6:41pm - Hampshire lose a ninth wicket - North bowling David Balcombe - to close with a lead of 215 on 174 for nine.
Here are the scores:
Derbyshire, pursuing 472 to beat Durham, are 181 for seven at the Emirates Durham ICG, a lead of 348.
Middlesex are 147 for five, 30 runs behind, following on against Warwickshire at Uxbridge.
Surrey are 186 for two, trailing by 26, in their second innings against Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval.
Hampshire are 174 for nine, 215 runs ahead, in their second innings against Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
Northamptonshire are 123 for four, nine runs behind, in their second innings against Lancashire at Wantage Road.
Gloucestershire are 384 for three after winning the toss against Kent at Cheltenham.
6:19pm - What a start for Gloucestershire, who will head into day two at 348 for three. Durham will head into the last act of their encounter with Derbyshire chasing three further wickets.
6:08pm - Ricky Ponting has batted through to stumps in his final first-class innings; the Australian is 41 not out with Harinath on 69. Surrey close 26 behind on 186 for two, while Middlesex end on 147 for five against Warwickshire, 30 in arrears.
In Division Two, Northants finish the day 123 for four, nine behind Lancashire.
6:03pm - Jim Allenby picks up a key wicket for Glamorgan, taking a return catch off Neil McKenzie for 69, before North ousts Tanvir for 38. Meanwhile, Dent has finally departed but not before hitting 153.
Tom Poynton reaches a half-century for Derbyshire, who lose David Wainwright to Gareth Breese soon after, while Middlesex's John Simpson edges Boyd Rankin behind.
5:51pm - Kerrigan is flying now, bowling Cameron White for one.
5:46pm - Lancashire remain in the ascendancy against Northants as Kerrigan bowls Ben Duckett with a beauty that turns.
Gloucestershire are having no such problems versus Kent, Dent moving to a fine 150.
5:33pm - Rushworth picks up his ninth wicket of the match, ending Chanderpaul's resistance by having the West Indies star caught behind for 76.
5:29pm - Shivnarine Chanderpaul is battling bravely, moving beyond 50 with Derbyshire's cause looking lost.
Another man to have reached a half-century is Neil McKenzie, who - along with Sohail Tanvir - is leading Hampshire's recovery versus Glamorgan.
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5:05pm - David Sales, who is enduring a poor season, falls when appearing well set, chopping Simon Kerrigan on to his stumps.
Dent and Gidman go on for Gloucestershire, with their partnership now beyond 200.
4:58pm - Barker strikes again, bowling Joe Denly for 37 to make Middlesex 110 for four and put Warwickshire right on top.
4:50pm - Gidman joins Dent on a century and Arun Harinath has a fifty for Surrey, who are 137 for two - 75 behind Nottinghamshire.
4:44pm - Naturally, the previous entry prompts a wicket: Keith Barker has Neil Dexter caught behind for 36, leaving Warwickshire 72 behind at 105 for three as they follow on.
4:40pm - Batsmen are digging in during a largely attritional period of play. The same cannot be said for England, who are all out for 215.
4:19pm - Chris Dent goes to three figures as Gloucestershire continue to benefit from choosing to bat first on day one versus Kent. Shortly after, Dent and Alex Gidman raise a 150-run stand with the score at 224 for two.
4:09pm - Glen Chapple makes an early breakthrough in Northamptonshire’s second innings, ousting Kyle Coetzer.
It’s tea at the SWALEC Stadium where Hampshire are 75 for six in their second innings, with a lead of 116.
3:55pm - Derbyshire head to tea with much to ponder at 68 for five.
3:48pm - Gloucestershire head for a break sitting pretty at 212 for two with Chris Dent on 92 and Alex Gidman 74, while Middlesex are 48 for two, 129 in arrears, having lost Sam Robson to Boyd Rankin.
3:45pm - Surrey reach the interval at 96 for two with Ponting on three, while Hampshire are now in disarray at 53 for six as Hogan strikes for the second time in the over when bowling Adam Wheater.
3:42pm - Glamorgan continue to impress, Michael Hogan trapping Sean Ervine lbw to leave Hampshire in further trouble.
3:30pm - Rushworth gets another when Dan Redfern's poor season continues, while the run-out curse seemingly taking hold of the domestic action strikes again as Hampshire's James Vince falls.
3:22pm - Durham pick up a fourth wicket as Chris Rushworth gets in on the act having starred in the first innings, Wes Durston the man to go lbw.
Meanwhile, as England lose a fifth wicket in the first Investec Ashes Test, Ricky Ponting heads to the middle at the Kia Oval for his final first-class innings. Vikram Solanki was run out for Surrey, meaning the former Australia skipper joins Arun Harinath in the middle.
At Wantage Road, Simon Katich falls immediately after reaching 200 as Lancashire are dismissed for 442 with a lead of 132. It's now tea.
3:08pm - Hall makes no mistake this time, holding on in the cordon to give David Willey a fifth wicket.
3:05pm - Glamorgan's declaration is suddenly looking inspired, Marcus North having Jimmy Adams stumped before bowling Liam Dawson.
Chapple, meanwhile, has just been reprieved on 51, Andrew Hall shelling a chance at slip.
2:58pm - Durham could have victory wrapped up soon at this rate; Chesney Hughes falls to Stokes. At Wantage Road, Chapple has brought up his fifty.
2:54pm - Derbyshire slip into further trouble as Wayne Madsen is caught behind off Callum Thorp. For Gloucestershire, Alex Gidman has just passed 50 while Katich and Chapple's stand is now into three figures.
2:48pm - Warwickshire continue to turn the screw against Middlesex, Chris Woakes quickly getting rid of Dawid Malan.
Derbyshire have lost their first wicket, too, with Ben Stokes bowling Richard Johnson.
Bat is enjoying dominance in Division Two; Katich is edging towards a double-hundred and Glen Chapple a half-century for Lancashire, while Gloucestershire are on to 157 for two against Kent.
2:34pm - Surrey have lost a first wicket in their second innings, Andre Adams bowling Rory Burns with an absolute beauty.
2:25pm - Middlesex have been dismissed for 309, surrendering a lead of 177, and will follow on at Uxbridge.
Hampshire have lost an early wicket in their second innings, Michael Carberry falling to Michael Reed for a duck.
2:12pm - Adam Voges follows Katich's lead by moving to his 150, only to be dismissed caught and bowled by Jeetan Patel soon after.
2:06pm - Simon Katich continues his fine season for Lancashire by moving to an outstanding 150.
1:56pm - Keaton Jennings, having struck his first championship century, is run out just after lunch for 123, with Durham declaring soon after on 331 for nine, meaning Derbyshire require 472 to win.
Another side to have declared are Glamorgan. The Welsh county quickly made it to 300 for six following the break before ending their innings with a 41-run deficit.
Also in Division Two, Lancashire reached 350 just in the nick of time to collect a fourth batting bonus point.
1:10pm - Here are the lunchtime scores in the LV= County Championship:
Sussex defeated Somerset by nine wickets at Taunton.
Durham are 306 for seven in their second innings against Derbyshire at the Emirates Durham ICG, a lead of 446.
Middlesex are 278 for eight in response to Warwickshire’s 486 for six declared at Uxbridge.
Surrey are 30 for none in their second innings, 182 behind Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval.
Glamorgan are 298 for six at the SWALEC Stadium after bowling Hampshire out for 341.
Lancashire are 339 for eight, responding to Northamptonshire's 310 at Wantage Road.
Gloucestershire, who the toss today, are 98 for two versus Kent at Cheltenham.
1pm - Durham’s Gareth Breese is bowled by Dan Redfern to herald the interval at the Emirates Durham ICG.
12:55pm - Chris Dent registers a half-century shortly before lunch with Gloucestershire just short of three figures while two down.
12:48pm - Sussex (363 & 92/1) beat (Somerset 244 & 209) by nine wickets at Taunton. The visitors go top of Division One while Somerset’s faint title hopes are all but over. Nash ends unbeaten on 61.
12:43pm - Chris Nash brings up a smooth fifty for Sussex, who are on the verge of beating Somerset.
Derbyshire’s David Wainwright strikes twice in quick succession, accounting for Michael Richardson and Phil Mustard.
Willey has his second wicket of the morning, bowling Kyle Hogg for a duck and therefore leaving Lancashire eight down and two runs behind on first innings.
12:30pm - Dernbach dismisses Andre Adams for 16 and therefore Notts, who lead by 212 on first innings, for 410.
12:24pm - Keaton Jennings, who fell seven short of three figures earlier in the game, makes a century. Durham are 273 for four, 413 in front of Derbyshire.
Glamorgan lose two quick wickets, Rees going to David Balcombe for 112 and Murray Goodwin to Sohail Tanvir for 86. They added 182 together. The Welsh County are 266 for five, 27 behind Hampshire.
Barker gets rid of Toby Roland-Jones, putting Middlesex eight down.
12:12pm - Surrey strike in consecutive overs to make Notts 392 for nine, Dernbach having Graeme White caught behind for nought and Zafar Ansari snaring Ajmal Shahzad caught and bowled for 17.
Sussex lose Luke Wells but need just 51 more to beat Somerset with nine wickets left.
Warwickshire spinner Patel sends Ollie Rayner on his way, Dan Housego becomes Haggett’s second scalp and Lancashire’s Gareth Cross departs to David Willey.
12:01pm - Dernbach removes Patel for 110 and Clare makes Ben Stokes his second scalp of the morning.
11:51am - Andrew Hall has Luke Procter caught behind for 85, leaving Lancashire 291 for five and 19 behind Northamptonshire in the clash between the second tier’s top two.
11:43am - Jeetan Patel traps John Simpson in front for 63, ending a Middlesex record fifth-wicket stand versus Warwickshire worth 180. The Uxbridge hosts are 208 for five, trailing by 278. Shortly after, Adam Voges reaches a hundred on Middlesex first-class debut but Gareth Berg is then caught behind first ball off Keith Barker.
Durham lose Will Smith for 23 to Jonathan Clare but are well-placed at 238 for three in their second innings, 378 ahead of Derbyshire.
Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger falls to Calum Haggett for 20, soon after which the hosts reach 50 for one versus Kent.
11:35am - Samit Patel raises a century with a four through cover off Jade Dernbach, taking Nottinghamshire’s first-innings lead over Surrey to 180 with four wickets intact.
11:25am - Somerset are all out for 209, setting Sussex a meagre 91 to win. Chris Jordan had Peter Trego caught behind for 16 and Magoffin bowled Jamie Overton for figures of 4-36 while James Anyon, who did not bowl today, took 4-56.
Gareth Rees, on 84 overnight and making his first senior appearance of the season for Glamorgan, goes to three figures with a four off Danny Briggs.
Katich gets a life at second slip, Sales drop off Willey on 115 - went for two. 271-4 now
— Lancashire CCC (@LancsCCC) July 10, 2013
11:05am - Sussex take another step towards beating Somerset, who lead by just 79 in their second innings while now eight wickets down, at Taunton with Steve Magoffin ousting Alfonso Thomas.
11am - Of course, many will be focusing on the first Investec Ashes Test, but take heart county fans that you can keep on top of the championship action here.
10:55am - With play set to begin in five minutes, here’s how the continuing matches stand:
Durham are 208 for two in their second innings against Derbyshire at the Emirates Durham ICG, a lead of 348.
Somerset are 197 for seven in their second innings at Taunton, 78 runs ahead of Sussex.
Middlesex are 177 for four in response to Warwickshire’s 486 for six declared at Uxbridge.
Nottinghamshire are 360 for six after Surrey were dismissed for 198 at the Kia Oval.
Glamorgan reached 196 for three at the SWALEC Stadium after bowling Hampshire out for 341.
Lancashire are 262 for four responding to Northamptonshire's 310 at Wantage Road.
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