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LV=CC, April 30: As it happened

Catch up on some compelling LV= County Championship action as Lancashire, Somerset, Derbyshire and Middlesex won, the latter chasing 472 to beat Yorkshire thanks to Chris Rogers' unbeaten 241. 

By Callum Dent, Matt Somerford & Rob Barnett

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6.43pm – It’s been an incredible day of LV= County Championship action, not forgetting that Warwickshire yesterday beat Nottinghamshire. Here’s today’s final scores:

Divison One

Middlesex (123 & 472/3) beat Yorkshire (178 & 416) by seven wickets at Lord’s. Chris Rogers’ stunning 241 not out sensationally guided his side to victory.

Northamptonshire (164 & 179) lost to Lancashire (119 and 284) by 60 runs at Wantage Road. James Anderson’s five wickets in each innings proved telling.

Sussex (142 & 219) lost to Somerset (372) by an innings and 11 runs at the County Ground. Lewis Gregory made it nine scalps in the match.

Division Two

Worcestershire (432/9d) beat Derbyshire (219 & 149) by an innings and 64 runs at New Road. Saeed Ajmal’s four strikes in each innings, on his first appearance of the season, did for Derbyshire.

Leicestershire (500 & 179/8d) drew with Glamorgan (359 & 250/7) at Grace Road. Stewart Walters’ unbeaten fifty helped Glamorgan hold on.

Gloucestershire (134 and 251/2d) drew with Essex (305/8d) at Bristol. Alex Gidman and Will Tavare fired unbeaten tons to secure a stalemate.  

Hampshire (400/6d) drew with Surrey (99/2) at the Ageas Bowl. Rain ruined this game, but the hosts today gained maximum batting points.

6.27pm – Here’s our video with Chris Rogers, who was unbeaten on 241 as Middlesex amazingly chased 472 to beat Yorkshire.

6.24pm RESULT! Leicestershire (500 & 179/8d) draw with Glamorgan (359 & 250/7) at Grace Road. Stewart Walters’ rearguard fifty 57 and John Glover’s 19 salvage a draw for the visitors.

6.13pm – Walters has a fifty and there are just a few overs to go. Leicestershire still need three wickets.

5.49pm – Leicestershire are crowding the batsmen with close fielders, having seven round the bat for spinner Naik. There are 10 overs to go at Grace Road.

5.41pm – Stewart Walters and John Glover, Glamorgan’s eighth-wicket pair, are offering stout resistance, facing Ireland and Naik, in the last remaining game.

5.21pm – Graham Wagg is apparently intent on going for Glamorgan’s victory-target of 321, but it proves his undoing. Having just survived when Ned Eckersley cannot hold his aerial sweep, Wagg holes out off Ireland to leave the visitors 204 for seven.

5.12pm – RESULT! Hampshire (400/6d) draw with Surrey (99/2) at the Ageas Bowl. Surrey deny Hampshire a bowling bonus point as Rory Burns ends unbeaten on 53 and Zafar Ansari 14.

5.08pm – Leicestershire move closer to victory as Naik traps Mark Wallace in front, making Glamorgan 191 for six.

4.50pm RESULT! Gloucestershire (134 & 251/2d) draw with Essex (305/8d) at Bristol. The clash at Bristol ends in a draw as the hosts, leading by 80, declare on 251 for two.  

4.49pm – Hundred for Tavare!! The 24-year-old replicates team-mate Gidman in reaching the milestone, his second of the season. Gloucestershire lead by 77 now. 

Is there a late twist in the tale at Grace Road? Murray Goodwin goes to a half-century, only to be then dismissed by Anthony Ireland, before Jigar Naik traps Jim Allenby in front for a duck. Glamorgan, chasing 321 for victory, are 183 for five. 

4.25pm  Essex's hopes of ending Gidman and Will Tavare's partnership have been hit by the injuries to key bowlers David Masters and Graham Napier, who are off the field with hand and hamstring/calf problems respectively.

4.13pm  Century for Alex Gidman!! The right-hander wastes little time in reaching three figures after the tea interval. 

3.40pm  It will be about grabbing bonus points in the final session at the Ageas Bowl with Surrey 47 for two at tea.

Glamorgan are 129 for three against Leicestershire as tea is taken. An exciting last session is set up at Grace Road.

It is tea at Bristol with Gloucestershire safely working towards a draw against Essex thanks to an unbroken 192-run stand between Alex Gidman and Tavare, who are 95 and 87 not out respectively.

3.39pm - A mix-up at the Ageas Bowl has seen Dominic Sibley run-out by Matt Coles. Surrey are 47 for two.

3.36pm  Rudolph goes for 63. Glamorgan are 128 for three against Leicestershire chasing a victory total of 321.

3.28pm  Tavare and Gidman are both creeping up on centuries while their third-wicket stand is now worth 173. Gloucestershire therefore have a lead of 20 and Essex's hopes of victory appear to have gone.

3.21pm – RESULT! Worcestershire (432) defeat Derbsyhire (219 & 149) by an innings and 64 runs at New Road. Saeed Ajmal finishes with eight wickets in the match as Worcestershire wrap up a comfortable win at home to Derbyshire.

3.14pm  Jacques Rudolph brings up his half-century from 68 balls as Glamorgan progress to 99 for two against Leicestershire. Another 222 runs are needed in 46 overs for victory, while the hosts need eight more wickets.

3.10pm  Worcestershire are a wicket away from victory now. Tim Groenewald is lbw to Jack Shantry for a duck. 

3.02pm – RESULT! Middlesex (123 & 472/3) defeat Yorkshire (178 & 416) by seven wickets at Lord's. Skipper Chris Rogers' unbeaten 241 leads Middlesex to a remarkable victory against Yorkshire. Neil Dexter completes the job with a boundary off Kane Williamson.

2.55pm  A half-century for Neil Dexter at Lord's. Middlesex need just 15 more runs now to complete a remarkable chase.

2.51pm – A blow for Derbyshire shortly after Madsen's half-century as his partner David Wainwright is run out attempting a second. Derbyshire are 130 for seven.

2.50pm  Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen is battling hard to try and save the game against Worcestershire. He reaches his half-century from 135 balls. Derbyshire are 129 for six - still 84 runs away from making Worcestershire bat again.

2.36pm  Alex Gidman joins Tavare in reaching a half-century. Their stand is now up to 115 for the third wicket as Gloucestershire continue to keep out Essex.

2.23pm  Surrey skipper Graeme Smith manages just three as his side chase some batting bonus points this afternoon. Hampshire's James Tomlinson traps the South African lbw. Surrey are three for one.

2.18pm  Another wicket for Ajmal at New Road. This time he traps Dan Hodgson lbw to leave Derbyshire 97 for six and staring at an innings defeat. Ajmal has figures of 3-19 to go with his four wickets in the first innings.

2.07pm  Saeed Ajmal has his second wicket of the innings and Worcestershire move closer towards victory. Wes Durston is caught at slip by Daryl Mitchell to leave Derbyshire 93 for five and still 120 runs in arrears.

2pm  Hampshire race along to 400 for six against Surrey and now declare with all their batting bonus points collected.

1.59pm – Will Tavare reaches his half-century for Gloucestershire as they look to hold off Essex at Bristol. Gloucestershire are 91 for two, but still trailing by 80 runs.

1.14pm – Here are the scores at lunch:

Division One

Middlesex are 360 for three in pursuit of 472 against Yorkshire at Lord's. Australian opener Chris Rogers is 194 not out.

Somerset beat Sussex by an innings and 11 runs at the County Ground.

Lancashire defeated Northamptonshire by 60 runs at Wantage Road following the hosts' collapse this morning. 

Division Two

Gloucestershire, trailing by 94, are 77 for two versus Essex at Bristol. 

Glamorgan are 11 without loss, chasing 321 to defeat Leicestershire at Grace Road. 

Derbyshire are 154 runs behind Worcestershire on 59 for four at New Road. 

Hampshire are 363 for six facing Surrey at the Ageas Bowl following James Vince's 159. 

1pm – As the lunch interval approaches, Yorkshire take the new ball in the hope of snaring Rogers, who is six short of a double-hundred. 

Chesney Hughes and Wayne Madsen repel Saeed Ajmal until the Pakistan international removes the former, ending a fourth-wicket stand of 30 at New Road. 

We will list the lunchtime scores in a moment. 

12.40pm – Root throws the ball to Kane Williamson and the New Zealander strikes at Lord's. Eoin Morgan attempts to sweep the spinner and only succeeds in scooping the ball to Adam Lyth at slip. Rogers is unbeaten on 175, though. 

Stuart Meaker dismisses Joe Gatting at the Ageas Bowl, where a draw is extremely likely unless both teams agree to set up an exciting finish. 

12.30pm – Middlesex are making life difficult for acting Yorkshire captain Joe Root at Lord's. The home side, chasing a mammoth victory target of 472, are picking the gaps superbly and require another 160 runs. 

James Vince's fine form shows no signs of stopping at the Ageas Bowl. The classy right-hander moves to 150, his third highest score for Hampshire. 

12.20pm – RESULT! Somerset (372) defeat Sussex (142 & 219) by an innings and 11 runs at the County Ground. Somerset follow Lancashire's lead, with their maiden win this term condemning leaders Sussex to their first defeat. Gregory traps Jon Lewis lbw to claim his ninth wicket of the match.  

12.17pm – RESULT! Lancashire (119 & 284) beat Northamptonshire (164 & 179) by 60 runs at Wantage Road. The Red Rose record their first triumph back in the top flight after Northants lose their last five wickets for just 34 runs this morning. 

12.10pm – Who will secure victory first? Somerset or Lancashire? Olly Stone is caught behind by Jos Buttler to leave Northants nine down at Wantage Road, needing another 63 to win. 

Middlesex skipper Chris Rogers continues to frustrate Yorkshire at Lord's, raising his 150 from 186 deliveries. 

12pm – Somerset are on the verge of victory now. Peter Trego gets rid of James Anyon to leave Sussex 192 for nine. 

Morris is on a roll at New Road! The paceman gets the huge wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, caught at slip, and Derbyshire are three down. 

Cosker strikes for the second time this morning, Jacques Rudolph taking the catch at long-on to dismiss Josh Cobb for 13.  

11.51am – Lewis Gregory continues his heroics with the ball at the County Ground. The seamer snares the huge scalp of Ed Joyce, who chops on seven runs short of a century. Sussex still trail by 40 with just two second-innings wickets remaining. 

Derbyshire are in a spot of bother at New Road as Billy Godleman is trapped lbw by Charles Morris. The visitors are 23 for two, 190 behind.  

11.39am – Yorkshire get an early breakthrough as they look to bowl Middlesex out. Dawid Malan is trapped lbw by Ryan Sidebottom for 35, leaving the hosts 257 for two chasing 472 at Lord's. 

Play is underway at the Ageas Bowl, where Will Smith provides an early catch to his namesake Graeme off Matt Dunn. 

Michael Klinger's poor form continues, Tymal Mills bowling the Australian for just seven as Gloucestershire slip to 18 for two. 

Leicestershire are four down now as Graham Wagg accounts for Rob Taylor. 

11.28am – Five wickets for Anderson!! The England seamer has ex-Lancashire all-rounder Steven Crook caught by Luke Procter for one to complete his second five-wicket haul of the game. The Red Rose are in control. 

11.22am – England Under-19 international Ben Duckett loses his wicket at Wantage Road for 26, James Anderson taking a return catch. Northamptonshire are 157 for six in pursuit of 240. 

11.14am – Jamie Overton dismisses Chris Jordan, caught at first slip by James Hildreth, as Somerset close in on victory over Sussex. 

Dean Cosker checks Leicestershire's early-morning progress by snaring Ned Eckersley for 22. 

Chris Dent, who hit a first-innings 61, manages just five today, becoming David Masters' first victim of the day at Bristol. 

Derbyshire, trailing by 202 runs, lose former Worcestershire opener Stephen Moore for just four at New Road. 

10.46am – A wet outfield continues to hamper play at the Ageas Bowl. Play is set to start there at 11.30am. 

While we wait for the other six matches to begin, you can read more about Lancashire announcing the addition of former Red Rose captain Mark Chilton to their new coaching structure here. 

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

Division One

Chasing 472 to defeat YorkshireMiddlesex are 230 for one with Chris Rogers on 122.

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. 

Division Two

Essex are 305 for eight, a first-innings lead of 171 over Gloucestershire at Bristol. Ben Foakes is unbeaten on 132.

Leicestershire are 77 for one in their second innings, 218 ahead of Glamorgan at Grace Road.

Worcestershire are 432 for nine in reply to Derbyshire’s 219 at New Road.

Hampshire are still 289 for three versus Surrey at the Ageas Bowl following a rain-affected opening three days. 

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