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Summary

  1. Somerset, Middlesex & Hants can still be relegated
  2. Somerset must beat Middlesex for survival chance
  3. Ravi Patel takes 7-81 as Somerset all out for 236
  4. Yorkshire secure survival; 250 keeps Middlesex up
  5. Play washed out at Edgbaston & Grace Road
  6. Worcs, Notts & Northants battle for two promotion spots

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee and Kalika Mehta

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    So, eight hours after we started, with plenty of drama along the way, it's time to go.

    Myself and Kalika Mehta will be back tomorrow from 10:15 BST with all the ups and downs on day two.

    The weather is looking better too.

    See you then.

  2. Close of play at Old Trafford

    Lancashire 17-0 v Surrey 201-8 dec

    Alex Davies and Rob Jones have seen out the final nine overs in Manchester to take Lancashire to stumps unscathed.

    That's day one done in the County Championship. Three more to go in 2017. Sad times.

  3. Middlesex concerns about pitch

    Somerset 236 v Middlesex 18-3

    Adam Voges

    BBC London's Kevin Hand says the match's cricket liaison officer will have a discussion with the umpires and have more information tomorrow.

    That's all we have at the moment I'm afraid folks.

  4. Middlesex concerns about pitch

    Somerset 236 v Middlesex 18-3

    Hmm, this is interesting.

    BBC London's Kevin Hand has spoken to Middlesex skipper Adam Voges who says he has "made his opinions known" to the match's cricket liaison officer regarding the pitch at Taunton.

    13 wickets fell on day one, including nine for just 48 runs after tea.

    But he says the club will make no further comment tonight. We'll keep a close eye on that one.

    Taunton pitch
  5. Post update

    Lancashire 15-0 v Surrey 201-8 dec

    Three overs to go at Old Trafford.

    Three overs until I can move my legs.

  6. Get Involved

    #bbccricket

    RED DOG: After bright start by Notts' bowlers.. Have let Sussex get away again. Can't see us winning title now. Gutted...

  7. Stumps at Canterbury

    Kent 302 v Glamorgan 18-1

    Time at Kent too.

    Joe Denly starred with 152 for the hosts before Adam Milne claimed a late wicket.

  8. Close of play at Hove

    Sussex 230-5 v Notts

    That is indeed stumps at Hove.

    104 overs will be bowled tomorrow.

  9. Day one drawing to a close

    Time to draw a bit of breath after a frantic day.

    We only have play at Lancashire and Kent at the moment - in two dead rubbers.

    Put your feet up, relax.

  10. Bad light stops play at Hove

    Sussex 230-5 v Notts

    That could be your lot at Hove.

    Youngsters Delray Rawlins (55*) and Michael Burgess (67*) have done superbly for Sussex in a stand of 123.

    With Northants' first day at Leicestershire washed out, Notts are still big favourites to go up - but they need 12 points to make sure.

  11. Lancashire start innings

    Lancashire 0-0 v Surrey 201-8 dec

    Apologies, I said seven but there are in fact nine overs left. NINE?!!? It's virtually pitch black here in Birmingham.

    Rob Jones and Alex Davies open the innings for Lancashire.

    Haseeb Hameed is of course missing with a broken finger.

  12. Stumps at Chelmsford

    Essex 227 v Yorkshire

    Simon Harmer

    That is stumps at Chelmsford too as bad light stops the Essex seamers having a chance to have a bowl at Yorkshire's batsmen this evening.

    The day belongs to Simon Harmer, who hit his first Championship half-century for Essex this season, as the champions look to claim a tenth victory in Division One this season.

  13. Surrey declare

    Lancashire v Surrey 201-8 dec

    Surrey obviously fancy a bowl this evening, they've declared at Old Trafford.

    Seven overs should be left.

  14. What's going on?!

    With bad light and rain playing havoc today, let me put you in the picture...

    Lancashire against Surrey is the only game still going on in Division One - Surrey are 201-8.

    In Division Two, Sussex have fought back superbly against Notts - they're 217-5 thanks to an unbroken stand of 110 between Delray Rawlins (45*) and Michael Burgess (65*).

    Glamorgan are 11-1 in reply to Kent's 302.

    The other three games in Div Two are done for the day.

  15. Post update

    Somerset 236 v Middlesex 18-3

    Just to clarify, in the magical world of bonus points, Middlesex would be safe if they score 250 in this innings.

    Then it would come down to a straight shoot out between Somerset and Hampshire as to who goes down.

  16. Stumps at Taunton

    Somerset 236 v Middlesex 18-3

    Jack Leach wicket

    What a day.

    I'm not sure where to start.

    Somerset, who need to win to stand a chance of survival, collapsed from 206-4 to 236 all out after tea.

    Middlesex spinner claimed a career-best 7-81.

    But Somerset's bowlers fought back, reducing them to 5-3, before Dawid Malan and Adam Voges saw the visitors through to stumps.

    Who's coming back for day two!?

  17. Get Involved

    #bbccricket

    David Sproule: Would big runs from Malan in a pressured situation like this seal his seat on the plane to Aus?

    Nick Bennett: Would imagine Jack Leach is also now ahead of Dawson and Crane for the second spinners spot

  18. Curran reaches his half-century

    Surrey 192-8 v Lancashire

    Sam Curran

    ... and the 19-year-old gets there as he sends Saqib Mahmood to the boundary ropes.

    It is Curran's tenth first-class half-century and his fifth this season.

    You would imagine if he keeps up this kind of form next season, he will certainly be a future England prospect.

  19. Post update

    Somerset 236 v Middlesex 16-3

    One over to go at Taunton. Roelof van der Merwe to bowl it.

  20. WICKET Batty (c Parkinson b Parry) 0

    Surrey 184-8 v Lancashire

    Surrey captain Gareth Batty departs for a duck as he chips the ball to mid-wicket off spinner Stephen Parry.

    Sam Curran is closing in on his half-century...