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LV=CC, April 23: As it happened

Coverage of day four in the latest round of LV= County Championship games. Yorkshire thrashed Northamptonshire and all the other matches were drawn, some in dramatic fashion.

By Rob Barnett and Dominic Farrell

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6.45pm - It’s time for us to sign off. Yorkshire were the only victors in this round of games as weather played its part. That didn’t stop some dramatic finishes across the country today, however.

Here's a summary of the results and please do join us again when the LV= County Championship action resumes on Sunday.

Division One

Yorkshire (459/9d) beat Northamptonshire (94 & 245) by an innings and 120 runs at Headingley. Northants were dismissed shortly before lunch today after a 50-run last-wicket stand.

Durham (308 & 213/9d) drew with Somerset (185 & 246/4) at the Emirates Durham ICG. Nick Compton saw the visitors comfortably to safety with an unbeaten final-day hundred. 

Lancashire (247 & 196) drew with Warwickshire (324 & 95/5) at Emirates Old Trafford. Bad light curtailed a thriller in Manchester after spinners Jeetan Patel and Simon Kerrigan enjoyed themselves on day four.

Division Two

Hampshire (328 & 236/3) drew with Derbyshire (399) at the 3aaa County Ground. Hampshire opener Jimmy Adams scored 84 in passing 10,000 first-class runs for the county, while James Vince continued his impressive early season form with 50 not out.

Glamorgan (145 & 146/9) drew with Gloucestershire (231) at the SWALEC Stadium. Will Gidman ripped through the Glamorgan order to leave Gloucestershire eying a sensational win but last-wicket pair Dean Cosker and Michael Hogan stood firm.

Leicestershire (333 & 259/5d) drew with Kent (269/7d & 89/4d) at Canterbury. The hosts slumped to 34 for four as Leicestershire scented blood, but Daniel Bell-Drummond and Darren Stevens saw Kent to safety.

Essex (306 & 258/4) drew with Surrey (237) at the Kia Oval. England captain Alastair Cook continued his impressive early season form with another century on the back of a fine morning burst from Essex paceman Tymal Mills.

6.21pm - RESULT! Lancashire (247 & 196) draw with Warwickshire (324 & 95/5) at Emirates Old Trafford. And that’s all she wrote in Manchester. Bad light brings an unfortunate end to an absorbing day and a truly enthralling contest, which brings down the curtain on Peter Moores’ time at Lancashire. We’ll have a close of play summary with you very soon.

6.18pm - The current delay in Manchester has cost three overs at present, meaning Warwickshire will have 15 balls to score the required 25 runs in a best-case scenario.

6.08pm - More drama at Emirates Old Trafford. Chopra brings up a nerveless fifty as Warwickshire start to look well placed, but the elements interfere again as the umpires take the players off.

6.03pm - Ateeq Javid clumps Kerrigan for four over mid-off and that’s a handy over for Warwickshire. They score nine from it. It's 90 for five, with Chopra a run away from a half-century and his team needing a run a ball.

5.59pm - Chapple gets through another set of six and Warwickshire are 81 for five with 39 required from the six overs remaining.

5.56pm - Warwickshire take five from Kerrigan's latest set of six. They need 41 from 42 deliveries.

5.52pm - RESULT! Durham (308 & 213/9d) draw with Somerset (185 & 246/4) at the Emirates Durham ICG. The teams shake hands after Compton brings up a century of style and substance. Kieswetter ended on 78 as Somerset’s fourth wicket pair blunted a Durham attack eying victory with a 154-run stand.

Okay then, all eyes on Emirates Old Trafford, where Warwickshire are 74 for five, needing 46 with eight overs to go.

5.47pm - RESULT! Leicestershire (333 & 259/5d) draw with Kent (269/7d & 89/4) at Canterbury. Kent were wobbling on 36 for four, but Bell-Drummond and Stevens saw them to safety with respective unbeaten scores of 39 and 34.

5.45pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (145 & 146/9) draw with Gloucestershire (231) at the SWALEC Stadium. Hogan is ultimately the hero for Glamorgan as he finishes unbeaten on 19 to thwart a Gloucestershire victory bid, inspired by the excellent Gidman, who demolished the hosts’ middle and lower order with 6-50. Meanwhile...

Kerrigan strikes again! Chris Woakes - his fellow England Test debutant at the Kia Oval last summer - is the man to go as Ashwell Prince holds on low down at extra-cover. Warwickshire are 70 for five needing 50 from 9.3 overs. Stick or twist?

5.37pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 196) v Warwickshire (324 & 66/4): I don't think many people saw this final day coming. Warwickshire are making a bit of a mess of this chase, although you have to credit Kerrigan, who has bowled very well under pressure. Chopra is on 37 and he holds the key for the visitors as they look for 54 more runs from 12 overs. 

5.35pm - Having come together with Somerset in a spot of bother at Durham, Nick Compton and Craig Kieswetter are acquitting themselves superbly. The former is six shy of a fine century, with Kieswetter on 65 in a partnership of 135.

5.31pm - Excellent work so far from Hogan. Glamorgan’s number 11 has added all 16 runs in a final-wicket stand currently spanning 5.3 overs. The hosts are 56 ahead.

Warwickshire lose another as Paul Horton takes a sharp slip catch to account for Ambrose and give Kerrigan a third scalp. The visitors are 64 for four chasing 120.

5.22pm - Warwickhshire are 60 for two and halfway towards their victory target. Bell has 14 from nine deliveries having just cut his third four… but, as I type, Anderson catches his England team-mate off Kerrigan! Make that 61 for three. Tim Ambrose joins Varun Chopra, who is unbeaten on 33.

5.12pm - Glamorgan captain Mark Wallace edges behind and Gidman has another. That’s nine down and the lead is 40 as last man Michael Hogan joins Cosker.

5.06pm - The first wicket checked Warwickshire’s momentum and Lancashire have a second. Laurie Evans - having endured a thorough working over from Anderson - falls to Simon Kerrigan, whose first over was a maiden. The score is 37 for two and Ian Bell is the new batsman.

5.01pm - Gloucestershire are very much on the charge in Cardiff. Dean Cosker kept out a hat-trick ball from Will Gidman, the seamer having accounted for Graham Wagg and Ruaidhri Smith in his previous over. It’s a five-wicket haul for Gidman and, more significantly, Glamorgan are only 37 in front with two wickets remaining.

4.57pm - RESULT! Essex (306 & 258/4) draw with Surrey (237) at the Kia Oval. Essex and Surrey take 11 and nine points respectively. Tymal Mills helped to blow away the home team’s tail this morning before Alastair Cook helped himself to a second century in as many innings.

4.51pm - Lancashire have a wicket as Anderson makes up an impressive amount of ground to pouch Will Porterfield’s mis-timed pull off Glen Chapple. The score is 30 for one, meaning Warwickshire require 90 from 23 overs; three were lost during the break for bad light.

4.46pm - Two wickets in an over for Jigar Naik leaves Kent 36 for four. The Leicestershire off-spinner has Brendan Nash caught behind for six and bowls Ben Harmison for a duck. Darren Stevens joins Daniel Bell-Drummond at the crease; the latter is 22 not out and has a big role to play if Kent are to escape with a draw.

A tense 20-over session is under way in Cardiff.

4.43pm - RESULT! Hampshire (328 & 236/3) draw with Derbyshire (399) at the 3aaa County Ground. Vince did indeed get back out to knock off that fifty, with hands shaken moments afterwards. Both teams take 11 points from the encounter. 

The light has improved at Emirates Old Trafford and the teams are back on the field. Warwickshire have moved to 18 without loss.

Amid all of that, Cook goes bowled by Rory Burns for 127. Essex are 241 for four.

4.30pm - Scratch that; said gloom has the players back indoors in Manchester. It's safe to say Lancashire will hope for no improvement and an early start to Peter Moores' farewell party.

4.28pm - An encouraging start to their chase for Warwickshire, who are 15 without loss from three overs amid the gathering gloom at Emirates Old Trafford.

4.24pm - An inspection is due shortly at the SWALEC Stadium, where Glamorgan are 118 for six in their second innings - a slender lead of 32.

Ravi Bopara is bowled by Dominic Sibley eight runs shy of a half-century - not a bad maiden first-class wicket for the Surrey man! Alastair Cook remains on 118 and Essex are 229 for three.

4.16pm - They’re off again at Derby, this time for some bad light that appears to be closing in as quickly as the draw. James Vince would probably enjoy facing a few more deliveries as he stands on 48 not out.

They’re back out at Emirates Old Trafford. James Anderson takes the new ball and Warwickshire have 32 overs to reach their victory target. The floodlights are on in Manchester.

4.06pm - ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 196) v Warwickshire (324): That was a real session of two halves. Horton and Buttler looked comfortable but both batsmen went in quick succession and the tail was blown away. Lancashire will have to do something special now to prevent Warwickshire from recording their first win at Old Trafford since 1984 and ruining Peter Moores' leaving party.

3.56pm - Patel gets his fourth wicket, trapping Chapple in front for a brisk 15. The upshot is Lancashire are 196 all out and Warwickshire need 120 to win in the final session.

3.49pm - Tea is also taken at Kent but they’re back out at Derby with Hampshire 215 for three - 137 ahead.

3.44pm - The procession continues at Emirates Old Trafford as Kerrigan balloons a leading edge off Keith Barker to Chris Woakes at mid-on. In comes James Anderson, who could shortly face a thankless task with the new ball as Warwickshire eye chasing little over 100 for victory.

3.40pm - Anthony Ireland strikes to get rid of Rob Key and Kent are 19 for two. We appear all set for a dramatic final session at Canterbury; Leicestershire will fancy this.

3.35pm CENTURY FOR ALASTAIR COOK! The England captain takes a single to midwicket to bring up three figures. Ravi Bopara is alongside him on 11 and Essex are 177 for two.

3.31pm - We're into Great Escape territory now for the Red Rose as Tom Smith edges Patel to slip. Simon Kerrigan joins skipper Glen Chapple at the crease and Warwickshire are very well placed to close this out from 186 for eight. Lancashire have lost 4-18 in nine overs.

3.26pm - Real problems for Lancashire now. Wayne White doesn't get his feet moving and feathers Oliver Hannon-Dalby behind. The hosts are seven wickets down and 98 ahead with the new ball imminent.

3.22pm ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 170/6) v Warwickshire (324): Lancashire looked well on course for a draw with Horton and Buttler at the crease but both batsmen were undone by spin and the hosts are now in trouble with the new ball only three overs away. Their lead of 93 is a slender one with more than 40 overs remaining today. 

3.19pm - Nick Compton brings up a half-century. Somerset will need all of his powers of concentration to thwart Durham’s ambitions.

Hampshire are now past 200 as the draw remains a firm favourite at Derby.

3.12pm - Leicestershire enjoy a dream start to their unlikely victory charge as Charlie Shreck removes Sam Northeast first ball.

2.58pm – Could there be a twist in the tale at Emirates Old Trafford as Patel bowls Horton for 82? The wicket halts an alliance of 72 alongside Buttler and leaves Lancashire 80 ahead in their second innings with five wickets left.

Leicestershire declare on 259 for five, 232 ahead on Kent who now have a tricky few hours to bat out for a draw.

2.52pm – ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (308 & 213/9d) v Somerset (185 & 92/4): Don’t you just love cricket? Proceedings seemed to be meandering in the north-east and then, suddenly, Arshad has two wickets and Durham are sniffing victory again.

2.49pm – Durham’s Usman Arshad and Kent’s Riley break through in consecutive overs. The former now has James Hildreth caught behind to leave Somerset 92 for four as they bat for a draw. Riley this time snares Smith for 118 so Leicestershire lead by 302 with five wickets left.

Hampshire captain Adams’ resistance is over as he is lbw to Mark Footitt for 84, but his side are surely safe? There is still no prospect of a restart at the SWALEC Stadium.

2.37pm – Angus Robson falls for 81, his highest first-class score, to Adam Riley. Robson added 147 with centurion Greg Smith to stave off the prospect of defeat for Leicestershire, who lost two wickets late yesterday after Rob Key’s bold declaration.

2.32pm – Surrey’s Jade Dernbach bowls Tom Westley for 42, halting a partnership of 78 with Alastair Cook who has 63 to his name.

2.20pm – Here's how Yorkshire completed an innings-and-120-run victory over Northamptonshire before lunch today.

2.14pm – ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 126/4) v Warwickshire (324): Paul Horton and Jos Buttler have made a solid start to the afternoon session, although the former has been troubled by Keith Barker in recent overs. Jeetan Patel continues to get plenty of turn but the Lancashire pair look well set and could soon be aided by poor weather. The hosts lead by 49 runs.​

1.57pm – Wes Durston ends an opening stand of 117 between Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry that looks to have made the game safe for Hampshire, having the latter caught at cover for 47.

1.42pm – Five of the six remaining games resume, but Glamorgan versus Gloucestershire is delayed by rain.

1.11pm – Here’s the lunchtime scores:

Division One

Yorkshire beat Northamptonshire by an innings and 120 runs at Headingley. Northants were dismissed for 245 shortly before lunch after a 50-run last-wicket stand.

Somerset are 45 for two, needing another 292 to beat Durham, who today declared their second innings on 213 for nine. The visitors to the Emirates Durham ICG are realistically batting for a draw.

Lancashire are 105 for four in their second innings, 28 ahead of Warwickshire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Division Two

Hampshire are 93 for none in their second innings, 22 in front of Derbyshire at the 3aaa County Ground.

Glamorgan are 118 for six, batting for a second time, 32 ahead of Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium.

Leicestershire are 158 for three in their second effort versus Kent, who trail by 222 at Canterbury.

Essex are 82 for one in their second innings against Surrey, who are 151 behind at the Kia Oval.

1.02pm – Leicestershire newcomer Angus Robson goes to a maiden first-class fifty on the stroke of lunch, which is being taken at all six remaining games, including at the SWALEC Stadium despite play starting there at midday. We’ll soon round up the scores.

12.55pm – RESULT! Yorkshire (459/9d) beat Northamptonshire (94 & 245) by an innings and 120 runs at Headingley. The White Rose get their first win of the season while promoted Northants, who will rue being skittled in their first innings, are still seeking their’s. David Murphy and Muhammad Azhar Ullah resisted with a last-wicket stand of 50, but Adil Rashid had the latter caught behind for 23, the same score Murphy made.

12.53pm – Rushworth strikes again for Durham, trapping Chris Jones in front for 24, and Gloucestershie’s Tom Smith has Bragg caught behind for 43.

12.38pm – ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 89/4) v Warwickshire (324): This match appeared to be drifting towards a draw following a rain-hit third day but four wickets have given Warwickshire a scent of victory. It would have been 88 for five had Tim Ambrose not missed a stumping with Jos Buttler on nought. Lancashire are only 12 runs ahead and will need to dig deep to avoid a losing send-off for coach Peter Moores.​

12.33pm – ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (308 & 213/9d) v Somerset (185 & 17/1):  Rushworth, bowling around the wicket, trapped Trescothick plumb in front. The visiting skipper never looked comfortable, particularly as Onions beat the bat on numerous occasions. It looks like a long, hard day lies ahead for Somerset.

12.30pm – A flurry of action to report, starting in Division One where Warwickshire’s Oliver Hannon-Dalby gets Luke Procter caught behind to make Lancashire, for whom Horton soon reaches a fifty, 85 for four. Meanwhile Durham’s Chris Rushworth pins Marcus Trescothick in front.

In the second tier Surrey’s Matt Dunn, who bagged a five-for in Essex’s first innings, has Jaik Mickleburgh caught behind for 20 to end a partnership of 50 with Cook. Hampshire openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams are going well, having put on 71 at the top of the second innings to level the scores. Gidman strikes twice in two overs with the wicket of Jim Allenby and Leicestershire’s Smith raises a half-century.

12.19pm – Gloucestershire’s Will Gidman bowls Murray Goodwin for 32, halting an alliance of 54 alongside Will Bragg. Glamorgan are therefore 90 for four, four runs ahead, in their second innings.

12.02pm – Yorkshire are two wickets from victory as Steven Patterson accounts for Steven Crook. Jeetan Patel has Ashwell Prince stumped to put Lancashire three down and Kent’s Mitchell Claydon snares Eckersely for 23 to end a stand of 59 with Smith. Glamorgan against Gloucestershire has restarted.

11.51am – ecb.co.uk's James O'Brien at Lancashire (247 & 70/2) v Warwickshire (324): The weather has been kinder to us this morning at Emirates Old Trafford and Warwickshire have enjoyed a good start. After Barker removed Reece in the third over, Wright gave Agathangelou a working over and the South African's luck eventually ran out when he was caught at mid-on off a leading edge. Paul Horton is on 43 and batting well, and Lancashire need him to bat long into the afternoon. They still trail by seven runs.​

11.47am – Northants are seven down as Liam Plunkett holds a left-handed caught-and-bowled to get rid of Andrew Hall. Collingwood has a fifty while Leicestershire’s Greg Smith and Ned Eckersely have shared a half-century alliance.

11.44am – ecb.co.uk’s Matthew Sherry at Durham (308 & 201/9) v Somerset (185): Durham lose their second wicket of the morning as Graham Onions holes out to mid-on, where Nick Compton claimed a fine tumbling catch. Colly continues to bat on at the other end, however, and has moved the score beyond 200. The hosts lead by 324; surely a declaration is imminent?

11.33am – Chris Wright sends Andrea Agathangelou on his way to leave Lancashire two down in their second innings while still nine runs behind. England captain Alastair Cook is opening the batting for Essex. Glamorgan versus Gloucestershire is set to start at midday.

11.19am – Another trio of breakthroughs and one more for Yorkshire as Jack Brooks gets rid of Marice Chambers, leaving Northants six down. Durham’s Jamie Harrison traps Lewis Gregory in front and Mills removes Jade Dernbach.

11.08am – There are several early breakthroughs, perhaps most importantly Yorkshire’s Ryan Sidebottom ousting Rob Newton. Also Warwickshire’s Keith Barker snares Luis Reece and Essex’s Tymal Mills bowls Chris Tremlett.

11.03am – ecb.co.uk's Matthew Sherry at Durham (308 & 158/7) v Somerset (185): The grim scene from yesterday in the north-east has made way for a sun-kissed ground this morning. Durham are batting on for the moment and Paul Collingwood has just helped himself to the simplest of fours, late-cutting to a boundary which I think I could reach!

10.55am – It turns out the weather isn’t great in Cardiff. There will be a delayed start and an 11.15am inspection at the SWALEC Stadium.

10.40am – The main county news on what appears to be a fine morning across England and Wales is that Lancashire have re-signed Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan for their limited-overs matches this season. The left-armer, pictured below, played for the Lightning in 2011.

10.30am - A very good morning to you on what will hopefully be an enthralling last day of LV= County Championship action in this year's third round. Here's how the games stand:

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 yesterday 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. Yesterday Matt Dunn completed a five-for to dismiss the visitors for 306.

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