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Live Reporting

By Paul Grunill and Steve Mather

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off

    Adam Wheater and Mohammad Amir

    After an almighty scare in Canterbury, Division One leaders Essex have another win - can anyone stop them marching to a second title in three years?

    Their lead is now 23 points, but rivals Somerset can cut that to just two if they manage to beat Warwickshire after a fine bowling performance on day three.

    Lancashire are running away with the Division One title, it seems, after beating Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay, and there were also wins in Division Two for Northants and Sussex.

    There are five games ongoing and we'll be back at 10:30 tomorrow for full coverage.

  2. Results and close of play scores

    After third day's play

    Division One

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 145-3

    Essex won by three wickets

    Hampshire 367 v Surrey 490-5

    Surrey lead by 123 with five wickets standing

    Warwickshire 419 & 146 v Somerset 308 & 8-0

    Somerset need another 250 to win with 10 wickets standing

    Yorkshire 232 & 338 v Nottinghamshire 184 & 135-4

    Notts need another 252 to win with six wickets standing

    Division Two

    Derbyshire 200 & 305-3 v Gloucestershire 419

    Derbyshire lead by 86 with seven wickets standing

    Durham 544-9 dec v Leicestershire 236 & 153-3 (f/o)

    Leicestershire trail by 155 with seven wickets standing

    Glamorgan 257 & 138 v Lancashire 545

    Lancashire won by an innings and 150 runs

    Worcestershire 186 & 223 v Northamptonshire 376 & 36-0

    Northants won by 10 wickets

    Middlesex 75 & 378 v Sussex 309 & 145-3

    Sussex won by seven wickets

  3. BreakingESSEX BEAT KENT BY 3 WICKETS

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 153-7

    Mohammad Amir hits the winning single in his one-off, final red-ball appearance as Essex scrape over the line for a crucial win over Kent.

    On a day which saw 26 wickets fall, the Division One leaders conceded a 112-run lead as they were bowled out in 47.3 overs.

    But that collapse was nothing compared to kent, who made their lowest total in a Championship game since 1952 as Sam Cook claimed a carrer-best 7-23.

    Essex were struggling in their run-chase at 52-4 and 84-6, but a stand of 57 between Simon Harmer (30) and Adam Wheater, who was 30 not out at the end, was effectively a match-winner, and they take 19 points for their eighth win of the season, with only three games to go.

  4. Divine Pope innings puts Surrey in driving seat

    Hampshire 367 v Surrey 490-5 - close

    There is no doubt who is the star of the day at the Kia Oval.

    Ollie Pope finished not out on 176 as Surrey added over 380 runs for the loss of just three wickets today.

    Scott Borthwick struck his first century of the season and Aaron Finch added an explosive 90 as Hampshire's bowlers ran out of ideas as the day wore on.

    Surrey have a lead of 123 runs going into the last day of the contest.

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  5. No damage done for Somerset

    Warwicks 419 & 146 v Somerset 308 & 8-0

    Tom Abell glances Oliver Hannon-Dalby for four at the start of a new over at Edgbaston, and only has to face four more deliveries before the umpires decide the light is not good enough to continue play.

    Somerset will need another 250 to win on the final day, having fought their way back into the game after conceding a 111-run first-innings lead.

    Warwickshire batsman Rob Yates added 53 to his first-innings century, but only two other batsmen reached double figures.

    Skipper Tom Abell took 4-39 for the visitors and was well supported by Jamie Overton (3-26), who included Yates among his victims.

  6. WICKET Harmer lbw Claydon 30

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 141-7

    Surely it's too late for Kent, isn't it?

    Well maybe not after Mitch Claydon removes Simon Harmer to end his 57-run stand with Adam Wheater.

    Mohammad Amir is the new man - on his final day of first-class cricket - with 12 runs still required.

  7. Fruitful partnership boosts Derbyshire

    Derbyshire 200 & 305-3 v Gloucestershire 419 - close

    An unbroken 60-run partnership between Leus du Plooy and Tom Lace has given Derbyshire an 86-run lead over Gloucestershire at the close.

    Derbyshire were also helped by Billy Godleman's 86 and will resume tomorrow on 305-3.

  8. BreakingSUSSEX BEAT MIDDLESEX BY 7 WICKETS

    Middlesex 75 & 378 v Sussex 309 & 145-3

    Alex Carey

    Australian Alex Carey caps his Sussex Championship debut with the winning runs as they defeat Middlesex at Hove.

    He made 69 not out off 54 balls - including four sixes in one over by Nathan Sowter - in an unbroken, and ultimately match-winning, stand of 101 with Luke Wells, who finished on 48.

    Despite a half-century by Steven Finn, Middlesex could not post a big enough target after their first-day collapse and only take three points from the game, with Sussex earning 22 for their third win of the summer.

    Undoubted player of the match, though, was Sussex's Ollie Robinson, who took 6-101 earlier in the day and 14 wickets in the match.

  9. Essex pair post 50 stand

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 134-6

    Simon Harmer turns Matt Milnes away for four and brings up a 50 partnership with Adam Wheater, which now looks like being a match-winner for Essex.

    Wheater finds the boundary off Darren Stevens in the next over and they now need only 15 more for victory, which will put all the pressure on title rivals Somerset in their final-day run-chase against Warwickshire.

  10. Notts face uphill battle to secure first win

    Yorkshire 232 & 338 v Notts 184 & 135-4 - close

    Bad light brings an early close to play on day three at Scarborough.

    Notts will need to score another 252 runs tomorrow to win this contest and earn their first County Championship victory of the season.

    Yorkshire started the day on 177-2 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore's 59 saw them establish control of the game.

    Luke Fletcher was the pick of the Notts bowlers, as he picked-up 5-67.

    Notts have already lost their top four batsmen in the second-innings but Ben Duckett remains unbeaten on 47 and will be partnered by Liam Patterson-White (16*) tomorrow morning as they seek an unlikely win.

  11. WICKET Hannon-Dalby c J Overton b Abell 5

    Warwicks 419 & 146 v Somerset 308

    A tremendous effort by Somerset's bowlers has hauled them right back into the match and they will need to score 258 to win after trailing by 111 on first innings.

    Skipper Tom Abell finishes with 4-39 as Oliver Hannon-Dalby edges to second slip where Jamie Overton clings onto a low catch.

    The lights have been on and Somerset will have to face an awkward mini-session before the close.

  12. Durham end with Dexter wicket

    Durham 544-9 dec v Leicestershire 236 & 153-3 - close

    Leicestershire's hopes of salvaging a draw at the Riverside suffer a major setback as Neil Dexter falls to the final ball of the third day's play.

    He is leg-before to Cameron Steel, with the visitors still requiring another 155 to avoid an innings defeat.

    Mark Cosgrove remains on 21 not out after Hassan Azad's second fifty of the game earlier in the innings and he may be the key to Leicestershire's survival hopes.

  13. Kent look to Stevens

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 127-6

    Darren Stevens is back for another burst and his first over only costs two runs.

    There is a single each for Simon Harmer and Adam Wheater in the next, bowled by Matt Milnes, and Essex now need 26 more to win.

  14. Carey races to fifty

    Middlesex 75 & 378 v Sussex 309 & 106-3

    6-6-6 may be the number of the beast for Iron Maiden fans, but it's also the way the scorecard looks at the start of new Nathan Sowter over as Alex Carey deposits him over mid-wickets three times in a row.

    Following two dot balls, he smashes the next in the same direction - with the same result - to bring up a 34-ball half-century.

    Sussex need 33 more.

  15. Spinners to see out the day

    Yorkshire 232 & 338 v Notts 184 & 133-4

    Bad light has led to the umpires directing Steve Patterson to remove seam from the attack, so Notts have four overs against the combination of Maharaj and Lyth to negotiate.

    They require another 254 runs.

  16. Harmer holds key for Essex

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 119-6

    Harry Podmore strays onto Simon Harmer's pads and is put away for four.

    This is an invaluable innings by the South African, who is now 21 not out and has eked out 35 runs in partnership with Adam Wheater.

    Only 34 more needed and you feel Kent need another breakthrough very quickly.

  17. WICKET Patel lbw Abell 8

    Warwicks 419 & 135-9 v Somerset 308

    Skipper falls to skipper at Edgbaston as Jeetan Patel is adjudged lbw after trying to clip a ball from Tom Abell away to square leg. Warwickshire are 246 in front as number 11 George Garrett comes out.

  18. Good over for Essex

    Kent 226 & 40 v Essex 114 & 115-6

    A boundary by Simon Harmer breaks the Essex shackles at Canterbury, but Mitch Claydon looks to the heavens as an outside edge runs away to third man.

    Harmer then takes a single and Adam Wheater picks up three runs in what proves to be a productive over for the Division One leaders, who now need only 38 more.

  19. WICKET Finch c Organ b Stevenson 90

    Hampshire 367 v Surrey 457-5

    He's added some fireworks to proceedings that's for sure.

    But the Australian's ultimate dismissal is a rather tame one as he strokes it to Felix Organ at mid-wicket.

    Hampshire have FINALLY broken the Finch-Pope partnership.

    Ryan Stevenson is the man wearing a look of relief on his face but Surrey now lead by 90.

  20. for Ollie Pope

    Hampshire 367 v Surrey 453-4

    Pope just keeps going and going.

    He has given the Hampshire bowlers a torrid old day and now has 155 from 265 balls, including 14 fours.

    He is being ably assisted by Aaron Finch who has now moved-on to 90.

    Liam Dawson has bowled 45 overs and gone for 137 runs with no wicket to his name.

    A tough day at the office.