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LV=CC, April 22: As it happened

Coverage of a rain-affected day three in the latest round of the LV= County Championship.

By Rob Barnett and Glen Robertson

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6.55pm - And that's that for day three! It took a while to get going, but the rain cleared up almost everywhere. Here's what happened today:

Division One 

No play was possible on day three at the Emirates Durham ICG, leaving Durham on 152 for seven – a lead of 275 – in their second innings against Somerset.

After a long delay to the start at Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire dismissed Warwickshire for 324 and then reached 46 without loss at the close of play, leaving them 31 runs behind. 

Northamptonshire are 149 for four as they follow on against Yorkshire at Headingley, still trailing by 216. 

Division Two

Glamorgan are 80 for three in their second innings, trailing by six runs against Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium after the visitors made 231.

Hampshire are 20 without loss in their second innings at the 3aaa County Ground, putting them 51 behind Derbyshire, who were bowled out for 399.

Leicestershire are 39 for two, a lead of 103, after Kent decided to declare on 269 for seven at Canterbury.

Surrey are 217 for six, a deficit of 89, against Essex at the Kia Oval. Earlier, Matt Dunn completed a five-for to dismiss the visitors for 306.

6.49pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 46/0) v Warwickshire (324): Chris Woakes and Jeetan Patel made life difficult for the Lancashire pair in the closing overs but they could not find the breakthrough Warwickshire so desperately required. The hosts remain 31 runs behind at stumps and will need to bat well again in the morning to rule out the possibility of defeat.

6.37pm - That's play done at the SWALEC Stadium and the Kia Oval. There are only the games at Yorkshire and Lancashire still taking place.

6.23pm - Jack Brooks was the man of the moment in the first innings and he has struck another blow to Northamptonshire this evening. Matthew Spriegel is trapped lbw for seven, leaving Northants three down. 

Play is halted for the day at Kent and Derbyshire. We'll bring you a round-up of all the scores once every game reaches stumps.

6.18pm - Bad light forces the players off at the SWALEC Stadium, with nine overs remaining in the day. 

6.05pm - Doug Bollinger is on a hat-trick! First he bowls Matthew Boyce and then follows it up by trapping Anthony Ireland lbw. He can't complete a treble as Ned Eckersley survives, but Kent's decision to declare despite trailing has reaped early rewards. 

Panesar strikes again at the Kia Oval, removing Stuart Meaker for 14. 

5.50pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 27/0) v Warwickshire (324): There have been few alarms for Lancashire in the first 10 overs. Keith Barker and Chris Wright have failed to make the batsmen play often enough and it has been a fairly comfortable start for Paul Horton and Luis Reece, who will be determined to reach the close with their partnership intact.​

5.37pm - After Charlie Shreck castles Sam Billings, Kent opt to declare on 269 for seven - a deficit of 64 on first innings.  The hosts are looking to force the issue at Canterbury.

Surrey lose a fifth wicket, and third in the space of four overs, as Tymal Mills accounts for Steven Davies.

5.32pm - And Panesar's spin does the trick! Gary Wilson hits the England bowler straight to mid-on, where Graham Napier holds on. Surrey are 161 for four, still trailing by 145.

5.20pm - Dominic Sibley falls for 34 as he picks out Jaik Mickleburgh, who takes a superb catch at gully. The players then head off the field at the Kia Oval due to bad light, but almost as quickly they come straight back, with Monty Panesar bowling.

Glamorgan have lost a third wicket, with Jacques Rudolph caught behind off Will Gidman.

5.15pm - Derbyshire are all out for 399 as Mark Footitt is trapped lbw by Liam Dawson without scoring. He had, however, done a good job of giving Groenewald the strike. The 30-year-old hit an unbeaten 56, including two sixes, to push his side's lead up to 71. 

5.08pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247) v Warwickshire (324): The visitors decided against declaring and batted on, perhaps keen to take their lead beyond 100 and make life difficult for the Lancashire batsmen this evening and in the morning. They could only add eight runs to their overnight total, though, before James Anderson ended the innings in spectacular fashion. Early wickets for Warwickshire could make things interesting, but a draw is the most likely result.

5.03pm - Warwickshire are all out for 324. James Anderson wastes little time wrapping up the visitors' innings. Warwickshire lead by 77 on first innings.

Glamorgan lose a couple of quick wickets as play resumes at the SWALEC Stadium. James Fuller finds Gareth Rees' edge before cleaning up Stewart Walters two balls later, reducing the hosts to 27 for two. 

Derbyshire's Tim Groenewald has completed a quickfire fifty to extend his side's advantage.

4.47pm – Sean Ervine snares Mark Turner to leave Derbyshire, who lead Hampshire by 47 on first innings, nine wickets down.

Play finally starts for the day at Emirates Old Trafford, but rain forces the players off at Headingley where Northants are 118 for two.

Glamorgan versus Gloucestershire is set to restart soon.

4.18pm – Ryan Sidebottom strikes a blow to Northants’ hopes of avoiding defeat by having Kyle Coetzer caught behind for 39, ending a stand of 89 with James Middlebrook. The visitors add one run before taking tea on 114 for two, needing another 251 to make Yorkshire bat again.

Elsewhere, Leicestershire’s Rob Taylor traps Ben Harmison in front for 21, making Kent 194 for five.

4.03pm – It’s also tea at the Kia Oval where Surrey are 111 for one in their first innings, 195 behind Essex.

3.45pm - The rain has returned at the SWALEC Stadium, forcing the players from the field.

Smith brings up a half-century as Surrey continue to chip away at Essex's score at the Kia Oval, while tea is taken at Canterbury with the hosts 190 for four.

3.36pm - Or maybe not. The rain has returned to Manchester. It's a frustrating day so far for Peter Moores in his final game in charge of Lancashire.

3.24pm - Bell-Drummond is unable to convert his half-century into a huge score as he becomes Anthony Ireland's third victim of the innings by gloving a short one to slip.

Derbyshire's collapse continues with Wes Durston trapped lbw by Kyle Abbott, who now has three wickets. The hosts at the 3aaa County Ground have slipped from 285 for three to 312 for seven in a little over eight overs.

3.03pm - Rory Burns' solid start at the Kia Oval is undone as he is run out by Ravi Bopara. Burns was sent back by Graeme Smith but some quick thinking from Bopara on his follow-through sent the Surrey opener on his way.

Derbyshire lose another as Chesney Hughes edges to second slip off Tomlinson.

2.57pm - Hampshire take a big wicket at the 3aaa County Ground. Chanderpaul hits successive fours off James Tomlinson to move to 82, but perishes to a catch in the slips from the next delivery. Derbyshire trail by 38 on first innings with six wickets left.

Kent's Bell-Drummond has continued his impressive showing despite seeing Nash depart, bringing up a half-century with a single off Taylor.

2.49pm - Leicestershire have a long-awaited scalp as Brendan Nash is trapped in front by Rob Taylor. Nash was five runs short of a fifty, while his partnership with Daniel Bell-Drummond was in the 90s. Kent trail by 192 with seven wickets left.

2.45pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247) v Warwickshire (316/9): The umpires have decided to take tea at 3.10pm after the start of a clean-up operation was interrupted by the heaviest downpour of the day. The forecast is for brighter weather later this afternoon but it may come too late.​ 

2.37pm - Gloucestershire last 12 balls before Michael Hogan has Matt Taylor caught behind by a diving Mark Wallace. The visitors have been dismissed for 231, a lead of 86 runs on first innings.

2.30pm - And we have action at the SWALEC Stadium. Glamorgan need one wicket to end the Gloucestershire innings.

2.25pm - And that's not the start Northants would have had in mind. Ryan Sidebottom finds Peters' edge and Andy Hodd does the rest behind the stumps. The visitors are 24 for one.

2.18pm - And we have action at Headingley. James Middlebrook and Stephen Peters continue their bid to salvage something from the game for Northamptonshire. They need 347 more runs to force the hosts to bat again.

2.10pm - The rain has disappeared at the SWALEC Stadium and they will finally start at 2.30pm. At the Kia Oval the players were taken from the field momentarily as the heavens opened, but it soon passes and play continues with minimum disruption. 

2.05pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247) v Warwickshire (316/9): The umpires have been out to have a look on a couple of occasions but the rain quickly returned to scupper any hopes of meaningful inspections. There is a lot of water on the covers so it would take some time to get the ground fit for play should the rain stop and stay away. In summary, it doesn't look as if we'll have any action any time soon.

1.58pm - Shivnarine Chanderpaul has carried on where he left off following the slight delay and has recorded his third half-century of the season.

1.40pm - Good news! The players are due back on in five minutes at the 3aaa County Ground, with the light having improved, while the covers are being removed in the north-east, where Durham are facing Somerset.

1.20pm - Essex are all out for 306 at the Kia Oval as Dunn accounts for Monty Panesar to complete his five-wicket haul.

1.01pm – Play starts at the 3aaa County Ground where Derbyshire are 203 for two, 125 behind Hampshire on first innings.

Given the rain disruption, only Leicestershire versus Kent, who are 80 for two in reply to 333, has stopped for lunch at 1pm so we won’t be rounding up the scores as we usually do. Instead, you can read our story on Jesse Ryder signing for Essex .

12.54pm – Essex lose David Masters and Napier in consecutive overs to make them 279 for nine. Chris Tremlett removed Masters for 23, ending a handy stand with Napier, before Dunn made Napier his fourth victim of the innings, for 28.

12.17pm – Stuart Meaker strikes with the new ball, ousting Essex captain James Foster for 20, and Leicestershire’s Anthony Ireland has Key caught behind for 27, making Kent 45 or two.

12.10pm – Some breaking news for you. Essex have signed New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder, pictured above, as their overseas player this season . His move is subject to visa approval. We’ll have a full story on the site shortly.

12.07pm – ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247) v Warwickshire (316/9):  It has been an uneventful morning at Emirates Old Trafford, in contrast to the hive of activity just up the road. Rain has fallen steadily throughout the morning and forced the umpires to take an early lunch at 12.45pm. There is talk of brighter weather on its way so fingers crossed we will have some play this afternoon.​

12.01pm – Plays starts at the Kia Oval where Essex are 225 for six with James Foster and Graham Napier at the crease.

11.39am – Kent openers Sam Northeast and Rob Key have made a steady start in reply to Leicestershire’s 333, reaching 17 for no wicket from seven overs.

11.27am – Rain forces the players off at Headingley with Northants 15 for no loss , following on and needing 350 more to make Yorkshire bat again.

Play is due to start between Surrey and Essex at midday and between Derbyshire and Hampshire at 1pm with lunch taken early at the 3aaa County Ground.

11.20am – Rather than overload you with news of when inspections are scheduled to happen, we’ll just let you know when the respective matches are set to start. In the mean time, why not choose a team for our NatWest T20 Blast fantasy game ?

11am – Sadly it’s quicker to say where there are not delayed starts in the seven fixtures. Yorkshire versus Northamptonshire and Kent against Leicestershire have started on time.

10.50am – Unfortunately the weather is poor across much of the country. We’ll shortly have an update about which contests have started on time and which have been delayed.  While waiting, why not catch up on yesterday’s action in our blog ?

10.40am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of day three in the latest round of LV= County Championship games, which could see several positive results today. Here's how the matches stand:

Division One

Durham are 152 for seven , leading by 275, in their second innings against Somerset at the Emirates Durham ICG. Home seamers Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth each took four wickets today to dismiss Somerset for 185.

At Emirates Old Trafford, Warwickshire are on 316 for nine , 69 ahead, in response to Lancashire’s 247 all out. Will Porterfield, Varun Chopra and Ian Bell notched half-centuries.

Northamptonshire will begin their second innings this morning having been asked to follow on by Yorkshire at Headingley. Jack Brooks claimed 5-36 to dismiss his old club, who trail by 365, for 94 first time around. Gary Ballance amassed 174 for the White Rose.

Division Two

Gloucestershire are 230 for nine , 85 ahead of Glamorgan on first innings at the SWALEC Stadium despite Dean Cosker’s five-wicket haul.

Stephen Moore is unbeaten on 106 to leave Derbyshire 203 for two in reply to Hampshire’s 328 at the 3aaa County Ground.

Leicestershire are 333 for nine against Kent at Canterbury on the back of half-centuries from Matthew Boyce and Anthony Ireland.

Essex are 225 for six versus Surrey at the Kia Oval. Matt Dunn was the hosts’ best bowler with 3-53.

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