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LV=CC, September 13: As it happened

The weather proved a frustration for a number of clubs who are chasing vital points in their quest for championships, promotion and safety.  

5:43pm - That is, indeed, it for the day. Here are the close-of-play scores:

Division One

Leaders Durham are 257 for four in reply to Derbyshire’s 298 at Derby, a deficit of 41 on first innings.

Sussex are 48 for two in their second innings, leading Yorkshire by 14 at the County Ground

Surrey are 97 for four in their second innings, a lead of 32 over Somerset at Taunton.

There was no play on day three at Lord's, leaving Middlesex 96 without loss in reply to Nottinghamshire's 430 for seven declared.

Division Two

Leicestershire are struggling on 60 for three in reply to Lancashire's 453 for seven declared at Emirates Old Trafford.

Kent are 113 for four at Canterbury, still 56 behind Essex as they follow on.

Worcestershire are 189 for five in response to Hampshire’s 428 at New Road.

5:27pm - Bad light has ended proceedings at the County Ground. That may well be it for the day.

4:50pm - The umpires have abandoned play at Derby.  Only the game at the County Ground remains in progress.

4:46pm - The Division Two games at Canterbury and Emirates Old Trafford have both been called off for the day.

Sussex have reached 21 for one after six overs.

4:35pm - There will be no further action at New Road today as play is abandoned.   

4:23pm - That's the start Yorkshire wanted. Not the four byes from Ryan Sidebottom's first delivery, but his out-swinging third ball that removed Luke Wells' off stump. 

4:21pm -   Play is abandoned at Lord's without a ball being bowled. Sussex's openers are in the middle to take on Yorkshire's attack. There are 28 more overs scheduled at the County Ground.

4:17pm - Lancashire's frustration could make way for celebrations tomorrow. If Essex's rain-affected game at Canterbury ends in a draw - the forecast is again poor for tomorrow - Lancashire will be promoted.

4:11pm -  The players leave the field at Derby due to bad light - the first time they have had an unscheduled break today - while play is abandoned for the day at Taunton.

4:02pm - Ashar Zaidi accounts for Liam Plunkett to give him a fourth victim on his Sussex debut and end Yorkshire's first innings on 326 all out,  a lead of 34. Tea will now be taken.

3:55pm -  Lewis Hatchett takes his first scalp of the match, removing Ryan Sidebottom for five to leave Yorkshire nine down.

Durham secure a second batting point by passing 250. They need 49 runs in 18.3 overs for a third.

3:36pm - Durham return following the tea break, needing 11 for a second batting point and 61 for a third to match Yorkshire. They have 13 overs to do it with Michael Richardson and Paul Collingwood at the crease.

3:30pm -  Liam Plunkett takes Yorkshire past Sussex's first-innings score and then sends Steve Magoffin to the boundary to move the White Rose to the brink of a third batting point, which Adil Rashid then secures with another four.

3:20pm -  With tea being taken at Derby and Yorkshire closing in on Sussex's total, here's an update on the other fixtures.

They are off for bad light at New Road, with Worcestershire 189 for five, while the remaining games are all in the middle of rain delays.

In Division One, Lord's has seen no play all day, while Surrey are 97 for four in their second innings at Taunton.

In Division Two, Leicestershire are 60 for three and Kent are 113 for four.

3:15pm -  Ballance is ousted by Ashar Zaidi for 19, leaving Yorkshire 284 for seven. 

Tea is taken at Derby, leaving only the game at the County Ground currently in process.

3:06pm -  Smith cannot make it to a century and follows Borthwick back to the pavilion as Mark Footitt has him caught at second slip for 81. With six wickets left intact, Durham trail by by 62 runs and have 25 overs to add more batting points. 

3pm - But Gary Ballance has lost his partner as Steve Magoffin has Steven Patterson caught behind for 11. Yorkshire trail by 16 on first innings.

2:55pm - The players head off for an early tea at Canterbury as the rain returns. 

2:42pm - Derbyshire finally make the breakthrough and it is former Durham player Shivnarine Chanderpaul that has done it, having Borthwick caught at midwicket 11 runs short of a century. The Division One leaders trail by 71 runs.

2:29pm - Bad light forces the players off at New Road with Worcestershire 189 for five.

2:31pm - Tea will be taken at 2:40pm at Lord's, with a pitch inspection taking place at 3pm. 

Panesar strikes again to remove Harmison, leaving Kent 94 for four, still trailing by 75 runs.

Borthwick and Smith have taken their third-wicket partnership at Derby over 150. Durham trail by 74 runs on first innings with eight wickets left.

2:27pm - Worcestershire lose another wicket as Tom Fell is caught and bowled by Matt Coles, leaving them with a fight to avoid the follow-on. They trail by 248 runs with five wickets left.

2:22pm - Kane Williamson is trapped lbw for 80 by James Anyon. Yorkshire have reached 250 and a second batting point. They have just under 19 overs to pick up some more.

2:13pm - Monty Panesar was on a hat-trick after removing Daniel Bell-Drummond and Brendan Nash in successive deliveries, reducing Kent to 82 for four. Ben Harmison survives the hat-trick ball, but only just as his drive bounces just short of short-midwicket.

Surrey are four down after Rory Burns falls to Peter Trego, before the rain arrives to force the players off. There's better news at the County Ground where play has started for the day.

2pm - Sam Northeast records a fifty from 91 balls as Kent reach 77 for one. They trail by 92 runs in their second innings.

The latest from Lord's is there will be an inspection at 2:15pm. That and the clash between Sussex and Yorkshire, which is due to get under way in 10 minutes, are the only games not to see any action so far today.

1:44pm - Samaraweera is unable to go on, though, as he becomes Tomlinson's third victim and departs for 51.

Lancashire have been unable to add to their three wickets from before lunch as of yet, while Durham pair Scott Borthwick and Will Smith's partnership continues at Derby.

1:35pm - Thilan Samaraweera compiles a fifty as Worcestershire reach 121 for three.

1:20pm - Rob Key is removed by Reece Topley for 17. Kent trail by 133 runs with nine wickets left.

1:17pm - Moeen Ali hits the first ball of the day for four at New Road but is trapped lbw four deliveries later by James Tomlinson.

1:11pm - The games continue at Derby, Taunton and Emirates Old Trafford while play eventually gets under way at New Road.

12:45pm - Play resumes at Canterbury but Yorkshire are frustrated once again as the rain returns at the County Ground.

12:34pm -  That's lunch in all of our games. Here's a rundown of the day's events so far.

Division One

Leaders Durham are 170 for two in reply to Derbyshire’s 298 at Derby, with Scott Borthwick and Will Smith both recording fifties.

Yorkshire are 246 for four, responding to Sussex’s 292, at the County Ground where there was no play this morning.

Surrey are 56 for two in their second innings, nine behind Somerset at Taunton.

Middlesex have been unable to add to their 96 without loss in reply to Nottinghamshire`s 430 for seven declared at Lord`s due to the rain.

Division Two

Leicestershire are struggling on 17 for three after promotion-chasing Lancashire declared on 453 for seven having secured maximum batting points at Emirates Old Trafford.

Kent remain eight for no wicket following on, 161 behind Essex at Canterbury, after no play was possible this morning.

Rain prevented play at New Road this morning where Worcestershire are 101 for two in response to Hampshire ’s 428.

12:28pm -  Another wicket for the Division Two leaders as Eckersley is caught behind off Kyle Hogg for four. Leicestershire are 15 for three.

Smith joins Durham team-mate Borthwick in scoring a fifty and takes their partnership to 100 runs. It's been a frustrating morning session for Derbyshire.

12:22pm -  There will be no play at Lord's this morning, meaning just three of the seven games have seen action before lunch.

12:09pm - Lancashire have another scalp, with Newby striking again to remove Robson for nine and leave Leicestershire are 10 for two. The Red Rose will be looking for further wickets before the lunch break.

11:56am - Angus Robson cracks two fours from the opening over of Leicestershire's reply but Oliver Newby bowls Greg Smith for a duck in the next set of six. 

Borthwick completes a half-century and passes 1,000 first-class runs for the season as Durham reach 140 for two, trailing Derbyshire by 158 runs on first innings.

11:50am -  Surrey lose a first wicket when Dominic Sibley is ousted off Lewis Gregory for 12. Hashim Amla heads to the crease with Surrey trailing by 44 runs in their second innings

The rain returns at Canterbury, preventing the day's play getting under way.

At the County Ground there will be no play before lunch. They are aiming to begin at 1pm.

11:40am -  Lancashire declare on 453 for seven.  They will now chase bowling points as they close in on a return to Division One.

11:35am - There will be no play before lunch at New Road. If no more rain falls, they hope to start at 1:10pm. 

Nineteen-year-old Alex Davies is enjoying himself at Emirates Old Trafford. He hits Eckersley for a six and then picks up his fourth four in the following over to move to a run-a-ball 29.

11:30am - Eckersley strikes again to have Procter stumped for 44, leaving Lancashire 435 for seven.

Durham's steady start to the day continues as Will Smith and Scott Borthwick close in on a fifty partnership, with Durham 115 for two.

The players take to the field at Taunton.

11:20am -  More good news on the weather front. The game at Canterbury is set to resmue in 20 minutes, providing there is no further rainfall. 

11:07am - That did not take long. Smith hits his fourth boundary from 15 deliveries to move Lancashire past 400 and secure maximum batting points. They require 10 more points to secure promotion.

Smith falls two balls later to Ned Eckersley after an important 23. That was the youngster's maiden first-class wicket.

10:56am -  Durham and Lancashire are taking differing approaches this morning. The Division One leaders have added seven runs in the opening half-hour while the Red Rose pick up nine in an over. They now need just 18 in seven overs to reach 400.

10:47am -  The Division Two leaders' search for the batting point hits a speedbump as Paul Horton is bowled by Nathan Buck for a brilliant 156. Tom Smith joins Luke Procter in the middle with Lancashire 37 runs short of their target.

10:42am - Lancashire secure a fourth batting point and move to 356 for four after 100 overs. They would need to reach 400 in the next 60 balls to gain a fifth point.

10:30am -  Play has been delayed at the County Ground, Taunton, Lord's, Canterbury and New Road, but Division One leaders Durham and Division Two pacesetters Lancashire are both on their way to the middle in their respective games.

10:16am - And the rain continues to frustrate...

10:05am - Unfortunately, the rain looks set to play a big part in the day. We have a confirmed delayed start at Taunton, while it is drizzling at a number of grounds this morning. 

10am - Hello and welcome to day three of this week's seven LV= County Championship games. If the rain holds off around the country we should be in for a thrilling day of cricket, with clubs chasing those all-important bonus points and victories as the season reaches its climax.

Here's the current state of play:

Division One

Leaders Durham are 82 for two in reply to Derbyshire’s 298 at Derby.

Second-placed Yorkshire are 246 for four , responding to Sussex’s 292 at the County Ground.

Surrey are 13 for none in their second innings, 52 behind Somerset as the bottom two clash at Taunton.

Middlesex are 96 for none after Nottinghamshire declared on 430 for seven at Lord’s.

Division Two

Lancashire , who need 12 more points to secure promotion, are 344 for four against Leicestershire at Emirates Old Trafford.

Kent are eight for no wicket following on, 161 behind Essex at Canterbury.

Worcestershire are 101 for two in response to Hampshire’s 428 at New Road.

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