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LV=CC, July 1: As it happened

A round-up of the action from the six games in the LV= County Championship, where Steven Crook sparkled for Northamptonshire and Surrey and Hampshire wrapped up a draw.

By Rob Barnett, Callum Dent and Tom White

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6.35pm - That's it for the day and here is how we stand around the country:

Division One

An exciting final day is in prospect at Edgbaston, where Warwickshire are 61 for two in pursuit of 289 to beat title-chasing Nottinghamshire. Jonathan Trott is 19 not out overnight, while Phil Jaques made 79 for the visitors.

Lancashire are 59 without loss from 17 overs at Taunton, with Alex Davies on 38 - though first-innings centurion Paul Horton retired hurt on one after being struck by an Alfonso Thomas bouncer. They remain 159 runs behind after Somerset's 484 which featured 128 from Marcus Trescothick and 99 from Craig Overton.

Middlesex have a lead of 134 against Northamptonshire at Lord's, after reaching 30 for the loss of Chris Rogers. Steven Crook earlier hit 131 from 124 balls at number eight to lift the visitors to 384.

Division Two

Surrey and Hampshire drew at the Kia Oval, where last-wicket pair Danny Briggs and James Tomlinson staved off the follow-on and the teams shook hands after eight overs of the home side's second innings.

Gloucestershire ended the day 194 for four, still 123 runs in arrears, against Essex at the Essex County Ground. Ian Cockbain is eight shy of a half-century as he bids to repeat his magnificent rescue act against Surrey recently.

Worcestershire set Glamorgan a target of 355 after declaring on 299 for seven, Moeen Ali top-scoring with a brisk 80 while Dean Cosker took 5-97. Nightwatchman opener Andrew Salter saw out the one over before the close with no score.

5.52pm  Gloucestershire's Ian Cockbain and Will Gidman have so far put on 60 to see their side to 188 for four against Essex.

Lancashire opener Alex Davies is rattling along nicely with 26 from his first 30 balls - 38 for no wicket, with Usman Khawaja on seven.

5.32pm  Patel bowls Maurice Chambers for 20 and, with Rob Keogh absent hurt, Northamptonshire are 384 all out and concede a first-innings deficit of 104.

Jonathan Trott is at the crease for Warwickshire after that wicket of Varun Chopra.

Worcestershire lose Joe Leach and are 250 for seven against Glamorgan, a lead of 305.

5.21pm – Lancashire's first-innings centurion Paul Horton retires hurt following the aforementioned blow from Thomas at Taunton. 

Crook's stunning 131 from 124 balls ends when he is stumped by John Simpson off Ravi Patel. His innings brings Northamptonshire back into the game at Lord's, where they are trailing by 109 on 379 for eight. 

4.53pm – RESULT! Surrey (474/8 & 13/0) draw with Hampshire (354) at the Kia Oval Since the visitors avoided the follow-on this afternoon this game has been drifting. Accordingly, there are only eight overs of Surrey’s second innings before the teams shake hands. Hampshire remain top of Division Two for today at least.

Chris Woakes completes outstanding figures of 5-35 by removing Andre Adams. Notts have slipped from 119 for two to 225 all out. Warwickshire need 289 to win.

Thomas becomes Kerrigan’s fourth victim, for 54, as Somerset take a first-innings lead of 218 thanks to an imposing 484.

Dean Cosker traps Kervezee in front for 21, making Worcestershire 227 for five.

4.47pm – Crook goes to three figures shortly before Northants avoid the follow-on. They still have plenty to do to challenge Middlesex’s score.

Somerset’s Alfonso Thomas brings up a rare fifty.

A calling mix-up with Alexei Kervezee sees Tom Fell run out for 40, but Worcestershire remain in a strong position.

Topley strikes for a second time since tea, having Marshall caught behind for 43 to deepen Gloucestershire’s trouble.

4.34pm – Heartbreak for Craig Overton, who falls to Simon Kerrigan for 99, therefore missing a first senior hundred! Still, Somerset lead by 201 with one first-innings wicket in the bank.

4.26pm – Steven Finn makes an important breakthrough, bowling Andrew Hall for 75 to end a stand of 144 with Steven Crook, who is 15 away from a ton versus his former county. More importantly, Northants trail by 176 with three first-innings wickets left.

Warwickshire’s Jeetan Patel has Peter Siddle stumped before Chris Woakes ousts Samit Patel on 34 to leave Notts nine down and 271 ahead.

Essex’s Reece Topley cleans up Alex Gidman for 53 as an alliance of 95 alongside Hamish Marshall comes to a halt. Gloucestershire are 192 behind with seven wickets in hand.

4.01pm  Worcestershire's lead stands at 240 at tea, with Tom Fell and Alexei Kervezee at the crease. 

Tea is called at the Kia Oval, where Tomlinson becomes Solanki's second scalp and Hampshire are dismissed for 354, conceding a first-innings deficit of 120. 

An excellent session for Northamptonshire ends with Hall and Crook unbeaten on 75 and 85 respectively. They trail Middlesex by 176 with four wickets left. 

Nottinghamshire take tea on 208 for seven, a 271-run advantage over Warwickshire at Edgbaston. 

3.47pm  Jeetan Patel's second wicket, that of Chris Read, leaves Nottinghamshire 192 for seven, a lead of 255. There could be an exciting fourth-innings chase at Edgbaston, where Warwickshire are fighting back admirably. 

3.44pm  Hampshire avoid the follow-on courtesy of an unbroken last-wicket stand of 35 between Danny Briggs and James Tomlinson. A draw looks inevitable now at the Kia Oval, meaning the visitors will stay top for a day at least. 

Moeen falls 20 runs short of a century, losing his wicket to Cosker. Worcestershire are 177 for three and leading by 232 at New Road. 

Gidman raises his bat for a fifty on the stroke of tea at the Essex County Ground, while the interval arrives at Taunton also with Overton and Thomas unbeaten. 

3.34pm  After Masters' early double strike, Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall steady the ship by taking Gloucestershire into three figures at the Essex County Ground. Their third-wicket stand is worth 73.

3.26pm  –  Overton, on 75, and Alfonso Thomas are building a huge lead for Somerset. The hosts are 157 ahead with two wickets remaining. 

3.06pm Andrew Hall is again on a rescue mission at the heart of Northants' middle order. The veteran South African moves to a half-century from 109 balls and is supported by former Middlesex player Steven Crook, who is 44 not out. 

Oliver departs at New Road, bowled by Dean Cosker for 65, to end a second-wicket stand of 123 with Moeen.  

3pm Hampshire are on the brink at the Kia Oval. Dilshan pins Brad Taylor lbw for a single to leave the visitors nine down for 294. 

2.56pm Moeen, an unbeaten centurion in England's last Test against Sri Lanka, follows Oliver to a fifty at New Road.

Nottinghamshire, leading by 215, slip to 152 for five when Boyd Rankin dismisses Jaques for 79, the Australian's last innings before leaving the county. 

2.46pm Is there a twist in the tale at the Kia Oval? Part-time bowler Vikram Solanki snares Abbott and Tillakaratne Dilshan accounts for Ervine for 80. Hampshire are eight down and still 38 short of the follow-on target. 

Worcestershire's Oliver and Somerset's Overton both reach half-centuries, the former's his first in four-day cricket. 

2.34pm Championship debutant Richard Oliver and England's Moeen Ali, with 43 to their name each, move Worcestershire into three figures and a lead of 156. 

Sean Ervine and Kyle Abbott continue to frustrate Surrey, while Somerset's lead at Taunton is past 100. 

2.23pm Craig Overton is taking the attack to Lancashire, hitting spinner Simon Kerrigan for two sixes in three deliveries. Somerset are leading by 91.  

2.16pm Masters strikes again at the Essex County Ground. Chris Dent edges the veteran behind to James Foster to depart for 24 of his side's 30 for two.

As you can see from the tweet below, Graham Onions makes a welcome return to action following injury for Durham's second XI. 

2.08pm  Chris Woakes is trying his best to limit Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston. The seamer claims his third scalp by bowling Hales for 31. The visitors are 182 in front on 119 for three. 

1.59pm Essex make a fine start with the ball. That man David Masters traps Will Tavare in front to leave Gloucestershire, trailing by 292, 25 for one in their second knock. 

1.54pm  After taking Nottinghamshire past 100 alongside Alex Hales, Phil Jaques moves to a half-century from 89 deliveries. 

Steven Finn snares another at Lord's, having championship debutant James Kettleborough caught by Eoin Morgan for 73. Northamptonshire are in trouble at 168 for six, 320 runs behind. 

1.10pm – On a morning where four Smiths featured heavily, here are the lunch scores:

Division One

Nottinghamshire are 92 for two in their second innings, 155 ahead of Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Somerset , having today lost Marcus Trescothick for 128, are 301 for seven in reply to Lancashire’s 266 at Taunton.

Northamptonshire , with championship debutant James Kettleborough unbeaten on 71, are 165 for five , responding to Middlesex’s 488 for nine declared at Lord’s.

Division Two

Hampshire are 254 for six , needing 70 more to avoid the follow-on versus Surrey on day four at the Kia Oval.

Worcestershire are 27 for one in their second innings, leading Glamorgan by 82 at New Road.

On the back of Ravi Bopara’s 147, Essex were dismissed for 541 , 317 ahead on first innings, to herald lunch against Gloucestershire at the Essex County Ground.

1pm – Gloucestershire’s Smith gets David Masters and Monty Panesar falls to Taylor as Essex are dismissed for 541 to herald lunch. We’ll soon round up all the scores.

12.52pm – Essex are stumbling a little at the end of an outstanding innings, Smith now removing Graham Napier and Taylor dispatching Ben Foakes for 34.

Somerset’s Craig Kieswetter goes lbw to Wayne White and Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell is caught behind off Glamorgan’s Smith.

12.41pm – Somerset move ahead of Lancashire on first innings and Ervine registers a half-century for Hampshire.

Phil Jaques and Alex Hales are digging in for Notts, who are in a decent position versus Warwickshire.

12.36pm – It’s getting interesting at the Kia Oval as Garth Batty ousts Matt Coles caught and bowled. Hampshire are six down and need 87 more to avoid the follow-on.

Essex lose another wicket as Taylor traps Ryan ten Doeschate in front.

12.25pm – Two big wickets fall in quick succession with two Tom Smiths striking!  Trescothick is well held at point by Steven Croft off Lancashire’s Smith to depart for 128 and Bopara is bowled by Gloucestershire’s Smith for 147.

12.20pm – Essex may not play as the ‘Eagles’ in championship cricket but they are flying at 501 for four with Bopara unbeaten on 140.

Surrey, who have an outside chance of victory, are boosted by two wickets in as many overs. Zafar Ansari snares Smith lbw for 72, breaking a stand of 66 with Ervine, and Tim Linley bowls Adam Wheater first ball, leaving Hampshire 227 for five, still 247 behind on first innings.

12.07pm – A belligerent last-wicket alliance of 68 between Michael Hogan, who hit Moeen Ali for two sixes in an over, and Andrew Salter is ended by Ajmal cleaning up the former for 36, leaving Salter unbeaten on 25. They hauled Glamorgan up to 297, a first-innings deficit of 55 . Ajmal returned 5-106.

11.58am – Tom Smith pins James Hildreth in front for 10, making Somerset 236 for four, and Middlesex’s Steven Finn has Ben Duckett cheaply caught and bowled.

11.39am – Glen Chapple has Alviro Petersen caught behind for 73, breaking a partnership with Marcus Trescothick worth 168. How Lancashire needed that!

Half-centurion Will Smith and Sean Ervine see Hampshire to a first batting point as they seek to bat out the last day against Surrey.

11.32am – Toby Roland-Jones has Rob Newton lbw for 35, putting Northants in further trouble as they reply to Middlesex’s healthy score.

11.16am – Chris Woakes cheaply bowls Notts nightwatchman Luke Fletcher while Northants’ James Kettleborough raises a fifty on championship debut.

Saeed Ajmal strikes twice in an over, snaring Mark Wallace and Dean Cosker, to leave Glamorgan nine down.

Gloucestershire’s Taylor accounts for James Foster on 54, ending a stand of 104 with Bopara.

11.06am – Ravi Bopara, on 98 overnight, goes to three figures with a six off Jack Taylor in the day’s first over at the Essex County Ground.

In the opening over at New Road, Worcestershire’s Joe Leach traps Ruaidhri Smith in front.

10.45am – Hello and welcome to our LV= County Championship blog. Here’s how this round of matches stand:

Division One

Marcus Trescothick's unbeaten century helped Somerset to 193 for two in reply to Lancashire’s 266 at Taunton.

Dawid Malan hit an unbeaten 154 as Middlesex declared at 488 for nine and in response Northamptonshire were 89 for three when bad light and rain hit Lord's.

Warwickshire were indebted to a 108-run ninth-wicket stand between Chris Woakes and Chris Wright to ensure they not only avoided the follow-on against Nottinghamshire, but also limited their deficit to 63 runs after being bowled out for 343. Notts were one without loss  after negotiating two overs.

Division Two

Jesse Ryder hit a blistering 133 while Ravi Bopara is two runs short of a century as Essex piled on 425 for three to lead Gloucestershire by 201 runs.

Saeed Ajmal claimed two wickets and ran out Jacques Rudolph for 88 as Glamorgan closed on 222 for six – 130 runs adrift of Worcestershire’s first-innings 352. 

Hampshire are 167 for three as they set after Surrey’s first-innings 474 for eight declared at the Kia Oval.

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