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LV=CC, July 14: As it happened

Live coverage from the latest in the LV= County Championship fixtures, as Somerset closed in on victory against Northamptonshire and Adam Wheater, Sam Hain and Will Tavare struck centuries. 

By Rob Barnett, Callum Dent & Dominic Farrell

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7.15pm - Below is our close of play summary. Join us again tomorrow as Somerset look to close out victory at Wantage Road and a number of the matches at their halfway stage are delicately poised.

Division One

Northamptonshire are 108 for five in their second innings, needing a further 296 runs to beat Somerset at Wantage Road. Seamers Alfonso Thomas and Lewis Gregory led the visitors’ victory bid with two third-evening wickets apiece.

Lancashire are 55 for two - a lead of 19 - in their second innings against Nottinghamshire at Aigburth. Skipper Glen Chapple claimed 4-73 as the hosts dismissed Notts for 261 earlier on day two.

Durham are 62 for three, a deficit of 410 against Warwickshire at halfway at the Emirates Durham ICG. Sam Hain brought up an unbeaten century in his team’s 472 all out.

Division Two

Worcestershire are 48 for two, with Richard Oliver unbeaten on 35, as they lead Leicestershire by 89 at New Road. Saeed Ajmal took 4-66 as the visitors were all out for 280 on day two.

Essex are 70 for one in response to Hampshire’s 246 all out after the first-day washout at Colchester. The visiting side recovered from 97 for seven as Adam Wheater scored 107 against his former county.

Gloucestershire won the toss and closed the opening day against Derbyshire on 304 for six at Cheltenham. Will Tavare hit 135 and Will Gidman is 88 not out overnight.

6.47pm - Muchall and Borthwick’s watchful efforts see Durham to 62 for three at stumps but the hosts have much to do tomorrow. We’ll have a summary of events at the Emirates Durham ICG and all other grounds with you shortly.

6.40pm - Gordon Muchall and Scott Borthwick are unsurprisingly looking to shut up shop for Durham and have played out three consecutive maidens.

6.30pm - There’ll be no further play at Aigburth, meaning Lancashire will start day three 19 runs ahead of Nottinghamshire with eight second-innings wickets remaining.

6.26pm - It’s turning into a deeply uncomfortable mini session for Durham. Michael Richardson becomes Keith Barker’s next victim and Warwickshire have their opponents 52 for three. The deficit is 420.

6.18pm - Northamptonshire will be glad to see the back of day three at Wantage Road. The hosts return to the pavilion on 108 for five in their second innings against Somerset, still needing an improbable 296 to win.

6.13pm - The umpires call time at New Road, where Worcestershire are 48 for two, a lead of 89 after Leicestershire were dismissed for 280. Richard Oliver will resume with 35 to his name.

6.07pm - Stumps are drawn at Colchester, where Tom Westley and Ravi Bopara are 35 and 24 not out respectively in Essex’s 70 for one.

They’re also done for the day at Cheltenham, and all the best to Will Gidman on getting a comfortable night’s sleep - he’ll resume on 88 tomorrow with Gloucestershire 304 for six.

5.53pm - Apologies to Kettleborough as the live-blogger’s curse strikes! The young opener is caught at short square-leg off George Dockrell and Northants are staring down the barrel on 98 for five.

5.40pm - James Kettleborough is playing a fine hand for Northamptonshire and currently has 58 to his name.

The light at Liverpool forces the players back inside once more, but Warwickshire and Durham will have 12 more overs to play with today when they return.

Taylor bowls Benny Howell to reduce Gloucestershire to 301 for six but Gidman remains 13 shy of a century.

5.34pm - Buck gets an important breakthrough for Leicestershire - skipper Daryl Mitchell departs caught at the wicket for four. AND HE STRIKES AGAIN! Tom Fell is lbw without scoring to leave Worcestershire in a spot of bother on 21 for two.

5.29pm - Finally Tavare departs, caught behind for 135 off Tom Taylor. Gloucestershire are 293 for five.

Read is unable to take his third catch of Lancashire’s second innings, spilling a tough, low chance to dismiss Khawaja off Adams. The Red Rose are 55 for two - a lead of 19.

5.19pm - Spare a thought for Matthew Spriegel, who just endured a 15-ball duck at Wantage Road. James Hildreth held the catch at slip to give Thomas his second scalp. The home side are 79 for four.

5.08pm - Siddle and Read combine again to remove Paul Horton for 16 and Lancashire are 28 for two under those leaden Liverpool skies - still eight runs behind Nottinghamshire.

5pm - Two wickets in as many overs for Leach, with Nathan Buck caught at the wicket... and he bowls Charlie Shreck three balls later to return 3-45 and leave Leicestershire 280 all out. Worcestershire lead by 41. 

4.54pm - Northants’ woes continue as Rob Newton plays on off Alfonso Thomas. The score is 58 for three, with a nominal 346 more needed for victory.

4.50pm - Joe Leach bowls Jigar Naik for 12 and Worcestershire are closing in on a first-innings lead against Leicestershire, who are eight down and 45 runs in arrears.

4.46pm - Will Gidman is through to his half-century and scoring at an impressive rate alongside Tavare. The Gloucestershire pair have added 129 runs in 37 overs.

4.42pm - Wickets continue to tumble at Aigburth as Andrea Agathangelou edges Peter Siddle behind for a duck. That brings Siddle’s compatriot Khawaja to the crease.

4.37pm - Nick Browne edges Matt Coles to James Vince at third slip and Essex are 10 for one.

4.30pm - Nottinghamshire are 261 all out, a first-innings lead of 36 over Lancashire. Kyle Hogg had Andre Adams caught on the midwicket rope to wrap things up but it was an inspirational spell from captain Chapple that stopped the visitors from running up a more commanding advantage in Liverpool.

4.27pm - Well, that’s the last thing Durham wanted - Mark Stoneman edges Chris Wright behind to Tim Ambrose and the hosts are 13 for one, a deficit of 459.

4.24pm - They’re back out at Durham and Essex have started their response to Hampshire’s first-innings total at Colchester.

Lancashire’s openers also look like being padded up soon as Chapple continues to run through the Notts tail. Tom Smith pouches Luke Fletcher at mid-on and the veteran seamer has 4-73.

4.16pm - Glen Chapple makes it two wickets in an over, with Chris Read mis-timing a pull to Usman Khawaja running in from cover. Things progressing apace at Liverpool.

4.04pm - Monty Panesar, restored to the Essex side, removes James Tomlinson to dismiss Hampshire, who were 97 for seven, for 246. Debutant Nathan Rimmington is left stranded on 65.

Gloucestershire's Will Tavare goes to a 202-ball century at Cheltenham. 

3.48pm - Steven Croft ends Wessels' cameo on 46, having the Notts man caught behind by Jos Buttler.

3.43pm - Leicestershire, trailing by 76, reach the tea interval on 245 for six after Charles Morris has Niall O'Brien caught by skipper Daryl Mitchell and Ajmal bowls Rob Taylor for a duck in quick succession. 

Rimmington's Hampshire championship debut is going swimmingly, the Australian raising his bat for a fifty at Colchester. 

Will Tavare is six runs short of a century at tea, with Gloucestershire 193 for four. 

3.35pm - Hampshire are on the brink now as Danny Briggs becomes Mahmood's third victim.  

3.23pm - Last man Boyd Rankin sticks with Sam Hain long enough to allow the latter to reach three figures from 188 deliveries. However, the Irishman is then dismissed by Borthwick and  Warwickshire are all out for 472. 

Riki Wessels' unbeaten 44 off 62 balls gives Nottinghamshire, on 230 for five, a narrow lead of five at tea. 

Jack Shantry ousts Dan Redfern for 57 at New Road, while Wheater's innings of 107 ends when he is trapped lbw by Essex seamer Sajid Mahmood. 

3.03pm - Wheater has a 134-ball century against his former employers at Colchester. A remarkable innings takes Hampshire to 196 for seven. His stand with Nathan Rimmington is worth 103. 

3pm - That man Ajmal strikes again at New Road. Greg Smith, 15 runs short of a century, provides a catch for Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Leicestershire are 194 for three. 

2.57pm - Middlebrook has a fourth at Wantage Road, Alfonso Thomas departing without scoring from seven balls.  

2.49pm - Play resumes at the Emirates Durham ICG and Graham Onions, on his return to action following injury, collects his first wicket. The seamer has Jeetan Patel caught behind to leave Warwickshire nine down. 

Chris Jones' impressive innings ends when he is pinned lbw by Northamptonshire spinner James Middlebrook for 87.

2.35pm - Amazingly, bad light forces the players off at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Gloucestershire's Will Tavare advances to a half-century at Cheltenham. 

2.15pm - Muhammad Azhar Ullah takes a second of the session, bowling Craig Overton cheaply. Somerset lead by 335, though.  

Lancashire are fighting back admirably. Smith's second scalp, that of Samit Patel, leaves Nottinghamshire five down and still 54 behind. 

2.07pm - Scott Borthwick collects a return catch from Keith Barker to leave Warwickshire 390 for eight. 

Worcestershire spinner Saeed Ajmal, into his eighth over, takes his first scalp as he breaches the defences of Ned Eckersley, who departs for 48. 

Gloucestershire are 100 for three at Cheltenham, Tony Palladino trapping Hamish Marshall lbw for 48.

1.53pm - Lancashire snare an important wicket at Liverpool. Tom Smith bowls James Taylor for 29 to leave Nottinghamshire 158 for four, 67 runs behind. 

1.49pm - Adam Wheater, fresh from signing a contract extension this morning, continues to hold things together for Hampshire, moving to a half-century from 70 balls shortly after the resumption.

1.10pm – Here are the lunch scores:

Division One

Somerset are 164 for four in their second innings, with Chris Jones unbeaten on 72, 318 ahead of Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Nottinghamshire , for whom Steven Mullaney today fell for 82, are 153 for three in reply to Lancashire’s 225 at Aigburth.

Warwickshire , thanks to fifties today from Rikki Clarke and Sam Hain, are 376 for seven versus Durham , for whom John Hastings has a five-for at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Leicestershire are 98 for one , with Greg Smith unbeaten on 55, in response to Worcestershire’s 321 at New Road.

Hampshire , who today chose to bat first, are in trouble at 97 for seven versus Essex at Colchester.

Gloucestershire , who this morning won the toss, are 77 for two against Derbyshire at Cheltenham.

1.02pm – Tom Westley dislodges Matt Coles for nought to leave Hampshire in trouble on 97 for seven at lunch. We’ll soon round up the scores.

12.52pm – Sean Ervine and Adam Wheater share a restorative fifty partnership but Ervine is caught at mid-on off Tim Phillips to fall for 20. Hampshire are 83 for six .

Hastings has a five-for when Clarke is caught behind for 51 while Leicestershire’s Greg Smith registers a half-century.

12.42pm – A quiet period of play is punctuated by Mullaney, who was dropped three times, going lbw to Tom Smith for 82, ending a stand of 64 with James Taylor that has put Notts on course for a first-innings lead.

Rikki Clarke brings up a fifty as Warwickshire bank a fourth batting bonus point.

12.12pm – Chris Jones raises a half-century to strengthen Somerset’s hand against Northants.

Sajid Mahmood dismisses Will Smith, reducing Hampshire to 32 for five.

Gloucestershire’s Alex Gidman and Leicestershire’s Angus Robson depart cheaply.

11.55am – Hampshire are four down, Napier ousting fit-again Liam Dawson.

11.51am – Hampshire slip to 27 for three with James Vince departing in the same way as Carberry, albeit to Ryder. Is Adams regretting his decision?

11.41am – Hampshire lose both openers early as Graham Napier has Michael Carberry caught behind.

11.29am – Notts’ Steven Mullaney, unbeaten on 48 overnight, goes to a fifty against his former club.

Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams, like Klinger a toss-winner today, soon goes to Jesse Ryder, who is on fire with the ball after taking five wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast on Saturday.

11.20am – Worcestershire are dismissed for 321 as Charlie Shreck accounts for Shaaiq Choudhry for a patient 42.

Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger, who chose to bat first, cheaply falls to Mark Footitt.

11.06am – In-form Durham all-rounder John Hastings has a fourth wicket of the game, cheaply bowling Tim Ambrose.

10.50am – As you’ll see from the below tweets, Gloucestershire have chosen to bat first versus Derbyshire at Cheltenham and Hampshire have done likewise against Essex at Colchester, where day one was yesterday washed out.

10.40am – Hello and welcome to our live blog of the latest LV= County Championship action as Northants versus Somerset enters a third day, four games reach day two and Gloucestershire against Derbyshire starts. Here’s how they stand:

Division One

Nottinghamshire  boosted their title push by bowling out  Lancashire for 225 and reaching 69 for one in reply. Steven Mullaney will resume needing just two for a half-century.

Warwickshire closed on 256 for five against  Durham , with Jonathan Trott making 76 and Will Porterfield 90.

Somerset reached stumps on 72 for three for a lead of 226 after bowling Northamptonshire out for 221, Lewis Gregory taking a career-best 6-47.

Division Two

Daryl Mitchell passed 1,000 championship runs for the season as leaders Worcestershire reached  317 for nine  against Leicestershire .

No play was possible between Essex and Hampshire due to rain in Colchester.

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