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  1. Division One leaders Essex well-placed after two days against struggling Warwickshire
  2. Second-placed Lancashire bowled out for 133 and 28-0 following-on in reply to Somerset's 335
  3. Kumar Sangakkara makes 164 in his seventh County Championship century of season for Surrey

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Taunton evening
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Taunton looked a picture today but the same can't be said for Lancashire's batting card.

Their first innings collapse, coupled with Essex's domination of Warwickshire, means we could see the 2017 County Champions crowned tomorrow.

Essex have waited 25 years for this.

We'll be back right here tomorrow morning to see what happens.

Close of play scores

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And here are all the scores at the end of the second day of this round of fixtures....

Division One

Middlesex 71-3 v Hampshire - play abandoned for the day after lunch

Somerset 335 v Lancashire 133 & 28-0 (f/o)

Lancashire trail by 174 runs

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 171-1

Yorkshire trail by 421 runs

Warwickshire 201 & 7-0 v Essex 369-9 dec

Essex lead by 161 runs

Division Two

Glamorgan 207 & 63-1 v Northamptonshire 310

Glamorgan trail by 40 runs

Gloucestershire 385 v Kent 60-2

Kent trail by 325 runs

Derbyshire 338 & 31-1 v Sussex 271

Derbyshire lead by 98 runs

Leicestershire 404 v Worcestershire 270-4

Worcestershire trail by 134 runs

Last few balls of the day being bowled in Cardiff between Glamorgan and Northants.

Stay tuned with us and we'll show you all the close of play scores shortly...

Essex on the brink

Warwickshire 201 & 7-0 (2 overs) v Essex 369-9 dec

It must be pointed out how Essex have not shown a single sign of nerves as they close on this title.

They started the day in a good position but end it in an almost perfect one.

Warwickshire trail by 161 runs. With Somerset on top in Taunton, Essex's 25-year wait could end tomorrow.

Close of play

Warwickshire 201 & 7-0 (2 overs) v Essex 369-9 dec

It is spinner Simon Harmer after his four wickets in the first innings to share the new ball with Porter for Essex.

This field is remarkable. Five men around the bat. It is like something Murali used to bowl to in Galle.

But Dominic Sibley survives and that is the close.

Worcestershire well set in promotion bid

Leicestershire 404 v Worcestershire 270-4 (69 overs)

Close of play on day two at New Road and Worcestershire have made some good progress in their quest for batting bonus points.

The second-placed Pears trail Leicestershire by 134 runs still, but Brett D'Oliveira is unbeaten on 121 at stumps.

George Rhodes fell for 47 to Callum Parkinson just before the end of play.

Porter almost makes early breakthrough

Warwickshire 201 & 4-0 (0.4 overs) v Essex 369-9 dec


What a start from Jamie Porter.

This track has looked flat all day but as ever in these tricky mini-sessions before the close batting looks difficult for the openers.

Sam Hain is beaten all ends up on the second ball of the day.

The Warwickshire man responds well though with a four through the covers.

Close of play

Lancashire 133 & 28-0 f/o (12 overs) v Somerset 335

Hameed and Davies
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Haseeb Hameed (9 not out) and Alex Davies (15 not out) have seen it through to the close for Lancashire.

That will be little consolation as the day has seen their slim title hopes all-but end.

Lancashire still trail Somerset by 174 runs following on.

BreakingEssex declare 168 ahead

Essex 369-9 dec (115 overs) v Warwickshire 201

Oh no they're not!

Sam Cook comes out and faces four balls but Ryan ten Doeschate then calls his last pair in.

Essex declare with a lead of 168. They'll have a short burst at Warwickshire tonight.

WICKET Foster (lbw b Patel) 68

Essex 369-9 (114.1 overs) v Warwickshire 201

Finally Jeetan Patel has a wicket and it's the important one of James Foster as the Essex man looked to bat with the tail and stretch the lead.

It is the 11th lbw of the match and a pretty regulation off-spinners dismissal.

Essex lead by 168 with one wicket left. They're going to bat on.

James Foster
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Close of play at The Oval

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 171-1 (51 overs)

All done for the day at The Oval, an over ahead of schedule with some bad light around.

Shaun Marsh is unbeaten on 77 with Alex Lees at the other end on 7 for the White Rose.

Yorkshire still 421 runs behind, but they've got a good platform to pick up some batting bonus points tomorrow.

appeal - not outDavies survives lbw appeal

Lancashire 133 & 23-0 f/o (9.3 overs) v Somerset 335

In fact Craig Overton is now back into the attack and Lancashire do have some seam to contend with.

Oveton is on his knees as he begs for an appeal after hitting Alex Davies on the pad but that looked too high.

Lancashire 133 & 23-0 f/o (9 overs) v Somerset 335

My apologies. My maths is out and Lancashire do indeed have a few more overs to bat out tonight.

It is spin at both ends with off-spinner Dominic Bess also into the attack.

WICKET Wagner (c Mellor b Barker) 9

Essex 367-8 (111.2 overs) v Warwickshire 201

What was I saying about Warwickshire struggling for a breakthrough?

Neil Wagner goes after a wide one and gives a regulation nick through to wicketkeeper Mellor.

Wagner is annoyed and swishes his bat in frustration.

Essex lead by 166.

Davies survives Leach's over

Lancashire 133 & 16-0 f/o (7 overs) v Somerset 335

Alex Davies
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Here we go then.

Tom Abell has given Jack Leach one over before the close this evening.

Alex Davies is watchful and sees it out. One more over for Lancashire's openers to survive.

Warwickshire struggling for breakthrough

Essex 364-7 (110 overs) v Warwickshire

Essex look like they will just keep on batting with nine overs left in the day.

James Foster is still going well on 66 not out.

There doesn't look like there'll be any problems with the light. We'll get all of the overs in.

Essex lead by 162.

Looking good for the Pears

Leicestershire 404 v Worcestershire 260-3 (62.1 overs)

As Northants have a bit of a collapse at Cardiff, second-placed Worcestershire are staying on course for more points.

A couple of batting points already collected as they reply to Leicestershire's impressive first innings and Brett D'Oliveira (120 not out) has a century to his name

WICKET Kohler-Cadmore (c Patel b Van den Bergh) 78

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 162-1 (47 overs)

Freddie van den Bergh
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Finally a wicket falls at The Oval with just a handful of overs remaining in the day.

Slow left-armer Freddie van den Bergh claims a first County Championship wicket as he has Tom Kohler-Cadmore caught at backward point.

A fine knock from the Yorkshire opener comes to an end on 78.

Northants dismissed at Cardiff

Glamorgan 207 v Northamptonshire 310

A rush of wickets at Cardiff sees visitors Northants bowled out for 310.

Richard Levi top-scored with 101 but Northants went from 241-3 at one stage to lose their last seven wickets for 69 runs. That's a couple of batting bonus points missed as they look to maintain their Division Two promotion hopes.

Their lead stands at 103.

Davies positive in difficult situation

Lancashire 133 & 14-0 f/o (3 overs) v Somerset 335

Lancashire have survived the first three overs as they follow-on against Somerset.

Alex Davies (12 not out) has hit three boundaries while Haseeb Hameed (2 not out) is also off the mark.

It has been spin so far from the hosts. Will be see a bit of Jack Leach before the close in five overs time?

Haseeb Hameed
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150 up for Yorkshire

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 153-0 (44 overs)

Runs keep on flowing at The Oval as the bowlers are forced to toil a bit more towards the end of the second day.

Yorkshire's opening pair of Tom Kohler-Cadmore (71 not out) and Shaun Marsh (74 not out) have put on more than 150 for the opening wicket.

Lancashire begin second innings

Lancashire 133 & 0-0 f/o (0 overs) v Somerset 335

Out stride Alex Davies and Haseeb Hammed for the second time today at Taunton. That's not a sentence any opening pair wants to hear.

Six batsmen made single figure scores in Lancashire's first innings.

Can they do better second time around?

Essex closing on title

Essex 351-7 (105 overs) v Warwickshire

What a way to start.

Neil Wagner whacks his first ball from Chris Woakes to the fence for four.

That takes Essex beyond 350, clinching another batting bonus point and taking the lead over 150.

But things are simple now. If Essex win and Lancashire lose, Essex will win their first County Championship title since 1992.

Lancashire following on

Lancashire 133 all out (57.3 overs) v Somerset 335

Somerset enforce the follow on!

This is going to be a horrible evening session for the Lancashire batsmen who have already been knocked over once today.

WICKET Harmer (lbw b Woakes) 24

Essex 347-7 (103.1 overs) v Warwickshire


Good stuff from Chris Woakes as he breaks this frustrating partnership by dismissing Simon Harmer. The ball would have hit middle stump three quarters of the way up.

Essex's lead is still 146. They've got plenty.

WICKET McLaren (lbw b Leach) 30

Lancashire 133 all out (57.3 overs) v Somerset 335

Leach gets McLaren out
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All over.

Jack Leach takes his fifth wicket as Lancashire fall in a heap, all out 202 runs in arrears.

Crucially no batting bonus points for Lancashire.

Will Somerset enforce the follow on?

Viljoen takes record haul

Sussex 271 all out (63.5 overs) v Derbyshire

Well bowled Hardus Viljoen. The South African has taken 7-80, his best figures for Derbyshire, to bowl Sussex out for 271 at Hove.

That gives the visitors a very useful first innings lead of 67.

Luke Wright was left stranded on 70 not out for the hosts.

Bancroft shines in the September sunshine

Gloucestershire 385 v Kent 0-0 (1 over)

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Cameron Bancroft, with a masterful 206 not out, carried his bat in Gloucestershire total of 385.

In his last game of the season for the home side, he and Matthew Taylor broke the record for the 10th wicket against Kent with a 111 partnership.

Taylor was out for a career best 36, leaving Bancroft stranded six runs short of his highest first class score; 211 for Western Australia.

Gloucestershire finally all out

Gloucestershire 385 (131.5 overs) v Kent

Gloucestershire's valiant last-wicket stand is finally ended by Kent's frustrated bowlers at Bristol.

Cameron Bancroft finishes unbeaten on 206, which is five runs shy of his first-class career best.

Matthew Taylor the last man to fall for the hosts with a career-best 36 in a partnership worth 111 runs.

50 for James Foster

Essex 342-6 (99 overs) v Warwickshire

Simon Harmer and James Foster
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I doubt James Foster knows about Lancashire's troubles in the middle but he is doing a perfect job for Essex.

He brings up his half-century from just 68 balls with his 10th four. It's the second time he's reached 50 this season and he turned the other into a ton.

Essex's lead is now 142.

50 for Shaun Marsh

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 120-0 (36 overs)

Shaun Marsh
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Another half-century brought up at The Oval and Shaun Marsh has one for Yorkshire as their impressive reply continues against Surrey.

It's a maiden half-century in Yorkshire colours for the Australia international in his last match before he returns down under.

The people who run the Essex Twitter account know the significance of this flurry of wickets at Taunton.

A first title since 1992 is heading to Essex on Friday you'd think.

Essex tweet

WICKET Jarvis (c Davies b Leach) 1

Lancashire 112-9 (51.3 overs) v Somerset 335

Jack Leach gets Kyle Jarvis out
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Another one bites the dust...

Jack Leach takes his fourth in classic left-arm off-spinner fashion. It pitches around off-stump, spins away and finds a faint edge.

Somerset may well have a decision to make regarding the follow-on.

Who expected that at the start of the match?

WICKET Bailey (st Davies b Bess) 2

Lancashire 111-8 (50.2 overs) v Somerset 335

Dom Bess
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There's no stopping Somerset at the moment!

Lancashire lose their eighth wicket and fifth of the session as Dominic Bess deceives Tom Bailey and has him stumped.

Lancashire still trail by 224 with two wickets left.

200 for Cameron Bancroft

Gloucestershire 379-9 (129 overs) v Kent

Memorable moment for Cameron Bancroft at Bristol.

The Gloucestershire opener has a double century against Kent as he nudges his last-wicket partnership with Matthew Taylor past 100.

It's Bancroft's second double ton of his first-class career and he'll now be eyeing up his career best score of 211.

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Cook in the house

Essex 331-6 (96 overs) v Warwickshire

Cook and Essex
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Alastair Cook has turned up at Edgbaston to watch his Essex team-mates.

Is it cynical to suggest he's turned up to do 'a John Terry' with the hopes of a title win this week increasing fast?

Foster is thumping the ball to all parts of the ground as this game is being taken well and truly away from Warwickshire. They're going to be playing in Division Two next season.

WICKET Parry (b Leach) 1

Lancashire 108-7 (44.7 overs) v Somerset 335

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Lancashire's slim title hopes are fading fast.

Jack Leach has a third wicket of the innings.

Stephen Parry goes back when he should be forward and his stumps are disturbed by the spinner.

Essex lead still growing

Essex 316-6 (92 overs) v Warwickshire

Two more boundaries to James Foster as Ryan Sidebottom returns to the attack for Warwickshire.

Essex could be eyeing a lead big enough to give them an innings victory here.

Foster has 35. The lead is 115. There are still 27 overs remaining in this day. The sun is out. Could be a long one.

50 for Tom Kohler-Cadmore

Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 100-0 (26 overs)

Tom Kohler-Cadmore
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Runs continue to flow at The Oval and Tom Kohler-Cadmore has a maiden County Championship 50 for Yorkshire with a drive for four through the covers off Gareth Batty.

He's struck nine fours in the process of getting there.

He then ticks another single down the ground to bring up a century opening stand with Shaun Marsh (41 not out).