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LV=CC, July 8; As it happened

All the action from the seven matches in the LV= County Championship, with Sussex completing a thumping three-day win over Northamptonshire. 

By Callum Dent, Rob Barnett & Glen Robertson

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6.35pm - And there we have it. A day slightly spoiled by the weather, but we still enjoyed plenty of action. Here's what happened today:

Division One 

Sussex beat Northamptonshire by an innings and 85 runs with more than a day to spare at the County Ground.

Durham are 50 for one in reply to Yorkshire's 426 on a truncated day two at Headingley.

Somerset end day two 153 for four, responding to Middlesex's 338 at Uxbridge.

Division Two

Glamorgan are 182 for two, 175 runs behind in their second innings, after Surrey made 589 for eight declared with skipper Gary Wilson calling to an end his side's efforts when he was 97 not out at Colwyn Bay.

Essex are 202 for five, 73 in arrears, at the halfway mark of their clash with Derbyshire at Chesterfield.

Gloucestershire are 94 for one in response to Hampshire's 297 all out, which included a last-wicket stand of 115 from James Tomlinson and David Balcombe, who both made fifties. 

Leicestershire are 87 for three, giving them a lead of two runs against Kent, who made 302. Darren Stevens followed up his half-century with two early wickets at Grace Road.

6.18pm - That's that at Grace Road on day two. We'll bring a round-up of all the scores when the players head off at Colwyn Bay.

6.13pm - Batty does it again! Bragg falls in the same fashion and for the same score as Rudolph. All of a sudden, it's a really good day for Surrey. They are eight wickets from victory, with a full day's play - weather permitting - to come tomorrow.

6.03pm - Big wicket for Surrey! They finally have their breakthrough and it's Gareth Batty who delivers. He traps Rudolph plumb in front after the South African had made 73. Glamorgan trail by 202 with nine wickets left. The players are off at Grace Road due to the light.

5.50pm - That could be it for the day at Uxbridge, with the players taken off for bad light after two deliveries of a Steven Finn over. He's not the bloke you want at the other end when it's hard to pick up the ball.

5.30pm - Nick Compton raises a patient fifty at Uxbridge. He reaches the landmark from 146 deliveries. Meanwhile at Colwyn Bay, Glamorgan continue to frustrate Surrey. The opening pair of Rudolph and Bragg have taken their unbroken stand to 135. If they are still around at the close, the hosts have a fine chance of salvaging a draw. 

5.21pm - Josh Cobb and Greg Smith are wasting little time playing themselves back in following the rain delay. The Leicestershire duo have hit four boundaries in the first nine balls since the resumption. They'll soon give their side a lead at this rate.

4.56pm - Another game bites the dust for the day as the umpires decide there is no chance of further play at the Ageas Bowl, where Gloucestershire - 94 for one - trail Hampshire by 203 runs on first innings.

4.51pm - We will have some more action at Grace Road today. The covers are on and the players are due to return in 20 minutes, with Leicestershire still trailing by 35 in their second innings.

4.44pm - Will Bragg is helping Glamorgan along nicely. He advances to a 54-ball fifty at Colwyn Bay. 

The elements also bring a premature end to proceedings at Chesterfield, with Essex 73 runs behind Derbyshire on 202 for five. 

4.37pm - James Hildreth moves to a half-century from 58 balls at Uxbridge.  

Play is abandoned for the day at Headingley, where Durham are 50 for one in reply to Yorkshire's 426.  

Rain also keeps the players off at Grace Road. 

4.03pm – Will Bragg and Jacques Rudolph give Glamorgan a strong start as they attempt to avoid defeat against Surrey, the hosts reaching the interval on 59 without loss.

Browne has 81 - his highest senior score - of Essex’s 202 for five at tea, closing in on Derbyshire’s 275.

3.56pm – Tea arrives at Uxbridge, with Somerset 69 for three in reply to Middlesex’s 338, and at Grace Road where Leicestershire are 50 for three in their second innings, trailing Kent by 35.

3.44pm – Leicestershire slip to 35 for three with Adam Ball having Dan Redfern caught behind.

Tea is being taken at Headingley.

3.33pm – Heavy rain is now falling at Headingley but there will be a 3.50pm inspection at the Ageas Bowl.

With tea approaching, Browne is holding firm for Essex on 81 while Nick Compton and James Hildreth are rebuilding for Somerset.

3.14pm – Darren Stevens pins Angus Robson in front soon in Leicestershire’s second innings while an early tea is taken at a wet Ageas Bowl.

3.02pm – Wilson, unbeaten on 97, selflessly declares Surrey’s innings on 589 for eight, a vast first-innings lead of 357, with play about to resume at Colwyn Bay.

It restarted briefly at Headingley only for the players to come off after five balls with Durham 50 for one.

Somerset are in trouble at 28 for three when Tim Murtagh has Alviro Petersen caught behind.

2.52pm – Claydon misses with a wild swing and is bowled for a career-best 77 by Rob Taylor. Kent are 85 ahead on first innings thanks chiefly to that last-wicket stand of 67.

Play is set to restart at Colwyn Bay at 3.15pm and the rain has stopped at Headingley where the action is set to resume at 3pm.

Derbyshire’s Alex Hughes cheaply traps Ryan ten Doeschate in front.

2.41pm – Middlesex paceman Finn strikes again, having Marcus Trescothick caught behind for 14.

Kent bank an unlikely third batting point with Claydon, who was dropped a short while ago, now on 75.

Tom Taylor bowls James Foster for 29, breaking a stand of 74 with Nick Browne and leaving Essex 162 for four.

2.26pm – Shortly after second slip Adam Lyth can’t hold Scott Borthwick’s edge off Tim Bresnan, rain forces the players off at Headingley with Durham 49 for one.

Bad light does likewise at the Ageas Bowl where Gloucestershire are 94 for one.

Mitchell Claydon, who took five wickets yesterday, continues his fine game with a swift fifty that is dominating a last-wicket stand with Adam Riley and giving Kent a handy lead.

Finn snares Chris Jones early in Somerset’s innings.

2.13pm – Rain intervenes again at Colwyn Bay with Surrey 589 for eight, a first-innings advantage of 357. Captain Gary Wilson is unbeaten on 97.

2pm – Finn doesn’t last long as Peter Trego makes him the third batsman to be bowled since lunch. Overton then has Toby Roland-Jones caught behind for a counter-attacking 31 as Middlesex are dismissed for 338.

Chris Tremlett strikes his second straight championship fifty, getting there with a six.

James Tomlinson, fresh from his batting exploits, traps Chris Dent in front for 30, making Gloucestershire 74 for one.

1.46pm – Steven Finn survives Overton’s hat-trick ball.

1.42pm – Craig Overton is on a hat-trick when he bowls Tim Murtagh with the first ball after lunch. It’s the last delivery of the over so he’ll have to wait to see if he can make it three in three.

Ben Rain cleans up Charlie Hartley to leave Kent nine down.

1.21pm – RESULT! Sussex (405) thrash Northamptonshire (116 & 204) by an innings and 85 runs at the County Ground. Crook helps the visitors to 200 before David Willey hits Zaidi for four only to be stumped next ball, leaving his partner unbeaten on 52. Sussex go fifth in Division One for the time being while winless Northants stay rock-bottom.

1.10pm - As promised, here is the state-of-play in the six matches where lunch has arrived. 

Division One

Durham are 20 without loss after dismissing Yorkshire for 426 at Headingley.

Dawid Malan hit 124 of Middlesex’s 319 for seven versus Somerset at Uxbridge.

Division Two

Jason Roy and Gary Wilson posted scores of 70 and 71 not out respectively as Surrey racked up 544 for seven against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay.

Kent, on 235 for eight, lead Leicestershire by 18 runs at Grace Road.

Essex are 116 for three, trailing Derbyshire by 159 runs at Chesterfield.

Gloucestershire are 65 for no wicket after David Balcombe and James Tomlinson hit half-centuries in a last-wicket stand of 115 that lifted Hampshire to a first-innings 297 at the Ageas Bowl.  

1.03pm - Ben Duckett departs to Ashar Zaidi on the stroke of lunch for 23, meaning play will continue at the County Ground with the hosts requiring one more wicket for victory. 

Stirling departs to Overton for 56 at Uxbridge. 

We will round-up the other scores for you shortly. 

12.42pm - Paul Stirling, back in Middlesex's XI, has a half-century at Uxbridge. 

Steven Crook is playing his shots as Northants delay Sussex's victory charge. 

12.28pm - Gareth Batty is stumped by Mark Wallace off Dean Cosker for 26, leaving Surrey with a lead of 248 on 480 for seven. Skipper Gary Wilson then moves to 50.

12.20pm - Sussex are two wickets away from a vital victory. Matthew Hobden snares a third scalp, having Andrew Hall caught in the slips by James Tredwell for 16.

Leicestershire paceman Buck strikes again by trapping Sam Billings lbw, while Alfonso Thomas brings Malan's stunning knock of 124 to a close at Uxbridge.

Yorkshire are dismissed for a first-innings 426 as Sidebottom departs to Borthwick for 25, leaving Brooks stranded on 27 in an important 10th-wicket stand worth 46.

12.12pm - Tom Taylor gets his man this time. Jesse Ryder is bowled for 32 to leave Essex 88 for three at Chesterfield. 

Stevens overcomes the loss of Ball by advancing to a half-century from 61 deliveries at Grace Road.

12.07pm - A sixth-wicket stand of 92 between Darren Stevens and Adam Ball ends when the latter is bowled by Nathan Buck for 36. Kent, on 186 for six, trail Leicestershire by 31.

12pm - Jack Brooks, at the crease alongside Ryan Sidebottom, sweeps Borthwick for four to help Yorkshire claim their full allocation of bonus batting points from the penultimate ball of the 110th over. 

11.51am - Magoffin takes another! He has Rob Newton caught behind to leave Northamptonshire seven down for 101, still 188 runs away from making the hosts bat again at the County Ground. 

Tomlinson reaches his maiden first-class fifty but then loses his wicket to Tom Smith next ball, meaning Hampshire are all out for 297. His 10th-wicket partnership with Balcombe was worth 115.

11.39am - Northants are in all sorts of trouble now and it is that man Steve Magoffin doing the damage again. Fresh from taking five in the first innings, the Australian has Kyle Coetzer caught behind for a second-ball duck. That is the seamer's second scalp in as many overs. 

Balcombe and James Tomlinson's last-wicket partnership advances into three figures. What must Gloucestershire be thinking?

11.31am - Durham seamer Mark Wood completes a five-wicket haul with the dismissal of Steven Patterson, caught behind by Phil Mustard for 17. Yorkshire are on the brink, 20 runs short of maximum batting bonus points. 

11.25am - Dawid Malan reaches his second century in as many matches. Middlesex are 227 for five. 

11.20am - Northamptonshire are 88 for four as nightwatchman Olly Stone perishes to Lewis Hatchett for eight.

Craig Overton snares his first scalp at Uxbridge, removing John Simpson for a duck. 

David Balcombe moves to a half-century at the Ageas Bowl as Hampshire continue to frustrate Gloucestershire, while in-form Surrey batsman Jason Roy is run out for a run-a-ball 70 at Colwyn Bay. 

11.07am - Durham start better this morning than they did yesterday, with John Hastings having Tim Bresnan caught by second slip Scott Borthwick for six. 

Ravi Bopara departs for 15 at Chesterfield, caught behind down the leg side off Mark Footitt.  

10.50am - The latest news from the England camp ahead of tomorrow's first Test with India is that Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been called up as cover for Matt Prior, who has a minor thigh problem and will be assessed later today.  

10.40am - Good morning and welcome to our LV= County Championship blog. Below are the scores from the seven matches:

Division One

Bottom-placed Northamptonshire are in trouble on 80 for three, 209 runs behind following on against Sussex at the County Ground.

Yorkshire are 367 for seven versus defending champions Durham at Headingley. 

Dawid Malan has 90 of Middlesex's 211 for four against Somerset at Uxbridge. 

Division Two

Jason Roy is unbeaten on 59 as Surrey sit pretty on 400 for five, a lead of 168 over Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay. 

Essex are 25 for one in reply to Derbyshire’s 275 at Chesterfield. 

Kent are 103 for five responding to Leicestershire's first-innings 217 at Grace Road. 

Hampshire are frustrating Gloucestershire on 251 for nine courtesy of an unbroken last-wicket stand of 69 between David Balcombe and James Tomlinson at the Ageas Bowl.   

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