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  1. Warwickshire 275-6, needing another 29 to avoid innings defeat by Lancashire
  2. Play abandoned at Chelmsford with Essex 158-4 v Somerset, 153 ahead
  3. Sussex beat Glamorgan by one wicket in a thrilling finish at Colwyn Bay
  4. Northants 167-4 at close against Notts, chasing a victory target of 417
  5. No play on day three at The Oval and Canterbury because of rain

Live Reporting

By Felix Keith and Paul Grunill

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off


    That's your lot for day three, when despite no play whatsoever at The Oval and Canterbury, and minimal action at Chelmsford, we saw some good cricket.

    Sussex's one-wicket win over Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay was the stand-out, while Daryl Mitchell scored a fifth Championship ton of the season for Worcestershire.

    Tomorrow could be even better if the weather is kind. Enjoy your evening and please join us again from 10:30ish for the final day's play.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Essex 159 & 158-4 v Somerset 164

    Warwickshire 200 & 275-6 v Lancashire 504-8 dec

    Middlesex 247 & 15-0 v Surrey 280 - no play on day three

    Division Two

    Durham 480-9 dec v Derbyshire 164 & 305-6

    Glamorgan 294 & 182 v Sussex 268 & 211-9

    Sussex won by one wicket

    Leicestershire 350 v Kent 313-9 - no play on day three

    Nottinghamshire 213 & 344-9 dec v Northamptonshire 141 & 167-4

    Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 55-3

  3. Bears still alive at Old Trafford

    Warwickshire 200 & 275-6 (85 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

    Just a single from the final over of play, but Warwickshire won't mind that after seeing off the threat of a three-day defeat. Tim Ambrose is 76 not out, having faced 142 deliveries so far, but they have a lot more work to do on the final day, with 29 still needed to clear the deficit. They may be hoping for a helping hand from the weather, Lancashire will hope the skies remain clear.

  4. Glos avoid further damage

    Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 55-3 (25 overs)

    Nightwatchman Tom Smith negotiates Ravichandran Ashwin's final over at New Road and Gloucestershire reach stumps needing another 346 for what would be a backs-to-the-wall victory.

    Opener Daryl Mitchell's 130 enabled Worcestershire to set a target of 401 and they will start the final day as favourites for victory - although a draw would be good enough to see them reclaim second spot from Sussex, who beat Glamorgan by one wicket at Colwyn Bay.

  5. Close of play at Trent Bridge

    Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 167-4 (50 overs)

    That's it at Trent Bridge, where Alex Wakely (31 not out) and Josh Cobb (36 not out) have survived to fight another day.

    Northants will require 250 runs to win on day four, while Notts will need six wickets to complete a seventh Division Two win of the season and cement their place at the top of the table.

  6. Patel on the charge

    Warwickshire 200 & 272-6 (82 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

    Interesting tactics by Warwickshire at Old Trafford as Jeetan Patel finds the boundary four times in Kyle Jarvis' opening over with the new ball.

    Three overs remain, 32 runs needed to clear the deficit. If they keep this up, they might just do it tonight.

  7. Two overs left for Northants

    Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 155-4 (48 overs)

    Alex Wakely and Josh Cobb, who are both on 28 not out, have two overs left to see off. They still require 262 runs to win.

  8. WICKET Dent (c Rhodes b Ashwin) 16

    Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 51-3 (21 overs)

    India's Ravichandran Ashwin strikes again at New Road and now has 2-9 from eight overs. Unless Gloucestershire can find a way to counter him, this looks like being a slow death by spin. Four overs laeft in the day.

  9. Lancashire begin final burst

    Warwickshire 200 & 256-6 (81 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

    With five overs remaining, Ryan McLaren takes the new ball for Lancashire. It isn't a successful one, costing him 12 runs as Tim Ambrose moves on to 73 not out. Warwickshire only 48 behind now.

  10. Derbyshire cling on at Riverside

    Durham 480-9 dec v Derbyshire 164 & 305-6 (96 overs)

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    I don't think many of us expected to see a fourth day in Chester-le-Street, particularly because Derbyshire were so poor in their first innings and began the second, following on, 316 behind.

    But they have showed grit and determination and got off to a great start when Ben Slater and Luis Reece put 99 on the board.

    But Reece should have been gone on 41 after edging Chris Rushworth down the legside to the keeper. It looked a straight forward chance. However Michael Richardson dropped it and he went on to make 106.

    Derbyshire closed needing 11 more to make Durham bat again. Batting conditions were better than day two and the home side have lost fast bowler Paul Coughlin to injury.

    Luis Reece
  11. WICKET Barker (lbw Parkinson) 22

    Warwickshire 200 & 229-6 (75 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

    Lancashire's spinners are rattling through the overs at Old Trafford and if the light holds, they will have time for a short burst with the new ball before the close. Maybe they won't need to bother as Keith Barker falls to the final delivery of the 75th over.

    Tim Ambrose is still there on 55, but he's running out of partners now and Warwickshire are still 75 behind.

  12. Northants need to battle

    Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 128-4 (41 overs)

    Northants are not in the best shape to face such a challenge as they currently do. Captain Alex Wakely, who is batting on 26 not out, has a finger injury sustained in the slip cordon.

    Yet to come are Adam Rossington, who has a similar ailment, and Ben Sanderson, who was unable to bowl through injury. It looks like it will take a miracle for them to score the 289 further runs to win.

  13. WICKET Tavare (b Ashwin) 0

    Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 26-2 (12.2 overs)

    Worcestershire's decision to sign Ravichandran Ashwin was presumably taken in the belief that he can bowl them to victories in the fourth innings of games. Let's see, shall we - well that's a good start as he removes Will Tavare for a third-ball duck.

  14. WICKET Bancroft (c Cox b Leach) 14

    Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 26-1 (11 overs)

    Worcestershire claim their first success and as is so often the case these days, it's skipper Joe Leach who provides it. Cameron Bancroft edges to the keeper and Gloucestershire badly need to avoid any further damage before stumps as Will Tavare comes out.

  15. for Tim Ambrose

    Warwickshire 200 & 212-5 (71 overs) v Lancashire 504-8 dec

    A single to Tim Ambrose off Matt Parkinson and there's a 98-ball fifty, the 63rd of his career in first-class cricket. Warwickshire need another 92 runs to make Lancashire bat again.

  16. WICKET Hughes (lbw Potts) 39

    Durham 480-9 dec v Derbyshire 164 & 298-6 (91 overs)

    Teenager Matty Potts removes the stubborn Alex Hughes and although Durham aren't going to finish this tonight, it will surely be only a matter of time on the final day unless the weather intervenes, with Derbyshire still 18 behind after following on.

  17. WICKET Keogh (c Hutton b Gurney) 0

    Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 122-4 (38.1 overs)

    Notts are on a roll. Brett Hutton claims a stunner at fourth slip to see the back of Rob Keogh without scoring. Keogh can count himself unlucky, but Josh Cobb replaces him at the crease.

    Northants are 295 runs behind. Adam Rossington is likely to bat with a injured hand, but won't be allowed in until later, due to regulations.

  18. Get Involved


    Dan: re: benefits of Rushworth and Onions together - hopefully the club will see this and offer him a contract!

    See 17:28 post. Surely Ian Botham, of all people would know the benefits? The duo are two of the most experienced campaigners around.

  19. WICKET Levi (c Read b Ball) 4

    Notts 213 & 344-9d v Northants 141 & 117-3 (36 overs)

    That's not a good shot from Richard Levi, given the circumstances. He flashes at one from Jake Ball, sending it into the gloves of Chris Read.

    Two in quick succession for Notts, who will be eyeing a swift conclusion now with 13 overs left tonight.

    Jake Ball
  20. Worcestershire look to Ashwin

    Worcestershire 363 & 295-8 dec v Gloucestershire 258 & 23-0 (7 overs)

    Nothing doing yet for Worcestershire with the new ball, so India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is into the attack for the seventh over, which is a maiden. Gloucestershire need 401 to win this match and Chris Dent and Cameron Bancroft are settling themselves in for the long haul.