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County cricket, June 14: As it happened

Review of today's county action with Alastair Cook continuing his good form as Essex enjoyed a near-perfect day at home to Derbyshire while James Faulkner claimed a hat-trick for Lancashire. Today's NatWest T20 Blast action was overshadowed by a sickening clash between Surrey pair Rory Burns and Moises Henriques which forced the abandonment of their match at Sussex Sharks.

By Rob Barnett, Bibhash Dash & Matt Somerford

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7.45pm - Here is a round-up of the scores from across the LV= County Championship and NatWest T20 Blast today:

Division One

A late Ian Bell and Tim Ambrose stand ensured Warwickshire took the honours on the opening day at New Road as they closed on 101 for four after Worcestershire were bowled out for 243.

Opener Brendan Taylor cracked 152 as Nottinghamshire closed a profitable first day on 391 for six against Somerset, who saw Alfonso Thomas take 4-62.

Division Two

Bottom-placed Essex enjoyed a near-perfect day as Jamie Porter's four wickets helped roll Derbyshire for 148 before England Test skipper Alastair Cook hit an unbeaten half-century as he and Nick Browne embarked on a 108-run opening stand to leave the hosts 48 runs behind.

James Faulkner claimed the first Lancashire hat-trick since 2003 as Leicestershire were bowled out for 207 at Emirates Old Trafford.

NatWest T20 Blast

Gloucestershire went top of the South Group as they maintained their unblemished record against Middlesex in Twenty20 cricket with a 43-run win at Richmond.

Northants Steelbacks continued Yorkshire Vikings' home woes in the Blast as they claimed an eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis Method win with 26 balls to spare.

Sussex Sharks and Surrey's match at Arundel was abandoned following a sickening clash between visiting players Rory Burns and Moises Henriques in the field.

6.55pm - They are still off at Emirates Old Trafford due to the light.

6.30pm - Stumps have been drawn at New Road with Warwickshire 101 for four and building a recovery on the back of Ian Bell and Tim Ambrose, who are unbeaten on 46 and 31 respectively. That leaves the Bears 142 runs short of Worcestershire.

6.21pm - It is stumps at Chelmsford with Essex 108 without loss. A very good day for the team at the foot of Division Two. They are 40 runs behind Derbyshire.

6.10pm - Kyle Jarvis takes his 50th first-class wicket of the summer and Leicestershire have been bowled out for 207. Sheikh edges to wicketkeeper Davies. The light has deteriorated, however, and we may not get straight back on.

Cook has a half-century on his Essex return, but his partner Browne will have to wait for his miletsone as bad light has stopped play. Essex are 108 for none - 40 runs behind.

6.03pm - RESULT! Northants Steelbacks (85/2) have defeated Yorkshire Vikings (82/7) by eight wickets at Headingley - A thumping win for the Steelbacks who have got their campaign back on track in the past four days. They had nothing to show for their efforts before then but five points fom those three game leave them just a point outside the quarter-final places.

6.02pm - Cook and Browne have combined for a century opening stand at the Essex County Ground. A very good day for the team bottom of Division Two - and a first home bonus batting point of the season surely awaits.

Leicestershire's last-wicket pair have dragged them across the line for a bonus batting point.

5.40pm - Jack Shantry removes Jonthan Trott for a duck and Laurie Evans follows for just one Worcestershire are fighting back. Warwickshire are 35 for four.

Will Gidman falls to Alfonso Thomas, who has 4-50, and Notts are 370 for six. Riki Wessels moves to a half-century.

They have taken tea at Old Trafford with Leicestershire 197 for nine.

5.30pm - That Faulkner hat-trick snuck by everyone, except for the confident Aussie. He removed Ben Raine at the end of his 12th over before getting those two lbw calls. So that is the first Lancashire hat-trick since Jimmy Anderson managed the feat in 2003 (against Essex).

5.25pm - Yorkshire's innings is complete. They finish on 82 for seven after the reduced 12 overs. Northants will fancy running that down. They didn't have a point in the Blast before this week. They might just pick up five in four days.

5.22pm - RESULT! Gloucestershire (214/4) have beaten Middlesex (171) by 43 runs - Gloucestershire continue their remarkable record of having never lost to Middlesex in a Twenty20 match. The win takes them top of the South Group.

5.18pm - Afridi is on fire. He bowls Rich Pyrah and Yorkshire will be looking for that rain to return. They are 66 for seven.

Faulkner traps Jigar Naik and Charlie Shreck lbw from successive balls and Leicestershire are 182 for nine....

5.10pm - Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Jack Leaning all fall with the score on 55 soon after they return at Headingley. Yorkshire in deep trouble at 55 for six.

Muhammad Azhar Ullah removed Bairstow before Shahid Afridi struck twice at the start of the ninth over.

5.02pm - Alastair Cook and Nick Browne have combined in a 50-run stand as Essex make a solid start after rolling Derbyshire for 148.

Middlesex's decline continues at Richmond. Toby Roland-Jones is the latest batsman to fall to a catch in the deep. Middlesex, who are playing this home game in Surrey, are 143 for eight.

4.55pm - The rain has returned at Headingley and the players are off with Yorkshire 34 for three after 5.3 overs.

Gloucestershire have a sixth wicket - Neil Dexter - and they look set to maintain their unbeaten record in Twenty20 cricket against Middlesex. Gloucestershire will go level at the top of the South Group.

4.46pm - Middlesex's chase is unravelling. Andy Balbirnie is caught for a first-ball duck by Howell off Payne - who has three wickets in his first nine balls.

Agathangelou's counter-attack is ended on 54 as Tom Bailey has him caught by wicketkeeper Alex Davies. The Foxes are 165 for six.

4.41pm - Agathangelou has a point to prove at Emirates Old Trafford after his release by Lancashire in the winter. He has just reached his half-century, from 56 balls, with 10 fours. No messing about as the Leicestershire recovery continues.

Middlesex are 111 for four in the 11th over as James Franklin exits, caught in the deep off Benny Howell.

4.35pm - MATCH ABANDONED - Following that heavy collison between Burns and Henriques the Blast match at Arundel between Sussex Sharks and Surrey has been abandoned. The injured players are being taken to Chichester Hosptal.

There have been a number of well-wishers on social media from around the county circuit hoping both players well, which we whole-heartedly convey too.

4.32pm - Yorkshire's Aussie openers have gone quickly. Finch, on his return, is caught off an Olly Stone slower ball bouncer for five while Maxwell smashes Rory Kleinveldt to cover. Yorkshire are nine for two.

4.23pm - David Payne strikes twice in the same over to remove a pair of Nicks, Compton and Gubbins, and Middlesex are 53 for three. 

Aaron Finch is back for Yorkshire and he's going to open with his good mate Glenn Maxwell.

4.15pm - Surrey have confirmed that the players who have been injured are Rory Burns and Moises Henriques. Three ambulances now in attendance so we can be sure they are in good hands despite the worrying situation.

Worcestershire have been bowled out for 243 at New Road with Jack Shantry the last man to go - lbw to Keith Barker. It is also tea at Chelmsford where Essex are 33 without loss. Alastair Cook is 17 not out.

Rain has stopped play at Emirates Old Trafford with Leicestershire 139 for five.

4.11pm - Paul Stirling has gone early at Old Deer Park - that's a big wicket for Gloucestershire given the opener's form.

4.07pm – Some late resistance from Worcestershire ends with Saeed Ajmal’s wicket for 10 and they are 238 for nine now.

Cook and Nick Browne are steady on for Essex, at 32 without loss. Elsewhere, Agathangelou and Ben Raine have concocted a 53-run stand for Leicestershire, who are 131 for five.

3.50pm - More on that incident. Play has been suspended at Arundel with the rest of the players taken off as the two injured Surrey fielders get treatment.

Over at Richmond, Gloucestershire have racked up 214 for four in the Blast, with Middlesex set to begin the run chase soon.

3.47pm – There’s a moment of concern at Arundel.

3.45pm – The curse of the fifty. Clarke has to go with Rankin finally getting his man. Eight down for Worcs.

It’s TEA at Taunton. Notts are 277 for three, Brendan Taylor showing no signs of slowing down.

3.36pm – Leicestershire also limp into triple figures against Lancashire. Andrea Agathangelou hits a four off Jarvis and they are 103 for five.

Essex meanwhile have made it to 11 without loss. Well done to Clarke, who gets a maiden half-century for Worcs on his home debut! 221 for seven.

TOSS over at Headingley, and Northamptonshire have won it and will take the field first in the NatWest T20 Blast. Yorkshire sent in to bat. 

3.31pm – WICKET! Michael Lumb is at last out. He goes for 73 with Abdur Rehman providing the breakthrough for Somerset.

3.26pm – Ian Cockbain has been going great guns for Gloucestershire, he brings up a half-century in the T20 Blast and then celebrates with back-to-back sixes!

Sussex struggle slightly, being four down for 106 against Surrey. And we have great news from Headingley, as play will start at 3.50pm. Each side has 18 overs to play with. Game on!

3.20pm – Notts pick up another batting point, moving to 259 for two. Very little troubling the duo of Lumb and Taylor as they bring up the 150 partnership as well.

Worcs slowly get their first batting point, limping away to 202 for seven.

3.15pm – Well, well. Derbyshire don’t even make it to 150. They are 148 all out after Mark Footitt becomes last man out.

Worcestershire lost their seventh wicket in Ben Cox so expect things to really pick up from here.

3.10pm – How long before we see Essex out to bat? I’m sure Alastair Cook will be keen to get some county action under his belt. Tony Palladino is the ninth man down for Derbyshire, as Jamie Porter picks up his fourth.

Even Worcestershire could be bowled out before the close of play, though Clarke, the other Joe, is still fighting away taking the other Clarke (Rikki) for three fours.

There… that should clear it up.

3pm – Still no play at Headingley in the Blast, but the powerplays finished earlier in the other two matches and Gloucestershire have moved on to 60 for one against Middlesex, while Sussex are 51 for one against Surrey.

And a wicket down at Worcester. Sorry home fans! It’s Leach who is caught and bowled by Boyd Rankin for 22. 179 for six.

2.55pm – Worcs fans, never fear, The Two Joes are here. I’m sure this catchy name will soon, catch on. Until then, Leach and Clarke are helping Worcestershire recover to 179 for five, as the fifty partnership comes up.

Lumb and Taylor (not quite so catchy) are keeping Notts in cruise control on 240 for two. 

2.45pm – There’s some early action from the T20 Blast to tell you about. Both Gloucestershire and Sussex have lost a wicket each in their respective matches.

Gloucestershire's Michael Klinger had been unbeaten in the T20 Blast thus far this season until today. His tally? 126, 69, 104, 104 (all not out), and 10. Not a bad run.

2.34pm - Lumb also reaches his half-century for Notts, a tidy effort that.

But Derbyshire's cruel luck continues, as Thakor is gone for 44. They are 113 for seven.

It's the first interval at Emirates Old Trafford. Hosts Lancashire definitely on top as Leicestershire struggle on 82 for five.

2.27pm – Bailey’s having a ball (and so am I with these phrasings). A third wicket to the paceman as Cosgrove’s innings ends on 26. Leicestershire 79 for five.

Shiv Thakor and Wayne White slowly take Derbyshire past 100, and it also brings up the FIFTY partnership. 

2.22pm – CENTURY! Taylor tons up (headline writers, you’re welcome!) for Notts. He cracks Tim Groenewald for a four to get to the landmark.

2.20pm – Lancs put the curse on! Leicestershire lose their fourth. Umar Akmal hung around long enough to score 13 in 20 balls but edges behind to the keeper as Bailey picks up his second scalp.

Notts pick up their first batting point, while another wicket falls for Worcestershire!

2.15pm – It’s one of those days that I fear putting any positive updates up for fear of putting the mockers on! Treading carefully, as Lumb and Taylor begin the race to reach their personal landmarks. Taylor’s just moved into the nineties, while Lumb has been on 40 for a fair while now.

2.10pm – They come in twos for Worcestershire. Will Gidman strikes a four and then promptly gets caught behind next ball, to give Chris Wright his third wicket.

2.05pm- TOSS! Sussex Sharks have won the toss for their NatWest T20 Blast match against Surrey and will have a bat first.

Middlesex too win the toss but opt for a bowl against Gloucestershire.

Worcestershire’s progress in the County Championship is again hampered by a wicket, as Tom Fell falls for four. Worcs 119 for three.

2pm – Michael Lumb and Brendan Taylor have strung together an excellent stand for Notts, going past 50 and climbing.

Also getting past 50 is Leicestershire’s team tally, Mark Cosgrove punching a couple of fours towards that cause.

1.55pm – So Lancashire well and truly on top. Remember there is no “lunch” interval there today, as it will be straight to Tea. All part of Lancashire’s efforts to bring in more crowds.

Meanwhile, there’s good news from Chelmsford.

1.46pm – Things resume at Taunton where Notts are seemingly in control at 148 for two. Nothing yet from Chelmsford of course, but Worcestershire back out batting and move to 105 for two.

Meanwhile, don’t forget we have three NatWest T20 Blast games coming up later today. And if you can’t wait that long for some Blast news, have a read of our preview by clicking here. Go on, you know you want to!

1.37pm – Uh oh! Troubling times for Leicestershire at Emirates Old Trafford. Two down now for 31 as Ned Eckersley edges to slip. 

1.35pm – There’s nothing ever wrong with an extended lunch, though Essex may disagree with me on that. Maybe not so much disagreement from Derbyshire.

1.25pm – As I guide you through this afternoon session – and dream of tucking into something myself later on – it’s time to bring you an awesome stat of the day. Angus Robson hits a couple of boundaries and it makes it Leicestershire’s one millionth run! Bring out the bunting!

But in the, err, tradition of all major landmarks, there’s a wicket soon after as Niall O’Brien departs caught behind off Kyle Jarvis. 26 for one the Foxes.

1.20pm - While six out of the eight teams tuck into their meals, Leicestershire are out batting against Lancashire following an unexpected delayed start to their deliberate delayed start.

1.08pm – Here are the current scores.

Division One

An unbeaten 71 from Brendan Taylor, who added 82 with opening partner Steven Mullaney, has hurried Nottinghamshire to 147 for two after they won the toss against Somerset at Taunton.

Moeen Ali is 36 not out for Worcestershire, who lost Daryl Mitchell for the same score on the stroke of lunch after he chose to bat first. The New Road hosts are 104 for two against local rivals Warwickshire.

Division Two

Three Jamie Porter wickets helped to reduce Derbyshire to 57 for six when rain and bad light interrupted at the Essex County Ground where bottom team Essex won the toss.

Rain delayed the scheduled 12.30pm start at Emirates Old Trafford where play is about to begin with Leicestershire opting to bat first versus leaders Lancashire.

1.01pm – Worcestershire lose Mitchell on the stroke of lunch, caught at midwicket off Wright to end a stand of 66 with Moeen.

12.56pm – Play is set to start at Old Trafford at 1.10pm, with Leicestershire batting first, lunch is taken early at Chelmsford and Worcestershire pass 100 versus rivals Warwickshire.

12.39pm – Notts’ Greg Smith is bowled for 11, shouldering arms to Alfonso Thomas.

12.32pm – Rain and bad light reprieve Derbyshire at 57 for six while Moeen is settling in alongside Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell. Meanwhile Notts’ reach three figures.

12.17pm – Derbyshire are 53 for six against bottom side Essex as leg-spinner Matt Salisbury has Wes Durston caught behind.

Looks like there’ll be a delayed start at Emirates Old Trafford where it’s raining heavily.

12.05pm – Leicestershire opt to bat first versus Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford in the game starting at 12.30pm on each day.

11.39am – Derbyshire are in further trouble at 23 for four as Chesney Hughes is bowled by Porter, playing no shot.

Warwickshire’s Chris Wright has Richard Oliver caught behind for a brisk 27 from 23 balls, ending an opening stand of 38. That brings Moeen to the crease.

11.26pm – Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire’s opening batsmen are making solid starts but Derbyshire are three down as fit-again captain Wayne Madsen falls lbw to Jesse Ryder, who has figures on 3-1-5-2.

11.13am – Derbyshire lose both their openers, Ben Slater following Billy Godleman back to the pavilion, caught at third slip off James Porter.

10.55am – Confirmation comes from New Road that Worcestershire, who have chosen to bat first, include Moeen Ali and Saeed Ajmal, while Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are in Warwickshire’s line-up. What a derby that promises to be!

10.52am – Some Sussex news to bring you. They have signed Somerset spinner George Dockrell and Surrey seamer Tim Linley on a month’s loan to cover their depleted bowling stocks. Both will be available versus Durham in the Championship this coming week.

10.40am – Here’s the news from the tosses that we have so far: Nottinghamshire choose to bat first while Essex opt to bowl first. We’ll bring you news from New Road when we have it. Don’t forget the game at Emirates Old Trafford is starting at 12.30pm throughout, an experiment to encourage evening crowds.

10.30am – Good morning and welcome to live coverage of today’s four LV= County Championship games, featuring Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Moeen Ali, plus this afternoon’s three NatWest T20 Blast matches. Here’s the line-up and start times:

LV= County Championship Division One

Somerset v Nottinghamshire, Taunton, 11am

Worcestershire v Warwickshire, New Road, 11am

LV= County Championship Division Two

Essex v Derbyshire, the Essex County Ground, 11am

Lancashire v Leicestershire, Emirates Old Trafford, 12.30pm

NatWest T20 Blast South Group

Middlesex v Gloucestershire, Richmond, 2.30pm

Sussex Sharks v Surrey, Arundel, 2.30pm

NatWest T20 Blast North Group

Yorkshire Vikings v Northants Steelbacks, 2.30pm

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