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Summary

  1. Somerset will stay up if they beat Middlesex
  2. Middlesex down if they lose & Hampshire win or draw
  3. Hampshire out for 116 at Edgbaston
  4. Hants relegated if they lose & Somerset win
  5. Worcs promoted if they take 9 Durham wickets inside 110 overs
  6. Northants & Notts also chasing promotion

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee and Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

I'll be back with Kalika Mehta tomorrow at 10:15 BST as the promotion and relegation fight enters its crucial stages.

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Have a good evening!

Close of play at Edgbaston

Warwickshire 188 & 0-0 v Hampshire 116

Just eight balls into Warwickshire's second innings they are taken off for bad light and stumps are called.

It has been a day filled with many many wickets, up and down the country.

Warwickshire 188 & 0-0 v Hampshire 116

And that means we're down to one game.

Warwickshire are batting in the Edgbaston gloom with a few overs left.

What a day.

Close of play at Grace Road

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 199-8

The light has closed in at Leicestershire, the players go off and that's it for the day.

Northants have suffered an almighty batting collapse in the final session to leave the game in the balance.

That's good news for Notts who are also struggling at Hove.

Warwickshire begin second innings

Warwickshire 188 & 0-0 v Hampshire 116

Kyle Abbott has the ball in his hands with six overs left to bowl in the day at Edgbaston.

Will we see any more wickets this evening?

Close of play at New Road

Worcestershire 335 v Durham 142-5

Joe Leach Ed Barnard
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It's stumps at Worcestershire.

The Division Two leaders will need four more wickets tomorrow to seal promotion.

WICKET Kleinveldt (b Raine) 4

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 199-8

Calypso-collapso at Grace Road.

Rory Kleinveldt is bowled by Ben Raine to give the seamer his fourth wicket.

Northants' last six wickets have gone down for 31.

Hampshire bowled out for 116

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 116

Jeetan Patel wraps up the Hampshire innings as he traps Fidel Edwards lbw for a 13-ball duck.

The hosts take a 72 run lead into their second innings and after failing to pick up any batting bonus points Hampshire need to realistically avoid losing this match to retain their Division One status.

If they lose, they can only stay up if Somerset fail to beat Middlesex. That looks unlikely at the moment.

WICKET Clark (c & b Leach) 60

Worcestershire 335 v Durham 140-5

Graham Clark falls just before stumps as he sends a return catch to Worcestershire captain Joe Leach.

Four more wickets and the promotion party can start.

WICKET Kerrigan (lbw b Raine) 0

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 189-7

Nottinghamshire's players will sleep a little easier tonight - promotion rivals Northants are having a shocker of an evening session.

Simon Kerrigan is the latest man to go, lbw to Ben Raine.

for Clark

Worcestershire 335 v Durham 136-4

Graham Clark is enjoying himself at New Road.

The Durham batsman reaches his 50 off just 58 balls, including three sixes.

There are just a couple of overs to go there.

Close of play

It's now stumps at Old Trafford, Canterbury and Bristol.

Click here for the full scorecards from today's play.

🏏 STUMPS DAY 2: Surrey finish the day 79/0. 

Stoneman 44 & Burns 27. 

Well played chaps! 👏

🏏 STUMPS DAY 2: Surrey finish the day 79/0. Stoneman 44 & Burns 27. Well played chaps! 👏

WICKET Murphy (lbw b Parkinson) 1

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 188-6

How many wickets is that today?!

Northants wicketkeeper David Murphy is trapped lbw by Callum Parkinson for just one.

Northants have lost their last four wickets for 20 runs.

Busy day at Old Trafford

If you missed the news from earlier, England batsman Keaton Jennings and veteran seamer Graham Onions have agreed to join Lancashire from Durham next season.

Keaton Jennings

Jennings and Onions join Lancashire

England opener Keaton Jennings and veteran seamer Graham Onions agree to join Lancashire from Durham.

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There are still quite a few overs to go in the seven remaining matches, but light could become an issue sooner rather than later.

WICKET Levi (lbw b Parkinson) 38

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 186-5

There's a long way to go in this Division Two promotion race yet.

Richard Levi is out lbw to Callum Parkinson.

15 wickets have now fallen at Grace Road on day two, or effectively day one after Monday's washout.

WICKET Abbott (st Ambrose b Patel) 9

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 112-9

Kyle Abbott dances down the track to spinner Jeetan Patel but is beaten by the flight of the ball and stumped.

This has not been an impressive innings from the visitors at Edgbaston.

WICKET Collingwood (b Ashwin) 27

Worcestershire 335 v Durham 106-4

Late boost for Worcestershire!

Durham skipper Paul Collingwood chops India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin onto his stumps at New Road.

The countdown to Worcestershire's promotion is on. Five more wickets required.

Stumps at Chelmsford

Essex 227 & 134-2 v Yorkshire 111

Nick Browne
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And that's your lot at Essex too.

The champions skittled Yorkshire for 111 before reaching 134-2 at stumps, Nick Browne and Dan Lawrence both hitting unbeaten half-centuries.

Close of play at Hove

Sussex 565 v Notts 108-5

That is indeed stumps.

Retiring Notts skipper Chris Read will resume on 13 in the morning alongside Billy Root (31 not out).

Bad light stops play

They're off at Chelmsford and Hove for bad light.

And that could well be it for the day at both grounds.

Essex are 134-2, leading Yorkshire by exactly 250.

Notts are 108-5, still 457 adrift of Sussex's mammoth first-innings total of 565.

Picture perfect

Worcestershire 335 v Durham 88-3

Worcester cathedral
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Ah yes! A cricket ground/cathedral shot. I'm sold.

It's a thing of beauty at New Road (apart from the scaffolding).

WICKET Bailey (c Ambrose b Hannon-Dalby) 55

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 102-8

George Bailey's defiant knock comes to an end as he edges behind off Oliver Hannon-Dalby.

How big a lead will Warwickshire take into their second innings?

Elsewhere...

Nick Browne (52*) and Dan Lawrence (73*) are demonstrating why Essex are champions.

Their third-wicket stand is currently worth 126 and Essex are 132-2 in their second innings against Yorkshire.

They lead by 249.

Ahead of the Ashes squad announcement on Wednesday, England opener Mark Stoneman is 32 off 32 balls for Surrey at Old Trafford.

Surrey are 53-0 in their second innings against Lancashire, trailing by 14.

WICKET Keogh (c & b Parkinson) 2

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 171-4

Hmm, this is a shaky end to day two for Northants.

Rob Keogh is caught and bowled by Callum Parkinson for just two.

Any batting bonus points Northants fail to get can be chalked off the 12 needed by Notts for promotion.

Close of play at Taunton

Somerset 236 & 159-3 v Middlesex 142

Paul Stirling has a huge appeal for lbw with the final ball of the day as he clatters James Hildreth on the pads, but the umpire shakes his head.

And that's stumps.

What a day for Somerset - they've given themselves a fantastic chance of staying in Division One.

Worcestershire 335 v Durham 78-3

There's not much going on at New Road at the moment.

Paul Collingwood and Graham Clark have dug their trenches for Durham.

Those six wickets for promotion may have to wait until tomorrow.

'Hampshire batting is not confident'

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 93-7

Kevan James

Sport Presenter, BBC Radio Solent

Warwickshire have bowled well but I’m not sure the Hampshire batting is confident enough to overcome anything that is thrown at them.

WICKET Berg (lbw Hannon-Dalby) 8

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 93-7

Gareth Berg becomes Oliver Hannon-Dalby's next victim.

Hampshire are batting themselves into serious trouble.

WICKET Procter (b Raine) 82

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 168-3

That's a late boost for Notts.

Northants opener Luke Procter is bowled by Ben Raine.

Rob Keogh joins big-hitting Richard Levi in the middle.

partnership

Somerset 236 & 159-3 v Middlesex 142

Tom Abell James Hildreth
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Five minutes left at Taunton as James Hildreth and Tom Abell bring up their 100 partnership.

Middlesex must want to get off the field and regroup.

The 2016 champions have had a bad day at the office - but all hope is not lost. Hampshire are in all sorts of trouble at Edgbaston.

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Simon Dolley: Complain to the ECB, I think this Taunton track is too flat. Hildreth and Abell making batting look easy

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Josh Caswell: All the talk of a terrible pitch but twice Somerset have made more than Middlesex and only been 3 down

Middlesex hopes lie at Edgbaston

Somerset 236 & 153-3 v Middlesex 142

Ravi Patel
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If you could sum up this final session for Middlesex with a picture, this does the job quite nicely.

But the result at Edgbaston could save them still.

If Hampshire are bowled out for less than 350 in their first innings and lose the match, Middlesex will be safe and Hants will go down, whatever the result at Taunton.

WICKET Holland (lbw Hannon-Dalby) 1

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 81-6

Hampshire are not going to be getting any batting bonus points at this rate.

Ian Holland becomes the latest player to be trapped lbw - with Oliver Hannon-Dalby picking up the scalp this time.

The visitors still trail Warwickshire's first inning total by 101 runs.

George Bailey reaches his half-century

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 81-5

Despite the regular loss of wickets, George Bailey has reached a quickfire 46-ball half-century at Edgbaston.

40 of those 50 runs have come from boundaries as he looks to drag his side close to Division One safety.

The visitors are still 119 runs away from their first batting point mind you.

for Tom Abell

Somerset 236 & 152-3 & 142

Hello, where did that come from?!

Tom Abell dances down the pitch and smacks Adam Voges for a straight six.

The lead goes past 250 - surely Somerset can't lose this now? But of course, they need to win.

Leicestershire 128 v Northants 159-2

I'm not sure this day could have gone any better for Northants.

While Notts are collapsing at Hove, Luke Procter and Richard Levi have put on 50 at around five an over.

Procter, on loan from Lancashire, is on 77, South African Levi has 27 from 35 balls.

More additions at Lancashire

Goodness me it's been a busy day at Old Trafford.

They've also announced former England captain Andrew Flintoff will join Lancashire's board while Paul Allott is to be the club's new director of cricket.

Andrew Flintoff

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BreakingOnions signs for Lancashire

Seamer signs a two-year contract

Lancashire have just announced their second big signing of the day from Durham.

Graham Onions will join next season along with Keaton Jennings.

More information will be on the BBC Sport website shortly...

WICKET Dawson (c Wright b Patel) 3

Warwickshire 188 v Hampshire 64-5

Liam Dawson becomes the latest Hampshire batsman to be sent back to the pavilion as he is caught at backward point off Jeetan Patel.

If the hosts were to make 350 runs in this innings or draw this game they would secure their Division One status but that is not looking like a simple task at the moment.