi (c Read b Ball) 4

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 117-3 (36 overs)

That's not a good shot from Richard Levi, given the circumstances. He flashes at one from Jake Ball, sending it into the gloves of Chris Read.

Two in quick succession for Notts, who will be eyeing a swift conclusion now with 13 overs left tonight.

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Worcestershire look to Ashwin

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 23-0 (7 overs)

Nothing doing yet for Worcestershire with the new ball, so India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack for the seventh over, which is a maiden. Gloucestershire need 401 to win this match and Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft are settling themselves in for the long haul.

WICKET Newton (c Hutton b Ball) 53

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 113-2 (35.1 overs)

His luck has run out. Rob Newton gets a brute of a delivery from Jake Ball, which he can only guide to Brett Hutton at fourth slip.

That's the X-factor the England bowler provides. Northants are still 304 runs behind.

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for Rob Newton

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 112-1 (34.4 overs)

The Northants opener reaches his half-century from 109 balls, with his eighth boundary - a clip off the legs from Harry Gurney.

He's been fortunate, having been dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara twice on 21 and 31 in the slip cordon as well as avoiding a potential run-out.

WICKET Critchley (lbw b Onions) 19

Durham 480-9d v Derbyshire 164 & 288-5 (85.1 overs)

Graham Onions pins Matt Critchley in front of the stumps to claim his first of the innings and Durham's fifth wicket altogether,

The hosts are edging towards a third win of the season. The benefits of Onions and Chris Rushworth playing - especially considering Paul Coughlin's absence - are massive.

WICKET Lamb (c Livingstone b Parkinson) 26

Warwickshire 200 & 183.5 (62.5 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

There's the breakthrough for Lancashire and it's that man Liam Livingstone again, taking the slip catch to send Matt Lamb on his way and give Matt Parkinson (pictured) his first wicket of the game.

Lamb's partnership with Tim Ambrose added 66, but Warwickshire need another 121 to avoid an innings defeat and there are 22 overs left after this one.

Matt Parkinson
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Lancashire turn to spin

Warwickshire 200 & 172-4 (60 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

Lancashire now have spinners Stephen Parry and Matt Parkinson operating together at Old Trafford, with 25 overs of play still possible. Tim Ambrose is 35 not out for Warwickshire, with Matt Lamb on 20, and these two have added 55 so far. Looking likely to go to a final day now.

Durham take the new ball

Durham 480-9d v Derbyshire 164 & 284-4 (81 overs)

Chris Rushworth
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Durham have taken the new ball at the first opportunity, with Chris Rushworth going for four from his first over with the new cherry.

Matt Critchley (17 not out) and Alex Hughes (31 not out) are batting for Derbyshire, who only trail by just 32 runs now.

Notts resume plugging away

Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 83-1 (28 overs)

They've resumed things at Trent Bridge, where Rob Newton (37 not out) and Alex Wakely (8 not out) are in the middle are chipping away at Notts' commanding lead.

Northants still need 334 runs to win, by the way. Still more than 20 overs left this evening.

WICKET Leach (st Roderick b Smith) 7

Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258

Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach is stumped and promptly declares, leaving Gloucestershire with a victory target of 401 at New Road. Leach's wicket gives Tom Smith 3-73, beating his first-innings figures of 3-82. He has certainly done his bit for the visitors.

WICKET Cox (run out) 15

Worcestershire 363 & 287-7 (70.1 overs) v Gloucestershire 258

Another one bites the dust. Ben Cox becomes the second Worcestershire player to be run out in four balls.

Bears duo defy Lancashire

Warwickshire 200 & 165-4 (55 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

While we were otherwise engaged by events at Colwyn Bay, what has been happening at Old Trafford? The answer is nothing much, which is good news for Warwickshire, because Tim Ambrose (28*) and Matt Lamb (20*) are still together and within two runs of a half-century partnership. Ryan McLaren and Jordan Clark now bowling in tandem for Lancashire.

WICKET Mitchell (run out) 130

Worcestershire 363 & 284-6 (69.4 overs) v Gloucestershire 258

They're back out following rain at New Road and it looks likes Worcestershire are trying to get a move on. Daryl Mitchell has fallen foul of that directive, running himself out attempting a second run. The hosts lead by 390 runs. Will they declare, or swing some more first?


Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 211-9 (54.4 overs)

Ollie Robinson bides his time as Ruaidhri Smith starts his latest over with three dot balls. His fourth is the last of the game, though, as Robinson deposits it over the rope to win the game in the grand style, finishing with 41 not out from 37 balls.

It's Sussex's third Championship win in a row, they take 21 points and are right in the thick of the promotion race now. For Glamorgan, it will be a bitter disappointment after reducing the visitors from 155-4 to 179-9 to put themselves within touching distance of victory.

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One boundary needed by Sussex

Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 205-9 (54 overs)

Danny Briggs is on strike. Michael Hogan is the bowler. Briggs takes a single from the second ball. Can Ollie Robinson finish the job for Sussex? He miscues the third delivery and it's only one run and Briggs almost chops onto his stumps from the next.

A leg-glance by Briggs from the fifth and it's another single. Robinson on strike, one ball to go, five runs to win.

It's a slower delivery and there's one run to third man, with the added bonus of keeping Robinson in the firing line at the start of the next.

Robinson rises to challenge

Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 201-9 (53 overs)

Ollie Robinson swishes at thin air at the start of another Ruaidhri Smith over, but picks up two runs from the next delivery. Good fielding on the boundary restricts him to a single from the next so last man Danny Briggs may have three to face in this over but no, he takes one to bring Robinson back on strike.

The fifth ball is half-stopped but it's two more runs for Robinson, who moves on to 27 not out. What will he try from the final ball? He smashes it for Sussex - what a shot in these circumstances.

Sussex now need eight to win - Glamorgan need one wicket.

WICKET Reece (c Burnham b Jennings) 106

Durham 480-9d v Derbyshire 164 & 257-4 (72.2 overs)

Keaton Jennings hasn't been doing it with the bat of late, but his handy seam-up stuff has come up trumps for Durham. Luis Reece played patiently to reach 106, but the opener falls to a Jack Burham catch with his side still 59 behind.

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Tight over by Hogan

Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 188-9 (52 overs)

Ollie Robinson doesn't make contact with Michael Hogan's first three deliveries and finally locates the ball from the fourth, but there is no run. The fifth is well pitched-up and Robinson squeezes it away for a single to snatch the strike for the next over. Danny Briggs blocks the final delivery.

Ollie Robinson
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Robinson hangs on

Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 188-9 (51 overs)

Ollie Robinson is the 'go to' man for Sussex now, with only number 11 Danny Briggs to keep him company. There's an edge off Ruaidhri Smith, but it runs away for four runs. The next ball costs three and Briggs survives the last one. Sussex need 21 - Glamorgan need one wicket.

Two games to resume at 4:45pm

Both Worcestershire v Gloucestershire at New Road and Nottinghamshire v Northants at Trent Bridge are aiming to get back going again at 4:45pm following spells of rain.

Can rain stay away from the midlands? The games are hoping to fit in 30 and 28 overs respectively before stumps.

WICKET Archer (lbw Hogan) 6

Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 173-9 (49.5 overs)

Michael Hogan has the ball for Glamorgan after tea with Jofra Archer on strike. The first ball costs two runs and Archer then adds a boundary before Hogan has him leg-before. One to go for a magnificent Glamorgan victory. Or can Sussex's last-wicket pair score the 30 they need?