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Summary

  1. Penultimate round of 2017 matches
  2. Five teams bid to avoid relegation
  3. Yorkshire dismiss Warwickshire for 219
  4. Surrey's Rikki Clarke takes seven v Somerset
  5. Middlesex all out for 233 v Lancs
  6. Somerset earn two batting points; Middlesex one
  7. Northants host Notts in promotion battle
  8. Get involved via #bbccricket

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By Felix Keith and Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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County Championship, Day One

Steven Finn
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Thanks for your company throughout day one in the County Championship. We're going to Steven Finnish there.

Do be sure to join us again tomorrow as the five-way battle to avoid relegation to Division Two continues.

Before then, make sure you head over to Mark Mitchener's live coverage of England against the West Indies, which you can find right here.

Good evening, cricket fans.

Close of play scores

Division One

Hampshire 254 v Essex 33-5

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 113-5

Somerset 269 v Surrey 42-0

Warwickshire 219 v Yorkshire 62-1

Division Two

Derbyshire v Kent - No play on day one due to wet outfield

Sussex 346 v Durham 8-1

Glamorgan 342-7 v Gloucestershire

Northamptonshire 194 v Nottinghamshire 80-5

Play finished at Lord's

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 113-5 (34 overs)

That's it at Lord's where Steven Croft and Ryan McLaren wander off with their wickets intact. Lancashire still have plenty of work to do, after Toby Roland-Jones, Tim Murtagh and Steven Finn took the wickets.

How valuable does Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner's stand of 102 look now?

Essex limp to the close

Hampshire 254 v Essex 33-5 (24 overs)

Hampshire are well on top now and it will require quite a recovery for Essex. They have Ryan ten Doeschate and Dan Lawrence at the crease for tomorrow at least.

They will begin the day 221 runs behind. Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards did the majority of the damage.

The view from the press box

Yorkshire 62-1 (23 overs) v Warwickshire 219 all out

Mike Taylor

BBC WM at Headingley

Warwickshire's 219 looks by no means imposing but it may yet be enough to at least make this match competitive.

Chris Wright dislodging Kraigg Brathwaite near the end helped with that, but Jeetan Patel's counter-attacking 100 - his third for Warwickshire and second against Yorkshire - roused the Bears and this match.

His scoring-rate was rapid - 47 balls for his first 50 - but his strokes were controlled and classy. He owed little to luck.

For an encore he took a fine low catch to see off Brathwaite, and was the only bowler to cause Adam Lyth any notable difficulties in the last session.

WICKET Cook (b Edwards) 0

Hampshire 254 v Essex 26-5 (22.2 overs)

Champions Essex ending day one firmly on the back foot at the Ageas Bowl. Fidel Edwards beats nightwatchman Sam Cook for pace to make it five wickets for the session!

The close at Chester-le-Street

Durham 8-1 (3.0 overs) v Sussex 346

Sussex took the wicket of Keaton Jennings (6) just before the close and they'll be pleased with that.

Durham could certainly have done with Jennings seeing out the night! Out he goes, lbw. And off they go for the night.

It's Sussex's day, it would seem.

Close of at Wantage Road

Northants 194 v Notts 80-5 (32 overs)

Nottinghamshire survive to the close with Billy Root and nightwatchman Luke Wood at the crease. They've not had it all their own way in pursuit of Worcestershire at the top of Division Two.

BreakingThe close at the Oval

Surrey 42-0 (14 overs) v Somerset 269

Surrey are very pleased to reach the close without loss. Somerset have bowled excellently and it's taken some battling stuff to hold them off.

This one is pretty evenly poised ahead of a potentially fascinating day two.

WICKET Bopara (b Berg) 7

Hampshire 254 v Essex 26-4 (20.1 overs)

Ravi Bopara has failed in his task to reach the close unbeaten. Second change bowlers Gareth Berg and Ian Holland are into the attack for Hampshire and its the former who does the damage, beating Bopara's defences.

Hamphire are finishing strongly. Could Essex's unbeaten record be in danger?

Six deliveries remain at the Oval

Surrey 41-0 (13 overs) v Somerset 269

Surrey's openers have one more over to navigate tonight, before the close.

Rory Burns has passed 1,000 first-class runs for the season.

WICKET Chanderpaul (c Voges b Roland-Jones) 29

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 95-5 (27.4 overs)

Toby Roland-Jones picks up the prize wicket of Shiv Chanderpaul. The West Indian, as ever, battled hard for his 29 runs, but he edges to Adam Voges at second slip who takes a good catch.

Lancashire need lower-order contributions of the ilk of Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner.

BreakingThe close at Headingley

Yorkshire 62-1 (23 overs) v Warwickshire 219 all out

Yorkshire trail by 157 runs with nine wickets remaining in their first innings. Adam Lyth is unbeaten on 35.

The close at Cardiff

Glamorgan 342-7 v Gloucestershire

Openers still under pressure

Surrey 36-0 (10.5 overs) v Somerset 269

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

"If what we have seen tonight continues tomorrow, 269 looks to be a lot of runs. A lot. The ball is nipping about, looking a lot livelier than it did this morning."

WICKET Braithwaite (c Patel b Wright) 18

Yorkshire 61-1 (20.3 overs) v Warwickshire 219

Yorkshire's opening partnership is broken after 82 minutes, as Kraigg Braithwaite is caught at first slip. In comes Steven Patterson now, to join Adam Lyth (35 not out) in the middle.

Division Two update

Nottinghamshire are 73-4, trailing promotion rivals Northamptonshire by 121 runs in their first innings.

Also on day one, Glamorgan are 336-7 and Kiran Carlson is still unbeaten on a whopping 133 from 259 balls. He's helped them recover from 63-4 at home to Gloucestershire.

Meanwhile, Sussex are now 346 all out at Durham.

Essex digging in

Hampshire 254 v Essex 23-3 (16.1 overs)

Dan Lawrence and Ravi Bopara have dug the trenches in their attempt to get to the close with no further wickets lost.

The pair have scored just 11 runs from the last nine overs. Steady on lads.

Chanderpaul & Croft consolidating

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 75-4 (23.2 overs)

Shiv Chanderpaul (22 not out) and Steven Croft (10 not out) are the men for a tricky situation and they're proving it at Lord's with a partnership of 19 runs.

Steven Finn and James Harris are plugging away with the ball.

Lyth getting his eye in

Yorkshire 54-0 (18 overs) v Warwickshire 219

Adam Lyth has hit a couple of sixes for Yorkshire and they've passed the 50 mark without loss. Kraigg Braithwaite has also chipped in with three boundaries.

Fascinating contest

Surrey 17-0 (5.2 overs) v Somerset 269

Mark Church

BBC Radio London commentator

Surrey openers under pressure

Surrey 12-0 (4.2 overs) v Somerset 269

Somerset's Craig Overton has got the ball swinging dangerously and the visitors have been unlucky not to get an edge yet. It feels like it's only a matter of time.

Solid Yorkshire start

Yorkshire 42-0 (14.2 overs) v Warwickshire 219

Having said Yorkshire's run rate wasn't great, they've upped the pace a little now.

Openers Adam Lyth and Kraigg Braithwaite are both up to 17 not out.

WICKET Livingstone (c Compton b Finn) 16

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 56-4 (17.2 overs)

Poor shot from Liam Livingstone. The Lancashire batsman doesn't know what to do with a Steven Finn long-hop. But rather than cream it to the boundary he hits an indeterminate shot to Nick Compton at point for an easy catch.

Yorkshire openers still there

Yorkshire 25-0 (11.2 overs) v Warwickshire 219

Openers Adam Lyth (9 not out) and Kraigg Braithwaite (8 not out) remain unbeaten but the run rate is relatively slow so far for Yorkshire, in reply to Warwickshire's 219.

WICKET Westley (lbw b Edwards) 6

Hampshire 254 v Essex 12-3 (7 overs)

*England Ashes watch alert*

Tom Westley is out for six runs, lbw to Fidel Edwards at the Ageas Bowl. Hampshire are all over the Division One champions at present.

He is still averaging a touch under 50 for the season, with two centuries and two half-centuries, but has been short of form of late.

Fidel Edwards
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BreakingSomerset all out for 269 v Surrey

WICKET Davies (c Stoneman b Clarke) 86

Steven Davies' top effort runs its course as he is caught off Rikki Clarke for 86.

Clarke finishes with 7-55, which is quite superb. Those are his career-best figures.

WICKET Libby (lbw b Kleinveldt) 13

Northants 194 v Notts 49-3 (16.1 overs)

Rory Kleinveldt has a third wicket to go with his important 43 runs with the bat. Jake Libby his struck on the pads and sent on his way.

Maybe this week is going to be defined by low totals?

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WICKET Chopra (b Abbott) 5

Hampshire 254 v Essex 12-2 (5.4 overs)

Kyle Abbott has another wicket, and it's Essex's second opener Varun Chopra who has to leave the crease. The seamer is working up some good pace and does the former Warwickshire man to remove his off-stump.

WICKET Leach (lbw b Batty) 2

Somerset 257-9 (78.4 overs) v Surrey

Jack Leach has gone for two and Somerset have one wicket left but Steven Davies still remains, on 82 not out.

WICKET Vilas (b Murtagh) 5

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 40-3 (12.5 overs)

Bowled him! Tim Murtagh produces a gem of a delivery, nipping back to rearrange Dane Vilas' stumps.

Middlesex's 233 suddenly looking a very good score. Steven Finn hasn't even got on to bowl yet.

WICKET Pujara (c Levi b Kleinveldt) 0

Northants 194 v Notts 22-2 (13 overs)

It gets better for Rory Kleinveldt too. The big all-rounder does for Indian Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara third ball, with Richard Levi taking the catch.

Nottinghamshire are wobbling with the bat after a fine bowling performance.

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WICKET Mullaney (b Kleinveldt) 15

Northants 194 v Notts 22-1 (12.5 overs)

Rory Kleinveldt continues his impressive day, bowling Steven Mullaney for 15.

WICKET Bess (c & b Clarke) 27

Somerset 252-8 (75.6 overs) v Surrey

Rikki Clarke comes back in to Surrey's attack and... Straight away gets a wicket in the first over of his spell. He's almost unstoppable today.

Dom Bess did very well alongside Steven Davies (79 not out) to steer Somerset to a second batting bonus point, but Rikki Clarke (6-46) is currently on course for his best ever first-class cricket figures.

WICKET Browne (b Abbott) 0

Hampshire 254 v Essex 1-1 (1.5 overs)

Kyle Abbott strikes in his first over! The South African trails only Essex's Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer for Division One wickets this season and it's easy to see why.

Nick Browne, who has been Essex's most consistent batsman this season,tries an expansive drive, misses and is bowled without scoring.

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Second batting bonus point for Somerset

Somerset 251-7 (74.5 overs) v Surrey

Somerset are now one point above Middlesex in the as it stands table, as they pass 250 - something Middlesex failed to do earlier.

Division Two round-up

In the three second-tier games at which there has been play today, 20 wickets have fallen so far.

In the big game in the promotion race, Nottinghamshire are 11-0 in reply to Northamptonshire's 194 all out.

Meanwhile, in Cardiff, Glamorgan are 263-5 at home to Gloucestershire, with Kiran Carlson chasing a century and Andrew Salter closing in on his 50.

And at Chester-le-Street, visitors Sussex are 288-5 thanks largely to captain Luke Wells' 122 earlier, and Stiaan van Zyl's 92.

WICKET Davies (lbw b Murtagh) 19

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 22-2 (8.1 overs)

And he's followed by his opening partner Alex Davies who shoulders arms to Tim Murtagh - never a wise idea - and sees the finger go up.

Two wickets in two balls for Middlesex.

WICKET Hameed (lbw b Roland-Jones) 3

Middlesex 233 v Lancashire 22-1 (8 overs)

If we're still playing 'England Ashes watch' then we must note a cross next to the name of Haseeb Hameed who is caught back on his crease by fellow England hopeful Toby Roland-Jones.

The Lancashire youngster has done well of late, but he's failed in front of England selector Mark Ramprakash.