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Summary

  1. Somerset beat defending champions Yorkshire by 10 wickets
  2. Division One leaders Middlesex lead Lancashire by 140 runs
  3. Surrey's Sam Curran takes four wickets in seven balls v Durham

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By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Job done

Old Trafford spectator
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And that's stumps for ourselves as well for the day.

Read all about today's action on the counties page of the BBC Sport website.

Make sure you grab a seat and join us for the final day's action tomorrow. It's all set up for an intriguing finish at Old Trafford.

Join us from around 10:20. Until then, good night.

Close of play scores

Close of play

Stumps now drawn in our three remaining Division Two matches this evening.

We'll round up the scores in all seven of our fixtures from today shortly.

WICKET Van der Gugten (c Bopara b Lawrence) 32

Glamorgan 286 & 285-9 v Essex 319

Essex grab a wicket just before the close of day three at Chelmsford.

Timm van der Gugten is the man to fall to Dan Lawrence. That's broken a very impressive ninth-wicket stand of 68 for Glamorgan which has seen them take a lead beyond 250 over Division Two champions Essex.

That's been largely down to Mark Wallace's entertaining 67 not out.

Still action in Division Two

Mark Wallace
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All three Division One games are done for the day, but there's still action to complete at Chelmsford, Northampton and Derby.

Feel free to tune in to the closing stages of your choice using the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

Close of play at Old Trafford

Middlesex 327 & 72-4 v Lancashire 259

That's your lot on what has been a very eventful day in Manchester.

It featured a maiden century for Rob Jones, a flurry of quick wickets for Middlesex and then a dicey last session for the leaders.

At the end of it all - Middlesex lead by 140 runs with six second innings wickets in hand.

All four results possible going into tomorrow's last day. All eyes from four counties (and possibly a few more) will be on Old Trafford from 10:30.

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They've been busy calculating down in the west country it seems....

Some workings out over the last few hours! Need @LancsCCC to win! & a first champ is poss! @SomersetCCC #bbccricket

Some workings out over the last few hours! Need @LancsCCC to win! & a first champ is poss! @SomersetCCC #bbccricket

....impressive commitment Neil!

Close of play

Durham 401 & 213-8 v Surrey 367

And they are now officially done for the day at Chester-le-Street....

CLOSE: The umpires have called play off for the day and we'll try again tomorrow for the fourth and final day! #DURvSUR

Bad light stops play

Durham 401 & 213-8 v Surrey 367

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle at Chester-le-Street

"They have been playing under the lights all day here, but with 22 overs to go the mist has begun to move in and the umpires Neil Mallender and David Millns have taken the players off.

"Durham are 213-8 and lead by 247.

"For home fans, this was a last chance to see Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman batting for Durham in Chester-le-Street before they join Surrey next season.

"Both were in range of reaching a 1,000 runs in a season for the fourth year in a row. Stoneman got there but Borthwick didn't. His dismissal for 12 sparked a mini collapse in which they lost four wickets to 18-year-old Sam Curran in seven deliveries.

"But Stoneman got them out of trouble with a partnership of 109 for the sixth wicket with Graham Clark. Both fell leg before to Curran. 

"While Clark made a career-best 54, Stoneman fell eight short of a grand hurrah as he departed for 92. 

"It should be an interesting final day. A Durham win keeps them up. A draw or defeat means it will go to the wire at Hampshire next week."

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What an end to the season! If Lancashire get a win or draw against Middlesex the last round of games will be full of tension #bbccricket

How it now stands

So what does Somerset's victory do to the top of the table?

Remember, this doesn't include the six points Middlesex have collected so far form the game at Old Trafford.

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Also, I admit I was a bit hasty to write Yorkshire completely off in the previous entry.

They are of course still very much in it as they travel to Middlesex next week. Somerset host already relegated Nottinghamshire from Tuesday.

BreakingSOMERSET BEAT YORKSHIRE BY 10 WICKETS

Yorkshire 145 & 286 v Somerset 390 & 44-0

That's it, it's all over at Headingley.

Marcus Trescothick cracks Adam Lyth away for four and Somerset have beaten the defending champions inside three days.

Defending champions Yorkshire are now pretty much out of the race, but Somerset, who've never won the title are right in it for next week's final round of games.

SOMERSET WIN BY 10 WICKETS!!! 🍾🍾🍾 #DareToDream #WeAreSomerset

WICKET Eskinazi (lbw b Kerrigan) 4

Middlesex 327 & 55-4 v Lancashire 259

And not long after we head over to Old Trafford, Middlesex lose a fourth second-innings wicket.

Stevie Eskinazi becomes Simon Kerrigan's third victim and he now has figures of 3-3.

Eskinazi done by some late turn and Middlesex have a slightly precarious lead now of just 123 runs.

bbc-coverageCoverage switches to Old Trafford

So, with Somerset closing in on victory, BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra have switched their main commentary to Old Trafford to follow Lancashire v Middlesex.

You can either stay with that game on our main page or click through the commentaries on the Live Coverage tab to return to the match at Headingley should you wish.

Trescothick on a mission

Yorkshire 145 & 286 v Somerset 390 & 24-0

Somerset closing in on a big win at Headingley.

Just 42 is the victory target remember and Marcus Trescothick has already hit three fours to bring them to within 18 runs.

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City-based T20 or no City-based T20?

Here's what some of the cricketing press have made of today's developments....

City-based T20 absolutely the right thing. All counties will be equal stakeholders, with share in all, inc hospitality, merchandising etc.

So the county chairmen have seen the future and voted for it 16-3....eureka

Show of hands (16-3) = big interest in city-based T20. Now for more details - names, colours, overseas limit, England players, money, TV etc

Agree or disagree? Let us know via #bbccricket

Bad light stops play at Chester-le-Street

Durham 401 & 213-8 v Surrey 367

Just as Surrey were running through Durham's second innings, it's all gone a bit gloomy up in the north east and they're off.

They're off! The umpires decide the light has deteriorated too much and take the players off for bad light. 213/8; lead of 247 #DURvSUR

WICKET Compton (lbw b Kerrigan) 10

Middlesex 327 & 39-3 v Lancashire 259

Wicket time again up at Old Trafford.

Nick Compton is the next man to fall to Simon Kerrigan leg before.

Middlesex's lead is now just 107 runs.

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City-based T20 or no city-based T20?

So, what do you make of the idea of an eight-team T20 competition?

A step too far or a progressive move for the good of the game? Would it threaten the County Championship?

Share your thoughts via #bbccricket

Stoneman falls and Curran takes a sixth

Durham 401 & 209-7 v Surrey 367

Back to the action ongoing and....

Durham's Mark Stoneman (soon to be Surrey's of course) falls eight short of a century in his last innings at home.

Sam Curran meanwhile takes a sixth wicket of the innings and Durham's lead is 243 runs.

Curran's figures now a first-class career-best 6-51.

Disappointing end to Mark Stoneman's Chester-le-Street hurrah as he departs LBW for 92 to Sam Curran. #bbccricket

Disappointing end to Mark Stoneman's Chester-le-Street hurrah as he departs LBW for 92 to Sam Curran. #bbccricket