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Adam Williams and Kalika Mehta

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  1. And that's a wrap....

    Well, not a bad four days across the Easter weekend and what a way to finish.

    Derbyshire and Northamptonshire took it right down to the end to keep us entertained right into the evening.

    Thanks for being with us in this round and as mentioned, it all resumes for the next set of fixtures on Friday.

    Until then....

  2. Coming next....


    There's little respite at the start of this new County Championship season.

    The next round starts on Friday and once again, all 18 sides are in action, including champions Middlesex back at Lord's, the scene of their last-day epic championship win in September.

    Here's how the fixtures look:

    Division One:

    Ageas Bowl: Hampshire v Yorkshire

    Old Trafford: Lancashire v Somerset

    Lord's: Middlesex v Essex

    Edgbaston: Warwickshire v Surrey

    Division Two:

    Bristol: Gloucestershire v Durham

    Canterbury: Kent v Derbyshire

    Grace Road: Leicestershire v Glamorgan

    Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire v Sussex

    New Road: Worcestershire v Northamptonshire

    And of course, you'll be able to follow all the action across the four days right here on BBC Sport.

    We'll get things started from around 10:30 BST on Friday.

  3. How the tables look

    Not that they mean too much after just two rounds, but here's how they stand in both divisions....

    Division one

    Don't worry Warwickshire fans, still lots of games to play....

    .....and in Division Two, not bad reading for Nottinghamshire and Northants fans....

    Division two
  4. Close of play scores

    Division One:

    Hampshire (438) drew with Middlesex (356 & 278-9 dec)

    Surrey (319 & 323-3 dec f/o) drew with Lancashire (470)

    Yorkshire (381) beat Warwickshire (178 & 115) by an innings and 88 runs

    Division Two:

    Nottinghamshire (307 & 110-1) beat Durham (162 & 250) by 9 wickets

    Northamptonshire (291 & 330-7) beat Derbyshire (281 & 351-1 dec) by 3 wickets

    Kent (304 & 413-5 dec) beat Sussex (291 & 200) by 226 runs

  5. Post update

    And in case you've forgotten, we've had five other matches reach their conclusion today.

    A reminder of how they finished on the way....

  6. Northants in last-gasp win at Derby

    Northamptonshire (307 & 330-7) beat Derbyshire (281 & 351-1 dec) by three wickets

    If you've just joined us, you might well have missed the climax to an epic last session at Derby.

    Here's how it unfolded....

    Northants win despite Derbyshire record

    Billy Godleman

    Northants beat Derbyshire by three wickets with a ball to spare despite a record opening stand by the hosts.

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  7. Post update

    Kalika Mehta ladies and gentleman, take a bow, she described the finish of that one superbly!

    Time for us to catch our breath and have a recap of things....


    Northamptonshire 307 & 330-7 beat Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 by three wickets

    An excellent day's play comes to an end as Rory Kleinveldt (16 not out) smacks the penultimate ball of the match for a huge six to lead Northamptonshire to a thrilling victory over Derbyshire at the Racecourse Ground.

    The game swung from one team to the next in the final two sessions, following a contrived declaration in the morning, but Richard Levi's brilliant 99 off 79 balls proved decisive.

    Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman can be proud of his side's efforts, but he'll be left wondering if the target of 326 off 65 overs was a little too kind to the visitors.

    Northants on the other hand walk away with their second Championship victory in as many games.

  9. Two wanted off two balls

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 324-7 (target 326)

    Two singles taken, two runs left to get for Northants.

    The Derbsyhire players meet for a conference, Daryn Smit waits with the ball in hand.

  10. Four needed from four balls

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 322-7 (target 326)

    Two dot balls to start the over...

  11. Northants on the verge

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 322-7 (target 326)

    Steven Crook sweeps Jeevan Mendis to the boundary ropes to put Northamptonshire on the verge of an impressive victory.

    Just four required off the final over.

  12. Kleinveldt releases the pressure

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 316-7 (target 326)

    Rory Kleinveldt releases most of the pressure on Northamptonshire as he sweeps Daryn Smit's last ball for four.

    10 needed off 12 balls.

  13. Tension rising in the middle

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 308-7 (target 326)

    The tension is rising out in the middle and also here in the office!

    All four results are currently possible as Jeevan Mendis concedes just four runs off his 18th over.

    18 required off 18 balls!

  14. Derbyshire looking to waste time

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 304-7 (target 326)

    With the last hour having begun at 17:31 BST, Derbyshire have raced through 12 overs with their two spinners Daryn Smit and Jeevan Patel. 

    Hosts' captain Billy Godleman does not want to allow Northamptonshire any extra overs to try and reach the target, so is moving his field around and having some lengthy chats - much to the umpires' annoyance.

    22 runs needed from 24 balls. Six runs have come from the last 18 balls, along with the wicket of Max Holden.

  15. Champions Middlesex indebted to Voges knock

    Hampshire (438) drew with Middlesex (356 & 278-9 dec)

    Adam Voges scored 92 as champions Middlesex survived a scare on the final day against Hampshire.

    Full report from the Ageas Bowl below...

    Voges guides Middlesex to Hants draw

    Adam Voges

    Adam Voges scores 92 to help Middlesex's lower order keep Hampshire's bowlers at bay and earn a draw at the Ageas Bowl.

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  16. Five wicket haul for Mendis

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 301-7 (target 326)

    Another brilliant over from Sri Lankan spinner sees him claim his fifth wicket of the innings for concede just two runs.

    Rory Kleinveldt (1 not out) and Steven Crook (6 not out) take Northamptonshire past 300.

    25 runs needed off five overs. Suddenly it's the visitors who look nervous.

  17. WICKET Holden (c Godleman b Mendis) 44

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 299-7 (target 326)

    Well we may yet have a sting in the tail for Northamptonshire!

    Jeevan Mendis strikes again as Max Holden makes his first mistake of the innings and it's a big one.

    He tries to go after the spinner and Derbyshire captain Billy Godleman gobbles up the catch at mid-on.

    27 needed off 34 balls as Rory Kleinveldt comes to the crease.

  18. Smit causing problems for Crook

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 299-6 (target 326)

    Steven Crook is almost bowled around his legs by Daryn Smit but survives by the skin of his teeth.

    Just one off the over, 27 needed off 6 overs.

  19. Holden with supreme confidence

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 298-6 (target 326)

    Max Holden has moved on to 43, after sweeping Jeevan Mendis for three, off just 57 balls.

    28 runs needed off 42 balls, which is exactly four runs needed an over.

    Easy peasy, you'd think - especially with the form Holden is in.

  20. Northants easing towards victory

    Derbyshire 281 & 351-1 v Northamptonshire 307 & 293-6 (target 326)

    Some untidy fielding is costing Derbyshire at a time where they need to save every run possible.

    Daryn Smit drops the ball short and is swept away by Max Holden, who moves on to 39.

    33 runs needed of 48 balls for Northamptonshire.