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County Cricket, June 23: As it happened

6:55pm - Here are the close-of-play scores, starting with the LV= County Championship games:

Division One

Yorkshire are 52 for one in their second innings, 132 in front of Surrey on day three at Headingley.
Derbyshire are 36 for two in their second innings, leading Somerset by 86 following three days at Derby.
Sussex are 363 for four versus Nottinghamshire on the second day at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

Worcestershire beat Glamorgan by eight wickets at New Road .
Leicestershire are 91 for four in their second innings, 37 ahead of Essex after three days at Grace Road.

Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C

Middlesex Panther s beat the Unicorns by nine wickets at Southend-on-Sea.

6:47pm - It’s the close of play at Headingley and Trent Bridge. Yorkshire are 52 for one in their second innings, 132 ahead of Surrey. Sussex are 363 for four in their first innings versus Nottinghamshire with Joyce on 129 and Hamilton-Brown 77. They have added 158.

6:38pm - Stumps are drawn at Grace Road with Leicestershire needing to bat well tomorrow to avoid defeat.

@SussexCCC on Twitter: LV= CC - The 4th batting point comes up in the 86th over. Sussex 354-4. Joyce 126*, RHB 73*. #GOSBTS #LVCC

6:23pm - Bad light halts proceedings at Grace Road where Leicestershire are 91 for four in their second innings, 37 ahead of Essex.

Gary Keedy traps Lees in front for 13, meaning Yorkshire are 42 for one in their second innings and 122 in front of Surrey.

6:16pm - RESULT! Middlesex Panthers (172/1 27.5ov) beat the Unicorns (170 40ov) by nine wickets at Southend-on-Sea. Denly, who hit Michael O’Shea for a winning four, is unbeaten on 99 from 86 balls and Malan finishes on a steadier 58 as victory comes with 73 deliveries unused. Middlesex rise a place to fourth in Yorkshire Bank Group C while the winless Unicorns stay bottom.

6:13pm - Ryan ten Doeschate bowls Joe Burns for 39, leaving Leicestershire 86 for four in their second innings and just 32 ahead.

6:04pm - Shortly after Sussex pass 300, Joyce tons up from 138 balls with a single off Steven Mullaney. It follows four scores in the 90s this season.

6:01pm - Malan joins Denly on a half-century as they share a hundred partnership.

It’s stumps at Derby where the hosts are 36 for two in their second innings, leading by 86.

Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees are resisting Surrey, having survived 10 overs.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: WICKET Ryan ten Doeschate breaks the third wicket stand by having Eckersley lbw for 11 and Leicestershire are 73 for 3.

5:50pm - Denly moves to a fifty, and Middlesex to three figures, with a six off Bradley Wadlan.

Hamilton-Brown heralds a half-century for Sussex.

5:36pm - Bad light forces the players off at Derby with the hosts 36 for two.

Joe Denly and Dawid Malan are prospering for Middlesex, who are 78 for one from 16 overs chasing 171 in 40.

5:28pm - Kirby breaks through again, having Wayne Madsen held at second slip for 12. Derbyshire are 34 for two in their second innings and lead by 84.

5:20pm - Sussex secure a second batting point with Rory Hamilton-Brown going well alongside fifth-wicket partner Ed Joyce.

5:13pm - Surrey declare on 353 for seven , 80 behind on first innings, with Pietersen unbeaten on 177 from 188 balls including 17 fours and seven sixes. He took 18 off Ryan Sidebottom’s last five deliveries.

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: After 8 overs Middlesex are 41-1 with Malan 17 and Denly 18 needing a further 130 runs to win #UnicornsvPanthers

5pm - Essex keep their momentum with two wickets in two overs, leaving Leicestershire 27 for two and 27 behind. David Masters has Niall O’Brien caught behind for 14 and Reece Topley pins Greg Smith lbw for 11.

4:55pm - Kevin Pietersen passes 150 on his comeback from injury with a six off Adil Rashid . With the next ball Liam Plunkett snares Gary Wilson for 12. Surrey are 329 for seven, 104 behind on first innings.

Chesney Hughes falls to Steve Kirby for nought, via a leading edge to mid-off, in the first over of Derbyshire’s second innings.

4:43pm - It proves to be the case as Tony Palladino has Jamie Overton caught at slip for figures of 5-97 to compliment Groenewald’s stunning 5-30. Somerset are dismissed for 216 , 50 in arrears on first innings.

Devon Endersby removes the dangerous Paul Stirling, held at third man, in the first over of Middlesex’s pursuit of 171.

4:38pm - Somerset look like conceding a first-innings deficit to Derbyshire as Groenewald has Steve Kirby lbw for nought. They are 213 for nine.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: Plunkett strikes! Davies has been caught by Brooks at mid-off off the leading edge, 44. 291-6.

4:27pm - Tim Groenewald bowls Peter Trego for 28, leaving Somerset 209 for eight in response to Derbyshire’s 266.

Kevin Pietersen launches Adil Rashid for six to move to 127.

4:20pm -  Shortly after Ed Joyce goes to a fifty, Fletcher traps Matt Prior in front for 30, making Sussex 203 for three and heralding tea at Trent Bridge.

The Unicorns lose their last four wickets in as many overs to be all out for 170 in 36.4. Murtagh, who like Helm claimed a three-for, accounted for Luke Beaven and Lewis Hill was run out for 26.

4:13pm - Alex Wyatt bowls Tom Craddock for one, dismissing Essex for 356 with a first-innings lead of 54. Hoggard returned 6-66 and Wyatt 3-0. Tea is now being taken.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter:   CHANCE! Trego is dropped in the slips on 23 off Groenewald. A difficult chance. Somerset 203-7 (65 overs); Thomas 13*

4:06pm - Hoggard ousts Foster, who holes out to long-on, for a magnificent 143 shortly after Essex take another bonus point. They are 355 for nine, leading Leicestershire by 53 on first innings.

The Unicorns lose two wickets in as many overs, Murtagh snaring Bradley Wadlan before Toby Roland-Jones has Devon Endersby caught behind, making the hosts 165 for eight in the 35th over.

4pm - It’s tea at Headingley with Surrey 274 for five in reply to Yorkshire’s 433 for nine declared.

@YorkshireCCC on Twitter: The partnership between Pietersen and Davies has now reached 100. 273-5.

3:55pm - With the fourth ball following the resumption of play at Derby, the home side have a wicket as Craig Meschede becomes Tim Groenewald’s third victim. Somerset trail Derbyshire’s 266 by 85 with three wickets remaining.

Davies looks in good form for Surrey, but the same can’t be said of Rashid, who has seen his 11 wicketless overs go for 69 runs.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: Back playing again, lost an over for that little interruption. Still 333 for 8.

3:40pm - You can’t keep Helm out of the game! Lewis Hill looks to manoeuvre Rayner, but ends up running out his partner Michael O’Shea thanks to Helm’s direct hit. The wheels have really fallen off the Unicorns innings, losing three wickets for five runs.

Pietersen and Steven Davies have raised a fifty partnership, meanwhile.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: Guess what, rain has stopped play for third time today - so far. Essex 333 for 8 James Foster 121, Tom Craddock 0.

3:35pm - Another Unicorns wicket goes down, and it’s that man Helm once more. He’s picked up three wickets in 16 balls. This time it’s Parsons who is making his way back to the changing rooms, having made just six.

Matthew Hoggard has accounted for David Masters to bring up his five-wicket haul as play gets back started at Grace Road and, at Derby, we’re hopeful that action can begin at 3:45pm, weather permitting of course.

3:27pm - Helm has really turned the game at Southend-on-Sea in Middlesex’s favour. He’s picked up the wicket of Scott Elstone to further restrict the Unicorns efforts to post a challenging score.

While Pietersen will inevitably steal the headlines, his England colleague Matt Prior will also be hoping to be in the runs this afternoon. The wicketkeeper-batsman has joined his Sussex captain, Ed Joyce, in the middle at Trent Bridge.

3:18pm - Pietersen has a century! The England batsman takes two runs from Ryan Sidebottom to bring up his timely milestone from 106 balls. After just over two hours at the crease, Pietersen will be very happy with his efforts in Leeds this afternoon.

The Panthers have their third wicket as Tom Helm snares Garry Park for 13. Nottinghamshire have also claimed their third scalp. Yardy made 35 before succumbing to the first ball of Ajmal Shahzad’s new spell.

3:10pm - At the half-way point in their innings, the Unicorns have reached 108 for two. With plenty of wickets in hand, a substantial total could be on the cards for Parsons’ men.

Pietersen is firmly on top of the Yorkshire attack at Headingley, punishing Rashid with three fours in four balls, as he closes in on a fluent century.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Pietersen smashes a drive back at Rashid, who gets a hand on it. Would have been an astounding catch. Pietersen on 78, 201-5.

@leicsccc on Twitter: We will start again at 3.15pm (if there's no further rain)

2:54pm - Brooks has made the breakthrough but it’s de Bruyn, not the key wicket of Pietersen, who has been dismissed. Surrey trail Yorkshire's 433 for nine declared by 259 runs with five wickets remaining.

Lineker looked to be set for a big score for the Unicorns after he passed 50, before falling to Ollie Rayner’s first delivery, caught behind by Adam Rossington.

2:43pm - Half-centurion Pietersen and de Bruyn have done an excellent job in getting Surrey back on level terms. Their partnership is now edging towards the 100-run mark, as Adil Rashid and Jack Brooks strain to regain the momentum for Yorkshire.

An inspection will take place at Grace Road at 3pm, while an early tea interval has been taken at Derby.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Fifty for Pietersen. It's come off 71 balls four fours and one six. 156-4.

2:32pm - Nash can add just one to his overnight score before Luke Fletcher claims his wicket to give Nottinghamshire a good start to proceedings on the second day.

Matt Lineker has hit three fours and six to give his side a solid base. The Unicorns are 57 for one, a quarter of the way through their innings.

@surreycricket on Twitter: And Pietersen lofts Rashid into the Rugby Stand for six..Surrey 139-4..Pietersen 39*, De Bruyn 25*

2:19pm - Middlesex Panthers have picked up their first Unicorns wicket, that of Tom Lancefield, who made 80 in his last Yorkshire Bank 40 knock, for 11. Keith Parsons’ side are 36 for one from six overs.

I’m happy to report play is underway for the first time today at Trent Bridge, where Chris Nash and Michael Yardy are the men in the middle.

2:06pm - The weather is proving to be a real nuisance this afternoon. There will be an inspection at Grace Road at 2:30pm, while the officials at Trent Bridge are hoping to get things started at 2:15pm.

While we keep our fingers crossed for a spell of dry weather in both those games, the only place you’ll currently find live action is Headingley, where Kevin Pietersen and Zander de Bruyn are steadily building an important fifth-wicket partnership.

@derbyshireccc on Twitter: An inspection will take place at 2.30pm. It is still raining very lightly. Groundstaff are out in the middle continuing the clear up.

@WorcsCCC on Twitter: The Worcester Boys are happy!!!!!!!!

1:52pm - RESULT! Worcestershire (505/7d & 51/2) beat Glamorgan (277 & 278f/o) by eight wickets at New Road. Skipper Daryl Mitchell falls before first-innings double-centurion Moeen Ali,  pictured, sees the hosts over the finish line. A very convincing victory for Mitchell's side.

@TrentBridge on Twitter: There will be a further pitch inspection at 1.45. More when we get it #NottsvSussex

1:40pm - Australia A have avoided a potentially embarrassing defeat by a margin of just 24 runs against Gloucestershire with Chadd Sayers, who finished with match figures of 8-92, saving the tourists’ blushes.

Worcestershire, meanwhile, are just 11 runs away from victory.

@WorcsCCC on Twitter : Wicket! Mitchell caught Walters off Reed for a quick fire 22. Worcestershire 37-1. In comes man of the moment Moeen!!

1:24pm - Middlesex Panthers opt to bowl first in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C game with the Unicorns at Southend-on-Sea. Middlesex can go third with a convincing win while the winless hosts need to thrash thier opponents to move off bottom.

1:17pm - Play is about to restart at New Road with Worcestershire needing 31 to win.

1:03pm - With Pietersen and de Bruyn seeing Surrey through to lunch without further loss, here are the scores from all five championship games at the break:

Division One

are 90 for four in reply to Yorkshire ’s 433 for nine declared on day three at Headingley.
Somerset are 180 for six, responding to Derbyshire ’s 266 with no play possible so far on day three at Derby.
Sussex are 91 for one, having been put in by Nottinghamshire with no play possible so far on the second day at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

are 20 for none, requiring a further 31 runs for victory against Glamorgan on the final day at New Road.
Essex are 305 for seven in response to Leicestershire ’s 302 on the third day at Grace Road.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: RAIN again and LUNCH now being taken. Essex 305 for 7. James Foster 103 David Masters 0.

12:52pm - As the players get back out to the middle at Grace Road, Napier hits Freckingham to the fence to pass 50. The next ball, however, the Leicestershire seamer wraps Napier on the pads to give the hosts their seventh wicket. Napier added a very important 114 runs with Foster to push Essex into a slender lead.

Pietersen,  pictured, has accumulated just seven runs in a patient first half-hour at the crease as Surrey look to rebuild their innings after a triple blow in the morning session.

12:42pm - With the game at New Road poised to reach its conclusion, rain has begun to fall. Worcestershire only require a further 31 runs, but they have been made to wait to seal their victory. The players will now take lunch, as they will at the County Ground where there has been no play so far today.

The weather has also conspired to stall Essex’s progress, with Napier three runs short of a half-century. Just the game at Headingley to concentrate on then, meaning it's all eyes on Pietersen.

12:36pm - It’s been a hugely impressive knock from Foster,  pictured, who sends Ollie Freckingham to the boundary to bring up a century, his first of the season. His innings has featured 14 fours and one six, helping Essex to reduce their arrears to just two runs.

Sidebottom has struck again to remove opener Rory Burns for 29, leaving Surrey in a bit of a pickle. Zander de Bruyn joins Pietersen in the middle with the visitors still trailing by an imposing 357 runs with six first-innings wickets remaining.

12:23pm - Glamorgan have been bowled out for 278, leaving Worcestershire 51 to win . The hosts have been left a straightforward task after Michael Reed edged Chris Russell behind to Ben Cox. Jack Shantry has been the pick of the Worcestershire bowlers, finishing with match figures of 8-142.

Vikram Solanki was able to make just four before presenting Jack Brooks with his second wicket. The Surrey captain’s departure brings, finally, Pietersen to the crease!

@TrentBridge on Twitter: Still raining here at Trent Bridge, no chance of play here for the foreseeable

12:14pm - You’d expect conditions at Headingley to be tailor-made for Ryan Sidebottom, and so it’s proved. The former England seamer has found the edge of nightwatchman Tim Linley’s bat and Adam Lyth clings on to the catch in the slips. A good start for the White Rose.

Foster and Napier have added 77 for the seventh wicket as Essex edge towards parity at Grace Road.

@surreycricket on Twitter: And we are getting underway...we have lost 8 overs

11:53am - Hogan and Allenby add 57 runs in just 43 balls, but the former has now departed for 46, bowled by Joe Leach. Worcestershire will be glad that late salvo has been brought to an end. Glamorgan’s lead is 40.

The next inspection at Headingley is expected at 12pm.

11:38am - Glamorgan have moved into the lead at New Road and that’s thanks mainly to Michael Hogan, who has bludgeoned 31 from 20 balls. He’s struck six fours to provide Allenby, who himself has reached 60 from 77 deliveries, with some much-needed support.

Still no play in Division One, where the rain, frustratingly, continues to fall at all three grounds.

@surreycricket on Twitter: Afraid to say it is raining again and the covers are coming back on

11:24am - Worcestershire have moved a step closer to a convincing win, as the ever-reliable Alan Richardson,  pictured, bowls Owen for 40. Glamorgan now only trail by 11 however, meaning the hosts may be required to chase a fourth-innings total.

Foster has brought up a fifty as Essex navigate the early exchanges without alarm.

11:16am - Thankfully, the players at Grace Road have taken to the field, meaning we have play in both of the Division Two clashes. Foster and Graham Napier are the men in the middle, with Essex trailing Leicestershire by 106 runs.

There will be an inspection at Headingley at 11:30am.

11:05am - As expected, the inclement weather has delayed starts in Leeds, Derby and Nottingham. Play has also been delayed at Grace Road.

Unfortunately, that means the only place we find action at the moment is New Road, where unbeaten half-centurion Jim Allenby and Will Owen will be looking to build on their 71-run eighth-wicket stand.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Gutted for Steve Patterson. He has broken his toe and will be out for 2 wks. Expected to return for Derbys match in July .

10:49am - Rain at Headingley, Derby and Trent Bridge this morning has put a prompt 11am start in jeopardy in those games. With an unsettled weather forecast, we’re expecting a few delayed starts. We’ll be sure to keep you right up-to-date throughout the day.

@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Don't forget our FREE CRICKET at New Road today!! See the climax of our LV= match starting at 11am for FREE!!!

10:41am - Worcestershire will be hopeful they can claim the final three Glamorgan wickets this morning to wrap up a victory at New Road.

A result today is unlikely in the four other games, but we will certainly have plenty to savour. Kevin Pietersen is expected to spend some time in the middle, coming in at number five for Surrey at Headingley.

The bottom two sides in Division One, Somerset and Derbyshire, will be scrapping for every point at the County Ground, while opener Chris Nash is poised for a big score for Sussex, unbeaten on 45 overnight. A solid middle-order response from Essex, meanwhile, has kept James Foster’s men in the game at Grace Road, which enters its pivotal third day.

10:38am - Here’s a quick round-up of the scores as they stand:

Division One

Surrey are 53 for one in reply to Yorkshire ’s 433 for nine declared after the second day at Headingley.
Somerset are 180 for six , responding to Derbyshire ’s 266 after day two at Derby.
Sussex are 91 for one , having been put in by Nottinghamshire on the opening day at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

Glamorgan are 200 for seven , following on versus Worcestershire who lead by 28 after day three at New Road.
Essex are 196 for six in response to Leicestershire ’s 302 after the second day at Grace Road.

10:30am- Good morning and welcome to's live text coverage of today's county action. We have five LV= County Championship games to enjoy while the Unicorns host Middlesex Panthers in the Yorkshire Bank 40 this afternoon.

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