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LV=CC, May 24: As it happened

6:55pm - With all of today's action now at end, here's a run-through of how things stand in the latest round of LV= County Championship fixtures:

Division One

Durham are 89 for one in their second innings and lead Middlesex by 152 after three days at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Leicestershire drew with Glamorgan at Grace Road following a rain-hit final day.

Gloucestershire are 87 for five in their second innings at New Road and still trail Worcestershire by 136 heading into day four.

After two days at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire are seven for one in reply to Lancashire's 295 all out.

There was no play on day three at Chelmsford, where Kent are 214 for five in reply to Essex's 212.

6:51pm - Yep, that's a wrap. Gloucestershire will be hoping for further assistance from the heavens after ending the penultimate day 136 behind with only five second-innings wickets still intact.

6:49pm - Bad light strikes again at New Road with the visitors 87 for five. Surely that will be it for the day?

6:41pm - Things look very bleak for Gloucestershire now. Gidman has edged through to wicketkeeper Michael Johnson, becoming an 11th victim in the match for Alan Richardson.

6:21pm - However, they are back on at New Road!

6:17pm - There will be no more play today between Durham and Middlesex. The hosts lead by 152 on 89 for one heading into the final day.

6:10pm - That wicket came at a very handy time for Worcestershire, as the players left the field due to bad light later in the over.

It is also too gloomy to continue at the Emirates Durham ICG, so we may have seen our last action for the day.

6pm - Worcestershire strike again! After another glut of maidens, Chris Russell is brought into the attack and has Marshall caught behind off his first ball. That leaves Gloucestershire 71 for four, still 152 behind.

5:48pm - Durham's lead currently stands at 140, Scott Borthwick having joined Keaton Jennings at the crease.

There have been three scoring shots in the last 10 overs at New Road as Gloucestershire's fourth-wicket pair continue their defiant mission.

@WorcsCCC on Twitter: These @GlosCricket lads are digging in here

5:37pm - Gloucestershire finally add to their second-innings score of 65, Gidman taking two from the sixth ball of Alan Richardson's ninth over following 40 dot-balls in a row!

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: WICKET! Stoneman is out for 50, lbw to the bowling of Harris and Durham are 68-1

5:25pm - Three successive Worcestershire maidens say much about the defensive attitude understandably being adopted by Gidman and Marshall.

5:19pm - As play resumes in the north east, Alex Gidman and Hamish Marshall are attempting to stave off Worcestershire's push for victory at New Road. Gloucestershire still trail by 158 on 65 for three, with a further day's play to come tomorrow.

@MiddlesexCCC on Twitter: Durham 52-0 as we resume again...

5:03pm - We are also done for the day at the Ageas Bowl. New Road is the only venue where action is currently taking place, although play is set to resume shortly at the Emirates Durham ICG barring further showers.

4:45pm - RESULT! Glamorgan (442 for nine declared) draw with Leicestershire (142 and 182 for two) at Grace Road: The hosts have today's inclement weather to thank for saving them in a game dominated by Glamorgan, although they ensured safety with few alarms when play eventually resumed a 3:30pm today.

4:40pm - Gloucestershire's prospects of saving the game at Worcestershire are beginning to appear increasingly remote. Having tormented Michael Klinger's side with the bat this morning, Gareth Andrew has disturbed the visiting captain's stumps. He departs for 26 and the score is 53 for three, still 170 in arrears.

4:29pm - Durham, who resumed on 37 without loss, have raised their fifty for no loss.

@GlamCricket on Twitter: Rain at Grace Road. Leicestershire 182/2

4:19pm - Play is under way at Durham but has been abandoned for the day at Essex.

4:08pm - The scheduled 4pm start at the Emirates Durham ICG has been scuppered by rain, which also denied an inspection at Chelmsford.

3:52pm - Richardson strikes in consecutive overs, having Dan Housego caught behind for nought. Leicestershire's Greg Smith can add just eight to his overnight 62 as he is trapped in front by Michael Hogan. The hosts are 151 for two following on, 149 behind Glamorgan.

3:45pm - The players are back on at Worcester where the hosts have a wicket. Unsurprisingly it goes to in-form Alan Richardson who has Chris Dent lbw for 12, leaving Gloucestershire 24 for one.

3:30pm - Play has started for the day at Grace Road. Leicestershire are 133 for one following on against Glamorgan, who lead by 167 on the last afternoon.

@GlamCricket on Twitter: Players and umpires take to the field at Grace Road.

3:28pm - Gloucestershire reach 20 without loss in their second innings, a deficit of 203, before rain intervenes again.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: Rain stopped and there has just been an umpires inspection. Tea has been taken at 3.10 p.m.there will be a further inspection at 3.45 p.m.

3:15pm - Play has restarted at New Road, an early tea is being taken at the Ageas Bowl and play will begin at the Emirates Durham ICG at 4pm if there is no more rain there.

3:05pm - There’s still no play in the championship or indeed at Headingley in the second Investec Test between England New Zealand.

@leicsccc on Twitter: Umpires have inspected now. News is an early tea will be taken at 3.10pm with a view of starting at 3.30pm.

2:42pm - Play resumes at New Road and soon Worcestershire’s first innings is over. Craig Miles snares Alan Richardson for five, dismissing the hosts for 475 - a lead of 223. Miles’ figures are a career-best 6-99. However, the rain then returns.

@LancsCCC on Twitter: There's some good news, it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off. Still expect a wait for some cricket.

@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Play will shortly be resuming at New Road.

2:20pm - The rain that is preventing play in all five championship games has forced a draw in the first-class match between Oxford MCCU and Surrey at The Parks. The hosts made 212 and 20 for none either side of Surrey posting 233.

@leicsccc on Twitter: Covers are coming off at Grace Road

2:09pm - It’s now raining at New Road, where Worcestershire are 443 for nine - 217 ahead of Gloucestershire on first innings. That means there is no championship action anywhere.

@EssexCricket on Twitter: Rain is still falling over The E.C.G where even the ducks have turned out for an innings...

2:05pm - Jack Shantry is run out for 31, leaving Worcestershire 443 for nine.

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Umpires will inspect the pitch again at 3pm.

@GlamCricket on Twitter: The groundstaff are taking the covers and sheets off here at Grace Road, and the umpires will be back out shortly for a further inspection.

1:48pm - The only LV= County Championship game that resumes after lunch is at New Road. As you’ll see from the below tweets, the conditions elsewhere remain mixed.

@DurhamCricket on Twitter: Play looking likely for this afternoon, white covers being pulled off now...

@LancsCCC on Twitter: Rain has arrived at the Ageas Bowl. Covers on.

@GlamCricket On Twitter: It's stopped raining at a blustery Grace Road and the umpires are making an inspection

@WorcsCCC on Twitter: Just started to rain here at New Road during the lunch interval.

1:05pm - Miles has his fourth wicket this session and fifth of the innings, with Andrew gone for 66. That brings lunch at New Road, the only ground with championship play this morning besides the Ageas Bowl, and here's the state of play around the country:

Division One

Durham are 37 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 100 over Middlesex on day three at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Leicestershire are 133 for one following on against Glamorgan, who still lead by 167 with two sessions remaining at Grace Road.

Kent are 214 for five in their first innings, a lead of two on day three against Essex at Chelmsford.

Worcestershire are 430 for eight in their first innings, a lead of 196, with five sessions to play versus Gloucestershire at New Road.

Hampshire are seven for one in response to Lancashire’s 295 on day two at the Ageas Bowl.

12:58pm - Gareth Andrew is now 61 not out from 64 balls and Worcestershire are close to disappearing into the distance as a morning that has ebbed and flowed comes to a close. The hosts' score of 421 for seven puts them 187 ahead of Gloucestershire.

12:45pm - Hampshire are still not off the mark after four and, to compound matters, Hogg has trapped Jimmy Adams lbw.

12:40pm - Glamorgan and Leicestershire have admitted defeat to the elements for the time being and will take an early lunch. Worcestershire are 391 for seven, with Andrew on 40 and threatening to take the game away from Gloucestershire, while Lancashire seamers Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg are yet to concede a run three overs into Hampshire's response

12:20pm - Following Pinner's example, Gareth Andrew and Jack Shantry certainly aren't for hanging around. They've added 41 in nine overs for Worcestershire's eighth wicket, Andrew helping himself to six fours on the way to 30 from 39 balls.

At the Ageas Bowl, Lancashire fall short of a third batting point after Danny Briggs runs out Agathangelou for a brilliant 121.

@Middlesex_CCC on Twitter: It's still raining up at Durham and it looks like we're unlikely to get any play this morning...we'll keep you posted!

12pm - They're back out at the Ageas Bowl and Lancashire are looking to kick on. Agathangelou and Kerrigan have brought up a fifty partnership for the 10th wicket. Valuable runs as the visitors move on to 281 for nine.

11:52am - Pinner's hard-hitting cameo comes to an end. He added six more, predictably with a towering maximum, but Alex Gidman held on in the next over to give Liam Norwell his second scalp of the innings. The hosts are 333 for seven and the came is moving forward apace.

11:44am - Hampshire and Lancashire are also off for rain, meaning the game at New Road is the only one in progress at present. Thankfully there's more than enough going on to keep us all entertained!

11:36am - Things are suddenly looking Miles better for Gloucestershire! That's because Craig followed up his dismissal of Moeen with a double-wicket maiden. Alex Kervezee and Michael Johnson both depart lbw, the latter without scoring and the seamer now has figures of 4-65. New man Neil Pinner has already blasted three fours and,

at 325 for six, Worcestershire's first-innings lead stands at 91.

11:27am - Agathangelou is the country's only remaining centurion b

ecause Gloucestershire have the breakthrough they craved at New Road. Moeen goes caught by Jack Taylor off Craig Miles having added one to his overnight total.

11:20am - And he's there! Agathangelou endured a brief scare when he edged wide of slip to move to 98 but three more take him to triple figures from 176 balls, featuring 14 fours and a six. Well batted, sir. Lancashire are 264 for nine.

 11:14am - Agathangelou moves on to 96 with a cover-driven three but then proceeds to play out a maiden from David Balcombe, the pick of Hampshire's bowlers yesterday as he helped himself to a five-wicket haul. Tense times.  11:05am - As expected, we are underway at Hampshire and Worcestershire while the other six sets of players shelter indoors. 10.48am - Undoubtedly helped by his status as a more seasoned performer, Kent's Darren Stevens is in the same boat as Agathangelou. The all-rounder will begin on 91 as Kent look to build a decisive first-innings lead at Essex. Worcestershire's Moeen Ali was yesterday's big batting success story and starts this crisp midlands morning with 122 to his name. 10:40am - The news is somewhat better at the Ageas Bowl, something that will come as a relief to Andrea Agathangelou. The Lancashire batsman went to bed last night seven shy of a maiden championship century and has only last man Simon Kerrigan for company when the action resumes. New Road, a place more than familiar with downpours over recent years, might also buck the trend as they report cautious optimism. @LancsCCC on Twitter: The players are out warming up ahead of a start on time at the Ageas Bowl. Lancs to resume on 252-9. Hoping Aggers can get 7 more for a ton. @WorcsCCC on Twitter: Dry but cold at New Road 10:30am - A quick glance at the official county Twitter feeds shows the general prospects of play first thing this morning are not great, with a delay already confirmed at Essex. @EssexCricket on Twitter: It is still raining at The Essex County Ground, play will be delayed and we will give you an update when we have one. @GlamCricket on Twitter: Good morning, bore da from Grace Road where it is cold and overcast with drizzle falling. The covers and sheets are also on the square. @DurhamCricket on Twitter: Current scene at the ground. Showery and grey here but showers are expected to clear early afternoon. 10:25am - Good morning and welcome to the ecb.co.uk live blog of today's LV= County Championship  action. As is the case at Headingley for the second Investec Test, the weather conditions around the country look largely grim but we're willing to brave the elements if you are. Here's the state of play following yesterday's action, when Sussex completed a comprehensive innings victory over Somerset to go top of Division One.

Division One

Durham are 37 without loss in their second innings, a lead of 100 over Middlesex, who were dismissed for 196 on day two at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Division Two

Leicestershire are 133 for one following on against Glamorgan, who still lead by 167 at the end of day three.

Kent are 214 for five in their first innings, a lead of two at stumps on day two against Essex at Chelmsford.

Worcestershire are 302 for three in their first innings at the halfway point against Gloucestershire at New Road, a lead of 68.

Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. The Red Rose closed the first day on 252 for nine.

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