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Summary

  1. Action and commentary from six games
  2. Get involved using #bbccricket on Twitter
  3. Middlesex beat Lancashire by 36 runs
  4. Steven Finn takes 8-79
  5. Lancashire's Hameed suffers fractured hand
  6. Sangakkara's 157 aids Surrey v Somerset
  7. Notts chasing 314 v Northants for promotion

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By Felix Keith and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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'One day more'

County Championship, day three ends

That's it for Thursday, folks. Cheers for joining us. We've loved your company.

Do be sure to come back tomorrow for a decisive day four!

Middlesex sent out a big message to their relegation rivals today with a vital win - who will respond tomorrow?

Pop back at 10:15 BST on Friday to find out. Until then, Auf Wiedersehen.

Close of play scores

Division One

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 247-5

Middlesex 233 & 152 v Lancashire 165 & 184 - Middlesex won by 36 runs

Somerset 269 & 113-4 v Surrey 433

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 56-3

Division Two

Derbyshire v Kent - No play on first three days due to wet outfield

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 5-0

Glamorgan 442 & 63-1 v Gloucestershire 399-8d

Northamptonshire 194 & 270 v Nottinghamshire 151 & 107-3

Close of play at Chester-le-Street

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 5-0 (3 overs)

That is all for the day as the umpires call stumps in the north east.

Stumps in Cardiff

Glamorgan 442 & 63-1 (15 overs) v Gloucestershire 399-8d

That's it for the night. Gloucestershire picked up just the one Glamorgan wicket in the 15 overs before the close.

Glamorgan lead by 106 runs.

Anyone reckon this might be a draw tomorrow? Anyone?

Bad light stops play at Chester-le-Street

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 5-0 (3 overs)

With six overs left to be bowled that could be that at Chester-le-Street as the umpires take the players off. Tom Latham and Keaton Jennings remain unbeaten, needing another 259 runs to win.

Six balls left on day three

Glamorgan 442 & 59-1 (14 overs) v Gloucestershire 399-8d

They're about to bowl the final over of the evening in Cardiff.

WICKET Braithwaite (c Banks b Patel) 17

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 56-3 (21.4 overs)

Kraigg Braithwaite is caught and off he goes. It's the final over of the day at Headingley. That's a blow for Yorkshire.

Just seven wickets for them to defend tomorrow now.

And with that, it's stumps at Headingley.

Close of play at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 247-5 (94 overs)

Jamie Porter and Ryan ten Doeschate reach the close as Gareth Berg's final over is seen off without any scares.

It's been a good session from Hampshire, though with the two wickets of Ravi Bopara and Dan Lawrence falling. Essex lead by 69 runs with five wickets in hand. Day four promises to be a good one.

not-outJordan takes wicket off a no ball

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 4-0 (2 overs)

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Oh dear Chris Jordan. Tom Latham could be back in the pavilion if you'd kept your front foot behind the line...

Two overs left for Essex to see off

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 246-5 (92 overs)

Jamie Porter is doing his job as nightwatchman well so far. He and Ryan ten Doeschate are looking to make it to stumps unbeaten.

There are two overs left to get through at the Ageas Bowl. One will be bowled by the fiery Fidel Edwards.

Yorkshire need 120 more to win

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 55-2 (18.2 overs)

With Kraigg Braithwaite and Gary Ballance (both on 16) at the crease, Yorkshire are adding runs steadily and still have eight wickets remaining.

You could say it's Yorkshire's game to lose now. 120 more needed to win.

Durham need 264 runs to win

Whittingham (run out) 0

Stuart Whittingham is run out to end Sussex's second innings on 302 from 72.1 overs.

Durham will need 264 runs to win at Chester-le-Street.

WICKET Lawrence (c Alsop b Edwards) 101

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 243-5 (88.1 overs)

Ryan ten Doeschate survived some very close lbw appeals in the previous over, but the Hampshire pressure tells, with Fidel Edwardsgetting the big wicket of Dan Lawrence.

He gets the gloves of the Essex centurion, with Tom Alsop taking the catch. Essex lead by 65 runs. Game very much on.

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WICKET Salt (b Jennings) 72

Sussex 346 & 291-8 (70 overs) v Durham 385

Phil Salt falls, bowled by Keaton Jennings off an inside edge for a first-class best of 72. Sussex lead by 254 runs and Durham will face a very difficult final day at this rate. Excellent innings from the Sussex youngster.

for Dan Lawrence

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 243-4 (86.5 overs)

And Dan Lawrence moves to 101 straight away with a mis-field from Kyle Abbott. It's his third century of the season, and in the circumstances a very high-class one.

It's taken 207 balls, with 12 fours and one six.

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appeal - not outLawrence moves to 99 with two edges

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 241-4 (86.4 overs)

Dan Lawrence needs some fortune to get to 99 as two edges off Fidel Edwards fly through the well-stocked Hampshire slip cordon to the boundary.

WICKET Lees (c Ambrose b Patel) 6

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 25-2 (11.1 overs)

Make that eight wickets left, as Adam Lees is caught behind.

Game on? Warwickshire will believe they can win this... Maybe. Just maybe.

Yorkshire need 150 more to win

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 25-1 (11.0 overs)

The hosts need a further 150 to win. They have nine wickets left.

If they can wrap up a victory, it could be the difference between them going down and staying up, with just one more match remaining next week.

WICKET Bopara (c Vince b Edwards) 57

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 228-4 (82.3 overs)

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Breakthrough for Hampshire. Fidel Edwards draws Ravi Bopara into a false shot, with James Vince taking the catch at second slip. That ends a big partnership with Dan Lawrence, who is unbeaten on 89.

Gloucestershire declare 43 runs behind

Glamorgan 442 v Gloucestershire 399-8d (110 overs)

Thanks to James Bracey's career-best 156, Gloucestershire have built a big first-innings score and this match seems likely to conclude as a draw tomorrow.

But Gloucestershire wickets have tumbled somewhat of late, as they went from 375-4 to 396-8.

And with the visitors on 399-8 they have declared. Off they go for an innings break. Is there time for some Glamorgan wickets to fall this evening?

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BreakingPlay abandoned for the day at the Oval

Stumps: Somerset 269 & 113-4 (37 overs) v Surrey 433

With Somerset trailing by 51 runs, this one is over for the day, thanks to the rain and bad light.

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WICKET Lyth (lbw b Sidebottom) 8

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 13-1 (5.4 overs)

Ryan Sidebottom strikes! The Australian produces a good one, which straightens on Adam Lyth and pins him lbw.

Important breakthrough for Warwickshire. Yorkshire need 162 runs to win.

12 overs to come at the Ageas Bowl

Hampshire 254 v Essex 76 & 226-3 (82.0 overs)

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What a time to be alive! They will resume at 17:20 BST for 12 more overs in Southampton.

No Sidebottom to Sidebottom

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 11-0 (4 overs)

As many have pointed out the main talking point at Headingley - besides Yorkshire needing a win to steer clear of relegation and the rest of the cricket, of course - is that Ryan Sidebottom is not facing Ryan Sidebottom.

Yorkshire's veteran left-arm seam bowler is injured, so sits out of what would have been his last game at Headingley, leaving Warwickshire's Australian bowler to represent the name on the pitch.

He is doing so and has bowled two overs for the concession of seven runs so far.

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for Phil Salt

Sussex 346 & 245-6 (58.4 overs) v Durham 385

Well batted Phil Salt. The youngster's first half-century in first-class cricket comes from 66 balls and includes eight fours.

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Raining at the Oval

Somerset 269 & 113-4 (37 overs) v Surrey 433

As if the bad light wasn't enough, it's now raining at the Oval.

Those covers don't look like they're coming off in a hurry.

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Yorkshire under way

Warwickshire 219 & 251 v Yorkshire 296 & 2-0 (1 over)

Chris Wright's over is negotiated successfully by Kraigg Brathwaite and Adam Lyth. Two runs down, 173 more needed.

There are 20 overs left to be bowled this evening, if the light holds at Headingley.

Yorkshire need 175 runs to win

Sidebottom (c Lyth b Coad) 1

Ryan Sidebottom (not that one) didn't last long. The Australian (told you) edges Ben Coad to the safe hands of Adam Lyth in the slips.

The Yorkshire opener sprints off to pad up at Headingley. They will chase 175 runs to win.

WICKET Burgess (c Onions b Rushworth) 20

Sussex 346 & 218-6 (51.5 overs) v Durham 385

Michael Burgess is caught by Graham Onions off Chris Rushworth as he miscues a pull shot. The Durham seamer has taken two wickets in this innings now.

Sussex lead by 179 runs at Chester-le-Street.

WICKET Patel (b Patterson) 11

Warwickshire 219 & 244-9 (84.2 overs) v Yorkshire 296

Jeetan Patel made a vital century in the first innings for Warwickshire, but he goes for just 11 this time as he plays all around a full one from Steven Patterson to lose his stumps.

Patterson has been the pick of the Yorkshire bowlers and has lovely figures of 24.2-7-40-4.

Close of play at Wantage Road

Northants 194 & 270 v Notts 151 & 107-3 (39.3 overs)

Play has been abandoned for the day at Wantage Road. They'll be back at 10:30am tomorrow, hoping to reach a conclusion in this key Division Two fixture.

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Still looking dark at the Oval

Somerset 269 & 113-4 (37 overs) v Surrey 433

They're still off for bad light in London, where Somerset are 51 runs behind.

Young Sussex pair extending lead

Sussex 346 & 211-5 (47 overs) v Durham 385

Michael Burgess, fresh from signing a one-year contract with the club, and Philip Salt are extending Sussex's lead at Chester-le-Street.

Burgess has 15, while Salt has 36 - just six runs short of his first-class best. More importantly Sussex are 172 runs ahead with five wickets in hand.

WICKET Wright (c Ballance b Bresnan) 10

Warwickshire 219 & 230-8 (77.2 overs) v Yorkshire 296

Bit of a tame end for Chris Wright who falls trying to spank Tim Bresnan over the top. Gary Ballance takes a simple catch.

Big Boyd Rankin comes out to bat for the Bears, with the lead at 153. How they'd love a few more.

Tim Bresnan
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Bad light delays the restart

Somerset 269 & 113-4 (37 overs) v Surrey 433

The officials have delayed the post-tea restart at the Oval because of poor light.

Rain settling in

Rain news: it's not looking good for any more play at the Ageas Bowl between Hampshire and Essex and at Wantage Road between Northants and Notts.

BBC Northampton commentator Alex Winter is willing to bet on it.

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Durham dodging poor weather

Sussex 346 & 193-5 (43 overs) v Durham 385

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

All of the conversation on day three was about when the players might get on the pitch, if at all, with just about every weather forecast and radar predicting a watery Armageddon. But the bad weather never materialised.

We did start in gloom and the lights have been on all day, but we have not lost an over and now we have a bit of blue sky and sunshine.

Having bowled Durham out for 346 it took Sussex less than nine overs to remove their deficit of 39. Their opening stand of 101 from Luke Wells and Harry Finch was their first this season to reach three figures.

However Finch fell for 37 as James Weighell was introduced into the attack for the first time. His second ball was edged to the slips. Wells then fell for 58, caught behind trying to drive a Chris Rushworth ball. It was Wells' fourth innings in a row against Durham which was worth at least 50!

Laurie Evans was soon back in the pavilion for four as the visitors lost 3-15 in 4.4 overs.

Then Luke Wright was guilty of a reckless shot as he tried to pull Ryan Pringle's first ball of the afternoon through the leg side, but it thudded into his pads when he was on nine. And Stiaan Van Zyl was out for 45 just before the break.

Tea update from Headingley

Warwickshire 219 & 225-7 v Yorkshire 296

Mike Taylor

BBC WM at Headingley

At 15:15 this afternoon Warwickshire were maybe 15 minutes of wicketless batting away from drawing about level with Yorkshire in this match for the first time since about 10:55 on Tuesday morning.

Just in time to stop nerves jangling too much, Tim Bresnan struck twice in four balls - hitting Alex Thomson's off stump and inducing a slip catch from Tim Ambrose to end his fine 49.

All the same, Yorkshire will have an at-best ticklish target, especially in the circumstances of the Championship table, and the pitch is offering spin, which will interest Jeetan Patel.

Without a front-line spinner, the home team called on Adam Lyth for a couple of overs, and he was able to turn the ball fairly sharply.

Yorkshire selected five front-line seam bowlers and Warwickshire three; maybe neither of them were quite right.

That doesn't matter now, though; Yorkshire will be especially keen to be batting as soon as possible after tea, to prevent the target from creeping close to 200.

BreakingHameed suffers fractured finger

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Terrible news for Lancashire and England batsman Haseeb Hameed, who has fractured a finger for the second time in his brief career.

He was struck by a delivery in Lancashire's 36-run loss to Middlesex earlier, retiring hurt before coming back out at number 11 to try and salvage a win.