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  1. Simon Harmer hits century as Essex declare with 410-run lead over Surrey
  2. Lancashire relegation confirmed after they are all out for 273 against Hampshire
  3. Somerset's Tom Abell takes hat-trick as they force Notts to follow-on
  4. Gary Ballance's 189 not out gives Yorkshire a lead against Worcestershire
  5. Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott out for eight in final game against Kent
  6. Northants score 172-4 to defeat Sussex by six wickets in two days
  7. Gloucestershire need another 150 to beat Derbyshire

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By Paul Grunill and Ged Scott

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  1. Signing off

    Cricket can be a cruel game. Lancashire are relegated despite playing well. Nottinghamshire stay up despite being outplayed by Somerset, for whom Tom Abell took a hat-trick.

    Meanwhile, Essex continue to dominate champions Surrey at The Oval after centuries by Tom Westley and Simon Harmer and Gary Ballance's unbeaten 189 carries Yorkshire into a first-innings lead against Worcestershire.

    Only eight games are left in the summer's final round of Championship matches after Northamptonshire's six-wicket win over Sussex in Division Two.

    Join us again tomorrow from about 10.00 BST for the third day's play.

  2. Close of play scores

    Division One

    Hampshire 187 & 178-8 v Lancashire 273

    Hampshire lead by 92 with two wickets left

    Somerset 463 v Nottinghamshire 133 & 115-3 (f/o)

    Notts trail by 215 runs with seven wickets left

    Surrey 67 & 88-1 v Essex 477-8 dec

    Surrey trail by 322 with nine wickets left

    Worcestershire 340 v Yorkshire 417-9

    Yorkshire lead by 77 with one wicket left

    Division Two

    Derbyshire 184 & 157 v Gloucestershire 163 & 29-2

    Gloucestershire need another 150 to win

    Middlesex 121 & 255-2 v Durham 310

    Middlesex lead by 66 with eight wickets left

    Glamorgan 359 & 106-4 v Leicestershire 132

    Glamorgan lead by 333 with six wickets left

    Sussex 118 & 222 v Northamptonshire 171 & 172-4

    Northamptonshire beat Sussex by six wickets

    Kent 167 & 38-1 v Warwickshire 380

    Kent trail by 175 runs with nine wickets left

  3. Glamorgan on top in Cardiff

    Glamorgan 359 & 106-4 v Leicestershire 132

    Chris Cooke (41) and Jeremy Lawlor (21) share an unbroken stand of 67 to stumps after Glamorgan had been reduced to 39-4 at the start of their second innings.

    They lead by 333, having bowled out Leicestershire in just 48.3 overs earlier in the day.

    Harry Dearden's 48 was the only score of note for the visitors as the wickets were shared among five Glamorgan bowlers, with Graeme Wagg returning the best figures of 3-25.


    Sussex 118 & 222 v Northamptonshire 171 & 172-4

    Adam Rossington hits a boundary off spinner Danny Briggs and Northants end their season with a two-day victory over Sussex.

    Rossington made 51 from 57 balls and shared an unbroken stand of 90 in 16 overs with Ben Curran, who finished unbeaten on 83.

    It was Northamptonshire's fourth victory of 2018 - and although Sussex suffered their fourth defeat, they will still finish third in Division Two.

    Northants take 19 points and Sussex three.

  5. Glos aim to finish with victory

    Derbyshire 184 & 157 v Gloucestershire 163 & 29-2

    Gloucestershire need another 150 on the third day at Derby to end the season with a win.

    Lockie Ferguson dismissed Chris Dent and James Bracey cheaply, but Miles Hammond and Nightwatchman George Drissell saw it through to stumps, with the visitors on 29-2.

    Craig Miles earlier took 3-46 in Derbyshire's second innings for match figures of 8-96 in his final appearance ahead of his winter move to Warwickshire.

  6. Middlesex back in game

    Middlesex 121 & 255-2 v Durham 310

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    Middlesex fought back on day two in Chester-le-Street, having bowled Durham out for 310.

    It was the first time Durham made 300+ batting at home this season, in large part thanks to 112 from Gareth Harte, his second century of the season.

    Paul Collingwood, playing in his final match before retirement, had a hand in the two Middlesex wickets to fall, but there was quite a gap between them.

    When he bowled Sam Robson for 36, that brought Stevie Eskinazi to the crease and he put on 159 for the second wicket with Nick Gubbins to take Middlesex into the lead.

    Eskinazi was eventually caught by Collingwood at mid-wicket off the bowling of Matt Salisbury for 96 - the third time he has been out out in the 90s this season, but Middlesex lead by 66 at the close.

  7. Hants cling on against Lancashire

    Hampshire 187 & 177-8 v Lancashire 273

    Lewis McManus (30) and Kyle Abbott (21) play out the final seven and a bit over to keep Hampshire alive in the game after two days in which they have been outplayed by Lancashire.

    The Red Rose county's failure to take a third batting point condemned them to relegation, but they are determined to finish the summer with a win - and only trail by 92.

    Recent signing Richard Gleeson has 3-45 so far in Hampshire's second innings.

  8. Surrey face survival battle

    Surrey 67 & 88-1 v Essex 477-8 dec

    Mark Stoneman plays and misses at a ball from Matt Quinn in the day's final over at The Oval but survives to end the day on 41 not out, with partner Jason Roy on 23.

    Essex lead by 322 following centuries earlier in the day by Tom Westley and Simon Harmer - and the latter may be a danger to the champions' hopes of saving the game as he is finding plenty of turn.

    A good final session for Surrey, but the first five of the match were all won by Essex.

  9. Close of play

    Worcestershire 340, Yorkshire 417-9

    A crazy turnaround at New Road as Yorkshire close with a 77-run lead against Worcestershire following a 171-run ninth-wicket stand in just 27 overs between Gary Ballance and Jack Brooks.

    Somerset-bound Brooks went in the penultimate over for 82, the second highest score of his career, while Ballance ended the day on 189 not out.

    The Pears were not helped by the absence after tea of main strike bowler Josh Tongue with a foot injury, when he had taken 3-31 in 14 overs.

  10. Close of play at Edgbaston

    Kent 167 & 38-1, Warwickshire 380

    After surrendering a 213-run lead on first innings, Kent are still way behind in the Division Two title decider at Edgbaston.

    Openers Sean Dickson and Zak Crawley made a sound start.

    But how crucial will Dickson's departure be just before the close?

    Olly Stone's breakthrough means that Kent end the day still needing another 175 to make the Bears bat again.

  11. Somerset finish with a flourish

    Somerset 463 v Nottinghamshire 133 & 115-3

    Somerset end a dominant second-day performance at Trent Bridge with the wicket of Luke Fletcher, who edges a bouncer from Jamie Overton to the keeper and is caught for a duck.

    Ben Slater survives on 45 not out, but Nottinghamshire are 215 behind after being forced to follow-on with seven wickets standing.

    They can, though, at least take comfort from the fact that they have done just enough in this game so far to maintain Division One status for 2019.

  12. WICKET Brooks c Cox b Moeen 82

    Worcestershire 340, Yorkshire 403-9

    After 15 fours in his stand of 171 with Gary Ballance, Jack Brooks is out for 82 at New Road, caught behind to a medium pacer from home captain Moeen Ali.

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  13. Division Two update

    Northamptonshire are making hard work of scoring 170 to beat Sussex. They are 117-4, but Ben Curran is still there on 66 not out.

    Stevie Eskinazi has missed out on a century for Middlesex against Durham, having been caught by Paul Collingwood off Matt Salisbury for 96. The visitors are 219-2, a lead of 30 runs.

    Gloucestershire are 19-2 at Derby, with Lockie Ferguson bowling James Bracey for two. They need another 160 for victory.

    Chris Cooke has raced to 32 off 34 balls for Glamorgan, who are 75-4 and 302 ahead against Leicestershire in Cardiff.

  14. 400 up for Yorkshire

    Worcestershire 340, Yorkshire 403-8

    Yorkshire's ninth-wicket pair Gary Ballance and Jack Brooks continue their destruction at New Road.

    Their stand is now up to 171. And the lead is up to 63.

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  15. WICKET Dickson c Sibley b Stone 12

    Kent 167 & 34-1, Warwickshire 380

    A first blow for Warwickshire as Olly Stone strikes just 14 balls from the close.

    Sean Dickson edges to Dom Sibley at second slip.

    it was only Stone's second over - and his sheer pace does the trick.

    it's Stone's fourth wicket in the match - and his 41st of the season.

  16. WICKET Berg c Jennings b Bailey 4

    Hampshire 187 & 148-8 v Lancashire 273

    Gareth Berg attempts an on-drive, but the ball just straightens enough to find the outside edge and Keaton Jennings takes the catch at slip. Kyle Abbott comes out to bat with seven and a half overs remaining. Can Hampshire survive until stumps? They are 63 runs ahead.

  17. WICKET Mullaney c Gregory b Leach 54

    Somerset 463 v Nottinghamshire 133 & 114-2

    Jack Leach strikes in his third over of the game as Steven Mullaney tries a flat-footed drive and edges to first slip. The Notts skipper put on 97 with Ben Slater, who is still there on 45 with three overs remaining today.

  18. WICKET Burns c and b Porter 21

    Surrey 67 & 63-1 v Essex 477-8 dec

    The final innings of the summer for England's new opening batsman comes to an end as Rory Burns gets in a tangle after Jamie Porter digs one in short and only succeeds in lobbing a catch back to the bowler.

    Not a bad record this summer for the Surrey skipper, though - 1359 runs, four centuries, seven 50s, average 64.71.

  19. Kent better second time around

    Kent 167 & 23-0, Warwickshire 380

    Kent's openers are looking a lot happier second time around at Edgbaston so, after nine overs of pace, Warwickshire have turned to spin.

    Bears captain Jeetan Patel has brought himself on. He starts with a maiden. Five overs left in the day.

  20. Glos begin Derby run-chase

    Derbyshire 184 & 157 v Gloucestershire 163 & 0-1

    The batsmen certainly haven't done themselves proud in this game at Derby.

    The home side were bowled out in 60.3 overs, leaving Gloucestershire to score 179 to win, but they have lost Chris Dent to the first ball of their run-chase, caught behind off New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson.