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Live Reporting

By Joe Townsend and James Law

All times stated are UK

  1. BreakingDURHAM BEAT WORCESTERSHIRE BY 109 RUNS

    Worcestershire 242 v Durham (target 352)

    Chris Rushworth completes his 10-wicket haul - uprooting the middle stump of Charlie Morris - and Durham have their victory at last.

    He takes 6-39 in Worcestershire's second innings and the hosts win by 109 runs to extend their unbeaten run to six and move up to fourth in Division Two.

    Not out batsman Brett D'Oliveira ends on 45, short of a 14th first-class half-century.

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  2. WICKET Donald c Bell-Drummond b Milnes 43

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 270-7 v Kent 555

    Hampshire lose Aneurin Donald for 43, but you'd think they've done enough for the draw...

    It's a bouncer from around the wicket by Matt Milnes and an aggressive Donald strikes it at the perfect height for Daniel Bell-Drummond to take the catch.

    A fantastic knock of 43 for Donald, and Hampshire are 270-7, a lead of 124.

  3. Back under way in Southampton

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 265-6 v Kent 555

    The final session is up and running at the Ageas Bowl, where the pitch isn't offering much to Kent with a new-ish ball.

    Just one wicket fell between lunch and tea, with Aneurin Donald (38*) and Keith Barker (28*) hoping to steer Hampshire towards the draw.

    Hants are 119 runs ahead as things stand, with Joe Denly bowling some more leg-spin.

  4. Post update

    Worcestershire 233-9 v Durham (target 352)

    The players aren't taking tea at Chester-le-Street, with Durham still hunting for the wicket which will bring them victory over Worcestershire.

    Chances are being created but with Pears batsman Brett D'Oliveira and Charlie Morris both settled you can forgive the home players for getting a bit jittery.

    There's a big cloud over the ground and an unlikely 119 runs are needed for Worcestershire.

  5. Pears proving hard to crack

    Worcestershire 224-9 v Durham (target 352)

    Worcestershire's final pair of batsman are being very stubborn, certainly not throwing the towel in.

    Brett D'Oliveira (37*) and Charlie Morris (6*) have lasted 10 overs together now, with the Pears now 128 runs from what would be a spectacular victory at Durham.

    Surely not?

  6. Tea at Southampton

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 265-6 v Kent 555

    Well this latest partnership between Aneurin Donald and Keith Barker has gone some way towards securing Hampshire a draw with Kent.

    They lead by 119 now and even if Kent get the remaining four wickets in the first over after tea, they'd need to get 120 runs in a maximum of 28 overs.

    The job is almost done for the hosts, you feel.

  7. Essex top of Division One

    County Championship table
    Image caption: *Hampshire v Kent match ongoing

    The top three looks a little different now after Essex's win and Somerset's defeat by Yorkshire. Whatever happens in Hampshire's ongoing match with Kent in Southampton, they cannot climb higher heading in to the break for the T20 Blast. Kent could replace them in fourth with victory at the Ageas bowl, though.

    Four rounds of fixtures remain. These two matches could prove to be particularly decisive:

    • Somerset v Yorkshire beginning on 10 September
    • Somerset v Essex beginning on 23 September
  8. 50 partnership for Donald and Barker

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 264-6 v Kent 555

    That's the 50 partnership for Aneurin Donald and Keith Barker off 107 balls, as Hampshire eek slowly towards a possible draw with Kent.

    It's arguably been the most important partnership of the game, with the hosts now leading by 118 runs.

    Kent might be wishing they'd kept plugging away with the old ball, as Ollie Rayner and Joe Denly were at least causing some issues.

  9. WICKET Pennington c Clark b Rimmington 7

    Worcestershire 199-9 v Durham (target 352)

    Dillon Pennington edges Nathan Rimmington to Graham Clark at first slip and Durham are just one wicket from wrapping this up!

    The Worcestershire man goes for seven and they're 199-9 with Charlie Morris the last man in, joining Brett D'Oliveira (22*)

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  10. New leaders Essex face tough run-in

    Essex beat Warwickshire by 187 runs

    Nick Gledhill

    BBC Essex at Chelmsford

    Simon Harmer

    Another victory for Essex, six out of six at Chelmsford, and six wickets for Simon Harmer who now has 65 in the Championship this season.

    If Harmer is the primary reason for Essex going top Sir Alastair Cook is a strong second. This was a better pitch for batting than most here this season but his innings of 84 and 83 were crucial to the outcome.

    Essex now face three away games out of four in the run in and the next match at Canterbury will be far from easy.

    Warwickshire, with a depleted batting line up, fought hard in this match. They are still to play all of the top three and but with promising youngsters and senior players returning they should avoid relegation.

  11. Hampshire frustrating Kent in heat

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 252-6 v Kent 555

    Hampshire's lead passes 100 with an effortless drive from Aneurin Donald finds the boundary.

    They're 246-6 but by no means out of the woods - a Kent wicket or two would quickly pull the game right back in their favour.

    But Donald (32*) and Keith Barker (21*) are looking solid for now.

  12. WICKET Leach c Eckersley b Carse 3

    Worcestershire 184-8 v Durham (target 352)

    Eight down, two to go for Durham as they have victory in their sights now.

    Joe Leach is the latest Worcestershire batsman to go, Ned Eckersley springing down to his right to catch the edge behind off Brydon Carse.

    He goes for three and the Pears are 184-8, needing 168 runs with only two wickets left.

  13. Kuhn replaced after concussion

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 241-6 v Kent 555

    Worth pointing out that Alex Blake has replaced Heino Kuhn for Kent as a concussion replacement.

    Batsman Kuhn took a Fidel Edwards bouncer to the neck yesterday, which clearly left him in some discomfort.

    Will be interesting to see how that impacts Kent run-chase, if and when it starts.

  14. WICKET Cox c Pringle b Carse 62

    Worcestershire 172-7 v Durham (target 352)

    Brydon Carse gets the crucial wicket of Ben Cox that could well break the back of the Worcestershire innings. Ryan Pringle takes the catch at gully after Cox is squared up horribly and a leading edge provides the catch.

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  15. ESSEX BEAT WARWICKSHIRE BY 187 RUNS

    Warwickshire 213 v Essex (target 401)

    Essex celebrate

    Simon Harmer has Michael Burgess stumped for 64 to finish with figures of 6-75 and clinch victory for Essex, who are now top of the County Championship.

    Fortress Chelmsford strikes again.

  16. Post update

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 216-6 v Kent 555

    Kent captain Joe Denly is getting some turn on the Ageas Bowl pitch, while from the other end Darren Stevens is keeping things incredibly tight - with eight maidens from 19 overs.

    Hampshire's Aneurin Donald is playing very within himself as they look to stop the visitors from pinching a victory here.

    Their lead is 74 runs.

  17. WICKET Barnard lbw b Rimmington 43

    Worcestershire 152-6 v Durham (target 352)

    Nathan Rimmington ruins Chris Rushworth's streak towards taking all 10 wickets but more importantly from his side's perspective, he's trapped Ed Barnard lbw and ended a 96-run stand with Ben Cox and exposed the tail.

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  18. WICKET McManus c Dickson b Stevens 10

    Hampshire 409-9 dec & 207-6 v Kent 555

    Darren Stevens gets Lewis McManus for 10, with Sean Dickson catching at slip.

    Hampshire have just a slender 61-run lead now with just three wickets remaining.

    The hosts have collapsed from 184-2 to 207-6, and Kent will fancy their chances of getting the job done with ball and bat.

  19. for Simon Harmer

    Warwickshire 200-9 v Essex (target 401)

    Olly Stone edges Simon Harmer to the wicketkeeper and Essex are one wicket from going top of the pile.

    That's a fifth wicket for the South African spinner as well.

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  20. WICKET Pater c Harmer b Siddle 6

    Warwickshire 183-8 v Essex (target 401)

    Peter Siddle strikes straight after lunch for Essex as Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel edges to Simon Harmer at second slip, where the South African takes a superb low catch.

    Just the two more required for Essex and they'll be top of the Championship.

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