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Kalika Mehta and James Law

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  1. Lights off...

    Lights

    That's us done for day three - we've seen Kent and Leicestershire win with a day to spare, with six matches still to play tomorrow.

    Can Division One leaders Surrey finish off Yorkshire? Will Essex be able to respond to tonight's disappointment against Somerset? I could go on, but many questions will be answered on the fourth and final day.

    We'll be back from 10:45 BST and look forward to you joining us.

  2. Close of play scores

    Another brilliant day of Championship cricket has come to an end.

    Here's a final look at all of the scores across the two divisions at the close of play on day three.

    Division One:

    Scarborough: Surrey (267 & 89-0) need 171 runs to beat Yorkshire (342 & 152)

    Old Trafford: Hampshire (451 & 66-2) lead Lancashire (411) by 106 runs

    Chelmsford: Essex (517-5 dec & 17-2) lead Somerset (407) by 127 runs

    Trent Bridge: Worcestershire (287 & 43-0) require 420 runs to beat Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec)

    Division Two:

    Sophia Gardens, Cardiff: Glamorgan (254 & 121-4) need 313 runs to beat Northamptonshire (281 & 406-9 dec)

    Chester-le-Street: Warwickshire (424 & 152-5) lead Durham (297) by 279 runs

    Derby: Leicestershire (297 & 133-4) beat Derbyshire (245 & 184) by six wickets

    Canterbury: Kent (241 & 281) beat Middlesex (56 & 124) by 342 runs

  3. Close of play at Chester-le-Street

    Warwickshire (424 & 152-5) lead Durham (297) by 279 runs

    Keith Barker (22 not out) and Tim Ambrose (18 not out) share an important unbeaten 33-run sixth-wicket stand to extend their lead over Durham to 279 runs at the end of the day's play.

    A bad start to the day saw the hosts lose 4-38 at Chester-le-Street before a lower-innings fight from Ryan Pringle (34) and Nathan Rimmington (32) helped Durham to 297 all out.

    Jonathan Trott backed up his first innings total with another half-century as the visitors looked to out the match out of sight but Matt Salisbury chipped in with three late wickets to give Durham a slim chance of salvaging something out of the match.

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  4. Then there was one...

    Warwickshire (424 & 129-5) lead Durham (297) by 256 runs

    There are still three overs to go at Chester-le-Street, where Durham have continued to pick up wickets.

    Keith Barker (5 not out) and Tim Ambrose (12 not out) are at the crease Matt Salisbury and Nathan Rimmingtom search for more wickets under the moonlight.

  5. Close of play at Chelmsford

    Essex (517-5 dec & 17-2) lead Somerset (407) by 127 runs

    There are no further losses at Chelmsford as our final match of the day draws to a close.

    A good all-round bowling effort saw champions Essex bowl Somerset out for 407, as James Hildreth and Eddie Byrom both made half-centuries, to earn a 110-run first innings lead.

    However, with nine overs to face the hosts lost Tom Westley for a duck and Michael-Kyle Pepper for just a single as they ended day three 17-2, with a lead of 127 runs.

    For either side to push for any other than a draw on the final day of this day/night match, Essex will need to score some fast runs to set Somerset some sort of a chase.

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  6. 'Worcestershire face tough challenge'

    Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec) v Worcestershire (287 & 43-0) - TARGET 462

    Dave Bracegirdle

    BBC Radio Nottingham commentator

    Worcestershire face a tough challenge on the final day if they are to avoid defeat against Nottinghamshire in their day-night pink ball Specsavers County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

    Set to score an improbable 462, from a minimum of 113 overs, they reached the close of the third day unscathed on 43 without loss.

    Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill safely negotiated the tricky twilight stage at the end of the day and will begin anew in more favourable conditions on the final afternoon.

  7. Browne and Bopara dig

    Essex (517-5 dec & 7-2) lead Somerset (407) by 117 runs

    Nick Browne and Ravi Bopara are anchoring down at Chelmsford as the pair look to take Essex through to the end of the day without any further damage.

    Somerset seamers Josh Davey and Lewis Gregory are bowling a probing line and length though - back up their heroics with the bat earlier with the ball now.

  8. Close of play at Trent Bridge

    Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec) v Worcestershire (287 & 43-0) - TARGET 462

    Daryl Mitchell and Martin Guptill see out the day relatively untroubled and Worcestershire can be pretty pleased with their efforts today.

    Having said that, they need 420 more runs to beat Notts and will need a strong start if they are to avoid defeat at Trent Bridge.

    Jake Libby's fine century was the highlight of the day for the hosts, but they still have to complete the job on the fourth and final day.

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  9. WICKET Pepper lbw Gregory 1

    Essex (517-5 dec & 1-2) lead Somerset (407) by 111 runs

    Wow! Maybe Essex would have been better off letting Somerset bat out the rest of the evening!

    Michael-Kyle Pepper is promptly sent back to the pavilion as he is given out lbw to Lewis Gregory.

    Alastair Cook may well have an important innings to play tomorrow for the champions, if he is well enough to return.

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  10. WICKET Westley lbw Davey 0

    Essex (517-5 dec & 0-1) lead Somerset (407) by 110 runs

    The twilight seems to create stories, no matter the team.

    Tom Westley is trapped in front by Josh Davey and the umpire raises his finger. Not the start Essex would have wanted!

    Michael-Kyle Pepper is the next man out.

  11. Browne and Westley open for Essex

    Essex (517-5 dec & 0-0) lead Somerset (407) by 110 runs

    With Alastair Cook not present today with an illness, Nick Browne is joined by Tom Westley at the top for Essex.

    We're not entirely sure at the moment how many overs are left in the day but it's enough for a potential wobble against the pink ball under the lights at Chelmsford.

  12. WICKET Overton c Bopara b Westley 35

    Essex 517-5 dec v Somerset 407 (127 overs)

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    I refuse to take any responsibility for Jamie Overton's wicket.

    The Somerset bowler drives Tom Westley to Ravi Bopara at short mid-on to bring an end to the visitors innings.

    Essex will take a first innings lead of 110 runs and face seven overs this evening.

  13. Worcestershire keep things tight

    Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec) v Worcestershire (287 & 30-0) - TARGET 462

    At least six overs to play at Trent Bridge, with 27 minutes of day three remaining.

    Worcestershire have scored only 30 runs from the first 11 overs of their run-chase, needed another 433 to pull off an unlikely victory.

    Notts declared to give them a chance of getting the game half-won tonight, but it's not worked out that well so far as Daryl Mitchell (13 not out) and Martin Guptill (11) hold firm.

  14. Overton takes Somerset past 400

    Essex 517-5 dec v Somerset 407-9 (126 overs)

    Jamie Overton is continuing defy Essex's bowler, crashing fours here, there and everywhere.

    I'm reluctant to say much more on how well he may or may not be batting for fear of being blamed for his untimely dismissal following this post.

  15. 'I was lucky to get rewards'

    Yorkshire (342 & 152) v Surrey (267 & 89-0) - TARGET 228

    Morne Morkel

    Division One leaders Surrey need 139 more runs to beat Yorkshire with all 10 second-innings wickets remaining after a Morne Morkel-inspired comeback.

    The South African scored 29 and then took 5-39 as Yorkshire collapsed to 152 all out.

    Surrey pace bowler Morne Morkel told BBC Radio London:

    "We spoke on Tuesday and said it was important for us to arrive switched on. Day three is 'moving day' in four-day cricket and to have a day like that shows the quality of this team.

    "I was lucky to get the rewards today, but Jade Dernbach has been exceptional in this game and things haven't gone his way.

    "There's a lot of maturity in this attack and it makes my job quite easy. If we keep it simple and keep doing the basics right, I predict good things for this bowling unit."

  16. WICKET Davey c ten Doeschate b Harmer 13

    Essex 517-5 dec v Somerset 385-9 (122 overs)

    Us commentators, we are truly terrible curses at times.

    Having played so well, Josh Davey is caught at short leg by captain Ryan ten Doeschate off Simon Harmer leaving Essex with just one wicket to get.

    They're set to to bat for a tricky few overs this evening and their lead is currently 132 runs.

  17. Overton and Davey holding firm

    Essex 517-5 dec v Somerset 385-8 (121.5 overs)

    Jamie Overton

    Jamie Overton and Josh Davey have eased Somerset past their follow-on target and are frustrating the Essex bowlers now.

    The visitors trail by 132 runs currently and this ninth-wicket pair will be hoping to continue to eat away at the hosts' first innings lead.

  18. Broad back out to bowl for Notts

    Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec) v Worcestershire (287 & 13-0) - TARGET 462

    Fear not, Stuart Broad is back on and will resume his spell at the Pavilion End at Trent Bridge.

    He'll be eager to add to his two wickets in Worcestershire's first innings.

  19. Is Broad injured at Trent Bridge?

    Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec) v Worcestershire (287 & 13-0) - TARGET 462

    During the second over of his spell, Stuart Broad makes a signal to the pavilion.

    He completes his six balls but then meanders over to the boundary to see the Notts physio - we'll keep you updated on that potential injury.

    Luke Fletcher is bowling at the other end, with Daryl Mitchell on seven and Martin Guptill four not out for Worcestershire - who need another 449 to win.

  20. Worcestershire begin run-chase at Trent Bridge

    Nottinghamshire (499-9 dec & 249-4 dec) v Worcestershire (287 & 6-0) - TARGET 462

    Stuart Broad opens the bowling for Notts and finds the edge of Daryl Mitchell, only for the ball to fall short of the slips.

    With the England great rampaging down the pitch it'll be hard for Worcestershire openers Mitchell and Martin Guptill to resist.