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County Cricket, Aug 25: As it happened

Durham and Lancashire completed crushing victories to enhance their respective positions in the LV= County Championship while Essex Eagles and Glamorgan kept their semi-final hopes alive in the Yorkshire Bank 40 with comfortable wins.

6:45pm - RESULT! Essex Eagles (259/7) beat Derbyshire Falcons (152) by 107 runsTopley took his fourth wicket of the contest to remove Tom Knight, and the next ball saw Graham Napier account for Tony Palladino to wrap up an important win for Essex. A win in their last game and a defeat for Hampshire Royals would see them top the group.

6:39pm - Godleman's knock is ended by Reece Topley for 60. Essex need two more wickets for victory.

6:31pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (303/6) beat Leicestershire Foxes (235/6) by 68 runsA superb batting display, followed by early wickets, ensures Glamorgan move into second place - level on points with leaders Somerset and third-placed Gloucestershire Gladiators with one game to go.

6:28pm -  Tom Wells hits two sixes and a four from the penultimate over, but the game is long gone and his side trail by 80 with one over left. 

6:24pm -  There will be no century for O'Brien as he is removed for 92, with Allenby picking up his third wicket.

6:04pm -  Leicestershire pair O'Brien and Michael Thornely have recorded a hundred partnership, but it will be in vain with the required run-rate climbing to over 22 an over.

Derbyshire were also enjoying a long stand, with Godleman and Alex Hughes passing 50, but the latter falls to Ryan ten Doeschate for 28. Essex need four wickets to win.

5:34pm -  Niall O'Brien records a half-century for Leicestershire, but their chances of a victory have all but disappeared. They need 199 from 12 overs.

Derbyshire are facing defeat, too, with Phillips sending Richard Johnson back to the pavilion for one. The Falcons require 207 from 27 overs.

5:24pm -  It doesn't appear that either of these run-chases will prove successful. Leicestershire's required run-rate is 14.5 with 15 overs left, while Derbyshire have lost another wicket, with Paul Borrington ousted by Tim Phillips for 10. Debutant Scott Elstone is at the crease.

5:08pm -  Mills sends down a couple of wides and Billy Godleman helps himself to two fours, as Derbyshire take 11 from the sixth over. Another five from the seventh takes the Falcons to 30 for two.

4:55pm - Shiv Thakor is cleaned up by Andrew Salter, leaving Leicestershire four down and already requiring 10-an-over.

Mills strikes again to get rid of Chesney Hughes at Colchester.

4:44pm -  Tymal Mills responds to being hit for a four by having Wes Durston caught at deep square-leg with his next delivery, leaving Derbyshire on seven for one in the second over.

4:30pm -  Allenby takes his second scalp with the final ball of the fourth over, bowling Ned Eckersley for five.

4:12pm -  Essex add a further 27 off the final two overs to post a challenging 259 for six . Foster was caught off the final ball of the innings after adding 41 from 24 balls.

Leicestershire's response gets off to a bad start as Josh Cobb is caught behind off Jim Allenby in the second over.

3:57pm - Hughes' next set of six is not quite as successful as James Foster hits him for 17, including two fours and a six. And Tom Knight's following over goes for the same score. Superb hitting from the Eagles.

3:46pm -  Hughes takes two in as many overs, and this time it's the danger man Bopara. The England international is trapped lbw 12 runs short of a ton.

3:38pm - Glamorgan finish with a mighty 303 for six.

Essex are 179 for four in the 33rd following the dismissal of Ryan ten Doeschate.

3:32pm - Goodwin falls for a stunning 19-ball 48 and Glamorgan have 278 on the board with two overs to come.

Bopara has 77 from 78 deliveries at Colchester.

3:20pm - Cooke may have departed, for 85, but Goodwin is going bananas; the veteran already has three sixes and two fours to his name.

Bopara and Smith's excellent partnership ends at 80 when the latter falls to Ali Evans.

3:09pm - Nathan Buck gets rid of Marcus North but then gives up 16 runs from five deliveries to new man Murray Goodwin.

Bopara passes 50 from 58 balls and has Greg Smith going well in support.

3:03pm - Boosted by a series of boundaries in quick succession, Essex reach three figures in the 23rd over.

Glamorgan pass 200 in the 33rd and Cooke has 73.

2:52pm - Expect some big hitting in the closing overs at Swansea. With 10 to come, Glamorgan have a great platform at 183 for three.

2:43pm - RESULT! Worcestershire (287 & 241) lose to Lancashire (441 & 88/1) by nine wickets: Lancashire make it over the line with ease, Reece finishing unbeaten on 56, and now boast a 34-point lead at the top of Division Two. Perhaps more significantly, they are a whopping 65 ahead of third-placed Essex, although the Chelmsford side do have a game in hand.

Palladino accepts a return catch from Pettini in his eighth over off the reel. Essex are 66 for two after 16.

2:36pm - James Sykes removes Jim Allenby cheaply for his second wicket in as many overs at Swansea.

A Bopara six has got things moving for Essex.

2:28pm -  Essex, who now have Ravi Bopara alongside Mark Pettini, are still making relatively slow progress.

Glamorgan are 148 for two in the 24th following Gareth Rees' dismissal for 45. Chris Cooke is six shy of a fifty.

Division Two leaders Lancashire will be hoping there are no more interruptions as they close in on victory.

2:14pm - Gambhir falls to Tony Palladino for 21 and Essex end the powerplay at Colchester on 33 for one. 

2:07pm -  Potential disaster for Lancashire... 

2:05pm - Gautam Gambhir collects Essex's first four at the start of the sixth over.

Glamorgan had been dealing exclusively in singles since the wicket of Wallace, but a Chris Cooke maximum gets them going again and brings up the 100. 

1:56pm -  RESULT! Durham (421) beat Surrey (108 & 169) by an innings and 144 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG: Wood finishes things off with his fifth scalp as Paul Collingwood’s men complete a thumping victory to move second in Division One, 25.5 points behind Yorkshire with a game in hand. The top two meet at Scarborough next week. Surrey are deep in trouble, rooted to the foot of the table and still seeking their first four-day win this summer.

Lancashire remain firmly on course for a convicing win of their own.

Wallace's exit has slowed things down at Swansea and Essex have yet to find the boundary.

1:49pm - It has been a good few hours for county wicketkeepers. After a flurry of catches for Gareth Cross this morning, Phil Mustard now has his fifth victim of the day in Surrey's second innings. He clings on impressively down the leg side to dismiss Chris Tremlett off Jamie Harrison. Durham need one more wicket.

Wallace is bowled by Ben Raine for 50 to leave Glamorgan 84 for one in the 13th over.

1:45pm - Gary Wilson denies Mark Wood a hat-trick at Durham, but the seamer induces an edge behind next ball for his third wicket in four deliveries ! The end is nigh for Surrey.

Play begins at Colchester, while Wallace now has a 39-ball half-century to his name.

1:31pm - The runs keep on coming as Glamorgan end the eight powerplay overs with 60 on the board.

Scott Elstone has been named in Derbyshire's line-up as anticipated.

1:18pm - Glamorgan end the fifth over at Swansea on 38 without loss, Mark Wallace having already claimed four fours and a six.

1pm - Wood will begin the afternoon session on a hat-trick! Gareth Batty edges through to Phil Mustard first ball and Surrey take lunch in disarray on 156 for seven, still 157 behind. Barring rain, Durham appear certain to register a win that would lift them up to second in Divsion One.

Lancashire reach the interval on 17 for one, requiring 71 more to defeat Worcestershire and extend their advantage at the Division Two summit.

Glamorgan have raced out of the blocks against Leicestershire.

12:58pm - Further wickets fall in both championship fixtures prior to lunch.

Horton cuts Cessford to point, while Surrey's Davies is caught behind off the impressive Wood for 25. 

12:47pm - Lancashire are off to a flier in pursuit of 88, Luis Reece and Paul Horton each collecting early fours.

Glamorgan have elected to bat in their big Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture against Leicestershire.

12:41pm - Durham get the wicket they wanted! Amla is caught behind off Rushworth for 89.

12:33pm - There will be no banjo from Alan Richardson today. He is left stranded on two as Smith traps Ben Cox in front to end Worcestershire's second dig on 241. Lancashire need just 88 to win.

12:23pm -  A busy morning for Cross continues as he holds on to dismiss Graeme Cessford in Tom Smith's first over of the day.

Amla collects successive fours off Rushworth to reach 83.

12:19pm - Surrey's progress has been more sedate since de Bruyn's departure. Steven Davies is alongside the becalmed Amla.

11:56am - De Bruyn gets a life as Keaton Jennings spills a chance at leg gully. It matters not one jot, however, as Mark Wood induces an edge into the slip cordon next ball! Surrey are 101 for four and 212 behind.

Lancashire edge ever closer to victory as Gareth Cross takes his third catch of the morning to oust Shantry and give Hogg a second wicket in four balls.

11:48am - The ecb.co.uk "he's going well" curse claims another victim as Leach is held down the leg side off Hogg to leave Worcestershire 214 for seven. Nightwatchman Jack Shantry is still there on 30.

Amla has raced to 71 and Surrey are into three figures.

11:39am -  An off-side boundary takes Amla past 50.

Joe Leach has made a confident start at New Road, reaching 20 from 25 deliveries to boost the Worcestershire cause.

11:33am - Amla is the man Durham will be desperate to remove this morning. The Surrey debutant has 48 to his name and has just survived an lbw appeal from Chris Rushworth.

11:18am - Glen Chapple claims the big wicket at New Road, finding the edge of Moeen to have the centurion caught behind. Worcestershire are just 31 ahead with four second-innings wickets intact.

11:15am -  Jamie Harrison picked up four cheap wickets yesterday, but concedes 10 in his first over this morning. The left-armer beats de Bruyn in his next set of six.

If you are wondering when the YB40 games are set to begin, we can tell you. The match between Glamorgan and Leicestershire is scheduled to start at 1pm, with Essex and Derbyshire getting under way 45 minutes later.

11:04am - Zander de Bruyn plays out a maiden from Chris Rushworth at the Emirates Durham ICG. The veteran has Hashim Amla for company this morning.

Moeen adds to his overnight score by taking two from Kyle Hogg's second delivery and subsequently strikes his 12th four.

10:50am - It looks as though play will begin promptly in the two four-day fixtures.

Today could also be a big day for former Nottinghamshire all-rounder Scott Elstone, who is set to make his first senior outing for Derbyshire following impressive displays for the club's second XI and the Unicorns.

10:40am - In the Yorkshire Bank 40, Glamorgan and Essex Eagles have much to gain today.

The former welcome Leicestershire Foxes to Swansea knowing a win will take them level on points with Group C leaders Somerset heading into tomorrow’s final round of fixtures.

At Colchester, meanwhile, Essex can keep their qualification hopes alive by defeating Derbyshire Falcons . The Eagles need to win their final two fixtures and hope Hampshire Royals lose to Derbyshire on Monday.

10:35am - Let’s start with an assessment of the two championship games entering their final day.

Durham , still very much in title contention, are well placed to push for victory over struggling Surrey providing there is no more rain at the Emirates Durham ICG. Seven visiting wickets fell in the 22.4 overs possible yesterday.

At New Road, Division Two leaders Lancashire will fancy their chances of defeating Worcestershire , who have so far been kept afloat by twin centuries from Moeen Ali.

Here’s a look at how things stand in both games:

Surrey are 52 for three in their second innings, still 261 runs behind Durham .

Worcestershire , who have Moeen unbeaten on 101, are 166 for five and lead Lancashire by 12.

10:30am - Morning everyone. Important results will today be decided in both the LV= County Championship and the Yorkshire Bank 40. As ever, ecb.co.uk is ready to keep you updated on all the action.

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