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By Matthew Henry and Paul Grunill

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  1. Northants 'still in the race'

    Glamorgan 207 & 320 v Northamptonshire 310 & 221-3

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Another good win for Northamptonshire, who are doing their best to keep pace with the promotion race.

    This was their seventh win of the season - two more than they achieved when winning promotion in 2013.

    They were ahead in this game all the way through and could well have wrapped up a bigger victory had they ended Glamorgan's lower-order resistance earlier yesterday afternoon.

    But it is 22 more points and promotion still up for grabs with Nottinghamshire at home and Leicestershire away in their remaining games - they will have to win both and hope that Notts and/or Worcestershire slip up in the final round.

  2. WICKET Brown (c Hughes b Viljoen) 0

    Sussex 271 & 271-5 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

    Derbyshire think they can win this. Viljoen has 12 in the match!

    This really is going to be a thriller. The South African quick gets Brown caught at slip for a duck and has a second five-wicket haul of the match.


    Middlesex 204 & 14-1 v Hampshire 146

    Umpires Russell Evans and Graham Lloyd decide no further play is possible after a rain shower at Uxbridge.

    Middlesex take nine points and Hampshire eight - both, though, remain in danger of relegation with two rounds of games to go.

    Nick Compton is 11 not out when the game is called off, with Stevie Eskinazi on three.

  4. WICKET Van Zyl (c Critchley b Viljoen) 85

    Sussex 271 & 267-4 (66 overs) v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

    Massive wicket for Derbyshire.

    South African Stiaan van Zyl goes for an excellent 85 and this match takes a swing towards Derbyshire.

    The visitors break the Wright-Van Zyl partnership which had looked very good for Sussex. Who is going to win now?

    There are 30 overs left. Sussex need 123. Derbyshire need six wickets.

  5. for Darren Stevens

    Gloucestershire 385 & 249-8 v Kent 386

    Darren Stevens

    Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens claims his seventh 'five-for' of the summer by bowling Josh Shaw for two at the Brightside Ground. Gareth Roderick is 43 not out, despite batting with a finger injury, and Gloucestershire's lead is 248.

  6. Sussex on the attack

    Sussex 271 & 266-3 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

    This could turn into a one-day style chase.

    Sussex's 250 is brought up by Luke Wright boundary. Stiaan van Zyl (85 not out) then joins the attack with a four of his own before another from Wright (75 not out).

    Sussex have scored 29 in five overs since the tea interval.

    They need another 124 with seven wickets remaining.

  7. Next week's fixtures

    Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 September

    The penultimate round of Championship matches takes place next week with the prospect of six teams still being in danger of relegation, and Notts taking on Northants in a game which could go a long way to deciding who goes up from Division Two.

    Division One

    Hampshire v Essex

    Middlesex v Lancashire

    Surrey v Somerset

    Yorkshire v Warwickshire

    Division Two

    Derbyshire v Kent

    Durham v Sussex

    Glamorgan v Gloucestershire

    Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire

    We'll be with you throughout the four days for full radio and text coverage.

  8. Yorkshire halted by bad light

    Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 394 & 281-2

    The umpires take the players off at the Oval with Yorkshire 83 runs ahead. Shaun Marsh is still there on 125 not out and Gary Ballance has 28 - their stand so far worth 42.

    With this game looking like a draw, and a similar scenario between Middlesex and Hampshire, Warwickshire's Division One status is hanging by a thread.

  9. Rain hold-up at Uxbridge

    Middlesex 204 & 14-1 v Hampshire 146

    The rain, which blighted the first three days of this game, returns and we wonder how much enthusiasm there is among the two sets of players to resume the action. Middlesex have four bonus points so far and Hampshire have three.


    Northants 310 & 221-4 (58.4 overs) v Glamorgan 207 & 320

    Sealed with consecutive boundaries from Richard Levi.

    Northamptonshire keep up their promotion push with an excellent win over Glamorgan.

    They're up to 178 points, 29 points behind Nottinghamshire who they play next week at Wantage Road.

  11. Five to win for Northants

    Northants 310 & 213-3 (58 overs) v Glamorgan 207 & 320

    Play restarts at Cardiff and immediately Alex Wakely hits a boundary for Northamptonshire.

    He isn't going to leave it to chance. Five to win...

  12. Wright key to Sussex run-chase

    Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec v Sussex 271 & 236-3

    Adrian Harms

    Sports reporter, BBC Sussex

    Providing the weather holds, this game is in the balance, with Sussex needing 154 to win in 36 overs

    Stiaan Van Zyl and Luke Wright have added 89 for the fourth wicket, with Wright, in particular, looking to attack whenver possible.

    However, Hardus Viljoen has already taken 10 wickets in the match and he is certain to bowl after tea. With a new ball available in 20 overs this game could go down to the wire.

  13. WICKET Robson (c Adams b Berg) 0

    Middlesex 204 & 12-1 v Hampshire 146

    The wickets continue to fall at Uxbridge as Middlesex opener Sam Robson is taken at second slip. Not sure where we're going with this game, but it's certainly not short of incident. Middlesex lead by 70.

  14. Glos legend celebrates birthday

    Mike Procter

    As Gloucestershire take tea against Kent at Bristol, we just want to wish former all-rounder Mike Procter a happy 71st birthday.

    A genuinely fast bowler and destructive batsman, he took 1,417 first-class wickets during his career at a cost of less than 20 runs each and scored 48 centuries.

    He only played seven Tests for South Africa because of their exile from international sport in the apartheid era, and spent several summers with Gloucestershire - and memorably took a televised hat-trick against Hampshire in a 1977 B&H Cup semi-final.

  15. Play to restart in Cardiff

    Northants 310 & 209-3 (57.1 overs) v Glamorgan 207 & 320

    The rain has cleared and the outfield dry enough for the restart in Cardiff.

    Northamptonshire will be breathing a sign of relief because they only need another nine runs to beat Glamorgan.

  16. Worcestershire go top of Division Two

    That ends an excellent game at New Road.

    Leicestershire gave it a pretty good go, scoring 624 runs and still coming out on the losing side.

    Callum Parkinson deserves a mention too with 10 wickets in the match but Worcestershire knock Nottinghamshire off top spot.


    Worcestershire 493 & 132-4 (30.2 overs) v Leicestershire 404 & 220

    The honour of hitting the winning runs for Worcestershire falls to Ravichandran Ashwin.

    Worcestershire are now top of Division Two.

  18. WICKET Clarke (lbw b Ali) 35

    Worcestershire 493 & 124-4 (29.3 overs) v Leicestershire 404 & 220

    Joe Clarke will not be the Worcestershire player that hits the winning runs which will take the side top of Division Two.

    He falls with eight runs still required.

  19. for Luke Wright and tea

    Sussex 271 & 236-3 v Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 dec

    An eighth four of the innings brings up Luke Wright's second 50 of the match.

    Can Sussex still do this?

    Stiaan van Zyl (76 not out) hits two more fours of his own and things are really starting to get interesting.

    Sussex head for tea needing another 154 runs at 4.28 runs per over.

  20. Tea scores round-up

    Division One

    Middlesex 204 v Hampshire 146

    Somerset 335 & 69-3 v Lancashire 133 & 269 (f/o)

    Somerset won by seven wickets

    Surrey 592 v Yorkshire 394 & 277-2 (f/o)

    Division Two

    Glamorgan 207 & 320 v Northamptonshire 310 & 209-3

    Gloucestershire 385 & 233-7 v Kent 386

    Derbyshire 338 & 322-8 v Sussex 271 & 236-3

    Leicestershire 404 & 220 v Worcestershire 493 & 124-4 - still in play