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Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Close of play

Round four of the County Championship is over with Kent the only winners as the other seven games end in draws.

A total of 16 centuries were scored over the final two days as the weather improved - and there was a thrilling last-ball finish at Trent Bridge where Yorkshire held out for a draw against Notts after earlier making a bold effort to chase down a target of 320.

Notts are the new leaders of Division One, one point ahead of Warwickshire, who were not involved in this round of matches. In Division Two, Essex hold a 21-point advantage over Leicestershire following their draw against Worcestershire at New Road, where Alastair Cook scored another hundred. 

Eight more games will get under way on Sunday and we'll be here from 10:45 BST with live text updates and ball-by-ball commentary.

Thanks for your company over the past four days.

Week four results

So, after the late excitement at Trent Bridge, here's how the games ended in week four of the Championship.

Division One:

Hampshire 336 & 290-5 dec v Middlesex 361-9 & 55-2 - Match drawn

Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 313 & 229-2 dec - Match drawn

Surrey 457 & 244-6 v Durham 607-7 dec - Match drawn

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 257-9 - Match drawn 

Division Two:

Essex 451-9 dec & 95-2 dec v Worcestershire 411-8 dec - Match drawn

Sussex 163 & 377-6 v Leicestershire 473-8 dec - Match drawn

Glamorgan 280 & 414 v Kent 488 & 190-0 - Kent won by 10 wickets

Derbyshire 324 & 229-1 dec v Northamptonshire 470 - Match drawn 


Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 257-9

Last man Jack Brooks pushes his first ball for four through the vacant offside. What can Stuart Broad produce with the finally delivery of the game? It hits Brooks on the pads, but there's an inside edge there and Yorkshire have survived.  An absolutely exhilarating final session at Trent Bridge - 10 points apiece for the two sides.   

WICKET Patterson (lbw Broad 1)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 253-9

Unbelievable. Stuart Broad pins Patterson on the crease and he has to walk. Last man Jack Brooks walks out. Two balls left. Wouldn't like to be in his shoes.

Great finish to the Notts Yorks game. Fabulous radio coverage from #bbccricket NOT OVER YET!

Down to the wire

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 253-8

Six deliveries to go, Notts need two wickets. Stuart Broad has the ball. Number 10 Steven Patterson is on strike. Harry Gurney has finished with 4-52.

Anyone with a heart for 1st class Cricket and its future should applaud @TrentBridge @YorkshireCCC @5liveSport

Anyone with a heart for 1st class Cricket and its future should applaud @TrentBridge @YorkshireCCC @5liveSport

Broad back for final burst

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 252-8

When Jonny Bairstow was batting Stuart Broad was aiming anywhere but at the stumps, now the first five are right on target as he tries to carry his side a thrilling victory. 

Adil Rashid gets solidly behind every one, and then lets the last one go as Broad leaks it down leg-side. Yorkshire have only two more overs to survive.

Cracking advert for @CountyChamp cricket at @TrentBridge #NottsvYorks

WICKET Willey (lbw Gurney 5)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 252-8

Harry Gurney strikes again as David Willey departs in identical fashion to skipper Andrew Gale. left-armer Gurney now has 4-52 and Yorkshire still have 3.2 overs to survive. Steven Patterson is next man in, with only Jack Brooks to come.

Loving this Notts vs Yorks game, would be fantastic if Notts could get these final 2 wickets #bbccricket #ProperCricket

WICKET Gale (lbw Gurney 2)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 251-7

Harry Gurney finds a bit of movement to win an lbw decision against Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale and pick up his third wicket. Suddenly it's Notts who are scenting victory at Trent Bridge in what has been a full-on encounter between two highly competitive sides. With five and a half overs left, can they pick up the three wickets they need?

Gale takes no risks

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 250-6

That appears to be that with Yorkshire now content to push for ones. They need 69 off six overs to win.

WICKET Plunkett (c Lumb b Gurney 11)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 247-6

Liam Plunkett slices a catch to cover and Yorkshire need 73 from seven for victory, but only have four wickets left. Captain Andrew Gale is next to the crease - what instructions does he have for partner David Willey?

Meanwhile at Trent Bridge...

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 240-5

Yorkshire need 80 of the last eight overs for victory over Notts. Liam Plunkett is six not out, with David Willey on three.


Sussex 163 & 377-6 v Leicestershire 473-8 dec

Despite a 310-run first-innings lead, Leicestershire are unable to follow the success of the city's football team and world snooker champion Mark Selby by forcing a victory as Sussex bat through the final day on a benign pitch at Hove to secure a draw. 

Chris Nash's 144 was the focal point of their rearguard effort, with Ed Joyce (69) and Ross Taylor (62) also making significant contributions. Another encouraging performance, though, by the Foxes, for whom Charlie Shreck took 2-62 and they take 12 points to Sussex's six.

A good game of cricket, could have been even more interesting had we not lost so much play on the second day

WICKET Lees (c Bird b Gurney 103)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 234-5

Alex Lees

Another one gone as centurion Alex Lees flicks catch to Jackson Bird on the fence at long leg. David Willey is Liam Plunkett's new partner, and this may be Yorkshire's last throw of the dice.

WICKET Bairstow (c Broad b Ball 35)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 227-4

Jonny Bairstow throws the kitchen sink at the ball, but Stuart Broad takes the catch safely on the cover boundary to send his England teammate on his way. Alex Lees is 103 not out as Liam Plunkett comes out to join him - 93 needed by Yorkshire off 10 overs.


Surrey 457 & 244-6 v Durham 607-7 dec

A determined final-day effort by Durham does not bring the reward of victory as Ben Foakes (36*) and Gareth Batty (17*) secure a draw for Surrey at The Oval. Paul Collingwood's 106 not out and three wickets by Ben Stokes put the visitors in the ascendancy, but they were unable to press home their advantage, with Tom Curran playing a mature innings of 54 for the home side. Durham take 12 points and Surrey 11.


Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 216-3

Alex Lees puts away a bouncer from Stuart Broad for his 13th four to bring up a 116-ball century. Following his 92 in the first innings, it's been a tremendous match for the left-handed opener - 104 needed from 11.3 overs.

Broad tries to stem tide

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 199-3

Having been swept for six by Jonny Bairstow is now aiming as far outside off stump as he dares without conceding wides as Yorkshire continue to pursue an unlikely victory. Liam Plunkett is padded up in the pavilion, and you can bet David Willey won't be far behind him. Another 121 are needed from 13.

WICKET Brown (lbw Shreck 16)

Sussex 163 & 362-6 v Leicestershire 472-8 dec

Sussex are still not absolutey safe as acting captain Ben Brown goes. Their lead is 52 and there are another 16 overs possible.

WICKET T Curran (c Richardson b Rushworth 54)

Surrey 457 & 224-6 v Durham 607-7 dec

Chris Rushworth returns for a new spell and removes Tom Curran, whose 52 came off 94 balls, with nine fours. Still no sign of injured Zafar Ansari - will he bat in an emergency is Surrey lose three more wickets quickly? Overs running out fast now for Durham as the home side try to secure a draw.

WICKET Root (c Smith b Ball 27)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 173-3

Joe Root holes out at deep mid-wicket as Jake Ball dismisses him for the second time in the match and Jonny Bairstow replaces him in the middle. How will Yorkshire play this now?

#bbccricket another case of jinxed by the text commentary there - this time Joe Root falls! Yorkshire can't make it now surely?

Yorkshire still in hunt

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 167-2

Surely the champions can't do this, can they? With 17 overs remaining, they need another 153 to beat Notts, but Joe Root is running through his repertoire of shots, some of them normally reserved for T20 cricket, and Alex Lees is on 87*

Joe Root

Surrey pair frustrate Durham

Surrey 457 & 212-5 v Durham 607-7 dec

Tom Curran (44*) and Ben Foakes (31*) may be saving the game for Surrey as they extend their sixth-wicket partnership to 73, with the overs running out for Durham. 

The lead is 62 and the visitors need to polish off the tail quickly if they are to claim a victory following Paul Collingwood's unbeaten 106 earlier in the day.


Hampshire 336 & 290-5 dec v Middlesex 361 & 55-2

There were a couple of anxious moments for Middlesex, but in the end the two sides agree on a draw at the Ageas Bowl. Hampshire's top seven all reached double figures, Jimmy Adams top scoring with 70, before they declared 265 ahead.

The visitors lost Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins cheaply, but Dawid Malan (24*) and Nick Compton (14*) prevented further loss, but a halt was called after 15 overs of their second innings. Middlesex take 12 points, and Hampshire 11.

What do you mean, not out?

Leicestershire off-spinner Jigar Naik implores the umpire to raise the finger at Hove, but he gets diddly squat...

Jigar Naik
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Essex 451-9 dec & 95-2 dec v Worcestershire 411-8 dec

England captain Alastair Cook is denied yet another half-century as Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate declares to bring the game to an end. Cook is unbeaten on 48, with 523 runs behind him from four games at an average of 130.75. Sri Lanka, watch out!

Tom Kohler-Cadmore is the home side's batting star on the final day, making an unbeaten 119 off 170 balls. Both sides pick up 12 points.


Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 313 & 229-2 dec

Marcus Trescothick
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Relief for home supporters at Taunton as Somerset bat their way to a draw after having to follow-on. Chris Rogers declares with his score on 75 not out, but the real batting plaudits go to his predecessor, Marcus Trescothick, who makes 129 in their unbroken stand of 168. 

Spinner Simon Kerrigan gets through 30 overs for figures of 1-71, but there are no wickets for England paceman James Anderson (0-37 from 15) - 11 points for Lancashire, nine for Somerset.


Derbyshire 324 & 229-1 dec v Northamptonshire 470

The teams shake hands at Wantage Road after Billy Godleman declares Derbyshire's second innings, with Northants taking 13 points and the visitors 10. Chesney Hughes is unbeaten on 109, after hitting two sixes and 13 fours in his 182-ball knock.

Not to be. We played some good cricket this week but in the end the pitch won. Points taken and onto Leicester. #steelbacks

Root avoids pair

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 131-2

When you've been out first ball earlier in the game, you can do with a favour from a bowler and Joe Root gets one as Samit Patel floats down a harmless full toss outside off stump and he puts it away through the covers for four.  

WICKET Nash (c O'Brien b Raine 144)

Sussex 163 & 342-5 v Leicestershire 473-8 dec

Sussex are just 32 in front as Chris Nash departs after more than seven hours of defiant batting. If Leicestershire can run through the lower order quickly, victory is still a possibility for them. Nash now has 359 runs this season at an average of 119.66.

WICKET Ballance (c Mullaney b Patel 43)

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 120-2

Maybe Yorkshire were going for it after all. Gary Ballance attempts a reverse sweep and only succeeds in gloving a catch. Joe Root comes out on a pair with the Tykes needing 200 from a minimum of 25 overs - surely that's impossible, even for him.

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Average first innings score in the first four rounds of CC this season = 373.

Average 1st innings score after four round in 2015 was 323. So 50 higher this season. Not sure if that tells us anything #maths

WICKET Gubbins (lbw Tomlinson 5)

Hampshire 336 & 290-5 dec v Middlesex 361 & 19-2

Both Middlesex openers are gone and suddenly there is real pressure being applied by the home side. They only stayed in Division One by two points last summer, but a win here would certainly boost their confidence for the remainder of this campaign.

Lees impresses again

Nottinghamshire 261 & 348 v Yorkshire 290 & 103-1

A second half-century of the game for Yorkshire opener Alex Lees, who made 92 in their first innings. He and Gary Ballance (37*) have been given a serious examination by the Notts pace attack, but have stood up to it well. The visitors need another 217 for victory, but the overs are running out.

WICKET Godleman (hit wkt b Libby 94)

Derbyshire 324 & 215-1 v Northamptonshire 470

After refusing to walk for a catch earlier in his innings, Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman finally goes six runs short of a century, ending a 215-run opening stand with Chesney Hughes. 

It isn't a club record - Chris Rogers and Wayne Madsen put on 273 against Northants at Wantage Road in 2010.


Derbyshire 324 & 209-0 v Northamptonshire 470

The seventh century of the day arrives aa Derbyshire opener Chesney Hughes reaches three figures at Wantage Road off 162 balls with a single off Jake Libby. His previous scores this season were 96, 137* and 19, so he's clearly seeing it well.

Not sure where his international loyalties lie, but if the Anguillan is interested in playing for West Indies, you would think he merits a serious look by them.

Chesney Hughes
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WICKET Wells (lbw Dexter 23)

Sussex 163 & 303-4 v Leicestershire 473-8 dec

Sussex are now seven runs away from avoiding an innings defeat but they have lost Luke Wells early in the final session. Chris Nash remains, however, on 119 not out.

Best claims first success

Hampshire 336 & 290-5 dec v Middlesex 361 & 5-1

Hampshire declared at tea at the Ageas Bowl, leaving Middlesex a theoretical target of 266 in a minimum of 31 overs. And there is West Indies fast bowler Tino Best's first wicket for Hampshire as Sam Robson edges to the keeper and departs for a duck. Are we in for some evening fun in the sun?

Northeast praises Kent openers

Kent beat Glamorgan convincingly by 10 wickets earlier this afternoon and here's some of what skipper Sam Northeast had to say to BBC Radio Kent:

"We only had two days of cricket in our first two games, so it’s good to get started. A pretty good result, we weren’t perfect, but we got the job done in the end.

"The openers (Daniel Bell-Drummond and Tom Latham) are both in really good form, a right/left handed partnership is brilliant to have - Deebz looks in great touch and Tom obviously has that bit of quality up the top and it bodes well for the future, no doubt.”

Trescothick 'still roaring'

Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 313 & 178-2

BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson:

"A century of great determination by Marcus Trescothick, in a partnership with his successor as Somerset captain, Chris Rogers, has made this game safe for Somerset. 

"The Lancashire bowlers were persevering and accurate - Simon Kerrigan in particular - but could make no inroads against Trescothick's solidity and Rogers' footwork. 

"It wasn't pretty, but it was just what the situation demanded. Centuries in successive matches for Trescothick, this his 60th.  The old lion is still roaring."