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LV=CC, September 17: As it happened

Durham moved a step closer to the LV= County Championship crown, routing Nottinghamshire for 78 and responding with 207 for eight on a day that saw every other game hit by rain.

5:55pm - With the day's action at an end, and all bar one game affected by rain, here's a summary of how things stand:

Division One

Leaders Durham, who will be guaranteed the title if they pick up 21 points this week, are 207 for eight in reply to Nottinghamshire's miserable 78 all out. The visitors to the Emirates Durham ICG won the toss.

Yorkshire were inserted by Middlesex at Headingley and reached 109 for three.

Rock-bottom Surrey are 59 for two having been put in by Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Watch the best of the first day's action from Edgbaston

Division Two

Only 10 overs were bowled at Bristol, where Lancashire were invited to bat by Gloucestershire and ended the day 33 for two.

Kent made it to 60 for one after Northamptonshire chose to field at Wantage Road.

Glamorgan, another side to be inserted, reached 103 for two against Essex at Chelmsford.

There was no play at Grace Road, where Leicestershire are hosting Hampshire.

Watch the first day's highlights from Essex v Glamorgan at Chelmsford

5:40pm - Play is brought to a close at Durham with the hosts 207 for eight, leading by 129.

Stumps have also been drawn at Headingley with Yorkshire 109 for three.

5:37pm - Durham have a battle on their hands to register the second batting point that would guarantee victory brings them the title this week. Mullaney's dismissal of Graham Onions leaves the score reading 207 for eight.

5:18pm - Notts claim a seventh wicket at last! Mustard is bowled by Steven Mullaney for 77, one less than the visitors managed in their first innings. His stand with Collingwood, still there on 49, was worth 121.

5:14pm - It is almost as though Collingwood and Mustard are playing on a different pitch to the rest at Durham, although is confident that is not actually the case! The Division One leaders are 188 for six and 110 ahead.

5:04pm - Glamorgan and Essex will not return to the field today and bad light has forced another interruption at Headingley. 

4:48pm - The Hokey Cokey continues at Chelmsford, players heading back in due to bad light not long after they went out again.

Durham are closing in on a first batting point against Nottinghamshire, a scenario that appeared somewhat unlikely earlier today. Collingwood's men now lead by 85 at 163 for six.

4:32pm - More good news for Durham followers: Mustard reaches 50, from 72 balls, with his eighth four and Yorkshire have lost skipper Andrew Gale to Corey Collymore for 66.

Glamorgan and Essex are about to try again with a further four overs having been lost.

4:26pm - Runs are flowing freely now for Mustard. The Colonel moves on to 45 with three fours in an over from Luke Fletcher.

Rain has sadly intervened once again at Chelmsford with Glamorgan 101 for two and they are done for the day at Wantage Road, where Kent are 60 for one.

4:22pm - Glamorgan raise three figures against Essex and there could be further landmarks on the way soon as both Ben Wright and Murray Goodwin are nearing fifties.

4:15pm - Hold on to your the players are back on the field at Headingley!

In even more miraculous news, Durham's seventh-wicket pair have shared a fifty partnership. Before they joined forces 16 wickets had gone down for 152.

4:09pm - Another shower in Leeds scuppers the latest scheduled restart. Happily, they are back under way at Chelmsford.

Collingwood and Mustard continue to enhance Durham's position.

3:57pm - Play is off for the day at Edgbaston, where Surrey are 59 for two, but is due to resume at 4:10pm at Headingley.

3:35pm - There will be no play today at Grace Road, where Leicestershire are hosting Hampshire, and the planned 3:35pm restart at Headingley has bitten the dust.

However, Essex and Glamorgan are set to resume at 4pm.

Collingwood and Phil Mustard have taken Durham to tea at 108 for six. The skipper has 28 and Mustard 16.

3:15pm - That last update from Headingley is an encouraging one, but poor weather continues to blight proceedings elsewhere.

Durham now have a lead of 15, which appears handy given events in the north-east so far!

3:03pm - The rain means play is done for the day at Bristol where promoted Lancashire, who will win the Division Two title with victory, are 33 for two. It’s the tea interval at Edgbaston. 

2:52pm - Borthwick’s done his digging in for now as he is caught behind for 29 - 12 more than anyone else today at the Emirates Durham ICG - off Harry Gurney. The hosts are therefore 74 for six, four behind Notts.

2:46pm - Scott Borthwick and Paul Collingwood are digging in for Durham, who are nearing Notts’ 78. The hosts need to make 250 in this innings to be able to win with 21 points and guarantee the title this week. That is unless Yorkshire fail to gain a maximum-point victory over Middlesex.

Tea is being taken at Headingley and Wantage Road.

2:25pm - Ben Stokes, having just driven from Southampton to Durham, gets a second-ball duck as Samit Patel’s slip catch gives Adams a fourth scalp and leaves the hosts 45 for five in response to 78.

1:45pm - Warwickshire’s recent Tweet rings true as Wessels has a third catch, Will Smith off Adams, Durham slipping to 25 for three.

1:38pm - The only match in progress is at the Emirates Durham ICG as a shower sends the players off at Headingley with Yorkshire 90 for two.

1:24pm - Durham’s other opening batsman, Mark Stoneman, is also gone, Riki Wessels again the catcher in the slips as Luke Fletcher strikes.

Rain intervenes at Chelmsford, where Glamorgan are 85 for two, so there is no play in Division Two.

1:15pm - Durham, replying to Notts’ paltry 78, lose a early wicket with Keaton Jennings edging Andre Adams to slip while Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale raises a fifty.

Rain is delaying the resumption at Edgbaston, Bristol and Wantage Road while there still has been no play at Grace Road.

12:35pm - Here are the lunch scores on a morning partly disrupted by rain and bad light.

Division One

Durham are 16 for none, having skittled Nottinghamshire, who won the toss, for 78 at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Yorkshire, put into bat, are 63 for two versus Middlesex at Headingley.

Surrey are 59 for two against Warwickshire, who won the toss, at Edgbaston.

Division Two

Lancashire, put into bat, are 33 for two facing Gloucestershire at Bristol.

Kent are 60 for one versus Northamptonshire, who won the toss, at Wantage Road.

Glamorgan, asked to bat, are 73 for two against Essex at Chelmsford.

There was no play before lunch between Leicestershire and Hampshire at Grace Road.

12:19pm - Rain halts play at Headingley where Yorkshire, whose spirits will surely be damped by events at Durham, are 63 for two and lunch will be taken. It’s the same situation at Edgbaston and Wantage Road.

12:08pm - Harrison ousts Luke Fletcher to put Notts nine down and give Durham maximum bowling points in under two hours. There will be no play before lunch at Grace Road.

11:55am - Read's resistance is short lived as Jamie Harrison traps the skipper, who must be regretting his decision to bat first, in front before Usman Arshad bowls Andre Adams to make Notts 63 for eight.

Rain has sent the players scurrying at Edgbaston with Surrey 59 for two and promotion-chasers Northants break through when Andrew Hall has Sam Northeast caught behind.

11:39am - With Durham having bagged a second bonus point, batsmen are digging in, including Chris Read and Paul Franks who take Notts past 50, as the flow of wickets round the country halts. There is currently no play at Bristol and Leicester.

11:13am - Barker has another lbw victim, Rory Burns, and bad light forces the players off at Bristol where Lancashire are 33 for two.

11:08am - This really is a dream start for Durham, who have Notts 41 for five with Onions pinning Riki Wessels in front before Rushworth likewise removes James Taylor and gets Samit Patel caught behind in the same over. Wessels’ dismissal gives the hosts a first bonus point, so they need 20 more now to seal the title.

10:58am - Graham Onions has Michael Lumb caught behind, Gidman strikes again, bowling Ashwell Prince for a duck, and rain intervenes at Wantage Road with Kent nine for none.

10:45am - Yorkshire suffer two early blows as Corey Collymore traps Adam Lyth in front for nought and Tim Murtagh has Phil Jaques caught behind. Surrey lose Dominic Sibley lbw to Keith Barker and Masters has a second wicket, that of Will Bragg.

10:34am - Durham have the early breakthrough they craved as Chris Rushworth snares Steven Mullaney while Will Gidman has Lancashire’s Paul Horton caught behind without scoring and Essex’s David Masters bowls Gareth Rees for nought.

10:20am - Play between Leicestershire and Hampshire at Grace Road is officially delayed.

10:16am - Play starts at the Emirates Durham ICG where Durham need 21 points to be assured of the Division One crown. The other games are due to begin at 10:30am.

10:11am - Here is what’s happening round the grounds:

Division One

Nottinghamshire choose to bat versus Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Middlesex opt to bowl against Yorkshire at Headingley.

Warwickshire invite Surrey to bat at Edgbaston.

Division Two

Gloucestershire ask Lancashire to bat at Bristol.

Northamptonshire opt to bowl versus Kent at Wantage Road.

Essex invite Glamorgan to bat at Chelmsford.

The toss between Leicestershire and Hampshire has been delayed at Grace Road.

10am - While waiting for news of the tosses on the other fixtures, why not read our preview of this week’s contests with team news and an explanation of who needs how many points?

9:50am - Durham versus Nottinghamshire is starting at 10:15am each day, 15 minutes before the other matches, to allow the visitors to the Emirates Durham ICG time to travel to London on Friday evening for Saturday’s Yorkshire Bank 40 final with Glamorgan at Lord’s. Notts will bat first after their captain Chris Read won the toss.

9:45am - Good morning and welcome to’s live text commentary on day one of the penultimate round of LV= County Championship games that could see Durham and Lancashire win the respective titles.

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