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Live Reporting

Paul Grunill

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  1. Signing off

    That is the end of our coverage for today.

    There's been quite a bit of unfavourable weather about, but it's been a very good day nevertheless for Liam Livingstone, Tom Westley, Paul Horton and - almost inevitably - England captain Alastair Cook, who all made centuries.

    But cricket is a 'funny old game' and on the other side of the coin was Joe Root, one of the world game's premier batsmen, who suffered the indignity of a first-ball duck in his first innings for Yorkshire since 2014.

    C'est la vie, que sera doubt he will be looking to put that behind him in the very near future.

    Thank you for following the commentary. We'll be back again on Tuesday from about 10:45 BST. See you then.

  2. Day two scores round-up

    Division One:

    Hampshire 336 v Middlesex 84-3

    Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 170-4

    Surrey 457 v Durham 156-2

    Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 14-0

    Division Two:

    Glamorgan 260 & 16-1 v Kent 488

    Derbyshire 324 v Northamptonshire 66-0

    Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

    Essex 335-2 v Worcestershire

  3. Close of play

    Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset 14-0

    The final action of the day sees Somerset openers Tom Abell and Marcus Trescothick play out an over of spin from left-armer Simon Kerrigan as the home side keep all their wickets intact for the third day.

    Liam Livingstone takes the plaudits, however, for his unbeaten 108, a maiden first-class century for Lancashire in only his second game, after skipper Steven Croft fell six runs short of three figures earlier in the day. 

  4. Close of play

    Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 170-4

    Yorkshire avoid any further loss in a brief passage of play which ends day two at Trent Bridge, with Alex Lees just nine short of a century and Andrew Gale on 21.

    The day certainly didn't go to plan at the start with Adam Lyth and Joe Root both out first ball, but they are only 91 behind with six wickets remaining, and a batting line-up strengthened by the inclusion of all-rounder David Willey.

    Lyth and Root were both victims of Jake Ball, who enhanced his reputation with 3-40, but Stuart Broad when wicketless, sending down 10 overs for figures of 0-29. 

  5. Close of play

    Essex 335-2 v Worcestershire

    England captain Alastair Cook is indeed the immoveable object as he reaches stumps on 130 not out at New Road. Cook's form so far this summer has been machine-like and he now has 463 runs under his belt, with three centuries. 

    Partner Ravi Bopara needs two runs to reach 50 and together they need three more for a hundred partnership. The question for the Division Two leaders, though, is how to approach the final two days with so much time lost to the weather already.

    Alastair Cook
  6. Close of play

    Glamorgan 260 & 16-1 v Kent 488

    A shower brings play to an end 4.1 overs early at Canterbury with Kent well on top, 212 runs ahead and confident of pressing home their advantage on the third morning. 

    Glamorgan will need to show some real backs-to-the wall resolve to avoid a defeat, unless they get some help from the weather, despite good bowling by Michael Hogan (4-91) and Craig Meschede (3-105) earlier in the day. 

  7. Declaration

    Lancashire 493-9 dec v Somerset

    Lancashire skipper Steven Croft has seen enough and leaves Somerset with six overs to face before the close. Liam Livingstone finishes unbeaten on 108, with last man Simon Kerrigan 11 not out. Roelof van der Merwe is the pick of Somerset's bowlers with 3-87.

    What can James Anderson and Kyle Jarvis do with the new ball?

  8. Cook grinds down Worcestershire

    Essex 318-2 v Worcestershire

    Essex earn a third batting point as Alastair Cook goes serenely on at New Road. A lot of time has been taken out of this game by the weather, but Cook is in 'the zone', unhurried, unflustered as he moves to 121 not out, with partner Ravi Bopara on 40. They have so far added 80 in 20 overs. 

  9. Notts look for positive finish

    Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 151-4

    Andrew Gale

    The action has finally resumed at Trent Bridge with Yorkshire hoping to avoid any major alarms in what is left of a disrupted second day against Notts. Jake Ball and Stuart Broad are bowling, but Alex Lees has advanced to 79 not out, with skipper Andrew Gale on 16.

  10. WICKET Jarvis (c Rogers b van der Merwe 34)

    Lancashire 479-9 v Somerset

    Spinner Roelof van der Merwe claims his third victim as Kyle Jarvis is caught at extra cover by Somerset's Australian skipper. It ends a stand of 80 with Liam Livingstone, who is still there on 105.

  11. WICKET Rudolph (c Rouse b Stevens 0)

    Glamorgan 260 & 2-1 v Kent 488

    Glamorgan's plight gets a whole lot worse as Jacques Rudolph is caught behind off the inside edge in the fourth over of their second innings. A poor game for the South African, who only made four in the first innings.

  12. Close of play

    Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

    My colleague Richard Rae called it correctly (see 17:50 entry) - there is no resumption at Hove, but Leicestershire are sitting pretty after a productive, if truncated day, which saw opener Paul Horton make his first century for the county. 

    They lead by 137 and will press hard for their second win of the summer on the final two days - they only achieved two in the entire 2015 season.


    Lancashire 470-8 v Somerset

    Liam Livingstone

    That's a quite magnificent maiden first-class ton for Liam Livingstone.The 22-year-old reaches three figures off 139 balls with a couple of runs off Jamie Overton. Lancashire are clearly planning to bat only once in this rain-affected game - and Livingstone's ninth-wicket stand with Kyle Jarvis is now worth 71. 

  14. Kent rattle up massive lead over Glamorgan

    Glamorgan 260 v Kent 488

    BBC Wales' Nick Webb at Canterbury:

    "Kent piled up a massive 228-run lead over Glamorgan with some brutal hitting from the middle and lower order, including half-centuries by Darren Stevens and Mitch Claydon.

    Michael Hogan with 4-91 was the pick of Glamorgan's suffering bowlers, but the visitors have a tricky spell to survive before stumps." 

  15. End nigh at Hove?

    Sussex 163 v Leicestershire 300-4

    BBC Radio Leicester's Richard Rae:

    "Suspect our day is done at Hove, but Leicestershire made the most of the 43 overs that have proved possible, taking their score from 140-2 to 300-4, a lead of 137, with considerable power to add on a pitch where the bounce is becoming variable. 

    "Paul Horton and Mark Cosgrove played outstandingly, Mark Pettini is now well established, and with Niall O'Brien, Wayne White, Ben Raine, Clint McKay and Jigar Naik all thoroughly capable performers with the bat, the Foxes will be looking to extend that lead to something around 300 before getting Sussex back in.

    "The forecast for the next two days is much better, thankfully."

  16. Close of play

    Surrey 457 v Durham 156-2

    The weather has the final say at The Oval with Durham 301 behind despite half centuries by openers Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings. Jack Burnham (21*) and Scott Borthwick (20*) are the not out batsmen after England's Ben Stokes finished with 4-117 earlier in the day as Surrey added an extra 86 to their first-day 371-7. Durham's first task on day three will be to avoid the possibility of following on.

  17. Interval

    Glamorgan 260 v Kent 488

    Kent are finally all out at the Spitfire Ground as Harry Podmore (2-73) has debutant Hugh Bernard caught behind for 14. His last-wicket stand with Adam Riley (32 not out) was worth a useful 31 runs and extended the lead to 228. 

    Glamorgan's batsmen have a lot of work to do.

  18. Bad news for Fidel

    BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at the Ageas Bowl:

    "Hampshire Coach Dale Benkenstein does not expect fast bowler Fidel Edwards to play again this season.

    "The 34-year-old injured his leg in a the pre-match warm up at Headingley two weeks ago, underwent surgery last week, and is currently on crutches.

    ""At best we'll get him ready for next season, that's probably where we are looking. When you are a fast bowler and what he puts through his body, it's probably asking too much of him," Benkenstein said."

  19. Late finish at Trent Bridge

    Nottinghamshire 261 v Yorkshire 122-4

    Play will finally resume at 17:45 BST with 16 overs to be played before stumps. Alex Less - in case you'd forgotten - is unbeaten on 69 for the defending champions, with skipper Andrew Gale six not out.


    Essex 269-2 v Worcestershire

    I'm sure Sri Lanka's bowlers are looking forward to the upcoming Test series in England, but they might not enjoy it for long if Alastair Cook continues his Championship form against them. A boundary off Joe Leach carries him to his third three-figure score of the new season, this one taking 206 balls, and including a six and 15 boundaries.