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Summary

  1. Middlesex set Warwickshire target of 338
  2. Keaton Jennings hits sixth hundred of season
  3. Div Two leaders Essex defeat Worcestershire
  4. Kent beat Sussex by an innings & 127 runs
  5. Northants beat Glamorgan by 318 runs

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By Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

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Signing off

That's the end of another enthralling day of Championship cricket, which saw big wins for Essex, Kent and Northamptonshire in Division Two.

Tom Westley made 254 for Essex against Worcestershire and they now need 25 points from their two remaining matches to secure the sole promotion spot.

The title picture in Division One is far-less clear-cut with little to separate Middlesex and Yorkshire, who face a showdown at Lord's in the final round of matches. 

Middlesex appear to have a slightly better chance of victory than Yorkshire in their current games, while defeat for Notts at Durham, for whom Keaton Jennings hit his sixth century of the summer, would push them closer to the trap door of relegation.

Join us tomorrow from 10:40 BST for coverage of the final day's play in our five remaining matches. Until then, have a good evening.

Close of play scores

Division One

Durham 244 & 385-8 dec v Nottinghamshire 313 & 17-1

Notts need another 300 for victory

Yorkshire 281 & 143-2 v Hampshire 222

Yorkshire lead by 202

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 422-9

Somerset lead by 131

Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 74-3

Warwickshire need another 264 for victory

Division Two

Derbyshire 242 & 360 v Gloucestershire 331 & 10-0

Gloucestershire need another 262 for victory

Notts suffer late blow

Durham 244 & 385-8 dec v Nottinghamshire 313 & 13-1

Graham Onions bowls Notts opener Jake Libby with the final ball of the day after Durham declared during a break for bad light to set the visitors a target of 317. The wicket capped a memorable day for Onions, who earlier scored the first half-century of his career in support of Keaton Jennings' unbeaten 171.

Victory for the home side would go a long way to securing their Division One place for next season. Failure to win for Notts would leave them on the brink of relegation.

Tight contest at Derby

Derbyshire 242 & 360 v Gloucestershire 331 & 10-0

Gloucestershire's openers keep Derbyshire at bay in the final five overs of play at Derby. Gareth Roderick is six not out, Chris Dent has four and they need to score another 262 on the final day to win.

But their position would have been a whole lot rosier but for the 82-run stand between Tom Milnes (56) and Harvey Hosein (52 not out) for the home side following Alex Hughes' superb innings of 140.

Warwickshire look to Bell

Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 74-3

Warwickshire avoid further damage and need to score another 264 on the final day for victory against the Championship leaders, who are probably favourites at this stage. Ian Bell is 12 not out, nightwatchman Chris Wright has 10 - but the forecast for Saturday is, as I mentioned earlier, dodgy.

Ian Bell
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Notts begin run-chase

Durham 244 & 385-8 dec v Nottinghamshire 313

The sun has poked its head out from behind the clouds at Chester-le-Street, so the Notts openers have come out with eight overs to face. Their victory target is 317. Defeat would make relegation all but certain. No pressure then.

Collingwood calls a halt

Durham 244 & 385-8 dec v Nottinghamshire 313

No resumption yet at the Riverside - but Durham skipper Paul Collingwood has declared their second innings, leaving Notts a target of 317 for victory. Keaton Jennings finishes unbeaten on 171 and now has 1,262 runs for the season, at an average of 66.42.

Bears hope to avoid further damage

Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 67-3 (28 overs)

Warwickshire have sent out Chris Wright as nightwatchman after Ian Westwood was lbw to Ollie Rayner for 28, with the score on 55. Ian Bell has 11, but their chances of reaching a target of 338 may be compromised by a poor weather forecast for Saturday.

Miles ends Derbyshire innings

Derbyshire 242 & 360 v Gloucestershire 331

Paceman Craig Miles finishes with 4-82 and match figures of 8-112 after having Derbyshire number 11 Will Davis caught behind for a duck. His dismissal left Harvey Hosein unbeaten on 52 and Gloucestershire need to score 272 to win the game.

Lancashire survive to stumps

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 422-9

Lancashire's last-wicket pair block out the final four overs of play and they will resume on the final morning 131 runs behind, but with a draw the most likely result. Alviro Petersen was the home side's star performer, making 155 off 255 balls, while Lewis Gregory has taken 3-74 for Somerset.

Hosein boosts Derbyshire total

Derbyshire 242 & 359-9 (95 overs) v Gloucestershire 331

Derbyshire wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein picks up a boundary - the seventh of his innings - off Josh Shaw to reach the second first-class fifty of his career, but the over ends with Tony Palladino caught at mid-on by David Payne. The home side's lead is 270.

Milnes cameo comes to an end

Derbyshire 242 & 351-8 (2 overs) v Gloucestershire 331

After some rough treatment from Tom Milnes and Harvey Hosein, David Payne has disposed of the former for 56, ending a stand of 82 in 14.5 overs. Derbyshire are 262 ahead.

WICKET Kerrigan (c Hildreth b Gregory 0)

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 414-9 (144 overs)

This has been an excellent spell by Lewis Gregory, who picks up his third wicket - but has it come too late for Somerset. They are 135 ahead, but will need to add to that quickly on the final morning to give themselves a chance of victory.

Bell holds key for Bears

Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 42-2 (20 overs)

Jonathan Trott has failed for the second time in the game, falling lbw to left-arm spinner Ravi Patel for eight. Warwickshire captain Ian Bell is now at the crease and could be the key figure if they are to successfully chase down their target of 338 on the final day.

Final day dilemma for Yorkshire

Yorkshire 281 & 143-2 (42 overs) v Hampshire 222

The umpires finally lose patience with the light and call off play at the Ageas Bowl. Yorkshire are 202 ahead, with Gary Ballance 46 not out and Andrew Gale on 19, and will face a tricky declaration decision on the final day.

Hampshire director of cricket Giles White told BBC Radio Solent: "I think it's in Yorkshire's hands and they might view it that they would like to force a result, which might open the door for us, but it's up to them to make that call."

Play halted at the Riverside

Durham 244 & 385-8 (117 overs) v Nottinghamshire

That may be it for the day at Chester-le-Street where the light has closed in with 11 overs left. Durham opener Keaton Jennings has batted all day for 171 not out, facing 324 balls and hitting 22 fours. 

They lead by 316 and all results are possible on the final day.

Naughty-looking skies gathering over Chester-le-Street. #bbccricket

Naughty-looking skies gathering over Chester-le-Street. #bbccricket

WICKET Jarvis (b Gregory 10)

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 414-8 (142 overs)

Another six overs left to play at Old Trafford after Lewis Gregory removes Kyle Jarvis. Tom Bailey and Simon Kerrigan are the not out batsmen and Lancashire trail by 139.

Milnes reaches deserved fifty

Derbyshire 242 & 336-7 (89 overs) v Gloucestershire 331

Tom Milnes hits a boundary off David Payne to bring up his 50 from 44 balls. Suddenly Derbyshire are 247 ahead and this game could go either way tomorrow.

BreakingESSEX BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY AN INNINGS & 161 RUNS

Worcestershire 230 & 210 v Essex 601-5 dec

Graham Napier, Tom Westley and David Masters
Rex

David Masters misses out on 10 wickets in the match as Graham Napier grabs the final Worcestershire wicket for figures of 5-59 to complete Essex's sixth win of the season. 

Skipper Ryan ten Doeschate takes the catch to dismiss Jack Shantry for 18 and his side are now 24 points clear of Kent in Division Two with two games to play.

Next up for Essex is a home fixture against Glamorgan, and if they win that one, they may only need bonus points at Canterbury in the final match of the season to seal promotion.

WICKET Clark (c Davies b Gregory 16)

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 404-7 (139.2 overs)

A boundary by Tom Bailey and Lancashire avoid the follow-on at Old Trafford. A draw now looks the likely result in this game - but Jordan Clark goes in the next over as Lewis Gregory takes his first wicket.

WICKET Cox (c Porter b Masters 35)

Worcestershire 230 & 200-9 (55 overs) v Essex 601-5 dec

Ben Cox gives a catch to mid-on and Essex are now one wicket from victory. Seam bowler David Masters is playing his 200th first-class game - if he takes the final wicket it will be the first time he has taken 10 in a match. Surely, even Worcestershire supporters wouldn't begrudge him that achievement. 

Derbyshire duo continue counter-attack

Derbyshire 242 & 318-7 (85 overs) v Gloucestershire 331

Harvey Hosein takes his lead from partner Tom Milnes and hits three fours in David Payne's latest over. These two have now added 57 in nine overs - and Derbyshire are 229 in front.

WICKET Procter (lbw C Overton 2)

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 392-6 (134 overs)

Somerset are plugging away at Old Trafford and Craig Overton has seen off Luke Procter. Lancashire are 161 behind and have still not seen off the threat of the follow-on.

WICKET Barnard (c Westley b Napier 12)

Worcestershire 230 & 180-8 (52 overs) v Essex 601-5 dec

Tom Westley
Rex Features

Runs, wickets and now a slip catch for Tom Westley as Ed Barnard becomes Graham Napier's fourth victim. The end may not be too long in coming.

Milnes takes on Gloucestershire

Derbyshire 242 & 298-7 (82 overs) v Gloucestershire 331

Tom Milnes meets the challenge of the new ball with a flurry of boundaries, two off David Payne and three in a row in the next over, bowled by Liam Norwell. His aggressive approach has extended Derbyshire's lead past 200, but they only have three wickets left.

WICKET Chopra (c Robson b Roland-Jones 9)

Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 20-1 (6.5 overs)

Toby Roland-Jones strikes for Middlesex in the seventh over of Warwickshire's run-chase. Varun Chopra, who has only made one score over 30 since his half-century against Lancashire in mid-June is caught at slip. Not the start the Bears wanted.

WICKET Coughlin (c Mullaney b Gurney 5)

Durham 244 & 339-8 (104 overs) v Nottinghamshire

Keaton Jennings is running out of partners at the Riverside, where Paul Coughlin becomes left-arm paceman Harry Gurney's eighth victim of the match, caught at slip. The lead is 270, with Barry McCarthy at the crease and only Chris Rushworth to come. How does Keaton Jennings play it from here?

Jennings battles on for Durham

Durham 244 & 331-7 (102 overs) v Nottinghamshire 313

Keaton Jennings reaches 150 from 285 balls with a single off Harry Gurney. The left-hander is now well past 1,200 Championship runs for the season. Durham's lead is 263.

WICKET Hughes (lbw Dent 140)

Derbyshire 242 & 262-7 (76.1 overs) v Gloucestershire 331

Derbyshire are 174 in front as Alex Hughes' excellent 209-ball innings comes to an end. Chris Dent makes the breakthrough, bringing Tom MIlnes to the crease to partner Harvey Hosein. Hughes hit a six and 20 fours and batted for four hours and 42 minutes.

Middlesex set sporting target

Middlesex 242 & 267-7 dec v Warwickshire 172 & 7-0 ( 1 over)

So, James Franklin decides a lead off 337 is enough for Championship leaders Middlesex. Warwickshire have another 31 overs and all day tomorrow to get these so it's a sporting declaration - but the home side will need to bat much better than in the first innings to chase the target down.

Leg-spinner Josh Poysden's 3-80 in Middlesex's second innings gives him match figures of 8-133.

Light frustrates Yorkshire

Yorkshire 281 & 143-2 v Hampshire 222

There has been no resumption since tea at the Ageas Bowl, where the gloomy skies overhead are stubbornly refusing to clear. Yorkshire are 202 ahead and will probably now be contemplating what kind of lead they will need on the final day before declaring.

WICKET Poynter (b Tahir 22)

Durham 244 & 317-7 (97 overs) v Nottinghamshire 313

Imran Tahir
Rex

It's raining wickets at the moment and Stuart Poynter is the latest to depart, bowled by Nottinghamshire's South African leg-spinner. Durham are 249 in front, with Keaton Jennings unbeaten on 144.

WICKET Croft (c Allenby b Leach 58)

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 370-5 (121.4 overs)

Maybe I spoke too soon as a second Lancashire wicket falls in the space of seven balls. They are still 183 behind as Steven Croft is caught at slip and Luke Procter and Jordan Clark are both new to the crease. 

WICKET Petersen (c Trescothick b Groenewald 155)

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 370-4 (121 overs)

The fourth-wicket stand of 157 is brought to an end as Alviro Petersen goes at Old Trafford. He batted for five and a quarter hours, faced 155 balls, and hit two sixes and 17 fours. Steven Croft is still there on 58 and barring a sudden collapse, Lancashire are going to avoid having to follow-on.  

WICKET Leach (b Napier 1)

Worcestershire 230 & 152-7 (46 overs) v Essex 601-5 dec

Joe Leach
Rex Features

Looks like we're going to have a belated tea interval at Chelmsford where Essex are straining every sinew to get this match over with a day to spare. 

George Rhodes was stumped of that man Tom Westley for 41 and now Graham Napier has picked up his third wicket of the innings. They don't play music when wickets fall at Championship matches, but if they did, I bet the PA announcer would be considering The Real Thing's Can You Feel The Force.

Northants aim for 'strong finish'

Northamptonshire beat Glamorgan by 318 runs

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

"Smiles around Wantage Road after a mighty victory for Northants - the 318-run margin the highest for the county over Glamorgan. 

"All 20 wickets were shared by the spinners Rob Keogh and Graeme White and it was White's career-best 6-44 that finished Glamorgan off on the third afternoon.

Northants head coach David Ripley said: 'We’ve found a bit of form at the wrong end of the season but it’s nice to be playing well. We had some great individual performances and the second day’s play was sensational.

“'As a team we felt up for it and there was desire here - you can rev people up but it’s about personal responsibility - and now we want to finish the season strongly.'”

WICKET Franklin (c Clarke b Poysden 5)

Middlesex 242 & 264-7 (85 overs) v Warwickshire 172

This match could be heading for a very interesting final-day climax, especially if Warwickshire can get pick up the three remaining Middlesex wickets fairly cheaply. Josh Poysden claims his third wicket of the innings - and eighth of the match - as James Franklin edges to slip. The visitors are 334 ahead.

Tea scores round-up

Division One

Durham 244 & 311-6 v Nottinghamshire 313

Yorkshire 281 & 143-2 v Hampshire 222

Somerset 553-8 dec v Lancashire 360-3

Middlesex 242 & 258-6 v Warwickshire 172 - still in play

Division Two

Derbyshire 242 & 224-6 v Gloucestershire 331

Worcestershire 230 & 145-6 v Essex 601-5 dec - still in play

Kent beat Sussex by an innings and 127 runs

Northants beat Glamorgan by 318 runs

WICKET Roland-Jones (b Poysden 21)

Middlesex 242 & 251-6 (82.2 overs) v Warwickshire

Middlesex lost Stevie Eskinazi for 53 at Edgbaston, bowled by Josh Poysden, and the young leg-spinner has now removed Toby Roland-Jones in the same way after he made 21 off 17 balls. Skipper James Franklin is the new Middlesex batsman and they are 321 ahead.