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LV=CC, June 10: As it happened

The sun was out for today's LV= County Championship matches, and it was shining brightest on Somerset's Alfonso Thomas, who claimed four wickets in four balls to rip through Sussex and set up victory for his side at Taunton.

By Matt Somerford, Glen Robertson & Jonathan Veal

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7pm - Here's a wrap of today’s action in the LV= County Championship:

Division One

Somerset have gone top after they recorded a six-wicket win over Sussex, which was inspired by four wickets in four balls from Alfonso Thomas in the morning session. That helped leave the hosts just 104 to win and, after a slight wobble, Nick Compton steered them home with an unbeaten 38.

Lancashire finished with a lead of 48 going into the final day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston as they closed on 84 for two in their second innings. Paul Horton was out for 42 just before stumps.

Nottinghamshire have the advantage in their tussle with Yorkshire at Headingley as they closed on 102 for two. Michael Lumb is 43 not out as the visitors lead by 60.

Division Two

Surrey enjoyed a magnificent day against Gloucestershire as they piled on the runs, with Rory Burns, Vikram Solanki and Jason Roy all making hundreds as they closed on 626 for six – a huge lead of 514.

Hampshire are 31 for one following on against Worcestershire at New Road. Michael Carberry is unbeaten on 22, but they are still 152 adrift.

Kent and Essex shared the spoils at the Spitfire Ground as their clash ended in a draw when the hosts declared their second innings on 255 for eight. New Zealand international Jesse Ryder completed a 10-wicket haul.

It’s finely balanced at Grace Road as Leicestershire ended the day on 200 for nine in their second innings, giving them a lead of 175 going into tomorrow’s final day against Derbyshire.

6.50pm - Surrey's magnificent day comes to an end at Gloucestershire as they close on a mammoth 626 for six, while it is also stumps at Headingley with Nottinghamshire on 102 for two.

That's close of play in all of the games today, we'll have a round-up of the day shortly.

6.40pm - That's close of play at New Road with Hampshire on 31 for one following on against Worcestershire. Michael Carberry is unbeaten on 22, but they are still 152 adrift.

They're also done for the day at Edgbaston as Lancashire finish with a lead of 48 on 84 for two in their second innings.

6.34pm - Hampshire are in trouble against Worcestershire as they lose their first wicket in the second innings. Sajeed Ajmal is working his magic again by trapping Jimmy Adams in front. Hampshire are 31 for one, trailing by 152.

There's a second wicket for Warwickshire against Lancashire just before the close. Boyd Rankin has caught the edge of Paul Horton's bat and Tim Ambrose did the rest. Horton departs for 42 and Lancashire are 83 for two, 47 ahead.

Surrey have also lost a wicket as Gary Wilson returns to the shed after being castled by Liam Norwell. The Brown Caps are making hay, though and are 617 for six.

6.15pm - What an innings by Roy! He has smacked Gloucestershire's ailing attack to all parts and goes to a superb century off just 55 balls - that's the fastest championship hundred of the season so far! 

He registered seven maximums and nine fours in a thrilling knock. And he isn't done yet!

6.11pm - The players are off for the day at Grace Road and it's in the balance going into tomorrow's final day. Leicestershire finished on 200 for nine in their second innings - a lead of 175. That will be an interesting fourth day.

Lancashire have been pegged back at Warwickshire following the restart. Alex Davies is the man to go as Jeetan Patel pinned him in front. The Red Rose 71 without loss off 17 overs, which is a slender lead of 35.

Gloucestershire and Surrey are taking the field again, with Roy hoping to notch his ton.

5.55pm - Derbyshire are turning the screw on Leicestershire as they get them nine down. Mark Footitt traps James Sykes in front with a full delivery. The hosts are 186 for nine and lead by 161.

5.48pm - They're back on at Edgbaston and will bowl 16 overs. The light is getting better at Bristol, so Gloucestershire and Surrey could resume soon, while Yorkshire start in just over 10 minutes.

It's also all-go at New Road as Hampshire begin their follow-on.

5.45pm - RESULT! Somerset (289 & 107/4) beat Sussex (214 and 178) by six wickets. 

Alfonso Thomas' heroics in the morning session proved pivotal for Somerset, who were able to knock off their small target after a minor wobble. They move to the top of the Division One table.

Elsewhere O'Brien's knock for Leicestershire comes to an end as he falls for 71 after being bowled by Elstone. The hosts are 184 for eight, with a lead of 159.

5.30pm - Roy's charge towards a century has been thwarted by bad light as the umpires take the teams off at Bristol. His side are completely bossing it on 572 for 5.

Meanwhile, Somerset have stuttered again as James Hildreth has fallen for 11 after being caught behind off Poilet's bowling. Nick Compton remains unbeaten on 29, so the hosts should still see that through, needing another 21.

5.23pm - Leicestershire are in a bit of trouble as they lose a seventh wicket at Grace Road. Derbyshire have reduced them to 171 for seven as Scott Elstone has Ben Raine caught at bat pad. The Foxes lead by 143 with three wickets remaining.

Nick Compton has steadied the ship for Somerset as they close in on victory at Taunton. The batsman has just whacked Will Beer for two sixes. They are 79 for three and need 33 to win.

5.15pm - Gloucestershire finally get some respite as they dismiss Vikram Solanki for a brilliant 143 off 182 balls when he nicks Matt Taylor to Geraint Jones. But Roy is causing havoc at the other end and is closing in on a rapid century. He's 83 not out off 44 balls as Surrey near a lead of 450.

There's good news at New Road as play will begin at 5.45pm. Worcestershire, with a first-innings lead of 183, have enforced the follow on and there will be 14 overs of play tonight.

5.02pm - Jason Roy is having fun for Surrey at Bristol. The South African has brought up his half-century off just 29 balls, whacking four sixes and four fours. The visitors are coasting at 524 for four.

There's hope of some play at Edgbaston as the umpires will inspect at 5.20pm, but they have gone off at Headingley due to bad light, with Nottinghamshire 59 for two, that's a lead of 17.

4.55pm - RESULT! Kent (387 & 255/8 dec) drew with Essex (440) at the Spitfire Ground. The captain's have shaken hands after Ryder completed his 10-wicket haul by dismissing Mitch Claydon.

4.50pm - Another one goes at Taunton! Alviro Petersen gets cleaned up first ball by Anyon. This could be an exciting finish!

4.45pm - Is this the start of a collapse at Taunton? Now Trescothick goes to James Anyon, with Steffan Piolet taking a superb catch at second slip. Somerset are 42 for two and still need another 62 to win.

4.42pm - There we go, Magoffin gets to work as he takes Sussex's first wicket. He has Myburgh caught by Matt Machan, but the opener had plundered 27 off just 12 balls. Somerset aren't hanging around. They are 41/1 off just 4.3 overs. 

Niall O'Brien raises his bat for Leicestershire at Grace Road. The Irishman has guided the Foxes to 153 for six - lead of 128.

4.30pm - Gloucestershire have made their first breakthrough after tea with the dismissal of Steven Davies, caught at cover for nine off Will Gidman. Surrey's lead stands at a commanding 349, though, with the score on 461 for four.

Heartache for Daniel Bell-Drummond as he misses out on a century for Kent. The right-hander was trapped in front by Jesse Ryder for a 257-ball 92 to leave the hosts 239 for seven.

4.22pm - Somerset's chase has begun at Taunton, with Sussex praying that bowler Steven Magoffin can repeat his first-innings heroics, where he took 6-60. Johann Myburgh and Marcus Trescothick are the men at the crease for the hosts.

Meanwhile at Canterbury, Panesar has taken the new ball!

4.12pm - The players will be able to enjoy an extra cucumber sandwich at New Road as rain has delayed the start of the evening session in Worcestershire's clash with Hampshire. They're also staying off at Edgbaston as rain looks imminent in Warwickshire's game with Lancashire.

They might be going through the motions at Canterbury as Kent and Essex play out the final session of their match, with no prospect of it ending in anything other than a draw, but Monty Panesar has struck early after the resumption to remove Sam Billings for 11. Kent are 225 for six - a lead of 172.

4.01pm - Yorkshire make their second breakthrough at Headingley as Phil Jaques is dismissed by Steven Patterson who induces a nick after getting some extra bounce. The visitors are still 12 runs behind on 30 for two at tea.

Will Beer is the last man out for Sussex as they are dismissed for 178 at Taunton, meaning Somerset require 104 to win. They will fancy knocking those off in the evening session!

3.45pm - Agony! Burns falls one run short of a maiden double-century! Liam Norwell finds the edge and Alex Gidman takes the catch at slip. It ends a superb knock that lasted 375 balls. His partnership of 212 with Solanki has set records, and leaves Surrey 327 runs ahead at tea.

Somerset finally take their ninth wicket. Steffan Piolet had combined with Will Beer to record a fifty-partnership, stretching Sussex's lead to 91, but his fun is over as he is pouched at slip by Trescothink off George Dockrell. 

Tea is taken at New Road, Canterbury and Grace Road.

3.35pm - Fittingly, it's Ajmal who rounds things off. Danny Briggs is bowled for one, giving the spinner a seventh wicket as Hampshire are out for 219 and trail by 183. Surely they'll be asked to go again?

Lancashire have wiped their first-innings deficit out at Edgbaston, with all 10 wickets still intact. 

3.31pm - It looks like Hampshire's openers will very shortly be batting again at New Road. Charles Morris bowls David Balcombe for nought, leaving the visitors 187 runs behind on first innings with one wicket left. 

3.24pm - Make that six for Ajmal as Matt Coles is trapped in front for 19.

At Canterbury, Tymal Mills makes an important breakthrough for Essex. He ends the Darren Stevens/Daniel Bell-Drummond partnership on 87 by removing the former for 47.

3.17pm - Ajmal completes a five-wicket haul, leaving Hampshire very much in trouble. Michael Bates is the latest man out as the visitors to New Road slip to 205 for seven, still 197 runs behind. Can they avoid the follow-on?

Wainwright is another with a five-for. Rob Taylor becomes the spinner's next victim as he perishes for 19.

3.08pm - Tom Smith cleans up Boyd Rankin and that's Warwickshire all out for 322. They lead by 36 against Lancashire in a finely-poised contest.

Solanki brings up his 34th first-class hundred. Surrey's lead is 300, with eight wickets still in hand. Gloucestershire have a mammoth task to break this partnership - currently worth 185 runs - never mind save the game.

2.54pm - James Vince falls two runs short of a half-century, with Joe Leach doing the damage. Hampshire are 190 for six, still trailing by 212.

2.49pm - Yorkshire are all out for 247, a lead of 42. Patel removes Steven Patterson for nought to take his third wicket.

2.43pm - Rich Pyrah is the ninth wicket down for Yorkshire, but not until after a blistering run-a-ball 45. He's taken the hosts to a 42-run lead on first innings at Headingley.

Warwickshire are also nine down, with Kerrigan removing Chris Wright. The Bears' lead currently stands at seven.

2.35pm - A wicket for Derbyshire - and Wainwright hasn't taken it! Mark Footitt gets in on the act, having Ramnaresh Sarwan caught at slip, to leave Leicestershire 74 for five.

Somerset take another step towards victory as Trego picks up a second victim, finding Wells' edge and Craig Kieswetter does the rest.

2.25pm -  This morning's hero Alfonso Thomas is back! Luke Wright is caught at the second attempt by Marcus Trescothick at slip, giving Thomas his fifth wicket. Somerset are in a very dominant position at Taunton.

Warwickshire are eight down, still trailing on first innings by 14, as Kyle Hogg takes his third scalp to remove Jeetan Patel.

Vikram Solanki records his fifty as Surrey continue to punish Gloucestershire, while Daniel Bell-Drummond has also reached the landmark. His Kent side have a lead of 83 with six wickets left.

2.16pm - A flurry of wickets! Yorkshire lose Aaron Finch, who is bowled by Samit Patel. The White Rose's lead is 15 with two wickets left. At New Road, Saeed Ajmal takes two in one over, accounting for Glenn Maxwell and then Sean Ervine.

Elsewhere, Leicestershire lose a fourth with Wainwright, again, striking. He has 4-9 in eight overs. Six of those runs were scored by Josh Cobb from one delivery. The next he holed out to short extra-cover.

2.08pm - Rikki Clarke can't convert his fifty into something bigger as he's bowled around his legs by Simon Kerrigan for 56.

Sussex are now effectively 30 for six in their second innings with Peter Trego accounting for Ben Brown. Brown's partnership with Luke Wright is ended on 71. Luke Joyce is the new man in, and he's accompanied by a runner.

1.50pm - Rory Burns continues to motor in Bristol, he's just reached 150 for the first time in his career.

Kent are now four down at Canterbury, with Ben Harmison falling to David Masters. The hosts are 120 for four - a lead of 67 in their second innings.

1.44pm - Peter Siddle wastes little time getting down to business in the afternoon. The session is just two balls old and Tim Bresnan is walking back to the pavilion, having edged the Australian to Riki Wessels at slip.

There are early wickets at Edgbaston and Grace Road, with Tim Ambrose trapped lbw for 62 at the former, while Angus Robson has been stumped off David Wainwright, who has taken all three of Leicestershire's wickets, at the latter.

1.40pm - We're back under way around the country.

1.15pm - Here is a wrap of the matches at lunch:

Division One

It has all been about Somerset’s Alfonso Thomas this morning at Taunton. The veteran seamer grabbed four wickets in as many balls as Sussex lost their entire top-order with the score on 33. Ben Brown and Luke Wright have since provided some calm to steer the visitors into a four-run lead at 79 for five.

A 92-run sixth-wicket stand between Tim Ambrose and Rikki Clarke has revived Warwickshire after they batted through the morning session. The Bears are 234 for five and in sight of Lancashire’s first-innings 286.

Yorkshire lost four wickets rapidly this morning before Aaron Finch and Tim Bresnan have bedded down to helped them to 183 for six against Nottinghamshire. The White Rose trail by 22 runs.

Division Two

A draw looks likely on the final day at the Spitfire Ground where Kent are 110 for three and holding a 57-run lead over Essex.

Surrey are continuing on their merry way with Rory Burns registering his highest first-class score. The opener is unbeaten on 145 and his side are 284 for two – a lead of 172 against Gloucestershire.

Hampshire lost Will Smith for 67 just before lunch – one of two Saeed Ajmal wickets for the session – as they reached the break at 114 for three against Worcestershire.

David Wainwright hit a career-best 109, to help Derbyshire to a 25-run first-innings lead. The slow left-armer then grabbed two wickets to leave Leicestershire 34 for two.

12.59pm - We're closing on lunch in all seven games, so we'll update the state of play in just a few moments.

12.53pm - Wainwright's day gets better as he strikes twice in his first two overs. The slow left-armer took just two balls to make his first impact - bowling Greg Smith - before Ned Eckersely was sent on his way lbw for a duck. Leicestershire are 33 for two - a lead of eight runs. The Foxes have lost two wickets with the score on 33 - there is something about that number today.

Saeed Ajmal traps Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams lbw at New Road in the top-of-the-table clash at New Road. Adams and Smith had moved serenely through the morning session, but now James Vince must see out the last 15 minutes or so with his side 107 for two.

12.43pm - After the carnage this morning, Sussex are edging towards a lead at Taunton. Brown and Luke Wright have brought some calm, in a 35-run stand, after Thomas obliterated the top order. The visitors are 68 for five and seven runs in deficit.

12.39pm - Tim Ambrose moves to his fifty, from 84 balls, as he and Rikki Clarke continue to dig in for Warwickshire. Their stand for the sixth wicket is worth 77 and the hosts have recovered to 219 for five. Lancashire's first-innings 286 is drawing into sight.

12.21pm - Burns has gone past his previous first-class best score of 121. Surrey are 252 for two and ahead by 140 runs on the first innings. ie) They are in total control.

12.05pm - Yorkshire's problems are compounded as Adil Rashid departs to leave them 128 for six against Notts. Rashid edges a lifting ball from Andre Adams that a safe Notts slips cordon gobbles up. Riki Wessels is the man who holds the catch at first slip.

12.01pm - Ryder has his seventh wicket of the match as Sam Northeast is snapped up by Tom Westley. Kent lead by 20 runs with eight wickets in hand on the final day in Canterbury.

Gloucestershire are finally making some headway against Surrey. Amla manages just nine before Will Gidman removes him lbw.

11.52am - Wainwright's career-best innings ends on 109. A superb one-handed catch by Angus Robson at gully does the trick, with Rob Taylor the bowler. Derbyshire have snuck ahead though at 327 for nine - which represents a lead of 16 runs.

11.42am - During all the commotion at Taunton, Surrey and Kent lost their first wickets.

Zafar Ansari failed to follow his Surrey opening partner Burns to a maiden first-class century by just two runs - caught by Alex Gidman off Benny Howell. Their opening stand was worth 215 runs.

At the Spitfire Ground, Rob Key is bowled by Essex's new 'golden arm' in Jesse Ryder. Kent are 71 for one.

11.40am - Ben Brown has scored a single off Thomas. Sussex have got off 33 - a number that is sure to haunt them now. 

11.35am - Sussex now lose a fourth and a fifth wicket with the score on 33. They have lost their entire top-order on the same score. Peter Trego removes Chris Nash and then when Thomas returns for his next over he sends Matt Machan's stumps flying immediately via an inside edge. That's four in four balls for the South African. Wow.

11.31am - Notts haver another wicket at Headingley with home skipper Andrew Gale well snapped up by Samit Patel at second slip. Siddle does the damage - that's his third wicket of the innings - and Yorkshire are 95 for four.

11.28am - ALFONSO THOMAS HAT-TRICK! The veteran Somerset seamer has ripped open the Sussex top order and the game at Taunton.  The in-form Ed Joyce is the third man out, edging behind to Craig Kieswetter.

Joe Anyon was first man out, bowled, before Thomas trapped Rory Hamilton-Brown lbw with a well-aimed yorker. Sussex are 33 for three and still 42 runs in arrears.

11.18am -  Rory Burns has ticked off the two runs he needed at the start of play to bring up his first century of the summer - from 206 balls and including 13 boundaries. Surrey's openers continue on their merry way - the 200 stand is now up - and they have the luxury of one Hashim Amla in the sheds next.

11.13am - The first wicket of the day falls at Headingley. Yorkshire's 20-year-old right-hander Jack Leaning batted well for his 41 - seeing off Peter Siddle's impressive spell late on the opening day - but he has been bowled by Luke Fletcher.

11.05am -  We have started around the country. David Wainwright picks up where he left off last night as he drives through the covers for four. He is now up to 87 - an unlucky number for Australians, but hopefully not Yorkshire-born slow left-armers now plying their trade at Derbyshire.

10.33am - Welcome to today's live action from the LV= County Championship. Most of the games are evenly poised at the start of play, while Surrey will look to further strengthen their position after a stunning opening day at Gloucestershire.

Division One

Sussex  are  26 without loss  against  Somerset , who took a first-innings lead of 75 after 86 from Craig Overton and 65 from Craig Kieswetter at Taunton. Steve Magoffin claimed 6-60.

Warwickshire  will resume on  130 for four  against  Lancashire , who made 286 after Tom Smith’s half-century. Will Porterfield is unbeaten on 51 at Edgbaston.

Only 9.3 overs’ play was possible at Headingley yesterday, where  Yorkshire  reached  76 for two  in reply to  Nottinghamshire’s  205.

Division Two

It is the final day at the Spitfire Ground where Ravi Bopara's 162 powered  Essex  to 440 and a lead of 53 against  Kent , who reached   35 without loss   by stumps last night.

Surrey  will aim to build on a thoroughly commanding opening day against  Gloucestershire. After bowling their hosts out for 112, Surrey cruised to  186 without loss. Rory Burns will resume two runs short of a century, with Zafar Ansari on 84.

Hampshire are 10 for one, after losiong Michael Carberry late last night following Worcestershire's declaration at 402 for nine.

Things are evenly poised at Grace Road, where David Wainwright’s unbeaten 83 helped  Derbyshire  recover from 115 for six to  279 for eight  in response to  Leicestershire’s  311. Alex Hughes made a career-best 60 and teenage debutant Tom Taylor is 20 not out.

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