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LV= County Championship, August 2: As it happened

Leaders Yorkshire hosted champions Warwickshire in one of the eight LV= County Championship matches that started across the country.

6:50pm - That's a wrap on a busy day in the LV=County Championship, when eight matches got under way. Find out how they finished immediately below and we'll see you tomorrow.

Division One

Yorkshire are 294 for nine after being put into bat by Warwickshire at Headingley.

Sussex are all out for 314 after being asked to bat by Derbyshire at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground.

Middlesex are 126 for five in response to Durham's 143 all out on an action-packed day at Lord's.

Nottinghamshire have reached 327 for eight having elected to bat against hosts Somerset at Taunton .

Division Two

Lancashire are 303 for five having won the toss at Grace Road against Leicestershire.

Northamptonshire are 13 without loss after dismissing visitors Gloucestershire for 358 at Wantage Road.

Kent are 324 all out after being put in to bat by Worcestershire at New Road.

Hampshire are 261 for six after being inserted by Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl.

6:36pm - James Vince reaches a fine fifty but there are further problems for Hampshire late in the day as Hogan makes nightwatchman Danny Briggs his fourth victim. The hosts are 261 for six.

6:30pm - Shantry removes Mark Davies to end Kent's first innings on 324 and there shall be no further day one action at New Road. We'll have a score summary with you soon.

6:28pm - The players are back inside at Headingley and Taunton, meaning we have four matches remaining in progress. 

6:22pm - The Sussex and Gloucestershire innings are wrapped up for 314 and 358 respectively. Northamptonshire's openers may look at their Derbyshire counterparts with envy as they're done for the day on the south coast. By contrast, Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer have moved the score to eight without loss at the start of a tricky mini-session.

Sean Ervine is out, caught in the cordon off Hogan for 44 and Hampshire are 249 for five against Glamorgan 

6:17pm - That's 15 wickets in the day at Lord's. Middlesex are 94 for five, with Scott Borthwick's leg spin accounting for Simpson.

Stumps have been drawn at Grace Road and Lancashire troop off on 303 for five and with a third batting bonus point.

6:11pm - Alan Richardson has put an end to Claydon's fun. The big Aussie is back in the shed for 33 and Kent are 316 for nine.

6:07pm - I neglected to mention the 59-run eighth-wicket partnership between Steve Magoffin and Chris Jordan for Sussex in that last update. Alas, it's over now, with Magoffin out caught behind for 32 off Tim Groenewald. Jordan remains unbeaten on 48 and has Monty Panesar for company with the score 312 for eight.

6:01pm - James Vince and Sean Ervine are rattling along for Hampshire. The latter is six runs shy of his half-century and the stand is worth 72 in 17 overs.

Elsewhere, irritating or useful lower-order partnerships are the order of the evening, depending on your persuasion. Mitchell Claydon and Calum Haggett have a half-century alliance for Kent against Worcestershire, with Luke Fletcher and Ajmal Shahzad doing likewise for Nottinghamshire versus Somerset.

Neil Dexter and John Simpson have steadied the ship for Middlesex, who are 88 for four. 

5:55pm - Chris Woakes has Ryan Sidebottom caught behind as the Warwickshire attack's impressive day continues. Yorkshire's first-innings race is almost run on 275 for nine.

There's better news for another Yorkshireman, albeit an exiled one. Matthew Hoggard has done the trick with the second new ball for Leicestershire and, crucially, Katich is the batsman to depart for 62.

5:51pm - And another! Azhar is absolutely on fire and Craig Miles departs lbw for no score. 352 for nine.

5:46pm - Just as free-scoring Gloucestershire were threatening to take the game away from Northants, there has been a remarkable flurry of wickets at Wantage Road. Three in four overs to be precise, with David Willey bowling James Fuller either side of strikes for Muhammad Azhar Ullah. The first of those was the prized scalp of Marshall for 145, starting the visitors' tumble from 338 for six to 351 for eight.

5:30pm - Ballance's fine knock is at an end - Barker dismissing him in the same manner as he did Plunkett for 112. Yorkshire are 259 for eight and Warwickshire will want to wrap up their innings this evening.

Peter Trego has his second wicket of the day and Andre Adams is the batsman to depart for a run-a-ball 20, leaving Nottinghamshire 270 for eight

Leicestershire have taken the second new ball at Grace Road and will want to separate Katich and Luke Procter, who have added a useful 62 for Lancashire's fifth wicket.

5:13pm - Having mounted a recovery of sorts, Middlesex are 48 for four - a first-innings deficit of 95 - with Ben Stokes having trapped Eoin Morgan lbw for 20.

Yorkshire have lost their seventh wicket, Liam Plunkett falling leg-before to Keith Barker.

Simon Katich has passed 50, continuing a season of relentless run-scoring, with Lancashire 269 for four at Leicestershire.

5:03pm - Harmison can stop worrying about running out of partners - Shantry's bowled him for 96!

4:58pm - Carberry will not be reaching three figures! He is out caught behind to give Michael Hogan a second wicket. Glamorgan have their hosts 156 for four.

Somerset and Dockrell have the wicket they wanted, with Hussey back in the pavilion for 68.

The similarly well-set Benny Howell is out for 60. Andrew Hall was the successful Northamptonshire bowler and Gloucestershire are 308 for five following a stand of 183 for the fifth wicket between Howell and century maker Hamish Marshall. He is still going strong on 125.

4:52pm - The centurions keep on coming. Michael Carberry is closing in at the Ageas bowl, but Sussex's Luke Wells is the latest man to three figures. It's an innings of almost identical value to Ballance's, with the home side 230 for six versus Derbyshire.

Ben Harmison is 91 not out for Kent and will hope not to run out of partners anytime soon. Tredwell has gone lbw to Jack Shantry and the score is 251 for seven.

4:47pm - Century for Gary Ballance. The Yorkshire batsman's magnificent individual campaign continues and this knock could be the best of the lot with his side now 233 for six against Warwickshire. The latest wicket to fall is that of Andrew Hodd, playing on for 21 when fending off a short delivery from Rikki Clarke.

Nottinghamshire's David Hussey is another to raise his bat having passed 50, but he must proceed without Chris Read. The wicketkeeper fell to slow left-armer George Dockrell after a 64-run partnership.

4:30pm - Worcestershire are cranking up the pressure on Kent. Following Geraint Jones' dismissal by Graeme Cressford for 17 they've sent down 21 dot balls. The as-yet scoreless new man is England spinner James Tredwell.

4:25pm - Leicestershire's fightback continues at Grace Road. Ollie Freckingham has Andrea Agathangelou caught at the wicket and, having been 181 for one, Lancashire are now 221 for four.

4:23pm - Durham's seamers are beginning to cause havoc down at HQ. Graham Onions has his second wicket and the score is 15 for three. 143 all out might start to look a decent enough effort!

4:10pm - With tea being variously taken, recently consumed or ready on the serving trollies across the country, it feels like a good time for a mid-afternoon summary.

Division One

Leaders Yorkshire are 192 for five after being put into bat by Warwickshire at Headingley.

Second-placed Sussex are 190 for six against bottom club Derbyshire at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground .

Middlesex are five for two, with Chris Rushworth having just bowled opener Sam Robson, at the start of their response to Durham's 143 all out.

Nottinghamshire have reached 181 for five having elected to bat against Somerset .

Division Two

Lancashire are 209 for three having won the toss at Grace Road against Leicestershire.

Gloucestershire are 282 for four having decided to bat against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.

Kent are 213 for five against Worcestershire, who won the toss and elected to field at New Road.

Hampshire are 135 for three after being inserted by Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl.

3:57pm - Important breakthrough for Glamorgan: Dean Cosker has Neil McKenzie caught behind for 46 to end a partnership of 130 with Carberry. Hampshire are 134 for three on the stroke of tea.

3:52pm Hamish Marshall races along to three figures as Gloucestershire continue their strong resurgence against Northamptonshire. Having been 123 for four shortly after lunch, Marshall and Benny Howell have added 148 for no further loss in a shade over 30 overs.

In a piece of captaincy one imagines he'll be particularly pleased with, Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen struck with his first ball to have Ben Brown caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at midwicket for 20. Sussex are 190 for six.

3:46pm Surrey have won the toss and are batting in their Yorkshire Bank 40 encounter against Essex Eagles at the Kia Oval. We'll have a full report on ecb.co.uk for you later.

Lancashire have registered their first batting point for the loss of three wickets at Grace Road.

Tea has been taken at Headingley and Taunton

3:40pm - They took tea early at Lord's following the conclusion of the Durham innings and the hosts are now out to start their reply with 46 overs remaining in the day.

3:33pm - Oh dear, Darren Stevens has fallen five short of his century, caught by Moeen Ali off the bowling of Joe Leach. Kent's score is 203 for five.

Nottinghamshire are also five down after George Dockrell accounted for Samit Patel.

3:19pm - Finn strikes again at Lord's to take his fourth wicket and dismiss Durham for 143. A very impressive bowling display from Middlesex.

3:12pm - Michael Thornely breaks Lancashire's second-wicket partnership as Ashwell Prince is removed for 33. Two balls later Tom Wells gets in on the act and dismisses Luis Reece for 85. Lancashire are 181 for three.

Sussex also lose two wickets in three balls. After bowling Rory Hamilton-Brown for 11, Alex Hughes strikes again to claim the scalp of Luke Wright.

 3:01pm -  Steven Finn bowls Graham Onions at Lord's, leaving Durham 135 for nine.

Gloucestershire's Hamish Marshall hits James Middlebrook for four to reach 50 at the County Ground.

2:46pm -  Durham lose an eighth wicket at Lord's as Michael Richardson is caught behind off Corey Collymore.

Meanwhile, three more players have reached their fifties; Ben Harmison for Kent, Luke Wells of Sussex and Yorkshire's Gary Ballance.

2:31pm -  Yorkshire's two closest challengers at the top have both lost further wickets. Ed Joyce has departed for Sussex, while Paul Collingwood becomes the seventh Durham wicket to tumble.

James Taylor has fallen to Jamie Overton for Nottinghamshire, while Hampshire's Michael Carberry is the latest batsman to pass 50.

2:24pm -  Reigning champions Warwickshire have another wicket at Headingley as Adil Rashid edges behind off of Boyd Rankin for seven. Yorkshire are 123 for four.

  2:02pm -  Lees is caught at first slip off Chris Woakes and departs for 56.

Darren Stevens hits Gareth Andrew for a six to reach 50 for Kent, while a single is enough for Lancashire's Luis Reece to bring up his own half-century.

Durham have lost a sixth wicket at Lord's as Phil Mustard is caught behind off Gareth Berg.

1:53pm -  Michael Klinger is unable to reach 50 after lunch as he is caught behind off Andrew Hall for 47.

But Nottinghamshire's Steven Mullaney has no such problems as he reaches a half-century with a four off of George Dockrell.

1:42pm -  We're back under way after the interval in our games and Alex Lees has wasted little time bringing up his fifty for Yorkshire.

1:05pm -  All eight of our games have taken their lunch break and here's the state of play:

Division One

Leaders Yorkshire are 88 for two after being put into bat by Warwickshire at Headingley.

Second-placed Sussex are 73 for two against bottom club Derbyshire at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground  .

Middlesex have reduced Durham to 73 for five after putting the visitors in to bat at Lord’s. Will Smith was removed by Gareth Berg in the morning’s final over.

Nottinghamshire have reached 93 for two after elected to bat against Somerset at Taunton  .

Division Two

Hampshire are 26 for two against Glamorgan , after rain delayed start of play by an hour at the Ageas Bowl.

Lancashire are well set on 104 without loss  against Leicestershire .

Gloucestershire have recovered to 117 for three after Northamptonshire reduced them to nine for two in the early stages.

Kent are 87 for four against Worcestershire after Gareth Andrew took three wickets in the first session.

12:47pm -  Gidman's innings is over as he is caught off Andrew Hall for 59. His partnership with Michael Klinger was worth 92 and has put Gloucestershire in a much better position.

12:42pm -  Horton has brought up his half-century, while Michael Yardy has fallen for 12.

12:30pm -  Alex Gidman has led Gloucestershire's rebuild outstandingly, reaching a half-century off just 54-balls. Notts, meanwhile, lose a second wicket when edging Craig Meschede to slip.

12:09pm -  Durham lose a key wicket as Ben Stokes, well set on 21, falls to Steven Finn. Elsewhere, Hampshire and Sussex are now one down, Jimmy Adams edging Michael Hogan behind and Nash falling to Matt Higginbottom.

11:55am - Two sides who have not yet lost a wicket are Lancashire and Sussex, Luis Reece and Paul Horton prospering for the former and Chris Nash and Luke Wells for the latter.

11:41am -  Good news from Southampton, where the action will start at 12pm with Glamorgan choosing to bowl .

11:37am -  Alan Richardson gets rid of fellow veteran Rob Key to leave Kent three down, while Warwickshire claim a first wicket when Adam Lyth edges Chris Woakes to slip.

11:15am -  A bad start gets worse. Scott Borthwick falls in identical fashion to Stoneman, Corey Collymore the man to break through. It's the little feather that's done for Gloucestershire's Chris Dent too, David Willey giving Northants the perfect start.

11:27am -  Another update; another Durham departure. Keaton Jennings is the latest man to go, caught - yes, you guessed it! - behind off Murtagh. In Division Two, Worcesteshire's Gareth Andrew has seen off Kent's Sam Northeast and Daniel Bell-Drummond, while Gloucestershire have now lost Gareth Roderick too.

11:06am -  It took just two deliveries for the day's first wicket to go down, Mark Stoneman edging Tim Murtagh behind. That's not the start Durham wanted.

11:03am -  The action has started around the country. Many will be taking a keen interest in events at Leeds, where Division One leaders Yorkshire are taking on resurgent champions Warwickshire. We'll keep you abreast of that and the rest of the encounters.

10:40am -  The tosses have taken place in seven of the games, with play delayed between Hampshire and Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl due to rain. Here is the news from the coin-flips:

Division One

Derbyshire have chosen to bowl against  Sussex  at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground

Warwickshire have chosen to bowl against  Yorkshire  at Headingley

Middlesex  have chosen to bowl against  Durham  at Lord's

Nottinghamshire  have chosen to bat against  Somerset  at Taunton

Division Two

Worcestershire have chosen to bowl against Kent  at New Road

Gloucestershire have chosen to bat against  Northamptonshire  at Wantage Road

Lancashire have chosen to bat against  Leicestershire  at Grace Road

10:15am -  Full programmes of LV= County Championship action are back and  ecb.co.uk  will once more bring you all the thrills and spills. Eight games take place today, four in Division One and four in Division Two.

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