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Paul Grunill

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  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Post update

    Bob Hunt

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire

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

  11. Taylor/Klinger bring up century stand

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

    Jack Taylor

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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
  15. 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.

  16. 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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  18. 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

    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. 

  20. Post update

    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'.