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LV=CC, July 21: As it happened

Recap today's five LV= County Championship matches with Division One high-fliers Yorkshire setting up a potentially winning position against Middlesex on day three at Scarborough.

By Matt Somerford & Rob Barnett

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6.42pm – Here’s a wrap of today’s exciting action:

Division One

Title-chasing Yorkshire, aided by a brave 126 not out from captain Andrew Gale, are 400 for five in their second innings, 421 ahead of Middlesex, after three days at Scarborough.

Sussex, who won the toss today, are 314 for seven thanks in part to eighties from Craig Cachopa and Luke Wright versus Warwickshire at Horsham.

Division Two

Derbyshire, who are 13 for one in their second innings following day two at the 3aaa County Ground, need another 60 to beat Glamorgan. Mark Footitt took a career-best 6-48 as the Welsh County were dismissed for 175.

Surrey recovered from 105 for five to close on 303 for six in reply to Kent’s 408 at Guildford. Sam Billings was unbeaten on 82 for the visitors this morning before Jason Roy responded with 84 and skipper Gary Wilson with 80 not out on the second day.

Leaders Worcestershire are 299 for seven following the first day against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. Daryl Mitchell is justifying his decision to bat first with an unbeaten 102.

6.32pm – Play is continuing only at Guilford where Wilson and Gareth Batty are sharing a fifty partnership.

6.21pm – Yorkshire end the day on an imposing 40 for five, Gale unbeaten on 126, with Middlesex trailing by 421.

Sussex reach the close on 314 for seven, having been pegged back from 294 for three.

6.13pm – Stumps and stumped! Derbyshire close on 13 for one, needing another 60 to defeat Glamorgan, and Leaning pays for leaving his ground against Dawid Malan. Leaning goes for 76, having added 182 with Gale.

Warwickshire’s riposte with the new ball continues as Chris Jordan cheaply plays on to Boyd Rankin.

6.01pm – Sussex’s Steffan Piolet is dismissed in bizarre fashion when he treads on his stumps, facing Woakes. Not many fielders realised what had happened at first.

5.50pm – Gale, who has just been struck on the elbow, raises a hundred shortly after Jack Leaning registers a fifty.

Derbyshire’s task of chasing 73 doesn’t look so straightforward when Hogan traps Billy Godleman in front for a duck at nought for one.

Kent’s Charlie Hartley likewise ousts Roy for 84, halting his stand with Wilson on 121.

Gloucestershire’s Craig Miles removes Shaaiq Choudhry for 21.

5.34pm – David Wainwright ends last-wicket resistance from Will Owen and Michael Hogan by bowling the former for a 22-ball 28 and dismissing Glamorgan for 175, meaning Derbyshire need 73 to win. Footitt returned a career-best 6-48 and Hogan was unbeaten on 22 from 20 deliveries.

Chris Woakes snares Cachopa for 84, breaking a stand of 174 with Wright that has set Sussex up for a big score.

5.10pm – Mark Footitt, who took 5-21 in his opening spell, returns to have James Harris caught behind for 16 and leave Glamorgan nine down.

Luke Wright and Craig Cachopa share a 150-run partnership for Sussex while Jason Roy and Gary Wilson put on a century stand for Surrey.

4.54pm - Glamorgan look like they will be beaten inside two days as Dean Cokser's off stump is sent spinning out of the ground by Tom Taylor, whose figures read 3-13. Derbyshire need two more wickets with Glamorgan's lead just 17 runs.

4.37pm - Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale reaches a half-century, from 99 balls, as his side's lead extends to 298 runs. Gale will most probably be looking to declare at some stage in this session, although he may delay it slightly longer than normal after Middlesex made that sensational chase against the White Rose earlier this season.

4.25pm - Tom Smith has a third wicket at Cheltenham as Ben Cox is caught by Will Tavaré at short-leg for 56. Worcestershire are 242 for five.

New man Joe Leach falls for a duck in the next over lbw to Craig Miles, who now also has three wickets in his first championship game of the season.

4.09pm – Jason Roy dominates a fifty partnership with Gary Wilson that arrives just before tea at Guildford, where Surrey are 159 for five in reply to Kent’s 408.

3.54pm – Sussex take tea on a healthy 230 for three with Luke Wright and Craig Cachopa unbeaten on fifties.

Glamorgan break in deep trouble at 89 for seven in their second innings, still 14 behind a rampant Derbyshire.

3.47pm – Yorkshire reach the interval on 247 for four in their second innings, 268 ahead of Middlesex, at Scarborough. Andrew Gale is 42 not out.

Worcestershire head for refreshments at 228 for four, Mitchell on 69 and Cox 54.

Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace is caught behind off Taylor for 25, reducing his side to 84 for seven.

3.40pm – With tea approaching, Derbyshire’s Tom Taylor has Jim Allenby held in the slips for 17.

3.27pm – Ben Cox advances to a smooth fifty, reached from 58 balls with eight fours and a six. He and Mitchell are moving towards a century partnership for the Division Two leaders.

3.01pm – Mitchell, who won the toss today, brings up a patient half-century.

2.51pm – Footitt is really pressing the accelerator now! He bowls Chris Cooke and has Ben Wright caught behind. Glamorgan are 42 for five in their second innings, 61 behind. The left-arm seamer has figures of 5-21.

Charlie Hartley ousts Vikram Solanki, leaving Surrey 86 for four.

2.39pm – Yorkshire now lead by more than 200 with seven wickets left.

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell is holding firm at the top of the order.

2.12pm – Footitt makes it two wickets in as many overs, Murray Goodwin going caught behind for nought.

Barker has a second scalp since lunch, pinning Nash lbw for 58.

2.05pm – Tom Smith has Alexei Kervezee caught and bowled, making Worcestershire 130 for three.

Sussex’s Chris Nash raises a fifty and Derbyshire’s Mark Footitt snares Will Bragg.

1.57pm – Murtagh makes it two wickets in three personal overs, ousting Alex Lees for 67 via Dawid Malan’s low catch at second slip.

Surrey’s troubles grow as Callum Haggett cheaply traps Tillakaratne Dilshan in front.

Warwickshire’s Keith Barker bowls Ed Joyce for 16.

1.46pm – Two wickets to report early in the afternoon session.

Middlesex’s Ollie Rayner holds a stunning, one-handed slip catch above his head to give Tim Murtagh the scalp of Kane Williamson for 62, ending a stand of 132 with Alex Lees.

Gloucestershire’s Craig Miles traps Tom Fell in front for 24.

1.15pm - Here are the lunch scores:

Division One

Alex Lees and Kane Williamson batted through the third morning, adding 117 runs, at Scarborough to move Yorkshire into a handy position. Their unbroken century stand has moved the hosts to 146 for one - a lead of 167 against Middlesex.

Sussex are 99 for one against Warwickshire on the first day at Horsham with Chris Nash unbeaten on 46.

Division Two

A 73-run ninth-wicket stand between David Wainwright and Tony Palladino helped Derbyshire open a 103-run lead before being bowled out for 241 against Glamorgan at the 3aaa County Ground.

Surrey have not made a good start in response to Kent's 408 as they reach lunch on 31 for two after Darren Stevens removed openers Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari.

Worcestershire are 118 for one after the first session against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. Richard Oliver is the only wicket to fall, although not before he smashed 62 from 49 balls.

1.02pm - We're heading into lunch around the country now. A round-up of what has happened in the morning sessions will be up shortly. They are continuing on at Derby though with the hosts nine down.

12.39pm - David Wainwright and Tony Palladino have defied all that has gone on at the 3aaa County Ground so far to put on an unbroken 61-run stand for the ninth wicket. That is allowing Derbyshire to open up what could be a very important lead in the context of the game.

12.28pm - Lees brings up the century partnership with Williamson by plonking Ollie Rayner for six over long-on. This stand is threatening to take the game completely away from Middlesex.

Moments later Lees and Williamson both bring up half-centuries. On an unrelated note - and this is not a particularly good anecdote - but, I was in Scarborough after the game yesterday. Williamson and Adil Rashid were both out for dinner shortly after the close and they were swooped on by one of the giant-sized seagulls that patrol the seafront up there. Their reaction time to the attack was pretty slow to be honest. Williamson has had far less problems with the Middlesex attack this morning.

12.20pm - Warwickshire have their first wicket of the morning, but not before a solid 68-run opening stand between Luke Wells and Chris Nash. Wells is the man to depart as he edges behind to Tim Ambrose off Rikki Clarke for 35.

12.01pm - After Surrey finally end Claydon's fun Stuart Meaker removes the last two from consecutive balls and Kent have been dismissed for 408. There is therefore no century for Billings, who was stranded on 81, while Meaker returns 4-106.

11.45am - I'm not sure what Richard Oliver had for breakfast, but he needs to keep eating it. The Worcestershire opener races to 44 from 35 balls on the opening morning against Gloucestershire. Daryl Mitchell is still only on seven in a score of 52 for none.

11.44am - Maximum batting points for Kent. They get to 400 for seven in the 107th over - just in the nick of time. Sam Billings is 76 while Mitch Claydon is enjoying himself with 34 from 38 balls.

11.30am - The stand between Alex Lees and Kane Williamson has now reached 50 at Scarborough and Yorkshire's lead is building towards three figures.

11.02am - Michael Hogan strikes with the very first ball of the day at the 3aaa County Ground. Gareth Cross' stumps are rearranged and after 16 wickets fell yesterday it appears things might not change today.

10.45am - We've had some early news this morning with Gloucestershire right-hander Will Tavare signing a three-year deal. The 24-year-old is included in Gloucestershire's XI for the start of their match with leaders Worcestershire at Cheltenham.

The Pears have won the toss and will bat. Craig Miles makes his first appearance of the campaign for Gloucestershire.

10.30am - Welcome to today's blog of the LV= County Championship action. It's moving day in Scarborough while we've got a couple of games beginning in Horsham and Cheltenham.

Division One

Yorkshire will bid to improve a 50-run lead when they resume their second innings at 29 for one against Middlesex at North Marine Road in Scarborough. Ryan Sidebottom's seven wickets yesterday gave the hosts control.

Sussex begin their clash against title-hopefuls Warwickshire at Horsham.

Division Two

After 16 wickets fell on the opening day, Derbyshire's tail will hope to provide enough resistance to increase their four-run lead into something more significant against Glamorgan. The home side are 142 for six at the 3aaa County Ground.

Kent begin this morning on 351 for seven after they enjoyed a good opening day against Surrey at Guildford.

Gloucestershire are fresh from a shock NatWest T20 Blast win over South Group leaders Essex and today they lock horns with another table-topper, in the four-day game, with Worcestershire visiting Cheltenham.

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