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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Stumps - week eight

So we come to the end of the latest round of County Championship action - and four-day cricket takes a break now until 19 June.

Yorkshire won the summer's first Roses match and Middlesex proved too good for Hampshire, but perhaps the Division One highlight was Somerset's thrilling one-wicket victory over Surrey at Taunton.

In Division Two, Sussex saw off Derbyshire by 10 wickets, and Gloucestershire wrapped up today's play by chasing down a target of 315 against Worcestershire at New Road, with Michael Klinger and Jack Taylor scoring unbeaten hundreds.

Until the Championship resumes, we have a mix of T20 Blast and One-Day Cup action - and don't forget the third Test between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's, starting on 9 June.

We will be back with text commentary on Friday's eight T20 matches. Until then, 'bye for now.

How things look

Following today's wins by Middlesex, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, here are the updated County Championship tables.

Division One table
Division Two table

Results round-up

Here's what happened in today's games:

Division One

Middlesex 467-3 dec v Hampshire 131 & 220

Middlesex won by an innings and 116 runs

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 173

Yorkshire won by 175 runs

Division Two

Leicestershire 341 v Kent 117-2

Match abandoned as a draw

Worcestershire 429 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 320-5

Gloucestershire won by five wickets


Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 320-5

Michael Klinger pulls Brett D'Oliveira's second delivery for four. Gloucestershire need one more to win and the Australian needs four for a century. How will he play it now? The answer is emphatic as he lofts a six to reach 102 not out and seal victory for his side. 

Jack Taylor finishes on 107 not out, with their unbroken partnership worth 179, and it's only their second Championship win at New Road in 19 visits.


Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 310-5

Jack Taylor collects two to bring up the 150-run partnership but gets underneath the next delivery and is lucky as the ball falls short of Joe Leach and he takes the single. Michael Klinger plays a thoroughbred on-drive for four to join Taylor in the 90s before yielding the strike back to his partner, who duly smashes his fifth six to bring up a 71-ball hundred. Magnificent innings.

The final delivery of Charlie Morris' over is a long-hop and Taylor clears the rope again. Gloucestershire are almost there - five more needed, 11 overs to go.

Glos fail to find boundary

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 290-5

Spinner Brett D'Oliveira takes up the attack, bowling round the wicket to Jack Taylor, who can only pick up one from the first three deliveries. Michael Klinger and Taylor add further singles and good running between the batsmen brings them two from the final ball. Gloucestershire now need 25 from 12 overs.

Action resumes at New Road

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 285-5

The players are coming back out, though it's hard to imagine the light being much improved with the time having ticked past 17:30 BST. There is rain around as well, so Gloucestershire need to wrap this up as quickly as they can. Two overs have been lost.

Bad light stops play

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 285-5

The umpires take light meter readings from each end and decide the players must go off. Gloucestershire need 30 from 15.2 overs and batsmen Michael Klinger and Jack Taylor leave the middle with great reluctance. It will be a huge anti-climax if that proves to be the end of the action.

Costly over from Barnard

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 265-5

Worcestershire's Ed Barnard looks rattled after a boundary each from Jack Taylor and Michael Klinger and bangs in a short ball which flies over keeper Ben Cox's head and runs away for four byes. Gloucestershire are cantering now - Klinger has 83, Taylor has 73 and they need 50 from 17 overs despite murky light.

Bob Hunt

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"There have been a few too many bad balls from Worcestershire in the last half hour."

Taylor/Klinger bring up century stand

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 240-5

Jack Taylor
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The Gloucestershire batsmen are looking increasingly assured and Jack Taylor deftly cuts Ed Barnard for four, before opening his shoulders and pulling the next away another boundary to bring up the 100 partnership. Taylor has 64 off 52 balls so far, with partner Michael Klinger 75 not out. They now need 71 from 19 overs.

More cricket coming up

This match will not bring today's BBC cricket coverage to an end. There are three T20 Blast matches getting under way at 18: 30 BST: Durham v Nottinghamshire, Glamorgan v Essex and Sussex v Somerset. 

You can find commentary information for those matches by clicking here.

Glos run-chase gathers pace

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 221-5

The umpires are getting agitated about the light and meter readings have been taken. It doesn't seem to bother Jack Taylor, who lofts Jack Shantry for six before Michael Klinger square cuts Charlie Morris for four to take Gloucestershire's total to 200. Taylor then hits his fourth six, this time off Brett D'Oliveira, and goes to fifty with a boundary off Morris. They need 90 off 23 overs.

Klinger reaches half-century

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364- 6 dec & 185-5

Worcestershire keeper Ben Cox takes a painful blow on the knee from an under-edge by Jack Taylor, with the ball running away for a single. Michael Klinger takes one from the next delivery to complete a 92-ball half-century. Taylor tries to cut the next one and Cox is hit in the same place as earlier in the over. Cue much hilarity among Cox's team-mates.

Michael Klinger
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Taylor makes positive start

Worcestershire 429 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 173-5

It looks like Gloucestershire certainly aren't going to give up on this any time soon. Jack Taylor, who made 156 off 125 balls against Northants last summer, has raced to 24 and Michael Klinger is closing on a half-century at the other end. They need 139 from 31 overs, which is eminently gettable if they can keep wickets in hand - Worcestershire need five wickets.

WICKET Hankins (lbw Leach 1)

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 142-5

Youngster George Hankins goes in the first over after tea and Gloucestershire's challenge is fading at New Road. New batsman Jack Taylor ends the next over by Brett D'Oliveira with a six, but they still need 167 from 35. Michael Klinger, now 42 not out, remains the key man.

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A few final cricket-themed floral names for you:

From Alan Barringer: "Samit Petal"

From Kevin Morris: "Foxglove Fowler" 

From Stuart Bowie: "#bbccricket I'll stick with the Roses theme and go for Curtly Amb-rose"

Worcestershire remove Marshall

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 139-4 - Tea

Only one game left and Gloucestershire lose another wicket just before the interval as Hamish Marshall is caught off Alexei Kervezee for 10. Michael Klinger lofts Brett D'Oliveira for six to reach 39 not out out and the visitors need 176 from 37 overs in the final session to win the game. Worcestershire need six wickets. 


Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 173

Yorkshire beat Lancashire
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Apologies for the technical problems which prevented me from updating this page for the last few minutes. Very bad timing as Yorkshire have taken the last two Lancashire wickets to wrap up a convincing victory and extend their unbeaten Championship record at Headingley to 20 matches.

Karl Brown was first go, caught at cover off Tim Bresnan for 51, and spinner Adil Rashid then had Kyle Jarvis lbw. He finished with 4-17 from 14.4 overs, while Bresnan claimed 4-36. 

The two teams now head the Division One table on 88 points, with Lancashire in first place by virtue of having won one game more. Durham are a point back in third with Middlesex, who beat Hampshire by an innings earlier today, on 86 points in fourth. 

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 172-8

Kyle Jarvis takes a blow on the hand from a Tim Bresnan delivery and the physio is summoned from the Lancashire dressing room. He should be ok after a few consolatory words and some 'magic spray'.

WICKET Van Buuren (c Cox b Morris 42)

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 109-3

That's an important scalp for Worcestershire as Graeme van Buuren edges Charlie Morris to the keeper. Gloucestershire need another 206 and this looks like being the crucial partnership for them with Michael Klinger, 19 not out, and Hamish Marshall now together. 

WICKET Wagner (c Hodd b Bresnan 2)

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 172-8

Yorkshire take the new ball and Tim Bresnan only needs two deliveries for another breakthrough as Neil Wagner nicks a leg-side catch to the keeper. The former England all-rounder now has 3-36 as Kyle Jarvis comes out to join Karl Brown, who is 50 not out.

There are four slips in place as Jarvis faces his first ball, with Yorkshire now going for the Red Rose jugular.

Match in balance at New Road

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-4 dec & 102-2

It is still a decent batting track at New Road and all three results are possible. First-innings centurion Graeme van Buuren is unbeaten on 38, with Michael Klinger 16 not out, and Gloucestershire need another 213 from 46 overs. 

Brown reaches half-century

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 170-7

Karl Brown reaches a deserved fifty from 135 balls with a single off fast bowler Liam Plunkett. It looks like being in a losing cause, but will still be very welcome to the batsman, who had only managed 145 runs from seven Championship innings before this one.

WICKET Bailey (c Hodd b Rashid 2)

Lancashire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 169-7

Tom Bailey is carrying an injury and his time at the crease is brief as leg-spinner Adil Rashid captures his third wicket of the innings, with wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd accepting a top-edged pull. Lancashire need another 180 and the ball is very much in the White Rose court now.

WICKET Livingstone (c Plunkett b Rashid 24)

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 161-6

Liam Livingstone
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One or two are keeping a bit low now and Adil Rashid is finding some turn - but it is a rank long-hop which ends Lancashire's sixth-wicket partnership as Liam Livingstone hits it straight to the fielder at deep square leg. Karl Brown has 47 not out, but Lancashire only have four wickets left, and need another 188 for victory. 

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More cricket-themed flowers (or things pertaining to flowers):

From Paul Fenton: "ChrisAdamsemum"

From Tom Hancock: "Chlorophil Tufnell" 

From Chris Herd: "Montulip Pansie-srar"

Chris - I think the word is 'convoluted'....

Elsewhere in the world of cricket, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson says a league system for Tests could be in place by 2019. Read the full story here.


Middlesex 467-3 dec v Hampshire 131 & 220

Hampshire's resistance at Northwood comes to an end as last-man James Tomlinson is caught at slip off spinner Ollie Rayner. Ryan McLaren is left unbeaten on 33, while pace bowler James Fuller returns figures of 5-70.

Middlesex take 24 points from the game and move up to second in Division One, just a single point behind Durham, pending the outcome of the Roses match at Headingley. Hampshire only collect a solitary point from their second defeat of the summer.

Brown keeps Lancashire in hunt

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 156-5

Karl Brown and Liam Livingstone post a half-century partnership as Lancashire's runs-required total comes down below 200 at Headingley. They have so far added 58, with Brown 43 not out and Livingstone on 23.

WICKET Roderick (c Kervezee b Barnard 30)

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 61-2

Once again I put the mockers on a batsman - Gareth Roderick's innings comes to an end at New Road as Alexei Kervezee pulls off an outstanding catch, making ground from cover before diving to take the ball in the mid-off area. The visitors need another 251 from 57 overs.

Glos pair gather momentum

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 59-1

Following the early loss of Chris Dent, Gareth Roderick and Graeme van Buuren has established a healthy tempo for Gloucestershire's run-chase. Roderick has hit a six and four fours in his 30 not out, with van Buuren unbeaten on 19. There are 59 overs left - the target is 315.

Fuller shines on debut

Middlesex 467-3 dec v Hampshire 131 & 202-9

James Fuller
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Former Gloucestershire fast bowler James Fuller marks his Championship debut for Middlesex with a five-for as Mason Crane (21) is caught at point, ending a 40-run partnership with Ryan McLaren. Last man James Tomlinson comes to the middle and it is all over bar the raising of the vocal volume.

So pleased for @James_Fuller246! 5 wicket haul on his first-class debut for Middlesex! Fine work fella! That's some way to mark your arrival

Hampshire pair hang on

Middlesex 467-3 dec v Hampshire 131 & 197-8

In other circumstances, this would be a very handy ninth-wicket stand between Mason Crane and Ryan McLaren. Crane's first four scoring strokes were boundaries and he has now moved on to 21, with South African McLaren 14 not out. However, Hants still need to score another 139 to avoid an innings defeat.

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On the final day of the Roses match, I asked you for the names of cricket-themed flowers. Here are some to start things off:

From Chris Mann on Twitter: "Daniel Violettori"

From Shaun O'Riordan: "Lavenderek Underwood and Dennis Lily"

From Jonathan Beddow: "Daffordil DeFreitas"

Roses match resumes

Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 130-5

The players are back out in the middle at Headingley and it's been a quiet start to the session so far. There have been one or two play and miss scares for Lancashire, but they have avoided further loss so far and need another 219 to win. 

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WICKET Dent (c Kohler-Cadmore b Leach 5)

Worcestershire 439 & 239 v Gloucestershire 364-6 dec & 9-1

An immediate setback for Gloucestershire, who require 315 to win, as opener Chris Dent goes in the third over, edging an outswinger to first slip. First-innings centurion Graeme van Buuren comes out to join Gareth Roderick.

WICKET Best (c Malan b Fuller 0)

Middlesex 467-3 dec v Hampshire 167-8

Middlesex strike immediately after lunch at Merchant Taylors' School as Tino Best chips a catch to mid-on and departs without scoring. Barring a further rain intervention, it's now a case of when, not if, Middlesex will win this game. Hampshire need another 169 to make them bat again.

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So that's the morning session done and dusted, so it's time for my sandwiches.

Two days ago, when I was last on text comm duty, I asked for some suggestions for cricket-themed flowers, like Tillakaratne Daffodilshan, by way of marking the summer's first Roses match. 

We had a few good suggestions, but it was a Bank Holiday, and I reckon there are a few of you out there today who deserve a chance to come up with some petal puns. 

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Yorkshire 308 & 236 v Lancashire 196 & 121-5 - Lunch

A highly satisfactory morning for Yorkshire at Headingley as they collect four wickets. Batsmen Karl Brown (25) and Liam Livingstone (10) survive the last 10.3 overs of the session, with Lancashire 228 short of their victory target.