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Live Reporting

By Joe Townsend and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night and thank you

    That's it for day three. Hopefully there's a bit more luck tomorrow with the weather and we're not asking for joke suggestions by midafternoon.

    Thanks for reading, we'll be back at 10:45 BST tomorrow.

    Have a nice night.

  2. 'You don't want to give them a sniff'

    Yorkshire 207-3 & 181 v Hampshire 235

    Tom Kohler-Cadmore

    Yorkshire batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore:

    “This rain is obviously a frustrating thing, but myself and Gary Ballance had a nice partnership there. Then Jack Leaning and Gary finished it off for the day. It’s put us in a good position going into tomorrow with hopefully only two results possible.

    “You don’t want to give them too much of a sniff. Say if we go really hard in the morning and get bowled out with a lead of 200, then they’re well in the game. But we also don’t want to get too many ahead that they think, ‘We’ll shut up shop from ball one’.

    “It’s going to be quite an interesting conversation between Steve Patterson, the two batters in and Andrew Gale as to how we go about it. Right now, we’re in a good position. Today showed that when the clouds came over there’s still enough in the pitch to create 10 chances.”

  3. BreakingPlay abandoned at New Road

    Middlesex 287-6 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    Dawid Malan
    Image caption: Dawid Malan was included in England's limited-overs squad earlier this summer but had to withdraw because of injury

    That's stumps at Worcester, and all of our matches are done. Dawid Malan's knock of 124 not only put his Middlesex side firmly in command and helped them towards a lead of 352 runs, it will have given the England selectors a reminder of what he could provide during the Ashes.

    It's hard to forget his superb 140 at Perth 18 months ago but he was soon dropped after a poor summer, with national selector Ed Smith questioning his ability in English conditions.

    Worcestershire's attack might not be Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon, but still, he looks in pretty good touch.

    Anyway, tomorrow it's all about Middlesex's bowling attack as they'll try and bowl out Worcestershire, who need at least 353 to win.

  4. Simpson not messing about

    Middlesex 272-6 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    Middlesex look as though they want to towards an overnight declaration as John Simpson is looking to absolutely take the Worcestershire attack to the cleaners.

    Joe Leach is the man getting the treatment as he's carved for four before watching a ball fly straight back over his head and land in the stand for six.

    Some nice entertainment for the late-stayers.

  5. 'We need the weather on our side'

    Warwickshire 76-2 & 293 v Surrey 188

    Will Rhodes

    Warwickshire batsman Will Rhodes told BBC WM 95.6:

    "It's been a frustrating day for all, but especially us. We've lost two sessions of cricket and it's quite disappointing but we'll see what we can get out of tomorrow. We need the weather to be on our side and get a full day's play.

    "A day-four pitch at Edgbaston is always a tough time to bat, so it should be an interesting day. There's a little bit of spin there.

    "Jeetan Patel and Gareth Batty are world-class spinners. I've played Batts in this game and fielded at slip to Jeets. I've seen the ball go round corners from both of them, so obviously they'll play a big part."

  6. Back out at Worcester

    Middlesex 272-6 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    The light has improved and play will resume imminently at Grace Road.

    We are over the moon at that news.

    So are the Middlesex batsmen I think, they've got a couple of extra layers on now that the temperature has dropped a little further.

  7. BreakingPlay abandoned at Chelmsford

    Essex 181-6 & 313 v Kent 182

    They won't be going back out at Chelmsford.

    Essex are 181-6 and lead Kent by 312 runs. They'll start the final day in a very strong position. That's largely been brought about by the brilliance of Sir Alastair Cook, who added 90 in the second innings following his superb 125 first time out.

    How long will they bat for in the morning then? Or will Kent be set 313 to win?

  8. Off at New Road

    Middlesex 272-6 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    That could be that at Worcester, with the umpires taking the players off for bad light. If it doesn't improve in a few minutes you'd suspect we're done for the day.

  9. Six names emerge for The Hundred teams

    Away from today's County Championship action, six potential names for teams in next year's inaugural 100-ball competition The Hundred have emerged.

    Stobbs IP, a company specialising in branding, has applied to trademark London Spirit, Southern Brave and Leeds Superchargers.

    Applications have also been made for Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire.

    While the trademark bids are for potential team names, it is not clear whether these are final titles.

    Thoughts?!

    Six names emerge for The Hundred teams

    Scoreboard at the Hundred trial

    The application for six trademarks appears to have given an indication of the names of the teams that will compete in The Hundred next year.

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  10. Not abandoned in Essex - yet

    Essex 181-6 & 313 v Kent 182

    All gone quiet at Chelmsford but play hasn't been abandoned for the day as yet.

    Might I add it's almost 18:00 BST and they've not been on the field for almost two hours.

    Oh and rain is forecast.

  11. WICKET Malan c Whiteley b Barnard 124

    Middlesex 251-6 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    A great knock of 124 from Middlesex captain Dawid Malan comes to an end after 171 balls and 15 boundaries. He mistimes a drive, a rare thing to say today, and picks out Ross Whiteley at cover who dives to his right to take the catch superbly. Bowler Ed Barnard runs over to congratulate his fielder, it really was a superb catch.

  12. BreakingPlay abandoned at Headingley

    Yorkshire 207-3 & 181 v Hampshire 235

    We said earlier that Yorkshire were maybe being a touch optimistic to suggest it had brightened up a bit in Leeds... and day three at Headingley has now, indeed, been called off.

    Yorkshire lead Hampshire by 153 runs with seven wickets remaining.

    Whatever the result, Hampshire are set to go top of Division One after accruing maximum bowling points.

  13. WICKET Harris c Cox b Morris 10

    Middlesex 241-5 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    A really sharp take behind the stumps sees James Harris go for down. Charlie Morris gets his delivery to dart away just enough off a length. It rises off the pitch and catches the Middlesex batsman out when his eyes had lit up to cut for four.

    Instead he's on his way. By no means was that an easy catch for Ben Cox. Really smart work because that ball was travelling.

  14. Four down, three to go...

    Rain

    Just to recap again, the matches at Warwickshire, Sussex, Leicestershire and - much earlier today - Gloucestershire have all been called off for the day.

    The games at Yorkshire and Essex, meanwhile, are both suspended because of rain.

    That means the contest at Worcestershire is currently the only one in play - and the weather forecast isn't exactly brilliant there, either.

  15. WICKET Eskinazi c Cox b Tongue 1

    Middlesex 222-4 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    London buses for Worcestershire! Josh Tongue tells Stevie Eskinazi to turn around and get back to the pavilion as quickly as he arrived.

    The Middlesex batsman is caught behind for 1 by wicketkeeper Ben Cox.

    He didn't ACTUALLY tell him that by the way, as far I know. Figure of speech.

  16. WICKET Gubbins c Wessels b Morris 91

    Middlesex 221-3 & 221 v Worcestershire 156

    This gargantuan stand between Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan is over as the former slaps Charlie Morris to Riki Wessels at backward point for 91, narrowly missing out on his century.

    He's clearly frustrated with himself, beating his pad with his bat. What a superb partnership though. It was worth 201 runs.

  17. BreakingPlay abandoned at Grace Road

    Leicestershire 110-4 & 120 v Derbyshire 139 & 214

    Grace Road

    It's the five o'clock County Championship rush!

    We have another casualty, this time at Grace Road, where Leicestershire are in pursuit of 234 for victory against Derbyshire.

    They're currently 124 runs short with six wickets remaining, so if they can cobble a couple of partnerships together we could yet be in for an interesting final-day chase.

  18. BreakingPlay abandoned at Edgbaston

    Warwickshire 76-2 & 293 v Surrey 188

    ... And now day three has been called off at Edgbaston too!

    It's been pouring with rain all afternoon in Birmingham so they've decided to cut their losses with just 22 overs having been bowled in the day.

  19. BreakingPlay abandoned at Hove

    Glamorgan 218-1 & 186 v Sussex 420

    This one's been coming for a while, hasn't it? We're done for the day at Hove.

  20. Blow for Northants

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    Northamptonshire and Somerset are two of the counties not in action during this round of fixtures so I'm sorry to pollute this feed with news concerning them. Let's face it, there's not a lot going on elsewhere is there?

    Fast bowler Jamie Overton, fresh from his match-winning performance in the One-Day Cup final for Somerset, has been recalled from his Championship loan at Northants because of injury problems at his parent club.

    Such a curious set-up county cricket, playing for different teams in different competitions during a loan spell.

    Anyway, back to the rain.