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LV=CC, April 29: As it happened

Catch up on all the action on day three of the latest LV= County Championship games, with Warwickshire already claiming a resounding victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

By Callum Dent & Rob Barnett

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7.09pm – Here’s the close-of-play scores on day three of the latest LV= County Championship action:

Division One

Warwickshire beat Nottinghamshire by 98 runs during the morning session at Trent Bridge. The hosts today lost their last seven wickets for 74 runs as Chris Wright took 4-70.

Chasing 472 to defeat Yorkshire, Middlesex are 230 for one with Chris Rogers on 122 after putting on 181 with Sam Robson. Gary Ballance earlier struck 130 for the White Rose.

Northamptonshire are 145 for five, needing another 95 to beat Lancashire at Wantage Road. James Middlebrook is unbeaten on 78.

Sussex, following on against Somerset, are 162 for six with in-form skipper Ed Joyce 76 not out, still 68 behind at the County Ground. The hosts were earlier dismissed for 142 with Lewis Gregory returning 5-49.

Division Two

Essex recovered from 71 for five facing Gloucestershire to close on 305 for eight, a first-innings lead of 171. Ben Foakes, unbeaten on 132, and James Foster shared 218 for the sixth wicket.

Leicestershire are 77 for one in their second innings, 218 ahead of Glamorgan who were today dismissed for 359 at Grace Road.

Moeen Ali made 99 and Alexei Kervezee 110 as Worcestershire reached 432 for nine in reply to Derbyshire’s 219 at New Road.

There was no play today at the Ageas Bowl where Hampshire are 289 for three versus Surrey in the game’s first innings.

7.03pm – All the games are over for day three with Essex closing on 305 for eight, a first-innings advantage of 171 over Gloucestershire. Saxelby had David Masters held at point from what became the last ball. Foakes is unbeaten on 132. We’ll soon round up the scores.

6.53pm – They’re done for the day at Wantage Road where Northants are 145 for five, needing another 95 to beat Lancashire. Middlebrook and Ben Duckett, having added 68, are on 78 and 24 respectively.

6.49pm – The action is done for the day at the County Ground where Sussex are 162 for six with in-form skipper Ed Joyce 76 not out, his side still 68 behind Somerset while following on.

Graeme McCarter cheaply nips out Graham Napier to give Gloucestershire two wickets in two overs.

6.42pm – Foster will not follow Foakes to a ton as he is caught behind off Ian Saxelby, ending an outstanding alliance of 218 that rescued Essex from 71 for five.

6.27pm – It’s the close of play at New Road, where Worcestershire are 432 for nine in reply to Derbyshire’s 219, and at Grace Road, where there was no play for the last half hour. Leicestershire are 77 for one in their second innings, 218 ahead.

6.12pm – Stumps are drawn at Lord’s where Middlesex are 230 for one, chasing 472 with Rogers on 122 and Dawid Malan 28.

Footitt doesn’t get a hat-trick but soon sends Saeed Ajmal on his way via a catch at cover.

Shortly after James Foster heralds a fifty, Foakes goes to three figures as Essex’s sixth-wicket pair continues to dominate.

6.05pm – Kervezee goes for 110, the first of Mark Footitt’s two strikes in two balls also including Jack Shantry. Footitt will be on a hat-trick at the start of his next over.

5.57pm – Worcestershire’s Alexei Kervezee brings up a century and Northants’ James Middlebrook a fighting fifty.

5.49pm – Gregory has two wickets in as many overs, comprehensively bowling Ben Brown to accelerate Somerset’s victory charge.

5.42pm – Somerset’s Lewis Gregory gets rid of Matt Machan shortly before in-form Sussex skipper Ed Joyce raises a half-century.

Glamorgan’s Dean Cosker has Matt Boyce caught behind for 24, bringing to an end a partnership of 63 alongside Greg Smith.

5.31pm – Soon after Rogers goes to three figures Jack Brooks has Robson held at second slip, ending a brilliant opening stand of 181.

Anderson makes it two wickets in an over by ousting Andrew Hall to put Lancashire on top.

Derbyshire’s David Wainwright snares Ben Cox for 41, halting an alliance of 75 with Alexei Kervezee.

Ben Foakes has a fifty for Essex, who now lead Gloucestershire on first innings.

5.15pm – Lancashire captain-coach Glen Chapple has first-innings half-centurion Matt Spriegel held at second slip and James Anderson gets Rob Newton caught at first in the next over to leave Northants 77 for four in pursuit of 240.

5.01pm – Chris Rogers and Sam Robson are motoring along at Lord's, the opening stand moving past 150 inside 31 overs. 

4.50pm – Michael Yardy is bowled by Alfonso Thomas again, this time departing for one more run than the 10 he made in the first innings earlier today. Sussex, still trailing by 155, are 75 for two second time round. 

4.25pm – Charlie Shreck ends Wagg's fireworks to collect his third wicket of the innings. Glamorgan, all out for 359, trail by 141 runs. 

4.15pm – Tea is taken at Wantage Road and the County Ground.

Graham Wagg takes Jigar Naik for three sixes in 10 deliveries, completing a 48-ball half-century that ensures Glamorgan avoid the follow-on at Grace Road. 

Alexei Kervezee replicates Wagg by moving to the milestone from 75 balls at New Road. 

3.56pm – Heartbreak for Moeen as he falls one short of a century. Worcestershire are 241 for four, leading by 42 at tea. 

Tea also arrives at Lord's, where Middlesex are 78 without loss. Rogers and Robson are both 39 not out.  

After carrying his bat for 55 overs in the first innings, Wells lasts only 13 this time around, providing Nick Compton with a catch off Trego. 

3.29pm – Somerset have explained the reason behind Marcus Trescothick keeping wicket at Sussex today. Craig Kieswetter is unwell and after finally arriving at the County Ground, Alex Barrow takes the gloves off his skipper. 

Essex are in the midst of a collapse at Bristol. McCarter removes Greg Smith for a duck before Mickleburgh departs lbw to Taylor, leaving James Foster's side 71 for five replying to 134 all out. 

Glamorgan are also folding fast at Grace Road. This time, Ireland dismisses John Glover and the visitors are trailing by 211 with just two first-innings wickets remaining. 

3.16pm – Openers Chris Rogers and Sam Robson start Middlesex's victory charge strongly at Lord's. 

Ravi Bopara and Jaik Mickleburgh's 41-run stand ends when Graeme McCarter strangles the former, on 14, down the leg side. Essex are 75 runs behind on 59 for three. 

3.01pm – Game on at Wantage Road! England seamer James Anderson bowls Stephen Peters for nine in the third over. 

The new ball is hurting Glamorgan at Grace Road. Shreck and Anthony Ireland strike in consecutive overs, removing Mark Wallace and Will Bragg. 

2.48pm – Stone gives Northants hope with his fourth victim, bowling Simon Kerrigan for eight to dismiss Lancashire for 284 at Wantage Road. The new ball does the trick for the hosts, who require 240 to win. 

At the County Ground, Peter Trego finishes off Sussex by beating the defences of Jon Lewis. The home side are all out for 142, with Luke Wells stranded on 79. 

2.39pm – Stone is ripping through the Lancashire tail at Wantage Road, taking out Kabir Ali's middle stump for his third scalp. Lancashire's lead is 232 with just one wicket remaining. How long will it take for Northamptonshire to wrap up the innings?

The new ball works for Leicestershire. Matthew Boyce takes a routine catch at midwicket to dismiss Jim Allenby and hand Charlie Shreck a scalp. Glamorgan, still trailing by 242, are 258 for five. 

2.29pm – Ballance goes for 130 off 143 balls, including 15 fours and six maximums, as Yorkshire are dismissed for 414 to leave Middlesex a mammoth victory target of 472. The left-hander shares a last-wicket stand of 66 with Jack Brooks in just 5.3 overs. Superb hitting!

Lancashire lose two wickets in three balls, Smith and Glen Chapple departing to Olly Stone. The former's innings of 54 leaves the Red Rose 272 for eight, a lead of 227.  

2.25pm – Lancashire extend their lead to 224 courtesy of Tom Smith's half-century at Wantage Road. 

Ian Saxelby claims his first championship wicket since August 2012, dismissing Tom Westley to leave Essex 18 for two. 

It's raining maximums at Lord's, where Ballance is having a field day! The 24-year-olds hits another three sixes and helps the White Rose move past 400. 

Stewart Walters departs for 35, a second victim for Leicestershire bowler Ben Raine. 

2.15pm – CENTURY FOR GARY BALLANCE! After Yorkshire lose Ryan Sidebottom cheaply, Ballance takes things into his own hands with some powerful hitting and completes his second successive hundred. The White Rose lead by 434. 

Like Chris Dent earlier on, Luke Wells is running out of team-mates as Steve Magoffin is dismissed lbw by Jamie Overton, leaving Sussex 106 for nine and trailing by 266. 

Moeen Ali reaches his half-century off 59 balls as Worcestershire advance to 142 for two. 

2pm – Wickets are tumbling around the country following the lunch interval.

Essex suffer a blow with the dismissal of Alastair Cook to Matt Taylor for four, Liam Plunkett is bowled by Neil Dexter at Lord's and Lewis Gregory completes his five-wicket haul by dismissing Chris Jordan and James Anyon in the space of five balls to leave Sussex 101 for eight.

Play is under way at Wantage Road, where Jos Buttler's innings of 72 ends lbw to Muhammad Azhar Ullah. 

1.25pm – Here are the scores at lunch following an eventful morning session:

Division One

Warwickshire defeated Nottinghamshire by 98 runs at Trent Bridge after the hosts lost seven wickets for 74 this morning. 

Yorkshire are 333 for seven, a lead of 388, following Gary Ballance's unbeaten 62 against Middlesex at Lord's. 

Sussex are struggling on 98 for six in reply to Somerset's 372 at the County Ground. 

Lancashire are leading by 199 runs on 244 for five versus Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. Play is set to begin there at 1.45pm. 

Division Two

Essex are yet to get off the mark one over into their reply to Gloucestershire's first-innings 134 all outDavid Masters claimed fine figures of 6-48. 

Glamorgan are 202 for three in response to Leicestershire's 500 all out at Grace Road. 

Replying to Derbyshire first-innings 229, Worcestershire are 105 for two at New Road. 

No play has been possible at the Ageas Bowl, where James Vince is unbeaten on 118 in Hampshire's 289 for three against Surrey.  

1pm – Andy Hodd falls on the stroke of lunch at Lord's for 22, becoming Steven Finn's fourth second-innings scalp. We’ll soon round up the lunchtime scores. 

12.52pm – Masters and Napier strike in the space of three balls to account for Graeme McCarter and Dent, the latter for 61, dismissing Gloucestershire for a first-innings total of 134. 

Luke Wells is frustrating Somerset with a half-century, while Wainwright ends Matthew Pardoe's knock of 49 at New Road. 

12.40pm – RESULT! Warwickshire (263 & 152) beat Nottinghamshire (116 & 201) by 98 runs at Trent Bridge. Oliver Hannon-Dalby wraps things up for Warwickshire. Harry Gurney edges the paceman to Jeetan Patel in the slips and Notts are dismissed for 201. 

Dent, unbeaten on 59, is running out of partners at Bristol. James Fuller is the latest to go, bowled by Graham Napier to reduce Gloucestershire to 129 for eight. 

Murray Goodwin departs for 23 at Grace Road, leaving Glamorgan 184 for three. 

12.25pm – Jamie Overton gets in on the act at the County Ground, trapping Ashar Zaidi in front for four to leave Sussex in trouble. 

Rashid edges Tim Murtagh behind to John Simpson to depart for an impressive 43 from 58 balls, a dismissal that ends his 72-run stand with Ballance. Yorkshire, who are 288 for six, lead by 343 at Lord's. 

On-loan Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman Dan Hodgson takes his first catch as a Derbyshire player to dismiss Daryl Mitchell for 26 and hand former White Rose spinner David Wainwright a wicket. 

12.12pm – Glamorgan lose their second wicket of the morning as Gareth Rees is bowled by Ben Raine to depart for 72.

After Chris Dent reaches his half-century, Gloucestershire slip to 110 for seven when David Masters locates the edge from Ian Saxelby and Alastair Cook takes the catch at slip. There is no stopping Masters, who has excellent figures of 5-39.

11.54am – Middlesex take the new ball at Lord's in the hope of breaking the sixth-wicket partnership between Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid which has passed 50. 

Gregory collects his third wicket of the morning, bowling Ben Brown for four to leave leaders Sussex struggling on 61 for five, still 311 behind. 

Worcestershire's openers go past 50 at Grace Road. 

11.41am – Wright strikes twice for Warwickshire, trapping James Taylor lbw for 19 and dismissing Riki Wessels for nought to leave Nottinghamshire 156 for six in pursuit of 300. 

Trescothick shows he is a suitable replacement for Kieswetter by taking a catch off Gregory to dismiss Sussex batsman Matt Machan. 

Despite the covers coming off at Wantage Road, an early lunch is to be taken at 12.30pm. 

11.22am – Somerset have their tails up against Sussex, who are 39 for three as Alfonso Thomas bowls Michael Yardy for 10 and Lewis Gregory traps Rory Hamilton-Brown in front for a duck. 

At Lord's, Gary Ballance and Adil Rashid are finding the boundary with ease.

11.09am – Somerset have confirmed Marcus Trescothick is keeping wicket this morning. Where is Craig Kieswetter? We will keep you posted when more information arises. 

Warwickshire and Middlesex both remove nightwatchmen early on. Nottinghamshire's Luke Fletcher becomes Chris Wright's second victim and Yorkshire's Steven Patterson falls to Neil Dexter. 

10.50am – There are delayed starts at the Ageas Bowl, Bristol and Wantage Road but the other five contests are set to begin on time. 

10.40am – Good morning and welcome to our live blog coverage on day three of the latest LV= County Championship games. Here’s how they stand:

Division One

Yorkshire are 213 for four and lead Middlesex by 268 runs in their second innings at Lord’s.

Lancashire are 244 for five in their second dig at Wantage Road, 199 ahead of Northamptonshire. Jos Buttler and Tom Smith are unbeaten on 66 and 44 respectively.

Nottinghamshire are 126 for three in pursuit of 300 for victory over Warwickshire at Trent Bridge. 

Sussex are 25 for one at the County Ground in reponse to Somerset's first-innings 372.

Division Two

Glamorgan are 126 without loss in reply to Leicestershire’s first-innings 500 at Grace Road

Hampshire, for whom James Vince is 118 not out, are 289 for three facing Surrey at the Ageas Bowl. 

Worcestershire are 31 without loss - 188 behind - in their first knock versus Derbyshire at New Road. 

Gloucestershire are 104 for six against Essex at Bristol following a rain-affected two days. 

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