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  1. Cook makes 193 off 280 balls
  2. Browne hits 221 off 384 deliveries
  3. Cook & Browne break Essex highest opening stand with 373
  4. Day three washed out at Headingley & Durham

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By Gary Smee

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  1. Post update

    Nick Browne Alastair Cook

    And so a day of rain, more rain, record partnerships, broken champions and hugs, is over.

    I'll be back tomorrow with Felix Keith from 13:45 BST.

    See you then.

  2. Close of play at Northants

    Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 44-0 (target 394)

    At 9.57pm play ends for the day at Northants. We didn't quite make it past 10pm!

    Leicestershire need another 350 for victory - a tough ask, but not impossible in this day and age.

  3. Post update

    Northants 261 & 289-7 dec v Leicestershire 157 & 32-0 (target 394)

    As the clock ticks round to 9.50pm - we're down to one match.

    Leicestershire openers Paul Horton and Arun Harinath are batting for the close at Northants.

    Two overs remain.

  4. Stumps at Trent Bridge

    Notts 371 v Kent 180 & 214-7

    Adam Rouse and Adam Milne have done a fine job of batting out the final 30 minutes or so in Nottingham, but you feel it is only delaying the inevitable for Kent.

    They lead by 18 heading into the final day.

  5. WICKET Rudolph (lbw b Mendis) 0

    Glamorgan 237 & 0-1 (target 212) v Derbyshire 288 & 166

    Oh my word, Jacques Rudolph is out to the final ball of the day.

    The Glamorgan skipper is pinned lbw by spinner Jeevan Mendis.

    That's a huge blow to the home side as they chase 212.

  6. Three games left

    With day three rapidly coming to a close, we're down to a final trio of matches still going on in Division Two.

    It looks like Notts will have to wait until tomorrow to wrap up victory against Kent - Adam Rouse and Adam Milne have taken them to 209-7 and a lead of 18 with just a couple of overs to go at Trent Bridge.

    Glamorgan are in full survival mode against Derbyshire. Jacques Rudolph and Timm van der Gugten have played out five straight maidens. Their chase of 212 will not start until tomorrow it seems.

    Leicestershire have started well in pursuit of an unlikely 394 to win at Northants. They're 31-0 with five overs left tonight.

  7. Stumps at Chelmsford

    Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 27-0

    Nick Gubbins and Nick Compton will be hugely relived to have seen out those last 13 overs of the day unscathed.

    It gives Middlesex a much better chance of earning a draw tomorrow.

    The day has belonged to Essex though - in particular Alastair Cook and Nick Browne who share a record opening partnership for Essex of 373.

    The Division One leaders will have to bowl well for victory tomorrow.

    Nick Browne Alastair Cook
  8. Close of play at Hove

    Sussex 358-9d v Gloucestershire 150-1

    Adrian Harms

    Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

    Despite losing 56 overs in the day and considering play could carry on until 10pm, it is slightly odd that we are finishing just after 9.30pm.

    Either way an excellent partnership of 82 between Cameron Bancroft and Will Tavare has made virtually certain that Gloucstershire will avoid any prospect of a follow on. Now the captains will need to negotiate a run-chase if this game is to end in anything but a draw.

    Image caption: Close of play at Hove
  9. Post update

    Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 25-0

    Essex lad

    This chap has been in the crowd from start to finish I believe.

    Talking of finish, we're into the final over at Chelmsford. Mohammad Amir is bowling it. Then the focus switches to Division Two...

  10. Glamorgan using a 'floodlightwatchman'

    Glamorgan 237 & 0-0 v Derbyshire 288 & 160

    A novel new term has been brought to us by day/night cricket. With the pink ball difficult to face under the floodlights, we've seen the introduction to the cricket lexicon of 'floodlightwatchmen', as mentioned here by BBC Sport commentator Peter Miller.

    Timm van der Gugten, who performed the role in the first innings too, is opening with Jacques Rudolph.

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  11. Post update

    Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 20-0

    Essex turn to in-form spinner Simon Harmer in place of Mohammad Amir at the River End.

    I'll get my wicket entry ready...

  12. Kent have the lead

    Notts 371 v Kent 180 & 193-7

    Kent have a lead - the problem is it is only two runs at the moment. And they have just two wicket left after Darren Stevens retired hurt.

    Adam Milne is looking good for now on 20 not out, though. Notts will at least have to bat again to earn their sixth win of the season.

  13. Glamorgan need 212 to win

    Glamorgan 237 v Derbyshire 288 & 160

    Jeevan Mendis is caught at deep square leg by Jacques Rudolph on boundary off Timm van der Gugten for 27 and Derbyshire all are out.

    It's positive stuff, meaning Glamorgan have the chaseable target of 212 to win. Derbyshire are still without a win in Division Two, but are also in with a shot if the weather behaves itself tomorrow in Cardiff.

  14. Post update

    Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 20-0


    Essex are piling on the pressure but Middlesex openers Nick Gubbins and Nick Compton are holding firm.

    Four overs to go tonight.

  15. Post update

    Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 14-0

    Mohammad Amir

    I wonder what this man's made of his first week at Essex?

    He's seen records broken, a rare washout, and the county champions smashed all over the park.

    The Pakistan left-armer has started his spell with three maidens this evening.

  16. Notts to resume at 21:10 BST

    Notts 371 v Kent 180 & 186-7

    Nottinghamshire will have the opportunity to wrap things up against Kent at Trent Bridge. They will go back out again in a few minutes, with 12 overs left to play if the rain holds off.

    Kent, who have Adam Rouse and Adam Milne at the wicket, still need five runs to make Notts bat again.

  17. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 321 v Lancashire 273 & 178-4

    Goodness me, that caught me by surprise - they've finished (pretty much) on time at Warwickshire.

    I'm in this for the long haul!

    Shiv Chanderpaul and Dane Vilas' unbroken stand in the last hour or so may well have saved the game for Lancashire - who saw Jos Buttler and Haseeb Hameed go cheaply once again earlier.

    But early wickets would most certainly change things tomorrow afternoon.

    Haseeb Hameed
  18. Post update

    Essex 542-3 dec v Middlesex 246 & 10-0

    Nick Gubbins and Nick Compton have seen out four overs of the 12 remaining this evening.

    Mohammad Amir and Jamie Porter are racing in for Essex. They'll want a couple tonight.

  19. Play to resume at 21:00 BST

    Sussex 358-9 dec v Gloucestershire 120-1

    Adrian Harms

    Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

    The groundsman must be exhausted as the outfield is dried again for another 10 overs to be bowled tonight

  20. Lancashire dig in

    Warwickshire 321 v Lancashire 273 & 178-4

    Following those two quick wickets from Boyd Rankin after dinner, it's been a frustrating last hour for Warwickshire.

    Shiv Chanderpaul and Dane Vilas have dug their trenches and are in it for the long haul.

    Lancashire lead by 130.

    Andrew Umeed