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  1. Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate makes an unbeaten 168 against Surrey
  2. Gary Ballance is left on 98 not out as Yorkshire set Somerset a target of 262
  3. Middlesex just 27 ahead of Lancashire with only four wickets standing
  4. Glamorgan bowl out Worcestershire for 120 and win by nine wickets at New Road
  5. Northamptonshire defeat Derbyshire by 128 runs at Wantage Road
  6. Kent remain unbeaten after last-wicket pair hold out for a draw with Durham
  7. Sussex require 232 to beat Leicestershire after Jofra Archer takes 6-70
  8. Samit Patel makes double century for Notts against Gloucestershire

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By Paul Grunill and Felix Keith

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  1. Signing off

    Dom Bess

    A victory for Glamorgan at Worcestershire, Northants' home win over Derbyshire and a backs-to-the-wall draw for Kent, who survived the final day against Durham with their final pair at the crease, provided highlights on another absorbing day of County Championship action.

    And there were notable individual performances from the younger brigade with Derbyshire seamer Conor McKerr and Somerset spinner Dom Bess, both 19, taking five wickets in an innings and 22-year-old Sussex paceman Jofra Archer claiming 11 in the match against Leicestershire.

    All three Division One games will go into the final day, with champions Middlesex in danger of a first defeat since 2015 against Lancashire, Somerset chasing a target of 262 against Yorkshire, and Surrey and Essex slugging it out at Guildford in the hope of taking top spot in the table.

    A fascinating climax is in store. Please join us tomorrow at 10:30 BST.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Middlesex 180 & 156-6 v Lancashire 309

    Middlesex lead by 27 runs

    Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 101-4

    Somerset need another 161 for victory

    Surrey 399 & 253-7 v Essex 435

    Surrey lead by 217 runs

    Division Two

    Durham 448 & 271-6 dec v Kent 236 & 343-9

    Match drawn

    Gloucestershire 303 & 30-1 v Nottinghamshire 535-8 dec

    Gloucestershire need another 202 to avoid an innings defeat

    Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 100-2

    Sussex need another 132 for victory

    Northamptonshire 218 & 277 v Derbyshire 176 & 191

    Northamptonshire won by 128 runs

    Worcestershire 267 & 120 v Glamorgan 381 & 18-1

    Glamorgan won by nine wickets

  3. Foakes keeps Essex at bay

    Surrey 399 & 253-7 (82 overs) v Essex 435

    Having been separated by only 36 runs on first innings, a hard-fought contest is likely on the final day at Guildford when Surrey will resume 217 ahead against Essex, but with only three wickets remaining.

    Skipper Ryan ten Doeschate's 168 not out earned the visitors maximum batting points and a marathon bowling effort by Simon Harmer (4-75) helped his side whittle their way through the Surrey order.

    Ben Foakes has batted for over two hours for an unbeaten 46, but if Essex can knock over the last three wickets quickly in the morning, they will be favourites.

  4. Close of play at Southport

    Middlesex 180 & 156-6 (51 overs) v Lancashire 309

    Dawid Malan (45 not out) and James Harris (15 not out) have reached stumps without further damage.

    It's definitely Lancashire's day though, with Ryan McLaren's 75 and 58 from Tom Bailey boosting their first-innings total before Stephen Parry (3-40) and Saqib Mahmood (2-32) reduced Middlesex to 110-6.

    Malan and Harris have ensured Middlesex have a chance going into the final day, but they're firmly on the back foot, with a lead of just 27.

    Stephen Parry
  5. Malan steadying things for Middlesex

    Middlesex 180 & 154-6 (49 overs) v Lancashire 309

    Two overs remaining at Southport where Dawid Malan has steadied the sinking Middlesex ship with 44 not out alongside James Harris (14 not out) in a partnership worth 44 runs.

    Their lead is a marginal 25 and with four wickets remaining they know day four that they're in for a real battle tomorrow against a confident Lancashire side.

    Dawid Malan
  6. Sussex lay foundation for victory

    Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 100-2 (30 overs)

    All to play for on the final day at Grace Road as Luke Wells (27*) and nightwatchman Danny Briggs (10*) guide Sussex through to stumps with another 132 needed for victory.

    Leicestershire are not out of the hunt yet, but their batsmen were found wanting in the second innings against an injury-hit Sussex attack, with Harry Dearden's 36 the highest score.

    With Vernon Philander unable to bowl at all and David Wiese restricted to six over by injury, Jofra Archer produced another highly impressive and hostile display to take 6-70.

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  7. WICKET Batty (c Lawrence b Harmer) 19

    Surrey 399 & 241-7 (78 overs) v Essex 435

    Simon Harmer

    Simon Harmer's persistence pays off again at Guildford as off-spinner dismisses off-spinner, with Gareth Batty caught at short leg after helping Ben Foakes add 42 for the seventh wicket. Stuart Meaker comes out with four overs left in the day, and Surrey's lead is 205. Whichever team wins tomorrow will top the Division One table.

  8. Durham stay winless; Kent unbeaten

    Kent draw with Durham

    Division Two table

    A wonderful effort from Kent, who dealt with the first real pressure of the season to retain their unbeaten Division Two record which now reads four wins and two draws from six games.

    They take eight bonus points, while Durham, despite their disappointment, claim 12. Paul Collingwood's side remain rooted to the bottom of the table following their points deduction for financial irregularities, but are now up to -9, 37 points adrift of Leicestershire.

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    Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 343-9 (106 overs)

    Matty Potts gets in a leg-stump yorker with his fifth ball, the Durham field goes up in appeal, but Yasir Shah got bat on it. Shah then survives the final ball without drama.

    Kent's last-wicket duo have done his job and Durham are left with a draw which feels like a defeat.

    Durham have out-played one of Division Two's favourites Kent, but have failed to force a first win of the season. Paul Collingwood, whose declaration saw Durham lose at Glamorgan in the last game, is left ruing another opportunity missed.

    Shah finishes 39 not out, Mitchell Claydon made 21. Earlier captain Sam Northeast made a vital 72 to follow up his 109 not out in the first innings.

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  10. Durham put faith in Potts

    Matty Potts, fresh from his maiden County Championship wicket, to bowl the final over. Can the 18-year-old be a hero?

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  11. Claydon survives for Kent

    Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 333-9 (105 overs)

    Barry McCarthy spears in a yorker, but number 11 Mitchell Claydon does well to dig it out, as it dribbles past the leg stump.

    McCarthy goes close with his fifth ball too - Claydon dangling his bat outside off-stump. Crucially, though, the ball misses the edge.

    Six balls between Kent and a draw now.

  12. Two overs to go for Kent draw

    Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 329-9 (104 overs)

    Ryan Pringle has every fielder around the bat, but Yasir Shah can't be tempted and he plays out a maiden to the off-spinner.

    Barry McCarthy will bowl the penultimate over. It's very tense at Canterbury.

  13. Tense finish in prospect at Taunton

    Yorkshire 202 & 283 v Somerset 224 & 101-4 (36 overs)

    Steven Davies and Adam Hose share an unbroken stand of 52 to see Somerset through to stumps, requiring another 161 at Taunton to complete their first Championship win of the summer.

    Having been set a target of 262, the home side were in disarray as Yorkshire seamer Steven Patterson quickly sent back Dean Elgar, Tom Abell and Marcus Trescothick.

    Davies and Hose, though, played out the final 18.5 overs - three of them effectively overtime after the 100 scheduled for the day were completed before the 18:15 BST finish.

    Hose will start the final day on 26, with his partner 25 not out.

  14. Three overs to go at Canterbury

    Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 329-9 (103 overs)

    Mitchell Claydon and Yasir Shah are still there and Durham have brought spinner Ryan Pringle back into the attack to try and get this final wicket.

  15. WICKET Nash (c Eckersley b Raine) 23

    Leicestershire 340 & 175 v Sussex 284 & 79-2 (24.3 overs)

    Dieter Klein finds the edge of Sussex opener Chris Nash's bat, but the chance goes begging in the slips. How costly could that be for Leicestershire? the answer is not very, because Nash nicks one from Ben Raine to the keeper in the next over.

    Having passed 11,000 first-class runs, Nash goes for 23 after a stand of 54 with Luke Wells, who is joined by nightwatchman Danny Briggs. Five and a half overs remain to the end of day three, Sussex need another 153 for victory.

  16. Scores level at Southport

    Middlesex 180 & 129-6 (40 overs) v Lancashire 309

    The scores are level between Middlesex and Lancashire as Dawid Malan pulls Saqib Mahmood for a four. But it's far from parity, with Lancashire well and truly on top.

  17. Six overs for Durham

    Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 323-9 (101 overs)

    Clock is ticking for Durham to clinch the final wicket. Yasir Shah (35 not out) and Mitchell Claydon (nine not out) are still there.

    It would be a wonderful draw for Kent, who have batted all day. But Durham, bottom of Division Two and without a win, are desperate for a victory.

  18. Close of play at Bristol

    Gloucestershire 303 & 30-1 (10 overs) v Nottinghamshire 535-8d

    The damage is limited to one wicket for Gloucestershire, who reach stumps with Chris Dent 18 not out and Will Tavare unbeaten on seven.

    Nottinghamshire have enjoyed a great deal and with a lead of 202 runs they will be hopeful of pushing for a fifth wicket of the season.

  19. WICKET Coles (lbw b Potts) 30

    Durham 448 & 271-6d v Kent 236 & 309-9 (98.2 overs)

    Time was ticking for Durham to wrap up a first win of the season. Step forward Matty Potts.

    The 18-year-old takes his maiden first-class wicket and what a big one it could prove to be as he traps Matt Coles lbw with only eight overs remaining.

    Last man Mitchell Claydon is in. Can Durham do it?