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Gary Smee

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  1. Stumps - day three

    Ian Bell

    So, that's the end of the third day of the 2016 County Championship season.

    It's been a day dominated by the news of James Taylor's retirement, but we've also seen plenty of good stuff on the field.

    Ian Bell hit a century for Warwickshire along with Arun Harinath for Surrey, while Essex closed in on victory against Gloucestershire.

    There were also three washouts at New Road, Wantage Road and Chester-le-Street.

    Join us against tomorrow from 10:55 BST where we'll have live text commentary and ball-by-ball radio coverage from day four.

    Have a good evening!

  2. Close of play scores - day three

    Division One:

    Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 297-5

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 283-6

    Durham 256 & 223-4 v Somerset 179 (no play Tuesday, rain)

    Division Two:

    Worcestershire v Kent (no play Tuesday, wet outfield)

    Northants 481-7 v Sussex (no play Tuesday, wet outfield)

    Essex 385 & v Gloucestershire 262 & 215

  3. Close of play

    Essex 385 & 34-0 v Gloucestershire 262 & 215

    Essex will need 59 more to win on day four as Alastair Cook and Nick Browne see them through to stumps untroubled.

  4. Close of play

    Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 297-5

    Time is called on day three at Trent Bridge.

    Surrey, following on, have built a lead of 76 thanks to Arun Harinath's unbeaten 114 and 83 from Kumar Sangakkara.

  5. 'Warwickshire may pay the price'

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 283-6

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin at the Ageas Bowl:

    "Warwickshire may have to pay a price for the way two of their players dominated the third day. The performances of Ian Bell and Chris Woakes in sharing a stand of 151 suggest they may be away from their county again and back in the England set up before very long.

    "Bell's century may not have been the most entertaining of the 51 he's scored in first-class cricket, but it was calm, confident and faultless apart from surviving a stumping chance on 95.

    "Woakes paced his innings impressively and having bowled well on the first day has enhanced his international prospects.

    "Hampshire will take encouragement from the way they kept Warwickshire tied down for long spells despite being a bowler light due to Reece Topley's injury and spinner Liam Dawson in particular bowled very tightly."

    Moment of the Day... Ian Bell completing his century from a pulled shot off Will Smith.... Bell wasting no time in putting pressure on the England selectors.

  6. WICKET Woakes (lbw b Edwards 66)

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 283-6

    Chris Woakes goes in the final over of the day - lbw to Fidel Edwards - and stumps is called.

    He put on 151 for Warwickshire's sixth wicket with Ian Bell who is 130 not out overnight.

  7. Wicket at Trent Bridge

    Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 288-5

    Arun Harinath is still there on 109.

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    Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 215

    After smashing his fifth six, Jack Taylor is dismissed by Graham Napier for 74.

    Essex need 93 to win.

    Jack Taylor

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 260-5

    Chris Woakes moves to his half-century off 128 balls with five fours.

    Is this the season he finally realises his batting potential? Saying that, he averages almost 37 with the bat in first-class cricket - mightily respectable for a number seven.

  11. Taylor swinging

    Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 208-9

    There are fireworks at Chelmsford! Jack Taylor is hitting sixes for fun as he moves to 67 not out.

    Gloucestershire's lead is up to 85 but they've only got one wicket in hand.

    Can they push it over 100?

  12. Bell in full flow

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 254-5

    Ian Bell hits Fidel Edwards for three fours in a row and his partnership with Chris Woakes is up to 122.

    Like last season, Warwickshire's vast batting depth could prove crucial - they've still got Rikki Clarke, Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel to come.

  13. 'Absolutely overwhelmed'

    James Taylor forced to retire

    Taylor has just Tweeted his thanks for all his messages of support.

    The 26-year-old Notts and England batsman retired today because of a serious heart condition.


    Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 270-4

    What a fine effort from Arun Harinath.

    The Surrey opener brings up his century off 182 balls with 14 fours and one six.

    They needed it too after being asked to follow on - the lead is now 49.

  15. England player watch...

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 231-5

    Chris Woakes is also playing his part in building Warwickshire's lead - the all-rounder is 43 not out.


    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 221-5

    Ian Bell

    Well, that's not a bad way to alert the England selectors.

    Ian Bell starts the 2016 season with a century - his 51st in first-class cricket.

    It's been a bit of a graft, taking 218 balls and a minute over five hours, but the Warwickshire captain has put his side well on top.

  17. WICKET Roderick (c Cook b Napier 58)

    Essex 385 v Gloucestershire 262 & 173-7

    Gareth Roderick falls after another fine half-century with Gloucestershire's lead standing at exactly 50.

    There is still some hope for Gloucestershire - Jack Taylor is smashing it at the other end and has moved to 40 off 45 balls.

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    James Taylor forced to retire

  19. Nervous 90s?

    Hampshire 202 v Warwickshire 206-5

    Ian Bell has been in the 90s for about three days now...I'll bring you news of his century tomorrow. I jest of course.

    Patience personified from the Bears captain.

  20. WICKET Roy (lbw Hutton 37)

    Nottinghamshire 446 v Surrey 225 & 233-4

    For the second time in the match Jason Roy gets himself in and then gets out.

    The England limited-overs opener is pinned in front by Brett Hutton for 37.