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County Cricket, June 24: As it happened

8:48pm - RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (188/3) beat Worcestershire Royals (187/8) by seven wickets at Wantage Road. The hosts make it five Yorkshire Bank 40 wins in a row to go second in Group A while the Royals stay fifth. Victory came with 6.1 overs to spare as Coetzer was unbeaten on 105. This result completes today’s action.

8:43pm - Wakely holes out for 43 from 44 deliveries via an Aneesh Kapil slower ball. Northants, who are 183 for three, require five more to win.

8:38pm - Coetzer gets his third domestic one-day hundred with a single to leg off Mitchell. It occupied 107 balls and contained 10 fours plus two sixes.

8:33pm - Coetzer and Wakely share a century stand. They have scored 92 and 32 respectively. Just 25 needed now for victory.

8:16pm - Home captain Alex Wakely ends the 26th over with two fours off Shantry. The Steelbacks need 50 to win off 84 balls.

7:57pm - Coetzer, who hit Gareth Andrew for six in the previous over, moves to a 63-ball fifty. He immediately takes Northants to three figures in the 22nd.

7:46pm - Coetzer, on 32, survives two chances in Moeen Ali’s opening over, the 18th, after which the hosts are 78 for two.

7:27pm - Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell strikes in his first over, a wicket-maiden, as White offers a tame return catch to depart for 24. Northants are 62 for two in the 14th.

7:06pm - The Steelbacks reach 42 for one from the eight compulsory powerplay overs with Kyle Coetzer on 14 and former Australia batting all-rounder Cameron White, making his domestic season debut, 15.

6:49pm - Jack Shantry has David Willey caught and bowled for 13, making Northants 18 for one in the fourth over as they chase 188 to beat Worcestershire.

6:30pm - Below is a round-up of the LV= County Championship scores. Coverage of Northants Steelbacks versus Worcestershire Royals in the Yorkshire Bank 40 continues.

Division One

Somerset beat Derbyshire by four wickets at Derby.
drew with Surrey at Headingley.
are 223 for six in reply to Sussex’s 506 for five declared after day three at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

Essex defeated Leicestershire by four wickets at Grace Road.

6:22pm - Notts reach the close on day three at 223 for six in reply to Sussex’s 506 for five declared. Taylor has 81 and Ajmal Shahzad five.

6:12pm - RESULT! Essex (356 & 161/6) beat Leicestershire by (302 & 214) by four wickets at Grace Road. The visitors pull off an exciting chase with 3.4 overs to spare to rise a place to fourth in Division Two. Winless Leicestershire at least move off bottom. Ten Doeschate is unbeaten on 37 and Napier 13.

Having struck again in his penultimate over by bowling Aneesh Kapil (28) for his third wicket in three sets of six, Azhar concedes 13 from his last as Worcestershire post 187 for eight and he returns 4-38.

6:05pm - Foster is caught at short midwicket off Michael Thornely for 42. Essex want 16 with four wickets in hand. Graham Napier responds by hitting his second and third balls for four.

5:57pm - Panesar has his second scalp in two overs as Paul Franks goes cheaply.


@EssexCricket on Twitter: Another 10 runs come from a Hoggard over including a 4 by tendo and 4 leg byes. 35 needed and 8 overs remain.

5:48pm - Monty Panesar bowls Read for 45, ending a stand of 91 with Taylor and making Notts 197 for five.

Muhammad Azhar Ullah strikes twice in two overs, bowling Fell for 55 and Ben Cox for two. Worcestershire are faltering at 152 for seven in the 36th.

@leicsccc on Twitter: UPDATE: Essex 100-5 after 29. 61 needed off 11

5:27pm - Essex lose another with Pettini bowled by Ollie Freckingham for 25. They still need 82 to win.

Nineteen-year-old Tom Fell records his maiden senior fifty, aiding Worcestershire’s cause.

5:17pm - James Taylor has a fifty and has shared a half-century stand with Chris Read as Notts rebuild.

Essex require 87 to beat Leicestershire with six wickets left. Mark Pettini and Ryan ten Doeschate are in situ.

5:07pm - Gareth Andrew falls to Matthew Spriegel for 13, leaving Northants 90 for five in the 23rd.

England have named a 14-man squad to face Essex in a four-day LV= Challenge match, starting on Sunday, with Joe Root set to open the batting alongside Alastair Cook. There is no place for Nick Compton.

4:55pm - RESULT! Yorkshire (433/9d & 254) draw with Surrey (353/7d & 4/0) at Headingley. Surrey play out two overs of their second innings without loss before the sides shake hands on a draw most memorable for Kevin Pietersen’s unbeaten 177. Yorkshire stay top of Division One while Surrey sneak above holders Warwickshire, who replace them in the relagation zone albeit from a game less.

Essex, who need another 114 to beat Leicestershire, lose a fourth wicket as Alex Wyatt has Tom Westley caught behind for 16.

4:49pm - Yorkshire lose their last two wickets in 14 balls to be dismissed for 245, theoretically setting Surrey 335 to win. Tim Linley had Steven Patterson caught and bowled before Plunkett was stumped for 68 off Keedy, who returned an impressive 7-99 in 39.1 overs.

Thilan Samaraweera is run out for 12, making Worcestershire 67 for four in the 18th over.

4:38pm - Essex are now 33 for three as Owais Shah is caught behind off Alex Wyatt. All results are still possible in the game.

@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Wicket! Kervezee is on his way back to the pavilion after being bowled by Azharullah for 4. Now we're 40-3, definitely 3 down.

4:21pm - As tea is being taken at Trent Bridge with Notts 129 for four, Worcestershire lose another wicket with Daryl Mitchell becoming David Willey's second victim.

Meanwhile, Liam Plunkett has brought up his second half-century of the game as a draw between Yorkshire and Surrey looms at Headingley.

@NorthantsCCC on Twitter: Wicket Ali (12) caught by Willey, bowled by Hall. Worcestershire 24/1

3:59pm - Essex lose a second wicket as Matthew Hoggard traps Nick Browne lbw for just one.

3:40pm - RESULT! Somerset (216 & 145/6) beat Derbyshire (266 & 94) by four wickets at Derby. The visitors complete a comfortable run-chase to move out of the relegation zone with their first championship victory of the year. Winless Derbyshire stay bottom. Clare is an unlucky loser due to second-innings figures of 5-29.

It’s tea at Headingley with Yorkshire 230 for eight, 310 ahead of Surrey, and Liam Plunkett one short of a second fifty in the game.

3:35pm - Groenewald has Alex Barrow caught behind for 16 but Somerset need just eight to win with four wickets left.

Notts lose a second wicket in three Jordan overs, David Hussey caught behind for six to leave the hosts 107 for four.

Essex suffer an early setback in their pursuit of 161 to beat Leicestershire, Alex Wyatt trapping Jaik Mickleburgh lbw.

3:20pm - And now Clare has Compton; Somerset need 28 more with five wickets in hand.

Jordan continues to shine for Sussex, claiming a third wicket when getting rid of Samit Patel.

Leicesteshire are now 214 all out, with Naik ending unbeaten on 47, meaning Essex require 161 to win after tea.

In the Yorkshire Bank 40 game at Wantage Road, Northants Steelbacks opt to bowl first versus Worcestershire Royals. Northants are third in Group A, two places ahead of today’s opponents who can move a point behind the Steelbacks with victory.

3:06pm - Things are just getting a little tense for Somerset as Craig Kieswetter becomes Clare's fourth victim.

Notts have lost a second wicket, Jordan continuing his fine spell by bowling Mullaney.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Keedy strikes! Sidebottom caught de Bruyn at slip for 4, 209-8. Less than 43 left with a lead of 289.

3pm - Clare snares another when getting rid of James Hildreth cheaply, but Compton remains a steadying influence having moved beyond 50.

2:49pm - What a hand Jigar Naik is playing for Leicestershire, whose lead is on to 148 on the back of his 41 not out.

2:35pm - Somerset lose another when Dean Elgar is taken at slip off Clare, while Sussex make a first breakthrough as Chris Jordan gets rid of Wessels one shy of a half-century.

2:24pm - Surrey make another breakthrough as Tim Linley traps Andrew Hodd lbw, while Trescothick has now departed to a superb, one-handed Wayne Madsen catch off Jonathan Clare for 21.

Essex are on the verge of dismissing Leicestershire after David Masters has Matthew Hoggard caught behind.

2:08pm - Somerset look in good shape to chase their small target, Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton moving the score on to 51 without loss.

Notts are replying well to Sussex's mammoth total with openers Riki Wessels and Steven Mullaney putting on an unbroken 46.

1:48pm - Gary Keedy completes his five-wicket haul soon after lunch when bowling the dangerous Adil Rashid.

1:10pm - A dramatic opening session comes to an end, with Leicestershire now eight down after ten Doeschate ousts Ollie Freckingham. For Yorkshire, meanwhile, Adil Rashid is well set on 44.

Here are the scores:

Division One

Yorkshire are 158 for five in their second innings, 238 in front of Surrey, on day four at Headingley.
Somerset are 30 without loss chasing 145 to win on day four against Derbyshire at Derby.
Nottinghamshire are 20 without loss replying to Sussex's 505 for six declared on day three at Trent Bridge.

Division Two

Leicestershire are 155 for eight in their second innings, 101 ahead of Essex, on day four at Grace Road.

12:41pm - Kirby follows up the Palladino wicket by ousting Tim Groenewald before Jamie Overton castles Wes Durston for 20 to dismiss Derbyshire for 266. Somerset, therefore, require 145 to win.

Chris Tremlett gets in on the act for Surrey, meanwhile, as Joe Sayers goes for 24.

12:24pm - Leicestershire slip into further trouble as Ryan ten Doeschate picks up his third of the innings when having Michael Thornely caught behind.

Derbyshire are now eight down, Tony Palladino falling to Steve Kirby.

Sussex endured no such problems, Joyce showing amazing acceleration to move to 204 not out as his side declare on 506 for five.

12:15pm - Notts finally break Joyce and Hamilton-Brown's long alliance, Luke Fletcher having the latter caught behind for 113.

11:52am - Keedy's on fire! The left-arm tweaker grabs another, Jack Leaning the man to depart.

11:51am - And now Jonathan Clare has been run out to leave the hosts seven down; Somerset will really fancy their chances now.

Wakefield's Garry Keedy, of a course a long-time Lancashire spinner, grabs another against Yorkshire and it's a big one; the in-form Andrew Gale sweeps straight to square-leg for a duck.

11:44am - Derbyshire are now really in the mire. Following Chanderpaul's departure, Billy Godleman has gone for 24, Ben Slater a duck and Richard Johnson four. They are now six down, leading by just 114.

@Yorkshireccc on Twitter: Keedy strikes! Lyth plays on after an attempted sweep, 32. 76-2.

11:33am - Graham Napier continues to shine with the ball; having claimed seven wickets in the first innings against Leicestershire, he now has one in the second with Shiv Thakor going caught behind. Reece Topley follows that up by trapping Matthew Boyce lbw. Essex seem keen to wrap up a victory fairly quickly.

There is still no fifth breakthrough for Nottinghamshire, though, with Rory Hamilton-Brown moving to his first century since returning to Sussex. His stand with Ed Joyce is now beyond 200.

11:13am - An early wicket falls and it represents a huge blow for Derbyshire as Shivnarine Chanderpaul is caught at slip off Alfonso Thomas.

11:08am - All four encounters are back under way on time.

10:50am - Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today's domestic action. Three LV= County Championship games are into day four, while Sussex against Nottinghamshire is into its third. Later this afternoon, Northamptonshire Steelbacks will face Worcestershire Royals in the Yorkshire Bank 40.

Here are the scores in those games resuming:

Division One

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

Division Two

Leicestershire are 91 for four in their second innings, 37 ahead of Essex, entering day four at Grace Road.

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