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LV=CC, August 24: As it happened

Live blog coverage of the LV= County Championship. Glamorgan completed an innings victory over Leicestershire, while the game between Kent and Gloucestershire was drawn with no play possible on day four. The two other matches head to the last day with Durham and Lancashire dominating.

Watch day four highlights from play at Swansea

6:20pm - Worcestershire close the penultimate day on 166 for five, 12 ahead, with Moeen on 101 and Shantry 10. Much hinges on Moeen if the New Road hosts are to avoid defeat to the Division Two leaders.

6:10pm - Moeen goes to three figures with two consecutive fours off Lilley. It’s his second hundred of the game and fourth of the championship season, in which he’s the leading scorer in either division. Worcestershire are now in front.

6:01pm - Moeen hits Luis Reece for two fours in an over to move into the nineties but Arron Lilley then has Ross Whiteley held at short-leg for 13, leaving Worcestershire 147 for five still seven in arrears. Jack Shantry is in as nightwatchman.

5:25pm - Durham are frustrated and Surrey have hope of escaping with a draw tomorrow. They will resume the follow-on 261 behind on 52 for three, with Hashim Amla and Zander de Bruyn in situ.

5:13pm - Fell falls, caught at first slip off Glen Chapple, making Worcestershire 113 for four while still 41 in arrears.

4:59pm - Moeen, who has Tom Fell for company, takes Worcestershire to three figures. Soon after, Lancashire’s lead is reduced to 50.

There will be an inspection at the Emirates Durham ICG at 5:30pm.

4:33pm - Moeen Ali takes a liking to Arron Lilley, striking three sixes off the spinner on his way to a brisk fifty. However, there is a blow for Worcestershire as Tom Smith has Thilan Samaraweera lbw to leave the score reading 79 for three.

4:08pm - Just as play is abandoned for the day in the Investec Ashes Test at the Kia Oval, rain means a further delay at the Emirates Durham ICG.

3:56pm - Tea arrives at New Road with Worcestershire 49 for two in their second innings, 105 behind Lancashire. Moeen has 30 and Samaraweera 11.

3:40pm - Moeen Ali and Thilan Samaraweera have steadied the Worcestershire ship.

3:22pm - A third maiden in a row keeps the pressure on the hosts at New Road.

Conditions have yet to improve sufficiently for play to restart between Durham and Surrey.

3:12pm - Lancashire strengthen their position through Glen Chapple trapping Mitchell lbw for eight. Worcestershire trail by 139 on 15 for two.

3:06pm - RESULT! Kent (474 & 4/0 dec) draw with Gloucestershire (80/0 dec & 307/9) at Canterbury: Poor old Kent! There will be no play at Canterbury today due to persistent rain, which means Gloucestershire have done enough to claim a draw. Gareth Roderick's unbeaten 152 has ultimately proven crucial.

3pm - Today's county action may have been truncated by poor weather, but there have been no interruptions at Taunton, where England Lions are playing their final ODI against Bangladesh. Luke Wright's men posted an imposing total of 319 for seven on the back of 87 from Gary Ballance. You can keep up with the score here.

2:50pm - Pardoe doesn't last long! He edges Kyle Hogg behind for a duck.

2:45pm - Matthew Pardoe and Daryl Mitchell get Worcestershire's second innings started.

Light rain is now falling at Durham.

2:33pm - Cessford has Smith caught behind for 84 as Lancashire are dismissed for 441, taking a first-innings lead of 154.

2:30pm - With only Arron Lilley for company, Tom Smith goes on the offensive. The all-rounder hits Richardson for six and four to reach 84.

2:23pm - Kyle Hogg departs to Graeme Cessford, meaning Lancashire are nine down with a lead of 139.

The light has become too poor for play to continue in the north-east. Surrey are 52 for three.

2:18pm - Amla has moved on to 32 and the gloomy conditions at Durham mean the quicker bowlers have been withdrawn from the attack. 

2:06pm - Richardson claims his fourth wicket in Lancashire's first innings by having Gareth Cross caught behind for a duck.

1:55pm - Good grief! Now Arshad has Solanki caught down the leg side for a golden duck! Zander de Bruyn sees off the hat-trick ball.

We also have a wicket at New Road, Alan Richardson ousting Luke Procter for 76 to leave Lancashire 416 for seven.

1:53pm - Things go from bad to worse for Surrey as Rory Burns is held at second slip off Arshad. At 33 for two in their second innings, Division One's bottom side still trail by 280.

1:49pm - Durham debutant Usman Arshad concedes two fours to Hashim Amla. Surrey could do with something special from their latest overseas signing.

1:45pm - Play has resumed at the Emirates Durham ICG and New Road, but showers are continuing to deny Kent a chance of completing victory at Canterbury.

1:35pm - RESULT! Leicestershire (203 & 268) lose to Glamorgan (508/9 dec) by an innings and 37 runs at Swansea: Cobb smites another six, this time off Cosker, before Graham Wagg breaks a 10th-wicket stand of 50 by ousting Wyatt for 28, wrapping up a comfortable home win.

1:22pm - The visitors to Swansea are going down swinging. Cobb and Wyatt pick up further boundaries off Salter, the former striking a maximum. Wyatt has passed his previous first-class best of 17.

1:17pm - Leicestershire's last man Alex Wyatt collects successive fours off Salter and repeats the trick off Cosker. However, it is surely too little, too late.

1:05pm - Salter snares James Sykes for nought, putting Glamorgan a wicket away from an innings victory and delaying the lunch interval at Swansea. Here are the scores where lunch has been taken:

Division One

Surrey are 18 for one, 295 behind Durham following on on day three at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Lancashire are 403 for six in reply to Worcestershire’s 287 on day three at New Road.

There was no play on the last morning at Canterbury, where Kent need one wicket to win and Gloucestershire require 92 for victory.

12:52pm - Raine’s resistance ends when he edges Andrew Salter to slip on 11. Cosker soon bowls Ollie Freckingham, making Leicestershire 213 for eight. Glamorgan lead by 92.

12:44pm - Harrison’s hot streak continues as he bowls Arun Harinath for nought.

Smith and Procter’s century alliance arrives.

12:36pm - Smith and Procter raise fifties in consecutive overs with their seventh-wicket stand nearing three figures.

12:21pm - Surrey are dismissed for 108 and will surely be made to follow on? Harrison strikes twice in an over, trapping Tim Linley in front and bowling Jade Dernbach for figures of 5-31.

Ben Raine and Josh Cobb are digging in for Leicestershire, who are still more than 100 behind with four wickets remaining.

12:16pm - Lancashire pick up a fourth batting point with Procter on 43 and Smith 42. The Red Rose now lead by 63 on first innings.

12:10pm - The action begins at the Emirates Durham ICG with Surrey soon losing seventh and eighth wickets when Gareth Batty is caught off Chris Rushworth and Chris Tremlett is lbw to Jamie Harrison.

An early lunch will be taken at 12:30pm at Canterbury.

11:59am - Leicestershire are in further trouble as Michael Hogan bowls Tom Wells. The visitors to Swansea are six down in their second innings while 127 behind.

11:53am - Cosker breaks through again in his next over, getting Eckersley caught at short-leg for 76 as Glamorgan eye victory in the meeting of Division Two’s bottom two.

Luke Procter and Tom Smith share a fifty partnership for Lancashire, who are now in front on first innings.

11:44am - Cosker strikes for a second time today, having Matthew Boyce caught at slip for 19. That leaves Leicestershire 175 for four, 130 in arrears and ends a stand with Ned Eckersley, who has 76 to his name.

11:29am - Division Two leaders Lancashire emulate Worcestershire in notching another bonus point today, as the Red Rose reach 301 for six.

11:09am - Centurion Simon Katich is caught at gully off Jack Shantry for 105 from just 91 balls, making Lancashire 276 for six.

Play is due to start at the Emirates Durham ICG at 11:45am.

11:03am - Play has started at New Road and Swansea, where Dean Cosker has Shiv Thakor caught behind for 18 in the day’s first over. Leicestershire are therefore 134 for three, still 171 behind.

10:53am - Unfortunately there is rain around today. There are delayed starts at the Emirates Durham ICG and Canterbury, where Kent need one wicket to beat Gloucestershire, who require 92 more runs to win.

10:45am - Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of the four continuing LV= County Championship games. Here’s how they stand:

Division One

Surrey are 97 for six in response to Durham’s first-innings 421 all out with two days played at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Leicestershire are 134 for two in their second innings, trailing Glamorgan by 171 with a day remaining at Swansea.

Gloucestershire are 307 for nine in their second innings at the end of day three at Canterbury, chasing 399 to defeat Kent.

Lancashire are 271 for five in their first innings against Worcestershire at New Road, 16 runs in arrears at the halfway stage.

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